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March 14, 2013

Admitted Texter - Kills a Rider Gets NO Jail Time

by Belt Drive Betty

I am in shock, I feel sick to my stomach - what the HE double Hockey Sticks is wrong with our justice system? One man dead, 3 others severely injured and the perpetrator? Texting while driving and yet not guilty of  dangerous driving causing death or the three counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm he faced.

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If people can get off scott free AFTER they have admitted to texting an driving - then what is the point to the law? Begin Quote: The officer who worked on the case, OPP

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What is the point of putting a law in the books if it has no teeth? We have distracted driving laws that have NO TEETH.

Christopher Sprecker, 55, was out for a motorcycle ride with several of his riding buddies, heading northbound along Highway 12, when he was killed while out for a sunny afternoon drive. Photo - SCRC Const. Trina Gosse, she she was also disappointed with the verdict. “It is troubling when you see so many people Continued on next page

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles injured,” Gosse said. “The deceased’s daughter was crying pretty hard.” She noted that even Rogers admitted he had been using his cellphone while driving that day, however the judge could not find beyond reasonable doubt that he was using it at the time of the crash. Gosse said this was her first case involving an alleged texting while driving causing death. “But sadly, it is not all that uncommon,” she said. End Quote It is my firm hope that there will be an appeal. The OCC - Ontario Confederation of Clubs does not appear to be on the rampage about this verdict, but from my personal experience with them -they appear to focus more on 1% issues than ALL rider’s rights issues. Regardless I would have thought that they would be outraged and sitting on the steps of their provincial legislature asking for the judge’s decision to be reviewed or for a retrial. I would have thought we’d see a statement or

Driver Goes Free a press release, but nothing anywhere that I could find. We NEED a national riders rights organization - a watch dog - someone to protect our rights as citizens and human beings. Just because this happened in Ontario does not mean riders from other provinces can’t have an impact. So - how can we, Joe Q Citizen have any impact on this particular injustice? The more we flood the Attorney General’s office with letters of outrage - the more likely a review of the case will take place.

PLEASE - take 5 minutes and DO SOMETHING.... Write to the Attorney General of Ontario: The Honourable John Gerretsen, Attorney General: E-mail at Mailing address: Ministry of the Attorney General

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McMurtry-Scott Building 720 Bay Street, 11th Floor Toronto, ON M7A 2S9 You could also flood the Crown Council’s Telephone Lines in Barrie asking for an appeal: Barrie Crown Attorney’s Office (705) 739-6188 Here is my letter to the Attorney General: Dear Honourable John Gerretsen, Attorney General of Ontario, The Justice system failed motorcyclists and all victims of distracted driving yesterday with the ruling by Justice Cory Gilmore in the case of Michael Rogers, a 24 year old who was, by his own admission texting and driving, crossed the centre line and killed one rider and injured 3 others. According to the article in the Barrie Examiner today: Crown attorney Dave Russell argued that Rogers was looking at a text message on his cellphone as he swerved out of his lane into Continued on next page

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the path of the riders.

What can be done to force an appeal?

Defence lawyer Lydia Riva argued Rogers committed no crime, but rather the tragic incident was a “moment of inattention,” and not an act of dangerous driving as defined by the Criminal Code. End Quote

I am a moto journalist who travels by motorcycle in Ontario usually once per year. I will be sharing your response with the riding community of Canada. Thank you

Distracted driving is an offence and according to a Ministry of Transport statement on their website: safety/distracted-driving/index.shtml There is a ban on hand held cellular device use while driving in Ontario. Would you please explain how using a hand held cellular device to read a text is not distracted driving, which is also dangerous driving? Why was it is not considered Dangerous Driving causing death and causing bodily harm in this case? If the person had been drinking it would be, would it not? If the person had been stoned it would be would it not? Why is this case any different?

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BCCOM Update – March 4th & 11th 2013

Tracy Smith Breach of Probation Hearing

 First off thanks to the 17 brave souls who attended, it was cold, most had only taken an hour off work to be there for the beginning which I was glad of as it got held over till Wednesday 9:30 am Surrey Courthouse Room 101. 

Spoke with Crown Council and it is one breach of probation (I have heard it was 2 but no), Miss Smith has been in custody for 11 days so far so by Wednesday I imagine it will end up as time served. Where it will get interesting is if Vision Quest will take her back, apparently the breach was over her not following house rules but nothing such as breaking curfew or drinking nor drugs. It is too bad as such short notice does not end up with a good turn out but we will try our best to let everyone know. Please try to come out and show support for our fellow rider.

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Meeting with Transportation Minister Polak:

I had an extremely positive meeting with Minister Polak, her Ministerial assistant Kiel Giddens, Assistant Deputy Minister Dave Duncan and Blair Lekstrom. Probably one of the best meetings I have had in my 22 years with BCCOM. On the table for discussion was Lane Filtering and Transferable Plates and it is my distinct feeling that the door is open on both or perhaps a better way to put it is that it is not shut. Legislation would have to be changed which is huge and I need to do some work in several areas. Nothing will happen before the election but I will be busy following some roads to further this effort. In the discussion around Transferable Plates I think everyone was in agreement that it is the way to go for all vehicles but as we are smaller in numbers we would make the perfect test case. I believe Minister Polak has a great vision for making driving in BC better and perhaps moving it forward to be a better system in general.was Lane Filtering and Transferable Plates and it is my distinct feeling that the door is open on both or perhaps a better way to put it is that it is not shut. Legislation would have to be changed which is huge and I need to do some work in several areas. Nothing will happen before the election but I will be busy following some roads to further this effort. In the discussion around Transferable Plates I think everyone was in agreement that it is the way to go for all vehicles but as we are smaller in numbers we would make the perfect test case. I believe Minister Polak has a great vision for making driving in BC better and perhaps moving it forward to be a better system in general. was Lane Filtering and Transferable Plates and it is my distinct feeling that the door is open on both or perhaps a better way to put it is that it is not shut. was Lane Filtering and Transferable Plates Continued on next page

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 Legislation would have to be changed which is huge and I need to do some work in several areas. Nothing will happen before the election but I will be busy following some roads to further this effort. 
In the discussion around Transferable Plates I think everyone was in agreement that it is the way to go for all vehicles but as we are smaller in numbers we would make the perfect test case. I believe Minister Polak has a great vision for making driving in BC better and perhaps moving it forward to be a better system in general. Questions for political candidates:   With the upcoming election BCCOM needs your input. We will put together a maximum of 8 questions that will go to every candidate in BC with their answers to be posted on the website. Please keep the questions short, focused and motorcycle specific.   Rider Down Memorial Service: It is with great pleasure that I announce the first “Rider Down Memorial Service” Sunday May 5th at 11 am. It will be located at the Bonsor Cenotaph, corner of Imperial and Nelson in Burnaby The B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists along with the Canadian Army Vetrans (CAV) will be hosting this service to honor our friends, family and loved ones who have been lost while riding. The Padre from the CAV will be performing the service.   It is also a salute to and a perfect way to bring in May is Motorcycle Awareness Month and the proclamation from government will be read. Please do your best to attend and let’s make this an event to rival the Toy Run! It will NOT be a parade but a destination with Jubilee Ave. being

B.C.C.O.M. UPDATE closed for motorcycle parking. Stay tuned for more details. It is the hope and dream of the B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists that this event will eventually be in every town/municipality in the province of BC that wants it!  Upcoming Events:   Are we missing something? If you want to list an event you’re hosting or know about, please go to under “Events” and you can list your own. If you have a pdf of a poster please send to   March 17th: 34th Annual Motorcycle Parts Swap Meet For more info please call: 604-367-1409   March 17th: Bernie’s Annual Daytona Fundraiser For more info please follow this link: https://www. March 24th: Abate of Washington Monroe Swap Meet For more info please call: 253-924-1981   April 7th: Coombs Swap Meet For more info please call: 604-580-0111   April 14th: 7th Annual GVMC Spring Fun Road

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Ride For more info please call: 604-534-7560 April 28th: 28th Annual Classic & Vintage M/C Swap Meet For more info please call: 604-299-0020   May 5th: Rider Down Memorial Service For more info please call: 604-580-0111   May 5th: 4th Annual Hells Gate Candy Run 7am meet time @ Barnes Harley Davidson Parking
8859 201 St. Langley, BC V2Y0C8, Canada.   Continued on next page

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles May 12th: 21st Annual GVMC Ride For The Kids For more info please call: 604 535-4860 May 25th: “6th Annual Ride and Rock” Tickets available early March. For more info please call: 250-862-2424   May 26th: 4th Annual Westcoast Motorcycle RIDE TO LIVE ride For more info please call: 6044-291-2453 Shop Discounts   Over the years many shops and related motorcycles businesses have come and gone and I am afraid that we seem to have lost track of the discounts offered by them for current BCCOM members. We have sent out emails asking for specifics and here is who has replied so far. If you have a business or frequent a business you think may want to get involved please have them contact the office at 1877 580-0111 or office@ with the details.   Denco Cycle: Offers 10% off to BCCOM members, not including labor or net priced items. 5834 176 St Surrey, BC V3S 4E2 604-574-3610   Phoenix Cycle: offer a 10% discount on parts & accessories to BCCOM members. (Not applicable

B.C.C.O.M. UPDATE to labor) 931 Dunford Avenue Victoria, BC V9B 2S4 250-474-1111 Vernon Motorsports: offers a 10% discount to all BCCOM members with proof of active membership. 6381 HWY 97 N Vernon, BC V1B 3R4 250-545-5381   Palymor Power Products: 10% off parts -20% off Motorcycle Tires for BCCOM members with an active membership card. BOX 11 - 1043 Playmor Road Crescent Valley V0G 1H0 (250) 359-7111   Original Leather Factory: 10 % discount to active BCCOM members. #123 – 2323 Boundary Rd, Vancouver – 604-298-3770   Eyecandy Custom Cycles: Travelling members of BCCOM may stay in our motor home or camp for free in Smithers at our place on the Bulkley River. We’ll also knock 10 bucks per hour off of any work done for fellow members. Box 4500 3350 Hwy 16 – Smithers, BC - 1-877-547-4044   Bike Barn: 10% all active BCCOM members (must have membership card) 300 Westminster Ave W, Penticton, BC V2A 1K2 (250)-492-4140   Belt Drive Betty: A free subscription to me newspaper when you sign up with BCCOM. http:// registers Please enter promo code: BCCOM13   Destination Highways: we’ll offer $10 more off for your members who order directly from us at http:// All you have to do is put in the discount code: BCCOM at the appropriate during the ordering.   Keep Ridin’ Motorsports: 10% all active BCCOM members (must have membership card) 1175 Continued on next page

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Gordon Dr. Kelowna, BC (250) 862-9164 Edmonds Batteries Ltd: offers 15% off to all BCCOM members (must have membership card) Three locations: 20131 Industrial Ave, Langley, BC – (604-534-7995) 6468 King George Hwy, Surrey, BC (604-596-8774) 7471 Edmonds Street, Burnaby, BC 604.525.8144 First Place Plastic Welding: 10% discount on all plastic motorcycle parts and any other items they may want welded or repaired (must have BCCOM card) 18601 Lougheed Hwy Pitt Meadows BC 604-464-3995 BCCOM MEMBERS INSURANCE DISCOUNTS:   Cassells Insurance Ltd. – Up to 10% off with an active BCCOM membership   Godoy’s Only Insurance Inc - Up to 10% off with an active BCCOM membership   Beacon Insurance – Up to 10% off with an active BCCOM membership   Megson Fitzpatrick Insurance - Up to 10% off with an active BCCOM membership * Please note discounts are for up to date active BCCOM members *

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THE RAMBLE IS BACK by Quentin Kerfoot

I have been crazy busy at my job selling bath tub and shower renovations for Bath Fitter.

The last few months have reaffirmed to me the fact that life does not get any less complicated as we navigate through it.

For those of you unfamiliar with Bath Fitter, an upcoming story will fill in some blanks.

In addition to plain old busy (who isn’t, right?) this year has proven to be a challenge – my phone died, my computer died and my car may be dying a slow death.

My schedule even had me missing the Vancouver Motorcycle Show this year.

Well not really. I’m not that attached to these things, at least emotionally. That said when things aren’t performing as expected it throws

This past Sunday, I was recreating my version of a ground hog raising his head looking for his shadow, except in my case I was looking to see if my ride was casting a shadow. Great news - it was! Bad news, the one nice day, in fact the nicest day of the year so far that I wasn’t working, I WAS SICK. This of course added to my discomfiture.

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Circumstances have conspired to keep me away from my weekly rambling but I hope they are behind me now. In fact, they have kept me away from riding and most things motorcycle.

I guess the motorcycle gods weren’t happy so they fogged in the airport for the entire day. While waiting for another flight that never happened, low and behold the Show was a 3 minute walk from the Abbotsford Airport so I got to go after all.

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Suffice to say a lot of grieving going on . . .

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles a pretty big wrench into things. How did our parents survive in the old days without these essential tools of life? All challenges aside, I am ready to get back on that horse, figuratively speaking and back on the iron horse literally. And not a moment too soon as spring is around the corner. There have been several riding days but work has so far got in the way.

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Q’s Chunk of the Road

I love my job but my passion has been repressed for too many months. Much like Johnny in the Shining, all work and no play makes me a very bad guy to be around. I need to be unleashed and my time is now. For those of you not living on the West Coast riding your riding season is probably still a ways off. Sorry about that. For the near future you can ride vicariously through us Coasters. The season looks to be action packed with LANGLEY CHAPTER OF H.O.G. 6TH ANNUAL SUMMER SIZZLE ®



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rallies, meets, show’n shines and rides galore. I’m heading back to Sturgis this year with a large contingent of friends. After my first visit I concluded the coolest town to stay would be Deadwood and am happy to say we secured reservations there. Yee haw! Let the good times roll. Continued on next page

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Still have to figure out our route but are planning to include the Bear Tooth Pass on the way there.

To nurse the Sturgis hang over, the weekend after our return is the 3rd Annual Rockin’ the Horse. If you haven’t been, you should.

This has been on my list of ‘must do rides’ for some time.

A really great place, good food, live music, fantastic hosts and lots of good times and

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good people. So much to look forward to I can hardly wait. See you on the road sometime soon. Q out ...

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Chilliwack Cruisers Club News

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- 25 sizes larger than an “A” bra. We had a great little swap meet a the Jolly Miller yesterday. It was a much better turn out than we expected, with 37 people showing up! It is great to see so many folks showing up over the winter months! The Jolly Miller was great in letting us bring in all the bike stuff to swap out. Heinrich

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Thunder Lizard Lips Off

OH - Stop It! With the snow falling heavier and the temperatures lighter, the beginning of March has most of us salivating over the prospect of getting the bike out of storage... some have even had theirs on the road for a few hours this year! Of course, we’re all reminded constantly that there’s gravel or sand on the roads, and that hidden patches of ice can be anywhere, and that’s all well and good.. be awake, be aware, be prepared to brake or maneuver unexpectedly.... but hold on. Do you know.. actually KNOW, how far it takes to stop your bike on dry pavement, in good conditions? You might be surprised at how many people grossly underestimate the space they need to come to a full stop from highway speed, or even city speed. A good rule of thumb is that an average bike, ridden by someone capable and skilled, on smooth, dry pavement, will take roughly 120 feet (about the length of 2 semi trucks with single trailers) to stop. Did that surprise you? Remember, that’s only if the rider is skilled, and in testing the rider KNOWS what’s going to happen

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Your distance will almost certainly be longer, because you’re not going to be warned ahead of time in an emergency stop situation.. you might overapply or underapply the brakes, there might be debris (sand, gravel, oil) on the road, your bike’s brakes might not be in tip-top brand new condition, and you may be somewhat overloaded (touring/cruisers especially). Have you ever actually (recently) TRIED a panic stop? Have you ever broken a rear tire loose in a fast stop situation, or worse yet, a front tire? This skill definitely can (and almost certainly someday will) save your life, so practice it. If you’re a cruiser or touring rider, chances are that in a panic situation you stomp too heavily on the back brake, sport bike riders have a tendency to lean on the front brake too hard... in a straight line both are recoverable situations, but how often do you brake in a straight line when in a panic situation? You rarely do, is the truth. You swerve, you avoid cars, pedestrians, potholes, animals... you have to take a less than stable path. There’s an old saying you may have heard where a rider says “I had no choice, I had to lay it down”, Continued on next page

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but that’s very, very rarely true. On the tires, you can brake, you can maneuver, you can avoid dragging your body parts on the pavement... once you put that thing on it’s side, it’s 100% unpredictable and 100% out of your control! It’s not slowing down as quickly as it would under skilled braking, and it’s going in a straight line.. until it hits something. Sometimes you have no warning that it’s going to happen, but making the conscious decision to put your machine on the ground like that is only really useful if you need to go under something. Otherwise, you are far more likely to fare well if you keep it under control. Rubber side down IS the best way, without a doubt. We are all told over and over that between 70% and 90% of your braking is accomplished by the front brakes... what many riders don’t realize or understand is that this is true because of weight transfer... when you apply the brakes, whether properly or not, the weight transfers from the back wheel to the front.. this is the syndrome that causes 4-wheeled vehicles to “nose dive”, and it’s what allows us to use that front brake so effectively on a motorcycle.

You need to make the most use of traction, apply the brakes to where the tires are nearly, but not quite, breaking loose. There’s no real, reliable warning sign of this, it’s purely experience, and the only way to experience it, is to practice it. You’re going to scare yourself a time or two.. and make sure someone is nearby, just in case, ok? Find yourself a clean, dry parking lot, in good shape, or a VERY secluded back road where you can see for miles in both directions. Make sure you leave yourself plenty of room from your braking point marker (cone, or even just a backpack on the road).. and it’s probably as much as 3 times more than you might think, so allow LOTS. Start slow, applying first the front brake to start the weight transfer, then on the back brake with a smooth, firm press. You’ll feel the weight start to transfer, and you’ll need to back off of the rear brake a bit as it does.. meanwhile, your front tire is taking the weight, the contact patch is flattening and getting larger, and you can rely more heavily on it. Rapid, violent application of the brakes does the obvious thing.. it breaks traction.



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You need to be smooth, and to be smooth you need to be confident.. you’re most likely going to be in a high tension / panic situation, confidence in your machine and your skills will reduce the risk here. Make sure your tires and your brakes are kept in tip top shape.. your life really will depend on it. Start slow... maybe 30km/h, and keep track of your stopping distances. When you’ve gotten up to “real speeds”, mark it on the road, where you stopped... and then turn around and look at where you started applying the brakes. LOCK that distance in your mind... this is the best you can do. Most of the time, you’ll need to allow more space... knowing this stopping distance will allow you to instantly decide if you need to take other evasive maneuvers, or if you can safely stop. Continued on next page

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It will mean never having to say “I didn’t have a choice, I had to lay it down”. If you load a passenger and thirty kg of gear on, it’s going to be longer... I ride a lot with a passenger, and I have actually loaded a backpack up with freeweights and practiced stopping that way... it’s rather shocking the difference it makes! It’s not luck that keeps us alive.. it’s skill. Mental and physical skills will save the day and keep you on the road, so take the time to work it out. Hell, get some buddies together and work as a team, watch each other, look for things that might not be readily apparent, and always, if you can, take a “tune up ride” before heading out to enjoy the season. Riding time is almost here, guys... let’s (forgive the pun) give ourselves a brake, hey? See you soon. R. Jeff LeGrand Calgary/Southern Alberta Correspondent The Busted Knuckle Chronicles. By Riders. For Riders. About Riders. Admit nothing, deny everything and make counter-accusations.

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Ride For Angels June 22rd, 2013

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We will be putting together another 700 kms ride that will travel through Lloydminster, Cold Lake, Vermillion, Wainwright, Chauvin, Edgerton, Frog Lake, La Corey, Elk Point, Bonnyville,

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Sunday Jams & lots of entertainment.

Home of the Erin Doyle Poker Run Aug 31st, 2013 9 Room Hotel with modern rooms,Kilroys Pub,Café, Free WIFI, ATM, VLT’s

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You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. Women sometimes make fools of men, but most guys are the do-it-yourself type

Legal Hotel & The Erin Doyle Poker Run

We hold Friday night steak nights, have ample parking, great entertainment and a very bike friendly Pub and hotel with Cafe. We also hold an annual Poker Run in memory of Erin Doyle, killed in Afghanistan 11 Aug 08. All proceeds from fundraising go to the Military Family Resource Center Christmas Hamper Fund at the request of his wife. This years run will be on 31 August 2013. Steve Thiedemann

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Motorcyclists Opposing Discriminatory Exhaust Legislation:

Toys for Tots will be hosting a SWAP MEET Saturday, April 27 2013.

Location is being finalized however it will be a go rain or shine. Table rentals are $25/each with set up from 8am10am doors open to the public from 10am-4pm $5 admission fee. For table bookings or sponsorship opportunities Contact Dawn @ 780-832-4417 11485-97 Ave • Grande Prairie, AB T8V 5R8 East end of GP Truck Wash 780-830-2453 •

Man: “Say, haven’t we met before?” You: “Yes, I’m the head Nurse at the VD clinic.” Man: “You smell so good. What is that?” You: “It’s called ‘Soap’. I’m guessing they don’t have that where you come from.”

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IT’S THE ONLY LAW WE DO The Alberta Cancer Foundation is a cancer free movement of everyday heroes who honor those lost to cancer, stand with those facing cancer, and build a better future free from cancer. We are asking you to step up and be one of those heroes! I invite you to support the Alberta Cancer Foundation by participating in a fundraising campaign through motorcycle and car calendars. We need your sponsorship and your help to sell the calendars.

Your sponsorship would cover the set up fees and some of the print costs for the calendars. We need sponsors who will step up and sponsor the costs so that we can reach more communities and build more awareness. Here are some suggested donation amounts and what we are willing to give back for your contribution. Keep in mind you may offer your own suggested sponsorship amount for our consideration. An appreciation logo at the last page 1 inch by 1inch for a donation of: $100 Banner sized ad 2 inches high by 6 inches long at the bottom of the monthly dates area: $550 Business card sized advertisement or coupon placement in centerfold of calendar: $650 One Full page of coupons: $2000 Full page portfolio of your business or full page ad (under special features page) $2000 One full pages of coupons: $4000 Other ways you can help: Ø Allow us to do a model search at your establishment with fliers and posters Ø Sell the calendars at your place Ø Create a autograph session with our lady models


at your place of business Send our information to your friends and family or community group, club or team Help us find other businesses to sponsor in the calendar or to create their own calendar Donate any amount you are comfortable with

Community Initiatives Project: The calendars will be distributed and sold through a community of mom’s groups, sports groups, clubs, schools and youth programs, and churches across Alberta as a split fundraiser in the communities who wish to participate . Part of the proceeds from the calendar sales go to the community or group for their projects and programs and part of the proceeds go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation toward the Patient Care Financial Assistance Program. By delivering the calendars through this method across Alberta we can help communities at the same time we are building our campaign to raise awareness about the Patient Care Financial Assistance programs. Thank you for considering participating in our motorcycle and car calendars.

Contact: Lisa Dibble at 780-637-0131 Respectfully Lisa Dibble Community Initiatives The Alberta Cancer Foundation L&L Studios For more info on the Alberta Cancer Foundation go to

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The Bellevue M/C and Ride for Sight Awareness Day event will be June 8th

this year.

Sly’s 24th Annual Pig Roast

An awesome poker run is planned for the afternoon so come prepared to ride through some beautiful country and support us. Miles Hesselgrave

Near Onoway, less than 1 hr from Edmonton – Take Highway 16X West to RR 20 turn North (right) Lake Eden turn off, follow signs to site (approx. 15 mins). Rain, Snow or Shine Proceeds to Santa’s Anonymous - Live Music - All Weekend Camping No Dogs/Attitudes - Pre-ticket sales Information to be announced. Call Sly for Tickets and Info 780-487-7629

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Ride for Dad – Calgary The Annual Motorcycle Ride For Dad ride is the culmination of events that raises funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. It is a mandate of The Ride that funds raised in an area are used within that area. On Saturday June 15, 2013, at the Max Bell Arena, we will be hosting our 7th annual event. This will consist of a police escorted parade route, followed by a scenic poker route. Goodie bags will be given to the first 500 riders to pre-register online or at the Friday evening preregistration. At the end of the ride at Springbank Park For All Seasons, we will have a BBQ for all registered riders, live music, gift draws, the 50/50 draw, silent auction items, and more. This is an event for the whole family on 2 wheels or more...! More info and online registration is available at calgary Our event in 2012 was amazing!! Almost 500 riders and passengers raised over $103,000 for research and awareness. Lets make 2013 an even greater success. Thanks, On behalf of the board of directors Steve Adair and Ron Parkinson, co-chairs

AB News & Events Redwater Ride for Hunger Anyone interested in being a vendor at this year’s Redwater Ride for Hunger on Sunday

March 14, 2013 June me at: or call at 780-993-3532. Thanks and see y’all June 2nd!! :)

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“When you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.” Winston Churchill

The Bikers United in Remembrance Fundraiser Register for the ride or support a registered rider online.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ALBERTA! The Bikers United in Remembrance Fundraiser July 7th, 2013 Part of Belt Drive Betty’s Conga!

Riders assemble at Westlock Rotary Spirit Centre parking lot Sunday Morning, Highway 18 and 96 Ave, Westlock, AB

Fandango’s Live Entertainment Saloon 12912 50th St. N.W.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 9:00am - 3:00pm

• Pancake Breakfast 9 A.M. • Motorcycle Assembly 9 A.M., Registration and turn in Pledge Sheets • Poker Run 10 A.M. • Silent Auction, Door Prizes, and more. Motorcycle riders will assemble from all over Alberta to support STARS. Funds will be raised by a Poker Run and pledge sheets. The Ride will conclude back in Westlock at the WestlockRotary Spirit Centre. Note: Businesses who wish to participate can set up displays, no charge ... in exchange for any support, whether donations, vounteers, or promotional items for riders. For more info re: support, donations, participation or general questions; Contact Ted Brooks 780-349-1093

Edmonton, AB Show N Shine • Tribute and Demo Rides Vendors • Concert More details to come

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Fort Saskatchewan Motorcycle Association is proud to announce that the Fort Saskatchewan Legion has been approached to host our Cancer Rides and has accepted. What that means is that we now have a location and the final planning can now begin. Soon will have the details nailed down and be able to let everyone know. At this point we may only be able to do the poker ride, head shaves, show and shine, lunch and of course the raffle draw. We do not have a location for motorcycle games. So all is not lost there will be a location for the event for some years to come. Thanks to the Fort Saskatchewan Legion. FSMA is now meeting every week at the Ricky’s All Day Grill in Ft Saskatchewan Sunday’s 9:00 am. We use the back room and order off the menu for breakfast or just coffee. As usual when it is riding weather we will be leaving for our Sunday rides from the restaurant at about 10:30 am. For those that do not know of FSMA we have been around for about 30 years. We are a group of riders from all sorts of backgrounds. There are no prerequisites to join just the joy of riding motorcycles. We don’t care what you ride. FSMA puts on 2 events yearly our Cancer Ride and Raffle, where we raffle off a HD Sportster 883 first prize, $500.00 second

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prize and $250.00 third prize. Our Toy Ride where we donate toys for Christmas and food drive for local food bank.

During riding season we do Sunday rides for those that want to ride along, you don’t have to be a member to join on the ride but we hope that if you come out a few times that you will become a member.

FSMA is a year long association we don’t just meet in the summer we meet all year long. So you get to know some great friends plan some trips with other members or just socialize. It’s a great group of people with a common passion riding motorcycles and giving back to the community through our Cancer Ride and Toy Ride.

You can go onto our web page http://www. and check out some of the stories and visit our photo gallery. Les Johnson member of FSMA I may not be getting laid tonight, but I’m definitely banging my snooze button in the morning.

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Big Hearts Charity Ride – July 20th Retro Cycle, in collaboration with a number of riding groups, and other business in Central Alberta, are happy to say that we will be hosting the Big Hearts Charity Ride for the Pediatrics & Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Red Deer Regional Hospital. We will have a great route planned, and I don’t mean the short rides that are in the city. Our route will be approximately 3 hours of riding, so you will definitely want to fill up and bring your gear for this one.

AB News & Events Red Deer. Randy has been working hard on other donations, so we are well on our way to reaching our goal for the children. If you or your business is wanting to make a donation directly to the cause, you can contact Boyd at Retro Cycle, 403-346-0228. This is going to be a great event, so start your sun dance to the motorcycle gods for great weather :) Like our Facebook Page for more information!

We will have a great set of prizes for Best hand, Worst hand, the “Retro” hand, longest distance ridden to come to the event, and more.

This is a Rain or Shine event, and its a great cause for Kids that are having to deal with injuries and infections that they have no control over, so this is an event you won’t want to miss.

PS: Just want to update you all. Costco has come on board as a major sponsor for the event, providing all the food for this great cause. Be sure to come in and enjoy as many burgers as you like on the event, as every cent from the BBQ is going directly to the Neonatal and Pediatrics Centre here in

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Brave Captain Smith One fine day, brave Captain Smith and his crew of sailors were sailing the ocean blue. Suddenly, on the horizon, there loomed a ship with a skull and crossbones raised on the mast. The crew was frantic, seeking refuge and asking the captain what to do. Brave Captain Smith looked at the approaching ship for a moment and said, “Bring me my red shirt.” The call was taken up at once by a cabin boy. As soon as Captain Smith had the shirt in his possession, he ordered the man at the wheel to head straight for the pirate ship. In the ensuing fight, the pirate ship was all but destroyed. The sailors were recounting their individual triumphs afterwards when someone asked Captain Smith why he had asked for his red shirt before the battle. He responded: “If I was wounded, I did not want your confidence to wane. This way, you would keep fighting no matter what happened to me.” The crew had a new found admiration for its captain, and they talked all night about his bravery. About a week later, there loomed on the horizon 10 pirate ships. Once again, the crew looked to its captain for leadership. Calmly, Captain Smith said, “Boys, bring me my brown pants!”

Other Sponsors include Gord’s Smoke Shop in Red Deer, at their NEW location, Alberta Motorcycle Training in Springbrook, Monkeytop in Rimbey, and Rose’s Front Room in Blackfalds. There are a couple more, I just can’t remember you right now, so please don’t get mad that I missed you. When I remember, Ill put you in here too!

Registration is at 9:00, with the first group heading out at 10:00 sharp, so make sure you get here and get registered for the event.

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Your Chance to Earn a Factory Ride! How Do You Win?
Of all the Yamaha riders at each event, the winning rider must attain the most cumulative points for their finishes.

signing of an exclusive Canadian sponsorship agreement with Ironclad Performance Wear.

Ironclad, a manufacturer of high quality Enter as many classes as you can to increase task-specific gloves, has signed on as Team Rockstar Energy/Yamaha/OTSFF’s main your chances! supplier of work gloves for the 2013 CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals season.
The The Rules:
Contest open only to amateur Yamaha Motor Canada is pleased to American-based company’s logo will also be Yamaha riders.
You must be a resident of announce the return of the popular ‘Win displayed on Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Canada.
Your Yamaha must be a Canadian a Factory Ride’ award. One award will be Racing’s competition sleds for the remainder purchased unit.
Rider cannot be an given at each of the three biggest amateur of the CSRA Snowcross Championship employee of Yamaha Motor Canada or one motocross events in Canada. Last year’s big season.
“We’re really excited about this of its dealerships.
Winner is only eligible for winners were Daniel McNaughton (WCAN), new sponsor partnership with Ironclad one prize. (Cannot win at multiple events) Dylan Wright (ECAN), Tanner Ward and Performance Wear and being part of their Steven Anderson (TransCan). entry into the Canadian marketplace as a In 2013, you could ride away on a YZ of branding platform for their excellent line of your choice AND receive a $2500 parts Each won a ‘Factory Ride’ in addition to a gloves,” Laurin said. credit!
Hudgin concluded, “If you race $2500 parts credit!

Bryan Hudgin, Yamaha’s Raymond, Deschambault or Walton, make Race Director commented, “We know racing Although Ironclad gloves will not be available sure you’re doing it on a Yamaha. You may is expensive, especially for the amateurs. in retail outlets until early next year, the ride for free in 2014 on a Yamaha ‘Factory company’s director of marketing, Shawn What’s great about the Yamaha ‘Factory Ride’ Ride’!” Norfolk, said the Rockstar Energy/Yamaha/ award is, not only are we assisting amateur OTSFF sponsorship is the first step towards OTSFF signs sponsorship deal with riders by giving them use of a YZ, but also introducing their product to the Canadian access to our great accessory and gear Ironclad Performance Wear marketplace. partners like AXO, One Industries, Matrix and our own Yamalube and GYTR brands!” “We’re all motocrossers at heart here at Andre Laurin, president of OTSFF Sports Marketing Group, is pleased to announce the Ironclad and we believe strongly in marketing With the award available at the Raymond our gloves through the sport, something we Western Canadian Amateur National (June 26 having been doing in the U.S. since last year. – June 29), Deschambault Eastern Canadian Canadian motocross is particularly attractive Amateur National (July 26 – 28) and the for us, because of the wide television Walton TransCan (August 14 – 17), Hudgin exposure it enjoys, not just in Canada but the went on to discuss the importance of giving U.S. as well,” Norfolk said. one award away at each event, “The award gives amateur Yamaha riders from coast to “OTSFF Sports Marketing Group was coast a chance to earn this prize. This award our most obvious choice to partner with shows our commitment to amateur racing and in Canada, because their reputation in our appreciation for their business. We want motosport is second to none. We’re totally our customers to know they’re always a part of the Yamaha family and hopefully this helps Conitnued on next page to do that.”

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles looking forward to a productive relationship and successful 2013 motocross campaign with Team Rockstar Energy/Yamaha/OTSFF. When our gloves hit the shelves in Canada in 2014, we want people to know who we are. We want to hit the ground running and we’re going to do that by racing motocross.” Ironclad, which was founded in 1997 by motocross/enduro rider Ed Jaeger, produces an extensive line of 90 specialized gloves that helps blue collar workers, mechanics, firefighters, first responders, etc. get the job done more safely, efficiently, and effectively. Ironclad has pioneered new territory in the development of task-specific gloves, bringing new technologies, materials, and innovations to the market. The company owns 74 patents and trademarks worldwide. These exclusive properties are part of their Advanced Glove Technology (AGT), which can be seen in virtually every glove the company manufactures.


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General Trials Information

Calendar & trials bikes on the market

2013 Event Schedule

June 8,9: Tim Horner Memorial, First Race Of The Season: Thorhild June 15,16 Exhibition Race: Lloydminister, Alberta

July 2: Rodeo Exhibition Race: Thorhild Alberta, 


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July 13, 14 Summer Series Race, Thorhild, Alberta August 24,25: Hot August Days Race: Thorhild Alberta

September 14,15: Fall Classic, Last Race Of The Season: Thorhild Alberta The track is in Thorhild, 90 km or so outside Edmonton.

2013 Observed Trials Schedule Apr.14 Fry’s Trial, Wardlow (near Brooks) Apr.21   Blackfoot Trial, Calgary May 12  Bearspaw Trial, Airdrie Jun.23   MRSI Challenge Trial, Fallen Timber Jul.21    Wildhorse Trial, YaHa Tinda Rd, (Mountainaire/Sundre) Aug.4    Moose Mountain Trial, Fallen Timber Aug.25   Muskeg Trial, Cremona Aug.31  Crowsnest Trial, Race Creek Sep.15  Whispering Pines, Waiparous Creek Oct.20   location TBD 2013 OMTI Trials and Endurocross SCHOOL Schedule Apr.20   Blackfoot Trial School, Calgary May?     Blackfoot Endurocross/Trial School TBC Jun.1-2  Blackfoot Endurocross/Trial School TBC Contact email:


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CMDRA 2013 Dates

National Series Schedule Track


MAY 25 - 26            



JUNE 15-16



April 14/2013 VMX Club Ride – Location TBA

JUNE 22+23



May 18/2013 VMX Test & Tune Day Location TBA

JULY 20-21



May 19/2013 VMX Season Opener - Location TBA




May 25/2013 Devil’s Lake Racing School, Onoway, AB

AUGUST 18 – 19






May 26/2013 Devil’s Lake Racing School, Onoway, AB June 1/2013 Vintage Race or Test & Tune – Location TBA June 2/2013 Location TBA June 29/2013 -VMX Test & Tune Day June 30, 2013 – Location TBA Aug 18 Vegreville Fun cup #1 and Ken Stevenson Fund Raiser One day race.(AOTMX) Aug 31/2013 VMX Test & Tune Day – Location TBA Sept 1/2013 VMX Race Round - Location TBA Oct 5/2013 VMX Test & Tune Day - Location TBA October 6/2013 VMX Race (Final) - Location TBA Other Races going on that you should know about!!! Alberta Vintage Flattrack Association: June 9/10th, 2013 Thorhild, Alberta June 15, 2013 Lloydminster, Alberta June 16, 2013 Vegreville, Alberta July 1st, 2013 Thorhild, Alberta Aug 24/25th, 2013 Thorhild, Alberta Sept 14/15th, 2013 Thorhild, Alberta

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The Lost Motorcycle Diary: Roads of Sweden by William Perry 1943-2013 My adopted daughter, Sasha, will be studying at St Petersburg University for a year. So being the ‘cool dad’, I decided to ship her stuff, from her digs in Sweden where she had been working, and to take her out by motorcycle. Of course, particularly in this part of the world, its always weather permitting.
I frequently travel independently to Russia. I have since the 70s. I always begin by asking friends in St Petersburg, and/or Moscow, for an invitation, about six months in advance of the trip; then a visa from the Russian Embassy is available by post in about

two weeks. I have ridden there seven times - twice via Sweden: the easiest route is by DFDS ferry to Gothenburg in Sweden and Silja Line ferry from Stockholm to Turku in Finland. Another time, I rode from Hamburg to St Petersburg via Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (seven hours wait at the border into Russia) and to St Petersburg, then on to Helsinki to catch a car ferry to Travemunde. The border crossing into Finland was much better. No English car insurance is available for Lithuania or the Russian Federation, but third party is available at border crossings. I experienced no real problems - knowledge of the language helps a lot as Russian is spoken, if reluctantly, in the Baltic States.
Take one Goldwing motorcycle, a Russian daughter, 500km of empty roads and endless vistas of forest, sea and sky and you have the perfect Nordic road trip, for a little extended detour prior to the start of Sasha’s classes.

Be Part of the Canadian Coast to Coast Celebration! Raising Awareness and Funds for the fight against all Women’s Cancers!

We are pootling along the smooth, rolling roads of Sweden’s west coast, past lakes, red

Help us cross the nation to reach our goal of raising funds and awareness for all Women’s Cancers Research! We encourage and welcome your support!

This event is open to all riders! Join the ride for a segment or the entire rally!

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a kiosk. The kiosk owner says Swedish folk like their old American cars. He neglects to mention the classic car convention nearby.

It’s 11am on a Monday, nearing midsommar, a big Swedish holiday, and we are but 65km from Gothenburg, the second city of 600,000 inhabitants, in a big tourist area. The roads here in Bohuslän province aren’t post-apocalypse empty – two or three cars have passed in the opposite direction – but there have been no rivals in our lane for aeons. 8km, 10km, 12km. None. 14km, 16km. None. Then, on 18.8km, we spot a bus. It quickly turns off. I live in London, a RCMP posting, I’m used to traffic. OK, I mean gridlock. But driving in Sweden is as effortless as rural France on Bastille day; as easy as the endless, eerily empty, south-west US highways during a gas shortage. In fact, it’s so empty I’m beginning to recall images of postapocalyptic movie The Road, except the forests aren’t on fire and people aren’t eating each other. Sure, I visualize myself as a larger Viggo, but that’s another story for another counselling session. My daughter Sasha and I are here for 10 days, riding from Gothenburg towards the Norwegian border, hopping around the Bohuslän archipelago, before arcing down and around the coast to Malmö and Falsterbo for midsommar, where sensible Swedes let their blond hair down, cavort around a maypole, eat copious inglad sill (pickled herring), boiled eggs, new potatoes, and caviar from a tube, and get trashed while singing slightly rude tongue-twisters about farting Finns. The night before we were in a Gothenburg hotel opposite Scandinavia’s biggest funfair but now, 20 minutes from town, we’re cruising along country roads, hopping between islands such as Tjörn and Orust, past rolling meadows and rocky inlets. And, it seems, past classic American cars. Buicks, Plymouths and a Ford Gran Torino parked outside

We’d love to stay at Slussen Pensionat on Orust, a fabled bohemian band & breakfast joint, offering dinner, live music and room for about £100, not bad for pricey Sweden, especially given that famous folksters such as Peps Persson and Mikael Wiehe jammed here. However, we are destined for the tiny village of Lahälla – where friends are renovating an old farmhouse, slowly – for a BBQ, songs, wine and insect repellant – the area is known for ticks which burrow into your skin spreading Lyme disease, hence the sensible pre-bedtime chimp-like ritual of checking for their presence. The Germans love Bohuslän, for the clean air,

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open space and wildlife – so much so that they’re buying up summer houses. We haven’t seen any “D for Deutschland” car stickers, but for locals the Germans are easy to spot with their cartoon moose stickers. (Perhaps that’s what the sign meant: “Warning, Germans with cartoon moose stickers.”) A short hop north, resting at bayside cafes for fika – the traditional Swedish coffee, cake and chat – we board a ferry for the fishing port of Lysekil. It’s here we’re told of Sweden’s lesser known, sensibly observed rules, such as not letting your engine idle for more than a minute. Thirty kilometres away lies Fjällbacka, a beautiful, increasingly number of villages of clapperboard fishermen’s huts and cottages, set beneath an imposing granite cliff and perched on a wide tranquil bay dotted with rounded skerries that float into the horizon like thought bubbles. It boasts the hotel and restaurant Bryggan which serves pickled herring on its jetty at sundown (10.45pm, Swedish time), bliss with a bottle of chilled chardonnay. Ingrid Bergman lived here – her statue adorns the promenade – but it’s set to be more famous as the setting for local girl Camilla Läckberg’s bestselling murder mysteries, soon to be filmed here. On the ride south we listen to Mats Eriksson’s modern folky jazz on the CD player, interspersed with bouts of easy listening Swedish Dansbandsmusik on 93.8FM. (Think Herb Alpert on Prozac meets Cliff Richard, the 1970s and 1980s svenska bands sporting sideburns you could wipe your feet on.) The scenery doesn’t need a soundtrack, with valleys like miniYosemites, dotted with farmsteads, many with traditional wooden milk tables where farmers would leave urns at the gate. Coastal campsites abound here, with full amenities and swim decks in sheltered bays. A two-bed cabin with en suite is about £50 per night. A tent costs less than three beers at the bar – about £15. Sasha says NO TENTS! Ah, Sweden and alcohol. What’s that joke again? Continued on next page

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles “Sven, you get the mortgage, I’ll pop to the bar.” OK, it’s pricey, at least £5 a pint in the cheapest pubs, plus it’s restricted – any takeaways over 3.5% proof must be bought in a monopoly state shop, the Systembolaget, a sort of East India Company selling booze; you have to be 20 and organised – and watch out, they often close early. We’ve stocked up on duty free, but a trip to the “systemet” is fun; it’s like a cross-Channel ferry duty-free, only huge. You should see the panicked queues near closing time. Perhaps the healthy eating, sensible Swedes make up for the lack of booze with sweets – they are everywhere you go; supermarkets devote whole aisles to all manner of pick’n’mix. If buying alcohol seems tricky, the language seems impenetrable. I’m told I sound like an addled moose when speaking svenska. Still, you can have fun on the road pronouncing the signs – try saying Tvååker and Krapperup without crashing. There are many similarities in the languages, too. At lunch, in a restaurang ask for the lunchmeny, or at fika, try blåbärspaj (come on, it’s blueberry pie). Riding south past the cities of Falkenberg and Halmstad in Halland county, the homes have changed, too, from clapperboard boxes to intricate tudor-beamed stone houses. Welcome to Skåne, southern Sweden. The hill at posh Båstad (pronounced borstad, please) demarcates the geography perfectly. Café Utsikten gives us a view over the long bathing hut-, gorse-lined sandy bay below, and the villas and yachts by the marina. It’s £15 for coffee and cakes; dear, but the blankets are warm. Blankets are offered free to customers, everywhere. The next day we motor to Ängelholm, where we indulge in a bout of Kubb-throwing (the Swedish answer to skittles, but using sticks thrown at logs) in the garden before a boozy dinner with the in-laws (I think I bluffed it), then a night at the Gallerihyttstigen B&B and some bracing fun in the outdoor shower. Nearby in Kullaberg nature reserve is one of Sweden’s wackier attractions, Nimis, a colony of towers honed from 75 tonnes of driftwood, accessible only by foot through the

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ACTS 2:38

forest. Soon we are on the island of Ven in the Öresund channel between the municipality of Landskrona and Denmark. Cars are banned for visitors so we park up and pluck a bike from Ven’s bike plantation – a field with 1,000 yellow cycles, everything from child bikes to tandems. Further south sits Malmö, Sweden’s third city, unfairly derided as the poor cousin of Stockholm and Gothenburg. I’m told Malmö isn’t seen as Swedish, for its less than spotless streets. We liked it, especially the hip Bastard restaurant (pronounced bastard, it’s a joke!) on the pier for a nude sauna (women one side, men the other). Here I ditched my Irishness (and my trunks), and went native, sunbathing on the deck, in the nip, after a dip in the sea. From here, we could ride to Copenhagen over the Öresund bridge (with its £30 toll). But we’re off to spend midsommar at Falsterbo, an upmarket colony of summer homes and villas at Sweden’s southern tip. For more new potatoes, more dill and more silly songs and snaps-fuelled tongue-twisters and naughty children’s ditties about throwing cow dung. The Swedes, it seems, aren’t quite so sensible after all. The effortless, 500km scenic odyssey should entice you to want to attempt the ultimate Swedish road trip, 2,100km from Malmö up to the barren, wild, untamed north and beyond the Arctic circle. Sasha is not keen: “There’s nothing there. Nothing! For hours!” Exactly – even fewer cars. Support Paws Fur Thoughts The Long Walk to Sanity 50 dogs, for 50 veterans in 50 days

A woman had just returned to her home from an evening of church services, when she was startled by an intruder. She caught the man in the act of robbing her home of its valuables and yelled: ‘Stop! Acts 2:38!’ (Which is...repent and be Baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ, so that your sins may be forgiven.) The burglar froze and stopped dead in his tracks. The woman calmly called the police and explained what she had done. As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar: ‘Why did you just stand there? The old lady told me that all she did was yell a scripture to you.’ ‘A scripture?’ replied the burglar, ‘I though she said she had an Ax and Two 38s!’ Submitted by Gary “Chinto” Adolph

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For those of you who regularly read my articles you are not surprised that I’m a hands on kind of person. That being said I know my limitations. I recently had to hire electricians to wire in a new electrical service to my house. It was a big job and one that I would eagerly attempt having pulled enough wire under the supervision of Journeymen Electricians that I’m confident I could do. Today society runs on electricity but the prospect of being without power for an extended time was not acceptable to Mrs Monkey or me so I had to hire professionals. I was dumbfounded to get repeated calls asking how things work, why things were the way they were.

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switches. I took me thirty seconds to fix something he couldn’t understand, something that he was trained to understand, trained to troubleshoot, trained to repair, something that he has spent the last twenty years doing.

us. We’ve become a disposable society, an instant gratification society. Why fix when we can throw it away and buy new. If you work in a trade be passionate about your trade, learn as much as you can and never stop believing you can do it.

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He is not the only tradesman I’ve found to be that way. Plumbers who could not install garden hose connections, Body men who couldn’t repair small dents or make simple patch panels. I don’t consider myself to be old school or really that old but I fondly remember the days when you hired a professional they were able to do the work. If a customer wants a toilet installed in the middle of his living room it shouldn’t be a problem, it might not be easy but everything is possible if your wallet is thick enough. A faulty light switch should not be a stumbling block. It was a can do attitude that built this country, helped to define this country. Hard working men and women, who worked with their hands, learned how things worked and understood why. They were problem solvers.

-bad Uncle Monkey

Saskatchewan Ride for Sight We have a date of June 22 - 23 and will be held in the community of Elbow, SK. This will be a weekend family orientated event. We are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in helping out contact: Al Brewer through Facebook Pondarosa MH & RV Park

Located on Trans Canada Highway east side of Swift Current, SK

In the last hundred years electricity has gone Ph: (306) 773-5000 from knob and tube, to single wire, to two Open all year! wire, aluminum to copper and everything They built bridges where they said bridges else. I don’t know what others had done in the could not be built, dammed rivers they said RV and Tenting sites creekside ~Full or Partial Hook-ups house or why it had been done that way. Bathrooms/Showers ~ Laundry Facilities ~ Internet could never be tamed, installed motors into CAA Approved bicycles igniting a fire that burns in all of Frustrated, he phoned me to tell me that the lights in the dining room would not work. He had spent over an hour working on them and Canadian Legion of Riders Charity Raffle NAME: it was an impossible situation. Draw: July 14, 2013 Rockin’ the Rink, Meota, SK at Midnight That night as I walked into the dining room I turned on the other three way switch to the dining room lights. To my surprise they came on. I tried the opposite light switch that he had spent an hour working on and he was right it didn’t work so I removed the switch and flipped the two wires. Voila the lights work properly from both



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(Riders Against Government Exploitation) R.A.G.E (Riders Against Government Exploitation) is a non-profit organization comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to protect the individual rights of motorcyclists through political change, charitable events and public education. R.A.G.E. is committed to promote and protect the interests of all motorcycle owners and riders in the Province of Saskatchewan. Please join us and show your support. R.A.G.E. Communication

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Contact your local MLA: find-my-constituency Contact the Rate Review Panel:

In response to Premier Wall’s statements: - SGI’s Rate Proposal is “SUFFICIENTLY FLAWED” enough, that it will “LIKELY” be sent to back SGI, - “…we are going to try be the kind of government that recognizes when adjustments are needed, that recognizes when maybe mistakes were made” Action Plan for this Week: We wait......we anticipate this week Premier Wall will make good on his statements, however, in the mean time continued communication is encouraged. In anticipation that our 5000+ strong voice “may not be heard”, plans are underway for a “MASS DEMONSTRATION” at the Legislative Bldg. At this point however, we have every confidence our Premier is, as he stated, the Leader of “the kind of government that recognizes when adjustments are needed, that recognizes when maybe mistakes were made”. Don Fuller

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R.A.G.E. As the weekend approaches and we get ready to get our Party on, I can’t help but to think I should thank SGI. I always knew Bikers had that special bond when help is needed, there they are. But because of SGI it’s become visible that out of 10,000 Registered bikes in Saskatchewan we have over 5,000 supporters here. What other group comes together like that in a crisis? Dana, Richard, Don, and over 5,000 more people impress the hell outta me and I just wanna make sure you all know it. When I watched the video “Stand by Me” all I could do is think of how we all stand by each other when the chips fall. Have a great weekend my Brothers & Sisters. Ken the Glassdude

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THE ATTITUDE ZONE Re your article: “Texting and driving, he kills a rider and our just...“:

Attitude Zone/SK Events horrid precedent to set and in order for the legal system to be taken seriously, it has to be enforced seriously.   Thank you. Jenn Seberra Ride for Lupus

Thank you Belt Drive Betty, I sent my email today. Carlo

Re your article: “I’m probably not going to be too popular today.“:

Dear Honourable John Gerretsen, Attorney General of Ontario, I am writing to you today as a motorcyclist in response to the ruling of Justice Cory Gilmore regarding the case of Michael Rogers, having killed a motorcyclist while distracted by texting and driving (his own admission).  I am a 32 year old female rider, and I already know 4 people personally who have been killed by a driver doing just that.  I am confused at how the courts could possibly let this man go free, especially with a death involved, let alone the 3 others, severely injured.  There is a massive domino effect, and I sincerely hope that the courts don’t think that for a second Mr. Rogers has learned any sort of lesson.  He’s killed a man due to negligence while operating a motor vehicle, injured 3 others, destroyed families and is now back in his car, probably phone in hand, texting his friends at how awesome his court date went.....unbelievable.    I urge you, please, to re-examine this case.  This ruling speaks volumes.  Please also remember that new drivers, of which there are hundreds every single day, look to this and are now thinking its ok to text and drive because they’ll get away with it should anything happen.  This also says that, despite all the safety courses motorcyclists take for defensive driving, that they’re wasting their time because should anything happen, the Justice System WILL fail them.  It has been proven.  This is devastating on so many levels.  Again, please re-examine this case.  This is a

Speaking out is good. I usually take crap in my stride but there are times when you must be heard and others need to hear you too. Thank you for sharing with us. Personally I have dealt with cheaters and liars as well. The idea that someone always has to be on top is a personality disorder that is far to common. You ran a great contest. Don’t let the haters and cheaters win....hang in there. Good luck with the new season....Will (Viking) I agree that this can be a major issue, but do have a leg question..... how would you handle it if I had everyone in the office vote? Since they are all on a local network, the IP that you would see would be the same and yet it would be coming from many different people. There is always going to be issues and to resolve these is a major task. You are doing a great job for the biking community. Thanks so much!! Anonymous BDB’s reply: Anonymous - we deal with that issue by calling the person who is voting or whose bike it is. If there are several people in the same office on the same IP we then determine how many people are in the office who have the ability/desire to vote, what their email addresses are and then we monitor the IP to ensure no more than that number come in each day. It is challenging but we have, for the most part overcome. End Well written and moving article. I value respect for others and fairness above all else as well. I wish

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I knew about websites and stuff. Too bad couldnt use some manditory cookie or something to help. At the same time. It is a problem that plagues major companies as well. I recommend looking at what happened to Mountain Dew’s public vote for their name ge drink contest. Guess manditory logins might be only way to go which is sad... Anonymous Personally, I’m glad you mentioned it, any form of cheating should be exposed..Lets put this into perspective. This is an online show and shine.. there are no judges, the only way to gain votes is for either members to vote for a bike they like or members friends to support them by voting.. Continued on next page

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Playing with yourself is not in the equation.. Given the format it is meant to be fun. Still you have idiots trying to abuse it. To what extent would these same idiots go to “win” if it was a life and death, Honestly I would have disqualified the both of them..You’re too way to nice!! OC Your candor is much needed..many years of running a charity and helping with see the good and sadly, the bad. Those who display the negative are usually the most visible. Plant your feet and hold your ground..we need people like you Renee..even if we don’t provide the support we could/should..we appreciate all you and the BK provide and do for us. Cruisin Thru It was very enjoyable for me to click on the blog and see such an honest approach to making this statement. I for one, applaud you. Too many times it is forgotten that the community values one thing most highly and that is RESPECT! Its a simple concept that so many forget. A contest is to be fun, enjoyable and FAIR!. I cannot discount one word of this blog, and say to self, WHOOO glad someone stood up and said exactly what you did. I am sorry that the doers actions caused you to not enjoy this as much as you had planned, but do know that there ARE still many who DO respect “RESPECT”. MLH&R to you Betty <3 Nikita J Well said as usual. I agree as with me and my custom work, I see what people are like on a regular basis. If your bike isn’t black, its not worth looking at. I do have to agree on the fact that the voting(in my opinion) should be from the viewers, not just because you have more friends than I do. I have won Show and Shines due to my work rather than my friends. But it is YOUR site and Your contest, so you set the rules. I believe to the real adults out there, you will be more popular than ever. You have my vote. DJ

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Keeping Southern Saskatchewan Motorcycle Riders Informed Volume 12 - Issue 3 4 March 2013

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Start time: 6:30 pm Prairie Harley Davidson 1355 McIntyre St., Regina, SK

Zena (306)522-1747

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Motorcycle Swap Meet Starts at Noon Harmony Hall in Red Cliff, AB

George or Tracy (403)504-9031

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Exhibition Convention Centre 250 Thatcher Dr. E. – Noon to 5 PM Moose Jaw, SK

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Garage Party

Big Bikers Buffet For Cystic Fibrosis

Tumblers Restaurant - 6:30-9:00 pm 2108 Grant Road, Regina, SK

Getem Out – Showem Off BBQ Times: TBA Estevan, SK

29th Annual Cystic Fibrosis

Ride For The Breath Of Life Husky Car/Truck stop Victoria Ave.& Fleet St., Regina, SK

Spring Bust Out

Caledonian Curling Club 2225 Sandra Schmirler Way Regina, SK

CMA Biker Blessing Place & time - TBA Regina, SK

BAD Rodeo

(Bikers Against Diabetes) Times: TBA Stanley Park, SK

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All brands welcome – Register: 9am Start: 10am – Band, 110th HD prizes Redline HD , Saskatoon, SK

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1st Annual Poker Run

Created by: Captain Ron

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Ride For Dad

Times: TBA Swift Current, SK

Test Our Metal – Demo Day #1 Start time: 9:00 am Prairie Harley Davidson 1355 McIntyre St., Regina, SK

34th Annual St. Victor Boogie Sylvan Valley Park St. Victor, SK

Saskatchewan Ride For Sight *Volunteers are still required Elbow Fairgrounds, Elbow, SK Email Al at:

Ride For The Breath Of Life Kinette’s Club Poker Run Assiniboia, SK

Boogie Fest

2nd Annual Show & Shine Noon – 4 pm Riders Gear Shop 1455 Rose St., Regina, SK

73rd Annual Sturgis Rally

Findlater Poker Run

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From the Depths of File 13 AKA... My 2 bits worth Things in my world always seem to be a roller coaster ride, just about the time I start being able to have a little me time, to work 12 hours a day instead of 16 - the wheels fall off the bus and it always seems to happen March/April. Darryl who has been laying out our paper for the better part of a year and a half finds himself with a plate that is too full. He runs a newspaper in Montana and just recently got a big contract writing about the olifield and since ours is just a small paying job compared to his others, he made the decision to sever ties. I wish him well. Good news for him and how his business has grown, but it comes at a bad time for me as I am working on ad sales and phone book layout for our 2013 Rider Friendly/ Motorcycle Community Directory. Ah well - it will all get done, a little late perhaps... but in the mean time, I am cleaning up all of the little jobs and obligations I had taken on - getting them finished and then work hard at saying NO for a while. I find it hard to say no to people. I am a compulsive helper, and often to my own detriment. In spite of my background I have always managed to believe that people are inherently good - no matter that right from a young age there were those who taught me that liars, users and hate filled people exist in this world. I am getting better at not taking things personally and at allowing for the uncertainty of life and not

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being so critical - it’s been a learning curve! It appears to me that I am being given a lot of lessons in uncertainty...

understands working in the cloud and is self motivated and understands deadlines.

March is already a bad month for me emotionally. My grandfather, father, brother , a cousin and an auntie - none of whom are with us anymore, all have their birthdays in March and no matter how hard I try, I end up with eyes that well up and a lump in my throat every time their day comes along. I miss them. Inspite of it all, I miss them.

If you are a graphic artist or layout person and you would like to find out more about this part time opportunity to pick up some extra cash, let me know!

William Perry, one of our columnists passed away at a rather young age from prostate cancer just a short time ago, and now we now get the news that Lisa, another of our columnists and one of William’s many daughters, also has cancer. Lisa has been given a very short time with us. She is 30, mom to an adopted daughter and freshly divorced from her same sex spouse. The Perry family has had it’s fair share of loss to deal with. Right on the heals of that news I got an e-mail form Robert of the Alberta Lone Wolves that Loopy from Calgary has also been given a similar diagnosis. Loopy has a final wish and that is to take part in a really large ride - 1,000 bikes or more - while he is alive to see it, participate in it and cherish it. I will fill you in on the details of what the Lone Wolves are doing for our brother Loopy as Robert gets the information to me. It’s going to be a challenging time in my world so if you are so inclined I would ask you to say a prayer for me. Ask for strength and courage to face the losses I know are coming, the ones that will happen unexpectedly and ask for some help for me with my business - I never want to resent my work - so I need help to get balance back in my life sooner than later. I am once again looking for a layout person, one who is well versed in Adobe InDesign,

The right person will be a strong communicator and flexible.

In the meantime folks, I am back in control of the paper, so if links don’t work or things are out of place, drop me a line - I am a wee bit rusty after almost 2 years off from the duty! Now I want to address the issue of a national rights organization again. Texting and driving is an illegal act that is punishable by law in pretty much every province and territory in Canada. As you saw on the front page of the paper, the first case involving texting and dangerous driving went to court in Ontario and the driver, a self admitted texter got off with no jail time. It set a precedent that must be appealed. Then there is the case of Tracy Dawn Smith, a repeated offender who killed a rider on Vancouver Island - her 1 day sentence is being appealed. You and I are vulnerable road users. We share the road with people who have no respect and no regard for others when they are hurtling their 4,000 lb. plus weapon down the road, scolding the kids, talking on their phones, texting - they are doing everything but the job of driving of being aware. Even professional truck drivers are texting. It does not matter what province or territory you live in - THIS AFFECTS YOU. Motorcyclist, driver, pedestrian - it affects all of us, just in the way drinking and driving does. Continued on next page

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles It leaves a trail of destruction behind and it alters families forever. I hear more whining and snivelling about the pot holes, cracks, debris and other road conditions than I do about inattentive/distracted drivers. We choose to ride - we choose to face these challenges - the roads, mother nature, our fellow man - but do these people have the right to put us at higher than normal risk by drinking and driving, texting and driving? NO. In both of the cases I mention above, the drivers were driving luxury vehicles, both cases ended up with a motorcyclist dead, in both cases the evidence appears to prove they were guilty and yet there is no united mass public outcry for stiffer sentencing or mandatory sentencing. Why? Where is the riding community in the other parts of Canada? Is Saskatchewan really and truly the only province in Canada that can rally the troops? B.C.C.O.M. has done their best to rally the troops in BC and has had riders at every hearing through out the case on the Island, but in Ontario - nothing, the OCC has not made so much as a whimper about it. Why is it riders aren’t screaming out more about these kinds of deaths? Personally I think because no one is taking the lead on a national basis. Leadership has made the difference between BC and Ontario with regards to any kind of public showing of support and letter writing. B.C.C.O.M. has shown leadership and gotten results, so has Saskatchewan. 99% of the population believe that they are too busy to volunteer or put time in to work with or for a non profit organization and it’s cause. Bikers raise so much money for charities - why are we not riding for our own? Wh As much as I would love to work on this cause, I can not: not unless I find someone to buy the paper. I would be in a conflict of interest

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and frankly - I don’t want to sell the paper in spite of the challenges with learning to run one. Technology changes so fast that you are constantly learning. No, I will be the biggest supporter and volunteer though. I can provided tons of research materials for stats on traffic deaths - the right researcher could look through the archives we have compiled on crashes that riders have been in and find out a ton of information. Check out the Rider Down Section on our web site. Use the search function to narrow it down by province. You see there is a reason to have a national repository of research come across an article we don’t have, submit it to the web site. The more datat we have, the better. We need to compare the sentences of car vs. car drunk driving and texting cases etc to see if the fines and sentences fit the “crime” consistently there or if it is only in cases where riders die that they do not. We need a watch dog committee - but who and where... if you have any ideas, if you know some one, talk to them, share the information - please people, we can’t let our community be decimated this way. I am frustrated - somewhere, in 600,000 plus people, there has to be someone with the will and the ability to organize a national rider’s rights organization that has some teeth, that can rally the troops, that can motivate people out of their complacency. Earlier in this editorial I told you about the lives of three people - lives that are being cut short by cancer...or have been. They are the lucky ones by compared to the families whose lives have been ripped apart because of someone else’s selfish thinking and actions. How do I think you can be lucky in death?

At least William got to say good bye and mend fences, Lisa and Loopy will also have that chance, but Jana Mahenthiran, and Christopher Sprekker - they didn’t have that chance. I want to remind you all that we are supporting R.A.G.E. in Saskatchewan in their challenge with SGI the provincial insurance provider. $2 from every patch I sell in my store goes to them. The oops with the shipping fees has been fixed! I want to thank all of the participants in our online show n shine and all of our sponsors for their support! Please vot my my Beaver’s New Name: Have a good week everyone and please consider what I ask talk about forming a national group - what resources would we need, who could we talk to? We all know someone! And that someone might be the right one... Until next week, I am your editor, Belt Drive Betty

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles A Canadian I am a Canadian Wounded and slain, Now under a cross I will remain. There was no stone To carve a name, For miles and miles You see the same. Beside our fathers Cold and still, Who fought for us And God’s great will. The day arrived

Support Our Troops To land in France To prove to Europe Our only chance. With planes above, A terrible din, Objectives ahead We had to win. The sandy beach A welcome gave, And now is too A watery grave. My body still My heart did stop, But my spirit lives Up there on top. I heard the cheers When fresh arrived To take our place In a new drive. The guns are now Far up inland, Leaving behind The blood-stained sand. Now its quiet, I heard one say, “Boy, some plan That June D-Day.” The folks at home On bended knee, Hoped and prayed For all and me. I did not care If I died, For we must win, All nations allied. Tho- I’m dead I cannot rest, Till you can say, “We’ve done our best.” So don’t forget Men count on you, To help them out Be loyal and true By Hazel Lindgren For more Tribute Poetry Visit:

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Folks, I know this is going to come off a little bit one sided, but sometimes the facts just speak for themselves once they are presented accurately. In the coming months you are going to hear me weigh in with some very definite opinions in regards to certain aspects of the Service Dog world and in particular as it pertains to Psychiatric Service Dogs. (PSD”s) or  “Me Girl”...  Pretty heavy duty label... not “ Me Girl”, her title, her job, the work that she does, the service that she provides.  So many people who see my girl working in public think that her complacent docile manner is unbelievable. She is pretty much unfazed by just about everything. What people do not understand is that all those well trained behaviours, she has been trained to over ride those when I need help. The strange part was I knew I needed the help, I just didn’t know when. Cryptic enough? I like many PTSD sufferers have disassociative flashbacks. Physically here, mentally there. The there for each of us is different. It is part of what makes up our own personal hell. The hard part was not knowing

how long there was, how long had I gapped out of reality.  The worst part is the “re-entry burns:”. The moment when you realize you have been gone, and you are not quite sure what happened while you were gone. If you do not think that is some truly uncomfortable real estate, well I regret to inform you have no idea just how disconcerting that feeling is.  Too be frankly honest with you, I hope you never do. You see this stuff is the kind of stuff you don’t wish on anybody. Unfortunately, there will be others. It is the nature of the world. Until we can stop the insanity it will perpetuate the personal insanity of those who have to deal with real ugly things. Ethnic Cleansing, Terrorism, Genocide, Gendercide, Starvation, Exploitation and the fall out from serious disasters do not make a pretty list. The list accurately reflects many of the tasks that our brave men and women face. Peace Keepers, Peace Makers and everything in between. Canada, world renowned as Peace Keepers. Compassion a hall mark of our reputation wherever Canadians go and serve with the Maple Leaf on their shoulder. These things leave marks, sometimes worse for some than others, some absolutely debilitating, So what does all the above and my girl have to do with each other? Simple... she has been trained in Intelligent Disobedient Interruptive Behaviour to aid me with dissociative flashbacks by in which her tactile stimulation  mediates sensory re-orientation to where I am and what I am doing.  When she executes her command override and gets in her goofy “Get with Me” mode, she knows I am on the way to bouncing a reality check and she heads me off at the pass.  So what is that worth? Imagine after years of hell, a day free of the worst of the symptoms. What a day, then another, and another. Days

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that would not have been like that if Thai had not done what she had been trained to do. For me that is priceless, and everything else she does . and trust me, you will come to know how long the list is, comes along with me everywhere, she is with me 24-7-365. You see my problems are with me day and night and I need a solution that is there helping me out those exact same hours. My girl may not be a licensed therapist, but she listens when I need her to be, You see next Wednesday at 2 pm I may not feel like talking. I May actually be having a good moment and truly do not wish to mess it up by swimming in the cesspool. So many times when I am out there walking and talking to her, I just arrive at a point where my angry of the moment disappears.  So in the coming months as we run up to the kick off of the Long Walk to Sanity, I want you to consider the PTSD Service Dog issue from the other side of the leash. In this case, the veteran, who is to become the handler, team member and in time, will learn to trust again. Think about their needs. The dogs that PTSD veterans have are not glorified pets with access to cool places. The certified assistance dogs from qualified schools are doing some amazing things for veterans suffering from serious issues with mental health. Is a prescription of Keeping Calm and Walking the Dog so outrageous. Hardly, when you consider the other end of the leash. Next time: The Train your own service dog debate. (This may get fractious!)

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One Veteran’s Fight How Much Do We Really Pay? .....   & O T H E R I N J U S T I C E S (‘click on’ the Internet hyperlinks p r o v i d e d b e l o w )  The following revised history of this veteran’s claims with Veterans Affairs is due solely to both the exceptional and outstanding “temerity” of Canadian Senator T. Banks, along with his persistent patience with this veteran.  All of which prompts the belated expression of this veteran’s gratitude for such a diligent Senator.  Thank you very much Senator T. Banks. My name is Brian C. Bradley.  I am a Veteran of the Canadian Forces.   In 1966 I completed my army reserve basic training.  In 1989 I completed my army reserve officer training, and began nearly five years of service in the Canadian Navy training as a Combat Systems Engineer (CSE, or 044A in Canadian military classifications).  This same ‘five years of service’ began with basic officer training at Chilliwack, B.C., continued with second-language training at St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, and a year in Esquimalt, followed by just under three years of service in Halifax, NS.   While training in Esquimalt, I was billeted to the HMCS Qu’Apelle, where I suffered a fall in the shower onboard that warship, injuring my spinal cord at three levels.  Because the accident occurred while the HMCS Qu’Appelle was away from her home port, I was confined to my rack, and provided with painkillers until returning to Esquimalt five days later.  On arriving there, I was rushed by ambulance to the base hospital.    Other than being supplied with additional pain killers and 3 or 4 brief sessions of physiotherapy, my real injuries were not treated at that base hospital, nor at the base hospital in Halifax, where I was sent about two months later as part of the next phase of training.    Upon release from the Canadian Navy in 1993 I was

assessed by a civilian general practitioner in Lower Sackville, NS, who immediately identified a C5/C6 radiculopathy (upper spinal cord condition), along with indications of other potential spinal cord level involvement, that had resulted from the accident onboard the HMCS Qu’Appelle.   This same GP initially referred me for assessment to a diagnostic service in Halifax (i.e., spinal cord MRI), an orthopaedic surgeon, and an internal medicine specialist.  All of these physicians agreed that the three levels of spinal cord injuries (i.e., C5/ C6; T11/T12 & L2/L3) were most likely the result of the accident that had occurred while I was serving onboard HMCS Qu’Appelle. In March 1996 I applied to the Veterans’ Review and Appeal Board (VRAB; a division of Veterans Affairs) for a disability pension.  On three separate occasions within the first year of application (refer to Table ‘A’ on next page) the VRAB ruled against my application for a disability pension.  I then obtained a ruling from the Trial Division of the Federal Court (Fed. Ct.) that the matter be referred back to a differently-constituted panel of the VRAB  board (Fed. Ct. case T-157-98).     In the next year, the allegedly differentlyconstituted VRAB panel ruled twice more against my claim.  The matter was once again brought before the Trial Division which ruled that the matter be referred back to a differently-constituted panel and awarded me costs (Fed. Ct. case T-2137-99).    Because this next allegedly differentlyconstituted VRAB panel failed to provide a decision within the next year, I filed a motion of Contempt of Court with the Trial Division.  While the Trial Division (i.e., the Hon. Mr. Justice Martineau) would not grant this motion by citing the VRAB in contempt, it did again award me costs, even though none were requested, and supplied a step-by-step procedure to obtain justice in my case.    With no legal training, I attempted to bring the VRAB before the Trial Division again, after being once again denied a disability pension by the VRAB’s next (and sixth) decision.   I lost this

decision despite having provided professional testimony from a neurosurgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon and a general practitioner with more than 35 years of experience.   None of these submissions by physicians were contradicted by testimony from similar professionals on behalf of the VRAB, yet the Trial Division of the Fed. Ct. ruled against my claims.    I was encouraged to re-approach the Trial Division based upon the experience of a lady who won her case in the Appeal Division in Ontario using my first two cases (i.e., T-157-98 & T-2137-99) as precedents.    To render such a re-approach at such a late stage in the events, I was encouraged to concentrate on my

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lower back injuries .... thereby, allegedly attesting to settlement for the upper back injuries .... with neither of these settlements ever occurring!   Not more than four years ago, The Trial Division ruled again in my favour (T-401-05) and referred the matter back again to a differently-constituted panel of the VRAB  board.  That same board ruled on four more separate occasions against my application for a disability pension, forcing the matter back to the Trial Division for ultimate resolution (T-617-09).    The VRAB fully exhausted the total number of decisions to which they were entitled in my application, recognizing that an award to me of a disability pension would mean financial ruin and subsequent political suicide for the government ‘in charge’ at the time of such a decision, given the tens of thousands of other veterans who remained deprived of such benefits.   The Hon. Mr. Justice Phelan (T-617-09) decided: “THIS COURT’S JUDGMENT is that the application for judicial review is granted and the Appeal Board’s decision is quashed.”  Unfortunately, such a ruling does nothing more than refer the same matter back to the Respondent (e.g., Veterans’ Affairs), thus prolonging the history of my claims and thereby moving the VA’s actions from the ridiculous to the sublime.   While Canadian governments over the past 80+ years have continued to disregard their legislated obligations to veterans of the CF and Mounted Police, how do you think these same governments are treating(?) the remainder of Canadian citizens? 

General), 2003 FCT 12 (CanLII) or http://www.canlii. org/en/ca/fct/doc/2003/2003fct12/2003fct12.html;  T-67-03, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2004 FC 996 or ca/fct/doc/2004/2004fc996/2004fc996.html;  T-40105, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2005 FC 1470 or doc/2005/2005fc1470/2005fc1470.html; and T-617-09, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2011 FC 309 or ca/fct/doc/2011/2011fc309/2011fc309.html]. 

On top of all of this, I have had to represent myself in the Trial Division of the Fed. Ct. on several separate occasions with at least 6 of these applying to my claims with the VRAB [refer to case numbers: T-157-98, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 1999 CanLII 7476 (F.C.)

Peace be with you & yours,

or i7476/1999canlii7476.html; 

homepage: home

T-2137-99, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney General), 2001 FCT 793 or ca/fct/doc/2001/2001fct793/2001fct793.html;  T-2137-99, Bradley v. Canada (Attorney

Foot note: Given the hundreds and thousands of above-referenced contradictions between government promises to Canadian veterans (of both the CF and Mounted Police) and

In all of these decisions (including the latter two), the Hon. Justices supported my claims and rejected the VRAB’s decisions.  The greater weight of factual evidence by specialists in the fields of medicine applicable to my spinal cord injuries supported my claims, as did the greater majority of the abovelisted decisions.    Who but a politician who allegedly represents his electorate but didn’t see ‘adequate votes’ in seriously supporting this applicant’s claims, would ignore these facts and not attempt to ensure this applicant receive something resembling the actual service of justice .... not to mention the adherence to legislated laws by a Fed. government dept. (i.e., VRAB)?   The last decision of the VRAB (dated February 27, 2013) continued to deny this veteran of his claims for a disability pension.

Brian Bradley #33 - 9520 Bonaventure Dr., S.E. Calgary, AB  T2J 0E5 Phone: (403) 455 - 9353

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the governments’ unscrupulous treatment of these same veterans over the past 100 years, what different treatment can all Canadian citizens expect from these same governments? “Albert Einstein famously said that if we knew what we were doiing, it wouldn’t be called research.” (Wilson, David Sloan, 2011. The Neighborhood Project, NY: Little, Brown & Co., ISBN: 978-0-31603767-9, p.25; 432pp.) “The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was overwhelmingly adopted in September 2007, but significantly, not by Canada, New Zealand and the United States.” (p.34, Sustainable World Sourcebook) Why not Canada? Ask your MPs

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Motorcycle Musings

This is How I Ride... And I will feel her response to the slightest pressure of my hands; I hear her throaty growl & know her passion is only slightly contained.. merely waiting on my touch to send her soaring....   The evening air is cool on my face, soothing to my soul,  calming the torments that live inside me, comforting me like none other can & yet, it exhilarates me, entices me onwards, addicts me like a narcotic, invading my blood, my mind, my heart....   Again I feel her vibrate underneath me.. waiting, perhaps impatiently, & I smile... And I let her go... And we fly....   Down to earth we return, unwillingly, reluctantly, slowly, as if afraid the feelings & sensations will be lost if we stop, or even slow down. We are in a world of our own & I like it that way. And as we part for the night, there is that last lingering glance... A gentle touch of my fingers against the coolness of her frame...   And I smile.... later :)
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It’s a little wrong to say a tomato is a vegetable; it’s a lot wrong to say it’s a suspension bridge. - Sheldon Cooper Never argue with a fool, people might not know the difference. - Unknown

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles “The Motorcycle Ride for Dad needs YOU! If I had gotten checked this time last year, I wouldn’t be planning my own funeral today.” Charlie Pester, Kingston educator and role model That’s the quote that started the Ride For Dad. Uttered one day to Garry Janz, that single sentence serves as inspiration for the thousands of people across Canada who raise money for prostate cancer awareness and research through annual local rides.

in prostate cancer locally and right across Canada. Roads, trails and waterways are not the only thing that makes the Ride For Dad unique among national charities. We also give where we ride. What’s raised in the community stays in the community! If you’re passionate about your community and want to help save lives, get involved! We are always looking for riders, sponsors and volunteers – to learn more please visit PCFF_NtlPostHalfPage_HR.pdf

What started out as a simple motorcycle ride in Ottawa raising just over $20,000 grew into a national phenomenon raising more than 10 million!


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From its humble beginnings, the Ride For Dad has grown to more than 30 motorcycle, ATV, snowmobile and watercraft rides across Canada. Today, more than 100,000 men, women and children have been involved, raising more than 10 million dollars to help fight prostate cancer – the most commonly diagnosed men’s cancer in Canada. The Ride For Dad isn’t just about raising funds, it’s also a starting point for discussing prostate cancer testing, a topic that most men can find uncomfortable. The ride gets men talking about it and women talking to men about it. We promote awareness in the community year round, and because of this countless men have gone to their doctors to undergo testing and many of them have been diagnosed early and successfully treated! In addition to awareness campaigns throughout the country, the Ride For Dad funds new and innovative breakthrough science; research that can make a difference

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Anaheim Hills, CA---January 2, 2013—-American Motorcycle Specialties, USA announced today it has revamped its original line of Comfort Maxä Gel Pads to offer today’s riders’ unparalleled comfort on any bike, or any style of riding. The very popular and innovative tail bone notch is now included on all five sizes. Additionally, a thick layer of soft contouring memory foam covers the molded gel on top, and a second layer of firm memory foam covers the bottom. This new dualdensity foam covered gel provides a new ultimate in rider comfort. Comfort Maxä Gel Pads also feature a unique, maximum grip bottom. This rubberized surface prevents the pad from sliding off the seat and also comes with a removable strap. Comfort Maxä Gel Pads are available in five sizes to fit any seating application and come with a 30day no hassle return policy. The molded gel is guaranteed a lifetime. Comfort Maxä Gel Pads are priced from $69.95 to $129.95 For additional details call (800) 710-7237 Or online at: Distributed through TUCKER-ROCKY/BIKER’S CHOICE At the core of the Comfort Maxä Gel Pad is an advanced Viscoelastic molded gel used in medical and sports applications, plus a top and bottom layer of memory foam that contours the rider, eliminating pressure points or “Hot Spots” which can cause rider discomfort. In addition, the memory foam/ gel sandwich combination absorbs vibration, small bumps and road irregularities. The addition of a Sheepskin cover offers the highest level of comfort available, priceless for long distance rides. It softly conforms to your shape and eliminates localized pressure. Genuine Sheepskin covers provide increased comfort and allow air to circulate, virtually eliminating perspiration in hot weather and providing warmth in cold weather. The Sheepskin wool cover is soft and resilient. Its fibers breathe, acting like a natural thermostat for your body, keeping you perfectly comfortable regardless of the weather.

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WyzWmn’s Words to the Wise British Theologian Wisdom We cannot seek or attain health, wealth, learning, justice or kindness in general. Action is always specific, concrete, individualized, unique. – Benjamin Jowett Comedic Wisdom Love yourself first and everything else falls in to line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world – Lucille Ball Poet Wisdom We are all travelers in the wilderness of this world, and the best we can find in our travels is an honest friend. – Robert Louis Stevenson Biker Wisdom You will not feel the need to go to the restroom until after you have put on your rainsuit. News Anchor Wisdom An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overtrure and not think of the Lond Ranger. – Dan Rather Caliph Wisdom He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. – Ali ibn-Abi Talib

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Mills & Motorcycles: A Ride Back In Time

by Ken Aiken

Those who have had the fortune--or misfortune--to disassemble the transmission and drive system of their bike have generally been amazed—or dismayed—at the sequence of parts required to get power from the engine to the rear wheel. Motorcycle mechanics were developed long before Harley-Davidson or Indian came on the scene. Centuries before motorcycles were even conceived, complex gear drives were turning in mills. Popular with motorcyclists and “foodies,” the Charlevoix region of Quebec is special for many reasons. The village of Baie-Saint-Paul is located about an hour (85km/53mi) east of Quebec City and can be so packed with bikes on a sunny weekend to appear as if an impromptu rally is taking place. These riders have come to ride the region’s scenic roads and to enjoy its famous gastronomy.

along the St. Lawrence River and in the center of each were a church and a gristmill. Since a gristmill was needed for every 40 to 50 families, it can be reasonably assumed that there were mechanics to build and maintain them. In fact, every prosperous village in Canada and the United States maintained at least one gristmill until the advent of railroads offered a means of economical transportation for grain and flour.

an awesome spectacle to watch.

The development of inexpensive cast steel suitable for tool making in the late 1880s occurred at the same time that aluminum became readily available and affordable. The introduction of De Dion-Bouton internal combustion engine in 1896 provided a lightweight power source for bicycles and gave birth to a decade of frenzied development of motorcycle designs.

Auxiliary to this primary drive where others operated by drive belts and pulleys. Depending upon the ratio of one belt drum to another, the belt system could simultaneous support various other systems and machinery within the mill that operated at different speeds.

Within a radius of 18 kilometers (11 miles) of downtown Baie-Saint-Paul are four early 19th century gristmills that still grind the locally grown organic wheat into flour used by artisan bakers. Each mill has a rich history where millwrights explain the process of grinding flour to visitors. For me, these mills also offer a unique opportunity to present the very fundamentals of mechanics. Since the Middle Ages in Europe, every town required a mill in which to grind grain into flour to produce the staple of life: bread. The same was true when permanent settlements were established in North America. The first gristmill in the New World was built in 1607, in Acadia (Annapolis Royal, NS). In 1627, Cardinal Richelieu inaugurated the Seignurial System, a semi-feudal system of land distribution, in New France. These large estates were laid out

Every gristmill was custom built for the site on which it sits, but the principals were the same for each and every one of them. A source of motive power—preferably controlled and applied at a constant rate—caused a series (train) of gears to increase in speed to rotate a grindstone at about 120 rpm.

Standing in a mill and watching the shafts rotate, listening to the whine of rapidly traveling heavy drive belts, and feeling the vibration as one gear tooth engages with the next is much the same as if you were trapped inside your motorcycle engine—without the messy oil to muck you up. It’s quite easy to see where modern camshaft belts originated, complete with rollers and belt tensioners. Simple gear clutches aren’t much different from those used on early motorcycles Continued on next page

Beveled gears are still used in the rear drive of BMWs. However, the method of transferring power from the engine to the rear wheel was, and still remains, essentially identical to that of a gristmill. The sluice gate is opened and water rushes into the mill, spilling over the giant waterwheel. Once the brake is disengaged, the weight of falling water begins to turn the waterwheel and, with groans and tremors, the massive two-story high “engine” comes to life and builds up speed. It’s

The Rémy mill was built in 1825.

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that had only two gear speeds. Beveled gears changed the direction of shaft rotation, as they still do in shaft-drive bikes like BMW. On some vintage models, auxiliary belts—or chains— in the engine run the oil and/or water pump. Ignoring chronology, the first mill to visit is the Rémy (Moulin Rémy) just north of Baie-St-Paul on Route 138. Built in 1826 it is the largest of the four and operated as a flourmill until 1950 and then produced animal feed until sometime in the 1980s. The original gearing disappeared but restoration by a local land trust began restoration in 1997 and once again commenced grinding wheat in 2007. A 24-foot diameter waterwheel was built, the gearing authentically reconstructed, and too for the grain elevators, belt drives, and bolter that sifts the flour. Cast-steel replaces cast-iron, synthetic fiber is used instead of leather for belts, ball-bearing bushings and steel shafts stand in for lesser materials used in the 19th century. Wood is still used for teeth on gears and pinions; for the main and drive shafts; belt pulleys; and stanchions. The Rémy Bakery (Boulangerie la Rémy) uses the flour ground in the mill to create breads, pies, and even pizza in magnificent wood-fired, brick

“NEW” LOCATION: Starting and ending at the Knights of Columbus Center (2401 Columbus Drive) in South Windsor, ON –

The Seignurial mill is original, but a commercial millwright would upgrade equipment when it became available. In this mill steel parts were incorporated at some point during the 20th century. Some of the drive train dates to the 19th century and others are original to the 18th. ovens. The mill is essentially a working museum, an “economuseum,” while the bakery is a retail business. The next mill to visit is 18km (11mi) east of BaieSt-Paul in the village of Les Éboulements along Route 362, one of the top ten scenic roads in Canada. Built in 1790, this is the best surviving seigneurial mill in Canada. In 1962 it was acquired by Canadian Heritage of Quebec and restored. This mill is so authentic than even the miller is a direct descendant of its builder. The Seignurial—or Banal—Mill is built on a cliff and although the approach is on the level of the work floor this structure is five stories tall. Only one grindstone is now in use, but three were originally operated.

The buccoli Seignurial mill attracts painters and photographers as well as motorcyclists.

Other essential equipment—a lathe, blade sharpener, and hoists—are operated by auxiliary belts, as are the grain elevators (belts to which small scoops are attached to carry flour) and the Continued on next page

REGISTRATION DETAILS to follow when available. SAME EVENT PLAN AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! • Registration & Breakfast Buffet starting at 9:00am. • Poker Ride from 11:00am to 3:15pm to 5 designated Poker Stops. • Buffet Dinner at the Columbus Center at 4:00pm. • Meal Only Tickets $25 each. (With the purchase of 2 tickets this will give you a $20 receipt for tax purposes). • Festivities: 50/50, Chinese Auction and Door Prizes to follow dinner. • Pledges: Always welcomed as we also have prizes scaled to pledges collected for the event. These could be in Gas Cards, Costco Cards, Wal-Mart Cards or Zehrs Cards. For more information, visit: http://www.

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“bolter” (a giant rotating sifter used to sort the flour into different grades from bran to pastry). The final stop is a pair of mills located on Îsle-aux-Coudres (Hazelnut Island). The first was built on the Red River in 1825. From the standpoint of craftsmanship and efficiency this mill stands out from the ordinary. Yet it suffered the fate of a four-year drought and his son built a windmill on the other side of the brook in 1836. It’s the only place in the world where both a wind- and water-powered gristmill exists on the same site. To get to this pair of mills requires turning right out of the driveway of the Seignurial Mill and almost immediately turning right again onto Chemin du Port (Port Road). Dramatically descending to the St. Lawrence River on grades that reach 18% you’re presented with stunning views of the island and the sweep of the broad river from the Laurentians to the Appalachian Mountains. The ferry crossing from the village of St.-Joseph-de-laRive to the island is free and presents magnificent views of the Charlevoix coastline. You might even spy a white Beluga whale or watch a ocean

The windmill on Isle-aux-Coudres after restoration in 2012. freighter en route to Montreal during the 15 minute crossing.

A view of the Economuseum mill and miller’s house

At the Flour Milling Economusuem you’ll discover an interpretive center in the miller’s house and guides in period costume. Once again the layout of the mill follows set rules of function and mechanics, but the design is customized for both the physical site and volume of wheat that was, at that time, grown on the island. This one is extremely efficient with the bolter (sifter) next to the grindstones and the adjustment for the

The slipper and vat that holds the grindstones are a model of efficiency at the Economuseum. working gap between stones positioned between them. Obviously, having seen one mill doesn’t mean that you’ve seen them all! The windmill is the last “tower mill” built in Quebec. There had been others on the island since the first was built in 1727, and this one utilized stones that once were part of it. One stone in the lower wall is even inscribed 1678. Having seen three mills, you can’t help but notice Continued on next page

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The steel main shaft and a forged steel clutch are visible in the Economuseum.

The water rushes in, and its weight causes the wheel to rotate.

that the layout is restrictive and how much extra labor would have been required to handle the sacks of grain.

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Every part in a mill is named. This is the waterwheel, primary shaft, and main wheel—all wood—in the Economuseum

The beauty of the Charlevoix coastline as seen from Isle-aux-Coudres.

The motive power originates with wind at the top of the structure and so the drive system is essentially reversed, although simpler than with water-powered mills. Another key factor to be considered is that the quality of flour is dependent on the consistency and speed of the revolving grindstone (the bottom stone is always fixed in position)—and wind speed is rarely constant. This windmill was outdated even at the time it was built. It’s a throwback to the Medieval Period and perhaps the only one that has survived intact into the modern era, although it was restored in 2012. Now that you’ve had the opportunity to witness the mechanical “engines” that evolved into motorcycles you might appreciate the long historical lineage of your bike.

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At the very least you’ve been entertained. Although mills and motorcycles both make wheels turn, they have to remain and you are free to travel on the scenic roads of the Charlevoix. Ken Aiken is the author of three motorcycle guidebooks, has been a contributing editor to several motorcycle magazines, is a contributor to a few more, and works as a motorcycle-tourism consultant for private businesses and tourism regions.

Descending on Chemin du Port to St-Joseph-de-la-Rive.

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A Young Police Officer’s Point of View Police Officer Openly Gay by Kathryn Perry

Police officers come in all shapes and sizes—and sexual orientations. Might seem surprising for a woman to be openly gay and wear a uniform, but the RCMP doesn’t discriminate. I’m the youngest of six, and grew up in a police family, which I am now the forth generation. You make a lot of friends in policing. With a push of a button you have fellow officers that will back you up if you need help. It doesn’t matter what sexuality you are, we’re all cops and when you come to work we all treat each other with respect and as brothers and sisters. There are more important things to focus on. No one really cares who you go home to, nor should they.

I support Quebec’s Anti-Homophobia campaign. The campaign’s success lies in the strength of the statements made by those who are bold enough to talk about the homophobia that exists in our communities today. By standing together against Homophobia is a very important step in changing attitudes amongst Canadians and, to create a culture where people can be open about their sexual orientation for the good of their health and overall wellbeing. Thank you to everyone who back the campaign and that they are also taking a stand against homophobia. Kathryn Perry, who grew up on Vancouver Island, is an RCMP constable serving in rural B.C.

DON’T MISS THIS 5TH ANNUAL EVENT We welcome your club to Georgian Bay Thunder Weekend 2013!

The event is taking place on July 12, 13 and 14, 2013 in beautiful Little Lake Park in Midland. There will be music, camping and a refreshment tent in the park on Friday night. The 5th annual fundraising ride takes place on Saturday, July 13, 2013 and the day includes Brag & Buff, vendors, free draws and prizes, donated snacks and lunch for the riders and an evening concert with refreshment tent. On the Sunday riders are invited to meet at the band shell and head out for scenic Southern Georgian Bay casual rides.

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Riding with us Put a club booth – see form attached Visit us at the SuperShow Jan 4-6, 2013 Tell vendors about our event

Your support fosters volunteerism and community involvement. It ensures that individuals, families and seniors who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and those with no other means of transportation, receive the services they need. Please share our Georgian Bay Thunder event information with your chapter members and consider posting a link to our event on your chapter website. Questions? Contact Jessica at

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Let’s RIDE! An annual charity motorcycle ride in support of the SickKids Foundation at the Hospital for Sick Children being diagnosed with and/ or who are living with lupus. *All proceeds go directly to the head of the Pediatric Lupus Clinic at the Hospital for Sick Children. Where: The Stampede Ranch, 226 Woodlawn Rd. W, Guelph Registration fee: $25 Receive a custom patch, and lunch after the ride, courtesy of The Stampede Ranch! Don’t ride? There are plenty of other ways to participate! Find us at the International Motorcycle in Toronto, March 16th & 17th, 2013!! Please visit to register or email All are welcome! Saturday, May 11th, 2013 @ 9:30 a.m Rain date, May 25th rain or shine

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The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Annual Run to the North Wall June 30th 2013 The purpose is to honor the Canadians that served with the U.S. Military during the Vietnam War. In 1995 the dream of three men realized fruition. Those men were Ed Johnson, Ric Gidner and Chris Reynolds and their dream was a memorial honoring the Canadians that paid the ultimate price, volunteering to serve with American troops in Vietnam. The dream originated in the imagination of Johnson and Gidner with their heartfelt admiration for the Canadians that sacrificed their lives and became the driving force to honor them. Ed was also a Vietnam Veteran and served in the US Army with the 2nd 47th Mechanized Infantry 9th Division. Ric served with the United States Marine Corps. The memorial rests in Windsor, ON called the Canadian Vietnam Veterans Memorial, but is affectionately referred to as “The North Wall. More ride details to follow. Ride For the Mission – August 25th 2013 George Winney and Frenchy Aligard, organizers of the event make for a fun day with family and friends doing something beneficial while raising funds to care for our neighbors in need—struggling from poverty, mental illness, substance abuse and despair. Registration starts around 9:00AM, Kickstands up at 11:00AM, followed by a meal after the ride. Complete details to follow, when they become available. Join us for the 1st Annual Show & Shine Motorcycle Show at the McGregor Knights of Columbus (St. Clement Council 2844) on 9560 Walker Road in McGregor. Will be held in the back parking lot on Saturday July 13, 2013, weather permitting. (RAIN DATE - Sunday July 14, 2013). Any STYLE, Any MAKE, Any MODEL EVERYONE WELCOME!

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Maximum two vehicles per entry. Free key rings for the first 75 entries. Plaques for People’s Choice & Best Graphics. All entries will receive a ticket for $2.00 off a meal of their choice. “HOG HEAVEN” Pig Roast – RSVP - Dealers & vendors will be located in the middle area of parking lot with show vehicles located around the perimeter. Please contact John or Linda Falzon @ 519-736-7005 for information & entry forms information & entry forms

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A man and his wife moved back home to Cork from London. The wife had a wooden leg and to insure it in Britain was £2000 a year! When they arrived in Cork, they went to an Insurance agency to see how much it would cost to insure the wooden leg. The agent looked it up on the computer and said to the couple, £39. The husband was shocked and asked why it was so cheap in Ireland to insure, because it cost him £2000 in England! The agent turned his computer screen to the couple and said, ‘Well, here it is on the screen; it says: *Any wooden structure with a sprinkler system over it, is €39!I always did find the Irish Logic far superior to most others. Submitted by Rick Young, Kamloops BC

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In my own make-a-wish-ish event, I had the perfect day. After receiving bad medical news earlier in the week, and deciding to take whatever treatment is available, no question remained to take that ride with my dad’s club buddies - sooner, because later was definitely not an option. Soon I would likely feel ill from the treatment, and having images of riding a motorcycle when I close my eyes, seemed like a nice thing. I wasn’t sure how to share my medical news and financial dilemma with them. Covering medical bills is a scary prospect with or without health insurance, especially when I don’t live in Northern Ireland regularly. Sure, thanks to my parents, I do have dual citizenship, however fundraising for cancer treatments, an expensive treatments or simply to help with things like loans and

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Guided by Angels/ON Events groceries was going to be a slog, and then once I’m in the hospital, my wife Kim is responsible. As an American, Kim can’t find employment. Fortunately, she is taking over my share of my business ventures. Like my dad, although not as organized or prepared, I don’t want friends and family to needlessly worry. We may live in the digital age, but many of us still seek more spiritual solace to help us cope with life’s challenges. So it was a pleasant shock to find out that a rather large scary biker could actually to see what the rest of us couldn’t. Not only did the big scary outlaw biker consult many alternative practitioners to offer me up

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options to cope with my challenges, he also comforted me. You see, like so many others, I’ve struggled with debt, loneliness, and bereavement. When I felt so depressed that I could barely move, I, with some help, summoned a white witch to my house to clear it of demons. Although I am Catholic, and believe in life after death, and demon spirits, I’m still in shock over my medical reality, so at this point I’m clutching at anything. The woman (white witch) claimed the house was occupied by spirits. Although I was sceptical, later on, I listened back to the tape she had made as she walked through the farm house, burning Continued on next page

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles sage. I heard a definite sinister hissing that I hadn’t noticed at the time. I listened to it again; as I did so, a door opened next to me. It was very unnerving and profound, all at the same time. Years ago during my Goth phase, and during a rough patch, a spiritual healer suggested the notion of guardian angels. She told me I have two, but that I never listen to their advice (when I was about to move to the United States, I would wake in the middle of the night, convinced it was a mistake – I should have listened to my ‘instincts’, which the healer said is the voice of my angels). Now as far as meeting my wife, Kim, and adopting our daughter Lauren, the American portion of my life hasn’t all been doom, but there were events that constituted a mistake. I later saw a psychic, recommended by a friend who said she never makes a move without consulting her first. This woman (psychic) said I would one day live surrounded by trees, some sort of animal sanctuary; both predictions came true - the farm. She also told me something about myself that no one could have possibly known.

Guided by Angels/ON Events handsome in his RCMP uniform. But if anyone could convince me that there is more to life than a slow crawl to the grave, it was the white witch. When club members arrived at the farm, Phillip, aka ‘Werewolf’, who is hairy, 58 and has four children (the eldest of whom is 33), comes to the door first to greet me. He is six foot eight inches tall, some three hundred and eighty pounds, but has the most incredible eyes: bright blue and immensely kind.

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This, from the same guy I’m told, grabbed two men by the scruffs, and at once through both through a window. He also said he sees my guardian angel. “He opened up twice while you were standing there, each time for just more than a second, and you have another angel with a female appearance; she’s beautiful.” Needless to say, this was something I seldom Continued on next page

He says that I have a glow, an aura. “Your aura is a bright light, whereas with some people it’s soft. You’ve got to believe in yourself again. I know there is great sadness in you, but, child, you can do this.”

CMC Chapter 046—Kitchener Waterloo

‘Where the hell did that come from’, I thought.





And so, as when Lauren, Kaylee, my dad and I boarded a plane to Ireland little did I know that it would be a one-way trip for my dad, and as it would have it, myself, because I ain’t leaving now. Back to the white witch (my new best friend), who claims to have been 
able to see angels from a young age. I am open-minded, wounded, but again, clutching at anything.

Saturday May 11, 2013 1pm—4pm

My friend Nick, who was so handsome and clever (I was always quite scared of him), died earlier this year and as he was lowered into the ground in a bleak, muddy cemetery near the A57, I thought, ‘This is it. There is nothing else.’ I understand the need to believe in something higher than us, and I accept that in times of trouble, we are susceptible to suggestion… still. After my dad died, my sister Adelle was convinced that she saw him downstairs, not gaunt and suffering from cancer, but smart and

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Guided by Angels/ON Events ‘WTF’, I thought. I could he have…Werewolf, I mean Phillip, grew up in Dublin, the only child of a bicycle repairer. Unable to read, he was considered to have learning difficulties by his teachers and parents. ‘Did you tell your parents you could see angels?”, I asked him.  “No, the angels told me I should keep it a secret. Because if I had said to my mum, “There’s an angel beside you”, I would have been put into an institution.”

see, with angels. Werewolf continued, “Your guardian is extremely beautiful and looks strong. She’s working hard with you.”  ‘Are they trying to tell me anything?’, I asked.  “He, the other one, says you haven’t made as many bad choices as you believe you have.” How do I know it is an angel telling me what to do, and not just fear? How do I know that this angel, of a different sort, isn’t just yanking my chain. “He knows there are times in your life when you made the wrong decisions and times you made the right ones. It’s kind of through trial,” he said. ‘Shut Up!’, I thought. Now I need air. As we rode, I was trying to process what Werewolf had said. One of the reasons I don’t believe in guardian angels is that people are inherently evil and most lie. Cynical I know.  We stopped for a pee break and beverage. As I stepped out of the WC, Werewolf was right there, like the wall he is. “The angels are guiding you, helping to make this life as easy as possible. But they can’t overstep the boundaries of free will…yours.”

He recounts how an angel told him at the age of ten that he was going to meet his future wife, Fuamnach; that he would fall ill, and his wife would have to nurse him; and they would have a child that would die young. They met when Phillip was 17 and working in a garage. They did marry, and they did have a son, who died young, just months after birth. I tell Werewolf that I need the impossible: proof. Can he tell me one thing that will make me believe in angels?  “Everyone always wants proof,” he says. “But I can’t give that proof.” His youngest daughter Megan is 15. I ask how she copes having such an unusual father. “All her friends know who her father is and her mom, Fuamnach. Oh did I mean she is the white

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witch? And that her name Fuamnach is from Irish legend: a witch goddess who turns Midir’s second wife, the heroine Étaín, into a pool of water, then a worm, and finally a beautiful butterfly. Some of the club members’ knowledge of everything motorbike made me tentatively confident that, with a fair wind, I might even make it. The route takes us through the town of Dromara, which is heavy on vowels but also heavy on pensioners crossing the road without looking. Very handy for practising those emergency stops. Thirty minutes later my ride for the day: a staggeringly ugly - and staggeringly enormous gun-metal grey sporty complete with the panniers that seemed to contain my entire world, at that Continued on next page

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles moment. After a couple of seconds of familiarization and extra lip service, we bade farewell and were off on the 200 mile wobble, along the A-roads somewhat circumspectly, frustrated bikers stuck behind tractor drivers. I felt euphoric and terrified in equal measure, fully grasping the popular motorcycling saying: ‘Only a biker knows why a dog sticks its head out of a car window.’ On that rain-soaked journey, I had time to reflect on what had brought me to this point. Ten years

Guided by Angels/ON Events previously, I had met a woman. Within days, we had moved in together and then lived in unmitigated bliss. She is the best friend I had ever had, the person that made me - are you still there, cliche fans? wonderfully whole, throwing light into the darkest corners. That she was stunningly beautiful only added to a peachy sense of self-satisfaction that life wasn’t treating me too badly. Shallow, but there you go. I used to watch her sleeping and will her to wake up, as if any time away from her was wasted. We got married with my Dad walking both of us down the sandy isle. We were going to start a family, so adopted Lauren. I have the perfect life. Then, there weren’t really any rows, no slow decay, just a flick of a switch; memories of

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my dad’s voice frozen for rose-tinted eternity - an untimely death. In desperation, I gave my inner Yeats’s a go, ‘He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven’, but I may as well have given him the instructions for the dishwasher. He doesn’t tread softly in my true Irish form, he Riverdances on them.’ So where could I go while I was waiting to die? Because of my parents, I don’t really have need of a bucket list, and I thank them for all their support during all my difficult phases. There were the messy fumblings with other women before Kim, that always, frustratingly, felt like an infidelity, and a terrifying trip to the land of misogyny - and, girl, is there a big ol’ gang of guys living there willing to recruit you to the cause. I didn’t recognize myself any more. I was utterly stuck, approaching 30. My courage is iffy, my shoulders hurt. I know that tomorrow would be just like today. Bitterness had me by the throat. The ride, today, will definitely help. I know I will fill much of the time I have left with reading. I devour everything I can get my hands Continued on next page

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on. I know much of it now will be about life and death, trying to find some peace, some answers. I need to travel again; to find out what goes on in the afternoon (though hopefully not Hemingway’s version). I need to travel not with the naivety of youth, when I was genuinely surprised to see my reflection staring back at me in the mirror, but by exposing myself to risk and failure. All that latent desire needed to burst forth was the requisite combination of Stella and a wild bunch of witnesses. I will confess to feeling anxious. This anxiety is not about riding a motorcycle, or the impending isolation, or outlaw bikers following me, or breakdowns, but something else altogether. It’s a dread of the unknown I’ve acquired lately that I cannot quite throw off. But this is exactly why I have to go forward. I’ll keep praying and asking that things work out. Keep playing my part: mother, wife, daughter, aunt, and friend to angels. In relation to things to do with ‘tidying up the loose ends’ – I’m just giving them what they need, and am trying to remember not to take things personally. Have courage and strength, and know I’ll get through it.  I still don’t believe in angels, although I do believe Werewolf and Fuamnach are very caring persons, although they don’t really believe in God, but they tell me that they will pray for me anyway, just in case… Support Paws Fur Thoughts The Long Walk to Sanity 50 dogs, for 50 veterans in 50 days

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Things you’d like to say some days... Why don’t you let that hole under your nose heal up? What are you going to do for a face when the baboon wants its ass back? Why don’t you slip into something more a coma. You’re not yourself today. I noticed the improvement right away. I heard you changed your mind. What did you do with the diaper?

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles The 5 Riddles... THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FIVE RIDDLES I HAVE SEEN...THE ANSWERS ARE AT THE BOTTOM. RIDDLE 5 IS AMAZING. IT SHARPENS THOSE GENES IN YOUR BRAIN AND STALLS ALZHEIMER’S FOR YEARS …. 1. A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of

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right? 2. The woman was a photographer. She shot a picture of her husband, developed it, and hung it up to dry (shot; held under water; and hung). 3. Charcoal, as it is used in barbecuing. 4. Sure you can name three consecutive days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow!

3. What is black when you buy it, red when you use it, and gray when you throw it away ?

5. The letter “e” which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.

4. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?

I’ll be getting Alzheimer’s any time now. How did you do?

5. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching! Answers: 1. The third room. Lions that haven’t eaten in three years are dead. That one was easy,

The Busted Knuckle Chronicles Having an Escape Path: I was recently asked about how to avoid one of the most frequent types of motorcycle accidents, (the vehicle that turns left in front of you, violating your right of way, and what can you do about it).

 This is a tough one, I am not trying to avoid the question, but the best answer is, it depends on the situation. If for instance, you are driving on a two land road, approaching an intersection where you spot a vehicle that you believe may pull out in front of you. First, you should be covering your brakes whenever there is a possibility that another vehicle may violate your right of way. For instance, if you are north bound and the vehicle is southbound and about to make a left hand turn, the best thing may be to first, brake hard then release the brakes and swerve to your left going around the back of the vehicle. Of course, if you are going slow enough to stop, do so and avoid the swerving

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 A good idea is to practice the brake and swerve maneuver in a parking lot so that when this situation arises, you will know what to do. In this same situation, you are on a four or more lane road with a busy intersection you may have only one choice. That would be to stop prior to hitting the vehicle as swerving to the left could cause a head on collision with oncoming traffic and swerving to the right could cause a collision with a vehicle going the same direction with you.

 In other words, if there is an escape path, make sure you turn your head and eyes to that escape path. Never become target fixated on the left turning vehicle or you will surely hit it. There is no hard and fast rule on this situation. The best thing to do is practice your braking. Concentrate on the front brake. Practice braking from 20, 30, to 60 or 70mph in a controlled environment, such as a deserted road or parking lot.

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If you always ride at higher speeds, practice braking at those speeds. In a panic situation, you will always revert to your training. If you never train, you will only have panic and dumb luck to rely on. Practice, practice, practice. Practice is the key. Copyright ⓒ 2009 Jerry “Motorman” Palladino

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I heard you changed your mind. What did you do with the diaper? Did you have an extra bowl of stupid this morning?

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Faith & Motorcycles By Chuck Pearce Its only money. Is it just me, or are bike accessory costs going through the roof? As I contemplate some neat additions to my 2012 Street Glide, it’s looking like it’ll be a scaling back of my expectations. With a number of overnight road trips planned this year, I’m in the market for a rigid back pack and possible a leather windscreen to wrap around the highway bars. But that is going to be about it. Heck, just those two items are gonna cost me 5 large. And it’s not like I ever hide receipts for bike gear and upgrades, it’s just that I prefer to pay cash and stick the receipt in a file, somewhere near the back of the file cabinet for safe keeping. You know, out of sight, out of mind? My darling wife has this notion that for every dollar I spend on my bike, she spends on something on her wish list . . . and fair is fair. Right? So you probably get my drift. Whatever I buy from the Harley dealership is costing me, “double”. So the cold hard fact is, I need to carefully weigh out the pros and cons of any purchase that’s getting up into the hundreds of dollars. Last spring when I bought my Street Glide, I specifically asked my wife if she planned on getting back on the bike with me ( 4 years earlier she witnessed a rather nasty bike spill and hadn’t been on since ) and she took about

a millisecond to shoot back a firm and definitive “NO”. So I decided against buying the Ultra Classic which would have been ideal for the two of us, and went with my personal favorite, the Street Glide. That was April last year, and guess what my dear wife decided by mid summer? Yup, she wants to get back on the bike. I should have seen that one coming. Only problem now, is that for me to buy the tour pack, with all the trimmings (and with a custom Harley paint job including flames the tour pack will no doubt have to be a special order) including a different riders seat, this is going to set me back thousands ! And that’s before I pay the spousal tax. Well, on the positive side, she is coming back to do something she absolutely loved to do, and I know she’ll get back “in the zone” after a couple of rides, and we’ll have some great times together this summer. So when it’s all said and done, I just have to remind myself it’s only money. Somehow, we’ll make it work. We’ll find a way. And isn’t life a lot like that? We have these best laid plans that often go south or turn quickly ina different direction? At the end of the day, we just remember what really is important in our lives, and that is usually God, family and health. With those priorities in place, come what may,we can deal with adversity, find solutions and work with one another to keep chins up... if we keep our eyes on Jesus. He will lead us on the path that is best for us, and his angels will watch over us. Ride safe, ride true Pastor Chuck

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