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by Dan Hartman

Do you remember that song about Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkle? There’s the line in it that goes, “Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?” Well, every time I’ve ridden through Belle Plaine, Minnesota and looked to the east at the large Excelsior-Henderson plant there, I’ve thought of that song.

“Where have you gone, Excelsior-Henderson?”

As if in answer to my question, the other day I received a thick press packet from the Excelsior-Henderson Company. It was filled with all kinds of information about their new motorcycles and the activities that have kept them busy lately. They unveiled production-intent models at the Sturgis rally in August and had a great time. They held a stockholders’ meeting, which received good publicity. And the Super X is a beautiful bike. So, that’s what you’ve been up to, Excelsior-Henderson.

I can’t wait, and I’m sure many of M.M.M.’s readers want to see the Excelsior-Henderson Super X on the street, too. Well, the countdown is on. The Super X is slated to make its entrance in the fourth quarter, 1998. I understand the bike has pre-sold well, so many of you will soon find this period of anticipation coming to an end.

“Here’s to you, Excelsior-Henderson.”

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It’s September already. It’s fall and time to plan those swan rides, the rides of the last few months of the season. The trees will be changing later this month, and we can enjoy them while motorcycling around the state during one of the best times of the year. There are beautiful motorcycle trips all over the upper Midwest. I’m going up the north shore in September…just to get away. The trees should be at their peak. Drop us a line and tell us about your fall reverie.

September should also be bringing us the second Minnesota Mile, but alas no, not this year. The event was a success last year, but the people who live in the area around Canterbury Downs didn’t like the noise. That was the end of that. Too bad. It was a great event. Maybe someone will take up the flame, and it will be held at another location in the future. Let’s hope so.

Ride safe and be free.

M.M.M.

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