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On The Cover

Colonial Beach
Bike Fest

October 9-12, 2014

Calendar Of Events............................................4
Proud To Be An American..............................8
Hot Shots..............................................................12
NCOM News Bytes..........................................16
On Eagles Wings.............................................25
The Jokers Wild..............................................26
Biker Friendly Directory..............................32
Advertisers Index..........................................44
Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon
1528 Matlock Drive
Chapmansboro, TN 37035
Corporate Office: 615-792-0040
Fax: 615-792-7580

Welcome back friends & fellow riders! Its been a phenomenal summer of
2014 & we hope that you enjoyed yours with plenty of riding, fun adventures
and getting together with family & friends at some point over the past few
months. Theres plenty of riding still left before the fair weather riders start
thinking about where the bike cover is & clearing that space in the garage to
park your baby for the winter months. You 4-seasoned riders dont ever have to
worry about that ha ha 2 words for you guys & gals: RIDE ON!
September seems to always be filled with adjusted schedules as the kids head
back to school & the daylight hours start getting noticeably shorter. You know
what that meansless riding time for many. An old friend of mine who had
problems seeing at night, used to tell me that he could only enjoy riding during
the daylight hours & had to be home before that light bulb (the sun) went out.
There are many people who feel the same way not just because its harder to
see but because its hard enough staying visible in the daytime while out on the
road with other motorists. Its very sad to report that there have been a record
number of motorcycle accidents & deaths this season due to motorcyclists
being hit by cars that didnt see them. Distracted driving is quickly becoming the
number 1 threat on the road. You never know who is being distracted until you
come up on them. We have to be extra vigilant & keenly aware of EVERYTHING 360 from us while out riding. So many cage drivers are still texting &
talking while driving, not paying much attention to the other cars on the road, let
alone a motorcycle. I cant tell you how many times vehicles have drifted in my
lane or I see someone in front of me way over the lines back & forth. Years ago
seeing something like that was a sure sign of a drunk driver. Most people dont
know that the reaction time & your ability to focus on the road while talking on
the phone is nearly the same as if you were intoxicatedthe swerves are all
the same! Its pretty crazy when defensive driving on public roads now (whether
youre on a bike or in a car) include staying as far away from other cars as
possible ha ha.
Our advertisers have some incredible events in store for you this month!
Sept 13th check out the Rat Roast at Outer Banks H-D, Dirt Drag races at
Slades Park on the 14th. Sept 20th head to Groves Harley-Davidson for their
Fall Open House featuring their 2015 models. Sept 24th 28th shoot down
to the OBX for the Outer Banks Bike Fest. Sept 27th visit Hampton Roads
Harley-Davidson & Southside Harley-Davidson for their Open House showcasing their 2015 models. Also on the 27th check out the Grand Opening for
Richmond Harley-Davidson. Mark your calendars for Oct 9th 12th to attend
the 1st Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest in Colonial Beach, VA... check out the
front cover & inside event ad for details on this premiere event!
As always, we cant thank you enough for being here with us! If youre a new
Thunder Roads Virginia reader, welcome aboard! To all - this is YOUR magazine & with the help of our advertisers, we are able to keep this Thunder rolling
for you each & every monthstill going strong in our12th year!...THANK YOU
SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!! Please stay in touch & drop
us a line anytime( BE SHY! Keep the
pictures coming & if you have any article/pictures of your travels & adventures,
please email them to us at the same address so that we might be able to get
them into a future issue.
We hope that you all have a fantastic month out thereheres wishing you all
peace in your homes, love in your hearts & plenty of wind in your face
until we meet again next month
Happy Trails!



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youve chosen for yours.

Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church,

414 S. Battlefield Blvd,
Chesapeake, VA 23322
First Simple Church Williamsburg is a biker friendly church teaching a
simple Gospel message for a complex world in a friendly, non-threatening
atmosphere. We take Scripture and demonstrate it for todays application.
Come as you are and wear what you want. We combine hymns with
contemporary music. Our pastor and his wife both ride Street Glides and
ride their bikes to church nearly every Sunday. Located off Route 5 in
Williamsburg, (at the Route 5 bridge, 16401 Chickahominy Bluff Road),
services are held Sundays at 10am with a fellowship time at 0930 that
includes hot coffee and fresh breakfast treats. Contact Pastor Sam Frye at
804-829-2002 or visit our web site at for more
information. Come enjoy church as it was meant to be enjoyed!
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
Leonardtown, Md. Rushing Wind Ministry, 25530 Point Lookout Rd,(Rt.5)
Gordon Bacon Preacher, 240 577 0605, Every
Third Sunday at 2pm-5pm Gathering for a Fellowship meal and Time of
Ministry of the Word of God. Bible study every Wednesday night at 7pm8:30. Home Of Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry. Facebook; RushingWind
MotorcycleMinistry. Third Saturday Rushing Wind M/M Ride (All are
welcome to attend). Meet Same Time and Place each month.(contact us for
more info) 240-577-0605.

Tidewater Motorcycles Chili Dog Social

EVERY TUESDAY Free Chili Dogs every Tuesday at Tidewater Motorcycles.
4324 Godwin Blvd, Suffolk, VA 23434. visit
for more info.

Sept 1st
Fireman Chili CookOff Clifton, VA
10 Fire stations go head to head for best chile. This is in
conjunction with Custom Cruisers Car AND Bike Show. No
admission, Food and Beverage Available. Entertainment by
The Fabulous Hubcaps. Direct questions to 703 472 8107. 800
til ? Location: The whole Town of Clifton VA.
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 for more information. Harley-Davidson of
Washington, D.C., 9407 Livingston Road Fort Washington, MD
20744. 301-248-1200

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,
Sept 14th
Motorcycle & ATV Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA
Gates open at 9am. Admission $15. Kids under 10 not racing
are FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & CashAll Classes. Top Fuel at its Best Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors
No Glass No Dogs! Race information contact Joe Brookman
(804) 221-3959 or email
Sept 19th
Vets Fest Virginia Beach, VA
Celebrating freedom through music. A 3 day camping pass
is $75. A day pass is $25.and kids under 16 are free. This
years all star local lineup includes: 11 Ton; Galaxy Dynamite;
Session Rockers; Family Tree; Jackson LeBeau & Co.; Mink
& Cheefs Electric Band; Jeremy Harrell; The Gold Sauce;
Who We Are Not; Sherri & Ryan; The Doc Robin Band.
Sandy Point Resort, 176 Sandy Point Dr, Knotts Island, NC
27950. 100% of the net proceeds benefit Vets House Inc..
For tickets & Reservations call (252)429-3094 trufmejo@aol.
Sept 20th
Sinners to Saints Motorcycle Run Danville, VA
Sponsored by the Soldiers of the Cross Club. Registration
begins at 10am at Anglers Park in Danville, VA. Ride begins
at 11am. Entry fee is $10 per rider, plus 2 cans of food. Free
Lunch. Door Prizes. 50/50. Best in Show awarded. Ride route
will be announced at the event. All proceeds go toward the
SOTC Scholarship fund and the Blessed Hope Food Pantry.
For more information please contact Randy Southard at (336)
September 20th
3rd Annual Evan Adams Memorial Benefit Ride Louisa,
VA Join us for the 3rd Evan Adams Memorial Benefit Ride in
Louisa, VA. Saturday, September 20th (Rain Date, Sept 27)
2014. Hosted by Court Caf and Pub, Blue Knights VA III and
VA XX MC. This is a complete 85 mile Police escorted ride
through beautiful Louisa county and Lake Anna. *Registration
9 A.M. Court Caf and Pub, 209 W. Main St. Louisa *Bike
Blessing 10:45 A.M. *Kickstands up at 11:00.
Sept 20th
Third Annual Heart Havens Ride for Independence
Ashland, VA Third Annual Heart Havens Ride for Independence
at a new location: Richmond Harley-Davidson 12200 Harley
Club Drive, Ashland, VA 23005. Info and advance registration: Pat or Sara:
1.877.442.8368. Rider: $20. Passenger: $5. Registration open:
9:30am. Ride: 10:30am. Ride led by Hands of Rescue. Kids
stuff, prize drawings, 50/50, food, live music, Family Fun!


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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 20th
Olde Dominion Chapter POW-MIA Riders WVMC Poker Run
Lynchburg, VA American Legion Post 16 Greenview Dr. Lynchburg,
VA. Registration at 0900 kickstands up at 1000
Ride through the beautiful foothills of Virginia for a great cause.
Veterans Helping Veterans. Breakfast and lunch served with entry
fee. Contact Tom Bushley for more details. 434-429-1632
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
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,
Sept 27th
Richmond Harley-Davidson Grand Opening Ashland, VA
an Events Stage, Motorcycle Training lot, and 56,000 sq. ft. of all
things Harley! Jackyl concert begins at 6pm, doors open at 5pm. For
tickets go to or
Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door ONLY 1,000 tickets being
sold! The party starts at 1pm with live music, International Bikini team
bike wash & bikini contest. Door Prizes all day & a BURNOUT PIT
starting at 4pm. James River Cellars, Carrytown Burgers & Fries,
Graffitis Ink Mobile Tattoo Studio, Damsel in Defense, Webster
Designs - custom paint & pin striping, The Ultimate Gaming Trailer &
more... Vendor information email
Location: 12200 Harley Club Dr Ashland, VA 23005
Sept 28th
The Pink Ride Virginia Beach/Chesapeake
We will have our 6th Annual ride with registration at 9:00 am at
Boneshakers Bat and Grill leaving there at 11:30 am to Eagles Nest
Rockin Country Bar. The Pink Ride raises money for our endowment
fund with Bon Secours to assist Hampton Roads women fighting
Breast Cancer with financial needs. Live music, auction, vendors,
custom 2004 Igniter Chopper giveaway. Raffle tickets still available
for $10.00. Registration cost $20.00 per vehicle, $10.00 per rider. 2
to 4 wheel vehicles welcome! Come help us make this our best year
and enjoy the event!

Oct 4th
ISMC Poker Run Gloucester, VA
Iron Skullz MC is hosting the 5th annual Boys and Girls Club Poker
Run. October 4th 2014. All of the proceeds will go to the Boys and
Girls Club of Gloucester and Mathews County. Registration begins
at 9:00am at Beachcombers Grill, Hiway 17, Yorktown Va. The run
is at your own pace. Last bike out at 11:00 am. Last bike in by 3:00
pm. Ending at Damon & Co. Gloucester, Va. $10.00 per person.
Prizes Best and Worst hand!! 50/50 $CASH$ RAFFLE $2000.00
Baked Goods BBQ Specials
Oct 5th
Motorcycle & ATV Dirt Drags @ Slades Park Surry, VA
Gates open at 9am. Admission $15. Kids under 10 not racing are
FREE. Free vendor setup please call 1st. Trophies & Cash-All
Classes. Top Fuel at its Best Pro Gas/Dirt Bikes. No Colors No
Glass No Dogs! Race information contact Joe Brookman (804)
221-3959 or email
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
Oct 11th
9th Annual Poker Run Virginia Beach, VA
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 392 Presents its 9th annual run /
1st ever Battleship Run in memory of George Myers. October 11th
2014. Registration 9:00--10:30 $10.00 a Rider $5.00 a passenger.
First bike out at 10:00. There will be a $6.00 dollor Breakfast buffet
with drinks, free lunch at the end of the ride, with door prizes 50/50,
auctions and more. Dont ride, cant ride, no problem All Wheels
Welcome. All proceeds benefit Cancer Research and Veteran
sponsored programs. We are located at 2408 Bowland Parkway
Virginia Beach VA 23453 behind Ghost Ship Tattoo on London
Bridge Road - VFW Post 392



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the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that
youve chosen for yours.
Oct 12th
Kundratics Motorcycle & Hot Rod Swap Meet Baltimore, MD
BUY, SELL or SWAP! FREE Admission & FREE Parking. The
areas ONLY traditional old school swap meet with just motorcycle
& hot rod parts. No jewelry & leather vendors, insurance agencies,
crafts, peek-a-boo dolls..none of the shit you usually just walk by!
Tons of vendors will be buying, selling and swapping used parts,
vintage parts, new parts, hard to find parts, fenders, tanks, frames,
accessories, chrome, steel and everything in between! Pickup parts
for your hot rod, rat rod, bagger, bobber, caf racer, chopper or drag
bike. This isnt just for Harleys folks! Early Bird Registration $15 per
10x10 space. Waiting until the day of the swap its $20 per 10x10
space. This is a drizzle or shine event, remember to bring your popup 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. Payments accepted: Visa/MC, Discover, AmEx, Cash.
Location:-Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles, 6310 Holabird Avenue,
Baltimore MD 21224
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.
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)
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
Oct 25th
Halloween Open House! Hughesville - MD
All American H-Ds Halloween Open House is sure to be Spooktacular! 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
for more information. All American Harley-Davidson, 8126 Old
Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637, 301-274-5000|888-8332REV
Nov 1st
The 29th Annual Scorpions MC Toy Run, Bike Show and Blood
Drive Danville, VA The Scorpions MC of Danville Virginia will be
hosting its 29th annual Toy Run, Bike Show and Blood Drive to
benefit the Danville area Salvation Armys Christmas Bucks for Kids
program. 7 bands , vendors on site and concessions will available.
Raffles will be held and door prizes will be given away. $10 donation


at the door. Come on out and help support a wonderful cause and
have good time doing it. For info or sponsorship opportunities contact
Josh 2 at (434) 429- 3624 Location: VFW Ballard Pruitt Post No 647
VFW Dr & 58 W Danville, VA 24540
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,
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 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 for more information. All American HarleyDavidson, 8126 Old Leonardtown Road, Hughesville, MD 20637,

With only three weeks until the AMA Pro Road Racing
Event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, New
Jersey, on September 13 14, #28 Ryan Kerr continues
to remain positive. Kerr was involved in an incident while
bike testing on July 18th which resulted in the young
rider breaking his foot. Two days following the incident,
the Thunder Roads sponsored rider pushed through the
pain and raced at the AMA Pro Road Racing event at Mid
Ohio Sports Car course and accomplished a strong 6th
place finish. Kerr explains, I was not going to allow this
setback to keep me off of the track but I must admit, the
pain took over on lap 4 and I barely had the strength
to continue to shift my Thunder Roads XR 1200 HarleyDavidson machine. I remained focused throughout the
race and my never give up attitude allowed me to take
the checkered flag in 6th place. I am taking the time
that I need to recover and I am hopeful that I will be
back on the track in New Jersey for the last racing event
of the season.
Become a member of the Ryan Kerr Fan Club by
checking out his website at
Also, take the time to like the Ryan Kerr Racing
facebook fan page to get the latest information about
Ryan and his racing career.
MAMA COTTON AT 614-395-5338.
Finally, Ryan Kerr and the Ryan Kerr Racing team
would like interested fans to join the team! Become
a member of the Ryan Kerr Fan Club by checking out
his website at Also, take the
time to like the Ryan Kerr Racing facebook fan page to
get the latest information about Ryan and his racing

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that our deadline is the 15th of every month for the
following months issue-dont be left behind!


an American
9 - 11 - 01

Motorycycles In The Military

Most of us know that motorcycle clubs, whether of the law-abiding or outlaw biker gang variety,
are descended from WWII vets who caught the riding bug in the combat zone. But what role, exactly, did motorcycles play in the military?
Next to a jeep or tank, a two-wheeled vehicle that leaves its operator exposed seems a poor
choice for an army vehicle; but there are worthwhile tradeoffs. A motorcycles speed makes it ideal
for scouting, reconnaissance and messenger capacities. It can travel where larger vehicles cannot.
It uses less fuel, and you can fit several of them into a transport vehicle. Adverse weather and terrains could reduce their effectiveness, but clever engineers would counter that with design.


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

This Months K.I.S.S. is dedicated to the:

In Fayetteville, Arkansas - Sept. 24th - 27th
Owner/Promoter: Joe Giles & Phenomenal Staff
Since there IS a rally thats all about the Q, these are just a few fave
recipes of side-dishes you must have to accompany a great Q. Eat Up!
* Prepare in a chilled ceramic or glass bowl.
1 Large Bag of Pre-Shredded Coleslaw
3/4 Jar of Cubed Dill Pickle (I use Dill for tartness, if
you prefer Sweet Dill, then have at it)
1 Lb. of Hickory-Smoked Bacon; fried crisp, drained and rough chopped
1 Medium Purple Onion; small, precise chop
In a Large Mason Jar, fill it with:
1 tsp. of Apple Cider Vinegar (more for more twang)
1 Cup of Real Mayo
1 Cup of Miracle Whip
1 Cup of Half & Half
1 Tbls. of Lime Juice
1 Tbls. of Lemon Pepper dry spice
1 Heaping Tbls. of Sugar
1 tsp. of Smoked Paprika
Put top on Mason jar and shake it up baby! Shake until all mayo is fully
incorporated and no lumps. Kinda frothy.
Throw your Dill pickles on top of shredded coleslaw, toss your hard chop
bacon in, salt & pepper to taste, now pour your creamy mixture all over and
around and with super clean hands; just get on in there and toss it around
gently until everything is well mixed and well coated. Take a forkful and
taste-test. Decide for yourself what else is needed. Maybe a little more
sugar, maybe more cider vinegar. Youre your best critic, your call. Cover
immediately and very tightly with Press N Seal. Note* I prepare this 1/2
hour prior to serving as your coleslaw mix is already cold, along with your
chilled bowl and mayo. You want the mix to be fresh & crunchy, including
the bacon to still have freshness and nothing to be mushy. I have made
this the same way since I was 15 y.o. and always get raves on. Its a guaranteed winner! Next month Ill give you my Award Winning Tuna Salad
recipe. I have literally perfected it since age 13 and baby, MaMa Thunder
got that chit down. Next month.....Promise.
K.I.S.S. Tip: Unless youre a cook who prepares fresh dishes almost every
day, its o.k. to use bottled juices or dry spices. No shame. When you use
dry spices though, be sure and dump them in your palm and rub your
palms together over the bowl or skillet. Kinda perks them up and brings
back the original flayva.


2 Large Cans of your favorite BUSHs Baked Beans
(Ive lived all over this great U.S.A. and have never found a major grocery
store without the Bushs brand)
(I like the Country-Style, but to each their own)
1 Pack of Spicy Italian Sausage (usually 6 to a pkg)
2 Small Cans of Green Chilies
Pour your favorite brand of 2 cans of Bushs Beans into a glass or ceramic
baking dish. Add your 2 cans of Green Chilies and stir up good. Fry up
your Italian Sausage links until theyre really golden brown and caramelized on all sides around. Move to a plate so that all the juices arent
absorbed up in a paper towel. Let cool to the touch and then slice up in 1/4
inch pieces. Sprinkle all over your beans, add salt & pepper, garlic, smoked
paprika and stir until completely incorporated. Bake at 350 degrees for 30
minutes. Serve hot! Super Taste!
(Spicy Hot Mexican Sausage)
Get the Family Size box of Kraft Mac & Cheese
and follow the same recipe above as far as prep and baking goes. Delete
chilies if you want as Chorizo itself. It is hot & spicy. Make up your Mac n
Cheese; be sure and add 2 heaping Tbls. of quality margarine in a big bowl
& a dash of milk. Pour into glass baking dish with sliced Chorizo. Sprinkle
Panko bread crumbs all over the top, press down, then spray w/ a canned
butter spray all over. Bake as above until golden.
2 Cans of Apple Pie Filling - Do Not Buy cans of sliced apples in canned
fruit aisle. Get Pie Filling from
Baking aisle. If youre not a big apples fan, then get Peach Pie Filling. Fried
Peaches and Q are good together also. Take a large, non-stick, quality
skillet and add 2 big dollops of real butter to the skillet, on medium heat
and let it melt down and get whats called brown butter. Add your 2 cans
of pie filling and sprinkle your cinnamon all over generously. Let them just
sit for a bit and get a good cartelization on them. Then, take a fork and
flip individually and stir around gently, sprinkle with cinnamon again, stir
around gently as you dont want the thick filling to get gummy or too sticky.
Once theyre caramelized on the other side then just remove to a warmed
platter from the oven if not going to serve them right away then keep platter
in the oven, set on 250 degrees. These are so easy to make and taste like
you took all day peeling and coring apples. Hey, its called K.I.S.S. for a
reason. Why do all that fuss and muss when theres plenty of ways to keep
it simple but still come out with that fantastic taste of down home cooking.
If camping out, whip up some sides. Blessings.


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2014 ABATE State Rally in the Woods

Through the thunder and lightning, through the tornado warnings, the party must go on! Raining on Friday
night, rain on Saturday, It did not stop dedicated bikers to join together for a great event. Held at Paradise Lake
State Park in Appomattox VA, and representation from thirteen chapters across the Commonwealth, upcoming
legislation in Virginia was discussed by lifetime ABATE member Tom McGrath as well as recently passed bill
H3231 in South Carolina by Governor Nikki Haley (who is also an active member of ABATE) giving motorcycles
the same rights as automobiles.
Also in attendance was newly formed Tazwell County Chapter where they hosted the First Annual Back of
Dragon event in late Spring and raised money for their chapter and ABATE of Virginia. Chapter 99 members provided food on Friday night and members from the Iron Horse Chapter provided food on Saturday.
Despite the heavy rain and storms, a great time was had by each and every one where old friends met for the
annual event, and many new friends we introduced.
Stan Bryant is the State President of the Board of Directors and he can be reached at 434-444-1515.
Submitted by Thomas Bushley
Pictures by Bob De Nova Iron Horse Chapter member


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Acting hours before the government was set to cut payments
to states for highway and mass-transit projects, Congress
engineered a $10.8 billion short-term funding patch to keep the
Highway Trust Fund solvent through next May. Following several delays, the Senate approved a House-drafted highway bill
just ahead of a midnight August 1st deadline to keep federal
money flowing even though the HTF has nearly exhausted its
reserves because fuel taxes havent kept up with spending.
The federal gas tax of 18.4 cents a gallon, which helps finance
the trust fund, has remained unchanged since 1993, and drivers have increasingly turned to more fuel-efficient cars and
higher-mileage motorcycles. But the issue is far from resolved,
as lawmakers failed to reach a long-term solution to pay for
federally funded transportation projects and gives President
Barack Obama occasion to promote his ideal transportation
measure; the GROW AMERICA Act; a $302 billion four-year
surface transportation reauthorization proposal which happens to include a push for mandatory motorcycle helmet laws
nationwide: Title IV Highway And Motor Vehicle Safety,
SEC. 4004: Amendment to Motorcyclist Safety Grant Criteria,
the GROW AMERICA Act would amend Section 405(f) of title
23, United States Code by inserting the following: SUPPORT
ACTIVITY The (Transportation) Secretary or the Secretarys designee may engage in activities with States and State
legislators to consider proposals related to motorcycle helmet
use laws. While the temporary fix will kick the debate into next
year, after the November elections and the swearing in of a
new Congress, dont wait to contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know where you stand!

long commutes less tedious as the car does most of the driving and coordinates with other self-driving cars to avoid traffic
jams even in congested environments. Lest motorcyclists feel
left out of the mix, Google recently requested permission in
California to test riderless motorcycles on public roads. A prototype motorcycle that balances and steers without a rider has
already been built by Google engineers.
California is the only state in the nation that does not outlaw
the practice of lane-splitting, in which motorcyclists use the
space between lanes when traffic is slow or has stopped.
Though not legal, neither is the practice illegal, and until now
the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the California
Highway Patrol were encouraging riders to do it safely and recently even published online guidelines for safe tactics to minimize the risk of accident. But now the CHP has come under
fire from a state employee who charged the police agency had
exceeded its authority by recommending lane splitting. The
Office of Administrative Law agreed, and told the CHP to take
down the guidelines, now removed since July 7th. Since the
CHPs decision to remove the guidelines, motorcycle safety
experts and motorcycling organizations have stepped up to
voice their concerns about the future of lane-splitting, which
supporters contend decreases traffic and helps motorcyclists
avoid overheating, and increases rider safety by reducing the
number of accidents involving motorcycles hit from behind
while stuck in traffic jams.


WAR CHEST Queensland bikies will have nearly $180,000
in taxpayer money to fight the states tough criminal motorSELF-DRIVING CARS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
cycle gang laws after a landmark High Court decision orderCars that drive themselves are almost here. Theyll be for
ing the South Australian government to pay the Mongols MC
sale in 2020, if not earlier. Prototypes have shown that the
$178,000 in legal costs after losing a high-profile court battle
technology works, according to The Kiplinger Letter, a business bulletin passed along to NCOM by A.I.M. Attorney Ralph four years ago to banish gangs from its borders. Bikie sources
told the Gold Coast Bulletin that the money would be tipped
C. Buss, and major automakers are racing to commercialstraight into the bid to challenge the Vicious and Lawless
ize it. The shift to autonomy has already begun. Cameras,
Association Disestablishment laws pushed through by the
radar sensors and tiny computers let a growing number of
Newman Govt. After covering legal bills, any remainder would
new models park themselves, brake automatically, or take
go into a fighting fund to challenge similar laws being used in
the wheel when drivers stray from their lanes. Think of it as
cruise control that navigates, and never gets tired or distracted. Queensland and NSW. In 2010, SAs so-called bikie gangs
-- including the Finks, who later became the Mongols -- formed
Automakers are just getting startedadvances likely in the
a united front to challenge the states anti-association laws
next few years: brighter headlights thatll double as sensors
in the High Court. The High Court ruled the laws obliged the
to gauge following distances and detect obstacles ahead;
software with artificial intelligence to control the car and antici- states courts to impose control orders on bikies at the request
of the Attorney-General and police, without any evidence. It
pate other drivers actions; new cameras capable of seeing
lane dividers through snow or fog. Though fatalities are on the dubbed the legislation constitutionally repugnant and said it
undermined the independence of judges and forced them to
decline, 30,000 people still die in accidents each year, mostly
caused by human error. While not foolproof, safety advocates find guilt based on assumptions.
believe electronics and software can slash accident rates, and
fewer accidents and less damage will lead to lower insurance
TO SAVE FUEL It is no secret that North Korea suffers chronic
premiums. Traffic experts also predict an economic boon, as
shortages of fuel, but now the scarcity has claimed a new class
autopilot software lifts productivity by allowing workers to do
of victims: motorbike riders. Following a drop in oil imports
more while commuting, can keep older workers on the job
from China, North Korean authorities have cracked down on
longer, and lets more people work farther away by making

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private motorbike use in order to conserve fuel for military
and government officials. The new restrictions come just as
motorbikes have been emerging as the next stage in the evolution of vehicular transport in North Korea, much as they had
in other parts of Asia decades ago. Motorcycle ownership is
widely considered a status symbol in North Korea, where most
people still travel on foot. Many motorbike owners supplement
their income by using them as taxis. The restrictions could not
be independently verified and have not been reported in North
Koreas own state-run press, but the DailyNK website specializing in North Korean news said the restrictions ban private
motorbike use except in the morning commute and at night,
and that violators risked confiscation of their vehicles. Even
before the new restrictions on motorbikes, riders faced hazards
peculiar to North Koreas authoritarian system -- long-distance
travel permit requirements, decrepit roads, an unpredictable
black-market for gasoline and petty corruption among the police including stopping motorbikers just to extort their gasoline.
Federal authorities in Arizona are warning off-highway-vehicle
riders to be wary of trails in the Coconino National Forest near
Happy Jack, Ariz., where trail riders have reported the tires of
their all-terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles were punctured by rebar spikes, sharpened and partially buried in trails
heavily used by responsible enthusiasts and their families.No
injuries have been reported, but the sabotage endangers riders, hikers and even animals. The end of the rebar has been
flattened and sharpened to a point, and the exposed point
has been painted to blend in with the road surface, Mogollon
Rim District Ranger Linda Wadleigh said in a statement. The
rebar was placed in areas frequented by off-highway vehicles,
but The objects pose a serious threat to everyone, and that
doesnt just mean people recreating on a motorcycle or OHV,
it includes people walking, hiking and even wildlife. We are
taking this very seriously and asking the public to keep an eye
out and report suspicious activity in the area. In related news,
vandals have placed spiked strips along trails in Colorado in
the Pike National Forest, burying the devices along trails used
by off-road enthusiasts to cause flat tires and immobilize offhighway vehicles. Anyone with information is urged to call the
Forest Service Law Enforcement Tip Line at (303) 275-5266.

state legislature to address issues of importance to motorcyclists in Colorado including funding for beginning rider training
and alcohol interlocking devices for motorcycles. She has also
been instrumental in implementing a Biker Day at the Capital
in Colorado as a means of opening dialog between bikers and
legislators. In addition, six others were named to the Sturgis
Motorcycle Hall of Fame: Clyde Fessler of Harley-Davidson,
Jesse Jurrens of Legend Suspensions, daredevil Jay Lightnin Bentley, bike-builder Keith Terry of Baggster LLC, drag
racer Bonnie Truett of Truett and Osborn, and custom builder
Paul Yaffe of Bagger Nation.
WEIRD NEWS: TEEN FAKES ROBBERY TO BUY MOTORCYCLE The desire to own a motorcycle drove a minor to
stage an armed robbery and even inflict wounds on himself to
make it look convincing. The Pune Cantonment police in India
detained a 17-year-old boy for stealing Rs 1.27 lakh from his
employer and later staging an armed robbery. Investigations
revealed that the minor staged the robbery as he wanted to
buy a motorcycle. A police inspector said the boy was working
in Sanklas travel agency. On Saturday morning, Sankla gave
the boy Rs 1.27 lakh and told him to deposit the money in the
bank. However, the boy returned after some time with torn
clothes and cuts on his wrists. He told (owner) Sankla that
some unidentified persons stopped him while he was on his
way to the bank, attacked him and snatched the cash from him
before fleeing. The proprietor rushed to the police station with
the boy, where the inspector later noted: I became suspicious
as the cuts on the boys wrists looked self-inflicted. Moreover,
he was unable to give proper description of the robbers. We
then detained the boy and during sustained interrogation, he
admitted that he had staged the robbery because the boy said
he wanted to buy a motorcycle and, therefore, hatched the


Taliban-published Azan magazine is quick to condemn America, but loves the Honda CG125. They say theres no such
thing as bad publicity, but Honda cant be too pleased with the
rave review it received from Azan, a quarterly magazine published by the Taliban. An English-language publication, Azan
is radical propaganda intended to recruit disillusioned Muslims.
The cover story for its third issue dealt with how to leave your
life behind to join in the Jihad against the West, but buried in
The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to recognize
the pages of the issue was a full page spread titled Steeds
individuals or groups who have made a long term positive
of War that highlights the virtues of Hondas CG125 as a
impact on the motorcycle community, and The Freedom Fight- vehicle of choice for the Mujahideen. All Praise is due to Allah
ers Hall of Fame recognizes the commitment and sacrifices
Who has made the Crusaders flee with a humilating defeat
individuals across the nation, and world, have made to protect at the hands of the Mujahideen who have so little resources
the rights of motorcyclists. For 2014, Deb Tiger Chandler was compared to them. We, the Mujahidin, have won the war with
recently inducted into the Freedom Fighters HoF in ceremoHONDA 125s valued at around $700, the magazine boasts.
nies held August 6th at The Lodge in Deadwood during Sturgis
Bike Week: In partnership with the Colorado Confederation
QUOTABLE QUOTE: No one wants to pick a fight with a
of Clubs (CCOC), she assumed the role of Colorado Comgroup that can write 100 letters in a week.
mander of the Coalition of Independent Riders a registration Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy, on why ABATE is successful
of independent riders. Tiger has worked tirelessly through the at fighting helmet laws


Rides, Friends, Music and Memories

By: Your Riding Writer, T Collier

As the sun sank behind the Spearfish

Canyon wall, so did my heart knowing this
was my last beautiful, scenic run of Sturgis
2014. Ill never quite be able to describe
the magic of Sturgis to anyone that hasnt
been there during the rally. The many
facets that make it difficult to describe
range from the gorgeous rides that twist
and weave through the mountains and

National monuments; to the music at the

various camps, amphitheaters, bars and
roadside stops; to the smiles on the faces
of the riders; to the people watching;
to the variations of quality motorcycles
from unknown builders competing
alongside world famous builders; to the
people I meet from all over the world; to
developing friendships that last a lifetime
even though I only see them in August
of every year; to the crisp clean air and
ridiculous rain storms. And the list goes
on and on.
Sturgis 2014 was filled with everything
its been in the past and more. It seemed
that every venue and camp had new
events and entertainment added. Many
vendors commented that the crowd was
a bit lighter than normal; contributing it
to the fact that many people are waiting

to go to the 75th Annual Rally in 2015.

However, those of us in attendance
enjoyed everything that keeps bringing us
back. My journey began Saturday morning
as I met up in Oklahoma with a group of
nine women riders from Women in the
Wind MC, Twisted Sisters Chapter. To ride
with this group of respected lady riders

was a real honor. We broke the trip up into

two days, but made our first Sturgis stop at
Crazy Horse as we entered from the South.
Our timing was spectacular as we got to
see Lakota Indian dancers perform in the
foreground of the Crazy Horse monument.
The crowd was wide eyed as the narrator
told us they were 5th and 6th generation
grandsons to Sitting Bull. What a treat to
see them perform.

A lot of my time was spent at the

Buffalo Chip this year where I enjoyed
the Legends Ride, a fundraiser for Black
Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis
Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
Funds are raised through the riders
entries and auction items which included
an autographed guitar, a painting by
David Uhl and a custom bike built by

the students of Sturgis High School.

This year, a total of $54,800 was raised.
Riders included Beanre, the Chips mayor
of fun; The Ness Family including Cory,
Zach and Max; The American Pickers;
Gunne; Builder John Shope of Dirty Bird
Customs; Kristy Swanson; David Uhl; Jessi
Combs and many more. The Biker Belles
Ride, hosted by the Chip, was Tuesday
in Deadwood with a host of wonderful
women riders who, again, contributed to
two charities, Helping with Horsepower
and Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. A
symposium featured six women riders who
covered topics relating from seasoned
riders to new riders and their experiences.
Unfortunately, the pouring rain refused
to stop and the group ride was cancelled
for safety reasons. I helped a fellow lady
rider, the talented Jessi Combs, famed
fabricator and tv personality, by lending

made a quick trip out to say bye to all my

friends Id made at Full Throttle Saloon,
The Chip, through the breathtaking
Spearfish Canyon and back to town as we
all bought our souvenirs to return home.
Back at our cabin, packing our belongings
was interrupted by some hunky fellas
from Iceland. Not fitting the profile, per
say, I did some googlingin more ways
than oneand found one of them was

her my chaps to ride back from Deadwood

to Sturgis in the pouring rain as shed

ridden in without saddlebags nor rain

gear. Despite the rain, many of the ladies
proceeded on to the auction and reception
at the Buffalo Chip followed by a rocking
concert by Alice Cooper and Motley Crue.
Wednesday, I took advantage of the

tremendous racing at the Sturgis Dragway.

Its hard to beat a good day at the
track. This year, WMDRA filled the race
schedule with numerous drivers from all
over the United States. While the races
at the Dragstrip lasted all day, there was
more racing around town including a
flat track AMA race and a TORC (The Off
Road Championship) Race at the Buffalo
Chip. I was fortunate to catch the ribbon
cutting of the new TORC track at Buffalo
Chip on Monday morning. These cars/
trucks, sporting 500 to 800 hp, ran on a
hillside track causing tight turns and high
flying jumps for the racers. Owner, Rod
Woodruff, stated that he was anxiously
awaiting how the races would be accepted
by their guests. He said that hes not a
racer so this track was a new experience
for him. Wednesday evening, I enjoyed
a Chip Concert with Florida Georgia
Line and ZZ Top! Prior to the music, five
builders pulled their custom baggers on

stage and Dirty Bird Customs took home a

win. What a great line up and a beautiful
chilled night ride back to my cabin, just
enough for a cozy hoodie.
The Rat Hole Bike Show was up for grabs
on Thursday again at the Buffalo Chip. I
was thrilled to see the numbers of quality,
great looking bikes rolling in to compete
for the famous Rat Trophy featuring the
Fat Bellied Rats Hole Rat. From the bike
show, I took a quick ride down through
Nemo and the National Forest area. Id
not been able to ride much since arriving,
so I took a quick break circling back up
to Rapid City to the Black Hills HarleyDavidson where a large alternate venue
was hopping. There are several vendors
who choose to set up at this venue which
has become very popular for great prices,
National Vendors and yummy food! My
grazing was interrupted by a call that one
of the builders I knew won the dresser/
touring category at the Rat Hole show and
he was able to do a photo shoot with me
out by gorgeous Bear Butte and Bear Butte
Lake. This was a perfect way to watch the
sun go down in Sturgis at the Butte. Back
into town, I met up with my riding buddies
and we spent a night prowling Main
Street. (Details are sparedwhat happens
in Sturgis, stays!)
Friday gave me a pouty face knowing
it was my last day, but not for long as I
pulled the trigger on a new set of HeliBar
Handlebars. Id been eyeing a change in
handlebars for my Street Glide as the ride
up with my short arms, caused a pain
in my neck and shoulder blades. They
brought my bars right back to my hands in
a relaxed position that Id only dreamed
of in all my years of riding. New bars on, I

previously named the first billionaire

in Iceland. Hmmm.lucky guy! He was
riding this awesome Indian, customized by
Roland Sands. It was beautiful and well
While you may think this is the end
of the story, it is not by any means.
On Saturday morning, our new rowdy
neighbors woke the group early. While the
group I rode up with were taking a two day
journey home, I made a wacky decision
to run it all in one day! Off I went.847

miles in 16 hours and 20 minutes. Alone.

Me, my bike and the highway through four
states! Bam! My Sturgis 2014 trip got a
cherry on top by upping my one day, long
distance ride mileage record. Next time,
Im gunning for that iron butt award!



Tire Pressure Facts

By Matt Gelinske
Thunder Roads Indiana
On any given work day at my shop you would find a few
basic items if I were to empty my pockets, a cell phone, car/
bike keys, wallet, pen, and a tire pressure gauge.
A tire pressure gauge is the most important key to safety
and education a shop owner can have and you most likely
dont have one on you or in your saddlebag.
Tire pressure is the most easily adjusted variable on your
motorcycle and also one of the most crucial. But the vast
majority of us are guilty of neglecting it and, even if we do
check it regularly, failing to take full advantage of the benefits adjusting it brings in safety and tire life. Here are a few
things you need to know about motorcycle tire pressure.
Check pressures regularly
Opinions vary on how often, with many manufacturers
suggesting once a week and some safety experts stating
every day. Just factor in how youre using your motorcycle.
Commuting every day in fairly stable weather conditions?
Once a week will serve you just fine. If you are over curbs,
smashing pot holes or riding bad country roads. A couple
times a week may be for you.
Check tires while cold
The suggested pressures in your owners manual are for
cool tire pressures. That means after your bikes been sitting for 20 minutes or more so
checking is always best before
taking a ride. A tire heated by
riding on them can increase
pressures by over 10 percent.
Use a good quality gauge
Do not ever go by that gauge
on a gas stations pump it is
most often wrong due to use
and abuse. A variation of just a
few psi can alter your motorcycles handling and braking
abilities, so its important to
use an accurate gauge.
Here are some much overlooked facts about tire pressure:
When your tire is 20% lower than recommended tire
pressure you get about 25% less tire life!
When your tire is 10% lower than recommended tire
pressure you get about 15% less tire life!

When your tire is 20% over the recommended tire pressure you get about 15% less tire life!
When a motorcycle tire is 10psi below recommended tire
pressure it can double the tires operating temperature
and severally affect your safety and tire life!
The bottom line is know your recommended tire pressure
and check them as often as you can to insure that you are
getting the most mileage and bang for your hard earned
dollar. If you have any questions about tire inflation recommendations or the right tire for you bike please dont hesitate to call on any of the fantastic shops advertising here in
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A few weeks ago I had the privilege of spending several days on the
Crow Reservation in Montana doing missions work. Anyone who has
been out in that part of the country knows that there is some absolutely
wonderful riding in those parts.
On our day off some of us chose to take a ride into Wyoming and go
up into the Big Horn Mountains. Up there is a place known as Medicine
Mountain, where the ancient Medicine Wheel is located. This is a
highly revered place and one that I have always wanted to visit. It isnt
often that you can visit something in the U.S. that was built at least
seven centuries ago. In addition to the beautiful scenery while riding up
into the mountains, and this historic and venerated location we visited,
I was given the honor of serving communion on the mountain. It was
then that I thought of the passage in Psalms 24:3 that says, Who may
ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?
Who? We can! We have the right to approach God because Jesus
has set us free and made us righteous. And being up there in the Big
Horn Mountains, with the wind in my face and the beauty of Gods
creation all around me reinforced this wonderful fact.
But you dont have to be 10,000 feet above sea level to experience
God. The earth is
the LORDs, and
everything in it
(Psalm 24:1).
Anywhere you
go you will find God
there. When you
draw near to God
He will draw near to you. So as you travel about the highways and
byways, be sure to take every advantage of your right to experience
God in all things, wherever you are.
It wont be long now before the leaves will begin changing colors.
There is perhaps no better time of the year to see the glory of Gods
creation all around you than during the autumn riding season. And
while you are enjoying the Masters handiwork be sure to praise God
for all He has done for us. Praise be to the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with
every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Eph. 1:3).
A friend of mine in the Crow Nation named Ghost Dog was holding
something in his hands one evening. He said that he had a choir in his
hand. When he opened it up he showed me several small rocks and
reminded me of the passage in Luke 19 when people were praising
Jesus to the point that the Pharisees told him to silence them, and
Jesus replied, If they keep quiet then the rocks will cry out.
Ghost Dog smiled as he showed me the stones in his hand and
said, This is the backup singers in case I ever stop praising him.
That immediately reminded me of the childrens praise song that

goes Aint no rock gonna cry in my place. As long as Im alive Ill glorify
His holy name
So join me in seeking Gods glory everywhere we ride, and praising
Him everywhere we find him, whether its on top of a mountain, a back
country road, in the city, or on the asphalt highway during rush hour. God
is good all the time
Always and All Ways in Christ
<*)))>< Preacher Rick Saunders


Preacher Rick serves

as Director of Pastoral Counseling at
First Baptist Church
of Woodbridge, VA,
and works in IT for
Inova Health System. He served as
Chaplain for Servicetown Travel Center
in Fredericksburg,
VA from 2003 until it
closed in 2005. He
is a member of the
Christian Motorcyclists Association
and past-president
and chaplain of the
Northern VA Christian Riders CMA Chapter. He is a graduate of
Liberty Bible Institute, Andersonville Theological Seminary, and
the Institute of Theology and Christian Therapy, and is a member
of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Preacher
Rick is married to Teresa Wiley Saunders. They have two adult
sons, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson. When he is not
riding he enjoys writing, and performing as a magician and clown.

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BIG BEAR JOHNSON is on his deathbed and knows the end is near.
His nurse, his wife, his daughter and 2 sons, are with him in the hospital
room. He asks for 2 witnesses to be present and a camcorder be in
place to record his last wishes, and when all is ready he begins to
speak: My son, Bernie, I want you to take the Mayfair houses.
My daughter Sybil, you take the apartments over in the east end.
My son, Jamie, I want you to take the offices over in the City
Centre....Sarah, my beloved wife, please take all the residential
buildings on the banks of the river. The nurse and witnesses are blown
away as they did not realize his extensive holdings, and as Big Bear
slips away, the nurse says, Mrs. Smith, your husband must have been
such a hard-working man to have accumulated all this property. Sarah
replies, Property ? .....the A-hole had a
paper route!
A man said to his wife one day, I dont know how you can be so stupid
and beautiful all at the same time. The wife responded, Allow me to
explain. God made me (beautiful) so you would be attracted to me; (
and then ) God in his infinite wisdom, made me (stupid as you put it) so
I would be attracted to the likes of you !
A couple rode their bike down a country road for several miles, not
saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither
of them wanted to concede their position. As they passed a barnyard of
jackasses, goats, and pigs, the husband asked in a blatantly dry sarcastic manner, Relatives of yours? Yep, the wife replied, without skipping
a beat, That would be my In-Laws.
I went fishing this morning, but after a short time I ran out of worms.
Then I saw a Cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. Frogs are good
bass bait. Knowing the snake couldnt bite me with the frog in his
mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in
my bait bucket. Now the dilemma was how to release the snake without
getting bit. So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little
whiskey in its mouth. His eyes rolled back, and he went totally limp. I
released him back into the lake, safe and sound and carried on with my
fishing. A little later, I felt a thump on the side of the boat. There was
that same damn snake with two frogs in his big mouth!


Things That Make You Go WTF?

WHY? do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the
store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at
the front?
WHY do people order double, bacon cheeseburgers, large fries, and a
Diet Coke?
WHY do banks leave mammoth vault doors wide open and then chain
the pens to the counters?
WHY do we always take a dump, then stand up and turn around and
scope it out?
WHY do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and
put our useless junk in the garage?
WHY do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight?
WHY do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering for the driver?
WHY the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
WHY cant most women put on mascara with their mouth closed?
WHY dont you ever see the headline; Psychic Wins Lottery?
WHY is abbreviated such a long word?
WHY is it that doctors call what they do practice?
WHY is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid
made with real lemons?
WHY is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
WHY is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
WHY isnt there mouse-flavored cat food?
WHY didnt Noah swat those damn, last two mosquitoes?
WHY do they sterilize the needle and the arm for lethal injections?
You know that indestructible black box that is used on airplanes?
WHY dont they make the whole plane out of that stuff?
WHY dont sheep shrink when it rains?
WHY are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
WHY if con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
WHY if flying is supposedly so safe, do they call the airport the Terminal?
WHY in a 3,000 sq. ft. home, if theres one fly in the entire house, its
buzzing around you through-out the entire day?
WHY dont men just comprehend if they simply say, youre right babe, no
problem....the quality of their life would literally improve by 99.9%? And
the world would be a more tranquil place for us all.

Come as
you are!

seven cities

freedom biker church

hangout time: Sundays @ 10:00 am

Worship rally:
sundays @10:30 am

Now meeting @ old Blakeleys building

414 s. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, Va 23322

previously meeting in VA Beach

Biker Pals

The Day

Found this pic of my dad on his Indian motorcycle, Im

guessing late 1950s. Who woulda thunk I had a cross
between James Dean and Elvis Presley for a father?
Included are a few other pics; a face shot around the
same time, me on his shoulders in the early 60s, and a
recent shot. Hes 72 now.
Love ya Dad. With Raymond Sydnor

The People Of Walmart

CANADIAN BACON: Check out our

brothers and sisters to the north trying to fit in all Walmart crazy like us
down here. It is adorable, but clearly
youre bored without hockey right
now. I feel your pain, I do, but this
isnt the path you want to go down.
Trust us on this.


OUR NEW MOTTO: Forget lemons to lemonade, my new motto is when life gives you
catching some of those last
a short bus, make it a party bus! Whooooooooo!!!!
minute Walmart parking lot
rays, which everyone knows
are the best rays to catch, before summer officially ends.

#TMNTMOVIE: High five for creative talent there Walmart guy.

I grew up a huge TMNT fan and I cant tell you how many times
I went to Pizza Hut to play the arcade game so mad props from
this end.

THERE IS NO SUBSTITURE: Oh Ill believe that

when my shit turns purple and smells like rainbow
sherbert. Seriously though, if you add the C & E
to Porsh it is a dead ringer for a Twin Turbo 911.


thought Id see a cross between the
80s, Steven van Zant & The Flintstones, but you managed to pull it off.


would park His van at Walmart, because He probably saw our site and realized He could cut down on
time and save soooo many souls in one place!

GROOVIN : What is this, The Emperors

New Groove here? You gotta cart your
goat around in his chariot?

FUN AT ANY AGE: Messing around on a shopping cart with your friend.never gets old.

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6450 George Washington
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Yorktown, VA
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385 Waugh Blvd
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4027 Bainbridge Blvd.,
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12114 Boydton Plank Road
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Services are Wednesday night bible
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Church Monthly Meeting


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Research has shown that eating fish and shellfish regularly

is beneficial to our bodies in many ways; here are several
great reasons to introduce a little more seafood into your
Great for your heart: Its no coincidence that fisheating Inuit populations in the Arctic have low levels of
heart disease; seafood is low in saturated fat and high in
omega-3, (which can both) protect the heart from disease
and lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. One study
has even suggested that an extra portion of fish every week
can cut risk of heart disease in half.
Clearing the vessels: Eating fish can improve your
circulation and reduce the risk of thrombosis. The EPA and
DHA - omega-3 oils - in seafood can save your body from
having to produce eicosanoids, a hormone-like substance
which can make you more likely to suffer from blood clots
and inflammation.
Joint benefits: Eating fish as a regular part of a balanced
diet has been shown to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid
arthritis, a condition which causes the joins to swell up.
Recent research has also found a link between omega-3
fats and osteoarthritis, suggesting that eating more seafood
could help to prevent the disease.
The eyes have it: Eating oil-rich fish regularly can help
to keep the eyes bright and healthy. A recent study has
suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help to protect
the eyesight of those suffering from age-related macular
degeneration (AMD), a condition which causes the retina
to degenerate and the eyesight to become blurred. Fish
and shellfish also contain retinol, a form of vitamin A which
boosts night vision.
Essential nutrients: Seafood provides the body with
many essential nutrients which keep us running smoothly,
including iodine, selenium, zinc and potassium. Iodine
is important for the thyroid gland, and selenium makes
enzymes which can help to protect us from cancer. Fish
and shellfish are also excellent sources of many vitamins,
including vitamins A and D.
Take a deep breath: A number of studies have indicated
that fish and shellfish may help to protect our lungs. Not
only can seafood relieve the symptoms of asthma in

children, but it has shown signs of preventing it. Eating a lot

of fish can also keep your lungs stronger and healthier as
you age in comparison to those who dont eat a lot of fish.
Brighten your outlook: Seafood may also play a large
part in preventing depression; research has highlighted
links between low omega-3 levels and a higher risk of
depression. Seafood could also help us to avoid Seasonal
Affective Disorder (SAD) and post-natal depression.
Your skin looks great: Not only does omega-3 help to
protect the skin from the harmful effects of the UV damage,
but eating lots of fish can also help with the symptoms of
skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Fish is also
a great source of protein, which is an essential ingredient
of collagen, a substance which keeps the skin firm and
Good for down below: Evidence suggests that a diet
rich in fish oils can help to protect us against serious
inflammatory bowel diseases (BD) including Crohns
disease and ulcerative colitis. There is also evidence to
suggest that omega-3 could help to slow the progression of
inflammatory bowel disease in some sufferers.
Boost your brainpower: The human brain is almost 60%
fat, with much of this being omega-3 fat. Probably for this
reason, research has indicated that people who eat plenty
of seafood are less likely to suffer dementia and memory
problems in later life. DHA, an omega-3 fat found in
seafood, has also been linked to improvements in childrens
concentration, reading skills, behavior, and Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Dollar Shirt by Lawrence Werrell

ORIGAMIMONEY What can you make?

Email us your creation to

Whered That Come From?

Spill the Beans: Meaning: To reveal a secret
History: In Ancient Greece, beans were used to vote for
candidates entering various organizations. One container for
each candidate was set out before the group members, who
would place a white bean in the container if they approved of
the candidate and a black bean if they did not. Sometimes a
clumsy voter would accidentally knock over the jar, revealing
all of the beans and allowing everyone to see the otherwise
confidential votes.

September Is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second
most common cancer among men
in the world and the second leading
cause of death from cancer in American men.
While the majority of cases are
diagnosed before the cancer has
begun to spread outside the prostate
gland (metastasized), about 1 in 20
men will have prostate cancer that
has advanced at the time of diagnosis.
Nearly all these men with advanced prostate cancer will show
evidence of bone metastases, which
cause debilitating pain for 80 percent
of men affected and are ultimately
associated with decreased survival.
Everyday symptoms resulting from
these bone metastases, such as
sleep disruption, inability to complete
household chores or the daily use of
over-the-counter pain medications
or NSAIDs, can be an indicator of
disease progression. Unfortunately,
many men living with advanced
prostate cancer tend to ignore these
symptoms, which, in addition to
being a daily disruption, can have
devastating consequences in the
But something can be done:
Patients and caregivers are encouraged to flag symptoms or changing
symptoms, and recognize them as
a warning sign that the disease may
be progressing. Patients who consult
their doctors immediately can, with
expert guidance, consider treatment
options that 1) address the bone
metastases that cause many of these
symptoms, and 2) potentially prolong

THE GUYS NEED HELP TOO!!! There are many Breast Cancer
awareness rides throughout the year but as far as we know, there
are no rides or poker runs for Prostate Cancer awareness.


American Motor Drome Presents Americas

Original Extreme Motorcycle Thrillshow

The Wall of Death

by Art Vandalay
photos courtesy of Wall of Death website and TRM IN
When you first spot this event, its like looking at a
circus tent from the outside. Unassuming, but the mass
and size give you an inclination that something great
lies beneath. Just like at a carnival, the announcer with
a PA is bringing people in, promising sights unimaginable and spectacles that youll remember forever. So, the
building itself is where this piece of American history
Just like the paint on the machines that race around
the inside, the outside of our building shines with
Americas colors Red, White and Blue. Buildings like
ours are an American Original dating back to the early
1900s and the beginnings of bicycles and motorcycles.
The walls did not start out perpendicular to the ground
in fact the slanted track that we call the starting-track
developed along with bicycles and were seen first as


Velo dromes were the first track to see a bicycle with

an engine and were used by the coach to pace the
riders. Board tracks that came later were as small as
1/3 mile with slightly banked corners. Tracks got longer motorcycles got faster and banks got steeper and
higher. The racers were reaching speeds in excess of
90 miles per hour on tracks made of 2x4s stacked on
edge. The bikes had no brakes and the spectators had
no barriers. Several horrific accidents involving both
riders and spectators were cause for board track racing
to be outlawed.
You cant keep a daredevil from daredevil-ish behavior the fairs and carnivals were the outlet. Mobile race
tracks without the straight-a-ways, motor dromes. There
were many different building styles during their heyday
in the late 30s. The lion dromes were the biggest, as big
as 48 feet in diameter. Lion dromes had extra doors for
the cats caged on the outside. Many were combination
dromes, a slant wall and a vertical wall with a short start
track. There were also silo dromes with only a vertical

wall and start track. Some buildings traveled by truck

others on train cars. The buildings varied as much as
the men that built and rode them.
Jay Lightnin has set the bar high both in craftsmanship and materials. He hand picked every board used
from the mud-sills to the riding surface. The building is
constructed entirely of wood with some screws, a few
nuts, bolts and cables holding it all together. The walls
are fourteen feet tall and make a 30 diameter riding surface. A simple structure that amazingly can withstand
3+Gs of force put to its inner wall at the same time
hold a crowd of more than 150 adults every show. The
building is as much the show as are the motorcycles.
In 1998 just two shows operated in the United States
mostly on the east coast, out west a new motor drome
and show were beginning to take shape. 2001 Sturgis
rally American Motor Drome Company debuts. Since,
the building has made appearances across the U.S.
from Murrels Inlet, South Carolina and Miami, Florida to
Gladstone, Oregon and Butte, Montana logging hundreds of thousand miles on the trailer. Some have been
not-so-easy miles at a truck stop. Fire destroyed a truck
parked next to us leaving blistered and dis-colored
paint, countless miles of rain, hail and wind. Wind is
the worst, not while its on the road but when she is up
ready to ride. During the 2007 Sturgis rally wind lifted
her off the blocking, a wonderful testament for our top
maker but a hair-raising experience for the crew and an
enormous amount of stress on the building.

The most asked question is how long does it take to

set this up?, lets just say that its a good days work. If
you really want to know just come help us build it some
day, help is always welcome.
The Indian 101 Scout is the undisputed Best mount
for trick riding on the WALL of DEATH. These machines
were built in Springfield, Mass. from 1928-31. Yes, 80+
year old motorcycles are still the best. In addition Harley Davidson 2-stroke machines from the 1950s and 70s
are also used to perform on the wall and we bring this
collection to every show. The display of motorcycles is
as much a show as the wall-riding. These machines are
alive and working for a living everyday. See the original wallbikes of some the pioneers of the sport. The
Scouts of Speedy Babs and The Great LaVonnie along
with Samantha Morgans SX 250 are with us every show
keeping their spirits alive on the WALL.
The Scouts alone are an impressive site but to experience them, hear the engines rev, smell the fuel burn
and feel them pass inches from you at the top of the
WALL will leave you breathless...
Harley-Davidson is also present on the WALL of
DEATH. First on our Bally(front stage) we have a 2001
Sportster 883 affectionately known as the bally hack.
We ride the bally hack at the beginning of each performance to give the audience a glimpse of what they
might see on the inside from the high elevated platform. The bike is set on rollers allowing the bike to be
ridden right on stage. Not to worry it is chained to the
continued next page


rollers in the event the rider makes a mistake.

The Harley -Davidson SX 250 also performs on the
wall. In 1975 the Motor Company hoping to draw even
larger groups of riders into the Harley-Davidson fold,
offered for those wanting to explore the options offered by smaller, more nimble machines with on-and
off-road capabilities, the SX-250. The two-stroke motor displaced 250 cc, and five-speed gearbox gave
maximum flexibility and eager response. Not a huge
hit it still filled the needs of many riders. On the wall
the SX 250 is used to perform many of the acts in the
show one being the speed of the wall test-ride. We
use them for the light weight power and they look
good in our show colors.


If youre wondering if this new Indian Scout carries the Indian heritage forward,
the answer is yes. It satisfies every thought of whether or not this bike is something
special, not just because of its history, but also because of its future.
The Scout goes its own way with the evolution of the American V-twin, not following
in the steps of the new Indian Chief. It gives a more modern answer with plenty of
updates in just the right places.
Powering the Scout is a 69 cu. in. (1133cc) 60-degree liquid-cooled V-twin, a
DOHC engine with four valves per cylinder that prefers high-test. Fed by EFI with a
60mm throttle body, the new Indian mill, which has a redline of 9,000 rpm, puts out a
claimed 100 horsepower at 8,100 rpm and 72.2 pound-feet of torque at 5,900. It has a
six-speed tranny and a left-side belt drive. The Scout is geared high and it comfortably
rolls along at 70 mph in sixth gear at 3,750 rpm.
The Scouts suspension is conventional41mm fork legs up front, dual shocks
out back. Without a rider on the bike, the Scouts rear suspension is topped out with
zero sag; on rebound over larger bumps, the bike will top out against this upper limit.
And please notice the extreme rake of those shocks, to mimic the hard-tail lines of the
1920s Scouts.
For stopping, the Scout has a single 298 mm rotor at each end, with a two-piston
caliper up front and a single piston out back. Other details of note include a super-low
25.3-inch seat height and a freakin leather seat (!). Color choices for the new Scout
are red, black, smoke black, and smoke silver, the last two being matte finishes.
Claimed dry weight is 538 lb.
The Scouts overall package is one of the best-balanced shapes of any cruiser-type
motorcycle ever made, sweetly carrying forward the proportions and triangle lines of
the 1928 Scout. The headlight is basically off a pre-war Scout and the forward slanting
front of the fuel tank maintains the Scouts original go-fast look. If you dont think this
bike is great-looking, youre just plain wrong. You probably still hate your fourth-grade
art teacher for insisting that crayons werent just for eating.
The seating position is right-on for a 5-foot-10 rider, with a comfortable reach to the
handlebars and forward foot controls. The non-adjustable hand levers are well placed,
and the mirrors provide a good view, while the pull-back handlebar looks and feels
right. As for the bad-ass seat, it works great; after a long day of riding, there was none
of that burning-cheek feeling that some bikes deliver.
Although the Scout is geared tall, it never lugs, chugs or complains at even the lowest rpm. The EFI is crisp at every throttle setting in every rev range, smoothly transitioning from on-off changes without the slightest hesitation or glitch. At low rpm, which
some riders always prefer, the vibrations were minimal if not completely unnoticeable.
It is said that from around 6,000 rpm on up, the engine may produce a bit of a buzz.
But at that range in the power band, thats not something you complain about. The
Scout can be ridden as a comfortable cruiser, or it can be railed down a twisty highway
as a low-slung performance bike, perfectly behaved at both ends of that scale. With
the tall gearing, third is the central one for bombing corners, and 6,500 to 7,500 is the
sweet rev range for instant-on power or prime engine braking.
The Scouts transmission is amazing. Never a shift missed, a false neutral found, or
the real neutral hidden when desired. All shifts were easy, certain, and quick without
thought or concern. Complaints are minimal. A hard clutch pull (which gets to be too
much in traffic), the aforementioned shock top-out thunk and wandering mirrors.
The Scout is exactly what a modern Scout should be: a reflection of heritage, not
an imitation of outdated technologies. Its great for comfortable cruising while still
delivering performance. Its rev range is wide, its easy to ride, its neutral steering feels
spot-on, and its single front rotor gets the job done with great feel and a light touch. At
peg-dragging speeds, the chassis feels solid and confident. With a pricetag starting at
$10,999 Scout is a solid buy for 2015.


Liquid-cooled 60-degree V-twin , 298mm rotor, 1-piston caliper
dohc, four valves per cylinder
538 lb.
69 cubic in. / 1133cc
558 lb.
99.0mm x 73.6mm
5.3 in.
988 lb.
100 hp at 8100 rpm
91.0 in.
72.2 lb.-ft at 5900 rpm
34.6 in.
47.5 in.
wet multi-plate
belt drive, 141 tooth
4.7 in.
91 octane
26.5 in.
3.3 gal.
61.5 in.
130/90-16 72H
41mm fork, 4.7 in. of travel
cast alloy, 16 x 3.5
dual shocks, 3.0 in. of travel
150/80-16 71H
298mm rotor, 2-piston caliper
cast alloy, 16 x 3.5

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Advertisers Index SEPTEMBER 2014

7 City Bail Bonds...............................................................................35
Alternative Investigations.................................................................15
Bayside Harley-Davidson/Outer Banks Harley-Davidson................11
Big Daddyz Cycles.......................................................................21
Colonial Beach Bike Fest (Event).............Outside Front Cover & pg 38
Days Inn BLACKSBURG..................................................................29
Departure Bike Works..........................................................................11
Goochland Restaurant.....................................................................15
Graffitis Ink Gallery..........................................................................10
Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson.....................Inside Back Cover
Gullivers Crossflight Restaurant.....................................................35
Hampton Roads Harley-Davidson.....................................................1
HOG Wild Photography...................................................................10
Jens Place.......................................................................................35
La Quinta Inn & Suites LYNCHBURG..............................................29
M&B Towing & Recovery, M&T Towing & Recovery, Buzzys Towing Service Inc...35
Outer Banks Bike Fest (Event).........................................................37
Richmond Harley-Davidson Grand Opening (Event)........................30
Rick Preacher Saunders Devotional..............................................21
Rider Insurance....................................................Outside Back Cover
Royal Silver Manufacturing Company., Inc.....................................15
Seven Cities Freedom Biker Church..............................................28
Silver Lining Carpet Cleaning..............................................................44
Slades Park......................................................................................15
The Mimslyn Inn LURAY...................................................................29
Tom McGraths Motorcycle Law Group.................Inside Front Cover
Trackside Grill..................................................................................21

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Saturday, October 4th