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Thunder Roads Crew
It’s been quite a busy summer & Fall is right around the corner. Can’t
believe how fast time fies when you’re having fun. We know you’ve
been out hittin the streets because we’ve seen the packs of bikes
every weekend rolling down the roads in every part of the Mid-Atlantic.
Whether you’re heading to a rally, event, vacation on the bike or just
out for nice ride, stay alert be very cautious at all times. It doesn’t take
but just a second for something to happen. Many of our riding friends
have been tore up pretty bad in mishaps involving cars or trucks cutting
people off, T-Boning, unmarked pavement & medians or debris on
the roadway – you can never be too careful. We’ve heard a lot of
horror stories from these road warriors of their ordeals - some stories
will never be heard because they never made it back to tell theirs. Be
especially careful when slowing down or coming up to a stop & check
those rear mirrors because we’ve heard a lot about rear collisions
where cars are plowing into bikes from behind. I’ve had many “close
calls” myself with drivers yacking or texting on their cell phones, the
elderly or just people being distracted by whatever & not seeing me or
my friends changing lanes or turning. Being the driver of any type of
vehicle automatically should put you in defense mode when you start
to roll, but even more so as the operator of a motorcycle. We want you
to enjoy a safe journey no matter where you are going to or from so
please be careful.
Over the past couple of years, we’ve been asked numerous times
why we didn’t put an article in for “this ride” or “that ride” & the truth of
it is, there is so much going on out there, that it’s impossible for us to
cover everything. Some months there may seem to be more events
in one part of the region than the others, which is true & that does
happen. We try to spread things out as much as possible in the different
territories. All of the articles & pictures that you see within our pages
every month are contributed by our Thunder Roads Correspondents,
free lance writers/photographers & our readers. Our #1 priority is
supporting those who support us…our advertisers. These are the
people & the businesses who, by placing their advertisements with us,
help keep our magazine out there FREE each month for our riders &
readers. The more advertisers we have, the more magazines we can
print & send out for everyone to enjoy. Many people don’t realize this
but we’re one of the only magazines that you can read each of our
issues in it’s entirety right on our website www.thunderroads-virginia.
com. So, if the place that you normally pick up a Thunder Roads has
run out for the month, you can always check us out online. There’s a
whole lot more on our site than just our online magazine so please stop
by for a visit sometime & check out all the goodies. We’re here for you
24/7 so if you need anything, please give us a holler.
Well folks, enjoy your roads & try to stay cool as the hottest days of
the season keep that mercury
on the rise during this last
month of summer for 2008
(hang in there moms & dads
- the kids head back to school
next month...yay!!!). Peace,
Love & Much Happiness
to you all. Stay safe & as
always…Happy Trails
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Sales Manager, Beth Albert at (804) 536-1299 or
You can also contact one of our Sales/
Correspondents within your neck of the woods:
North/Northeastern VA (including Orange,
Fredericksburg, Front Royal & Winchester)
DC, & Maryland
Beth Albert (804) 536-1299
Central VA (inc. Richmond, Ashland, Petersburg,
Hopewell, Colonial Heights & Mechanicsville)
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West/Northwestern VA (including Harrisonburg,
Charlottesville, Staunton, Waynesboro & Lexington)
Garth Hinz (540) 234-9120 or (540) 746-0747
East/Southeastern VA (including South Hill,
Emporia, Hampton Roads, Williamsburg, the
Peninsula & the Eastern Shore)
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Danville, Roanoke, Blacksburg, Christiansburg,
Radford, Wytheville & Abingdon)
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Calendar Of Events............................................4
Proud To Be An American..............................8
Hot Shots..............................................................16
Clubs & Organizations..................................33
NCOM News Bytes...........................................34
The Joker’s Wild..............................................36
Biker Friendly Directory..............................40
On Eagle’s Wings.............................................47
Helmet Laws By State
Did you know that you can have your event
listed on our website & here in our print
calendar? Just go to our website, www.
thunderroads-virginia.com & complete the form
- we’ll take care of the rest. Or you can drop
us a line @ thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com.
If emailing, be sure to list your event in the
subject line & then type in the body of the email,
exactly how you’d like your event to appear
(date, name of event, city/state taking place in &
all the particulars). Our deadlines are the 15
each month for the following month’s issue. It’s
never too early to send them in so as soon as
you have all of your info…send it on!
July 31
– Aug 2
DE/MD State HOG Rally
– Hunt Valley, MD
Aug 2
5th Annual Ride To Remember – Virginia Beach,
VA Cycle World, 4972 Va Beach Blvd., Virginia
Beach, VA 8:30am-10am $10 driver, $5 passenger.
Poker Run benefting the Southeastern Virginia
Chapter of the Alzheimer¢s Association. Ride pins
to frst 100 riders, prizes, free picnic at end. Visit
www.ridetoremember.info for details or email todd@
Aug 2
2nd Annual back to school car, p/u
truck and bike show – Hampton, VA Sponsored
by the Charles City Hot Rod Association to donate
supplies to the needy school children in the
surrounding areas. Place of show the Great Big
Flea Market 3302 Williamsburg Road, Richmond
Va. 23231. Registration begins at 8:00am to
11:00am. Judging begins at 12:00. Awards and
trophies given in all classes, all makes and
models are welcome. Classes for old school cars.
Registration fee is $15.00 in advance and $20.00
at the day of show. Music and food. Space rental
for vendors are welcome (T-shirts, caps etc.) For
more information contact George 804-305-3397,
Tiny 804-737-6071, Art 804-437-1495 and Sonny
cell 804-301-2039, home 804-829-2976, email
Aug 2
& 3
Funk Master Flex Custom Car &
Bike Show – Ocean City, MD Roland E Powell
Convention Center,4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean
City, MD Show Hours Saturday Aug 2 10am-10pm,
Aug 3 10am-6pm www.funkmasterfex.com
Aug 4
– 10
Sturgis Bike Rally – Sturgis, SD
Aug 6
– 10
- Little Orleans MD This is the event that's
taking the country by storm! All the reasons are
right. Mountains, Open Country, Good People,
Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! Let the
Party Begin. For years Motorcyclist have been
having to travel half way across the Country to Rally
with new folks and hook up with old friends. Now
meet em' on Apple Mountain at the EAST COAST
Appel (301) 478-3421. applemountain@wildblue.
net. www.eastcoaststurgis.com
Aug 9
– Danville, VA Thunder Road Harley-Davidson,
4960 Riverside Dr., Danville, VA (434) 822-BIKE
Aug 9
& 10
Demo Event – Fairfax, VA Patriot
Harley-Davidson has arranged for the Harley-
Davidson Demo Truck to come out with 13 new
Harley-Davidsons for people to take for a test
ride. Due to Patriot's limited space we've decided
to have the event at Dicks' Sporting Goods in Fair
Lakes. We'd love to have you come out and test
ride your new Harley! We'll be out there Saturday
and Sunday from 9am to 4pm, make sure you bring
a valid motorcycle license, DOT helmet, gloves,
long pants, and boots that cover the ankle and
we'll get you signed up! Bring the whole family.
There are places to snag some food and do a little
shopping! See you there! Check out our website
for more details www.patriothd.com or shoot
Jennifer an email at jpate@patriothd.com. 12501
Fair Lakes Circle, Fairfax, VA 22033, 703.352.5400
Aug 10
ING Direct Ride Now DC - Fairfax,
VA Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. at Patriot
Harley Davidson, and ends with a party. All bikes
are welcome. The ride benefts Autism Speaks. For
more information, call 703 967 3482 or go to http://
Aug 10
Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry,
VA Gates open 9a.m. Admission $15.00, under
10 FREE. Free Vendor Setup - please call frst.
Trophies & Cash -All Classes. Top Fuel at it's
Best/Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Glass - No Dogs!!! For
info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or Donnie
Cooper (804) 796-3836. Rain date Aug 17th.
Aug 10
Boyce Performance Cycles 3rd
Anniversary Party – Suffolk, Poker run registration
9:30- 12:00 at Bayside Harley Davidson. Pig Pickin
and live music in Driver. Rain date August 17. For
info Contact Eddie Boyce at 757-477-6168 or 757-
538-2848 or Holly Hoffer at 757-538-3944.
Aug 13
– 16
The Virginia Rally – Danville,
VA Riding Curvy, Hilly, Scenic Roads * AMA
SUPERBIKE Motorcycle Racing * Meeting Other
ALL ABOUT!!!www.thevirginiarally.com
Aug 14
– 16
8th Annual America’s 9/11 Ride
Aug 15
& 16
Virginia's Eastern Shore 9th
Annual Motorcycle Rally - Parksley, VA Live
music both nights, Bike Games and Show with
plaques to winners, kid events, $10 bottomless
mug, camping available on site with showers,
vendors. Vendor spots are free. Contact us for
more info. $15 weekend admission, $10 daily. Enjoy
a scenic ride out to the beautiful Eastern Shore
of VA. Gates open Friday at 4 pm. All proceeds
support the fre company. For more information
call (757)665-6977 email: pvfcrally@yahoo.com
website: www.parksleyvfc.org * also see ad in this
Aug 15
, 16
& 17
Lonesome Pine Motorcycle
Rally - Coeburn, VA Vendors, Games,
Bands, Bike Show, Food. 4-Wheeler Dirt Drags on
Sunday. $10 all weekend. $10 Dice Run Sunday.
Camping - $5 Tent, $25 Water & Sewer. 10800
Norton-Coeburn Road, (rte 58) Coeburn, VA 276-
Aug 16
Old School Hot Rod & Chopper Show &
Swap Meet – Virginia Beach, VA Saturday,Aug 16th
, 9am-3pm, Beneft for Currituck Co. High School
Technologies Program. $15.00 Swap Spot. $10.00
each Show Entry. Baker Street Restaurant , 1920
Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, Va. Contacts:
Aaron-(252)202-7754 CK- (252)202-2528 Mike-
(252) 619-1935.
Aug 16
– Fort Washington, MD Open Event – All Bikes
Welcome! Join your friends from Fort Washington
H.O.G. for their 20
Anniversary Poker Run!
Saturday, August 16, 2008, Harley-Davidson of
Washington, DC, 9407 Livingston Road, Fort
Washington, Maryland. Registration: 10 a.m.
– noon, registration fee: $10.00. Three counties
of easy riding! Five stop where bikers can get
what they need! Top three high hands win cash
prizes! Last bike in to fnal destination (Greene
Turtle, 3213A Solomons Island Road, Edgewater,
Maryland) by 3 p.m. Door prizes!!! Plenty of food
and fun at the Greene Turtle! Plaque to the H.O.G.
Chapter with the most participants! For more
information contact Don Dick, 301-868-4042 or
ddick7706@aol.com. See you there!
Aug 16
& 17
2nd Annual Poker Run Beneft
for the Genieve Shelter (Victims of Domestic
Violence) - Suffolk, VA Registration $15 Rider/$10
Passenger. Hamburgers & Hot Dogs w/registration.
Starts at Lazy Horse Bar & Grill - Cedar Road
in Chesapeake & ends at Randzz Pub, Rt 58
in Suffolk. Vendors, Door Prizes, 50/50, Music,
Trophies & much more. Aug 16th: Poker Run &
Bike Show & Tattoo Contest. Aug 17th: Bike Rodeo
& Burnout Contest. Come support a good cause &
have a great time!
Aug 16
– 17
Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet
– Portsmouth, VA Bayside Harley-Davidson,
Portsmouth, VA I-264/Exit 5, 757-397-5550, www.
Aug 17
Rally for RAACE 3rd Annual – Bel Air,
MD The Rally for RAACE is a police escorted
charity motorcycle ride, benefting The RAACE
Foundation. By participating in the Rally for
RAACE, you are helping The RAACE Foundation
create awareness about the devastating issues
of child sexual abuse. Only when the problem of
child sexual abuse is faced openly can we hope to
protect our children. Doug Keim & Creative Cycles
joins the Rally for RAACE as offcial spokesperson
to help in the fght to prevent child sexual abuse.
Start: Jones Junction - Bel Air, Maryland 9:00 a.m.
registration 12:00 p.m. start Music & Entertainment
by "Sir Psycho" Food, Drinks, vendors End:
Chesapeake Harley-Davidson - Darlington, MD
2:00 p.m. Post Party Music & Entertainment by
"Surreal" Food, Drinks, vendors Fees: $30 pp
includes commemorative t-shirt & pin. (children 12
& under are free) The Route: The Harford County
Sheriff’s Offce has completed the route for our
ride. They will also be escorting us. It is a 43-mile
ride which will take motorcyclists on a beautifully
scenic tour through Harford County. Sponsored by
The RAACE Foundation. Contact is Vickie Brooks.
Phone: 410-893-1001, Fax: 410-893-1002. vickie.
brooks@raace.org. www.raace.org
Aug 21
ABATE in Tidewater Meeting –
Chesapeake, VA Interested in a Tidewater ABATE
chapter? Meeting Thursday 8/21/08 at about
7:45 PM at the Golden Corral (101 Volvo Pkwy in
Chesapeake) right after the TAMA meeting which
begins at 7:00PM. E-mail us at abateregion3@
yahoo.com for information.
Aug 22
– 24
105th Anniversary Celebration
Kick-Off Party – Portsmouth, VA Bayside Harley-
Davidson, Portsmouth, VA I-264/Exit 5, 757-397-
5550, www.BaysideHD.com, BAD COMPANY
with Brian Howe, FREE ADMISSION! Miller Lite
Sportster Raffe, Live Music all weekend! Over
$3000 in Door Prizes, Food & Beverages, Vendors,
Miller Lite Promo Girls. Raffe for Bruce Springsteen
and Summerfest Concert, Tickets. Includes airfare
and hotel.
Aug 24
6th Annual Ride "Where's the Fire?"
– Virginia Beach, VA Red Knights Motorcycle Club,
Va. Chapter 4, Inc. to beneft Sentara Norfolk
General Burn/Trauma Unit. Registration 0900-
1100 at Murphy's Pub, 30th Street and Pacifc
Avenue, Virginia Beach. Last bike out by 1100.
(Free Breakfast Buffet) End site 1430 at G.F.
Keagan's, 1550 Laskin Road, Hilltop East, Virginia
Beach. Cost: $12.00 rider, $8.00 passenger. Ride
pins for the frst 300 registered. Awards, door
prizes, raffes, 50/50, etc. For Information call:
David at (757) 816-1194 or Gordon at (757) 439-
Aug 28
WISCONSIN Door Prizes every hour, Pick up your
FREE copy of each different. State of Thunder
Roads Magazine, Meet Discover Channel Bike
Build-off builder Mike Brown of Amen Motorcycles
famous for the "Hubless Bike". Enter to win a 4 day
round trip all inclusive vacation to Punta
Cana, Nick Lee World Burnout Tour, Live Music &
Lots More. Held at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in
Oconomowoc, WI from 8 AM to 8 PM .
Aug 29
– 31
SHOW – Grandy, NC
Events – Saturday Aug 30
: POKER RUN - $5,000
IN PIZES. Sunday Aug. 31
: BIKE SHOW - 10
Classes plus Best of Show. Trophies and cash
prizes. Also New 2008 Harley Raffe Giveaway
on Sunday Aug 31
, plus much more biker fun
all weekend! All events on site at Barry’s Walnut
Island, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC
27939. (866) 453-2261 or (252) 453-2261. www.
outerbanksbikeshow.com or www.walnutisland.
com . Free admission all 3 days! Benefts Victory
Junction Gang.
Aug 29
– Sept 1
Million Motorcyclist
Motorcade - La Plata MD 50 acres of Vendors,
bands, games, camping onsite (no hookups),
non-stop entertainment over the entire Labor Day
Weekend, at the Charles County Fairgrounds.
Sunday morning MLK police escorted parade
to downtown DC. Everyone is invited and tax
deductible donations accepted at the gate for the
MLK Memorial. Sponsored by M5 Project. Contact:
Dirty Dealer. 301-893-2900. ddealerent.@
Aug 29
– 31
Heroes Forever Veterans
Ride – Portsmouth, VA Heroes forever veterans
roundup ride 2nd annual $$$$$ in door prizes
guest speakers, bikini contest bike show, food,
vendors call for vendor spaces available, live music,
blowout sales, 757-967-8268. Sponsor: Route17.
Contact: Loredana Henderson/ Michael Barnett.
Aug 30
Mid-Atlantic Bike and Car Show
– LaPlata, MD Due to circumstances beyond our
control the Mid-Atlantic Bike & Car Show scheduled
for August 10th has been moved to this new date
and location. New Location: Charles County
Fairgrounds 8440 Fairground Rd La Plata, MD.
Bring your custom American/Import6 Bike, Car,
Truck, Muscle Car & Hotrod to our 56th Annual
show in Southern, Maryland. Lot's of hot food, cool
drinks, 5 star entertainment and the hottest customs
in the Region. Each year we fnd more and more
superstars that compete for one of 75 trophies. As
always to event is free to the public. Rain Date is
August 17
. Sponsored by Dirty Dealer & Sheehy
Nissan Mitsubishi. 240-299-5147 or 301-843-5300.
Rain date Aug 31
. www.freupthundrout.com.
Aug 30
– 31
Annual Labor Day Bash-Dirt
Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Dirt Drags
@ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates open 9a.m.
Admission $15.00, under 10 FREE. Free Vendor
Setup - please call frst. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at it's Best/Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes.
No Glass - No Dogs!!! Sat & Sun., Aug 30
& 31

- Saturday: 4 Wheelers only. Sunday: 2 Wheelers
only. Double Loss-Double Purse All weekend! For
info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or Donnie
Cooper (804) 796-3836.
Sept 1
Labor Day
Sept 5
– 7
Thunder In The Smokey's Fall
Rally - Maggie Valley NC www.handlebarcorral.com
Sept 6
& 7
3rd Annual GEICO Powersports
Bikers for Tykes Motorcycle Rally - KOA
Kampground in Virginia Beach, Va. Featured
throughout the two-day event will be celebrities,
children’s activities, best bike contests, exhibits, a
tattoo contest, motorcycle product vendors, along
with entertainment and refreshments. To order
1-day or weekend tickets, go to www.ticketmaster.
com. GEICO encourages other organizations
and businesses to join the Bikers for Tykes
Rally effort. For more information, please email
BikersforTykesVaBeach@geico.com for the Virginia
Beach rally. All of the proceeds will be donated
to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters
(CHKD). 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days. Live music
by Butter Sept 6th & Craig Morgan Sept 7th.
Sept 6
- 7
Pirate Run & Harley Davidson
Demo Fleet – Elizabeth City, NC Outer Banks
Harley-Davidson, Elizabeth City, NC Route 17
South, 252-338-8866, www.OuterBanksHD.com,
Over $1,000 in Treasure Hunt Prizes! One of the
most popular runs in all of North Carolina. Live
Music, Vendors, Food & Beverages
Sept 7
Rip's B.A.D. Ride – Chesapeake,
VA Check-in Time: 8:00 - 9:00 am. Ride Start
Time: 9:30 - 10:30 am*. Festival Site: 11:00 am.
*Start time may vary by location. Offcial Start
Sites - Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson, 6450
George Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown, VA
23692; Boyce Performance Cycles, 3057 Kings
Hwy, Suffolk, VA 23435, Honda of Norfolk, 6955
Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA 23509. Festival Site
- Knuckleheads Roadhouse, 401 N. Witchduck
Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Join us at one of
the Offcial B.A.D. Ride Start Sites for a caravan
ride OR ride directly to Knuckleheads Roadhouse.
Make a difference in the lives of the 21 million
Americans who have diabetes. Funds raised
through your donations support the lifesaving work
of the American Diabetes Association: research,
education, community programs and advocacy
efforts.For more information on diabetes, go to
www.diabetes.org. CALL the B.A.D. Ride Hotline
-1-888-DIABETES ext. 3269 OR (757) 424-6662.
Raise a minimum of $20 in donations (Passenger
is additional $10) to participate when you register
by September 5th. Day of event - the minimum is
$25 in donations (Passenger is additional $10). T-
shirts are $10. All riders will receive entry to festival
and concert, ride pin and goody bag. Are you
REALLY B.A.D.? Raise more donations and you’ll
qualify for great prizes! Raise $500 or more and
you can ride up front!Want to know how to ride for
free?! Email aholman@diabetes.org. Contact Amie
Holman 757-424-6662. www.ripsbadride.com
Sept 7
Poker Run - Gloucester VA
Poker Run at Damon & Company Bar & Grill
located on Rte 17 North, 11 miles north of Coleman
Bridge. www.damonsbar.com Ph: 804-693-7218
rain date 9/14
Sept 7
Rattle the Runway Ride – Dulles Airport
Washington, DC www.
Sept 11
– 14
Eighth Annual Delmarva Bike
Week® – Ocean City, MD This Year We Ride! Now
at six locations: Around Ocean City, Md. at Harley-
Davidson of Ocean City , Sunset Marina, Seacrets
Nite Club, Francis Scott Key Family Resort, 20
minutes west at Winter Place Park near Salisbury
, Md. and 20 minutes north at Harley-Davidson of
Seaford. Music, food, beer, bike builders, celebrities,
corporate show rigs, motorcycle-related vendors,
games, rides, contests. www.delmarvabikeweek.com
Sept 13
Annual Ride To Remember 9/11
– Danville, VA & Burlington, NC Blue Knights VA XIII &
Blue Knights NC VI – Join us for our 3
annual “Ride
To Remember 9/11”, Sat Sept 13
(Rain date Sept
). Registration starts at 9am @ Thunder Road H-D
in Danville VA & Davis HD in Burlington, NC with rides
leaving at 11am going to Mayo Lake Park, Roxboro, NC.
Registration $15 per person. All proceeds go to beneft
Blue Knights Charity projects. Food, refreshments &
entertainment by The Flipside band. Door prizes, Raffe,
50/50 drawings. All riders & passengers participate at
their own risk.
Sept 13
Virginia Motorcyclists Summit – Richmond,
VA 10:00am til 4:00 pm(approx) Holiday Inn
Crossroads, 2000 Staples Mill Rd, Richmond VA. With
the sponsorship of Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law
Group we are hosting the frst Virginia Motorcyclists
Summit. We are inviting motorcyclists from all facets
of the sport to sit down and discuss what issues are
most important to them. From there, as a group we will
prioritize the issues and determine what the legislative
package for 2009 will be. It’s Free, Please Register.
Contact Jim Cannon, VCOM Director for registration
information (800)437-9434. See article August 2008
Sept 13
New Vision Freedom Ride and Family Fun
Day – Fredericksburg, VA New Vision is a faith-based
organization dedicated to helping female ex-offenders
make the transition from confnement to freedom,
without re-offending and to assist them in facing the
challenges associated with a successful reentry. New
Vision also provides various services for the children
of incarcerated female offenders. For more information
visit us on the web at: www.newvisva.org. The Ride...
Saturday - September 13, 2008 (Rain Date 9/14/08).
The ride will begin with registration and/or check-in from
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM at Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe’ www.
cafecamille.com located at 1911 Carl D. Silver Parkway
in Fredericksburg, VA. The frst bike leaves at 10:00
AM and last bike leaves at 11:30 AM - This will be a
staggered start. A tax deductible donation of $20 is your
ticket to ride! The route is approximately 130 miles long
with one scheduled stop at Waugh Enterprises Harley-
Davidson www.waughhd.com. The balance of the route
has several locations to stop for fuel, etc. The ride ends
in Stafford County at Curtis Park located at 58 Jesse
Curtis Lane off of Hartwood Road where food, fun, and
beverages will be provided along with drawings for
multiple prizes. The Family Fun...There will be vendors
and plenty of games and entertainment for the kids.
The location for these activities will be at Curtis Park
beginning at 1:00 PM and ending at 5:00 PM. Check out
www.newvisva.org for registration forms and additional
event details. New Vision would like to recognize the
following partners in this event: New Vision Freedom
Ride and Family Fun Day, Strength & Honor MC
Virginia Chapter, www.strengthandhonormc.com, HOG
Riders Retired, FromGMCombat Veterans Motorcycle
Association - Virginia 27 – 1, www.combatvet.org, The
Gauntlet Golf Club www.golfgauntlet.com. Contact Dave
Beckwith, 703-670-9941, email bubba.cvma@comcast.
net or Janina, email janina@newvisva.org. www.newvis.
Sept 14
Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates
open 9 a.m. Admission $15.00, under 10 FREE. Free
Vendor Setup - please call frst. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at it's Best/Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No
Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-
3959 or Donnie Cooper (804) 796-3836. Rain date Sept
Sept 14
Pony Run - Harbinger, NC Kitty Hawk
Harley-Davidson, Hwy 158, 252-491-2091, www.
KittyHawkHD.com, To beneft The Corolla Wild Horse
Fund, Music, Food, 50/50, Door Prizes. Wild Spanish
Mustang on site!
Sept 18
– 20
29th Annual Mid Atlantic Police
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Motorcycle Safety Competition - Arlington, VA www.
Sept 19
– 20
Maggie Valley Fall Rally - Maggie
Valley, NC Sponsored by Carolina Harley Davidson
Dealers Association www.chdda.com
Sept 20
Flaming Knights 6th Annual Trophy
Party – Norfolk, VA 9pm-2am @ Elks Lodge #38,
1231 Typo Avenue, Norfolk, Va 23502. $15.00
tickets in advance $20.00 at the door (BYOB) 50/50
Raffe, free food while it lasts! For advance tickets
contact any member of the Flaming Knight www.
Sept 20
ABATE of Virginia, Inc. Culpeper
Chapter’s Second Annual Jim Orange Memorial
Poker Run – Brandy Station, VA Sign Up at American
Twins, LLC Motorcycle Shop located at 19363 Brandy
Road in Brandy Station, VA. Registration begins
at 10:00 a.m. Last bike out at 11:00 a.m. $15.00
per hand. Proceeds to beneft the Culpeper Food
Closet. Ride will take you on a scenic tour of some
of Virginia’s fnest back roads and end at Heavenly
Acres Campground in Stanardsville, Virginia. FREE
camping available to Run participants (we have
the big feld reserved – bring your tent). Food and
beverages available at Heavenly Acres – Provided by
Miss Behavin’ Bikhers. 50/50 - Door Prizes - Music.
Call 540/937-3924 for more information. Check out
Heavenlyacres.com for other campsite information.
Culpeper Chapter ABATE of Virginia is not responsible
for road conditions at time of event. Donations to
ABATE of Virginia are not tax-deductible. Jim – you
may be gone – But you will not be forgotten! Ride on
Sept 20
East Coast Downed Biker Rally
– Fredericksburg, VA Bikers for Christ, Fredericksburg
Area Chapter is organizing a Downed Biker Rally to
raise funds for any biker who goes down throughout
the riding season. This event is being held in
Fredericksburg Virginia at the Fredericksburg Motor
Sports complex on September 20, 2008. I would like
to extend an invitation to ALL Bikers and vendors
to attend. Vendors are provided a FREE 10X10,
powerless, vendor spot at this event. This event will
include a ride in bike show, live band, food, vendors,
and demonstrations by the Spotsylvania Sheriffs
department and the "540 Boyz". Opportunities are also
available to co-sponsor/co-coordinate this event. If
Interested Please Contact Bikers for Christ, 540-809-
2787. Chris Morgan, bfcfac@yahoo.com
Sept 20
– 21
S&S Jim McClure Nationals
– Petersburg, VA AHDRA – S&S Jim McClure
Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie,
VA – All Harley Drag Racing – Racing starts both days
at 9am – Admission: $50 weekend; $30 single day;
children 11 and under free; active and reserve military
free with valid ID; HOG members rec. $5 disc. At the
gate – www.ahdra.com
Sept 21
Valley Bike Fest II - Constitution Park,
Waynesboro, VA Free Food, Bike Judging/Trophies,
Bike Games, Bands, Vendors, All Free. 12-6pm
Sunday, Sept 21 2008
Sept 21
Baltimore/Washington DC Ride for Kids
- to beneft Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, police
escorted www.pbtfus.org
Sept 26
– 27
Ray Price Capital City Bike
Fest - Raleigh, NC Sponsored by Ray Price
Harley Davidson, Raleigh NC (11 am-11 pm) www.
Sept 27
2nd Annual A Day For Jarrett - Gloucester,
VA Biggest biker event on the Middle Peninsula of
Virginia. Damon & Company Bar & Grill located on
Rte 17 North, 11 miles north of Coleman Bridge, 7104
George Washington Memorial Hwy. www.damonsbar.
com Live music with 'Bad Ace' & 'Fine Swiss Cheese'
and more!!! Vendors, children’s carnival and great
food. Police escorted ride with Nick & Christian from
Orange County Choppers kicks off the event! Winning
tickets to be pulled for Sucker Punch Sally Traditional
Bobber and 2008 Arctic Cat ATV. Our "Ride With The
Guys II" will kick off the event! Proceeds to beneft a
handicapped accessible playground! For more info
please log on to www.adayforjarrett.com. For more
info visit www.adayforjarrett.com email adayforjarrett@
gmail.com or phone Damon & Company Bar & Grill,
Sept 27
Bikers for Babies-March of Dimes Ride –
Portsmouth, VA Bayside Harley-Davidson, Portsmouth,
VA I-264/Exit 5. Live Music, 50/50, Food and Door
Oct 1
– 5
Myrtle Beach Fall Rally – Myrtle Beach,
Oct 4
CCG 5th Annual Toy Run – Elkton, MD
Cecil County Guardians 5th annual toy run. Vendors,
food, beer, live band, raffes. All proceeds beneft
underprivileged children in Cecil County Maryland.
Registration to ride will be held at Knights of Columbus
at intersection of rte.40 and Landing Lane in Elkton,
MD from 9am to 11am on October 4th, 2008. Ride ends
at Fair Hill race track. Admission is $10.00 donation or
new toy. Sponsored by Cecil County Guardians Branch
Elkton Lions Club. Contact: Bobbi Jo Hunt / Gina
Creek. 443-206-8250 / 443-350-5224. auntbeaday@
yahoo.com. www.myspace.com/cecilcountyguardians
Oct 5
Ride for Autism – Portsmouth, VA
Bayside Harley-Davidson, Portsmouth, VA I-264/Exit 5.
Autism is an epidemic. 1 out of 150
children will have some form of autism.
Oct 10
– 12
AHDRA – Screamin’ Eagle
Performance Parts Nationals – Rockingham, NC
At Rockingham Dragway “The Rock” in Rockingham,
NC – Championship Finals – All Harley Drag Racing
– Racing starts 9am – Admission: $50 weekend; $30
single day; children 11 and under free; active and
reserve military free with valid ID; HOG members
rec. $5 disc. At the gate - $25.00 per campsite – Free
concert Saturday night – www.ahdra.com
October 10-12, 2008 Rumble Through The Tunnels
Fleet Ride Weekend – Portsmouth, VA Bayside Harley-
Davidson, Portsmouth, VA I-264/Exit 5. Largest ride
to honor our military. Over 3000 riders participate. Live
Music, Vendors, Food & Beverages. Tattoo Contest and
Tattoo Art Show.
Oct 11th Renegade Classics – Woodbridge’s
Anniversary Party - Woodbridge, VA
Food, DJ, Meet the Renegade Girls, see what’s new
at the end of Year Two. For more information contact
Renegade Classics Motorcycle Clothing & Accessories
Outlet Store: 14575 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Featherstone
Square, Woodbridge, VA; 703-499-9533; www.nova.
Oct 12
Suffolk Swamp Roar – Suffolk, VA 9:00
AM-3:00 PM. The 80-mile, police-escorted ride travels
around the perimeter of the Great Dismal Swamp,
departing from the Suffolk Executive Airport. Coinciding
with Suffolk’s Annual Peanut Fest, the Swamp Roar is
an excellent opportunity to see why it’s a good time to
be in Suffolk. Reception and entertainment included
in registration. Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” has
become an anthem for bikers everywhere and Suffolk
is no different. Of course, the “wild” part refers to black
bear, bobcat and other creatures inhabiting the Great
Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The Suffolk
Swamp Roar Motorcycle Rally has raised thousands of
dollars for education and signage programs, as well as,
habitat restoration for the Great Dismal, one of North
America’s few remaining wildernesses. Admission Fee:
$20.00 www.suffolk-fun.com
Oct 12
Fall Bike Fest! – Gloucester, VA Biker games,
Tattoo Contests, live music, great food and more!
Damon & Company Bar & Grill located on Rte 17 North,
11 miles north of Coleman Bridge. www.damonsbar.
com Ph: 757-479-4685. Raindate 10/19
Oct 16
– 19
Biketoberfest – Daytona Beach, FL
Oct 19
Dirt Drags @ Slades Park – Surry, VA Gates
open 9a.m. Admission $15.00, under 10 FREE. Free
Vendor Setup - please call frst. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at it's Best/Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No
Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)
221-3959 or Donnie Cooper (804) 796-3836. Rain date
Oct 26
Oct 26
Sherri Parker Memorial Poker Run and
Bike Show – Driver, VA Benefting the Sherri Parker
Memorial Fund Inc., and the Driver Volunteer Fire Dept.
Poker Run Registration 9:30 - 11:30 at Bayside Harley
Davidson Portsmouth and Knuckleheads Roadhouse
Virginia Beach. Bike Show Registration 12:00- 2:00 in
Driver. Rain date Nov. 2.Contact Holly Hoffer at 757-538-
3944 or Eddie Boyce at 757-477-6168 or 757-538-2848.
Oct 26
– 28
5th Annual Virginia Fall Classic
– Newport News, VA www.vafallclassic.org benefts
Nov 1
Mid-Atlantic Toy Run – Ft Washington, MD
6th Annual Toy Run for Disadvantaged children and
families for St Ann's Infant & Maternity Home. Minimum
Donation: $20 and unwrapped toy or gift certifcate of
equal value or bicycle, helmet, educational games,
backpacks, area rugs, booster seats, pull-ups, diapers
(sizes 4,5,6), baby wipes, baby shampoo, lotion/oil,
Aveeno products, deodorant, playstation, paint & art
supplies, toothpaste, toothbrushes, DVD for toddlers,
personal CD's folders and school supplies. Please no
used clothing or stuffed animals. Free food, 50/50 raffe,
Chubbzy the Clown for the kids. Bring your family. 37
mile parade to deliver items to the kids. Sponsored
by Harley Davidson of Washington & Bikers With
Heart Foundation. 301-248-1200 or 301-893-2900.
ddealerent@aol.com. www.freupthundrout.com
Nov 2
Daylight Savings Time Ends – Fall Back!
Don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour.
Nov 2
Hampton Roads Ladies of Harley/ US Marine
Corps Reserve 10th Annual Toys for Tots Ride-
Newport News, Va Come join us for our 10th annual
Toys for Tots ride. This is a police escorted ride lead
by Santa himself, with approximately 600 motorcycles
of all types joining in to bring some happiness to needy
children each Christmas. Registration begins at 11am
with the frst 500 registrants receiving a free ride pin.
Registration fee is a new unwrapped toy. We will depart
from the Big Kmart on Old Orianna Road at 1pm and
the ride will end at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson.
The store will be open with specials, food vendors and
live music. For information log on to HRHD.com, email
lcooke5@cox.net, dcox@hrhd.com or call Hampton
Roads Harley Davidson at 757-872-7223.
Nov 11
Veterans Day
Nov 23
Pat Rogers Speedway Harley-
Davidson 6th Annual Toy Run – Concord, NC
Sponsored by Pat Rogers Speedway Harley-Davidson.
Proceeds presented to Cooperative Christian Ministries
benefting The Empty Stocking Fund. Rain or Shine.
Door Prizes, Free Food, Raffes, Entertainment,
Auction. Staging Kannapolis Intimidators Stadium
10:00 am. (I-85 N. Exit 63, Left on Lane St., 0.4 miles
on Right). Leave Stadium 1:00 PM - Police escort thru
Cabarrus County to Pat Rogers Speedway Harley-
Davidson Dealership. Must bring new, unwrapped toy
to participate and be eligible for door prizes. 707-979-
RIDE (7433) www.speedwayharley-davidson.com
Nov 27
Thanksgiving – Happy Turkey Day!
Dec 25
Christmas – Are you dreaming of a white
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by Dave Sutton
The annual gathering of ABATE of
Virginia’s dedicated freedom fghters
(who have readopted the moniker,
A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian
Enactments) recently took place in
Central Virginia. During the June 20-
22 weekend, the Iron Horse Cavalry
Chapter played hosts as other chapters from around the Com-
monwealth descended on Amherst County, just across the
river from Lynchburg. The owners of Wildwood Campground
rolled out the welcome wagon as we settled in just one mile
from the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, which can test your
skills and your clutch springs. HaHa!
High gas prices and the overall economic situation may
have cut attendance a bit this year. However, enough came to
keep one vendor selling, making and sewing patches almost
nonstop. Big thanks to Iron Horse prez Tony Tronco and Donut
for cutting vittles and to the individuals who made food dona-
tions. Plans are already in the works to make next year’s event
bigger and better!
Proud To Be An American
Sometimes in our everyday lives we
tend to forget what’s going on elsewhere
in the world and that the brave men
and women of the armed services are
just like you and me. They have family
and friends back home who love them
very much and are praying for their safe
return. Please stop for a moment and
pray for our troops (land, air, and sea) in
Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, and around
the world. Of all the gifts you could give
the US Military, Prayer is the very best
one..... Here’s some pictures from Iraq
that are too shocking & graphic for the
mainstream media:
Fastlane Biker Gear Anniversary
Party & Vets House Benefit
Fastlane celebrated three years in business serving the
motorcycling community on June 29th with its anniversary
party, bike show, ride & beneft for the Vets House. This
year’s event was a big success once again drawing bikers
from all over the area. All proceeds raised went to beneft
the Vets House, a local veterans home.
The event kicked off with the beneft ride from Clutch Bar &
Grill to Fastlane where the party got into full swing from 12
to 5PM. The day was sunny and hot, but that didn’t keep
the crowd from coming out and showing their support. The
bike show had 6 classes with trophies for 1st and 2nd place
and a grand prize for best in show. Many riders relaxed in
the tent shaded beer garden area having some great Bar-
B-Q & cold beverages while listening to the band Root 66
rocking them out. There were door prizes and give a ways,
and as always the Dyno was roaring throughout the day for
those wanting to run their bikes. The crowd came & went
during the day with all attending having a great time while
supporting a good cause. Many thanks go out to all of the
sponsors and contributors that made this event possible.
Special thanks to Bobby G from Upright Builders, Virginia
Beach Elks, Epstein, Sandler & Flora, Smokies and Astro
Disc Jockeys.
Randy & Kim
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Harold Elwin “Bo” Bice, Jr. Born November 1st, 1975
in Huntsville, Alabama. An American Singer and Musi-
cian know for his deep baritone style of singing, his control
vibrato, and a style incorporating soul, country, blues and
rock. Bice was nicknamed “Bogart” as a newborn by his
grandmother because she thought he had “Humphrey
Bogart eyes.” When Bice was in kindergarten he shortened
it to “Bo” because he didn’t think Bogart was cool. When
Bice was 15 years old his family moved to England .The
family were neighbors of Ozzy Osbourne. He is a veteran
of the nightclub circuit. A Southern Rocker in musical ap-
proach and appearance, Bice did not ft into the normal
American Idol mold. However, his early performance of The
Allman Brothers Band’s “Whipping Post” drew raves from
the judges and established him as one of the favorites in
the competition in season fve of American Idol. In June
2005 Bice was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine that his
last thought during the Idol fnale was, “Please, God, don’t
let me win this thing”. And God answered him and let Carrie
Underwood win instead.
On June 15, 2005, Bice married long-time girlfriend
Caroline Fisher. Their frst child, a son named Aidan Mi-
chael Bice, was born on September 24, 2005.. He currently
resides in a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee. When Bice
performed on American Idol, May 7th 2008, he announced
that he and wife Caroline are expecting another son
Bo has made rounds of TV appearances, including two
appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tony
Danza Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres
Show, Live with Regis & Kelly (two appearances), Today
Show, Early Show, MTV, The Daily Show with Jon Stew-
art, Extra, and others. Bice also hosted Oxygen Television
Network’s Jingle Bell Concert, and his special guests in-
cluded Patti LaBelle and Joan Osborne. Jim Croce’s family
awarded Bice the “Jim Croce 20th Annual Music Award”
because the Croce family had been greatly moved by Bice’s
performance of Croce’s song “Time in a Bottle” while he
was a contestant on American Idol. On December 3, Bice
beat Danny Bonaduce and Tommy Lee to win the “Big Real-
ity Star” award for VH1’s Big in ‘05 Show. On December 6,
Bice was a presenter at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.
He was a nominee for Top-Selling Single of the Year for
“Inside Your Heaven”.
Ben Stiller invited Bice to record the rock power ballad
audio and music video for the title track of the Will Ferrell
movie,”Blades of Glory” (produced by Stiller).
Bice was presented with a Gold Record for The Real
Thing not long after RCA dropped Bice from its roster. Bice
subsequently formed his own record label called Sugar
Money/StratArt (in partnership with Strategic Artist Manage-
ment In February 2008, Bice traveled to Kuwait and Af-
ghanistan to perform for U.S. troops deployed in the region,
and to thank them for their service. He will go back to the
region in Fall 2008. He is touring during spring and summer
of 2008 to promote his album “See the Light”.
Around the age of 6, Bo started riding dirt bikes & four wheelers with his fam-
ily. He had his frst motorcycle wreck at age 7 when he ran his dirt bike into the
corner of his families porch.The only thing that was damaged in that one was
his pride. For the past few years, he never owned his own bike, but was always
around friends that did. And after being invited to ride in so many charity events
after moving to Nashville, he decided to get his own. In May of his year, Bo be-
came a member of our biker community. He purchased his frst Harley-Davidson.
A 2007 Softail Deluxe. In the frst two weeks he put 3000 mile on her. Bo has
already added extras like pipes, saddle bags, and grips and told us that the rest
of his chrome was on order. I asked him if he would be interested in playing some
biker rallies, And he quickly answered “Yea, that would be pretty cool.”
He feels that safety frst is most important. He says of riding a motorcycle that
it is, “Very addictive”. He loves the freedom he feels on the road. “Its truly amaz-
ing”. Bo said someone had told him after learning he bought his bike that he had
a death wish. He answered by saying “Having a Harley Davidson is a WISH TO
Photos: Courtesy of Ken Mifsud and Webster & Associates/Jeremy Westby”.
BO BICE Rocker / Rider
Let me frst start by saying how sorry I am for missing you
all last month, the four or fve of you out there who read my
articles must have been disappointed (or overjoyed…not
sure yet). In the midst of moving, my computer went south
on me, but thanks to Kelly and Beth, we got the tech tips in
I have recently acquired a new ride, a gorgeous Honda
VTX1300C…a beautiful ride right out of the showroom, but
me being me, I can’t leave anything alone. In my quest to
fnd the unusual and different for my bike, I found myself
looking at suspension. Suspension is one of those things
I would like to do, but the cost usually puts it to the back
burner. As I look at what I will be doing with this bike (daily
ride to work), I thought what would be best to spend the
money on and suspension was the winner. New shocks
and fork springs are on order to give me a plush ride on
an already cushy bike. This got me thinking about the rest
of the bikes in the stable, and how I have totally neglected
them as they were all once my “daily ride” as well.
The suspension of our bikes ranks right up there with
our braking system on the red-headed stepchild list of
maintenance. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fx it” is what we
usually think of when we look at suspension, aside from
the occasional leaking fork seal, we really don’t ever notice
them, but we sure are glad we have them (unless you’ve
never ridden a rigid…trust me, ride one and you’ll never
look at shocks the same way again!). Did you know you’re
supposed to change your fork oil every two years? Yep,
if you’ve been paying attention, it’s the same schedule as
the braking system and for the same reason…it collects
moisture and we all know that water and oil don’t mix. The
water can cause corrosion inside the tube and whamo…you
need new lowers and tubes, and if you thought your brake
parts were expensive, wait ’till you price these bad boys!
Replacing your fork oil takes about 30 minutes at most,
costs you about $15.00 and all you need is a small jack to
hold the bike up and the right size wrenches….(if anybody
wants particulars, e-mail me).
Plain and simple, shocks wear out…they wear out on
our cars, why wouldn’t they wear out on our bikes? Like
everything else on our bikes…our shocks and fork springs
will need replacing, whether you know it or not. Seals
develop leaks in our shocks and over time they lose
effciency. We don’t notice this because it happens so
gradually. Our forks get all of our attention, but for the sake
of your backside…take a look at those shocks. If your bike
is approaching the ten year mark, you really need to think
hard about replacement. There is really only one name
in suspension you need to know if you are in the cruiser
set and that is Progressive. These guys are the industry
standard and can accommodate anything on two wheels in
a wide range of styles and prices. Look for a good set of
fork springs to cost you about $80-$100 (again, another job
you can e-mail me for details about) and a set of entry-level
rear shocks, that are nicer than anything from the factory,
is about $250- and up. Touring bikes, sport bikes and
dual-sports have many more options, albeit EXPENSIVE
options…(one shock from Ohlins for a sport bike is about
Don’t neglect your suspension folks…and if you do it for
anything, do it for yourself!!! You won’t believe how nice the
ride can be.
Knees in the breeze…
Ride safe.
Your emails are always welcome - thunderroadsaaron@
Aaron Johnson
Full time th grade school teacher (seriously),
years in the power sports industry having been a
technician and service manager for Suzuki, Kawasaki,
Polaris, Bombardier and Harley-Davidson. I am the as-
sistant parts mgr. for Turners Honda in Elizabeth City
and three years as an MSF instructor. I also build cus-
tom motorcycles and do show winning restorations.
New Speed Control Device
If you’ve got some “Hot Shot” pictures you’d like to share with us, please send
them to thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com . Pictures must be high resolution (300
dpi) in order to print clearly. All are welcome but please keep ‘em somewhat
clean so everyone can enjoy!
1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Dried Thyme
1/2 tsp. White Pepper
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1/2 tsp. Salt
4 Red Snapper Fillets ( 8 ozs. each)
3 Tbls. Butter, Melted
In a small bowl, combine the frst seven ingredients. Dip
fllets in melted butter, then rub each side thoroughly with
spice mixture. Place on medium hot grill coated w/ cook-
ing spray so no-stick. Cook 2-4 minutes on each side or
until fsh fakes easily w/ a fork. *Place a cucumber in a
small food processor along with a cup of mayonnaise and
a cup of milk, dash of salt & pepper and a pinch of sugar
and blend well. Refrigerate and serve nice and cool over
top of hot & freshly prepared pepper-rubbed snapper. This
is such an incredible taste explosion! Perfect for summer
6 Cups Frozen Corn, Thawed
3 Cups Chopped & Seeded Homegrown or Organic
1 Cup of Cubed Avacado
2/3 Cup Julienned Sweet Red Pepper
2/3 Cup Julienned Green Pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped Purple Onion
1 Cup Mayonnaise
2 Tbls. Red-Wine Vinegar
2 Tbls. Dijon Mustard
Salt & Pepper to Taste
In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatoes, avocado, pep-
pers & onion. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredi-
ents. Pour over salad and toss to coat thoroughly. Cover &
refrigerate for 30 mins. until well chilled.
This is the perfect compliment to any summer entree.
7 -1/2 Cups Uncooked Wide Egg Noodles
1 Pkg. (8 ozs.) Cream Cheese; Softened
6 Tbls. Butter; Softened
1/2 Cup Sugar or Splenda
3 Eggs
1 Cup of Whole Milk
1 Cup of Apricot Nectar
1 Cup Cornfake Crumbs
1/2 Cup Sugar or Splenda
6 Tbls. Butter, Melted
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
Cook noodles until soft and drain. Meanwhile, in a large
mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar.
Beat in eggs. Gradually stir in milk and apricot nectar.
Take drained noodles and return to pot. Add cream
cheese mixture and toss to coat. Transfer to a greased
13x9x2 inch baking dish. Combine the topping ingre-
dients; sprinkle over noodles. Bake, uncovered at 350
degrees for 30 minutes. These are so incredible tasting
you’ll never serve egg noodles any other way!
(Biskit is a staff member of TRM Layout/Design Team)
1 Pkg. of Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 Can of White Sausage Gravy (in any grocery aisle
alongside of beef or chicken gravy)
1 Cup of Homegrown or Organically Grown Tomatoes;
Chopped in Large Chunks
1 Cup of Green Peppers; Chopped Chunky
1 Bag of Mozzarella Chef-Style Shredded Cheese
1 Pkg. of Fresh Sliced Mushrooms
12 Strips of Premium Bacon; Fried & Drained
6 Eggs Scrambled Loosely
Take a round pizza pan and spray lightly with cooking
spray. Open your crescent dinner rolls and pull out the
entire roll or triangles. Throw a bit of four on your counter
so dough won’t stick & press the triangles dough together
and stretch out or roll out w/ rolling pin on your foured
counter to ft the size of your pizza pan.
Take your rolling pin and roll up stretched out dough,
then place it over pizza pan and gently unroll it onto pan.
Next, spread your can of white sausage country gravy
over entire pizza, then load it up with all your toppings;
layer the scrambled eggs, then the peppers, tear bacon
into large chunks, then the mushrooms and lots of cheese
on top. Cook for apprx. 20 minutes and crust will rise
up to a golden brown. Remove from oven and then add
your fresh, cold chunks of tomatoe on top. Slice it up and
serve it up. This is an incredible morning pizza, but also
great to make for any community gathering or church
potluck supper. Don’t you just love breakfast recipes for
supper? Get Cookin’ !!
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® will be years young in 200
Everyone is Welcome to the Celebration
The promoters, the businesses, everyone working together
we bring much needed and welcome business to the Grand
Strand, Horry County, surrounding counties and states.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (or Harley Week as some call
this event) May 8-17, 2009 is promoted by a few promot-
ers and several different corporations and business. Myrtle
Beach Bike Week® is a ten (10) day event. This event attracts
people from all walks of life and from all over the world to one
central location we call “The Grand Strand”. Many who attend
Bike Week own condos or times shares and they bought them
just for this time of year and because of this event. Others at-
tending, rent homes or condos for the week, while others rent
motel / hotel rooms for a shorter period of time.
This event is also a business. From around the world
goods are manufactured by factories and shipped to the Grand
Strand. The products will be sold by the existing businesses
and by vendors whom follow the rallies throughout the country.
Yes, the business this event generates can be felt around the
world and especially in the surrounding states of SC. From
where you live to “The Grand Strand” you purchase fuel, eat at
restaurants, stop at attractions or spend the night somewhere
on the way and mostly the same when you return home.
All motorcycles and all motorcycle enthusiasts are welcome
at Myrtle Beach Bike Week® and it has always been this way.
Daytona Beach and other rallies around the country are no
different. They welcome everyone from around the world to
attend their events.
The # 1 complaint for the month of May from what I have
read and the public posting, is The City of Myrtle Beach, the
residence; the businesses prefer to have No Bike Events
on Memorial Day Weekend. The City wants to bring back
Memorial Day Weekend as a family vacation weekend to start
the summer vacation season. To accomplish this, the City of
Atlantic Beach would have to move the dates of their event.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week) is before the start of
the summer vacation season.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week), the #1 com-
plaint by the Myrtle Beach locals is the noise, #2 is the traffc
congestion. With 300,000 + people attending this event, it
can get noisy and congested in some areas. The motor-
cycle enthusiast attending this event, many do have modifed
exhaust on their motorcycles. Control your RPM’S you help
control this problem. The traffc problems for Bike Week, is no
where near as bad as from Memorial Day to Labor Day. For
decades people have said “The Grand Strand” needs more
roads. I have experienced the traffc for many years during
Bike Week and during the summer, and I much prefer the Bike
Week traffc over the summer traffc.
Now the City of Myrtle Beach wants to end the Bike Ral-
lies as they put it, hoping to get rid of the Atlantic Beach Bike
Fest or (BBW) The Myrtle Beach area Chamber of Com-
merce just did a survey with the businesses that are members.
The results showed the businesses want Myrtle Beach Bike
Week® (Harley Week) to continue but do not want the Atlantic
Beach Bike Fest. There are a lot of problems associated with
this Memorial Day Event that are not the problems of Myrtle
Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week). People are telling the
City Council and Myrtle Beach these are two separate events
and should be discussed and issues resolved separately, but
no one elected is listening These events have different prob-
lems and the frst step in resolving the problems should be to
address as separate events. Work with the all the promoters
and businesses not just a select one or two of the different
events, get everyone’s input, discuss the real issues and work
toward a mutual resolution.
The City of Myrtle Beach says it will not issue vendor per-
mits for the Bike weeks in 2009. This effort will have minimal
impact. The events currently are outside the city limits of
Myrtle Beach. The city already has an ordinance that prohibits
vendors and special permits from being issued throughout
much of Myrtle Beach, but the OZ-50 zones - including Broad-
way at the Beach, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and
the NASCAR Cafe - were exempt. Commissioners gave a
thumbs-up to amending zoning rules so no special events can
be held during May. Harley Corporate and the vendors that
were there, had already left the Convention Center and all they
offered this past year (2008) to the Motorcycle Enthusiasts
was trailer parking.
The Myrtle Beach City Council is attempting to dictate their
personal agenda, hoping to convince Horry County and the
surrounding towns to not issue permits for Bike Week. No
matter what Myrtle Beach does the town of Atlantic Beach
has already said the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest (BBW) will
go on as planned in 2009. Surfside Beach has put a two
(2) year moratorium on issuing vending permits. Surfside
Beach reported they issued only 5 permits for the 2008 Bike
Week. Horry County relies heavily on revenue from vendor
permits to fnance public safety operations. At current (2008)
vendor fees Horry County will loose almost 500,000.00 if they
do not issue permits.
The City of Myrtle Beach has been miss-informed again if
they believe people come to Bike Week just for the vendors.
You can buy on-line what the vendors and stores have at Bike
Week. The current dates for Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Har-
ley Week) is May 8-17, 2009
We have Not Canceled this event and have no plans to.
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week) is the third largest
event in the US with coverage nation wide and particularly on
the East Coast. The negative from the City Council of Myrtle
Beach on the Bike Weeks, will only support in promotions and
increase the attendance of the Bike Weeks in 2009.
Councilwoman Susan Grissom Means said she’s “100
percent in favor” of ending the rallies - neither of which is spon-
sored by the city - but wants residents to “support this with
your mouths and with your pocketbooks.”
The City of Myrtle Beach does not own Myrtle Beach Bike
Week®, Harley Week, or any of the events during this week.
Nor do they own Atlantic Beach Bike Fest. The City of Myrtle
Beach does not promote or advertise this event, -0- Dollars in
marketing this
event that I am
aware of. Myr-
tle Beach Bike
Week®, (Har-
ley Week) has
never been
promoted on the
city web site, but
they did promote
and advertise
Atlantic Beach
Bike Fest on
their web site till
this year. The
City of Myrtle
Beach reaps the
benefts and everyone else’s promotions and hard work, and
they refuse to recognize we are a separate event from the At-
lantic Beach Bike Fest. I believe the rest of this great country
and probably the world sees the difference, but not the Myrtle
Beach City Council. Atlantic Beach Offcials have already
announced that they have no plans to discontinue their event
for 2009. Myrtle Beach City Council is raising the taxes One
Million dollars to fnd ways to get rid of the Motorcycle Enthusi-
asts (Bikers).
The Fact is, the City nor the County cannot stop anyone from
coming to the beach for Bike Week or any other time of the
year. The Grand Strand is open to the public and so are the
Beaches and the roads of the Grand Strand which includes
Myrtle Beach. Many of the Motorcycle Enthusiasts attending
Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week), return to vacation
during the Summer, Fall and Winter. Does Myrtle Beach, the
surrounding cities and the County want to lose this business
also? Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week) is one of
the best Rallies in the US. We have great weather in May, a
beautiful beach, great attractions, some of the fnest lodging
facilities in the country, and the prices are reasonable year
round to vacation at The Grand Strand.
The City Council doesn’t need to squander tax payers dol-
lars trying to halt the event that many local businesses rely
on to pay the bills and taxes, especially during these diffcult
economic times. They should spend the One Million Dol-
lars helping to promote this event. It’s not simply the motor-
cycle-related industries that proft; restaurants, bars, hotels,
grocery stores, retail outlets plus many others beneft. The
trickle-down effect of Myrtle Beach Bike Week® (Harley Week)
cannot be underestimated. Many of your local businesses
can’t wait for the motorcycle events that usher in the summer
months and much-needed revenue.
You never miss what you have, until you’ve lost it and can’t
get it back.

See you Bike Week

Sonny Copeland
Myrtle Beach Bike Week LLC
Have you ever complained about what “they’re“doing,
or thought someone in government was out to screw
you, or worse, just had no clue. Now you have an op-
portunity to have your say.
Over the past few years leaders from the Virginia
Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM), Virginia Freedom
Riders, Virginia Bikers Association and ABATE of VA
have gotten together at the annual NCOM convention
to plan our legislative agenda. This has left the legisla-
tive package up to the same 6 or 8 people year after
year. This year we want to try something different. With
the sponsorship of Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law
Group we are hosting the frst Virginia Motorcyclists
Summit. We are inviting motorcyclists from all facets
of the sport to sit down and discuss what issues are
most important to them. From there, as a group we will
prioritize the issues and determine what the legisla-
tive package for 2009 will be. We will have members
from the Governors Motorcycle Advisory Council in
attendance, and hope to have someone from DMV and
VDOT as well.
This is your opportunity to participate in the process,
please plan to attend, or at least make sure a repre-
sentative from any groups you ride with have someone
representing them there.
When; September 13, 2008 10:00am til 4:00
Where; Holiday Inn Crossroads, 2000 Staples Mill
Rd, Richmond VA
How Much; Free, Please Register
Contact Jim Cannon, VCOM Director for registration
information (800)437-9434
BERLIN – Delmarva Bike
Week® will have activities at
six separate locations for its
2008 event, taking on a wider
foot print to better serve visitors.
This year we ride.
The motorcycle event, set for Sept. 11-14, 2008, will keep Harley-Davidson
of Ocean City and Harley-Davidson of Seaford as its headquarters, but will
be moved from a centralized single location to six locations.
Each additional location is no surprise to motorcycle enthusiasts as each
business is a long-time supporter of Delmarva Bike Week®.
The largest Ocean City-area location will be at the end of Sunset Avenue in
West Ocean City where the home of Sunset Grill, Teaser’s Dockside Bar and
Sunset Marina is located. Just down the road, more activities will be held at
Francis Scott Key Family Resort and also at Ocean City ’s largest night club,
‘‘Each site really makes sense,’’ said Delmarva Bike Week®’s Bruce Ben-
nett . ‘‘Our four locations in and around Ocean City are known for welcoming
visitors to the beach and each have been long supporters of Delmarva Bike
Week®. To insiders as well as outsiders, it’s not surprising to see these four
properties step to the plate to keep this event strong on Delmarva.’’
The sixth location is the largest location: Winter Place Park near Salisbury .
Already the host of very successful events such as Pork In The Park and
has a track record of success that dates back to the 2002 visit of The Moving
Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
‘‘The successful execution of Pork In The Park, combined with our knowl-
edge of Winter Place Park from The Moving Wall, made it a very attractive
location for Delmarva Bike Week®,’’ said Bennett. ‘‘Our meetings with
tourism and law enforcement have been positive since the beginning and we
think the park will standout in the eyes of the bike week visitors.’’
The benefts of multiple locations include easier traffc fow for locals as well
as visitors, more things happening for the visitors, more opportunities for local
businesses to support the event and more opportunities to ride.
‘‘We coordinate Delmarva Bike Week® with local law enforcement be it
state police, county sheriffs and the towns of Berlin and Ocean City . The
expert feedback of not only the offcers on the street but of the state highway
administration has been pivotal to the success of the frst seven years,’’ said
Moving from a single location to several around Delmarva has two goals: to
relieve traffc issues on Route 589 and to give the motorcycle enthusiasts the
opportunity to stretch their legs and ride.
‘‘Riders will not be bottled up in just one location as before,’’ said Bennett.
‘‘This will be an even better opportunity to not only enjoy Ocean City, but
travel to Wicomico County and then up to Harley- David son of Seaford
and get a taste of the heart of Delmarva. Once visitors see the benefts of
Delmarva, we think they will want to return more often.
‘‘It really is the best of both worlds: the resort beaches and great scenic
Delmarva Bike Week® started in 2001 and spent two years in Whaleyville
area before moving to the Berlin/Ocean Pines area for fve years. The event
has hosted major motorcycle companies, celebrities, craftsmen, thrill shows
and major concerts. Along the way, the event has grown from 20,000 visitors
to numbers that reach more than 150,000.
In 2007 alone, Delmarva Bike Week® worked with nearly 20 charities and
civic organizations to beneft the community.
Media Contact: Promoter Benet McCormick , 410-629-1560






Old School Chopper and Hot Rod Show and Swap
July. 12, Virginia Beach, Va.
Ok, what happens when three total gear heads with big hearts get bored….have a car and bike
show, and a swap meet on top of it for charity of course! Three weeks to prepare, make fyers, build
the trophies, secure a venue….not that we are procrastinators….that’s just how we roll.
Three guys, Mike Boyce (professional painter and a kick ass bike builder), Cyril Albert (scariest
leprechaun you’ve ever met and a fantastic Harley mechanic) and yours truly (jack of all trades,
master of none….) decided that the push and polish car and bike shows that have become so “de
rigueur” in the area were long over due for a make-over. We’ve all been to the shows….lots of
pretty, shiny things….some even get driven or ridden to the event, but we are guys who ride those
bikes that most people look at and simply shake their heads. Not much chrome (if any), usually
basic black (when they have paint on them…) and exhaust that would make Mr. Vance and Mr.
Hines blush. We were looking for the roots of the revolution…to see if they were still out there hiding
in the back lot shops where choppers and hot rods got there start over 60 years ago, where guys
wore dark blue jeans, black boots and had a pack of Luckys rolled up in their t-shirt sleeve….there
still there folks, alive and kicking.
The looks for some have changed….board shorts instead of jeans, van’s sneakers instead of
black boots, and the Dickie’s shirts….(well… some things never go out of style), but the attitude
hasn’t. Low, loud and damn near unridable, the formula for cool hasn’t changed in a very long time.
This being the frst event, we didn’t expect a big crowd, and we weren’t disappointed…there
were about ten entries in the show, four or fve truck and trailers full of guys hawking parts out of the
back but the day was packed with people pulling up on proper vintage pan heads and cutting edge
supercharged customs, 50’s vintage hot rods and 60’s era muscle cars, all with the same thing to
say about the event…..”cool….it’s about time someone’s done this”.
The swap meet for those who brought their cast away parts was proftable, the show for those
stuck around all day was great…(so few entries, everyone got a trophy!), Tim and his staff from
Baker St. were so accommodating and supportive, mother nature gave us one of her fnest and
we raised some money for a great cause…the Currituck County High School auto-tech program.
Under the tutelage of their teacher Mark Wooton, a bunch of high school kids put together an ’03 Fat
Boy that runs on bio-diesel, now if that’s not a program worth supporting, I don’t know what is. Mark
and his kids exemplify the type of “outside the box” thinking hot-rodders and bobber builders live
on…(plus, that thing smells like a rolling KFC!)
Special thanks to all those dedicated people who thought enough of the event to stick it out all day
with us, you guys are the greatest…from the 330mm tire hand built customs to the old school VW low-
rider, everything and everyone there could have their picture in the dictionary next to the word “cool”.
Thanks again everyone, hope to see more of you there next time…(Aug. 16th!!!!!!!!! @ Baker St.
Knees in the breeze…
3rd Annual Diva Customs Bike Show
Well the weatherman called
for severe thunderstorms with
possible chance of hail, but
that did not stop the bikers from
piling into the Chesapeake
Conference Center on May
31st for the 3rd Annual Diva
Customs “Diva’s Only” Bike
Show. And once again, Tami
and the crew at Diva Customs
pulled out all the stops for this
one of a kind bike show. If you
are not familiar with the “Diva’s
Only” Bike Show, well, all the
bikes entering the show are
owned by women. But the bikes in this show were not “toys”
for “little girls” these bikes were “bad ass machines” owned by
the coolest “Divas” in town.
Tami’s show is known for bringing the big names into town
and this year was no different. Coming all the way from South
Dakota; Brian and Laura Klock took time out of their busy
schedules to make it to the show. Brian built the frst Bagger to
win a Biker Build-Off and his wife Laura raced that bagger on
the Bonneville Salt Flats and holds the land speed record for
the World’s Fastest Bagger….147.476 mph!
During the awards and with microphone in hand, Tami
shook her head in disbelief and uttered to the crowd “I still
can’t believe this man is at my show”. The man she spoke of
is none other than Donnie Smith, a true legend in the motor-
cycle world. And as Tami calls him “the Godfather of Custom
Motorcycles. Donnie is one of the innovators of the “custom
motorcycle”. It was his infuence over the years that help mold
the long lean look of the “custom”. But not to be left out, Don-
nie brought along his longtime love, Dawn Williams. But don’t
be fooled by the classy style of this lady, she is a biker to the
core and starting riding when bikes were kick start only…and
yes…she can kick start her own bike.
But what everybody came out for were the motorcycles,
and the ladies did not disappoint us. From Trikes to Customs,
it was diffcult to pick your favorite but there were a few that
stood out from the rest. Once again, Carla Mitchell won 1st
Place for her “Four Horsemen” trike…is there a trike out there
that can beat this gorgeous bike? But top honors went to two
women. Lillian Rapier’s Mother of Pearl American Ironhorse
Slammer won three awards; First Place in the Custom Class,
Ladies Choice and People’s Choice! This bike is the epitome
of beauty and elegance…great job Lillian!
Sometimes you think you know who is gonna win “Best In
Show”….then a pretty blue Honda Shadow Areo comes and
blows away the competition. “Best In Show” is given to the
bike that received the highest scores in each category; the
combined scores from all three judges determines the winner.
Earning the highest scores from each judge, Stacy Babcock’s
gorgeous metallic blue Honda Shadow Areo was perfect in
every way. And just wait until you see this beauty out in the
sun! Congratulations Stacy Babcock!
Thanks to everybody who braved the weather and made it
out to the show. Ladies…we will see ya next year!
Would Like To Say
To All Of You For All You Do
And To
All Who Have Gone Before
I was riding east on Route 460 between Lynchburg
and Petersburg. It was beautiful outside and I was
going about 60 mph when my Dyna (FXD) started to
loose power. Watching behind me to be sure no one
was close by, I down shifted, Suddenly the rear tire
locked up. I am not an expert, but this wasn’t cool. I
came to a dead stop in the right hand lane about 250
feet from a cross over. It stalled, I couldn’t get it to
move let alone start. I looked in my rear view mirror and off in the distance I
can see traffc heading right for me. I remember praying ,”God Please help
me start this bike.” The bike started, I down shifted to frst and gave it hell. I
worked my way to the left lane praying for a little speed to make it to the
turning lane and she locked up again, sliding to a stop just about four inches
off the left lane. The traffc blew by me so close it shook the bike. All I know is,
God has a plan for me and I am suppose to stay on this earth awhile longer..
I want to thank, DeAna and Rocky for making phone calls for me.( My
cell phone battery was almost dead.)Aspecial thanks to Gary’s Automotive
Again, Airport Road, Petersburg. Gary closed his business and he and Rob
came to my rescue. ( I used the biker friendly in the magazine for the closest
help). I want to thank the VDOT Gentleman who helped me lift my bike off
the road out of the turning lane. Also I would like to thank the nice man on the
Harley who stopped and went to get help and thank you, Mrs. Moody, Town of
Dinwiddie Supervisor’s wife who would not leave until help arrived.
The rear brake line, which was rubber, had deteriorated causing a “fap”
which kept the pressure up not allowing the brake to release. Not something
that happens every day. But I learned a lesson. I replaced my rubber brake
line with braided line.
Ride only as fast as your angel can fy.
March Ride To Remember
1995 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 – One of a kind, customized for Thun-
der Roads $15,000. Or Best Offer – Contact thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com
* Custom Paint – Black Gloss w/Gold fake fames by House of Color
(w/accent crosses)
* 2” Over Springer Front End
* 46 Degree Rake
* 80 Twisted Spoke Rims
* 21” Front wheel
* 16” Back Wheel
* Venom White Wall Tires
* Custom Rear Service fender
* Insomniac Drag Pipes
* 12” Ape Hangers
* Tank was custom fabricated to accommodate the Springer Front End
* After Market Forward Controls
* Replaced Primary Cover
* Custom seat re-fabricated stock Badlanders seat
* Chrome Oil Tank
Club Directory
ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fght to
protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU!
For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924
or CulpeperSharon@Gmail.com. Stay on top of the latest
ABATE news and events by visiting www.ABATEofVA.com.
ABATE Coalfeld Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets
7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa’s garage, Deel
Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more
information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or SStacy@
ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every
2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper ,
VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact
Tim Dalman at 540-219-6366 or TimDalman@comcast.net
ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter ( Williamsburg , VA ) meets 9AM
every 1st Sunday at Beachcomber’s Restaurant, 8811 George
Washington Memorial Hwy, Yorktown , VA 23692. Everyone
Welcome. For more information contact Gene Spare at
757-903-6541 or JESpare@verizon.net
ABATE Iron Horse Calvary Chapter ( Lynchburg , VA ) meets
7PM every 1st Tuesday at Mary Jane’s Café, 826 Kemper St,
Lynchburg , VA 24502-3250. Everyone Welcome. For more
information contact Tronco at 434-993-3197 or EvoTronco1@
ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter (Wise, VA) meets 6:30PM
every 1st Tuesday at Mosby’s Restaurant, 205 Ridgeview Rd,
Wise , VA 24293. Everyone Welcome. For more information
contact Shag Mead at 276-565-4541 or ShageDawg@hotmail.com
ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter ( Fairfax , VA ) meets 8PM
every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at John’s Place, 11104 Lee Hwy,
Fairfax , VA 22030-5005. Everyone Welcome. For more infor-
mation contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571
or NightTommy2@yahoo.com
ABATE Olde Dominion Chapter ( Falls Church , VA ) meets
8PM every 1st Monday at JVs Restaurant, 6666 Arlington Blvd,
Falls Church , VA 22042-2145. Everyone Welcome. For more
information contact Tank Fortner at 703-309-7197
or KeviRF80@aol.com
ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) ‘No meetings,
just action!’ For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-
389-8293 or HawgSke@msn.com

ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets
1PM every 1st Sunday at White Oaks Lodge, 3533 Ke-
coughtan Rd, Hampton , VA 23661-3546. Everyone Welcome.
For more information contact Don Cournoyer at 757-723-2019
or abateregion3@yahoo.comAmerican Cruisers Motorcycle
Club Chapter 54 - Chesapeake, VA President Jack Wright (757)
465-8578, Ruddfan4life@cox.net www.americancruisers.us
American Cruisers Motorcycle Club Chapter 57 - Va.
Beach,Va. President Brian Brooner, E-Mail brooner1@cox.
net Army of The Lord, Virginia (Virginia Beach) Christian Riding
Group Meets 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. 7:30 pm
Overseer: Rich “Sluggo” Segarra 757-450-4190
Bayside Hog – Meets 7pm on 3
Friday at Bayside Harley-
Outer Banks HOG – Meets 2pm, 1
Saturday at Outer Banks
Harley-Davidson Bikers For Christ / New River Valley Chapter
(Elder) Eddie Wright. Based out of the River of Life Church
5311 Black Hollow Rd. Dublin, Va. 24084. Website www.
Bikers with Heart Foundation, Inc. 501 ©3 Non-Proft Orga-
nization, National Fallen Biker Memorial Weekend, P.O. Box
291 Bryantown, MD 20617, Offce: (301) 893-2900 Email:
bikerswithheart@yahoo.com Website: www.freupthundrout.
com/bikerswithheart Motto: We Ride Because We Care Blue
Knights Virginia Chapter III Richmond, VA (804) 379-0578
Blue Knights Law Enforcement MC/VA Chapter V – Hamp-
ton Roads Meets 4
Wed every month 7 pm, 110 Kempsville
Rd, Chesapeake, VA Club President – Susan Taylor (757)
531-1224 blueknightsva5@yahoogroups.com
Blue Knights Law Enforcement MC/VA VII
www.bkvavii.org Pres. George A. Cipra
Blue Knights Law Enforcement MC/VA VIII
Meets on 1
Wed at the Charlottesville FOP Lodge
Info: Willie Barnett (804) 589-1824
Blue Knights Law Enforcement MC/VA Chapter X
Yorktown, VA www.blueknightsvax.com
Blue Knights Law Enforcement MC/VA XIII Danville, Virginia
meets on 13th of every month Club President - Keith Johnson
Blue Ridge Christian Riders CMA Chapter 264
Meets 3
Monday of each month at 6:30pm Roanoke Valley
Harley-Davidson dealership. Contact: Steve Lemay (540)
721-1969, Graffan Reynolds (540) 588-6191, Dave Miller (540)
Bone Shaker’s Social Club ( BSSC) We meet the frst Tues-
day of each month at Boneshaker’s Saloon, 1297 General
Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23451. All meetings are open
to the public and all are welcome. P.O.Box 3077, Virginia
Beach, Va 23457 (757) 961-8382
Buell Owners in the DC area
Meets 1
Sat, 10 am at H-D
Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123
Shenandoah Valley HOG Monthly meeting @Verona, Va.
Moose alternates 2nd Sunday next month 2nd Tuesday.
hog hotline (540) 946-9992, www.shenandoahhog.com
Sisters of Chrome Women Motorcycle Club/Maryland
Women Content to grabbing the handlebars and steering our
own motorcycles. www.sistersofchromemc.com . Contact Sugar
Bear – sistersofchrome@aol.com or (410) 477-5557.

1509 Chesapeake Ave, Chesapeake, VA 23324 www.
sonofthundermm.com peglegjoe@verizon.netWe meet every
frst Saturday of each month at thunder alley Call for directions
757-543-1857 or 757-619-4073. Also we have JC’S Fellowship
Church where bikers are welcome. Come as you are – meeting
place: Thunder Alley. Times: Sunday 9 am & 6 pm; Wed. 7 pm;
Thurs.(Recovery Program) 7 pm. All our runs go to JC’S Recov-
ery House – All people that we help through this house are by
application and acceptance based on they’re desire for help.
Southern Cruisers Riding Club - Hill City Chapter of
Lynchburg, Va. Meets the second Wednesday of every month
@Vinny’s Italian Restaurant @7:00pm. Please contact the
following if interested. Phil Stanley-First Offcer @jacker7@
verizon.net. Paul King, Second Offcer @pking@crhudgins.
com. Please visit our web site www.hillcitycruisers.com
Southern Cruisers Riding Club - Mineral Chapter 442 Close
to Lake Anna. We are Located Between Charlottesville and
Richmond VA. Contact Diane at clippydi@yahoo.com. We
have Many Miles great county roads.

Southern Cruisers - Nelson County, VA Chapter #172
1st Tuesday every month@The Lovingston Cafe, 7:00 pm. For
more info contact Rhonda Ponton, 1st Offcer, (434) 531-5820
or Pete Avellone at (434) 531-7916
Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ P.O Box 1107, Leonar-
dtown, MD. 20650. Gordon Bacon, 240-577-0605, SOMDBFC.
ORG Check our web site for meeting times and location.
Southern Virginia American Legion Riders
We are open to all bikes & all Veterans’ & family members of
Veterans. P O Box 57 Colonial Heights, VA 23834, (804) 526-
4167, email: herbiewms@netscape.com
Star Touring & Riding Chapter 188
5461 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 http://
vbstar.mav.net email:ccnkcstarriders@aol.com, contact Lisa
Laufer @(757) 646-6738 or (757)646-6734
Star Touring & Riding Chapter 208 - Richmond, Va
Meets the 3rd Thursday each month, check the website for
more info. http://startouring.org/chapter208/ Contact: Bob
Gagne (804)458-4759 or rjgagne1106@adelphia.net
STAR touring and riding chapter 260 Winchester VA, meets
Saturday, 9am at Golden Corral in Winchester,VA on 522. 4
Sunday rides also. Email: starchapter260@yahoo.com for info
CIATION. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events
are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people
from all around the area. We’re all working together so that
each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to confict
with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our
meetings are held @7PM on the 3
Thursday of every month
(except December) at the Golden Corral, on the corner of Volvo
Pkwy & Battlefeld Blvd in Chesapeake, VA
Virginia Bikers Association Inc.
P. O. Box 1591, Hillsville, VA 24343, www.vabikersassoc.org,
email: director@vabikersassoc.org

Virginia Freedom Riders
P O Box 1387, Suffolk, VA 23439-1387 www.vfr.race.com Pres-
ident: Bernie Adams Email: Bernie@vfr-race.com Membership
Offcer: Sandy Cartwright email: sandy@vfr-race.com
V MAX Owners Association
Eric Ellerman- Regional Director, 8009 Robincrest Ct., Fuquay
Varina, NC 27526 (919) 567-1991 home, (919) 244-4660 cell,
150*132514*24 Nextel Direct Connect Jimmy Rey - Chapter
Leader Virginia/District of Columbia, 5901 Atteentee Rd
Springfeld, VA. 22150-3906, Day: 703-560-0600 x 15, Cell:
703-618-2333 Tony Waterman - Charlotte, NC Chapter Leader,
6144 Roseway Ct., Harrisburg , NC. 28075-6509, Eve: 704-
Williamsburg Riders MC Club
We meet at the Capitol Pancake and Waffe House at 800 Capi-
tol Landing Road, Williamsburg, VA on the 2
Sunday of each
month (except May which is on the 2
Sat. due to Mother’s
day) at 9am for breakfast & leave by 10 am (unless earlier time
is set by ride leader). We are usually headed off for a ride of
about 75 – 300 miles depending upon the weather and who
shows up to ride. The club is open to all makes of motorcycles
and all abilities are welcome. Contact John Heckman www.
Wings Over History
Gold Wing Road Riders Assoc.
Appalachian Region N. Virginia District Georgia & Ken Sladak,
Directors, 9612 Alfaree Rd., Richmond, VA 23237
Women on Wheels
www.womenonwheels.org NOW FORMING VA CHAPTER Call
(800) 322-1969 or email: Ironheadbiker@yahoo.com
Castaways Riding Club - Tidewater, VA
Meets 3
Weds of the month. Wherever your mind wonders…
ride after it! www.castatwaysrc.com or email tailgunjoe@cox.net
Central Virginia Chapter of the Victory Motorcycle Club
Bill Robinson, Chapter President
Email: wrr1home@comcast.net
Cell: (804)339-3784 Home: (804) 737-7910
Central VA Trail Riders
Meets 7 pm on 1
& 3
At a Richmond Rest. Info: (804) 272-8038
Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348
www.nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3
Sat each month @Old
Country Buffet in Manassas @9:00 am, President – Rick Saun-
ders, nvcrmail@msn.com
CMA/Beacons of Tidewater (Hampton Roads area)
Meets 2nd Monday of each month, except Dec. @Piccadilly
Restaurant, 530 N. Military Hwy, Norfolk, VA (across from the
Dump). President, Lenny Stowell, lenand2girls@cox.net or
(757) 420-4411.
CMA/Blue Ridge Christian Riders (Roanoke area)
Meets 3
Mon. at RVHD 1925 Peters Creek Rd, Roanoke, VA
Info: (540) 588-6191
Concours Owners Group COG – Northeast Area
www,concours.org/ne Mid-Atlantic Region Luray, VA #1887
Patrick Sprague (540) 743-4874
Email: psprague@shentel.net
Down By Law 757 MC Club
www.downbylaw-mc.com President – “Quiet Storm”
Email: quietstormzx9@aol.com
EZRR Club, Inc. Richmond, VA
Info: (804) 932-4784/www.riders-inc.com
Flaming Knights MC - Norfolk Chapter
Flaming Knights Norfolk P.O. BOX 7022
Norfolk, VA 23509
GWRRA chapter K of Roanoke
Meets 3
Thursday, Holiday Inn Airport
Web address: http://www.communities.msn.com/GWRRAVAK
Chapter Directors: Jerry & Linda Hall (540) 387-0897
GWWRA Chapter D of Richmond VA
2236 Cedar Crest Rd. Richmond, VA 23235
Meets at 460 Western Sizzlin, 2
Sat each month at 2 pm
For more info call (540) 265-2986
Hampton Roads Southern Cruisers Riding Club Chapter #26
Website http//bikers.crusading.org/
“Cruiser” Mosher 1
Offcer HRSC
Heaven Bound Bikers
Meets 2
Sat. each month 9am riders in South Hill (434) 372-
3785 a great ride after each meeting
Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry
4181 Worsham Rd. Powhatan, Va 23139 (804) 598-9026;
rodneyrides@juno.com www.heavenssaints.com
Honda Riders Club (HRC), Appalachian M/C
Meetings & open rides on 4
Sundays, 11 am at Loudoun
Motorsports in Leesburg, VA Info: (703) 777-1652
Honda Riders Club (HRC)
Manassas Honda Rider’s Club Meets 1
Tues 7:30 pm
Stonewall Jackson VFD 7814 Garner Road, Manassas, VA
Info: (703)361-2233
Indian Riders Group
VA Beach Indian Riders Info: (757)449-6017 www.vabirg.com
Iron Horse Ministries
Meets the last Friday of every month at 7:00pm; room 235 in
the LCA building at Thomas Road Baptist Church on Candlers
Mountain Rd. in Lynchburg VA. We also have a Biker Bible
Study every Sunday morning at 9:30 in the same room. For
more information contact Pastor Steve at email@ironhorsemin-
istries.org or call him at (530)305-4095.
LadyRiders, Inc. Motorcycle Club - Northern Virginia Area
Meets 2
Monday of the month, schedules rides 4
wked of month
See www.ladyriderinc.comor write luv2ride@ladyriderinc.com
Queen Beez Motorcycle & Social Association
www.queenbeezmsa.com P O Box 35396
Richmond, VA 23235 info@queenbeezmsa.com
Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Chapter 4, Virginia Beach
Meets on the frst Tuesday of the month. For information and
location of the next meeting, call David J. (President) @757-
816-1194, or Gordon W. @757-439-0167
Richmond Riders
www.richmondriders.com 2
Sunday every month meets for
Bikes in the Bottom 9:30am Poe’s Pub on Main St. Contact
Jason webmaster@richmondriders.com
Rolling Thunder® Inc. - Chapter 4 VA
Meets 3rd Sunday every month at 2PM in the Moose Lodge
#715, located at 2307 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg VA. Public
welcome. Website www.rollingthunderch4va.com
Rolling Thunder,® Inc. - VA Chapter 5
Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month @American
Legion, Post 2, 820 Winfeld Road, Petersburg, VA 23803.
Mailing address: P. O. Box 6614
News Bytes
PRICES Motorcycle and scooter sales across the nation
are booming as drivers look for ways to trim the cost of soar-
ing gas prices, but the rush of inexperienced riders hitting
the road has had deadly consequences. NADA Guides,
which publishes a well known book of used vehicle prices,
reported that the number of people researching motorcycle
purchases has increased nearly 50% over last year. Scooter
sales jumped 24 percent nationwide in the year’s frst quar-
ter, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. While new
motorcycle sales were lagging on the whole, those with
smaller engines that get better gas mileage saw an upturn,
according to MIC spokesman Mike Mount, adding that used
motorcycle sales also are climbing. The small fuel-effcient
vehicles are easy on the mileage and the pocketbook, which
has made them wildly popular with gasoline prices surpass-
ing $4 a gallon. Depending on engine size, motorcycles can
get between 40 and 60 miles per gallon of gas. Scooters,
which tend to be smaller and easier to drive, can reach 100
miles per gallon or more. That’s attracting newbies, dealers
say, with many new buyers citing the price at the pump as
their primary motivation for turning to two-wheel transporta-
tion. According to a recent report by the Governors Highway
Safety Association (GHSA), motorcycle sales have tripled
from 1997 to 2006, from 356,000 to almost 1.1 million, while
motorcycle fatalities more than doubled from 2,110 in 1997
to 4,810 in 2006. Last year, the GHSA asked state highway
safety agencies to complete a survey on motorcycle safety
activities designed to curb the annual increase in motor-
cycle crashes. The surveys revealed “a patchwork of hel-
met laws,” with only nine states and Puerto Rico indicating
special efforts to help law enforcement identify helmets that
don’t meet federal safety standards. Rider training courses
have been overly strained due to the infux of new motorcy-
clists and, as a result, 29 states “indicated they have capac-
ity problems with delays ranging from one day to 12 weeks
for training classes. Only three states, Florida, Maine, and
Rhode Island require rider education for all riders, regardless
of age,” according to the association. The report also says
many motorcyclists drive without valid licenses: In 2006, 25
percent of operators in fatal motorcycle crashes did not have
a valid motorcycle license, compared to 13 percent of driv-
ers of passenger vehicles.
It’s a ridiculous concept, reports the National Motorists As-
sociation (NMA), but somehow it seemed inevitable. Check
out this story from USA Today: The surging price of gasoline
has come to this: a “fuel surcharge” on your next speeding
ticket. Drivers caught speeding in the north Atlanta suburb
of Holly Springs soon will have to pay an extra $12 -- to
cover $4-a-gallon gas costs for the police offcers who stop
them. Is your police cruiser running low on fuel? No problem,
just pull over someone driving home from work, ticket them,
and you’ll have a full tank of gas in no time. Need to bal-
ance your budget? Maybe you should look to Pizza Hut for
inspiration: Police Chief Ken Ball says he was seeking ways
to maintain patrols despite record high gas prices. “I was
hearing that Delta (Air Lines), pizza deliverers, forists were
adding fuel charges to their services, and I thought, why not
police departments?” he says. Unfortunately it looks like this
isn’t going to be an isolated case. As with any situation where
money is available to be taken from citizens, local government
is on the case immediately: Ball says he’s being “inundated”
by calls from police chiefs and city managers. “I’ve heard from
at least a dozen police chiefs and half a dozen city manag-
ers,” he says of their municipality’s recently-passed measure.
“They want to know how we did it, and could we send them a
copy of the ordinance.”
Motorcycle riders in Maryland hope to get more attention from
car drivers with a new state law that allows the use of speci-
fed auxiliary lighting, which can only be used after dark, thus
increasing their visibility to other road users at night. Senate
Bill 713, the “Night-time Awareness - Auxiliary Lighting” bill,
passed unanimously through the House and Senate, and was
signed into law April 8th by Governor Martin O’Malley. The
new law, which went into effect June 1st, addresses the use of
LED lights that illuminate the sides of the motorcycle, thus al-
lowing other drivers to see motorcyclists from the side as well
as front and rear. The lights cannot be blue or red and can-
not blink, fash or oscillate. They can only be directed toward
the engine and drive train and are specifcally prohibited from
being on wheels. Pat Corcoran, spokesman for ABATE of
Maryland, said “Most motorcycle accidents involving another
vehicle, are almost always the fault of the other vehicle, and
usually the comment of the other driver is, we just didn’t see
him.” The law also allows the use of blue-dot tail lights, which
also increases conspicuity in traffc.
TORCYCLES Motorcyclists in a growing number of states are
being allowed to go through red lights when sensors aren’t
able to detect they are there. In May, South Carolina became
the seventh state to give motorcyclists license to proceed with
caution after stopping when the device that causes the light
to change from red to green doesn’t activate, according to a
recent article in USA Today. North Carolina passed a similar
law in 2007. Wisconsin (2006), Idaho (2006) Arkansas (2005),
Tennessee (2003) and Minnesota (2002), all have passed
laws the past six years, while similar legislation has been intro-
duced in Georgia, Missouri and Oklahoma. The traffc lights in
question are controlled by devices buried under the road that
operate similar to metal detectors, according to Doug Hecox,
a spokesman for the Federal Highway Administration. Their
sensitivity can be set to detect motorcycles, but the proper
balance is diffcult to adjust, he said. California has chosen a
technological solution. A law adopted last year requires that
when new traffc-activated signals are installed, they be ca-
pable of detecting motorcycles and bicycles. “In Texas, we
took a different approach,” said Sputnik, President of the Tex-
as Motorcycle Rights Association (TMRA-II) and Chairman of
the National Coalition of Motorcyclists’ Legislative Task Force
(NCOM-LTF). He told a gathering at the recent NCOM Con-
vention in Houston about a law passed there last year: “When
a traffc light doesn’t detect motorcycles, they have to fx them
so they do.”
by Garth Hinz
Rally in the Valley #4 - Two
days of music, fun and BIKES.
This year’s event at Shenan-
doah Harley-Davidson Staunton
Va., hosted vendors for food
and beverage, mechanical bull
ride, bike show and bands.
This year’s featured bands were Chuck Negron formerly
of Three Dog Night, Keith Bryant, Hillbilly Casino, and
D.O.G.S. of Prey performing for Saturday and Sunday’s
festivities. The Ladd’s provided an assortment of children’s
rides and shows making it a great location for the family
outing. Summer of Thunder Bud Bike was on display and
for the July 19th giveaway during the last band standing
The Joker’s Wild
The Joker’s Wild
I was having trouble with my computer. So I called
Richard, the 11 year old next door whose bedroom looks
like ‘Mission Control’, and asked him to come over. Richard
clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he
was walking away, I called after him, ‘So, what was wrong?
He replied, ‘It was an ID ten T error.’ I didn’t want to appear
stupid, but nonetheless inquired, ‘An, ID ten T error? What’s
that? In case I need to fx it again.’ Richard grinned. ‘Haven’t
you ever heard of an ID ten T error before?’ ‘No,’ I replied.
‘Write it down,’ he said, ‘and I think you’ll fgure it out.’ And off
he went. So I sat down and wrote out: I D 1 0 T.......I used to
like the little smart-ass.
A Baptist preacher and his wife decided to get a new
dog. Ever mindful of the congregation, they knew the dog
must also be a Baptist. They visited kennel after kennel and
explained their needs. Finally, they found a kennel whose
owner assured them he had just the dog they wanted. The
owner brought the dog to meet the pastor and his wife. ‘Fetch
the Bible,’ he commanded. The dog bounded to the book-
shelf, scrutinized the books, located the Bible, and brought
it to the owner. ‘Now fnd Psalm 23’ he commanded. The
dog dropped the Bible to the foor and showing the marvel-
ous dexterity with his paws, leafed through and found the
correct passage, then pointed to it with his paw. The pastor
and his wife were very impressed and purchased the dog.
That evening, a group of church members came to visit. The
pastor and his wife began to show off the dog, having him
locate several Bible verses. The visitors were very impressed.
Finally, one man asked, ‘Can he do regular dog tricks, too?’
‘I haven’t tried yet,’ the pastor replied. He pointed his fnger
at the dog. ‘HEEL !’ the pastor commanded. The dog imme-
diately jumped on a chair, placed one paw on the pastor’s
forehead and began to howl. The pastor looked at his wife in
shock and said, ‘Good Lord! He’s Pentecostal.”
At Penn State University, there were four sophomores tak-
ing chemistry and all of them had an “A” so far. These four
friends were so confdent that, the weekend before fnals,
they decided to visit some friends and have a big party. They
had a great time but, after all the hearty partying, they slept all
day Sunday and didn’t make it back to Penn State until early
Monday morning. Rather than taking the fnal then, they
decided that after the fnal they would explain to their profes-
sor why they missed it. They said that they visited friends but
on the way back they had a fat tire. As a result, they missed
the fnal. The professor agreed they could make up the fnal
the next day. The guys were excited and relieved. They
studied that night for the exam. The Professor placed them
in separate rooms and gave them a test booklet. They quickly
answered the frst problem worth 5 points. Cool, they thought!
Each one in separate rooms, thinking this was going to be
easy.... then they turned the page. On the second page was
written.... For 95 points: Which tire went fat, left or right?
A man was found dead in his home in KY over the week-
end. Detectives at the scene found the man face down in
his bath tub. The tub had been flled with milk, sugar, and
cornfakes. A banana was sticking out of his butt. The only
witness was the next door neighbor; Bubba, who told the
police he highly suspected “a cereal killer.”
An old Italian lived alone in New Jersey. He wanted to
plant his annual tomato garden, but it was very diffcult work,
as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used
to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his
son and described his predicament:
Dear Vincent: I am feeling pretty sad, because it looks like
I won’t be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I’m just
getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. I know if you
were here my troubles would be over. I know you would be
happy to dig the plot for me, like in the old days.
Love, Papa
A few days later he received a letter from his son.
Dear Pop: Don’t dig up that garden. That’s where the bodies
are buried. Love, Vinnie
At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police ar-
rived and dug up the entire area without fnding any bodies.
They apologized to the old man and left. That same day the
old man received another letter from his son.
Dear Pop: Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That’s the
best I could do under the circumstances. Love you, Vinnie
I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, and
all the patients were shouting, ‘13....13....13
The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a little gap in
the planks and looked through to see what was going on.
Some bastard poked me in the eye with a stick. Then they
all started shouting ‘14....14....14’...
-The original point and click interface was a Smith &
-A fool and his money can throw one hell of a party.
If at frst you don’t succeed then skydiving is not for you.
-Reality is only an illusion that occurs due to a lack of
-Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for
-Friends don’t let friends take ugly people home.
-Calling an illegal alien an “undocumented immigrant”
Is like calling a drug dealer an “unlicensed pharmacist “
-The more I learn about terrorism, the more I understand the
cable company.
-Learn from your parent’s mistakes......use some form of
birth control.
ChainLink and his wife are shopping in Costco’s when
ChainLink picks up a case of Bud and sticks it into the shop-
ping cart. ‘What do you think you’re doing?’
asks the wife. ‘They’re on sale, only $10 for 12 cans’, he
says. ‘Put them back. We can’t afford it,’ says the wife and
they carry on shopping. A few aisles later the woman picks
up a $20 tube of face cream and sticks it into the shopping
cart. What do you think you’re doing?’ asks ChainLink. ‘It’s
my face cream. It makes me look pretty,’ she says. Chain-
Link replies, “So does the Bud and it’s half the price,” and
turns the cart to go back for the beer.
The GEICO Powersports Bikers for Tykes
Rally September - will rev up donations for
Children’s Hospital of The Kings Daughters
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., September 6-7, 2008 – Whether
you’re a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll, you’ll
enjoy the 3rd Annual GEICO Powersports Bikers for Tykes
Motorcycle Rally at KOA Kampground in Virginia Beach,
Va., on September 6-7.
Rock fans will enjoy a lineup of artists including local band,
Butter, on September 6. Country recording artist Craig
Morgan will perform some of his hits including “International
Harvester” on September 7, Powered by Case IH.
The GEICO Powersports Bikers for Tykes Rally features
a ride from Bayside Harley in Portsmouth, Va., to the KOA
site on September 7. In addition a Johnny Pag “chopper”
will be raffed off on September 7.
Featured throughout the two-day event will be celebrities,
children’s activities, best bike contests, exhibits, a tattoo
contest, motorcycle product vendors, along with entertain-
ment and refreshments. To order 1-day or weekend tickets,
go to www.ticketmaster.com
GEICO Powersports has worked with local organizations
including Liberty Tax to create the Bikers for Tykes Rally
this year. All of the proceeds will be donated to Children’s
Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD), which serves the
medical and surgical needs of children throughout Hamp-
ton Roads, the Eastern Shore of Virginia, and northeastern
North Carolina.
“GEICO is committed to serving the community,” said Joe
Thomas, GEICO regional vice president, “and we are doing
our part to ensure children receive the care they deserve.
Our efforts would not be possible without our corporate
sponsor, Liberty Tax, joining us in our commitment to
children’s hospital care.”
In the fall, GEICO will sponsor a similar event in Tucson,
Arizona with the Tucson Harley Owners Group (HOG). The
Tucson HOGtoberfest rally will take place at the Beaudry
RV dealership in Tucson, Arizona, on October 11-12 and
beneft Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson.
GEICO encourages other organizations and businesses
to join the Bikers for Tykes Rally effort. For more informa-
tion, please email BikersforTykesVaBeach@geico.com for
the Virginia Beach rally, and BikersforTykesTucson@geico.
com for the Tucson, rally.
GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company)
is the fourth-largest private passenger auto insurer in the
United States. It provides auto insurance coverage for more
than 8 million policyholders and insures more than 13 mil-
lion vehicles. In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers
customers insurance products for their motorcycles, all-ter-
rain vehicles (ATV’s), boats, homes, apartments and mobile
homes. Personal umbrella protection and life insurance are
also available. As a member of the Berkshire Hathaway
group of companies, GEICO is rated A++ for fnancial stabil-
ity by A.M. Best Company and ranks at the top of several
national customer satisfaction surveys. For more informa-
tion, go to http://www.geico.com.
Diva Customs
501 17th St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 428-DIVA
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories
166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 340-4446
1920Atlantic Ave
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 425-2458
Low Cost Fine Leather Apparel
Renegade Classics
14575 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Woodbridge, VA 22191
Tire World
2087 S. Amherst Hwy Ste 100
Amherst, VA 24521-3353
(434) 946-1110
Clark Insurance Agency
4709 Mason Rest Ct.
Richmond, VA
(804) 271-1961
North Carolina
Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,
Sports Center & Marina
169 Walnut Island Blvd
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-4153
Baker Street
1920 Centerville Turnpike #101
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 479-4480
Boneshakers Saloon
1297 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 961-8382
Damon & Company
Sports Bar & Grill
7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt
17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218
It’s important for you to know who
your friends are out there when you
hit the road! Welcome to our Biker
Friendly Directory. The following is a
list of establishments throughout the
Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that
they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a
bike dealer, service shop, restaurant,
bar or any other type of business
that welcomes our biking community
through their doors, you can count on
our family of friends to always welcome
you in. ALL of our regular advertisers
can be found, in bold, throughout this
listing. All of our friends listed are
“Biker Friendly” & most of them ride
too, so they know exactly what you
want & need. The staff here at Thunder
Roads greatly appreciates of all of our
advertiser’s continuous support each
month - they are the sole fnancial
supporters of this magazine – WE
So please give them the support that
they truly deserve for being with us &
drop by to see them for a visit. Let them
know that you saw them here in Thunder
Roads. If you know of a business that
would like to join our Thunder Roads
family of Biker Friendly Places, please
give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email
thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com. “Where
There’s Bikes….There’s Going To Be
All American Harley-Davidson
8126 Leonardtown Rd.
Hughesville, MD 20637
(888) 833-2REV
Harley Davidson of Washington
9407 Livingston Rd.
Ft. Washington, MD
of Ocean City
10716 Ocean Gateway
Berlin, MD
(410) 629-1599
Harley-Davidson/Buell Shop of
10210 Governor Lane Blvd
Suite 2004
Williamsport, MD 21795
(301) 223-1800 or (301) 416-3900
Haus of Trikes
36350 South Dupont Highway
Selbyville, DE 19975
(800) 499-2283 or (302) 436-7400
North Carolina
Davis Harley-Davidson
2215 Hanford Rd.
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 227-1261
Kitty Hawk Harley-Davidson
8739 Highway 158
Harbinger, NC 27941
(252) 491-2091
Nag’s Head Harley-Davidson
4104 S. Dare Trail
Milepost 13 (Highway 159 Bypass)
Nags Head, NC 27959
(252) 255-5922
Outer Banks Harley-Davidson
1223 U.S. Highway 17 South
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
(252) 338-8866
Bad Mo’s Custom Cycles
Custom Building/Rebuilding
Fabricating & Painting
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 237-2340 or (757) 685-9697
Bayside Harley-Davidson
2211 Frederick Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23704
I-264 Exit 5
757 397-5550
Fax 757 397-5513
Black Wolf Harley-Davidson
18100 Black Wolf Lane
Abington, VA 24211
(276) 628-5822
Boyce Performance Cycles
3057 Kings Highway
Suffolk, VA. 23435
Phone (757) 538-2848
Burcham Cycles, Inc.
333 B Industrial Drive
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 526-2300
Chix Custom Cycles
3745 Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 363-2453
Coleman Power Sports
435 S. Washington St.
Falls Church, VA
(800) 888-3619
Coleman Power Sports
14105 Telegraph Rd.
Woodbridge, VA
(703) 497-1500
Colonial Harley-Davidson/Buell
1701 Temple Parkway
Prince George, VA
(804) 861-4700
East Coast Harley/Buell
17975 Main Street
Dumfries, VA
(703) 221-3757
Full House Cycles
100 Full House Drive
Winchester, VA
Gary’s Automotive Again
23220 Airport Street
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 733-8644
Grove’s Winchester Harley-Davidson/
Buell, Inc.
140 Independence Drive (Route 50 East)
Winchester, VA 22602
(540) 662-4468
Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson/Buell
6450 George Washington Memorial
Yorktown, VA
(757) 872-7223
Harley-Davidson of Lynchburg
20452 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, VA
Harley-Davidson of Wytheville
430 Lithia Road
Wytheville, VA
21771 Timberlake Road
Lynchburg, VA 24502
(434) 455-2143
5411 Williamson Road
Roanoke, VA 24012
(540) 362-0140
Jim McClure's
Master Performance Cycles
3707 Rochambeau Dr.
Williamsburg Va. 23188
757 566-0544 Fax 566-8218
4768 US Highway 211 West
Luray, VA 22835
(540) 743-2040
email: outlnd@shentel.net
Patriot Harley-Davidson
9739 Lee Highway
Fairfax, VA
(703) 352-5400
Revolutionary Harley-Davidson
6401 Richmond Rd
Lightfoot, VA 23090
(757) 565-5122
Richmond Harley-Davidson
10441 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, VA
(804) 550-9280
Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson/Buell
1925 Peters Creek Road
Roanoke, VA 24017
(540) 562-5424
Rob’s Used Harley Parts
2617 Fox Mill Rd.
Reston, VA 20191
(703) 476-6607
Shenandoah Harley-Davidson/Buell
213 Rolling Thunder Lane
Staunton, VA
(540) 213-7433
Southside Harley-Davidson/Buell, Inc.
385 North Witchduck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 499-8964
South Richmond Harley-Davidson Shop
10011 Hull Street
Richmond, VA
(804) 745-3445
Thunder Road Harley-Davidson
4960 Riverside Drive
Danville, VA 24541-5630
(434) 822-BIKE (2453)
Tidewater Motorcycles Inc.
4324 Godwin Blvd
Suffolk, VA
(757) 255-4200
Waugh Enterprises
385 Waugh Boulevard
Orange, VA
(540) 672-5550
Whitt’s Harley-Davidson/Buell Sales, Inc.
9321 Center Street
Manassas, VA
(703) 369-7077
XZIBIT Custom Auto Body & Paint
(703) 856-5077
West Virginia
Cole Harley-Davidson
1804 Bland St.
Bluefeld, WV 24701
(304) 324-8116
Mike’s Harley-Davidson
Route 1 Box 401H
Preece Bottom Road
Delbarton, WV 25670
(304) 475-0123
Stahl & Block, LLC
5 Park Center Court, Suite 301
Owings Mills, MD 21117
(800) 875-6554
Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.
413 W. York Street
Norfolk, VA 23610
The Law Offce of Tom McGrath
Dirty Dick’s Crab House
Rudee Inlet
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 491-DICK
Hoss’s Deli
806 Old Oyster Point
Newport News, VA
(757) 596-9104
Live Wire Restaurant & Lounge
4108 Oaklawn Blvd
Hopewell Va 23860
(804) 452-0533
Marilyn’s Hot Rod Café
4207 Wards Rd
Lynchburg, VA
(434) 832-1555
Knuckleheads Roadhouse
401 North Witchduck Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 644-6200
Mary Jayne’s Lazy Horse Bar & Grill
565 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, Va 23322
(757) 549-0367
Randzz Restaurant & Pub
6001 Holland Rd.
Suffolk, VA 23437
(757) 657-9331
Sportsman Restaurant
3306 Williamsburg Rd.
Richmond, VA 23231
(804) 236-1911
The Village Grill
4337 Old Hundred Rd
Chester, Va 23831
West Virginia
Fat Boys Pork Palace
Specializing in hand Pulled
Carolina Style BBQ
Foot of the mountain Rt 33
Brandywine WV
(304) 249-7025 www.
Maryland International Raceway
Virginia Motorsports Park
8018 Boydton Plank Rd.
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 862-3174
Eagle Rider Motorcycle Rental
14159 Mariah Court
Chantilly, VA
of Ocean City
10716 Ocean Gateway
Berlin, MD
(410) 629-1599
Kitty Hawk Harley-Davidson
8739 Caratoke Highway
Harbinger, NC 27941
252 491-2091
213 Rolling Thunder Lane
Staunton, VA 24401
(540) 213-8026
North Carolina
Barry’s Walnut Island Restaurant,
Sports Center & Marina
169 Walnut Island Blvd
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-4153
Comfort Inn Oceanfront South
8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road
Nags Head, NC
(800) 334-3302
Rockahock Campgrounds
1428 Outpost Rd
Lanexa, VA 23089
(804) 966-2759
Kuttin Station
for all your hair needs!!
13509 Boydton Plank Road ( Rt.1)
Dinwiddie, VA 23841
Biker Specials!
(804) 469-9003
Premier Garage
Greater Virginia (866) 576-8510
N. Virginia (866) 643-4886
Virginia’s Transportation
Claims Service
Auto/Motorcycle/Truck Appraisal
Statewide Coverage –
We come to you
Randy S. Baker Jr.
(866) 512-2155
Offce (804) 794-1991
Mobile (804) 263-5563
Fisher Productions
Motorcycle & Auto portraits
Leading the way in Sport Photography
(804) 720-1049
Indian River Inlet, Rehoboth Beach, DE
Tuna * Dolphin * Shark * King Mackerel
Sea Bass * Croaker * Flounder
Since 1984 1-800-999-8119
Email: amethystcharters@aol.com
City Limits Tattoo & Piercing, Ltd.
119D Boulevard
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
(804) 504-0600
Open Road Outftters
45763 Elmwood Court
Sterling, VA 20166
1(800) 541-6736
Contact Jimmy Williams
Specializing in Southern,
Classic & Modern Rock
The White Oak band is available
for Rally's, Private And Corporate
functions as well as a variety of
Rockin entertainment venues. For
Booking Info Call (540) 899-3620 or
(540) 220-4825
A Southern Rock & Blues Band
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Virginia Bike Fest, Petersburg, VA June 2th, 2008
The Thunder was felt all over Dinwiddie County as the Virginia Motorsports
Park opened their gates for their annual Virginia Bike Fest. Cars, trucks,
trailers & Bikes of every make, model & year rolled in for the exciting day of
Bike races on the track, Biker Rodeo, Bike Show, Vendors, Live Music & stage
events. Everything imaginable for the motorcycle enthusiast to enjoy was all
packed into this one. Riders enjoyed taking a leisurely cruise on the Thunder
Roads Cruise Lane which ran throughout the perimeter of the Park, check-
ing out all the different things going on. The Suck Bang Blow Nitro Saloon
was busy all day keeping the heat off with ice cold refreshments. The racing
action on the track was steaming all day long with the screaming of bikes &
the scent of hot burning rubber flling the air. The main stage on the midway
had things going on all day as well. Rocky Angone, affectionately know as
“Reverend Rock”, led the Blessing of the Bikes followed by several stage
events that brought up the best of tattoos, jeans, shorts & swimsuits for both
men & women. The White Oak Bank, rolling in from Fredericksburg, cranked
out a fantastic show, keeping the crowds rockin’ the entire afternoon. The
Red Knights MC Chapt 8 from Petersburg, did an incredible job running the
Bike Show & the Bike Rodeo. Rodeo goers had given some major kudos to
the club for their creatively fun games & many of them had said that this was
the most fun they’d ever had participating in any biker games. Some of the
Thunder Roads Crew was there as well to enjoy the day doing what they love
best…checking out all the bikes & being amongst the wonderful people of our
motorcycle community. Hope to see you all out at the park next year!
Tattoo of
the Month
I’m sitting here at my computer tonight feeling
very grateful. On June 2nd I underwent surgery
to remove a cancerous prostate gland. I rarely do
anything the easy way even when I have a choice.
However, a simple one and a half to two hour
procedure took fve hours and I had to have a good
amount of blood. I had to stay at McGuire Medical
Center for a week, three days longer than normal. I
was racked with pain for another week and I could
barely do anything for myself. This was longest,
most miserable time in my life. Even now, I’m still
having a problem with incontinence if I laugh or
sneeze so I have to be very careful.
You are probably wondering why I feel so grateful.
I am alive!!! As bad as all this was, I am fortunate.
My doc said I was “lucky” although I don’t believe
in luck. He said most of the men he sees aren’t as
fortunate. They did not catch “it” in time and death
or a life long battle with radiation and chemotherapy
follow. The sad part is that it is treatable when diag-
nosed early.
I have begun an extensive investigation of pros-
tate cancer, as you can probably imagine. I want to
know everything I can about this killer. It seems that
most men will have some kind of prostate problem
and one in fve will develop cancer. There are many
different opinions but it seems the major causes are
the “usual suspects”. We Americans have terrible
eating habits and we don’t get enough exercise. I’m
sure there are a number of other causes but these
two seem to be the biggest factors.
As a Vietnam vet, I also checked into something
else; Agent Orange. This was the chemical used to
defoliate the jungles and vegetation of Vietnam. I
won’t jump on this too quickly, however I am sched-
uled to be tested for symptoms of AO. I am told
that there are forty three diseases associated with
contact of AO. The Veterans Administration has
been very slow to acknowledge anything about AO
but the evidence is overwhelming. There is now a
willingness on their part to help the vets that have
problems, although they’re about forty years behind.
What can you do? Do what I did. Get regular
check ups. Get the blood test and have your PSA
checked. If you are a vet, get the Agent Orange test.
Look into your family history. Did any of the men
have cancer? A lot of this stuff is hereditary. Start an
exercise regimen. Cut the sugars and the fats. Get
enough rest. Take care of yourself.
I was brought through a horrible war experience
and so were many of you. We didn’t live through
that to die of some miserable disease. God has a
plan for your life and you are no good to Him if you
Open Road Outfitters
45763 Elmwood Court, Sterling, VA 20166
info@openroadoutfitters.com - www.openroadoutfitters.com
Questions? Call 1-800-541-6736
Need extra room for gear? Not
sure what trailer is right for your
bike? Open Road carries a full
line of cargo, camper and pet
trailers from $1,595. We install
hitches and wiring, too. Visit us in
Sterling, VA or check out our in-
ventory online any time.
Campers - $2, 795
“The Legend” - $4, 055
Rt. 66 - $2, 295
Take Fido, too!
These Were Taken Off Actual Police Car
Videos Around The Country: [These Are
Some Mighty ‘Quick Witted’ Cops!]

* You know, stop lights don’t come any redder than the one
you just went through.’

* ‘Relax, the handcuffs are tight because they’re new.
They’ll stretch after you wear them a while.’

* ‘If you take your hands off the car, I’ll make your birth
certifcate a worthless document.’

* ‘If you run, you’ll only go to jail tired.’

* ‘Can you run faster than 1200 ft/second? Because that’s
the speed of the bullet that’ll be chasing you.’

* ‘You don’t know how fast you were going? I guess that
means I can write anything I want on the ticket, huh?’

* ‘Yes sir, you can talk to the shift supervisor, but I don’t
think it will help. Oh, did I mention that I’m the shift supervi-

* ‘Warning! You want a warning? O.K., I’m warning you not
to do that again or I’ll give you another ticket.’

* ‘The answer to this last question will determine whether
you are drunk or not. Was Mickey Mouse a cat or a dog?’

* ‘Fair? You want me to be fair? Listen, fair is a place where
you go to ride on rides, eat cotton candy and corn dogs and
step in monkey poop.’

* ‘Yeah, we have a quota. Two more tickets and my wife
gets a toaster oven.

* ‘In God we trust, all others we run through NCIC.’

* ‘How big were those ‘two beers’ you say you had?’

* ‘No sir, we don’t have quotas anymore. We used to, but
now we’re allowed to write as many tickets as we can.’

* ‘I’m glad to hear that the Chief (of Police) is a personal
friend of yours.. It’s good to know someone who can post
your bail.’

* ‘You didn’t think we gave pretty women tickets? You’re
right, we don’t ......... Sign here.
Rocky is an ordained minister, a Vietnam vet, and an outpost leader
for Pointman International Ministries. He serves as a counselor and a
staff member at Dominion Counseling and Training Center at the East
Gate of Richmond. Rocky is a graduate of the Elijah House School of
Prayer Ministry and is a board member of the Richmond Area Coali-
tion of Men’s Ministries. He and his wife Donna live in Chester,Virginia
and together have fve children and twelve grand children. Rocky is
the Business Manager for South Richmond Harley-Davidson and rides
a 2002 Heritage Softail Classic.He and Donna belong to Cornerstone
Assembly of God Church and is a member of the Christian Motorcy-
clist’s Association, the South Richmond HOG’s, and the Patriot Guard
Riders. He is also associated with the Richmond International House
of Prayer, “ At Ease Ministries” of Fort Lee and can be seen weekly on
Comcast TV on “ Beauty From Ashes” with Bertha Hinson. A veteran’s
advocate, Rocky invites your participation in this article. Share your
experiences, thoughts, and your heart with us here “ On Eagles
Wings” where Jesus is Lord.
are dead. I want to serve my Lord as long as I draw
breath. My prayer is that everyone who reads this will
feel the Holy Spirit tugging at your heart. May you
come to know the peace and healing that only Christ
can bring. May you live in good health.
May the road rise up to meet you
May the wind always be at your back
May the rain fall gently on your felds
Until we meet again may God hold you
in the hollow of His hand
Reverend Rock
Rev R.J.(Rocky) Angone, Jr.
BlackHorse Trooper
Pointman International Ministries
Wreaths Across America; Richmond National Cemetery
Wanna protect your skin before the summer sun
even hits it? Reach for almonds, papaya, spinach or
blueberries. These foods contain lots of skin-friendly
vitamin E. “E” (the vitamin, not the TV network) can stop
skin cells from becoming sunburn cells (aka SBCs). Try
whipping up a spinach salad topped with blueberries,
papaya chunks and a few of those almonds, and you’ll
have yourself a tasty meal and a jumpstart on sun protection! Just don’t
be silly and think these foods are a substitute for sunscreen... they’re not.
Stressed? Nervous? Anxious? Soothe your nerves with some skim milk
or a handful of almonds. Both foods are rich in calcium, and calcium is
great for reducing anxiety and making you feel calm and relaxed.
Our 3rd Annual Motorcycle Rally will feature:
· National and Local Recording Artists · Tattoo Contest
· Best Bike Contest · Motorcycle Vendors, Exhibitors and Celebrities
· Children's Activity Area · Food/Beverage Vendors · and more
1240 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
September 6-7, 2008
Proceeds to benent:
The VA Beach Bike Classic presents the 3rd Annual

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