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May 2009 / Vol.

03 FR
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Magazine
For Southwest Florida’s Motorcycle Community

Dealer Spotlight! Centerfold


Events Listing
Shell Factory Motorcycle Rally!
Lani Kai Bike Night! Much more inside!

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Friday, May 29 4pm -10pm • Saturday, May 30 11am • Sunday, May 31 10am - 3pm
Great Event with Vendors, Entertainment, Games, Prizes and More!
ABATE of Florida - SW Chapter
Proudly presents:
Sunday 10am-3pm MSAP (Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Program).
Sunday POKER RUN Registration at 10am, Last Bike in at 3pm.
$10 per Hand
Motorcycle Friendly Hotels
Both Beautifully Remodeled
Prizes for Highest and Lowest Hands.
With Special Rates! Ride Begins and Ends at:
Best Western Waterfront
Fort Myers $69
THE SHELL FACTORY & NATURE PARK!
(239) 997-5511 or (800) 274-5511 2787 N. Tamiami Trail
Holiday Inn Downtown
Historic District $69
North Fort Myers, FL 33903
(239) 332-3232 or (800) Holiday Contact Info.
Donna (239) 995-2141 ext. 145
Bring a stuffed animal, they
will be given to the Sheriff’s
donna@shellfactory.com
Department for Children in
trauma situations. Proceeds Benefit The Nature Park
Environmental Education Foundation
Publisher
InTown Rider Publishing©
Dealer Spotlight
Writer/Editor/Co-Owner
Everglades Service & Motorcycles....... 28
Taylor Musburger
Rides/Routes Graphic Design/Sales/Co-Owner
Three Oaks Parkway..............................6 CJ
Rider Organizations Sales / Distribution Collier County
Messiah’s Messengers ........................4-5 Billybob Macrides
Alternative MC ....................................7
Web
Past Events Taylor Musburger
Cape Coral Bike Night .......................8-9 Contributing Writers
6th HOG Easter Bunny Toy Run ... 11-13 Mike “Tigger” Sergerys
Naples Bike Night .............................. 14 Billybob Macrides
Everblades Motorcycle Expo ............... 14 Ron Cox
Hard Rock Casino Biker Bash ........ 22-23 Event Centerspread Provided by:
Harley for Her “Garage Party”........ 24-25 www.splittinthebreeze.com
Hooter & Scooters......................... 26-27 We like to thank all of the
Event Listings Advertisers who helped us make this happen.
May Month of Events .................... 16-19 Distribution: Let us know if you can’t find
Shell Factory, Swamp Fest .....................2 InTown Rider in your favorite establishment.
BeSeenAtNight, Bike Night ................ 10
Lani Kai, Bike Night ........................... 30
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Informative Information 239.334.1620
Stuck at The Light.......................... 20-21 Mission Statement
Stay Alive Just Drive ........................... 29 In-Town Rider, a new print & online
magazine dedicated to the Southwest
Advertisers Florida Motorcycling community. Our
Gulf Coast Motorcycles ........................2 mission is to inform those who ride about:
Shell Factory & Nature Park .................2 • Events, weekly, monthly, annually, and
one time events.
“Purr”formance Motorsports .............. 10
• Riding Groups & Associations
Wise Choice ....................................... 10 • Destinations
Victory Lane Motorcycle..................... 15 • Local People of Interest
South Side Bar & Grill ....................... 15 • Great Rides with routes outlined & biker
friendly establishments.
Fashion & Sport Sunglasses ................ 19
Everglades Motorcycle Service ............ 19 When you think about it, we live in one
of those “destinations.” We are here
Lani Kai Island Resort ........................ 30
and feel the freedom and the need to
Spokes and Power ............................... 31 explore this amazing area we call home.
Biker Premium .................................. 31 Along the way; we travel some beautiful
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and meet amazing people. We’ll help
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Messiah’s Messengers

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Messiah’s Messengers
S ometimes, things are born for the most
unusual reasons. Have you ever been told
by a church pastor that you could no longer
Tom and Kathy host a Biker Bible Café in
their home, on the first Friday evening of every
other month. They spend one hour relating
wear jeans in your own church? And, this is motorcycle stories and riding principles to
after you arrived on your motorcycle? Well, God’s Word. Then, they have desserts and
this is a little of how Messiah’s Messengers fellowship. Scott and Sue host a Biker’s
was started. Home Gathering in their home every month.
Founder and Director, “Pastor Tom” Many bikers who wouldn’t walk into the “four
Provenzano has been riding motorcycles since walls” of a church, have no problem visiting
his teens. He and his wife, Kathy bought their in the warm atmosphere of their homes.
first motorcycle together in 1976 and began Messiah’s Messengers spend almost every
their Christian motorcycle riding experience weekend supporting runs/events of many
as charter members of the Sarasota Christian motorcycling organizations. Sometimes,
Cycle Club. Tom described it as a “ride-to-eat” it involves bike blessings, praying and/or
Christian fellowship club. “It was fun. It was giving invocations. Messiah’s Messengers
a start.” officiate at many weddings and funerals for
In 1999, Tom and Kathy bought a used the motorcycling community. During a two
motorcycle. While they were searching for year period, Tom officiated at more funerals
that bike in the motorcycle shops, they found than preaching in his home church. Tom
a flyer posted for a Christian motorcycle says, “It was one of the most heart-wrenching
association. A new chapter was forming in periods of my life.” Tom is the Chaplain for
neighboring county and Tom became their first two ABATE Chapters. He writes articles
Road Captain. With what they felt was a clear for ABATE newsletters in addition as a
calling to minister to bikers in Lee County, guest writer in other publications. Messiah’s
they left the Naples chapter and started a Messengers spend countless hours with the
motorcycle ministry in the church they were members in prayer counseling and/or visiting
members of. At first, things went well. Tom bikers in the hospitals. Many hours have been
and Kathy sponsored the first Lee County spent by Messengers in the emergency rooms
Church Crash. It was done in conjunction and/or the trauma unit, after bikers have been
with the church and the Christian motorcycle involved in accidents.
ministry they originally started with. A few Fort Myers Foursquare Church and its
years later, they were told they could no longer Messiah’s Messengers members put on the
wear blue jeans in the church building. Lee County Church Crash, the last Sunday
In 2003, Tom called his friend and fellow of every January. While there, you will hear
biker, Scott “Road Rabbi” Blink, whom he a message, eat great food, participate in the
hadn’t seen in a number of months. With Slow Race Championship of the Universe
the past experience and lots of prayer, he laid or trike games, and have your bike judged in
out the vision for a new motorcycle ministry. the “Nice Bike” show. January 2009 was its
Scott and his wife, Sue invited Tom and Kathy 10th year. Messengers are active members of
over for a Memorial Day Bar-B-Q at their Meeting of the Minds, where 20+ motorcycle
home. Scott had become the Senior Pastor organizations meet every other month to help
of Fort Myers Foursquare Church. Tom and schedule events to prevent overlap.
Kathy entered the Blink’s home to greet the Within the last year, Messiah’s Messengers
entire congregation. Messiah’s Messengers has expanded its outreach with Scott and Sue
Motorcycle Ministry was born! In that same visiting inmates in prisons.
year, Tom became a licensed Foursquare Website; www.messiahsmessengers.org
Minister. Email; tprovenz@comcast.net
Phone: 239-267-8641
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Three Oaks Parkway
Imperial Parkway
Livingston Road
(25 miles/50 minutes)

Heading north or south in Southwest Florida can be a little


harrowing. Heck, riding at all at times can be downright dangerous.
But for a while now, I have been traveling between Lee and Collier
Counties via the scenic and very bike friendly corridor of Three Oaks
Parkway/Imperial Parkway/Livingston Road.
Starting in the north at Alico Road and finishing in the south at
Radio Road, this corridor sidesteps I-75 with its rollovers and US 41
with its stoplights with a ride that at times, makes you think you might
be in the country. There are a few stoplights along this route, but nothing
like the string of Christmas lights strung along 41. Car traffic, I have
found, has been light and disperses quick enough.
Extending your ride in the northern part can be done by heading east to
Ben Hill Griffen Parkway/Treeline Avenue that runs from Corkscrew
Road to Colonial Boulevard. In the southern part, you can head west
to Airport Pulling Road or make your way east to Collier Boulevard
which will take you to the Tamiami Trail and all the way down to Marco
Island.
Many motorcycle establishments are located very near to this
corridor. Victory Motorcycles, Florida Motorsports of Naples, Harley-
Davidson of Naples, and Gulf Coast Motorcycles lie quite close with
Everglades Motorcycle Service, Sun Sports Cycle & Watercraft, and
Harley-Davidson of Fort Myers on the extended routes.
So, next time you need to travel cross-county and want to avoid the
usual rush and stumble, consider this in-town corridor with its sweeping
turns, lush vegetation, and even changes in elevation (hills!)

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Alternative MC

W e recently had the pleasure of being involved with the Pat “MaMa Sez” Eakes Memorial
Poker Run for Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT,) Inc. and were formally introduced
to members of the Charlotte County Chapter of the Alternative MC.
Speaking with Chapter President, Hoop, we got some background on this particular Motorcycle
Club. A clean and sober national MC, the Alternative MC has seven chapters in Florida.
Nationally founded in 1994, the Charlotte County Chapter is in its fifth year. The MC is
recovering alcoholics and drug addicts in a 12 step program, “12 Steps On 2 Wheels.”
“Alternative MC gives a guy an opportunity to enjoy something a lot of us gave up while using,”
says Hoop. “Getting clean and sober and being able to ride motorcycles and carry the message
of recovery in our travels is a blessing most of us thought would never happen.”
From the national website, “We take great pride in keeping the integrity of our Club just that.
If you drink or use that’s your business, if you want to stop and can’t then it’s ours.” “Alternative
MC is a family oriented Club that has fun riding and is proud of being clean and sober. We feel
we have something worthwhile to offer any clean and sober rider.”
Nationally and locally, the members of the Alternative MC do a lot of community benefits,
including being a large force of the Pat “MaMa Sez” Eakes Memorial Run and putting on a
program in Cape Coral aimed at teenagers to educate them in the dangers of drug use.
We wish to thank the Charlotte County Chapter of Alternative MC and their President, Hoop,
for their time and sharing with us a part of their story. We look forward to riding with them in
the future. Website: www.AlternativeMC.com
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t the close of this season’s Cape Coral Bike Nights, we saw an
A incredible turnout of bikes and their riders. New and old friends
waved us over to show their new chrome and wares. With good music,
food, memories, and a heck of a lot of photos, we left Southeast 47th
Terrace’s bike rich atmosphere until next fall.

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6th Annual HOG Easter
Bunny Toy Run
I n what has become a tradition around
SouthWest Florida, the Saturday before
Easter Sunday is known as the time for
Kelly Cowan, Child Life Specialist
spoke on behalf of the hospital and was
overwhelmed at the show of support
the annual Easter Bunny Toy Run. The from the motorcycling community. All
run is hosted by the SWFL Chapter of four TV networks had camera crews on
the Harley Owners Group (HOG). hand to document the event which was
Blessed with a great weather forecast, more aired on later news programs.
than 700 riders and friends assembled at Slowly the bikers returned to their
Harley-Davidson of Ft. Myers for the bikes and ambled on over to Jimmy’s
17-mile police escorted ride to Children’s Pink Cadillac for the free BBQ and
Hospital at HealthPark. The ridership entertainment provided by the restaurant.
represents a more than 200 rider increase Jimmy’s has long been a biker friendly
compared to last year’s number. establishment and has hosted many, many
Precisely at 11am led by The Easter Bunny events.
himself (Ride Chairman Jack Fenwick) While the 7th Annual Easter Bunny Toy
the police escort from Ft. Myers PD, the Run is a year away organizers are already
Lee County Sheriff ’s Department and wondering how they’re going to top this
the Florida Highway Patrol set off to one.
deliver the toys, boxed games and arts/ Story by Ron Cox
crafts supplies to the young patients.
As the gathering outside of the ambulatory
youngsters waited for the Bunny’s arrival,
anticipation was growing. When the low
rumble of distant motorcycles grew louder,
the children’s excitement grew and grew
until the great furry creature appeared on
his Harley. All of the double column of
motorcyclists rode past the children, some
revving their motors, adding thunder and
more excitement to the occasion.
Once inside, the Ultra Classic crate,
decorated to look like an Easter basket,
started to fill with gifts from the bikers.
In short order the basket was overflowing
and the seams were stretched to the limit.
Wiser heads prevailed and the last of the
toys were placed in front of the basket.
The Easter Bunny had his own basket of
beanie baby like toys to hand out to the
children and posed for picture after picture
so parents could save the memory.

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HOG Easter Bunny Toy Poker Run
Organized by Southwest Chapter of HOG

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y B i ke Night
Thursda pm
South Side Bar & Grill Beer Bucket
Domestic 5 for $11
3522 S. Del Prado Blvd.
6-10
Import 5 for $14
Cape Coral, FL 60 oz. Pitcher $8

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Event information Provided by “Splittin’ The Breeze”. We’ll
always do our best to get you the most current information on what’s happening in our area,
but you may want to check out the Splittin’ the Breeze Online Events Calendar and the local
area weather link so you’ll always “Know before you go!” www.SplittinTheBreeze.com.

S ing ular E vents May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month!


May 1st May 9th
rd
•3 Annual International Female Ride Day. •Meeting of the Minds Noon Harley-
OK ladies, it’s your day. So call your girlfriends, Davidson of Ft. Myers. All Welcome!
get on them scoots and get out there and ride! •Lani Kai Bike Night Party 6pm-2am Lani
I’ll bet over half of you didn’t even know there Kai on Ft. Myers Beach. Live Bands, Drink
was a day dedicated just to you female riders. Specials, Pig Roast, Discounted Room Rates,
Now go get some wind in your face and have & plenty of Motorcycle Parking. Come early
a GREAT DAY! and stay late. Contact 239-463-3111
•Estero River Chap. ABATE Crusin’ for a Cure •Punta Gorda Bike Night 4-10pm Punta
6pm Riverside Park, Bonita Springs. KSU at Gorda. Food, entertainment, vendors, and a
6:30pm. $5 per person, proceeds will go to whole lot more. Contact 941-916-0168
benefit the American Cancer Society. Contact
Michelle at 239-440-7258. May 10th
May 1st – 3rd •Mother’s Day FREE Hog Roast 1pm-? Ali
Gators on Colonial in Ft. Myers. Vendors,
•23rd Annual Mash Bash KOA Campground games, music, prizes, and raffles. Contact
at 1700 Barefoot Williams Rd., Naples. 239-218-7428
Camping, live entertainment, vendors,
contests, food, and a whole lot more! Contact May 15th
Russ at 762-245-8406 •Peace River ABATE Run-a-Muck Weekend
May 2nd Come out for a weekend of fun, camping, live
entertainment, and relaxation.
•No Boys Allowed Poker Run 2pm at Black
May 16th
Widow Harley-Davidson/Buell (2224 El
Jobean Rd., Port Charlotte.) KSU at 3pm. •Everglades Motorcycle Service Free Lunch
Poker hands are $1 each with no limit. Winner 11am-2pm. Call Michelle or Lynn at 239-649-
Takes All! Contact Marion at 941-883-8000 4362.
or info@blackwidowh-d.com. •Fort Myers Bike Night 6-10pm Last of
•AMVETS Annual Fundraiser 11am-5pm the downtown Ft. Myers Bike Nights for the
7050 Chancellor Blvd. North Port. Proceeds season
to benefit the Douglas T. Jacobson Veterans May 17th
Nursing Home. Contact Tom at 941-268-8659
•6th Annual Pete Renner Poker Rally &
•F.O.P. Poker Run 9am Harley-Davidson of Block Party for Hannah 11am-6pm at
Naples. Collier Deputies Lodge 14. $20/bike SunSports Cycle Complex in Ft. Myers on
Proceeds to benefit National Law Enforcement Colonial Blvd. Contact 239-745-1949.
Officers Memorial Fund. Contact 239-776-5154 May 20th
•Hooters Swimsuit Finals At 7:00pm •Ride to the Wall in Washington D.C.
Hooters in Naples. The Hooters girls will be Rolling Thunder Chapter 10 invites you to
going for it all in their swimsuit finals ride along with us to Washington D.C. for the
May 3rd Memorial Day events and Rolling Thunder
•Golden Gate Titans Poker Run 9am Golden ride from the Pentagon to D.C. For more
Gate High School. $25/vehicle-2 hands. T- info, contact Bob at ajbmaint@comcast.net.
Shirt & Breakfast included. Proceeds go May 22nd – 24th
towards Swimming and Wrestling Programs •Pearl Jam Memorial Block Party Pearl
May 5th Lounge, Cape Coral. Fri. 4pm-2am •Battle of
•Hog-0 de Mayo Party Harley-Davidson of the Bands, Taste of the Town. Sat. 11am-2am
Naples invites you to their annual celebration Taste of the Town. 11am-Midnight Biker
at the dealership. Bash. Contact 239-770-6416

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May 23rd ticket. We are located in the St. Andrews Square
•100 Days of Summer Extravaganza in Suite 205 on the Tamiami Trail in East Naples.
11am-3pm Black Widow H-D/Buell (2224 For more information call 239-417-2939
El Jobean Rd. Port Charlotte.) Live music, Wednesdays
food, ice cold refreshments, lots of vendors, •Tiki Bar Café Cindy, owner of The Tiki Bar
shopping specials, and a Day of Fun followed Café in Bonita Springs, would like to invite
by a Free Mystery Ride leaving promptly at you to come up for her Wednesday night
3pm. Contact Marion at 941-883-8000 or Bike Night. Located at 4131 Bonita Beach
info@blackwidowh-d.com. Rd., you’ll find this to be a great destination
•Gulf Coast Town Center Bike Night whether you are coming from the North of up
6-10pm Gulf Coast Town Center. Contact from the South
239-357-2790 •Victory Lane Café It’s Bike Night every
May 24th Wednesday at Victory Lane, located at 4150
th
•Lost Souls 9 Anniversary Party 11:30am Hancock Bridge Parkway in North Ft. Myers.
Willie’s, Port Charlotte. Poker Run ending Everyone’s invited to enjoy the beer and wing
at Brewski’s in North Port. All proceeds to specials.
benefit the Lost Souls Scholarship Fund. •Hurricane Grill and Wings 6-10pm,
Contact Swamp Rat at 941-626-1889 Naples. Sport Bike Night. Join your friends
May 25th for an evening of good times, food, and live
•Memorial Day Ride Safe and remember entertainment
those who have fought and fight for your •Arizona Pizza Bike Night 6:30pm 547 Pine
freedom every day. Island Rd. N. Ft. Myers. Ronin RC to benefit
•Freedom Eagles Memorial Day Ride 9am the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies
Harley Davidson of Naples. A ride to pay •Iron Rhino Bike Night Come join your
tribute to all veterans of war and conflicts. friends at the Iron Rhino and enjoy some great
We will be going to the Naples Memorial food. Located at the corner of US 41 and SR
Gardens where the music will start at 9:30 and 92 in south Naples. You’ll always be welcome
proceedings will begin at 10. Bring a blanket because we’re not just biker friendly… we’re
or something to sit on. For more information biker owned and operated!
call Fran at 239-572-2488 Thursdays
May 29th – 31st •Hooters Bike Night Hooters would like to
•Swamp Fest Motorcycle Rally 4-10pm invite you to come out for their Bike Night on
Friday, 11am Saturday, 10am-3pm Sunday Thursday evening from 7pm till close! Located
Shell Factory, North Ft. Myers. Vendors at 1360 Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, they
Entertainment, Games, Prizes, & More! Sunday have beer specials and a DJ playing between
Poker Run and Motorcycle Safety & Awareness 7 and 10pm.
Program brought to you by Southwest Chapter •Good Times Sports Bar and Grill Bike
ABATE. Bears for Bears. Hotel Specials. Night Tammy and the staff at Good Times
Contact Donna at 239-995-2141 ext. 145 or Sports Bar and Grill invite you to hop on that
donna@shellfactory.com scoot of yours and ride on out for their Bike
May 30th Night starting at 6:30pm. Biker Only special
pricing till 9:30pm and live entertainment as
•Harley Davidson Charity Bike Wash am
well as some other great specials. Located at
Naples Harley-Davidson. Local groups in a
700 Leeland Heights Blvd. W. Lehigh Acres
bike washing competition for their favorite
charities. The group that raises the most will •Zookies Sports Pub and Grill would like
win an additional $1000 you to come out and spend your Thursday
evenings with them from 7:30 – 10:30pm.
Weekly Events Naples
Tuesdays •Caloosahatchee ABATE Dinner Ride 7pm
Colonial Bank at Veterans Pkwy & Santa
•Alvino’s Bike Night Come out and be a part Barbara in Cape Coral. Contact Chuck Long
of Alvino’s Bike Night every Tuesday between at 239-994-2186
5 and 9:30 pm and receive 10% off the entire
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Saturdays 3rd Saturday of each month
•Salt Water Cowboys Come on out and see •Everglades Motorcycles Free Lunch 11am-
some of your old friends at Saltwater Cowboys 2pm at Everglades Motorcycles (Naples)
Bike Night. Located on the corner of Golden in appreciation for all of your support and
Gate Parkway and Tropicana Blvd., you will business! Contact Michelle or Lynn at 239-
find this a really neat place to hang out and 649-4362 or visit www.EvergladesMC.com.
enjoy a cold beverage! Live entertainment will 3rd Sunday of each month
kick off at 7pm
•Caloosahatchee ABATE General Meeting
Monthly Events The Caloosahatchee Chapter of ABATE
1st Tuesday of every month wants to extend an invitation to our next
Chapter Meeting held at 10am at the VFW
•Chrome Divas, Ft. Myers/Cape Coral
at 4709 SE 11th Place Cape Coral.
Chapter Meetings at the March of Dimes
Headquarters, Corporate Ave., Ft. Myers. •Paradise Chapter – Harley Owners Group
The Paradise Chapter HOG invites you to
1st Thursday of each month
come out and join them for their General
•LaBelle Bike Night 6pm at Popeye’s Chicken Meeting at 10am at Naples Harley-Davidson
and Biscuits on Highway 80. Contact Kati at on Pine Ridge Rd.
239-246-3045
•Southwest Chapter ABATE General
1st Friday of each month
Meeting Meeting 10am at Victory Lane Café
•Be Seen At Night, Bike Night 6-10pm at on Hancock Bridge Pkwy in N. Ft. Myers.
16385 San Carlos Blvd in Ft. Myers. Food, Contact Frankie Kennedy at 239-849-9065
Beer, Vendors, Music. Contact 239-728- or email swchief2000@yahoo.com
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4th Tuesday of each month
1st Saturday of each month
•Rolling Thunder Chapter 10 The Naples •The Freedom Eagles invite you to come out
Chapter of Rolling Thunder invites you to and find out more about their group at 7pm
come out and be a part of their local chapter at Perkins on Pine Ridge Rd. in Naples. They
of Rolling Thunder. We are a group that helps are a great group of people doing a lot of hard
keep the POW and MIA issues out there in work in the line of supporting the MIA Flag
the public eye, and supports our local veterans program, and the collection and retirement of
as well as our community. Our meetings are old United States flags.
held at the Naples Harley-Davidson dealership 4th Saturday of each month
on Pine Ridge Road in Naples at 10am. Christian Motorcycle Association General
1st Sunday of each month Meeting CMA would like to invite you to
•Handlebars in the Wind Monthly Ride come out and find out more about their group
Lookin’ for a different ride and new people to by attending one of their monthly meetings.
meet? Why not join the Handlebars in the Held at the Naples Harley-Davidson
Wind? Ft. Myers. Call Turtle at 239-878- dealership on the 2nd floor at 11am.
3957
•Monthly at Gulf Coast Motorcycles/
2nd Tuesday of each month
Triumph of Ft. Myers Gulf Coast R.A.T.
•Kati’s monthly Dinner Ride. Kati and the
Pack. Check www.GCRats.com for meeting
rest of the Sun Sports gang invite you to
and ride dates.
come on out and meet with them for their
monthly dinner ride. They meet at Sun Sports 4th Sunday of each month
Cycles at 3441 Colonial Blvd. in Ft. Myers at •Estero River Chapter of ABATE General
5pm and pull out promptly at 5:30 for their Meeting The Estero River Chapter of ABATE
destination. would like you to come out and attend their
2nd Sunday of each month monthly Chapter meeting at the San Carlos
•Southwest Chapter – Harley Owners Group Country Club on US 41 in Estero at 10am.
The Southwest Chapter HOG invites you to •Peace River Chapter of ABATE General
come and check out their group. Their general Meeting 11am at Youth Bldg., 5845
meeting begins at 10am at the Ft. Myers Greenwood, North Port. For more info call
Harley-Davidson dealership on Colonial Greg Evans at (239) 255-9550.
Blvd. just east of US 41. (Events continued see page 19)
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to come out and meet the membership at their
next General Meeting at 11am. The meetings
are held at the VFW located at Neffs Way, just
west of Collier Blvd on the north side of Pine
Ridge Rd. in Naples.
•Southwest Chapter of ABATE General
Meeting The Southwest Chapter ABATE of
Florida would like to invite you to come out
for one of their meetings and meet the gang! NEW
They meet at Victory Lane Café on Hancock Transitional Lenses
Bridge Parkway in North Ft. Myers at 10am.
1ST Friday every other month
•Messiah’s Messengers M/M - Biker Bible
Café, 7:45PM - informal home setting. Open
to entire biker community – all patches/all
colors... Other activities and informal runs
on an occasional basis. Contact Pastor Tom
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Ever find yourself sitting at a stop light and you find yourself still at the stoplight, and find
yourself still at the stoplight? Believe it or not, there is something you can do about it.
I recently spent some time talking with Harry Campbell, Manager and Chief Traffic
Engineer for the Lee County Department of Transportation, Traffic Section. I was invited out
to the Signal Operations Center off of the Luckett Exit of I-75 and had the grand tour of the
facilities and got to meet a number of staff that have the task of maintaining the traffic control

There are 395 signaled intersections in Lee County, 85 percent of which are directly
monitored from the SOC. The majority of the signals are triggered by an inductive loop coil
that is embedded within the pavement, those sqaurish black figure-eights just before the lights.
Inductive loop coils can detect objects as small as bicycles and are also often used to count traffic.
Inductive loop coils at intersections are being replaced by Video Image Processors. There are
325 Autoscope cameras monitoring up to 85 intersections at this time.
Inductive loop coils get cut by construction and deteriorate over time. Cameras are more

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expensive, but require much less maintainance and can be moved in case of construction.
The lights themselves have changed with the times. Once using bulbs that were regularly changed
once a year, the 12 inch lights are now LED arrays that although are initially more expensive
($328 for your typical red, yellow, green set,) recover their cost through energy conservation and
a life of up to 8 years.
Believe it or not, Traffic Engineers do not like to erect traffic signals to impede our travels.
An increase of crashes actually happens after a stoplight is installed; typically a lot more rear-end
collisions. “Sometimes with an intersection, there will be a spike of drastic crashes for a period of
years before people realize they have to slow down,” says Campbell. Nor do they enjoy making
the waits at the lights longer than normal. 180 second cycles are very common with shorter
cycles and some up to five minutes. “We’re trying to move the most cars as efficiently as we can.
It’s a balancing act.”
If a traffic signal either triggers too often or not at all, it is considered an emergency.
“When you think about it, while it’s not actually unsafe, drivers become aggravated and drive
more recklessly. It wastes fuel, it wastes time, and it puts more emissions in the air,” Campbell
explains.
But what can we, as motorcyclists, do when confronted with a traffic light that won’t change
for us? Make sure that you are positioned right behind the Stop Line (in the middle of the

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figure-eight is best.) There is no magic number of light changes that has to pass before we can
legally turn. At that moment, our only legal recourse is to make a right turn and make our way
around the intersection. What you can do to make sure it doesn’t happen again is make note
the location, date, time, and description of the traffic signal malfunction or signal problem that
was observed and report it to the DOT via the Contact page of www.LeeSignalTiming.com
or call 239-533-5762 (239-337-2000 after hours and weekends.) Charlotte Co. 941-575-3622
( 941-639-2101 after hours.) Collier Co. 239-252-8677.
As far as those signal tripping magnets sold for $14-$35? Lee County Department of
Transportation Traffic Section doesn’t believe they do what they advertise. I have one affixed to
my bike, and have been caught at lights waiting for a car to come up behind me.
In closing, I would like to thank Mr. Campbell and the staff of the Lee County Department
of Transportation Traffic Section and Signal Operations Center for their time, education, and
more information than I can print here.

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Hard Rock Casino Biker Bash
We arrived at the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa at around 1030am and were greeted by well
over 300 bikes in the parking lot. Though the parking lot crew was slightly confused as to how to
park a large number of bikes in a quick and efficient manner we all seemed to get it figured out
for ourselves.
From there we moved over to the bike show area to see how it was progressing and what was
being displayed. At the time we arrived, they were saying that they had about 68 out of 75 bikes
entered as advertised. The current entries were varied and most seemed to be very high quality.
We asked about the termination time for the show and found that they were going to end it
around 5pm. We opted not to enter our bike since we wanted to depart earlier.
We decided to enter the vendors’ area and see what was happening there. The whole area had
been arranged around a huge outside pool and there must have been about 35 vendors including
food shops. The whole area was very well laid out with a variety of shops and little repetition.
We sampled all the vendors and then we decided to eat. Settling on the outside barbecue which
featured two meet choices, beans, chips and two deserts; the $10 price tag was honestly an
adequate offering and was luckily very well prepared. From this point we grabbed a drink and
then found space in the courtyard grass with some shade and close to the band area. They had
two different bands playing during the time we were there with one really good and the other
should have stayed home. Someone should have explained to the lead singer of the second band
that off key and screechy are not vocal qualities that people really enjoy. Luckily, we were done
eating soon after they started playing. We left the poolside area and went into the casino for an
hour and made our prerequisite deposit into the vault’s coffers.
Back outside, we mixed in with the bike show crowd with a full field of 75 bikes being displayed.
There were some extremely nice bikes in the group so we took some pictures and then we
decided to hit the highway.
I thought it was a well planned show and it was well worth the two hour ride. I’m putting this
one on the calendar again for next year and hope fully we’ll see ya there.
(Story and photos by Mike “Tigger” Sergeys)

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“Garage Party” Just Story and photos by Billybob Macrides

There truly is a bike for everyone, and each has


HARLEY FOR HER its own personality and trait, just like you. The sales
On Saturday April 4th, Harley Davidson of team also showed that no matter what your size, you
Naples held a special “Garage Party” just for the can handle any bike you want, and that with time
girls! The intimate event was attended by 13 of our and practice can be a very proficient rider. From
local area women who were interested in learning Sportsters, to Ultra Classic, there are ladies that
more about the riding lifestyle. They had ladies in ride them all, and the trick is easier than you think.
attendance with little to no experience, as well as You just need to fit the bike to you, because just like
some seasoned riders with over 15 years experience. apparel, if you aren’t comfortable, you aren’t going to
The dealership kicked off the party upstairs in their be focused on your number 1 priority….safety.
meeting room, where the ladies enjoyed snacks, After being told that they could ride any bike
sandwiches and cold beverages. A representative by making a few changes they had quite a few
from each department in the dealership was in questions which led them right over to the Parts
attendance. and Accessories Department. There they showed
Each representative took turns, telling about the ladies how they could not just add more bling to
themselves, their riding background, and about the their thing, but that they could make their ride even
department in which they work. Then it was the more personalized and comfortable. By the simple
ladies’ turn. As each of them shared information addition of a lowering kit they saw how you could
about their backgrounds and reasons for attending, add a feeling of confidence and stability, by lowering
you could see the smiles and acknowledgement of the bike so they could be “flat footed” on the ground.
similar experiences from the others. After each One of the ladies said she always felt like she was
had their opportunity to share, the gals were taken reaching for the handlebars. They showed her how
downstairs where the dealership divided them up by changing a few things such as adding a riser,
into smaller groups of three. The ladies were taken rotating the bars, or choosing a different seat she
through a series of “stations” where they learned could close that distance by up to 3 to 4 inches.
about the service department, parts and accessories, Last but not least, they showed them backrests,
sales, motor clothes, and a chance to learn about the saddlebags, and different ways to accessorize with
Riders Edge Program. chrome.
In the motor clothes department, they learned Next it was time to go to school, and they were
about the importance of riding attire. They were off to the service department. Back in the service
shown different styles of gloves, pants, jackets, bays they learned quite a few things, and got some
boots, and helmets along with explanations the “hands-on” experience. They showed them things
proper fit can make the difference between a great such as how to check and change their oil, how to
day out riding and one that leaves you tired and or check their air pressure and went over the proper
uncomfortable. The ladies were encouraged to take pressures. They were shown how to properly adjust
their time when making apparel purchases, and not their clutch, and learned how a “Easy Clutch” could
just buy what looks good. make those long stop and go times in traffic easier to
Some of the nicest and hottest looking outfits deal with. They learned the difference in fuel systems,
might be great for when you are out strutting the how to make themselves more visible from behind
lifestyle; however, they can also be some of the most and the importance of load and weight distribution.
uncomfortable things in the world when you are out Each lady had an opportunity to put on the gloves
on a ride. and get dirty, and as they did, it became obvious that
As I have always said, there is a price to be their confidence was improving. After spending
paid if you get caught up in the “Style and Profile” time in the back, those who did not have their own
mentality! The people that work in the motor clothes bike yet were getting the itch, and those that have
department can help you find things that not only been riding on the back were more anxious than
look good, but will have you riding in comfort and ever to move up to the front and get their own!
enjoying your day as well! The next logical step was to introduce them to the
They next moved on to the sales department Riders Edge Program.
where they explained all the different models, The ladies learned about what the program would
what made each of the models different, and what teach them, and how after completing the course
considerations they should take into account when they could go get their motorcycle endorsement on
purchasing a bike.
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for the girls!
their license. All in all, the event was a great success
because not only did they get women enrolled in the
Rider’s Edge class who wanted to move from the
back seat to the front, but it offered a great chance
for women who were on the fence or unsure about
riding to talk to women, especially Ladies of Harley
who have been riding for multiple years.
So ladies if you have been hesitant as to whether Trying out bikes and answering questions.
you are ready to make the transition from the back
seat to riding your own, rest assured you can do it!
Just come by either one of the Harley Davidson
locations, and talk to their experienced personnel, so
that you too can experience having the wind in your
face and enjoy the open road.

Brake pad inspection.

Above: In the class, answering questions.


Below: Adding rear lights to the bike.

Showing proper clutch adjustment.

Showing how more lighting attracts more


attention when applying the brakes.
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HOOTERs & sCOOTERs
POKER RUN NETS $2,000 for
KOMEN FOR THE CURE
L eave it to the Ft. Myers/Cape Coral (FL) Chapter of the Chrome Divas to add a new
wrinkle to a poker run and raise more than $ 2,000 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
Formerly The Susan G. Komen Foundation, Komen For The Cure funds research into the causes
of breast cancer and searches for the cure.
Starting out and ending at the Hooters in Ft. Myers, more than 100 riders registered for the
Inaugural Hooters & Scooters Poker Run. Each card stop was at a Hooters Restaurant, including
those in Cape Coral, Ft. Myers Beach and Naples. More than one rider paused at one or more
of the restaurants to sample the world famous wings, have a beverage or two and admire the
amply endowed servers. Paying the tab was made easier by the 25% discount cards each rider
received as part of the registration package. And the cards were good for 30 days from the day
of the run!
After dispensing silent auction items and door prizes, K. Bain won the Best Hand prize of $150
with four 8’s and promptly donated one third back to Komen.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer movement, has invested
more than $1 billion since inception in 1982. As the world’s largest grassroots network of breast
cancer survivors and activists, Komen is working together to save lives, empower people, ensure
quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Susan G.
Komen Race for the Cure®, and generous contributions from its partners, sponsors and fellow
supporters, Komen has become the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight
against breast cancer in the world.
The Ft. Myers/Cape Coral Chapter of the Chrome Divas has been one of the leading motorcycle
organizations in Southwest Florida in raising funds for charity and with this Hooters & Scooters
Poker Run it continues to lead by example. (Story & photo by Ron Cox)

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Everglades Motorcycle Service Inc.
R Everglades
ecently, I went down and visited with long-
time friends and co-owners of Everglades
Motorcycle Service, Lynn and Michele. Located on Motorcycle
gotta sound like a Harley, but they’ve gotta be
comfortable,” says Lynn. Customers often come in
for advice and to have safety inspections done either
Beck Boulevard just off I-75’s Exit 101 in Naples, before a purchase or an extended ride.
EMS is a self-described alternative to a dealership. Every third Saturday of the month, EMS hosts a

Everglades Mo
Opened in 2002 and in their current location since free lunch. Not your typical burgers and dogs on
2005, EMS is a Harley Authorized full service the grill, the customer appreciation lunch has had
facility. They regularly service bikes for the City honey baked ham, pulled pork, fajitas, tacos, chili,
of Naples , do extended warrantees, and work on and baked ziti on the menu. New customers can
custom bikes. When I was in the shop, they had come to see who they are, and old customers know
bikes as old as 1942 and as new as 2009. Being a how much EMS appreciates their business.
smaller establishment, they enjoy being able to give A recent addition to the staff is Twin Cam, or

erglades Motorcycle
customers “that personal touch.” Customers can
actually come back and talk with the mechanics
working on their bikes.
otherwise known as “T.C.” He hangs around the
shop during the day, but takes his job as watch-
cat seriously after the doors are locked. When
EMS sells used bikes as well, “We don’t make a they moved into their present location, John “The
living selling bikes. We really are built around Ass-Man” Grenga presented them with a number
service,” explains Lynn on why they don’t open up of custom stools showing off John’s stichwork and
each morning with a number of bikes they have to providing a nice place to sit while waiting for your

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sell. “We do a full five thousand mile service on service to be finished.
every bike we sell. And we stand behind it for 90 So, if you’re thinking about having some work done
days.” to your bike, or find yourself hungry on the third
With three rental bikes available, customers can Saturday of the month, stop on in to Everglades
drop off their bikes for the day and still be able to Motorcycle Service and say hello. Oh, and if you
ride. $139 a day for your standard rental, or if your don’t see T.C., don’t worry, he can still see you.
bike is in for service, $50 a day keeps you on the

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rcycle
road. Each bike goes through a service between
rentals to ensure the bikes’ upkeep and the customers’
satisfaction.
In today’s economy, people are hanging onto their
bikes longer, putting tires on them, making the
decision, “You know what, I like my bike. Why
should I trade it in and get a new one when I’ve

Everglades Motorcycle
done all this stuff to it?” This is where a service shop
fits in well. Services are set up by appointment in an
effort to try to make minor services convenient so
people can wait on a tire or oil change.
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any place in town for Harleys and would not
be afraid to put their inventory up against the
dealerships. They carry a large tire inventory and are
competitive on prices. Most common accessories
sold are handlebars, seats, and exhaust. “A Harley’s
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