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Dragon Tales
I can feel it in the air. Spring is right around the corner. Thank goodness, because I am getting pretty twitchy about not riding for so long. I miss the feel of the wind in my face and the sun on my shoulders. It has been way too long since I heard the sound of my ride. So long that I actually went out to the garage a few days ago and started her up, just to hear the growl of the engine and smell the exhaust. I needed a fix. Now what? Where do you go from there? Well, you go to a bike show. The Timonium Bike Show is one of the biggest bike shows on the East Coast and Thunder Roads West Virginia was there last month. The show included hundreds of bikes consisting of custom show bikes and many new and used models for sale. There was a nice array of vendors offering all kinds of things that we bikers need. Really! We needed that new chrome bling for our ride. There were also some great celebrities that attended the event. You could meet and greet with some and get a photo and autograph with others. There was one celebrity that I had my sights set on, though. Arlen Ness. I have been a fan of Arlen Ness’ work since I can remember. I have fond memories of watching NOVA, a science show on PBS back in the day, with my father and watching shows about Arlen Ness and his custom bikes. So, to meet him in person was a dream come true for me. I can tell you now that Arlen Ness is a great man, and is as down to earth as anyone else you know. That signature smile radiates from him and sets you at ease, even though you are in the company of someone as famous as Arlen Ness.

I am so pumped about meeting an icon of custom builders. I am okay with working extremely long hours, 7 days a week, for this magazine if it means I can put my arm around someone like Arlen Ness, and get a picture with him. This is what it is all about. when do we ride? Ride safe and keep the shiny side up!

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P.O. Box 606 / Charles Town, WV 25414 oWner / ediTors Gary Westphalen, Editor-in-Chief / 304-616-0102 Donna K. Westphalen, CFO / 304-261-1609 LayouT & design Meredith Hancock / Hancock Graphics CoPy ediTor Thomas M. Korzeniowski offiCe manager Melinda Hendrix ConTribuTors Michael Henshall, Jim Jammer Marcum, Earl Nuzum adVerTising saLes / disTribuTion NATIONAL ACCOUNTS Donna K. Westphalen - 304-261-1609 / EASTERN PANHANDLE Dave Luksa - 304-268-1315 / NORTHWEST WV Earl Nuzum – 304-816-2863 / PARKERSBURG Michael Carsey - 440-667-7553 / POTOMAC HIGHLANDS Moe Vetter - 304-668-9563 / SOUTHEAST WV Jeff Davis – 304-673-7321 /

From The Editor………………..….................4 Letters.......................................................... 5 Arlen Ness ................................................... 6 Hidden Highways – The Old Double Nickel ...... 8 Timonium Bike Show ................................. 10 Bike of the Month – Marshall’s Memorial... 14 Health Insurance & Bikers: A Survey ......... 16 Center Calendar ........................................ 18 Spring Cleaning ......................................... 20 Helmet Repeal Proposed .......................... 23 Seats & Saddles ........................................ 24 Mountain State Ink..................................... 26 The Jokers Wild ......................................... 27 TNT............................................................ 30 Upcoming Events ...................................... 31 Biker Friendly Directory ............................. 32 The High Road .......................................... 35
ON THE COVER Modern motorcycle design reflects the creative genius of tens of thousands of engineers, designers, fabricators, builders and other specialists who have been defining and redefining the physical essence of the motorcycle for well over a hundred years. You can drop a lot of important names in a conversation about who has contributed the most to bike design, but when you utter the name Arlen Ness, the debate is over. His singular vision of what a motorcycle can be rises above the noise. The Ness influence in nearly every bike on the market today is undeniable. Thunder Roads West Virginia has had the opportunity to hang out with this legendary man, and we are happy to share the experience with you, starting on page 6.
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before you read my column, you need to read the first Letter to the editor on the facing page. go ahead. i’ll wait for you. You’ve read it? Good. Dave is one of our crew of Account Representatives scattered around the State. As Dave said, every one of us in the Thunder Roads West Virginia family is passionate about what we’re doing here. We are dedicated to serving the needs of the motorcycle community and the businesses that welcome bikers through their doors. That’s it. That’s our whole mission statement. We want to see this magazine grow stronger every month. But, we’re only a handful of devoted people tackling the daunting responsibility of reaching every hill and holler in the State. That’s why we keep asking you to get involved. Take the pictures and write stories about your local fundraising rides. Submit a story for Bike of the Month or hidden highways. Write about your favorite ride, the friends you’ve made on a bike, or the experiences you’ve had riding in our state. Many readers have already shared their stories, and it is the richness of our varied experiences that provides for page-turning reading each month. Now, I’m asking you to do a little more. On the cover of this magazine it says “Free – Take One.” I want you to ignore that, and take two. Keep one for yourself, and pass the second copy on to a local business owner who would benefit from advertising with us. Tell him or her that Thunder Roads West Virginia is an honest, home-grown magazine that regards every advertiser and every reader as family. Tell them that those names on our staff page aren’t tied to faceless people who live in some big city, who are just siphoning off their money. We are real people who ride the byways of the Mountain State in an endless effort to make this magazine the best it can be. By doing that, we help every advertiser’s business grow stronger. Tell them we are people worthy of their trust. If they don’t believe it, tell them to call or email me. They’re not going to get a secretary or an answering service. They’re going to get me. Next, show your copy of Thunder Roads West Virginia to your friends. But be forewarned that if you give it to them, you may not get it back. Tell them where you got your copy, and let them get their own. When they do, have them thank that advertiser for supporting the biker community. The more our advertiser and readership bases grow, the better we can make this magazine. Help us spread the Thunder Roads West Virginia word. Share your excitement for this magazine with your friends and the businesses you frequent. Get them all involved, and help us make this magazine even stronger. You will be rewarded with an ever-growing, FREE monthly magazine that unites the motorcycle community all across West Virginia and brings our culture alive! it’s not the destination…it’s the Journey. Gary
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A view from the other side I have been with Thunder Roads West Virginia since December, 2009, and every month I get emails from Gary and Donna with encouragement for bringing in advertisers to keep this dream alive. I just wanted to put out there to every reader, business, and MC club that we need your support. This is your connection to our state and the events going on in the biking world. Each month we bring you what has happened and what is going to happen in all parts of the state. We need you!!! Give us your stories, hang outs and places that we all need to see. We can not be everywhere every time things are going on, so keep us informed. We also need your support so we can keep this rag going. Encourage every business that you see our mag at to place an ad with us. Buy a subscription, or tell us were we need to be. We as the sales team don’t do this for the money, but for the love of the wind, not to get rich. Each month we pay for paper, ink, and logistics before we put the pictures and articles in place. Then, add in the fuel and time to get it to your hands. We need your support to keep this going. Dave Luksa Thunder Roads West Virginia dave is our account representative in the eastern Panhandle. he’s part of our crew that literally works every day of the week to put this magazine in your hands. Flip back one page and take a minute to read the names listed in our staff column. We are all bikers and we are passionate about what we’re doing here. Thunder Roads West Virginia is here to stay because of the efforts of this crew. i want to thank each and every one of them for going beyond the call, every day gary Dear TRWV, I love the mag very much. It’s how I find out what’s going on in the biker world of our beautiful state of West Virginia. I can’t wait till spring riding season. I ride a ‘98 Yamaha V-Star 650 Custom I bought last June. I’ve been a biker in my youth, and now am re-kindling that lifestyle before I get too old to enjoy it. I wrote a poem I’d like to share with your readers about a Daytona bike trip. If interested, let me know and I’ll send it to you. Keep up the great work. Greg “Roach” Nicklin roach, Welcome back to the family. donna had an ‘03 650 Custom and put about 35,000 miles on it before she sold it to a friend. Thanks for the compliments. We truly appreciate it. as for the poem - send it on, along with a picture of you and your scoot (the highest resolution you have). Maybe the mag, maybe the website, but we’ll get you in somewhere. Contributions are always appreciated. gary


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Look at a street bike that has been built in the last thirty or so years. Any brand, any style, any size. Look at its smooth, flowing lines. From nose to tail, the undulations of the machine’s outline are elegance in motion, even when it’s not moving. Notice how the shape of one piece melts into the next. Watch as the downward curvature of the fuel tank blends stylishly into the swoop of the seat. See how that swirl of paint accents the arching surface that would otherwise go unseen. Look closely, and you’ll see him. Arlen Ness is there. No one has had more influence on modern motorcycle design than Arlen Ness. So, when Thunder Roads West Virginia got the chance to spend some time with this Master Builder and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Donna and I couldn’t help but be thrilled. One of the first things we talk about is the fact that his designs have been so dominant throughout the industry. “You can look at almost any new motorcycle today, and see your design influence in it,” I say to Mr. Ness. We are standing in the middle of the enormous Timonium Motorcycle Show, surrounded by hundreds of motorcycles ranging from new stock bikes to radically customized machines worth six figures. “It’s nice,” Arlen says about the impact he’s had on motorcycle design. “Sometimes you don’t like it when they copy your designs and stuff. But you’re supposed to take it as a compliment, and that’s what it is. It’s good.” ___________________________________
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In his teenage years, the life of Arlen Ness was filled with hot rods and cruising East 14th Street in Oakland, California. Although he was encaged in the four wheel world, Arlen always found himself cruising by biker hangouts. American bikers had been modifying motorcycles since just after World War II, and by now the Bobber of the early 50’s was morphing into the Chopper. But for Arlen Ness, owning a motorcycle remained just a dream. By the mid-1960’s, Ness was a young father of two. He moved furniture for a living, and in the evenings he bowled in a semi-pro league. The small amounts of prize money he won bowling were tucked away, earmarked for an eventual motorcycle purchase. One day he saw a 1947 Knucklehead wearing a For sale sign. The $300 dollar asking price matched his bowling stash, and the deal was made. It is said that the measure of one’s life comes down to just a few moments. This was one of those moments, and not just for Arlen Ness, but for generations of bikers to come. Ness got to work on this ’47, stretching the tank and customizing the paint. When he entered the bike in a show, magazine photographers made his creation famous and the die was cast. The popularity of his design led to more customizing jobs, and more and more press coverage. Before long, he traded in his furniture moving job for his own business painting and customizing bikes. Choppers were all the rage at this point in time, and Ness built his share of them. But that wasn’t where his heart was. He wanted to take bike building in a different direction.

Arlen shows Donna his Signature Series Victory Vision.

He graciously spent hours signing autographs as throngs of bikers lined up for a chance to rub elbows with the master.

“I always liked the early cars, the big bodied cars, art deco and that kind of stuff. I got my early designs from there,” Arlen says. Those persuasions are easy to see in many of his creations. The bike named smooth-ness, he says, is derived directly from the 1932 Bugatti Roadster. His ness-stalgia bike is perhaps the most literal version of automotive influence. Designed to look like a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, all of the bodywork is handcrafted from aluminum. The headlight bezel is the only real car part. Take a look at the modern-day Victory Vision, and tell me you don’t see ness-stalgia and smooth-ness echoed in the design of that touring bike. In fact, Victory has taken so many of its design cues from Arlen Ness, that the two have now teamed up. The cover photo of this issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia is the 2011 version of the Arlen Ness Signature Series Victory Vision. With custom paint, graphics, and accessory parts designed by the man himself, this bike is pure Arlen Ness style. Fortunately for the motorcycle world, the story doesn’t end there. Arlen’s son Cory and grandson Zach are integral to the continuing success of the Arlen Ness empire. They have each produced a Signature Series bike for Victory as well. The family business now operates out of a huge facility – complete with its own museum of Ness bikes - just footsteps away from where it all started. In addition to worldwide marketing of top-shelf aftermarket parts for virtually every motorcycle built, they are also producing their own line of custom-built bikes. Arlen Ness, the most recognizable name in the world of motorcycling, is a regular guy. At this show in Timonium, we watched him chat with people, sign autographs, and smile for pictures for hours on end, during the three-day event. His easy-flowing demeanor and smooth charm never waver. I came to realize that he may say the graceful lines of his motorcycle creations are rooted in external design cues, but in reality, they are a reflection of his character. Arlen Ness puts his soul into everything he does. “I was always willing to try something a little different,” Arlen says with a warm smile. “I just loved what I was doing, so I tried all kinds of things. Most of them worked.”
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His creation Smooth-Ness was inspired by the lines of the Bugatti Roadster.

Photo by Jeff McCann

Ness-Stalgia, his take on a ‘57 Chevy, is probably the most famous bike in the Arlen Ness collection of works that spans nearly 50 years.

Hidden Highways

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The debate has been raging since 1965, when construction of the Appalachian Highway Development System became part of federal law. For 45 years, the plan to build a modern highway linking I-81 at Strasburg, Virginia in the East, with I-79 in the West, has generated sharply divided opinions. I remember riding through the incredible scenery of the Potomac Highlands Region of West Virginia more than 20 years ago, and seeing signs like “Corridor H – BUILD IT” and “No Corridor H.” The debate rages on today, even though major sections of the roadway are now open, with groups such as stewards of the Potomac highlands calling it “The Road to Nowhere.”

tHe old

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swoopy curves and gentle grades. They love it.

I love it too, because all that traffic no longer clogs up My highway. Old State Highway 55 makes exactly the same trip as its young sibling, but it does it with biker style. It’s 30 miles of twisted tarmac that hugs the natural topography of the region, winding its way up and down over ridge after ridge. It follows the Lost River for a good chunk of its length, and you know how meandering a mountain river bed likes to be. It has straight-aways, serpentine ridge crossings, and scenery galore. It’s the kind of road that can be This is rush hour on Old Highway ridden on a lazy Sunday afternoon of 55. Ya gotta love it! cruising through the beauty of West Virginia, or it can be ripped apart at Regardless of on which side of the debate extreme wrist-twist on a 1,300cc superyou find yourself, if you’re a biker, you have sport Crot…Never mind. I didn’t actually say that last part. to admit one thing: the opening of Corridor H from Wardensville to Moorefield has provided one priceless gem for bikers. The new Even before the opening of this stretch of Corridor H, I still highway cuts about a half hour off the drive time between the two counted 55 as one of my favorite roads. But I often found myself towns, largely by bulldozing right over the mountaintops. It provides stuck behind a truck full of live chickens, headed for the processing trucks, RV’s and cages with a modern divided highway of big, plant in Moorefield, or worse, a minivan full of Virginia flatlanders

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Donna rides Old Highway 55 while Corridor H soars high above. who were petrified by altitude changes. And I would always catch up to them just as we came to one of the really exciting sections. There is nothing more painful than riding a bike, in the wake of a minivan, over a winding mountain pass at 12 miles-per-hour. For years, I rode Highway 55, looking up at the ridge tops where we could see the construction of the new road. Corridor H would involve enormous bridges that span from ridge to ridge, high above the Lost River. The bridges are so long, that they themselves are giant, sweeping curves in the sky. The construction traffic had to reach the new roadbed by way of my beloved 55. This was a very dark period of time on My Highway. But, I kept telling myself that, eventually, the construction would move on, the chicken trucks would take the new road, and “Old Highway 55” would become Mine! all Mine! That day finally came. The new road opened up, and did, indeed, siphon off virtually all of the traffic that used to clog My road. Thirty miles of blissfully crooked road with no traffic is a biker’s dream. But there was no cause to celebrate, because an even more dreadful impediment appeared. Someone who oversees the maintenance of the old road decided to apply a painfully heavy treatment of tar and chip resurfacing to major chunks of the road, through some of the sharpest curves. And because the traffic count on Old 55 was now almost nonexistent, it would be two full riding seasons before the loose gravel found its way to the roadsides. I am extremely happy to tell you that those days of dangerous deposits of gravel are behind us. It is now possible to go from Wardensville to Moorefield on Old Highway 55 on a safe roadway, and not have to deal with a single cage or truck. The scenery is gorgeous, the twisties are invigorating, the ride is therapeutic. This is everything a biking road - My biking road - should be. I’ll even loan it to you. Go ahead, and ride My road anytime you want.

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By the time mid-February rolls around, bikers in our region are getting downright twitchy. For most, it has been months without a ride. Even for the four-season riders, miles have been scarce this winter. So, it’s no surprise that a well-run motorcycle show will draw enthusiasts from several states away. Such was the case at the Timonium Bike Show, held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The three-day event drew so many visitors that parking lots filled early, and the throngs of people swelled to maximum capacity of the enormous buildings housing the show. Hundreds of show bikes were dispersed around almost as many vendors, blending bike show, accessories, and new bikes into a seamless pageant of eye candy for melancholy motorcyclists. Many West Virginians made the trek to Timonium, Maryland, and a few had bikes in the show. “I like the people. I get new ideas,” says Robert Staubs of Inwood, West Virginia. His 2005 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, sporting a tribute to the U.S. Air Force, scored a second place trophy in the Mild Custom Division. “One guy this morning came up to me and said he got ideas for his bike from mine,” he adds. “I like that. It makes me feel good.” Mike McBrearty, another Inwood resident, agrees. His radical custom is about as far out there are anything at this show. “There’s satisfaction from all the people seeing what kind of a job you did when you built it. They appreciate good stuff when they see it.” Mike was also passing out thousands of fliers for the West Virginia rumble in the Valley bike rally that he is spearheading. His team of organizers is busy pulling together the details for this first-year event, which will be held in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the last weekend of June. “We’re getting a good response so far, so it should be a real good turnout,” he says.

Timonium Bike Show

Robert and Cheryl Staubs (left) and Mike McBrearty (right) entered their West Virginia bikes in the show. Staubs’ bike brought home a second place trophy.

Turnout was certainly not a problem at this show in Timonium. Although the Friday crowd was predictably thinner, the Saturday and Sunday crowds were simply overwhelming. It was clear evidence that, at least for bikers, winter has overstayed its welcome.
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Bikes of every shape and style made for an impressive display of hardware and attention to detail.
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The show included a few oddities like this single-wheeled creation, with its seat inside the wheel, and a motorized skateboard for the truly adventurous.

Vendors selling everything from brand new bikes to chaps were busy displaying their wares.

The Maryland Division of Motor Vehicles offered test rides on a new computerized simulator for motorcyclists. Using realistic controls, Donna was challenged to navigate her way through a series of road hazards that present themselves to motorcyclists every day. How did she do? Well, let’s just say that no real pedestrians were run down during the exercise. It’s a bike show. Yes, there were girls.

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Marshall ' s Memorial
Sometimes a customized bike is just that. It’s a stock machine made unique by the gifted touch of fabricators and painters. Other times, the customizing memorializes an event or person important in the life of the bike’s owner. In the case of our March Bike of the Month, Jim Marshall’s 2006 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide not only remembers eight men he fought alongside of during the Vietnam War, but the fact that they didn’t come home with him. 1968 is a tumultuous year in U.S. History. In Vietnam, the year starts with the Tet Offensive, an effort by the North to win the hearts of the South Vietnamese people, so that they will rise up against the Americans. It doesn’t work, although it does fuel the anti-war fires here at home. Protests occur on a hundred college campuses, many of them more than once. Ten-thousand anti-war protesters descend on the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. They are outnumbered more than two-to-one by police and National Guard troops, and the brutal crackdown plays out
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on live TV. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy are both assassinated. Richard Nixon is elected President on a promise to bring an “honorable” end to the war. With all of those headlines demanding the attention of worried Americans here at home, it’s little wonder that an isolated ambush of American soldiers never floated to the top of the list. Jim Marshall, a resident of Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, remembers it like he was there, because he was. “I was 11-Bravo. Straight-leg infantry. I was in a real tight outfit,” says Jim. It was the 13th of June, 1968, when the ambush occurred. “They were my buddies, and they were in my outfit…my platoon and my squad. So, in honor of them, I put their names on the front fender.” The memorial to Jim Marshall’s service in Viet Nam doesn’t end there. The entire bike is designed to honor veterans of that war. A lone soldier stands in silhouette on the horn cover. Jim’s got the likeness of every

medal awarded to him painted on the tank. The toe shifter is a .50 caliber casing. A passenger on Jim’s bike is going to rest his or her feet on replicas of .45 caliber pistols, and the valve core caps for the tires look like casings from the same handgun. The passenger backrest supports some of the most interesting and unique elements of the entire bike. For starters, a replica grenade sits high atop the custom-machined framework. On the backside, there are several inscriptions commemorating Jim Marshall’s fighting unit. A map of Vietnam has been cut from billet steel. “I drew this up, and took it to Wiskybilt,” Jim explains. Using their computerized machining equipment, they created the map of Vietnam, along with the insignia of the 25th Infantry Division and stars marking the areas of the country where Marshall served. “I constantly get complimented on it,” Jim says of the reaction he gets from other veterans when they see his bike. “They appreciate me doing this. It just makes my day to see another veteran look at it, and thank me because he didn’t get thanked when he came home.

But he does now.” Jim and I are standing next to his bike at the MountainFest Rally last summer, as we talk about this machine. Just as he made that last statement, another biker who had been looking at his bike walks up to us, reinforcing the point Jim has just made. “You’re a Purple Heart recipient?” the man asks Jim. “Yes,” he replies. The man shakes his hand as he says, “It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Jim didn’t create this rolling memorial just to have it sit around at shows. “I ride it. I want veterans to see it,” he says. “I’ve had people tell me that they admire me for doing this, because most people that start putting the money in that I have in this motorcycle, they don’t ride it. But I ride it. That’s why I’ve done this.” The bike isn’t finished. He’s having Wiskybilt machine a few new parts and he’s working on a new seat. Jim Marshall plans to debut the new parts with the upcoming riding season. Look for him out on the road. You’ll find him riding proud out there.
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Health insurance and bikers: A Survey

Did you know that it is not against the law for your health insurance provider to discriminate against you because you ride a motorcycle? An insurer can charge motorcyclists higher rates, deny coverage, and even refuse to pay medical bills related to motorcycle accidents. The interesting part of this is that Congress passed, and President Clinton signed into law, legislation to prohibit this discriminatory practice in 1996. Yet, when federal bureaucrats wrote the rules governing implementation of the law, they ignored the wishes of our elected representatives and allowed the insurance companies to continue discriminating against motorcyclists and riders of ATV’s. Numerous attempts to eliminate this practice by members of Congress in the fifteen years since have failed. As the law stands today, your insurance company does not have to pay medical bills related to a motorcycle accident. To see what practical effect this policy is having on bikers in the Mountain State, Thunder Roads West Virginia is conducting an online survey of readers. We want to know if you have experienced discrimination at the hands of a health insurer because you ride. So, please take a minute to log onto to fill out our anonymous Insurance Survey. Your experiences will help shape an upcoming story on the subject.

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Sometime during this month of March, you’re going to be tempted. The temperature is going climb over your minimum riding threshold. The sun will be washing down over the mountains of West Virginia, blanketing this great state in comforting warmth. The road is going to call out to you. You’re going to want – need – to throw a leg over and go for that First Ride of Spring. You’re ready. But, is your motorcycle? That depends entirely on how you’ve treated her through the dark months of winter’s oppression. Some of us keep our bikes road ready all year long. Some of us carefully winterize our bikes, putting them in Your bike may have a state of suspended a couple of grease animation to minimize the fittings that could effects of the cold weather use a fresh squeeze. hiatus. Still others never Check the steering head and the gave it a thought as the cold swingarm pivot are winds of winter wound around two places to look. that motorcycle, enveloping it in a frontal assault of moisture, corrosion, and deterioration. Regardless of how you cared for your bike, these days just before the beginning of the riding season are a good time to do an overall assessment of its mechanical condition. If you’re a four-season rider, there are a few steps to take. The winterizing rider needs to take the same steps, as well as undo some of the things that were done to pickle the bike last fall. The procrastinator has all of this and more waiting to be done before that abused bike is ready to roll. So, let’s get started.

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gather the equipment and supplies before you start the work. In just a couple of hours your bike will be ready for the summer season ahead.

oil? Uh-huh. This would be a good time to do it, making sure to also replace any seals that might be leaking. Since you’re in lubricating mode, replace the final drive oil if your bike is shaft drive, or apply chain lube if that’s how your bike puts the power to the pavement. Belt driven machines get a pass on this step, although you need to check for cracks or other damage and wear on that rubber band.

Since the battery has been connected to a smart charger, such as a Battery Tender, all winter long (don’t tell me otherwise) you won’t need to replace it. But corrosion may have built up on the terminals and connectors attached to them. This is caustic stuff, so carefully clean it away with a mixture of baking soda and water, and apply a coating of grease to keep future corrosion at bay. Once you reconnect the battery, check all of the wiring and lights on your bike to make sure the bulbs and switches are performing properly. While you’re checking the lights, also check the lenses that cover them. A cracked lens can allow moisture in, which will eventually corrode the socket and give you more headaches than you really want.

Check every inch of the tread, especially if the bike has been sitting in one place. The contact patch can be dried out by the constant touch of dirt or concrete floors. Raising the tire off the floor, or parking it on a piece of plywood, would have been a better idea. Check for tread wear, damage to the sidewalls, and foreign objects that may have become embedded in the rubber. Check the air pressure as well.

The first step is to change the oil and filter. Moisture has a way of getting into the system, and oil contaminated with water doesn’t lubricate your moving parts well enough. You may be able to skip this step, but only if you did an oil change last fall, and the bike has had a cushy winter, kicking back in a climatecontrolled garage. If there are any grease fittings, or Zerks, on the steering head and suspension of your bike, give them a squeeze or two of fresh stuff. Lubricate the cables as well, checking their condition as you do so. When was the last time you changed the fork
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Aside from the tires, your brake system is the bike’s most important safety system. Check the pads, shoes, and discs for wear, replacing as needed. Replace the brake fluid. Check the tire tread for wear and damage. Proper inflation of the tires is critical for safety, handling, and long tire life.

If you used a high quality, naphtha-based fuel stabilizer in your tank last fall, you should be good to go. If you didn’t, drain that nasty gas before you even think of starting the engine, and

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A good washing gets rid of the winter accumulation of grime and corrosion. This is also a good time to closely inspect each nut and bolt, to make sure everything is buttoned down.

overcome this lack of start-up lubrication. When was the last time you adjusted the valves? Do it now, and you probably won’t have to think about it all summer. Put a shot of oil on the cam lobes before you button it up, for the same reason that you did this in the cylinders. Clean or replace the air and fuel filters.


Clean every bit of winter dirt and corrosion off all surfaces of the bike, and give the finish a good waxing. See our story hog Washing in the July, 2010 issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia to learn how an expert does it. A thorough detailing will not only keep the finish in showroom shape, but it gives you an opportunity to closely examine every inch of the machine, making sure that each nut and bolt is firmly tightened down. replace it with fresh. You’ll also have to pull the float bowls from the carburetors (unless your bike is fuel injected), and give them a good cleaning. Don’t dump the old fuel on the ground. Put it in your truck, or better yet, give it to your least favorite neighbor to run in his truck. How many of these things you do yourself depends entirely upon your own mechanical skills and comfort level in the garage. For each step, make sure you have the necessary knowledge, tools, and supplies to do the job. You don’t want to get halfway through a valve adjustment, only to realize you don’t know what you’re doing. There are skilled professionals all over the state who can handle any part of this checklist that makes you uncomfortable. Just check our advertisers to find the best shops. Getting your bike ready for the riding season ahead shouldn’t be looked upon as work. This is garage Time. It’s the therapy that helps bikers maintain sanity during bad weather. If you get these things done now, you’ll not only feel better while you’re doing it, but you’ll also be ready to roll the moment that good weather arrives.

Pull the spark plugs, and either replace them, or check the gaps if you deem the plugs to still be good. Since the bike hasn’t run for several months, the oil that lubricates the cylinder walls has longsince drained away. That first thirty seconds of running the engine in spring could do more damage than an entire season of riding. A small squirt of oil in the cylinders before replacing the plugs will help

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Helmet Repeal on the table Again
West Virginia’s helmet law is once again on the table in Charleston. For the third year in a row, State Senator Jack Yost has introduced a bill that would exempt motorcyclists from mandatory helmet usage, provided they meet certain safety and insurance requirements. This is the third year in a row that Senator Yost has sought to rescind the state helmet law. Senate Bill 7 would make helmet use optional for riders over 21 years of age, provided they have a minimum of two years experience as a licensed rider, complete a safety training course, and have health insurance that covers at least $10,000 in medical benefits for motorcycle-related injuries. “I think that freedom of choice is our guarantee under the Constitution,” Senator Yost told Thunder Roads West Virginia when he introduced the bill last year. The bill he has introduced this year is the same as the proposal offered in 2010. That bill died in the Senate Transportation Committee because its Chair, Senator John Unger II, a Democrat from Berkeley County, refused to put the bill on the committee’s agenda. But Senator Unger is no longer a member of the Transportation Committee, which is now Chaired by Senator Robert Beach, a Monongalia County Democrat. The other members of the current Senate Transportation Committee are; Vice-Chair Orphy Klempa (Ohio); Douglas Facemire (Braxton); John Pat Fanning (McDowell); Robert Plymale (Wayne); Gregory Tucker (Nicholas); Bob Williams (Taylor); Clark Barnes (Randolph); and Karen Facemyer (Jackson). Senators Facemire, Fanning, Plymale, Barnes, and Facemyer were on the Committee last year. Senators Beach, Klempa, Tucker, and Williams are the new members. Senate Bill 7 is currently pending in the Transportation Committee. There are several other bills before State Legislators that are of interest to motorcyclists. Senate Bills 209 and 260 concern the use of wireless communication devices while driving. The bills, similar in nature to House Bill 2555, would create a misdemeanor offense for texting while operating a motor vehicle. The Senate versions are also before the Transportation Committee, and the House bill has been referred to the Roads and Transportation Committee.

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Only the Irish have Jokes Like These
Into a Belfast pub comes Paddy Murphy, looking like he’d jus been run over by a train. His arm is in a sling, his nose is broken, his face is cut and bruised, and he’s walking with a limp. “What happened to you?” asks Sean, the bartender. “Jamie O’Conner and me had a fight,” says Paddy. “That jerk, O’Conner,” says Sean, “He couldn’t do that to you, he must have had something in his hand.” “That he did,” says Paddy, “a shovel is what he had, and a terrible lickin’ he gave me with it.” “Well,” says Sean, “you should have defended yourself. Didn’t you have something in your hand?” “That I did,” says Paddy. “Mrs. O’Conner’s breast, and a thing of beauty it was, but useless in a fight.” An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over. “So,” says the cop to the driver, “where have ya been?” “Why, I’ve been to the pub of course,” slurs the drunk. “Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few to drink this evening.” “I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile. “Did you know,” says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?” “Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk. “For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.” ________________________________________________ Brenda O’Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door. “Brenda, may I come in?” he asks. “I’ve somethin’ to tell ya.” “Of course you can come in, you’re always welcome, Tim. But where’s my husband?” “That’s what I’m here to be telling ya, Brenda. There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery....” “Oh, God no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me.” “I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.” Finally, she looked up at Tim. “How did it happen, Tim?” “It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat of Guinness Stout and drowned.” “Oh my, dear Jesus! But you must tell me the truth, Tim. Did he at least go quickly?” “Well, Brenda, no. In fact, he got out three times to pee.”

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O’ Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she’s in tears. He says, “So what’s bothering you, Mary my dear?” She says, “Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news. My husband passed away last night.” The priest says, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?” “That he did, Father.” The priest says, “What did he ask, Mary?” “ He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that damn gun.’” _________________________________________________ AND THE BEST FOR LAST A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters a confessional booth, sits down, but says nothing. The Priest coughs a few times to get his attention but the drunk continues to sit there. Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall. The drunk mumbles, “Ain’t no use knockin’. There’s no paper on this side either!”

Got a Favorite Joke? Thunder Roads West Virginia wants to share it! We are always looking for submissions of all kinds for the magazine, and that includes your jokes. We let our hair down a little bit on this page, so moderately adult humor is welcome. However, bad language and blatantly nasty stuff might get shared around the office, but isn’t going to make it into print. Send your funny business to jokerswild@
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DENNIS MARTIN of THUNDER ROADS MISSOURI/SO. ILLINOIS  is the proud recipient of the THUNDER ROADS STATE EDITOR/OWNER OF THE YEAR AWARD for 2010. Dennis has been a very vital and contributing member of this fabulous Family/Network since 2005. So yes, he is without a doubt an oldie-goldie Thunder Roads veteran. We've had the pleasure of meeting up with Dennis at a few rallies over the years with he and his lovely wife, Stacey, and they are not only a very savvy, smart  and hard-working couple, but they're damn good looking too. Well...Stacey's a knockout anyway and Dennis is well...he's a biker, what else is there to say? But Dennis has ALWAYS had great ideas and valuable contributions and is just a team player who loves doing his magazine and has put out a top-notch quality magazine since 2005!!!! and that aint easy in a world where every month you've got to top the previous month. Way to go, Dennis. You're a helluva guy and we're proud to know you and proud to have you as part of this Family/Network. Keep up the high standards and quality magazine for your loyal readers/bikers of Thunder Roads Missouri/So. Illinois.

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Brian & Toni, Thank you for the recognition. Without an outstanding staff and the support of my lovely wife Stacey, we wouldn't have won this award. The other Thunder Roads State Editor Owners (SEO) publish a fantastic magazine every month and I am grateful to be among them. Last year was one busy-ass year, and I feel honored to be a part of the best magazine network around. There have been some bumps in the road, but I am sure all the SEOs have their stories on the past.

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UpComing EvEnts
June 4 – Romney, WV Romney Cycles Bike Night

March 5 – Martinsburg, WV Benefit Ride for Dave Mast Starting at Nan & Pop’s Place 3845 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV (304) 267-2007. Registration at 11:00 with kick stands up at 12:00 Noon. $15 single/$20 two-up. Food at the end of the ride, Raffles and Prizes throughout the evening with 3 bands scheduled. All proceeds to benefit Dave Mast to help with medical expenses.

Romney Cycles Bike Night 4:00pm - 8:00pm Store will be open from 9:00am until 8:00pm Romney Cycles 51 Industrial Park, Romney, WV 25757 (304) 822-3933 June 5 – Williamstown, WV 8th Annual Juvenile Diabetes Benefit Run Sponsored by Borderline Chapter Harley Owners Group The ride starts at S&P Harley-Davidson, 80 Thunder Road in Williamstown. The first bike will leave at 11:00 am and the last bike will leave at 1:00 pm. All motorcycles are welcome. The fee is $10.00 for each person. The ride ends with cash prizes and door prizes. This event will benefit area diabetic youth attending Camp Kno-Koma. For more information call (740) 373-0682, click here to send e-mail, or go to June 11 – Farmington, WV Dana Hibbs Memorial Ride Charity ride to honor the memory of Dana Hibbs who died tragically as a result of a crash while riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. Dana was an avid NASCAR fan and the proceeds for her ride go the Kyle Petty’s Victory Junction Gang camp. The camp is for children with serious and/or life threatening diseases or illnesses. For more information contact: Brad Hibbs (304) 290-2899 or email June 23 – 26 – Martinsburg, WV WV Rumble in the Valley Our 1st Annual Rumble in the Valley is going to be awesome with great food, biker games and camping. Hours of Operation: June 23rd: 11a-11p, June 24th and June 25th: 10a-11p and June 26th: 10a-4p Cost For the Event: $25.00 per day or $50.00 weekend pass Cost for Camping: $30.00 per day or $75.00 weekend pass No Colors - No Animals - No Weapons - No Attitudes Mikje McBrearty (304) 229-5288
Let bikers all across the state know about your motorcycle event without spending a penny. Thunder Roads West Virginia provides this space to announce upcoming events free of charge. Events unrelated to motorcycles are not eligible. You may attach a flier with information to an email, and send it to Information we need is: City or County where the event is being held; Date; Name of Event; Name and address of the Start/Finish location; Timing of the event (sign-up, kickstands up, finish time, etc); A brief (2-3 sentence) description of the event and who is benefiting (if applicable); also a name and phone number or email to contact for more information. MarCh 2011 Thunder roads® WesT Virginia 31

April 1 - 3 – Martinsburg, WV Nan & Pops Spring Fling Friday night music. Saturday Poker Run. Sign-up 12:00 Noon with kick stands up at 2:00 p.m. Food buffet and live music. Sunday Bike Show. Registration 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Judging at 4:00 p.m. 3845 Winchester Avenue, Martinsburg, WV (304) 267-2007 April 16 – Charleston, WV WV Oral Health Bike Rally Sponsored by the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. This rally will take place at the Laidely Field Parking Lot, Piedmont Rd & Elizabeth St., Charleston, WV. Proceeds to benefit the WV Oral Health Fund to provide dental services for those in need.For more information please contact Jeffrey Allen (304) 344-3141 April 23 – Romney, WV Romney Cycle Spring Open House Romney Cycle Spring Open House Event 9:00am - 4:00pm at 51 Industrial Park Romney, WV 25757 (304) 822-3933

May 7 – Martinsburg, WV Relay for Life Poker Run to Moorefield, WV Starting at at The Rock Sports Bar located on Rt.11 North of Martinsburg 2573 Williamsport Pike, Martinsburg, WV. Registration at 9:00am. Kick stands up at 11:00am. $10.00 per bike and $5.00 for passenger, Cars can follow for $10.00 per car. There will be door prizes at each stop. All You Can Eat BBQ at the end for $5.00 per person. Music by Cross Bonz. See our flyer in this issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia for stop information. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Any question please contact: Pam (304) 582-8571 or Sharon (304) 676-2781

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June 4 – Nutter Fort, WV 10th Annual Hogs for Dogs Dice Run Sponsored by B&B Harley-Davidson. The ride starts at B&B Harley-Davidson in Nutter Fort. Registration is from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. For more information call (304) 592-1600

Law Offices of Ralph C. Buss Motorcycle Accident/Injury Law Ohio, WV, KY, PA & Indiana (800) 582-5577 Weatherholtz bonding 306 West Stephen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 Bee Hive Tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin Ink Tattoo Cindy’s Bar & Grill Route 3 (End of Speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Pool Tournaments Weekly Colt’s Restaurant and Pizza Park Inc. 425 S. Main St. Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-2523 Country Inn - Under New Management! 1202 Meadowdale Rd, Fairmont (304) 333-6310 Daily Specials and Live Music! Pool Tables, Video Games & MORE! Banquet and Private Parties Welcome Desperado’s Bar & Grill 35 Potomac Street Ridgeley, WV 26753 Food – Games – Cold Beer (304) 738-0010 Donna Jean’s Family Restaurant 23480 George Washington Hwy. Aurora, WV 26705 (304) 735-3260 Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Mon-Fri 5:30 - 7 Sat & Sun 7:00 - 7 Doodles Place Rt. 50 Augusta, WV (304) 496-9481 Four Corners Club 72 Pedal Car Drive Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-3443 Hide Away Tavern Rt. 50 Burlington, WV Near WVDOH District 5 Shed (304) 289-5396


Iron Horse Bar & Grill HC 84 Box 33 (Cutoff Road) Keyser, WV 26726 (304) 788-7533 Longshots Billiards 76 Wolfcraft Way Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-1975 Lost River Brewing 155 West Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-4455 Under New Ownership main street bar & grill 608 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-5111 “Behind Anthony’s Pizza” Mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 368-9223 mountaineer all star Cafe U.S. Rt. 220 South / 2 mi. from Keyser A Family Restaurant with a Sports Atmosphere (304) 788-6433 Nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 Petie’s Pub & Grill 304 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0698 Bike Nite to Start April 1st. Poor Dave’s Restaurant and Lounge Rt. 55 – American Legion Petersburg, WV 26847 (304) 257-4322 Potter’s Hill Top Inn 4726 US Hwy. 33 West Camden, WV 26338 (304) 269-4004 Coldest beer in town. Quaker Steak & Lube Bike Nite starting April 21st 2931 Mountaineer Blvd. Charleston, WV (304) 746-9401 www.the Road Hogs Saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588
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The Rock Sports Bar Located on Rt. 11 North of Martinsburg 2573 Williamsport Pike Martinsburg, WV (304) 263-5558 Rock Forge Inn/Haught Diggity Dogz Serving WV’s #1 Rated Chili Dog Off I-68 at Sabraton Exit #4 Turn left .2 mile – Red Roof on right Rt. 7 East (304) 291-DOGZ (3649) Royal Restaurant 88 N. Main St., Keyser, WV Good Home Cookin’ Check us out on Facebook (304) 788-9825 Santana’s Pub 2430 Smithtown Rd (Rt. 73, near Goshen Rd) Morgantown WV (304) 241-5762 Full Kitchen Now Open! Outside Facilities – Awesome Food! Sissie’s Bellview Bar 1009 Pennsylvania Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 Tues. 8pm Pool Tournament Thurs. 8pm Women’s Pool Tournament Cold Beer - Good Food star mercantile, LLC 80 W. Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-FOOD (3663) Steve’s Broken Spoke Bar & Grill 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 Swervé’s Bar & Grill Speedway Ave. Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 367-0075 Welcome Truckers “Swerve on In” Daily Specials Located beside K&T Truck Stop Uncle Joe’s Wood Pile Rt. 1, Box 400 Ridgeley, WV 26753 (304) 726-8505 Your Tavern 304-329-2078 Rte. 7 Kingwood, WV Friday night Wing night Big Screen TVs Where friends meet year ‘round.

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Hawgs-N-Dawgs Biker Apparel – Leather – H-D Boots Patches & More 112 Davis Avenue - Glen Lyn, VA 24093 (540) 726-3080 hiaWaTha’s Boots – Hats – Jewelry – Gifts – Aigner Leather Moccasins – Beaded Jackets – WV Shirts Jct. Rt. 250 S. & 33 E. Elkins, WV 26241 (304) 636-4836 “JUST LOOK FOR THE INDIAN PRINCESS” Art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 JT Cycle & Hoodlum Motorcycle Garage Aftermarket & Custom Parts & Accessories 486 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 255-2468 M&J Motor Company Lehman Trike Conversions 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-6200 Mercer County Choppers 4156 Coal Heritage Road Bluewell, WV 24701 (304) 589-6222 Morgantown Powersports 526 Mileground Road Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-9055 R.G. Honda-Yamaha & Polaris 1619 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort, WV 26301 (304) 624-5420 (800) 734-3694 The Fun Starts Here! romney Cycle Center 51 Industrial Park Romney, WV 26757 (866) 766-1495 (304) 822-3933 ruff road Cycle L.L.C. Authorized Drag Specialty Dealer Tires & Service – Fast Turn Around 2050 Burke Rd. Masontown, WV 26542 (304) 980-2005 S & P Harley-Davidson 80 Thunder Road Williamstown, WV 26187 I-77 Exit 185 (304) 375-2530 Shenandoah Harley-Davidson 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-7433 Smitty’s Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha Rt. 33 E. Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-4824 synful Cycle Service * Repair * Customizing 54 GM Access Road, Suite G Martinsburg, WV 25403 (304) 262-2400 Check us out on Facebook The Twisted Spoke Custom Builds, Motorcycle & ATV Repair 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 (304) 326-HOGG (4644)
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Edward Jones Yvonne Williams, Financial Advisor 210 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV (304) 538-2811 a Therapeutic Touch of fairmont 210 East Park Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8711 EVERYBODY NEEDS A MASSAGE Meredith Hancock Independent Beauty Consultant (703) 965-1848 GET YOUR COLOR FIX! Jarrell Insurance Bike Insurance Specialists 2404 Camden Ave. & 4545 Emerson Ave. Parkersburg, WV 26101 (877) 876-9076 Mathias & Associates Insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV Insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 Rider Insurance Est. 1971 For a hassle free ride …Ride with Rider For a quick quote call (800) 595-6393 River Bridge Retreat Your Personal Get-Away Moorefield, WV (304) 886-5100 South Branch Inn – Romney & Moorefield 1500 U.S. 220 N. Moorefield, WV 26836 Route 50 Romney, WV 26757 800-856-9167 Moorefield 866-492-3122 Romney / Open 24 hours CycleMart Your Motorcycle Parts Store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins Street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119
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Cosmic Wizard L.E.D.s Specializing in Motorcycle L.E.D. Lighting. Accent, Brake, Turn Signals, and Much More. (740) 706-2288 (740) 423-2028 Smack, Jack and Wack Upholstery Custom Motorcycle Seat Specialists Seat Softening and Gel Pad Inserts “Set Your Crack On Smack, Jack and Wack!” Morgantown, WV (304) 328-5707 Toxic Paint Custom Air Brush, Fabrication, Design & Collision Repair Morgantown, WV 26505 - Star City Danny (480) 650-4743, RJ (304) 826-6688 Tod (304) 376-4333 Office (304) 777-2134, Shop (304) 599-4195 Wiskybilt It’s all about the ride. Custom crafted parts made in WV (304) 379-1214 Busted Knuckles Custom Cycles 47 Post Office Lane Bunker Hill, WV 25413 (304) 229-9360 Country Chrome Cycles – Trikes – ATVs Parts – Accessories – Repair 16435 Parkersburg Rd. Elizabeth, WV 26143 (304) 273-4986

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Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meets & Shows Happening in KY & OH 7923 Janes Ave., Woodridge, IL. 60517 (630) 985-2097 Facebook - Other inquiries about PMS Patty please call Art by Weeze (304) 264-4604 Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 Dragon Cloud Dojo Mount Mission Community Center Rte. 9 and Mission Road Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 261-1609 Martial arts for any age Doug’s Sport Shop New and Used Guns, Sporting Apparel, Aigner Products and Reloading Supplies 220 North Main Street; 743B Hawse Plaza Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-6496 Pattys Art Spot Tattoo & Piercing studio 3399 University Ave. Star City, WV (next to Crocketts) (304)-598-0190 Smokin’ Guns Tattoo 2986 Robert C. Byrd Drive Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 250-6020

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Brady’s Exxon I-79 Exit 132 Fairmont, WV 26554 Complete Auto Repair (304) 366-0206

BACA - Bikers Against Child Abuse (Inwood, WV) A non-profit organization that exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. Hot Line (304) 839-7809 Email: Calvary Riders Motorcycle Ministry Fishers of Men of Morgan County For more information email Larry at CBWV – Concerned Bikers of West Virginia (Fairmont, WV) For more information call Earl at (304) 366-6473 or (304) 816-2863 Email: C.E.’s Helping Hands (Old Fields, WV) a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at GWRRA WV-A (Martinsburg, WV) (Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc.) ‘Mountaineer Wings’ Meets the 1st Sunday of the month - 8am at Hoss’s Steak House, Martinsburg, WV Chapter Directors: JJ & Becky Jones JJ: (301) 667-4040 Becky: (301) 667-0121 Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry (South Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: STAR Touring and Riding Assoc. Chapter 485 (Martinsburg, WV) Meets the second Saturday of the month – 8:00 am at Sheila’s Restaurant, Martinsburg, WV Chapter President: Rick Shimp (703) 969-8745

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Brady’s Exxon I-79 Exit 139 Fairmont, WV 26554 Complete Convenience Store Open 24 Hours (304) 363-1810 Bob’s Tire Service Inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 J & C Enterprises “Cylinder Head Exchange” 612 Virginia Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554 (800) 266-5599 Fax: (304) 366-4221 Rainbow Tire 10422 Veterans Memorial Highway Masontown, WV 26542 304-854-3999 “Come See Us For Your Vehicle Rim And Tire Needs.”


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By Jim “Jammer” Marcum Several years ago a friend was going through some difficult times. He was suffering with an illness, as well as struggling financially. In the midst of his troubles he remained faithful that tomorrow would be a brighter day, and would always manage to squeeze out a smile. I wanted to be able to just snap my fingers and make everything better for him. I wanted to be able to reach into my pocket and give him all the money he needed to meet his financial obligations. But I had limited resources myself, although I helped the best I could. He told me that, above all things, his greatest need was for prayer. This was one of his needs I knew I could fulfill fervently and consistently. Many people prayed for him, and in God’s time He brought him through it all in complete victory! In Acts 3:1-10 Peter and John went to the temple to pray. At the gate laid a crippled man who was lame at birth. His only hope of survival was to ask alms (money) of those who entered the temple. When Peter and John approached the man asked alms of them. Peter said, “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.” The man leaped up and walked into the temple with them praising God. Even though our physical resources and abilities to help are sometimes limited, we have an unlimited spiritual resource we can tap into…the power of prayer which moves the hand of God! People may be able to supply us with a few of our physical needs, but only God can supply us with ALL our needs! - Jammer
Jim “Jammer” Marcum resides in Charleston and has been involved in motorcycle ministry for nearly 15 years and serves as Clergy within Highways and Hedges Motorcycle Ministry.

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