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a motorcyclist, you may want to read a press release issued by the American Motorcycle Association regarding efforts to set up motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) drafted a letter and then circulated it to his congressional colleagues for signatures before sending it to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Sensenbrenner and the other lawmakers want LaHood to suspend the Motorcycle Law Enforcement Demonstrations Grant program run by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is an agency of the federal Transportation Department. Under the grant program, NHTSA plans to award up to $350,000 in total — to be divided among as many as five law enforcement agencies — to set up traffic checkpoints that target motorcyclists. The proposed checkpoints would focus on USDOT helmet compliance, tailpipe standards, and motorcycle modifications. “Crash prevention must be the primary source of safety,” the lawmakers told LaHood in the letter. “With that being said, why does NHTSA continue to focus on secondary factors that do not prevent motorcycle crashes?” You can read more on page 24 or visit: www.ama-cycle.org or www.wildwestms.com. Click on events, then industry news for the full article, including the letter. Write your congressmen and tell them what you think. Veteran’s Day is just around the corner and our hometown of Loveland has once again earned designation from the Department of Veterans affairs as Colorado’s only recognized regional site to honor Veterans on Veterans Day. This year, a special tribute will be made to honor our Korean Veterans on this 60th anniversary of the “forgotten war”. I wonder what next year’s date 11/11/11 at 11:11 will bring? I hope that you think about all of our military’s sacrifices for our freedom, not only on this day, but always. Remember to thank a Veteran. Next month, we’ll tell you about our trip to Sin City’s 10th Annual Las Vegas BikeFest. Keep The Shiny Side Up! Linda & Russ

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Bite This.................................................................10 How Do You Get To Carnegie Hall?.......................10 Old Bikes Make History.........................................11 Special Tribute to Korean War Veterans..............11 The Jokers Wild.....................................................14 Calendar of Events...............................................15 A Different Kind of Ride.........................................22 Geneva’s NFL........................................................23 NCOM News Bytes................................................24 TNT........................................................................21 Biker Friendly Directory..........................................18 It’s a 10...................................................................28 Getting Nutty..........................................................28


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Here Comes santa Claus

asked, “Where did they come from and how did they get here?” After briefly explaining what the run was about and route, I heard one gentleman say, “They do this for the children, that’s amazing!” You know what? It is amazing! The run was a blowout success. It seems that the harder times get, the harder bikers strive to help those in need, especially children!” Riders started showing up early for the 23rd Annual High Country Toy Run in Colorado Springs. 1 “real” scooter was welcomed into the sea of bikes from every manufacturer you could think of. The mood was festive to say the least. As parade time closed in, the riders gathered for the pre-ride briefing. Following a presentation of colors, the National Anthem and pledge of allegiance, the crowd paid silent homage to our service men and women past and present and those who paid the ultimate price for freedom. The parade left from N. Nevada Ave, rolling by the majestic Garden of The Gods, then making its way through Old Colorado City before reaching the final destination at Cowboys in downtown Colorado Springs. When the procession appeared, it was magical! Santa appeared with about a thousand leatherclad helpers behind him. Some local folks behind me Once the bikes were parked and the toys were gathered, riders and passengers settled in for a little food at the Pikes Peak or Bust chuck wagon and a little liquid refreshment. Free water, lemonade and iced tea strategically placed inside the front door became quick hit favorites for all. A huge raffle, auction and prize give-a-way soon started. The winner of the 50/50 promptly gave the winnings back to the children. Good man! Organizer, Jim Wear of Pro-promotions stated, “In this country there is no excuse for a child to go without Christmas!” Everyone I spoke to had one thought in common. This event was very worthwhile and satisfying. They’ll be back again next year and so will I. Joe Live, Love, Laugh and Ride

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Succulent “Sticky” Roasted Chicken
4 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons paprika 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Bite This!
1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 2 onions, quartered 2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic 2 (4 pound) whole chickens (or 7 pound roaster)

Safety tipS NO. 30
ABATE of Colorado’s Rider Education Division
By Ben Hochberg

Old Bikes Make History Motorcycle Cannonball
The 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run is now history! If you didn’t hear about the Motorcycle Cannonball, then maybe you should have been paying attention and getting your vintage bike ready for a real ride. If you don’t own a vintage bike, then maybe you weren’t aware of what was going on. The Cannonball Run is named after Erwin “Cannonball” Baker who made the coast-to-coast trip in 11 days on his Indian Motorcycle in 1914 and set 143 driving records between 1910 and the 1930‘s. The 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball included 44 entrants on pre 1916 bikes like Pope, Sears, Flying Merkel, Excelsior Henderson, Indian, Harley Davidson, Triumph or J. A. Preswich & Co, Ltd (JAP), just to name a few. It was a requirement to ride a pre-1916 bike. Ready to take on a 3294-mile journey from Kitty Hawk, N.C. to Santa Monica Pier, CA, the riders dipped their tires in the Atlantic Ocean and a green flag sent them on their way. The course was laid out so that only 100 interstate highway miles were ridden during the entire trip that started on Friday, September 8th, ending 16 days later on Sunday. Most days were 250 miles or shorter which meant that at those markedly slower speeds the riders spent a long time in the saddle each day. Famed motorcycle photographer Michael Lichter was there to document the Run, shooting from the back of a 1953 rigid Panhead. Coveted artist David Uhl flew out to Kitty Hawk where he collaborated with Michael and then flew home to create, in less than 16 days, two paintings that were presented to Bradford P. Wilmarth and Rick McMaken in Santa Monica. David also completed a 3rd piece called “Into The Wind” to honor Lonnie Isam, Cannonball founder. Bradford was first in his class II event and overall winner by completing all 3294 miles and Rick was first in his class III event and completed all 3294 miles. A friend of ours, Cristine Sommer-Simmons (Team Effie), finished 20th overall on her 1915 Harley Davidson (named Effie) after completing 2899 miles. Team Effie had an all-woman crew that included Bonneville record-breaker Laura Klock. Team Effie was named after Effie Hotchkiss who 95 years ago decided to buy a motorcycle and travel coast to coast. Her mother didn’t want her traveling alone, so Effie put a sidecar on a 1915 3-speed V-Twin Harley Davidson, putting her mother Avis inside and making that trip from NY to SF. Katrin Bohner, from Germany, on her first trip to the United States, placed 1st in her class I event on her 1907 JAP and placed 17th overall completing 3002 miles. You could write a book on this Run and maybe someone will. Suffice to say that none of the participants will forget the experience and for those that say Why? I say “Why Not!” Read more at: www.motorcyclecannonball.com lm/joe

Ratified New Labor Agreements Enable Production Flexibility and Efficiency for Long-Term Competitiveness
MILWAUKEE, Sept. 14, 2010 -- Harley-Davidson Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced today it will keep production operations in Wisconsin, following yesterday’s contract votes by the Company’s Wisconsin unionized employees. The decision follows Monday’s ratification of three respective new seven-year labor agreements by employees represented by United Steelworkers (USW) Local 2-209 and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) Lodge 78, both in Milwaukee, and USW Local 460 in Tomahawk, Wis. The agreements take effect in April 2012 when the current contracts expire. Harley-Davidson produces motorcycle powertrains (engines and transmissions) at its plant in Menomonee Falls near Milwaukee and motorcycle components such as saddlebags in Tomahawk. “Change is never easy, and we have asked our employees to make difficult decisions. However, we are pleased to be keeping production operations in our hometown of Milwaukee and in Tomahawk,” said Keith Wandell, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Together, we are making the necessary changes across our entire company to succeed in a competitive, global marketplace while continuing to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.” A key component of Harley-Davidson’s restructuring is a standardized continuous-improvement production system across company facilities. That system focuses on greater flexibility for seasonal and other volume-related production changes, an enhanced ability to vary product mix in line with customer preferences including the customization of motorcycles at the factory, and greater production efficiency overall. The production system includes the addition of a “casual” workforce component - unionized employees who work as required, depending on seasonal needs and to provide coverage for vacations and other absences. The decision to remain in Wisconsin concludes a two-path assessment that began earlier this year to determine whether the Company could achieve the needed changes for the Wisconsin operations to be competitive and if not, relocate those operations.



In a small bowl, mix together salt, paprika, onion powder, thyme, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Remove and discard giblets from chicken. Rinse chicken cavity, and pat dry with paper towel. Rub each chicken inside and out with spice mixture. Place 1 onion and minced garlic into the cavity of each chicken. Place chickens in a re-sealable bag or double wrap with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight, or at least 4 to 6 hours. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Place chickens in a roasting pan. Bake uncovered for 5 hours, to a minimum internal temperature of 180 degrees F. Let the chickens rest for 10 minutes before carving. Easy gravy: Add a can of chicken broth mixed with a tablespoon cornstarch to the pan juices, and let boil until it thickens.

“How Do you Get to Carnegie Hall?”
OK, it’s an old joke: While visiting New York City a person asks for directions to Carnegie Hall. And the answer, of course, is “Practice, practice, practice.” And that’s the topic for this month’s sermon. We all need to practice our riding skills. Yes, even we motorcycle riding trainers need to practice. Perhaps we need to practice even more than others, but that’s another discussion for another time. I ride often. But merely riding a lot is no substitute for dedicated practice with a purpose in mind. If we don’t use our skills, we will lose them. (Example: Did you learn a foreign language in high school? How well do you speak it now? Getting the point?) The rider training company for which I work (that would be ABATE of Colorado) offers numerous training courses, for riders of varying levels of skill. There is one (the Basic RiderCourse) that is far more in demand than any of the others. So we instructors tend to have many more opportunities to teach that course than the other ones. When it’s time to teach a different course, some brushing up is definitely called for. After all, we are expected to be able to ride the perfect demonstration of each exercise in the courses. And if we don’t practice them beforehand, things can get ugly out there on the training range. A bad riding demonstration can result in a disorganized riding exercise with the students getting little or no benefit from their own riding practice. Worse, the students can begin to develop bad habits which can lead to unthinkable situations once they get out of the class and onto the highways. Alright, so I think we can all agree that instructors have to practice in order to do right by their students. But most people reading this aren’t instructors, so let’s get back to why riding practice is important for ALL who ride. Author Pat Hahn, in his book Maximum Control – Mastering Your Heavyweight Bike, says, “This kind of practice builds muscle and endurance and helps your body develop the memory of the motions. Physical practice helps the motion become unconscious, instinctive, and instantaneous.” These benefits result in better and quicker decisions on the road, which is invaluable because it can mean the difference between crashing and almost crashing. Mr. Hahn recommends, “Every day, before you set out, decide what skill or skill component you’d like to practice during that ride.” “Once a week, at the end of a ride, practice a riding skill for 10 or 20 minutes before parking the bike, such as U-turns, heavy braking, clutch control, whatever. If you can show some improvement or finally get something just right when you’re tired, you know that you are on your way to really building that skill.” And that sounds like some good advice, but make sure that you are not completely fatigued when you are practicing; that’s when mishaps occur. I’ve ridden almost a half-million miles, and I still practice. Why? Because it works, and it’s fun. And the next time you ride you will feel better about your skills and your bond with your bike.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes
1 large head garlic 1 teaspoon olive oil 1 1⁄2 pounds russet potatoes 1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste 2 to 3 tablespoons butter 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup milk Freshly ground black pepper

Slice off the top quarter of the garlic, keeping the head intact. Place the garlic cut side up in a small covered baking dish and drizzle the top with oil or you can place garlic on a sheet of aluminum foil, drizzle with oil, fold up the sides and pinch at the top. Bake in a 375˚F oven until soft, about 45 minutes. Let cool slightly. (The garlic can be roasted ahead of time and refrigerated for several days.) Peel the potatoes and cut into 2-inch pieces. Place in a pot with water just to cover and add 1⁄2 teaspoon salt. Cover, bring to a boil, and simmer until tender. Drain, reserving some of the cooking water if you like. Squeeze the garlic out of the skins, add to the potatoes, and mash them both in the pot with a potato masher. Over low heat, whisk in the butter. Add milk and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve promptly, or cover and keep warm.

Potato Bacon Cheese Soup
4 medium potatoes - peeled & cubed ½ cup finely chopped celery 1 onion finely chopped 6 Tbsp butter ½ tsp salt ½ tsp pepper ¼ cup flour 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese 2 cups milk 2 ½ cups chicken broth 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled



Dynacycle Oil Increases Horsepower and Lowers Engine Temperature Under Harsh Conditions

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Saute the onions and celery in the butter for 5 to 10 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the chicken broth and potatoes, salt and pepper, bring to a boil and then simmer until the potatoes are tender. Add the cheese and stir until melted. In a separate small bowl, combine the flour and the milk and stir well until the flour is mostly dissolved. Pour this into the soup slowly, stirring constantly, until soup has thickened, about 5 minutes. Add crumbled bacon.

JAMESBURG, NJ - (October 18, 2010) - Aaron Wilson, of NRHS V-Twin Performance, returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, UT for the 2010 Bonneville World Finals. Aaron finally broke the 200 mph limit with a top speed of 203.497 mph and set a new 2-way average speed record of 195.264 mph in the 1650cc A-PF class. Aaron’s motorcycle competing at the World Finals used Dynacycle Oil, a 20w-50 premium semi-synthetic motor oil known for lowering engine temperature and increasing horsepower. Dan Dunn, owner of NRHS V-Twin Performance located in Longmont, Colorado, proudly states “NRHS specializes in all things Harley and Buell including CNC Headwork, Engine/Bore Kits, Dynamometer Tuning, Parts, and Services.” He and the NRHS Racing Team have set the record for the “Fastest American V-Twin” at Bonneville 6 of the last 8 years. Dan says, “We consider it a Win-Win whenever you get an increase in horsepower and lower engine temperatures especially in harsh conditions like the Salt Flats. “My racing team and I are very impressed with Dynacycle and the way it performs. The bearings and pistons still looked new even after running multiple passes at RPM’s above 7500 for 2 miles at a time.” The Dynacycle Oil Company, established in 2003, is a biker owned and operated business headquartered in central New Jersey. Dynacycle Motor Oil, a 20w-50 premium semi-synthetic blend motor oil made in the USA, is specifically formulated for all 4 stroke air and water cooled motorcycle and performance engines. For more information about Dynacycle Oil, please contact us or visit our website at http://dynacycleoil.com
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Pumpkin Cake
1 (18.25 ounce) package spice cake mix 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 15 oz can pumpkin 1/4 cup water 4 egg whites Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan, or two 9-inch cake pans. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, sugar, vegetable oil, pumpkin, water, and eggs. Beat until well blended. Transfer to the baking dish or cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven 45 minutes. Top with a cream cheese frosting or vanilla whipped cream

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What’s the difference between a new husband and a new dog? After a year, the dog is still excited to see you Why did oJ simpson want to move to West virginia? Everyone has the same DNA Why do drivers’ education classes in redneck schools use the car only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays? Because on Tuesday and Thursday, the Sex Ed class uses it How do you get a sweet 80-year-old lady to say the F word? Get another sweet little 80-year-old lady to yell *BINGO*! light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. What do you call an intelligent, good looking, sensitive man? A rumor Wash and Wear One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, ‘What setting do I use on the washing machine?’ ‘It depends,’ I replied. ‘What does it say on your shirt?’ He yelled back, ‘University of Oklahoma.’ And they say blondes are dumb... ramblings of a retired Mind I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can’t afford one. So, I’m wearing my garage door opener. I also made a cover for my hearing aid and now I have what they call blue teeth, I think. You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn’t like me anyway. I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans! I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is ‘when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.’ I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age, and call it ‘Pumping Rust’. I’ve gotten that dreaded furniture disease. That’s when your chest is falling into your drawers! When people see a cat’s litter box, they always say, ‘Oh, have you got a cat?’ Just once I want to say, ‘No, it’s for company!’ Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, ‘A Good Doctor’! I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older. Then, it dawned on me…They were cramming for their finals. As for me, I’m just hoping God grades on the curve. A Biker couple, both well into their 80s, go to a sex therapist’s office. The doctor asks, “What can I do for you?” The man says, “Will you watch us have sexual intercourse?” The doctor raises both eyebrows, but he is so amazed that such an elderly couple is asking for sexual advice that he agrees. When the couple finishes, the doctor says, “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the way you have intercourse.” He thanks them for coming, he wishes them good luck, he charges them $50 and he says good bye. The next week, the same couple returns and asks the sex therapist to watch again. The sex therapist is a bit puzzled, but agrees. This happens several weeks in a row. The couple makes an appointment, has intercourse with no problems, pays the doctor, then leave. Finally, after 3 months of this routine, the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but I have to ask. Just what are you trying to find out?” The man says, “We’re not trying to find out anything. She’s married so we can’t go to her house. I’m married and we can’t go to my house. The Holiday Inn charges $98. The Hilton charges $139. We do it here for $50, and I get $43 back from Medicare.


Advertising Bloopers And Blunders starbucks Thousands of posters were printed in Germany encouraging German customers to ‘Enjoy your morning Latte’. Oops! In German, ‘Latte’ is slang for an erection. Coors successful slogan ‘Turn it Loose’ didn’t do so well in the Spanish Market. The Spanish-speaking drinkers were instead encouraged to ‘Get Diarrhea.’ purdue chicken ad translated in Arabic. “It takes a virile man to make a chicken pregnant.” pepsi ad slogan ‘Pepsi Comes Alive’ as originally translated into Chinese. “bring your ancestors back from the grave.” Microsoft ended up almost too honest when translating its slogan into Japanese – it read: ‘If you don’t know where you want to go, we’ll make sure you get taken.’ Kentucky Fried Chicken’s famous slogan ‘Finger Lickin’ Good’ came out in KFC’s first Chinese as ‘Eat Your Fingers Off.’ Ford pinto flopped in Brazil. Pinto was Brazilian slang for “small genitals” Ford substituted Corcel, which means Horse. A Bad day There I was is sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large, troublemaking biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down in one swig. “Well, whatcha gonna do about it?” he says, menacingly. “This is the worst day of my life,” I say. “I’m a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don’t have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my wife in bed with the gardener, then, my dog bit me. So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all, I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve; then you show up and drink the whole thing! But enough about me, how’s your day going?” Jack ‘It’s just too hot to wear clothes today,’ Jack says as he stepped out of the shower, ‘honey, what do you think the neighbors would think if mowed the lawn like this?’ ‘Probably that I married you for your money,’ she replied. More one-liners What do You Call Four Bullfighters in Quicksand? Quatro Cinco. What lies At the Bottom of the ocean And twitches? A Nervous Wreck. Where do You Find a dog With no legs? Right Where You Left Him. Why do gorillas Have Big nostrils? Because They Have Big Fingers. Why did pilgrims’ pants Always Fall down? Because They Wore Their Belt Buckles On Their Hats. WHY do Men snore WHen tHeY lie on tHeir BACKs? (because their balls fall over their butt-hole and they vapor lock) What do you see when the pillsbury dough Boy bends over? Doughnuts Why is it so hard for women to find men that are sensitive, caring, and good-looking? Because those men already have boyfriends

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ergeant First Class Donald Harris, a 17 year veteran of the United States Army embarked on a journey he had no idea he would undertake after his deployment in Iraq. Don wanted to buy a motorcycle of some sort and first started looking at cruisers with his daughter Faith. She pointed out that at 41 he just might be in a mid life crisis. She thought a cruiser was “old” and pointed out a more suitable bike to “stay young”. What they found was a 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14. The ZX 14 is arguably the fastest production sport bike made (electronically limited to 186 MPH). Don sat on it and there the journey begins. He decided he needed a simple tank graphic and a few extra parts for the new bike. No engine work was needed so Don and his wife Mitzi added bolt-on parts and other upgrades. Yamashiki rotors, Hammers bars, 9” swing arm extension, grips, a new chain and more. Yet to come will be some frame covers with custom paint added, a custom seat from Bitchn Stitchn, a 240 tire and a rear view camera, new exhaust and ipod. As his once simple project began to unfold, he went in search of a painter to do a simple tank graphic that reflected his time in the Army. Little did he know…. Don is currently a recruiter so the bike is constantly in front of people wherever he goes. He explained to me that every graphic has personal meaning to him. This is Don’s Army life in a nutshell and also shows his respect and appreciation for our country and the people that serve or have served her. 50 caliber machine gun bullets line the upper part of the fairing. On one side of his bike is the depiction of the


A Bike NAmed

Bronze Star and the opposite side of the bike is the Combat Badge. Both were awarded to Don during his tour. Looking through the smoked windscreen is a depiction of an actual scene as seen through night vision goggles. The soldier in silhouette in front of the flag on the lower left side below the Bronze Star is Don. There are depictions of various types of apparatus used in war and honor is paid to those still unknown with the tomb of the Unknown Soldier on the gas tank, the POW/MIA emblem on the front fender and the fallen soldier on the rear fender. The one graphic with most meaning to Don is the fallen soldier angel. You don’t have to be a combat vet to see why. Over the next year, more graphics will be added; Pearl Harbor, The Wall and the Twin Towers. The paint and graphics has and will continue to be done for free by Mitch Diamond of Diamond Auto Craft, Pueblo. He says it’s his way of serving. Harris’s “Warrior” is due to have its unveiling at the televised Denver Nuggets/L.A. Lakers game on Nov 11th and Kawasaki Motors Corporation is so impressed with this bike that next year they will be doing a photo shoot of their own. Thank you Don for your depiction of your branch of the armed forces. Your bike really touches them all. Thank you and all your brothers and sisters from all the services for your service! And to think, all you really wanted was a simple tank mural and a couple of parts when you purchased the bike. Joe, Live, Love, Laugh and Ride - Free

Don’s stock 2008 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 14

Warrior Bike in front of statue of General Kit Carson at Fort Carson, CO

Don working on the project

Mitch Diamond of Diamond Auto Craft



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Benny’s Restaurant and Lounge 517 W. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 719-634-2127 Bruces Bar 345 1st Street, Severance, Co. 970-686-23320 www.brucesbar123.com Crazy Jacks 6520 S College Ave Fort Collins, CO. (970) 223-1100 www.crazyjackssaloon.com Fatsos Diner 16060 W. Eisenhower (Highway 34) Loveland, Co 970-776-9660 FRANKIE’S BAR & GRILL 945 N Powers Blvd Colorado Springs, CO 80915 719-574-4881 www.FrankiesBarGrill.com FRANKIE’S TOO! 7376 McLaughlin Rd Falcon, CO 80831 719-495-8707 www.FrankiesToo.com Fullmoon Saloon Bar & Grill 206 E. Main, Pierce, Colorado 970-834-2880 Henry’s Pub & Club 138 S. Front St., Sterling, CO 970-522-5162

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Well, unfortunately, it’s that time of year again. Many of you are probably parking your ride until next spring, or at least until one of those unexpected warm days in February. Roger and I will ride ours all winter, snow and ice permitting, but the rides will be much shorter and farther between than during the warm months. This means we all need to give some thought to winterizing our motorcycles. You should give any bike that is going to be parked for more than a couple of weeks some special attention now. Fuel Stabilizer is at the top of the list. With the different additives and such that gasoline contains these days – it does not take long at all for the gas to change into a harmful varnish. It may clog up fuel filters, fuel lines or even small passages in the carburetor or fuel-injected system. Though we plan to ride ours, we will still add fuel stabilizer – just in case Mother Nature grounds us for longer than we like this winter. On a carbureted motorcycle that is not going to be ridden at all until next spring, it is recommended to drain all the gas from the tank and the carburetor. Taking one last good long ride might be the best way, then you can drain the carburetor by running the motorcycle in neutral until all the fuel has burned up.. This will not harm the engine – it’s the same effect as unintentionally running out of gas. If you ride a fuel-injected model – DO NOT DRAIN ALL THE GAS OUT. Just the opposite – you will want to keep the gas tank full and add a good fuel stabilizer to the gas tank on your last fill up. Remember most of the recommended amounts to use are based on a car-sized gas tank so read the directions on the product you choose, and adjust the proportions to the size of fuel tank your motorcycle has. Computerized and Fuel Injected motorcycles draw battery power constantly – even when parked. We have a great option these days with the Battery Tender™. These can stay plugged into your bike all winter as they are designed not to overcharge. They will however, ensure that the proper charge is in the battery when riding time comes around. The throttle and clutch cables should be lubricated to prevent moisture build up

and subsequent rusting over the cold months. Even if you are still going to ride – those cables will last longer and be less susceptible to rusting if you oil or lube them now. The freeze point of the coolant must be checked for liquid-cooled engines. This is easily done with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which can be purchased at any auto-parts store. Make sure the antifreeze is good enough for the coldest temperatures expected in your location. Also check the condition of the coolant. It should be clean looking and sweet smelling; anything else means the antifreeze may not be able to protect the engine. If it looks or smells bad, you probably want to flush and replace with new antifreeze. Don’t forget to take care of the tires. Park the bike on a center stand or lift that gets it off its tires – that would be best. Otherwise, remember to roll it occasionally to a new contact patch to prevent flat spots. Personally, we do all this and a bit more to our motorcycles every winter. This is only the short list; there is a free, detailed description of winterizing available on my web site at: www.bluecreekmotorcycletraining.com Doing some winter maintenance now will ensure a great ride next spring. Now that is something to look forwards to! If you are riding, keep the Shiny Side Up, Jasmine Bluecreek Clark



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Abby Clabough http://danger-curves.com

A Different Kind of Trip
At one point when I was trying to decide how I was going to make the trip, I considered flying out and buying a bobbed Shovelhead I’d seen on Craigslist. It would be an adventure. There were no saddlebags, and the rear fender wasn’t designed to carry any weight. Everything would have to fit on the handlebars, and a good portion of that would need to be tools and the phone numbers of my favorite mechanics. For 2,000 miles I could deal. Some standard Craigslist miscommunication caused that plan to dissipate, but by then I had my heart set on a road trip.


in New York I’d end up, but I can find my way to New Hampshire from anywhere in New York without a map. That plan worked out just fine until I got sick of the high winds on I-80 west of Lincoln. I wanted to cover a couple of states I’d never ridden in before, so I dipped down into Kansas, followed by Missouri, and then up into Iowa. I enjoyed the quiet country roads and chose not to get back on the Interstate system. My handy Internet-enabled cell phone gave me maps, but when I dropped down into Kansas, I realized the scale was a lot smaller than I’d assumed. Plus I needed to head toward a friend’s house in Ohio, and I had no idea how far north or south I was of that location. Just before I crossed the Mississippi, I decided that a road atlas would help. I’d been loitering in convenience stores and checking out their maps, but $8.95 for my very own guide seemed like a worthwhile purchase. The core difference between the two trips was my purpose. In 2007, I was riding through a lot of uncharted (for me) territory. I was seeing some people here and there, but my plan was to hit a lot of scenic roads out west, as quickly as possible. And while my earlier ride became a spiritual journey through unusual scenery, experiences, and new people, the ride back east had an entirely different focus. It was all about friends and family from my past. I had some serious soul searching and reconciliations while in Georgia that needed to be hashed out in my own mind long ago. The day I made it back to my new home of Colorado was a joyous one. Rather than dreading my return, like I did in ’07, I was thrilled to be home. That was the best difference of all. Editors Note: Abby is currently working on a book, probably titled “Shovelhead Redemption.”

In 2007 I took a solo cross-country trip that started in New Hampshire, went north across the states to California, then wound back around a more southern route, racking up around 8,300 miles in the process. It was life-changing and resulted in my moving to Colorado a few months later. There was too much out west I still needed to see, and the wide-open spaces were calling me. I figured it would be a long time before I rode back east for anything. That was before the impending birth of my first grandchild on Memorial Day in 2010. I tossed a few options around, including flying and renting a Harley so I could take some of my favorite New Hampshire rides. On May 25th I decided to take my bike, and I left three days later on Friday afternoon. After delivering several tiny pink Harley shirts to my beautiful new granddaughter, I visited Laconia while they were in preparations for the rally the following week and then rode south to Georgia to visit with friends I hadn’t seen in twenty years. Heading west, I saw old friends and met new ones in Texas and then blasted back to Colorado for a total of 6,050 miles over 25 days. That’s the short version. There’s a much more detailed version on the Internet. As I did on my first cross-country trip, I dragged my MacBook along in the saddlebag and blogged about my trip along the way. That was one of the few similarities between the trips. Differences? Planning the route, the schedule, preparations, what I carried with me, and the purpose of the trip – just about everything except the motorcycle, and that had gone through a lot of changes (and a lot of miles) since the last trip.

The idea of a hard-core, old school trip on the Shovelhead got me thinking that a similar ride on my Twin Cam, which by then had almost 100,000 miles on it, would be a great way to go cross-country and have a completely different experience than the ’07 trip. Rather than load up for every anticipated need, I was going bare bones. I’d just had moderate 13” ape hangers installed on the bike, which provided a great place to secure my one-man tent, sleeping bag and camp mattress. The front turn signals weren’t working, but that added to the ambiance. My camping equipment doubled as a bug shield but didn’t help too much with the rain. A small Memphis Shades windshield had protected me on my earlier trip, but it was just my bare face and the elements this time. I put some clothes in one saddlebag and my laptop and other items on the other side. While I was roughing it equipment-wise, the scheduling was much better on this journey. I’m self-employed and can do a lot of work from my computer, wherever it is. I was supposed to be teaching a Basic Rider Course around the third week in June, but it wasn’t hard to find someone to take over. In the meantime, I’d been in touch with old friends in Georgia through Facebook. It had been a long time since I’d left the south, and I was ready to go back. Besides, one route between the northeast and the southeast involves the Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Twist my arm. I also had some friends in Texas I wanted to see, so that seemed like the logical rest of the loop. I was starting to think I’d be gone a month, more or less. Colorado to New Hampshire to Georgia to Texas and back to Colorado. That was as detailed as my plan got – a huge departure from the little route book I’d printed, laminated and bound on my previous crosscountry tour. I figured I’d get to I-80 in Nebraska and head east into New York. I couldn’t remember where

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The study, published in the American Journal of Surgery, raises questions about the efficacy of injury prevention strategies such as state helmet laws that may not be protecting all riders equally. “For reasons that we are still trying to figure out, one size of injury prevention does not fit all groups of people and just wearing a helmet is not enough,” senior author Dr. Adil Haider says in a statement. “Helmet for helmet, AfricanAmericans have more lethal injuries.” Haider suspects several factors -- such as lack of health insurance, reduced access to healthcare, poorer quality of care and a greater number of pre-existing illnesses/injuries -- may be combining to account for the survival gap. It is possible, he says, riders of different races may prefer different types of helmets or style of motorcycles, suggesting that more research is needed.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking applications from law enforcement agencies across the country to conduct federally-funded motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. Now mirrored in other states, “Motorcycle-Only Safety Checkpoints” were initiated in New York last year and are set up during large motorcycle rallies or near large biker gathering spots to check not only license, registration and insurance, but also for DOT-compliant helmets and legal exhaust systems. ABATE of New York is working with NY A.I.M. (Aid to Injured Motorcyclists) attorney Mitch Proner on legal actions to halt these discriminatory roadblocks in the Empire State. But police forces across the country may soon receive public funds to target motorcyclists, though U.S. Reps F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-WI) and Tom Petri (R-WI) along with several colleagues in Congress have written to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood asking him to suspend funding of the federal grants for the NHTSA checkpoint program. In addition, after learning that NHTSA recently testified to the Senate Committee on Commerce Science and Transportation that “The most important step we could take would be to assure that all riders wear a DOT-compliant helmet,” according to NHTSA Administrator David Strickland, who added “NHTSA will actively work with Congress to promote helmet use,” Congressman Sensenbrenner and fellow Congressional lawmakers have also introduced H. Res. 1498 which “supports efforts to retain the ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ability to lobby state legislatures using federal tax dollars and urges NHTSA to focus on crash prevention and rider education.” The US Defenders have joined with other state and national motorcycle groups in urging riders to contact their Congress members to support H. Res. 1498, and to write DOT & NHTSA to oppose federally-funded motorcycle-only safety checks. “This is one more piece of evidence of the constant profiling attempts targeting our community at large,” said Escondido Paul, National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders, in issuing a nationwide Call To Action through all Confederations of Clubs and coalitions in every state. For further information, consult www.USDefenders.org.

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mOtOrCyCLe fataLitieS pLummet in 2009
It’s not surprising when accident rates increase in proportion to increased usage and number of miles travelled, but last year motorcyclist fatalities decreased more than any other category of road users despite more motorcycles being ridden more miles! The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System reports that 4,462 riders died in 2009, 850 fewer than in the previous year, representing a 16% drop in fatalities despite a 5% increase in miles traveled and 4.5% increase in the number of motorcycles on the road. The Motorcycle Industry Council recorded half a million more motorcycles in use in 2009, up from 11 million in 2008, and according to the MIC 2009 Motorcycle Owner Survey, they were ridden 1.3 billion more miles. There was also a decrease in motorcycle accident injuries, down 6.3% from 96,000 in 2008 to 90,000 last year. Overall U.S. traffic fatalities hit the lowest level ever recorded, since 1950 when the government began tracking such statistics, and the 33,808 road deaths in 2009 was down 9.7% from the year before. All traffic accidents, fatal or not, declined by 5.3% between 2008 and 2009, though motor vehicle crashes are still the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 3 and 34, NHTSA said.
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measure to instead force motorcycles into compliance with existing federallymandated sound and air pollution levels.

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A group of patriotic motorcyclists recently staged a counter-demonstration during the Arlington National Cemetery burial of a local Navy SEAL, parking motorcycles and revving engines to oppose a protest staged by members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas. Similar scenes play out across America, as a grieving family lays their loved one to rest, the funeral of a service member killed in action is disrupted by vocal protesters shouting vindictive and incendiary remarks at mourners and wave signs that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates the USA”. The motorcyclists, mostly veterans who are members of the Patriot Guard Riders, led the funeral procession and then strategically parked their bikes in between the family and the protesters and revved up their engines to drown their chanting, and saluted in respect as the funeral cortege passed by giving them a thumbs up. The church protesters, who contend that God is killing members of the military because of the nation’s sins, often demonstrate at military funerals, and are now the subjects of a United States Supreme Court case that will decide if the Constitution protects highly offensive hate speech from civil claims filed by grieving relatives. In Snyder v. Phelps, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq in 2006 was awarded $5 million in his lawsuit against the church for “intentional infliction of emotional distress”, but a federal appeals court overturned the ruling on free speech grounds, and now Albert Snyder is asking the High Court to reinstate the verdict. Justices heard oral arguments in the case on October 6th and the Supreme Court is expected to render a decision late next Spring.

Researchers gathered information from a national trauma bank on nearly 60,000 accidents that occurred between 2002 and 2006 (13,749 from offroad motorcycle riding and 44,509 from ATV mishaps). There are somewhere between 800 and 900 deaths due to ATV accidents each year, according to ATVSafety.gov, a government web site. Dr. Adil Haider, a surgeon from the Johns Hopkins Center for Surgery Trials and Outcomes Research in Baltimore, Maryland, who headed the study, said he and his colleagues don’t know yet why the ATV riders are more at risk than the motorcyclists. “We think there are much more energy transfers when an ATV turns over, but we can’t tell whether that is because of the stability of the vehicle or the weight of the vehicle as it rolls over on a rider,” he said in a statement prepared before the presentation.

yemen BanS mOtOrCyCLeS Due tO terrOriSm tHreat
Riding a motorcycle is a popular pastime in Yemen, but fearing al-Qaida assassins on wheels authorities in Yemen’s Abyan Governorate, a growing terrorist stronghold in the Arabian Peninsula, have banned motorcycles from cities in the region’s urban centers. “Using motorbikes in terrorist operations to assassinate intelligence officers and security personnel have been massively mounted over the past nine months in the province,” a Yemeni Interior Ministry official told the Xinhua news agency following a series of assassinations by al-Qaida militants throughout Abyan and will affect some 5,000 two-wheeled vehicles. “Motorcycles are typically used by terrorists and insurgents to deliver weapons directly if it’s a suicide attack or to make a quick getaway,” Dr Theodore Karasik, Director for Research and Development at the Institute for Near East Gulf Military Analysis told The Media Line. “The banning of motorcycles is indicative of how the government, with help from US officers, is trying to cut down on the movements of al-Qaida members and tribal members who support them.” But while the Yemeni government has shown some concern over al-Qaida’s presence in the country, this is a relatively recent development seen by many as a ploy to please the United States.

CaLifOrnia enaCtS anti-mOtOrCyCLe nOiSe LaW
Motorcycle-riding California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his stamp of approval on a controversial law aimed at cracking down on motorcyclists who replace stock exhaust systems with aftermarket pipes that don’t comply with federal EPA noise and emissions standards. Under SB 435 by State Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), the Motorcycle Anti-Tampering Act makes it illegal for motorcyclists to remove and replace federally required emissions equipment, and motorcycles manufactured after January 1, 2013 will be required to display a readily visible and unalterable label stamped into the pipes that indicates that they meet federal standards. Bikers will still be able to install aftermarket exhausts, but for bikes built after 2013 the replacement parts must be EPA-certified and permanently stamped. Similar anti-noise laws have been enacted recently in Boston and Denver. Illegal tampering with emissions systems in California will be a secondary violation, meaning that motorcyclists would have to first be pulled over for some other infraction before officers could inspect for the presence of the EPA stamp and issue a citation. First time offenders could face up to $100 fine, but it will be considered a “fix-it” ticket and proof of repair would get the violation dismissed, though subsequent infractions could result in fines of up to $250. Pavley’s original bill sought to include motorcycles in the state’s SMOG emissions testing program, but after being stymied by intense lobbying by state and national motorcyclists rights organizations, she later reintroduced the

BLaCk mOtOrCyCLiStS at HiGHer riSk
African-American motorcyclists are more likely than others to die in crashes, even though they are more likely to wear a helmet, according to a study done to determine if race had anything to do with motorcycle crash mortality; and the results stood out in black and white. Researchers at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions analyzed statistics from the National Trauma Data Bank of 68,840 people involved in motorcycle crashes from 2002-2006, and found that black motorcycle crash victims were 1.5 times more likely to die than similarly injured white riders. The findings do not help support the push for helmet laws since AfricanAmericans mortality rates were still 50% higher even though they were 30% more likely to wear a helmet; although the highest mortality rates are among African-American motorcyclists without helmets. Whites who weren’t wearing helmets were less likely to be killed in crashes than blacks who wore protective headgear.

aLL-terrain veHiCLeS mOre DeaDLy tHan mOtOrCyCLeS
If you think 3 or even 4 wheels are safer than 2, research suggests you think again as more people die after ATV accidents than after motorcycle accidents. According to trauma surgeons and public health researchers in a presentation during the annual meeting of the American College of Surgeons, even when the severity of injuries was the same, the patients who had been riding ATVs were 50% more likely to die, and 50% more likely to need treatment in an intensive care unit and mechanical ventilation, compared to the motorcycle riders.

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Come Sail with Thunder Roads Magazine & Full Throttle Saloon March 13-20 2011

“If you don’t like the way things are, do something about it!” guest speaker Dr. David Benke stated as he addressed the crowd at Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado, destination of Emily’s Parade. Benke, a math teacher at Deer Creek Middle School always told himself and his students that if something dire ever occurred, he would try to protect them. He did just that when he disarmed a gunman who had shot and wounded two students in front of the school earlier this year. Emily’s Parade honors the memory of Emily Keyes, a student at Platte Canyon High School that was shot and killed by a lone gunman on Sept. 27, 2006. It also honors the victims of the Columbine tragedy that occurred on April 20,1999. Emily’s Parade has been a fundraising effort by the I Love U Guys Foundation, created by Emily’s parents John-Michael and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes. Funds raised this year were not verified prior to press time. Last year’s event raised about $36,000. The I Love U Guys Foundation helps to keep schoolchildren safe by implementing programs such as Standard Response Protocol, or SRP, ensuring a standard response in the event of a threat at any school. The SRP was put into effect just 3 weeks prior to the Deer Creek Middle School event. It was an unseasonably warm, beautiful day, the fall colors vivid. As in years past, pink ribbons, balloons and groups of spectators dotted the 45-mile stretch of the Highway 285 canyon from Denver to Platte Canyon High School in Bailey, Colorado. The waiting crowd at Platte Canyon High school exclaimed, “Where are they?” when road construction delayed the arrival of the first wave of motorcycles leading the parade that started at Columbine High School in Littleton. Then, excitedly, “Here they come!” as the rumble of the bikes echoed off the canyon walls and hundreds of single headlights rounding the curve came into view. Hand waves were in abundance from both riders and spectators as wave after wave of motorcycles, many adorned with pink ribbon (pink was Emily’s color) filled the parking lots. An estimated 3000 participants including about1800 motorcycles and their passengers, spectators, and over 300 volunteers came together for Emily’s Parade. There was notably more bike traffic coming in from the South Park side this year. The ER::5K, now known as Emily’s Run::5K is a memorial run/walk that also takes

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place each year on this day. Emily was on the school’s track team. Numerous flyovers by a Flight For Life Helicopter added to the excitement. The crowd thinned quickly after lunch was served. For some, the warm temps beckoned riders for a longer ride. For others, it was a cold beer and the 2:00 Denver Broncos game. The goal of I Love U Guys is uniting community. I believe it’s working lm

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IT’S A 10

What do you do when you do something well? You keep doing it! Well, I’m telling you that one to two thousand people can’t be wrong. They came out to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Mile High Harley-Davison in Aurora, CO. The weather turned in a 10 as people in a celebratory mood lined up to get inside the dealership and the fenced off party central. Inside the crowd was welcomed by the soulful sounds of The Groove Hawgs, a band formed by Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax. Relative newcomer to the Hawgs, Kara Hesse provided some very impressive vocals. I predict she is someone to look out for after the release of her album “Love in Places.” Revolution took the stage to finish out the day. Amidst the sounds of the band, you could hear the clanging of the bell inside, signifying another bike had just been sold. The Mile High Derby Divas were skating around. People were dancing, getting patches sewn, smoking cigars, boots shined, having a few libations and oh yes, eating! Yep, that pig keeps showing up again..or was it a cousin? Pulled pork went fast, but there were still lots of brats and hamburgers and all the stuff that goes with a good picnic. One booth was set up so you could register for the MDA Bike that Mile High will give away around the end of the year. You can register on-line for this bike also. The crowd never seemed to thin until the final hours of the celebration. Around 4pm, the 10th Anniversary Cake was cut and Mile High Owner Ray Cooper enjoyed the first piece….I had 2. It’s no wonder this party was a success and that the dealership has been around for 10 years. They are grateful to be here and they give back to the community. Part of this days proceeds went to MDA. Not only does Mile High Harley-Davidson give back through various charities, they give back to their customers through award winning service and follow-up on every sale. Everyone I’ve met has been a pleasure to get to know. Congratulations on this milestone and the best of everything in the future! Joe - Live, Love, Laugh and Ride

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Take a great cause, a well planed ride, your memory, a ton of prizes, a women’s riding organization, dedicated supporters and what do you have? You have the 10th Annual Mountain Shadow Riders (MSR) Breast Cancer Awareness Ride in Colorado Springs with record-breaking attendance. This Colorado chapter of Women on Wheels ® (WOW) continues to raise the bar for taking care of some serious business while having fun doing it! The ride rolled out for Canon City in chilly temperatures, headed east to I-25, then north to the Old Pueblo Road, twisting their way to the final destination, the DAV hall on Peterson Rd in Colorado Springs. 412 people signed up to play a little riding game that tested their memory. To my knowledge, this is the only ride in Colorado that does this. The ride is split into segments or legs. There are questions about landmarks you may pass or should take note of while you’re riding. It’s beneficial to have a passenger to help. What’s that old saying? “Two heads are better than one.” There are questions about breast cancer also. In the end, 3 people with the most correct answers would win cash prizes of $100, $75 or $50. One person holds a special record. He has NEVER gotten one question right! This years first “Steve Barrette” trophy was awarded to….guess who. The special thought and details like this award, the special gift bags set aside for cancer survivors, the memory ride, make this event so memorable and special each and every year. Thousands of dollars in prizes were raffled off, while Carolee Langer, the chapter Director made it highly entertaining and a bit tough for those that wanted some special items. There were guys holding their best ninja poses to win a special bucket of wash and wax items, women jogging in place to win a gift basket of “Stampin Up” and others drawing the Mountain Shadow Rider’s logo on each other vying for tattoo gift certificates. Langer even found a newly engaged couple to give something nice to while reminding HIM his speaking days were over. The only scary competition was the Kevlar-lined jeans give-away. That required anyone interested to come up and show that their backside would fit. All but one were men. A plaque was presented to Bill Borders, owner of the Western Omelette who provided a free lunch at rides end to all participants. Bill and Carolee initially planned on 300, but when that number changed to 400, Bill came through making sure all participants got their “free lunch”. Bill Fee, owner of Nature of Things chain saw art was honored for providing one of his own creations, a carved wood bear holding a pink ribbon that went for $330.00 at auction. Betty Barnett promptly gave back the $416.00 she won in the 50/50 drawing. MSR has done itself proud and all of you that attended or supported this event should be proud. $14,000.00 was raised to benefit The Colorado Springs Affiliate of Komen for The Cure ® Foundation and The Breast Cancer Network of Strength - Rocky Mountain Region ®. Almost 40,000 with breast cancer will die this year and you’re helping to put an end to this disease that in some way touches everyone. Joe - My mom is a survivor Editors Note: WOW members are located throughout the United States, Canada, and several other countries.


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Jasmine getting nutty

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the increased (and very visible) law enforcement this year. Not surprising after a fight erupted last year at this same event. The crowd seemed a bit smaller, but the vibe very upbeat. Maybe it only seemed smaller because alcohol was not allowed in the street this year (another town requirement) so everybody was consolidated to a smaller area. Carron stated, “The Weld County police were pushing to advertise no colors but I didn’t do it. I didn’t want to change the history of the event because of what happened last year.” It really was a mellow event and the security really didn’t impose too much of a threat. In fact, they were eager to lend a hand to help a biker jumpstarted his bike. Over $600 was raised for the Wounded Warriors Project through t-shirt sales. While deployed in Afghanistan, Daniel Krause, son of a Bruce’s employee, was hit by a mortar. He is now working as a marine with the Wounded Warrior Project. This project is very close to Bruce’s heart as his son Kyle, who happened to be home on leave for this event, is also a marine. Carron is excited to be involved in the long-standing tradition of The Annual Nut Run To Bruce’s and is already making plans for the 27th annual next year. lm

We planned to be in Johnstown, CO at 9 a.m. for what has become an annual breakfast, before making the ride to Bruce’s Bar in Severance. We left Loveland it was cold; tires spraying moisture off the road, coupled with, drizzly, fog made it almost impossible to see. As we headed further south, then east, the fog became a bit thicker. “What the hell?” We came upon a couple of bicyclists riding down the middle of a 2-lane highway (pretty stupid as far as I’m concerned)! By the time we reached our destination, we were all a bit chilly and Dana’s (my daughter) jeans were soaked, but nothing a few minutes in a hot dryer wouldn’t cure. We were first to arrive and as the chill hung in the air, we wondered how many of the normal crew would make it. We started hearing the rumble of bikes... Then a couple more…By the time we ate a hearty meal of breakfast burritos with homemade green chili, homemade salsa and all the fixins, the sun had come out, the temperature had risen to t-shirt riding weather and about 20 bikes rolled out of Johnstown for the Annual Nut Run To Bruce’s. Tanks and sleeveless shirts went fast as riders opted to don something a bit cooler. The temps were now over 80 degrees and rising. If food sales are an indication, this year’s 26th Annual Nut Run to Bruce’s Bar in Severance was up from last year. According to owner, Bruce Carron, 1200 lbs of nuts, 96 lbs of tenderloin strips, and about 600 burgers were consumed (up from last year) at this annual event. Beer sales were down significantly, possibly due to

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