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Your Complete Guide to Louisiana’s Motorcycle Events and Destinations

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Louisiana Motorcycle News NEW Pull-Out Calendar More Places to Go & Things to Do


Contents April 2012 10

On the Cover 10

LA RIDER TV: 8th Season Starts Soon

This Month

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MOTUS is HERE!

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Pig Writes: The Process of Selecting a Road Name

Regular Features 6

Letter From the Editor

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Louisiana Motorcycle News

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Featured Events

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Louisiana Bike Nights

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Been There... Done That!

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Joker’s Wild

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God’s Grace Faith Page

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Geneva’s Game Page

Resources 19

Event Listing

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Biker Friendly Listing Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs and Organizations

On the cover: Left to right: T.W. Robinson, Tammi Arender, and Lovie Zago of LA RIDER TV. Photo provided by LA RIDER TV. Graphic design by Top of Mind Marketing, Shelly Horan.


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One of the first people I told about my purchase of THUNDER ROADS Louisiana was Ron Buell. He’s the first publisher I worked for when I began my career in media 36 years ago. His to the point reply was a classic. “Now the shoe is on the other foot.” After crafting our first edition of the New THUNDER ROADS Louisiana in just 21 days, I ‘ve gotten a taste of Ron’s comment meant. Being a new publisher is to wear many helmets, all at once. I appreciate now more than ever the lessons I learn at Willamette Week. Publishing a magazine isn’t just a business; it’s an art form that carries with it the responsibility of the public’s trust. Ron, I hope I learn my lessons well. It’s hard to get around using the well-worn clichés of All New, and Improved but that’s what we’ve got here. The New THUNDER ROADS Louisiana is a tool for motorcycle enthusiasts to learn about upcoming events, find interesting destinations for a ride and locate the businesses that welcome and serve Louisiana’s motorcycle community. The content of this magazine is almost all locally produced. Next month, two new columns will be added, “Mikey Likes It”, a restaurant review feature by Mike Ennis of New Orleans and Cheech’s “The Way It Is”. My goal is to use 100% Louisiana stories, by local writers and photographers, to make THUNDER ROADS the essential guide all riders will want to grab each month to keep informed about their interests and activities in the Bayou State. You, the reader, can help us to achieve our goal by letting my correspondents know about upcoming events, new businesses opening and your favorite shops and destinations. I also want your criticisms as well; if we get something wrong, let me know, if we get some right let’s us know too. What you would like to see in the magazine? The creation of the New THUNDER ROADS Louisiana is an evolving process and I welcome your input. Here it is, the First New THUNDER ROADS Louisiana, Enjoy! Reyn Mansson Publisher Thunder Roads Louisiana www.facebook.com/trmla

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Gautier Hosts 12th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Coordinators, Stanley and Lynn Beech, and South Mississippi Area Representatives, Roy and Susie Clark at First United Methodist Church in Gautier, MS to hear Stanley Beech present the Gospel message for the assembly. The Hundreds of riders crowd God’s Gulf Riders the First United Methodist Church. chapter was assisted GAUTIER - The Christian by the Rohoboth and Motorcycle Association God’s Gateway Riders CMA chapters Gulf Riders chapter from and the Talons Motorcycle Gautier, MS hosted over 800 Association of Pascagoula, bikes for this year’s 12th MS. The First United annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Methodist Church men’s group Blessing of the Bikes. Members and the Pascagoula Salvation from many other of the 25 state Army provided breakfast for chapters joined CMA State everyone before the blessings.

Along with the many Louisiana and Mississippi CMA chapters at the Blessing other organizations such as the Southern Coast Riders, the Asgards and the Banditos came to have their bikes blessed. “It is a fact that since CMA started the Blessing of the Bikes, injury and death rates have declined in the state of Mississippi,” CMA member Terry Turgeau of Pascagoula told the local newspaper.

The Christian Motorcycle Association is a worldwide evangelistic outreach organization with chapters in every state, as well as in many countries around the world. Photos and story By Fred Holcomb, God’s Gulf Rider

Praise band, Malachi of Gulf Port, MS provided the music.

Big Easy Weekender Rally Rolls into New Orleans NEW ORLEANS - March 23rd through 25th hundreds of scooter fans from around Louisiana and around the country came together in the Crescent City for their fifth annual event, the Big Easy Weekender (BEW).  Hosted by the New Orleans Scooter Cooperative, with additional support & assistance from the New Orleans Scooter Girls and the NOLA Ruckus Society.

The rally welcomes all makes and sizes of scoots. The rally began with a Thursday evening pre-rally meet-up at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub and then the next morning kicked off the day’s events with a breakfast at one of the rally sponsors’ shop, Transportation Revolution. The group then broke up into two rides; a 50cc friendly cruise along River Road and a longer ride for the larger scooters to Abita Brewery in Abita Springs, LA. The rally’s first day concluded with a meet n’ greet party at Chickie Wah Wah on Canal St..

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Saturday night about 180 rally-goers rode to McGuire’s Pit Stop

in Jefferson for the Scooter Gymkhana Games under the lights. From slow races to drag racing, the crowd enthusiastically enjoyed the games. Sunday the Big Scooters provide a canvas for their owner’s artistic side. Easy Weekender concluded with an King, S.I.P., Art for Wear, Slim awards brunch and raffle at Goodies Diner, Great Balls of McGuire’s Pub on Magazine Fire, Dirty Coast, Defend New sponsored by KYMCO.  The Orleans, Prichard’s Distillery organizers held all of the raffle from Kelso TN, Scooters prize drawing at McGuire’s. of Louisiana, My Nutcase, The prizes included a new Corazzo, Polini and Scooter KYMCO 125 Agility, a Parts International. Saint restored Vespa 90 and a scooter Vincent Guest House was the chopper provider by sponsor event’s host hotel. FX Motorsports. To learn more about next year’s Other sponsors of the rally event visit their website at included Big Easy Scooters, www.bigeasyweekender.com. Pirate Upholstery, Speedo ThunderRoadsLouisiana.com


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Accident Survivor Returns to Hooters Bike Night

27th linger. Bernie and his girlfriend were celebrating their one year anniversary to the day with a bike ride. He put a future Valentine’s day engagement ring on her finger for size. They stopped for a scenic photograph that captured the clear blue sky. Then she persisted in getting Bernie to put on his leathers. David M., Kathy M., and Bernie S. enjoy life at Hooters Three minutes Bike Night. Bernie’s new bike is to the right. later she was on the Photo by: Jackie Goller ground, her helmet DENHAM SPRINGS “Bernie has a new bike,” Kathy cracked, and she would be M. attending Bike Night says pronounced dead. and after a moment explaining, continues, “I’ll see if he is ready to talk.” Bernie Schweitzer, retired from an oil company now rides again and can even smile at times. Nothing he owned fit, as he was unable to eat properly for weeks while he healed after the wreck, and so he purchased brand new jeans the day of Bike Night. The memories from January

Bernie contemplates many things, reliving the events, and wondering why he alone was drug tested, proving sobriety. The elderly car driver, charged with negligent homicide, was not tested for drugs.

He offered to share his story and supporting documents to help others.

Mike Bruno’s Thunders the North Shore

the crown, the sash, and a $500 first place prize. Tricia Benitez was the 2012 winner.

SLIDELL - March 24th, and 25th Mike Bruno’s North Shore Harley-Davidson kicked off the riding season with their annul Bayou Thunder event. Saturday began the 2-day event with a police escorted ride that benefited the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans. The ride returned to Northshore Harley where live music from Wes Raymond and Friends followed by Five Finger Discount and plenty of food and beverages awaited the crowd. The festivities continued Sunday with several fun events starting with music by Group Therapy and ending the day with the Chee Weez. The bikini contest was a big hit as 13 contestants from all over the area competed for

The weekend’s grand finale was the raffle drawing for a 2012 Harley-Davidson Road King. Tickets went for $20 each and sold approximately 1500+ tickets with all proceeds again benefiting the Children’s Hospital. The winner, Angela Sterns, was present and of course very excited at her good fortune as was her significant other. It was a great weekend, great crowd, great weather, and big success for the Children’s Hospital and Mike Bruno’s North Shore Harley.

The Cee Weez take the stage Sunday at Bayou Thunder in Slidell.

Motorcycle Business Notes Friendly Yamaha-Honda of Baton Rouge bought Slidell’s Cycle Shop. Friendly YamahaHonda is Louisiana’s topranked Yamaha and Honda dealer, in both sales and customer satisfaction ratings. Friendly will assume operations under the new name shortly. For more info visit www. FriendlyYamaha.com. D&L Powersports of Harvey is now Hall Motorsports NOLA. Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

The Yamaha and Kawasaki dealership is located at 1440 Westbank Expressway. Their new home on the web is www. HallsNOLA.com Baton Rouge has a new Bike Night Destination. Twin Peaks, a Texas-based chain of restaurants that bill themselves as the ultimate man cave, has opened their first Louisiana location at 6990 Siegen Lane. Baton Rouge Harley-

Davidson is sponsor of a weekly Thursday evening Bike Night. Many of the Texas Twin Peak locations host popular bike nights. For further information, contact Twin Peaks at (225) 293-1955 or visit www. TwinPeaksRestaurant. com/locations/ batonrouge. Twin Peaks is well-known for their scenic views.

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Louisiana’s Popular Motorcycle TV Show Starts 8th Season

Left to right: T.W. Robinson, Tammi Arender, and Lovie Zago of LA RIDER TV.

The History of America’s Most Successful Independent Motorcycle Show

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n Saturday, May 5, 2012 LA Rider begins its eight broadcast year when it airs the 350th episode of this popular weekly television series. LA Rider began as an idea back in the summer of 2004. An employee of a Baton Rouge motorcycle shop approached Bob Courtney, an avid Page 10

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Tammi Arender filming an episode at New Orleans Harley, one of the show’s sponsors with Bob Courtney, executive producer and Bryan Niebuhr

motorcyclist and former television news director, anchor and producer, and asked why there was no local motorcycle television program. The employee, Louis Sanchez, said that he was tired of watching people build bikes on TV and wanted to see a show about riding motorcycles. Sanchez told Courtney that since Courtney owned and operated a television production

company he should produce one himself. At the time Courtney remembers that he did not give the idea much thought. Later however, while thumbing through a motorcycle magazine Courtney says he began to think about how a local motorcycle TV show could serve the riding public in the Baton Rouge area. ThunderRoadsLouisiana.com


Sanchez had planted a seed that quickly grew and in January of 2005 Courtney discussed the idea with a few of his riding friends including Skip Haley of WBRZ TV in Baton Rouge and friend and fellow rider T.W. Robinson. Both thought such a program was needed and volunteered to help make it a reality. The next person Courtney reached out to was Baton Rouge television anchorwoman, Tammi Arender. Arender was anchoring the early afternoon newscast at Courtney’s former station and was also an avid motorcyclist. Tammi jumped at the chance, but just a few months before the first LA Rider broadcast she got called up to the majors with a plum anchor job in Nashville.

Tammi rides her Harley Road King for a show episode.

Haley then introduced Courtney to Sandy Michelet. Sandy and her husband Craig were operating a small motorcycle accessories store in Baton Rouge and although Sandy had no television experience, an audition proved she had the spirit and personality to jump into the anchor chair. The cast was set, filming began and sponsors were lined up. On Thursday, May 5, 2005 the first episode of LA Rider aired at 8PM on Cox Four in Baton Rouge. That first episode featured a visit to Daytona Bike Week, a feature on renting a Harley, a story about an eighty-year-old biker, a viewer’s ride feature on a Harley with a Native American theme and a tour of a new Honda Dealership.

T.W. Robinson on her signature “Lipstick Bike”.

Courtney says he only agreed to do thirteen episodes of the program but that by the third episode it became clear that Baton Rouge wanted more. Courtney signed up for thirteen more episodes and the rest, as they say, is history. In episode five of the first season Courtney and Robinson chased down a young woman riding a pink Harley in Baton Rouge. The next week her bike was featured on the show and two weeks later Lovie Zago joined the cast as host of the program’s Wrenching and Riding segment. Continued on Page 13... Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

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T.W. likes to be seen in her bright red leathers.


LA RIDER OVERVIEW LA Rider is a half-hour, weekly, magazine-style format television show produced by a team of seasoned broadcast television professionals who all happen to be motorcycle enthusiasts. The show’s primary focus is motorcycle travel, tourism and lifestyles. Produced by Louisiana riders and for Louisiana riders, nearly sixty percent of each broadcast is devoted exclusively to Louisiana destinations. Each episode of this award-winning weekly television program is jam packed with great riding destinations, useful technical tips and how-to information, head to head model comparisons and test rides, great looking bikes and stories about the people who ride them. LA Rider features all models and riding styles…from touring to racing and everything in between. LA Rider produced and broadcast its first program on a Baton Rouge station, in May of 2005. In the ensuing years more than 300 unique, half-hour episodes have been produced and broadcast on a network that now includes Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee through the Fox Sports South and Fox Sports Southwest networks.

Show’s Hosts

LA Rider is available in Louisiana on WPXL ION TV Channel 49 in New Orleans, the Northshore, Hammond and Houma, on WBTR Channel 19 in Baton Rouge & Gonzales and in Lafayette TBA, check your listings for more info or visit www.larider.tv. The FOX SPORTS South Show: LA Rider America On Two Wheels will be available in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama and some parts of the Florida Panhandle.

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LA RIDER TV ...continued

In 2009 Michelet found that her work at a local Fortune 500 company was demanding more of her time and she gave up her hosting job. Arender, who had since taken another anchor job in Louisiana was pressed back into service and has been hosting the show since. T.W. Robinson, who first remained behind the camera as a producer reluctantly agreed to take an oncamera role in late 2005 and has become one of the show’s most popular and recognizable personalities. Also local radio personality Scotty Drake joined the cast for several years producing and hosting two very popular recurring features – Motorcycle Music Trivia and Motorcycle Movie Trivia. Over the years the show has also expanded it reach, entering the New Orleans and Lafayette television

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Bob Courtney filming Tammi Arender on a Harley Test in Jefferson. markets in late 2008. This year the show will expand into eight surrounding states on the Fox Sports South television network, reaching more than twelve million homes. Courtney describes LA Rider as a work in progress and says that viewers have a tremendous amount of input on the look, feel and themes of the show. Courtney says viewers suggest

many of the rides they take as well and that they are always looking for new destinations. “La Rider is all about people who ride and even though we are now reaching a regional audience it is primarily about Louisiana people and Louisiana destinations,” Courtney says.

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MOTUS is HERE! The Motus MST and MST-R (black)

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fter a year of extensive testing and development, Motus Motorcycles came back to Daytona BikeWeek this year with full production plans, including pricing, accessories, specifications, availability, and an initial list of the Dealers for the exciting new Sport Touring models, the MTS and MTS-R. Motus Motorcycles, are built in Birmingham, Alabama The new Motus models are unique American sportbikes

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designed to excel in performance, comfort and range. All Motus motorcycles are powered by a 1645cc (100ci), liquid-cooled, V4 that that combines high performance with low maintenance and a completely unique character. It is designed after the LS7 Corvette V8. Power claims are that the V4 will make160 horsepower at the crank, with torque expected to be120 ft.-lbs. The engine features gasoline direct injection that digitally injects highly atomized fuel directly into the cylinders, like a diesel engine. Power gets

to the rear wheel via Motus’ own proprietary six-speed transmission, with chain drive. The bikes have a variety of options and upgrades available The MST and the premium MST-R are comfortable sportbikes designed for long-range canyon carving, solo or two-up. The 2013 Motus MST starts at $30,975 with an impressive line-up of standard features. The MST-R adds Ohlins R&T NIX adjustable front

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Close-up of the Baby Big Block that powers the Motus Motus has aerodynamic sleek front profile suspension , hlins TTX mono-shock rear suspension, Brembo M4 monoblock calipers and Forged OZ aluminum wheels with wave rotors. The Premium model rolls for about $36,975. No dealers have been signed yet for Louisiana but two dealers in Texas will be carrying the Motus: AF1 in New Braunfels and RPM near Dallas. To learn more about these hot new bikes, call 205.314.3410 or visit MotusMotorcycles.com.

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One year after unveiling prototypes, Motus is back with full production plans for an all new American motorcycle.

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Monster Energy Supercross Returns to New Orleans Supercross Class veteran and Louisiana native Kevin Windham, who celebrated his 200th career start earlier this season will be back racing in front of his hometown crowd when Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, April 14. The last Monster Energy Supercross race was held at the Superdome in March 2009, where 36,754 fans watched James Stewart take the win. The first Supercross in New Orleans was held in 1977, this year’s event will be the 12th time the gates have dropped for a Supercross race in the Crescent City. Tickets are available at the Superdome Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Practice begins at 12:30 p.m., the main event starts at 7:00 p.m. Fans can get into the Pits for FREE when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium’s Pit Entrance (valid only with event ticket).

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For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, go to www. SupercrossOnline.com.

Geico Powersports Honda rider, Kevin “K-Dub” Windham Photo by: Hoppenworld.com

AMA Pro Roadracing comes to NOLA Motorsports Park Big news for Louisiana’s motorcycle road racing fans, the AMA Pro Road Racing M1 Big Kahuna National is scheduled for the weekend of October 5 – 7, 2012 as the first professional motorsports event to be held at NOLA Motorsports Park. This will be the last race of the 2012 AMA roadracing season and should provide fans with some exciting action as the riders see the track for the first time. Superbike, Supersport and the Vance & Hines XR1200 classes will all be contested during the weekend. The event will offer vendors, live entertainment and more. The new track was designed by Alan Wilson and is located just 20 minutes from the historic French Quarter area and downtown New Orleans, La. The state-of-the-art facility features excellent areas for spectator viewing and is focused on making motorsports accessible to a broad range of enthusiasts across all facets of the community. In addition to the two international-standard race tracks, the 600+ acre park-like venue also has a world-class karting facility, an eight acre autocross pad, luxury trackside villas and a great public cafe. First-come, first-served camping spots will be available with certain ticket packages during the Big Kahuna National. NOLA Motorsport Park is located at 11075 Nicolle Boulevard  in Avondale, LA.. You can call (504) 302-4875 or visit www.nolamotor.com for more details Please contact M1 PowerSports at 888-280-7848 for ticket information or visit www.m1powersports.com.

New Orleans Harley-Davidson’s 2nd Crawfest - April 21 This is one party you do not want to arrive late for! Last year the crew at New Orleans Harley served over 2000 pounds of mud bugs in about 90 minutes. This year they’ll start serving at noon and it’s all free until they run out. For guests 21 and over there’s free beer too. It’s not a party at New Orleans Harley without live music and this year the Danny Alexander Band plays. New Orleans Harley is located in Metairie on Airline just across from Zephyrs Field. Visit www.neworleansh-d.com for more information Page 16

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French Quarter Festival * Apr. 12-15, 2012 Once a small, local music festival, French Quarter Fest has grown into the largest free live music festival in the south. Year after year, French Quarter Fest breaks attendance records as music-lovers (more than half a million at last count) flock to New Orleans for this festival celebrating the history, the people, the food, and the talents of Louisiana and the Gulf south. The festival is so popular, an extra day was added to the schedule in 2011 to accommodate music fans and additional performers. One great thing about the Frech Quarter Fest is it’s FREE! 18 major stages line the streets of the French Quarter, the French Market, the U.S. Mint, Jackson Square and Woldenberg Park on the Mississippi River. More than 90 food and beverage booths (all local restaurants) are scattered across the festival grounds, a feat organizers like to call “the largest Jazz Brunch in the World.”

For more info visit www.fqfi.org/frenchquarterfest

Poker Run to Benefit the Louisiana War Veterans Home Alpha Detachment of the Louisiana Chapter of The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association will hold its 2nd Annual Poker Run to benefit the Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve, LA on 28 April 2012. Registration will run from 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. at New Orleans Harley Davidson and the last stop will be the VFW in LaPlace, LA. The organization is also raffling off a Red Jacket Firearms AR15 with the drawing to be held at the Great Southern Rally. The first event was held in November 2011 at the Mongoose Bar in Laplace, LA and there were over 80 riders in attendance. Between the ride and silent auction the Combat Vets were able to raise $1,127 to present to the Veterans Home during their Veteran Day Ceremony. Attendance this year is expected to double as they hope awareness of what they are doing for some of these great heros grow. Veterans from as far back as WWII reside in the Reserve Veterans Home. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is a group of Combat Veteran riders whose motto is “Vets helping Vets”. For more information on the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association or the ride please contact David “Flasher” Groce at 225-588-6127.

David “Flasher” Groce after the 2011 ride presenting check to Vet home representative, Stephen “Goose” Randall, with Dave “HootyHoo” McPeak and Robert “HarleyBob” Josey.

Motorcycle Awareness Campaign Kicks Off MAC Month with Parade New Orleans likes to parade and this April 15th parade has a special meaning for Louisiana’s motorcycle riders. It’s the first Motorcycle Awareness Campaign parade to promote the upcoming Motorcycle Awareness Month in May. Motorcyclists and their passengers won’t be throwing any beads on the 5-1/2 mile ride. Instead, they’ll have their horns honking and lights flashing as they smile and wave to everyone along the route in thanks for watching out for motorcycle this past year and to remind them to be alert for bikers in 2012. The ride begins at 100 Huey P Long Ave in Gretna. At the end of the route, all are welcome to join in the festivities at Westwego Farmers & Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Avenue in Westwego, If you can’t ride, that’s OK too, just come out and show your support for Motorcycle Awareness Month and M.A.C.. M.A.C. wants this event to be SAFE as well as FUN for everyone. All 2-3 wheeled motorcycle types are welcome to ride in this escorted event, Any motorcycle clubs or groups that wish to ride together MUST call Jeff (504-874-1967) to ensure you get positioned in the lineup area. Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

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One of the stages at 2010’s French Quarter Fest Photo by: Zack Smith

The festival celebrates the best in New Orleans’ rich, local music scene. Past performers include Trombone Shorty, Amanda Shaw, Kermit Ruffins, Irvin Mayfield, Connie Jones, Pete Fountain, Vince Vance, Tim Laughlin and more. Bring a fest chair or blanket and dress for the season. There is no seating at the festival, and New Orleans is typically warm and sunny on spring days, followed by cooler evenings when the sun goes down.


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New Orleans Monster Energy Supercross at the MercedesBenz Superdome See our new Featured Events section for more info. Shreveport Wounded Warrior Project Poker Run Benefit Sponsored by G & C Honda Registration at 9AM, 2415 E. 70th Street, Shreveport. 1st Bike out at 10:00 am. Entry fee is $25.00 includes a t-shirt and food.. For more information call (318) 797-1222 or go to http:// www.gc-honda.com/event_calendar.asp.

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Roberts Spikes Pig Roast Sponsored by “Spikes Snake Pit” 2430 Hwy 190, Robert, La Call 985-542-6878 for start time Doyline 10th Annual Brother’s Keepers MC Burn Run Sponsored by Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club Registration starts at 9:00 am Lake Bistineau State Park #2, in Doyline. 1st bike out at 10:00 am. Benefits the Ark-La-Tex Children Burn Camp. For more information call (318) 453-0141, or go to http://www.bkmcburnrun.com. Corinth, MS SSG Seth Ricketts Memorial Poker Run Car and Bike Show Harper Square Mall, Corinth, Mississippi $20.00 per rider -$10.00 per passenger Vendors, Live Music, Auctions, Tattoo Artists, and Much More! For more information: (662) 4156666 or www.wix.com/rodekillbill/ricketts-memorialpoker-run

Monroe 9th Annual Biker Sunday Sponsored by The Church, Inc. The Church, 1945 Garrett Road in Monroe, starts at 10:00 am. For more information call (318) 3551568, or visit their facebook page http://www. facebook.com/churchongarrett Lafayette MDA Ride for Life Cajun Harley Davidson to Cypress Bayou casino. Registration is $15. You can register the day of the ride at 7:30 am at Cajun HD, ride begins at 10:00 am. All bikes are welcome, to be escorted by the LSP.

Alexandria Shriners Fun Run Sponsored By El Karubah Oriental Band Registration 9:00 A.M. at CENLA Shrine Club, 1100 Vandenburg Drive, Alexandria $20.00 per person. For more info call 318-613-8317

Lafayette Louisiana State HOG Rally Sponsored By Cajun Harley-Davidson Thursday night party at Cajun Harley-Davidson, Friday night Parade of Flags, Saturday ride to Renegade Harley-Davidson in Alexandria. Saturday night’s entertainment features Randy Bachman and Fred Turner of Bachman Turner Overdrive fame. Registration at rally only. For more information call 225-925-1180 or visit http://www.lastatehogrally. com/

Metairie New Orleans Harley-Davidson Support our Troops Drive and Demo Days Collecting useful items for our service members in Afghanistan Call 504-736-9600 for more info or visit www. neworleansh-d.com/events

Metairie New Orleans Harley-Davidson CRAWFEST 2012 Over 2000 lbs. Crawfish cooked fresh at NOHD will be served noon until its all gone. Free Beer to wash it down too. Live music, prize drawing sand tons of surprises. Call 504-736-9600 for more info or visit www.neworleansh-d.com/events See our new Featured Events section for more information.

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Alexandria Renegade Harley-Davidson 8th Annual Crawfish Boil Tons of Louisiana Crawfish and Shrimp cooked on site  Served Noon till gone.  Leanne Bridges & Bridges Row to perform Renegade Harley-Davidson 2030 N. Mall Drive Alexandria, LA 71301 www.renegadehd.com

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Alexandria Garage Party with Genevieve Schmitt Renegade Harley-Davidson 2030 N. Mall Drive Alexandria, LA 71301 www.renegadehd.com

Thibodaux Show-N-Shine Car, Truck & Bike Show Benefits the Lafourche Fire District #1 Armadillo Club 1988 Burma Rd, Thibodaux Food & Drinks and lots of Fun! $25 vehicle entry fee, spectators free Visit their Facebook page to learn more: Lfd Show N Shine

Gretna Motorcycle Awareness Campaign Escorted Motorcycle Parade See our new Featured Events section for details

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Ponchatoula 41st Annual Strawberry Festival Memorial Park & North Street, Downtown Ponchatoula Music, rides and over 60 food booths; all booths on the official festival grounds are operated by non-profit organizations

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Natchitoches Cane River Thunder - Full Throttle Sponsored by Nakatosh Priest Hood At Cane River Lake Riverbank Benefits OPERATION HOMEFRONT – LOUISIANA Special ceremony, 2:00pm Saturday to honor our veterans and active duty service members. Fun Run, Bike Show, Bike Games, Live Auction, Prizes, Vendors and Live Music throughout the day. Biker Sunday Services, 10AM on the River Bank Stage. For more info call (318) 663-8672 or visit www. natchitoches.net

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New Orleans ABATE’S 31st Annual Blessing of the Bikes Lakeshore Boulevard New Orleans Lake Front at West End Blvd. Service begins at 2PM

Parks Kajun Iron Horse Poker Run Sponsored by Rode Hard Riders Registration 8:00 am, Cecile Rousseau Poche’ Park. 1st bike out at 10:00 am. Benefits Caps For Kids. For more information call (337) 332-5289 or go to http://rodehardriders.com.

Baton Rouge Camp I’m Still Me fundraiser and Open House Fund raiser for Baton Rouge Burn Foundation children’s summer camp Sponsored by Friendly Yamaha & Brothers Keepers MC From 9AM to 3:30 PM at Friendly Yamaha 10939 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge

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Multiple-day events appear on the first day of event. For details on these and other events, see our Event Listing, Page 19.

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WORLDWIDE 6th International Female Motorcycle Ride Day Arcadia 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. For more information go to  http://www. confederatesmc.com 21 and over event

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Baton Rouge 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 Sandy Hook, MS Memorial Day Biker Party Rockin M Event Center 611 Hurricane Creek Rd. Sandy Hook, MS 39478 $35/Person. 21 and over event For more information visit, www. memorialdaybikerparty.com/

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

Belle Rose Stevie Ray’s Ford, Chevy & Mopor Cajun National No Problem Raceway Call 504-343-7223 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 228-3928281

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Metairie Cinco de Mayo Party New Orleans Harley-Davidson celebrates with free Tacos & Beer 6015 Airline Drive, Metairie Visit www.neworleansh-d.com for details

Gonzales The 2nd Great Southern Rally Lamar Dixon Expo Center, in Gonzales, Louisiana See ad with schedule on page 26 for more information.

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Biloxi, MS Muscular Dystrophy Charity Motorcycle Event Sponsored by Coast Harley Davidson Muscular Dystrophy Charity Motorcycle Event will feature a police escorted ride, food, refreshments, and more For more information: call (228) 860-5567 or visit http://mscoasthog.com

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Metairie New Orleans Harley Davidson’s Second Annual Giant Swap Meet 6015 Airline Drive, Metairie Call 504-736-9600 or visit www.neworleansh-d.com for details Mansfield 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.

ABOUT OUR EVENT LISTING Basic Event listings are FREE. Premium Event Listings available for a charge. Contact TRMLA@gmail.com for more information. Thunder Roads Louisiana does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided and cannot be held liable. Things change, there may be typos, and weather happens. So before you climb on your steed and ride to one of these events, contact the organizers and verify the latest information.

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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 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. There’s live music at The Pit Stop’s BIG TIME BIKE NIGHT on the second Weds of the month 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 Debbie’s Lounge 221 E. Airline Laplace, LA, 985-652-2900 Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

Bear’s Grill & Coscino’s Pizza 1809 North Causeway Blvd Mandeville, La Live Bands, Giveaways, Southside Cafe’ 3154 Pontchartrain Drive   Slidell, 985-643-6133 Your Mamaz House 2056 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, Ms.  228-392-0454

Wimpy’s 800 E Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA 70043, Cycle World of Houma - 3rd THURSDAY of The Month 5509 W. Park Ave. Houma, LA 985.876.6104 Bayou Country Harley-Davidson - Last Thursday of The Month 1740 Martin Luther King Blvd. Houma, LA 985.872.4380 FRIDAY

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

T.T.T. 6271 W Main St. Houma 985.223.0031

April 5th @ NOHD: Pig Pen & the Porkchops Free Beer + Great food by Hurricane BBQ Drink Responsibly

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

Silver Slipper Casino 5000 South Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS *866-775-4773 www.silverslipper-ms.com Twin Peaks 6990 Siegen Lane, Baton Rouge, LA Sponsored by Baton Rouge Harley-Davidson Santa Fe Cattle Company – 3rd Thursday 2035 Hammond Square Drive   Hammond, LA (985) 345-9919 Sponsored by Hammond Harley-Davidson

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The Process of Selecting a Road Name or anyone who has been a biker for a long period of time, or perhaps is a member of a club, they will have a road name or a handle of their own. Road names are unique for a person as the assigned name must match that person perfectly. They are sometimes considered a label that can describe who we are or perhaps a reminder of who we once were. When a road name is assigned to a biker, it is intended to be an honor to that particular biker. To give you an example or two, I asked some of my road riding friends if they minded helping me out here, and for the price of a couple of beers, they all agreed to help. Even my own trusted pilot Raymond AKA Rainman – he was named after the Dustin Hoffman character in the movie of the same name, it was given to him as a nickname that stuck. Road names given to a patch-holder of any particular club is also a sign of respect earned by that particular patch-holder. Road names are assigned through a very complicated process requiring much research and development. You don’t want to give a biker the same road name as someone else already has, how would that look with a bunch of bikers all riding around with the same name. Bikers are legendary people, and we want to be known for the great things we do in our lives. So in the selection process, care must be given that the road name

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easily rolls off the tongue. That is why it has been known for road names to be given to a biker after some type of incident, that is why it is so easy for others to remember a biker’s name. During a recent gathering of friends one Saturday afternoon at the Deer Crossing Saloon, a bunch of us were enjoying a few cold beers and camaraderie. A new addition to our fellowship, Donna, who has Ken AKA Keyman been a biker for Beacause of his a few years, had not selected a love for playing road name for the keyboard herself yet. So following proper biker protocol it was left up to the rest of us to pick out what we felt would be a proper road name for her. Unfor tunately Donna had not achieved legendary status yet so we had to go back to the basics in the selection process. With

Keith AKA Gunner - from his military career Donna AKA Backwash (read the story) Kathleen AKA Banshee - from her “Irish heritage”

Paula AKA Bubbles Describes her personality perfectly!

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Donna being about 5’ tall (when she stands on a woodened box dressed in high heels), she started out receiving a suggested name like ‘Little Bit’. But Gunner quickly shot that name down with a “no”. Turned out, that was the same name as his cat.

Next we tried Shorty – nope, no good, the glare in her eyes said she refused any inkling of accepting that for a road name. A few more suggestions were brought forth and they continued to be shot down. For us in the group, Donna was being more stubborn than a pissed off wife. So Banshee said “Well then, we’ll just call her Piss-Ant!” Now one must understand the current situation, there we were, the five of us, hanging out in the rain and mud, while we drank our beers. Donna takes a drag off of her beer just as Banshee says to call her Piss-Ant. Donna laughs, chokes, and spits a mouth full of beer back into the bottle. Gunner immediately raises his hand with one finger in the air and proclaims loudly for all to hear “BACKWASH, Donna’s road name is now Backwash.” Once our now labeled newbie was finished wiping the beer from her chin, she filed a protest with the group. We all agreed to take a vote to settle the dispute. It was 4 to 1 Donnas’ new road name passed. (Of course Donna was the only nay sayer.) Yes, selecting a proper road name is very serious business in the biker world. A road name never changes; it is a name that is carried to the grave. As I type these words, Gunner is busy over at the patch shop right now having Donnas’ new badge of honor made up. We hope to present it to her next weekend. But somehow, I get the feeling, we may have to steal her vest and have the patch sewn on.

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INTRODUCING… PIG Hi, my name is Pig. As you can see by the photo, I stand about 14” tall, I am pink in color, and I always wear my leathers. I am a true biker pig, who is Texas loud and Texas proud. I enjoy activities like riding motorcycles, drinking beer and chasing wild women. And I have been known to have started a bar fight or two. (Not my fault.) Rainman says of Pig: “Pig is real, he is very real. He exists by how we all have a little bit of Pig inside each of us. He is a representation of our wild side. He always has fun, and is energetic even when we are not. Sometimes I think of him as the little devil on our shoulder that always tells us to “go for it. I take him everywhere I go on the bike, even to church at the Open Road Fellowship. Pig was orphaned at birth, my wife took him in and raised him as one of the family. He loves us in return (yes, even the cats), and tries hard to do the right things in life. But somehow, he always manages to screw things up. Pig is alive and free when the wind blows through his hair. He always looks for the good side in people, and how the biker community is a tight knit group with support for each other. He does all this even when they try to BBQ his rib cage. Women adore him with hugs and kisses and men laugh at his ability to stay out of jail.” For now, we will include something from Pig when we have room and when he decides to share his adventures with us. In the between, you can read more about Pig’s antics in his blog: www.pigsblogg.blogspot.com.

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BEEN THERE...

! t a h t e n o d Angela Sterns is all smiles as she shows off the ticket that won a 2012 Road King at Mile Bruno’s Bayou Thunder. With her are Brian Landry VP of Marketing for Children’s Hospital and Northshore Harley G.M. Marc Dougherty

Aaron Colton, one of the nation’s top riders, was at NOLA Motorsports Park demonstrating Freestyle Street Stunting for an enthusiastic crowd.

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Tim Adair from Memphis, TN brought his 2003 stretched and slammed Ruckus to The Big Easy Weekend Brunch at McGuire’s Pub. Tim say with 150 c.c. motor swap his GY6 has a top speed of 70 mph.

Upside-down forks, big gas tank, fat tires and open belt drive highlight the attention this Ruckus’ owner has given his unique ride, it’s for sale too!

Smile Fred, You’re In Thunder Roads Magazine! BB Taylor and Fred Taylor from Slidell, McGuire’s Pit Stop Bike Nite regulars are there almost every Wednesday. Like us on Facebook.com/TRMLA

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A Pastor’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the Pastor’s family expanded; so would his paycheck. After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the Pastor’s expanding family and salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the Pastor’s additional children were costing the church, and how much more it could potentially cost. After listening to them for about an hour, the Pastor rose from his chair and spoke, “Children are a gift from God, and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.” Silence fell over the congregation. In the back pew, a little old lady struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, “Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.” A woman was at her hairdresser’s getting her regular bouffant (totally 70’s) hair style for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser,

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who responded, ”Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It’s crowded and dirty. You’re crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?” “We’re taking Continental,” was the reply. “We got a special rate!” “Continental?” exclaimed the hairdresser; “That’s an “iffy” airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ancient and slow, and they’re always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?”. “We’ll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome‘s Tiber River called Teste.” “Don’t go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s going to be something special and exclusive, but in all actuality, it’s a dump.” “We’re also going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope.” “That’s rich,” laughed the hairdresser. “You and a million other people trying to see him. He’ll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on this lousy sounding trip of yours. You’re going to need it.” A month later, the woman again came in for a hair appointment. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome, in a very sarcastic manner. “It was magical,” explained the woman, “not only were we on time in

one of Continental’s brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to First Class. The food and wine were 4-star quality and I had a handsome 27-year-old Steward who waited on me hand and foot…. literally, he gave me a foot massage. And the hotel was exquisite! They’d just finished a $5 million renovation project, and now it’s a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner’s personal suite at no extra charge!” “Well,” muttered the hairdresser, “That’s all well and good, but I know as a fact you didn’t get to see the Pope.” “Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, in person, and if we’d be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet us both. Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me..” “Oh, really! And just what exactly did the Pope say to you?” He said: “My goodness woman, who screwed up your hair so badly?”

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In a Kentucky church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, “Anyone with ‘special needs’ who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar.” With that, Bubba got in line. “Bubba, what do you want me to pray about for you?” asked the Preacher. “Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing.” The Preacher put his hand on Bubba’s head and the entire congregation joined in prayer. After a few minutes, the Preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked, “Bubba, how is your hearing now?” Bubba answered, “I don’t rightly know. The hearing ain’t till Thursday.” For several years, a man was having an affair with a gorgeous, young Italian woman. To avoid a costly divorce and protect his business reputation, they agreed she would move to Italy. To keep it discrete, he told her to simply mail him a postcard, and write ‘Spaghetti’ on the back. He would then arrange for the child support payments to begin and he would visit as often as possible. About 8 months later, he came home to his confused wife. “Honey,” she said, “You received very strange postcard today.” He took the postcard and as he read, his wife watched him turn white as a ghost and faint. The card read: ‘Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti, Spaghetti. Three, with meatballs, two without. Send extra sauce!!!!! An older guy with a pot-belly was working out in the gym when he spotted this sweet young, well-built woman. He immediately asked a trainer that was near-by, “What

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machine should I use to impress that “sweet thang” over there?” The trainer looked him up and down, and dryly replied, “The ATM machine in the lobby.” Which came first... A chicken and an egg are lying in bed. The chicken is smoking a cigarette with a satisfied smile on its face and the egg is frowning and looking a bit pissed off. The egg mutters, to no-one in particular, “Well, I guess we answered THAT question!”

The Accident

Real Church Bulletin Bloopers Don’t let worry kill you. Let the Church help. Thursday night-Potluck medication to follow.

floor and sits back in his seat, saying nothing. The big man hits him again. “Judo from Japan.” L’il ol’ Boudreaux once again picks himself up off the floor and continues sipping his beer. The man grabs him, putting Boudreaux in a state of suspended animation. “That’s a nerve pinch from Korea.” After a few minutes, Boudreaux is able to move again. Instead of getting back on his bar stool he walks out. Ten minutes later he walks in with a large board in his hands and hits the drunk square in the head with the board, laying him flat out on the floor. Looking down at his tormenter, Boudreaux says, “Two-by-four from Home Depot.”

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For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs. Thursday at 5PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his private study. Don’t Mess With Boudreaux A very drunk patron at a bar is trying to impress everyone with his fighting ability. “I am trained in every hand-tohand combat there is,” he says. To further prove his point, he walks up to Boudreaux, who happened to be in the bar, and whops him behind the neck! “Karate chop from China,” he says. Poor Boudreaux gets up off the

There was this Hell’s Angel riding down the road on his motorcycle last winter. He was wearing a leather jacket that had a broken zipper. He finally stopped the bike and thought to himself, “Man, I can’t drive anymore with the cold air hitting me in my chest.” So he decided to put the coat on backwards to block the air from hitting him. He continued driving and came around a bend in the road, lost control and wrecked, coincidentally, right in front of Boudreaux’s house. Boudreaux happened to see what happened, and called the State Police to report the accident. The Trooper on the phone asked him, “Is the guy showing any sign of life?” “Well,” Boudreaux told him, “He was until I turned his head around the right way!”

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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!

DEALERS AND INDEPENDENT SHOPS New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6015 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com Jason’s Cycles 82266 Hwy 25, Folsom, LA 985-796-0908 Mike Cat’s Cycle Works 16 29th St Kenner, LA 504-469-6453 www.mikecats.net

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

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

Renegade Harley-Davidson 2030 N. Mall Dr. Alexandria, LA 71301 866-751-2720 http://www.renegadehd.com

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Bleu Bayou Harley-Davidson 6200 Frontage Road Monroe, 318-343-165

Hammond Harley-Davidson 1530 SW Railroad Avenue Hammond, LA (985) 345-838

Bourbon Street Harley-Davidson 235 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA, (504) 293-1820

Mike Bruno’s Bayou Country HarleyDavidson 1740 Martin Luther King Blvd. Houma, (985) 872-4380

VooDoo Harley-Davidson 812 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA (504) 561-0263

Friendly Yamaha-Honda 10939 Airline Highway   Baton Rouge, LA (888) 908-9737 www.friendlyyamaha.com

Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge 5853 Siegen Lane Baton Rouge, LA 225-292-9632

Bossier City Harley-Davidson 2225 Autoplex Drive Bossier City, LA (318) 549-1571

Cajun Harley-Davidson 724 I-10 South Frontage Road Scott, LA (337) 289-3030

Mike Bruno’s Northshore HarleyDavidson 791 West I-10 Service Rd Slidell, LA (985) 641-5100

Harley-Davidson of Lake Charles 2120 Broad Street Lake Charles, (337) 436-0022

Mississippi Coast Harley-Davidson 941 Cedar Lake Road Biloxi, MS (228) 388-8700

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BMW Motorcycles of Baton Rouge 11060 Cloverland Avenue   Baton Rouge, LA (225) 293-6691 Cycle World Houma 5509 West Park Avenue, Houma, LA (985) 876-6104 www.cycleworldofhouma.com Dago’s Customs 1201 Lake Shore Drive Lake Charles.LA (337) 433-3033

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BARS, RESTAURANTS & CASINOS Anthony’s Outrigger 113 Hampton St. Houma, LA 985-876-4911 McGuire’s Pit Stop 4117 Jefferson Hwy Jefferson www.facebook.com/McGuiresPitStop Silver Slipper Casino 5000 South Beach Blvd. Bay St. Louis, MS *866-775-4773 www.silverslipper-ms.com Spike’s Snake Pit Hwy 190 East, Robert LA 866-542-BIKE Bobby & Joyce Sports Bar 6909 Westbank Exp. Marrero LA 504-302-1450 Crazy Al’s Bar 26860 Hwy 90 East RIGOLETS/FORT PIKE New Orleans, LA 504 255-9200 Wimpy’s 800 E Judge Perez Drive Chalmette, LA Big Al’s Saloon 1440B Westbank Expressway Harvey, La.  504-376-2090

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Dat Place 13894 Hwy 90 Boutte LA. 985-331-0843

Plaisance’s Bar 1920 Pratt St Gretna, (504) 362-9188

Frenier Landing Restaurant & Oyster Bar 113 Dottie Ln. LaPlace, LA 985-224-2178 www.frenierlanding.com

Rene’s Blue Moon 100 North Willow St. Lockport, LA 985-532-5533 myspace.com/popatopsaloon

Debbie’s Lounge 221 E. Airline, Laplace, LA 985-652-2900

T Cupp’s Bar 1500 Bridge City Ave. Bridge City, La 504-436-0502

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

Your Mamaz House 2056 Cedar Lake Rd. Biloxi, Ms.  228-392-0454 facebook.com/pages/Your-MamazHouse Shovel Heads 152 W. Airline Hwy Kenner, LA 504-468-6556

The Kamp 2317 Hickory Ave. Harahan, LA 504-737-KAMP

Spahr’s Downtown 601 West 4th St. Thibodaux, LA 985-448-0487

Broke Spoke 6358 Kiln Picayune Rd.   Kiln, Ms   228-255-7793   C & R’s 314 Coleman Ave. Waveland, Ms.  228-467-4586

Southside Cafe’ 3154 Pontchartrain Drive   Slidell, 985-643-6133

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

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

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ATTORNEYS Deborah L. Faust 230 Huey P Long Ave Gretna, LA 504-304-1500 Dudley DeBosier Personal Injury Lawyers 1075 Government St. Baton Rouge, LA (866) 897-8495 BIKE RENTALS Eagle Rider New Orleans 2830 Canal St. New Orleans, LA 504-821-9575 www.eagleriderneworleans.com New Orleans Harley-Davidson 6015 Airline Drive Metairie, LA 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com

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OTHER SERVICES

LEARN TO RIDE CLASSES

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

Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program 225-342-3484 http://www.lahighwaysafety.org/ motorcycle.html

A&H Service Co., Inc. 3901 Williams Blvd, Kenner, LA 504-469-2217 United First Financial Jerry Forstater Agent 504-231-0266 trlaunclejerry@yahoo.net www.u1stfinancial.net/930947 Unique Jewels 714 St. Mary St. Thibodaux, LA, 985-447-2977

NEW ORLEANS HARLEY – DAVIDSON 504-736-9600 www.neworleansh-d.com Hammond Harley-Davidson (985) 345-838 RV & TRAILER RENTAL Blanchard’s 314 South Hollywood Rd., Houma, LA (985)868-8945

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God’s Grace When life is rolling along and everything is going according to our plan, we feel great but if something happens and we start to lose control, we often call out to God for help. God is always there to help even when we aren’t sure He will be. Over the years, I have spoken to man people who have felt the hand of God on their lives. They have experienced unusual happenings in their lives. Some were given money or gifts, or housing when they least expected it; their need was met. You may think this is just luck, but I don’t. God has his hand on all of His people. Remember you are in good hands with God. Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace and your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace. God Bless, Pastor Woody Biker Church Amazing Grace Motorcycle Ministry www.AmazingGrace-mm.org

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Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs & Organizations American Motorcyclist Association www.americanmotorcyclist.com ABATE OF LOUISIANA Inc www.abateoflousiana.org Christian Motorcycle Association www.cma.org

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

Motorheadz M/C 337-433-3033 dagoscustomcycles@yahoo.com

COC/COIR (Coalition Of Independent Riders) www.coc-ms.com/clubs

Mudpuppies Motorcycle Club www.mudpuppies-mc.com Old Dogs Brotherhood RC www.olddogsbrotherhoodrcbigeasy. com

GOLDWING Road Rider Association www.gwrralaa.com

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association of LA steven.chappell@us.army.mil

Harley Owners Group See your local dealer for details

Confederation of Leathernecks MC roadrageisfun@yahoo.com

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

Downsouth Burners “Pluckey” www.downsouthburners.com

1 Down 5 Up MC www.1down5upMc.com

Fire & Iron M/C 318-561-9668

Acadiana Dirt Riders 337-519-2520

Enforcers MC Shreveport Chapter www.EnforcersMC.com

Azuza Streetriders of Alexandria www.azuzastreetriders.com

Forgotten Warriors, Inc kajunforyou@yahoo.com

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) http://louisiana.bacaworld.org

Gulf South BMW Owners www.gulfsouthbmw.org

Back Road Bikers, Inc. 225-921-5769,

Iron Cross Riders 337-967-2098

Bayou Riders of Louisiana 225-293-6691

Iron Order MC www.ironordermc.com

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

Big Dog Riders 504-887-6968

Iron Warrior Motorcycle iwmccentralla@yahoo.com

Reguladores LEO MC 337-280-4756

Blue Knights M/C Louisiana www.blueknights.org

Louisiana Road Ramblers 985-748-7207

Riders Association of Triumph 504-455-6677

Breezy Hill Enduro Club 225-261-7198

Louisiana Trail Riders Association 225-767-1850

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

Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club www.brotherskeepersmc.com

Louisiana Valkyrie Riders 337-365-0955

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

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

MAC-Motorcycle Awareness Campaign www.macorg.com

Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Calvary lukeinthewind@aol.com

Messengers Rc Clean & So Ber www.messengersrcmorgancity.com

Southern Cruisers Riding Club www.southerncruisers.net

Cajun Cruisers 985-693-7252

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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 Prairie Cajun Cruisers 337-550-5993 Red Knights M/C LA #1 504-348-1535 Red Kights Motorcycle Club LA #3 985-868-9701

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Louisiana Motorcycle Clubs & Organizations South LA Trailblazer Riding Club 504-416-8079

Swamp Riders Inc. (985) 438-2465

US Military Vets MC www.usmvmc.org

Street Survivors 985-637-3069

Triumph Motorcycle Riders Club 504-779-6101

White Riders R/C www.whiteridersrc.com

Star Touring & Riding www.star455.com

Vietnam Vets M/C, Mississippi Chapter bubbaVNV1@yahoo.com

Windriders Of Louisiana, Inc. 985.863.3753

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

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

Zulu Road Warriors ww.zuluroadwarriorsmc.ning.com

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