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On The Cover
Timonium Motorcycle Show February 7-9, 2014

Seasons Greetings to all of our friends & fellow riders! Thanks for taking the time to read Thunder Roads! Whether you read us every month or this is your 1st time, we appreciate you being here with us. Here we are once again wrapping up another fantastic year of exciting events and adventures out on the road. We are so grateful for all of the articles and pictures that youve sent in this year and we hope to get more of you participating in sending things to us. Weve run into many people who had no idea that they could send in their pictures or connect to our facebook pages to share photos. We LOVE pictures & stories so please feel free to send them anytime & as often as youd like. Our magazine is for YOU guys & it comes out every month of the year so be a part of it as often as youd like. If you have sales experience and are looking for part time work, we would love for you to contact us! Theres so few of us doing sales & with so many miles throughout the state of Virginia, we surely could use some help covering territories. The more ground that we cover, the more advertisers we may be able to bring on to run ads which supports the magazine (this is how we keep it free for folks to pick up), which in turn means we can print more magazines to get out to our advertisers and the motorcycle riders of Virginiaits a win/win for everyone! We will be reaching another milestone going into the new year as Thunder Roads Virginia will be entering our 12th year out on the road. This is very exciting for us since most regional motorcycle publications dont last past 2 to 3 years tops. We feel very blessed to have come this far and to be here for another birthdaythis is so much more than we could have hoped for. Please stay with us as we roll into 2014 with new page designs, updated features along with premiers of exciting pages. We are also hoping for many new advertisers as we reach far & wide throughout the state of Virginia and surrounding areas to be the best that we can be (without having to get a buzz cut! Hoo rah! ). Please support our advertisers by stopping in their place to shop or receive their services. Weve got the best of the best with us & they know what you need & want, so stop by & see thembe sure to tell them that you saw them here in Thunder Roads As always, we wish you the very best that life has to offer for the coming year. Its been a great year & we thank you so much for all of your readership & support. Many thanks to all of our advertisers who place ads with us & trust in us to put this magazine together & bring them to you each month with a little something new each time so you keep coming back for more & looking forward to the next issue. Without EVERYONES support, we surely would not be here. Thanks for keeping the Thunder rolling! Peace on Earth & Good Will to all of you. Have a beautiful Christmas & a safe Happy New Year! See you next year! 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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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.


Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church, 414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-333-2555 HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 10:00AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM
MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5) Gordon Bacon Preacher, 240 577 0605, Every Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for more info) 240-577-0605. Liberty Biker Church 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. Come visit us in our new, permanent location in Suffolk! Hangaround (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with contemporary music. Our address is 4165 Pruden Blvd. (Route 460), Suffolk, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dogs every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles. 4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit for more info. 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 4324 Godwin Blvd. Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Paradise for free appetizer,raffles and entertainment. For more info call Renegades 540-310-0823 or Childhelp 540-399-5076. Renegade Classic 30 Walsh Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 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 Feb 7th, 8th & 9th 2014 12th Annual Timonium Motorcycle Show Maryland State Fairgrounds - Timonium, MD Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on display...huge custom & antique bike show...100s of exhibits covering everything in motorcycling. Attendees will be able to meet Michele Smith, a nationally recognized motorcycle TV personality, all three days of the show. Enjoy the huge Swap Meet and Cafe Racer feature section will fill a second large exhibit hall next to the main show facility. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium, Maryland. Show hours: Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 10am - 9pm and Sunday, February 9, 10am - 6pm. Admission for Adults: $17.00, Children 10 - 15 years $5.00 and under 10 are free with a paying adult. Go to to print-out $5.00 off admission discount coupons, good on adult admission only. For more info. call, 410-561-7323, visit or email info@cycleshow. net Contact: Rich Kohles. Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

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, 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 8th 9th Annual Childhelp Toy Run Fredericksburg, VA This Toy Run will benefit the children in the residential program of Alice C. Tyler Village of Childhelp. Wish list directly from the children are available at Renegade or bring a gift for a child 5 to 14 years of age. Gift cards are always appreciated too. Pro Wrestler/Country Music Artist Mickie James and Santa will be be hosting the event. Police escort to Cheeseburger in

Using Technology In Rider Education

By John Skala A group of motorcycle safety instructors from across Missouri recently received advanced training by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) in the operation of the Honda SMARTrainer. Al Hydeman, Director, Research Design & Development for the MSF, stopped by St. Charles HarleyDavidson/Big St. Charles Motorsports to share the latest Focused Training Procedure with Mike Davis, head of the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program (MMSP), and 19 RiderCoaches. The SMARTrainer gets its name from Safe Motorcyclist Awareness & Recognition Trainer. It is a computer-based simulator that is meant to develop a better awareness of traffic hazards. The trainer uses motorcycle controls to operate it, but it is not meant to be a motorcycle simulator as it does not countersteer or lean like a motorcycle. The trainer has 15 different road courses in addition to 2 practice routes. The routes vary from city to suburban or touring riding. The machine also lets you choose the riding environment from day to night or even fog. The rider is directly along their route by a GPS like voice that tells them when to start and where to turn. The controls have handlebars with full motorcycle controls along with a brake pedal and gearshift lever. The rider uses the throttle and clutch to shift through the gears like a standard motorcycle. Along the route, there are a number of typical hazards from cars, trucks, pedestrians, children, and even other motorcycles. If the student handles the trap safely, the ride continues. If the rider over-brakes, the screen image will stutter before classing and you will hear the footpegs scrape if turning too sharply for the speed before going down. If the rider crashes or goes down with the bike, the video will stop, dust the rider off, and put them back on the bike. At the end of the ride, the coach can review the route with the rider. In review mode, the route can be displayed from the riders point of view, from the position of a bird flying above the rider along the route or several others. The

route can also be printed showing a grade for each of the hazards encountered. The trainer is a great way for both new and experienced riders to help improve their perception skills to notice potential dangers before they get in trouble. It reinforces the SEE strategy that is taught in the MSF rider courses along with the use of rider radar. There are a few of the machines in Missouri. The MMSP will be using their machine at their training center in Warrensburg and at various rally events across the state. Big St. Charles Motorsports/St. Charles Harley-Davidson and Route 66 Motorcycle Safety Course in Joplin, MO will be having classes on their trainers in addition to using them at various events at their locations. Big St. Charles has put together a class that combines the MSF Street Smart Rider Perception course with the use of the SMARTrainer. The three-hour course is divided between instructor lead group discussion with various exercises and example rides by the students on the trainer. You can find more information at these web sites: MSF , MMSP , Big St. Charles , Route 66



DECEMBER 7, 2013
Hampton Roads Harley Davidson 6450 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy Yorktown, Va 23692 Saturday, December 7 - 2pm-4pm This wont be just a typical fashion show but a fashion show with live voting to help select our new team of Hampton Roads Harleys Angels! Not only will they be modeling the new fall/winter line but you will get to decide who should represent the dealership for the 2014 year! We will also have our 6 Honorary Angels at the fashion show sporting the cool custom Harley wings we have created! Register by 2pm for special door prizes and to pick up your voting card. You wont want to miss it!!!!! The Fashion Show will begin at 2:45. The three winners will be announced after the fashion show!!!!! Who do you think should win?

When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend


Together We Served salutes Wreaths Across America What began as a goodwill gesture by Maine businessman Merrill Wocester who found himself with a surplus of Christmas wreaths over two decades ago has continued to grow with over 20,000 volunteers last year. Wreaths are placed at national cemeteries across the country. If you go to the company website you can buy a Patriot Pair set of wreaths. One will be delivered to your door, the other to a national cemetery. National Wreaths Across America Day is Dec 14th. To volunteer, donate, learn more about or place an order, please go to The following locations in Virginia will be holding Wreaths Across America Day Ceremonies on Sat. Dec 14th, 2013: Arlington National Cemetery- Arlington Arlington VA Aarons Creek Cemetery - Virginilia VA Colonial Height War Memorial - Colonial Heights VA City Point National Cemetery - Hopewell VA Fort Harrison National Cemetery - Richmond VA Hampton National Cemetery - Hampton VA Old City Cemetery - Lynchburg VA

Wreaths Across America
Oak Hill Cemetery - Fredericksburg VA American Legion War Memorial - Purcellville VA Bedford National Guard Armory & Blue Star Memorial Bedford VA Sunset Memorial Park - Chester VA Seven Pines National Cemetery, Sandston VA Virginia Veterans Cemetery - Amelia VA Virgilina Cemetery, Virgilina Sat Dec 14 Virgilina VA Winchester National Cemetery - Winchester VA Yorktown National Cemetery - Yorktown VA Quantico National Cemetery - Triangle VA Richmond National Cemetery - Richmond VA Staunton National Cemetery - Staunton VA Union Cemetery - Leesburg VA Danville National Cemetery - Danville VA Alexandria National Cemetery Alexandria VA Culpeper National Cemetery Culpeper VA The National D-Day Memorial Foundation - Bedford VA Albert G. Horton Jr Veterans Cemetery, Suffolk, VA Balls Bluff National Cemetery, Leesburg, VA Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Mechanicsville, VA Glendale National Cemetery - Richmond VA Scottsville VFW Post 8169 Scottsville VA Oaklawn Cemetery Suffolk VA Manassas Confererate Cemetery - Manassas VA


Walmart Salutes Veterans And Military Families With 20,000 Jobs And A Helping Hand For The Holidays
home 500 active duty military to spend the holidays with their families. It is because of partners like Walmart that we are able to honor our commitment to provide year-round emergency financial assistance to the families of our military members and wounded warriors, stated Jim Knotts, Operation Homefront president and CEO. Not only are our military families dealing with the challenge of deployment and separation from loved ones, but theyre also confronted by difficult economic situations like many Americans. In fact, this year alone, weve seen requests for emergency financial assistance triple over historical levels. We are proud of our partnership with Walmart, and through our combined efforts we can make this time of year much more meaningful for thousands of military families. Largest Single Donation to Fisher House Sponsor a Family Program In addition, Walmart will give $500,000 to the Fisher House Sponsor a Family program, the largest single donation to the program, which provides a home away from home for families with a service member in the hospital for an illness, disease or injury. The funding will provide 50,000 nights of free lodging for families so they can be close to loved ones.As an organization, we work very hard to fill the gaps and help our military during very difficult times, usually when a loved one is sick, or recovering from an injury. Our ability to make an impact is amplified through the support of partners, like Walmart, going above and beyond the call of duty, stated Ken Fisher, Fisher House Foundation chairman and CEO. The support from Walmart will enable us to cover the cost for half of our guests during the next year, a gift that is truly priceless to those we serve. Calling All Americans for a Nationwide Salute To make sure everyone has the opportunity to join Walmart in saluting our nations military families, Operation Homefront and Fisher House are offering Americans online destinations for donating: Walmart to make a donation and salute Fisher Houses Sponsor a Family program. Visit to make a donation and salute military families this holiday season. Consumers can also celebrate our nations heroes with Walmarts Wall of Honor at wallofhonor, an online venue where anyone can recognize and share about the veterans in their lives, or join the conversation by following @ WalmartVeterans on Twitter. About Walmart Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better anytime and anywhere in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, more than 245 million customers and members visit our more than 11,000 stores under 69 banners in 27 countries and ecommerce websites in 10 countries. With fiscal year 2013 sales of approximately $466 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.2 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting corporate., on Facebook at and on Twitter at Online merchandise sales are available at and

Bentonville, Ark., November 11, 2013 In observance of Veterans Day, Walmart announced significant progress in its support for veterans and military families. The company reported that it has hired more than 20,000 veterans since the launch of its Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day. It also kicked off its holiday giving with a $2 million donation to Operation Homefront and Fisher House to provide toys, meals and lodging to military families in greatest need of support this year. The donation will also help hundreds of active duty service members come home for the holidays.The holiday donation is in addition to the commitment by the Walmart Foundation to give $20 million through 2015 to help veterans and their families prepare for successful civilian lives through job training, transition support and education. Today were reinforcing our pledge to hire, learn from and support our military heroes in every way we can, whether its recruiting veterans or reuniting military families during the holidays, said Bill Simon, Walmart U.S. president and CEO and U.S. Navy veteran. Through their service, our troops give us a land of freedom. We will keep doing our part to give them a land of possibility. 20,000 Jobs for Veterans Earlier this year Walmart pledged to offer a job to any honorably discharged veteran within his or her first 12 months off active duty. Since Walmart launched its Welcome Home Commitment on Memorial Day 2013, more than 20,000 veterans have been hired. We are proud of the progress that has been made to this point, and we applaud other companies that have made their own hiring pledges, including most recently Starbucks, in what truly should be a national effort, said Simon. Walmart recruits veterans into positions that best match their skills and professional goals, from immediate jobs in stores and clubs to long-term careers. The company expects its commitment to result in the hiring of more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years. U.S. Army Capt. Mike Bolton is one of the veterans hired by Walmart this year. He is a Logistics Load Manager at one of the companys regional operations centers. I wanted to be part of a company where I can go as far as my talent and hard work can take me, said Bolton. When I went to a local recruiting fair, I was excited to see Walmart reaching out to veterans. The skills I learned in the military translate well into my new job and I can see myself growing with the company. Walmart is one of the largest private employers of veterans in the country. Its workforce includes more than 100,000 veterans and another 150,000 associates who are part of veteran and military families. Operation Homefront Receives $1.5 Million for Home for the Holidays Program The holidays can be an especially challenging time for military families with a deployed spouse, parent or child. Operation Homefront will receive $1.5 million to provide 25,000 toys and more than 17,000 meals to military families nationwide. The gift also will support Operation Homefronts Home for the Holidays program, which will bring


A message from Stefanie ONeill: This is an event that is going to let the White House know thatAmerica wants its only Prisoner of War in Afghanistan Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home. The challenge this year is to flood the White House with Christmas Cards for Bowe. Please share in all of your groups, tell your friends, family and everyone you meet.We have schools, Girl Scout Troops, motorcycle groups, and church families helping us out with this project. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held by the Taliban since June of 2009. Bowe is from the town of Hailey, Idaho, where he and his sister were homeschooled by their parents Bob and Jani. Bowes family, friends, and hometown need him to come home and its time that the White House listens.Your cards can be sent anytime between now and Christmas. Please send cards to: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl C/O The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 There is also a chance that the Red Cross will be able to get cards to Bowe this year. This is HUGE, guys. so in addition to making a statement to the White House lets all double up our cards and send one to Bowe in care of the Red Cross: Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl c/o American Red Cross 2025 E Street NW Washington DC 20006 PLEASE, and I repeat PLEASE keep your cards through the Red Cross uplifting, non-political i.e. nothing that upsets Bowe in ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. Lets just wish him a Merry Christmas and let him know we love him. For more information on this project visit A special THANK YOU goes out to Patrick J. Hughes, Rolling Thunders National Photographer, for keeping us informed about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. We are praying every day for his safe return home.

Johnny Cash Bike

My best friends, Beth & Bo Albert sent this to me about a bike that their son, Cyril, had helped to build. This was so incredible that I had to share it. This bike was built by Cyril and his dear friend he was in the service with. His name is (get this) Johnny Cash. They built it together as a going away gift. Johnny moved back to his home in Oklahoma to help take care of his Dad. We miss him a lot! Thanks guys!

Tattoos Of The Month

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Santa Says Lets Ride!


Its cold outsideWrap up! Bubble wrap your window for insulations. Cut the bubble wrap to the size of the window pane with scissors. Spray a film of water on the window using a spray bottle. Apply the bubble wrap while the window is still wet and press it into place. The bubble side goes toward the glass. To remove the bubble wrap, just pull it off starting from a corner. You can save it and use it for several years. It does not leave a mess or stains on the window glass. If you have trouble with the bubble wrap separating from the window when the film dries, you can try adding a little Glycerin to the water, but this probably wont be necessary. A few small pieces of double back tape can be helpful on really stubborn windows. The bubblewrap can be installed at any time when the colder weather sets in and removed in the spring. A helpful organizational tip: When you take the bubble wrap down for the season, put a small number in on the upper right corner of each piece of bubble wrap, and write down which window that number goes with on a piece of paper. Save the paper for the installation next fall. This tells you instantly where each sheet goes, and which way its oriented.

Getting The Most Out Of Your Ceiling Fan


With so much emphasis on the fat, calories, and potential dietary pitfalls of Thanksgiving dinner, how about we focus on the positive side of the indulgent meal. Seriously, with all the eating, youve got to be getting some kind of nutrients right? And, with the exception of canned cranberry sauce, if everything on your Thanksgiving feast is homemade, then its got to count for something! Alright turkey gobblers, heres whats GOOD FOR YOU! Just 5oz of turkey provides half the recommended daily allowance of folic acid and 32g of protein. 5oz of mashed potatoes pack 27mg of vitamin C thats 45% of the RDA. String bean casserole made with frozen or canned vegetables maintains most of the nutrients including beta-carotene and B-vitamins. A half-cup serving of sweet potatoes provides 330% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A! One half-inch slice (about 1/8th of a can) of cranberry sauce is only 86 calories and .1g of fat. Even better, make your own for the full antioxidant, and infectionfighting benefits of cranberries! Traditional stuffing doesnt offer much but cook it in a separate dish, outside the turkey, to save yourself 70 calories per tablespoon! A 5oz glass of wine is packed with the antioxidant reser We love the holidays, but we know they can be a nutritional minefield. Temptations lurk everywhere. Those extra calories add up to an average weight gain of about a pound during the festivities between Thanksgiving and New Years, studies show. That may not sound like much, but if it becomes a yearly tradition, the years can pack on the pounds. Dont let that curb your merriment, though. There are plenty of good-foryou foods lurking in between the calorie bombs. Heres our guide to good-for-you holiday dishesand foods youll want to avoid. Best: Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are a nutritional powerhouse. An excellent source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, theyre also a good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. Best of all, they taste like a dessert! The sweet in these potatoes comes from an enzyme that converts most of the tubers starches to sugars as it matures. This sweetness intensifies during storage and as the potato is cooked. This is one holiday favorite worth adding to your meals year round. Worst: Eggnog: Before you toast the holiday season with a glass of eggnog, consider this: an 8-oz serving can easily exceed 250 calories and 5g saturated fat. (Wouldnt you rather have dessert?) Choose a 4 oz. glass of wine instead, or if youre hosting, try making our lightened version shown hereit has just 152 calories and 2.7g saturated fat. If youre the designated driver, or just abstaining, heres a non-alcoholic drink you could


5 Best (and Worst) Holiday Foods

squash soup pictured here) their smooth, creamy texture feels indulgent, and the pured veggies provide a nutritional bonus. Best: Turkey: Eating any high-quality protein helps to trigger satiety so youre less likely to overindulge on less healthful foods. And turkeydark meat or whiteis one of the lowest-calorie protein sources you can eat. A three-ounce serving of skinless turkey breast has about 120 calories and one gram of fat. Tip: Trim off the skin before eating thats where most of the fat and calories lurk. Worst: Mashed Potatoes: This holiday favorite can go either way. In their natural state, potatoes offer plenty of nutrients (Vitamin C and potassium, for starters) in relatively few calories. But beware of potatoes prepared with too much butter, whole milk, heavy cream, or other fatty ingredients. The very ingredients that make them creamy can wreck a perfectly nutritious choice by adding hundreds of calories and many grams of saturated fat. Our lightened version boosts flavor with a small amount of a buttery, creamy cheese. Best: Green Beans: Green beans are one of the healthiest foods you can eat during the holidays (or any time of year). Theyre a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, folate, and iron. They key is how you prepare them. Drowning them in butter or calorie-laden cream sauce is the best way to negate those benefits with excess fat and calories. Best bet? Boil or steam them, and use healthful seasonings (and even butter, in moderation). Worst: Pecan Pie: A typical slice of this nutty dessert can cost you over 500 calories. Top it with a scoop (1/2 cup) of vanilla ice cream, and you may be pushing 650 calories and 8g saturated fat. Were not saying never to pecan pie, but keep this for a special occasion and use moderation as your guide. Choose pumpkin pie or sweet potato pie for a lower-calorie option. Or try our lightened version, which has just 311 calories and the benefits of a whole grain: oats.

sip all night long: seltzer water mixed with a bit of 100 percent fruit juice. Best: Cranberries: Legend holds that Native Americans shared cranberries with the Pilgrims at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. There is evidence that they were well aware of some of the medicinal benefits of these tart, antioxidantrich berries. They were on to something. Cranberries are low in calories and rich in fiber, and potassium, which makes them a perfect part of a healthy diet. In addition, these pretty little berries contain unique compounds with antibacterial properties that may help prevent urinary tract infections. Worst: Dips: Dips are one of the more insidious choices on the appetizer table. You dont know whats in them (that healthy-sounding spinach dip may be heavy with cheese), and its easy to just keep dipping away. The calories, saturated fat, and sodium lurking in creamy dips (and the crackers and chips dipped in them) adds up. Choose hummus or salsa instead, and use fresh veggies as dippers. Better yet, make our alltime favorite appetizer, the Spinach-and-Artichoke Dip you see here. Best: Cocoa: Chocoholics, rejoice! This sweet treat (in moderation, of course) is connected with health benefits. Clinical studies show that eating small amounts of chocolate (one piece a dayabout 30 calories worth) lowered systolic blood pressure by 2.9 mm/Hg. That in turn may lower your risk of stroke or coronary heart disease. Choose dark chocolate containing at least 70 percent cocoa solids. Those contain higher levels of the antioxidant flavonoids responsible for its heath benefits. Several long-term studies have found that this type of dark chocolate may help lower LDL (bad cholesterol) and increase HDL (good cholesterol). Find our top choices of baking chocolate from our blind taste test. Worst: Creamy Soups: Some commercially prepared and homemade creamy soups can contain an entres worth of calories. When whole milk or heavy cream is used as the base, they also add arteryclogging saturated fat. For a much healthier alternative, stick with broth-based soups and consomms. If you prefer thicker soups, choose vegetable pures made with water or skim milk as a base (like the butternut


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CHRISTMAS PRIME RIB w/ HOMEMADE CREAM HORSERADISH SAUCE; MADE SUPER SIMPLE Some folks get so intimidated when cooking a Prime Rib, but its actually so simple and once in the oven, you get to get on with other side dishes and just forget. 1 4-6 lb. Rib Roast - will prob. have 4 or 5 bones Preheat oven to 150 degrees for medium or 135 degrees for medium rare. Youll need a meat thermometer also. Rub your Prime Rib thoroughly all over with your hands with quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Dont cheap out on essentials. Make a Rub in a small bowl, combine: A small palmful of each; kosher salt, coarse ground black pepper, dry mustard, dry coffee powder, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, coriander and basil. If theres any extra Rub left over, just put in a small plastic container in fridge and its good for up to 3 months. Remember....always rub dry spices between fingers to re-freshen them. Place Rib Roast in a heavy turkey pan with sides, like a lasagna pan with thermometer placed in the middle, between 2 bones.. Put just a thin coat of Olive Oil in bottom of pan and place fat side down. Cook 2-1/4 hrs. for medium-rare with big pink center or 2-3/4 hours for medium with a tinge of pink. SUPER SIMPLE CREAMY HORSERADISH SAUCE So, take your Prime Rib out of the pan and place on tin foil and wrap it up good to let it rest for 15 minutes. Put the pan over a large burner on your stove and add 2 cups of beef broth over medium-high heat and take a wooden spoon and really make sure you get all those little pieces of stuckon goodies from the Prime Rib. Add salt & pepper to taste, 1/2 cup of sour cream, 1/2 cup of mayo, chopped scallions, 1 Tbl. of Grey Poupon mustard and 1/4 cup of White Balsamic vinegar and 1/2 cup of the prepared horseradish sauce in any condiment aisle. Whisk together over medium-low heat until completely emulsified. Let it get all bubbley hot and transfer to a gravy boat for guests to pour over their fabulous thick-cut slabs of perfect mediumrare or medium Prime Rib. Do something different this Christmas.......forget the turkey or ham, go elegant and first class with Perfection Prime Rib. Your Family and friends will be talking about it well into the New Year! CHRISTMAS ELVIS CHEESE BISKITS 4 Ozs. Lard (very cold large marble sized) 2 Cups of Cake Flour * Makes lighter, flakier biskits 2 tsps. Baking Powder 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt 3/4 cup Buttermilk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large glass or ceramic bowl combine cake flour, baking soda & powder with salt. Add cubed lard and blend mixture by hand crushing mix between your fingertips as if making a dough. Continue mixing while slowly adding buttermilk. Do not overwork the dough; you want them to be kinda lumpy but ingredients mixed. Right at this point, add shredded cheese of your liking (this is not in Michaels recipe but I love cheese biscuits, so nows the time if you do also) work rough shredded cheese in fast and lightly. Spray a wooden spoon with butter spray and drop big dollops onto a Silt Sheet on a baking sheet leaving room for them to spread out as they cook. You should have enough for 12 biscuits, each about the size of a peach. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. GRAHAM & PRETZEL CRUSTED CHEESE CAKE W/ SANTAS SURPRISE TOPPING 1-1/2 Cup of Salted Pretzels 1-1/2 Cup of Cinnamon Graham Crackers 1/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar 3/4 of a Stick of Butter A Pinch of Salt Blend all this in a food processor until a slightly pliable texture to line the bottom of a glass 13x9 glass baking dish. Be sure and bring up the sides as much as mix will allow, while still keeping a good amount on the bottom as your crust. Filling: 4 8 oz.Tubs of Philly Whipped Cream Cheese (room temp.) 1 Cup of Sour Cream 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar 5 Large Eggs; added one at a time 1 super-full tsp. Vanilla extract Mix all this with a hand mixer until thoroughly mixed, but not overly mixed. Pour filling over your crust and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour Heat 1 Bottle of your favorite Preserves; Strawberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Peach....whatevs, and pour all over top of cheesecake and take a flat spatula to smooth out evenly. Let cool on counter for another 30 minutes to set up and then let get totally cold in fridge for a few hours. Cut into squares and serve with homemade whip cream. You are going to love this simple crust. If you dont have a food processor put into a zip-lock bag, opened a tad and press down w/ cast iron heavy to process the old style way. HAPPY DAY OF THANKS & GRATITUDE FROM OUR THUNDER ROADS FAMILY TO YOURS.


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CDC TASK FORCE CALLS FOR HELMET LAWS A task force operating under the auspices of the Atlantabased Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is recommending that all states have a mandatory helmet law in place to require motorcycle riders of all ages to wear a helmet. Citing reduced injuries and fatalities, as well as economic benefits, the Community Preventive Services Task Force, appointed by the director of the CDC, will make its recommendations to the federal agency and report its findings to the U.S. Congress in early December. The CDC, whose primary mission is to fight disease, issued a report last summer recommending that all 50 states enact universal helmet laws in response to a sharp increase in motorcyclist fatalities; but ignoring the fact that the number of motorcycles in use nationwide has increased substantially over the past decade, and that costs associated with un-helmeted cyclists involved in fatal accidents represent a tiny fraction of overall U.S. healthcare expenditures. In the meantime, U.S. Representative Tom Petri (R-WI) has authored a joint letter from members of Congress calling for the CDC to stop investigating motorcycling issues such as helmet laws, which they have no experience or expertise with, and to direct your attention and resources to areas that are not currently already being addressed elsewhere in the government. minimum volume of renewable fuel next year does not provide a permanent solution to the inflexible short-term mandates nor the long-term diversion of feed stocks to fuel. ROCHESTER, MINN ACCUSED OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST BIKERS An attorney representing the Confederation of Clubs of Minnesota claims that Rochester bars and restaurants illegally deny access to people wearing clothing that displays affiliations to certain motorcycle clubs and that the Rochester Police Department advises the establishments to do so. In a letter dated October 31, 2013 to Rochester Police Chief Roger Peterson and City Attorney Terry Adkins, A.I.M. Attorney Michael M. Bader of St. Paul, MN states that by denying access to people displaying affiliations to these clubs, the establishments are violating Minnesota Statute 604.12. The statute, the first and only biker anti-discrimination law in the country, says that access cannot be denied to a person who operates a motorcycle or is wearing clothing that displays the name of an organization or association, unless the persons behavior is endangering other people or property, or the persons clothing is obscene or includes the name or symbol of a criminal gang. Baders letter states that he has been provided irrefutable evidence that Rochester restaurants and bars violate the law by practicing discrimination against members URGE CONGRESSIONAL ACTION TO BAR E15 GAS of motorcycle clubs, and told the Post-Bulletin newspaper that The US Defenders ( issued a Call the evidence includes taped recordings of conversations with To Action on October 26, 2013 calling for support of House bar owners who say police advised them to deny access to Resolution 1462 to Stop the Sale of Ethanol 15 (E15). The people wearing jackets or other clothing with certain motorcybipartisan RFS Reform Act would eliminate the corn-based cle club colors and insignias. The reason given by police, as ethanol mandate currently required by the Renewable Fuel evidenced in recordings, is: that these groups have a history Standard (RFS), reduce the overall requirements of cellulosic of violence, but Minnesota Statute 609.229, which pertains ethanol not filled by other advanced bio-fuels, and rescind to gang crime, requires a gang or club to have a pattern of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) waivers allowcriminal activity before establishments can deny access to ing gasoline blends containing up to 15-percent of ethanol. its members. Our suggestion would be for Chief Peterson to Introduced by Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Jim Costa (D-CA), send a memo to all licensed clubs and restaurants in RochSteve Womack (R-AR), and Peter Welch (D-VT), H.R. 1462 ester with a copy of Minn. Stat. 604.12, advising the license would effectively overhaul the Renewable Fuel Standard holders that discrimination upon dress alone violates the (RFS) which mandates that 36 billion gallons of renewable statute and makes each establishment liable for damages and fuels be part of our nations fuel supply by 2022, almost all of attorney fees for each person who suffers the discrimination, which being fulfilled by corn ethanol which in turn diverts near- Bader wrote in his letter. Peterson told the paper he has no ly 40% of our nations corn crop from food and feed. Congress plans to send the type of memo Bader suggested because the created the RFS program in 2005 to promote the ethanol police department is not violating any statute, saying it is wellindustry by setting the minimum amount of renewable fuel that known and well-established that the motorcycle clubs Bader must be blended into motor fuels annually. E10 (10% ethanol represents have histories of violence in the Rochester area blend) has become widely accepted and helped kickstart the and the police department has advised bars and restaurants ethanol industry, but in 2010 the EPA approved E15 for use to deny access to people wearing any kind of gang colors or in newer vehicles even though many automobile manufacturinsignias, and that includes those of motorcycle clubs with ers claim its use can damage engines and void warranties, violent histories. If Peterson refuses to do so, the next step is and no motorcycles or ATVs are currently approved to use litigation, Bader said in a recent interview. And then it would the alcohol-laden fuel. Rep. Goodlatte has also introduced the be incumbent upon the city to prove this pattern of criminal RFS Elimination Act (H.R.1461), which eliminates the RFS activity. According to Minnesota Statute 609.902, it requires at altogether and makes ethanol compete in a free market. Both least three separate criminal acts within 10 years of the beginthe RFS Elimination Act and the RFS Reform Act have been ning of the criminal proceeding. referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Meanwhile, on November 15, the EPA recommended reducing THREE-WHEELERS EXEMPTED FROM MOTORCYCLE the total amount of ethanol required by the RFS to be blended LICENSING & HELMET LAWS The Michigan legislature has into U.S. transportation fuel nationwide in 2014 from 18.15 bil- approved a bill to change the states motorcycle laws to allow lion gallons down to 15.21 bg, though the move to reduce the Elio Motors to sell a three-wheeled car in the state without

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buyers being required to get a motorcycle endorsement. The Elio (pronounced EE-lee-oh) is considered a motorcycle under federal and state safety regulations because it has three wheels and weighs less than 1,600 pounds. Nonetheless, it handles like a car according to inventor Paul Elio, who says Michigans old law would have required buyers of the Elio to take a motorcycle safety test that teaches things like, the throttle is on the right handlebar and you should lean into a curve. The company is banking on other states with similar laws to have them modified by the time Elio Motors plans to start production of the Elio in late 2014, but their main concern is the five states that require drivers of three-wheeled vehicles to wear a helmet. Joel Sheltrown of Elio Motors says those laws must be changed by the time the Elio is for sale, because wearing a helmet in a car obscures the persons vision and hearing, and the weight of the helmet also has the potential to cause severe neck damage in an accident. Such laws could also hinder sales of the three-wheeler, which will be manufactured in Shreveport, Louisiana, where the state recently amended their laws to allow Elio occupants to ride without a helmet and operators wont have to get a special M endorsement on their drivers license as required of motorcyclists. GLOBAL TIRE MARKET PROJECTED TO GROW, DRIVEN BY MOTORCYCLES The worldwide market for tires is projected to grow at a 5% annual rate for the period 2014-2015, and motorcycles will be a key driver. According to an industry report, the increasing demand for motorcycles positively influences the demand for tires and hence leads to the growth of the Global Tire market. The demand for motorcycles comes from developing and under-developed countries where the penetration rate of cars is low. Also, it is expected that the adoption of tubeless tires in the Global Motorcycle market will increase and will have a positive impact on the Global Tire market. 1 IN 4 DRIVERS ADMIT SURFING THE WEB WHILE BEHIND THE WHEEL Texting while driving used to be an offense identified with younger vehicle operators, but a new poll shows how it has spread to older drivers as well. The poll also found that one in four drivers are now accessing the Web while driving, yet another dangerous distraction, and the increase is driven by older drivers using smartphones. The number of drivers who report using their cell phones to access the Internet while behind the wheel continues to rise, to a point where nearly one of four drivers are going online while driving, according to a national survey that has tracked the potentially deadly practice over the past five years. There were also jumps in the percentages of people who read or respond to e-mail, and who read or update social media networks while driving, according to an article appearing on the front page of USA TODAY on Tuesday, November 12th. Insurer State Farm began asking drivers in 2009 whether they went online while driving. The percentage of drivers who said they do so has nearly doubled, from 13% in 2009 to 24% this year. Among drivers ages 18-29, that number rose from 29% to 49%. Most research on distracted driving -- and most laws against it -- has focused on texting while driving, which creates a crash risk 23 times greater than not doing so, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But the rise in ownership of smartphones, which allow users to surf the Web, access social media and send and receive e-mail, means there are more opportunities than ever for driver distraction, and over the past three years the sharpest increases in smartphone ownership were among drivers 40 and over. For drivers ages 40-49, the percentage that owns smartphones rose from 47% in 2011 to 82% in 2013; for those 50-64, it went from 44% to 64%, and for those 65 and older, from 23% to 39%. Perhaps reflecting the nations sustained campaign against texting while driving, that problem is growing much more slowly than surfing the Web. The percentage of people who report texting while driving rose slightly over the past five years, from 31% to 35% of all drivers. Among those 18-29, the number who report doing so has actually decreased, from 71% to 69%. Chris Mullen, State Farms director of technology research says, We need to keep an eye on social media, reading e-mail, all these other functions folks can use. That could be legislation, it could be enforcement, it could be education and awareness. DRIVERS WOULD OPT TO LOSE CONTROL A new survey finds that one in five Americans would never take the wheel again if a self-driving, or autonomous, car were available. asked 2,000 drivers whether they would buy an autonomous car if it meant they never had to drive again, and 20% of them said yes. That number soars if cheaper car insurance is part of the deal. While 1 in 5 licensed drivers surveyed said they would gladly turn over the keys and let computers do the driving, more than a third of those surveyed said an 80% discount on car insurance rates would make purchase of an autonomous vehicle very likely, and 90% of respondents said they would at least consider the idea. Cars that park themselves, navigate stop-and-go-traffic or avert an impending collision are already on U.S. roads today, and Nissan has promised to deliver a fully autonomous vehicle -- one that allows a computer to assume control under the right conditions -- to showrooms by 2020. A fully automated vehicle that doesnt need a human operator could someday follow. Our survey shows cheaper insurance will greatly influence consumer acceptance, said managing editor Des Toups. Some of the liability of operating a car will doubtless be assumed by the manufacturer, Toups said. But a lot of the decrease in rates could come simply because there would be many fewer accidents. Trust will be a big hurdle, the survey results show, as 64% said computers were not capable of the same quality of decision-making that human drivers exhibit, and 75% said they can drive a car better than a computer could. Asked what they would do with their additional free time, 26% responded that theyd text/talk with friends, 21% would read, while 10% would sleep and 7% would work. QUOTABLE QUOTE: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them. Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American poet and practical philosopher



Jon Bailey has an advantage on most of us, he works in the sales department at Man O War H-D and knows whats cool and groovy when building a custom bike from a bike off the showroom floor. Jon started with a stock 2013 FLTRX Road Glide and added a lot of really cool parts from the H-D catalog and a few custom parts from custom builders like 16 Yaffee Monkey Bars, Dakota Digital gauges, Bassani True Duals with black ceramic head pipes, Roland Sands Black Ops wheels, rotors and breather. From the H-D catalog he used a Stage 4 103 kit, CNC ported heads, Screaming Eagle lifters, cam, and high compression pistons, and a 58mm throttle body. A CVO seat, extended bags, and rear fender, and a Daymaker headlight replaced the stock items. A Boom Box Audio system with six speakers and 2 amps lets Jon rock and roll in style. If the pipes dont let you know hes coming, the stereo system will. All in all this just goes to show what can be done with a stock showroom bike if you add the right parts. It seems Jon has it together because the bike turns heads everywhere he goes and thats what it was intended to do when this project started, a bike thats not only runs great but looks great too. Good job J.B. ! DIRTY ED TRM KY PHOTOS BY JAMES BELLANDO



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IRAQI CHRISTMAS TREE MARINE STYLE: God Bless Our Military! This was sent into us from a Marine: And a cartridge in a bare tree Marine style, Camp Fallujah, Iraq Show your support for our Military and share this post. To the men and women serving, be safe and Merry Christmas!

REDNECK UNICYCLE: Its like training wheels for redneck clowns!

MERRY 2 LITER CHRISTMAS: So what do you do with 200+ 2 liter bottles? You make a Merry 2 Liter Christmas tree. Now the question is are they doing the dew (Mountain Dew) or is that lemon lime?

BLOW UP CHRISTMAS: What does it say when you own so many Christmas blow up decorations that you can no longer see your home?

GEEK CHRISTMAS TREE: Now you know what the geek squad does with all of that extra ram at Christmas time. Next time they tell you that your ram is bad, think twice if its around Christmas time.

RAGGIN CHRISTMAS TREE: The submitter wrote: I walked into our local PNC branch and stopped just inside the door because I was finishing a phone call. As I was standing there, looking at the little Christmas tree, I realized that the little paper candles were made from tampon applicators. What a way to honor Jesus! NUTS ABOUT HANUKKAH: Im totally nuts about this stand. Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish fans!

WHITE TRASH CHRISTMAS TREE: Well you dont have to worry about the tree drying out. I have to admit I kinda like this in a country way.


Believe In Each Other

We rarely spend enough time focusing on the completely human element of scandal surrounding the birth of Jesus. According to the moral teachings of the day, not only did Joseph have every right to break off his engagement with his mysteriously pregnant future wife, but by all accounts, Mary couldve been stoned in the village square for infidelity. The religious folks of the day wouldve correctly cited that stoning her was justified by law. Thats some dogmatic and unforgiving doctrine. Mary and Joseph lived in a religious culture that called for harsh treatment of unwed women who became pregnant. People were no more inclined to accept her explanation that God did it, than we would be today. It was an outlandish explanation. God simply does not do this sort of thing, right? The very idea offends our sense of morality, not to mention our scientific and theological sensibilities -- just as much as it did in that day and age. Imagine how it might go over tomorrow if you had to explain to your own parents and neighbors that you were pregnant (or your fianc was pregnant), but that your child was Gods only son. On top of Marys outrageous claim, I always think about the gossip the couple had to endure -- talk about disgraceful! I wonder if Joseph wouldve been elected to the town council or allowed to be an usher in his local church. Do you think they wouldve let Mary sing in the church choir? Were they lining up to let the girl who claimed to be mysteriously impregnated handle money in their shop? When everyone doubted them (and everyone most certainly did), they had to trust each other. Joseph demonstrates extreme compassion placing his family and his reputation at risk with his decision to protect Mary and divorce her quietly; that is, until he is visited by an angel himself. You see, Joseph simply wasnt as concerned with his status and standing in the community as he was with Marys well-being. And that is just the thing: The angel didnt appear to Mary and Joseph at the same time. In the face of all these problems, they had to believe not just in God -- but they certainly had to believe in each other. Gods entrance into the world depended on the trust and compassion of a human relationship. In many ways, the birth of Jesus is celebrated each time we, like Mary and Joseph, set aside our concerns, our agendas and our reputations to reach out to one another with a similar compassion and trust. Through all the whispers, condemnation, dishonor and uncertainty surrounding the narrative of Jesus birth, the truth is actually less religious and more relational than we sometimes imagine. The power of this childs birth is a shared celebration grounded in our belief -- not just in a compassionate God,

but in one another. It is fitting to remember this Christmas that Gods greatest love story began with two people (a lot like you and me) who chose to set aside their reputations, their future, possibly even their own safety -- and simply trust in each other.
Gordon Preacher Bacon Presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry of Maryland. Preacher was a Missionary on the Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. Pastored in Arizona, West Virginia and Lexington Park, MD. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ, Ordained in 1983 at The Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA. Married for almost fourty years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon aka Jersey Girl. Father of Gordon Deon Bacon (40), Gordon Ellis Bacon JR. aka G-Man(36}, Christina Bacon-Knull (34) and Janine Bacon (32). We have seven grandchildren ranging from the ages of 11 years old to 21years old.

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This woman who owned a local Sports Pub bitched and complained every morning when shed have to clean the mens urinals as there was piss all over the floor in front of them, rather than them hitting the mark and making it in the urinal. She knew there was something going on rather than just drunken pissing. So, she posted the following sign: PLAYERS WITH SHORT BATS PLEASE STAND CLOSER TO THE PLATE. It worked like a charm. After 37 years of marriage. Jake dumped his wife for his Young secretary. His new girlfriend demanded that they live in Jake and Ediths multimillion dollar home and since the mans lawyers were a little better he prevailed. He gave Edith his now ex-wife just 3 days to move out. She spent the 1st day packing her belongings into boxes crates and suitcases. On the 2nd day she had to movers come and collect her things. On the 3rd day she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of shrimp a jar of caviar and a bottle of Chardonnay. When she had finished she went into each and every room and stuffed half-eaten shrimp shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of all of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left. When the husband returned with his new girlfriend all was bliss for the first few days. Then slowly the house began to smell. They tried everything cleaning mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere. Exterminators were brought in to set off gas canisters during which they had to move out for a few days and in the end they even replaced the expensive wool carpeting. NOTHING WORKED. People stopped coming over to visit. Repairman refused to work in the house. The Maid quit. Finally they could not take the stench any longer and decided to move. A month later even through they had cut their price in half they could not find a buyer for their stinky house. Word got out and eventually even the local realtors refused to return their calls. Finally they had to borrow a huge sum of money from the bank to purchase a new place. The ex-wife called the man and asked how things were going. He told her the saga of the rotting house. She listened politely and said that she missed her old home terribly and would be willing to reduce her divorce settlement in exchange for getting the house back. Knowing his ex-wife had no idea how bad the smell was he agreed on a price that was about 1/10th of what the house ha been worth, but only if she were to sign the papers that very day. She agreed and within the hour his lawyers delivered the paperwork. A week later the man and his girlfriend stood smiling as they watched the moving company pack everything to take to their new home. INCLUDING THE CURTAIN RODS.

One of the inventors of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Arthur Davidson, died and went to Heaven. At the gates, Saint Peter told Arthur. Since youve been such a good man and your motorcycles have changed the world, your reward is, you can hang out with anyone you want to in Heaven. Arthur thought about it for a minute and then said, I want to hang out with God. Saint Peter took Arthur to the Throne Room, and introduced him to God. God recognized Arthur and commented, Okay, so you were the one who invented the Harley-Davidson motorcycle Arthur said, Yes, Im one of them... God commented: Well, whats the big deal in inventing something thats pretty un-stable, makes noise and pollution and cant run without a road? Arthur was a bit embarrassed, but finally spoke, Excuse me, but arent you the inventor of Woman? God said, Ah, yes. One of my most prized and praised accomplishments. Well, said Arthur, professional to professional, you have some major design flaws in your invention ! God was intrigued; elaborate, please. 1. Theres too much inconsistency in the front-end suspension 2. It chatters constantly at high speeds 3. Most rear ends are too soft and wobble about too much 4.. The intake is placed way too close to the exhaust 5. The maintenance costs are literally outrageous!!!! Hmmm, you may have some good points there, replied God, hold on. God went to his Celestial Galaxy computer, typed in a few words and waited for the results.The computer printed out a slip of paper and God read it. Well, it may be true that my invention is flawed, God said to Arthur, but according to these numbers, more men are riding my invention than yours. An honest politician, a kind lawyer and Santa Claus were talking when they all noticed a $5 bill on the floor. Who picked it up? Santa of course, the other two dont exist! Its a romantic full moon, when Pedro said, Hey, mamacita, lets do Weeweechu. Oh no, not now, lets look at the moon! said Rosita. Oh, cmon baby, lets you and I do Weeweechu. I love you and its the perfect time, Pedro begged. But I wanna just hold your hand and watch the moon. replied Rosita. Please, corazoncito, just once, do Weeweechu with me. Rosita looked at Pedro and said, OK, one time, well do Weeweechu. Pedro grabbed his guitar and they both sang..... Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.


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Nov. 21, 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media contact: Grant Parsons Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1199 E-mail: U.S. lawmaker: Is Centers for Disease Control trying to reduce motorcycle use? PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) is asking the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whether it is trying to reduce motorcycle ridership by pursuing a federal mandatory motorcycle helmet law, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

goes on to conclude that economic evidence shows that universal motorcycle helmet laws produce substantial economic benefits, and these benefits greatly exceed expected costs, however, there is no reference whatsoever to the significant economic costs anticipated by reducing motorcycle use. In fact, the only costs identified by the Task Force on slide 37 are the costs of purchasing a motorcycle helmet and the enactment and enforcement costs of helmet laws, which are concluded to be negligible, Walberg said. Not only does this contradict the earlier findings about how imposing motorcycle laws would discourage motorcycle use, but it ignores the positive economic impact motorcyclists provide.

Motorcyclists not only enjoy riding on American roads, they The congressman is also questioning the economic impacts also spend billions of dollars touring and attending rallies, the CDC cited to support mandatory motorcycle helmet laws. he said. Reducing motorcycle use would have a detrimental effect on the motorcycle industry, dealer sales, tourism, assoIn a letter to CDC Director Thomas Frieden dated Nov. 21, ciated employment and related tax revenues. As an avid and Walberg, who is a lifelong motorcyclist, an AMA life member experienced motorcycle rider, I believe government should and a member of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus, be in the business of promoting the recreational, economic asked it the goal or strategy of the CDC to reduce the and environmental benefits of responsible motorcycle riding use of motorcycles -- a legal mode of transportation -- by rec- - not discouraging it. ommending and pursuing a federal helmet law? Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations If so, how would this strategy be implemented and by what and a former U.S. representative and U.S. senator representauthority would it be instituted? Walberg asked. He also ing Colorado, praised Walberg for asking some tough quesquestioned whether Frieden believes the CDC is the federal tions that need to be asked. agency best suited to research and make recommendations related to transportation safety. The AMA doesnt understand why the Centers for Disease Control is involving itself in motorcycling when it is supposed The CDC, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and to be protecting Americans from diseases, Allard said. Human Services, is headquartered in Atlanta. Motorcycling is not a disease that needs to be eradicated, Walberg sent the letter after analyzing a presentation titled he said. Its a legal form of transportation and a source of Economic Impact of Motorcycle Helmet Law: A Systematic responsible recreation for millions of Americans nationwide. Review. The presentation was made by the Helmet Law Review Team of the Community Preventive Services Task Force We anxiously await the CDCs answers to Rep. Walbergs on Oct. 23. The 15-member task force, each of whom is ap- questions, Allard said. pointed by the CDC director, makes recommendations to the CDC and reports to the U.S. Congress about community pre- The AMA strongly advocates helmet use but believes adult ventive services, programs and policies to improve health. helmet use should be voluntary. Simply put, mandatory helmet laws do nothing to prevent crashes. The AMA supports The task force is preparing to recommend that all states have actions that help riders avoid a crash from occurring, includuniversal helmet laws, which means that all riders, regardless ing voluntary rider education, improved licensing and testing, of age, would be required to wear helmets. and expanded motorist awareness programs. In his letter, Walberg strongly opposed its findings and con- To read the AMA position on voluntary helmet use, go to www. clusions. One part of the presentation, in particular, infers positive awareness of helmet laws with the potential for taryHelmetUse.aspx. reduced motorcycle use, Walberg said. The presentation


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Kick Start Party
The Buck Wild Band, as always, hosted a fabulous party and Whiskeys provided the ultimate location for the rally Kick Start Party. The back stage was set, the beer was cold, and the crowd of bikers swamped the grounds to get the rally started in style. Richard Otinger, Dallas Martin, Greg Tolbert and Ed Isbell are all the best the beach could have, all rolled up into a band called Buck Wild. All these guys bring their special talents together to put on a great show that no one can deny. This band of bikers performing for bikers played all-time favorites and kept the night going strong. Whiskeys also hosted the first round of the Ms. Thunder Beach Pageant during the Kick Start party. The pageant prompted us to wonder why the decision was made to ship in the International Bikini Team in place of using the lovely ladies who attend the rally. The eye candy was nice but seems to be a snub to the real biker babes on the beach. We enjoyed the best band in the south and got to see a lot of beautiful ladies in bathing suits. The rally definitely got kicked into gear at Whiskeys!

Wicked Wheel

The Wicked Wheel has become an icon of Panama City Beach and an ideal hangout for any gearhead/motorcycle/hotrod enthusiast. The classic motorsports theme is very unique and extremely cool. Words and picture do not do justice to the Wicked Wheel, its a place that has to be seen to be truly appreciated. The Wicked Wheel has plenty of motorcycle parking and it was brimming with gorgeous bikes when the Thunder Roads Crew stopped in for dinner. We had a great time enjoying outstanding southern comfort food amongst all of the motor memorabilia. There were an abundance of vendors covering all manner of wants and desires on the grounds at the Wicked Wheel that drew us over to have a peek after dinner. The Wicked Wheel is a must see anytime youre in Panama City Beach, especially during one of the rallies.



Sharkys is one of the best locations on the beach. The HUGE deck complete with Tiki bar and fantastic gulf views make Sharkys ideal for relaxing with your favorite beverage or sampling some of the excellent food on the menu. Sharkys is the place to find Geneva on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the rally. The Thunder Roads crew met at Sharkys to see Geneva on her opening night for the rally. We got there early to enjoy Clay Musgraves one man show and meet our Outpost family before Geneva hit the stage. The band rocked the patio in classic Geneva style with a range of classic rock, blues and a little country. Clay Musgrave joined in on a few tunes as well. The music mix was great and Geneva put on an outstanding show in this iconic beachside venue.

Coyote Ugly

Ice cold beer .. Hot Babes dancing on the bar .. Free Bikini Bike Wash . All of the ingredients necessary to warm a bikers heart. Coyote Ugly seems to have a great formula for biker entertainment. The antics and gymnastics on the bar combined with the witty banter between the bartenders and the crowd make for an entertaining way to spend a few hours. Adding even more incentive to extend your stay were bikini clad bike wash babes providing FREE bike washes. No wonder Coyote Ugly is so popular. A mechanical bull was available for those looking for a challenging ride without wheels. This attraction seemed to grow in popularity as the imbibing increased . Hmmm.


Hammerhead Freds

Once again the ultimate band of bikers known as Buck Wild rocked the house Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Hammerhead Freds. The venue here is ideal for this band, allowing them to get up close and interact with the crowd in a way that only Buck Wild can, making a great show even better. Freds was packed each day with bikers enjoying the awesome sound of Buck Wild. Hammerhead Freds and Buck Wild also hosted two rounds of the Ms. Thunder Beach Pageant along with the Miss Thunder Beach Pageant on Saturday afternoon. The food at Hammerhead Freds is outstanding too. The combination of top shelf entertainment and fantastic cuisine makes Hammerhead Freds a frequent stop during the rally.

Panama City Beach Harley-Davidson

Panama City Beach Harley-Davidson is more than just another Harley shop, its a destination with plenty of areas to hang out, relax and enjoy good company. This has been a rally hot spot since opening and had plenty of visitors during this rally. Lots of vendors were on site to cover just about anything imaginable. PCB H-D had a huge tent set up filled with used bikes for sale. A quick pass through the tent revealed some bikes that looked like pretty good bargains. Judging from the amount space appearing in the tent during the rally there were some good deals to be had in that tent. Be sure to check out Panama City Beach Harley-Davidson during the next rally. Get there early, they get busy quick during the day.


Ms. Newbys

Panama City Beach and motorcycles are synonymous with Ms. Newbys, you cant think of one without thinking of the other. Ms. Newbys is a landmark in the Panama City Beach motorcycle community. A crowd can always be found there especially during the rally. Live music on the patio can be enjoyed from every corner of the grounds at Ms. Newbys allowing patrons to roam freely among the many vendors and gorgeous bikes to be found there. Ms. Newbys was a frequent stop for all of the Thunder Roads crew during the rally. We always have a great time meeting friends, old and new, at Ms. Newbys.

Law Bike Beach Party

Law Bike Bob fired up the grill and invited all of the bikers to stop by for a party on the beach. He was providing the burgers, dogs and G-rated beverages. Visitors were welcome to bring stronger beverages on their own if they wanted. Live music was on hand to entertain the crowd as they enjoyed the beach and the fellowship. Thanks Bob, we had a great time.

article and photos by Terminator & Thumper (TnT), Vtwin & Harleygirl, OutKast & Siren, Korn Dawg


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Ethanol: Good for Bourbon, not for Gasoline
Ethanol is a hydrocarbon (large molecule of carbons bonded with hydrogen) with additional hydroxides (hydrogen and oxygen). This makes it an alcohol. Alcohols make very good solvents in that they dissolve other compounds very well. For use blended in gasoline fuels, ethanols extra oxygen helps to oxidize (burn) more completely than normal gasoline fuel blends. This doesnt mean they make more power or torque, just that they have less residual fuel (hydrocarbons) left unburned after normal combustion. Ethanol is distilled from the sugars in plants. For this reason sugary plants like sugarcane or sugar beets are efficient for ethanol distillation. Even waste products like waste-wood and grasses can be used for efficient ethanol production. Growing less sugar based plants like corn for ethanol production uses more fuel for planting, fertilizing, and harvesting than is actually produced per acre of feed/fuel corn. Yet another bad idea brought to you by ill-informed politicians with the backing of corn-growers and the extreme-green devotees. Not as toxic as the MTBE fuel oxygenate forced on us previously, but just as ill-informed. As a fuel, denatured ethanol requires about 1/3 more fuel than gasoline, and the octane and cooling effect can actually produce a bit more output than pump gasoline blends. When blended with gasoline the octane and cooling effect can allow lower octane base fuels to be used to get to a minimum octane value. But it actually takes approximately 30% ethanol blends in gasoline to be of any performance advantage. At less than this percentage, reduced output and mileage are produced in production engines. Its only value at low percentages is as an oxygenate for cleaner combustion. This is still a poor choice that is based mostly on political issues. Enough of politics, on to the real issue. Ethanol has now been added to Summer gasoline blends in Alabama for several years. It has been mandated by state and federal governments as an oxygenate to reduce exhaust emissions from on-road vehicles. By law, pump gasoline fuels must contain 9% to 10% ethanol in the form of E10 gasoline based fuels. The government and even many manufacturers will tell you that all vehicles produced since the 2001 model year are safe to operate on E10 fuels. They are incorrect, especially when it comes to motorcycles, lawn equipment, and boats. As an oxygenate, ethanol attacks rubber components in the fuel system, causes corrosion to form on aluminum and brass components, and causes rust to form on steel parts - all by the oxidizing of these parts. In the past few years, I have seen more damage to fuel systems in the form of rust, corrosion, damaged rubber components, and fuel pump failures, than I have seen in the previous ten years combined. Carbureted bikes are especially vulnerable to corrosion on brass jets and tubes and forming a green coating (verdigris) in the carburetor bowl(s) and clogging the small passages in the carburetor components. But even fuel injected bikes are having issues if they are stored with E10 in the fuel tank for more than a few weeks. Ethanol is denser than gasoline, and likes to separate from gasoline and settle to the bottom the tank, causing rust to form. The rust forming in the tanks soon clogs fuel filters and prevents them from being able to draw fuel from the tank. Most fuel pumps are not designed to suck due to inlet or pre-filter restriction, or passing debris from rusty tanks. As a result, they soon fail. Even in tanks that are supposedly coated at the factory to prevent this issue, I have seen the coating dissolve and come off in large patches and clog the fuel filter. Then the tank rusts, further enhancing the problem. Unfortunately, the fuel you purchase at the pump may not actually be E10. Fuel tankers generally hold five thousand gallons of fuel, and are divided into five separate sections. Generally when a tanker is filled, 450 to 500 gallons of Ethanol is added to one section and then all sections are topped off with gasoline. When the tanker arrives at the filling station, each section of the tanker is then pumped into a holding tank at the station. Depending on the order that each section of the tanker is pumped into the holding tank, how well it is mixed during filling (not well), and how long the fuel sits in the tank and separates, can all alter how much ethanol is actually in the fuel you are pumping into your vehicle. Premium fuels sold at stations that do not turn over a large amount of fuel, tends to allow separation of ethanol more than other stations. This can cause even more of this separation issue to occur. Ethanol is hygroscopic, meaning that it likes to absorb water or mixes very easily with water. As a result, it is easy to add water to a sample of gasoline,

cause the water to absorb the alcohol, and let us know just how much of the sample of gasoline contains ethanol. In fact, inexpensive test kits are available for just this reason. By performing just such testing over the past few years, I have seen gasoline samples show very little ethanol content, to over 30% ethanol. Not good. How can your engine run safely or consistently when each tank of fuel can vary by a large amount in its density, viscosity, and other characteristics? In two-stroke engines, where oil is mixed with the fuel, we can have a couple of serious issues. First is the ethanol can lean out the fuel mixture causing serious damage. Second is oil separation from the alcohol. Castor bean based oils and a few synthetic oils will blend with both gasoline and ethanol. Mineral based oils will not blend with alcohols. As a result the engine does not get the lubrication required, and the ethanol will cause rust to form on bearings, cranks, and other parts. Then, bad things happen. If you do not know if your oil will work with ethanol oxygenated fuels, put a sample of mixed fuel and oil into a small glass jar and shake well. Then let it set for a few days. If separation occurs, change the fuel or oil you are using. So, as bike owners, what do we do? First off, we do not let Summer gasoline blends with ethanol sit in the tank or carburetor for more than two weeks. If carbureted and the bike will not be ridden for a few weeks, drain the tank and run the bike until the fuel bowls in the carbs are empty. Check your tank for rust from time to time. If rust forms, it must be removed, and the tank coated inside. To remove rust, the safest and best product I have found is Metal Restore. It can be purchased in one or five gallon pails. Simply fill the tank with Metal Restore and allow it to sit for several hours. After which, it can be drained and washed out with water. It must be immediately dried completely or surface rust will form within a few hours. Using acetone to assist in drying the tank completely is a good idea - just watch that it does not get on the paint. Then coating the tank is required. The only tank coating I recommend is RedKote. Applying RedKote is not fun, but when done correctly, it is the best of all coatings that I have used over the years. Metal Restore can be purchased online, or from Summit Racing in Georgia. RedKote is available online, as well as at your local OReillys auto parts store. The ethanol issues are only going to get worse. As of this writing, the federal government has just approved E15 (50% more ethanol than E10) for pump fuel. And this will be coming to a filling station near you within the next few years. Motorcycles are not designed to run on E15, and if you add it to your tank - even on accident, the manufacturers have stated that they do not plan to build motorcycles to operate on it, and doing so will void all warranties. Air-cooled engines will really be a problem. Get ready for this to become a big issue in the near future. For those interested in purchasing fuel without ethanol, there are a few stations around Alabama where pure gasoline can be purchased - but usually only at unbranded stations. See <> for a filling station listing for each state. Unfortunately, this will not be possible for all riders, or those of us who like to ride across country. The only answer I can give, is do not let fuel containing ethanol sit in your tank for more than a few weeks. Alabama has several fuel-ethanol distilleries on line as of this writing, two of which are based on waste-wood distillation, not the normally used feed-fuel corn distillation. More ethanol is shipped in from out of state distilleries to meet fuel demands. Expect even more ethanol needing to be produced or shipped into Alabama for the E15 demands of the near future. Alcohols like ethanol and methanol can make great fuels for bikes that are actually designed to operate or race on them. But for stock/production bike operation, not so much. Just thinking about this can drive a rider to other uses for ethanol. By Wayne Tripp POWER-TRIPP Performance, Inc. Motorcycle Performance and Tuning Phone: 205.663.4304 Fax: 205.663.4149 103 8th Ave. NW Alabaster, AL, USA 35007

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