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Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................9 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
Hi folks! It’s been such an incredible summer so far… wow! We hope that you’re all enjoying yourselves out there with all the fantastic rides & events that have been going on. There is so much more to come throughout the months ahead so be sure to keep your eyes on our calendar of events here in the print magazine & our online calendar at our site too. Our website is updated almost daily. There you’ll find the latest & most up to date information on what’s happening throughout the state of Virginia & surrounding areas. We’d like to remind you all to please dress safely when you’re setting out on the open roads. I know, it’s extremely hot out there with the sun blazing down on you & there are days that you feel as though you’re in a sauna. Being exposed to the elements as we are when we ride, needs to be taken more seriously than a lot of riders do. Nearly everyday, I see bikers, girls & guys alike, wearing shorts, tank tops, tennis shoes, flips or sandals. Folks – that is so dangerous! I know you’re lookin pretty “hot” in your cool little summer outfits but come on…is that really going to give you any protection if you happen to go down or have a mishap? Absolutely not! Give yourself at least a little added safety out there by wearing boots, long pants (preferably jeans), a vest & some “shorty” gloves…. this goes for drivers & passengers. Save the sun tanning for the beaches & your backyards. You can always take things off once you get to where you’re going so take a small backpack with a change of clothes, your sandals & flips flops. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. Summertime can be a lot of fun on a bike but you need to keep yourself safe. As we all know, many drivers still are not sharing the road with us like they should & it only takes a second for something to happen in the midst of their carelessness. Dress safe, stay alert & sober, have fun & enjoy your ride. We hope that you make the most of these wonderful days of summer in July, especially on the 4th as we celebrate our independence for our nations birthday. We appreciate you sending in those “Hot Shots” & thanks for all the emails that drop us a line to say hello…please keep em coming! Peace, love & happiness to all the friends we know & for all the ones that we have yet to meet. Stay cool & ride safe…we’ll see you around next month! God Bless America!!!
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July 17th Moose Rider District 2 Poker Run in conjunction with Outlaw Lawnmower Assoc Hampton/Williamsburg, VA Poker Run to raise money for Callie’s future and education. She lost her father at 6 weeks old and is being raised by her grandfather. Registration 11:30 at Nascar, Power Plant Road, Hampton, VA. Last bike out at 1pm. Last bike in at 4pm at the Outlaw Lawnmower races, Croaker Road, Williamsburg, VA. $10 per hand, as many as you want. Contact: Kirby 757-753-1012 or firstname.lastname@example.org July 17th Child Help Benefit Poker Run Come out and join the motorcycle community for this great event to benefit the children of the ACTV Childhelp. The 85 mile ride will take you through three counties of Virginia’s beautiful Peidmont area. The lunch stop will be at Yoder’s Country Market(not included in the cost of the hand). One hand $15.00 & each additional hand is $5.00 per person (no limit to the number of hands that can be purchased). Cash prizes for best and worst hand. Start & finish will be at Village Motorsports, 23436 Constitution HWY, Unionville, VA 22567. Registration is from 9am till 11am. First bike out 10am/last bike out 11am. For more information: ACTV Childhelp 540-399-5076 or email@example.com. Village Motorsports 540-854-8800 or www.villagemotorsportsva.co 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 July 24th Full House Cycles 10th Annual Open House Winchester, VA Full House Cycles in Winchester, Virginia is having their 10th Annual Open House July 24th from 9-4, with a rain date of July 25th. Come and enjoy the live music, Big Dog Motorcycles show truck, bike show, vendors, raffles, door prizes, and more! Visit http://www. fullhousecycles.com for more information, or call (540)667-0088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. July 24th 3rd Annual Allstate Bike Bash Richmond, VA 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 804-721-7727 for more info July 25th Gillian Memorial Poker Run Chesapeake, VA. TAMA Sponsored event. Fund Raiser for Leukemia victim’s wife and 3 children to help pay medical and funeral expenses. Registration 9:00-11:00 at Joker’s Bar & Grill, 2917 South Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA. July 31st Memorial Benefit for the family of Rob Anderson Chesapeake, VA TAMA Sponsored event. Memorial Fund Raiser for victim’s family to help pay medical and funeral expenses. Benefit held at Joker’s Bar & Grill, 2917 Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA. Admission $10.00 per person. Food, Door Prizes, Auction, Raffles and Music. July 31st Rustburg VFD Poker Run Last bike out 10:00. $15.00 hand. Food served at noon, all you can eat BBQ dinner $15. Hot dog plates $5. Band Rare Form begins at 1:00. Door prizes, 50/50, t-shirts. Rain Date Aug 7. For information call Tony at 434-841-6472. Family friendly event, no alcohol. July 31st Aiden’s Ride For Life Virginia Beach, VA There is a ride on July 31, 2010 in Virginia Beach VA, for an infant born with multiple congenital birth defects. His major defects are with his little heart and he is going to have many heart surgeries. Starting at Footers Sports Bar at 9am and ending at Knuckleheads Roadhouse both in Virginia Beach. For information please email: AidensFund@cox.net or leave a message at 757-961-0346. Hope you can ride to help out this little boy. Thank you, Red.
July 2nd – 4th Jimmy Buffet Deck Party Grandy, NC Join us here at Barry’s Walnut Island for our Jimmy Buffet Deck Party. Plenty of fun all weekend long: Fri. Jul 2nd: Parrothead Costume Contest; Sat. Jul 3rd: Tacky Tourist Costume Contest; Sun. Jul 4th: Lost Shaker of Salt Scavenger Hunt & more! 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC (252)453-2261, www.walnutisland.com July 4th Swap Meet Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor setup fee ! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Next July 4th all day. Lazy Horse Bar & Grill, 565 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 July 4th Independence Day – Happy Birthday America! July 9th, 10th & 11th Boneshakers Saloon’s Red, White & Blue Grand Opening Party Weekend - Virginia Beach, VA Come out & Party with us as we celebrate our Grand Opening with great Music, Delicious Food, Pig Pickin & Oyster Roast, Specials & Fun all weekend long. PHONE: 757961-2812. FOR MORE INFO E-MAIL AMANDA; amanda_parlays@ yahoo.com 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 July 16th & 17th Thunder on the Mountain Hillsville, VA July 16-17 at Lake Ridge RV Resort just outside Hillsville, VA-Exit 89A off I-81 or Exit 14 off I-77. Admission-$10 per day or $15 for the weekend. All profits go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Events include: Friday--Cottonmouth Xpress performing live 6-10 pm; Saturday-Bike Show, Motorcycle Rodeo, Poker Run, and Shot Tower performing live 6-10 pm. Presented by Virginia Bikers Association. For more information, call (540)320-0558 or visit http://www.vabikers.org. July 17th Poker Run Culpepper, VA ABATE of VA, Culpeper Chapter Poker Run. Sign up 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Cycle Center, 13388 Lovers Lane, Culpeper, VA. Approx 100 mile scenic ride $15.00 per hand Cash prizes! Food available at ride end, Amissville, VA. Contact Sharon 540-937-3924 for more info. 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 434293-4846 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
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July 31st Family Fun Day Ocean City, MD A day of fun, games, displays for all ages at HarleyDavidson of Ocean City. Proceeds to the Spuck & Lib Bennett Scholarship Fund, for students entering the field of education. Multiply games for kids, duck dash, police and fire displays, bicycle rodeo and safety check. Free to attend. www.hdoceancity.com or 410-629-1599. Time: 10:00am-2:00pm Jul 31st Veterans Choice Bike Show Hughesville, MD Annual Rolling Thunder Veterans Choice bike show. All American Harley-Davidson Dealer 10am, 8126 Leonardtown Road,(Rt 5) South Hughesville MD 20637. Bike show, $10 per bike, first, second, third place, tattoo contest $10. per tattoo, first,second,third, color and non color, registration at noon, judging starts at 1pm. Poker run $10 per hand, Registration starts at Renegades Classics at 10 am to 11am, 131 Central Square Drive, Prince Fredrick, MD 20678, last bike in at 230 pm. Aug 1st Swap Meet Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor setup fee ! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Lazy Horse Bar & Grill, 565 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 Aug 1st Benefit for Chesapeake Special Olympics “Be a Buddy and Ride” Chesapeake VA and Virginia Beach, Va. Our ride is starting at Lazy Horse Saloon on Cedar Road at 8:30 am. We will be having a swap meet as well as demonstrations from Tuff Girls. Moving on to Clutch on General Booth Blvd, at 11:30am, for brunch and a corn hole tournament. Then on to the main event at Knuckleheads,at 1:30pm, featuring music by the Deloreans, Bike wash by the Dominion Derby Girls and an awsome auction with items provided by our sponsors; Panera Bread, FTW Cycles, Precision Motorcycles, and Southside Harley Davidson. You can get more info by going to: http://www.wix.com/ motoride/motoride1 And you can find us on facebook at:Chesapeake Special Olympics Be A Buddy and Ride. For more information contact: Sissy Mcgrath 757-692-9212 Sissy@neobeach.com, Rose Yahner 757647-6024 email@example.com 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 9th – 15th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.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
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 20th & 21st Eastern Shore of Va Motorcyle Rally Parksley VA Parksley,VA August 20th and 21st. Enjoy a scenic ride over to VA’s Eastern Shore for the 11th annual rally sponsored by Parksley Vol. Fire Co. Gate opens 4pm Friday 8/20. Bike show and games on Saturday 8/21. Live music Friday night. 2 live bands Saturday night. Bike Events, Kid Events, Vendors, Bike Show, Food and Drinks, $10 Bottomless Beer Mug, Burnout Pit. On site camping with showers & local motels available. Call 757-665-6977 for more info. www.parksleyvfc.org. Email email@example.com Interested vendors call 757-709-4655 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-theart 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. Aug 28th Ride for the Pirate Yorktown, VA Ahoy Mates! Ride to remember a fallen hero, Lt. Cmdr. Joe “Cuervo” Rodriguez, who began his Coast Guard career as a rescue swimmer, helped the DEA fight the war on drugs and led USCG law enforcement teams. He founded and led the first anti-terrorism team in the USCG. Joe served as the State Charter VP for the US Military Vets Motorcycle Club in Virginia. Riders will leave from Hampton Roads Harley Davidson on Saturday, August 28th at 11am. Route will travel up 17 to Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse at Fairview Beach for carousing, plundering, grub and grog in Joe’s honor. 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes. All proceeds will go to the educational trust funds for his sons Joey (7) and David (3). $10 per bike, $5 per bucko on back. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 286-3377 for info. Sept 1st – 6th 10th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show Grandy, NC Fall North Carolina Bike Week! Free Admission * Bike Show * $5000 Poker Run * Tattoo Contest * Vendors * Bands * Vendor Space is available! To benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Barry’s Walnut Island, 169 Walnut Island Blvd, Grandy, NC. (252)453-2261. outerbanksbikeshow.com, northcarolinabikeweek.com, walnutisland.com
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Sept 4th Swap Meet Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor setup fee ! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Lazy Horse Bar & Grill, 565 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 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 12th VFW 392 Run For Vets Virginia Beach, VA 2nd Annual George Myers Poker Run for the Vets, Sponsored by General MacArthur VFW Post 392, 2408 Bowland Pkwy, Virginia Beach. Registration Starts at 0900 first bike out at 1000. Buffet Breakfast will be available at a cost TBD. $10.00 For Rider $5.00 for passenger. Sept 16th – 19th Delmarva Bike Week(R) Ocean City, MD Four days of the total biker experience Sept. 16-19 ONLY at official locations like Harley-Davidson of Ocean City, Harley-Davidson of Seaford, Seacrets Nite Club in Ocean City, Winter Place Park in Salisbury and Shorebirds Stadium in Salisbury. Major corporations giving demo rides, major bike builders on display, smaller bike builders, more than 200 total vendors. Free signup for a FREE CTM Customs bike giveaway. Cruzin The Coast pin run. Games. Music. Open to all bikers. ww.delmarvabikeweek.com 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 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 19th Biker Sunday 5th Annual Blessing of the Bikes, Free Food, Fellowship & Fun. Free Photo of Bike and Rider, Free bike rides for kids of all ages. Individual healing and communion offered. Bikers are asked to bring a Teddy Bear or Canned Goods to be donated to First Responders and CVAN. Presented by Kimball Lutheran Church and Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church at 10:30 am. Lunch after service. Welcome all. 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, 757-961-2080 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
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Oct 10th TAMA Poker Run & Bike Show Moyock, NC/Chesapeake, VA Poker Run Registration 9:30-11:30 at East Coast Custom Bikes & Trikes 433 Caratoke Hwy. Moyock, NC. Poker Run end site and Bike Show at Joker’s Bar & Grill 2917 S. Military Hwy. Chesapeake, VA.Contact Holly Hoffler at 757538-3944. 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. 24 The Sherri Parker Memorial Poker Run & Bike Show Driver, VA. TAMA Sponsored event. In Conjunction with “Driver Days Fall Festival.” Benefiting the Sherri Parker Memorial Fund, Inc., the Driver Volunteer Fire Dept. and the Humane Society. Poker Run Registration 9:30-11:30 at Bayside Harley Davidson Portsmouth. Bike Show Registration 12:00-2:00 in Driver. Rain Date Oct. 31. Contact Holly Hoffler at 757-538-3944 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
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Memorial Day weekend, May 29th-30th, 2010 at Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC was another memorable event. Although the rumble and thunder of motorcycles was heard throughout the DC metropolitan area, there was a special pride that rolled throughout the dealership. To reunite and remember the POW’s and MIAs from the past and present, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC, once again celebrated the “Official Rolling Thunder Reunion Spot” on Saturday, May 29th, 2010. Although the day was a little cloudy, supporters of Rolling Thunder® did not hesitate to come out. There were over 10,000 guests in attendance that enjoyed free food, vendor alley, and the DJ. The food vendors included Mike’s BBQ & Catering, Chick-fil-a, & Moe’s Southwestern Grill. Famous Dave’s catered the VIP tent and Dunkin’ Donuts did the coffee and donuts for Sunday’s American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride. In addition to the national HOG Pin Stop, there were organizations raising money for our soldiers through raffles and vendors selling merchandise such as leathers, patches, cleaning supplies, jewelry, sunglasses, trinkets, ice cream, tattoo artists and much more. Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC is the only location where you can purchase the “Official” Rolling Thunder XXIII T-shirts. Proceeds raised from these t-shirts are donated directly to Rolling Thunder®, Inc. Among the 10,000 loyal patrons who visited HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC for Rolling Thunder® XXIII, were some very special members of the Harley-Davidson® Motor Company and Rolling Thunder®, Inc. families. Keith Wandell, the new Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and CEO, joined the festivities at the dealership for his very first Rolling Thunder®. He was welcomed by the staff and our HOG Chapter at HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC. He spent the day taking it all in, chatting with customers and enjoying the pride that burst at the seams of the dealership. Also in attendance were other members from Harley-Davidson® Motor Company, Mark-Hans Richer, Chief Marketing Officer, Tim Hoelter, Vice President of Government Affairs, Gregg Murdie, District Manager and Lori Watson, SOAR. They spent time mingling with Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s Executive Director, Artie Muller and the other officers as well as, singer, Nancy Sinatra. Once again, Artie was very excited to take part in this event and was part of many photo opportunities. It was very nice to have so many important people participating in the festivities. Even though the “Official Reunion Spot” on Saturday was a huge success, nothing tops off the weekend more than the surreal picture that is painted on Sunday morning with the American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride. The morning started early, around 7:30 a.m. with free coffee and donuts for all, followed by the raising of the American Flag by the local Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department, for all the motorcycles to pass under and the presentation of the colors by Rolling Thunder MD 1’s Color Guard. At 9 a.m., riders were asked to make their way to their motorcycles for the ceremony to begin. Once again Ft. Washington HOG member, Helen Manning did a beautiful job in singing the National Anthem while over 5,000 motorcyclists stood in silence with their hands over their hearts. Soon after, all riders lined up and followed suit behind the thirty plus police officers who arrived to escort riders from Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC to the Pentagon Parking lot, safely. The pride that beamed from each rider and bystander, as well as the staff was unreal. Riders were decked out in symbols of support and pride to all military and their motorcycles were adorned with American flags and POW/MIA flags. All of this was set to the music of the rumble and thunder of the motorcycles. Since 1993, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC has been a proud supporter of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. They take a great deal of pride in putting this event together and paying tribute to such a great cause. Please make plans to join them next year as they reunite old and new friends,
once again, on Memorial Day weekend 2011 as Rolling Thunder’s XXIV’s Official Reunion Spot! By: Tammy McClanahan-Saberan Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC Marketing Director We’d like to give a special “Thank you” to Patrick Hughes for sharing his amazing photographs from Rolling Thunder XXIII. Patrick J. Hughes USMC ChuLai 67-68 Rolling Thunder Inc.® National Photographer 935 Market Street P.O. Box 328 Marcus Hook , PA 19061-0328 610-494-4401 www.memorymatephoto.com
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Road Rash - Ouch!
Kevin G. Charleville Hopefully you will never experience the pain and suffering of this terrible byproduct of skidding along the pavement with your body. However, it does happen to some unfortunate few. Road Rash is basically severe abrasions, the loss of layers of skin. Years ago, a good friend of mine swerved to miss a deer that had darted out in front of him, dropped his bike down on the concrete deck, and skidded on the pavement for awhile, then onto the gravel shoulder. Needless to say, he spent about a month in a hospital burn unit. Burn unit you say? Yes, a burn unit. For those of you who already know, I do not have to tell you that severe road rash victims are treated and cared for like burn victims. In my career I have seen many road rash victims. Not only from motorcycle accidents, but bicycle, ATV’s, sledding, and cars/trucks. The most vulnerable areas are the legs, arms and back, however, they can occur anywhere on the body. Usually, the severity of the road rash depends on the speed one was going, the type of pavement, and the amount of protective gear you have on. Like mentioned above, we treat these as if they were burns, (first, second, third degree). We use a sterile dry dressing to cover the wound ASAP. This is to help prevent bacteria from entering the vulnerable open area. We normally do not remove foreign material from the wounds, this may cause the victims unnecessary pain, the hospital will remove them. We do not use any burn creams or oils because this may cause additional burning and pain. If the pain is severe enough, we will use pain management. So, how do we help prevent such a terrible thing from happening to us? Ride safely and be constantly aware of road hazards, (goes without saying), wear appropriate protective gear, (Leather, Denim, Kevlar is the best protection), and take an approved motorcycle riders safety course. These courses are very informative and they help teach you ways to stay and/or get out of trouble. My friend above did survive his unfortunate ordeal; however it did cause him to quit riding. It is a beautiful summer, ride safe, ride free, and please take care of the children. God bless our servicemen and veterans.
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email@example.com ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@eqt.com ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-2196366 or TimDalman@comcast.net ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@wmconnect.com ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-3898293 or HawgSke@msn.com ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM every 1st Sunday at Mugzy's Grill, 1312 E. Pembroke Ave, Hampton, VA. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-8701517 or John at firstname.lastname@example.org. Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or email@example.com 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 21 Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www. nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, firstname.lastname@example.org Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at email@example.com or go the www.star440.org Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@ wmconnect.com TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www.tamaevents.com 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. 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The “Turn Sentinel” Not Just Another Safety Item
through many changes and he feels, as I do, he now has a marketable and reliable turn signal for motorcycles, bicycles, runners and many other uses near roads, accidents and parking lots where being “visible” may be the difference between life and death. He also gave me a gold dollar--brand new and shiny--said he has been giving them away to riders for 10yrs now. He started giving them to keep in their wallet, with a small speech. “Keep this and if you are ever broke and out of gas--On a bike this will get you a ways down the road”, and “if you ever use it for that, tell me and I will give you a new one”. He’s an easy fella to remember for many reasons. Although very hesitant he said, while shaking my hand, if I gave my word, not let it out of my hands he would let me have one to use and do a review on, we shook and there I was the only other person in the world to have a “Turn Sentinel” at this stage in the game! I have seen him on one or two occasions and he is always wearing one and just so everyone knows, he rides an Ultra Titan, Ground-Pounder with ZERO turn signals on it, HE BELIEVES IN IT! He said he has been stopped just twice, once to ask where the officer (a rider) could purchase one, and once he told a different officer he was using “legal hand signals” at night (which there is no clause stating day or night) and had to show he knew all three--LOL!!! He is currently trying to get it through DOT as a legal alternative. Anthony has been told “some people won’t know what the signal means”, I can tell you, this product sequences out from wrist to finger tips and is very, very noticeable-both in the daytime and especially at night. There is no doubt what someone’s intentions are with this device and if there is, Anthony said laughing, “QUIT DUMBING DOWN AMERICA!!! Everyone should know the three basic hand signals!” I have only been able to use this device myself for one short ride. However, I could tell that people could see me much easier. I was riding at dusk and during the day. One very cool thing was that I noticed on left hand turns, fast approaching cars seemed to change lanes and slow down sooner than they normally do. I’m a rearview mirror watcher on those turns so I know it made a difference. I can’t wait to try it out on some of the long rides I am planning this month. I want to hear what others around me feel about it. The Turn Sentinel is beginning production, with promises of a June 10 first delivery!! They will be sold locally in Grove, OK at Hog Heaven Bikes and Leathers 4600 us hwy 59 n Grove, OK, 74344 Phone: 918-7867773 Hopefully more vendors in the very near future---Ask your local bike shop, leather shop and HD dealer!! Also sold via the website: www.turnsentinel.com. They are probably going to be sold for about $74--He said it is more expensive to manufacture in the US, but it is also a must! For Bulk orders call Anthony at 918-960-8550
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I recently met a life-long biker that has invented a very unique item. He said it has been over 1 ½ years in the making, but is getting very close to having it on the market. It is a LED lighted turn signal worn over two middle or first fingers and extends to your wrist, wrapping around and fastening with Velcro. It is very easy to use in the first couple of minutes, the button is easy to push and easy to get used to. It is being made entirely in the US of 100% leather and Anthony says as long as he has the ownership, “It will always be made in the US.” The name of the device is the “TURN SENTINEL”. Yeah, I know, when first said everyone says “turn signal” but he has diligently patented, trademarked and purchased the websites to protect his unique invention which “as he puts it is a “Painfully Slow” and “expensive process”. I met Anthony at the Thunder Rally in OKC, although being pulled in many directions, I was able to give him some time as he had a great product, great story and was a pretty unique person. The idea of the turn sentinel is profound in his eyes as it relates to a loss of a friend, Trey, killed 19yrs ago by a “cage” that didn’t see him, but only saw his bike which had tossed him to the street and turned over near the sidewalk. Anthony has often thought maybe he might have been seen if he had one of these on as it stays with the rider and NOT THE BIKE!! Anthony wears a spur in Trey’s honor on his right foot, every time he rides his “iron horse” (the two were rodeo buddies back in the day”. He doesn’t offer or talk much about it but I could tell it was important to him, by the somber and unrehearsed words as he looked down at the spur and the “Sentinel”. “The product”, he said, “has gone
Yes, we’ve run this joke a few times before, but please indulge us as it’s just too good not to run every now and again. Enjoy! Two little Southern girls were sitting on the front of a grand, plantation-style Georgia home. One was excessively rich, the other humble and poor. The one little rich girl opens her arms wide as she sits in her perfect hand-sewn, imported silk dress and exclaims, “my Daddy owns all this land.....as far as the eye can see, and then thousands of miles even after that”. The other little girl, sitting and rocking away in her chair in her rolled up bib overalls and tattered tee-shirt calmly replies, “that’s nice”. To which the little rich girl points her finger at the nearby 3-story garage and says, “my Daddy owns some of the finest automobiles, both new and antique, worth millions of dollars”. The other little girl replies, “my Daddy owns an old motorcycle, but your Daddy ownin’ all them cars.....that’s nice”. Then the little rich girl says, “do you see those stables, my Daddy owns most of the finest racing horses and breeding horses known to man. The other little girl says, “we tried to buy a pony once but they wanted too much, but the fact your Daddy owns all them horses, that’s nice”. The one little rich girl is getting really upset that the poor girl is taking everything in stride so she declares, “My Daddy sent me to Charm School and I was taught manners and etiquette by the world’s most charming, aristocratic women”. The other little girl says, “that’s nice, My Daddy scaped together almost 6 months worth of savings and I went to Charm School myself. The little rich girl bout’ chokes as she sputters out, “Oh, really, and what prey tell did they teach the likes of you in Charm School?” and the little poor girl stares directly in the rich girl’s eyes and casually replied, “they taught me how to say “that’s nice” instead of F*#* You!”. Musings of an old biker. Read and Learn: When you’re riding lead, don’t spit. Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride. Never sell a motorcycle - it is a part of you. Just buy more. Life may begin at 30, but it doesn’t get real interesting until about 120 mph. You start the game of life with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck. If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need. The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror Don’t ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise. Never do less than forty miles before breakfast. Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight In the time it takes to play 18 holes, I can be 500 miles away. Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town. You will always get to keep your motorcycle in a divorce. One bike on the road is worth two in the garage.
Young riders pick a destination and go. Old riders pick a direction and go. Whatever it is, it’s better to do it in the wind. Two-lane blacktop isn’t a highway, it’s an attitude. People are like motorcycles; each is customized a bit differently. The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome. A friend is someone who’ll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you when you’re broken down. Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 mph can double your vocabulary. There’s something ugly about a new bike on a new trailer. A long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith and use up a lot of fuel. If you can’t get it going with bungee cords, wire and electrician’s tape, it’s serious. Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you. God does not subtract from my life the time you spend riding. Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck. Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside. You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze. Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window. Don’t argue with an 18-wheeler (just go faster). Don’t lead the pack if you don’t know where you’re going. I never ride faster than my guardian Angel can fly. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. The kids filed back into class Monday morning. They were all very excited to relay the results from their assignment. Their weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive salesmanship. Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,” she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”“Very good,” said the teacher. Little Jenny was next: “I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45 and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current events.” “Very good, Jenny,” said the teacher. Inevitably, it was Little Johnny’s turn. The teacher could only sigh and held her breath ...Little Johnny walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the teacher’s desk. “$2,467,” he said.”$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the world were you selling?” “Toothbrushes,” said Little Johnny. “Toothbrushes!” echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough toothbrushes to make that much money?” “I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and gave everybody who walked by a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this dip tastes like dog shit!” Then I would say, “It is dog shit…wanna’ buy a toothbrush?” “I used the governmental approach of giving you something shitty for free, and then making you pay to get the shitty taste out of your mouth.”
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TO INSURE LONG ENGINE LIFE AND BEST ENGINE PERFORMANCE ON A NEW OR REBUILT ENGINE THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED!
Article by: Matt Hanson, M & M Choppers, Inc. Galva, KS 1 2 Never allow the engine to lug. Anytime you hear RPM’s drop or run at slower city riding speeds, drop down a gear or two and allow the engine to spin freely. Do not allow the engine to idle for any excessive length of time. Avoid stop and go traffic situations. Lack of airflow to the engine causes uneven heating and possible overheating, causing rapid excessive wear. See note on proper engine warm up below. Always use a good grade of gasoline. Premium only, no alcohol, 91 grade octane or higher.
4. Avoid subjecting new engine to excessively high engine RPM’s. The first 500 miles or so should be on the easy side of normal (around 4,500 max.) 3,000 rpm is best cruise speed. 3,500 rpm for Dressers or trailer towing. No trailer towing on new engines. This excludes engines that have been broke in on the dyno. 5 6 Have the engine professionally serviced, checked and tuned between 500 and 1,000 miles. For all Pre-Evolution engines. Occasionally check head bolt and cylinder base nut torque. OIL RECOMMENDATIONS 1 2 3 4 5 Use only a good grade of motorcycle oil. No car oils! Normal use 30o F to 95oF Extreme Summer 60o F to 110o F 20w50 SAE50
After break-in synthetic oil may be used. Lucas and Redline both offer a very good product and are highly recommended. Change engine oil frequently. Do not exceed 2,500 miles between changes. Synthetic oil offers slightly extended drain intervals.
PROPER ENGINE WARM UP IS AS FOLLOWS…. 1. Do not use choke or enrichner any longer than absolutely necessary. Shut completely off as soon as possible. Keep engine spinning freely using throttle. 2. Try not to allow engine to run longer than one minute without air flow. 3. Ride bike slowly keeping engine spinning freely until thoroughly warmed up. Usually 3 to 5 miles or so.
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Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com “Where There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be Thunder THUNDER ROADS” * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations DEALERS, 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 DIVA Customs* 501 Virginia Beach Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 428-DIVA (3482) www.divacustoms.com
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MYRTLE BEACH HELMET LAW OVERRULED The South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled Myrtle Beach’s motorcycle helmet law is invalid because it conflicts with state law and said there is an overriding need for uniform laws across the state. In its ruling, issued June 8, 2010, the court invalidates not only the city’s helmet and eyewear requirement, but also overturned several other municipal ordinances that the city council enacted last year to discourage motorcyclists from attending bike rallies there. The high court decision was in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of 49 riders who were ticketed during a helmet law protest ride on the first day of the new law, being represented by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attorney Tom McGrath of Virginia. Testifying before the bench, McGrath argued that the ordinance was invalid because it pre-empted state law, which provides that anyone over the age of 21 is not required to wear a helmet. The S.C. Supreme Court agreed, adding that conflicting equipment requirements would “unduly limit a citizen’s freedom of movement” throughout the state; “Were local authorities allowed to enforce individual helmet ordinances, riders would need to familiarize themselves with the various ordinances in advance of a trip, so as to ensure compliance.” According to McGrath, the favorable ruling is important because it “sets a precedent by saying that cities, counties and towns cannot supersede state law. Where the state legislature has spoken on an issue, it’s the final word.” Although the ruling dealt specifically with the helmet-eyewear law, the court also found that the city impliedly repealed many of the new laws itself when it repealed its own administrative court ordinance after the court’s chief justices opined that the creation of a special courts system was unconstitutional. As a result, “All the civil ordinances got tossed because there is no administrative hearing process to resolve the citations,” explains McGrath. Only the ordinances involving misdemeanor violations remain in effect in Myrtle Beach, but those include an onerous exhaust ordinance that is far stricter than that enacted by the state legislature. Therefore, on Tuesday, June 15, The Law Offices of Tom McGrath filed suit on behalf of several plaintiffs including ABATE of South Carolina, asking the 15th Judicial Circuit Court to find the muffler ordinance to be unconstitutional and therefore invalid. A successful challenge could affect other cities enacting noise laws and exhaust requirements that are not in accordance with existing state laws. HELMETS STINK Helmet LAWS Suck, but new technology can make helmets smelly too! Helmet manufacturers inform buyers that they should replace their helmet every couple of years because miniscule cracks can develop over time rendering them structurally unsound, or to discard a helmet immediately if it is involved in an accident or even dropped. It’s sometimes difficult to determine with the naked eye when a helmet loses its effectiveness, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Germany have developed a way for your nose to tell when your lid has outlived
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its usefulness. When your helmet is getting past its prime, it will start to smell. If it develops any large cracks... well, your nose knows. The secret lies in odoriferous oils, enclosed in formaldehyde resin microcapsules. These microcapsules are in turn added to liquid polypropylene, which is injection-molded to form the shell of the helmet. When the shell breaks, the capsules rupture, and stinking ensues. The Fraunhofer researchers used a computer simulation to calculate the number of capsules needed, then used mechanical testing to check that they would rupture shortly before complete structural failure. “Smell detection is already in use for coated metal components. We are applying the process for the first time to polymer materials,” stated Fraunhofer’s Dr.-Ing. Christof Koplin. “The cycle helmet is being used as a demonstrator. Work on the capsules has finished and we are now completing characterizing tests on individual configurations.” Possible other applications could include pressure hoses, and water and gas pipes. U.S. DEFENDERS ASK JUDGE TO SEND MANSLAUGHTER CASE TO TRIAL A state district judge in Texas has rejected a plea bargain that would have placed a blind woman on deferred probation in the traffic death of motorcyclist. Judge Ralph Strother of Waco’s 19th State District Court refused to accept the plea deal in a felony manslaughter case that involves a vision-impaired 39-year-old who was driving without a license and was cited at least twice before for the same offense. The U.S. Defenders, a politically-active arm of the Confederation of Clubs, conducted a “Call to Action” and Judge Strother’s office was inundated with 1,200 letters from motorcycle enthusiasts who urged him not to accept the prosecutor’s recommended plea deal. Trena Evette Mitchell, who is legally blind and had four children in her car when she turned in front of Richard Craig Schroeder’s motorcycle last December as he was returning from a toy run, withdrew her guilty plea and her case is now set to go to trial in mid-August. Mitchell had been scheduled for sentencing in late July, but the judge moved up her case after more than a thousand motorcyclists said they would ride to the courthouse to show support for Schroeder, known as “Hat Trick” to his biker friends. “Last year we worked with the legislature to net a minimum fine for those who injure or kill an innocent party by encroaching on their right of way,” said Sputnik, State Chair for the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association (TMRA-2) and Chairman of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF). “We did not receive a single no vote in the House or Senate on SB 1967. Unfortunately we did not take into consideration a Plea Bargain where they could be given adjudication and end up not being found guilty. It is apparent that we shall have to return to the bill’s sponsor Senator Carona and reconstruct SB 1967 during the upcoming session to make allowances for such an occurrence.” ABATE OF FLORIDA RECEIVES STATE FUNDING FOR MOTORCYCLE SAFETY
As Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the 2010-2011 Florida Budget (HB 5001) into law on May 28, ABATE of Florida will receive a quarter of a million dollars specifically to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. “The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recognized ABATE of Florida for our continuing work attempting to make the roadways of Florida safer for all motorcyclists,” said James “Doc” Reichenbach II, President of ABATE of Florida, Inc., and Chairman of the NCOM Board of Directors in a prepared statement. The exact wording from the state budget’s “CONTRACTED SERVICES FROM HIGHWAY SAFETY OPERATING TRUST FUND” reads; “From the funds in Specific Appropriation 2735, nonrecurring funds in the amount of $250,000 are for the purpose of promoting motorcycle safety awareness through public information and educational campaigns. These funds are provided to the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education of Florida, Inc.” This is not the first time that ABATE of Florida has received state funding from the DHSMV. Over the last few years, the state government has recognized ABATE’s valuable Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program (MSAP) for saving lives of motorcyclists statewide. ABATE’s MSAP program has been presented to local civic groups, schools and public events by 32 ABATE chapters statewide, and an independent audit is provided to ensure that the funds are utilized to enhance motorcycle safety education. SURVEY REVEALS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PRACTICES Consumer Report’s latest survey reveals the safety habits of motorcycle and scooter owners across the U.S. A little over half of more than 1,300 respondents said they had taken a formal riding instruction course. Nearly 1 in 4 said they don’t always wear a helmet when they ride. Half of the respondents reported regularly wearing protective boots, and less than half said they regularly wear gloves. About 25% said they always wear a leather, or other protective jacket when riding. Fewer than 10% always wear protective pants or clothing in high-visibility colors. Three out of five riders admitted to riding in a short-sleeved shirt, and about a quarter said they rode in shorts. MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS CHALLENGED Since 2007, the New York State Police, along with other county and local police departments, have been conducting motorcycle-only police checkpoints on the roadways of New York State, often targeting major motorcycle events. Authorities claim that the purpose of these stops, at which they issue numerous tickets for helmet and exhaust pipe violations, is to advance motorcycle safety. “Being a motorcycle rider myself, as well as the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney for New York State, I was asked by ABATE of New York to contest this infringement on the rights of motorcyclists,” said Mitch Proner, who then advised the State Police and municipal authorities of his intent to file suit on behalf of ABATE and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists if the discriminatory roadblocks continued. “My letter was ignored and consequently, with the help of then-President of ABATE, Robert “Prospector” Boellner, I found class representatives to bring my action against the New York State Police as well as the other municipal agencies and elected officials participating in these stops,” explains Proner. In the first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, the NYC law firm of Proner and Proner is challenging the constitutionality of this unwarranted police action on First, Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment grounds in the Federal Court for Northern District of New York. “The United States Supreme Court has long recognized that when a motorist is stopped on the roadway, there is a ‘seizure’ under the Constitution,” Proner notes, adding that “Whether or not this ‘seizure’ is unconstitutional depends on whether or not objective facts indicate that society’s legitimate interests warrant the seizure and the degree to which it intrudes on the individual’s personal liberties.” Although the lawsuit is still in the discovery stages, internal memorandum which police have been forced to disclose as result of the lawsuit indicate that members of the NYS gang unit are assigned to work the checkpoints and Proner thinks the Court will agree that the stops are designed primarily for law enforcement purposes as opposed to public safety purposes. “Rather than promoting any legitimate public safety concern, the checkpoints are intended to harass and intimidate motorcyclists attempting to attend motorcycle events thereby depriving them of their First Amendment right to freedom of assembly as well as their Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process, equal protection and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures” he concludes. WEIRD NEWS: WOMAN FINED FOR “NOT HAVING A CLEAR FIELD OF VISION” A woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil was ticketed by French traffic police for not having a clear field of vision. The 31-year-old French citizen was fined euro22 ($29) in early April based on a rule that says drivers should have freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision, her lawyer Jean-Michel Pollono said. Pollono told reporters that he is protesting the decision, saying a veil is no different from a motorcycle helmet in terms of hindrance to vision; “If the veil is forbidden behind the wheel…then full helmets for motorcyclists should be banned, because you can’t see on the sides.” Following months of parliamentary discussion and government talk about banning veils in public, the case has escalated in the media spotlight. The woman’s husband has since been accused of polygamy and fraudulently benefiting from state financial aid for single parents paid to each of his four wives -- all of whom wear veils. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country.” Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), Thirteenth President of the United States
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When No One Else Will Help
“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” (John 5:2-9). These Bible verses are very beautiful in that they show Christ’s great healing power and compassion. Consider the condition of this man...he needs healing and yet no one helps him. Others always push ahead of him, and he misses the opportunity to be healed. Competition-selfishness--disobedience---these words seem to describe today’s world as well! When others push ahead of us and cause us to miss an opportunity--Jesus Himself will supply the need! “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2Corinthians 12:9) When we are alone and needy, we can count on Jesus-not man-- to help us. He will do what it takes to bless you! We don’t have to be #1 in the world--because God supplies the need! There is no need to push ahead of others and need to be first if we are trusting Jesus. His ways eliminate and defeat all the ways of the enemy when we obey and trust Him. Notice that Jesus is not troubled by the inconsideration of the other people at the pool. He doesn’t rebuke their inconsideration, but rather goes straight to where the need is. Jesus overrides the circumstances! He will overcome every obstacle for you! We must not look to the world for the answers to our problems. We must only trust in Jesus! Right now, pray to Him--ask Him for your healing--surrender your problem to Jesus. He desires to heal you! Yes! It is God’s greatest desire to see you made whole! He has overcome the world for you--pray to Jesus now!
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Gordon (Preacher) Bacon, presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ and also serves as Maryland state elder for Bikers for Christ. Missionary on the Navajo reservation, Pastored in Az, West Virginia, and Lexington Park, MD.As well as establishing a Christian school. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ. Ordained 1983 by Rock Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Married for thirty seven years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon, father of Gordon Deon Bacon(39) Gordon Ellis(Gordy) Bacon Jr. (34), Christina Bacon-Knull (32) and Janine Bacon (30). We have seven grandchildren ranging from nine years old to nineteen years old.
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This is indeed a strange title for an article aimed at motorcyclists. You would not think that the above have anything to do with each other. However, recent maneuvers by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have changed that. I have received numerous telephone calls and emails from members of motorcycle clubs asking me if it is illegal to wear colors or insignia in an establishment that has an ABC license. I have also been asked whether it is legal for the owner of such an establishment to refuse a person wearing such colors or insignia admission into his or her establishment. These questions are what have spurred me to write this article. Let’s start with the question of whether the owner of a private establishment can refuse admission to patrons based upon colors or insignia. The answer to that is yes they can. Is it discrimination? Yes. However, contrary to popular belief, discrimination is not illegal. The owner of private property can refuse admission to anyone on any basis so long is it is not a constitutionally impermissible basis such as race, creed, color, sex, or religion. The owner can keep people with blue shirts out while admitting those wearing red. Likewise he or she can keep persons wearing certain colors out while allowing people wearing other colors in. Discrimination is not illegal in this situation. However, things change when it is the government doing the discriminating. While a restaurant owner can keep a person out because he or she is wearing colors or insignia, a deputy sheriff cannot keep the same person out of a courthouse for that reason. Nor can that person be kept out of a city park or library. That becomes the government taking action based upon expressive speech. That is illegal. This brings us to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. They have been given a new weapon in their arsenal against criminal street gangs. That weapon is Section 4.1-225 of the Code of Virginia. It allows ABC to revoke the ABC license of any owner of an establishment who has such a license who allows, among other things, for his or her premises to “become a meeting place or rendezvous for members of a criminal street gang as defined in Section 18.2-46.1 . . “ Note that it does not make it illegal for the member of the criminal street gang to be on the premises. It provides no punishment for the member of the criminal street gang. The punishment is aimed at the owner and holder of the ABC license. It is a heavy handed way of forcing the owner to keep such people out of his or her establishment. To see the real problem with this statute we have to look at the definition of a criminal street gang in Section 18.246.1. Under that section, a criminal street gang is defined as “any ongoing organization, association , or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, (i) which has as one of its primary objectives or activities the commission of one or more criminal activities; (ii) which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol; and (iii) whose members individually or collectively have engaged in the commission of, attempt to commit, conspiracy to commit, or solicitation of two or more predicate criminal acts, at least one of which
and the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
is an act of violence, provided such acts were not part of a common act or transaction.” There, isn’t that clear? Now you know what a criminal street gang is in Virginia. Actually you don’t. You must also understand what a predicate criminal act is so that you as an ABC license owner will know whether the person in your establishment fits the definition of a member of a criminal street gang. A predicate criminal act means either an act of violence or any violation of Sections 18.2-42, 18.2-46.3, 18.2-51, 18.2-51.1, 18.2-52, 18.2-53, 18.2-53.1 , 18.2-55, 18.2-56.1, 18.2-57, 18.2-57.2, 18.2-59, 18.2-83, 18.2-121, 18.2-127, 18.2-128, 18.2-137, 18.2-138, 18.2-146, 18.2-147, subsections H, H1, or H2 of Section 18.2-248, Section 18.2-248.01, 18.2-255, 18.2-255.2, 18.2-282.1, 18.2286.1, 18.2-287.4, 18.2-308.1 or 18.2-356. Additionally any substantially similar offense under the laws of another state or territory of the United States will suffice. Now you know what a criminal street gang is. As you can see, the owner of an establishment who has an ABC license has absolutely no way of knowing which group is a criminal street gang and which is not. He or she must know the purpose of the club or organization, the activities of its members and their criminal histories. Since they can’t possible know all of that, and since their ABC license is their livelihood, many are just putting up “no colors” signs. Also keep in mind that what is considered colors to one owner may not be to another. The owner of the Smithfield Tavern may interpret colors to mean patches worn by gangs such as the ones in West Side Story while the owner of Roanoke Grill may think a person’s HOG vest is colors. It is completely subjective. So the answer to the question is that it is not illegal to wear your colors or insignia in an establishment that has an ABC license. However, other factors may prevent you from being able to do so. I personally believe that this law is unconstitutionally vague. The person subject to punishment, the owner, cannot possibly know how to comply with the law short of using a shotgun approach. The United States Constitution requires that laws be written so that reasonable persons can know how to comply with such laws. I do not believe that Section 4.1-225 is written in such a way. For that reason, my firm has a standing offer to the owner of any Virginia establishment with an ABC license to represent them in challenging this law. We will do so for free. Too many motorcyclists are being affected by this overly broad statute. If you have any further questions or comments concerning this article or any other matters concerning your rights as a motorcyclist, please contact me at 1-800-3218968 or at firstname.lastname@example.org Matt Danielson Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group The preceding is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The laws governing the above may be different in your state.
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Myrtle Beach Ordinance Overturned
Our challenge to Myrtle Beach’s anti-motorcycling ordinances has been ruled upon and the Supreme Court of South Carolina has found that they are unlawful. Thanks to all who have helped in this matter and who volunteered their time and energy to stand up for the rights of motorcyclists everywhere. If you would like to read a copy of the opinion the link is provided below: http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/opinions/HTMLFiles/ SC/26825.htm Pro bono populi. That was just one of the many Latin phrases hammered into my head throughout my time in law school. Translated, it means “for the good of the public.” I can think of no better embodiment of this principal than the combined efforts of ABATE and our law firm to overturn the unconstitutional ordnances passed by Myrtle Beach. What many non-riders do not understand is that this victory is as much theirs as it is ours, and it certainly goes far beyond the freedom of choice to wear helmets. If the Myrtle Beach Ordnances in question had gone unchallenged it would have set a dangerous precedent for all those in our state and potentially around the country. Allowing municipalities to enact ordnances that conflict with state law addressing the same subject matter would lead to chaos. Under such a scenario, citizens and visitors to a state would be unable to fully educate themselves as to how to comply with the conflicting laws of each jurisdiction. To take it a step farther, law coming from the State House would lose power as county and city officials would simply pass ordnances addressing the same subject matter with conflicting language when these officials did not agree with certain portions of state law. In a sense, this would bestow line-item veto power to municipal officials, a power certainly not allowed by our state’s Constitution. To bring an action to oppose bad law is without a doubt “for the good of the public.” As, I have told many over the past few days, our civil rights are very similar to a beach and the laws passed are the waves crashing upon it. You might not notice the small amount of sand carried off with each wave, but over time you will no longer have a beach. Instead, you will be drowning in a sea of poor legislation with no land in sight. You as riders can rest assured that no one’s rights will be eroded as long as we keep up the fight “for the good of the public.” After all, nothing will bring us closer together and circle the wagons faster than an attack. Chad Fuller Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group Columbia, SC 1-800-321-8968
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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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