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I’m something of a stickler with maintenance on all of my vehicles. I want them to offer productive service for a long time and, as much as possible, prevent the possibility of a breakdown. There are few things worse than breaking down while traveling, especially when you’re miles away from the resources – tools, parts, expertise, etc. - necessary to get back on the road. Still, no matter how much effort is put into preventing breakdowns, they still happen. Such was the case for me recently. It should be noted that this is not a motorcycle story, mostly. I was wrapping up my Indiana distribution route on a recent Sunday. On the way home from Indianapolis, I typically stop at dealerships in Lafayette, North Judson, Valparaiso, and Michigan City before returning home. Approximately, 15 to 20 miles from Kersting’s Harley-Davidson (just south of North Judson), the battery icon on my dash lit up and the text, “Battery,” began flashing in the message area. I began considering the possible problems. Maybe a bad battery. Perhaps a loose or worn belt. Possibly a bad alternator. I could probably limp the 200+ miles home if the battery was bad and I didn’t turn the truck off but if the problem was the belt or alternator, I needed to make a repair. I limped into Kersting’s driveway and parked. A couple Kersting’s employees were conducting a basic rider training class on their new training pad just west of the building. I popped the hood, loosened the negative battery cable, and restarted the truck. I then removed the negative battery cable. The truck stalled. The problem was obviously the alternator. I was stuck. Kersting’s is a little more than four miles south of North Judson. There is a NAPA auto parts store in town but it was closed until Monday. There is also a motel in town. I considered my options, worried that if I attempted to drive to town I might not make it if the battery ran down. Then I would be stuck on the side of the road. At about that time, I noticed one of the rider training instructors looking at me and, I think, taking my picture with his smartphone. It seemed a good idea to walk over and explain my situation so he didn’t think I was robbing the dealership. After I described my problem, he called Jason Kersting, who took over the operation of the dealership from his parents. I didn’t ask nor did I expect him to make that call. I simply didn’t want him calling the police while I worked through my problem. Jason said he would be right over. Anyone who knows anything about running a motorcycle dealership knows that owners and managers put in a lot of hours keeping the operation running smoothly and profitably. Many work six days a week during the riding season. Asking a guy who works that hard to come to his shop on a Sunday afternoon when he has spent every other day of the week on site is not something I would have done. Nonetheless, return to his shop, Jason did. I don’t want to bore you with all of the details but suffice it to say that Jason was extraordinarily helpful. He doesn’t really know me other a brief face-toface meeting a few years ago and his occasional advertising in this magazine. Despite that, he offered me a charger to boost the battery, tools to remove and replace the alternator, and his truck to drive to an O’Reilly Auto Parts store about 10 miles away. He even got into the act by helping with the work under the hood and tested the alternator’s output before I left to ensure that the problem was, in fact, solved. The whole project

took about 3 ½ to 4 hours. He never seemed impatient nor did he ever want to rush the process. Jason wouldn’t take any money for the use of his tools or gas for the trip into town. I wrapped up at about 5 p.m., was able to complete my distribution, and made it home by 8:30 p.m. I mention this incident for a couple reasons. First, and most importantly, Jason’s willingness to help me was incredibly generous. I was stuck way out in the country. (Anyone who has visited Kersting’s knows that it’s a great destination dealership because of it’s country location and the many good riding roads in the area. If you haven’t been there, you should go. Not only is it a nice ride but they also have an excellent motorcycle museum on-site.) He has a family and it was a Sunday afternoon. I’m sure he would have rather done almost anything instead of returning to his dealership to help a guy he didn’t know. Yet, that’s what he did. Had he not helped me, I would have spent at least one more day on the road at significant additional expense when considering the cost of a motel, food, tools, etc. Second, through his actions, Jason reminded me that there are generous, friendly people in the world. Spend too much time online or watching the news – especially in an election year - and it’s easy to overlook the many good people around us. Thanks, Jason, for the reminder and for all your help. We hope you enjoy this issue. Thanks for reading. Please remember to buy from our advertisers. You know why. Have fun. Ride safe. Stay hydrated while riding in the heat. See you on the road or at an event in the near future,

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2016 Triumph Thruxton: A Rocker’s Dream Come True by Ray Peabody

“Nice bike but it needs more power.” That’s not a phrase you’re likely to hear – or say - when talking about the 2016 Triumph Thruxton café racer. For 2016, Triumph dramatically increased the displacement of the engine powering the Thruxton and T-120 models to 1200cc (from 865cc), thereby ending the practice of introducing meager bumps to the twocylinder powerplant every few years. “Dramatically increased” is not hyperbole. Consider the fact that the 8valve, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled parallel twin now produces 97 horsepower. According to Triumph, the output increase translates to 41% more horsepower than the previous engine, 112 foot pounds of torque at 4,950 rpms, and 68% more power at 4,500 rpm. (For comparison, maximum torque for the Ducati Panigale 1299 is 106.7 foot pounds at 8,750 rpms.) Bigger is better when it comes to engine displacement and the new Triumph 1200cc twin IS better. (There is a point of diminishing returns re: engine displacement but Triumph hadn’t come close to reaching it until they introduced this new engine.) Fortunately, Triumph didn’t simply drop a bigger engine into the Thruxton and call it good. Instead, they upgraded many aspects of the model, incorporating technologies such as ride-by-wire

throttle control for dynamic engine/fuel management, three operating modes (road, sport, and rain) for different riding situations, “switchable” traction control for those times when a heavy throttle hand or a slippery road surface overwhelms tire traction, a torque-assist clutch system for a lighter pull on the clutch lever, ABS for more controlled stops, a fully-adjustable front and rear suspension for tuning the suspension to the riders weight, and an innovative headlight that incorporates a daytime running light and a LED tail light for improved visibility. A security key that prevents theft and an underseat USB port for charging smartphones and

other electronics rounds out the package. Having read about the improvements to the 2016 Thruxton, while remaining skeptical that the motorcycle was that much better, I decided it was time to ride one and make up my own mind. Dave Canu, General Manager (and former owner) of Triumph Detroit, offered one of their Thruxton or T-120 demo bikes for the test. In fact, he offered both if I wanted to ride both. My preference was to test the Thruxton but wasn’t sure whether the sporty seating and handlebar position would allow me to see clearly in all directions. (Arthritis in my neck restricts my ability to look up.) A short sit on the Thruxton persuaded me that I had unrestricted vision in all directions. I expected the handlebars to be set lower as they were when clip-ons were used earlier in the Thruxton’s evolution. The bars on the 2016 model use a combination of clip-ons with bar risers so the rider isn’t leaned over too far with his or her head positioned lower and upper body weight resting on the arms and wrists. Café racer purists might not like this set up but it was quite comfortable for me. The styling wasn’t compromised but the comfort was enhanced. I would be testing the Thruxton. My first impression was that the Thruxton was comfortable. The solo café-styled bullet saddle is firm but not hard with plenty of room to move around. The aforementioned handlebar set up left me with a sporty forward lean but not uncomfortably so. The rear set footpegs were high enough for more than adequate ground clearance

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Importance of Med Benefits on a Bike Policy by Dondi Vesprini This Summer, in most parts of our great State, we have experienced unusually high temperatures which has produced many more days well suited to opening it up on the open roads. Unfortunately, it seems that as the weather gets hotter and more motorcycles are out on the roads, it also produces a higher frequency of accidents. Not all motorcycle accidents involved the ever present motorist who is not paying attention. I have taken calls from injured motorcyclists this Summer who have been involved in accidents with other motorcycles, bicyclists, a variety of road defects and even a wild turkey that was crossing the road. One of the common questions asked by these riders who were not involved with a motor vehicle (car, truck, bus) is “Who is responsible for paying my medical bills.” I thought I would use this month’s article to answer this question and emphasize why a motorcyclist should be sure to purchase medical coverage on their motorcycle insurance policies. Those riders who choose to ride without a lid likely know that in order to do so legally, Michigan’s helmet law requires the operator to carry on his/her motorcycle insurance policy at least $20,000.00 in medical benefits for the operator (and an additional $20,000.00 to cover a passenger) payable in the event of a motorcycle accident. What most motorcyclist’s don’t know, is there is a great advantage to carrying medical benefits on their motorcycle insurance even if they choose to ride

with a helmet on. This is because in Michigan, if you are involved in a motorcycle accident that does not involve a motor vehicle (i.e., car, truck, bus, etc.), nor does it involve a defective roadway where you can sue a negligent road commission or department of transportation for your medical bills based on their failure to keep the road in reasonable repair, then the motorcyclist is on his/her own hook for medical expenses! (Even if you do have a valid case against the road commission, such cases can take upwards of 12 to 18 months to wind its way through the court system, and can leave the motorcyclist with medical bills piling up and going to collections during this time frame) This means that if you are riding your bike and hit a deer, a bicycle, a pedestrian, a tree, another motorcycle, or simply lose control and go down due to wet or slippery pavement , you will be responsible for paying your own medical expenses resulting from the accident. In such a situation, if you have medical benefits on your motorcycle insurance policy, you can make a claim for these benefits to take care of your medical expenses. Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries can also make a claim against Medicare or Medicaid for payment, but with the ever restricting rules on payment by governmental entities, it makes sense to have medical benefits on your motorcycle insurance policy as a “back up plan” if Medicare or Medicaid doesn’t make the payments. For those motorcyclists who have health

insurance, (i.e., Blue Cross, HAP, etc.) it is good advice to make absolutely certain that your health insurance will cover medical expenses arising out of a motorcycle accident before dismissing the thought of purchasing medical benefits on your bike policy. You may be surprised to find, as many motorcyclist I have talked to have found out the hard way, that your health insurance has specific exclusions for injuries arising out of a motorcycle accident. Some of these exclusions come under the guise of excluding benefits for injuries arising out of “dangerous activities”, and the policy goes on to define motorcycling as one such activity. If you have one of those types of exclusions on your health insurance, you had better have medical benefits on your motorcycle policy or else be ready to open your checkbook to take care of your medical expenses. The bottom line is that while medical benefits on one’s motorcycle insurance policy is only “required” if one wants to ride without a helmet, it is strongly recommended or you risk footing your own tab for your medical expenses arising out of a motorcycle accident! As always, if anyone has any questions or if I can be of legal assistance to you or anyone you know who has been injured in a motorcycle accident, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I deal with these types of claims on a daily basis on behalf of injured motorcyclists statewide. Further, for those readers who are members of any motorcycle organizations, clubs or groups, if you would like to have me come out to your group to speak or give a presentation on the legal rights of an injured motorcyclist or on any specific topic that your group may be curious about, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (248-5694646) or shoot me an e-mail at Dondi@buckfirelaw.com. I give presentations statewide and there is never a charge associated with having me out. I enjoy having the opportunity to come out and meet motorcycle enthusiasts from all parts of our State!

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Moto-Skiveez Padded Riding Shorts Review by Gene Southard

We have all felt the pain and numb feeling in our rear end after a long ride. With some seats, this feeling hits us after only a short ride. After rubbing our derriere, we usually start looking at a custom seat catalog. Talk about sticker shock! There is an alternative to replacing your stock seat with an expensive custom seat. Shawn Lupcho, the owner of Moto-Skiveez, has designed a stretch riding short with padding in the important areas. After years of riding motorcycles and bicycles, Shawn worked with TFC research facility in Italy to design a short using thermal imaging to measure body temperature and pressure sensors to measure points of contact between the rider and the seat.

This short uses two fabrics to build a lightweight short. The first layer is made from moisture wicking material with the second layer from breatheable fabric. Then a dual density pad is added. There are three styles of the short available: the Sport style with the padding located for a forward leaning position, the Adventure style for a more upright riding position, and a Cruiser style where the rider has his legs forward. The Cruiser style works best for passengers. The Adventure style would work best for dirt riding. Some dirt bike seats feel as

ASK Dr. Cycholl Q&A Column For Your Questions Relating to Motorcycle Safety, Riding Techniques and Touring By Maurice “Moe” D. Cycholl Dear Dr. Cycholl, I have several old bikes of various makes and models, primarily British and Japanese bikes from the 60s and 70s and am looking to restore them. I live in Metro Detroit. Are there any motorcycle salvage yards in the area? Thanks, Don Fherinbach Dear Don, Yes, there are three that I know of: Eastern Michigan Cycle in Yale, MI www.emc-cycle.com; Michigan Motorcycle Salvage in Mt. Clemens, MI www.michiganmotorcyclesalvage.com; Slicks in Mason, MI www.slickssalvage.com; and British Bikes Only in Garden City, MI www.britishonly.com Additionally there are other resources you might find useful. The Metro Triumph Riders (www.metrotriumphriders.com) will be a big help in restoring old Brit bikes. Of course, Triumph is their specialty but these guys know a lot about most Brit bikes. The Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (www.vjmc.org) are, of course, specialists in Japanese bikes. Thank you, Dr Cycholl The Dr requests your help! I need your questions! This column will be only as good as your questions. If you have a question, it is very likely it will be answered quickly, via email or snail mail and, in the pages of Michigan Motorcyclist® / Midwest Motorcyclist™ magazine. Please send them in! Please submit your questions via email to: askDrCycholl@hotmail.com or via snail mail to: Dr. “Moe” D. Cycholl, c/o CC media, 709 Fall Street, Spring Lake, MI 49456. TM

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if you are sitting on a 2x4 on edge. I will not mention this brand of dirt bike but it’s initials are K.T.M. One Michigan company has made lots of money selling softer dirt bike seats. All MotoSkiveez styles come in five sizes, small to XX large. When I first tried on the Moto-Skiveez short, they felt as if I had just found the missing sock from the laundry, something extra in the back side. But, upon sitting on the bike, they start feeling comfortable. After a long ride, they really come into their own and you start to appreciate the work that went into the design of this short. I have also started to wear the short while exercising on my stationary bike and doing sit ups . Moto-Skiveez also offers an aloe knee high sock, shirt, and folding cap that fits nicely in your tank bag. The Moto-Skiveez short is a comfortable alternative to buying a custom seat for each of your motorcycles. They have just introduced a Ladies style because the female rider needs different sizing and padding. Just don’t tell your wife her rear end needs some padding. The price for the short is $59.95 for the men’s and $64.95 for the ladies’.

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through the twisties but not so high as to restrict circulation in my 34" legs. A mile or so from the dealership, having escaped the traffic on Van Dyke, I rolled on the throttle. Would the new engine live up to its press and my expectations? In “Road� mode, the Thruxton accelerated hard and cruised effortlessly. I toured the two-lane roads of the area, most often in third or fourth gear. When the situation required it, or I simply wanted to go faster, I twisted the throttle and more speed was there. The ride-by-wire set up makes throttling up the speed or shutting it down instantaneous. The engine performance was intoxicating. The six-speed gearbox is excellent, especially when combined with the torque-assist clutch. The pull on the clutch lever is light as is the effort to change gears. Each shift is clean with no missed gears. Snick, snick, snick up and down through the gears makes both acceleration and deceleration smooth and efficient. The exhaust note was equally impressive. From a low rumble at idle to the significant BLAAATT! with acceleration, the note reflected the strength of the engine. I wound my way up Rochester Road over to Lakeville where I found some nice curves. These weren’t twisties that went on for miles. Some were tight, some were sweepers but all gave me a feel for the 454 pound (dry) Thruxton’s handling. The stock suspension set up (Kayaba 41 mm forks and Kayaba twin shocks with adjustable pre-load. 120 mm travel at both ends) seemed almost perfect for my weight and riding style. It was stiff enough to track where I pointed it through the curves but plush enough to absorb the bumps, cracks and frost heaves common on most Michigan roads. The

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suspension also didn’t collapse under hard braking. I wasn’t dragging my knees through the curves so I wasn’t stressing the suspension as much as someone running much faster. Those riders might want to stiffen the suspension for tighter handling. While riding through the curves, I switched to “Sport� mode. (“M� button on the right handlebar selects the mode as seen on the information display on the tachometer. Roll off the throttle and pull the clutch lever switches to the new mode.) The already strong acceleration was noticeably quicker. The Nissin dual 310 mm disk brakes with two-piston calipers up front and single 220 mm disk with a single twopiston caliper are excellent. Never was the occasion when I was forced to brake hard so I didn’t fully test the ABS system. I also didn’t test the tractioncontrol system. At least, I don’t think I did. Or maybe I did test it. The tires never broke free so I never lost traction... which is the purpose of traction control. If the drive/rear tire begins to spin, traction control is engaged to prevent the spinning and maintain traction. In most situations, the rider won’t know whether traction might have been lost without traction control. It’s a valuable safety feature that most riders won’t notice until it doesn’t work. There are a variety of features that are especially appealing in that they retain the vintage look while offering modern performance and information. For example, the instrument cluster looks good and works well. The large analog speedometer is situated on the left and the analog tachometer is on the right. Near the bottom of each gauge is a small multifunctional information display that provides odometer, tripmeter, clock, fuel on-board, fuel range to empty, gear indicator, traction control status, and throttle mode information.

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Old Bikes and Generations I retrieve a lot of neglected bikes from owners who stepped away from riding for a while and never got back into it. I limp the bikes home, then spend too much time and money making them roadworthy. Once back together, I get to enjoy riding something different for a while, sell it for enough to cover my costs, then do it again. Insanity, right? Sometimes it’s a bike I’ve always wanted, but usually it’s “just a bike.” Occasionall,y I even find a keeper, like my vintage Harley Electra Glide/ sidecar rig, though it’s often a struggle ignoring its constant toll on my patience. Nearly every ride on the ‘Glide requires a repair, and most repairs frustrate in some way. Recently, however, a stupid little repair reminded me how my old bikes pull help from across generations, even in my nonriding family. This story began with my dad finding the Harley, one of several bikes he’s happened upon for me. While trying to repair a fender bolt that had sheared in a fork leg, I called upon my long-retired machinist grandfather for help with a tap that had broken in the hole. Grandpa gave me the idea needed to remove the tap, but the bike still resisted a simple repair. I could not effectively mend the hogged-out hole without welding (not in my skill set... yet), so I was still stuck. Frustration grew

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proportionally to hours wasted (I need to learn to weld!), till a weird thought occurred: my wife’s grandfather passed several years ago, leaving a set of steel drawers to store random parts. When I got them, one compartment was filled with an unusual threaded aluminum fastener I believe her Grandfather helped develop. I didn’t recognize the fasteners at the time, but I couldn’t discard them. Now, cogs turning and fasteners in hand, I realized they were a type of rivet/ nutsert, complete with installation tool. Likely intended for sheet materials, I took a chance and hammered one into the messy bolt hole anyway. It fit perfectly and locked in when expanded using the tool, finally allowing me to bolt the fender back in place. Problem solved! One small repair, knowledge of generations, and even a nudge from beyond the grave! Ongoing Old Bike Saga I recently got to hang out with folks from Harley-Davidson at Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky. Heading for an event filled with mostly American cruisers, I knew the plasticky VFR would be the wrong bike amid the chromed heavy metal. This meant pressing the vintage ‘Glide rig into service for a trip distance outside our comfort zone. Our round-trip would total about 200 miles, and pass twice through

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Continued from page 13 - Random Ramblings downtown Cleveland’s brutal summer construction. I love riding the FLH, but know chances are good it will let me down at some point, so we usually stay closer to home. Ah, well, there’s always a cellphone and AMA towing, so we rolled. Surprisingly, the rig made it to Sandusky running great, but about halfway home the mechanical complaining began. Power dwindled, and the old hack began barking at me through the exhaust. Hoping it was just the timing advance sticking (upgraded replacement still on my to-do shelf...), I headed for the shoulder. Before coming to a complete stop, the bike suddenly cleared its throat and lunged forward like nothing was wrong. I had that traveler’s dilemma - stop and check, risking no restart, or thank good fortune and press on? All smooth and sounding right, I chose the latter, and spent the rest of the ride waiting for the worst that never came. Pulling into the garage I thought about checking the bike over, but chose to take the car to work instead. Of cours,e I didn’t have (make?) time to look at the ‘Glide, so when asked for a ride recently, it was a no-go and it sat out the weekend. The Harley is old-school simple (no electronics to scramble) and the basics of points, condenser, plugs and wires were all good. This left the original coil or, worse, a break somewhere in the wiring harness as likely problems. Monday, I pulled the chrome cover off the original (!) coil, and all became obvious. The epoxy coil had two very deep cracks rounding the body, and teardrops of melted material hardened on the sides. No idea how

that got me home! Parts came a couple days later, and within an hour I had a new coil AND the advance installed. What a difference! The engine ran smoother and made noticeably more power. Fifty miles later, it was still running great when parked in the garage. Been sitting a few weeks now, so who knows what’s next...

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One of those Riding Moments My kids have been riding with me since they were big enough to wear a helmet and hold on for the entire ride. When SavvySon hit his teen years, we were riding my Buell Ulysses with its perfect flip-up pillion seatback. As a teen, the “guyspace” issue required air between us and he put his tall body as far back as possible. This was no real issue until accelerating. Then the combination of a short wheel-base, his weight far to the rear, and a torquey V-twin caused many unintentional wheelies from stops. This generated brief panic and body-steering from me, but whoops and grins from the boy on the back! DaringDaughter, by comparison, was always my little ‘tree monkey,” locked in tight and riding like a bobsled team pro. Son has since grown to an accomplished man and moved off on his own, no more to be my wheelie-passenger. Daughter, now grown to an astonishing young woman, leaves soon for college. When she asked for one more ride before her summer was taken by full-time work and her move to school, of course I made time. She’s still a perfect passenger, and we had a wonderful ride, stopping only for lunch and time to talk. That was weeks ago, and her time is now spent preparing for her future - and leaving me memories of simpler times with my children. Always gotta’ live those moments, then hold them gently. Keep the moments intact as they drift into memories. With that, I’m going to close this Rambling. Seems to be some salty inflammation in my eyes making the monitor a bit fuzzy. Until next time... Be seen, ride smart, stay safe and I’ll see you on the road! -mike

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Michigan August 27 16th Annual Forbidden Wheels Hog Roast in Hell $20 donation Dinner & Camping included Live Music, Door Prizes, Swimming Pool Hell Creek Ranch 10866 Cedar Lake Road, Pinckney, MI September 3 2016 Elkton Fun Run Hitching Post, 79 N. Main Street, Elkton, MI Reg. 10 a.m. to noon $15/rider; $25/couple (989) 551-6457 September 9-11 ABATE 9/11 Remembrance Run Portion of proceed donated to Michigan Veterans Wolverine Park I-75 Exit 301, 21 miles north of Gaylord $20/person (989) 731-2055 September 9-11 ABATE Region 5 22nd Annual Fall Rodeo (231) 206-9597 September 10 Save the Girls 13th Annual Charity Motorcycle Ride Reg. 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Kickstands up at 11:30 a.m. Pre-Reg. $25/rider; $40/ rider & passenger After 8/28, $30/rider; $45/ rider & passenger Biker Bob’s Motown Harley-Davidson 14100 Telegraph Road, Taylor, MI (313) 969-9206 soropomist.motorcycle.ride@gmail.com September 10 The AMerican Legion Riders of Fort Dearborn, Post 364 presents The Joe Stumpo Memorial Poker Run HOG Heaven 3001 S. Telegraph. Rd. Dearborn, MI Reg. 10a.m.; 1st bike out at 11 a.m. $15/rider; $10/passenger Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Door prizes (313) 562-9090

September 11 The Metro Triumph Riders present 34th Annual Battle of the Brits Camp Dearborn 1700 General Motors Road Milford, MI 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; $5 entry fee at gate; $10 per bike entered in show Swap meet vendors: $40 per 15’ wide x 40’ deep space www.MetroTriumphRiders.com

September 30 Bike Night Brand-new motorcycle is given away to one person. The free bike giveaway allows persons the chance to enter one-time-only every week until the final drawing Gibraltar Trade Center 237 North River Rd, (I-94 to Exit 237) Mt. Clemens, MI (586) 465-6440 www.GibraltarTrade.com

September 11 March of Dimes 2016 Babies, Blues & BBQ Music starts at noon Rosa Parks Circle 135 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 247-6861

October 1 Oktoberfest Open House BMW Motorcycles of Southeast Michigan 4855 N. Sheldon Rd., Plymouth, MI 734.453.0500

September 11 Walneck Swap Meet 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission $6; Vendors $40 Monroe County Fairgrounds 3775 S. Custer Road – M-50 Monroe, MI September 11 Old Iron Classic Motorcycle Riders Motorcycle Dirt Drags Gates open at 9 a.m. Racing begins at 12 non sharp $8 admission; $15 to race Class for all bikes & ATVs Three Rivers, MI (269) 816-1068 September 17 Fall Open House BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids 5995 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI (616) 530-6900 September 24 Coldwater Eagles Benefit Poker Run for The Branch Area Food Pantry Reg. starts at 10 a.m.; First bike out at 11 a.m.Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, Best Hand $$$ $15/rider; $5/passenger or 4 non-perishable food items for $5 off reg. fee Coldwater Eagles 331 Butters Ave, Coldwater, MI (517) 227-2931 or (517) 617-5920 September 25 Paradice Motorcycle Club Fall Run & Steak Fry BMW Motorcycles of Grand Rapids 5995 S. Division, Grand Rapids, MI Signup 10 .m. to 11 a.m. Ride leaves at 11:30 a.m. $20/person (616) 490-3164 or (616) 363-1030

Indiana August 27 9th Annual Art “Hemi” Heminger Memorial Ride $25/rider; $15/passenger Happy Jacks & D&D Custom Leather 700 East Jefferson Blvd., Mishawaka, IN Reg. 8 a.m.; Depart 9 a.m. (574) 780-3351 August 27 Russ Dellen Memorial Ride Police escorted ride around I-465 Harley-Davidson of Indianapolis 4146 East 96th Street Indianapolis, IN 317.815.1800 August 27 2nd Annual Charity Ride to benefit The Burn Council of Northern Indiana Food, Live music, Games, Raffle $15/rider; $5/passenger Reg. 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. 2626 W. Coliseum Blvd South Bend (?), IN (260) 223-2012 August 27 Fall Demo Day Event with the 2017 Harley-Davidson Demo Fleet Southside Harley-Davidson I-65 & Southport Road, Exit 103 Indianapolis, IN (317) 885-5180 August 27 Heat the Streets Summer Party Beer Garden & Food by the Coachman Live Music by Cosmic Situation IndyWest Harley-Davidson 6201 Cambridge Way, Plainfield, IN (317) 279-0062

September 2 -4 ABATE Region 1 MDA Kidz Weekend Ride Crumstown Conservation Club 59440 Crumstown Hwy North Liberty, IN $25/person (574) 298-3200 September 3 ABATE Region 1 Marshall County Blueberry Bike Show (574) 936-9619 September 3 Hog Roast, Labor Day Extravaganza Live music Brandt’s Harley-Davidson 1400 N. Cass Street, Wabash, IN (260) 563-6443

September 10 National Open House / Taste of Southport Road Event Southside Harley-Davidson I-65 & Southport Road, Exit 103 Indianapolis, IN (317) 885-5180 September 10 FREE All Day Concert featuring Cowbay & Appetite for Destruction Starts at noon Brandt’s I-69 Harley-Davidson 6333 E. Stelzer Dr, Marion, IN (765) 664-1331

September 3 Labor Day Extravaganza Brandt’s I-69 Harley-Davidson 6333 E. Stelzer Drive, Marion, IN (765) 664-1331

September 16-18 ABATE Region 9 Rebel Yell 6565 Highway 62 West, Corydon, IN $15/person; $25/couple (812) 267-7517; 812) 820-3516

September 7 Wild West Wednesday Bike Night at Elkhart Indiana Motorcycle with food and beer by Texas Roadhouse Elkhart Indian Motorcycles 3016 Brittany Ct, Elkhart, IN (877) 856-4326

September 16-18 ABATE Region 1 Marshall County Summers End 10648 Upas Road, Plymouth, IN $15/person; Must be 18 or older (574) 936-9619

Sept 9-10 ABATE Region 2 Starke County Autumn Slam Live music, tattoo contest, wet t-shirt contest, bike games Kersting’s Cycle 8774 W. 700 North, Winamac, IN $15/person; Minimum age 21 (574) 772-6842 September 9-11 ABATE Region 10 Southern Hills Bash Ireland Sportsman Club Ireland, IN Must be 18 (812) 508-1139 September 10 3rd Annual Rib Cook-Off & Party Harley-Davidson of Michigan City 2968 N. US Highway 421 Michigan City, IN (219) 878-8885 September 10 2017 Open House & MotorClothes Fashion Show Food & Beer by Aces Pub Music by local bands Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson

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Pop Quiz: Midwest Motorcycle Rules by Jason Waechter, Esq. Wait… is summer over already? With back-to-school on many people’s minds, it seemed fitting to provide a little “pop quiz” on motorcycle-specific laws in the Midwest states. Q: In which Midwest states are motorcyclists required to wear a crash helmet? A: In general, Midwest states are pretty consistent when it comes to helmet legislation; Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin all require riders under the age of 18 to wear a crash helmet. Helmets are optional for riders 18 and older, provided they meet certain criteria which vary by state. In Michigan, helmets are optional for riders aged 21 and up. Neither Illinois nor Iowa have motorcycle helmet laws on the books, and both Nebraska and Missouri* require all motorcyclists and passengers to wear a helmet at all times. In North Dakota, if the motorcycle operator is required to wear a helmet (based on age), then any passenger(s) must also wear a crash helmet, regardless of age. *Missouri’s universal helmet law could change in the not-too-distant future. Earlier this year, a Bill (HB 1464) was passed by the house that would amend Missouri’s universal helmet law, making it similar to Michigan’s: riders aged 21 and older could forego wearing a crash helmet, provided they meet certain criteria: the operator must have held a valid motorcycle endorsement for at least two years, or got their endorsement by completing a certified rider training program, and the operator must be carry a minimum amount of supplementary medical or health insurance; in Michigan, riders who want to ride without a helmet must have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits. Q: Some Midwest states require motorcyclists to wear eye protection… Do you know which ones? A: In Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, South Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, eye protection is mandatory unless the motorcycle is equipped with a wind screen that protects the operator’s eyes and face. Eye protection is required for passengers in some states as well, including Wisconsin and Ohio. You might be surprised to learn that eye protection is not required for motorcyclists in Iowa, Nebraska, or North Dakota. In South Dakota, motorcyclists may not wear tinted eye protection when vehicle headlights are required to be on, prohibiting bikers from wearing their sunglasses at night. Q: Which Midwest states regulate noise? A: Generally, Midwest states don’t love loud bikes. Michigan, Ohio, and Minnesota have set decibel limits for motorcycles. In Michigan and Ohio, a TM

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motorcycle cannot be louder than 86 dB on roads with a speed limit of 35mph or higher, or 82 dB on roads with a speed limit up to 35mph, as heard from 50 feet away. Minnesota’s law is similar, and allows for a range of 85-95 dB depending upon the speed of the road, as heard from 30 feet. A few states don’t provide any noise guidelines for motorcycles, while most, like Nebraska, South Dakota, and Indiana, require a working muffler that prevents “excessive and unusual noise” and smoke. Q: Are so-called “ape hangers” regulated in any Midwest states? A: Three Midwest states - Iowa, Kansas, and Minnesota - do not regulate handlebar height. Some states limit handlebar height to shoulder-height or lower: Illinois, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In Ohio, handlebar height is limited to a maximum of 15" above the seat, or not higher than shoulder height. Indiana, Michigan, and Missouri limit handlebars to 15" above the seat, while Nebraska limits handlebar height to 15" above the mounting point of the handlebars themselves. Wisconsin law allows handlebars to be a maximum of 30" above the seat. Q: What are the age limits for motorcycle passengers in the Midwest? A: Trick question! None of the Midwest states has set a minimum age requirement for motorcycle passengers. However, all twelve Midwest states require that motorcycle operators carry only the number of passengers the bike is designed to carry, and that each passenger has a seat and foot rest. Instead of a minimum age, motorcycle passengers are subject to a minimum height requirement: they must be able to comfortably reach foot rests or pegs when seated in the passenger seat. Q: Do any Midwest states allow motorcyclists to go on a red light? A: Most motorcyclists get “stuck” at a red light at some point, because their bike can’t trigger the light’s sensors. So, some Midwest states have “safe on red” laws in place for motorcyclists and bicyclists. In Illinois, for example, a motorcyclist and bicyclist stuck at a red light that does not change for 120 seconds or more to proceed through the intersection, provided that it is safe to do so and they would not impede rightof-way traffic (625 ILCS 5/ 11-306). (As an attorney, I cannot recommend running a red light and then trying to use the safeon-red law as a defense.)

Did you know all the answers? If not, or if you’d like to learn more about these and other motorcycle laws, visit our website at www.TheMotorcycleLawyer.com. Find us on Facebook (Facebook.com/TheMotorcycleLawyer) to stay up-to-date on motorcycle news and laws in your area, as well as to access a variety of motorcycle awareness materials, funny motorcycle memes and jokes, and other motorcycle content. Remember, there is no way to cover every law in a single article, nor is it possible for one article to explain the different applications and nuances of motorcycle laws; every case is different, and laws are changing all the time. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a motorcycle crash, call me as soon as possible at 1-877-BIKER LAW to discuss your situation. Source(s): www.drivinglaws.aaa.com www.americanmotorcyclist.com www.cyberdriveillinois.com www.in.gov/bmv www.iowadot.gov/mvd/index.htm www.ksrevenue.org/vehicle.html www.michigan.gov/sos www. dps.mn.gov/divisions/dvs www. dor.mo.gov/motorv/ www.clickdmv.ne.gov/ www. dot.nd.gov/public/ www.bmv.ohio.gov/ www. dps.sd.gov www.wisconsindot.gov/

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The Preacher Speaks About...

Route 66 and Retirement by Franz “The Preacher” Hoffer

We had our annual motorcycle trip and it was a good one. On the ride was my son, Eric, sonin-law, Tony, Jimbo (only for two days), and yours truly. It was a five-day ride from July 11th to July 15th. This trip was special to me as I retired the week before from my 8 to 6 job (there are no more 9 to 5 jobs); 40 years in automotive are enough. Automotive is a good industry and you can make a decent living. It’s a sexy industry and the opportunities are plentiful. When it’s good, it’s really good but when it’s bad, it’s really bad. So as they say in old prison movies when someone is paroled: ”I did my time.”

Our ride would take us down Route 66 for a substantial distance so I dubbed this “The Preacher’s 2016 Route 66 Retirement Ride” and had T-shirts made to memorialize the trip. We started out on Monday morning, July 11, heading down my drive way at 6:30am. Our goal for the first day was Springfield, Illinois. The weather looked promising; no hint of rain, only bright sunshine and temperatures s in the 90’s. We took I-94 west out of Detroit and picked up Jimbo along the way. We continued south on I-69 before turning west on the I-80 Tollway. We rode 80 across the width of Indiana until we entered Illinois where we turned onto Route 66. What a trip down memory lane! Route 66 is also called “The Mother Road.”For those not familiar with Route 66 history, the road was opened in 1926 and provided the passage to California for those looking to make a better life away from the “dustbowl” that plagued the country until the early 30’s. It has a rich history of those sojourners as well as a “bootleggers” highway from southern stills to St. Louis, Chicago, and many other northern cities. We stopped often to check out historic sites including the Route 66

Museum. Although we were on actual Route 66 for a good part of the ride, we also rode alongside the original pavement for miles at a time. It’s actually a little spookey…you almost see and feel the ghosts of those 1920’s/1930’s farmers rattling along in their beat up Model T’s with all their belongings stacked high and their family members hanging on for dear life at the hair-raising speeds of 35 to 40 mph for the 2,200 miles from Chicago to California. We spent the night in Springfield and spent most of the next morning at the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The museum is a must see, folks. The facility does a wonderful job of detailing the challenges of this courageous President and his

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Continued from page 16 family. We also visited his home of 25 years in Springfield and motored on to the cemetery and his tomb (and that of his many family members). His sarcophagus is entombed under 10 feet of concrete as there was an early-1900s attempt to steal his body and hold it for ransom. After a memorable morning in Springfield, Jimbo left us due to other commitments. The remaining three of us headed south down Route 66 towards St. Louis. We arrived around 7:00pm in the evening and had a great steak dinner at Calicoes’, a downtown landmark near Busch Stadium. Even though it was dark, we walked down to the St. Louis Arch on the mighty Mississippi. An interesting feat of engineering: 54 feet thick at the base and 17 feel at the apex. Seven people have flown planes underneath it (permanently stripped of their pilot’s license.) One person tried to parachute on top of it and died in the process. One person who climbed it with

suction cups survived and escaped the long arm of the law. On Wednesday, we started the day with an impressive tour of the AnheuserBusch Brewery. After that, we rode through the Mark Twain National Forest in the Ozarks; an exceptional ride, about 300 miles in total. On Thursday, it was time to complete the final leg of our journey. We rode along the border of Tennessee and Kentucky to an area called the Land Between the Lakes, a huge recreation area formed by the construction of several TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) dams that were built in the 40s and 50s. While generating much needed electricity for the region, the Dams also formed several large lakes. We stopped at several scenic areas along the way but the best part was the smooth, curvy road, tailor made for motorcycles. We spent the night in Clarkesville, Tennessee. We began the long ride home, about 580 miles, on Friday morning. At our first gas stop, I noticed my bike hesitated slightly when I started it after filling up. We pulled away from the gas pumps to use the facilities and get some liquid refreshment. When we were ready to get back on the road, I dressed in my gear, hit the starter button and…click, click, click. My battery was dead as door knob. We jumped it from my son-in-law’s Yamaha…what sacrilege….a Harley being jumped by a Yamaha. We got the Road Glide started and headed to the nearest Harley dealer in Bowling Green. 45 minutes and $212 later, we were back on the road with a new battery. We dodged inclement weather

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around Cincinnati (took I-275 west around the city and around the weather), arriving home around 11:30pm. It was a great trip, one I will never forget as my retirement ride. Unfortunately, I was not happy with the way I rode. I did not prepare for this ride as well as I have in the past. I did not spend a lot of time on the bike prior to the ride and it showed. Coming into St. Louis, there was some loose gravel on the road surface at an intersection. Instead of using the back brake, I jammed the front brake and went down after grazing Tony’s bike. As I was going down, something inside me said “hug the bike” and I did. The engine and saddle bag protectors kept me from direct contact with the pavement. I ended up with not a mark, not even a scratch although my bike skidded on its side for at least 15 feet with me on it. I can’t believe I was not injured and not only walked away unscathed but my bike ended up with

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Exploring By Ray Peabody This isn’t the kind of exploring that involves multiple days, sometimes months or possibly years and other states or countries. The title refers to the exploration of roads or trails in the township or county where I live. It’s the kind of exploration a rider undertakes when only a few hours or a day are available for a ride. I began thinking about this recently while looking for an interesting ride for the couple hours I had free. My first thought went to the best roads in the area I had identified when I moved to the west side of the State 3 ½ years ago. Unconsciously, that’s where I rode whenever I wanted to escape. Taking those roads required little thought and was usually enjoyable; not necessarily smile inducing and definitely not breathtaking. Instead, those rides generated minimal excitement and I wanted more. I want my riding time to have some value, like visiting new areas and riding new roads. The rides didn’t have to be perfect; they had to offer a new experience. I decided that, rather than pulling out the map to find an area that might offer good roads, I would get on the bike and ride. If a road looked interesting, I would take it.. As I dressed for the ride, my excitement grew. It seems silly to write that and even harder to explain. I wasn’t traveling far from home nor was the risk of anything dangerous high. The difference was in breaking the routine. Sheesh, had I known that’s all it took to get my heart pumping a little harder, I would have picked new roads to ride sooner. I decided on a northeasterly direction and launched. I started by taking roads with which I’m familiar yet don’t often ride that wind around nearby lakes. Once beyond my local area, the real exploration began. It would be great to tell you that I immediately found some awesome roads with curves and hills. The truth is that this area is relatively flat and the roads straight so there isn’t an abundance of hilly, curvy roads. So I rode flat, straight and paved for a few miles before the pavement came to an end at an intersection. The only paved road was the one I was riding. The other three were dirt. I considered returning down the road I had just traveled but quickly talked myself out of that idea. I was exploring, dammit, and would travel the roads that were available. Back tracking was not an option! This would be a good time to note that, while my 1996 Triumph Tiger is categorized as an adventure motorcycle, it’s not that. Unless the worst road condition encountered during an adventure is

pavement or, at worst, hard-packed, smooth dirt. Otherwise, riding in sand or loose gravel has the Tiger running a path similar to that of a squirrel trying to avoid an approaching car or attempting to lay on its side for a nap. The fact that it weighs a top-heavy 500 pounds makes those conditions even riskier. Back to exploration, I turned left onto what was a hard-packed dirt road. That road took me straight north past farms and hard-working farmers. It was actually quite nice. There was no other traffic and my pace was relaxed. There were even a few nice views. Eventually, the dirt road became a paved road. I turned right at the “T” and then left again on another dirt road, continuing in northeasterly direction. Gradually, the number of houses declined as I got further into the country. I found myself on a dirt road the surface of which was a combination of loose dirt and gravel. It wasn’t one of those recently graded roads but was instead similar to a seasonal road. In some areas, the road was a washboard from shoulder to shoulder. The Tiger didn’t like that road. The loose dirt and gravel had the front tire tracking every which way; not completely out of control but on the edge. Anyone following my trackwould have thought I was stoned; sometimes in control and riding straight and other times uncontrollably wandering all over the road. I’m quite certain the only thing that kept me upright was the gyroscopic effect of the tires. When I entered into one of the washboard sections, both ends of the Tiger began to hop; not in a synchronous, flowing ballet but instead more like a random un-choreographed break dance. Controlled is not what I was but I didn’t go down; that’s a good thing. A couple miles up the road, the environment changed to what I later recognized as the best part of the trip. The road wound its way into a forest. The area had a few hills and the road surface firmed up. Houses, which had been sparse, could be found more frequently on either side of the road. Eventually, that dirt road became asphalt near the Muskegon River. It turned left, running parallel to the river. This area was busier in terms of both cars and pedestrians than any other part of the ride. The pace of the ride slowed but that was fine because there was more to see. A few miles later, that road ended at an intersection with the busier twolane road I used to return home. The decision to do some exploring was a good one. Yes, many of the roads were less that perfect – some sucked – but I traveled through areas not far from home that I hadn’t experienced previously. I saw other roads I didn’t take but looked interesting and will likely be part of a ride in the near future when I next decide to explore.

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Continued from page 10 - Thruxton Test Another example is the large, round headlamp. The look is vintage while the inside-the-shell technology is modern. The headlamp offers the usual functionality plus a daytime running lamp. The lightweight aluminum bar end mirrors not only further the café racer look but also provide excellent views to the sides and behind the bike. Despite all the positives the Thruxton offers, it comes with a couple nits to pick. The first and most notable is the heat I felt on the underside of my thighs. My assumption is that the heat was generated by the engine. However, the temperature on the day of the test was in the low 90s which might have amplified the heat of the engine. When asked about the heat, Dave told me that he hadn’t heard anyone else comment on that issue. The other nit – it’s obviously a minor nit – is that the left side bar end mirror is shorter than the one on the right. This isn’t a significant problem except that I use armored gloves and the plastic piece on the back of the glove that protects my knuckles is tall enough to rub against the bottom of the mirror when my hand is on the grip. It was distracting anytime I moved my hand. The problem is easily solved with different gloves. I adapted my

hand position to the inside of the grip and the problem was less noticeable. As mentioned, this is the most minor of nits. The 2016 Thruxton is the café racer Rockers would have liked to have built in their garages in the 50s and 60s. It is fast and offers raillike handling that would have had them winning the race from café to café or running the complete loop and returning to the café well before the song on the jukebox had finished. No, it doesn’t offer the builder’s pride of creating a fast, lightweight racer in the garage and then taking it to the local to race other builders. Instead, it offers classic style, modern performance, and confidence-inspiring reliability without the busted knuckles and swearing. This Thruxton is an excellent motorcycle. The standard Thruxton that I tested starts at $12,500. The Thruxton R, with Brembo brakes, Showa forks, and Ohlins rear shocks among other upgrades, starts at $14,500. For more information about the Thruxton or any of the 2016 Triumph motorcycles, visit Triumph Detroit at 50662 Van Dyke in Shelby Township, Michigan, give them a call at 586-726-7400, or check out their web site at www.triumphdetroit.com.

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For a complete list of Michigan Harley-Davidson Dealer Association Members, see the dealer locator on page 19. August 25-28 NASCAR Race Weekend on the Patio Cement City Harley-Davidson / Artesian Wells Sports Tavern 18711 US 12, Cement City, MI (517) 547-3333 August 26-27 12th Bikers for Bethany No cost for the event please RSVP by Aug 18 at www.bethany.org/hollandbiker. Join the ride and Support the cause- food and festivities start at 7pm Saturday- proceeds benefit adoption. Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson 2977 Corporate Grove Drive, Hudsonville, MI (877) 596-6387 August 27 Bacon & Bikes FREE BACON! Enjoy free food, entertainment, and door prizes at ABC H-D’s Bacon & Bikes event. PLUS a People’s Choice Ride-In Bike Show will be held from 1pm to 2pm. ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59) Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 August 27 Dog Days of Summer BCHD is going to the dogs! Come on and donate to a local animal rescue! Enjoy lunch and a free frisbie with purchase. Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 August 28 Bike & Classic Car Rally for Lions Bear Lake Blind Camp for Kids $20 / entry; 100 mile scenic ride Start at Knights of Columbus Hall, 1400 Orion Road, Lake Orion End at Ray C’s Harley-Davidson, 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69), Lapeer, MI Info: (248) 249-6643 September 8 Bike Night Summer Concert Series $2 beers, BBQ, vendors, prizes & more Grand Rapids Harley-Davidson 2977 Corporate Grove Drive Hudsonville, MI (877) 596-6387 September 10 Town & Country Group’s 14th Annual Memorial Run Remembering our loved ones on a great autumn ride. Please join us in celebrating the lives of all those loved ones lost. We will have a great selection of prizes, with top hand in this poker-style run taking home a $200 prize! Town and Country Sport Center 18655 US-12, Cement City, MI 517-547-3333 September 10 New Model Year Open House 2017 Models, Charity Run, Discounts on Officially Licensed Products, Door Prizes & more Gildner Harley-Davidson 2723 South M 76 West Branch, MI (989) 345-1330

September 16-17 Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 10th Anniversary Bash (9/17) H-D Demo Truck on-site (9/16-17) This is the big one! Come enjoy Q It Up, great music, demo rides, and much much more as we celebrate 10 years as Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road, Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233 September 16-24 2017 Open House Join us in celebrating the 2017 model year Harleys plus Live Music, Food, Demo Rides Ray C’s Harley-Davidson 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69) Lapeer, MI (810) 664-9261 September 17 Fall for Chrome New Model Year Open House Come on out & see all the latest in the 2017 bikes! Latest models, as well as new Motorclothes and Accessories. Door prizes, demo rides, in-store specials & lunch for you. Town and Country Sport Center 18655 US-12, Cement City, MI 517-547-3333 September 17 Fall Open House It’s the biggest event of the season! We’re celebrating with 2017 model demo rides, live music, delicious free food, a fashion show, and lots of fun activities! Come join the party! ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 September 18 Lapeer HOG Gypsy Tour Ride proceeds donated to local charities Reg 9 a.m. to 12 noon; $10/person Door prizes, 50/50, Awards & Drawings Ray C’s Harley-Davidson 1491 S. Lapeer Rd. (M-24 & I-69) Lapeer, MI (810) 664-9261 September 24 Hogs & Hotcakes / Ride-In Bike Show Enjoy free hotcakes at ABC’s Hogs & Hotcakes event! We’ll have entertainment and door prizes. PLUS a people’s choice ride-in bike show. Register by 1pm for bike show. ABC Harley-Davidson, Inc. 4405 Highland Road (M-59), Waterford, MI 248.674.3175 September 24 2017 New Model Open House Capitol Harley-Davidson 9550 Woodlane Dr. Dimondale, MI 48821 Phone: 517.646.2345 September 24 2017 Model Launch Party The 2017 Harley-Davidson models are here! Come see us and let us show you all of the new and exciting features Battle Creek Harley-Davidson 5738 Beckley Road Battle Creek, MI (269) 979-2233

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Continued from page 19 - The Preacher only two small skid marks on the bottom of the protectors. Unfortunately, I did mark up Tony’s left saddle bag when I grazed him. On the upside, I started up my bike (after a few minutes to collect my thoughts…you don’t drop an 850lb bike without it affecting you!) and we continued. My son and son-in-law were right there, right away, to help me. I thank them both. As with all trips, there are often U-turns that need to be made. I made four out of six without any problems. That’s 66%; not good enough. I had not put in the time this year to bone up on the techniques I learned from Gary Lewandowski when I took the Ride Like a Pro Class last year. I was doing well at the end of last year on the turns and had become over confident about my riding abilities. I will not make that that mistake again. Training and practice need to be a constant, not an occasional occurrence. So there you have it. The “Preachers 2016 Route 66 Retirement Ride” is in the books. I will remember it as a great ride with great people and a great and humbling learning experience for me. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Until next time…practice, practice and ride safe, my friends.

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1. Battle Creek

12. Muskegon

BATTLE CREEK HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 5738 BECKLEY RD, BATTLE CREEK (269) 979-2233, www.battlecreekharley.com

HOT ROD HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 149 SHORELINE DRIVE, MUSKEGON (231) 722-3653, www.hotrodhd.com

2. Bay City

13. Sturgis

GREAT LAKES HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 3850 S. HURON ROAD, BAY CITY (989) 686-0400, www.greatlakeshd.com

HAMILTON HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 68951 WHITE SCHOOL ROAD, STURGIS (616) 651-3424, www.hamiltonharley-davidson.com

3. Birch Run

14. Tecumseh

SHIAWASSEE HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 11901 N. BEYER ROAD, BIRCH RUN (989) 624-4400 www.shiawasseeharley-davidson.com

TECUMSEH HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 8080 MATTHEWS HIGHWAY, TECUMSEH (517) 423-3333

4. Cement City

15. Traverse City

TOWN & COUNTRY HARLEY-DAVIDSON® US 12 & US 127, CEMENT CITY (517) 547-3333, www.cementcity-harley.com

CLASSIC MOTOR SPORTS HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 3939 S BLUE STAR DRIVE, TRAVERSE CITY (231) 943-9344, www.classictc.com

5. Fremont

16. Waterford

SANDY’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® SPORT CENTER 11940 N. MAPLE ISLAND RD, FREMONT (231) 924-3020 www.sandysharley-davidson.com

A.B.C. HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 4405 HIGHLAND RD (M-59), WATERFORD (248) 674-3175 www.abc-harley-davidson.com

6. Gaylord

17. West Branch

ZIP’S 45TH PARALLEL HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 980 S WISCONSIN AVE., GAYLORD (989) 732-8000, www.zips45thhd.com

GILDNER’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® MOTORCYCLES 2723 S M-76, WEST BRANCH (989) 345-1330, www.gildnershd.com

7. Hudsonville GRAND RAPIDS HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 2977 CORPORATE GROVE DR., HUDSONVILLE (616) 896-0111, www.grandrapidsharley.com

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8. Kalamazoo PERRY’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 5331 SPRINKLE ROAD, KALAMAZOO (269) 329-3450 www.perryharley-davidson.com

starting at $30 a day!

FOR SALE

Michigan Harley-Davidson Dealer Association Members

Aluminum 1 & 2 place trailers Autumn CLEARANCE!

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9. Lansing CAPITOL HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 9550 WOODLANE DRIVE, DIMONDALE (517) 646-2345, www.capitolhd.com

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10. Lapeer RAY C’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 1491 S. LAPEER ROAD, LAPEER (810) 664-9261, www.raycsh-d.com

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11. Mt. Pleasant HOLESHOT HARLEY-DAVIDSON® 4741 E PICKARD, MT PLEASANT (989) 772-5513 www.candssportcenter.com

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on Saturday, September 24 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • • • • • •

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