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CONTENTS
On The Cover
Myrtle Beach Bike Week May 10-19, 2013

EDITORS LETTER
Welcome to the official Riding Season for 2013! Theres going to be plenty for you all to do & the hardest part will be trying to decide which event to go to or how many you can make it to in one day With the events starting to pour in now, youll want to be sure to check out our Calendar of Events in this issue & also check our online calendar for the most up to the minute event information. The only way to get an event into the print magazine is by submitting it into our online calendar at our website www.thunderroads-virginia.com/events ..the website is very user friendly so it will only take a couple of minutes to put your event in - & its always FREE. You can also find our website at the bottom of our front covers. When submitting your events, please make sure that all of your information is included because we get several events submitted each month that have no city, address, contact info or times listed so we are unable to add them into our calendar. We want to help get the word out about whats going on out there. We could have pages & pages of events in our calendar from all of the flyers that we come across but for liability reasons, we require that all events be submitted to our website by event coordinators. After your event is approved & is posted into the online calendar, it will then get in line to go into the print magazine & if it posts by the 15th of the month, it will appear in the next months print magazine. Help us keep the fun stuff rolling in our calendar! Youll notice on our front cover that weve got an advertisement for an iconic biker bar down in Myrtle Beach SUCK BANG BLOW. This place has been a major hub for plenty of fun, live music, food & their famous burnout pit for Myrtle Beach Rally goers for as long as I can remember. Even though our hearts & full support of events are solid here in Virginia, we are helping to promote Myrtle Beach Bike Week to also assist our own state to help with our fight for helmet reform. It might seem kind of crazy but the number if riders who will travel outside the state of Virginia this riding season just so they can enjoy the freedom of choice to wear a helmet or not, is staggering. We should have such freedoms here in our state, but dont because of our helmet laws. With the help of VCOM and the support of riders across our state, we will continue the fight for helmet reform. By going to the Myrtle Beach Rallies this spring & fall, it will allow us to gather information, do interviews & take pictures of Virginia residents attending events outside of their own state so that they can enjoy a freedom that they long to have right here in Virginia& that is to helmet or not to helmet. More info will be released in our May issue as to the dates & times of where our staff will be located during the Myrtle Beach spring rally to conduct interviews & take pictures of our Virginia folks. We believe that this will help us show the lawmaking suits in Richmond, just what Virginia riders are missing out on & what could help drive more tourism dollars back into our own state for us to help our own economy. It sure is getting pretty outside with all the tress & flowers starting to bloom & warm breezes are starting to flow during the longer daylight hours. Enjoy the beautiful wonders of nature in springtime this month of April. Only those of us who ride motorcycles can truly appreciate just how wondrous nature is this time of year. Have a great month & well be back with lots more goodies for you in May. May Peace, Love & Happiness be in ALL of your days. Stay safe & Happy Trails!

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 On Eagles Wings.............................................25 The Jokers Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
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Events
ONGOING EVENTS BIKER CHURCH SERVICES

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 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 trufmejo@aol.com 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 11th Thursday Night Thunder - Bike Night Yorktown, VA Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson is hosting a 26 week long, 13 event series of Bike Nights, Thursday Night Thunder at the dealership. 6450 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, Virginia 23692. These Bi-weekly events will have some of the best local bands in the area, Bike Shows, ALL makes and models welcome, (just call and see if it is an All Harley Bike Show night or a Metric Only Bike Show night)... Trophies and Prizes, Bikini Contests and more... The first event is April 11, 2013... 5pm to 8pm, The dealership will remain open that night til 8pm... This promises to be the place to be for Spring and Summer of 2013... Apr 12th 14th Spring Bike Rally @ Barrys Grandy, NC Barrys Bike Rally, 169 Walnut Island Blvd. Grandy, N.C. 27939, www. barrysbikerally.com. 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 selfguided 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 www.blueridgebikefest.com 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. http://www.bfcculpeper.org/ridesevents.html. 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLihPeGXvLY&feature=plc p. The areas ONLY traditional old school swap meet with motorcycle & hot rod parts only. No jewelry & leather vendors, insurance agencies, crafts, peek-a-boo 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 Apr 14 BLESSING OF THE BIKES Gloucester, VA Come on out and let the Good News Riders bless you & your bike for a safe riding season! $5 donation ALL proceeds benefit the Childrens Miracle Network. Raffles, 50/50s, vendors & more! EXCESS band will be on our outside stage! Starts at noon ends at 6pm! Damon & Company, 7104 George Washington, Memorial Hwy, Gloucester, Va 23061. 804-693-7218. Check us out on Facebook too!

Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church, 414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-333-2555 www.freedombikerchurchvabeach.com 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, preacherrwm@yahoo.com. 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.

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 Harley-Davidson 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 www.eastcoastharley.com 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 7:309:30pm. 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 Apr 7th Poker Run for Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Midlothian, VA Event begins at The Shoppes at Bellgrade at the corner of Huguenot and Robious Road in the parking lot adjacent to River City Diner (11430 West Huguenot Rd / Midlothian, VA). Entry fee is $10.00 per player for a 5-card hand, and $15.00 for a 7-card hand. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the ride around 1:30 pm. Maps, directions and instructions will be distributed at registration the day of the ride. Come Join Us for a Fun-Filled Day of Motorcycling Down Some of The Best Riding Roads in Central Virginia. Donations are also gladly accepted. Please make checks payable to The Richmond Riders, and mail to The Richmond Riders Motorcycle Club, c/o 7906 W. Broad, Richmond, Va. 23294. http://www.richmondriders.com/poker_run_2013. html.

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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, www.allamericanh-d.com 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. www.outerbankshd.com Apr 20th First Book Ride For Literacy Richmond/Chester On Site Registration : 9:00 AM. Donation :$10 Per Bike; $5 for passenger ($10 is equal to 4 books!) All proceeds benefit First BookGreater Richmond Advisory Board. FIVE and DIME RIDE ROUTE. Start: 10:00 AM at Exxon/Dairy Queen Rt.5 & 1-295. Stop 1: At ferry before crossing the James River. Stop 2: At ferry after crossing the James River. Finish: Steel Horse Restaurant at Rt.10 and I-95 in Chester Apr 20th In Loving Memory of Troy Durham Poker Run Gloucester, VA Team DreamCatchers and the American Diabetes Association is having a poker Run to raise money for the family of Troy Durham who lost his life suddenly in October. Half of all proceeds will be donated to the Diabetes Association and half will be given to Troys family. Registration will be from 9am-11am at Damons Sports Bar Rt. 17 Gloucester, Va 23061. We will be going to Big Daddys Cycles in Hayes, then Mathews, West Point and back to Damons to finish up. We will have raffle prizes, 50/50, music and lots of fun. Bikes: $15, Passenger $5, extra hand $5. For more information please contact Brenda Savage DreamCatchers Captain at: dreamcatchers.ada@gmail.com or 804-832-3439 Apr 21st POKER RUN FOR HOSPICE Starts at Damons in Gloucester Rt 17 with first bike out at 10am. The ride will travel through scenic Northern Neck and end back at Damons for Music, Games, 50/50 Raffle, Auction and more! All money is to support Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck. Please come out to support this worthy cause. For more info contact Doc (804) 339-0598 or email him at COOKMED@yahoo.com. Apr 27th The Buffalo Soldiers M/C of Northern Virginia Annual Spring Event Vienna, VA 2nd Annual Wounded Warrior Charity Ride. Registration 8:30am. Kickstands up at 9AM (from Vienna Elks Lodge). Donation $40 pp includes cookout (includes one time thru food line). Cookout Saturday, April 27, 2013. Donation: $20 (includes one time thru food line). 12:00 - 5:00 PM. Vienna Elks Lodge 250 Nutley Street N.W. Vienna, Va. 22180. Food for Sale - DJ Moon Bounce Bike Show Vendors 50/50 Door Prizes. www.novabuffalosoldiers.com. Room block Marriott Fair Oaks, Fairfax, VA Ask for the Buffalo Soldier Rate $84.00, call: 800-228-9290 or 703352-2525. Partial Proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project www. woundedwarriorproject.org. Vienna Elks Lodge, 250 Nutley Street, NW, Vienna VA 22180 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: fiveforksruritan@ yahoo.com or Charley Rogers - 757-229-9256 or 757-565-3484. 100 Marclay Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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 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. www.thunderinthesmokies.com 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@verizon.net 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) 757-647-0552 or www.graznacres.org. May 5th Charity Poker Run Poquoson, VA B.U.B.B.A. Riding Club Charity Poker Run to benefit Steven Fillmore, who was diagnosed with cancer. Event begins 11:30AM at Islander Trophies & Engraving, 501 Wythe Creek Rd., Poquoson, VA 23662. Last bike out at 12:30PM. Ends at Port Messick (Messick Point), 380 Messick Rd., Poquoson, VA 23662. Poker Run will be approx. 80-miles. Cash prizes for Best Hand, 2nd Best & Worst. Food & Drinks will be available. LIVE Music by The Shrednecks! Raffle for prizes, 50/50 drawing & much more...For more info e-mail bullislandunitedbigbikesassoc@hotmail.com or contact (757) 714-8827. May 10th 19th, 2013 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Myrtle Beach, SC www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com May 11th 1st Annual POW/MIA Riders WVMC Benefit Poker Run and EventSouthbound 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 9:30-10:00pm. Contact Thomas Bushley for any questions @ 434-429-1632 May 11th HRHOG MDA Poker Run - Yorktown, VA Hampton Roads HOG is hosting the Annual MDA Poker Run on May 11, 2013 at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson located at 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Rt 17, Yorktown, VA 23692. Registration is at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson from 8:30am until 10am. The cost to play is $10 and includes one hand, picnic style food, the Corn Hole Tournament and a chance to win door prizes. The first bike out is at 9am and the last bike out is at 10am. The Poker Run starts and ends at Hampton

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Roads Harley Davidson. Prizes will be awarded for Best and Worst Hand. There will be a Bike Show with an Entrance Fee of $5 - registration is from 10am to 11am. The judging will take place between 11am and 1pm and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and Best in Show. So, bring your bike, any make or model and enter to win! The Corn Hole Tournament is from 11am to 1pm with prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Keep your boots on so you can two-step to the laid back tunes of The Johnny Wood Band starting at 10:30 in the HOG PEN. This great sounding group is from Chesapeake and they will entertain you and get you off the bench and on your feet! Come join the fun and help us send some great kids to MDA Camp in Wakefield, VA. For more information you may contact HRHOGs MDA Coordinator, Karen Sanborn at 757-508-7631; j241fan@cox.net. We hope to see you on May 11 for a great time! May 11th 2013 Rotary Rumble Portsmouth, VA This year is our 9th Annual Rotary Rumble. The date is May 11th. It is a ride that raises money for local childrens charities. All of our money stay local. It is put on by the Great Bridge Rotary Club and the Castaways Riding Club. It is the Cornhole Classic Run. Toss the bag at the hole to earn points instead of pulling a card. We will start at Bayside Harley Davidson again this year. Registration starts at 8:00 AM with the first bike out at 9:00 AM and the last bike out at 10:00 AM. Its $15.00 for a single rider and $5.00 for the passenger. Your donation gets you a pin, T-Shirt, coffee and Bagels from Yorgos Bageldashery. It promises to be a great country road ride with live music, trophies, door prizes and a 50/50 at the end. Our charities include Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Childrens Harbor Child Care Centers, YMCA & Edmarc Childrens Hospice. Contact - Mark Stearns - 757-309-8004. Bayside Harley-Davidson, 2211 Frederick Blvd, Portsmouth, VA May 11th & 12th Floyd Auto Fair And Bike Show Swap Meet Floyd, VA We at Chasingsscars.com are having our spring Floyd Auto Fair. May 11th & 12th at Chantilly Festival Farm in Floyd Va. Sat 11th. Large swap meet new and used parts Big Car Show Cruise in too. Lots of good food BBQ. Camping too. Sun.12th Bike Show swap meet, rat rod show. game corn hole. We have 140AC. at the farm. We would like to invite you out. Last year was good. Go to http://www.chasingsscar.com/ or look up Floyd Auto Fair 2012 or 2013 on line or call 540-789-7898 Thanks Erik&Kc at chasingsscar.com Please pass this on. We have a sound off to Throught mufflers Two Days Of fun!!! May 11Th 12Th. Chantilly Festival Farm 2697 Tranklin Pike Floyd Va. 24091 May 18th The Ambassadors for Jesus Christ 4th Annual Shelter from the Storm Chesapeake, VA This is the Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Motorcycle Ministry 4th Annual, Shelter from the Storm fundraiser, benefiting the Seton Youth Shelters in Virginia Beach. Each year Bikers from groups all over Tidewater come together for this fundraiser and ride. Please list this event on your site to support our Ministry in this undertaking. This is a wonderful cause and your support will serve many. We and the children of the Seton Youth Shelter would like to thank you in advance for your support. Grassfield High School 2007 Grizzly Trail, Chesapeake, VA 23323 May 18th Red Knights MC Va. 8 Poker Run Petersburg, VA Red Knights Va. 8 Poker Run. $500.00 Top Prize. All proceeds will be donated to Hunter Stevens, a Dinwiddie Middle School student who suffered a Stroke. Dates are May 18th 2013, Rain date is May 19th. Ride leaves at Bojangles Chicken, 3475 South Crater Rd. Petersburg Va. 23803 and will end at the Greensville Vol. Rescue Squad in Emporia Va. Registration opens at 11:00 Bikes out 11:30-1:00, Judging at 4:00. $20.00 per Bike,$10.00 each rider, $5.00 extra hands, 3 hand Max. Best Hand $500.00/worst hand $50.00. Call 804-898-4756 for any special needs, or group line ups. or ypu can google us at Red Knights MC Va.8 and check out our events page for the Flyer on this ride. Bojangles Chicken 3475 S. Crater Rd, Petersburg Va.23803 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 www. eastcoastharley.com May 24th, 25th, 26th Thunder For The Cause Fredericksburg, VA Thunder for the Cause is a multi purpose event which Will honor our military pass and present and to raise money for child help and breast cancer awareness. Our goal is to make this an annual nationwide event while giving the participants of Rolling Thunder a place to camp, relax, enjoy a variety of entertainment as well as giving our local residents a weekend of fun filled events without having to travel. We can sum up the atmosphere for the weekend: Its a little bit Daytona, a little bit of Myrtle Beach, a little bit of Sturgis and a whole lot of down home fun here in the BURG!!. Hosting Friday and Saturday events will be the Southern Belles! Check out our website for more details: www.thunderforthecause.com. For advance tickets: http:// thunderforthecause2013.eventbrite.com

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May 25th & 26th 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, http://www.hdwash.com 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 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.eastcoastharley.com 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 1st No Excuse for Child Abuse Poker Run Franklin, VA The Franklin City Department of Social Services is holding its 3rd Annual No Excuse for Child Abuse Poker Run and Cornhole Tournament on Saturday, June 1, 2013. The event will begin and end at Paul D. Camp Community College, at 100 N. College Dr. in Franklin, Virginia. Registration begins at 10am, with bikes out at 11:00am, and cost is $20/driver and $10/rider. Pre-register by May 1 to receive a FREE event t-shirt at www.franklindss.eventbrite.com. No payment required to pre-register. Nixons BBQ will be on site following the ride. $10/plate includes BBQ, fried chicken, hush puppies, slaw, snaps, and drink. All proceeds to benefit the Franklin City Department of Social Services Child Abuse Prevention Fund. Contact Jill Gorgei at 757-562-4241 with questions. Jun 1st Kids to Kamp Ride Portsmouth, VA 6th Annual Kids to Kamp ride Saturday June 1st. Registration starts at 8:30 am at Roger Browns (316 High St., Portsmouth) Registration fee includes All you can eat breakfast buffet, self guided tour to Camp Hope Haven, BBQ lunch, live music, Blessing of the Bikes, door prizes, and trophies. Registration is $15 per rider/$5 per passenger. All proceeds go directly to Camp Hope Haven, giving underprivileged children the opportunity to attend Summer Camp. Contact Pat Matthews at (757) 572-5777 for more info. Jun 1st Back of the Dragon Day The Awakening - Tazewell, VA Come celebrate the start of the riding season at Back of the Dragon Day. Donation at the gate for Young life and the Tazewell Band. Location, 910 E. Fincastle Turnpike, North Tazewell, VA. 24630 Monster Stunt Team, Three great bands, Bike show,$10.00 register fee. Registration starts at 9:00am to 12:00. Open ceremony 10:00am Trophies at 2:45. Motorcycle and sport car companies showing off their rides. Victory and Can Am doing demo rides. Vendors pertaining to bikes and cars on hand. Excellent food vendors. Event is on 6 acres of asphalt. Excellent parking. Please check out www.backofthedragon.com for additional info go to Event page and home page. Larry B. Davidson ph#276-988-5726 backofthedragon@gmail.com 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 RT-66 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 George@rideRT66.com or call 304-481-8350 web site www.rideRT66.com. Face Book Page http://www.facebook. com/#!/RIDERT66. Ride of a lifetime. Jun 20th 22nd - Mid-Atlantic Womens Motorcycle Rally Gettysburg, PA The MidAtlantic Womens Motorcycle Rally is the premiere womens motorcycling event in the MidAtlantic. 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 www.mountainfest.com 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.outerbankshd.com

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Aug 5th 11th 73rd Annual 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com 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@yahoo.com 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 whiteoaklodgeinc@yahoo.com 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 FoundationUS 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: www. outerbanksbikeshow.com Sept 13th 15th Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally Maggie Valley, NC www.thunderinthesmokies.com Sept 12th 15th Delmarva Bike Week Ocean City MD/Salisbury MD/Seaford DE www.delmarvabikeweek.com 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. www.outerbankshd.com 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://www.allamericanh-d.com/ 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 HarleyDavidson 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 www.biketoberfest.org 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. www.outerbankshd.com 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, http://www.hdwash.com or give us a call at #301-248-1200. 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! 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://www. allamericanh-d.com/ or call us at #301-274-5000. All American Harley-Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD

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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, http:// www.hdwash.com or give us a call at #301-248-1200. 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 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.allamericanh-d.com/ or call us at #301-274-5000. All American Harley-Davidson 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. www.outerbankshd.com 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, http:// www.hdwash.com 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.allamericanh-d.com/ or call us at #301-274-5000. All American Harley-Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD

Proud To Be AN AMERICAN
Delco Vets want to bring Bowe home
by Anne Neborak aneborak@delconewsnetwork.com Photos by Patrick Hughes, U.S.M.C. ChuLai 67-68, Rolling Thunder Inc. National Photographer On March 28 veterans from the Delaware County stood outside Fox TV station Channel 29 in Philadelphia and set up a POW-MIA table with an unhappy birthday cake. The cake was for Prisoner of War, (POW) Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl of Idaho who has turned 27 years old. The Idaho resident has been missing since June 30, 2009. The cake was inscribed with Another Un-Happy Birthday for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl missing since June 30 2009 and a picture of Bergdahl. Patrick Hughes of Glen Mills, a Vietnam Veteran, is active in a number of veterans organization since 1993. As a member of Rolling Thunder whose mission is to publicize the POW/MIA issue he felt this would be a way to make people aware that Bergdahl is still alive and needs to come home. I wanted to do something to bring awareness to Bowes capture and hoped that setting up a POW/MIA table outside of Fox 29 might get some attention. Chuck Roth, also a Vietnam Veteran of Collingdale called a few other veterans and we met at 3rd and Market Streets. Anchors Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick showed off the cake an told their audience that it was Bowes birthday and that he is still alive and waiting to come home. Afterwards the group of veterans took the cake to the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service & Education Center in Philadelphia. Hughes wasnt the only person thinking of Bergdahl .his parents, Bob and Jani, sister Sky and friends, sent out a birthday message from KECH 95.3FM in Sun Valley, Idaho assuring him that they will not stop trying to bring him home. You can hear their message at the following link. www.kech95.com/news Hughes hopes that he will see Bergdahl come home alive as he has been active in Rolling Thunder and though he has seen some POWs come home alive usually the outcome is disappointing. I hoped that Commander Scott Spiker, shot down during the first Gulf war, would come home alive, but did not, then the next war where we did get some prisoners back. I got to meet the man who saved Jessica Lynchs life, Mohammed Odehal Rehaief. But since that time it has been very frustrating for me because I had hoped other POWs would come home alive, said Hughes. For three years Caroline and Keith Maupin came to Rolling Thunder to bring awareness that their son Matt Maupin was a POW. The armed forces medical examiner confirmed on March 29, 2008 that the human remains recovered in Iraq were those of Staff Sgt. Keith M. Maupin, 24, of Batavia, Ohio. Hughes met the father of Spec. Byron Fouty who was captured on May 12, 2007 along with SSG. Alex Jimenez. They both were killed by their captors on July 9, 2008 near the city of Jurf es Sakhr, Iraq remains were found and later

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positively identified. The official date of their death is July 8, 2008. They were buried in Arlington National Cemetery. So before I die I want to see a live POW come home and greet him. And Bowe is still alive at this time, said Hughes. Today according to the Defense POW Missing Personnel website there are six names that are unaccounted for in the Middle East Conflict since 1991. Lt. Cmdr. Barry T. Cooke, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 2, 1991, when his A-6 aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf. Lt. Robert J. Dwyer, U.S. Navy, was lost on Feb. 5, 1991, when his FA-18 aircraft went down in the Persian Gulf. Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2010 Kirk Von Ackermann, Department of Defense (DoD) contractor, was lost on Oct. 9, 2003, while working in Forward Operating Base Pacesetter, Iraq. Timothy E. Bell, DoD contractor, was lost on April 9, 2004, while working in Baghdad, Iraq. Adnan al-Hilawi, DoD contractor, was lost on March 3, 2007, while working in Baghdad, Iraq. and Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Hughes, veterans and others plan to demonstrate in Washington DC on April 9, 2013 to keep Bergdahl and others from being left behind and not forgotten. The rally called Bring Us Home is a POW/MIA Freedom March which will begin at the Capital Building at 11:30 a.m.

Left to Right: Jack from Iraq Stevenson ( Iraq Vet ), Von Leathernecks M/C ( Iraq | Afghanistan Vet ), Butch ( BBs ) Anderson (Vietnam Vet ) | President VNV M/C Chapter E, Chuck Graves Roth ( Vietnam Vet ), Anthony Ant Montagno ( Vietnam Vet ) Vice-President VNV M/C Chapter E, Matt McMenamin ( Iraq Vet ) and Robert Krauchak.
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Group Riding
With the riding season getting in full swing, hundreds of motorcyclists will flock to poker runs & events on the weekends to get their ride on. Many of these riders have just recently purchased their first bike and are anxious to be a part of all the fun out there. Even though they have their M license now, they are still new to motorcycling and most are very unfamiliar on how to ride in a group while participating in events or just riding with some new found friends. This Group Riding guide from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation has some very important information that everyone should know. From the brand new riders to the veteran riders who have thousands of miles on the road, everyone should know these basic rules of riding together to keep it safe out there for a great ride.

QUICK TIPS: MSFs Guide to Group Riding


Motorcycling is primarily a solo activity, but for many, riding as a group -- whether with friends on a Sunday morning ride or with an organized motorcycle rally -- is the epitome of the motorcycling experience. Here are some tips to help ensure a fun and safe group ride: Arrive prepared. Arrive on time with a full gas tank. Hold a riders meeting. Discuss things like the route, rest and fuel stops, and hand signals (see diagrams on next page). Assign a lead and sweep (tail) rider. Both should be experienced riders who are well-versed in group riding procedures. The leader should assess everyones riding skills and the groups riding style. Keep the group to a manageable size, ideally five to seven riders. If necessary, break the group into smaller subgroups, each with a lead and sweep rider. Ride prepared. At least one rider in each group should pack a cell phone, first-aid kit, and full tool kit, so the group is prepared for any problem that they might encounter. Ride in formation. The staggered riding formation (see diagram below) allows a proper space cushion between motorcycles so that each rider has enough time and space to maneuver and to react to hazards. The leader rides in the left third of the lane, while the next rider stays at least one second behind in the right third of the lane; the rest of the group follows the same pattern. A single-file formation is preferred on a curvy road, under conditions of poor visibility or poor road surfaces, entering/leaving highways, or other situations where an increased space cushion or maneuvering room is needed. Avoid side-by-side formations, as they reduce the space cushion. If you suddenly needed to swerve to avoid a hazard, you would not have room to do so. You dont want handlebars to get entangled. Periodically check the riders following in your rear view mirror. If you see a rider falling behind, slow down so they may catch up. If all the riders in the group use this technique, the group should be able to maintain a fairly steady speed without pressure to ride too fast to catch up. If youre separated from the group, dont panic. Your group should have a pre-planned procedure in place to regroup. Dont break the law or ride beyond your skills to catch up. For mechanical or medical problems, use a cell phone to call for assistance as the situation warrants.

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ARONIA BERRIES
Move over, Acai berries and mangosteen. Theres a less expensive, easier-to-eat antioxidant in town, and its a superfood that Native Americans have known about for generations: Aronia berries. Its naturally tart and very similar in taste to a wine grape. What youre tasting in that tartness is actually very good for you. Its a type of an antioxidant and type of a compound that can be found in wine and can also be found in tea. Aronia berries contains a natural blend of polyphenolic antioxidants that combat the cell-damaging free radicals created in our bodies by stress, environmental pollution, medical x-rays, and other aspects of daily living (even exercise!). Among those antioxidants are anthocyanins, which have been shown to help fight diseases caused by oxidative stress like certain types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, and liver function, according to studies published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and elsewhere. According to the USDA, Aronia berries have twice as much antioxidant power as cranberries and four times as much as pomegranates, strawberries, goji berries, and blueberries. Also called chokeberries thanks to their super-tart taste, the dark-purple clusters grow wild in North America and have recently been cultivated by farmers in the Midwest. The distinctive berries grow on bushes, with several round fruit clumped together on rosy-red stems. Unlike trendy acai berries, which are usually found mixed into other products or in powdered supplement form, aronia berries are available as whole fruit -- you can find them online at Amazon.com (about $10 per pound) where they cost far less per serving than dried goji berries (about $18 per pound) and dried wild blueberries (about $48 per pound). Aronia berries arent a dietary supplement, though -- theyre a food. Like elderberries or black currants, aronia berries can be used to make wine, jam, syrups, and tea; you can stir them into fresh sauces or use them along with blueberries in your breakfast muffinsthey are definitely good for you!

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The People Of Walmart

DONT FORGET TO BRING A TOWEL: Im not sure whether to scold you or applaud you for taking the time to turn a towel into a shirt before entering Wally World. Either way, your poor mans poncho makes me smile.

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LEGISLATION WOULD PROHIBIT E15 GAS PENDING FURTHER INVESTIGATION Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced H.R. 875, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to stop the use of gasoline containing 15% ethanol (E15) until its harmful effects are investigated further. H.R. 875, introduced on February 28, would repeal the EPAs waiver decision approving the use of E15 and the authority of the agency to grant further decisions until the EPA seeks an independent scientific analysis of the effects of the E15 blend. There have been several tests and warnings highlighting E15s harmful effects on engines and their components, but they have all been dismissed by the EPA. Therefore, we must force the EPA to stop the use of E15 fuel until the serious safety, durability, performance and environmental concerns have been addressed, announced Rep. Sensenbrenner. Sensenbrenner has introduced several bills to address the risks associated with E15, and his latest legislation to halt the sale of the 15% alcohol blended fuel until further studies are completed, came less than a week after witnesses from automobile and motorcycle industry and consumer groups testified before the Science, Space and Technology Committee that more testing is needed. We have a responsibility to ensure that Americans using gas-powered machinery whether it be cars and boats or chainsaws and lawnmowers are not put at risk due to faulty fuel that has not been adequately vetted, Sensenbrenner said. BILL INTRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA TO REGULATE LANE SHARING No sooner had the California Highway Patrol published guidelines on how to safely maneuver your motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving traffic, than SB 350 was introduced by State Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) to codify the rules into law. California is the only state that allows lane sharing or lane splitting, precisely because there are no laws against it; though officers have a variety of charges they can levy against a reckless rider such as unsafe lane change or too fast for conditions. Bealls bill would restrict the practice by prohibiting motorcycles from splitting lanes unless specifically allowed; when a highway has been divided into three or more clearly marked lanes for traffic traveling in the same direction, a person operating a motorcycle shall not pass another vehicle in a portion of a lane occupied by that vehicle unless the following conditions are met: (1) The passing occurs during traffic congestion. (2) The passing occurs at a safe speed. Following furious feedback from motorcyclists opposed to over-regulating an act that 87% report doing almost daily during crowded commutes, Sen. Beall soon pulled his proposal and turned it into a two-year bill for future reconsideration. In the meantime, although ABATE of California did not initiate the measure, the group will work with Beall to amend the language, and vows our goal is to ultimately submit a bill that addresses the concerns of the motorcycle community; a bill that can be supported and endorsed by the ABATE membership. If the final bill doesnt meet ABATEs requirements, ABATE will vigorously oppose the bill and try to kill it. DRIVERS CAUSE MOST CRASHES WITH MOTORCYCLES, RESEARCH SHOWS For motorcycle riders, people in cages bear a disproportionate share of the blame for the high number of motorcycle crashes, while car drivers feel careless motorcyclists careening in and out of traffic are putting their own lives at risk. So whos mostly to blame when four-wheel and two-wheel vehicles collide? According to a recent Florida Department of Transportation study, bikers are right. Motorists driving cars and trucks are mostly at fault, often failing to yield the right of way to the smaller vehicles. In analyzing 10 years of Florida motorcycle crashes, Chanyoung Lee, a senior researcher at the University of South Floridas Center for Urban Transportation Research, found that 60% of the time motorists in other vehicles are at fault when they collide with motorcycles. But the study uncovered more: When looking at all motorcycle crashes, motorcycle operators bear a lot of responsibility as well. They have a significantly higher number of single-vehicle crashes than other drivers. Some 34% of motorcycle crashes involve one vehicle, according to the study, compared to only 19% of car crashes involving one vehicle. When looking at really severe and fatal motorcycle crashes, 50% involve just the motorcycle and no other vehicle, but when multiple vehicles are involved, greater blame falls on four-wheeled drivers. And most motorcycle crashes involve other vehicles. But its also a matter of awareness, according to Lee, who is part of FDOTs Motorcycle Safety Coalition. In driver surveys, FDOT has asked people how often they see motorcycles. Those with motorcycle endorsements on their drivers licenses report seeing motorcycles all the time, while those without endorsements who live in the same area report occasionally seeing motorcycles. Due to minimal levels of protection to their riders, approximately 80% of motorcycle crashes result in injury or fatality, according to the Network of Employees for Traffic Safety, while only 20% of passenger car crashes injure or kill the vehicle occupants. MMA HELPS DEFEAT SOUND WARRANT IN YARMOUTH, MA The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) is pleased to report that a town bylaw proposal has been successfully defeated in Yarmouth. With short notice, the MMA in concert with the Yarmouth Chief-of-Police and Deputy Chief attended a recent Board-ofSelectmen meeting and were successful in convincing the board that such a Bylaw would be unsuccessful. Armed with prior testimony used successfully around the state, including used to overturn a similar bylaw passed in Falmouth and subsequently struck down by the Commonwealth Attorney General, MMA Legislative Director Rick Gleason joined the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Yarmouth Police Department in their argument that Town Bylaws cannot exceed State Law, and that such a measure would essentially be meaningless. The MMA has long held strong opposition to the use of the OEM EPA Stamp on stock exhausts as an enforcement tool, because it is a consumer protection mechanism and not meant to be used against the consumer. It is also hard to locate on many models of motorcycle, hidden under seats on sport bikes, under saddle bags of cruisers, or simply facing the wrong way for aesthetic reasons. Most critically,

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per the very regulation that entitles it, it expires in one year or 3,729 miles, whichever comes first!! Instead, the MMA (www.MassMotorcycle.org) continues to hold a firm belief that the existing laws on the books are sufficient if properly implemented and enforced, specifically that simple test procedures do exist for muffled exhaust, whether replaced with after-market or not, with a reasonable sound level. LICENSE PLATE CAMERAS - A NEW WAY TO NAB SCOFFLAWS First came red light cameras attached to traffic lights to catch drivers trying to beat the light; then came speed cameras along the roadway to ticket lead-footed speeders; but now police are deploying cameras in their cruisers to scan our license-plates in order to get instant feedback on unpaid tickets and other warrants. It also allows authorities to monitor where average citizens might be at any particular time. That bothers some privacy advocates and organizations like the ACLU that oppose public intrusions into individual privacy. The groups are becoming more alarmed about license plate tracking as a growing number of police departments acquire the technology for electronic surveillance of traffic on public streets. Little Rock, AR Police Chief Stuart Thomas said the law enforcement benefits outweigh any concerns about possible abuse of the information, which, as a public record, is legally available for anyone to see. Lawmakers in several states, including Minnesota and Utah, have suggested setting a time limit for their departments regarding how long such data can be collected and stored, but many places like Little Rock have no set policy and have a growing archive of license plate photos, along with time stamps and the locations, showing where motorists were at certain times. Privacy advocates worry about the potential uses for such outside law enforcement, from snooping by stalkers and private investigators to businesses that sell personal data. Given how few rules are currently on the books to protect our privacy, its plausible that private investigators and data-mining companies could acquire this location data, said ACLU staff attorney Catherine Crump, adding that the organization has requested more information from government agencies, but hasnt filed any lawsuits. such your mail has been returned to you. Iron Mike recently told The Aging Rebel (www.agingrebel.com), Something Ive said for years: Australia today, Canada tomorrow, and the U.S.A. the day after. I truly believe countries like Canada, Germany, U.S.A., and others are watching to see what works in Australia to outlaw motorcycle clubs starting with the 1%er ones. The Aging Rebel article went on to describe Anti-Bikie Laws down under: Queensland has been trying to outlaw motorcycle clubs since 2009 when the state passed legislation formally called the Criminal Organisation Act of 2009. These anti-bikie laws give police the power to declare which organizations are criminal & which are not. Similar sets of laws have been passed in the Australian states of New South Wales & South Australia, and have been challenged in the courts by the Hells Angels, Finks & Rebels MCs. Australias strategy has been difficult to implement in the United States because the U.S. Constitution specifically guarantees citizens & visitors rights to move freely, assemble peaceably, to keep & bear arms & to express themselves freely in numerous ways including the right to wear a patch on your back. Various Fed police forces in America including the FBI, the ATF & increasingly the Dept of Homeland Security have attempted to subvert these Constitutional guarantees using the Racketeer Influenced And Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) & in several recent cases trademark law.

CANADIAN RIDERS BALK AT HEFTY INSURANCE HIKES Premier Brad Wall says maybe mistakes were made and the Saskatchewan government will revisit motorcycle insurance rate hikes proposed recently by Saskatchewan Government Insurance. Our MLAs are reporting a lot of feedback on the issue, not just from those who are riders or have motorcycles, but others in general who note that these increases seem to be very high, Wall told reporters. When the legislature reconvenes for its spring session next week, the Saskatchewan Party caucus will discuss its next steps, Wall said. He said hes not convinced SGI has exhausted all of its options to help eliminate a $9-million deficit between crash injury payouts and fees charged to motorcyclists. Obviously, whats being proposed by SGI for the rate rebalancing means huge increases and immediate AUSTRALIA BANS BROTHERS BEHIND BARS increases, if approved, for riders, Wall said. SGIs proposal to the Since last Nov 19, the Australian State of Queensland in NortheastSaskatchewan Rate Review Panel would mean a sudden 73% jump ern Australia has banned the distribution of the monthly newsletter in insurance costs for the average motorcycle owner, compared to an Brothers Behind Bars in its prisons. Brothers Behind Bars is a overall vehicle insurance rate increase of 1.03%. The move prompted digest of biker club and motorcycle news edited by retired Sons of a backlash from bike enthusiasts and business owners, who fear a Silence patch holder Iron Mike Davis, and is an outreach program big blow to new and used bike sales which could devastate the mosupported by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). BBB is torcycle industry. If approved, the rate increases would take effect in specifically aimed at motorcycle club members and is stubbornly non- August, but Wall said the chance is slim the proposal will stay as is. partisan. Mike Davis was notified that the words he publishes were He wants the government and SGI to look at other creative options, illegal in Oz with a peremptory, unsigned form letter from the govern- such as using better price incentives to reward motorcyclists who ment of Queensland that read in full: On 7th of November 2012 have taken training courses. Queensland Corrective Services issued a directive from head office that all correspondence between prisoners who are members of an QUOTABLE QUOTE: I am not a product of my circumstances. I am Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (OMCG) & OMCG members & associates a product of my decisions. was to cease immediately. As a result the author of this letter has Stephen R. Covey (1932-2012) author, one of Time magazines 25 been identified to be either a member or associate of an OMCG as most influential Americans
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Spirit
My physical body will soon be at rest. Although I will not be able to walk OR ride beside you anymore, I will always be there in my spiritual one, For life has not been removed From it. For within us all we have memory of the ones we Have known and pass through life with They shall never die, if we hold them in our Heart and mind. My body will be at peace soon, my spirit is always with you, And because of you, my life is Whole. Steve Cook

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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@ yahoo.com 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, jhclevinger@aol.com. 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, alvinsarra@yahoo.com ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter (Williamsburg/Newport News/Hampton, VA). Gene Spare Moose Lodge 757) 903-6541, jespare@verizon.net. 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, ssdbryant@netzero.com. 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, shagedawg@comcast.net. 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 pranapiloga@gmail.com ABATE Mountain Thunder Chapter (Roanoke, VA) meets 2nd Sat Mountainside Cafe, 7924 Bent Mountain Rd, Roanoke, VA Chapter Director, Big Benny, (540) 797-7978. bigbennie@cox.net, (previously known as Bent Mountain Chapter) ABATE Nelson County Chapter, (Arrington, VA) RJ Pinto, RJ.Sweetwater25@gmail.com 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, Hawgske@msn.com, (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@ yahoo.com ABATE White Top Mountain Chapter (Chilhowie, VA) Rob Keene, rjkeene68@yahoo.com, 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 www.ambassadorsecmm.org 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:// cmaner5.org/VA/BEACONSOFTIDEWATER or contact Mickey Taylor, President, 757-636-1926, taylors4him@verizon.net 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 www.biamc-yorktown.com. Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 www.nvcrcma.com NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President Rick Saunders, nvcrmail@msn.com 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 president@star440.org or go the www.star440.org 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., CVMA has now blossomed to three chapters and includes the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, 27-3. For informataion to join contact Dick LDO Landick, Commander Southern Virginia 27-1, at rlandick@cox.net or Graig Spanky Benson, Commander Northern Virginia 27-2, at f18spanky@cox. net Jake Doozer Morano, XO Mid-Atlantic Chapter 27-3 (Ft Lee area), at moranojm36@gmail.com Our Virginia website can be accessed through our National Website: http://combatvet.org/ 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 http://cmaner5.org/VA/ CROSSROADRIDERS/default.aspx or contact Randy_Sisk22407@yahoo.com or rons48@cox.net. 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 www.meetup.com/deadend 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://cmaner5.org/VA/GOODNEWSRIDERS. or contact Chris Crowder, President, 757-532-6354, c.crowder1@verizon.net Moose Riders District 8 Meetings 1st Monday of Month. Contact Bubba @ 804-691-7671. Email: kimandbubba1@verizon.net or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: hawgdawgrose@wmconnect.com Road Wench East Coast Womens Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: http://roadwenchmc.com/ Facebook :http://www.facebook.com/#!/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 TAMA calendar can be viewed at www.tamacalendar.org 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 www.sonsofgodmc.org 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@ gmail.com. 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: freebird@v-twincruisers.org VA Sons Of Liberty Riders American Patriots Defending the Constitution www.sonsoflibertyriders.com 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. veteransfirstinc.org 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. www.vabikers.org Contact: director@vabikers.org 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: membership@vfr-race.com. Website:vfr-race.com 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 - www.facebook.com/warriors of christ

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HOG BASH 2013

1st Annual POW/ MIA Riders WVMC Poker Run

Mothers Day

Armed Forces Day

Thunder For The Cause

Rolling Thunder XXVI

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Memorial Day

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Ah, Spring Isnt it wonderful? Its so nice to be able to get out on the open road, even if we do have some pesky spring showers popping up here and there. Like most of you, I am always happy when winter has past, and this year is no exception. Spring came early this year, only a few days before Palm Sunday and the beginning of the Easter season. Spring and Easter are two great reminders of life triumphing over death, of beauty coming out of darkness, and of all that God has blessed us with. Now that Easter has passed and spring is here, it is time to be reminded that Jesus lives with us every day. I am reminded of the story in Luke 24 of the two men walking down the road to Emmaus following Jesus death. They apparently had not hung around long enough to learn of His resurrection, and as they walked Jesus came alongside of them and traveled with them. And as they walked and talked together they failed to recognize that the risen Savior was in their midst. How often do we do the same thing? We ride throughout the highways and byways enjoying the ride, enjoying the sunlight, the warmth, the fun and excitement, and all of Gods creation surrounding us, yet we fail to take notice that God is right there with us. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28:20, I am with you always. Not just on Sunday morning, or on Easter and Christmas. No, Jesus is there with us at all times. When we are enjoying a ride, He is with us. When we are relaxing at home, He is with us. When we are sitting alongside the road because our bike isnt running, He is with us. Jesus is with us always. Whether you are enjoying the best moments of life or facing disheartening news in a doctors office, you can be confident that He is there with you. Okay, maybe youre thinking that this article would have been more appropriate in last months issue as Easter was approaching, but Gods timing is not always our timing. And the Easter message was never intended to be a one Sunday a year event. We are to live out the message of Easter every day of our lives. Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. In doing so he paid the

price for our sins and provided a means for us to receive eternal salvation. So as you get out there on the road this spring just remember that wherever the road is taking you, always remember that the God of the universe is riding with you always. Happy Spring, everyone Always and All Ways in Christ <*)))>< Rick Preacher Saunders

Preacher Rick serves as Director of Pastoral Counseling at First Baptist Church of Woodbridge, VA, and works in IT for Inova Health System. He served as Chaplain for Servicetown Travel Center in Fredericksburg, VA from 2003 until it closed in 2005. He is a member of the Christian Motorcyclists Association and past-president and chaplain of the Northern VA Christian Riders CMA Chapter. He is a graduate of Liberty Bible Institute, Andersonville Theological Seminary, and the Institute of Theology and Christian Therapy, and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Preacher Rick is married to Teresa Wiley Saunders. They have two adult sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. When he is not riding he enjoys writing, and performing as a magician and clown.

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A farmer ordered a high-tech milking machine. Since the equipment arrived when his wife was out of town, he decided to test it on himself first. So, he inserted his manhood into the equipment, turned on the switch and everything else was automatic. Soon, he realized that the equipment provided him with much more pleasure than his wife did. When the fun was over, though, he quickly realized that he couldnt remove the instrument from his member. He read the manual but didnt find any useful information on how to disengage himself. He tried every button on the instrument, but still without success. Finally, he decided to call the suppliers Customer Service Hot Line with his cell phone Hello, I just bought a milking machine from your company. It works fantastic, but how do I remove it from the cows udder? Oh, dont worry, replied the customer service rep, The machine will release automatically once its collected two gallons. Have a nice day, now. When John and Mary first got married John said, I am a sex addict and Im putting a box under the bed to help control my addiction. You must promise never to look in it. In all their 30 years of marriage Mary never looked. However, curiosity got the best of her and she lifted the lid and peeked inside. In the box were 3 empty beer cans and $81,874.25 in cash. She closed the box and put it back under the bed. Now that she knew what was in the box, she was really curious as to how? That evening they were out for a special Anniversary dinner. After dinner Mary could no longer contain her curiosity and she confessed, saying, I am so sorry. For all these years I kept my promise and never looked into the box under our bed. However, today the temptation was too much and I gave in. But now I need to know why do you keep the 3 beer cans in the box? John thought for a while and said, I guess after all these years you deserve to know the truth. Whenever I was unfaithful to you I put an empty beer can in the box under the bed to remind myself not to do it again. Mary was shocked, but said, Hmmm, I am very disappointed and saddened by your behavior. However, since you are addicted to sex, I guess it does happen and I guess 3 times is not that bad considering your problem. John thanked her for being so understanding. They hugged and made their peace. A little while later Mary asked John, so why do you have all that
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money in the box? John answered; Well, whenever the box filled up with empty cans, I took them to the recycling center and redeemed them for cash. A sweet grandmother telephoned St. Josephs Hospital. She meekly asked, Is it possible to speak to someone who can tell me how a patient is doing? The operator said, Ill be glad to help, dear. Whats the name and room number of the patient? The grandmother in her weak, tremulous voice said, Norma Findlay, Room 302. The operator replied, Let me put you on hold while I check with the nurses station for that room. After a few minutes the operator returned to the phone and said, I have good news. Her nurse just told me that Norma is doing well. Her blood pressure is fine; her blood work just came back normal and her physician, Dr. Cohen, has scheduled her to be discharged later today. The grandmother said, Thank you. Thats wonderful. I was so worried. God bless you for the good news. The operator replied, Youre more than welcome. Is Norma your daughter? The grandmother said, No, Im Norma Findlay in Room 302. No one around this damn place will tell me jack-shit. A Preacher was explaining that he must move on to a larger congregation that will pay him more. There is a hush within the congregation. No one wanted him to leave. They adored their Preacher. Joe Smith, who owns several car dealerships in the City stands up and proclaims, .. If the Preacher stays, I will provide him with a new Cadillac every year, and his wife with a Honda mini-van to transport their children! and the Congregations children on Church outings. The congregation sighs in relief, and applauds. Sam Brown, a successful entrepreneur and investor, stands and says, If the Preacher will stay on here, Ill personally double his salary, and also establish a foundation to guarantee a college education for all his children! More Amens and loud applause. Sadie Jones, age 88, stands and announces with a smile, If the Preacher stays, .... I will give him sex! There is total silence and shock. The Preacher, blushing, asks her, Mrs. Jones, whatever possessed you to say that? Sadies 90 year old husband Jake is now trying to hide, holding his forehead with the palm of his hand, and shaking his head from side to side, while his wife replies, Well , I just asked my husband how we could help, and he said,......Ah, Hell, Screw him!

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Starter Clutch

Tech Tips

So you roll out of your favorite watering hole, everybody in the group fires off and heads out to the next stop. You hit the button, and it sounds like the blender running without anything in it! The good news is youre still in front of your favorite watering hole! Sure, all the old school kick start guys are pointing and laughing, but their turn will come. Before you run to your local shop and drop big bucks on a new starter, check this out.. Last month we talked about identifying bad connections and learned about voltage drops. So when we know that the integrity of everything upstream of the starter is good, there are still sub-components that can be repaired for far less expense than the starter motor as a whole. If youre hearing the blender without anything in it sound it is most certainly the starter drive at issue. This writing will refer to the Nippondenso starter found in 89 and later Big Twins and 81 and later Sportsters. Side note: Did ya ever notice the XL line almost always comes out with the good stuff first? Girls Bike hecklers be damned! The starter drive, also referred to as the Bendix (brand name moniker like Crescent Wrench), is responsible for locking in the starter to spin the works one direction while slipping in the opposite direction. This allows disengagement when the engine fires. A starter clutch of sorts, and actually another name for the component. When this goes south, the starter engages the ring gear on your clutch basket, via the jackshaft, and the sound of margaritas no ice occurs. Not to beat

a dead horse on nomenclature, but the starter drive could also be referred to as a sprag clutch. The device has a series of roller bearings, or something similar, that engage in one direction, and slip in the other. Sleepy yet? Grab a cup of coffee, it gets better. Replacing this guy is easy! A factory service manual is almost a must. Follow HDs procedure for starter

shop, remember there are 5 of them. Ive never done this so I dont want you to either PHOTO 4 The starter drive is a light press in the housing and can be removed with an Arbor press or, in the absence of a press, a light tap with the appropriate

size socket. Clean all components and apply a fresh coat of grease to those rollers you accounted for as well as a little on the teeth of the gears. Assemble in the reverse order is what they say at this point. Remember that the jackshaft coupling has an Be careful not to let the solenoid and internal snap ring that renders a short motor separate unless you plan on go- side and long side. Long side goes ing in there. The brushes are quite the on the starters splines. Itll be easy to remember since the reverse will look trick to get back in their place. On the goofy even to the untrained eye! other hand, if the starter is high mileThere are other issues to address age this would be a good time to go in and well talk about those in future tips. and look. Your call. When the roller Well also do some comparisons of the bearings from the idler gear fall out and migrate to places unknown in your older models (Prestolite and Hitachi). If youre running compression on the high end without releases (or the absolute genius invention of the S&S Easy Start Cams - limited application though), a high torque starter may be your friend. Just dont spend the bucks on one to fix an issue that may be a simple - and cheap repair). removal (get that negative battery cable disconnected before you even think of starting!). To separate the drive unit from the starter assembly, remove the two long bolts (8mm) and the two short bolts (9mm). Ride safe!
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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY


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 kelly@thunderroads-virginia.com 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 Waugh Enterprises Hampton Roads Outer Banks Harley-Davidson* Harley-Davidson* Harley-Davidson 385 Waugh Blvd 6450 George Washington 8739 Caratoke Hwy Orange, VA 22960 Memorial Hwy 800-88-WAUGH Harbinger , NC 27941 Yorktown, VA http://www.waughhd.com (252)338-8866 (757) 872-7223 www.outerbankshd.com www.hrhd.com LEGAL SERVICES
Virginia

Bayside Harley-Davidson 2211 Frederick Blvd. (I-264, Exit 5) Portsmouth , VA 23704 (757) 397-5550 www.harleybay.com 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 bigdaddyzcycles@verizon.net www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
East Coast Harley-Davidson 17975 Main Street Dumfries, VA 220266 (703) 221-3757 www.eastcoastharley.com Garys Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644

Mild To Wild Cycles 11173 Leadbetter Rd., Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 496-6164 www.mild2wildcycles.com Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: outlnd@shentel.net
Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com

Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* 295 Bendix Rd., Suite 210 Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 627.8900 www.epsteinsandlerandflorapcva.com

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

DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Delaware Harley-Davidson of Seaford* 22586 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, Del. 19973 302-629-6161 www.hdofseaford.com 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 www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com
North Carolina

APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS

Virginia

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

Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson * 140 Independence Drive Winchester, VA 22602 (800) 777-4275 or (540) 667-5655 www.hdwinchester.com

S&G Mobile Marine* Parts, Service & Consignment Boats 1097 Kaseys Lakeview Drive Moneta, VA 24121 Shop (540) 296-0777 & Cell (540) 761-BOAT www.sngmobilemarine.com Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com

Bikers Depot* 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159 www.thebikersdepot.com Cavellis Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016

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MOTORCYCLE FRIENDLY DIRECTORY


Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net 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 www.hillbillyredsbbq.com
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com

Kuttin Station * GREAT PLACES TO STAY North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 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 preacherrwm@yahoo.com Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net PERSONAL SERVICES 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 www.grumpysbarandgrillvb.com Visit us on Facebook/Grumpys Bar & Grill

Hearth & Home Inn* 3376 Dellwood Road (US Hwy 19) Maggie Valley, NC 28786 (828) 926-1845 www.hearthandhomeinn.com
Virginia

HOOTERS Richmond West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Hooters of Roanoke* 4627 Williamson Rd Nw Roanoke, VA 24012 (540) 362-9464 www.hootersofroanoke.com

Rider Insurance For Riders. By Riders 1-800-595-6393 www.RIDER.com

BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com www.Barrysbikerally.com

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 www.steelhorseva.com

Brooks Optical Inc.- Optical Services & Riding Glasses 5520 B Lakeside Avenue Richmond, VA 23228 (804) 261-0222 Find us on Facebook

Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church,


414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
freedombikerchurchvabeach@gmail.com www.freedombikerchurchvabeach.com

MOTORCYCLE RACES & EVENTS Slades Park

Virginia Alley Caf and Sports Lounge 688 N Main St. Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 436-1100

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

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Spring Motorcycle Preparation Checklist


Spring has arrived and you are ready to jump on your bike and head out into the sunshine, but before you get revved up, take a few moments to get your bike prepared. Doing so will extend the life of your bike, and result in a safer ride for you and everyone else on the road. Youll only keep yourcheap motorcycle insurancepremiums by staying safe and accident free, so starting the season with your bike in peak condition is crucial. After a winter in storage, use this checklist to prepare your bike before you get back on the road: Tires and Wheels Inspect your wheels to ensure they are round (no flat spots), free from cracks and dents, and that there are no problems with the spokes. Check your tires for wear-and-tear, as well as bulges, cracks or any objects that may have become embedded in the tread. Run your hand along the tread they should feel uniform. Inconsistencies could indicate a problem with the tire. With temperature changes, rubber and metal expand at different rates, causing tires to lose air and need to be topped up in the spring. Get out your owners manual and find the optimal air pressure, or check the sidewalls of the tires it should be stamped into the rubber. Check to ensure each tire is properly inflated, and if not, adjust as necessary. Oil & Fluids Check the engine oil, gear oil, shaft drive, hydraulic fluid, coolant and fuel. Replace fluids that are degraded and top-up fluids that are running low. Fluids where the color, consistency or smell is considerably different than the new fluid you have is considered degraded and should be purged and replaced. Visually check to ensure there are no leaks, especially if you note fluid levels that are particularly low for no apparent reason the liquid had to go somewhere! Battery If your battery was removed for the winter, reinstall it. Check the connections on the terminals to ensure that the cables are connected tightly. Ensure terminals are free of dust, debris and corrosion, as that can cause poor and inconsistent electrical performance. Lights Inspect the lenses on the lights for cracks, and check that they are attached securely. Check the headlight and ensure it is aimed correctly. Make sure both the high and low beams work. Check the turn signals and brake lights for operation, and ensure they are clean and securely attached. Controls Lubricate all levers and pedals. Ensure they are not broken or bent. Inspect all cables for kinks, folds, or fraying. Test that your bikes cables do not interfere with steering. Check all hoses and look for problems indicated by cuts, cracks, bulges, or leaks. Make sure that the hoses do not get in the way of steering or suspension, and that there are no folds. Check the throttle to ensure it moves freely. Chassis Check the frame for any lifting paint, cracks, or dents, as this could indicate a structural concern. The front forks and rear shocks should be properly adjusted. Check the belt or chain for the proper tension. Add lubrication if required, and check that the teeth are mounted properly. Tighten all fasteners and replace if needed. Stand Check that stand(s) are not cracked or bent and they have enough tension to hold the bike in position. For most of these adjustments you can refer to your motorcycle owners manual, or purchase the shop manual from the manufacturer or dealer if youre mechanically inclined. If you are at all uncomfortable with doing a spring readiness check yourself then take it to a professional for a tune-up. This will ensure that your bike is road ready and as safe as possible. Since you havent ridden your bike all winter, most experienced riders recommend that you take some time to warm up to the bike again take it slow and practice maneuvering a little bit before you really hit the road. Making sure that youre prepared will help keep you safe. Keep in mind that if youve replaced your bike, taken some additional training, or made changes to safety equipment on your bike, you should advise your insurance company, as it may change your premiums. Lastly, put some extra cash in your pocket for riding season, take the opportunity to get some motorcycleinsurance quotes to make sure youre getting the best rates.

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

TOASTED BACON & EGGS OVER EASY SAMICH 7 Strips of Hickory Smoked Bacon 2 Slices of Potato Bread; lightly toasted 2 Eggs; Cooked Over-Easy in bacon drippings 1 Slice of White American Cheese (*optional) Good slather of real mayo; not cheap stuff. Substitute Miracle Whip if thats your preference. Lightly toast your potato bread, spread a thin amount of mayo on bottom piece of toast, then lay your bacon strips down vertically and if too long, just break off extra and place in middle of samich, next, add your over-easy eggs on top of bacon and poke them so the yolks break and all that creamy yolk is released. Add your cheese on top of eggs. Sprinkle a bit of parsley over entire samich, spread a good amount of mayo on top piece of toast and yum-yum it up. This is one of my top 4 samiches and Ive been making it for myself since I was 6 years old (but back then used Wonder bread); Potato bread is so much thicker and really toasts up crunchy for texture. GOOD OLE HOME-MADE REUBEN SAMICH 2 Slices of Marbled Rye Bread 1 1/4 lb. of Deli Pastrami; sliced thin 1 1/4 lb. of Deli Corn Beef; sliced thin 1 Tbls. of Spicy Deli Mustard 2 Slices of Quality Swiss Cheese 1 Good Slather of Quality Thousand Island Dressing Get a cast iron skillet good and hot on medium heat. Use I Cant Believe Its Not Butter margarine and spread both pieces of your Marble Rye bread generously and get up into the corners too. Take one piece in your hand and with fingers spread wide, hold bread with butter side down but on the top part spread Thousand Island dressing generously. While holding the bread, pile a good amount of pastrami on bread, then cover with a piece of Swiss Cheese then pile a good amount of Corn Beef on top of cheese, the 2nd piece of Swiss Cheese on top of that and then a really hefty slather of Thousand Island dressing all over top. Place top on sandwich and butter the top of generously and also throw a good size pat of margarine in the pan to melt down. When bottom of pan is well coated; gently glide your sandwich off your fingers and into skillet. Do not touch it or move it! It will only take apprx. 2 minutes to brown up crunchy, take a spatula and lift to make sure good and brown. Flip it and brown the other side. Serve up with a big long pickle spear and some chips. This also is one of my top 4 samiches.

HOME-MADE PHILLY-STYLE STEAK & CHEESE I rarely make these at home as theyre quite costly my way as my home-made version is made with Filet Mignon. So, we standardly go to Jersey Mikes. 2 Hoagie Style Rolls; fresh from Deli 2 Filet Mignon Steaks 1 & 1/2 Cups of Shredded Parmesan Cheese (or any cheese of your preference. Its your samich. 1 Ripe, Homegrown Tomato 2 Handfuls of Shredded Lettuce 1 Vidalia Onion; chopped and saute 1 Red, Green or Yellow Pepper, chopped & saute Or......all 3.go for it! Throw in some sliced mushrooms also Grill your steaks. Those stovetop grill skillets are great for this. Or use your indoor grill machine, whichever you prefer. Let cool 10 minutes when done cooking for juices to draw back into meat. Meanwhile, slather margarine on both sides of both Hoagie rolls. Cover them up well. Place under broiler and really keep an eye on them so they dont burn. Next, in your pre-heated medium high skillet, add your peppers, onions and mushrooms to saute up well. Salt & pepper to taste. Cut your Filet Mignon up into thin strips, but then chop the meat to a rough chop. After your saute mixture is smelling phenomenal, put in your steak chunks and add a few splashes of Worcestershire Sauce and mix well. Now, add your cheese and let it melt all down into skillet mixture. Cut down the center and take a spatula and take mixture over to crunchy, broiled buns. Arrange it where entire bottom of bun is covered up with the veggies and meat and melted cheese. Spread your shredded lettuce over top, then lay down 3 slices of rich, red, homegrown tomatoes on top of lettuce and salt & pepper them (add garlic powder also if want), slather top generously with mayo or your fave topping and bite baby bite. This is Heaven on a Hoagie roll. PEANUT BUTTER & MARSHMALLOW SAMICH 2 Slices of soft Wonder Bread or Blue Bunny Bread Bottom slice, generously spread with JIFF peanut butter. On top of the Jiff, spread really generously with Marshmallow Creme. Place the top over the bottom and seriously, you have to eat this with an ice-cold glass of whole milk. It is my comfort food samich of all times and I started making these for myself when I was 3 years old. And the best part.....totally simple. So there ya go; my 4 favorite samiches thruout my whole life. Whats yours? E-mail me your recipe. Keep Your Face In The Sweet Pie Of Life!

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AAAA Self Storage.......................................................................................37 Bayside Harley-Davidson............................................................................39 Big Daddyz Cycles...................................................................................16 Brooks Optical............................................................................................. 16 Carlisle Bike Fest (Event).............................................................................37 Caveliis.......................................................................................................27 Departure Bike Works..................................................................................20 Dominion Derby Girls (Events)....................................................................28 Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson..........................................................44 Gullivers Crossflight Restaurant................................................................39 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson..................................................................1 Hearth & Home............................................................................................27 Howard County Swap Meet/East Coast Motorcycle Rally (Events)..........Outside Back Cover Kampers Lodge Campgrounds....................................................................42 Kanawha Valley Arena.................................................................................43 Mild 2 Wild Cycles.......................................................................................15 Mountain Fest (Event)..................................................................................29 Outer Banks Bike Week (Event) ........Calendar Top & Inside Back Cover Power Sports Institute..................................................................................41 POW/MIA Riders 1st Annual Spring Rally (Event)......................................42 Pure Evil Performance.................................................................................16 Rick Preacher Saunders Devotional........................................................27 Rider Insurance...........................................................................................43 S & G Mobile Marine...................................................................................39 Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church...........................................................28 Southside Harley-Davidson Bike Show........................................................35 Suck Bang Blow @ Myrtle Beach Bike Week (Event)Outside Front Cover & 14 Thunder For The Cause (Event).................................................................. 40 Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group...............................Inside Front Cover
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