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On Eagles Wings
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CONTENTS
Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 The Joker’s Wild..............................................28 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 NCOM News Bytes..........................................36 On Eagle’s Wings.............................................39 Advertisers Index..........................................44
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
Greeting friends & fellow riders! It’s great to have you all back with us again this month for this special “Rolling Thunder” edition of Thunder Roads Virginia. If you are just picking up our magazine for the 1st time, we hope that you enjoy this issue & invite you to pick us up each & every month of the year at any of the distribution locations found in our Biker Friendly Directory. Our BF’s (Biker Friendly places) know how important it is for you to be able to locate businesses that welcome bikers. They want you to know that they’re here for you, which is why they’re here with us. Our advertiser’s financial support makes Thunder Roads possible every month & keeps it FREE for you to pick up a copy at any of our BF locations. Please visit their shops often & tell them that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. I’d like to share a portion of my letter this month with information about a cause that I’ve known about for years but only recently has it brought new meaning to me through my son Curtis who is on active duty with the U.S. Navy….Rolling Thunder: “Rolling Thunder began in 1987 as a demonstration to bring awareness to the plight of prisoners of war (POW) and to those missing in action (MIA). Rolling Thunder originated when four Vietnam Veterans, exercising the First Amendment “Right to Petition and Assemble”, organized the first group of 2500 motorcycles to ride through the streets of Washington, DC. This first Rolling Thunder run was made in an attempt to petition the government to take responsibility for the soldiers that were abandoned after the Vietnam War ended. Today over 250, 000 motorcycles ride during the Rolling Thunder Memorial Day weekend observance, held each year in our nation’s capital. Rolling Thunder has evolved to be not only a demonstration for the POW/MIA issue but also a demonstration of patriotism and respect for soldiers and veterans from all wars.” This information & more can be found on their official site www.rollingthundermotorcyclerally.com . I’ve included a very interesting article in our Proud To Be An American section of this issue that will enlighten many of you & possibly bring new meaning to the phrase “POW*MIA – You Are Not Forgotten”. Have a great month on the road – hope to see you all out there soon! Be happy, stay well & safe travels wherever your roads may take you. Peace

Kelly

EVENTS
May 7th International Female Ride Day 2010

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May 22nd Appreciation Ride for Ricky “ Big Bird “ Holcomb Ridgeway, VA Rain Date June 5th Saturday. After serious medical problems Big Bird is BACK !!Gathering at : Big Bird’s Big Twins, 6537 Greensboro Road, Ridgeway, VA 24148 Depart on ride at 1:00 pm. Donations Welcome. Questions : 276-956-5006 or email 1xharley@embarqmail.com May 22nd Beacons 3rd Annual K2K Virginia Beach, VA Beacons of Tidewater 3rd Annual Kidz 2 Kamp (K2K) motorcycle ride to raise money for underprivelidged children to attend summer camps. All proceeds to benefit Capture the Dream Summer Camp and Camp Hope Haven. Location: Bubba’s Deli and BBQ (next to the Farmers Market) at the corner of Princess Anne and Damn Neck. Registration will start at 9:00 AM. There will be lunch provided, trophies, door prizes and blessing of the bikes. Last year we raised over $3,700.00 and we have a goal this year of raising $5000.00. Please come out and support this worthwhile event. Rain date will be 23 May 2010. May 22nd 4th Annual Robbie Green Charity Ride Powhatan Virginia The Wings of Hope, Heaven’s Saints, and Living Wheels CMA Powhatan Chapter invite you to a day filled with great riding, good food, and music for the whole family. The ride will start at River City Diner at 11430 West Huguenot Road, Midlothian VA. 23113 and ends at Powhatan Volunteer Fire Company 1, 3971 Old Buckingham Road, Powhatan VA. 23139. Registration is $15 per bike and is from 9:30am to 11am. Rain or Shine! 50/50, cash prizes, and awards will be presented at the end of the ride. Proceeds going to Project Life Saver and Families of the Wounded Fund. For more information call Ron at: 804-240-5664 or Rodney at: 804-393-0528 May 22nd Red House VFD Poker Run Red House, VA The Red House VFD will host its second annual poker run fund raiser. $10.00 per hand includes Bike Show that will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trophies. Hot dogs with fixings. Registration will start at 9 AM. First bike out 9:309:45. Donations are welcome with all proceeds to benefit the Red House Volunteer Fire Department. Please contact Diane at at 434-610-0783 or 434-376-5582 for more information 9467 Red House Rd, Red House VA. May 29th “Official Rolling Thunder XXIII Reunion Spot” Fort Washington, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC located in Fort Washington, MD will host the Official Rolling Thunder XXIII Reunion Spot on Saturday, May 29th with free food while supplies last, entertainment, vendors, the official Rolling Thunder Tshirts, pins and patches for sale, Rolling Thunder and Harley-Davidson MotorCompany Officials on site and MUCH MORE! www. hdwash.com May 30th American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride Fort Washington, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC will have a Police Escorted Ride leaving the dealership at 9 am. We will have free coffee and donuts, while supplies last and opening ceremonies. You don’t want to miss this! www. hdwash.com May 31st Memorial Day Jun 5th Ride Sure Ride Free Bike Party Luray, VA 2 Poker Runs, Bike Show - cash & trophies, Silent Auctions,Celebrity Guests, Babes, Vendors, Food, Bands. Over 15,000 bikes attended last year. Rain date June 6th. www.outlanders.ws for updates Jun 5th HRHD HOG MDA Poker Run Yorktown, VA Hampton Roads Harley Davidson Harley Owners Group MDA Poker Run. Starts 0800. 1st Bike out 0900. Five stops about 90 miles 2 hours. Last bike out 1100 Music by Crazy X Band 1030 to 1430. York County Fire & Life Safety Equipment display. 1130 to 1300. Hobby Town display 1100 to 1300. 50/ 50 drawing @ 1500 All of this fun @ Hampton Roads Harley Davidson HOG pen on June 5, 2010 6450 George Washington Mem. Hwy. Yorktown, Virginia 23692. Contact Mike Sandefur. 757-532-6252. HarleyMike61@verizon.net June 6th Summer Splash Poker Run Ocean City, MD Eastern Shore HOG Chapter Poker Run, Registration 9 a.m. to noon, $10 per person, free pins to first 300. Top prize $300 (based on 300 entries), door prizes, food by Red Knights, 50/50, music, prizes for furthest HOG Chapter, extra card with Operation We Care donation, all motorcycles welcome, no alcohol please, benefits Ride Across Md., Spuck & Lib Scholarship Fund, chapter operating fund. www.easternshorehog.com June 11th & 12th 15th Annual South Central Bike Fair Chase City, VA Debuting Working Man’s Biker Build-off - Kent’s Kustom Cycles vs. Route 6 Cycles vs. Moody Motorsicles. Friday:Gates Open 2pm- Hot Rod/Bike CRUZ-IN w/ Live Music, vendors. Saturday: Bike Fair, Rodeo, & Poker Run, 25 class Bike Show--Burnout-Pit, Rodeo--50/50--Contests--Poker Run, Vendors— Tattoos, Live Music. $5 Donation for Poker Run $5 Donation for Bike Show. $15

May 8th Rotary Rumble for Kids Chesapeake Virginia Rotary Rumble for Kids - Chesapeake Virginia. The Rotary Club of Great Bridge and the Castaways Riding Club invites you to help in providing much needed donations for six local children’s charities. Charities include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Children’s Harbor Child Care, March of Dimes, YMCA, & Edmarc Children’s Hospice. This ride will be a dice run traveling along country roads. We will have T shirts, a 50/50, auction and live entertainment by Long Shot. Your $15.00 donation will get you coffee and bagels, a T-Shirt and a ride pin. For more information contact Mark Stearns at rumble@greatbridgerotary.org May 8th “Cruisin’ 4 A Flush” Poker Run Maurertown, VA Maurertown, VA--Join Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation for this beautiful ride along Shenandoah County’s winding and scenic country roads while supporting our youth programming! The “Cruisin’ 4 A Flush” Poker Run is a fundraiser for the dept. Event starts at Shenandoah County Park, 380 Park Lane(Route 11), Maurertown, VA. Registration starts at 9:00am; last bikes out by 11:00am. Last bikes in by 3:00pm. Cookout and prizes awarded in the afternoon. Ride Distance: approx. 70 miles. $15/rider; $5/passenger. Additional poker hands can be purchased for $10/hand. Raindate: May 15 (same times). For more information, contact Shenandoah County Parks & Recreation at 540-984-3030, http://www.scpr.info, or scpr@shenandoahcountyVA.us. May 8th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,VA) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. May 8 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s May 8th 2nd Annual New Kent Bike FestiVAl Colonial Downs Racetrack, VA Free admission, Sat May 8th 10am - 6pm. Colonial Downs Racetrack, I-64 Exit 214. Sponsored by Blue Knights of VA Chapter VIII. Family Event. No Alcohol. car Show. Bike Show. Poker Run. Free Anti Theft ID Etching. Free Child Safety inspections. Motorcycle Skills demos. Food & Merchandise. Vendors. Live Music & More! For more info call (804) 627-2535. www.BKVA8.com May 8th Bike FestiVAl Providence Forge, VA Blue Knights of Virginia Chapter VIII is hosting the 2nd Annual New Kent Bike FestiVAl at Colonial Downs Raceway, I-64 Providence Forge, VA. on 5/08/10. Admission is Free! Bike Show with trophies, Car Show with trophies, Live Bands, Motorcycle Skills Demos,Free Anti-Theft VIN Etching, Poker Run, Food Merchandise and Dealer Vendors, Door Prizes. Ride In and Hang Out at this family event. All proceeds support local charities. See our website for more info: http://www.BKVA8.com May 9th Mother’s Day May 15th Armed Forces Day – Thunder Roads Salutes all of the men & women of our Armed Forces May 15th Ride for Ride with Pride Poker Run Fishersville, VA Cruiser Club USA , Chapter 08 will be holding their Inaugural “Ride for Ride with Pride”. “Ride with Pride” helps challenged children and adults overcome huge obstacles through horsemanship. Inaugural ride on May 15, 2009; Rain Date May 22, 2009. Starting/Ending @ Augusta County Community Center/ Wilson Middle School, Fishersville, VA. First bike out at 10 a.m. $15.00 for 1st hand, second hand $5.00. Food, prizes, vendors. Early registration guarantees an event T-shirt. To register or for more information visit the www.CCUSA08.org website or email Sunny@ccusa08.org. Vendors please visit the website. May 15th Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (VA Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,VA. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. May 15 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s. May 22nd Recovery For Kid’s Poker Run Virginia Beach, VA Poker run to start & end at Sam’s Club 3345 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Registration from 12:30pm to 2pm. 1st bike out at 1:30pm. Grand prize for Best hand is LCD Television! 2 other nice prizes will be awarded for 2nd Best & Worst Hand. All money raised will go to Recovery for Kids which helps at-risk children of struggling addicts. Bonus-Sam’s Club will be holding their Grand Opening on site all day - after the run, enjoy a Car Show, Music, food & fun. Raffles are for registered riders & passengers only - there’s some nice doors prizes too. Contact is Chad (757) 631-9791 Rain date is Sun 5/23.

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stopping to pick up special coupons at local businesses (you don’t even have to get off your bike). Collect all your coupons, cross the finish line within 90-minutes of your start time, and you qualify for a special drawing with prices, free t-shirts, and more. From 10:30 to Noon there will be an All-You-Can-Eat - Ice Cream Social, sponsored by Turkey Hill Ice Cream and WYYD, who will also be providing a live concert, all the ice cream you want or can eat and a fun day for the entire family! Registration is open from 8:00 to 8:45 a.m on Sat. June 26 at Riverfront Park, downtown Lynchburg, VA, but spots are limited, so register online at www. riverfrontchallenge.com. The registration fee is $15.00 for motorcyclists, $5.00 for extra passenger. Kickstands are up promptly at 9:00 for this fun, timed event. There will be route sheets, several route options, and lots of fun places to see and visit. So choose your riding partners, drive safely, and have a blast! There will also be runs, walks, and bicycle rides going on downtown and something for kids, families, and adults. Please bring the whole family and enjoy a “Day at the Riverfront”. June 26th Smithfield Olden Days Smithfield, VA Olden Days June 25 6-9 pm 26- 10-10 pm in Smithfield VA is a wonderful destination for all bikers. Crafters, BBQ Contest, Food, Music, Pagan River Homemade Raft Race, Dunk Tank, Antique Cars, Hot Rods, Bikes, Rhondells play Friday night on Main Street in downtown Historic Smithfield. Full day of fun with so much to do and see. While you are here for the event you can stroll through our wonderful shops and antique and art and fun stuff. contact Terry Thompson 757-357-2214 tthompson@iwus.net June 27th US Military Vets M/C, VA Beach Chapter, Vets Helping Vets Ride - Virginia Beach, VA The US Military Vets M/C annual ride to support the VA Beach VetsHouse. The VetsHouse is a place for homeless Vets to stay while getting their lives back together. It is supported solely by donations. Please Come out, enjoy the ride, and feel better knowing that you helped someone in need that once fought for you. The times and locations are TBD. Please contact Ragman at ragman@ usmvmcVAbch.org FMI. http://usmvmcVAbch.org July 4th Independence Day – Happy Birthday America! Jul 10th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day – Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,VA) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Jul 10th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Jul 17th Poker Run Richmond, VA The American Legion Riders Post 74 is sponsoring a Poker Run on July 17, 2010 support the Dining Out Program at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. the run starts at the American Legion Post 74 at 3025 Louisa Rd. Keswick, VA 22947. Registration is from 9:00am-11:00am. Cost is $20.00 for rider. $10.00 for passenger. extra hand is $10.00.1st prize is $100.00. 2nd prize is $75.003rd prize is $50.00 Contact info is Scott Selzer 434-531-2030 or Willie Barnett 434-293-4846 Jul 17th Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (VA Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,VA. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Ju1 17th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s. Jul 17th Ft.VAlley F.D. & IAFF Local 4783 Poker Run Ft VAlley, VA Benefits training funds for both departments Saturday - July 17, 2010. Begins and ends at Ft. VAlley Vol. Fire Dept. Ride through scenic Shenandoah VAlley, 7088 Ft. VAlley Road. Lunch provided (13:00PM-4:30PM) with live band. Ft. VAlley, VA 22652. Cash payout: Best hand-$200.00 / Worst hand-$100.00. Questions: 540-335-5927 or 540-481-0055. Door Prizes. Rain Date 07/24/2010. Onsite Registration: starts at 9:30 AM. Last Bike out at 11:30AM-Last bike in at 4:00PM Jul 18th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Jul 25th Jul 24th 3rd Annual Allstate Bike Bash Richmond, VA 3rd Annual Allstate Bike Bash July 24, 2010 3-7 PM Hosted by Bolling Agency Sponsored by Pharaoh Souls MC and Likuid Glass Car Audio Located at Hadads Park 7900 Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231 $20 admission includes park entrance and food. Please contact 804-452-0800 or 804721-7727 for more info

Weekend General Admission or $10 per day coolers welcome – camping – BYOB, food & drinks aVAilable. www.southcentralbikefair.com. Both events held @ Chase City VFD Training Grounds 534 Jonbil Road - Chase City , Virginia 23924. For more info call (434)372-0092 or (434) 210-0325, thethomases4@verizon.net . Benefiting the Chase City Volunteer Fire Dept. June 12th 10th annual Edmarc Hospice for Children Poker Ride Portsmouth, VA The American Cruisers Motorcycle Club Chapter 54 would like to invite the biker community to the 10th annual Edmarc Hospice for the Children Poker Ride. At Roger Brown’s Restaurant and Bar Ports, VA. Buffet breakfast before a 90+ mile ride and back for bunch (included in registration fee). 100% of the proceeds go to Edmarc Hospice. Registration starts at 8:30 am. Cost $15.00 rider & $10.00 Pass. Please contact Gino Blackwell 729-4685 or E-mail at gino_ acmc54@verizon.net Jun 12th Rallyin The VAlley 6 Staunton, VA At Shenandoah Harley-Davidson in Staunton, VA. Food, Vendors, Cold Beverages and Live Music Saturday. Food and vendors open at noon, live music starts 2 p.m. with 6 top, local bands playing rock, southern rock, country, metal until approx. 10 p.m. Demo Rides will be aVAilable. Point Series Bike Show Sunday the 13th, hosted by Bike & Rider Productions. Along with vendors, food and cold beverages. Live Music starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, event wraps up 5 p.m. Sunday June 13th. Free admission. Jun 12th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,VA) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Jun 12th 8 from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s June 13th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date June 27th June 14th Flag Day Jun 18th – 20th 5th Annual Iron Titans Motorcycle Rally/Swap Meet Tazwell, VA Tazewell County Fairgrounds Tazewell, VA Motorcycle, car & truck show, burn out pit, motorcycle/dirt bike & ATV rodeo, tattoo artist, vendors, Ms. Iron Titan beauty pageant, poker run & bug run, live band, swap meet, 50/50, raffles, prizes and contest through out the rally. Tent and RV camping/public showers. Proceeds benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Greenville, SC. AMA sanctioned. Tazewell County Fairgrounds Tazewell, VA Jun 19th Poker Run and Custom Chopper Raffle Yorktown, VA 9th Annual “Ride for the Cure” Poker Run and Raffle to Benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater-Registration 8:30-10:00 AM @ Hampton Roads HD-Yorktown, VA Jun 19th Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (VA Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,VA. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Jun 19th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s. June 24th – 26th Virginia State H.O.G. Rally Chesapeake, VA. Come celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Virginia State H.O.G. Rally in Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake is an undiscovered Natural Wonder Waiting to be explored! You have the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Chesapeake Arboretum, Skate Park, Planetarium, Veterans’ Memorial, Deep Creek Lock Park, Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Fun Forest, Wildlife Refuge, Civil War Trails and much more. The rally is located in the heart of the amazing Hampton Roads region which means adventures and outdoor activities from ocean to river to trails and way, way beyond. Come enjoy great riding opportunities, good time with friends, indoor bike show, wonderful opening ceremonies, aircraft carrier tours and best of all...if you pre-register by May 6, 2010 your name will be entered into the drawing for the Grand Prize! We will be giving away a 2010 Harley-Davidson Nightster. You must be pre-registered and you must be at closing ceremonies. NO EXCEPTIONS! Don’t fret the summer heat. We’ve got you covered with rally activities and indoor bike show at the Chesapeake Convention Center located next door to the rally’s host hotel. Get ready for some fantastic awards. After all, it is “The Roaring 20th” rally and you’ll want to be part of history! Got questions? Visit the rally website or simply call (757) 471-3669. If no answer, leave a name and phone number and your call will be returned within 24 hours. June 26th Riverfront (Ice Cream) Challenge Lynchburg, VA A Motorcycle Run with a twist and a lot of Ice Cream!!! You will have 90-minutes to Ride through Lynchburg, and Campbell and Bedford Counties,

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Aug 9th – 15th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com

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Sept 19th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/ Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Sept 26th Sept 25th “Ride the Raceway” Richmond, VA Attention riders, this years March of Dimes Bikers For Babies event will be “Ride the Raceway” for the Babies. That’s correct you heard right, we will ride our Motorcycles around the Richmond International Raceway. More information to follow, sponsorship and vendor aVAilabilities. Contact Mark MulVAney, Ride Chairman, 757-9612080 or Mark@harborg.com Oct 9th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,Va) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Oct 9th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Oct 10th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/ Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Oct 17th Oct 16th Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Oct 16th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Oct 30th Halloween Open House & Fashion Show Fort Washington, MD Make sure to come out to Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC’s Halloween Open House and Fashion Show! Costume contest with cash prizes, candy for the kids, fashion show, sales and much more! Located in Fort Washington, MD. www. hdwash.com Nov 7th Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back…set your clocks back 1 hour! Nov 11th Veteran’s Day November 13th 3rd Annual Wreath Ride Outer Banks HOG Chapter and The Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation present the third Annual Wreath Ride to Benefit the National Wreath Project. The foundation was formed by the parents of Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, killed on February 17, 2006. The National Wreath Project began on Christmas Day 2006, when the McColley family placed 515 wreaths in Quantico National Cemetery where their son is interred. In 2009 the project placed 3300 wreaths in Quantico National Cemetery and Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg, PA. This year will mark the 5th wreath placement and the foundations goal is to increase the number of wreaths placed to 5000 in three National Cemeteries. For further information please visit http://www.sgtmac.org Nov 25th Thanksgiving Day Dec 11th Christmas Open House & Santa Fort Washington, MD Come to Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC in Fort Washington, MD and check out the Christmas Open House! Free pics with Santa! Free food while supplies last, sales and much more! www.hdwash.com Dec 25th Christmas Day

Aug 7th New Model Year Open House Fort Washington, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC in Fort Washington, MD will have their annual New Model Year Open House on August 7th. Free food, while supplies last, entertainment, activities, sales, new bikes on display and MUCH MORE! www. hdwash.com

Aug 11th – 15th 7th Annual East Coast Sturgis Rally Motorcycle Rally on Apple Mountain – Little Orleans, Western Maryland Featuring Live Music by Kashmir – Ghostriders (featuring former members of the Outlaws, Pure Prairie League & Artimus Lyle Band) – The Night Hawks. Bike Mike Griffin. Ashes Remain. Citizens Band Radio. Route 66. Strikkin. Jetstream. Unruly Blues. 2 Stages – 10 bands. Motorcycle Stunt Shows. Special Local Biker Attractions. Rolling Mountains Poker Run Scenic Motorcycle Rides. Camping. Bike Show. Vendors. Motorcycle Demolition Derby. Tattoo Contest. Field Events. Partying and MORE. This is the best place in the East to unwind, relax or party hard! East Coast Sturgis is surrounded by 40,000 acres of uninhabited mountains, oh yea and a bar. For years motorcyclists have enjoyed the wilderness camping and mountain road riding of Apple Mountain. You’re invited to be a part of a new tradition – The East Coast Sturgis Celebration Rally. Advance Tickets, Prime campsites: Wed thru Sunday – 5 days $40…$50 at the gate. Friday thru Sunday – 3 days - $30…$40 at the gate. No one day rate. Info & reservations (301) 478-3421. Discount tickets online. www.eastcoaststurgis. com. No colors. No ATVs. No Kids. No Dogs. Good Food. Cold Beer. Great Times Aug 14th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,Va) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Aug 14th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Aug 14th Pamplin Vol. Fire and EMS Annual Poker Run Pamplin City, VA Pamplin Volunteer Fire & EMS will host its annual Poker Run fundraiser in efforts to raise the resources needed to continue to provide rescue service for the counties of Appomattox, Charlotte and Prince Edward Counties as well as the Town of Pamplin. $10 Per Hand. Bike Show and Bike Rodeo. Auction. Children Activities. *New this year Antique Car Show* First Bike out at 9:00 AM - Last Bike out 11:00 AM. Enjoy this 89 mile ride through scenic Prince Edward County, with 5 stops all at neighboring departments and an extra card at the return stop. Location: Pamplin, VA at Pamplin Vol. Fire & EMS Fire Department. Contact Info: www.pamplinfire.com E-mail: company3@ pamplinfire.com, Telephone #: Leslie Cheatham - 434-352-2923 Bob Card, Jr. - 434-664851l, Eli Harrison - 434-664-7186 Aug 15th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/ Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Aug 29th Aug 21st Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Aug 21st from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Aug 28th Ride for the Warriors III Yorktown, VA Yorktown, VA The Brothers In Arms MC-Yorktown Chapter is hosting a ride to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, benefits the Center for the Intrepid, a world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center that serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty, and the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). For additional details go to www.biamc-yorktown.com. Sept 11th Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Neck Rd. Charles City,Va) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sept 11th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s Sept 12th Grandparents day Sept 18th Famous Dave’s Bike Day Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sept 18th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s

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Proud To Be An American
Doc’s Easter Basket Story March 31, 2010
On Easter my husband and I take an Easter basket to the Wall in Washington, DC. My husband, Mike “Doc” Spresser was a combat medic and forward observer stationed at Camp Carroll, a 1/4 mile off the DMZ. One of the very few fond memories he has of his time there was Easter morning. The day before Easter he went around the base and collected small amounts of money from all the men. He got up early Easter morning and got a case of grenades and wrote money amounts on each of the grenades. He then went through the base and hid them. When he was done, he woke all the guys and told them it was time for an Easter egg hunt. He explained what he had done and that whoever found the most eggs would get the most money. He also told them that he pulled a pin on one of the grenades, so watch out (my husband’s sense of humor!). He received such joy watching the guys running around the base using their helmets as baskets that for a short time there was no war, no enemy, and no terror. He’ll never forget that moment he brought them. A lot of those men did not come home. So we go to them, to the Wall, to remind them of that silly time. We always put Easter eggs in it and also things in it that Mike would get sent to him at the front line. Simple things that meant a lot at the time, deck of cards, sardines, comb, pack of cigs., can of coke, ivory soap (it didn’t leave a scent, so the v.c. didn’t smell him) etc. And so it goes on; as Easter comes we honor and remember his friends, his comrades, his brothers. God speed til he meets all of you again. I know all of you help him get through each and everyday and I thank you from the bottom of my heart because I know that you know he gave you his all even though he doesn’t know it. Doc is an original member of Rolling Thunder® Inc. Doc Spresser’s Easter Basket image and story from his wife Marian. Doc is an original member of Rolling Thunder® Inc. Photo by Patrick J. Hughes Memory Mate Photo www.patrickjhughes.org God Bless America www.patrickjhughes.net

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Proud To Be An American
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Tammy Saberan Marketing Director 301-274-5080.ext.14S

Rolling Thunder® XXIII
3/19/10 Ft Washington, MD. Rolling Thunder® is a cause that Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC holds near to their hearts. The actual concept of Rolling Thunder® is to create awareness across the Nation of She POW’s and MIA’s of past and present who have fought and given their ISves for our freedom. Harley-Davldson of Washington, DC has been proud to be associated with Rolling Thunder® for the past 17 years. They will once again host the “reunion spot” for riders who want to come out arid show their support. Events for this cause take ptace Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday. May 29th, at HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC, you’ll find free food and drinks, while supplies last. being served at 11 am, music, tattoo artists, many different vendors as well as DAV’s Harley’s Heroes. HarleyDavidson Officials, Rolling Thunder® Officials and much more. Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC also has the official Rolling Thunder® t-shirts.pins and patches, wtth proceeds going to Rolling Thundery Inc. This reunion will take place from 10 am to 4 pm, providing a location for riders to come together and discuss the game plan for the next day. On Sunday, in years past, between 5,000 and 10,000 riders gather at Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC at 8 am for free coffee and donuts. The American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride leaves with a Police Escort to the Pentagon parking lot, where they unite with riders from across the world to honor the event with festivities. If you’re coming from out of town and would tike to participate, there are numerous hotels in the DC metropolitan area available for you, along with maps that show how to get to Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC. Visit our website, www.hdwash.com and click on the Rolling Thunder® link, where you can find this information. Call the Marketing Department at 301-274-5080 ext. 145 for further information.
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Over the next couple of months, I’ll be sharing with you some information about a truly unique organization called JPAC. Up until a few months ago, I never even knew that they existed until I received a call from my son, PR2 Curtis Matthews who is on active duty in the U.S. Navy, that he was doing something special for the military. This is the 1st part of the JPAC story & I hope that you’ll join us for upcoming issues as you learn more & more about this special group who, in my book, has put a new meaning to the phrase: POWs * MIAs…You Are Not Forgotten. ~ Kelly ~ The mission of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) is to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. The highest priority of the organization is the return of any living Americans that remain prisoners of war. To date, the U.S. Government has not found any evidence that there are still American POWs in captivity from past U.S. conflicts. JPAC is located on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The command was activated on Oct. 1, 2003, created from the merger of the 30-year-old U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, and the 11-year-old Joint Task Force - Full Accounting. Commanded by a flag officer, JPAC is manned by approximately 400 handpicked Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Department of the Navy civilians. The laboratory portion of JPAC, referred to as the Central Identification Laboratory (CIL), is the largest forensic anthropology laboratory in the world. JPAC also maintains three permanent overseas detachments to assist with command and control, logistics and in-country support during investigation and recovery operations. They are Detachment One located in Bangkok, Thailand, Detachment Two in Hanoi, Vietnam and Detachment Three in Vientiane, Laos. JPAC has a fourth detachment, Detachment Four, located at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, responsible for recovery team personnel when they are not deployed. The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command 310 Worchester Avenue, Bldg. 45 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii 96853-5530 808.448.1934 1.866.913.1286 PAO_Mail@jpac.pacom.mil JPAC now has an international toll-free telephone number. Dial 1-866-913-1286 to call JPAC free of charge. This line is available to all, but is specifically designed for those who may have information relating to missing Americans. JPAC has linguists on staff for most countries where MIAs are believed to be located who are available to interpret for callers who do not speak English.
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Let’s do Lunch!
Ladies – How about getting together with the girls for a little riding & a nice lunch? In honor of Women Riders Month during the month of May, Southside Harley Davidson, 385 North Witchduck Rd in Virginia Beach, is cooking up some good eats & treats for the ladies on Saturday May 8th. The riding fun will begin with a Meet & Greet down at the Oceanfront at DIVA Customs, 501 Virginia Beach Blvd in Virginia Beach at 9am. All the ladies will head out from there at 9:30am to stop for a light breakfast. Then, take a short ride and end up at Southside Harley Davidson around 12:30pm. Southside will be serving up a delicious lunch for the girls, offering Demo Rides, $10 Gift Cards & special discounts for all participating women riders. The girls will then head out for more riding & fun later on. For more information, contact Tami, owner of DIVA Customs at (757) 428-DIVA (3482) or email thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com.

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Saturday, June 5th 12:00-5:00PM
Sloan Wolf Burnt Mill Band Acoustic Thunder
À Bike Builders À Bike Show Cash & Prizes À Freedom Bar GIRLS OF BIKER BEAUTIES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 12:00 Blessing of the Bikes 12:15 Burnt Mill Band 12:45 Silent Auction À Morning Poker Run À Afternoon Poker Run À Historic Interpreters BLESSING OF THE BIKES NO COVER CHARGE FOOD, DRINKS, VENDORS

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Bikers for Tykes & Troops
In Virginia Beach, fun and charity went hand in hand at GEICO’s fifth annual Bikers for Tykes & Troops Motorcycle Rally and Concerts. The event drew more than 1,000 people and raised more than $50,000 to donate to the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) and the United Service Organization of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia (USOHR). The success in this event and the amount raised would not have been possible without our main sponsors: Eagle 97.3, Ocean Breeze Waterpark, Diesel Rock n’ Country Bar, and Yamaha. Additional support was received by KOA Kampground, Thunder Roads Magazine, Texas Roadhouse, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Holiday Trav-L Park, Fastlane Biker Gear & Accessories, D & D Import Cycles, Precision Motorcycle, and George & Son Plumbing. The event had something for everyone who attended. Wing-eating contests, wrestling demonstrations and cornhole challenges were among the many events that kept participants busy. Live performances from our local bands Suburban Key Party, The Mike Proffitt Band, Dave Cynar, Tailgate Down, Bullwinkle 757, and Rock Star Parking plus national country artist Lee Brice had the event rockin’ the entire weekend.

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More than 350 bikers participated in the USOHR’s annual Freedom Ride, earning the chance to win a 2008 Harley Davidson XL883. There was a Tattoo Contest organized by Virginia Beach Ink, a Bikini Contest by the International Bikini Team and best bike contests with one special participant. One young boy entered his bicycle into the contest and after hours of polishing his bike and working the crowd he was pleased to win the 2010 Best Bicycle Award, the highlight of many people’s weekend. “2010 has been a challenging year for non-profits to fundraise and maintain corporate sponsorships,” said GEICO Public Affairs Coordinator Toiya Sosa. “That makes our event vital to the fundraising efforts for the USOHR and CHKD. This is our way of giving back.” “It gives us a tremendous sense of pride knowing that we are making a difference right here in our community,” said Powersports Product Analyst Heather McDonald, Bikers for Tykes & Troops coordinator. “All the hard work is worth it when the event comes together and we’re able to see what’s been accomplished.”

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kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-2196366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter ( Williamsburg , VA ) meets 9AM every 1st Sunday at Beachcomber's Restaurant, 8811 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown , VA 23692. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Gene Spare at 757903-6541 or JESpare@verizon.net ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@wmconnect.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-3898293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-8701517 or John at abateregion3@yahoo.com. Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or lenandtwogirls@yahoo.com Bikers with Heart Foundation, Inc. 501 ©3 Non-Profit Organization, National Fallen Biker Memorial Weekend, P.O. Box 291 Bryantown, MD 20617, Office: (301) 893-2900 Email: founder@ mlkm5project.com. Website: www.mlkm5project.com. Motto: We Ride Because We Care THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE May 23

Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www. nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, nvcrmail@msn.com Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at president@star440.org or go the www.star440.org Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: kimandbubba1@verizon.net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@ wmconnect.com TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www.tamaevents.com The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry® made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, VFW Post 6364, 6502 Dickens Place, Henrico, VA. www.veteransfirstinc.org Tigger Mabry, Founder (804) 305-1953. Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFRR.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: membership@vfr-race.com. Website:vfr-race.com

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A guy is walking down the street and sees Little Johnny smoking a cigarette. He says, “Kid, you’re too young to smoke.” Johnny looks up but doesn’t say anything. The man asks, “Son, how old are you?” Little Johnny says, “Seven.” Stunned, the man says, “Seven!? When did you start smoking?” Johnny replies, “Right after the first time I had sex.” “Right after the first time you had sex!? the man exclaims. When was that?” Little Johnny ponders, “Gotta’ say I honestly don’t remember….I was drunk”. Malcolm O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, ‘Here’s to spending the rest of me life!, between the legs of me wife!’ That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night! He went home and told his wife, Mary, ‘I won the prize for the Best toast of the night.’ She said, ‘Aye, did ye now. And what was your toast?’ Malcolm said, ‘Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife. ‘Oh, that is very nice indeed, Malcolm!’ Mary said. The next day, Mary ran into one of Malcolm’s drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, ‘ Mal won the prize the other night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary.’ She said, ‘Aye, he told me, and I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he’s only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come.’ A truck driver had to deliver 100 penguins to the state zoo. As he was driving his truck through the desert, the truck broke down. After waiting by the side of the road for about three hours, he waved another truck down and offered a good ole’ boy named Bubba $500 to take the penguins to the State Zoo for him.The next day, the first truck driver arrived in town and saw Bubba crossing the road with the 100 penguins walking in pairs of two, directly behind him. The first truck driver jumped out of his truck and said, “What’s going on? I gave you $500 to take these penguins to the damn Zoo!” Bubba boastfully replied, “I did take them to the Zoo, but I had alot of money left over, so now we’re going to see a Disney movie.” Ever wonder what a man’s ultimate embarrassment might be? I’d have to say it would be running into a brick wall with a good stiff erection......and breaking his nose. And turn about is fair play...A woman’s would have to be standing on the scales and literally having to reach down and separate her sagging boobs, just so she can read the numbers. A new Priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak. After mass he asked the Monsignor how he had done. The Monsignor replied, ‘When I am worried
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about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get too nervous, I take a sip.’ So next Sunday he took the monsignor’s advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got very nervous and so, took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm, jitters free. Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door: 1) Sip the vodka, don’t gulp it down, while sweating profusely. 2) There are 10 commandments, not 12. 3) There are 12 disciples, not 10. 4) Jesus was consecrated, not “constipated”. 5) Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not “bet his ass”. 6) We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the “Late, Great J.C”. 7) The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as “Daddy, Junior and the Spook”. 8) David slew Goliath; he did not “kick the shit out of him”. 9) When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was “stoned off his ass”. 10) We do not refer to the cross as the ‘Big T.’ 11) When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he said, ‘Take this and eat it for it is my body.’ He did not say ‘Eat me’. 12) The Virgin Mary is not called ‘Mary with the Cherry’. 13) The recommended grace before a meal is not: “Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yay God! Dig In”. 14) Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter’s, not a “Peter Pulling Contest at St. Taffy’s”. A flat-chested young lady read an article in a magazine that stated Dr. Bumbutu in Africa could enlarge your breast without surgery. So she decided to go to Dr. Bumbutu to see if he could help her. Dr. Bumbutu advised her, ‘Every day after your shower, rub your chest and say, ‘Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies!’ She did this faithfully for several months, and to her utter amazement she grew a terrific D-cup rack! One morning she was running late, got on the bus, and in a panic realized she had forgotten her morning ritual. Frightened she might lose her lovely boobs if she didn’t recite the ritualistic rhyme, she stood right there in the middle aisle of the bus, closed her eyes and said, ‘Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies.’ A guy sitting nearby looked at her and asked ‘Oh! Are you a patient of Dr. Bumbutu’s?’ ‘Yes I am.. How did you know?’ He winked and whispered, ‘Hickory dickory dock...’

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Ladies….Feel Good About Yourself!
cians, or scientists were fully comfortable with who they were. They were self-confident, courageous and outrageous. They broke all the stereotypes of femininity of their day and created their own definition. So we too have the same opportunity by contacting that part of ourselves that lives true to her own definition of what sexy is, what attractiveness is and what being a goddess/woman is. Tips for a healthier, sexier YOU: Recalibrate your “skinny size” Skinny is relative. To some a size 2 is skinny and to others a size 12 is skinny. If you used to weigh 300 pounds or more, size 12 is skinny. You define what makes you feel beautiful, not Vogue magazine. Find role models that are realistic and healthy. Remember, the magazines and Hollywood have distorted lenses based on fantasy. Cut back on the fake foods Stuff like high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats, and artificial sweeteners may be tasty but do nothing to help you eliminate that muffin top. Look at the labels in the foods you buy. If the ingredient sounds like something from a chemistry experiment, don’t put it in your body. Eat more organically. Move The Internet, Video Games Drive-thrus, and TV is making us lazier and more inactive. Peel your eyes off the screen, and get off your tushie; move, breathe, and do something that will make you sweat. And, do something that you will enjoy. If you hate the gym, don’t go. Movement doesn’t have to involve a gym, it could be something as simple as playing with kids, walking to the corner store instead of driving, or making love more. Yes, sex burns calories! The point is, move your body. Hang out with people that make you feel good Spend more time with people who are uplifting, fun, and like you for you. When you spend time with people who are negative or only like you because you “do” something for them, your stress levels increase, and your own insecurities increase, thus leading you to overeat, and feel not good enough. Life is short and your time is valuable, so spend it with people who inspire you. Your life: Press PLAY not PAUSE Many of us will put our life on hold until we get back into our skinny jeans. We tell ourselves that once we are thin, we can enjoy our dreams, and not until then. Put your life back into PLAY, and do the things you dream about today. Stop using your “lack of beauty” as an excuse for not living your life. When you start accomplishing things, you will feel more confident. When you feel more confident, you will take better care of yourself out of desire instead of desperation. You should be proud of yourself & your accomplishments. We all have made mistakes in the past so it’s ok to look in your rear view mirrors to see where you’ve been & what’s behind you. But, the most important thing is to stay focused on the road in front of you. Look ahead to the wonderful things that life has waiting for you to experience. Whether you’re at work or play, with family or friends or even all by yourself, don’t let life pass you by….Get out there & live everyday as if there’s no tomorrow…Enjoy every minute of everyday. Ladies - Be well, ride as often as you can & stay safe on your roads!

For all of our Biker Chick Peeps – Be safe & have fun during Women Riders Month Are you feeling sexy these days? This is a good question that women often overlook especially if they are raising a family, focusing on their careers or in menopause. Women live with a great deal of questions, frustrations, and judgments about their bodies. They often compare themselves to super-models and other women, but even Hollywood starlets and super-models complain about how imperfect their bodies are. Maybe you have gained a few pounds or can’t fit into your “skinny” jeans, or maybe you don’t seem to have the time anymore to put yourself together. You want to feel attractive again, sexy and juicy to your partner and to yourself. You want to turn a few heads again and feel like you are a “foxy” lady, right? So how can you reverse this downward spiral? Feeling sexy isn’t always about how you look. It really starts first with how you feel about yourself. You may not have the same body you did when you were a 20-year old but today you have a stronger sense of who you are as a woman. The years have taught you and shaped who you are in many respects and now you are a woman of depth and character. You are someone who has developed much of your potential but maybe not all and is still open to growing and learning more about yourself and your world. When you begin to appreciate who you have become your self confidence becomes stronger. There is nothing more attractive and a turn on to men then self-confidence. As women we go through many physical and emotional changes as we mature. Our bodies take on different shapes and hormones often dictate how we feel. In a world where being youthful is everything learning to love who you are now, to feel sexy from the inside out can be a challenge. But it doesn’t have to be if you decide to begin to just love yourself where you are right now. Love every facet of your beautiful body exactly the way it is, and then from there you will decide on what exercise to do, or dress to buy, or haircut to get, because it will make you feel even more beautiful and sexy. These outer trappings are wonderful if we are doing them because we just want to enhance how we already feel about ourselves. Some of the most powerful seductresses in the world who attracted the most powerful men in the world, were not pretty, or thin or even young. Most of these women who were brilliant conversationalists, artists, mathemati-

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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Biker Friendly Businesses
Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: outlnd@shentel.net
Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com Pro Street Cycles * 8075 Jefferson Davis Hwy Richmond, VA 23237 (804) 271-7766 (804) 271-7785 – Fax Revolutionary Harley-Davidson * 1915 Pocahontas Trail Unit F-5 Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 565-5122 www.hrhd.com Richmond Harley-Davidson * 10441 Washington Highway Glen Allen, VA (804) 550-9280 www.richmondharley.com Scooters 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037 It’s important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Biker Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are “Biker Friendly” & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertiser’s continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Biker Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

Cycle Thunder * Apparel, Accessories & Installation 3110 W. Leigh Street Richmond, VA 23230 www.cyclethunder.com (804) 822-5447
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 1561 Bradford Rd. Suite 102 Virginia Beach, Va. 23455 (757) 439-2813 or (757) 582-4656 INSURANCE

DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Maryland All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com Virginia

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com Southside Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com Thunder Road Harley-Davidson * 4960 Riverside Drive Danville, VA 24541-5630 (434) 822-BIKE (2453) www.thunderroadhd.com
LEGAL SERVICES Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C. 413 W. York Street Norfolk, VA 23610 1-800-9-THE-LAW

Allstate Insurance * Frank Ciambrone Jr. - Agent 2726 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 486-8660 FCiambrone@allstate.com GEICO Powersports Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) www.geico.com Tri-Cities Ins. Co., LLC * Jim Mrava – Principal Agent 8901-A Patterson Ave Richmond, VA 23229 Phone (804) 747-4407 Cell (804) 929-1997 Email: mravaj.tci@allstate.com
BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Thumpers Downtown Bar & Grille 200 North Poindexter St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 (252) 333-1243 Virginia Alley Cafe and Sports Lounge* 608 N. Main St. Kilmarnock, Va. 22482 (804) 436-1100

ASX Motorcycle Parts 17200 Hull St. Rd. (5.5 mi West of Rt. 288) Moseley, VA 23120 (804) 639-1555 Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 fax# 804-642-1461 bigdaddyzcycles@verizon.net www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com Foley Motorsports* 8151 Mechanicsville, Turnpike Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-4282 www.sportvehicles.com
Gary’s Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644 Jason’s Garage Inc./ Diva Customs 501 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-3482 www.JasonsGarageinc.com

Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group* The Firm That Rides Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists 1-800-321-8968 www.motorcyclelawgroup.com
BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS Virginia Big Daddy Leather 1900 Princess Anne Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401 (540) 899-0048 www.bigdaddyleather.com DIVA Customs* 501 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-DIVA (3482) www.divacustoms.com

Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson/Buell * 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223 www.hrhd.com

Baker Street* 1920 Centerville Tpke #101 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (757) 479-4480

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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Boneshakers Saloon* 1297 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 961-2812 For booking email AMANDA_PARLAYS@YAHOO.COM Check us out on MySpace & Facebook New Owner, New Management, New Attitude Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 www.clutchbarandgrill.com email: info@clutchbarandgrill.com myspace.com/clutchvenue Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com

Thunderbird Grill * 201 Battery Park Road Smithfield, VA 23430 (757) 357-7001 www.ThunderbirdGrill.com

RACING & EVENTS Dirt Drags at Slades Park 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 PHONE: (757) 357-9269 E-mail: info@sladespark.com Virginia Motorsports Park * 8018 Boydton Plank Rd Petersburg, VA 23808 (804) 862-3114 www.vmpdrag.com TATTOO STUDIOS

CUSTOM PAINT & GRAPHICS DESIGN

Lloyd’s Airbrush & Design steven@autopaint.com www.lloydsairbrush.com (804) 712-8871 Specializing in Custom Paint & Graphics
ENTERTAINMENT – BANDS

Gridiron Grille & Sports Bar 113 N Palace Lane Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 258-1450 www.gridirongrille.com
Grumpy’s Bar & Grill 3541 South Plaza Trail Virginia Beach, VA 757) 463-5033 HOOTERS Richmond – West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING Richmond – Chester* 2401 West Hundred Road (804) 425-WING Richmond – Midlothian* 1211 Huguenot Road (804) 378-WING
Knuckleheads Roadhouse * 401 North Witchduck Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 644-6200 www.knuckleheadsvb.com

Mean Dean * Hard Hitting Originals & Classic Covers www.meandean.site11.com (804) 559-0820
MOTORCYCLE RENTALS Virginia

Graffiti’s Ink Gallery – 3 locations * 2311 Hungary Rd. Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 261-5689 www.graffitistattoo.com
111-A W. Williamsburg Rd. * Sandston, VA 23150 (804) 328-6989 www.graffitistattoo.com 7122 Mechanicsville Turnpike * Mechanicsville, VA 23111 (804) 559-4658 www.graffitistattoo.com PERSONAL SERVICES Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 13509 Boydton Plank Road (Route 1) Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 T-SHIRTS Virginia Wild Bill’s Custom Screen Printing * Owner William Ward Official Screen Printer for Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic T-shirts * Hats * Sweat shirts * Jackets Aprons * Tote Bags * Lunch Bags * Stickers * Magnetics * Vinyl Lettering and much more Office: (757) 961-7576 * Fax: (757) 490-5471 wildbillscsp@gmail

Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell * 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-8026 www.shenandoahhd.com
POWDER COATING Virginia Iron Core Powdercoat* 9802 Hosier St. Suite C Newport News, VA 23601 (1 mile north of the James River Bridge) (757) 595-0157 ironcorepowdercoat@gmail.com J & J Powder Coating 2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922 FUN PLACES TO STAY Virginia

Mary Jane’s Lazy Horse Bar & Grill* 565 Cedar Road Cedar Lakes Shopping Center Chesapeake, VA 23322 (757) 549-0367 Quaker Steak and Lube* 12832 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA (757) 874-LUBE (5823) www.thelube.com
Sidelines Cafe 125 Lucy Lane Waynesboro, Va 22980 ( across from Wal-Mart) (540) 941-0007 Fax (540) 941-0008 Facebook : sidelinescafe@yahoo.com Email : sidelinescafe@yahoo.com Smackwater Jacks * 3333 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452 Tel # (757) 340-6638 Facebook: SMACKWATERJACKS@MAIL.COM MySpace: WWW.MYSPACE/SMACKGIRL333

Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net
North Carolina

TOWING Virginia Peaco Towing Inc. 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001

Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com
Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302

METAL FABRICATION/WIDE TIRE KITS

Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on RT 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600 www.steelhorseva.com

ABW Designs* 340 East Broadway Ave Hopewell, VA 23860 www.Abwdesigns.us (804) 452-0088

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Recycling America - Meet the American Pickers
Article and Pictures by Vernon and TT Schwarte who can be reached at vernon@hawgstock.com In January the History channel debuted a new series called “American Pickers”. The 10 episode first season is about two guys from Le Claire, Iowa that look for what they call “treasure”. An opportunity came up to chat with these two, and it turned out to be quite an experience. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz from Antique Archeology are two of the most down to earth and real people that you could ever meet. These guys know exactly who they are, and where they are going. Very personable and interesting to talk with and listen to. Both guys even ride motorcycles! Mike likes to run around on an old Indian Chief, an old Harley Knucklehead, or even the Harley VL. Frank has about 25 bikes in his personal collection. Frank bought his first motorcycle when he was in ninth grade, a 1959 Harley Sportster that he still has to this day. Both guys even get a kick out of running around town on scooters, anything on two wheels. Frank is also a big supporter of ABATE of Iowa, and has attended nearly all of the Freedom Rallies. If you are ever in Le Claire, stop by and meet them, you won’t be disappointed. Their business is not a traditional antique dealership, and they are not antique dealers per se, but more treasure hunters. They are referred to as “pickers”. They are the people behind the scenes that find interesting items in old barns, garages, and wherever they are hiding. Their business is based on finding lost treasures, and bringing them back to life with the stories and history of unique items. Many antiques have been found, valued, and sought after, but Mike and Frank are looking for the interesting items that most people would walk past. Things that are too cool to go into the landfill and that someone can love and appreciate once again. Recycling items back into circulation that have been forgotten is their main goal. In the process of finding these lost treasures, they have fun talking, learning, and seeing beautiful America. During the interview, there was much discussion about the background of multiple items, so it is as much about the history of the item and the find, as the item itself. This history is then passed on to the buyers to in essence keep history alive. Items can be bought from their shop or website, and even some famous bike builders like Billy Lane and Jesse James have made purchases from the duo. These guys run a business to make a buck or two, but their opinions on what they pick, and what they do with it is refreshing in this day and age. When discussing with them the value of items that they pick and purchase, there are some various opinions of how to value their finds. On one episode they picked a beautiful old jukebox and paid $1,300 for it. When they got it back to the shop, the item was looked at by a person with more knowledge in this arena, and the jukebox was valued at up to $5,000. The guys thought this was a great find, but in reality, they had no immediate offers anywhere near that amount, and ended up selling the item for $1,900. The both advised to be wary of any appraisal of antiques and memorabilia. The items are only worth what a buyer is willing to pay, and the amount a seller is willing to accept. Some may have held out for more money on the jukebox, but Mike and Frank thought that $1,900 was a fair price. This amount covered expenses, and made a few dollars for them, and the new owner was happy with the buy and would appreciate the “recycled” jukebox. One of the first questions that comes to mind is how do they find this stuff? The answer to that question is from submitted leads, and then simply from freestyle picking, as they

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call it. People can call or email them to offer leads, or in their travels if they see a place where treasures may be found, they may stop to ask permission to do some picking. Freestyle picking is simply looking for places that may hide treasures, and stopping by to meet people, and ask for permission to take a look. They gain great joy from the “thrill of the chase” in trying to find items that are unique, as well as meeting the people. The area that they cover can only be limited by the imagination. They have been in most states picking, and even a little bit in Canada. They will soon start filming season two which includes 26 more episodes, and they will be all over the Midwest and many other places. What happens to items after picking was another topic of discussion that led to some debate. Many of the items that are picked are coming right out of barns, sheds, garages, and who knows where. Sometimes the items are not the cleanest thing in the world, and the pair had some debate about what to do with the items. The interaction of these two is amusing on so many levels, and they just seem to fit and complement each other. Mike takes the minimalistic approach, and knocks off the droppings, dusts off the item, and does a basic clean up. Frank on the other hand will spend hours cleaning up an item, or if it is a mechanical item, will make sure that it works. He said that he likes the extra challenge of finding, fixing, and then passing on to a happy customer a working artifact of history. He may spend one half of a day cleaning or working on an item just to get an extra $10. For the most part though, cleaning is the only thing that is done to found items. Not much for refurbishing is ever performed, so that the new owner can do what they choose with it. The customer can decide to redo it, or leave it in original condition. Value wise on items it depends on what it is as to how refurbishing or leaving original will affect the value. Looking around the shop, you can see these guys are also into motorcycles and riding. Mike started out picking by looking for and finding old motorcycles that were on the wanted list. His searching has since expanded to include many other items, but motorcycles will always be a love for Mike. One of the best motorcycle finds he has picked was a 1939 Harley Davidson Knucklehead. Mike’s dream find for a bike would be a Blackhawk or a Torpedo, because of the local Midwest connection with those bikes, and that they are not anywhere to be found. Other motorcycle items that Mike likes to find and sometimes keep for himself is anything Harley Knucklehead related, old motorcycle racing items, and anything from the pre 1920 motorcycle era. Frank would like to find a 1936 Knucklehead as his dream find. He is also a big fan of the 1970s and anything old chopper related like sissy bars, king/queen seats, Z-bars, and anything that made a 70s chopper what it was. Frank also likes unique old motorcycle trophies and personally has quite a collection of them as well as motorcycle toys. Frank also shows his commitment to motorcycling with his dedication to ABATE of Iowa. He has attended almost every Freedom Rally ever held, and is a large supporter of motorcyclist rights and rider education. From scooters to Honda choppers, to his first Sportster, to his full dresser, Frank is about riding and the motorcycle lifestyle. The American Pickers can be found in Le Claire, Iowa, just a couple miles north of Davenport. Their shop name is Antique Archeology and is right behind the BP gas station on Highway 67 right in Le Claire. The phone number to reach them is 563-289-1530 and websites are http://www.antiquearcheology.com for the shop, and www.frankfritzfinds.com for Franks own website. So if you are looking for something from the show, have an idea on where they can do some picking, or just want to check out their cool websites, look them up.
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MOTORCYCLE THEFTS FALL Motorcycle thefts in the US fell by 13% to 56,093 last year from 64,492 in 2008, the biggest drop since 2007 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau in an April 13th statement. Honda was the most stolen brand accounting for 24% of the thefts, followed by Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Harley-Davidson, said the NICB citing National Crime Information Center data.The recession prompted lower bike sales and a decrease in production, pushing motorcycle thefts down for a third consecutive year. Sales of new bikes fell 43% in 2009 from the year-earlier period, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Likewise, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association reported a 47.4% decrease in motorcycle production last year.Recovery rates have declined along with thefts, with only 30% of the stolen bikes recovered in 2009, compared with 41% in 2006, NICB data show.The top five states for motorcycle theft were warm-weather ones: California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia, together accounting for 39% of the total. It should be no surprise that the summer months of July (6,319); August (6,079); and June (5,672) saw the most theft activity while the fewest thefts were recorded during the winter months of December (2,927); February (3,100); and January (3,570).The best way to prevent theft is to keep your motorcycle out of sight or covered up and secured to an immovable object with a good through-theframe lock in addition to the steering lock. money is to be deposited. Rep. Christian said the legislative action was necessary because motorcycle registrations continue to increase in Oklahoma; therefore, without training and prevention efforts, vehicle crashes involving motorcycles are likely to increase. According to the Oklahoma Tax Commission, there were 115,381 registered motorcyclists in the state in 2008, a 14.3% increase over 2007. Motorcycle fatalities increased 17.6% during the same period, and injuries increased 21.4%. HB 2264 is known as “Gunner’s Bill” in honor of Robert “Gunner” Catcher, a motorcyclist who died after being struck by a pickup in 2009. The driver of the truck said he did not see Gunner. “I heartily salute each and every one of ABATE of Oklahoma’s and the OK Confederation of Clubs volunteer officers and members, and look forward to our continued success working together in the spirit of unity to make Oklahoma the best state in which to ride,” said Tiger Mike Revere of ABATE of OK and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). Also signed into law was SB 1670 a bill that changes the makeup of the Oklahoma Motorcycle Safety Advisory Committee. “So, not only will we generate about $400,000 each year but we will also have a substantial say in how it is spent,” commented John Pierce, ABATE Legislative Coordinator.

WYOMING BIKERS WORK WITH CITY TO PROMOTE MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS The Casper City Council voted unanimously to pay for motorcycle-safety billboards in the coming months, with Wyoming Central ABATE picking MAINE REQUIRES MOTORCYCLES TO DISPLAY INup the campaign halfway through the riding season. The SPECTION STICKERS Maine Governor John Baldacci on council approved $5,400 in grant money to pay for four April 9, 2010 signed LD 1675 into law, requiring the state’s billboards from April through July, when Wyoming Central 50,000 registered motorcycles to carry inspection stickABATE would begin paying for the billboards with its own ers that are “completely and clearly visible from the rear” message to run through October. The push for motorstarting in 2012. A bill that started in the state legislature as a broadly worded bill to quiet noisy motorcycles evolved cycle awareness stems from two high-profile accidents involving motorcyclists last summer, including an ABATE into a measure requiring riders to display inspection stickers when Maine’s Transportation Committee concluded that member who was killed by a left-turning Hummer. The accidents prompted Wyoming Central ABATE to meet with 38% of Maine motorcycles aren’t inspected, noting faulty and noisy motorcycle mufflers would fail annual inspections. city officials and hash out a plan to increase awareness of motorcycles among drivers. The Casper Police Department The bill also sets up a task force to explore other methods applied for grant money from the Wyoming Department of reducing motorcycle noise, including sound testing, and of Transportation to be used on a “campaign targeting the report to the Transportation Committee by January 15, 2011. LD1675 passed the Maine House by a vote of 104-33 reduction of the number and severity of motorcycle crashes in the Casper area,” according to a city memo. on March 22. The Senate passed it April 5, with no tally released. MICHIGAN HELMET LAW REPEAL REPEAT? Once again, Michigan legislators are moving to repeal the MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL PASSES IN OKLAHOMA “Gunner’s Bill” has been signed into law by Oklahoma Gov. state’s 40 year old mandatory helmet law, but their governor threatens veto action. In late March, the House voted Brad Henry, providing for the state’s first comprehensive 63 to 46 to approve an amendment to the current Michimotorcycle safety program. HB 2264, authored by state gan Helmet Law which would allow motorcycle riders 21 Rep. Mike Christian and state Sen. Steve Russell, allows years old and older to operate their motorcycle without a the state to add a $3 fee, designated for motorcycle safety helmet as long as they carry $20,000 or more in insurance. and education, to the existing cost of registering a motorThe bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. If the cycle. It also establishes a revolving fund into which the
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Democratic-led House and Republican-led Senate both approve as they have in the past, the bill would again go to the governor for her signature or veto. Proposals to eliminate or ease the law were passed by the House and Senate in 2005/2006 and 2007/2008, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed both measures. ABATE of Michigan and the Michigan Confederation of Clubs continues to hold sway in the Legislature using arguments that include personal freedom and economic impact. The Democratic governor leaves office next year and is not seeking reelection. MOTORCYCLE ADVISORY COUNCIL SURVEYS ROAD CONDITIONS The Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) to the Federal Highway Administration has made recommendations to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and his predecessors on various topics, including 1) Barrier design; (2) Road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and (3) The architecture and implementation of Intelligent Transportation System technologies. Of special significance was the creation and approval of the yearly Motorcyclist Road Conditions Survey, which can be accessed at http://tinyurl.com/ykbqsr6. The purpose of the survey is to better communicate to the MAC, road construction engineers, and transportation safety officials the specific needs of motorcyclists that should be considered when developing new roadways or altering existing routes. The MAC-FHWA coordinates and advises the Secretary of the Department of Transportation on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcycle riders, and is comprised of ten members of the motorcycling community with professional expertise in national motorcyclist safety advocacy. James “Doc” Reichenbach II, State President of ABATE of Florida and Chairman of the Board of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) serves on the MAC as one of two members representing state motorcyclists’ organizations. ANTILOCK BRAKES MAKE MOTORCYCLES SAFER With motorcycle ownership skyrocketing from 4.3 million to 10.4 million over the past decade, and a corresponding increase in rider deaths and injuries, two new studies have found that equipping motorcycles with antilock brakes makes them much safer. The studies, one by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the other by the Highway Loss Data Institute, found that bikes with antilock brakes are involved in 37% fewer fatal accidents per 10,000 registered vehicles and reported 22% fewer accident damage claims per insured vehicle year. Stopping a motorcycle is trickier than stopping a car. For one thing, the front and rear wheels typically have separate brake controls. In an emergency, a rider faces a split-second choice to either brake hard, which can lock the wheels and cause an overturn, or hold back on braking and risk running into the emergency. This is when antilock brakes can help by reducing brake pressure when they detect impending lockup and then increasing the pressure again when traction is restored. Brake pressure is evaluated multiple times per second, so riders may brake fully without fear of locking up. Until lately, such crash avoidance technology as antilock brakes has primarily been available only on larger, more expensive motorcycles, but they are now available on 60 new models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering whether or not antilock brakes should be mandatory on motorcycles. OUTLAW BIKER 101 Law enforcement officers from across the country gather each year at a heavily guarded secret location for annual training on “combating biker gangs”: As quoted directly from promotional material for the course: “Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigations: From the Inside - Combating Biker Gangs, from the International Association of Undercover Officers: A five day (36 hour) training program for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, corrections personnel and criminal analysts addressing the problems and pitfalls of investigations of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. The instructors, have managed, supervised or directly participated in investigations of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs throughout the United States. The investigative techniques they used will be presented. Also, the many pitfalls and mistakes they made will be graphically demonstrated. Due to the sensitive nature of the training program and threats of physical harm to some of the speakers, the exact location of the training program will only be revealed to those who register. Special security will be maintained and only certified law enforcement officers with proper identification will be admitted.” As one of America’s foremost authorities on biker discrimination, Minnesota Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attorney Steven O’Brien, who also serves as legal counsel to the Confederation of Clubs of Minnesota and ABATE of Minnesota, applied for the course last year but was denied admittance with the written admonishment that he would be better suited to attend the NCOM Convention. O’Brien was instrumental in getting the nation’s first and only biker antidiscrimination law on the books in Minnesota, and then was successful in getting the new law upheld by the courts when an ABATE member was denied service at a bar. For likeminded bikers concerned with preserving Freedom of the Road, the Silver 25th Annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 6-9, 2010 at the Orlando Airport Marriott, 7499 Augusta National Dr., Orlando, Florida. Reserve your place in history now by calling the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www. ON-A-BIKE.com. A special NCOM room rate is available by calling the Marriott hotel at (800) 380-6751. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.” Randy Vader, American author/composer
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THE RICHMOND OUTREACH CENTER HAVEN MISSION
This past Saturday, April 10th, I was witness to one of the most significant moves of God that I have ever seen. The Richmond Outreach Center ( THE ROC ) moved to it’s new location on Midlothian Turnpike here in Richmond. I did not know just what to expect, but I knew it would be good. I had to work and got there late, bad move. I had to park across the highway because their lot was already full. I had foot surgery last month but I did not want to miss this so I hobbled across the vast expanse of the parking lot and went in. It was huge. The old Flea Market was gone. In it’s place was a large auditorium, a café, dance studio, and a host of other offices and suites. Pastor Geronimo Aguilar came from California some years back and founded The ROC at the old location off Warwick Road. From there the ministry began it’s outreach to the needy in Richmond. The rest is history. Their growth is a testament to the prayer and hard work that has been a hallmark of The ROC. I have been to a number of large churches but I have seldom felt the excitement and fervor of the members of Pastor G’s congregation. They are “ on fire “ for the Lord and it shows. I have known Pastor G for some time now and he has been very gracious to me. Pastor Allen Caldwell of the “ Soul Winning Soldiers “ is on my staff with Wreaths Across America and his Soldiers have helped with our motorcycle escort and ceremony for the past three years. I am very grateful to these two men for their faithfulness to God’s calling on their lives. I experienced the worship service and Governor Bob McDonnell’s opening prayer. It was good to see a Godly statesman in action. I was very impressed. As I stood there I could not help but think about my small group at Haven Mission. It would have been easy to compare myself with Pastor G. I could have felt very intimidated because I was truly in awe, it was a wonderful experience. God called Geronimo Aguilar to ministry and he was faithful to heed God’s call. He was obedient and now The ROC is a thriving movement for Jesus Christ. The Lord reminded me that He called me also. My problem was I did not heed His call at first. It took many years for me to realize the call God had for me. Thankfully, God was merciful with me and allowed me to finally grow up. Although my group is miniscule compared to The ROC, our mission is the same. We are to reach out with the love of Christ, preach the gospel, disciple the converts, feed the hungry, and model Christ

to a lost, fallen world. Pastor G, my hat is off to you my friend. You and your staff and congregation are a shining example of what God will do when faithful, obedient people follow His direction and will. My prayer for you and yours is that you will remain faithful to the call Christ has given you. From what I have seen through the years, I’m sure you will. I encourage everyone to visit Pastor G and The Roc on Saturday evenings at 6:00pm at the new location. You can visit me and Haven Mission Sunday mornings at 8:00am at South Richmond Harley-Davidson in Oxbridge Square. May the road rise up to miss you May the wind always be at your back May the rain fall gently on your fields May the sun shine gently upon your face Until we meet again May God hold you In the hollow of His hand Reverend Rocky

Rocky is Pastor of Haven Mission, a Vietnam vet, an Outpost Leader for Pointman Ministries, and Director of Wreaths Across America / Richmond National Cemetery.Rocky is on staff at The Dominion Counseling and Training Center and a facilitator for Elijah House School of Prayer Ministry. He is also the Business Manager for South Richmond Harley-Davidson and rides a 2002 Heritage Softail Classic. He and Donna live in Chester and together have five children and fifteen grand children. A veteran’s advocate, Rev Rocky invites your partcipation in this article. Share your your experiences, thoughts, and your heart with us here at “ On Eagles Wings “ where Jesus is Lord.
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Would you believe its been TEN YEARS! since Michele Smith started hosting American Thunder? Some people in the motorcycle industry have called her an American Motorcycle Icon, The First Lady of Motorcycling, and as one 14 year old put it “She’s the ‘Pam An’ of the motorcycle industry”. Michele has changed the stereotypical image of a “Biker Chick” into “Biker Chic” by adding a bit of glamour to the industry. She started out in the modeling world as a pin-up girl. Most of the jobs she did were sexy-type photos seen in motorcycle calendars, posters, catalogs and magazine covers like Playboy, Muscle and Fitness, Swimwear USA, Swimwear International and Neue Revue.You may have seen her over the years in commercials, sitcoms , music videos, The Price is Right or Tim Conway’s comedy videos. Also known in Germany as “Heidi” the West Cigarette Girl, she has appeared in commercials as well as billboards and European magazines. She was spotted on the cover of Easy Riders Roadware clothing catalog and was hired as the host of American Thunder. The rest is history. She has been riding motorcycles since 1994 when she decided to take the Caifornia Motorcycle Safety Course after they hired a stunt women for her riding shots in a foreign film she was working on. “This 90lb. girl on a Harley showed up and I took one look at her and thought if she can ride that thing why can’t I? It was so embarrassing being strapped in a pick-up truck sitting on a Harley riding down Hollywood Blvd for the close-up shots. The very next day I signed up for the motorcycle safety course and ordered a Sportster from Glendale Harley. It arrived just in time to attend the ‘Love Ride’ and off I went. I loved it so much I thought, why didn’t I do this sooner? There is nothing better than the thrill and the sound of a motorcycle! I love working in the motorcycle industry. I always look forward to going out to as many events as possible and meeting with the fans who watch American Thunder. After all, if it weren’t for the fans, I probably wouldn’t have lasted this long in the industry. They are my supporters and I love to hang out and talk with as many of them as I can. The look on their face is priceless when they reach out to shake my hand and I hug them instead! Working in this industry enables me to test ride many different motorcycles and its nice to be able to have that opportunity. When I attend an event I never know what bike they will have waiting for me. Usually I say that I will ride whatever they throw at me, but safety is my first concern. If it’s a bike that I’m not comfortable riding I just might hesitate a little more, after all, there is that waiver I’m usually ask to sign. Hanging out with the builders that I meet at the shows is definately a real treat. These guys are a lot of fun and I think that most have accepted me now.”

Who Is Michele Smith?

Where Is Michele Smith?

I’m all over the country these days. After not returning to American Thunder in 2009 I continued to be a fixture in the Motorcycle world making appearances at events and Rallies around the country. Keeping my face out there is important otherwise people forget about you. I’m very lucky to have such a loyal fan base. That’s one thing you can always rely on from a Biker is “loyalty”. The out pouring of email i received when they changed American Thunder to the “New” American Thunder was incredible. I got a lot of support from both men and woman. I have been making appearances this year around the country and recently shot a print ad for Kuryakyn’s new line of motorcycle luggage. I also have a new TV show that will start airing sometime in June. The show will be called “Two Wheel Thunder” and it will air on Discovery HD Theater. Jay Barbieri is the producer and will also appear on the show with me. Its about time as there are really no motorcycle shows left on TV for the V-Twin rider. Our show will be an informational motorcycle magazine show bringing you the latest and greatest in the world of motorcycles with a similar format to what the old show was. We started filming in January and they have been keeping me busy. Next week I’m off to Mexico! I even had a chance to get some cold weather riding in while shooting. Yep 30-degrees! Oh it was a bit nippy but i layered up and off i went. I wish i could say that riding in Daytona was warmer but this year it was freezing so i am looking forward to riding in Mexico thats for sure. I hope you will all tune in to the new show “Two Wheel Thunder” and if you have a chance shoot me an email michele@michelesmith.tv I hope to see you on the road! Ride Safe.
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mon sense. It is up to the parents or caregivers as well as the motorcycle operator to make the determination that the child is old enough to hold on and stay alert. It is also up to the parents or caregivers as well as the motorcycle operator to determine the limits of the ride. How far will you go and I am staying with my recent theme of answering queswhat routes will you take? Most of us riders remember ridtions that are most frequently put to me by clients and fellow riders. We have already covered topics such as what ing on the back of a bike when we were young and having a ball doing it. So long as you follow the guidelines above constitutes a legal motorcycle helmet in Virginia? What is then you should have no problem helping another kid enjoy the law with regard to exhausts? Can I mount my license that same thrill. Who knows, maybe they will become an plate vertically? If you missed the answers to those quesavid rider and pay that favor forward one day. tions feel free to log onto motorcyclelawgroup.com. You As always, if you have any questions or comments about can find those articles and more under the articles section. this or any other article, please feel free to contact me. Today we will talk about the minimum age requirement for motorcycle passengers. The short answer to that question is that there is not one. Matt Danielson Virginia law does not restrict the age of motorcycle passen- Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 gers. It depends upon you and your passenger’s comfort matt@motorcyclelawgroup.com level (and that of their parent or caregiver assuming the passenger is not your child). The code section which comes closest to addressing this The preceding is for informational purposes only. The laws governing the above may be different in your state. issue is section 46.2-909. It states as follows: Every person operating a motorcycle, as defined in § 46.2-100 excluding three-wheeled vehicles, shall ride only upon the permanent seat attached to the motorcycle, and such operator shall not carry any other person. No other person shall ride on a motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride on the permanent seat if designed for two persons, or on another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the seat for the operator. If the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, it shall also be equipped with a footrest for the use of such passenger. As you can see there is no age limit. The requirement is that you have a seat and footrests for the passenger. It also requires that the passenger seat be at the rear or side of the operator. That means that those of you who put your child passengers in front of you are violating the law. They must ride on the permanent passenger seat. Another misconception for which I have had clients ticketed (not convicted) is that if you are riding with a child as your passenger they must be able to reach the foot pegs or floor boards. That is also incorrect. There is no requirement that they be able to reach them. The requirement is that the motorcycle be equipped with foot rests, not that the passenger use them. In closing I want to make it clear that I am not advocating putting an 18 month old child on the rear of your bike and heading down the road. While 46.2-100 does not prohibit that you could find yourself in front of the court on a multitude of other criminal offenses dealing with child neglect and endangerment. We as motorcyclists must use com-

There is no Minimum Age for Motorcycle Passengers

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I recently took a class at a conference on the parking of vehicles on highways and roadways during an emergency situation. It was extremely informative, these types of classes usually are. During one of the many videos that we viewed during the class, I noticed that there was a motorcycle police officer that was working an accident on a busy suburban boulevard, along with other emergency vehicles on the scene. Many emergency vehicles are the target of secondary collisions at the original accident

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