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Apples 9th Annual East Coast Bike Rally
August 8-`12, 2012

Happy summer to you! This is my favorite month of the year JULY! Everyone is celebrating our nations birthday with parades, festivals, fireworks, flags flying everywhere & lots of cookouts & picnics. I was also born on the 4th of July so its pretty cool always having that day off from work since most everyone else takes that day off too ha ha. Id like to draw your attention to some very special events & rides starting to show up in calendar throughout the state in support of the flight for the Helmet Law Repeal. The Law Offices of Tom McGrath has taken the bull by the horns & has signed an agreement with Future Law Today, a top notch lobby group who will be handling the lobbying efforts and representing Virginia at the legislature for helmet reform in 2013. Without them, the helmet law repeal will not even be able to pass through the General Assembly. We first ran an article in our June issue with the details about this and we will continue to run articles and information that is provided to us each month from here on out in support of these efforts. The cost for this representation comes with a price tag of $6000 a month. Tom McGraths Law Offices has been fighting for the rights of motorcyclists for many years. Much of their efforts, especially the helmet issues, have been with no charge to motorcycle riders. I think youd be surprise to know all that they have done over the years to make our roads safer and help make Virginia a more Motorcycle Friendly stateall of which you enjoy today. Theyve been there for us all along. Now its time that we step up to the plate & go to bat for them in the form of helping them raise the money needed for this fight. We do it all the time, holding charity events & raising money for others.ITS TIME TO HELP OURSELVES RIGHT NOW & HELP THOSE WHO ARE ALWAYS HELPING US. Its been suggested that everyone donate at least $10thats not a lot at all if we all pitch in. Id like to invite all clubs, organizations and individuals to muster up rides from now until the end of the year to help. If we all pitch in, we can do this! LET THOSE WHO RIDE DECIDE! Please send donations to: Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists P.O. Box 4851 Richmond, VA 23220 Thanks for being here with us! Have a fun & fantastic month out therewell see you in August! Be safe on the road!!! Peace, Love & Happiness always

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 On Eagles Wings.............................................25 The Jokers Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
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Jul 13th 15th Thunder on the Mountain VII - Hillsville, VA This is the seventh year for this great family oriented event. Vendors, Bands, Bike Show, Bike Rodeo, Tricycle Race, Poker Run and much more. Lake Ridge RV Resort, Hillsville, VA. Presented by The Virginia Bikers Association. All profits go to Saint Judes Childrens Hospital. Lake Ridge RV Resort, 8736 Double Cabin Road, Hillsville, VA 24343, Phone #276-766-3703 July 15th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at its Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email Rain date July 22nd Jul 15th Rolling Thunder , Inc. Christmas in July Portsmouth, VA Rolling Thunder , Inc. Virginia Chapter 5 Presents Christmas in July. A ride to take toys to the Veterans Children at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Registration from 11:00-12:00 at: Bayside Harley-Davidson. Bikes leave at 12:30 with Police escort from Bayside Harley-Davidson to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital. This ride costs nothing!! Just bring a new unwrapped toy. We will meet at the East Coast on the right side of 460 East, just East of 295. We will leave East Coast at 9am sharp!For more information please call Mike Walton at (804) 514-9123 Jul 20th 22nd Carlisle Bike Fest Carlisle, PA Adult Admission: Th.- Sun. $8. Child Admission: 8 and under FREE. Gate Times: Fri. 9am-6pm / Sat 8am-6pm /Sun. 9am-3pm. For updates visit Jul 21st Never Forget Poker Run Gloucester, VA Never Forget Poker Run, July 21 (rain date July 28). Registration: 9 am - 11 am. First Bike out 10 am, last out 11 am. $15 per Rider, $5 per Passenger, includes: beautiful country ride, the best dam food youll find at a Poker Run, drinks, Live music by Quarantine, horseshoes, volleyball, bean bag toss, 50/50, door prizes, vendors, most fun you can have with your clothes on. All Proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Unit (WTU) at Fort Eustis Army Base and the Polytrama Unit at Maquire Hospital in Richmond. Starts and ends at: American Legion Post 75, 6139 George Washington Memorial Hwy, Gloucester, Va. 23061. more info - Rob 804-815-6092 Jul 21st Benefit Ride for Brian Sparky Schultz Powhatan, VA Brian Schultz, a single Dad, left behind his 7-year old son, Nathan, on October 22, 2011, when he was killed while riding home from Nathans baseball game. Please join Sparkys Motorcycle Family, Sons of the South, in a benefit run to Crabtree Falls. This was Brians favorite place to hang-out growing up. It was also his favorite motorcycle ride with his family. What a fitting place to stop and commemorate our Brother and Friend. We all know it would have been something he would have enjoyed!!! Open event for bikers and cage riders. All proceeds go towards the Go Nathan Fund, Brians 7-year old son. Nathan will be joining us for the ride. A $15 donation per person is required. The first 75 donations get a Lets Ride 2012 commemorative pin, so dont delay your registration. We will mail your pin even if you cant make the ride. Our ride will also include a stop at one of the many brewerys along Route 151 in Nelson County ~ Blue Mountain Brewery in Nellysford, Nelson County, for those that want to stop for lunch. Time/Location: Food Lion Shopping Center at the corner of Route 60 / Academy Road in Powhatan at 9:15 a.m. Kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. sharp. For more information please call Joe Joe or Diana at 804-598-3745 or email Please put Lets Ride in subject line if you email. Jul 21st Poker Run for 10 Year Old Boy with Brain Injury Montpelier, VA A poker run to benefit Canton Goodman (10 years old - recovering from a traumatic brain injury received in an accident) will be held on July 21, 2012 in Montpelier Virginia. It will start in the parking lot of the Food Lion on Mountain Road (16605 Mountain Road,

Freedom Biker Church Virginia Beach 1080 Aragona Blvd. (Haygood area of VA Beach) Virginia Beach, Va. 23455 757-333-2555 HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 9:30AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM
Biker Church Service Mechanicsville, MD Rushing Wind Ministry, 29025 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Gordon Bacon, Preacher, 240-577-0605, Sunday service 10am -10:30am gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30. Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm. Services are held every Sunday; Bible Study held every Wednesday; Bike Night ever Friday Night. Liberty Biker Church & Blessing of the Bikes Isle of Wight County, VA Our focus is sharing the Word of God with the motorcycle community, without all the preconceived ideas that you have to dress a certain way or look like everyone else. For anyone who thinks you have to fit in or be like everyone else, guess what: People can be different. And so is Liberty Biker Church. Hang-around (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with Christian rock band Stronghold providing the church music. Our address is 17011 Courthouse Hwy, Isle of Wight County, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 We hold services every Sunday & we hold a Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month. Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dogs every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles. 4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit for more info.

June 28th Jul 1st Virginia Moto Guzzi Rally Buena Vista, VA 41st MGNOC National / 30th Annual Virginia MOTO GUZZI Rally Buena Vista, VA Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista. Registration fee before June 14th: Adults, $50, children 13 years and younger, $25; After June 14 and at the gate, Adults $60, children 13 years and younger $35. More information email: vaguzzirally>at>aol. com. Mail checks to: Virginia Guzzi Rally, 1565 Montpelier Street, Petersburg, Virginia 23805.Rally fee includes: 3 nights camping; Continental Breakfast Sunday; Premium Rally Coffee daily; Rally gift; Awards. First 500 get Dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Early Bird dinner available Wednesday night by donation. Pancake Breakfast will be available for purchase Friday and Saturday limit 200. There will be two guided rides, one dual sport on Friday and one asphalt surfing on Saturday, both are lunch rides. Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive, Buena Vista, Virginia 24416 Jun 29th Motorcycle Cruise In Seaford, DE The last Friday of the month, motorcycle cruise-in at Harley-Davidson of Seaford, De., with live music by Crossing Delmar, food from K&R Concessions and adult beverages for sale that benefit the Seaford Volunteer Fire Department. From 6 to 9 p.m., all motorcycles welcome and even those on four wheels as well. Jul 4th - Independence Day Jul 8th Bikers Depot 2nd Anniversary Virginia Beach, VA Come out and help The Bikers Depot celebrate 2 years in business! Everyone gets 1 FREE raffle ticket - additional tickets can be purchased in store. Well be giving away over $1,000 worth of gift cards and prizes. FM99 will be here giving away prizes and Smitty from The Vets House will be doing the cooking just like last year! All proceeds from food and beverages & the raffles will benefit The Vets House. 12pm to 5pm. The Bikers Depot, 612 Nevan Road, Suite 108, Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Montpelier, VA 23192) registration to begin at 9:00 am - first kickstands up at 10:00 bikes, cars, trucks welcome to attend, we encourage all to participate no matter what your vehicle may be. Take a beautiful scenic ride through Western Hanover, Louisa, Mineral, Bumpass, Lake Anna, Spotsylvania - enjoy the beauty of the lake as we ride to help this young man and his family. End of the ride will be held at the Beaverdam Ruritan (18002 Teman Road, Beaverdam VA 23015) with hamburgers/hot dogs, pasta salad, potato salad, coleslaw & baked beans, available for a small charge (all proceeds to be given to the Goodman family). Ride will be approximately 70 miles in total length with card stops at intervals along the route. Registration - $20 per person (includes 1 poker hand) - additional poker hands $10 each or 3 for $25. Luncheon - $6 per person 50/50 Raffle purchases available at registration/card stops/luncheon - $2 per ticket. CASH PRIZES FOR BEST HANDS!! $200 - Best Hand. $100 - Second Best Hand $50 - Worst Hand. Other prizes (door prizes) also include: 15 - Free Oil Changes from Merchants Tire (Richmond, VA) - Value $40 each (Great donation from Merchants!) 2 - $25.00 gift certificates from Graffitis Ink Gallery & Body Piercing (Mechanicsville, VA). 1 - $40.00 gift certificate from Tonnies Seafood (Montpelier, VA). 1 - Gift certificate for full day of home maintenance/power washing from Melanie Kenney (approximate value $200). 10 Free Large Pizza from Dominos - Montpelier location 1 - Gift certificate for hair cut/color from Brendas Place (Ashland, VA). Collector Edition Harley Davidson signs, coolers, etc.**** Plus Lots More Surprise Gifts ] Contact: Valerie - or 804-840-5582. Jul 21st Lose The Lid Party Richmond, VA Join the US MILITARY VETS MC - Richmond chapter at BUBBAS Restaurant. (4000 Williamsburg Road). @ 1:00 PM. Fund Raiser to beat helmet legislation. $10 DONATION - $15 FOR COUPLE. includes food and music. 50/50 RAFFLE. Funds raised will be used by the Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group to overturn helmet legislation. July 21st Dawgs 4 Paws Charity Poker Run Stafford, VA Lost Dawgs MC 2nd Annual Dawgs 4 Paws Charity Poker Run. Start: at PETSMART, 1160 Stafford Market Place. Stafford VA 8:30 Am Starting, Last bike out 11:00 Am. End: River Haven, 136 Main Street, Port Royal, VA. Cash prize For Best Hand and Worst Hand. Door prizes. 50/50 Drawing. XBOX 360 With Kinect and XBOX Games For Raffle. Raffle Tickets Will Be Sold Beginning in March. Location: PetSmart 1160 Stafford Market Place, Stafford, VA July 25th 29th Wild and Wonderful MOUNTAINFEST 2012 Motorcycle Rally Morgantown, WV Come where youre Wanted! Hear It! Trace Atkins * Colt Ford * John Kay & Steppenwolf! See It! Coal Bucket Saloon & HOG Trough * Needle Art Expo 2012 Eternal Ink (Jul 27th, 28th & 29th) Bigger & Better! July 27th 29th Second annual Three Fold Cord Biker Rally Prince George, VA All weekend event July 27th - 29th. A Clean and Sober family event. Homemade Ice Cream. Ride In Bike Show. Bike Games. Door Prizes. Vendors/Food. Tattoos By The Lions Den. Live Music. For more info contact Ron 804-492-3014 h 804-240-5664 c, Frank 804-598-1834 h, Sheila 804-896-5816 c. A portion of the proceeds to go to Free Camp for Kids. Location: Redemption Ministries Inn and Conference Center 5601 Courthouse Rd. Prince George Va. 23835 July 27th 29th POW/MIA The HOUND DOG Bash Lynchburg, VA Proceeds go to the POW/MIA Awareness. 50/50 raffle, raffle for merchandise, one free ticket at the gate, pay for food vendor, bike games for trophy, bike show trophy for 1st prize, music provided. Primitive camping. $10.00 per Bike $20.00 per cage (must be 18 years or older). Vendors: Space available only $40.00. Second Brigade Motorcycle Club Chapter Z Virginia. You can use Yahoo or Google for the address. Hound Dog, 111 Manassas Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Contacts: Clutch: 703-919-9888 Detroit: 540309-7062.

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July 27th 29th THUNDER IN KANAWHA 3rd Annual Bike Rally, Va Dugspur, VA Bikes, Babes & Beer.Tattoo Contest. Bikini Contest. MR. THUNDER Contest. Bike Show. Burn Out Pit. Bikini Bike Wash. Vendors. 5 Bands. Bike Drags. Bike Games. Corn Hole Competitions. Guided Tours. Best Decorated Trailer/Tent Contest and Much More! Ride the Giant Tarp Waterslide into the Creek! Concessions, Food & Cold Beverages. Camping Available Full Hook-Ups & Primitive. 1 Day Pass $15. Weekend Pass $25. Located at 121 Kanawha Ridge Ln., Dugspur, VA 24325. For more information visit or call (704) 400-5689. Jul 28th VCOM Poker Run Richmond, VA RIDE FOR BIKERS RIGHTS! Proceeds to fight the mandatory helmet law in VA. Fighting For You As A Virginia Motorcyclist. Registration 9am to 11am at the BP gas Station Genito & Hull St. $300 Winning Pot! Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group will be there to answer questions. Show Your Support! $15 per bike. $5 per passenger. $5 per extra hand. Start your ride at the BP Gas Station, corner of Genito Roads & Hull St. End at our sponsors place, Twisted Grip Cycles, for your After Party! Music by Party in a Box. Feast on BBQ & a cold drink. 50/50 Tickets. Door Prizes. Vendors. DO NOT MISS THE BIKE WASH! Rain date, Sunday July 29th. Aug 4th Extortion 17 Memorial Ride Virginia Beach, VA The 2012 Extortion 17 Memorial Ride is dedicated to the memory of 30 active duty military and 1 military working dog killed in action on August 6, 2011. Extortion 17 was the CH-47 helicopter shot down by enemy fire in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go to The 31Heroes Project, in partnership with the Navy SEAL Foundation. Extortion 17 Memorial Ride is hosting the first annual fundraiser on August 4, 2012. Registration is 8-11a.m. at Clutch Bar and Grill located at 1485 General Boot Blvd., Virginia Beach, with an escorted police motorcade, ending at Knuckleheads Roadhouse 410 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach. Beginning at 1p.m. there will be live music, a live auction and a commemoration of our fallen heroes at Knuckleheads Roadhouse. Location: Knuckleheads Roadhouse, 410 North Witchduck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 Aug 8th 12th East Coast Motorcycle Rally Little Orleans, Western MD This is the event thats taking the country by storm! Formerly known as The East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. All the reasons are right. Mountains, Open Country, Good People, Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! The EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY Apple Mountain, Little Orleans, Western Maryland is the hot spot for motorcyclists to get together for good times, good food, and great entertainment. And the one and only Motorcycle Demolition Derby event!! Now rivaling Bike Week , Myrtle Beach and many other events. 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 MOTORCYCLE RALLY ! Come, Camp, Party! Save BIG Reserve Your Advance Tickets NOW! www. Aug 12th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup - please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at its Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email Rain date August 19th Aug 18th Loud Pipes Saving Lives American Cancer Society Poker Run! Chesapeake, VA Poker Run August 18th - Registration from 9-11 AM (Last Rider out at 11:30 AM), Rain Date August 26th. Benefiting the American Cancer Society. $15 per Rider. Cars are also welcome to participate but it is an additional $5 per passenger. The Poker Run will begin at Bayside Harley Davidson at 2211 Frederick Boulevard, Portsmouth, VA and it will end at Big Woodys at 4200 Portsmouth Boulevard #872, Chesapeake, VA. For Questions, contact: Angela Francis at 757-493-7967 or or Amy Staggs at (757) 397-5550.


Aug 25th Daveys Ride 6 Dale City, VA Mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Daveys Ride - Aug 25th 2012. We are honored to have chosen an amazing organization called Hope for the Warriors to sponsor this year. Please check out their webpage: This ride is a day of honor & respect for all of our Men & Women who serve Our Country everyday - those here & abroad / those who have sacrificed everything & whom we have lost. Its a day of remembrance & a day to say Thank You. Registration will start @ 9am / small ceremony @ 10:30 am & kickstands up @ 11:00 am. $20.00 donation per bike. 100% proceeds towards Hope for the Warriors. This years ride is being sponsored by The CVAMC, Lords of Loyalty, Post 28 Legion Riders, VFW Post 1503 & The Dale City Moose to name a few. Route is still being created. Location: VFW Post 1503 14631 Minnieville Road, Dale City, VA Aug 25th Dean Ferris Memorial Poker Run Danville, VA The Dean Ferris Memorial Poker Run Saturday August 25, 2012. Sponsored by Thunder Road Harley Davidson Danville,Va and hosted and sponsored by Eagle Riders and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. Ride to leave Thunder Road H-D on Riverside Drive Danville,Va register between 11 am and 12:45 pm kickstands up at 1 pm ride will end at the Fraternal Order of Eagles 5731 South Boston Hwy. 58 East of Danville city limits. There will be Food, DJ, Auction, Door Prizes,50/50s and Raffle. RIDE TO HELP SPONSOR THE DANVILLE CANCER ASSOCIATION. For info, sponsorship and donations Call 434-251-0994. Sept 13th 16th Delmarva Bike Week Ocean City, MD/Seaford DE 12th annual event, Sept. 13-16, with FOUR official event locations at Winter Place Park and Perdue Stadium in Salisbury, Seacrets Niteclub in Ocean City and Harley-Davidson of Seaford. FREE admission, FREE bike parking. FREE shuttle between Winter Place and Perdue. Concerts, thrill shows, bikes from Perewitz, Fairless and Arlen Ness, Cruzin The Coast Pin Run, Kuryakyn, Performance Machine, Vance & Hines, Drag Specialties, Mustang, Eastern Performance, more. Sept 14th 16th Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally Maggie Valley, NC Thunder in the Smokies Fall Motorcycle Rally - Come ride the Great Smoky Mountains of NC. Music Concerts, Tour Ride, Bike Games, Bike Show, Vendors and more. Call 828-246-2101 or go to Sept 16, 2012 Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimers Association Palmyra, VA Ride to Remember Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimers Association of Central and Western Virginia on Sunday, September 16, 2012 to begin and end at Cuppa Joe Coffeehouse on Rte. 15, just south of Palmyra, Virginia. $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $10.00 for extra poker hand. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Last bike out at 10:30 a.m. Prize for best poker hand, door prize and 50/50 drawing. Contacts: Barry Boothe, Ph. (434)842-6392, email: boader@hughes. net or Alex and Sue VonDerBecke, Ph. (434)842-2200, Email: Sept 16th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at its Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email Rain date September 23rd Sept 22nd Riding for a Cause Crozier, VA Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia at the Academy for Staff Development. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. - last bike out at 10:00 a.m. $20 per person and you get a poker hand, a door prize ticket and a lunch. Additional poker hands $5. Additional door prize ticket $1. All bike welcome! Academy for Staff Development, 1900 River Road West, Crozier, VA 23039.

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Sept 27th 30th Outer Banks Bike Fest For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks HarleyDavidson, Harbinger, North Carolina Oct 6th 3rd Annual Lupus Poker Run Fredericksburg, VA All welcome!! $10 per person, sign in starts at 10am. All proceeds go to the Lupus Research Institute, best hand wins--door prizes too! Come join us for good times and great friends! Location: Renegade Classics, 316 White Oak rd, Fredericksburg Va 22405 Oct 7th Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA Gates open 9 a.m. Admission $15, kids under 10 not racing are FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All Classes. Top Fuel at its Best-Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors - No Glass - No Dogs!!! For info call Joe Brookman (804)221-3959 or email Rain date October 14th Nov 4th 14th Annual Toys for Tots Poker Run Newport News/Yorktown, VA Sunday, November 4, 2012, is the date for our 14th Annual Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Toys for Tots Poker Run. Registration will be at the K-Mart at 401 Oriana Rd. in Newport News and will begin at 8:30AM. Cost is $10 per Poker Hand, plus a new, unwrapped toy. First bike out is 9:30AM and the last bike out is 11:30AM. Ride will end at Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson at 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy. There will food, (as long as it lasts) entertainment and prizes for best and worst hand. If you ride with your bike decorated for Christmas, you may enter the Best Christmas Theme bike show and win a prize. Sponsored by Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group, Ladies of Harley to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. Contact Katina Stockbridge (757) 871-7599 with any questions.


Memorial Day weekend, May 26th 27th, 2012 at HarleyDavidson of Washington, DC was another memorable event. 9407 Livingston Road Ft Washington, MD 20744 Although the rumble and thunder of motorcycles was heard Phone: 301-248-1200 throughout the DC metropolitan area, there was a special pride that rolled throughout the dealership to mark the 25th Anniversary .To reunite and remember the POWs and MIAs from the past and present, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC, once again celebrated the Official Rolling Thunder Reunion Spot on Saturday, May 26th, 2012. Although the day was especially hot, Supporters of Rolling Thunder did not hesitate to come out and show their support. There were over PRESS RELEASE Tammy Saberan 10,000 guests in attendance that enjoyed the free food including chicken sandwiches, wings & fries, pizza, hamburgers, hotdogs and pork BBQ sandwiches. The food was Marketing Manager provided by Mikes BBQ & Catering, Chick-fil-a, Papa Johns, Hardesty Haven Catering, The Fish Market and Dunkin Donuts. Back by popular demand were numerous venders 301-274-5080, ext. 145 such as the national HOG Pin Stop, organizations raising money through raffles to help the causes as well as vendors selling merchandise such as leathers, patches, motorcycle cleaning supplies, jewelry, sunglasses, trinkets, smoothies, The Hard Rock Caf Washington, DC who provided the band, a Green Screen for photo opportunities, Washington, IMMEDIATE RELEASE DCs Pinup Girls and much more. Harley-Davison of Washington, DC is the only location where you can purchase the Official Rolling Thunder XXV T-shirts. Proceeds raised from these t-shirts are donated directly to Rolling Thunder, Inc. NEW LOOK & NEW MANAGER JUST IN TIME FOR RIDING SEASON Among the 10,000 loyal patrons who visited Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC for Rolling Thunder XXV, were some the dealership over the last several months, youve 6/21/12 Fort Washington, MD. If youve been into very special members of the Harley-Davidson and Rolling Thunder, Inc. families. Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Presidentfew cosmetic changes taking place the dealership. He was welcomed withhas put noticed quite a and CEO, joined the festivities at to the showroom floow. The dealership open arms from the staff and HOG Chapters at Harley-Davidson of Washington, new lighting, new flooring and is busy making other adjustments, recommended by Harley-Davidson,the He spent the day taking it all in, while chattering with customers and enjoying the pride that burst at Inc. However, if you stop by now, Gregg Murdie, a new face. Theyre Sales Operations, Ed Shannon, seams of the dealership. Also in attendance were other members from Harley-Davidson Motor Company, youll also noticeDirector of Regional pleased to announce, Scott Barber is the new General Manager SOAR, Jennifer Stipkala, SOAR, Ed Magee, General Manager or York, Christian Walters, Director of at Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC. Ed Moreland, Director of GovernGeneral Merchandise/Channel Op. and ment Affairs. They spent time mingling with Rolling Thunder, Inc. President, Artie Muller and his officers as well as, the singer,new to the company, HDW, Ltd. whichwas very Although, his face is new to the team there, Scott isnt Nancy Sinatra. Once again, Muller owns the excited to take part in this event and was part of many photo opportunities. It was very niceBarber has spent several years as Service Manager in the festivities.Cycles and All dealership. Scott to have so many important people participating at both Clinton American Harley-Davidson. He did more than job getting the Service Departments running smoothly Even though the Official Reunion Spot on Saturday was a huge success, nothing tops off the weekend a wonderfulthe surreal picture that is painted on Sunday morning with and now he has free the position of General Manager, with many hopes the positive turnaround the American Pride Yellow Ribbon Ride. The morning started early, around 7:30 a.m. withtakencoffee and donuts for all, followed by the raising offor aAmerican Flag by the local and meeting new goals at Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC. Accokeek Volunteer Fire Department, for all the motorcycles to pass under. At 9 a.m., after the motorcycle presentation by the Prince Georges County Police Department, riders were asked to make their way to their motorcycles for the ceremony to begin. Once again Ft. great candidate to manage Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC? in singinghas National What makes Scott a Washington HOG member, Helen Manning did a beautiful job Not only the Scott been riding motorcycles over 4,000 of 5, he also stood in silence with their racing over Anthem, after Rolling Thunder Maryland Chapter 1 presented the colors and the bagpiper played, whilesince the agemotorcyclistsparticipated in competitive hands for their many years. Riding motorcycles wasnt only a hobby he enjoyed, it became his passion and the hearts. Soon after, all riders lined up and followed suit behind the thirty plus police officers who arrived to escort riders from Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC tonow Pentagon livlihood. He brings Parking lot, safely. The pride that beamed from each rider and bystander, hisWashington,staffwith over 30 years of experience in the motorcycle industry to and pride to all military as well as the DC wasover ten Riders were decked out in symbols of support Harley-Davidson unreal. years in management experience! With his degree in Business of and their motorcycles were adorned with American flags and POW/MIA flags. All of this was friendly and cooperative demeanor, he is the of the motorcycles. make HarleyAdministration and set to the music of the rumble and thunder perfect candidate to Since 1993, Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC has been a proud supporter ofof Washignton, DCInc. home take make their customersin putting this eventan enjoyable paying Davidson Rolling Thunder, his They and a great deal of pride overall experience, together and one! tribute to such a great cause. Please make plans to join them next year as they reunite old and new friends, once again, on Memorial Day weekend 2012 as Rolling Thunders XXVIs Official Reunion Spot! Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC has a lot of NEW going on just in time for riding sesason! With the By: Tammy Saberan new cosmetic changes and the new General Manager, Scott Barber, theyre confident 2012 will shape up Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC to be a terrific year and most importantly they will be able to keep their customers happy! Scott Barber has a little bit of expertise in all areas and is happy to pull them together in running a succesfful HarleyMarketing Director
Davidson dealership, with the help of his team!

ROLLING THUNDER XXV Official Reunion Spot


We would like to say a Huge THANK YOU to Patrick Hughes for his generosity of sharing with us his amazing photographs from Rolling Thunder. Patricks photography captures the heartfelt and endearing moments of this historical annual tribute to American war heroes, year after year as Rolling Thunders National ### Photographer. In 2012, as they celebrate their 25th anniversary with growing support, Rolling Thunder continues their tireless efforts to call for the governments recognition and protection of Prisoners of War (POWs) and those Missing in Action (MIAs).

6 AM on Saturday morning at The Wall Veterans from Warrior Brotherhood washed The Wall

Gary Sinise, a dog and the Lt. Dan Band

Iraq Vet rider who lost his arm in combat. Member of the NamKnights

Raymond F. Manzo This is the Man ( Founder) who made Rolling Thunder happen. Later Artie Muller got involved.


All Irag / Afgan Vets

Australian Vietnam Vets Bob & Jani Bergdahl crossing Memorial Bridge Gold Star Mother riding solo

Australian Vietnam Vets Thunder Alley, 22nd & Constitution Ave, across the street for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bob Bergdahl with Vietnam Vet in cage, Gerald McCullar Praying for the safe return of his son captured June 30, 2009. Bowe Bergdahl

This year there were three Marines saluting all of the riders

POW-MIA Motorcycle on display. This bike was custom built by WI Vets and left at the Wall in 1995.

POW-MIA Motorcycle on display. This bike was custom built by WI Vets and left at the Wall in 1995.

Friday nights Candle Light Vigil

There were five tribute bikes unveiled, they will be at Sturgis in August. I believe they are to travel the States for a year then to be auctioned off and monies going to Veteran charities

Iraq Vet & actor Bryan Anderson with Joe Montagna. Bryan was in a Criminal Minds show, do you remember seeing him?

Hey thats me with Eunice Manzo, RayManzo, Walt Sides ( another Original founder of Rolling Thunder ), and actor Joe Montagna. Bob Bergdahl in the N. Pentagon lot


SHARPTOWN The residents of Delmarva showed their immense heart and love for their country Sunday, May 20, through a program called Operation We Care. The culmination of months of work and the tremendous generosity of its people resulted in 365 care packages moving through the 71st Street Post Office in Ocean City Tuesday en route to our proud military service people half a world away, standing strong for America in the war on terror. In its five year history, Operation We Care, a Delmarva-area volunteer group, has sent 2,401 packages. The postage for this latest mailing, using the discounted military flat-rate boxes from the postal service, was $4,617.25. The next packing event will center on Veterans Day in early November. For more information on Operation We Care, visit Along with gathering donations of products packed, Operation We Care also decorates the insides of the boxes for our warriors. Girl Scout Troop 688 stepped to the front with this project and is now joined by students from across Delmarva including students from Clayton Elementary School , Blades Elementary School , Snow Hill Elementary School , Pemberton Elementary School , North Salisbury Elementary School and even Cub Scout Pack 129 in Centreville , Md. Family members of those deployed were invited to join the packing event, and pack the first box for their loved ones. Boxes were then sent to other members of their unit as well. Other honored guests included Lt. Col. Charles Kohler from the Maryland National Guard as well as World War II Veterans Lt. Col. Charles Freudenthal (USAF retired), SSGT Ralph Smith (USMC WWII and Korea) and Karnig Thomasian (US Army Air Corps, 6 month Japanese prisoner of war). Operation We Care was also honored to have on hand Mark McIver, not only an aid to Congressman Andy Harris but also, with his wife Hala, the proud father of a US Army Special Forces son preparing for his seventh deployment.

Pat Johnson also gave an update on her son, Buck, a multi-package recipient who was injured during an attack in early spring. The packing event was held at, and supported immensely by, the Sharptown Fire Department. Held in the Memorial Hall, members Hank & Kim Wheatley spearheaded an extremely helpful group. The firemen proudly hoisted an extremely large American Flag outside the hall to watch over the packing for our troops. Down the street, the American Legion Post 218 hosted a breakfast just for the Operation We Care volunteers and members Clay Owens and Link Crites arrived at 3 a.m. to cook a pig for the Operation We Care lunch break. While Operation We Care stretches its arms around the earth to our troops in far-off lands, volunteers for Operation We Care also travel great distances and make sacrifices for our troops. Joe Emler led a small but hearty group of American Legion Riders from Post 75 in Gloucester , Va. The group made the 197 mile, four and half hour trip to Sharptown to deliver 265 toothbrushes and toothpastes, which were determined to be the best items for them to pack on their motorcycles. The process begins anew, with an eye on Veterans Day in November. Donations are accepted year-round at Minuteman Press in Salisbury and Harley-Davidson of Seaford . Closer to the event several partners will pop back up with assistance in collecting donations, many of whom are still listed on the Operation We Care web site. Your support is always welcomed! Visit us at


Grapes are loaded with nutrients and provide many of the same health benefits of wine, without the alcohol. Grapes lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and they are also a potent antioxidant, which not only reduces oxidation, but also helps to strengthen other antioxidant substances in the body. Grapes are also an excellent source of manganese and a good source of vitamin B6, thiamin, potassium, and vitamin C. Grapes grow in clusters of 6 to 300 on vines. They range in color from crimson to black to yellow. Grapes were first cultivated as early as 5,000 BC. They are mentioned in many biblical stories where they are referred to as fruit of the vine. European travelers spread them all over the world during their travels. They were first brought to the US in the 17th century, where they migrated to the central valley of California and thrived due to the climate and absence of grape-preying insects. Today California produces most of the grapes consumed in the US. Grapes should be stored in the refrigerator and washed right before eating. To keep them fresh longer, grapes can be frozen by arranging them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and placing them in the freezer. Once they are frozen, they can be stored in a plastic bag. Frozen grapes make a delicious snack, especially on a hot day. Eat healthy & enjoy your summer!

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The Official Newsletter of Virginias First Motorcyclists Rights Organization Any Biker Friendly Business that offers a 10% discount to ABATE of VA members, will get a free business card size ad in every Freewheelin issue.

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Shocking Details: Ignition system basics

Tech Tips

OK, this month lets tackle yet another myth. Despite marketing-speak to the contrary, fancy coils, sparkplugs, and plug wires do not make more power by themselves. If you read through some of the advertising BS from some manufacturers, you will see claims that the latest trick sparkplug, coil, or wire, will improve mileage, make more power or torque, etc., and may do everything but cook you dinner and provide world peace. To put this in plain English, ONLY if your ignition system is not doing its job correctly can a sparkplug produce any difference in output, fuel consumption, etc. and only if it allows the ignition system to perform its job better. All engines have misfires where ignition does not occur. It is how often, and when this happens, that makes a difference. Improving performance involves reducing the number of misfires, and this can be a difficult task in some engines running the stock ignition system. First and foremost, the combustion efficiency, fuel/air vaporization and homogenization, spark tip location, and output of the ignition system all contribute to whether ignition occurs each and every time it should. If the combustion chamber is poorly designed, the fuel/air mixture near the sparkplug is excessively lean, or the ignition system cannot overcome the chamber pressure resistance, misfires can occur more often. When this happens, you instantly lose output from that cylinder. Now, think about that for a moment. You are still pumping air and fuel through the engine and work is being done to rotate the crankshaft by the remaining cylinder(s), but you just lost a major amount of torque to apply to the road. If this is a V-twin, that is an instantaneous loss of more than 50% of your output... not a good thing. And if the engine is running in closed loop mode with a Lambda sensor, the sensor suddenly sees a major change in residual oxygen in the exhaust, and starts to make changes in the fueling - this makes things even worse. To put it mildly, misfires are BAD, and everything we can do to make them occur less often is a good thing. Now, this does not mean we need to chase every trick of the week that comes along for the ignition system. A bit of knowledge about the ignition system can help. Many stock ignition systems and components are good for stock engines, but become more marginal as we push for more cylinder pressures to improve performance. As components become exposed to engine heat and time, they degrade. Sometimes even to the point that on a dark night, a slight glow can be seen surrounding the different components as system voltage leaks out. Yep, electricity can leak, and cause a Coriolis Effect (visible glowing) as it seeks the path of least resistance. Yes, less resistance from the coils to the spark tip is important to allow an ignition system to perform best. However once output leaves the coil, it is under high tension, and travels along the outside of wire and plug cores - not through the center. As a result, measuring component resistance with your average volt meter doesnt mean much. It is what occurs under high tension, and with pressure applied to the area surrounding the plug tip (just as in the combustion chamber) that matters. And measuring this high tension resistance is not healthy for the average individual, as it can cause serious health risks if you get shocked. So Wayne Tripp what can we do? Motorcycle Performance and Tuning Well, we can use components like spark plugs that are designed to actually reduce resistance and last a long time. Sparkplugs are a good

place to start. The average sparkplug has a wire core surrounded by a porcelain insulator. The wire is grounded where it threads into the cylinder head, so a good ground contact is important. Then the wire connects to a tip that can be composed of several different metals. The spark arcs from the tip to a ground strap that connects to the thread. This is pretty simple so far but lets get into a bit more detail. The wire inside the plug can be made from metals of differing resistance with silver being most conductive, and copper being a bit less, and most everything else considerably less so. The tip is usually made from iron, but other materials that are more resistant to spark-erosion can be used - such as platinum, iridium, etc. The tip diameter is very important in how much resistance occurs across the plug gap. If a less erosive material is used, the tip diameter can be reduced from several millimeters to less than half of a millimeter. This is where iridium really shines. While iridium is not one of the best conductors, it is very hard and resistant to spark erosion. This allows the tip to be reduced to less than .4mm (.01575 inches), which has considerably less resistance than a 4mm tip. Spark plug tip location can make a difference in where the spark kernel begins combustion. If the plug tip is even with the edges of the grounding base, this is a standard design. The tip can be slightly retracted or projected as well. In some engines this can help or hinder combustion events. The heat conduction of the plug design plays an important role in sparkplug design as well. If it conducts too much heat from the chamber, it can soot up easily. If it conducts too little, the tip of the ground strap can suddenly become the heated point of ignition - leading to preignition or detonation. The trend in the last few years is for manufacturers to specify hotter plug heat ranges than in the past, for the exact same engines, in order to reduce emissions at idle and under light loads while cruising. This isnt always best for performance use. The distance between the plug tip and the tip of the ground strap is the spark gap. The more gap we can run, the better combustion can be. However even very slight increases in gap dramatically increase the resistance to ignition. So unless we have a very strong ignition system, there are limits as to how wide of a gap we can use before we increase misfires. So now you can see how some components can help to improve ignition if your stock system is marginal or older. But for 99% of motorcycles, this is not the case. A simple, copper cored, iridium tipped, standard gapped, single ground strap, sparkplug will perform just fine, and do so for a long time. This works so well in fact, that most modern engines come from the factory with just such plugs. Isnt it nice when it all comes together as it should? And you dont feel compelled to chase the latest marketing gimmick? Now, if you have modified the engine to make considerably more cylinder pressure than stock, revving it higher, or if you are going after much increased fuel mileage, there can be benefits to ignition components that are of the over-kill variety, but this is another topic in itself. Now, go for a ride, make some sparks, and burn some fuel.

Poker Run July 21, 2012
(rain date July 28)

Starts/Ends at American Legion Post 75, Gloucester, VA. 6139 George Washington Memorial Hwy, 23061 (Rt. 17), (Across from the Sentara Medical Complex)

Registration 9:00-11:00 am First bike out at 10:00 am last out at 11:00 am

$15 per rider, $5 per passenger, includes food and drinks.

Also there will be Cornhole, Volleyball, Horseshoes, 50/50, door prizes, vendors and Local Band (Quarentine).

All Proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors at Joint Base Langley/Fort Eustis, and the Polytrauma Rehab. Transition Center at McGuire V.A. Medical Center in Richmond. For those who offered themselves to keep you / your family safe.

This ride will take you through 3 counties on the Middle Peninsula
For more info/donations call Marvin @ 804-695-6991 Or Ron @ 804-832-1540


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Inside the Bun - Its summer so you know I was Happy 4th! So does my man know how to party for Americas birthday or what?! Id love to grilling out this weekend. So what about you guys? You like the burgers or dogs? celebrate our independence with this guy and some red, white, & brews!.Have a fun and safe 4th from PoWM.

WWIB: Halfway Hair - We have quite the matchup in todays edition of Who Wears It Better?. Are you pulling for the man who was in desperate need for a bag of Doritos half way through his haircut or the mystical red fe-mullet?

Baby So Real - So is this cute, creepy, or no big deal because all babies look alike, therefore all babies look like that doll? Personally, Im going with cute.

Bead It Bead It - I assume you walked into your hair salon and asked for the taxi cab seat cushion and they knew exactly what you wanted.

WWIB: High & Tight - Oh, weve got a hairy situation here for Who Wears It Better: Too High & Too Tight edition. So who ya got, mommas bowl cut special or the permanent yarmulke?

Turkey Lurkey - Holy shnikes! I had no idea Walmart sold their poultry meats so darn fresh!

Bamboozled - What the heck is that? Is that Bat-Dog? Is it a creepy furry dragon? Im baffled. Completely baffled right now.unless it can actually fly, then Im kinda jealous.

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NCOM CONVENTION LAPS THE CIRCLE CITY Indianapolis is known for its world famous racetrack, but few people realize that the first race ever ran at the brickyard was with motorcycles way back in 1909. After more than a century, were still in a race -- but its not a shiny trophy were out to win, but our rights as riders. The 27th annual NCOM Convention was held over Mothers Day weekend, May 10-13, 2012 at the luxurious J W Marriot in Indy, and this yearly gathering drew bikers rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders; such as biker discrimination, motorcycle-only roadblocks, and mobilizing motorcyclists to advocate motorcycle-friendly legislation and defeat anti-biking bills. Early motorcyclists didnt face many restrictions on themselves or their machines, and our goal as grass roots activists over the years has been to maintain our Freedom of the Road, while promoting a pro-motorcycling agenda to make roads safer for future riders. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) is solely sponsored by the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) nationwide legal services program and serves as an umbrella organization for more than 2,000 NCOM Member clubs, organizations and associations worldwide, representing well over a quarter of a million politically active motorcyclists. NCOM has successfully outreached to numerous segments of the motorcycling community in an effort to unite for our rights, both legal and legislatively, and has become a unifying voice amongst North Americas motorcycle rights organizations (MROs), motorcycle clubs, women riders, religious riding organizations, touring groups, trikers, sportbikers, and minority motorcyclists. All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the NCOM Convention, hosted this year by the Indiana Confederation of Clubs, and encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that focused on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride. During the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, several honorees were recognized for their contributions to Improving The Image of Motorcycling, including; GOVERNMENT: Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels & former Congresswoman Gabrielle Gabby Gifford (D-AZ); MEDIA: Jeff Twitch Burns Outsiders M/C and Washington Confederation of Clubs & Jerry Rotten Remington Unchained Brotherhood M/C and WA-COC; COMMERCE: Pastor Ron Baptiste Covenant Confirmer Ministries M/M and founder of the first Biker Medical Clinic; LEGAL: John Daugs South Carolina AIM Attorney; SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Annette Torrez Chairman of the New Mexico Motorcycle Rights Organization (NMMRO), Gene Mortimore ABATE of Oregon, and Kimmy Chapman Publisher of the Biker Information Guide (posthumously); and NCOMs highest honor the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to South Dakota State Senator Jim Putter Putnam, longtime member of the NCOM Legislative Task Force. Next years 28th Annual NCOM Convention will be held May 9-12, 2013 at the Silver Legacy Resort-Casino, 407 N. Virginia St. in Reno, Nevada. For further information, contact NCOM at (800) 525-5355 or visit HEALTH AGENCY PUSHES HELMETS WITH BOGUS FINDINGS Researchers at the Centers For Disease Control are using flawed logic to promote their crusade for helmet laws, but Garbage-In, Garbage-Out numbers reveal helmet use is actually in indirect proportion to motorcycle fatalities. In a newly-released CDC study of Fatal Accident Reporting

System (FARS) data, the following has been quoted recently by media outlets from coast to coast; According to a CDC analysis of fatal crash data from 2008 to 2010, a total of 14,283 motorcyclists were killed in crashes, among whom 6,057 (42 percent) were not wearing a helmet. In the 20 states with a universal helmet law, 739 (12 percent) fatally injured motorcyclists were not wearing a helmet, compared with 4,814 motorcyclists (64 percent) in the 27 states with partial helmet laws and 504 (79 percent) motorcyclists in the three states without a helmet law. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) looked over the CDCs own numbers and found some serious faults in their findings:First off, if 6,057 motorcyclists were not wearing helmets of the 14,283 motorcyclists who were killed in crashes during the 3-year study period, that means that 8,226 riders (58%) WERE wearing helmets when they died, meaning that the vast majority of motorcyclist fatalities nationwide wore helmets! Using the CDCs twisted logic, nearly half of all motorcyclists killed were in the 20 states that required them to wear a helmet! If the agencys numbers are to be believed, between 64-78% of riders in the 30 partial and nohelmet law states legally chose to ride without a helmet, yet only 38% of the fatalities involved non-helmeted riders, so helmet use is astonishingly over-represented in motorcyclists mortality statistics! But the CDC also touts that 12% of the biker deaths in helmet law states were not wearing a helmet. The most amazing thing about this figure is that helmet use rates approach 100% in helmet law states and virtually no one rides without one at the risk of facing hefty fines! What the governments numbers most likely reveal, if they have any legitimacy at all, is that helmets come off in about one in ten fatal accidents. This revelation is consistent with prior estimates, and seriously skews their other helmet use/non-use data, because it would mean considerably more riders were wearing helmets up to the moment of their demise than previously anticipated, which means all the Centers fiscal extrapolations are meaningless as well. Another gem proffered by the CDC to bolster their helmet law push is that while motorcycles represent only 3% of registered vehicles they represent nearly 14% of traffic fatalities. But when you consider that motorcycles offer little in the way of physical protection during a collision, unlike cars with airbags, crumple zones and impact-absorbing structures, its easy to understand why motorcyclists seldom have fender-bendersyet auto drivers routinely walk away from high-speed impacts. The true numbers are pretty clear; a previous DOT Traffic Safety Facts Research Note states in 2010 that 54% of all U.S. motorcyclists were observed wearing a helmet when they rode, whether by choice or by law, and since the CDC says 58% of fatally injured riders wore a helmet at that time, then helmets obviously are not designed to protect against fatal injuries. MOTORCYCLIST FATALITIES REMAIN STEADY U.S. motorcyclist fatalities have remained roughly the same over the past three years, following a sharp decline in 2009, according to preliminary data recently released by the Governors Highway Safety Association. In a May 21 report, the GHSA projects the final tally for 2011 will be very close to the 4,502 fatalities reported for 2010 and the 4,469 deaths in 2009, which represented a dramatic 16% decline from 2008. Earlier, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration projected that overall motor vehicle fatalities declined 1.7% in 2011, reaching their lowest level

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since 1949, but the GHSA says high gas prices are driving more people to ride motorcycles. Motorcycle deaths increased in 26 states for the first nine months of last year, declined in 23 states, and remained unchanged in one. States with fewer motorcyclist fatalities attributed the decrease to poor cycling weather, reduced motorcycle registrations and motorcycle travel, increased law enforcement, rider training, and motorcycle safety education, according to the GHSA report. States with more fatalities cited good cycling weather, increased motorcycle registrations and travel, and a return to normal levels after an abnormally low fatality count in 2010. FEDERAL LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BAN MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS Federal lawmakers have sent a bipartisan letter to the leadership of a key House-Senate conference committee to urge support for legislation that prohibits federal funding for motorcycle-only checkpoints. Reps Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Tom Petri (R-WI) were joined by 29 congressional colleagues who sent the letter on May 25 urging the panel to include H.R. 904 and H.Res. 239 in the surface transportation reauthorization conference report. H.R. 904 would prohibit the U.S. Transportation Secretary from providing grants or any funds to a state or local government to be used for programs to check helmet usage or to create motorcycle-only checkpoints. H.Res. 239 would support efforts to retain a ban on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations (NHTSAs) ability to lobby state legislators using federal tax dollars and urges the agency to focus on motorcycle crash prevention and rider education and training. There is broad bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, and among motorcycle groups across the country, for efforts by Congress to prohibit the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) from funding motorcycle-only-checkpoints (MOCs), the letter states, further noting that We take motorcycle safety seriously and want NHTSA to focus its safety efforts on proven lifesaving methods. CONGRESSIONAL RECORD RECOGNIZES VIABILITY OF MOTORCYCLES Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus Member and House Highways and Transit Subcommittee Chairman John Duncan (R-TN) entered a statement to the Congressional Record on May 18 recognizing motorcycles and scooters as viable transportation options for many Americans. Previously, President Obama had proclaimed May 15 through May 21 as National Transportation Week and acknowledged that America needs a safer transportation network that will provide more transportation choices. As a Member of the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus, I would like to highlight one such choice and point out that two wheeled vehicles can be transportation options for many Americans, said Chairman Duncan. In his proclamation, the President called for increased transportation options that cut commuting time, ease traffic congestion, reduce oil consumption and lower greenhouse gas emissions. Motorcycles and scooters are options that can help to meet all of these goals. Motorcycles and scooters also have the advantages of being much cheaper than cars or trucks as well as considerably easier to park and a lot of fun to ride. I own a scooter myself and I enjoy riding when I get the opportunity, said Duncan. I encourage all riders to get trained, licensed and obey traffic laws, and I remind all road users to be aware of motorcyclists. OUTDOOR RECREATION REPRESENTS MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY Americans spent over half a trillion dollars enjoying the great outdoors last year, according to a newly released joint study that documents the continued growth and significance of outdoor recreation to the economies of our individual states and the nation overall. The Motorcycle Industry Council, along with the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, collaborated with the Western Governors Association and other outdoor industry groups to fund a report on the combined economic impact of motorized and non-motorized outdoor recreation. The findings of this first-of-a kind study show the outdoor recreation industry generated $646 billion in national sales and services in 2011. The full report is titled A Snapshot of The Economic Impact of Outdoor Recreation, and can be found at reports. According to MIC Senior Vice President, Government Relations, Kathy Van Kleeck, the MIC will soon release information specific to the motorized recreation sector, and the WGA and the outdoor recreation industry partners will release state-by-state data later in the year. The state-by-state information will be particularly useful in our government relations efforts to promote motorized recreation and advocate for offhighway vehicle opportunities, said Van Kleeck. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO DO BURNOUTS When officials cracked down on motorcyclists doing burnouts at this years annual Myrtle Beach Spring Rally, a local biker bar made a federal case out of it, literally. Now it will be up to a judge to decide if doing burnouts - revving a motorcycles engine while applying the front brake to let its back tire spin to create noise and smoke - is a constitutionallyprotected right. Horry County cracked down on burnouts during bike festivals last year, issuing a special event permit to Suck Bang Blow that limited the activity to between noon and 9 p.m. and only at the rear of the bars building. This year, the county issued a permit that banned burnouts altogether. SBB, which claims the activity has been a regular feature of bike rally events at the bar since it opened in 1996, obtained a temporary restraining order against the county just before the May rally, allowing the burnouts to continue at least for now. In a lawsuit filed in state court, SBB claims that burnouts are among several activities patrons participate in while expressing their manliness and macho, as all males are prone and inclined to do to a greater or lesser degree. The bar says burnouts are expressive performances to the public and is protected by the First Amendment. Horry County, in its response to the lawsuit, calls burnouts a public nuisance and says it is expressly authorized by state statute to abate public nuisances. The county denies that it has violated any Constitutional rights, but since the lawsuit deals with federal rights it should be heard in federal court. A decision could come just in time for next years rally, with a jury trial scheduled to begin on May 6, 2013. QUOTABLE QUOTE: Wisconsins embattled Governor Scott Walker, following his strong win in the states recent recall election, sees support from Wisconsinites not just a ticket to govern, but also a ticket to ride; Im gonna go ride my Harley all around the state of Wisconsin. Who knows where Ill end up. Im just getting on the motorcycle and riding, he told Fox News.


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ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@ Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting ABATE Coalfield 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 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 ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.) meets 7pm every 1st Tuesday at Big Licks 4001 Murray Pl. Lynchburg , Va. 24501 Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Stan at 434-525-1074 or 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 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 information contact Bob Seoane at 703-206-0571or 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 ABATE River City Chapter ( Richmond , VA ) 'No meetings, just action!' For more information contact Steve Skeens at 804-389-8293 or ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter ( Hampton , VA ) meets 1PM on the 2nd Sunday of each month at the White Oak Lodge, 3533 Kecoughtan Rd in Hampton. Everyone welcome. For more information contact Pete Bulgart at 757-870-1517 or John at AMBASSADORS FOR JESUS CHRIST MOTORCYCLE MINISTRY (Virginia Chapter) Do you have a love for the lost and a passion for motorcycles? Then the Ambassadors for JESUS CHRIST may be for you. We meet the 4th Saturday of each month (except Nov and Dec) at the Major Hillard Library 824 Old George Washington Hwy N Chesapeake Va at 10am-12pm. For more information contact: Sean Bronx 757-338-1974, or Eric Holyman 757-237-6018, or Beacons/Christian Motorcycle Association - Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month, Piccadilly Cafeteria, Military Hwy, 6-8 PM. Monthly ride: 4th Saturday each month, depart from Hardees, 6075 Indian River Road, Virginia Beach. Check our website for ride times and more information: http:// or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or Brothers In Arms MC The Brothers In Arms MC was formed to support the members of our armed forces, past and present, create a camaraderie between like-minded men and women from those services, share in our love of motorcycling and support veteran charities and causes. The Yorktown Chapter usually meets on the third Sunday of the month at various locations in the Yorktown area. The Brothers In Arms MC is a neutral, non-territorial club. For more information about the club and contact links, visit the chapter web site at Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President Rick Saunders, Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. Its not about the meetings. For more information on meetings or rides please contact our chapter president, Mark Johnson, at or go the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. Our membership is comprised of Full Members (those with verified combat service) and Supporter Members ( those who have non-combat military service, and have a sincere dedication to helping veterans ). Many members continue to serve in our Armed Forces, with several serving in combat areas now. Virginia Chapter 27-1, Hampton Roads, Va. and Virginia Chapter 27-2, Quanitco, Va., Both chapters meet monthly. For informataion to join contact Ed Amerbadas Lonecke Jr., Commander Southern Virginia 27-1, at or Graig Spanky Benson, Commander Northern Virginia 27-2, at Our Virginia website can be accessed through our National Website: Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: Road Wench East Coast Womens Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: Facebook :!/profile.php?id=100000803818092 TAMA Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. Were all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December). Beginning January 20th, 2011, meetings will be held at Mary Jaynes Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA23322. The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. For more information call TJ (757) 819-3362, Thing (757) 621-4891 or Grape Ape (757) 831-1294. or visit our website at The Widows Sons is an International Masonic Motorcycle Association comprised of Master Masons. The purpose of the Widows Sons is to aid and assist widows and orphans of Master Masons. If you are a Master Mason who rides a 500cc or larger motorcycle and have a desire to help us serve our purpose please contact us about membership. We meet the third Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. at 82 Gatsby Lane Topping Va. 23169. Contact Steve at 804-776-7290. Or email us at stephen.hicks45@ V-Twin Cruisers Motorcycle Club - Tidewater Chapter We are a family oriented, non-territorial motorcycle club that loves to ride. Our club supports our first responders and the military, welcoming all bikes and all riders. There are no mandatory rides, meetings, or prospecting. We are looking for new members to expand our family. If you are interested in riding and charity work, we might be the club for you. Contact us at: VA Sons Of Liberty Riders American Patriots Defending the Constitution Veterans First, Inc. Chapter 1 Richmond, VA- Non-profit org. whose mission is to assist our homeless veterans back into the mainstream of daily living. Meetings are held every 2nd Sunday of the month at 12:00 pm, Lakeside Moose Lodge, 1207 Hilliard Road, Richmond, VA 804 -321-2905 www. Virginia Bikers Association (VABA) VABA is a Motorcycle Rights Organization who meet on the 2nd Saturday of the month in Hillsville, VA at the Holiday Inn off of exit 14 of I-77. Gather at 6:30, meeting starts at 7:00. Contact: Bill Hanna, Director, VABA Virginia Freedom Riders - Riders Against Constitutional Erosion (VFR-R.A.C.E.) exists as a grassroots State Motorcycle Rights Organization (SMRO) dedicated to protecting and restoring motorcyclists personal freedoms, liberties and individual rights. email: Warriors of Christ Motorcycle Ministry. 4218 Old Hundred Rd. Chester, VA. 23831. Pastor Ron Walton Phone (804) 335-5025. Meets every Sunday @6pm and Tuesday @7pm. Visit us on Facebook - of christ

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Drink lots of water. WATER is emphasized since refreshments like soda, coffee (or any caffeinated drink) or alcoholic drinks can actually contribute to dehydration, instead of helping to alleviate it. Insulate your skin from the heat. It may seem counter-intuitive to wear protective clothing on a hot day, but you NEED to cover your exposed skin. Think of the desert nomads that spend their whole lives traveling in the desert with their camels: They ALL wear garments that cover their entire body and head. In real simple terms, exposed skin on a hot day is not only subject to sunburn, but bare skin soaks up MORE heat from the sun. If the outside temperature is higher than your normal body temperature (36.8C or 98.2F), and if your bare skin is exposed to the heat, your body temperature has no where to go but up. On the other hand, if your skin is covered, you are insulating yourself from the heat. It may feel good (particularly on shorter rides) to take your jacket off on hot days, but it is pushing your body into the range of dehydration symptoms even faster. (Of course, riding without proper motorcycle gear on a hot day could also result in considerably more severe circumstances should you take a tumble on searing asphalt with bare skin or without a helmet). If you are riding in areas of low humidity, for example, in the deserts of the American Southwest (or any place that is hot and dry), you can cool yourself by dowsing your cotton shirt with water and zipping up your jacket on top of it. Your closed jacket will keep your shirt wet, longer. Of course, if you happen to be wearing a mesh jacket, you can feel quite comfortable for only a little while, as the water evaporates from your shirt under the mesh quite rapidly. In other words, it wont take long before your shirt is thoroughly dried out and you need to do it again. If you try this in a part of the world that is hot and humid, then you will simply be hot and wet with this tactic. If you are motorcycle touring and you know the temperature is going to be uncomfortably warm for you in the direction you are heading, then dont ride in the hottest part of the day. Hit the road before the sun rises, get several hours of riding under your belt, and then get to a hotel or make camp before the heat becomes unfriendly. Additionally, if you are one of those folks who is not an early riser, then hit the road in the late afternoon, and ride through sunset and into the evening. (Of course there is a risk in finding No Vacancy signs at motels, hotels and campgrounds if you want to end off your riding too late in the evening.) Take regular breaks and get into some shade (while drinking plenty of water!) Know your bodys warning signs: Heat Cramps: If you feel cramps in your legs or abdomen, you need water. In fact, youve passed the point you need water. And things are going to get worse until you get some of that H2O. Heat Exhaustion: If you kept on riding in spite of the cramps, or even if you didnt experience cramps, but are riding beyond your bodys normal need for water, you are now motoring into the realm of becoming a prime candidate for heat exhaustion. Some of the symptoms that you may expect include lots of sweating, headaches, nausea, dizziness, weakness, tiredness and even fainting spells. Obviously these are the kind of symptoms that can badly effect your motorcycle control and reaction time to routine threats to motorcycle survival. So, Heat Exhaustion means bad news for bikers. Heatstroke (also known as sunstroke): To put things in proper perspective, heatstroke is a medical emergency and the person should be taken to a hospital. This is well beyond the stage of feeling uncomfortable simply because its hot out. Signs to watch for include rapid heartbeat; rapid breathing; confusion or incoherence; blanking out; hot, red, dry skin; elevated body temperature; and even hostility (more so than normal for any of your easily aggravated companions). Note that the rider has now passed the sweating stage. The dehydration is so advanced that there is not enough water in the body to perspire (which is the normal way the body cools itself). A rider experiencing heatstroke might even appear to be intoxicated. As heatstroke continues to advance, the face may change colors, moving from red to a pale or bluish tint. Unfortunately, if heatstroke is this far advanced, things can still get worse, including the failing of body organs accompanied by unconsciousness and coma, and in rare circumstances, death. In short, you dont want to come near the possibility of experiencing heatstroke.

Its worth re-stating that you dont want to get yourself anywhere near the point of heatstroke. However, if a rider you know does get heatstroke, you need to help them fast, no matter what objections they may offer: Their body temperature must be lowered immediately. Begin by getting the rider out of the sun, and ideally into some air-conditioned area. Their clothing should loosened and/or removed to allow more ventilation. Even better would be to get the rider into some cool water, such as a bath, or even a lake or river if such is possible. HAVE A GREAT SUMMER & STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD!

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Happy Summer everyone! Our favorite season! I hope everyone is enjoying it and being safe. My husband, Bobby, surprised me with a new (to me) bike for my birthday, Mothers Day and our anniversary, all in May. I got a 2000 Sportster 1200, bright red! After 34 years of styling hair the right shoulder is a bit tender when I move it in certain positions. I had gotten scared to ride my 2 wheel because if I were to tilt and I jumped to grab it, other than horrible pain, I could have messed it up really bad. So my Ruby, as I call it, has a conversion kit on it and I love it. Some folks laugh and call it Training Wheels. But I dont careit feels better on my shoulder and I can ride without fear! Before Bobby got me Ruby, I knew in my spirit, I was going to get it. I was looking at Craigslist and I felt that it was the time that God was going to bless me. I could see it in my mind and spirit. I couldnt tell what color it was, but God did one step more and got my favorite colorRed! This is called a vision. A vision is the power of sightthe ability to seea supernatural appearance. We need to have Vision in our lives. You need to look beyond your nose. Look for the end result and visualize it. If we do not have a vision, we will fail. Every great person had a vision before they carried out their tasks. I have a vision for my church and it is becoming to take shape. Without a vision, you cannot move. You wont know where to go. Instead of forwards, you will regress backwards. You cannot have Vision without having Faith. Faith is a belief in the trustworthiness, value or truth of someone or something. In this caseour Heavenly Father. If we have complete faith in Him, he wont let us down. Many times the world say one thing, but God says something else. We have to give every situation over to Him and just stand back and watch our Daddy work His miracles. If we have no faith, then we stop God from working in our lives. The Bible says, if we have the faith as a grain of mustard seed, it will be done. Have you ever seen a grain of mustard seed? It is tiny! So, if we have greater faith, just think of the great things we can do. Get a vision for your life, and have faith that God will see that vision too and then let Him bring that vision right into reality. Never forget, WITH


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A man walks into a drug store with his 8-year old son. They happen to walk by the condom display, and the boy asks, What are these, Dad? The man matter-of-factly replies, Those are called condoms, son. Men use them to have safe sex. Oh I see, replied the boy. Yes, Ive heard of that in health class at school. He looks over the display and picks up a package of 3 and asks, Why are there 3 in this package? The dad replies, Those are for high school boys, one for Friday, one for Saturday, and one for Sunday. Cool says the boy. He notices a 6 pack and asks, Then who are these for? Those are for college men, the dad answers, TWO for Friday, TWO for Saturday, and TWO for Sunday. WOW! exclaimed the boy, Then who uses THESE? he asks, picking up a 12 pack. With a sigh and a tear in his eye, the dad replied, Those are for married men. One for January, one for February, one for March....... TEN THOUGHTS TO PONDER: Number 10: Life is sexually transmitted. Number 9: Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die. Number 8: Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him without an erection; make him a sandwich. Number 7: Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they wont bother you for weeks. Number 6: Some people are like a Slinky--not really good for anything, but you still cant help but smile when you shove them down the stairs. Number 5: Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dying of nothing. Number 4: All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. Number 3: Why does a slight tax increase cost you $800.00, and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00?

Number 2: In the 60s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. And The Primary, Number 1 Thought: Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers -- what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow. I had three girlfriends, but wasnt sure which one to marry. So I decided to give each one $5000 and see how each of them spent it. The first one went out and gets a total makeover with the money. She gets new clothes, a new hairdo, manicure, pedicure, the works, and comes back to my place and says, I spent the money so I could look pretty for you because I love you so much. I was very touched and aroused, and we had lots of great sex. The second one went out and bought new golf clubs, a CD player, a television, and a stereo and brings them back to me as gifts. This sweet girl looked into my eyes and said, I bought these gifts for you with the money because I love you so much. I watched my new television with great enjoyment. The third one takes the $5000 and invested it in the stock market, doubled her investment, returns the original $5000 to me and reinvests the rest. She says, I am investing the rest of the money for our future because I love you so much. She has enough to buy me a new boat. I thought long and hard about how each of the women had each spent the money. Ultimately, I decided to marry the one with the biggest tits. GUTS - is arriving home late, after a night out with the boys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the Guts to ask, are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere? BALLS - is coming home late after a night out with the boys, smelling of perfume and beer, with lipstick on your collar, and slapping your wife on the ass and having the Balls to say, youre next, chubby.



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ALL AMERICAN K.I.S.S. COUNTRY RIBS 2 Pkgs. of Large, Thick, Country Ribs (8 to a pkg.) Just one pack if cooking for two. 2 Small & Squat Containers of Grill Mates (brand name) Applewood Dry Rub for Pork. *This is a nationwide brand product. 2 Bottles of John Boy & Billys Grillin Sauce (this product is all over Southern stores; but you can order on-line or use your favorite sauce) 1 Gallon Bottle of Mulled Apple Cider w/ 1/4 cup of Liquid Smoke added. 1 Box of Long Width, Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil Soak the ribs in a bowl big enough to hold all the ribs, and pour the gallon of apple cider over to cover completely. Let soak for 1 hour in fridge. Next, remove them from fridge, and dry off with a clean dish towel. On a large sheet pan, pour out containers of Applewood Rub and make sure you coat each rib thoroughly on all sides. When all ribs are rubbed, cover with Glad* Press n Seal and place in fridge over night. Get a x-large skillet screaming hot over medium-high heat, then run extra-virgin olive oil all around the pan while adding a whalloping tablespoon of butter to the pan. Braise well on all sides until each are a deep, golden brown. Youll have to braise in several batches. Get your grill HOT!!; whether propane or electric. Lay out douple layers of aluminum foil, again, youll need to make apprx. 3 bundles of foiled ribs. Pour Grillin Sauce all over every bundle and mix around with your hands and get in there and make sure every single rib is well soaked in sauce. Wrap that bundle up tight as can be and place on grill, turn down to medium-low and let go for 3 hours.......slow and steady as she goes. When you remove from grill, let each pouch sit for apprx. 10 minutes before opening up. These are the most succulent, tender, flavorful ribs youll ever taste. Full of juice and flava. just dont get better than a juicy country rib that you bite into and sauce just runs down the corner of your mouth and you actually slurp on it and smack your lips! Now.....thats BBQ Ribs the KISS way! Slurp On! LEMON-BASIL PARMESAN BUTTER BORN ON THE COB OF JULY 4 Piping hot, cooked ears of corn on the cob (or 8 or many as you need)

1 Long, narrow bowl of melted butter or a highquality margarine such as I Cant Believe Its Not Butter 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil (rub it between your hands to bring it back to life and get all the flavor you can from it) * If using fresh Basil, chop up 4 leaves 1 tsp. of lemon zest 1/2 Cup of Finely Grated Parmesan Cheese Combine the hot melted butter or margarine with the basil and zest. Sprinkle each ear generously with grated cheese and serve hot, hot, hot! Truly cob-a-licious! THUNDER ROADS RED, WHITE & BLUE LEMON CREAM ANGEL CAKE 1 Round, Pre-made Angel Cake; cut into cubes 2 tsp. of Lemon Zest (get 2 fresh lemons) 1/2 Cup of Ice-Cold Heavy Cream; slowly add more if needed 2 Cups of Confectioners Sugar 1 Good Dash of Pure Vanilla Extract (1 Tbls.) 1 Gallon of Your Favorite Homemade Tasting Pure Vanilla Ice Cream; put in large bowl, melt down completely and then put in fridge to keep cold 2 Cups of Fresh Blueberries; washed & drained 2 Cups of Fresh Cherries; de-stemmed, pitted, washed & drained. Please both fruits in a bowl in refrigerator, and sprinkle 1/4 cup of sugar over top. In a medium glass bowl, add your confectioners sugar, heavy cream and vanilla. Start out slow on your hand mixer, then beat on high until stiff peaks form. Do not overbeat or it will just stay flat and never peak. Layer cake cubes in low, wide dessert bowls. Take your fruit from fridge and slightly smush up a bit to create a sauce. Pour over Angel Cake cubes, drizzle with cold, melted ice-cream and top with cold, homemade whipped cream. Now, this will make you want to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance. All of us here at Thunder Roads wish you a safe but FUN 4th of July. Say gratitude prayers for all of our military throughout time that gave their all so that we could enjoy a day to celebrate our liberty and the freedom they preserve for us on a daily basis. God Bless You All & Thank You.

Fire In the Hole!!

Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! We were in the middle of an interview with Rich Wyatt, star of the Discovery Channel Series American Guns when the shots rang out. This wasnt your typical motorcycle event interview and after we came out from under the table, Rich commented that they always test fire a gun before returning it to a customer. American Gun features the Wyatt family and the guns at Gunsmoke, located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. The shop owned by Rich and Renee Wyatt is a world-class facility that buys, sells, trades and makes guns. Their son Kurt is a gifted engraver and firearms instructor. Daughter Paige works in sales and knows more about guns than most men, but her sights are set on a modeling career. Rounding out the staff is perhaps the largest and most experienced group of gunsmiths in the state and a knowledgeable sales force. Renee runs the business, maintaining balance between Richs passion for collecting cool stuff and paying the bills. So, the proverbial question was, How did it all start? How did American Guns series come about? Wyatt, who is also an avid motorcycle rider met Master Bike Builder, Billy Lane about 10 years ago at a motorcycle show out east. Rich stopped at Lanes booth, told him he had some cool stuff and bought some of it. Now come over and see my stuff, says Rich. Billy followed him back to his booth, liked what he saw and bought two guns. They became friends and Billy, who was a Discovery Channel superstar at the time, was so impressed with Richs work that he commented that he should have his own TV show. This was back when the chopper and bike shows were getting big press and the two guys thought guns and bikes would be a great matchup. Rich pursued the quest for his own show and barked up many trees. Then last year, he received a call asking if he could make a gun out of solid steel. Of course he could and shortly after that call, a film crew was on site producing a sizzle reel for a 30-minute pilot. They liked what they saw and so evolved the American Guns series with the first episode airing in October 2011 on Discovery Channel. The twelve episode American Gun series featured guns like a Knuckle Duster built in the late 1800s, the old cowboy Colt carried by outlaws like Jesse James and lawmen like Wyatt Earp. One of my favorites featured the gunsmiths taking on a challenge to build a one-of-a-kind hunting rifle for one of our heroes who was wounded when an IED hit the Humvee he was riding in and severely damaged the entire right side of his body. Nick loved hunting and wanted a rifle that would let him continue the sport with his injuries. Wyatt knew there was no off-the-shelf solution and set out to construct a rifle that would accommodate the soldier. He had to adapt a pistol grip to the front, alter the trigger pull, build a larger bolt handle and make the gun lighter. The stock was painted to replicate a special tattoo the soldier got after being wounded. The final episode of the season was another one of my favorites, guest starring Vinny Terranova, President of Rocky Mountain H-D. He walks into the shop looking for something big and Americana. Rich knows Vinny is an over the top kind of guy, so he pulls out a 50-caliber rifle that will set Vinny back nineteen thousand dollars! Vinny likes it, but doesnt want a stock and off the shelf piece, so he suggests a trade betting he can build a better bike than any gun Rich comes up with. Wyatt cant walk away from a challenge, so the bet is on! On the agreed upon deadline, the guys are ready for the unveiling. Rich goes first. Vinny is awestruck with the looks of the gun and the phenomenal flames and skull scheme by local artists at Gunslinger. He fires that rifle and blows up a barn mile away! Hes a happy guy! Now its time for the bike unveiling and everyone is blown away at the hauntingly similar flame and skulls paint scheme on both projects. Vinny turns the keys over to Rich, who immediately hands them to his son Kurt, who managed the full project for this special rifle build. Discovery Channel has announced there will be a second series of American Guns airing this spring. Joe - Live, Love, Laugh and Ride

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Helmet Laws And Insurance Rates

Since our recent announcement I have received several questions concerning the effect that modifying Virginias mandatory helmet law would have on Virginias insurance rates. This is a valid concern for those who have no inclination to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. Should any of you be faced with the same inquiry I would share my answer with you and welcome any insight you may have. Claiming that allowing adults to make their own choice concerning the wearing of a motorcycle helmet will raise everyones insurance rates is a common argument but it seems not to be grounded in fact. A few years ago we received a letter from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department (a state agency) that was a reply to Toms question concerning motor vehicle insurance rates in the three years since Pennsylvania repealed their mandatory law. The response was that it had no effect. Likewise we received a similar letter from Maryland when they enacted a Universal helmet law. According to Maryland the act of enacting a universal helmet law did not affect insurance rates. Another argument is that repealing helmet laws affects everyones rates because everyone must absorb the higher costs of accidents involving un-helmeted motorcyclists. I wanted to test the accuracy of that argument. I looked up the ranking of states from most expensive for motor vehicle insurance to lease expensive. I found the list on The most expensive for 2012 is Louisiana. Louisiana has a universal helmet law. The least expensive is Maine. Maine allows adult riders to choose. OK, that is admittedly not a scientific test. To take it a bit further I decided to look at the top five expensive states with regard to motor vehicle insurance. The top most expensive states from number 1 to number 5 were Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, West Virginia and Washington DC. Out of that list only Oklahoma allows riders to choose (Michigan had a mandatory helmet law when the study was conducted). The other four require the operators and passengers of motorcycles to wear helmets. I then looked at the five cheapest states. They are Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Idaho and North Carolina. Of those only North Carolina requires riders to wear a helmet. Three of the five allow adults to choose whether or not to wear a helmet and Iowa has no law at all. Minors on a motorcycle do not have to wear a helmet. To take it even further only 2 of the ten cheapest states for motor vehicle insurance have mandatory helmet laws. The other eight either allow adults to choose or, as in the case of Iowa and New Hampshire, simply have no law what so ever. I am not suggesting that modifying Virginias law will reduce motor vehicle insurance rates (By the way we are currently ranked 34 out of 51). I am suggesting that there is not a correlation between insurance rates and motorcycle helmet laws. Lastly, many states that have repealed their helmet laws required motorcyclists to carry a certain amount of medical insurance. Almost every state later repealed that requirement on finding that it was not needed. It appears that we as motorcyclists have very little impact of both motor vehicle and health insurance. That should not be surprising given that we are a very small percentage of the motoring community. The insurance argument is simply not grounded in fact and is certainly not a justification for limiting the right of adults to make choices for themselves. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968

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Since the modification of the Michigan helmet statute we have seen articles, editorials and letters decrying the act and arguing that it will lead to more deaths and increased costs. As predicted, Michigans victory has stirred up the opposition. Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a study using 2008 data. Their conclusion was predictably that universal helmet laws save lives and money, and that allowing adults to make their own choices on the subject increases fatalities and public costs. You can read the study for yourself at The problem with this study is that it is a collection of conclusions. Many of these conclusions do not make sense when we look at the facts. Other conclusions are not based on sound logic. Finally, others rest upon logic which, if applied to other activities, would justify government regulation that few American citizens would accept because it would then affect them. The premise of the study is twofold. The first is that states which do not have universal helmet laws have much higher fatality rates. The second is that these states are burdened by higher costs due to un-helmeted motorcycle riders. I would like to analyze these premises. First we will take fatalities. I have a hard time believing that this was a non-biased study given the way it made the argument that the only proven way to reduce motorcycle fatalities was to strip adults of the right to choose whether or not to wear a helmet. If you think I am exaggerating their stance I would point you to page 5 where the study states the following: Helmets are the only safety measure proven to save lives. (Emphasis added). Is it the contention of the CDC that rider education is not a safety measure proven to save lives? Can any reasonable person actually think that learning how to control your motorcycle and operate it defensively and responsibly is of no proven safety value? That is utter nonsense. Several years ago the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists studied the effectiveness of Virginias rider education program. We pulled five years worth of motorcycle crash statistics and with the help of the Division of Motor Vehicles broke the crashes down between graduates of Virginias rider education program and non-graduates. Graduates were tremendously under-represented in those statistics. Further, there were two out of the five years in which out of all fatalities for that year NONE were graduates of the rider education program. Other states have done the same thing with similar results. Rider education is most certainly a proven safety measure. I would argue that it is the most effective safety measure. Why does every state have an extensive drivers education program if education is not a safety measure proven to save lives? The study goes on to point out the rise in motorcycle fatalities over the years and suggests that relaxed motorcycle helmet laws are to blame. It uses Florida as an example. This is not a new argument; however, it does ignore some important facts. First it is important to note that upon modification of Floridas helmet law to allow adults to choose, motorcycle registrations in Florida increased dramatically. According to Floridas Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles report Traffic Safety Facts, October 2010: Motorcycles, between 2000 and 2009 motorcycle fatalities have increased by 63.4% and motorcycle injuries have increased by 62.3%

However during that time motorcycle registrations increased by 102.4%. Injuries and fatalities have not kept pace with motorcycle registrations. Secondly, using states such as Florida is very misleading. It is one of the top motorcycle tourist destinations in the United States. It also has a much longer riding season. Additionally, it hosts one of the largest motorcycle events in the country drawing half a million motorcyclists a year from all over the country. ( Clearly that number of motorcyclists is going to throw the numbers off. The CDC study also fails to take into consideration national motorcycle registrations in presenting its statistics. Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation did some great work debunking similar claims of motorcycle fatality rates in a recent article. The numbers used by the article are taken from the National Highway Traffic safety Administration (NHTSA). In 1997 there were 2,116 motorcycle fatalities nationwide. In 2010 there were 4,502. The article argued that the rise in fatality rates was greatly due to relaxed motorcycle helmet laws. Jeff pulled the motorcycle registrations nationwide. When applying the motorcycle registration numbers, here is what Jeff discovered. In 1997, there were 2,116 fatalities for 3,826,000 motorcycles registered. That means 0.055% of registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal accident. In 2010, there were 4,502 fatalities for 8,368,000 motorcycles registered. That means 0.053% of registered motorcycles were involved in a fatal accident. Registration rates increased more than fatality rates. Those numbers paint a completely different (and more accurate) picture. The last thing I will point out is on page six of the study. It reads as follows: People who do not wear helmets are more likely to be killed in a crash. Forty-one percent of motorcycle operators and 51% of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were not wearing a helmet. Not to state the obvious but that would mean that 59% of motorcycle operators and 49% of motorcycle passengers who died in 2008 were wearing a helmet. It would appear that the majority of motorcycle fatality victims were wearing a helmet. Additionally, this statistic does not identify the cause of death in each of these fatalities. For the non-helmeted fatalities that died of trauma to internal organs, the fact that they were not wearing a helmet is irrelevant. For that matter, it is an irrelevant statistic for some who died of a head injury unless you are willing to jump to the conclusion that helmeted riders never die of head injuries. We know that is not the case. In the end this statistic tells us nothing. The second argument of the CDC study is that forcing all motorcyclists to wear a helmet would save money. This argument is problematic for several reasons. For starters it is not clear from where the study gets its numbers. For instance, the study states that the United States saved nearly 3 billion dollars due to helmet use in 2008 and could have saved an additional 1.3 billion dollars in 2008 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. How does the CDC come to that conclusion? How did the U.S. save this money? The study does not tell us. So how do we test the validity of these statements? I would suggest that one way is to look at our friends in the insurance industry. For those of

you who have received my prior emails forgive me for plowing old ground here. If states that allow adults to make their own choice have higher costs we would expect to see that reflected in motor vehicle insurance rates since we know that the costs borne by the insurance industry are passed on to the consumer by way of insurance rates. However, a study of motor vehicle insurance rates do not support the argument that states that allow adult choice incur higher costs as a result. The top five most expensive jurisdictions for motor vehicle insurance in 2012 are Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, West Virginia and Washington DC. ( Out of that list only Oklahoma allows riders to choose (Michigan had a mandatory helmet law when the study was conducted so we count them as a universal helmet law state). The other four require the operators and passengers of motorcycles to wear helmets. The five cheapest states are Maine, Iowa, Wisconsin, Idaho and North Carolina. Of those only North Carolina requires riders to wear a helmet. To take it even further, only 2 of the ten cheapest states for motor vehicle insurance have mandatory helmet laws. The other eight either allow adults to choose for themselves or, as in the case of Iowa, simply have no law what so ever. If you look at the entire list there is no correlation between motor vehicle insurance rates and universal helmet laws. How can that be if the majority of states allow riders to make their own choice and that choice is creating such a public cost? It is because the public cost argument is a myth. According to the US Census Bureau there were 2,035,474 injuries and deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes 2009. 94,462 of those were related to motorcycle crashes. ( statab/2012/tables/12s1107.pdf). That means that in 2009, only 4.7% of the motor vehicle crash related deaths and injuries involved motorcycles. Statistically, we are not a large enough segment of the population to contribute to the overall cost of motor vehicle related deaths and injuries. The last point I would make is that we should all beware when the government attempts to restrict peoples freedom to choose for themselves by using the public cost argument. Such an argument must ultimately lead to the conclusion that it is proper for the government to make choices for us in any area where there is a possible public cost. Lets take head injuries and think it out to its logical conclusion. We will even use the numbers from those who would deny us choice. According to the CDC study, the United States could have saved 1.3 billion dollars had all motorcyclists worn helmets. Clearly the 1.3 billion dollars must be costs associated with head injuries being that head injuries are the only injuries helmets are designed to prevent. In May of 2011 the CDC issued a study on traumatic brain injury related deaths from 1997-2007. ( ss6005a1.htm?s_cid=ss6005a1_w) According to that study, from 1997 to 2007 the fatality rate due to traumatic brain injuries for motorcyclists was 14,972 per every 100,000 members of the total population. The number for occupants enclosed in a motor vehicle was 87,510 per every 100,000 members of the total population. I recognize that there are more auto drivers than motorcyclists, but if we are merely looking at costs it should not matter. A head injury sustained in a motorcycle accident does not cost any more than the same head injury sustained in an automobile accident. Additionally, if you think the head injuries in automobile accidents were due to the victim not wearing a seatbelt, I would challenge you to sit in your car, put on your seatbelt and start knocking your head against the driver side door post. It is very easy to do. Now lets take the 1.3 billion dollars that, according to the CDC, the United States could have saved in 2008 had all motorcyclists worn a helmet. Does that mean that since the number of traumatic brain injury deaths is almost 6 times higher in automobile crashes than motorcycle crashes that the United States could have saved almost 7.8 billion dollars a year if all automobile occupants wore helmets? That is a pretty good argument for having the government require that all motor vehicle occupants to wear a helmet. Why should the public be forced to carry the financial burden caused by the automobile driver who carelessly chooses to drive his car

without a helmet? Will the public ever accept that argument? Of course they wont. However many of them want to apply that very logic to us. I am sure that some would point out that the above argument only applies to deaths. Injuries are what drive costs. The Brain Injury Association of Indiana did a study on the causes of traumatic brain injuries. (http:// htm) Part of the study focused on transportation related brain injuries. The study looked at injuries during 1995-1996 in 14 different states, about half of which allowed freedom of choice at the time of the study. Keep in mind that this association is not friendly to freedom of choice. They also support mandatory helmet laws. That being said, their study showed that 6% of transportation related brain injuries involved motorcyclists. 62% involved standard motor vehicles. That means that 10 times more traumatic brain injuries were caused in automobile accidents than in motorcycle accidents. Using the CDCs numbers the United States could have saved 13 billion dollars had every occupant in automobiles worn a helmet. The bottom line is that if you are willing to regulate motorcyclists based upon the public cost theory, then you are being hypocritical if you refuse to do the same thing to automobile occupants. You can even take the public cost argument further. Below is an excerpt from a 2004 CDC report on causes of death in the United States in 2000. The leading causes of death in 2000 were tobacco (435 000 deaths; 18.1% of total US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (400 000 deaths; 16.6%), and alcohol consumption (85 000 deaths; 3.5%). Other actual causes of death were microbial agents (75 000), toxic agents (55 000), motor vehicle crashes (43 000), incidents involving firearms (29 000), sexual behaviors (20 000), and illicit use of drugs (17 000). Now according to NHTSA, in 2000 there were 2,897 motorcycle fatalities in the United States. We will assume half of those were not wearing helmets even though that according to the CDC numbers the actual number would be less. For the purposes of this argument we will further assume that every one of those fatalities who were not wearing a helmet would have survived had they worn a helmet. That means that if all motorcyclists had been forced to wear a helmet in 2000 we would have saved 1,449 lives. I rounded up. Why havent we made tobacco illegal? We could have saved 435,000 lives doing that. How about restricting the types of foods that restaurants and grocery stores can offer? We could have saved 400,000 lives doing that. Why isnt alcohol illegal? We could have saved 85,000 lives in 2000 by removing peoples choice as to whether they should consume alcohol. Why dont we outlaw firearms? Thats another 29,000 lives saved. By removing peoples choices in those areas the government could have saved 949,000 lives. Instead they want to take away our right to choose under the mistaken belief that they could save less than 2,000 lives. The argument is simply void of logic. When people read the CDC study many will automatically come to the conclusion that universal helmet laws are the solution to motorcycle accident related injuries and fatalities. However, when you analyze the available data, that is simply not the case. You have to make numerous assumptions and ignore facts to come to that conclusion. The government should not restrict the choices of a few adult Americans based upon the logic which is the basis of this studys conclusions. No American should be in favor of that. If such logic can be used to restrict the rights of a few, it can certainly be used down the road to restrict the rights of the many. Personally I trust individuals to make choices for themselves. I agree with Ronald Reagan when he said the following: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: Im from the government and Im here to help. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968


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