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Weather 101 Keep that Bike Steady!
It’s nice to get some breaks from the wind after seeing a few windy March days. It’s hard to believe that we still have our major windy month ahead of us. Typically in April and even May we can experience days where the wind gusts can hit 60 to 70 mph. That certainly makes it difficult to hop on the bike and get a good ride in. So, what causes the wind?
The wind blows because air has weight. Cold air weighs more than warm air so the pressure of cold air is greater. When the sun comes out and warms the air (initially just above the ground surface), the air expands, gets lighter and rises. Cooler, heavier air blows to where the warmer and lighter air was, or in other words, the wind will blow from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. If the high pressure area is very close to the low pressure area, or if the pressure difference is great, the wind can blow very fast. It’s like carrying your child on your shoulders. That child has weight (like the air). Eventually, that walk around the park or zoo will tire you out and you’ll need to have your child climb down (move the weight) or perhaps risking collapse. So it is with air. Air will move from areas of high pressure to areas of lower pressure where it will be relieved from the weight.
Did you know that the wind doesn’t blow in a straight line? That’s because the earth is rotating. In the northern hemisphere, the spin of the earth causes winds to veer to the right. This is called the Coriolis force. In the northern hemisphere, winds blow clockwise around an area of high pressure and counterclockwise around low pressure. By the way, when the wind is blowing, if you put your back to the wind, the area of low pressure is always to your left.
What was the strongest wind speed ever recorded? A. 180 mph B. 225 mph
C. 296 mph D. 318 mph
Answer: The strongest wind gust was from an F5 tornado that struck Oklahoma City on May 3rd 1999. The wind speed was 318 mph.
Sun City Biker 3 By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman
Catch 'Doppler' Dave Speelman on KVIA Channel 7 or online at www.kvia.com for your most accurate weather reports.
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willing to lend a helping hand. "
Hope Jackson spoke about how the bikers have helped her cause. “They’re an integral part of making this project come to fruition. I truly thank God for their presence. They are a phenomenal group of guys. They truly epitomize service to the community. They came to me and ever since they’re been working tirelessly to make this all come true.”
A Place to Start New
Photos and story by Ricky J. Carrasco
In March, the Rough Riders MC hosted their run to benefit various veterans’ causes. "Jefe", president of the Riders, explained that the funds from this run will go to several specific veterans’ causes. The Ambrosio Guillen veteran's home is one of the beneficiaries of this year's run. The Riders also just finished work on work at the American Legion. "We just helped the American Legion on Shell Street install a thousand dollar security system in their building that badly needed an upgrade." The work being done for the area's newest veteran's home, the H.O.P.E. Institute is what caught my attention.
Jefe further explained how this project came about. "Hope Jackson is a retired Army Lt. Colonel. When she retired, she was looking for something to do. She said this is like a calling for her. She said she just starting noticing that there is no place for women veterans to start anew. They will be having job skills classes and other classes to reintegrate the residents into the workplace. She's been reaching out to various veterans’
clubs in El Paso, not just the biker groups. During the week, volunteers can come in and do work on whatever they know how to do. A couple of my guys just went the other day to tear up the ceiling so that the ductwork can be laid that will eventually be central heating and air conditioning. The Forgotten Renegades are spearheading work with the House."
Stifler, president of the Forgotten Renegades, spoke about their involvement with the home. "Basically, it's a place for rehabilitation. The ladies will get job training and it'll help them get off the street. It's a place for them to start their lives back up. The home currently needs a lot of work done. The home needs help on tile, masonry work, roofing, and plumbing. The entire home will be run by volunteers. They get no state funding."
He explained that because of setbacks in the renovation, the official opening of the home has been delayed from around Thanksgiving of last year to somewhere in May of this year. When it does open, it will be able to house around 8 people until they get a place of their own.
"You know, a single female veteran with two kids living in the back of a car is NOT something I'm going to sit around and watch. Ms. Jackson is a sweet lady who needed help. We saw the home and new we had to start working, but we're a small club and the Rough Riders were
Jackson explained that they will take in any woman is medically able to work so they can complete the 16 week curriculum, which will teach everything from basic living skills to personal budgeting skills. Ms. Jackson says she will teach some of the courses herself using her Master’s degree in Business Administration. “I will sit one on one with every one of our residents to discuss a roadmap to their success and then find ways to make that success happen. That is one detail that I don’t want to delegate to anyone.” She has also partnered with LearnKey.com to be able to further her resident’s education while living at the institute.
Sun City Biker 5 “We’re doing this to give these ladies a hand up, not a hand out. Somewhere, our women have gotten off track and this is all to help them get back on their feet. Like it says on the website, we live by the credo, ‘No veteran left behind, ever.’” To learn more about the H.O.P.E. Institute, please go to www.theinstituteofhope.org.
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Juarez BikerFest 2014
Photos and story by Ricky J. Carrasco
he biker scene in Juarez is very much like the community in El Paso. There are many, many clubs that all have their own special reason for being, but when one of them throws a party or needs support and participation; they all seem to come out in numbers. Such was the case for the Juarez BikerFest, a 3 day event held at the "X" park and outdoor auditorium, held by the Medicos Motociclistas MotoClub (Medical Motorcyclists MC), a group made up almost entirely of medical professionals. Raul Perez, president of the MM, himself is an orthodontist. "We've had a steady stream of people from around the state. We've had people come in from Delicias, Chihuahua, Agua Prieta and Casas Grandes. We've even had people come in from Phoenix, El Paso, and even Los Angeles. We've had good support from the El Paso Centauros who have volunteered in working the parades." The festival centered on bikers, but was not exclusive to them in action or in purpose. The "X" park was open to the public to enjoy the 3 daysâ€™ worth of live music, food, and fun. More importantly, the funds raised by the event will be used for 7 necessary feminine surgeries for low income women, like hys-
terectomies and other obstetric procedures. "We've requested from people in town for names of women that need our help. Those places included the shelters and orphanages in Juarez. For example, in one of the orphanages, there is a 17 year old with a feminine bleeding problem. She's the first on our list. We'll be working with several gynecologists and anesthesiologists to make the surgeries happen."
I was there for a while on the last day of the event and a good crowd was already forming by noon. There was everything from elder ladies interested in the commotion to little kids who were there as part of a family picnic, all milling around the hundreds of bikes and bikers that were there. "We had about 500 bikes in our parade yesterday and we're expecting about 700 today." Tony, another Medico Motociclista and a gynecologist himself, informed me later that they estimated the Sunday night crowd at between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators in the crowd. From Mr. Perez, "Juarez is very safe right now, very agreeable and peaceful. You can bet that on a bike, you can cross over and come back with little trouble and alot of confidence. Here, there is much to do and see. You can come with full confidence in your surroundings and when you come, we'll show you a good time!" I hope to be reporting on all the good works, and the good times, happening in Juarez for the rest of this year.
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HARLEY-DAVIDSON BUSTS OUT TWO MORE NEW BIKES
THE RETURN OF THE REBELLIOUS LOW RIDER; TOUR-READY SUPERLOW 1200T REVEALED
MILWAUKEE, WI. (March 6, 2014) – Harley-Davidson® (NYSE:HOG) is at it again. Fresh off the unveiling of the new Harley-Davidson Street™ 750 and the launch of Project RUSHMORE, the company unleashed today two new motorcycles that expand its diverse line-up of street
bikes, and put more models for more riders on the showroom floor of each HarleyDavidson dealer.
The mid-year release of the retro-cool Low Rider® and rangy SuperLow® 1200T completes the largest new-model launch in Harley-Davidson’s 110-year history and keeps the throttle pinned on the company’s accelerated, customer-led product-development process.
“It’s been a fantastic six months for us,” said Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson Motor Company President and Chief Operating Officer. “First Project RUSHMORE, then Harley-Davidson Street, now the new SuperLow 1200T and Low Rider models -- all are the result of being customer led and delivering riders the technical prowess and rebellious spirit that they want infused in each and every new Harley.” Low Rider In 1977, Harley-Davidson created a ride-it-hard, put-it-away dirty, makeyour-own-boundaries custom motorcycle that became an icon — the Low Rider. Today that defiant attitude returns with a vengeance as the legendary Low Rider
model name is reprised for an all-new cruiser that rolls with old-school class and exciting new performance. A polished headlamp visor, wrinkle black trim, and split five-spoke aluminum wheels are touchstone styling elements from the original Low Rider model.
The unrelenting thrust of the Twin Cam 103™ powertrain signals departure with a satisfying, throaty tone through twisting header pipes feeding a 2-into-1 exhaust. Suspension is calibrated for all-day comfort and precise handling, while dual-front disc brakes deliver capable stopping power. The new adjustable seat and handlebar risers enable a perfect fit for more riders. Ample Genuine Motor Accessories offer endless possibilities for self-expression, so any rider can own the look and own the road. SuperLow 1200T Harley-Davidson opens the door to touring adventure with the SuperLow 1200T, a motorcycle that combines
a nimble chassis with essential touring features and the power to ride to the horizon. A detachable windshield, locking saddlebags and Michelin® Scorcher™ 11T touring tires are standard equipment. Docking points accommodate detachable accessory racks and backrests for ease of customization.
A new seat and control ergonomics are shaped specifically to give more riders longdistance comfort. The SuperLow 1200T can run with the pack thanks to the power of a 1200cc Evolution® V-Twin engine, and it weighs 118 pounds less than the lightest Harley-Davidson Big Twin touring motorcycle. The finish is premium HarleyDavidson with aluminum wheels, an available two-tone paint scheme and plenty of brilliant chrome. To swing a leg over a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle visit h-d.com to find a local dealer. The Low Rider and SuperLow 1200T models start arriving today in dealerships across the country, and are available to demo during Daytona Bike Week at the Harley-Davidson display at the Speedway.
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