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Big City’s Two-Wheel Testament................................... 4 David Uhl....................................................................... 6 Featured MC: Buffalo Soldiers.................................... 10 Joker’s Wild................................................................. 13

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Big City Road Hounds................................................. 17 Chelle’s Bike................................................................ 18 Army 1......................................................................... 22 Fresh Squeezed Orange Report................................. 24 Biker Bites................................................................... 25

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ig City here once again. This month is a special month for me. A lot of you don’t know this, but Big City is prior service. That’s right Big City served his country and is dam proud of it. So I have to ask all my readers as we celebrate the holidays this month to thank a soldier every day. You would not believe what a simple hand shake or a lone “Thanks” would do. As a tribute this month we have featured two military themed bikes. One bike to help us understand the importance of the young women that has served our country and one to show the dedication all men and women have to their country and their service even long after their service is completed.

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Second thing we most definitely cannot forget is Mothers Day. The crew here at Thunder Roads Magazine MD-DE-DC has a few special mothers to thank. I won’t mention them by name to save them any embarrassment. Pat Bredon, Edie Schlicht, Sherri Burke, Dana Ryan, Michele Abbott, Tracie Schmidt-Craig. Save the embarrassment, LMAO, you actually believed me for a minute didn’t you. These Mothers and Wives have allowed us in one way or another make the magazine what it is today. The crew here stays pretty busy around here and I know we run them ragged at times. So we definitely want to thank them this month for what they endure for the Magazine. Now on with the show. We pumped this month’s issue out early for all you down at OC Bikes to the Beach parting with us. There is a lot coming up this summer and we will be partying somewhere every weekend. So be sure to check out our facebook page to see where we are. As I always do. I want to thank all the new sponsors of Thunder Roads Magazine MD-DE-DC and the motorcycle community. That’s what they are really saying. They are here for you. They want your business and welcome your loud bikes and of course your company in the establishments. So let’s show them that we support them as well and make sure while you’re there to let them know thanks for helping me get that great magazine every month Thunder Roads MD-DE-DC. Remember to Keep Changing Lanes, Big City THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC

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their way in life?

THE ROAD SIGNS “For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” - James 1:23-25 NLT

Think about your life as a long bike trip. It started at birth--and of course your parents drove for quite a few years. But then you took over the throttle. You did fine for a while--but lately you’re beginning to wonder about the direction you are going. You wonder exactly where you are right now and whether or not you should even be visiting this particular area.

We are already on the roads and no doubt we have already put on lots of miles by now. Every week we have new destinations in mind. Some of these destinations will require we plan the ride and some are familiar to us, therefore no planning is required.

One way to identify your location is to start (if you haven’t already) reading the signs along the side of the road. They indicate what highway you’re following, in what direction you’re headed, and what destination you’d like to reach. Then compare that with the road map of God’s Word.

On some rides I needed the help of road signs to assist me in reaching my destination. There have been some outings that have take us to old familiar places down highways we are more knowledgeable of so planning or maps are not needed.

Are you willing to look carefully at the direction you are going and compare that to the principles found in God’s Word?

Road signs are needful for those of us who don’t have some form of electronic navigation. Many have found their Navigation systems have taken them places they did not really care for. When all else fails we have to return to our ability to read The Road Signs!

In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.( Proverbs 12:28 NKJV)

The Word of God has some very helpful road signs that will help us all to find our way. Are you or someone you care about struggling with finding

The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. (Psalm 25:9 NKJV)

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. (Proverbs 16:17 NKJV) I pray that this riding season you will not only read the road signs along our highways but will take heed to the road signs of God’s word for your life. We say “It’s not the destination but the journey” but with our spiritual life it’s ll about the “Destination”!

Gordon “Preacher” Bacon PO Box 1107 Leonardtown, MD. 20650 preacherrwm@yahoo.com Facebook; Rushing Wind Motorcycle Ministry 240 577 0605 Gordon and his family, his wife Debbie, Son Gordon “Gordy” Jr, Christina and Janine first started out in ministry in New Mexico on the Navajo Reservation in January of 1983. Gordon and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1986 and continued their work with the Navajo from there. During their stay in Arizona The Bacon Family Ministry attended Sweetwater Church of The Valley under Pastor Glenn Foster. Gordon Bacon also was both a student and an instructor at Sweetwater Bible College. While living in Phoenix, AZ the ministry with the Navajo continued along with adding Prison ministry in Florence, AZ at Florence Maximum Security Prison to those on death row and lifers with no chance of parole. The Bacon Family moved to Fairmont, WV in 1991 to where Gordon was an interim pastor for The Church of Living Waters Jesus Outreach. In 1993 the Lord called Gordon and Debbie Bacon to Southern Maryland. Debbie became the Administrator for The Rock Christian Academy while Gordon continued to minister around the country and into Mexico. Today Gordon “Preacher” Bacon is the Founder of Rushing Wind Ministry and Rushing Wind M/M in Southern Maryland. 4

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David Uhl

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In David’s words, “Approaching this years commemorative piece was highly influenced by my March

Daytona release. As I did earlier in the year, I wanted to portray some unusual moment that may happen during the course of the Rally. In this case, I chose the depiction of a classic hot rod interacting with one of the largest growing segments of the riding community, a woman. Last year, I followed 3 of the coolest Rat Rods out to the Buffalo Chip, and intrigued with what these guys had done with their cars, I realized that they were amazingly similar to the custom bike builders I know. As an artist, I am always looking for a unique angle, so I decided to put them together, way outside the fray of the huge crowds on Main Street. They are on Sly Hill Road, just underneath the Sly H ill Sturgis sign that we all have come to know and love. I hope you enjoy this years commemorative.” www.uhlstudios.com

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The Maryland Mother Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers Buffalo Soldier History When the Civil War ended in 1865, 186,000 former slaves and freedmen had served in the United States Colored Troops (USCT), 10% of the total Union strength. Another 30,000 served in the navy and 200,000 more served as workers on labor, hospital engineering, and other military support projects: taps sounded over the bodies of 38,000. Though they had not lived free, they died free… In 1866, one year after the end of the Civil War and more than six months after the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was enacted; Congress had the need to reorganize the peacetime regular army. Recognizing the military merits of black soldiers, four black infantry regiments and two segregated regiments of black cavalry, were authorized, composed of former slaves, freedmen and Black Civil War soldiers, the latter, designated as the Ninth and the Tenth United States Cavalry, were destined to become the most decorated of all U.S. Military Regiments.   Thus began the Legend of the Buffalo Soldiers, the first African Americans to serve during peacetime. Organization’s history (We claim no territory) The first chapter was started in Chicago on October 1, 1993 by Kenneth “Dream Maker” Thomas, who is now the National President of the National Association of Buffalo Soldiers and Troopers Motorcycle Club (NABSTMC). This year, the national organization will be celebrating 20 years at our National Convention in Hampton Roads Virginia in July. The Maryland Mother Chapter recently celebrated 18 years on March 13, 2013 and is the second chapter in the national organization. Over the past 20 years, the NABSTMC has grown both nationally and internationally with chapters in places such as Hawaii and Canada. With many chapters covering 35 states, the organization is one of the largest predominantly African American motorcycle clubs in America. We claim no territory and our mission as an organization is to educate the public about the contributions made by the Buffalo Soldiers and to be of service to our local communities. Every chapter must have a community service activity and as an organization, chapters ride all over 10

the country supporting other chapters in their local community service fundraising activities. Please see the Events page on the National website at http://www.nabstmc.com/ and friend us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/1NABSTMC to see the different charities that we, as a national organization, support.

Maryland Mother Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers

In the summer of 1994, Brian Bulow met Dream Maker and members of the Chicago chapter at a Black Biker’s Roundup in Atlanta and was so impressed with this group of professional, articulate black men that he spent much of his time, at the Roundup, with Dream, learning about life as an African American Biker. By March of 1995, the Maryland Mother Chapter was born. The Maryland Mother Chapter has a long history of service both locally and nationally within the organization. The current chapter president is Felipe’ Fields, who has been the chapter president for more than ten years, and has also been the National VicePresident for the past four years. The community service done by the chapter occurs monthly and at various times throughout the year. On the fourth Sunday of the month, at the 4th Street 7th Day Adventist church in Northwest DC,

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we cook for the homeless and at Christmas, we participate in Christmas for the Homeless at the same location. Also, we support the Mamie D. Lee School, which is a school for children with special needs, by donating money raised at the monthly chapter meeting, as well as buying food for Thanksgiving so that the families of the children will a good Thanksgiving meal. Next year, we are adding Panorama Elementary school in Temple Maryland, which is a school for children with special needs. We will be participating in a program called “Young Men of Honor” where we will work with young men on activities that build character and give them positive male role models. As for motorcycle riding functions, we co-sponsor the Ride for the Cure in April, which is a fundraiser for cancer awareness and to support survivors of cancer. The other event is our annual Buffalo Thunder Music Festival and Ride. This is our chapter’s main fundraising event. The money raised is divided between a college scholarship and donation to the African American Civil War Memorial (Museum). On Saturday the music festival happens at Lamonts in Indian Head Maryland and on Sunday the ride goes from the Sears Parking lot in Landover Maryland (Kickstands up at 9:30) down to the African American Civil War Memorial, where we lay a wreath and make a donation to Museum. Over the past 18 years, more than $15,000.00 has been donated in college scholarships and in any given year, the Maryland Mother Chapter donates about $4,500.00 to different local community charities. As the second chapter in this great organization we are committed to upholding the standards of the organization and being positive role models for our youth. — By Darrell “Ninja Turtle” Bratton

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A 6 year old and a 4 year old are raking the yard. The 6 year old asks, “You know what? I think it’s about time we started learning to cuss.” The 4 year old nods his head in approval. The 6 year old continues,” When we go in for breakfast, I’m gonna’ say something with hell and you say something with ass.” The 4 year old agrees with enthusiasm. When the mother walks into the kitchen and asks the 6 year old what he wants for breakfast, he replies, “Aw, hell, Mom, I guess I’ll just have some Cheerios. Thump! upside the head. He runs upstairs with Mom in hot pursuit. His Mom locks him in his room and shouts, “You can stay there until you learn some manners”. She then comes back downstairs, looks at the 4 year old and asks with a stern voice, “And what do YOU want for breakfast, young man?” “I don’t know Mom,” he blubbers, “but you can bet your fat ass it won’t be Cheerios!” A man walks into a drug store with his 8-year old son. They happen to walk by the condom display, and the boy asks, “What are these, Dad?” The man matter-of-factly replies, “Those are called condoms, son. Men use them to have safe sex.” “Oh I see,” replied the boy. “Yes, I’ve heard of that in health class at school. “He looks over the display and picks up a package of 3 and asks, “Why are there 3 in this package?” The dad replies, “Those are for high school boys, one for Friday, one for Saturday, and one for Sunday.” “Cool” says the boy. He notices a 6 pack and asks, “Then who are these for?” “Those are for college men,” the dad answers, “TWO for Friday, TWO for Saturday, and TWO for Sunday.” “WOW!” exclaimed the boy, “Then who uses THESE?” he asks, picking up a 12 pack. With a sigh and a tear in his eye, the dad replied, “Those are for married men. One for January, one for February, one for March.......”

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anything, but you still can’t help but smile when you shove them down the stairs. Number 5: Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals, dying of nothing. Number 4: All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism. Number 3: Why does a slight tax increase cost you $800.00, and a substantial tax cut saves you $30.00? Number 2: In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal. And The Primary, Number 1 Thought: Life is like a jar of Jalapeno peppers -what you do today, might burn your ass tomorrow.

I had three girlfriends, but wasn’t sure which one to marry. So I decided to give each one $5000 and see how each of them spent it. The first one went out and gets a total makeover with the money. She gets new clothes, a new hairdo, manicure, pedicure, the works, and comes back to my place and says, “I spent the money so I could look pretty for you because I love you so much.” I was TEN THOUGHTS TO PONDER: very touched and aroused, and we had lots of great sex. Number 10: The second one went out and bought new golf clubs, a CD playLife is sexually transmitted. er, a television, and a stereo and brings them back to me as gifts. Number 9: This sweet girl looked into my eyes and said, “I bought these gifts Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one for you with the money because I love you so much.” I watched can die. my new television with great enjoyment. Number 8: The third one takes the $5000 and invested it in the stock Men have two emotions: Hungry and Horny. If you see him with- market, doubled her investment, returns the original $5000 to out an erection; make him a sandwich. me and reinvests the rest. She says, “I am investing the rest of Number 7: the money for our future because I love you so much.” She has Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person enough to buy me a new boat. to use the I thought long and hard about how each of the women had each Internet and they won’t bother you for weeks. spent the money. Ultimately, I decided to marry the one with the Number 6: biggest tits. Some people are like a Slinky--not really good for THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC

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ABATE has been hard at work in Annapolis this session.  It is hard to believe it is almost over.  We had a huge success with the handicapped tag bill.  It passed 100% in the Senate and House after much hard work lobbying committee members and our legislators.  We also had some help from Lt. Governor Anthony Brown.  He wrote a letter in support of the bill addressed to Senator Brian Frosh requesting he allow the bill to come out of committee with a favorable vote.  Last year Senator Frosh held this bill in committee and wouldn’t even allow it to be voted on.  This session Senator Frosh did allow the bill to come to a vote.  He was the only one to vote against the bill in committee but on

the Senate floor voted in favor of the bill.   Confusing.  This bill allows for 2 handicap tags for motorcycles in addition to one hard tag and a placard for your 4 wheel vehicle.  This is a big success on behalf of ABATE.  Now our handicapped riders are able to have handicapped tags.  A big thanks to the Lt. Governor and all the ABATE members who showed up every Monday night to lobby.  It is true that members make it happen and this is a good example of that.

Unfortunately, our helmet bill remains sitting in Senator Frosh’s drawer in committee and will probably not see the light of day.  This does not mean that ABATE will give up.  We will continue to fight this battle over and over again.  It took Michigan 43 years to overturn their helmet law to freedom of choice.  Thirty one states are now freedom 5th of choice states.   I may not be able to fight this battle another 21 years but I will damn well try.  I know that there will be others after to Benefit Dove House, Westminster MD me that will continue to fight until we have freedom of choice.  If you are a motorcyclist and not an ABATE member, please consider joining.  Without members we are nothing.  Registration from 10:30am-12 Noon at the Parking lot of Dixon building, Carroll Hospital Center, 291 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD (across from Dove House). We need you to continue fighting for our $10.00 Donation per person. All proceeds go directly to Dove House. Ride will be ending rights.  What are your freedoms worth to at the New Windsor Inn where they will have a light buffet. you?  $25 a year is nothing.  Come join us and be a proud member of ABATE.  We get things done.  We are always on the watch for anything that may directly or indirectly affect motorcyclists.  We are your watchdogs.  If you ever have a concern or suggestion please contact me or the state office and we will take a look at the issue. 

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Kiki is a 4 year old domestic short haired, female, brown tabby who was turned into the shelter with her sister Crayola when their previous owner became allergic. When Kiki first came to us she was a bit on the shy side. She would hide in the back of her cage or climb into a box and peek over the side. Kiki has come a long way in the two weeks she has been here. She is now coming out and investigating new people, in fact she seems to like it when people open the cage to see her and will come up to be pet and coddled over.

Empress is a big dog that fits her name! She is a 4 year old Mastiff/ Lab mix who was rescued by the SPCA from another shelter where she ran out of time. This is truly a gentle giantess! Empress is a big girl, weighing over 80 pounds, but is an incredibly sweet and kind dog. She knows a lot of basic commands and likes to please people so she should be easy to train. When we went to the other shelter to look for dogs we almost passed by her, but she sat quietly in front of her cage and looked up at us with her big brown eyes, we just had to take her and help find her an amazing forever home.

Crayola is a bit younger than her sister and is a dark tortoiseshell color. She is the more outgoing of the two and will head butt you to get your attention. As soon as you walk in the room with her she begins to purr loudly, and rub her head across the bars of her cage as to show you how affectionate she is. Once you open her cage she will want you to pet her immediately and will do her best to rub her head and body across your hand, she’s a tad more demanding then her sister. Although very different, these two cats love each other and can be seen curled up to one another almost all day. This is why we are asking for someone to take both of them together!

Brisco is a young, hearty 7 month old Pit bull mix who came to our shelter when he ran out of time at a high euthanasia rate shelter. He has a ton of energy and likes to bounce up to everyone and say hello . Although Brisco is incredibly friendly he will benefit from some training which we have started at the shelter. This little boy Loves his cookies and will do almost anything for a treat. He also came to us a bit thin and will benefit from some healthy puppy food until he is older. Brisco gets along well with other dogs and will make a great pet for a family willing to take Brisco for a jog or exercise every day.

Stop by our shelter to visit the animals shown or the many others up for adoption! SPCA of Anne Arundel County, 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis, Maryland 21403 410-268-4388 – www.aacspca.org The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is not affiliated with, or supported by any other SPCA or humane organization. There is no national structure for SPCAs and we are not a chapter of any larger organization. We are a private, non-profit organization that serves Anne Arundel County. We receive no funds from local, state or federal government. The SPCA relies on the generosity of individuals and businesses in our community to ensure that homeless companion animals receive the best possible care.

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hen a job transfer landed her at FAA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Chelle Brisco (Free Spirit) looked for a way to make new friends and discovered Meetup, (www.meetup.com) an online website that puts people with similar interests together. The Aviation Safety Inspector joined the Meetup group known as The Hogs and Heroes Foundation (www.hogsheroesfoundation.com). The 501 (C) 3 charitable organization is a community of motorcycle riders that participates in fundraising events to support Public Safety, the U.S. Military and Wounded Warriors. There she made new friends and rekindled her interest in riding motorcycles.

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line of duty, stands flag lines at funeral homes receiving remains of recently recovered Vietnam veterans, and occasionally participates in welcoming home troops from wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. “I try to participate in at least one PGR mission each month”, she said. “Sometimes I can schedule a day off, but other times I have to take vacation to participate because ANC burials are always during the weekday. Riding to or from, and standing, sometimes for hours, in the heat, the cold, the rain & snow are small inconveniences compared to the sacrifices these troops and their families made. It is one small act I can do to show my appreciation.”, she says. While serving brunch to veterans at Annapolis Harley Davidson as a Hogs and Heroes volunteer, Free Spirit negotiated her new trike purchase. There she met Tracy Hoover from Truckin 4 Troops (http:// www.truckin4troops.com/) who introduced her to Brian Brashears. She discussed her design with Brian - something special - a patriotic theme. The second of three generations of female veterans, she wanted a trike that sent a message—one that captured her passion. Thanks to the work of Brian’s Premier Collision Center in Edgewater, the 56-year-old Air Force veteran and her ride are getting attention everywhere they go. Free Spirit’s new motorcycle features an all-encompassing American flag design that flows throughout the machine. To reflect her history as an avionics technician and aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, the tank is painted with two of the many aircraft she once performed maintenance on, a C-141 dropping paratroopers and an A-10 Warthog. The front fairing sports an eagle holding the POW-MIA flag in one claw, and a KIA-WIA flag in the other. Chelle says the Prisoners of War – Missing in Action flag is common, but the Killed in Action – Wounded in Action flag is rarely seen. Her funeral escorts and wounded warrior projects prompted the KIA-WIA tribute.

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Above that, the windshield is coated with a decorative sunscreen featuring the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. The crowning glory is the design at the back of the trike. Taking up almost the entire cargo panel stands an air-brushed portrait of Chelle with her mother and daughter, all military veterans. The composite portrait is made from 4 different pictures she provided the airbrush artist, Tim Lewis. He sketched these by free hand so realistically it looks like a snapshot. Behind them is the restored gate of ArlingtonNationalCemetery, which houses the memorial to Women in Military Service to America (WIMSA) (http://www.womensmemorial. org/). Chelle, her mother, and daughter are charter members of WIMSA. The trike is topped off with a Virginia special Armed Forces Veteran tag numbered “WIMSA”. She started riding when she was only 12 years old, on a cousin’s Honda 250. Later, while on active duty in the Air Force, she rode a 350 Honda daily to & from work on the cold swing shift in England. She learned motorcycle mechanics when her timing chain went out & she tore down the engine & rebuilt it herself. Because more than 20 years had passed since she last rode, Chelle took a motorcycle riding course & got her endorsement. She immediately bought a 1994 Harley Davidson Electra Glide with a Voyager trike kit installed. Two weeks later, she trailered it to Sturgis, S.D. for the Black Hills rally. She put 1500 miles on the trike during that trip. Four months and 4,000 miles later, she decided she liked riding enough to justify a new motorcycle. Through her commitment to the Hogs and Heroes Foundation, she performs community service at Walter Reed hospital, where she’s met many wounded warriors. She joined the Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) (http://www.patriotguard.org/), whose mission is to “1) Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities. 2) Shield the mourning family and their friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors”. As a PGR member, she performs duty as escort to burials at Arlington National Cemetery of active duty military personnel killed in the THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC

“This trike is a tribute to women in the military,” Chelle said. “Often, women are not recognized when people think of veterans. I am one of few women who have three generations of women in the military, something I’m extremely proud of!”

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The day she picked up the trike from the paint shop, she rode directly from Edgewater, MD to Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) to join a PGR escort. In an eerie coincidence, the service was for the first female veteran Chelle had participated in. “It was just meant to be!” she said. No other activity would have been a fitting first ride for her tribute trike. She went directly from ANC to the WIMSA business office, where she met Brigadier General (retired) Wilma Vaught, WIMSA president. General Vaught gladly stood with Free Spirit for pictures next to the trike. The General invited her to participate in the 15th anniversary of the WIMSA Memorial, scheduled for October 19-20, 2012. Chelle’s road name “Free Spirit” is painted on the tour pack. “I pretty much do what I want to do when I want to do it, and I travel far and wide”, she says as an explanation to the road name. As evidence, just 3 days after getting it back from the paint shop, her christening ride (solo) was a 2,600 mile trip to Key West, FL by way of Clearwater, and return to her home in Alexandria, VA. She doesn’t trailer the trike anywhere now. Chelle frequently enters the trike in motorcycle shows. Her first, at Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, FL brought second place in the trike/sidecar class at the Harley Davidson ride in custom motorcycle show. Her trophy was presented by the infamous Willie G. Davidson, grandson of the founder, just before he announced his retirement. She usually places, occasionally taking first place in her category. She’s running out of room on the corner shelf reserved for the awards.

Trips Sturgis, SD (trailering old trike) August 2011 Clearwater, FL business trip combined with Key West, FL (riding new trike) February 2012 Daytona Bike Week March 2012 Atlanta, GA Business Trip combined with Outer Banks Bike Week April 2012 Montreal, Canada Business Trip May 2012 Westin, WV Hogs & Heroes event May 2012 Family Reunion Texas & Oklahoma June 2012 Sturgis, SD combined with Louisville, KY business trip August 2012

But, this trike is not just for show. Chelle rides it every opportunity she gets, often for business trips. She rode it to Clearwater, FL, Montreal, Canada, Atlanta, GA, and Louisville, KY for meetings with an international aviation committee. Free Spirit recently returned from her second Black Hills Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD – this time she rode there and back - ‎14 days, 13 states, and 4500 miles!She has accumulated 23,000 miles on the trike in the seven months since it came out of the custom paint shop.Along with the mileage on her first trike, she earned her 25,000 mile patch about a year after she started riding again.

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ere’s an American Hero who wants to share his real life story with you all. Rich “Sarge” Osiolek went into service June 26, 1974 during the end of the Vietnam War. In the early 80’s he had a break in service during Desert Storm.  He was also part of Delaware National Guard; Delaware Air Guard & Army Reserves. Rich always had his clothes in his Rucksack ready to go if he was called to duty supporting his country. The Rucksack would hold three days’ worth of clothing and gear. During his many years with the National Guard, Sarge was called to assist with Natural Disasters such as hurricanes, snow storms, floods and anything else Mother Nature could throw at them.

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During the 9/11/2001 Terrorist Attacks on the U.S., Sarge was in the MD National Guard Air Traffic Control Unit. After this he was activated to a Guard Post in MD for the United States Property and Fiscal Office, USPFO.  Rich retired in 2005 with over 27 years of service, 8 years was Active Duty. Sarge retired from the 129th Air Traffic Services Company, Edgewood, MD, which falls under the 29th Division of which Rich is very proud to be associated. Sarge is an E6 SSG (Staff Sergeant). He was Supply Sergeant for his unit. During this entire time, he did not go to any “Conflicts” for our country – though he wanted to go and was ready and willing. He was with his friends “in spirit” that did go overseas. Sarge has sent care packages and moral support through emails to those who were deployed. Sarge now goes to active-duty friend’s retirement and birthday parties and recently attended a “welcome 22

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experience which leaves you speechless and choked up. The next big event, Rich and Linda enjoyed was a four day event in June 2012 to Maryland/Delaware HOG Rally, a 300 mile trip, to Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. This was their first HOG Rally which was very enjoyable and exciting just getting there. Riding up and down the mountains in route to Western Maryland was beautiful and breathtaking. There were daily planned rides with the group but the most memorable was a trip to the Flight 93 crash site in Stoystown, PA. If you have not gotten to this National Park yet, put it on your list. If it doesn’t get to you emotionally, you’re dead. This really hits you and is very touching. Riding the road together again in July 2012, to Detroit, Michigan to visit family, Rich and Linda enjoyed a 2500 Mile round trip on the motorcycle. In September 2012, Rich rode to the Ocean City Maryland “Bike Fest” and volunteered with his Hogs and Heroes Foundation Brothers & Sisters for a very worthwhile event and enjoyed the beach at the same time. home party” for an officer,who was a former company commander, with whom he always stayed friendly. Rich regularly stays in contact with his fellow army vets. Rich has made many acquaintances and friends in his Army service, some of which will be life-long friends and they know who they are. Even today, Rich’s uniform is always ready to go if called for a funeral for a fallen soldier, retired soldier, ALL SOLDIERS! Sarge proudly wore his dress Blues when getting married to Linda in 2005 and also for a huge family reception in 2006.  Rich «Sarge» Osiolek was always patriotic throughout his whole life and still feels strongly about patriotism to the U.S. Rich and his wife Linda love spending time together and riding their prize possession, a 2004 Ultra Glide Harley Davidson® Motorcycle. Rich felt one unique way to Support our Troops would be to customize his Harley®.  In February 2012 his motorcycle was customized in vinyl wrap with a graphic design near and dear to his heart. The first of its kind was done by Formula One Tinting and Graphics in Delaware, 302-832-TINT.  The Designer Aaron and Formula One owner, Ron, worked their magic and spent many diligent hours to make his motorcycle perfect, as it’s now proudly called “Army 1.” The whole motorcycle is dedicated to the Army.  All the conflicts that occurred during the time that Sarge was in service are displayed on the front fender from THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC

Vietnam to Afghanistan. The Army has a proud history of elite specialty groups, such as Special Forces, Rangers, Airborne Units as the 101st and the 82nd. Their symbols and phrases are prominently displayed. One has to look at every angle of the bike to see all of the respective symbols and military references. Soldiers can appreciate these thoughts wholeheartedly. A quote that is very meaningful is shown on the back that was said by General Norman Schwarzkopf, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s Function - Our Job is simply to arrange the meeting.” Rich had the bike for about 2 years and has already put 14,000 miles on it and still counting. Rich is a member of the Delaware Patriot Guards, 1st State HOG chapter, New Castle, Delaware; American Legion, Newark, Delaware; Hogs and Heroes Foundation-Delaware Chapter 2, Inc., and is a 4th Degree Knight in Knights of Columbus in Delaware. Sarge has experienced the joys of many “rides” with the various groups and has made many new riding friends. An important ride this year and a “first” for Rich and Linda, was to participate in Rolling Thunder 2012, riding with the Patriot Guard members. The ride around the Washington roads was truly an emotional and patriotic experience – to see all those people waving flags, signs, and yelling “thanks” was inspiring. At the end of the ride was a walk by the Vietnam Wall which was again a very emotional MAY 2013

Riding always provides rewarding feelings of stress relief and riding with his fellow motorcycle enthusiasts and volunteering for many different causes keeps Rich wanting to ride as much as possible. He has the need to keep “feeling the wind in his face”. This year he put his motorcycle in bike shows and has received three trophies.  He will continue to show his motorcycle while forever supporting our American Heroes, therefore many more trophies to come. Rich says, “if you see me out and about please stop me to share and swap stories – I’d love to hear them. We can share our SOS (only our military brothers and sisters will understand)”. Sarge stated “the United States is the worst anyone will have to deal with, we are the biggest and baddest”. He feels we need to continue support for our troops! At his home the flag pole proudly fly’s the U.S. Flag on top and Army flag right under it every day. Our Army’s history is a proud one. At heart, it is a story of ordinary people willing to do extraordinary things for their country. It’s a story of personal courage, selfless service and sacrifice. Rich lives and breaths the Army: STILL PROUD, STILL SERVING, STILL SALUTING. Who-ah! Written by Suzy “CareBear” Leighton Pictures by Michelle Wallace M.Lee.Photo8@gmail.com 23


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Nick Evennou Maryland’s Motocross Madman Interview by Frankie Orange

Name: Nick Evennou Hometown: Washington, D.C. Residence: Davidsonville, MD Date of Birth: 06/14/1986 How ya doing Nick? Doing well working away, thank you for asking! Trying to comprehend why their is still snow on the ground and its almost April! What have you been up to these days? Been working quite a bit and trying to save up to buy a home sometime within the near future. What’s next on your schedule for racing? My next race is going to be this weekend at Tomahawk MX in WV for the Loretta Lynn’s Area Qualifier. Should be interesting considering I have ridden about 1 time in the last 6 months! What kind of bike or bikes are you currently racing? I have one bike right now, Kawasaki KX450F. Who is sponsoring you in 2013? My help for this year is coming from FMF Racing of whom I work for, Deft Family Gloves (best gloves in the game), Ethika (best undies in the world!) Fox Racing, Arnette Goggles, ECMS Performance, Orange Tattoo Co., Skullcandy, Limited Decal. Could you give me a quick summary of your career up to this point from amateur to pro? I started racing at the age of 5 and racked up about 7-8 Amateur National Championships as well as multiple state championships in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania. I turned professional in 2004 with Factory Yamaha of Troy racing and placed 12th overall at my 3rd National, gaining top privateer award and a contract with MotoXXX/Honda for 2005. My pro career was plagued with injuries and mishaps, which lead to me racing in Canada for 4 years with Factory Yamaha and Kawasaki. My last professional race was in 2009 at Montreal SX.

Who inspired you as a kid to get into motocross? It was my cousin from France who got me started and obviously my father as well. Mainly my cousin as he was a top guy in France and helped me get started with the fundamentals and then the rest is history! What’s your favorite track and/or event to race? I would have to say either Chaney Ranch in California or Competitive Edge in Cali, just wide natural terrain style tracks we don’t really have in MD. As far as event, any Canadian National is awesome. Everyone is so laid back and seems to have no worries in the world, just go with the flow! Keeps it fun! What stands out to you as the most memorable moment in your racing career? Definitely 2 things. First, Loretta Lynn’s 2003 when I won my first major am title in 125B Stk class. Then in 2004 at Glen Helen Outdoor National, where I earned my first pro contract and beat some heavy hitters! What kind of advice could you give a kid today that has interest in motocross? What advice for the parent? If I could give any advice to kids and parents is keep your kids in school or at least make sure they finish their studies before doing anything else. Having an education is crucial, because you never know what can happen in racing. My family was tough on me while I was home-schooled, but it paid off and I believe where I am now in life is because of that. Also if your a parent don’t get to “crazy” with it. Its a sport and its meant to be fun for everyone!

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READER’S RIDES

Charles, Linda, and Emily From Port Carbon PA. (You might remember them from our November 12 issue)

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often wonder what the true meaning of Brotherhood is. Webster defines it as an “Alliance” or “Fellowship”. I guess that qualifies. But you know I’ve been wrong before. Especially in the club life. I mean I thought I knew where to find it. Sometimes our outside perspectives are so very wrong. I was one of those that grew up around a community of Bikers, Friends, and Brothers. But what I’ve grown to discover is the term is used way too widely and way too loosely. I mean I hear it all of the time. It could be another Biker at a bar, or even a gas station. “Hey, how’s it going Brother?’ Does the fact that I ride make me a Brother to everyone else who rides? You know what I’m talking about if you ride. That guy you pass coming down the road who gives you the quick wave. Sometimes even Jap Bike riders’ wave. Am I their Brother because we both share a passion for wind in our wheels? I’m pretty sure I don’t think so. What about members of other clubs? Do I automatically hate a person for the color or style of their patch? No, I usually don’t. But do I feel that they are my Brother because they wear a patch as I do? No, I don’t. So you know I’ve had the opportunity to ride with many different style clubs, even as a member and President in a couple. So are those current or former members automatically my Brother? No, they aren’t. I bought on earlier in life that members in my same organization were all my Brothers. But in the end, things don’t always work out like we think they will. I think some people find me approachable, others not so much so. In fact, one of my favorite sayings is that I want to be seen as “approachably unapproachable”. I find humor in that. The truth is I think I’m still defining Brotherhood. I mean I ride with several Club Brothers that wear the same patch as I do. I assume that they are all my Brothers. The truth is it doesn’t always end up that way. The only constant in life is change. People change. Attitudes change. Things change. So I wonder if I have Brothers in my club, who decide for one reason or another not to do what is expected of them to keep their membership, and they leave good or bad, are they now not my Brother? I find it all very confusing. I think sometimes I give people more credit, or hold higher expectations for them than they do themselves. I’m often disappointed in people who I

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was too quick to call my Brother. I’ve seen top tier players in clubs betrayed by their own so called Brothers. Much of this has really tainted my view on what real Brotherhood is. At this point in my life here’s how I see it. If I know you, ride with you, hang out with you and you are dependable and solid, I don’t mind if you think we’re Brothers. The truth is when I leave all of this, one way or another; I think that’s when I’ll know who my real Brothers are. The ones I will still hear from, who will visit me in Florida when I move away. The ones who will raise their glass to my memory after I’m gone, you will be my Brother. Until then, don’t get your britches in a bunch if I don’t wave back on the highways. If you don’t know me, don’t Bro me. — Thunder Roads® Magazine Ohio

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“JunkFood is a band with no illusions about itself. The music the Fairfax foursome makes has little nutritional value, but it sure is delicious. That makes JunkFood just about the perfect bar band. There is no artistic pretension or forced emo moping, just goodtime, high-energy, well-played rock-and-roll.” - C. Woodrow Irvin, The Washington Post • Named “BEST OF NoVA 2012” in Northern Virginia Magazine • Voted “BEST LOCAL BAND” by The Washington Post Readers Poll AND The Washington City Paper Readers Poll

All the members are road-tested and experienced live performers having collectively shared the stage with the likes of DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, STYX, LIVE, FUEL, VERTICAL HORIZON, PLAIN WHITE T’s, THE FRAY, COLLECTIVE SOUL, JOAN JETT, PAT MCGEE BAND,EVERCLEAR, TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, JIMMY BUFFET, THE PRESIDENTS OF THE USA, SMASH MOUTH, SUGAR RAY and JIMMIE’S CHICKEN SHACK, just to name a few. JunkFood’s live show is a high-energy party, making them one of the most sought after bands in the DC/Metro Area. The buzz they have generated has them headlining the major venues in the region.

• Voted “BEST COVER BAND IN THE DC AREA” by On Tap Magazine Do you remember when rock and roll was fun? JunkFood certainly does, serving up big, unapologetic rock tunes with loud guitars and sing-along hooks so huge you could hang a side of beef on them. JunkFood is a NOVA based rock band. They have three full length albums to their credit, the latest being “MIGHTY” which was released in 2008. All three are available on iTunes. The band is in the process of recording their 4th album right now. JunkFood regularly performs for a broad range of fans in a wide range of venues up and down the East coast. From family friendly festival crowds, to summer beach vacationers, to rowdy 32

college bars - JunkFood has entertained them all. Although primarily known for original music, JunkFood is not afraid to play your favorite covers from the 80’s to today. As their many fans will attest, JunkFood subscribes to the old school tradition that no matter how much you enjoy the CD, you’ve really got to experience the band live to fully appreciate their talent.

Voted “BEST COVER BAND IN THE DC AREA” by On Tap Magazine, “BEST LOCAL BAND” by the Washington Post Reader’s Poll as well as The Washington City Paper, JunkFood has performed in front of thousands of fans at high profile events such as the annual Celebrate Fairfax Festival and HiBall Events Mid-Atlantic Shamrock Festival and Blocktoberfest. Some quotes from the industry:”JunkFood may be the Washington DC area’s biggest party band–the former cover band makes regular appearances at the biggest events around town. And it isn’t surprising; vocalist Bart Harris nails his melodies, with a bit of a growl similar to some of the late ‘90s radio gods... It isn’t challenging or complex, and it isn’t meant to be.

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JunkFood knows the role that they want to play: this is music intended as a soundtrack to your night out, for throwing back beers at a bar with friends or soaking in the sun on a beach...” Chris Connolly, On Tap Magazine. LINKS: http://www.junkfoodmusic.com http://www.facebook.com/junkfoodmusic http://www.twitter.com/junkfoodmusic

SHOW Dates Friday, May 10th, 2013 — 9:30 pm SWEET CAROLINE’S 29 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601  Saturday, May 11th, 2013 — 9:30 pm HARD TIMES CAFE (WOODBRIDGE) 14389 Potomac Festival Plaza, Woodbridge, VA 22193  Friday, May 17th, 2013 — 9:30 pm NED DEVINE’S (HERNDON) 2465 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171  Sunday, May 19th, 2013 — 12:00 pm TASTE OF ARLINGTON Wilson Blvd In Front Of Ballston Common Mall, Arlington, VA 22203  Friday, May 24th, 2013 — 4:30 pm WASHINGTON NATIONALS PREGAME PARTY Nationals Park, Washington, DC 20003 More Info To Come... Saturday, June 1st, 2013 — 9:30 pm CANCUN CANTINA WEST 901 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740  Saturday, June 8th, 2013 — 9:30 pm MAHALO COVE 46300 Mcclellan Way, Sterling, VA 20165  Friday, June 21st, 2013 — 9:30 pm SWEET CAROLINE’S 29 West Cork Street, Winchester, VA 22601  Saturday, July 6th, 2013 — 9:00 pm H LOUNGE AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO 750 Hollywood Drive, Charles Town, WV 25414 Friday, July 12th, 2013 — 9:30 pm NED DEVINE’S (HERNDON) 2465 Centreville Rd, Herndon, VA 20171  Saturday, July 27th, 2013 — 7:00 pm PRIVATE EVENT AT LANDSDOWNE ON THE POTOMAC

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upcoming events

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Delaware Police Escorted ride to 4th Annual Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor Show Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Join Bikers from all parts of Delmarva for a ride from Seaford HarleyDavidson to the 4th Annual Car, Truck, Motorcycle and Tractor show to benefit THE HOME OF THE BRAVE. www.endeavorlodge17.org/1EVENTS.htm Rumble Through The Refuge Sunday, May 5, 2013 8:30 AM A scenic ride from The Harrington Fire Co. passing through the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge and ending at Palm Beach Willies in Taylor’s Island Md. Registration at the Harrington Fire Co. from 8:30am - 9:50am, ride leaves @ 10:00am. There will be door prizes, a 50/50 and music provided by DJ Mark Shores @ Palm Beach Willies. Cost is $5.00 per person, with proceeds to benefit the Delaware Burn Camp and Fire/EMS Personnel in need. Food and drink purchases @ Palm Beach Willies will be @ the expense of participants. www.redknightsde4.com

District of Columbia MRF Bikers Inside the Beltway Thursday, May 16, 2013 Join motorcyclists from across the country for this day of grass roots activism. Free motorcycle parking adjacent to the Capitol.

Maryland Zach’s Ride to Fight Juvenile Diabetes Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM This is a charity ride that starts at Mama Lucia’s Restaurant in Olney, MD then comes to Battley Harley-Davidson, then takes off for Red Eye’s Dock Bar over 36

the Bay Bridge. If you pre-register for $20 you get a free breakfast at Mama Lucia’s and a free ride t-shirt. If you don’t pre-register, it costs $25. Or, you can show up at Battley’s and register that day for $20 but you miss the breakfast and don’t get the shirt. The ride from Mama Lucia’s is expected to get to Battley around 10am and then leaves for the bay at 11am. Please visit www.zachsride.com to pre-register for the event. www.zachsride.com Devin’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Do you make a mean chili? Do you love to eat chili? Join us for our 2nd annual Devin’s Chili Cook-off. We will have tables set up if you’d like to enter your own chili in the contest (and electricity if you bring a crock-pot). Trophies awarded to the best over-all chili and best veggie chili. We’ll also have a hot dog cook-out so you can have the best of both worlds! Free entry and free tasting! events@battley.com Blessing of the Bikes Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Annual blessing of the bikes Sunday may 5, 2013 10:30 am five rivers church, Elkton MD 21921 www.fiveriverschurch.org Charm City Choppers 7th Annual Open House Sunday, May 5, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM Charm City Choppers will be celebrating our 7th Annual Open House on Sunday May 5, 2013. Come on out & join us in our celebration. Charm City Choppers 1806 Willow Spring Road Baltimore, MD 21222 cccbikerboy@gmail.com L.A.M.A Poker Run Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM The Latin American Motorcycle Association - Gaithersburg Chapter, will host a poker run starting and ending at Battley Cycles. Registration is $10 between 9:30am and 11am. The poker run will take you on nice back roads, stops to draw cards, and ends at the dealership for a free lunch. Prizes will MAY 2013

be awarded for the best and worst poker hands! www.battley.com/event_list.asp Montgomery County Motorcycle Swap Meet at Battley Cycles Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM The Montgomery County Motorcycle Swap Meet comes to Battley Cycles on May 11 from 10am - 4pm. Come see if another biker’s junk is your treasure! Entry to the event is free. If you would like to bring a table, space is just $5. If you need a table it is just $10. Notify John at Events@battley.com if you want to reserve space. www.battley.com/event_list C&C Cycle Open House “Bikes, Blues and Beef” Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM MD’s oldest and largest independent aftermarket shop is having its annual open house “Bikes, Blues and Beef”. The Nighthawks will be playing from 12 noon to 4pm. Pitmaster with American Grilling will be cooking the food. Vendors, discounts and doors prizes all day. www.candccycle.com Believe in Izaiah Poker Run Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM This is a poker motorcycle run event to help defray medical costs for Izaiah, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) on January 14th, 2013. The event date is May 18th, 2013 (rain or shine). We are starting out at Frederick Harley Davidson, stopping at several bars to pick up poker cards, and will be finishing the ride at the Thurmont Community Park at aproximately 2pm. The ride starts at 10am, with registration starting at 8am. There will be t-shirts for sale during the registration as well. The cost is $25 per person for the ride, and $35 if you take part in the poker game. At the park there will be music provided by a DJ, food and drinks will be served, and a raffle will be held. For more information you can find us on Facebook at Believe in Izaiah Poker Run May 18th. Meyer_donnajean@comcast.net THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC


Vintage and Classic Day Saturday, May 18, 2013 9:00 AM Every year, the day before the British and European Bike Show in Clarksburg, MD, Bob’s BMW likes to invite Vintage and Classic enthusiasts out to kick off the fun-filled weekend! Show off your bikes, kick tires, and explore the Vintage BMW Museum at Bob’s on Saturday and then meet us the Sunday morning for a group ride to big show in Clarksburg (See our ride details listed separately). Arrive by 11am on Saturday to attend a special Vintage and Classic Tech Session. So crank up your precious OLD-TIMER and ride to Bob’s rain or shine. All brand riders welcome! Visit www.bobsbmw. com closer to the event for more details. Questions? Contact hanna.creekmore@ bobsbmw.com Ride to British and European Classic Motorcycle Day Sunday, May 19, 2013 When our irrepressible restoration tech Dave Grunberger takes an old bike out for a ride, he doesn’t baby it. He FLOGS it! Meet at the Double T Diner in Catonsville where we will depart at 9 am sharp and try to keep up with Dave as we follow him to High Point Farm and join hundreds of other motorcyclists at one of the largest swap meets of its kind. Enjoy an amazing show of bikes, lots of vendors to shop, food to enjoy, and entertainment all day. Kickstands up at 9am sharp to depart for show. All brand riders welcome. Visit www.bobsbmw.com closer to the event for more details. Questions? Contact hanna.creekmore@ bobsbmw.com THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE MD-DE-DC

12th Annual British & European Classic Motorcycle Day Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Concours, Swap Meet, Door Prizes, Tech Talks, Vintage Trials Demo. For All British & European Classic Motorcycles built through 1983. This year’s featured marque: Cafe Racers,Customs and Specials. Admission: $10, children under 12 free classicmotorcycleday.org Buffalo Soldier Music Festival and Thunder Ride Friday, May 24, 2013 Sunday, May 26, 2013 Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club of Maryland, Mother Chapter invites you to join us as we celebrate our 10th Annual Buffalo Thunder Event on Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 24th thru Sunday May 26th, 2013. Friday Meet and Greet · Host Hotel – Quality Inn, 4783 Allentown Rd, Camp Springs, MD 20746 Telephone # 301-420-2800 · Room rate $104 per night (rate good thru April 23rd, 2013) · Complimentary Breakfast bar (hot and cold foods) · Registration – 5PM to 8PM · Meet and Greet 5PM to 11 PM in the Chesapeake Room Saturday Afternoon Music Festival $25.00 Location - Lamonts at 4400 Livingston Rd. Indian Head MD 20640 Sunday is the Thunder Run to the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum in Washington DC Sunday Morning Buffalo Thunder Ride $5.00 Starting Location 2497 Brightseat Road Landover, MD 20785 Kickstands up at 9:30AM For Tickets contact Felipe 301 221 9483 Bobby D. 703 851 2290 Ranger 703 571 1896 Mason 301 343 5023 Ninja Turtle 240 281 1508 Money raised will be given out as college scholarships and a donation will be made to the African American Civil War Memorial & Museum in Washington

Rolling Thunder XXVI Weekend May 25-26 2013 Check out the Full page Ads for the following locations for more specific details. Fort Washington HDwww.HDWash.com Old Glory HD www.OldGloryHD.com Battley Cycles www.Battley.com Mirock Fast by Gast Summer Showdown Friday, May 31, 2013 Sunday, June 2, 2013 This racing event will be split up into different classes of action packed racing! www.mirockracing.com Dick Gelfman’s Ride Across Maryland Saturday, June 1, 2013 Monday, June 3, 2013 We heard you! You said it was time for a change… Ride Across Maryland has responded with an all-new and exciting Ride for 2013! • The June 1, 2013 Ride will leave The Mall in Columbia and travel new fun and scenic routes. • We will arrive at Blob’s Park in Jessup for an all-day music festival and family fun event on a scale never before experienced. • No 2-night minimum or hotel stay required – just a spectacular ride and exciting music festival with a national headliner band. • Riders raising a minimum of $150 will receive the Ride premiums, a free concert ticket, exclusive access to VIP concert seating and an exclusive VIP dinner. • The music festival will include vendors and activities for the entire family. The bands will be announced as soon as contracts are signed –Stay tuned! • Register for the Ride to be the first to receive updates and band announcements! You can really make a difference in the lives of families touched by breast cancer. While tremendous advances have been made in the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer, more remains to be done. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives. There is hardly a family anywhere that hasn’t in some way been affected by breast cancer. The Ride Across Maryland combines an enjoyable weekend event with the potential to raise significant sums for the fight against breast cancer. www.rideacrossmaryland.org continued...

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That 70’s Day at Battley Cycles Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM Are you a child of the 70’s? Join us for a day celebrating everything 70’s. The Ladies of Harley will setup tie-die tubs and teach you how to tie-die. Bring your own white shirt or be one of the first 100 to get a Battley’s 70’s shirt. We will have an all-70’s motorcycle show - bring your vintage bike from the 70’s and enter for free! We’ll have trophies for the best bikes of the era. Free food at our patio cook-out and music from the 70’s playing. Rewards members can earn double points today. www.battley.com/event_list.asp


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Mountains, Motorcycles & Music Friday, June 7, 2013 Sunday, June 9, 2013 Live Music, Adult Games, Motorcycle Rodeo, Contests, Wet t-Shirt Contest and more. Restrooms and hot showers. Tent camping, limited RV hookups. Weekend Pass: ABATE Members $30 Non-Members $30 Friday or Saturday Day Pass: $20 www.abateofmd.org Crabby Daddy’s 4th Annual Jdrf Motorcycle Ride Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM A benefit Motorcycle event to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Food/fun for all ages Bands Poverty Ridge,Alkatraz,Bobbie Lewis Blues Band Registration begins@830 am $25 rider $15 for passenger includes food and t shirt. Nice ride then return to Buckeystown Pub for event. Special Guest Alex Elman who owns her own winery and has a special interest in this disease. The Pub also has crabs! Follow us on Facebook @ Crabby Daddy’s Benefit Motorcycle Ride Join us again please. wharris953@comcast.net Counrty Cruizn Car Show Sunday, June 9, 10am-4pm Taneytown Memorial Park All proceeds from the show to benefit disabled veterans in Maryland. For information on Vendor space or general questions contact: Shiela 410-412-6787 Grant 443-824-0639 14th Annual Cops Motorcycle Ride Sunday, June 9, 2013 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM The 14th annual concerns of police survivors motorcycle ride is scheduled for Sunday June 9th. The event is returning to FOP # 89 in Upper Marlboro. Riders will escorted from various locations throughout the State. Minimum donations of $25.00 is required to participate. Each rider will receive a run tee shirt, lunch, and entertainment. Vendors will be on site. This event benefits the Maryland Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors. www.mdcops.org 38

Burn Ride Saturday June 15th See Full page ad in magazine for more details or go to www. BurnRide.org Somd Sun and Music Fest Poker Run Saturday, June 15, 2013 Sunday, June 16, 2013 SOMD SUN MUSIC FESTIVAL POKER RUN to benefit the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Registration will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday June 15th, first group out at 10:30 and last bike out by 11:00 am. 1st card will be drawn at registration at fairgrounds. 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th cards will be drawn at festival participating bars. Ride will end at fairgrounds and winner will be announced at approx. 2pm. Cost for ride is $20.00 per rider and $20.00 per passenger. Your $20.00 fee will include participation in the poker run and a two day pass to the SOMD SUN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Also available at the festival will be food, drinks, wine tasting, craft beer tasting, hot air balloon rides, children’s play area, local artists vendors and motorcycle gear vendors. And of course plenty of entertainment all weekend long from local, regional, and national bands. This year’s bands include Great Train Robbery, The Kelly Bell Band, and Scarletta one of this years top 10 country bands just to name a few. Due to the response from local motorcycle clubs this year’s ride is gearing up to be a sizable event. Please come out for a day of fun and riding to support your local charities and help the less fortunate. For more information on the festival you can go to http://somdsunmusicfest. org/ or vist our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ events/489521177746819/ somdsunmusicfest.org Carnival of HOGs Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM MCHOG invites you to a day of riding, carnival games, and fun during our annual Carnival of HOGS event. You’ll play carnival style games for points, enjoy a nice ride and be treated to a free lunch courtesy of Battley HarleyDavidson. Battley Harley-Davidson gift certificates for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place based on your scores. Door prizes and 50/50. Registration is $10 and opens at 10 am and closes at 12 noon. The ride and playing the games will take about MAY 2013

two hours. Last bikes in at 2 pm. Road Captain-led rides or follow the route on your own. Starting and ending point is Battley Harley-Davidson, 7830 Airpark Rd, Gaithersburg, MD. The event is open to all riders www.mchog.com/Events/ Carnival2012.pdf Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day Monday, June 17, 2013 Ride your motorcycle or scooter on this day to demonstrate: * The number of motorcyclists to the general public and to politicians. * That motorcyclists are from all occupations and all walks of life. * That motorcyclists can reduce traffic and parking congestion in large cities. * That motorcycles are for transportation as well as recreation. * That motorcycling is a social good. Kingsman Shithouse Side Poker Run Saturday June 15th Starts at The Jetty Dock Bar 201 Wells Cove Rd Grasonville, MD 21638 Sign ups Starts @10:30 – Roll Out @ 12:30 More Info: Email kingsmanmc@gmail.com Call : 443-221-1672 / 443-298-0124 Track Day at Summit Point Monday, June 24, 2013 Learn how to be the better rider you always wanted to be in a safe environment. Bob’s staff will cheer you on track side under our VIP hospitality tent. Plus, Bob’s sponsored BMW S1000RR racer and champion, Jeremy Cook, will be there to provide his expertise and advice! Lunch, snacks, beverages, on-site techs for your mechanical convenience, and more will be included in this unforgettable day of riding on the track! Spread the word, plan ahead, and mark your calendar today! All brands welcome! Visit www.bobsbmw.com closer to the event for more details. Interested in signing up today? Contact hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com

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t was my pleasure to sit on the front porch and share some shine with Jim Wubben, owner of PB Choppers. We sat down during the Timonium Bike show. He was nice enough to share the following with our readers. As you can see from the pictures of the Bikes he has made it was a real honor to spend some time with this man. After talking with Jim I realized why the bikes turn out as great as they do. He puts everything into each bike he builds.

my son started me back in the business. HB-Let’s talk about the bikes that are surrounding us here. They are amazing. Got any favorites? JW- All of them. There are lots of people that build these bikes for millions. For the first ten years I did this I never sold a bike. I made a cool bike and it got on the cover of a magazine and people would ask if I wanted to sell it and I would say no. I put my heart and soul into each and every one of these things. Some of these bikes I’ve had since 2005. They are still a really big part of my life.

HB- Who is PB Choppers and where are you from? JW- My name is Jim Wubben and I own PB Choppers and I’m from Moravia, Iowa. My website is www.pbchoppers.com. I started in Iowa Tuesday morning about 6:00 a.m. and must have taken a wrong turn and ended up here in Timonium.

HB- How cool is it that you get to work with your son every day? JW- Yes that’s a bonus. Not to mention that my grandson is 13 and my granddaughter is 5 and they both come to hang out at the shop with popa all the time.

HB- What has the reception been like from the people you have met here so far? JW- You know I live in southern Iowa for a reason, my hometown has a population of 600 and we are known for being kind of friendly. This is my first trip out here and I feel just exactly like I’m at home.

HB- Now for the bikes here at the show; are they for sale or are you still holding on to them?

HB- When did you start building bikes? JW- Oh professionally around 1987. Prior to that I was a poor kid and I liked scooters my whole life and the only way I could have cool stuff was to make it or go to the junkyard and get something I thought would be cool and put that on a bike. My son he’s very involved in the business with me and I never wanted him to know what I did. I was kind of a dumb ass for 20 years of my life and did all the things that I wasn’t supposed to do. I didn’t want my son to be a part of that culture. One day as always happens he wanted to go buy his first Harley. He went and bought a Sportster like most young kids do. Naturally he had to tear it all apart like I did twenty some years before that. He built a few bikes for his friends and sometimes he would have problems, I was building street rods at the time and the little gremlins would fix his problems at night. He would go out and say well Dad that wasn’t so hard after all. He kind of caught me with one of the bikes and said if you’re going do this you should start doing this with me. So it was kind of a deal where 40

JW- I’m getting to be an old fart and the wife keeps telling me maybe now you should let go of some of this. So now we’re going to start letting them go. HB- Let’s talk about the John Wayne bike you built and unveiled here at the show. Everybody here is talking about it and taking pictures of it. Are you a big John Wayne fan or did someone pay you to make this one? JW- Oh no I’m a huge John Wayne fan I can remember sitting and watching an old black and white TV set when I was young. My father introduced me to westerns and we would watch them along with my grandfather. I threw the name Jon Wayne out one day and then mentioned it to Danny Gray my painter and then to some other folks who are involved in different parts of the bike and everyone said I’m in and I want to be a part of this and here it is. HB- Have you sent pictures of the bike to the Dukes family or estate and if so what was the reaction?

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JW- Well here we go again. I believe things happen for a reason or karma and I had a gentleman that is from here in Maryland that came to the booth this morning and his best friend lives in L.A. and is one of the family. So I had a conversation with him and they sent some pictures back and forth and the family is going to be contacting me soon. On my theme bikes that are close to my heart. For instance, the Dale Earnhart Sr. bike. I toured with it for 7 or 8 years and it’s been a lot of places and I can honestly say millions of people have seen it. Until Richard Childress came to my booth and sat on it. That was kind of the ultimate eye opener and I realized how much the bikes mean to others. So for the John Wayne and the Dale Sr. bikes, I didn’t build the bikes to make a million bucks I made them to honor the men from my heart. It’s nice if the family can see what I did for their lost person and give me their blessing. It’s just the way

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I’ve always done stuff. I don’t want to keep harping on the heart thing but for anyone that comes and sees my bikes they will be able to tell it is what it is. I know some of you will say that’s corny or come on he makes money on the bikes. Your right we all got to make a living . I can tell each one of you after sitting with the man and watching him talk about each of the bikes you can really see he’s all heart when it comes to these bikes. I hope I get to go to Iowa and visit Jim again. If you pass thru Iowa stop by and say hi you won’t regret it. Well that’s all till next time. Shine tip#1: If your sippin on Main Street stay seated at all times. Remember to Share with a Friend and lose the Lid!!!! — Hillbilly

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biker friendly directory

DEALERS & SHOPS All American Harley Davidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Road Hughesville, MD 20763 301-274-5000 www.allamericanh-d.com Baltimore Harley Davidson 8845 Pulaski Hwy. Baltimore, MD 21237 410-238-2003 www.hdstore.com Battley Cycles 7830 Airpark Road Gaithersburg, MD 301-948-4581 www.battley.com C&C Cycle 8182 Telegraph Rd Severn, MD 21144 410-305-0924 www.candccycle.com Davis and Davis Custom Engraving 240-415-1856 DavisandDavisEngraving.com Fort Washington Harley Davidson 9407 Livingston Rd Fort Washington, MD 20744 301-248-1200 www.hdwash.com GRD Cycle 4420 Crain Hwy White Plains, MD 301-843-0144 GRDCYCLE.COM Iron Works Custom Cycles 7676 Airpark Rd Gaithersburg, MD 20879 www.ironworkscycles.com 301-947-7300 MD Speedy Tag & Title 1-888-938-2448 www.mdspeedytags.com For a location near you Premier Collision & Customs 621 Central Ave. Edgewater, MD. 21037 410-798-9727 IGS Auto Body, Inc. 1230 Cronson Blvd. Crofton, MD 21114 410-451-7405 Old Glory Harley Davidson 11800 Laurel Bowie Road Laurel, MD 20708 www.oldgloryhd.com 301-575-0575 Ron Treacy Automotive Certified Master Technician All Makes and Models Mobil at Rte 3 & 450 Bowie, MD 301-262-0003

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S.M. City Motorsports 20260 Poplar Ridge Rd. Lexington Park, MD 20653 301-863-6499

The Greene Turtle www.thegreeneturtle.com For a location near you

Bars & Restaurants Barefoot Bernie’s 901 Dual Hwy Hagerstown, MD 21740 www.barefootberniesmd.com 301-797-4424 Bamboo Bernie’s 8359 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Pasadena, MD. 21122 www.bambooberniesusa.com 410-647-6100 Cancun Cantina 7501 Old Telegraph Road Hanover, MD. 21076 www.cancuncantina.com 410-761-6188

Hooters of New Castle 194 S. Dupont Hwy New Castle, DE 302-326-2526

Pit & Pub 2706 Philadelphia Avenue Ocean City, MD. 21842 www.pitandpub.com 410-289-2020 Reckless Ric’s 1702 Furnace Drive Glen Burnie, MD. 21060 www.recklessrics.com 410-590-2280 Rips Casual Dining 3809 N. Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD Restaurant: 301-805-5901 Deli: 301-805-5903 Wine & Spirit Shoppe 301-805-5902 www.ripscountryvillage.com The Blue Ox Bar & Grill 12601 Coastal Hwy Ocean City, MD. 21842 www.blueoxsteakhouse.com 410-250-6440

Triple Nines Bar & Billiards 7540 Washington Blvd. Elkridge, MD. 21075 tripleninesbarandbilliards.com 410-799-1818

Law offices of Irwin Jay Block 90 Painters Mill Rd. Suite 131 Owings Mills, MD 21117 410-356-6555 800-875-6554 www.stahlandblock.com

Business Services

Laurel Station Bar & Grille 14933 Baltimore Ave Laurel, MD 20707 (301) 604-3693

Phil’s Place 5826 Gallant Green Rd Hughesville, MD 301-274-3515

Thursdays Steak & Crab House 4851 Riverside Drive Galesville, Maryland 20765 410-867-7200 www.thursdaysrestaurant.com

Lawyers

Cancun Cantina West 901 Dual Highway Hagerstown, Maryland 21740 www.cancuncantinawest.com 301-797-4422

Millstream Inn 5310 Dogwood Rd. Baltimore, MD 21207 410-265-8224 www.millstreamgirls.com

The Woodstock Inn 1514 Woodstock RD Woodstock, MD 21163 410-750-3673 www.woodstockinn.net

Heartland Payment Systems Payroll / Card Processing HeartlandPaymentSystems.com Email:William.Fine@e-hps.com 410-493-8467

Realtor Services Kelly Beaton, Realtor Keller Williams Realty Centre Columbia, MD 21045 www.ridethebeatonpath.com Office: 410-312-0000 Cell: 443-340-9164 M-Lend Patrick M. Bell “Home Loans Made Fast & Easy” Office# 301-858-9300 x222 Direct# 202-438-0038

Apparel / Retail Chapman Vac & Sew 3180 Solomons Island Rd #103 Edgewater, MD 21037 www.chapmanvacandsew.com 410-956-0000 Mary’s Bargain Cycle New Castle Farmers Market 110 N. DuPont Hwy. New Castle, DE 19720 302-322-9323 No Croak Embroidery For all your Custom Patch needs! 410-259-5234

Pasadena Pawn & Gun 3306 Mountain Rd Pasadena, MD 21122 PasadenaPawnandGun.com 410-255-1272 Renegade Classics 3180 Solomons Island Rd #101, Edgewater, Md 21037 renegadeannapolis.com 410-956-RIDE (7433) Renegade Classics Baltimore 9026-C Pulaski Hwy Middle River, MD 21220 ReneagadeBaltimore.com 410-574-7433 Renegade Classics 131 Central Square Dr. Prince Fredrick, MD 20678 renegadeclassicssomd.com (301) 855-1999 Tinder Box 2754 Crain Highway Waldorf, MD 20601 301-374-9100 Tobacco Stop 3351 Corridor Marketplace Suite #300 Laurel, MD. 20724 301-317-5316 Wicked Steel Jewelry www.wicked-steel.com

Photography Michael J. Alves US Patriot Photography uspatriotphotography.com Mark Petinga Photography markpetinga.com Email: info@markpetinga.com 443-630-4124

Tattoo Battle Scars Tattoo 143 Central Square Dr. Prince Frederick, MD Battlescarsandbeautymarx.com 443-968-2850 Orange Tattoo Company 2020-A West Street Annapolis, MD. 21401 orangetattoocompany.com 410-224-6088 _________________________ If you would like to be listed in the Biker Friendly Directory, please contact Sales and Marketing or email BFD@TRMDEL. com for more information. If your Club, Foundation, or Association would like to be listed in our Directory, please email BFD@TRMDEL.COM with your name and contact information and someone will be in touch with you.

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Working on your ride Working on your bike has some less than obvious benefits. One is the satisfaction of knowing it’s right. Another is a feeling of accomplishment in a job well done. Kinda like earning that gorgeous afternoon wasting $3 a gallon gas. Not to mention saving a few bucks to fill the tank with. First thing you’ll need is a clean dry place to do the job. You don’t need a garage but it sure is nice should something call you away from the job the bike will be fine. If you don’t have one ask a friend who does. That is also one of the nice things about the internet. You can arrange a “work party” at an associate’s place on a weekend. Happens all the time. Some guys even go out of their way to help others out. Ask around you’ll find someone who has or knows who has some space. If all you have is a shed out back keep it clean, dry and well lit until you can move up. Looking for a dropped fastener on a dirty cluttered floor in the dark is no way to spend an evening. Next is tools. The first and most important is a genuine manufacturers Service manual. They are indispensable when performing service for specs and methods. The guys who designed the bike really do know best. The other manuals help but can be incorrect and rarely show good images to help you along. Second along the line are hand tools. You don’t need high dollar tools but quality sure does help. A set of combination wrenches, screwdrivers, oil filter wrench, a rack of sockets and a ratchet to drive them would be the place to start. If you want to do a dealer quality job a pair of torque wrenches would be the first special tools to buy. A 1/4” drive in inch-pounds and 3/8” drive in foot-pounds. Buy the best you can afford and if budget is a concern buy the foot pound wrench first. They will save tons of headaches in stripped and broken fasteners. Topping that off is a cabinet or toolbox to store them in between jobs. When you get started patience is key. If you’re impatient bad things ($$) can happen. Read the manual, get the supplies (oil/filter/ gaskets, ect.) and prepare your workspace. Preparation is the key to success. Start with the easy stuff, oil and filter, lube and adjust cables and step up as your abilities and experience grow. Be honest with yourself about what you can and cannot do and if you have a good relationship with your local shop ask a couple questions when you pick up the parts. I’m sure they’ll be happy to help out. A Saturday evening working on your bike with your riding buddies strengthens the camaraderie you share on the road. We’ll get into details as time goes in further installments about how to do certain jobs. Now get to work and keep that bike purring like a kitten.

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