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It has been a long time coming but the roads finally cleared, the weather got warmer and a large number of us hit the roads. Thank goodness, I was beginning to think we would never get out in the wind! Gary and I took a ride to Wardensville to meet up with one of our reps, Moe Vetter, and had the opportunity to welcome yet another TRWV biker friendly establishment into the fold. We are growing leaps and bounds and loving every minute of it. Never before has West Virginia’s motorcycle community had its own magazine. We hear from people everywhere how much they enjoy reading about what is happening in their own state. Many are tired of reading about builders in California or events in Florida but are excited to know that they don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy events closer to home. We have been hearing from various industries that the recognition of regional magazines like Thunder Roads West Virginia are on the rise as more and more Americans can not afford to take trips across the country and are keeping local. Let’s face it, even on a bike you have to pay to go anywhere. But knowing where you can go and still be within a days ride of home is priceless. That is where we come in. This country was founded on the belief that hard work and solid ethics would make us strong and self sufficient. And now where are we headed? Jobs being out sourced. A large majority of our food
coming from foreign sources. Corporations asking for financial assistance so they can pay bonuses to those that at least have a job. What does that do for any of us? How does that strengthen this country? The small businesses that created the economy of this country will once again bring it back. There are more and more individuals taking the chance to make it on their own and open businesses even now in a shaky economy. Why? Because they too believe that they can make a difference. Thunder Roads West Virginia is a catalyst for any business, large and small, to make direct contact with the biking community. Bikers are people too. We live in houses, we shop at stores and we spend what little we have to support our local economy. How else is West Virginia going to get help if not from its own citizens? Like I said, that’s where we come into the picture. Take a look through the magazine, read the great articles and stories within these pages and be sure to look at all the biker friendly establishments that believe in Thunder Roads West Virginia and the biking community. Spend some time checking out those places and remember that when you are looking for your current copy of the magazine, you can find it at one of our advertisers.
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ON THE COVER You don’t have to go to a museum to see a meticulously restored HarleyDavidson from more than 8 decades ago. you just have to keep an eye out for Jay and Jackie Murphy as they tool around West Virginia on this classic motorcycle that has been in Jay’s family since it was bought in 1928. And what’s their greatest adventure on this old bike? They rode to a museum full of old bikes. The irony unfolds on page 10.
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Are we having fun yet?
Running a magazine like Thunder Roads West Virginia is quite a challenge. Our crew is literally at it day and night, seven days a week, to bring this magazine to you each month. Our staff of sales reps fan out across the state every day, collaborating with biker friendly establishments to help them get the word out and to distribute the magazines each month. Our design and layout artists regularly burn the midnight oil to bring you the most creative ads for those businesses and to present the entire magazine in an eye-pleasing and engaging fashion. I’m very proud of the roll all of these brothers and sisters play, and this magazine – YOUR magazine – can sit proudly alongside any other mag, anywhere. Riding herd over all of the business side of this endeavor is Donna, my wife, co-owner, and the Chief Financial Officer for Thunder Roads West Virginia. You want to talk about paperwork? Just looking at her desk scares me to no end. And the phone? She’s got that earpiece in from the crack of dawn until well past sunset every day. New e-mails pop up on her computer every minute. She is a whirlwind of activity and does the tasks of half a dozen mere mortals. And then there’s me. The stories, pictures, overall content and look of Thunder Roads West Virginia are splattered all over my desk, shelves and adjoining floor. Thousands of decisions go into each month’s edition. Every single word and image on these pages passes through my computer. Every call, every e-mail, every article contribution from you gets my attention and I respond to each one of them. And to capture those stories and pictures I ride (okay, drive when winter dictates) all over this state, as much as humanly possible. Rain, heat, cold, night, distances – doesn’t matter. It is a seven day a week effort. The deadlines come around every month like clockwork and I have to meet them without excuse. My to-do list is truly never-ending. And even before I think I’m done with one issue, the next one is already staring me in the face. Building this magazine from nothing is a Herculean task. But none of us are complaining. We understand that the vision of uniting the motorcycle community in our state is worth the effort. We’re the foot soldiers for your magazine. The more you read, the more you contribute stories and pictures, the more you support the businesses that support us, the stronger the family of bikers gets. That’s our goal. And every time one of you calls or writes to say you like what we’re doing, we couldn’t be happier…or more humbled. You’ll notice that nowhere in this column have I used the words “work” or “job”. When we started this magazine eight issues ago, we stopped “working”, but we’ve never been busier than we are now. So, back to that question that started this column: Are we having fun yet? HELL, YES! Gary
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Letters To The Editor
Helmet Law Repeal Effort
so, you want to ride West Virginia without a helmet? Join the club. i’ve been in pursuit of this dream for 18 years. Although we have come much closer in the past than we did this year, the game, and the players are basically the same. The Confederation of Clubs, and until this year ABATE of West Virginia have been instrumental in getting the bills submitted, moved threw committees, and to the floor when possible. Basically the same legislators are sitting in the same seats playing the same old game. The bright side to this equation is the third leg. The Governor. The first year he was in office he asked us to stand down, and let him handle it. We did, and he didn’t. Lesson Learned. Now there is no doubt in my mind that uncle Joe will sign the bill if passed. But he don’t want it badly enough to invest an any political capitol in it other than signing. so, what’s a Biker to do? Personally i took a step back, and listened to my Brothers across the country who have been successful in changing the law so they can Ride Free, and decided a different path was in order. After all, those that keep doing the same old thing over and over again expecting different results are iDiOTs! Present company included. it’s been proven in state after state that there is only one sure way to beat this game. Get involved in the campaigns DuH!. That’s how Texas, Arkansas, and Kentucky, managed it. All of them loosely based on the efforts of my Bro. sputnik down in Texas. if you want to know how it’s done, take look at his Five steps to Freedom at www.tmra2.org/5steps.shtml and see for yourself. some of what he says doesn’t pertain to West Virginia, but you can get a revised version written for West Virginia at www.angelfire.com/wv2/bulliten/fivesteps.html. Question is, just how bad do you want it? Could you pound a few election posters in the ground? How about stuffing envelopes? Or if you like talking on the phone you could help man the phone banks of your chosen legislator. Elections cost MONEy! Anytime a candidate can get something done for free they can spend that money someplace else. Politicians that forget those that help them forget at their own peril. They tend to listen to constituents that helped them get elected. so, what are you ready to do to regain a freedom lost in 1971? you ready to DANCE? Can you hear the music? Contact the DuCK at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do have a plan. Don “DuCK” smith Biker Republic WV duck, Well said, Brother. getting the biker community involved is exactly what’s needed and is why i committed four pages of the magazine to this issue in March and a few more this month. although i personally advocate the use of a good helmet, i absolutely insist that the individual rider has the right to make that choice. The Constitution of the united states and the Bill of rights are the ultimate laws of this land, and in my reading of these documents i don’t see a single word that suggests the government has the right to regulate our lives down to the choice of headgear we wear when we ride a motorcycle.
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unfortunately, West Virginia senate Bill 192 that would have repealed much of the helmet law was not taken seriously by the senate Transportation and infrastructure Committee. see our story in this month’s magazine for details. The bill was not perfect, but in our opinion deserved to be debated by the full legislature and should have been passed. The “public safety” arguments put forth by those opposed to this bill are laughable and only serve to illustrate that these decisions are being made by people who know nothing about motorcycling. every biker in the state needs to contact his/her state legislators to be heard on this issue. They are in Charleston to represent us, and if they won’t listen to us they aren’t living up to that commitment. This is our government to control, not the other way around. get involved! gary
In last month’s issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia we ran this circa 1930 picture of three brave bikers on the iced-over Monongahela River in Fairmont, in an attempt to see if you could help us learn any details about it. To date, no one has been able to offer anything about these brave brothers. But with the help of 20’s era Harley-Davidson aficionado Jay Murphy, we do have a little better lock on the bikes. Jay agrees with our assessment that the shape of the tank on the bike in the middle means it is a pre-1925 “J” model, produced from 1921-24. The tank was made larger and rounded off beginning with the 1925 models. That’s our first indication that the bikes on either end of the picture are a few years newer than the center bike. They are also “J” series Harleys, probably built between ‘25 and ’27. Harley added a front brake as standard equipment in 1928, and these bikes are not sporting that equipment. For more about the “J” bikes, see the feature on Jay Murphy’s very own beautifully restored example on page 10.
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State Senator Jack Yost (district 1 - Brooke)
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State Senator John unger ii (district 16 - Berkeley)
it never had a chance. For the second year in a row, a bill to rescind much of West Virginia’s helmet law has died in a state senate committee without ever being given the chance to be discussed, much less voted on, by the full legislature. No action was taken on senate Bill 192 by the Transportation and infrastructure Committee before the deadline for new legislation. The decision to take no action on the proposal was made by state senator John unger ii, who represents Berkeley County, and is Chairman of the committee. senate Bill 192 would have eliminated mandatory helmet use for riders over 21 who have a motorcycle endorsement on their license for at least two years, and carry $10,000 or more in medical insurance for motorcycle-related injuries. “We’ve got the same committee members as last year and the fate of it would probably be the same as it was last year. it would have been voted down,” says senator unger about his decision to keep the bill off the Transportation Committee agenda. “We had other issues we had to discuss this year, particularly funding for the roads.” The decision to keep the proposal from even being debated is an affront to senator Jack yost of Brooke County who introduced the bill both times. “i heard comments the other day from one of the senators that he just opposes the bill and he works hard to even keep that bill from coming up for discussion,” says senator yost. “This issue has been around for a long time in the legislature…it’s been there longer than i have,” says senator unger of the proposed helmet law changes. “There doesn’t seem to be the political support for it.” As Chair of the Transportation Committee, unger did not cast a vote on the bill last year and says he still isn’t sure how he would vote on a proposal to ease helmet usage. “i support the freedom aspect. As long as you’re not harming anyone else or taking anybody else’s rights away, kind of the Libertarian approach, then you ought to be able to do what you feel is proper and appropriate for yourself.” But unger says he’s not sure that is sufficient reason in the case of helmets, because he fears that a helmet free biker poses a danger to others on the road. 8 Thunder Roads West Virginia
“When you’re riding down the road and you don’t have proper protection, and if a rock or whatever jumps up…if i’m driving behind a biker and they get hit in the head with a stone or something, and they’re not wearing protective gear, and it knocks them off and i end up hitting them that’s not a good thing either. When you’re on public roads, in order to be able to function in society, you have to have the safety precautions in order to make sure that it doesn’t impact another motorist.” “Maybe down the road there’s a chance that leadership of the committees will change and we can get this to the floor,” says senator yost. The senator says he’s willing to keep up the fight. “if the folks want, i’ll work with them. i still support the bill and i think there are a lot of people that do. But there are some here [in the state Legislature] who just make it known that they don’t want this.” “it’s normal our reps, if that’s what you want to call them, have their own little personal agendas,” says ABATE of West Virginia’s state President Harry Metheny. The biker’s rights group has been trying to gain passage of the helmet repeal for years. “The only way that we will see any thing in our favor is for the riders of WV to start voting them out of office, to let them know we do have a voice.” Metheny lives around Weirton in the northern panhandle, and says he has gotten significant help from the Delegates and senators from Brooke and Hancock counties. senator yost, who introduced the bill, represents the three counties in the panhandle. The membership of the senate Transportation and infrastructure Committee consists of 9 senators and is Chaired by John unger, ii. The other senators on the Committee are: Vice-Chair Evan Jenkins (Cabell); Douglas Facemire (Braxton); John Pat Fanning (McDowell); Robert Plymale (Wayne); Ron stollings (Boone); Randy White (Webster); Clark Barnes (Randolph); and Karen Facemyer (Jackson). “Just remember the next election,” says Harry Metheny of ABATE. “Check to see how your reps voted on the helmet bill or who tied it up in committee, then vote accordingly. it’s time to let these people know they work for us.”
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has compression rings.” This allows a certain amount of exhaust gases to blow by the pistons and into the crankcase, and then back up again for the exhaust stroke. “This one has two compression rings, and it actually burns it right out through the cylinders like a two-stroke. That’s why everybody says, ‘Oh, Man. your bike’s smoking!’ i say, ‘yeah. Let me know when it’s not. Then i got trouble!’” That gallon of oil will run between four and five-hundred miles between fills. “if you’re going on a long trip you’ve got to throw some in the sidecar.” speaking of long trips and sidecars, how about Fairmont to Maggie Valley, North Carolina on the Blue Ridge Parkway, in a sidecar? Jay’s wife Jackie liked the idea, so off they went. it was quite an adventure that even included a less-than-fun flat tire episode. But such is life on the road. Their destination was the Wheels Through Time Motorcycle Museum. This place is one of a very few reasons to ever ride outside of West Virginia. This wasn’t the first time Jay had tire troubles. “yeah, that crash. i burnt my leg in three places back in 2002. Had the rear tire blow out on me. Put me in the guardrails. it didn’t really do much damage to the bike. Didn’t help me out much, though.” One thing that does help Jay is the internet. Finding parts to keep an 82-year-old motorcycle in fine roadworthy condition is a lot easier than it was in the late 70’s when he began the restoration work. “you couldn’t hardly find anything for it…with the internet you can buy a lot of aftermarket parts for these. it’s amazing how much you can buy for them now. There’s a company in Texas that builds a lot of engine parts… over in Europe you can buy tanks. They’ll make you a new set of tanks. you can buy new fenders, stuff like that.” After burning more than a few hours of Jay’s time looking at and jawing about this superb “JD” that has been handed down through the family, there is really only one question left. “Top speed? i’ve had it about 70, 72. Right in there. But that’s a little faster than you want to go on it,” Jays says with an educated laugh. “Things are rattling at that point.” you may not see Jay getting pulled over for speeding on this 1928 Harley-Davidson JD, but you certainly will see him out on the highways of West Virginia throughout the summer. This bike is one legend that really does roll on.
By Gary Westphalen
Birth of a Legend
Most of the industrialized world was in a recession as the 1920’s fell to the front page of the calendar. Ford had slashed the price of the Model T to 395 bucks. Harley-Davidson’s big twins cost about the same. Now to you and me, the choice is a no-brainer. But the populous of the day felt the stodgy practicality of Henry’s horseless carriage was the way to go. Motorcycle sales fell by nearly two-thirds. On the surface that sounds like a gloomy picture, and it was. But the silver lining is that this scenario helped make Harley-Davidson what it is today. The bright spot for Milwaukee was the introduction of HD’s “superpowered Twins”. Big 74 inch V-Twins that churned out an overwhelming 18 horsepower. The “J” series bikes were Milwaukee’s answer to indian’s V-Twins and to Henderson’s four cylinder monsters. The J’s sported an F-Head engine whose design for the big twin would endure for years. sales were disappointing through the 20’s, but the “74” was refined in both form and function a little at a time. Thanks to things like its racy top-end of around 75 mph, the machine became the stuff of motorcycle legend. yes, THE legend. The J bikes were sold until 1929, but let’s stop that tumbling calendar one year earlier so we can get a close look at a really great example of a restored ‘28 “JD”. The restoration of this bike was done by Jay Murphy, whose great uncle bought the bike new from a Harley-Davidson dealer in Grafton, WV. The Great Depression claimed that dealer, and motorcycling got into the blood of Jay’s great uncle. “He rode it many, many miles here in West Virginia. it was their main transportation. That, and the sidecar,” says Jay. Oh, yes, there’s a sidecar. More about that, later. The great uncle’s son inherited the bike and, in 1977, gave the poorly preserved machine to Jay. He messed around with it, got it running, and just played with it for a while. Then Jay got serious about bringing this bike back to showroom glory. “A total restoration. Every bolt, nut, wire. Everything on it was totally restored. it, and the sidecar.” Jay says even the paint is as close to accurate as modern technology can provide. “We even used an optical scanner and scanned some original paint that i found on one of the backsides of the tanks.” This bike carries the “D” in its name, which means it is the electrically equipped version. it has a six-volt generator, battery, coil, and electric lights instead of a magneto and acetylene torches. Electric start? uh, no. But the ’28 did see the introduction of a front drum brake as standard equipment. “That’s still a ‘Total Loss’ oil system on that bike. it’s a four stroke, naturally, but it doesn’t circulate its oil. you actually have a one gallon oil tank up there with the gasoline,” Jay explains. An “automatic” pump feeds a regulated amount of oil from that reservoir over the collections of bearings inside the crankcase. “it actually keeps about four ounces of oil in the crankcase, and then it doesn’t have oil rings. it just
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Tom’s One Owner
it was 1991 when Tom Metheny walked into the showroom of the Suzuki shop and said, “i’ll take it.” What he got was a brand new intruder 1400. Built on an assembly line, just like all the other intruders she was sitting amongst. interchangeable parts. But this one was different. “i don’t like having stuff like everybody else. i like to be different,” explains Tom as he thinks back on the day he spotted this bike. “i’m a little different than most people. i try to be different intentionally.” “different” is what Tom saw in this bike. For one thing, she was dressed in a two-tone blue paint job unlike any of the others. it’s even possible that this paint job was supposed to be destined for a market in some other country. But here she was. And Tom knew different when he saw it. $5,800 later, Tom and the bike rode away. So he took this bike home, and began making it his own. He bought some pieces from places like J.C. Whitney. Then he saw an intruder that the owner of Seeger Cycles in ohio had put together and Tom began to pattern his bike after that, tapping them for major sections like the not-so-subtle front end. The straight drag pipes came from Germany. The seat is aftermarket. The headlight is built for a different bike. He’s building new handlebars for it right now. A cover for the triple tree is on the drawing boards. 19 years after he bought it, the bike is still a work in progress. And he has done all of this for under Ten Grand, including the $5,800 original purchase price. part of the reason this bike has been under continuous modification is because of the way Tom has funded the project. one tax return check at a time. “Each year i would get some stuff because that was the only time i had enough cash to do something with. So i’d go to the local bike shop or whatever and order a few things and put them on. Then next year, i’d do some more.” “Everything that’s ever been done to that bike, i did it myself. it’s never been in the shop since the day i bought it,” says Tom. That might not surprise you, especially when you find out that the only thing besides tires and oil that’s ever been replaced on this bike is the spark plugs. And it’s only on its fourth set of those. The surprise comes when a glance at the odometer shows 110-thousand miles! Close inspection shows the tiny dings and road rash here and there – the little badges of honor worn proudly by true warriors of the road. But this bike has clearly been well tended. “Basically just keeping it in out of the weather, just keeping it washed all the time,” Tom explains. Most bikers would be thinking about a new ride after 19 years and 110-thousand. not Tom. “Why would i want to retire it? it’s just getting broke in. naw, i spent a lot of time getting it the way it is now to where that’s what i always wanted…As long as i can throw my leg over it, it will keep going.” www.thunderroadswv.com
one more thing about those 110 ticks. Every last one of them has been inside the State of West Virginia. “That bike’s never been out of state,” Tom is proud to say. “The wife and i do a lot of little routes every night. That’s just how we unwind. We just take little routes of two, three hours. Stop for ice cream or a burger while we’re out. Just short, little rides and we do tons of them.” They almost always ride alone because, as Tom explains, “We never know where we’re going when we leave the house. We just take off in a direction, and then, let’s go this way.” He always manages to find his way back home. At least, so far.
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State Route 34
The little blue breaks visible between layers of clouds are shrinking as the juicy cold front roars across Kentucky and Ohio. it’s shoving those clouds together, forming a dark, steel-gray sky that’s going let loose on me at any minute. But there’s this squiggly line on my map that calls out to be explored. i must go. At the southern end of Kenna in Jackson County, state Route 34 takes a hard right. As i make the turn i encounter a road sign that confirms what my map has suggested. The “Winding Road” sign is meant to be a cautionary warning to those who take this obscure ribbon of highway. But to a biker, it reads more like an invitation. Never mind the impending downpour, the sign makes me smile. This is going to be good. Riding 34 feels a lot like being on a roller coaster. it goes up, down, around and around. Many of the curves are crest riding, wide-open sweepers while others are tight blind curves. There are times when you’ll tap into your transmission’s high gears, but you’ll spend most of the ride snapping between second and third. you’ll be busy. There is a steady stream of homes and small farms that drift through your peripheral vision as you stay focused on that next curve ahead. But there are also plenty of spots where the road rises to the crest of the next ridge and the view of the surrounding hills competes for your attention. The west-central part of West Virginia, like most all of the state, is beautiful country. There’s no reason to stop anywhere along this stretch of Route 34. it’s rural from end to end. But if you want to spend half an hour laughing uncontrollably as you climb up and down the gearbox, this road fills the bill. i have encountered very little traffic on my 20 mile trek from Kenna, just off i-77 down to the southwest end of the ride where Route 34 bumps into the Kanawha River in Putnam County. The highway number lives on past this point, but for a biker, the fun is over. This is the end of the Hidden Highway. For me, it has come just in time to be able to say i rode the entire length on dry tarmac. As i stop to take one quick look at the river and turn my bike around, that ever-darkening sky lets loose with the
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first of many raindrops. i am barely able to get my rain gear on before the trickle of rain turns into a deluge. it’s a shame that i didn’t get to make the return trip on dry road. There were a lot of pictures i didn’t get a chance to take. There were a lot of challenging curves that i had to tip-toe my way through. That’s not to say the road wasn’t fun in the pouring rain. it was. But it was that perverse kind of fun that comes from knowing that you are doing something most people would consider crazy. since my tires were nearing the end of their useful life, they didn’t inspire a lot of confidence, either. The bottom line is that state Route 34 from the Kanawha River to the junction with i-77 is a terrific little road. it will challenge a rider to develop a mastery of the gearbox as well as teach a little about looking all the way through the corners. it offers some wide-open vistas and some spots where the surrounding forest closes in around the road. it is also a nifty little shortcut if you’re traveling from, say, Hurricane to Ripley. Forget the interstates – do it on two lanes.
Now that was a tough winter. The basic measurement of snowfall in much of West Virginia this year was in feet of accumulation. inches were barely noticed. The snow clouds rolled in sometime around last November and didn’t leave until right around the end of February. And then the first weekend in March happened. The sun came out. The snow banks receded from the edges of the road. The pavement was dry. The temperature climbed all to way to the little 50’s. Good enough. Caution rules the day as we begin rolling out of the driveway and down our one lane road. The damage to the blacktop left behind by its battle with the forces of winter is striking. We aren’t very high on the road maintenance list so we begin memorizing our new dance as we pick the smoothest route through the potholes and pulverized stretches of broken pavement. But we’re rolling! it’s still chilly, so the ride will only be about 120 miles around with a stop to visit with some fellow riders. We’re barely a few miles from the start when we realize that those agonizing months of winter have already melted away from the front of our thoughts just like those shrunken snow banks in the ditch.
it’s working. Being out on the bike is already doing its magic. We’re feeling better. The wind is in our face. The THuNDER surges from our bikes as the ROADs roll under our wheels. This is what it is all about. We’re not alone! Enjoying that first deep lean through a tight curve we are compelled to reach a hand out and wave to that biker who is applying his skills to making that curve in the opposite direction. The wave is returned. The family is together again. On the road. Spring is finally here.
First Ride of Spring
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The winter of our discontent is finally over. it’s time to stop daydreaming about riding and hit the bricks. Although many riders have already been out on the roads, most are just now thinking about going out to the garage and clearing away the winter month’s worth of clutter that has been piling up around the bike. When you pull that tarp off, what are you going to see? A rusty, dead hulk of a machine that’s going to take hours to just get running, or a well-preserved, lively road warrior that’s just a few minutes away from putting your face in the wind? Thunder Roads West Virginia is eager to meet up with you out on the byways of this great state, so we’re here to help you with a spring checklist of things you need to pay attention to before you turn the key. They’re not all about the mechanics of your bike, either. is your inspection current? is your insurance coverage what it should be? Take care of these things now, and you’ll be able to ride the roads with a carefree attitude all summer long. Let’s look at these important issues one at a time.
For help with what you need to do to make your machine road ready, we turned to Jasen Hancock, a certified Harley-Davidson mechanic. Here’s his checklist of 10 items that any rider should be able to do to take care of his/her scoot before rolling out of the driveway on that first run. This is just a basic check list. if you find something beyond your ability or understanding take it to a professional. Jasen’s list starts from the ground up.
1. Check your tire pressure - Most bikes are 32 psi for the front and 36 psi for the rear, depending on the tire size and model. Check your owner’s manual for the correct pressure and it will also give you a checklist for pre-riding. After your tires are inflated properly check them for tread depth wear and dry rot. Look for foreign objects that may have punctured your tire. if so replacement is recommended.
3. Check your shocks front and rear, unless you have a rigid, look for excessive seepage and check for loose bolts on the rear.
5. Carbureted or fuel injected, you still have an air cleaner. see if it’s dirty or if any creatures have made a home over the winter.
6. Battery - unless you had a battery charger on all winter, take your battery somewhere to be tested to make sure it’s fully charged.
2. Check your rims - Jack your bike up off the ground if you can, if not roll your tire in increments to check your spokes with a spoke wrench for any loose spokes.
4. Check belts and chains for looseness and debris.
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Although West Virginia motorcycle inspections can expire during any month of the year, taking care of this annual ritual at the start of the season gets it out of the way. Not all motorcycle repair shops are inspection stations. in fact, many smaller shops avoid inspection service because of the paperwork and licensing required by the state. However, most shops that do automotive inspections are also licensed to inspect motorcycles. you need to have three things along when taking your bike in for inspection. you need a current registration, a current certificate of insurance, and a few bucks. state law allows inspection stations to charge up to $12, plus 66 cents tax. Forget any one of these three items and you’ll be making a second trip to the shop for the inspection. 7. Make sure your all of your lights are working properly, as well as your horn. West Virginia state code requires a 12 step inspection procedure. The inspector, who is trained and licensed by the WV state Police, must first verify your registration and insurance by inspecting the certificates and logging the appropriate information on a state form. Removal of the old inspection sticker is the next order of business. At this point the inspector will take a look at the general condition of the bike, making sure the frame and sheet metal parts appear to be in roadworthy condition. The horn, high and low beam headlights, driving lights, running lights, brake lights and turn signals will all be tested. A visual inspection will be made of brake pads and hoses, front end steering components, exhaust system, wheels and tires. When the inspector is satisfied that these systems are in good repair, a new sticker is affixed. What happens if the bike fails the inspection? you walk home. Okay, not really. But you are not allowed to just go merrily on your way, either. When a rejection sticker is placed on your bike, you are allowed only to ride it home or to a repair shop. you have five days from the date of rejection to make the appropriate fixes and take it back to the same inspection shop for approval. And, yes, you may be charged for a second inspection. The regulations also make it very clear that the repairs do not have to be made by the same establishment that rejected the inspection. you can take the bike to your favorite shop, as long as the repairs are made within that five day time frame.
8. Tighten nuts and bolts - if you notice any loose bolts or nuts, tighten them (to proper specs if you can).
Motorcycle insurance is something every biker is required to have, but hopes is never needed. The moment when you do have to call on your insurance for help is the wrong time to find out that you don’t have the proper coverage. Pull your policy out of that dusty file cabinet and look it over before the riding season hits full stride, and it’s another thing you won’t have to worry about as you rumble on down the byways. if you don’t understand the details, or think you may want to make some changes, contact your agent right away. “The state requirements are not very high,” according to Tom Mathias of Mathias insurance in Moorefield. Tom says motorcycle insurance must carry dollar values of at least “20-thousand bodily injury per person, 40-thousand per accident, and 10-thousand property damage. so those are pretty low state limits. And you’re required to carry at least the same limits on un- and under-insured motorist.” Mathias says a better coverage level is 250-thousand bodily injury, 500-thousand per accident, and 100-thousand property damage. There is one other optional coverage available for motorcyclists that Tom Mathias says needs to be taken seriously. it’s called Med Pay, and is available for both rider and passenger. “Medical Payments are to pay your medical bills if you get involved in an accident,” says Tom. “Let’s say it’s a single motorcycle accident, no one else involved but you yourself. That’s the only coverage you have under your policy that’s going to reimburse you for your medical bills. Hopefully a person also has health insurance, and if they do, the med pay on your motorcycle policy is primary because there’s no deductible. it’s going to pay first, and then that will apply towards your deductible on your health policy.” Med pay coverage on most motorcycle policies is written for between one and five-thousand dollars worth of coverage. if you have loaded your bike with gobs of aftermarket bling, this also needs to be considered when insuring your bike. Each insurance company handles this differently, so check with your agent about the coverage your policy provides. Tom says if your bike has more aftermarket goodies than your standard policy will cover, an endorsement for extra coverage can be added. Pictures of the bike and receipts for aftermarket add-ons can ease the way if you ever need to file a claim. There are also a number of things you can do to help hold down the cost of those premiums. Join a recognized motorcycle club like HOG, AMA, GWRRA and others. “you get huge discounts on your motorcycle policies,” by being a club member according to Mathias. “And then if you have your home, your autos, and life insurance and motorcycles all tied together you get another really nice discount.” you can also get around a $50 per year discount by regularly taking a rider safety course.
9. Check your fluid levels before starting the bike. if they seem low do not add any at that time. The fluids might have drained into the engine case. start your bike first and let it run for at least 10 minutes or until the engine is at a normal operating temperature. Then check the fluids again. Now is the time to change the fluids if you didn’t get to it before winter storage.
10. Fuel can go bad, check by the smell. if the level is low add fresh gas. it will help dilute any old gas unless of course you have a full tank. if it smells bad, siphon the majority of it out and replace with fresh gas.
That’s about it. in just a couple of hours time, you have managed to get your routine paperwork squared away and the bike ready to roll. There’s only one thing left to do. Gear up and go make some THuNDER on the ROADs of WEsT ViRGiNiA. see you out there!
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tWo-CheeSeS, haM, Banana & Potato ChiPS CaSSeroLe 1 Pkg. softened Cream Cheese 12 slices of White Bread w/ Crusts Cut-Off 1 Pound of Deli Ham; sliced Razor Thin 4 Bananas, sliced in 1/2 inch Discs 1/2 Bag (2 Cups) Crushed Regular Potato Chips 6 slices of Bacon; Cooked Crisp 4 Eggs 1 Cup of Whole Milk 1 Cup of Heavy Cream 1/2 tsp. of Nutmeg salt & Cracked Pepper to Taste i know it sounds whacked, but my Mom used to make this cause it was cheap to fix and went a long way for a family of seven! Try it.....it will become one of your faves too......especially for Pot-Luck socials. Butter spray a 9x13 glass baking dish. spread Cream Cheese liberally over (6) pieces of your white bread squares (minus crusts), lay them down flat in baking dish. Take your razor-thin deli ham and just make an even layer of it all over bread slices and pat down. sprinkle your cheese all over top evenly. Then, cut your bananas all over the top of your ham, then the remainder (6) pieces of de-crusted white bread, spread w/ the cream cheese, lay that down on top of bananas, press down again. Next, in a separate bowl, mix up your whole milk, heavy cream, eggs, salt & pepper to taste & nutmeg. Pour this down all over and around sides of casserole. Now, put your potato chips in a large plastic bag and leave open just a bit at top for air and just smoosh them up in bag and then spread evenly all over top, and then crumble up bacon and distribute evenly all over top of chips. Bake in a 350 pre-heated oven for 45 minutes. Let cool and then cut & serve in squares. This will become one of your “go-to” comfort dishes that you’ll pass down thru time. SUPer e-Z, BLUe CheeZY hoMe dreSSing 1 (8 oz.) Tub sour Cream 1 Cup (4 oz.) Crumbled Blue Cheese 1/4 Cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Red Wine Vinegar 2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced salt & Cracked Pepper to taste Combine all together in a small bowl, cover & refrigerate for at least 1 hour. The best! hUrtS So good....... ChoCoLate Bread PUdding 1 Loaf of crusty French or italian Bread * Cut into medium-sized cubes 3 Cups of Whole Milk 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream 1/2 Cup of Bailey’s irish Cream Liqueur 1 Cup Granulated sugar or *splenda for Baking 1 Cup Packed Light Brown sugar 1/4 Cup Real Cocoa Powder 1-1/2 Tbls. Quality Vanilla Extract 2 tsps. Pure Almond Extract 1-1/2 tsps. Ground Cinnamon 6 Eggs; lightly beaten 8 Ounces semi-sweet Chocolate Chips Lightly butter spray a 9x13 glass baking dish and add the bread cubes. in a large bowl, whisk together milk, cream & Bailey’s. in separate bowl, combine the granulated sugar (or splenda) and brown sugar with the cocoa powder and mix well. Add dry mix to the milk mixture and whisk together well to blend. Add the vanilla & almond extracts to beaten eggs. Now, combine egg mixture with milk mixture and mix them up good. stir in the chocolate chips and pour the entire mixture evenly all over the bread cubes. you’ll need to let stand for about 20 minutes to let bread cubes absorb & soak up, stirring occasionally. Bake the pudding for 1 hour in 325 pre-heated oven. Now.....real quick, cause’ it only takes a minute, mix up one box of Jell-O brand plain Vanilla pudding or French Vanilla Pudding (your call) and pour it all down and over your Chocolate Bread Pudding. Let the pudding set-up just a bit but be sure and serve warm & yummy. you could also drizzle Caramel ice-cream topping over it if you don’t like the pudding idea. Or come up with a topping of our own. However you serve it, it will rock the house, baby!
To ALL ouR BRAVE, pRoud TRoopS... You’RE in ouR THouGHTS & pRAYERS dAiLY. God Speed You Home.
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The blending of up to 10% ethanol with gasoline in the nation’s fuel supply continues to damage more and more motorcycle engines. in a two-part series of stories last fall (see “Passing Gas” in the sep. & Oct. ’09 issues) Thunder Roads West Virginia reported on the damaging effects of running ethanol blended fuel through our bikes. To briefly recap, in addition to being a fuel generated from corn, ethanol is also a solvent. it is capable of dissolving rubber, plastic and even soft metals such as brass and aluminum. it also combines with water more readily than it does with gasoline. so when water molecules enter your fuel tank the ethanol molecules will separate from the gasoline, attach to the water, and this new mixture sinks to the bottom of your tank with the gasoline floating on top. Hard starting, rough running, reduced power, lower gas mileage and all sorts of destructive things can happen to your power plant.
The $1,000 Fill-Up
“When i took it for a little spin up the road i noticed i felt something smacking my pant leg,” says Dwain of that test ride on this bike, which is powered by an s&s 113 inch mill. “When the bike warmed up it would blow compression out the side of the cylinder in between the head and the jug. so i looked and it had two blown head gaskets.” Myers immediately reduced his list of possible causes to a short list. it could have been a timing issue, although that didn’t appear to be the cause. There could have been an intake leak, meaning extra air was finding its way through a bad seal between the carb and the engine, but he was able to rule that out as well. That left a lean air-fuel mixture as the only remaining cause, and Dwain says the bike runs fine now without changing the jetting. That means there was only one remaining reason the bike was running so lean. “Cheap grade gas,” says Dwain. “i think they ran probably 87 octane gas in it. it was spark knocking, starting to detonate. The engine temperature got up because of the cheap gas, and instead of detonating the piston it physically burned the head gaskets out. it didn’t squeeze them out, it started to burn the head gasket because of the compression ratio the motor’s got. it got the top end of the engine hot and burned the gaskets out.” When he pulled the motor apart, the burned gaskets were apparent. “it’s a wonder it didn’t melt a piston,” says Dwain when talking about how close this came to destroying the engine. “it could have melted a piston and then gotten down to the bottom end of the motor and tearing the crank, flywheel, block, getting into the whole engine.”
Ethanol has one other characteristic that Dwain Myers, owner of Evel speed Custom Machine & Motor sick’l shop, believes resulted in this custom-built bike needing major engine work. it has lower energy content as well as a lower flash point than gasoline, meaning that an ethanol based fuel makes an engine run lean because ethanol burns faster. Even though this condition generates a higher temperature in the combustion chamber, it releases less energy at the appropriate time for the engine to deliver maximum power. The higher heat and early detonation (commonly referred to as knocking or pinging) of the air-fuel mixture means the motor will basically run too hot and burn itself up. That was the problem that Dwain discovered when the bike came into his shop for an unrelated transmission leak. He fixed the tranny issue and took the bike for a test run. That’s when he discovered a major fuel-related problem that the owner wasn’t even aware of.
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Fortunately, that didn’t happen because the problem was caught in time. But the burnt gaskets meant that the escaping gasses did eat away at the precisely milled heads. “He was losing probably 15, maybe 20, pounds of compression right out the side of the motor instead of out the exhaust,” is Dwain’s assessment of the result. He checked the bore of the cylinders to make sure they hadn’t become egg-shaped because of the high heat. He checked the pistons for damage as well. The only harm to hard parts was to the heads and the jugs, damage requiring them to be shaved down .007 inch. Although blown head gaskets aren’t the preferred reasoning to improve an engine’s performance, the shaved heads have resulted in a higher compression ratio than the stock motor. Myers says the only solution to avoiding problems like this is to run the highest octane gas you can get. “i have 94 in it now. i mean, you can adjust the timing around for some of that stuff, but if you’re trying to make power you can’t take timing out of something over putting good gas in it. it runs good now.” Dwain agrees that ethanol-blended fuel is probably the culprit, and says that using the highest octane gas available is the best defense. “People think that, oh wow, gas is cheaper. They’re putting this ethanol in to make the gas cheaper,” he says, “it’s definitely harder on the engines. But if they had put 93 or 94 octane in the motor, i think it would have been safe.” Myers also recommends the use of a fuel additive designed to offset the hazards of alcohol-mixed gasolines. Every bike mechanic Thunder Roads West Virginia has talked to about this issue agrees that ethanol-blended gasoline is simply bad news for motorcycle engines. But it is a federal mandate not likely to change anytime soon. The best we as bikers can do is be aware of the issue and run the highest grade of gas possible to lessen the damaging effects on our scoot’s engines.
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A father walks into a restaurant with his young son….. He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied. Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face... The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back. The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help. A well dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant. Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy’s testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly.. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand. Releasing the boy’s testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word. As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, “i’ve never seen
anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor? “ ‘no,’ the woman replied. i’m with the i.R.S. The iRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the iRS office. The iRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney. The auditor said, ‘Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, Which you explain by saying that you win money gambling.. i’m not sure the iRS finds that believable.’ i’m a great gambler, and i can prove it,’ says Grandpa. ‘How about a demonstration?’ The auditor thinks for a moment and said, ‘okay. Go ahead.’ Grandpa says, ‘i’ll bet you a thousand dollars that i can bite my own eye.’ The auditor thinks a moment and says, ‘it’s a bet.’ Grandpa removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor’s jaw drops. Grandpa says, ‘now, i’ll bet you two thousand dollars that i can bite my other eye.’ now the auditor can tell Grandpa isn’t blind, so he takes the bet. Grandpa removes his dentures and bites his good eye. The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Grandpa’s attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous. ‘Want to go double or nothing?’ Grandpa asks ‘i’ll bet you six thousand dollars that i can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between.’ The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there’s no way this old guy could possibly manage that stunt, so he agrees again. Grandpa stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can’t make the stream reach the wastebasket on the other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the auditor’s desk. The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win. But Grandpa’s own attorney moans and puts his head in his hands. ‘Are you okay?’ the auditor asks. ‘not really,’ says the attorney. ‘This morning, when Grandpa told me he’d been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty-five thousand dollars that he could come in here and piss all over your desk and that you’d literally be happy about it!’ Two young businessmen in California were sitting down for a break in their soon-to-be new store in the shopping mall. As yet, the store wasn’t ready, with only a few shelves and display racks set up. one said to the other, “i’ll bet that any minute now some lame-as senior is going to walk by, put his face to the window, and ask what we’re selling.” Sure enough, just a moment later, a curious senior gentleman walked up to the window, looked around intensely and rapped on the glass, then in a loud voice asked, “What are you sellin’ here?” one of the guys replied sarcastically, “We’re selling ass-holes.” Without missing a single beat, the old timer said, “Sales are good. only two left.”
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Seats & SADDLES
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Editor’s Note: Many of our readers have commented that they would like to know more about the crew that puts this magazine together each month. We thought that sounded like a good idea. So from time to time, and as space permits, we’ll be highlighting one member of our crew with a brief autobiography. We’re quite a collection of characters here at Thunder Roads West Virginia and our background stories are as varied as they are interesting. But we have two things in common. First, we’re all bikers. Collectively we have hundreds of years of experience on bikes of all kinds and sizes. Secondly, we share a passionate commitment to making this magazine the best resource and most entertaining biked rag you’ll ever pick up. We couldn’t think of a better way to introduce this feature than to start with our crew brother who rides with a mission from God.
who are lost and those who have spiritual needs.” We don’t have some big master plan or specific strategy in reaching the biker community. We simply spread the Word of Jesus Christ with a non-judgmental attitude and love them just as Jesus loves them. sometimes all a person needs is to be the recipient of a warm, friendly smile and a smile can speak a thousand words! We’re not out to change the world and realistically speaking, there are those who will never step foot in a church and that’s why we must take the church to them. We may be the only Bible someone may ever read and that’s why it’s important for us to make ourselves available, willing, ready and able to be there for them. Most everyone is at least somewhat familiar with John 3:16 which begins with, “For God so loved the World,” but there are many who are unfamiliar with the verse that immediately follows in verse 17, “For Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Highways and Hedges Ministry is a “neutral” ministry and are not a support club or affiliate of any one particular club or ministry. We support and respect all clubs, riding groups and ministries. you may see us participating in many runs and motorcycle related events throughout the riding season and you may see our bikes parked outside of clubhouses as we drop by to visit our friends at various motorcycle clubs in and around the Kanawha Valley. There are many motorcycle ministries in this area and we are very versatile in our individual calling. We do lots of home and hospital visitations for bikers and their families, perform bike blessings, minister at jails and prisons, give spiritual advice and lead groups in prayer before departing for a run, just to name a few. For those of us in motorcycle ministry who are ordained ministers, we perform the rites of marriage at biker weddings and conduct funeral services when called upon to do so. Motorcycle ministry isn’t a noun, but a verb. it’s not a person, place or thing. it’s a ministry of action and existence! in my fifteen years of serving in motorcycle ministry i’ve found it to be the most demanding, but yet most rewarding ministry i’ve ever been involved in. The rewards come when i see bikers saved, delivered and set free! sometimes my phone rings late at night from someone who just needs to talk. There’s other times that i’ve been called out in the wee hours of the morning to go to a person who is in need or is in the middle of a crisis. some will apologize afterwards thinking they have disturbed or burdened me, but i always let them know that i don’t come out for them because i feel like i have to, but because i want to! i don’t view my role in motorcycle ministry as a job. i view it as a blessing and i’m humbled that God has chosen me to serve Him in this area of ministry even though i feel there are many other ministers out there who are more qualified to fulfill this position. However, God doesn’t call the one who’s qualified, He qualifies the one who’s called! Ministry doesn’t come without sacrifice and we often spend many hours and sometimes several days away from our families, but thank God i have a wife
Jim “Jammer” Marcum
i’m a Christian…i’m a biker and yes, you can be both! i’m one of many who serve in motorcycle ministry, particularly with Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry based in Charleston WV. We’re a small group here in Charleston and have others throughout the state, but we have well over 500 members across the nation and abroad who are doing what God has commanded us to do as stated in Luke 14:23. “And the Master said unto the servant; go ye into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” Although our Christian back patches are highly visible when we’re rolling down the highway a large portion of the general public are unfamiliar with the specifics of our ministry because we are a “behind the scenes” type of evangelistic ministry. We, as members of Highways and Hedges, don’t put ourselves up on a pedestal just because we’re Christians, nor do we separate ourselves from places that other Christians may deem as “inappropriate.” After all, when Jesus walked this earth He didn’t confine himself to fancy synagogues or temples, although He could have. Even though He was the son of man He didn’t limit himself to associate only with the rich and powerful Pharisees, although He could have. instead, He went to where the people were who needed Him the most, sometimes against all odds and against the advice of others who tried to persuade Him otherwise. He was inspired by God and went where God led Him. He ventured into areas and territories where others either feared to go or had no desire to go. Just as Jesus did, we go where God leads us. Our founder, Jerry “Punkin” Melton, says it best when asked if we have rules and regulations as it pertains to how we operate as a ministry and where we go as ministers of the Word. He says, “The Holy Bible is our bylaws and as far as where our members go to minister…Who am i to get in the way of God telling our members where or where not to go in reaching those
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A holy man was having a conversation with the Lord one day and said, “Lord, i would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.“ The Lord led the holy man to two doors. He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. in the middle of the room was a large round table and in the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the holy man’s mouth water. The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms they could not get the spoons back into their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said, “you have seen Hell.” They went to the next room and opened the door. it was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The holy man said, “i don’t understand.” “it is simple,” said the Lord. “it requires but one skill.” “you see they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.” When Jesus died on the cross, he was thinking of you and not himself! Remember, He will always share His spoon with you! Be Blessed!
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
who understands and supports me in every aspect of this ministry. Even though she’s not physically out there with me on the front lines of ministry, i still consider her just as much a part of this ministry as i am. i call her my “prayer warrior” behind the lines because she’s always back home praying for me while i’m out in the highways and hedges. There are many motorcycle ministries in WV and there’s a good chance that you have one or more of these ministries in your local area. i encourage you to contact them and invite them to your runs and events. i’m sure you’ll be blessed by their presence and that you’ll also be a blessing www.thunderroadswv.com
to them. i wish i was able to share all the wonderful stories and great ministry opportunities God has blessed me with over the years of being in motorcycle ministry and of how God has moved and continues to move in a great and mighty way in the motorcycle community, but space is understandably limited so i must bring this article to a close. Hopefully, i’ll have the pleasure of meeting you somewhere along the way during this riding season. Ride to Live, Live for God! Jammer
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ATTORNEYS Angotti & straface, L.C. 274 spruce street Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 292-4381 www.angottistrafacelaw.com Burke, schultz, Harman & Jenkinson Attorneys at Law 84 Aikens Center Martinsburg, WV 25402 (304) 263-0900 www.burkeandschultz.com Colombo & stuhr, Attorneys at Law 1054 Maple Drive Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 599-4229 www.colombostuhr.com BAIL BONDS Weatherholtz Bonding 306 West stephen street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 email@example.com BARS & RESTAURANTS 3rd Base sports Bar & Grille 22 Virginia Avenue; us Rt. 220 Petersburg, WV 26847 up from the stop light (304) 257-2273 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Bee Hive Tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin ink Tattoo The Brickhouse Bar & Grill 214 Mid Atlantic Parkway Martinsburg, WV 25404 (304) 264-2304 www.thebrickhousesportsbar.com Byrd’s Tavern 7699 Hedgesville Rd. Hedgesville, WV 25427 (304) 754-6980 www.byrdstavernllc.webs.com Cindy’s Bar & Grill Route 3 (End of speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Across from K&T Truckstop Colt’s Restaurant and Pizza Park inc. 425 s. Main st. Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-2523 Dakota Tavern Route 19 North of Fairmont (304) 288-4893 Friendly Atmosphere and Good Food Est. 1964 The Dawg House Bar & Grill Pool, Darts & Music Entertainment 1387 Fairmont Road Morgantown, WV 26501 1 mile past Morgantown Mall on 19 south Desperado’s Bar & Grill 35 Potomac street Ridgeley, WV 26753 Food – Games – Cold Beer (304) 738-0010 Dirty Dawg saloon 1017 s. Queen street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 596-6200 www.dirtydawgwv.com Doodles Place Rt. 50 Augusta, WV (304) 496-9481 Flys Bar and Grill 4067 Freedom Hwy. Corner of Rt. 19 & 218 Worthington, WV 26591 (304) 287-2116 Four Corners Club 72 Pedal Car Drive inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-3443 www.the4cornersclub.com Fox’s Pizza Den 646 North Main street Franklin, WV 26807 (304) 358-2118 Pizza – salads – subs – Chicken Hide Away Tavern Rt. 50 Burlington, WV Near WVDOH District 5 shed (304) 289-5396 iron Horse Bar & Grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7533 K&T Diner Rte. 73 N Meadowdale Road Fairmont, WV 26554, i79 Exit 139 24 Hr Takeout service (304) 363-7113 Attn. Truckers: Certified Cat scales On-site Longshots Billiards 76 Wolfcraft Way Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-1975 www.longshotsbilliards.com Lost River Brewing 155 West Main street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-3448 www.lostriverbrewing.com The Millstone Barbeque Restaurant Rt. 50 West Burlington, WV Great Pork-Ribs-steak & shrimp and Cold Beer (304) 289-3693 Mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 368-9223 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 Petie’s Pub & Grill 304 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0698 Owner – Beverly Opas Quaker steak & Lube Thursday Bike Night starting April 29th 2931 Mountaineer Blvd. Charleston, WV (304) 267-2007 www.quakersteak.com Road Hogs saloon 415 Clayton street Rivesville, WV 26588 Rock Forge inn/Haught Diggity Dogz serving WV’s #1 Rated Chili Dog Off i-68 at sabraton Exit #4 Turn left .2 mile – Red Roof on right Rt. 7 East (304) 291-DOGZ (3649) star Mercantile, LLC 80 W. Main street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-FOOD (3663) email@example.com steve’s Broken spoke Bar & Grill 14977 sR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 www.oldroute55.com uncle Joe’s Wood Pile Rt. 1, Box 400 Ridgeley, WV 26753 (304) 726-8505 White Front Tavern Pool & Darts Happy Hour Monday & Tuesday (304) 265-2280 Rt. 50 West of Grafton, WV Winston’s Bar & Grill 2201 Pleasant Valley Road Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 844-6872 www.winstonsbarandgrill.com
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BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Evel speed Custom Machine & Motor sick’l shop 7323 Winchester Avenue inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.evelspeed.net Hawkins Leather The Largest Leather Dealer in the Tri-state Area 800 Foxcroft Ave. - Martinsburg Mall Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 263-4193 CUSTOM ART Art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 www.artbyweeze.com CUSTOM DESIGN & FABRICATION Atomic iron Rt. 1, Box 1 New Milton, WV 26411 (304) 745-3062 Wiskybilt it’s all about the ride. Custom crafted parts made in WV (304) 329-1214 www.wiskybilt.com DEALERS & SERVICE Amsoil store Wholesale and Retail Mount Clair, WV (304) 745-5522 or Cell (304) 709-1038 “Best Prices in Town” Bombshell Cycles French Creek, WV (304) 300-5133 www.bombshellcycleswv.com servicing street Bikes and ATV’s Evel speed Custom Machine & Motor sick’l shop 7323 Winchester Avenue inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.evelspeed.net www.thunderroadswv.com 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 O.B.’s Motorsports 1019 7th street Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 420-0910 www.obsmotorsports.com Motorcycles shipped FREE Ruff Road Cycle L.L.C. Authorized Drag specialty Dealer Tires & service – Fast Turn Around 2050 Burke Rd. Masontown, WV 26542 (304) 980-2005 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 www.supersmittys.com The Little shop of Harleys service & Accessories – HD Certified Mechanic 44 Bay Berry Lane Berkeley springs, WV 25411 (304) 258-3909 The Twisted spoke Custom Builds, Motorcycle & ATV Repair 97 Milford street Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 326-HOGG (4644) www.thetwistedspoke.com INSURANCE Mathias & Associates insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 email@example.com LODGING smoke Hole Resort Open All year Round HC 59, Box 39 seneca Rocks, WV 26884 (800) 828-8478 www.smokehole.com MOTORCYCLE PARTS CycleMart - your Motorcycle Parts store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119 www.cyclemart.net PHOTOGRAPHY Vetter Photo 1675 Cold spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com SPORTING GOODS 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 TATTOO STUDIOS Modernday Primative Tattoos and Body Piercings 1320 1/2 Locust Ave, Fairmont, WV (304) 333-iNKD (4653) www.moderndayprimative.com myspace.com/moderndayprimative VEHICLE SERVICES 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 WEB DESIGN Meridian Websites 55 Meridian Parkway, suite 101 Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 263-1000 www.meridianwebsites.com
Clubs & Organizations
BACA - Bikers Against Child Abuse (inwood, WV) Hot Line (304) 839-7809 bacaworld.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org C.E.’s Helping Hands (old Fields, WV) a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. 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.
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GWRRA WV-A (Martinsburg, WV) (Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc.) ‘Mountaineer Wings’ Meets the 1st sunday of the month - 8am at Ryan’s Restaurant, Martinsburg, WV Chapter Directors: JJ & Becky Jones JJ: (301) 667-4040 email@example.com Becky: (301) 667-0121 Rpepgirl@aol.com Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry (South Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: firstname.lastname@example.org
B & B Appliance Repair Most Brands serviced - 25 years Experience (443) 605-6367 – Bill / Frederick County MD (443) 605-6368 – Brian / Jefferson County WV B.L Builders All types of Home improvement specializing in water problems Rt 3 Box 8, Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 685-2511
JD’s Painting interior and Exterior Residential Painting 10+ years servicing Marion, Mon & Harrison Co’s Contact: Jeff Davis (304) 657-0087 email@example.com
am with kickstands up at Noon sharp. For more information call 304-262-3500 or email taterbrat46@ yahoo.com. April 24 – Moorefield, WV Annual spring Poker Run C.E.’s Helping Hands is having their annual spring Poker Run on April 24th. Registration starts at 10:00 am at the shop & save parking lot in Moorefield, WV with kickstands up at 11:00 am. The ride ends at the stray Cat Cafe in Moorefield at 3:00 pm. Cost is $10.00 per hand. Come on out for a good time and fellowship all for a good cause. Email our group for more information and/or directions: email@ cehelpinghands.com. May 15 – Elkins, WV Ride for the Troops The first annual “RiDE FOR THE TROOPs” will be held at the Armory in Elkins, WV, with a rain date of May 22, 2010. First bike out at 10:00 am. The ride benefits the Family Readiness Group. The proceeds will be used for deployed military personnel should a family crisis occur while out of the country. For more information call Becky Ball 304-2695180 May 15 – Martinsburg, WV Tri-state Fast Trackers Poker Run Leaving the new Hideaway Club in Martinsburg, WV at noon to support Tri-state Fast Trackers Relay for Life team, poker run with food at the last stop along with 2 bands and lots of door prizes cost is $25 per couple and $15 single. May 23 – Parkersburg, WV 2nd Annual Poker Run for Toys for Tots $10 per person, registration starts at 10:30am First bike out at 11am last out at 1pm Last bike in 4:00 pm At the sixpence 1956 7th st. Parkersburg, WV
April 3 – Charles Town, WV 1st Annual Mountain Thunder 9:00-11:00am Poker Run kick off from Full House Cycles in Winchester! This will be a great run through scenic WV, VA and MD ending at Longshots Billiards just in time to join the fun and get in on the raffle. Bike show, Vendors, Wing Eating Contest and more. For more information check out www. westvirginiabikers.com. April 10 – shepherdstown, WV Blessing of the Bikes 106 s. Duke st shepherdstown, WV 25443 Registration for ride 9:00 - 10:00. Blessing begins at 10:00 followed by Two Rivers ride 50 mile (1 1/2 hour) $15 per rider $5 for 2nd rider. Cook out after ride included. For more information Email firstname.lastname@example.org. April 24 – Martinsburg, WV BACA 100 Mile Ride This annual fundraiser starts and ends at Martinsburg Motorsports. Rain or shine - $10 per person. Registration from 9:30 am to 11:30
May 2 – Huntington, WV 10th Annual Big Ed’s Burrito Ride This annual ride begins and ends at Charlie’s H-D. Registration begins at 11:30 am, Ride leaves at 1:00 pm.$25 Fee with all proceeds benefiting the MDA. Free t-shirt and Mexican buffet. For more information contact 304-523-1340 or www.charlieshd.com.
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