Anda di halaman 1dari 48

1920 Centerville Turnpike, Suite 117-270, Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Office phone: (757) 831-2264 Website: www.thunderroads-virginia.


OWNER / EDITOR, SALES: Kelly Collins


For information about advertising in Thunder Roads Virginia, visit the Advertising page of our website or contact any of our Sales Crew listed below.


Webmaster William C. Frohmiller Layout & Design Warren Ells Art Director, Thunder Publishing

Covering the state of Virginia

William Day Wild Bill (804) 814-8498

(Richmond & surrounding areas)

Rodrigo Rod Lobo Guerrero Ad Designer Patti Lauver (540) 818-8077 (Western Virginia & Statewide Sales

On Eagles Wings

Preacher Rick Saunders

Pastor Tammy Hayes Steve Baxter (757) 727-3435

(Eastern VA including the Peninsulas & Mobile Statewide)

Preacher Gordon Bacon

Randy Collins (Statewide)

Sport Bike Community Correspondent: Curtis Stitch Matthews

Many thanks to our regular contributors of content (articles & pictures) for our magazineYou guys Rock!:
Special Thanks to: Warren Ells - our wonderfully talented layout guy who designs our pages & puts all the pieces together for us each month, Rod - for his killer ad designs & Bill of, our webmaster, who keeps our site rockin on the web. Also many thanks to all of our readers, advertisers & those of you out there that spread the word or pass a magazine to a friend whos never heard of us before - You ALL are what keeps the Thunder rolling! Beth Albert, Bo Albert, Dave Sutton, Kelly & John, Ricky Derby, Rob T, Skibo Adams (owner of HOG Wild Photography), Stacy Baxter, Steve Baxter, Tim Wilmoth, William Wild Bill Day,,

* All articles & pictures within Thunder Roads Virginia are contributed by our Crew, Thunder Roads national network resources, freelance writers/ photographers & our wonderful readers.

On The Cover
Thunder For The Cause May 24-26, 2013

Thank God weve made it to March!...Oh yes, let the good times roll! This is the month that everyone starts to get all fired up for the warmer weather & looking to our magazine for what events are popping up in the calendar. They have been pouring in left & right with so many events planned for you to choose from. Usually by the time our April & May issues hit, the calendar has at least one event listed for every weekend of every month through the fall months. It looks like its going to be a fantastic year of some of the best events yet, not to mention all of the exciting riding adventures ahead for everyone! Its good to see so many annual events returning again this year. There were many held in past years that could not afford to return because of lack of participation. Theyd spent a lot of time, money & effort in hopes that they would have a nice turnout & only a small percentage of people that they were expecting showed up. Please do your best to get out to support your local & regional events. A lot of people have absolutely no idea what goes on into putting together an event.its a huge undertaking, trust me. I know money is tight for everyone & it does take a few dollars to go to most events when you figure in registration, gas, food, something to drink etc& thats if youre going soloits twice that if youre taking a passenger. It can add up but if you think of how much youd be spending at the movies or a night out on the town or going to dinner, it actually costs a lot less to go enjoy an event with lots of fresh air, good company & roads to travel. The adventures are out there waiting for youall you have to do is go. Wed like to remind you to stop in & visit our advertisers as often as you can. These businesses make it all possible for us to put Thunder Roads together for everyone to pick up their free copy. We cant thank them enough for their continued support that helps us keep this magazine coming to you every month. Stop in to their place & let them know that you saw them here in our magazinethey would love to hear that, guaranteed! We also would like to thank all of our readers who pick us up each month & pass us along to their friends. We love meeting new people & businesses so please drop a line anytime to say hello & send us some pictures too! We are always looking for businesses to carry our magazine its only $20 a month & they get listed in our Motorcycle Friendly Directory too! If you know of a business that youd like to see carry Thunder Roads, drop us a line to let us know who they are. We love the HOT SHOT pics that you all send or post on facebook so please keep them coming! We love the HOT PLATES & Biker Pals too email us anytime if youve got a personalized plate or a riding pal that youd like to share with us. Youll be seeing a lot more of us on the road this year as we are increasing our staff again for Sales Crew & we always welcome freelance Writers/Photographers because all of our content is contributed which is how we can keep the magazine FREE for our readers. If youd like to join the Thunder Roads Virginia Crew, drop me an email anytime at & let me know what you may be interested in. Its going to be a great riding season & were looking for a few more good people to help us cover the many miles that roll through the beautiful state of Virginia. The riding season is getting ready to break wide open so dont just sit back & think about drop a line today - you may be just who were looking for! As the roar of bikes grows louder each week heading into spring, we will be looking forward to hopefully running into you somewhere out on the road real soon! Make it a good one & enjoy the freshness of a new season blooming.spring! Heres wishing you all good health, peace & happiness in all your days. Stay safe & well see you next month!

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
NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1528 Matlock Drive Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Corporate Office: 615-792-0040 Fax: 615-792-7580 e-mail:



SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that youve chosen for yours.
Post #49 for $7.00, 814 Main Street, Smithfield, Virginia. Looking to start your morning?...Ride with a good home made breakfast and good people. 814 Main Street, Smithfield, Virginia 23430 Mar 23rd Wild Horse Poker Run Harbinger, NC Poker Run to benefit the Corolla Wild Horses. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. Mar 23rd 24th, 2013 Battlefield Bash Lanexa, VA Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA 27-3) is hosting a Battlefield Bash event 23-24 March 2013 at Rockahock Campgrounds, 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa, Virginia. This 2 day event will include a Poker Run through National Battlefields in the area, bands, vendors and many veterans coming together to support our brothers and sisters that support our Countrys veterans. All proceeds from this event will go directly to the Sitter & Barfoot Veterans Care Center that we support. Registration prices as follows: Rider $15, Passenger $10, extra cards along route will be offered for $5 per card to make the best 5 card hand out of 7 cards. * CVMA Mission Statement: We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our Country and our freedoms. Our focus is to help veteran care facilities provide a warm meal, clothing, shelter, and guidance, or simply to say Thank You and Welcome Home. http://www. Contact Jessica Jawbone Sites at tankgurl_777@ or 804-704-3462 for more details or questions. Rockahock Campgrounds, 1428 Outpost Road, Lanexa Virginia Mar 31st Easter Sonrise Ride Service Yorktown/Poquoson, VA The Good News Riders chapter#343 of the Christian Motorcyclist Association is holding a Easter Sonrise Ride and Service on March 31 2013. We will meet at the Hampton Roads Harley Davidson at 6:00 am and leave for the Poquoson Municipal Park. There will be live music, hot coffee and breakfast snacks. Also there will the Blessing of the bikes after the service. Hampton Roads Harley Davidson/Poquoson Municipal Park Apr 6th Heros Wear Blue Dumfries, VA Officer Chris Yung was killed in a motorcycle crash at the intersection on Nokesville Road and Piper Lane, in Bristow, while responding to the scene of a separate automobile accident. East Coast HarleyDavidson would like for you to join us and honor the services and sacrifice of all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and support the survivors left behind. This one day event will include Prince William County Police Motorcycle Squad Safety/ Riding demo, American Red Cross, Big Dog Custom LED, Just stitch and leather, Music, Grill fires up at 11:00 All proceeds from this event will go directly to Law Enforcement United in honor of Officer Yung. More details are to follow. Please contact us at 703 221-3757 or check out our website at 17975 Main St, Dumfries, VA 22026 9:00am 5:00pm. Apr 6th Harley Boot Camp at Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. HDW Boot Camp 7:30-9:30pm. This event teaches riders about the Harley-Davidson Family and life style. There will be fun interactive workshops, FREE food, entertainment, door prizes and much more! H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. For more information check out or website, http://www.hdwash. com or Call Karen at 301-248-1200 (ext. 25) to RSVP today, this is a first come first serve basis. Dont delay, call today!!! H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD

Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church, 414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-333-2555 HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 10:00AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM
MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5) Gordon Bacon Preacher, 240 577 0605, Every Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for more info) 240-577-0605. 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.

Mar 8th 17th, 2013 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL Mar 8th All American Harley-Davidsons Garage Party Hughesville, MDAll American Harley-Davidsons Garage Party! 7:30pm-9:30pm. This is a ladies-only event that teaches potential riders about motorcycling through fun and interaction. There will be FREE food, entertainment, door prizes & much more! For more information check out or website, or Call Mary Anne to RSVP today, first come first serve basis. #301-274-5000. All American HarleyDavidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD Mar 9th Blessing of the Bikes Elizabeth City, NCBlessing of the bikes, short ride. (weather permitting),pig roast and music. Being held at Southern Riders MCPerquimans County Chapter 162 Knobbs Creek Drive Elizabeth City NC 27909.Starts at 12:00pm. $10.00 entry fee(includes food and 1 drink). Contact Wingman at 252-573-0362 or ridefree1965@yahoo. com. Come share a good time. March 10th - 3rd Annual Southside Harley-Davidsons Hot Rod Hog Showdown Hertford, NC Northeast Dragway. Gates open at 12pm. Racing starts at 1pm. $10 admission. $10 Test n Tune. ET Bracket Race with a $500 cash payout. Fast bagger class. 1099 Lake Road, Hertford, NC 27944. For more info call (757) 499-8964. Mar 16th American Legion Riders Breakfast - Smithfield, VA Serving All You Can Eat Breakfast from 7:30 AM TO 10:30 AM at the American Legion


Apr 7th Dirt Drags at Slades Park Surry, VA Gates open 9am. Admission$15. Kids under 10 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!!! Rain date Apr 14th. For info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or email Apr 7th 2nd Annual Heroes Haven Poker Run This poker run will raise funds for Heroes Haven, Inc., a local project that brings combat wounded veterans to the Eastern Shore for several days of hunting and relaxation. The ride starts and ends at American Legion Post 218. Registration is from 10am til noon and the cost is $10 per hand or 3 hands for $25. Last bike in at 3pm. Prizes and awards at 3:30pm. There will be food available as well as a DJ, door prizes and a 50/50 board. 1st 100 registrants receive a free event pin. American Legion Post 218, 203 State St., Sharptown, MD Apr 12th 14th Spring Bike Rally @ Barrys Grandy, NC Barrys Bike Rally, 169 Walnut Island Blvd. Grandy, N.C. 27939, Three day event featuring bands, vendors, bike contests, games, all on one waterfront site, with FREE ADMISSION. All bikes and bikers welcome. This is Barrys annual spring event to start of the riding season for visitors to the North Carolina Outer Banks Music Headliner - GENEVA!!! Apr 12th 14th Blue Ridge Bike Fest 2013 Roanoke, VA The Blue Ridge Bike Fest is Virginias biggest motorcycle rally. Featuring hundreds of vendors, stunts, live music, the Miss Blue Ridge Bike Fest Bikini Contest and more entertainment than you can fit in one day. Join us for one of our poker runs or take a self-guided ride on the parkway then head back to the Bike Fest with thousands of bikers from Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Blue Ridge Bike Fest is quickly becoming one of the mid-Atlantics best motorcycle events! Roanoke, VA Apr 13th BFC Blessing of the Bikes Woodbridge, VA Bikers For Christ will hold a Bike Blessing at Christ Chapel, on April 13th. There will be Food, Live Music, a Bike Show, Bike games and more. Come and start the 2013 ride season right, get the protection only God can provide. Fellowship with other Riders, check out all of the bikes, eat some good food and get your chance to win a free Door Prize! All gifts. donations and/or proceeds will go to the East Coast Downed Biker Fund. Come join us at: Christ Chapel, 13909 Smiketown Rd., Woodbridge, VA 22192 Apr 14th - Kundratic Motorcycle & Hot Rod Swap Meet Baltimore, MD BUY, SELL or SWAP! FREE Admission. FREE Parking. Check out this video to see what youve been missing: http:// The areas ONLY traditional old school swap meet with motorcycle & hot rod parts only. No jewelry & leather vendors, insurance agencies, crafts, peek-aboo dolls..none of the shit you usually just walk by! Tons of vendors will be buying, selling and swapping used parts, vintage parts, new parts, hard to find parts, fenders, tanks, frames, accessories, chrome, steel and everything in between! Pickup parts for your hot rod, rat rod, bagger, bobber, caf racer, chopper or drag bike. This isnt just for Harleys folks! Early Bird Registration $15 per 10x10 space. Waiting until the day of the swap its $20 per 10x10 space. This is a drizzle or shine event, remember to bring your pop-up tent. As always, its FREE to come and shop plus lots of FREE parking. Call us or stop by the shop to reserve your space today. 410.633.3113. Payments accepted: Visa/MC, Discover, AmEx, Cash, Paypal, Personal checks accepted until 03.14.13. Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles 6310 Holabird Avenue Baltimore MD 21224

SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that youve chosen for yours.
Apr 20th All American Harley-Davidsons Spring Open House -Hughesville, MD Stop by All American Harley-Davidson for their annual Spring Open house and Car/Bike show! There will be FREE food, music and much more! 10am to 4pm. 8126 Leonardtown Rd., Hughesville, MD 20637. Visit their site for more information, Apr 20th 28th 11th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week April 20-28, week long of fun. Bikini contest, tattoo contest, bike show, poker runs and much more! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. Apr 27th Veteran POW/MIA of Virginia Benefit Make a Wish Poker Run Elkton VAElkton, Va. Exxon. Come join the Veteran POW/MIA Riders of Virginia April 27, 2013 for Greater Virginia Make A Wish Benefit Poker Run. All but $100.00 prize money going to the Make A Wish Greater Virginia Organization. Registration begins at 8:00am, 1st bike out at 11:00am and last bike in at 3:00pm. Winners announced at 3:15pm. Cost is $20.00 per hand. 50/50 drawing a ish 10 tickets/$5.00. For more information contact Bubba at 540-476-0412. Apr 27th Williamsburg Charity Motorcycle Ride (Poker Run) - Williamsburg, VA SHORTYS DINER, 627 Merrimac Trail, (Rt. 143), Williamsburg, Va. 23185 (start/end). SPONSOR - Five Forks Ruritan Club. PROCEEDS to benefit local Veterans, Battered Womens Shelter and others. REGISTRATION: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., April 27, 2013. REGISTRATION FEE: OPTION 1 - $20.00 bike and rider, Passenger $5.00, Extra Hand $5.00. OPTION 2 - Riders can solicit Sponsors for their Ride. Any Rider that turns in $100.00 or more that they have solicited will receive free registration, and will receive a $15.00 gift Certificate from Charlys Airport Restaurant located at Williamsburg Jamestown Airport. All riders USING OPTION 2 for registration will be eligible to win a flat screen TV. Drawing at the end of the ride. RAFFLE - There will be a raffle for many prizes, gift certificates, etc. 15 tickets for $10.00. Need not be present to win. Riders can use any means of transportation they wish - Motorcycle, Car, Truck, Scooter, etc. Additional donations will be appreciated. Contact: or Charley Rogers - 757-229-9256 or 757-565-3484. 100 Marclay Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185. Apr 27th Rolling Thunder, Inc. Chapter 4 Virginia 2nd Annual Run for the Vets 2013 Poke - Lynchburg, Va. Saturday, April 27 2013 (rain date May 4th 2013). Rolling Thunder Inc, Virginia, Chapter 4, 2nd Annual Run for the Vets. Come out and support your local veterans and The Rolling Thunder Program at the Veterans Hospital, Salem, Virginia! The ride begins and ends at the Moose Lodge #715, Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, Va. Registration begins at 9:30am with 1st bike out at 10:00am and last bike out at 11:00am. Donations: $15.00/rider $5.00/ passenger(s) Door Prizes: 50/50 raffle best hand/worst hand. Lunch Included for all donors at the end of the run!! Contact: Bob DeNova 434-851-7779 May 3rd 5th, 2013 Thunder in the Smokies Spring Motorcycle Rally Maggie Valley, NC. May 4th 7th Annual Salty Dawgs Fisher House Poker Run Virginia Beach/ Hampton, VASalty Dawgs Fisher House Poker Run. Baker Street, Virginia Beach, VA. And NASCAR Sports Grill, Hampton Va. $5.00 Breakfast buffet at both starting points. Registration 9-11 am. Last bike in 2:30 PM NASCAR Sports Grill. Auctions and door prizes to follow at end stop. Bike Show at end stop. $10.00 per rider $5.00 per passenger.Contact Big Joke at 757-621-2325


May 4th HOG BASH 2013 Bike & Cash Raffle Accomac, VA HOG BASH 2013 presented by Onancock Elks Lodge #1766. Saturday May 4th, Noon til 4pm. $40 per person. BPOE #1766, 22454 Front Street, Accomac, VA 23301. Only 1250 tickets will be sold. 2013 Harley-Davidson Softtail Deluxe. $250 Cash drawing every 15 minutes. Gun Raffle separate ticket required. 50/50 Raffles Noon til 4pm. Food ALL YOU CAN EAT, Beverages, Music. Held rain or shine. T-shirts on sale. For more information call (757) 787-7750 or (757) 710-1694 or email elks1766@ May 4th, 2013 Charity Black Jack Run Suffolk, VA A Black Jack run will start at Tidewater Motorcycles Inc. 4324 Godwin Blvd. Suffolk, VA. It will take a scenic tour, stop at Grazn Acres Therapeutic Riding Center and end in Surry VA. There will be a cornhole tournament in conjunction with this run. All money raised benefits Grazn Acres TRC, which uses equestrian activities to help students with mental, physical and emotional disabilities. Registration from 8:30-10:00a.m. For more information contact Chip (ride Coordinator) 757-6470552 or May 10th 19th, 2013 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Myrtle Beach, SC May 11th 1st Annual POW/MIA Riders WVMC Benefit Poker Run and Event-Southbound Jamboree Lynchburg/Rustburg, VA Come out and join us for our 1st Benefit Poker Run and Event. All proceeds go to the Local Virginia Wounded Warrior Program thru Virginia Veterans Services Foundation. Gates open at 8am and registration for the Poker Run is 8am-10:30am. 10:30 am first bike out to Lynchburg Harley Davidson, then to the World WarII War Memorial in Bedford, VA. for a guided tour of the National WWII War Memorial. Bikes out to RTs Custom Cycles, Bedford, VA 1:30 pm. Then back to South Bound Jamboree in Rustburg, VA for Concert, Food, Beverage and specialty vendors, including Caspian Tattoos--other sponsors and vendors to be announced. Gates open at 3:00pm. Music Venue includes Pete Turpin & Friends 4:00pm, Green Grass Rollers 5:30pm and finishing with Blackout. Comedian Jeremy Meador will keep us entertained before the first band and between sets. Venue closes at 9:3010:00pm. Contact Thomas Bushley for any questions @ 434-429-1632 May 24th Military Veterans - Harleys Heroes- DAV Dumfries, Please join us to celebrate all military veterans, their families, and their supporters at East Coast Harley-Davidson. Since 2007, the Motor Company and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) have been working together to bring free benefits counseling to veterans of all generations across the country. Friday, May 24th. 17975 Main St, Dumfries, VA 9:00am 5:00pm. All services provided by the DAV are free of charge to veterans. For more information contact 703 221-3757 or visit our website May 24th, 25th, 26th Thunder For The Cause Fredericksburg, VA Three nights of Camping & Events! Salute To Our Military Past & Present. Friday & Saturday event hosted by the Southern Belles. Live Entertainment by The Southern Belles, Josh Millholland, Odyssey Road Tribute to Journey, brownstone, Boot Hill, Cashless Society and NuCorp. And more: 88 foot Bar, Vendors, Camping, Rodeo, Bull Riding, Razzle Dazzle, Stunt Show and Corn Hole. Sunday Blessing of the Bikes, Motorcade to Rolling Thunder. Thunder Car Show. Benefitting Child Help, National Breast Cancer Foundation. May 25th Rolling Thunder XXVI at Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. For more information check out our website, or give us a call at #301-248-1200 EVENT: Join us at the official reunion spot for Rolling Thunder XXVI! Open Saturday, 10am-4pm offering: FREE food and Drinks (while supplies last), lots of activities, Music and over 30 venders on site! Sunday we will be open from 7:30am to 3pm. We will have FREE coffee and donuts (while supplies last) before the police escorted ride leaves for the Pentagon. *Selling the official Rolling Thunder T-shirts both days!* H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD

SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that youve chosen for yours.
May 25th SPRING OPEN HOUSE Dumfries, VA Please join us for our annual Spring Open House-Live Music, Lots of Vendors, Good food (grill fires up at 11:00) this is a family friendly event. For more information call 703 221-3757 or visit our website at www. East Coast Harley-Davidson, 17975 Main St. Dumfries, VA May 26th Rolling Thunder XXVI Dumfries, VA Motorcycle staging for Rolling Thunder XXVI at East Coast Harley-Davidson will begin at 06:30AM for this annual Police Escorted ride to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC.. 17975 Main St. Dumfries, VA Jun 8th Route 66 - Willowbrook, Illinois This is a motorcycle ride down old RT-66. The ride starts on the 8th June 2013 at La Quinta Inn in Willow Brook, Illinois. The ride will follow RT-66 to Santa Monica, Calif. the ride ends June 16th in Santa Monica, Calif. We have an awards dinner in California. The ride will follow a lot of the old RT66 and will include riding across the Mississippi river on the chain of Rocks Bridge, the Ozark trail, Dinner ride to the ghost town of Chloride, Arizona. Original red brick pavement road, the ghost town of Oatman for breakfast, 2013 will be the 19th year for this ride. All bikes welcome. You must register. Call 352-684-5293. E-mail or call 304-481-8350 web site Face Book Page!/ RIDERT66. Ride of a lifetime. Jun 20th 22nd - Mid-Atlantic Womens Motorcycle Rally Gettysburg, PA The Mid-Atlantic Womens Motorcycle Rally is the premiere womens motorcycling event in the Mid-Atlantic. Held every June, it brings together women motorcyclists and enthusiasts for a three day rally full of friendship, games, educational seminars, rides, contests, and fundraising to support women with the challenges of cancer. The weekend culminates in the Parade of Chrome through the streets of Gettysburg and a banquet to honor women and pledge our fundraising support to those that have been touched by cancer. Location: Days Inn - 865 York Road Gettysburg, PA July 24th 28th Wild and Wonderful Mountainfest Motorcycle Rally -Morgantown, WV July 27th Stuff the Bus Harbinger, VA Help us stuff the bus with school supplies for our local kids. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. www. Aug 5th 11th 73rd Annual 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD Aug 17th Dice Run Hampton, VA The White Oaks Lodge is hosting its 3rd Annual Wounded Warrior Dice Run. Some Gave All & Lived. Aug 17, 2013 It is at 3533 Kecoughtan Rd, Hampton, VA 23661. Start & End at The White Oak Lodge. Please contact Scott at 757-329-2750 or e-mail whiteoaklodgeinc@ For info. Volunteers are always needed. All the proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Entertainment, Food, and Fun and Games. Please e-mail advance attendance to or call 757-329-2750 Aug 30th - Sept 1st 13TH AnnualOuter Banks Bike Show Grandy, NC This event is in its 13th year. Free Admission to the 3 day Labor Day Week End Event. Activities start with a Navy Seal Tribute Ride from Va. Beach to Barrys, Vendors, Bands, Bike Riding Contests, Ride in 10 class Bike Show, Poker Run, all to benefit the Naval Special Warfare Foundation-US Navy Seals Killed in Action. Great food, all ABC Permits on one Island Site on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Aug 30-Sept 1, 2013 Labor Day Week End. Visit us at:


Sept 13th 15th Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally Maggie Valley, NC Sept 12th 15th Delmarva Bike Week Ocean City MD/Salisbury MD/Seaford DE Sept 26th 29th Bike Fest Harbinger, NC 4 days of beautiful riding with poker runs and bike shows. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. Sept 27th & 28th All American Harley-Davidsons Model Year Open House & Bike Show! Hughesville, MD All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD. For more information check out or website, http:// or call us at #301-274-5000. Join us for our Model Year Open house and TWO DAY Demo event! The Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet is coming to All-American H-D Sept. 27th & 28th! Choose any 2014 Harley-Davidson to demo! Saturday, Sept. 28th there will be also be a Bike Show, FREE food, a variety of venders and so much more! All American Harley-Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD Oct 3rd 7th Myrtle Beach Bike Week Myrtle Beach, SC www.myrtlebeachbikeweek/event/fall-rally Oct 17th 20th Biketoberfest Daytona Beach, FL Oct 26th Pirates Run Harbinger, NC Helps benefit Camp Celebrate, treasure poker run to find a key that will open a trasure chest with a $1,000 gift certificate inside. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. Oct 26th Halloween Open House at Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. For more information check out our website, or give us a call at #301-248-1200. Join us for our Halloween Open House, 10am4pm! There will be a Costume contest for Adults and Children (with prizes), Free Food (while Supplies last), and much more! H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD Oct 26th All American Harley-Davidsons Halloween Open House! Join us for our Halloween Open House, 10am-4pm! There will be a Costume contest for Adults and Children (with prizes), Free Food (while Supplies last), and much more! All American Harley-Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD. For more information check out or website, http:// or call us at #301-274-5000. All American HarleyDavidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD Nov 29th Black Friday Open House at H-D of Washington, D.C H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD. For more information check out or website, or give us a call at #301-2481200. Black Friday Open House, 10am-4pm! Free Food (while Supplies last) and much more! H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD

SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that youve chosen for yours.
Nov 29th All American Harley-Davidsons Black Friday Open House Black Friday Open House, 10am-4pm! Free Food (while Supplies last) and much more! All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD. For more information check out or website, http://www. or call us at #301-274-5000. All American HarleyDavidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD Dec 7th Customer Appreciation Harbinger, NC Fashion show, food, door prizes and more! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941 (252) 338-8866. Dec 7th Christmas Open house at Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, H-D of Washington, D.C. Fort Washington, MD For more information check out or website, or give us a call at #301-248-1200. Christmas Open House, 10am-4pm! Free Food (while Supplies last) and much more! H-D of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD Dec 14th All American Harley-Davidsons Christmas Open House! Christmas Open House, 10am-4pm! Free Food (while Supplies last) and much more! All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD. For more information check out or website, http://www. or call us at #301-274-5000. All American HarleyDavidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD

Thunder For The Cause was started with multiple goals in mind 1 To give the bikers that come in for Rolling Thunder a place to camp and have activities much like Myrtle Beach, Daytona and Sturgis for their entertainment and enjoyment. 2 - Give the area population a chance to see, enjoy and benefit from some of what they have heard about when people refer to Myrtle, Daytona and Sturgis 3 - To send a motorcade of bikes to the Pentagon that would grow year after year to where there would be several thousand bikes departing Fredericksburg on I 95 for DC 4 - To be an annual fund raiser with proceeds divided equally among these three charities; ChildHelp, Breast Cancer Research and Wounded Warriors. This helps The Alice C Tyler Village of Childhelp located here in the Fredericksburg area, the local chapter for Breast Cancer research and the Wounded Warrior program to give back to those that gave a part of themselves for our freedom. 5 - Bring a big bike event to Virginia and the Fredericksburg area that would generate dollars into our area. 6 This event was planned to include city officials, venue owners, and the local bike lovers and with such a great site map, it is anticipated to have thousands of participants this year. 7 - We had several suggestions from vendors and participants which we have taken 90% of these into consideration for this years event. The biggest changes will be the camping trailers/camper area, the entrance will be different so that bikes are on a hard surface until they enter the grass venue area. There will be a LARGE tent (approx. 60x120) with an 88 foot bar and two beer trailers, continuous entertainment and all vendors will be closer to the action. 8 - We are adding a swap meet for the Bike Show as well as the car show. 9 - The car show will be considerably larger this year with Chevy Alley, Ford Row, Chrysler Lane and more. Our goal is to have this built into a 300 plus car show on Sunday. The schedule is being updated continuously as additions are made. Please check our website for the latest updates - CAMPING * VENDORS * EVENTS * LIVE MUSIC * BIKE SHOW * RODEO * SWAP MEET * CAR SHOW * BIKINI/MISS THUNDER ROSE CONTEST & MORE!!! All events will take place at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds, 2400 Airport Ave, Fredericksburg, VA Event Hours: Friday, May 25 12:00 pm 11:00 pm Saturday, May 26 8:00 am 11:00 pm Sunday, May 27 6:00 am -7:00 pm Ticket Prices: 3 Day Pass: $20.00 Friday: $10.00 Saturday: $10.00 Sunday: $5.00 12 years & Under: Free
er Rose Miss Thund

Beer Garden Enjoy our 88 ft. bar under a canopy, featuring Coyote-style bar with dancing and exterior misting tents.

FRIDAY EVENTS HOSTED BY: THE SOUTHERN BELLES!!! 7 am ~ Gates open for vendor / camper load-in 12 pm ~ Gates open to the public Featuring a burnout pit open during event hours Friday and Saturday. Yes, new tires will be available from Top Notch Custom Cycles who will be on hand to take care of any tire or motorcycle services. Friday Night Music Schedule: (On Stage) 5 pm 6 pm~ TBA (On Stage) 6 pm 6:10 pm: Jordan Duncan sings National Anthem, along with presentation of Colors /21-gun salute (On Stage) 6:30 pm 10 pm: NuCorp Band SATURDAY EVENTS HOSTED BY: THE SOUTHERN BELLES!!! 8:00 am ~ Gates open to the public 9:00 am ~ Registration begins for Bike Show Motorcycle Show 11 am 12:30 pm ~ Josh Millholland 12:30 pm 1 pm ~ Stunt Show 3 pm 3:30 pm ~ Stunt Show 3:30 pm 5:30 pm ~ Motorcycle Rodeo and Games Waitress Tray Race Slow Race Poke Her and Run Race* Water Balloon Toss and Catch Hot Dog Bite Pick- um Up and Put-um Down Race Wet T-shirt Contest* Road Kill Race Barrel Race Keg Barrel Race Burn Out Contest (cash prize) Best beer belly (cash prize)* * No motorcycle required 5:30 pm 5:50 pm ~ Bikini Contest Saturday Night Music Schedule: (On Stage) 1:00 pm 3:00 pm: Boot Hill (On Stage) 5:50 pm 6 pm: Jordan Duncan sings National Anthem, along with presentation of Colors / 21-gun salute (On Stage) 6 pm 7:30 pm: brownstone (On Stage) 8 pm 10 pm: ODYSSEY ROAD SUNDAY EVENTS HOSTED BY: THE SOUTHERN BELLES!!! 6 am ~ Gates open to the public for breakfast 7:45 am ~ Blessing of the Bikes 8 am ~ Bikes depart for the Pentagon parking lot / Washington, DC. 8:30 am ~ Gates open and registration for Car Show begins 11 am ~ Registration closes and show opens Sunday Night Music Schedule: (On Stage) 12 pm 2 pm: Cashless Society (On Stage) 2:30 pm 5 pm: brownstone Vendors, sponsors and volunteers are needed for this event. Please contact the Office: ( for more details. Vendors Hours: Friday, May 25 3p-9p Saturday, May 26 10a-9p Sunday, May 27 10a-7p Each vendor has the choice to stay open longer, based on the gate hours and flow of customers.

The NuCorp Band



Jordan Duncan



Eggs are great for the eyes. According to one study, an egg a day may prevent macular degeneraton due to the carotenoid content, specifically lutein and zeaxanthin. Both nutrients are more readily available to our bodies from eggs than from other sources. In another study, researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, also because of the lutein and zeaxanthin in eggs. One egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. They are a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg contains just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of that is saturated fat. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a persons lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it. Research suggests that it is saturated fat that raises cholesterol rather than dietary cholesterol. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D. Eggs may prevent breast cancer. In one study, women who consumed at least 6 eggs per week lowered their risk of breast cancer by 44%. Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

Support Our Troops


SEND US YOUR HOTS SHOTS!!! Email your pictures to: .



E15 FUEL SURVEY Please take a few moments to answer a few questions! E15 is a new fuel blend of up to 15 percent ethanol by volume and 85 percent gasoline that the federal Environmental Protection Agency has approved for use in 2001-and-newer automobiles, light trucks and medium-duty passenger vehicles. The blend isnt approved for use in motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, lawn mowers and other engines at this time. Before the EPA approves it for use in bikes and ATVs, the American Motorcyclist Association wants proof in the form of an independent study that states E15 wont damage motorcycles and ATVs. Take the survey today! You can access the survey by going to Dont forget to let us know about ANY motorcycle event you are having or hear about. Send the info to: - Your information will never be sold!




Placing an ad with us? Listing your event in our calendar? Dont forget that our deadline is the 15th of every month for the following months issue-dont be left behind! Let The Games Begin!


The People Of Walmart

A TIGHT SQUEEZE: Turns out everyday low LUCK OF THE IRISH: If the Irish have so prices does not translate to low clearance much darn luck, how come I see WAY more Ahhhh we got a sideways bogey lodged in Asian people than Irish people in Vegas? there tighter than a big boys belt at an all you can eat buffet. Thats a big 10-4 good buddy.

MEN AT WORK: Finally we can get an answer to the great debate over which type of short shorts make middle-aged mens asses look the best, daisy dukes or all leather. So you the people have the important task of letting us know Who Wears It Better?

OPERATION REPO: I guess someone shopping at Walmart hasnt paid their car loan in a while seeing as how Lyndah Pizarro from Tru TVs Operation Repo is there. Well, I guess she could just be shopping but thats not as fun to imagine.

HES LOVIN IT: Im pretty sure McDonalds is like Gods gift to parents when it comes to keeping your child calm so you can breathe for a minute and try to get something accomplished. When I was a kid it sure did a heck of a job keeping me distracted.


Check out more of these Special Shoppers at


News Bytes
CONGRESS TO CONSIDER BARRING E15 ETHANOL GAS Legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to overturn EPA approval of the sale of E15 gasoline. Calling the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys actions to allow the 15% ethanol blend irresponsible and unfair to consumers, U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Sen. David Vitter (RLA) filed a bill on Valentines Day, February 14th that would reverse EPA waivers allowing E15 to be sold to the public for use in most modern cars and light-duty trucks. Whether you drive a car, truck, boat, or tractor, misfueling with E15 could result in engine failure, increased emissions, and the voiding of warranty coverage, Vitter said in announcing S. 344. EPAs flawed waivers allowing E15 amount to government bureaucrats issuing short-sighted regulations that negatively impact families and businesses across the country, added Wicker, a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. No motorcycles or ATVs are approved to use E15, and manufacturers warn that its use could damage engines and void warranties. In related news, in an effort to prevent consumers from inadvertently misfueling non-approved vehicles with E15, the EPA has announced a new requirement for gas stations that sell E15 to provide a separate E10/E0 pump. Retailers would be required to have a label on pumps that dispense multiple fuel blends of E15-and-higher that reads: Passenger Vehicles Only. Use in Other Vehicles, Engines and Equipment May Violate Federal Law, and to post signs that indicate the location of the dedicated E10-orlower fuel pump. MIC OPPOSES MINIMUM NOISE LEVELS FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES The Motorcycle Industry Council announced its opposition to a proposed rule by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that would require electric motorcycles to emit a minimum sound to protect pedestrians. The MIC recently submitted comments opposing NHTSAs published Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for FMVSS No. 141, Minimum Sound Requirements for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles, which would set minimum sound requirements for hybrid and electric vehicles, including but not limited to, motorcycles. Pursuant to the Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act in 2010, FMVSS No. 141 is designed to ensure that blind, visually impaired and other pedestrians are able to detect nearby hybrid and electric vehicles in a range of ambient environments. In the MICs comments, the motorcycle industry group argued that because of the unique attributes of motorcycles, NHTSA should not need to require a minimum sound for them. The MIC says that motorcycle riders are better able to see and avoid pedestrians because their sight is unobstructed, and motorcyclists are more alert because of their vulnerability. The MIC also stated that electric motorcycles are not quiet, so they shouldnt need to be subject to minimum sound requirements. The MIC stated further that adding a speaker system to electric motorcycles to emit sounds would be an issue because motorcycles have less space to add such a system, the weight of the system would have a large effect on the motorcycles low-speed stability, energy consumption of the speaker system would have

a greater impact on a motorcycles range and the price of installing the system would be higher than with automobiles. NHTSA is seeking comments on minimum sound requirements through March 15, and details can be found at www. ARIZONA BIKERS LOBBY FOR ANTI-PROFILING BILL A hearing room filled with patch-wearing motorcycle club members broke out in cheers on February 6 as an Arizona Senate public safety committee voted to approve a bill requiring police to take training highlighting a ban on profiling of motorcyclists by law enforcement officers. Senator Judy Burges (R-Sun City) sponsored the anti-profiling bill to address complaints from motorcycle club members who say theyre frequently stopped by police for no legitimate reason. The bill would require the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (known as AzPOST) to include courses emphasizing the prohibition against stopping a biker for riding or wearing club colors, or questioning or searching them based only on those factors. Rick Rodriguez of Glendale, a member of the ALMA Motorcycle Club, said that harassment of patch-wearing bikers by police is rampant. Its not illegal to be an Elk, its not illegal to be an Eagle, its not illegal to be a Shriner, a Knight of Columbus, he told the Associated Press. We wear collective marks, we ride motorcycles, thats what we like to do. I understand the average Joe citizen doesnt feel our plight. But when they get done with bikers, who are they going to pick on next? Although the measure passed 4-0, with three Democratic members absent, committee chairman Sen. Chester Crandell cautioned the jubilant crowd that the bill still has a long way to go before it becomes law and needs major changes. TEXAS BIKERS LOBBY FOR CRASH PREVENTION ACT Suits and leather jackets rubbed shoulders in the Capitols corridors in Austin, Texas on Monday, January 28, as the two disparate groups share a concern over education funding; while the states universities lobbied lawmakers over the General Appropriations bills impact on higher education, motorcycle associations are concerned that funds allocated last session to the Texas Department of Public Safety are not being used effectively to support road safety and thereby costing taxpayers. More money is needed for motorcycle training and to educate the public about sharing the road with riders, said Terri Williams, a spokesperson for the Texas Motorcycle Rights Association (TMRA2) and on behalf of the Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents. Texas Share the Road campaign isnt long enough, only lasting the month of May, while states with yearlong programs have fewer accidents, which saves taxpayers money. The motorcycle groups are asking state lawmakers to pass the Motorcycle Crash Prevention Act, a new bill aimed at lowering the number of motorcycle accidents across Texas by providing additional funding to expand Texas Share the Road program -- a public service campaign intended to make drivers more aware of motorcycles on the road -- and if the proposed bill becomes law, it would also fund more training for riders.

News Bytes
OHIO MODIFIES HANDLEBAR HEIGHT LAW Ohio has modified its handlebar height law using language amended into S.B. 114 by John Kasich to change the limit from 15 inches from the lowest point of the saddle to no higher than shoulder height of the operator when seated in the operators seat or saddle. The bill also changes the definition of a motorcycle by creating a cab-enclosed motorcycle classification for two- or three-wheeled vehicles having an occupant compartment top that is either permanent or removable. The bill was signed into law on December 19, 2012 and changes take effect March 19, 2013. CALIFORNIA OFFICIALS UNVEIL LANE-SHARING RULES About 87% of California motorcycle riders reportedly slide between cars on crowded roadways while only half of car drivers know its legal and 7% admit theyve tried to block them which is why the California Highway Patrol is now providing guidance to safely maneuver the white lines. California is the only state in the country where so-called lane-splitting or lane-sharing isnt illegal, but state authorities have never, until now, told motorcyclists how to weave between traffic safely. The new rules, which the CHP posted on their website after consulting with other state agencies and motorcycle-rider groups as part of the California Motorcyclist Safety Program which trains new riders in the state, apply to city streets, highways and freeways across the Golden State. Basically, what were most interested in is the speeds, said Sgt. Mark Pope, statewide motorcycle safety coordinator for the CHP. You should lane-split no faster than 10 mph over the speed of traffic around you, and we recommend riders not split at all if the traffic is faster than 30 mph. CHP officers have always had the legal authority to ticket motorcyclists who were driving dangerously fast, Pope said, but the new rules are designed to provide specifics. The new written guidelines, which carry no legal weight, can be found at JAPANESE MOTORCYCLE EXPORTS TO U.S. FLATTEN FOLLOWING DRAMATIC RISE Japanese manufacturers in 2012 exported 166,601 motorcycles to the United States, an increase of 1% compared to 2011, following a dramatic 87% increase in 2011 after the OEMs exported only 88,074 motorcycles to the country in 2010. JAMA reports that exports worldwide in 2012 decreased 5% to 479,163 after last years upturn. These figures come courtesy of the searchable database of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association. They pertain to the Big Four: Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. USED BIKE MARKET EXPERIENCES UPTURN Used motorcycle sales have heated up, sparking optimism at dealerships where trade-ins have become more valuable. As the economy has improved, even if its been marginal, more people have decided to go ahead and buy a motorcycle. And if they cant afford a new bike, it could be a used one. Used motorcycle prices have recovered meaningfully since 2008, rising to a level that supports a healthy demand for new bikes as well, according to a recent survey from Robert W. Baird & Co. Used Harley prices were up 7% from a year ago and remain well above the low points found in the recession, said Baird analyst Craig Kennison who analyzed motorcycle sales data from the National Automobile Dealers Association. If the demand for used motorcycles picks up, it usually suggests the demand for new bikes will go up as well, Kennison said.

2013 NCOM CONVENTION IN RENO The 28th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mothers Day weekend, May 9-12, 2013 at the Silver Legacy ResortCasino located at 407 N. Virginia St. in Reno, Nevada. This annual gathering will draw bikers rights activists from NEW MOTORCYCLE SALES REV UP across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, Motorcycle sales in the United States revved up in 2012, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM rate of $95 rising a healthy 2.6% over 2011, according to a report by calling (800) 687-8733. Registration fees for the NCOM released by the Motorcycle Industry Council. Better yet, the Convention are $80 including the Silver Spoke Awards Bantrade group said, retail activity was up in all four motorcycle quet on Saturday night, or $45 for the Convention only. All segments -- the first time that has happened since 2002 motorcyclists are welcome and encouraged to attend. -- with increases in scooter, dual-purpose, off-road and on-highway motorcycle sales. Scooter sales rose the most, Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our at 7.7%, with dual-purpose motorcycles following closely right to ride and Freedom of the Road. To pre-register, call at 7.4%. Sales of dirt bikes rose 2.1%, while those of onthe National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or highway bikes, which make up by far the largest segment in terms of overall numbers, went up the least, at 1.8%. The visit numbers were in line with expectations, as the MIC reported in December that for the first time since the market softened QUOTABLE QUOTE: Any man who thinks he can be in 2006 and then crashed in 2008, it anticipated reporting happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care an increase in sales figures. Just over 1.1 million motorof him better take a closer look at the American Indian! cycles were sold in 2006, and fewer than half that many in Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist 2011 with 452,386 total new units sold in the U.S.


If youd like to join The Club House, email

ABATE Bland County, New Chapter Now Forming at McKees Motorcycle & ATV Repairs, Bastian, VA, meeting times and locations to be determined, contact Mark, 276-688-4900, or email Bowtiestrikes@ for more info. Bastian is in the center of a motorcycle riding paradise, between Wytheville, Bluefield, Pulaski, and Tazwell, check it out! ABATE Coalfield Chapter (Grundy, VA) Chapter Director, James Clevinger, 276-531-8344, Meetings: Second Saturday of each month, Comfort Inn, 22006 Riverside Drive, Grundy, VA 22006, 7pm. ABATE Culpeper Chapter, (Culpeper, VA) meets 2nd Thursday each month at Mountain Run Bowling Center (Bar Room), 584 Culpeper Town Square, Culpeper, VA 7:00 p.m. Chapter Director, Al Sarra, (540) 229-2531, ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter (Williamsburg/Newport News/Hampton, VA). Gene Spare Moose Lodge 757) 903-6541, Meetings: First Sunday of each month, Williamsburg Moose Lodge, 5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, 10am/9am for breakfast. ABATE Iron Horse Cavalry Chapter (Lynchburg, VA) meets 7pm every 1st Tuesday at Big Lick Tropical Grill, 4001 Murray Pl, Lynchburg, VA. Everyone welcome! Stan Bryant, Director (434) 4441515, Meetings: First Tuesday of each month, Big Licks off the Lynchburg Expressway, 4001 Murray Pl, Lynchburg, VA, 7pm. ABATE Lonesome Pine Chapter, (Wise, VA) meets at Hog Nutz. Shag Meade, Director (276) 5654541, Meetings: First Tuesday of each month, Hawg Nutz, 1104 Kentucky Ave, Norton, VA, 6:30pm. ABATE Mason-Dixon Chapter (Fairfax, VA) meets 2nd & 4th Tues 8pm at Patriots Cafe, 10376 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030. John Alias Reinhart, Director, 703-851-2251 email inquiries to Rebecca ABATE Mountain Thunder Chapter (Roanoke, VA) meets 2nd Sat Mountainside Cafe, 7924 Bent Mountain Rd, Roanoke, VA Chapter Director, Big Benny, (540) 797-7978., (previously known as Bent Mountain Chapter) ABATE Nelson County Chapter, (Arrington, VA) RJ Pinto, New chapter beginning now, become a riders rights defender! Call RJ for more information at 434-263-4010, meeting times and locations to be determined. ABATE River City Chapter (Richmond, VA) No meetings, just action! Motorcyclists rights activists are encouraged to contact Steve Skeens,, (804) 389-8293 ABATE Virginia Cruisers Chapter (Tidewater) meets the 2nd Sunday, each month White Oak Lodge, 3533 Kecoughtan Rd, Hampton, VA 1:00 pm. Pete Bulgart, Director, (757) 870-1517, abateregion3@ ABATE White Top Mountain Chapter (Chilhowie, VA) Rob Keene,, 276-6465295 Mid-SW VA - new chapter forming and getting ready to roll! Come out and join the excitement, show your support for motorcyclists rights in Virginia! Call Rob to volunteer or for more information about meeting times and locations. 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 Mickey Taylor, President, 757-636-1926, 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: Crossroad Riders - Christian Motorcyclist Association Chapter #934 in Mechanicsville, VA. We meet the 2ed Saturday each month @ 6:00 pm at the East Hanover Volunteer Fire Department, 4428 Mechanicsville Turnpike, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. For more information go to CROSSROADRIDERS/default.aspx or contact or The chapter has monthly rides, serves at many statewide events and try to Changing the world, one heart at a time. Dead End Riders. We are a riding group and nothing more. There are many places around the Hampton Roads area that offer great rides with some great scenery. All are welcomed to come ride with us, we only require that you have a valid motorcycle license and current insurance. Hope to see you on a ride and please bring a sense of humor. If you live in the Hampton Roads area & are looking for people to ride with, check out Good News Riders/Christian Motorcyclist Association:Monthly ride, 2nd Saturday of the month, depart from Chic-fil-A on Victory Blvd, York County, Va. at 10 am. Meeting 4th Tuesday of the month (except December) at Steves steakhouse Artie & Tonies, 11847 Jefferson Ave Newport News, Va. 6-8 pm. Check out our website for more info www:// or contact Chris Crowder, President, 757-532-6354, 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). 2013 meetings are being held at Otiss Raw Bar, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd. Suite 162, Chesapeake, VA 23321, (757) 465-2600 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 Dwayne (804) 216-2876 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


Spring Bike Rally @ Barrys Blue Ridge Bike Fest

Spring Bike Rally @ Barrys Blue Ridge Bike Fest

Spring Bike Rally @ Barrys

Outer Banks Bike Week

Blue Ridge Bike Fest

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

Outer Banks Bike Week

White Trash Repairs is your one stop shop for some good ole, git r done ingenuity. See more of these ingenious ideas at

White Trash Repairs

OIL CHANGE TIME: Milk container yesterday, oil funnel today!

HOMEMADE TONGS: With a cork and a rubber band you can make just about any kitchen utensil into a tong.

BUCKET BABY: Now that baby carrier will give you a work out. I dont know if I would trust the handle on the bucket.

KEG STAND: Empty out the Kegs boys we got a truck to fix!

SPRAY ON FLAMES: Spray on bedliner on entire car, with 3d sculpted flames. Nice. Lol.

COVAIRZUKI: Who doesnt want a bike with a back seat? 65 covair running gear 77 suzuki bike front!


Greetings in the Name of the Lord! Well, here we are in March...already! I am so ready for spring, how about you? My bike has been cooped up all winter and Ruby is raring to go! Thats right, I call my bike, Ruby. Spring is a time for newness. The daffodils are already coming up and I have seen so many Robin Redbreasts in my yard. Things are becoming new. Soon, the dead limbs will start showing tiny little leaves of green, and we will see the yard starting to look green, and not the color of death. With the new life that spring brings, our church is also going through some major changes. We are relocating to the other side of town and we have started a bike ministry. The name is Thunder for God. A couple in our church came up with it and we are so excited about it. The founders are Rik and Tina Hazelwood and I will keep you posted on the progression. I feel so honored that I get to write the article for the month of Easter. Everyone pretty much knows what Easter is all about. But what kind of pastor would I be if I didnt take you through a walk down Resurrection Road. Jesus was an awesome man, who did no one any harmHe loved everyone. People felt threatened by Him and decided to do Him in. They captured Him and beat Him, unmercifully. Theyd used a thing called a Cato-Nine tails. This had pieces of leather hanging on a stick with sharp pieces of glass or metal tied to the ends. It would make deep cuts into his skin. Not a very nice thing for someone who was guilty of only one thing...loving us. He had to then carry His cross all the way up to a great hill. He almost made it but He dropped it. A black man, named Simon, helped Jesus carry His cross the rest of the way. The soldiers hammered pins into His wrists. There, Jesus hung until He gave up the Ghost or died. They put Him in the tomb, donated by a wealthy man, rolled the stone in front and that was that... or was it? Three days later, ladies went to check it out and found the stone had been rolled away. The Angel of the Lord appeared to them and asked them why they were seeking the living among the dead. They ran back to town, all but one, Mary Magdalene. She had to see for herself. She went in and looked at the empty tomb. Her Master was gone! He had risen, just like He said He would! Beside the place that Jesus body had once laid, was a cloth folded up neatly. It was an old tradition that when you were done eating, you balled your napkin up and if you were not done, you folded it to let the servants know that you were coming back. His was folded! So what do you think He meant? That He is coming back... soon. All of the prophecies have been fulfilled from the Bible and all the signs are there. Jerusalem is coming into play as is many other signs and wonders. Its time to get serious about serving the Living God. Once the trumpet sounds, announcing the second coming of the King, it will be too late. In this time of newness, what better time to present yourself to the King? What greater gift for someone that gave you their greatest gift, His son, Jesus Christ. You dont have to clean your act up first, He will take you right where you are.

He loves you, so much, that He stretched out His arms wide and died, for you. May you have an encounter with Jesus Christ this Easter and allow it to change your life. Blessings, Pastor T.

Pastor Tammy Hayes preaches at New Creation in Christ Ministries in Dinwiddie, Virginia, a member of IPHC. She received a full ordination in non-denomination and is currently working on her ordination in Pentecostal Holiness. You can obtain information about the church on the website

Connect with Us 1 (800) 525-LOVE (5683) Every day, God uses K-LOVE to make a difference in millions of lives. By providing positive music and inspirational stories, K-LOVE helps people draw closer to God. Unlike other radio stations, K-LOVE has a full time ministry team that processes over 100 phone calls a day of listeners in need of guidance. The pastors and staff at K-LOVE pray for over 1,000 prayer requests every day, and on average, intervene in one suicide case per day. If K-LOVE has impacted your life, it is because generous listeners stepped out on faith to support the ministry of K-LOVE. We ask that you also take that step of faith and enable us to continue making a positive difference in our world. Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble. (Proverbs 13:20 NLT) Thunder Roads Virginia is a K-LOVE Business Team Member. Find a station near you at


Four guys have been going to the same fishing trip for many years.Two days before the group is to leave, Rons wife puts her foot down and tells him he isnt going. Rons mates are very upset that he cant go, but what can they do. Two days later the three get to the camping site to find Ron sitting there with a tent set up, firewood gathered, and dinner cooking on the fire, sitting having a cold beer. Shucks, Ron, how long you been here, and how did you talk your missus into letting you go? Well, Ive been here since last night. Yesterday evening, I was sitting in my living room chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and asked, Guess who? I pulled her hands off, and there she was, wearing a sexy little nightie. She took my hand and pulled me into our bedroom. The room had candles and rose petals all over. Well shes been reading 50 Shades of Grey...... On the bed she had handcuffs, and ropes! She told me to tie her up and cuff her to the bed, so I did. And then she said, Do whatever you want. So, Here I am. Lets get them beers on ice and get them hooks baited. The Mexican maid asked for a pay increase. The wife was very upset about this, and decided to talk to her about the raise. She asked: Now Maria, why do you want a pay increase? Maria: Well, Seora, there are tree reasons why I wanna increaze. The first is that I iron better than you. Wife: Who said you iron better than me? Maria: Jor huzban he say so. Wife: Oh yeah? Maria: The second reason eez that I am a better cook than you. Wife: Nonsense, who said you were a better cook than me? Maria: Jor hozban did. Wife, increasingly agitated: Oh he did, did he? Maria: The third reason is that I am better at sex than you in the bed. Wife, really boiling now and through gritted teeth. Wife: And did my husband say that as well? Maria: No Seora....The gardener did. Wife: How much are we talking here, Maria? WHY? do cats always look at their poop before they cover it up and we do we always look at ours before flushing it down the toilet? Odd.

A man came home from work one day to find his wife on the front porch with her bags packed. Just where the heck do you think youre going!, said the man. Im going to Las Vegas, said the wife, I just found out I can get $400 a night for what I give you for free! The man said, Wait a minute!, and then ran inside the house only to come back a few minutes later with his suitcases in hand. Where the heck are you going?, said the wife. The man said, I want to see how the hell youre gonna live on $800 a year! In case you didnt already know this little tidbit of factual trivia....On July 20, 1969, as commander of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module, Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the moon. His first words after stepping on the moon, Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind, were televised to Earth and heard by millions. But just before he re-entered the Lander, he made the enigmatic remark - Good luck, Mr. Gorsky . Many people at Nasa thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs . Over the years, many people questioned Armstrong as to what the - good luck, Mr. Gorsky statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay , Florida , while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26-year-old question about Mr. Gorsky to Armstrong. This time he finally responded because Mr. Gorsky had died, so Neil Armstrong felt he could now answer the question. Here is the answer to who was Mr. Gorsky: In 1938, when he was a kid in a small mid-western town , he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit the ball, which landed in his neighbors yard by their bedroom window. His neighbors were Mr. and Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky declaring to Mr. Gorsky, Sex! You want sex?! Youll get sex when the kid next door walks on the damn moon! Amazing......but true. HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY & HAPPY EASTER, BIKERS Just toss the Easter eggs in the green beer and knock out two holidays at once.



BACK In The Day

Come as you are!

freedom biker church

hangout time: Sundays

seven cities

@ 10:00 am

414 s. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va 23322

757-333-2555 Now meeting @ old Blakeleys building

previously meeting in VA Beach

Worship rally: sundays @10:30 am


The implication of the study is that since states with partial helmet laws see more un-helmeted fatalities than those states with mandatory helmet laws, and those with no law see even more, mandatory helmet laws prevent fatalities. But do those numbers mean that or do they mean that most people follow the law? Lets pretend that twenty states require that all motorcyclists carry their motor vehicle registration with them at all The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has issued a study times while the other thirty do not. Lets further pretend that the mandawhich, in part, looks at motorcycle fatalities. The study compares tory registration states account for 40% of registered motorcycles while helmeted and un-helmeted motorcycle fatalities and breaks them down the non-mandatory states account for 60% of registered motorcycles. by states that have mandatory helmet laws, partial helmet laws, and no Would we not expect to find that of the motorcycle fatalities in mandahelmet law. You can view the study at: tory registration states the majority were carrying their motor vehicle registrations with them? Further would we not expect to see that in the lmetuse non-mandatory registration states a greater number of fatalities were While many, including those at the IIHS will want to read much into this not carrying their motor vehicle registrations with them as compared to latest study, it really does not tell us anything new when we include other mandatory states? Since the non-mandatory registration states reprepertinent information. sent a greater number of registered motorcycles, we would see a greater At the time of this study, 60% of states had laws that allowed choice; number of fatalities were motorcyclists were not carrying their motor most with age limits. According to the latest information from the U.S. vehicle registration. If we follow the logic of the IIHS, we would come census bureau, they accounted for roughly 60% of motorcycle registrato the conclusion that forcing motorcyclists to carry their motor vehicle tions nationwide and, according to this study, accounted for 59% of registrations with them would prevent fatalities. While any sane person motorcycle fatalities. 40% of states had mandatory helmet laws. They would agree that such a conclusion would be ridiculous, is it any more accounted for roughly 40 % of motorcycle registrations and 39% of moridiculous than coming to the same conclusion when we are talking about torcycle fatalities. Like numbers in the past, this is a statistical wash. helmets rather than registrations? What the IIHS will argue based upon these numbers is that un-helmetNo matter what organizations such as the IIHS want the facts to show, ed fatalities increase as we relax helmet laws. Those states with partial they show what we have known for a long time. Mandatory helmet helmet laws see more un-helmeted fatalities than those states with man- laws do not have a discernible impact on motorcycle fatalities. Lets datory helmet laws, while those states with no helmet law see more than step away from statistics and numbers and use common sense. The either partial or mandatory states. The conclusion that the IIHS wants us political reality is that if what the IIHS would have us believe is correct, to come to is that mandatory helmet laws prevent fatalities. The problem the nationwide trend would be to put mandatory helmet laws into place, with that conclusion is that it is not a logical conclusion. Logical conclunot remove them. As of April of 2012, Michigan became the 31st state sions take into account all facts and circumstances, not some facts and to allow adult riders to make their own choice when it comes to their own circumstances. safety. Once the federal government removed the highway fund penalty The easiest way to show that this conclusion is incorrect is to look at for states that did not have a mandatory helmet law, more and more the numbers above. If mandatory helmet laws prevent fatalities than we states have gone back to trusting the individual citizen to make their own would expect to see choice states representing a greater percentage of choice. This would not be the case if doing so was costing those states fatalities compared to their motorcycle registrations. For instance we money and creating a blood bath on their highways. would expect to see those 60% of states which allow choice to represent The 31 states that have looked critically at the factual data have come something like 80% of motorcycle fatalities even though they have 60 % to the conclusion that their citizens can be trusted to make decisions for of registered motorcycles. Likewise we would expect the 40% of states themselves in this area. Today, only a minority of states do not trust their that have mandatory helmet laws to account for only 20% of all motoradult citizens to make choices for themselves when it comes to motorcycle fatalities even though they have 40% of registered motorcycles. cycle helmets. It is about time that they join the majority. Their citizens Such numbers would lend support to the IIHSs conclusion. The problem should demand it. is that the real numbers do not lead to that conclusion. The actual numbers represented in paragraph two above logically lead one to conclude Matt Danielson that mandatory helmet laws have no discernible impact on motorcycle McGrath & Danielson fatalities. Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group The other problem with the conclusion that the IIHS would have us 1-800-321-8968 come to is that it attempts to identify a causal effect where none exists.

Hosted by: THE


BIKES: Saturday CARS: Sunday
Visit our website for complete details.


MAY 24, 25, 26, 2013

Venue location: Fairgrounds Fredericksburg, Virginia

Salute to our Military Past & Present

(schedule is being built/subject to change)

Three Nights of Camping & Events


Live Entertainment:

The Southern Belles, Josh Millholland, Odyssey Road Tribute to Journey, brownstone, Boot Hill, Cashless Society and NuCorp
And more:

88 foot Bar, Vendors, Camping, Rodeo, Bull Riding, Razzle Dazzle, Stunt Show and Corn Hole

Blessing of Bikes Motorcade to Rolling Thunder Thunder Car Show II

Keep Checking our website for weekly updates

Bring this ad and get $2.00 off general admission.

Promoted by Event Management Solutions an EMSTAT, LLC business. 540-972-2749

Tech Tips
Electrical Repairs
There are not many repair tasks that can frustrate the home mechanic more than electrical issues. The worst of them all are the much feared intermittent malfunction. These can leave you spinning your wheels going from one dead end to another, and a costly repair if perfectly good parts are thrown in as a process of elimination. This month well cover a few points that will help you find these gremlins using a few common tools and real, time tested trouble shooting logic. Grab yer meter and factory service manual! The biggest culprit in electrical malfunctions is a bad connection. Those that look for a quick fix will usually replace the parts that are affected. Often times a bad connection will be repaired during the process of replacing a perfectly good part, and the person conducting the repair has assumed that the fix was the part replacement. Classic example: You hit the start button and hear that familiar click of the starter solenoid or the much quieter tick of the starter relay. The frayed wire connecting the relay to the solenoid is removed to replace the relay. You hit the starter button again and clickso you replace the solenoid. Hook it all back up and the bike fires off. Both components were actually good, but moving that bad connection around inadvertently fixed the connection temporarily. So how do you check this out before spending the bucks at your favorite bike shop? The first step is to give the faulty circuit a visual inspection. Check the connections and look for loose plug connectors, corrosion, wires separating from the connecting points, chafing where wires are exposed to moving parts, etc. If a circuit breaker looks like this, replace it! This one looks like it came off a bike that frequents the salt flats. Im just guessing! One of the quickest methods of troubleshooting electrical problems is the voltage drop test. Dont make the mistake of assuming everything is ok because the meter reads 12 VDC (volts direct current) at a test point. Keep in mind that a single strand of wire will carry 12 volts, but if the rest of the wires in the strand are broken, current is grossly inhibited and the component on the end will not operate. The voltage drop test will tell you where in the circuit the faulty connection resides. Heres an interconnect plug that had the owner convinced that his starter motor was going out. One rusty pin/socket dropped about 3 volts. In a perfect world, a circuit would drop zero. However, there is going to be some resistance in the wiring and connections. You should read less than 0.2 volts over any one component (circuit breaker, plug, switch, etc.) and less than 1 volt over an entire circuit. The voltage drop test is not the same as testing for voltage present. What youre looking for in the former are points of abnormally high voltage from excessive resistance, which in turn causes a corresponding loss of operating current. In this example you will hook the positive lead of your meter to the most positive part of the circuit. In many cases thats the positive terminal of the battery. You can then connect the negative lead to various points in the circuit with the circuit operating as designed. In other words, if youre checking the connection from the relay to the solenoid, your test will have to be conducted with the ignition on and the starter button pushed just as you would to start the bike. I go straight to the end of the circuit and work my way back unless I suspect a specific area of trouble. When you pick up an excessive drop you can bracket your way right to the source. This method saves time like you wouldnt believe, and can save you a ton of money by avoiding the purchase of unnecessary parts. Late model service manuals explain this procedure and include an illustration

as well. You may have to read it a few times, but eventually it will make sense! Another repeat offender is the bad soldering joint. As a rule of thumb, crimped connections are best avoided in the motorcycle world. They are susceptible to vibration and moisture and should only be used when

other means are not possible. Soldering is always preferred. A good soldering joint starts with a good mechanical connection. Dont be afraid to strip enough wire to get a good twist and to avoid overlapping on to the insulated part of the wire. Soldering tools come in a couple of forms. There are low wattage irons that are mostly reserved for precise applications in circuit boards and very small conductors. The better tool for bikes and cars is the soldering gun. Better ones will have a variable heat range and are good at getting things hot, fast. My favorite is the Weller 140/100 Watt. This gets it all done! The less time you spend heating a conductor the less the chance you have of melting insulation or damaging other components. Make sure the tip is meticulously clean. Melt some solder on the tip to tin it. This will help conduct heat to the joint. Dont heat the solder and then try drip-

ping it onto the connection. This will result in a cold joint and a connection that will most certainly lead you into practicing the aforementioned troubleshooting techniques. Heat the connection and melt the solder to it. A good soldering joint will have a shiny appearance and will not appear porous. Look for protruding strands of wire or sharp solder points that will damage the heat shrink tubing that you will apply in the final step. Not all solders are created equal. There are different alloys for different applications. A good solder for auto/bike electrical has a low melting point and a 60% tin / 40% lead. The smaller diameter solder (like the one on the right) melts fast and is easy to apply. Next month well get a peek at the business end of all of this and tear into a late model starter. Ride safe!

Craig Griswold and Mary Kirby are the owners of Two Gunners Custom Iron. Questions and comments can be sent to e-mail: twogunners@ Additional information:


Its important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Motorcycle Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that theyre here for YOU. Whether its a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are Motorcycle Friendly & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertisers continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Motorcycle Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email Where Theres Bikes.Theres Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Motorcycle Friendly Businesses Mild To Wild Cycles Outer Banks LEGAL SERVICES 11173 Leadbetter Rd., Harley-Davidson Ashland, VA 23005 8739 Caratoke Hwy (804) 496-6164 Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* Harbinger , NC 27941 (252)338-8866 295 Bendix Rd., Suite 210

Bayside Harley-Davidson 2211 Frederick Blvd. (I-264, Exit 5) Portsmouth , VA 23704 (757) 397-5550 Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 fax# 804-642-1461 Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244
Garys Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644

Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 email:
Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400

Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 627.8900

Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group* The Firm That Rides Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorcyclists 1-800-321-8968 Office Locations: Virginia - Richmond, Newport News, Roanoke South Carolina - Cayce, Surfside Beach

DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Delaware Harley-Davidson of Seaford* 22586 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, Del. 19973 302-629-6161 also on Facebook Maryland

Pure Evil Performance* John & Amy Lea 7494 Industrial Park Road, Suite L Mechanicsville, VA 23116 (804) 397-1930
Scooters* 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037


All American HarleyDavidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER
North Carolina

Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson * 140 Independence Drive Winchester, VA 22602 (800) 777-4275 or (540) 667-5655 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson* 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223

S&G Mobile Marine* Parts, Service & Consignment Boats 1097 Kaseys Lakeview Drive Moneta, VA 24121 Shop (540) 296-0777 & Cell (540) 761-BOAT Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson* 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960 800-88-WAUGH

Bikers Depot* 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159 Cavellis Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446


Nags Head Harley-Davidson 4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail Hwy. 158 Bypass, Milepost 13 Nags Head , NC 27959 (252) 255-5922

* Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations


Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 612 Nevan Rd, Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 439-2813 INSURANCE Hillbilly Reds BBQ 353 E Williamsburg Rd. Sandston, VA 23150 (804) 737-2007
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218

GREAT PLACES TO STAY North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261

TOWING Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001 MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES Rushing Wind Ministry 25530 Point Lookout Rd. Leonardtown, Md. 20650 Gordon Preacher Bacon 240-577-0605 Service; Third Sunday Monthly, 2pm-5pm Cover Dish Fellowship and Ministry Bible Study Every wednesday 7pm -8:30 Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry

Grumpys Bar & Grill 995 Kempsville Rd. Virginia beach, VA 23464 (757) 474-0880 Visit us on Facebook/Grumpys Bar & Grill

Hearth & Home Inn* 3376 Dellwood Road (US Hwy 19) Maggie Valley, NC 28786 (828) 926-1845
Virginia Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 PERSONAL SERVICES

Rider Insurance For Riders. By Riders 1-800-595-6393

HOOTERS Richmond West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Hooters of Roanoke* 4627 Williamson Rd Nw Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 362-9464 BIKE NIGHT every Thursday 6pm to 10pm
Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on Rt. 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600

BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261 Virginia Alley Caf and Sports Lounge 688 N Main St. Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 436-1100

Brooks Optical Inc.- Optical Services & Riding Glasses 5520 B Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 261-0222 Find us on Facebook
Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003

Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church,

414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322

MOTORCYCLE RACES & EVENTS Slades Park Dirt Drag Racing 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 Contact Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or fax (804) 737-0616

* Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations


Hot Plates

When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend

Tattoos Of The Month


More Than Just Learning How To Ride

By John Skala before they start the riding season. By repeating the same exercises on a closed course, they can measure themWhen I mention the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF), selves against their previous performance. In addition to the the first thing most people think of is their BRC - Basic direct benefits in skills, there is also a possibility of getting RiderCourse. This basic course is geared toward new riders a discount on your insurance for taking an MSF class. If and gives them the fundamentals of safe motorcycle opera- you are a member of the national Harley Owner Group or a tion. When I ask someone about the last time they took a number of other organizations, you can also get a refund of motorcycle safety class, most tell me they already know some of the class tuition. Ask your insurance agent about how to ride and have been doing it for years. discounts and see if any of the organization that you belong Well, there is a lot more to MSF classes than just learning to offer a class incentive. The class could easily pay for the how to ride a motorcycle. Over the last few years, the MSF tuition cost with these discounts and incentives. has been busy creating more classes for the experienced Over the next few issues, Ill take a more in-depth look at rider. These classes are designed to help develop both the various classes that are offered. Most of the training mental and physical skills to make you a safer rider. The sites across Missouri are currently taking enrollment and class that was previously known as the ERC Experienced most have classes starting in March. The full curriculum is RiderCourse has been renamed as the Basic RiderCourse currently being offered at St. Louis Community College at 2. That class is also easily confused with the new ARC the Forest Park campus on the east side of the state and at Advanced RiderCourse but they are vastly different. Rolling Wheels Training Center in Kansas City on the west On a number of occasions, an experienced rider will take side of the state. the BRC class with a spouse or girlfriend that is a new rider To find a training site near you go to the Missouri Motorto keep them company in the class. In every case when you cycle Safety Program web site at For a talk to the experienced rider who has never taken a class description of the classes, check out the Forest Park web before, they will tell you that they picked up a number of site at or the Rolling Wheels web things in that class that will make them safer. Some riders site at or the Rolling Wheels web will take the BRC2 every year as a refresher in the spring site at


K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka MaMa Thunder of Thunder Roads Tennessee

LEPRECHAUNS SECRET STEW 1 Pkg. of Kielbasa (comes with 2 long pieces per pack, like a left & right that forms a big O) 2 Pkgs. of New Orleans Flavor Sausage Links (these are all in the sausage section of your grocerys Meat Dept. 1 Bag of Very Small Red Potatoes 1 Bag of Petite Carrots; pre-peeled, in veggie dept. 1 Can of Kernel Corn 1 Large Head of Cabbage Salt & Pepper to Taste 2 Boxes or Cans of Chicken Stock - unsalted kind 1 Cups of Water 1 Bottle of Dark Beer (if all you have is light, o.k.) 4 Chicken Bullion Cubes (place in small cup of hot water to dissolve) 1 Tbls. of pre-minced Garlic (in veggie dept.) 1 Small Palmful of Basil 1 Small Palmful of Parsley 1 Tsp. of Chili Flakes (add more if you prefer spicier) In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add a large pat of margarine to pan, and chop up your Kielbasa into 1/4 inch pieces. Cut up the Louisiana flavored sausages the same way and fry up with Kielbasa. In a separate Stew Pot, add your chicken stock and water and bullion cube mixture on medium-low. You want a slow bubbling boil. Chop up your cabbage into long strips and take the time to peel apart the layers. Once you put the stew pot lid on, the cabbage will wilt down fast. Either cut your baby carrots into halves or leave them whole; your choice. Add garlic and all spices and corn to the broth. Once your sausages are browned good on all sides, add to the broth. cut your red potatoes in half and add to the broth. Put a lid on this and just let it go for apprx. an hour and half. If you do in a Crock Pot then cook on low for as long as it takes for potatoes and carrots to be soft. While its cooking; throw in a couple Tbls. of quality margarine or butter; your preference. Dont forget your chili flakes as you want this spicy, but not hot. Theres a big difference in taste between the two. Serve this up with some really rustic, crusty bread that has been smeared with butter and garlic powder and broiled off in the oven. This is total comfort food and it literally takes like 15 minutes to get it all going and in the stew or crock pot. Itll have ya doing the Irish Jig right in your own kitchen!

BEER & BACON MAC N CHEESE 1 Box of Large Elbow Macaroni; cooked 5 mins. short or being soft as has to finish cooking in oven. 1 Whole Pkg. of Bacon cooked up; place on rack over sheet pan & cook in oven @ 425 until crispy, dark golden brown. No splatter mess on stove. Simple. 1 Tbls. of Minced Garlic 1/2 Cup of Heavy Whipping Cream 3 Cups of Shredded White Cheddar Cheese 1 Cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese 1 Lg. Tub of Whipped Philly Cream Cheese 1 Lg. Vidalia Onion; large chop; sauteed golden 1 Tbls. of Spicy Brown Mustard 1 Bottle of Amber or Dark Beer Mix all together (except bacon) in your deep baking dish until well blended. Cook at 400 degrees or until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and put in your crisp bacon, leave plenty to sprinkle over top.Serve this immediately piping hot before bacon can turn limp. This is phenomenal twist on old style. EASTER SUNDAY BANANAS FOSTER Dont let the name of this scare you off. Like all of the K.I.S.S. recipes, this is simple & easy. You can do it. 1/2 Stick of Real Butter 1/2 tsp. of Brown Sugar 1/4 Cup of Banana Liqueur (buy a small, travel size at liquor store) 4 Bananas; cut in half lengthwise; then halved 1/4 Cup of Dark Rum 4 Scoops of Premium Vanilla Ice Cream Combine butter, brown sugar & cinnamon in a medium size nonstick skillet. Cook on low until all ingredients are dissolved. Stir in the banana liqueur, then place the bananas in the pan. When the banana sections soten up and begin to brown, carefully add the rum to the middle of the skillet. Cook until rum is hot, then gently tip the pan slightly to ignite the rum. Dont let this scare you.....this is just the alcohol in the rum burning off. When flame is completely gone, lift the bananas out of pan and place four pieces over 2 scoops of ice cream in shallow bowls. Generously spoon warm sauce over the top of ice cream and serve up nice and hot. This is such an easy dish to make and if you have company over its very dramatic when the rum is ignited and everyone goes.....oooooohhhhhhh! Once you do this recipe and see how easy it is, itll be one of your favorite show-stoppers. Delicious too! Happy St. Pattys Day & Easter Bikers!


Biker Pals


Indoor Winter Nationals

By Fantasy Jim Pit Bike Junkie Magazine At Springfield, MO in February Thousands of motorsports enthusiasts converged at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds to witness the 10th Annual Motorhead Events Indoor Winter Nationalsa wild spectacle of winged karts, hot-rod lawn mowers, flat track bikes and the ever exciting outlaw pit bikes. Pit Bike Junkies newest team rider, 15 year old pit bike phenom Hank Cahill finished a strong 2nd in the 12 amateur class on Friday night just inches behind

2012 Sho-Me State champion Kyle Lebow. On Saturday at the urging of his competitors & the promoter, the young Cahill entered both the 12 amateur & 12 pro classes. Hank easily won both the qualifier & the main event in the 12 Ambut the pro class was stacked with former state champion Jake Marley & Arenacross competitors Kyle Thompson & Tyler Mease. Cahill won the pro qualifier and in the main event, took the hole-shot and never looked back. In a commanding performance with the crowd cheering him on, Hot-shoe Hank Cahill from Shawnee, Kansas led every lap and ended the night with 2 qualifier wins & 2 main event wins. As a Pit Bike Junkie team rider, Hank will be competing in the 2013 Sho-Me State Pit Bike Series on his new Piranha Daytona P150-4V. The Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Race Team (founded by Fantasy Jim) holds the record for most wins in the Sho-Me State Pit Bike Series with 7 State Championship titles. The Pit Bike Junkie/Piranha Race Team is sponsored by OnealMX, TBparts, Pit Posse, Outlaw Racing Products, Wholesale-Cycle. com & SourceMX.


Bikes On The Border

Bikes on the Border will be held at South of the Border on March 15 and 16. (For those who have somehow missed South of the Border just look for the big sombrero along Interstate 95 at the North Carolina/South Carolina border). This will be both an informational and social gathering of motorcyclists from South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia, although all motorcyclists from any state are welcome. Registration is $25.00 which covers the cost of Saturdays dinner and a t-shirt. If you do not wish to attend dinner and receive a t-shirt you do not have to register but priority seating for the 100 person gathering must be given to those who register. You can register at For lodging contact South of the Border at 1-800-845-6011. The special rate is $59.00 per night. If you have any questions please feel free to call or email me. I hope to see you there. AGENDA March 15 7:00 p.m. Midnight March 16 10:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m. Until 7:00 p.m. ABATE of South Carolina Hospitality Suite Analysis of the Recent CDC Helmet Study Tom McGrath, Attorney Accident Scene Preservation Jim Cannon, Accident Investigator Lunch on Your Own Federal Issues Affecting Motorcyclists Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Governmental Relations for the MRF Your Rights During a Traffic Stop Matt Danielson, Attorney Bikers Roundtable to Discuss Issues Faced by Motorcyclists in Each State and Across the Country Dinner

Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968



AAAA Self Stoarge......................................................................................28 Barrys Outer Banks Rally (Event)....................................Outside Back Cover Bayside Harley-Davidson.............................................................................39 Big Daddyz Cycles...................................................................................16 Blue Ridge Bike Fest (Event) .....................................................................35 Brooks Optical............................................................................................. 16 Caveliis............................................................................................43 Departure Bike Works..................................................................................14 Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson..........................................................44 Gullivers Crossflight Restaurant.................................................................39 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson..................................................................1 Hearth & Home............................................................................................27 HOG Bash 2013 (Event)...............................................................................42 Howard County Swap Meet/East Coast Motorcycle Rally (Events).....Inside Back Cover Mild 2 Wild Cycles........................................................................................11 Outer Banks Bike Week (Event) ...............................................Calendar Top Power Sports Institute..................................................................................41 Pure Evil Performance.................................................................................16 Rick Preacher Saunders Devotional.........................................................43 Rider Insurance............................................................................................43 S & G Mobile Marine.....................................................................................39 Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church............................................................28 Southside Harley-Davidson Bike Show........................................................20 Southside Harley-Davidsons Hot Rod Hog Showdown (Event)................15 Thunder For The Cause (Event)...............................Outside Front Cover & 30 Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group............................Inside Front Cover

Advertisers Index March 2013

Pick up your FREE copy at one of our distribution locations listed in our Motorcycle Friendly Directory. You can also sign up to have a copy delivered right to your door each month Just send us your name, mailing address & phone number or email address, along with your payment to the address below.

March 10th

Arlen Ness


To get 12 monthly issues of Thunder Roads in the mail, send check or money order for $40, made payable to:

Thunder Roads Virginia 1920 Centerville Tpke, Suite 117-270 Virginia Beach, VA 23464 Name____________________________________ Address__________________________________ City________________ State____ Zip_________ Contact Phone or email:______________________



APRIL 12 -14, 2013
Vendors Open Daily @ 10 Am Live Bands All Weekend Featuring Geneva!!! Bike Games/Challenges Ride The Plank Dart Throw Wiener Bite Keg Roll Waitress Carry Balloon Toss Challenge Ball Pick And Set Slow Ride