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CONTENTS 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............................................4 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
Proud To Be An American..............................9 information on what’s happening throughout the state of
Virginia & surrounding areas.
Hot Shots..............................................................12 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
Clubs & Organizations..................................23 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
The Joker’s Wild..............................................28 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
Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 “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
NCOM News Bytes..........................................36 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
On Eagle’s Wings.............................................39 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 &
Advertisers Index..........................................44 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
NATIONAL FOUNDERS something to happen in the midst of their carelessness.
Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon Dress safe, stay alert & sober, have fun & enjoy your ride.
1528 Matlock Drive We hope that you make the most of these wonderful
Chapmansboro, TN 37035 days of summer in July, especially on the 4th as we
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e-mail: thunderroads@charter.net appreciate you sending in those “Hot Shots” & thanks for
all the emails that drop us a line to say hello…please keep
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF ITS CONTENT MAY BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT em coming! Peace, love & happiness to all the friends we
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HELD LIABLE FOR ERRORS BEYOND THE COST OF THE SPACE OCCUPIED BY THE ER- know & for all the ones that we have yet to meet. Stay
ROR, SLANDER OF ANY GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL, FAILURE TO PRODUCE ANY ISSUE AS
SCHEDULED DUE TO REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL, ANY AND ALL SUITS FOR LI- cool & ride safe…we’ll see you around next month!
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SON’S NAME OR PHOTOGRAPH. OPINIONS AND CLAIMS MADE BY ADVERTISERS AND God Bless America!!!
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Kelly
THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE OR THUNDER PUBLISHING. PUBLISHER DOES NOT PRO-
MOTE THE ABUSE OF ALCOHOL OR OTHER DRUGS.
EVENTS List your event free @ www.thunderroads-virginia.com

July 2nd – 4th July 17th


Jimmy Buffet Deck Party Moose Rider District 2 Poker Run in conjunction with Outlaw
Grandy, NC Join us here at Barry’s Walnut Island for our Jimmy Buffet Lawnmower Assoc Hampton/Williamsburg, VA
Deck Party. Plenty of fun all weekend long: Fri. Jul 2nd: Parrothead Poker Run to raise money for Callie’s future and education. She lost her
Costume Contest; Sat. Jul 3rd: Tacky Tourist Costume Contest; Sun. father at 6 weeks old and is being raised by her grandfather. Registration
Jul 4th: Lost Shaker of Salt Scavenger Hunt & more! 169 Walnut Island 11:30 at Nascar, Power Plant Road, Hampton, VA. Last bike out at 1pm.
Blvd., Grandy, NC (252)453-2261, www.walnutisland.com Last bike in at 4pm at the Outlaw Lawnmower races, Croaker Road,
Williamsburg, VA. $10 per hand, as many as you want. Contact: Kirby
July 4th 757-753-1012 or vamriderdist2pres@gmail.com
Swap Meet
Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor July 17th
setup fee ! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Next July 4th all day. Child Help Benefit Poker Run
Lazy Horse Bar & Grill, 565 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 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
July 4th you through three counties of Virginia’s beautiful Peidmont area. The
Independence Day – Happy Birthday America! 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
July 9th, 10th & 11th (no limit to the number of hands that can be purchased). Cash prizes
Boneshakers Saloon’s Red, White & Blue Grand Opening Party for best and worst hand. Start & finish will be at Village Motorsports,
Weekend - Virginia Beach, VA Come out & Party with us as we 23436 Constitution HWY, Unionville, VA 22567. Registration is from 9am
celebrate our Grand Opening with great Music, Delicious Food, Pig till 11am. First bike out 10am/last bike out 11am. For more information:
Pickin & Oyster Roast, Specials & Fun all weekend long. PHONE: 757- ACTV Childhelp 540-399-5076 or whardman@childhelp.org. Village
961-2812. FOR MORE INFO E-MAIL AMANDA; amanda_parlays@ Motorsports 540-854-8800 or www.villagemotorsportsva.co
yahoo.com
Jul 18th
Jul 10th Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park
Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing
Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All
Neck Rd. Charles City,VA) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass
Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Jul
Children’s Hospital. Jul 10th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of 25th
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 24th
Full House Cycles 10th Annual Open House
July 16th & 17th Winchester, VA Full House Cycles in Winchester, Virginia is having their
Thunder on the Mountain 10th Annual Open House July 24th from 9-4, with a rain date of July
Hillsville, VA July 16-17 at Lake Ridge RV Resort just outside Hillsville, VA- 25th. Come and enjoy the live music, Big Dog Motorcycles show truck,
-Exit 89A off I-81 or Exit 14 off I-77. Admission-$10 per day or $15 for the bike show, vendors, raffles, door prizes, and more! Visit http://www.
weekend. All profits go to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Events fullhousecycles.com for more information, or call (540)667-0088 or email
include: Friday--Cottonmouth Xpress performing live 6-10 pm; Saturday-- info@fullhousecycles.com for more information.
Bike Show, Motorcycle Rodeo, Poker Run, and Shot Tower performing live
6-10 pm. Presented by Virginia Bikers Association. For more information, July 24th
call (540)320-0558 or visit http://www.vabikers.org. 3rd Annual Allstate Bike Bash
Richmond, VA 3-7 PM Hosted by Bolling Agency Sponsored by Pharaoh
July 17th Souls MC and Likuid Glass Car Audio Located at Hadads Park 7900
Poker Run Osborne Turnpike Richmond, VA 23231 $20 admission includes park
Culpepper, VA ABATE of VA, Culpeper Chapter Poker Run. Sign up entrance and food. Please contact 804-452-0800 or 804-721-7727 for
10:00 to 11:00 a.m. The Cycle Center, 13388 Lovers Lane, Culpeper, more info
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 July 25th
more info. Gillian Memorial Poker Run
Chesapeake, VA. TAMA Sponsored event. Fund Raiser for Leukemia
Jul 17th victim’s wife and 3 children to help pay medical and funeral expenses.
Poker Run Registration 9:00-11:00 at Joker’s Bar & Grill, 2917 South Military
Richmond, VA The American Legion Riders Post 74 is sponsoring a Highway, Chesapeake, VA.
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 July 31st
Legion Post 74 at 3025 Louisa Rd. Keswick, VA 22947. Registration is Memorial Benefit for the family of Rob Anderson
from 9:00am-11:00am. Cost is $20.00 for rider. $10.00 for passenger. Chesapeake, VA TAMA Sponsored event. Memorial Fund Raiser for
extra hand is $10.00.1st prize is $100.00. 2nd prize is $75.003rd prize is victim’s family to help pay medical and funeral expenses. Benefit held at
$50.00 Contact info is Scott Selzer 434-531-2030 or Willie Barnett 434- Joker’s Bar & Grill, 2917 Military Highway, Chesapeake, VA. Admission
293-4846 $10.00 per person. Food, Door Prizes, Auction, Raffles and Music.

Jul 17th July 31st


Famous Dave’s Bike Day Rustburg VFD Poker Run
Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (VA Center Commons) 10085 Brook Last bike out 10:00. $15.00 hand. Food served at noon, all you can eat
Road Glen Allen,VA. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers BBQ dinner $15. Hot dog plates $5. Band Rare Form begins at 1:00.
Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Door prizes, 50/50, t-shirts. Rain Date Aug 7. For information call Tony at
Hospital. Ju1 17th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during 434-841-6472. Family friendly event, no alcohol.
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 31st
Aiden’s Ride For Life
Jul 17th Virginia Beach, VA There is a ride on July 31, 2010 in Virginia Beach VA,
Ft.VAlley F.D. & IAFF Local 4783 Poker Run for an infant born with multiple congenital birth defects. His major defects
Ft VAlley, VA Benefits training funds for both departments Saturday - are with his little heart and he is going to have many heart surgeries.
July 17, 2010. Begins and ends at Ft. VAlley Vol. Fire Dept. Ride through Starting at Footers Sports Bar at 9am and ending at Knuckleheads
scenic Shenandoah VAlley, 7088 Ft. VAlley Road. Lunch provided Roadhouse both in Virginia Beach. For information please email:
(13:00PM-4:30PM) with live band. Ft. VAlley, VA 22652. Cash payout: AidensFund@cox.net or leave a message at 757-961-0346. Hope you
Best hand-$200.00 / Worst hand-$100.00. Questions: 540-335-5927 or can ride to help out this little boy. Thank you, Red.
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 Aug 14th


Family Fun Day Pamplin Vol. Fire and EMS Annual Poker Run
Ocean City, MD A day of fun, games, displays for all ages at Harley- Pamplin City, VA Pamplin Volunteer Fire & EMS will host its annual
Davidson of Ocean City. Proceeds to the Spuck & Lib Bennett Poker Run fundraiser in efforts to raise the resources needed to continue
Scholarship Fund, for students entering the field of education. Multiply to provide rescue service for the counties of Appomattox, Charlotte and
games for kids, duck dash, police and fire displays, bicycle rodeo and Prince Edward Counties as well as the Town of Pamplin. $10 Per Hand.
safety check. Free to attend. www.hdoceancity.com or 410-629-1599. Bike Show and Bike Rodeo. Auction. Children Activities. *New this year
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm 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
Jul 31st stops all at neighboring departments and an extra card at the return stop.
Veterans Choice Bike Show Location: Pamplin, VA at Pamplin Vol. Fire & EMS Fire Department.
Hughesville, MD Annual Rolling Thunder Veterans Choice bike show. All Contact Info: www.pamplinfire.com E-mail: company3@pamplinfire.com,
American Harley-Davidson Dealer 10am, 8126 Leonardtown Road,(Rt Telephone #: Leslie Cheatham - 434-352-2923 Bob Card, Jr. - 434-664-
5) South Hughesville MD 20637. Bike show, $10 per bike, first, second, 851l, Eli Harrison - 434-664-7186
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, Aug 15th
Registration starts at Renegades Classics at 10 am to 11am, 131 Central Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park
Square Drive, Prince Fredrick, MD 20678, last bike in at 230 pm. 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
Aug 1st Classes. Top Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass
Swap Meet - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Aug
Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor 29th
setup fee ! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Lazy Horse Bar & Grill,
565 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 Aug 20th & 21st
Eastern Shore of Va Motorcyle Rally
Aug 1st Parksley VA Parksley,VA August 20th and 21st. Enjoy a scenic ride over
Benefit for Chesapeake Special Olympics “Be a Buddy and Ride” to VA’s Eastern Shore for the 11th annual rally sponsored by Parksley
Chesapeake VA and Virginia Beach, Va. Vol. Fire Co. Gate opens 4pm Friday 8/20. Bike show and games on
Our ride is starting at Lazy Horse Saloon on Cedar Road at 8:30 am. We Saturday 8/21. Live music Friday night. 2 live bands Saturday night.
will be having a swap meet as well as demonstrations from Tuff Girls. Bike Events, Kid Events, Vendors, Bike Show, Food and Drinks, $10
Moving on to Clutch on General Booth Blvd, at 11:30am, for brunch and Bottomless Beer Mug, Burnout Pit. On site camping with showers & local
a corn hole tournament. Then on to the main event at Knuckleheads,at motels available. Call 757-665-6977 for more info. www.parksleyvfc.org.
1:30pm, featuring music by the Deloreans, Bike wash by the Dominion Email pvfcrally@yahoo.com
Derby Girls and an awsome auction with items provided by our sponsors; Interested vendors call 757-709-4655
Panera Bread, FTW Cycles, Precision Motorcycles, and Southside
Harley Davidson. You can get more info by going to: http://www.wix.com/ Aug 21st
motoride/motoride1 And you can find us on facebook at:Chesapeake Famous Dave’s Bike Day
Special Olympics Be A Buddy and Ride. For more information contact: Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook
Sissy Mcgrath 757-692-9212 Sissy@neobeach.com, Rose Yahner 757- Road Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers
647-6024 rosenbkm02@aol.com 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
Aug 7th during those hours will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your
New Model Year Open House
Fort Washington, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC in Fort guest receipt to server and ask that it be for St. Jude’s
Washington, MD will have their annual New Model Year Open House on
August 7th. Free food, while supplies last, entertainment, activities, sales, Aug 28th
new bikes on display and MUCH MORE! www.hdwash.com Ride for the Warriors III
Yorktown, VA Yorktown, VA The Brothers In Arms MC-Yorktown
Aug 9th – 15th Chapter is hosting a ride to benefit the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides financial support for the
Sturgis, SD http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of
their duty, benefits the Center for the Intrepid, a world-class state-of-the-
Aug 11th – 15th art physical rehabilitation center that serves military personnel who have
7th Annual East Coast Sturgis Rally Motorcycle Rally on Apple been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan,
Mountain and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal
Little Orleans, Western Maryland Featuring Live Music by Kashmir – performance of their duty, and the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury
Ghostriders (featuring former members of the Outlaws, Pure Prairie (TBI). For additional details go to www.biamc-yorktown.com.
League & Artimus Lyle Band) – The Night Hawks. Bike Mike Griffin.
Ashes Remain. Citizens Band Radio. Route 66. Strikkin. Jetstream. Aug 28th
Unruly Blues. 2 Stages – 10 bands. Motorcycle Stunt Shows. Special Ride for the Pirate
Local Biker Attractions. Rolling Mountains Poker Run Scenic Motorcycle Yorktown, VA Ahoy Mates! Ride to remember a fallen hero, Lt. Cmdr.
Rides. Camping. Bike Show. Vendors. Motorcycle Demolition Derby. Joe “Cuervo” Rodriguez, who began his Coast Guard career as a rescue
Tattoo Contest. Field Events. Partying and MORE. This is the best swimmer, helped the DEA fight the war on drugs and led USCG law
place in the East to unwind, relax or party hard! East Coast Sturgis is enforcement teams. He founded and led the first anti-terrorism team
surrounded by 40,000 acres of uninhabited mountains, oh yea and a in the USCG. Joe served as the State Charter VP for the US Military
bar. For years motorcyclists have enjoyed the wilderness camping and Vets Motorcycle Club in Virginia. Riders will leave from Hampton Roads
mountain road riding of Apple Mountain. You’re invited to be a part of Harley Davidson on Saturday, August 28th at 11am. Route will travel up
a new tradition – The East Coast Sturgis Celebration Rally. Advance 17 to Tim’s II Restaurant & Crabhouse at Fairview Beach for carousing,
Tickets, Prime campsites: Wed thru Sunday – 5 days - $40…$50 at the plundering, grub and grog in Joe’s honor. 50/50 Raffle & Door Prizes. All
gate. Friday thru Sunday – 3 days - $30…$40 at the gate. No one day proceeds will go to the educational trust funds for his sons Joey (7) and
rate. Info & reservations (301) 478-3421. Discount tickets online. www. David (3). $10 per bike, $5 per bucko on back. Contact budoka@cox.net
eastcoaststurgis.com. No colors. No ATVs. No Kids. No Dogs. Good or (757) 286-3377 for info.
Food. Cold Beer. Great Times
Sept 1st – 6th
Aug 14th 10th Annual Outer Banks Bike Show
Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day Grandy, NC Fall North Carolina Bike Week! Free Admission * Bike
Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Show * $5000 Poker Run * Tattoo Contest * Vendors * Bands * Vendor
Neck Rd. Charles City,Va) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Space is available! To benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. Barry’s
Cruisers Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Walnut Island, 169 Walnut Island Blvd, Grandy, NC. (252)453-2261.
Children’s Hospital. Aug 14th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of outerbanksbikeshow.com, northcarolinabikeweek.com, walnutisland.com
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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Sept 4th Oct 10th


Swap Meet TAMA Poker Run & Bike Show
Chesapeake, VA Swap meet first Sunday of every month! No vendor setup fee Moyock, NC/Chesapeake, VA
! Great Drink & Food specials all day! Lazy Horse Bar & Grill, 565 Cedar Road, Poker Run Registration 9:30-11:30 at East Coast Custom Bikes & Trikes 433
Chesapeake, Va. 757-549-0367 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 757-
Sept 11th 538-3944.
Blue Heron Restaurant Bike Day
Charles City, VA Blue Heron Restaurant(Rivers Rest Marina 9100 Wilcox Oct 16th
Neck Rd. Charles City,Va) and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Famous Dave’s Bike Day
Riding Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road
Sept 11th from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding
will be donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and Club are hosting a Bike Day to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Oct 16th
ask that it be for St. Jude’s from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM. 10% of proceeds during those hours will be
Sept 12th donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that
Grandparents day it be for St. Jude’s

Sept 12th Oct. 24


VFW 392 Run For Vets The Sherri Parker Memorial Poker Run & Bike Show
Virginia Beach, VA 2nd Annual George Myers Poker Run for the Vets, Driver, VA.
Sponsored by General MacArthur VFW Post 392, 2408 Bowland Pkwy, Virginia TAMA Sponsored event. In Conjunction with “Driver Days Fall Festival.”
Beach. Registration Starts at 0900 first bike out at 1000. Buffet Breakfast will be Benefiting the Sherri Parker Memorial Fund, Inc., the Driver Volunteer Fire
available at a cost TBD. $10.00 For Rider $5.00 for passenger. 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.
Sept 16th – 19th Rain Date Oct. 31. Contact Holly Hoffler at 757-538-3944
Delmarva Bike Week(R)
Ocean City, MD Four days of the total biker experience Sept. 16-19 ONLY Oct 30th
at official locations like Harley-Davidson of Ocean City, Harley-Davidson of Halloween Open House & Fashion Show
Seaford, Seacrets Nite Club in Ocean City, Winter Place Park in Salisbury and Fort Washington, MD Make sure to come out to Harley-Davidson of
Shorebirds Stadium in Salisbury. Major corporations giving demo rides, major Washington, DC’s Halloween Open House and Fashion Show! Costume
bike builders on display, smaller bike builders, more than 200 total vendors. contest with cash prizes, candy for the kids, fashion show, sales and much
Free signup for a FREE CTM Customs bike giveaway. Cruzin The Coast pin more! Located in Fort Washington, MD. www.hdwash.com
run. Games. Music. Open to all bikers. ww.delmarvabikeweek.com
Nov 7th
Sept 18th Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall back…set your clocks back 1 hour!
Famous Dave’s Bike Day
Glen Allen, VA Famous Dave’s (Va Center Commons) 10085 Brook Road Nov 11th
Glen Allen,Va. and Capital City Chapter #165 of Southern Cruisers Riding Veteran’s Day
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 November 13th
donated to St. Jude’s. Must present your guest receipt to server and ask that it
be for St. Jude’s 3rd Annual Wreath Ride
Outer Banks HOG Chapter and The Sgt. Mac Memorial Foundation present
Sept 19th the third Annual Wreath Ride to Benefit the National Wreath Project. The
Dirt Drags @ Slade’s Park foundation was formed by the parents of Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, killed on
Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are February 17, 2006. The National Wreath Project began on Christmas Day
FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top 2006, when the McColley family placed 515 wreaths in Quantico National
Fuel at it’s Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info Cemetery where their son is interred. In 2009 the project placed 3300 wreaths
call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959. Rain date Sept 26th in Quantico National Cemetery and Soldiers National Cemetery in Gettysburg,
PA. This year will mark the 5th wreath placement and the foundations
Sept 19th goal is to increase the number of wreaths placed to 5000 in three National
Biker Sunday 5th Annual Cemeteries. For further information please visit http://www.sgtmac.org
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 Nov 25th
offered. Bikers are asked to bring a Teddy Bear or Canned Goods to be Thanksgiving Day
donated to First Responders and CVAN. Presented by Kimball Lutheran
Church and Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church at 10:30 am. Lunch after service. Dec 11th
Welcome all. Christmas Open House & Santa
Fort Washington, MD Come to Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC in Fort
Sept 25th Washington, MD and check out the Christmas Open House! Free pics with
“Ride the Raceway” Santa! Free food while supplies last, sales and much more! www.hdwash.com
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, Dec 25th
we will ride our Motorcycles around the Richmond International Raceway. Christmas Day
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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Proud To Be An American
Rolling Thunder
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 pres-
ent, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC, once again celebrated the
“Official Rolling Thunder Reunion Spot” on Saturday, May 29th, 2010. Al-
though 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 do-
nuts 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 leath-
ers, 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 Roll-
ing Thunder®, Inc. Among the 10,000 loyal patrons who visited Harley-
Davidson 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 Harley-
Davidson 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 Execu-
tive 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 suc-
cess, 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 once again, on Memorial Day weekend 2011 as Rolling Thunder’s XXIV’s
Volunteer Fire Department, for all the motorcycles to pass under and the Official Reunion Spot!
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 By: Tammy McClanahan-Saberan
ceremony to begin. Once again Ft. Washington HOG member, Helen Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC
Manning did a beautiful job in singing the National Anthem while over Marketing Director
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 po-
lice officers who arrived to escort riders from Harley-Davidson of Wash- We’d like to give a special “Thank you” to Patrick Hughes for sharing his
ington, DC to the Pentagon Parking lot, safely. The pride that beamed amazing photographs from Rolling Thunder XXIII.
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 Patrick J. Hughes USMC ChuLai 67-68
motorcycles were adorned with American flags and POW/MIA flags. All of Rolling Thunder Inc.® National Photographer
this was set to the music of the rumble and thunder of the motorcycles. 935 Market Street
Since 1993, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC has been a proud sup- P.O. Box 328
porter of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. They take a great deal of pride in putting Marcus Hook , PA 19061-0328
this event together and paying tribute to such a great cause. Please 610-494-4401
make plans to join them next year as they reunite old and new friends, www.memorymatephoto.com
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Photos by Patrick Hughes

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If you’ve got some “Hot Shot” pictures you’d like to share with us, please send them to
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Road Rash - Ouch! ABW DESIGNS
Metal Fabrication
340 E. Broadway
Hopewell, VA 23860
Kevin G. Charleville
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pavement with your body. However, it does happen to Email: awalker@abwdesigns.us
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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 ac-
cidents, 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. Usu-
ally, 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 de-
gree). 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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ABATE of Virginia Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www.
welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas
ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 @ 9:00 am, President – Rick Saunders, nvcrmail@msn.com Richmond, Va.
or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with
by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com. us anyway. It’s not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides
please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at president@star440.org or
ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd
go the www.star440.org
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 Moose Riders District 8
Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email:
ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) kimandbubba1@verizon.net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@
meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA wmconnect.com
22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-219-
6366 or TimDalman@comcast.net TAMA – Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any
organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet
ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the some good people from all around the area. We’re all working together so that
Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT
each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then
at Beachcombers in Yorktown.
we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7PM on the 3rd
ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA) meets 7PM every 1st Thursday of every month (except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of
Tuesday at Mary Jane's Café, 826 Kemper St, Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Volvo Pkwy & Battlefield Blvd in Chesapeake, VA. www.tamaevents.com
Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or
EvoTronco1@wmconnect.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.
ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ
meets 6:30PM every 1st Tuesday at Mosby's Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd, Wise (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit
, VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Shag Mead at 276- our website at www.sonsofgodmc.org
565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com

ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to
meets 8PM every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John's Place, 11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax , assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings
VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Bob Seoane at are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, VFW Post 6364, 6502
703-206-0571or NightTommy2@yahoo.com Dickens Place, Henrico, VA. www.veteransfirstinc.org Tigger Mabry, Founder (804)
305-1953.
ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA )
meets 8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd, Falls Church Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFR-
, VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tank Fortner at R.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO)
703-309-7197 or KeviRF80@aol.com dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and
individual rights. email: membership@vfr-race.com. Website:vfr-race.com
ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA )
'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-
8293 or HawgSke@msn.com

Biker
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 757-870-
1517 or John at abateregion3@yahoo.com.

Pals
Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each
month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday of
each month, depart from Shoney’s on Indian River Rd. Check our website for ride
times and more information: http://cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or
contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or lenandtwogirls@yahoo.com

Bikers with Heart Foundation, Inc.


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Box 291 Bryantown, MD 20617, Office: (301) 893-2900 Email: founder@
mlkm5project.com. Website: www.mlkm5project.com. Motto: We Ride Because
We Care

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The “Turn Sentinel” Not Just Another Safety Item
through many changes and he feels, cool thing was that I noticed on left
as I do, he now has a marketable and hand turns, fast approaching cars
reliable turn signal for motorcycles, seemed to change lanes and slow
bicycles, runners and many other uses down sooner than they normally do.
near roads, accidents and parking I’m a rearview mirror watcher on those
lots where being “visible” may be the turns so I know it made a difference. I
difference between life and death. He can’t wait to try it out on some of the
also gave me a gold dollar--brand new long rides I am planning this month. I
and shiny--said he has been giving want to hear what others around me
them away to riders for 10yrs now. He feel about it.
I recently met a life-long biker that started giving them to keep in their The Turn Sentinel is beginning
has invented a very unique item. He wallet, with a small speech. “Keep production, with promises of a June
said it has been over 1 ½ years in this and if you are ever broke and out 10 first delivery!! They will be sold
the making, but is getting very close of gas--On a bike this will get you a locally in Grove, OK at Hog Heaven
to having it on the market. It is a ways down the road”, and “if you ever Bikes and Leathers 4600 us hwy 59 n
LED lighted turn signal worn over two use it for that, tell me and I will give Grove, OK, 74344 Phone: 918-786-
middle or first fingers and extends you a new one”. He’s an easy fella to 7773
to your wrist, wrapping around and remember for many reasons. Hopefully more vendors in the very
fastening with Velcro. It is very easy to Although very hesitant he said, while near future---Ask your local bike shop,
use in the first couple of minutes, the shaking my hand, if I gave my word, leather shop and HD dealer!!
button is easy to push and easy to get not let it out of my hands he would let Also sold via the website: www.turn-
used to. It is being made entirely in the me have one to use and do a review sentinel.com.
US of 100% leather and Anthony says on, we shook and there I was the only They are probably going to be sold
as long as he has the ownership, “It other person in the world to have a for about $74--He said it is more ex-
will always be made in the US.” “Turn Sentinel” at this stage in the pensive to manufacture in the US, but
The name of the device is the game! I have seen him on one or two it is also a must! For Bulk orders call
“TURN SENTINEL”. Yeah, I know, occasions and he is always wearing Anthony at 918-960-8550
when first said everyone says “turn one and just so everyone knows, he
signal” but he has diligently patented, rides an Ultra Titan, Ground-Pounder
trademarked and purchased the with ZERO turn signals on it, HE
websites to protect his unique inven- BELIEVES IN IT! He said he has been
tion which “as he puts it is a “Painfully stopped just twice, once to ask where
Slow” and “expensive process”. I met the officer (a rider) could purchase
Anthony at the Thunder Rally in OKC, one, and once he told a different of-
although being pulled in many direc- ficer he was using “legal hand signals”
tions, I was able to give him some time at night (which there is no clause stat-
as he had a great product, great story ing day or night) and had to show he
and was a pretty unique person. The knew all three--LOL!!!
idea of the turn sentinel is profound He is currently trying to get it
in his eyes as it relates to a loss of through DOT as a legal alternative.
a friend, Trey, killed 19yrs ago by a Anthony has been told “some people
“cage” that didn’t see him, but only won’t know what the signal means”, I
saw his bike which had tossed him to can tell you, this product sequences
the street and turned over near the out from wrist to finger tips and is very,
sidewalk. Anthony has often thought very noticeable-both in the daytime
maybe he might have been seen if he and especially at night. There is no
had one of these on as it stays with doubt what someone’s intentions are
the rider and NOT THE BIKE!! Antho- with this device and if there is, An-
ny wears a spur in Trey’s honor on his thony said laughing, “QUIT DUMBING
right foot, every time he rides his “iron DOWN AMERICA!!! Everyone should
horse” (the two were rodeo buddies know the three basic hand signals!”
back in the day”. He doesn’t offer or I have only been able to use this
talk much about it but I could tell it was device myself for one short ride.
important to him, by the somber and However, I could tell that people could
unrehearsed words as he looked down see me much easier. I was riding at
at the spur and the “Sentinel”. dusk and during the day. One very
“The product”, he said, “has gone
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Yes, we’ve run this joke a few times before, but please indulge us as it’s just Young riders pick a destination and go.
too good not to run every now and again. Enjoy! Old riders pick a direction and go.
Whatever it is, it’s better to do it in the wind.
Two little Southern girls were sitting on the front of a grand, plantation-style Two-lane blacktop isn’t a highway, it’s an attitude.
Georgia home. One was excessively rich, the other humble and poor. The People are like motorcycles; each is customized a bit differently.
one little rich girl opens her arms wide as she sits in her perfect hand-sewn, The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.
imported silk dress and exclaims, “my Daddy owns all this land.....as far as A friend is someone who’ll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the
the eye can see, and then thousands of miles even after that”. The other middle of nowhere to get you when you’re broken down.
little girl, sitting and rocking away in her chair in her rolled up bib overalls and Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 mph can double your vocabulary.
tattered tee-shirt calmly replies, “that’s nice”. To which the little rich girl points There’s something ugly about a new bike on a new trailer.
her finger at the nearby 3-story garage and says, “my Daddy owns some of A long ride can clear your mind, restore your faith and use up a lot of fuel.
the finest automobiles, both new and antique, worth millions of dollars”. The If you can’t get it going with bungee cords, wire and electrician’s tape, it’s
other little girl replies, “my Daddy owns an old motorcycle, but your Daddy serious.
ownin’ all them cars.....that’s nice”. Then the little rich girl says, “do you see Never try to race an old geezer, he may have one more gear than you.
those stables, my Daddy owns most of the finest racing horses and breeding God does not subtract from my life the time you spend riding.
horses known to man. The other little girl says, “we tried to buy a pony once Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck.
but they wanted too much, but the fact your Daddy owns all them horses, Bikes parked out front mean good chicken-fried steak inside.
that’s nice”. The one little rich girl is getting really upset that the poor girl is You can forget what you do for a living when your knees are in the breeze.
taking everything in stride so she declares, “My Daddy sent me to Charm Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the car window.
School and I was taught manners and etiquette by the world’s most charm- Don’t argue with an 18-wheeler (just go faster).
ing, aristocratic women”. The other little girl says, “that’s nice, My Daddy Don’t lead the pack if you don’t know where you’re going.
scaped together almost 6 months worth of savings and I went to Charm I never ride faster than my guardian Angel can fly.
School myself. The little rich girl bout’ chokes as she sputters out, “Oh, really, Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not
and what prey tell did they teach the likes of you in Charm School?” and the depart from it.
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!”. The kids filed back into class Monday morning.
They were all very excited to relay the results from their assignment. Their
Musings of an old biker. Read and Learn: weekend assignment was to sell something, then give a talk on productive
When you’re riding lead, don’t spit. salesmanship. Little Sally led off: “I sold girl scout cookies and I made $30,”
Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul. she said proudly, “My sales approach was to appeal to the customer’s civil
If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride. spirit and I credit that approach for my obvious success.”“Very good,” said
Never sell a motorcycle - it is a part of you. Just buy more. the teacher. Little Jenny was next: “I sold magazines,” she said, “I made $45
Life may begin at 30, but it doesn’t get real interesting until about 120 mph. and I explained to everyone that magazines would keep them up on current
You start the game of life with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experi- events.” “Very good, Jenny,” said the teacher. Inevitably, it was Little John-
ence. The object is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of ny’s turn. The teacher could only sigh and held her breath ...Little Johnny
luck. If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. walked to the front of the classroom and dumped a box full of cash on the
Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold every- teacher’s desk. “$2,467,” he said.”$2,467!” cried the teacher, “What in the
thing you need. world were you selling?” “Toothbrushes,” said Little Johnny. “Toothbrushes!”
The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear view mirror echoed the teacher, “How could you possibly sell enough toothbrushes to
Don’t ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise. make that much money?” “I found the busiest corner in town,” said Little
Never do less than forty miles before breakfast. Johnny, “I set up a Dip & Chip stand and gave everybody who walked by
Sometimes it takes a whole tank of fuel before you can think straight a free sample.” They all said the same thing, “Hey, this dip tastes like dog
In the time it takes to play 18 holes, I can be 500 miles away. shit!” Then I would say, “It is dog shit…wanna’ buy a toothbrush?” “I used
Never hesitate to ride past the last street light at the edge of town. the governmental approach of giving you something shitty for free, and then
You will always get to keep your motorcycle in a divorce. making you pay to get the shitty taste out of your mouth.”
One bike on the road is worth two in the garage.

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Tech Tips
VERY IMPORTANT
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 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.
2 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.
3 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 Have the engine professionally serviced, checked and tuned between 500 and 1,000
miles.
6 For all Pre-Evolution engines. Occasionally check head bolt and cylinder base nut
torque.
OIL RECOMMENDATIONS
1 Use only a good grade of motorcycle oil. No car oils!
2 Normal use 30o F to 95oF 20w50
3 Extreme Summer 60o F to 110o F SAE50
4 After break-in synthetic oil may be used. Lucas and Redline both offer a very good
product and are highly recommended.
5 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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Brenton Burchett 4 tablespoons flour
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1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
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3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
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Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and
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TRUE VISION
I wanted to share something special with all of you that
one of our readers, Chuck Wray, sent to us:

“Thought you might like this. I was at McDonald’s in DC


Sunday morning, on the way to Rolling Thunder, and
when I came out, there was this “Blind Guy” looking at
my bike. Just goes to show, that you don’t have to be
able to see, to like the looks of a Harley.”

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MYRTLE BEACH HELMET LAW OVERRULED its usefulness. When your helmet is getting past its prime, it
The South Carolina Supreme Court unanimously ruled will start to smell. If it develops any large cracks... well, your
Myrtle Beach’s motorcycle helmet law is invalid because it nose knows. The secret lies in odoriferous oils, enclosed
conflicts with state law and said there is an overriding need in formaldehyde resin microcapsules. These microcap-
for uniform laws across the state. In its ruling, issued June sules are in turn added to liquid polypropylene, which is
8, 2010, the court invalidates not only the city’s helmet and injection-molded to form the shell of the helmet. When the
eyewear requirement, but also overturned several other shell breaks, the capsules rupture, and stinking ensues.
municipal ordinances that the city council enacted last year The Fraunhofer researchers used a computer simulation
to discourage motorcyclists from attending bike rallies there. to calculate the number of capsules needed, then used
The high court decision was in response to a lawsuit filed mechanical testing to check that they would rupture shortly
on behalf of 49 riders who were ticketed during a helmet before complete structural failure. “Smell detection is al-
law protest ride on the first day of the new law, being ready in use for coated metal components. We are applying
represented by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) attor- the process for the first time to polymer materials,” stated
ney Tom McGrath of Virginia. Testifying before the bench, Fraunhofer’s Dr.-Ing. Christof Koplin. “The cycle helmet is
McGrath argued that the ordinance was invalid because being used as a demonstrator. Work on the capsules has
it pre-empted state law, which provides that anyone over finished and we are now completing characterizing tests on
the age of 21 is not required to wear a helmet. The S.C. individual configurations.” Possible other applications could
Supreme Court agreed, adding that conflicting equipment include pressure hoses, and water and gas pipes.
requirements would “unduly limit a citizen’s freedom of
movement” throughout the state; “Were local authorities al- U.S. DEFENDERS ASK JUDGE TO SEND MANSLAUGHTER
lowed to enforce individual helmet ordinances, riders would CASE TO TRIAL
need to familiarize themselves with the various ordinances A state district judge in Texas has rejected a plea bargain
in advance of a trip, so as to ensure compliance.” Accord- that would have placed a blind woman on deferred proba-
ing to McGrath, the favorable ruling is important because it tion in the traffic death of motorcyclist. Judge Ralph Strother
“sets a precedent by saying that cities, counties and towns of Waco’s 19th State District Court refused to accept the
cannot supersede state law. Where the state legislature plea deal in a felony manslaughter case that involves a
has spoken on an issue, it’s the final word.” Although the vision-impaired 39-year-old who was driving without a
ruling dealt specifically with the helmet-eyewear law, the license and was cited at least twice before for the same
court also found that the city impliedly repealed many of the offense. The U.S. Defenders, a politically-active arm of the
new laws itself when it repealed its own administrative court Confederation of Clubs, conducted a “Call to Action” and
ordinance after the court’s chief justices opined that the Judge Strother’s office was inundated with 1,200 letters
creation of a special courts system was unconstitutional. from motorcycle enthusiasts who urged him not to accept
As a result, “All the civil ordinances got tossed because the prosecutor’s recommended plea deal. Trena Evette
there is no administrative hearing process to resolve the Mitchell, who is legally blind and had four children in her
citations,” explains McGrath. Only the ordinances involving car when she turned in front of Richard Craig Schroeder’s
misdemeanor violations remain in effect in Myrtle Beach, motorcycle last December as he was returning from a toy
but those include an onerous exhaust ordinance that is far run, withdrew her guilty plea and her case is now set to go
stricter than that enacted by the state legislature. Therefore, to trial in mid-August. Mitchell had been scheduled for sen-
on Tuesday, June 15, The Law Offices of Tom McGrath tencing in late July, but the judge moved up her case after
filed suit on behalf of several plaintiffs including ABATE of more than a thousand motorcyclists said they would ride to
South Carolina, asking the 15th Judicial Circuit Court to find the courthouse to show support for Schroeder, known as
the muffler ordinance to be unconstitutional and therefore “Hat Trick” to his biker friends. “Last year we worked with
invalid. A successful challenge could affect other cities en- the legislature to net a minimum fine for those who injure or
acting noise laws and exhaust requirements that are not in kill an innocent party by encroaching on their right of way,”
accordance with existing state laws. said Sputnik, State Chair for the Texas Motorcycle Rights
Association (TMRA-2) and Chairman of the National Coali-
HELMETS STINK tion of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force (NCOM-LTF).
Helmet LAWS Suck, but new technology can make helmets “We did not receive a single no vote in the House or Senate
smelly too! Helmet manufacturers inform buyers that they on SB 1967. Unfortunately we did not take into consider-
should replace their helmet every couple of years because ation a Plea Bargain where they could be given adjudica-
miniscule cracks can develop over time rendering them tion and end up not being found guilty. It is apparent that
structurally unsound, or to discard a helmet immediately if it we shall have to return to the bill’s sponsor Senator Carona
is involved in an accident or even dropped. It’s sometimes and reconstruct SB 1967 during the upcoming session to
difficult to determine with the naked eye when a helmet make allowances for such an occurrence.”
loses its effectiveness, but researchers at the Fraunhofer
Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Germany have devel- ABATE OF FLORIDA RECEIVES STATE FUNDING FOR
oped a way for your nose to tell when your lid has outlived MOTORCYCLE SAFETY

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As Florida Governor Charlie Crist signed the 2010-2011 ABATE, Robert “Prospector” Boellner, I found class repre-
Florida Budget (HB 5001) into law on May 28, ABATE of sentatives to bring my action against the New York State
Florida will receive a quarter of a million dollars specifically Police as well as the other municipal agencies and elected
to promote motorcycle safety and awareness. “The Florida officials participating in these stops,” explains Proner. In the
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recog- first lawsuit of its kind in the United States, the NYC law firm
nized ABATE of Florida for our continuing work attempting of Proner and Proner is challenging the constitutionality of
to make the roadways of Florida safer for all motorcyclists,” this unwarranted police action on First, Fourth, Fifth and
said James “Doc” Reichenbach II, President of ABATE of Fourteenth Amendment grounds in the Federal Court for
Florida, Inc., and Chairman of the NCOM Board of Directors Northern District of New York. “The United States Supreme
in a prepared statement. The exact wording from the state Court has long recognized that when a motorist is stopped
budget’s “CONTRACTED SERVICES FROM HIGHWAY on the roadway, there is a ‘seizure’ under the Constitution,”
SAFETY OPERATING TRUST FUND” reads; “From the Proner notes, adding that “Whether or not this ‘seizure’
funds in Specific Appropriation 2735, nonrecurring funds in is unconstitutional depends on whether or not objective
the amount of $250,000 are for the purpose of promoting facts indicate that society’s legitimate interests warrant the
motorcycle safety awareness through public information seizure and the degree to which it intrudes on the indi-
and educational campaigns. These funds are provided to vidual’s personal liberties.” Although the lawsuit is still in the
the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education of Florida, discovery stages, internal memorandum which police have
Inc.” This is not the first time that ABATE of Florida has been forced to disclose as result of the lawsuit indicate that
received state funding from the DHSMV. Over the last few members of the NYS gang unit are assigned to work the
years, the state government has recognized ABATE’s valu- checkpoints and Proner thinks the Court will agree that the
able Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Program (MSAP) stops are designed primarily for law enforcement purposes
for saving lives of motorcyclists statewide. ABATE’s MSAP as opposed to public safety purposes. “Rather than promot-
program has been presented to local civic groups, schools ing any legitimate public safety concern, the checkpoints
and public events by 32 ABATE chapters statewide, and an are intended to harass and intimidate motorcyclists attempt-
independent audit is provided to ensure that the funds are ing to attend motorcycle events thereby depriving them of
utilized to enhance motorcycle safety education. their First Amendment right to freedom of assembly as well
as their Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment rights to
SURVEY REVEALS MOTORCYCLE SAFETY PRACTICES due process, equal protection and freedom from unreason-
Consumer Report’s latest survey reveals the safety habits able searches and seizures” he concludes.
of motorcycle and scooter owners across the U.S. A little
over half of more than 1,300 respondents said they had WEIRD NEWS: WOMAN FINED FOR “NOT HAVING A
taken a formal riding instruction course. Nearly 1 in 4 said CLEAR FIELD OF VISION”
they don’t always wear a helmet when they ride. Half of the A woman driver wearing an Islamic face veil was ticketed
respondents reported regularly wearing protective boots, by French traffic police for not having a clear field of vision.
and less than half said they regularly wear gloves. About The 31-year-old French citizen was fined euro22 ($29) in
25% said they always wear a leather, or other protective early April based on a rule that says drivers should have
jacket when riding. Fewer than 10% always wear protective freedom of movement and a sufficient field of vision, her
pants or clothing in high-visibility colors. Three out of five lawyer Jean-Michel Pollono said. Pollono told reporters that
riders admitted to riding in a short-sleeved shirt, and about he is protesting the decision, saying a veil is no different
a quarter said they rode in shorts. from a motorcycle helmet in terms of hindrance to vision; “If
the veil is forbidden behind the wheel…then full helmets for
MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS CHALLENGED motorcyclists should be banned, because you can’t see on
Since 2007, the New York State Police, along with other the sides.” Following months of parliamentary discussion
county and local police departments, have been conduct- and government talk about banning veils in public, the case
ing motorcycle-only police checkpoints on the roadways of has escalated in the media spotlight. The woman’s hus-
New York State, often targeting major motorcycle events. band has since been accused of polygamy and fraudulently
Authorities claim that the purpose of these stops, at which benefiting from state financial aid for single parents paid to
they issue numerous tickets for helmet and exhaust pipe each of his four wives -- all of whom wear veils.
violations, is to advance motorcycle safety. “Being a motor-
cycle rider myself, as well as the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Patriotism is easy to understand in
(A.I.M.) Attorney for New York State, I was asked by ABATE America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for
of New York to contest this infringement on the rights of mo- your country.”
torcyclists,” said Mitch Proner, who then advised the State Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933), Thirteenth President of the
Police and municipal authorities of his intent to file suit on United States
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

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When No One Else Will Help “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might
have peace. In
“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I
which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
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. Gordon (Preacher) Bacon, presently overseer of Rush-
Notice that Jesus is not troubled by the inconsideration ing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of
of the other people at the pool. He doesn’t rebuke their Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ and also serves as
Maryland state elder for Bikers for Christ. Missionary on the
inconsideration, but rather goes straight to where the
Navajo reservation, Pastored in Az, West Virginia, and Lex-
need is. Jesus overrides the circumstances! He will ington Park, MD.As well as establishing a Christian school.
overcome every obstacle for you! We must not look to Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ.
the world for the answers to our problems. We must Ordained 1983 by Rock Church, Virginia Beach, VA.
only trust in Jesus! Right now, pray to Him--ask Him Married for thirty seven years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon,
for your healing--surrender your problem to Jesus. He father of Gordon Deon Bacon(39) Gordon Ellis(Gordy) Bacon
desires to heal you! Yes! It is God’s greatest desire to Jr. (34), Christina Bacon-Knull (32) and Janine Bacon (30).
see you made whole! He has overcome the world for We have seven grandchildren ranging from nine years old to
you--pray to Jesus now! nineteen years old.

THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 39


Patches, Colors
and the Virginia Department of
Alcoholic Beverage Control

This is indeed a strange title for an article aimed at motorcy- is an act of violence, provided such acts were not part of a
clists. You would not think that the above have anything to do common act or transaction.” There, isn’t that clear? Now you
with each other. However, recent maneuvers by the Virginia know what a criminal street gang is in Virginia. Actually you
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have don’t. You must also understand what a predicate criminal
changed that. I have received numerous telephone calls and act is so that you as an ABC license owner will know whether
emails from members of motorcycle clubs asking me if it is the person in your establishment fits the definition of a mem-
illegal to wear colors or insignia in an establishment that has ber of a criminal street gang. A predicate criminal act means
an ABC license. I have also been asked whether it is legal either an act of violence or any violation of Sections 18.2-42,
for the owner of such an establishment to refuse a person 18.2-46.3, 18.2-51, 18.2-51.1, 18.2-52, 18.2-53, 18.2-53.1
wearing such colors or insignia admission into his or her , 18.2-55, 18.2-56.1, 18.2-57, 18.2-57.2, 18.2-59, 18.2-83,
establishment. These questions are what have spurred me to 18.2-121, 18.2-127, 18.2-128, 18.2-137, 18.2-138, 18.2-146,
write this article. 18.2-147, subsections H, H1, or H2 of Section 18.2-248,
Let’s start with the question of whether the owner of a private Section 18.2-248.01, 18.2-255, 18.2-255.2, 18.2-282.1, 18.2-
establishment can refuse admission to patrons based upon 286.1, 18.2-287.4, 18.2-308.1 or 18.2-356. Additionally any
colors or insignia. The answer to that is yes they can. Is it substantially similar offense under the laws of another state
discrimination? Yes. However, contrary to popular belief, or territory of the United States will suffice. Now you know
discrimination is not illegal. The owner of private property can what a criminal street gang is.
refuse admission to anyone on any basis so long is it is not As you can see, the owner of an establishment who
a constitutionally impermissible basis such as race, creed, has an ABC license has absolutely no way of knowing which
color, sex, or religion. The owner can keep people with blue group is a criminal street gang and which is not. He or she
shirts out while admitting those wearing red. Likewise he must know the purpose of the club or organization, the activi-
or she can keep persons wearing certain colors out while ties of its members and their criminal histories. Since they
allowing people wearing other colors in. Discrimination is not can’t possible know all of that, and since their ABC license
illegal in this situation. is their livelihood, many are just putting up “no colors” signs.
However, things change when it is the government doing the Also keep in mind that what is considered colors to one own-
discriminating. While a restaurant owner can keep a person er may not be to another. The owner of the Smithfield Tavern
out because he or she is wearing colors or insignia, a deputy may interpret colors to mean patches worn by gangs such
sheriff cannot keep the same person out of a courthouse for as the ones in West Side Story while the owner of Roanoke
that reason. Nor can that person be kept out of a city park or Grill may think a person’s HOG vest is colors. It is completely
library. That becomes the government taking action based subjective.
upon expressive speech. That is illegal. So the answer to the question is that it is not illegal
This brings us to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Bever- to wear your colors or insignia in an establishment that has
age Control. They have been given a new weapon in their an ABC license. However, other factors may prevent you
arsenal against criminal street gangs. That weapon is Sec- from being able to do so. I personally believe that this law is
tion 4.1-225 of the Code of Virginia. It allows ABC to revoke unconstitutionally vague. The person subject to punishment,
the ABC license of any owner of an establishment who has the owner, cannot possibly know how to comply with the
such a license who allows, among other things, for his or law short of using a shotgun approach. The United States
her premises to “become a meeting place or rendezvous Constitution requires that laws be written so that reasonable
for members of a criminal street gang as defined in Section persons can know how to comply with such laws. I do not
18.2-46.1 . . “ Note that it does not make it illegal for the believe that Section 4.1-225 is written in such a way. For that
member of the criminal street gang to be on the premises. It reason, my firm has a standing offer to the owner of any Vir-
provides no punishment for the member of the criminal street ginia establishment with an ABC license to represent them in
gang. The punishment is aimed at the owner and holder challenging this law. We will do so for free. Too many motor-
of the ABC license. It is a heavy handed way of forcing the cyclists are being affected by this overly broad statute.
owner to keep such people out of his or her establishment. If you have any further questions or comments
To see the real problem with this statute we have to concerning this article or any other matters concerning your
look at the definition of a criminal street gang in Section 18.2- rights as a motorcyclist, please contact me at 1-800-321-
46.1. Under that section, a criminal street gang is defined 8968 or at matt@motorcyclelawgroup.com
as “any ongoing organization, association , or group of three
or more persons, whether formal or informal, (i) which has as Matt Danielson
one of its primary objectives or activities the commission of Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group
one or more criminal activities; (ii) which has an identifiable
name or identifying sign or symbol; and (iii) whose members The preceding is for informational purposes only and should
individually or collectively have engaged in the commission not be considered legal advice. The laws governing the
of, attempt to commit, conspiracy to commit, or solicitation above may be different in your state.
of two or more predicate criminal acts, at least one of which
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Myrtle Beach Ordinance Overturned
Our challenge to Myrtle
Beach’s anti-motorcy-
cling 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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