As you browse our pages, you will gain an understanding of who we are, what we are about, and where we are going. What you won't gain is a solid grasp of who we are as people, who we are as riders, and who we are as members of this outstanding organization, Top Cats - Illinois. Let me explain.....
Originally, Top Cats – Illinois was formed by a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who were business men and women. Their purpose was to enjoy business networking and the sport of motorcycling. Over the past decade and a half, Top Cats has evolved into a first – class group of motorcycle enthusiasts who enjoy conservative and safe riding, socializing, networking, and community involvement.
Today, any visitor to a Top Cat meeting, or a Top Cat event, will quickly realize that our group is one that easily welcomes newcomers, embraces safe riding, and provides opportunities for great riding adventures in a safe environment.
As people, our members are business owners, executives, and entrepreneurs (Top Cats) who are riders, co-riders, or non-riders. All, however, are motorcycle enthusiasts. And...they all have three important ideals in common; business networking, safe motorcycling, and community involvement.
By Dennis P. (Wombat) Dougherty
As the 2013 riding season comes to a close it’s time to find a comfy spot for your iron steed as it hunkers down for a long winter’s nap. But before you extend your farewell with a heartfelt, “See you next Spring”, there are a few things you should do to help it weather the winter and be ready to go when you first push the start button or give it it’s first kick start when the road first beckons you to hop on board next year.
Give Your Bike a Thorough Cleaning
Remove road grime and insects. Clean and polish all the shiny stuff. And while you’re at it, finish it up with a good coat of quality wax. If you have a chain, clean and lube it.
Add Fuel Stabilizer to Your Gas Tank
Fill the tank to the top and run the bike to make sure the gas and stabilizer mix. Shut off the fuel valve, if you have one, and let the bike run dry.
Drain the Carburetor, (if you have one)
Shut off the gas and follow MOM on how to do it. Don’t let gas pool in the carburetor over the winter.
Change the Oil and Filter