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Contents May 2012 14

On the Cover 14

Featured Events Highlighting the Great Southern Rally and Pit Stop’s 15th Anniversary Bike Night

This Month 13

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Louisiana Legislative Report

Regular Features 6

Letter From the Publisher

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Louisiana Motorcycle News

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Mikey Likes It!: Port Side Restaurant

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The Way It Is: My Name is Cheech...

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Been There... Done That!

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Biker’s Grace Faith Page

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Geneva’s Game Page

Resources 19

Event Listing

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Louisiana Bike Nights

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Biker Friendly Listing Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs and Organizations

On the cover: This month’s Featured Events include The Great Southern Rally and Pit Stop’s 15th Anniversary Bike Night. Graphic design by Top of Mind Marketing, Shelly Horan.


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LEGISLATIVE COVERAGE Charlie Toth Executive State Board President ABATE of Louisiana, Inc statepresident@abateoflouisiana.org

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What did you think of the first All New THUNDER ROADS Louisiana? I am truly curious. So far, the majority of the direct feedback I’ve gotten has been positive. I personally was pleased with most of the first issue. Some things that seemed like a clever idea in concept and looked good on the computer screen did not seem so appealing once they were in print. The observant reader will notice there have been more design revisions in this May issue and honestly you can expect more changes with each new issue as they arrive. That is where your feedback becomes important to me as the Publisher. I need your reactions to gauge what I need to expand on, what information you want to find in each issue of THUNDER ROADS Louisiana. Go to our Facebook page [www.facebook.com/TRMLA] and leave you comments there. A reaction I have gotten is that some readers noticed that a couple of pieces of information are no longer available in the magazine. One is club meeting dates and locations. We have continued to provide a club listings directory page with contact information and as more club contact info is submitted or updated, it will be added to the listings. The riders looking for meeting information should be able to find it through the contracts the clubs provide. As the website that’s now under redesign becomes fully functional it will contain more detailed information and will allow for clubs to edit their listing to include their meeting information. The other bit of missing info that I’ve gotten comments on was that there needed to be a guide as to what locations had the magazine available. In part the Biker Friendly Listings should be a general guide to THUNDER ROADS Louisiana’s distribution and availability. The staff is working to get the magazine out to all those locations. Again I really appreciate any suggestions for new distribution points or requests to get the magazine out to your business. Keep those suggestions coming and look for a complete list of where you can pick up the May issue to be one of the new web sites resources you can use. Among the changes you’ll see in the May issue of THUNDER ROADS Louisiana are two new columns. “Mikey Likes It”, our somewhat anonymous restaurant and ride reviewer, is featured with his suggestion for some excellent Southern Louisiana-style fried seafood to enjoy in this issue. My friend Mike is heading out on his favorite back roads each month to bring us more reasons to get out to ride to new destinations with his monthly contributions. The other new regular feature that premieres this month is Cheech Medert’s “ The Way It Is”. This month Cheech introduces himself and over the next few months he’s going to look into why road conditions are so poor here and other issues that Louisiana’s riders face. The other new item is something I feel is an important addition to the May issue is the return of the ABATE of Louisiana Legislative Report. In this month’s report ABATE President, Charlie Toth looks at the bills currently active in our state legislature that will impact motorcycle operators in Louisiana. He has provided an easy to track grid, so the THUNDER ROADS Louisiana can be well inform about your representatives actions. Each month ABATE will keep us updated on the political and legislature issues you need to be aware of. When I read the first submission I was surprised to learn that a handlebar height requirement law was pending. With the recent trend to apes and mini-apes and lower seats, I imagine many bikes out there are not in compliance with the current 15-inch standard. THUNDER ROADS Louisiana is not though changing yet. Next month we’ll add a locally written humor column, the Louisiana Motorcycle News section expands to 4 pages and the new web site, version 1, will be available. I hope you’ll like what we have coming Reyn Mansson Publisher Thunder Roads Louisiana www.facebook.com/trmla

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Louisiana Motorcycle News “Come for the Party, Stay for the Races” Triumph Big Kahuna AMA Pro Roadracing holds New Orleans Press Conference.

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ameron Gray, M1 PowerSports CEO, summed up the sprit of event he’s bringing to New Orleans with, “Come for the Party, Stay for the Races” at the first official press demonstration held at NOLA Motorsports Park Friday, April 13th. Latus Motors Racing Triumph rider and 2011 DAYTONA® 200 winner Jason DiSalvo then laid down a few exhibition laps on the 2.75-mile road course for the local news media. AMA Pro Racing, M1 PowerSports and track officials as well as representatives from The Transportation Revolution New Orleans were on-hand to promote the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans scheduled for October 5-7.  “The track is really fast and flowing,” DiSalvo said. “It LA Rider TV’s host T.W. Robinson interviews Zack Materne at TTRNO’s party for reminds me of the M1 and Jason at their New Orleans store. some of the European layouts. You can tell that the same people that had involvement in the planning and engineering at Miller Motorsports Park have influenced this track because there are a lot of similarities between the two, but at the same time it has a really good blend of fast, flowing high-speed sections and stop-and-go tighter turns that will create great racing when we come race here in October.”  The new NOLA Motorsports Park features a 23 acre main paddock, world-class karting track and excellent spectator viewing, is undergoing construction on the final parts of the initial development phase with a Jason DiSavlo gets ready to head out on the new track for the first time. grand opening planned for June. DiSalvo enjoyed his eight laps on the Alan Wilson-designed road course and thinks the track’s final turns will make for exciting racing. “The atmosphere down here is crazy,” DiSalvo said. “This is my first time in New Orleans and I’ve only been here a day and a half, but I love it. The city is full of great people and great food. I was able to experience the French Quarter for the first time, and I’m really excited to get back here for some more of the Louisiana vibe. If we can translate that party atmosphere to the racetrack, it’ll make for a really great event.” Local motorcycle dealer The Transportation Revolution New Orleans (TTRNO) provided the stock Triumph Daytona 675R for DiSalvo’s on-track exhibition and hosted a consumer promotional event Friday evening at their store in downtown New Orleans. M1 CEO Cameron Gray addresses the press, while Jason DiSavlo looks on. Also pictured from right to left Zack Materne & Max Materne from TTRNO, Mitch Wright, NOLA Motorsports Park G.M. and AMA Pro Racing Communications Director Gene Crouch. Page 8

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A Big Screen TV on the streets of New Orleans’ business district announces TTRNO’s customer party to announce their sponsorship of the upcoming races.

For tickets and information about the Big Kahuna New Orleans, scheduled for October 5-7, 2012 visit www.M1PowerSports.com/big-kahuna-new-orleans/.

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Biz News

Thunder in Thibodaux

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he Street Survivors held their 2nd Annual T.N.T. Motorcycle Rally, March 29th thru April 1st at the Armadillo Club in Thibodaux. The weekend was filled with plenty of activities to keep the rally-goers busy and entertained. A 20-stop motorcycle chip ride began at the kick-off party and ended at noon on Sunday. Throughout the 4-day event there were vendors offering a great variety of products, a custom bike show, and bike games offering both skills demonstrations and some comical entertainment. Live music performances were spread out over the weekend and included many local bands; One Night Only Band Simple Country, Swing Arm, Ruffin Ready Band, Voodoo Bayou Band, Heather & Relic, Les Deadlines and Boo & the Gang. The Half and Half tickets sold quickly thanks to the efforts of local Hooters Girls. A Blessing of the Bikes was held on Saturday and TRMLA’s own Pastor Woody provided the rally’s Sunday Services. Carl & Trudy Folse put their “Road Kill” skills to the test during the bike games.

The Street Survivors and their President Mike Boudreaux provided a great family-friendly event with potential for future growth. Proceeds from the weekend rally will be donated to local charities and local families with medical needs.

Polished and ready, pride and joys await judging for the bike show.

Jamie James Joins LA Rider TV

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ormer AMA Superbike Champion Jamie James joins the cast of LA Rider TV. Jamie, a Louisiana native, will be offering riding tips for the street bike rider in new featured segment to premiere later this year. Jamie James’ career in motorcycle road racing included several championships: 1989 AMA SuperBike, 1989 AMA Superstock, 1994 AMA SuperSport and 1990 Battle of the Twins Grand Prix. Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

Big Easy Scooters Adds Aprilia Big Easy Scooters is adding the Aprilia Motorcycle line in New Orleans. Big Easy Scooters currently sells Aprilia, Genuine, Kymco, Lance, Peirspeed, & Automoto Scooters. They also rent scooters, a great way to see New Orleans. They can be found at www. bigeasyscooters.com

Aprilia RSV4 1000 Superbike, ridden to the 2010 WSBK championship by Max Biaggi.

The NEW BMW of Baton Rouge Last year new owners purchased the former Hebert Cycle and renamed it BMW of Baton Rouge. Very soon the dealership will be moving to a new location in the former Moto Rouge building at 10545 Airline Highway in Baton Rouge. At the new larger facility they will have BMW, Moto Guzzi, & Aprilia motorcycles and the Piaggio and Vespa scooters. For more info check their Facebook page: www.facebook. com/pages/BMW-MOTORCYCLES-OF-BATON-ROUGE

Transportation Revolution Represents NOLA at White House This April New Orleans Triumph, Ducati & Vespa dealers Gayle, Zach, and Max Materne joined other Crescent City business leaders at the White House where they met with members of the Obama Administration White House Business Council to discuss job creation and economic growth. Business Forward, an organization bringing together business leaders from around the country, organized Transportation Revolution’s visit. www.ttrno.com

New Bike Night in NOLA Dmac’s, a new bar, restaurant and live music venue kicks off their version of Bike Night on May 15th with it’s Two-Wheeled Tuesday Bike Nights. They’ll have live music, drink specials, some truly fine food and prize drawings. The fun starts at 6PM, Jeff Hicks and Detroit Muscle take the stage at about 6:30 and the party goes until after 10. There’s plenty of free parking and the new Dmac’s is located at 542 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway in New Orleans, just off Tulane Ave. April 2012 * Page 9


Port Side Restaurant

y friend Duane and I have been on many great rides over the years and food is a big part of every ride. We often joke about whether we’re riding to eat or eating to ride. On one ride on a beautiful Louisiana afternoon we were headed down River Road LA 48, west of New Orleans headed toward Destrahan. We had stopped for gas when Duane asked me if I ever had the best fried shrimp in the city. This made me think he had something up his sleeve. He asked if I have ever been to

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Port Side Restaurant. I responded “No,” he replied, “Let’s go!” I had ridden past the long, low building a many times but never stopped in. It’s hard to miss; it’s the only building on the levee side in St. Rose. After gassing up, Duane and I made a beeline for the restaurant and promptly sat down and ordered fried shrimp platters. He was right – it was indeed the best fried shrimp I had ever tasted. The plate came out with a large portion of piping hot crispy golden

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shrimp. The light batter coating reminds you of tempura shrimp. It’s served with their own homemade remoulade sauce. You have a choice of sides to go with the delicious shrimp, we had the fresh-made cole slaw and french fries. Potato salad and a green salad are also available. Another patron reminds me to mention that Port Side has some the best home made onion rings to be found in the area. The menu has all your favorite beverages including beer and wine. Since that first visit, I’ve been back many times and sampled other items on the menu. The fish, the oysters, and boiled seafood – all of it is excellent at reasonable prices. Po Boys and Muffalettas are also featured. Open for about 5 years, Port Side has a motorcyclist-friendly atmosphere, casual and laid back, there’s table or counter seating. Bikers will find plenty of paved parking right out front and a large lot to the side for autos. They’re open for lunch and dinner Monday thru Saturday and closed Sunday. So the next time you’re cruising down River Road, stop by the Port Side Restaurant located at 11698 River Road, St. Rose, LA 70087; 504-469-3111 for fantastic seafood, large portions and a friendly atmosphere. This one is a keeper.

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My Name Is Cheech... First off, let me just say “hi yall”, my name is Cheech In the next couple hundred words, and with many more I hope, I will try to explain things the way I see ‘em. I’m not a pro about this writing thing, so I’ll try to just be myself. I’ve never been one for good spelling, live with it. I sometimes see things a little different. But it all comes out the same. Some of the things I’ll be writing about are about roads, streets and other parts of life in Louisiana that I think just ain’t right. For those of you who know me and like me, “Right Back At Ya”. And for those of you who don’t, “Ditto”. Like I said, I will address some things we have to deal with daily like bum roads and unholy streets. And believe me, some will take you and your bike apart. But not right now, that’s for next month. Right now let me tell you it looks like we’re going to have a good riding year. After all, look at the winter we just had. Hell, I put about three thousand miles on both my bikes. And this pre-summer we’re havin’! Man, I feel for anybody whose putt is broke down. So fix it, man. Get out there and go riding! I’ve got a good feeling about this year. So like I was saying, anything I write about is something I’ve checked out myself. And talking about myself, if you’ve got something you want checked out besides my head, let me know and I’ll look into it for you. Well, that’s about it but one thing, I plan to have fun one way or the other. So that is the way it is. Ride same next time. Contact Cheech by email at thunderroadsla@gmail.com.

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Louisiana Legislative Report By: Charlie Toth, Executive State Board President, Louisiana ABATE

ABATE of Louisiana, Inc is following the bills affecting motorcyclists in Louisiana for this session. We will keep you informed as we receive update and/or information. HB 1: Allocates $135,999 to the Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, And Operator Training Course. We support this Bill SB 77: Provides that a person who successfully completes the Motorcycle, Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program is not required to take a written knowledge test to obtain an “M” endorsement on his driver’s license. We support this Bill SB 168: Increases penalties for those that violate our right of way and places these in ALL 14 Right Of Way Violation laws. We support this Bill SB 582: Changes max handlebar height from 15 inches from the bottom of the riders seat to shoulder height of the rider. We support this Bill HB 1053: Reinstates Towing of vehicles, INCLUDING MOTORCYCLES, for a first time offense of certain traffic laws. WE STRONGLY OPPOSE THIS BILL!

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MOTOR VEHICLES:Provides that a person who successfully ASSIGNED TO HOUSE completes the Motorcycle, Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training TRANSPORTATION, HIGHWAYS, Program is not required to take a written knowledge test to obtain an AND PUBLIC WORKS “M” endorsement on his driver’s license. (8/1/12)

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ASSIGNED TO SENATE TRANSPORTATION, HIGHWAYS, TRAFFIC:Provide other penalties for various traffic violations. (8/1/12) AND PUBLIC WORKS

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HB1053 GAROFALO Pending House Final Passage

APPROPRIATIONS:Provide for the ordinary operating expenses of state government for Fiscal Year 2012-2013

MOTOR VEHICLES:Provides relative to handlebars on motorcycles. (8/1/12)

MTR VEHICLE/TOWING: Repeals the prohibition on the impoundment of motor vehicles in certain circumstances

For the current status of legislation, go to http://www.abateoflouisiana.org/legislative.php . If you have questions regarding the legislative agenda, contact the ABATE Legislative Coordinators legislative@abateoflouisiana.org or the state president statepresident@abateoflouisiana.org . Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

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The Great Southern Rally Returns Big Changes in store for 2nd year event.

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irst year rallies bring many challenges even for the most experienced promoters. When former Harley dealer and Baton Rouge educator, David Clark, first got involved with what was to become the Great Southern Rally he thought it was an easy way to get back into the excitement of the motorcycle business he missed without all the commitments of owning another dealership,“ I was in for a whole that more than I had first been told”, he explained when we met at Baton Rouge’s new Twin Peaks Bar & Grill to discuss the 2012 rally. When Thunder Roads Louisiana asked why he gotten into the rally business, David responded, “ First I should tell you how I got involved

in the rally.” In 2009 and 2010 a group of rally promoters from Florida had joined together with some local connections to produce New Orleans Bike Week. Using New Orleans’ Riverfront and Casino area as a venue had presented some logistical difficulties and after the conclusion of the 2010 the event, the promoters went looking for a new home. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Ascension Parish fit what they were looking for.

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Great Southern Rally founder, David Clark, and his son, Aaron. But plans for another rally in Louisiana had event. stalled when one of the former event’s principals approached Clark as “I learned a lot last year,” David stated, “and I’ve used an investor, “It seemed easy. All the contracts what folks told me to make the changes we need to make for the facility were in place the research had a better event for everyone this year,” The schedule has been done. It was a way back into a business been arranged for a better event flow with less conflict of I missed since selling my dealership” David events occurring simultaneously. New events have been remembered. What looked easy at first, grew added and the site has moved to a more compact location. more complicated as the rally approached and While the Great Southern Rally returns to the same by May 2011, when the first Great Southern facility, its events will be in one condensed area, the 4-H Rally’s gates opened; it was David Clark’s Expo building and surrounding covered exhibits area. ThunderRoadsLouisiana.com


“Everything is undercover,“ Aaron Clark, emphasized,“ and everything in one area will mean a lot less walking this year.” Several new events highlight the 2012 GSR. Many of last year’s rallygoers let David and Aaron know that they wanted a Poker Run and this year on Saturday morning the Great Southern Rally’s First Poker Run starts at 9AM. An enterprising and organized rider could enter the Poker Run and make it back in time Chrome Keeper Rat Rod Cllub burnout demonstrations. for the afternoon Biker Games at 1:30PM. Biker Games this year will be moved to a paved surface also at the request of last years participants.

Returning this year is the “Krome-A-Zone” Car and Bike Show on Saturday. Motorcycle skills exhibitions from Freestyle Street Bike Stunter, Josh Borne and Trials Rider Adam Holbrook will perform

Josh Borne, of of the XDL series top competitor, will perform Friday and Saturday this year. Known best for his high energy riding, drifting, precision stoppies and technical riding ability, he has been featured on Discovery Channel, Versus TV, Speed TV and ESPN.

David has been successfully touring on his own for nearly ten years now, he and his team have decided to keep things in house and release his new album through the newly formed DSR Entertainment. This way, David can continue to perform his own brand of country with no one trying to categorize his music or put him in a box. “In this day and age, I don’t feel like I need to go through the normal record label channels,” David explains. “I am happy with the David performs Saturday evening at the Great Southern Rally. freedom I have to make my frequently both Friday and music, and I don’t think the public cares about what Saturday. New both days are burn record label you’re on. They care about great songs out demonstrations from LaRose and a great show, and that’s what we deliver. Louisiana’s Chrome Kreeper Rat Rod Club.

This year there’s a diverse selection of musical acts on the Great Southern Rally stage. On Friday, it’s Rock The House Night with Scotty Drake’s local band Geared Up opening for The BonJourneys. Saturday is Country Music Day with performances from 90 Degrees West, the Swamp Pop of The Bac Trac Band and Nashville recording artist David St. Romain. Support for this year’s event comes from G. Smith Motorsports and Bourget’s Bike Works, Baton Rouge Harley-Davidson and Friendly Yamaha. Miller Lite, Coors Light, Coke and Monster Energy are also sponsors. The rally’s 2012 media partners include WAFB-9 TV, Eagle 98.1 Classic Rock and 100.1 The Tiger New Country radio and THUNDER ROADS Louisiana magazine. David Clark has big plans for the Great Southern Rally. He discussed plans to add racing in the future. When I asked David what his long-term goal was, he said “I want a rally that a dad could bring his son to and then ten or twenty years later the son brings his kids back.” That is a long-term rally plan. Pre-event ticket sales available online along with more rally information at www.greatsouthernrally.com.

The BonJourneys, from the New Orleans area, are America’s top Journey / Bon Jovi Tribute band. The band is composed of talent from many wellknown rock acts. Terry Brock, lead vocalist was with Kansas, Giant, and LeRoux. Rob Hovey the drummer formerly played with The Turtles and Foghat, Jason Kelleron, bass, previously toured with David Allen Coe. Richard Kendrick, on vocals and guitar, is a Baton Rouge native who played with Near Life Experience. Chaz Butler on keyboards completes the 6 man crew. Expect a high energy show with spectacular special lighting effects.

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A surprise recent addition is the SWAP MEET open to shops and individuals alike. “I’ve got just one rule,” Ed “Cowboy” Lewis, one of the events planners, admonished, “Used items only, no new stuff!” The swap meet offers unlimited space this year for just a $15 registration fee. “If you need one table or six, it’s all the same price,” Ed reported.

The music of David St. Romain defies easy categorization, and in many ways, so does the man himself. Hailing Alexandria, David has steadily built his reputation as an entertainer, playing highenergy, musically diverse shows driven by what may be his biggest asset -- that powerful, soul-drenched voice. America got a taste of David’s promising talents when he made the finals of Nashville Star in 2007. Now David is delivering on that promise, releasing brand-new music showcasing what his followers across the country have been raving about for years. “I never really wanted to do anything else besides singing and entertaining as a career path. When I did my first talent show in 6th grade, that’s when I learned that you can get girls while singing onstage,” David says with a laugh. “But seriously, I just knew from a very young age that I wanted to perform, and I think that’s a huge blessing. It allowed me to block everything else out and just focus on my music.”


MCGuire’s Pit Stop Celebrates 15 years of Bike Nights! Bike Night Birthday Party for Wednesday May 9th. Popular Bike Nights come and go. A few might last five years, very few make it a decade. This May Louisiana’s oldest continuously operating Bike Night celebrates its 15th year anniversary as the favorite Wednesday night destination for New Orleans’ area motorcycle owner and fans. May 9th say Happy Birthday to McGuire’s Pit Stop at their big celebration of this rare achicement.

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Wednesday was not Jeff McGuire’s first choice for his Bike Nights. “I tried every other day but Wednesday” Jeff said in relating the story behind the Pit Stop Bike Night. “There was already a few bikers going to the River Shack on Wednesday, so I didn’t want to mess with their business”. But no matter what he tried, other nights just were not successful. The former Silver Spur, a cowboy bar for 30 years, had been purchased the year before by McGuire and completely remodeled into a motorsports themed bar that he named McGuire’s Pit Stop. Jeff was a motorcycle rider himself and an avid NASCAR fan; he had translated his enthusiasm for racing and bikes into the area’s only bar for racing fans to gather. In May of 1997 the event coordinator for Multiple Sclerosis Society’s annual motorcycle fundraiser approached Jeff to hold a sign-up night for the Memorial Weekend event. It was sort of a last minute offer, as Jeff was her second choice. She’d already been to The River Shack, the current regular Wednesday night bike hangout, and they had turned it down. Jeff was delighted to help the MS Society and quickly offered to host the registration event. The morning before the registration Jeff McGuire appeared on Walton & Johnson morning radio show and with that exposure over 150 locl motorcycles came to Jefferson and found themselves a new home. With it’s large paved parking lot and motorcycle-riding owner, The Pit Stop was the perfect destination for the original New Orleans-area Bike Night to find it’s third location. Those first one hundred and fifty riders spread the word and the next Wednesday in May 1997, the oldest and largest Bike Night is Louisiana was born. Every Wednesday for the last fifteen years has been Bike Night at McGuire’s Pit Stop in Jefferson Louisiana. In the last decade and a half locals and tourists have stopped by to check out the bikes, have some refreshments and see what specials the vendors have brought out for the evening. Peter Fonda of Easy Rider fame came one evening. A police escort, lights flashing and sirens blaring The New Steve Williams design T-shirt . announced his arrival and brought out the Times-Picayune reporter Chris Rose whose feature story appeared the following day and brought new fame to the Pit Stop. Indian Larry, Ivy Trosclair, many members of the local dragging racing Tonglet family and Uncle Jerry are among the famous motorcycle enthusiasts who’ve dropped in on a Wednesday evening. McGuire’s Pit Stop Bike Nights quickly became the most popular bike night destination for all riders on all brands and types of two-wheeled vehicles in the area. Most Wednesday nights riders will find several vendors on hand to serve their Bike Night needs. Jandy Imports from Slidell has been coming for many years; bringing their inventory across the lake and setting up a mini store with plenty of great bargains. Bikers don’t go hungry at The Pit Stop either. Miss Carolyn’s Catering has been taking good care of their appetites since shortly after Bike Nights began and has been there for about 12 years. Recently The Pit Stop hosted 150 scooters for the Big Easy Weekender Rally and has been host many benefit rides and poker runs. To celebrate fifteen years of Bike Nights, the Pit Stop is holding a Bike Night Birthday Party for Wednesday May 9th. Pig Pen and The Pork Chops, a band that has been Evey kind of bike is welcome at McGuire’s Pit Stop. playing gigs at the bar for almost in entire 15 years, will be proving entertainment, there will be food and beverage specials and the Pit Stop’s signature free prize drawing will have over $1000 worth of items to win. The fun starts at 6 PM. Some of the evening’s sponsors will include New Orleans Harley-Davidson, The Great Southern Rally, M1 Powersports Bike Kahuna AMA Pro Racing, and THUNDER ROADS Louisiana. Fifteen years of success with the Pit Stop is also being marked by the expansion to two new McGuire’s Pit Stops. The new McGuire’s Pit Stop West at 520 Destrahan Ave in Harvey opened in April and has a Thursday Night Bike Night already started. A third location is coming soon to New Orleans’ Central Business District and plans to host a bike night for European motorcycle and scooters McGuire’s Pit Stop is a New Orleans original. Every Louisiana rider or visitor should to try to visit the 4117 Jefferson Highway location on a Wednesday for a taste of their unique Cajun style Bike Night. Learn more at www.mcguirespitstop.com.

Ivy Trosclair and his famous Golddigger creation. Ariel shot of bike Night March 7, 2012.

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erry and Becky Simmons are hosting the 8th Annual Maydaze Crawfish Boil and Freedom Ride, Saturday, May 19 at 608 Hwy 577 in Crowville, LA. The event is the largest Patriot Guard Riders Benefit in Louisiana and will raise funds for the Mike Bares Memorial Scholarship to benefit the PGR Fallen Warrior Scholarship Fund. Through the Mike Bares Memorial Scholarship, all funds raised are earmarked for family members of Fallen Warriors that live in the Dixie Region first, then other states if no scholarships are awarded to any Dixie Region Fallen Warrior family members.

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ast year Maydaze presented a check for $8,000 that helped provide FOUR $2,000 scholarships to Fallen Warrior family members! This year will also have a special memorial mission to Davis Park in Winnsboro, LA in honor of Armed Forces day. If you haven’t made it to Maydaze yet, you need to plan for it this year. Limited camper space available (no power hookups), tents welcome. For more information on camper/tent space, please contact Terry or Becky Simmons at 318-282-2110.

Louisiana PGR members from Maydaze 2011.

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pril showers bring May flowers. Anyone know what May flowers bring? Well, if you said pilgrims, technically you are correct. But, in Mississippi they seem to bring bike events. I think most riders have heard of Rumble on the Gulf at the Silver Slipper on Thursday nights, the Gulfport Memorial Day Blowout with the drag races, Sandy Hook Biker Party and maybe even the Seebee Day bike show on the base. These are all May events. Added to them this year will be Tiki Weekend at Hula’s in Diamondhead with a Cruz In on Saturday and Sunday for bikes, boats and cars. The Bikes and Babes Show featuring a bikini contest, bike show and bands at the Broke Spoke in Kiln, Ms. Also added this year will be the third annual BON Party USA. There are over twenty locations participating in this event. On our Mississippi Gulf Coast in Kiln, Ms., the Southern Style Bike Bash 4 day party for the BON Party will be held staging at Magnolia Shopping Center at 16160 Hwy 603 (exit 13 off I-10 and North 3.5 miles). There will be a kickoff party on Thursday at Rumble on the Gulf. A ride, meet and greet and band at Red’s Pub on Friday. Free breakfast, poker run, rides, fashion show, bikini contest, chest contest and more at M&F’s Cycle Apparel and band afterwards at Red’s Pub on Saturday. Finally, free breakfast and a ride to Huggie Bears Den for a band and free BBQ on Sunday. This party is free to attend and all sponsoring locations have agreed to $2 longnecks. For more info go Texas Flatte Parade in Kiln, Ms. to www.Ronzrides.us and click on event info for May 31st.

BON Party USA 2011 in Biloxi, Ms.

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eabee Day 2012 is a celebration of the U.S. Navy Seabee, highlighting the mission and accomplishments of the men and women of the Naval Construction Force and the presence of the Navy on the Gulf Coast for more than 70 years. The day will feature demonstrations of Seabee construction skills, static displays of construction equipment, weapons and field camp construction, hands-on demonstrations and displays. The event includes a 5K run, a car, truck and motorcycle show, games, food, free carnival rides, and lots of activities for kids. The celebration includes a variety of musical entertainment with performances from Jennifer Donovan, 90 Degrees West, and Dirty Play. This community event is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is invited on board for a first-hand look at the Navy’s construction engineers and many other military unit displays. Enter the base via the Pass Road Gate or Broad Ave. Gate and follow the signs to free parking, Gates open a 9am. Naval Construction Battalion Center, 4902 Marvin Shields Blvd, Gulfport. For more details contact: Rob Mims - 228871-2699 SECURITY NOTE: NCBC Gulfport has heightened security measures in place. All vehicles and personnel entering the base are subject to search. Proper identification must be presented upon entry. Prohibited items include but are not limited to: coolers, backpacks, skateboards, bicycles, glass containers, pets, alcohol and weapons. The cooperation and patience of guests is greatly. 90 Degrees West will perform at SEABEE Day 2012

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Children visit a static display of an M-134D Gatling Gun during Seabee Day at Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, MS.

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Slidell, LA Mike Bruno’s North Shore Harley Cinco de Mayo Celebration 791 W I 10 Service Rd Slidell, LA Noon to 11PM, 4 Bands, Food from Carreta’s Mexican Restaurant. www.northshoreharley.com/

New Orleans, LA PIT STOP 15th Anniversary Bike Night Party McGuire’s Pit Stop 4117 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson Celebrate the longest running bike night in Louisiana with Pig Pen and the Pork Chops, Prize Drawing and more

Metairie, LA M.A.C. Benefit Fish Fry New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6017 Airline Drive Metairie, LA Motorcycle Awareness Day featuring a Fish Fry with donations going towards MAC Diamondhead, MS Red Knights Motorcycle Club Mississippi Chapter V Poker Run. Benefits Operation Awakening in support of the Semper Fi Fund http://semperfifund.org/ . Starts at M&F Cycle & Appeal, Kiln, MS Pancake Breakfast at 8AM, Free for participants, $5 non-participants. First Bike Out at 10AM. Final stop is Red’s Pub, Kiln, MS Last Bike In at 4PM Cost: $15 Riders/$10 Riders. Prizes for best and worst pokerhands, door prize drawings and a raffle. For more information: Jason Gallo recondoc1@yahoo.com Metairie, LA Bike Night, The Sequel New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6017 Airline Drive Metairie, LA Live Music, Free Beer, Ride in Bike Show and $1000 in prize drawings Belle Chasse, LA NAS JRB New Orleans Motorcycle Rodeo DOD/Military Motorcycle riders are invited to a demonstration of riding skills. 9AM to 1PM Flightline side of Bldg 414 For more info call 504-678-9840, must have military ID to participate

Houma, LA St. Jude Car & Bike Wash   Cycle World of Houma 5509 West Park Ave. 9AM – 4PM Sponsored by: SouthSide Maniacs For more information: 985-876-6104

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Kenner, LA Keven “Kickstart” Watkins Benefit Poker Run Shovelheads Saloon 152 Airline Highway, Kenner Poker Run Registration, 9am. First bike out at 10am. $15/ rider $10/ passenger. First prize 250. Bands, door prizes, 50/50, plate lunches. Call 504-468-6556 for info

Mansfield, LA Relay for Life Ride Benefits The American Cancer Society Registration opens at 10AM, Mansfield Middle School, HWY 84, Mansfield, LA. 1st Bike out at 10:30. $15 per rider. Call 318-475-9029 for more info.

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Metairie, LA Dealership Ride to Zam’s New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6017 Airline Drive Metairie, LA Kickstands up at Noon. www.neworleansh-d.com

Arcadia, LA Confederates MC Annual Spring Blowout Sponsored by Confederates MC Bonnie & Clyde Park in Arcadia. Gates open at 12:00 pm on Friday. $20.00 per person admission. 21 and over event For more information go to http://www.confederatesmc.com

Metairie, LA Cinco de Mayo Party Ricky Dean’s Bar & Grill 4617 Sanford St. Metairie 504-780-1700 Karaoke Contest. Prizes Awarded

Gonzales, LA The 2nd Annual GREAT SOUTHERN RALLY Lamar Dixon Expo Center, in Gonzales, Louisiana See our Featured Events section for more info

Slidell, LA Cinco de Mayo Party Indian Hills Nudist Park 2484 Gause Blvd West Slidell, LA www.indianhillspark.com

WORLDWIDE 6th International Female Motorcycle Ride Day

Luckenbach, TX Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally www.hillcountryrun.com Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas

Belle Rose, LA MOTORCYCLE PANDEMONIUM Drag Racing No Problem Raceway Lil CHRIS Productions

Kiln, MS Bikes and Babes Show Broke Spoke 6358 Kiln- Picayune Rd. Self contained camping available after 1pm on Friday. Bands, Bikini Contest & Bike Show with awards. $10 a person at gate - no ice chests. For more information: 228-493-2001.

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Epps, LA 4th Annual Cruisin’ the Delta for St Jude 100-mile ride starting and ending at Leather & Grace, 915 Hwy 17 South, Epps, LA Sponsored by: Crockett Point Baptist Church $30 rider, $10 passenger For more information: (318) 235-3644

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Prairieville, LA Friendly Yamaha Watercraft Demo Day Come down to Fred’s and Ride ALL of Yamaha’s latest and Greatest Ski’s. Food, Drink and Fun for All Fred’s On The River 18158 Rushing Rd, Prairieville Calll (888) 908-9737 for more info

Gilliam, LA Louisiana Grudge Fest 2 Motorcycle Shootout Thunder Road Raceway Park 5700 Thunder Road Gilliam, LA www.thunderroadracewaypark.com Avondale, LA Track Tactics Track Day NOLA Motorsports Park

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Covingto/ Robert., LA A.B.A.T.E ‘s 8th Annual Ride For Your Rights Register at Daiquiri Depot(Ya Ya’s) Hwy 190 & 25 Covington, LA First Bike Out at 10:30am Rally Site - Spikes Snake Pit 24390 Hwy 190 Robert, LA

Alexandria, LA Louisiana Ride for Kids Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Registration opens at 8a.m. and closes at 9:45a.m. The escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. Rapides Parish Coliseum Annex 5600 Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria For more info call: 800-253-6530

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Morgan City, LA 10th ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY FREEDOM RIDE Registration begins at 8AM at American Legion Post 96. Honors the fallen veterans of ST. Mary Parish. Hosted By AMERICAN LEGION RIDERS POST 242. In memory of Rowe Rosson, one of the event’s founders, proceeds benefit Wounded Warrior Project. $20rider/$10 passenger, All bikes welcome, door prizes, 50/50 drawing. Plate lunches at last stop included in entry For more information: 985-397-6698

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Gonzales, LA Nubian Kruzers 5th Annual State Rally. Lamar-Dixon Center Motorcycle Show, Live Bands & DJ, NKU Swim Contest, HD Fashion Show, Games For Kids, Indoor A/C Arena, Vendor Food Court Gates open 6PM Friday, June 1, Admission $10 Per Day, Kids 12 Under FREE For More Information 225-571-6129 * 225-603-1117

Baton Rouge, LA Uplifting the Coast Festival Keep Grand Isle Grand! BATON ROUGE FAIRGROUNDS 16072 Airline Hwy Live Music, Great Louisiana Seafood, Arts & Crafts, Car Show, Amusement Rides & Games. Admission: $5 Avondale, LA NESBA Track Day NOLA Motorsports Park EVERYWHERE Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate: * The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians. * That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life. * That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion. * That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation. * That motorcycling is a social good www.ridetowork.org Leesville, LA Ride for the Heroes Poker Run American Legion Post #145 304 East North Street, Leesville Scenic 122-mile poker run, bike show, games, bike wash, live music, auctions and much more! $20 solo/ $30 Rider & Passenger Contact for more information: 318-308-6625 www.brotherskeepersmc.com Avondale, LA WERA Michelin National Challenge Series NOLA Motorsports Park

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Shreveport, LA Soul Hawks MC Rally The Leather Shack 5544 Greenwood Rd. Shreveport, LA 71109 Trophy Awards, Music, Long Distance Rider Prize, Nasty Girl Contest. For more information contact: (318) 286-8545

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Kiln, MS SOUTHERN STYLE BIKE BASH Gulf Coast location for BON Party USA 2012, a national party with over 20 locations participating. The main staging area will be at the Magnolia Shopping Center at 16160 Hwy 603 in Kiln, Ms.(exit 13 off I-10 and North 3.5 miles).This is a FREE party. There will be choices of rides, vendors, a fashion show, contests, bikini bike wash, bands, $2 longnecks, great food, prizes, plenty of giveaways and more. For more information; Ron at 228-3244335

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Gulfport, MS 29th Annual Gulfport Memorial Day Blowout Gulfport Dragway, Gulfport, Mississippi Sponsored by Asgard M.C. 21 and over event More Info visit www.gulfcoast.org or call 228-392-8281

Pineville, LA Ride to the Son Biker Sunday Journey Church, 2900 Donahue Ferry Road in Pineville. Registration begins at 10:30 am and the motorcycles go out at 1:00 pm. There is no charge for the 50 mile police escorted ride. Before the ride there will be a church service, free lunch, door prizes and more. All types of bikes are welcome. For more information call (318) 446-4888

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Belle Rose, LA Stevie Ray’s Ford, Chevy & Mopor Cajun Nationals No Problem Raceway 6470 Hwy 996   Belle Rose, LA Call 504-343-7223 for more info

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Bike Nights TUESDAY Plaisance Bar 1920 Pratt St. Gretna, LA Smallest Bike Night on the West Bank Happy Hour & Bike Night Hooters - Every Tuesday 254 Range 12 Boulevards, Denham Springs, LA 70726 1st Tuesday of the month is Hooters Bike Bash with Baton Rouge Harley-Davidson, vendors and a DJ Just One More 6545 W. Main St. Houma 985-873-9923 Bike Night & Steak Night With DJ Dmac’s Two-Wheeled Tuesday 549 S. Jefferson Davis Parkway New Orleans, LA Live Music and Bike Night Specials at NOLA’s newest Bike Night Hangout

WEDNESDAY McGuire’s Pit Stop 4117 Jefferson Highway Jefferson Like them on Facebook www.facebook.com/McguiresPitStop The longest running bike night in Louisiana features vendors and great food from Ms. Carolyn’s Catering. Several free drawings for door prizes on Bike Nights. 15th Anniversary Party May 9th with Pig Pen & The Porkchops The Kamp 2317 Hickory Ave Harahan Live music from local bands at most bike nights, vendors and food from the adjacent Hillbilly Barbeque. Shovel Heads 152 W. Airline Hwy Kenner, LA 504-468-6556

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Debbie’s Lounge 221 E. Airline Laplace, LA, 985-652-2900 Bear’s Grill & Coscino’s Pizza 1809 North Causeway Blvd Mandeville, La Southside Cafe’ 3154 Pontchartrain Drive   Slidell, 985-643-6133 Your Mamaz House 2056 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, Ms.  228-392-0454 Anthony’s Outrigger 113 Hampton St. Houma 985.876.4911

THURSDAY New Orleans Harley-Davidson 1st Thursday of the Month 6015 Airline Drive Metairie Live music, beer and food, bike show and lots of prize drawings. www.neworleansh-d.com 504-736-9600 Silver Slipper Casino Rumble On the Gulf 5000 South Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS 866-775-4773 Live Music, Ride-In Bike & Car Show www.silverslipper-ms.com Twin Peaks 6990 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA Sponsored by Baton Rouge Harley-Davidson

McGuire’s Pit Stop West 520 Destrahan Bivd Harvey, LA The Westbank’s newest Bike Night Destination with Prize Drawings every half hour beginning at 7PM www.mcguirespitstop.com Santa Fe Cattle Company – 3rd Thursday 2035 Hammond Square Drive   Hammond, LA (985) 345-9919 Sponsored by Hammond Harley-Davidson Wimpy’s 800 E Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA 70043, Cycle World of Houma - 3rd THURSDAY of The Month 5509 W. Park Ave. Houma 985.876.6104 Bayou Country Harley-Davidson - Last Thursday of The Month 1740 Martin Luther King Blvd. Houma 985.872.4380

SATURDAY Rene’s Blue Moon 100 North Willow St. Lockport 985-532-5533 Bike Night & Karaoke

SUNDAY Bobby & Joyce Sports Bar 6909 Westbank Exp. Marrero LA 504-302-1450

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BEEN THERE...

! t a h t done Kenny Boudreaux shares a laugh with his cousin Joan Boudreaux at Friendly Honda Yamaha’ recent benefit for his cancer treatments. Hundreds of bikes packed the New Orleans Lake front for an Easter weekend Blessing of the Bikes.

Shane LaFontaine from Waveland, MS on his 01 Fat Boy. The lowered and carefully modified bike caught our eye at the Sliver Slipper’s Rumble on the Gulf Bike Night.

Easter “BIKER” Bunnies to the rescue! Bobby Doark and his crew saddled up their steel horses at Bobby & Joyce’s Sports Bar in Marrero before delivering their baskets to the patients of Marrero Health Care Center. Page 26

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Redeemed Rider, the New Orleans-area CMA chapter hosted this year’s Easter Sunday Blessing of the Bike on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

This lucky biker won a minibike at THUNDER-NTHIBODAUX Motorcycle Rally.

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Biker Friendly

Listed here are businesses that are SERIOUS about serving the Louisiana Motorcycle Community. The list is set up in categories. Tell them you saw them in Thunder Roads Louisiana! If you want your business on this list, call 504.324.4657.

Dealers and Independent Shops New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6015 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com VooDoo Harley-Davidson 812 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 504-561-0263 Bourbon Street Harley-Davidson 235 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA, 504-293-1820 The Transportation Revolution Ducati/Triumph/Vespa 901 Julia St New Orleans, LA 504-595-6776 ttrno.com Halls Motorsports NOLA 1440 Westbank Expressway Harvey, LA 504-227.2272 www.hallsnola.com

Mike Cat’s Cycle Works 16 29th St Kenner, LA 504-469-6453 www.mikecats.net

Smitty’s Cycles 61 5th Street Gretna, LA 504-267-3959 www.smittyscycles.com

Raganit’s Dyno Tuning Center 7716 Park Ave. Houma, LA 985-879-1338 www.roosterscountrybar.com

Affordable Leather 1000 West Dr, Westwego,LA 504-348-7928 www.affordableleather.com

Rasta Cycles 740A Cardinal St. LaPlace, LA 985-224-8363 www.rastacycles.com

EAGLE RIDER New Orleans 2830 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-821-9575 www.eagleriderneworleans.com

RCC Custom Creations 1764 Canal Blvd. Thibodaux, LA , 985-447-9764

JANDY IMPORTS 3199 Terrace Avenue   Slidell, LA 985-641-3401 www.jandyimports.com

Jason’s Cycles 82266 Hwy 25, Folsom, LA 985-796-0908

Motorcycle Specialties 153 N. Hollywood Rd   Houma, LA 985-879-4364 www.motorcylespecialties.net

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....continued Renegade Harley-Davidson 2030 N. Mall Dr. Alexandria, LA 866-751-2720 Bleu Bayou Harley-Davidson, 6200 Frontage Road Monroe, LA 318-343-165 Mike Bruno’s Bayou Country Harley-Davidson 1740 Martin Luther King Blvd. Houma, LA 985-872-4380 Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge 5853 Siegen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 225-292-9632 Cajun Harley-Davidson 724 I-10 South Frontage Road Scott, LA 337-289-3030 Harley-Davidson of Lake Charles 2120 Broad Street Lake Charles, LA 337-436-0022 Hammond Harley-Davidson 1530 SW Railroad Avenue Hammond, LA 985-345-838

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Bossier City Harley-Davidson 2225 Autoplex Drive Bossier City, LA -318-549-1571 Mike Bruno’s Northshore Harley-Davidson 791 West I-10 Service Rd Slidell, LA 985-641-5100 Mississippi Coast Harley-Davidson 941 Cedar Lake Road Biloxi, MS 228-388-8700 Friendly Yamaha-Honda 10939 Airline Highway   Baton Rouge, LA 888-908-9737 www.friendlyyamaha.com

Cycle World Houma 5509 West Park Avenue, Houma, LA 985-876-6104 www.cycleworldofhouma.com Performance Powersports 1816 Martin Luther King Blvd   Houma , LA 985-876-7610 www.ppsofhouma.com Dago’s Customs 1201 Lake Shore Drive Lake Charles.LA (337) 433-3033 Lafayette Power Sports 612 Beau Pre Rd. Lafayette, LA www.lafayettepowersports.com

Friendly Yamaha-Honda-Kawasaki 888 Old Spanish Trail   Slidell, LA 70458 985-643-4556

New Orleans Power Sports 3011 Loyola Drive Kenner, LA www.neworleanspowersports.com

BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge 11060 Cloverland Avenue   Baton Rouge, LA 225-293-6691

G.N. Gonzales Honda 666 Chippewa St Baton Rouge, LA www.gngonzales.com

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Charisma D’ Bikers Boutique 1700 Stumpf Blvd Gretna, LA www.charismadboutique.com

Fat Boyz Cycles 23050 Road 262 Picayune, MS 601-916-6137

G&S Cycle 2256 Front Street Slidell, LA 985-290-5277

Sunni’s Cycle & Marine Supply 4013 Beatline Road Long Beach, MS 228-586-3395 www.sunniscycle-marine.com

G. Smith Motorsports 10567 Airline Hwy   St. Rose, LA 504-305-5436 gsmithmotorsports.com LIghtspeed Motorsports 13250 Airline Highway Gonzales, LA 70737 Lightspeedcycles.com Triola Cycles 30544 Hwy 190 Lacombe, LA 985-882-5211 Big Easy Scooters 3926 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 504-269-6465

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M & F Cycles & Apparel LLC 16160 Highway 603, Suite D Kiln, MS 888-582-2989 www.m-fcycles-apparel.com NO LIMIT ENTERPRISE LLC 12201 Hwy 57 Vancleave, MS  228-382-2808 Euro Cycles/Southside Honda 6914 Johnston Lafayette, LA www.southsidehonda.net First Turn Suzuki - Kawasaki 712 I-10 S Frontage Road Scott, LA www.first-turn.com

3D Cycles 6408 Hwy 19 Zachary, LA 225-654-3410 d@3dcycle.com

Bars, Restaurants & Casinos Anthony’s Outrigger 113 Hampton St. Houma, LA 985-876-4911 McGuire’s Pit Stop New Orleans Only Motorsports Bars 4117 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson www.facebook.com/McGuiresPitStop McGuire’s Pit Stop West New Orleans Only Motorsports Bars 520 Destrahan Ave Harvey, LA www.facebook.com/McGuiresPitStopWest HOOTERS of Denham Springs “Delightfully Tacky, Yet Unrefined” Bike Night Every Thursday 254 Range 12 Boulevard Denham Springs, LA 225-243-7962

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....continued Silver Slipper Casino Rumble on the Gulf Every Thursday 5000 South Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS 866-775-4773 www.silverslipper-ms.com Hit & Run Saloon 1800 Stumpf Blvd. - Bidg G Gretna, LA 504-255-5509 STEAK NIGHT –WEDS 6 to 8PM Boomerang’s Bar 14516 River Road New Sarpy, LA 985-764-8480 Happy Hours 3-6 daily Thurs. Lingerie Show - Fri. Live Music Sunday Food Specials Ricky Dean’s Bar & Grill 4617 Sanford St., Metairie 504-780-1700 Behind MobileOne Store Spike’s Snake Pit Hwy 190 East, Robert LA 866-542-BIKE

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Bobby & Joyce Sports Bar 6909 Westbank Exp. Marrero LA 504-302-1450

Rodney’s McGuires Pub II 13755 River Road    Luling, La.  985-331-879

Crazy Al’s Bar 26860 Hwy 90 East RIGOLETS/FORT PIKE New Orleans, LA 504-255-9200

Just One More 6545 W. Main St. Houma LA 985-873-9923

Wimpy’s Bar St. Bernard’s New Bike Night Every Thursday 800 E Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA 1 504.304.8384 facebook.com/chalmettequeen Big Al’s Saloon 1440B Westbank Expressway Harvey, La.  504-376-2090 Frenier Landing Restaurant & Oyster Bar 113 Dottie Ln. LaPlace, LA 985-224-2178 www.frenierlanding.com Debbie’s Lounge 221 E. Airline, Laplace, LA 985-652-2900

The Kamp 2317 Hickory Ave. Harahan, LA 504-737-KAMP Broke Spoke 6358 Kiln Picayune Rd.   Kiln, Ms   228-255-7793   C & R’s 314 Coleman Ave. Waveland, Ms.  228-467-4586 Plaisance’s Bar 1920 Pratt St Gretna, 504-362-9188

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Biker Friendly Rene’s Blue Moon 100 North Willow St. Lockport, LA 985-532-5533 myspace.com/popatopsaloon T Cupp’s Bar 1500 Bridge City Ave. Bridge City, La 504-436-0502 Your Mamaz House 2056 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, Ms.  228-392-0454 facebook.com/pages/Your-Mamaz-House Shovel Heads Saloon 152 W. Airline Hwy Kenner, LA 504-468-6556 Spahr’s Downtown 601 West 4th St. Thibodaux, LA 985-448-0487 The Tavern  3613 Airline Dr Metairie, LA 504 832-8164

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....continued BAR 61, 5712 Airline Hwy, Metairie, LA Southside Cafe’ 3154 Pontchartrain Drive   Slidell, LA 985-643-6133

Attorneys

Spahr’s Seafood Co 1400 W. Tunnel Blvd. Houma LA, 985-873-8740 www.roosterscountrybar.com

Deborah L. Faust 700 Churchill Parkway Avondale, LA 504-304-1500 faustlaw@gmail.com

Port Side Restaurant & Bar (504) 469-3111 11698 River Road St Rose, LA

Dudley DeBosier Personal Injury Lawyers 1075 Government St. Baton Rouge, LA (866) 897-8495

Dmac’s Bar & Grill 542 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy New Orleans, LA 504-304-5757

Accommodations & Resorts Indian Hills Nudist Park “Dare to Go Bare” 2484 Gause Blvd West Slidell, LA 70460 985-641-9998 barecamping@aol.com * www.indiahillspark.com

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Paragon Casino & Resort 711 Paragon Pl,   Marksville, LA 800-946-1946 http://www.paragoncasinoresort.com

Bike Rentals New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6015 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com Eagle Rider New Orleans 2830 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-821-9575 www.eagleriderneworleans.com

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....continued Other Services Just For You Flower and Gift Shoppe, Inc, 8858 Park Ave   Houma , LA 70363 (985) 851-6012 www.just4youflorist.net THE GROUT MAN Clean and Seal Tile & Grout Residential or Commercial 2509 W. Friendship Dr. Harvey, LA 504-908-4484 American Handgun Training Academy LA Concealed Handgun Permit Classes NRA Certified – State Approved 1508 N. Cumberland St Metairie, LA 504-468-8734 magnumcg@yahoo.com Flambeau Fire Co., Engine No. 31 Rent a Fire Engine Theme Party FUN Perfect for Birthday and Tailgate Parties! 205 Anthony Ave. Harahan, LA 504-416-0702 Shux@cox.net Affordable Life Insurance Specialized in serving ALL Bikers Call Marcel 877-369-3558 UNCLE JERRY’s Photo & Video Service Biker Weddings, Portraits, Formal Weddings 504-231-0266 trlaunclejerry@yahoo.com WYOTECH Techincal Schools Jeff Cooksley 985-377-5396 jcooksley@cci.edu Gardner Realtors Lesley Gambino, agent 4609 Veterans Memorial Blvd. Metairie, LA 504-858-9241 www.leslygambino.com Prime Lending Ventures Melissa Celestin, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer 4140 Williams Blvd Kenner, LA 504-909-3790 mcelestine@primelending.com Kupcake Factory 819 West Esplanade Avenue Kenner 504-464-8884 Kupcake Factory 800 Metairie Rd # Q Metairie (504) 267-4990

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Kupcake Factory 6233 South Claiborne Avenue New Orleans (504) 267-3328 Gator’s Aluminating Polishers 16820 Kapalama Drive Pass Christian, MS 228-596-1605 ABC Title 2500 Lapalco Blvd, Harvey, 504-366-7674, Kenner/ 504-467-1034, Lulling /Boutte 985-308-0840, Covington 985-893-8963, Metairie 504-733-6182 A&H Service Co., Inc. 3901 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 504-469-2217 Unique Jewels 714 St. Mary St. Thibodaux, LA, 985-447-2977 Geno’s Stylin’ 3425 Metairie Rd Metairie, LA 504-473-1935

RV & Trailer Rental Blanchard’s 314 South Hollywood Rd., Houma, LA 985-868-8945

Race Tracks No Problem Raceway 6470 Hwy 996   Belle Rose, LA 985-369-3692 www.noproblemraceway.com NOLA Motorsports Park 11075 Nicolle Boulevard   Avondale, LA 504-302-4875 www.nolamotor.com

Bands Monster Crawfish A Very Biker Friendly Band Live Music for All Occasions For bookings call: 504-338-8038 www.monstercrawfish.com

All Biker Collectibles, 1300 East Tunnel Blvd   Houma , LA 985-637-0050 www.allbikercollectibles.com Truck Stop Vintage Clothing 2209 Magazine St New Orleans, LA 504-302-1895 Trashy Diva 2048 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 70130 www.trashydiva.com

Learn to Ride Classes Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program 225-342-3484 www.lahighwaysafety.org/motorcycle.html NEW ORLEANS HARLEY –DAVIDSON 6017 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com Hammond Harley-Davidson 985-345-838

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Biker's Grace NO MORE EXCUSES! The next time you feel like God can’t use you, just remember… Noah was a drunk; Abraham was too old; Isaac was a daydreamer; Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly; Joseph was abused; Moses stuttered; Gideon was afraid; Samson had long hair and was a womanizer; Rahab was a prostitute; Jeremiah and Timothy were too young; David had an affair and was a murderer; Elijah was suicidal; Isaiah preached naked; Jonah ran from God; Naomi was a widow; Job lost everything; John the Baptist ate bugs; Peter denied Christ; the Disciples fell asleep while praying; Martha worried about everything; the Samaritan woman was divorced, more than once; Zaccheus was too small; Paul was too religious; Timothy had an ulcer; Lazarus was dead! God, grant me the serenity to accept the people I cannot change, the courage to change the one I can and the wisdom to know it’s me! Now, no more excuses; God can use you just as you are! God Bless, Pastor Woody, Biker Church Amazing Grace Motorcycle Ministry www.AmazingGrace-mm.org

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BIKER CHURCHES Amazing Grace Motorcycle Ministry Kenner, LA www.amazinggrace-mm.org Freedom Biker Church Lafayette, LA fbclafayettela@gmail.com Higher Destiny Biker Church Denham Springs, LA http://hdbcjn524.org Iron Horse Community Church Gulfport, MS www.ironhorsecommunitychurch.org Leather & Grace 915 Hwy 17 South Epps, LA 318-235-3644 The Fortress Biker Church Shreveport. LA www.thefortressbikerchurch.com

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Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs & Organizations American Motorcyclist Association www.americanmotorcyclist.com

Bayou Riders of Louisiana 225-293-6691

ABATE OF LOUISIANA Inc www.abateoflousiana.org

Big Dog Riders 504-887-6968

Christian Motorcycle Association www.cma.org

Blue Knights M/C Louisiana www.blueknights.org

GOLDWING Road Rider Association www.gwrralaa.com

Breezy Hill Enduro Club 225-261-7198

Harley Owners Group See your local dealer for details

Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club www.brotherskeepersmc.com

American Legion Riders Contact your local A.L. post for details

Buffalo Soldiers M/C - Alexandria www.alexbuffalosoldiers.com

1 Down 5 Up MC www.1down5upMc.com

Cajun Cruisers 985-693-7252

Acadiana Dirt Riders 337-519-2520

CVMA of Louisiana PO Box 3084 Fort Polk, LA Mike Long: mike.a.long@us.army.mil

Azuza Streetriders of Alexandria www.azuzastreetriders.com Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) http://louisiana.bacaworld.org Back Road Bikers, Inc. 225-921-5769,

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COC/COIR (Coalition Of Independent Riders) www.coc-ms.com/clubs Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of LA

steven.chappell@us.army.mil Confederation of Leathernecks MC roadrageisfun@yahoo.com Downsouth Burners “Pluckey” www.downsouthburners.com Fire & Iron M/C 318-561-9668 Enforcers MC Shreveport Chapter www.EnforcersMC.com Forgotten Warriors, Inc kajunforyou@yahoo.com Gulf South BMW Owners www.gulfsouthbmw.org Iron Cross Riders 337-967-2098 Iron Order MC www.ironordermc.com Iron Warrior Motorcycle iwmccentralla@yahoo.com Louisiana Road Ramblers 985-748-7207

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Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs & Organizations Louisiana Trail Riders Association 225-767-1850

Prairie Cajun Cruisers 337-550-5993

Street Survivors 985-637-3069

Louisiana Valkyrie Riders 337-365-0955

Red Knights M/C LA #1 504-348-1535

Star Touring & Riding www.star455.com

MAC-Motorcycle Awareness Campaign www.macorg.com

Red Kights Motorcycle Club LA #3 985-868-9701

S.W.A.T. MC, Jackson MS www.swatmc.com

Red Knights Motorcycle Club LA #5 www.redknightsla5.com 985-875-9623

Swamp Riders Inc. (985) 438-2465

Messengers Rc Clean & So Ber www.messengersrcmorgancity.com Motorheadz M/C 337-433-3033 dagoscustomcycles@yahoo.com Mudpuppies Motorcycle Club www.mudpuppies-mc.com Old Dogs Brotherhood RC www.olddogsbrotherhoodrcbigeasy. com PAK – Parents And Kids pakridersofla@aol.com Patriot Guard Riders www.patriotguard.org Phantom Riders Bike & Car Club Call for info, 985-758-1571 Plaquemines Riding Club 504-394-9686

Reguladores LEO MC 337-280-4756 Riders Association of Triumph 504-455-6677

Triumph Motorcycle Riders Club 504-779-6101 Vietnam Vets M/C, Mississippi Chapter bubbaVNV1@yahoo.com

R.O.K. (Riders of Kawasaki) 337-233-9383

UMF of America, Northwest LA Chapter 318-636-1969

Solomons Brigade (Harley’s Only) solomonsbrigade@aol.com

US Military Vets MC www.usmvmc.org

Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Calvary lukeinthewind@aol.com

White Riders R/C www.whiteridersrc.com

Southern Cruisers Riding Club www.southerncruisers.net South LA Trailblazer Riding Club 504-416-8079

Windriders Of Louisiana, Inc. 985.863.3753 Zulu Road Warriors ww.zuluroadwarriorsmc.ning.com

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