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The 70th Sturgis Rally took place just a few short
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weeks ago. For some, just the word Sturgis conjures up images of hot bikes, hotter women and one big party! For others, it’s more about community, a yearly gathering of friends from all over the world, yet for others, it is all about the ride. Getting there and taking in all the beauty the black hills of South Dakota has to offer. With hundreds of thousands visiting the area, the sound of sirens is all too common. As we headed to Spearfish on Tuesday, we could see emergency vehicles and people milling around up ahead. Traffic was at a standstill in both directions, with hundreds of bikes and thousands of riders lining the road. Although short streams of bikes and vehicles were moving intermittently in the opposite lane, we were going to be there for a while. As riders rode by, their face told it all, some were shaking their head. I remember seeing one woman holding her hand lightly over her mouth, tears in her eyes. We knew it wasn’t good. One guy rode by shouting, “There’s a dead man up there. It’s going to be a long wait!” After about an hour, an ambulance left the scene and we could see that traffic was starting to move in our lane. We fired up the bikes, then slowly started moving and came upon the scene of the accident. There was a body of a man covered with his motorcycle cover, his foot with a brown boot sticking out under the cover, a pool of blood on the blacktop, a black helmet lying on the shoulder across the road. We later learned that the man was killed when a bike in front of him slowed, but he didn’t. His bike hit the rear tire of the bike in front of him, causing it to flip, placing him in the lane of oncoming traffic. He was run over. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that sight and I hope that I never do. I know that every single person that rode by this scene was touched in some way. How many close calls have you had? How many times do you ride without being 100% focused on what you are doing? This was yet another reminder of how vulnerable we are. Ride safe friends Keep The Shiny Side Up! Linda & Russ
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You Ain’t Nothin But A Houndog
Motorcycles and Airplanes
Where’s Your Aspen?
Sturgis Rumbles Into 70th Year
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Bite This...................................................................9 I Had To Lay It Down - Really?................................9 Mad Jack...............................................................10 Dumb.....................................................................10 The Jokers Wild.....................................................11 Calendar of Events.........................................12 / 29 Fred’s 2000 Mile Adventure..................................14 Katelynn Stinnett National Memorial Run.............15 NCOM News Bytes................................................16 Thundercam..........................................................18 TNT........................................................................27 Biker Friendly Directory.........................................30 Ride To Eat – Silver Tongue Devil.........................32 Getting Ready For Sturgis.....................................30 Readers Ride – Pepper........................................37 Stop The Violence - Frankie’s Ride for Tessa........38
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Halftime Meatball Subs- QUICK & EASY!
Bag of Frozen, Premade Italian Meatballs (you’ll need about 8 meatballs per sub) 1 Bag of Fresh, Submarine or Hoagie Rolls from your local grocer’s Bakery (usually 8 to a bag) 2 24 oz Jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce (we like tomato basil Bertolli) 8 oz bag of shredded Italian or Mozzarella cheese Sliced bell peppers and black olives (optional) Garlic powder Parmesan cheese (optional) In an extra large skillet, drizzle some extra virgin olive oil around to coat the bottom. Place meatballs in the oil and sauté on all sides over medium heat. Pour sauce over the meatballs and turn the heat down to low. Meanwhile, butter the sub rolls on both inner sides and sprinkle with garlic powder. Place under broiler until golden brown. Remove and place the heated meatballs onto the golden & crispy hot buns. Cover with sauce and sprinkle with fresh shredded cheese. Add peppers and black olives. Sprinkle some Parmesan on top. Now....that’s deliciouso!!!
Safety tipS NO. 28
ABATE of Colorado’s Rider Education Division
E V E N T
By Ben Hochberg
“i Had to Lay it Down.” Really???
Often, when people hear that I am in the motorcycle safety business, I get another opportunity to hear about someone’s crash. Many times I hear the statement “I had to lay it down.” Let’s talk about this today. “Laying it down” is causing a crash. Now, I know nobody does this for no reason at all. And there are probably some situations in which doing so is the lesser of two (or more) evils; but I am here to tell you that if there are any good reasons for intentionally putting your bike down, and you, and maybe your passenger down with it, they are very few and very far between. When I hear about how somebody had to lay it down, the story begins with one “reason” for this drastic maneuver, such as, “A car turned in front of me.” What I almost never hear is that there was a long chain of events that led up to the incident, such as, “I was going too fast, it was night time and raining, I was tired/not sober/irritated/not paying full attention/etc., and then a car turned in front of me. And, oh yeah, I never have had any formal rider training to prepare me for adverse conditions.” You see, the reasons for most crashes are numerous, not one single thing. That last thing that happens before a crash is the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” because most crashes are avoidable. Here’s another thing to consider before you think that laying a bike down is a viable option: rubber (your tires) will stop or turn you better than plastic or metal (the parts of the bike that will be on the ground after laying it down. If you decide to put the bike down, you have given up all chance of avoiding a crash. In fact, you have just assured that one will happen. Break the “crash chain” by removing one or more of the “links”; reduce your speed, concentrate harder, anticipate bad driving by others on the road, look farther ahead, etc. Get formal training, and then practice what you learned. “Shiny side up” isn’t just a cool thing to say; it’s a good plan!
SUPER FAST.......... BEEFY TACO DIP
4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 1 pound) 1 Pound of Ground Chuck, broken up and pan fried; drain off excess water/grease 1 Can (16 oz.) Refried Beans 1/2 Cup of hot taco sauce 1 Tbsp chili powder 1 tsp ground cumin 3/4 Cup chopped onion, black olives and (optional) 3/4 cup sliced jalapeno pepper 3/4 cup chopped tomatoes 1 16 oz container of sour cream 8 oz shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese Preheat oven to 350 degrees F In a large skillet over medium heat, brown beef. Drain well. Stir in beans, taco sauce, chili powder and cumin. Heat until warm. Spread the meat and bean mixture into a 9x13-inch casserole. Spread sour cream over the beef and bean mixture, then sprinkle onions, tomatoes, olives and peppers. Top with cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes. Serve warm.
5th Annual Emily’s Parade
It’s about uniting communities in the aftermath of tragedy. It’s about showing strength and diversity. From Columbine to Canyon, this ride is for everyone! Photo by David Oberbeck There is a suggested donation of $20 per rider, but no minimum donation is required to participate. Register online today at: www.iloveuguys.org/the_ride Funds are used to advance the National Student Safety Collaborative, a program of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation. Generous donations from participants and onlookers are distributed responsibly and effectively toward the stated goals of The “I Love U Guys” Foundation. Read about our mission and programs at: www.iloveuguys.org
This event is co-organized by the Colorado Motorcycle Show & Swap.
THE RIDE Sunday, September 26, 2010
E V E N T
1ST DOwn BROwn SUgAR SMOKIES
1 (16 ounce) package little smokie sausages 1-pound bacon 1 cup brown sugar, or to taste Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a little sausage. Place the wrapped sausages on wooden skewers, several to a skewer. Arrange the skewers on a baking sheet and sprinkle them liberally with brown sugar. The night before preparation (if you want): Wrap smokies in bacon, put them in a covered bowl with the brown sugar, toss well, and let “marinate” all night. Cover them with sauce. Bake until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted.
TAKE A DIP APPlE DIP
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Stir together the cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until the sugar has dissolved, and the mixture is smooth. Serve with apples or other fresh fruit. Use your imagination!
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Larry Supina: Motorcyclist Offers Apology and Restitution to Members of D.U.M.B.
An apology is in order, so, please, forgive me. It was not until this morning on my ride to work that I fully under-stood I was in error. Yes, I’ve noticed that there are many very busy and important people on the roads. You all are hard to miss with the cell phones, laptops, break-fast bars, coffee, cigarettes and all, but until now, I didn’t realize I was causing so much trouble for you busy, multitasking drivers. I figured it out this morning, thanks to the nice lady working on the laptop who needed the lane I was in. First, ma’am, let me say that when I honked at you from the shoulder, I didn’t mean to startle you. My intent was just to give you a little beep to let you know the lane was all yours. But I was braking so hard; I couldn’t lift my thumb off the horn button. My bad. I surely didn’t mean to cause you to nearly hit the guy talking on the cell phone. You know, he was smoking and talking as he moved his SUV right into the space you had just left. Anyway, the good news is, that’s when I realized all of you multitasking drivers must be texting each other about intended lane changes and running traffic lights and stop signs and such. I’m sorry - I’m still using old--fashioned blinkers. I didn’t realize you needed some time to e-notify that guy that you needed the lane back. I really messed it up for both of you! I can only say that the guardrail was a little distracting, and I was only thinking about myself. I’ll try harder next time. Like I said, I didn’t know that was how you multi-tasking drivers were communicating. It must have been in an e-mail, but my laptop fell off my tank and I haven’t replaced it. However, I have a solution. I know many of you are so busy and important that you have no choice - you have to eat, work, talk, read and do lots of other really impor-tant things as you drive. Those of us who use the road only for traveling would be happy to stay out of your way; we just need to know you’re coming. A little visual clue would help - I was thinking of a bumper sticker. That way, everyone could identify you as Drivers Utilizing Multiple Behaviors. Of course, that’s a little long, so we’d cut it down to an acro-nym - DUMB. If you’d place stickers on the front, back and maybe the sides of your car, the rest of us would know not to inter-fere with you on the road. I think it’s such a good idea; I’ll pay for the bumper stickers and even put them on for you. Deal? Again, I’m sorry I got in your way. I’ll try harder to see you coming from now on. I promise! Biker Meets Viagra Crash, the Biker, walks into a pharmacy & says to the pharmacist, “Listen, I have three biker babes coming over tonight. I’ve never had three biker babes at once, & I need something to keep me horny, keep me potent. “The pharmacist reaches under the counter, unlocks the bottom drawer & takes out a small cardboard box marked with a label “Viagra Extra Strength” & says, “Here, if you eat this, you’ll go NUTS for 12 hours!” The next day, Crash rides down to the same pharmacy, walks right up to the same pharmacist & pulls down his pants. The pharmacist looks in horror as he notices that Crash’s Johnson is black & blue with the skin hanging off in some places. Crash says, “Gimme a bottle of Ben Gay. “The pharmacist replies, “BEN GAY? You’re not going to put Ben Gay on your johnson while it’s in that condition?” Crash replies, “No, it’s for my arms, the girls didn’t show up.” The Smoker Joe sees a man leaning against the wall of a large building. The man is puffing away, one cigarette after another. Joe says, “Sir, I couldn’t help noticing how you chain-smoke. How many packs do you smoke a day?” “Four.” “How long have you been smoking?” “Thirty years.” “That’s over six thousand packs. If you didn’t smoke, you could have saved enough money to buy this building.” The smoker takes a deep puff and says, “Do you smoke?” “Never.” “Do you own this building?” “No.” “Well, I do.” Robbery A thief stuck a pistol in a man’s ribs and said, “Give me your money.” The gentleman, shocked by the sudden attack, said, “You cannot do this, I’m a United States Congressman!” The thief said, “In that case, give me my money!” Biker vs. Sparrow A biker is riding along a country lane, when a sparrow flies up in front of him. The biker can’t do anything and hits the sparrow. As he looks in his rear view mirror, he sees the sparrow lying in the road. Being the kind of guy he is, he stops, picks up the sparrow and takes it home and puts it in a cage, still in a coma. When the sparrow wakes up the following morning, he looks through the bars of the cage and says, “Damn! I must have killed the biker”. Sex Frogs A blonde goes to her local pet store in search of an exotic pet. As she looks about the store, she notices a box FULL of frogs. The sign says: SEX FROGS Only $20 each! Comes with complete instructions. The girl excitedly looks around to see if anybody’s watching her. She whispers softly to Pete the man behind the counter, ‘I’ll TAKE one!’ As Pete packages the frog, he quietly says to her, “Just follow the instructions!’ The blonde nods, grabs the box, and is quickly on her way home. As soon as she closes the door to her apartment, she opens the instructions and reads them very carefully She does EXACTLY what is specified: 1. Take a shower. 2. Splash on some nice perfume. 3. Slip into a very sexy nightie.
4. Crawl into bed and place the frog down beside you and allow the frog to do what he has been trained to do. She then quickly gets into bed with the frog and to her surprise NOTHING happens! The blonde is very disappointed and quite upset at this point. She re-reads the instructions and notices at the bottom of the paper it says, ‘If you have any problems or questions please call the pet store.’ So, she calls the pet store. Pete says, ‘I’ll be right over.’ Within minutes, Pete is ringing her doorbell. The blonde welcomes him in and says, ‘See, I’ve done everything according to the instructions. The damn frog just SITS there!’ Pete looking very concerned, picks up the frog, stares ‘directly into its eyes’ and STERNLY says: ‘LISTEN TO ME!! I’m only going to show you how to do this ONE MORE TIME... lie Detector John was a salesman’s delight when it came to any kind of unusual gimmick. His wife Marsha had long ago given up trying to get him to change. One day, John came home with another one of his crazy purchases. It was a robot that John claimed was actually a lie detector. About 5:30 that afternoon Tommy, their 11 year old son returned home from school. Tommy was over 2 hours late. “Where have you been? Why are you over 2 hours late getting home?’, they asked. ‘‘Several of us went to the library to work on an extra credit project’ said Tommy. The Robot then walked around the table and slapped Tommy, knocking him completely out of his chair.’ Son, this robot is a lie detector, now tell us where you went after school.’ ‘We went to Bobby’s house and watched a movie.’ ‘What did you watch?’ asked Marsha. ‘The Ten Commandments.’ answered Tommy. The Robot went around to Tommy and once again slapped him, knocking him off his chair. With lip quivering, Tommy got up, sat down and said, ‘I am sorry I lied. We really watched a tape called Sex Queen.” I’m ashamed of you Son,’ said John. ‘When I was your age, I never lied to my parents. ’The robot then walked around to John and delivered a roundhouse right that nearly knocked him out of his chair. Marsha was bent double laughing, almost in tears. “Boy, did you ever ask for that one ....and you can’t be too mad with Tommy. After all, He is your son! “The Robot immediately walked around to Marsha, and gave her a good old-fashioned bitch slap. Betty and Barbie, two blonde sisters had promised their uncle, per his request, that they would bury him at sea when he died. Their uncle had been a seafaring gentleman all his life and it was to be his final wish. Of course, in due time, he did pass away and the two blondes kept their promise. They cast off from Fort Lauderdale with their uncle all stitched up in a burial bag and loaded onto his rowboat. After rowing for quite some time, Betty says, ‘Do you think we’re out far enough?’ Barbie slips over the side and almost immediately says, ‘No, this will never do -- the water is only up to my chest. ‘So, they row on out some more, and Barbie slips over the side once again and disappears. Quite a bit of time goes by while Barbie is under water and poor Betty is really getting worried. Suddenly, Barbie breaks the surface, gasping for breath. ‘Well is it deep enough yet, Sis?’ Betty inquires. ‘Yes, finally! Hand me the shovel.’
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Walt Emerson Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try. Mary Kay Ash Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. Mark Twain Some people like me who look like they don’t fit into society, fit the best. Rupert Boneham
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2010 MRA Race Schedule, Adult tickets $10 for weekend, kids under 12 FREE!
THUNDER ROADS EVENTS CALENDAR Racing 6th Annual Thunder in The
Rockies. Thunder Mountain
Harley-Davidson. 4250 Byrd Drive, Loveland, Colorado. Info:www.thunderintherockies.com
States Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America. www.cvmacolorado.com
You ain’t nothin but a Houndog! Hawgs for HouNds
we’re Riding For The Puppies Baby!
Teller County Regional Animal Shelter 8th Annual HAwgS FOR HOUnDS
The President of the Teller County Regional Animal Shelter (TCRAS) Kellie Case and her husband Rob gathered about a hundred riders, many with passengers, for the 8th annual run to benefit the shelter. Starting at Benny’s in Old Colorado City with breakfast riders headed for the mountains not knowing what mother nature had in store for them. For the last two years it rained hard, but this year, a day that started a little chilly for July turned out to be spectacular! As the ride wound its way up Ute pass to the Ute Inn, Victor, Florissant and back down to Crystola, animals were begging for attention and the weather got better and better. Riders settled in for some food, drink and music at the Crystola Roadhouse while they waited for the raffle and 50/50 drawing. Even the Mayor of Divide, a 3-legged dog named Spright (and former TCRAS shelter guest), dropped by to have her belly rubbed. Carolee Langer, the President of Mountain Shadow Riders won the best hand for the day and promptly returned the money to Kellie and TCRAS. I met the absolute sweetest and luckiest dog, Boogie, at the roadhouse. I say luckiest because she went home with a new family that same day. Maya was also adopted but had to wait a week to go to her new home. Every year rain or shine, this is a ride that renews and refreshes your soul. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful scenery in Colorado. The fact that you’re helping out those who truly possess and give unconditional love just makes the ride that much more worthwhile and memorable.
SUMMER BLOWOUT Fun Day
Bob’s Coffee Shop, 12 - 5 P.M. Live music, volleyball, horseshoes, Door prizes. 3522 WCR 54G. LaPorte CO. 970-691-8911
September 18/10 – Race #7 at Pueblo Motorsports Park October 9/10 – Race #8 at High Plains Raceway Flat Track IMI Raceway (east of Erie, CO)$10 gets you in the pits, Aaron (303) 362-1376 firstname.lastname@example.org , www.banginbarspromotions.com Sept 11, Oct 2.
Full Moon Saloon Bar and Grill. 206 Main St. Pierce, CO 970-834-2880
Full Moon Saloon 3rd Annual Customer Appreciation Pig Roast. Music, food, fun! Free Pig.
27th Annual Colorado English Motoring Conclave at Oak Park, 64th Place and Oak
22 - 26
For event listing in our calendar, send an e-mail with the name of the event, date, location, time, cost and contact information. Events@thundercolorado.com Event submission deadline is the 10th of each month. IT IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA TO CALL AND VERIFY EVENT INFORMATION PRIOR TO ATTENDING
Registration 8:30-10am, Moto Adventure 6385 Byrd Dr., $15 per hand $20 for two. www.twmf.us
8th Annual Thunder Mountain Wind & Fire Burn Out Poker Run, Loveland CO,
Street, Arvada, Colorado. supporting the Rocky Mountain Triumph Club with their 9 Cares, Colorado Shares food drive effort, Please bring a can or two of food to help out! Info: Days: Gary George (303) 477-0189, Evenings - Scott Story (303) 755-1926 http://www.thecoloradoconclave.com/ pages/conclave.htm
1st Annual Ride for Koston,
18 - 19
Lakewood CO Registration 9am at Piflers Sports Tavern 11353 Colfax Ave. $20.00 rider, $10.00 passenger. 50/50 and more (303) 435-7596
Street Vibrations Fall Rally, Reno NV, (775) 329-7469, www. road-shows.com True Kustom Grand Opening, Sheridan CO, 1835 Union
These dogs ride! Not adoptable
8/31 - 9/6
Ignacio Bike Week, Ignacio,
Colorado www.ignaciobikeweek. com
CO. Registration at 8:30am at Limon Fire House, $20.00 Rider. $10.00 passenger. To benefit 5 Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Houses. www.coloradolawdogs. com Dreampower Animal Rescue Charity Ride. Ride starts at Western Omelette Restaurant at 8:00 am. 719-661-6323
Law Dogs Poker Run, Limon
Ave #19 Live band, Car and Bike show in our new location 12PM to 6PM, Rain or Shine, www.truekustom.com (303) 241-5287.
Chemical Skin Customs 3rd Annual Car Show, 1604 N.
4th Annual Sugar Pine Ranch Rally, Mancos CO, Gates open 10am daily 3 mi N. of Mancos on Hwy 184, Admission $10 per day, poker runs, biker games, music, games and more, www.sugarpineranchrally.com
2nd Annual POW MIA Memorial Ride. Starts at
Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson. Registration begins 10:00 am. Ride leaves at 12:30 pm. $10.00. 720-298-3457, 303-905-8620
Lincoln Loveland, Co. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Everything welcome! Street Rods, Hot Rods, Bikes, Trucks, Muscle cars. As long as it’s cool!!! Entry fee $20. Win a 2010 Camaro in our raffle. All proceeds donated to American Military Family. 970-635-1844
Four Corners Biker Rally,
Annual All Patriots Run, Arvada CO. Registration 10am at Arvada VFW 5340 Marshall St. Ends at Golden VFW. To benefit Mountain
16th Annual Northwest Kansas Bike Show, Goodland KS, (785)
It’s a sad commentary on life when you think of all the abused and abandoned animals in shelters today. Puppy Mills continue to churn out new puppies while the adult dogs are forced to live in horrible conditions. There are still people that raise dogs for fighting and people that refuse to have their pets spayed or neutered and some that think of pets as disposable. I say enough is enough! Stay away from breeders, pet stores, side of the road or back of the car sales and puppy mills! Give the animal population a chance to right itself and adopt a pet from a shelter today. Why? There were 170,364 dogs and cats in Colorado shelters last year alone. 33,000 were euthanized. 31% of the cats and 11% of the dogs taken in were euthenized. Please thank all those that give so much to the animals in our shelters and a personal thanks to all that came out to support their efforts. Boogie and Maya are showing their love and thanks to their new and very lucky families. Go visit a shelter today! Joe - Live, Love, Laugh and Ride
Kellie & Carolee
I’m waiting for you
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Fred’s 2,000 Mile Adventure
BOULDER, Co (AP) - A 67-year-old motorcyclist rode from Plymouth, MN, to Boulder, CO, over two days early this week and despite the usual mishaps of the road, arrived virtually on schedule. Pulled out of Plymouth at 5 a.m. Monday with Brunhilde loaded to the gills with accoutrement appropriate for the venture. The rain suit, for example, which I donned before departure, figuring “What the hell, I might as well put it on now because chances are I’m going to need it.” Ran into the first of the rain 60 miles south of the Cities and it continued all the way to south of Sheldon, IA. Riding in the rain is feasible, but never a pleasant experience. For one thing, I don’t like the bike to get dirty.
Fred and his ‘99 Valkyrie interstate Tourer
tually, or practically so, without other human intervention. Oh, yeah, there was the occasional truck or semi, the usual locals dithering hither and yon, yer average pick-up truck cowboys, but otherwise--virtually phuquing NOBODY--not in the least any sheriffs. Better yet, most of the time, because of the topography, I could see so much as a mile ahead of me! I mean everything. Traffic coming toward me, traffic behind me (such as it was), crossroads, even at one point a prairie dog, fer Chrissake. This, with the state speed limit set at a brisk 65 mph, allowed me to cruise at 70 legally, but as much as 80, 90 and even 110 without much of any sort of interference. The 110, I only hit once, just for the hell of it; the 90 on two or three passing situations; but the 80 mph, for much of the stretch purty much de rigeur.
2nd Annual Katelynn Stinnett National Memorial Run
BikeRS AcROSS THe NATiON cOMe TOgeTHeR FOR cHiLD ABUSe
A Big SUccESS!
2-year-old Katelynn Stinnett of Kentucky died of injuries she suffered when she was sexually abused and beaten by her 18-year-old babysitter December 3rd, 2008. “The Borrowed Angels Charity Riders,” pallbearers for Katelynn’s funeral started a benefit run in Kentucky that quickly spread across the United States. Held on the 3rd Saturday of June every year, it is meant to honor the memory of Katelynn and all children of abuse and neglect, to bring awareness to the cause and ensure that even the smallest voice is heard. This year riders across the nation raised in excess of $85,000 and donated the proceeds to various children’s agencies designated by each area. Colorado teams organized 2 separate runs; Central Colorado raised over $3,000 with all proceeds going to Families First of Colorado. Joyce Ripple Curley and her team did a great job in northern Colorado raising over $2300 for Alternative to Violence.
Weather lifted by the time I reached Sioux City and Monday afternoon in eastern Nebraska was nearly perfect…were it not for the flooding. The Platte River valley was full after a week of rain, the creeks overflowing, and my plan to diagonal from Sioux City to Grand Island was thwarted by a detour. The detour then was detoured and only by luck did I find myself coming out of the maze in Elkhorn, just above Lincoln. That was nearly 12 hours into the epoch, some 475 miles, so I decided to call it a night and lay over there in a motel. Yesterday morning it was warm in Lincoln at 6 a.m., but by the time I was 20 miles west on I-80 I encountered a heavy wall of low pressure-fog so thick that as it condensed on my windshield it began to bead like it would were I riding in rain. This went on for 40 - 50 miles during which often I couldn’t see anything beyond the taillights of the car or truck in front of me. It all was damp, cool, and oddly, there was a crosswind at work that heightened the chill. It was enough to have me pause at a wayside, dig into the right-side hard bag and pull out a set of my “heavy leathers,” shit that I’d packed only for such eventuality. At Kearney, where I-80 takes a turn to the north and Platte before dipping southwest again, I dropped down south 20 miles to U.S. 34 which runs east-west just above the Kansas border. Ah, what a time-saver. Two lanes, old but well-paved, this baby runs straight as an Arapahoe arrow from Holdridge, NE, to Ft. Morgan, CO, some 300 miles up and down roller-coaster hills, surprisingly mindful of the southern sector of the Driftless Zone and west through Lancaster County, and vir-
I tell you, there’s nothing quite like a 1520 cc, 94 hp six-cylinder engine banging along for miles at a time at 4000 rpm and 80 miles per hour. Music to me ears, food for the soul of a biker, even though I was wearing my helmet. I’ve never experienced it before, being able to go anywhere on a bike or in a car, that fast for so long at a stretch, without worrying particularly about either traffic or gendarme. Speaking with personal bias, it’s the best testimony I could ever make to the Valkyrie “Interstate Tourer” as perhaps the greatest highway bike ever made. I pulled into Boulder around 6:30, CDT, or 5:30 Mountain Time, picking up an hour. Essentially, 12 hours in the saddle, given stops around every hour or so for a short rest, hydration, gas, and as I found along the way, caffeine and cannabis for a welcome little pick-me-up. Boulder is pretty, at the “foothills” of the Rocky Mountains. The foothills are actually mountains, were they situated anywhere else in the country, and it’s chockfull of people on bicycles, runners and joggers, and young and attractive stay-athome moms pushing baby strollers. I’m thinking now of the return trip, which I might well decide will take me north to Cheyenne, northeast to Rapid City, the approach through the southern Black Hills, a grinding run along I-90 to Sioux Falls, then a relatively short hop to home up through southwestern Minnesota. ….cont. in October issue
None of this would have been possible without the help of so many. The Central CO coordinating team, Michelle Sills, Kristen Dodd, Carleena Watson and Reni Berman would like to thank the B.A.C.A. Rocky Mountain Chapter for all of their help. Special thanks to: Law Tigers, American Throttle, Dan Rosen and Don Hendricks the Artmechanic; Rocky Flats Lounge, Uhl Studios, Kermit’s, Cactus Jacks and the Platte River Bar and Grill, and to Reckless Red and Some Friends of Mine for a great night of entertainment. To the many volunteers, sponsors, participants and donations, we thank you all. A national website www.ksnmr.com has been established where you can view the final totals, the charities helped and information on the 2011 ride. “Silence is nOT an option” Reni Berman
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too much to sneak a new law through and after the 2008 session vertical plates were illegal,” said Todd Riba, ABATE of MN Legislative Director, “but not for long.” ABATE of Minnesota’s lobbying team and State Coordinator started to work on the problem, and State Senators Amy Koch and Ray Vandeveer stepped forward to carry their bill. The state patrol didn’t want to give up its ability to read motorcycle plates, but ABATE didn’t want the custom bike folks to lose the right to trick out their rides. It took a lot of creative thinking to come up with a solution, but in the end that’s what happened. The bill passed and the Governor signed it into law, becoming effective August 1st. Here is how it works: the DVS will offer vertical reading license plates. You will be able to mount these plates in vertical license plate brackets and law enforcement’s scanners will still be able to read them. The plates can be ordered just like vanity plates and riders will have to pay an extra fee, but these new vertical reading plates should keep you out of trouble and if you sell the bike you can keep the plate for your next custom ride.
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Municipalities from coast to coast are giving motorcycles the silent treatment, and riders rights groups and industry analysts fear that a wave of ordinances aimed at muffling noisy bikes will create a confusing patchwork of laws nationwide and could turn frustrated riders away from the $12 billion motorcycle marketplace. Laws restricting motorcycle noise have been around for years and come in many forms; some are against certain types of products such as a New York City ordinance that subjects riders to a minimum $400 ticket for having an exhaust system that can be heard within 200 feet, while others are aimed more at the intent of the operator such as a Lancaster, Penn., ordinance that makes it illegal for riders to over-rev their engines. In Denver, which passed a unique muffler law three years ago that requires EPA labeling to be displayed on pipes to prevent bikers from installing louder aftermarket exhausts, Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attorney Wade Eldridge was recently quoted in a local CBS-4 story investigating the controversial attempt to reduce noise emissions. Eldridge, who specializes in representing motorcycle riders in accident and insurance law cases and who is a rider himself, was quoted in the July 23rd interview as saying: “I think it (the Denver loud noise law) was something the city council passed that they knew was unenforceable,” and suggested that to fight back “those who receive tickets should demand trials.” Though rarely enforced since Eldridge won a key case against the Denver noise ordinance, with only 46 tickets handed out to date, police in Golden citing state law have issued 81 noise violations in the last 6 months. The city is using a Colorado state statute, C.R.S. 42-4-225 that requires that vehicles be equipped with an “adequate” muffler, and outlaws any “excessive or unusual” noise. According to Eldridge, “the law lends itself to arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement -- the police can stop you for whatever reason.” “The powers that be in the City of Golden have apparently made a political decision that they don’t want us in their city,” observed Eldridge, adding that; “The police department will continue stopping us, and writing these tickets, until enough people PLEAD NOT GUILTY AND INSIST ON A TRIAL… when the court is backlogged with these cases, we will see some official pressure to stop them.” In the meantime, further information on fighting such tickets can be found on the website of the Colorado Confederation of Clubs (www.colorado-coc.com), of which Eldridge serves as legal counsel.
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A Westerly, Rhode Island woman has been ordered held without bail on charges that she struck and killed a motorcyclist with her car. Laura Reale, 27, did not enter a plea at a July 22nd arraignment in Washington County Superior Court on an indictment of driving to endanger, death resulting. According to an NBC 10 news report, a judge ordered her held without bail after a prosecutor said Reale had been hiding marijuana use by submitting another person’s urine samples. She will be held until her lawyer can find her a drug treatment program. Reale is accused of running a red light in Westerly on May 16 and crashing into a motorcycle driven by 27-year-old Colin B. Foote. Reale has a history of violations, with 27 moving-vehicle violations on record. Foote’s death led to a new state law aimed at preventing habitual traffic offenders from driving.
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in grants for state and federal programs. Menendez and Pallone also want $3.5 billion in grants over five years for police departments to fight gangs. The legislation would also create or increase federal penalties for gang activities. For example, engaging in a “pattern of criminal gang activity” - meaning committing two or more crimes related to gang membership - could send someone to prison for up to 30 years.
small pyramids at accident-prone sites in the city in hopes their claimed positive energy can stop deadly crashes. Vastu expert Sushil Fatehpuria, who offered his services free of charge, said that each 30 centimetre tall pyramid will have a copper bottom and five smaller pyramids inside. “I think the accidents are caused by negative energies. So we need to minimize or convert the negative energy into positive ones,” he said. “I will energize the pyramids. I will transfer my positive thoughts into the pyramids.” A combination of an increase in drivers, many of them untrained, poor road planning and lax law enforcement have made India’s roads the most dangerous in the world, with more than 114,000 fatalities each year. Good Luck!
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Continuing to ride a motorcycle may keep some senior citizens young at heart, but as the riding population grows older they are more likely to be injured or die as a result of a mishap when compared to their younger counterparts due to factors associated with aging. Researchers at Rochester University Medical Centre in New York released findings earlier this spring indicating that half of all motorcyclists needing emergency treatment in 2005 were over 40, double the number in 1993, and accidents involving riders in that age group were twice as likely to be fatal as those involving younger bikers. Of all injured riders included in the study, those aged 50 to 59 were the fastestgrowing group, while those between 20 and 29 were the most rapidly declining group. Age-related changes, such as decreases in bone strength and brain size, may make older riders more susceptible to injury. Other factors associated with aging, such as impaired vision, delayed reaction time, and altered balance contribute to motorcycle crashes in this population. In the study, which was published in the March issue of the American Surgeon, researchers using the National Trauma Databank reviewed the records of 61,689 motorcyclists aged 17 to 89 years involved in a motorcycle crash between 1996 and 2005. The average age of motorcyclists involved in crashes steadily increased over the study period, which is consistent with published statistics from the Motorcycle Industry Council which report that the average age of motorcycle ownership rose from 33 years in 1998 to 40 years in 2003.
The United States has donated 115 motorcycles worth $524,398 to an African educational center that coordinates tutors in the Uganda cities of Lango, Acholi and Teso. The motorcycles were handed over by the U.S. Agency for International Development to Uganda team leader, Elise Ayers, at Asuret Core Primary Teachers College in Soroti in May. Ayers said the motorcycles would enable the tutors make a minimum of three visits to each school in a term to mentor and provide professional support to teachers.
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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced a free online program celebrating the freedom of motorcycling called the “Live Free Ride Alive” program. “The campaign reminds riders to take it easy out there and accept personal responsibility for their actions,” said a PennDOT spokesperson. “It addresses issues of drinking and riding, speeding, and being properly trained and licensed to operate a motorcycle.” Pennsylvania riders can enhance their operating skills and safety awareness by taking free training offered through Pennsylvania’s Motorcycle Safety Program. The live courses are free to Pennsylvania residents and are held from March through October at approximately 70 sites across the state. Motorcycle permit holders who successfully complete the course will be issued a motorcycle license.
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City officials in Jakarta are mulling over schemes to limit the number of motorcycles allowed in certain areas during peak hours to help unsnarl the city’s acute traffic jams. The Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association estimates there are about 35 million motorcycles in usable condition in the country, and in the capital city of 8.5 million people there are nearly one motorcycle for every person and growing by nearly a thousand new bikes every day. This extraordinarily high number of motorcycles has exacerbated the city’s already awful traffic, especially during rush hour, and plans are in place to begin banning bikes from a number of main thoroughfares in this mostly Muslim nation after the holy holiday of Ramadan, requiring riders to continue their journeys by public transportation. Motorcycle numbers have been increasing for six years throughout the country, driven by affluence and affordable credit schemes. Today, a new motorcycle can be purchased with an initial down payment of Rp 500,000 (US$50).
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According to information recently circulated by ABATE of the Garden State, New Jersey congressional representatives are pushing new federal legislation to deter gang activity. In early August, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced one bill in the U.S. Senate while Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.) introduced a version in the House of Representatives. The legislation claims to address “criminal street gang problems” from several angles. It would fund billions of dollars in programs for at-risk youth, including $5.5 billion
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The state patrol in Minnesota, like many other police agencies, use license plate scanners in their patrol cars that can read up to 1,000 plates per minute, but they are unable to read the vertical plates on some custom motorcycles. “It didn’t take
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Since the days of ancient Egypt, pyramids have been credited with supernatural or paranormal properties, and now their putative powers are being harnessed by Indian police to reduce road accidents. After meeting with an expert in Vastu, an ancient Hindu system of construction similar to Chinese Feng Shui, traffic officers in Nagpur are strategically installing
“Necessity is the plea for every abridgment of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants, the creed of slaves.”William Pitt (1759-1806), Prime Minister of England
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65 Roses - Katie’s Ride 10-Year Anniversary
Photo courtesy – greg Dilman Ten years ago, Kris Boone met a special family and learned of their little girl named Katie, who she learned had cystic fibrosis. She was compelled to do something to increase awareness and more importantly help fund research to find a cure. Katie’s Ride was born. From a meager beginning on that first year, with just a few dedicated volunteers; Kris Boone, Charlie Knight, Jon and Becky Phetteplace and a few riders, Kris has helped to educate many of us who knew little or nothing about this disease. Katie’s Ride has grown and now includes hundreds of riders and has raised thousands of dollars to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF). The poker run started at The Office Grill in Loveland, then made stops at the T-Bar in Wellington, Full Moon Saloon in Pierce, Bruce’s Bar in Severance and finally ended at Crazy Jack’s Saloon in Fort Collins. We have learned to always expect something special at this event. For 8 years, Denver Bronco Alumni Larry Brunson and 13-year veteran, 3-time All-Pro defensive back Billy Thompson have given support to a cause that has become near and dear to their hearts. Year after year, these guys do more than just “make an appearance.” They hang out and socialize with the participants, volunteers just like “one of the guys.” This year’s auction at the end of the poker run was also something special. In addition to a couple of guys auctioning themselves off for dates, Kris’s mom Pat Sullivan, wanted to do something really special to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Katie’s Ride. She enlisted the help of a friend, Pam Hagar who spent 30 hours in the piecing and sewing of a quilt. Before it was completed, stitching of eagle heads, flames, and stars was done throughout the front and back. The quilt became an All American Biker theme with the flag that is in the bike material panels. The blue material has the statue of liberty, so they followed thru with the eagles and stars. Vickie Ferrin embroidered the centerpiece. It took over 5 hours and has 85,000 stitches. The black material has roses in it that signify 65 Roses. In the bottom corner of the center logo, a red rose has been added. Pam Hagar donated her time and Pat donated her $500 investment to Katie’s Ride. It was her gift for the 10th Anniversary. Jack from Wyoming, who won the bidding war, went home with something very, very special! Note: When Katie was younger, she couldn’t pronounce Cystic Fibrosis. It sounded like she was saying 65 roses. The roses became a symbolic part of the logo. Terry Wright aka Mad Dog won the prize for showing up with the most “past year’s ride shirts” He rode to the first stop in 90-degree weather wearing 8 shirts! He later admitted, “I screwed up though. I had one shirt on from a different run!” The day ended when Katie who would soon be celebrating her 13th birthday, got on stage and sang for us. Katie appears healthy, but has to be hooked up to a machine that vibrates all the mucus from her lungs so she can breathe. Kris states, “Although we were down about 100 bikes this year, we still raised over $7000 dollars!” This benefit isn’t for Katie. She is a poster child for CF. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the pancreas, liver and lung functions in the body. It is the number one genetic killer of children today. Let’s help make CF stand for “Cure Found” lm
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Billy Thompson, Bette, katie and Larry Brunson
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Against a backdrop of the Rocky Mountains and a couple of vintage warplanes, the American Legion Riders District 4 hosted their first Motorcycle Show as part of Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom. On display was the famous B-17 Flying Fortress (the last one in existence), a B-24 Liberator and the world’s only dual control P-51C Mustang, Betty Jane. The P-51 has been hailed as the greatest fighter aircraft ever produced. It was hard not to be pulled in by the magic going on around the tarmac at the Fort Collins-Loveland Airport on July 18th. Beginning with a presentation of colors from American Legion Riders - District 4, this day was a culmination of several days at the airport including a USO type dance in one of the airplane hangars with people dressing for that era in history, vintage plane rides and tours providing the opportunity to experience what it was like to be in the cockpits, the belly of the plane and the various gunner positions. Waiting in line to tour the war birds, spectators had an opportunity to take in the motorcycles on display and to share memories of days gone by. One veteran recalled, “I was a tail-gunner on both these planes.” A woman commented that she worked in the factory in Detroit where these planes were built. “Were you a Rosie Riveter?” She replied, “No. I told them I didn’t want to work on the assembly line. I worked in packaging”. She went on to say, “We never got to tour any of the planes back then.” She would finally have that experience on this day. A gentleman who was going to be 100 years old in just a couple of weeks had the opportunity to fly on one of the historic monuments. When asked how it was, the man’s eyes lit up, he smiled a big smile and said one word, “Exhilarating!”
Prior to the official opening of the Bike Show, Jim Venrick, winner of the Realities Ride Thunder Roads Colorado Vintage Bike Show, was permitted to bring his bike, a 1941 Military Indian, Model 841 onto the tarmac for photo shoots with all of the war birds. American Legion Riders - District 4 Bike Show entry participants then vied for an opportunity to win the coveted first place prize – an airplane ride on one of the bombers - a piece of history from World War II, the B-17 Flying Fortress or the B-24 Liberator bomber. The bike show included 2 classes, vintage and custom. Jim Venrick took Best of Show with his 1941 Military Indian Model 841, while Jeff Maschino, a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 15, took the Custom Class with his 1949 H-D Panhead. Much to everyone’s surprise, both winners were awarded a ride on one of the bombers, with Venrick getting first choice. Because of health issues, Jim graciously gifted the flight to his brother Terry. Both Jeff and Terry were totally in awe after completing their flight. Other Bike Show winners were awarded gift certificates from High Country Harley-Davidson. lm
Terry, Carol and Jim Venrick
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Where’s Your Aspen?
It’s that time again. It seems that summer is becoming a memory and I’m looking forward to the changing colors in the high country. There are so many places to go, it’s hard to figure out when and where to enjoy the transformation from summer to fall, with bursts of gold and red surrounded by the deep green of pine trees in our Colorado Mountains. The 3rd week of September is normally the best time to get out, but Mother Nature sometimes has her own ideas about when the transformation will start. You can watch your local news station for ideas about where and when to go to catch fall colors at their peak. There are also plenty of websites that also offer good information. I suggest you make this ride an overnighter. There’s just too much to see in one day on this route. For those of you in Denver, it’s about a 3-hour one-way trip heading out on hwy 285. From Colorado Springs it’s about 2.5 hours heading out on hwy 24. I’m talking about a ride to St. Elmo, one of the most preserved ghost towns in Colorado. The 1880’s mining town of St. Elmo is an official National Historic Site and getting there is half the fun. The scenery along the way to your turn off on CR162 from hwy 285 is just beautiful and sometimes filled with wildlife so be careful. Once you make your turnoff and start heading west on CR162, you could stop in at the Chalk Cliffs an unusual geologic formation making up a large area of mountainside. Legend has it that a group of Spaniards desperately fleeing from hostile Indians threw their store of gold into the crevices of the Chalk Cliffs, where it is still waiting to be rediscovered. From there, you can continue on to St. Elmo. The last 5 or 6 miles are dirt, but don’t let that
scare you away if you’re on a cruiser (that’s what I ride). You are in Quad country so be watchful and the road is washboard like in some areas, but not bad at all. You will ride through a canopy of Aspens en-route with aspens cascading down the mountains in rivers of gold. Just as you’re ready to leave the pavement, Agnes Vaille Falls is off on your right. You’ll come to a stream overlook where water thunders over the rocks on its way to a small lake. Once you arrive in St Elmo, I think you’ll gasp at the sheer beauty of a well-preserved ghost town surrounded in bright yellow. It’s unbelievable that this remote, deserted ghost town, a hundred years ago, reached a population of over 2,000! It’s an amazing experience that will take your breath away! This trip is well worth making it an overnighter. Try Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resort, a 19th century hot springs swimming pool that is still in operation and open to the public. There’s a Super 8 and Best Western located in Buena Vista with a Bar & Grill close by, along with a number of quaint motels. Remember, Cottonwood pass is just outside of Buena Vista. If you want to make it a day trip, allot plenty of time and maybe I’ll see you there. Joe Live, Love, Laugh and Ride
Map and Chalk Creek photo courtesy USA DOT Federal Highway Administration, www.byways.org
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Colorado Springs Chapter of Women On Wheels®
The 5th Annual Emily’s Parade
Begin assembling early in the South Parking Lot at Columbine High School (6201 S. Pierce St. Littleton, Registration 8-10:30. Suggested donation $20. Leave Columbine at 11:00 a.m. and ride to Platte Canyon High School (57393 U.S. Highway 285, Bailey, CO. Info: Jim Arnett, 303-838-4504 Iloveyouguys.org
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Registration: 8:00am – 9:30am Start Location: Western Omelette 16 S. Walnut St. Colorado Springs Donation: $10 per person (Includes Ride Pin) Last Bike Out: 9:45am Test Your Memory Run: Pay attention to landmarks, objects, signs, etc. along the route-questions at each stop. The person with the most correct answers WINS! $$$$$ End Location: D.A.V. Hall 6880 Palmer Park Blvd. Colorado Springs (Corner of Palmer Park & Peterson Rd.) Last Bike In & Party Starts: 3:00pm
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Bikes, Blues & BBQ Motorcycle Rally, Fayetteville AR, (479) 5279993, www.bikesbluesandbbq.org
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10th Annual Mountain Shadow Riders Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, Colorado Springs
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American Heat, Palm Springs CA, (775) 329-7469, www.road-show.com 14 Annual Fall Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Show and Swap Meet. Sponsored by Hawg Wild
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Las Vegas, Nevada. The official Las Vegas BikeFest 10th Anniversary Party will take place poolside at the Sahara Hotel on Friday, October 1st. The first 1,000 party attendees will receive a souvenir Las Vegas BikeFest anniversary gift that will not be available anywhere else. Bikini trike races, wet wife-beater contest, giveaways, cheap food and drink, and more. The Sahara Hotel will be hosting Las Vegas BikeFest themed poker and slot tournaments. Artistry in Iron Master Builders Championship. Preregistration Ultimate Pass only $50, Party Pass $25. 866-BIKEFEST (245-3337). www.lasvegasbikefest.com
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CO. Registration 8am - 9:30am Western Omelette 16 S. Walnut St. $10 per person. Test your memory run w/ prizes fun & games All proceeds to benefit Colorado Springs Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation & The Breast Cancer Network of Strength Rocky Mountain Region, www.mountainshadowriders.com
Custom Choppers Held at Island Grove Park, 425 North 15th Avenue in Greeley. Opens at 9:00 am both days. information call (970) 6695589, www.hawgwildcc.com
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Harry Roamer’s 54th Annual Turkey Run - G.I. Jodi’s Bar 11550
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Sponsored by ABATE of Colorado Registration begins at 9:00 am at two locations. In Aurora riders will begins at The Frontier Club, 18881 E Colfax. In Golden the ride begins at 17999 W Colfax. (303) 789-3264
23rd Annual High Country Toy Run, Colorado Springs CO, (719) 18th Annual Biketoberfest,
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Ride To Eat Silver Tongue Devil
Jesse and Joe
Mile High Harley-Davidson in Parker wanted to get people in the partying mood and ready for Sturgis with a Pre-Sturgis Party on July 24th. Several hundred people showed up to party and listen to that really great band Blackwater. On hand were vendors that could take the stress away, get you stogied up or put that much needed shine on those boots. The pig roast that was just amazing! “Yes folks, that’s a real pig,” I wouldn’t pull your pork if you know what I mean. It was chilly and overcast when I left Colorado Springs, but things heated up real fast when I arrived in Parker. Assisted by the usual suspects, people just settled in for a really great day in the sun. You’d think summer was coming to an end but on Aug 6th it was the “Night of the Jackyl” …the band that is. Jesse James Dupree, the front man for Jackyl, rode up to the Parker Harley-Davidson store to lead a few of his friends to a concert at the Grizzly Rose in Denver. I had a few moments to spend with this sometimes-controversial guy and I must say I was
When Linda asked Cowboy Cody and me (Johnny Pushrod) a couple months back to ride to Green Mountain Falls and check out the Pine Gables Tavern, we were both scratching our heads. Go where? Neither of us had a clue where Green Mountain Falls, nor this particular tavern might be. Cowboy figured it to be one of those new communities that are springing up all over the state. Well, sure enough, once you pass Manitou Springs and continue heading west on Hwy 24 a few miles, there is a little sign that points south off the highway onto a back road and seemingly into the forest. Down this road a couple miles we found a rather well hidden old mountain town. Cowboy said it seemed a bit familiar, but not too familiar. In the middle of town we found a nice shade covered lake with a gazebo and well manicured park for folks to picnic and play in. Nope, we don’t recall this place at all. We rode around in a couple of circles and finally figured out that the Silver Tongued Devil is right on the corner, in the really old building right by the lake on Ute Pass Ave. Entering the saloon is like stepping into the past; cool, dark and inviting. Inside a picture showing the building in 1892 is featured. Since we learned that the town of Green Mountain Falls was founded in 1890, it seems fair to surmise that this was one of the first buildings in this beautiful little town. Long ago, the folks who owned the building wanted to move it from its original location next to the Fire House. It’s said that they put it up on logs and used harnessed horses to pull and roll the building to its current prime spot near the lake. Wow, what an endeavor that must’ve been! We came up to eat, so we proceeded to order some super delicious sandwiches. They call them “Paninos” and they come in a variety of combinations and flavors – all Italian. They’re also known for their excellent pizzas. Our lunch came with salads and we were expecting the usual boring fare. The salads were actually very complete with a tasty variety of fresh greens and other veggies. A touch of grated cheese and red onion on top and it was served up so nice looking that Cowboy even ate all of his. The main dish – the paninos were really super delicious. I tried the Italian combo, with Italian sausage, ground beef, pepperoni and lots of tangy red sauce to go
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with the meats. Cowboy had the house special – another variety of panino. They looked delicious and we were not disappointed. The paninos crust is an inviting golden brown pastry bread. We found the fillings, very tasty and hearty. We’ll stop in there again for sure. We really enjoyed our lunch in the comfortable nonpretentious, old school-biker atmosphere. Along about now is when things got strange – all of a sudden Cowboy remembers how he has been here before. He says this place used to really rock at night; he recalls bands, drinks, lots of friendly people in a party mood – yeah, this is the same place that was called the Silver Tongue Devil in days gone by. It became Pine Gables and just recently changed the name back to the original Silver Tongue Devil. THEN he tells me how he used to bring his kids up to this very lake during the day, to let them fish and have fun when they were little tikes, (a really long time ago-believe me), and how it was all coming back to him. Talk about your senior moments! It only took him a couple of hours in town before he recalled any of that! Geezzzz… Green Mountain Falls sits at 7,800 ft, making for nice cooler temps than we get in the city this time of year and the Silver Tongue Devil Saloon had a real laid back, friendly attitude. Between the excellent food, great riding roads and (ahem) well known party spot after dark… Cowboy said to tell you that this ride to eat is highly recommended by us both. It was laid back, rustic, and there’s more than one scenic mountain route to ride to get there – just our style. We’ve both enjoyed riding that route on the way up to Cripple Creek or when heading north to chase around the curves on highway 67 that runs through Woodland Park to Deckers. From Deckers, be sure to head towards 285 through Pine. There are some really nice sweepers and a few tight ones northwest of Deckers. Unless you’re on a dual sport or dirt bike, do not follow 67 out of Deckers heading northeast. Stay on the paved road going northwest or you and your hog could end up following 67 through Buffalo Creek and 17 miles or so of washboard gravel and dirt road, steep hills and tight turns before you hit pavement again near Sedalia. It’s a pretty area and nice back in there… for the right kind of motorcycle! Cowboy Cody & Johnny Pushrod
suitably impressed. He loves what he does and he loves his fans. He told me he was doing this everywhere he could so he could be closer to his fans because this was fun and what it was all about. He also said he’d be inviting anyone that wanted to ride to Sturgis
with them to just hook up in the morning and leave. This band has been out there for 20 years and it seems they’re just as enthusiastic as ever! I’m beginning to think that Mile High Harley-Davidson is party central. I
wonder what they have planned for their 10th Anniversary party on 25 September. I guess I’ll just have to go find out. Joe Live, Love, Laugh and Ride
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“I guarantee if Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane were still here, they would be riding Harleys”
George Milos Deadwood South Dakota Chamber President
Angie and Willie Thomas and Terry from Littleton at Pactola Lake. Got married in Sturgis
SturgiS Motorcycle rally. . . Rumbles into it’s 70th YeaR
Our plan was to leave at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Knowing that it always takes more planning to pack for a motorcycle trip, I started the day before. Why is it that it always takes twice as long as you think it’s gonna take? Needless to say, I didn’t get done until 10 P.M the next night, got to bed about 11:30, then about 2 a.m. we woke up to howling winds, lightning and the sound of heavy rain pummeling our rooftop. Crap! What do you do but hope when you get up, the storm has passed? Russ’s brother Willie, who was riding up with us this year, called early, about 5 a.m., “What’s the plan?” “Come on over, “ replied Russ. It was overcast and threatened rain, but the ride up was uneventful. Traffic was light. Perfect riding temps, no rain and none of that God-awful Wyoming wind! Paul Reubens “PeeWee Herman” led the ride with a Captain America electric bicycle. It was pretty exciting to be among this group of riders from all over the world, that included celebrities, world famous builders, cigar aficionados and who knows who else? As the pack of bikes snaked out of Deadwood and down the canyon, I noticed something odd up ahead…a guy was sitting backwards on the pillion seat camera in hand, shooting riders coming down the canyon behind him! A couple miles later, there was a guy hanging out of a sidecar with his camera. It was the iconic motorcycle photographer, Michael Lichter! I have to admit it was cool to be on the other side of the camera, especially when Michael Lichter is the one looking out of the camera lens, hanging out of a sidecar, signaling you to come closer, while riding through a mountain canyon at 45 mph! We opted to take one last break at the Gaslight in Rockerville before heading to our home base about 15 miles away in Rapid City. We’re sitting there, Russ on the phone to Jack, a friend in Colorado when in walks a group of 5 or 6. Russ exclaims, “I’m not sure but I think a woman just walked in here topless!” Jack replied, “Well, I guess you better hang up then!” Sure enough, she was naked from the waist up, but these were no silicone giants, they were home grown and she was obviously very comfortable in her own skin. Because they were at the first table inside the entrance, everyone noticed the bare fleshed woman immediately after they walked in. It was entertaining just watching reactions of everyone coming in. Our annual pilgrimage to Sturgis always includes trying to do something new. This year our week started with The Legends Ride, the premier charity-celebrity ride in motorcycling. The gathering before the ride gave everyone the opportunity to meet a few celebrities including Lorenzo Lamas and the beloved “Survivor” star Rupert Boneham, Motorcycle greats including Eddie Trotta, Brian and Laura Klock and Satya Krause were among attendees at this sold-out event. After a press conference at the Franklin Hotel, we left Deadwood around 3:00 for the 50-mile ride to the Legendary Buffalo Chip in Sturgis. The streets of Deadwood, South Dakota were packed as about 375 bikes of all makes and models started the escorted ride through the Black Hills, Sturgis, then on to a special Legends Ride reception, pre-concert party and auction at The Legendary Buffalo Chip.
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At the Buffalo Chip, we had the opportunity to visit Michael Lichter’s “motorcycles as art” exhibit. Lichter, who first brought motorcycle exhibits to Sturgis and hailed as the premier motorcycle photographer, celebrated his 30th year photographing Sturgis with his 10th annual motorcycles as art exhibition entitled Eternal Combustion-30 in the Wind” based on the explosion of interest and the passion for custom motorcycles seen over the last 30 years. His display, set at the gallery exhibit area at the Legendary Buffalo Chip included 30 custom bikes built by 15 teams, something that showed their relationship to another. Pairings included Arlen Ness & Paul Yaffe, Donnie Smith & Brian Klock, Eddie Trotta & Todd Silicato, Kevin Baas & his Kennedy High School Chopper Class. Lichter also had photographs on display from as far back as 1978, many had never been seen before.
We didn’t make it to Sturgis until Wednesday, but were looking forward to going with “first-timers” Willie, with his shades and long blond beard, looking like a 5-foot 2-inch, ZZ Top guy and long and lean Angie towering at over 6 feet They made quite the spectacle and we couldn’t walk a block without someone asking to take a photo. Russ and I made our way to 3rd and Lazelle for what has become an annual “must do” while in Sturgis, The AMD World Championship where competitors from around the world vie for the AMD World Championship builder title. Freddie ‘Krugger’ Bertrand is now wearing the World Champions’ ring after being named the 2010 AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building. At the flick of a switch the V-Rod engined bike can be transformed from a low-riding cruiser with long rake to sport bike mode with a shorter wheelbase and steeper rake. The official attendance numbers won’t be in for a couple of weeks, but estimates are coming in at about 600,000, definitely way up from the last couple of years. According to the Rapid City Journal, the official death tally for the 2010 rally hit nine. There was a bit of confusion this year about the dates. Everyone knows that Sturgis is the first full week of August, so why was it the second week? According to officials at Rally Headquarters, the rally actually starts the Monday after the first full weekend of August. lm
Proceeds from the Legends Ride will be donated to Sky Ranch for Boys at Camp Crook and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. The money raised for Sky Ranch will help rebuild horse barns and corrals at the center for troubled youths. Bill Walsh who has been associated with the ranch for 50 years, stated, “We have 43 children we keep here at the ranch.” “One time I took 12 kids on an overnight horse-packing trip. 6 of the kids had killed somebody. Do you know who they killed? They killed the guy who was beating up on their mother. That’s the kinds of situations these kids come from. We had a kid the other day, he was totally abused his whole life. He didn’t trust anybody. He went out to the coral to feed the horses and he had six horses come and nuzzle him. That’s the first time this kid has ever felt loved by anybody or anything. That is part of our therapy.” Dave Davis representing The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum said their portion of the funds will be used to carry on the history of motorcycling and the rally. President of The Legendary Buffalo Chip, Rod Woodruff said, “We should all be proud of bikers because bikers are the most giving people anywhere. You meet the nicest people on 2-wheels.” The big - ticket item was a custom bike designed by world - renowned bike builder, Michael Prugh and built by students at Western Dakota Technical Institute. It brought $25,000 at auction. Tuesday included a ride through Spearfish Canyon, a trip to Lehman Trikes to test ride a Victory Crossbow, some 24 oz ribeyes courtesy some great friends that came in from Midland, SD and some commemorative 2010 Sturgis Gentleman Jack!
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I first met Pepper, from wellington, CO, at the Chevrolet Dealer in loveland. She was buying a new truck, me getting my brakes done. we were both admiring a Corvette sitting on the showroom floor. She noticed I was wearing a “Harley” shirt, and asked,” Do you ride your own?” I said, “Yes.” She said,” So do I.” Pepper, a former larimer County Rodeo Queen in 1951, went from horses to “horsepower” and at 80 years young has been riding now for almost 40 years. when Pepper and husband Ted got married 12 years ago, it was something special. They got married on their Harleys – Oct. 10th - 10th month, 10th day, and had 10 guests. The reception was a different story with about 150 guests. when she bought her H-D Fatboy back in 2004, she told husband Ted to “watch out, I don’t want 2 fat boys!” She likes to trade bikes every couple of years, owning several different models over the years including a 79 H-D FXR, 89 H-D Heritage Classic, a 750 Honda and more. Her ride of choice now is a 98 Ultra Classic. She says, “I couldn’t carry my bag in that Fat Boy. It wouldn’t fit!” Pepper isn’t keen on trying a 3-wheeler yet, although she says, “I’d love to try one of those Spyders!”If you haven’t guessed yet, Pepper, now 80 years young is “full of it”. A quote from her that I will never forget and use often is, “watch it! Once you start going down hill, you pick up speed!” lm
Pepper – Diane Adcock
E V E N T
Pepper with her 98 Ultra classic and husband Ted’s Heritage Springer
Pepper with her 89 Heritage classic
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250 riders and passengers rode to raise funds for TESSA, a Colorado Springs organization that assists women and children that are victims of domestic violence or abuse in El Paso and Teller Counties in Colorado. Starting at Frankie’s in The Springs they rode a portion of the prairie, the foothills and in between. They ended their 162-mile ride at Frankie’s Too in Falcon where they drew their final “card” (which wasn’t even a card in this Wild Card event). They ended the ride with prizes, giveaways and a raffle that generated a sizable amount of cash that was presented to Staci Woods of TESSA by Frankie on behalf of all the participants. Steve “we’re burning daylight” Barrette brought the house down when he revved his engine to the sound of Girls, Girls, Girls played by Mystic 7 who donated their time for the event. Now that’s breaking in the bar!
There are many worthwhile events to attend and this is one of those events. Domestic violence is on the increase and women and children are the primary victims but they are not the only ones. Many senior citizens and men are also victims. The statistics are frightening and that’s the best reason to get involved in some way and help put an end to this blight on our society. 1 in 6 households are affected by domestic violence and 1 in 4 women in Colorado are victims of sexual assault! In Colorado Springs in 2009 TESSA provided 8,784 nights for 394 women and children at the Safe house. State wide in 2008 98,044 nights of shelter were provided to 5.087 individuals a staggering increase of 37% over the
past year. If you think that’s bad, 8,660 were turned away due to lack of space. How many returned to a household of violence or abuse because they couldn’t escape? There’s more, so much more. Visit www.tessacs.org and ccadv.org for more statistics and find out how you can help these organizations provide their extremely valuable services. If you or anyone you know is a victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse the national hotline is 800-799-7233. In Colorado Springs you can call the TESSA 24hr crisis line at 719-633-3819. A list of local crisis numbers for Colorado can be found at ccadv.org/numbers.htm . Thanks to Frankie, Kathy, their staff and all the participants for making a difference. There are many things that negatively impact all of us these days and many excuses why. There is NO excuse for family violence or sexual abuse. Joe
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