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Welcome back folks! If you haven’t taken the time to go out for a ride lately, try to make the time for it so you can enjoy the beautiful color show that the fall season has brought to us again this year….. it’s spectacular! This is the only time of the year to see nature’s perfect blend of warm rich colors of reds, golds, oranges & purples – it’s another one of our bennies of living in a region that has 4 seasons…..I love it! Be careful when riding over those wet leaves that blow onto the roads…they can be very slippery under your bike tires. With the shorter daylight hours & the sound of the Salvation Army bells starting to ring outside the store fronts, it’s hard to believe that the 2009 holiday season is already here. Each time we hop on our bikes & hit the streets, we make ourselves vulnerable to other motorists. With an increase of bike accidents & fatalities over the years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2008, deemed May as Motorcycle Awareness Month. It’s great to have one month out of the year dedicated to our awareness on the roads but we ride every month (some of us do), not just in May. Here at Thunder Roads, we’ve decided to promote Motorcycle Awareness each & every month of the year through a safety awareness campaign, which was designed by NHTSA, carrying the message to “Share the Road with Motorcycles”. Riders, friends of motorcycle communities, or anyone, can play an active part in helping to get the word out to motorists. We are partnering with some very special friends to make this happen and will be kicking it off in our December 2009 issue. We will be posting updates about this campaign on our website after Nov 15th. We’re hoping that other vehicles will start paying closer attention to motorcycles and will do their part to share the road with us. You’ve probably been hearing some news that the economy is starting to bounce back. I don’t think that these people who are gathering statistics about our economy are a part of the “real world” … where do they think that things are getting any better??? In my position here with our magazine I come in contact with so many people and I’m here to tell you that from what I’ve seen, heard & know from a lot of people, that we still have a very long way to go before things bounce back. Many people are still out of their jobs and are having a real hard time finding anything available that they can do to support their families or even their self. With all the unemployment, home foreclosures and, businesses closing their doors...it’s still pretty rough out there. As you gather together with your family & friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, be truly thankful for what you do have & take nothing for granted. It would be so nice if everyone had good steady employment & the security of knowing that you can afford to keep your lights on, keep the roof over your head and put food on your table. Unfortunately there are way too many who continue to struggle and deal with the uncertainty of being able to afford to take care of even simple everyday living expenses for themselves & their families. Things are bound to get better but it’s just going to take some more time. We hope that you can all find some good things in your lives to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. Stay safe to & from wherever you may be travelling for the holiday. From all of us here at Thunder Roads, have a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Best wishes for peace, love & happiness in all of your days. Until next month… Happy Trails
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NOVEMBER Nov 1st Daylight Savings Time Ends Fall back! Set your clocks back 1 hour Nov 1st Toy Run Staunton, VA Shenandoah Valley Harley Owners Group sponsors it’s annual Toy Run for New Directions Center. Cost $10 or new toy of greater value. All riders welcome and all proceeds go to New Directions Center. weather / info line 540-946-9992 www.shenandoahhog. com Nov 11th Veterans Day Nov 7th Scorpions M/C 24th Annual Toy Run, Bike Show and Blood Drive Gates open at 12noon, 6 bands will be playing through out the day stating at 1pm. Bike show will be be public votes, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, places. Bloodmobile will be on site for donations. Vendors, food, door prizes, 50/50 drawings. Also raffling off a new 2009 Superglide, tickets $25. Location: Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, Hwy 58E Approx 7miles past Danville Va city limits. Contact: Stump 434-251-6352 or scorpion_ email@example.com Nov 7th Honor and Remember Veterans Ride Chesapeake, V Motorcycle Ride beginning at Buskys Chill and Grill, 237 Hanbury Rd., Chesapeake, VA. Registration is 9-10:30 and and costs
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$5.00 ea plus a donated toiletry item. There will be door prizes, trophies, and food at the end, all this included with your registration. Honor and Remember will be presenting flags to Gold Star Families who have lost a loved one while in service to our country. Contact Skip at 757-434-2154 or skip620@cox. net, Chesapeake, Virginia Nov 8th ABATE VETS RUN Newport News/Hampton, VA 18th Annual VETS Run, sponsored by the First Capitol Chapter ABATE of VA, from Newport News YMCA to Hampton Vets Hospital. Registration from 10:30 to 12:30, escorted ride leaves at 1:00. Cars welcome too! $10.00 donation - all proceeds go directly to the hospitalized veterans. Food, music and bike show at ride end. contact Gene at 757-903-6541 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Nov 14th Vets Helping Vets Yorktown, VA U.S. Military Vets, Virginia State Chapter will be holding a 2-Wheel/4-Wheel Dice Run, with proceeds going to benefit Veterans in need through our support of multiple charities to include: Hampton VA Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, The Fisher House, Operation Troop Aid, Homes For Troops, Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation, Vetshouse, Inc, etc. Our Run will Start and Finish at Bayhaven Grill, 6500A George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown ( Next to Hampton Roads Harley Davidson). First Vehicle out 11 AM, last Vehicle in 3 PM. Entry fee $10 with prizes for best and worst rolls, door prizes and 50/50
drawings. Also on hand will be The Pin Up Angels (www.thepinupangels.com) Check us out at www.usmvmcva1.org. Nov 21st Biker Basket Bingo Salisbury, MD Harley-Davidson of Seaford (De.) and Ocean City (Md.) present a night of Bingo for a local scholarship. Prizes include Harley items as well as Vera Bradley bags and Longaberger Baskets. Doors open at 5:30, early bird game at 6:30 and bingo starts at 7 p.m., bingo held at Fraternal Order of Eagles, Salisbury, Md. Tickets $20 and available at HD of Seaford and HD of Ocean City. For info, call 302629-6161 or 410-629-1599. Nov 22nd Speedway Harley Davidson 7th Annual Toy Run Benefiting the Cabarrus County Empty Stocking Fund Free Food & Door Prizes. Must bring a new unwrapped toy. see www.speedwayharleydavidson.com for flyer registration starts at 10 am Nov 26th Happy Thanksgiving! Nov 27th Southside H-D Beware of the Mall Sale Virginia Beach, VA Info 757-499-8964 www.hrhd.com Nov 27th All American Harley-Davidson Black Friday Sales Hughesville, MD 11/27/09 Black Friday SALES – Check out website for
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Dec 19th Departure Bike Works Christmas Open House Richmond, VA Lots of food, beverages & good cheer (Sale prices, also). (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com Dec 19th Christmas Open House at All American Harley-Davidson Hughesville, MD 12/19/09 Christmas Open House – Free Food While Supplies Last. AMAZING CHRISTMAS Sales and Holiday gift ideas! Pictures with Santa! Check out website for complete details, www. allamericanh-d.com! Open 10 am – 4 pm. All American Harley-Davidson in Hughesville, MD. 888-833-2REV Dec 21st 1st Day of Winter Dec 25th Merry Christmas!
days. Maryland State Fairgrounds – Timonium, Maryland – Opens 10AM each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 12-14, 2010. Admission for Adults: $15.00, Children 10-15 years $5.00 and under 10 are free with paying adult. Go to www.cycleshow.net to print-out $5.00 off admission discount coupons, good on adult admission only. For more info. call, 410-561-7323, visit www.cycleshow.net or email email@example.com. Apr 9th – 11th , 2010 5th Annual Bikers for Tykes & Troops Motorcycle Rally Virginia Beach, VA KOA Kampground: 1240 General Booth Blvd , Virginia Beach , VA 23451. Featuring: Vendors, Dealers, Exhibitors, Concerts, Contests, Games, Food and MORE. More info: www.bikersfortykesandtroops.org. All proceeds benefit USO of Hampton Roads and Children’s Hospital of The King ’s Daughters Apr 16th – 19th 15th Annual FL Freedom Rights Rally Monticello, FL 15th ANNUAL FREEDOM RIGHTS RALLY, Monticello KOA Campground, Monticello, FL. Info: 386943-9610, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.ABATEFlorida.com. You like to ride in Florida? Come on out and show the Legislators in FL that BIKERS HAVE RIGHTS TOO! This rally’s high-point is an escorted ride RIGHT ONTO THE ROTUNDA AT THE FLORIDA STATE CAPITOL IN TALLAHASSEE! Be a part and bring the Bikers’ fight to the Capitol! Free tent camping too!
DECEMBER Dec 11th Southside H-D 12 Days of Christmas Sale Begins Virginia Beach, VA Info 757-499-8964 www.hrhd.com Dec 12th Southside H-D Santa and His Elves Open House Virginia Beach, VA Info 757-499-8964 www.hrhd.com Dec 12th Christmas Open House & Pictures with Santa Hughesville, MD HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC., 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft Washington, MD 20744, www.hdwash.com, 301-248-1200, 10am to 4pm
Feb 12th – 14th , 2010 Timonium Motorcycle Show Timonium, MD Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on display…huge custom and antique bike show…100’s Dec 13th of exhibits covering everything in Swap Meet motorcycling. Attendees will be able Fishersville, VA to meet several nationally known 9am to 4pm. Augusta Expo, Fishersville, bike builders featured on Discovery Va. (Exit 91 off I-64) Call Departure Bike Channel’s “Biker Build-off” and Speed Works for info (804)231-0244 Channel’s “Two Wheel Tuesday” Series, like Michele Smith all three
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Air Or Ground?
By Kevin G. Charleville (Doc) Fall is probably most everyone’s favorite time to ride for scenery, it is mine for sure. Quite often, we can remain close to home to view the explosion of beautiful colors and sights. However, we sometimes like to experience a double dose of scenery and thrill riding combined, which can take us on the back roads, two lane highways, and mountain turns. Have you ever been riding and thought to yourself, gee, I sure hope I do not break down out here or worse? All areas of the US, and countries abroad, are covered by some type of Emergency Medical Services. The level of care has greatly advanced over the last several years throughout the world, including the use of Medical Air Rescue. Most EMS units staff at least one Paramedic, and sometimes even doctors and nurses. However, some areas are not as fortunate because of budgetary constraints. I could get into explaining the different levels of care performed by, First Responders, EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians), Paramedics, Flight Nurses, etc, but that would have to be a totally separate article. Many areas of the country that are frequented by motorcyclist are preplanned by the medical and fire entities having jurisdiction. In other words, they have special responses of manpower and vehicles to theses areas that they cover, which sometimes include Air Rescue or Medical Helicopters. However, many areas do not, and/or the need for specialized equipment, only gets called to the scene with the request of the initial arriving medical crew or fire department personnel. Time is critical for a trauma patient, especially a serious situation. Normally, Medical Helicopters can transport to a trauma center in just a matter of minutes where it may take a ground ambulance up to an hour or more in some parts of the country. If you are out in such an area and the unthinkable happens, or you run across someone else’s misfortune, here are some things to consider. Learn what type of coverage you have in the areas where you ride and where you are going to ride. Even though we are riding to fully capture the beauty of our trip, pay attention to landmarks that may help the emergency workers locate you faster. Although coverage can be poor in some areas, always carry a cell phone. Some cell phones have GPS options. Request a Rescue Helicopter if you think, or you are unsure, of the seriousness of the patient’s injuries. This will get the ball rolling if it is not already an automatic helicopter response for the area. The 911 operator may tell you that must be determined by the first arriving emergency crew. If so, then that is their protocol and they must adhere to that. However, they may send a helicopter on your request, which could possibly save many critical minutes for the patient. Let me strongly state that I am not taking anything away from any of our countries highly trained medical and fire personnel, they have all worked very hard to obtain and maintain their credentials. However, and all would agree, time is of the essence with a critical trauma patient. Ride free, be safe, and please, take care of the children.
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Proud To Be An American
But they had plenty of time to worry about their loved ones. Time to be alone and scared. Time to see their By Joe Brinn, State Owner/Editor TRM MI, US Army CW3 comrades bleeding and dying in a far off land. And time to feel the pain as their own body is decimated by IED’s and Retired, Vietnam Vet/7/17th Air Calvary, Ruthless Riders terrorist gunfire. And they had the time to pray, that they Now more than ever our soldiers and our veterans need might come home safe and sound as they fight for our our help as they return home to a less than ideal situation freedoms. So I think they deserve a little bit of our time, of your back in the US. Many have lost their homes, their jobs time. And now is the time to help our veterans. You can and their livelihoods upon returning home from Iraq and help by providing your time to assist wherever you can. Afghanistan. Sure many Americans have lost much of the Maybe it is only helping to pack care packages to send to same during the past couple years as our economy has our veterans overseas. Or driving a veteran to his doctor’s tumbled and our lives have been turned upside down by appointment. Or serving meals at a Veterans Hospital or greedy corporations and unscrupulous CEO’s. But many his/her home. Maybe it is just being there when they need of our veterans have lost more than just material things. to talk. Is that too much to give for someone who has They have suffered physically as well as mentally. Our given so much? They do not ask. They do not beg. And government and the Veterans Administration have been many attempt to do for themselves even though they need overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of veterans needing our help. Veterans are a proud lot, as they should be. But support physically, financially and with medical attention. is it not us who should be proud of them and what they It’s time, we as a nation stepped up to the plate and do did for our country? Volunteer, give money, give time, give what we promised when these military men and women assistance so that our veterans can feel and receive the took their oath to defend our freedoms. Almost daily I receive reports and e-mails detailing how our government, humble honors they so richly deserve. Be proud America, of our veterans and for all they do and sacrifice for us on a their government, looks at ways to cut their benefits to fit day to day basis. But be proud in a way that counts. Show our politician’s ideas for a balanced federal budget. Our your support with either money or with your time and let elected officials have no qualms about cutting into the benefits and programs that many of our veterans need just them know you care in a way that they can see and feel. Give a little, but gain a LOT. You will forever be rewarded to survive or to rebuild their lives. Many of these veterans with the satisfaction that can only come from helping those are left alone to fend for themselves as they fight for the who need your help. rights they were promised. Paperwork and BS block their As we honor our Veterans on Veterans Day on Novempath as they seek what is rightfully theirs. We can not trust ber 11th, please take a moment and pray that they come our elected officials and the government to take care of their needs anymore since many of these same politicians home safe and sound to their families. Pray but remember that as long as we have to protect our freedoms from the worry more about what they can do for themselves and terrorists and the evil they do, we will have to send our their popularity and not about taking care of our veterans sons and daughters to defend our rights and the rights and their needs. So in this time of need, we the American people need to of our future generations. To our Brave Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, and Marines, to our Coast Guard, National Guard step up and do what we can to provide the much needed & Reserve troops everywhere; THANK YOU for all that support for our veterans whenever and wherever we can. How you might ask? Look around you. There are plenty of you do and remember that we do care. Want to help out? If you meet their qualifications, join organizations who need your help as they go about taking the American Legion Post or VFW Post in your local area care of our veterans and their needs. And help may not necessarily be in the form of money either although that is as they offer much needed assistance to local vets with both local and national programs that your donations and surely what they need most. But sometimes all they need membership monies help to support. is time. Your TIME. And if you see a veteran, whether it be WWII, Korean, Maybe your time is too important to give. Well, our Iraq or Afghanistan or Viet Nam, or just someone in the soldiers had the time to give. Time that they had to give military who is serving this great country of ours, walk up up is more like it. The time with their wife, their kids, their to them and shake their hand, give them a big hug, and families. The time to laugh. The time to shop. The time to say “Thank You” so they will know firsthand that a grateful be with friends. Time to laugh out loud. The time to sleep nation does care that they sacrificed so much for so many. quietly and comfortably in their own beds in their own homes. GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS
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Proud To Be An American
If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played, this brings out a new meaning of it. We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, ‘Taps.’ It’s the song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginnings. Reportedly, it all began in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert Ellicombe was with his men near Harrison’s Landing in Virginia. The Confederate Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment. When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own son. The boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out. Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked permission of his superiors to give his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. His request was only partially granted. The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician. The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead youth’s uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody we now know as ‘Taps’ used at military funerals was born. Day is done. Gone the sun. From the lakes From the hills. From the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh. Fading light. Dims the sight. And a star. Gems the sky. Gleaming bright. From afar. Drawing nigh. Falls the night.. Thanks and praise. For our days. Neath the sun Neath the stars. Neath the sky As we go. This we know. God is nigh
Remember those who have served and returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.
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For Immediate Release October 8, 2009 Contact Gordon Hickey 804.225.4260 804.291.8977 (cell) Governor Kaine Kicks Off “Countdown to the Restaurant Smoking Ban” Critical health initiative to take effect December 1, 2009 RICHMOND - With just about 50 days to go before the Commonwealth’s landmark smoking ban goes into effect, Governor Timothy M. Kaine is joining dining patrons and community leaders across Virginia today to highlight restaurants that have already gone smoke-free. The new law-called “monumental” in one of the nation’s biggest tobacco-producing states-takes effect December 1 and will prohibit smoking in nearly all restaurants across the Commonwealth. The Governor is visiting successful restaurants in Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Fairfax County that have voluntarily gone smoke-free. “This historic public health measure will only enhance the high quality of life Virginians have come to enjoy by protecting restaurant patrons and employees from the serious health risks of secondhand smoke,” said Governor Kaine. “With a growing number of Virginia restaurants that have already found they can be both smoke-free and successful, I encourage other restaurants to go smoke-free before December 1 to immediately protect restaurant-goers and workers alike.” By enacting a ban on smoking in the Commonwealth’s bars and restaurants, Virginia joins the 27 states and the District of Columbia which have already passed similar legislation. Virginia’s law permits narrow exceptions for private clubs and restaurants with designated smoking rooms that are structurally separate and independently vented from non-smoking dining rooms. According to the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), about 70 percent of Virginia’s fast-food and full-service restaurants are now smokefree, including the sites of today’s events-Panera Bread in Norfolk, Perly’s Diner in Richmond, Table 50 in Roanoke, and El Pueblo Restaurant in Burke. Since the legislation passed earlier this year, VDH has been working with health care organizations, members of the restaurant and hospitality industry, other state agencies and local governments to develop common sense, cost-effective policies and procedures to implement and enforce the ban. Citizens and dining establishments with questions on implementation of the smoking ban should visit VDH’s Frequently Asked Questions page in advance of the December 1 deadline. Secondhand smoke is responsible for as many as 1,040 adult deaths per year in Virginia, according to the health department. In addition, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids estimates the Commonwealth spends $105.3 million a year on health care expenditures related to exposure to second hand smoke. The Governor was accompanied during today’s visits by State Health Commissioner Karen Remley, M.D., MBA, who emphasized resources available for smokers seeking help in quitting. To assist those wishing to quit, VDH will be expanding the Quit Now Virginia hotline to serve more than 3,500 smokers annually. “This flu season is a good time for smokers to quit,” said Dr. Remley. “Smokers often suffer chronic ailments and are at greater risk for complications from influenza. With H1N1 influenza circulating this fall in addition to seasonal flu, we hope smokers will make the healthy choice for themselves and their families of quitting in advance of the smoking ban.” For more information on the upcoming smoking ban, go to the Virginia Department of Health’s Web site at www.vdh.virginia.gov. Restaurant inspection reports, which are also available on the VDH Web site, provide information to identify those restaurants that are already smoke-free. Smokers who want to go smoke-free can get help through the Quit Now Virginia hotline by calling toll-free (800) QUIT-NOW (800-7848669) to be connected to information and assistance in getting help locally. Office of the Governor Timothy M. Kaine © Commonwealth of Virginia 2009 WAI compliant Source: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/viewRelease.cfm?id=1108
NO BUTTS ABOUT IT Restaurants and smoking in Virginia FAQS New legislation goes into effect Dec. 1, 2009, to protect restaurant workers and patrons from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke. The Virginia Department of Health offers these frequently asked questions and answers about the new law and the department’s role.
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Can I smoke in a restaurant now? Yes, if the restaurant has a smoking area. A restaurant with 50 or more seats, however, must provide a non-smoking area sufficient to meet customer demand. When does the new law take effect? Dec. 1, 2009. What are the key provisions of the law? Smoking will be prohibited in restaurants that are open to the public, with a few exceptions. What kinds of establishments are exempt from the law? • Any place or operation that prepares or stores food to distribute to people in the same business operation, or of a related business operation for service to the public. Examples include operations that prepare food for catering services, pushcart operations, hotdog stands or other mobile points of service. • Any outdoor area of a restaurant, with or without a roof covering, provided it is not enclosed by temporary enclosures. • Any restaurant located on the premises of any manufacturer of tobacco products. • Any portion of a restaurant constructed so that the area where smoking is permitted is: • Structurally separated from the non-smoking areas of the restaurant, and • Separately vented to prevent the recirculation of air from the smoking area to the non-smoking area. At least one public entrance must be into an area where smoking is not permitted. • Any portion of a restaurant used exclusively for private functions, provided the functions are limited to those areas that are structurally separate and vented separately as described above. Must a restaurant that is exempted from the ban permit patrons to smoke? No. The owner or proprietor may voluntarily prohibit smoking in the establishment. Does the ban prohibit smoking in restaurants operated in private clubs? No. Private clubs, such as local VFWs and lodges, are exempt. Private clubs are those organizations that: • Are used exclusively for club purposes or events; • Operate solely for recreational, fraternal, social, patriotic, political, benevolent, or athletic purposes; • Have established bylaws, a constitution, or both, to govern its activities; and • Conducts the organization’s affairs and management by a board of directors, executive committee, or similar body chosen by the members at an annual meeting. Will smoking be allowed in outdoor areas of restaurants? Smoking will be permitted in outdoor areas of a restaurant provided the outdoor area is not enclosed by any screened wall, roll-up doors or other temporary enclosures. Are there any “grandfathering” provisions in the law? Yes. If a restaurant is in existence as of Dec. 1, 2009, it is not required to create an additional public entrance if the only public entrance is through an outdoor area of the restaurant where smoking is permitted. Does the law affect employees who work in areas where the law permits smoking? Yes. Wait or bus staff may not be required by the proprietor to work in any area of the restaurant where smoking may be permitted. How will the ban be enforced? What role will VDH have in enforcing the ban? During routine restaurant inspections, local health department environmental health specialists will determine compliance with the law, which requires proprietors to: • Post signs stating “No Smoking” or containing the international “No Smoking” symbol clearly and conspicuously in every restaurant where smoking is prohibited; • Remove all ashtrays and other smoking paraphernalia from all areas of the restaurant where smoking is prohibited; and • Assess, with the assistance of others, whether any separate smoking rooms comply with requirements of the law. What types of policies and procedures will VDH use to enforce the ban? What happens if a proprietor or patron violates the ban? How will those policies and procedures be developed? Over the next few months, VDH will work with the Office of the Attorney General and local law enforcement and local governments to develop policies and procedures for enforcing this law. Stakeholders will also be involved in the development of these policies and procedures. Who can I contact at the Virginia Department of Health for more information? Contact Gary Hagy, Director, Division of Food and Environmental Services, (804) 864-7455, Gary.Hagy@vdh.virginia.gov. Source: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/news/Alerts/SmokingBanFAQs.htm
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You are not violating Virginia law if you ride with a Non-DOT above standards. That is not going to happen. The standards are performance standards; they are not a guideline Helmet on how to build a helmet. The DOT and Snell standards can be obtained online, however, I cannot find anyone who I am frequently asked by riders what to do if they are has been able to find the ANSI standards. Even if they stopped for wearing an “illegal helmet.” By illegal they could, they are performance standards as well. What that always mean that the helmet is not DOT certified. My means is that the state cannot prove its case. Often an answer is always the same. Your helmet is perfectly legal officer will testify that he could tell that the helmet is illegal in Virginia. However, before I explain why your helmet is perfectly legal, due to the weight of the helmet or the thickness of the liner. However, none of the three applicable standards dictate let me say that this is not an article taking one side or the other on the great helmet debate that rages throughout the any certain weight for the helmet, nor do they require any particular thickness for the lining. They are silent on those motorcycling community. Motorcyclists differ in their opinions on which type of helmet a rider should wear, and even issues. The standards focus on how the helmet distributes whether or not a motorcyclist should be able to ride without the force of an impact. There is only one way to determine that, and that is to have the helmet tested. There are three a helmet at all. This article is not meant to take a position problems with that. The first is that there are no testing with regard to either of those debates. It is merely an atfacilities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The second tempt to clarify the applicable law in Virginia as it pertains is that the procedure necessitates destroying the helmet. to helmets so that each rider can make their own decision, and so that if you are stopped and ticketed for an illegal (or The third is that the police do not have the right to take the helmet for testing in the first place without probable cause more often improper) helmet, you will be armed with the that it does not meet any of those three standards. Unless information to avoid paying a ticket for a violation that you they know and understand those standards, the requisite did not commit. Section 46.2-910 of the Code of Virginia requires that every probable cause does not exist. operator and passenger on a motorcycle being operated on In short, section 46.2-910 of the Code of Virginia is a very vague statute when it comes to mandating the types of the highways of Virginia (highways includes all areas open helmets which may be worn in Virginia. In fact, two juristo the public for motor vehicle travel) must wear a protecdictions in Virginia, Rockingham County and the City of tive helmet. The helmet must meet or exceed any one of Newport News, have declared 46.2-910 so vague that it is three helmet standards; 1) Department of Transportation unconstitutional in terms of enforcing any type of helmet (DOT), 2) Snell Memorial Foundation, or 3) The American which may be worn. We are expecting a third jurisdiction, National Standards Institute (ANSI). That’s it. That is the totality of the requirements for a motorcycle helmet to meet Radford, to give an opinion on the matter within a month. So the next time someone suggests that your helmet is Virginia code. Notice that the statute says that the helmet illegal because it is not DOT certified, point them to Section must meet or exceed any one of those standards. It does 46.2-910. You could also point to the fact that their helmet not say it must be approved by any of those entities, nor does the statute require that the helmet be marked, labeled, is not DOT certified either given the fact that DOT does not certify helmets, but that is an issue we can tackle in the or certified by any of those entities. Therefore, the mere future. Once again let me say that I am not advocating any fact that your helmet does not have a sticker on it does not particular helmet. I am advocating knowing the laws of your render it illegal, nor does it give an officer the right to pull you over or ticket you. However, if one does, do not argue, state and what your rights are as a Virginia Motorcyclist. be polite and take the ticket. This is a battle to fight in court, If you have any further questions or comments concerning this article or any other matters concerning your rights as not on the side of the road. a motorcyclist in Virginia, please contact me at 1-800-321In order to be convicted of a helmet offense (short of not 8968 or at firstname.lastname@example.org wearing one at all) the state is going to have to show that The preceding is for informational purposes only and should your helmet does not meet or exceed each of the above not be considered legal advice. The laws governing the standards, which differ from one another. That means that above may be different in your state. the officer will have to know and understand each of the
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Hardej, a survivor of the 82nd Floor WTC #1, was at his side. This effort was born by two silent heroes, Mike Angelastro (AF Res., RET) and Greg ‘Spock’ Alspach sometime in 2002, where the two modest men carried, raised and lowered 50 US flags to 50 state capitols in 50 days. By any means, this By Wendy Ferguson, Editor was no small feat, but testimony to the commitment and Shenandoah Valley Harley Owner’s Group patriotism they live. Angelastro remarks “It was an amazing On a beautiful Sunday morning in Staunton, a small group trip, done on the fly.” Mike is a member of the “Infidel” MC in New York. of local HOG members rolled into the Shenandoah Harley‘Spock’s’ experience as a lobbyist for a decade helped Davidson’s parking lot after the Chapter meeting. They had in the logistics of this meaningful effort, he exclaims that it hopes of seeing the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation was “A labor of love.” for him. The duo hails from Breezy and their supporters arriving into Staunton on a very important mission. They came in at high noon, along with the ‘men Point, Brooklyn, the neighborhood that suffered the most losses, (eighty-one in all) from the terrorist attacks. Many in grey’ to have lunch and respite hosted by Bob Ladd, the first responders live in the modest suburb of Manhattan. It is owner of the dealership. The New York Fire Department suffered great losses while the heart, perhaps of the collective heroes whose lives and fighting the terrorist’s carnage that followed 9/11 and will for- sacrifices we all became enraptured with through the years. There was an assemblage of state police that proudly ever be remembered as iconic heroes, not only in New York, led the group into town, one of them; Trooper Dean Jones but worldwide. We often think of New Yorkers as brash, feisty and brave anyway, but this group brought professional- remarked that this was “The best I’ve seen (for) a group of individuals to do such a great thing.” ism, bravery and hope to a new, patriotic level, quietly and Also with the group was a petite, yet powerful woman who with dignity. has tirelessly accompanied the group on this ride. It was SuThe foundation secures funding through private donations san Rescorla, widow of Rick Rescorla whose proud bronze providing transportation to the families of injured, ill or destatue awaited the beam’s arrival. When asked how she felt ceased New York City Firefighters. They are also dedicated about this trip and the honor being given to her husband, she to promoting the greater good of FDNY, as ambassadors of remarked, “These are the finest people you want to meet, good will. This amazing Sunday, the group brought with them a small ever! This is patriotism at its’ finest, it is alive and well in the hearts of firemen, policemen, first responders, and veterans.” section of the World Trade Center’s backbone on a modest Also, she stated that it was very symbolic, “Taking the steel trailer, an immensely symbolic carriage of the supreme sacof the souls that were murdered and still are fighting” through rifices the fire department and their families endured. It was the efforts of this group. covered in well-wishes from supporters all over the country. There is an Army base named after her husband in AfThis trailer was accompanied by dozens of bikers, and a ghanistan, and she remarks that “Every man has his story, very special fire truck, Engine 343. The FDNY honored their this is one of them.” She remembers vividly one part of the deceased firefighters with the creation of Engine 343, which trip. It was foggy venturing through Pennsylvania; the white bears the names of the 343 New York City Firefighters, with mist reminded her of the soot present during the ensuing three bronze plaques affixed to the inside of the hose bed. days following the worst terrorist attack in US history. The signature plaque is presented to those deserving of it. Their mission was to bring this slice of history to a very This dialogue is from Susan’s memorial website: special resting place, next to the bronze statue of Col Rick “My husband, Rick Rescorla, was one of the 3,000 AmeriRescorla (RET) located in Fort Benning, GA. at the National cans murdered by terrorists on 9/11/01. Rick was Vice PresiInfantry Museum. There is a “sister” section of the I-beam, its final resting place is now with the US Marine Corps at Camp dent of Security for Morgan-Stanley/Dean-Witter, the largest Lejeune, North Carolina. An additional section will be escort- tenant in the World Trade Center. His heroic actions on the day of the attack, along with his extraordinary foresight ed to the Pentagon in Washington DC in 2010. and preparation, saved the lives of 2,700 people. His story This I-beam is being dedicated to the men and women has been told on television and radio - in newspapers and of the United States Army, who have lost their lives since magazines - and in the book ‘Heart Of A Soldier’, by Pulitzer the attacks on September 11 2001, and to the soldiers who Prize winner James B. Stewart. Rick is also on the cover of continue to serve. It was delivered to Fort Benning from its start at the WTC site and presented to Members of the 106th another book, We Were Soldiers Once... And Young, written by General Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway. You see, 9-11 Air Rescue Unit, NYS Air National Guard by Founder/Presiwas not the first time Rick had distinguished himself. 9-11 dent Pat Concannon, In addition, USAF ANG Colonel Chris
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was just the last heroic chapter of his heroic life. I am so very proud to have had him in my life. I want so to have his legacy live on. Rick’s friends and I decided to establish The Richard C. Rescorla Memorial Foundation in Rick’s memory, to keep present the magnitude of Rick’s life and to promote the virtues Rick lived by – duty, honor, and courage. To that end we commissioned a bronze statue of Rick, based on that iconic photo of him at the Ia Drang. This statue will be placed on permanent display at the new National Infantry Museum to be built at Ft. Benning, Georgia. This statue was unveiled April 1, 2006 at a wonderful ceremony at the old museum and is now in storage there while the new museum is being built. Many people contributed their time, effort, and money to this project. To each of you, I extend my deep gratitude and enduring appreciation.” Susan Rescorla Many thanks to the Shenandoah Valley H.O.G. for their pictures
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Group Riding Tips
The group should ride in staggered formation unless otherwise indicated by the lead Road Captain. Maintain a safe, but not too distant gap between you and the rider directly in front of you. This following distance is to provide a space cushion around each rider that gives each one in the formation enough time and distance to brake and/or swerve in case of a sudden, unexpected hazard that requires evasive action by any part or all of the group. If this doesn’t seem to make any sense to you, watch what the other riders are doing and follow their example for following distance and space cushioning. REMEMBER! Too much following distance can be just as bad as, and frequently is WORSE, than too little following distance. If the formation lacks uniformity in what we appear to be doing, then we don’t “look” like we are “together” as group. And we become regarded as random individual vehicles in the traffic pattern, and not like a group or unit trying to function as one vehicle. Too much following distance INVITES cars into the formation, splitting it up in traffic. If we don’t control our lane space the cars WILL take it away from us. Be prepared! Non-motorcycling car drivers really DO NOT understand what we do when we ride as a group or why. So, if a car starts to blindly move into or through the group - LET THEM IN. We can always re-form the group a little later down the road. Also, always let the Road Captain know if you intend to leave the group before the end of the ride. # 1 RULE The number one rule in a ride group situation almost sounds like a joke, but it is VERY SERIOUS. The primary job for every rider is to NOT hit the motorcycle in front of him or her! New or Inexperienced Riders If you are a new, inexperienced rider, or have not ridden with the group before: Let the Road Captain know so you can be placed towards the rear of the pack on the right side of the lane. This will allow you to observe the group’s riding procedures. If you think you will not be comfortable with any portion of the planned ride, let the Road Captain know before leaving. Three-Wheelers, Sidecars and Trailers If you are riding a 3-Wheeler, have a Sidecar, or are pulling a Trailer: Ride at the rear of the pack, just in front of the Sweeper (rear guard, drag bike). This allows the 2 wheel bikes to keep a uniform formation. About Changing Lanes Whenever possible, the lead bike will only attempt to enter traffic if there is room for all (or most) of the ride group to follow immediately. If the group is split, the Lead
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Bike will normally take the slow lane and keep the speed relatively low until the group forms into normal staggered riding formation. Do not change your position within the lane (i.e.: if you are in the left side of the lane, do not move to the right side of the lane). If a gap develops due to a departing bike, the space can be left open, or the rider in line behind moves up to fill the space. Each rider in that lane position should move up sequentially as soon as it is safe to do so. A stoplight or stop sign is the most logical place to do this, as you should be moving up to a side-by-side formation at that time anyway. When performing lane changes as a group the Road Captain will signal and every rider will signal accordingly. The Sweeper (rear guard, drag bike) will make the lane change FIRST. Then the Road Captain will move over after the lane has cleared of traffic and each rider from there on will follow the bike in front of him/her. Regardless of what other riders in the group are doing, each rider must check to see that the new lane is clear of traffic before entering it. When making a left or right turn, maintain your position within the lane. For instance, if you are in the left side of the lane, and making a right turn, stay in the left side through the turn. Passing a slow moving vehicle on a two-lane road typically cannot be done while in formation. If oncoming traffic requires the group to pass individually, the lead Bike will signal to move into single-file formation to make known that the group members are to pass the vehicle one at a time. The forward members of the group will gradually position themselves single-file in the left side of the lane to prepare to pull into the oncoming lane. The Lead Bike will usually wait for a gap in oncoming traffic that is big enough for more than one bike to pass, but that is not always possible. When a safe interval is observed, the Lead Bike will signal and pull into the oncoming lane. After passing the “obstacle,” the Lead Bike signals that it is moving into the right lane and does so, taking its normal position in front of the slower vehicle(s). The Lead Bike will maintain or increase its speed while falling back into formation. Each bike should safely repeat this procedure and be aware of the need to create a gap into which the next bike in succession can fit after overtaking the “obstacle.” For this reason each bike should maintain speed after passing, until the Sweeper has passed and the group has reformed. On any stretch of curvy road and in any corner, a group may ride in single-file momentarily, to enable each rider to corner at his own speed and to have as much room as possible for maneuvering this is especially helpful for new riders. This is an accepted variance to the staggered formation, the Lead Bike will not signal for single-file at
each curve/corner, but will expect the riders to choose their own path of travel. Spacing out on less congested rural back roads, the riders in the group may spread out to create larger intervals between motorcycles. This allows a rider to negotiate corners more safely, relax a bit and enjoy the scenery and ride. Do not leave gaps large enough for a car to enter the formation. The riders should remain close enough to each other to see hand signals passed back from the Lead Bike. Lead Bike Responsibilities The Lead Bike rides in the most forward position in the group and relays information to all other riders via hand signals. The Lead Bike determines the group’s direction, speed, choice of lane and formation. He/she must often make quick navigation decisions in the face of road hazards, changes of road surface conditions, poor signage, construction and other obstacles while maintaining control of his/her own bike and communicating to those following in the group. Sweeper Bike Responsibilities The Sweeper (rear guard, drag bike) rides in the last position in the group and relays information to the lead bike regarding the other riders in the group, traffic patterns, bike problems, etc. The Sweeper secures the lane for the rest of the group during lane changes, moving over first to block upcoming traffic. He/she also “closes the door” by moving over to block passing traffic when a lane is lost in a merging lane situation. The Sweeper drops out or designates someone to drop out to assist a rider who has mechanical trouble, loses control, or drops out of a ride for some other reason. Rider’s Responsibilities Riders are expected to arrive on time at the departure point with a full tank of gas, proper attire for the conditions, and physically ready to ride (potty stop, medications packed, sober and alert). If a rider brings a passenger for a group ride, he/she is expected to manage and attend to the passenger’s needs personally before the departure time. * Do not permit the passenger to mount the motorcycle until all riding gear is on and fastened securely (beware of outside pockets). * Passengers should not give hand signals or anything resembling hand signals as this can be confusing for other riders and become a safety hazard.
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COMING IN OUR DECEMBER 2009 ISSUE In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Foundation (NHTSF) rolled out their motorcycle safety campaign for May’s Motorcycle Awareness Month. This was a great start in helping to get other motorists to pay closer attention to the presence of motorcycles...but, it’s not enough. Motorcycle Awareness should be ongoing EVERY month of the year. Nearly half of all motorcycle accidents are caused by other vehicles which is all the more reason to find additional ways to grab the attention of motorists. In efforts to help promote Motorcycle Awareness as a “year round” campaign, our magazine will be teaming up with some very special friends of our motorcycle communities to help sponsor the NHTSF’s “Share the Road with Motorcycles” campaign beginning in our December 2009 issue. If you ride a bike or know someone who does, we encourage you to play an active role in Motorcycle Awareness in your local areas and out on the open road. In next month’s issue, we’ll show you how you can help. Be sure to check the “Share the Road” page of our website beginning November 15th, 2009, for updates.
email@example.com ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-2196366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter ( Williamsburg , VA ) meets 9AM every 1st Sunday at Beachcomber's Restaurant, 8811 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown , VA 23692. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Gene Spare at 757903-6541 or JESpare@verizon.net ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@wmconnect.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-3898293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-8701517 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or email@example.com THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 23 Bikers with Heart Foundation, Inc. 501 ©3 Non-Profit Organization, National Fallen Biker Memorial Weekend, P.O. Box 291 Bryantown, MD 20617, Office: (301) 893-2900 Email: founder@ mlkm5project.com. Website: www.mlkm5project.com. Motto: We Ride Because We Care Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www. nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at email@example.com or go the www.star440.org Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@ wmconnect.com TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www.tamaevents.com Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFRR.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: email@example.com. Website:vfr-race.com
A man asked an American Indian what his wife’s name was. He replied, “She called Four Horse”. The man said, “That’s an unusual name for your wife. What does it mean?” The Indian answered, “It old Indian name. It mean, NAG, NAG, NAG, NAG!” A sheriff stops at a ranch and talks with an old farmer. He tells the farmer, ‘I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs.’ The old farmer says, ‘Okay, but don’t go in that field over there.’ The sheriff verbally explodes saying, ‘Mister, I have the authority of the Sheriff’s Department with me.’ Reaching into his rear pants pocket and removing his badge. The officer proudly displays it to the farmer. ‘See this badge? This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish on any land. No questions asked or answers given. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand?’ The old farmer nods politely and goes about his chores. Later, the old farmer hears loud screams and spies the sheriff running for his life and close behind is the farmer’s bull. With every step the bull is gaining ground on the officer. The sheriff is clearly terrified. The old farmer immediately sets down his tools, walks to the fence and yells at the top of his lungs.........’Your badge!......Show him your badge”! We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the ‘seniors’ special’ was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $2.99. ‘Sounds good,’ my wife said. ‘But I don’t want the eggs.’ ‘Then, I’ll have to charge you three dollars and forty-nine cents because you’re ordering a la carte,’ the waitress warned her. ‘You mean I’d have to pay more for not taking the eggs?’ my wife asked incredulously. ‘Yes, exactly’ stated the waitress. ‘I’ll take the special then,’ my wife said. ‘How do you want your eggs?’ the waitress asked. ‘Raw and in the shell,’ my wife replied. She took the two eggs home and baked a cake. * DON’T MESS WITH SENIORS!!! They’ve been around the block more than once! A blonde was shopping at Target and came across a shiny silver thermos.She was quite fascinated by it, so she picked it up and took it to the clerk To ask what it was. The clerk said, ‘Why, that’s a thermos..... it keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold.’ ‘Wow, said the blonde, ‘that’s amazing...I’m going to buy it!’ She took it to work the next day. Her boss saw it on her desk. ‘What ya’ got in your thermos?” The blonde proudly proclaimed, “two popsicles and some cocoa.”
Note * (You have to read this joke with a full-on Forrest Gump accent) The day finally arrived. Forrest Gump dies and goes to Heaven. He is at the Pearly Gates, met by St. Peter himself. However, the gates are closed, and Forrest approaches the gatekeeper. St. Peter said, ‘Well, Forrest, it is certainly good to see you. We have heard a lot about you. I must tell you, though, that the place is filling up fast, and we have been administering an entrance examination for everyone. The test is short, but you have to pass it before you can get into Heaven.’ Forrest responds, ‘It sure is good to be here, St. Peter, sir. But nobody ever told me about any entrance exam. I sure hope that the test is not too hard. Life was a big enough test as it was.’ St. Peter continued, ‘Yes, I know, Forrest, but the test is only three questions. First: What two days of the week begin with the letter T? Second: How many seconds are there in a year? Third: What is God’s first name?’ Forrest leaves to think the questions over. He returns the next day and sees St. Peter, who waves him up, and says, ‘Now that you have had a chance to think the questions over, tell me your answers.’ Forrest replied, ‘Well, the first one -- which two days in the week begins with the letter ‘T’? Shucks, that one is easy. That would be Today and Tomorrow.’ The Saint’s eyes opened wide and he exclaimed, ‘Forrest, that is not what I was thinking, but you do have a point, and I guess I did not specify, so I will give you credit for that answer. How about the next one?’ asked St.. Peter. How many seconds in a year? Now that one is harder,’ replied Forrest, ‘but I thought extra hard about that, and I guess the only answer can be twelve.’ Astounded, St.. Peter said, ‘Twelve? Twelve? Forrest, how in Heaven’s name could you come up with twelve seconds in a year?’ Forrest replied, ‘I counted, there’s got to be twelve: January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd... ‘ Hold it,’ interrupts St. Peter. ‘I see where you are going with this, and I see your point, though that was not quite what I had in mind....but I will have to give you credit for that one, too. Let us go on with the third and final question. Can you tell me God’s first name’? ‘Sure,’ Forrest replied, it’s Andy.’ Andy?’ exclaimed an exasperated and frustrated St. Peter. ‘Ok, I can understand how you came up with your answers to my first two questions, but just how in the world did you come up with the name Andy as the first name of God?’ ‘Shucks, that was the easiest one of all,’ Forrest replied. ‘I learnt it from the song, ANDY WALKS WITH ME, ANDY TALKS WITH ME, ANDY TELLS ME I AM HIS OWN.’ St. Peter opened the Pearly Gates, and said: Run, Forrest, Run.’
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DEPARTURE BIKE WORKS
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Graffiti’s Ink Gallery 1st Annual Bike Show To Benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Mechanicsville, VA Oct. 17th, 2009
When it comes to good people gathering for a great cause, not much can stand in their way…not even the weather. It certainly wasn’t a day well suited for an outdoor bike event but the die hard supporters and bike show goers came on out despite the cold, misty rainy conditions. Even all the vendors made it out too. Rex Wiltshire, owner of Graffiti’s Ink Gallery, teamed up with Arizona Joe’s Pub and Grille to sponsor this incredible fund raiser. They had a surprisingly good showing of bikes for the show. Graffiti’s and Arizona Joe’s judged and gave out trophies for several classes. Scooter’s new marketer and customer service representative Chancie delivered an outstanding booth display and organization of products. Variance companies supplied many certificates for giveaways in regards to Breast Cancer donations. The generosity of people is truly heart warming. I had visited a variety of businesses prior to the event and collected hundreds of dollars in gift certificates as giveaways for the attendees. A nice pot was collected for the 50/50 and there were those who wanted to donate cash too such as Bruce’s Auto Parts, who donated $100.00 cash towards Breast Cancer Awareness. Southern Funk Allstar’s band donated their time to come play for this event. There was a surprise in store for me also, with the announcement and delivery of a plaque for my help and support via Thunder Roads magazine which was donated by Graffiti’s and Arizona Joe’s. Graffiti’s and Arizona Joe’s plan on being back for this event again next year, even bigger and better…be sure to join them for it!
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By Wild Bill
In The Day
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DEPARTURE BIKE WORKS OPEN HOUSE PARTY
Richmond, VA By Wild Bill It was a beautiful sunny day for Lee’s 37th Open House party on Oct. 3rd. He had great attendance from the biker community. Everyone I talked to had a real good time there. Lee Clemens, owner of Departure Bike Works, gave out his expert “tech tips” all day long to the bikers who needed them, while they checked out his latest builds. His wife, Brenda, was a big asset, helping bikers with their purchases and looking up parts and availability for anything they needed. S&S was on hand giving tech help also. During the party they had a Helmet Judging contest…now there’s something very unusual that you don’t see very often. Everyone enjoyed the band who kept the music going for all of us and there was plenty of good food to eat for every one. All in all it was a fun day for the bikers.
PORK CHOPS STUFFED W/ A SUN-DRIED TOMATOES, SPINACH, GOAT & CREAM CHEESE Virgin Olive Oil (Keep in pour bottle next to stove) 2 Cloves of Garlic; Minced (You can also buy pre-minced garlic in bottle in produce refrigeration aisle) 8 Sun-Dried Tomatoes (Again, in the dried fruit section of your grocer’s) Diced 1 (10 oz.) Bag of Frozen Spinach; Thawed & Excess Water Wrung Out Into A Clean Kitchen Towel) 1 Full Palmful of Dried Thyme 1 Block of Goat Cheese; Leave Out On Counter for At Least Half Hour to Obtain Room Temp.) 1 Block of Cream Cheese; Room Temp 8 Center-Cut, Boneless Pork Chops 1 Box of Chicken Broth 1 Full Lemon for Zesting & Juicing 4 tsps. of Dijon Mustard Over medium heat, do a few laps around the pan with olive oil spout. Add your garlic and cook out for just a minute. Add the sun-dried diced tomatoes, wrung-out spinach, salt & pepper to taste and thyme. Cook until well combined; another couple minutes. Transfer to med. bowl and add both kinds of cheese and well blended. Set aside. Next, use a sharp knife and cut a pocket onto the thickest portion of pork chops. Do not cut all the way through to back. Just make a pocket. Stuff each pocket with your mixture. Do not overstuff. Pinch pocket closed. Add a few more turns of the olive oil, let warm and place chops back in same medium-hot skillet. Cook apprx. 4 mins. each side until golden brown. Remove to a platter and tent w/ alum. foil. Now, in a small bowl mix up box of chicken broth, entire lemon zest, 2 Tbls. of fresh lemon juice & Dijon mustard. Add broth mixture to skillet. Scrape up all those bottom-of-skillet bits as tons of flavor there. Let cook down only about 5 mins. Spoon some sauce over chops on platter, but also put excess sauce into a gravy boat for people wanting additional........and they will! This is such an easy dish to make and even people who swear they don’t like spinach will love it prepared this way....wait and see. Phenom!
SUPER EASY, CREAMY PASTA w/ BACON 1 Pkg. of Linguine 1 Med. Onion; Chopped (can buy pre-chopped) 1 Tbls. Olive Oil 2 Garlic Cloves; Minced (can buy pre-minced) 2 Tbls. All-Purpose Flour 1-1/2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream 3 Eggs; Beaten 8 Strips of Crisply Cooked Bacon 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan (buy in tub in cheese section at grocer’s) Cook linguine pasta. In a large skillet saute’ your onion in olive oil until tender. Cook your bacon on your broiler pan like I told you before, 350 degree oven, 15 mins. and it comes out perfect! Add garlic to your skillet, cook another minute. In small bowl, whisk flour & cream until smooth; stir gradually into skillet. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Reduce heat down to med-low and let go for another minute until it thickens up. Remove from heat. Stir in a small amount of hot mixture into bowl w/ eggs to incorporate it so you won’t end up w/ scrambled eggs; return all to the skillet. Bring to a gentle boil & cook apprx. 2 mins. longer. Add your drained linguine to skillet. Stir in crumbled bacon & cheese. Mix thoroughly. This is an authentic skillet supper and is meant for (4) but with two healthy appetites it is gone, baby gone! Slurp!! TOFFEE POKE CAKE 1 Pkg. Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix 1 Jar Butterscotch-Caramel Ice Cream Topping 1 Large Tub of Cool Whip 3 Large Size “Heath” Candy Bars; Chopped Make cake according to directions. Cool, then place on serving plate. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, “POKE” holes all over cake top. Pour 3/4 cup of warmed caramel topping down into holes. Pour rest all over top of cake. Top generously with Cool Whip. Sprinkle entire cake with chopped Heath Bar candy. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. How simple is this? and this is such a perfectly blended taste. Enjoy.
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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
It’s important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Biker Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are “Biker Friendly” & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertiser’s continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Biker Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email email@example.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations DEALERS & SERVICES Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Harley-Davidson/Buell of Ocean City * 10716 Ocean Gateway Berlin, MD (410) 629-1599 www.hdoceancity.com Virginia Bad Mo’s Custom Cycles Custom Building/Rebuilding Fabricating & Painting Virginia Beach, VA (757) 237-2340 or (757) 685-9697 Big Daddy'z Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 fax# 804-642-1461 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Chix Custom Cycles* 3745 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23455 (757) 363-2453 www.chixcustomcycles.com Coleman Power Sports * 14105 Telegraph Rd. Woodbridge, VA (703) 497-1500 www.wherethepoweris.com Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
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Early’s Cycle Center, Inc. * Virginia’s Leading Yamaha Dealer 1921 South High Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 www.earlyscycle.com Foley Motorsports 8151 Mechanicsville, Turnpike Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-4282 www.sportvehicles.com Gary’s Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson/Buell * 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223 www.hrhd.com Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: email@example.com Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Lee Highway Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com Revolutionary Harley-Davidson * 1915 Pocahontas Trail Unit F-5 Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 565-5122 www.hrhd.com Richmond Harley-Davidson * 10441 Washington Highway Glen Allen, VA (804) 550-9280 www.richmondharley.com Scooters 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037 Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com Southside Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com Thunder Road Harley-Davidson * 4960 Riverside Drive Danville, VA 24541-5630 (434) 822-BIKE (2453) www.thunderroadhd.com LEGAL SERVICES Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C. 413 W. York Street Norfolk, VA 23610 1-800-9-THE-LAW
Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group* The Firm That Rides Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists 1-800-321-8968 www.motorcyclelawgroup.com BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS Virginia Cycle Thunder * Apparel, Accessories & Installation 3110 W. Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23230 www.cyclethunder.com (804) 276-4982 Diva Customs 501 17th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-DIVA www.divacustoms.com Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 1561 Bradford Rd. Suite 102 Virginia Beach, Va. 23455 (757) 439-2813 or (757) 582-4656 INSURANCE GEICO Powersports Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com M & M Insurance Agency, Inc. Reuben Mayfield Jr 3502 Mechanicsville Tpke. Richmond, VA 23218 (804) 321-0737 BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Virginia 330 Valley Street 330 Valley Street Scottsville, VA 24590 (434) 286-7117 www.myspace.com/330valleystreet
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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Alley Cafe and Sports Lounge* 608 N. Main St. Kilmarnock, Va. 22482 (804) 824-4353 Boneshakers Saloon * 1297 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 961-8382 www.boneshakerssaloon.com Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: firstname.lastname@example.org myspace.com/clutchvenue Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com HOOTERS – 3 locations Richmond – Chester * 2401 West Hundred Road (804) 425-WING Richmond – Midlothian * 1211 Huguenot Road (804) 378-WING Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING Knuckleheads Roadhouse * 401 North Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 644-6200 www.knuckleheadsvb.com Thunderbird Grill * 201 Battery Park Road Smithfield, VA 23430 (757) 357-7001 www.ThunderbirdGrill.com Maryland ROCKABILLYS* Bar & Liquor Store 2101-2111 Old Orems Road Baltimore, MD 21220 (410) 391-0200 email@example.com rockabilys.net CUSTOM PAINT & GRAPHIC DESIGN Virginia Lloyd’s Airbrush & Design firstname.lastname@example.org www.lloydsairbrush.com (804)712-8871 Specializing in Custom Paint & Graphics Harley-Davidson/Buell of Ocean City * 10716 Ocean Gateway Berlin, MD (410) 629-1599 www.hdoceancity.com PERSONAL SERVICES Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 13509 Boydton Plank Road (Route 1) Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 REAL ESTATE Virginia Susan Tate, Realtor * 6150 Mechanicsville Turnpike Mechanicsville, Va. 23111 Cell: 804-339-6603 Toll Free: 877-746-1850 Email: Tate.email@example.com Website: www.Love4RealEstate.com Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-8026 www.shenandoahhd.com POWDER COATING Virginia Iron Core Powdercoat 9802 Hosier St. Suite C Newport News, VA 23601 (1 mile north of the James River Bridge) (757) 595-0157 firstname.lastname@example.org J & J Powder Coating 2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922 jandjpowdercoating.com FUN PLACES TO STAY North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302
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Delmarva Bike Week Rides On
By Becky Lawson Delmarva Bike Week 2009 was again at multiple locations this year. So another year of riding throughout Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. I am fortunate to live where bike week takes place. On Thursday, my husband and I jumped on his 2006 Harley-Davidson (HD) Ultra Glide with the 2009 Roadsmith Trike addition. We visited the Ocean City local attractions.The first stop is always the HD Ocean City dealer and vendors, then off to Ocean City Coastal Highway to see Vinnie and Cody at Hooters, Convention Center vendors, 45 Street vendors. Lots of t-shirts, bikes, and anything else you need on your bike. And we ended up the afternoon at Winter Park Place in Salisbury where most of the vendors and entertainment was located this year. We finished up the day with one of my favorite activities - Cruzin the Coast. For $20, you get a t-shirt, a pin, a chance to win money, and you get to visit all the local restaurants and a few surrounding areas. Along the way, you get your activities book stamped at each location, It is a way to see the town and were the locals hang out. And on Friday, we rode up to HD Seaford in Delaware to check out all the action, more vendors, and tons of bikes. Then rode up to Harrington Casino to get another stamp for Cruzin the Coast. And the bikers were up their gambling away. At night, we went to where all the action is – Ocean City. Several friends met up at HD Ocean City and off we went to Seacrets Bar where inside the floor is actually sand and outside are the bikes and vendors. And we even spent time along Coastal Highway at Dumser’s Ice Cream Parlor watching all the bikes go by. I don’t know what is more fun? Watching the bikes or actually riding Coastal Highway. You have to finish the night at the Atlantic Hotel. That is were everyone ends up. Yes, you get the bands and more vendors, but the main attraction is the burn out pit. And if you are lucky enough, you can squeeze your bike into the parking lot among the hundreds of people walking around. And bike week is not complete without the Mr. Whippy Ride. Okay, no one gets whipped here. The Mr. Whippy ride is sponsored by the Red Knights that takes you on a police escorted scenic 45 mile ride from Ocean City to Mr. Whippy’s Ice Cream parlor in Chincoteague, Virginia. And after ice cream, we rode down to the local Sea Shell Café to get my last stamp on Cruzin the Coast. After the ride, we rode back to Winter Park Place to turn in the Cruzin the Coast stamped sheet, and check out the vendors one more time. Afterwards, we ended up the night with friends at a local restaurant, the Village Inn. On Sunday, Bike Week is not complete without getting everyone together with friends for breakfast at the Pittsville Diner to exchange our activities during Bike Week. Then we all departed trying to crush a few more hours of fun. Throughout the day, we saw the bikers packing up and leaving as fast as they came in. What was most noticeable this year was that more local businesses were embracing the bikers even allowing space for more vendors to set up. With the local support, Delmarva Bike Week can continue for years to come.
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GLOBAL MOTORCYCLE MARKET SALES PROJECTED TO RISE Global demand for motorcycles, including electric bicycles and mopeds, is forecast to increase 7.6% per year over the next five years, reaching 114 million units by 2013. “This growth is being fueled by rising standards of living in developing parts of the world, making motorcycles a more affordable alternative to walking, bicycling or using mass transit,” states a recent study of the worldwide motorcycle market. Sales value will expand at a slower pace, climbing 7.2 percent annually to $66.6 billion in 2013, because of an expected decline in salesweighted prices due to fast market growth in low priced electric motorcycles and smaller internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycles. These and other trends, including market share and product segmentation, are presented in “World Motorcycles”, an industry analysis released September 23rd by The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based international business research firm. The study forecasts that electric motorcycles, which are extremely popular in China but account for a minimal share of demand in most other parts of the world, will register the strongest market advances. Sales of battery-powered bicycles, scooters and other two-wheelers will be driven by their generally lower purchase prices, low cost of operation and lack of harmful emissions. However, ICE motorcycles will continue to account for more than 95% of all demand outside of China in 2013. Researchers predict that the strongest rise in sales will be registered in the Africa/Mideast region due to several factors, including the fastest population growth of any region, the lowest median age and the lowest (but climbing) per capita GDP. Population increases and higher standards of living will also help stimulate demand in the Asia/Pacific region, which will post the second strongest gains, followed by Eastern Europe (rising from a very small current market base) and Latin America. China alone will account for 55% of all additional sales through 2013, spurred by very strong electric motorcycle demand and solidifying its position as the biggest national motorcycle market. Growth is also expected to be healthy in Indonesia and lower-volume markets like Nigeria, the Philippines and Vietnam. SCALED BACK STUDY OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS UNDERWAY The first major study of motorcycle crashes in nearly 30 years is underway in Los Angeles, as researchers attempt to pinpoint why resultant fatalities have soared over the last decade. The last in-depth investigation of motorcycle crashes in the U.S. -- the Hurt study -- was released in 1981. Efforts to update that information have been stymied by funding issues, reports the Los Angeles Times, and the study will be a scaled-down version of what was originally planned, and some motorcycle groups are criticizing the effort including a leading industry-backed safety group that says the sample size will be too small to properly resolve the questions. The National Transportation Safety Board originally recommended that the study include a sample size of 900 to 1,200 crashes. But researchers at Oklahoma State University, tapped to conduct the new study, said use of such a large sample would cost $10 million to $12 million, far exceeding the federal government’s $4.2-million estimate. The Motorcycle Crash Causation Study is currently moving forward with a sample size of
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300 crashes. The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a nonprofit group funded by major manufacturers, had offered $2.8 million in 2007 for a study if it included a sample size of 900 crashes, but the group refused to contribute to the abbreviated study because it “will not provide adequate sampling to achieve appropriate statistical significance and may not provide new insights,” the organization said in a statement. “This limited study will likely lend only a minimal degree of validation to the major, already known contributing motorcycle crash factors.” There are about 100,000 motorcycle crashes in the U.S. each year, 5,290 of which resulted in death in 2008. According to the MSF, major crash factors include rider error, such as overbraking and running wide in a curve; and alcohol involvement. YAMAHA FURTHER INVESTIGATES BRAIN STIMULATION WHILE RIDING Yamaha Motor has announced a second round of joint research into “Smart Aging” with Tohoku University in Japan on the subject of the relationship between motorcycle riding and brain stimulation. The focus of this research will be the measurement and analysis of the cause and effect relationship involved in the operation of various types of vehicles and brain stimulation and measuring the changes in such stimulation over time by means of data gathered from a long-term mass survey in the market. The findings of the first research project in 2008 included: When riding a motorcycle, the brain of the rider is stimulated; Differences in brain use and level of brain stimulation can be observed in motorcyclists who ride regularly and in motorcyclists who have not ridden for extended periods; Incorporating motorcycle riding into daily life improves various cognitive functions and has positive effects on mental and emotional health such as stress reduction. The second research project has now begun and Yamaha will provide motorcycles for the study, make its test courses available for subject testing, and solicit test participants and staff. Testing will continue through December, and Yamaha hopes the results will contribute to the vitalization of the motorcycle market. MEN AT HIGHER RISK OF HEARING LOSS From motorcycles to lawnmowers, life is full of noise, but new research shows that it presents a bigger danger for some people than others. A study of more than 5,000 people in the United States aged 20 to 69 found that males were three times as likely to have noise-related hearing loss as women. The research was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery in San Diego, California. Occupational and recreational noise exposure, as well as service in the armed forces, are likely explanations for why men are at greater risk, said Dr. Hamid Djalilian of the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center, who collaborated on the research. While the study did not focus on specific root causes, anecdotally Djalilian sees patients whose hearing problems most likely stem from music at concerts or night clubs, or outdoor activities with “powered instrumentation” such as chain saws and motorcycles. Sound travels in the ear as vibrations of air molecules, and hearing loss can result from both duration and loudness. Activities
such as hunting and motorcycle-riding, which men typically do more than women, create high levels of noise that may impair hearing. Some of the hearing damage is temporary, but a small portion is permanent, and these permanent losses accumulate over time because hair cells in the inner ear may not grow back after being damaged or destroyed.Noise-induced hearing loss is the number one preventable kind of hearing loss, experts say, and if you are concerned about losing your hearing while doing a noisy activity, wear earplugs. BUELL MOTORCYCLE COMPANY OUT OF BUSINESS After 26 years of building American-made sportbikes, the Buell Motorcycle Company has reached the end of the road, and officials thanked their customers, employees and dealers for an unforgettable ride. “I will always be proud of what we have accomplished. It is a testimony to what a small group of passionate and inspired people can do, and with brilliant innovations, we’ve produced some of the best-handling bikes of all time,” said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “I personally look forward to exploring how I can continue to work with Harley-Davidson to bring advanced product technology to riders.” Parent company Harley-Davidson announced that it will “discontinue” the Buell product line in the wake of dismal economic conditions and declining motorcycle sales, and will “focus both our effort and our investment on the Harley-Davidson brand, as we believe this provides an optimal path to sustained, meaningful long-term growth,” said Harley-Davidson CEO Keith Wandell.Buell Motorcycle Company President Jon Flickinger said a limited number of new Buell motorcycles remain available for sale through authorized dealerships, and also stressed that Harley-Davidson will continue to provide replacement parts and service through their dealership network and that warranty coverage will continue as normal for Buell motorcycles. Founded in 1983 by Erik Buell, the Buell Motorcycle Company has produced more than 135,000 motorcycles and won numerous design accolades and awards, as well as countless races and championships around the world, including the prestigious AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship in 2009. Harley-Davidson also announced that it would divest the MV Agusta/Cagiva properties, acquired last year at a cost of $109 million. AUSTRIALIAN BIKERS VICTORIOUS IN COURT Two members of the Finks MC who had been banned from meeting other bikers under strict anti-association laws passed in South Australia designed to disband outlawed “bikie gangs” by restricting their movements, appealed their case to the Supreme Court which has ruled the orders were invalid. Similar anti-bikie legislation is pending in Queensland and New South Wales, but members of the United Motorcycle Council, a biker lobby group formed in response to the laws, says the high court’s ruling should come as a warning to the government that such laws are “illegal and unconstitutional”. A UMC spokesman said the decision was a victory for members of clubs and organizations everywhere. “The laws give police unfettered power to use secret, false and illegally obtained evidence against individuals, take away the right to an open and fair trial, and reverse the time-honored presumption of innocence,” said Ferret. “They trample long-standing legal and civil rights of all citizens, and they have no place in a democratic and civilized society.” WEIRD NEWS: MUSLIM EXTREMISTS BAN WOMEN FROM MOTORCYCLES Hamas, a militant Islamic political party that governs the Gaza Strip, has banned women from riding motorcycles. Effective immediately, Gaza women will not be allowed to drive motorbikes and men are forbidden from carrying them as passengers, raising fresh concerns over the movement’s ultra-conservative agenda. In a decision that would raise eyebrows in other parts of the globe, the Interior Ministry said it was banning women from two-wheelers to limit accidents and to “to preserve citizen safety and the stability of Palestinian society’s customs and traditions”. The group insists compliance with the campaign is voluntary and reflects Gaza’s conservative ways, but reports have surfaced of offenders being beaten or arrested. The move is the latest step in an “Islamification” campaign by Hamas, which has been classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union. Hamas seeks to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic code, including obliging female lawyers to wear headscarves in court and attempting to ban the display of women’s underwear in shop windows. AIM ATTORNEY RALPH VINJE KILLED IN RIGHT-OFWAY VIOLATION Aid to Injured Motorcyclists is saddened to report that North Dakota A.I.M. Attorney Ralph Vinje, 67, of Bismarck, N.D. has died from injuries suffered in an accident while on his way to work. According to police reports, Vinje was northbound and was struck at an intersection by an eastbound car whose driver failed to obey a Yield sign. Vinje was a well-known attorney in the area, handling criminal defense and civil cases. He was a longtime Aid to Injured Motorcyclists attorney who served as legal counsel for the Confederation of Clubs of North Dakota and provided legal representation to motorcyclists in accident cases and other litigation proceedings. He represented ABATE of North Dakota in a battle over a noise ordinance in Bismarck that discriminated against motorcycle enthusiasts. Over the years, Vinje fought to stop a law that lowered the legal driving limit for alcohol from .10 BAC to .08, and also tried to prove sobriety checkpoints unconstitutional. In court, Vinje was known for his mild manner and calm demeanor, while outside of the courtroom he enjoyed the outdoors as an avid hunter, fisherman, traveler and motorcyclist who rode his motorcycle every Wednesday afternoon as long as the weather was good with the Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club. He also was part owner of the Broken Oar Bar in Mandan and was a Vietnam veteran who earned a Bronze Star for his service to our country. His daughter-in-law, Tiffany Johnson, told the newspaper that “He was a rebel spirit” who had helped scores of people with battles that needed fighting. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.” Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) U.S. broadcast journalist
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Member Joe Barlow. Barlow enjoyed his Motorcycle rally generates thousands for Great Dismal first rally this year on a Honda trike hosted Swamp Gallery by members of the SUFFOLK, VA: The Suffolk Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally made its eighth Patriot Guard Riders. The Eighth Annual annual 80-mile lap around the perimeter of the Great Dismal Swamp on Sunday, October 11. Over 600 motorcyclists departed from Suffolk Peanut Suffolk Swamp Roar was sponsored by Fest at 10:30 a.m. and returned thousands in dollars for a Great Dismal Suffolk Festivals, Inc., Swamp Gallery in Suffolk. The Gallery will be featured in the Nansemond Lipton, Budweiser, County Courthouse—currently a vacant historic landmark—to be renovated soon as a visitor center and municipal offices. Preliminary figures, in- Pepsi, Tidewater cluding proceeds from the seventh and eighth annual rallies for this specific Motorcycles, Inc., Firehouse Subs of Suffolk, Southern Screen & Graphics, project, approach $20,000. Proceeds from prior years have benefitted edu- Penske, Krispy Kreme and the Suffolk Chapter of the Christian Motorcation and signage programs as well as habitat restoration within the Great cyclists Association. The mission of the Suffolk Division of Tourism is to promote the city through creative marketing initiatives and cooperative Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Suffolk Swamp Roar event programs which stimulate visitation and awareness of Suffolk as a tourism was created in 2001 by the Division of Tourism to increase awareness of destination within the Hampton Roads region. The Suffolk Visitor Center is the Great Dismal’s fragile eco-system and to enhance nature-based tourlocated in the historic Prentis House (c. 1800) at 321 N. Main Street and is ism and interpretative programs. “Our tourism staff remains focused and steadfast in generating appreciation and understanding of both the historic open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 757.514.4130 or and environmental significance of the Great Dismal Swamp,” said Council visit Suffolk-Fun.com.
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his response was “words can’t even begin to describe it”. I also asked him was he riding his Harley there? And he said, “Oh, yeah, but it’s a new one”. So where did summer go so fast? Man, it seems like I guess you have to decide for yourself. But if you ask the older I get the faster time goes. It’s funny, when I me, I think there will be Harleys, fishing, planting gardens was a kid I used to hear all the older people saying this and now I’m saying it. I was praying about what to write and what ever you enjoy doing here, you can do there. As long as there is no sin involved in it. I think everyone’s about this month and me and Jesus decided that since heaven will be different from each others. Our mansions I touched on the ugly subject of hell last time, it was are going to be different so I guess they will be in different time to talk about the beautiful “other place”...Heaven. neighborhoods. Some will be in big, beautiful mansions Heaven is a real place and it is mentioned in the New Testament 276 times. Scripture refers to three heavens. and others will be in the campground just inside the gate. Remember, our mansion will be made depending on our I didn’t understand this until I researched it. Paul goodness after we become Christians. After being a talks about being “caught up in the third heaven” in 2 hairstylist for 31 years, I hope I have a room that I can sit Corinthians 12:1-9 but he was prohibited from telling back and get my hair shampooed all day long. I guess I’ll what he experienced. have to wait until it’s my time to go to the “Promised Land” The first heaven is mostly referred to in the Old before I’ll know for sure. Until next time I am a..... Testament as the “sky” or the “firmament”. This is the heaven that contains clouds, it is the area that birds fly New Creation in Christ, through. The second heaven is the “interstellar or outer Pastor T space”, which is where we find the stars, planets and other celestial objects. The third heaven is the dwelling place of The Most High, God. The location of the third heaven is not revealed. In Revelation 22:5, it tells us the sun and the moon are no longer needed because the Lord Himself is the light. Heaven is filled with bright costly stones and crystal clear jasper. The apostle John was privileged to see and tell us about the heavenly city. John witnessed that heaven possesses the “glory of God”. Heaven is a place of “no mores”. There will be no more tears, no more pain, and no more sadness. There will be no more separation, because death will be conquered. We will be face to face with the Lamb of God. One question I am asked a lot is will we do things in heaven that we like here on earth. There is no where in the Bible that says we will and no where does it say we won’t. The only thing I have to go on is my own feelings. We know the Lord communicates with us in dreams like he did so many times in the Bible. I had two dreams about two different friends that have gone to be with the Lord. In my dreams, both of these people called me on my cell phone and told me Jesus Pastor Tammy Hayes preaches at New Creation in Christ was pleased with my ministering and I asked both of Ministries in Dinwiddie, Virginia, a member of IPHC. them how it was up in heaven? The first, who was my She received a full ordination in non-denomination and is pastor of 23 years said, “To tell you just how wonderful currently working on her ordination in Pentecostal Holiness. it is, Pastor Jim, Pastor Val and myself just got through You can obtain information about the church on the website playing a round of golf”. When I asked the other friend, www.newcreationinchristministries.us Hi everybody,
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