Welcome new Second Officer – Mark Bamberger


As you’re all aware, I’ve struggled for years now to try to keep the Chapter running with limited help. I’d like to see the Chapter continue, and to do so, we need new help, fresh blood and fresh ideas. To that end, I’m officially appointing Mark Bamberger as my Second Officer. You may recall that Mark joined us last year, and has lead several rides and participated in rides with a number of other Chapters. Mark has already recruited several new members to the Chapter and has a number of ideas and ride proposals to discuss at the upcoming Ride Planning Meeting tomorrow. Please join me in welcoming him to his new position (or perhaps wish condolences 😉 and be sure to join us tomorrow in Lebanon for the Ride Planning Meeting so we can get 2019’s riding season off to a great start.


Ride Planning Meeting – 2019


Please join us and help plan the 2019 riding season. It will be here before you know it.

We’ll be meeting at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lebanon at 7 pm on February 6, 2019. Join us for a snack or dinner and discussion on the 2019 season. If you aren’t already a member of the Cruisers, come anyway. We always welcome new faces and the club is open to all bikes, bike types and riders. There is no charge for membership (but you do have to buy your own dinner 😉 ) RSVPs appreciated so we know how big of a table we need!

RSVP by email to me. Or, RSVP on the Facebook Event:


Please welcome Tony and Lisa Dilts


Please welcome new members Tony and Lisa Dilts.  They hail from Springfield and recently joined us on their first ride, the Fried Bologna Run.  Please be sure to say hello when you see them on their next ride.  They’re the ones on the bench in the picture below with Dee.

~ Steve

Fried Bologna and the Iron Pony

Did you miss the Fried Bologna Run? Well, if you did, you have another chance at it. And a bonus! A visit to the Iron Pony motorcycle superstore!

Join us for the usual optional breakfast at Mom’s Restaurant on SR 123 in Franklin at 0900 on Saturday July 7, 2018, or, if you’re not hungry, be there by 0945 for ride briefing prior to a 1000 kickstands up. Ride Captain for this evolution is Mark Bamberger

We’ll head up to Waldo to visit G&R Tavern for some more of that delicious fried bologna and some cream pie, before heading off to Westerville to shop at the Iron Pig.

Heads up: Mom’s and G&R are both CASH ONLY. There are ATMs at both locations if needed.

Remember our RSVP policy. Day of ride show ups are welcome, but without confirmed RSVPs the day before, the ride is subject to being cancelled at the discretion of the Ride Captain.

“No” RSVPs are also appreciated so we know our ride announcements are being received.

Please RSVP either by email to or on the Facebook event:

Some maps links of interest:

Starting Point – Mom’s Restaurant:

G&R Tavern:

Iron Pony:
Iron Pony Website:

We hope you’ll join us!

RSVP Policy

Now that we’re part way into the season, it’s become apparent to me that we’re going to continue to have the same issues with turnout that we’ve had for several years now.  Hopefully with the recruiting that I, Mark and others are doing, this will become less of a problem.
In the mean time though, it’s very frustrating to those of us planning and leading rides to have no response to ride announcements and no or very few show up.
Thus, effective immediately, I’m instituting an RSVP policy.  In order to guarantee that a ride will occur, RSVPs are required.  Any ride without confirmed attendees by RSVP at least 18 hours prior to the ride briefing time is subject to being cancelled at the discretion of the Ride Captain.
Day of ride show ups are and always will be welcome, but in order to ensure that the Ride Captain’s time isn’t wasted waiting on no one, a lack of confirmed riders may mean there isn’t a ride to attend.
Further, if you know for a fact that you cannot attend, please have some respect for the Ride Captain and RSVP no. It’s equally frustrating to plan and schedule a ride and simply have no response, and it makes us wonder if the ride planning announcement is even being read.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you and looking forward to seeing you on our rides.

The Passing of Rick Perry

Received today from National. Please keep Rick’s family in your thoughts and prayers.


To all Members of the Southern Cruisers Riding Club.

It is with extreme sadness that I am announcing the passing of of our SCRC Founder, Rick Rickster Perry. Rickster was found deceased earlier this evening. Please keep Rickster's family in your prayers.

I am at a loss for words, because Rick has been a close friend for many years. Those who knew him, loved him. Rick was a unique individual and it shows through his vision for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club concept.

I will be announcing the arrangements as soon as I get the information from his family.

Bill Presley
SCRC National President

Utica Ice Cream Festival – May 26, 2018


Please join us for a ride up to enjoy the Ice Cream Festival in Utica Ohio, Saturday May 26, 2018. We’ll be meeting for an optional breakfast at 0800 at the Village Family Restaurant in Waynesville. If you’re not hungry, be sure to be there for the ride briefing at 0845 prior to a 0900 kickstands up.

We’ll be at the festival about lunch time. Just in time to enjoy some tasty food and ice cream! After enjoying the festival for a couple of hours (depending on the group attending), we’ll take a faster route back. RSVPs appreciated, either on the event page or to

Facebook Event Page:

Ice Cream Festival Website:

~ Steve

Blessing of the Bikes – May 20, 2018

Update 20180519


I’m so sorry to report that I have to cancel tomorrow’s pre-ride to the Blessing of the Bikes. I’m dealing with a family emergency which is going to extend through tomorrow, and I don’t have an alternate to lead the ride. As of now, the Blessing is still on, weather permitting. You can watch the Blessing Facebook page for any weather related cancellation there. I apologize for the inconvenience.




Please join us for a pre-ride enjoying some country roads as we make our way to the Blessing of the Bikes at Kil-Kare Raceway in Xenia May 20, 2018. This annual event combines great food, vendors, live music and what amounts to a Holy Water fight as clergy members bless and sprinkle Holy Water on the thousands of bikes in attendance. It’s a good time, even if you’re not of the faith!

Meet us for an optional breakfast at Cracker Barrel in Middletown at 0800. If you’re not hungry, just be sure to be there by 0845 for the ride briefing prior to the 0900 kickstands up.

The ride ends at the Blessing. You’re free to enjoy the event and leave at your leisure. Admission is $3 per person or $5 per couple.

RSVP to or on the Facebook event site:

The event website, if you’re interested, is: