Dragon Tales

Spring is here! We made it, and now is the time to start looking at the Thunder Roads West Virginia calendar of events to plan your summer travels. We print the calendar for at least the next month’s worth of events in the magazine (Page 37 this month). Our online calendar has every listing that has been submitted to us, for the entire year. It is updated regularly, so check back often. There are numerous benefit rides, charity runs and all-out rallies happening throughout our state in the months to come. As if we needed a reason to ride, why not give it a purpose from time to time? Alone we may not be able to do much, but together we can make a difference to someone in need. Remember, you may need help down the road someday, too. There are a number of reasons we work so hard to produce this magazine every month. The main reason is to give this state’s riding community a central place for information, communication, and representation. We are breaking down the barriers that public opinion has built against bikers. We are bringing the bikers of this state together with the biker friendly businesses that reside in every nook and cranny of this Wild, Wonderful place we call home. These business owners, who are often riders themselves, want us all to know where they are and that we are welcome through their doors. There are so many of those businesses throughout West Virginia that survive on the local economy. With times being tough for all of us right now we need to remember that every little bit we keep in-state, and bring to West Virginia businesses, helps our own economy. And every hard earned dollar we keep in the United States helps our own as well. I know that this economy has hit everyone hard, but West Virginia has had it tougher than most, most of the time. But yet we persevere. We cannot count on the internet with the multitude of unknown suppliers to be trustworthy. We also know that it is nearly impossible to buy 100% American made products these days but we can support good old American businesses by backing their products and services. Too often I hear of someone getting a great deal on-line for something, and finding out afterwards that they did not get what they paid for. We have heard many stories of botched orders, misrepresentation of products and just plain lack of customer service. Do yourself a favor and before you click the “Buy Now” button on a website, print off the information and pricing, and go to your local shop. Give them the opportunity to match price if possible. To be honest, if you end up paying a little bit more for the product, you can at least be assured that if you have any problems at all, that business will be right there to make things right. Try that with the majority of internet product sales sites. We Americans need to rebuild our own economy, one dollar at a time, right here at home. So go out and get your ride on West Virginia! Say “Hi” to those Biker Friendly businesses for us as you go. Ride safe and keep the shiny side up!

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P.O. Box 606 / Charles Town, WV 25414 www.thunderroadswv.com oWner / ediTors Gary Westphalen, Editor-in-Chief gary@thunderroadswv.com / 304-616-0102 Donna K. Westphalen, CFO donna@thunderroadswv.com / 304-261-1609 LayouT & design Meredith Hancock / Hancock Graphics CoPy ediTor Thomas M. Korzeniowski offiCe adMinisTraTion Melinda Hendrix ConTribuTors Andy Bean, Donna Jones, Dave Luksa, Jim Jammer Marcum, Greg Roach Nicklin, Earl Nuzum, Susan Vetter adVerTising saLes / disTribuTion NATIONAL ACCOUNTS Donna K. Westphalen - 304-261-1609 / donna@thunderroadswv.com EASTERN PANHANDLE Dave Luksa - 304-268-1315 / dave.luksa@thunderroadswv.com NORTHWEST WV Earl Nuzum – 304-816-2863 / earl@thunderroadswv.com PARKERSBURG Debbie Postalwait - 304-266-7873 / debbie.postalwait@thunderroadswv.com POTOMAC HIGHLANDS Moe Vetter - 304-668-9563 / moe@thunderroadswv.com SOUTHEAST WV Jeff Davis – 304-673-7321 / jeff@thunderroadswv.com

Dragon Tales ...............................................3 From The Editor...........................................4 Letters..........................................................5 Bikers Rally for Dave Mast .......................... 6 Hidden Highways – U.S. Highway 50 .......... 8 Daytona Run.............................................. 11 TRWV On The Radio ................................. 11 New for 2011 .............................................12 Getting Fit ..................................................14 Helmet Repeal Dies...................................16 TRUCKS: Size Determines Right-Of-Way ...... 17 TRUCKS: Flying Alligators......................... 20 Center Calendar ........................................22 Road Ready Gear – Battery Tender .......... 24 The Hog Pen Goes West........................... 26 Bike of the Month.......................................28 Mountain State Ink.....................................30 The Jokers Wild .........................................33 TNT............................................................36 Upcoming Events ......................................37 Thunder Pub & Grub ................................. 38 Biker Friendly Directory ............................. 40 The High Road ..........................................43
ON THE COVER Walking into the showroom of your favorite motorcycle dealership this spring is a real treat. Motorcycle manufacturers have unleashed a crop of new bikes on the 2011 market like we haven’t seen in years. In every category of bike, there are new entries designed to make you crave that new scoot. Technical and styling advances are rampant throughout the lines from each manufacturer. Greater power, more dependable engineering, better fuel mileage, and cooler styling fill every corner of the showroom. It’s an exciting year to be in the market for a bike. Start your shopping by reading our story about what’s hot for 2011 on Page 12.
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i’m not a paperwork kind of guy. Sit me down in front of a form full of little boxes that I am required to fill in, by locating obscure bits of data that supposedly represent my life, and my eyes glaze over within seconds. I don’t know if a phobia has been named for people who can’t deal with forms, but if there is, I have it.So it was very challenging when Donna and I recently sat down to purchase new health insurance. Churning through page after page of small print, trying to compare this policy to that, delving into copays and coinsurance (I still don’t understand the difference), and comparing apples to oranges because no two plans present things the same way.Just when I was about to go catatonic, a question jumped off the page at me with such force that all symptoms of my formophobia were immediately reversed. Here in the middle of this application questionnaire, full of questions about whether I had a history of everything from seizures (no) to malaria (again, no), I was asked if I ride a motorcycle. Excuse me?!!! A health insurance company is singling me out because I ride a motorcycle? Seriously?!!! They’re not asking me if I skydive. They’re not asking me if I train wild lions for a hobby. They’re not asking me if I rock climb, hunt, scuba dive, race speed boats, play Russian Roulette, or any other potentially dangerous activity. All they ask is whether I ride a motorcycle. They don’t even ask about my training or history aboard bikes. I’m a biker, and in their minds, that puts me in a special subclass of people. This is the nation of anti-discrimination laws so strong that it that has to make every single person who gets on an airplane take their shoes off, because we can’t be seen as profiling a special subclass of people. This is the nation whose Constitution provides for equal rights for every citizen, so as not to step on the interests of any special subclass of people. Unless, of course, they’re bikers. Here’s a special subclass of people for whom it’s okay if an insurance company charges a higher price, or even denies coverage altogether. Antidiscrimination laws and practices don’t have to apply. It’s not like bikers are real citizens who serve in our military, have jobs, pay mortgages, taxes, and inflated insurance premiums just like everybody else. Is it? They’re just bikers. It’s okay to discriminate against them. People who ride motorcycles put up with more laws than anyone else on the road. Specialized training, an endorsement on our drivers license, and the wearing of certain safety gear are required by laws applied uniquely to motorcyclists. We are told by law how high our bars can rise above the seat, how loud our machines can be, and on and on. The discriminations leveled against riders of motorcycles are legion. Do we really have to put up with being ostracized by health insurers, too? it’s not the destination…it’s the Journey. Gary 4 Thunder roads® WesT Virginia april 2011

March 2011 Mag roCKs What a great bike rag you guys have busted your butts to produce! March is a masterpiece! I love you guys! Keep up the great work! Magz Tudor Charles Town Once again, a great issue! Thanks for all your hard work...well...maybe Donna meeting Arlen Ness wasn’t such hard work. Weeze Mace Martinsburg buck’s indians I stopped in Mercer Choppers today to show off my new 2010 Chief and saw this mag on the counter. What a great article about Bucks Indians!!! I have seen the collection, and know Steve and his wife Dee Dee from when I lived in Romney. I love your magazine, and think it’s a great idea. I plan to visit as many of your advertisers as I can and mention your mag. Bob Faulkner Princeton Thanks to all of you for the positive feedback. We genuinely appreciate the compliments and truly enjoy bringing the stories of motorcycling in West Virginia to your home each month. To each and every reader and advertiser we say “Thank you” for your support. gary


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Bikers Rally for Dave Mast
Hundreds of rides are organized around the State of West Virginia each summer to provide assistance to bothers and sisters who have run into a bad patch. But those things happen in winter, too. So when the weather breaks, bikers are eager to get out and help where they can. One of the first fundraiser events of the year was run to benefit biker and musician Dave Mast of the Martinsburg area. Dave has had some medical issues, which always lead to medical bills. Thunder Roads West Virginia’s Dave Luksa made the run, and gives us the details: We arrived around 11:30 on a Saturday morning. The early March sky was cloudy, but the temperatures were in our favor. There was a great turn out with close to twenty bikes lined up in front of Nan & Pops place on RT 11, south of Martinsburg. We had just enough time for some greetings a couple of hugs and hand shakes before we went kickstands up. It was a great feeling to once again have the leather on, and here the bikes fire up. Spring is on its way! It was a nice ride up RT11 into Williamsport and Sharpsburg in Maryland, then back into the Great State for the party, like only Nan & Pops can pull off. Next thing, the musicians started to roll in. It was fun to watch Dave Mast play at his own benefit. In all, the party included five bands. Dave has a great group of musical friends that came out to support the event. I have to admit that I didn’t make it till the end of the party…just to my end. It was another showing of how bikers make it happen in this state. When a brother or sister is down, we are there with a hand to help them up. Be proud, West Virginia!


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U.S. HigHway

Hidden Highways


by gary WesTPhaLen It’s a bright red squiggle that runs the entire width of the West Virginia road map. In fact, it runs from Ocean City, MD all the way to Kansas City, MO. There’s really nothing hidden about this one, but U.S. Highway 50 from the Virginia state line to its intersection with I-79 at Bridgeport is a must-do for any West Virginia biker. Jumping on U.S. 50 somewhere around Winchester, VA, doesn’t give a biker much inspiration. It’s a divided highway with a lot of traffic. Yuck! But when those two wheels hit the West Virginia line, traffic has thinned and the road narrows. U.S. 50 begins a 130 mile trek over and around mountain after mountain. It will take a biker through some of the most pristine wilderness and highest elevations this state has to offer. Along the way, it will make sure that even the very edges of the tires get a taste of pavement. There is usually still some traffic between Capon Bridge and Romney, although there are enough passing zones here to give a biker a chance to escape the exhaust plumes of impeding cages. It’s also the stretch where foothills become mountains. Elevations rise
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progressively to a thousand feet, 1,200, 1,600, and so on. The 87 miles between Romney and Grafton is a wide-open romp of vertigoinducing mountain serpentines and switchbacks, tempered by a few stretches of riverside valley sweepers that will give you a chance to let the blood flow through those white knuckles. The elevation changes really get serious as the road climbs the mountains west of Keyser. The views from the 2,840 foot high perch near Mt. Storm are tremendous. There is an enormous wind turbine farm up here that stretches for 12 miles along the Allegheny Front. The 132 turbines can be spotted from great distances, but this is where you see them up close. The land never really levels out for a long stretch through here. A bike’s nose is either pointed up or down, and often on miles-long grades of up to 10%. It naturally follows that it’s almost always leaning left or right as well. Sometimes it feels like you’re riding a giant slalom course, and at other times you’ll find yourself dropping into the little gears to handle the hairpins. If you want to freak yourself out, take a peek over that guardrail as you roll through one of the many curves clinging to the side of these mountains. But don’t look for too long. You don’t want

that “you go where you’re looking” effect to kick in. 66 miles after crossing into West Virginia from the east, you’ll once again leave the state. After rolling through Gormania, U.S. 50 spends the next nine miles winding around in the southwestern corner of Maryland’s Garrett County. But the mountains don’t know boundaries, and the highway continues to deliver the same level of fun for bikers. Within minutes, U.S. 50 reenters West Virginia and passes through Aurora four miles later. If you’ve made it over all of those mountains this far, you’re ready to relax on the grips for a while. The highway accommodates by dropping into a valley carved out by the Cheat River. Rolling gently through the valley, the highway mimics the gentle undulations of

the waterway for a few miles before getting a little rowdy again. The mountains begin to soften and traffic thickens as you near Grafton where U.S. 50 crosses 119, another legendary bike road. Just west of Grafton, in Pruntytown, a biker’s glance to the left locks onto a towering 58-acre hillside, covered with the greenest of grass crisscrossed with precisely ordered rows of upright headstones. Dedicated in 1987, the West Virginia National Cemetery was the 110th such facility in the nation. It is the successor to the Grafton National Cemetery, which ran out of space. Park your bike in the circle at the top of the drive, and walk up the steps to the flag-topped hill which, at 1,335 feet in elevation, provides a powerful vantage point looking down over the hillside cemetery. As the Stars and Stripes flap in the wind above your head, remind yourself that continued on next page...


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you are able to ride this road as a free person because of the men and women whose memories are carved in stone below. There are only a few pleasant miles of road left before coming upon Bridgeport and our jumping off point at I-79. But there is one more interesting sight as our 130 mile journey comes to a close. It’s not often that a biker cresting a hill is met by the stony stare of a concrete giraffe. But this is one of those times. The highway continues west of I-79, passing through Clarksburg. It’s 74 more miles to Parkersburg and points west of the state. This

stretch is a four-lane divided get-me-there kind of road. It’s still very beautiful territory, and this is serious motorcycle country. You’ll enjoy this stretch of road too, but the center of your tire tread is going to be doing the heavy lifting. U.S. Highway 50 wears several hats as it makes its way across the state. It attacks boisterous mountains with vigor and walks softly when the terrain quiets down. It plays tag with some rivers and bounds instantly over others. It travels some of the highest and lowest elevations the state has to offer. It is an artery for commerce in places and, in others, a peaceful ride through breathtaking wilderness.

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Daytona Run
by greg RoAch niCKLin The snow is blowing out in the yard, Wind howling through trees, oh so hard. Bad weather sucks. I can’t go outside. Just wanna crawl under the covers and hide. We worked on our bikes to take a little trip, On down to Daytona and cruise the strip. 10,000 scooters on the highway, Not a cop in sight and a beautiful day. Sun on my face and feet in the sand, Chicks in bikinis and brew in both hands. We saw the bike shows all the customs and freaks, Even two tattooed moped geeks. Back on the bikes and headed up the road, Made a quick stop to see a few bros. At the old homestead we did arrive, And the temperature outside was a cold minus 5.

Thunder Roads West Virginia

on The radio

Join Thunder Roads West Virginia owners Gary and Donna Westphalen as they dish it out on the radio about motorcycling in the Mountain State, on Saturday, April 9. They have been invited by hosts Randy Damron and Greg Winter to appear on Cycle Talk, a weekly show about motorcycling that airs during the riding season on WCHS radio in Charleston. The talk show, which has been on the air for six years, is the only dedicated radio motorcycle safety show in West Virginia, and maybe the entire country. Mr. Damron is the Special Events Coordinator for the State Department of Transportation and Mr. Winter is the new State Director of Motorcycle Safety. “We are very excited to join Randy and Greg for what promises to be their best show ever,” joked Gary, who serves as Editor for the magazine. “This is going to be a great hour of motorcycle talk. Donna and I travel the state extensively on our bikes and we can’t wait to yak endlessly about the fun we have, as we create Thunder Roads West Virginia.” Even if you don’t live near Charleston, you’ll still be able to listen to the show. WCHS feeds the program live on their website. Just log on to www.58wchs.com and click on the “Listen Live” button at the top of their home page. The episode of Cycle Talk featuring Thunder Roads West Virginia airs Saturday, April 9 at 9am.


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After a few very bad years in the U.S. economy, dealers all across the state are looking forward to what promises to be a reasonably good year for motorcycle sales. A slowly improving economy and pent-up demand for new machines are two factors they point to, but there is a third reason. The 2011 machines that are debuting in their showrooms are sure to stir the senses. In fact, it’s already happening. “I’ve answered more leads and seen more interest in sport bikes,” says Brian Thoerig, Sales Manager for Romney Cycles. Brian says prospective buyers began sniffing around new hardware several months earlier than usual. They’ve also been gravitating away from the Bigger is Better notion, towards the smaller displacement machines. “With the design changes that Suzuki made, I think there’s going to be a lot of interest in the GSX-R600,” says Brian. “They shaved 20 pounds off of it, which is pretty significant. From the ground up, it’s a new bike.” The redesigned Suzuki GSX-R600 has a curb weight of just 412 pounds, and a list price of under $12-thousand. The four-cylinder engine is loaded with design changes forged on the race track, that Suzuki says generate enormous power even as fuel economy is increased by about ten percent. “The GSX-R750 is much the same,” says Larry Presgraves, also of Romney Cycles. “So, that middle class is just going to be dominant.” When Honda introduced its Fury last year, the metric cruiser world was put on notice. After several years of stagnating offerings from Honda’s cruiser division, the Fury presented radical chopper-like styling in a factory-built package. This was a bike that needed no aftermarket bling to make a statement. Yamaha’s Star Division has answered the bell for 2011 with its introduction of the Stryker. The 1304cc power plant is fuel injected and liquid cooled. A belt drive delivers the V-Twin’s output to the rear wheel. With a low seat height of just 26.4 inches, a chunky 210 rear tire, and a rider position that Yamaha refers to as “fists in the wind”, the Stryker is an aggressive-looking cruiser right out of the box. Add in the fact that there is a distinct lack of plastic on this bike – yes, it has steel
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fenders – and it’s easy to see that the customizing crowd is going to have a field day with this machine. Look for some very cool renditions of the Stryker to make an appearance on the street this summer. A new entrant in the big bore touring class for 2011 is the Kawasaki Vaquero. “It’s built on the same lines as the Voyager,” says Brian Thoerig. The Vaquero is a 1700cc bagger, just like the rest of the Voyager line, but things like the lack of a trunk give the Vaquero more aggressive styling. “They utilize the same engine, same sixspeed transmission. The front fairing is redesigned and reshaped a little bit nicer. There’s a very short windshield on it. It’s a nicely designed bike. I look for some interest in it this year.” “The hottest thing out for us right now is the Ultra Limited.” says Jim Moore of Shenandoah Harley-Davidson in Staunton, Virginia. “It comes the way you would want it, right from the factory.” The Electra Glide Ultra Limited is brimming with features like the 1690cc Twin Cam 103™ engine, heated grips, and ABS braking. With a price tag in the $24-thousand dollar range, the Ultra Limited offers all of Harley-Davidson’s signature styling in a package fit for a king. Harley-Davidson’s factory-built trike, the Street Glide, is also proving to be popular. Jim Moore says they have been rolling off the floor with frequency. “It’s a little bit of a different ride, but you’re still out there doing your thing. It’s definitely a nice alternative to not riding at all,” Moore points out. “Plus, now that Harley makes them, you get a factory warranty on them. That’s huge.” A couple of other models that defy common labeling are going to generate some excitement this summer. Kawasaki’s Z1000 has been redesigned and renamed as the Ninja 1000. At first glance, this Standard-style bike looks more like a super sport crotch rocket. Make no mistake about it, the Ninja 1000 will have no problem hanging with the fastest of them, but its ergonomics are designed for longer distance riding. Another bike that is going to be making its debut on the showroom floor at Yamaha dealerships in a few months is the Super Ténéré. Since the bike won’t be available until early summer, Yamaha is actually billing it as a 2012 model. This rally-inspired bike sports a 1200cc, liquid-cooled, parallel twin engine that pushes its power through a six-speed transmission and shaft final drive. The Super Ténéré carries a host of high-tech features from ABS brakes, to circuitry that controls ignition timing and fuel injection based on wheel spin. This “traction control” feature is designed to let riders get on the gas with more confidence regardless of the surface beneath their wheels. With a list price under $14,000, this bike is clearly aimed at taking a serious bite of the on- and off-road market that has been dominated by European manufacturers like KTM, BMW, and Triumph. The 2011 lineup of new models from virtually every motorcycle manufacturer may be the best we’ve seen in years. Whether you’re interested in the blazingly nimble speed of a lightweight and inexpensive sport bike, the street-savvy style of a cruiser, the luxurious comfort of a big tourer, or riding wherever you want to go regardless of whether there’s a road there or not, this year’s crop of motorcycles offers something new and exciting for every biker.

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donna tried the mini-apes (LefT) and the drag bars (MiddLe), but found the swingbacks (righT) to be the most comfortable handlebars for her. Note the relaxed position of her upper arms, a key factor in fighting fatigue.

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Now that we’ve helped you to decide which of the new offerings you’re going to rescue from the shelter for homeless Bikes (aka the dealership showroom), the next step is making sure you get the right fit. An ill-fitting bike is going to lead to discomfort, fatigue, poor control, and could very well put you in danger. You wouldn’t be the first biker to go ditch diving within your first 100 miles on a new scoot. So, before that bike of your dreams rolls across the dealership’s threshold, have it set up to fit you, not the stock arrangement designed to fit the imaginary “average biker.” “The idea is to make it fit your body type,” says Jason Moore, Parts Manager at Charlie’s Harley-Davidson in Huntington, West Virginia. Thunder Roads West Virginia stopped in for the Fourth Anniversary Party at Charlie’s, where Jason was using a Fat Boy and a collection of saddles and handlebars to demonstrate how changing out these two pieces of equipment can dramatically alter the ergonomics of a bike. Being eight inches taller, and having a wingspan ten inches longer than Donna, a one-size-fits-all seat and bars combination isn’t likely to be ideal for either one of us. Jason started with the smaller rider. With the stock seat and bars, she was not able to stand flat-footed on the bike. If you don’t think that’s an issue, put a single foot down in a greasy spot at a stop light some time. You’ll be real glad that the other foot can make landfall, too. The handlebars were Jason’s first step. The 12-inch mini-apes were a reach for Donna, putting her in a riding position that would lead to an aching back in just a few hours. Her own bike is outfitted with drag bars, and the familiarity with their feel suited her on this bike as well. But the ergonomics of this bike really changed for the better when Jason introduced a set of Swingback bars. They have a pullback measurement of eight inches, bringing the bars much closer to the rider than the drag bars, and without the added rise in hand and arm positioning dictated by the mini-apes. Jason then turned his attention to the seat. By replacing the relatively flat stock seat with a bucket that dips deeper while moving the rider’s seat position forward a bit with thicker padding on the seat back, Donna was easily able to flat-foot the bike. This particular seat drops the height by about an inch, while moving the rider more than two inches forward. The added support on the lower back means
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The reduced-reach seat (ToP) was perfect for donna, but the deep bucket (boTToM) gave gary the space he needed. that it is also a seat that would provide many hours of comfortable riding experience. When I sat on the bike configured for Donna, I felt like my butt was dragging on the ground and the bars were nearly in my lap. The reduced-reach seat had to go, in favor of a deep seat bucket that moved me back a few inches, while providing gobs of lower back support. Although I really liked the styling of the Swingback bars, their

While the mini-apes (LefT) were a familiar feel and the drag bars (MiddLe7\) offered aggressive styling, the beach bars (righT) provided the comfort and control that allows for long days in the saddle. low rise and long pull-back measurements brought the bars way too close for comfort. We have Mini-Apes on the Thunder Roads West Virginia Heritage Softail Classic, so I tried those next. Yup, this feels familiar. I have always liked the look of drag bars, so I wanted to try those as well. But the small rise of the drag bars, coupled with the deep bucket seat, meant I was reaching a bit. It wasn’t a big deal at the time, but the combination would lead to fatigue during a long day in the saddle. Jason Moore wasn’t finished with me. He had one more trick up his sleeve. “These are called Beach Bars,” Jason says as he brings yet another set of bars to the bike. “When I first looked at these things, I hated them. I thought they were ugly.” But, when he put them on a bike to try them out, his tune changed. “Now,” he says, “I think they’re comfortable.” The Beach Bars are shaped a lot like the handlebars on a mid-1950’s bicycle. I have to agree that there are more stylish bars available. You can almost see the little front-mounted wicker basket and the domed bell within reach of your thumb. ring-ading, ring-ring. However, for my size and build, these bars were a perfect fit on this bike. So, instead of thinking of them as bicycle bars, I squinted a bit and imagined them to be the business ends of a Longhorn steer. Much better. By changing just the seat and handlebar configurations, Jason Moore was able to make the same bike just as comfortable for each of two riders with differing physical statures. No lowering kits, forward controls, or other expensive and often permanent changes had to be made to the bike itself. Unfortunately, many riders don’t take the time to go through a fitting process like this when they buy a new bike. “Most people get on a bike, and they end up liking it,” says Jason Moore, “and they’ll ride it until they don’t like something about it. Then they’ll come back.”


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Helmet Repeal Dies in Committee
“I don’t want to give up on it,” West Virginia State Senator Jack Yost says of a bill to repeal West Virginia’s mandatory helmet law. The proposal has been introduced by Senator Yost, of Brooke County, for several years in a row. It has died in the Senate Transportation Committee every time, including this past month. The committee never put his Senate Bill 7 on their agenda, so the repeal died without discussion. After repeated attempts at repealing the law in the State Senate, Mr. Yost is thinking that it might be a better bet to pursue the legislation through the house side of the state legislature. He also thinks that bikers interested in repealing the state helmet requirement need to start lobbying for next year’s legislation long before the session begins. “I think we need to initiate some meetings with legislators now,” Senator Yost tells Thunder Roads West Virginia. “It seems as though this is a very challenging bill for some legislators.” Mr. Yost says the bill may get a better reception on the House side. He says that success in the House may well push the Senate to approve the repeal. “Some Senators are cautious of taking the first step on a controversial issue like this,” he notes.

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I call it the Wheel of death experience. The next time you’re passing a tractor-trailer rig on an Interstate, glance over at the rig’s enormous front tire spinning viciously just a couple of feet away from you. Don’t tell me that doesn’t give you the creeps. That wheel, along with the other seventeen, is guiding up to 80,000 pounds of weight, on a vehicle that can be eighty feet long. It would take about 90 Honda Goldwings, or 136 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200’s, to equal the mass of a single truck. Ask any trucker about the stupid things bikers have done around him or her, and get ready for a lengthy rant. There’s a reason they refer to us on their CB radios as “Evel Knievels.” That 18-Wheeler deserves your respect. But, all too often, the big rigs aren’t given the deference they should have. When push comes to shove, the 40-ton behemoth will barely shudder as it dispatches you and your scoot. That wobble a trucker feels in the steering wheel may be his first indication that you’re even nearby. From his perch more than six feet off the ground, encased in the mass of the truck around him, you are practically invisible. To prove the point, the American Trucking Association (ATA) brought a life-sized demonstration to the West Virginia Gold Wing Road Riders Association Rally this past summer. Jim Gallagher and Clarence Jenkins, Jr., of the ATA’s share the road program, positioned a standard-sized rig in the parking lot of the Summersville Convention Center. Then, they stationed six Goldwings, three of them pulling trailers, around the truck in what would be standard highway lane positions. Looking at the scene from the outside, it’s easy to see the ring of bikes surrounding the truck. “Just climb right up,” Jim Gallagher says, holding the driver’s door to the cab open for me. “Now, you remember where everything is around here. I’m going to close the door, and I want you to look in the mirrors and tell me if you see any motorcycles.” There are six motorcycles, all less than fifty feet away from me. But as I sit in the driver’s seat of this big rig, all I can see is the very top of the windshield and antenna of the bike in front of me. The bulk of that bike, as well as the other five bikes and three trailers, have vanished from my field of view. The mirrors to my left and right don’t show so much as a hint that I’m surrounded by a dozen human lives, and the bikes that carry them. This is not a sleight-of-hand trick, and I’m not exaggerating. Those bikes are nowhere to be seen. “What we’re trying to show you,” explains Jim, “is that if you’re passing a truck, and you look up and only see this mirror, that driver will have the same limitations that you do right now.” The small convex mirrors on this truck have been covered up for this demonstration, says Jim, because they aren’t required by law. A large, flat mirror on each side is the only legal requirement. The optional convex mirrors provide a wider field of view, but that view is distorted. Even in this mirror, a small vehicle like a bike may not be very visible to the driver. There are four blind spots for that truck driver. “The largest one is to the right,” Jim points out. “That blind spot runs more than the length of the trailer, and can extend over three lanes to the right. The blind spot on the driver’s side is the smallest.” The other two I-can’tsee-you zones are in front and in back of the rig. The cone-shaped blind spot to the rear can extend as much as 200 feet behind the trailer. The blind spot in front of the truck will vary with the design of the tractor, but giving a truck a healthy buffer up here may be the most critical consideration of all. When approaching a truck from behind, the first spot a biker needs to consider is at the rear of the truck. “It’s not impossible to put four or five vehicles in that blind spot back there that are not visible to the driver,” Jim says. “The other part about tailgating a truck that’s not good is that this vehicle has a higher clearance than most cars. So, we straddle things that are in the road. If you’re right behind us, and they come out from under the trailer, you have no time whatsoever to react to that.” As our bike approaches the truck, we face the decision of passing
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There are 4 blind spots around a truck. some of them extend as far as 200 feet from the rig. it’s up to you to know where these blind spots are, and get through them quickly.

from the outside, it’s easy to see the goldwing in front of the truck, as well as the five motorcycles and 3 trailers flanking the big rig on either side.

from the driver’s seat inside the cab, only the windshield and antenna of the bike out front is visible. The bikes alongside the truck are completely invisible to the driver. it on the right or the left. Given the huge size of the right-side blind spot, riding into this zone isn’t an option. Don’t do it. The left-side pass is the only safe choice. Even though you are the one doing the passing, you still need to keep an eye on the mirrors – the truck’s mirrors. “You’ll notice that on a lot of trailers now, you’ll see that slogan, ‘if you can’t see my mirrors, i can’t see you.’ That’s partially correct. What you have to be able to see is his face,” says Mr. Gallagher. “When you look in his mirror, if you can see the driver, then you know he can see you.” So you’re passing the truck on the left, and you can clearly see the driver’s face in his mirror. But as you get close to the front of the truck, just before you pull even with the cab, you’ll see his face slide off the side of the mirror. You have now entered the left-side blind spot. “When you’re alongside here and you notice that, what you want to do is go on by and complete the maneuver,” Jim says. “This blind spot on the driver’s side is the smallest, but if you linger in it, the driver may forget that you’re there. In the event that something does occur suddenly, and he has to maneuver quickly, he glances in his mirrors, doesn’t see you, and then something bad can happen.” Once you have gone by the truck, your passing maneuver has one more step to go. Remember the blind spot out in front of the truck? Give that truck enough of a space cushion before you move back into the truck’s lane. It’s not just the blind spot that should concern you. “If you move over quickly, and then look up and see that traffic is stopped,” Gallagher says, “you’ve removed our space cushion. This vehicle, when it’s fully loaded, takes over a football field and both end zones just to stop. We need all the room we can get, so that if anything occurs in front of us, we both have enough time to stop.” Safely passing a tractor-trailer rig on a bike isn’t difficult, as long as you maintain a healthy respect for the big guy by giving him all the space he needs, and making sure he has the chance to see you. The only question left is: with all the great roads in West Virginia, why are you on the Interstate?

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Flying Alligators
I’m only on this Interstate for about five miles, jumping from one good biking road to another. Two trucks are running side-byside in front of me as one truck is supposedly passing the other. From back here, it doesn’t look like the truck in the left lane is making much headway. Suddenly I hear a loud, sharp bang. A tire on one of the trucks has thrown its tread, known by road warriors the worldover as an “alligator skin.” Because the trucks are running alongside each other, the gator skin gets caught up in the wind currents between the two trailers. As I am riding along behind these trucks, I see the skin begin to spin endover-end as it rises up in the air column. By the time the skin reaches the back end of the trailers, it’s nearly as high in the air as their rooflines. So, there I am on my bike, a few seconds behind these trucks, with a six-foot-long chunk of tire tread spinning wildly overhead as it exits their draft. There are cars all around me, leaving little maneuvering room. I am, frankly, at the mercy of the invisible forces of swirling air. If that skin spins out to the right, I’m in the clear. If it spins to the left, well… This is just another example of why bikers need to respect the enormous forces involved in moving a tractor-trailer truck down the road. We are simply no match. The dangers are most often present on Interstates, however riders in West Virginia need to be conscious of the presence of trucks on even some of the best biking roads. The mountains of our state are rich with resources that people everywhere use in their everyday lives. A truck carrying anything from logs to live poultry can be just around the next curve, and wrestling 40-tons of momentum through that twisty might be all it takes to peel the tread right off a tire. A gator can get you on any road. So, back to my Interstate alligator wrestling match. Luckily, the beast caught a swirl of turbulence that spun the skin off to the right, where it landed safely in the ditch. No bikers, cagers, or even real alligators were harmed in the production of this true story.

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1ST & 2ND

Spring Fling

Friday – Annie Seger & Chris Pallidino Duo Friday & Saturday – CrossBonz 9th Private Wigglebaum 23rd Defyance


Warrior Brotherhood Cinco De Mayo Run
Featuring Music by Cross Bonz

May 14th – Harley-Davidson Wedding
JR Rudy and Trina Reed JUNE 23RD, 24TH AND 25TH





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Your bike has been sitting in the garage all winter. It’s been covered and you made sure the gas was stabilized before you put it into hibernation. But you never did get around to buying a smart charger for the battery. So, when you pull that cover off, turn the key and push the starter button, all you hear is a faint clicking…or nothing at all. Lights? Forget about it. Your next move is to jump in the cage and head off to the shop for a new battery, which can cost a hundred bucks, or more. For about half the cost of that new battery, you could have purchased a Deltran Battery Tender™ that promises to keep a motorcycle battery in peak condition for up to ten years. To understand how the Battery Tender can make such a seemingly outrageous claim, we first have to delve into the arcane world of the motorcycle battery. We’re talking math, science, and just a touch of hocus-pocus, so bear with me. As we go, there are two terms related to the flow of electricity that come into play. amperage is the measure of how much electricity, in the form of electrons, is flowing through a circuit. Voltage is the measure of how much force is pushing that flow. If there isn’t enough force, or voltage, pushing the electrons, they don’t move and your bike doesn’t start. Most modern bikes are equipped with a twelve-volt battery made up of six individual cells, connected together in series. Each of those cells produces about 2.15 volts of direct current when fully charged, resulting in a total battery voltage of about 12.9 volts. What we consider to be a “dead battery” – meaning one that will not power the electrical systems of your motorcycle - actually still produces 11.4 volts. In other words, the voltage difference between a fully charged battery and a fully discharged one is a mere volt-and-a-half. That’s not a lot of wiggle room, and it clearly points out why it’s important to take care of your battery. So, fine. You’re with me that battery care is a good idea. But that no-name trickle charger at the local We-Have-Everything-Mart only costs ten bucks. Why should you spend five times more on a Battery Tender? Because that trickle charger will destroy more batteries than it will help. They can generate as much as 16 volts. That’s much higher than your modern sealed battery wants, and the difference can lead to shortened battery life. In older lead acid batteries, 16 volts is well into the range where hydrogen and oxygen gases are given off by the battery, creating a potentially explosive hazard. Because they produce a consistent flow of energy whether the battery needs it or not, trickle chargers aren’t made to stay hooked up to a battery for more than one day at a time. The Battery Tender has a brain – well, electronic control circuitry, to be precise. It actually alters the flow of electricity going to the battery, providing exactly what the battery needs to remain at
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optimum condition. Connect a battery to the Battery Tender, and the system goes into charging mode, delivering 1.25 amperes of juice at 14.4 volts as the battery absorbs the influx of power. When the battery reaches its optimum charge level, the Tender switches to “float mode” and drops its input to 13.2 volts. This keeps the battery topped off at all times, without ramming more energy through it than is necessary. This float mode is what differentiates the Battery Tender from other smart chargers. Many of them shut off when the battery reaches a full charge, and then cycle on again when the battery output drops to about 90 percent. This draining and charging process can lead to shortened battery life. The bikes in the Thunder Roads West Virginia garage are plugged into our Battery Tender whenever they are home. The charging system comes with a short quick-connect pigtail that is screwed right to the posts of the battery. When we pull back into the garage it’s a simple two second procedure to plug them in. Our Battery Tender has been keeping batteries at their optimum condition since 2003, and not a single battery installed in our bikes since that time has had to be replaced. Let me repeat that. We have batteries in our motorcycles that have been running in peak condition for more than eight years without need of replacement. Given the number of bikes in our garage, times the normal life expectancy of a motorcycle battery, and we could realistically have expected to replace eight or more batteries in that time frame. Deltran offers the Battery Tender in a variety of sizes. The Junior generates a lower amperage than the standard version, and I think it should be bypassed. Spend a few bucks more, and get the standard version of the Battery Tender. It’s MSRP of $65 is a steal compared to the cost of a new battery, and it will pay you back many, many times over. If you’re like us, you have more than one battery that could use the TLC this system provides. That’s why the Battery Tender is also offered in units that can charge anywhere from two to as many as ten batteries at a time. Each battery is connected to a separate charger, and those multiple chargers are banked together in a single housing, requiring just one space in your wall outlet. In our garage, a four-bank system keeps our batteries off the maintenance schedule. Nobody likes being stranded by a dead battery. By simply plugging your bike into the Battery Tender whenever it’s in your garage, you can assure yourself of years more riding without even having to think about that little black box of juice nestled under your seat.

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The Hog Pen Goes West
by donna Jones I didn’t realize we could leave Lewisburg, West Virginia, on a Saturday morning and be in Yellowstone National Park by Sunday evening, in time to set up camp before nightfall. We even made several stops for meals, gas, potty breaks and a few hours of shuteye. Interstate 64 took us clear across the country, past Missouri where Routes 70, 435, 29, 2, 80 and 287 took us to our ultimate dream destination. There are several ways to skin this adventurous cat, so pick the route that suits you. Since we were trailering the bikes, we picked the fastest way out. We stayed at Grant Village on Yellowstone Lake, where the biggest emphasis is on food exposure control, in order to prevent the wandering grizzlies from freeloading. This campground, with its central location, is perfect for those wanting to explore Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks without having to pack up camp and move. We set our sights on Old Faithful for our first day of sightseeing, and it was a geological hit. Every sixty to ninety minutes, the earth would erupt and blast steam from this constantly boiling geyser a hundred feet into the air. The magma, or molten rock, that heats the water is only three to five miles below the earth’s surface. Old Faithful isn’t the only super-heated fountain. The many boiling geysers, with their panorama of colors, shapes, sizes, and smells are a must-see. Mammoth Park is another natural wonder, with its colorful splendor of sulphuric designs sculpted into the earth’s surface. The West Thumb geysers on the lake also need to be on the list. Yellowstone is the waterfall capital of the world, and we saw several from a variety of vantage points. For a moment, we thought we were in Hawaii. The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, with its diverse hues and incredible vastness provides the most spectacular sights of all. We particularly enjoyed the views at Inspiration Point and Artist’s Point. All of that, and we haven’t even touched the wildlife end of things! Hayden Valley is where all the critter action is. It’s no surprise when a herd of 300 buffalo decide to cross the road in front of you. These beasts will make a Boss Hoss look like a mini-bike. We noticed big trees missing whole sections of bark all over the park, and came to learn that the damage comes from the bison scratching their big heads. The elk are huge and faithfully grazed away as we crept to within just a few yards of them to take pictures. We didn’t even have to look for wild animals. We would just pull over whenever we saw a group of people standing on the side of the road with their cameras in hand. Animals were a sure thing. Even the grizzly bear seemed comfortable posing for pictures, until the Park Ranger fired four blank rounds to get him to retreat from the civilized area, back to his wooded habitat. We were so busy taking in all there is to see that we got caught riding back to camp after dark, and only then did we realize how many large animals are on the roads at night. Riding through Yellowstone after dark is a bad idea! The Grand Tetons are just south of Yellowstone, about a 160 mile round trip from our camp to Jackson Hole and back. The Tetons are on Jenny Lake, and make for an awe-inspiring day of riding. We took

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lots of photos of our bikes with the mountains in the background. We even had one photo turned into a poster, which now hangs in our harley den. A group photo under the antler arches around Jackson Hole is another must-snap photo. Park admission for both Yellowstone and Grand Tetons is just $25 dollars, so the cost is minimal.

For a higher elevation experience, we made an overnight trip across the Bear Tooth Highway into Red Lodge, Montana. We spent the night at the Red Lodge Inn, which is biker-friendly, cheap, and has jetted tubs in rooms 1, 2, and 3. There are free horse-drawn carriage rides through town every night, as well as pig races on certain evenings. Our return ride took us over Bear Tooth Highway again. We then rode the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to Cody, Wyoming, to enjoy the Old West atmosphere. From Cody, a pass through Wapiti took us back to Yellowstone.

Take the time to travel while you can. There is no time like the present.

Time allowed, so we also took a ride down to Utah, where we checked out Zion and Bryce National Parks. In two weeks time, we were able to take in seven National Parks by motorcycle, as well as the round-trip drive from West Virginia. This was an amazing experience, full of quality time with my husband. But he says it wouldn’t hurt his feelings to never see another rock for the rest of his life (like that’s going to happen in West Virginia). Take the time to travel while you can. There is no time like the present. God has created a beautiful world for our enjoyment and pleasure.


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Up from the Ashes
Life doesn’t always begin at the beginning. Sometimes a man’s son has to help him get it started. That’s not to say Pat McTighe wasn’t living during his first fifty years. But it wasn’t until then that his life as a biker began. He didn’t know it at the time, but his brand new 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Standard would also start life over again in a few years. It wasn’t until Brendan McTighe went to work at a Harley dealership that his father, now a retired firefighter, took an interest in motorcycles. “He was brought up being told motorcycles are bad,” Brendan explains. “I started working at Harley, and I think he kind of didn’t understand it. I grew up around muscle cars, and that stuff. Then all his friends started getting bikes, and he finally got into it. When he was fifty, he decided to go get his license.” After being sanctioned by the state, Pat’s next move was to buy the new bike. He kept the bike in stock condition for about six months. As his friends began customizing their bikes, he caught the bug, as well. “A lot of chrome bolt-ons. Just easy stuff,” Brendan says about the things he helped his dad do to the bike. “He rode it around for a couple years like that.” But the slippery slide into full-blown customizing had begun. The pace of modifying the bike really picked up one day, when Brendan came home from the HarleyDavidson shop where he worked with a new motor. It was a 120-cubic-inch JIMS engine, which from the factory generates horsepower and torque ratings even higher than its displacement figure. A Screamin’ Eagle six-speed transmission was added to harness the extraordinary power this mill churns out.
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brendan McTighe stands behind the bike he resurrected for his father.

“This motor has got enough power that it’s just – basically - going to twist all the spokes out of that rear wheel,” Brendan remembers telling his dad. “Let’s go get wheels on it,” Pat replied. The 21-inch Performance Machine Vader front wheel they picked looks great, but the bike’s handling suffered. Recapturing good control was achieved by lowering the front end two-and-a-half inches. The bike was beginning to develop character by now, and Pat was logging some serious long distance mileage. But, just as Pat didn’t begin his life as a biker until later in life, his FLHTI was in for a mid-life metamorphosis. “He and his buddies rode out to Colorado,” Brendan recalls. “One the way back he totaled the bike coming through Columbus, Ohio. He actually got cut off on I-70, and he laid it down doing about 70 miles-per-hour.” Pat and the bike were both scraped up, but not seriously injured. Pat healed, but his memory of what had happened on this bike got in the way. Rather than fix the motorcycle, he bought a different one. “This bike sat in the corner of my garage, untouched,” Brendan says. His dad didn’t want anything to do with it, but Brendan couldn’t let things end this way. “I started doing a lot of work to it, like I added the saddlebag extensions on the bottom. There was no primer or anything on them. The bike was half-way torn apart. It was four different colors. It sat there for about a year and a half, and I got tired of looking at it.” Then last summer, Brendan told his dad he was putting the bike back on the road. Thirty days later, he rode it to the rally in Ocean City, Maryland. Pat had retired from his 37-year career as a firefighter just a few months earlier, and Brendan helped him dress the machine out in tribute to that service. “He lives, breathes, and eats anything to do with firefighters. A lot of his riding buddies are firefighters. That’s where he got his customizing influences. Of course, I had a lot to do with making it different than anybody else’s.” Since the bodywork had sustained a good bit of damage in the crash, the stock fenders were replaced by a Russ Wernimont Designs tin upfront and a Klock Werks offering over the rear wheel. An Adjure Maltese Cross headlight leads the way, and a Küryakyn windshield with the firefighter motif sits atop the fairing. The cockpit sports the crisp, clean look of Dakota Digital gauges. Steel-braided cables, frenched-in rear lighting, and fully chromed hand controls round out the sleek look of this powerful bike. “He was kind of skeptical about actually getting back on it, because he did total it,” Brendan says. But the restoration has changed his dad’s opinion. There are rumors of an impending trip to the Florida Keys. That interim bike Pat was riding now faces an uncertain future. As for Brendan, he says he doesn’t get to ride very much. With the launch of Synful Cycle, his own bike shop in Martinsburg, riding time is scarce. “I live vicariously through him on his rides,” he jokes. “He takes pictures, and shows them to me when he gets back.” www.thunderroadswv.com

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Three friends married women from different parts of the country. The first man married a woman from Wisconsin. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away. The second man married a woman from North Dakota. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and cooking. The first day he didn’t see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table. The third man married a girl from West Virginia. He ordered her to keep the house cleaned, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and three hot meals on the table every day. He said the first day he didn’t see anything. The second day he didn’t see anything. But by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye. His arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher. The lawn hasn’t been mowed yet, and he still has some difficulty when he pees.

die? Why did you have to die?” The first man approached him and said, “Sir, I don’t wish to interfere with your private grief, but this demonstration of pain is more than I’ve ever seen before. For whom do you mourn so deeply? A child? A parent?” The mourner took a moment to collect himself, then replied, “My wife’s first husband.”

_____________________________________________ Men Do Remember
A woman awakes during the night to find that her husband is not in bed. She puts on her robe and goes downstairs to look for him. She finds him sitting at the kitchen table with a hot cup of coffee in front of him. He appears to be in deep thought, just staring at the wall. She watches as he wipes a tear from his eye and takes a sip of his coffee. “What’s the matter, dear?” she whispers as she steps into the room. “Why are you down here at this time of night?” The husband looks up from his coffee, “It’s the 20th Anniversary of the day we met.” She can’t believe he has remembered and starts to tear up. The husband continues, “Do you remember 20 years ago, when we started dating? I was 18 and you were only 16,” he says solemnly. Once again, the wife is touched to tears thinking that her husband is so caring and sensitive. “Yes, I do,” she replies. The husband pauses. The words were not coming easily. “Do you remember when your father caught us in the back seat of my car?” “Yes, I remember,” said the wife, lowering herself into a chair beside him. The husband continued. “Do you remember when he shoved the shotgun in my face and said, ‘Either you marry my daughter or I will send you to prison for 20 years?’” “I remember that, too,” she replied softly. He wiped another tear from his cheek, and said, “I would have gotten out today.”

_____________________________________________ IN VINO VERITAS
Rachel, Clare and Samantha haven’t seen each other since high school. They rediscover each other via a reunion website, and arrange to meet for lunch in a wine bar. Rachel arrives first, wearing beige Versace. She orders a bottle of Pinot Grigio. Clare arrives shortly afterward, in gray Chanel. After the required ritualized kisses she joins Rachel in a glass of wine. Then Samantha walks in, wearing a faded old tee-shirt, blue jeans and boots. She too shares the wine. Rachel explains that after leaving high school and graduating from Princeton in Classics, she met and married Timothy, with whom she has a beautiful daughter. Timothy is a partner in one of New York’s leading law firms. They live in a 4000 sq. ft. co-op on Fifth Avenue, where Susanna, the daughter, attends drama school. They have a second home in Phoenix. Clare relates that she graduated from Harvard Med School and became a surgeon. Her husband, Clive, is a leading Wall Street investment banker. They live in Southampton on Long Island, and have a second home in Naples, Florida. Samantha explains that she left school at 17 and ran off with her boyfriend, Ben. They run a tropical bird park in California and grow their own vegetables. Ben can stand five parrots, side by side, on his willy. Halfway down the third bottle of wine and several hours later, Rachel blurts out that her husband is a cashier at Walmart. They live in a small apartment in Brooklyn and have a travel trailer parked at a nearby a storage facility. Clare, chastened and encouraged by her old friend’s honesty, explains that she and Clive are both nurses aides in a retirement home. They live in Jersey City, and take vacation camping trips to Alabama. Samantha says that the fifth parrot has to stand on one leg.

_____________________________________________ A Grave Tragedy
A man placed some flowers on the grave of his dearly departed mother, and started back toward his car, when his attention was diverted to another man kneeling at a grave. The man seemed to be praying with profound intensity and kept repeating, “Why did you have to die? Why did you have to die? Why did you have to

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UpComing EvEnts
Comfort Suites Motel. Registration 9am-12:30pm First bike out at 10:30am. $15.00 per rider. JB Campbell 304-482-3300 Freddy Nicely 304-210-0266 Jim Crawford 304-488-6551 April 30 – Winchester, VA baCa 100 Mile ride annual fundraiser Bikers Against Child Abuse - B.A.C.A. Annual Fundraiser 100 mile Ride. Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson 140 Independence Dr., Winchester. $15.00 per person. Registration at 8:00 am. Kickstands up at 11:30am. For more information call Dogg 304-279-5498 or email bigboreking@yahoo.com. April 30 – Martinsburg, WV 1st annual Cinco de Mayo run The Warrior Brotherhood Veterans MC event to benefit Vets and those in need. Starting and ending at Nan & Pops 3485 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg. Registration at 10:00am with kickstands up at 1:00pm. $15.00 per rider/$25.00 for rider and passenger. Registration fee includes food after the run and cover charge for the evening.

April 1 - 3 – Martinsburg, WV nan & Pops spring fling Saturday Poker Run. Sign-up 12:00 Noon. Kick stands up at 2:00 p.m. 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 2 – Martinsburg, WV Charity bike ride Nan & Pops Place 2011 Charity Bike Ride to benefit Horses with Hearts Therapeutic Riding during their Spring Fling. Registration 11:00 Kickstands up 1:00pm. $15.00 per entry, $5.00 extra rider. Music & Food to follow, Cars and Trucks Welcome. Horses with Hearts Riding Demonstrations. Call: (304) 283-8071 or email firstbckids@yahoo.com. Ride today so others can ride tomorrow! april 9 – Lexington, Ky St. Jude Children’s Hospital Benefit Concert Presented by The Southern Cruisers Riding Club of Lexington, Ky. $15 per person. All funds go directly to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Link to buy tickets or donate: http://lexscrc.com/concert/stjude.htm Tickets will be mailed so please include address and 44 cents postage in PayPal payment or call (859) 333-4192. All donations are tax deductible. See you there! Facebook us: http://www.facebook.com/Lex.SCRC april 9 – Martinsburg, WV Benefit Ride for Ray Higgins Starting and ending at The Rock Sports Bar 2573 Williamsport Pike, Martinsburg, WV this benefit ride is for local biker Ray Higgins to help with medical bills resulting from a motorcycle accident. Registration starts at 11:30am Kickstands up at 1:00pm. $10.00 a bike with $5.00 per extra rider. For more information call: (304) 263-5558 april 16 – Charleston, WV WV oral health bike rally Sponsored by the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. 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. Contact Jeffrey Allen 304-344-3141 www.wvoralhealthrally.org april 16 – staunton, Va h.o.g. Chili Cook-off & Classic Car Cruise in The Shenandoah H.O.G. is holding a Chili Cook-off and Classic Car Cruise at Shenandoah Harley-Davidson. All the Chili and Bread You can eat...(while supplies last) Only $5.00 Judging from 10:00am to 11:00am. Proceeds will be used to benefit underprivileged children. www. shenandoahhog.com or call (540) 946-9992 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 www.romneycycles.com. april 29 – Mineral Wells, WV, Va Shriners Hospital Benefit Motorcycle Poker Run Sponsored by the West Virginia National Guard Association. Starts at


May 7 – inwood, WV Life run 2011 & family festival The Life Riders Life Run 2011 starts at the New Life Community 4102 Tabler Station Road, Inwood, WV. Registration begins at 10:30am. Kickstands up at 12:00pm for an hour ride through scenic Back Creek Valley. Family Festival begins at 12:30pm. Free Food, Bike Show, Live Music and Games for Kids. Guest speaker Jim “Jammer” Marcum featured in Thunder Roads West Virginia. 304-262-6522 liferiders@live.com. 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. All You Can Eat BBQ at the end for $5.00 per person. See our flyer in this issue of Thunder Roads West Virginia for stop information. All proceeds will go to Relay for Life. Contact: Pam 304-5828571 or Sharon 304-676-2781 LisT your MoTorCyCLe eVenT for free 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 events@ www.thunderroadswv.com. 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. for complete events listings that are updated regularly, log on to our website at www.thunderroadswv.com and click on the calendar tab. april 2011 Thunder roads® WesT Virginia 37


April in West Virginia is a very special time. It is ramp season. For those of you who have not heard of them, the ramp is a wild leek. It has a bulb that looks like a scallion with a broad flat leaf and all parts are edible and delicious. They have a strong onion and garlic flavor and along with that they have a bad reputation with many individuals. They seem to be something that you either love or hate. In our home they are loved, and we eat them almost every night for several weeks. I want to dedicate my first column to the wonderful ramp. I hope you enjoy these recipes.

RAmp meAtloAF
1 ½ lbs. low fat ground beef ½ medium onion - chopped 10 to 20 finely chopped ramps (both bulb and leaves) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp pepper

1 egg 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 tbsp dried parsley ¼ c ketchup 1 tbsp prepared mustard ½ c oatmeal (can use regular or quick cook)

piCkled RAmps
Ramps Salad oil Sugar Water Jalapeno peppers Salt Vinegar Cut the tops off the rams and pack the bulbs into pint jars and cover with boiling water. Let these stand for 5 minutes then drain off the water. To each jar add 2 -4 chunks jalapeno pepper, ½ tsp salt, and 1 tsp salad oil. Bring to a boil 2 cups of vinegar, 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar (this amount of syrup will do about 4 pints). Fill the jars with this syrup. To seal the jars, put the tops in boiling water. Place a top on each jar, put on the ring and tighten down. Turn each jar upside down. Allow the jars to sit upside down for 45 minutes and then turn them right side up to seal.

Mix all ingredients together and form into a loaf shape. Place in a pan sprayed with Pam, and spread with sauce (see below). Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 55 minutes. Let stand for about 5 to 10 minutes before cutting. sauce ¼ cup ketchup 2 tbsp prepared mustard 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 2 tbsp brown sugar.


RAmp Chili

2 pounds ground beef, 20 to 30 ramps rough chopped ¾ tsp ground black pepper 3- 4 tbsp chili powder 3 – 14.5 oz. cans Chopped Tomatoes w/green chilies

1 large onion chopped 2 tsp salt ½ tsp garlic powder 1 tsp. cumin seeds ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne pepper 3 -15 oz. cans kidney beans

In a large pot mix the ground beef with the onion, salt, black pepper, garlic and chili powder, and brown the meat until it is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes, beans, cumin and cayenne pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, turn to low and allow to simmer for about 1 ½ hours. This chili is fairly thick and if you prefer a thinner soup you can add tomato juice. ______________________________________________________________

We have talked about the grub portion of this column and now let’s get on to the pub portion. Each month we will be having a “Drink of the Month. This month’s drink is a favorite of Donna’s, and I hope that everyone else enjoys it also.

peAR CosmopolitAn
1 ½ shots Pear Vodka ½ shot lime juice ¾ shot Triple Sec ¾ shot pomegranate juice Fill a martini glass with ice and water, and chill for a couple minutes. Fill drink shaker half full with ice, add the drink ingredients and shake well. Pour the water and ice from the glass and strain the Cosmopolitan into the chilled glass. Garnish with the rind of a slice of lime. Salute. ______________________________________________________________ I hope that everyone has enjoyed this month’s recipes. In the future, I hope to have some favorite recipes from our advertisers. I also welcome any recipes and ideas from our readers. You may contact me at recipes@thunderroadswv.com. Happy eating and drinking everyone.

West ViRginiA RAmp soup
6 medium potatoes 1 cup cooked ham, diced ½ tsp pepper 3 tbsp flour 2 onions 2 tsp salt

1 can evaporated milk (I use fat free) ½ cup fresh milk 1 to 2 c. fresh ramps (tops and bottoms - chopped) 3 c. water

Dice the potatoes and onion, cover with the 3 cups water and add the ham, salt and pepper. Cook this mixture until the potatoes are done. Add the ramps to the hot base. Blend the flour with the milk and pour into the potato ramp mixture. Cook until it just before it boils. Serve with a pat of butter in each bowl.
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Law Offices of Ralph C. Buss Motorcycle accident/injury Law Ohio, WV, KY, PA & Indiana (800) 582-5577 www.ralphbuss.com Charles e. stalnaker attorney at Law Serving all of West Virginia (888) 420-2752 www.charlesestalnaker.com Weatherholtz bonding 306 West Stephen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5888 or (304) 728-6889 tweatherholtz@verizon.net bee hive Tavern 463 Morgantown Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 282-8196 One block from Thinkin Ink Tattoo Chicken Lizards 7306 Husky Highway Mannington, WV 26582 (304) 986-1158 2 mi. North of Mannington on Rt. 250 Cindy’s bar & grill Route 3 (End of Speedway) Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 363-0058 Pool Tournaments Weekly Colt’s restaurant and Pizza Park inc. 425 S. Main St. Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 538-2523 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 four Corners Club 72 Pedal Car Drive Inwood, WV 25428 (304) 229-3443 www.the4cornersclub.com harper’s old Country store & front Porch restaurant View Seneca Rocks from the Deck Casual Dining - Store built in 1902 (304) 567-2555
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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 Just one More Lounge, Casino, restaurant, ice Cream Intersection 218N & Rt.7W Blacksville, WV 26521 Open Jam Night, Weekend Entertainment Bikers Welcome - Home Cooking at (304) 879-5041 Longshots billiards 76 Wolfcraft Way Charles Town, WV 25414 (304) 724-1975 www.longshotsbilliards.com Lost river brewing 155 West Main Street Wardensville, WV 26851 (304) 874-4455 www.lostriverbrewing.com Under New Ownership Lost river grill, Motel and b&b 8079 SR 259 Lost River, WV (304) 897-6482 www.lostrivergrill.com Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Accomodations Biker Friendly Full Service Bar Main street bar & grill 608 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-5111 “Behind Anthony’s Pizza” The Millstone barbeque restaurant Rt. 50 West Burlington, WV Great Pork-Ribs-Steak & Shrimp and Cold Beer (304) 289-3693 Mom’s Place Full menu served 24 hours a day The end of Hoult Road by the Phillips Plant Fairmont, WV (304) 368-9223 Mountaineer all star Cafe U.S. Rt. 220 South / 2 mi. from Keyser A Family Restaurant with a Sports Atmosphere (304) 788-6433 nan & Pops Place 3485 Winchester Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25405 (304) 267-2007 www.nanandpopsplace.com 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 PoorDavesRestaurantandLounge@hotmail.com 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 lube.com road hogs saloon 415 Clayton Street Rivesville, WV 26588 The rock sports bar Located on Rt. 11 North of Martinsburg 2573 Williamsport Pike Martinsburg, WV (304) 263-5558 rock forge inn/haught diggity dogz Serving WV’s #1 Rated Chili Dog Off I-68 at Sabraton Exit #4 Turn left .2 mile – Red Roof on right Rt. 7 East (304) 291-DOGZ (3649) 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) star.wardensville@gmail.com steve’s broken spoke bar & grill 14977 SR 55 Needmore, WV 26801 (304) 897-7706 www.oldroute55.com The sweet shoppe 125 W. Washington-Lewisburg, WV (304) 645-3214 Open Mon-Fri at 3:30pm Open Saturday and Sunday at 5:00pm Bike Night Specials Sunday Night



uncle Joe’s Wood Pile Rt. 1, Box 400 Ridgeley, WV 26753 (304) 726-8505 Weston Moose Lodge 1376 1376 Rider Group 17 South Main Street Weston, WV (304) 517-1332 Stop in for a good time anytime! your Tavern 304-329-2078 Rte. 7 Kingwood, WV Friday night Wing night Big Screen TVs Where friends meet year ‘round. 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 www.wiskybilt.com busted Knuckles Custom Cycles 406 West Race Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 260-0070 www.bustedknucklescycles.com Country Chrome Cycles – Trikes – ATVs Parts – Accessories – Repair 16435 Parkersburg Rd. Elizabeth, WV 26143 (304) 273-4986 www.countrychrome.com JT Cycle & hoodlum Motorcycle garage Aftermarket & Custom Parts & Accessories 486 Ragland Road, Beckley, WV 25801 (304) 255-2468 www.jtcycleparts.com M&J Motor Company Lehman Trike Conversions 1000 S. Queen Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 262-6200 www.mjtrikes.com Mercer County Choppers 4156 Coal Heritage Road Bluewell, WV 24701 (304) 589-6222 www.mercercountychoppers.com Morgantown Powersports 526 Mileground Road Morgantown, WV 26505 304-296-9055 www.morgantownpowersports.com 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 www.romneycycles.com ruff road Cycle L.L.C. Authorized Drag Specialty Dealer Tires & Service – Fast Turn Around 2050 Burke Rd. Masontown, WV 26542 (304) 980-2005 sal’s garage 160 Cerullo Road Shinnston, WV 26431 Auto & Motorcycle Repair (304) 592-3227 (304) 844-7585 shenandoah harley-davidson 213 Rolling Thunder Lane Staunton, VA 24401 (540) 213-7433 www.shenhd.com smitty’s suzuki, Kawasaki, yamaha Rt. 33 E. Corridor H Buckhannon, WV 26201 (304) 472-4824 www.supersmittys.com 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) www.thetwistedspoke.com edward Jones Yvonne Williams, Financial Advisor 210 N. Main Street Moorefield, WV (304) 538-2811 Yvonne.Williams@edwardjones.com a Therapeutic Touch of fairmont 210 East Park Avenue Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8711 EVERYBODY NEEDS A MASSAGE Meredith hancock Independent Beauty Consultant www.marykay.com/mhancock78 (703) 965-1848 GET YOUR COLOR FIX! PCM industrial services, inc. Industrial Maintenance & Construction Specialists 107 Ogden Road Altavista, VA 24517 (434) 309-1046 Mathias & associates insurance Farm – Home – Auto – Life - Health Motorcycle – Boat – RV Insurance and Retirement Planning (800) 628-3064 mathiasins@hardynet.com
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BiKeR aCCeSSORieS, appaReL, LeaTHeRS & giFTS
Cool ridge 329 High St. Morgantown, WV 26505 (304) 296-5757 Mon - Sat 11 to 7 / Sun 12 to 5 “Take It Easy”

DeaLeRS & SeRViCe

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”


My Club Clothing and accessories Embossed, Silk Screened and Embroidered Custom Logos Kerry Henson (301) 733-9508 (717) 448-0975 www.myclubclothing.com


HeaLTH & BeaUTy

art by Weeze Custom art on bikes, leathers, helmets, auto, canvas & murals Martinsburg, WV (304) 264-4604 www.artbyweeze.com http://profile.to/weezemace/



brown’s Custom Coating & fabrication Powder Coating & Fabrication Rte. 1 Box 603 Mt. Clair, WV 26408 (304) 669-8976


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 www.cosmicwizardleds.com www.thunderroadswv.com

nationwide insurance Cynthia a. hinkle agency 125 S. Main Street Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6225 devered2@nationwide.com Call Cindy for a quote today! rider insurance Est. 1971 For a hassle free ride …Ride with Rider For a quick quote call (800) 595-6393 www.rider.com river bridge retreat Your Personal Get-Away Moorefield, WV (304) 886-5100 www.RiverBridgeRetreat.com CycleMart your Motorcycle Parts store All Makes All Models 202 Elkins Street Fairmont, WV 26554 (304) 366-8119 Walneck’s Motorcycle swap Meets & shows Happening in KY & OH 7923 Janes Ave., Woodridge, IL. 60517 (630) 985-2097 www.walneckswap.com www.pmspattystore.com Facebook - http://companies.to/pmspatty/ Other inquiries about PMS Patty please call Art by Weeze (304) 264-4604 andy bean Photography Morgantown, WV (304) 216-0434 andy@andybeanphotography.com andybeanphotography.com Vetter Photo 1675 Cold Spring Road Moorefield, WV 26836 (304) 530-6855 www.vetterphoto.com dragon Cloud dojo Mount Mission Community Center Rte. 9 and Mission Road Harpers Ferry, WV (304) 261-1609 Martial arts for any age
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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 Knobley farm – intersection rt. 50 & rt. 220 Best Ice Cream on the East Coast Liberty Gas, Diner, Under Armour Sporting Goods: Bows, Boots, Ammo, etc. (304) 788-6304 www.knobleyfarmsportshop.com Pattys art spot Tattoo & Piercing studio 3399 University Ave. Star City, WV (next to Crocketts) (304)-598-0190 www.PattysArtSpot.com bob’s Tire service inc. 812 East Moler Avenue Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-2797 www.bobstireservice.net hot rods roll back and Towing Specializing in Motorcycle Towing 274 Bedington Road Martinsburg, WV 25401 (304) 267-5586 Visa & MC Accepted rainbow Tire 10422 Veterans Memorial Highway Masontown, WV 26542 304-854-3999 “Come See Us For Your Vehicle Rim And Tire Needs.”


Calvary riders Motorcycle Ministry Fishers of Men of Morgan County For more information email Larry at CRMMFishersofMen@live.com CbWV – Concerned bikers of West Virginia (Fairmont, WV) For more information call Earl at (304) 366-6473 or (304) 816-2863 Email: Earl@thunderroadswv.com C.e.’s helping hands (old fields, WV) a non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated. For more information visit our website at www.cehelpinghands.com. freedom riders Motorcycle assn. (st. Marys, WV) Meets last Sunday of each month – 9:30 am at Ryan’s Restaurant on Rt.14 from Mineral Wells to Parkersburg. Breakfast from 8:30 am – 9:30am Freedom Riders Advisors: Hollie and Connie McCoy (304) 684-3886 sassie_1@frontiernet.net 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 johnjonesjgj@aol.com Becky: (301) 667-0121 Rpepgirl@aol.com highways and hedges Motorcycle Ministry (south Charleston, WV) For more information email Jim “Jammer” Marcum at: harley4me2@verizon.net 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 grizzlybr4@yahoo.com www.startouring485.webs.com

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Clubs & Organizations
american Legion riders Post #21 (Winchester, VA) Meeting on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00pm at the American Legion 1730 Berryville Pike in Winchester, VA. Harry Stine (540) 667-4388 home (540) 247-9725 cell baCa - bikers against Child abuse (inwood, WV) A non-profit organization that exists with the intent to create a safer environment for abused children. Hot Line (304) 839-7809 bacaworld.org Email: bacaofwv@yahoo.com
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by Jim “Jammer” Marcum Spring is here! It’s a time of picnics, barbecues, family reunions and of course, getting on the bike and putting our face in the wind! However, we need harmony and balance in our lives between our personal, physical and spiritual wants and needs. For example, one day I was polishing my bike. It was already clean and didn’t need any additional attention, but I enjoy tinkering with my bike and found myself devoting hours to detailing it, and adding accessories that weren’t really necessary. I began to think about my devotion to my bike and my devotion to God and a thought came upon me. I wondered how much closer I could be to the Lord if I spend as much time with Him as I do with my bike. With every swipe of the cloth across the gleaming chrome I realized that I better get some priorities straight and acquire harmony and balance in my life. If we neglect our family, we will lose our family. If we neglect our friends, we will lose our friends. If we neglect God, then how can we expect Him to bless us? If we devote a small amount of time to God, then we can expect a small amount of blessings. But if we devote a large amount of time praying and reading the Bible, then we can expect an outpouring of His blessings! Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing the Word of God. The more we study His Word, the more our faith is increased. The more time we spend communicating with Him, the more He listens to us. This is a simple message, but yet a sobering thought. Let’s enjoy the riding season and our passion for our machines, but let’s never forget our passion and love for God. - 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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