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Photo and Story By: Ricky J. Carrasco
On Father’s Day, 1999, Max Tague, Jr., was killed by a drunk driver in Rockford, Illinois. He, along with his mother, father, cousins, nephews, and brothers-in-law all served in the United States Marine Corps. In the early fall of 2010, Max Tague, Sr, finished Max’s Toys for Tots Bike as a tribute to Max Jr., his service to his country, the Marine Corps, and their Toys for Tots program. The 1947 Harley Knucklehead belonged to his son from many years ago. The bike has been in a fire, sold and bought back into the Tague family. Now, some years, and almost $30,000 later, the classic cruiser was restored to reflect its owners service to the US, Marine Dress Blues with many details throughout the bike. 9 EGA pins, the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor,
the Marine Corps symbol, decorate the handle bar, center console and license plate. The leather seat (provided by Wicked Cactus Leathers) resembles the Marine Dress hat. The side shifter handle is a custom ball with the Marine logo inside. This 63 year old bike, with lots of help from Max Jr’s proud father, the expert paint job of Chopper John at Sun City Choppers, and the mechanical expertise from Jimbo and his staff at Bikers Custom, has definitely found new life as a symbol for the Marine Corps. Max’s Bike is already serving its first tour of duty as an ambassador for the Marine’s Toys for Tots program here in El Paso, where it appears in a local TV spot promoting the Christmas operation. According to Max Sr, the bike’s purpose is to Cont. on pg 6. November 2010 Sun City Biker 3
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Cont. from pg 3. bring attention to the program in as many places as he can take the bike to while he can. As Senior tells Max Jr’s story, one can tell the deep love this man has for his son: Max James Tague Jr served two enlistments in the Corps and two with the Texas Guard and continued working in the Guard in Johnson County, Texas. He happily worked on C130s until the accident that took his life. He organized a Toys for Tots program in Cleburne. He worked to make it bigger, more open, and to involve more people. There is now a memorial bike run in Cleburne in his honor. Senior’s been away from his home in Iowa all the summer long to oversee the rebuilding of the bike. While in El Paso, he’s lived out of his truck and 6 Sun City Biker November 2010
Max Tague Sr and members of the US Marine Corps
trailer that has sat in Jimbo’s backyard. Max Sr and Jimbo went to school together in Iowa. When the idea of the bike was starting, Jimbo offered his help and his expertise with older bikes. “Without his help, this project would not have been possible.” When asked how much longer he can promote Toys for Tots with Max’s Bike, the proud father, states in his matter-of-fact style, “till I hear Max laugh again.”
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portive, and positive. We had many people coming up to us sharing their stories and being supportive.” Being supportive is something the biker community is known for. “There is a misconception of bikers as thugs and thieves. We know that is not true. We ride by ourselves and with our club. You find there is respect from one biker to another, one club to another,” says Brian Armstrong, Rat Treasurer. His own mother passed away in 2000 after a long battle with cancer. “My family has a history of cancer. After a while, I got tired of hearing about it and not doing anything. I wanted to contribute with a club that has the same concerns as me. When the club was formed, I knew this (cancer run) had to be a part of the club’s activities.” This
Story and photos by Ricky J. Carrasco year, the Rats have already organized this and another run that benefitted the daughter of another biker killed by a drunk driver. There are plans for a 2011 ride to benefit patients with Spina Bifida as well. According to Brian, to “rat” something out is to create a normal item, like a bike, into your own statement, to re-create it in your image. With this run, the Rats MC definitely made their own statement in honor of their moms and their battles with this illness. If you have cancer of any kind, or know someone who does, call the ACS counseling hotline at 1-877-227-1618 For more info for local services, or to contribute to the American Cancer Society, call 544-4425. More pictures, pg 15.
Rats MC at the registration table at Mulligans Northeast
What motivates a person
to action? For many, it is a personal need or want. For Wrench and Brian from the Rats MC, it was their mother’s battles with breast cancer that motivated them. They organized this run to benefit cancer research and patient support in El Paso. The Rat Run had over 90 registered riders and raised $700. A representative from the American Cancer Society accepted the check at the last stop from at King’s X bar. The money, according to Michelle from the ACS local office, stated that the money will be put to good use. There are many expenses that cancer patients have over the course of their treatment. Expenses like wigs, lymphedema sleeves, prosthetics, specialized bras that may not be cov-
ered by insurance. There are other expenses like transportation services to and from treatment centers and the 1-800 number that provides treatment and financial counseling. “We’re really grateful to Brian and the Rats as they organized this themselves and the patients will benefit greatly from their donation.” For Brian and Wrench, founding members of the 1 year old club, this was their chance to get involved and be part of the solution. Wrench says that he did not see much participation specifically for breast cancer. His mother is now a 5th year cancer survivor who now goes to regular check-ups. “You get to value life a lot more. I spend more time with her. (When something like this happens)…you have to stay strong, and sup-
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Tips in Preventing Motorcycle Injuries By: Kay Zetkin
Safety in riding motorcycles in order to prevent injuries is a very critical issue especially during the peak of motorcycle season. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons are very much concerned about this issue since there are almost always a lot of motorcycle accidents happening at least one every few days. Most injuries noted from the people brought in the Level One Trauma Units range from serious musculoskeletal injuries, open fractures and head traumas from motorcycle accidents. The increasing accidents are linked to the increased number of motorcycles on the road. Records show that since 1997, motorcycles sales increased to more than 90%. Last 2001, motorcycles represented only 2.2 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States and accounted for 0.34 percent of vehicle miles traveled. However, crashes involving motorcycles accounted for 7.6 percent of total traffic fatalities on America's roadways. As recently reported by the US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2002 there were 42,815 fatalities from motorcycle accidents. What’s alarming is this is the highest level of fatality report since 1990. While some accidents cause injuries or lifetime paralysis, some result to fatalities. Thus, these incidents should be a constant reminder for motorcyclists to protect themselves. According to Maureen Finnegan, MD, professor at the University of Texas and orthopaedic surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, most motorcycle injuries involve the extremities and the spinal cord. Majority of fatalities are results of head injuries. Thus, she said that the most important tip for motorcycle safety is to wear a helmet. Wearing helmets are estimated to be 29 percent effective in preventing fatal injuries and 67 percent effective in preventing brain injuries for motorcyclists. Another thing is the wearing of proper clothing in riding and of course, really learning how to ride a motorcycle and handle certain situations throughout the ride. Here are other helpful tips in preventing motorcycle injuries: •Get professionally trained in motorcycle riding. Research shows that more than 90 percent of all riders that were involved in crashes are just self-taught or taught by friends. •Secure your license to drive. Nearly 27 percent or one out of four motorcyclists involved in fatal crashes in 2001 was not properly licensed. •Do not drink and ride. Those most at risk in getting into accidents are inebriated motorcyclists. •Use helmets that meet the DOT (Department of Transportation) standards. •Wear protective clothing – this includes goggles or sun shades for eye protection, jacket, full- fingered gloves, long pants and over-the-ankle boots. •Make sure that your motorcycle clothing and gears are made of abrasion-resistant material, such as leather. Avoid loose, flailing clothing that could impair your vision. •Wearing brightly colored garments may help other vehicles see/notice you. •Proper maintenance and monitoring of your bike is of high importance. Observe proper lane positioning of your bike to further Cont. Pg 9.
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Cont. from pg 8. increase your visibility to drivers. Keeping a "space cushion" between your bike and other traffic should also be kept in mind. •Avoid sharing a lane with a car since its driver may not expect you to be there or may not become aware of your presence. Most drivers look out for other bigger vehicles that they may fail to notice you instantly unless something has happened already. •Ride according to your skill level. Never overesti-
mate yourself. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kay Zetkin discovered the pleasure of writing through her daily journals as a teen-ager. Writing in it helped sort out her thoughts, relieve her feelings and record what she observes of the world. For her, writing is an effective tool to express your viewpoints... To write is already to choose, thus, writing should be done along with a critical mind and a caring soul. She hopes to become more professional, skilled and mature in her craft.
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Motorcycle Trailers - Which One Do You Need?
trailers are the real deal when it comes to hauling capabilities. Not only do you have room for your bike, but you also have room for other gear and accessories that you may need to take along on your trip. With regard to the trip itself, then enclosed trailer is probably best suited for long trips, although it is just as easy to use an enclosed trailer for a short trip as well. The enclosed trailer can be beneficial because if can keep your bike and your gear completely dry in the case of inclement weather. You also have the ability to haul more than one bike if you need to. The standard two wheel single axle trailer is probably the most commonly used trailer on the market. You can use these trailers to haul your motorcycle on short trips as well as longer trips that extend over hundreds of miles. The disadvantage that these trailers have is that they don't really offer any other storage opportunity other than for your motorcycle. They are great for hauling your motorcycle across town as well as they take less time to load and unload.
When you need to haul your motorcycle either for a long trip or a short jaunt across town, are you going to know which motorcycle trailers you are going to want to use to get you from point A to point B. The truth is you have a few options for transporting your motorcycle. Here are some of the options that you have.
Motorcycle Trailer The single motorcycle trailer is probably the least efficient of trailers because you can haul one motorcycle and that is about it. There is no room for gear or any other items. If you need to use this type of trailer, typically you are only using it in situations where you just need to get your motorcycle move and that's it. These types of trailers are sometimes used in moving situations.
Enclosed Trailer The enclosed motorcycle
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Motorcycle film scenes that will make you drool!
By: Sara Wright We all love a good motorcycle scene and obviously the mystery of the character sat on top of it. The leather clad, tall (no doubt) handsome man atop any one of the automotive industries' leading dare-devil machines just oozes cool, fierce and sexy. Here are the Top 5 motorcycles and their characters that will be sure to get your pulse racing on and off the bike. Not for me to deny anyone Wild Hogs is the action movie that showcases the Harley Davidson well and for those of you who like a more mature character this could be the feel-good film for you. The family genre of this flick follows a group of four middleaged friends as they embark on a journey to see how it feels to be a ‘real biker'. The Harley Davidsons within this feature include the XL1200C Sportster Custom, FXSTS Springer Softail, a standard Black Fatboy and the almighty Screaming Eagle Fatboy which luckily meant that a top priority included motorcycle servicing in Scotland. The coolest films with a motorcycle in the 1990's were undoubtedly Terminator 1 and 2. Terminator 1 released in 1990 depicted character Sarah Conner being chased on a Honda scooter by the Terminator itself on a Honda 750 and Terminator 2 left audiences breathless as Arnie rode a Harley Davidson Fatboy. For classic chase scenes and the coolest script lines ever including "I need your clothes, boots and your motorcycle", the Terminators' are the one to watch. Classic indie film The Motorcycles Diaries features a 500cc single cylinder Norton motorcycle, nicknamed ‘The Almighty One'. Set against the backdrop of an Argentinian landscape, The Motorcycle Diaries is based on a real journey depicted within diaries that were kept by two friends. The main character Ernesto ‘Che' Guevara travelled across South America for more than 500 miles with his friend Alberto Granado before ‘Che' became a guerrilla leader. Arguably one of the best motorcycle movies ever to have hit our screens is the chase scene in the 1963 classic, The Great Escape. Performing his own stunts, jumping over barbed wire and the famous final riding scene saw sexy, cheeky Steve McQueen riding an undercover TT special 650 Triumph, which made over for the film looked like a war-time BMW. Lastly, is the classic tale of a fighter pilot who plays a character called ‘Maverick' in a competitive naval school recruitment facility. Another of the cool riders within this selection, Tom Cruise sets about riding a Kawasaki GPZ750R throughout the film and there are certainly some steamy scenes in this one for the ladies too. So there you have it, the cream of the motorcycle crop, I wonder if any of them are likely to need motorcycle servicing, Dundee seems a little bit too far to go considering that most of them live in America.. maybe I should do a UK only list next time.
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A Day of Remembrance
Story and Photos By: Ricky J. Carrasco Kings and Priests Motorcycle Ministry, along with members of Life Church and various Christian motorcycle groups, organized this Inaugural Biker Appreciation Sunday. The event was also used to honor Fallen Riders, the 23 bikers who have died on the road over the past year. Bremerman has been riding for over 30 years and has been involved with the motorcycle ministry for 3 years. In his experience, the biker community has always been a very tight knit group, something that was exemplified at this event. MCs from area that ranged from the Bandidos to the Queens, Veteran’s groups like Rolling Thunder, and everybody in between stood in peace and shoulder to shoulder to honor those who have passed away. “El Paso is unique in that every group can co-exist peacefully. In much of the country, MCs can be very territorial, often violently so. Here, everybody blended in. There is a sense of respect for one another, especially at an event like this meant to honor their own” says Bremerman. Members of the families who came out were very appreciative. “We had many compliments throughout the day, such as ‘thank you so much for taking the time to remember my son’. Ultimately, all glory is to God for making this possible.” The day was filled with camaraderie and joy. There was music provided by Christian bands and Djs. Free food was provided by the various other Motorcycle Ministry groups like HonorBound and the Christian Motorcycle Association. Cont. Pg 13.
Attendees bow their heads in prayer to remember their loved ones.
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Church on Joe Battle probably never thought it would see the crowd of chrome, patches, and tattoos that it saw on Sunday,
October 23. A few hundred bikers turned out for this day of appreciation, honor, ministry and remembrance. Frank Bremerman, president of
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Teen Challenge from Midland, Texas, a faith based drug and alcohol rehab program. At the end of the prayers, the engines were revved up in salute. As Bremerman puts it, everyone who attended helped make this day possible. “Every club reached out to us. Life Church was awesome. And we had a lot of help from our sponsors. I gave thanks to the Lord and told Him, Lord, You are in charge, we are simply the hands and feet of the Word.” The following is a list of those honored at the event, as provided by Bremerman. Octavio Nevarez Raul Rodriguez, Dula White, David Torres, Keith Calpito, Don Miller, Daniel Monarez, Juan Enrique Ortega, Ken Gardener, Big Ed Covarrubio, David Mendoza, Sergio Hernandez, Donna Montelongo, Sgt. Edgar Ramirez, Elias Soto, Arturo Hernandez, Keith Jackson, Lionel Calanche, Michael Hought, Richard Garcia, Melinda Quijano, Francee Fuentes, Mark Saavedra, Erica Rivera
Cont. from Pg 12. The Word was spoken throughout the day. The event culminated in a prayer service with the families of the Fallen Rid-
ers and riderless motorcycles to symbolize those who have passed away. The families received an wooden cross with the rider’s name, provided by
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East Texas Motorcycle Swap Meet Start Date: Nov 6th End Date: Nov 7th Address: 701 N. Trade Days Blvd. Canton, TX 75103 Lewis First Monday Grounds in Canton. Ride on out to beautiful East Texas to buy, sell, swap all makes bikes, parts, accessories, etc. Covered vendor space 12'X18' $30. For reservations or information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-567-1144. Contact: Genieva Grigsby
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Phone: 903-567-1144 Email: email@example.com Teddy Bear Ride Start Date: Nov 7th Address: 7171 Ikea Drive Frisco, TX 75034 Description: New start location and new start time!!! Benefiting the Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County. When: November 7, 2010 (Always the 1st Sunday in November) Time: 8 am - Registration, 10:30 am Bring a new Teddy Bear or $10 registration fee. Ride Where: IKEA to CACCC Complimentary hot breakfast for riders generously provided by IKEA. Music provided by 'Piece of My Heart' from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. This escorted motorcycle parade will leave at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 7, 2010 from the IKEA parking lot in Frisco and travel to the CACC in Plano (2205 Los Rios Blvd.) to deliver an all important passenger, a new teddy bear. Contact: Lynne McLean Phone: 972-633-6601 www.cacplano.org/te ddybearevent.htm
November 12-14, 2010 www.bikerralliesoftexas.com firstname.lastname@example.org 936-334-0558 Must be 18 years old! Progressive International Motorcycle Show Start Date: Nov 12th End Date: Nov 14th Address: 650 South Griffin St, Dallas, TX 75202 The Progressive International Motorcycle Shows kicks-off its 12city cross country tour at the Dallas Convention Center with the hottest rides on two wheels. Show-goers will enjoy hundreds of the latest sport bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, customs, ATVs, an abundance of aftermarket parts and accessories and more. From gear heads to new riders, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show is the perfect place for all current or aspiring motorcyclists to immerse themselves in the bike culture, talk to experts, check out the latest gear and hop on a new bike for a demo ride. This motorcycle extravaganza will pack the Dallas Convention Center Cont. Next Page.
Longhorn HD Bike Show Start Date: Nov 20th End Date: Nov 20th Address: 972-988-1903 Grand Prairie , TX Description: Longhorn HD Bike Annual Show www.longhornhd.com /events/longhornevents: Contact: Cindy Phone: 972-9881903 Website: www.longhornhd.com/events/lo nghorn-events Iron Angels Start Date: Nov 12th End Date: Nov 14th Address: 321 Wallisville Road Liberty, TX
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with high-energy entertainment including thrilling stunt shows, eye-popping custom motorcycles, interactive family activities, educational seminars, do-it-yourself seminars, new rider programs and more. Friday, November 12, 4 p.m. 9 p.m. Saturday, November 13, 9:30 a.m. 8 p.m. Sunday, November 14, 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Website: www.motorcycleshows.com Email: email@example.com El Paso Toy Run Parade The El Paso Motorcycle Coalition is sponsoring the 28th Annual Toy Run Parade on Sunday, November 7, 2010. It was started by bikers to help underprivileged children in the El Paso community and its surrounding
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area. The participants of the Toy Run leave the International Truck Driving School in Sunland Park, New Mexico; ride through downtown El Paso on Paisano Dr. to the El Paso County Coliseum where they will drop off their toys and enjoy food, live music, vendors and much more. Contact: Gracie Martinez Phone: 915-494-4881 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org m U.S. Marine Corps Toys For Tots Bike Run Marine Corps Reserve Center November 21, 2010 Start: Marine Corps Center 1st Stop: Mulligan’s North 2nd Stop: Blue (Basset Center) 3rd Stop: Barnett’s Harley Davidson 4th Stop: The Cockpit Lounge Last Stop: La Condesa Restraunt Sponsored by: Marines MC & The Marines of Delta Battery Run Gift Bags, Door Prizes, Raffles, Games and Food!!! Registration is from 11am – 12:30pm $7 per person & a toy/ $10 per couple & a toy Bike Night in Santa Teresa Robadoo’s Sports Bar & Cafe Sponsored by: Santa Teresa Motorsports There will be prizes, a “Peoples Choice” bike show, Food Specials, Giveaways and just plain good time. Starts at 6:30pm and happens on the 3rd Thursday of EVERY month!
Registration: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 9:00 a.m. International Truck Driving School, 141 Quinella, Sunland Park, NM, parade leaves 11:00 a.m. Donation $10.00 + a new toy per person. Children 10 and under free plus a new toy. All proceeds to benefit the underprivileged children of El Paso County and its surrounding area. Sponsor: El Paso Motorcycle Coalition
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Cruiser Motorcycles - The Real Deal
By: Mike Paul
Have you been out on the road and seen a motorcycle breeze past reminiscent of something you’ve seen in old
are looking for the right one to make your own. Either way, here’s an overview of what they are and the features
black and white movie from the 40’s, with a very retro, very cool look to it? You might have been looking at a one of the new generation of cruiser motorcycles that are making a splash among bike enthusiasts and making new fans every day. Or perhaps you are already into cruiser motorcycles and
you should be considering. Cruiser motorcycles sport vintage design lines and contours that are modeled on the American road bikes that were popular from the 1930’s to the early ‘60’s. They are the muscle machines of the motorcycle world, but today’s models also fea-
ture tremendous mechanical innovations which make them fuel efficient, lean, and very quick. Current cruiser motorcycles give a very definite design nod to early Indians, Henderson’s, and of course, Harley Davidson’s from that era. Today, all major manufacturers are turning out cruiser motorcycles including Honda, Yamaha, and even BMW, while Harley’s continue to be the most sought after in this class. Cycle sales experts suggest that up to 65% of all bikes bought this year will sport the cruiser motorcycles style, making them by
far the most popular cycles on the road. If you are in the market for one, consider these features. First, cruiser motorcycles come equipped with a wide range of engine sizes, from 600cc middleweights to 1200cc beasts of the road. Most riders are comfortable with the speed/fuel efficiency dynamics of a bike in the 600cc to 900cc range. Cont. pg 20.
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Cont. from pg 19. Secondly, consider the size of the bike’s frame, ensuring that you will ride in comfort. It helps that Thirdly, once you’ve narrowed your search of cruiser motorcycles to determine the approximate engine size you want and the right seat height for you, peruse the options and select the cruiser motorcycle that most clearly evokes to you that classic spirit of American road machines. Price will play a part, of course, but find a bike in your price range that inspires you, and you’ll hit the road more frequently and with more enjoyment in the hobby. Looking to buy a used Cruiser Motorcycle? Then start at http://cruisermotorcycles.net - news, reviews, videos questions and answers and a great selection of used crusiers.
cruiser motorcycles are designed with low-slung frames that feature seats lower to the ground than many other styles offer. Shorter riders will want to look for seat heights in the 25” to 26.5” range, while the tallest riders may be able to handle cruiser mo
torcycles with seat heights up to 30”. This feature will determine the ease with which you handle the bike, so should be one of your most important considerations.
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5 Ways to Convince Your Spouse that
You Need a Custom Built Motorcycle
commute back and forth to work, you'll be spending half as much at the pump. When presenting your case, figure out the actual yearly savings and equate the dollar amount with an item you're spouse has been wanting like a designer bag or a vacation get away. Now that you've presented an impenetrable reason to own a motorcycle in general, it's onto making a case for custom bikes as opposed to stock motorcycles. You'll be home more often: That is, at least until you've finished building your bike. After that it's off to hit the highway on long cruises of pure, adrenaline induced freedom. Until then however, starting from one of the many custom bike kits means that you'll be tinkering in the garage for at least a few months while your custom vision comes together. Custom bike kits cost less: These kits can cost less than half that of a stock bike. If your spouse liked the idea of saving more than half on gasoline, saving more than half on the cost of the motorcycle itself is sure to go over even better. Additionally, with custom bike kits you can "pay as you go" for many of the non-essential accessories. With custom bike kits you're not out of pocket all of the money at once so you can use cash instead of credit to finance all or part of the bike. Higher resale value: Instead of depreciating in value like a car or stock motorcycle, custom bike kits allow you to build a completely unique vehicle that will hold or appreciate in value. The cooler and more elaborate the accessories that you add to custom bike kit, the greater the resale value of the finished motorcycle. It's a win, win situation-while custom bike kits are less expensive than stock motorcycles, they can actually end up being worth more. Though your motorcycle will probably be the last thing you'd ever part with, you can assure your spouse that a custom motorcycle is a smart investment. Should financial difficulty arise, the sale of your custom chopper will be a fast an easy way to save the day. You'll save on repair costs: With custom kits, you're building your motorcycle from the ground up. You'll know enough to take care of what would be costly repairs. Forget mechanics that charge $50 per hour for labor. Once you know the intricacies of your motorcycle inside and out, there won't be any repair that you can't handle yourself. Add up the cost savings and there's really no reason why building your own custom motorcycle from on of the many custom bike kits available isn't a smart idea. Even better, get your spouse excited about the idea of designing and riding on your custom motorcycle. Most likely, your spouse wants the two of you to be happy and enjoy your life-the financial benefits are just icing on the cake. Source: http://www.articlecircle.com Author is a writer for Jireh Cycles who can help you find custom motorcycles parts. For more info visit http://www.JirehCycles.co m
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than cruising the open road on your own, completely personalized motorcycle that you built from the ground up from one of the many custom bike kits available today. But there are also a lot of "practical" reasons for building a killer custom motorcycle using custom bike kits as opposed to buying a stock motorcycle or a car. If you're catching slack for wanting to custom build your own bike, try one or all of these logical, spouse-friendly arguments to show how your desire for a custom motorcycle is actually a benefit for the entire family. You'll save money on gas: The average motorcycle gets 50 miles per gallon as opposed to a car that gets an average of 21 miles per gallon. That means once you can start using your motorcycle to
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For those of us who
have kids and motorcycles we have to realize that the same inner pull that drives us to the biker lifestyle very often is in our kids as well. If you have kids you know what I am talking about, you can barely get away for a ride by yourself because they always want to go, right? I enjoy taking them out anyway but we do have to remember that there are special precautions we have to take for them before we take them for a ride. The first thing we need to do is be sure that we equip them with protective riding gear just like we wear beginning with protective clothing such as long
How To Gear Up Your Kids For A Safe Motorcycle Ride
heavy denim or leather pants and jackets, full gloves, good quality heavy shoes or boots, and of course last but certainly not least a helmet that fits them properly. You can't just have an extra helmet that anyone wears, your kids need to have their own that fits them properly. You should also be sure that they have a pair of good quality high impact resistant sunglasses to protect their eyes from the damaging UV rays of the sun. Make sure that your kids know the rules of the road before you take them out, such as no quick movements and staying seated on the bike at all times. You also want to be sure that they are comfortable and have a sturdy safe place to rest their feet. You may have to get something customized if your kids are really small. You have to be aware that having a kid on the back of your bike is totally different than having another adult riding with you. Kids move around a lot more, just like they do any other time! They don't think about the dangers as much as an adult and may tend to stick their hands
out to play in the wind and things like that. Just watch them and keep them safe.
Another issue I have noticed with my kids, especially when they were smaller is that the sound and vibration of my bike would sometimes make them sleepy, you don't want them falling asleep and falling off the motorcycle! Just be aware that this can happen so that if and when it does you are prepared for it. Riding your motorcycle with your kids can be a very pleasurable experience, just be cognizant of the fact that with that experience comes some additional responsibilities that you have to take into consideration.
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Story and Photos By: Ricky J. Carrasco
Choosing A Motorcycle Frame For Your Custom Chopper
Above almost all else, motorcycle frames shape the overall look and feel of your custom chopper. If you're mulling over the idea of building your own custom chopper from scratch or from a custom bike kit, motorcycle frames are the piece around which you'll want to build your design concept. There are several styles of motorcycle frames to consider depending on the look you're going for and how you'll be using your custom chopper. Measuring Custom Frames: When comparing custom frames, you'll notice that they are described in terms of "stretch." The amount of stretch in the downtubes refers to how much higher the custom frame is than the stock frame. The stretch in the backbone refers to how
On October 17th, the Centauros MC presented a check for $1000 to David Murillo at the Children’s Hospital at the Sierra Providence Pediatric Oncology unit. David had appeared on Channel 26 news asking for financial help from the public for his on-going battle with leukemia. David’s family, many from his hometown of Chihuahua, was there for the presentation. Centauros member Rogelio Garcia stated that they will be there for David as much as possible
in the future. The money was raised due in large part to the Centauros charity runs created for just this purpose. Centauros MC also contributed $900 to the family of 5 year old Andrew Montes, who regrettably passed away in October in MD Anderson Hospital in Houston. The money was used so they could transport his body back to El Paso for his funeral. Andrew was buried October the 19th.
much longer the custom frame is than the stock model frame. Sportster Style Motorcycle Frames: There are different styles of Sportster motorcycle frames designed for the Sportster engine. Sportster motorcycle frames needs to be extra tough to withstand the weight and rumble of the big Sportster engine. If you're going to have oversized tires on your custom chopper, you'll probably want to choose a Sportster motorcycle frame like the Hardtail Chassis that is built for larger tires. Cont. pg 25.
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Cont. from pg 25.
Choosing A Motorcycle Frame For Your Custom Chopper
arrangement, rigid motorcycle frames often forgo the rear suspension. FRX Frames: If you're building a racing bike or dirt bike or are going to be riding on rugged terrain and need durability and extra suspension, FRX motorcycle frames may be your best bet. The Weight Factor: Make sure to consider the weight of the motorcycle frame before you buy. The weight of the motorcycle frame makes a big difference in how smooth of a ride your custom chopper will have; generally the heavier the frame, the smoother the ride. However, if you're going to be drag racing, you might favor a lighter weight. Motorcycle frames are literally the backbone of the chopper. You'll want to be selective with all of the parts for your custom chopper, but when it comes to the motorcycle frame be sure to devote a little more time to research, asking questions,
Rolling Chassis Frames: Rolling chassis frames are any type of rigid, swingarm, or softail motorcycle frame with front and rear wheel assembly and a stretched backbone or front downtubes. These are different from Sportster softail frames that have no stretch.
and getting opinions. The motorcycle frame is what holds the entire bike together and choosing a quality, heavy duty motorcycle frame is well worth the time spent shopping around. About the Author Author is a writer for Jireh Cycles which specializes in custom motorcycle frames. For more information you can visit http://www.JirehCycles.co m.
Rigid Frames: In most cases, rigid motorcycle frames are stretch frames that are angled upward. Where other motorcycle frames have both wheels connected to the motorcycle frame through a suspension
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Life Church Biker Appreciation Sunday
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Lighthouse for the Blind Run
American Legion 598
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BEAT THE STREETS
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