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It’s been one hot, humid summer but, bikers being Finally, be sure to stop by the Fast Lane Biker booth at bikers, we didn’t let the heat stop us, did we? OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week for a look at TWISTED, a ride too twisted to describe. Our favorite Spokesmodel, Hub City Bike Week over the July 4th weekend in Ainsley Max, will also be on hand to pose for photos and Hagerstown, MD was successful despite the heat. Fast sign autographs (yes, she will be our cover model for the Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva was honored to be part of September issue). FLBD would also like to congratulate organizing this event and happy to be named the official Ainsley for being the first woman ever to grace the cover motorcycle magazine of Hub City Bike Week 2013. We’d of NSRA Magazine (National Street Rod Association) like to thank everyone who participated and offer special check her out in their August issue. thanks to Mike Guessford of Always Ron’s Restaurant & Bar in Hagerstown, MD, who was instrumental in bringing Finally, be sure to LIKE US on Facebook for your chance this event to life and being a most gracious host. This to win stuff. If you upload a photo of yourself holding up event has all the makings of becoming one of the major a copy of FLBD, you might see your face in a future issue. motorcycle events in the country. The town has expressed What are you waiting for? Visit www.flbdelmarva.com for a sincere interest in coming together and making this details and links. event as biker-friendly as possible. In fact, this month we will begin planning for the 2014 event which already FLBD hopes to see you all in Ocean City, MD next promises to be bigger and better. So here we are in 2013, month. We’ll be hitting the local watering holes and, if telling all of you to mark your calendars for July 3rd thru you’d like to join us, be sure to stop by the FLBD booth at 6th, 2014. Fast Lane Biker Magazine Delmarva will see the inlet and say hello and make a plan! Until then keep you in Hagerstown, MD in 2014. the shiny side up and the rubber on the road. Have you heard about our Two Wheel Wedding contest? If you are getting married anytime soon (or interested in renewing your wedding vows), why not tie the knot on the MAIN STAGE at the Inlet during OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week in Ocean City, MD on September 14, 2013? One lucky couple will receive overnight accommodations, wedding rings, free wedding attire rental, flowers, photographer services, a reception at the FLBD booth at the inlet, wedding cake, and more! Check out the ad in this month’s issue but hurry - we will be picking a winner somewhere around August 12, 2013.
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Speaking of OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week, we have two words: BE THERE! As we mentioned before, the two events have now merged together to bring you all of the old favorite stops outside of Ocean City with the newer event at the inlet and convention center inside Ocean City limits. This year’s entertainment features national acts such as Foghat, Three Dog Night, America, War, Jackyl w/Jesse James Dupree and a host of other performers. Want to win free passes? Go to www.flbdelmarva.com for details! 3
SENIOR MOMENTS Name: James D. (Dan) Spaid Age: 72 Location: Smithsburg, MD
Dan Spaid didn’t begin riding until he was 55 years old but he sure is making up for lost time. His first bike was a 550 Suzuki which he traded in for a Harley 883 Custom. His next purchase was a 2001 Fat Boy, followed by a 2005 Electra Glide Classic, a 2007 Road Glide, a 2011 Street Bob and, finally, a 2012 Heritage Softail. Dan is an active member of Chambers Hog since 1999. He held several positions in the club including Treasurer and Historian. For the past 5+ years, Dan has served as a Road Captain. He also enjoys participating in charity rides such as MDA and God Bless America. He has been to rallies in Sturgis, SD (twice), Laconia, NH, Myrtle Beach, SC, the Harley 105th Anniversary Rally in Milwaukee, WI and he has been to OC Bikefest/Delmarva Bike Week for the last 13 years. Favorite rides in addition to Sturgis, SD include areas closer to home such as riding the mountains of western Maryland and Pennsylvania, riding to his condo in Ocean City, MD and to his dealership, M&S Harley-Davidson in Chambersburg, PA where he volunteers to help at their functions when he can. Dan is planning another trip to Sturgis next year and looks forward to another trip out west. All it takes is a phone call and Dan is usually ready to roll in minutes. His goal when he first began riding was to register 100,000 miles. Since his 2001 Fat Boy, Dan has been keeping track and his goal is now in sight as he currently registers approximately 95,000 miles. “Now that my goal is in sight I’ll set higher standards,” said Dan. “And, of course, my main goal is to always ride safe.” Dan is a retired tool salesman who currently drives a school bus for activities and field trips. He served in the Marine Corps from 1959 to 1963 and spent most of his enlistment in Hawaii. He was a field radio operator and also spent a couple of years operating a Ham Radio Station for the Marines. He met his wife, Barb, on Waikiki Beach in 1963 and they were married later that year. This October 19th, they will celebrate their 50th anniversary. Dan and Barb have 3 adult children, 4 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren. When asked what words of wisdom he would pass down to younger riders, Dan says, “Always ride safe, wear an approved helmet and wear proper riding gear to make yourself visible. Also, make sure your bike is always in riding order. Check your tires and replace them when needed.” Words of wisdom for sure! If you see Dan and Barb out and about, be sure to give them a proper Fast Lane Biker Delmarva greeting!
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gettysburg BIKE WEEK JULY 11TH-14TH, 2013 • BY: ALICIA ‘BBA’ HELFRICH July was a big month for the quiet town of Gettysburg, PA. From commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg and the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery, to its 12th year of welcoming motorcycle enthusiasts, arriving on their iron horses, to Gettysburg Bike Week. Three “official” locations made it easy for riders to participate in GBW and the surrounding area. Granite Hill Camping Resort, All Star Sports Complex, and The American Civil War Wax Museum. Clouds and drizzle appeared for a brief period on Friday but the remaining three days shared sunshine and hot temperatures. Vendor villages opened daily Thursday thru Sunday at 10 a.m. A bike week rally means music, and man did they have a great variety for everyone. Live on stage at the All Star was the Trailer Park Cowboys. Granite Hill was host to The Great White Band, Slaughter, War, and Big Jack. The Eisenhower Hotel rocked Saturday night with Great Train Robbery. This band has been pumping the tunes out since 1977. I still remember the first time I saw them perform - I was 13 years old on vacation in Bethany Beach in 1977 and they were just starting out. You do the math! Friday’s tattoo competition was tough. There were many tats that depicted “family” meanings. In the end, Chelsea DeGroft of Gettysburg was the female winner of a design she drew for her firefighter father as well as for herself. Her tattoo took 6 hours to complete. Ken Gerlock of King William, VA won the best male division. His chest and stomach displayed a brilliant “New School” tattoo of an octopus, fish, and more. He spent 38 hours getting inked. Each winner received $100. This year, GBW kicked off a 1st Annual Biker Build Off. Thursday was the build off’s first day and by Saturday a winner was chosen. The public voted on their favorite entry by depositing a ticket in one of two boxes. So who was competing for first place? Builders and owners of Vicious Cycles in Lemoyne, PA Greg Carter and Scott Fisher competed against Tom Keefer, owner of Franklin Church Choppers of Dillsburg, PA. At 6 p.m. Saturday, the winner was announced and the trophies were awarded. Congratulations to Tom of FCC who walked away with first place. Way to go Tom! On Saturday, the All Star Sports Complex hosted a ride-in bike show and $500 was awarded to Best of Show, and First Place plaques were awarded for each class. The Florida Drill Team and Daredevil Bubba Blackwell rounded out the entertainment. Harley Davidson demo riders were also rolling in and out of the complex. At Granite Hill, the schedule of events kept going full throttle and included the 9th Annual Burnout Pit Championship, Second Annual Bikini Contest, and bike games that drew a large crowd of onlookers. After 8 weeks of competitions held at various area restaurants and bars, the final Cornhole Tournament was also held at Granite Hill. Jimmy O’Farrell, “cornhole coordinator” (sorry Jimmy, LOL) explained, “The finalists were grouped
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by bars. Once a team won at the designated restaurant they were done and just had to show up at GBW for the finals.” The Parade of Chrome rolled out from the All Star and continued through the streets of Gettyburg before arriving at Granite Hill late Saturday afternoon. Later, the evening exploded with a traditional fireworks display. The GBW staff and volunteers worked extremely hard to provide a fun, safe motorcycle rally for all to enjoy. I personally would like to thank Kelly Crist, John Shue, John Summers, and Nora and Bob Farrell for their kindness and support along with the rest of the crew. I left GBW with memories of a great time, new friends and vendors to stay in touch with - and my rally souvenirs and a 150th Commemorative wine bottle. Gettysburg Bike Week has so much to offer. Make your reservations now for next year. You don’t want to miss GBW’s lucky 13th year! See You in the Fast Lane!
** all states ** Apple’s 10th Annual East Coast Motorcycle Rally - Little Orleans, MD OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week – This is the bigger, better, annual biker tradition! Visit www.OCBikeFest.com for complete details. OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week - Getting married soon? Want to marry or renew your vows in front of thousands of bikers during one of the largest motorcycle rallies on the East Coast? Check out www.flbdelmarva.com to learn how you can get married on the MAIN STAGE at the INLET on SATURDAY, 9/14, at 5:00 p.m. AND win prizes!! ** delaware ** 8/10 Rock-N-Ride - New Castle, DE Monkey Butt Rally – Dover, DE 8/17 Smyrna/Clayton Moose Rider Fall Poker Run – Smyrna, DE “YoBob” Memorial Poker Run - New Castle, DE Wounded Warriors Special Presentation Benefit – Townsend, DE Dora’s Motorcycle Rodeo/Memorial for “YoBob” – Dover, DE 8/18 ABATE Run for the Kids - New Castle, DE ** maryland ** 8/3 Red Knights Maryland 6 Beat The Heat Poker Run - Port Deposit, MD Freedom Ride – Federalsburg, MD Believe in Izaiah Poker Run – Frederick, MD BCFD Riders Group 3rd Annual Poker Run – Essex, MD Montgomery County Motorcycle Swap Meet at Battley Cycles – Gaithersburg, MD 8/4 5th Annual Ride for the Animals – Baltimore, MD 8/10 1st Annual Southern Maryland Bike Fest – Leonardtown, MD 8/17 Maryland Patriot Guard Ride - Mt. Airy, MD 8/21 Dealer Dinner Ride at Battley Cycles – Gaithersburg, MD 8/24 Charm City Mods vs Rockers – Dundalk, MD 8/30-9/1 Abate Mid Shore Labor Day Party – Centreville, MD ALR Vet Rally – Sabillasville, MD ** virginia ** 8/10 Pamplin Volunteer Fire and EMS Poker Run – Pamplin, VA 8/11 Mystical Indian Biker Swapmeet & Bike TOP DOG Show – Roanoke, VA 8/17 Annandale ALR 4th Annual BBQ & Bike Wash – Annandale, VA Bikers Eliminate MNT Bike Run – Petersburg, VA 2nd Annual Bow Wow Poker Run – Manassas, VA Rough Riders Warrior’s Poker Run – Stafford, VA Finish The Race Car and Motorcycle Show – Sterling, VA 8/24-10/20 Motorcycle Mission Trip Across America – Lynchburg, VA 8/24 Evan Adams Memorial Benefit Ride – Louisa, VA Bikers 4 Books – Dillwyn, VA Ride for the Pirate V/Southeastern Ride – Yorktown, VA Ride for the Pirate V/Northern Ride – Dumfries, VA 8/7-11 9/12-15 9/14
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by Michelle Holcomb, Executive Director Bikers are the most giving people I know. Anytime there is a charity event for kids, babies, cancer, downed riders, veterans or anything else, they turn out in droves to ride. It is such a wonderful thing. Why then, won’t riders take the time to support themselves? Every year, ABATE of Maryland has a helmet protest ride. Very few people show up. This year we had a Freedom Ride and only 10 or so people participated. This is very frustrating for those of us in the motorcycle rights business who do everything we possibility can to ensure that motorcyclists remain able to ride free. We have passed many bills over the years. Motorcycle lighting/night time awareness bill, handicap tags for motorcycles, small motorcycle plates, right of way bill, etc. We founded the Motorcycle Safety Program. ABATE sits on the Maryland Coalition of Motorcyclists. We have a representative for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. We sit on the ATV Safety Task Force. We remain vigilant watching for any legislature which would negatively or positively impact motorcyclists. We have defeated attempts to impose catastrophic health insurance that would make motorcycling unaffordable for many riders. We enacted a parking law that allows two motorcycles to park in one metered spot instead of only one. We maintain relationships with other motorcyclist’s rights organizations, including MRF, AMA and NCOM. This legislative session we are contemplating introducing a bill which would make it illegal to have motorcycle only checkpoints. There is nothing wrong with doing charity
events. But just remember, charity starts at home. Without a strong membership, we cannot continue to fight for you. We need members to carry on the fight. Believe me - it is a fight. If it were not for ABATE, you probably wouldn’t be riding that motorcycle. You would be wrapped in bubble wrap with a strobe light on top of your helmet and catastrophic insurance so high you couldn’t afford it. $25 a year for an ABATE membership and $30 a year for MRF gives you the peace of mind that we are fighting for you. What is your freedom worth? The next time you see an ABATE event, come on out and support us. Become a member and do your part. Help us take care of US. Ride on all the charity events you want but in turn, make sure you are supporting ABATE and taking care of yourselves. LIVE TO RIDE. RIDE TO LIVE. RIDE FREE! SHELL
By Jay Kuch , Mystery Fo od Critique
the greene turtle • ocean city, md If you were able to get any riding time in this month, count yourself as lucky. With all the rain we’ve had, finding time to ride has been difficult to say the least. But my bike needed to be washed anyway and I’ll take a free shower anytime. I was going to report to you from some of the great places I found during Hub City Bike Week, Hagerstown, MD, but after a series of unfortunate events I couldn’t make the trip and, even more disappointing, I didn’t get to hang out with all of you. I did, however, get out on the road a few times and, during one of those rides, found myself at The Greene Turtle in Ocean City, MD. The moment I walked through the doors, friendly staff greeted me and showed me to my table so I could settle in. I started with an angry orchard draft and an order of buffalo chicken nachos. The
nachos arrived on a plate full of chips and drenched in melted cheese, chunks of chicken tossed in hot sauce, lettuce, tomato, crumbled blue cheese and sour cream. The chips were fresh, the chicken was moist, the vegetables were fresh and the portion was huge. You could honestly order this as your dinner and be completely satisfied. But as usual, I tackled the nachos with the help of some friends which made it possible for me to move on to an entree. I decided to stick with the chicken theme and ordered the Fleet Street Chicken - grilled chicken breast on top of a healthy portion of mashed potatoes and topped with diced tomato, crab meat and a balsamic glaze. I also opted for a side of green beans but who really needs to know that. The chicken was, once again, juicy and the crab meat, tomato and balsamic glaze made for a great flavor. The mashed potatoes were creamy and even the green beans were good. After destroying the nachos, I barely had room for dinner so I opted to box the leftovers and ordered another beer before heading out. The Greene Turtle was a great experience with both friendly, efficient staff and good food. So if you need to stop for good food, drink and a friendly atmosphere during your travels, check them out. I had to travel a few hours from home to find a Greene Turtle but feel free to check their website for a restaurant near you – or make it a point to visit The Greene Turtle during OC BikeFest/Delmarva Bike Week in September. I plan to stop again so perhaps I’ll see you there! Until next time, remember - it’s just another day in paradise.
The Greene Turtle is located at 11601 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842. If you have questions, comments or if you know of a biker-friendly eatery, email Jay@flbdelmarva.com.
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AKA ‘Pistol Annie’ • A.B.A.T.E. of Kent County & Blue Hen Bike Show & Swap Meet 1) How long have you been involved with ABATE and the Blue Hen Show? Four years. 2) What exactly do you do in that capacity? I am Secretary and Newsletter Editor for ABATE of Kent County, Delaware and Blue Hen Bike Show and Swap Meet Chair. 3) Where do you reside and for how long? I live in Dover, DE (where I was born) and have been since 1987. Before that I lived in Barclay, MD. 4) What do you like/admire most about yourself? My willingness to help out anywhere I can, my confidence to take on any task, my big heart and my ability to forgive people no matter what. 5) What would you consider your greatest extravagance? I’m very down to earth and a hard worker. I was farm raised so there is no such thing as extravagance! 6) Who is your fictional hero? Any Clint Eastwood character. 7) Who do you consider your real life hero? My Aunt Cindy who did so much for my grandparents while taking care of her own family. Her dedication is endless! 8) What is the most awesome thing you own? It’s a toss between my 2002 Signature Series Dale Earnhardt Sr. Monte Carlo #1476 of 3333 and my 98 Dyna Lowrider. 9) What is the question you are most often asked (and what is the answer you give)? Question: How do you keep up with everything you do? Answer: A calendar, long hours, and dedication! 10) If you could choose any other occupation, what would that be? I enjoy what I do but I love animals and plants so perhaps I would own a farm and take in stray animals with a greenhouse to grow plants. 11) If you could switch places with one person for a day, who would that person be? Another toss – either President Barack Obama so I could straighten a few things out, or Danica Patrick so I could drive a NASCAR for a day and trade paint with Jr.!! 12) Where would you most like to reside if you could? Florida or Arizona. 13) What would you do if you were able to retire? Buy a motor home and travel the United States. Of course it would have to have a toy hauler. To more information concerning ABATE of Kent County, DE or the Blue Hen Bike Show and Swap Meet, visit www.abateofde.com.
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Hub City Bike Week opened and the rain, dominating the weather for weeks before, stopped. The sky cleared and only the occasional angry cloud remained. Temperatures and humidity soared but no one seemed to care. If you build it, they will come. And they did. Hub City Bike Week was successful. Always Ron’s played host to more than a dozen bands including SilverTung, Crush Theory and Moon Dog Medicine Show. Bikers found a little relief from the scorching heat under the misting tent or the Budweiser sponsored party tent. There was food (including a daily all-you-caneat breakfast and Bloody Mary bar), a bike show, vendors, bull riding, contests, corn hole, organized rides and more. The street leading to Always Ron’s was shut down to accommodate bike only parking and hundreds of bikers took advantage of it. Also successful was the police-escorted Parade of Lighted Bikes that began at Twigg Cycles, roared through downtown Hagerstown and ended at Always Ron’s. Along the route, riders and non-riders alike were treated to a colorful display and waved hello to the Fast Lane Biker Crabby Biker as he took the position of last bike. Special thanks to Lt. Kifer and all the members of the Hagerstown Police who went above and beyond to make this event safe and keep the town running smooth! In addition to Always Ron’s, many local venues opened their doors to welcome bikers. The center of town held a bike night and bike show with hundreds turning out to participate. There was something for everyone within a short riding distance. As the weekend drew to an end, the sky grew ominous, the wind kicked up, the rain poured down and you could almost hear a higher power saying “now that it’s over, all you damn bikers get the Hell out of Hagerstown.” And they did. But we’ll be back next year to do it all again - only bigger and better!
Photos courtesy of Alicia “BBA” Helfrich & Anthony Martone of Star Photography of VA
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We met Belinda at 2013 Hub City Bike Week. She is a professional Medical Assistant Instructor who teaches in Pennsylvania and enjoys helping others achieve their goals. In her free time, Belinda travels to a variety of venues to support some of her favorite bands including Another Lost Year (Charlotte, NC), Screaming for Silence (Omaha, NE), Pop Evil (Detriot, MI) and Silvertung (Baltimore, MD).
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York Expo Center
September 26, 27, 28, and 29, 2013
Flat Track Motorcycle Racing Vendors • Bike Show • Vintage Cycles • Poker Runs Concerts • Stunt Shows • Demo Rides • Biker Games THURSDAY 9/26 Noon – 10pm Stunt Show, Vendors Bands from 4pm til 10pm
FRIDAY 9/27 10am – 10pm
Vendors, Stunt Shows, Biker Games, Indoor Bike Show (cash prizes) Bands from 3pm on Grandstand Stage Mustang Sally Band 8pm
SATURDAY 9/28 10am – 10pm
Vendors, Stunt Shows, Biker Games, Ride in Bike Show (outside) Inside Custom Bike Show, PRO Racing starts 10am Grand Funk Railroad Concert at 8pm followed by fireworks!
SUNDAY 9/29 10am – 4pm
Vendors, Stunt Shows, Biker Games, Indoor Bike Show (cash prizes) Amateur Racing starts 11am RACING IS
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Bike Name: Owners: Location: Year/Make/Model: Motor: Transmission: Custom Paint: Custom Wheels: Custom Lights: Diamond Cut Motor, Chrome, Motor Work, Detailing:
The Mistress Tony & Jillian Kline Hagerstown, MD 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail 95ci 103 hp/114 fpdt (Diamond Cut) Stock 5 Speed ParadisePaint.com Alum Mag Blades Karakan House of Pain (aka Fredrick St. Automotive), Hagerstown, MD
FLBD met Tony & Jillian Kline and The Mistress at Hub City Bike Week when The Mistress took Best Softail in the bike show sponsored by Full Circle V-Twin of Hagerstown, MD. “That’s the only mistress he’ll ever have!” says Jillian.
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NEW FAIRING EDGE LIGHT KIT FITS HARLEY-DAVIDSON TOURING MODELS Plug-In LED Light Strips are Formed to Match the Shape of the Bat Wing Fairing The new Electra Glo™ Fairing Edge Light Kit (P/N 68000035, $99.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® adds forward-facing white LED accent lights to the front profile of HarleyDavidson Touring models equipped with the iconic bat wing fairing. Formed to follow the contour of the fairing, the slim adhesive-backed strip of lamps adds a strong visual element and conspicuity on the road. The smoked housing conceals the lights and blends into the background when switched off. The kit features simple plug-in connections with no cutting or splicing of wires required for installation. The Fairing Edge Light Kit fits 1996-later Electra Glide®, Street Glide® and Trike models. HARNESS POWER WITH A SCREAMIN’ EAGLE VARIABLE PRESSURE CLUTCH Utilize Centrifugal Force to Increase Stock Clutch Pressure at High RPM Harness high-performance power with the new Screamin’ Eagle Variable Pressure Clutch (P/N 37000121, $289.95) from Harley-Davidson Genuine Motor accessories. Designed to enhance the performance of an Original Equipment clutch, this bolt-on kit uses the centrifugal force of spinning weights to apply increasing pressure to the stock clutch pressure plate as RPM rises. Peak clutch tension is increased from 120 ft. lbs. to 153 ft. lbs. without increasing clutch lever effort at idle. The Variable Pressure Clutch also provides smoother clutch disengagement at lower speed. This kit fits 1999-later Evolution 1340 and all Twin Cam-equipped models behind most stock derby covers with no modifications. Some covers may require a spacer kit. See an authorized HarleyDavidson dealer for fitment details.
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NEW AIR WING SISSY BAR UPRIGHT OFFERS SLEEK STYLE Combine This Detachable Upright with an Air Wing Rack and LED Lighting The new Air Wing Sissy Bar Upright (P/N 52300146 Chrome, P/N 52300147 Gloss Black; $259.95) from Harley-Davidson速 Genuine Motor Accessories速 features a sleek tapered profile capped with a billet airfoil casting. The detachable sissy bar may be installed or removed in seconds. Finish the look with the matching Air Wing Sissy Bar Backrest Pad (P/N 52300302 $99.95) and complementing Air Wing Two-Up Luggage Rack (P/N 50300008 Gloss Black, P/N 54283-09 Chrome; $249.95). The bar and rack may also be equipped with optional LED Light Kits for enhanced rear visibility. These Air Wing accessories fit most 2009-later Touring models equipped with the required Docking Kit.
ROLLING wITHTHE BIG DOG'S George Washington Parkway & Washington DC by Carlos ‘Big Dog’ Campos
As a tour guide who lives in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, DC metro area, I often get asked what route I might recommend in order for riders to get the most bangs for the buck. They typically want to see lots of memorials, monuments, vistas, that include as much nature as possible so they don’t have to see all the urbanization. They want an enjoyable ride that still lets them know where they are. They want to ride to the extent possible without traffic, lights or stop signs. Well, I always tell them that one of this Nation’s best kept secrets is the George Washington Parkway! It’s the CIA’s driveway for Pete’s sake! This patriotic and scenic run takes you on varying road types and levels of traffic congestion. Even so, for the most part, it is a very moving ride for most motorcyclists. It starts on the North side of I-495. It is the first exit on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. You’ll then run the South edge of Washington, D.C., along the edge of the Potomac River to Mount Vernon. So what will you see on this run? Located on the North end near Turkey Point you will find the Central Intelligence Agency. Don’t even try to go through the gates. It is a highly restricted area as you can imagine. Sharing the same exit and at the front door is their neighbor the FHA (Federal Highway Administration). I find that interesting for some reason. Is it just me? South of this you’ll find a series of 15-20 little State Parks. You’ll catch glimpses of George Washington University Mt. Vernon Campus and Georgetown University. The John F. Kennedy Center for the Preforming Arts and the infamous Watergate Hotel are all across the river from your run. There is an alternate route that takes you by those areas, but that’s a different article.
Run Distance: 50 miles (down and back), if you stick to the BDMT route. Approximate Time: 1 hr. 15 min, during a good weekend. During the week, peak rush hour traffic could take longer. At the very bottom of this run in Old Town Alexandria and traffic can be thick with traffic lights and commerce. Type of roads: 2 lane, 35-55 mph roads with some swooping curves, vista points, hills, valleys and historic landmarks along the Potomac River. Be cognizant of others as there are some urban life areas. Primary roads: George Washington Parkway, North & South Washington St. Alternate scenic routes: For a North side view try the Clara Barton Parkway., MacArthur Boulevard & Canal Road N.W., M Street N.W., & the Rock Creek & Potomac Parkway. Key note: Our Nations’ Capital has much to offer the tourists’ eye. One could ride around the capitols streets and find endless moments in time. It is nice to know that even here, in this urban sprawl, there are roads that allow you to instantly connect to them while disconnecting with the hustle and bustle of city life.
Now it gets really interesting. I challenge you to pay your respects at each of these Monuments. It never ceases to amaze me how many locals have never even been inside of the D.C. Beltway! This challenge should be on everybody’s bucket list within an hour of this route. The U.S. Marine Corps “Iwo Jima” War Memorial, the National Seabee Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, Arlington Cemetery, (Home of the Eternal Flame), the Pentagon, and yes, even the Navy – Merchant Marine Memorial. All of these are visible and accessible from this route. One of my favorite parts of this ride is riding by airplanes that are taking off and landing. I refer to it as doing a “fly by” of the Reagan National Airport. This is your last throttle up until you get out of the Beltway. The next area of caution is Old Town Alexandria. Here there is urban life happening for the next 3-4 miles. That means stop lights, 4 way stop signs, parking lots, stores and restaurants. People are busy rushing about their daily lives. Fortunately though, this means there is good food and other amenities like fuel available. As soon as you get passed this you’ll find yourselves back in your happy place, the open road.
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Returns To York, PA
September 26-29, 2013 by Jeff Rehmeyer
White Rose Thunder® left its mark after 4 days of full throttle excitement last year and will return to the York Expo Center this fall. WRT boasts many attractions including concerts, bike shows, vendors, stunt shows, swap meets, biker games, demos and lots of food and drink. This year’s event will expand on last year’s highlights making it bigger and better! On Saturday, September 28th, the ½ mile track (with shaded seating) will be the site of the 2nd Budweiser Randy Texter Memorial Flat Track Races and will also host a second day of racing on Sunday, September 29th. There are multiple race classes and, in case you don’t know, Flat Track Motorcycle Racing is engine revving, handlebar banging & limestone slinging fun that you don’t want to miss! Live music includes a Friday night performance by the Mustang Sally Band on the Grandstand stage. On Saturday, Grand Funk Railroad performs and Fireworks will follow. The fees have been reduced and are all-inclusive: Thursday & Sunday/$10. Friday & Saturday/$15. With plenty to see and do, the best value is a 4-day, all inclusive pass for only $35. Don’t forget the many sights to see while riding in south central PA. For complete information, visit www. WhiteRoseThunder.com.
thunder in the valley Johnstown • Pennsylvania • June 20-23, 2013 • by Alicia ‘BBA’ Helfrich
The only thunder heard throughout the Allegheny Mountains the 4th weekend in June was the thunderous sound of motorcycles. Since 1998, Johnstown residents and businesses have welcomed thousands of riders to their historic town and the surrounding areas “flooding” attendees with a very diverse selection of things to do and entertainment. For the past several years, I’ve made it a point to see another part of this region while attending this rally in the valley. Whether it’s a road I haven’t traveled or a bar and grille I haven’t walked through, I always have a great time exploring. Of course, there are a few favorite spots I return to each year. Thunder in the Valley offered the usual biker rally excitement from live concerts in Central Park to the “Flirtin’ with Disaster” music of Molly Hatchet who performed on stage at the train station location. You could find something to do from morning until late into the night. A town favorite is always the “Grand Thunder Parade” which invites all makes and models to cruise down Main Street on Saturday of the rally. If you plan to attend next year, June 26-29, 2014, be sure to check out the other locations loaded with vendors: The Mega Mall, Biker Mall, and People’s Natural Gas Park, to name a few. Until my next adventure - see you in the Fast Lane!”
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ASK THED.ATTORNEY B : L G , E y
1-888-CYCLE-LAW . LeeGaber@cycleattorney.com . www.cycleattorney.com I have recently been retained to represent several clients who were operating sport bikes when their accident occurred. In each of these cases the speed of my clients has become a factor as there have either been witnesses or some physical evidence leading to the allegations of excessive speed being made against my clients. In most of these cases the accidents have taken place on smaller streets where the posted speed limit tends to be lower than on rural roads or the highways. Although many of these areas are sparsely populated, the speed limits remains low, however, the temptation to drive over the speed limit is high. In each case the other vehicle had either a stop sign or was pulling out from a driveway and clearly has the majority of fault. However, if there is evidence of speeding on the operator of the motorcycle, it gives the defendants an argument that there was some contributory negligence on the motorcyclist. This argument does not carry as much weight when my client is operating a “touring” style motorcycle however when operating sport bikes, whether the allegation of speed is true or not, it is much easier for the opposing counsel to argue that speed is a factor, given that most of these bikes look fast even when they are standing still. The point that I am trying to make is although the vehicle exiting a driveway or pulling away from a stop sign has the duty to make sure it is clear and safe to proceed, if excessive speed is evidenced by either witness testimony or unusually long skid marks it gives the other side an argument against accepting full responsibility for the claim. On a separate note, please remember that after an accident occurs, you should not give a recorded statement to any insurance company. I am still seeing client’s come to me after they have given recorded statements over the telephone. Many of them believe that because it’s their own insurance company they are required to give a statement. This is absolutely not the case. Not only are you not required to give a statement with regard to how the accident occurred, you are in no way bound to give a recorded statement. This also goes for any and all requests made to give a statement by the other individual’s insurance company. These recorded statements rarely do anything but help the insurance companies look for ways to deny claims. If you feel compelled to report the accident to your own insurance company you should keep the facts to a minimum and insist that it not be recorded. Any request by the other
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parties insurance company should be limited to the location of your motorcycle until after you have spoken to an attorney. I know I have written on this subject before however, I am continually surprised by how often client’s are giving recorded statements to the insurance companies which then come back to haunt them at a later time. Finally, be careful out there. I believe I have seen an increase in serious motorcycle accidents this season. Most of which are being caused by drivers simply pulling out from stop signs or making left turns right in front of my clients. Never assume that they see you coming. Always slow down at these intersections and keep your eyes on the car itself and be prepared to take evasive action at a moments notice. As usual, I hope you find this information informative and if you would like additional information on these topic or others, I can always be reached at LeeGaber@cycleattorney. com or 1-888-CYCLE-LAW (1-888-292-5352).
Sincerely, LEE D. GABER, Esquire The one and only “Cycle Attorney”
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Jill Jill is a married mother of four children and one grandchild. She was born and raised in Hagerstown, MD. Jill enjoys jogging, staying active and spending her free time with her husband, family and friends. Jill is 36 years old.
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