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Navy Seals Tribute Ride April 12th, 2014

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 On Eagles Wings.............................................25 The Jokers Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
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Top o the mornin, day or evenin to ya! Oh yes, you know its March when everyone thinks theyve turned into leprechauns & they are after me Lucky Charms, talking with a wee bit of an Irish accent ha hahow funny it is when people seem to get into different modes by the turn of the calendar or a particular holiday comes up. Well the month of March does seem to bring this change of modes out in folks with the coming of St. Patricks Day on the 17th & the excitement of the official entry of Spring on the 21st. With the nicer weather teasing at us & the St. Pattys festivities enticing people to dress up in green, eat green & of course drink green beers & cocktails, it can make for a dangerous combo when it comes to getting on your bike & heading out to the parades & parties. Even if youre not drinking, A LOT of riders will be, so please be extra careful when venturing out on the road, even if youre only a few miles from home. Having a DD is one of the smartest moves you can make. Youre not very cool in that leprechaun outfit if youre pulled over by the police getting a Breathalyzer test. March also begins the flow of events going in to our calendar. If you have an event planned & its not in our calendar, be sure to go up to our website & submit it so that it can make it into the magazine. If you submit it by the 15th of any given month, it is guaranteed to be in the following months print issue. If you have any problems putting in events, please send me an email (thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com) & Ill be happy to give you a hand with it. There are some great events that were added to this print issue & they will continue to flow in each week. To check the latest listing of events, check our events page online its updated every few days. Were excited to have you all back for another fantastic riding season this year & we hope to see you out on the road sometime, somewhere. If you need anything, drop us a line anytime. Have a fantastic March & we will see you back for much more ahead in April! Happy Trails!

Kelly

Spring Forward - Set your clocks ahead 1 hour @ 2am March 9th

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ONGOING EVENTS

BIKER CHURCH SERVICES


Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church, 414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322 757-333-2555 www.freedombikerchurchvabeach.com HANGOUT TIME: SUNDAY@ 10:00AM WORSHIP RALLY: SUNDAY@10:30AM COME TO JESUS MEETING WEDNESDAY @7PM

MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5) Gordon Bacon Preacher, 240 577 0605, preacherrwm@yahoo.com. Every Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for more info) 240-577-0605. Liberty Biker Church 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 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net for more info.

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 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://motorcyclelawgroup.com/bikes-on-the-border/ . See article in this issue! Mar 22nd OPEN HOUSE-BLOOD DRIVE @ Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson Yorktown, VA 8:30am to 5pm Helping others is what the Harley family is all about. Lets donate more than ever before! Together we can save lives! 6450 George Washington Mem Hwy., Yorktown, VA 23692, (757) 872-7223, www.hrhd.com Mar 22nd Womens Garage Party - Fort Washington, MD Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. Fort Washington, MD. Womens Garage Party. Not your typical night out! This is a free event geared towards new riders. There will be free food, raffles, information stations and more! If you already are a female rider and want to attend, we ask that you bring a non-riding friend to this event. You must RSVP for this event. Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER 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 Mar 29th OPEN HOUSE SPRING DEMO DAY @ Southside Harley-Davidson Virginia Beach, VA 9am to 5pm Come take a ride and enjoy our World Famous FREE LUNCH! We will have the Hampton Roads Harleys Angels here and lots of fun! 385 N. Witchduck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462, (757) 499-8964. www.southside-hd.com Mar 29th Pony Run Harbinger, NC Poker Run that all proceeds benefit the Corolla Wild Horses Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Mar 29th Womens Garage Party - Hughesville, MD Not your typical night out! This is a free event geared towards new riders. There will be free food, raffles information stations and more! If you already are a female rider and want to attend, we ask that you bring a non-riding friend to this event. You must RSVP for this event. Visit www.allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-274-5000 | 888-833-2REV, www.allamericanh-d.com Mar 29th Poker Run Norfolk, VA Motorcycle Poker Run proceeds benefiting Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia (HFHTVA). HFHTVA is a non-profit organization with one primary goal: To take every World War II and terminally ill veteran in the Hampton Roads and Richmond

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 lee@departure.com. 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 757-3426073 or email ascensionmc@cox.net. Starts in Virginia Beach ends in Chesapeake. Mar 8th Bike Night Kick Off! - Fort Washington, MD Join H-D of Washington, D.C for our first Bike Night of the season! Visit www. hdwash.com for more information. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744 301-248-1200, 888-HD-FEVER Mar 8th Bike Night Kick Off! - Hughesville, MD All American H-Ds Bike Night Kick off! Join us for the first Bike Night of the season! Visit www.allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson. 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000, 888-8332REV, www.allamericanh-d.com

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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.
areas that is able and has not visited the WWII Memorial built in their honor on a charter bus day trip to Washington, DC. Saturday March 29th 2014. Registration: 9-10:30 AM VFW Post 4809- 5728 Bartee Street, Norfolk. 5 stops. Donation: $15 per bike/$5 per additional rider. Breakfast will be served 9-10:30 AM-$6.00. Last bike in by 3PM. Cookout after ride at VFW Post 3160- 111 A View, Norfolk. Cash prize for best hand,50/50 raffle ,etc. 35.1 total miles for the ride. Point of contact: Ernie Green (757)292-9158 cell or email at erniegreen6397@yahoo.com. Mar 30th 4th Annual Hot Rod HOG Showdown Hertford, NC ALL Bikes Welcome! Bracket Race with $1000. In Cash Prizes & Heads-Up-Grudge Runs. $10 Admission. Sponsored by Southside Harley-Davidson, Virginia Beach, VA. Northeast Dragway, 1099 Lake Road, Hertford, NC 27944. For more information call (757) 499-8964. Apr 6th Kundratics Motorcycle & Hot Rod Swap Meet Baltimore, MD BUY, SELL or SWAP! 9am to 3pm. FREE Admission & FREE Parking. Check out this video to see what youve been missing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLihPeGXvL Y&feature=plcp. The areas ONLY traditional old school swap meet with just motorcycle & hot rod parts. No jewelry & leather vendors, insurance agencies, crafts, peek-a-boo dolls..none of the shit you usually just walk by! Tons of vendors will be buying, selling and swapping used parts, vintage parts, new parts, hard to find parts, fenders, tanks, frames, accessories, chrome, steel and everything in between! Pickup parts for your hot rod, rat rod, bagger, bobber, caf racer, chopper or drag bike. This isnt just for Harleys folks! Early Bird Registration $15 per 10x10 space. Waiting until the day of the swap its $20 per 10x10 space. This is a drizzle or shine event, remember to bring your pop-up tent. As always, its FREE to come and shop plus lots of FREE parking. Call us or stop by the shop to reserve your space today. 410.633.3113. Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles, 6310 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore MD 21224 Apr 11th 13th Barrys Bike Rally Grandy, NC ALL Bikes and Riders Welcome! Barrys on Walnut Island, 169 Walnut Island Blvd, Grandy, NC 27939. All at one location on the water. Vendors * Food * Beverages * Bands & Contests * Tatto Artists * Biker vs Food Contest * Camping * Motor Homes Spaces * Custom Bike Builders * Official Bike Week only $15.95. *RIDE-EAT-SLEEP-REPEAT AT BARRYS* FREE ADMISSION. Phone (252) 453-2261. For more information visit www.walnutisland.com or www.barrysbikerally.com Apr 12th Navy Seals Tribute Ride Virginia Beach, VA/Grandy, NC ALL Bikes & Riders Welcome! FROM: Jagers Beach Bar & Grill, 1479 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA., TO: Barrys on Walnut Island, 169 Walnut Island Blvd., Grandy, NC. Breakfast at 9am. Depart at 10:30am. Lunch on arrival. For more information visit www. navysealstributeride.com Apr 12th Fish Fry! - Fort Washington, MD H-D of Washington, D.C will be having a Fish Fry! Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road., Fort Washington, MD 20744., 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER. Apr 13th Spring Fever Poker Run - Seaford, DE Delmarva HOG Spring Fever Poker Run. Sunday April 13. Starts and ends at Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva. 22586 Sussex Hwy. in Seaford, DE. Registration from 10:00am til noon. $10.00 per hand and includes a hot dog and drink. Last bike in at 2:30pm. Prizes awarded at 3:00pm. $300.00 first prize (based on 300 entries). Join us for a scenic ride through the country!! For more info: www.delmarvahog.com or 443-618-3836 Apr 19th 27th Outer Banks Bike Week Harbinger, NC Enjoy a full week of non-stop entertainment. Poker runs. Bike shows. Guided tours. Beer belly contest. Bikini contest. Coleslaw wrestling. Beautiful scenic riding. Vendors. Bands & much more! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www. outerbankshd.com Apr 19th Easter Open House - Fort Washington, MD Join Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. for their Easter Open House. There will be Free Food (while Supplies last), Free picture with the Easter Bunny, Egg Hunt and much more. Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. 10am to 4pm. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744. 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER. Apr 19th Easter Open House - Hughesville, MD Join All American Harley-Davidson for their Easter Open House. There will be Free Food (while Supplies last), Free picture with the Easter Bunny and much more. 10am to 4pm. Visit www.allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-833-2REV, www.allamericanh-d.com Apr 24th 27th Thunder on Tobacco Road Rally Seven Springs, NC Mason-Dixon park LLC, 7533 NC HWY 55 West, Seven Springs, NC 28578. Thunder on Tobacco Road - Old school biker party! People games, Motorcycle Rodeo, Golf Cart Rodeo, Chili Competition on Saturday, FREE tent camping with admission, DJ by Mobile Music Operators- DJ Chris Rollins. RV sites $30 with water/electric and $10 just water. Admission for weekend is $20 per person. No Attitudes, No Colors, No Glass, No Worries. No one under 18 allowed and we reserve the right to refuse entrance! www.mason-dixonparkbikerally.com/ Ken Heath, 252-560-1994, wkheathjr@gmail.com Apr 26th All American Harley-Davidsons Spring Open House/ Car & Bike Show! - Hughesville, MD All American H-D Spring Open House is April 26th! Featuring a Bike and Car Show by Bike & Rider with Boston Nichols. Registration is 9am-12pm. $20 to enter. Awards announced at 3pm. There will be FREE food (while supplies last), Music and much more! Visit www. allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-833-2REV Apr 26th Spring Open House & Truck Demo Prince George, VA Come join us for a celebration of the 2014 Spring Riding Season. Colonial HarleyDavidson will be having an Open House and you are invited. The Harley-Davidson Demo Truck will be here both Saturday & Sunday to demo all of the 2014 models including the Screamin Eagle models. Come test drive every bike that Harley makes and it doesnt cost a thing... The FUN begins at 9 AM till 5 PM on Saturday and 10 AM to 4 PM on Sunday. Colonial Harley-Davidson 1701 Temple Parkway Prince George VA 23875 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. https://www.facebook.com/events/607985242571754/608245102545768/?n otif_t=like, http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/carecenter_sitter-barfoot.shtml. www.combatvet.org May 3rd HOG BASH 2014 Accomac, VA Onancock Elks Lodge presents their 3rd annual Harley--Cash giveaway.$40 ticket gets you all you can eat & drink for 4hrs,Live entertainment,$250 drawing every 15 minutes for 4hrs and a chance to win a brand new 2014 Harley/Davidson Heritage Softail (black). Plus additional 50/50 cash drawings and an 8-gun raffle for additional fees. Proceeds benefit local charities on the Eastern Shore of Va. 22454 Front St. Accomac, Va. 23301 on the beautiful Eastern Shore of Va.

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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.
May 3rd MDA Poker Run - Yorktown, VA Hampton Roads Harley Owners Group is having our Annual MDA Poker Run. The Poker Run is on Sunday, May 3, 2014 at the Hampton Roads Harley Davidson dealership located at 6450 George Washington Memorial Highway, Route 17, Yorktown, VA 23692. Registration, which is $10 per person, begins at 8:30 am. Additional poker hands are $5. The first bike out is at 9am and last bike out is 10:30am. There will be cash prizes for Best and Worst hand totaling $225. We will have 50/50, door prizes, and a largest group award. We will also have a judged bike show for 1st, 2nd 3rd, and Peoples Choice awards and the cost to enter is $10. But wait - - theres more fun like the Corn Hole Tournament which earns a trophy for 1st,2nd, and 3rd place and the cost is $5 per team. LIVE MUSIC is provided by RELIX and because we live to ride and ride to eat there will be plenty of food and maybe even a nice cake or two! So polish up that bike, doesnt have to be a Harley, grab your lucky charm, and your friends, and help us help some great kids. All proceeds go to fund local MDA activities. For more information please contact our MDA Coordinator Karen Sanborn at j241fan@cox.net or phone 757-234-2575. We look forward to seeing you and your friends on May 3, 2014! Hampton Roads Harley Davidson, 6450 Geo. Washing mem. Hwy. Yorktown, VA 23692 May 10th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com 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 bfc777richmond@gmail.com or (804) 926-8950 or online at http://www.bfcrva.org/ 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 17th MS Poker Run & Concert Richmond, VA DO YOU KNOW WHAT MS LOOKS LIKE? Over 400,000 people in the US are diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis and yet many know little about this disease. While much has been done to find a cure much more is needed. The first step is awareness. Poker Run starts at Richmond Harley-Davidson and will end at Steel Horse Harley-Davidson with stops at two Capital Ale House locations and Strangways Brewery . Registration begins at 10am, 1st bike out at 11am, last bike out at 1pm. Use our planned route or create a route of your own! Food, 50/50 raffle, and Live entertainment featuring JULIE ROBERTS & Billie Joe Trio begins at 1pm @ Steel Horse Harley-Davidson. All proceeds from the event will go to the Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter of the MS Society. May 23rd 25th Thunder For The Cause III Fredericksburg, VA A salute to our military past & present! Fairgrounds Fredericksburg, VA. 3 Nights of Camping & Events! Friday & Saturday-Live entertainment, Coyote Style Bar, Vendors, Camping, Bike Rodeo, Stunt Show, Corn Hole & Much More! Sunday-Blessing of the Bikes. And Motorcade to Rolling Thunder, Monster Truck Show. For Tickets, Camping, Reservations & Additional Information, Please visit our website www.ThunderfortheCause. com . Keep checking website for updates. May 24th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com May 24th & 25th Your Official Reunion Spot for Rolling Thunder XXVII - Fort Washington, MD Join Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder XXVII! Saturday, May 24thStore opens at 10am. There will be, FREE food and Drinks (while supplies last), Lots of Activities, Live Music, 30+ Vendors on site! Sunday, May 25th- Free Coffee and Donuts at 7:30am (while supplies last). Police Escorted ride leaves for the Pentagon at 9:00am. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER. Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. May 25th Your Official Reunion Spot for Rolling Thunder XXVII - Fort Washington, MD Join Harley-Davidson of Washington D.C. for Rolling Thunder XXVII! Sunday, May 25th- Free Coffee and Donuts at 7:30am (while supplies last). Police Escorted ride leaves for the Pentagon at 9:00am. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744. Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. 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@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. June 7th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Jun 28th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Jul 12th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Jul 26th Stuff the Bus Harbinger, NC Help us stuff the bus with school supplies for the under privileged children of Currituck County Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www. outerbankshd.com. Aug 9th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Aug 30th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Aug 30th Garage Party Harbinger, NC Ladies come check your knowledge and skill with us. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com

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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.
Sept 11th Meeting Place for the 9/11 Rememberance Ride - Fort Washington, MD 9/11- Remembrance Ride. Meeting place for the ride though D.C. to remember the victims of 9/11. Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD 20744. 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER Sept 13th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com 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 www.theturnpokerrun.com Sept 24th 28th Outer Banks Bike Fest Harbinger, NC September 24-28th. Beautiful scenic riding. Guided tours. Bike shows. Pokers run and more! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Oct 9th 12th Colonial Beach Bike Fest! - Colonial Beach, VA The 1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest will be held October 9-12, 2014. This event will feature a variety of activities throughout that weekend including vendors, live music, bike demos and much more! How it all beganThe idea of a Bike Fest has probably been crossing the minds of bikers in the area as well as businesses in the local Colonial Beach community for years. However, it just took a couple of local business owners along with the general manager at All American Harley-Davidson and disc jockey Ripley from 97.7 The Rocket to address the topic over dinner and drinks one evening, for this event to hit the ground running and the rest is history. Colonial Beach is the perfect destination for a bike Fest because its centrally located to numerous biker communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, has an awesome layout to accommodate the festivities as well as beautiful riding scenery and climate in the month of October! Bringing the Colonial Beach Bike Fest to life, in October 2014, will bring a community together, raise money for charities, boost local businesses and become a fun tradition for bikers all over the East Coast! Make plans now to join in the fun and youll be able to say you were at the FIRST Colonial Beach Bike Fest years down the road! http://www.colonialbeach.org/bikefest/ Oct 11th Rat Roast Harbinger, NC Swap Meet and Car, Truck & Motorcycle Event! Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Oct 25th Pirates Run Harbinger, NC Scavenger hunt, Poker run. All proceeds benefit Currituck Kids First, a great organization that helps kids and families that are in need. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Oct 25th Halloween Open House! - Fort Washington, MD Join Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. for their Halloween Open House. There will be costume contest for Adults and Kids! Free food and free candy for the kids (while supplies last). Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 | 888-HD-FEVER www.hdwash.com Oct 25th Halloween Open House! Hughesville - MD All American H-Ds Halloween Open House is sure to be Spook-tacular! There will be a costume contest for all (adults, kids and dogs)! Free food and candy for the kids (while supplies last)! The 7th Annual H.O.G. Chili Cook-off!- starts at 11am. Tasting over at 1pm/ Awards held at 1:30pm. Sign up by calling the dealership or contacting the H.O.G. Chapter. Visit www.allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-833-2REV Nov 15th Currituck Toy Run Harbinger, NC The Sheriff and Outer Banks H-D have been doing this one for many years. Help us gather toys for the underprivileged kids in Currituck for Christmas, all money helps buy toys and goes to the shop with a cop program. Outer Banks H-D, 8739 Caratoke Hwy, Harbinger, NC 27941, (252) 338-8866, www.outerbankshd.com Dec 6th Christmas Open House - Fort Washington, MD Join Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. for their annual Christmas Open House. Free pictures with Santa! Free Food (while Supplies last) Visit www.hdwash.com for more information. Harley-Davidson of Washington, D.C. 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-248-1200 888-HD-FEVER Dec 20th Free Pictures with Santa - Hughesville, MD Join All American H-D for their Annual Christmas Open house! There will be Free pictures with Santa! Free Food (while Supplies last) Visit www.allamericanh-d.com for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-833-2REV

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Proper flag etiquette for displaying an American flag on a motorcycle
Everyone looks forward to the riding season and just as soon as it comes it seems to turn to fall again. But with the warmer weather comes more motorcycles and bike rides as a fun way to enjoy the nice weather. Many motorcyclists like to display flags on their bikes, but before you hit the road, make sure your flags are displayed properly! If you plan to fly only the American Flag, it should be placed at the center on your motorcycle on the rear fender or bumper of the bike, or to the marching right, the flags own right (the observers left). If the American Flag is flown with one other flag, it should be to its marching right, otherwise flying centered with multiple flags. Any flag that is flown with the American Flag on a motorcycle needs to be the same size, if not smaller, than the American Flag. The American Flag is placed in the center of all flags being flown, as well as flying the highest. Other flags should be arranged in alphabetical order and in decreasing importance; national flags first, state flags next, military flags in order of establishment, followed by any other flags. If you are flying the flag of another nation, it should be the same size and height as the American Flag. If you plan to fly the American Flag with several other non-national flags (such as the POW/MIA, ALR, Eagles, Service Banners, etc.), it should be at the center and flying higher than all other flags. Happy riding!

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Preparing for Motorcycle Riding Season


Well, its getting to be that time of year again where those of you who havent taken your baby out of the garage all winter to start thinking about getting your steed road ready. These tips to get ready to ride are common sense for most but on these early Spring days when the temperatures soar into the high 60s and low 70s its too easy to roll out of the garage and put you and your bike at risk unless youve prepared both for the ride. To prepare your bike for that first day of riding, follow these 10 tips - and dont forget to refer to your owners manual for specific maintenance instructions: 1. Remove your bike from storage. First things first, remove the cover and any blocks that were used to keep your bike in place during winter storage. Also remove any plugs or covers from the exhaust pipes. Wash away any wax you may have applied to protect the frame, rims and chain. 2. Change the engine oil and spark plugs. Many bike manufacturers recommend that, in addition to regular scheduled oil changes, you should change the engine oil and filter prior to storage and in the spring. During storage, the oil can separate, causing a condensation buildup that may harm your engine. While youre changing the oil, replace the spark plugs. Use a gap setting tool to set the gaps to the manufacturers recommendations. You also should check and clean your carburetor, replace the air filter and check the transmission fluid. 3. Check the battery. If you removed the battery for storage and kept it charged, all you have to do is clean the cables and terminals with a wire brush, then grease and reconnect. Depending on your battery, you may have to fill the cells with distilled water. If your bike has a fuse box, check the fuses and replace them, if necessary. Keep spare fuses on hand, as well. 4. Flush the cooling system (VROD Owners). Flush and replace the old antifreeze with a proper coolant. Be sure to check for cracks in all hoses and replace if needed. 5. Check the fuel system. Replace the fuel filter and examine the fuel tank, fuel lines and fittings for cracks and leaks. If your bike has a petcock, turn the fuel system to ON. If there is a PRIME option, turn to it for about 20 seconds, then to ON. After burning the fuel from storage, add a fuel cleaner the next few times you fill your tank. 6. Check the brakes. When it comes to safety, brakes may be the most important part of a bike, so spend time checking them on a regular basis. Inspect the brake pads and discs. or wear. Check the brake lines for cracks. Lubricate the front brake hand lever and throttle cables. Check and fill the brake fluid level or replace if dirty. 7. Inspect the frame and suspension. Visually inspect the frame for hairline cracks around the engine and transmission brackets. Inspect the handlebars for cracks and oil the cable connections. If needed, tighten all nuts, bolts and mounting brackets. Adjust the forks and lube all bearings. Lastly, inspect the rear shocks and fender mounting hardware and grease the side stand. 8. Check the tires, wheels and chain. Check the tires for cracks, worn treads and correct tire pressure. Inspect the rims for dents and carefully tighten any loose spokes. Grease the bearings. Check for wear on the chain and sprockets. Also check and adjust the chain slack. 9. Prepare to ride safely. Even after youve checked all the mechanical components, never ride a bike without proper safety precautions. Inspect the headlight - including high and low beams, the taillights, brake light, turn signals, instrument panel lights and horn. Take the time to clean and adjust the mirrors. Its also important to wear the proper gear, such as a good helmet, eye and face protection and protective clothing, even on short trips. 10. Be sure youre covered. After making all the routine checks listed above, check your insurance policy and review your coverage to make sure they meet your current needs. If you have added any custom parts or equipment, youll want to make sure they are covered. It is also important to know how to report a claim to your insurance company. HAVE A SAFE & HAPPY RIDING SEASON!
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FARM BILL DETERS E15 Opponents of E15, such as motorcyclists whose vehicles are not approved to use fuel containing higher levels of ethanol, won a major victory on February 7, 2014 when President Barack Obama signed the Agricultural Act of 2014, with a provision removing subsidies for biofuel blending pumps. The provision, tucked into page 735 of the 949-page farm bill, could make it more difficult for gasoline blended with higher concentrations of ethanol to find its way to rural areas, where demand for the fuel is greatest. Blender pumps mix gasoline and ethanol for sale at gas stations, so restricting the grant money to purchase the pumps necessary to dispense E15 would greatly deter its distribution. That, in turn, could make it more difficult for the United States to implement a program known as the Renewable Fuel Standard, or RFS, which mandates increasing amounts of biofuels like corn-based ethanol be blended into the nations fuel supply. The Obama administration previously set a goal of installing 10,000 blender pumps to promote consumption of higher-ethanol gasoline, but currently only 59 stations across 12 states sell E15, compared with 125,000 U.S. gasoline stations. The win for motorcycle and ATV owners, who risk damaging their machines and invalidating warranties by even inadvertently putting E15 in their tanks, follows a November move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce for the first time the amount of ethanol required to be blended into U.S. gasoline supplies. Ironically, the EPA proposed the cuts in part due to concerns over the lack of infrastructure, such as blender pumps needed to sell gasoline with greater concentrations of ethanol. unit increase YOY for the month. Notably, the MIC does not track sales for UTV and side-by-side units, which have reportedly eclipsed ATV sales in recent years. STATES RANKED BY MOTORCYCLE OWNERSHIP With 8,410,255 motorcycles registered to 311,800,000 U.S. citizens, according to the most recent DOT and Census data that means that out of every 37 Americans you meet, one of them probably owns a motorcycle. But in some states your odds are better than others, and when you compare statewide motorcycle registrations with population figures, you might be surprised where some states stand in the rankings. For example, Iowa comes in third with 18 people for every motorcycle, more than double the national average. In 2011 the state had 173,929 motorcycles registered, and a population of just over three million. The second highest ratio of bike ownership is in New Hampshire, whose 1.3 million population shares 79,266 motorcycles, equaling 17 people per motorcycle. First on the list is South Dakota with 12 people for each motorcycle, over three times the national average. In 2011 the state had 69,284 motorcycles registered, representing just 0.82% of all motorcycles in America, but its sparse population of 816,598 gives it the highest concentration of motorcycling in the country. Rounding out the Top Ten are; Wisconsin (4th with 18 people per bike); Wyoming (5th/19); North Dakota (6th/21); Vermont (7th/21); Montana (8th/21); Minnesota (9th/22) and Alaska (10th/23). The Ten Lowest ranked states are; South Carolina (40th/43 people per bike); Kentucky (41st/44); Hawaii (42nd/45); California (43rd/47); Utah (44th/47); Maryland (45th/48); Georgia (46th/49); New York (47th/56); Texas (48th/58); Louisiana (49th/67); and lastly Mississippi MOTORCYCLE SALES INCREASE (50th/106). Its interesting to note that due to large populations, The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) has reported that ansome of the states with the largest numbers of motorcycles nual motorcycle sales grew 1.4% in 2013. The 465,783 unit total represents a 6,485 increase from 2012. The dual-purpose finished low on the rider density list; California is number one in motorcycles owned with 801,803, representing 9.5% of all and off-road segments enjoyed the greatest percentage annual growth, with scooter sales declining in 2013. On-Highway motorcycles in the U.S., but with a population of over 37 million it comes in a lackluster 43rd place! Likewise, New York with motorcycles sales tallied 324,691 for the year, a 2% increase 345,816 motorcycles, and Texas with 438,551, came in near from 2012. The On-Highway segment is by far the largthe bottom of the rankings. It is also worth noting that only one est tracked by the MIC, and it includes all street-legal bikes of the Top Ten motorcycling states has a helmet law, while 6 of excepting dual-sports and scooters. It recorded a 6,485 unit year-over-year (YOY) increase. The smallest volume segment, the 10 least bike-friendly states requires riders to wear them. Dual, reported the largest YOY percentage increase at 7.8%. MISSOURI PUSHES TO CHANGE BAN ON SUNDAY The Dual category includes small street-legal dual-sports as MOTORCYCLE SALES Like many states, it is against the well as popular Adventure bikes. The yearly total for this market was 32,979 for a 2,387 unit increase in 2013. Off-Highway law in Missouri for dealers to sell cars, trucks or motorcycles on Sunday. Due to archaic Blue Laws influenced by relimotorcycle sales grew 5.7% for the year. The annual total of gion during the Colonial Period, sales are prohibited on the 73,371 represents a 3,976 unit boost from last year. The near Sabbath, but there is a trend brewing and some states are 4000-unit gain comes despite a slow finish in 2013, recording removing this outdated ban. nThe latest state to allow Suna YOY decrease of 1,025 units in December. Scooter sales, day motorcycle sales was Indiana last July, when Hoosiers which are traditionally more volatile than bike sales, struggled joined Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Maryland in to match 2012 totals. The annual tally of 34,742 was 6,363 removing their Sunday sales ban. Now Missouris Blue Law is units short of the 2012 total a 15.5% decline. ATV sales for being challenged, and lawmakers are proposing three bills that 2013 posted a nearly identical tally of 228,305 a mere 0.5% increase over 2012. The quad market benefited from a strong would allow for motorcycles to be sold in Platte and Jackson December to push the annual tally into the black, with a 1,799 Counties on Sundays. The reason is because some KanTHUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 18

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sas City metro dealers feel it is not fair that they cant sell on Sundays when just across the border in the neighboring state of Kansas, dealers can. Other states that currently prohibit the Sunday sales of motorcycles and automobiles are Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Dakota and Wisconsin. In Missouri, dealers are not even allowed to discuss a sale on Sunday, or face a $300 fine and possible jail time. NY LAWMAKER SAYS BIKES SHOULDNT BE ALLOWED IN HIS DISTRICT Legislator Thomas F. Barraga (R-11th District) says people should not ride bikes at all in his district because Suffolk County is a suburban automobile community -- drivers expect to see other drivers on the road, not bicyclists and motorcyclists. The anti-motorcycle/bicycle lawmaker from West Islip, New York made those remarks in response to a high school senior who wrote to him as a part of a government class assignment. On January 29, the 17-year old, Matthew Cutrone, wrote to Barraga requesting some sort of bike lane or maybe even warning signs in certain areas of the county after his mother was hit by the driver of a van that illegally turned left in front of her. Stating that he believes that no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle, Barragas callous response lit up social media and prompted a ton of angry responses, though the legislator said hes standing by his remarks. operators to obtain a temporary permit every season. But House Bill 4781, introduced by state Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford) and 15 co-sponsors, would limit motorcycle operators to two TIPs over the course of a 10 year period. Thats certainly adequate time to ride with a friend, take an instruction course and get the experience necessary to drive a motorcycle, Jacobsen said in testimony before the House Transportation Committee, which has not voted on the bill. Its a no brainer really, said Vince Consiglio, president of ABATE Michigan, which led efforts to repeal the mandatory helmet law but also supports stronger endorsement requirements. These unendorsed riders are maybe 10 or 20 percent of the population, but theyre over 40 percent of the fatalities since 1989. Its incredible that nothing has happened. Officials have known about the endorsement issue for years, and the Secretary of State and Office of Highway Safety Planning have both pushed educational programs to raise awareness. But education alone is not working, prompting motorcycle safety advocates to push for legislative action.

ABATE OF INDIANA SEEKS TO ALLOW OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON COUNTY ROADWAYS Indiana state law bans driving off-road vehicles on public streets, but ABATE of Indiana, a motorcycle advocacy group, is asking Tippecanoe County commissioners to exercise a clause that allows county officials to allow all-terrain vehicles, gators and various other off-road machines, including snowmobiles, to use county roads in WASHINGTON STATE RIDERS LOBBY TO TURN LEFT ON unincorporated areas. Were just requesting that they at RED Motorcyclists in Washington could turn left at an intersec- least evaluate this, look at what other communities have done tion if the traffic light doesnt give them the green arrow after a with this -- what other counties have done with this said Jay Jackson, executive director of American Bikers Aimed Toward complete cycle under a bill that received strong support from Education. Were not aware of any significant ramifications as the Senate in Olympia. SB 5141 would change state traffic a result, so we dont see a downside to it. laws to account for a problem some motorcyclists have at intersections controlled by sensors that fail to recognize them. Jackson told commissioners that 45 Indiana counties allow offThey dont register on the sensor, and the left-turn arrow never road vehicles on public roads. The vehicles still must comply turns green, said Senator Jim Hargrove, a Hoquiam Democrat with state laws governing off-road vehicles. State law requires the rider or driver be 16 years old and licensed, and also rewho rides a motorcycle and said hes experienced the probquires that the vehicle be registered, much like a boat. lem first-hand. Under the proposed legislation, a motorcyclist would have to wait through a complete cycle of lights changing WEIRD NEWS: APB FOR MR. HARLEY DAVIDSON for all directions before making a left-turn when clear. The bill Police in Guapa, Brazil, investigating a string of carjackings passed on a 46-2 vote. The same bill passed the Senate last believed they found a key piece of evidence that could blow session but didnt receive a final vote in the House. the case wide open: a Harley-Davidson cap belonging to a suspect: He left a grey T-shirt which he had used to cover his MICHIGAN MOTORCYCLE SAFETY BILL WOULD PREface, and also a baseball cap with a skull embroidered on it, VENT REPEAT OFFENDERS Michigan lawmakers are along with the name Harley, and the citizens surname, Davidlooking to close an apparent loophole that allows motorson, who is probably the miscreant were looking for, a police cycle operators to obtain a temporary permit each riding officer told a local news station. season without ever completing a safety course or skills test required for full endorsement. Temporary Instruction Permits, QUOTABLE QUOTE: True patriotism hates injustice in its intended for new or returning riders, are valid for 180 days own land more than anywhere else. and require operators to travel alongside an endorsed adult. ~ Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) American trial lawyer But enforcement is difficult, and TIP holders are significantly over-represented in traffic accidents each year; 52% of riders who crashed were not properly endorsed. Current law allows
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Remembering a Racing Legend


On January 25th, the world lost one of the legends of motorcycle racing. Neil Keen was born in Florida, grew up in Georgia, and started his career as a professional racer in California. When he moved to central Illinois in 1964, he was already well established as a winning racer. Neil continued winning on dirt tracks across the state and frequently raced at the nearby track at Granite City. Neil won his very first amateur race on his 125 cc two-stroke Harley and would later become part of the original BSA Wrecking Crew. He was a national ranked racer that held the number 10 plate. However, he was much more than a racer. As a self-taught engineer, he was a master at chassis design and set-up along with the very successful engine tuner. Neil started manufacturing and marketing his own high performance racing frames in 1967 and started Neil Keen Performance in 1969. When a friend took the heads off a Harley KR that they were dyno testing, he knew it didnt look right. He intuitively made some modifications to increase the airflow and helped gain a substantial boost in horsepower. The Harley racing division took note of these changes that are credited with helping them win at Daytona in 1968-69. He was also a consultant to Yamaha around that same time. Even though Neils contributions to the sport of motorcycle racing were more than enough for any two other guys, he didnt stop there. He was also a firm advocate for safety in racing and for fair treatment of riders. Together with Gary Nixon, he petitioned for better purses and medical insurance for the riders in 1963. He was the racers representative to the AMA Congress for several years. He eventually married his wife Kim, the daughter of Kathy and Carl Donelson, 28 years ago and settled in the St. Louis area where they raised their family. Neil

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Keen was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame in 2000. For the last several years, Donelson Cycles has held a birthday party for Neil early in the year when things were slower throughout the motorcycle business (his actual birthday is in May). This event drew friends and fellow racers to St. Louis from all across the country. They all came with their photo albums and plenty of stories of how it was during the golden era of racing. This year was the fifth celebration of Neils 75th birthday, which was scheduled for that fateful Saturday that he passed on. It was at these celebrations and other events where I was fortunate to talk with Neil and others to learn more about his awesome career doing what he loved.

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You cant ride without a bike Having a motorcycle to ride is the first step in enjoying the freedom of the open road and riding free. Having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the first step in enjoying Real Freedom and spiritually riding free.

Ride FREE
Figure out where you are in life. What highway are you traveling down? (Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Matthew 7:13-14) You may think youre doing alright, but know this: (There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 14:12; For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23) Realize what you need to do. U-Turns are O.K. (Unless you repent (Turn around), you will all perish. Luke 13:5; Repent! Turn away from all your offenses/sins Ezk.18:30) Know that it brings great joy to God when we do a U-Turn in life. (I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7) Embrace Gods Love, Plan, and Life for You (For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16) Gods way is better than anything we could ever come up with. (He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain Revelation 21:4) Enjoy the ride. God wants us to enjoy the trip. Life is a highway, going the right way, watching out for potholes, and not breaking down is important to the enjoyment factor of

any ride. (The thief (Satan/Devil/PUNK) comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10) If you feel there needs to be a change in your life and you are ready for some Real Freedom, then read Romans 10:913 in the Bible (Our Owners Manual for life), and simply ask God to forgive you, U-turn your life, and head you in the right direction. If you ask this of God, or if you have more questions, contact us. This is NOT a ride to make alone. Let us ride with you.

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

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A fart is a pleasant thing... t gives the belly ease... It warms the bed in winter...And suffocates the fleas. A fart can be quiet... A fart can be loud... Some leave a powerful... Poisonous cloud A fart can be short... Or a fart can be long... Some farts have been known... To sound like a song..... A fart can create...A most curious medley... A fart can be harmless...Or silent...and deadly. A fart might not smell... While others are vile... A fart may pass quickly... Or linger a while... A fart can occur...In a number of places... And leave everyone there... With strange looks on their faces.From wide-open prairie...To a small elevator...A fart will find all of us Sooner or later.But farts are all bad... Is simply not true...We must never forget... Sweet old farts like you! When a friends son took the entrance exam for medical school, he was perplexed by this question:Rearrange the letters P-N-E-S-I to spell out the part of the human body that is most useful when erect. Those who spelled SPINE became doctors.... The rest are in government. I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless man who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner. I took out my wallet, extracted ten dollars and asked, If I give you this money, will you buy some beer with it instead of dinner? No, I had to stop drinking years ago, the homeless man replied. Will you use it to go fishing instead of buying food? I asked. No, I dont waste time fishing, the homeless man said. I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive. Will you spend this on hunting equipment? I asked. Are you NUTS! replied the homeless man. I havent gone hunting in 20 years! Well, I said, Im not going to give you money. Instead, Im going to take you home for a shower and a terrific dinner cooked by my wife. The homeless man was astounded. Wont your wife be furious with you for doing that? He asked. I replied, Dont worry about that. Its important for her to see what a man looks like after he has given up drinking, fishing and hunting.

One day a man decided to retire, go on a great cruise, and decide what entrepreneurship he would venture into after all the corporate bullshit of 30 years. He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank.He soon found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts. After about four months, he was lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rowed up to the shore. In disbelief, he asks, Where did you come from? How did you get here? She replies, I rowed over from the other side of the island where I landed when my fishing boat sank. Amazing, he notes. You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you. Oh, this thing? explains the woman. I made the boat out of some raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm tree branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree. But, where did you get the tools? Oh, that was no problem, replied the woman. On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found that if I fired it to a certain temperature in a volcanic vent I found just down island, it melted into ductile iron and I used that to make tools and used the tools to make the hardware.The guy is stunned. Lets row over to my place, she says and Ill give you a tour. So, after a short time of rowing, she soon docks the boat at a small hand built wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is a long stone walk leading to a cabin and a tree house. While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead, dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, Its not much, but I call it home. Please sit down. Would you like a drink? No! No thank you, the man blurts out, still dazed. I cant take another drop of coconut juice. Oh, its not coconut juice, winks the woman. I have a still. How would you like a Jack Daniels neat? Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they exchange their individual survival stories, the woman announces, Im going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? Theres a razor in the bathroom cabinet upstairs.No longer questioning anything, the man goes upstairs into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet is a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism. This woman is amazing, he muses. Whats next? When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but a bandana around her blonde locks and some small flowers on tiny vines, each strategically positioned, she smelled faintly of coconut oil. She then beckons for him to sit down next to her.Tell me, she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, Weve both been out here for many months. You must have been lonely. When was the last time you had a really good ride? She stares into his eyes.He cant believe what hes hearing. You mean... he swallows excitedly as tears start to form in his eyes, you found a way to build a Harley? .

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Now is this a dedicated rider, or just somebody whos crazy? Pouring down rain, cold as hell, and hes running 65 miles an hour on 264E! - Jack Spillar

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When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend

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HOT SHOTS
SEND US YOUR PICTURES! We get so busy sometimes putting together the magazine each month that its hard to get out to take pictures of all the exciting & fun times going on. If youd like to share your pictures with us for our HOT SHOT pages, please email them to thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com.... The more pictures, the better & send as often as youd like! Please be sure that they are 300dpi (high resolution) or as close to it as possible so we can include them in one of our upcoming issues.

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Virginia

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Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com
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An Interview with Dale Walksler at the Wheels Through Time Museum


By John Skala I first met Dale Walksler almost twenty years ago when he owned Dales Harley-Davidson in Mount Vernon, IL. At that time, it was a small shop intown that did a big business. Out back, Dale had another building where he displayed his collection of vintage motorcycles and cars. After selling the motorcycle dealership, Dale moved to Maggie Valley, NC where he built a 38,000 sq. ft. building to be the new home of the Wheels Through Time Museum in 2002. The museum has over 300 rare and historic American motorcycles from over 24 marques along with an extensive collection of memorabilia. The Wheels Through Time is known as the museum that runs. Even the rare one of a kind and prototype bikes have been put back to running order. It is not at all unusual for Dale to discuss any of the machines with visitors and start them up for them. Ill bet there is no other museum anywhere that has such rare machines where the owner will start them up and do burnouts down the aisle of the museum. While Dale has always been passionate about his collection, the local politicians havent always understood the large number of people the museum draws from across the world. Several times Dale has decided to look for another location that would be more receptive. However, he would have a difficult time finding a location like his current one. He has 46 acres on the side of a mountain with his home just up the hill from the museum. With the Blue Ridge Parkway a few miles away, it is also a great riding area. I originally recorded this interview with Dale on a micro sized digital recorder several years ago. While the size is very handy, it also allowed it to get buried in my camera case where it was stuck under one of the dividers until I recently rediscovered it. TRM: Am I correct in my understanding that you started in the motorcycle business in the mid 70s in Southern Illinois? DW: No, I started in Chicgoland in the early 70s, Glen Ellyn actually. I grew up in Glen Ellyn and just developed a passion for motorcycles. In 1977, I ended up buying the Harley-Davidson dealership in Mount Vernon, IL. I operated that for 24 years and had the museum in Mount Vernon. When I sold the dealership in 2000, I looked around for a location and I found this Maggie Valley location, built this building and Ive been here for 7 years. TRM: One of our interview standard questions, what was your first bike and how did you get started in motorcycling? DW: Its the three wheel chopper sitting in the showroom there. I started riding when I was 15. TRM: I noticed you had a Harley Hummer that a lot of people had when they started riding. But yours is not quite the standard model. DW: Theres actually two of them, one is upstairs. They were built by a guy named Moe Saunders in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moe was a bike builder of some fame. TRM: Back in the day, did they actually race them like that with the magnetos and expansion chambers? DW: They still race them like that today as well as back them. There was a guy named Puckett that developed the high performance lightweights. TRM: Were there other motorcycle riders in your family? DW: No, I was the first and only one. TRM: I understand that your dad was instrumental in your getting started in the business.
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DW: When I was kid, he lent me $500 to buy my first parts pile. And then in 77 he helped me secure a $50,000 loan to buy my Harley dealership. TRM: I read you were one of the youngest to own a Harley dealership. DW: I was one of the youngest sign-up dealers in the country; I was 23 at the time. My dad still works, he comes down here three times a year and he will be here this coming Friday. He comes down here and busts his ass at 75. He loves to work.

TRM: So how do you feel about all the other foreign bikes? DW: I love all bikes. If you want to see all bikes then you need to go to Barbours on Birmingham. It is an awesome place. TRM: I first saw where you had boardtrack racers displayed on a section of boardtrack back in Mount Vernon. It looks like others like Barbour and the Harley-Davidson museum have also copied that. DW: Thats probably true. TRM: When Willie G. was here, was he looking for ideas for the Harley museum? DW: Yeah (he said laughingly) TRM: I understand from your son Matt that you havent been to the museum in Milwaukee yet. DW: I havent had a chance to get there yet, Im here seven days a week. (That was at the time of this interview, Im sure Dale has been there by now) TRM: I see your collection is mostly Harleys, how do you feel about Indians? DW: Theres 26 different brands of bikes here. TRM: I understand that your bikes are like kids where you wont really pick any one as your favorite. However, is there any significant bike that you dont have that you would like to have? DW: Maybe a 1931 Cleveland 4 cylinder. TRM: Any possibility that you will acquire one of those? DW: Its unlikely; there are probably not more than 6 or 8 of them in the world. A bike that will bring 6 figures and Im not a player on that. TRM: What effect do you think the Internet and things like eBay have had on vintage bikes and vintage parts? DW: The parts have made a lot of people happy and it has made parts a lot more available. As far as the trendy bikes like pre-war knuckle heads, it has made those parts rise in price. I think pretty well across the board you can find old parts for your bike on eBay. TRM: Are you working on any restorations now that you are looking forward to riding? DW: Yeah, actually Ive been finishing about a bike a month in my workshop. So I have a pretty busy schedule. Right now Ive got a 1934 Harley Servicar, a very rare 51 panhead magneto TT bike, a very rare 1924 Harley hillclimber, a rare 28 Indian hill-climber, I have an old WR from Paul Albrecht, who is a famous racer, and another 36 knuckle head. TRM: What is it that sparked your interest in vintage motorcycles? DW: Thats how I originally got started; it was vintage motorcycles and parts. TRM: How do you feel about restoration of old bikes or as I read somewhere just doing a rustoration where you just get it running as is. DW: Restoring usually ruins the bike. Preservation is where its at. Buzz from American Iron coined the term rustoration. In the article, it was about taking an old crappy bike and making it run. You see that 49, that old dirty bike there? It is a perfect example. It was on a front porch in Hickory for 38 years. We got it in here and we got it running in about 15 minutes and what a bike. TRM: It looks like your collection here is all American motorcycles. DW: Ive got three foreign bikes, but it is basically an all American collection. The important thing is that everything runs here. TRM: I get the impression that you would rather have an original paint bike than anything else. DW: We have been doing a lot of bob jobs. I coined the term real school instead of old school or new school bikes. What I build is real bikes with real parts. I have actually trademarked the name Real School and we plan on using that in reference to what we build at Wheels Through Time. TRM: Do you ever build a bike to try to get the AMCA 100 points standard? DW: No, its not my game. TRM: It sounds like you have a cool job here living in the Smokey Mountains and working on bikes. Do you have time to enjoy it? Do you have time to ride? DW: There is no balance in my life, all I do is work. Due to the political atmosphere at this time, as beautiful a place as this is to ride, Ive lost my passion to ride around here. cont. next page

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Dale Walksler, cont. TRM: I saw where you and Billy Lane were riding Hendersons together, that had to be fun. DW: Yeah, that was a kick. TRM: After Wheels Trough Time, what other museums would you recommend? DW: The Barbour museum is fabulous and the Hall of Fame museum in Anamosa, IA is good. John has put a lot into that in the last few years. The motorcycle museum world is pretty interesting, between the major museum in the country, Id say we entertain 3 400,000 people a year. TRM: When I was up at Davenport last month, I spoke with your son Matt and he said you were out shopping around at the time. Did you make any finds there? DW: I picked up a lot of parts. We build a lot of bikes and that is a great place for parts. TRM: Do you pick up parts as you need them or do you buy the parts as you find them and stock them if you dont have a bike for them? DW: A lot of time its, hardware, nuts, bolts, brackets, things that these old bikes have in common. You are always running out of that stuff. So, Im always shopping for good ideas. TRM: Speaking of Davenport, while I was going through the pictures of the field games I see I got a few shots of you and Matt. How did you do in the games? DW: Well Matt beat me again for the second year. TRM: Do you have an idea where your typical customer comes from? DW: We get people from across the country and across the world almost every day. We did a survey and the greatest number comes from across the eastern seaboard. It is a natural when it is hot as hell in Charlotte or Atlanta that we get a lot of people that are riding the mountains. We are also close to Deals Gap, the Tail of The Dragon and beautiful mountain roads with the Blue Ridge Parkway; it is a natural place for people to ride bikes. TRM: Is there anything else you would like to tell our readers? DW: I think the most important thing is philosophy of this museum, that we are grateful for every person that comes through the door. When these guys show up on old bikes like this group here of 15 20 bikes, for them to take time out of their lives and include us, we are honored. That is just the bottom line here. The other thing is our web site; there isnt another museum in the world that has a video collection of the bikes like we have. We put a huge amount of our budget here to create the Time Machine web site. TRM: Do you also produce your videos on DVD? DW: Yes, we have DVDs available. Some are the same as the web site and some are different. We have made over 450 video shows now with each one being 3 12 minutes long. Digitizing the history of the rare bikes is an important part of what we do here. Since this original interview, Ive been back to the museum a couple more times. The hours have varied the last couple of years. Most recently, the Wheels Through Time museum was open from March to October on Thursday thru Monday, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. If you are anywhere near the museum it will be well worth your time to plan a visit. Be sure to check their web site for the latest schedule. www. wheelsthroughtime.com
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March
Im sure that many of you have heard the folklore phrase about the month of March being thought of as coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. Its a phrase passed down from generation to generation. But where did it come from? Many scholars trace the phrase back to the early U.S. settlers. Without fancy radar equipment, these hunters, gatherers and farmers relied on keen weather observations to forecast the weather. Often times, as they observed, early March was marked by biting cold and winter storms. The month begins with a lions roar. But, by the end of the month, the weather can often be warm, spring-like and very mild. Kind of like a gentle lamb. It happens that way a lot, but, not all the time. Still, the origin of the March Lion & Lamb can be traced even further back, to ancient times and those who watched the stars. Stellarly, March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. As Leo marches away, the Constellation Aries begins to rise toward the end of the month. Aries is the ram: What many lambs will become someday! So, based on the stars, March does come in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.
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The People Of Walmart

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Pitching A Tent: This is how real outdoorsmen do it. Roughing it out there where nobody can find you and the only thing between you and certain death is a 24-hour store with food, water, clothing, chairs, flat screen TVs, bathrooms & literally anything else in the world that you can think of. Bear Grylls wouldnt even try this, I swear.

The Whos: I see the residents of Whoville feel pretty comfortable leaving their little isolated town when its not Christmas time. Go get em guys!

Sofa King Creative: Hmmm, okay. I guess I was wrong in always assuming couch cushions only served 2 purposes. (1) Sitting on and (2) making awesome forts in the living room. Turns out I was the fool for not even considering rear window as an option.

Forever Alone: Forget online dating, my man is going old school marketing via mobile signage. Good plan buddy, show off the good and leave em wanting more. I have no doubt the woman you get from your t-shirt advertisement will definitely be a keeper.

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LEPRECHAUNS STEAK & EGGS BENEDICT 1 Piece a Person of Thick Bread; sour dough or I like raisin bread, a baquette, whatevs. Toast it up. 1 Minimum of a 16 oz. Strip Steak (if you marinade it a half-hour out in mustard & Worcestershire sauce, it makes it a whole lot more tender and flavorful. 8 Large Eggs Quality Margarine (I Cant Believe Its Not Butter) or actual real Butter. Salt & Pepper to Taste BLENDER CHEESE SAUCE: 8 Egg Yolks 4 Tbls. Lemon Juice Couple Dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter or Margarine; melted If you have a grill skillet use it to get the grill marks on the steak. Cook in a tab of margarine, on medium-high until good & caramelized (at least on front side). Once your steak is done the way you like it, put it on a plate and let it rest (resting allows all the juices to go back into the steak), while you make the rest of the recipe. In a separate large, nonstick skillet, put in a couple pats of margarine, let it melt down and skillet get hot and crack your eggs into it. Let cook till outer edges crisp up and flip. Remove not long after flipping. You want the yolks nice and creamy & runny. In blender, add all ingredients for 20 seconds, pour into the lid hole part, very slowly now, the melted butter just a little at a time or youll end up with scrambled eggs. Add your salt & pepper last. Cut your steak on the bias (opposite of the way the grain runs) and cut at a slant. Put your buttered toast down, then layer 4 or 5 pieces of steak on the toast then drizzle the cheese sauce all over top. Garnish with some Parsley flakes. OMG! Break your eggs and let it all mix in together and dip your steak in it.....hot damn, thisll make you pat your own back Its that damn good. POT O GOLD LIL APPLE PIE CRESCENTS 1 Can of Sliced Apples w/ Sauce & Cinnamon 1/2 Cup of Butter or Quality Margarine; melted 1 Pkg. of Your Favoite Brand of Crescent Dinner Rolls 1 tsp. of Nutmeg 1 Tbls. of Light Brown Sugar In a small sauce pan, mix up and heat up, on low, all the ingredients
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apart from the Crescent Rolls. Heat up oven to 375 degrees. Crack open your can of rolls and smooth out on counter. Add a big Tablespoon of the warm (not hot) mixture to widest part of roll. Spread it all the way across. Slowly and carefully start wrapping. Fold one fold over mixture and gently push in each side to form like a little burrito. Continue to gently fold all the way till the pointed end. Lay out on a cookie sheet or round pan lined with alum. foil (but remember, the reflection makes them cook faster), but cook until golden brown and not a minute longer. Remove from oven and cover with alum. foil and tuck it in around bottom to keep hot while you make glaze. GLAZE: Mix together....... 1 Cup of Confectioners Sugar 2 tsps. of Lime Juice 1 Tbls. of Cinnamon Mix until runny-thick consistency. Add a drop of water or two if need be. But dunk each crescent roll into the glaze mixture and let set up on a paper plate. These are exceptionally delicious with your hot coffee in the morning or with hot tea later in the day. Make up a BIG batch. Theyre magically delicious! (You can also use any fruit you like best). A WEE HAIR O THE DOG THAT BIT YOU.... *This is BOLD & SPICEY & KICK-ASS! 2 & 1/2 ozs. Quality Vodka 3 Ounces of GREEN Tomato Bloody Mary Mix (get at any liquor store) 1 & 1/2 ozs. GREEN Tomato Juice & Red Tomato Juice, both. 3/4 ozs. Lime Juice 3/4 ozs. Lemon Juice 1 Tbls. Horseradish sauce (in condiment aisle) *I like the creamy style already blended with mayo & sour cream 1/4 oz. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 oz. Green Hot Sauce Large Pinch of Salt Blend it up, baby. Dont add ice to blender as will just dilute. Pour over cracked ice, or let sit in freezer for 5 mins. in to get icey, icey cold. Have fun but drink smart w/ a designated driver HAPPY ST. PATTYS DAY, BIKERS!

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Ram Air and Cold Air
Ram air: For the most part, the effect of ram air is often over-blown, and misunderstood. This is not to say that it is not important. Looking at it realistically at 100 mph, the effect is at best minimal. Theoretically, 0.18 psi (1.22% more output) is possible, but in practice this is rarely the case due to duct losses. It really isnt until we exceed around 140 mph that ram pressure really begins to be of much use (0.35 psi, or 2.38% higher than atmospheric pressure at sea level), and as speeds increase near 200 mph the pressure available increases more dramatically to 0.7 psi (4.76%). But we still have to do our homework to actually get the most out of this potential pressure to actually reach the engine. If the engine is taking air in on the side of the bike as is done on many cruisers, ram air is not going to be of any benefit at all. The reason for this is that this is a low pressure area where air is pushing around the front of the bike and rushing outward, away from the intake or air cleaner. Ram air pressure at this point doesnt get a chance to occur. This may not be what many cruiser owners believe, or even want to hear, but reality bites. Too many magazine writers over the years have written articles detailing the benefits of ram air based on maximum potential, not by actually measuring the effect in operation. This is a comedy of errors. I remember a couple of articles where compressed air was even used to simulate ram air effects on the dyno. Completely laughable. I dont want to seem like I am being obnoxious or superior. But it is simple to actually measure it and log the data on the track. The results are eye-opening to say the least. By using a manifold air pressure (MAP) sensor in the plenum we can log data and see what is actually occurring. Logging MAP under the throttle can also let us see pressure increases as they occur in the intake system after throttle losses. This is actually what we want to know in the first place. A wide-band Lambda sensor can also let us see if, and how much, the engine is leaning out at speed. This is usually a reality check on just how poorly our intake ducting is performing. As well as the losses involved. The losses start at the front fairing opening. Most fairing openings are poorly shaped and located for actual ram pressure at speed. As a result the opening location and shape prevent us from getting anywhere near the maximum potential from ram air pressure while traveling in a straight line. And once we start a turn, the opening is no longer pointed directly forward, and even less pressure is developed. In fact, this can actually result in low pressure areas forming at the fairing opening, and reducing pressure at this point below atmospheric. Now, to throw another twist into this discussion. If fuel enrichment is done with a piggy-back controller like a Power Commander, the engine at this point will actually be richer than required for best output. It is for this reason that enrichment and ignition advance for ram air tuning must be done in the ECUs MAP tables based on actual on-track data-logging for best results. Even the shape of the fairing opening can play an important part in how efficiently air is brought into the inlet duct, and how much drag is developed. Low drag opening shapes can allow high speeds with increased ram pressure. See NACA duct shapes for more information. Most of this information is free on the NASA server in the form of white papers that can be searched and downloaded. Just behind the fairing opening is a very important region of the inlet duct, the duct opening or mouth. If the area just behind the fairing openTHUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE 42

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ing does not increase slightly (5%-7%), it is difficult for the duct to retain air in the duct and build pressure without air flowing back out of the duct opening. This reduces the potential maximum pressure even further. A slight increase in the inlet duct opening area, as well as a lip on the inside of the duct opening can help to retain air from spilling back out of the fairing opening. The duct shape itself can be the source of a large amount of loss to wall friction and turbulence. As a result of all of this, you should now be able to so how easy it is to have little to none of the theoretical maximum from ram pressure at a specific speed. As well as how difficult it can be to get the most from ram air tuning. Guessing at what the engine is actually seeing at speed is not the correct answer. Data-logging is the best answer. So now we need to take a look at what can be done to make the intake system work as well as possible for not only ram air, but also, when at less than top speed. Cold, dense air: Yet another issue to consider with intake air density is its temperature. The colder it is, the more of it you can pack into the cylinder. I am sure you have felt the difference in performance between a hot August afternoon and a cool morning. Basically speaking, each 4.3 Fahrenheit you can reduce, you gain 1% more power through the entire operating range. And as a result, this is the reason the intake air density is considerably more important than ram air effect by itself. But here is the rub, air and fuel pick up heat as the mixture travels through the inlet duct/port and passed the hot intake valve. In fact, if you have ever looked down the throttle body and inlet port of an engine while loaded at wide open throttle (WOT) while running on a dyno, you will notice that the intake valve glows a dull red. That is a lot of heat that is picked up through the port and flowing passed the inlet valve. As a result, it takes nearly a 7 F drop in temp to actually produce a 1% gain. But even with this, the ability to gain an easy 3% more power (or twice this much) by insulating the intake air from the hot engine and radiator, and drawing it in well away from the hot pavement, seems like an easy gain. Fuel evaporates. As it evaporates, it mixes with air and cools the inlet air-fuel mixture. It is for this reason that many motorcycle manufacturers are now adding an injector further upstream in the intake system. By using an upstream or shower-form injector placement at higher rpm, the fuel has more time to mix and cool with air. The result is a denser mixture that can add an easy 3-4% more output, and in some cases twice this amount. Keeping fuel cooler in the tank by insulating the fuel tank, and running a return-less fuel system can also reduce fuel temps. This also helps to keep the light hydrocarbons (octane) from evaporating from the fuel at temps as low as 93 F. Keeping the light hydrocarbons in the fuel also makes the fuel in the combustion chamber easier to ignite and improves combustion efficiency. POWER-TRIPP Performance, Inc. Motorcycle Performance and Tuning Phone: 205.663.4304 Fax: 205.663.4149 103 8th Ave. NW Alabaster, AL, USA 35007 www.power-tripp.com

RYE BREAD When most people are shopping for nutritious bread at the store, they reach for a loaf of wheat bread. But theres another type of bread thats a better choice from a nutrition standpoint - rye bread. This bread which contains rye grain is usually darker in color with a strong, more distinct taste than wheat bread. Its commonly used to make deli sandwiches and is usually enjoyed with corned beef or pastrami along with swiss cheese and mustard. When it comes to your health, rye may have some advantages over wheat. A recent study showed that a breakfast of rye bread may help with weight control. Researchers found that volunteers who ate rye bread for their morning meal experienced less hunger later in the day compared to those who ate wheat bread. The greatest hunger reducing effect was seen when rye bread made with rye bran was eaten. This feeling of fullness extended well past the lunch hour into the afternoon in the volunteers who ate rye bread whereas the wheat bread eaters experienced early afternoon hunger pangs. Its unclear why rye has more of an appetite suppressing effect than wheat bread since both are good sources of fiber. The fiber in rye bread does have an unusually high water binding capacity which causes it to expand in the intestines. This could lead to a more pronounced sensation of fullness. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that rye bread may reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. Rye seems to improve the function of beta cells, the cells that secrete insulin, and helps to induce a better insulin response. Its ability to promote satiety may also help diabetics eat less which can have a beneficial effect on blood sugars.

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Rye Bread

Rye bread is an excellent source of soluble fiber which helps to lower cholesterol levels. Although fiber content varies with the type of rye bread, some rye breads have as much as nine grams per slice. Rye bread is also a good source of magnesium which helps to control blood pressure and optimize the health of the heart. Rye is a good source of lignans, phytoestrogens that may protect breast tissue from the cancer promoting effects of estrogen. In addition, a Finnish study showed that rye bread eaters may enjoy some protection against colon cancer. Its thought that rye binds bile acids that might induce a colon cancer so they can be eliminated from the body. Rye bread has many health and nutritional benefits and is a tasty alternative to wheat bread. Dont wait until your next trip to the deli to enjoy the many benefits of rye bread, pick up some at your local supermarket.
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