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EDITOR IN CHIEF

Stephanie Hampton

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ADVERTISING/MARKETING Reginald Hampton

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CONTENT WRITERS Stephanie Hampton Shannon Lewis

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SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHER Yolanda Darnell

GRAPHICS/DESIGN Shannon Pridemore Stephanie Hampton

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2017 Calendar Of Events

Check Out What's Happening in 2017

Featured Rider

Meet Darryl N-Cognito Durham

Prepare For A Long Distance Ride What To Pack & How To Prepare

Beat Cancer Then Ride

How One Man Stay Motivated

Who's On The Ground See Who's Getting Yonder

Two Years: 500 Motorcycles Sold This Guy Sold 500 Motorcycles

Featured Club Kingdom Knights MM

One Epic Ride: 48 States Plus One Three Men and Their Epic Journey

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HAVING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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WHO'S OUT GETTING YONDER?

18 Beat Cancer Then Ride

HOW ONE MAN STAYED MOTIVATED TO RIDE AGAIN

26 Two Years: 500 Motorcycles Sold

DARRYL N-COGNITO DURHAM

THIS GUY HAS SOLD OVER 500 MOTORCYCLES

13 How To Prepare For A Long Distance Ride WHAT TO PACK AND HOW TO PREPARE

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR

Don’t just ride for the miles, be sure to capture the memories!

July is now upon us and the summer heat is on! While traveling across these beautiful highways and bi-ways, be sure to stay properly hydrated, as these extreme temperatures can be quite dangerous, to say the least. In this issue, we feature an article, How To Prepare For Long Distance Rides, which provides an indepth list of suggestive items and tips to prepare you for any upcoming trips. In speaking of trips, be sure to read One Epic Ride: 48 States Plus One, as it details the journey of three men riding across country, two of which traveled to 49 states, including a border to border ride from Canada to Mexico within 24 hours. Beat Cancer Then Ride details a remarkable journey of one man's motivation to ride again, after winning his battle with colon cancer. The men and women of Kingdom Knights Motorcycle Ministry are highlighted as our Featured Club, and we share a host of photos of riders traveling across country in our Who's On The Ground segment. As always, we appreciate your continued support! Hope you enjoy! Ride safe! Get Yonder

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50 states. 500 memorials. You, your motorcycle, And a good reason to ride.

A self-directed ride 1APR17 - 31OCT17. Visit seven memorials in any state to achieve Finisher status. Or travel cross-country. It’s up to you. Sign up at www.tourofhonor.com Benefiting:

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2 017 MO T O RC CALENDAR

JUL 3 Black Girls Ride will host their 3rd Annual Coast To Coast Ride from Los Angeles, Cali to Brooklyn, NY.

JUL 21 Atlanta Ruff Ryders

2017 Summer Blowout will be held in Atlanta, Ga starting July 21-22nd 2017.

JUL 12 Kingz of The South

MC will host their Annual Anniversary July 12th-16th 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

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Bikers Roundup will be held August 2nd-6th 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

JUL 22 The Atlanta Bike Fest and Car Show will be held on July 22nd 2017 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA.

JUL 12 The 11th Annual Roar JUL 28 The annual North On The Shore Bike Rally will be held from July 12th to July 16th in Erie, Pennsylvania.

AUG 2 The 40th National

Carolina All Female Ride-2017 will be held in Durham, NC at Raging Bull Harley-Davidson.

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AUG 30 The men of Atlanta

Chapter Rarebeed MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary starting August 30th-Sept 3rd 2017 in Atlanta, GA.

SEP 16 Tru Ryderz MC of Columbus will host their 15th anniversary Sept 15-16th in Columbus, Ga.

AUG 10 Next Level MC will host their Annual Anniversary weekend August 10-13th in Chicago, IL.

SEP 16 The ladies of Klutch & Khrome MC Detroit will host their 1st Annual Anniversary September 16th 2017.

AUG 18 Hurricane Biker

Girls 15th Annual Anniversary will be August 18-20th in San Diego, CA.

AUG 25 Diamond Clusters

MC will host their 10th Annual Anniversary August 25th-26th in Atlanta, GA.

SEP 10 Bikenik 2017 will be held at Clayton Country International Beach & Park in Jonesboro, Ga Sept 10th, 2017.

OCT 7 The Have Iron/Will

Travel Ride To Eat will be held on October 7th 2017 in Kansas City, MO.

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Featured Name: Darryl “N-Cognito” Durham

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Club:  Toros Motorcycle Club  Hometown: Dayton, OH (resides in Indianapolis, IN) Riding Experience: 34 years  Motorcycles: 1995 Honda Goldwing (Bought brand new 22 years ago)  Longest Ride: Canada to Mexico 

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-Cognito has been riding the highways since 1983. He has covered many miles across all 48 states. His most memorable trip was riding to Canada and Mexico. N-Cognito carries a traveling companion, Pounder Bear, that is well known around the country. Pounder Bear has gain such popularity that it has its own Facebook page.

As a veteran rider, N-Cognito enjoys mentoring new riders, educati ng them on subjects such as traditi onal protocol, bike maintenance, highway safety, and the history of the motorcycle set. Most of the informati on shared was gained through many years of conversati ons from veteran bikers before him, and personal experiences throughout his years of riding. He att ributes his motorcycle accomplishments to gaining as much educati on and history surrounding our motorcycle culture. By: Shannon “Red” Lewis page 08


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By Kelly MzKelz Valdez The highway can be intimidating, as things can change within a matter of minutes. Changes in weather, mechanical issues and fatigue are just a few of the things that should be planned for in advance. After all, our ultimate goal is to enjoy the ride and arrive safely. Here is a compiled list of tips and items to help better prepare you for your upcoming long-distance ride. The tips include what you can do to prepare your body, things to pack, suggested apps, and a pre-check list composed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

EXERCISE

Not many folks get much time to do this, but if you do, you will experience a significant difference in comfort levels, no matter the distance traveled. Squeeze Balls – for at least 30 minutes a day.  You can do it at work, at home, in the car and while walking.  Alternate hands every day. If you already have an exercise routine to build up muscle then stay with what you know, if not, consult an expert but the healthier your muscles and body are the more comfortable your ride will be.

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How to Prepare for a Long Distance Ride NUTRITION

About 6 to 8 weeks before a long-distance ride (along with your daily routine) be sure that you increase your intake on the following:  water, protein, carbs, calcium and potassium and start to cut back a little on alcohol and caffeine. About 1 week before the ride increase on more water/hydrating fluids and cut out all caffeine and alcohol. 1 day before the ride, do not eat anything that will cause you to have diarrhea or that may irritate your stomach or bowels. Eat at least 1 banana (or equal potassium supplement). Absolutely no caffeine or anything that stimulates alertness (you may need it during the ride and it won’t work if you didn’t detox before the ride). The day the ride starts and every day while on the road and until you get back try to eat at least 1 to 2 bananas a day (one in the morning, one at night) if you can’t do 2 then at least 1.  Increase salt intake (it will help you retain water so you don’t have to urinate as much).  Drink fluids in small sips, but many times via your hydration pack throughout the actual “on the road” time. When you are stopped for the night (or day depending on when you prefer to ride) drink as much water/hydrating fluids as possible until you go to sleep. Please keep in mind that if riding through very hot climates, it may be best to do most of your seat time at night.  When you wake up to get ready to hit the road, start sipping hydrating fluids and eat a breakfast high in protein, yet low in carbs. Increase your protein snacks at every gas stop and try to keep low in carbs but make sure you do eat some carbs.  When you stop for the night, eat an appropriate size meal that contains a lot of carbs and protein.

WHAT TO PACK

This is a comprehensive list of suggestive items. Please keep in mind that the longer you ride, the heavier your bike may feel. Pack accordingly. 1 2. 3. 4. 5.

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Second bike key Emergency contact info either on you or in an obvious place on your person or with an other rider riding with you (i.e. medical/road ID alert bracelet) Hard copy of the itinerary and put it in a zip lock bag and stored in a safe location Hydration Pack Octane Boost (for folks living on the East Coast who have bikes that are used to using 93 gasoline, then riding West, South or into Canada/Alaska, where the octane can range from 87 to 91, then you may need to carry this to help boost your octane levels up to what your bike is used to) Chapstick Wet wipes Clorox wipes Sunscreen Safety Kit   Road flares Flashlight Hydration Tire kit with plugs Pack Fuses Air compressor for tires Portable battery charger Basic tool kits (depending on your bike) Heated gear (be sure you have tested it) / Freeze out Toe / Hand warmers


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Gum Bungee Ear plugs Cords Chain lube Back up cell phone Stand‐alone GPS (separate from your main phone) Quarters for laundry Toiletries Zip lock bags/Space bags (varied sizes) Luggage bag (Waterproof if possible, if not then use Space bags/waterproof bags for clothes) Extra set of summer gloves Waterproof over gloves for heated gloves Clothes – limited, you can do laundry on the road (extra underwear and socks though) A comfortable pair of shoes to wear when not riding (if you get a room) Cash in case the gas station does not take credit cards or your credit cards don’t work Passport Special spot to put cash / emergency cards, copy of your license, registration, insurance cards and Passport just in case your wallet gets stolen or lost Bank Card/Credit card Sewing kit Lighter Zip ties – several varied sizes Duct tape Survival knife (but be aware that you can’t take any type of knives into Canada or Mexico) Pen and paper Microfiber cloths Rain X or something similar Extra Rok Straps / Bungee cords/nets in case the ones you are using get worn out on the trip (I recommend the adjustable Rok Straps 18” – 60”, the smaller ones can be useful as well but that is up to you) Mustard packets /pickles /pickle juice (helps with cramping) Plastic bags that can be used as boot liners when it rains Kickstand pucks Visine Umbrella (if you didn’t bring your camping equipment then you can use this to get some shade from the sun, especially useful if you break down on the road.  It can protect you from the sun as well as the rain if you are waiting for assistance or trying to repair your bike).

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How to Prepare for a Long Distance Ride After your list is completed, be sure to pack your motorcycle before you begin your journey and practice riding with the extra weight.  It’s very important to make sure all your gears and gadgets work and feel comfortable.  Do not buy brand new boots/gear right before the ride because it has not been broken in yet and you don’t know what it will do to your body or your ride so be sure that if you do buy new gear, you do it in enough time that you can use it well before the ride. There may be times while on the road that you do need new gear or accessories because it fails or gets lost on the road.  Try to find that same type of item that matches what you are replacing.  If you are in an area that doesn’t have what you need, try to order it online and have it shipped to a future destination.  Most hotels will hold it for you if the reservation is in the name of the recipient.  

RECOMMENDED APPS Trackers – (if you are doing mountain riding or riding in areas that do not have a cell signal, I suggest the SPOT which is an actual device you can buy from any sporting goods store and it provides a yearly service subscription) 1. Followmee 2. Life 360 3. Glympse 4. Spotwalla 5. RoadID HOTEL APPS 1. Priceline 2. Hotels.com WEATHER APPS 1. Weather on Wheels 2. Weather Radar ROAD TRIP APPS 1. Cost2Drive 2. RV Parks & Campground 3. USA Rest Stop Finder 4. Fuel Finder Worldwide 5. Toll 6. AAA GPS APPS 1. Waze 2. Google Maps

NOTIFICATIONS:   Be sure you notify the following of your plans to travel: 1. Bank 2. Credit cards 3. Family 4. Job 5. Close friends

ADDITIONAL APPS AND WEBSITES 1. Road ID  https://www.roadid.com 2. Get There Dry http://get‐there‐dry.com 3. Gun Laws by State  https://www.nraila.org/gun‐laws/state‐gun‐laws/ 4. State Map http://visitedstatesmap.com/

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T-CLOCSSM Inspection Checklist T-CLOCS ITEM

WHAT TO CHECK

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

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T-TIRES & WHEELS Tires

Condition

Tread depth, wear, weathering, evenly seated, bulges, embedded objects.

Front

Rear

Check when cold, adjust to load.

Front

Rear

Bent, broken, missing, tension, check at top of wheel: “ring” = OK — “thud” = loose spoke.

Front

Rear

Cast

Cracks, dents.

Front

Rear

Rims

Out of round/true = 5mm. Spin wheel, index against stationary pointer.

Front

Rear

Grab top and bottom of tire and flex: No freeplay (click) between hub and axle, no growl when spinning.

Front

Rear

Cracked, cut or torn, excessive grease on outside, reddish-brown around outside.

Front

Rear

Function

Each brake alone keeps bike from rolling.

Front

Rear

Condition

Check pads and discs for wear.

Front

Rear

Handlebars

Condition

Bars are straight, turn freely, handgrips and bar ends are secure.

Levers and Pedal

Condition

Broken, bent, cracked, mounts tight, ball ends on handlebar levers, proper adjustment.

Front left

Front right

Rear left

Rear right

Smooth travel, equal air pressure/damping, anti-dive settings.

Left

Right

Smooth travel, equal pre-load/air pressure/damping settings, linkage moves freely and is lubricated.

Left

Right

Air Pressure Wheels

Spokes

Bearings Seals Brakes

C-CONTROLS

Pivots Cables

Condition

Hoses

Condition

Throttle

Operation

Routing Routing

Lubricated. Fraying, kinks, lubrication: ends and interior. No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, wire supports in place. Cuts, cracks, leaks, bulges, chafing, deterioration. No interference or pulling at steering head, suspension, no sharp angles, hose supports in place. Moves freely, snaps closed, no revving when handlebars are turned.

L-LIGHTS & ELECTRICS Battery Headlamp

Condition

Terminals; clean and tight, electrolyte level, held down securely.

Vent Tube

Not kinked, routed properly, not plugged.

Condition

Cracks, reflector, mounting and adjustment system.

Aim Tail lamp/brake lamp Turn signals

Height and right/left.

Condition

Cracks, clean and tight.

Operation

Activates upon front brake/rear brake application.

Operation

Flashes correctly.

Switches

Operation

All switches function correctly: engine cut-off, hi/low beam, turn signal.

Mirrors

Condition

Cracks, clean, tight mounts and swivel joints.

Aim

Adjust when seated on bike.

Lenses & Reflectors

Condition

Cracked, broken, securely mounted, excessive condensation.

Wiring

Condition

Fraying, chafing, insulation.

Routing

Pinched, no interference or pulling at steering head or suspension, wire looms and ties in place, connectors tight, clean.

O-OIL & OTHER FLUIDS Levels

Engine Oil Gear Oil, Shaft Drive Hydraulic Fluid Coolant Fuel

Leaks

Check warm on center stand on level ground, dipstick, sight glass. Transmission, rear drive, shaft. Brakes, clutch, reservoir or sight glass. Reservoir and/or coolant recovery tank — check only when cool. Tank or gauge.

Engine Oil

Gaskets, housings, seals.

Gear Oil, Shaft Drive

Gaskets, seals, breathers.

Hydraulic Fluid Coolant Fuel

Hoses, master cylinders, calipers. Radiator, hoses, tanks, fittings, pipes. Lines, fuel valve, carbs.

C-CHASSIS Frame

Condition Steering-Head Bearings Swingarm Bushings

Suspension

Front Forks Rear Shock(s)

Chain or Belt

Tension Lubrication

Fasteners

Cracks at gussets, accessory mounts, look for paint lifting. No detent or tight spots through full travel, raise front wheel, check for play by pulling/pushing forks. Raise rear wheel, check for play by pushing/pulling swingarm.

Check at tightest point. Side plates when hot. Note: do not lubricate belts.

Sprockets

Teeth not hooked, securely mounted

Threaded

Tight, missing bolts, nuts.

Clips & Cotter Pins

Broken, missing.

S-STANDS Center stand Side stand

Condition

Cracks, bent.

Retention

Springs in place, tension to hold position.

Condition

Cracks, bent (safety cut-out switch or pad equipped).

Retention

Springs in place, tension to hold position.

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By: S. Hampton Riding motorcycles for most is so much more than an enjoyable pastime! It’s therapeutic. It’s comforting and consoling. Feeling the wind, the tranquility and admiring the beautiful sights, all are something that an enthusiast looks forward to. Timothy “LT” Mitchell, a member of Klutch N Khrome MC, was no different. As a 10-year riding veteran, he enjoyed taking extended trips on his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Never would he understand just how much he enjoyed riding, until a life-changing event caused him to stop. As the owner of a small landscaping company, he continuously felt drained and unusually tired, throughout his 2016 season. In September, one Thursday morning, he decided to visit his doctor, who ordered blood work to be done. The next morning, he received a call advising him to go to the hospital for a blood transfusion, as his hemoglobin was extremely low. He stayed in the hospital for the entire weekend. The doctor ordered a series of exams to find out why his hemoglobin was so low. The following week, a colonoscopy was done. After finding a mass, a CT scan was ordered, which confirmed, Tim had colon cancer. The following week, Tim had a partial colectomy, removing the mass, however, 20 lymph nodes were found. He was ordered to have 12 rounds of chemotherapy. His treatment would be on every other Monday; however, each treatment would last for three days. He would have a four-hour infusion, and would be sent home with an IV and fanny packed that contained a bag of chemotherapy medicine, which would pump constantly for the next 47 hours. Tim would go back to his doctor on Wednesday of each treatment week to be disconnected. Because of the side effects of chemotherapy, Tim suffered from constant nausea and a condition referred to as neuropathy. Neuropathy made it hard for Tim to do simple things, such as pick up items, hold things in his hands, and even buttoning his shirt. It also made him very sensitive to cold. He stated that it felt like needles or an electric shock when he opened the refrigerator to take an item out. He was unable to drink anything cold, stating it literally felt like he was swallowing razor blades. page 18


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For each of his 12 chemotherapy treatments, his wife, Keisha “Juice” Mitchell, would be right by his side. One day while having an infusion done, he had a conversation with his wife, stating he was going to beat cancer, then take off and go riding. He took a photo and posted it on Facebook with the hashtag beatcancerthenride. He decided that he was going to take control of what he was going through and he wanted to encourage those that were going through the same things. He started a page on Facebook and entitled it BeatCancerThenRide! The outpour of love and support he received from his family and friends was what he attributed to his strength in fighting cancer. From prayers, phone calls, text messages, and donations of support, he remained optimistic and continued to stay encouraged. Tim stated, through his page on Facebook, he met a young lady by the name of Sabina in Russia, that was going through chemotherapy at the same time. They remained friends throughout the course of their treatments, and Sabina sur-prised him with a Harley-Davidson t-shirt from Russia. The week prior to Memorial Day weekend of this year, Tim completed his 12th and final round of chemotherapy. He knew it was time for him to get back to what he enjoyed doing, and that was riding his motorcycle. Even though it was a bit soon after his treatment, he was eager to “twist his throttle and ride.” The next week, he took off, riding 2300 miles round trip from Atlanta, Ga to South Padre Island in Texas for the Bike Week festivities. He stated, him thinking of being on the open road again gave him the hope he needed to get through his ordeal. He kept thinking to himself, “how you go through something will determine how you come out of it.” Riding was what kept him motivated to beat cancer. Tim had t-shirts made in support of his new-found initiative, #beatcancerthenride. He wanted to encourage riders, that they have something to look forward to, and that cancer can be beat. As for what’s next with #beatcancerthenride, he stated, he is working on creating a foundation that will promote colon cancer awareness. He will plan an annual ride that will donate proceeds to someone in need, diagnosed with colon cancer. He stated he will also continue to keep those that have supported him updated on his progress and highlight other riders that may want to share their stories on his Facebook page. Be sure to check out his Facebook page “BeatCancerThenRide” at www.facebook.com/beatcancerthenride. page 20


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Introducing SpotWalla: Data Location Manager

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data.

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ason Jonas, founder of SpotWalla, has been riding motorcycles for over 20 years. In 2000, he decided on taking some time off to travel and ride his motorcycle across country. During this time, GPS technology or tracking mechanisms, weren’t as prevalent as they are today. As a result, he got lost on the road, and was unable to keep his family updated on where he was. In 2008, as a promise to his sister, he created SpotWalla. It was initially introduced to his friends within the motorcycle community, however, over the years as its technology progressed, it is used by a number of communities.

What is SpotWalla?

SpotWalla is a tracking mechanism, that supports several satellite-based tracking devices. It provides users the flexibility to control their location data. The SpotWalla allows complete control of the information being exposed, all in a secured and private environment.

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What are some of its benefits?

With SpotWalla, you’re able to share your travels and rides with your family and friends by creating “trips.” This will allow them to follow your travels, as the app updates with location data. In addition, once a “trip” is created, it will allow you to send text messaged updates, delivering up to date information. It allows you to track stops, such as restaurants, gas stations, and hotels. It saves the data from your entire trip for you to retrieve and review at any time. The user can limit the location data as needed, and provide an external link for tracking.

What devices does it support?

SpotWalla supports the following devices: • APRS Device • GibbyTrip for iOS • Bubbler GPS for Android • INMARSAT Communications Device • DeLorme inReach • SPOT Personal Tracker • Email • SWConnect for iOS • Generic Device with GPX Support • The Wirie pro Device

To find additional information on SpotWalla, visit the website at www.spotwalla.com


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48 States + One By KSolo Harris

Who would have ever thought, a simple phone call would end in such an amazing journey??! After all, isn’t that how all epic adventures begin? Well, not exactly, because this epic adventure started with a few laughs, that turned into multiple phone calls, eventually leading to the OFFICIAL count down! page 39


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Shareef “Reef” AsSadiq of Chosen Few Motorcycle Club and I cam ifornia and I am with DAHURU Motorcycle Club based out of Ral and sharing our journeys with friends and family on social media. became a daily phone call. Reef would call me and I would call hi

This epic run was about a year in the planning. I had completed th Tour, a 50 CC Run (Cross Country in less than 50 hours) and othe Run prior to our trip, with Highway Smiley of the Kings of Cali Mo 1K Bun Burners IBA Runs. Through communications between Ree on board with the ride. Jim has completed numerous IBA runs as of the ride. The anticipation to Day Zero was the most grueling b

Finally, D-Day was upon us. Reef pushed out from San Diego, kno started to come to light. Jim, being from Florida, had already ro pushed out to link up with Reef in Lake City, Florida so we could Smith of Black Sheep Riders Motorcycle Club out of Jacksonville, together and getting the feel of each other’s riding style. The un and I) were proud of our respective machines. It was on this first st to be a great ride because we both loved being on the open high quickly got into our zone, and being extreme riders, it didn’t ma sync and could almost predict each other’s next move.

We arrived in Key West under bright, sunny skies, with a slight clo looked incredible from the Seven Mile Bridge. I must admit, from travel. We rode the strip and made our way to Mile Marker 0 fo WillTravel stickers, we made our way to the famous Southern Mo for the 4 Corners run.

The next morning, we hit the ground running…… photos, gas up coffee could peel the paint off a ‘76 Chevy Nova. There’s a few t I told him about a seafood restaurant by the name of One Love R legs. It was on and popping from there. Detour up ahead. After Along the way, my club brother Que-Ball ran us down and escort

Jim was the tech guy of the group. He ran two or three different laptop and one badass Yamaha FJR1300 touring bike. After our q stops. I could tell this wasn’t his first rodeo. After bunking down fo beat the traffic and impeding storms. Now this is where the journe line, our time to ride the lower forty-eight states plus one began rolling mountains, greenery, smells and sounds of SC, NC, VA, W the side of the highway, to sharing laughs at the gas stations cre few Tour of Honor sites. We were escorted by Felton “Hundon” R from West Virginia to Maryland.

We made our way to Wilmington, DE and linked up with Tony “Tton, NJ. It wouldn’t be a journey if it was all smooth sailing. Thi construction traffic. The Bronx Expressway- East Tremont was not accident that split us up and one member ended up taking the sce our final East Coast escort, Bebo Kount Lopez of Latin Riderz MC

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ame in contact through social media. Reef lives in San Diego, Calaleigh, North Carolina. Reef and I both enjoy long distance riding . The buildup, preparations and anticipation of the upcoming ride him. The running joke quickly became “Yo! Is it May yet?”

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he Southern California Motorcycle Association’s USA Four Corners her Iron Butt Association runs. Reef had completed the 48/10 IBA Motorcycle Club, a 50 CC, and numerous 1500 miles/24hours and eef and Jim Saul, another Iron Butt Association member, Jim came as well. The intent was for each of us to take the lead of a portion because we were itching to start the ride.

nocking out a quick 1500 miles in 24 hours! The reality of the ride rode to Key West and snagged his first point of the 4 Corners. I d head down to Key West together. It was here, Joseph “Snoop” , FL, escorted us down. The feeling was great to finally start riding underlying joke was Indian vs Harley-Davidson and we both (Reef stretch that the highway shenanigans began. I knew this was going ghway. The freedom and the roar of the engines was our high. We atter which side of the highway we were on because we got into

cloudy overcast. The water was bright blue in color and the ocean m the Blue Wall to Key West is the longest 100 miles you will ever or a quick photo opp. After strategically placing a few Havelron/ Most Point buoy and U.S. Post Office for photos for our first point

up and grabbing breakfast at a little Cuban restaurant, where the things that Reef and I share, and one is that we both love to eat. Restaurant ‘N Seafood that served delicious blue crabs and crab er grubbing we made our way to Jacksonville to link up with Jim. rted us up to Daytona. It was much appreciated.

nt navigation systems, weather and traffic alert systems, on board quick introductions, Jim immediately briefed us on our routes and or the night, we woke around midnight to gas up, get receipts and ney truly begins; from the moment we crossed the Florida/Georgia an. From this point the journey became a vast array of highways, WV, MD, DE. From us stopping to assist a broken-down biker on eated memorable moments. At the same time, we squeezed in a Rodgers of Ft. Washington Chapter of Rarebreed Motorcycle Club

T-Time” Handy of Speed Shifters who escorted us up I-95 to Trenhis is where we were introduced to the hellacious New York road ot a friendly place to be on a motorcycle at midnight. After a traffic cenic route through downtown New York, we finally linked up with C New York. We appreciated the escort and the gift.

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Park and seeing a landmark of America’s motorcycle tradition in Madawaska, Maine was spectacular. North America is such a beautiful country. Even though we were on a time schedule we still made efforts to take it all in. The back roads of Bow, New Hampshire, where out of the blue we bumped into Jim Alton at a gas station, who snapped a picture of the three of us getting back on the road, truly signified the magnitude of our journey.

“This is what it’s all about. Be at peace with yourself. Go where your own curiosity takes you. Stop and experience, see...feel...touch the world. Meet people, break bread with your brothers and sisters. It’s not about the miles, it’s what you do with those miles.” ~ Nikky Blackwell

Riding in Canada was truly marvelous. Though it was cold, the ride was scenic and full of beautiful curves. We met interesting people in Prince George, ate at great restaurants and experienced an entirely different culture of Aleutians and Native Americans. Most of our ride to Alaska was through British Columbia. It was fun, all-natural, rustic and resembling of the wild, wild West. The brightest highlight of this portion of the ride was coming upon the Bear Glacier. What a phenomenal sight! Standing that close to a natural wonder that has been there for thousands of years was breathtaking. After successfully completing our 48 states in 10 days, we rode up towards Hyder, Alaska. It was such an emotional experience. We had been on the road riding for eleven days. I had viewed Alaska as the goal. Having never been there, I was overcome by a deep feeling of pride and accomplishment. The finish line was in sight and I stopped my bike, dismounted and walked the few yards to the Alaska state line. As I crossed into Hyder, Alaska, I raised my arms above my head in victory. We did it! We really did it! We hung out in Hyder for a little bit taking pictures, meeting people, and reveling in just being there. We decided to head back to Prince George, and begin our journey back south to ride the Border2Border Run from Surrey, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico. We were excited about this next run because we were nearing the end of our journey. We were exhausted to say the least. We completed the Border2Border Run in 22 hours and 30 minutes. We flew like the wind! We truly met some wonderful people on this journey. We also had great people on our team. Just to mention a few: Arthur Del Lonnquist and Linda Darelius, a father and daughter team, who are currently riding in Alaska as I write this article. Kerry “Island Girl” Raquel, who without her confidence and determination to see us make the deadline, found an alternate route (Plan B) that saved us five hours of riding time. Joyce AsSadiq, who held down the home front that kept my partner’s head in the game, even when things looked at its bleakest. Patricia Yates Saul, who clearly understands Jim’s need to wonder. Darrell “Heavy D” of Seattle Magic Wheels Motorcycle Club escorted us into Seattle and up to Blaine, Washington. My club brother Chris “Myster Hyde” Bluford waited beside the highway for hours to escort us into my forty-eighth state. Allison “A-Boogie” Saunders for assisting with logistics. We couldn’t have gotten into Canada without you….and all the countless people who followed us on social media and encouraged us to keep pushing and to keep inspiring others. We are grateful for your messages and encouraging words. Jeremy and Jessica Ruse of Urban Custom Bikes, thanks for being a part of our pit crew and taking care of us on such short notice. The sheer wear and tear on our machines was

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expected. I personally went through two and a half sets of tires, four full services and a bracket that busted all to hell. Jim suffered a nail puncher to his rear tire but could plug it and continue the ride. Reef’s machine suffered two issues, water in the fuel and a disintegrated fuel filter. The first may have led to the second, but overall, we were properly prepared for all types of unexpected incidents. Being able to plug a simple nail puncture or having zip ties with you can prevent you from ending your trip to having to pay expensive tow fees. Jim’s take away from this journey was proper preparation. Do your research, check, check, and re-check. Riding with a group is different from riding by yourself. Be flexible and stay fluid. Be aware of climate change when riding through different regions. There may be a 50-100-degree difference from one state to the next. More importantly, take it all in, enjoy the sights and people you get to meet while you’re riding, because that’s where memories are made. Reef’s take away from this journey was to enjoy the ride, and to always plan for the unforeseen. He stresses the point to meet people and always aspire to inspire others to get out and ride their ride. This was an amazing journey, a milestone achieved. It’s hard to put it all in words, and though we took lots of photos, it’s something that you must experience for yourself. Our ultimate goal was to motivate and inspire others in the bike community to get out and ride. So, go experience North America for yourself. Just ride, enjoy and make your own memories. Life is too short and we only have one life to live.

“Ksolo Harris and Shareef AsSadiq knocked out amazing miles and taught me a thing or two about the journey. It is not just the miles folks, it’s the experience and fellowship.  If it were easy we would see a lot dirtier motorcycles...”  ~ Jim Saul

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