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FROM THE EXPERTS
HOW DUI ACCIDENTS SHOULD BE HANDLED
Hopefully, by the time this article comes out, the wet and cold weather will have cleared and the summer riding season will be underway. Unfortunately, with summer riding comes drunk drivers and the horrible aftermath they leave behind. Rather than warn you against driving while intoxicated (because you do know never ride your motorcycle while drunk) I thought I would tell you a story. Recently we represented a man who was stopped in his car on 17th Avenue one night and was hit from behind by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. This driver was so drunk that she tried to flee the scene by backing up and hitting our client three more times! Then she hit a parked car and was finally stopped when she hit a road sign. Now, you might think this is a cut-and-dry case, but DUI cases are rarely cut and dried. Our client was hurt, but the drunk driver’s insurance company offered barely enough of a settlement to cover his medical bills. You may ask, “If it covers his bills, why isn’t that enough?” And I will tell you that there is more at stake in a DUI case.
I don’t get on my high horse very often, but I do when it comes to DUI cases. It’s about justice. In the state of Colorado, if you are hit by a drunk driver (or anyone who was driving with “reckless disregard for the safety of others”), you can claim triple the normal damages. And you should. Driving under the influence is a criminal offense, deserving of punishment. So, in the case of our client, we sued the DUI driver’s insurance company and they turned around and gave our client the max that he could receive. I would argue that, because of the nature of the accident and the victim’s rights under the law, they should have made that offer first, not after being threatened with litigation. You won’t hear me say this often, but it is really about justice. Drunk driving is a criminal offense. If you are ever the victim in a drunk driving accident, don’t allow yourself to be victimized again by the other driver’s insurance company. For More Information visit the O’Sullivan Law Firm at 600 Ogden Street, Denver Colorado 80218, phone (303) 388-5304 or on the web at www.OSullivan-Law-Firm.com
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VETERAN’S CORNER by Bill Maddick
A MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE A recent poll commissioned by The National WWII Museum in New Orleans reveals that some 80% of people have only “little” or “some” knowledge of the Memorial Day holiday. Personally, I find that surprising in a very negative way. And if it doesn’t register negatively with you, how would it sound, for example, if 80% of people had never heard of baseball, or had never watched fireworks on July 4th or maybe didn’t know the meaning of the Statue of Liberty? All are just as integral to our country and its traditions. But before you get your hackles up about an 80% ignorance of American history, just consider: We, as a nation, are in danger of losing the meaning and the heritage of one our most American of national holidays. Get the point? If we don’t remember history, we’re doomed to repeat it. Though commemorating military dead and decorating their graves is a custom as old as warfare, our Memorial Day holiday is a tradition that began in 1868 to honor all of those who had died during military service, and particularly during the Civil War. Originally known as Decoration Day (it was proclaimed by General John Logan to be held on the 30th of May), there are many varying stories of its origin, and several cities claim to be the first to have celebrated the holiday. Perhaps one of the most moving of Memorial Day stories comes from Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865; wherein some 10,000 freedmen gathered at Hampton Park Race Course to rebury the Union prisoners of war (who had been laid in shallow, unmarked graves) and landscape the area into a respectable, honorable cemetery. But many other similarly intended period events were held from points as distant as Boalsburg, Pennsylvania and Savannah, Georgia. At any rate, it wasn’t until June 28, 1968 that Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, establishing the last Monday in May as the national Memorial Day holiday. My dad was a WWII Army engineer and a sapper, who survived having a landmine blow up in his face in Italy. I didn’t know that until years later after he passed, but as a small boy our family never missed a Memorial Day parade in our little rural town. It was then that I was introduced to the tradition of the red poppy, which commemorates all those who died at Flanders Fields in WWII, even though I only thought of it as a decoration at the time (they’re the official symbol of the American Legion). My dad always got one and displayed it proudly, every year. As a Vietnam era Navy vet though, I had spent most of my adult civilian life trying to forget my military experience. The crazy contrast of comrade with those who I served with, couched in an anger against the government of the country we swore to defend, for a war we bailed on, and for whom 57,000 gave their lives, is a mind boggling event for which amnesia provides solace (And unfortunately, it appears we have some Iraq and Afghan vets who now feel the same www.thunderroadscolorado.com
emotional quandary, though being active duty military is no longer the bastard child it was perceived to be back in the 60s). Now with a 100% disability rating from the Veterans Administration (pardon me, it’s been changes to the Department of Veterans Affairs), just a couple of years ago I found wherewithal enough to attend my first Memorial Day celebration at Fort Logan National Cemetery (named after the same General Logan who established Decoration Day). Arriving early, it was still necessary to park outside the cemetery because of the crowd, whereupon I found myself walking through an ornate fence gate and into acres upon acres of military headstones. Feeling that particular reverence that comes from being in a cemetery, the old pride of comradeship and memories of my father flooded my senses. So I decided to walk diagonally across these headstones so as to see as many of the inscribed names as I could-names from the Spanish American War and WWI and WWII and Korea. Some buried with spouses. Some were single. After a 10 or 15 minute walk, then, I finally reached the lake area where the ceremony was being held. And, wouldn’t you know, I saw a red poppy. For me, the first I’d seen in about 55 years. I had to get one. Leaving the ceremony afterward, again I thought I’d commiserate with the memory both of my old comrades and my father, and walked the same diagonal path out through the headstones. Presently, I saw a woman crumpled over a headstone, obviously bereaving. Though some distance away, she saw me angling across the lawn and abruptly straightened herself. At that point I wanted to walk up to her and tell her that it wasn’t necessary, that I understood the pain and the emptiness and that my mother had been a war widow who had never even seen her husband’s grave, and that she had nothing to feel ashamed about. Instead I changed my path to honor her boundary, and figured she had earned her moments of solitude, crumpled over a headstone, in a national military cemetery, on a Memorial Day holiday. Plainly, she was one of the 20% who knew the importance of the day. The deadline for this article was five days before Memorial Day. So I hope all of you who read this did your best to share with others what Memorial Day means to you this year. I wore colors once as young man serving his country, and that has been enough for me for one lifetime. But as a rider, I am heartened to see the plethora of biker groups who proudly wear the colors of veterans of all stripes. We’re the ones who know. We’re the ones who remember. We honor each other. And just as assuredly, its more than likely going to fall on us to insure that the dignity of what we all sacrificed and served for will not wither into some shadowy, forgotten memory. Its another mission and a continuing duty. As for me, I fly American flags off the antennae of my Ultra Classic—and display a poppy.
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Group Riding can be a lot of fun, with lots of camaraderie with friends - but group riding does carry its own set of challenges. We all want to be as safe as possible whether riding solo, with a small group of friends or with a much larger organized group ride. Here are some suggested guidelines to help you prepare for fun and safe group riding. Everyone’s first responsibility is to show up prepared and ready to ride. An overall pre-ride check of the motorcycle should be done. Is the gas tank full? Check and top off oil beforehand as needed and be sure to check your are aired up and ready to go. Check the brakes and other controls are in good working order. Extra clothing for changing weather conditions helps too, remember to layer. If you need snacks and water mnake sure that they are packed on your bike and ready to go. Carry your cell phone on your body, not packed on the bike, if you were to become separated from the motorcycle – you may need that phone on your person.
All group rides should start with a meeting of the riders. This riders meeting helps further prepare you for a safe ride. You should discuss the route info and where the planned stops for fuel, restrooms and meals will be. Often times you will receive a printed map with directions on poker runs and similar events. Group Hand Signals should be discussed and learned. Experienced riders to ride lead and sweep (back of the pack) should be picked and everyone should become aware of who these people are. You can learn a lot from listening to the more experienced riders in the group. The leader needs to assess the group riding skills and style and adjust the pace of the ride accordingly. The sweeper should be watching out for any
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issues with the motorcycles or the riders in his or her group and notify the lead rider as appropriate. Many of us have been on these huge rides with literally thousands of riders (the annual MDA ride and many of our CO ‘Toys for Tots’ runs come to mind). While this might seem awesome – all of those motorcycles starting up and going down the highway in a huge fairly unorganized bunch – it is safer to subdivide your group into smaller more manageable riding groups. Five to Seven riders per smaller group is ideal, remember each sub-group should have their own experienced lead and sweep riders. The person riding sweep should have a first aid kit and a tool kit, along with a cell
PASSING ON A TWO-LANE ROAD
GROUP MOTOCYCLE RIDING
STAGGERED FORMATION June 2015
STOPPING AS A GROUP AT AN INTERSECTION
phone or radio to stay in touch with the rest of the group and lead rider. Make sure you have enough space around you by riding in Staggered Formation; even in states like ours, where riding side by side is legal. If your best buddy is riding right next to you when one of those giant pot-holes appears directly in front of your motorcycle – you haven’t left yourself much room to navigate to avoid that problem. You won’t be able to swerve to one side without possibly tangling with your friends’ motorcycle or handlebars. Some states even have laws against riding side by side. When riding the curves stagger the bikes and leave plenty of room between the bike in front of you and yourself to negotiate the curves. It is a good idea to check the riders around and behind you in your mirrors often. If you see a rider falling behind slow up so they can catch up. All riders in your group should be prepared to use this technique so the group will be able to maintain a near steady speed without putting pressure on newer or slower riders to have to ride too fast for safety to catch up. Conversely, if you are the slower rider – don’t panic – don’t ride beyond your skill level to keep up. Stay at a safe speed for you and (hopefully) it was planned before you left what to do and where to go to regroup if you became separated from your group. Hang onto that map & directions they gave you first thing! Lastly remember to enjoy the ride with your old friends and the new ones you make at the group rides. Summer season, charity rides and lots of great riding weather is just around the corner. That is a lot of good fun to be had by managing group and solo rides safely. Jasmine Bluecreek Clark, Bluecreek Motorcycle Training LLC. Pictures courtesy of Motorcycle Safety Foundation and Thunder Mountain Chapter, Loveland, CO H.O.G. 411 www.thunderroadscolorado.com
Saturday June 13, 2015 join KYGO, Steel Soldiers, MillerCoors Veterans Group and Freedom Service Dogs for a 75 mile bike ride to benefit wounded warriors. START: Platte River Bar & Grill, Littleton Registration begins at 8 am with the last bike out at 11 am For registration information please visit www.FreedomServiceDogs.org
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History of Motorcycles Part 2
Gottlieb Daimler graced the world with his presence in 1834 in the town of Schorndorf Wartenburg, Germany. Growing up he studied at Polytechnic in Stuttgart and apprenticed as a gunsmith. Luckily for the modern day biker, he was a curious man and wanted to increase his understanding of engineering, he set out on a journey to France that would eventually lead him to create the first gas powered motorcycle. The predecessor to the dreams of many and to the lifestyle enjoyed by those of us fortunate enough to have found love on two wheels.
Daimler’s work on the first gas powered engine began on the engine of JJ Lenoir in Paris and continued to the factory of Joseph Whitmore in Manchester. In 1872 Daimler settled into a position working for Nikolaus Otto at the Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik in Cologne, which at the time was the world’s largest manufacturer of stationary engines. It was here that Daimler met Wilhelm Maybach. Maybach was a designer, and would quickly become Daimler’s closest friend and co-conspirator. Daimler and Maybach spent their time focusing on gas engine development and partnered up in the business in 1882. Daimler and Maybach set up shop in a greenhouse that they converted into a fully functioning workshop in Stuttgart. The greenhouse became the refuge of the two engineers. They worked day and night in complete secrecy. The two were so guarded in their development that even their families were unaware of what the two were up to in the greenhouse. Then something that any of us living in a small town can relate to happened…when you don’t have the inside scoop on what’s going down…you create your own reality, and of course spread it far and wide. Eventually a suspicious gardener, unable to convince the two men to divulge their secret, called in local law enforcement on suspicion of a money counterfeiting operation inside the converted greenhouse. Once the police were able to conduct their search, which turned up only tools and some drawings, the partners were allowed to continue their work uninterrupted. In 1885 Daimler patented what is generally recognized as the prototype of the modern day gas engine. The so called “grandfather clock” set up had an enclosed crank case on 14 Thunder Roads Magazine® Colorado
which the air-cooled cylinder was mounted in an upright position. The single cylinder engine weighed in at a mere 132 pounds with a displacement of 264 cubic centimeters and developed an output of 0.5 horsepower at 650 rpm. This model’s intake valve operated automatically, and the exhaust valve was actuated by curved groove control in the flywheel. Daimler was confident that this prototype’s low weight and compact size ensured its suitability for installing in vehicles. The next logical step for the innovative pair was to put their engine into something and see just what the hell would happen. Daimler chose a wooden framed bicycle on which he installed workable controls. The pair called it the “Reitwagen”, or two wheeled riding carriage. Also known as the “Einspur”, or single track, it featured 2 additional spring mounted out-rigger wheels…“training wheels” if you will, added for balance. November 10th, 1885 Daimler put his son, Paul, onto the machine and sent him off on a test ride. At just 17 years old, I’m not sure if Paul was just as eager as any other teenage boy to hop on two wheels, or if he was possibly the “problem child” and so was chosen by his father in an attempt to rid himself of one of the pains in his ass. At any rate, the test ride was successful…Paul made the inaugural trip from Cannstatt to Unterturkheim and back. That’s approximately an 8 mile trip. Considering that the road conditions in 1885
had to be horrendous, that’s quite a haul. The maiden voyage had but one problem, which Daimler felt was minor…the heat of the engine set the saddle on fire. I don’t know about you, but having my ass on fire for 8 miles seems like a big problem to me! Thankfully a lot of improvements were made in the motorcycle industry between 1885 and the first ride I ever took. Daimler and Maybach continued to work on engine concepts and improved models throughout the late 1800’s. They completed single engines, 4 cylinder types, as well as V-twin models. While Daimler’s Reitwagen is often named the first gas powered motorcycle, the original was unfortunately destroyed in 1903 during a factory fire in Cannstatt, just 3 short years after Daimler’s death. Maybach went on to create the Mercedes, and while there is no extravagant story behind Daimler’s death, we do owe him a great deal of gratitude. Gratitude for the gunsmith’s apprentice, turned visionary. Gratitude for the moment in Daimler’s head where the dual development of a viable gaspowered engine and the modern bicycle collided. Following Daimler’s greenhouse conspiracy, the doors were opened for large scale motorcycle manufacturing in the 1900’s….seems like the perfect place to take a closer look next time. Melanie Schwarte
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Reduce the Risk Colorado W by Vickie Jo Mullin
e all knowingly take a risk every time we get on a motorcycle or behind the wheel of a car. Colorado has one of the larger motorcycling communities in the United States, it is not uncommon to see motorcycles on the road nearly year round. We are blessed with an average of 245 days of sunshine out of the 365 days of the year. It’s probably safe to say we ride, have ridden, or know someone else who has or does. It’s probably safe to continue to say, in the biker community as a whole, we all have lost or know someone who has lost a loved one or friend in an accident and/or someone who has suffered physical trauma from an accident. We have all seen the messages being put out there to point the finger at the people in the cars as the ultimate culprit for holding the only responsibility on the road to see motorcyclists. In all things there are always two sides. I think that is why I find the Reduce the Risk Colorado idea to be so simple and bring riding to a personal level of confidence and enjoyment.
When you talk to anyone who rides, be it a new rider or a veteran rider we all have one thing in common. We love it. Our reasons may vary as to why we love it, but in one voice we smile and do our biker wave to our fellow rider on the road, because we love it. So what is the message of Reduce the Risk Colorado? It is a message as simple as the love for riding. Be responsible for your own safety and talk about it with others. Pass the knowledge down veteran riders. New riders don’t be afraid to ask questions, tell me, show me, and teach me. I went on the Reduce the Risk Colorado ride, it was a group of friends who frequently ride together and some new faces. The weather was fantastic and the ride beautiful. First destination was the Last Shot in Black Hawk. We ate, we listened to our favorite biker guitar singer, and took a brief moment to have some people get up and talk about ways to reduce the risk of motorcycle accidents. All key points by all three speakers clearly echoed the message of we can all improve our riding habits. “Get better in your bubble.” Riding in groups can be energizing, relaxing and frustrating depending on the varied skill levels of those who attend any group ride. When going over the pre-ride pep talk, the leader or sponsor of any group ride will hopefully include and address the fact that people either ignore or don’t know the rules for group riding and include a few good reminders and helpful tips. There should always be leaders (notice the s on the end) in group rides spread throughout the group to keep everyone together and safe. It is important to communicate where the ride is going (handouts are kind of cool). How everyone is expected to ride in respect for all levels of other riders in the group. Get everyone on the same page before kick stands up. If you find yourself feeling unsafe in any ride, pull off and 16 Thunder Roads Magazine® Colorado
be prepared to either ride in a different section of the group or perhaps it is time to know when to say no and enjoy your ride heading in your own direction and at your own comfortable speed-comfort zone (preferably with a friend or two). Great points made or to include talking about in any group ride include: Wear the boots of the other rider Don’t be afraid to speak up Don’t be dramatic Be polite, it sets a great example and can get attitudes pointed in a positive direction before rolling down the highway Don’t try to ride above your abilities Don’t look down on others, take them under your wing and pass the good stuff down to them. There is a good chance that somebody held out a hand to you at some point in your riding adventures.
For those who don’t ride often (fair weather riders like myself) do a few spins around the neighborhood to get your rider legs back on before you go for a longer ride! Find veteran riders to lead and help pass on their knowledge to grow your skills and help out in group rides. When starting group riding, start in small groups and work up to the larger public group rides. GET EDUCATED find someone who will help you develop your riding skills. Ask around you will be surprised at who will be an excellent wing man biker-coach. Go spend that extra money for the next level of training in a motorcycle class the experts recommend experience riders retrain every 5 years or so. Either way, reduce your risk by taking your responsibility to be safe into your own hands as you repost the Save a Life Look Twice for Bikers and other great messages on FaceBook. PRE TRIP! Be safe before you go (if you have room) : Check the oil, warm your bike up. Don’t get on and just crank it. Let it warm up Lights, brakes, tire pressure--just like a pilot on a flight doe a walk around. Water Sunblock and lip balm Extra little towel to wipe things off Clear glasses or goggles for night riding Rain-x and fog free are very handy to have on your windshield, helmet visor, and goggles. Rain gear and extra clothes Tools, trauma kit, led flash light – red ring around the bottom to make it flash like a flare Don’t forget, the freedom of the ride is not a license to disobey the laws of the road. Ride on! www.thunderroadscolorado.com
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THE NEW LADIES RUN AND RALLY PRE-REGISTRATION PARTY RYNO& TRACY'S RALLY FOR FREEDOM
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JUNE Antique Motorcycle Swap Meet
6/6/2015 - 6/7/2015 Harbert Casting Repair, 1380 South Jason Street, Denver, CO Gates open each day at 8:00 am. There is no admission charges. Vendor fee is $20.00 for a 10 X 10 space. Vendors may set up on Friday. The swap meet is for motorcycles and parts for pre-1980 motorcycles. For more information call (303) 705-3633 or go to http://www. rockymountainamca.com. ----------------------------------------------------Top Gun Motorcycle Officer Competition 6/6/2015 - 6/7/2015 Jefferson County Stadium West 6th Avenue at North Kipling Street, Lakewood, CO Are you looking for cutting edge, yet very inexpensive training? Are you looking for a venue to demonstrate your dedication and skill and learn from other motor officers from across the country? Are you looking for a way to challenge yourself in a safe, controlled environment? Then the Top Gun Training and Skills event which is held each year in early June in the North parking lot of the Jefferson County Stadium is exactly what you are looking for! The Blue Knights have nationally and state certified motor trainers for both Saturday, to help teach new skills and brush up on current possibly rusty ones, and Sunday the skills demonstration event day to answer questions and help with the judging. Top Gun draws more than just motor officers from all over the country. Spectators of all ages join us to witness the incredible skill of our participating officers, encourage them and cheer them on. We also have vendors which provide food, equipment (geared towards our officers, of course) and entertainment for everyone. Top Gun has delivered quality training and friendly liaison among our officers for over 25 years now and promises some awesome training and a great time to be had by all. For more information call (303)675-8486 or go to http://www.topguncops.com
5th Annual Be the Gift Poker Run Poker Run 06/06/2015 Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, 4250 Byrd Drive, Loveland, CO Be a part of the unique opportunity to meet at Thunder Mountain HarleyDavidson in Loveland, Colorado where we will kick off our ride with last bike out at 9:30 AM. Registration on the day of the ride begins at 8:30 AM. If you would like to pre-register, click below and fill out the quick form. The cost for registration is your donation to help us fund home repair projects for ten different single moms and their children. All of your donations go directly to the projects! A free lunch will be provided at the end of the ride at The Fairgrounds Park 700 South Railroad Ave in Loveland. Silent Auction and Prizes for our Poker Run winners will be awarded. For more information call (970)691-8777, email email@example.com or go to http:// www.bethegift.com ----------------------------------------------------5th Annual Guide Dogs Ride 06/06/2015 Doubletree Hotel, 1775 Cheyenne Mountain Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO Registration with coffee is from 8:15 am to 9:15 am and the motorcycles roll out at 9:30 am. The fee is $30.00 for the rider and $25.00 for a passenger. The fee includes a free $10.00 playing card and barbeque. The ride will stop in Cripple Creek for one hour. The ride ends in Florence with auction items and barbeque. First timers get an additional gift as long as supplies last. For more information call (719) 285-8425. ----------------------------------------------------Falcon Freedom Poker Run 06/06/2015 Magnum Shooting Center, 13372 Meadowgrass Drive, Colorado Springs, CO Registration will from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Early registration is available. Riders will have the option to shoot a target for their first card. The 100 mile ride will include 5 stops before ending in Falcon with a party. Proceeds will benefit veteran programs. For more information call (719)720-0896
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Ride for the Love Benefit for T.A.P.S. 06/06/2015 Rocky Mountain Harley Davidson, 2885 West County Line Road, Littleton, CO Starts at 9:00 am. The motorcycles go out at 10:30 am. A donation of $15.00 is asked. This ride is dedicated to the families of fallen heroes. For more information call (720)413-9354, or go to http://www.lovinamerica.us/#!launchregistration/c1kf0. ----------------------------------------------------SummerFest Poker Run Poker Run 06/06/2015 Cole Park in Alamosa, Colorado East 2nd Street, Alamosa, CO Event raises scholarship funds for and Adams State University Art or Music Student. Route to be determined. Visit web site for updates. Registration is at 8:30am and Bikes leave at 9:30am. Please Contact For More Information call (719)480-4806, email info@ summerfestontherio.org or visit http:// www.summerfestontherio.org ----------------------------------------------------The New Ladies Run and Rally PreRegistration Party 06/06/2015 Wicked Influence 6000 W55th Pl, Arvada, CO 80002 Come and register early for the New Ladies Run and Rally and party with us! Music by the Remus Tucker Band from 1 - 3 PM Bike wash from 1:00 - 4:00 PM by the MMA fighter Brandon Thatch and his team of ladies and gentlemen fighters to get your bike clean! 50/50 Chance to Win and Silent Auction! Everyone who pre-registers is placed into a drawing for a free night stay on Saturday night at the Fairplay Hotel! For more information call (303)594-8448, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www. facebook.com/events/389981984526991/ Rampart Range Spring Poker Run 06/07/2015 ----------------------------------------------------Flat Rocks Campground, Rampart Range, CO Twice a year the Rampart Range Motorcycle Management Committee sponsors a non-competitive Poker Run for off-road motorcycles (no ATVâ€™s) and www.thunderroadscolorado.com
riders of all ages. There is a short course (approximately 15-25 miles) and a long course (approximately 50-55 miles). Riders of all abilities are welcome. Prizes are awarded on the basis of the poker hand you draw at the final check point. This is a non-competitive event and the 5 prizes awarded for each course are based on your luck in drawing one of the five highest winning poker hands consisting of five (short course) or seven (long course) total cards. The entry fee includes a gourmet meal of hot dogs and soft drinks. Serving begins at 12:00 noon. Prizes are awarded after the event is over, however you don’t have to stay to claim your prize. Those who stay around for the awards will also gain a chance at several door prizes donated by local dealerships and organizations. Monies raised from these events will help to maintain the Rampart Range area for all users. For more information visit http:// www.rampartrange.org/pages/rampart_ pokerrun.asp ----------------------------------------------------25th Annual B.U.F.A. United Run 06/07/2015 Hub Car Wash, 4460 Forest Hill Road, Colorado Springs, CO The motorcycles will leave between 10:00 am and 11:00 am. The fee is $10.00 for the rider or $15.00 with a passenger. The run ends with food, and door prizes. All the proceeds benefit a local person in need. For more information call (719)635-0138, or go to http://www.facebook.com/colorado. bufa?fref=ts. ----------------------------------------------------Vintage Motorcycles Reborn Benefit 06/07/2015 Heritage Square Amusement Park 18301 Colfax Avenue, Golden, CO This is a one day charity event to Benefit Pathways Hospice of Larimer County. Admission is free but we ask for a small donation for hospice. This is our 5th year and last year we had 144 vintage motorcycles from the 1920’s to the 1980s’ for people to see and enjoy. Local Denver dealers participated and the land speed record holder for 650CC was there with his machine. The event is held at the Heritage Square Amusement www.thunderroadscolorado.com
Park in Golden, Colorado and there are restaurants and rides for the kids at the venue. Hours are 10AM - 3PM. Contact Ron Sweetin at email@example.com or Bob Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org for event or exhibition information or call (970)776-6355 ----------------------------------------------------Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit 6/11/2015 - 6/14/2015 Embassy Suites Hotel, 4705 Clydesdale Parkway, Loveland, CO Starting at 6:30 am on Thursday. This is a motorcycle summit for women but men are invited too. The event includes dirt bike riding, and numerous rides including several charity poker runs. The event also includes speakers, concerts, displays, fashion show and more. For more information go to http://www. steelhorsesisterhoodsummit.com. ----------------------------------------------------Ladies Iron Horse Rally 6/11/2015 - 6/14/2015 Holiday Inn Denver Lakewood, 7390 West Hampton Avenue, Lakewood, CO All rides start at 8:00 am. On Thursday the ride will go around Chattefield Lake, through Palmer Lake and will includes a stop for ice cream. Friday’s ride will go to Buena Vista, Canon City, through Deckers and back to Lakewood. Saturday ride to Black Hawk, Nederlands, Estes Park and back using the Peak to Peak highway. On Sunday there will be a charity poker run. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/ groups/ladiesironhorserally/ ----------------------------------------------------7th Annual Good News Motorcycle Ride & Benefit 06/13/2015 Western Omelette, 16 South Walnut Street, Colorado Springs, CO Registration begins at 8:00 am and the first group goes out at 8:30 am. The ride fee is $25.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The ride fee includes food. The ride ends with lunch, door prizes, and other free items. A tax deductable free will offering will be accepted and receipts given. Proceeds will support Good News Chaplain, Marcus Baird and Good News Jail & Prison Ministry. For more information call (719)482-8208, or go to https://www. facebook.com/events/1433533193580859/.
Akron Elks Annual Charity Motorcycle and Car Poker Run 06/13/2015 Washington County Event Center, 551 West 2nd Street, Akron, CO Registration begins at 8:00 am and motorcycles go out by 10:00 am. the ride fee is $25.00 per person. The fee includes food, and more. The 150 mile ride will include seven stops. Guaranteed prize money of $7,500 will be awarded. The ride ends with pulled pork, dance, raffles, and door prizes. The rain date for this event is June 14th. For more information call (970)5207561, (970)554-0117 ----------------------------------------------------CVMA 3 2 War Memorial Poker Run 06/13/2015 Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, 5867 N Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO Registration begins at 11:30 am and the motorcycles leave at 1:00 pm. The registration fee is $20.00 and includes lunch. The run ends with food, prizes, games, raffles and more. This run lasts about 2 hours so you can really enjoy the ride. For more information call (603)689-5825, or go to http://www. cvma3-2.org. ----------------------------------------------------Rally for Freedom 06/13/2015 Platte River Grill, 5995 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO Registration is from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. The poker run will go 75 miles. Prizes will be awarded to winners. There will also be a bike show. Trophies will be awarded for first second and third. There will also be demos by Freedom service dogs in training food, and more. The ride will benefit Freedom Service Dogs. For more information call (720)284-4823, http://facebook. com/SteelSoldiersCo or go to https:// freedomservicedogs.org/event/rallyfreedom.
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Riders for Mobieus Poker Run 06/13/2015 Apex Motor Sports 327 South Weber, Colorado Springs, CO Registration starts at 9:00 am and motorcycles go out at 10:00 am. The ride fee is $26.00 for the rider and the fee includes a t-shirt. The ride will include stops in Penrose, Florence, at Bishops Castle, and Colorado City. the ride ends in Colorado City with a barbeque, raffles and more. Proceeds go to Mobieus awareness. For more information call (719)557-1735, (719)489-2703. ----------------------------------------------------Wings and Warriors Recognition Ride 06/13/2015 Pikes Peak Harley Davidson, 5867 North Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO Registration begins at 8:30 am and motorcycles go out at 10:00 am. The ride will include a brief stop at the Ute Inn in Woodland Park and end in Pine Junction with live music, guest speakers, food, refreshments, door prizes and more. The ride is to remember veterans of past, present, and future and to show support for those with hidden Injuries of PTSD and TBI. For more information call (719)689-3204, or go to http://www. wings-and-warriors.org. ----------------------------------------------------16th Annual High Plains Music Fest & Poker Run 06/14/2015 Mega Music, 1100 W. Main Street, Sterling, CO Ride Begins at 12:00 pm. The ride fee of $20.00 will include the first hand and admission to the music fest. All poker run proceeds will be awarded to the winner. Prizes will be awarded for the worst hand. The ride ends with music, food, dunk tank, pony rides, bungee tramp and more. For more information call (970)521-9020, or go to http:// megamusicstore.net . 22 Thunder Roads Magazine® Colorado
9th Annual Molly Dharma Run for Colorado Animal Shelters 06/14/2015 Platte River Grill, 5995 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, CO Registration starts at 9:00 am and motorcycles begin going out at 10:00 am. Last bike goes out by 10:30 am. The ride fee is $20.00 or $30.00 with a passenger. A $5.00 discount will be given to those who pre-register by June 3rd. The first 200 to register will receive ride pin and breakfast Burrito. The ride will go through the eastern plains, wind through the foothills and end in Wheat Ridge with a band, food, auctions and more. Proceeds will support Every Creature Counts in Fort Lupton. For more information call (303)548-5123, or go tohttp://mollydharmarun.org/. ----------------------------------------------------Colorado Ride for Kids Benefit 06/14/2015 Jefferson Co. Human Services Bldg. 900 Jefferson Co. Pkwy., Golden, CO Donations benefit the Pediatric Brian Tumor Foundation’s medical research and family support programs. Riders on all makes and models are welcome to attend. The suggested minimum donation to ride is $40 per motorcycle. We encourage you to fundraise before the event to make a real difference to the kids. Online registration is open until noon Eastern on the Friday before the ride. On-site registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. The escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine! The ride will loop back to the start point. At the event, we draw for a new Honda motorcycle and other great prizes (must be present to win). All participants receive free beverages, a light breakfast and lunch. You’ll also get to meet your local Stars! For more information call (800)253-6530, email email@example.com or go to www. curethekids.org/events/ride-for-kids/ June 2015
Rocky Mountain Rumble 6/19/2015 - 6/21/2015 Shelly/Quinn baseball fields 101 Idaho Springs Rd., Idaho Springs, CO Come join us for the first inaugural rally in picturesque Idaho Springs tucked secretly away in the Rocky Mountains. Camping, vendors, games, food, beer, live music, scenic rides, and good vibes. Proceeds from the Rally are to benefit Friend’s of Charlie’s Place which supports the local Animal Shelter. Live music all weekend including Jeff Crosby and The Refugees, Steve Crenshaw, The Michael Hornbuckle Band, and many more. $10 a day for admission and onsite camping available for $5 a night. For more information call (562)441-8612, or visit http://www.rockymountainrumble. com/ --------------------------------------------------4th Annual Smokin’ Skulls for Scholars Ride 06/20/2015 Highlands Ranch Law Enforcement Training Facility, 6001 Ron King Trail, Highlands Ranch, CO Registration starts at 8:00 am and the last bike goes out at 9:30 am. The ride fee is $25.00 for the rider and $5.00 for a passenger. The 90 mile ride ends in Northglenn with a meal and auction. For more information call (303)503-5276, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http:// www.sgmcnation.com ----------------------------------------------------2nd Annual Poker Run for Brooklyn 06/20/2015 Sidepocket Bar and Grill, 4111 Club Manor Drive, Pueblo, CO The 7 stop poker run begins at 9:00 am. The ride fee of $25.00 includes a t-shirt if pre-registered. There will also be a ride in bike show, 50/50 drawing, silent auction and more. For more information call (719) 251-6064, or go to http:// brooklynspokerrun2015.weebly.com. www.thunderroadscolorado.com
Benefit Ride for Pueblo Cooperative Care Center 06/20/2015 326 W 8th Street, Pueblo, CO The ride begins at 10:00 am. The ride fee is $10.00 for the rider or $15.00 with a passenger plus a bag of nonperishables per person. The ride fee will include food, a raffle ticket, and poker hand. The ride will go to Ordway for a poker draw and food before returning to Pueblo for food, raffles, music and more. For more information call (719) 225-0312. ----------------------------------------------------Breaking Silence Poker Run 06/20/2015 The Cow Pub & Grill, 5885 Stetson Hills Boulevard, Colorado Springs, CO The ride begins at 9:00 am. $1750 in cash prizes will be awarded. The motorcycle poker run will promote awareness of the exploitation of children along the Rocky Mountain front range. For more information call (719)749-6077. ----------------------------------------------------AVA International Voyager Rally 6/22/2015 - 6/25/2015 Estes Park, CO The AVA International Rally is the largest gathering of Kawasaki Voyagers in the world, but also includes other motorcycle makes and models. This is a smaller family oriented rally which generally features from 250-350 attendees. Among the many activities are an optional rally event which varies from year to year, welcome dinner, guided rides, selfguided rides, the now famous Custom & Chrome Showdown, AVA Bike show for all makes and models, a motorcycle light show, Awards Banquet, door prizes, bike games, seminars, limited vendors, and other activities. For more information email email@example.com or go to http://amervoyassoc.org
4th Annual Colorado Hookers Surgery Snuggler Run Benefit 06/27/2015 The Berkely Inn, 3834 Tennyson St., Denver, CO A fun run to benefit Denver Health’s pediatric Surgery Snuggler program. (Each child going in for surgery receives a stuffed animal for comfort.) Registration starts at 10am with the first bike out at 11am Theme for the run is SCRUBS! WEAR ONE to show your support! ACCESSORIZE!!! Make it FUN!!!! Ride cruises north from Denver across the plains, west through the hills to Lyons, stopping at Smokin’ Dave’s BBQ for lunch, down through Boulder, with great festivities held at Hopper’s bar & grill. Come meet the Colorado Hookers! For more information call (303)332-5984 or visit https://www.facebook.com/ events/894932357225596/ ----------------------------------------------------ALR Legacy Run Poker Run 06/27/2015 Hotel Elegante, 2886 S Circle Drive, Colorado Springs, CO Registration begins at 8:00 am. The ride ends in Fountain with food, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, and more. Prizes will be awarded for high and low hands. Proceeds will benefit American Legion Legacy Fund for Fallen Service Members Children’s College Education. For more information call (719)246-0152. ----------------------------------------------------Kilt 2 Kilt for Our Veterans 06/27/2015 Tilted Kilt, 1201 16th Street #120, Denver, CO Registration begins at 10:00 am and the last motorcycle goes out by 1:00 pm. The ride fee is $50.00 per person and includes admission to the concert and a swag bag. The ride includes stops
in Parker, Aurora, and Greeley before ending with a concert. Proceeds will be split between two fantastic veteran causes, Folds of Honor and Homes for Our Troops. For more information call (970)301-4674. ----------------------------------------------------15th Annual Tejon Street Bike Fest 06/28/2015 Tejon Street between Vermijo and Kiowa, Colorado Springs, CO Starting at 11:00 am. The event includes a ride-in bike show, poker run, live music and more. The entry fee for the bike show is $25.00. Bikes will be judged in various classes with trophies given to winners. The ride fee for the poker run is a donation of $20.00 for one hand or $30.00 for two hands. Prizes will be given to winners. For more information call (719)487-8005 or go to http://www.propromotions.com. ----------------------------------------------------20th Annual Tejon Street Tattoo Fest Other 06/28/2015 25 N Tejon St, Colorado Springs, CO The Tejon Street Tattoo Fest registration is from 10 am - 1 pm with the competition beginning at 2 pm, all going on inside Cowboys nightclub. Free admission for spectators and supporters. For more information go to http://www.propromotions.com/pro-events/hat#sthash. RmgDr6Fo.dpuf ----------------------------------------------------Eagle Riders Annual Ugly C Poker Run 06/28/2015 Monaghans Tavern, 3889 S King Street, Englewood, CO Registration is from 7:30 am to 9:00 am. For more information call (303)363-0447
Ladies up Front is a column by and for the women who ride in Colorado both on back and up front. Each month we publish an article written by a lady rider. You will find stories of how these ladies ended up where they are today, with their opinions, strange and funny things that have happened to them, their thoughts, dreams and points of view. Some tell the stories about their journey from the back to the front. Some relate how they came to motorcycles, some are just interesting experiences they have had.
We believe that every woman who rides, be it on the front or on the back, has a story to tell that is worth hearing. When they share their perceptions and knowledge, they often have insight and perspectives that can help us all as we journey forward. Here you will see those experiences and hear of the strength and joy we have found on motorcycles. All ladies are welcome and encouraged to join in and contribute to Ladies up Front. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
It all started for me around twenty-five years ago, my husband and I hosted Halloween parties every year and every year I dressed as a biker. At that time, I had never even ridden on a motorcycle, yet I had the desire to be that biker babe. My father-in-law (at the time) gave my husband a motorcycle and I started riding on the back. I rode on the back for about three years when I started to notice more and more women riding their own motorcycles. I watched them with envy and I said to myself I want do that! So, I enrolled in the ABATE motorcycle training class and got my motorcycle endorsement. This then gave me the incentive to buy my own motorcycle. My first motorcycle was a Honda Shadow VLX. I loved that bike, it was just small enough to be comfortable and just powerful enough to get me around while I learned the fundamentals of riding up front. I had that bike for around two years and I knew I was ready for something more. Luckily for me, I was sitting and waiting for my fatherin-law when he was buying his brand new Harley at the dealership and I found myself staring at this 2003 Custom Sportster. Something about the bike just grabbed me. I didn’t expect that since the Sportster was not on the top of the list of what I wanted for my first Harley Davidson. But this bike had a shine to it that I couldn’t resist and about three hours later I was the proud owner of that Sporty. Since I had learned to ride hard or get left behind—this bike was a dream come true! Some years passed I became a 24 Thunder Roads Magazine® Colorado
better rider and became friends with more and more riders. People started to recognize me in the community. I was the biker babe I had always wanted to be. My first husband and I divorced but I kept on riding—riding is in my blood. I later remarried and my second husband traded my Sportster in for a “2008 Custom Thunder Mountain Durango” chopper. At first I was quite shocked and sad that my first Harley was be gone. I took one look at that Durango chopper and said to my husband “I can’t ride that thing!” My husband said “I have seen you ride and you can ride this chopper.” So I took the Durango for a ride around the block. When the salesman opened the double doors I reluctantly started off with that chopper for my first ride on it around the block, by the time I came back I had a smile from ear to ear and I loved that chopper. Since then I have been known as the Chopper Chic.
To me riding is empowering, therapeutic and it has taught me respect and love for two-wheel riders. I have gained so many friends within the riding community. I am privileged to have the love and respect from my riding family. I have had women come up to me and tell me that I helped to inspire them to learn how to ride and move up front. Seeing them on their bikes and knowing that I was part of their inspiration to move up front is priceless to me. Over the years, I have lost too many friends in motorcycle accidents and it sometimes frightens me when I think of that but then I think about why I started riding in the first place and I saddle up and get right back on my horse. I think that bikers make a difference in our communities because of the time and money that we raise and donate. We care and get involved. When the community does the annual children’s toy ride the look on the face of the kids is absolutely priceless when the bikes roll up together and they hear that rumble. When I see the faces of the bikers as they give out the gifts (sometimes with tears in their eyes) and the wide smiles of the children as they receive those gifts I am speechless and it makes it all worthwhile. I am honored to participate in a ride where there are more than five hundred bikes and people sit on the side of the road
and wave to us as we ride by. I have been a rider up front for more than sixteen years so far and I still get the chills from head-to-toe when the whole pack shows up for benefits or events and I hear that rumble. And to see a pack of lady riders is the sexiest thing ever! There is a bond that unless you ride, you will never understand. It seems that many people have the wrong idea of what a biker is. Don’t get me wrong many people out there have respect for us but many just stereotype bikers as biker trash and criminals. Of course the reality is that most biker rides and events are charitable or benefit a charity to help support and raise money for families and those in need. We are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandmas and grandpas. I am the proud Grandma of five beautiful granddaughters and the mother of both a son and a daughter Riding is something that I love to do, and it is part of who I am. When my grandkids see me on my Chopper and they get on their little mini chopper and ride next to me, I know in their hearts they feel like they are incredibly cool! You just have to love something that makes you feel incredibly cool. Look Twice people and save a life! Bernadette AKA Chopper Chic
BRITISH MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION OF COLORADO Meets 1 st Saturday of every month, 10 am South Side Johnny’s 528 S. Tejon Colorado Springs, CO www.bmacinc.com All makes and models of bikes welcome! Contact John @719-213-3239 or email@example.com
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Tasty Recipes All of these recipes have been kitchen tested and biker approved.
ROSEMARY CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES These sandwiches are fantastic! I have tried this recipe with both dried and fresh rosemary and the fresh gives the salad much more flavor. The other key ingredient is the smoked salt. 3 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts, I use rotisserie chicken 1/3 cup green onion, thinly sliced 1/4 cup almond slivers, roughly chopped 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 1/4 cup mayonnaise 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp smoked salt 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper 12 slices of an artisan whole wheat bread Combine all of the ingredients except the bread. Stir the mixture well and allow to sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Spread about 2/3 cup of chicken mixture over each of 6 bread slices, and top with lettuce and the remaining bread slices. Servings: 6 LOADED BAKED POTATO SOUP This is a combination of several potato soup recipes. I usually par-cook the potatoes in the microwave and finish them in the oven to give that baked potato taste. During the summer, I bake the potatoes in a toaster oven. 4 slices bacon, diced, about 4 ounces 1 cup diced onion 1 bunch green onions, about 8 green onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 3 cups chicken broth 1 cups half and half 1 cups milk 5 - 6 large baking potatoes, baked, peeled, and diced 1 tsp salt, or to taste 1/4 tsp ground black pepper Garnish sour cream cheddar cheese bacon, crumbled (from above) sliced green onion, optional In a Dutch oven or large kettle over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels to drain and pour the bacon drippings into a cup. Put 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings back into the pan along with the chopped onion. Cook, stirring, until onions are tender. Stir in the flour until blended. Cook the mixture for about 3 – 4 minutes stirring so that the flour doesn’t burn. Whisk in the broth and green onions; cover and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture is thickened. Stir in half-and-half, milk, diced potatoes, salt, pepper Blend about half of the soup in batches until smooth. Add the blended soup back to the pot. Cook, stirring constantly, until soup is hot. Serve the soup garnished with bacon and extra sliced green onion, cheddar cheese and sour cream if desired Servings: 8
BROCCOLI SALAD I used to buy the pre-packaged broccoli salad mix. I figured this recipe out and put my own twist on the one from the package. 4 cups raw broccoli 1/2 cup bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled 1/2 cup cashews, roasted and unsalted 1/3 cup golden raisins 1/3 cup dried cranberries (you can also substitute dried cherries) 1/2 cup red onion, chopped Dressing 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/8 cup sugar 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar Mix the first six ingredients in a large bowl. In a second bowl, whisk dressing ingredients together until smooth. Toss the salad with the dressing. Allow to refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Servings: 12 RASPBERRY CREAM CHEESE TART Prepare the crust and filling up to 2 days ahead; I usually make the crust in the morning when it is cooler so I don’t heat up the house. You can assemble the tart several hours before you plan to serve it. The glaze is fantastic and I save the extra for putting on ice cream. CRUST: 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cups sugar 3 Tbs butter, melted Cooking spray FILLING: 16 oz light cream cheese (two packages) 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract TOPPING: 2 cups fresh raspberries 1 Tbs fresh lemon juice GLAZE: 1 cups fresh raspberries 2/3 cup sugar 1 Tbs cornstarch Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare crust, place crackers in a food processor; process until fine crumbs. Add sugar and melted butter, pulse just until moist. Place mixture in a 9-inch round removable-bottom tart pan coated with cooking spray, pressing into bottom and up sides of pan to 3/4 inch. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on a wire rack. To prepare filling, combine cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, and extract in a medium bowl; stir until smooth. Spread mixture evenly over bottom of tart shell. To prepare glaze, place 1 cup raspberries in food processor; process until pureed. Combine raspberry puree, 2/3 cup sugar, and cornstarch in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; cook 1 minute. Remove glaze from heat slightly thickened and cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Combine 2 cups raspberries and lemon juice; toss to coat. Arrange berries, bottoms up, in a circular pattern over filling. Spoon half of glaze evenly over berries, some of the fresh berries should show through. Cover with plastic wrap and chill 3 hours. Servings: 10
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News Bytes vehicle software inspection, repair, and modification. The original NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES intent of the DMCA, however, was more to prevent code copying Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, that could involve copyright infringement. National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) Every three years, the Librarian of Congress, working with the Copyright Office, hears requests from members of the public NCOM HAILS THIRD DECADE WITH DENVER whose speech and other rights are affected by the law and CONVENTION You could smell it in the air, as distinct as a Denver dispensary considers whether to grant exemptions. and just as intoxicating; unity, and cooperation in the face of critical MARYLAND ENACTS BAN ON MOTORCYCLE-ONLY challenges affecting today’s motorcyclists. “Coming Together” in CHECKPOINTS one of the largest gatherings of bikers’ rights activists in America, The Maryland legislature has joined a growing list of states the 30th annual NCOM Convention, May 7-10 in Denver, Colorado addressed issues of mutual concern for the betterment of biking. to prohibit law enforcement officers from conducting roadside For three decades, over Mother’s Day weekend the National checkpoints that specifically target motorcyclists. H.B. 917, Coalition of Motorcyclists has provided a forum for diverse factions introduced by Maryland Delegate Benjamin Kramer (D-Wheaton) of the motorcycle community to meet in the spirit of teamwork and companion bill S.B. 716 introduced by state Senator Jamie to tackle topics such as Biker Anti-Profiling legislation; Save the Raskin (D-Takoma Park) state that “a police officer at a motor Patch litigation; Freedom of the Road and Use of the Courts; as vehicle checkpoint may not target only motorcycles for inspection well as seminars on Public Relations and Social Media, Lobbying or evaluation.” The bipartisan legislation passed unanimously in the House 101 and Working with your Legislators. Friday’s Opening Ceremonies was one of the best-attended ever, 137-0 on March 19, and the Senate 47-0 on March 29, and was and the energetic congregation of concerned riders from across signed into law on May 12, making Maryland the eighth state to the country encompassed various segments of motorcycling pass a law against motorcycle-only checkpoints, while another 11 from clubs to rights organizations, and from touring groups to states have prohibited such discriminatory roadblocks either on constitutional grounds or by judicial action. sportbikers; all there to learn and share with mutual respect. Special Meetings were on the weekend’s agenda in support of KANSAS LAW CREATES NEW “AUTOCYCLE” VEHICLE NCOM’s many outreach programs for Women In Motorcycling; CLASSIFICATION Clean and Sober Roundtable; National Sport Bike Association Under a new law in Kansas, “Autocycle’’ is now defined as a (NSBA); and Christian Unity Conference, in addition to the three-wheel motorcycle that has a steering wheel and seating Confederation of Clubs General Patch Holders Meeting. During the Silver Spoke Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, that does not require the operator to straddle or sit astride several honorees were recognized for their contributions to it. House Bill 2044, signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback “Improving The Image of Motorcycling”, including; MEDIA: Joe on May 7, 2015 after passing the legislature near-unanimously by Teresi - Easyriders Magazine; COMMERCE: New York Myke - both chambers, creates the new classification of vehicles which San Diego Harley-Davidson; LEGAL: Joe Ritzo - AIM Attorney proponents say are neither cars nor motorcycles and need their for ME, NH, MA & VT; ENTERTAINMENT: Danny “The Count” own classification to protect drivers from breaking the law. The federal government classifies any vehicle with less than Koker - “Counting Cars” History Channel TV show; SPECIAL RECOGNITION: Larry Lindsey – Dixie ABATE, AL; and NCOM’s four wheels as a motorcycle, which requires a motorcycle license highest honor, the Ron Roloff Lifetime Achievement Award, was to operate, but some say the motorcycle license test isn’t helpful for operating autocycles because they aren’t driven the same presented to Jerry Theophilopoulos - AIM Attorney for Florida. Next year’s 31st Annual NCOM Convention will be held May 5-8, way. “It’s a requirement that makes absolutely no sense,” said 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For further information, contact Joel Sheltrown, vice president of governmental affairs for Elio Motors, a Phoenix company that plans to start making autocycles NCOM at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com. in 2016. “My customer base, a lot of them, don’t have motorcycle licenses and they’re not going to go out and rent a motorcycle, RIGHT-TO-REPAIR DECISION EXPECTED FROM U.S. learn how to drive it, go down and take a test just so they can COPYRIGHT OFFICE In July, the U.S. Copyright Office (USCO) is expected to issue a drive our vehicle, especially seniors.” HB 2044 allows drivers to operate an autocycle without a decision about a vehicle owner’s right to alter any of the computer software or code that controls the vehicle’s operations. Though motorcycle endorsement, and Sheltrown said about 18 states are the decision is based on briefs filed by agricultural and automotive working on legislation for autocycles and six states already passed vehicle manufacturers, it could potentially have implications for laws for defining autocycles. Otherwise, out-of-state drivers could motorcycles, ATV, UTV, personal watercraft and other vehicles run into trouble if they drive into a state where a motorcycle license that use computer software to control ignition, fuel, stability, is required, as drivers would automatically be breaking the law and could face tickets or possibly get their vehicle impounded until they traction, braking and other vehicle operating systems. In the briefs, the manufacturers argue that allowing owners, could prove they had a motorcycle license. non-manufacturer approved service technicians or anyone but OREGON SENATE PASSES LANE SPLITTING BILL their own designated technicians to view or alter the computer Oregon motorcycle riders are one step closer to splitting lanes software or codes is not allowed under the anti-circumvention prohibition in Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright thanks to SB 694. The bill, which would legalize lanesplitting Act (DMCA) which, if applied as manufacturers suggest, restricts under specific traffic conditions, passed 18-10 in the state Senate 30 Thunder Roads Magazine® Colorado June 2015 www.thunderroadscolorado.com
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with bipartisan support, and now moves on to the Oregon House for debate and a final approval vote or amendment. The measure would allow lanesplitting when traffic is stopped or slowed to 10 mph or less, with motorcycle riders allowed to split lanes not in excess of 20 mph. Lanesplitting is only permitted on roads 50 mph or higher and forbidden between lanes going in opposite directions. During the committee discussion that sent the bill to the Senate floor, lawmakers complimented advocates for the legislation. “It’s been some of the most effective citizen lobbying I’ve seen on a bill,” said Senator Sara Gelser (D). “It was persistent, helpful, useful and fact-based and I really appreciated it.” Another committee member, Senator Ginny Burdick (D), also said of the measure: “I can’t remember a time when I’ve ever been more opposed to a bill, then turned around and supported it. The advocates on this did a very nice job.” WISCONSIN ACTS TO LEGALIZE COLORED LIGHTING The Wisconsin legislature has passed a bill legalizing colored motorcycle lights. Current Wisconsin law (and in most U.S. States) prohibits operating a motor vehicle with lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. The bill’s Assembly sponsor, John Jagler (R-Watertown), says colored LED lights are becoming more popular on motorcycles. He says more lights will increase motorcycle visibility, making them safer. Under the bill, people could equip their motorcycles with any color lights aside blue as long as they don’t flash or rotate. The Assembly passed the bill last month. The Senate passed the bill on a voice vote on May 6, sending the measure to Governor Scott Walker. In the meantime, a similar measure HB3944 would amend the Illinois Vehicle Code to “Provide that a motorcycle may be equipped with auxiliary accent lights, including standard bulb running lights and light emitting diode pods and strips. Provides that the auxiliary accent lights shall not be red or white or oscillating, rotating, or flashing lights. Defines “auxiliary accent light”. The measure passed Senate Transportation Committee 16-0 on May 13 and has been placed on the Senate calendar.
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THE CONFEDERATION OF CLUBS DEEPLY SADDENED BY MAY 17, 2015 WACO, TEXAS MOTORCYCLE CLUB INCIDENT AT A LOCAL CONFEDERATION OF CLUBS MEETING The National Coalition of Motorcyclists and all of its local affiliates are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred on May 17, 2015, and are praying for those involved and their families. Immediately prior to the start of a Texas affiliate’s monthly meeting, a motorcycle club that was NOT a member of the Confederation of Clubs arrived with over 50 people and attacked members of the Confederation. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists and its local affiliates are dedicated to peacefully promoting and protecting Constitutional rights, promoting fair treatment of its members by law enforcement, educating its members on current laws, open and peaceful communications between clubs, conflict mediation, and supporting various charitable endeavors. We are grieving.
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A farmer was selling his peaches door to door. He knocked on a door and a shapely 30-something woman dressed in a very sheer negligee answered the door. He raised his basket to show her the peaches and asked, “Would you like to buy some peaches, ma’am?” She pulled the top of the negligee to one side and asked, “Are they as firm as this?” He nodded his head and said, “Yes ma’am,” and a little tear ran from his eye. Then she pulled the other side of her negligee off asking, “Are they nice and pink like this?” The farmer said, “Yes,” and another tear came from the other eye. Then she unbuttoned the bottom of her negligee and asked, “Are they as fuzzy as this?” He again said, “Yes,” and broke down crying. She asked, “Oh, dear, why on earth are you crying?” Drying his eyes he replied, “The drought got my corn, the flood got my soy beans, a tornado leveled my barn……. And now I do believe I’m gonna’ get screwed out of my peaches.” ____________________________________________________ An air traffic control tower suddenly lost communication with a small twin engine aircraft. A moment later the tower land line rang and was answered by one of the employees. An old pal of the Pilot’s, whom was a passenger, was riding shotgun since the Co-Pilot called in ill . He contacted the Tower and yelled,; “Mayday, mayday!! The Pilot of this aircraft had an instant and fatal heart attack. I grabbed his cell phone and as I hoped, he had the Tower on his speed dial memory. I am flying upside down at 18,000 feet and traveling at 180 mph. Mayday, mayday!!” The employee in the tower had put him on speaker phone immediately. “Calm down, we acknowledge you and we’ll guide you down after a few questions. The first thing is not to panic, remain calm. He began his series of questions: Tower: “How do you know you are traveling at 18,000 feet??” Aircraft: “I can see that it reads 18,000 feet on the Altimeter dial in front of me.” Tower: “Okay, that’s good, remain calm. How do you know you’re traveling at 180 mph?” Aircraft: “I can see that it reads 180 mph on the Airspeed dial in front of me.” Tower: “Okay, this is great so far, but it’s heavily overcast, so how do you know you’re flying upside down?” Aircraft: “The sh*t in my pants is running out of my shirt collar.” ____________________________________________________
“Oh Jim, you old devil, that sounds like a crazy, but thrilling idea!” A police officer sitting in the next booth heard their conversation and, having a chuckle to himself, he thinks to himself, I’ve got to see these two old-timers having sex against a fence. I’ll just keep an eye on them so there’s no trouble. So he follows them. The elderly couple walks haltingly along, leaning on each other for support aided by walking sticks. Finally, they get to the back of the tavern and make their way to the fence. The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers. As she leans against the fence, the old man moves in. Then suddenly they erupt into the most furious sex that the policeman has ever seen. This goes on for about ten minutes while both are making loud noises and moaning and screaming. Finally, they both collapse, panting on the ground. The policeman is amazed. He thinks he has learned something about life and old age that he didn’t know existed. After about half an hour of lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their feet and put their clothes back on. The policeman, is still watching and thinks to himself, this is truly amazing, I’ve got to ask them what’s their secret? So, as the couple passes, he says to them, “Excuse me, but that was something else. You must’ve had a fantastic sex life together. Is there some sort of secret to all this to give hope to my wife and I for our future together? Shaking, the old man is barely able to reply, “Sixty years ago that wasn’t an electric fence.”
The husband leans over and asks his wife, “Do you remember the first time we had sex together over sixty years ago? We went behind the village tavern where you leaned against the back fence and I made sweet, passionate love to you.” Yes, she says, “I remember it fondly.” OK, he says, “How about taking a stroll around there again and we can do it for old time’s sake?” www.thunderroadscolorado.com
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