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On The Cover
Myrtle Beach Bike Week West
March 2&3, 2012

Is it really February?...I still cant believe that December & January have passed by either. The calendar may say that its still winter but I think Mr. Freeze & Frosty decided to stay north of the Mason Dixon line this season. I really look forward to having at least a few weeks of frigid weather so I can break out the heavy duty winter gear for a bit. I guess I should count my blessings for the nice break on my heating bill though. If were not going to get blasted with the icy cold & snow, then I say we may as well move right on into Spring & lets get things started for the riding season! The calendar is already starting to heat up & folks are sending in events for the upcoming months. Youll see the calendar get packed over the next couple of months from what I know will be coming in soon. So friends, get those bikes tuned up, checked up & revved up because I have a feeling this year is going to be one of the best weve had in a very long time. As always, we invite you to send in your HOT SHOT picturesyou can send pics as often as youd like. We want to show everyone what you all are doing & how much fun youre having. It doesnt matter if its completely candid or youre a big ham in front of the camera.we want your pictures. We also would like your stories too. It could be a day cruising trip, an I broke down on the side of the road trip or Woo Hoothat was a lot of fun! trip & be sure to send pics along with your stories too. Please stop by & visit our advertisers as often as you can. They are here for you & will do whatever they can to help get you what you need. If theres anything we can do for you here at Thunder Roads, please dont hesitate to ask. Thanks for being here with us & well look forward to seeing you again next month. Be happy & stay safe on the road! Peace,

Calendar Of Events............................................4 Proud To Be An American..............................8 Hot Shots..............................................................12 NCOM News Bytes..........................................22 Clubs & Organizations..................................23 On Eagles Wings.............................................25 The Jokers Wild..............................................26 Biker Friendly Directory..............................32 Advertisers Index..........................................36
NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1528 Matlock Drive Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Corporate Office: 615-792-0040 Fax: 615-792-7580 e-mail:


ONGOING EVENTS BIKER CHURCH SERVICES Biker Church Service Mechanicsville, MD Rushing Wind Ministry, 29025 Three Notch Rd., Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Gordon Bacon, Preacher, 240-577-0605, Sunday service 10am -10:30am gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30. Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm. Services are held every Sunday; Bible Study held every Wednesday; Bike Night ever Friday Night. Liberty Biker Church & Blessing of the Bikes Isle of Wight County, VA 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. Hang-around (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with Christian rock band Stronghold providing the church music. Our address is 17011 Courthouse Hwy, Isle of Wight County, VA, contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612 We hold services every Sunday & we hold a Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month. 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.

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.
Creek Road Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909. Having bikes blessed by Bikers for Christ. A short ride to American Legion Post 288 in Coinjock N.C. Then back to clubhouse for food, fun and brotherhood. For more info contact Robert (Wingman) Huff at 252573-0362 or email at Mar 17th Absolut Cycle Worx Annual Charity Throwdown Richmond, VA More info to come Apr 12th 15th Barrys Outer Banks Bike Rally Grandy, NC Held @ Barrys on Walnut Island Restaurant * Lodge * Sport Center 169 Walnut Island Blvd. Grandy, NC 27939. Bikers Party at the NUT. Monday: Welcome to the OBX Party 4PM. Tuesday: OBX Ride to Tim Buck Two 10AM-2PM. Wednesday: Miss NC Bike Week Contest 7PM. Thursday: Outback Burn Out Contest 4PM. Friday: Strongest Biker Contest 2PM. Tattoo Contest 4PM. West and Daniels Band. Saturday: Bike Games Slow Ride 1PM. Dog Bite 2PM. Barry West Special 3PM. Gator Head Southern Rock Band. Sunday: Bike Games. US Coast Guard Fly Over 1PM. Waitress Carry 2PM. Biker vs Food Contests 3PM. For more info visit www. Apr 14th & 15th Virginia Bike Fest @ Virginia Motorsports Park Petersburg, VA Virginia Bike Fest @ Virginia Motorsports Park 8018 Boydton Plank Road, Petersburg VA 23803. Come See the Biggest Harley Drag Racing and Show event in Virginia. Two Days of Fun and Action. Event Overview - Saturday, April 14: TRACKSIDE - Nitro Harleys * Jet Harley * All Harley Drag Racing * Street Bike Drags Open to all Brands. PITSIDE - Bike Show * Big Dog Bike Rodeo * Top HOG Chef Challenge BBQ Cook-off * Pig Pen Saloon * Bike Fest Piglets - Washin Bikes & Takin Names * Free Pig Pickin (While Food Lasts) * Vendor Midway * Overnight Camping. STAGE - Live Music All Day Headliner Band at Night * HOG Callin Contest * BIG Daddy HOG Contest * HOT Mama HOG Contest * Dirty Dancin Contest * Swimsuit Contest * The Shadow Dance. Sunday, April 15: Open Drag Racing for Cars and Bikes * Vendor Midway * Fun Runs. Bike Parking will be Free. Car Parking will be $10 per car in Pits General Admission: $20 Saturday, $15 Sunday. www. Apr 15th Kundratic Motorcycles Spring Swap Meet Baltimore MD BUY, SELL or SWAP! The Annual Spring Swap Meet has been set for Sunday April 15th 2012. Traditional old school swap meet with motorcycle & hot rod parts only. 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, 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. Sorry, no crafts, jewelry, peek-a-boo dolls, etc.. Call us or stop by the shop to reserve your space today. 410.633.3113. Payments accepted: Visa/MC, Discover AmEx, Cash, Paypal, Personal checks accepted until 03.15.12. www. Location: Kundratic Kustom Motorcycles 6310 Holabird Avenue Baltimore MD 21224 Apr 21st 29th 10th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week - Harbinger, NC For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www. For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: events@ 9 Days of Non-Stop Entertainment & Riding. Win a $1000.00 Shopping Spree. 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest H-D 2012 Factory DEMO Rides. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Harbinger, North Carolina

Feb 10th 12th Timonium Motorcycle Show 10th Anniversary Timonium, MD - Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on displayhuge custom and antique bike show100s of exhibits covering everything in motorcycling. Attendees will be able to meet master bike builder, Ron Finch who is nationally known for his extreme metal fabrication. Ron received the Biker Blacksmith award on the Biker Build-Off Finale in Las Vegas. Michele Smith, a nationally recognized motorcycle television personality, will also be at the show throughout the three days. See the FeatherFree Zone Bike and the U.S. Biker Law (911 Tribute) Bike that were designed and built by Paul Teutul, Sr. & his Orange County Chopper Crew. New this year, a huge Swap Meet and Caf Racer feature section will fill a second large exhibit hall next to the main show facility. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, Maryland Opens 10AM each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 10-12, 2012. Admission for Adults: $15.00, Children 10-15 years $5.00 and under 10 are free with paying adult. Go to to print-out $5.00 off admission discount coupons, good on adult admission only. For more info. call, 410-561-7323, visit or email Mar 2nd & 3rd, 2012 Myrtle Beach Bike Week West - Myrtle Beach, SC Florence Civic Center, 330 W. Radio Road, Florence SC. 29501. Myrtle Beach Bike Week West offers everything from Vintage Motorcycle Displays, Drag Bike Displays, Chopper Road Shows Ride In Bike Show, Live Entertainment with Legends of Bike Week, Stunt Riders, Custom Builders, Vendors Mall, plus much more. Vendors, Bands, or General Info. Contact Sonny @ 336-643-1367 or cell is 336-580-1638. Mar 4th Departure Bike Works INDOOR Swap Meet Chesterfield, VA Sunday March 4, 2012 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832. Vendor Space available - Indoor Booth Space Rentals for: Used Parts Vendors * New Parts/Clothing/Accessories * Bike Corral. For more info contact Lee at (804) 231-0244; fax (804) 231-0250. email Mar 10th Blessing Of The Bikes - Elizabeth City, North Carolina Blessing Of The Bikes to be held at Southern Riders M/C 168 Knobbs


May 5th C.O.P.S. Relay for Life Team Poker Run for American Cancer Society-Appomattox, VA C.O.P.S. (Commonwealth Officers Promoting Survival) Relay for Life Team is sponsoring a Poker Run to benefit the American Cancer Society in Memory of Lisa Roakes (Retired First Sergeant). Starting at the Appomattox County Rescue Squad Building in Appomattox and traveling country scenic routes. Registration is 9:00 AM to11:00 AM. Last bike out by 11:15 AM. Cost of $20.00 per bike and riders additional $10.00. 2 extra cards available for $5 each. 50/50 drawing and Door Prizes. Meal provided at end of ride. Any questions or for more information, please call 434-352-3409 June 2nd Back of the Dragon Day Tazwell, VA Back of the Dragon Day, The Awakening will take place in Tazewell and Marion VA. on their main street at the same time on 2 June 2012. Open to the public at 9:00am. Live music, bike show and car show with motorcycle and sport car company displays, with vendors. Each town will have their unique sponsors and vendors. There will be pllenty of food and beverages from local restaurants and food vendors. Its all about the ride, and we have 32 miles of the most challenging black top you will ride. Come and earn your Dragon Master Patch! Make Back of the Dragon your destination on June 2nd. Contact: Tazewell VA. 276-988-2501 Marion VA. 276-783-4190 Larry Davidson 276988-5726 Location: Main St. Tazewell VA. 24651 & Marion VA. 24354 Jun 21st 23rd Virginia State H.O.G. Rally Williamsburg, VA The 22nd Annual Virginia State H.O.G. Rally returns to Williamsburg, VA. www. The 2he 22nd annual Virginia State HOG Rally is returning to Williamsburg, The 22nd annual Virginia State HOG Rally is returning to Williamsburg, Jul 20th 22nd Carlisle Bike Fest Carlisle, PA Adult Admission: Th.- Sun. $8. Child Admission: 8 and under FREE. Gate Times: Fri. 9am-6pm / Sat 8am-6pm /Sun. 9am-3pm. For updates visit www.carlisleevents. com Aug 8th 12th East Coast Motorcycle Rally Little Orleans, Western MD This is the event thats taking the country by storm! Formerly known as The East Coast Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. All the reasons are right. Mountains, Open Country, Good People, Clean Air and the Freedom of the road! The EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY Apple Mountain, Little Orleans, Western Maryland is the hot spot for motorcyclists to get together for good times, good food, and great entertainment. And the one and only Motorcycle Demolition Derby event!! Now rivaling Bike Week , Myrtle Beach and many other events. Let the Party Begin! For years Motorcyclist have been having to travel half way across the Country to Rally with new folks and hook up with old friends. Now meet em on Apple Mountain at the EAST COAST MOTORCYCLE RALLY ! Come, Camp, Party! Save BIG Reserve Your Advance Tickets NOW! Sept 16, 2012 Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimers Association Palmyra, VA Ride to Remember Poker Run to benefit the Alzheimers Association of Central and Western Virginia on Sunday, September 16, 2012 to begin and end at Cuppa Joe Coffeehouse on Rte. 15, just south of Palmyra, Virginia. $20 per driver, $10 per passenger and $10.00 for extra poker hand. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Last bike out at 10:30 a.m. Prize for best poker hand, door prize and 50/50 drawing. Contacts: Barry Boothe, Ph. (434)842-6392, email: boader@hughes. net or Alex and Sue VonDerBecke, Ph. (434)842-2200, Email:

SAVE YOUR DATE!!! IS YOUR EVENT IN OUR CALENDAR??? If not, submit it on the Events page of our website www.thunderroads-virginia by the 15th of the month so it will make it into the next issue. We need events submitted as far in advance as possible so that others can be respectful of the date that youve chosen for yours.
Sept 22nd Riding for a Cause Crozier, VA Poker Run to benefit Special Olympics of Virginia at the Academy for Staff Development. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. - last bike out at 10:00 a.m. $20 per person and you get a poker hand, a door prize ticket and a lunch. Additional poker hands $5. Additional door prize ticket $1. All bike welcome! Academy for Staff Development, 1900 River Road West, Crozier, VA 23039. Sept 27th 30th Outer Banks Bike Fest For a complete schedule of events, visit our website at www. For Vendor or Sponsorship packages contact Shamra at (252)338-8866 or contact us via email at: 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands. Live Bands & Bikini Contests. Bike Shows & Poker Runs. Guided Tours. Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest. Historic Lighthouses. Wright Brothers Memorial. Pirate lore and history. Location: Outer Banks Harley-Davidson, Harbinger, North Carolina Oct 6th 3rd Annual Lupus Poker Run Fredericksburg, VA All welcome!! $10 per person, sign in starts at 10am. All proceeds go to the Lupus Research Institute, best hand wins--door prizes too! Come join us for good times and great friends! Location: Renegade Classics, 316 White Oak rd, Fredericksburg Va 22405





Kick Some Ass

Youve all heard the expression Kick Some Ass or variations of it. There is a list thats been passed around for years, that has become known as Appropriate Situations to Kick Some Ass . I have welcomed receiving this list numerous times over the past couple of years from friends and fellow Veterans. Im thinking that its time to share it with our readers: military member or veteran lucky enough to be carrying her - of course, failure to do either of those could earn you a severe ass-kicking. 8. Dont try to discuss politics with a military member or a veteran. We are Americans, and we all bleed the same, regardless of our party affiliation. Our Chain of Command is to include our Commander-In-Chief (CinC). The PresiDear Civilians, We know that the current state of affairs in dent (for those who didnt know) is our CinC regardless of our great nation has many civilians up in arms and excited political party. We have no inside track on what happens to join the military. For those of you who cant join, you can inside those big important buildings where all those representatives meet All we know is that when those civilian still lend a hand. Here are a few of the areas where we representatives screw up the situation, they call upon the would like your assistance: military to go straighten it out. If you keep asking us the same stupid questions repeatedly, you will get your ass 1. The next time you see any adults talking, or wearing a kicked! hat, during the playing of the National Anthem - kick their ass. 9.Your mama wears combat boots never made sense to me - stop saying it! If she did, she would most likely be a 2. When you witness, firsthand, someone burning the vet and therefore could kick your ass! American Flag in protest - kick their ass. 3. Regardless of the rank they held while they served, pay the highest amount of respect to all Veterans. If you see anyone doing otherwise, quietly pull them aside and explain how these Veterans fought for the very freedom they bask in every second. Enlighten them on the many sacrifices these Veterans made to make this Nation great. Then hold them down while a Disabled Veteran kicks their ass. 4.(GUYS) If you were never in the military, DO NOT pretend that you were. Wearing battle dress uniforms (BDUs) or Jungle Fatigues, telling others that you used to be Special Forces, and collecting GI Joe memorabilia, might have been okay when you were seven years old. Now, it will only make you look stupid and get your ass kicked. 5. Next time you come across an Air Force member, do not ask them, Do you fly a jet? Not everyone in the Air Force is a pilot. Such ignorance deserves an ass-kicking (children are exempt). 6. If you witness someone calling the US Coast Guard non-military, inform them of their mistake - and kick their ass. 7. Next time Old Glory (the US flag) prances by during a parade, get on your damn feet and pay homage to her by placing your hand over your heart. Quietly thank the 10. Flyboy (Air Force), Jarhead (Marines), Grunt (Army), Squid (Navy), Puddle Jumpers (Coast Guard), etc., are terms of endearment we use describing each other. Unless you are a service member or vet, you have not earned the right to use them.. Using them could get your ass kicked. 11. Last, but not least, whether or not you become a member of the military, support our troops and their families. Every Thanksgiving and religious holiday that you enjoy with family and friends, please remember that there are literally thousands of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen far from home wishing they could be with their families. Thank God for our military and the sacrifices they make every day. Without them, our country would get its ass kicked. Its the Veteran, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press. Its the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech. Its the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who gives us the freedom to demonstrate. Its the Military who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Virginia State H.O.G. Rally

Williamsburg, Virginia Jus Deux it

We welcome you with Open Arms, Open Hearts and a welcoming Hand shake, H.O.G. members from Far and Wide, please come to Virginia. The 22nd annual Virginia State Hog Rally, over 400 years in the making is returning to Williamsburg in 2012, June 21st -23rd. But why limit yourself? Come for the week and enjoy one of Americas best Family destinations. Not only do we have some unbelievable riding and I do mean UnbelievableBush Gardens, Water Country, Kings Dominion, The Historic Triangle (Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown) and Virginia Beach are just minutes from the Rally site. Feeling adventurous and patriotic? Take a trip north to our Nations Capital or head South East to see the Largest Naval facility in the world, in Norfolk. We know you will be hungry. The area in and around the Host Hotel (Crowne Plaza Williamsburg) has a plethora of dining establishments, from the quick and go, to the elegant and everything in between. We suggest you get some rest before you arrive. We have so much planned to do and the area has so much to offer, that you wont have much time for sleep. What else can you ask for? Well, if you pre-register and you are the lucky one whos name is chosen, you can ride home on a Brand New Harley Davidson. Thats right! A Bike WILL be given away to one lucky pre-registered attendee. Help us make Williamsburg, Harleysburg for one week in June, you wont regret the Journey. For details & updates on this years rally, please visit our website


When Your Dog Is Your Best Friend

17011 Courthouse Hwy., Isle of Wight County, VA begins at 10 a.m. on Sundays, free donuts & coffee

Get into a higher spiritual gear!

Hangaround (social) time:

Worship service: 11 a.m. on Sundays

music by Christian rock band Stronghold learn more online: or call Jim at 1-757-376-3612


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Used-Bike Buying Checklist

How do you make sure you dont overlook something when youre checking out a used motorcycle? Print this checklist and take it with you.
1. Do your research Before you put any motorcycle through its paces, read magazine articles, website reviews and visit online enthusiast discussion forums to glean information about that models idiosyncrasies. For example, a BMW boxer drains the lifters when its shut off, so it may make quite a racket when it starts up. If you didnt know that beforehand, you could walk away from a perfectly fine motorcycle. 2. Match the VINs The VIN on the frame should match the VIN on the engine, and both should match the VIN on the title. If theres a discrepancy, there should be a very good reason. If not, walk away. 3. Check the VIN Call it into your insurance company for a real rate quote. Call it into the manufacturer for any recall info. And, if possible, call it into state authorities, to see if it has been reported stolen. 4. Check the maintenance records Sure, these can be fudged, but when you buy a used motorcycle, you have to accept that you must rely on some level of trust. If these dont exist, ask for a verbal account of maintenance history. 5. Examine tire wear Look for cupping and make sure theres at least 1/16 of an inch of tread. Check the tire pressure while youre down there. Improperly inflated tires may hint at lazy maintenance habits elsewhere. 6. Test for excessive bearing play Ask the seller to put the bike up on the centerstand. Gently tug on the fork tubes front to back, feeling for play in the steering head. Also feel for movement in the front and rear wheels and side-to-side action in the swingarm. Basically, any play is bad and a safety hazard. 7. Check the steering head lock Does it work? Use the key and find out for yourself, but just as important, look for any signs of damage or excessive wear. Has it been replaced or repaired? If so, the bike may have been stolen at one time. 8. Examine the air filter It should be clean and properly installed. Consider a zero-tolerance policy. Dirt in the engine is a very bad thing. Also, is the airbox intact? Extra holes (punchouts) could be fine (as long as they are outside the filter), but ask the seller why they were performed. 9. Check all fluid levels Discolored brake fluid, low coolant levels and dirty (or gray) oil are all bad signs. Dont forget that some bikes have separate crankcase and transmission oiland two dipsticks. 10. Perform a visual once-over Look for any obvious mechanical issuesloose or missing fasteners, fluid leaks, pitting in fork tubes, rust in the fuel tank, cable continuity, chain play, sprocket condition, cracked wiring insulation, etc. 11. Perform another visual once-over This time, focus on cosmetics with an eye toward identifying crash signs. Look for inconsistencies in paint shade or texture. Cracks in plastic or fiberglass may be invisible from the outside but obvious from the inside. Use a flashlight and check all the cracks and crevices. Examine footpegs and sidecases for scrapes. Do the control levers appear extra shiny? Ask why and when they were replaced. 12. Operate all controls Test the brakes, operate the clutch and take note of sufficient play, shift gears, flip the turn signals, beep the horn, etc. If a test ride is not allowed, then put the bike on the centerstand and do a dry run. 13. Start it If the seller isnt hip to a test ride, dont get too discouraged. Many motorcycles have gone out for test rides and have not come back. But, by all means, start the bike. Put at least four of your senses to work: listen for odd noises, look for smoke, smell for burnt oil or coolant, feel for heavy vibrations. Throttle response should be crisp off idle and significantly more smoke should not accompany more throttle. 14. Get out the toolbox At the least, check air pressures (tires, and forks and shocks, if applicable). If youre so equipped and mechanically able, test the resistance of the electrics with a multimeter, brake disc thickness with a micrometer, and cylinder compression with a compression tester. 15. Are extras included? Extras you want can make the deal sweeter. If the bike has aftermarket parts you dont want, see if the owner will take them off and lower the price. Ask for any stock equipment that was replaced with aftermarket parts. And dont forget the tool kit. 16. Is this the bike I want? Often, what looks great in photographs and sounds great in website reviews, falls flat in person. Even if the bike itself is sound, if the model didnt stand up to its lofty rep, go back to the drawing board. This is your last chance. 17. Negotiate Dont just meet the asking price without trying to get a better deal. Every item you found wrong is a negotiating point. You may get nowhere, but you might save a few hundred bucks, too. And never forget the power of these seven words: Is that the best you can do?

The Official Newsletter of Virginias First Motorcyclists Rights Organization Any Biker Friendly Business that offers a 10% discount to ABATE of VA members, will get a free business card size ad in every Freewheelin issue.


How about a SuperFood thats cheap, has no calories, is associated with relaxation and pleasure, tastes good, and is available everywhere, from the finest restaurants to the local diner? And how about if that food lowered blood pressure, helped prevent cancer and osteoporosis, lowered your risk for stroke, promoted heart health, played a probable role in preventing sunlight damage to the skin (such as wrinkles and skin cancer), and contributed to your daily fluid needs? Tea is all that. If youre not sipping orange pekoe at the office, gulping refreshing brewed iced green tea on the tennis court, or enjoying some Earl Grey after dinner, youre missing an opportunity to improve your health and longevity with tea, the worlds most popular SuperFood. According to legend, the discovery of tea occurred quite by accident in 2700 B.C. in the reign of the Chinese emperor Shen Nung. As the emperor rested beneath a shade tree, a servant boiled some drinking water nearby. A breeze came up and blew some leaves from a nearby wild tea tree into the pot. The emperor, impatient to drink, sipped the water and was delighted with the taste. Thus was born a drink that is, after water, the most popular drink in the world. There air mine than 3,000 varieties of tea available around the world, and its a beverage that, because of its complexity and variety, attracts both connoisseurs and ceremony. From the British institution of tea time to formal Japanese tea ceremonies, no other beverage, save perhaps wine, inspires such ritual and debate. While the savoring of teas culinary attractions is an ancient pastime, the health-promoting properties of the beverage have recently drawn wide attention. Interest in the medicinal properties of tea has ebbed and flowed over the centuries, but it hasnt been until recently that research has confirmed ancient suspicions: teathe simple, common beverage is a healthy drink.


The People Of Walmart

Its Electric! Why throw away a perfectly good pair of jorts just because they are completely ripped and ruined? Its evident this guy got some great do-it-yourself fix-it tips from our friends over at!

The Guinea Pig When you cage up an animal long enough they get used to their environment and even when you release them into the wild they tend to gravitate towards their artificial habitat. This makes survival in the wild far less likely.

The Floral Arrangement That flower pattern on your dress really brings out the color in your testicles. Next stop: Project Runway!

Man Up You know what they say about guys and thigh-high boots right?.exactly, they dont say anything because they belong on women of questionable moral character, not guys!

Rock My World Looks like Bret Michaels is still trying to find his rock of love. Typically Id say finding the right gal in the middle of the night at Walmart is very unlikely, but judging by some of the women that were on that show Id say he is spot on.

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ILLINOIS MOTORCYCLISTS CAN NOW LEGALLY RUN RED LIGHTS Motorcyclists in Illinois will no longer be stuck indefinitely at stoplights, as effective January 1st the Land of Lincoln joined eleven other states that allow riders to proceed through malfunctioning red lights. Sensors that trigger light changes often arent sensitive enough to detect motorcycles, which prompted the Illinois legislature to pass HB S860, supported by ABATE of Illinois, which allows motorcycles stopped at a red light to go through the light if it doesnt turn green after a reasonable amount of time. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the bill, claiming it endangers our motorists because it allows the motorcyclist to determine how long is reasonable, but both the House and Senate voted to override the veto and the original bill became law. The new law, as now on the books, states: After stopping, the driver of a motorcycle or bicycle facing a steady red signal which fails to change to a green signal within a reasonable period of time because of a signal malfunction or because the signal has failed to detect the arrival of the motorcycle or bicycle due to the vehicles size or weight, shall have the right to proceed subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign as required by section 11-1204 of this code. The law applies only to municipalities with a population of less than two million, so the city of Chicago is exempted. Similar so-called dead red laws have been enacted in Minnesota (2002), Tennessee (2003), Arkansas (2005), Idaho (2006), Wisconsin (2006), North Carolina (2007), South Carolina (2008), Missouri (2008), Oklahoma (2010), Kansas (2011) and Virginia (2011). In Texas and California, state law requires stoplights to be fitted with sensors that detect motorcycles. LAS VEGAS CLUBS SUE OVER POLICE HARASSMENT A group of Nevada motorcycle clubs is suing Metro Police, accusing the Las Vegas police department of violating the constitutional rights of bikers. The Confederation of Clubs and Scoundrels Pub filed the lawsuit Wednesday, January 11, claiming that The police are interfering with private business and telling private businesses that they cannot allow certain motorcycle clubs inside their private businesses. Their attorney says Metro Police officers harassed bikers and threatened to pull liquor licenses at local biker bars, like Scoundrels, based solely on the businesses clientele. The lawsuit includes a letter Metro PD sent to Scoundrels Pub last June that states an event involving the Vagos Motorcycle Club violated Clark County code and could put the pubs liquor license at risk. Weve not asked for a penny. We dont want money. We just want to get recognition of the situation and get the Metro Police Department to give us our constitutional rights. Thats all were asking for, said Bandido Motorcycle Club Las Vegas President Rich Novicelli in an interview with CBS-affiliate 8NewsNow. Metro declined to comment. JUDGE BARS N.H. TOWNS FROM ENACTING STRICTER NOISE LAWS New Hampshire cities and towns cannot impose limits on motorcycle noise that are stricter than

what state law allows, a Rockingham County judge has ruled. If each town in New Hampshire had the authority to enact different noise emission ordinances, the state would be subject to a checkerboard pattern of laws, ruled Superior Court Judge Kenneth McHugh on Dec. 9. For example, a motorcyclist who complies with the state noise emission limit could be precluded from driving through a town because that town enacted a lower noise emission limit than the state. The judges decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by the Seacoast Harley-Davidson dealership, which filed suit against the town of North Hampton, successfully arguing the town did not have legal authority to adopt its own motorcycle noise ordinance. North Hampton adopted a noise ordinance at a May 2010 Town Meeting, requiring all motorcycles operated in the town to have exhaust noise limited to 80 decibels. State law permits motorcycles to reach 106 dB. After the ordinance passed, the local police chief refused to enforce the ordinance, describing it as unconstitutional and explaining that law enforcement and the town could face legal action if they enforced a lower noise threshold than state law allows. Similarly, McHugh found the local ordinance to be in direct conflict with state law and ruled the town of North Hampton is hereby prohibited from adopting or enforcing the ordinance. In granting the permanent injunction, the judge noted in his decision that the N.H. House of Representatives Transportation Committee rejected a bill to enact a law that was similar to the North Hampton ordinance. McHugh also noted that the town administrator was notified by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that it does not grant cities and towns any additional authority to control environmental noise beyond that available to them under state and local law. House Bill 1442 has since been introduced in an attempt to lower the states motorcycle noise limit to the federal standard of 80 dB and would require that any motorcycle brought in for servicing to have EPA-compliant mufflers installed at that time. Similar measures have failed to pass three times in the past four years due to what the bills sponsor calls fierce opposition from the powerful motorcycle lobby. LIVE FREE AND RIDE A New Hampshire legislator wants his states Live Free or Die slogan emblazoned across motorcycle license plates. While he hasnt straddled a bike in some years, State Rep. Tim Copeland (R-Stratham) said its a great saying that shouldnt be limited to license plates on cars and trucks. He said the idea was hatched at a convention for lawmakers where candy trays were sold that were made by inmates out of defective license plates. While looking at those candy dishes, Copeland wondered why the quote from a toast made in 1809 by General John Stark isnt celebrated on the backs of motorcycles. Rep. Copeland said there would be no additional cost to the state and hes been told theres nothing logistical to prevent stamping the state slogan onto the smaller motorcycle plates. Copelands bill is with the House Transportation Committee and proposes replacing the word motorcycle at the top of all motorcycle plates with the state motto.

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SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR PROMISES TO VETO A HELMET LAW Less than two years after a State Supreme Court ruling barred the city of Myrtle Beach, S.C. from enforcing a mandatory helmet law stricter than the states requirement for riders under 21 to wear them, a helmet law for all motorcyclists statewide has been introduced in the South Carolina legislature. Senate Bill 1046 was read in Senate for the first time Tuesday and has been referred to the transportation committee. South Carolina required all riders to wear helmets from 1967 until 1980 when the legal mandate was limited to young riders. The attempt to change back to a comprehensive helmet law is opposed by groups such ABATE of South Carolina which is challenging the bill saying that they have no problem with helmets, but dont agree that its the governments responsibility to police personal safety. Governor Nikki Haley met with biker rights lobbyists recently on the steps of the State House, where she promised them she would veto the bill. Gov. Haley, a member of Lexington Countys ABATE, told bikers at the capitol that the senate has more important matters to focus on. She told them to tell their legislators, Dont waste your time, because even if it does pass, shell veto it. In 2007 the state formed a motorcycle safety task force to look at ways to lower fatalities. That group did not recommend a mandatory helmet law. Currently, only 20 states require all motorcyclists to wear helmets, 27 only require them for younger or inexperienced riders, while three require no helmet use at all. FRENCH TO REQUIRE REFLECTIVE RIDING APPAREL Ride to be seen, but ride like youre invisible is sound advice for all motorcyclists, and wearing bright colored reflective riding gear is one way to be more conspicuous in traffic and avoid getting ran over by distracted and inattentive drivers, but France will soon be enforcing legal measures to ensure that motorcyclists are seen. French officials apparently take motorcycle visibility so seriously, theyre making it Illegal not to be noticed. According to a new rule in their highway code that takes effect January 1, 2013, riders and passengers aboard any bike bigger than 125cc will each be required to wear at least 150 square centimeters of reflective fabric on their upper bodies -- and according to British motorcycle activists Riders Are Voters, France already requires reflective stickers on helmets. FIRST MOTORCYCLE-ONLY GAS STATION OPENS ABROAD More motorcycles are sold in Indonesia in a year than exist in the entire United States of America! According to the Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI), 7.4 million motorcycles were sold there in 2010, and by comparison there were 7.9 million motorcycles registered in the U.S. There are significantly more motorcycles than cars operating in this densely-populated region, and of 70.71 million vehicles in Indonesia, 52.43 million are two-wheel machines, which has led to the opening of the worlds first motorcycle-only gas stations. These Shell Motor Express stations are designed exclusively for motorcycles and it was the Indonesian governments idea to provide comfort, safety and time-efficiency for the majority of the countrys commuters. Shell Indonesia says: This motorcycle gas station is a pilot project developed in response to the Governments idea to provide a dedicated refueling service for motorcycles. Shell Motor Express is purposely built to serve motorcycles which are the largest and fastest growing segment in the domestic motor vehicle industry. WEIRD NEWS: DIRTY SECRET ABOUT GAS PUMPS Gas pump handles top a recent study of filthy surfaces, so just when you thought filling up couldnt hurt any more, medical researchers have announced another reason to avoid touching the gas pump: GERMS! Gas pump handles turned out to be the filthiest surface that Americans encounter on the way to work, according to a study released on October 25, 2011 by Kimberly-Clark Professional, a unit of personal hygiene giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. A team of hygienists swabbed hundreds of surfaces around six U.S. cities to see what everyday objects are breeding grounds for the worst bacteria and viruses. The top offenders, following gas pumps, were handles on public mailboxes, escalator rails and ATM buttons. Closely following on the filthiest list were parking meters and kiosks, crosswalk buttons and buttons on vending machines in shopping malls. It comes down to the fact that nobody cleans the things that youre going to touch on a daily basis, said Dr. Kelly Arehart, program leader of Kimberly-Clarks Healthy Workplace Project. MOTORCYCLISTS FINED FOR WEARING DOT-APPROVED HELMETS In a strange twist, motorcycle riders in Mumbai, India are being hassled by law enforcement for wearing DOT-approved helmets because, in an effort to curb the use of cheap helmets, the police commissioner recently issued an order stating that all motorcyclists must wear helmets with an ISI marking to certify that they are approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards. So, despite wearing some of the finest helmets in the world, with certifications from the U.S. Department of Transportation which subjects helmets to higher standards of testing, police are issuing tickets to safety-conscious riders for wearing unapproved helmets. In typical bureaucratic fashion, authorities have reportedly forwarded an application for recognizing DOT-certified helmets to the transport department which is the competent authority to make an appropriate decision. QUOTABLE QUOTE: Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. ~ Groucho Marx (1890-1977) American comedian and film star



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ABATE of Virginia welcomes all riders to join in the fight to protect your rights. No matter what you ride, we want YOU! For more information contact Sharon Keaton at 540-937-3924 or CulpeperSharon@Gmail. com. Stay on top of the latest ABATE news and events by visiting ABATE Coalfield Riders Chapter ( Grundy , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Saturday at Caleb & Melissa's garage, Deel Fork, Grundy , VA 24614-9600 . Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Steve Stacy at 276-935-2484 or ABATE Culpeper Chapter ( Culpeper , VA ) meets 7PM every 2nd Thursday at Hazel River Pub, 105 E Davis St, Culpeper , VA 22701. Everyone Welcome. For more information contact Tim Dalman at 540-219-6366 or TimDalman@ ABATE 1st Capitol Chapter meets the 1st Sunday of every month at the Williamsburg Moose Lodge (5429 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188) NOT at Beachcombers in Yorktown. ABATE Iron Horse Cavalry (Lynchburg, Va.) meets 7pm every 1st Tuesday at Big Licks 4001 Murray Pl. 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Check our website for ride times and more information: or contact President Lenny Stowell at (757) 420-4411 or Brothers In Arms MC The Brothers In Arms MC was formed to support the members of our armed forces, past and present, create a camaraderie between like-minded men and women from those services, share in our love of motorcycling and support veteran charities and causes. The Yorktown Chapter usually meets on the third Sunday of the month at various locations in the Yorktown area. The Brothers In Arms MC is a neutral, non-territorial club. For more information about the club and contact links, visit the chapter web site at Christian Motorcyclist Association Northern Virginia Chapter 348 NVCR meets 3rd Sat each month @ Old Country Buffet in Manassas @ 9:00 am, President Rick Saunders, Richmond, Va. 23230. Mike Walton, President (804) 514-9123 meetings come out and ride with us anyway. Its not about the meetings. 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Email: kimandbubba1@ or Jeff @ 804-892-3346 Email: Road Wench East Coast Womens Motorcycle Club in Northern Virginia Website: Facebook :!/profile.php?id=100000803818092 TAMA Tidewater Albemarle Motorcycle Association. ALL clubs or any organization that hosts rides/events are welcome to attend. Come out & meet some good people from all around the area. Were all working together so that each one our rides/events can be scheduled not to conflict with others & then we can all have a successful turnout. Our meetings are held @ 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month (except December). Beginning January 20th, 2011, meetings will be held at Mary Jaynes Lazy Horse, 565 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake, VA23322. The Sons of God Motorcycle Club Ministry made up of Christian Bikers who share a vision of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ with other bikers. We hold bible study every Monday evening. 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The lengths of the pipes do two things, they alter how long it takes the pulse waves to reflect back to the exhaust valve (helping or hurting scavenging), and they alter how much wall friction (drag) occurs in the OK, lets tackle one of the most ancient of the old-wives-tales in exhaust beyond peak torque rpm. Lengthening the pipes tends to assist performance exhaust design and selection head-on. Im sure you have output under peak torque rpm. Increased length also increases drag, heard this one: back-pressure is needed for low rpm torque, or someand reduces flow through the exhaust system beyond peak torque rpm. thing along these lines. This fallacy has been around for more decades This determines the shape of the torque curve before or after it peaks, than I care to count. I have heard it related to everything from low rpm and thus, how much peak horsepower will be made as the engine revs street cruisers, to all-out road race and drag bikes, boats, cars, and everything in between. In shops, on the internet, in the race paddocks, and beyond peak torque engine speeds. If we are designing an exhaust system from scratch, we can use pits. Even repeated and spread by those who should know better. This is specific formulas to determine what pipe diameters will produce peak the zombie virus of the performance industry. torque at our target engine speed. We can then use other formulas to The problem is that this well-known and often repeated statement is determine what lengths are then needed to shape the torque curve for flat out wrong, easily tested and proven to be incorrect. First, let us take a look at what back-pressure is, and how to measure it. By simply plac- the torque curve we desire. We can even determine which reflected wave will help us design the exhaust system for best output through the ing a pressure sensor or gauge in an exhaust port of a specific cylinder operating range. Then we test and make small changes to the design for head, or tapping into the exhaust tubing of a primary pipe near the best results in each specific engine. cylinder head, we can measure what is occurring in the exhaust system Cutting to the bones, pipe diameters determine at what rpm peak at these points. As the exhaust valve opens, the pressure in the cylinder torque happens. And pipe lengths rock the output above or below peak blows down, and flows out of the exhaust port and into the exhaust systorque rpm. At no time, does a restriction to flow (back pressure) help tem. During this time, the pressure in the exhaust port rises and peaks. Soon thereafter, the pressure starts dropping. This pulse of exhaust gas- make more output from the engine. So now, you may point out, the ExUp valve used on many different ses acts like an egg-shaped slug of pressure that travels through the exhaust system. Each time the diameter of the exhaust tubing increases motorcycles today. You have read the marketing-speak from Yamaha and other manufacturers, and have bought into it hook, line, and sinker. dramatically, or reaches the end of a pipe, a negative pressure wave is Well, it is wrong as well. In fact, this exhaust throttle was originally desent backwards up the tubing towards the exhaust valve(s). Once the wave reaches the exhaust valve (open or closed), the wave signed by a Ford engineer in the late 1960s for the Boss 429 Shotgun engine project. This engineer is still alive and well, living in California, reflects and changes form from negative to positive pressure, and viceand still working in the exhaust industry. The design does nothing more versa. This is much like an echo bouncing around in a large room. As than reduce sound levels when closed, or the opening is reduced. It does a result of these waves, the exhaust system pressure near the exhaust not help low end performance. valve is fluctuating positive and negative. If the negative pressure wave Again, this is easily tested. Simply by mapping the fueling and ignition arrives at the exhaust valve while it is open, it helps to pull combustion gasses from the chamber. This is called scavenging. However, because timing for best results with the valve working, we can set a baseline for the waves can be both positive, as well as negative, the pulses can both output at low loads through wide open throttle. We can then remove, or simply disable the ExUp system and leave it in the open position. Then assist scavenging, as well as work to impede it. we fully remap the engine for the altered exhaust restriction, and pulse If we have placed a gauge connected to the exhaust port, we will see tuning. In each case where we have performed this test on even a stock the pressures fluctuating up and down, and we can see where in the crankshafts rotation the pressure is positive, and negative. We can also motorcycle (correctly mapped for best output), in not a single case, has the ExUp system improved low rpm output. In fact, in many cases, the measure average pressures. opposite is true. If we now add a restriction to the exhaust system in order to cause So what does the ExUp system actually do? It reduces exhaust system pressures to build up (causing an increase in average pressure), noise emissions up to the engine speeds where federal regulations we also change the wave reflection timing and speeds. But the added pressure in the exhaust system does not cause an increase in output. In are tested. Beyond this range, the valve is allowed to open fully. This allows the manufacturers to use higher flowing (and less sound absorbfact, the opposite is true. The increased pressure in the exhaust causes ing) silencers to produce better high rpm output without significant cost the piston to be forced to push the combustion pressure out of the exhaust (instead of it being sucked out by scavenging and inertia), and this increases. When it comes to marketing-speak, dont drink the Kool-Aid without testing. robs output from the rotating crankshaft. This means we now have less So now, we have put two closely grouped shots right between the work done by the crankshaft, and reduced output to the drive train. eyes of this back-pressure myth. This old-wives-tale should be long As engine speeds climb, the restriction in the exhaust causes an ever-increasing rise in pressure, and more and more output robbing work dead and buried. But like a Hollywood zombie, it refuses to die. Why? Because too many of those who spread it like a disease, refuse to done by the piston - termed pumping losses. All of this is easily meaactually test. A theory, without testing, is an opinion. Sound testing that sured and tested. Now lets take a look at what really happens within the exhaust system proves a theory either correct or incorrect, is a fact. and determines system performance. As far as the exhaust gasses I dont have an opinion, I have a dyno. are concerned, output is about velocity and drag. In basic terms, the -David Vizard diameter of the exhaust tubing determines at what rpm the gasses will have peak velocities, and this in turn, determines where peak cylinder By Wayne Tripp scavenging and filling happens. This sets the engine speed where peak Power-Tripp Performance, Inc. torque output is made. If we make the pipe diameters smaller, peak torque is made at lower rpm. If we make the pipe diameters larger, peak torque shifts to a higher rpm.

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Being in the ministry can make it so hard to be humble at times. I have gone to many different events and churches to share or to minister in some way or another. You know how those you shared with or ministered to will always Thunder Roads readers together, lets fix our eyes on come up to you and out of appreciation or respect tell you Him and be glad! how wonderful your were? I found there were times that if that didnt happen I had a real bad feeling inside. Now I am sure this has only happened to me but I thought it was worth sharing. Psalm 69:32 New King James Version (NKJV) 32 The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. I used to have an old saying that goes like this, it is hard to be humble when youre this good! Lets look closer at Psalm 69:32. There is an important lesson here and in other places of Gods Word, namely that humility and gladness go together. What do the humble and the joyous have in common? They both look up. The humble are those who dont look down on anyone. The truly humble look up all the time. They have to look up, because their eyes are on God, and Hes above them. The joyous are always looking up as well, otherwise they wouldnt be rejoicing. The joyous are believing the Good News, so they rejoice! The prideful, however, are those who think theyre above everything else and so they look down on people. The prideful are connected to the others who look down, the cynical, the doubting, the despairing, the depressed, the sorrowful and the hopeless. In the same way that the humble and the joyous go together, so do pride and despair. Humility leads to joy. Pride leads to despair. Lets get our eyes off ourselves, off of our problems, off of the world around us. Lets fix our eyes on Him, the Redeemer of our souls. Those who look up in humility, also look up in joy! A church realized the importance of humility, so it formed a committee to find the most humble person in the church. Many names were submitted and numerous candidates evaluated. Finally, the committee came to a unanimous decision. They selected a quiet little man who always lived in the background and had never taken

credit for anything he had done. They awarded him the Most Humble button for his faithful service. However, the next day they had to take it away from him because he pinned it on.

Gordon (Preacher) Bacon, presently overseer of Rushing Wind Ministry in Southern Maryland and the founder of Southern Maryland Bikers For Christ and also serves as Maryland state elder for Bikers for Christ. Missionary on the Navajo reservation, Pastored in Az, West Virginia, and Lexington Park, MD.As well as establishing a Christian school. Educated at Sweetwater Bible College in Glendale, AZ. Ordained 1983 by Rock Church, Virginia Beach, VA. Married for thirty seven years to Debbie Santanello-Bacon, father of Gordon Deon Bacon(39) Gordon Ellis(Gordy) Bacon Jr. (34), Christina Bacon-Knull (32) and Janine Bacon (30). We have seven grandchildren ranging from nine years old to nineteen years old.

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A man was sick and tired of going to work every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her to see what he went through so he prayed: Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put in 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please, allow her body to switch with mine for just one day. Amen. God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the mans wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and vacuumed the entire house; upstairs and downstairs, took the cat to the vet, and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, but ended up having to go inside, went grocery shopping, loaded up 12 bags of groceries and then drove home to put away all the groceries, paid all the bills and balanced the checkbook. Drove to the Post Office; cleaned the cats litter box and bathed the dog. Then it was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the beds, do the laundry, dust, and sweep and mop the kitchen floor and sweep off the front porch and use the leaf blower and blow off the back deck and refill the bird-feeder. At 3:30 drove to the school to pick up the kids and got into an argument with them on the way home, which was added stress. He never dealt with the kids on this emotional level before; it was very strange to him. At 4:00 he set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework, then actually got to sit down for a minute on the couch and watch t.v. while folding 3 baskets full of laundry and then running around to various rooms putting folded clothes in various dressers and hanging up shirts, pants, etc. At 4:30 he began washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper and cooked the supper. After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded even more laundry, bathed the kids, read them all stories and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores werent finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to actually stay awake through but then passed out; comatose. The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said: Lord, I dont know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wifes being able to stay home all day. Please, oh Lord please, let us trade back, I beg of you. The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied: My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. Youll just have to wait nine months, though. Apparently, you got pregnant last night. The boss of a Madison Avenue advertising agency called a spontaneous staff meeting in the middle of a particularly stressful week. (This is one pretty sharp boss!) When everyone gathered, the boss, who understood the benefits of having fun, told the burnt out staff the purpose of the

meeting was to have a quick contest. The theme: Viagra advertising slogans. The only rule was they had to use past ad slogans, originally written for other products that captured the essence of Viagra. Slight variations were acceptable. About 7 minutes later, they turned in their suggestions and created a Top 10 List.. With all the laughter and camaraderie, the rest of the week went very well for everyone! The top 10 were: 10. Viagra, Whaazzzz up! 9. Viagra, The quicker pecker picker upper. 8. Viagra, like a rock ! 7. Viagra, When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight. 6. Viagra , Be all that you can be. 5. Viagra, Reach out and touch someone. 4. Viagra, Strong enough for a man, but made for a woman. 3. Viagra, Home of the whopper! 2. Viagra, We bring good things to Life! And the unanimous #1 slogan: 1. This is your peepee... This is your peepee on drugs. My friend at work likes her suggestion: The Hoover Vacuum slogan: Put the power of an upright in your hand! There is a factory in Northern Minnesota which makes the Tickle Me Elmo toys. The toy laughs when you tickle it under the arms. Well, Lena, an adorable but scatter-brain, is hired at The Tickle Me Elmo factory and she reports for her first day promptly at 8:00 am. The next day at 8:45 am there is a knock at the Personnel Managers door. The Plant Foreman says the new emplyee is holding up the entire assembly line. The 2 men march down to the factory floor. When they get there the line is so backed up that there are Tickle Me Elmos all over the factory floor and theyre really beginning to pile up. At the end of the line stands Lena surrounded by mountains of Tickle Me Elmos. She has a roll of plush Red fabric and a huge bag of small marbles. The 2 men watch in amazement as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and begins to carefully sew the little package between Elmos legs. The Personnel Manager bursts into laughter. After several minutes of hysterics he pulls himself together and approaches Lena . Im sorry, he says to her, barely able to keep a straight face, but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday.... Your job is to give Elmo two TEST tickles.

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White Trash Repairs

White Trash Repairs is your one stop shop for some good ole, git r done ingenuity. See more of these ingenious ideas at

Hillbilly Toilet Flusher: The submitter wrote: Dan the fix it man.This is my own photo, taken in my home. The toilet handle broke and he used Dental Floss and a stick( I wouldnt let him use my toothbrush) to fix it.


WorShip rally: Sundays @10:30 am

viRginia beaCh : Sundays @ 9:30 am

hangout time

MacGyver in action: MacGyver in actiontell me I cant fix a toilet when the hardware store is closed!. I stole this from my friends profile, a Bubba-ette in action!

1080 Aragona Blvd., Va Beach, VA 23455

Trailer park Garage: The submitter wrote: While wrenching on a buddys truck it started to get cold and it started to snow. I took a tarp covered our hoods and wallah Trailer Park Garage! It was pretty warm under there too since my engine was running.

Winnebago WIN! Not only is this shed a win with the winnebago door but check out the satellite dish! Win or Fail?

Hail Damage Prevention System: The submitter wrote: Big thunderstorm coming my way and no garage at my white trash residence to protect my car from hail damage so this is what I came up with



Tattoo Of The Month

Motorcycles bring out the kid in all of us


CHOCOLATE KISSES NEVER MISSES 1 Pre-made Roll of Sugar Cookies in your grocers biskit & cookies cooler SO SIMPLE SHRIMP LINGUINE FOR TWO 1 Bag of Hersheys Kisses chocolate drops 1 Bag of Bertolli Frozen Shrimp Linguine (in the frozen dinner Pre-heat oven to recommended temp. on the section of any large chain grocery store) sugar cookies wrapper. 1 Bag of X-Large, Pre-Peeled Frozen Shrimp Take a large sheet pan and spray generously with cooking spray. 1 Cups of Half & Half Cut your cookie batter log when its good and cold as its easier 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg to work with. Cut thin slices; 1/4 stick of butter or quality margarine. about 1/4 size. Place a Hersheys kiss in the center of one Get your shrimp thawing by placing in a colander under cold sliced round, then place another cut round over top and pinch running water, as per directions. After totally thawed, remove tails. The reason youre doing this is the shrimp that comes with the sides together. Bake as instructed and man alive, these are the dinner are small and if you add x-large shrimp, it really gives so easy to do and fabulous with that chocolate surprise filling. Serve with quality, home-made style vanilla ice-cream and a this dish a Wow! factor. Follow the directions on Linguine package. Add in 1 cup of half few slices of strawberries in the bowl and baby, this is a very romantic dessert. & half when all ingredients are defrosted in skillet and the sauce is flowing easily. This will just make more sauce to compensate for the extra shrimp youll be adding. Add 5 MINUTE POACHED PEARS DRIZZLED IN CARAMEL OR CHOCOLATE SAUCE your nutmeg also. Next, add your shrimp and butter and keep 2 Cans of Halved Pears (buy a quality brand) stirring until shrimp are hot throughout, apprx. 3 minutes on 1 Bottle of Either Caramel or Chocolate Sauce medium-high. Serve with crusty bread and a fresh (near the ice-cream aisle in any grocery) salad and youve got a sexy Valentines Dinner for Two that took 1 Shaker of Cinnamon all of 15 minutes to make! So simple.....just place your pears flat side down in a glass casserole dish, along with the juice that comes with them. Bake in EASY SHREDDED POTATOES au GRATIN 325 degree oven for only 10 minutes. Sprinkle generously with 4 Cups of Refrigerated, Shredded, Hash Brown cinnamon. While pears are poaching, pour your jar of either Potatoes or Frozen Bag; Thawed chocolate or caramel syrup into a small saucepan and heat till 2 Cups of Heavy Whipping Cream good and hot. Remove pears, place 2 in each bowl and drizzle 1-1/2 Cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese; divided with hot sauce. Again, serve w/ ice-cream or whip cream is 1/4 Cup of Diced Scallions desired. Salt & Pepper to Taste 1/4 tsp. of Nutmeg LEMON CAKE DRIZZLED W/ CHERRY PRESERVES 1 Cup of Panko Breadcrumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs in same 1 Pre-made Lemon Cake or Pound Cake at the aisle as regular breadcrumbs in any large chain grocery store) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray (1) smaller casserole deli section of your grocers. Sice it up if not pre-sliced dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place slices on cookie sheet; heat thru at 325 degrees for 10 Combine thawed, uncooked, hash brown potatoes, cream, 1-1/4 cups of Cheddar cheese, scallions, salt & pepper in a large minutes Heat a bottle of quality cherry preserves in a bowl. Mix it up good. saucepan and pour generously over slices of Spoon mix into casserole dish. Top w/ remaining cheese and lemon cake or pound cake. You can literally think of 100 topPanko on top. Bake until bubbly and golden brown; apprx. 40 pings for these cakes. Get creative! mins. So delicious!
K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon of Tennessee



Its important for you to know who your friends are out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our Biker Friendly Directory. The following is a list of establishments throughout the MidAtlantic 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 Biker 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 Biker Friendly Places, please give us a call (757) 831-2264 or email Where Theres Bikes.Theres Going To Be Thunder - THUNDER ROADS * Pick up your FREE copy of Thunder Roads at these locations

Thunder Roads Is Brought To You Each Month By The Following Biker Friendly Businesses Waugh Enterprises Mincz Tire Service ABW Designs * Harley-Davidson* 2 locations Andrew Walker 385 Waugh Blvd 1724 Altamont Ave. 340 East Broadway Ave Orange, VA 22960 Richmond, VA 23230 Hopewell, VA 23860 800-88-WAUGH (804) 353-1618 (804) 452-0088 & 10921 Trade Road LEGAL SERVICES Richmond, VA 23236 Adams Automotive (804) 794-5224 Epstein, Sandler & Flora P.C.* Service & Repair 413 W. York Street 8435 Hopkins Rd Outlanders * Richmond, VA 23237 Norfolk, VA 23610 4768 US Highway 211 West (804) 271-2279 1-800-9-THE-LAW Luray, VA 22835
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Bikers Depot* 612 Nevan Rd Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 962-0159 Cavellis Inc* 3514 Oaklawn Blvd Hopewell, VA 23860 (804) 458-2016
Fast Lane Biker Gear & Accessories * 166 S. Rosemont Rd. Ste. G Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 340-4446 Harley-Haven* 1920 Atlantic Ave Virginia Beach, VA (757) 425-2458

Groves Winchester Harley-Davidson * 140 Independence Drive Winchester, VA 22602 (800) 777-4275 or (540) 667-5655 Hampton Roads HarleyDavidson* 6450 George Washington Memorial Hwy Yorktown, VA (757) 872-7223

Southside Harley-Davidson, Inc. * 385 North Witchduck Rd Virginia Beach, VA (757) 499-8964


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Tidewater Motorcycles, Inc.* 4324 Godwin Blvd Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 255-4200 WTF Leather Crafter * Seats, Sewing, Patches, Leather work 612 Nevan Rd, Suite 108 Hilltop Virginia Beach, VA (757) 439-2813
Damon & Company Sports Bar & Grill * 7104 George Washington Mem. Hwy, Rt 17 North Gloucester, VA (804) 693-7218

Comfort Inn Oceanfront South 8031 Old Oregon Inlet Road Nags Head, NC (800) 334-3302 Virginia Outlanders River Camp* 4253 US Hwy 211 West Luray, VA (540) 743-5540 BIKER CHURCHES

Goochland Restaurant * 2966 River Rd West Goochland, VA 23063 (804) 556-9990

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

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INSURANCE GEICO Powersports* Motorcycle, ATV, RV, Watercraft 1-800-44-CYCLE (442-9253) BARS & RESTAURANTS North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153 Virginia Alley Caf & Sports Lounge 688 N Main St Kilmarnock, VA 22482 (804) 436-1100


HOOTERS Richmond West Broad * 7912 West Broad Street (804) 270-WING
Steel Horse Bar and Grill * 1920 W. Hundred Rd. (1/2 mile east of I-95 on Rt. 10) Chester, VA 23836 (804) 706-6600

Down Under Limosine (804) 784-4024 Serving Central Virginia

Liberty Biker Church* 17011 Courthouse Hwy Isle of Wight County, VA Hang-around (social) time: 10 a.m. with free donuts and coffee. Worship service: 11 a.m. with Christian rock band Stronghold providing the church music. Contact is Pastor Jim Manner, (757) 376-3612. We hold services every Sunday & Blessing of the Bikes the 1st Sunday of each month.
Rushing Wind Ministry

PERSONAL SERVICES Kuttin Station * For ALL your hair needs! 20820 Carson Rd Dinwiddie, VA 23841 Biker Specials! (804) 469-9003 TOWING Peaco Towing Inc.* 6906 School Ave. Richmond, Va 23228 804-262-1001

29025 Three Notch Rd. Mechanicsville, MD 20659 Gordon Bacon, Preacher (240) 577-0605 Sunday service 10am-10:30am. Gathering and fellowship with coffee and snacks. Wednesday Bible study 7pm-8:30 & Friday night bike night 6:30pm-10pm

MOTORCYCLE 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 POWDER COATING J & J Powder Coating*

Freedom Biker Church of Virginia Beach


Boneshakers Sports Bar and Grill* 1297 General Booth Blvd Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 502-4918 Clutch Bar & Grill* 1485 General Booth Blvd (Behind Hooters) Virginia Beach, VA 23452 (757) 491-2229 email:

2424 Castleton Commerce Way, Suite 1101 Virginia Beach, VA. 23456 (757) 406-2922 FUN PLACES TO STAY North Carolina Barrys Walnut Island Restaurant, Lodge,* Sports Center & Marina 169 Walnut Island Blvd Grandy, NC 27939 (252) 453-4153

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BY GARY WESTPHALEN Youre hard on the throttle for about one second. Then you let off, allowing the momentum of the bike to carry you forward for another second. Again, you blip the throttle hard. Then off, and back on. The 82-year-old bike youre on is shaking as it rumbles over the rough, wooden surface. Human heads are whizzing by to your right, down there at tire level. They are holding out dollar bills, waiting for you to reach down and snatch them away. Every two seconds you find yourself right back where you were two seconds ago. If you slow down, you will crash. To stop, you actually have to fall and re-orient your bike 90 degrees as you do so. This is either a very weird dream, or you are riding The Wall of Death. Actually, if you are riding The Wall, odds are still good that it really is a dream, because there are only a couple of motordromes remaining in operation in the United States. There is virtually no chance that youll ever ride one even if you dared. For Don Daniels II, the chance that came 14 years ago can trace its roots all the way back to the motorcycle races of the early 1900s. The Los Angeles Coliseum Motordrome, opened in 1910, was a round, wood-surfaced racetrack, not unlike the bicycle velodromes still in use today. This one was a mile long and designed for motorcycles. A new sport was born. Two dozen wooden tracks would spring up across the country over the next two decades, some stretching into ovals as much as two miles long. The curves were banked ever more steeply, allowing for faster and faster speeds. Fatalities were frequent and usually

included spectators because when the bikes crashed, they would launch over the top edge of the track, and into the crowd. Even for adrenaline junkies the carnage was too great and board track racing faded away as the races moved to dirt and asphalt. Just a year after that first motordrome opened, the concept had been shrunk to a transportable size, and the track had become nearly perpendicular to the ground. Nicknamed The Wall of Death almost as soon as it was invented, these minimotordromes were popular at events across the country. By the 1930s, there were more than a hundred of them working the traveling shows nationwide. Today, there are only two functioning motordrome shows in the U.S., and Don is one of a mere handful of riders who know how to survive The Wall of Death. Our particular motordrome was built in 1963 by the Boudreau family. They are actually from my hometown, which is Swansea, Massachusetts, Don Daniels II tells Thunder Roads West Virginia. Joe Boudreau actually built three motordromes back then, and he successfully toured two of them around the East Coast. The third was targeted at a West Coast market, and its troupe was named the California Hell Riders. Eventually, Mr. Boudreau brought it back to Massachusetts, and the motordrome was moth-balled for years. Then, one of the last Hell Riders resurrected the motordrome in 1981 and Don Daniels, Sr. signed on as a wall rider the next year. Two years later, he would buy the motordrome, and it has been in the family ever since. Its really a lot of fun. You get to ride motorcycles for a living,


Ian Daniels keeps the tradition of the carnival barker alive (left), exciting the crowd to climb the steps to the viewing platform (right), where they will peer down into the 14-foot deep barrel.

the younger Don says. His father has since retired from the about it is you get to see everybodys reactions. And as many show to run the family business of what else? - a bike shop times as each of us has done the show, as many times as we called Thrill City Cycle. Dons younger brother, Ian, also rides in do it, we watch it over and over and over again. And its still just the show as does Dons wife, Sandra D. Ive been doing it for as exciting. Theres always that little bit of excitement, where 14 years now, Don says. Ive been doing it for so long now its you dont know. just like riding on the road. That element of dont know concerns Don when he sees his A perpendicular road. Dons road is essentially, a wooden wife riding the wall as he looks up at her from the well below. barrel 14 feet high and 24 feet in Yeah, it always concerns me. It has diameter. The base of the wall sports concerned me from the beginning, a small, angled section which allows he says. Don and Sandra met at the accelerating bikes to climb Daytona Bike Week in 1996. She from their normal, gravity-induced traveled with me for two years and orientation at the bottom of the barrel was asking me the whole time, I to their insane 90 attitude as they want to try it. I would like to try it. I circle the wall at up to 50 miles per want to try it. I always told her that hour. her family would kill me if I let her At first, riding the wall is very try it. She just kept on. She wanted scary, because its really tough to try it. Then, some riders left and to get your body used to riding in we needed somebody to ride in the that position, Don remembers. show. I just let her try it, and shes Your body gets used to holding a been an excellent part of the show This 1910 postcard depicts the first board track built in the United States, near Playa del Rey, California. motorcycle straight up. And when ever since. Wall of Death motordromes, essentially scaled-down you try to get up on the wall for the Another excellent part of the show first couple times, your brain is telling versions, appeared about a year later. is the bikes they ride to climb the you to do this one thing, but your wall. There is a go-kart and a rare natural body instinct is to do the opposite of what youre trying 1957 Harley-Davidson Hummer. But the undisputed star is their to do, which is hold the bike straight up. So, its really tough to 1930 Indian 101 Scout. You ask any motordrome rider. The get past that point, to overcome your natural instinct and just most popular bike ever ridden on the walls is a 101 Scout, go with it. Its really tough to learn how to do it at first. There is Don notes. Aside from being the most popular bike around in no substitute for practice, and after making the transition from the early 30s, the 101 Scout was also perfectly engineered to gravity to centrifugal force thousands of times, its now old-hat hang on the wall. They assumed it was a big deal to balance for Don. I can go up there and I can look around, looking at the motorcycle evenly on both sides. Basically what that means the people in the crowd. I can look anywhere I want. Making is if you take the motorcycle and just cut it in half right up the the transition is really easy now. Whats hard is when you have middle, both sides will be the same weight. Thats the way they problems and difficulties, but on a smooth day when everything made them right from the factory. Indian did that on purpose. is going right, its comfortable. New motorcycles now, they really dont pay too much attention Its quite an adrenaline rush. Its a lot of fun. One of the most to that. A lot of bikes pull to the left, and thats because the exciting things Ive done, says Sandra D. The best thing primary side is a lot heavier. But a big thing on those old Indians

Don Daniels II goes hands-free on The Wall at about 40 miles per hour. The perfectly balanced weight of the 1930 Indian 101 Scout helps him hold the line.

Money Grab: As Don spins around in the barrel, spectators hold out dollar bills for him to snatch from their fingers. Even Don doesnt know how he manages to make these delicate connections.

is that they are well balanced, which makes them perfect when youre riding on the wall. You can just feel that when you ride it and take your hands off. When you have everything else lined up and everything is good, it will just pull straight. Thats important when the rider lets go of the handlebars, which Don does in his act. With his arms held high overhead, Don circles the wall about every 2 seconds, trusting the old 101 Scout to hold its line, as Scouts have done for eight decades. The big act back then on the 101 Scout was the free hand trick riding. Its tough to trust your motorcycle to stay straight on the wall with no hands, because you are on a wood surface, so its not as smooth as riding on pavement. The bike bounces around a little bit. Youve just got to trust your motorcycle and go for it. Even now that Im experienced doing it, and Ive done it so much, I can still hit one of those bumps where it will throw the bike off a little bit and tie my stomach in a knot for a quick second. Its always on the edge. Its definitely part of the show and will always be a part of it. Its in the history of it. Crashing is also in the history of motordromes. They didnt get the nickname Wall of Death to be cute. Mechanical issues, Don says, are the greatest danger a wall rider faces. If a guy rides on the road and something goes wrong, he can just pull over. If something goes wrong on the wall, and the bike comes to a stop, you come crashing down. Don says he had only

been riding the 101 Scout for about a month when he was introduced to the collision of gravitational and centrifugal forces. It happened at the West Virginia State Fair. The frame broke right underneath the neck, where the neck connects to the two downtubes. It snapped, so what happened was the front end came up and the bottom rail of the frame just went down and hit the wall and I was lucky enough that I was able to ride it right down to the floor and just fell when I got to the floor. I didnt break any bones, but I got a bit of wall-rash. That was one of the scary ones. The first time Don Daniels II brought the Hell Riders motordrome to Mountainfest in Morgantown, West Virginia, gave him another scare. They were in the middle of doing 24 shows in a single, very hot day. When you keep running the bike in that hot weather, the tire gets real slippery. It just gets so hot. Youre thinking its sticky, but really it just got so hot the rubber was melting. I was in the middle of doing the act and the back tire just slipped right out. The next thing I knew, I was laying on my back and the bike was starting to come down and it kind of landed on top of me. My brother ran over and tossed it off. I twisted up my arm a little bit and my back was sore, but we took a short break. I was doing shows an hour later. Once a staple of carnivals and county fairs across the country, motordromes and the bikers who climb these Walls of Death


Another part of the act puts Sandra D. and Ian on the wall at the same time. For this California Pursuit Race Sandra rides the Harley Hummer and Ian pilots to Go-kart.

are getting scarce. Just as no biker can stay up on that wall forever, the motordrome itself is, sadly, a piece of motorcycling that is feeling the gravitational pull of history. More than anyone, Don Daniels II doesnt want to see that happen. But the demands of keeping their bike shop open, along with family responsibilities means that Don, Sandra, Ian and the rest of the crew just cant spend eight months a year on the road like

they used to. As the winds of winter swirl around their home in Massachusetts, Don ponders the balancing act of life. We love it so much we just dont want to let it die, he laments. Its just such a piece of history that we would like to keep it going. Even if we can only do a few spots a year, just to keep it alive, thats what were going to do.


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Myrtle Beach Bike Week West

Welcome to the Motorcycle Expo March 2nd & 3rd, 2012
We have an array of vendors attending this event including several local shops and dealerships. Vendors, displays, and non-profits are all welcomed to participate in this years Motorcycle Expo. We have a lot of things we are working on for the Expo and we will posting updates on our website as soon as we have them. Family Day is Friday, March 2nd, 2012 Bring the Family and enjoy the Expo. Children 16 and under get in FREE with your parents. Seminars We are planning seminars on several different subjects. Motorcycle Maintenance, Motorcycle Insurance, Motorcycle Rider Education, just to name a few. All seminars and times will be posted before the show and will be on the program printed for the Expo. Win VIP Tickets to the Motorcycle Expo and The Concert Starting in February we will have it posted on the web site how to win VIP tickets to the Motorcycle Expo and The Concert. We will have locations around the Florence area where you can register to win VIP tickets. There will be promotions with media and with the events coming to the Florence Civic Center. Ride In Bike Show, Saturday March 3rd, 2012. Go to the Bike Shows page of the website to see the classes we currently are offering. The cost to enter your Bike in the show is $10.00 plus your gate admission. Blessing of the Bikes Outside Vending Area Friday March 2nd: Open 3:00 pm 9:00 pm Saturday March 3rd : Open 9:00 am 6:00 pm Used Motorcycle Corral March 2nd & 3rd, 2012 All Motorcycles Welcome Honda, Harley, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki All Types of Motorcycles, ATVs, Dirt Bikes For-Sale by Individuals. Its FREE Individuals wanting to offer for Sale their motorcycle in the Used Motorcycle Corral at the Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo will receive One (1) Free Space for your Motorcycle. To register your motorcycle to be in the used Motorcycle Corral, contact Sonny at 336-6431367 or fill out the form on the Vendors page of the website. ** The Used Motorcycle Corral is in the Outside Vending Area Used Motorcycle Parts Used Parts Vendors Honda, Harley, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Suzuki All Types of Used Motorcycle Parts. Individuals & Businesses interested in selling your used parts? Give us a Call for Vending Space Prices. ** The Used Motorcycle Parts is in the Outside Vending Area Chopper Road Shows Ride In Bike Show - Saturday March 3rd, 2012 Stock Motorcycles to Radical Rides we have a class for your ride. Entry Fee Per Bike is $10.00 Bike Show Admission (Entry) Form is located on our website Our Bike Show is open to the public and all motorcycles entered will be photographed and may be used on the web site. 43 Trophies 21 classes. Signup Starts @ 9:00 AM Ends 1:00 PM. Trophies Awarded 4:00 PM. Enjoy The Concert Saturday March 3rd, 2012 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM Florence Civic Center, 330 W. Radio Road, Florence SC 29501 Myrtle Beach Bike Week West welcomes to Florence SC, National Recording Artists, NANTUCKET, With Special Guests, ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS & GENEVA Tickets to the concert can be purchased in advance at the Florence Civic Center Box Office and at Ticketmaster. Tickets can also be purchase day of show.


Band info: Nantucket

Nantucket is a rock band that formed in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1969. Originally known as beach music band Stax of Gold GENEVA and later Nantucket Sleighride (after the song by Mountain), the six-member group Tommy Redd, Larry Uzzell, Mike Uzzell, Eddie Blair, Kenny Soule, and Mark Downing became a huge draw in their home state of North Carolina as a cover band. Nantucket eventually became a powerful and tenacious sensation, amassing numerous fans across the southeastern United States well before its first release.The original members of Nantucket reunited on November 29, 1991 to record a live session and released an album called Still Live After All These Years in 1992. It featured earlier songs and new material. http://www. ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS The Ultimate Hank Williams Jr. Tribute Band 2011 winner of the Best Country Tribute Band of the Year from the Charlotte Music Awards. ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS is a band that puts all the good times into the music we all know and love to hear. www. With Frank, looking and singing like Bocephus himself, Tommy Redd on guitar, Too Tall Tommy Evans on guitar, Wallace Cooley on Bass, Phil Falco on drums, Lightnin on

back up and some lead vocals, and all the guys lending a hand with some backup vocals too, its easy to see and hear how the combination comes together to put on a show that everyone enjoys and will come back for more. Headlining at over 300 Biker Events and gracing the Covers of over two dozen mainstream Motorcycle Magazines!!!! Sexy singer/motorcycle model GENEVA and her Band, are A Power House Act in the Motorcycle World.

Myrtle Beach Bike Week LLC Sonny Productions LLC Contact Sonny Copeland Phone: 336-643-1367 Cell: 336-580-1638 Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 8, 2011 - Myrtle Beach Bike Week LLC & Sonny Productions LLC is proud to bring for the first time ever Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo to the Florence Civic Center March 2-3, 2012. This expo is expected to be the largest family-friendly motorcycle event in the Florence SC area. Tina Dean with the Florence Civic Center states, The expansion of Bike Week to Florence is exciting news as we expect a dramatic increase in overnight stays and restaurant revenues for the immediate area. We hope the debut proves successful for both Florence and the event thus creating an annual return for biker enthusiasts. The Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo is estimating over 100 vendors including Vintage Motorcycle Displays, Seminars, Live Entertainment, Drag Bike Displays, Ride in Bike Show, Stunt Riders, Custom Builders, The Marketplace - Vendors Mall, Used Motorcycle Parts Corral, Used Motorcycles for Sale plus much more. Family Day is Friday, March 2nd. Bring the family to enjoy the Motorcycle Expo. Tickets for the Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo can be purchased day of show. $5.00 off admission coupon is available at the Florence Civic Center located at 3300 W. Radio Drive Florence, SC 29501, local Motorcycle Shops, Sponsor Locations and online at . Website More details about the Myrtle Beach Bike Week West Motorcycle Expo contact Sonny @ 336-643-1367 cell # 336-580-1638, e-mail


1818 Pot Spring Road Suite 112 Timonium, Maryland 21093 Phone: 410-561-7323 Fax: 410-561-3032 CAF RACERS / GARAGE BUILT EXPO DEBUTS AT TIMONIUM Timonium, MD - Every foreign and domestic motorcycle manufacturer available in USA on displayhuge custom and antique bike show competition100s of exhibits covering everything new the 2012 motorcycle industry has to offer form the back bone of the 10 th Annual Timonium Motorcycle Show. Attendees will be able to meet master bike builder Ron Finch, winner of the prestigious Biker Build-Off Blacksmith Award. Ron is nationally known for his extreme metal fabrication. New this yearseminars, workshops and tool technique demonstrations for the fast growing Garage Built Vintage Motorcycle Culture featured on Discoverys new Velocity channel covering caf racers, choppers, drag bikes, bobbers, rat bikes and more. There will also be a huge Super SWAPMEET with used bikes, parts, motorcycle clothing and artwork. All this will take place in a new 40,000 sq. ft. addition to the show. See the Feather Free Zone Bike and The USBiker 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Memorial Chopper that were designed and built by Paul Teutul, Sr. & his Orange County Chopper Crew, Kundratics handcrafted Mach Five and the wild Resident Evil build. Two wheel enthusiasts can also check out over 300 of the east coasts top motorcycle aftermarket companies featuring riding gear, safety equipment, performance parts, plus custom and fabrication services and more. Dont miss the International Bikini Team, Lingerie and Rider Fashion Shows, Tattoo Contests and funny, crazy Adult Competition Games on stage all three days. Many of the stage features are hosted by our favorite TV biker personality Michele Smith. The show is held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds Timonium, Maryland Opens 10AM each day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 10-12, 2012. Admission for Adults: $15.00, Children 10-15 years $5.00 and under 10 are free with paying adult. Go to to print-out $5.00 off admission discount coupons, good on adult admission. $10 discount tickets can be purchased in advance at any Petes Cycle location in Baltimore, Severna Park or Bel Air, Bobs BMW in Columbia or Harley Davidson of Baltimore in White Marsh. On FridayFree admission to any Veteran wearing a U.S. Military Uniform! For more info. call, 410-561-7323, visit or email

I Can Stalk U
Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing
Everyone loves to post things to their Twitter & Face Book accounts. Every day, people post things about the minutiae in their lives, from where they had lunch to what their kids are doing. People also are using services that allow them to post photos of these things. Because after all, a picture is worth a thousand words and isnt limited to 140 characters. This seems great, but did you know that for a lot of folks, whenever they post a photo of their lunch or kids, also included in their thousand words are details about their exact location of where they took the photo? Now, we love Twitter and posting photos of our lunch, however, we dont feel that enough people realize what kind of data they are posting, albeit inadvertently. By posting this information, they are allowing their movements to be recorded and analyzed by anyone: from a government to a nosy neighbor. After analyzing your photos, someone could find out: Where you live Who else lives there Your commuting patterns Where you go for lunch each day Who you go to lunch with Why you and your attractive co-worker really like to visit a certain nice restaurant on a regular basis. Among many other things! I think that most people if they realized they were posting exactly where they were each time they clicked send on their phone to post a photo to Twitter or Face Book they would stop doing it at all! Did you know that a lot of smart phones encode the location of where pictures are taken? Anyone who has a copy can access this information. Which is why we are doing this: To make people aware that they are posting this information when they are sending out photos and giving them options on how to disable that functionality. By making this information public, we are attempting to get enough exposure to the problem so that we can start to curb its continued use. We do not stalk anyone, nor do we wish anyone be stalked. If you are, or know of, a victim of stalking, cyber or otherwise, we highly recommend visiting the US DOJs Office for Victims of Crime page victims.htm. Wed like to say thanks to Ben Jackson & all the hands that created the project @,for allowing us to share this information with our readers. You can find more helpful info on their site about this topic.

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