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(Richmond & surrounding areas)

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(Eastern VA including the Peninsulas & Mobile Statewide)

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On The Cover
Timonium Motorcycle Show February 7-9, 2014

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

Welcome to the 12th year of Thunder Roads Virginia! It’s hard to believe that we’ve been around now going into our 12th year on the road…wow… How many years have YOU been with us??? Happy New Year everyone! We hope that you all enjoyed your holidays. They come & go so quickly… we can’t believe that we are already starting to work on items for our spring issues & events are being planned for the summer & the fall already. We are planning a very exciting & busy year for our Thunder Roads crew as we look forward to experiencing new adventures, running into old friends & making lots of new ones as well. The start of a “new” year always seems to bring into focus new ideas, new challenges and new goals to make things better than they were in the previous year. We try hard not to wait until a new year rolls around to do this & try to keep things updated & in perspective as we bring each issue to you month after month. We can always use your help to keep us informed on what’s happening out there by sending us pictures of your travels, articles and we especially love to hear about the cool & interesting places that you visit so that we can share them with everyone. It’s fun to go to the trusty ole places that you are used to going to & where you know everyone but the excitement comes in when you venture down new roads & routes to experience something new for your own history book. Every place that you know has a story behind it of how you got there to begin with. So maybe this year, you can make it a point to add at least 5 new places to your “been there, done that” list. We can’t stress enough how important it is that if you’re planning an event, to go up to our website & submit it so that it can appear in our calendar of events online. If you get it in by the 15th of the month, it’s guaranteed to be in the next month’s issue of the print magazine. You can submit events as far in advance as you’d like & it’s always free to list them in the calendar. We will do our best to bring you the most reliable news & information, the best businesses to shop at and the best services for you & your motorcycle. Our advertisers and motorcycle friendly businesses are the only places in the region that you can pick up a free copy of Thunder Roads. If you know of any places that are near you that you’d like to see carry our magazine, please contact me or Kevin, our Regional Sales Manager, and we will see what we can do to make that happen. There are a lot of other motorcycles magazines out there, even other Thunder Roads, but we like to think that we are quite a bit different from everyone else. We have such a wide variety of readers from Christian motorcyclists, female riders, and MC club members to sport bike riders, trike riders, motorcycle enthusiasts and military members on active duty deployments. We may be a “motorcycle” magazine but we keep our content in good taste so that we can go anywhere & be enjoyed by everyone. Thanks for rolling with us again this year…let’s make 2014 a good one!!! Stay safe & we look forward to seeing you real soon! P.S. DON’T FORGET TO COME TO LOBBY DAY IN RICHMOND Jan 19th & 20th !!! (see article in this issue) Happy Trails ‘til we meet again,


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.


Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church, 414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-333-2555 www.freedombikerchurchvabeach.com HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 10:00AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM
MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5) Gordon Bacon “Preacher”, 240 577 0605, preacherrwm@yahoo.com. Every Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for more info) 240-577-0605. Liberty Biker Church 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. Come visit us in our new, permanent location in Suffolk! Hangaround (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with contemporary music. Our address is 4165 Pruden Blvd. (Route 460), Suffolk, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 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 more info. Motorcycle Swap Meet – Suffolk, VA Beginning June 1st, Tidewater Motorcycles Inc. will be having a Swap Meet on the first Saturday of every month. Bring used motorcycles, parts and apparel to sell. Our 10x10 space’s are FREE. To reserve a space call us at 757-255-4200 or email us at staff@tidewatermotorcycles.com. 4324 Godwin Blvd. Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Feb 7th, 8th & 9th 2014 12th Annual Timonium Motorcycle Show - Timonium, MD Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on display…huge custom and antique bike show…100’s of exhibits covering everything in motorcycling. Attendees can meet motorcycle sweetheart, Michele Smith and the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Harley Davidson Fine Art, David Uhl all three days. Two wheel enthusiasts can check out our huge Swapmeet, which includes a Garage Built Speed Machine Section featuring Vintage Café Racers, Choppers, Drag Bikes and Bobbers. Show goers can also witness a live ‘Two Wheel Wedding’ and Vote for their favorite bike builder in the 1st Annual Biker Build-Off which includes builders from 5 states. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds – Timonium, Maryland – Opens 10am each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 7-9, 2014. Admission for Adults: $17.00, Children 10-15 years $6.00 and under 10 are free with paying adult. For more info, $5.00 off Adult Admission Coupons or to buy Advanced Tickets go to www.cycleshow.net. May 31st Poker Run to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association - Virginia Beach, VA The poker run will begin at Grumpy’s Bar and Grill, 995 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. Breakfast and registration will be 8:30 to 10:30 AM with first bike out at 9:30 AM and last bike out by 11:00 AM. $15 /bike and $5 for additional rider. The run will end at Jake’s BBQ, 1784 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach with awards, food, prizes, music and festivities from 1-4 PM. Contact Howard Albrecht for more information at 757-339-3806 or hjaheadroadcaptain@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Jan 19th & 20th Motorcycle Lobby Day – Richmond, VA ALL VIRGINIA MOTORCYCLISTS ARE INVITED! Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists will lead an informational meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton at 4700 South 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. On Monday the 20th, we leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. sharp for our annual trip to the Capitol. After lobbying our legislators, we will head to Penny Lane Pub where Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group takes everyone to lunch as a thank you for coming to support Virginia Motorcyclists. We 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 portion of the electorate. For more information you can call VCOM at (800) 437-9434. For Room Reservations call (804) 226-4300.


How To Start The New Year Off Right
Get your full eight hours - Just as a healthy diet and regular exercise are necessary and important for good health, so is sleep. Cutting back on snooze-time can lead to an out-ofcontrol appetite (some studies show that people who sleep less are more likely to be overweight), a greater risk for coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. So try and get the recommended eight hours of sleep needed for good health, safety, and optimum performance. Rise and shine — and eat - Breakfast gets your body’s metabolism going again after a night of sleeping, and gives you the gradual and adequate energy you need to get through the morning. You don’t have to eat snacks to supplement your energy needs and expenditure. It doesn’t have to be complicated too. Microwave instant oatmeal, topping it with skim milk or yogurt and berries; in minutes, you’ll enjoy filling fiber with a protein and vitamin boost. Hard-boiled eggs, whole-grain toast with almond butter or a fruit and yogurt smoothie are also quick, nutritious choices. Wash your hands - From banishing cold and flu germs to preventing food borne illnesses, frequent hand-washing is one of the smartest preventive habits you can adopt. Wash your hands with warm water and soap before handling food, eating, or touching your face , and after using the bathroom or coming into contact with potentially contaminated objects such as doorknobs, toys and menus. Be sure to clean the entire surface of your palms and the tops of your hands, as well as under your nails. A thorough hand-washing should take about 20 seconds. Know your family health history Your family’s medical history can give you important information about your own health. Many diseases, such as heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and depression, can have a genetic component. The more you know about the health of your relatives, the better informed you’ll be about your own risk factors and how to manage them. Eat mindfully - One of the significant differences between people who successfully manage their weight and people who constantly struggle is mindful eating. Turn off the TV or computer, sit down at a table with your food on a plate, and focus on eating. Savor the smell and enjoy the taste. Put your fork down between bites, and take time to really enjoy your meal. Chances are you will eat less and feel more satisfied. Add variety to your diet - Wild salmon and sardines are just a couple of the fish that provide heart-healthy fats such as omega-3, which lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and help preserve your cognitive function. Aim for two servings a week; more than that may add too much mercury to your system. On occasion, indulge in a glass of red wine (or any alcoholic beverage) or a bite of dark chocolate that contains at least 75% cocoa-both contain antioxidants that can benefit your heart. In addition, both may relax blood vessels, which reduces clotting somewhat and makes it easier for blood to get to the heart. And finally, try to eat 5-7 servings a day of fruits and vegetables, and minimize your intake of carbohydrates. Volunteer - In addition to helping others, volunteers themselves often benefit from “giving back” to the communities in which they live and work, and enjoy a rewarding sense of doing something good for someone else. As a volunteer, you gain valuable experience, learn new skills, make friends and meet others who share the same interests. At Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, volunteers also enjoy perks such as special events and wellness programs. Maintain strong family and social networks - Research has shown that people who have family and friends they can turn to for support and companionship may be healthier and less likely to experience depression than those who spend most of their time alone. Looking for new friends? Join a club, take a class or volunteer. Take a time out - At least once a day, close your eyes and focus on taking 10 deep, full breaths. Inhale through your nose, feel your diaphragm expand, and exhale through your mouth. Deep, focused breathing slows your heart rate, calms the body and, as a result, calms your mind and reduces stress. Mix in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity at least five days a week as well. Choose something you enjoy and will stick to. Recent studies found that brisk walking is just as good for your heart as jogging, or try biking or swimming. You needn’t do it all at once; two 15-minute workouts or three 10-minutes blocks work equally well. Drink more water - Drinking water prevents constipation, dehydration and other related diseases. Whether you drink bottled, filtered or tap, water helps keep your cells hydrated, flushes out toxins, and prevents dehydration. Tea, juices and sports drinks count, too, but watch out for added sugar, artificial flavorings and caffeine, all of which can detract from the benefits.


When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend

Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists
VCOM is on the job 52 weeks each year, representing our interests to lawmakers and local government. The political action committee founded by Tom McGrath in 1992, 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. As registered lobbyists, Director Jim Cannon, Matt Danielson and Tom are most visible during the General Assembly session every winter. But the fact is, much of the real work defending our right to ride and representing our interests goes on behind the scenes throughout the year on a one to one basis, motorcyclist to legislator. Tom and Jim both have served on a number of state government committees whose work impacts motorcycling in the areas of safety, law enforcement, and tourism. VCOM is our organization, and Tom, Jim and Matt are working to make certain our issues and our voting power are recognized. We’re making progress, but there’s more to be done. VCOM needs support now. As a supporter of VCOM, 100% of your financial support is dedicated to making your concerns known to state and local officials. Visit www.vcomonline.org to join and to find out more information about all of the great things that VCOM has done and is doing for Virginia motorcyclists.

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VCOM’s Mission
To solicit support at the state and local levels that will defend and promote the rights of Virginia motorcyclists, and to keep our supporters politically informed, allowing them the opportunity to express their opinions to their representatives when important issues arise.



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Motorcycle Lobby Day 2014

motorcycles. There is legislation to make these vehicles autocycles and to further clarify the definition of a motorcycle. The Virginia We are also still looking at a bill to increase the penalty for Coalition of drivers who kill others as a result of violating their right of way. Motorcyclists and Under current law the offender is usually convicted of failure to Tom McGrath’s yield the right of way, which carries only a fine. We are looking Motorcycle Law at legislation that would give the court the ability to impose group would larger fines, suspend the offender’s license, and/or impose jail like to invite all if the facts and circumstances justified such action. Under curinterested motor- rent law, the court usually does not have that option. We had cyclists to attend been unable to seriously speak with potential patrons until the this year’s Moelections concluded. We are currently speaking with legislatorcycle Lobby tors about carrying this bill for us. I will keep you informed as Day. This year talks progress. it will be held on As always, there will be numerous bills submitted at the last Monday January minute which will negatively affect motorcycling. As these bills 20, 2014. This are filed, we will be able to identify them and discuss them at is a holiday, so lobby day so that we can convince the legislators why they many people are are bad bills. Those who have participated in Lobby Day in off. That morning, Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists, the past remember bills that we have killed such as the one as well as members of other state motorcycle rights organithat would have required proof of insurance before one person zations, independent motorcyclists and any other interested could sell another person a motorcycle, even if the person people will go to the Virginia General Assembly to speak to buying the motorcycle had no intention of putting the bike on the Delegates and Senators about upcoming legislation that the road. We killed that one with the help of all of those who affects motorcyclists in Virginia. participated at Lobby Day. A few years ago we also defeated On Sunday January 19, from 12:00 p.m. until we get a bill that would have prohibited children under eight from through, Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists lobbyists will lead an riding on a motorcycle as a passenger by pointing out that the informational meeting at the Four Points by Sheraton at 4700 law improperly infringed on the rights and responsibilities of South Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231 to discuss this parents. Those at Lobby Day also pointed out the fact that in year’s legislation affecting motorcyclists. We will also discuss the prior ten years not a single child under eight was killed on a how to talk to your legislators about these issues in case you motorcycle. have never done that. Later that evening, attendees will enjoy I encourage everyone who can to join us. It is a lot of fun, a free homemade BBQ dinner. it is educational, and most importantly it shows the legislators On Monday the 20th, we leave the hotel at 8:00 a.m. sharp that motorcyclists are a significant and active portion of the for our annual trip to the Capitol. After lobbying our legislaelectorate. tors, we will head to Penny Lane Pub where Tom McGrath’s For more information you can call VCOM at (800) 437-9434. Motorcycle Law Group takes everyone to lunch as a thank you For Room Reservations call (804) 226-4300. As the hotel for coming to support Virginia Motorcyclists. accommodations were just secured, room blocks may not This year we are expecting numerous bills of interest to Virbe available until after December 15. We hope to see you at ginia motorcyclists. We already know that there will be a bill to lobby day. modify the definition of a motorcycle, and to create a new classification of motor vehicles called autocycles. In recent years Matt Danielson we have seen numerous three wheeled vehicles on the market McGrath & Danielson which are, for all purposes, three wheeled cars. They are conTom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group trolled by a steering wheel as well as a foot controlled brake 1-800-321-8968 and throttle. Yet under current Virginia law these vehicles are

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a boost. While this might not be an absolute necessity for survival today, especially with the invention of caffeine-laden energy drinks, at one point in our evolutionary history it just might have been. Slowed reaction times and decreased watchfulness could have meant the difference between life and death for our ancestors (and can still have a marked ef(nap or cat nap fect on our own success today). A short nap, even just 15 to – definition of: To 20 minutes, can greatly increase the faculties that increase sleep for a brief the odds of survival, so it’s only natural that we’re predisperiod, often durposed to want to sleep. ing the day; doze.) If you’ve tried taking naps in the afternoon and found yourself feeling groggy after waking—if you manage to According to a growforce yourself back out of bed—you may just be going ing body of research, about them all wrong. Even if you don’t work in a job where napping is a smart thing to do. It can napping is acceptable, there’s a very clear reason why the help refresh the mind, make you more creative, best naps are the ones that are usually around the half-hour boost your intelligence, and even help you live a mark. Take advantage of the first two phases of your sleep longer, healthier life. It’s slowly gaining acceptance as part cycle: stage one, where you’re probably “dozing,” or feel of a healthy lifestyle, even in some corporate offices. relaxed but if someone woke you, you probably wouldn’t In our modern hurried world, making time for even a short even notice you’d been asleep, and stage two, where your nap might seem like an impossible luxury. Yet, for some, brain starts to consolidate memories, organize its biological they may be necessary to make it through the day at peak bookshelves, and shuts the brain off from external, nonmental and physical performance. Our bodies crave naps dangerous stimuli. If you’re the type who says “It takes me for a reason, some based on our evolution, others on our 10 minutes just to fall asleep,” that 10 minutes is probably habits. leading you into stage one—after that, you’re in stage two. The No. 1 reason many people need a nap? Not getting The trouble comes in stage three, or the part where enough sleep at night. While there is no magic number of we’re sleeping deeply, and waking is difficult. That’s when hours that people need to get at night (the ideal varies by you start to feel groggy, and hate the idea of getting up. age and other highly individual factors), the National Sleep If you hate mornings, you’re probably waking up during Foundation suggests that adults get seven to nine hours. this phase. So the key to getting all of the benefits of naps Unfortunately, a CDC study found that more than 40 million without the drawbacks is to sleep only for about a half-hour, workers get less than six hours a night. That lack of sleep or the time it takes your brain to go through the first two can have consequences, and if it happens often enough stages, but not enter the third. your body may start seeking out rest during the day, leaving Timing is important when you nap, but whenever you you in dire need of a nap. choose to try and nap—whether your company is okay with Poor nutrition is another easily remedied reason for feelnapping in the office or you slink out to your car for a quick ing sleepy throughout the day is based on nutrition. Many snooze during your break, make sure not to sleep too long. people feel tired in the afternoon because of plummeting A power nap of about 15 to 20 minutes is your best bet blood sugar levels after a poorly planned lunch. This can be when you’re feeling weary, but only if taken between 1:00 caused by two things: not eating enough at lunch to supand 3:00 PM in the afternoon. ply enough energy to get through to dinner, or by choosing Sweet dreams. foods that don’t contain enough protein and fiber and far too much of sugars and other carbohydrates. Either way, these kinds of lunches leave most feeling tired, sluggish, and worn out well before the work day is over. It may be more common for people in the U.S. to only sleep at night, but that isn’t exactly the way our bodies are necessarily designed to work. Wakefulness throughout the day is governed by our natural biological clock, a phenomenon more commonly referred to as the circadian rhythm. While some may not feel sleepy until evening, others experience a small “hump” in sleepiness in the mid-afternoon that’s entirely normal and is actually programmed into the circadian schedule. As a result, the desire to nap is simply an expression of the natural rhythms of our bodies, regardless of whether we get enough sleep at night. It’s an evolutionary necessity… As the day goes on, learning ability, alertness, and focus degrade. A nap can help counteract that effect and give those mental faculties

Catching some Zzzz ’ s - THE POWER OF A NAP

First annual Biker Tacky Light Tour 2013 Cold night – Warm company


Kale is being called “the new beef”, “the queen of greens” and “a nutritional powerhouse.” Here are ten great benefits of adding more kale to your diet: 1. Kale is low in calorie, high in fiber and has zero fat. One cup of kale has only 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 0 grams of fat. It is great for aiding in digestion and elimination with its great fiber content. It’s also filled with so many nutrients, vitamins, folate and magnesium as well as those listed below. 2. Kale is high in iron. Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. Iron is essential for good health, such as the formation of hemoglobin and enzymes, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth, proper liver function and more. 3. Kale is high in Vitamin K. Eating a diet high in Vitamin K can help protect against various cancers. It is also necessary for a wide variety of bodily functions including normal bone health and the prevention of blood clotting. Also increased levels of vitamin K can help people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. 4. Kale is filled with powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids help protect against various cancers. 5. Kale is a great anti-inflammatory food. One cup of kale is filled with 10% of the RDA of omega-3 fatty acids, which help, fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune disorders. 6. Kale is great for cardiovascular support. Eating more kale can help lower cholesterol levels. 7. Kale is high in Vitamin A.Vitamin A is great for your vi-


sion, your skin as well as helping to prevent lung and oral cavity cancers. 8. Kale is high in Vitamin C. This is very helpful for your immune system, your metabolism and your hydration. 9. Kale is high in calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk, which aids in preventing bone loss, preventing osteoporosis and maintaining a healthy metabolism. Vitamin C is also helpful to maintain cartilage and joint flexibility 10. Kale is a great detox food. Kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.



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CONGRESSMAN DEMANDS ANTI-MOTORCYCLE EXPLANATION FROM CDC U.S. Representative Tim Walberg (R-MI), a member of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, has sent a letter to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) demanding answers concerning a recent CDC report that aims to discourage motorcycle use while ignoring the positive economic benefits for motorcycle riding. “As an avid and experienced motorcycle rider, I believe government should be in the business of promoting the recreational, economic and environmental benefits of responsible motorcycle riding – not discouraging it,” stated Congressman Walberg in the letter. “During difficult fiscal times, the American people would be better served by your continued efforts to address widespread societal health matters such as virus prevention, cancer and heart disease.” Bajaj Auto Limited; and Harley–Davidson Incorporation. Developing regions, such as Asia and Latin America, which perceive two-wheelers as a basic mode of transportation, are expected to remain the most promising markets for scooters, light motorcycles, and mopeds. A combination of factors such as demographic condition, economic condition, and environmental regulations is seen to have important impact on market dynamics. For a detailed table of contents and pricing information on these insightful industry reports, contact Lucintel at (972) 636-5056 or visit www.lucintel.com.

U.S. TRAFFIC DEATHS RISE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2005 For six years through 2011, highway accidents and related fatalities declined each year. Improvements in vehicles and other safety education efforts were credited for that downward trend. But for the first time since 2005, that streak ran out, according to figures released recently Rep. Walberg was prompted to action by a presentation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Last given by the Helmet Law Review Team of the Community year, 33,561 people were killed in highway accidents, up Preventative Services Task Force in late October 2013 3.3% from 2011. The increase was reflected across many which concluded that mandatory helmet laws would “proof the categories that researchers follow, but motorcycle duce substantial economic benefits.” Walberg is troubled and pedestrian fatalities reflected the highest increases, up by the fact that potential negative impacts on nationwide 7% and 6% respectively. There are currently more motormotorcycling are not addressed and questions whether the cycles in use in the U.S. than ever before, and 452,386 new CDC should be tasked with researching and making recom- on- and off-road motorcycles were sold nationwide in 2012 mendations regarding transportation safety. The Michigan according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), up Representative has also been prompted to ask CDC Direc- 2.6% over 2011. In addition to the deaths, the NHTSA data tor Thomas Frieden; “is it the goal or strategy of the CDC to showed that nearly 2.4 million people were injured in crashreduce the use of motorcycles - a legal mode of transporta- es last year, a 6.5% increase from 2011, although miles tion - by recommending and pursing a federal helmet law?” driven remained about the same. Despite these increases, the new numbers are still far below the accident rates of GLOBAL MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY PROJECTED the 1970s and 1980s. NHTSA preliminary data for the first EXPANSION The Global Motorcycle Industry is projected six months of 2013 show that 15,470 people have died in to reach $93.67 Billion by 2017, according to Lucintel, a crashes so far this year, a decrease of 4.2% compared with leading global management consulting and market research the same period last year. firm. Lucintel has analyzed the top five global motorcycle companies and offers its findings in a comprehensive MOTORCYCLISTS SAFER BEHIND THE WHEEL research report in “Top Five Global Motorcycle CompaEvidence suggests that roads would be safer if more drivnies: Performance, Strategies, and Competitive Analysis.” ers rode motorcycles, as motorcyclists are safer behind Lucintel observes the evolving of the global motorcycle the wheel of a car than non-motorcyclists, according to a industry, competitive landscape, and corporate and marleading U.K. insurer. Equity Red Star compared car drivketing strategies adopted by the motorcycle companies ers to car users who also have an insured motorcycle, and as some of the factors to have remarkably impacted the found the latter 23% less likely on average to make a claim global motorcycle industry dynamics. The market witnessed on their car policy. The firm also adjusted the figures to take splendid growth during 2006-2011 but is likely to grow with into account the different typical ages of car drivers and moreduced pace to reach an estimated $93.67 billion by 2017. torcyclists, and still found the riders to be 21% better behind The competitive landscape of the global motorcycle industry the wheel. The results showed motorcyclists were 20% less has had fluctuations over the last five years which affected likely to make a bodily injury claim on their car policy. The the top five companies. Lucintel found that the market size insurer examined 200 million policies between 2007 and or revenue, average operating profit, average net profit, 2012. Rob Clark, Equity Red Star’s Head of Retail Motor, and annual growth rate are some of the driving forces of said: “A motorcyclist could, behind the wheel of a car, be these companies. Buyers power, degree of competition, said to be 23% better.” Clark presented the data during a and threats of new entrants and substitutes also affect conference organized by the Motorcycle Industry Associathis market. Following are the top five companies of the tion at the Department for Transport in London to examine global motorcycle industry: Honda Motor Company Limited; evidence that increasing the number of motorcyclists on the Yamaha Motor Company Limited; Hero MotoCorp Limited; road could actually improve safety.

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MOTORCYCLE THEFTS DECLINE SLIGHTLY Your motorcycle could be stolen in a New York minute, especially if you live in NYC which is the nation’s capital of motorcycle thievery (903 thefts), followed by swingin’ Las Vegas (757), the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports. Next comes San Diego (633), Indianapolis (584) and Miami (535). Overall, just like when it comes to car thefts, motorcycle thefts have been dropping. In 2012, the year in which the NICB bases its analysis, they amounted to 46,061 ripped-off bikes, down 1% from the year before. Based on National Crime Information Center (NCIC) motorcycle theft data for 2012, Honda was the motorcycle brand stolen most often, with 9,082 for the year (representing 20% of all motorcycles stolen). It was followed by Yamaha (7,517=16%), Suzuki (7,017=15%), Kawasaki (4,839=11%) and HarleyDavidson (3,755=8%), rounding out the top five makes. When it comes to states, thieves appear to prefer warm weather -- just like all motorcycle riders. California was first (6,082 thefts), followed by Florida (4,110), Texas (3,400), North Carolina (2,574) and Indiana (2,334), and more than twice as many bikes were stolen during summer months than in the winter. Unfortunately, fewer stolen motorcycles are recovered than cars. While 53.9% of stolen cars were returned to their owners, only 39% of motorcycles found their way back. The NICB says that’s because it’s easier to “chop” bikes for their parts, hide them in barns or garages, or ship them out of the country in giant containers. LAPD TO PAY $10 MILLION IN TICKET QUOTA CONTROVERSY The Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay nearly $6 million to a group of police officers who accused their superiors of imposing a secret traffic ticket quota system. The $5.9 million settlement resolves a pair of lawsuits filed in 2010 by 11 LAPD officers assigned to a motorcycle unit. In the lawsuits, the officers detailed what they claimed were strict demands to write at least 18 traffic tickets each shift and that 80% of the citations be for major violations. Officers who failed to meet the alleged ticket minimums or raised concerns about them were reprimanded, denied overtime assignments, given undesirable work schedules, and subjected to other forms of harassment, including being kicked out of the motorcycle unit, according to the L.A. Times. The settlement, approved unanimously, brings to more than $10 million the amount of taxpayer money spent on payouts and legal fees from the ticket quota cases. But that number could grow because one more officer’s case is still pending.The ticket controversy has been a black eye for the Los Angeles Police Department, because ticket quotas are against state law.

RECREATIONAL MOTORCYCLISTS ACROSS AUSTRALIA PROTEST ANTI-BIKIE LAWS Recreational motorcyclists are protesting across Australia to show solidarity against Queensland’s tough new anti-bikie laws. Queensland organizer Gabriel Buckley told the Australian Associated Press (AAP) that the new laws, aimed at crimiFEDS SET UP ROADBLOCKS TO HARVEST DNA SAMnal “bikie” gangs, have resulted in the harassment of lawPLES Federal contractors have been setting up roadblocks abiding motorcyclists. Rallies were planned in major capital in cities across the country with the purpose of collecting cities, with the biggest rally in Brisbane where over a thouDNA samples from passing motorists. The multi-million dol- sand independent riders rallied with patch-wearing bikers at lar federal program has been disturbing drivers and alarmparliament house. According to Buckley, a primary concern ing civil libertarians. The checkpoints consist of uniformed is that the laws reverse the onus on proof for people acagents blocking a public road and flagging drivers into a cused of links to prescribed criminal gangs. “Some people testing area or a parking lot. There, the drivers are request- are being pulled over three times on their way to work,’’ he ed to submit a saliva or blood sample to the federal govern- told AAP. Freedom Riders Victoria spokesman Dale Maggs ment. The roadblocks were part of a study orchestrated by said Queensland’s anti-association laws unfairly affected the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTall motorcyclists and scooter riders, allowing police to stop SA). The program costs taxpayers $7.9 million over 3 years, and question groups of three or more riders. Harley Owners according to NBC News Dallas-Fort Worth. The agency Group (HOG) member Stuart told the Leader newspaper confirmed that the operation is currently being launched in that anti-bikie laws targeted 0.3% of Australian crime, refer30 different U.S. cities. “How voluntary is it when you have ring to research presented by Victoria University Adjunct a police officer in uniform flagging you down?” asked Susan Professor, Dr Arthur Veno. “Every time you want to ride Watson, executive director of the Alabama chapter of the with three people it’s a gang? That’s ridiculous. There’s the American Civil Liberties Union. “Are you going to stop? Yes, Ulysses clubs, there’s HOG clubs, there’s Christian moveyou’re going to stop.” “Although this was voluntary it was ment clubs, there’s even scooter clubs and we’re all tarred not voluntary that you stop and hear the DNA for CASH with the same brush and it’s just not right.” Police and the pitch,” said one Alabama resident after experiencing a Newman Government have previously asked recreational checkpoint in June. Drivers are offered cash for surrender- riders for patience amid the bikie crackdown, but concede ing DNA samples.  The going rate is $10 for a cheek-swab there will be disruptions for law-abiding motorcyclists. and $50 for blood drawn from the vein.  The goal, according to the NHTSA, is to decrease impaired-driving accidents by QUOTABLE QUOTE: “A person may cause evil to others analyzing raw bodily fluids fresh off the street. not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.” ~ John Stuart Mill, (1806-1873) philosopher and economist

Thirty-Year Anniversary Of The Beirut Bombing
November 2, 2013, the Jimmy Cain family along with Day Star Motorcycle Ministries and American Legion Post 255 of Fultondale held a memorial ride and day at the park to honor the fallen warriors of the Beirut bombing. This marked the 30 year anniversary of the loss of 241 military personnel, known as the peace keepers, that were killed in the October 23, 1983 Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. Among these was Jimmy Cain a Gardendale High School graduate and a friend to so many in the North Jefferson area. Over 100 motorcycles joined us at Black Creek Park to help dedicate this day to the memory of those brave souls that were lost. The day started at 8:00 am with a beautiful rendition of the National anthem and Amazing Grace by Brittany Thomas. A City Council member spoke on behalf of the City of Fultondale and a representative of the Wounded Warrior Family Foundation spoke and welcomed everyone. Jimmy Ray Kennedy, founder of Day Star Ministries, said the prayer for our safe travel and return. The first stop on the route was in Gardendale at the Gardendale Veterans Park. Gardendale mayor, Othell Phillips, performed a dedication service and a wreath was placed in honor of so many lost from this area to the Beirut Bombing. Chris Conn, a fellow Gardendale graduate and friend of Jimmy Cain, played taps in


honor of these fallen soldiers. Chris was also in the Marines and escorted Jimmy Cain back home following the bombing. From Gardendale the route continued on to Blount Springs and then to Hanceville. Once in Hanceville we passed the Veterans Memorial Park and then on to our stop for rest at the Shell truck stop. From here everyone returned to Black Creek Park. Many vendors with food, beverages and other items were set up at the park. There was entertainment the entire day from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. All funds and proceeds from the sale of commemorative t-shirts, wrist bands, and patches went to the Wounded Warrior Family Foundation. It was a wonderful afternoon spent remembering all the brave men and women we have lost not only in this tragedy but in every war over the years. It was a pleasure taking part in thanking all those lost by spending a day of remembrance with their family and friends. A special thank you to all the cities that hosted the ride and provided safety escorts, Warrior, Blunt Springs, Garden City, City of Hanceville, Cullman County and Jefferson County, area law enforcement. Thank you all for inviting us and we hope to see you again next year. Vtwin and Harleygirl


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(1 Corinthians 2:1-5) And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Paul The great apostle was just like US . . . he had a love for God blended with humanity. Great passion . . . and great weakness. The longer you think about this concept, the more you see from Scripture to support it. Read what Paul’s wrote to the Corinthians: And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. (1 Corinthians 2:1–3) “You say he modest,”. No, not when you compare these words with the popular opinion of him back then: His letters are weighty and strong, but his personal presence is unimpressive and his speech contemptible. (2 Corinthians 10:10) That’s a shock. He didn’t have it all together—he wasn’t perfect—and (best of all) he didn’t attempt to hide it! He admitted to his friends in Corinth that he was weak, fearful, and even trembling when he stood before them. I admire such transparency. Everybody does . . . if it’s the truth. I heard something some time back (so don’t quote me here), It described Paul as being “a man of moderate size with curly hair, crooked legs, big eyeballs, thick eyebrows, a long nose, and thick lips.” Wow! Doesn’t sound like any of the public idols of today. Some even say he had poor eyesight (Galatians 6:11); plus,he had a hunchback! You get the point. He did not hide any of his humanity (see Romans 7 if you still struggle believing he was a cut above human), Paul declared his true condition. He had needs and admitted them. Paul The Apostle didn’t have everything in life wired

perfectly . . . and he didn’t hide it. Servants are like that. You can begin to see some of the comforting aspects of having a servant’s heart. Paul admitted his humanity. Servants do that. HAPPY NEW YEAR
Gordon “Preacher” Bacon Presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry of Maryland. Preacher was a Missionary on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Pastored in Arizona, West Virginia and Lexington Park, MD. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ, Ordained in 1983 at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Married for almost fourty years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon aka “Jersey Girl.” Father of Gordon Deon Bacon (40), Gordon Ellis Bacon JR. aka “G-Man”(36}, Christina Bacon-Knull (34) and Janine Bacon (32). We have seven grandchildren ranging from the ages of 11 years old to 21years old.

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A young mother, accompanied by her small daughter, was in New York City. The mother was trying to hail a cab when her daughter noticed several women, scantily dressed, which were loitering on a nearby street corner. The mother finally hailed her cab and they both climbed in, at which point the young daughter asked her mother, “Mommy, what are all those ladies waiting for by that corner?” The mother replied, “Those ladies are waiting for their husbands to come by and pick them up on the way home from work.” The cabby, upon hearing the exchange, turned to the mother and said, “Ah, c’mon lady! Tell your daughter the truth! For crying out loud ~ they’re hookers!” A brief period of silence followed, and then the daughter asked, “Mommy, do the hooker ladies have any children?” The mother replied, “Of course, Dear, where do you think cab drivers come from?”

Two factory workers were talking . . . a guy and a blonde. ”I know how to get some time off from work.” said the man. “How do you think you will do that?” asked the blonde. He proceeded to show her...by climbing up to the rafters, and hanging upside down. The boss walked in, saw the worker hanging from the ceiling, and asked him what on earth he was doing? “I’m a light bulb” answered the guy. “I think you need some time off,” said the boss. So, the man jumped down and walked out of the factory.  The blonde began walking out too. The boss asked her where she thought she was going?   “Home. I certainly can’t work in the dark”.

Lucille decided to give herself a big treat for her 70th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice hotel.. When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00. She demanded to know Three Bikers, a Honda Rider, a BMW Rider and a Harwhy the charge was so high “I agree it’s a nice hotel, ley Rider were sitting in a sauna. Suddenly, there was a but the rooms aren’t worth $250..00 for just an overcontinuing beeping sound. The Honda Rider pressed his night stay - I didn’t even have breakfast!” The clerk told forearm and the beeping stopped. The others looked at her that $250.00 is the ‘standard rate,’ and breakfast him inquiringly. That was my pager, “he said, “I have a had been included had she wanted it. She insisted on micro-chip under the skin of my arm.” A few minutes later speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and, a phone rang. The BMW Rider fellow lifted his palm to his forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: “This hotel ear. When he finished he explained, “That was my mobile has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference cenphone. I have a micro-chip in my hand.” The Harley felt ter which are available for use.” “But I didn’t use them.” decidedly low tech, but not to be out done he decided he ‘’Well, they are here, and you could have.” He went on had to do something just as impressive. He returned with a to explain that she could also have seen one of the inpiece of toilet paper hanging from his ass. The others raised hotel shows for which they were so famous. “We have their eyebrows and stared at him. The Harley Rider finally the best entertainers from the world over performing declared...”Well, will you look at that, I’m getting a fax.” here.” “But I didn’t go to any of those shows..” “Well, we have them, and you could have.” No matter what ameThree guys were sitting in a bar. After a sip of his martini, nity the Manager mentioned, she replied, “But I didn’t one young professional says; “You know, tomorrow is use it!” and the Manager countered with his standard my anniversary. I got my wife a diamond ring, and a new response. After several minutes discussion, and with Mercedes. I figure that if she doesn’t like the ring, she will at the Manager still unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a least like the Mercedes, and know that I love her.” check and gave it to him. The Manager was surprised After finishing his scotch, the older guy says; “Well, my when he looked at the check. “But Madam, this check past anniversary I got my wife a string of pearls and also is for only $50.00 “That’s correct I charged you $200.00 a trip to the Bahamas. I figured if she didn’t like the pearls, for sleeping with me.” “But I didn’t!” “Well, too bad, I was she would at least like the trip, and know that I love her.” here, and you could have.” The older biker downs his shot of Jack Daniel’s and says; “ Yeah, well for my anniversary I got my old lady a tee-shirt and a vibrator. I figured if she didn’t like the tee shirt, she could always go screw herself.”

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Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers, Wins the Mother Teresa Award
By Lelia Watermon Sam Childers – also known as Machine Gun Preacher accepts an award that makes him the first American recipient to ever receive the Mother Teresa International Award for Social Justice. This award was given to him in Mumbai, India on Oct. 27, 2013. This is prestigious honor was given for his work in the rescuing of children in South Sudan & Northern Uganda in a time of horrible conflict. Sam claims Mother Teresa as his role model, he follows her example. “Her life story has moved me immensely, I will consider my life a success if I can do even a fraction of the good work she has done for humanity. Do not limit what you can do for God, & he will not limit what he will do for you.” Mother Teresa’s words are ““If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” The picture is of Sam Childers & some of the HOG club members at the Hard Rock Cafe in Bombay – India. These guys are very supportive of Sam’s work in Eastern Africa. They too do some incredible charity work on the ground in Mumbai/India. In celebration of this award Time Square posted a memorable “Congratulations” on the big screen from PR Newswire in downtown New York. You can find this information and view these pictures on Facebook under Sam Childers. In 2011 a movie was released starring Gerard Butler, portraying Sam Childers called “Machine Gun Preacher”. It’s a documentary of Sam Childers life as a former drug-dealing biker, tough guy who found God and became a crusader for hundreds of Sudanese children who’ve been forced to become soldiers. Sam and his men have rescued children from the clutches of the LRA, along with helping to save lives of innocent people in Africa. This documentary can be purchased by visiting www.angelsofeastafrica.com website or it can be seen on Netflix. It’s truly an awesome movie & documentary of a moment that took place in Sam’s life, which made him who he is now. I dare you to take a moment & watch this movie. It changed my way of thinking & it has touched my heart to help with this mission. Sam’s ministry couldn’t be what it is today if he did not have the help from God & all his helpers. Including those that are dear to him, such as his family, who sacrifice being with him to allow him to do God’s work in hand. The orphanage’s house more than 1,000 South Sudanese orphans & feeds more than 4,000 children daily in neighboring Uganda. Now Sam is starting ministry work in India. You can read more about this and much more by visiting Machine Gun Preachers Facebook page or keep your ears and eyes open because he will be coming back through St. Louis, MO again, I’m sure of it. In fact it was 3 years ago while attending the Rat Run at Cadillac Jacks, that I met Sam Childers. It’s a day that will forever be a part of my life & plenty of others that he was able to reach out to. Remember God’s children are all innocent & they need us as his people to help save them if were able. Thank you for taking the time to read this story & on behalf of Thunder Roads Magazine, I thank you Sam & all those that make this happen.


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The People Of Walmart

BRINGIN’ THE MO: What is it about older people that when they try to be hip & trendy they always pick something that is no longer hip and trendy, yet you applaud the effort anyway? I’m overly impressed by your grandmohawk lady, even if nobody else is.

RING THE ALARM: Ok sure, chances are her driver needed to stop at Walmart for something and she decided to see what all of the hype was about inside these Walmart stores that she had only heard of, but at least Beyoncé was in the giving spirit (to the tune of over $37,000). Nice to see that type of generosity this time of year.

STRAIGHTEN UP YOUR TAXES: Ah, the THE MOUSE IS IN THE HOUSE: Oh yes, HAIR-DO OR HAIR-DON’T?: So which legendary tax person straightening things out before the classic Mickey Mouse cut. Tell your hair type of hair would you rock? Are you a fancy boufshe starts on our return….I’m feeling confi- stylist she nailed it. fant or stinky beaver tail? dent of a thorough refund….NOT!

WWIB: HAIR ME OUT: I’m probably loving these hairstyles way too much right now. What do you guys think? Do you like the old Bozo the Clown or the lady who appears to be the mother of every member of the band White Snake?

JAMMIES WITH THE FEET: I’m fully aware the weather is getting colder and colder every day and you need to dress accordingly, but I didn’t think that dictated that you had to revert back to being 5 years old. If that’s the case I’m gonna start jumping on beds and throwing stuff inappropriately again.

COOL RUNNINGS: I guess he could have used a motorized shopping cart but when was the last time your shopping cart kept things cold? Exactly. Praise efficiency!

QUACK QUACK: Preach on brother! It’s great thinkers like you that keeps our People of Walmart website up and running with no signs of running out of material! 4 more years! 4 more years!

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WHY WE RIDE - A Documentary Film
Director: Bryan H. Carrol Article by Dixie I had the privilege of viewing this film at one of the two sold out shows in the St. Louis area. It’s told from the view of racers, riders, pioneers, kids and their parents. It’s all about their passion for riding and shows the camaraderie of friends and families that ride together, from sport bikes, to choppers, dirt bikes and everything in between. The story works its way through generations of motorcycle enthusiast some who make a living riding and others that live day to day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines. It’s about who we are. People with a desire to discover, dream and explore, seeking adventure and sharing those moments together. It’s about the journey, not the destination. The film was independently financed and no sponsorships were allowed by any group or company in the motorcycle industry during its production. This was to ensure the creative integrity of the documentary and that there would be no favoritism given to any one group. If you didn’t get the chance to catch this film, no worries it’s already been released on DVD and more theatres are being booked. This is the first of many projects that are in the works. One of the next films will be a live-action feature about the life story of motorcycle racer Ed “Iron Man” Kretz.


A game of HORSE(power)


it is filling with air best. Beyond this engine speed, horsepower will continue to improve as long as rpm climbs more quickly than torque is falling off - as As a child you likely played a basketball game called HORSE where you we run out of airflow through the intake ports and friction increases. Selectshoot baskets and each time you make a basket, you earn another letter in ing the correct combination of parts, or modifying them, can determine how far apart peak torque and peak power are made. We can make them hapthe word, and the first one to spell out h-o-r-s-e won. This is not about that game, but about another game where the one who pen farther apart for a broad power band that is easy to ride, or make them happen closer together, and a bit higher, for a bike that is “peakier” and a makes horsepower (and torque), and uses them best... wins. bit harder to ride well outside of the power band. It is the engine that makes  Many places you will hear about comparisons between torque and horsepower... this is yet another one.We don’t want to argue for or against the best average horsepower and torque within the rpm range where gear torque or horsepower... we want it all for best performance. We just need to shifting occurs that will have the quickest acceleration with all other factors remaining the same. use them correctly. To do this, we need to understand what they both are,  Since many four-stroke engines work within a very narrow band of and how they alter performance. thermal efficiency, we can look at the engine’s displacement (how many  If you are reading this, you are likely wanting to “go faster”... what you cc, liters, or cubic inches) and use this to determine a comparison of how really mean is you want to accelerate more quickly and out run the next efficiently a given engine is at turning gasoline into torque. Many production guy. You want to pull ahead out of turns, and down the straight, so you engines make 75 ft-lb of torque per liter at their maximum torque produccross the finish line first, or run a better ET when on a drag track. SO you tion, and very good engines produce 90-93 ft-lb per liter, while excellent really want to “go quicker”. This is acceleration. It takes a given amount of racing engines have been known to produce as much as 95 ft-lb per liter on force to accelerate a known mass at a given rate. exotic racing fuels or alcohol fuels.  The total weight of the bike, rider, fuel, oil, water, riding gear, etc. all  In the examples above you may have noticed that making 52.52 ft-lb of make up the total mass. If we know the mass of the bike, and we know torque made 125 hp at 12,500 rpm and 135 hp at 13,500 rpm. The torque the force produced at the different engine speeds in each gear, we can is the same, so how do we make use of the higher rpm? GEARING. figure the rate that the bike will accelerate. Then we can look at all of these Gearing is a torque multiplier. Your transmission and chain/belt/differendetails and how to improve them. This is the basic principal of improving tial use gearing to multiply the torque output of the engine and apply it to performance. the road or track. The gear ratios determine the multiplication factor, and  Torque is a rotational force - the force of the expanding combustion the rpm limit determines the maximum speed that can be attained (not gases acting to push down on a piston that is transmitted to the rotating crankshaft through a connecting rod. There are losses to heat and friction, including friction and drag). This is why your bike accelerates harder in first gear than in fourth - fourth has less multiplication, but more speed. If we but the end result is a measurable rotating force called torque. It is this use taller gearing, we can go faster at a given engine speed with a slower force that is used to cause acceleration. rate of acceleration. If we make torque at a higher rpm (torque+more rpm  Horsepower is the amount of torque at a specific engine speed mea= more horsepower), we can use more gearing multiplication to accelersured in revolutions per minute (rpm). It is a calculated value of work, not ate even harder. But as engine speeds increase, we lose more to friction, a measured force. Horsepower is how we compare the amount of work and the stresses in the engine multiply. If we double the engine speed, we that can be performed by an engine. We can use it well, or not... that is SQUARE the forces that are trying to pull everything apart. So obviously performance. we have to work smart and stay within the the engine’s limits or we launch  If torque and engine speed are known, horsepower can be calculated parts into low earth orbit in a slightly modified version of the big bang with the simple formula HP = TQ X RPM / 5252, and if horsepower and theory. engine speed are known, torque can be determined by modifying the  With a 600cc bike engine we can make a given amount of torque. If we formula to TQ = HP X 5252 / RPM. This means that horsepower and torque work out all the little details and get everything performing as well as we will always be the same at 5252 rpm. can, we improve torque. If we make a little more torque at higher rpm, we  Examples: make more horsepower. The gearing we use to multiply the torque to the  52.52 lb-ft of torque at 12,500 rpm = 52.52 X 12,500 / 5252 = 125 ground can help us go quicker (better acceleration) or faster (better top horsepower speed). If we get everything right, we can make a 600cc bike accelerate  125 horsepower at 12,500rpm = 125 X 5252 / 12,500 = 52.52 ft-lb  Now let’s change the camshaft and a few other things in the engine and more quickly than the next guy - sometimes even if he is on bike with a larger engine. THIS is how we correctly use torque to improve performance make the same torque, but at 13,500 rpm: in the adult game of HORSE(power).  HP = 52.52 X 13,500 rpm / 5252 = 135 hp  Now let us do it again, but at 4000 rpm: - Wayne Tripp  HP = 52.52 X 4000 / 5252 = 40 hp.  Notice that WHERE we make torque determines how much horsepower POWER-TRIPP Performance Phone: 205.663.4304 is produced. Fax:     205.663.4149  If you remember nothing else, remember that torque is a force, and horsepower is a calculation.On a dyno, torque is measured with a load cell, 103 8th Ave. NW or by spinning a drum of known weight at a measured rate of acceleration, Alabaster, AL, USA 35007 to determine the force. Then horsepower is calculated using engine speed. www.power-tripp.com  What is interesting is that peak torque occurs at the engine speed where


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