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On The Cover
Timonium Motorcycle Show February 8-10, 2013

Tis the season to be riding…fa la la la la…Well, it’s not exactly 80 degrees & warm breezes out there but we do know quite a few fellow riders who don’t seem to mind the cold. They just put on more layers ha ha. For those of you who are “all season” riders, we’ve got a few goodies inside this issue for you to check out. We also have some great info on winterizing your bike for those who have already parked their bikes in their garages or put them in storage until springtime. You’re not alone…I don’t particularly enjoy riding in the cold either! By the time you start reading this month’s issue, you’ll probably be well into your Christmas shopping, buying gifts for family & friends & making plans for New Years too. 2012 has surely gone by like the wind & we’re getting ready for another new year. As most of you know, I’m a big dog lover (not just big dogs but dogs of all sizes). I recently realized that my wonderful furry companions, are going to be 9 years old this month. I’ve had these gorgeous creatures, (2 Labrador sisters) since they were 8 weeks old. They’ve been with me through thick & thin, never complained & they’ve always been there for me. It’s hard to believe that they’re turning 9…that’s 9 in doggy years, which is equal to 63 in our years. How crazy to think that they age 7 times faster than we do. As they approach that 10 year mark, which would be 70 of our years, I am becoming more aware that my time with them is growing shorter & shorter. It makes me think of things like I should be taking them for more walks & play with them more…that’s what they live for anyway…our attention & friendship, so I want to make sure that they have some wonderful memories of me when they go. I am sharing this with you because this is also how I should view those special people in my life, near & far. If I can’t be near them, at least stay in touch more or something. Those close by, I should be visiting more or doing more things with them. Isn’t it funny how when we have a time limit on things, we tend to get in higher gear to be make things happen...it’s crazy but true for so many people. So, this Christmas & New Years, if you’d like to join me, I’m going to make a gallant effort in being more conscience of the quality of time I spend with not only my dogs but my family & friends. We never know how long we have here…tomorrow is never promised, so we need to make every day count. During the holidays I try to share the blessings that I have with those around me & those less fortunate. If you see someone standing on the corner with a sign & a hand out for money, you don’t really know what their story is, so giving them a dollar probably isn’t going to break you but it could mean a much needed hot meal for them. Or help someone who is stranded or needs assistance of some sorts. Tis the season for giving so always give with your heart, especially if you can’t give from your wallet. We hope all of you enjoy a beautiful Christmas holiday with your families & friends. Please be safe in your travels, especially on New Year’s Eve. If you plan on throwin down to the countdown, be sure to bring your DD (designated driver) along for the night  Thanks for all the support & being here with us for 2012 – it’s been an amazing year! We definitely will be looking forward to seeing you all next month as we kick off 2013 & begin our 11th year of Thunder Roads Virginia. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Until we meet again… Happy Trails

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................25 The Joker’s Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1528 Matlock Drive Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Corporate Office: 615-792-0040 Fax: 615-792-7580 e-mail: thunderroads@charter.net



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.

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, bfcgordon@yahoo.com. 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

Dec 8th Toy Ride for Tots – Dumfries, VA In sponsorship with the East Coast HOG Chapter and the State Burners MC, Woodbridge chapter, East Coast Harley-Davidson is hosting a toy ride on December 8, 2012. Before the ride, we’re accepting donations of unopened toys starting now until the day of the event. EVERYONE and ALL bikes are welcome to participate and join us as we ride to deliver the toys to needy children through the Salvation Army. More details are to follow. Please contact us at (703)221-3757 or check out our website at www. eastcoastharley.com for more details. 17975 Main Street, Dumfries, VA 22026 Dec 15th Final Push for Helmet Reform Fundraiser Virginia Beach, VA VCOM & motorcyclists from all across the state are heading to Richmond next month to fight for Helmet Reform. The days are numbered to raise the rest of the money before they go. This is an All day event! 10% of all food & drink sales from 10am until 8pm will be donated to VCOM to go towards the fight for helmet reform. Even if you just stop in to give the suggested $10 donation, every little bit helps! All are welcome. LET THOSE WHO RIDE DECIDE! Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 995 Kempsville Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23464, (757) 474-0880

Jan 20th & 21st, 2013 VIRGINIA MOTORCYCLE LOBBY DAY 2013 Henrico/Richmond, VA Sunday, January 20th & Monday January 21st, 2013, is an opportunity for Virginia Dec 2nd motorcyclists to go to the Capitol and present their views 8th Annual BDL Benefit Toy Run on pending legislation. At 1:00 on Sunday the 20th, we Fredericksburg, VA meet to discuss the legislation affecting motorcyclists, Registration fee is a toy from a Childhelp child’s Christmas our positions on them and how best to approach your wish list, an unwrapped toy for a child 5 to 14 year old or a legislators on these issues. Monday we leave the hotel at gift card (Toys’ R US, Target, Walmart, Best Buy or Visa). 8:00 am SHARP for the Capitol to practice what we learned Starting at BDL, 68 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA. on Sunday & present their views on pending legislation. 10:00 am till 11:30am Registration and Meet & Greet with Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Wyndham Santa and Michele Smith. 11:30am Load presents with Santa Richmond Hotel, 4700 S Laburnum Ave, Henrico, Virginia into LifeCare Ambulance’s. 11:45 am Group Photo. 12noon 23231, (804) 226-4300 – ask for the VCOM rate. Police escort to Bailey’s Bar & Grille. 12:45 pm Lunch, Games Door Prizes. For more information call 540-899-0048 Jan 27th , 2013 Howard County Swap Meet – West Friendship, MD / 540-399-5076 or email whardman@childhelp.org The Howard County Motorcycle Swapmeet has always been a motorcycle swapmeet that caters to bikers looking Dec 8th for parts and accessories, bikes and all things motorcycle Chilly Willys Toy Ride for Toys For Tots related! Not just Harleys, find parts for vintage or late Virginia Beach, VA model motorcycles, American or foreign, a leather jacket Registration from 10am to 11am. Ride departs at 11:15am. or other accessories. People come here to buy, sell, trade, Fee is 1 new toy for boy or girl up to age 12. Various stops AND SAVE. 10am til 5pm. The Howard County Swapmeet, to pick up toys at toy drop locations. Starts & ends at “Where Friends Meet”. Apple Mountain Productions: By Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 995 Kempsville Rd., Virginia Beach, VA Bikers, For Bikers! 2210 Fairground Road West Friendship, 23464. 50/50 raffle & door prizes. Rain or shine. MD 21794 www.howardcountyswapmeet.com, kenappel@ wildblue.net, 301-478-3421

February 8th – 10th, 2013 Timonium Motorcycle Show - Timonium, MD Most foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturers available in USA on display…huge custom and antique bike show…100’s of exhibits covering everything in motorcycling. Attendees will be able to meet famous bike builders like, Jim Wubben of P.B. Choppers. Meet Emilio Rivera from FX’s award winning ‘Sons of Anarchy’ TV Series and Michele Smith, a nationally recognized motorcycle television personality all three days. Super bike race fans can meet Florida’s Lea Martinez, known for racing her hot Hayabusa for Breast Cancer charities in the AMA Drag Bike Series. Plus, enjoy The International Bikini Team Regional Finals on stage each day. A great Swap Meet and Lowside Magazine’s Garage Built Vintage Motorcycle Expo will fill a second large exhibit hall next to the main show facility. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds – Timonium, Maryland – Opens 10AM each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 8-10, 2013. Admission for Adults: $15.00, Children 10-15 years $5.00 and under 10 years are free with paying adult. For more info. 410-561-7323 or info@cycleshow.net. Go to www.cycleshow.net to print-out $5.00 off admission discount coupons, good on adult admission only. Mar 23rd – 24th, 2013 Battlefield Bash – Lanexa, VA Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA 27-3) is hosting a Battlefield Bash event 23-24 March 2013 at Rockahock Campgrounds, 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa, Virginia. This 2 day event will include a Poker Run through National Battlefields in the area, bands, vendors and many veterans coming together to support our brothers and sisters that support our Country’s veterans. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center that we support. Registration prices as follows: Rider $15, Passenger $10, extra cards along route will be offered for $5 per card to make the best 5 card hand out of 7 cards. * CVMA Mission Statement: We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our Country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say “Thank You” and “Welcome Home.” http:// www.combatvet.org/ Contact Jessica “Jawbone” Sites at tankgurl_777@yahoo.com or 804-704-3462 for more details or questions. Rockahock Campgrounds, 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa Virginia

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.

Jun 8th Route 66 - Willowbrook, Illinois This is a motorcycle ride down old RT-66. The ride starts on the 8th June 2013 at La Quinta Inn in Willow Brook, Illinois. The ride will follow RT-66 to Santa Monica, Calif. the ride ends June 16th in Santa Monica, Calif. We have an awards dinner in California. The ride will follow a lot of the old RT-66 and will include riding across the Mississippi river on the chain of Rocks Bridge, the Ozark trail, Dinner ride to the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona. Original red brick pavement road, the ghost town of Oatman for breakfast, 2013 will be the 19th year for this ride. All bikes welcome. You must register. Call 352-6845293. E-mail George@rideRT66.com or call 304-481-8350 web site www.rideRT66.com. Face Book Page http://www. facebook.com/#!/RIDERT66. Ride of a lifetime.


Merry Christmas
Peace on Earth


Veterans Day 2012 | Vietnam Veterans Memorial | Arlington Section 60
This Veterans Day was a bright beautiful almost warm fall day with lots of ceremonies. Spent some time with my Veteran brothers & sisters then on to Arlington and visit with many of my Gold Star family friends. Then a special guest arrived and I got the opportunity to ask him if our POW Bowe Bergdahl is still alive. Mr. President “Is Bowe Bergdahl Still Alive” and his response was “You know, We know he’s Still Alive, Were still trying to get him Back, It’s a Priority!” Photos by: Patrick J. Hughes - www.patrickjhughes.org Thank you Patrick for sharing your amazing photos with us!

We Will Never Forget




Biker Pals

Look for more pictures & the story behind “Mandy’s Back Pooch” in our January 2013 issue!


Tattoos Of The Month

Dark Chocolate
Since it’s Christmastime & we often give candy as gifts, we thought this would be a good time to tell you just how good it is….


Thank you, dark chocolate, for making us feel good—not guilty—about dessert. Dark chocolate is filled with flavonoid antioxidants (more than 3 times the amount in milk chocolate) that keep blood platelets from sticking together and may even unclog your arteries. It may also help with weight loss by keeping you feeling full, according to a study from Denmark. Researchers gave 16 participants 100 g of either dark or milk chocolate and 2 hours later offered them pizza. Those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Try a chocolate with 70% or more cocoa. Two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips with fresh berries as a midafternoon snack or after-dinner dessert should give you some of the heart-healthy benefits without busting your calorie budget.


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SHARPTOWN, Md. – On the eve of Veterans Day, and with the holiday season straight ahead, Operation We Care pulled together a variety of volunteers and sent a loud signal of support for our fighting men and women overseas. In the Memorial Hall of the Sharptown Volunteer Fire Department in this small town on the banks of the Nanticoke River , volunteers attacked a swath of community donations like the beaches of Normandy and secured 460 care packages. The packages, shipped through the US Postal Service at its Ocean City office, began a journey halfway around the world in an effort to reach local Delmarva service men and women and in many cases, most of their fellow soldiers, Marines, seamen, airmen and other personnel. Seventy-Five of the packages were set aside, earmarked for the National Guard Unit from Salisbury , Md. that was activated just two weeks earlier. Once the unit completes a month of training in Texas and are deployed to Afghanistan , then the packages will be shipped. While an energetic collection volunteers that included Girl Scouts, Veterans, Motorcyclists, College Fraternity ladies, fire fighters and many more worked with near-military precision, a few very honored guests offered encouragement. Family members of troops deployed were followed by three World War II Veterans, several Vietnam and Korean Veterans as well as Sand War Veterans and even Major Gen. James Adkins, the 28th Adjutant General of the Maryland National Guard and his Lt. Col. Charles Kohler. In the end, Operation We Care reached across rank and file and sent a piece of Delmarva to the men and women serving in harms way. The 460 boxes bring to 2,885 boxes shipped in five years. For additional information on Operation We Care, or to report a friend or family member deployed, please visit www.operationwecare.org or reach organizer Jeff Merritt at operationwecare.org@ gmail.com or 410-713-8940. Operation We Care is a 501(c)3 non profit organization. All financial donations to Operation We Care are used for postage with the Postal Service’s discounted military flat rate box.




The People Of Walmart

Smokin - This guy has it right. If Christmas is about 1 thing, it’s smoking. Santa is a Lucky Strikes man and Frosty the Snowman always had his corn cob pipe, so in the spirit of Christmas I say smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em!

It’s already December and Christmas is right around the corner, so in the spirit of the holidays we will be counting down the days to Christmas Kris Kringle style! We’ve decided to start our countdown with someone on the naughty list as a reminder to everyone that your time to get back in the big man’s good graces is winding down!

The Dog Who Saved Christmas - I don’t think Yeah sure, let’s go ahead and show off the fact Gettin’ Into The Spirit - These guys to have you have to worry about him seeing you while that you stole Mrs. Clause’s negligee. to be on their way to Larry the Cable Guy’s you’re sleeping or when you’re awake because Christmas tractor pull. I’m pretty sure that dog will be busy looking for it’s dignity for awhile….But it makes me smile so he is A-okay in my book!

What? You think that flowing white hair and glorious beard just happen by accident? It takes a lot of time and conditioner to look that good my friend. Santa has to be fresh for the 25th.

Merry Christmas from the Holiday Man and everyone here at PoWM!

Check out more of these “Special Shoppers” at www.peopleofwalmart.com

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SPECIAL DELIVERY This year’s national Christmas Tree is being delivered to Washington, D.C. in a specially-decorated Mack truck driven by former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a long-serving member of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF) and member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. As an avid motorcyclist, Campbell was one of motorcycling’s staunchest allies in Congress, representing Colorado from 1993-2005. “It is a privilege to drive the tree for the U.S. Capitol from Colorado this year,” remarked Campbell, who still has his commercial driver’s license. The 2012 Capitol Christmas Tree tour began Nov. 9 in Meeker, CO where the 73-foot Engleman spruce was harvested, and will take nearly a month to reach the Capitol with scheduled stopovers in Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia. motorcyclists’ lobbying team representing a coalition led by ABATE of Arizona, the Modified Motorcycle Association (MMA) of Arizona and the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ACMC). NOW HEAR THIS! A flurry of scientific and medical studies lately have identified an inordinate amount of hearing loss in motorcyclists, due not to “loud pipes” but rather to air rushing past our ears at deafening intensities at highway speeds. After accelerating, most of the sound that a rider hears isn’t engine noise, it is wind noise, and audiologists admit that even helmets do not provide much protection against hearing loss caused by wind buffeting in and around a helmet. Indeed, acoustical engineers say that audible wind noise inside a helmet can reach rock-concert levels as high as 115 decibels, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health warns that exposure to noise ARIZONA TO ELIMINATE ANNUAL MOTORCYCLE at 100 decibels is safe for only 15 minutes and permanent EMISSIONS TESTING Maricopa County is the only place in hearing loss can result from prolonged exposure -- so motorAmerica that requires emissions testing for motorcycles, but cycle riders in particular should pay attention to the warning it won’t be for much longer according to a recent report from signs: a ringing sound in the ears immediately after exposure, MMA of Arizona Lobbyist Bobbi Hartmann, who is also a mem- and hearing voices and other sounds as muffled. Noise-inber of the NCOM-Legislative Task Force; “The EPA is about duced hearing loss isn’t reversible, but it is preventable. While to APPROVE the ADEQ’s State Implementation Plan (SIP), even the most expensive helmet won’t provide significant requesting the ELIMINATION OF EMISSIONS ON MOTORprotection against noise, an inexpensive pair of foam earplugs, CYCLES IN MARICOPA COUNTY!!!” Emphasis included, so readily available at drug stores, can reduce sound levels by you can read into it the emotion and thrill of success after ten 20 to 25 decibels. However, this simple solution may also be years of effort to eliminate the last motorcycle emissions test illegal. Even though riders have come to recognize that noise in the U.S. After the Kentucky Motorcycle Association (KMA/ can be a serious health issue, many U.S. jurisdictions prohibit KBA) successfully removed motorcycles from their state’s the use of earplugs, and one long road trip could take a rider emissions testing several years ago, Arizona was the lone through numerous changes in state and local laws. Just ask state to still require it, but testing was limited to only Maricopa Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Ralph C. Buss County (Phoenix) after motorcyclists successfully lobbied to whose client, a truck driver from Michigan, was pulled over end emission tests for motorcycles in Pima County (Tucson). while riding his motorcycle in Ohio and given a ticket for wearHartmann reports that she recently received a call from the ing protective ear plugs! The rider contacted ABATE of Ohio Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), stating seeking assistance, and while ABATE looks into modifying that although they had been expecting a “Disapproval Nothe existing law to make allowances for motorcyclists to wear tice” from the EPA due to revised ozone levels at the federal ear protection, they referred the motorcyclist to attorney Buss level, their D.C. headquarters issued a Reversal of Opinion regarding the citation, which is a moving violation that in adand approved their request for elimination of yearly motordition to a fine carries a 2 point penalty that could put his CDL cycle emissions in Maricopa/Pinal County (AREA A). “ADEQ and livelihood in jeopardy if he’s found guilty. Although some expects the proposed EPA action to be signed this week and states like California have changed their laws to allow riders published in the Federal Register within 2 weeks,” explained to use hearing protectors, and Maryland allows custom-made Hartmann. “That starts the approximately 30 day Public Com- earplugs only, most passed such laws years ago to thwart the ment and EPA response to Public Comment period. Once that use of stereo headphones while driving. The codes do not is complete, the EPA will sign the final action and then have distinguish between earphones and earplugs; one being used 2 weeks to publish that in the Federal Register. The entire for audio equipment and the other used for hearing protection process should be FINAL and EFFECTIVE 60 days from that -- so without case law to establish legislative intent, obsolete time frame, so the elimination of yearly emissions on motorlaws like Ohio’s need to be rectified, which according to Buss cycles in AREA A should be effective by the end of first quarter “is exactly why motorcyclists need organizations like ABATE of 2013 or before. It seems that all of our efforts from 2002 to not only watchdog the legislature, working to pass pro-mountil now, have finally paid off!!” CONGRATULATIONS to the torcycle laws and prevent anti-bike bills from passing, but also

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to clean-up old laws that need to take into consideration both motorcycles and motorcyclists.” of travel. Honda first proposed such a system in 1999, and demoed a version in 2008 on a Gold Wing. It has since refined ITS for more compact bikes, and so far warning systems for GEORGIA RIDES TOLL FREE the two most common types of car-bike collisions - T-boning HOT lanes are replacing the HOV lanes on some interstates in and being cut off by a car turning left - have been demoed sucGeorgia starting with I-85, and will require a toll for their use by cessfully. ITS could potentially also communicate with roadall vehicles except those which are exempt. Fortunately, just side infrastructure, warning of hazards in the road. as motorcycles are able to use the existing HOV high occupancy lanes, they will be also permitted in the HOT lanes tollWEIRD NEWS: BIKE THIEVES CRASH INTO ONE ANfree as exempt vehicles, but will need a Peach Pass device. OTHER Two heads aren’t always better than one, as TWO Peach Pass devices are available from Georgia’s State Road bike thieves have landed up in the hospital after crashing their & Tollway Authority at 1-855-PCH-PASS (724-7277), or you stolen motorcycles - into each other. The bungling bikers colcan find more information at www.peachpass.com. lided and crashed on a roundabout in Sussex, England, after the two stolen bikes were seen being ridden at high speed CALIFORNIA RESTRICTS PICKETING AT FUNERALS together shortly before the collision. California Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation restricting protests at military and other funerals. Senate Bill DON’T SMILE FOR THE CAMERA 661, by Senator Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, prohibits picketing a New Jersey residents may not have much to smile about in funeral within 300 feet of a burial or memorial site beginning the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, but that’ll make it easier one hour before a funeral and ending one hour after, having to comply with the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission’s been amended to comply with a 2011 Supreme Court deciban on smiling for driver’s license photos. That’s because, sion regarding protests of military funerals by members of according to the National Motorists Association (NMA), drivers the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-Semitic and showing off their pearly whites apparently confuses the new anti-gay views. “Since time immemorial, society has respected facial recognition software New Jersey launched earlier this the dignity and sacredness of putting the dead to rest,” Lieu year. The stated aim of the system is to prevent people from said in a prepared statement. “This bill recognizes the sanctity acquiring driver’s licenses under alternate identities by comof funerals by placing reasonable time, place, and manner paring photographs in the database. New Jersey is not alone restrictions on disruptive protestors.” in its integration of facial recognition into the driver’s licensing process. According to the American Association of Motor MOTORCYCLES REMOVED FROM NTSB MOST-WANTED Vehicle Administrators, most states use some form of driver’s LIST Although the National Transportation Safety Board license facial recognition. Welcome to the world of biometrics (NTSB) has called upon states and the federal government to -- the use of unique physical or behavioral characteristics to pass motorcycle helmet laws for all riders, this year’s annual verify an individual’s identity, and as surveillance cameras “Top Ten Most Wanted List” of the agency’s most important become ubiquitous and capable of recording finer detail, safety priorities no longer lists any motorcycle safety concerns. tracking of individuals (whether they’re in their cars, or not) will After making the hit list the past three years, which are recom- become easier and easier. In the wake of 9/11, policymakers mendations to government bodies that are often put into place called for stronger national standards to verify the identity of through further laws and regulations, NTSB Chairman Debodriver’s license applicants. This led to the Real ID Act of 2005 rah Hersman indicated that “Safety areas are dropped from which established requirements for a national identification the list when meaningful progress has been made.” system based on the driver’s license. Among the 18 benchmarks the states must comply with is the implementation of COULD YOUR NEXT BIKE TALK…TO CARS? facial recognition. Despite being enacted seven years ago, Could your future Honda motorcycle converse with the car Real ID has not been fully implemented. Many states, citing a coming out of the side street up ahead to alert the driver that range of privacy and budget concerns, have rejected the act you’re approaching? Well, only if they are each fitted with tech- through statute or legislative resolution, or have simply refused nology that can communicate with similarly-equipped vehicles to comply. to keep each other out of harm’s way, according to the picture Honda painted at the 19th World ITS (Intelligent Transportation QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The price of freedom of religion or of Systems) Congress, held in Vienna in October. The “Motorspeech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even cycle Approaching Indication” application is a connectivity sys- pay for, a good deal of rubbish.” tem that warns both driver and rider when it detects that there ~ Robert H. Jackson (1892-1954), US Supreme Court justice is an obscured vehicle potentially approaching their direction


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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 434525-1074 or ssdbryant@netzero.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 abateregion3@yahoo.com. 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 lenand2girls@verizon.net 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, nvcrmail@msn.com 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 president@star440.org 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 elonecke@cox.net or Graig “Spanky” Benson, Commander Northern Virginia 27-2, at f18spanky@cox.net 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: kimandbubba1@verizon. net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@wmconnect.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: freebird@v-twincruisers.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 Dwayne (804) 216-2876 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: director@vabikers.org 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: membership@vfr-race.com. 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


From All Of Us Here At Thunder Roads Have A Very Merry Christmas & A Safe Happy New Year!

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Bottle Tree - So what do you do with all of those plastic drinking water bottles? I’m curious as to what the frame looks like but I do like the blue glow it gives off.

Ultra Cheap Christmas Tree: OK yes it has a nice pine smell but trying to pass off a car pine air freshener as a Christmas tree is a little extreme. I guess decorating the tree is out. Merry Redneck Christmas!

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Several years ago I was asked to participate in a This Christmas put yourself in the story of Christ. Listen Christmas play. What was unusual about the request was to His voice as He offers true peace and love, not just at that while everyone else was dressed in the traditional Christmas, but throughout the year. costumes that you would see in a Nativity play, I was asked to dress as a biker and be one of three people Merry Christmas following the three wise men coming to seek the baby Always and All Ways in Christ Jesus. The other two were dressed as a soldier and a teenage girl. <*)))>< Rick ‘Preacher’ Saunders Afterwards someone told me how they could never imagine bikers being part of the traditional Christmas story. Well I couldn’t disagree more. I think that bikers can relate to the birth of our Savior more than most people. At PREACHER RICK the very least we can relate to the shepherds in the story. Preacher Rick serves Take a look closer at the story of Jesus’ birth. The Bible as Director of Pastoral Counseling at tells us that there were shepherds in the field that night. First Baptist Church Shepherds were looked down upon by most people. of Woodbridge, VA, They were considered ceremonial unclean and could not and works in IT for Inova Health Sysattend services in the temple. They were believed to be tem. He served as untrustworthy and were forbidden by law to be witnesses Chaplain for Servicein court. Even the Jewish Talmud says “Give no help to town Travel Center the heathen or the shepherd.” Yep, it sure sounds like in Fredericksburg, VA from 2003 until it the people of that day looked at shepherds the way many closed in 2005. He people look at bikers today. is a member of the Yet it was to these shepherds that God chose to make Christian Motorcythe first announcement of the birth of Jesus. He sent clists Association and past-president angels to visit them in the field that night, proclaiming the and chaplain of the birth of the Savior. It was these same men who were the Northern VA Christian Riders CMA Chapter. He is a graduate of first to go visit the Christ child. At the manger they shared Liberty Bible Institute, Andersonville Theological Seminary, and what the angel had told them and everyone wondered at the Institute of Theology and Christian Therapy, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Preacher the things told to them by the shepherds. Rick is married to Teresa Wiley Saunders. They have two adult I shared the similarity of how bikers are viewed in sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. When he is not comparison riding he enjoys writing, and performing as a magician and clown. to shepherds with the young lady who had commented to me that night at the Christmas play and Connect with Us 1 (800) 525-LOVE (5683) she replied Every day, God uses K-LOVE to make a difference in millions of lives. By providing positive saying, “I guess if Jesus was born today God would have music and inspirational stories, K-LOVE helps people draw closer to God. Unlike other radio stations, K-LOVE has a full time ministry team that processes over 100 phone calls a day of reached out to bikers first.” listeners in need of guidance. The pastors and staff at K-LOVE pray for over 1,000 prayer I don’t know if that would exactly be the case, but I know requests every day, and on average, intervene in one suicide case per day. If K-LOVE has impacted your life, it is because generous listeners stepped out on faith to support the ministry that God would indeed reach out to bikers, because He of K-LOVE. We ask that you also take that step of faith and enable us to continue making a positive difference in our world. “ Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools loves us just as much as He loves anyone. and get in trouble. ” (Proverbs 13:20 NLT) Thunder Roads Virginia is a K-LOVE Business
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A little old lady answered a knock on the door one day, to be confronted by a well-dressed young man carrying a vacuum cleaner. ‘Good morning,’ said the young man. ‘If I could take a couple minutes of your time, I would like to demonstrate the very latest in high-powered vacuum cleaners. ‘’Go away!’’ said the old lady. ‘’I’m broke and haven’t got anymoney!’’ and she proceeded to close the door. Quick as a flash, the young man wedged his foot in the door and pushed it wide open...’’Don’t be too hasty!’’ he said. ‘’Not until you have at least seen my demonstration.’’ And with that, he emptied a bucket of horse manure onto her hallway carpet. “Now if this vacuum cleaner does not remove all traces of this horse manure from your carpet, Madam, I will personally eat the remainders.” The old lady stepped back and said, “Well, dumb-ass, let me get you a fork, ‘cause they cut off my electricity this very morning. A biker goes into a cantina in a small Mexican village, throws his dusty saddlebags up on the bar and says, “Amigo, three shots of tequila.” The bartender puts three shots of tequila on the bar, and as fast as he can pour them, the biker drinks ‘em down, fast. “Barkeep, three more shots.” “Senor” says the bartender, “be careful not to get drunk and pass out or Pancho will put you in his wheel barrel; take you out back and have “his way” with you.” As the biker looks over at this little ole’, one eyed, toothless Mexican man sitting at a table, with a wheel barrel beside him against the wall, “Hey!, I said three more shots of tequila.” Again, the bartender pours three more shots of tequila and again as fast as he can pour them, the biker drinks ‘em down. About two hours later the biker wakes up in a wheel barrel being pushed by Pancho, “Hey, where the hell do you think you’re taking me?” “Senor” says Pancho, “I am not taking you anywhere... I am bringing you back!!! Two Kentucky good ole’ boys are sitting on the front porch. One says, “Did you know that elks have sex 10 to 15 times a night?” “Gid-dangit”, says his friend, “and I just joined the friggin’ Lions Club!” End of Year Thoughts……… * I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die. * Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

* I totally take back all those times I put up a fight about taking a nap when I was younger. * There is great need for sarcasm fonts; the “finger”, the “mooning”, the “bite me”, the “suck this”......... * How the hell is anyone besides Martha Stewart supposed to know how to fold a damn fitted sheet? * Map Quest really needs to start their directions on prompt # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my own neighborhood. Also.....an Avoid This Neighborhood prompt would be greatly appreciated. * Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person actually died, right? * Why is it that bad decisions always make for really good stories? * You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you just know that you aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. * Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection...yet again. * I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call. * I totally disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Budweiser than Kay. * I have a very hard time deciphering that fine line between boredom and real hunger. * How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear, understand or really give a damn, about a word they said? * I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters....unite! * Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets stank. Jeans? Jeans seldom get dirty, and you can wear them all week. * Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket or finding their cell phone, but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 2 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time! * Why is it the older you get, the more the movie “The Borrowers”, about how little gremlins take or move your “stuff” around, truly makes so much sense? * The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important to protect. HAPPY HOLIDAYS BIKERS......Ho! Ho! Ho!

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Fuel 201: Ethanol: Good for Bourbon, not for Gasoline
Ethanol is a hydrocarbon (large molecule of carbons bonded with hydrogen) with additional hydroxides (hydrogen and oxygen). This makes it an alcohol. Alcohols make very good solvents in that they dissolve other compounds very well. For use blended in gasoline fuels, ethanol’s extra oxygen helps to oxidize (burn) more completely than normal gasoline fuel blends. This doesn’t mean they make more power or torque, just that they have less residual fuel (hydrocarbons) left unburned after normal combustion. Ethanol is distilled from the sugars in plants. For this reason sugary plants like sugarcane or sugar beets are efficient for ethanol distillation. Even waste products like waste-wood and grasses can be used for efficient ethanol production. Growing less sugar based plants like corn for ethanol production uses more fuel for planting, fertilizing, and harvesting than is actually produced per acre of feed/fuel corn. Yet another bad idea brought to you by ill-informed politicians with the backing of corn-growers and the extreme-green devotees. Not as toxic as the MTBE fuel oxygenate forced on us previously, but just as ill-informed. As a fuel, denatured ethanol requires about 1/3 more fuel than gasoline, and the octane and cooling effect can actually produce a bit more output than pump gasoline blends. When blended with gasoline the octane and cooling effect can allow lower octane base fuels to be used to get to a minimum octane value. But it actually takes approximately 30% ethanol blends in gasoline to be of any performance advantage. At less than this percentage, reduced output and mileage are produced in production engines. Its only value at low percentages is as an oxygenate for cleaner combustion. This is still a poor choice that is based mostly on political issues. Enough of politics, on to the real issue. Ethanol has now been added to Summer gasoline blends in Alabama for several years. It has been mandated by state and federal governments as an oxygenate to reduce exhaust emissions from on-road vehicles. By law, pump gasoline fuels must contain 9% to 10% ethanol in the form of E10 gasoline based fuels. The government and even many manufacturers will tell you that all vehicles produced since the 2001 model year are safe to operate on E10 fuels. They are incorrect, especially when it comes to motorcycles, lawn equipment, and boats. As an oxygenate, ethanol attacks rubber components in the fuel system, causes corrosion to form on aluminum and brass components, and causes rust to form on steel parts - all by the oxidizing of these parts. In the past few years, I have seen more damage to fuel systems in the form of rust, corrosion, damaged rubber components, and fuel pump failures, than I have seen in the previous ten years combined. Carbureted bikes are especially vulnerable to corrosion on brass jets and tubes and forming a green coating (verdigris) in the carburetor bowl(s) and clogging the small passages in the carburetor components. But even fuel injected bikes are having issues if they are stored with E10 in the fuel tank for more than a few weeks. Ethanol is denser than gasoline, and likes to separate from gasoline and settle to the bottom the tank, causing rust to form. The rust forming in the tanks soon clogs fuel filters and prevents them from being able to draw fuel from the tank. Most fuel pumps are not designed to suck due to inlet or pre-filter restriction, or passing debris from rusty tanks. As a result, they soon fail. Even in tanks that are supposedly coated at the factory to prevent this issue, I have seen the coating dissolve and come off in large patches and clog the fuel filter. Then the tank rusts, further enhancing the problem. Unfortunately, the fuel you purchase at the pump may not actually be E10. Fuel tankers generally hold five thousand gallons of fuel, and are divided into five separate sections. Generally when a tanker is filled, 450 to 500 gallons of Ethanol is added to one section and then all sections are topped off with gasoline. When the tanker arrives at the filling station, each section of the tanker is then pumped into a holding tank at the station. Depending on the order that each section of the tanker is pumped into the holding tank, how well it is mixed during filling (not well), and how long the fuel sits in the tank and separates, can all alter how much ethanol is actually in the fuel you are pumping into your vehicle. Premium

fuels sold at stations that do not turn over a large amount of fuel, tends to allow separation of ethanol more than other stations. This can cause even more of this separation issue to occur. Ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning that it likes to absorb water or mixes very easily with water. As a result, it is easy to add water to a sample of gasoline, cause the water to absorb the alcohol, and let us know just how much of the sample of gasoline contains ethanol. In fact, inexpensive test kits are available for just this reason. By performing just such testing over the past few years, I have seen gasoline samples show very little ethanol content, to over 30% ethanol. Not good. How can your engine run safely or consistently when each tank of fuel can vary by a large amount in its density, viscosity, and other characteristics? In two-stroke engines, where oil is mixed with the fuel, we can have a couple of serious issues. First is the ethanol can lean out the fuel mixture causing serious damage. Second is oil separation from the alcohol. Castor bean based oils and a few synthetic oils will blend with both gasoline and ethanol. Mineral based oils will not blend with alcohols. As a result the engine does not get the lubrication required, and the ethanol will cause rust to form on bearings, cranks, and other parts. Then, bad things happen. If you do not know if your oil will work with ethanol oxygenated fuels, put a sample of mixed fuel and oil into a small glass jar and shake well. Then let it set for a few days. If separation occurs, change the fuel or oil you are using. So, as bike owners, what do we do? First off, we do not let Summer gasoline blends with ethanol sit in the tank or carburetor for more than two weeks. If carbureted and the bike will not be ridden for a few weeks, drain the tank and run the bike until the fuel bowls in the carbs are empty. Check your tank for rust from time to time. If rust forms, it must be removed, and the tank coated inside. To remove rust, the safest and best product I have found is Metal Restore. It can be purchased in one or five gallon pails. Simply fill the tank with Metal Restore and allow it to sit for several hours. After which, it can be drained and washed out with water. It must be immediately dried completely or surface rust will form within a few hours. Using acetone to assist in drying the tank completely is a good idea - just watch that it does not get on the paint. Then coating the tank is required. The only tank coating I recommend is RedKote. Applying RedKote is not fun, but when done correctly, it is the best of all coatings that I have used over the years. Metal Restore can be purchased online, or from Summit Racing in Georgia. RedKote is available online, as well as at your local O’Reilly’s auto parts store. The ethanol issues are only going to get worse. As of this writing, the federal government has just approved E15 (50% more ethanol than E10) for pump fuel. And this will be coming to a filling station near you within the next few years. Motorcycles are not designed to run on E15, and if you add it to your tank - even on accident, the manufacturers have stated that they do not plan to build motorcycles to operate on it, and doing so will void all warranties. Air-cooled engines will really be a problem. Get ready for this to become a big issue in the near future. For those interested in purchasing fuel without ethanol, there are a few stations around Alabama where pure gasoline can be purchased - but usually only at unbranded stations. See www.pure-gas.org <http://www.pure-gas.org/> for a filling station listing for each state. Unfortunately, this will not be possible for all riders, or those of us who like to ride across country. The only answer I can give, is do not let fuel containing ethanol sit in your tank for more than a few weeks. Alabama has several fuel-ethanol distilleries on line as of this writing, two of which are based on waste-wood distillation, not the normally used feed-fuel corn distillation. More ethanol is shipped in from out of state distilleries to meet fuel demands. Expect even more ethanol needing to be produced or shipped into Alabama for the E15 demands of the near future. Alcohols like ethanol and methanol can make great fuels for bikes that are actually designed to operate or race on them. But for stock/production bike operation, not so much. Just thinking about this can drive a rider to other uses for ethanol. By Wayne Tripp POWER-TRIPP Performance, Inc. Motorcycle Performance and Tuning www.power-tripp.com


Hey folks…if you ride, you definitely want to read this

Helmet Reform 2013 Support Your Right To Choose

30 of the 50 states in the U.S. have repealed their mandatory helmet laws and have given riders 21 years of age and older, the right to choose whether to wear a helmet or not while riding. Virginia is one of the 20 states that has yet to release the freedom of choice for adult riders. This isn’t about being against wearing a helmet…but against Mandatory Helmet LAWS. Most of you who are registered motorcycle riders don’t have any idea that you have guardian angels…not the kind with wings & a harp. You may not see them but rest assured, they are there for you 365 days out of the year. They are VCOM. VCOM is the only state-based alliance of bikers in Virginia dedicated to defending and promoting all the issues that concern you as a motorcyclist on and off the road – personal liberty, safety, freedom of expression, political recognition, and respect. This mission is a full time job. Many of the improved road conditions and freedoms that you enjoy on the road today are from their hard work throughout each year. Visit vcomonline.org for more info on their efforts. In January 2013, VCOM is heading to Richmond with Future Law, a top notch lobby group, that has been hired to represent Virginia & fight for Helmet Reform for Virginia’s motorcyclists. This is very costly but necessary to take the best shot ever at getting Virginia’s helmet law repealed. VCOM needs your support – It has been suggested that if everyone donates at least $10, that will help tremendously. Businesses, clubs & organizations are encouraged to hold rides or fundraisers to help out. Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group will match all contributions up to $25,000. We know motorcyclists can raise money. We do it all the time for charities. We now need to do it for ourselves. $10 is all it takes to help.

Donations can be made out to the following: Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists PO Box 4851 Richmond, VA 23220
Make sure that you include the contact information of the contributor. Also make sure that you indicate that the money is for helmet reform. VCOM has contributors who do not believe in helmet reform and out of respect we will not use their contributions in this effort.

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 kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

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All American HarleyDavidson * 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 ABW Designs * Andrew Walker 340 East Broadway Ave Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 452-0088 awalker@abwdesigns.us www.abwdesigns.us

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
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven*

Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: outlnd@shentel.net

Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* 295 Bendix Rd., Suite 210 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 627.8900 www.epsteinsandlerandflorapcva.com

1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com


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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 Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: info@clutchbarandgrill.com
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com 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

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Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003

Hillbilly Red’s BBQ 353 E Williamsburg Rd. Sandston, VA 23150 (804) 737-2007 www.hillbillyredsbbq.com HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Hooters of Roanoke* 4627 Williamson Rd Nw Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 362-9464 www.hootersofroanoke.com BIKE NIGHT every Thursday 6pm to 10pm


Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001

Hearth & Home Inn* 3376 Dellwood Road (US Hwy 19) Maggie Valley, NC 28786 (828) 926-1845 www.hearthandhomeinn.com
Virginia Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net PERSONAL SERVICES


Rushing Wind Ministry 29025 Three Notch Rd. Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Gordon Bacon, Preacher (240) 577-0605 bfcgordon@yahoo.com 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

MOTORCYCLE RACES & EVENTS Slades Park Dirt Drag Racing 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 Contact Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or fax (804) 737-0616 POWDER COATING J & J Powder Coating* 2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922

Brooks Optical Inc.- Optical Services & Riding Glasses 5520 B Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 261-0222 Find us on Facebook

Freedom Biker Church of Virginia Beach*
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Blue Knights Teddy Bear Run
Photos by Skibo Adams – HOG Wild Photography

Congratulations Ray & Erika!
Wedding Day – Oct 13th, 2012


Motorcycle Lobby Day 2013
It is that time of year again. The Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists and Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law group would like to invite all interested motorcyclists to attend this year’s Motorcycle Lobby Day. This year it will be held on Monday January 21, 2013. This is a holiday, so many people are off. That morning, we motorcyclists will go to the Virginia General Assembly to speak with our Delegates and Senators about upcoming legislation that affects motorcyclists in Virginia. On Sunday January 20, from 1:00 p.m. until we get through, Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists will lead an informational meeting at the Wyndham Richmond Airport Hotel, 4700 S. Laburnum Avenue Richmond, VA 23231 to discuss this year’s legislation affecting motorcyclists. We will also discuss how to talk to your legislators about these issues in case you have never done that. Later that evening, attendees will enjoy a free homemade BBQ dinner made by Stewart Newton and provided by several Virginia motorcycle rights organizations including ABATE of Virginia and the Virginia Bikers Association. On Monday 21st, we leave the Wyndham at 8:00 a.m. sharp for our annual trip to the Capitol. After lobbying our legislators, we will attend the opening of the House of Delegates daily session and be recognized from the floor. Afterwards, Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group will take everyone to Penny Lane Pub for lunch as a thank you for coming to support Virginia Motorcyclists. This year we are expecting several bills of interest to Virginia motorcyclists. It appears that the DMV will have a bill restructuring Virginia’s motorcycle licensing structure and procedure. At first it seemed that the bill would create one endorsement for two-wheeled motorcycles, one for three-wheeled motorcycles and one that would allow for the operation of both. However it now appears that the DMV may alter that and we are awaiting further notice before taking a position on that legislation. We also know that Delegate Ben Cline is introducing a bill to modify Virginia’s motorcycle helmet statute to allow those 21 years of age and older to decide whether or not to wear a motorcycle helmet. Currently Virginia is one of 19 states that have a mandatory helmet law for all riders. The other 31 states either allow adults to make their own choice on the issue or simply have no law at all. As always, there will be numerous bills submitted at the last minute which will affect motorcycling. We check newly filed bills daily so that as these bills are filed we can identify bills which are of interest to motorcyclists. We will discuss these bills at lobby day so that we can convince the legislators why they should or should not become law. I encourage everyone who can to join us. It is a lot of fun, it is educational, and most importantly it shows the legislators that motorcyclists are a significant and active section of the electorate.

For more information you can call VCOM at (800) 4379434. For Room Reservations call (804)226-4300 and ask for a VCOM room. Rooms are $79.00 per night. If you know you can make it feel free to visit Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle law Group Facebook page at https://www.facebook. com/events/443449165714523/?fref=ts and let us know you are coming. I hope to see you there. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com


In the majority of the country, once October hits the riding season is over. The bike is prepared to hibernate, covered in the garage to wait for the warmer days of spring. The leathers and riding gear get packed away and bikers have to find something else to do. However, in southern states and parts of the southwest, it’s much different. There are days even in the dead of winter that are perfect to ride. Even on cooler days, when the sun is shining and with a few extra layers, fall and winter days are made to ride, enjoy good friends and food and welcome in the holidays. Today I am going to talk about cold weather riding and what you need to wear if you are a new or novice rider. I am going to go off of the premise that you do not have leathers and I am going to dress you using simple inexpensive items readily available or things you may all ready have in your wardrobe. It is imperative that you keep the core of your body warm. If this part of you gets cold, you are going to be miserable. Start with either a long sleeve thermal made with a thinsulate or similar material or a cammie made from rayon/nylon material as a foundation, follow that with a long sleeve shirt. Try to stick with man-made fabrics or blends, as they are warmer than natural materials, such as cotton which breathe and hold moisture. If you have a leather jacket great, otherwise a hoodie lined in fleece or quilted nylon, will work as your top layer. Make sure you have a scarf; it has been a major life saver for me on cold rides. Without the scarf even in the best gear, wind will go right down the back of your neck making all the layers useless. For the bottom half of your body, choose a pair of nylon tights to wear under your jeans or thermals made from thinsulate or similar fabric. These products are easily worn under denim and are widely available. If you have a pair of knee-high boots this will give you further protection from the cold as well. Wearing a bandanna or snug beanie on your head will do more than keep you from having helmet hair; it will hold in the body warmth that escapes from your head and keep your ears warm. Protecting your Face There are many different masks on the market made just for cold weather riding; personally I have chosen to stick with the old school bandanna. Don’t ride without something protecting your face and ears in the harsh elements, it just isn’t pretty. I would skip wearing gloves before I would skip covering my face. Yes, it is that important. Gloves Make sure to cover your hands. I have several pairs of gloves. The newest pair I picked up at a little biker gear shop in Las Vegas for 16.95. They do the job, the price

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was right, and they look great. If you are a novice rider and don’t have time to get out to buy a pair, leather driving gloves will do in a pinch.

Riding Leathers Leathers come in a vast array of styles, colors and price points. If you have fallen in love with riding and this is something you are going to do a lot of, leathers are a must have. I buy from Leatherup.com. I find they have a great selection and exchanges are very simple. They have a super accurate size guide that you must use. I wear a size 4 in jeans and purchased the same size leathers. They run very small and I had to return them and go all the way up to a size 8. But the return was simple and fast, no hassle. The new size fit perfect, and I love them, and they were a steal at $60.00 bucks. Bandannas I purchase my bandannas from Wal-Mart. The ladies section has a variety of colors to choose for $1.00 each. However, I purchase the ones in a package from the men’s department just because I prefer the design and they are a softer material. I may add one more layer to all of this if it is a super cold day and I have to ride for a scheduled event. Remember these layers can easily come off if the day warms up. Also keep in mind this is to ride in the best cool conditions of Southern California where the outdoor temps may be between 65 and 75 degrees. Always check the weather conditions for the areas you will be riding in and prepare accordingly. Riding is no fun if you are uncomfortable, so stay warm and keep the shiny side up!

Darla Ready for a Cool Weather Ride

K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka “MaMa Thunder” of Thunder Roads Tennessee

CHRISTMAS SIDE DISH: BACON & 5 CHEESE MASHED CAULIFLOWER 3 Bags of Frozen Cauliflower; (try to get Florets Only If Grocery Has) 1- Cup Parmesan Cheese (off the block kind, not the powdered kind) 1 Cup Shredded Colby-Monterey Jack Cheese 1 Cup Feta Cheese 1 Cup Cheddar or Swiss Cheese (your preference) 1 Cup Gouda Cheese, American or Velveta (your preference) Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 Pound of Hickory Smoked Bacon; cooked crisp & rough chopped 1 level tsp. of Ground Nutmeg 1 level tsp. of Garlic Powder 1/2 stick of butter 1 Cup of Panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 1/2 tsp. of steak rub or seasoning Cook cauliflower to package directions in microwave. Put out onto paper towels to absorb liquid. Then put all in a large mixing bowl; add all the ingredients except the bacon and mash them down until you have the consistency you want; chunky or smooth. Then place in pre-greased 13 x 9 baking dish, spread out evenly and top evenly with Panko. Your cauliflower is already cooked so you’re essentially just getting the cheese melted down, hot & blended. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, remove, sprinkle entire top with chopped bacon bits. This is so delicious and so different, you’ll love it! CHRISTMAS ELVES MUSHROOM LOVER’S DELIGHT 1 Large Skillet 1 Package-Box of Pre-Sliced White Mushrooms 1 Package-Box of Pre-Sliced Portobello Mushrooms 1 Equivolent to Package-Box of Shitake Mushrooms; Remove Stems Saute’ in Olive Oil one mushroom type at a time. Do not crowd the pan or all you’ll get is a panful of water-downed,

droopy shrooms. But after you’ve sautéed one style down, remove and place in a lovely serving dish. Once all mushrooms have been sautéed, add 2 Tbls. each of Basil, Oregano, Rosemary. & Balsamic Vinegar. Salt & Pepper to taste and gently mix them all together. If you love mushrooms like I do, this is your shroom dream come true. Delicioso’ THE PERFECT PRESENT...A CINNAMON & SUGAR DUSTED LEMON-APPLE BUNDT CAKE W/ EXTRA DRIZZLED ORANGE ICING 1 Pkg. of Premium Lemon Cake Mix 3 Tbls. of Sugar or Splenda 3 Tbls. of Cinnamon 3 Tbls. of Orange Peel Seasoning 1/2 Cup of Orange Juice (no pulp) 1 Can of Your Favorite Apple Pie Filling Brand (I prefer Lucky Leaf, but it’s your choice) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take your Bundt cake pan and grease w/ spray butter. Mix your sugar, cinnamon and orange peel in a small bowl and roll your Bundt pan on its’ side as you sprinkle in your mixture. Be sure and coat all sides and bottom as good as possible. Make up another batch for when you remove from oven. Make your cake as instructed, but add in the 1/2 cup of orange juice and the whole can of sliced apples and blend gently, all together. Pour mix into Bundt cake pan and bake for 55 mins. Do the toothpick test and insert toothpick directly in center of cake and if it comes out clean, it’s done. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes while you whip up Orange Drizzle: In a medium bowl beat up 2 cups of powdered sugar and 4 Tbls. of orange juice. Beat up until you reach a “drizzle” consistency, not too stiff, not too runny. Invert your Bundt cake onto a beautiful serving cake platter and while it’s still hot, drizzle the icing all over it. Let it dry for say 30 seconds and then do a 2nd drizzling. This is phenomenal with premium quality homemade style pure vanilla ice-cream. Perfection! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO OUR BIKER FRIENDS & FAMILIES. WE SEND GOOD CHEER, LOVE & JOY TO ONE AND ALL.


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Motorcycle Fatalities Down on Virginia Roadways
November 3, 2012 Preliminary Data released by the Virginia Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) shows that motorcycle fatalities for 2012 are down by 17.86% as compared to motorcycle fatalities for 2011 at this same time last year. As of October 31, 2012 there have been 69 motorcycle fatalities in Virginia. As of October 31, 2011 there were 84. This is very good news for Virginia Motorcyclists. By contrast, fatalities involving car occupants has increased by 3.11 % while fatalities involving bicyclists have increased by 33.33%. While occupants of pickup trucks, vans and SUVs also saw decreases in fatalities, those decreases were not as large as the decrease in motorcycle related fatalities. While even a single motorcycle fatality is one too many, we all understand that fatal crashes are a risk taken by every person who uses the public roadways regardless of the type of vehicle used or occupied. We also understand that from year to year there will be a natural rise and fall in these numbers that are beyond human control. For instance, some years will have more days that are conducive to motorcycle riding than others. We would naturally expect to see a rise in fatalities during such years simply because there are more motorcycles on the roadways. That being said, a drop in motorcycle fatalities is good news for motorcyclists on two levels. The first and most important is that fewer of our brothers and sisters are dying. That is good news for us and our loved ones. The second is that when fatalities drop our state government is less likely to use its legislative power to attempt to protect us. As we are only two months away from the Virginia General Assembly’s 2013 session we should all

be sensitive to that. Many of you remember the bill a few years ago that would have prevented motorcycles from using certain bridges when the weather forecast called for high winds. That legislation was the result of a single motorcycle fatality. Luckily the bill was ultimately withdrawn by the patron after sitting down with motorcyclists who were able to explain that high winds had not been a problem, and that motorcyclists do a very good job of determining when, and when not to use certain routes depending upon conditions and their own riding skills and experience. The Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists has long taken the position that education is the single most effective measure to prevent motorcycle fatalities. That means both rider education and awareness education. We are lucky in Virginia. We have a very strong rider education program, and a driver’s education system that makes motorcycle awareness part of its curriculum. I think that I speak for all Virginia Motorcyclists when I say that I hope that we continue to see a decline in not only motorcycle fatalities but crashes as a whole. Let’s each do our part to help that happen. If you know a rider who has not yet taken a rider education course, encourage them to do so. If it has been a while since you have taken one yourself, consider doing it. The worst thing that could happen is that you will have spent a weekend riding and brushing up on your skills. The best thing that could happen is that you could be Virginia’s next non-statistic. As always, if you have any questions concerning the information in this article or on any other matter please feel free to contact me at 1-800-321-8968 or email me at matt@ motorcyclelawgroup.com. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968

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For many motorcyclists across the country, the end of fall marks a crucial maintenance time for their cycles. Some fortunate riders enjoy year round suitable cycling climate. If you are not one of the fortunate, you need to follow a few important steps to protect your cycle over the winter months ahead. The following steps are helpful guidelines to assist you in winterizing your motorcycle to assure come spring, you can get back on the road with little trouble. Gather up the tools necessary for winterizing your bike. You will need, cleaning cloths, spark plug wrench, a trickle battery charger, four or five quarts of high quality oil, new oil filter, oil can or device to get oil in the cylinders, chain lube (if you have a chain drive), fuel stabilizer, spray can of WD40, a breathable motorcycle cover, kitchen plastic wrap, rubber bands, vinyl or plastic gloves, items to clean and wax your bike. Lastly a nice location for the bike to spend the winter, a heated secure garage would be ideal. Avoid wind, dripping water, vermin, mildew, and chemical fumes. Give your bike a thorough cleaning. A gentle wash detergent and water will suffice. By removing road grime and insects you will protect the finish of the bike. Avoid spraying water directly into the opening of the muffler. If baffles get wet and are not dried prior storage, internal rust could result. Likewise avoid moisture in the air cleaner housing. If the housing becomes saturated, it could act as a choke, making cycle difficult to start. Dry completely with a good chamois. Clean and polish all aluminum and stainless surfaces with the appropriate metal polish. Finally finish up with a coat of good wax polish on all painted and chrome surfaces. Clean the chain (if you have one). Spray off all the built up residues with WD40. Lube the chain. Add a fuel stabilizer to the gas tank. Fill your tank with gas as full as it can go. This is very important. As fuel ages, more volatile components tend to change, leaving sludge and gummy substances that can affect the carburetor. Run the bike so the gas and fuel stabilizer get to the carburetor and fuel injectors. then turn off the fuel and run it dry. If you have a carburetor, drain your float bowls. Shut off the gas petcock and drain the gas from the carburetor bowls. Consult your manual for location of drain screws. Of course if you have a fuel-injected bike, there isn’t anything to drain. Once the engine is warm, you can change the oil and filter. Oil chemistry changes over periods of extended storage. Old oil can develop acidic qualities, which can corrode engine parts. Using an oil-squirting device, put oil over the stationary tubes on the front forks. Get on the bike, hold the front brake and bounce the bike up and down to work the front suspension. This will keep the rubber seals from drying out and protect the exposed fork tubes. Remove spark plug wires, and carefully with a spark plug wrench remove the plugs. With your oil-squirting device, get some motor oil in the cylinders. Approximately one teaspoon of oil will work well. Tuck the plug wires away somewhere safe so they do not arc, then spin the motor with the starter for a few revolutions to get the oil spread around. Remember to keep your face away from the spark plug holes. Oil will squirt out! Clean and gap the plugs and put them back in. Replace plug wires. You may want to remove the battery. Some batteries may require charging every four weeks with a “Battery Tender” type of charger. Built up sulfates on the plates can ruin a battery during cold storage and inactivity. A thin coat of Vaseline to the terminals on the battery can prevent corrosion. This small step will mean an easier spring start up and no extra cost of battery replacement. If your bike has a liquid cooling system, check it’s level of anti-freeze with a hygrometer. Drain, flush and replace antifreeze if necessary. We suggest this replacement be done every two years. Do not leave the antifreeze level low or empty, this could lead to rust or corrosion of the cooling system. Check all other fluid levels at this time. Lube your cables. Lube suspension and pivot points. Lube the drive shaft (if you have one). Check the air cleaner and the fuel filter. Look at brake pads. Give your bike a good once over. Clean and treat all leather with a high quality dressing If your storage location is bare concrete, we suggest using a piece of plywood, MDF, or old thick carpet. This will insulate the bike from becoming damp. We also suggest storing your bike with all the weight removed from the wheels. A bike stand or some blocking works if you have a wheeled lift. A center stand and some blocking will work too. Do not store your bike near any ozone emitting devices, such as motors, freezers, furnaces or electric heaters. The gasses created by the above will deteriorate rubber parts. With a clean cloth, wipe good quality light machine oil over all the metal surfaces, except the disc brakes. Spray a little WD40 in the tail pipe(s). Cover your tail pipe opening and the air intake with plastic wrap and a rubber band. You can also cover drain hoses as well. This will prevent any opportunistic pests from making a cozy winter home in your bike. Do not run the engine for short periods of time over the storage period, this can lead to condensation due to engine and combustion byproducts in the oil. By following the above steps you will protect your bike over months of nonuse. When more favorable weather arrives, simply remove the shield or storage cover, check tire pressure, give bike a good wash, install battery if applicable, remove plastic cover, give it a good tune up, and you are ready to hit the road. Safe Riding!

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