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May Is Motorcycle Awareness Month

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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Well, the weather has finally broke folks & spring fever is running rampant throughout the Mid Atlantic! This has been a long time comingsure wish the temps would stay this way all year roundwe are lovin it We hope that you all have gotten your bikes ready and they are all tuned up, geared up and ready to roll for the riding season. Youve got plenty of things to do as our calendar continues to fill with rides and events of all sorts. Whether you are staying local or taking a road trip to attend any of them, please be safe & sober when taking control of those handlebars. Its sad but true, that many people on four plus wheels are just not paying attention to whats going on around them on the road. Just 2 days ago within 5 miles of me, there were two motorcycle accidents in one day. Both were caused by vehicles pulling out in front of the motorcycles because they didnt see them.probably because they werent looking out for them. These werent reckless riders either. One of the riders, who was 52, a military Vet and family man, passed away from injuries sustained. It can happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone. As the weather gets warmer, more and more bikes will be hitting the road so if youre out there, be extra careful & do all that you can to be seen & heard. I am a firm believer in loud pipes saves lives. If you dont have a good rumble to your bike, make sure that your horn works & that its plenty loud. With so many people continuing to talk on their cell phones & texting while driving, the number of wrecks caused by distracted driving have become staggering. Stay safe this riding season. Keep those HOT SHOTS coming!!! WE LOVE PICTURES so anytime youre out and about, grab some pictures for us. The more candid, the better! If you have an event going on and its not in our calendar, go up to our website and submit itits FREE. If you know of a great place to grab some grub or fun place to visit, drop a line and let us know about it so we can share it with everyone. Thanks for being here with us and we are looking forward to a fantastic riding season with you. Have a great month friends & we will see you again in May! Keep it safe out there Happy Trails,

Kelly

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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

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 12th Spring Open House Orange, VA Join us as we kick off the spring riding season! Pin striping, patch sewing, DJ and door prizes! Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, 385 Waugh Blvd, Orange VA 22960. www. waughhd.com 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) 3388866, 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 HarleyDavidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-8332REV Apr 26th Spring Open House & Truck Demo Prince George, VA Come join us for a celebration of the 2014 Spring Riding Season. Colonial Harley-Davidson 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

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.

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

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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.
Apr 27th Ride to the Tide Dover, DE Police Escorted Motorcycle Ride. Benefit - Special Olympics Delaware. The Blue Knights Delaware Chapter 1 and the Delaware Special Olympics will hold the Annual Ride to the Tide on April 27th ( Rain date will be May 4th ). Ride will depart from the University of Delaware, Newark at 10:30am and from the Delaware Motor Vehicle lanes in Dover at 12 noon. Location Newark departure at 10:30 a.m. from UD athletic complex Dover, departure at 12 noon from the DELDOT Administrative Building, City Dover DELAWARE, Phone 302-831-3482 Lisa, Event URL www. sode.org/fundraisers/ride-to-the-tide/ Email lismith@udel.edu 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/?notif_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. 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 3rd Kickstands Up for Kiera - Newport News, VA Charity Poker Run hosted by American Legion Riders Post 368, Newport News, VA. Rain date May 4, 2014. Registration from 9:00am to 11:00am at American Legion Post 368, 368 American Legion Drive, Newport News, VA. Registration is $15.00, extra rider is $5.00. First bike out at 10:00am. Last bike in at 1:00. Prizes for oldest motorcycle, oldest rider, furthest traveled, 50/50, Door prizes, raffles. Ride ends at the post and lunch included with registration. All bikes, trikes, and riders welcome. Send questions to J. T. at tripsdad58@gmail.com. May 9th 18th Spring Beach Rally 2014 Garden City Beach, SC Spring Beach Rally May 9th-18th 2014, also called Harley Bike Week is a week-long Motorcycle Rally that started in 1940 and attracted as many as 250,000 visitors to the area every May. As the rally continues now in 2014 we invite all bikers to our event which takes place May 9th-18th 2014. This event has made great strides and efforts on coming back and to become one of the more popular spring rallies in the United States. visit http://www.springbeachrally.com 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 HarleyDavidson. All proceeds from the event will go to the Central & Eastern Virginia Chapter of the MS Society. May 17th Poker Run Prince George & Jarratt, VA Chris Davidson 3rd Annual Poker Run, May 17th 2014 Sponsored by the Red Knights MC VA8. $400.00 Best Hand, $100.00 Lowest Hand. Leaving Commonwealth Power Sports 2000 Waterside Dr. Prince George Va. 23875. Ending at Jarratt Vol. Fire Dept. 416 Jarratt Ave. Jarratt Va. 23867. A 60+ mile ride through the country. Registration opens at 9 AM, First Bike Out at 9:45, Last bike out at 10:15. $20.00 per Bike, $10.00 per Rider, $5.00 Extra Hand. $5.00 for card redraw at each stop 3 Max 50/50 tickets, Food and Silent auction at the Fire House. Any Questions call Larry McClung 804-720-5918 or Ronnie Wray 804-212-9699 May 17th Porch Party Orange, VA Southern hospitality at its best! Enjoy free fried chicken & sweet tea on the front porch- pin stripingpatch sewing- door prizes and more! Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, 385 Waugh Blvd, Orange VA 22960, www.waughhd.com 800-88-WAUGH 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 24th- Store 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 24th Able Forces Freedom Fest Sterling, VA The Able Forces Freedom Fest will benefit the Veteran Crisis Assistance Fund. This event will include a bike show, a demonstration by the Fairfax County Motorcycle Unit, live music, beverages, vendors, and more. This will be a great event for a great cause. The events starts at 11:00 am and runs to approximately 6:00 pm. Hardcore Choppers, 44964 Underwood Lane, Sterling, VA May 23rd 25th Ride of the Patriots - Fairfax, VA Come Join Us. The Ride of the Patriots 2014. The 16th Annual Ride of the Patriots to Rolling Thunder will take place on Sunday May 25, 2014 during the Memorial Day Weekend. Patriot Harley-Davidson and the Fairfax VA Chapter, Harley Owners Group welcome you to join us for this signature event. We are very pleased that the Ride of the Patriots has become a highly anticipated community event and our hopes are that all bikers and bikes will feel welcome and join us for this police escorted ride to the Pentagon to participate in Rolling Thunders Ride for Freedom XXVII. 2012 Commemorative T-Shirt Design. The Ride of the Patriots is an exciting four-day event spanning the entire Memorial Day weekend. All activities for the weekend are at or begin at Patriot Harley-Davidson, located just West of Fairfax Circle on Fairfax Boulevard (Map). The Patriot Harley-Davidson parking lot is designated for bikes only from Friday morning until after the departure of the Ride on Sunday Morning. Visiting Patriot H-D on Friday (May 23rd) has become a tradition amongst out-of-towners looking to reunite with old friends and family. So this

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year at Patriot, Friday will have live music, Letterfly Pin Striping, Squealz on Wheelz (a Non-Profit BBQ org. that donates its profits to help veterans and their families), and VA Rigging for your patch sewing needs onsite. On Friday evening at 5:30 pm, May 23rd, the Chapter rides to the Candlelight Vigil at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Activities continue on Saturday, May 24th, with the Patriot Harley-Davidson Open House (9:00 am -6:00 pm) where you may have your National H.O.G. membership card swiped to receive a commemorative pin for Rolling Thunder XXVII, buy a Ride of the Patriots 2014 commemorative T-Shirt from the dealership and the Ride of the Patriots 2014 commemorative coin and pin at the Chapter H.O.G. booth (while supplies last). Visit the Patriot Harley-Davidson website for open house details. Of course the most visible event is on Sunday, May 25th, at Patriot H-D when we honor our heroes and ride to Rolling Thunder. The weekend finale is a Chapter ride in the Falls Church Memorial Day Parade. For an account of Ride of the Patriots, please read this Patriot H-D Blog on the Ceremony and Ride. This year is the 27th Rolling Thunder. The event grows larger every year and is now the largest singleday motorcycle event in the world. Rolling Thunder not only honors and remembers those who fought in Vietnam, but also honors the servicemen and women in uniform. The Armed Forces Color Guard who serve our nation, protecting and defending our liberty and democracy. The events of September 11, 2001 made all citizens aware of how precious our liberty is and grateful for the sacrifices of those in military service who defend our freedoms. Since 9/11 we have gained a renewed awareness of the tremendous job first responders do to keep us safe and out of harms way. Firefighters and Law Enforcement Officers are the unsung heroes here at home. Operation Liberty in Afghanistan and the vigilance of those defending Homeland Security remind us daily of the courage and sacrifice of our military. The Ride of the Patriots and Rolling Thunder especially honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect and defend our freedoms and our nationLEST WE FORGET. Bikers participation in Rolling Thunder began primarily with Vietnam War veterans having a special focus on MIAs. The rider group has now grown to include over 400,000 riders from across the USA who participate for many personal reasons, though primarily to honor all veterans. Spectators join in the event all along the route to the Pentagon and on the parade route thru Washington, DC to pay tribute and to honor our military heroes on this solemn occasion. Each year over 3,500 bikes from the local area as well as from points across the USA and Canada joined us for the Ride of the Patriots. The bikers assemble in an orderly manner eastbound along Fairfax Boulevard (Lee Highway) starting at Patriot Harley-Davidson and then with the help of Police motor squad units from Fairfax County, the City of Fairfax and Arlington County are escorted safely to the Pentagon staging area to join 400,000 other bikers for Rolling Thunder. Community Parade: The Ride of the Patriots to Rolling Thunder on Sunday (see the schedule) begins with a parade down Fairfax Boulevard and an Opening Ceremony that brings the community and the bikers together to recognize the significance of this day. City leaders, State and Federal Delegates, the Fairfax High School Band, Fairfax City and County Fire and Police units, the Northern Virginia Firefighters Emerald Society Pipe Band, the American Legion, Honor Guards, etc. have active parts in the event on Sunday morning. Spectators from the community line Fairfax Boulevard to recognize the riders and honor this Memorial Day weekend. The Ride of the Patriots takes the message of remembrance and honor for those who gave the most for our country and our freedoms from the City of Fairfax and Fairfax County citizens on to join with many others from the USA and Canada at Rolling Thunder and we are proud to do so. Please join us. You will never forget. Patriot Harley-Davidson 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA 22031. 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 MDA Poker Run - Virginia Beach, VA MDA Poker Run sponsored by Castaways Riding Club and Bayside Harley Owners Group will begin at Grumpys Bar and Grill, 995 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach. Breakfast and registration will be 8:30 to 10:30 with last bike out at 11:00. $15/ bike and $5/additional rider. The run will end at Jakes BBQ, 1784 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach with awards, food, prizes, live music and festivities from 1-4 PM. For more information, contact Howard Albrecht at 757-339-3806 or hjaheadroadcaptain@gmail.com. All proceeds benefit the MDAs summer camp program. 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 14th Old Dudes MC 13th Annual Poker Run & Auction - Newport News, VA All proceeds remain local to benefit Beyond Boobs!, who are dedicated to saving lives by providing breast health education for all and to healing lives of young women diagnosed with breast cancer. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. at Quaker Steak & Lube, 12832 Jefferson Ave. Newport News, VA. Breakfast buffet will be available for $7.99 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registration fee is $15.00 for Rider (includes 1 hand); $5.00 for Passenger (includes 1 hand). Additional poker hands are available for $5.00 each or five for $20.00. The Poker Run route travels down the beautiful Colonial Parkway to the first stop in Williamsburg. From Williamsburg the route goes through West Point, Gloucester, back through Yorktown with the final destination being Hosss Deli in Newport News. Festivities at Hosss will include: $200 Best Hand and money back for Worst Hand awards; a 50/50 raffle; ride shirts for purchase; a live auction; and live music. All you can eat burgers, hot dogs and chips will also be available for $5.00. Please come support this most worthy cause. Feeling what now? is a common reaction to the end of treatment when a woman has finished fighting on the front line against this disease and is now trying to find her new normal. Young women, uniquely, may also have issues with infertility, body image, intimacy, dating and feelings of isolation from peers, or juggling young families and jobs. Help the Old Dudes M/C help Beyond Boobs! provide love and laughter to young women learning to adjust to a new normal Visit us on Facebook Old Dudes M/C and BeyondBoobs! Jun 14th 22nd Annual Big Damn Bike Show Orange, VA One of the largest motorcycle events in Central Virginia! Free bike show, police riding demonstrations, live music, vendors, childrens activities and more! Waugh Enterprises HarleyDavidson, 385 Waugh Blvd, Orange VA 22960. 800-88-WAUGH www.waughhd.com. Contact bonnie@waughhd.com for more info! Jun 14th The Desert Knights of America MC 5th Annual Hooters Poker Run for Fisher House Woodbridge, VA The Desert Knights of America Motorcycle Club will be hosting their 5th Annual Hooters Poker run on Saturday, June 14th, 2014. Take a ride to four different Hooters in Northern Virginia, gather your hand, and win some cool prizes. There will be a 50/50 raffle, high/low hand prizes, and door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Fisher House in support of our wounded Soldiers and their families. All makes of bikes and all vehicles are welcome. All colors welcome. $15 per hand. Start: Hooters Potomac Mills, 2630 Prince William Pkwy, Woodbridge, Virginia 22192, Registration 1000-1045 Wheels up at 1100, Contact: Scout email: infowoodbridge@ desertknightsmc.com Jun 14th 6th Annual Katelynn Stinnett Memorial Ride Virginia Fredericksburg, VA A child abuse and awareness and prevention poker run. All proceeds to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Virginia, www.pcav.org. The ride will begin and end at Hard Times Cafe - 4 Mile, 5099 D Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22408. Register online or onsite from 9:30am-10:30am. Ride Donation: $20 Rider/Passenger. For more information, visit http://www. KatelynnStinnettMemorialRideVirginia.com or contact Wayne at 703-785-1814 or by email to Wayne@KatelynnStinnettMemorialRideVirginia.com. Location: Hard Times Cafe, 5099 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22408 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 16th 16th Annual Big Daddys BBQ Orange, VA Free BBQ from 11am until its gone- live music- vendors- childrens activities- pin striping- patch sewing- DJ and more! Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson, 385 Waugh Blvd, Orange VA 22960. 800-88-WAUGH, www.waughhd.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.
Aug 23rd Elkton Area United Services Annual Motorcycle Benefit Ride Elkton, VA Its that time again! Elkton Area United Services (EAUS) is hosting its annual Motorcycle Benefit Ride. All donations and proceeds provide emergency assistance to local families or individuals. The benefit will take place on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Registration will open at 9:00 AM and the ride will begin at 10:00 AM. The cost is $20 per bike. Any type of motorcycle is welcome! Breakfast is included! The starting point will be Elkton Area United Services, 218 W Spotswood Trail, Elkton, VA and will end with a delicious lunch served at Merck Park. Rain date will be Sunday, August 24,2014. If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Deavers 540 298-2900 ext 205. 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 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 HarleyDavidson 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). HarleyDavidson of Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-2481200 | 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. HarleyDavidson 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, 301-2745000|888-833-2REV

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, American POW, captured June 30th 2009 turned 28, 3/28/1214. To make a very long story short. American negotiators have been working on his release for the past few years and have been blocked twice by the Karzai government. Proof Of Life videos have been received by the family. Only one fact is needed to be discussed. This American Soldier needs to be returned to his Family and Country. Faith, Trust, Truth Responsibility and Accountability are at stake here and a failure here is a failure on this Administration and Every member of this Congress. All the cover statements such as ,everything that can be done is being done, this is a number one priority, we support our troops..wont cover the Failure to bring home this American POW! Happy Birthday Sgt Bowe Bergdahl ? I doubt it, BUT his Family can be sure to know and do know that there are those who continue to work and write, call and speak to representatives every opportunity they get to remind them of Their responsibility and the fact that they would have to live with any such failure. Bob Jones Meredith,NH A special note to our friend Patrick Hughes: Patrick, thank you so much for your generosity of sharing the note above, sharing your incredible photography with us and staying in contact with me on updates about Sgt Bowe Bergdahl. If it wasnt for you, I probably would have never known about any of this to share with our readers.many, many thanks my friend.

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U.S. SENATE ACTS TO STOP MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS Bipartisan legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to prohibit the use of federal funds in establishing motorcycle-only checkpoints. S.2078, the Stop Motorcycle Checkpoint Funding Act, sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on Wednesday, March 5th, and is similar to H.R. 1861, introduced last year in the U.S. House by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The bill would prohibit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)from issuing grants to states to set up checkpoints where motorcycle riders are targeted by police to check that their vehicles meet state standards for noise, tire condition and other requirements, and are also checked for safety gear during the roadside checkpoints. Over the past few years, such roadblocks have been conducted in New York, Georgia, Virginia and Utah during large motorcycle rallies. The senators argue that these types of checkpoints are discriminatory and unnecessary since motorcycle riders are already subject to state registration, inspection, licensing and helmet laws and must stop at sobriety check points like all other drivers. One co-sponsor, Sen. Manchin, former governor of West Virginia, says the checkpoints are a waste of taxpayer funding that can have an adverse effect on states economies. Requiring bikers to drive through motorcycle-only checkpoints is not only an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars, but it also raises legitimate questions about discrimination against motorcyclists. In West Virginia, bikers travel near and far to drive on our winding roads and enjoy the beautiful scenery, which attracts tourism and helps boost both our local and state economies, Manchin said. As a Harley owner myself, I am pleased to work with my colleagues on this bipartisan legislation that simply would prohibit yet another senseless and unreasonable federal regulation which could harm states economies. The states of California, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Virginia have all passed legislation to bar such checkpoints. of mostly medical professionals emphasize that motorcyclist fatalities have nearly doubled since 2000, but ignore the fact that motorcycle registrations have likewise multiplied over the same time period. Members of Congress have written the CDC requesting that they back off from helmet propaganda, but the federal health agency feels justified in pursuing all preventable injuries. FURTHER EPA ACTIONS RESTRICT E15 FUEL Following passage of the Farm Bill, which hampers the availability of E15 (gasoline containing 15% ethanol) by restricting blender pumps necessary to dispense the fuel, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys recent move to reduce for the first time the amount of ethanol required to be blended into U.S. gasoline supplies, two new EPA regulations are expected to further limit E15 availability. In action taken March 3rd, the EPA decided against adopting E15 as its standard test fuel, and in other regulatory action refused to waive E15 vapor pressure limits, which will effectively reduce its distribution to gas stations during summer months. Previously, the EPA approved E15 for use in cars and trucks built since 2001, but has not approved the fuel for use in any motorcycles or ATVs, and manufacturers have warned that E15 can damage engines and even inadvertent fueling can void warranties.

PENNSYLVANIA LIMITS MOTORCYCLE LEARNERS PERMITS State Representative Seth Grove introduced HB 892 in this session of the Pennsylvania State Legislature in an effort to curb the practice of serial permitting by novice riders in the state, and the bill was just signed by the Governor and becomes effective immediately. The new law restricts the number of times someone can reapply for a motorcycle learners permit to three times in a 5 year period. Prior to this law, there was no restriction on the number of times an individual could reapply for a learners permit and thereby skirting the need to take the full motorcycle license written and riding test. nWe have been dealing with individuals who continually violate the CDC TASK FORCE RECOMMENDS HELMET LAWS restrictions of motorcycle permits because they treat perThe Community Preventative Services Task Force, a mits like actual licenses, Grove said. ABATE of Pennsylpanel operating under the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), has reported its findings for improving motorcycle vania also supported the bill and provides free student motorcycle safety training, with an opportunity to obtain a rider safety, recommending that states and the federal class M license upon completion of the course. government focus on passing helmet laws. In its firstever findings statement on motorcycle safety, the group
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FLORIDA LAWMAKERS MAY MAKE DRIVERS WATCH OUT FOR MOTORCYCLISTS Safety rule number one for motorcycle riders is to watch out for car drivers, but a proposal in Florida could make it state law for drivers to watch out for motorcycles. The bill covers what Senator Greg Evers (R-District 2) calls vulnerable road users. That includes motorcyclists, pedestrians, road workers, scooter and bicycle riders, farm equipment operators, carriage drivers and those in wheelchairs. If a driver commits a moving violation that results in bodily injury, it would become a second-degree misdemeanor. If it causes death, it would become first-degree, with the potential for license suspension. informed that he would need a special vault and hed have to drain all of the fluids out of the bike. He and his two sons then custom built a see-through casket from a modified septic tank, reinforced with wood and steel, and on January 31st family and friends took him on his last ride to the cemetery, where a crane lowered him and his bike to their final resting place in full riding gear, forever in the wind.

NCOM CONVENTION HONORS FALLEN RIDERS; INVITES NAMES FOR TRIBUTE With the 29th Annual NCOM Convention in Dallas just weeks away, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists is requesting that MROs, motorcycle clubs, and riding associations submit the ABATE SEEKS TO ALLOW OFF-ROAD VEHICLES ON names of those members and supporters who have died since May 2013, so that we may honor their memories COUNTY ROADWAYS Indiana state law bans driving during the traditional Ringing of the Bell tribute to fallen off-road vehicles on public streets, but ABATE of Indiana, a motorcycle advocacy group, is asking Tippecanoe riders during the opening ceremonies. Dedications can be hand-delivered at the Convention to Doc ReichenCounty commissioners to exercise a clause that allows bach, NCOM Chairman of the Board, or e-mailed in county officials to allow all-terrain vehicles, gators and various other off-road machines, including snowmobiles, advance to Bill Bish at NCOMBish@aol.com. Attendees to use county roads in unincorporated areas. Were just are also encouraged to bring an item on behalf of their organization for the Freedom Fund Auction, with prorequesting that they at least evaluate this; look at what ceeds benefiting the motorcyclists rights movement naother communities have done with this -- what other tionwide through Getting Our People Elected donations, counties have done with this said Jay Jackson, execuNCOM Speaker Program, lobbying activities and other tive director of ABATE of Indiana. Were not aware of pro-motorcycling projects as determined by the NCOM any significant ramifications as a result, so we dont see Board of Directors. The 29th annual NCOM Convention a downside to it. Jackson told commissioners that 45 Indiana counties currently allow off-road vehicles on pub- will be held Mothers Day weekend, May 8-11, 2014 at The Intercontinental Hotel - Dallas, located at 15201 lic roads. The vehicles still must comply with state laws governing off-road vehicles. State law requires the rider Dallas Parkway in Addison, Texas, so reserve your room or driver be 16 years old and licensed, and also requires now for the special NCOM rate of $99 by calling (877) 317-5786. This annual gathering will draw hundreds of that the vehicle be registered, much like a boat. bikers rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, and ALL motorcyclists are WEIRD NEWS: BIKER BURIED WITH BIKE welcome and encouraged to attend. Meetings, seminars An Ohio biker was granted his last wish to be buried and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts astride his beloved Harley-Davidson, but it took one and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and custom Plexiglas casket, three extra burial plots, five Freedom of the Road. To pre-register, call the National embalmers and six years of planning and preparations Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit www. for 82-year old Bill Standley of Mechanicsburg, Ohio to ON-A-BIKE.com. share a grave with the 67 Harley he bought new and rode around the country through 49 states. It all started QUOTABLE QUOTE: There may be times when we 18 years ago when Standley joked with his kids about who would inherit his motorcycle; Ive got two sons, only are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. got one bike, and one of his daughters off-handedly ~ Elie Wiesel (b. 1928) author, Nobel laureate and Holoquipped, Oh dad, just be buried with it. Six years ago, caust survivor Standley went before the Champaign County Board of Health to get permission for the bizarre burial, and was
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2014 Virginia General Assembly Wrap Up March 13, 2014


The regular session of the Virginia General Assembly has concluded. We can of course expect a special session so that the two chambers can continue to fight over the budget and the impasse over Medicaid expansion. However, as that is a topic not specific to motorcycles or motorcyclists, I will not wade into those waters. Motorcyclists had a pretty good year in 2014. The Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) had three main issues going into this session, two of which have become law which will go into effect as of July 1st, 2014. If this were baseball we would be batting .667 and would qualify for the hall of fame. Yes Mr. OReilly that is called spin. This year Virginia will get a new classification of motor vehicle called an autocycle. Both HB 122 and its Senate companion SB 383 have been signed by the Governor. Under this new law, an autocycle is defined as a threewheeled motor vehicle that has a steering wheel, seating that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride, and is manufactured to comply with federal safety requirements for motorcycles. The code also specifies that unless otherwise provided, an autocycle shall not be deemed to be a motorcycle. The reason for this legislation was the rise in popularity of three-wheeled cars such as the T-Rex and Elio which until now have been considered motorcycles due to having three wheels. The manufacturers of these vehicles do not want them to be considered automobiles because they would then have to meet the federal safety standards for automobiles. We motorcyclists do not want them to be motorcycles because they will unfairly distort our crash statistics. VCOM worked with Tanom, a company in Virginia which manufactures such vehicles, and with several state governmental agencies to create this new classification. This new classification satisfies all parties. Autocycles only have to meet the federal safety requirements for motorcycles so the manufactures are happy. Likewise, when these three wheeled cars are involved in a crash which results in an injury or fatality, they will not be considered motorcycle injuries or fatalities. I do not mean to sound indifferent about any injury or fatality, but the reality is that much of the laws that we see restricting motorcyclists are driven by crash data. If the government is going to use such data to pass laws aimed at us, we should demand that the data at least be accurate. If you would like to read the full bill as enacted you may do so at the following link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604. exe?141+ful+CHAP0053

The second bill to be signed by the Governor is HB 542 which concerns wearing masks in public. It is a felony to wear a mask in public in the Commonwealth of Virginia except under certain circumstances. This has historically been problematic for motorcyclists in Virginia who utilize cold weather gear, or who use a bandana to protect themselves from dust or sun. Many were being pulled over and told to remove the protective coverings. The code section now makes it clear that it is only a crime in Virginia to wear a mask in public with the intent to conceal ones identity. Covering ones face for the purpose of staying warm or to protect ones self from the elements will no longer put a motorcyclist at risk of facing prosecution. If you would like to read the full bill as enacted you may do so at the following link: http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604. exe?141+ful+CHAP0167 Unfortunately, our third issue, which would have made it reckless driving to kill another motorist while committing a right of way violation, was defeated by the House Courts of Justice Committee. Despite support from motorcyclists across Virginia, the Committee defeated the measure on a 9-13 vote. Those who opposed the measure did so due to the fact that the bill made a traffic infraction a criminal offense without any change in the intent of the offender. We argued that the court would still have the power to find the offender guilty of a simple infraction if the evidence supported such a finding. We further explained that the main purposes of the bill was to force those who kill others on Virginia highways to come to court to answer for the charges, and to give courts more power to deal with such offenders appropriately. Despite our best efforts the measure failed. At least for now. VCOM will continue to monitor issues affecting motorcyclists in the Commonwealth. If you have any concerns about such an issue please feel free to contact me. Additionally, if you wish to support VCOM you may join and become a supporter at vcomonline.org Matt Danielson McGrath & Danielson Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group 1-800-321-8968 Motorcyclelawgroup.com

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Greetings to all my friends! Sorry I stepped away from here for a while, but I had a lot going on with me, my family and the church. In the last few months, the church moved to another location. We are now located at 12114 Boydton Plank Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841. Also I was blessed with a beautiful little granddaughter, Emory Lynne. I still cant believe my baby boy, Ben, now has a baby girl. Now, they are working on a December wedding so there is lots of planning going on. Another blessing is in November, my daughter Katy, got married to her junior high sweetheart, Ryan. So as you can see, there has been a lot going on in my life this last few months! Wow, its April already! So glad to see the ugly weather go and the spring weather come in...we hope! With this month comes a very important Holiday, Easter. Easter always brings a bunch of mixed emotions with it. On one hand you feel pain and hurt for what the very friends of Jesus did to Him. These were people that He had known all His life. When I watched The Passion of the Christ it was very graphic in detail and some say that is the closest that we could ever see a crucifixion. But we still cannot feel the magnitude of what Jesus went through. This movie was only 90 or so minutes long, but the crucifixion was approximately 7 hours long. Thats the part they put Him on the cross and He hung there. This is not counting the hours He was in prison, being beat and standing in front of Pilate. We cant even begin to understand the pain that He went through. This makes me weep to think that He did this and went through all this for me! But, then comes the joy. Jesus died and was placed in a tomb, donated for Jesus by a man in the town. He laid in that cold tomb for 3 days. Then the stone started rumbling and slowly rolled away and behold, the tomb was empty! He had come back, just like He said He would! Now, I have the gift of eternal life!!! Halleluiah! This is the greatest act of LOVE anyone has shown to us, to so many! Jesus kept His promise. You know, theres another promise He is going to keep, too! He is coming back! The time is getting closer and closer. All the prophecies in the Bible has been fulfilled, its just a waiting game now. If He came back today, would you be ready? If you heard that trumpet start to blowing, would you go up to meet Him or would you be left behind. So many people think this is a joke, but I assure you, this is nothing to play with! None of us are promised tomorrow, our lives could end today... do you know where you would spend eternity? Do you know how to be sure? Let me tell you, get saved! Drop to your knees, look up to your Savior and tell Him that you are a sinner. Tell Him that you have tried to handle your life up to now and it did not work. Ask Him to forgive all of your sins and make you clean, then tell Him to

come and live inside your heart! Then just sit there and thank Him for His grace and for the blood that He shed on Calvary for YOU! Its really not a hard thing to do, but what you feel after you do it is amazing! What better time to give your heart to the Lord, then when He gave His life for you! May all of you have a blessed Resurrection Sunday!!! Pastor T

Pastor Tammy Hayes is the Senior Pastor/Founder of Journey Ministries in Dinwiddie, VA. Email: hairandharleys@yahoo.com

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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It was Easter Sunday morning and the Preacher had already given sermon to the adults in the congregation. Now he was presenting a childrens sermon. He asked the children if they knew what the Resurrection was? In response to the question, Little Johnny raised his hand. The Priest called on him and the Little Johnny said; I know that if you have a resurrection that lasts more than four hours you are supposed to call the doctor. It took ten minutes for the congregation to settle down enough for the service to continue. I said to the wife, Get me a newspaper. Dont be silly, she said. Here, use my iPad. That damn spider never knew what hit it. This is the story of the blonde flying in a two-seater airplane with just the pilot. He has a heart attack and dies. She, frantic, calls out a May Day. May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My pilot had a heart attack and is dead. And I dont know how to fly. Help me! Please help me! She hears a voice over the radio saying: This is Air Traffic Control and I have you loud and clear. I will talk you through this and get you back on the ground. Ive had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just take a deep breath. Everything will be fine! Now, give me your height and position. She says , Im 54 and I support Mayor Ford... O.K. says the voice on the radio.... Repeat after me: Our Father Who Art in Heaven....... Answering machine message, I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes. The irony of life is that,by the time youre old enough to know your way around, youre not going anywhere. God made man before woman so as to give him time to think of an answer for her first question.

Marriage Counselor After just a few years of marriage filled with constant bickering, the Kerry couple decided the only way to save their marriage was to try counseling. When they arrived at the counselors office, the counselor jumped right in and opened the floor for discussion. What seems to be the problem? Immediately, the husband held his long face down without anything to say. In contrast, the wife began talking 90 miles an hour, describing all the wrongs within their marriage. After 15 minutes of listening to the wife, the counselor went over to her, picked her up by her shoulders, kissed her passionately and sat her back down. Afterwards, the wife sat speechless. The marriage counselor looked over at the husband, who stared in disbelief. The counselor said to the husband, Your wife NEEDS that at least twice a week! The husband scratched his head and replied, I can have her here on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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 Olympicsized 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.

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T E C H
The Motorcycle Electrical System: Terminology
by Anthony Todd Electricity and wiring are among the most complicated systems on todays motorcycle. So what we thought wed do is attempt to shed some light on this potentially complex topic by defining some of the common terms used when dealing with electricity. These terms are basic Electrical 101 that youll hear whenever youre dealing with any motorcycle electrical system. Ampere The practical unit of electric current flow. If a one-ohm resistance is connected to a one-volt source, one ampere will flow. Circuit A complete path over which an electric current can flow. Circuit Breaker A device designed to open and close a circuit by non-automatic means and to open the circuit automatically on a predetermined over-current without injury to itself when properly applied within its rating. Circuit breakers can be reset. Coil An assemblage of successive convolutions of a conductor. A unit of a winding consisting of one or more insulated conductors connected in series and surrounded by common insulation, and arranged to link or produce magnetic flux. Current The movement of electrons through a conductor; measured in amperes, mill amperes, and microamperes. Diode A two-electrode electron tube containing an anode and a cathode. Diodes are used as rectifiers and detectors. Electromagnet A magnet produced by passing an electric current through an insulated wire conductor coiled around a core of soft iron, as in the fields of a dynamo or motor. Fuse A strip of wire or metal inserted in series with a circuit which, when it carries an excess of current over its rated capacity, will burn out. Also called a cutout.
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T I P S
Generator A general name given to a machine for transforming mechanical energy into electrical energy. Ground A conducting connection, whether intentional or accidental, between an electrical circuit or equipment and the earth, or to some conducting body that serves in place of the earth. Insulator A device for fastening and supporting a conductor. Glass and porcelain are employed almost universally for supporting overhead wires. Ohm The unit of electrical resistance. Resistance is one ohm when a DC voltage of one volt will send a current of one ampere through. Resistance The opposition offered by a substance or body to the passage through it of an electric current that converts electric energy into heat. Resistance is the reciprocal of conductance. Solenoid A spiral of conducting wire, wound cylindrically so that when an electric current passes through it, its turns are nearly equivalent to a succession of parallel circuits, and it acquires magnetic properties similar to those of a bar magnet. Volt The practical unit of electric pressure. It is the pressure that will produce a current of one ampere against a resistance of one ohm. There you have it. Weve defined some of the common electrical terms. Next time, in Part II of this series, well define and show you some of the common tools used when troubleshooting electrical issues on your motorcycle and give you basic tips on how to use these tools.

J&P Cycles is the largest aftermarket motorcycle parts and accessories cataloger and online retailer on the planet! Founded in 1979 and headquartered in Anamosa, Iowa, with a satellite location in Ormond Beach, Florida, J&P Cycles has been sharing their knowledge and expertise for over 30 years.

Freewheeling
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Biker Pals

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NONE OF THE MOTORCYCLES IN THIS PICTURE CAN BE SEEN IN THE TRUCKERS MIRRORS OR OTHER BLIND SPOTS.
When riding on highways, try not to hang around tractor trailers or any large trucks. Not only do they have a hard time seeing you, but there are other hazards associated with being near trucks, especially flatbeds and dump trucks which spew stones and pebbles behind them. Please share this information with fellow riders.it just might save someones life one day.

WHERE DID THAT COME FROM?


Have you ever thought about the expressions that people use (you know you use some of them too) and wonder where they came from? So did we BITE THE BULLET Meaning: Accepting something difficult or unpleasant History: There was no time to administer anesthesia before emergency surgery during battle. The surgeon made patients bite down on a bullet in an attempt to distract them from the pain.

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Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Motorcycle Friendly Businesses
Its important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Motorcycle Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the Mid-Atlantic that want you to know that theyre here for YOU. Whether its a bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business that welcomes our biking community through their doors, you can count on our family of friends to always welcome you in. ALL of our regular advertisers can be found, in bold, throughout this listing. All of our friends listed are Motorcycle Friendly & most of them ride too, so they know exactly what you want & need. The staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates of all of our advertisers continuous support each month - they are the sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please give them the support that they truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know of a business that would like to join our Thunder Roads family of Motorcycle Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email thunderroadskelly@yahoo.com Where Theres Bikes.Theres Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

Outer Banks Harley-Davidson* 8739 Caratoke Hwy Harbinger , NC 27941 (252)338-8866 www.outerbankshd.com

Virginia

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Outlanders * 4768 US Highway 211 West Luray, VA 22835 (540) 743-2040 www.outlanders.ws email: outlnd@shentel.net

LEGAL SERVICES

Bayside Harley-Davidson* 2211 Frederick Blvd. (I-264, Exit 5) Portsmouth , VA 23704 (757) 397-5550 www.harleybay.com Big Daddyz Cycles * 2810 Geo. Wash. Mem. Hwy. Hayes, VA 23072 (In Gloucester County) (4 miles over the Coleman) 804-642-3436 fax# 804-642-1461 bigdaddyzcycles@verizon.net www.bigdaddyzcycles.com Departure Bike Works * 5216 Hull St Richmond, VA 23224 (804) 231-0244 www.departure.com
East Coast Harley-Davidson* 17975 Main Street Dumfries, VA 220266 (703) 221-3757 www.eastcoastharley.com Garys Automotive Again * 23220 Airport Street Petersburg, VA 23803 (804) 733-8644

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

Patriot Harley-Davidson * 9739 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA (703) 352-5400 www.patriothd.com MOTORCYCLE ACCESSORIES, APPAREL, LEATHERS & GIFTS

DEALERS, PARTS & SERVICE Delaware Rommel Harley Davidson of Delmarva* 22586 Sussex Hwy. Seaford, Del. 19973 302-629-6161 www.hdofseaford.com also on Facebook Maryland
All American Harley-Davidson * 8126 Leonardtown Rd. Hughesville, MD 20637 (888) 833-2REV www.allamericanh-d.com Harley-Davidson of Washington, DC * 9407 Livingston Rd. Ft. Washington, MD (888) HDFEVER www.hdwash.com

Royal Silver Manufacturing* Company, Inc. 3300 Chesapeake Blvd., Norfolk, VA (757) 855-6004-phone (757) 855-0017-fax www.rschrome.com
Scooters* 6906-B School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-321-0037

Virginia

Bikers Depot* 612 Nevan Road, Suite 108 Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 962-0159 www.thebikersdepot.com

Cavellis Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016

Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964 www.hrhd.com
Waugh Enterprises Harley-Davidson* 385 Waugh Blvd Orange, VA 22960 800-88-WAUGH http://www.waughhd.com

Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458 www.hrhd.com


Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 www.tidewatermotorcycles.net

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

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

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* Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Motorcycle Friendly Businesses

INSURANCE

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


BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261 www.walnutisland.com www.outerbanksbikeshow.com www.Barrysbikerally.com Virginia Alley Caf and Sports Lounge* 688 N Main St. Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 436-1100

Trackside Grill 301 S. Railroad Ave Ashland, VA 23005 (804) 752-4688 www.tracksidegrill.org
BAIL BONDS

PERSONAL SERVICES

TOWING

Alternative Investigation* A Private Investigations Company Office (757) 410-5645 Gale (757) 274-3074 Brenda (757) 572-6701 investigator99@aol.com bdain2003@cox.net
Bikers Depot 612 Nevan Road, Suite 108 Virginia Beach, VA 23451

7 City Bail Bonds - Joey Belcher PO Box 16910 Chesapeake, VA 23328 24 Hour Service Toll free 1-800-GET-MY-BAIL * 1-888-738-6922
RACES & EVENTS Slades Park Dirt Drag Racing 1111 Mount Ray Drive Surry, Virginia 23883 Contact Joe Brookman (804) 221-3959 or fax (804) 737-0616

M & Bs Towing M & T Towing Buzzys Towing Service Inc. Office 1: 817 48th Street Newport News, VA 23607 Office 2: 317a Bypass Rd. Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 771-7959 Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001
MOTORCYCLE MINISTRIES & CHURCH SERVICES

(757) 962-0159 www.thebikersdepot.com

Rushing Wind Ministry Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 25530 Point Lookout Rd. Leonardtown, Md. 20650 Gordon Preacher Bacon 240-577-0605 preacherrwm@yahoo.com Facebook; RushingWind MotorcycleMinistry

GREAT PLACES TO STAY


Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218 www.damonsbar.com

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Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church*


414 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA 23322
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North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-2261 www.walnutisland.com www.Barrysbikerally.com

Facebook (757) 724-6595

Grumpys Bar & Grill* 995 Kempsville Rd. Virginia beach, VA 23464 (757) 474-0880 www.grumpysbarandgrillvb.com Visit us on Facebook/Grumpys Bar & Grill

Virginia

Jens Place 4027 Bainbridge Blvd., Suite 401 Chesapeake, VA 23324 (757) 962-1629 www.eatatjens.com

Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 www.outlandersrivercamp.net

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Who is Ron Stratman?


By Dennis Martin I met Ron RK Stratman about 10 years ago while attending numerous motorcycle events. I didnt know who he was or what he did for the motorcycle scene. When you have a conversation with him, you can tell he doesnt consider himself a famous person. Most people would just see an ordinary person that blends into a crowd of other motorcycle enthusiasts. Flip the collar tag over on that favorite shirt you bought at a Harley-Davidson dealership and more than likely you will find that his name is on your shirt. With a little research, you can find that he is the founder of the largest H-D shirt licensee business in the country. This interview and article was long overdue and Im honored that Ron took the time to talk with me. At 78, Ron is a proven lifelong motorcycle enthusiast and has been riding Harleys since he was 15 years old. His first motorcycle was a 1948 Harley Seventy-Four. He changed bikes many times over the years, but didnt buy a brand new bike until his 1977 XLR Sportster. He got it at Widman Motorcycles for $1995 and it is still in his garage. Since then, his motorcycle collection has grown, but that is for another article When Ron was growing up in Overland, MO his father worked at Glidden Paint Company on Gratiot Street in St. Louis, MO and earned his 30 year pin. In the 50s Ron, lied on a job application with the City of St. Charles, MO by saying he was 21 years old and he was only 15. They hired him and his job was to sweep the streets with a push broom behind a water truck. He would hang out at the City Club Tavern on main street in St. Charles with his co-workers. That was where he had his first beer. After that, he worked at Steak and Shake for a while, then as a house painter. By the 60s he was a painting contractor during the week and still racing on the weekends. In 1969, Ron had a local print shop make shirts for him. He sold the shirts out of the side of his van at racetracks in the pit areas, when he wasnt on the track racing Harley and BSA motorcycles. Once he figured out he wasnt any good at racing, he decided to focus on the shirt business and get out of the painting business. Being a painter he wasnt able to travel much and it was time for a change. So he bought a trailer to sell shirts from at local tracks like in Jerseyville and Granite City, Illinois. One of Rons favorite things to do was to see as many roadside tourist traps as possible. This would allow him to see the countryside. When I asked him about the worlds largest ball of string, he said, Ive been there... As with most parents, Rons mom and dad couldnt believe he planned
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on traveling around the country selling shirts. Unfortunately, Rons father passed away before he saw the success of his shirt business. His mother just had her 100th birthday in October of 2013. As his own family grew, they were by his side selling shirts at the racetracks and was making good money. After doing this for a while, the local dealerships that came to the races would see his illegal Harley-Davidson shirts and told RK that his shirts were better than they could get from the corporation. After getting numerous dealerships on board, the business kept growing. Then in the early 80s Ron met with Charlie Thompson, President of the Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation, at the races. They discussed that H-D was going to start a licensee program. Charlie knew that Ron was the best the illegal guy printing the Bar & Shield on shirts. He decided it was best to have Ron on their side and to make him legal. By 1983, it was all in place. Rons daughter, Tammy, was the sparkplug of everything. Before she was a teenager, she worked side by side with the family selling merchandise outside the track while dad and her brother were racing on the track. They were selling shirts with images of the riders to the race fans. Tammy was the thrust of everything from the graphic designs on shirts, to setting up the business, and especially the contract negotiations in 1983 with the Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation. At that point, RK Stratman, Inc. became one of the twelve companies to supply licensed shirts to every dealership nationwide. The Harley-Davidson Corporate offices knew that by being able to control who makes the merchandise, they could improve the quality of the shirts on the market. That was when Ron directed all his focus on be-

coming the best licensee shirt company that H-D has ever seen. In August of 2004, Tammy lost her fight with cancer, but that spark has stayed with the company. In 1976, the business operated in downtown St. Louis at an AMVET Hall with a bowling alley. Carl Stratman, Rons son, remembers the first run of shirts was done in the bar and tavern part of the building and the bowling alley was lined with 60 long shelving. There was a trailer that the hall used as a cooler and they used to store all the screens for transferring the designs to the shirts. For the shipping department, they built an awning onto the building for UPS to pick up the boxes. As the business began to outgrow that building and the other buildings on the property, they brought in a few semi trailers and worked out of those for a few years. By 1986 it was time to move the business from downtown and out of the flood plain. Then in 1994, the business expanded to Wentzville, MO. By 1997, the facilities were consolidated to the Wentzville location within the building addition. Then in 2008 the Wentzville building was expanded again to 305,000 square feet (7 acres) under one roof. Also at this same time, the adjacent office building was purchased and is now the main office. Finally everything related to the business, was in one location. They have 3 major competitors in the H-D licensee business and RK Stratman is the biggest supplier. Since the beginning, the marketing strategy was the USA and 85% of the business sales are here with 15% overseas. To achieve global status, there are key international representatives working hard to make the RK Stratman name known everywhere and this market continues to grow. It is good to see cont. next page

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an American business shipping products overseas. With the building expansions mentioned above, this growth doesnt affect the customer service of the clients here in the USA. As a matter of fact, there is a growing number of the clients that only purchase shirts from RK Stratman because they trust their product. At the time of the interview, Martha, Rons wife, was conducting meetings halfway around the world. Im sure she has some great stories on that trip. Ron is a father of seven, a grandfather of twelve, and a great-grandfather of four. He still comes to work and keeps connected to his customers with phone calls and traveling to meetings. He has always been a hands on part of the company. Although he says he doesnt do much, his desk is covered with paperwork He admits there are about 20 computers in the main office, but he doesnt know how to turn on any of them. Money is not important to Ron, but making sure that RK Stratman is a successful business and continues to have . Also important is a Harley to ride and good dinners. Ron continues to dedicate his time to find the best quality product and machinery to make sure they are above the rest. As you can see, RK Stratman is a family business. Rons kids and grandkids are working there, but no great grandkids yet There are no loafers in the family. The family members have worked in every part of the company to ensure the companys future will run smoothly for generations to come. The family as well as the entire staff are all hard workers and take on a lot of responsibilities. With over 250 people working 2 shifts, the art department creates some of the finest designs and the production facility typically creates 85,000 shirts per week. Rons accomplishments over the years are extensive. Recent mile markers were in 2012, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. His artwork designs for the Sturgis Rally are the most recognized images of the rally. I guess riding the buffalo bike down Main Street in 1991, caught a lot of attention. Also in 2012, he was inducted into the Hanes Beefy-T T-shirt Hall of Fame. One accomplishment that is on his bucket list, is at age 80, he wants to ride to Fairbanks, Alaska and back. He has rode to Anchorage in the past, but he wants to push it a little further next time around. Rons granddaughter, Katie, visited us during the interview. She loves hearing the old stories of the racing days. Katies dad was also a racer and she remembers those days very well, especially getting her own trailer to sell novelty items. Ron would make sure someone would take over her trailer so she could watch the final races. In closing, I was overwhelmed with how personable everyone at the facility was with me.
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Perhaps that was because Ron was giving me the nickel tour. The huge building houses the sales, warehouse, production and shipping departments and if you have never seen one building cover 7 acres, it is incredible. Ron made me feel like family while I was there and I certainly want to do a another article about his collection of motorcycles. We will wait for warmer weather for that project I want to thank Ron and the staff for the time they took to speak with me.

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The People Of Walmart

Strap On A Tail: Okay, lets go ahead and imagine that for some good reason, that I honestly cant think of right now, you are going to become a furry; Would you keep it low key with just a subtle tail or are you going balls to the wall mascot-style like this nut?

Walmart Wrasslin: If there is anything better than a reverse sleeper hold followed up by 2 for $10 frozen pizzas, I havent found it yet.

WWIB: I Hear Banjos: I feel like were casting our own Hillbilly reality show right now. So which of these two should be the star?

America: Hell Yeah!: Merica. Somebody get this man a Budweiser and some Marlboro Reds.

Too Awesome: I appreciate a good quality honest sign !

Robe A Dope: Listen, we all know how nice it is staying in a fancy hotel on vacation and wearing a robe around the whole time, but the vacation is over people. That robe-everywhere attitude is not the appropriate souvenir to bring back with you. Back to reality folks.

The 2014 Batmobile: Man, it looks like Bruce Wayne took a seriously hit in this economy. Guess the 1% isnt untouchable huh? Woof, I hope Im not in danger anytime soon because Im not even sure that can make it up a steep hill.

Swag To Brag: Okay, looks like weve got ourselves a little throw down of coolness between two senior citizens. Who ya got folks? Mr. Universe or Mr. YOLO Swag?

The Walmart Train: I know a lot of you are getting hit with another wonderful winter storm so remember to travel safe while youre out there. Bundle up those babies when youre on your tractor ride and remember to face their head upwind from the second-hand cigarette smoke and tractor fumes.

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TIMONIUM BIKE SHOW DODGES BIG STORM

TIMONIUM, MD. - The Timonium Motorcycle Show dodges two big snow storms to pull off another great event for east coast two wheel enthusiasts suffering from cabin fever! Celebrity Bike builder, Paul Teutul, Sr., the star of Discovery Channels 10 year run of the American Chopper series and now staring on CMT Channels new Biker Series Orange County Choppers, headed up the Shows Feature Area! Senior and

his crew brought along many of their famous TV builds. Paul signed autographs and took photos with hundreds and hundreds of his adoring fans said Show promoter Rich Kohles. Other well-known bike builders at the show included, Copper Mike of Gravesend Cycles, Jeff Kessel of Independent Cycle East, Tim Whitmore of Eastern Performance, Mike Lewis of Severe Cycles, Brian Kundratic of Kundratic Kustoms, Jerry Tully of Custom Cycle, Roy

Chamberlain of C & C Cycles, Rick Beauregard of Cyclone Cycles, Paul Finn of Iron Works Cycles, Kevin Hengerle of Midnight Reign Cyclewerx and other regional builders. The record crowd could also check out everything new the 2014 motorcycle manufacturing industry had to offer from the United States, Europe and Asia, including BMW, Triumph, Ducati, Kawasaki, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Polaris, Indian, Boss Hoss, Kymco, Can-Am, Victory, Harley Davidson and more! On Friday evening, the south end of the Timonium Motorcycle Show transformed into a beautiful wedding chapel as Jimmy and Sandra took their vows in front of family, friends and fellow bikers. I was so happy for them that I couldnt stop tearing up said Jackie Albertson, Vendor Coordinator. Then there was the exciting Biker Build-Off in the Exhibition Hall that drew thousands of attendees to watch the action and vote for their favorite build. Rick Beauregard owner of Cyclone Cycles from Richford, Vermont won the Peoples Choice trophy and the $1,000 cash prize! Two local rock stations, 98 Rock and The Bay 100.7, broadcasted live for four hours Friday afternoon. Amelia of 98 Rock, a biker with a cool

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custom ride of her own, interviewed local bikers and vendors during her popular radio show. Then 98 Rocks Justin hosted the Leather & Lace Valentine Show, The Bikers and Babes Newlywed Game, Tattoo Contest and Crazy Adult Games on the North Stage. Over 125 motorcycles entered the Custom and Antique Bike Competition from all over the Eastern United States. The reason we continue to attract so many awesome bike entries is the quality and experience of our judges, the amount of time we take to inspect each bike, fairness and honesty during the 26 hour judging process, said Bike Competition Coordinator, Lisa Shackelford. Judges this year included: Fabricator Kevin, from Michigan, Joey Cihak, from Florida, Jimmy Doyle from Texas and Lou Ontiberoz also from Florida. Motorcycle sweetheart Michele Smith presided over the Custom & Antique Bike Competition Awards Ceremony that was held the last half hour of the show. Thousands of dollars in award money was given out along with awesome trophies. Check out photos of many of the winners and their cool bikes at cycleshow.net. Action on the Live stage was nonstop this year, said Media Director, Charlotte Pleines. My favorite was hosting the International Bikini Team Regional Finals where the winner will be sent to Sturgis this summer to compete in the World Finals. Other

events on the stage included the introduction of the new Harley Davidson 750, the Cutest Biker Baby Contest, the hilarious Frozen T-Shirt Contest and much more...there was never a dull moment! Lowside Magazines exhibits, covering the fast growing garage-built vintage motorcycle culturefeaturing caf racers, choppers, drag bikes, bobbers, rat bikes and more, were another big hit this year! There was also an adjoining SWAPMEET with used bikes, parts, motorcycle photography and artwork which attracted a huge crowd of bike renovation enthusiasts. Last, but not least, there were hundreds of vendors selling every possible bike accessory and riding gear apparel that the motorcycle aftermarket industry had to offer, for On and Off-Road racing, riding, cruising, touring, and extreme competition. Next years show is set for February 6, 7 and 8, 2015. For more information, show photos and a list of the first place winners, check out cycleshow. net. Photography courtesy: Stuart Dahne

Rich Kohles, show owner and Paul Teutul, Sr.


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GOOD FOR YOU


The root of the ginger plant is not only valued for its flavor but also its healing qualities. It is most recognized for its ability to treat digestive complaints such as nausea, dizziness, indigestion and flatulence. Research has shown that some chemicals in ginger, such as gingerols and shogaols, increase digestive juices and neutralize stomach acids. This can provide relief for a host of conditions including motion sickness, post-operative nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy (do not use for morning sickness, though). In fact, powdered ginger may be a more effective anti-nausea treatment than some commercial medications, without the drowsy side effects. Ginger has also been used as a topical antiinflammatory remedy, alleviating aches and pains associated with arthritis. Folk medicine has used crushed gingerroot as a topical agent to treat minor

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burns. Some studies suggest it may be an effective migraine headache treatment, plus there has been some success in using ginger to treat allergies and colds, as well. This spice can be eaten fresh from the root, consumed as a tea, eaten as crystallized candy, rubbed on as oil or taken in capsule or tablet form.
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