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As of this past December 21, 2010, we officially crossed the line. That line being the slow, but steady path toward longer and warmer days. While we are patiently waiting for the roads to clear and the warm winds to blow, Gary and I are out travelling around the state, working on the magazine, meeting with new account reps, and visiting our current advertisers. Even though we would rather be riding, of course, we are having a great time working this magazine.
It takes quite a bit of work to bring you this publication. Gary travels everywhere within the state to bring us stories of local happenings, and pictures of beautiful places to visit, all while researching the wonderful editorial he works hard to bring us every month. As for me, I have been more of the numbers girl, and would more than likely be found sitting in front of my computer. But things are about to change for me. As Thunder Roads West Virginia gears up for the upcoming riding season, we are excited to welcome aboard some new TRWV team members, and I plan to be a lot more involved out on the road this year, so I hope to see you around. I, too, love to ride the wonderful roads our state has to offer, so you and I might very well meet up. We are lucky to have the opportunity to meet readers, and have made it a point to meet as many advertisers as we can while travelling throughout the state. For some reason, some of them have come to the assumption that we are locked away in a glass castle in some far
away land. It is a little weird when our advertisers are actually shocked to meet us in person. Just to clarify things to anyone interested, Gary and I live in West Virginia, we are avid riders and we live to bring this magazine to everyone. We are regular people who are very handson when it comes to Thunder Roads West Virginia. We are here for you, the reader, and for each and every one of our advertisers and supporters. There is a reason our email addresses and phone numbers are printed in this magazine each and every month. We are accessible, and we are here for all of you. Like I said, Gary and I are out and about the entire state of West Virginia to bring you the news that’s happening, but we need your help. Thunder Roads West Virginia is not just our magazine; it is yours as well. This magazine is about you and your state, your riding crew and your rides, your favorite ride to take to where, and the roads that get you there. Let us know about you. Tell us your story. We all ride to eat at least half the time, so write about your favorite route to your best eats. This magazine is here for you, West Virginia. Be a part of it and share your stories, pictures, and events. We would all love to read about it.
See you on the road soon, and Thunder On!
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From The Editor.......................................... 4 Letters......................................................... 5 Bikers.......................................................... 5 Buck’s Indians ............................................ 6 WV Motorcycle Fatalities Rise .................. 12 Motorcycle Riding Congresswoman shot ...... 12 A Nip and a Tuck ...................................... 14 Hidden Highways: Mud River Road.......... 16 Center Calendar ....................................... 18 North to Alaska ......................................... 20 Seats and Saddles ................................... 22 KISS ......................................................... 25 Mountain State Ink.................................... 26 The Jokers Wild ........................................ 27 TNT........................................................... 30 Upcoming Events ..................................... 31 Biker Friendly Directory ............................ 32 The High Road ......................................... 35 Ghostrider’s President Remembered ....... 35
ON THE COVER This 1922 Indian Boardtrack racer comes from one of the greatest private collections of vintage Indian motorcycles anywhere, and it resides in West Virginia. Jared Rinker may be nearly 70 years younger than the bike he’s standing beside, but as a third-generation collector of Indians, Jared understands his roll as caretaker of this magnificent example of motorcycle history. Together with his twin brother, their father, and grandfather, the Rinkers have amassed a museum full of original Indians from all over the world. Nearly all of the bikes run, and most are licensed for the road. We sniff around the collection, and learn the ins and outs of collecting vintage Indians from the Rinkers, beginning on page 6. Cover photo by Moe Vetter.
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“so, you’re living The Dream.” Amy Cowger, one of Thunder Roads West Virginia’s newest Account Representatives, was looking squarely at me as she said this. It was the first time we had met. Donna and I were having breakfast with Amy, as well as Carrie Bates, who is also representing the magazine around Morgantown. I had just finished a discourse on what a typical week for me is like, during the peak riding season. I had to stop and think about her words, before I could respond. This isn’t a simple Yea or Nay. Yes, in order to generate the stories you read in this magazine, I ride motorcycles. a Lot. I ride several motorcycles of different brands and riding styles. I do this for two reasons. First, I try to provide a cross-section of riding experiences because You, The reader, ride many different bikes in many different ways. Reason Number Two is that with as much riding as I do, it seems one or another bike is always in need of brakes, an oil change, or new tires. Riding a Lot requires schedules. I do take time to flick the bike down some side road that catches my eye, but mostly I have to be somewhere for a meeting, or to cover a specific event for a story. Riding a Lot on a schedule means that I have to get from Point A to Point B. It means riding in some flat-out nasty weather. It means pitching a tent in the dark. It means grabbing a not-always-pleasant motel room. It means many days away from my family. Riding a Lot is a blast. It’s my job to find that great road, and have a good time on it. It’s my job to hang out in bike shops, at Bike Nites, and motorcycle events of all shapes and sizes. It’s my job to ride with you, my extended family of riders. It’s my job to enjoy all the beauty and absolutely fantastic bike roads The Mountain State has to offer. It doesn’t get better than that. Running a magazine is an enormous task. Imagine trying to run a business that literally operates in every county in the entire State of West Virginia. There is a never-ending To-Do list of everything from keeping camera gear in good working order, to keeping finances on the plus side of zero. There are deadlines, delivery schedules, meetings, and events to attend all summer long. There are website and Facebook updates to be done. The phone and email inbox are always popping. Printers, ad agencies, computer problems, taxes, and a plethora of other issues that routinely beat at the door of every small business, all compete for attention. “I just want a job where I can get paid to ride my motorcycle.” Donna will tell you she has heard me say this a million times over the years. Clearly, despite the gritty underbelly that can sometimes come along with this, I am doing exactly what I have always dreamed of. So, I have to say, Yes, I am living my version of The dream. Ride with me through the pages of Thunder Roads West Virginia, and let’s dream together. it’s not the destination…it’s the Journey. Gary
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Hi, I just wanted to thank you, Donna and Gary, for the magazines you’re sending and for what you do for the biker community in West Virginia. And a special thanks to Earl from Fairmont for getting me hooked up with you and your magazines. You all are great people. The people around Charleston, Huntington, and Eastern Kentucky love the magazine. Keep up the good work and let’s ride. John Laverty Nitro, WV John, Thanks for your support. it’s always great to hear from riders all over the region who are enjoying this magazine. We have a singular goal of promoting motorcycling in the state of West Virginia, for the betterment of our readers and our Biker Friendly advertisers who make this happen. We are just a crew of avid motorcyclists who believe this is the best state in the nation, and there’s no better way to experience it than on a bike. i’m with you – Let’s ride! gary p.s. – John is one of a collection of special friends we have, scattered all around West Virginia, who help us distribute the magazine each month, without asking for a thing in return. They are what we affectionately call “Johnny appleseeds.” We send a box full of magazines to each one every month, and they sprinkle them out in their regions. some do this in conjunction with one of our sales representatives, and others are in areas of the state where we are still seeking a sales presence. if you would like to join our Johnny appleseed team, and help spread the Thunder Roads West Virginia word, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. if you are in an area where we could use some help, i’ll get you hooked up. Dear Thunder Roads West Virginia, I was recently in the Cole Harley-Davidson store in Bluefield, West Virginia, when I was handed a copy of your magazine by one of the employees. Until then, I didn’t know it existed. It’s unique, interesting, and very informative. What I really like is that it’s all about West Virginia and our people. And you are right, we are friendly. I ride a 1977 Harley Road King Police Edition. I just turned 71 years old, so it goes to show – you don’t get too old to ride, you get old because you don’t ride (ha,ha). Enclosed is a poem I wrote about bikers. I hope you like it, and can maybe print it one day in your mag. I hope to - one day in the summer of 2011 - come up to visit. Keep up the good work! R.C. skeet Hyatt War, WV skeet, You made my day with this letter. i am always happy about each new reader and Biker-Friendly advertiser who falls into formation on the TRWV ride. don’t’ worry about coming to visit me. it’s my job to come visit you! You have terrific bike roads around War, and I can’t wait to ride them again. i’ll look you up, and maybe i can get you to share a hidden highway with me. as for printing your poem, “one day” is today. i always encourage readers to contribute bike-related stories. The rest of this page is yours. gary
bikers stop in skeet hyatt’s hometown of War, West Virginia during the 2009 Ride For The Red, a fundraising run to benefit the local red Cross chapter.
by skeet hyatt
The Biker is a person That some folks look down on. They think that they’re just bad guys, But Brother, they are wrong! Most are just plain good folks, As the likes of you and me. They ride their bikes for pleasure, And do lots for charity. They do Toys for Tots and poker runs, For people young and old. And most of the time the money goes To aid some unfortunate soul. Some look big and tough and ugly, As they dress to fit the mold. But underneath those biker duds, Lies a heart as pure as gold. So, if you know a biker, Try and make him your friend, ‘Cause he’ll love you like a brother And help you ‘til the end. They get their thrills on their two wheels, As they ride down the highway. But every time the thrill is mine, When I see them coming my way. So the next time you are out there When the bikers do come by, Just throw them a friendly wave, And silently say, “Hi.” Yeah, they make a lot of noise. Some wish they would just go away. But let’s face it folks, it ain’t no joke. The Bikers are here to stay!
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by gary Westphalen Photos by moe Vetter
Half a century earlier - 1901 to be exact - George Hendee and Carl Hedstrom founded the Indian Motorcycle Company in Springfield, Massachusetts. A thousand miles away, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, William Harley and Arthur Davidson had a one-year head start. For the next fifty years, these companies would duke it out on the race tracks, for military and police contracts, and for the heart of the american Biker, to whom their two-wheeled creations spoke. Over the history of the company, Indian introduced a wide variety of engineering advancements that can be seen in the motorcycles of today. Shaft drive, the inline four-cylinder engine, and the hand clutch/foot shift concept were all introduced by Indian. The company’s bikes won races and set records. In 1914, Erwin Cannonball Baker took his Indian from San Diego to New York City in 11 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes. In 1920, New Zealander Burt Monro bought an Indian. 47 years later, Burt would bring that very same motorcycle – with modifications, of course - to the Bonneville Salt Flats, and set a world speed record for motorcycles under 1,000 CC’s. His 183.586 mile per hour run, recorded in 1967, still stands today. Despite the racing successes, design innovations, and the popularity of its Scout models, The Indian Motorcycle Company had problems. War profits from World War Two benefited Harley-Davidson, but Indian didn’t fare as well. The company also began taking design cues from European bikes like Royal Enfield, Triumph, Norton, and BMW. Design issues led to reliability problems. New engines were underpowered. The message got mixed, and the company ceased all manufacturing in 1953. Several brands of British bikes were imported and marketed under the Indian name throughout the late 1950’s, but they weren’t indians. The brand was dead. For a young man growing up on a West Virginia farm, this fact would set his life, his son’s life, and his twin grandson’s lives on a course he could never have imagined at the time. Buck Rinker just wanted a bike.
e are in the latter half of the 1950’s. Babies are booming all around us. Sputnik goes beeping by overhead. HarleyDavidson’s Panhead engine has the company thundering down the road to success. Its closest competitor is, essentially, out of business.
A modern-day biker chasing the afternoon sun from Romney, West Virginia, on Highway 50 is having a great time. Leaving Romney, the road crosses a brand new bridge over the South Branch of the Potomac River. The road winds through the valley, creating some enjoyable sweepers. Soon, it will rise up and over the ridges that eventually hoist the rider over the Allegheny Front. But today we’re stopping just a few miles west of Romney. As we round a wide lefthander, a gun shop can be seen off to our right. Two other buildings stand next to that. It’s that third building that piques our interest. But we start in the gun shop, where we are warmly welcomed by Buck Rinker. It’s his shop. He’s open today, and he’s busy. But his son, Steve, and one of Steve’s twin boys, Jared, are in that third building, and they’re ready to talk Indian with us.
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“In the late 50’s, when he was of driving age, he wanted a motorcycle,” Steve says of his dad. “Indian was down and out, and out of business. Of course, throughout the mid-50’s, the cheapest motorcycle to buy would have been an Indian. They’re bankrupt. They’re out of business. Nobody wants them. So, he always rode Indians, because that’s all he could afford.” Over the years, Buck would acquire a few Indians, along with the knowledge and personal acquaintances necessary to keep an orphaned brand of motorcycle running. Steve became interested in his dad’s bikes, and their numbers grew. Today the Rinker family collection of Indians includes somewhere around thirty bikes, although an exact number is hard to pin down.
The rinker Collection includes dozens of original indian motorcycles, as well as hundreds of other artifacts from the heady days of the brand. into the center walkway. The walls are covered with Indian memorabilia. A glass case houses what may be the world’s largest collection of authentic Indian spark plugs. There are patches, pins, jackets, posters, even a lawnmower and outboard boat motor carrying the Indian name. But mostly, there are bikes. In the back corner of this ultimate man cave, stands Steve Rinker. He is a walking encyclopedia of literally everything to do with Indian Motorcycles, and he’s proud of this assemblage of original Indians.
That first step into the family museum is breath-taking. More than twenty incredible examples of Indian Motorcycle mystique are backed in against the opposing walls, their front wheels jutting out
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steve rinker says this 1937 Chief is his favorite bike in the collection. “If I could have a whole room full of original motorcycles, that’s all I would have,” says Steve. “These motorcycles have been put together from pieces out of boxes.” The Rinkers are sticklers about keeping the bikes original. They avoid reproduced parts as much as possible, and even prefer to keep the paint original when they can. Their quest to keep these machines in original form sends them scouring the planet for the parts they need. “We have motorcycles from all over the world. New Zealand, Australia, Canada, New York. I’ve got some motorcycles from Argentina. The military bike came from Russia. I’ve got pictures of it sitting in Moscow’s Red Square before I did the restoration.” “Each bike has its own story. Every bike is unique to us,” says Steve. “There’s history in every bike. I know all these motorcycles from the inside-out, starting with the crankpin and going all the way out to the inner tube. It’s kind of a love affair. I do all the restorations. I have a guy that has worked for us for many years in our construction business, Norman Burns. He and I have built all the restored bikes. We only outsource some paint jobs. We’ve done everything else, but the paint and the chrome.” All but two of the bikes in here are in roadworthy, running condition. One only needs a generator, and the other is an unfinished restoration begun by someone else. Ask Steve to pick out a favorite among the gorgeous bikes lining the room, and he’ll point to his 1937 Chief. It’s a beautiful two-toned green bike that he spent about five years restoring. It looks like it never left the showroom floor. But he’ll quickly steer the conversation toward the bike sitting next to that ’37. Even though it’s a year newer, this blue Indian looks pretty rough by comparison. But to Steve, the 1938 Chief is something he spent years trying to find.
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it may not look real fancy right now, but steve says this 1938 Chief was a real find. “Everything was just rare to the ’38,” he notes. “The 1938 Chief had a lot of new innovations for Indian,” Steve explains. “They came out with a lot of different, new ideas. Their speedometers even had a gray face. Everything was just rare to the ’38. Indian couldn’t even build the same motorcycle in the same year. Indian was constantly changing, adding, changing. So each year’s make and model was different from the next year.” It wasn’t until this past year that Steve found the elusive ’38. “I went to Saint Louis and got it,” he recalls. “The guy had it on the back of his pick-up, and he said, ‘Let’s get it off and start it.’ I said, ‘Man, we don’t even have to start it, because all the little hard-to-get stuff is there.’ I didn’t care if it ran, or not. I’m going to restore the motorcycle. We got it home, and I started it, and rode it. I’ve been riding it, and riding it. The bike hadn’t been washed in 17 years, and my dad’s pretty mad that I don’t wipe it off – I have enough of them to wipe off anyway. It’s just so cool to get to ride one, and then just put it away.” Further conversation reveals that Steve has plans for the 1938. For eighteen years, Indian and Harley-Davidson enthusiasts have been reliving the head-to-head rivalry that existed between these two companies, in an Australian event dubbed The great race. But in 2011, The great race is coming to the United States. “The race will be held in Yosemite National Park,” Steve says with a grin. “We’re going to race on Team Indian, and if we’re lucky enough this old bike will make the trip. That’s why I don’t want to wipe it off. I know I’m going to get it dirty in California.” Steve points to their collection of 101 Series Indian bikes, nine running specimens and two basket cases, as the largest private collection on the East Coast. “It’s an all original motorcycle,” Steve says of his favorite member of their 101 crew. “The fenders have been repainted with a paintbrush, and then the gas tank has been leaded for various leaks throughout its life, but the motor has never been apart. It’s never had a new clutch or anything. It’s got a new set of tires put on it. That is probably one of the most original and complete 1931 101’s that’s in the United States today.” The Scout 101 Series bikes had a 750 CC engine, and were produced for three years, beginning in 1928. Steve Rinker says it is one of the most sought-after motorcycles that Indian ever built. The 101 found its 15 minutes of fame, of all places, as a sideshow performer. “That’s the only American-made motorcycle that they can do the Wall of death with.” says Steve. “The bikes long wheelbase, low center of gravity, the handling ability makes it climb the wall and stick. It was something that Indian came across, they made it, and it turned out to be perfect. The Harleys that you see, that they’re riding on the walls, are basically the Italian Aermacchi’s.” He used to ride this bike quite a bit. But, Steve says, it’s time www.thunderroadswv.com The rinker collection of 101’s in the largest on the east Coast. This is the only american made bike capable of conquering “The Wall of death.” to take it off the street. “The clutches are starting to slip,” he says, wincing a bit at the thought. “I don’t want to take it apart and put clutches in it, because they are 1931 clutches. So I’m up against it. I guess I’ll just leave it sit. It’s not like we don’t have another bike to choose from.” Another bike he won’t be riding is a 1922, factory-built, boardtrack racer. It’s the bike on the cover of this issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia. Boardtracks, or Motordromes as they were originally called, were oval or circular courses, made with a wood plank surface and steeply banked turns. The racing was fast and dangerous for riders and spectators alike. Crashes often climbed right over the walls, and into the stands. Boardtrack bikes had no brakes, no clutch, and no transmission. This direct-drive system meant the bikes had to be push-started right on the track. Steve says it would be up to the riders to get bunched up, so that the starter could drop the flag. From that point on, controlling the bikes was a dangerous progression of split-second timing. “So, after he would come off of turn 2,” Steve says, guiding us around a boardtrack lap, “he would be wide open, and he’ll hold the throttle open for five seconds. Then he dumps the throttle and hits the kill switch as he goes into turn three. As soon as he gets the momentum slowed down at the apex, he’ll take the kill switch off, let the bike catch back up, and when he comes out of the apex, as he’s coming into turn four, the throttle comes wide open for five seconds again. They’re really cool to run.” Although Buck Rinker has owned Indians for decades, and counts several racing bikes in this collection, he himself had never actually raced any of the bikes. But six years ago, at the age of 63, the racing bug bit him. He wanted to ride an Indian in a boardtrack exhibition race. Steve got to work, pulling together this vintage racer for his father. He already had a racing motor, but had no chassis to go with it. In fact, he didn’t even realize what kind of motor he had been sitting on. But Steve sent it to Randy Walker, an Indian enthusiast whose specialty is these early race engines. Then one day, Randy called Steve with some good news. “He said, ‘There’s nothing wrong with your parts. But, you have a Daytona Big Valve race engine! I’ve got a guy standing here in my shop. He wants to give you $10-thousand dollars for your motor. He’ll take it home in a box.’ I said, ‘No. I don’t think we’ll be doing that.’ So, at the time I knew we had a valuable motor. We just didn’t have anything to do with it. So, I said, ‘Put the motor together. Get it finished up, and I’ll pick it up, and we’ll just keep going from there.’” “What Indian did, was they made 25 bikes, but they made 50 motors,” explains Steve, as we discuss the origins of this motor.
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“Every bike had a spare, or a back-up motor. I’m assuming that this was one of the back-up motors, and that’s why it was never attached to a frame.” A few months later, Randy called again. He had gotten wind of a 1922 racing chassis in New Zealand. The deal was made, and the motorless bike came to West Virginia, where it would be mated with the rebuilt engine. But there was more work to do. “Now, originally that motorcycle would have had 27 inch rims, more like a bicycle,” says Steve. “But since dad was going to race, and we run on dirt, we made 21 inch wheels, and of course, we used drop-center rims, so we had to make new hubs and everything. But the dual sprocket is as it would have been originally. They are half-mile and quarter-mile sprockets. You just flipped the wheel around, and added or removed a link from the chain.” The bike was built, and Buck was ready to fulfill his dream. Even though the race in Davenport, Iowa, was just an exhibition race of vintage boardtrack bikes, don’t think for a second that it was slow-paced. buck rinker was a teenager in the 1950’s when he caught the indian bug. Nearly fifty years later, at the age of 63, he was clocked on this 1922 Boardtrack Racer at 96 miles per hour. the damn thing runs,” Steve recalls of how these races started. “When this bike is on the half-mile sprocket, to get it to a good idle, the bike is running 42 miles per hour. Dad has had the bike up, at
“You have a pusher, which was me, and you push like hell until
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Davenport, to 96 miles per hour on the straightaway. He’s the only one who has ever ridden this bike. He was 63, and that was six years ago.” The race could have gone better. A mechanical failure would put Buck, and the bike, on the ground. “It was hot and the humidity was high,” Steve remembers. “We had a piston ring get too tight, and the back cylinder hung up. And of course, when the motor locked up, so did the bike. And dad and the bike went down in turn two. That’s why we’ve got some dings and scuff marks on it. Well, we got the bike off the track and into the pits. Of course, we were done for the night. It’s too valuable of a bike to lay down many more times. So we just decided the best thing to do was quit with it, put it away, and just talk about it.”
“The bikes are in our possession, and we are just the caretakers of history...”
Most guys the twins’ age are more interested in the latest sport bike, but their direction in the motorcycle world was determined before they could even legally ride a bike. “When we turned 15, we built a set of scouts with my dad. As soon as we turned 16, we took our skills test on our 1941 Scouts. They’re a 741 military bike, and we did a little customization to them, you could say. It’s primarily all 741. We took a 1936 Junior Scout rear fender, and put it on them. In the front, we took the leaf spring, the military front end, and did away with that. We put on the 1949 Model 249 vertical telescopic front ends. We really made nice, little sporty rides out of them – all Indian parts but we customized them a little bit.”
Steve’s son, Jared, may someday have something to say about that. That’s Jared on our cover, along with the boardtracker. He and his twin brother, Justin, are as enthralled by the Indian Motorcycles in the family collection as their father and grandfather. “My brother and I grew up with these bikes,” says Jared. “We’ve been around them our whole lives, and have helped our dad and granddad work on them. So we, at a real young age, just got interested in it, and went to all the swap meets with them. It was just a fun, interesting thing to do.”
Steve Rinker is proud of his sons and their interest in this world-class collection of rare motorcycles. “The bikes are in our possession, and we are just the caretakers of history,” he notes. “By passing it on to the twins, hopefully they’ll keep them, they’ll enjoy them, and they’ll be here for many generations to come. In the antique motorcycle club, we’ve got less than 500 junior members. And it’s too bad, because one of these days, these old bikes are going to be sitting around, and nobody’s going to be left to take care of them. All we can hope to do is to try to hang on to our motorcycle history.”
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West Virginia Motorcycle Fatalities Rise Slightly in 2010
Thirty-one motorcyclists lost their lives in crashes on West Virginia’s highways this past year, according to Greg Winter, West Virginia’s Motorcycle Safety Program Coordinator. Winter says that although the number is an increase over the 25 killed in 2009, it is still a significant improvement over the 52 fatalities recorded in 2008. “We’re just trying to get the awareness out there, not only to motorists, but also to the motorcyclists, to be aware of each other,” says Mr. Winter. He thinks the lower number of fatalities indicates that the effort might be having an impact in several ways. “I think the awareness of wearing the proper equipment and gear, with reflective tape on it is helping a lot, also. Education and awareness are the key things.” Educating motorcyclists is a big part of Greg’s job. He oversees the seven permanent Motorcycle Safety Foundation training sites located all over the state, as well as a mobile unit. During the 2010 training season, 1,404 West Virginia motorcyclists successfully completed either the basic or experienced rider courses. Improving safety for motorcyclists remains a priority, according to Winter. “There are a couple of areas we are going to try to target this year as far as education and awareness,” he says. Key among the factors he cites is reducing the number of unlicensed riders. “It is a problem. One of the areas we’re trying to target, is the endorsement,” he says. There are more than 102-thousand West Virginians whose licenses carry the “F” endorsement, which allows for legal operation of a motorcycle. Unlicensed riders are often untrained as well, and are responsible for a disproportionately high percentage of crash statistics. Your helmet is going to get looked at this year, as well. “We’re going to try to work with law enforcement,” Greg Winter says, “to educate them on how to recognize an illegal helmet.” He points out that a helmet that doesn’t carry the DOT or Snell certification does not meet the legal requirement of state law. Beware, that beanie might bet you busted.
a trip in the ambulance is one ride no one wants to take.
The “f” endorsement (circled in red) on your West Virginia driver’s license means you can legally operate a motorcycle.
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When a gunman opened fire at a January 8th political rally in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people and wounding 14 others, the primary target of his violence was a motorcycle riding congresswoman. Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, 40, is a third-term Democrat who is co-chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus. Giffords has made public statements encouraging bikers to ride more often, particularly for routine trips like riding to work. Giffords has said that not only does she enjoy riding, but she also likes the smaller pollution profile of a motorcycle versus a cage. Giffords is also opposed to mandatory helmet laws. Thunder Roads West Virginia wishes a speedy recovery for Representative Giffords, and an equally speedy trial for accused gunman Jared Loughner.
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Dining Family rience Ex pe d
6am S-M-T at 24 hrs W-S
e n u se r v Full me to 10pm
“Her legacy lives on”
The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant in Fairmont, WV
“ G ood H om e ” Cooking
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A Nip And A Tuck
If ever there was a perfect time to hang some new bling on a bike, February has got to be it. Take, for example, the Thunder Roads West Virginia V-star 1100. The tens of thousands of miles that Donna has logged on this bike had taken a bit of a toll. Specifically, the chrome on the drag bars had lost its luster. Having them re-chromed was an option, but we decided to buy a new set, which are actually one comfortable inch narrower. Also, the plastic covering over the wiring harness at the base of the risers had gotten just plain nasty. In most cases, a bar exchange isn’t a difficult process. But because this set-up involves hiding the wiring inside the bars, things get a bit trickier. However, in the end, it took just a couple of hours (mere minutes, in garage time) to give the bike this facelift. That’s a more-than-fair trade, because the improvements will provide countless hours of enjoyment and pride in a rejuvenated bike. Here’s how we did it.
The new parts were laid out on a blanket, and everything was measured to make sure the fit would be correct.
After pulling the fuel tank, the first step in replacing the handlebars is removal of the brake reservoir, switch clamshells, and grips. Keep that reservoir upright and well secured, because brake fluid on your fancy paint job is a bad way to go.
Carefully disconnect the wiring harnesses. Take notes, or even pictures, of the connections. since you’re here, you might as well inspect the connectors for corrosion or wires about to come loose.
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Two bolts hold the bars to the triple tree. a standard socket wrench will do for removal, but use the torque wrench on the way back in.
after carefully pulling the wires out of the old set of handlebars, we thread them through the new harness wrapping. Now, it’s time to go fishing. We will have to pull the electrical wires through the holes near the ends of the new handlebars, and out near the bottom of the risers. so, we’re threading an old throttle cable, which will serve as our guide cable, through the riser where the wires will come out. at the top of the riser, it has to make a right turn to go out to the end of the bars. We ran an intercepting cable from the left bar end, and used it to nudge the first cable around the turn. The end of the wires that is to be pulled through the handlebars is bonded to the guide cable by a few layers of electrical tape. Keep the bundle as thin as possible, and spray the tape with a little Wd-40. Then, carefully pull your cable back through, negotiating the turn into the riser very gently.
reassemble everything in the reverse order, and crack a brew.
The chrome on the new bars is beautiful, sure. but the most noticeable change occurs where the wiring makes its jump from the base of the risers to the frame. oh, yeah!
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MUD RIVER ROAD
by gary Westphalen
Ask any Mountaineer about the heroes who have called West Virginia “Home.” There are a lot of good answers, but every short list includes one name: Brigadier General Charles Elwood “Chuck” Yeager. He flew 64 combat missions over Europe in World War II, including once getting shot down over France. Then, there’s that other little thing he did. On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager squeezed into the cockpit of the Bell X-1 rocket airplane, which was then dropped from a B-29 bomber. When the rocket lit, Yeager became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound. The kicker is that he did this, while concealing the fact that he had broken two ribs in a get-off from a horse, just a day or two earlier. The kind of, ah - stuff - Yeager is made of, has been well documented by author Tom Wolfe. So, as I’m tooling down U.S. 119 in the chilly early morning fog, I come upon an invitation I am eager to oblige. Lincoln County, it seems is tempting me with a two-fer kind of day. Not only do I want to ride into Hamlin, where General Yeager’s likeness stands in bronze out front of the High School where he got his first physics lessons, but I also can’t wait to ride Mud River Road. Just the name sends chills up my spine. I’m coming into the town of Hamlin from the southeast, on Highway 3. Just as I round the bend into the very edge of town, I see my target, Mud River Road, dart off to the right. But I’m in Hamlin. Chuck Yeager grew up here, man! I’m gonna roll through town and back, in tribute. A couple of blocks towards the heart of town, at the top of a little rise, is Hamlin High School. And out front, standing proud on a tall pedestal, I see the likeness of hometown hero, Chuck Yeager. He’s got a parachute slung over his right shoulder, and his helmet – it looks like a beanie – is in his left hand. The reserved strength of this
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mans character is etched on his calm, but intense stare. Nerves of steel. You can’t beat that. I rolled through the rest of town, zigging and zagging through the little shuffle that Highway 3 takes through downtown. Once through, I pull a U-ey and ride back to the wide spot in the street across from the high school. As I sit on my bike, gazing across the street at the modest school that generated this amazing man, I only have two thoughts. First, how happy I am to be visiting this historic spot. And, secondly, I hope the cops don’t think I’m some kind of creep, hanging out across the street from the high school. Better snap the picture, and get moving. The fog has nearly burned off, and the sun’s warmth is beginning to penetrate my leathers. It’s time to ride. At the east end of town, I guide the Thunder Roads West Virginia Heritage Softail Classic through what is now a left turn at a somewhat odd angle in the middle of that curve, bringing me in line with Mud River Road, also known as Highway 1. You would be correct in your thinking, if you suspect that Mud River Road likes to hang along the banks of the Mud River. It’s late in the year as I’m riding through here, so the Mud doesn’t look like much more than, well, mud. But when a big snowmelt or mega-storm rolls through, the Mud can rage. On this beautiful day, the Mud River is just a serene partner, as I wind and twist my way northward. For 15 beautiful miles, it’s just me and the steady heartbeat of the bike winding back and forth. Traffic is so light that it really doesn’t even bear mentioning. Sometimes the curves dictated by the river’s path are so long that it almost feels like I’ve just done a complete circle. Open expanses of rural scenery give way to tree-lined passages that hug the river’s edge. The thought crosses my mind that my pace is a far cry from the Mach 1.07 that Chuck Yeager attained 63 years earlier, almost to the day. Even though I’m usually in favor of pushing the envelope,
today I find myself content to let Mr. Yeager’s reputation as the local speed demon stand unchallenged. But I think about him as I ride this road. I imagine a seven-year-old boy in 1930, splashing along the banks of the Mud River, chasing frogs. I think about a teenager graduating from Hamlin High School, making the decision to enlist in the United States Army Air Corps, so he could defend his country in World War II. I think I am able to enjoy this beautiful ride, only because of the services of Americans like General Yeager. This is an easy road, suitable for riders of all skill levels. Elevation changes are slight by West Virginia standards. Traffic is light and the condition of the roadway is above average. An occasional groundhog crossing is likely to be the only impediment on an otherwise relaxing ride. Mud River Road comes to a somewhat confusing end, somewhere around Milton in Cabell County. I’m on the southern edge of the Interstate 64 corridor, and it appears the local roads were left to fend for themselves when the big road shoved its way through. In some ways, Mud River Road serves as a metaphor for that hero who spent his youth here. The ride starts in a small town, where life moves at a bucolic pace, and ends where achievement is measured by speed.
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North to AlAskA
by bob hyre
Editor’s Note Trekking by bike to alaska – to the end of the road at the end of the continent - is considered by many to be the ultimate motorcycle trip. it is a mere dream for most of us. You may recall that this past summer, we told the story of four brothers from West Virginia who made the epic trip from Key West, Florida to homer, alaska. Mark Wilson, Mike Mendell, Bill Pixler and Mitch Matzek all completed the hoka hey Motorcycle Challenge. The Challenge took them through territory that has been seen by a relatively small number of bikers before them, and those pioneers traveled in much smaller groups. For example, the three guys who mounted up on a whim, more than 14 years ago, and rode from Petersburg, West Virginia, to Fairbanks, alaska, and back. Bob hyre was one of those guys, and here’s his account of what it was like to make this trip to the Land of the Midnight sun.
Here is a log of our trip, day by day: July 13, 1996 – Petersburg, WV, to Crawfordsville, IN. Distance traveled 548 miles. July 14 Crawfordsville, IN, to Avon, MN. Distance traveled 678 miles. July 15 - Minnesota is beautiful country with a lot of nice farms and small towns. Avon, MN, to Wolfpack, MT, but we had trouble finding a motel there so we continued to Glasgow, MT. Distance traveled 702 miles. July 16 - Glasgow, MT, to Calgary, Alberta, Canada via U.S. 2 through Shelby, MT, where we saw huge grain farms, each maybe thousands of acres and flat enough so that no matter which direction you looked, cultivated farmland reached the horizon. From there we took I-15 north to Milk River, AB, Canada, where we stopped and exchanged some American money for Canadian $1.35 to $1.00.We spent the night just north of Calgary. Distance traveled 521 miles. July 17 - Calgary to Dawson Creek, AB, Canada. We got lost in the city of Edmonton, but a generous Edmontonite went out of his way to lead us out of town to the Yellowhead Highway west to Spruce Grove, where we picked up
On July 13, 1996, we left on the trip of a lifetime. Robert Hyre and Junior Shook, of Petersburg, WV, and Walter Meuse of Frederick, MD left Petersburg bound for Alaska. We all had Goldwing GL1500’s. The bikes all performed flawlessly and we never encountered a problem from any of the bikes, not even a flat tire. Thank goodness for that because the roads for many miles were nothing but gravel and mud. We saw the most beautiful scenery and wildlife through the Alcan Highway that one could imagine. We all purchased sleeping bags in Alberta, Canada just in case no rooms were available in the towns on our journey. But we did not have to use them a single time because rooms and gas were no problem along the way. We got some of the best meals imaginable at the Mom and Pop restaurants on the Alcan Highway. When we arrived in Fairbanks we had to hit the Salmon Bake buffet. They served all the Salmon or Halibut you could eat and after eating the Halibut we all agreed that Salmon is dog and cat food. Ha,ha. While coming into Dawson Creek, Junior did encounter a dog that came from nowhere and ran across the road. He could not avoid the incident and hit the dog head-on. He was lucky that it did not wreck him. The only damage was that the front plastic cowl got busted up pretty badly. The dog did not fare as well.
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Route 43 to Valleyview. Somewhere along this road is where Junior ran over the dog. Junior’s okay. Dog’s dead. At Grand Prairie we went west to Dawson Creek, AB, which is the beginning of the Alaska Highway. Distance traveled 532 miles. July 18 - Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson, BC, via the Alaskan Highway, rained all day, saw a moose standing in a pond feeding. Distance traveled 287 miles. July 19 - Fort Nelson to Watson Lake, YT. Rain most of the day. Big pancakes at the Summit Lake Café were a welcome break. Road conditions due to construction were less than desirable with loose gravel and unpacked crusher run. Made riding bad to a point where you only had about 10% control. Saw another cow moose. Distance traveled 327 miles. July 20 - Watson Lake to Distruction Bay, YT and Kluane Lake. The Teslin River bridge was steel grating. Distance traveled 439 miles. July 21 Destruction Bay to Fairbanks, AK, via the Alaska Highway. Went to Alaskaland that evening to a Salmon bake . Salmon, Halibut and beef ribs were very good, but we were a little late. Got information on Alaska lodging for the next day at Denali National Park from our military neighbor. Distance traveled 429 miles. July 22 - Fairbanks to Denali National Park. Traveled 216 miles including our tour of Fairbanks and short ride into Denali Park. July 23 - Toured the Denali National Park on the park bus. Many photo ops of animals and Mt. McKinley. July 24 - Denali National Park to Anchorage via the George Parks Highway, where we saw a wheel chair www.thunderroadswv.com
race and excellent views of Mt. McKinley. Then on to Wasilla where we visited Bob’s cousin on his job at the local building supply dealer. In Anchorage we ate dinner at the Lone Star and all the electric power was lost in most of Alaska. Therefore we missed out on our after dinner entertainment. Distance traveled 277 miles. July 25 - Anchorage to Valdez, stopping at the Worthington Glacier and crossing Thompson Pass before entering Valdez. Distance traveled 316 miles. July 26 – Valdez to Tok, AK. Took a side trip to see some King Salmon fishing. Dined at the Salmon Bake on the Alaska Highway. Distance traveled 326 miles. July 27 – Tok, AK to Haines Junction, YT via the Alaska Highway. Spotted a grizzly bear at marker 1725km. Distance traveled 297 miles. July 28 – Haines Junction to Watson Lake, YT. Stopped at Whitehorse for breakfast and a quick look around. Distance traveled 376 miles. July 29 – Watson Lake to Fort Nelson, YT. Good day, hot but rain and very windy the last 50 miles. Distance traveled 325 miles. July 30 – Fort Nelson to Grand Prairie, AB. Distance traveled 367 miles. July 31 – Grand Prairie to Okotoks, AB. Took a night tour of Calgary. Distance traveled 505 miles. August 1 – Okotoks to Lewiston, MT. Distance traveled 422 miles. August 2 – Lewiston to Hardin, MT. Fueled up with the wrong fuel but got straightened out in an hour or so. Parted company with Jr. and Bob as we had different itineraries. I continued south on I-90 to Crow Agency, MT taking the scenic road east to Custer Battlefield and on through the northeast corner of Wyoming to Belle Fourche, SD. Went to Sturgis in the evening. Nice street show of a lot of motorcycles. Distance traveled 391 miles. August 3 – Belle Fourche to Armour, SD. Distance traveled 429 miles. August 4 – Armour, SD, to Crawfordsville, IN. Distance traveled 776 miles. August 5 – Crawfordsville, IN, to Petersburg, WV. Distance traveled 513 miles. This is a must-do adventure for the avid biker. If you have the time, just head north to Alaska. You won’t regret the trip.
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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee JUST FOR THE TWO OF YOU STOVETOP ROAST CHICKEN W/ HOT BUTTERED NOODLES & PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS 1 Pound of Fresh Portobello Mushrooms (do NOT wash; pat dry or clean w/ a paper towel) 2 of Each Chicken Part; Breast, Thigh & Leg 2 Tbls. Cornstarch 1/4 Cup Water 1/4 Cup Olive Oil 3/4 Cup Rose’ Wine 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce 1 Clove Garlic, Pressed 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano Cooked & Buttered Egg Noodles Covered & Set Aside (be sure and mix w/ enough butter or quality margarine) FRUIT & KISSES RED SMOOTHIES XOXOX 1 Carton (8 ozs.) Strawberry Yogurt 1/2 to 3/4 Cup Cranberry Juice 1-1./2 Cups Frozen Unsweetened Strawberries, 1/4’d 1 Cup Frozen Unsweetened Raspberries 3 tsps. Sugar or Splenda DIPPED W/ LOVE STRAWBERRIES INTO HAZELNUT WHIPPED CREAM 1 Quart of Strawberries; pop the tops and rinse well 1 Cup or Small Carton of Whipping Cream 1/4 Cup Sifted Powdered Sugar 1 Tbl. Frangelico, or Other Hazelnut-Flavored Liqueur’ 1/2 to 1 tsp. Grated Tangerine Rind MY VALENTINE FOR LIFE, STRAWBERRY CUSTARD TORTE 1 Packaged Quality Yellow Cake Mix 1/3 Cup of Sugar or Baking Splenda 1 Tbl. Cornstarch 1/8 tsp. Salt 1 Cup Whole Milk 2 Egg Yolks, Lightly Beaten 1 Tbl. Butter or Margarine 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract 1 Carton (8 ozs.) of Frozen, Whipped Topping, Thawed 1 Pkg. (12 ozs.) Frozen Sweetened, Sliced Strawberries, Drained and Thawed Halved Strawberries and Mint Leaves for Top Garnish
Pour some ice cold Asti Spumante into champagne flutes, light a candle and share a big slice of this Torte together, in bed, and this recipe will help create a sweet memory. Place sliced mushrooms in a 1/4 inch of olive oil, with a pat of real butter for total browning over medium-low heat. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl, stirring until smooth. Add next 5 ingredients, pour over chicken. slow roast on top of stove for 1 hour or until chicken is done. Serve with buttered noodles generously topped w/ either dried or fresh parsley. If dried, rub in your hands to awaken the flavor. * My mom used to make this same recipe in a cast iron skillet, but she’d jazz it up by adding strips of green, red and yellow peppers and letting it all cook down on top of stove with a cover over 3/4 of the skillet to allow air to flow. Mild green chilies is a nice addition also. Any way you do it, this dish is fabulous and the key to it is slow and steady. Don’t rush the good stuff and like Julie Child said...”don’t crowd the mushrooms when browning!”. In a blender or food processor, combine yogurt and cranberry juice. Add strawberries, raspberries and sugar; cover and process until blended. Pour into chilled, fancy dessert glasses. Serve immediately. These are so rich, you can serve as dessert. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar; beating at high speed until soft peaks form. Gently stir in liqueur’ and tangerine rind. Serve with chilled, fresh strawberries and dip away, baby, dip away!! Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using two greased and floured 9-inch round baking pans. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt; gradually stir in milk until smooth. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolks; return all to pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Place half of the whipped topping in a bowl; add strawberries. Split each cake into two horizontal layers; place one layer on a serving plate. Spread with half of the strawberry mixture. Top with a second cake layer; spread with custard. Add third layer; spread with remaining strawberry mixture. Top with remaining cake and whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight.
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A Priest was about to finish his tour of duty, and was leaving his Mission in the jungle, where he has spent years teaching the natives. Suddenly, he realizes that the one thing he never taught them was how to speak English. So he takes the chief for a walk in the forest. He points to a tree and says to the chief, “This is a tree.” The chief looks at the tree and grunts, “Tree.” The Priest is pleased with the response. They walk a little further, and he points to a rock and says, “This is a rock.” Hearing this, the chief looks and grunts, “Rock.” The Priest was really getting enthusiastic about the results, when he hears a rustling in the bushes. As they peek over the top, he sees a couple of natives in the midst of heavy sexual activity. The Priest is really flustered and quickly responds, “Man riding a bike.” The chief looks at the couple briefly, pulls out his blowgun and kills them. The Priest goes ballistic and yells at the chief that he has spent years teaching the tribe how to be civilized, and be kind to each other, so how could he kill these people in cold blood that way? The chief replied, “My bike.”
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”Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour,” states the doctor proudly. The old man pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, the old man says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right...but I’ll stick with my moped.” Just then the light changes, so the doctor decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rear view mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly WHOOOOSSSHHH! Something whips by him going much faster! “What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?” the doctor asks himself. He presses harder on the accelerator, and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the moped! Amazed that the Moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it more gas, and passes the moped at 275 mph. And, he’s feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him AGAIN! Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not ten seconds later, he sees the moped bearing down on him again! The Ferrari is flat out, and there’s nothing he can do! Suddenly, the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear end. The doctor stops and jumps out, and unbelievably, the old man is still alive. He runs up to the banged-up old guy and says, “I’m a doctor.... Is there anything I can do for you?” The old man whispers, “Unhook my suspenders from your side view mirror!”
HIS LAST RALLY
Four guys have been going to the same motorcycle rally for many years. Two days before the group is to leave, Don’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn’t going. Don’s friends are very upset that he can’t go, but what can they do? Two days later, the three get to the camping site, only to find Don sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire. “Dang man, how long you been here, and how did you talk your wife into letting you go?,” one of the guys asked. “Well, I’ve been here since this morning,” said Don. “Last night, I was sitting in my chair at home, and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes. and said, ‘Guess who?’ I pulled her hands off, and she was wearing a brand new nightie. She took my hand and pulled me to our bedroom. The room had candles and rose petals all over. On the bed she had handcuffs and ropes! She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed, so I did. And then she said, ‘Do whatever you want.’” “So, here I am.”
An elderly man on a moped, looking about 100 years old, pulls up next to a doctor at a street light. The old man looks over at the sleek shiny car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?” The doctor replies, “A Ferrari GTO. It cost half a million dollars!” ”That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?”
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february 11-13 – Timonium, md The Timonium motorcycle show maryland state fairgrounds in Timonium, md. This is The big one!
Located in Baltimore County, Maryland, the Timonium Bike Event not only features all the hottest new 2011 motorcycle models from the world’s top manufacturers, but also hosts one of the most prestigious custom and antique bike competition meets of the year. Over 250 bikes compete in many separate trophy classes for big cash prizes and trophies. Two-wheel enthusiasts can check out more than 315 of the area’s top motorcycle aftermarket companies offering everything from riding gear and equipment to travel destinations and insurance. A group of the Nation’s most famous bike builders show off their latest creations next to over 25 local custom builders and fabrication shops from nine states. Some of the superstar builders they’ll meet this year are: Arlen Ness, the undisputed godfather of bike builders and one of the charter members of the prestigious Hamsters Motorcycle Club: Chica, of Chica Customs Cycles from Huntington Beach, California, who specializes in ‘the old style of today’ – Old School look using today’s technology; Doug Keim of Doug Keim Creative Cycles “The Pride of the Jersey Shore” and Randy Simpson of Milwaukee Iron “Steel Made in America” from Lynchburg, VA. Also, check out the Lightcycle from the Disney movie Tron, the Batman Batpod and the Green Machine in the Parker Brothers Display from Florida. Motorcycle apparel fashion shows, tattoo contest, celebrity autograph ‘meet and greets’ which include stars from FX TV’s hit series ‘Sons of Anarchy’, Michele Smith, Host of Discovery Channel’s HDT Motorcycle Series “Two Wheel Thunder’ and Playboy Cover Girl, Jessica Robinson form the final layer of this diversified event.
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Come meet Thunder Roads West Virginia’s December Calendar Girl Amanda Jackson at Fosters Grille in Winchester, VA. The event is sponsored by Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins and Fly Rod Chronicles. Check out our website and Facebook for up-to-date details. LisT your moTorCyCLe eVenT for free Let bikers all across the state know about your motorcycle event without spending a penny. Thunder Roads West Virginia provides this space to announce upcoming events free of charge. Events unrelated to motorcycles are not eligible. You may attach a flier with information to an email, and send it to events@ www.thunderroadswv.com. Information we need is: City or County where the event is being held; Date; Name of Event; Name and address of the Start/Finish location; Timing of the event (sign-up, kickstands up, finish time, etc); A brief (2-3 sentence) description of the event and who is benefiting (if applicable); also a name and phone number or email to contact for more information.
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Law Offices of Ralph C. Buss Motorcycle Accident/Injury Law Ohio, WV, KY, PA & Indiana (800) 582-5577 www.ralphbuss.com Weatherholtz bonding 306 West Stephen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 email@example.com
hide away Tavern Rt. 50 Burlington, WV Near WVDOH District 5 Shed (304) 289-5396 iron horse bar & grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7533 Lost river brewing 155 West Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-4455 www.lostriverbrewing.com Under New Ownership mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 368-9223 mountaineer all star Cafe U.S. Rt. 220 South / 2 mi. from Keyser A Family Restaurant with a Sports Atmosphere (304) 788-6433 nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 www.nanandpopsplace.com Poor dave’s restaurant and Lounge Rt. 55 – American Legion Petersburg, WV 26847 (304) 257-4322 PoorDavesRestaurantandLounge@hotmail.com Potter’s hill Top inn 4726 US Hwy. 33 West Camden, WV 26338 (304) 269-4004 Coldest beer in town. road hogs saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588 The rock sports bar Located on Rt. 11 North of Martinsburg 2573 Williamsport Pike Martinsburg, WV (304) 263-5558 rock forge inn/haught diggity dogz Serving WV’s #1 Rated Chili Dog Off I-68 at Sabraton Exit #4 Turn left .2 mile – Red Roof on right Rt. 7 East (304) 291-DOGZ (3649)
santana’s Pub 2430 Smithtown Rd (Rt. 73, near Goshen Rd) Morgantown WV (304) 241-5762 Happy Hour M-F 3-7pm ~ We love bikers! sissie’s bellview bar 1009 Pennsylvania Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 Tues. 8pm Pool Tournament Thurs. 8pm Women’s Pool Tournament Cold Beer - Good Food star mercantile, LLC 80 W. Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-FOOD (3663) firstname.lastname@example.org steve’s broken spoke bar & grill 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 www.oldroute55.com swervé’s bar & grill Speedway Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 367-0075 Welcome Truckers “Swerve on In” Daily Specials Located beside K&T Truck Stop uncle Joe’s Wood Pile Rt. 1, Box 400 Ridgeley, WV 26753 (304) 726-8505 your Tavern 304-329-2078 Rte. 7 Kingwood, WV Friday night Wing night Big Screen TVs Where friends meet year ‘round.
bee hive Tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin Ink Tattoo Cindy’s bar & grill Route 3 (End of Speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Pool Tournaments Weekly Colt’s restaurant and Pizza Park inc. 425 S. Main St. Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-2523 Country inn - under new management! 1202 Meadowdale Rd, Fairmont (304) 333-6310 Daily Specials and Live Music! Pool Tables, Video Games & MORE! Banquet and Private Parties Welcome desperado’s bar & grill 35 Potomac Street Ridgeley, WV 26753 Food – Games – Cold Beer (304) 738-0010 donna Jean’s family restaurant 23480 George Washington Hwy. Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-3260 Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Mon-Fri 5:30 - 7 Sat & Sun 7:00 - 7 doodles Place Rt. 50 Augusta, WV (304) 496-9481 four Corners Club 72 Pedal Car Drive Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-3443 www.the4cornersclub.com
BARS & RESTAURANTS
BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS
Cool ridge 329 High St. Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 296-5757 Mon - Sat 11 to 7 / Sun 12 to 5 “Take It Easy”
hawgs-n-dawgs Biker Apparel – Leather – H-D Boots Patches & More 112 Davis Avenue - Glen Lyn, VA 24093 (540) 726-3080 hiaWaTha’s Boots – Hats – Jewelry – Gifts – Aigner Leather Moccasins – Beaded Jackets – WV Shirts Jct. Rt. 250 S. & 33 E. Elkins, WV 26241 (304) 636-4836 “JUST LOOK FOR THE INDIAN PRINCESS”
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art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 www.artbyweeze.com http://profile.to/weezemace/ Visit my booth at the Timonium Motorcycle Show
m&J motor Company Lehman Trike Conversions 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-6200 www.mjtrikes.com mercer County Choppers 4156 Coal Heritage Road Bluewell, WV 24701 (304) 589-6222 www.mercercountychoppers.com r.g. honda-yamaha & Polaris 1619 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort, WV 26301 (304) 624-5420 (800) 734-3694 The Fun Starts Here! romney Cycle Center 51 Industrial Park Romney, WV 26757 (866) 766-1495 (304) 822-3933 www.romneycycles.com ruff road Cycle L.L.C. Authorized Drag Specialty Dealer Tires & Service – Fast Turn Around 2050 Burke Rd. Masontown, WV 26542 (304) 980-2005 shenandoah harley-davidson 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com smitty’s suzuki, Kawasaki, yamaha Rt. 33 E. Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-4824 www.supersmittys.com The Twisted spoke Custom Builds, Motorcycle & ATV Repair 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 326-HOGG (4644) www.thetwistedspoke.com edward Jones Yvonne Williams, Financial Advisor 210 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV (304) 538-2811 Yvonne.Williams@edwardjones.com a Therapeutic Touch of fairmont 210 East Park Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8711 EVERYBODY NEEDS A MASSAGE
Meredith Hancock Independent Beauty Consultant www.marykay.com/mhancock78 (703) 965-1848 GET YOUR COLOR FIX!
CUSTOM DESIGN & FABRICATION
brown’s Custom Coating & fabrication Powder Coating & Fabrication Rte. 1 Box 603 Mt. Clair, WV 26408 (304) 669-8976
mathias & associates insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV Insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 email@example.com rider insurance Est. 1971 For a hassle free ride …Ride with Rider For a quick quote call (800) 595-6393 www.rider.com river bridge retreat Your Personal Get-Away Moorefield, WV (304) 886-5100 www.RiverBridgeRetreat.com south branch inn – Romney & Moorefield 1500 U.S. 220 N. Moorefield, WV 26836 Route 50 Romney, WV 26757 800-856-9167 Moorefield 866-492-3122 Romney www.southbranchinn.com / Open 24 hours
Cosmic Wizard L.e.d.s Specializing in Motorcycle L.E.D. Lighting. Accent, Brake, Turn Signals, and Much More. (740) 706-2288 (740) 423-2028 www.cosmicwizardleds.com Toxic Paint Custom Air Brush, Fabrication, Design & Collision Repair Morgantown, WV 26505 - Star City Danny (480) 650-4743, RJ (304) 826-6688 Tod (304) 376-4333 Office (304) 777-2134, Shop (304) 599-4195 Wiskybilt It’s all about the ride. Custom crafted parts made in WV (304) 329-1214 www.wiskybilt.com busted Knuckles Custom Cycles 47 Post Office Lane Bunker Hill, WV 25413 (304) 229-9360 www.bustedknucklescycles.com Charlie’s harley-davidson 4087 4th Street Huntington, WV 25701 (304) 523-1340 www.charlieshd.com Country Chrome Cycles – Trikes – ATVs Parts – Accessories – Repair 16435 Parkersburg Rd. Elizabeth, WV 26143 (304) 273-4986 www.countrychrome.com JT Cycle & hoodlum motorcycle garage Aftermarket & Custom Parts & Accessories 486 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 255-2468 www.jtcycleparts.com www.thunderroadswv.com
LODGING & CAMPING
DEALERS & SERVICE
Cyclemart your motorcycle Parts store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins Street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119
www.pmspattystore.com Facebook - http://companies.to/pmspatty/ Other inquiries about PMS Patty please call Art by Weeze (304) 264-4604 Visit PMS Patty’s booth at the Timonium Motorcycle Show
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Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com
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Dragon Cloud Dojo Mount Mission Community Center Rte. 9 and Mission Road Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 261-1609 Martial arts for any age bob’s Tire service inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 www.bobstireservice.net J & C enterprises “Cylinder Head Exchange” 612 Virginia Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 (800) 266-5599 Fax: (304) 366-4221 TStarcher@aol.com rainbow Tire 10422 Veterans Memorial Highway Masontown, WV 26542 304-854-3999 “Come See Us For Your Vehicle Rim And Tire Needs.” CbWV – Concerned bikers of West Virginia (Fairmont, WV) For more information call Earl at (304) 366-6473 or (304) 816-2863 Email: Earl@thunderroadswv.com C.e.’s helping hands (old fields, WV) a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at www.cehelpinghands.com. gWrra WV-a (martinsburg, WV) (gold Wing road riders assoc.) ‘mountaineer Wings’ Meets the 1st Sunday of the month - 8am at Hoss’s Steak House, Martinsburg, WV Chapter Directors: JJ & Becky Jones JJ: (301) 667-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org Becky: (301) 667-0121 Rpepgirl@aol.com highways and hedges motorcycle ministry (south Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: email@example.com sTar Touring and riding assoc. Chapter 485 (Martinsburg, WV) Meets the second Saturday of the month – 8:00 am at Sheila’s Restaurant, Martinsburg, WV Chapter President: Rick Shimp (703) 969-8745 firstname.lastname@example.org www.startouring485.webs.com
doug’s sport shop New and Used Guns, Sporting Apparel, Aigner Products and Reloading Supplies 220 North Main Street; 743B Hawse Plaza Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-6496
Pattys art spot Tattoo & Piercing studio 3399 University Ave. Star City, WV (next to Crocketts) (304)-598-0190 www.PattysArtSpot.com smokin’ guns Tattoo 2986 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 250-6020 www.sgtattoo.com
b & b appliance repair Most Brands Serviced - 25 Years Experience (443) 605-6367 – Bill / Frederick County MD (443) 605-6368 – Brian / Jefferson County WV
Clubs & Organizations
baCa - bikers against Child abuse (inwood, WV) A non-profit organization that exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. Hot Line (304) 839-7809 bacaworld.org Email: email@example.com Calvary riders motorcycle ministry Fishers of Men of Morgan County For more information email Larry at CRMMFishersofMen@live.com
brady’s exxon I-79 Exit 132 Fairmont, WV 26554 Complete Auto Repair (304) 366-0206 brady’s exxon I-79 Exit 139 Fairmont, WV 26554 Complete Convenience Store Open 24 Hours (304) 363-1810
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by Jim “Jammer” marcum
When Life doesn’t make sense
We are our own worst enemy? It’s our own reactions, fears, our own inadequacies that cause us to act in foolish ways. I know that’s true for me. I need to be saved from myself, because there are things I don’t like about me. Things I wish I had done differently. Things I’d like to change. I can’t change them, not on my own power. I need an outside power source. I need someone who can make those changes I can’t make myself, and that someone is God. Let me make an important point: God never wastes energy. He doesn’t waste effort on unnecessary things. In other words, if you didn’t need a Savior, he wouldn’t have sent one. The fact that God sent a Savior means you need one. If you are honest about it, sometimes you feel like your life is out of control. That’s a pretty common feeling. Welcome to the human race! The apostle Paul felt that way 2,000 years ago when he was at the end of his rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Yes. Jesus Christ can (Romans 7:24-25). He IS the answer! Maybe you’re looking for salvation in the wrong places. That’s why you’re frustrated. You’re looking for that one thing that’s going to give you fulfillment, meaning, and peace in life. We sometimes think that if we could just get married, or if we could just get a certain job, or attain a certain level of wealth - things would be great. You’re looking in the wrong places, my friend. The answer is not in a place. The answer is a person: Jesus Christ. You were
Jim “Jammer” Marcum resides in Charleston and has been involved in motorcycle ministry for nearly 15 years and serves as Clergy within Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry.
On December the 6th, many of us lost a very loved brother. John rollin stone Stone was the President of the Monroe County chapter of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club. Stone was a member of the Ghost Riders for nineteen years. He was the Past President of other chapters, including Mercer and Wyoming. He was also instrumental in establishing the Ghost Riders Toy Drive for the Bluefield Union Mission, a tradition of giving to the community at Christmas, to provide toys and financial assistance to the less fortunate in our area.
John Stone was born January 21, 1951, in Princeton, West Virginia. He graduated from Princeton High School, and served his country in Viet Nam. Stones’ wish was to be cremated, and later a memorial service to honor his life was held at Seaver Funeral Home, in Princeton. In attendance were many of his brothers from throughout the Ghost Rider nation, as well as members of the Brothers of the Wheel, family and friends. - submitted by Ken Cox
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