MAY 2012 VOL 4 ISSUE 9
marine corps tribute bike
fast lane feature...
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Letter from the Publisher Hello “FastLaneBiker (FLB) NY Family”, Having served in the military for 20 years myself, the May issue of your magazine is dedicated to the countless members of the armed forces, past and present, who have dedicated and sacrificed, most costly, their lives to keeping our country free.
Brian Gage Publisher
On a personal note, two people come to mind. One is Joseph S. Tremblay (1981-2005), the son of Larry Tremblay. The Marine Corps Tribute Bike was built and dedicated to “Joey” and his fellow Marines who sacrificed their lives in the performance of their duties. The Fast Lane Biker Family is thankful for their service. For those who haven’t seen this awesome machine, your magazine’s cover and photo spread will present it to you. Read Joey’s story!
militarytimes.com/valor/marine-cpl-joseph-s-tremblay/823135 The second person is Arthur F. Gage (1922-2010), my uncle, who was Paula Monroe my hero. He served in the US Army during WWII and was captured by Accounts Manager the Germans in North Africa and, for two and a half years, was starved and brutalized until the Russians liberated Berlin. Weighing less than 100 pounds, he was sent to a P.O.W. center in Lake Placid for rehabilitation and debriefing. He was a veteran, a fifth-degree black belt and a dedicated teacher and family man. Thank you “Uncle.” Read Uncle’s story!
carol_fus.tripod.com/army_hero_arthur_gage.html I would also like to thank the people who contribute to your magazine. The authors, photographers, and friends of Fast Lane Biker New York. Thank you for your dedication to the magazine. We will continue to get bigger and better because of you! Joey
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My! What little headlights you have. Look Mom. I’m a speed bump! Ha- Ha!
Those plunkin foreign bikes. It’s a Henda.
I get so tired when I ride. Huh! The new Lobstersaki! 5
In 1956 Ronnie Ouimet a 21 year old cement truck driver and part time farmer decided to take a shot at the motorcycle business. Selling the chickens and the cows to raise the money for a Harley Davidson franchise. He started selling and servicing motorcycles in the converted chicken coop. Business prospered and he moved into the cow barn. In 1962 Ronnie moved into a rented garage in Pittsfield, Ma and took on Yamaha motorcycles. Snowmobiles soon followed and the racing bug caught Ronnie and many of the locals. Working in the shop to get the most out of a 1966 Capri, Ronnie soon discovered that he needed to compete against some of the regionâ€™s top racers, winning the first sanctioned USSA race in Boonville, NY. It was about this time that Yamaha was getting involved in building snowmobiles and when they found out that a Yamaha motorcycle dealer in Pittsfield, Ma was winning racers they gave Ronnie a call. The relationship with Yamaha
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lasted years and in the 1970’s Ronnie was an integral part of the Yamaha team that won the World Championship in Eagle River Wisconsin. In 1979 with Ronnie’s three sons becoming more involved, Ronnie expanded his operation to it Adams location with Honda motorcycles. This was the beginning of the popularity of the 3 wheeled ATV, and in 1984 Ronnie sold over 1000 ATV’s. In 1985 Ronnie moved in to its current Harley Davidson location on Wahconah Street. In the 90’s Ronnie started the mail order business and expanded his dealerships into Bennington, Vermont. In 2001 with the growth of internet sales, the mail order company moved into its 40,000 square foot warehouse in New Ashford, Ma. In 2009 Ronnie opened its newest store in Guilderland, New York. Now with Harley Davidson, Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Polaris, KTM, Skidoo, Seadoo and Kymco, our customers have plenty of choices. Stop on for a test ride today. With great family support, hardworking employees, and loyal customers, Ronnie feels like he never worked a day in his life. If you see the Ronnie’s White FLHTCU at any of our locations stop in say hello.
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Located in DeRuyter, NY – Military Memorial – Created in 2005 by Bill Middleton and wife Gloria 207 Mariposa Rd. DeRuyter, NY 9
WEDNESDAY NIGHT – BIKE NIGHTS ROCKIN’ ROADHOUSE BIKE NIGHT Great Music, Great Food, and Great Times! Harley Davidson Gift Card Giveaways – 4 - 9pm (607)764-8787 Route 8 Mount Upton, NY -Fast Lane Biker Sponsored – Starting May 18th WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIKE NIGHTS MAY 2ND, 9TH, 16TH, 23TH, 30TH – QUAKER STEAK AND LUBE 3535 Walters Road, Syracuse, NY “Bike of the Night” Competition April’s Live Music– 5pm May 2 - MISS 3 May 9 - JUST JOE May 16 - MORRIS TARBELL & THE HEPCATS May 30 - MARK DOYLE & THE MANIACS WEDNESDAY NIGHT BIKE NIGHTS GILLIGAN’S BIKE NIGHT – May- Sept Starts May 2nd 5pm – 8pm Located at 64 North Main Street Sherburne, NY – 607-674-4397 About 40 minutes South of Utica An Hour South of Syracuse An Hour North of Binghamton Biker Raffles, Great Food, Ice Cream, Great Music and Family Friendly!!! MAY 8 BUZZY’S BIKE NIGHTS &BBQ Second Tuesday of the Month! 5:30–8:30pm May – September Features: Drive-In Bike Show with: Trophies, DJ’s or Live Bands, 50/50, Door Prizes ,Giveaways, Dyno-Pulls! 1397 Broadway, Watervliet, NY 518-266-9657 - www.jjscycle.com Email: BUZZY@JJSCYCLE.COM
MAY 12 – 6th ANNUAL – ROSSMAN MEMORIAL POKER RUN Benefit the Capital Region Miracle League: Register : 9:30-11:00am $25/Rider $5/Passenger $15/Picnic only. Departs at 11:30am From: Quigley‘s 593 Columbia Turnpike, East Greenbush, NY12061 .A 100 mile scenic road course through the mountains of Rensselaer, Columbia and Berkshire Counties! Features: prizes, food, raffles, entertainment, live music, two motorcycle stunt shows and a best bike contest. For more information, Please call 518-462-2248. MAY 19 – EARTH DAY BEADLE’S BAR – NORWICH, NY Benefit – Norwich Youth Bureau 15 Lackawanna Ave Norwich, NY 2pm– ???. LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY!!! 50/50 Raffle, Prizes, $10 Includes: BBQ Chicken Speidies and Pork and entry! Come support the Norwich Youth Bureau and have some fun! Contact (607)334-8706 MAY 19 – HERITAGE CYCLES – “SUMMER BREAKOUT” 12 Noon – 6pm. 44 West Main St. Mayfield, NY . Industry Vendors and Fast Lane Biker New York Magazine. Food Catered by The Bad Pig and Rock Out to “House of Vice”. Free Giveaways, Prizes, Awards, & 50/50. Phone: 518-661-6815 www.heritagecyclesny.com
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MAY 19 – CUSTOM BIKE SHOW– ADIRONDACK HARLEY DAVIDSON 106 Bellen Road Broadalbin, NY 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. A day filled with hot bikes, loud pipes and rockin' music. Vote for your favorite bike. Top 20 with the most votes will receive an award. 518-883-1128 www.adkhd.com MAY 20 – STATION 1438 – THUNDER IN THE CREEK Oswego County Fairgrounds-9-11am Registration. Pegs up at 11am SHARP Pre-Registration Fee: $15/Driver $10 Rider – Day of $20/Driver -$15/Rider Includes: Lunch after the Ride! POC:Clint Smith:email@example.com MAY 21 – ABATE of New York 16th Annual FREEDOM RALLY Ride Leaves @ 11 AM Sharp from Birch Hill 1 Celebration Way Castleton on the Hudson 12033 I-90 exit 12, South on Rt 9 (200yds) Right Duck Pond Rd, follow SIGNS to Pavilion. Please support Host . Purchase a Continental breakfast or coffee INFORMATION: 518-239-4560 MAY 23 – BIKE NIGHTS– ADKHD Every Wednesday Night beginning May 23 through September 5. Visit our website www.adkhd.com for details. MAY 24 – BIKE NIGHTS– UTICA HD Every Thursday Night beginning May 24 through September 6. Visit our website :www.hdutica.com for details.
May 27 – HARV’S HARLEY DAVIDSON’S - 50th Anniversary Bike Show And Competition 2012 10:00am – Located at: Macedon Center Fireman's Field 2481 Canandaigua Rd Macedon NY Live Music by Ebb Tide and 50/50. Also featuring : The Wall Of Death", America's' original Extreme Motorcycle Thrill Show. Free TShirts! Awards for Custom, Stock, Touring, and Antique classes of Harleys. www.harvsharley.com 585-377-0711 Deadline – May 17. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org MAY 27 & 28 - MARTYS 29th Annual MEMORIAL DAY POKER RUN - $10 a person. Run begins at 11101 the Clayson Road, Wayland, NY 14572 Maps provided, which guide you throughout the run. The run ends at the Wayland Rod and Gun club, 2222 Dieter Road Wayland, NY The group stops at three bars. Pick up your playing card at each stop. Free motorcycle games, free draft beer, bike show, live band, food Free camping is available! Phone :585-534-5459
JUNE 1, 2, 3 - THUNDER IN OLD FORGE - RALLY Live Music, Riding, Bike Show, Contests, Games, and lots more! Event has quickly become one of the favorites due to the open events, tons of music experiences, the vendors, the food and above all the festival fun you come to enjoy! North Street Pavilion Old Forge, NY Phone : 315-369-6983 www.thunderinoldforge.com/ Email: email@example.com JUNE 1, 2, 3 – GOWANDA’S Hollywood Happening - Rally Bike Show, Organized Run, Bike Parade, Tattoo Contest, Bike Rodeo, Music, Food, Beer, and lots more. Three Days of Hot Bikes! Cold Beer! Great Music! Please come and join us for a weekend of good times, music, and drinks as well as events scattered all over town! The Happening benefits the ongoing restoration efforts of the Hollywood Theater. Multiple venues throughout Gowanda, NY Phone: (716) 532-6103 www.gowandahollywoodhappenin g.com
JUNE 3 - JEFFERSONVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT’S – POKER RUN JUNE 2 AND 3– WEEKEND EVENT– 6th ANNUAL - A RIDE THROUGH THE ROB’S CYCLE SUPPLY 3812 Brewerton Rd N. Syracuse, NY MOUNTAINS POKER RUN Kuryakyn, Vance & Hines,Hog Tunes, LARGEST IN SULLIVAN COUNTY Progressive Suspension, Saddlemen TIME: Sign-In 9:00am to 12:00noon PLACE: Jeffersonville Firehouse, JT’s Custom Paint, Parts Dolls. Main Street Jeffersonville, NY Grand Prize: PhotoShoot at Dino’s Donate: Rider/$20 Passenger: $10 Studio with a Part Doll. Includes Chicken BBQ Starts 3:00pm Meet PartsDoll Roxy Racer - Chrystal Refreshments & Live Music - The Chrome - Scarlett Diablo - & Bella Corner Shot Band. Ride Ends at Burnout. Plenty of Specials, GivePub Main Street Mullally’s aways, Free Food & Refreshments! 50/50- Door Prize-Raffles Phone: 315-458-6800 $100 High Hand $50 Low Hand www.RobsCycleSupply.com $50 Furthest Distance Free T-Shirt for Oldest Rider! 11
EVERYONE ON 2 OR 4 WHEELS! Contact: Jeffersonville Firehouse Thursday Nights (845) 482-4202 JUNE 16 – 1st ANNUAL POST 1700 American Legion Riders Poker Run 305 Maple St. Endicott, NY. Registration Start at: 9:30am $20/Bike; Purchase 2 extra cards $5 KICK-STANDS UP- 11:30amCookout Live Music The Troubadours ! Manny: firstname.lastname@example.org Doug: email@example.com 607-237-6933 JUNE 22, 23, & 24 HARLEY RENDEZVOUS CLASSIC Indian Lookout Country Club 1142 Batter St, Pattersonville, NY The Vous. The event includes a motorcycle rodeo, bike show, camping, music, wet t-shirt contest, and more. The motorcycle rodeo will include a trike pull, weenie bite, slow race and others. The bike show will include classes for antique, best paint, best v-twin, best radical, best special interest and more. Phone: 518-864-5659 Fax: 518-864-5927 All tickets prices $65 after 1 April www.harleyrendezvous.com office@HarleyRendezvous.com JULY 7 – Benefit Ride for 2nd ANNUAL WOUNDED WARRIOR RIDE – Hosted by Blue Knights SUPPORT the TROOPS - Registration from 9am–11am. Kickstands Up 1115am - $20/Donation- $15/ Addtl. Rider. - Lunch and Beverage! Ride Starts and Ends at: LEWIS PARK FIELD in Minoa, NY 13116 Live Music by: CHRIS TAYLOR & Adrenaline Crush! Sponsors Fire & Iron and Minoa Fire Department. Pre-Register: www.bkny32.org and received a DOGTAG Ride Souvenier
7-9 East Park Place, Norwich, NY 13815 607-336-7275 (PARK) 607-336-5460 (FAX)
½ price Appetizers Lounge 4-6pm
Appetizers Soups & Salads Pasta Specialties Burgers
Wing Night Thursday 8 – 10pm 10 Wings - $3.99 15 Wings - $5.99
B-B-Q, Steaks ‘ Entrees
Breakfast is served on Saturday & Sunday as well as an All You Can Eat Breakfast Buffet
Open 7 days a week Just for Kids Menu Monday – Friday: 11 am – 9 pm Saturday: 8 am – 9 pm Sunday: 8 am – 8 pm Breakfast Served Saturday & Sunday 8 am – 1 pm Check out our Great Menu On-Line: www.FredsInnParkPlace.com
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ROUTE 11 • BLOOMSBURG • PA Some of the FLBPA staff members, a few friends and I rode out to Bloomsburg to a must see destination... Bill’s Old Bike Barn. We received a warm welcome from Bill and his wife, Judy who made themselves available for any questions our group might have had. Right from the start I could tell that this was one of those locations that was deﬁnitely a ‘Mom and Pop Shop’ and not corporate in any way, one of those places that makes you wonder how you could possibly take in all there is to see in only one visit. We were given full access to roam about the attraction at our own pace and it felt good not to be ushered along like some guided tours we’ve all been on. Bill has had the shop for 48 years, buying his ﬁrst 80 in November of ‘99 for the museum. From then on things just went crazy and 8 years ago the museum underwent a major expansion project with the creation of Billville some 5 years ago. Their attempt to preserve history reaches out to all walks of life. Car clubs, schools, all types of people and organizations will ﬁnd enjoyment in a visit to Bill’s Old Bike Barn. Eventually, things became so crazy that Bill and Judy decided to move into the museum. They insist that it’s a cool place to live and that their passion comes, not from money, but that they live and breathe for this. Bill’s is located on 57 acres with items in the collection like a 1939 Worlds Fair Bar and Back Bar, #17 of the ﬁrst model television ever produced which still functions today. Many, many old school bikes and his latest acquisition, a Gillette razor display that took him 10 years to acquire from a friend in Europe. Judy says... “Bill is just nuts!” Our hats off to Bill and Judy for an excellent job preserving history and their ongoing efforts to continue, really needs our support. The themes just never end. POOLEY Side Note: Ameriamazebehind
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Look for Bill’s Old Bike Barn on can Pickers!! To Bill, Judy and our ment, they walked in the door just us!!
15 Lackawanna Ave. Norwich, NY
SEVERAL BANDS -- ALL DAY!!!
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This is Tracey! She is featured here on ‘Lady Luck’ built by County Line Choppers. Feel free to check out more of Pat Brigg’s work at www. countylinechoppers.com
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â€˜...built for one, dedicated to a few and in honor of all who have fallen defending our great nation.â€™ Larry Tremblay, Sr. www.marinecorpstributebike.com
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Incorporated in 1995, Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is a class 501(c)(4) non-proﬁt organization with over 90 chartered chapters throughout the United States and members abroad. While many members of Rolling Thunder are veterans, and many ride motorcycles, neither qualiﬁcation is a prerequisite. Rolling Thunder members are old and young, men and women, veterans and non-veterans. All are united in the cause to bring full accountability for POWs and MIAs of all wars, reminding the government, the media and the public by our watchwords: “We Will Not Forget.” The Rolling Thunder Story In the fall of 1987, Vietnam veterans met to discuss their personal concerns about the prisoners of war (POW) and missing in action (MIA) from the Vietnam War. Having honorably served their country, and having taken an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies...” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to same,” they were deeply troubled by the abhorrent neglect of attention given to those who did not make it out with their lives or their freedom. These veterans discussed the more than 10,000 reported sightings of live Americans living in dismal captivity. Intelligence reports of these sightings were generally ignored by the government and mainstream press. The First Rolling Thunder Demonstration The Founders of Rolling Thunder were ordinary men who understood that they had a right to have their voices heard and proceeded to lay down the plans for a gathering in Washington, D.C. during the 1988 Memorial Day weekend. They reached out to their families, fellow veterans and veteran’s advocates to unify and form a march and demonstration in the nations Capitol. Their arrival would be announced by the roar of their motorcycles, a sound not unlike the 1965 bombing campaign against North Vietnam dubbed Operation Rolling Thunder. Hence, they would call themselves “Rolling Thunder” a title that would endure time and be trademarked in 1990. Word spread quickly and by Memorial Day weekend in 1988, approximately 2,500 motorcycles from all over the country converged on Washington, D.C. to demand from our leaders a full accounting of all POW/MIA’s. As the Founders of Rolling Thunder made their stand that day in front of the Capitol, they reﬂected thankfully for the people who came in support of the POWs and MIAs, and for the unity that was felt. This was Rolling Thunder’s ﬁrst demonstration. Only until ALL POW/MIAs ARE ACCOUNTED FOR, it will not be their last. On that day, the foundation was laid for the annual “Ride for Freedom” to the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall (also referred to as the “Ride to the Wall”). The number of participants/spectators in the Memorial Day weekend Ride for Freedom has grown from 2,500 to an estimated 900,000 Veteran & Community Service • In 2007, Rolling Thunder® Charities, Inc. was established as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt, non-proﬁt
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organization which enables individuals and corporations to receive a tax deduction for funds donated to Rolling Thunder Charities. These funds are used for veterans, active military and their families in need of help. No ofﬁcers of Rolling Thunder Charities, Inc. receive compensation; we all donate our time. • Rolling Thunder, Inc. spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in ﬁnancial aid, food, clothing and other essentials to veterans, homeless veterans and veterans’ families in need, women’s crisis centers and toys for children. • In 2005, Rolling Thunder, Inc. united with the National Alliance of POW/MIA Families to petition the U.S. Government to use the designation “Prisoner of War/Missing in Action” (POW/MIA) – a designation recognized by the Geneva Conventions - not “Missing/Captured”. This will ensure that prisoners’ rights and protections remain consistent under the Geneva Conventions. • Expenditures exceed over half a million dollars a year, nationwide, to educate the public and increase awareness about the POW/MIA issue and other injustices suffered by veterans. The organization regularly donates POW/MIA ﬂags to local area schools, youth groups, non-proﬁt organizations and special interest groups, and organizes ﬂag raising ceremonies. Veterans speak to youth groups about the honor of serving their country and educating them about the POW/MIA issue. • Rolling Thunder, Inc. sponsors search missions into Southeast Asia for POWs/MIAs and the remains of those killed in action. • Thousands of hours are logged in by Rolling Thunder, Inc. members at local VA hospitals nationwide. Members visit and provide moral support to nursing home veterans and patients suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). • Rolling Thunder, Inc. helped facilitate the publishing of a POW/MIA U.S. postage stamp through the U.S. Postal Service that displayed dog tags with the declaration - “POW & MIA - NEVER FORGOTTEN.” • Rolling Thunder, Inc. National is on the Board of Directors of the Ride to the Wall Foundation, a veterans’ fund established through the sales of the musical CD, “Ride to the Wall” produced for Rolling Thunder XIV by Paul Revere & the Raiders in cooperation with Rolling Thunder, Inc. • Rolling Thunder, Inc. participated in the dedication of the World War II Memorial in 2004 and assisted with organizing the World War II parade that took place on that historic date. Legislation Rolling Thunder®, Inc. has advocated and/or coauthored legislation to improve the POW/MIA issue, veterans’ beneﬁts, concerns and interests as follows: • House Resolution 111 Since 2007 we continue to lobby Congress to
establish a Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs. The Committee would conduct a full investigation of all unresolved matters relating to any United States POWs/MIAs unaccounted for from the Iraqi War, Afghanistan, Gulf War, Vietnam War, the Korean War, Cold War and WWII. • Encourage the designation of “Hire a Veteran Week” (H.Con.Res. 125) (Bill Summary) Rolling Thunder, Inc. expressed support for the designation and goals of “Hire a Veteran Week” and encouraged the President to issue a proclamation supporting these goals. Passed the House under suspension of the rules by unanimous voice vote on July 24, 2006. On July 25, 2006 the bill was received by the Senate and the Senate concurred. • Respect for Fallen Heroes Act of 2006 (H.R. 5037) (Bill Summary) Legislation to prohibit certain demonstrations at cemeteries under the control of the National Cemetery Administration at Arlington National Cemetery and for other purposes. On May 24, 2006 it passed the Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. The House agreed to suspend the rules and agreed to the Senate amendment by voice vote on that same day. On May 29, 2006 the bill was signed by the President. Public Law 109-228 • Veterans’ Housing Opportunity & Beneﬁts Improvement Act of 2006 (S.1235) (Bill Summary) Legislation to amend Title 38, United Stated Code, to provide adaptive housing assistance to disabled veterans residing temporarily in housing owned by the family member and to make direct housing loans to Native American veterans; make modiﬁcations to the Advisory Committee on Veterans Employment and Training within the Department of Labor; provide Life and Health Insurance coverage to certain veterans and their family members; and for other purposes. • Veterans Beneﬁts, Health Care and Information Technology Act of 2006 H.R. 1070 (Bill Summary) Sec. 502 Department of Veterans Affairs goals for participation by small businesses owned and controlled by Veterans in procurement contracts. Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members of the House should actively engage with employers and the American public, to encourage the hiring of members and former members of the Armed Forces who were wounded in service and facing transition to civilian life. S.3421-PUBLIC LAW 109-461 • Veteran-Owned Small Business Promotion Act of 2005 (H.R. 3082) (Bill Summary) Legislation to amend Title 38, United States Code, to require that nine percent of procurement contracts entered into by the Department of Veterans Affairs be awarded to small business concerns owned by veterans, and for other purposes. Passed House on July 24, 2006 by unanimous voice. • Persian Gulf War POW/MIA Accountability Act of 2002 (S.1339) First introduced by Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colorado) in August 2, 2001, the legislation amends the Bring Them Home Alive Act of 2000 which was signed into law in November of 2001. That law provides for the granting of refugee status in the United States to nationals of certain foreign countries in which American Vietnam POW/MIAs or American Korean War POW/MIAs may be present, if those nationals assist in returning POW/MIAs alive. The new law extends the granting of refugee status in the United States to nationals of Iraq or the greater Middle East region. It provides for the International Broadcasting Bureau, which includes the Voice of America, to broadcast information about the law in the Middle East. The necessity of this legislation is demonstrated by the case of Jessica Lynch and six other POWs returned alive. SSgt. Matt Maupin (Army) captured 4/9/04, remains found, identiﬁed and returned 3/30/08, as well as Pfc. Byron W. Fouty (Army) and Sgt. Alex R. Jimenez (Army), both captured 5/12/07 remains found, identiﬁed and returned 07/10/08. • The POW/MIA Memorial Flag Act of 2001 (S-1226) This bill was signed into legislation by President George W. Bush in part due to Rolling Thunder’s lobbying efforts. The main force behind this bill was Senator Campbell and Congressman Dan Burton. Rolling Thunder, Inc. was highly instrumental in passing legislation to ensure that the POW/MIA ﬂag will ﬂy
below the American Flag any day the American ﬂag is ﬂown in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Korean Memorial and the WWII Memorial. • Displaying of the POW/MIA Flag over Federal Buildings and Military Facilities Rolling Thunder, Inc. was highly instrumental in passing legislation requiring that Federal buildings, all Post Ofﬁces, the Vietnam and Korean Memorials in Washington, D.C. and military facilities ﬂy the POW/MIA ﬂag on all six National holidays. • Bring Them Home Alive Act of 2000 Senator Campbell sponsored and co-authored with Rolling Thunder, Inc. the Bring Them Home Alive Act of 2000. The Act provides for the granting of refugee status in the United States to nationals of certain foreign countries in which American Vietnam War POW/MIAs or American Korean War POWs/MIAs may be present, if those nationals assist in returning POWs/MIAs alive. • Missing Service Personnel Act of 1997 Since the mid-1980’s, Rolling Thunder, Inc. has worked tirelessly on this bill that would guarantee missing servicemen or women could not be arbitrarily “killed on paper” by the U.S. government without credible proof of death. The bill was originally sponsored by Senator Campbell in 1993. Rolling Thunder’s efforts helped facilitate passing of a majority of the resolutions, and efforts continue to restore the law as it was originally written. Mission Statement The major function of Rolling Thunder®, Inc. is to publicize POW-MIA issues: To educate the public that many American Prisoners of War were left behind after all previous wars and to help correct the past and to protect future Veterans from being left behind should they become Prisoners of War-Missing In Action. We are also committed to helping American Veterans from all wars. Rolling Thunder, Inc. is a non-proﬁt organization and everyone donates his or her time because they believe in the POW/MIA Issues that we are working on. Courtesy of Rolling Thunder®, Inc.
On March 16th, Fast Lane Biker – New York, (Brian and Paula), visited the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum in Pickerington Ohio. We we’re excitedly received by Renee Bock the Museum’s Secretary and Lewis Orwig the Museum’s Clerk. Renee and Lewis are wonderful hosts of the Museum and gave us a great tour telling stories along the way. As you can see, we took some incredible photos of the Museum’s history. The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, created in 1982 as a non-profit foundation to recognize, record and preserve our motorcycling heritage, is home to an impressive collection of motorcycles and memorabilia. The Museum tells the exciting stories of motorcycling by creating rotating exhibitions covering a wide range of topics featuring many motorcycles borrowed from the foremost collectors in North America. The two-story, 26,000 square-foot facility that sits on a 23acre campus, houses three main galleries, showcasing machines of every description and age – from the board-trackers and streamliners of the sport’s early days, to competition Superbikes and motocrossers of the modern era. Spindly motorized bicycles from the turn of the century keep company with today’s championship-winning racers.
Renee shared with us how the different motorcycle companies put in different exhibits throughout the year, that’s why it’s a good idea to visit the Museum more than once, exhibits are always changing! Renee also guided us by the Museum’s Hall of Famer’s wall and the Donations wall. Both being of great importance, many of the inductees come and visit throughout the years. The wall of Donations is incredibly large and displays the hundreds of donations which are what makes the Museum possible for all of us to visit and enjoy. There are many exciting exhibits, an autographed Evil Knieval bike including several photos, a police bike from the movie “Terminator II” with Arnold Schwarzenegger and a dirt track exhibit. As you walk through the Museum there are many, many life-like figures all wearing riding gear which make it all come to life. The Museum also has a wonderful gift shop, which of course we visited. As Renee explained, the Museum itself hosts many functions and is used by many companies to host their own functions as well. A guiding principle of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is that motorcycling is more than the machines; most important to the stories we tell are the people. The best example of this is the Motorcycle Hall of Fame itself. The Museum offers excitement and education for everyone, with unique exhibits showcasing some of the most elegant and remarkable designs and technologies from motorcycling’s past and present. We recommend that everyone come visit the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and see why motorcycles have long been on the cutting edge of transportation and motorsports. By Paula Monroe
Name: Casey Waltz Age: 37 Occupation: Dispatch Clerk Where do you live: South Otselic, NY What do you ride: 2009 Sportster 1200L How long have you been riding: 2 years Who influenced you? Al Lidell... Those of you who know me. Self taught or classes? Classes Favorite ride route? I usually donâ€™t plan, I just ride! Country or city rider? Country Favorite spot to stop bar, grill or restaurant The Roadside Inn Favorite event you have attended: Daytona Bike Week Bug or windshield? Bugs Any other info or whatever else you want to add? I encourage everyone to ride... I lost my mother 2-1/2 years ago and I really needed somthing for me. The feeling you have riding is something only a rider can understand... Itâ€™s just you and the road.
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Name: Mike Smith Age: 47 Occupation: Self-Employed Where do you live: 2009 Harley FatBob What do you ride: Norwich, NY How long have you been riding: 20 years Who influenced you? Friends that also ride. Favorite ride route and why? Route 23 towards Hunter Mountain through the gorge. Country or city rider? Country Favorite event you have attended: Daytona Bike Week - Had a blast! Your dream bike would be: Street Glide Favorite spot to stop bar, grill or restaurant: Balsam Inn Words of wisdom for the new riders: Look out for 4 wheeled vehicles. Looking forward to what in 2012: Nice weather for riding and East Durham Bug or windshield? Bugs Any other info or whatever else you want to add? Enjoy the open road and be safe.
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UNDERSTANDING... RAKE AND TRAIL #3 OFFSET The centerline of the top steering neck to the centerline of the top the fork tubes.
Seeing how we are a full suspension shop as well as a full service shop, I decided to share a little of my knowledge on suspension with ya. I have been to school and spent lots on $$$$$ on learning what and how a suspension works. This tech tip will help you understand rake and trail on a bike. So the next time someone is talking about rake, you will have a good understanding on that subject. Hopefully?
#4 DIAMETER tire.
The diameter of the front
#5 TRAIL This the distance you get from the vertical line from the axle to the ground and the intersection of centerline of the steering neck and the ground.
Front suspension geometry on a bike is defined by six variables:
#6 Last but not least, your RAKED TRIPLE TREES In order to bring trail figures back into line, triple trees with raked steering stems can be used.These are adjustable in three,five and seven degrees of rake.
#1 RAKE The angle in degrees of the steering neck from vertical. #2 FORK LENGTH The distance between the top of the fork tubes to the center of the axle.
This diagram will show you where all this come in play on the bike.
Rake does affect the ride height and the handling on a bike. A long, stretched and raked chopper will like to go straight, but won’t always like to turn and maneuver like a fun superglide or sporty, which is a more upright sitting bike, not long and low. Well guy’s and gal’s, hope this helps ya have a little understanding the next time you hear the term “raked.” “DO IT WIDE OPEN” T.J.-owner of TNT PRO LLC.
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