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ecember is here and the Holidays are upon us. This month the crew here at Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic our torn between happiness and sorrow. We could not be happier to announce that we will now be including the Great State of Virginia into our MidAtlantic Edition. We look forward to all the great rides and people we will meet this upcoming year. If you want to be a part of the Thunder running through the Mid-Atlantic send in your pictures and stories about you rides. Just like the guys from Brothers in Arms VMC (found on page 31). Spread the word about upcoming events as well by submitting them to

All that being said, we are a strong united family here at Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic and with the support of our Road Crew and all of our loyal readers and friends we will continue to grow and dominate the Mid-Atlantic as the Only Motorcycle Magazine that Matters. The Road Crew here at Thunder Roads® Mid-Atlantic, also work very hard at keeping you up to date with all the local events happening in your area. So, remember to submit your events and photos to BigCity@ Not only do we cover them, but you will see us out and about more than any of our competitors. We don’t sell the lifestyle, we live it! During this holiday season, remember to thank all our advertising partners that make it possible to keep the Only Motorcycle Magazine that Matters going. Please show your appreciation by supporting their businesses as well.

The Sorrow comes from the loss of several friends over the past month. It has been a rough one trying to say goodbye to so many too soon. One of L&R, our losses this month hits a little closer to home. Rhino & Bighead That is the loss of our very own Teresa “Blueiz” Christiansen. Blueiz has been with us from almost he very beginning and has been a great part of our success here. She will be deeply missed as we move in to Virginia. It was one of her dreams to get into Virginia with us. She may not be here any longer, but she will always be a part of Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic. If you never met Blueiz yourself, you have been dealt a great in justice as may would say she could bring a smile to your day every time. Please keep her Family and Friends in your prayers this holiday season. THE SCUTTLEBUTT 12320 Neale sound dr. Cobb island, Maryland


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Christmas is About Liberty

Galatians 5:1 Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. In the Christmas story we talk about the gift of Christ and about the manger about wise men and shepherds. We focus on the tree and the gifts that we give and expect to get. The gift to the world was Jesus Christ and yet he is all but placed on a back shelf of our lives EVEN on his own supposed birthday. So what is the purpose of the birth of Christ? Was it to afford us another holiday or another day of from work? I don’t think it is any of that. I believe as the text above states, “Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” The birth of Christ was so that we could be free not shackled with the things of this life. But you say “Im not in bondage!” If you have anything other than those things that are necessary to stay alive that you can’t live without, then your in bondage. It’s time to see this year that you don’t have to remain in bondage to drugs, alcohol, lust, pride or anything that keeps you in chains. Christ was born to free us from all of these things and to help others to get free from these things.

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I know that I thought I was free just because I was a Christian until I saw that there were things holding me in captivity that prevented me from reaching my full potential in life. Many reading this have things holding you captive and you want to stop it or to get away from it but you can’t. You feel like throwing up your hands and calling it quits. Many have taken their lives because they saw no hope of

being free. This feeling of captivity has you feeling lost and hopeless. Christ was born to free you and to give you hope and a purpose for living. The message this year to you is that there is a way out of that bondage. There is more hope for you than you have ever known. You don’t need to be held in slavery by anything or anybody. This Christmas let Christ be born in your life and get set free from the inside then you can be set free on the outside. Let the JOY and PEACE this Christmas be because you walk as a free man and woman in Christ.


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October 30, 2016 When it gets to be this time of the year, as a biker, you find yourself hoping for warmer temperatures and today we got it. It was 80 degrees, not all that sunny, but still warm – and a Sunday – my only full day off through the week! I knew I had to be on the bike. The destination didn’t really matter all that much, just as long as I was on two. I’ve started a little project with Dave called “Marylander’s Visiting.” You can find us on Facebook. We’ve made it our goal to visit every single city/town in Maryland. We will do some of the trips on the bikes as weather permits. So today, we decided to visit Easton. This was going to be Dave’s first time riding over the Bay Bridge (he just started riding in April of this year). Dave did great with keeping up behind me and keeping the gap closed between us. He didn’t have any mishaps and I’m very proud of him as I’ve watched him start off as a sloppy, new rider, into someone who has gained some skill and is doing great! He did just fine going over the Bay Bridge. We got into Easton a little after 12:00 and we didn’t really know where we were going. We pulled over in an empty parking lot at the “Old Mill Deli.” They were closed but it looked like it would have been an interesting place to get some food. We decided to try to find the little shops in Historic Easton, so I set my GPS up and we were on our way. I missed a turn somewhere so we took a little scoot through Easton, which was fine because it never hurts to travel out of your plans. We found the area we were looking for and parked the bikes – it was free parking for three hours so we were good. We walked around and checked out the shops and had lunch at Docs Downtown Grille. We try to eat at unique places or places that are not a chain. This place was nice and our sandwiches were great. It’s definitely worth checking out. There’s also a really good Italian Restaurant on Dover Street called Portofino. We didn’t get to eat there today because they are only open for dinner but we’ve been there before and they are great! After that we took a ride about five miles away to check out the Pickering Creek Audubon Center. The ride to this place was spectacular! It was pretty much all back roads that were lined with trees which were abundant with all the changing colors. I’ve included some pictures of that road. I can’t tell you what the name of the road was but it was gorgeous. We got to the Audubon Center and were disappointed to see that the entrance was all gravel. I HATE driving on gravel but we both did just fine. We didn’t explore this Center as much as we wanted to because

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it was getting late and we wanted to head back home soon as there was the threat of rain in the forecast. I did have my rain gear on board with me but I’d prefer not to ride in it if I don’t have to. We will be back to check out the water front of the Center as well as the hiking trails. Dave wanted us to ride back home together. He had to take his bike back to Pasadena and I had to go back to Columbia. He wanted me to ride with him to Pasadena and then he’d follow behind me in his truck back to my house. I told him I’d rather we go our separate ways after the Bay Bridge. He wanted us to just stay together. I understood why he wanted that but something was telling me to just go straight to my house. After telling him for the 4th time that I’d rather just go straight home, he finally agreed to it. As I was on route 32, about 20 minutes from home, the sun was disappearing and the sky was getting really ugly and dark. I hauled ass from that moment because the sky did not look invititing….at all. I got home, unloaded the bike and got it sheltered, and then five minutes later, the wind picked up. Not just a little but, a lot, then the rain started pouring down. I got lucky and I was glad I listened to my instincts. Someone was watching out for me today! As I settled in for the evening, glad to have gotten 175 miles in on the bike, I had a calmness come over me. Riding seems to just melt away my stress and tiredness. What I didn’t know was that just a few hours later, our very own Teresa would be losing her life due to a motorcycle accident. I only had the pleasure of meeting her a couple of times but she was always so very sweet to me and was always smiling. I wish I could have had the time to have gotten to know her better. I will never understand who or what determines who gets to arrive safely at home after a day out on the bike, but what I do understand is that you never know when your time is coming. You better wake up and take advantage of every single day that you are given breath. R.I.P Teresa “Blueiz” Christiansen

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• Make yourself visible. Choose riding gear that increases your visibility in traffic in addition to providing protection in the event of a crash. Use bright colors and retro-reflective strips or decals, especially at night. • Ride so you are seen. There is no one safe place to ride. Use lane positioning to be seen. Ride with your headlight on and consider using a modulating headlight. • Give yourself space and time to react. Allow space for emergency braking or for avoiding a crash. Make your lane moves gradually. • Signal your intentions. Signal before changing lanes. Avoid weaving between lanes. Flash your brake light when you are slowing down and before stopping. • Be courteous and respect other road users. Being courteous, non-aggressive and cooperative can go a long way in reducing crashes.



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ABATE of Maryland, Inc. had a successful legislative seminar once again this year. If you were there, I want to say thanks for coming out and helping us shape our legislative agenda for 2017. If you didn’t make it, think about attending next year. It is very informative and a great way to get acclimated to the legislative process. It is the ideas and discussions during the seminar that help to lead us in the direction that we go with legislation. There were a lot of great ideas and concerns brought forward at the seminar. Out of the many ideas brought up and discussed, ABATE of Maryland, Inc. has decided to focus on three issues this session. The helmet law modification, Right of Way/must appear legislation, and handlebar height requirements. We are in the process of talking to legislators and potential sponsors about these issues. As always, we will also be watching out for anything that comes along that could have a negative impact on motorcycling in Maryland.

The 2017 legislative session starts on January 11, and ends on April 10, 2017. ABATE members will meet at the ABATE office starting on Monday, January 16 , and every Monday night until the session ends for our weekly lobby nights. We meet at 6pm and then walk over to the senate and house building to lobby our legislators and discuss our issues. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have never been to Annapolis to lobby, it can be an eye opening experience. The office is located at 71 Franklin Street Annapolis, MD, in the lower of level of the building. Are you a member? If not, we need you now more than ever. The organization is all volunteer and we rely on the membership dues to keep our office in Annapolis. If you ride, please consider joining us. We fight for all motorcyclists in Maryland, not matter what you ride, we represent you. If you want to know more about us check out our new and much improved website. www.

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1959 A10 Rocket 650 twin. This was BSA in her prime.

CHOPPERS FROM BRITAIN? BY ANDY TALLONE For our purposes here, we’re not talking about choppers built in England. Instead this is a study of choppers and bobbers built right here in the good ’ol US of A, using British motorcycle engines.

(other than paint) chopped Honda 350s. I was helping another guy in my metal shop class make extended forks for his Honda 175! Myself and two of my friends had mid-60’s Triumph 650s, two bobbers and a chopper. Mine was a bobber, meaning no extended forks. Tons of chrome though, a sweet little peanut tank painted black, a banana seat, megaphones and high bars. People were chopping everything, in those days. There was a Honda 750 Four chopper in my home town that looked wicked! I remember reading a chopper magazine back then and seeing a purple BMW chopper with a coffin tank, and those big ugly cylinders hanging out the sides. The article said it was owned by a member of the music group “The Association”. I don’t care who he was, the bike was hideous. But it just went to show how far people would go to chop whatever they had, in those days.


This 1950 Triumph 650 shows the classic look of the old school British chopper. Triumph ran rigid frames through 1953.


In a way, this is my story. Because I grew up in the era when chopping your Triumph 650 was a fairly common practice. Back in the 1960s, choppers built around Harley engines were everywhere, mostly Panheads with stock Harley rigid frames. Back then, they were considered a sign of rebellion, a refusal to go along with convention. But not everyone wanted to be a badass, or had or could afford a Harley. When the 1969 movie “Easy Rider” introduced the mainstream world to Harley choppers and the biker lifestyle, suddenly everyone wanted a chopper. And many chopped whatever they had. In my high school alone, two guys had matching

This could be the only Ariel Square Four chopper in captivity. Square Fours had two counter-rotating crankshafts and were extremely smooth, just not very fast.

From the mid-50s through the late-60s, Triumph, BSA, Norton and the other British motorcycle manufacturers were enjoying big sales in America. British bikes were everywhere, and quite cheap. I paid $650 for my 1964 Triumph TR6 bobber in 1971. So, when the chopper frenzy hit in 1969, there were plenty of British bikes around to chop. Of course, Triumph being the best-selling of the British brands, most of the British choppers you see will be powered by Triumph engines, usually 650 or 750 twins. But BSAs, Nortons, Vincent V-twins, and even Ariel Square Fours, and other Brits have been chopped, some beautifully, some horribly. During this same era, British bobbers and rat bikes grew in popularity also, often built out of necessity because their owners couldnʼt afford the expensive chopper parts (rigid frames, extended forks, raked necks, etc.). If choppers were a culture, then non-Harley choppers were a subculture within it. Lots of Japanese bikes were chopped over the years, some with great success. But the British choppers were at the root and the center of this movement from

It had the looks, the stance, and the chops to win an award at this show. The engine is a 60s-era BSA A65 650 twin.

Does this thing scream the 70’s, or what?! Built around a ‘69 Triumph TR6 650 engine. the beginning, and have continued to be an important part of it.

CHANGING TIMES Alas the 60s-and-70s chopper craze had peaked by the late 70s. By this time, Harley choppers had taken on a bit of a negative image, being associated with outlaw biker hooliganism. However, around this same time, Harley-Davidson was getting their act together and began pouring gorgeous, reliable bikes off the assembly line, where they were snapped up by orthodontists and paving contractors, and the whole image of Harleys changed. The oily old chopper got parked in the back of the garage to make room for the new Super Glide. Choppers, Harley and otherwise, seemed to disappear from the landscape, replaced by a tsunami of brand new Harleys, a dizzying array of other modern bikes and a whole new rider demographic.

THE NEW CHOPPER BOOM Fast forward to 2000. Chopper builder Jesse James launches his new TV show “Motorcycle Mania” on the Discovery Channel. The show followed his personal life, but mostly concentrated on his business of building custom motorcycles (all with Harley or Harley-like engines, ie: S&S, Revtech, etc.). America took notice and suddenly there was a new chopper boom on. Overnight everyone wanted a chopper, and companies sprang seemingly out of nowhere to accommodate the demand, providing aftermarket engines, trannies, rigid frames, springers, wheels, and tanks. Artisans like Arlen Ness went from being small-time builders to major manufacturers of custom parts. And the market for these modern-day, high-tech choppers just seemed to keep growing.

1970 Triumph TR6 engine, stock frame converted to rigid, stock Triumph tank, ‘71-72 conical hubs and those giant 5.00X16 wheels and tires make for a tough modern look. Built in 2011.

Today’s builders can go wild and somehow get away with it. This Triumph Bonneville-powered creation is a rolling sculpture. Many of the orthodontists and paving contractors traded in their stock bikes for wild new choppers, joined by legions of new riders, and people trading out of other bikes. Once again, choppers became almost commonplace.

 LONG IN THE TOOTH Like all booms, this new chopper boom went through its life-cycle of birth, growth, maturity, peak and then decline. British bikes did the same thing, lowriders and street rods too. And someday, maybe even my beloved muscle cars will peak and decline. Maybe they already have. Thatʼs not to say that there are no more lowriders or street rods. But the market for them has peaked, the genre has continued...

advanced forward. What used to be unique about them is now mainstream, even old school. Some of the faithful stick to the old ways no matter what, but many choose to embrace new directions with their hobbies. Street rods, for instance, continue to break new ground virtually every year, always striving to create something that has never been seen before. The new “Hail Mary” is to drop a huge tank engine, or a radial airplane engine in your street rod! That’ll get ‘em every time.

THE MODERN BRITISH CHOPPER The same thing is happening today in the chopper industry, to a lesser extreme. Some chopper builders are looking for unusual engines to power their bikes that will help them stand out in an ocean of Harley V-twins. One encouraging offshoot has been the rediscovery of classic British motorcycles. Many modern chopper builders today are building incredible, gorgeous, in some cases outrageous custom motorcycles around Triumph twins and triples, BSA 650s, Vincent V-twins and more. In the process, they’ve discovered not just how naturally-attractive British motorcycle engines are, but how compact and light they are when compared to a Harley V-twin and gearbox. Among the many builders embracing British power, Southern California-based Falcon Motorcycles, has built an entire line of incredible choppers and bobbers around various British powerplants with awesome results. These bikes really stand out at shows. Itʼs been a long time since many of these fans have seen so many British motorcycle engines, some never have, and this could lead to a renewed interest in classic British motorcycles at large. For that I am hopeful. Somehow a new generation of enthusiasts must embrace our beloved classic British motorcycles if they are to survive into the future. If it takes choppers with Brit engines to do that, then Iʼm all for it. Please visit my website at www.Classic-British-Motorcycles. com. For more British Choppers, Bobbers & Rat Bikes, go to www. Classic-British-

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June 17th, 18th and 19th were the dates for this year’s CE’s Helping Hands Fun Fest motorcycle/ATV rally. The gates opened Friday and everyone left Sunday. Last Chance band played Friday night and Thunder Struck played Saturday night. We had an auction Saturday night and food was provided by the Franklin Bowling Alley. A good time was had by all. This year was special in that we had the Jerry Kirby Memorial Ride as our bike Poker Run Saturday. The following was submitted by one of Jerry’s friends to highlight the activities for the ride. Jerry had many things he enjoyed in life but a couple of them were at the top of the list. One was riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle and the other was a visit to “Moe Fatz for Ice Cream in Franklin West Va. Always with his wife Debbie at his side! This was Jerry’s home turf as a young man and he always held those memories of West Va. close to his heart. In 2015 Jerry organized a Chapter ride for an overnight trip and a visit to Mo-Fatz for Ice cream. Everyone had a fantastic time! Unfortunately in November 2015 Jerry passed away unexpectedly. With the assistance of many of Jerry’s friends and CE Helping hands, the first “JERRY KIRBY MEMORIAL RIDE” was planned and on June 17, 2016, a total of 20 motorcycles and two vehicles left Hughesville Md. for

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the 220 mile journey in honor of friend and brother. This trip included a stop at one of Jerry’s favorite roadside park (Vernon W. Welton Park, in Petersburg WV) for a picnic lunch and ended at the Thorn Spring Park campground where we spent June 17, 18 and 19 in the rustic accommodations. We stayed in two cabins. One accommodated 8 people and one the accommodated 16 people. Tent Camping is also available. We had a great time that included evenings spent around the fire pit as well as a 3 mile ride to Moe Fatz for the required Ice Cream fix! There were also breakfast, lunch and dinners available at the park. The food was great and the prices were very reasonable. There was a great band playing for two days and we had the opportunity to do a poker run sponsored by CE Helping Hands folks. This ride took us through the twist and curves of the West Va. Mountains for 125 miles. Having rode the tail of the dragon I have to say that this was a fantastic ride that provided plenty of challenges for all skill levels. We are now planning the 2017 “jerry Kirby memorial ride”. The C E Helping hands group has agreed to sponsor this event for next year. Just waiting for the date to be set. If you enjoy a great weekend getaway at a reasonable price, come out and enjoy the company. This is the place to be!!!



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ose got word that two of her sons Washington National Forest to Summersville, ROAD would be traveling from Texas and WV. Routes 220, 84, 92 and 39 combine to CAPTAIN’S heading east. Matt, her youngest, make what some riders may refer to as, “Road REPORT would be staying with a friend in Lexington, Porn.” It can be like the Blue Ridge Parkway, KY. And Justin, her oldest, would be working without all of the overlooks and traffic, but with in Huntington, WV for a couple of weeks. We similar sweeping, curvy paths, and a 55 mph had to be back by Saturday for the Marillion speed limit. So bring a towel. Cave Run Dam concert. There was a three day window Rose and I took a tour of Richwood along the way. showing good weather, and an iffy fourth, which gave us Some of you may remember we went there after the a day to spare if it turned sour. It was an enticing recipe terrible floods last summer. Sadly, many of the buildings for a road trip. downtown, were vacant, except for a few, like Dollar While we were packing, we saw the tragic news about Teresa Christiansen’s accident. Although we were deeply saddened by this, we didn’t see it as a bleak omen to the beginning of our journey. Instead, we felt even more compelled to go, as if her spirit were beckoning us to. Either way, our hearts go out to all of her family, friends and colleagues. Regardless where our journeys may lead, to the ones who miss her most, she will always be with you.

One of our favorite approaches to points west, are the roads heading from Monterey, through the George

General. A pile of rubble was all that remained of Mumsey’s Iron Skillet, along with the sign, soon to be the only evidence, it was ever there.

We had Rt. 39 all to ourselves, once past Marlinton. There were miles where we didn’t see another vehicle, oncoming or otherwise. It wasn’t until we were about five miles this side of Summersville, that we encountered a pickup truck hauling a horse trailer in our lane. The traffic was getting heavier, so there was little chance of passing, especially since he liked hauling ass (if it were a donkey

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on board), in the straits. We were glad we weren’t in the oncoming lane. He seemed to prefer it in the corners to his own. We sat back and watched the trailer show, backing off in case he ran into anything. It was like watching someone who had lunch in Italy,,, with wine. That poor horse. We made our camp at the Comfort Inn in Fayetteville. There was a sports bar right across the parking lot and a gas station next door. Tater Salad calls that a “Plus.” We watched the Bears stomp the Vikings while sampling the Whitewater Bar and Grill’s delicious wings and a tasty local pilsner on tap. Rose and I had been out this way several times before, but never past Gauley Bridge on Rt. 60. We were treated to panoramic views of the Kanawha (pronounced Lĕh-’nérd ‘Skin-’nérd) River and falls. We stopped there for a pic with the pod of all triness. Later, we encountered another dam in London. Paired with a set of locks, this was one of three dams that enabled barge traffic along the river. I took the shell off my Joe Rocket Alter Ego jacket to wear the mesh portion, noting it was early November. From Davis Creek, the GPS guided us along Rt. 119. If it wasn’t for the visit, the ride could have ended here. As much as Rose and I like to basecamp and explore, this road was a gem of a find. If you’re into riding, where you


can park it in the big boy gear, and let it eat the sweepers, with little traffic, then this is your Huckleberry. It qualifies for a towel as well. About an hour before we reached Lexington, we stopped at Cave Run Lake in the Daniel Boone National Forest. The roads near here were scenic, free of traffic, and fun to ride too. There was a park by the dam that included a disk golf course. Rose and I stretched our legs watching children play along the spillway, wondering where the parents were. Remembering carrying clubs on my CB750, 30 years ago, I thought, “A frisbee would be much easier.” That evening, we had dinner at a Texas Road House with Matt and two of his friends. We watched the Cubs blast the Indians in game 6 of the World Series, while catching up and dining on good steak and cheap beer. The occasional line dance by the staff added an energetic vibe to this happening place. The 10% off card we got from the Comfort Suites wasn’t hurting matters either. The next day, we all convoyed to Huntington, for lunch with Justin. It was another warm November mesh day. We found Buddy’s All American Bar-B-Que, which had outdoor seating to go along with some really good food. Justin said they have biker events here in the summer, where continued...

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the parking lot is a sea of chrome. It was all over, before it began. Seeing the tears amidst the hugs, sealing another special moment, made the Another Abandoned Business trip that much more special. One doesn’t count on riding 800 miles in November at this

latitude, especially in the mountains. Everything seemed to be the icing on the cake for this trip. The roads, the sights, Rose’s Sons and meeting new friends, all combined and coincided in an unlikely window of time and space, or what I like to call, “Magic.” And true to form, as if this day couldn’t get any more extraordinary, later that evening, the Cubs played in one of the most incredible baseball games I’ve ever seen, and won the World Series. As I pieced this all together the next day, I thought of the song from the band we would be seeing in a couple of days, “Happiness Is the Road.” Cheers and thanks for reading! Marc Ritchie Photos by Rose Grant

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ANNIE We had the opportunity to sit down with Annie Read when she made an appearance at Old Glory Harley Davidson. She’s a rising young star who you might remember in the Discovery Channel Mini-Series, Harley and the Davidsons. Annie played Caroline Jachthuber who later marries Bill Harley in the series. Bighead: How did you get the part of Caroline Jachthuber on the Discovery Mini-Series Harley and the Davidson’s? Annie Read: Well, I live in Los Angeles and I’ve been acting for the past five years. Laray Mayfield was casting it, and she’s considered a bigger casting director, so I submitted a self-tape. A self-tape is where you just put yourself against a white wall and tape it at home. I got a call back off the self-tape, and when I got to the call back I was the only one there, and I was “Huh, I wonder what this means?” *Laughs* And then, I got the call like a week later that I had booked it and two weeks later I was off to Romania. B: Was this considered a Mini-series or a Documentary? A: It’s a miniseries based on the story, I mean it’s not necessarily a documentary because its scripted and they took some liberties with the storyline B: How was your experience in Romania? A: It was interesting. I’d never been to Europe before. I’d only ever been out of the country to go to the Bahamas. This was my first-time experiencing Europe. It was the best experience of my life. But was hard at times because, you know, when I first got there I didn’t know anyone and I was in this huge hotel and it was a different language. So, it took some getting used to, but about

two weeks into it, I became good friends with the cast members and started to enjoy it and pick up the language a little bit. B: How long were you there? And, did you get a chance to go off set and do any touring? A: I was there for three months. We would get four days off every now and then, so I went to Italy twice. I took a liking to Italy. And then, I traveled around Bucharest (Capital of Romania), it is a very clean city. They just had the revolution in ’89, so there’s parts that are still being rebuilt and parts that aren’t as pretty as other parts, but there’s a lot to do in Bucharest. They have old towns; you can walk around and tour all these old churches, it was very cool. B: What did you know about Harley Davidson, prior to the Mini-Series? A: I grew up in a small town called Sandwich, New Hampshire. It’s a small town about 40 minutes outside of Laconia. And they host Laconia Bike Week, which is huge, At least for New Hampshire people, its huge. So, I knew quite a bit because, it was always in my face when Bike week came, it’s like over 100 thousand bikers come, and it’s crazy. My ex-boyfriend’s dad worked for Harley, and he took me around the shop and told me about the bikes and things, so I had some experience, but I didn’t know about the history. I had no idea how they became the company they did. It wasn’t something I thought about or questioned, you just see it everywhere. B: What was the most surprising thing you learned while filming?

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A: Well personally, as an actor, I wanted to absorb as much information as I could, even though my character didn’t necessarily need that information. I just wanted to know the history, and as I slowly started researching, it was so interesting. I’d click on one article, and another article, and then another article and I learned a lot. Like I said, I knew nothing, so I researched from the year Bill Harley, and all the boys, were born to the years they died. The most interesting thing; I did not know what they did in World War I. They worked with the Army, and they said they’d train the soldiers how to fix their own bikes. Which I thought was amazing, that was all free. That came out of their pockets, which Indian and the other motorcycle companies at that time weren’t willing to do. There were some true accounts, which they put into the show, where people would come to them and say “You saved my life because I learned how to fix my bike and get out of the dangerous situation I was in”. B: The series ended with the story of Harley and the Davidson’s, but the brand was just getting into whole outlaw scene. Before you started this role did you realize how loyal people are to Harley Davidson, its probably one of the most loyalty-driven brands? A: What I realized was there is so much more to the company, there was so much more than just these three, well there were more than three, it was like five men who came together and they did, and they changed the world and created a culture. I don’t know any other company that’s done that, or has had that kind of impact like Harley. So, I definitely would have to agree, they kinda set this tone for this way of life, they created a culture. B: Growing up around Laconia, what was your perception of the motorcycle community? A: Well that’s interesting, I’ve seen how they are betrayed on TV and in Movies, but my ex boyfriend’s dad was one of the nicest guys you would ever meet and he’s a huge motorcycle guy. The people in New Hampshire, it’s kind of a part of the way they live, I didn’t associate them with what I saw in the media. They were just kind of your normal everyday people. I’ve heard, there’s some motorcycle clubs that have a bad reputation but for the most part they’re just people who love riding motorcycles B: Have you ever ridden a motorcycle? A: Many, I think if everyone rode a motorcycle they would love it! B: Do you remember what kind of bike it was? A: I went on my friends, Dyna? I think? It’s was a Harley, It was a Dyno I think. That was really fun, and then, um, I don’t know the specific names, but its handle bars were way up here. B: Ape hangers? A: Yea that one was cool and it had blue flames on it when I rode it. B: So, you’ve ridden on the back of a bike, have you gotten the chance to drive a bike? A: Yes, well I grew up driving dirt bikes. Cause I grew up riding horses, and at all the horse shows you ride dirt bikes around. And when I went to Romania, I had two weeks of stunt training. But those are different machines than the ones in 1901. B: You got to ride some of the bikes that were in the film? A: Not the originals. Those you can’t touch, but the ones they made from scratch looked and worked like the 1901’s so yea, I rode those B: What do you find was the biggest difference between riding an old bike? Thunder Roads® Mid-Atlantic

A: It was honestly the handlebars, because it had just as much pow- well not as much power, but it had power. The handlebars were so spread apart, and to turn, it would only turn this much. You couldn’t make sharp turns, you know, today you can really turn it, these, you had to like slowly *laughs* turn. And they were really heavy and had a belt drive, so, I was always worried about these long skirts and I had to practice my stunt training in long skirts. I was always worried, I’d like catch on fire or something B: I understand Bob Supler (Old Glory Harley Davidson) got you on the Jumpstart? (A Street 500) A: Yeah, I was like “this is gonna be so cool” and I was just revving the engine and you’re just kind of sitting there, you know, waiting for the bike to take off. Like, let’s go somewhere. I got to go through all the gears, like being on a dragstrip that never ends. (She felt the Milwaukee 8 was a very comfortable motorcycle, she commented on how much she liked that one) B: Since filming the documentary have you been approached by people that recognize you? A: No one has recognized me. B: Nobody? A: No B: When you first walked in, I recognized you, but I knew that you would be here. You’re portrayed much older in the series. A: Yes, they age me, I wonder if its because of the period or the costumes. People aren’t expecting it B: You come in, and you got your nice Harley t shirt, you look like everybody else. A: Yeah *laughs* my hair is down, I have yet to be recognized. You know I tell people I was in the show and they’re like “What?” Yeah! I’m Harley! *Laughs*Come on B: I did some research on you. I know that you are a champion in equestrian? A: It was when I was 14, I inherited this super cool pony named Fairy Catcher. Good name for a bike, huh? Um *laughs* but, she was so cool, she won horse shows and got many awards. I was awarded top junior novice rider in the nation. That’s for anyone under the age of 18. I won the most horse shows out of anyone in the country. They flew me to Colorado to get my award. B: Are you still competing? A: I competed until 2013. Sadly, I lost my horse. Since then, I kinda just dove into acting, ‘cause I was doing both for a while, riding and acting. But my mom still has horses, so I still go and ride her horses and I can compete with her horses if I want. B: What’s your dream role? I mean, you’re obviously an aspiring actress, so what’s that one role you would just die to have? A: There’s a lot, I love doing period pieces and there are certain people that have a niche for period pieces, but some people can’t pull it off, their voices are too modern or they’re too modern. So, now that I know I’m castable for period pieces, I would love to do more. There’s something about being on set, being in the clothes, it’s so cool. I also want to bring light to things that need to be seen, like there’s a huge heroin problem in New Hampshire right now, very tragic. I would love to do a film that would bring light to that, whether I’m in front of the camera or behind it. I would love to do a film about, mental illness or something to bring light to things. Not just acting for myself but for something bigger, for a cause.





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Brothers-In-Arms Veterans Motorcycle Club (BIAMC), presented the directors of the Virginia Chapter of the Missing In America Project (MIAP), a check for $2,800. Representing 100% of the proceeds raised during BIAMC’s Ninth Annual “Ride for the Warriors” and raffle event. MIAP is a deceased Veteran recovery program. For more information on how you can help next year please visit: -and-

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t’s that time of year again when we start thinking about those in need. Even though that should be done year round, this time of year seems to make it a bit clearer that there are people everywhere struggling to make ends meet. The most innocent ones are the children, though. That’s why we started this new fundraiser, “Bikers 4 Tykes.” Bikers 4 Tykes was created to bring a unified awareness throughout the motorcycle communities. Our purpose is aimed at common goals and to assist in the support efforts throughout many states and local communities by “helping those in need.” Every day starts with a clear objective: we work together and communicate clearly to build our collaborations that will bring a big smile to a little child. What had started out as a simple conversation between two people wanting to make a difference, has taken on a life of its own. By unifying many across the MC communities, from the motorcycle enthusiasts to the 1%’s, we have banded together in hopes to lead by example. Because of this, we are providing an opportunity for the masses to have a glimpse into a lifestyle that traditionally has been perceived as nothing more then rebels and outlaws. Through the initial support effort by Waste Management and the donation of some 70 boxes, we were able to start our campaign of drop off locations throughout DC, VA and WV. This allowed for collaborations with many other small businesses and most recently with Toys for Tots of WV. With the donations of signage from REIDS Distributor, a WV distribution company, Bikers 4 Tykes has been able to display and promote with a strong visual presence. Through these growing collaborations, Bikers 4 Tykes has delivered and set up over some 130 donation boxes across the DC, VA and WV area. This has been made possible by the tireless efforts of the areas MC’s who, regardless of opposition or scrutiny’s, have remained steady in their cause.

escort the loads of toys to the distribution center for Toys for Tots so they can get them to those “tykes in need.” We can only hope for decent riding weather! Thanks to the all the volunteers and businesses who have made this effort of UNITY possible! We cannot thank you enough! A special thanks to all the area’s 1% and 3% MC’s, Kristy Wolfe for all her time in designing, maintaining and updating the Bikers 4 Tykes website:, Mike Lehman for his creative art designs, Waste Management for believing in us when most didn’t, Toys for Tots, REIDs Distributors, and Big City Rhino, LLC for publishing Bikers 4 tykes in Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic magazine. The Bible says the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Something extraordinary happens when two or more agree to pray together. “If any two of you agree touching any matter on this earth, it shall be done”. Bikers 4 Tykes and the MC’s sponsoring this toy campaign, have weathered many obstacles along the way. Working through the challenges has been rewarding and we will not falter in our efforts to deliver what we can to those “tykes in need,” during not only this 2016 Christmas holiday season, but many more seasons to come. “In Our UNITY we find strength, through our service we SOAR”.

Join us at the First Annual Bikers 4 Tykes event on December 17, 2016. This donation and collection event will be held at Arkham21, home of PROSPECTS The Bottoms Up Club, located at 1017 S. Queen Street, Martinsburg WV, 25401. The Doors will open at Noon and will stay open until all the toys and donations have been received. There will be live music and a DJ! All are welcome to attend and celebrate this momentous occasion, with our without a new unwrapped toy, but we prefer you bring a toy or two! If you can’t make the event, check out our website at, to find out where you can donate a new, unwrapped toy.

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IWI Tavor SAR Review



was fortunate to have recently come into possession of an IWI-US Tavor SAR rifle from a long-time friend of mine. The gentleman in question operates the Midnight Run news page and also works with the Individual Sovereignty page on Facebook. My love and fascination of the Tavor rifle series did not begin when Michael Kassnar announced that he was assisting Israeli Weapons Industries in opening a factory within the U.S. The platform has had my interest since the early days of the creation itself, back when IWI was actually IMI. My main interest was how reliably the platform seemed to work, compared to its predecessors: the M-16 rifle and the M4 carbine. It should be mentioned that it beat the M4A1 (various 900 series carbines) in the IDF’s trials for Mean Rounds Between Failure (MRBF) – good luck finding much specific trial information though. I searched long and hard for anybody who could tell me about reliability. When (now TheMess. net) was still around, I spoke to a number of Golani and Givati Brigade members to see if they knew and were willing to speak on anything. The summary that I give everyone is; “They either sign an NDA or there’s nothing wrong with the platform”. Out of all who had experience, I would get nothing or “there were no issues”. There have been controlled information releases, but those articles are no longer available for sourcing. By that time, we were watching the X95 being adopted to replace the original TAR-21. The same story occurred when I asked about the X95. The particular Tavor that I have is a B16, which means that it has a standard 16-inch barrel with no bayonet lug -- which is available on the 18-inch models. The first thing that I changed was the muzzle device. I threw on an Advanced Armament BLACKOUT flash hider so that I could run an M4-2000 on it. I also threw on a Magpul MS4 sling. Prior to the range day, I also borrowed a Vortex Strikefire 1x red dot sight for preliminary testing. We’ll quickly cover disassembly of the SAR first. The takedown is like that of an AR-15, but it has less initial parts come out of the rear of the receiver than a standard Kalashnikov. One captive pin at the top of the right rear of the receiver drops the buttpad down and out of the way. You reach in and grab the Bolt Carrier Group (BCG) to pull it rearward. The bolt, BCG with gas piston and

recoil spring is all one unit. You can further disassemble it down to the basics, similar to an AK: the bolt, BCG/Gas Piston and recoil spring. Next is the removal of the Trigger Assembly Group. Two captive takedown pins are located over the bolt release paddle. Engage them from the right side of the rifle and pull the spring taunt paddle out of the way to remove the TAG. The trigger components are all held within one frame unlike an AR’s or an AK’s. Due to this simplicity; Geiselle, ShootingSight and a couple of other manufacturers offer drop-in kits. The SAR’s trigger is not actually all that bad; after the first round is squeezed off. The take-up on the first round feels squishy to me; but, this wasn’t of consequence in regards of accuracy. The factory trigger weight (between 11- and 11.5-pounds) did not bother me either. You’ll see two groups where I used 55-grain XM193 Ball and obtained one-inch groups at 25-yards with irons. However, you can remove a reset spring and drop the trigger weight down to between 7- and 8-pounds. Tim Harmsen outlined this, having seen it from another source, in one of his videos. Two months later, he featured the ShootingSight TAV-D trigger, but specifically mentioned that the removal of that spring may cause trigger reset issues. I haven’t decided if I’m going to remove that spring, yet, but I know for a fact that I can’t justify spending $300+ on an aftermarket group at this time. Now, I’ll talk about sights. They are rail-integrated, flip-up sights. They are made up entirely of a metal construction. Compared to most other flip-up BUISs out on the market, they look lanky. They offer up plenty of adjustment on the front post, but there’s only one peep option. I will say that I will likely to throw another set of irons on the rifle. Upon shooting it early last weekend to find where it grouped, the rifle originally shot roughly four-inches low. Prior to even shooting it, I adjusted the front sight and brought it up to an inch-and-a-half low at 25-yards with 55-grain XM193 FMJ Ball. The windage was good right off. I loaded up after another adjustment and fired. After shooting at twenty-five, I moved out to fifty and did a final zero at that range before taking a few groups out to onehundred. I was less interested with the long-range, iron sight shooting due to my eye sight, so I settled on the median distance.

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Similarly, I zeroed the Strikefire at 25-yards and was initially impressed with the optic. However, at fifty and 100-yards, I fell back on my old desire for an optic with some power behind it. A few options that I’ve looked at include the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-6x, a Leupold Mark-6 1-6x, a Trijicon ACOG 4x or an Elcan SpecterDR 1-4x. As my buddy, who loaned me the Strikefire, has said: “Those last three are a lot of shekels.”

The gas that the SAR puts off – suppressed and unsuppressed – is actually my biggest problem with the platform. This issue was easily remedied early on by Gear Head Works, who put out the FLEx Swivel system. This add-on plate goes over the non-ejecting side port and adds an additional sling swivel mount. I’ll buy one of those in the future specifically for suppressed shooting, which I did do a little of.

The layout of the original Tavor makes sense from an operational standpoint. I’m willing to go as far as saying that the people who dislike the ergonomics of the platform aren’t giving it their all to run the platform. Upon need for a reload, you will raise the rifle up, grasp high on the magazine well and grip while pulling down. Your ring and pinky fingers will catch the magazine while your index and middle finger hook the magazine release. This applies to both left- and right-handed people. Once you put the empty magazine away and raise up to insert a fresh one; you’re going to slide it home while jutting out your thumb straight back. You will lock the magazine home and hit the bolt release to load the first round. The safety seems closer to the hand than on an AR-15 and it is smooth, with affirmative selections. The charging handle is highforward on the left side of the rifle (on normal layouts). The handle is non-reciprocating.

In the conclusion, I love the system. My love for this rifle and its distant cousin, the X95, has grown since I bought the SAR. I still think the X95 will rule supreme over the SAR when I get one later on, this year. I’m not sure where I want to take this rifle. I could very well turn it into a short, suppressed .300 BLK rifle when IWI releases the conversion. But... if the rifle/left hand and 9mm conversions ($899 apiece) are any indication, I think I’d sooner buy a new drop-in TAG and just leave the rifle in 5.56mm. I’m going to pick up a FLEx and look into an optic. I may also buy the Manticore Arms LUMA ambidextrous safety. The future debate will be optic or X95. I’m also going to look into some different magazines and an inconspicuous go-bag. You’ll see a lot more of this rifle in the future.

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That’s all for now. Train hard and keep your heads on a swivel.




To say 2016 has been interesting and busy would be an understatement. Our recent Presidential election process and Presidential election results has brought out the worst in our fellow citizens with bigotry, racism and hate once again at the fore front of conversations and news.

But, let’s not forget this has also brought out the often-overshadowed best in our fellow citizens. This a good thing and why it is with pride to say we couldn’t be happier with joining the Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic family long before all of this divisive nonsense began. Both teams share the same vision and passion with reaching and connecting with you, our audience,

our brother and sister riders from all economic and social backgrounds and we look forward to growing that outreach. This partnership has allowed us to bring to you and those unfamiliar introduce you to the motorcycle mall and one-stopshot that is DMV Baggers along with the Cat Cave, HarleyDavidson of Washington’s Iron Elite celebration, drag race pro, mentor and street legend Ronnie Reece, Wounded Warrior Jarrad Davenport, our Halloween Scream Queens shot on location thanks to our fam Down-N-Dirty MC with support and much appreciation to Adrenaline Life Styles, # 1 Stunnas MC, Deuces Wild MC and Road Wolves MC. Wrapping up the

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coverage was the show-stopping Hooters of West Ocean City’s Baddest Bagger contest during the Fall Ocean City, MD Bike Fest with Sick Sledz, Harleywood All Stars, Team Money Cycles, the HPC Crew, Sik Pipes and Xecution Style.

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Hold on ladies and gents because 2016 was just a warmup. Grab that throttle and enjoy the ride as we look forward to rolling with you in 2017 on this Thunderous Road throughout the Mid-Atlantic and beyond.




ew things beat cruising down the highway on a warm summer day. But, as winter sets in, your motorcycle isn’t exactly the most convenient way of dashing through the snow. When it’s time to put your bike in storage for the season, it’s important not to give it the cold shoulder. Maintaining your motorcycle while you’re not riding it is just as important as when you are.

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Rider TIPS

Nothing’s worse than dusting off your beloved road warrior to take it for a spin in the spring, only to find flat spots in your tires, fluid that’s turned into a sticky paste, and weird-smelling smoke coming from the exhaust. In order to avoid rectifying a few months’ worth of neglect, here are 7 tips on proper motorcycle storage for the winter. 1. Top off the Tank-After putting some fresh fuel in the tank, add the recommended amount of fuel stabilizer to keep the gas from deteriorating and leaving a brown layer of muck on your carburetor’s parts. Turn that baby on and let it run for a few minutes so the treated fuel can cycle through.

7. Pick a place for your ride to Rest-Sunlight can damage leather and cause paint to fade, so if you have a window in your garage, try to park your motorcycle in a cool, dark corner. Go a step further with a fitted, breathable cover that’ll prevent dings and scratches and protect your motorcycle from dust, grime, and moisture.

8) Plug Out Pests-Mice and other rodents are notorious for hiding from the cold inside exhaust pipes and making homes out of air filters. If order to avoid any furry surprises when it’s time to ride again, plug up your pipes with an exhaust plug like the BikeMaster Rubber Muffler Plug. You can also simply stuff your air intake and the ends of your exhaust with some plastic bags - but do use bright colored bags or tie something to them so you don’t forget take them out when you fire up the bike!

2. Fill up your Fluids-Double-check your bike’s brake, clutch, and coolant fluids, replacing or refilling if necessary. Remember to always use the type and amount of fluid recommended by your motorcycle’s manufacturer. You can also drain all of your motorcycle’s fluids entirely and then refill them when you’re ready to ride again.

9) Keep it Covered-With your motorcycle fully prepped for winter, invest in a proper motorcycle cover. A quality motorcycle cover will not only keep dust off the bike, but will keep the moisture out so it doesn’t get trapped underneath it, and create corrosion or rust. If you’re storing it outside, be sure to get a cover with tie downs to prevent it from blowing loose in wind. If you’re storing it inside you’re in much better shape, but you should still use a cover to prevent dust from building up on it.

If you live in a place where temperatures frequently reach subzero, check your bike’s antifreeze to prevent engine freezing. Lube up the throttle, kickstand, shifter, and clutch cables to prevent moisture accumulation and rust (but be careful not to get lube on the tires).

10) Theft Protection-If you’re storing your bike outside, bear in mind that being parked unattended for months at a time makes it an easy target for theft. In addition to protecting your bike from weather, using a cover will conceal it from view, and securing it with a heavy lock and chain can give you some peace of mind.

3. Change old Oil-Over time, a running engine’s oil transitions from a clean, golden fluid to dirty, black muck. The contaminants in old oil can corrode engine parts and do some serious damage over the course of a few months. Change the oil and filter plug before storing your ride to avoid a sticky situation later on. 4. Conserve your battery’s Charge-Some newer motorcycles experience a slight battery drain (even when the ignition’s off) in order to maintain things like your clock and radio presets. You can remove the battery from your bike altogether and trickle charge it all winter. Or, if you prefer to keep things in one package, you can store your bike with a fully-charged battery. If you choose the latter, just give the battery a charge once a month while it’s not being used. 5. Tend to your Tires-If you can store your bike with the tires off the ground, that’s great. Taking the weight off your wheels is the ideal way to avoid flat spots or uneven wear. But, if you don’t have the right setup for that, you’re not out of luck. Fill your tires to the maximum recommended volume, place your ride on its center stand, and remember to rotate the front tire once a week to keep the flat spots away. 6. Wax on, rust Off-The metal on your motorcycle tends to accumulate moisture, which can cause rust if your bike is left unattended for an extended period. Washing, thoroughly drying, and then waxing your ride before putting it away for the winter will prevent corrosion and other damage. Spray your exhaust pipes with WD-40 to keep moisture and rust away. For extra protection, stuff a clean towel or some crumpled up plastic bags into the intake and exhaust pipes to keep water and 38

Things you’ll need: Cleaning items, including water, soap and towels for the exterior, and chain degreaser, engine cleaner, and WD-40. Fuel stabilizer, such as any manufacturer recommended brand or Sta-Bil. If you’ll be changing your oil, the items listed in the oil change article. A battery tender or trickle charger. Wax for paint finishes. A bike cover or breathable fabric sheet. If your chain needs cleaning and/or lubrication, the items listed in the chain maintenance article. If you’re willing to go the extra mile, so to speak, wood blocks or devices to lift the tires off the ground if your motorcycle isn’t equipped with a center stand. With your bike fully prepared for a few months of hibernation, you›ll find that the winter is the perfect time to get done any maintenance or upgrade projects that you›ve had on your mind. Sunset Cycles sells and installs all kinds of upgrades that will make you feel like you’re riding on a whole new motorcycle come spring time. You may not be able to ride in the snow, but nothing is stopping you from getting your hands a little greasy and actually starting one of those projects that you’ve been thinking about all season!


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A husband and wife who worked for the circus went to an adoption agency. Social workers there raised doubts about their suitability. The couple produced photos of their 50-foot motor home, which was clean, well maintained and equipped with a beautiful bedroom for the child. The social workers raised concerns about the education a child would receive while in the couple’s care. “We’ve arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin and computer skills.” The social workers expressed concern about a child being raised in a circus environment. “Our nanny is a certified expert in pediatric care, welfare, and diet. In addition, there are 17 other children who travel with their circus parents.” The social workers were finally satisfied. They asked, “What age child are you hoping to adopt?” “It doesn’t really matter, as long as the kid fits into the cannon. __________________________________________________________ The WalSmart Manager liked hiring Vets, put he had a particular problem with the oldest Vet he had ever hired and assigned as a door greeter. The old guy (as the Manager came to refer to him as) was beyond reproach at customer service, could tell all the customers where everything in the store was located, every customer gave the Old Guy the highest score possible on every survey, BUT! The old guy was 15 minutes late every morning. As he had hired many Veterans the Manager knew he would need to counsel the old guy. He called him back into the Manger Office and posed the problem. He knew the old guy had done at least 30 years in the Navy and this 15 minutes late every day stuff wouldn’t be tolerated no matter how good the old guy performed his duties. After the old guy explained that the 15 minutes in the morning was a work in progress, the Manager wanted to know what it was that the Navy people would say to him if he was 15 minutes late! The old guy deliberated over the WalSmart Manger’s direct question, pondered his measured response, then spoke softly. ........... Usually if I was delayed 15 minutes in the mourning the Navy people I meet would ask; “Would you like coffee Admiral? “ __________________________________________________________ A guy is at work one day when his buddy notices he is wearing an earring. The man walks up to him and says, “I didn’t know you were into earrings.” “Don’t make such a big deal, it’s only an earring,” he growls back. “So how long have you been wearing one?” “Ever since my wife found it in my truck.”

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A store that sells new husbands has opened for Christmas where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates: You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building! So, a woman goes to The Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign reads: Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs and Love Kids. ‘That’s nice,’ she thinks, ‘but I want more.’ So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking. ‘Wow,’ she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going. She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads: Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework. ‘Oh, mercy me!’ she exclaims, ‘I can hardly stand it!’ Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads: Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak & Sexual Prowess. She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads: Floor 6 - You are visitor 37,456,512 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at The Husband Store. Attention: To avoid gender bias charges, the store’s owner opened The Wife Store just across the street. The first floor has Wives That Love Sex. The second floor has wives that Love Sex, Have Money of Their Own and Prefer Beer Over Expensive Mixed Drinks. The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited. Proving men truly aren’t that hard to please, after all. Who knew? 4:30 am, Christmas Eve, a wife drifted off to sleep waiting on hubby after annual party. She heard his car, she rushed o see him park crookedly in the driveway. He got to the first step, slipped again & again, laughing. The woman threw the door open, glared at her husband lying in the snow, and yelled “DRUNK AGAIN!!” to which hubby looked up and slurred; “Really? Wow...Me too!”. “

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ELECTION CYCLE “We love the bikers,” exclaimed presumptive Presidential GOP nominee Donald Trump in remarks made during the 29th annual Rolling Thunder POW/MIA motorcycle run held Memorial Day weekend in Washington, D.C., months before the general election. Wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, the blunt-spoken New York real estate mogul and television celebrity told the crowd about seeing large numbers of bikers at his campaign events, including a group called “Bikers For Trump” (www.BikersForTrump2016. com). Chris Cox, a biker from South Carolina who founded BFT, had met with The Donald who told him “we’re his favorite demographic.” Stressing his desire to strengthen the military and improve how veterans are treated, the Presidential-hopeful found a receptive audience. “I’m not a huge biker, I have to be honest with you, O.K.?” lamented Trump to the throng of motorcyclists gathered at the Lincoln Memorial last May, “I always liked the limo better.” “I don’t ride motorcycles,” the candidate told another biker at a Trump Rally in Ohio, “but if I’m elected, I’ll fix all the potholes”; and he’ll soon get the opportunity to make good on his campaign promise. On Tuesday, November 8, 2016 America voted Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States, and although he’s not a quintessential “motorcycle guy”, his running mate is. Vice Presidentelect Mike Pence is a motorcyclist himself and has participated in numerous charity rides in his home state of Indiana, where as governor he supported bikers’ rights and worked closely with ABATE of Indiana. DISTRACTED DRIVING LEADS TO BIGGEST SPIKE IN TRAFFIC DEATHS IN 50 YEARS When distracted driving entered the national consciousness a decade ago, the problem was mainly people who made calls or sent texts from their cell phones. The solution then was to introduce new technologies to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel. Innovations since then, such as car Wi-Fi and a host of new apps, have since led to a boom in internet usage in vehicles that safety experts now say is contributing to a surge in highway deaths. After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities last year recorded the largest annual percentage increase in 50 years, rising to the highest level since 2009, and the numbers so far this year are even worse. In just the first six months of 2016, highway deaths have already jumped 10.4%, to 17,775, from the comparable period of 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 44

The fatality rate for the first half of 2016 increased to 1.12 deaths 11/1/11 5:06per PM 100 million miles driven, up from 1.05 for the same period last year; but the number of miles travelled have only increased 3.5%. NHTSA says recent reports suggest this uptick in fatalities is due in part to increasing use of electronic devices leading to more distracted driving. Alarmed by these statistics, the New York Times reports that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has outlined a plan to work with the National Safety Council (NSC) and other advocacy groups to devise a “Road to Zero” strategy, with the ambitious goal of eliminating roadway fatalities within 30 years. A second, related effort would speed up the introduction of autonomous-driving technologies that many safety experts believe can potentially prevent accidents by removing distracted humans from the driving equation. “BAD BIKER” GUN TARGETS Motorcycle riders are being portrayed as “Bad Bikers” worth shooting at and aiming to kill by police and others in firearms training, as Baker Targets markets a target bearing the image of an outlaw on a motorcycle. “Bad bikers need to be terminated!,” advertises Baker Targets to the general public, highlighting red dots printed on the practice target that indicate “high value” shots to cause maximum damage to the bike and rider when shooting. The Florida-based target company quickly responded to an outcry from concerned motorcyclists by taking the “Bad Biker Targets” off their website and discontinued offering them for sale. MICHIGAN BILL INCREASES PENALTY FOR RIDING WITHOUT PROPER ENDORSEMENT Unlicensed riders in Michigan will face higher fines under legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. “This bill stiffens the penalty for operating a motorcycle without the proper endorsement, helping to ensure both motorists and motorcyclists stay safer on Michigan’s roads,” Gov. Snyder said. House Bill 4651, sponsored by the late state Rep. Julie Plawecki (DDearborn Heights), increases the penalty for operating a motorcycle without a motorcycle endorsement on the operator’s driver’s license from $100 to $500. This is the first Public Act to bear the name of Rep. Plawecki, 54, who passed away in June from an apparent heart attack while hiking. The measure is now Public Act 318 of 2016. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Conformity may give you a quiet life; it may even bring you to a University Chair. But all change in history, all advance, comes from the nonconformists. If there had been no trouble-makers, no dissenters, we should still be living in caves.” ~ A.J.P. Taylor (1906-1990), British historian and journalist


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Milwaukee Eight

‘game changer’ is what came to mind after a test ride of the new 2017 Street Glide from Harley-Davidson of Folsom. I was eager to see for myself what the first new motor in 15 years - the Milwaukee Eight was like with this all new engine and drive train. So when Matt Guidera from Folsom Harley-Davidson hooked me up with this bike to demo I jumped at the opportunity to share it with all of you. Right away, you will notice the different appearance of the 107ci engine with oil cooled cylinders and four valve per cylinder head not only giving the engine a stylish look but it greatly increases the intake and exhaust flow capacity. Another thing I noticed upon start up was the mechanical sound and idle vibration that I was accustom to hearing with the Twin Cam was gone with only a pleasant exhaust tone that was still all Harley-Davidson left, I suspect that the counterbalanced flywheel has something to do with that and is a big improvement. Come to find out the whole thing has been changed with nothing the same as its Twin Cam predecessor. Once I kicked it into 1st gear that big clunking sound was gone and it was just a smooth shift; as the ride went on the same smooth quiet feel through all the gears remained even when downshifting - it was noticeably smoother. The moment that I really knew that things had changed with this engine is when I hit 2nd gear and twisted the throttle on this 107ci beast. The acceleration was instant as I felt like the bike just wanted to leap forward and get up to speed quickly - thanks to that sizable increase in torque and horsepower. Make sure you are hanging on because this is defiantly not like any other stock Harley-Davidson you have ever ridden. I was able to take the bike through regular city streets where it maneuvered through traffic with ease then out onto a 2 lane highway where I could get a feel as it handled twisties like a champ - this is where the all new suspension really shined. Harley-Davidson has changed the rear shock system to be adjustable with no more worries about the air suspension losing air over time. Once they are set for your preference, it will stay that way until you decide to change it. Thunder Roads®Mid-Atlantic

Up front they have replaced the fork cartridges with a much higher performance set up and it feels rock solid in the turns even for this big bike. Next it was out onto the freeway to see how she felt at a higher speed. I would say that this motorcycle is a runner as it easily got up to speed as I merged onto the freeway and effortlessly rolled up to 85mph before I could back off the throttle and cruise. The entire bike just feels and sounds rock solid. If you get an opportunity to demo one of these bikes, I would highly recommend that you do so, I am confident that you will be just as impressed as I was! Make sure to bring your wallet too because you are going to want one. Article and photos by Stan and Terri Hill, Thunder Roads® NorCal

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Zest of one whole lemon (don’t zest too deep) 1 Clove of Garlic; minced

1 Beef Roast, any cut, any size

2 Cans of Artichoke Hearts; drained & rough chop

2 Cloves of Garlic; peeled and sliced (optional)

3/4 Bag of Chef-Style Shredded Parmesan cheese; divided up; 1/2 & then 1/4 for melting over top.

1 Stick of Real Butter; softened

1 8 oz. Tub of Sour Cream

Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste Let uncooked roast sit out on counter at room temperature for apprx. 45 mins. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place roast in a pan that you have lightly sprayed w/ either canned olive oil or butter spray. Take roast and make slits, up to 10 or so, distributed evenly all over roast, and slide a slice of garlic into slit. Next, rub butter all over your entire roast; generously, and salt & pepper all over roast. Place roast in pan, fat side up. Place meat in oven and set timer for 1 hour. DO NOT OPEN DOOR at any time for any reason. When timer goes off, turn the oven off and again, Do Not Open Door. Decide what your serving time will be and exactly 45 minutes before your serving time, turn the oven back on at 375 degrees. Cook roast for 25 more minutes and turn oven off. Remove roast, wrap immediately in foil and let it just sit for 15 minutes. Remove foil and slice according to thickness you desire. If you follow this recipe to the letter, your roast beef will always be perfect. Juicy, flavorful and tender. Holiday bliss!


Take your pan that you cooked roast in and put it right onto stove on medium. Do this immediately after pulling roast and wrapping in foil. Sprinkle apprx. 3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour generously all over the pan drippings. Start moving the mixture around and around pan immediately and mix in well with drippings until flour is thoroughly mixed in. Next, slowly add beef stock little by little and keep working into flour coated drippings. All total you’ll add apprx. a cup of beef stock. Salt & pepper to taste, add 1 large pat of butter and turn up heat, keep stirring constantly as gravy will start thickening up really fast when you turn up heat. As soon as it’s the desired thickness you want, turn off stove and pour gravy into a gravy boat. Delicious!


7 cups of Spinach = equiv. of 5 boxes of frozen.

Thaw, place in clean dish towel and wring out good. If use fresh, barely blanch and still wring out good.

1 Cup of Mayonnaise 1 Tbl. of Louisiana Hot Sauce (or hot sauce of your preference) 1 Pinch of Nutmeg Salt & Cracked Black Pepper to taste In medium bowl mix all ingredients together. Pour into sprayed casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees. Last 5 mins., sprinkle remainder of Parmesan cheese on top to melt down. Serve hot w/ your fave chips. Incredible flavors!


1 Pkg. of your favorite brand of Yellow Cake Mix 1 Pkg. of Instant Lemon Pudding Mix 4 Large Eggs 3/4 Cup of Vegetable Oil

Mix all together. Pour into pre-sprayed mini muffin pans; only half way for each muffin. Bake apprx. 12 mins. Turn out onto clean dish towel.


4 Heaping Cups of Confectioner’s Sugar 1/4 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice Zest from same lemon; all of it 4 Tbls. of Vegetable Oil 4 Tbls. of Warm Water

Mix all ingredients together well. Smoosh out any lumps. Pierce a fork into bottom of muffin and dip into glaze, be sure and coat well. Place on wire rack to harden and by the time your done w/ your last one, start at beginning and dip all over again. Let harden at least half-hour before serving. Serve with extra-creamy whipped cream or home-style vanilla ice-cream. These are always a huge hit every time!

From our Thunder Roads® Family to yours, have a blessed and comforted Christmas.

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31st Annual DHCI Home Run Sunday, December 4, 2016 9:00 AM The Home Run will take place at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in the Candee Building Auditorium. Sign in will be from 9:15 to 9:45 am. to help escort residents to the party that will start at 10:00. At the close of the party we will help the residents back to their rooms. ADMISSION IS A GIFT FOR A RESIDENT “AFTER HOME RUN PARTY” Come and celebrate with Good Food and Good Friends at the Smyrna Clayton Moose Lodge. No admission cost to attend, however at 1pm a meal will be served for a modest $12, children 10 and under $6. There will be an auction, raffle, 50/50, ornament sales, and plenty of laughter. Pictures with Santa at Rommel Harley-Davidson Saturday, December 10, 2016 Come out to Rommel H-D in New Castle to get your picture taken with Santa! Kids and pets welcome! 2160 New Castle Ave., New Castle, DE. Cycle Gear Bike Night Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:00 PM Come out and enjoy great food, refreshments, vendors, and raffles! 1273 Quintilio Drive, Bear, DE.


Progressive International Washington D.C. Motorcycle Show Friday, January 6, 2017 - Sunday, January 8, 2017 See All the Latest Bikes from All the Major Motorcycle Manufacturers Ultimate Builder Bike Show, Demos, Entertainment, Celebrity Appearances 100s of Vendors and A Whole Lot More!!! SHOW HOURS Friday 4:00pm - 8:00pm Saturday 10:00am - 8:00pm Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm TICKET PRICES Adults $16.00 - Kids - 11yr and under Free Visit the website below for additional information and updates washingtondc


Holiday Open House featuring Santa Claus! Saturday, December 3, 2016 Battley Harley-Davidson’s annual Holiday Open House featuring Santa Claus! Bring the whole family to meet Santa, 10am to 3pm. Bring your camera to take plenty of pictures! We’ll also have our Holiday Shopping Spectacular the same day, so you can pick up Christmas gifts or something for yourself. Christmas Open House Saturday, December 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Free Pics with Santa and much more! All American Harley-Davidson Old Glory HD Biker Breakfast and Salvation Army Toy Run Saturday, December 10, 2016 9:00 AM Bayside Believers will have a table set-up from 9:00AM – 12:30PM at Old Glory. This is a great opportunity to share CMA, how you came to know it and how it has impacted your life. Share what Jesus is doing in your life. This is also a great time to build our relationship with the dealership. At 1:00 PM, we will depart Old Glory

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to deliver the toys to the Salvation Army. The sole purpose of the ride is to ensure every child has a Merry Christmas. “For the kids-Big kids helping little kids”. The Salvation Army distributes the donated toys to children and their families that otherwise would not be having a very Merry Christmas. It’s a heart filled event we wish to invite you and your friends to join us in. Battley Harley-Davidson Annual Toy Drive Saturday, December 17, 2016 Battley Harley-Davidson teams up with the Black Jacket Cruizers for the annual toy drive. We’ll have a box in the Battley showroom accepting toy donations from November to December 17, then we ride down to Aspen Hill and the Holy Cross Hospital children’s clinic there and distribute the toys to about 100 kids. Everyone is welcome on the ride and to help pass out presents. Please be here at 10am and bring an unwrapped, new toy or book for a child 5 – 12 years old. Bob’s BMW Holiday Cheer Open House Saturday, December 17, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Eat, drink, and be cheerful at Bob’s Holiday Cheer Open House! The annual customer appreciation day is Bob’s favorite event of the year. It’s a time to look back and smile on yet another wonderful and fun year of riding and serving customers! Annual Santa on Wheels Toy Run Saturday, December 17, 2016 1:00 PM All Bikes and Cages Welcome To benefit The Battered Womens & Childrens Shelter Hartford Family House The Green Turtle, 1113 Beards Hill Rd, Aberdeen, MD. AMSOIL AX Arenacross – Baltimore Friday, January 20, 2017 - Sunday, January 22, 2017 Ticket Prices - Friday and Saturday tickets start at $15! Sunday General Admission - $10 Track Party Get an up-close look at the riders, Thunder Roads® Mid-Atlantic


Capitol City H.O.G. Toy Run Saturday, December 3, 2016 9:00 AM Helping those less fortunate have a Merry Christmas Harley-Davidson of West Virginia


Pictures with Santa Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM FREE & open to the community Photos with Santa & his H-D Sleigh! www. Santa Visits Triple S H-D Sunday, December 11, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Come and have your picture taken with Santa on a Harley. Kids, pets, couples, families, everyone is welcome! Triple S Harley-DavidsonÂŽ

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machines, and obstacles used to soar through the air at unimaginable heights and speeds. Take pictures and get autographs with the AMSOIL Arenacross riders, Monster Energy Girls and ACM-nominated DJ KO as they pump up the pre-race adrenaline and get the night started in the most exciting way possible! Bring an empty Monster Energy can to recycle and get free entrance to the track party. Track Passes will also be available for sale at the box office and ticket outlets for $10. A Track Pass and valid event ticket are required for entry. Rider autographs are not guaranteed. Entry to track party closes at 5:45pm.

Cycle Gear Bike Night Thursday, December 1, 2016 5:00 PM Come out and enjoy great food, refreshments, vendors, and raffles! 1547 E Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA. Cycle Gear Bike Night Thursday, January 26, 2017 5:00 PM Come out and enjoy great food, refreshments, vendors, and raffles! 1547 E Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA.

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DEALERS & SHOPS A to Z Cycles 1472 E. Lebanon Rd. Dover, DE 19901 302-632-2272 All American HarleyDavidson 8126 Old Leonardtown Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637 301-274-5000 Baltimore Harley-Davidson 8845 Pulaski Hwy. Baltimore, MD 21237 410-238-2003 Battley Harley Davidson / Battley Cycles 7830 Airpark Road Gaithersburg, MD 301-948-4581 Broken Wing Cycles 155 Prospect Dr #103 Huntingtown, MD 20639 866-518-9101 CPC Powder Coating 6800 Mid Cities Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705 443-336-2105

Old Glory HarleyDavidson 11800 Laurel Bowie Road Laurel, MD 20708 301-575-0575 Pete’s Cycles 344 Bel Air Rd. Bel Air, MD 21014 410-879-3586 For other locations go to RG Motorsports 1619 Buckhannon Pike Nutter Fort, WV 26301 304-624-5420 S.M. City Motorsports 20260 Poplar Ridge Rd. Lexington Park, MD 20653 301-863-6499 Sunset Cycles 9748 Stephen Decatur Hwy Decatur Business Center Units 208-209 Ocean City, MD 21044 443-520-6005 TG Automotive 8176 Telegraph Road, Suite E Severn, MD 21144 443-795-4733

Zipper’s Performance Products Elkridge, Maryland 410-579-2828

Second Chance Saloon 5888 Robert Oliver Place Columbia, MD 21045 443-545-5844

Bars & Restaurants

The Ridge Tavern & Grill Route 19 / Marion Co. Line Rivesville, WV 26588 304-278-8041

Apehanger’s Bar & Grill 9100 Crain Hwy. Bel Alton, Maryland 301-753-1650 Bryans & Brent’s Place 229 N. River Street Weston, WV 26452 304-997-8722 Country Griddle Intersection of Rte 20 & Rte 4 Rock Cave, WV

The Woodstock Inn 1514 Woodstock RD Woodstock, MD 21163 410-750-3673

Gilligan’s Pier 11535 Popes Creek Rd. Newburg, MD 20644 301-259-4514

Timeless Tavern 1745 Snow Hill Road Stockton, MD 21864 410-632-1555

Hickory House 1137 US Hwy 19 North Jane Lew, WV 26378 304-269-7373

Toot’s Bar 23971 Mervell Dean Road Hollywood, MD 20636 301-373-2955

Heavy Hitters 30125 Three Notch Rd Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 (301) 884-3820

Legal Services

Triple S Harley Davidson Exit 155 off I-79 Morgantown, WV 304-284-8244

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

East Coast Sound 101 Skip Jack Rd, Suite 5 Prince Frederick, MD 20678 443-968-9635

The Twisted Spoke 97 Milford Street Clarksburg, WV 26301 304-326-4644

Phil’s Place 5826 Gallent Green Road Hughesville,Md 301-274-3515

Jim’s Battery Warehouse Laurel Commerce Center 14721-K Baltimore Ave Laurel, MD 20707 301-604-7333

Whirled of Colors Custom Paint & Air Brush Studios 116 Roesler Road Glen Burnie, MD 21060 410-553-0953

Rips Casual Dining 3809 N. Crain Hwy. Bowie, MD Restaurant: 301-805-5901 Deli: 301-805-5903 Wine & Spirit Shoppe: 301-805-5902

Defender Cycle Works Fowler Industrial Park Unit 4 Mechanicsville, MD 20659 301-247-9901 301-247-5733

The Tavern 4975 St. Leonard Rd. St Leonard, MD 20685 410-586-2225

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Law offices of Jay Irwin Block 90 Painters Mill Rd. Suite 131 Owings Mills, MD 21117 410-356-6555 800-875-6554 Law Offices of Richard M Lester Aid to Injured Motorcyclist’s(A.I.M.) 7334 Topanga Canyon Blvd Ste. 200 Canoga Park, Ca 91303 800 531 2424 Offices Nationwide to Help you

Weatherholtz Bonding 306 W. Stephens Street Martinsburg, WV 25401 304-267-5888 Thunder Roads® Mid-Atlantic

Mary’s Bargain Cycle New Castle Farmers Market 110 N. DuPont Hwy. New Castle, DE 19720 302-322-9323 Outback Leather 309 Main Street Laurel, MD. 20707 301-604-2211 Southern Maryland Pawn 2224 Crain Hwy Waldorf, MD 20601 240-222-3547

Unique Lingerie & More 3065 Leonardtown Rd. Waldorf, MD 20601 301-645-2228


Bobby Tarowsky 304-797-1470 • 304-723-8955

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Mineral Springs Motel 1 Springs Street Webster Springs, WV 26288 304-847-5305

Insurance Agents Rider Insurance

Clubs, Organizations & Riding Groups C.E.’s Helping Hands (Old Fields, WV) A non-profit organization enlisting the help of other good hearted people wanting to contribute to the cause of helping others in need. The organization holds monthly meetings and several fundraising rides every year. Donations are always appreciated.

Places of Worship Rushing Wind Ministry Meets 11am Sunday’s Location; Charlotte Hall Farmers Market We are a Biker friendly church focusing on uplifting and encouraging others to follow Jesus Christ. “We believe we live in a real world with real people looking for real answers “



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Francis Scott Key Family Resort 12806 Ocean Gateway Ocean City, MD 21842 800-213-0088


Maryland Small Arms Range 9801 Fallard Court Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-599-0800



In-Step Leather 7540 Washington Blvd. US1 Shopping Center Elkridge, MD 410-799-1568

Big City Body Art 154 C Lafayette Ave Laurel, MD 20707 240-482-6162


Blaze Leather 2239 Randolph Avenue Elkins, WV 26241 800-417-1140

Derma Doodle Tattoo Studio 355 Meadowdale Rd. Fairmont, WV 26544 304-816-3016

If you would like to be listed in the Biker Friendly Directory, please contact Sales and Marketing or email for more information. If you’re Club, Foundation, or Association would like to be listed in our Directory, please email with your name and contact information and someone will be in touch with you.


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Bike Comp e Show on th East Coast


FEB. 10 - 12 2017

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Feb. 12, 2017 (Sun) Feb. 13, 2017 (Mon)

Feb. 10, 2017 (Fri)

Feb. 8, 2017 (Wed) Feb. 9, 2017 (Thurs)

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Jim Fowler's 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide 8:00 PM 6:00 PM (Laying of Main Aisle Carpet Will Begin at 6:00 PM) 10:00 PM (Bikes may enter from side doors) 9:00 AM (By Pre-Written Permission ONLY-Please Call)

6:00 PM – 11:00 PM 8:00 AM – Noon

Noon 8:00 AM 6:00 PM 8:00 AM

Judge’s Choice Best of Show:

Custom & Antique Bike Show Competition February 10, 11, & 12, 2017

ENTRY FEE: $95 (per motorcycle)

Phone: 410-561-7323 Fax: 410-561-3032 Website:

American Recreational Promotions • 1818 Pot Spring Road – Suite 112 • Timonium, MD 21093


CUSTOM ANTIQUE Type of Bike to be Entered (Bike photo must be enclosed or Emailed): For Credit Card payment, call 410-561-7323 Will You Need 110V Electrical Outlet? YES NO MAKE CHECKS OR MONEY ORDERS PAYABLE TO:



Brief Description of Bike: _______________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

Check detailed Competition Class descriptions at Any questions, please call Lisa 410-561-7323 ext 15

Name: ________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ Address:___________________________ City:_______________________ State: _______ Zip: ____________ Email Address: ________________________________________________________________________________ Entry Make: __________________________________ Year: __________ Model:__________________________ Enter Competition Class That You Feel Best Fits Your Bike: __________________________________________

Copies of this form may be used for multi-entries

Timonium Motorcycle Show’s

(Fill out Entry Form below and return with check or money order. Retain top portion for reference. Additional move-in info will be sent in early January.)

Check out last year’s winners and 2017 competition class descriptions at

The Maryland State Fairgrounds does not allow any individual, group or company to display or sell any merchandise that contains the names, symbols or phrases identifying or supporting any real life 1% outlaw club or gang on Fairground's property. Attendees may wear colors. Questions, call (410) 561-7323.

200.00 Cash Awards for over 55 separate 1st Place Class Winners (With 2 or more bikes entered in that Class) 500.00 Cash Awards for the Five 'Best In Show Winners'




AGAIN FOR 2017 . . .

Move-Out Times:

Move-In Times:

• 8” x 10” 2017 Commemorative Show Plaque (first 200 entries) • Each Bike Entered Receives (1) Owner and (1) Guest Pass

(you may use your own custom stanchions)

• 10' x 10' Display Area (bikes may also be located in a commercial display space) • Trophies Will Be Placed Next to Winning Bikes Early Sunday Morning • Free 110 V Electrical Outlet (if needed) • Free Parking For Personal Vehicles and Motorcycle Trailers • 3' High Protective Stanchions Around 10' x 10' Display Area


Display will now earn points toward your final score!

*All Bike Entries will be inspected upon arrival to confirm that competition class chosen by bike owner fits actual bike entry according to AGE, STYLE and EXTENT of alterations.

*All Bikes Welcome (Domestic or Foreign) *Professional Judging (Out of State~Non-Bias~Nationally Recognized)


2200 York Road, Lutherville/Timonium, MD 21093 Friday & Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM ~ Sunday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

February 10, 11, 12, 2017 Maryland State Fairgrounds - Timonium



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