Dragon Tales

Well folks, February is already here and I am sure we are all about ready to kill for a decent riding day. In order to make it through the long, cold days of winter I have been working diligently on the Thunder Roads West Virginia Stars-N-Stripes All America Biker Bash. Ok, first things first. Why such a long name you ask. First, we want everyone to know that Thunder Roads West Virginia is all about motorcycling in this state and we are very excited and proud to be sponsoring such an incredible event. Second, Stars-N-Stripes, well, I think it says it all. And lastly, All America Biker Bash is exactly what it says. This event is for All America and is going to be a big time Biker Bash like no other. If you read the January issue you already know how Thunder Roads West Virginia came to be the sponsor of a West Virginia motorcycle rally. It was a spark of genius of the late Bill Scott, owner of the Summit Point Motorsports Park where the rally will be held. Bill Scott was determined to help America find its way back to being the strong, patriotic, self governing nation it was meant to be. Bill Scott had a firm belief that we motorcyclists may help lead this country back, as he found us to be the most patriotic collection of Americans he had ever met.

Over the past few months we have been plotting and planning from the ground up how to make this event happen. It is amazing the number of people who have come up to the plate to help out. I have always said, “It is not always what you know, but who you know”, and this kind of help is making the event grow day by day. We are truly honored to know that you all want to help make this a West Virginia rally to be remembered. In that light I would like to put out a call to retail vendors and food vendors that would be interested in becoming a part of this event. Just send me an email letting me know a little bit about yourself and your business and I will get an application out to you. And for you attendees, the Pre-Registration information is slated to be on our website at www.thunderroadswv.com by February 1st along with some of the vendor information, so keep your eyes open. Thanks for your enthusiasm, your support and your belief in Thunder Roads West Virginia. We couldn’t enjoy this ride without you. Ride safe and keep the shiny side up!


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Letter From The Editor…...................……..4 Stars-N-Stripes Biker Bash...……………...7 S-N-S Highlight: The Hottest Bands..…...9 Biohazard..……….................................10 Bike of the Month…...................…………13 Dressing for the Crash - P art 3...................14 Hidden Highways - SH 129.......................16 Center Calendar.……......................……...18 Skin Art…….....................………………….20 Then and Now……...……...……............…21 Clarksburg Bike Night………..........…..…22 The Jokers Wild…..………............….…...24 Seats & Saddles…........….….......………..27 The Creative Process.......…………..........28 The High Road……..............………..…….29 Rate the Page Survey.….........……………30 TNT…………….............……………………32 K.I.S.S................................................33 Biker Friendly Directory……….............…34
ON THE COVER Jeff Bass and his crew proudly display the fruits of eight months of their labor in this fabulous bike they built in his garage. The story of how this radical ride came to be, and why it carries a toxic theme, begins on Page 10.
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Harrison, Marion, Taylor Northwest WV

Hardy, Grant, Mineral, Hampshire, Pendleton Morgan, Berkeley, Jefferson

Mercer, Monroe, Summer, McDowell



of the day there will be a fund-raising bike night in Clarksburg. I’m going there to do a story on it for Thunder Roads West Virginia, hang out, and jaw with some bikers I’ve never met before. By the end of the night they will be new friends, new brothers and sisters. But that experience is still half a day away Right now, it’s just me, the steady drumbeat of the Heritage Classic I’m riding, and the GREEN that surrounds me. Oh sure, the sun is playing hide and seek as it dances playfully from one puffy cloud to the next. The azure blue sky sets a gorgeous backdrop for this heavenly game. Mountain streams and even the Cheat River share the way alongside my seemingly private ribbon of asphalt at times, before we part ways, leaving me to ride in solitude. The occasional pick-up truck passes through my consciousness as well. But the GREEN never fades. Looking to my left I see the treetops cascading down the side of the mountain to the south. The enormous scale of the view is more than I can rightly comprehend. Looking to my right I see the slope of the wild rhododendron thicket dropping out of sight. Soon, I will be hitting the series of switchbacks that will thrill me as I drop down the other side of this mountain to the valley floor below. Once down there the trees will rise overhead, forming a perfect canopy of GREEN. This is more fun than I have a right to experience. As the road rises and falls over mountaintop after mountaintop I find myself marveling at how incredibly unspoiled and beautiful much of this state is. I have ridden all over this country and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it, but West Virginia is unique. It’s easy to tell myself that I am the first human being to ever witness this nearly pristine wilderness. Of course the very road I’m riding is testament

I’m tooling west from Romney on Highway 50. At the end

to those who came before, but they aren’t here right now. I am. And I’m lovin’ it! But wait. Reality intercedes, and my memory of that gorgeous day last August fades as I look out my window. The GREEN of my daydream is replaced by the steel gray overcast of the approaching winter storm clouds. The three feet of snow that fell a couple of weeks ago has taken on a dingy, dirty hue that will soon be replaced with a fresh coat of white. Yes, it’s beautiful…in its own way. But it’s not GREEN. It’s not biker friendly. The off-season. It’s a tough time for diehard bikers. We sit in our garage and lovingly polish our trusty steeds in an effort to keep them from becoming rusty steeds. We watch the snow fall and the ice form. We tell ourselves that spring will come soon. But it sure doesn’t feel that way right now. It feels like winter takes forever to go away, yielding to summer for only a brief moment. Excuse me. I’m going to interrupt this colorless winter scene and return to my memory of that perfect day last summer, to my GREEN dream when I was out making Thunder on the Roads. Ahhhh, that’s better. Gary

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Readers who logged on to www. thunderroadswv.com in the past month have had a variety of interesting stories and interactive activities to get involved with while waiting for the winter months to pass. For starters, the Thunder Roads West Virginia hats that can be ordered at the site have been flying off the shelf like crazy. Supplies of this limited edition design are getting very low and are destined to become collector’s items. Site surfers have also had a chance to read about the holiday volunteer activities carried out by Thunder Roads’ Earl Nuzum. The pictures of Earl raising money and collecting toys for The Salvation Army have been seen by tens of thousands of web watchers. Earl raised hundreds of dollars and bags of toys that were distributed to families in West Virginia. That’s just the beginning for our website. www.thunderroadswv.com will serve as the internet portal for the Stars-N-Stripes All America Biker Bash. Drop in on a regular basis over the next month for updates on the planning process for what promises to be an incredible weekend of motorcycle fun July 2-4, 2010 at Summit Point, WV. This is where you will soon be able to register in advance for the weekend, saving your spot at the rally as well as some good money by registering early. Have you missed an issue or two of Thunder Roads West Virginia? The website is your chance to make up for lost reading. All issues of the printed magazine are available online in three different ways. Option #1 is to read every issue online. Your second choice is to download a PDF version of the magazine. Best of all, you can now complete your collection of Thunder Roads West Virginia magazines by ordering back issues through our website. Online motorcycle fun during these cold winter months is just a click away at www.thunderroadswv.com!

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Harley-Davidson has announced that it will begin producing it’s own trikes, beginning with the 2011 model year. That’s good news for the York, Pennsylvania plant where the three-wheelers will be built. But the move comes at the expense of Lehman Trikes, Inc. of Spearfish, South Dakota. Lehman has provided components and conversion services for H-D, but that association will end with the close of the 2010 model year later this summer.

H-D to Build Trikes In-House

“Our decision to move trike assembly is based purely on the restructuring of Harley-Davidson’s York operations,” says Julie Chichlowski, HarleyDavidson’s trike platform director. The future of the York plant had been in doubt, but she says this move “provides the opportunity for us to build trikes in house and streamline trike assembly and distribution.” “Lehman is proud to have been a supplier to Harley-Davidson,” says Lehman President and CEO Ken Hines. “We are pleased to have been associated with this program, and while disappointed, we understand their business rationale.” Hines says the company will continue to produce conversion kits and accessories for Harleys as well as Victory, Honda, and Suzuki motorcycles.

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by Gary Westphalen

The Thunder Roads West Virginia Stars-N-Stripes All America Biker Bash is only about 5 months away, and preparations are proceeding smoothly. This is shaping up to be not only an amazing tribute to the men and women who stand watch over the security of our nation, but also a fantastic weekend of motorcycle fun for every biker. All kinds of activities will be taking place on and off the grounds of the Summit Point Motorsports Park July 2-4. Readers from all over the state have been buzzing about the chance to ride their own motorcycles on the exquisite Shenandoah Circuit, a 2.2 mile road racing track that is such a technical challenge it would take years to truly master it. Racers have nicknamed it the “Concrete Jungle”. The track includes a dimensional replica of the Karussel from the famous Der Nurburgring Grand Prix Circuit in Germany. This track will test rider’s skills on 20 degree banks, camber changes (some of which go negative) and decreasing radius corners positioned on vertical drops. If a description like that doesn’t get you excited, check for a pulse. The track will be fully staffed with trained corner workers and safety crews

just like it is during a professional race. Details are still being worked out, but the most likely scenario is that we will be offering 20 minute sessions for a limited number of bikes per session. This will give riders a chance to truly enjoy the experience of carving a line on this world class motorsports playground. The cost will be kept as low as possible, and is going to be a whole lot less per minute of track time than any amusement ride at the county fair. This is a challenging professional race track and rolling out on it is going to require adherence to some strict safety guidelines. Safety gear will be mandatory, but exactly what level of gear will be required is still under review. One thing is certain. Since there will be adult beverages sold at the Stars-NStripes All America Biker Bash, all riders will be required to blow a zero on a breathalyzer before taking to the track. Just hold off on the beer garden until you’re done riding for the day. That’s a small sacrifice for an opportunity like this. When you’re done carving the Concrete Jungle, head on over to the triple skid pad named the Washington Circuit. It’s a huge, flat slab of concrete continued on next page
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where you can strap your tail into the cockpit of a 60-mile-per-hour go-kart and get it on! This is the most fun you can have on four wheels. There will be several off-site rides being organized by motorcycle clubs. Join in for a fun time touring through the historic and scenic territory surrounding the track, even as you help raise funds for organizations dedicated to helping our Nation’s veterans and their families. The infield area of the Shenandoah Circuit will serve as the hub of the Stars-N-Stripes weekend. That building on the left will serve as our Command Center. It will also house a VIP room on the second floor, with views overlooking the race track, demonstration pad and vendor city. The paved area next to the building is where demonstrations of motorcycle expertise will be presented. For example, stunt rider Gary Harding, Jr. is planning to set a world record “endo” here (see the story in our January, 2010 issue). The rest of the space in the picture will be the vendor area. Our

main stage will also be a part of this scene. Music and other performances will be presented throughout the day and evening from this main stage. Much of the entertainment has already been lined up by JR Everhart of CLP Entertainment. For details on this exciting element of the Star-N-Stripes weekend, see the S-N-S Highlight story on the facing page. The Fourth of July just wouldn’t be complete without fireworks, and Thunder Roads West Virginia is working with the biggest name in pyrotechnics to light up the sky Sunday evening. Early registration for Stars-N-Stripes will soon be available on our website at www.thunderroadswv.com, so check the site regularly to lock in terrific preevent pricing. And remember, admission to the Stars-N-Stripes All America Biker Bash will include FREE camping on the grounds. So come have a great time while showing your support for this nation and those who give their all to keep it free and safe.

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Hello music lovers, JR Everhart here from CLP Entertainment. After reading the Thunders Roads article about Mr. Bill Scott’s passing in last month’s issue I was moved remembering all that Mr. Scott was to our community. Being a commercial truck driver and racing fan myself, I can remember back a few years ago going through BSR’s Accident Avoidance course as part of a training program I was in with the company I was working for at the time. I saw first hand the level of excellence Mr. Scott put into everything he did. I am very honored to be a part of the Stars-N-Stripes All America Biker Bash, to bring our community together. So following in his footsteps, we have pulled together the area’s best bands to celebrate Independence Day, and pay respect to our veterans. While we bring together our biker community throughout the weekend’s events, we will also be gathering together the area’s hottest and most talented musicians to the Stars-N-Stripes Main Stage. Opening up the weekend’s live music events Friday evening will be “Paul Pfau & Smooth Cat Burglars”. Paul Pfau is one of the hottest up and coming blues guitar players in the Mid-Atlantic. Paul’s latest release “Beauty Queen” had over 700 downloads over night on the internet just last week. Check out music and video of Paul and The Smooth Cat Burglars at www.myspace.com/ paulpfaumusic. Headlining Friday night is “Last Chance” from just across the WV line in Winchester, Va. Last Chance will rock your brains out for 2 blistering sets of Contemporary Rock -N- Roll, playing music from such rock monsters as Audioslave, Seether, The Foo Fighters, Papa Roach, Saliva, Shine Down, and much, much more... Find them online at http://lastchancebandva.com. Saturday’s music will start at high noon with an open mic jam session run by our friends with Blues Gate Music Community. Dennis Wright and the gang will be hosting an “anything goes” jam session. All music styles are welcome, from Bluegrass to Rock-N-Roll, and with so many hot musicians already on the bill for this event, you just never know who’s going to grace the stage. You can find Blues Gate online at http://bluesgate.com. Saturday evening the main stage goes country as the guys from “Revolution” take the stage playing your favorite contemporary country hits. Revolution wears many stylistic hats, but will be pumping out pure country hits at this event from artists like Big and Rich, Rascal Flats, Kenny Chesney, Lonestar, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and many more. Revolution’s live shows are a force to be reckoned with; their motto is “It’s A Show...” So buckle your seat belts and hold on for the ride. Check out Revolution’s web site at www.revolutionband.net. Headlining Saturday night is


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-NMartinsburg, West Virginia’s very own, “The J. Factor”. Sponsored by Budweiser, and Evel Speed Motor Sick’l Shop, The J. Factor will be delivering their usual dose of “Full Contact Classic R-N-R”. If you’re a fan of Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Molly Hatchett, The Allman Brothers Band, or Stevie Ray Vaughan, you’re in for a real treat. The J. Factor has been headlining the biggest bike events in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia for almost six years now. Find them online at http://jfactoronline.com. Super Secret Sunday, is what we’re calling Sunday’s line up to celebrate the 4th of July, and close the Stars & Stripes event Sunday night. I’m in very intense discussions with several national booking agents to secure only the best possible headliner for this event. I’m going to save all that info for next month’s issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia. So be sure to pick up a copy at your local biker friendly establishment, and as Donna always says “...Keep The Shiny Side Up!”. JR Everhart CLP Entertainment


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Then Jeff and the team got to painting the bike. He thought he knew what he wanted. He chose the very pricey, but equally cool, Kameleon Blue to Red from House of Kolor to serve as his base. Intertwined layers of clear coat and intricate airbrush design work followed. All those hours of watching DVD’s and studying up on airbrush selections seemed to pay off. But when the job was finished and Jeff stood back and looked at it, he wasn’t pleased. “It didn’t say anything,” says Jeff Bass. Although the paint was nicely done from a technical standpoint, it left him feeling flat. Instead of bringing out the bike’s character, the paint merely covered it up. Frustrated that his first vision missed the mark, Jeff stripped the bike, and started over. One day he looked at the design of the wheels. He traced their curvaceous lines, and then laid the tracings back to back. Suddenly, his blurry vision of what this bike should look like fell into sharp focus. The tracings had unintentionally created the “Biohazard” warning symbol, and a theme for this bike emerged. The design now graces the oil tank. When he shaped these tracings to fit the top of the gas tank, another “toxic” image unfolded. “They looked like gas masks to me,” says Jeff when he looks at the two largest designs on the tank. He brought the vision home by including a disturbingly unnatural green edge to the “masks”, along with whispy lines suggesting toxic, green vapor. All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. And this bike ends with an integrated LED taillight that caps off the biohazard motif with perfection. Now that the character of this 9 foot long monster of a motorcycle had finally emerged, it was time to roll it out of the shop and onto the highways. “I was nervous,” Jeff says of his first ride. “It was like a new animal to me. I had butterflies every time I got on it for the first year.” But there wasn’t really anything to be nervous about. The team had done their work well, and the bike rides and handles beautifully. Besides having the pleasure of a one of a kind machine in his garage, Jeff says the experience has left him with “a great sense of achievement.” It’s enough of an achievement for him to have taken first place in the “Radical Custom” category at MountainFest in 2008. But the story doesn’t end there. Jeff and the team are currently deep into building yet another outrageous bike. “Once you do it, you understand things a bit better,” he says of the building process. “After a year or so you get the itch to build another one.” Jeff has given Thunder Roads West Virginia a sneak peek at how he’s scratching that itch. For now, let’s just say one word – Dragons. Look for it on the byways of West Virginia next summer.

There is a “What’s wrong with this picture?” kind of quality to the shot of the West Virginia team that built this radical custom bike. It’s just curious enough to make a great cast for a bike-building show on some obscure cable-tv channel. On the left you have D.J. Ash. Let’s call him our up-and-coming builder who is always chomping at the bit that things aren’t happening fast enough for him. Next in line is Jeff Bass, the never-happy leader of the crew. Flanking him is Craig Monroe. He’s the long-haired misfit in our fantasy television bike building team. And on the right end of the lineup is the offspring of the surly team leader…a 12 year-old girl? That would be Kathryn Bass. Those descriptions are all a joke, of course. The fact is, you’ll never meet a nicer bunch of friends than this team who hails from the Nutter Fort, WV area. And that bike? Believe it or not, it’s the only one they’ve built. So, okay. We don’t have the makings for a dysfunctional bike building TV show here. What we have is four really nice West Virginians and one spectacular bike that took about eight months of their lives to build. Truth be told, there was no team in the beginning. There was only Jeff, who got this bug to build a bike simply because he felt like it. He didn’t know about metal fabrication. He didn’t know about painting. So he bought a couple DVD’s and learned. Then he went to the website for JSR Custom Choppers and found a bike building kit that would dominate his life. When the shipping crate containing the rigid frame, engine and various other parts arrived in late October of 2007, Jeff signed on his first crew member. His daughter Kathryn was only 9 at the time, but she took to this bike building passion right along with him. Bolted onto the bare metal frame in the box was a 107 inch Ultima El Bruto engine. When the bike was ready to roll out of the garage, this beast would deliver 115 horsepower. But that wouldn’t happen for quite a while. Let’s just say that the next few months were filled with lots of trials and tribulations as things were done, taken apart, and done over again. Blood, sweat and tears flowed into the process as Jeff pulled his friends into the mix. Craig stabbed himself in the leg with an Exacto knife. D.J. was stabbed by the razor sharp point on the rear fender. Building a bike isn’t as simple as inserting “Tab A” into “Slot B”. But the machine began to take shape with the help of parts from numerous sources. An air cleaner from Exotic Choppers and “Razor” exhaust pipes from Accessories Unlimited would move the gases to and from the power plant. That engine would be paired with a 6-speed right side drive transmission, also from Ultima. All that power would get delivered to a massive 300 Avon Venom rear skin. Front end responsibilities were assigned to an inverted fork from American Suspension. The 21 inch front rubber, as well as that beast in back, would get mounted on Twin Blade 5 Punisher wheels from Hammer Custom. To keep a consistent look for all the shiny parts, Jeff also looked to Hammer for the grips and pegs. He went back to JSR, the frame builder, for the wicked bars and gas tank. But when it came to finding a seat, which by the way is a mere 21 inches above the ground, Jeff tapped another local guy. Tom Snyder gets the credit.
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Randy’s Ride
You might expect that a guy who runs a bike garage named “The Little Shop of Harleys” would spend his customizing energy on revamping a scoot that was originally built in Milwaukee. But Randy Traver of Berkeley County, WV likes to start from the ground up. “This is an example of what you can do with just going through the catalogues.” Randy is talking about going through a lot of catalogues. To build this bike from scratch he started with the Santee catalogue. There he found this 2007 wide-tire softail frame. His next stop was the RevTech catalogue, where their 110-inch engine caught his eye. This beast churns out 120 ft/lbs of torque as it registers 115 horsepower. Randy stayed in the RevTech family when he chose their 6-speed transmission. The wide power band and precision gearing have Randy shifting “fast and often” as he plays with this gorgeous custom. All of that get-up-and-go is transferred into blistering forward momentum through a pair of RC Component wheels and the Avon skins they wear. For the front end, Randy thumbed through the Accutronix catalogue, settling on a triple tree with a 3 degree rake. A Headwinds headlight paves the way as a LePara seat brings up the rear. Speaking of the rear, check out that beautifully frenched-in license plate and taillight. That LED taillight also has the turn signal lamps built right into it, eliminating the need to have a couple of extra lights hanging off the back. Very neat and clean. Now, Randy is a Harley guy at heart. So he went to the H-D catalogues for at least a few parts. “The only things on there from Harley are actually the brake calipers, the speedo and dash. That’s about the only things from Harley.” That speedo is nestled into a stretched 6 gallon gas tank that’s covered with a rich three-dimensional flame paint job. In between servicing other bikes in his shop, Randy tries to build an average of one bike a year. His next design is still under consideration, but he’s got a few ideas in mind. “I’ll probably stick with the softail design. Do a different rake. Maybe do a big tire up front. I always kind of like that look of the big tire, the big tank, and then a real minimal back end. It’s like you’re riding all motor.” That sounds like an interesting design, but Randy doesn’t need to worry that the motor is lost on this one, either. www.thunderroadswv.com






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by Gary Westphalen

Part Three
The Series
Flash back to the December issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia, and you’ll recall my story about a cage making an abrupt and unwise left turn in front of me and three other cages. The end result was that while trying to avoid colliding with one of the rolling dinosaurs, I ended up sliding down the street

on my left side. In December this series explored how the full coverage helmet I was wearing kept my face intact. The January story looked at how the leather jacket I was wearing protected me from road rash, but probably did nothing to cushion the impact with the road. That failure left me with a broken collar bone. The story also looked at a similar crash in which I was wearing an armored textile jacket that probably prevented a second broken collar bone. The series wraps up this month with a look at the remaining body parts, and the motorcycle gear that has been designed to protect them.

The Pants
Few riders seem to regard their pants as part of their safety gear. But if you’re like me, you have things in your pants that you would like to keep intact when you ride. So your choice of pants is certainly a safety factor. Let’s look at that old crash of mine again. It was a relatively low speed crash – maybe 30 or 35 miles per hour at the outset. But that’s fast enough to send rider and bike sliding down the street for a good distance. In this case, the slide was enough to easily tear at the denim fabric of my jeans, leaving a few

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gaping holes. But there was no road rash in this case. Although the jeans were eaten away, this was a pair of jeans specifically made for motorcyclists, with abrasion padding in the knees and seat. In terms of safety, leather riding pants clearly provide the best abrasion resistance. That’s why they are standard equipment for motorcycle racing. But many of us find leather motorcycle pants hot and uncomfortable for long periods in the saddle. And when you arrive at the destination you either have to quickly change into “normal” pants or face certain ridicule. A half-way choice is chaps. They were originally worn by cowboys for the purpose of protecting their legs as they road through the brush, rounding up the little doggies. I don’t know, but I’m guessing that when the first motorcycles came around, some old cowboy felt chaps worked well for either style of horse and a tradition was born. Chaps are great wind protection, modest protection against the elements and good protection against road rash as long as the parts that hit the road are covered by the chaps. Go sliding on your butt and the chaps are, well, not there to save you. The overwhelming choice among bikers is the old stand-by – blue jeans. While denim is a comfortable material that wears well, it’s no match for concrete or blacktop. So several companies have come up with jeans that sport an extra level of protection in the places that bikers need it most. The knees and seat are reinforced with sewn-in patches that are designed to handle abrasion. Most are made of aramid, which is a fiber used to create bullet-proof vests. It’s not a very comfortable material, so manufacturers weave a touch of padding on the skin side of the abrasion patches. I’ve seen a video of a guy being pulled on his rear end behind a pick-up truck for a good distance. When he stands up the denim is completely gone, but the sewn-in skid pad – and his backside – are unharmed. I almost always ride with these jeans, but they don’t seem to be very popular with bikers who took our Safety Gear Survey at www.thunderroadswv.com. Only about six percent of respondents say they wear motorcycle-specific textile pants when they ride. Another nine percent say they wear leather pants designed for motorcycling. That means about 85% of our survey respondents wear ordinary pants or even shorts. There is an endless variety of overpants from almost every maker of motorcycle garments. Many models sport CE armor, just like textile jackets, which is great crash protection. But the pants aren’t big sellers with the street crowd. Having worn a few pairs myself over the years, I think I understand why. Most are hot and uncomfortable. While that extra layer might feel good in the cooler months, donning a pair of armored overpants in July is less than appealing. www.thunderroadswv.com

No, not tennis shoes. Boots. The foot is the first part of the body to make contact in most get-offs. When a bike gets out of shape, our first instinct is to steady it with our foot. It needs to be protected and tennis shoes simply don’t do the job. Motorcycle safety programs stress the need for boots that go above the ankle, providing support to that fragile joint in a crash.

Say the words “motorcycle gloves” to any group of riders and the number of images it conjures up will be equal to the number of bikers assembled. I personally think that the enormous variety of motorcycle gloves available suggests that no one has created the ideal biker’s glove. Most of us probably have more pairs of gloves in our gear stash than any other item. And there’s something wrong with all of them. I had fingerless gloves. A stone that was kicked up by a car hit me in the bare knuckle so hard that I thought it was broken. I got armored gloves that are about as uncomfortable as that pair of armored overpants that I don’t wear. I got thin leather bike gloves that stretch out of shape in no time and turn hard as rock when they catch a little rain. Then I got “waterproof” leather gloves, and they are waterproof. But they don’t breath at all and although rain doesn’t penetrate them, the perspiration that builds up inside isn’t any drier. It seems that there is no single pair of gloves to handle every situation in which bikers may find themselves. Perhaps having an arsenal of gloves is really the only way to go. So when you choose your next pair of gloves, go with your gut. But there are a few tips to keep in mind. The most important point in choosing gloves is making sure they are comfortable for their intended purpose. Put them on and wrap your hands around the nearest set of bars. Make sure they don’t pinch the ends of your fingers or bunch up under your knuckles or palm. Check that they are flexible enough to easily reach all the hand controls. Be sure the wrist end cinches down securely. Shake your hands vigorously to make sure the gloves won’t come off in an accident.

My first pair of biker boots were army surplus, and they were great. But the technology of motorcycle boots has advanced significantly since then. Manufacturers have boots specific to all forms of motorcycling, from off-road to drag racing and everything in between. One thing they all have in common is over-the-ankle protection. Not only does this safeguard the ankle, but it also helps to insure that the boot will stay on in a crash. Loose fitting and low-riding footwear will fly off at the very instant of contact and there goes your protection. Look for oil resistant soles with at least some kind of tread. Putting your foot down at a stoplight is not the place to find out that your boots don’t grip the road surface. From road grime to rainwater, biker boots take a lot of hits. There are a number of boots on the market that bill themselves as waterproof. I can’t attest to all of them, but I do have a pair that is truly waterproof. After many years and over 100,000 miles in my Cruiser Works boots, I can honestly say that I have never had a wet foot.

The End
So now you’ve spent your winter months reading and thinking about the various types of safety gear available for every inch of your biker body. Go to your closet, and take a good look at what you’ve been wearing. Is that helmet old and smelly? Leathers a bit past their prime? Textiles getting a bit threadbare? The new riding season is just around the corner, and this would be a good time to look into replacing that ratty old gear with some fresh duds. Look over the articles from these three issues and think about the choices you want to make when it comes to safety, comfort and style. Then flip through the magazine to the ads for the fantastic shops that not only support Thunder Roads West Virginia, but also offer everything you need to hit the road looking good! Ride safe.

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Hidden Highways

State Route 129
It may not be the kind of road that gets most bikers juices flowing, but West Virginia State Route 129 boasts about one thing that no other road in the state can touch. Bikers traveling through Nicholas County get to ride 2,280 feet across the top of a 40 story dam as they look to one side down on the Summersville lake, and to the other side down – w-a-a-a-a-y down - to the Gauley River as it exits this reservoir. This monstrous structure is the second-largest rock-filled dam in the eastern U.S., and the lake it creates is West Virginia’s largest body of water. The stats are hard to comprehend. Starting in 1960, it took the Army Corps of Engineers $48-million and six years to form the dam from 12-million cubic yards of rock and dirt. It was dedicated by President Lyndon B. Johnson in September of 1966. The reservoir of water behind the dam has a surface area of around 2,700 acres and plunges to as much as 300 feet in depth. It is a major destination for boating, fishing, scuba diving and rock climbing. Hydroelectric generation was retrofitted in 2001, and the dam now produces 80 Megawatts of electricity. But here’s my favorite story about the Summersville Dam. It caused the Army Corps of Engineers to change a long-standing tradition. Throughout history, the Corps had a policy of naming dam projects after the nearest town, unless it was being named for a President or other famous person. Before the reservoir was filled, there was a little village located near the present-day marina. But not only would this village be denied the naming honor, it would also end up at the bottom of the lake. The rising waters would not spare the village of Gad, and the Corps would not name it the “Gad Dam”. Go figure.

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So, Okay. Back to the road. As I said, not a spectacular “ride”, but certainly a scenic one. Do it, as I did, when the fall leaves are at their peak, and the views of the lake will blow you away. Pull your bike up onto the pedestrian walkway that looks down the face of the dam to the hydro plant 40 stories below you, and take a picture. Oops. Forget I said that. It’s probably a no-no. But, park in the lot and walk to the overlook. Then, walk across the road to the side that overlooks the lake. Oh, man! I got away from talking about the road, and back on the scenery again. Sorry. The road. It’s eleven miles long, and most of it is a nice ride through the countryside. At the northwest end, it begins at Highway 39, which is actually a more exciting bike road. Although 129 is generally mild, watch out for some 90 degree turns along the way. Blink at the wrong moment and you could find yourself traveling down a different road. On the southeast end, Highway 129 ends at U.S. 19, about five miles south of Summersville. From there, if you want to experience another of West Virginia’s most spectacular views, head south to the New River Gorge. But that’s a story for another day.


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That was Then…This is Now

Four decades have passed since Robert “Bam” Lohr donned his metallic gold helmet and bell bottom blue jeans for this picture on the left. The year was 1979, and Bam was astride his 1974 Sportster. The 900 had been bored and stroke to 40 over. There was no electric start on the bike and kick starting it must have been an interesting experience. Robert lived in Rockville, Maryland at the time.

Now flip your mental calendar pages 40 years ahead to this past summer, and look to the picture on the right. Somewhere in that calendar flipping, you should have seen Bam move from that other place into the great state of West Virginia. Inwood, to be exact. He’s also moved up the Harley-Davidson product line. Beneath that enormous flag and handsome biker is his 2006 Ultra Classic. Roll on, Bam. Roll on.

(Editor’s Note: If you have “then” and “now” pictures of yourself and your ride du jour, email them along with a little description to gary@thunderroadswv.com and we’ll share your story.)


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Clarksburg Bike Night
by Ken Holby
For those of you not familiar with the city of Clarksburg, there is an event held each Thursday night during the riding season at a small diner located downtown in our city - it’s called “Ritzy Lunch Bike Night”. The owner of Ritzy Lunch, Antonio Selario, with the help of his Dad - “Hot Dog John”, invite everyone and anyone to “come-on-down” and enjoy the festivities. On a nice summer night, you may see upwards of 150-250 bikes and their owners mingling and swapping stories of the last run, what they’ve added to their bike, etc. There is a large parking lot across the street where most of the bikes park, as well as up and down the street on the side of the diner. Once 5:00pm goes by, car owners who use the lot during the day leave and the bikes take over. The lot is owned by a local church which has, so far, not hampered the riders. Basically everyone who rides down each Thursday is very civil and respects the property, which I think makes a good impression. Clarksburg is a small town with friendly people, like many other West Virginia cities, but Bike Night sets it apart from the rest and it’s easy to get to. Route 50 and I-79 cross just outside of Clarksburg, making the ride downtown an easy and enjoyable one. Plus, with Route 50 going East and West through Clarksburg itself, it couldn’t be easier to find. Take the Downtown exit from either direction and turn right at the light. Two blocks and one minute later, you’re there. It can’t be much easier. For those of you who’d like to grab something to eat while visiting, Ritzy Lunch has some great hotdogs, fries and too many other things to mention. With only about 8 booths and around 12 counter stools, it sure isn’t a large place, but who needs a giant restaurant to have a good time. Besides the regular diner drinks served, can and draft beer is available, plus drafts are allowed outside and across the street as long as it’s in a plastic cup.
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I’ve been taking pictures there and putting them on my website (www.kenthepictureguy.50webs.com) since the summer of ‘03. I will admit that when I first started going to Bike Night, I was amazed at the beautiful bikes many of the riders have. I’ve noticed one thing - usually the best looking “stock, but enhanced” Harleys are owned by the “older” crowd. Maybe they have a bit more cash to invest in their bikes, I’m not sure. On the nice nights, guys and girls will ride their custom choppers down. Some of these bikes would put magazine quality bikes to shame. Many riders, myself included, start watching the weather forecasts on Monday to see what the weather will be for Thursday night. It can really be a letdown when rain is forecast. If it’s not too bad, many local riders still come down. Being a small town means it usually takes only a few minutes to get home - or just wait a little while and the weather might change for the better. More than once we’ve been caught there during a downpour, but it usually clears up within an hour. This is not set in stone, but Bike Night usually starts the first Thursday in May. I hope to see many more “Out-of-Towners” during Bike Night this coming riding season. See ya’ then.... Ken Holby (1970 Triumph TR6R chopper)


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An older man approached an attractive younger woman at a shopping mall. ‘Excuse me; I can’t seem to find my wife. Can you talk to me for a couple of minutes?’ The woman, feeling a bit of compassion for the old fellow, said, ‘Of course, sir. Do you know where your wife might be?’ ‘I have no idea, but every time I talk to a woman with hooters like yours, she magically seems to appear out of nowhere.’ One morning 3 Alabama good ole’ boys and 3 Yankees were in a ticket line at the Birmingham train station heading to Atlanta for a big football game. The 3 Yanks each bought a ticket and watched as the 3 southerners bought just one ticket among them. “How are the 3 of you going to travel on one 1 ticket?” asked one of the Yanks. “Watch and learn” answered one of the boys from the south. When the 6 travelers boarded the train, the 3 Yanks sat down, but the 3 southerners crammed into a bathroom together and closed the door. Shortly after the train departed, the conductor came around to collect tickets. He knocked on the bathroom door and said, “tickets please.” the door opened just a crack and a single arm emerged with a ticket in hand. The conductor took it and moved on. The Yanks saw this happen and agreed it was quite a clever idea. Indeed, so clever that they decided to do the same thing on the return trip and save some money. That evening after the game when they got to the Atlanta train station, they bought a single ticket for the return trip while to their astonishment the 3 southerners didn’t buy even 1 ticket. “How are you going to travel without a ticket?” asked one of the perplexed Yanks. “Watch and learn”, answered one of the southern boys. When they boarded the train the 3 northerners crammed themselves into a bathroom and the 3 southerners crammed themselves into the other bathroom across from it. Shortly after the train began to move, one of the southerners left their bathroom and walked quietly over to the Yanks bathroom. He knocked on the door and said “ticket please”. Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, grabbed the dog, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife’s back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, “The weather out there is terrible.”
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My loving wife of 15 years replied, “Can you believe my stupidass husband is out fishing in that mess?” And that’s how the fight started… A woman is standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She is not happy with what she sees and says to her husband, ‘I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly. I really need you to pay me a compliment.’ The husband replies, ‘Well, your eyesight’s damn near perfect.’ And then the fight started .... I took my wife to a restaurant. “I’ll have the Porterhouse steak, rare, please.” The waiter said, “Aren’t you worried about the mad cow?” “Nah, she can order for herself.” And the fight started. It is near the Spring Break of the school year. The students have turned in all their work and there is really nothing more to do. All the children are restless and the teacher decides to have an early dismissal. Teacher: “Whoever answers the questions I ask, first and correctly can leave early today.” Little Johnny says to himself “Good, I want to get outta’ here. I’m smart and will answer the question.” Teacher: “Who said ‘Four Score and Seven Years Ago’?” Before Johnny can open his mouth, Susie says, “Abraham Lincoln.” Teacher: “That’s right Susie, you can go home.” Johnny is mad that Susie answered the question first. Teacher: “Who said ‘I Have a Dream’?” Before Johnny can open his mouth, Mary says, “Martin Luther King.” Teacher: “That’s right Mary, you can go.” Johnny is even madder than before. Teacher: “Who said ‘Ask not, what your country can do for you’?” Before Johnny can open his mouth, Nancy says, “John F. Kennedy.” Teacher: “That’s right Nancy , you may also leave.” Johnny is boiling mad that he has not been the first to answer any of the questions. When the teacher turns her back Johnny says, “I wish these bitches would keep their mouths shut!” The teacher, shocked, spins around: “Who said that?” Little Johnny yells out, “TIGER WOODS. CAN I GO NOW?” HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ALL YOU BIKER SWEETIES!





S. J. Angotti (1924-1987) • David J. Straface • John R. Angotti
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TheCreative Process
By Gabrielle Aquilino
Thinking of buying a new bike - WAIT! - Consider another option! I have owned various motorcycles for the last 20 years. Every 2-3 years I trade in my current bike for a newer model. I get the itch for a new model or color. I convince myself I need more “bells and whistles”. In 2003 I purchased my first Harley Davidson V-Rod. I told myself that I would never own any other model from that time on. The V-Rod isn’t for everybody, but it fit my needs perfectly. But after 3 years I got tired of the Aluminum Tank and decided I needed a change. That began my search. I was searching for the ultimate artist to help me recreate my 2003 V-Rod. I wanted one of those custom paint jobs that I would always drool over at every bike show. Well, easier said than done! I contacted artist after artist. I went from Silver Spring, Maryland to Chambersburg, Pa. I wasn’t happy with what I found. The problems I found ranged from unavailable and unreliable to them telling me what I wanted. I finally gave up and traded up to a 2006 Black V-Rod. I had given up on the “custom” look. That is until September of 2007. I was at a local Motorcycle show and saw an artist with a small set up. I walked over and decided I would wait the 10 minutes in line just to talk to her. I wanted to see if I got that urge again. It was my turn to meet her now. She was not like any artist I had spoken with on my last venture. She listened to me very carefully and complimented me on my ideas. She actually seemed to care about me as a potential customer. She said she was looking forward to working with me to make my ideas happen. This was the one!!! I went home and immediately told my friend that I finally met the artist I had searched for and she was in the area all along. I called her to set up an appointment at her studio in Martinsburg, WV. I walked in to a warm and friendly atmosphere. She greeted me by asking if I wanted anything to drink. Her positive attitude and friendly personality were immediately contagious. We spent the next 1 1/2 hours designing what I wanted. She gave me ideas that improved on my original design. She listened to me the entire time and honestly made me feel like I was the most important customer she had. Then she quoted me the price. I was hoping she wouldn’t see my jaw drop when she gave me a price that was less than half of what I intended to spend. I was ecstatic. This was CUSTOM!! art work. I know people who paid outrageous money for just for one small design.
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Well, the rest is history! I have recommended Weeze to several friends. They have always been happy with not just the art work, but how they were treated as valued customers. I have told her several times that she has the unique ability to make every person she deals with feel like they are the only one that matters at that time. I have now had 3 V-Rod covers painted with 3 different images. Each time I change them out I have a “NEW” / different bike. I have also had various parts of the bike painted including the swing arm, front fork tubes and back rest. Ask her what she can do for you to make yours a one of a kind. I have also had the trunk lid of my 2001 Chrysler Prowler painted with an incredible Panther image. I got looks in that car before. NOW!!! I just have to worry about people almost hitting me from behind as they admire the art work.

A new bike comes with an owner’s manual. It contains maintenance procedures, safety precautions and a troubleshooting guide. They usually have a statement near the front that says, “Warning! Failure to comply with these guidelines can affect the safe operation of your motorcycle, which could result in death or serious injury.” We also have another manual, the Holy Bible. Everything we need to know about life is contained within this book. The Ten Commandments can be viewed as our safety precautions. If we follow them He has promised us the reward of Heaven. Failure to comply will subject us to the consequences! We perform regular maintenance on our bikes to keep them running, which sometimes requires a mechanic. Similarly, we must perform spiritual maintenance on ourselves and allow Jesus to tune us up periodically. If not, we’ll find ourselves spending too much time troubleshooting instead of allowing God to keep us fine tuned! He is our personal mechanic and is on duty 24/7, for He is a God that never sleeps nor slumbers (Psalm 121:3-4). We never need an appointment and He is never too busy for us (Matthew 11:28). He will take us in, analyze what needs repaired in our lives and fix it. He is also qualified to give us a complete overhaul if only we ask of Him (Romans 10:13). However, how can He fix us unless we first bring ourselves to Him and allow Him to accomplish the work in us? (Philippians 1:6). Does your bike need to be fixed?…then get it fixed. Do you need to be fixed?…then let God fix you! The cool thing about it is that He doesn‘t charge for His services. Salvation is free because He has already paid the price!
Jim “Jammer” Marcum resides in Charleston and has been involved in motorcycle ministry for nearly 15 years and serves as Clergy within Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry.

By Jim “Jammer” Marcum

I have even had her paint a jacket as a tribute to my sister-in-law Tammie who passed away from Cancer. Her compassion shows through on that art work. I will treasure it always. I have been very lucky to get to know this woman as an artist and as a person. Her pride in her work and her professionalism have been constant factors throughout the last two years. STILL want a new bike?? Why not sit down with Weeze and get involved in the creative process. It doesn’t cost anything for you to brainstorm on an idea/ concept. You will be surprised how enjoyable and fulfilling it is to create that unique, one of a kind machine that fills you with pride as others now drool over your ride! So why put out thousands of dollars for a newer model with a couple of minor changes. For a fraction of the cost you can have that “Custom” bike you have always dreamed of. And you created it yourself!!!....(With a helping hand from Weeze).


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Rate The Page
One of our favorite things to do is watch you while you read Thunder Roads West Virginia. Oh, yeah. We watch you pick up the magazine at one of our advertiser’s establishments or at a bike event where we have a booth to pass out magazines. We watch you read. Now before you start getting creeped out, the reason we watch you is because we want to know what you like about the magazine. We watch which pages you stop to read, and which pages you just whip on by. We watch you get to the center of the magazine…and turn it sideways. That always makes us smile.

Thunder Roads West Virginia Survey

The Survey
1. Huh?

A. Dragon Tales
2. I don’t read it every time. 3. It’s Okay. 4. I really enjoy her column. 5. The Dragon Rocks!

B. Letter From The Editor
1. Double Huh? 2. Kind of a yawner. 3. It’s worth reading. 4. I always find it interesting. 5. I memorize it every month!

We hear from someone everyday about how much they enjoy something in the magazine. This article, or that one. But what, exactly, do you like and not like about Thunder Roads West Virginia? Here’s your chance to tell us. All of our regular features are listed below, and we ask you to rate each on a scale from one to five, with five being the highest rating. We will use this information to help us shape the magazine in the months ahead. You can fill out the survey and mail it, if you like. But it’s easier for both of us if you fill it out on our website at www.thunderroadswv.com. From the homepage, click the “Rate the Page” button. We’re working hard to make this a magazine for all bikers in West Virginia, so be honest but be nice, too.

C. Bike Of The Month
1. Who cares? 2. Not very interesting. 3. I see something cool once in a while. 4. I enjoy reading about other people’s bikes. 5. One of my favorite pages!

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D. Hidden Highways
1. Been there. Rode that. 2. I’ll find my own roads. 3. Some look like neat roads. 4. I’m always interested in new places to ride. 5. It’s not a road until it’s featured in Hidden Highways!

I. K.I.S.S.
1. You must have mistaken me for someone who cooks. 2. Reading it makes me hungry. 3. I wish my significant biker would cook some of this stuff for me. 4. I use one of the recipes every once in a while. 5. These recipes make me so hungry that I usually eat the page!

E. Center Calendar
1. I don’t bother turning the magazine sideways. 2. Just another pin-up picture. 3. The photos are okay. 4. I enjoy the cool bikes and pretty girls. 5. The mag hangs in my garage all month!

J. Upcoming Events
1. I make my own events. 2. I glance at who’s doing what. 3. It’s nice to know what’s happening around the state. 4. Sometimes I look for rides that might be close to me. 5. I love traveling all over the state to participate in rides!

F. Skin Art
1. Yuck! 2. I’m glad that’s not on my body. 3. Just flippin’ through. 4. It’s great artwork. 5. I found what I want for my next tattoo!

K. The High Road
1. I am from the dark side. 2. Not really interested. 3. I read most of the devotional. 4. His column makes me feel good. 5. Jammer speaks to my soul.

G. Seats & Saddles
1. Disgusting. 2. Whatever. 3. Boys will be boys. Whaddya gonna do? 4. Got my attention. 5. Nice curves to those, ah, saddles!

L. The Jokers Wild
1. Oh, it’s supposed to be funny? 2. There’s a chuckle or two in there. 3. I retell the jokes sometimes. 4. I laugh out loud. 5. Hysterical, Man. Just hysterical.

1. Oh, please. 2. Sometimes I see double. 3. It’s nice eye candy. 4. I like seeing double. 5. No, I mean it’s REALLY nice eye candy.


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MADE WITH LOVE........ BLACK CHERRY & MINT LAMB CHOPS 1 - 14oz. Can Jellied Cranberry Sauce 4 Loin Lamb Chops, each 1-1/2 in. thick Real Butter Cooking Spray 1 Stalk of Scallion or Shallot; thinly sliced 2 Tbls. Fresh Mint; chopped finely 1 Cup Black Cherry All-Fruit Preserves 3 Tbls. Balsamic Vinegar 1/2 tsp. Cracked Black Pepper Salt to taste 1 Large Pat of Real Butter Preheat oven to Broil. Spray lamb chops with butter spray and arrange on a slotted broiler pan. Place chops under pre-heated, hot broiler and cook 8-10 minutes for medium-rare and 9-11 minutes for medium (just perfect pink thruout). While chops are broiling (put a timer to them as overcooked lamb chops are a cooking sin), in a small saucepan over medium heat, add one pat of quality margarine to pan, add your chopped shallots and mint, cook out for 2 minutes, then add the Black Cherry preserves and whisk together with the balsamic vinegar & cracked black pepper. Remove from heat and whisk in your large pat of real butter into sauce. Cover to keep hot. Remove chops from broiler, tent to cover completely but let them rest for 4 mins. before serving. Plate up 2 chops each and pour a generous amount of Black Cherry Mint sauce down over each chop. This romantic supper is so easy to make but tastes like it came from a 4-star restaurant! POLENTA HEARTS Polenta is just Italian cornmeal that when cooked with liquid makes a delicious mush. It can be found in the rice or pasta aisle of any regular grocery store. 1 Medium Pot of Boiling Water Salt to Taste 1/2 Cup of Instant Polenta (Medium cut preferred) 2 Tbls. Real Butter Nonstick Butter Cooking Spray

Apprx. 3 Tbls. Olive Oil 1 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter Slowly whisk your Polenta into your salted, boiling water and watch your pot and stir continuously for about 5 minutes. Stir in your real butter. Spray a glass oven dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pour polenta into dish and spread evenly so it forms about a 1/2 inch layer. Chill it up in refrigerator for no less than 1 hour. Take out of fridge and spray your cookie cutter with cooking spray and then punch out all the heart shapes you can get out of the layer and set aside. Pre-heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Add your olive oil to pan and sear up your Polenta hearts until golden brown on both sides. Transfer to paper towels and serve hot and crisp. You’re going to love the flavor of these little bites. LOVELY & EASY CHERRIES JUBILEE 4 Tbls. Unsalted Real Butter 1 Large Bottle of Real Cherry Preserves 1 Cup of Orange Juice 1-1/2 Cups Cherry Brandy (*optional) 1 Package of *Grands Buttermilk Biscuits 1 Carton of Real Vanilla-Bean Ice Cream Pre-heat your oven and get your biscuits cooking. While they cook, in a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter, stir in the bottle of real cherry preserves and the orange juice. If you’re adding the brandy, remove the pan away from the stove, add your brandy and place your pan back on the stove and shake the pan several times to ignite the pan and burn off the brandy. This only lasts seconds but you then have that rich, thickened brandy taste. If the pan doesn’t ignite by shaking it around, just use a long, candle lighter to ignite brandy. It’s still really good without the brandy. Now, take your baked buttermilk biscuits, slice in half, butter each side, drizzle with some honey and spoon your Cherries Jubilee mix generously down over the biscuits. Top with real Vanilla Bean ice-cream that you’ve let soften slightly by nuking in micro for about 10 seconds. Whooeeeee, baby, this is so good your taste buds will be sending you little kisses all over your mouth! And remember, the best word thruout the world is still L O V E.

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Angotti & Straface, L.C. 274 Spruce Street Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 292-4381 www.angottistrafacelaw.com Colombo & Stuhr, PLLC. 1054 Maple Drive Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 599-4229 www.colombostuhr.com Iron Horse Bar & Grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7533 Longshots Billiards 76 Wolfcraft Way Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-1975 www.longshotsbilliards.com Magic’s Bar & Grill 3 Moran Circle Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-9227 Across from Pickup City Mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 788-6433 Mountaineer All Star Cafe U.S. Rt. 220 South / 2 mi. from Keyser A Family Restaurant with a Sports Atmosphere (304) 788-6433 Nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 www.nanandpopsplace.com Road Hogs Saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588 Star Mercantile, LLC 80 W. Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-FOOD (3663) Email: star.wardensville@gmail.com Steve’s Broken Spoke Bar & Grill 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 Email: sbosley@hardynet.com

Anthony’s Specialty Biker Apparel – Leather – H-D Boots & More 112 Davis Avenue Glen Lyn, VA 24093 (540) 726-3080 DFM Special Tee House “The Biker Shack” Helmets – Shirts – Chaps - Jewelry 162 Nancy Jack Road Gerrardstown, WV 25420 (304) 229-7609 Email: dfmdbikershack@aol.com East View Variety Shop We have everything from A - Z, Old and New 715 Philippi Pike East View Community Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 622-6710

Weatherholtz Bonding 306 West Stephen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 Email: tweatherholtz@verizon.net

3rd Base Sports Bar & Grill 22 Virginia Avenue; US Rt. 220 Up from the stop light Petersburg, WV 26847 (304) 257-2273 Email: calt2@rocketmail.com Bee Hive Tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin Ink Tattoo Cindy’s Bar & Grill Route 3 (End of Speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Across from KET TruckStop Dakota Tavern Route 19 North of Fairmont (304) 288-4893 Friendly Atmosphere and Good Food Est. 1964 Fox’s Pizza Den 646 North Main Street Franklin, WV 26807 304-358-2118 Pizza-Salads-Subs-Chicken

My Club Clothing and Accessories Embossed, Silk Screened and Embroidered Custom Logos Kerry Henson (301) 992-1530 Email: kerry@myclubclothing.com www.myclubclothing.com

Art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 Email: sheila@artbyweeze.com www.artbyweeze.com

Evel Speed Custom Machine & Motor Sick’l Shop 7323 Winchester Avenue Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.evelspeed.net

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JT Cycle & Hoodlum Motorcycle Garage Aftermarket & Custom Parts & Accessories 486 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 255-2468 www.jtcycleparts.com M&J Motor Company Lehman Trike Conversions 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-6200 www.mjtrikes.com Miller’s ATV Superstore On Rt. 52 in Bluewell, WV Stop for all your ATV & Dirt Bike riding needs 3601 Coal Heritage Rd., Bluefield, WV 24701 (304) 589-5277 www.millersatvs.com O.B.’s Motorsports 1019 7th Street Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 420-0910 Motorcycles Shipped FREE www.obsmotorsports.com Shenandoah Harley-Davidson 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com Skip’s Honda 580 South Mineral Street Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-1615 Smitty’s Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha Rt. 33 E. Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-4824 Email: smittys@cebridge.net www.supersmittys.com The Twisted Spoke Custom Builds, Motorcycle & ATV Repair 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 326-HOGG (4644) www.thetwistedspoke.com

Mathias & Associates Insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV Insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 Email: mathiasins@hardynet.com

Bob’s Tire Service Inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 www.bobstireservice.net Hot Rods Roll Back and Towing Specializing in Motorcycle Towing 274 Bedington Road Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5586 Visa & MC Accepted Email: hotrodstowing@yahoo.com

Smoke Hole Caverns & Resort Open All Year Round HC 59, Box 39 Seneca Rocks, WV 26884 (800) 828-8478 www.smokehole.com

Meridian Websites 55 Meridian Parkway, Suite 101 Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 263-1000 www.meridianwebsites.com

CycleMart - Your Motorcycle Parts Store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins Street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119 www.cyclemart.net

Clubs & Organizations
C.E.’s Helping Hands (Old Fields, WV) is a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. Recent donations have gone to local families with serious health and financial challenges. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at www.cehelpinghands.com. Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry (South Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: harley4me2@verizon.net

Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com

Doug’s Sport Shop New and Used Guns, Sporting Apparel, Aigner Products and Reloading Supplies 220 North Main Street; 743B Hawse Plaza Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-6496 Email: dougssportsshop@frontiernet.net

Smokin’ Guns Tattoo 2986 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 250-6020 www.sgtattoo.com


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3485 Winchester Ave , Martinsburg WV 25405 (304) 267-2007

Snow Crabs or Prime Rib $30 per couple $20 single Music: Shades (50s, 60s & Motown)


February 13th – Stone Cold Red February 20th – Blue Fish February 27th – Mack Attack

Relay for life breast cancer awareness fundraiser

Save the Ta-Tas
Wear a bra to auction off!

March 6th

Friday Night March 19th

Smooth Cat Burglars

Spring Poker Run
to benefit Fallen Police Officers of the Eastern Panhandle Sign-up at 12:00 noon with kick stands up at 2:00 p.m. Beer Garden 12:00 – 6:00 Live Music by J Factor All You Can Drink Domestic Draft $10 BBQ Buffet for $5.00 Beer & Buffet for $15.00

Saturday March 20th

Sunday March 21st
Beer Garden Opens at 1:00 p.m. Judging at 4:00 Bike Show - Registration 1:00 – 3:00

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