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Welcome fellow Bikers to 2022. Hoping everyone had a amazing Christmas and are ready for a spectacular New Year. Hard to believe that 2021 flew by so fast but it came in with a much-needed change from 2020. For most of us, 2021 was a much better year than 2020 and I am hoping that we all have a more prosperous and healthier 2022. As our government in Washington continues to break this country down from their piss poor leadership, we have to wonder how these incompetent thieves every got into office. Their goal to create a divide among the people and to make us all puppets for their own agenda has gone way to far, in this man’s opinion. We must all step back from this type of government and refuse to be told what we must do. This is America people, the land of the FREE and it’s time these politicians in Washington realize they work for us. We are not their sheep that they can lead to slaughter, and we are tired of the miss handling of things in our country. I work for everything I have like the majority of you. I don’t stand with my hand out believing the Government will take care of me. Again, this is America, the land of the free and the country that offers opportunity for those who want it. If you believe the government should provide for you, then you should leave here and find the country that will do that for you. But beware of the final outcome. It’s not what you think I guarantee you that. Full Throttle and Bobby’s Place in Valley Park will be starting to work on this year’s weekly Bike Nights in the next couple weeks. The opening Historic Route 66 Bike will be on Weds April 6th and will continue every Weds evening until the end of October. We are looking for one additional vendor for the Bike Nights so if your interested please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know who you are and what you have bikers related to sell at the Bike Nights. I will get back to anyone who emails me as quickly as possible. This year promises to be a fun time every week and we look forward to seeing everyone at Bobby’s Place in Valley Park again this season. All of us at Full Throttle thank you for your loyalty in reading our magazine. We want to also thank all the advertisers that make it possible for us to publish this magazine each month. We are looking forward to safe riding season this year and looking forward to the many events, rides and other bike related events that we can cover. If you have an event and want us to put it on our Facebook page go to www.fullthrottlemagazine and click on Tell Us About Your Event so we can share your events. As always, my friends ride safe and see you on the road with Full Throttle Magazine.
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FULL THROTTLE' Have you recently been contemplating where to take your next ride? Well if so, you are in luck. Full Throttle Magazine is going to inform you of some of the top-rated rides in the United States of America. I am going to take you on a ride up the mountains, through the forest, and along the most beautiful oceans, roads, and scenery the United States offers. These rides are ones that you need to put on your bucket list A.S.A.P. Because these are the rides that we all live for. The first ride I am going to tell you about is a very popular one. Especially if you have been to the Black Hills in South Dakota. South Dakota is where the largest motorcycle rally in the world is held once a year; Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Although there are many beautiful rides in South Dakota, Needles Highway is ranked towards the top of them all. Needles Highway is a beautiful, yet challenging ride through the Black Hills. The northern 14 miles of Highway 87 are known as Needles Highway. Which is known for its sharp turns, low tunnels, and impressive granite spires. The road lies within the 73,000 acre Custer State Park, 30 miles south of Rapid City. Also, while you’re there you must go and check out Mount Rushmore. It is truly an amazing work of art. Since we are already in South Dakota the next ride this beautiful state offers is Spearfish Canyon. This 22-mile breathtaking journey begins at Exit 10 off Interstate 90 in Spearfish, and connects to the mouth of the canyon at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. The Spearfish Creek lines the canyon floor while canyon waterfalls make for popular and amazing roadside attractions. Bridal Veil Falls and Roughlock Falls are two must-sees along this route. Although the speed limit is 35 miles per hour, which seems very slow, you’ll find so many riders distracted by the beauty, and drive even slower. Others simply pull over at one of the dozens of pull-offs along the way and get out to stretch their legs and capture the perfect Kodak moment. Now, let’s take a trip to Tennessee/North Carolina where many say is home to the most challenging ride in the US. It’s called the Tail of the Dragon. With 318 hairpin curves in only an 11 mile stretch of road, you are in for the ride of your life. Designated US highway 129, bordered by the Great Smoky Mountains and the Cherokee National Forest, with no intersecting roads Page 10
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or driveways to hamper your travel. This is considered the destination for thousands of brave motorcycle riders. But the question is, can you handle the 318 tight curves, a.k.a. switchbacks. This ride is challenging for even the most skilled riders. But the breathtaking scenic mountain’s and national forest will leave you mesmerized. So, when you decide to take the trip to Tennessee/ North Carolina to ride the Dragon’s Tail, please be very cautious as the turns are tight. Notice how I said “when” you decide to take the trip, not if, because this is a must ride if you are a true motorcycle enthusiast. I encourage you to please observe the 30-miles-per-hour speed limit on the Dragon's Tail. If anything, go slower; those hairpin turns are extremely tight. Besides, the highway patrol has cracked down heavily on those drivers looking for a thrill on the Dragon's Tail due to the high number of deaths on that stretch of road. Always watch out for other drivers and motorcyclist. Even if you abide by the law and go the posted speed limit on the Dragon's Tail, other drivers may not. The Dragon's Tail sees many severe accidents every year. So be vigilant while traveling the road. Always be safe and legal by going the posted speed limit, and it is guaranteed to be the ride of your life. Next ride up, The Twisted Sisters. This 100-mile loop is, without a doubt, among the best, most challenging motorcycle roads in the state of Texas. The route follows canyons and climbs jagged, steep hills. The roads offer many tight, twisty curves with shear drop offs alongside and not much in the way of guardrails. In one 15-mile section, there are approximately 65 curves! Experienced riders bliss out on this ride. Don’t forget to top off the gas tank before heading out. A ride through this part of Texas will most certainly change your view of this beloved US State. You will ride amongst scenery that is as good as it gets, among crystal clear rivers, through very twisty mountain curves, along with real Texas ranches. With million-dollar vistas and cool clear waters along with friendly folks. Just knowing that you are riding the best this state has to offer, truly makes for great riding. This ride is one of the top ten in the nation. It truly has it all. From the stunning scenery to the very challenging twist and curves. This ride really should be on your bucket list. The road conditions are good. The scenery is certainly beautiful, especially in the spring when it’s not too hot or too cold, and all the trees and cactuses are in full bloom. Also, the locals in this area are very welcoming and friendly to bikers, and they are truly glad to have you there to visit the state of Texas. Let’s jump into Arkansas and learn a little about the Pig Trail, or as some call it the Arkansas Dragon. Starting in the town of Ozark, which lies between Little Rock and Fort Smith, that’s where you will want to pick up on this trail. The rugged and densely forested Boston Mountain Region of the Ozark Mountains is the setting for this route, which often runs through a tunnel of beautiful foliage during the spring, summer, and fall. Spring wildflowers and www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
the vibrant autumn colors make this route very popular during those seasons. The scenery is not the only reason this is one of the top rides in the United States. You will encounter many hairpin turns, straight-a-ways, and drop offs where the cliff seems to be right next to you. There is also a very popular general store about half way through this ride. They have various stickers and souvenirs saying that you have completed the Arkansas Pig Trail/Arkansas Dragon. Just so you can tell all your friends and family you completed the Arkansas Dragon. Part # 2 The Pacific Coast Highway in California is a great place to go to take a week-long vacation and do some awesome riding. The reason I say you can plan a week-long vacation is because of the number and quality of the amenities along the coast. There are seven state parks along the way, a state reserve, a botanical area, and many interesting historical areas. You can spend hours at these state parks hiking and exploring the beaches. This world class scenic route takes you down route one, starting in Monterey, California and ending in Morro Bay, California. The route is one of the original nine routes to be selected by the US Department of Transportation as an "All American Road" which is a designation given to only the cream of the crop roads that are categorized as America's Byways. This route is part of a stretch that has been honored time and time again as a classic American road trip by countless books, magazines, websites, etc. Along this route you will see coastal scenery that will leave you breathless. Along with the beautiful ocean, the inland scenery is just as inspiring with its display of rolling hills, rock outcroppings, picturesque waterfalls, redwood forests, flowered meadows, lush valleys, and majestic coastal mountains. Along the route you will also see several lighthouses, 18th century Spanish missions, and a variety of animal life including sea lions, sea otters, sharks, sting rays, gray whales, brown pelicans, and monarch butterfly winter sanctuaries. This is not a ride you want to go and complete in one or two days. Take your time and enjoy the amazing state of California. Up next is the San Juan Skyway in the beautiful state of Colorado. Many riders who have cruised the San Juan Skyway will argue that it has the most beautiful sections the Rocky Mountains have to offer. As you follow a circular path through southwestern Colorado, you will pass through some very neat historic mining towns, national parks and forests, and a few world-class ski resort areas. On this trip, you will see the San Juan Mountains, home to many of Colorado's elite groups of 14,000-foot mountain peaks. Along the way you will see the red-rock canyons, lush river valleys, hot springs, and a ton of amazing mountain peaks. You want to be very careful on this route because of its countless numbers of hairpin turns and Page 12
switchbacks, and many of them do not have guardrails, along with all the descents and climbs that seem to be endless. Make sure you take advantage of the many scenic turn off points to take a good long look at the scenery. Maybe snap a few pictures as well. You will be surprised how glued your eyes will be on the scenery. Keep in mind, this alpine route will have you riding at over 10,000 feet three times on its path. Some bikes, like some humans, struggle at these kinds of altitudes. So please be careful. Lastly, don’t forget when planning any bike trip through mountains, always keep in mind that the snow sticks around a lot longer, and the weather can be completely different. Now let’s go to the Tunnel of Trees Road in Michigan. The southern entrance to the Tunnel of Trees Road is about 35 miles southwest of the very popular tourist stop of Mackinac Island, which is located in the Straits of Mackinac. "The Straits" is the waterway which separates Michigan's Lower and Upper Peninsula. This ride takes you down the eastern shoreline of lake Michigan through a very dense forest. Also with its very narrow and twisty roads that run through the dense forest, you must always keep your eyes on the road ahead of you. The Tunnel of Trees truly reminds me of a road that you would see photos of in a travel magazine. As you look ahead of you down the narrow Tunnel of Trees, you cannot help but wonder what is going to be around that next sharp curve. Well, you will just have to go their yourself and find out. Last but not least is the Beartooth Highway. This ride takes you along a 68-mile stretch of US Highway 212. Beartooth Highway is the perfect example of what a great bike ride should be. With tons of crazy hairpins turns and switchbacks, this definitely isn’t a ride for new motorcycle owners/riders. Beginning at Red Lodge, Montana, the National Scenic Byway is like a roller-coaster ride as it travels up through Beartooth Pass (10,947 feet) in Wyoming. It zigzags the entire way as it cuts across the Custer and Shoshone National Forests. There are so many amazing rides in The United States of America. Full Throttle thought it would be helpful to our readers and followers to talk a little bit about some of the most beautiful, challenging, and historic roads our country has to offer. You could choose to cruise anyone of these rides and I’m sure you will have a great time. Always remember to give your bike a good look over, or have your local mechanic do it for you, to make sure everything is perfect before going on any of these rides. The last thing you want is to get stuck 14,000 feet up a mountain without any phone service or nearby amenities. Ride safe and maybe we will see you one day on one of these amazing roads.
ow’s it going Full Throttle readers!! Keigan here again. I hope everyone had a good holiday season with family and friends. We had some awesome days in December in the 70s and that allowed for a couple more rides for the year and I hope everyone took advantage of them and got out. For this article I’m going to address some stuff that we get a lot of questions at the dealership this time of year and that’s, how do I get my Harley Davidson ready to be put up for the winter? I know a lot of people still ride all year round but if you’re a fairweather rider like myself, we have to make sure we get the bikes tucked in for the winter. So, lets jump right into it. The first thing to do when winterizing your motorcycle is to treat the fuel and fuel system. For the carbureted bike guys the best thing to do is drain your tank and carburetor. Doing that prevents anything being in the system and gumming it all up. For the fuel injected guys, the easiest way to do that is to simply add a fuel stabilizer. What you’ll want to do is fill the tank all the way to the top with fuel. Doing this makes sure there is minimal amounts of air in the tank so make sure it’s filled to the top. If you don’t do this it creates a pocket of air. When you start your bike next that pocket of air will build up moisture on the outside of the tank. If there is moisture outside, there is moisture inside and you don’t want that. Once the tank is filled, add whatever stabilizer you choose to use. After adding the stabilizer to the fuel you’ll want to run the bike for approximately 5-10 minutes. What this does is makes sure that the treated fuel gets into the entire fuel system. The second thing we want to address is the fluids. A lot of us are riding the bikes a lot all season long. Adding fresh fluids to the bike lets you drain all the gunk and grim from the engine and get some clean fluids in there. You can do a regular oil change or do a 3-hole change. I go with the 3-hole change. I like doing that so I know my bike is ready to go with all clean fluids when its riding season again. Now, the guys with water cooled bikes have one more step than the others and that’s flushing the cooling system. Make sure you get the old antifreeze out and get fresh antifreeze back in. Now that all the dirty work is done, we can focus on the outside of the bikes. I always wash and wax my bike before putting it up. Getting the bugs and tar off the bikes. The biggest thing is making sure the bugs are off. Buggs are acidic and if you have them sitting on your clear coat all winter long, they will start to eat into your clear coat and paint. Make sure you hit all the chrome and pretty parts of the bike as well. after cleaning the bike, I always hit mine
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YOUR MOTORCYCLE with some wax. This makes sure your paint and clear coat are sealed and protected. After the bike is all cleaned and ready to almost be put up, its time to focus on probably one of the most important parts of winterizing the bikes, and that’s the battery. The absolute best thing you can do for your motorcycle’s battery is put it on a battery tender. it’s a quick plug in and your battery is protected. Now, I’m not talking about a battery charger, that will only help you out if the battery is dead. Battery tenders are designed to maintain batteries charge and not over charge it. A battery charger will over charge the battery if it stays plugged in. So, while were on the subject I want to tackle one thing I hear at the dealership all the time and that is, “I just go out and start my bike every week for 5-10 minutes.” This is probably one of the worst things you can do for your bike over the winter. The most strain you put on a motorcycle’s battery is starting it. So going out and doing this when you don’t have a tender on it will drain the batteries charge. Doing this also builds up moisture in the engine and doesn’t allow the engine to get hot enough to burn all the moisture off. This is something we want to avoid because then the moisture just sits in the engine, which isn’t ideal. The last thing you’ll want to do is cover any holes in the bike and the bike itself. Now, this might sound weird at first but you want to make sure your covers your intake and exhaust. When its cold enough critters will look for a warm place and they make homes in your exhaust and any other area they can find. For the batwing bikes make sure you also cover under the fairing. You definitely don’t want anything to get up in there and make a meal out of your wiring. Once you have that done you can cover the bike. You’ll want a bike cover that is made for your storage needs. If you’re storing the bike outside, you’ll want to make sure you get a cover that can hold up under the winter elements. A good indoor/outdoor cover will get the job done. That wraps up how to get your ready to be stored for the winter. If you need something I went over the dealership has everything in stock from fluids to covers, just come on in and well get you set up. As always, I really appreciate you guys taking the time to read these articles. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at the dealership or by email at email@example.com. If you want to check out some of the builds we have going on in the shop, go a head and stop by, we have a lot going on including a 3-wheel street glide which is pretty awesome. Thanks again everyone and as always keep the rubber side down. www.FullThrottle-Magazine.com
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