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Sargeant Bowe Bergdahl You Are Not Forgotten

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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Greeting friends & fellow riders We hope that you all are doing well & getting those bikes tuned up & worked on as we get closer & closer to springtime. We have already had two significant snowfalls in our region over the past month so I think we have had our fill of winterwere ready to bring on the spring. If youve been reading Thunder Roads for a while, you should know that we support our troops, we promote patriotism and support organizations who help our riding communities. We are doing something this month that we have never done before & are reaching out to not only the motorcycle community but also the general public with the front cover & the inside back cover. I have been asked for our magazine to help reach the public on behalf of a special soldier named SGT Bowe Bergdahl. He isnt sleeping in a nice comfy bed tonight. He isnt eating at Taco Bell with his friends laughing about what happened at work today. He is being held as a prisoner of war over in Afghanistan right this very moment. God only knows what he is going through and has gone through since he was captured back in 2009. We as motorcyclists help people in need all throughout the year. We are called upon so many times to help many different types of people, situations and causes. As owner and editor of this magazine and also a U.S. Navy Veteran, I have been asked to help get the word out about SGT Bowe Bergdahl. Most people have no idea that there is a U.S. Soldier being held captive in Afghanistan and are shocked to learn of this situation. They relate the term POW to wars of the past, not the present. I and am asking you to please pass this along to as many people as you possibly can to contact Washington, sign the petition, make the call, support the websites and facebooks. We encourage everyone to visit the websites, share this info on your facebook pages and any other social media that you may be linked to. We are beginning to contact various groups & organizations that could help coordinate rides and fundraisers to raise money to purchase billboard ads, newspaper and magazine space, radio announcements, banners for major sporting events etc (Thunder Roads has and always will, donate any space that is used to print information about SGT Bowe Bergdahl). Washington will not do anything unless the voices are loud enough. Would you help if this was YOUR son, brother, uncle, or other family member??? Please do whatever you can to help spread the word.every little bit counts. June 2014 will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. Our military men and women in uniform must know that if they are captured by the enemy, our nation will not rest until they are rescued. Here are 2 supporting sites please visit often for updates and ways that you can help: We are almost through winter so try to stay warm and think spring, with the wonderful sounds of motorcycles in the air. We hope that all of your days are filled with love, peace & happiness. Thanks for being here with us. Until we meet again..Happy Trails!

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more info, $5.00 off Adult Admission Coupons or to buy Advanced Tickets go to Feb 22nd Garage Party Harbinger, NC Ladies, Come check your knowledge and skills. 5pm7pm. Outer Banks H-D 8739 Caratoke Hwy. (Hwy 158), Harbinger, NC. 29741. (252) 338-8866. Feb 23rd Polar Bear Bun 2014 Virginia Beach, VA This event will be held at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market on Sunday, February 23. Enjoy a poker ride, plus eat chili & all the fixins. There will be game prizes, 50/50, Polar Bear trophies, and more... Preregistration is $12 per person or on-site registration $15 per person. The deadline for preregistration is Friday, February 7. To preregister please make checks payable to: GWRRA VA-B and send to Bob Lutton, 3801 Piping Rock Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. On-site Registration starts at 9 a.m. First Bike Out at 9:45 a.m..Last Bike Out at 10:30 a.m.. Prizes given out at 1 p.m.. Go to http://www. for your event flyer. Farmers Market, 3640 Dam Neck Rd. Virginia Beach, VA. Mar 2nd Departure Bike Works SWAP MEET Chesterfield, VA Indoors Sunday March 2, 2014, held at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. For more information call Lee at (804) 231-0244 or email Mar 8th Ascension MCs 1st Annual Benefit Ride and Party Virginia Beach, VA Join us to help raise money to benefit the kids in the local chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Saturday March 8 2014. Registration and starting location: Starts at 10 and ends at 12. Bikes out at 1230. Oceana Cycles, 609 Jack Rabbit Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. 757-437-0014. Ending location/ Party: Begins at 1pm, Otiss Raw Bar, 4300 Portsmouth Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23321, 757-465-2600. Cost: $10 per rider and $5 per passenger. Cages welcome. Rain or Shine. Any questions contact Ryn 757-342-6073 or email Starts in Virginia Beach ends in Chesapeake. Mar 21st 23rd Bikes on the Border Kings Mountain, NC The Second Annual Bikes on the Border will be held from March 21 to 23, 2014 in Kings Mountain North Carolina. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Kings Mountain, NC at 100 Woodlake Pkwy., Kings Mountain, NC. Room rates are $75.00. Call 704-734-0014 for reservations. A block of rooms has been set aside for the conference. The Actual conference will be held on Saturday March

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

Feb 7th, 8th & 9th 2014 12th Annual Timonium Motorcycle Show - Timonium, MD Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on displayhuge custom and antique bike show100s of exhibits covering everything in motorcycling. Attendees can meet motorcycle sweetheart, Michele Smith and the Norman Rockwell of Harley Davidson Fine Art, David Uhl all three days. Two wheel enthusiasts can check out our huge Swapmeet, which includes a Garage Built Speed Machine Section featuring Vintage Caf Racers, Choppers, Drag Bikes and Bobbers. Show goers can also witness a live Two Wheel Wedding and Vote for their favorite bike builder in the 1st Annual Biker Build-Off which includes builders from 5 states. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, Maryland Opens 10am each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 7-9, 2014. Admission for Adults: $17.00, Children 10-15 years $6.00 and under 10 are free with paying adult. For

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.

22nd at the H. Lawrence Patrick Conference Center at 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain, NC. It is 1.8 miles from the host hotel. There is a $25.00 registration fee which includes a t-shirt and a ticket to the banquet Saturday night. Walk-ins are welcome at the conference, but those who register will have guaranteed seating. Additionally only registrants will receive banquet tickets and t-shirts. You may register by check made payable to McGrath & Danielson, PO Box 5424, Richmond, VA 23220. You may also register using PayPal at http:// . See article in this issue! Mar 29th BFC Bikers Blessing Woodbridge, VA Bikers for Christ will hold a Bikers Blessing at Christ Chapel on March 29th starting at 10:00 AM. There will be Food, Live Music, Bike Games, a Bike Show including Vreelands Harley Davidson Drag Bikes and more. Come and start the 2014 ride season right, get the protection only God can provide. Fellowship with other riders, checkout all of the bikes, eat some good food and get your chance to win one of the many free Door Prizes! All the donations and proceeds will go to support the BFC Down Biker Fund. Come join us at: Christ Chapel, 13909 Smoketown Rd., Woodbridge VA 22192 May 3rd & 4th CVMA Battlefield Bash Lanexa, VA An event that is from May 3-4 2014 located at Ed Allens Campground, Lanexa VA. Poker Ride, Bike shows, Bike Games, Live Bands and loads of fun. Also will be auctioning off a Harley Davidson Sportster fuel tank that was autographed by the cast of Sons of Anarchy. All proceeds from this event will be directed towards the handicapped bus that we, Combat Vets Motorcycle Assoc 27-3, have undertaken to allow more veterans, of Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center located in Richmond Va, more mobility and opportunity to do off campus activities. 4/608245102545768/?notif_t=like, carecenter_sitter-barfoot.shtml. May 17th Biker rally culminating with prayer ride around Richmond - Colonial Heights, VA Biker blessing, bike games, music, vendors, bike show culminating with a prayer ride around Richmond, Va. Contact Joey Collins for more information at or (804) 926-8950 or online at The event will be held in the parking lot of Mt Pleasant Baptist Church, 3110 Greenwood Avenue, Colonial Heights, Va. 23834. The ride will depart Colonial Heights, ride around the city of Richmond, Va and return to Colonial Heights. May 30th & 31st Boone Bike Rally Boone, NC Come join us in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina for our annual Bike Rally. Music by: The JJL Band, Cold Ethyl, Problem Child, Throwdown Jones, & more. Wet T Shirt Contest, $250.00 1st Place. Bike Games $500.00. Bike Contest $500.00. Vendors, Fun, and more. BYOB. Friday 15.00. Saturday 25.00. Weekend Pass 30.00. High Country Fairgrounds is located 5 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway. 748 Roby Greene Rd Boone NC 28607

May 31st Poker Run to benefit Muscular Dystrophy Association Virginia Beach, VA The poker run will begin at Grumpys Bar and Grill, 995 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. Breakfast and registration will be 8:30 to 10:30 AM with first bike out at 9:30 AM and last bike out by 11:00 AM. $15 /bike and $5 for additional rider. The run will end at Jakes BBQ, 1784 General Booth Blvd, Virginia Beach with awards, food, prizes, music and festivities from 1-4 PM. Contact Howard Albrecht for more information at 757-339-3806 or hjaheadroadcaptain@ All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Sept 20th & 21st The Turn Poker Run Manassas, VA We are a group of local riders putting together a two-day motorcycle poker run Sept. 20-21, 2014 in the Virginia and Maryland area. This ride is going to be roughly 500 miles long. Our goal is to set the record for the longest poker run in The Guinness Book of World Records. The run will also be raising money for the research of cervical and breast cancer, a cause that is near and dear to our groups hearts. We are currently working on the route and stops and are looking for sponsors and volunteers. We will have a starting point in or near Manassas, Virginia and ending back in the same area. The ride will have 5 stops along the route and an overnight stop. Stay tuned as we publish more info. For More Information Visit our Website


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an American
February 17, 2014

Presidents Day, officially Washingtons Birthday, in the United States, holiday (third Monday in February) popularly recognized as honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The day is sometimes understood as a celebration of the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents. The origin of Presidents Day lies in the 1880s, when the birthday of Washingtoncommander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution and the first president of the United Stateswas first celebrated as a federal holiday. In 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays. The change was designed to schedule certain holidays so that workers had a number of long weekends throughout the year, but it has been opposed by those who believe that those holidays should be celebrated on the dates they actually commemorate. During debate on the bill, it was proposed that Washingtons Birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both Washington (February 22) and Lincoln (February 12); although Lincolns birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. After the bill went into effect in 1971, however, Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name, due in part to retailers use of that name to promote sales and the holidays proximity to Lincolns birthday. Presidents Day is usually marked by public ceremonies in Washington, D.C., and throughout the country.




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Xtreme International Ice Racing

Photos by Jim Harvey and Ben Lemons Article by Dennis Martin, TRM Missouri Xtreme International Ice Racing (XiiR) was formed in 2004 by Anthony The British Bulldog Barlow and his wife Marlene Barlow. These two along with their staff and the numerous racers, prove to the crowds that they have what it takes to put on a great competition each year. All of their hard work is apparent when you see an event like this, accomplished without any problems. This year, the start of the XiiR series was at St. Charles Family Arena. The crowd was the largest I can remember since we started covering the series back in 2006. I must say that the fans certainly enjoy a good race, especially on ice with a 180 lb. bike, with 190 horsepower! Many were wondering why the races got started about 20 minutes late, well I found out that there was a huge line of people coming through the main gate. I guess they didnt know about the second entrance on the side of the building. Well now they do Getting 7,500 people through the door takes time and I hope everyone that was there can understand that. After the opening ceremony, the racing was on and the racers got right down to business. In the pit area, the racers are friends, but on the ice they are on their own. This is where the Chills, Thrills, and Spills come in to play. In addition to the speedway, quad and flat track classes, this year the Pit Bike class was added. With four classes of races, this was certainly a full night of racing. The race results were: Speedway Class - 1st Barlow, 2nd Venegas, 3rd Lego; Quad Class - 1st P. Smith, 2nd Mann, 3rd Quam; Flat track Class - 1st Pearson, 2nd A. Smith, 3rd Carter; Pit Bike Class 1st A. Smith. The continued sponsorship from TNT Action Sports, AB Fencing & Landscaping, HP Powdercoating, Docs Harley-Davidson, Donelson Cycles, Supertrapp, Redline, is much appreciated by the XiiR. This support allows for the growth of the sport. Be sure to check out their website for up-to-date news and the racing schedule. If you would like to be a racer on the ice, the contact information is on their website. See you next year!


Motorcycle Art

Here is something you dont see every day, a motorcycle made out of beer bottle caps. Pamela Smith of Desoto, Missouri has been creating this artwork for the past 2 1/2 years out of something we discard so quickly. The inspiration came from beer can art. I found out she has quite a stockpile of different caps to choose from. She has over 800 in stock. Many are unused directly from the beer companies. If she doesnt have the one you want, no problem. Simply go out, buy a 12 pack, drink it, and send her the caps with your payment. Its just that easy The motorcycles are $15 each or 2 for $20 and $4 shipping. If you want to use PayPal, send Pamela an email at for all the details. Typically the orders are filled and shipped on the same day. The holidays get busy, so get your Christmas orders in before Dec 12. Obviously she makes custom bikes. There is a whole different procedure with that, so be sure to get in contact with her to discuss the details. Custom designed caps can take up to 14 days since each cap is printed individually. Pamela can be reached at (636) 544-7438. For more information go to


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2014 PREDICTED TO BE A BREAKOUT YEAR FOR ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLES Navigant Research recently released a report titled Electric Vehicles: 10 Predictions for 2014 in which it is estimated that 700,000 plug-in vehicles will be on the road around the world by the end of this year. The given justifications? Rebounding economies, better products, battery prices that have come down providing competitive price points for e-motorcycles, a large potential clientele that has already had a positive electric experience via e-bicycles, e-scooters and e-mopeds. year. Permits are temporary and their purpose is to get riders to obtain full drivers licenses, said Rep. Grove. This legislation will enable riders to learn properly while pushing them to actually get their motorcycle licenses. Under current law, a permit is valid for one year, but some motorcyclists apply for it year after year so they are never required to take the safety course thats required to receive the full four-year license, said Charles Umbenhauer, spokesman for ABATE of Pennsylvania, which supported the measure. Umbenhauer told the York Dispatch that the legislation is a continuation of other safety measures for which the ABATE organization has pushed. Grove STUDY SHOWS WOMEN WHO RIDE ARE HAPPIER also introduced legislation that, when signed into law last year, The old adage that you never see a motorcycle parked outside required minors who hold motorcycle permits to successfully the psychiatrists office may prove more insightful than precomplete a free 15-hour riding course. HB 892 passed the viously considered, as a new study reveals that the key to House and Senate with little dissent and was signed into law happiness for the better half of U.S. is a bike key! The Harley- by Governor Tom Corbett. Davidson Female Riders Survey, conducted by a leading global insights firm and commissioned by the Harley-Davidson HELMET USE IN MICHIGAN DROPS AFTER REPEAL, Motor Company, shows that women who ride their own motor- STILL HIGHER THAN NORM A state survey has found that cycles are noticeably happier, sexier and more confident than nearly three-quarters of Michigan motorcyclists wear helmets, women who dont ride. After interviewing 1,013 adult female down from almost a hundred percent before the state ended riders and 1,016 adult female non-riders, the findings make it mandatory universal helmet use in 2012, letting riders opt out clear that riding a motorcycle greatly improves a womans feel- under certain circumstances. Data for the Wayne State Univerings of overall self-worth. More than twice as many always sity study was collected over the summer by use of video camfeel happy (37% of riders vs. 16% of non-riders) Nearly four eras randomly placed across the state, and shows that 73% of times as many always feel sexy (27% of riders vs. 7% of non- motorcyclists in Michigan wear helmets, down from 99.4% in riders) Nearly twice as many always feel confident (35% of 2006 when the last statewide observation survey was conductriders vs. 18% of non-riders) More than half (53%) of women ed. Still, the authors note that Michigans usage rate is 13% who ride cite their motorcycle as a key source of happiness, higher than the 60% of U.S. riders spotted wearing helmets according to the findings, and nearly three in four (74%) bein a nationwide survey in 2012. Also interesting to note, the lieve their lives have improved since they started riding. When current rate of riders wearing helmets is slightly lower than it comes to romance, the market research collected by Kelton the 74.7% of helmeted riders involved in motorcycle crashes, Global also shows riding can improve relationships, as female according to the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning, motorcyclists are more content than non-riders with: Commeaning lidless riders have a somewhat better safety record. munication with their significant other (60% of riders vs. 38% The Michigan Department of Highway Safety said that helmet of non-riders) Physical intimacy (51% of riders vs. 35% of use varies widely among types of riders: 94.5% of people non-riders) More and more women are, in fact, riding. A 2012 riding sports bikes wore helmets while only 33.3% of riders study by the Motorcycle Industry Council found that women of choppers and custom bikes did. Female riders and those accounted for 12% of U.S. motorcyclists -- up from 10.5% in under 30 and over 60 also wear helmets more frequently. 2009, and Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is selling more motorcycles to women than all their competitors combined, LOUD MOTORCYCLES TARGETED IN CHICAGO according to Claudia Garber, Director of Womens Outreach The city of Chicago is turning a deaf ear to loud motorcycles, for Harley-Davidson. so much so that that an alderman has proposed a ten-fold increase in fines for violators, those who change their mufflers to LIMIT ON LEARNERS PERMITS IN PA make them louder, according to DNAInfo Chicago. The alderPennsylvanians who perpetually renew their motorcyclist man is calling it a quality of life issue, and his proposal would permits to avoid having to take the states motorcycle safety increase the maximum fine for violations from $100 to $1,000. course will soon have their strategy derailed, as a new law will limit the number of times a motorcycle rider can reapply for a GEORGIA RIDERS FAMILY QUESTIONS FATAL PURSUIT learners permit to three times in a five-year period. Represen- A young Georgia man was riding his motorcycle to the gym tative Seth Grove (R-Dover), author of House Bill 892, said during rush hour when a Richmond County deputy may have some riders have been treating permits like actual licenses broke department policy and gave chase over invalid plates, since current law allows them to reapply for a permit every ending in a fatal crash. The deputy was also on a motorcycle,

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a vehicle that because of the risk involved is strongly discouraged from initiating or participating in chases in Richmond and Columbia counties unless extenuating circumstances exist, policy states. According to policy, deputies are justified in beginning a chase even when the only information available is that the suspect hasnt stopped as ordered, but after a chase has started, policy states that deputies must continuously evaluate the circumstances, such as the initial reason for the pursuit; traffic and weather conditions; time of day; direction of travel; the possible consequences; and most importantly, the safety of the public, the deputy and other law enforcement personnel. Pursuits may continue if there are reasonable grounds to believe the suspect presents a clear and immediate threat to the safety of others or if the suspect has committed or is attempting to commit a forcible felony, policy states. The family is considering legal options, but a police spokesman stressed that while it is the deputy who initiates the traffic stop, it is the violator who initiates the pursuit. Nationally, the U.S. De part ment of Transportation estimates that 6,000 to 8,000 police chases end in crashes each year, with close to 5,000 people being injured and 500 being killed. ROAD CRASHES #1 KILLER OF AMERICANS ABROAD Road crashes have been named the leading cause of unnatural death among Americans who travel outside of the country, where they are unfamiliar with local driving rules and customs, and more U.S. citizens die in car or motorcycle accidents than from terrorist events according to a new study from Johns Hopkins University. Using data from the U.S. State Department that represented 5,417 unnatural deaths between January 2003 and December 2009, the research team calculated the rates of death by dividing the number of unnatural deaths by the number of Americans who visited each country. We know that the distribution of road traffic fatalities varies dramatically across different parts of the world, Huseyin Naci, from the London School of Economics and Political Science, told Reuters news service. While pedestrian deaths are more common in many parts of Africa, motorcycle and bicycle deaths occur more frequently in southeast Asia. Out of all the countries deemed unsafe for travel, Thailand ranked first among the most traffic-related deaths with 16.5 deaths per one million visits. Vietnam came in second with 15 deaths per one million visits, Morocco third with 12 deaths per one million visits, and South Africa fourth with 11 deaths per one million visits. Researchers also reported that scooter and motorcycle deaths accounted for a large portion of traffic-related deaths. MANDATORY HI-VIS REFLECTIVE CLOTHING LEGISLATED Effective January 1, 2014, it is mandatory for all motorcyclists and passengers to wear reflective jackets or vests when riding in the Republic of Mauritius, an island country in the south west Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Road Traffic Regulations passed last fall regarding Use of High Visibility Clothing states; No person shall drive (or ride as a pillion rider on) a motorcycle or auto cycle, unless he wears high visibility clothing without any covering being worn over it that may cause obstruction to its visibility. The regulations even dictate the type of polyester material, size of reflective strips and specific fluorescent colors (lime yellow, red or orange) intended to provide conspicuity at all times. Any person who contravenes these regulations shall commit an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable to a fine not exceeding 1,000 Mauritian Rupees (MUR). BAN ON MOTORBIKES IMPOSED IN SCOTTISH WOODLANDS Scottish Police say that members of the pubic visiting Balkello Woods have been left frustrated and concerned by the irresponsible and illegal use of motorcycles in the area, both on and off road. Police Scotland and the Forestry Commission have joined forces in announcing a major crackdown on unauthorized motor vehicles in the woodlands; Powers granted under Road Traffic and Anti-Social Behaviour legislation allow the police to seize vehicles including motorcycles and mini-motos where they have been driven without license or insurance, or, in this scenario, where they are used in an anti-social manner. A force spokesman said: Officers have long focused on reducing the anti-social and illegal use of motorcycles and make full use of Anti-Social and Road Traffic legislation to seize motorcycles that are being used illegally. Following enforcement, many of the vehicles seized are ultimately dismantled and crushed. DUCK AND COVER Like em or love em, the rift over the redneck Robertson clan from A&E Networks top-rated Duck Dynasty showed that America still has a backbone, and Americans can influence change if enough of us stand together. After the network suspended Phil Robertson over anti-gay comments, a grassroots tsunami of people from all walks of lifelit upphone lines, email inboxes and fax machines asthe surge of incoming communications quickly became so intense, employees of the cable giant reportedly complained that the company was overwhelmed and had all but ground to a halt. The uproar continued through Christmas until Friday, December 27, when A&E announced it was lifting the suspension and the show will continue. Millions of citizens -- many who had never taken any kind of action before had successfully sprang to the defense of a man and his right to speak freely, irrespective of PC. If the Duck Dynasty flap proves anything, its that -- when pushed too far -- concerned Americans will rise up in response! QUOTABLE QUOTE: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. ~ Howard Zinn (1922-2010) American historian & social activist


Photos by Shooters Images, Inc. The word customized has different meanings when you talk to a group of riders, Im sure you know what I mean. There are many different levels of customizing a motorcycle and this is one example of making the right choices. While JD Jolliffs boy was becoming a man in the Marine Corps, JD diverted some of his attention to creating what you see today. JD and T2G Customs worked together and gave his 2003 Road King a whole new custom look, but looks wasnt the only change. The stock 88 motor was upgraded to 95 and the exhaust is now a true dual system. To change the overall appearance, the fenders, saddle bags, tank dash, seat, tail light, handlebars, hand controls, and foot controls, were all replaced. It is important to point out that all these new parts, even though from different manufactures, do have a consistent theme. This is really what makes the overall look come together. JD kept the stock wheels, which in my opinion, is a good choice when customizing a bagger. Only about 10% of the rear wheel usually gets seen, unless you are at ground level. This will divert some of your budget to other areas. JD kept the stock tank with the exception of being stretched and blended to meet the seat and side panels. This was done by Darrel Hungate of T2G Customs and certainly completes the side view. Once all this was in place, it was time to turn it over to Shawn Johnston for a shot of pearl white paint. Skulls were blended into the new lines that Shawn created, and certainly makes a statement. JD rides in the Illinois area near St. Louis and Im sure if you havent seen him on the road, you will soon. Dont be surprised when you see his Road King entered in numerous Bike Shows in the area. It is certainly worthy of many trophies to come


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WHITE TRASH WIPER: The submitter wrote: I pulled in to the local Marsh Supermarket and parked by this Gem. They had used a red shop towel and black tape to make a hill billy custom wiper.

THE STRENGTH OF DUCT TAPE..: The submitter wrote: The coupler on my hitch was broken and wouldnt latch down. No problem, I duct taped it closed and towed a 4000 lb. trailer 600 miles home.

LITTLE BUBBA JR PLAYING: The submitter wrote: We pull this behind the 4-wheeler and he has a blast. OMG what a cutie and I bet you did have a blast. I want to go next!!!!


BEER BALL CLEAN-UP: Perfect party clean up. All you need to do is steal little Bubbas basketball hoop, stick a trash bag in it and call it Beer Ball. Clean up isnt so bad when its a game!

BARREL SLED: The submitter wrote: when my shed caught on fire, my sons sled was burnt up with it, when we had all this snow come in i had some free time at work and made this one out of a plastic barrel, some bucket handles and a piece of rope. the thing works great and he loves it OK we say A+ here dad!

NATURES FRIDGE: Hey if Mother nature is going to dump on you 6 feet of snow you might as well make the best of it! Now someone beer me please! Hey what happens when you run out? Youre stuck inside the house, snowed in.

JEANS JUMPER: Old jeans yesterday, baby jumper today.

REDNECK SUSPENDERS: Who knew that a bungee cord and a hat could act as a pair of suspenders?


Is Your Ability to See God Blinded? Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things . . . Isaiah 40:26 The people of God in Isaiahs time had blinded their minds ability to see God by looking on the face of idols. But Isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that is, he made them begin to use their power to think and to visualize correctly. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades, if we will only begin to use our blinded thinking to visualize it. The real test of spiritual focus is being able to bring your mind and thoughts under control. Is your mind focused on the face of an idol? Is the idol yourself? Is it your work? Is it your idea of what a servant should be, or maybe your experience of salvation and sanctification? If so, then your ability to see God is blinded. You will be powerless when faced with difficulties and will be forced to endure in darkness. If your power to see has been blinded, dont look back on your own experiences, but look to God. It is God you need. Go beyond yourself and away from the faces of your idols and away from everything else that has been blinding your thinking. Wake up and accept the ridicule that Isaiah gave to his people, and deliberately turn your thoughts and your eyes to God.

One of the reasons for our sense of futility in prayer is that we have lost our power to visualize. We can no longer even imagine putting ourselves deliberately before God. It is actually more important to be broken bread and poured-out wine in the area of intercession than in our personal contact with others. The power of visualization is what God gives a saint so that he can go beyond himself and be firmly placed into relationships he never before experienced.

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A dog lover, whose dog was a female and in heat agreed to look after her neighbors male dog while the neighbors were on vacation. She had a large house and believed that she could keep the two dogs apart. However, as she was drifting off to sleep she heard awful howling and moaning sounds, rushed downstairs and found the dogs locked together, in obvious pain and unable to disengage, as so frequently happens when dogs mate. Unable to separate them, and perplexed as to what to do next, although it was late, she called the Vet, who answered in a very grumpy voice. Having explained the problem to him, the Vet said, Hang up the phone and place it down alongside the dogs. I will then call you back and the noise of the phone ringing will make the male lose his erection and he will be able to withdraw. Do you actually think that will work? she asked. Just worked on me, the Vet replied, & hung up. Lucille decided to give herself a big treat for her 70th birthday by staying overnight in a really nice hotel.. When she checked out the next morning, the desk clerk handed her a bill for $250.00. She demanded to know why the charge was so high I agree its a nice hotel, but the rooms arent worth $250..00 for just an overnight stay - I didnt even have breakfast! The clerk told her that $250.00 is the standard rate, and breakfast had been included had she wanted it. She insisted on speaking to the Manager. The Manager appeared and, forewarned by the desk clerk, announced: This hotel has an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center which are available for use. But I didnt use them. Well, they are here, and you could have. He went on to explain that she could also have seen one of the in-hotel shows for which they were so famous. We have the best entertainers from the world over performing here. But I didnt go to any of those shows.. Well, we have them, and you could have. No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, she replied, But I didnt use it! and the Manager countered with his standard response. After several minutes discussion, and with the Manager still unmoved, she decided to pay, wrote a check and gave it to him. The Manager was surprised when he looked at the check. But Madam, this check is for only $50.00 Thats correct I charged you $200.00 for sleeping with me. But I didnt! Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.

Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool. Give a man a fish & he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish & he can sit in a boat & drink beer all day. Condoms dont guarantee safe sex anymore. A friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the womans husband. A guy broke into my apartment last week. He didnt take my TV, just the remote. Now he drives by and changes the channels. Sick S.O.B. !! I just got scammed out of $25. Bought Tigers new DVD entitled My Favorite 18 Holes. Turns out its about golf. Absolute waste of money! Pass this on so others dont get scammed. Best Regards, Charlie Sheen. Bubba calls the airline to book a flight. The operator asks, How many people are flying with you? Bubba replies I dont know! Its your dang-ass plane. yall do the math. Instead of the John, I call my bathroom the Jim. That way it sounds way cooler when I say I go to the Jim first thing every morning, without fail. Two Christmass ago I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift... This past Christmas, I didnt buy her a gift. When she asked me why, I replied, Well, you still havent used the gift I bought you last year! The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there FIRST. THOSE WHO LIVE BY THE SWORD GET SHOT BY THOSE WHO DONT. Love is the thing that enables a woman to sing while she mops up the floor after her husband has walked across it with his dirty boots. live, laugh, love.



Second Annual Bikes on the Border March 21st 23rd , 2014

Last years Bikes on the Border conference was so successful we are doing it again. The Second Annual Bikes on the Border will be held from March 21 to 23, 2014 in Kings Mountain, North Carolina. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express Kings Mountain, NC at 100 Woodlake Pkwy., Kings Mountain, NC. Room rates are $75.00. Call 704-734-0014 for reservations. A block of rooms has been set aside for the conference. The Actual conference will be held on Saturday March 22nd at the H. Lawrence Patrick Conference Center at 909 E. King St., Kings Mountain, NC. It is 1.8 miles from the host hotel. Topics will include - Federal legislation affecting motorcyclists. - Lobbying 101 A panel discussion on effective lobbying on both the state and federal level. - Insurance law and how it affects motorcyclists. - How to deal with toxic members in your motorcycle rights organization. - A roundtable discussion among all attendees on issues of importance to motorcyclists in your state. There is a $25.00 registration fee which includes a t-shirt and a ticket to the banquet Saturday night. Walk-ins are welcome at the conference, but those who register will have guaranteed seating. Additionally only registrants will receive banquet tickets and t-shirts. You may register by check made payable to McGrath & Danielson, PO Box 5424, Richmond, VA 23220. You may also register using PayPal at http:// This years banquet will feature a silent auction and a 50/50 with all proceeds going to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. If you have items for the silent auction please contact Rob Griffin at If you can make the conference, plan to arrive Friday evening for fellowship over a few beverages in the hospitality room. Also plan to stay around Sunday morning for a guided tour of the Kings Mountain Battlefield Park. We look forward to another interesting and productive Bikes on the Border. Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson The Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968


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German WWII airplane motorcycle sidecar will give your grandpa a heart attack
So you missed out on being a member of the greatest generation. You never got to partake in a good war. But that doesnt mean you cant drive around on a motorcycle with a sidecar built to look like a WWII fighter plane, you hero. Wait a minute, its modeled after a German WWII fighter plane? Well, Im not quite sure how to feel about that one. But I guess as long as you use it for good and not evil it could be seen as a big middle finger to the folks who used the real things back during the war. Or something like that. Source:

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Winter Squash Improves Lung Health Researchers have found that a vitamin A deficiency, caused by a carcinogen in cigarette smoke, can contribute or lead to the debilitating disease of emphysema. Winter squash, as well as sweet potatoes, contain high levels of vitamin A that may help protect against emphysema. Also, there is a correlation between eating foods high in the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, and decreased incidence of lung cancer. These findings may explain why some smokers dont get lung cancer while others suffer from lung problems and die of cancer. While quitting smoking is ideal, a diet rich in vitamin A and beta-cryptoxanthin may protect lung health if a person unable to quit or is still exposed to cigarette smoke. Folate in Winter Squash Protects Against Birth Defects Winter squash contains folate, which has been shown to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects and other birth defects when taken by women before and during pregnancy. A cup of winter squash contains 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of folate. Folate also works to prevent heart attacks by working against elements that break down blood vessel structures in your body. There is also a correlation between folate intake and reduced incidences of colon cancer. Summer Squash Promotes Cardiovascular Health Nutrients in summer squash, including vitamins A and C, manganese and magnesium, work together in your body


to help protect against some forms of heart disease. Magnesium is indicated as a helpful agent in the prevention of strokes and works with potassium to maintain healthy blood pressure levels. The folate in squash also protects against heart attacks by helping to neutralize dangerous levels of harmful homocysteine in the body. A healthy intake of fiber, present in squash, is associated with lower rates heart disease. Eating Squash Helps Fight Diseases Summer squash is a good food for those suffering from arthritis in either form. Its antioxidants help reduce inflammation and improve symptoms of asthma in addition to arthritis. Summer squash contains copper, which may be useful for lessoning the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Fiber, present in squash, protects from colon cancer by working to rid the body of harmful substances.


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The history of the African American biker scene is filled with visionaries, artists, leaders and revolutionaries. People like William B. Johnson, the first African American Harley dealer. The teen-aged gypsy rider, Bessie Stringfield. P. Wee, the influential motorcycle club leader. And Benny Hardy, the unknown custom builder who created the most-famous motorcycle in the world, Captain America, for the movie Easy Rider. They each rode a motorcycle to showcase their pride, and fueled a movement more powerful than simple internal combustion. The real revolution started in the late 1940s, as black infantrymen streamed home from World War II, hungry to replace the adrenaline rush of combat. Post-war, surplus bikes were available and cheap. In this era of segregated America, some dealers wouldnt sell a new bike to an African American. Factions began to form out of love of the motorcycle. Some rode choppers, some rode dressers. The next step was the motorcycle club, some all-black, others integrated. They started to form in the late 1950s. East Bay Dragons. Star Riders. Buffalo Riders. The Eagles. The Defiant Ones. The Magnificent Seven. The Chosen Few. In his 2004 memoir Soul on Bikes: The East Bay Dragons MC and the Black Biker Set, Dragons founder and president Tobie Gene Levingston explains that, The level of camaraderie that young black men found in motorcycle clubs was something that couldnt be obtained around the house; blowing off steam and being able to relate to like-minded individuals with the same struggles, experiences, upbringing and ideals - what it meant to be black. However violent or anti-establishment some clubs were, they recognized that in order to get respect and be successful they need to stay positive and push their brothers to do good - within both the club and the community. The most basic but essential element has always been the ride, and a Harley has always been at the top of the food chain. Chopped fenders, raked forks and a souped-up motor made you a man among men. Show up on the wrong ride, and you werent taken seriously.

You either got with it or got out. In Soul on Bikes, Levingston lays it out when speaking with a prospective member: Man, you cant get into the club with this Jap shit. You need to get yourself a Harley-Davidson. When you get one, come back and see us. The movement keeps rolling. Rare Breed Motorcycle Club was founded in 1989 to create a positive organization for African American men who share a passion for building and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Our whole thing about forming Rare Breed is to be different from any other motorcycle club out there, says co-founding member KW. And we let the other young black men know there are other things to life than being in the neighborhood and the drug scene, the streets and the violence. This group has since grown into a brotherhood of men from all walks of life, Freedom is the universal truth shared by all riders: the freedom of riding without limits, barriers, rules or agendas. A rider never takes freedom for granted. Best freedom I ever had was on my bike, man, says P. Wee, a member since 1959 of the LA Defiant Ones MC, and one of the godfathers of the urban biker scene. By the time I put it into fourth gear, I feel like I can take on the world.



The People Of Walmart

TRUE LOVE IN MOTION: My guess is 1 of 2 things is taking place here. (1) He needed an electric scooter and they were out so she is pushing him in that cart. Thats awesome, true love. Or (2) He doesnt really need assistance and is just acting like a big kid making his wife push him around the store.Which would be even more awesome, true love.

People In The South Be Like: Arctic blasts and polar vortexes are causing ridiculously low temps and even snow down south. Dont get me wrong, I love the south and never plan on ever moving back north but if there is ever another Civil War all the North needs to do to win is wait until the winter to fight. By the reactions Ive seen to an inch of snow youd think its the Apocalypse! Its going to be back up to 65 Saturday where we live. Who needs that much stuff to survive 2 days?!?!

WWIB: CLASH DAY: Some days you just look in your closet and say F it, Im grabbing the first things I see regardless of how it looks or if it matches. I mean, I dont do that and I dont think other normal people do that, but apparently some people do that.

AIM FOR THAT STICK: Im kinda torn here. Part of me wants to yell at this parent but the other part of me realizes that as men we have the golden gift of peeing anywhere we want and he is just learning to master his tool early. Your thoughts? I can judge cause Lord knows Ive pissed in weirder public places.

ODD COUPLE CONTEST: This is a groundbreaking day for us here at PoWM as we have our first ever Odd Couple Contest! Fine, maybe its not groundbreaking, but wed still like to know which couple you like better: Stone Cold who keeps his beer in his girls Capri Sun backpack, or Pinky (by the way what do you call a jean skirt? A jirt? ehh well work on it) who loves a man with a chain-wallet and fedora?

THE VALENTINES DAY WALMART WEDDING: BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) A lot of people are used to hearing, Cleanup on aisle three, at stores like Walmart, but not usually, Wedding in the layaway section! But one area couple decided to do just that they tied the knot at their local Walmart Tuesday.

WHATS LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?: I havent seen the Tina Turner haircut since well since Tina Turner I guess.

TAKE IT TO HEART: I see the Queen of Hearts HIS & HERS: Awww, how cute is it seeing is playing her trump naturally I fold. matching couples?

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

SPECIAL VALENTINE SUPPER: POTATOES & CHICKEN; SKILLET-ROASTED 1 Vidalia Sweet Onion; sliced thin 1/4th Cup of Chicken Stock 1/4th Cup of Water 5 Medium Yukon Gold Potatoes; Sliced into 1/4 in. rounds 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil 1 Tbl. Butter or quality margarine 2 Tbls. Rosemary 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Crushed Coriander 4 Bone-In, skin-on chicken thighs 4 Bone-In, skin-on chicken drumsticks (legs) Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Scatter thinly sliced onions all around a large-size cast iron skillet. Add water & stock mixture. Lay the potatoes over the onions and drizzle with olive oil all over potatoes. Rub rosemary seasoning between your fingers or palms of hands to wake up the flavor. Place small pats of butter or quality margarine all around the potatoes layer. Make a small rub of salt, pepper, paprika & crushed coriander and rub it thoroughly into all pieces and all sides of chicken. Lay chicken skin side up over the potatoes layer. Roast until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are tender. Apprx. 1 hour. * When I make this I spoon a whopping spoonful of sour cream or plain Greek yogurt over top of chicken & potatoes. The coolness of the cream or yogurt is a perfect contrast. VELVET IN YOUR MOUTH CREAMED SPINACH 1 Medium Bag of Frozen Spinach; thawed completely and placed into a clean, thin kitchen cloth and wrung out totally until all the liquid is out. 2 Cups of Heavy Cream; room temperature 1 Small Vidalia Onion; sliced in very thin slices 1/2 Stick of butter or 3 Tbls. of quality margarine 1 tsp. of Nutmeg Take a non-stick skillet, put a tad of butter in pan over medium heat. Take your thin-sliced onions and cut each one in half to form little half moon slices. Place in butter to slowly caramelize (just turn a tad brown). Add your heavy cream and let it get heated up and gradually in small handfuls, gently add to the skillet mix. Take a wooden spoon and stir in circles to incorporate spinach totally into sauce.

After its all well blended, add your butter and stir gently until also well incorporated. Sprinkle your nutmeg over the entire skillet blend and stir into the mix. You can add all this at once, Im just breaking it down for you here. Seriously, this takes about 5 minutes to make and it is the best creamed spinach ever! Salt & pepper to taste. BROWNIES WITH A SPECIAL KICK (And no, not special like the ones in the 70s) 10 Tbls. Unsalted Butter 1 Cup Pure Cocoa Powder 3-1/4 Cups Sugar or Splenda for Baking 3-1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 4 Eggs 1 tsp. Mexican Vanilla Extract (in Mexican food aisle in super market) If cant find, just use regular Vanilla Extract 1 Pinch of Cayenne Pepper (you decide how much KICK you want 2 Cups Flour 1/2 tsp. Salt 1-1/4 Cups Bitttersweet Chocolate Chips Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Butter a 13x9 inch baking pan. Line your pan with parchment paper while leaving a 1-inch overhand on 2 sides. Melt butter in microwave (glass or ceramic bowl), add cocoa powder to melted butter and stir to mix. Using a wooden spoon, stir in cocoa & butter mixture. Add eggs 1 at a time. beating until just combined. Stir in Mexican Vanilla Extract. Mix in flour gently and salt gradually. Do not over-mix. Rough blend in chocolate chips. This will be a lumpy batter. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 30-40 minutes (40 for crispier sides) Transfer pan to a wire rack; cool completely. Dust lightly with confectioners sugar and slightly drizzle with Hersheys hot, melted chocolate syrup. Serve with top-quality vanilla icecream. Serve up 2 for you and your Valentine, but only use one spoon. THE MORNING AFTER VAL-DAY Cook up a skilletful of Nuevos Rancheros (Google it) Make a BIG pitcher of ice-cold Bloody Marys Eat lightly, drink enough to smooth the edges Go back to bed together and enjoy even more of what you totally enjoyed the night before. Then sleep most of the rest of the day. Isnt genuine LOVE or LUST really fun? Hell Yeah

What is Your Bike Worth? Probably Less Than You Think

We as motorcyclists are a different breed. For most of us our motorcycles are more than a mode of transportation. They are more like treasured art which we have over time modified and created to make unique to us. When someone damages or destroys the precious object in an accident, to us, they have damaged or destroyed a priceless artifact, not just damaged a motor vehicle. However, to the insurance companies, our motorcycles are merely motor vehicles which carry a fair market value just as any other motor vehicle does. Unless you have protected your bike, if it is totaled in an accident, all you will receive is fair market value, regardless of how much you owe on it or how much you think it is worth. Fair market value is the amount that the motorcycle would sell for on the open market. Not to be confused with what you would ask for if you were to sell it. The insurance companies will look to the NADA many times to gauge the value of a motorcycle. They will also look at what similar motorcycles are selling for in your geographic area. I often get complaints that the insurance company is not taking into consideration items such as chrome or exhaust in computing a value. Keep in mind that fair market value is not computed by adding up all that you have invested in the motorcycle. If you add $2,000 worth of chrome to your bike that does not necessarily mean the bike is worth $2,000 more than before you added it. The question is, can I as a buyer go out and purchase another bike like it for less. The answer is often yes. You can go on Cycle Trader or eBay and find a plethora of motorcycles chromed to the hilt being sold for much less than you would sell it for. In fact, Jim Cannon, who is with our firm, tracks what motorcycles are selling for on sites such as EBay in order to be able to better articulate to an insurance company why a motorcycle is worth more than they are offering. That is why I tell clients that if they want to put chrome on their motorcycle, do it because you like the chrome, not because you want to add value to your bike. I also advise that they save their receipts. While you cant always get the full value of what you invested, you can sometimes get more by documenting what you have invested, depending on what was added and when it was added. So what can you do to protect your bike? Other than what I advised above, you can purchase gap insurance. Now do not be confused. Gap insurance does not mean that you get replacement value for your motorcycle. What gap insurance does is pay the difference of what the motorcycle is worth, and what you owe. It keeps you from being upside down in your loan. By way of example, lets say you buy a bike for $15,000. One year down the road you owe $13,500 but the fair market value is now $11,000. You are in an accident and your bike is totaled. The insurance company is going to pay you $11,000. That means that you will still owe $2,500 on a motorcycle that you do not have any more. Trust me; those are painful payments to make. However, if you bought gap insurance, that would make up that $2,500 difference so that you would not find yourself owing further on the bike. You can also insure your motorcycle for a certain amount, often called scheduled value. What that means is that if your bike is totaled, the insurance company will pay that pre-set amount. Take that $15,000 bike that you bought in the previous scenario. You schedule the bike at $15,000. The same year goes down the road and it is worth $11,000. If you are in an accident and the bike can be fixed, then the insurance company will pay to have it fixed (they have to put in the same condition it was before the accident). However, if it is totaled, they will pay you $15,000. The bottom line is that the vast majority of us are riding with what is called an actual cash value policy (ACV). If our motorcycle is totaled, we will get the actual cash value of that motorcycle. If you, as many of us do, see your motorcycle as something that you have a personal investment in and you want to protect that investment, then you need to make sure that you purchase more than an ACV policy. Otherwise, your investment is at mercy of free market; and the free market will almost always determine that your motorcycle is worth less than you think it is. If you have any further questions or comments concerning this article or any other matters concerning your rights as a motorcyclist in Virginia, please contact me at 1-800321-8968 or at Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson The Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 The preceding is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The laws governing the above may be different in your state.


Got Gas?


octane, or mid-grade 89 octane, this is what you should run. I tend to see as much as 1-1.5% gains in output at peak power rpm and above when testing 93 octane premium (without mapping changes), over 87 No. This article is not about Beano, antacid, or beer and chili related or 89 octane fuels. However, lower rpm output and response is usually natural gas emissions from your bike saddle. This month we are talking about gasoline, fuel, petrol, liquid hydrocarbons, or whatever you call the reduced. This means that the bike tends to actually accelerate and be more responsive to throttle opening with less octane. Race fuels have stuff you are putting in your tank. To cut to the bones, pump gas doesnt mean much today, since it can lower volatility and evaporation characteristics, as well as higher octane. mean many things in many areas of the USA, as well as during different And many are considerably denser than pump fuels. Mixing pump premium with race fuel tends to only slow down combustion, and cause the times of the year. What is available in one area, may differ greatly from jetting or mapping to become richer. This does not increase performance, what is available in other regions at the same time of the year. Also, different blends differ with the seasonal changes. So, just what is pump unless the engine requires these things. The problem with less refined grades of fuels is that they tend to congas in Alabama and the Southeast region? Well, that depends. In most tain more paraffins (waxes), and less detergents, and thus, more carbon of Alabama and Georgia, pump fuels of different grades are distributed can build up on valves and pistons, or waxes can build up in injector or by pipelines, and stored in large tanks at the tank farms at pipeline outlets. The fuel is pumped through the pipeline from the manufacturers carb passages and fittings. A bit of Gummout Regane added to your fuel at each oil change will cure this issue. [I dont push many products in cracking and blending facility in different grades, and stored in tanks to separate the grades. The grades are then pumped into tanker trucks and these articles, but some are too good to not mention, and there are not delivered to the local filling stations. In southern Alabama and the Florida many products available that contain the level and quality of detergents Panhandle, pump gas is delivered to the tank farm or hubs from ships in found in Gummout Regane. You can find it on the shelf at your local auto parts store on sale several times a year.] The Gulf, and dispersed from there. Alcohol. Yes, it is in most of the pump fuels we buy these days all This means that each brand of fuel tends to be the same, despite what over the USA. Any bike manufactured in later years has fuel fittings advertisements may tell you. However, in some cases, different brands and lines that must hold up to ethanol in the fuel. However, the water are blended with specific additives prior to distribution to filling stations. absorbed in ethanol can easily cause rust or corrosion to form in metal In some cases, these additives do make a difference in output and fuel tanks, or cause swelling of roto-molded plastic tanks. In the past few consumption when tested on the dyno, but the most important factor is years, we are seeing more clogged fuel filters, and failed fuel pumps how fresh the fuel is at the specific filling station where you purchase it. In actual testing on a dynamometer, I have seen 2-3% differences in out- than ever, due to rusty fuel tanks, as well as the rusty mud pumped into your tank at the filling station from their tanks. If the bike is mapped put between fresh, locally purchased, premium fuel brands. However, I regularly see 4-6% differences in output between fresh fuel and older fuel for 10% ethanol fuel, it can make the same output as ethanol-free fuel. In most cases, ethanol-free fuel can make a touch more output that has been sitting in filling station tanks for a few weeks. Then there with stock mapping, but not always. In fact, fuels with 25-30% ethanol are the off-brand filling stations that purchase fuel at a reduced price content, can actually make more power than ethanol-free fuels, when from the major brand name companies, that has been sitting in the tank mapped correctly. And yes, fuels are not supposed to contain more than farm or hub beyond a given date. In some cases, this fuel is spiked with additives, like butane, to ensure it meets minimum octane requirements. 10% ethanol, but higher ethanol and water content than advertised is a regular issue especially from low priced fuel stations. It is not hard to It is for this reason that I highly recommend that you purchase fuel from determine the actual ethanol and water content with a simple water test local major brand stations that turn over the most fuel. There are four seasonal blends of each octane level that are available (just search the internet for details and test kits). Most fuel stabilizers are mostly alcohols, this is not always a good idea. A better option, if the at different times of the year. Basically, we have Summer and Winter bike is going to sit or be stored for a while, is to drain the tank of all fuel, blends, as well as Spring and Fall transitional blends. This is done to as well as the float bowls on carbureted bikes. This will prevent many ensure that as the weather changes, the fuel vaporizes and burns well. problems that can be costly to fix. You can find local retailers of ethanolThis change in fuel blends occurs at different times in different parts of free fuel at, if you feel that this is an issue. And feel free to the country. Then we have differences in the blends of fuels in different contact your state government if you feel that the fuel you are purchasing parts of the country with ethanol added, or not added. We also have is not up to minimum standards. They tend to come down hard on stadifferent octane blends for premium fuels in different regions, as well as tions that fail fuel tests. at different altitudes. Many do not realize that fuels blended for use in I hope this article helps to answer a few questions regarding the fuel higher altitude locations has higher vaporization, and lower octane. It is you use, and how to get the most from it. Its time to go burn some fuel of this blend that can cause issues if you purchase fuel at altitude in The my own. Rockies, and then ride to lower and hotter elevations on the same tank of fuel. By Wayne Tripp One of the most common questions I get asked: Does premium fuel Power-Tripp Performance, Inc. make more power than regular gas? The short answer is YES. The long answer is that it may not make your bike faster. If your bikes static compression ratio and valve events are designed to run on regular 87

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