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U. S. Marines - Semper Fidelis Veterans Motorcycle Association

Inaugural Issue U.S. Marines - Semper Fidelis Veterans Motorcycle Association Newsletter July 1, 2009 God - Family - Country - Corps

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U. S. Marines - Semper Fidelis Veterans Motorcycle Association

Jul—Sep, 2009

Welcome

By: Curly

Volume 1, Issue 1 Inside:

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How about a big old OOHRAH to Ed Johnson (Oso) the winner of

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the newsletter name contest, the response was really good and you

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From the President

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the membership chose The Scuttlebutt to be the name you preferred,

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Oso was to receive a $50 gift certificate as a result of submitting the

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winning entry; however, he has graciously donated the funds back to

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Remote Members

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Interesting Links

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Now and Then

Officers President: Patrick Johnson (Oso)

Vice President

Greetings Marines, Welcome to the very first issue of your US Marines-Semper Fidelis VMA Newsletter! This Inaugural Edition is the culmination of many months of planning, designing and lastly bringing to press this wonderful and exciting newsletter to you, the membership. This is the beginning of what will be at first a quarterly publication for your reading pleasure, and then as we grow the board officers will review your inputs to see if publishing more frequent issue comes to pass

Tony Harrison (Magnum)

Treasurer

Please take a look inside where you will find out all about what has or will be happening within your Association, please enjoy...

Philip Cullen (Shanghi)

Secretary Vinny Detmer (Vinny)

JAG Doug McLeod (Daddy-O)

Sgt at Arms

It is hoped you find the newsletter an interesting, informative and enjoyable read. We are soliciting input from all of you to make it a newsworthy effort and look forward to your feedback on things you would like to see and suggestions on how we can make this experience the best it can be for everyone, also please consider sending in any stories you would like to contribute, or maybe just a funny or interesting photo, or a trip you have taken and would like to share with everyone.

Glenn Paschall (Gunny)

Remember this is your association newsletter so please help it grow.

Sgt at Arms

Let us know what you think. Send your suggestion, news articles, photo’s, rides, events and etc…

Harmon Meeker (Dutch)

To: Newsletter or Newsletter@usmarinessf.com

Newsletter Editor Jim Gibson (Curly)

Semper Fi Curly

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From the President “Bear Facts�

By: Oso

Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of the Scuttlebutt!

First and most importantly, I want to thank Chief Editor, Jim Gibson for his original idea to create this news document. His hard work, many hours of devotion and frustrations experienced along the way putting this together on our behalf should not go without notice.

I personally feel that this newsletter and those that will follow are truly going to assist us in going from Good to Great. I believe that the Scuttlebutt is going to serve as a source of both Pride and Information for both the members and friends of our Association.

In keeping with my belief that each member should take individual ownership in our Association, I would encourage each of you to contribute to this newsletter as much as possible.

The future is ours for the taking. I look forward to the rides and events we will share in 2009 and beyond. Semper Fi Oso

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Now and Then

By: Curly

On February 8th a large group of us met at the Pappasito’s restaurant off I-610 South loop to welcome back our traveling members Wayne and Diane Johnson who have been traveling the country visiting friends and family for the past several months (look in the Travel Section for Wayne's report) and to also see our old friend Van LeBlanc (Knife Fighter) who as most of you know has been recovering from an accident for the past several months and I am pleased to report his recovery efforts are bearing fruit, he has just purchased a new truck and is searching for a travel trailer as he plans soon to get on the road and kind of follow in Wayne and Diane’s foot steps and begin traveling the USA for a while. There were also 3 special guests present and we all met them and certainly look forward to riding with them in the future.

February 26th I was heading to work and a pickup truck pulled out in front of me blocking my path, well, I can tell you that a motorcycle will lose to a truck in every case, I was very fortunate in that I had all my protective gear on, and did not receive a single scratch, I did break 4 ribs and had a small puncture in my right lung, but not even a bruise on my body, my helmet was damaged (see picture below) and I’m fairly certain I would not be able to write this report had I not been wearing it, the medical folks all commented on the fact that my equipment did a great job and wearing it made their job more pleasant than some others they had encountered. I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of concern and support, you all have aided tremendously in the healing process. Now for my soapbox moment, folks, I am here to tell this story because of my protective gear, please think twice about your ride, the stuff works, nuff said,

SF Curly

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Now and Then - Continued

By: Curly

A big thank you to Larry & Maribelle for inviting everyone to the ride in Brenham on March 28th. It was a charity ride in support of breast cancer patience and the turnout we experienced was phenomenal I counted 17 Motorcycles and 2 cages, the ride started at “Bottles and Racks in Brenham and went thru some beautiful countryside and then back to Brenham, along the way we took in some great scenery and really cool stops, one of the favorites was “Chappell Chill” in Washington, TX., If you haven’t been there it is a definite “must see” kinda place. The weather although a bit cold in the morning did warm up and provide for some comfortable riding conditions, the bluebonnets where in full swing and there where a lot of photo opportunities along the way, and, ultimately a lot of money was raised in support of this important cause.

On a serious note on Sunday March 29th member Travis Cullen was attempting to merge onto a highway when a vehicle already on the highway moved over two lanes from Travis’ left, nearly broad-siding him. Travis had no choice but to take his bike down in the median between the highway and frontage road. Travis has sustained a fractured left elbow, fractured right ankle, sprained right wrist, and severe road rash. Thankfully, he was wearing his helmet. The vehicle that nearly broad-sided him, sped off, never stopping to check on his welfare. Please keep Travis and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Tech Section

by: Vinny Detmer

This is a good time of year to consider performing some routine maintenance on your scooter. With the weather not being quite as nice as we would like it to be you won’t mind laying your bike up for a day or two if needed. We will cover some maintenance that most people with some basic mechanical skills should be able to accomplish. I would highly suggest that anyone considering doing any type of work on his or her own bike obtain a copy of the Factory Service Manual. These manuals are always full of useful information. We will start with the easiest things and work or way up. 1. Clean or replace the air cleaner filter. Many filters today are washable. If you have a washable type just soak it in some soapy water, rinse it out with clean water and then Let It Dry!. This could take a day or two to thoroughly dry, maybe more depending on the weather. It is very convenient to have an extra filter on hand. This way you can let the one you just washed dry thoroughly and just put the spare filter in immediately. Then you are right back on the road. 2. Clean or replace the spark plugs. Remember to always check the Gap Setting before you reinstall the plugs. Even if the plugs are new you must check the gap before installing them. 3. Change the motor oil, and the primary and transmission fluids. This is usually not too difficult once you identify the proper drain / fill points and then use the proper amount of fluid required to refill. A Factory Service Manual comes in handy for this. 4.

Check the chain/belt tensions. This is on both the primary and final drives if your bike is so equipped. Proper tension adjustments are critical to smooth and long operation of both chains and belts. Be mindful not to “over tighten” belts or chains because this can cause excessive wear of components. It is also important to make sure that the final belt drive “tracks” properly.

5. Lube the clutch cable and adjust the clutch if necessary. This one might be a bit more difficult for most people but if you have mechanical skills it is really not that hard to do. Again, the Factory Service Manual will have the exact procedure needed for your particular motorcycle. Also do not forget to inspect your tires and brakes. This way you have time to repair/replace as needed before the prime riding season starts. Performing routine maintenance on your bike will ensure many happy miles.

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Travel Section

by: Wayne Johnson (WayneJ)

Fellow Marines, Spouses and Friends. As most of you know Diane and I have finally hit the road for retirement, and full time RV'ing. We were very fortunate, as we sold, and closed on our house on the Monday before Ike hit. After we figured out it was coming in the Houston direction, we departed Houston for safer ground, namely Montgomery, Alabama. (Diane’s sister and brother-in-law live just out side of Montgomery) We left Wednesday morning early, not knowing what the situation would be on I-10 driving east. We were lucky again as the traffic was very light and we pulled into Diane's sisters home that evening late. All 4 of us were glued to the television, watching in awe as Ike rumbled in and virtually destroyed everything in its path, especially the gulf coast areas like Galveston, Seabrook, Bolivar and other places along the low lying gulf, and bay areas. After 4 days I was able to check on our families. Physically everyone was well, emotionally most were distraught from the destruction, and aftermath without electricity, water, or any way of being comfortable from the heat and humidity. Thank goodness a cool front pushed through some few days later making it some what bearable. As for Diane and myself, we were able to take some time and reorganize the motor home after our mad rush to load it, and get out of Dodge so to speak. We spent the next month with the in-laws, visiting Diane's family and her mom and dad's old home place. They lived in a small country town called Arkadelphia, Alabama. Their home was located on top of a mountain, overlooking a strip mining operation that has been in process for the last 14 years. I was surprised to see what a wonderful job the mining company had done with the land reestablished after the coal was removed. There had been some locations in the project that had huge ravines and retention ponds some 500 to 800 feet deep. They were now filled in, and the land looked as pristine and natural as ever. The only thing I really missed were the large trees and timber lines that were destroyed when the project was started. We moved down state to a small town called Greenville, Alabama. Back in the mid 80's it had been named "Best Small Town in the United States". I felt like it still was. It was the type of small town you could be proud to be from. The main street ran into courthouse square.. The buildings, some built back in the mid 1800's were seemingly well taken care of, and most were still being used as commercial businesses. There were neighborhoods, and residential areas that were both old and modern. I saw one house that was probably 100 years old, if not older, and would love to own it. Imagine 2 stories, with porches on both levels. Two fire places that extended from the first floor to the second, and horse stalls in the rear of the property, and a small turn of the century automobile garage with swinging doors. This is nothing new I realize, but with both together, you could see the people that had built and owned the property were trying to keep up with the modern changes, while also staying with the old. This has become more difficult than I had first thought about writing about our travels thus far. We still have another two months to tell about, but I do not want to bore anyone at the same time. Hopefully the editor of the newsletter will let me have another shot at finishing this story. Winter in upper Alabama, like 10 miles from the Tennessee state line are treacherous. I did not enjoy 14-16 degrees with 25 mph winds at the same time. Or, running out of propane three days after filling the tank to get ready for a cold front. I'd like to apologize to the good friends and my fellow Marines we did not get to say goodbye to. It really did not go as we had planned, and I can blame the hurricane. I hope I did not leave with anyone feeling slighted, as that was not our intensions at all. If you were. I'm truly sorry. Til the next time, Adios. Be careful, and watch our brothers backs. Love to you all, Waynej and Diane

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Remote Members Section

by: Dennis Hosey (Buca)

The snow is has melted, and the rains are helping to wash all of the sand of the roads. Riding season is back! Stutz and I found our way together a few months back while his band was playing a gig in a small town near the Missouri border. They were very good and I am looking forward to hearing them again. Too bad we got hammered by a snow storm while they were playing, so the drive home was a bit treacherous. Stutz left for Mexico a few days later; and was escorted back to the border. Evidentially he placed a dent in the Mexican Tequila reserves! I spoke to Jones last week while on his way to his second, third, or fourth job… those Firemen are hard to keep up with. We are getting together next week to look at the summer riding calendar, as we have several individuals who have expressed an interest in joining our Association. The more we can get out in the public eye, the better it will be for all of us.

As for me, much of the same… The kids are all very busy; therefore they keep me very busy. I did get a pretty good sized deer last week; the bad news is that I got it with my Trailblazer. We have a huge problem with deer on the roadway here in IA. They are the main reason that you won’t see many motorcycles at night.

If any of you guys planning on coming through here on your way to Sturgis, let me know. I am planning on going and can offer a rally point here in IA. Semper Fi Buca

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Interesting Links America Supports You , DoD website with info for ways to support our troops http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/AmericaSupportsYou/index.aspx •

Texas Motorcycle roads : http://www.motorcycleroads.us/states/tx.html •

Texas Biker :

http://www.texasbiker.net/ Give them a look, some pretty cool stuff •

Motorcycle Events website

http://www.motorcycleevents.com/home.php Events from all over the country

Lets Ride

http://www.lets-ride.com/event/texas.htm Texas rides and events page

Ride Texas magazine

http://www.texmoto.com/ A good magazine about Texas Motorcycling God - Family - Country - Corps

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Remember to always check the website for updates on the Events Page

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