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Thunder In The Smokies Maggie Valley, NC
September 14-16, 2012
I think we all are feeling a little lighter this month (losing a few pounds of sweat) after weeks on end of blazing hot temperatures and heat indexes well over 100 degrees. This wretched heat has kept many folks off the road & chillin inside for a good bit of the summer. It definitely didn’t stop all of the die hard riders that no matter how hot (or cold) the temps ever get, they shrug off whatever the thermometer says & hit the road. I personally know 1st hand that it’s no fun at all to be on your bike sitting in gridlock traffic or being at a red light & it seems to take forever for it to turn green. That’s ok because the cooler temps will be here before we know it. But for now, you should get out to enjoy what’s left of the warm summer breezes. The event calendar continues to stay busy with great rides, rallies and charity events. The folks at East Coast Motorcycle Rally have been gracing our covers for the past 2 months (June & July) and they are expecting a good crowd up on Apple Mountain for their event Aug 8th to the 12th. On the 11th head to Orange for the Big Daddy’s BBQ at Waugh HD….it’s always a good time there & they’ve got a lot of fun & good eats planned for the day. If you haven’t ever been to Slade’s Park in Surry for the Dirt Drags, you’ll have your chance again on the 12th. You should at least try it once & I’m pretty sure that you’ll want to go again & again. You get a little dirty but it’s well worth all the fun & excitement getting up close & personal while you watch the bikes drag it out & feeling those top-fuelers 1st hand is something you won’t soon forget. Shine & polish up those machines to get ready for Southside HD’s annual Bike Show, Bike wash & Cookout. Enjoy the day with some amazing bikes, fun folks & their World Famous free lunch. We have been encouraging people to plan rides for the helmet law repeal & if they get it into our calendar & email me a flyer (thunderroadskelly@yahoo. com), Thunder Roads will donate a ¼ page space in our magazine for all events connected to raising money for VCOM to fund the lobbyist group that will fight for our right to let those who ride decide. Be sure to submit your event on our website & get the flyer to me by the 15th of the month prior to the event month so we can get it in time. However you’ll be spending your month, we wish you all the best for fun & safe travels on the road. Drop us a line anytime & please keep the pictures coming…we love to see them & share with our readers!!! Stay cool in the heat & be safe on all your roads. Til next month – Happy Trails
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Freedom Biker Church Virginia Beach 1080 Aragona Blvd. (Haygood area of VA Beach) Virginia Beach, Va. 23455 757-333-2555 www.freedombikerchurchvabeach.com HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 9:30AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM
Biker Church Service Mechanicsville, MD Rushing Wind Ministry, 29025 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Gordon Bacon, Preacher, 240-577-0605, firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday service 10am -10:30am gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30. Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm. Services are held every Sunday; Bible Study held every Wednesday; Bike Night ever Friday Night. Liberty Biker Church & Blessing of the Bikes Isle of Wight County, VA Our focus is sharing the Word of God with the motorcycle community, without all the preconceived ideas that you have to dress a certain way or look like everyone else. For anyone who thinks you have to fit in or be like everyone else, guess what: People can be different. And so is Liberty Biker Church. Hang-around (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with Christian rock band Stronghold providing the church music. Our address is 17011 Courthouse Hwy, Isle of Wight County, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 –We hold services every Sunday & we hold a Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month. Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dog’s every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles. 4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit www.tidewatermotorcycles.net for
Mountains, Open Country, Good People, Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! The “EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY” Apple Mountain, Little Orleans, Western Maryland is the hot spot for motorcyclists to get together for good times, good food, and great entertainment. And the one and only “ Motorcycle Demolition Derby “ event!! Now rivaling “ Bike Week “, “Myrtle Beach “ and many other events. Let the Party Begin! For years Motorcyclist have been having to travel half way across the Country to Rally with new folks and hook up with old friends. Now meet em’ on Apple Mountain at the EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY ! Come, Camp, Party! Save BIG – Reserve Your Advance Tickets NOW! www.eastcoastmotorcyclerally.com Aug 11th Big Daddy’s BBQ – Orange, VA Free BBQ from 11am until its gone! Live music, vendors, children’s activities and more! Pin striping and patch sewing, DJ, door prizes. 9am – 5pm. Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960 Aug 12th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email email@example.com. Rain date August 19th Aug 18th “Loud Pipes Saving Lives “American Cancer Society Poker Run! – Chesapeake, VA Poker Run August 18th - Registration from 9-11 AM (Last Rider out at 11:30 AM), Rain Date August 26th. Benefiting the American Cancer Society. $15 per Rider. Cars are also welcome to participate but it is an additional $5 per passenger. The Poker Run will begin at Bayside Harley Davidson at 2211 Frederick Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA and it will end at Big Woody’s at 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard #872, Chesapeake, VA. For Questions, contact: Angela Francis at 757-493-7967 or angela.francis@ cancer.org or Amy Staggs at (757) 397-5550. Aug 18th Bikers Stuff the Bus – Virginia Beach, VA Bikers stuff the bus with school supplies to benefit children with incarcerated parents. 18 August 2012. 10:00am-4pm at Southside Harley Davidson 385 North Witchduck Road Virginia Beach VA. Contact Pastor Joe McGourn (757) 553-0600. Aug 18th 757Life Riders “Stop Human Trafficking” Charity Ride – Virginia Beach, VA You can register online at www.757liferiders.com. Bring the whole family we will have bounce houses and face painting @ live entertainment. Check in begins at 11am. Last bike out after lunch; 1pm. Lunch by Beach Bully BBQ. Only $5 a Plate! Check In: 757Life Church (757Life.com). 1101 Eaglewood Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23454. Halfway Point: OBX Harley, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941. Ends: Boneshakers, 1297 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. 50/50 Raffle | Door Prizes | Live Music. Live Auction! T-shirts Only $10! $10 Raffle Tix to WIN a Harley FLD! Ride starts @ 1101 Eaglewood Dr. ride to OBX Harley @ finish @ Boneshakers
Aug 4th Team Jack Benefit Ride - Concord, NC Speedway Harley-Davidson & Ladies of Harley. Registration9:30am. Kickstands up 11am. $20 per bike. $10 Passenger. Cars welcome $25 up to 4 per car. Food * Music * 50/50 * Prizes. Police escorted ride by Cabarrus Police Dept. Rain or Shine. Contact phone (704) 892-0243 or (704) 9954365. Speedway HD, 10049 Weddington Road Ext. Concord, NC 28027, (704) 979-7433 Aug 4th Extortion 17 Memorial Ride – Virginia Beach, VA The 2012 Extortion 17 Memorial Ride is dedicated to the memory of 30 active duty military and 1 military working dog killed in action on August 6, 2011. Extortion 17 was the CH-47 helicopter shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to “The 31Heroes Project”, www.31heroes.com in partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation. Extortion 17 Memorial Ride is hosting the first annual fundraiser on August 4, 2012. Registration is 8-11a.m. at Clutch Bar and Grill located at 1485 General Boot Blvd., Virginia Beach, with an escorted police motorcade, ending at Knuckleheads Roadhouse 410 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Beginning at 1p.m. there will be live music, a live auction and a commemoration of our fallen heroes at Knuckleheads Roadhouse. Location: Knuckleheads Roadhouse, 410 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Aug 8th – 12th East Coast Motorcycle Rally – Little Orleans, Western MD This is the event that’s taking the country by storm! Formerly known as “The East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally”. All the reasons are right.
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Aug 25th Davey’s Ride 6 – Dale City, VA Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual “Davey’s Ride” - Aug 25th 2012. We are honored to have chosen an amazing organization called “Hope for the Warriors” to sponsor this year. Please check out their webpage:http:// www.hopeforthewarriors.org/ This ride is a day of honor & respect for all of our Men & Women who serve Our Country everyday - those here & abroad / those who have sacrificed everything & whom we have lost. It’s a day of remembrance & a day to say “Thank You”. Registration will start @ 9am / small ceremony @ 10:30 am & kickstands up @ 11:00 am. $20.00 donation per bike. 100% proceeds towards “Hope for the Warriors”. This year’s ride is being sponsored by “The CVAMC”, “Lords of Loyalty”, “Post 28 Legion Riders”, “VFW Post 1503” & “The Dale City Moose” to name a few. Route is still being created. Location: VFW Post 1503 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA Aug 25th Dean Ferris Memorial Poker Run – Danville, VA The Dean Ferris Memorial Poker Run Saturday August 25, 2012. Sponsored by Thunder Road Harley Davidson Danville,Va and hosted and sponsored by Eagle Riders and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. Ride to leave Thunder Road H-D on Riverside Drive Danville,Va register between 11 am and 12:45 pm kickstands up at 1 pm ride will end at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 5731 South Boston Hwy. 58 East of Danville city limits. There will be Food, DJ, Auction, Door Prizes,50/50s and Raffle. RIDE TO HELP SPONSOR THE DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION. For info, sponsorship and donations Call 434-251-0994. Aug 25th 4th Annual Ride for the Pirate IV – Yorktown, VA & Dumfries, VA www. rideforthepirate.com. $15 per captain (rider). $5 per bucko on back. DOOR PRIZES!! 50/50 RAFFLE!! Two Great Rides… One Great Cause! On Saturday, August 25th, we will ride to remember Lt. Commander Joe Rodriguez, a great American hero. His career started as a rescue swimmer saving lives, then off to officer’s school to lead others. He then led the DEA through the rivers of South America to fight the war on drugs and was featured on the TV show “COPS” for one of the largest drug busts in history. He then led law enforcement teams in Miami to continue the war on drugs, trained Marines in Jacksonville and law enforcement teams in Yorktown, VA, after which he founded the first anti-terrorism team in the Coast Guard. Joe (“Cuervo” to his biker friends) served as the State Charter VP for the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club in Virginia. Joe fought his toughest battle with brain cancer for almost two years before being called home. Being a long time biker, soldier and Karate black belt, Joe never gave up the battle and we were all behind him in every way. Let’s show our support as friends, fellow servicemen, bikers and as anyone who would like to honor the memory of a man who dedicated his life to keeping America safe and free. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society and the college trust funds for his two boys, Joey (9) and David (6). Southeastern Virginia Ride: Starting in Yorktown, Virginia. 9:00 - 10:30am Registration for riders in the parking lot of Hampton Roads Harley Davidson (6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Rte 17, Yorktown, VA 23692). 10:30am Leave Yorktown along Route 17 to Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse at Fairview Beach in King George County on the Potomac River (5411 Pavilion Drive, King George, VA 22485). 1:30pm Arrive at Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse for carousing, plundering, grub and grog in Joe’s honor (Dutch Treat). For
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more info on the Southeastern Virginia ride: Darren Myers (757) 286-3377 firstname.lastname@example.org. Northern Virginia Ride Starting in Dumfries, Virginia. 10:00 - 11:00am Registration for riders in the Dumfries commuter lot at the intersection of VA-234 and Route 1 (Exit 152A off I-95 - lot is on the left across from McDonalds). 11:00am Leave Dumfries and take a scenic country ride to Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse at Fairview Beach in King George County on the Potomac River (5411 Pavilion Drive, King George, VA 22485). 1:30pm Arrive at Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse for carousing, plundering, grub and grog in Joe’s honor (Dutch Treat). Aug 25th 1st Annual Evan Adams Memorial Ride- Louisa, VA Louisa, VA- Benefit ride hosted by Court Cafe & Pub, 209 W. Main St. Louisa, VA. Proceeds go to Stephanie Tappen’s medical expenses, $15 + $5 for passenger. Registration starts at 8am, kickstands up at 10am. For more info call (540)967-5544 or see www.blueknightsvaiii.org/tappen.htm. Aug 30th – Sept 3rd 12th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show – Grandy, NC Friday Aug 31st 2nd Annual SEALS TRIBUTE RIDE - Boneshakers (Va,Beach) to Barrys (Outer Banks). Biker v Food Contest. Saturday Sept 1st $5,000 Poker Run. Sunday Sept 2nd Outer Banks Bike Show. “Extreme Seal Demonstration”. Monday Sept 3rd-Labor Day R&R Party. Event held at Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC 27939. For more info visit www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Sept 13th – 16th Delmarva Bike Week – Ocean City, MD/Seaford DE 12th annual event, Sept. 13-16, with FOUR official event locations at Winter Place Park and Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Seacrets Niteclub in Ocean City and Harley-Davidson of Seaford. FREE admission, FREE bike parking. FREE shuttle between Winter Place and Perdue. Concerts, thrill shows, bikes from Perewitz, Fairless and Arlen Ness, Cruzin The Coast Pin Run, Kuryakyn, Performance Machine, Vance & Hines, Drag Specialties, Mustang, Eastern Performance, more. www.delmarvabikeweek.com. Sept 14th – 16th Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally – Maggie Valley, NC Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally - Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of NC. Music Concerts, Tour Ride, Bike Games, Bike Show, Vendors and more. Call 828-246-2101 or go to http://www.HandlebarCorral.com Sept 15th Fire and Iron Station 114 Poker Run – Orange, VA Fire and Iron Station 114 Poker Run to benefit The American Cancer Society in honor of Patrick Sullivan - Orange, Virginia. Registration 9:30 - 11:00 am includes coffee and donuts at Lake of the Woods Fire Department, Locust Grove, Virginia. Opening Ceremony by JROTC Orange County High School at 10:30 am. First rider out 11:00 am. Ride through beautiful Orange Virginia making 4 additional stops (Town of Orange, Barboursville, Gordonsville and Mine Run) to pick up cards, and meet n greet fire and rescue workers, refreshments, bathroom breaks. Last bike in at 4:00 pm BJ’s Exxon lower level parking for door prizes, 50/50 raffle, best hand, Orange County Cruisers car show, fun and food. $20.00 per rider/$10.00 per passenger (10% goes to pot). $10.00 each additional hand. To pre register contact e mail: b8bydol@gmail. com or Suzy at 540-829-3027.
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Mine Run) to pick up cards, and meet n greet fire and rescue workers, refreshments, bathroom breaks. Last bike in at 4:00 pm BJ’s Exxon lower level parking for door prizes, 50/50 raffle, best hand, Orange County Cruisers car show, fun and food. $20.00 per rider/$10.00 per passenger (10% goes to pot). $10.00 each additional hand. To pre register contact e mail: email@example.com or Suzy at 540-829-3027. Sept 16, 2012 Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association – Palmyra, VA Ride to Remember Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia on Sunday, September 16, 2012 to begin and end at Cuppa Joe Coffeehouse on Rte. 15, just south of Palmyra, Virginia. $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $10.00 for extra poker hand. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Last bike out at 10:30 a.m. Prize for best poker hand, door prize and 50/50 drawing. Contacts: Barry Boothe, Ph. (434)842-6392, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Alex and Sue VonDerBecke, Ph. (434)842-2200, Email: email@example.com Sept 16th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date September 23rd Sept 22nd Riding for a Cause – Crozier, VA Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia at the Academy for Staff Development. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. - last bike out at 10:00 a.m. $20 per person and you get a poker hand, a door prize ticket and a lunch. Additional poker hands $5. Additional door prize ticket $1. All bike welcome! Academy for Staff Development, 1900 River Road West, Crozier, VA 23039. Sept 27th – 30th Outer Banks Bike Fest For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www.outerbanksbikefest.com. For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: email@example.com. 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Harbinger, North Carolina Oct 6th 3rd Annual Lupus Poker Run – Fredericksburg, VA All welcome!! $10 per person, sign in starts at 10am. All proceeds go to the Lupus Research Institute, best hand wins--door prizes too! Come join us for good times and great friends! Location: Renegade Classics, 316 White Oak rd, Fredericksburg Va 22405 Oct 6th Departure Bike Works 40th Anniversary Open House – Richmond, VA Come celebrate 40 great years in the motorcycle biz! Vendors welcome! Live Music, Food & Drinks, Great Sales & Much more! 5216 Hull Street, Richmond, VA 23224, (804) 231-0244 Oct 7th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rain date October 14th Oct 20th Third Annual Special Operations Warrior Foundation Kids to College Poker Run – Virginia Beach, VA On SATURDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2012 The Viet Nam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club are sponsoring the Third Annual Special Operations THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 6
SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that you’ve chosen for yours. Warrior Foundation Kids to College Poker Run. The Special Operations Warrior foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Special Operations Personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Registration will be from 10 to 11 am at Poppas Pub, 2105 Diamond Springs Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Donation of $10.00 per Person is requested. Extra hands available for $5.00. The last stop of the event will at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, 995 Providence Square Shopping Center on the corner of Kempsville and Providence roads Virginia Beach, VA 23464. At Grumpy’s Bar and Grill there will be door prizes, 50/50 Raffle, charity auction and Music by Common Ground. There will also be prizes for best poker hand, worst poker hand and largest group in attendance. For more information Contact Recoil at Recoillvmc@cox.net Nov 4th 14th Annual Toys for Tots Poker Run – Newport News/Yorktown, VA Sunday, November 4, 2012, is the date for our 14th Annual Hampton Roads HarleyDavidson Toys for Tots Poker Run. Registration will be at the K-Mart at 401 Oriana Rd. in Newport News and will begin at 8:30AM. Cost is $10 per Poker Hand, plus a new, unwrapped toy. First bike out is 9:30AM and the last bike out is 11:30AM. Ride will end at Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson at 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy. There will food, (as long as it lasts) entertainment and prizes for best and worst hand. If you ride with your bike decorated for Christmas, you may enter the “Best Christmas Theme” bike show and win a prize. Sponsored by Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group, Ladies of Harley to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Contact Katina Stockbridge (757) 871-7599 with any questions.
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anyone willing to listen - he has never, not met a friend whether an old one or someone he just met. Joe will never miss an event due to his medical conditions - I have seen him riding in the freezing cold, blistering heat, downpours of I am attaching a couple pics of my best friend - Joe Emrain and even in snow. He will go wherever “two tanks of air ler. I believe Joe really needs to be acknowledged in your will take him”, one to get there and one to get home. Most Proud to be an American section. recently, he has left Gloucester on his bike at times most of Joe is retired Navy and a retired truck driver (after Navy us wouldn’t even consider getting out of bed for, ie: 5 a.m. career). Joe has had numerous open heart by-pass surger- to got to Williamsburg for the memorial of the “ 19 forgotten ies, heart stints, is diabetic, and now is on oxygen 24/7. vets”, whose unclaimed remains were finally being recogThis doesn’t stop Joe from much of anything. You won’t nized, the following Monday he was leaving Gloucester at see Joe up front in any parade we do or our escorts for the 3 a.m. (in the rain) to escort these same remains from WilWreath Across America (Yorktown), Joe is the last rider liamsburg to their final resting place at Quantico (a 12 hour, why - Joe flies the POW/MIA on his bike, representing 300 mile day). The very next weekend he was in Richmond those still unaccounted for in our many wars and conflicts, for the “Welcome Home” parade for our Iraq/Afghanistan Joe wants to make sure no one forgets. The first pic shows soldiers, followed the next day by a ride to Maryland’s Joe laying the POW/MIA wreath at the Wreaths Across Eastern Shore for a pac-n-ship of supplies being sent to our America ceremony, Yorktown, and the second is Joe and soldiers overseas. his grandson (Jake) flying the POW/MIA flag in Gloucester’s These are just of the few of the many things Joe does for Christmas parade - both very cold days. our Soldiers and our Vets - there isn’t enough room in one Joe is an avid American Legion Rider (ALR Post 75), and magazine to tell it all, and if you try to compliment him on PGR member. Joe isn’t hard to find on any escort, mission any of it - don’t expect him to accept it - he’ll tell you flat out or ride - he is the one on the Harley Road King wearing an - “It’s not for recognition of himself - it’s for the troops”. oxygen tank. Joe is also the one you’ll likely hear before you see him - he always has a joke or a story to tell to Rob We received the following email from one of our readers, Rob Thein of ALR Post 75 in Gloucester, VA & wanted to recognize this Proud American – JOE EMLER
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Special moments from Rolling Thunder XXV (continued from our July issue).
Many THANKS again to Patrick Hughes for sharing his photography with us of these special moments from this year’s event.
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GOOD FOR YOU
Oranges may well have been America’s first “health food.” Long recognized as a potent source of vitamin C, oranges are considered by most to be tasty, juicy, and perhaps too familiar. No one gets very excited about an orange in a lunchbox—but they should. The discoveries that are being made about the power of oranges to support heart health and prevent cancer, stroke, diabetes, and a host of chronic ailments should bring oranges and other citrus fruits back to center stage as crucial components in a healthy diet. Rich in Vitamins C and A, oranges contain flavonoids, antioxidants, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber. Here are just some of the health benefits of oranges: • The dietary fiber in orange helps in stimulating digestive juices and relieves constipation. • Hesperidin, a flavonoid in oranges helps to regulate high blood pressure. Magnesium in oranges helps to maintain the blood pressure. • The high amount of vitamin C protects the cells from damages by free radicals. Liminoid, a compound in oranges helps to prevent cancers like oral, skin, lung, breast and colon. • The high amount of vitamin C and flavonoids protects against heart diseases. • Studies show that the abundance of polyphenols protects against viral infections. • The iron and Vitamin B6 in oranges help in the production of hemoglobin and increase the oxygen carrying capacity. They also purify the blood. • Beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant protects the cells from being damage. It also protects the skin from free radicals and prevents the signs of aging. • The calcium in oranges helps to keep your bones and teeth strong. • The regular intake of orange juice prevents kidney diseases. It also reduces the risk of forming calcium oxalate • stones in the kidney. But take the juice in moderate amounts. Otherwise it can cause the decay of bones and teeth. • Oranges are effective in both preventing and treating certain diseases like asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, rheumatism etc.
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Carlisle Bike Fest Flies High in 2012 10th Anniversary Event Battled the Elements to Entertain Thousands
CARLISLE, PA – The 10th anniversary of Carlisle Bike Fest hosted thousands of open-air enthusiasts and their bikes during the weekend of July 20-22 at the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. With stunt shows, demo rides, special displays and more, Carlisle was transformed into a bikers paradise for three fun-filled days that included bikes spanning multiple manufactures and generations of production. A drizzling rain slowed the Friday activities, but outlets like the Appalachian Harley-Davidson dealer mall and aspects of the demo ride program progressed seamlessly. Further, live music on the 92.1 WTPA Main Stage, performances by the StarBoyz and wrestling matches from the Half Pint Brawlers delighted the attendees who braved the elements. Saturday saw the morning clouds give way to cool temps and a fun atmosphere for the rest of the weekend. The demo rides flowed on and off site for hours with riders taking a spin on the latest products from Victory, Suzuki, Star and Kawasaki. The Half Pint Brawlers returned as did the StarBoyz, while the Monster Energy FreestyleMX.com World Wide Tour took to the air for multiple death defying stunt shows. The day wrapped with a rocking session from the Charm City Devils who traveled 18+ hours from west Florida to be part of the fun.
Carlisle Bike Fest weekend closed on Sunday with an exciting batch of Rat Rods cruising on grounds for the Rat Rod Revival. Dry Mill Road played the pavilion with the Rats, while Nate Myers and the Aces played the main stage. A quartet of giveaways was awarded during the weekend too, including a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja, 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster, High Seas Rally Cruise and an iPad. Winners of the prizes included John Turrill from Georgia who registered online and won the Kawasaki Ninja from Motor-Vation and Koup’s Cycle Shop. Additional winners were Linda Palmer of Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania who registered onsite and took home an iPad and Heidi English of Tower City, Pennsylvania who, as a paid vendor on grounds was automatically entered for the giveaways, won the High Seas Rally Cruise. Rich Shuker of Mohnton, Pennsylvania, also registered onsite and won the Harley-Davidson Sportster from Appalachian Harley-Davidson. All winners have been notified and have gleefully accepted their prizes. The 2013 Bike Fest event is already in the planning stages. After scorching heat in 2011 and a smidge of rain in 2012, next year’s event, July 19-21 should split the difference and be absolutely perfect!
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GRAB YOUR FRIENDS & HEAD ON OUT TO PARTY ON APPLE MOUNTAIN @ THE EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY
(Formerly known as The East Coast Sturgis Rally) www.eastcoastmotorcyclerally.com August 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th , 2012
The People Of Walmart
Along For The Ride - If that is how you shop maybe you should head over to Sams Club. They got those nice flatbed carts you can lay on. Seriously though, I’d pay quite a bit of money to sit there with a box of popcorn and watch you try to get out of that cart by yourself. Who Wants To Smash Some Fruit? - It’s everyone’s favorite fruit smashing comedian Gallagher! Grab your ponchos people because my man has a store full of watermelons and you know he brought his Sledge-O-Matic!!! Scrunch It Up - Ponytails are for lazy people, unicorn horns are for crazy people. I’m not sure which is worse, I’m just excited they rhyme!
A Dragon’s Tale - Is it just me or have people been loving some mythological creatures lately? Got that whole vampire thing keeping teenage girls goofy, we’ve all seen this zombie thing take off like crazy, dragons are now flying all over the place! I’ll tell ya what, I’m gonna go invest all my money into mummy stuff so when that takes off I’ll be laughing my way to the bank!
The Sharp Dressed Man - You know, if you would have told me combining Pocahontas and ZZ Top would look so good I would have started growing my hair and beard a long time ago!
Greatest Haircut Ever? - Well isn’t that a how-do-you-do! I was just talking to my buddy the other day and I said “Buddy, you know what the back of people’s heads are missing? Boobie tassels!”
Stretch It Out - Sweet gauges bro! Chicks totally dig a dude who can fit a can of Skoal in each ear!
Pink Flamingos - You can keep those Benz & Rolls Royce hood ornaments, nothing says baller like a flamingo!
Check out more of these “Special Shoppers” at www.peopleofwalmart.com
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CALIFORNIA LAWMAKERS BAR MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS On Friday, July 13, California became the fourth state in the country to oppose roadside checkpoints that target motorcyclists. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1047 into law, joining with Virginia, North Carolina and New Hampshire in prohibiting law enforcement agencies from using safety grant money to fund motorcycle-only checkpoints. “Persistence pays off!” said Jim Lombardo, lobbyist for ABATE of California. “It took two years of hard work to get our bill through both Transportation Committees, the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees, passed by both Houses and then returned to the Assembly for concurrence to a stronger amended bill!” AB 1047, sponsored by Assemblyman Kevin Jeffries (R-Lake Elsinore), passed its final legislative hurdle by a unanimous 77-0 vote in the Assembly. The new law becomes effective Jan. 1, 2013. “The funding of such checkpoints has made the passage of AB 1047 of paramount importance,” noted a letter of support circulated to legislators by C.O.I.R. through the US Defenders program; calling the checkpoints discriminatory and un-American, they noted that “Across California, law enforcement agencies have been using these funds, not to establish generic checkpoints intended to stop all vehicles looking for impaired operators, or unsafe vehicles. Rather, these checkpoints have been stationed adjacent to motorcycle events and stop only motorcycle riders while automobile drivers are waved on.” On the federal level, dozens of Congressional Representatives have signed onto House Resolution 904 by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) to bar the U.S. Department of Transportation from providing funds to government agencies for motorcycle safety-equipment roadside checkpoints. Meanwhile, Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitchell Proner of NYC is appealing a federal judge’s ruling that upheld the constitutionality of such roadblocks, vowing to take the fight on behalf of ABATE of New York and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. CONGRESS PASSES FEDERAL HIGHWAY BILL The Highway Bill, HR 4348: MAP-21, has cleared both chambers of Congress and is expected to be signed into law soon by President Obama. The 600-page $120 billion federal funding measure reauthorizes funds for transportation projects through 2014, and extends the motorcycle safety grant program to the states amounting to a percentage of each state’s federal safety dollars that must be spent on rider education and awareness campaigns. Despite considerable lobbying by motorcyclists, language from HR 904 to block funding of motorcycle-only checkpoints was not included in the final passage due to technical germaneness issues, but on the flipside no provisions were adopted in the bill that would negatively impact motorcycling. EPA OFFICIALLY APPROVES E15 FOR SALE IN THE U.S. Putting E15 (a mixture of 15% ethanol and 85% gasoline) on sale in the U.S. has been all but official since April, when the Environmental Protection Agency approved the first applications to make E15. Now, “all but official” has become official,
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with the EPA giving approval for retailers to start selling the controversial biofuel, which many claim can damage smaller engines such as motorcycles and ATVs and void manufacturers’ warranties. NEVADA MOTORCYCLE CLUBS SUE POLICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES Four motorcycle clubs that belong to the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs (COC) have filed a federal lawsuit against the Metro and North Las Vegas police departments claiming that their civil rights have been systematically violated. Dozens of club members of the Mongols, Bandidos, Vagos and Stray Cats allege they have been “unlawfully targeted and harassed” by the two police departments for several years, and the 78 complainants are seeking over $75,000 on each of its 15 different claims and punitive and exemplary damages of more than $75,000. The lawsuit claims that Las Vegas police threatened to revoke the liquor licenses of local businesses if they served certain motorcycle club members or let them frequent their place of business. The legal action cites numerous other incidents of abuse, including police officers purportedly informing members of the Stray Cats that they had “no constitutional rights on the streets of Northern Las Vegas.” Legal documents detail six encounters that occurred between June 2010 and September 2011 that violated the patch holders’ First, Fourth and 14th Amendment rights, but attorney Stephen Stubbs and Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs President Guido Novicelli say the harassment has gone on for more than the two years the lawsuit covers. “All we’re really looking for is to be able to meet and have a good time and ride motorcycles without being harassed,” said Novicelli. “Everybody has the same constitutional rights,” said Stubbs, serving as legal counsel for the 37 Las Vegas-based clubs that comprise the Southern Nevada COC. “The minute we start disregarding someone’s constitutional rights because we don’t agree with them, this country is in big trouble.” NY BILL WOULD REQUIRE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION FOR NEW DRIVERS A New York bill that would improve motorcycle safety by including awareness training in the state Department of Motor Vehicles required courses passed unanimously in the Senate on June 4. S.7138 would amend the Vehicle and Traffic Law to create a two-hour motorcycle safety and awareness component to the DMV’s mandatory five-hour pre-licensing course for new drivers. Specific requirements would be set by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. “This is just one more step towards making our highways safer for both motorcyclists and those traveling on four wheels,” said state Senator Patricia A. Ritchie (RHeuvelton) who cosponsored the bipartisan measure along with Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn). “By teaching people how to properly share the road, we can cut down on accidents and help save lives.” Now Senator Ritchie is looking for a sponsor to introduce the legislation in the general Assembly. RHODE ISLAND RIDERS GET DESIGNATED PARKING A new Rhode Island law will require all state and municipal
buildings to provide designated parking spaces for motorcycles from April to November. The legislation, sponsored by Senator John J. Tassoni Jr. (D-Smithfield) and State Representative Peter John Petrarca (D-Linclon), was recently approved by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Lincoln D. Chafee (I). The legislation dictates that city and town officials create parking plans by this November for parking areas at municipal buildings and mandates that the new parking spaces, marked by appropriate signage, be made available by April 1, 2013. All state, city, or town buildings must establish a motorcycle parking plan by November, with the number and placement of the motorcycle parking spaces varying by building, and to be determined by the number of employees who use motorcycles. The law does not apply to state airport parking lots. count for 0.3% of all primary accident contributing factors. “In addition the countries in Europe with periodic testing regimes for PTWs do not show improved accident figures,” according to FEMA. “This is nothing less than a tax on poverty for those who cannot afford a new vehicle every three years” says FEMA General Secretary Aline Delhaye. “In terms of time and money, the cost for citizens is going to be astronomical, with no benefits in return.”
FREEDOM IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT New Mexico is one of 31 states that do not require adults to wear helmets, and that’s not likely to change says KRQENews13, noting that “Motorcycle rider rights organizations are working diligently to keep it that way not because they don’t want people to wear helmets but because they want people to be able to decide for themselves.” “Too many people are dying NOVELTY HELMETS OUTLAWED IN CANADA on our roads and all I’m asking is for people to look out for moA new provincial law announced by the Ministry of Justice torcyclists,” said Annette Torrez, Chair of the NM Motorcycle requires motorcyclists in British Columbia to wear helmets Riders Rights Organization. “I don’t want legislation telling me that show proper industry certification, such as Snell or a U.S. whether I should or shouldn’t wear a helmet,” said Torrez, who Dept. of Transportation sticker. The law takes effect in July on was recently recognized for her efforts at the annual NCOM Canada Day, and until now motorcyclists could wear anything Convention with a Silver Spoke Award. It’s been about a that was sold as a motorcycle helmet, including so-called “nov- decade since an adult helmet law was last introduced in the elty” models that are smaller, lighter and lack protective inner state legislature, and lawmakers told the news agency that is padding. “Many members of biker gangs and their followers because the idea is always met with angry opposition not only wore such helmets,” noted the Maple Ridge News in announc- from motorcycle groups but other lawmakers too. “There’s ing the policy change. “A lot of the Hells Angels guys…they always individuals that you’re seeing here that come up to will wear the fake helmets, as well,” RCMP Constable Tom Santa Fe and institute their rights and say you know what, we Sparks told the newspaper. Once the helmet law is enforced, really don’t want to see it and these are individuals who wear $138 tickets will be handed out. In addition to a ticket, riders helmets on a regular basis,” said NM State Representative also will be required to park their bike if they’re caught using Rick Miera (D-Bernalillo County), a longtime rider and meman illegal helmet. “You cannot continue.” Sgt. Dale Somerville ber of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task added that police aren’t targeting any particular segment of Force (NCOM-LTF). riders, but if there’s a group that uses non-legal helmets more often, they’ll get stopped more often. MOTORCYCLE SALES REV UP Cycle sales have fired up since the recession’s effects have EUROPEAN UNION PROPOSES MOTORCYCLE SAFETY waned, according to new data from Sageworks Inc., a financial INSPECTIONS The European Commission proposes to information company. Sales at motorcycle and ATV dealers include all types of powered two wheelers into a regulation on are up nearly 16% over the last 12 months, including used periodic roadworthiness tests and calls for annual inspection bike sales, and profitability has improved from near-breakeven intervals for all vehicles more than six years old, according in 2009 to nearly 3% profit margins, Sageworks’ data shows. to the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations Sageworks analyst Robb Granado said sales are stronger (FEMA). The measure would cost riders over 1.2 Billion Euros at both dealers and manufacturers. “The fact that we see the extra per year, with no clear benefits for anyone, says FEMA retailers doing well shows it is actual end-user demand,” he in criticizing the proposal as unnecessary and ineffective and said. “That’s a positive story for both the future of both the recalls for its withdrawal. On Friday, July 13th, the European tailers and the manufacturers.” Their analysis is bolstered by Commission published a proposal for a “Regulation on periMotorcycle Industry Council numbers that reflect first-quarter odic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers”. industry sales of new units rose 8.8%, aided by higher gasoIn comparison to the previous regulation (Directive 2009/40/ line prices and unseasonably warm weather across much of EC) powered two wheelers (PTWs) are now also included the country. (motorcycles, scooters and mopeds) and the Commission proposes to increase the testing frequency to four years after the QUOTABLE QUOTE: “There are four boxes to be used in the date on which the vehicle was first registered, then two years defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo. Please use in and thereafter annually for all vehicles. Although the Commis- that order.” sion claims that “8 % of all motorcycle accidents are linked to ~originally attributed to S.C. Senator Stephen Decatur Miller, technical defects,” FEMA doubts the accuracy of such figures c. 1830 and cites in-depth studies showing technical failures only acTHUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 19
WAUGH HD’s Big Damn Bike Show
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson hosted the 20th Annual Big Damn Bike Show on Saturday June 16th, 2012. The event was attended by thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Virginia and surrounding states. With beautiful weather on our side, a constant stream of motorcycles rode into the Orange Virginia dealership. The bike show had a near record 139 entries- many great bikes on display! Attendees were treated to music by local band SP511 and the always popular riding demos by the Fairfax County Motor Squad. A couple new attractions on the schedule this year were the International Bikini Model bike wash and Half-Pint Brawlers wrestling. This was one of the largest crowds in the 20 year history of the Big Damn Bike Show- and what a great time it was! Mark your calendars for the 21st annual to be held on June 15, 2013- never too early to start planning! -Bonnie Robinson Waugh Ent. Harley-Davidson
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If you’d like to join The Club House, email firstname.lastname@example.org
ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@ Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-219-6366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.) meets 7pm every 1st Tuesday at Big Licks 4001 Murray Pl. Lynchburg , Va. 24501 Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Stan at 434-525-1074 or email@example.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276-565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-8293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the White Oak Lodge, 3533 Kecoughtan Rd in Hampton. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-870-1517 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org. AMBASSADORS FOR JESUS CHRIST MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY (Virginia Chapter) Do you have a love for the lost and a passion for motorcycles? Then the Ambassadors for JESUS CHRIST may be for you. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month (except Nov and Dec) at the Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N Chesapeake Va at 10am-12pm. For more information contact: Sean “Bronx” 757-338-1974, or Eric “Holyman” 757-237-6018, or www.ambassadorsecmm.org Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday each month, depart from Hardee’s, 6075 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Check our website for ride times and more information: http:// cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or email@example.com Brothers In Arms MC The Brothers In Arms MC was formed to support the members of our armed forces, past and present, create a camaraderie between like-minded men and women from those services, share in our love of motorcycling and support veteran charities and causes. The Yorktown Chapter usually meets on the third Sunday of the month at various locations in the Yorktown area. The Brothers In Arms MC is a neutral, non-territorial club. For more information about the club and contact links, visit the chapter web site at www.biamc-yorktown.com. Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www.nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at email@example.com or go the www.star440.org Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Our membership is comprised of Full Members (those with verified combat service) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans ). Many members continue to serve in our Armed Forces, with several serving in combat areas now. Virginia Chapter 27-1, Hampton Roads, Va. and Virginia Chapter 27-2, Quanitco, Va., Both chapters meet monthly. For informataion to join contact Ed “Amerbadas” Lonecke Jr., Commander Southern Virginia 27-1, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Graig “Spanky” Benson, Commander Northern Virginia 27-2, at email@example.com Our Virginia website can be accessed through our National Website: http://combatvet.org/ Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: email@example.com Road Wench East Coast Women’s Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: http://roadwenchmc.com/ Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000803818092 TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December). Beginning January 20th, 2011, meetings will be held at Mary Jaynes Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA23322. The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry® made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org The Widows Sons is an International Masonic Motorcycle Association comprised of Master Masons. The purpose of the Widows Sons is to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons. If you are a Master Mason who rides a 500cc or larger motorcycle and have a desire to help us serve our purpose please contact us about membership. We meet the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at 82 Gatsby Lane Topping Va. 23169. Contact Steve at 804-776-7290. Or email us at stephen.hicks45@ gmail.com. V-Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club - Tidewater Chapter We are a family oriented, non-territorial motorcycle club that loves to ride. Our club supports our first responders and the military, welcoming all bikes and all riders. There are no mandatory rides, meetings, or prospecting. We are looking for new members to expand our family. If you are interested in riding and charity work, we might be the club for you. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org VA Sons Of Liberty Riders American Patriots Defending the Constitution www.sonsoflibertyriders.com Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, Lakeside Moose Lodge, 1207 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 804 -321-2905 www. veteransfirstinc.org Virginia Bikers Association (VABA) VABA is a Motorcycle Rights Organization who meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month in Hillsville, VA at the Holiday Inn off of exit 14 of I-77. Gather at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00. www.vabikers.org Contact: email@example.com Bill Hanna, Director, VABA Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFR-R.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:vfr-race.com Warriors of Christ Motorcycle Ministry. 4218 Old Hundred Rd. Chester, VA. 23831. Pastor Ron Walton – Phone (804) 335-5025. Meets every Sunday @6pm and Tuesday @7pm. Visit us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/warriors of christ
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The 2012 Hurricane Season started on June 1st and ends November 30th but the busiest part of the season is NOW, (August), and runs through October. During this timeframe, there is a greater chance of a hurricane making landfall along the Mid-Atlantic coastline & moving inland, impacting our region. History has shown us that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. A growing concern of hurricane forecasters and emergency management officials is the problem of many people refusing to take action until a definite hurricane or severe storm warning is issued. Don’t cut it too close. When the time comes for action, do so without hesitation. There is never enough time to get ready for nature’s fiercest weather. Give yourself and your family a head start. It’s worth it!
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White Trash Repairs is your one stop shop for some good ole, git r’ done ingenuity. See more of these ingenious ideas at www.whitetrashrepairs.com
Kids toys come in handy! “My fathers battery died on his windstar van and we used our sons modified power wheels to boost it
Redneck Slip n Slide - “This is a true redneck slip n slide, about 180 ft. long,,built out of 2×4′s and plywood,,layered with fan fold foam, covered in plastic, powered by a gas driven pump pushing about 150 gpm, starts on a hill, ends in the lake..”
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White Trash Jacuzzi - “My husband decided we needed a jacuzzi…PVC pipe with some holes drilled, shop vac set to blow, and waalaa…the kid’s pool is now a WT Jacuzzi”
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Trailer Pool - “My neighbor turned his 6×9 utility trailer into a pool to keep cool on the 4th of July. The high back part is the rear drop down gate!”
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How to beat the heat!! Beer, babes and redneck truck pool…. what more could a guy ask for?
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If I remember summer time is when we fell in love at the beach on our summer vacations. I fell in love every summer with the girl of my dreams and each year the summer would end and my dream girl would go back home and I would be left all alone with just those sweet memories that linger on every summer. In the summer of 1973 on the 4th of July weekend, I feel in love with a Jersey Girl and we have been together ever since. The Scriptures speak a lot about love but this month I want us to see love in a different way than we have heard about it in the past. Solomon’s Love for a Shulamite Girl 1 The song of songs, which is Solomon’s. 2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth— For you love is better than wine. 3 Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. 4 Draw me away! We will run after you. The king has brought me into his chambers. We will be glad and rejoice in you. We will remember your love more than wine. (Song of Solomon 1:1-4 NKJV) If Israel and Judah had been satisfied with the delights of human love among themselves as these young lovers enjoyed, they might not have fallen into ruin as they did. Intermarriage with heathen nations around them brought the influence of the corruptions of a morally declining civilization. Consider that for Christians, the Song of Solomon is held to be a deeply spiritual telling of Christ’s love and relationship with the Church. So much of Scripture deals with the Law, that you might get the impression that there’s very little emotion behind it other than anger for disobedience. This book displays the deep emotion of love that is the foundation to God’s desire for a personal relationship with us individually and the church as a whole. The Song of Solomon illuminates the true role of love in personal relationships. A faithful relationship is only the beginning model for His people; it extends to the deep affection and friendship of a perfect love relationship extending well beyond that of a King and His subjects. Falling in Love, United in Love, Struggling in Love and Growing in Love Like all relationships, it requires commitment and perseverance to make it successful. The emotions of love must eventually give way to the deeper commitments of loving behaviors that produces a mature friendship and partnership. The relationship must be working towards the same end, for the same goals and objectives.
His eyes like shining star make me stare at Him, His smile like morning glory does something in me within, His everything reminds me of heaven above should I say now that I am in love?
Gordon “Preacher” Bacon Presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry of Maryland. Preacher was a Missionary on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Pastored in Arizona, West Virginia and Lexington Park, MD. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ, Ordained in 1983 at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Married for almost fourty years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon aka “Jersey Girl.” Father of Gordon Deon Bacon (40), Gordon Ellis Bacon JR. aka “G-Man”(36}, Christina Bacon-Knull (34) and Janine Bacon (32). We have seven grandchildren ranging from the ages of 11 years old to 21years old.
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A man and his wife were awakened at 3:00 am by a loud pounding on the door. The man gets up and goes to the door where a drunken stranger, standing in the pouring rain, is asking for a push. Not a chance,’ says the husband, ‘it is 3:00 in the morning!’ He slams the door and returns to bed. Who was that?’ asked his wife. ‘Just some drunk guy asking for a push,’ he answers. ‘Did you help him?’ she asks. ‘No, I did not, it is 3:00 in the morning and it is pouring rain out there!’ “Well, you have a short memory,’ says his wife. ‘Can’t you remember about three months ago when we broke down, and those two guys helped us? I think you should help him, and you should be ashamed of yourself!’ The man does as he is told, gets dressed, and goes out into the pounding rain.. He calls out into the dark, ‘Hello, are you still there?’ ‘Yes,’ comes back the answer. ‘Do you still need a push?’ calls out the husband. ‘Yes, please!’ comes the reply from the dark. ‘Where are you?’ asks the husband. ‘Over here…...on the swing,’ replies the drunk. Morris, a crusty old biker and his old lady Esther went to the state fair every year, And every year Morris would say, Esther, I’d like to ride in that helicopter.’ Esther always replied, ‘I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars’ One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, ‘Esther, I’m 85 years old. If I don’t ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.’ To this, Esther replied, ‘Morris that helicopter ride is fifty dollars, and fifty dollars is fifty dollars.’ The pilot overheard the couple and said, ‘Folks I’ll make you a deal. I’ll take the both of you for a ride. If you can stay quiet for the entire ride and don’t say a word I won’t charge you a penny!’ But if you say one word it’s fifty dollars.’ Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. The pilot did all kinds of fancy maneuvers, but not a word was heard. He did his daredevil tricks over and over again, But still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, ‘By golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn’t. I’m impressed!’. Morris replied, ‘Well, to tell you the truth, I almost said something when Esther fell out, But you know, fifty dollars is fifty dollars!’
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During a recent password audit by a company, it was found that an employee was using the following passwo rd:”MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySa cramento” When asked why she had such a long password, she rolled her eyes and said: ”Hello! It has to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.” After becoming very frustrated with the attitude of one of the shopkeepers, the young blonde declared, ‘Well, then, maybe I’ll just go out and catch my own alligator and get a pair of alligator shoes for free!’ The shopkeeper replied with a sly smile, ‘Well, little lady, why don’t you go give it a try?’ The blonde headed off to the swamp, determined to catch an alligator. Later in the day, the shopkeeper was driving home, and spotted the young woman standing waist deep in the murky water, shotgun in hand. He saw a huge 9-foot gator swimming rapidly toward her. With lightning reflexes, the blond took aim, shot the creature and hauled it up onto the slippery bank. Nearby were 7 more dead gators all lying belly up. The shopkeeper watched in amazement as the The blond struggled with the gator. Then, rolling her eyes, she screamed in frustration...Damn! This ones’ barefoot too! Joey was in Starbuck`s recently when he suddenly realized he desperately needed to fart. The music was really loud so he timed his farts with the beat of the music. After a couple of songs he started to feel better. He finished my coffee and noticed that everyone was staring at him, and suddenly he remembered…. he was listening to his iPod.”
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RIDE REVIEW V8 Choppers, 012 HT Model
Article and pics by Terry “T” Collier, TRM Oklahoma I hope that all of you have had a chance to go sky diving, Rocky Mountain climbing and lasted that “2.7 seconds on a bull named FuManchu”. No? Well, neither have I, however, I did get a fantastic ride on a V8 Chopper! That’s right. A Chopper! Two Wheels, 44 degree rake, TEN foot long, 300/18” Rear Tire with a V8 small block motor. Don’t ask, “what’s wrong with you “T”?” You all know me well enough to know that when I got the call from Cody Hughes, Marketing Director of V8 Choppers in Miami, OK asking if I’d like to tour the factory and ride a chopper, I jumped at the opportunity. If you aren’t familiar with this company or these motorcycles, please pay attention. This company is owned by Stan Hughes and family. They just celebrated their ten year anniversary and are still growing. In a short visit with Stan and Cody, I could tell that the key words I’d found in researching their company like Relationships, Values of High Excellence and Core Principles were who these people were. They welcomed us right in and within minutes, they had a gorgeous, black, beefy V8 Chopper fired up in front of the building for me. I have to admit, at this point, I was a bit intimidated by the thought of the weight and horsepower of this machine that I was about to straddle. This machine weighs approximately 1,200 pounds. However, I know weight doesn’t matter on a bike if you don’t plan to bench press it. So, I tried not to let that bother me. Stan went over the bike with me so that I’d know how to ride it. Although, I’ve ridden some incredible bikes in my years, there are some things about a V8 single speed automatic transmission bike that aren’t familiar. The first thing he showed me was that there is no clutch. And it was easy to see that there was no rear brake lever at my right foot. It’s where the clutch lever normally sits. This stressed me out a bit as I was thinking…How will I remember that? The next item to address was the kill switch. They are equipped with an emergency kill switch to attach to my belt in the event the throttle stuck as these don’t have a clutch to pull and get it shut down. From here, Stan went ahead and pulled the chopper out of the factory parking lot and across the gravel and dirt temporary road that had been created by the road construction in front of the shop. I was relieved that my first twist of the throttle wasn’t across all that rough terrain! I followed him on a trike that he had gotten as a trade. Once stopped on a safe pullout area on the highway, it was time for me to take the handlebars. What a beast! My first concern was how heavy it was going to be to lift upright. As I sat on the bike, I was quick to note that I sat very low in the seat which is only 22.5” off the ground. I sat comfortably as if to sit down in the bike. It doesn’t sit at too radical an angle on the kickstand so it wasn’t bad lifting upright. Next, I attached the kill switch cable to me and listened to the instructions Stan had for continuing this exhilarating adventure. It was now time to fire it off. A quick and gentle roll to the right occurs as the flywheel cranks and she fires right up. Her motor purrs and the exhaust is a deep throaty noise, much like an old muscle car with short pipes. What a
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rush! I take ahold of the handlebars a little tighter than normal as I pull the front brake so I can take it out of neutral and into gear with the easy to find lever under the seat. There’s a gentle nudge forward as she pops into gear. Now! I’m a little anxious! I must admit. My thought before riding this chopper was that it would have so much throttle and reaction time, that it would be dangerously fast from start to finish. I almost assumed that it would be hard to control or gauge the power to the rear wheel. I was wrong! As Stan had instructed, I let off the brakes and gave it just a tad more throttle than normal to ‘lift off’. This is necessary in order to allow for a delayed reaction for the converter to kick in. It doesn’t mean the bike takes off slow, but it’s just something to get used to in getting this heavier, long chopper off of a stopped position. AND Off we went. Oh my, what a spectacular feeling to take off on this grand machine for the first time. Surprisingly, I had complete control of the power to the rear wheel. Yes, I could idle along, but when I wanted, I could crank the throttle and it was instant propulsion. The chain on the final drive takes out any delay and yes, It’s Fast! I doubt that I really needed to say that, but it was a blast for sure. Did I mention this is a rigid frame chopper? No. It’s probably because I forgot as it doesn’t have the impact on my body of a rigid. It’s much due to the length and it’s designed to have 60% of the weight on the large rear tire. It’s 4” ground clearance assists in a low center of gravity to give it an outstanding balance on the roll. She handled very easily. The front end didn’t feel heavy, but rather easy to maneuver. Turns were smooth and felt as if we flowed around them. By the time we had ridden a ways, I was so confident on it, that I took it back across the rough construction terrain without any problem pulling back into the V8 Choppers Shop. As we discussed the ride and what I thought, I stood back to admire the sleek lines of the bike. It has a large tank that is shaped nicely and not too overbearing. From the eye appealing electronic speedo to the taillights hidden in the end of the fender strut, every detail has been well engineered. The exhaust is positioned underneath the bike to keep the sleek lines while also providing a safer and cooler ride for the rider. I mentioned to Cody that I was really surprised that I’d not noticed the heat as much as I’d thought I would. We discussed how the motor is positioned completely in front of the rider rather than under them. This helps tremendously. I could go on and on, but I’ve got to let you just see for yourself. V8 Choppers is easy to find in Miami, OK or you can often find them at rallies and bike shows with their show truck. Also, check out their full line of V8 Trikes; sport, hot rod and touring trikes at their website www.v8choppers.com. Copyright Thunder Roads Magazine OK AR, 2012
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Tattoos Of The Month
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KITTY LITTER CAKE
Here’s a novel idea for dessert to take to your next party or “pot luck” picnic!!! It’s completely edible! It may not look very nice, but it’s actually quite tasty. CAKE INGREDIENTS: 1 box spice or German chocolate cake mix 1 box of white cake mix 1 package white sandwich cookies 1 large package vanilla instant pudding mix A few drops green food coloring 12 small Tootsie Rolls or equivalent SERVING “DISHES AND UTENSILS” 1 NEW cat-litter box 1 NEW cat-litter box liner 1 NEW pooper scooper
KITTY LITTER CAKE
1) Prepare and bake cake mixes, according to directions, in any size pan. Prepare pudding and chill. Crumble cookies in small batches in blender or food processor. Add a few drops of green food coloring to 1 cup of cookie crumbs. Mix with a fork or shake in a jar. Set aside. 2) When cakes are at room temperature, crumble them into a large bowl. Toss with half of the remaining cookie crumbs and enough pudding to make the mixture moist but not soggy. Place liner in litter box and pour in mixture. 3) Unwrap 3 Tootsie Rolls and heat in a microwave until soft and pliable. Shape the blunt ends into slightly curved point s. Repeat with three more rolls. Bury the rolls decoratively in the cake mixture. Sprinkle remaining white cookie crumbs over the mixture, then scatter green crumbs lightly over top. 4) Heat 5 more Tootsie Rolls until almost melted. Scrape them on top of the cake and sprinkle with crumbs from the litter box. Heat the remaining Tootsie Roll until pliable an d hang it over the edge of the box. Place box on a sheet of newspaper and serve with scooper. Enjoy!
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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
It’s important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Motorcycle Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are “Motorcycle Friendly” & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertiser’s continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Motorcycle Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email email@example.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations
Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Motorcycle Friendly Businesses Grove’s Winchester Waugh Enterprises ABW Designs * Harley-Davidson * Harley-Davidson* Andrew Walker 385 Waugh Blvd 140 Independence Drive 340 East Broadway Ave Orange, VA 22960 Winchester, VA 22602 Hopewell, VA 23860 800-88-WAUGH (800) 777-4275 or (804) 452-0088 http://www.waughhd.com (540) 667-5655 firstname.lastname@example.org www.abwdesigns.us www.hdwinchester.com
Adams Automotive Service & Repair 8435 Hopkins Rd Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-2279 Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 ‘fax# 804-642-1461 email@example.com www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Dennis’ Truck & Trailer Repair, Inc. * 2 Locations 309 Maury Richmond, VA 23224 Phone: (804) 230-7905 Fax: (804) 232-1302 & 9111 S.Courthouse Road Providence Forge VA 23140 (804) 966-2232 Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
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Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson* 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223 www.hrhd.com
Oceana Cycles 609 Jack Rabbit Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 437-0014 www.oceanacycles.com Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: firstname.lastname@example.org Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com Scooters* 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037
Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* 295 Bendix Rd., Suite 210 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 627.8900 www.epsteinsandlerandflorapcva.com
DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Delaware Harley-Davidson of Seaford* 22586 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, Del. 19973 302-629-6161 www.hdofseaford.com also on Facebook Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Virginia
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group* The Firm That Rides Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists 1-800-321-8968 www.motorcyclelawgroup.com Office Locations: Virginia - Richmond, Newport News, Roanoke South Carolina - Cayce, Surfside Beach
BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS Virginia Big Daddy Leather* 1900 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 899-0048 www.bigdaddyleather.com
Absolut Cycle Worx * 5016 Midlothian Tpke Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 497-7000
23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644
Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com
Biker’s Depot* 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159 www.thebikersdepot.com Cavelli’s Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016
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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 612 Nevan Rd, Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 439-2813 INSURANCE GEICO Powersports* Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Virginia Alley Café and Sports Lounge 688 N Main St. Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 436-1100 MOTORCYCLE RACES & EVENTS Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: email@example.com J & J Powder Coating* 2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922 FUN PLACES TO STAY TOWING North Carolina Peaco Towing Inc.* Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302 Rushing Wind Ministry 29025 Three Notch Rd. Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Gordon Bacon, Preacher (240) 577-0605 firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday service 10am-10:30am. Gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30 & Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm BIKER CHURCHES 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001 Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 POWDER COATING PERSONAL SERVICES
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com
Grumpy’s Bar & Grill*
995 Kempsville Rd. Virginia beach, VA 23464 (757) 474-0880 www.grumpysbarandgrillvb. com Visit us on Facebook/ Grumpy’s Bar & Grill
HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on Rt. 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600 www.steelhorseva.com
Kampers Lodge 3465 US Highway 301 North Wilson, NC 27893 (252) 237-0905 www.kamperslodge.com
Virginia Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net
Freedom Biker Church of Virginia Beach
Slades Park Dirt Drag Racing 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 Contact Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or fax (804) 737-0616
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Just an Observation
By Tim Wilmoth – Thunder Roads Staff Correspondent In the last 12 months I’ve been down and unable to ride but for brief gaps between surgeries and recovery periods but I still try to get out to some events if possible. What I have noticed is attendance is way down at bike happenings here in the Commonwealth and it’s troubling. The last thing I was able to go to was the Central Va. Bike Fair in Chase City, always a good time, but the crowd was thinned to about half of normal. I’ve got a picture here of the parking field. A decent crowd but I have seen that field covered in chrome from one end to the other, hundreds & hundreds of motorcycles. I know times are tight guys and the economy is as bad as I have ever seen it but we have to get out to these events and support our community, our tribe of two wheeled brothers and sisters if you will. Organizers, volunteers mostly, put a lot of time and effort into creating events where we can gather with like minded people and participate in things of common interest. If we don’t start doing a better job of supporting these causes we may find ourselves with no place to congregate and nothing to do. I know, it’s really all about the ride, the journey, but its nice to be able to stop some place where there’s a cold beverage and a bunch of shiny bikes to enjoy. It wasn’t just Chase City, its everywhere I’ve been. The Va. Bike Fest in Dinwiddie was the same way, about half of what’s normal. They were giving away barbeque and letting you make a pass down the drag strip on your ride. There were beautiful bikes to look at, live music and cheap cold beer but still you didn’t come. It’s the same for your local bike shop or bike friendly restaurant. You have to go to these places and take them your business. These places exist for two reasons, so that you have someplace enjoyable or helpful to go to and in doing so they can earn a living. It’s a “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” kind of thing. If we don’t go there and spend a dollar or two, they can’t exist and that severely narrows the choices of destinations for our journeys. Your local bike shop for example. Sure you might can get a part or trinket online from a stranger a little cheaper but will that person be there if you have a question or need some advice? Don’t count on it. Go to a local shop or two or three and get to know the people that operate these places. Then we you need some insight into whatever you’re working on, considering to buy or whatever, you have a wealth of information at your disposal. I imagine most everyone’s heard the expression “you don’t miss the water until the well runs dry”. There’s a lot of truth to that ‘ol saying. Yall think about it.
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When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend
The Official Newsletter of Virginia’s First Motorcyclists’ Rights Organization www.abateva.org Any Biker Friendly Business that offers a 10% discount to ABATE of VA members, will get a free business card size ad in every Freewheelin’ issue.
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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee
Richard Blais was recently on The Chew, and I wrote down this recipe. These (2) recipes are for you, Super B. RICHARD BLAIS’ PASTRAMI SPICED BRISKET 3-4 Pounds Brisket (fatty end) 1/4 Cup of Coriander Seeds 1/4 Cup of Black Pepper 2 Tbls. Cayenne Pepper 1/4 Cup Salt 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar 3/4 Cup of Yellow Mustard 3 Tbls. of Vegetable Oil Rinse your brisket under cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. Season meat generously, both sides, with the salt, pepper, coriander and cayenne pepper Add your 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a non-stick skillet or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Get it screeching hot on medium high heat. Gently add your brisket down into hot pan & oil and sear the brisket until a dark golden brown on all sides. Remove to a platter to rest until cool, apprx. 20 mins. Meanwhile, arrange 2 giant sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil on your counter. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar and mustard to make a paste. Rub the brisket with the mustard paste and place on one of the sheets of foil. Make sure that the “fat side” is facing upwards. Place the other sheet of foil on top of meat and pinch and roll up all 4 sides to make sure that it is completely enveloped and no steam or paste can escape. Place in a large casserole dish and cook for a full 10 hours. Remove from oven and just let it rest for 10 minutes on counter. Remove foil carefully and transfer brisket to a large serving plate. This brisket will literally melt in your mouth, plus you have this phenomenal sauce in the foil to pour over it. It makes fantastic sandwiches also. *This is essentially the same way I cook a pot roast when I’m doing it in the oven and not my crock-pot; only with different spices 4 2 2 2 YET ANOTHER STYLE; BBQ BRISKET Pound Brisket Cups Chicken Stock Bottles of Dark Beer Tbls. of Cumin Seeds; crushed
1 Tbls. Coriander Seeds; crushed 2 Chipotle Peppers; chopped (be sure and wash hands well after handling these and don’t touch your mouth or eyes) 2 Tbls. Adobo Sauce (really Hot Sauce) 1 Large Onion; Sliced 2 Tbls. Cooking Oil (olive or vegetable, your choice) Salt & Pepper your brisket thoroughly Heat a Dutch Oven (heavy gauge pot & lid) to high heat; add oil, sear your brisket on all sides, Reduce heat to medium and remove brisket to rest. Add sliced onion, garlic, cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Add the chicken stock, beer and adobo sauce and chipotle peppers. Stir up well. Place brisket back on top of everything in Dutch Oven and place in 350 degree oven for 3 hours until fork tender. All the ingredients you added simmer down to create a truly delicious, natural BBQ sauce. Shred & bun up w/ coleslaw. FROZEN CHEESECAKE SQUARES 2 Frozen, Pre-made Oreo Pie Crust 2 8 oz. Pkgs. of Philly Cream Cheese; softened 1/2 Cup of Sugar or Splenda 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla 1 Tub of Cool Whip; thawed & divided 1 Can of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup Unthaw Oreo pie crusts and warm in oven if stated on directions, then take both crusts and form into a crusted bottom in a 9 inch square pan with foil lined bottom and coming up the sides for easy removal. Beat cream cheese, sugar & vanilla large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 full cups of the Cool Whip, beat on low speed until blended. Spread over and high up over pie crust. Freeze for 4 hours. Microwave remaining Cool Whip and chocolate together on high for 1 minute (place a paper towel over top) Stir until chocolate and Cool Whip are well blended. Use foil sides to remove cheesecake from squared pan, drizzle chocolate mix zig-zagy all over squared cheesecake and cut into generous size squares. * Tip: Spoon entire chocolate & Cool Whip mixture into small re-sealable plastic bag and snip the end with scissors to have better control on your zig-zagging with the chocolate design. These are super simple and simply super!
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SEND US YOUR PICTURES! We get so busy sometimes putting together the magazine each month that it’s hard to get out to take pictures of all the exciting & fun times going on. If you’d like to share your pictures with us for our HOT SHOT pages, please email them to email@example.com.... The more pictures, the better & send as often as you’d like! Please be sure that they are 300dpi (high resolution) or as close to it as possible so we can include them in one of our upcoming issues. I want to make everyone aware of a situation that arose last week. If you are aware of anyone else who has experienced a similar situation please let me know or have them contact me. I received a telephone call from a gentleman who was injured in a single vehicle accident. He freely admitted that he was to blame. He merely lost control momentarily and went down. It can happen to the best of us. His concern was his hospital bill. His primary health insurance is Medicare and he has no medical expense coverage on his motorcycle. When he went to the emergency room he provided the hospital with all of his insurance information. Last week the hospital sent him a letter which he provided to me. The letter states in pertinent part the following: “We are aware that you have Medicare as primary and Mutual of Omaha as secondary insurance, however we cannot bill Medicare for an motorcycle accident.” Apparently the hospital is under the belief that if you are injured on a motorcycle that Medicare does not and will not cover you. That is clearly not the case. We are assisting him at no charge being that this is of importance to all motorcyclists. Hopefully this is an isolated incident. However, many times we see trends in the insurance industry and we want to take care of this one early if that is the case. If you are anyone that you know has experienced a similar situation please let us know. I will let you know the outcome of this incident once it is resolved. As usual, if anyone has any questions or comments about this or any other matter upon which I have written please feel free to contact me. Until next time I wish each of you good riding. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com
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I never thought that 700 miles on your motorcycle could be miserable but this weekend proved me wrong. While the heat was oppressive the company was great. I want to thank the Virginia Bikers Association for the great poker run to benefit the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists. However if
change that went into effect yesterday makes it legal for two two-wheeled motorcycles to travel abreast in a single lane. The code now reads as follows: A person shall be guilty of reckless driving who drives any motor vehicle so as to be abreast of another vehicle in a lane designed for one vehicle, or drives any motor vehicle
you do it again perhaps November would be a better month. so as to travel abreast of any other vehicle traveling in a lane designed for one vehicle. Nothing in this section shall I want to remind everyone of the changes to Virginia code that went into effect recently. The first is § 46.2103 which governs the stopping of motor vehicles by law enforcement. It has been amended to make clear that law enforcement does not have the authority to conduct motorcycle only checkpoints in Virginia. The code now reads as follows: Except as prohibited by § 19.2-59, on his request or signal, any law-enforcement officer who is in uniform or displays his badge or other sign of authority may: 1. Stop any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer to inspect its equipment, operation, manufacturer’s serial or engine number; or 2. Stop any property-carrying motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer to inspect its contents or load or to obtain other necessary information. Nothing in this section, however, shall be construed to authorize the establishment on any highway of police check-points where the only vehicles subject to inspection are motorcycles. The second change is to § 46.2-857 which is the statute that makes it reckless driving to drive a motor vehicle abreast of another motor vehicle in a single lane. The
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be construed to prohibit two two-wheeled motorcycles from traveling abreast while traveling in a lane designated for one vehicle. In addition, this section shall not apply to (i) any validly authorized parade, motorcade, or motorcycle escort, (ii) a motorcycle traveling in the same lane of traffic as a bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, or moped; nor shall it apply to (iii) any vehicle when lawfully overtaking and passing one or more vehicles traveling in the same direction in a separate lane. These changes to Virginia code reflect the hard work and cooperation of motorcyclists across the Commonwealth. It also demonstrates that we are not hostages of the system. If we disagree with a law we have the collective power to change it. We have proven that time and time again. As always, if anyone has any questions or comments about anything that I have written please do not hesitate to contact me. In the meantime I wish everyone great riding and cool weather (please). Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com
V-Twin Cruisers of Southeastern Virginia enjoying their Family Day Picnic
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