After months of waiting it’s finally here folks! Riding season. Well, at least for the some of the riders out there who had to save up their vacation time to get out on the road. And I know that you are getting out because I have seen tons of bikes everywhere. Gary and I personally deliver each and every magazine to our reps all over the state and we see you all out cruising. It is a wonderful thing to see what a great motorcycling state we truly are. Cruisers, sport bikes, tourers, trikes, dual sports and even some vehicles that defy description. Only a biker knows why a dog sticks its head out a window, so whatever you ride, get your face in the wind! Our time is here and now. One of the great things about being a part of this magazine is bringing to light what our riding community is all about. We have all dealt with feeling like an outcast. Some may actually want just that, but most of us are everyday people living everyday lives. We just happen to like wearing leather. What’s so wrong with that? Nothing, of course, but the persona we live under is that of days long past when a biker was portrayed as an outlaw. Well, these days I think you are more likely to meet a biker with a gold card than a .38, depending on where you meet them of course. Thunder Roads West Virginia is a rider magazine. The biker friendly establishments that advertise in TRWV understand and support our addiction to the wind and the road, so help us to support them. Use the magazine as a tour book. Pick an ad and go visit. Just be sure to let them know where you saw the ad. Let them know you appreciate them and their support because without them we could not bring you this magazine. And there has been such a great welcoming of this magazine. A magazine made for and by this great state we live in. It just so happens that much of the population of West Virginia rides which makes it all the better. Many of you have told us how much you support what we are doing and how much you love to hear about the happenings around the state, but what we would love is to hear about from you, the reader, about you and your ride. Your experience on a specific ride written out with pictures included. Yes, we want you to tell us a story every once in awhile. We know you’re out there and may even be a closet journalist. We also know the hardest thing to do is stop, especially when you don’t even need gas, but this is a magazine for you and we want you to be a part of it. Besides, Gary thinks you will get tired of his writing pretty soon. July is filled with many great rides to help the many in our state that could use a hand, and some of the best rallies that we intend to be at, so ride on over and stop to say “Hello”. We love to meet other riders and swap stories of the open road. We look forward to seeing you with your face in the wind, so get out and get your ride on!
Ride safe and keep the shiny side up!
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From The Editor……………….........…..........4 Motorcycle Registration Change...................5 Veterans and Miners Remembered..............8 Road Ready Gear – Sidi Boots……...……10 Hog Washing……………............................12 Hidden Highway – State Highway 3........…14 One Wheel Wonder….……………......……16 Asleep on Two Wheels Part II……......……18 TNT.…...…..........….………………………21 FunFest……………………..……....……..22 “We Care” run in Lewisburg..........…………25 Center Calendar………….....……...............26 Moving Art…….…...........………….………..33 Bike Nites…….........………………………...34 Your Are Invited…........……………………..36 Seats & Saddles……..................................38 Bike of the Month.…........…….…………….42 Biker Friendly Directory………........…….....44 The High Road…………...........……………47 Mountain State Ink………........…………….48 Upcoming Events………........……..……….50 Riding for JR……….........…………………..51
ON THE COVER
When we met Casey Harmon at a Charleston Bike Nite, we asked him if we could take a picture of him with his bike. He replied, “I’ll give you a good picture,” and cranked off a spectacular burnout. We loved it, but when the guy whose bike was parked right behind him saw the rubber all over his once shiny Harley, the fireworks erupted. You would have thought it was the Fourth of July. Casey earned Bike of the Month status on page 42. As for the guy with the rubber covered Hog – he needs to read the story on page 12. JuLY 2010 Thunder roads WesT Virginia 3
NatioNal accouNts NoRtHWEst WV
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is the month we have all been waiting for. Some of the largest motorcycle events in this state occur this month. Thunder Roads West Virginia will be living on the road as we travel to the Freedom Fest rally at Snowshoe as well as MountainFest in Morgantown. Look for our tent in the vendor’s areas at these rallies, and stop by to say “Hi”. We would love to meet you. Those are the biggies, but there are literally a dozen or more bike events all over this state every weekend. As much as we would like to be at every ride to tell the stories of bikers doing good for their communities, it’s just not possible. That’s where you come in. These events provide you with the opportunity to use this magazine to let others know about the good things that you and your fellow bikers are doing. First of all, if your club or organization is putting on an event, you have to make sure we know about it as far ahead as possible. Use the “Contact Us” page on our website at www.thunderroadswv.com to provide as much information as possible. If you have a flier, please attach it to your email. If we aren’t able to make it to your event in person, you can still help us tell the story. Take some pictures and gather basic information, then send it to me. I read every contribution and look at every single picture I receive. Many contributions make it into print in the magazine. Others find a home on our website, which gets visited by readers from literally all over the world. Either way, almost all contributed stories find a place in the Thunder Roads West Virginia line-up. Contributed stories are the backbone of what we’re doing with this magazine. Our goal is to unite the motorcycling community in this state as it has never been done before. We want to recognize the good deeds of our brothers and sisters in every corner, every holler, every town and city in West Virginia. Despite the public perception of bikers, we are the most caring, community-minded people in this society. This magazine is a vehicle by which we can show that to the world. So, come on bikers. Blow the dust off your camera lens, swing a leg over your bike, and help us tell the great stories of Mountain State motorcycling. It’s not the Destination…It’s the Journey. Gary
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There have been some changes in West Virginia state law regarding motorcycle registrations, and it’s costing you a couple of extra bucks this year. Renewals were due at the beginning of this month of July for all bike owners. Along with the usual paperwork, your renewal mailing this year included a notice:
Beginning with this renewal period, the expiration date for all West Virginia plates is being shifted to February 1. That means the renewal you should have taken care of by now will come due again in just seven months. The normal fee for a 12 month renewal is $16, but this seven month renewal is costing $14. That’s $4.67 more than the standard rate for a seven month period. This legislation also allows for two year renewals of motorcycle plates. The 19 month renewal, which covers this transition period, is a $30 expenditure. Once the transition to February renewals has been made, a one year renewal will again cost $16, and two years will be $32.
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Veterans and Miners Remembered
there is an undeniable link between the first two national holidays that americans celebrate each summer. the Fourth of July is our nation’s birthday party, but that birth would never have happened if it weren’t for the service and sacrifice of the first american patriots. Keeping this nation alive since then has required a continuous tradition of service. We celebrate independence Day, but we can only do so honorably by remembering those sacrifices on Memorial Day. Paying homage to Veterans and those who gave their all in defense of the country is the basis for each year’s Rolling thunder ride on Washington, Dc. Riders come from all over the united states to participate. Many of them make their way through organized rides such as the Run for the Wall, which begins in california and travels all across the country just in time to join the thunder.
When the 22nd annual Run for the Wall came through charleston, West Virginia this year, the procession of hundreds of bikes made a stop at the state capitol. as they rolled past the coal miner statue on the capitol grounds, all were reminded of 29 more sacrifices that had just been made in the mines not far from here. the bikers rolled past members of the West Virginia Patriot Guard Riders, who had deployed with flags in hand to join in the celebration.
“You’ve got to have heart,” says Patriot Guard Rider Joe cumblidge, explaining why he stood in the flag line. “it’s the right thing to do. a lot of these coal miners were veterans, and they deserve to be honored for their service to their country.” “i was a coal miner at one time, and i know what those guys go through,” says Ken Helmbright, who served as Ride captain in charge for the day’s mission. “that’s our livelihood right here in West Virginia… We’re paying our respect and honor to them, and i think they deserve it.”
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after the Run for the Wall bikers filled the circle in front of the capitol, with bikes parked five deep all the way around the circle, they moved to the Veterans memorial on the grounds, just a few steps away from the miner’s memorial. Walking through and around the memorial, these riders from all over the country were reminded of the powerful role West Virginia has played in safeguarding our country. the memorial is filled with thousands of names of West Virginians who gave their all. “in West Virginia, we have more veterans per capita than most any other state,” Governor Joe Manchin iii told the bikers as he stood just outside the circular memorial. “We’ve fought in more wars and conflicts, shed more blood, lost more lives for the cause of freedom than most any state. We’ve given our all. We mine the coal, do the heavy work. We make the steel that build the guns and ships that protect this nation. this little state – you are in the right place if you like freedom.” “i do it because there are people who can’t do it,” says James Robledo as he explains why he rides all the way from california to Washington, Dc each year. “the PoW’s, the Mia’s, the veterans inside our Va hospitals. they can’t do it, so i’m doing this for them.”
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It’s like the passing of an old friend. Okay, not quite. But saying goodbye to a pair of motorcycle boots that have served me well for about a hundred thousand miles was a (sniff, sniff) traumatic occurrence. Those old road warriors will never be forgotten…or will they? The trail to a new generation of boots was actually blazed nearly two years ago. Wandering aimlessly in a bike shop one day, I came across a display of Sidi boots. I had seen Sidis before, but always in the form of serious boots for dirt and road racing. Big chunks of plastic sliders and armor plates, held in place by machine screws. Effective and valuable on the race track, but likely to get you laughed at on the street. They look more like ski boots. In fact, that’s what Sidi made before the Italian company turned its designers loose on the motorcycle market. But this display of Sidi boots I was looking at wasn’t the off-road stuff. It was in the cruiser section. What caught my eye was a pair of relatively low-cut motorcycle boots that looked more like high-top sneakers. The sign said they are made to allow airflow through the mesh panels that are sewn into the leather framework of the uppers, promising a cooler operating temperature for my feet. The soles, which look more like a high-end race tire than a boot sole, are serious stuff. Inside are hi-tech stiffeners that support the foot and provide gobs of crash protection. This is as close to being armor plated as your feet can get. Now, here’s the best part. They looked COOL! The boot that was spiking my interest is called the Dohas. It rises just high enough over the ankle to provide sufficient protection. It ties like a shoe, with a leather keeper strap that covers the laces. Stepping into the Dohas for the first time was like getting a brotherly hug. But then I tried to walk, and nearly fell over. The soles were so stiff that my feet refused to bend. I was walking around like Frankenstein…Ka-THUMP, KaTHUMP, Ka-THUMP. Remember that serious sole I was talking about? Well, all of that precision fabrication takes some breaking in time. It felt like I had to learn to walk all over again. But eventually the sole develops some flex without losing its strength, and these boots started feeling so good that I found myself wearing them all the time – whether I was going for a ride or walking the dog. They became, and still are, my shoe of choice. When it comes to wearing the Dohas on the bike, there are some things you should know. First, this is not a rain-proof boot. An afternoon shower is not a big deal in the Dohas, but it’s not the boot for an all-day soaker. I use these boots on hot summer days when the chances of having to deal with a lot of rain aren’t high. My feet stay cool, and the Dohas are just flat-out comfortable. When I put my foot down on the pavement, it won’t slip. I’m wearing race tires and I know they’ll stick. I can hike a trail, climb over a rock ledge, cross the river on a wet log, and walk anywhere all day without missing a step. But they still didn’t replace my old cruiser boots. If the weather looked like it might go wrong, or the ride was to encompass several days, the Dohas stayed home, and the trusty old waterproof boots got the call. Then, earlier this season, it happened! The soles on the old boots (resoles, actually) split open. Getting them resoled again was going to cost almost as much as a new pair of boots. It was time for another trip to the shop, where I found the answer in the form of another Sidi boot. Called the Sport Rain, I correctly deduced that these babies are waterproof. They’re built with the same solid construction as the Dohas. With side zippers covered by hook-and-loop fastened flaps, they are easy to get into. Seams are double-stitched and the boots have matching shifter pads so your right foot doesn’t look like it’s missing something. The material they are made of is called Lorica. It’s supposedly made up of strands of fiber so small that each one is less than one thousandth the thickness of silk. The end result is that air can get through, so it breaths, yet water molecules are simply too big to penetrate. Whatever. All I know is that the stuff works as advertised. When I put the Sport Rains on for the first time, I was reminded of the break-in period necessary for these boots. Once again I was doing my Frankenstein walk. But these broke in more quickly, and my stride returned to normal within a few days. I did have a spot on my right leg where the lead edge of the boot top rubbed my skin raw. My feeling is that I cinched it on too tight the first time I wore the boots for an entire day. But the boot top has been broken in as well, and this is no longer a problem. The boots look great, feel comfortable and flawlessly serve the purpose of a motorcycle boot. There’s an interesting item on the Sidi website. The company says their boots have a serviceable lifespan of about five years. After that, says the website, “…some of the natural materials used in making the boots start to deteriorate.” I think this is probably true for all boots. Sidi says that mild soap and water is all that’s need to care for the material, and that use of creams and the like will clog the pores, preventing the material from working properly. I never do more than wipe them with a damp cloth, and head out to get them dirty all over again. So, here’s my take on motorcycle boots by Sidi. They do have a break-in period that you have to endure. Buy them and deal with it. My Dohas have many miles of riding and walking. I’ve owned them for nearly two years and they still look like new and feel great. My Sport Rain boots are only a few months old, but I have every reason to believe they will serve me well for years to come. Sidi makes many styles of boots for any type of motorcycling, in men’s and women’s designs, so finding your personal fashion statement is easy. You’ll be hard-pressed to purchase any Sidi boots for less than two-hundred bucks, and some models can cost as much as five-hundred, but you will get what you pay for.
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Waves of hot July air shimmered in the midday sun over the West Virginia roads ahead of us. The bikes could roll for hours without refueling, but my partners and I had to stop for water every hour or so. It was at one of these stops, as we stood in the shade of the gas station canopy wishing for a cooling breeze, that an aging mountaineer took pause to look at our bikes. We exchanged greetings and kicked back as his attention again turned to the scooters. Perhaps thinking back to the motorcycles he rode in his younger years, this fellow looked very closely at every detail of the gleaming machines. Clearly, his interest was more than the casual glances that bikers get at such stops. Then he did something we never expected. This man bent to the ground, ignoring the arthritic complaints of his knees, and took a good look at the underbellies of our motorcycles. “Your bikes are cleaner than the Board of Health,” said he with a wide grin, struggling back to a standing position. Suddenly, all of those hours spent washing, waxing, and obsessing over the smallest blemishes on our bikes came into focus. There is simply no man-made creation in this world more beautiful than a finely detailed motorcycle. But the road is a dirty place, and keeping a bike clean in that environment is a never-ending task. There are many products and techniques that work well, and just as many that don’t. So to help understand the best way to clean and detail a bike, Thunder Roads West Virginia has turned to an expert in the field. Johnny Boyles, owner of Johnny’s Shiny
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Hogs in Clarksburg, agreed to show us what it takes to get a dirty Hog to shine again. We gave him quite a challenge. Our ’04 Harley-Davidson Heritage had been ridden for nearly a thousand miles since its last bath. We had a new rear tire installed, along with an oil change, and told the service tech not to bother wiping the bike down afterwards. It was a mess, and Johnny was as offended by it as we were. “You see some people just jump on them and go. I just can’t do it” says Boyles. “They spend that much money on the bike and then they don’t want to take care of it.” Johnny says that a complete detailing of a bike can take as much as six hours from start to finish. “I take everything off. Seats…bags… everything. There’s dirt under there. That’s the only way you can get it done right.” The process begins with a good degreasing. Johnny starts at the bottom of the bike, spraying a degreasing agent down where road dirt builds up the most. Then he moves up to the engine and other parts of the bike that may be carrying a greasy film. The tires and rims get special attention here, just as they will again, a bit later on. It can take several applications of degreaser, each hosed off with a small power washer, to remove the offenses of a dirty highway. The next step is to go after all of the dirt still clinging to the bike. Johnny uses his own secret mixture of biodegradable cleansing agents to wash every inch of the bike. He wouldn’t divulge the formula to Thunder Roads West Virginia, although he did admit that Dawn dishwashing soap is one of the ingredients. He keeps the entire bike wet and soapy through this process, finishing up with a full-bike rinse. Once the bike is clean, most riders feel satisfied that they have done what’s necessary. But the work is just beginning. Johnny believes the very next step is the most important part of a good detailing job. Nothing is more important, he insists, than making sure the bike is dry. “On lots of bike, you see these little bolts and stuff that get rusted,” says Johnny. “It’s because they don’t take the time to dry it off.” He uses an arsenal of tools to make sure the water is wiped away. The bulk of the moisture is blown off with compressed air. He uses a rubber-tipped nozzle on his air compressor hose to be sure he doesn’t accidentally scratch the bike. Switches and gauges are given special attention in the drying process. “Washing forces water into the switches and their connectors,” www.thunderroadswv.com
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Johnny points out. “They have to be dried out or over time they will corrode and fail.” Cotton swabs and pipe cleaners are used to extract water droplets from inside bolt heads and threads. Engine fins and other hard to reach places are wiped dry by a clothwrapped paint stir stick. It’s not just any cloth that Johnny uses. “I don’t use anything but microfiber towels,” he says. “Anything else will scratch your paint. You just move it back and forth, back and forth. You won’t get any swirl marks in it.” He makes quick work of melted boot marks on the pipes with chrome polish and a Dremel topped with a buffing pad. Scuffed paint surfaces also get buffed out with the help of a power buffer. Leather and rubber surfaces are cleaned and treated with commercially available products. There are no secrets here, just hard work and attention to detail. Johnny has one pet peeve about what he sees when bikers clean their rides. It comes out as he is meticulously applying tire foam to the Heritage’s donuts. “You have got to clean the tires and rims, because that’s what everybody sees,” he insists. “When people clean their bikes they always skip the tires. But that’s the first thing everybody sees.” Most riders regard cleaning their bikes as something they like to get accomplished in as little time as possible. Perhaps that’s why there are so many cleaning products out there that promise to clean, polish and shine your bike in “one easy step”. It just doesn’t work that way. Bringing out a bike’s luster requires a lot more elbow grease than chemicals. Most of us don’t like to hear that, but Johnny Boyles looks at it differently. “It’s fun for me. You just keep going back and forth, back and forth until you get it to where you like it.”
State Highway 3
The sky above
the mountaintops is decorated only by a few wispy clouds draped across the blue expanse. With low humidity and a temperature around the 80 degree mark, the threat of rain seems remote. I have been riding across West Virginia all day, having so much fun that I have actually forgotten to eat. As I roll into Beckley my stomach issues a loud protest, insisting with a growl I can hear over the exhaust rumble of my Heritage Softail Classic that I find a meatloaf sandwich. NOW! Who am I to argue? What a difference a half hour can make. Having made good use of the meatloaf and accompanying mashed potatoes, I plan to admire the shiny chrome of my freshly detailed bike as I stride across the parking lot in the mid-day sun. But the reflection bouncing back at me in the polished surfaces tells a different story. Looking up for confirmation, I see half of the sky still matches the bright blue part of my bike’s twotoned paint job. But the other half more closely resembles the color of my new rear tire. This situation would be a no-brainer if I were riding without a destination (my preferred way to go). I would jump on Highway 19 and head north, away from that angry, black mass of approaching storm clouds. But I’m here for a reason, and I will not be deterred. Besides, I don’t know which way the storm is moving, and I figure that I have a 50/50 chance that my mission will take me in the right direction. The objective is to head west on State Highway 3 from Beckley to its junction with Highway 119, south of Charleston. This 71 mile stretch of mountain road promises to be a lot of fun. State Highway 3 through Raleigh and Boone counties is also known as Coal River Road, for two good reasons. First, it provides vehicular access to numerous coal mines. Secondly, the aptly named Coal River runs alongside the road for much of this distance.
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I’m barely out of Beckley when the road begins to thrill. Coal River Road twists and turns its way down in altitude for miles on end. What I’m wondering at this point is whether those turns will point me towards the puffy white clouds and blue sky to my right, or that black-as-coal storm front to my left. Veteran Hidden Highways readers know my luck with things like this, but I’ll leave the rest of you in suspense for now. Truth is, I really don’t find myself too concerned about the weather at the moment because Coal River Road is a blast. The road surface is in good condition, there are enough passing zones to dispatch with any slow traffic that I come upon, and the highway is never
satisfied with traveling in a straight line for very long. Much of the time there is a sharply rising mountainside to my right, the Coal River to my left, and a canopy of rich green forest encroaching on my view of the sky above. Besides, I’m not looking up. My attention is focused on the next curve in the road. It isn’t exactly wilderness in this region of West Virginia. The mountains are piled on top of each other and plenty of the area is untouched. But the abundance of coal means that miners and their families live here. Highway 3 is dotted with many little towns clustered near the mines. In places like Arnett, Naoma and Stickley the highway is lined with small, but nicely kept houses. Hard working, proud people live here and it shows. The recent loss of 29 lives in the mines is still a fresh wound for West Virginians, and thoughts of this tragedy will rumble around in my mind for the duration of this run. Rolling towards Montcoal, I find myself flanked by the Coal River and the railroad tracks, engaging in a three-way race down the mountainside to see which of us can get down to the valley floor ahead of the rain. I won’t win. A steady rain has begun to plink away on my faceshield when I see a self-service carwash. I roll into one of the bays, aware of the irony of seeking shelter from water in a place designed for hosing cars. For a good twenty minutes, I listen to the thunder bounce off the mountains and watch the impromptu waterfalls as they plummet down the rock wall on the uphill side of the road. The road from this point on will be wet, and my bike will be filthy, but Coal River Road will not disappoint. The twists and turns in the road will carry me through a beautiful part of our state. Passing through Racine, a highway sign suggests that a right turn onto Highway 94 will make for a shorter trip to Charleston. Maybe so, but stay the course on Highway 3. The 15 miles of twisty road from here to the junction with U.S. 119 is time well spent. West Virginia Highway 3 is not the quickest way to get from Beckley to Charleston, but the 71 miles of this highway that I traversed – half of it wet and half dry – is worthy of exploration on two wheels.
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One Wheel Wonder
Regular readers of Thunder Roads West Virginia will recall a story we ran this past January about West Virginia native Gary Harding, Jr. and his physics-defying stunts on two wheels. Well, one wheel, actually. Gary rarely bothers to have both wheels on the ground at the same time. He recently brought his bikes to a celebration of “American Craft Beer Week” at the Mountaineer brewery. The party included beer sampling, awesome food, music, skateboarding demos, and a wild display of Gary’s riding skills.
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Every biker knows that weird, dreamy sort of feeling you can get around early afternoon when you’ve been riding all day. In last month’s installment of this two-part series about dealing with fatigue in the saddle, we learned about what fatigue is and why it happens. This month, Dr. Don Arthur, an expert in the field and, of course, a long distance rider examines what we can and can’t do to combat the potentially deadly effects of fatigue. He begins with pre-ride preparations.
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PACKING • Put things in the same place every time • Put frequently used items on top • Take only what’s necessary • Be able to find everything in the dark REPAIR KITS • Take the tools you’ll need • Pack a tire repair kit and means of inflation • Know how to use them! • Towing service COMMUNICATION – YOUR LINK WITH OTHERS • CB or FRS radios • Cell phones – for when you’re stopped • Phone card for emergencies avoid caffeine. Caffeine can be useful in helping extend fatigue tolerance. But, its effectiveness is greatly enhanced if used sporadically. If you rely on caffeine every day, your body will expect its normal supply. If you don’t consume your ‘normal’ amount of caffeine, you will likely experience fatigue sooner than someone who seldom drinks caffeine. This is one stressor you don’t need while riding. If you are unaccustomed to caffeine, consuming some can help stave off some of the effects of fatigue. alcohol. Alcohol and riding don’t mix and should be avoided for several days prior to a ride. The toxic products of alcohol metabolism adversely affect brain activity long after the noticeable effects have disappeared. Alcohol also interferes with the body’s ability to properly process other nutrient sources. Alcohol and caffeine are also diuretics – they cause increased urination. This has two negative effects for riders. Most important, it causes dehydration which can adversely affect performance and increase susceptibility to fatigue. Also, increased urination means more frequent unscheduled stops.
P RE PA R ATI O N
There are several things you can do to prepare for a period when you expect less sleep than normal: Begin rested. Don’t start a fatiguing activity in a sleep deficit. Obtain your normal rest for several days prior to the activity. If you’re going to start an activity early in the morning, try to phase your sleep so you get your normal rest time before awaking. In other words, if you require 8 hours of sleep but will start an activity at 6 am, try to be asleep at 9 pm the prior evening and give yourself time to awaken and prepare for the day’s activities. Proper nourishment. Proper nourishment and hydration are important elements of preparation. Eating three small meals each day is preferable to having one or two larger meals. Your brain needs the energy sources food supplies – so breakfast is important. Because the body’s circadian rhythm produces a natural drowsiness in mid-afternoon, a protein and carbohydrate snack can help stave off this effect. Do not overeat. Large meals are hard to digest and shunt blood and energy away from the brain. Many small meals are better than a few large feasts. Put your mind at rest. Have all your pre-ride preparations done before retiring the night before a long ride. Tie up the loose ends which might interfere with your ability to rest. Physical fitness. Many studies have shown that people who are physically fit are more able to tolerate the effects of fatigue. A long-standing daily routine should maintain tone and endurance. Carrying less weight will also reduce riding fatigue. Prepare your ride. Your motorcycle should be configured to maximize your comfort and decrease the work of riding. Make sure you have a routine and all your equipment is thoroughly road tested. Your bike should fit you, not vice versa. Here are some important aspects of ride preparation: PERSONAL GEAR • Comfortable riding suit, boots, gloves • Properly fitting helmet • Waterproofing • Heating and cooling aids • Skin and lip hydration and sun protection ERGONOMICS – YOUR BIKE MUST FIT YOU • Properly fitted and comfortable seat • Comfortable riding position • Convenient foot peg and control locations • Mirrors correctly located • Windshield
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Motorcycle and equipment. As just described, your bike should be configured to produce the least fatigue. Put another way, you should eliminate those things which increase the ‘work’ of riding or contribute to developing fatigue. Your motorcycle and all its equipment should be second nature to you – as familiar in the dark and rain as in your garage.
A windshield sufficient to significantly reduce wind pressure and deflect rain will considerably increase fatigue tolerance. Fatigue ensues much more rapidly when a rider is continually bracing against wind pressure, using torso and leg muscles to remain upright and arm muscles to grip the handlebars. Rain adds another significant level of stress that a good laminar flow windshield will alleviate. Laminar flow windshields direct air up and over the rider and are designed to minimize a motorcycle’s aerodynamic drag. It’s amazing how the constant din of road noise can induce fatigue. Hearing protection significantly decreases this stress. Although not intuitive, most disposable hearing protection cuts out the background noise of the road while allowing conversation and other meaningful sounds to be heard more clearly. They will also decrease the long term hearing loss associated with exposure to constant environmental noise. the ride. There are many aspects of the actual ride which can affect the accumulation of fatigue debt. The more challenging the ride, the more fatiguing it will be. Some riding factors which most quickly produce fatigue are: • • • • • • • • • • Severe time constraints Bad weather Excessive heat or cold Unfamiliar roads Monotonous scenery Extended night riding Increased threats – wildlife and traffic Riding conditions beyond the rider’s ability Complex tasks required while riding Distractions – mechanical or family problems
Many experienced riders advocate taking gas and meal stops separately from rest stops to decrease fatigue by breaking riding time into manageable segments. A converse argument can be made that, since meaningful rest cannot be accomplished without sleeping longer than 5 minutes, separating rest stops from gas/food stops doesn’t truly decrease one’s fatigue debt. It’s your ride; you decide. socialization. Maintaining interactive contact with others is a way of increasing wakefulness in the short term. Since language is a very high intellectual function, talking with someone (even on the CB radio) is often helpful in maintaining wakefulness. However, if profoundly fatigued, one will be even more prone to falling asleep immediately after the conversation ends. Exercise and other external stimulation. Walking or performing exercises will help temporarily increase alertness because the physical activity requires concentration and increases blood flow. However, vigorous activity may actually increase fatigue by rapidly depleting nutrient stores and adding muscle fatigue to existing body stress. Standing on the motorcycle’s foot pegs, letting the wind hit your face, eating hot candy, and the many other ‘tricks’ only serve to temporarily increase wakefulness. Their effects are very short-lived and do not remove any of the fatigue debt. Rest is still the only true remedial answer! Nutrition and hydration. Maintaining proper hydration is essential in staving off the effects of fatigue. Dehydration can be deadly when combined with the summer heat and insensitive (non-sweating) water loss which occurs while riding. Dehydration significantly decreases mental and physical functioning and can accelerate fatigue and dramatically magnify its effects. Symptoms of dehydration include headache, nausea, dry lips and mouth, muscle weakness, and decreased concentration. Many of the symptoms of dehydration are the same as those of fatigue. solution: Stay ahead of hydration needs. Drink beverages which will add to body water reserves. Plain or flavored water drinks as well as ‘electrolyte’ drinks (such as Gatorade®) will suffice. Don’t get behind. If you have a headache, you’re already behind and will need to drink at least a quart (liter) immediately. Many riders carry a convenient water delivery system which includes a hose from which the rider can drink while riding. caffeine. Caffeine can be helpful in improving wakefulness. However, people who drink caffeine regularly are less sensitive to its effects. To gain maximal effect from caffeine, a rider should stop ingesting caffeine for several days prior to the time when it’s to be ‘needed.’ Caffeine use can be strategically timed for maximum benefit. Caffeine is most effective in improving mental awareness in the 100-200 mg (4-8 ounces of coffee) range. It takes approximately 30 minutes to have a peak effect and the effects last 3-4 hours (although significant amounts of caffeine remain in the blood for many more hours). Remember: caffeine is also a diuretic! Avoid caffeine within 8 hours of sleep since it will make falling asleep more difficult, shorten the duration of sleep, and disrupt restful sleep. Drugs. Although the military has experimented with a variety of stimulant drugs, none has reduced the body’s fatigue debt or its need for rest. They may improve performance and wakefulness for very short periods but do not enhance long-term (days) performance and can significantly decrease performance after the first dose has worn off. there is no place in any sport for stimulant drugs, period.
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Although many of these factors cannot be totally avoided, their impact can be somewhat controlled. Severe time constraints can be minimized by properly planning one’s route. Don’t bite off more route than you and your bike can swallow. Leave a time and distance cushion toward the end of your route. Know your limits ahead of time and stick to them. Make a promise to yourself and others… write it down. Plan your ride, then ride your plan. Don’t try to extend the ride on the fly, when fatigued. Effective resting. There is no substitute for sleep in paying the fatigue debt. Once fatigued, functional ability must be refreshed by replenishing the brain’s nutrients and restoring its very delicate chemical balance. Fortunately, an hour-for-hour sleep payback isn’t required. But prolonged, solid sleep is necessary to bring the brain back to a pre-fatigue level of function. Repetitive sleep deprivation has a cumulative effect; the longer you wait to repay the debt, the more sleep will be necessary. Some sleep is better than no sleep but merely resting is no substitute for sleep. Performance tests have shown improved mental and physical function even after very short naps regardless of whether a person notices the difference. Research has shown that any amount of sleep over 5 minutes is helpful and will have a cumulative effect. The more naps taken, the better. Waking from a nap longer than 45 minutes but less than 2 hours can cause “sleep inertia”, a state of groggy disorientation which lasts 15-20 minutes. Thus, the most effective ‘nap’ is one which lasts at least 5 minutes but not longer than 45 minutes. Two hours of continuous sleep ensures a complete sleep cycle. Therefore, one should sleep for at least 2 hours if choosing to nap for more than 45 minutes. The body’s normal circadian sleep rhythms tend to favor sleep between 2 am and 8 am as well as between 2 pm and 5 pm. Therefore, timing naps to coincide with the internal circadian clock will allow you to fall asleep more quickly and will enhance the nap’s effectiveness. Whenever naps are taken, you should seek a comfortable location which will allow uninterrupted sleep with minimal external stimulation. There is perennial debate about whether to combine gas, meal, and rest stops. www.thunderroadswv.com
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you have a heart (and I’m fairly sure you do), the story of C.E.’s Helping Hands Motorcycle Club is going to touch it. It’s a poignant story, but out of that comes one of the most impressive stories of West Virginia bikers reaching out to help others. The organization also shows that helping doesn’t have to be a burden. In fact, it can be fun. Specifically, it can be a FunFest. While C.E’s sponsors a number of poker runs and rides throughout the year to raise money, FunFest is the granddaddy of their efforts. This year’s two day event in mid-June was the largest of the event’s three year run. Funfest is held at Thorn Spring Park near Franklin. Nestled by itself in a small, narrow valley between two mountains, this is a perfect place for bikers to hang out for a weekend. There are bunk-house style cabins for dozens of attendees, and plenty of camping space for the rest. Live music and bonfires keep the good times hot from mid-day until well after midnight. But FunFest is all about the bikes. The riding gets going Friday afternoon with a run over some of the most infectious motorcycle roads this great state has to offer. No poker hands, no dice, no formalities. This is just good people having a great time on their bikes. It’s a family event, so when the adults are out playing on the bikes, the remaining adults keep the kids busy with games and swimming in the creek. The group has an unusual name, taken from its founder, Cliff E. Rogers. Cliff has run an independent bike shop near Old Fields in Hardy County for many
years. For many of those years, his wife Doris worked alongside of him. “She was the best mechanic I ever knew,” says Cliff. “She would know what wrench I needed next, even before I did. I would go to reach for it, and she’d hand it to me. Then she’d go get the next part, and have it ready.” But the partnership would be ripped apart by cancer. When Doris fell ill, C.E. got together with some of his riding friends and secretly pulled together a poker run in her honor. “We worked on that thing for six months and she never knew what was going on,” says C.E.
“We had 189 motorcycles! That was the biggest run there’s ever been in this area.” Doris was so moved by the event that she told Cliff, “We’ve got to do something for other people.” They began planning for the first Funfest. Their group decided that its goal would be to use the money raised by the event to help people in need in a five county area. Then in February of 2008, four months before the first FunFest she was planning, cancer took Doris from Cliff’s side. FunFest went on as planned, and several local families were helped through the rough patches of
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life. The group has gotten larger and stronger since that beginning, and this year’s third annual FunFest was the largest yet. More than five dozen bikers joined in the Saturday poker run. The 120 mile trek over Judy Gap, past Seneca Rocks, through Jordan, down into Petersburg and back to Franklin went without a hitch. The basically warm, sunny day was punctuated by a couple of stray rain showers that did a fine job of cooling riders just enough to keep everyone happy and comfortable. The roads were in
great condition and traffic was light. It was all a biker could ask for. Afterwards, an auction of donated items helped raise more money for the families that will feel the touch of C.E.’s Helping Hands over the next year. Live music included a terrific show by a group from Winchester, VA called Push to Start. All of the funds raised at the group’s events go towards helping local people in need. Cliff says they have helped more than two dozen families in the past year. With this year’s FunFest setting new attendance records and raising well over $2,500, perhaps even more West Virginia families will feel the touch of C.E.’s Helping Hands in the year to come.
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“We Care” Run in Lewisburg
by Donna Jones
Bruce Dowdy and his staff at the Spare Time Grill work year round planning for this incredible day of biker fellowship and fun. Many bikes participated in this year’s event to raise funds for Debbie Loomis’s expenses in her battle with cancer. Deb was present for the event and appeared very touched by the outpouring of love by the local biker community. Every biker that arrived claimed to have hit some rain on the way over. Although it was not the kind of day for fair weather riders, the dismal weather in reality did not seem to deter the hard core bikers. The first stop was at the Nature Center before getting on the Scenic Highway and north on 219. This was about where the rain caught up with most of the riders, and people became familiar with their “despised” rain gear. It comes in handy in the rain but most bikers hate dealing with rain gear because it is a chore to put on and after the sun comes out you roast in it. The next destination was the beautiful Snowshoe Resort. The sun came out on top of this mountain and it was warm and beautiful again. The ride home was via route 66 to Cass Scenic Railroad then to 28, 39, and 92. Back at the Spare Time, the Half Bad Bluegrass band provided entertaining medleys to an energetic and excited crowd. After riding in that much rain, folks were glad to be in a relaxed atmosphere amongst their friends with great food and plenty to drink. Word began spreading that someone in Bruce’s group wrecked. One of the riders had an up close and personal encounter with a button buck. It actually jumped into his lap. Although an ambulance was required, we were all assured that he was going to be fine. That’s just one of the hazards of riding in the rain with limited visibility and delayed braking. After the band finished their gig, it was time to announce the winners of the poker run and the 50/50. Two thousand dollars was the prize money shared by 4 winners and the 50/50 was over 300 dollars. Most of the money was generously donated back for the cause. Bikers sure get a bad rap most of the time but these folks were more than generous and overwhelmingly caring. Bruce Dowdy would like to thank everyone that donated their time, energy, door prizes, ideas and mostly for the bikers who committed themselves to the cause in spite of the harsh conditions. We are already looking forward to next year!
2nd & 3rd
J Factor July 4 Freedom Ride
Free Scenic Ride Kickstands up at 1pm
Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project
God, Country & Our Warriors Charity Run
That evening – Music with Soul Intention
CJ Davis Band (Rock Classics) 24th Dissent from Within 31st Greg Downs (Acoustics)
AUGUST 7TH Fanasea
EVERY SUNDAY RIDE
Kick Stands up at 2:00 Weather Permitting
HOME COOKED MEALS - DAILY LUNCH SPECIALS FRIDAY NIGHT DJ WITH JUSTIN
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Another thing that brings happiness to Lew is painting. He’s always been a kind of a sketching fanatic. But one day a while back, he picked up a brush, dipped it in oil paints, and stroked it across a canvas. He now combines both passions, doing oil paintings of motorcycles. But Lew doesn’t get to stand in front of an easel and create his works like most artists do. “My back surgery went bad. It didn’t help me, it went worse. I made my own easel. I lay down in a recliner and have a high, bright light up behind me. I lay back and have a picture of the bike taped to the side, and I just go at it. I do a little bit at a time, as I can.” Lewis says most bike paintings take him 60-70 hours to complete. He has painted quite a few bikes already, selling some and swapping others for tattoos. “This is my last one, probably,” Lewis says of his Sportster as he sits side-saddle on her, talking with Thunder Roads West Virginia. He has owned numerous bikes before this one, but the health issues he’s facing are getting in the way. “I probably won’t be able to ride in five more years or so.” When that day comes, Lewis has his love of doing oil paintings of bikes to keep him going. “When I die, I would like to be able to say that I used every talent that God gave me.” Lewis Barney, Jr.’s oil paintings of motorcycles will attest to that for many, many years to come.
By all accounts, Lewis Barney, Jr. should not be riding his bike. A host of health issues has convinced his doctor that Lew’s best course of action would be to sell the Harley and spend his days pursuing inactivity. Obviously, the doctor is not a rider, and doesn’t understand the regenerative qualities of cruising down a beautiful West Virginia byway with the wind in your face. “I’m just pushing myself as hard as I can to get on the bike,” says Lewis. It’s a hard push, because the list of health problems this Charleston, WV resident is facing is hard to comprehend. “My whole spine is degenerated. My knees are shot. My neck is shot. Rotator cuff surgery, you name it.” Still, Lew is a rider. So he rides. “It brings me happiness. It’s just a great thing.”
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Summer Bike Nites are in full swing all around the Mountain State. Hanging around a parking lot or side street ogling another biker’s scooter is a long standing tradition. It’s a chance for riders to share some mid-week camaraderie, basking in a little “biker time” to break up the work week. Plans get made for weekend rides. Bikes get admired. Riders take good-natured jabs for their choice of machines. Throttles get blipped and pipes issue boisterous proclamations. Tires get squawked. Oh, yeah… hanging out at a Bike Nite beats the heck out of watching Wheel of Fortune.
This month, Thunder Roads West Virginia dropped in on a Wednesday Bike Nite at Petie’s Pub and Grill in Fairmont, and a Thursday gathering at Quaker Steak and Lube in Charleston.
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It will be a beautiful cer emony, as most weddings are. The outdo or setting at Hawk’s Nest State Park in south-central West Virginia is a pictur esque glen surrounded by tall trees. On the hillside at the front of the glen is a large stone and log shelter that wi ll serve as the backdrop for the cerem ony, as well as seating for the receptio n that will follow. The preacher who perfo rms the ceremony will stand at the top of the steps, with the bride and groom tw o steps below, and the maid of honor and best man another step lower. Af terwards, the newly-wedded couple wi ll sit in the center of the shelter, ne ar the enormous fireplace, as they break bread together for the first time as a ma rried couple. It is a truly romantic set ting.
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The audience now rises from their chairs to watch the bride as she makes her way to the groom’s side. As they turn towards the shelter with her advance, an observer at the back of the glen will notice one distinct oddity. Most of the people here, including the preacher, are wearing biker vests displaying their club colors.
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Standing in his assigned spot just outside the shelter, the groom smiles proudly…and maybe a bit nervously as well. He is dressed in a handsome tuxedo, peering at his soulmate-tobe from under the brim of a classy black Stetson. He is originally from Texas, so this proud attire is selfexplanatory.
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“We had to have a biker wedding,” groom Thomas Berry later explains, “because that’s all of our friends.” Those friends belong to the Dry Riders Motorcycle Club, a group that promotes a sober lifestyle along with motorcycling. Tom is currently the Vice-President of the Dunbar chapter. “Riding and recovery,” he says, “is so much a part of our lives.”
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Readings chosen by the couple and voiced by their friends, including club president Wing Nut, punctuate the ceremony.
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“I started riding with him when we met five years ago,” bride Mary says, reflecting on the road that brought them to this wonderful moment. “We were friends for a long time, and I would hop on the bike with him and we would go for runs with the club. We just ended up finally - after my pursuing him for a long, long time – went out on our first date and we’ve been together ever since.”
“For as much as “We ride together. I don’t have my own bike,” Thomas Mary says. She has thought about getting her Ean and own, but, “I love being on the bike with him. Mary Yeah, that’s where I’m happiest.” Elizabeth have consented together in Holy Wedlock, and have witnessed the same before God and this congre gation, and in so doing have given and pledg ed their vows to each other, and have declared the same by the giving and It was all so traditional. What set this wedding receiving of a ring, I pronou nce them man and wife.” apart from most others was that many of the guests wore colors and the parking lot was full of bikes.
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Seats & SADDLES
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The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant in Fairmont, WV
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“if you look out in the parking lot, there’s three of everything out there,” says casey Harmon of Madison. Wanting to ride something that no one else has is what inspired this Boone county resident to begin tossing parts off of his perfectly good Kawasaki ZRX 1200R. “i stripped all the plastic off of it. the only thing stock is the gas tank.” casey also tossed all of the frame components from the foot pegs back, and redesigned the rear end around a GsX-R 750 subframe and race tail (Does that make this bike a “Kawazuki?”).
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casey’s inspiration for customizing his bike came from the European “streetFighter” scene. sport bikes are stripped down and rebuilt with fairings that look like fighting masks from a sciencefiction action movie. Many other mechanical and cosmetic changes are also made, so that no two streetFighter bikes look the same. streetFighters rose to fame in England in the 1980’s, and the craze spread from there to Germany and then across all of Europe. the fairing on casey’s bike came from one of those European aftermarket suppliers, as did the radical swingarm. a streetFighter is a lot more than just bolting on some aftermarket parts. aficionados of the genre insist that these machines must be born, and to do so requires some hand-crafting on the part of the bike’s owner. “i made the exhaust,” says casey. “i got a little tube of carbon fiber and made the shorty. i drilled out the top risers and actually put handlebars on it…took the clip-ons off.” Brass knuckles are a common item found on many streetFighter bikes, and casey has a pair of them at work on this bike. “that’s the chain guard and the brake master cylinder guard,” he says. He cut the stock guards off and bolted the brass knuckles in their places. “i ride everywhere,” casey says when asked how he puts this streetFighter to use. “Bolt Mountain, across Gauley Mountain, just everywhere. look at the tire. there’s no chicken strips on it.” true enough. of course, after casey finished doing a burnout for the thunder Roads West Virginia cameras, there wasn’t much rubber left anywhere on that rear tire.
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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
the Excalibur club 334 Smithtown Morgantown, WV 26508 (304) 692-2200 the sapphire club 953 Blue Horizon Drive (Rt. 19) Morgantown, WV Just off I-79@ Exit 155 2 Lights Left @ Sheetz – 1.8 Miles on Left (304) 599-SEXY select Books & Videos 237 Walnut Street Morgantown, WV 26505 email@example.com Something for Everyone chicken lizards 7306 Husky Highway Mannington, WV 26582 (304) 986-1158 2 mi. North of Mannington on Rt. 250 cindy’s Bar & Grill Route 3 (End of Speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Across from K&T Truck Stop classic’s 3 Hot spot lounge Restaurant 1384 Greenbag Rd. Sabraton Morgantown WV 26505 (304) 292-8368 Affordable Place to Eat! Where Good Friends Meet! www.Classics3.com colt’s Restaurant and Pizza Park inc. 425 S. Main St. Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-2523 Dakota tavern Route 19 North of Fairmont (304) 288-4893 Friendly Atmosphere and Good Food Est. 1964 the Dawg House Bar & Grill Pool, Darts & Music Entertainment 1387 Fairmont Road Morgantown, WV 26501 1 mile past Morgantown Mall on 19 South Desperado’s Bar & Grill 35 Potomac Street Ridgeley, WV 26753 Food – Games – Cold Beer (304) 738-0010 Dirty Dawg saloon 1017 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 596-6200 www.dirtydawgwv.com Donna Jean’s Family Restaurant 23480 George Washington Hwy. Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-3260 Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Mon-Fri 5:30 - 7 Sat & Sun 7:00 - 7 Doodles Place Rt. 50 Augusta, WV (304) 496-9481 Fireside cafe 927 North Main St. Franklin, WV 26807 (304) 358-3733 www.fireside-cafe.com Flying W Farms U.S. Route 50 Burlington, WV 26710 (304) 289-3005 Sun-Thurs 10am-7pm Fri & Sat 10am–9pm Four corners club 72 Pedal Car Drive Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-3443 www.the4cornersclub.com Fox’s Pizza Den 646 North Main Street Franklin, WV 26807 (304) 358-2118 Pizza – Salads – Subs – Chicken Harper’s old country store & Front Porch Restaurant View Seneca Rocks from the Deck Casual Dining - Store built in 1902 (304) 567-2555 Hide away tavern Rt. 50 Burlington, WV Near WVDOH District 5 Shed (304) 289-5396 iffie’s sports Bar & Grill 7113 Winchester Ave Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-2999 iron Horse Bar & Grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7533 longshots Billiards 76 Wolfcraft Way Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-1975 www.longshotsbilliards.com lost River Grill, Motel and B&B 8079 SR 259 Lost River, WV (304) 897-6482 www.lostrivergrill.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accomodations Biker Friendly Full Service Bar Melanie’s Family Restaurant 25164 George Washington Hwy. Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-3219 Good Food, Friendly Smiles, Low Prices the Millstone Barbeque Restaurant Rt. 50 West Burlington, WV Great Pork-Ribs-Steak & Shrimp and Cold Beer (304) 289-3693 Mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 368-9223 Mountaineer all star cafe U.S. Rt. 220 South / 2 mi. from Keyser A Family Restaurant with a Sports Atmosphere (304) 788-6433 Nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 www.nanandpopsplace.com the office Pub 17 Virginia Avenue, Petersburg Open 10am Tuesday – Saturday (304) 257-1877 Pap’s Pub RT.3 Box 501 Fairmont, WV Located beside Mom’s Place (304) 368- 9277 Sun-Thur till Midnight Friday &Saturday 7 - 3am - Stop in and See us! Petie’s Pub & Grill 304 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0698 Wednesday Bike Night Poor Dave’s Restaurant and lounge Rt. 55 – American Legion Petersburg, WV 26847 (304) 257-4322 PoorDavesRestaurantandLounge@hotmail.com
Burke, schultz, Harman & Jenkinson Attorneys at Law 84 Aikens Center Martinsburg, WV 25402 (304) 263-0900 www.burkeandschultz.com colombo & stuhr, attorneys at law 1054 Maple Drive Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 599-4229 www.colombostuhr.com
Weatherholtz Bonding 306 West Stephen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 firstname.lastname@example.org
BARS & RESTAURANTS
3rd Base sports Bar & Grille 22 Virginia Avenue; US Rt. 220 Petersburg, WV 26847 Up from the stop light (304) 257-2273 Email: email@example.com Bee Hive tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin Ink Tattoo Benny’s Pub 61 Eastern Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21740 (301) 791-5915 www.bennyspub.com the Brickhouse Bar & Grill 214 Mid Atlantic Parkway Martinsburg, WV 25404 (304) 264-2304 www.thebrickhousesportsbar.com Bucket Heads Pub 81 N. Dents Run Road Granville, WV 26534 (304) 284-0661 firstname.lastname@example.org Award Winning Wings and Drink Specials chesapeake crab company 1014 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-0077 www.chesapeakecrabco.biz
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BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
Red Horse tavern Ride high at the Red Horse Route 50, Aurora Just East of Cathedral State Park (304) 735-3175 www.redhorsetavern.com Road Hogs saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588 the Rock sports Bar Located on Rt. 11 North of Martinsburg 2573 Williamsport Pike Martinsburg, WV (304) 263-5558 Rock Forge inn/Haught Diggity Dogz Serving WV’s #1 Rated Chili Dog Off I-68 at Sabraton Exit #4 Turn left .2 mile – Red Roof on right Rt. 7 East (304) 291-DOGZ (3649) santana’s Pub 2430 Smithtown Rd (Rt. 73, near Goshen Rd) Morgantown WV (304) 421-5762 Happy Hour M-F 3-7pm ~ Bike night every Tues. Mountain Fest outdoor cooking ~ We love bikers! the shady spring 5221 Ritter Dr. Shady Spring, WV 25918 (304) 763-2839 Cold Beer, Full Service Bar, Biker Specials Bikers Always Welcome – Let’s Ride! smiley’s Hotdogs 606 Philippi Pike (East View) Clarksburg, WV (304) 622-0004 Eat In – Take Out – Drive thru Our Dogs Are Simply The Best! spokes N spurs Bar and Grille 913 Ritter Dr. Beaver, WV 25813 (304) 860-1912 Email: email@example.com star Mercantile, llc 80 W. Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-FOOD (3663) firstname.lastname@example.org steve’s Broken spoke Bar & Grill 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 www.oldroute55.com stray cat café Rt. 50 E. Hampshire Square in Romney (304) 822-TACO Closed Sunday Good Food – Good Music – Good Times Email: email@example.com stray cat Wing shack Bike Parking – Outside Dining - Horseshoes “Nacho Ordinary Mex Restaurant” Open 7 Days a Week at Noon Time Keyser, WV (304) 788-0760 thirsty Bear tavern 14 East Main Street Rowlesburg, WV 26425 (304) 454-2444 Biker Owned uncle Joe’s Wood Pile Rt. 1, Box 400 Ridgeley, WV 26753 (304) 726-8505 White Front tavern Pool & Darts Happy Hour Monday & Tuesday (304) 265-2280 Rt. 50 West of Grafton, WV the Wild side 110 Merchant St. Fairmont, WV. 26554 (304) 367-WILD (9453) www.facebook.com/wildside.wv Wings ole’ specialty Restaurants A WEST VIRGINIA TRADITION 1125 University Ave. - Morgantown 725 Chestnut Ridge Rd. - Morgantown 1486 Locust Ave. – Fairmont www.wingsole.com Winston’s Bar and Grill 2204-A Pleasant Valley Road Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-5046 Come for our Tuesday Bike Nites!
art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 www.artbyweeze.com K & l Enterprise Custom Paint and Fabrication 417 Forgotten Road Martinsburg, WV 25403 304-267-2450 smack, Jack and Wack upholstery Custom Motorcycle Seat Specialists Seat Softening and Gel Pad Inserts “Set Your Crack On Smack, Jack and Wack!” Morgantown, WV (304) 328-5707 Wiskybilt It’s all about the ride. Custom crafted parts made in WV (304) 329-1214 www.wiskybilt.com
CUSTOM DESIGN & FABRICATION
BIKER ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS
anthony’s specialty Biker Apparel – Leather – H-D Boots Patches & More 112 Davis Avenue - Glen Lyn, VA 24093 (540) 726-3080 cool Ridge 329 High St. Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 296-5757 Mon - Sat 11 to 7 / Sun 12 to 5 “Take It Easy” DFM special tee House “the Biker shack” Helmets – Shirts – Chaps - Jewelry 162 Nancy Jack Road Gerrardstown, WV 25420 (304) 229-7609 firstname.lastname@example.org East View Variety shop We have everything from A – Z, Old and New 715 Philippi Pike- East View Community Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 622-6710 Evel speed Custom Machine & Motor Sick’l Shop 7323 Winchester Avenue Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.evelspeed.net HiaWatHa’s Boots – Hats – Jewelry – Gifts – Aigner Leather Moccasins – Beaded Jackets – WV Shirts Jct. Rt. 250 S. & 33 E. Elkins, WV 26241 (304) 636-4836 “JUST LOOK FOR THE INDIAN PRINCESS” Johnny’s shiny Hogs Motorcycle Detail & Accessories Shop 532 W. Main St. Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 841-1437
DEALERS & SERVICE
amsoil store Wholesale and Retail Mount Clare, WV (304) 745-5522 or Cell (304) 709-1038 “Best Prices in Town” www.lubedealer.com/frankmanojr Busted Knuckles custom cycles 47 Post Office Lane Bunker Hill, WV 25413 (304) 229-9360 www.bustedknucklescycles.com Evel speed Custom Machine & Motor Sick’l Shop 7323 Winchester Avenue Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-0987 www.evelspeed.net Full House cycles 100 Full House Drive Winchester, VA 22603 (540) 667-0088 www.fullhousecycles.com Jt cycle & Hoodlum Motorcycle Garage Aftermarket & Custom Parts & Accessories 486 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 255-2468 www.jtcycleparts.com leesons import Motors inc. 320 W Main St. Bridgeport, WV 26330 (304) 842-5469 (800) 760-4840 www.leesonsmotors.com the little shop of Harleys Service & Accessories – HD Certified Mechanic 44 Bay Berry Lane Berkeley Springs, WV 25411 (304) 258-3909 M&J Motor company Lehman Trike Conversions 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-6200 www.mjtrikes.com
Fairmont Graphics 408 Morgantown Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 367-1379 email@example.com
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Morgantown Honda Yamaha suzuki KtM 526 Mileground Road Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-9055 www.morgantownhonda.com o.B.’s Motorsports 1019 7th Street Parkersburg, WV 26101 (304) 420-0910 www.obsmotorsports.com Motorcycles Shipped FREE Power House cycle 2748 Winchester Ave. Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 316-8660 R.G. Honda-Yamaha & Polaris 1619 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort, WV 26301 (304) 624-5420 (800) 734-3694 The Fun Starts Here! Ruff Road cycle l.l.c. Authorized Drag Specialty Dealer Tires & Service – Fast Turn Around 2050 Burke Rd. Masontown, WV 26542 (304) 980-2005 shenandoah Harley-Davidson 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com skip’s Honda 580 South Mineral Street Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-1615 smitty’s suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha Rt. 33 E. Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-4824 www.supersmittys.com the twisted spoke Custom Builds, Motorcycle & ATV Repair 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 326-HOGG (4644) www.thetwistedspoke.com
LODGING & CAMPING
Mount Herman campground Hiking, 4 Wheelers & Social Events Welcome 6-miles West of Hundred, WV on RT. 7 HC 61, Box 60A Wileyville, WV 26581 Contact Roger Spragg (304) 775-2252 smoke Hole Resort Open All Year Round HC 59, Box 39 Seneca Rocks, WV 26884 (800) 828-8478 www.smokehole.com south Branch inn – Romney & Moorefield 1500 U.S. 220 N. Moorefield, WV 26836 Route 50 Romney, WV 26757 800-856-9167 Moorefield 866-492-3122 Romney www.southbranchinn.com / Open 24 hours
Bob’s tire service inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 www.bobstireservice.net Hot Rods Roll Back and towing Specializing in Motorcycle Towing 274 Bedington Road Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5586 Visa & MC Accepted Rainbow tire 10422 Veterans Memorial Highway Masontown, WV 26542 304-854-3999 “Come See Us For Your Vehicle Rim And Tire Needs.”
MASSAGE AND PHYSICAL THERAPY
a therapeutic touch of Fairmont 210 East Park Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8711 EVERYBODY NEEDS A MASSAGE
Meridian Websites 55 Meridian Parkway, Suite 101 Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 263-1000 www.meridianwebsites.com
B & B appliance Repair Most Brands Serviced - 25 Years Experience (443) 605-6367 – Bill / Frederick County MD (443) 605-6368 – Brian / Jefferson County WV JD’s Painting Interior and Exterior Residential Painting 10+ Years servicing Marion, Mon & Harrison Co’s Contact: Jeff Davis (304) 657-0087 firstname.lastname@example.org
cycleMart - Your Motorcycle Parts store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins Street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119 www.cyclemart.net
Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com
Clubs & Organizations
Baca - Bikers against child abuse (inwood, WV) A non-profit organization that exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. Hot Line (304) 839-7809 bacaworld.org Email: email@example.com calvary Riders Motorcycle Ministry Fishers of Men of Morgan County For more information email Larry at CRMMFishersofMen@live.com c.E.’s Helping Hands (old Fields, WV) a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at www.cehelpinghands.com. GWRRa WV-a (Martinsburg, WV) (Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc.) ‘Mountaineer Wings’ Meets the 1st Sunday of the month - 8am at Ryan’s Restaurant, Martinsburg, WV Chapter Directors: JJ & Becky Jones JJ: (301) 667-4040 firstname.lastname@example.org Becky: (301) 667-0121 Rpepgirl@aol.com Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry (south charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: email@example.com
Doug’s sport shop New and Used Guns, Sporting Apparel, Aigner Products and Reloading Supplies 220 North Main Street; 743B Hawse Plaza Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-6496 sportsman’s Emporium 821 Greenbag Rd. Morgantown, WV 26508 304-225-BOWS (2697) “A Great Place To Get Shafted”
Edward Jones Yvonne Williams, Financial Advisor 210 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV (304) 538-2811 Yvonne.Williams@edwardjones.com
Jim Mccartney state Farm agt. 400 Morgantown St. Kingwood, WV 26537 (304) 329-2420 Auto, Fire, Life, Health, Motorcycle Insurance Mathias & associates insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV Insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 firstname.lastname@example.org Nationwide insurance Cynthia A. Hinkle Agency 125 S. Main Street Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6225 email@example.com Call Cindy for a quote today!
thinkin ink Fairmont, WV 304-366-1279 Clarksburg WV 304 622-7272 Summersville, WV 304-872-1872 Morgantown, WV 304-292-7401
Big ‘Ens Muffler & auto Repair shop 290 Main St Hinton, WV 25951 (304) 466-5768 Custom exhaust, tune-ups, oil changes, transmission and brake service. Yes, we service motorcycles too. Brady’s Exxon I-79 –132 & Exit 139 Fairmont, WV 26554 ***Open 24 Hours*** Stop by and see us.
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life changing Experience
By Jim “Jammer” Marcum
As the riding season progresses, so does my frequency of hospital visitations for those who have gone down on their bikes. For many of them, it has been a life changing experience. I speak from experience, for I too crashed in 2008. It makes us realize just how weak our mortal bodies are when they come into contact with pavement, but at the same time it strengthens our faith in the Lord for complete healing and restoration. I’ve heard the statement, “I must have done something wrong in my life that God let me crash“, but we should never blame God. The truth is, bad things happen to good people every day and we may not know why, but in Isaiah 55:8 Jesus said, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” It’s during these times that we have to reach deep down inside and trust in the Lord for physical, spiritual and emotional healing. In Exodus 15:26 Jesus said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.” The sad thing is, we tend to wait until a tragedy occurs before we reach out for God’s help. We sometimes use Him as a first aid kit. We seldom use it and then frantically search for it in an emergency. Jesus wants us to serve Him in the good times and the bad. He doesn’t want to be your first aid kit. He wants to be your daily multi-vitamin and spiritual health supplement. Psalms 34:8 tells us, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him.” Don‘t leave Jesus on a shelf until you need Him. Accept Him into your heart now and let Him take control of your life. If you do, He has promised you a life changing experience!
Jim “Jammer” Marcum resides in Charleston and has been involved in motorcycle ministry for nearly 15 years and serves as Clergy within Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry.
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508 Race Street Fairmont, WV 26554
425 Beechurst Ave Morgantown, WV 26505
196 A Buckhannon Pike Clarksburg, WV 26301
400 Hamilton Street Summersville, WV 26651
Bike Wash, 50-50 Drawings and Raffles. Live Music, Food and Vendors. No Alcohol. This event is open to everyone – non-riders, families, friends and kids For more information go to www.usmvwv2.org Rain date: August 7th, 2010
July 3 – Martinsburg, WV steve Waugh 1st Memorial Poker Run Starting at Hillbilly Heaven (formerly Roseanna’s) Sign up: 10:00 am Pull out: 11:00 am $5.00 Charity for Steve, $5.00 Poker Hand Final Stop: Tom Davis’ 4th of July Bash (Featuring 3 Live Bands, Food, Fun and Fireworks) For more information please call: Tammy: Cell – (304) 671-3181 or Home – (717) 294-6655 - Road Toad: (304) 268-9301 or Tom Davis: (304) 258-4113 Vehicles Welcome - 4th of July Bash Donation: Men ($20.00) Women ($10.00) If you arrive on bike $5.00 discount July 3 – Rivesville, WV Randy’s Run Sponsored by Road Hogs Saloon this run is to benefit Randy who is battling A.V.M. (Arterial Vein Mass). Sign-up at 9:00am – 11:00am. Party following at Road Hogs with great food and drinks and live entertainment. Door prizes and Raffle. For more information call (304) 816-6901 July 15 – 18 – Snowshoe, WV Freedom Fest Motorcycle touring Rally The event will include guided tours, a bike show, biker games, music, contests and more. Rally registration fee and concert ticket prices to be announced. Visit our web site at www.snowshoefreedomfest.com or call (877) 4414386. July 18 – Hagerstown, MD 1st annual BBQ chicken Feed & Bike show Sponsored by the Shriners and Benny’s Pub all proceeds from this event to benefit Shriners Children’s Hospital. Rain or Shine 11am – 5pm Bike Entry $10 Live Music by 40 Proof, Dimestore Profit & Josh Morningstar. For more information please contact: Benny’s Pub 49 Eastern Blvd. Hagerstown, MD (301) 791-5915 July 22 - 25 – Morgantown, WV MountainFest Motorcycle Rally MountainFest has quickly earned a reputation as one of motorcycling’s top events. Your host for MountainFest is Morgantown, West Virginia. Conveniently located at the intersection of two major interstate highways, and surrounded on all sides by roads meant for motorcycles. 500 Mylan Park Lane, Morgantown, WV. For more information visit www.wvmountainfest.com. July 23 – Morgantown, WV aBatE Mountaineer chapter Poker Run Registration from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the welcome tent on Chaplin Road, leading into Mountainfest. Last bike in at 6:00 pm for food and fun at Bucket Heads Pub, 81 N. Dents Road, Granville, WV 26534 (304) 798-3310 July 31 – Martinsburg, WV usMVWV2 annual Poker Run Starting at Superjuiced & Cycles by Breeze 54 GM Access Road in Martinsburg. Registration 9am to 11am Entry Fee: $5.00 First bike departs at 11:00 Cash Prizes to Best and Worst Hands, Bike Show, Bikini
August 7 – Elkins, WV FoP/law Enforcement 6th annual Memorial Poker Run Registration begins at 10:00 at the Fraternal Order of Police Seneca Trail Lodge #104 in Elkins, WV. Last bike out at noon. All cards are to be back at 4:00 pm. $10.00 to play. First 50 pre-registration will receive a free T-Shirt. Bike show after ride, entertainment and lots of food. For more information please call: Bill at (304) 636-0678 or Terri at (304) 637-0353. August 7 – Farmington, WV Farmington Poker Run Farmington WV 8th annual Poker Run Saturday August 7th 2010. Register from 9:00 am till noon at the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. The last bike out by noon from Sam’s Place in Farmington. The last bike in by 5 p.m. $15.00 single $20.00 couple. There will be a $10.00 donation for non-participants of Poker Run. Children under 12 free. Poker run benefits 50/50 split: Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) & Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. For information call Donna or Linda at (304) 825-6442 9 am till 4 p.m. eastern time August 7 – Green Bank, WV 2nd annual trooper Wayne Bland Memorial Ride Enjoy a scenic ride through some of the most beautiful scenery in Pocahontas County while paying tribute to Trooper Douglas Wayne Bland who died in the line of duty in Pocahontas County in 1999. All proceeds from this ride will benefit the Trooper Bland Scholarship Fund. $20.00 per bike includes passenger. Bikes out at 11:00 Food, Door Prizes, Friendship Henry’s Store Route 28 Green Bank, WV Contact 304-456-4660 or email trooperblandride@frontier. com http://www.kcaworld.com/Trooper_Bland_Mem.html August 7 – Keyser, WV Black & Gold Poker Run This poker run is to benefit the Keyser Football Team. Starting at the Stray Cat Wing Shack 2 North Mineral Street in Keyser. Registration at 11:30 Kick stands up at 1:00. $10.00 includes meal and music with AOK. For more information call (304) 788-0760 August 7 – Martinsburg, WV usMVWV2 annual Poker Run For more information go to www.usmvwv2.org Rain date: August 7th, 2010 August 11 - 15 – Little Orleans, Western MD 7th annual East coast sturgis You are invited to be part of a new tradition. 2 Stages, 10 Bands, Special Local Biker Attractions, Motorcycle Stunt
Shows, Rolling Mountains Poker Run. Scenic motorcycle rides. Camping. Bike Show. Vendors. Wednesday 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 at www.eastcoaststurgis.com No Colors - No ATVs – No Kids – No Dogs Good Food Cold Beer - Great Times. August 14 – Summersville, WV the Freedom Rally Organized by volunteers in Summersville, WV to honor those that lay down their lives every day in order to protect and serve the citizens of America and, specifically West Virginia. Freedom Rally 2010 will be the 10th year for this event which is highlighted by the motorcycle rally. For more information visit www.summersvillefreedomrally. com. August 14 – Terra Alta 4th annual Megan’s angels Poker Run Sign Up at the Terra Alta VFW from 11 am – 1 pm $10 Per Player Hog Roast sponsored by Smokin’ BBQ immediately following the Poker Run 5 – 8 pm with Free Entertainment at the VFW. Dance at the VFW 9 pm – 1 am. Music by Brother Short. $6 Per Person - $10 Per Couple August 27 - 29 – Davis, WV timberline Motorcycle Rally This rally is held in the Beautiful Mountains of West Virginia at Timberline Four Seasons Resort. All bikes are welcome. For more up to date information please contact: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. timberlinemotorcyclerally.com August 28 – Inwood, WV Evel speed open House The House of Evel is having their 3rd Annual Open House August 28th at 1:00 til ? Music by J Factor, Bike Games and Vendors. Camping available. For more information contact (304) 229-0987 Email: email@example.com www.evelspeed.net
September 1 - 4 – Charleston, WV West Virginia state HoG Rally There will be Entertainment, Activities, Vendors and more for everyone to enjoy. Registration will end on July 14th. More information will be provided as the event approaches. For more information about this event visit www.wvstatehogrally.com. September 16 - 18 – Moundsville, WV Back to Back iBa saddle-sore World Record attempt Hoagy’s Heroes, Inc. will be yet again trying to beat the World Record of the most riders to finish an IBA Back to Back SaddleSore, this is 2,000+ Miles in 48 hours or less. Carmichael’s Irish Pub (aka Hoagy’s Garage 508 5th Street, Moundsville, WV 26041 For more information about this ride go to www. hoagysheros.org.
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Any conversation about great biker bands in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia always comes around to J.Factor. The band is so popular that they are almost on the menu at biker bars like Nan and Pop’s Place in Martinsburg. That’s why the motorcycle community was shocked one day a few months ago to find out that the band’s drummer, JR Everhart, was hospitalized with a blood clot in his brain. But you can’t keep a good man down, and JR was up and about within a few days. But along with continuing treatment comes a continuing tab. To help offset the medical bills, Nan and Pop’s Place organized a fund-raising weekend for JR. Crossbones played at the Friday night kick-off, and about 70 bikes rolled out of the parking lot on Saturday on a run for JR. In all, about $2-thousand was raised over the weekend. “I’ve spent the last 2 days trying to come up with the right words to thank everyone for the huge turn out,” JR posted on his Facebook page. “All I can come up with is a heartfelt thank you to all that organized and donated their time to help me in my time of need. And of course all of you that showed up and gave from your hearts.” www.thunderroadswv.com
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