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CONTENTS
On The Cover
Virginia Mega Mile August 24, 2013

EDITORS LETTER
Hows everybody doing out there?...we hope that your summer has been incredible & filled with plenty of adventures to fill up your history books with. There have been so many wonderful events going on this year that have been in our calendar & the excitement hasnt let up even though we are heading into the home stretch of summer. This months special featured events are Aug 3rd & 31st at Kanawha Valley Arena with Mud Bog Racing & Grudge Pull at its finest!.Aug 11th head out to Surry to get down & dirty at Slades Park for the Dirt Drags.Aug 17th Big Daddys BBQ party will be going down starting at 11am for all to enjoy some of his delicious FREE BBQ with live music, vendors & more..AUG 24th Southside Harley will be paying out with Big prizes for their annual Bike Show, Bike Wash & Cookout with their World Famous FREE LUNCH!. We feel extremely honored to be featuring a very special event on our front & back covers this month - the very 1st AMA Pro Racing Virginia Mega Mile at Colonial Downs race track. Its going to be an exciting action packed day of racing with speeds possibly reaching 140mph! If you have that need for speed & enjoy the rush that motorcycle racing brings, you wont want to miss this 1st EVER event. Take the kids or grab your friends but definitely grab the ear plugs Its going to be an amazing month of motorcycle fun to wrap up the summer of 2013. As always we welcome your pictures, stories and ideas anytime. We want to see & hear about all the fun everyone is having out there & who better to tell it than YOU! You dont have to be a professional writer or photographer to send things to us. You can send things in every month if you like this magazine is for every one of our readers & its important for us to have your involvement to share whats happening around the state of Virginia. Dont be shy.look through your pictures or drop a line to direct me to your facebook albums or however its easiest for you. Sending in pictures with a little story, captions or just a few lines is always a pleasure to receive. Thank you so much for being here with us each month & for those of you who are just picking up a Thunder Roads for the 1st time, we welcome you & hope that youll start grabbing your free copy every month at any of our motorcycle friendly directory places. These are the only places in the state that you can get a copy. If you know of other places out there that youd like to see get Thunder Roads, drop me a line & let us know about them. Please stop in & visit any of our wonderful advertisers! They are the sole financial supporters of our magazine & they are here with us to show you that they care & theyve got what you need. Most of them ride too so youll be in good hands no matter what your needs may be. Theres a full month ahead just waiting for you to grab by the handle bars & ride it! Stay safe on the road to & from wherever you may be heading near or far. We look forward to hearing from you & seeing you out on the road somewhere, sometime soon. Happy Trails to you.until we meet again Peace!

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

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.
Aug 11th Rural Retreat Vol. Fire Dept. 6th Annual Poker Run Rural Retreat, VA Rural Retreat Vol. Fire Department 6th Annual Poker Run Sunday August 11th. Rural Retreat Fire Department 210 East Rail Road Ave. Rural Retreat VA, 24368. Sign up starts @ 12pm last motorcycle out at 1pm. $15 a rider $20 rider and passenger $5 each additional hand. Contact C.J. Earles @ 276-617-1439. Rural Retreat Vol. Fire Dept. Rural Retreat Virginia Aug 11th 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 Aug 18th. For info call Joe Brookman (804) 2213959 or email trufmejo@aol.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 17th Big Daddys BBQ Orange, VA FREE BBQ from 11am til its gone! Patch sewing & Pin Striping, Live Music, Vendors, Childrens activities & more. Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, 385 Waugh Blvd, Orange, VA 22960. (800) 88-WAUGH. www.waughhd.com Aug 17th ATV Rodeo KVA Larkspur, VA www.virginiarodeo.com Aug 17th BIKERS STUFF THE BUS with School Supplies Virginia Beach, VA 11am to 3pm. To benefit children with incarcerated parents.Helping kids make the grade. Southside HD 385 North Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Sponsored by Southside HD & Covenant Church. Aug 17th Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck History Tour 3 Hayes/Gloucester, VA Ride through the beautiful scenic roads of Virginias Middle Peninsula with stops at several historically significant sites. A brief interpretation will be offered at each site. After the ride, join us at the Moose Lodge #886 in Gloucester and show support for Gloucester Youth Football. Saturday, August 17th 2013 Starting at 9:30 am at the NEW Woodville Park off Brays Point Rd. in Hayes. From the toll plaza, go 5 miles and turn right onto Brays Point Rd, then about a mile down, take a left and the park will be ON the left. Signs will be posted. The ride will leave at approximately 10AM and the route covers roughly 100 miles with stops in Gloucester, Mathews, Saluda and King and Queen Counties. Refreshments and snacks will be provided throughout the ride and food will be available at the end. Contact info: 804-815-0558 or Rob@LocalCycleEvents.com Aug 17th MPNNHT3 Gloucester, VA Middle Peninsula History Tour 3;Event begins at the new Woodville Park on Brays Point Rd in Gloucester Va; Ride will traverse the country roads of Gloucester, Mathews, Saluda and King/Queen Counties stopping at several locations where riders will hear a short dissertation detailing the history of the site; Ride will end at the Gloucester Moose Lodge where there will be a benefit to help the Gloucester Youth Football League recover from the Tornado of 2011; RIDE IS FREE OF CHARGE Aug 24th Southside Harley-Davidsons Annual Bike Show, Bike Wash & Cookout Virginia Beach, VA Featuring our World Famous FREE Lunch! Bike Show registration 9am to 11am. Possible $2100 payout in gift cards & trophies. 385 North Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462. (757) 499-8964. www.hrhd.com Aug 24th Ride for the Pirate V-Southeastern Virginia Ride Yorktown, VA

BIKER CHURCH SERVICES


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) 3763612 We hold services every Sunday & we hold a Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month. Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dogs every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles. 4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit www.tidewatermotorcycles.net for more info. Motorcycle Swap Meet Suffolk, VA Beginning June 1st, Tidewater Motorcycles Inc. will be having a Swap Meet on the first Saturday of every month. Bring used motorcycles, parts and apparel to sell. Our 10x10 spaces are FREE. To reserve a space call us at 757-255-4200 or email us at staff@tidewatermotorcycles.com. 4324 Godwin Blvd. Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Aug 3rd 4x4 Cross Mud Bog KVA Larkspur, VA Mud Racing and Grudge Pull! www.virginiarodeo.com Aug 5th 11th 73rd Annual 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Sturgis, SD www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com Aug 10th 6th Annual Hope for the Homeless Chesapeake, VA The Ambassadors for Jesus Christ Motorcycle Ministry are sponsoring our 6th Annual Hope for the Homeless Charity ride and cookout benefiting the Union Mission in Norfolk, VA. Rally Point Kmart/Sears Parking Lot, 2001 S. Military Hwy., Chesapeake, VA 23324. Registration begins at 8:30 AM. Kickstands Up at 10: AM. Registration fee is $10. www. ambassadorsecmm.org. Contact Bronx (757) 338-1974. Kmart/Sears Parking Lot 2001 S. Military Hwy Chesapeake, VA 23324 Aug 10th Antique Bike Show with the Nighthawks Fairfax, VA You are invited to our 4th Annual Blast from the Past with The Nighthawks! Parking in the lot today will be for motorcycles only to make room for the Bike Show. Peoples Choice prize awarded- ballot proceeds go to Wounded Warriors. www.Patriothd.com 703.352.5400. Patriot Harley-Davidson, 9739 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax, VA 22031

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Events
5th Annual Ride for the Pirate- www.rideforthepirate.com-$15 per Rider, $5 per Passenger. FREE T-Shirts!! Party with our DJ!! DOOR PRIZES!! 50/50 RAFFLE!! Two Great Rides for One Great Party! Ride to remember Lt. Commander Joe Rodriguez, a great American hero. Joe was the Godfather of tactical Law Enforcement in the Coast Guard and risked his life many times to ensure our freedom. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation and the college trust funds for his 2 sons. Southeastern Virginia Ride: Yorktown, Virginia-9:00 - 10:00am - Registration at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson (6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy., Rte 17, Yorktown, VA 23692). 10:00am Ride along Route 17 to Ricks on the River Restaurant at Fairview Beach in King George County on the Potomac River. For more info on the Southeastern Virginia ride: Darren Myers, (757) 286-3377, darren@rideforthepirate.com Aug 24th AMA Pro Racing Virginia Mega Mile Williamsburg, VA Colonial Downs Race Track - 1.25 Mile AMA Pro Flat Track Racing. At 1.25 mile, The Virginia Mega Mile is longest track on the schedule. This promises to be an action packed event with speeds of 140 a real possibility. Tickets & information www. ColonialDowns.com (804) 966-RACE (7223). Colonial Downs is located at I-64, Exit 214 New Kent (located between Richmond & Williamsburg) See front & back covers of this issue for details & schedule. Aug 24th Ride for the Pirate V-Northern Virginia Ride Dumfries, VA 5th Annual Ride for the Pirate-Saturday, August 24, 2013-http://www.rideforthepirate. com. $15 per captain (rider). $5 per bucko on back. FREE T-Shirts!! Party with our DJ!! DOOR PRIZES!! 50/50 RAFFLE!! Two Great Rides for One Great Party! On Saturday, August 24th, we will ride to remember Lt. Commander Joe Rodriguez, a great American hero. Joe was the Godfather of tactical Law Enforcement in the Coast Guard and risked his life many times to ensure our freedom. He lost his toughest battle against brain cancer. All proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society, the Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Foundation and the college trust funds for his two sons. Northern Virginia Ride Starting in Dumfries, Virginia: 10:00 - 11:00am Registration for riders in the Dumfries commuter lot at the intersection of VA-234 and Route 1 (Exit 152A off I-95 - lot is on the left across from McDonalds). 11:00am Leave Dumfries and take a scenic country ride to Ricks on the River Restaurant at Fairview Beach in King George County on the Potomac River (6338 Riverview Drive, King George, VA 22485). For more info on the Northern Virginia ride: Butch Bailey, (919) 429-1766, rideforthepirate@ usmvmcva3.org Aug 30th - Sept 1st 13TH AnnualOuter Banks Bike Show Grandy, NC This event is in its 13th year. Free Admission to the 3 day Labor Day Week End Event. Activities start with a Navy Seal Tribute Ride from Va. Beach to Barrys, Vendors, Bands, Bike Riding Contests, Ride in 10 class Bike Show, Poker Run, all to benefit the Naval Special Warfare Foundation-US Navy Seals Killed in Action. Great food, all ABC Permits on one Island Site on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Aug 30-Sept 1, 2013 Labor Day Week End. Visit us at: www.outerbanksbikeshow.com Aug 31st No Guts, No Glory MUD BOG Racing KVA Larkspur, VA www.virginiarodeo.com Sept 5th 8th Smoky Mountain Rumble Maryville, TN On the grounds of Smoky Mountain HD. Thursday night VIP party. Friday and Saturday Vendors, poker run, 3 pin ride, music, bike games. Concert at The Shed Friday and Saturday night. The bands for the Rumble are Hardwired, Whitey Morgan & the 78s and Zach Ryan & the Renegades. $500 Poker Run Saturday with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will get a chance to roll the dice to see if they can win a Harley. To register call 478-237-3761 or go to www.smokymountainrumble.com. Maryville TN Sept 7th Motorcycle Ride for Elkton Area United Services! Elkton, VA Sat, Sept 7 (Rain date: Sun, Sept 8th). Arrive: 9 am Depart 10 am. Return: 2-3 pm for lunch and door prizes. $15. per bike donation. EAUS Thrift Store, 218 W Spotswood Tr, Elkton, Va. 540 298-2900. 100% of the proceeds benefit EAUS - a comprehensive social service agency.

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.
Sept 8th Kundratic Motorcycle & Hot Rod Swap Meet Baltimore, MD BUY, SELL or SWAP! FREE A dmission. FREE Parking. The areas ONLY traditional old school swap meet with just motorcycle & hot rod parts. 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. Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles 6310 Holabird Avenue Baltimore MD 21224 Sept 8th Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable - Richmond, VA Richmond Marriot, 500 E. Broad St. Richmond, VA 23219 - 12 Noon Matt Danielson, McGrath & Danielson, Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com Sept 12th 15th Delmarva Bike Week Ocean City MD/Salisbury MD/Seaford DE www.delmarvabikeweek.com Sep 13th & 14th SMOKIN UP KANAWHA Diesel Truck Pulls KVA Larkspur, VA www.virginiarodeo.com Sept 13th 15th Thunder in the Smokies Fall Rally Maggie Valley, NC www.thunderinthesmokies.com Sept 15th 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 Sept 22nd. For info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or email trufmejo@aol.com Sept 19th Thunder on Tobacco Road Rally to support the Deaf Leisure Association Seven Springs, NC Old school biker party! People games, Motorcycle Rodeo, Golf Cart Rodeo, Live Band, DJ music by Mobile Music Operator, FREE BBQ Plates while supplies last, free Mechanical Bull riding, Free tent camping with admission, RV sites $30 with water/ electric and $10 just water. No one under 18 allowed and we reserve the right to refuse entrance! Admission for weekend is $25 per person. Come one, come all and support our charity, The Deaf Leisure Association ! Please visit our FaceBook Event Page for the latest information. https://www.facebook.com/events/452100901541513/ . Website: http:// www.mason-dixonparkbikerally.com/. https://www.facebook.com/MobileMusicOperators . https://www.facebook.com/deafdla . Email: Ken Heath wkheathjr@gmail.com. Phone Number: 252-560-1994. Mason-Dixon Park LLC. 7533 NC HWY 55 West, Seven Springs, NC 28578. Sept 21st Fourth Annual Kids to College Poker Run and Car Show Newport News/ Virginia Beach, VA On Saturday, 21 September 2013 The Viet Nam Vets / Legacy Vets Motorcycle Club with the assistance of the Tidewater Streeters Car Club are sponsoring the Fourth Annual Kids to College Poker Run and Car Show to support the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. The Special Operations Warrior foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of Special Operations Personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families. Registration will be conducted from 9:30 to 10:30 am on the Southside and Peninsula. Southside Registration will be at Poppas Pub, 2105 Diamond Springs Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455. Peninsula Registration will be at Hosss Deli, 806 Old Oyster Point Rd, Newport News, VA. Donation of $10.00 per Person is requested. Extra poker hands available for $5.00. The last stop of the event will at Poppas Pub, 2105 Diamond Springs Road Virginia Beach, VA 23455. There will be door prizes, 50/50 Raffle, Charity Auction and Music by 12 South. Classic Cars from The TIDEWATER STREETERS will be on site. The best car in show will be voted on by the Public. There will also be prizes for best poker hand, worst poker hand and largest group in attendance. For more information Contact Recoil at Recoillvmc@cox.net

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Sept 21st VFW Post 392 8th Annual Poker Run Virginia Beach, VA VFW Post 392 8th Annual Poker Run for Cancer Aid and Research. Registration from 9 to 10:30 am at VFW Post 392 2408 Bowland Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23453. Donation of $10.00 per Rider $5.00 per Passenger, and All Wheels Welcome. There will be a $6.00 Breakfast and a FREE Lunch at the end of the Ride. The last stop is back to VFW post 392, 2408 Bowland Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23453. There will be Trophies for Best/Worst hand, Oldest/ Youngest and the Largest group in Attendance, along with 50/50 Raffle, door prizes and items for Auction. For more Information contact (FLIP) at mark.defilippo@navy.mil. VFW Post 392 2408 Bowland Parkway Virginia Beach, VA 23453 Sept 25th 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 Harley-Davidson to demo! Saturday, Sept. 28th there will be also be a Bike Show, FREE food, a variety of venders and so much more! All American Harley-Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD Sept 28th ATV Rodeo KVA Larkspur, VA www.virginiarodeo.com Sept 29th Benefit Ride Virginia Beach, VA The Pink Ride Virginia Beach/Chesapeake Sunday September 29, 2013 we will have our 5th Annual ride with registration at 9:00 am at Eaglesnest Rockincountry Bar leaving there at 11:30 am to Knuckleheads Bar and Grill. The Pink Ride raises money for our endowment fund with Bon Secours to assist Hampton Roads women fighting Breast Cancer with financial needs. Live music, auction, vendors, 2013 Harley Davidson Road Glide giveaway. Raffle tickets still available for $20.00. Registration cost $20.00 per vehicle, $10.00 per rider. 2 to 4 wheel vehicles welcome! Come help us make this our best year and enjoy the event! W8/ Oct 3rd 7th Myrtle Beach Bike Week Myrtle Beach, SC www.myrtlebeachbikeweek/event/fall-rally Oct 6th 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 Oct 13th. For info call Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or email trufmejo@aol.com Oct 17th 20th Biketoberfest Daytona Beach, FL www.biketoberfest.org Oct 19th Ride for Literacy Yorktown, VA Saturday, October 19, 2013 (rain date Oct 20) beginning at Hampton Roads Harley Davidson at 6450 George Washington Memorial Highway, Yorktown, VA 23692 and ending at a local restaurant. Check in time is 9-10AM or Preregister at www.penreads.org by October 11th. Cost is $15 per driver and $10 per passenger. Questions? 757-283-5776 or www.penreads.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 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

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.
Oct 27th Howard County Motorcycle Swapmeet - West Friendship, MD www.howardcountyswapmeet.com 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

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Proud To Be AN AMERICAN
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Bergdahl wristbands, some yellow, some black along with some POW Bowe Bergdahl stickers. She told me she would ask the players if they would consider wearing Bowes wristbands before the series with the Yankees on July 12th. That After having POW-MIA seats placed in the Boston Garis how the Bowe Bergdahl wristband thing got started. So den, Gillette Stadium the only other major sports team in we all owe a big thank you to Joe and Stephanie. Boston not having one was Fenway Park, home of the Boston catcher Jarrod Salty Saltalamacchia has worn Boston Red Sox. On July 4th before the start of the game Joe DEntremont, his wristband in every game since July 12th. Others wearing Bowes wristbands include SOX rookie Jose Iglesias, President Mass 1 Rolling Thunder and Dr. Charles Steinberg Senior Advisor to the President/CEO, Boston Red Sox Yankees left fielder Vernon Wells, and Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria. unveiled their POW-MIA seat at Fenway Park. Boston is Bowe Bergdahl Strong! While speaking with Stephanie Maneikis, Senior Manager of Fan Services & Entertainment for the Red Sox, I mentioned that we have a live American soldier now captive for Respectfully, over four long years. She was totally unaware of POW Sgt. Patrick J. Hughes U.S.M.C. ChuLai 67-68 Bowe Bergdahls plight. She said she would keep him in 610-529-6440 Cell her prayers and thoughts but I suggested something else www.patrickjhughes.org she could do, have the Red Sox players wear Bowe Bergdahl wristbands to help bring awareness to his capture and YouTube: mag12chulai God Bless America that our government needs to bring him home now. The next day I sent her a package containing 60 Bowe
taken by my worthy assistant Michael DePaulo, others Patrick.

How Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and his POW wristbands got into baseball.

Tampa Bays Luke Scott #30 slides past the tag of Boston Red Sox catcher #39 Jarrod Salty Saltalamacchia who continues to wear his yellow POW Bowe Bergdahl wristband on his right wrist.

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FOUR YEARS TOO LONG

Proud To Be AN AMERICAN

This morning a large number of POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl supporters got up early went to downtown Philly and set up camp in front of the studios of Fox 29 TV. Our sole purpose was to speak out, educate and advocate that there is a live American soldier being held as a prisoner of war now for Four years too long! He needs to come home Now! We were well received by the passersby and the Fox TV crew, some of the news team came out to say hello and offer their support. A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces but also by the men it honors and the men it remembers, JFK. Patrick God Bless America Photographs & article by Patrick J. Hughes, U.S.M.C. ChuLai 67-68, 610-529-6440 Cell, www.patrickjhughes.org

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Tech Tips
TECH TIPS: EZ Clutch Install
Whether youre a big city commuter or just find your self riding in parades and processions, the Popeye clutch commonly found on earlier Harley-Davidson and other big twin models can make the ride challenging. Folks with smaller hands, guys like me with arthritis kicking in early, or just the comfort of not having to fight the damn thing; all good reasons to do this install. There are two types of kits available. One introduces a lever to the ball and ramp mechanism and is sold by several different aftermarket suppliers. There are ap plications for 2000-2012 Big Twin, 87-99 Big Twin, and 86-93 Sportsters.

horsepower applications. Where that threshold is defined is not known to us. From experience, we can say that stock engines 80-96 cubic inches with mild

performance upgrades did well. In this months column, well discuss the lever style install and cover the HarleyDavidson kit in a future issue. To install the lever style kit, follow your service manual on procedures for removing the clutch release cover. Most models will require at least partial removal of the exhaust system. Once the side cover is off, installing the kit is a piece of cake. In a nutshell, you will be bolt ing on a lever to the end of your clutch cable; a force multiplier of sorts. The spacer included in the kit is installed on the threaded portion of the clutch cable and takes up some of the slack that is introduced from the extra travel. Without it, most cables will not have enough adjustment in the turnbuckle to compensate. A word of caution: This spacer will preclude a significant amount of thread engagement between the clutch cable and cover. Al though the instructions do not call out for any modifica tion, we remove about .100 of material from the spacer to get a few more threads exposed. This still gives us plenty of adjustment in the cable. Dont over tighten the cable! Re-install the clutch release cover and complete all adjustments in accordance with service literature. The advertised reduction in pull is 40%. I can tell you from experience the difference is nothing short of amazing! Ride safe! Craig Griswold and Mary Kirby are the owners of Two

The other is a kit that is a direct replacement of the ball and ramp mechanism and the diaphragm spring, sold through Harley-Davidson. Since the latter uses a reduced effort spring, it may not be suitable for higher

Gunners Custom Iron in Penn Valley. Additional information can be found www.twogunnerscustomiron.com

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Rob Thein Memorial


I cant say what I would like, it would take so long. But one thing or two things, ROB loved his veterans and they were the most important. He may to others seem a little ruff, but it was because this mattered so much and couldnt figure why it didnt to others. He knew nothing going into this. He found out all he could to build ALR 75. I am very proud of knowing him, and I thank him for what he did to help us help others. He helped all of us at one time or another, and never asked for anything back. The world was a good place with him in it, and his love of his family was so deep. Thank you Rob for coming into our life.--I will be forever Tonto and Mike General Lee ~~~~~~~~~~ Rob Thein was a One of a Kind. He was a man with strong opinions and beliefs. He was a man who would never waver from his thoughts and what he believed in. Sometimes his opinions would cause conflict with others, but somehow, you could see the conviction in what he was saying, whether you agreed or not. Rob was also a kind, compassionate man. He would always take the time to listen, talk, and on occasion, would shed a tear. Robs passion for the American Legion Riders was incredibly strong and heartfelt. He started ALR 75 from scratch. He built it from the ground up. He nurtured us, taught us, guided us, and led us. We became a family. Together, we would send off our soldiers. We would welcome our heroes home. We would stand for our wounded and broken, we also would stand tall and proud for our fallen. Now it is left to the rest of us to carry on Robs legacy. With every ride, every charity, every send off and homecoming we participate in, Rob will be there. Silently he will be riding with us, leading us, and guiding us. As we stand tall and proud for our soldiers and heroes, we will also be standing for Rob. He will always be in our minds and forever in our hearts.I will miss Rob Thein. I will miss his laughter, his kindness, his knowledge, his sense of humor (although sometimes warped), and the inside jokes. But, most of all, I will miss my friend, Rob Thein. I bow my head and say a prayer I think of him fondly as I shed a tear We have lost a treasure, a true friend We have lost a soldier, a hero, and a brother to all We are in mourning, for this time it has hit home Because we have lost one of our own. LeAnn Beckerdite ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At the meeting on Sunday Joe said hed not had a better friend--- then he caught my eye n said why is that? I never let anybody get that close, never. But Rob was that guy who just had an open heart for all I saw him meet. When I first met him at Friday nite ride in at the point, the only sense of agenda I got from him was if i rode n that I was there- he didnt know me from Adam. Then he met Eileen who was a new rider n folded us into the group- without membership- and everyone had the same attitude as Rob- as if it was their duty to make us one of them in the legion family -but

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especially watch over her n make sure she became a skilled rider in and out of the group- while developing a friendship with both of us. Heres the rub-- my wife will ride with or without me with ALR (this is a big deal to me) both of us knowing shell be safe, watched over but also as part of a group of men and women who live to remember their service, honor their brothers in arms, and honoring those whove returned home- living or dead, broken or bruised as well as the families that support those troops here and abroad. Personally Im going to miss the rants n flying off the handle-- his passion was ALR and the Legion behind it-- and if it wasnt going where he thought it should hed fire an email-- Im going to miss a Man , my friendwhos example inspires me to be better. Brian & Eileen Conboy ~~~~~~~~~~ Rob seemed to always step up to fill in the void... If it was the grass that needed cutting or a position that needed to be filled he would do his best to help out, while always looking for a better way to get it done. Somethings worked out and somethings didnt, but even when he was down.... He would find a way to get back up and take his ALR Brothers & Sisters along with him to keep on working for HIS TROOPS! His Wounded Warriors! This program and what he could do for it was NOT a program that would go un-looked or un-supported by him... or Us as long as he could do something about it! Even while marking things off of his Bucket List with his better half and his daughter & son by his side in sunny Florida, he wanted to be updated by email on the progress of HIS Never Forget Poker Run scheduled for July 20th 2013. Rob started this poker run, now in its 4th year, again to support the Wounded Troops. His efforts have supplied the Warriors In Transition at Joint Base Langley / Ft. Eustis and the Polytrauma Rehab. Transition Center at McGuire V.A. Medical Center in Richmond with thousands of dollars... We will carry on with his legacy and do our best for Our Troops and for Rob. Rob, was always finding a way to help out our troops and their families: He did numerous Patriot Guard Rides and stood on many flag lines, always tried to support any local bike run that was supporting our troops... I argued many time with Rob and he could be quite the Prick at times... But his heart was Always in the right place! I will truly miss him and can only hope that we can fill the void we now have... Steve Barannek ~~~~~~~~~~ Rob was the type of person that whenever you couldnt come up with an idea for something for a ride he would even if it meant taking a 100 mile ride, he would always make people laugh by making comments about their bikes cause they were riding a bike that wasnt a Harley he would always call them a rice burner. When it came to putting things down onto paper he always knew how to word it just right to get the point across as to not to offend anyone. Marvin VanBuskirk ~~~~~~~~~~

What can I sayRob was Rob, strong when we needed and got on us when we needed it. Always there for us as a strong guiding hand, firm but gentle when needed. Let me sum up my feelings with a poem I wrote for my funeral A Wandering Man Returns No More Over yon hill I have gone Only still to find another And it to I have gone beyond And the one after Yes I have returned To tell a tail To spin a yarn Of things seen Of things done And in the end Over yon hill I will go again And return no more I will have crossed my final hill Do not sorrow But rejoice For I have wondered that final mile And I have found that which I have sought Now I am at rest The LORD has taken me And given me the hill if hills From my hill I can see all Even those I never got to cross No more tails No more yarns Of things seen Of things done A wandering man returns no more Joe Emler ~~~~~~~~~~ Rob was the reason I joined ALR. He had a passion for supporting the military members. I remember, he went to a PGR mission for a unit going from Ft. Eustis to the sandbox. One of the team thanked him for his support, his response was, Ill be here when you get back!. When the unit returned, it was a cold day, actually we got snowed on returning to the post later that day, but he was there to welcome them home, on his Harley. Thats the way he was. If he said he was going to do something, you can bet he did everything in his power to make sure it was done. He was the kind of person that made everyone feel welcome, didnt matter what you looked like or how rich or poor you were, you felt welcome. As a member of the ALR, Rob had this magical way of making you want to do things you really didnt feel like doing, and you felt guilty if you didnt. His leadership as ALR75 director is what made the difference. Even after he gave up his tenure as Director, he would still keep an eye on his ALR and help direct it in the direction he thought it should be going. I only knew Rob for a short time, about a year and a half, but he made a difference in my life, and I am honored to have known someone like him. Ron Muckler Director ALR 75

Tribute to Rob Thein


I am the Director of the Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Eustis. Our program provides the non-medical support for the wounded, ill and injured soldiers and their families. The services at our facility include financial and educational counseling, military personnel services and other transitional services to include social security, VA benefits, Voc Rehab and Employment resources. I met Rob Thein in 2008 when he decided to visit our facility with his long time buddy, Joe. I was impressed at that time with his desire to demonstrate his organizations admiration, appreciation of and empathy with our wounded, ill and injured soldiers. Once he was apprised of their variety of needs he became the driving force in the support provided by, the American Legion Riders, Post 75 Gloucester, Virginia. Through Rob, this on-going partnership and commitment to our soldiers has provided physical labor and on-going financial aid to this special population. Our mission is to establish a warm inviting environment that promotes healing during the transition process. This mission has been realized due to our relationship with Rob Thein and our American Legion family. Our partnership with the American Legion Riders through Rob went beyond providing monies for healthy snacks and water. It has afforded us the opportunity to provide the following essential services; free child care for a special needs child whose mother had to accompany her injured husband to Portsmouth Naval several times a week, purchase of a physical therapy swimming contract for a warriors therapeutic swimming class, purchase of an anti-gravity chair for a warrior with severe back injuries, distribution of food vouchers and gas gift cards for warriors struggling with financial issues. The list is fairly long of the problems we have been able to address due to the donations from the American Legion Riders. Rob was always willing to buck the system if he saw there were inequities in any system that denied our soldiers their rights and benefits. Due to his efforts, the Donation Regulation for Joint Base Langley was adjusted to loosen the requirements that denied us providing monies to our wounded, ill and injured soldiers for food and adaptive equipment. Rob Thein and his no nonsense approach to life and anything that negatively impacted our warriors, will be a void difficult to fill. We developed a friendship based upon mutual respect and dedication to improving the quality of life for our soldiers. To say he is sorely missed is not a strong enough sentiment and is lacking in demonstrating the true impact of his loss. I can sadly say farewell my friend as you join a new group of celestial riders heading into eternity. Linda McClellan Director, Soldier and Family Assistance Center

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EMISSIONS TESTING NO LONGER REQUIRED FOR MOTORCYCLES The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its requirement that Phoenix-area motorcycles undergo annual emissions inspections, the last place in the country to require such testing. The federal agency has approved a request from state environmental officials in Arizona that motorcycle tests be discontinued, effective immediately. The request to drop the testing requirement came in response to a 2008 state law requiring the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to do an analysis of pollutants emitted by motorcycles and make a proposal to the federal agency. Our analysis has determined that the cost and inconvenience is not providing a significant environmental benefit, said Trevor Baggiore, deputy director of air quality at ADEQ. Even though motorcycles account for 3.5% of vehicles on the areas roads, the departments analysis determined that they emit insignificant amounts of pollution, accounting for less than 1% of total emissions in the Phoenix metro area. Pima County (Tucson) and Maricopa County (Phoenix) were the only areas in the United States that required motorcycles to pass yearly emissions inspections at a cost of $19 per test, and Pima County halted motorcycle testing in 2007. Congratulations to ABATE of Arizona, the MMA of Arizona and the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ACMC) for their years of stalwart efforts to relieve Grand Canyon State riders of these unnecessary costs and burdensome time wasted in long lines. ANTI-ABORTION MEASURE RIDES MOTORCYCLE BILL THROUGH N.C. HOUSE In controversial political maneuvering, the Republican-controlled North Carolina House recently pushed through anti-abortion legislation, using as their vehicle a motorcycle safety bill that lawmakers had stealthily gutted and turned into a measure to further regulate abortion clinics. Republicans introduced the legislation (S.B. 353) in the House Judiciary Committee the previous morning by attaching the abortion provisions to a motorcycle safety bill -- without first notifying either the public or their Democratic colleagues. This bill came hurriedly through the Senate, rerouted through the House on a motorcycle, lamented state Rep. Alma Adams (D). No input from stakeholders, no public scrutiny, no transparency, no fiscal note. The final vote was 74-41 on July 13; the bill now heads back to the GOP-led state Senate for approval, then on to Governor Pat McCrory (R) who says he will sign the measure into law if it reaches his desk. GUAM ENACTS LIMITED HELMET LAW Originally, Senator Tommy Morrisons bill called for universal helmet use for all motorcycle riders in the U.S. protectorate of Guam, but the revised version of his proposed helmet law makes it mandatory only for riders under the age of 18 and for those with less than 3 years riding experience. After a lengthy public hearing and receiving input from the community, Bill No. 87 Limited Helmet Law passed unanimously, and also requires new riders to first complete a defensive driving/motorcycle safety education course prior to being licensed and prohibits licensees from operating a motorcycle
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or scooter of larger engine size than that which they take the motorcycle exam on. In order to operate a motorcycle with a larger engine, the operator must apply and test for a new license under that engine size. AMENDED HELMET LAW HAS POSITIVE ECONOMIC BENEFIT IN MICHIGAN Changes last year in Michigans mandatory helmet law have had a positive effect on motorcycle riding in Michigan, according to ABATE of Michigan. There has been an increase in motorcycle travel in Michigan since April of 2012, said ABATE in a recent press release. Motorcycle tourism is up. Motorcyclists across the country are coming to Michigan in droves. Very few out-of-state motorcyclists were seen in Michigan before the adult helmet requirement was modified, according to ABATE. Cyclists from across the country are discovering the beauty of the lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. There is an increase of out-of-state participation in Michigan motorcycle events by as much as five times during the summer of 2012. Our members have reported an increase in motorcycle tourism since the enactment of the rider choice law, added Scott Ellis, executive director of the Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, which represents more than 1,800 restaurant, bar, party store, hotel and casino establishments across the state. From Monroe to Muskegon to the Keweenaw Peninsula, more out-of-state motorcyclists are stopping, staying and spending money at our restaurants, hotels and attractions, he told the Midland Daily News. Motorcycle sales also are up in Michigan, and ABATE says that 2012 was the safest riding season in 10 years for licensed motorcyclists in the state. MOTORCYCLE CHECKPOINTS IN NEW YORK NET NEARLY A HUNDRED TICKETS More than 80 motorcyclists and their vehicles were checked by specially-trained State Police motorcycle inspectors near Buffalo, NY in midJune, with two checkpoints resulting in the issuance of 92 traffic tickets for offenses that included helmet and equipment violations. New York has been the epicenter for the Motorcycle-Only Checkpoint debate, which has resulted in four states; New Hampshire, North Carolina, Virginia and California, passing laws to prohibit law enforcement agencies from establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints. In addition, on the federal level Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) has introduced H.R. 1861 To stop motorcycle checkpoint funding, and also contains language to force the DOT to focus motorcycle safety efforts on crash prevention programs, not national helmet mandates. MOTORCYCLE CLUB SUES CITY OVER DISCRIMINATION A local motorcycle club said it was just doing things by the book when it filed a permit to hold a BBQ fundraiser at a local park in Rio Vista, California, but the city and the police chief turned that simple request down. Now, the motorcycle club is filing suit, claiming it was discriminated against. No one other than us has ever tried to put in a permit, Saxon Creed MC President Rob Anderson told News 10/KXTV. We

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thought we were doing the right thing. Last July, the club wanted to hold its fundraising pig roast at Blackwelder Park, the same park where dozens of other community events have been held. So, the group filed for a permit with the city. But, the request was declined by the police chief and the city. The group held their pig roast this year without problems at a Veterans Hall, right next door to the park they applied to last year. Members of Saxon Creed MC say they feel like the request was denied because they are bikers. The group has filed a discrimination lawsuit, claiming its civil rights were violated. Theyre suing for $250,000 in damages on behalf of their 15 members. It makes me very angry, Anderson said. This is America. We all have rights. I dont like seeing anyones rights trampled on. cycles which display the identifying characters in a vertical alignment. Owners of custom-made or vintage motorcycles are sometimes reluctant to mount the registration plate horizontally on the rear fender because doing so interferes with the custom paint job or other custom work done on the cycle, according to Keller. Many of these owners have approached ABATE of Pennsylvania, the motorcycle advocacy group, about making this legislative change, and ABATE supports my legislation.

MORE RULES PROPOSED FOR CANADIAN RIDERS Saskatchewan is considering more requirements for new motorcycle licensees, supervision for new riders and the possibility of mandatory gear. The ideas are among more than a dozen changes to motorcycle safety, training and insurance MAN ON A MISSION rules proposed by Saskatchewan Government Insurance as This will be the most important thing I have ever done. it looks for ways to reduce claims, save money and quell the says Tim King, founder and news editor of Salem-News. roar of angry riders. One suggestion is for potential riders com, in regard to his scheduled 48-state motorcycle ride for to pass a basic skills test or complete a motorcycle training Veterans. I am riding 48 states this summer to educate Vets program before theyre issued a learners license. New ridthrough talks and media appearances about health issues ers who dont take the training courses could see an addithat are taking lives; were talking about PTSD/TBI, Agent Or- tional $500 a year fee or be restricted on the size of the bike ange and the effects of serving aboard toxic military bases. they use. Helmets and eye protection are currently the law A former Marine who has covered the wars in Afghanistan in Saskatchewan and similar rules apply across the country, and Iraq, Tim and his wife Bonnie received the NCOM Silver but no other jurisdiction in Canada has mandatory rules for Spoke Award for Media in 2011 for advocating on behalf of wearing gloves, ankle-covering boots or clothing that cover motorcycle clubs and riders and their civil rights, and they arms and legs, according to SGI. The review was launched have also been recognized by the Oregon Confederation of earlier this year after a proposed rate increase which would Clubs for Excellence in Journalism. Tim is riding thousands have seen insurance costs for motorcycles go up by an of miles to share the information he has accumulated over average of 73% to cover a $9 million gap between what SGI his journalism career and nine specific years reporting for takes in from motorcyclists in fees versus what is paid out for Salem-News.com and hes doing it by himself, so your help collisions. The public has until the end of July to comment on can make Tims trip safer and more effective. Tims covering the proposals and SGI is to report to the government in the an ongoing war here at home where Veterans are fighting for fall. The goal is to have the new rules in place for next years their rights, and hell be checking in with motorcycle riders riding season. who are busy defending their civil rights in regard to club membership and other issues, so hes enlisting the support MOTORCYCLE BAN LIFTED IN PAKISTAN of the motorcycle community to publicize and help fund his After five years, Pakistani authorities have lifted ban on momission. Along the way hell be writing stories and posting torcycle riding in Bajaur tribal region. The ban on motorcycle photos and videos of the places and people he visits, and riding was imposed in 2008 when the Taliban stepped up youll be able to track his progress at Salem-News.com and their activities in the region, and the ban was aimed at conalso via this dedicated Facebook page at www.facebook. trolling insurgency and preventing targeted killings because com/tim.king.146612?ref=tn_tnmn. motorcycles were being used for attacks against anti-Taliban forces. The announcement about lifting the ban was made VERTICAL MOTORCYCLE LICENSE PLATE BILL by Brig Ghulam Haidar, a sector army commander, during CLEARS PA HOUSE Legislation allowing the vertical display his speech through the security forces-run FM radio chanof registration plates on motorcycles was recently passed nel (Radio Aman FM 88). The lifting of ban on motorcycle by the state House and now heads to the Senate for consid- riding is a gift for the tribesmen on the eve of the holy month eration. House Bill 1060 is sponsored by state Rep. Mark of Ramadan. This good news may enhance happiness of Keller (R-86). This legislation is specific to motorcycles, ex- Ramadan, he said. Brig Ghulam said that imposing the ban plained Rep. Keller. Currently, the state vehicle code does on motorcycle riding was a difficult decision but it was taken not specify how a vehicle registration plate may be mounted. only in the larger interest of people of the tribal agency. However, regulations in Title 67 of the Pennsylvania Code require horizontal mounting of vehicle registration plates and QUOTABLE QUOTE: Success is not final, failure not fatal; it do not give the option for vertical mounting. HB 1060 would is the courage to continue that counts. also authorize the Pennsylvania Department of Transporta~Winston Churchill (1874-1965), British Prime Minister and tion to produce, upon request, registration plates for motorinspirational WWII leader
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Water is the second most popular drink in the world, behind soft drinks. There are plenty of reasons to drink water. In fact, drinking water (either plain or in the form of other fluids or foods) is essential to your health. Think of water as a nutrient your body needs that is present in liquids, plain water, and foods. All of these are essential daily to replace the large amounts of water lost each day. We lose fluid continuously, from skin evaporation, breathing, urine, and stool, and these losses must be replaced daily for good health, he says. When your water intake does not equal your output, you can become dehydrated. Fluid losses are accentuated in warmer climates, during strenuous exercise, in high altitudes, and in older adults, whose sense of thirst may not be as sharp. Here are six reasons to make sure youre drinking enough water or other fluids every day: 1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain the Balance of Body Fluids. Your body is composed of about 60% water. The functions of these bodily fluids include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Through the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves. When youre low on fluids, the brain triggers the bodys thirst mechanism. And unless you are taking medications that make you thirsty, you should listen to those cues and get yourself a drink of water, juice, milk, coffee -- anything but alcohol. Alcohol interferes with the brain and kidney communication and causes excess excretion of fluids which can then lead to dehydration, he says. 2. Water Can Help Control Calories. For years, dieters have been drinking lots of water as a weight loss strategy. While water doesnt have any magical effect on weight loss, substituting it for higher calorie beverages can certainly help. Foods with high water content are essential & those foods tend to look larger. Higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans. 3. Water Helps Energize Muscles. Cells that dont maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes shrivel, which can result in muscle fatigue. Drinking enough fluids is important when exercising. You should drink about 17 ounces of fluid about two hours before exercise. During exercise, they recommend that people start drinking fluids early, and drink them at regular intervals to replace fluids lost by sweating. 4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good. Your skin contains plenty of water, and functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. But dont expect over-hydration to erase wrinkles or fine lines. Dehydration makes your skin look more dry and wrinkled but this can be improved with proper hydration. 5. Water Helps Your Kidneys. Body fluids transport waste products in and out of cells. The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a watersoluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Your kidneys do an amazing job of cleansing and ridding your body of toxins as long as your intake of fluids is adequate. When youre getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in color and free of odor. When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, color, and odor increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. 6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you dont get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration -- and the result is constipation. Adequate fluid and fiber is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fiber and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly.

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Missing In America Project


Brigitte Watenpaugh Corbin posted in Missing In America Project Virginia Brigitte Watenpaugh Corbin 11:57am Jun 23 I am going to share the prespective from a PGR member of yesterday. As he states he was about the eighth bike behind the hearse so he didnt realize that the actual escort extended for a couple miles behind him. Yesterday, as a member of the Patriot Guard, I participated in the Missing In America Projects (MIAP) internment of 18 Veterans from WWI, WWII, Korea and Viet Nam. We met at the Walmart in Williamsburg and left from there at 7:30 AM heading to Quantico National Cemetery. State Police Troopers on motorcycles and James City County police on motorcycles were our escort along with two ambulances from Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad. The Trooper in charge told us that they would block I-64 West for us and for us to use the left lane keeping the right lane open for them. When we got on I-64, I imagine that the line of motorcycles and then cars stretched easily a quarter of a mile. The Troopers blocked on ramps, also. More Troopers on motorcycles joined us along the way up I-64. When we got to the merging with I-95 North, they had the interstate completely shut down while we moved to the inside lane and they kept the center lane open. Imagine Saturday morning traffic on I-95 N blocked! When we got to the Carmel Church exit, the Troopers had the interstate blocked again so we could meet up with another group that was going with us. The crowd grew huge at the meeting at Pilot/Flying J there. When we left the Pilot and moved back onto I-95 North at 9:30 AM, the Troopers told us we would be proceeding at about 20mph until we were all on I-95 then would slowly increase speed up to 65mph. They had 95 completely blocked again while we slowly moved over to the left lane. Now the line had to be at least a mile long with a lot more motorcycles and following cars! We proceeded up to the Quantico exit where the Troopers once again blocked traffic while we SLOWLY exited onto the two lane road leading to the cemetery. At the cemetery, there was a VERY fitting and honoring ceremony for each of the veterans. 21 gun salute, TAPS, a bagpipe, speeches from those involved including the Under Secretary for all the national cemeteries, about 130, in the country. All 18 were interred in honor. I was riding about 8 motorcycles behind the hearse. When you ride in formation on a bike, you are watching other motorcycles, cars, State Troopers whizzing past on right and trying to maintain position in your part of the lane so you are very occupied. Every now and then the reality of what is happening hits and overwhelms me. I notice all the flags on the motorcycles, traffic on the other side of the interstate noticing the long procession, a State Trooper in his car working radar in the median was standing next to his car at attention, the long line of headlights in my mirrors.... The Veterans we are honoring would be proud of how they are now NOT forgotten. Anyone that has ever been on I-95 during the summer understands how this had to affect traffic but those affected probably did not know that the one single hearse from HollomanBrown Funeral Home was carrying the cremains of 18 veterans that had been forgotten and unclaimed. The MIA finds them in funeral homes and IDs them. They deal with all the paperwork to secure them a place in a national cemetery so they will have a final resting place. They served us and we are honoring them. Today was a long, hot, but very great day!! This was my second MIAP internment. The first was last October during the coming hurricane! The wind and rain was so bad that it was ordered that NO motorcycles were going to be allowed so we drove cars. There was only about 7 cars to leave Williamsburg and then about 5 more joined us at Carmel Church. The very abbreviated internment was in the pouring rain with no pomp and circumstance. I carried one of the urns from the hearse and placed it down in the ground. When I

knelt down in the mud to place the urn, I got mud all over me but it was an extreme honor to be able to do that. I will never forget that nor will I forget today. The Missing in America Project is an Open Group on Facebook - The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

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Labor Day

Grandparents Day

Patriot Day

Smokin up Kanawha

Smokin up Kanawha

Dirt Drags @ Slades Park

Bike Fest OBX

Kanawha ATV Rodeo

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BED GATE: One way to get rid of those old metal bed frames is make it into a gate.

EARRING GRATER: Time to upcycle those cheese graters into an earring holder!

CRAPPY FLOWERS: No peeing in the flower beds!

REDNECK EDGING: I was out in my neighborhood and came across this great display of redneck edging. Disposable plates were used as edging for a flower bed. I didnt think edging material was that expensive at Wal Mart, but maybe he had his heart set on blue. I have only seen black and green, but I havent looked for other colors. What puts this over the top for me is that this is Loudoun County (Leesburg, VA), the richest county in the nation (based on income).

CAMPER TRAILER: Camper fell over in the wind and all of the jack stands twisted, pulled camper onto a trailer and drove it home, pretty sure I will just leave it on the trailer and haul it that way.

TABLE BOATING: As long as you put moms table back shell never know you took it to go boating. Right???

WHEN THE CHIPS ARE DOWN: You know you cant just stop at one chip, cuz once you pop the top you just cant stop. Welcome to Bubbas auto repair!

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NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH: Go head I dare you to loot them. Its just drunks with guns, Im sure some will miss you. Gotta love neighborhood crime watch groups!

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Gods Purpose or Mine?


He made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side . . . Mark 6:45 We tend to think that if Jesus Christ compels us to do something and we are obedient to Him, He will lead us to great success. We should never have the thought that our dreams of success are Gods purpose for us. In fact, His purpose may be exactly the opposite. We have the idea that God is leading us toward a particular end or a desired goal, but He is not. The question of whether or not we arrive at a particular goal is of little importance, and reaching it becomes merely an episode along the way. What we see as only the process of reaching a particular end, God sees as the goal itself. What is my vision of Gods purpose for me? Whatever it may be, His purpose is for me to depend on Him and on His power now. If I can stay calm, faithful, and unconfused while in the middle of the turmoil of life, the goal of the purpose of God is being accomplished in me. God is not working toward a particular finish His purpose is the process itself. What He desires for me is that I see Him walking on the sea with no shore, no success, nor goal in sight, but simply having the absolute certainty that everything is all right because I see Him walking on the sea (Mark 6:49). It is the process, not the outcome, that is glorifying to God. Gods training is for now, not later. His purpose is for this very minute, not for some time in the future. We

have nothing to do with what will follow our obedience, and we are wrong to concern ourselves with it. What people call preparation, God sees as the goal itself. Gods purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now. If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-bymoment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.

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

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A State Trooper was patrolling late at night off the main highway. At nearly midnight, he sees a couple in a car, in lovers lane, with the interior light brightly glowing. He carefully approaches the car to get a closer look. Then he sees a young man behind the wheel, reading a computer magazine. He immediately notices a young woman in the rear seat, filing her fingernails. Puzzled by this surprising situation, the trooper walks to the car and gently raps on the drivers window. The young man lowers his window. Uh, yes, Officer? The trooper asks: What are you doing? The young man says: Well, Officer, Im reading a magazine. Pointing towards the young woman in the back seat the trooper says: And, her, what is she doing? The young man shrugs: Sir, I believe shes filing her fingernails. Now, the trooper is totally confused. A young couple, alone, in a car, at night in a lovers lane and nothing inappropriate is happening! The trooper asks: Whats your age, young man? The young man says: Im 22, sir. The trooper asks: And her, whats her age? The young man looks at his watch and replies: Shell be 18 in exactly 11 minutes.

and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day long. 11. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. 12. If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything. 13. Some days youre the bug; some days youre the windshield. 14. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them. 15. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket. 16. Duct tape is like The Force. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. 17. There are two theories to arguing with women. Neither one works. 18. Generally speaking, you arent learning much when your lips are moving. 19. Experience is something you dont get until just after you need it. 20. Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.

An Irish man went to confession in St. Patricks Catholic Church. Father, he confessed, it has been one month since my last confession. I had sex with Nookie Green twice last month. The priest told the sinner, You are forgiven. Go out and say three Hail Marys. Soon thereafter, another Irish man entered the confessional. Father, it has been two months since my last confession. Ive had sex with Nookie Green twice a week for the past two months. This time, 1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow. Do not walk beside me either. Just pretty much leave the priest questioned, Who is this Nookie Green? A new woman in the neighborhood, the sinner replied. Very well, sighed the priest. Go and me alone. say ten Hail Marys. At mass the next morning, as the priest prepared to 2. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a broken fan belt and deliver the sermon, a tall, voluptuous, drop-dead gorgeous redheaded leaky tire. 3. Its always darkest before dawn. So if youre going to steal your neigh- woman entered the Sanctuary. The eyes of every man in the church fell upon her as she slowly sashayed up the aisle and sat down right in front bors newspaper, thats the time to do it. of the priest. Her dress was green and very short, and she wore match4. Dont be irreplaceable. If you cant be replaced, you cant be proing, shiny emerald-green shoes. The priest and the altar boy gasped as moted. the woman in the green dress and matching emerald-green shoes sat 5. Always remember that youre unique. Just like everyone else. with her legs spread slightly apart, but just enough to realize that one 6. Never test the depth of the water with both feet. could see all the way to the junction of O my goodness and O my gosh! 7. If you think nobody cares if youre alive, try missing a couple of car The priest turned to the altar boy and whispered, Oh, sweet Lord, Is that payments. Nookie Green? The bug-eyed altar boy couldnt believe his ears, but 8. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. managed to calmly reply, No Father, I think its just a reflection from her That way, when you criticize them, shoes. youre a mile away and you have their shoes. 9. If at first you dont succeed, skydiving is not for you. 10. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish,

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Come as you are!

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BACK InThe Day

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hangout time: Sundays

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Tattoos Of The Month


by Graffitis Ink Gallery

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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 Groves Winchester Outer Banks Harley-Davidson * LEGAL SERVICES Harley-Davidson 140 Independence Drive 8739 Caratoke Hwy Winchester, VA 22602 Tom McGraths Harbinger , NC 27941 (800) 777-4275 or Motorcycle Law Group* (252)338-8866 (540) 667-5655 The Firm That Rides www.outerbankshd.com www.hdwinchester.com Dedicated to protecting the rights of injured Virginia Hampton Roads motorcyclists Harley-Davidson* Absolut Cycle Works 6450 George Washington 1-800-321-8968 Memorial Hwy 5016 Old Midlothian www.motorcyclelawgroup.com Yorktown, VA Turnpike Office Locations: (757) 872-7223 Richmond, VA 23224 Virginia - Richmond, www.hrhd.com (804) 497-7000 Newport News, Roanoke South Carolina - Cayce, Mild To Wild Cycles Bayside Harley-Davidson Surfside Beach 11173 Leadbetter Rd., 2211 Frederick Blvd. Ashland, VA 23005 (I-264, Exit 5) (804) 496-6164 MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES, Portsmouth , VA 23704 www.mild2wildcycles.com APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS (757) 397-5550 DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE www.harleybay.com Outlanders * Virginia 4768 US Highway 211 West Delaware Luray, VA 22835 Big Daddyz Cycles * Cavellis Inc* (540) 743-2040 Rommel Harley Davidson of Delmarva* 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. 3514 Oaklawn Blvd www.outlanders.ws 22586 Sussex Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 Hopewell, VA 23860 email: outlnd@shentel.net Seaford, Del. 19973 (In Gloucester County) (804) 458-2016 302-629-6161 (4 miles over the Coleman) Patriot Harley-Davidson * www.hdofseaford.com Harley-Haven* 804-642-3436 9739 Fairfax Blvd also on Facebook 1920 Atlantic Ave fax# 804-642-1461 Fairfax, VA Virginia Beach, VA bigdaddyzcycles@verizon.net (703) 352-5400 Maryland (757) 425-2458 www.bigdaddyzcycles.com www.patriothd.com www.hrhd.com All American HarleyDavidson * Scooters* Departure Bike Works * Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 8126 Leonardtown Rd. 6906-B School Ave. 5216 Hull St 4324 Godwin Blvd Hughesville, MD 20637 Richmond, Va 23228 Suffolk, VA 23434 Richmond, VA 23224 (888) 833-2REV 804-321-0037 (757) 255-4200 (804) 231-0244 www.allamericanh-d.com www.tidewatermotorcycles.net www.departure.com Southside Harley-Davidson of Harley-Davidson, Inc. * WTF Leather Crafter * East Coast Harley-Davidson Washington, DC * 385 North Witchduck Rd Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 9407 Livingston Rd. 17975 Main Street 612 Nevan Rd, Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA Ft. Washington, MD Dumfries, VA 220266 Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 (888) HDFEVER (703) 221-3757 (757) 439-2813 www.hrhd.com www.hdwash.com www.eastcoastharley.com
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Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com

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

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Grumpys Bar & Grill 995 Kempsville Rd. Virginia beach, VA 23464 (757) 474-0880 www.grumpysbarandgrillvb.com Visit us on Facebook/Grumpys Bar & Grill Krossroads www.krossroadsbarandgrill.com 2 Locations: Krossroads Rock and Country Bar 4221 Pleasant Valley Road Virginia Beach, VA 23464 (757) 467-2890 & Krossroads Grill and Tavern 1400 Kempsville Rd. Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 312-8500
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Hearth & Home Inn* 3376 Dellwood Road (US Hwy 19) Maggie Valley, NC 28786 (828) 926-1845 www.hearthandhomeinn.com Kampers Lodge Campground 3465 US Highway 301 North Wilson, NC 27893 www.kamperslodge.com (252) 237-0905
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A BIKE WITH NO NAME


By John Skala, TRM Missouri Some people may name their bikes, but Dennis Carroll is not one of them. Dennis started with a hardtail frame, a couple of RC Components wheels, and an idea for a sleek, clean looking bike. He brought the rolling chassis to Jason at Just Hawgs and shared his vision. As you can see from the pictures, the bike has almost no exposed wiring or control cables. Even the spark plug wires are run through the frame to a hidden area where the coils and electronics are located. The controls are super clean with just three small chrome push buttons on each side of the grips to control the horn, headlight hi/lo beam, engine starter, engine cut-off switch and a speedometer/odometer switch. The digital speedometer, which is built into the custom handlebars, also acts as an odometer and tachometer at the push of the button. The brake line and hydraulic clutch line are also run through the handlebars. The rear brake lights and taillights are LED lights inset in custom designed fender struts that were a new design, also custom made by Just Hawgs. Jason has since installed these on other bikes with an additional turn signal function added to them. Dennis started by having Jason install a 127-inch Ultima engine and transmission package. The stock primary case parts did not meet Dennis standards for a quality chrome finish, so H-D cases were installed along with a Tech starter. When the oil tank Dennis originally brought didnt fit, Jason fabricated a custom tank to fit the space available and allow some extra room to hide the electronics. Dennis needed more power than the stock Ultima engine provided so the heads were decked to the compression ratio and a hotter cam was installed. After riding it for awhile, Dennis brought the bike back and had the heads sent out for some more custom work along with an even hotter cam. The weaker Ultima roller rocker arms and oil pump were also upgraded to provide sturdier more reliable components for the increased power. Keeping with the clean theme, the paint is nicely done with black on the sides of the tank and tins fading to a rich blue color on the top. The exhaust pipes were custom made by Fish to match the flow of the bike and were coated by HPC. You really have to think about it when you look at this bike because there is so much hidden that you dont even realize it the first time you look.

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Thunder Roads Magazine Feature Bike Spec Sheet


Bike Owner: Dennis Carroll Bike Name: None Bike Model: Hard Tail Primary Bike Builder: Jason Hicks at Just Hawgs Engine: Never Large Enough (Ultima 127) Transmission: Ultima 6 speed Primary: Closed primary with wet chain drive Final Drive: Belt Frame: Hard tail drop seat design Front Fork: Ultima Fat and Long Handlebars/Controls: Custom bars by Just Hawgs Fenders: Modified by Just Hawgs Exhaust: Long and loud custom built by Fish coated by HPC Wheels: RC Components Brakes: Hawg Halters Paint: Black and Blue Painter: Kurt Pfitzner at Spanish Lake Body Shop Seat: Custom by Gary Tyler at Chopper Chairs Other Unique Features: Custom digital speedometer/odometer built into handlebars, custom LED brake and taillights built into rear fender struts

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Stunt Excitement, Bikes and Family Fun Anchor Carlisle Bike Fest - Annual Gathering in Carlisle Allowed Enthusiasts to Enjoy the Ride
CARLISLE, PA Family fun, stunt shows and a great array of bikes helped carry the 2013 edition of Carlisle Bike Fest. The 11th offering of the annual event welcomed the Monster Energy FreestyleMX.com World Wide Tour, Biker Billy, the Disc-Connected K9 Frisbee Dogs, special displays, demos and more to the Carlisle PA Fairgrounds. As it has since day one, Americas Automotive Hometown was transformed into a riders paradise for three action-packed days that included bikes spanning multiple manufactures and generations of production. Despite a brief thunderstorm Friday evening, bikers of all backgrounds enjoyed the day one of event weekend. There was a strong flow of people passing through the Appalachian Harley-Davidson dealer mall and the demo ride program remained popular, with riders checking out the latest products from Kawasaki, Star, Yamaha, Suzuki and Can-Am. Further, live music on the 105.7 The X Main Stage, performances by the StarBoyz and the stunts of the Monster riders kept the action flowing throughout the day. Saturday was breezy with cooler temps, which also was the case on Sunday. The less humid days made way for

an enthusiastic atmosphere for the rest of the weekend. The demo rides flowed on and off site for hours, Biker Billy cooked with fire and the Frisbee dogs wowed families with three shows daily. The day also included beauty, burnouts and rocking sessions from Evelyns Ashes and Madam Ink. Carlisle Bike Fest weekend closed on Sunday with an exciting batch of Rat Rods cruising on grounds for the Rat Rod Revival. Buzzchopper played the pavilion with the Rats, while Ajay Shughart played the main stage. A pair of giveaways was awarded too, including a 2012 Kawasaki Ninja on Saturday and 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster on Sunday. Winners of the prizes included Macy Francioni from Berwick, Pennsylvania (Ninja) and Richard Kiser from Glen Burnie, Maryland (Harley-Davidson). Both winners have been notified and have gleefully accepted their prizes. Additional awards went to participants in a pin-up contest, gas tank airbrush competition, military bike display, field games and ride in judged bike show. A complete winners list is available on the web page of Carlisle Bike Fest. The 2014 Bike Fest event is already in the planning stages. After a fun weekend in 2013 and positive reviews from those onsite, next years event, July 18-20 should be even bigger and better than ever!

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Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable 2013 July 23, 2013 This years Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Richmond Marriott which is located at 500 East Broad St., Richmond, VA 23219. This is where it has been held for the past few years. The Legislative Roundtable is where Virginia Motorcyclists gather to discuss issues of importance to the motorcycling community, and to have input on the 2014 legislative agenda to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly by the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists. The Roundtable will start at 12:00 P.M. and usually lasts three to four hours. If you can make it we would welcome your voice in deciding the issues that need to be addressed in 2014. In past years the Roundtable was the starting point for legislation such as Virginias red light bill, our prohibition against motorcycle only checkpoints, the modification of the Virginia Code to allow two two-wheeled motorcycles to travel abreast in a single lane, and legislation improving Virginias Rider Education Program. If you are interested in attending we would welcome you around the table. If you are unable to attend but want to express your ideas, or if you have any questions concerning this years Virginia Motorcycle Legislative Roundtable, please do not hesitate to contact me. On a final note, Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group is accepting nominations for this years Tom McGraths Leading Wheel Award. If you know of an individual who has made an outstanding effort to improve motorcycling or motorcycle safety, please send me their information and a description of their achievements. Nominees can be someone who has made a significant achievement to improve motorcycling, or someone whos body of work over time has significantly benefited motorcycling or motorcycle safety. Remember that members of the Motorcycle Law Group are not eligible to receive the award. As always, if you have any questions or comments concerning anything that I have written please do not hesitate to contact me. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com

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Hot Plates
Alton, VA, July 2, 2113 There is no easy way to say this The Oak Tree is down. The iconic landmark that has come to symbolize VIRginia International Raceway has fallen, broken at the base. We are in shock and mourning, said track owner Connie Nyholm. Were too busy right now trying to get the racetrack cleared of debris. We are grateful no one was at the corner station or on track when she fell and that there is no damage to the track surface.Tomorrowwell begin to get our arms around what this really means, but I can tell you that it means more than any of us want to think about today. The massive oak stood sentinel at the south end of the racetrack, looking out from the highest point on the property at the sprawling facility and its 3.27 miles of serpentine asphalt that has come to be regarded as the most challenging in North America, if not the world. Its branches shaded the apex of the legendary Oak Tree Turn, looking down on the likes of Roger Penske, Walt Hansgen, Tom Kristensen and Richard Petty as well as a host of race drivers from the brilliant to the not so. I can tell you this, Nyholm said, The Oak Tree will live on in our minds and hearts, and we will give it an appropriate send-off. Please email your thoughts and suggestions to oaktree@VIRnow.com for proper ways to honor this old friend.

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

THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 42

When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend

Absolut Cycle Worx.....................................................................................38 AMA Pro Racing Virginia Mega Mile...Outside Front Cover & Outside Back Cover Bayside Harley-Davidson...............................................................................7 Big Daddyz Cycles...................................................................................11 Bike Fest OBX.............................................................................................37 Brooks Optical..............................................................................................11 Caveliis.......................................................................................................27 Chesapeake RV Solutions............................................................................39 Departure Bike Works..................................................................................20 Dominion Derby Girls (Events).....................................................................37 Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson...........................................................16 Gullivers Crossflight Restaurant..................................................................38 Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson.................................................................1 Hearth & Home.............................................................................................27 Jaw Dropping Designs.................................................................................34 Kampers Lodge Campgrounds....................................................................45 Kanawha Valley Arena.................................................................................28 Krossroads Rockin Country Bar/Grill and Tavern........................................44 Mild 2 Wild Cycles........................................................................................20 MOREgantown............................................................................................7 Portsmouth Trailer Supply............................................................................42 Quaker Steak and Lube................................................................................27 Rick Preacher Saunders Devotional.........................................................27 Rider Insurance............................................................................................45 Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church...........................................................28 Slades Park Dirt Drags................................................................................36 Southside Harley-Davidsons Bike Show, Bike Wash & Cookout (Event)43 The Whistle Stop Tavern..............................................................................29 Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group.............................Inside Front Cover
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