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Washington, DC area and we are ironing out the final details. As soon as the ink is dry, we’ll fill you in so stay tuned and check the website often! Finally, the new and improved FLBD website - it took a little longer than anticipated to work out the bugs but we are happy to announce that it’s up and running and waiting for you. Not all the bells and whistles are activated; there will be few more surprises in the coming months and we think you are going to L O V E what we have planned. Be sure to check us out at www.flbdelmarva.com and look around. Not only can you view the current and past issues of FLBD, you can also view photos of events over the past four years as well as behind-the-scenes photos of past photo shoots. You can check out bands for your next event and/or get the latest information on your favorite band. On Biker Buzz, you’ll be able to post questions, comments and tidbits concerning the motorcycle industry and get real feedback from the motorcycle community – and you never know who might respond. So check us out at www.flbdelmarva.com and help us make this website THE website for the savvy Delmarva biker. Until next month, keep the rubber on the road and the shiny side up!
Here we sit on a January afternoon and it’s a balmy 21˚ outside - that’s not taking the wind chill into account. According to our local weather channel it “feels like” -2˚. Both bikes are tucked away in the garage, hooked up to trickle chargers and we allow ourselves to indulge in a little fantasy about warmer climates and winding, scenic roads. Spring seems so far off… too far off. One way to beat the winter blahs is to participate in off-season events. FLBD is looking forward to the Timonium Motorcycle Show, February 8th thru 10th, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, Maryland. We’ve been working closely with Rich Kohles and his crew and they put together an incredible show. FLBD has something special planned for the show as well and it just might help chase away some of those winter blues. Visit us at www.flbdelmarva.com for more information and, while you are there, don’t forget to download your $5 off admission coupon - courtesy of your friends here at FLBD. While we’re on the subject, our 2013 calendar is starting to fill and here’s a preview of some of the events FLBD will support: Apple Mountain, Crabby Daddy’s 4th Annual JDRF Benefit Ride, PA Rally on the River, Thunder in the Valley and, of course, Delmarva Bike Week in the Fall. A repeat definite on our schedule is Rolling Thunder in Washington, DC. We have big plans for Rolling Thunder weekend and are working with Carlos and Michelle, aka Big Dog Moto Tours, to organize a weekend package that will include hotel accommodations, a concert on Friday evening, May 24th, a pool party on Saturday evening, May 25th and, of course, the ride itself on Sunday, May 26th. The basic plan is in place utilizing a resort hotel in the
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Photo of one of George Jackson’s scrolls sent to a friend who was deployed to Afghanistan in December, 2012. On 01/12/2013, the Air Force squad stationed at Khandahar sent this photo holding up the scroll in front of an MQ-9 REAPER with the following email message: “Scroll signers: Thank YOU ALL, for writing all of those morale boosting messages. The scroll is hundreds of feet long, thanks to YOU!!!!!” George has been sending scrolls to deployed U.S. Troops since 1995.
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DIRECTORY 13 QUESTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 ABATE OF MARYLAND . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ADVENTURES OF SUCH A GUY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 ARMEN AUTOMOTIVE GROUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 ASK THE ATTORNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 BABE OF THE MONTH. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 BATTLEY CYCLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 BIG DOG’S MOTO TOURS INC.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 C&C CYCLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 C&S MOTORSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 CAPT MANGO. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 32 CAPTION CONTEST . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 CARDO SYSTEMS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 CHESAPEAKE SODA CLEAN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 CTM CUSTOMS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 DELMARVA MOTORCYCLE HEARSE SERVICE . . . . . 22 DEVIL TAIL DESIGNS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 EVENTS CALENDAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 FEATURE BIKE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 HAGERSTOWN BIKE WEEK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF SEAFORD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 HOT COUGAR. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 IN STEP LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 INKED DIAMONDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12, 32 IRON WORKS CUSTOM CYCLES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 JAY BLOCK/STAHL & BLOCK, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 KATHRYN O’BRIEN MAKE-UP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 LEE GABER, CYCLE ATTORNEY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BC LOVEFIFI.COM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 MARYS BARGAIN CYCLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 MID-ATLANTIC WOMEN’S MOTORCYCLE RALLY . . . 13 MIDEVIL CUSTOM CYCLES. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 MOTOR CITY CYCLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 MOTORCYCLE ART . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 OLD GLORY HARLEY-DAVIDSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 PA RALLY ON THE RIVER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 PATRIOT HARLEY-DAVIDSON. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 PAYNE’S LEATHER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 PRODUCT REVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 RIDE TO EAT - EAT TO RIDE. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 RIDER INSURANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC ROAD RUNNERS / WORLD TRANSMISSION. . . . . . . . 27 SELFDEFENSE.COM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 STARPHOTOS. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 STEEL STEEDS MOTORCYCLE CAMPGROUND . . . . 13 WHITE ROSE THUNDER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
LIST OF CULPRITS NATIONAL PUBLISHER Mark Ruzicka PUBLISHER/EDITOR Caroline Fellman Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org MARKETING/SALES DIRECTOR Walt (“BIG POPPA”) Kuch Contact: email@example.com REGIONAL SALES MANAGERS Alicia “BBA” Helfrich • Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Jesse Green • Contact: Jesse@flbdelmarva.com Wayne ‘Crabby Daddy’ Harris • email@example.com Tracey Leigh • Contact: Tracey@flbdelmarva.com KNOWN ASSOCIATES: CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Karin Gritsch, Edelweiss Bike Travel • View From The Road Michelle Holcomb • ABATE Carlos ‘Big Dog’ Campos • Rollin’ with the Big Dogs Jay Kuch • Ride to Eat . Eat to Ride Ashli Lenox • Adventures of Such A Guy Lee D. Gaber, Esquire • Ask the Attorney PHOTOGRAPERS Anthony Martone, Star Photography • Cover, Feature Babe & Bike • Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PB CHOPPS & RODS/PB CHOPPERS For more than 40 years, Jim Wubben has crafted unique bikes that meet the highest industry standards and quality and are made with USA materials. PB Choppers are designed to “fit” the rider and fulfill the vision he or she has of themselves riding off into the sunset. Get a closer look at Jim’s creations at the Timonium Motorcycle Show, February 8th thru 10th. 1) How long have you been involved with your business/ occupation? PB CHOPPS AND RODS/PB CHOPPERS has been building and restoring bikes, car, and trucks since 1987.
14,000 votes for “ANGEL EYES.” 8) Where would you most like to reside if you could? Anywhere you can ride all year round.
2) What exactly do you do in that capacity? Design, fabricate, and finish everything that enters my shop. I’m not one of those “sit in the office” bosses who is never seen working on a project. I am definitely a hands-on guy!
9) Who do you consider your real life hero? My father, H.A. Wubben 10) What is the most awesome thing you own? The DALE EARNHARDT SR. bike.
3) What can you tell us about your first design? My first project involved a case of beer, a torch and stick welder along with a garage full of friends. When the sun came up that next morning, I had crafted my first custom ride.
11) What is the question you are most often asked (and what is the answer you give)? The question is: Where do you get the ideas to build so many different style bikes? My answer is: I grew up in the 60’s!
4) Where were you born? Forest City, Iowa - home of Winnebago Motor Homes and me.
12) If you could choose any other occupation, what would that be? I’ve been working on bikes and cars for over 40 years and never wanted to do anything else.
5) Where do you currently reside and for how long? I have lived in Moravia, Iowa since 1976 (population 600 and home of PB Choppers).
13) What would you do if you were able to retire? I would ride the four corners of the U.S. and stop by all the places I have ever been invited and stay as long as needed. I would then continue my course overseas to my foreign friends.
6) What is the one thing you would change about yourself? I would have taken advantage of more opportunities I have had over the years.
PB Chopps & Rods (Home of PB Choppers) is located at 22840 Hwy J18, Moravia, IA 52571. For more information, visit PB Choppers at www.pbchoppers.com.
7) What would you consider your greatest industry accomplishments? Winning the biker build off in 2005 against two other builders with over
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ROLLING BIG DOGS WITHTHE
by Carlos ‘Big Dog’ Campos
The Avenue of the Giants
Is it just me or does it seem to you like this winter is flying by? Thank goodness! Someone once said, “Nobody hates winter like a biker does.” I find that saying to be very true. This month, I’d like to share one of BIG DOG’s all-time favorite roads to moto-tour. It is not local but it offers one of the 8 Wonders of the World and, therefore, it should be on your bucket list! Last year we offered and toured this world-famous 31 mile section of road that runs parallel to the US #101 and boasts some of the most awe-inspiring views and roads you’ll ever experience as a rider - the Avenue of the Giants located north of San Francisco, along the Pacific Coast Highway and US #101. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by almost 52,000 acres of Redwood groves known as Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It hosts the largest stand of virgin Redwoods in the world. Along this section of road you will view the most outstanding display of these world record giant trees. The Redwoods belt actually extends over 1250 miles, from San Francisco to Seattle and points north. California’s Coastal Redwoods are the world’s tallest and oldest known trees. The average mature tree can be several hundred years old, stand 200 to 240 feet tall and diameters of 10 to 15 feet. Some have measured more than 360 feet. The tallest tree in the world, The Stratosphere Giant, which is located in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, is just over 370 feet tall! Imagine how deep the roots must go.
As for the roads, you can find a delightful mix of long sweeping turns that follow the Eel River’s edge as well as tight twisty switchbacks that climb into the peaks of the coastal mountain ranges and drop down along the coast.
This area is a temperate zone with moderate temps of 45-70 degrees Here’s a mental image: You could not lay one of these trees down on year round. It can be slightly cooler in the upper elevations and along the its side inside of a professional football stadium without parts of the roots coast. One minute finds you riding through thick Tule fog and the next and branches extending into the end zone seating areas. basking in the bright warm California sun under Azure Blue skies! In the most favorable parts of their range, Coastal Redwoods can live more than two thousand years. One of the first protected areas in the park known as Rockefeller Grove is where 10,000 acres of this indescribable beauty will awe any visitor. Along the many roads and trails in this forest, you will find the 4th, 6th and 8th tallest trees in the world! You will also find the 2nd tallest tree, the Champion Coast Redwood, as well as the #1 tallest tree, the Stratosphere Giant, with a height of 370 feet and a base circumference of over 53 feet!
So right about now you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s all fine, wonderful and dandy but how can I experience this for myself?” Funny you should ask. BIG DOGs Moto Tours, Inc. is currently accepting deposits to ride not only this particular section of road but approximately 2500 miles of similar roads and terrain. We will meet our guests in San Francisco on the evening of June 28th and depart for central Oregon early on the 29th. Not only does this tour run through the Avenue of the Giants but it will run up and around Crater Lake, located in the south western corner of Oregon State.
The ground below is also covered with its own giants including ferns reaching 10-12 feet in diameter, banana slugs of varying colors with If you would like Google Maps links that will provide you with the a some over 12 inches in length and lucky shamrocks with leaves 4-5 scenic route with the least amount of interstate riding and minimal traffic, inches across! Imagine how small you’ll feel riding next to these trees visit the BDMT website at www.BIGDOGsMotoTours.com or scan the and their underbrush. If you saw Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back, QR code located on this page. this is where the Ewok Village shoots took place. 7
** MARYLAND ** 2/8-10/2013 - TIMONIUM MOTORCYCLE SHOW – MARYLAND STATE FAIRGROUNDS, TIMONIUM, MD - JUST ADDED TO THE SHOW SCHEDULE - VINNIE & CODY, REGULARS ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL’S 10 YEAR RUN OF ‘AMERICAN CHOPPER’ ALONG WITH MANY OF THEIR COOL BIKE BUILDS. ALSO, DAVID UHL, THE ‘NORMAN ROCKWELL’ OF HARLEY DAVIDSON FINE ARTISTS. MEET FAMOUS BIKE BUILDERS INCLUDING JIM WUBBEN OF PB CHOPPERS AND CHECK OUT HIS FAMOUS BUILDS SUCH AS THE DALE EARNHARDT SR. “INTIMIDATOR” AND THE SAM BASS “INTO THE NIGHT” SHOWCASE BIKES. ON FRIDAY, FEB. 8TH, JOIN US AS JIM UNVEILS TO THE WORLD HIS LATEST CREATION, THE JOHN WAYNE TRIBUTE BIKE, THE “DUKE” IN THE SHOW’S MAIN FEATURE AREA. MEET EMILIO RIVERA FROM FX’S AWARD WINNING ‘SONS OF ANARCHY’ AND NATIONALLY-RECOGNIZED MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY PERSONALITY, MICHELE SMITH. VIEW MOST FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURERS AVAILABLE IN USA ON DISPLAY, HUGE CUSTOM AND ANTIQUE BIKE SHOW, HUNDREDS OF EXHIBITS COVERING EVERYTHING IN MOTORCYCLING. PLUS ENJOY THE INTERNATIONAL BIKINI TEAM REGIONAL FINALS ON STAGE DAILY. VISIT THE SWAP MEET AND LOWSIDE MAGAZINE’S GARAGE BUILT VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE EXPO ON DISPLAY IN EXHIBIT HALL ADJACENT TO THE MAIN SHOW FACILITY. SHOW HOURS – 10 A.M. EACH DAY, FEB. 8-10, 2013. ADULT ADMISSION/$15, CHILDREN 10-15 YRS./$5, UNDER 10 YRS./FREE W/PAYING ADULT. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT WWW.CYCLESHOW. NET. FREE ADMISSION FRIDAY FOR ANYONE WEARING A U.S. MILITARY UNIFORM. 2/26/2013 - DEALER DINNER RIDE AT BATTLEY CYCLES - GAITHERSBURG, MD
** VIRGINIA ** 2/23/2013 - 3RD ANNUAL WINTER BIKER BAR B Q - TRIANGLE, VA
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by Michelle Holcomb, Executive Director â€˘ ABATE of Maryland, Inc. ABATE of Maryland is looking forward to the New Year and the many events planned for 2013. Lobbying sessions begin January 9th and are held each Monday night during session which begins January 14th. ABATE meets at the state office in Annapolis at 6:00 until 6:30 pm and walk over together to speak to our legislators. ABATE will address issues that concern motorcyclists the most including helmet laws, distracted driving, road conditions and any other legislation which may affect motorcyclists. In February, ABATE will be present at the Timonium Motorcycle Show so please stop by to learn more about the organization that supports you. We will also be selling raffle tickets for a 2013 Road Glide. The winner will be selected in June at our 30th Annual State Party in Cumberland, MD. You also might want to check out our annual Freedom Rally. The tentative date is March 4, 2013. This will be an allday event and will include a Freedom Ride, food and drinks, ABATE information at our state office and the Freedom Rally at Lawyers Mall in the evening.
Products will be added as the year progresses and we are always on the lookout for new merchandise to offer our members. For our 30th Annual State Party in Cumberland, MD, we will offer 30-year tee shirts, pins and patches. Individual ABATE chapters have also been busy planning events for the upcoming year. Simply visit the ABATE of Maryland, Inc. website at www.abateofmd.org for more information. Check back often for updates. We hope to make this a very successful year for ABATE and invite you to join us in protecting your rights as a motorcyclist. We are your watch dog. We need you to tell us your concerns and how you would like ABATE to address them. ABATE has existed for over 30 years and hopes to continue the fight for another 30 years - but we canâ€™t do it alone. If you are interested in becoming a member, please check out our website at www.abateofmaryland.org or look for our booth at events.
ABATE is happy to announce the unveiling of its online store where you can purchase your ABATE membership and products via PayPal. We have added a junior membership as well as a 5-year membership.
Thank you for supporting ABATE and we hope to see you at one of the many events we will sponsor this year.
C P GOODWINS • WILMINGTON, DE By Jay Kuch, Mystery Food Critique
It’s plenty cold outside and hopefully you are working on your bikes, prepping for the upcoming season. I personally have been busy doing a variety of home improvement projects at the castle, but I plan on at least waxing the old girl. Sadly, I didn’t ride this month but I did take a break from hardwood flooring and painting to go pound a few beers at a place called C P Goodwins in Wilmington, DE.
hand-cut fries and 5 beers for $15? If you know of such a place, email me. With all the home improvements I’ve been doing the wallet is getting light. If can get a good meal and a few beers for $20 with tip, I’m a happy camper. If you’re looking for a very reasonable deal on some good eats and brews, swing by C P Goodwins at 105 Kirkwood Square, Wilmington, DE and enjoy yourself.
C P Goodwins is a nice little hole-in-the-wall bar hidden in back of a shopping center. I walked Until then, remember, it’s just another day in in after a hard day of “improving” and found paradise. a great Sunday special - any burger from the menu, a side of fries and five Miller Lite bottles for $15. Now before you get all skeptical, the burger is a real burger, as in regular size. Not one of these half-sized burgers made special for the deal. For my first visit, I decided to try the Philly burger. This is a ½ pound, medium rare burger topped with onions, peppers, mushrooms and cheddar cheese. It came with a handful of hand-cut fries. I have to admit, the entire meal was just great. In fact, it was SO great I went back the following week to have the Red Foxx - a 1/2 pound burger topped with mac and cheese and drenched in wing sauce. Both burgers were damn good and the only thing better than this deal would be if it came with some Crown but, hey, I’ll take what I can get. There are a few more options for the deal so I might have to stop in and try them. I mean where else can you grab a homemade burger,
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STAGE 1 • FRIDAY • FEBRUARY 8TH ‘Live’ Broadcast ‘Best Biker’ Radio Show Comedy Show featuring Biker Comics 98 Rock ‘Live’ Broadcast with Justin Leather & Lace Valentine Show (International Bikini Team) hosted by 98 Rock’s Justin & Michele Smith SATURDAY • FEBRUARY 9TH 98 Rock Hypnosis Comedy Show with Matt Davis Parade of Beauties Fashion Show (International Bikini Team) 98 Rock’s, “Bikers and Babes Newlywed Game” hosted by Mickey 98 Rock’s, “Tattoo Contest”, hosted by Justin 98 Rock’s Crazy Adult Games - Frozen T-Shirt Contest, “The One Handed Bra Bandit” and more, hosted by Justin Scarred & Dangerous Thrill Show (Formerly known as “Scarborough Sideshow”) will be performing feats of human endurance and curiosity (No Tricks, No Illusions!) Biker Contests and Games with S.O.A.’s Emilio Rivera (Banana eating, Biker Celebrity Look-A-Like, Biker Or Not, Bag Outfit, etc.) SUNDAY • FEBRUARY 10TH 98 Rock Hypnosis Comedy Show with Matt Davis Scarred & Dangerous Thrill Show (Formerly known as “Scarborough Sideshow”) will be performing feats of human endurance and curiosity (No Tricks, No Illusions!) Model Search Preliminaries – Biker Fashionista Round (International Bikini Team) Tattoo Contest (Sponsored by Deville Ink) Model Search Finals – Bikini Round (International Bikini Team) Custom & Antique Bike Show Awards Presentation hosted by Michele Smith STAGE 2 • SATURDAY • FEBRUARY 9TH Fast Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva ‘Hot Cougar Hunt 2013’ SUNDAY • FEBRUARY 10TH Fast Lane Biker® Magazine Delmarva ‘Hot Cougar Hunt 2013’ 11
Ti m o n i u m M o t o r c y c le S h o w Celebrity Appearances FRIDAY & SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH & 9TH • 11am-1pm • 2-4pm • 6-8pm Vinnie & Cody • Regulars on Discovery Channel’s popular 10 year run of “American Chopper” introducing their brand new venture, DiMartino Motorsports.
Jim Wubben • Of P.B. Choppers unveiling his latest creation…The John Wayne Tribute Bike ‘Duke’ along with earlier…bikes the Dale Earnhardt ‘Intimidator’ and the Sam Bass ‘Into The Night’. David Uhl • The ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Harley Davidson artists will move his Colorado Studio to our Feature Show Area for three days. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH • 11am-1pm • 2-4pm Vinnie & Cody • Regulars on Discovery Channel’s popular 10 year run of “American Chopper” introducing their brand new venture, DiMartino Motorsports.
Jim Wubben • Of P.B. Choppers unveiling his latest creation… The John Wayne Tribute Bike ‘Duke’ along with earlier…bikes the Dale Earnhardt ‘Intimidator’ and the Sam Bass ‘Into The Night’. David Uhl • The ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Harley Davidson artists will move his Colorado Studio to our Feature Show Area for three days.
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e l l e h c i M e l l E February’s heartbreaker is Elle Michelle and she has been modeling since the age of 15. She is passionate when it comes to nutrition and fitness and is employed as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. Her specialty is working with clients with unique needs such as those with chronic pain. Elle Michelle is also pursuing her graduate degree and has been interviewing with several physician assistant programs. She hopes to be practicing medicine in the near future. But it’s not all work for this ambitious beauty. Elle Michelle also likes to read, work out, hike and relax with good food, music and friends. When it comes to bikes, she grew up listening to her dad’s crazy biker stories. He always owned a motorcycle but the closest Elle Michelle came to riding solo was on her dirt bike as a kid – she still sports a couple of scars. Elle Michelle is more of a girly girl these days but be forewarned – she’s pretty tough and is up for challenges!
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Vertibreaker FEATURE BIKE: VERTIBREAKER OWNER: Jim Cornett YEAR/MAKE/MODEL: 2004 Vengeance Chopper ENGINE: S&S 113 ci Super Sidewinder with electric compression releases, show polished BUILDER: S&S CASES, FLYWHEELS, RODS, PISTONS, CYLINDERS, HEADS, CAMS, CARBURETOR: S&S IGNITION: Crane Hi 4 EXHAUST: Shorty Duals TRANSMISSION: Polished 5-speed FRAME: 40 degree neck, rigid RAKE: 45 degree FRONT END: 5 degree Pro One smooth chrome top trees. 12 over forks with chrome Pro One hidden axle sliders FRONT WHEEL: Pro One chrome Gothic FRONT TIRE: Avon Venom R 21” x 2.15” FRONT BRAKES: Dual Brembo chrome 4 piston REAL WHEEL: Pro One Gothic 18” X 8.5” REAR TIRE: Avon Venom R 25” x 18” REAR BRAKES: Brembo chrome 4 piston PAINT: Candy Brandywine with ghost tribal graphics PAINTER, MOLDING, PRIMING: House of Kolor POLISHING: Jason McCroskey, The Shop, Salem, VA FRONT & REAR FENDERS, FENDER STRUTS, OIL TANK: Vengeance HANDLEBARS: Chrome 12” Pullbacks HAND CONTROLS: Chrome FOOTPEGS: Accutronics Forward Controls HEADLIGHT: Chrome TAILLIGHT: Dual chrome bullets LICENSE MOUNT: Chrome side mount SEAT: Danny Gray custom leather seat
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Additional info: Every nut, bolt, fastener is CHROME! Special thanks to Jason at The Shop in Salem, VA for keeping it safe and well maintained. This chopper is for sale by owner. For pricing and details, contact The Shop at (540) 380-2211.
PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE SHOW WASHINGTON
Thousands of attendees turned out for the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (“IMS”) in Washington, DC, January 4th thru 6th, 2013. The DC Convention Center buzzed with excitement over the latest in the motorcycle industry. Vendors, stunt show, the Strider course for future riders and, of course, the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show competition was well worth the price of admission (which was $5 less if you visited www.flbdelmarva.com and downloaded your $5 off admission coupon). So without future delay, here are your competition winners: FreeStyle - C&C Cycle rolled 3 bikes into the show and came out big with Drug of Choice. Owned by Conrad Filbert, the 1996 Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy features a raked neck, custom made fenders, stretched gas tank, Custom made spotlight bracket, Ness massive front fork assembly, Wide tire kit and frenched in LED tailight. First place - C&C Cycle - Drug of Choice, 1996 Fat Boy Second place - Rats Custom – Tadpole, ’73 CB 750 Third place - Bruce Banks – Wish, 2010 Harley Road Glide MOD Harley - Adams Karns turned his shop-worn ’01 Sportster into a primo New School Board Tracker that features a Twisted Choppers rear, custom gas tank, highly modified DNA springer, powder coated engine and Karns Kustoms exhaust. First place - Karns Kustoms -21, 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster Second place - GIO, Blacksmith Motoring - El Puro Vato, 2005 Deluxe Third place - Earl Laurie, C&C Cycles - Baltimore Bandit, 2008 H-D FLHX Performance Custom - Garwood Customs built Alex Quinones’ Old Skool, a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 1000. It features a single-sided 300 wide tire kit by C and S Custom, Performance Machine wheels, Air FX air ride system, and paint by Team Neyon. In addition, the bike runs CTS race front rotor, Performance Machine rear braking system, custom spike fork caps and yoke cap and a custom leather seat. First place - Garwood Customs - Old Skool, ‘06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000 Second place - Speedworx – Saluda, 2006 Honda CBR Third place - JDA Customs - 2007 Suzuki GSXR Retro MOD - Devon Eckert’s Whiskey Tango, a 1982 Yamaha XS650 features a 2 inch back bone drop, 5 degree rake and goose necked, 5 inch extended and hardtailed with 2 inch seat drop, xs400 front fork tree and wheel swap. Additional custom touches include air ride seat, custom jockey shift, custom gas cap, custom battery
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box, custom tail light and Pamco ignition. First place - Devon Eckert - Whiskey Tango, 1982 Yamaha XS650 Second place - Steve Campbell – Tamaqua, 1979 Yamaha Xs650 Third place - Two Wheel Mafia - White Noise , 1980 Yamaha XS 650 MOD Street - Blacksmith Motoring Company’s 2008 Yamaha Retroliner/Roadliner features a 255hp, 120 ci stroker kit, turbo and competition cam. Special features include Blacksmith Retroliner front-end conversion kit, Blacksmith front and rear 3 piece steel fenders and Houdini illusion beach bar setup. The bike sports an engraved 26 inch front wheel, 240 rear, Bandito rear air ride, race tuned front suspension, 13 inch rotors and 6 piston caliber. First place - GIO, Blacksmith Motoring - El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner Second place - Andres Gutierrez , Karns Performance - 2000 TL1000R Third place - Victory of Southern Maryland – Drilled, 2004 Vegas
NEW PRODUCTS FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON® WIND SPLITTER VENTED WINDSHIELD REDUCES BUFFETING
Wind Tunnel Tested to Relieve Low Pressure and Improve Air Flow The new Wind Splitter Vented Windshield ($424.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® was developed by Harley-Davidson and tested in the Wichita State University wind tunnel to relieve low pressure behind the windshield and significantly reduce buffeting at the rider position. A fingertip-adjustable center vent matches air flow to the rider’s height and also provides cooling air to the rider at low speeds. The Wind Splitter Vented Windshield is engineered to provide the comfort of a larger windshield, but its shape keeps bugs and road grime below the rider’s sight line. The shield is formed of hard-coated polycarbonate for strength and scratch resistance, and the dark-smoked finish reduces glare. The polished stainless steel brackets mount to the Original Equipment docking points for ease of installation and removal. The Wind Splitter Vented Windshield fits 1994-later Road King® models (PN 57400176), 2000-later Heritage Softail® Classic (PN 57400159), and 2000-later Heritage Softail®, Fat Boy®, Fat Boy® Lo and Softail® Deluxe models (PN 57400159) equipped with auxiliary lighting.
START A CUSTOM ENGINE PROJECT WITH A NEW TWIN CAM SHORTBLOCK
A Twin Cam Bottom End Manufactured to OEM Specs by Harley-Davidson A new Crate Engine Shortblock from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® can be the perfect starting point for building a custom Twin Cam engine. These shortblocks are manufactured and assembled on the Harley-Davidson Pilgrim Road engine assembly line for exceptional quality and reliability. Shortblock cases, flywheels, bearings and rods are preassembled. The kit includes current-spec Original Equipment cam plate, oil pump, and cam drive components, and the gaskets, seals and most of the hardware required to complete the engine and install it (some components not shown). Select one of the Screamin’ Eagle Stage kits to finish the engine with cylinders, heads, and cams for desired displacement with reliable performance. Harley-Davidson decorative engine covers can customize the look. Shortblock Assemblies are finished in black powdercoat, and can be the basis for 96 CI to 103 CI engines. Each is stamped with a new VIN number, and includes MSO (Manufacturers Statement of Origin). Kits ship directly from the factory within three to five days. Two Crate Engine Shortblock
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON STEALTH RACK ADDS FLOWING STYLE TO TOUR-PAK®
Offered in Gloss Black or Chrome Finish with Hidden Mounting Hardware The new Stealth Tour-Pak® Luggage Rack (P/N 53000242 Chrome, P/N 53000247 Gloss Black; $239.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories® adds flowing style and protects the lid of Harley-Davidson Tour-Pak luggage. Its six cantilevered aerodynamic rails appear to float above the center spar, imparting a lighter-than-air profile. Hidden mounting hardware adds to the clean design. The Stealth Rack fits King, Chopped and Razor-Pak Tour-Pak® lids, and mounts in the same position as the Original Equipment rack on the Ultra Limited model and the accessory Premium and Air Wing Tour-Pak luggage racks, so no additional drilling is required to replace those racks. Bungee Cord SoftHook Extensions (P/N 52300140, $12.95) can be used to secure luggage on the rack. The kit includes all mounting hardware. This rack does not fit CVO models or those with the Color-Matched Tour-Pak® Spoiler kits.
VIEW FROM THE ROAD Submitted by Karin Gritsch • Edelweiss Bike Travel, Mieming Austria
MY TRIP TO ETHIOPIA
As I head to the airport I still haven’t a single idea what to expect from my upcoming trip to Ethiopia. Of course, I knew the name of this exotic country and knew where it was located but even with the help of Google I could only paint a spongy picture of what would happen to me. But 10 hours after liftoff, my plane landed in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia and home to about 3.5 million people. LOOP TO DEBRE LIBANOS Once the decision to travel to Ethiopia was made, I was eager to locate a motorcycle rental shop so I could explore this fantastic country on two wheels. There are very few places where you can get a bike and none were actually rental stations buy more like “local tour operators.” Fortunately, with help from my friends in Addis Ababa, I made arrangements to borrow an elder KTM 640 from a guy named Carlos. On my way to pick up the KTM, I was fascinated by the big differences in road conditions. Except for main roads, only a few are paved. Getting to Carlos’ house was actually a big adventure – all we knew were the directions sent to us by Carlos in the form of a self-made road map so we wouldn’t miss the turns. We set off, clearing our way through the city traffic of Ethiopia’s capital (only a few vehicles and hundreds of pedestrians). We had to pay attention to this bulk of people – statistically 2 people die each day in Ethiopian traffic because they just don’t know how to act in traffic. We picked up the bike and started on our daily loop to Depre Libanos. Once outside of
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Addis, road conditions increased dramatically and within a few miles we travelled one of the best roads I have ever ridden on – well paved, clean and void of pot holes. It was an incredible difference to the city of Addis to see the untouched landscape and the natural charm of the far-flung villages. Whenever we passed by the locals, oodles of hands bounced up to greet us and their shiny eyes followed us until we vanished around the next corner. After a two hours ride we arrived in Debre Libanos. Built in the 13th century, this monastery once was a powerful official in the Ethiopian Church. The monastery itself is a well preserved building, however, the area around is even more beautiful with its incredible vistas and fascinating landscapes. EASTER IN LALIBELA Did you know that Ethiopia is the year 2003? And did you also know that if it is 6 a.m. in East Africa Time, Ethiopian people will tell you it’s noon? It’s true, officially this country uses a variation of the Coptic calendar and has its own way of time-setting. So if you travel there as an uninformed tourist you might get a little confused!
Since Ethiopia covers 1,104,300 square kilometers of land it is very hard to get an overall impression of this country. So we decided to leave the bike in Addis Ababa and fly to the North instead. It was Easter weekend so we choose Lalibela as our destination, perhaps the most religious place in all of Ethiopia. In fact, most of the Ethiopians believe that the roots of religion have to be found in their country. Two hours later the plane landed near Lalibela. The landscape changed from green, wide land to canyons and mountains with very little vegetation. Lalibela, the place so famous for its Eleven Churches, was not more than a small village and definitely not made for tourists. Once we arrived at our hotel, which was aptly a former monastery, we packed our camera, put on some good shoes and went to the goat market. For Easter celebration, every Ethiopian gets a goat or a sheep in order to make an Easter fry. The poorer residents who canâ€™t afford spending 250 to 400 Birr (about US$15-25) for a goat, buy a much cheaper chicken instead. We struggled through a huge mass of goats, sheep, donkeys and people, and enjoyed being part of this gigantic spectacle. Later, we enjoyed a guided tour through the Eleven Churches of Lalibela. Built during the 12th and 13th century by King Lali-
bela these eleven rock-hewn churches served as hiding places from the Muslims. Today, many go there especially at Easter weekend. The next day we planned a hiking trip. Lalibela is located at 2,500 meters sea level but this hike would bring us up to 2,900 meters to another monastery. On our return trip, our local guide invited us for coffee at his sisterâ€™s home for a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony. After coffee, some homemade injera was served consisting of lentils, boiled eggs and cup cream all arranged on a sourdough pancake with a cup of selfmade honey beer. It was a memorable experience to see their house from inside, to see how basic their living is and how much they not miss all the money, the luxury and the comfort we are used to. LOOP TO WENCHI CRATER Our last excursion, and probably one of the most beautiful, was the ride to Wenchi Crater, a big volcano crater about two hours west of Addis Ababa. Ambo, a city close to Wenchi Crater is well known in Ethiopia for its natural mineral water and also as a wellness resort. Since we planned to go for quite a long hike we decided to stay overnight here. The next morning we would start out early to walk around the crater and enjoy its untouched natural surroundings. The crater itself was incredibly wide and filled with crystal clear water. The surrounding vegetation was deep green. The hiking paths led once around the crater and would be a perfect off-road track for motorcycles, although even by foot it was exciting and challenging. In one of the side valleys we passed by a number of hot springs. All in all this country offered a variety of treasures. If you take away the simplicity, lack of convenience comforts and poverty, one can easily appreciate how rich this country is in culture, natural beauty and hospitality.
Capt. Mango de Cayo Hueso Capt. Arturo Montoya de Palma, in one of his many voyages to the Florida Keys, visited the island of Cayo Hueso (Key West) where he met, courted and wed Moena, the sister of the Calusa tribe leader. The Montoyas returned to Palma de Mallorca later in the year. Jesus Verde Montoya was born to Arturo and Moena on January 8, 1678. After the early deaths of both his mother and father, 16-year-old Jesus snuck aboard a merchant ship headed to England, never to return to Spain. In England, Jesus changed his name to Jesse Green to accommodate a more Anglo environment. After years of serving on various ships, he became Captain of the Inconchnido. Jesse soon turned to piracy and changed the name of his ship to The Blue Pearl” and adopted the pirate name of Capt. Mango de Cayo Hueso. Capt. Mango’s career as a pirate is not known for plundering, pillaging or killing but rather for his infamous acts of debauchery, womanizing and rum consumption. During his life it is rumored he had 12 wives as well as a mistress in every port. Capt. Mango was hung in March, 1722 on false charges of piracy. Of course this story of Capt. Mango is complete fiction. He was born in the mind of Jesse Green at a Jimmy Buffet concert in 2002. Jesse has been a Parrot Head for over 30 years and his tailgating at the concerts is legendary. The idea of dressing like a pirate is a quick prep for partying before each concert. The name Capt. Mango de Cayo Hueso came from the name of Jesse’s blue and gold macaw and his favorite place on earth. Capt. Mango has been on TV, newspapers, local magazines and has even appeared on stage with Kenny Chesney. He has
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worked as a street performer in Key West, Las Vegas, Times Square, Ocean City and Daytona Beach. In 2011, Capt. Mango bought a custom built chopper named The Blue Pearl. The Blue Pearl was built in 2005 by Coast 2 Coast Choppers in Orland, FL and features a $15,000 pirate paint job. This purchase opened new avenues to promote Capt. Mango. Capt. Mango and The Blue Pearl were featured in Fast Lane Biker Magazine Delmarva’s October, 2012 issue. Both have appeared at many bike shows and biker functions over the last couple of years and a variety of Capt. Mango T-shirt designs have been well-received by the motorcycle community and additional merchandise is in the works. Capt. Mango urges you to stop by and say hello whenever you see him at biker events. Don’t forget to take advantage of the opportunity to have your photo taken with a real pirate! Capt. Mango’s motto: ALL YOU NEED IN LIFE IS A BIG CONCH.
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1-888-CYCLE-LAW . LeeGaber@cycleattorney.com . www.cycleattorney.com It’s amazing how in the last five years, much of the communication between my firm and my motorcycle accident clients is taking place via social media and e-mail. As a result, every time we get a call from a potential client we tell them to strictly use their computers to communicate with us and to stay off social media sites. As a motorcycle accident lawyer, most of my clients suffer severe injuries and a large percentage use their computers to document and memorialize their injuries and to locate a motorcycle accident attorney, or more specifically a Pennsylvania or New Jersey motorcycle attorney. We warn our clients about the dangers of social media, because the law firms that are hired by the insurance companies have begun to request passwords, giving them unfettered access to any social media sites you may have created. Although I have written on this subject before, recently during the deposition of one of my clients, the defense attorney asked my client for his Facebook information. We did not provide it and I am now responding to a motion that has been filed to force my client to produce that information. I know that it may be second nature to go onto Facebook and advise all of your “friends” that you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, however, the posting of injury photos and the damage to your bike could end up being used against you. Recently, the trial court in Indiana County, PA after reviewing an opinion from Northumberland County, PA in the case of Zimmerman vs. Weiss Markets, dealt with the discovery of Facebook information and opined that “by virtue of the Plaintiff’s allegations in her complaint in the personal injury matter, the Plaintiff placed her “physical condition at issue”. Accordingly the Court held; that the Defendant was entitled to conduct discovery in an effort to obtain information relevant and related to the cause of action stated, which may include access to social networking sites”. The Court further ruled that a Plaintiff “cannot maintain a reasonable expectation of privacy when she created the account and voluntarily posted the information knowing that the information could become publically available”. Therefore, if you are ever in a situation where you need to retain a motorcycle accident attorney, I would advise that you dial 1-888-CYCLE-LAW, ask for Lee Gaber and temporarily sign off of social media sites. Given the severity of most of my client’s injuries, once they hire a motorcycle accident attorney they expect our office to do everything we can to recover the maximum settlement possible. As such, when a third party carrier is being unreasonable, we file a claim against the person who
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caused the accident and your own insurance company for underinsured motorist benefits. Recently in Allegheny County, in the matter of Stepanovich v. McGraw and State Farm Insurance Company, this is exactly what happened. The Judge presiding over the case went on to characterize the insurance company as “another interested party” and permitted a “double teaming” of the Plaintiff by allowing the insurance company and the person who caused the accident to have counsel during the trial. As a result the Plaintiff lost the trial and post-trial motions were filed. After the post-trial motions, the Judge reversed his own ruling, granted a new trial directing that the defendant insurance company should be identified to the jury. The trial judge wrote “by allowing the insurance company to remain unidentified, was advancing the perpetuation of a myth that has outlived its usefulness”. The Judge further opined that virtually every juror that owns an automobile or drives one, knows about the necessity in our complex society to have insurance on that vehicle. Jurors are also aware under Pennsylvania Law, that every automobile owner must have his vehicle insured, thus it is a denial of reality to pretend that insurance is not involved in every motor vehicle case. In doing so, the judge was actually saying that every reasonable juror understands that there is motor vehicle insurance, or should be, in every auto or motorcycle claim and therefore to refuse to identity the name of the underinsured motorist carrier for fear of prejudicing that insurance carrier, is in reality a myth. As always, if upon reading this material you have any questions regarding this topic or any others, please feel free to contact me at LeeGaber@cycleattorney.com or 1-888CYCLE-LAW (1-888-292-5352).
Sincerely, LEE D. GABER, Esquire The one and only “Cycle Attorney”
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Pumpkin Pumpkin is a 37-year-old mother of three from Salem, VA. She enjoys country music, singing to her toy poodle, cooking and meeting new people. She also likes anything that has to do with camouflage and is most content when driving her Lincoln Navigator. When Pumpkin isn’t working at the 460 Road House, you might find her at the gym or soaking up rays in a tanning bed. Her philosophy is “If you’ve got something to say, just say it and let it be. “
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