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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 12 APRIL 2011


PEACEMAKERS M/C RICHMOND, KENTUCKY ANNUAL DALLAS KINNAIRD BENEFIT RIDE FOR AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY APRIL 30, 2011 Ride sign-up 11:ooAM - 1:OOPM LEAVE @ 1:00 PM FOR SCENIC RIDE THRU MADISON AND GARRARD COUNTIES PEACEMAKER RACEWAY PARK 300 BYBEE LOOP ROAD WACO, KENTUCKY DOOR PRIZES - RAFFLES *****ALL BIKES AND BIKERS WELCOME***** SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL PEACEMAKERS PEACEMAKERS SUPPORT LOCAL & NATIONAL CHARITIES ****PARTY AT CLUBHOUSE AFTER RIDE****

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I hope everyone enjoyed the several nice days we

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had to ride last month, I know I sure did. I am really

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wishing that April will bring us some more without all the rain. It’s pretty rough getting an accurate weather forecast this time of the year, so make when you do head out for a nice ride. The Little Sturgis Rally closed, but The Kentucky Bikefest has taken its place, check out the ad April’s starting out with a whole lot of Bike Nite’s so try and check some of them out, hopefully I’ll see you at one or another. Till then ride safe. John Culbertson

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Well you have the April issue in hand, so Bike Week 2011 is a mere memory for everyone who got to make the trip. Every March the annual pilgrimage to the Sun and Sand signals the return of spring and summer riding weather here in the Mid-West. The 2011 Bikeweek seemed to be a little different from the past few years, first off the weather, very nice temperatures were a treat, daytime highs in the 80’s and plenty of sunshine, now the spring evenings did get a little cool, but not cold like last year. One thing that it did not take long to realize, the vendor count was down, I think the economy has finally effected the industry enough that the smaller “Mom & Pop” type vendors did not make the trip, or even worse survive the lean times. The large corporate vendors did not seem too over stocked, or maybe even downsizing some of their displays also. If you were there then you know it was not disappointing at all, just seemed to have a different street vendor feel. Opening weekend the crowd seemed to be up! Nevertheless, by midweek the big rush of people never seemed to come. The Daytona Chamber 4 Thunder Roads Kentucky

of Commerce has put the overall attendance numbers at 20% down, I know that number doesn’t seem big, but 20% of half a million people is a big number, and you could really tell it. My opinion the high gas prices were the biggest blame for the numbers being off. All the historic Bikeweek stops were rocking all week long, in the northern section of Ormond Beach, Destination Daytona had all the lots full of people and vendors enjoying the dream that Bruce Rossmeyer put in place. Inside the dealership one of Bruce’s bikes sat in the window, on the seat a dozen long stem roses, and a note simply stating “We Miss You.” A nice tribute to the man the industry lost just over a year ago. As you moved just a couple miles down Hwy 1 all, the outdoor biker bars and vendor fields were rocking. I always enjoy spending time along this section, there are some great little open air Bars where you could watch the bikes & people parade by all day long. This is the same area where you will find The Iron Horse Saloon, The Broken Spoke & The Tattoo Tavern. As you traveled on south, you found the “mecca” of the historic Bikeweek scene! Main Street and Beach Street with tons of vendors filling this part of town, we did see a few of our local retailers, “Custom Biker Wear” from Sturgis moved to the Beach Street area for 2011. April 2011


Daytona Beach Bikeweek 2011 Angel’s Sewing and Patches had an entire corner lot and building right on Main Street. HarleyDavidson has almost a full block under cover, giving everyone the chance to see all the models of new bikes, along with accessory displays and the H.O.G. merchandise and pin stop. Just a few blocks west on International Speedway Blvd, and you were at the Daytona Super Speedway facility. This is the heart and sole of bikeweek. 70 years ago the event started because of the races, and believe me they are still a very important part of the week. Every manufacture has large interactive displays surrounding the front half of the raceway. It was here that I found my personal favorite custom bikes on display, John Shope of Sinister Industries. They had what I thought were by far the “Baddest Baggers of Bikeweek”! John spent some time talking with me about a couple of the bikes he had brought to Daytona. One was a build going to a Texas customer, another was a Road King headed overseas to another. Super Trick Rides! Check Out the bikes

Rat Bike” vendors. A little further south, First Turn Steakhouse & Bar had several bands and good crowds, then the “Last Resort” was busy all week long! One more region to tell you about is New Smyrna. The Dealership there is always full of vendor displays, and with Pub 44 next store, you will always enjoy a afternoon or evening in this area, Just a few minutes from there and you are at “Cabbage Patch” Every year they host camping, vendors & the famous “Coleslaw Wrestling” battle on Wednesday. Now I hope you feel like you had a little tour of the Bikeweek region, I highly recommend you schedule Bikeweek as a “Must Do Event” for 2012. As for our area back at home, Owensboro’s Maloneys Roca-Bar Wednesday night bike night kicks off in May. T.G.I.Fridays will get going in May also! So visit our website www. owensborobikernews.com and click on the newsletter tab near the top of the homepage, and sign up for our email based weekly newsletter! You just might find it the information source you been looking for! Until May Ride Safe!

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The last Saturday of Bike Week we were at White Eagle Lounge for our Hot Thunder Bikini Contest sponsored by Twisted Tea. The Twisted Tea promo girls played games as Frank Scott from WHOG Radio did a live remote. Early afternoon we had music by Three Headed Stepchild getting the crowd “twisted” and ready for the 7 hot girls on hot bikes. Then the Banditz took the stage to keep the crowds entertained. What sets our contest apart from others is before going on stage the girls pose on bikes for the crowd to photo and pose with! Then The Saturday Bike Week weending were with at White foraour Hot treat they last do two runwayofappearances theirEagle bikinis.Lounge We had special of celebrity judges which included Dan Hagerty, Robbie Knievel and Frank and Thunder Bikini Contest sponsored by Twisted Tea. The Twisted Tea promo girls Tracy from WHOG radio. Our winner was Kyla from Orlando and she walked away with $1200 prize moneyRadio to spend played games as Frank Scott infrom WHOG did aonlivegraduate remote from. Early school, second place ($500) was Amber from Middleburgweand place was afternoon hadthird music by ($300) Three Headed Stepchild getting the crowd “twisted” Cassie from Orlando. The girls were as and ready for the 7 hot girlsThe on hot bikes. Then the Banditz took the stage to sweet as they were pretty! Banditz rocked before and after the keep the crowds entertained. What sets our contest apart from others is before show. A special thanks to La Mesa RVstage from Sanford going on the girls for pose on bikes for the crowd to photo and pose with! Then providing a beautiful RV for the to change If you theygirls do two runwayin!appearances ending with their bikinis. We had a special weren’t there you missed a treat of celebrity judges which included Dan Hagerty, Robbie Knievel Twisted good time!

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and Frank and Tracy from WHOG radio. Our winner was Kyla from Orlando and she walked away with $1200 in prize money to spend on graduate school, second place ($500) was Amber from Middleburg and third place ($300) was Cassie from Orlando. The girls were as sweet as they were pretty! The Banditz rocked before and after the show and certainly. If you weren’t there you missed a Twisted good time!

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Kyla ~ Miss Hot Thunder 2011

Kyla ~ Miss Hot Thunder 2011

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Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Ron Baptiste Founder of Covenant Confirmers Ministries Inc. www.covenantconfirmers.org Founder of the Tennessee Biker Medical Clinic www.tennesseebikermedicalclinic. org Tennessee Confederation of Clubs State Chaplain www. tenncoc.homestead.com National Board Member of NCOM Christian Unity Council Covenant Confirmers Ministries is now on Facebook (Pastor Ron’s messages can now be heard and downloaded off of the website: just click on the “Broadcast” tab.) “CROSSING OVER” In Luke 10:29-35 we read a familiar passage formally know as “The Good Samaritan,” but God will give us a fresh look at a familiar scripture if we look at it hard enough. First of all we see a religious person trying to get Jesus into a debate over “Just who is my neighbor?” The Bible says that this religious person was “willing to justify himself” religious people are always trying to find “a loop-hole” in the Gospel. Jesus started out by saying “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.” We must first notice that any time you step “Down” from your holy place; you open yourself up to an attack from the evil one. “And fell among thieves,” once again you can’t “fall” unless you first “go down from your holy place.” Secondly notice that the word “thieves” is plural, ever notice that your enemies that don’t like each other will always band together to come against you. Also we must take notice that thieves don’t rob people who are broke, so if the devil isn’t brothering you, maybe it’s because you are spiritually broke! Then they “stripped him” if you keep the whole amour of God on nobody can strip you. Then they “wounded him and left him half dead.” The problem with most Christians today is when we get a medical report of some kind of sickness we receive it as the “half dead” report. Instead we should be focused on

the “Half Alive Report,” If you focus on the “half dead” report then you’ll submit to the disease, but if you’ll focus on the Word of God, the “Half Alive report” you’ll live and come out of it. But then we notice “a certain priest (Pastor) came and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.” This pastor represents religion and when this pastor examined this wounded and half dead man “he crossed over to the other side.” Then after that “a Levite came by and looked at him and he passed by on the other side.” This Levite represents the law, authority and order, but “he crossed over to the other side.” This is what we are seeing today, the religions and the laws that were designed to protect and help us have “crossed over to the other side-THE DARK SIDE.” I can only imagine how this “stripped, wounded, and half dead” man must have felt when he heard the footsteps of the first man coming closer to him and to see that it was a pastor, how his heart was glad to see it was a pastor, he knew he was saved, but only to hear the same footsteps walking away, then to hear more footsteps coming, but only to hear them walking away as well. If a pastor won’t help and the Levite won’t help, all must have seemed lost to the half dead man. But then he heard more footsteps coming: “But a certain Samaritan came, and when he saw him, he had compassion on him.” The Samaritans were considered to be the lowest form of life, kind of like “Bikers.” The Bible said this Samaritan (Biker) “went to him, bound up his wounds, poured oil (straight 50 weight) and wine on his wounds, set him on his own beast (bike), and brought him to an Inn (Church). The last thing “The Good Samaritan” (biker) said the Inn keeper: “Take care of him…and when I COME AGAIN, I will repay thee.” Just remember that “Jesus Is Coming Again” and “He will repay” us, wither we were the ones “That Crossed over To the Other Side” or if we were the ones that “had compassion and helped out the wounded, half-dead man.” Sometimes the very ones you should expect to help you, don’t and the lest likely ones are the very ones that come to your rescue. So it’s not all the “black T-shirt” bikers that I’m concerned about, it’s some of the well dressed teachers and some of the ones with the white collars on that are molesting our children. They have truly “Crossed over to the other side.” So until next time, “Keep your kickstand up and your face in the wind” To be found faithful, Pastor Ron

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American Motorcyclist Association Members Select America’s 15 Best Motorcycling Roads PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The results are in, and communities nationwide are the winners. Members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) voted on their favorite roads in America, and the top 15 selections represent scenic highways and byways throughout the country. “When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group of riders is more knowledgeable than AMA members,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “No group puts in more miles, samples more asphalt or rides more roads. “By publicizing our favorite roads in American Motorcyclist magazine, AMA members will seek out these destinations and bring tourism dollars into local communities through the purchase of food, fuel, lodging and more,” Dingman said. The editors of American Motorcyclist magazine used the 230,000-member, non-profit association’s website, AmericanMotorcyclist.com, to accept nominations and tally votes for members’ favorite roads. Nearly 100 roads made the ballot, and the magazine published the top 15 roads in the April issue as well as a list of “honorable mentions.” “Some of these roads are familiar to motorcyclists, and others may not be,” said Managing Editor James Holter. “They all have one thing in common: They’re the best roads in the country, as chosen by AMA members.” A countdown of the top 15 routes: 15. Washington Route 129 and Oregon Route 3, Clarkston, Wash., to Enterprise, Ore. 14. Ohio Route 170, Calcutta to Poland. 13. California Route 58, McKittrick to Santa Margarita. 12. U.S. Route 33, Harrisonburg, Va., to Seneca Rocks, W.Va. 11. Natchez Trace, from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn. 10. Angeles Crest Highway, California Route 2. 9. U.S. Route 12, Lolo Pass, Idaho and Montana. 8. California Route 36. 7. Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina and Tennessee. 6. Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana. #1 Beartooth Highway 5. California Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway. 4. U.S. Route 550, from Ouray to Durango, Colo. 3. U.S. Route 129 -- The Tail of the Dragon -- on the North Carolina-Tennessee border. 2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina. 1. Beartooth Highway, Montana and Wyoming. Complete descriptions, as well as the list of honorable mentions, are available in the April issue of American Motorcyclist magazine, starting on page 30. The feature can also be viewed online at http://issuu.com/americanmotorcyclist/docs/0411_ webpreview. Images of the roads nominated by AMA members can be viewed online at Gallery.AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Member Submissions > Great Roads. American Motorcyclist magazine is exclusively for AMA members, and is not available on newsstands. For information on joining the AMA, go to AmericanMotorcyclist.com or call (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646). #3 U.S. Route 129 About the American Motorcyclist Association Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.

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As we prepare to go to press, NCOM has just learned that longtime bikers’ rights activist Dave Zien, a former Wisconsin state senator and record-setting long distance rider, was involved in an early morning crash on Sunday, March 13th while attending Daytona Bike Week, and was taken by helicopter to the Tallahassee Memorial Medical Center and placed in intensive care. According to news accounts, an SUV traveling in front of Zien on Interstate 10 attempted to change lanes, lost control and flipped onto its side. Zien, 59, was unable to avoid the overturned vehicle. Early reports indicate that Zien lost part of his left leg and suffered a broken right hip. Zien is a longtime member of the NCOM Legislative Task Force who fought against helmet laws and for bikers’ rights during his 13 years in the state Senate, from 1993 to 2006. He’s been inducted into both the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and rode more than 1 million miles on a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide. Visiting him at the hospital, James “Doc” Reichenbach, Chairman of the NCOM Board of Directors, reports that Dave is alert and preparing for extensive surgery on his fractured hip, but remains in good spirits and already talking about riding again. “Please thank everyone for their well-wishes and for keeping me in their hearts,” Zien said, adding “I’m lucky to be alive.” Please keep Dave in your thoughts and prayers, and NCOM wishes him all the best on his road to recovery.

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CHILI RUBBED, MAPLE-GLAZED PORK CHOPS 4 tsp. Ancho Chili Powder (in any Spice aisle 1 tsp. Sea Salt or Kosher Salt (any coarse salt) 1/2 tsp. Ginger 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 4 X-Large, Center Cut, Bone-In Pork Chops; Thick 6 Tbls. Balsamic Vinegar 1 Cup Maple Syrup 1 Cup Chicken Stock 1/2 Stick Butter Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. This will be your “Rub”. Rub mixture into meat generously. Get it in there deep and well-coated; both sides. Let rest at room temp. for about 15 mins. while you get a cast iron skillet really hot over medium-high heat. Drizzle in some olive oil, along with a couple pats of butter. Make sure chops cook golden brown on both sides. You can reduce heat to medium-low and let go to make sure of donenes. Reduce down your Balsamic vinegar in a small pot over medium-high heat. Just keep it cooking till it thickens up. Add maple syrup abd chicken stock and 1/2 stick of butter. Bring down to medium heat and just let go about 7 minutes until thick. Turn heat to pork chops off. Pour glaze generously all over chops, but save enough as a dipping sauce. Cover chops and let saturate glaze for about 5 minutes. This recipe will become one of your favorite go-to’s when fixing chops. Simply delicious!

Just that quick - CINNAMON FRIED APPLES

1 Can of Apple Pie Filling (in any Baking aisle) 3 Tbls. of Butter or quality Margarine 1 Tbl. Cinnamon 2 Tbls. Honey or Maple Syrup In small skillet, mix all and then just let simmer on med-low until thick and heated throughout. Ezy Pzy!

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME” PINK LEMONADE CUPCAKES inspired by segment; Paula Deen’s Best Dishes. She and son Jamie made a layer cake. 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter; softened 1 White Cake Box Mix 1 tsp. Finely Grated Lemon Zest 2 tsps. Vanilla Extract 3 Tbls. Pink Lemonade Drink Powder; your choice Prepare mix as per box directions. Add above ingredients. Use cupcake pan liners. Makes clean-up easy. Pour each cupcake liner 3/4 full so you’ll get big, round-top cupcakes. If you have 2 cupcake tins, use both tins and put on separate oven racks. PINK LEMONDADE FROSTING 1 Pound; (16 ozs.) Confectioner’s Sugar 6 Tbls. Frozen Pink Lemonade Concentrate 1 tsp. Vanilla 1 tsp. Finely Grated Lemon Zest While cupcakes are cooking, with a hand-mixer, blend the butter and sugar first, then add the rest of ingredients and beat until smooth & fluffy. Let cupcakes cool out of tins and on a rack until SUPER RICH & CREAMY, PEARL ONIONS cooled. Frost generously and enoy 1 Bag of Pre-Skinned, Frozen Pearl Onions (make it completely with a big glass of ice-cold milk. Don’t forget to easy on yourself. Skinning pearl onions is tedious! make wish! Wish for more. trust me.....I did it when testing this recipe) Ugh! 1 Cup of Heavy Cream SUPER SIMPLE TARTS; ANY FLAVOR 1 Cup of Chicken Stock 1 Box of Frozen Puff Pastry; thawed 1 Tbl. of Parsley Each box contains 2 sheets. Lay both sheets out 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder on counter; side by side. Brush w/ melted butter 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg and cut each sheet into 6 squares. Fill with any Salt & Pepper to taste filling you want; pears, peaches, blueberries, Just pour 1-1/2 to 2 cups of frozen pearl onions into apples, blackberries....add a dollop of cream a medium pot. Add all the rest of your ingredients cheese; anything you want. Take one square and then get it hot & bubbly, then turn down to low and place on top of square w/ Take a fork and let it thicken up. This makes the most fantastic, and tine the edges, poke holesfilling. in the top of each thick, creamy sauce for pearl onions. The sauce is one to vent, sprinkle tops with raw, sugar and so fantastic you’ll be thinking up other uses for it! If bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. or until golden you make this dish in advance and let it sit overnight brown and crispy. Serve hot w/ ice-cream. Yum! the flavors intensify greatly. Gets better.

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SALES & SERVICE American Legend Motorcycles 228 Lisle Rd. Lexington, KY 40511 Sales: 1-888-272-9143 Tech: 859-255-3544 www.legendmcs.com Bay 6 Motorcycle & ATV 12201 HWY 41 North Evansville IN 47725 812-867-4113 H-D & Indian Certified Tech Bernie’s Custom Cycle LLC 107 Big Hill Ave. Richmond, KY 40475 859-623-2453 Bubba’s Cycle Shop 1940 St. 181 South Greenville, KY 42345 270-338-6404 C & M Cycles Inc. 2162 Richmond Rd. Irvine, KY 40336 606-723-1287

Paradise Cycles 1143 Commercial Dr. Lexington, KY 40505 859-967-3627 S & B Cycles 865 N. Main St. Lawrenceburg, KY 40342 (502) 859-1853 The Bike Shop 897 Nandino Blvd. Suite #8 Lexington, KY 40511 859-288-4778 Fax: 859-288-4779 Ultimate Thunder 308 Fackler Street Danville, KY 40422 859-236-1434 Fax: 859-236-1410 “Under New Ownership” V-Twin Cycles 3427 W. Hwy. 80 Somerset, KY 42503 606-679-6925

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Central Auto Sales 11 State Route 109S Clay, KY 42404 cent2058@bellsouth.net 270-664-2058/2553

Joe Jarrell Attorney at Law 129 West Short St. Lexington, KY 40507 859-233-3963 859-361-0509

Dave’s Custom Cycles 613 US Hwy. 41 A Henderson, KY 42420 270-826-3191

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Gateway Cycle 1516 Colesbury Circle Lexington, KY 4511 859-327-3535 Man O War H-D 2073 Bryant Road Lexington, KY 859-253-2461 1-800-HDLEXLY www.manowarhd.com Matt’s Chop Shop 6836 Us Hwy 231 Utica, Ky 42376 270-256-2564

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CLUBS & LOUNGES Henderson American Legion Riders American Legion Post #40 1709 Madison St. Henderson, KY 42420 270-827-8827 American Legion Post #61 113 Legion Drive Central City, KY 42330 270-754-9055 Fast Eddy’s 507 NW Riverside Drive Evansville, IN 47708 P: 812-424-rock

F.O. Eagles #3345 101 Eagles Drive Central City, KY 42330 270-754-9099 Open At 9 A.M. Hogdaddys Saloon 648 Main St. Old Shawneetown, IL 62984 618-922-1389 Maloney’s Roca Bar 3030 Highland Pointe Dr. Owensboro, KY 42303 270-684-8080 Open Air Bar, Wed. Nite Bike Nites Shakey Ground Bar 105 East Maple St. Nicholasville, KY 40356 859-881-9349 “Saturday Cookouts” Squires Tavern 2429 Buckhorn Dr. Lexington,KY 40515 859-317-8887 “Motorcycle Wednesdays” T’s Bar and Grill 1004 South Main Hopkinsville, KY 270-874-2345

CONVENIENCE East Broadway Liquors 137 East Broadway Winchester, KY 40391 859-745-3020 Father & Son Liquors 36 Bassett Ave. Madisonville, KY 42431 270-821-5078 L & P Liquor 703 E. Irvine St. Richmond, Ky 40475 859-623-0007 Mutts Place Liquors 130 N. Caldwell Russellville, KY 42276 270-726-6712

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INSURANCE Mickie Lee’s Insurance Agency 620 Big Hill Ave. #12 Richmond, KY 40475 859-623-9277

LEATHER & APPAREL Last Genuine Leather Co. 460 Southland Drive Lexington, KY 40503 859-253-3121 www.lastgenuineleather.net

MORTGAGE Wells Fargo Mortgage Co. 114 South Maple St. Winchester, KY 40391 859-745-0733

SPORTS NUTRITION Max Muscle 3090 Helsmsdale Place Suite 360 Lexington, KY 40505 859-263-0080

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Harve’s 101 West Main St. Morganfield, Ky 42437 270-389-9335

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Mikes BBQ 9926 Russellville Guthrie, Ky 42234 270-483-8001

REALTORS Alpha Omega Realty LLC 2997 White Conkwright Rd. Winchester, KY 40391 859-749-5714

FINANCE Steven P. Salley, PSC Accounting, Payroll, and Tax Services

Rigdon’s Trackside BBQ Exit 42 off Pennyrile Parkway Beside WalMart & Big Springs Inn 270-821-2300 “Best Ribs in Kentucky” Roca Bar 1618 S Kentucky Ave. Evansville, In 47714 812-422-7782

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SMOKING ACCESSORIES Botany Bay 932 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40505 859-225-4367 Porter Plaza In Richmond 859-623-4367 The Olde Smoke Shop 322 South Main Lewisburg, KY 42256 270-755-5933

TATTOOS After Forever Tattoo 116 Shoppers Village Dr. Winchester, KY 40391 859-749-8229 Castle of Color Tattoo 710 S. 4th St. Danville, KY 40422 (859)936-0656 Castle of Color Tattoo 3023-A Lexington Road Nicholasville, KY 40356 859-881-5353 Studio Ink Tattoos 4013 Nicholasville Rd. Lexington, KY 40503 (859)272-0523 Studio Ink Tattoos 813 S. 4th Street Danville, KY 40422 859-936-2009 Underground Ink Tattoo 600 S. Broadway Lexington, KY 40508 859-455-8282

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DAYTONA BIKE

BIKE WEEK WEEK 2011 2011 BIKE Boardwalk BIKE ShoW

Boardwalk BIKE ShoW

A beautiful day with an absolutely picturesque setting made our visit to the Boardwalk for the annual bike show picture perfect. The blue sky, carnival rides and the rolling waves of the ocean, sets this show apart from all others. There are always unique photo ops and sometimes it may be something other than bikes that catch your attention!

A beautiful day with an absolutely picturesque setting made our visit to the Boardwalk for the annual bike show picture perfect. The blue sky, carnival rides and the rolling waves of the ocean, sets this show apart from all others. There are always unique photo ops and sometimes it may be something other than bikes that catch your attention!

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WEEK 2011

BIKE WEEK WEEK 2011 2011 BIKE Willie’s ol’ Skool BIKE ShoW

Willie’s ol’ Skool BIKE ShoW By Miserable George

Even though I’ve been going to Bike Week in Daytona for more years than I care to count, the old spark still flames up when I approach town and see all the motorcycle activity. Yeah, I know, I complain about the traffic and the high prices, but I still get a “thrill” knowing I’m in the midst of the biggest party in the world!! As always, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Ol’ Skool Bike Show on Thursday of Bike Week is a “must-do” for me! This year, I had the pleasure of meeting a pair of world renowned bike builders...Dave Perewitz, and Ron Finch, as well as a host of superb local builders, many of whom were competing in Willie’s show. Perewitz donated a beautiful and very unusual trophy, as did Miami builder, Nicky Boots. Huge crowd this year...lots of beautiful little hotties skittering around the grounds. There were a lot of fantastic old school custom bikes there too!! Who were the winners...? Call Willie, he has all the names (I think!!) Ride safe, and support yer local motorcycle club!!

By Miserable George

Even though I’ve been going to Bike Week in Daytona for more years than I care to count, the old spark still flames up when I approach town and see all the motorcycle activity. Yeah, I know, I complain about the traffic and the high prices, but I still get a “thrill” knowing I’m in the midst of the biggest party in the world!! As always, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Ol’ Skool Bike Show on Thursday of Bike Week is a “must-do” for me! This year, I had the pleasure of meeting a pair of world renowned bike builders...Dave Perewitz, and Ron Finch, as well as a host of superb local builders, many of whom were competing in Willie’s show. Perewitz donated a beautiful and very unusual trophy, as did Miami builder, Nicky Boots. Huge crowd this year...lots of beautiful little hotties skittering around the grounds. There were a lot of fantastic old school custom bikes there too!! Who were the winners...? Call Willie, he has all the names (I think!!) Ride safe, and support yer local motorcycle club!! Ron Finch (L)

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You pick up a hitchhiker, a beautiful young girl. Suddenly she faints inside your car. You do the right thing and immediately take her to a hospital. Now that’s stressful. But at the hospital, they say she is pregnant & congratulate you that you are going to be a father. You say that you are not the father, but the girl swears that you are. This is getting much more stressful. So then, you request a DNA test to prove that you are not the father. After the tests are completed, the doctor says that you are infertile, and probably have been since birth, so you are definitely not the father. You are extremely stressed but also relieved. On your drive home you make a vow to never pick up hitchhikers again. And then, your mind slowly drifts to your wife and 4 kids at home. A small zoo in Arkansas obtained a very rare species of gorilla. Within a few weeks the gorilla, a female, became very difficult to handle. Upon examination, the Veterinarian determined the problem. The gorilla was in heat. To make matters worse, there was no male gorilla available. Thinking about their dilemma, the Zoo Keeper’s first idea was of Bobby Lee, a redneck part-time worker responsible for cleaning the animal cages. Bobby Lee had little sense but possessed ample ability to satisfy a female of any species. Herein, the Zoo Keeper thought they might have a solution. Bobby Lee was approached with a proposition: Would he be willing to mate with the gorilla for $500.00? Bobby Lee showed some interest, but said he would have to think the matter over carefully. The following day, he announced that he would accept their offer, but only under certain conditions: “First,” Bobby Lee said, “There aint gonna’ be no kissin’ her on the lips.” The Zoo Keeper quickly agreed to this condition. “Also”, he continued “you can’t never tell no one, no body about this.” The Keeper again readily agreed to this condition. And,” Bobby Lee said, “I want any youguns’ raised Southern Baptist.” Once again it was agreed. “And finally,” Bobby Lee said, “I’ll need another week to come up with the whole $500.dollars.” A woman was patiently trying to help her husband set up his new computer. He however was acting annoyed and impatient. She told him to choose a password for security purposes. He made it plainly obvious to his wife what he was entering by stating each letter out loud as he typed: P...E...N...I...S His wife fell off her chair laughing when the computer replied: Password Rejected. Not Long Enough.

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A woman was at work when she received a phone call that her small daughter was very sick with a fever. She left her work and stopped by the pharmacy to get some medication. She got back to her car and found that she had locked her keys in the car. She didn’t know what to do, so she called home and told the baby sitter what had happened. The baby sitter told her that the fever was getting worse. She said, “You might find a coat hanger and use that to open the door.” The woman looked around and found an old rusty coat hanger that had been left on the ground. She knew just finding it there was a good sign. She looked at the hanger and said, “I don’t know how to use this.” She bowed her head and asked God to send her help. As soon as she raised her head, a beat up old motorcycle pulled up, with a weathered and tattered looking bearded man who was wearing a faded skull dew-rag on his head. He had full-sleeve tats on both arms. The woman sent a silent question up to Heaven, “This is what you sent to help me?” She was desperate, but also, she was extremely thankful. The man got off of his cycle and asked if he could help. The woman explained her situation. “Please, can you use this hanger to unlock my car?” He said, “Sure.” He walked over to the car, and in less than a minute the car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said, “Thank you so much! You are a very nice man.” The man replied, “Lady, I’m just a man. A man who got released from prison today. I was in prison for grand theft auto, and have only been out on the streets for about an hour.” The woman hugged the man again and with sobbing tears cried out loud, “Oh, Thank You God! You even sent me a Professional”. A fifty-ish woman was at home happily jumping on her bed and squealing with delight. Her husband watches her for a while and asks, “Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look?, What’s the matter with you?” The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, “I don’t care, I just came from having a mammogram and the Doctor said I have the breasts of an 18 year-old” The husband sarcastically replied , “What did he say about your 56 year old ass?” She quickly replied..... “Your name never came up,”

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4/2/2011 12th Annual Great Teddy Bear Run Bowling Green, KY Leaving the Warren County Justice Center at 1001 Center Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky registration Begins at 9:30 am with the parade leaving at 11:15 am sharp! The Great Teddy Bear Run for the CAC is a fun motorcycle event that takes place on the first Saturday of April every year. The event promotes April’s Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month and raises community awareness, funds and resources to benefit the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center. Year after year, thousands of riders from across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and our neighboring states have joined together to ride in this exciting even. It’s quite a sight to see hundreds (some years more than a thousand!) shiny motorcycles, decked out with lots of blue ribbons and blue balloons. Bowling Green Police Department’s finest lead the parade through the 16 mile parade route through Bowling Green. The parade stops traffic and reminds the community of the Center’s mission and services to victims of child sexual abuse, as well as collects teddy bears and contributions to support vital services to kids in our regional community. For more information about how you or your business can become a sponsor, please contact Cathy Schutte, Office Manager at c.schutte@bracac.org or at (270) 783-4357. This is a rain or shine event.

Blues Band. For more information contact C. Wayne Baker at 859-333-4192 4/16/2011 6th Annual Spring Charity Dice Run for St. Jude’s Richmond, KY Gillums Sports Lounge and SCRC #303 Richmond, KY will be holding their annual Escorted Dice Run 4-16-11. Two rides leaving at 11 and 11:30. Registration opens at 10:00 am. Silent Auction, Raffle, 50/50 and Door Prizes. One play for $10 (includes door prize and one meal ticket) or three plays for $25.00 (includes door prize ticket, one meal ticket and a T-shirt for the first 100 $25.00 Registrations, Cash prices for Highest Score and Lowest Score. Contact SCRC303@yahoo.com for any additional questions. All proceeds to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Food and Drink available from Gillums Sports Lounge. For more information contact Dean Bartholow at 859-200-1333 4/30/2011 Peacemakers Annual Dallas Kinnaird Ride for Cancer Society See ad on the page opposite to the inside front cover.

4/9/2011 Redbud Motorcycle Ride 2011 Berea, KY Take a “Ride On The Wild Side” along the Wilderness Road National Scenic Byway. Registration is from 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST at the Old L&N Train Depot (Berea Welcome Center) in Berea, KY. Participants will cruise along the Wilderness Road National Scenic Byway making various stops along the way. The ride will end at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park in Middlesboro, KY. All riders will receive a free t-shirt, redbud seedlings and other prizes. Cost will be $10 for single rider and $15 for couples. All proceeds benefit the Redbud Trails program to help promote Southern and Eastern Kentucky. For more information contact Maggie Bill at 606-6776093 4/9/2011 2nd Annual St. Jude’s Benefit Concert Lexington, KY Concert will be held at The Barrel House in Lexington, doors open at 7:30p concert begins at 8p. Admission is $15 per person. This is an 18 and older event. Food and drinks will be available. Music provided by The Stella Vees 24 Thunder Roads Kentucky

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by Bob “Bulldog” Ousley Dear Fellow Veterans and Patriots: It was February 6, 1968 at the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp in Vietnam. The Lang Vei camp was about 8 kilometers from Khe Sanh and the famous Tet offensive was under way. CIDG (Civilian Irregular Defense Groups) and Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 101 were preparing to be attacked. An empty tank park had been found across the river in Laos just a week or two earlier and intelligence was reporting the movement of large forces towards the area. The camp defenses were prepared, rifles cleaned and oiled, ammunition positioned and steely eyed Green Berets planted their feet with resolve. The attack began with mortars and artillery. The rumble of PT76 tanks followed and brought a furious attack by North Vietnamese regulars that included tank fire, cannons, satchel charges, tear gas grenades, flame throwers, automatic rifles and other weapons. The lightly defended Lang Vei camp relied on artillery support from the Marines at Khe Sanh and American air power to fend off large attacks. Unfortunately the assault on Khe Sanh left Lang Vei without the support it needed to keep from being overrun. As the battle raged many in the camp were killed or wounded. Many of the defenders took refuge below ground in the concrete encased command post bunker. The North Vietnamese tried everything to kill the survivors. They fired relentlessly while throwing grenades and explosive charges into the bunker for hours. One of the brave Special Forces soldiers who gave his life at Lang Vei, Vietnam, was Army Specialist James Leslie Moreland. “James was born in Bessemer, Alabama on September 29, 1945. He graduated in 1963 from Western High School, Anaheim, California, where he played varsity football and baseball and was an All-Orange County linebacker.” He went on to Fullerton (Calif.) Junior College and entered the United States Army in October 1965 where he became a Special Forces medic.

American losses at Lang Vei were extreme. Many died, a few fought their way out, three were taken prisoner and held in North Vietnam until 1973. Nineteen men, including Specialist Moreland and First Lieutenant Paul R. Longgrear, were awarded the Silver Star – the nation’s third-highest military honor for heroism in combat – for their courage under fire that night. One soldier received the Medal of Honor; two others received the Distinguished Service Cross. Many of the medals were posthumously awarded. The Army citation for Moreland reads in part: “Braving withering cannon, mortar and machine gun fire, Specialist Moreland moved through a hail of bullets and shrapnel to treat the wounded.” He later helped fellow soldiers destroy a tank in the face of heavy fire and “with bullets striking all around him” went to resupply ammunition, the citation says. “He was seriously wounded when the position received a direct hit and was neutralized.” On May 14, 2011, the recently identified remains of James Leslie Moreland will be laid to rest in the state where he was born. The service at Ashby Cemetery in Briarfield, Alabama, may be one of the largest ceremonies in recent times for a returning Vietnam hero. Family, veterans, patriots and a long list of veteran’s organizations will be joined by the motorcycles of Rolling Thunder to welcome our brother home. James Leslie Moreland – “You Are Not Forgotten.” James is one brave link in the chain of service that has secured your liberty. Please ride to Briarfield and join us or at least take a moment to remember his sacrifice on May 14th. James couldn’t have imagined that as he comes home to his final rest another communist insurgency would be subverting our freedoms here. Do you have the resolve to plant your feet and protect American liberty from totalitarian rule? James did! Keep the faith. Thank a vet for the freedoms we still enjoy and support politicians who will bring back the ones we’ve lost. Fly the flag of the people and be proud you’re an American. Hug the families of those still missing because their quest for closure has not ended. Live the good life and ride for those can’t. Bulldog

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NEWS BYTES NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) MOTORCYCLISTS AWAIT ROADBLOCK RULING Motorcycle riders across the country are anxiously awaiting a decision from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York which they hope will declare New York’s “motorcycle only” roadblocks to be unconstitutional. The so-called “safety checkpoints”, which target well-known motorcycle events, force motorcyclists to leave the roadway, regardless of any wrongdoing, and have their persons and property inspected for equipment violations, proper paperwork, DUI and stolen VIN numbers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) is now providing Federal funding for law enforcement to conduct such motorcycle-only checkpoints nationwide despite objections raised by members of Congress and legal challenges from the biker community. The New York lawsuit is the first to challenge the constitutionality of motorcycle checkpoints. The plaintiffs are being represented by Proner & Proner, led by N.Y. Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitch Proner, a motorcycle-riding lawyer who has a long history of doing “pro bono” (free) legal work to protect the rights of motorcyclists. The Proner law firm commenced the lawsuit on behalf of four motorcyclists who were detained at two separate checkpoints, as well as representing the interests of ABATE of New York and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). The checkpoints in question are funded by a grant from the New York Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and the troopers who work them are paid overtime. Although the stated purpose of the checkpoints is to promote safety, the majority of the more than a thousand tickets which were issued during the first year of the checkpoints had nothing to do with safety and instead focused on non-safety violations such as loud pipes. The written guidelines for the checkpoints specifically state that one of the purposes of the checkpoints is to look for stolen and forged VINs and the police readily admit that they often have undercover members of their gang and auto theft units working the checkpoints looking for signs of criminal activity. According to Proner, the Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly made it clear that any roadway checkpoint whose primary purpose is general crime control constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment and is presumptively unconstitutional. Notwithstanding that fact, the progress reports which the police prepared on the checkpoints specifically state that the grant funds are used “for overtime for intelligence gathering and the subsequent criminal and traffic enforcement.” The police admit that the checkpoints, which focus only on equipment violations and forged and stolen VINs, do not address any of the major causes of motorcycle accidents such as reckless driving, driver inattentiveness and alcohol impairment. The case, Wagner et al. v. The County of Schenectady, et al. could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court. The future of motorcyclists’ rights hangs in the balance. BILLS INTRODUCED TO PROHIBIT MOTORCYCLE-ONLY CHECKPOINTS Even as Georgia police prepared to launch the nation’s first federally-funded motorcycle-only checkpoints during Daytona Bike Week, lawmakers in Washington were taking steps to cut federal funding for the controversial practice. 26 Thunder Roads Kentucky

Wisconsin Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri introduced House Resolution 904 on March 3rd that would prohibit the secretary of transportation from providing funds to state and local governments for the use of motorcycle-only traffic checkpoints. “The first step in motorcycle crash prevention should be rider education and increased awareness. Taxpayer money should not be spent on helmet checkpoints that do not prevent crashes,” Petri said in a news release. “Also, it’s outrageously intrusive. Nobody is suggesting pulling cars off the road for unscheduled inspections, so why are motorcycle riders being harassed?” “We stand in solidarity against the unconstitutional use of motorcycle-only checkpoints being implemented in Georgia, and may be coming to your state soon,” said Escondido Paul, National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders, in issuing a Call To Action (CTA) urging all motorcyclists to contact their federal officials to “solicit their support against grant money being used by the Federal Government to induce other States to participate in such discriminatory actions!” In related news, bills have been recently introduced in New Hampshire (HB 148) and California (AB 1047) to prohibit any state law enforcement agency from accepting federal funding to establish motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints. SUPREME COURT RULES IN FAVOR OF MILITARY FUNERAL PROTESTORS Freedom of Speech was considered by our Founding Fathers to be our most important Constitutional right, which is why it is the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling favoring the rights of hateful protestors over the dignity of a military funeral doesn’t sit well with some motorcyclists. In particular, the Patriot Guard Riders were formed in 2005 to protect the funerals of fallen warriors and shield mourners from the incendiary demonstrations waged by Westboro Baptist Church, which claims soldiers’ deaths are “divine retribution” for American tolerance of homosexuality. The High Court ruled 8-1 on Wednesday, March 9th with only Justice Sam Alito dissenting, that the First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals, despite the pain they cause grieving families. “Our soldiers fought to give Westboro the right to free speech,” said Mike Todd, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders from Reading, Michigan, noting the irony. Although describing the court’s holding as narrow, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority, saying of free speech; “It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and -- as it did here -- inflict great pain … we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.” He said the national commitment to free speech requires protection of “even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.” The case arose from a protest at the funeral of a Marine who had died in Iraq, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. As with hundreds of other funerals, members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., appeared with signs bearing such messages as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “America Is Doomed”. Albert Snyder sued regarding the intentional infliction of emotional distress at the funeral of his son, and won an $11 million jury award that was later reduced by a judge to $5 million, but the verdict was overturned by a federal appeals court that ruled the Constitution shielded the church members from liability. The April 2011


NEWS BYTES Supreme Court’s decision upholds the appeals court ruling that The bi-partisan caucus is comprised of members of Congress who threw out a $5 million judgment to the dead Marine’s father. are passionate about motorcycling and who work to promote the interests of motorcyclists. The CMSC has actively highlighted Dissenting Justice Alito strongly disagreed, likening the protest the safety of motorcyclists by passing Congressional Resolutions to fighting words, not protected by the First Amendment. ”Our supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness profound national commitment to free and open debate is not Month, drawing attention to Ride to Work Day and ensuring a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case,” that motorcycle safety is remembered in the transportation he wrote. reauthorization process. Westboro’s antagonistic tactics have resulted in a torrent of legislative activity rarely rivaled in the annals of First Amendment history, with 41 states and the U.S. Congress having passed laws limiting funeral protests, usually establishing minimum distances and time constraints, while numerous municipalities have also passed funeral-protest ordinances at the local level. RIDING OUT THE RECESSION With gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon, commuters are turning to more fuel efficient motorcycles to save money. Sales and interest are up across the country, and many motorcycle dealers anticipate the popularity of motorcycles to increase even more. Signs that the two-wheeled world is getting back on the road to recovery are coming from not only improving motorcycle sales, but also by the financial health of bikers themselves. Fewer bikers appear to be making late payments or defaulting on their motorcycle loans, according to a report issued by Fitch Ratings, a credit rating agency working with Harley-Davidson’s Financial Services (HDFS) division.

“I’m very pleased to be able to join the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to work with my esteemed colleagues on issues related to motorcycling,” said West, who is indeed an active motorcyclist who contributes political articles for a local South Florida biker magazine “Wheels on the Road”. West joins with fellow U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (RMI), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Jeff Denham (RCA) as the most recent motorcycle enthusiasts on the caucus. Other members include Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), Michael Conaway (R-TX), John Duncan (R-TN), Bob Filner (D-CA), Randy Forbes (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Tim Walz (D-MN). Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) founded the Congressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus on June 26, 2009 and currently serve as co-chairs of the caucus, despite a gunman’s vicious attack on Giffords.

Reps. West and Giffords were both recently selected by the NCOM Board of Directors to receive the coveted Silver Spoke Award - Legislative at the upcoming 26th Annual NCOM In addition, the report also notes the improving market for Convention over Mother’s Day weekend May 5-8, 2011 at previously owned motorcycles is again gaining strength, in part the Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For further due to reduced inventory levels at dealers. This would allow for information, or to register for the NCOM Convention, visit www. any repossessed motorcycles to be sold for a better price than ON-A-BIKE.com or call (800) 525-5355. they may have the year before. AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS BY NEW JERSEY LIFTS BAN ON SUNDAY MOTORCYCLE PROFESSION SALES Chances are the car that cut you off in traffic was driven by an New Jersey motorcycle dealers are rejoicing that they can attorney, or a judge, or government worker or maybe even a dog now sell bikes on Sundays. Governor Chris Christie signed a bill groomer, according to a new study listing the most dangerous into law allowing the Sunday motorcycle sales on March 3; drivers by profession. though the measure does not affect the state’s ban on Sunday automobile sales, nor does it apply in Bergen County where Blue A study conducted by an online insurance agency found that Laws continue to prohibit the sale of most nonessential items on lawyers snared the No. 1 spot on a Top 10 list of “Most Dangerous Sundays. Drivers By Profession,” with 44% claiming a prior accident when receiving a car insurance comparison quote from insurance. State Senator Donald Norcross introduced the legislation after a com. Findings were based on accident claims as a percentage Camden County dealership complained about losing customers of quotes, the agency said, and used its proprietary data. to stores in nearby Pennsylvania and Delaware as a result of the Sunday ban, adding that most motorcycle buyers tend to make Here is the full list Insurance.com’s study of most dangerous purchases on weekends. driver’s by profession: 1-Attorney/Judge; 2-Financial professionals; 3-Government worker (GS6); 4-Bartender or Waiter; “With our dealerships closed for business on Sunday, consumers 5-Business Professionals; 6-Dog Groomer; 7-Marketing/Advertising were heading across the river to make their purchases at bike professionals; 8-Barber/Stylist; 9-Coach; and 10-Nurse. shops in neighboring states,” said Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we need to give businesses the tools they need to So why did these folks rank so high? Distraction. remain competitive.” That was apparently the opposite for those on the other end of Motorcycle businesses in Indiana and Wisconsin have also been the study, deemed the least dangerous drivers. To that end are trying to overturn bans on Sunday bike sales. athletes and homemakers, the agency said. “Professions that demand multi-tasking - being on the phone, moving fast on a CONGRESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE CAUCUS EXPANDS tight schedule - are prone to more distractions and, from there, Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who was accused more accidents,” said Sam Belden, vice president at Insurance. by his incumbent foe of belonging to a “biker gang” because com. “On the other hand, though the job of a homemaker he was supported by the South Florida Confederation of Clubs, demands multi-tasking, young children are often along for any has become one of the newest members of the Congressional car ride. And when children are involved, people tend to take Motorcycle Caucus. their time and use greater caution.” www.thunderroadskentucky.com Thunder Roads Kentucky 27


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Well I cant believe it, but its finally here!! The beautiful an sonorous sound of dozens of V twins in the distance. Riding season is finally upon us. Thank you mother nature!! Here’s to mild days and long sweepers. But enough of that, this month I want to talk about personal memories of a legendary artist that I was proud to call my friend. Nope, he played guitar, but that’s not how he made his living. he was one of the most talented vocalists on the planet, but he was know for being the grooviest, funkiest drummers on the planet. His name was George Miles Jr. Everybody called him Buddy. That’s right Buddy Miles. Like all aspiring guitarists, I listened to Jimi Hendrix (I will do more on him on a later installment) and was influenced by any recording he put out. The Band of Gypsys album really caught my attention because it was a killer instrumental. I noticed on the liner notes (remember those?) the bass player and drummer had changed. It was Billy Cox (also a friend of mine) and Buddy Miles laying down the heaviest groove I had ever heard. It actually was so heavy I wore out two of the albums. Unfreakingbelievable! If you haven’t heard “Band of Gypsys, go out and pick it up. Tomorrow!! After the BOG’s fell apart, Jimi and Billy reunited with former experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. As far as I know, this was the last power trio configuration to perform live. You can see this band on the DVD “Blue Wild Angel” Jimi’s appearance at England’s Isle of Wight festival. This is where Im going with this. Buddy put together a horn driven band he named the Buddy Miles Express. I was really into R and B as a youngster and Buddy’s hit “Them Changes” really spoke to me. Of course my horn band at the time was Backstreet Carnival and we had to cover it. Fast forward about 25 yrs to a club I was gigging at in FT. Worth Texas called J and J Blues bar. It was a packed house and really a great gig. My band and I were hitting it on all cylinders that night, I men it was feeling GOOD!! In the back of the club I heard some yelling and carrying on, but I didn’t think much of it because we were after all at a roadhouse in Texas. Pretty common. Yeah right. The waitress came up to the edge of the stage and said “ Buddy Miles wants to talk to you”. HUH? Buddy Miles wants to talk to me?? I’ve never passed out at a gig before, but I almost did that night. I made a bee line to the back of the club and sure enough, there was the man himself in a tie dyed tshirt and enough gold chain to make Mr. T envious. After I got over the shock, I asked Buddy if he would like to get up and jam a little with us. He said “Yeah man, why do you think I wanted to see you” I will tell you this, after years of road gigs and playing with a bunch of my heros, I finally realized what this music biz is about. Its about the MUSIC!! That night the music I made with Buddy was, well in a word, Stellar. He sang and drummed just like I always thought he would. I knew I was in the presence of greatness. As long as I live I will never forget that night. Buddy and I became friends and he performed several festivals and gigs with me over the years. He graciously played on my Livin Large CD. So if you haven’t heard of George “Buddy” Miles, please check his music out. Buddy passed in 2008, but he will live forever in his recordings and in our memories. Miss you Bud!! So until next month, please ride safe and take care of your brother. Keep the runner side down!! Please email me at bmgbluz@aol.com or call me at (615) 202-6863 with any input. Big Mike Griffin

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Paradise Valley Motorcycle Rally & Guinness Book Of World Record Skinny Dip Spring And Fall 2010 by Bob Nadeau

Paradise Valley is a nudist resort which has events almost every weekend, from Christmas parties, Halloween parties, Fourth-of-July parties, Labor Day parties and everything in between, including the Guinness Book of World Records Skinny Dip. That’s right, Guinness Book of World Records Organization agreed to add a new category to their book. It’s for the largest number of people simultaneously skinny-dipping. The record was first set in July of 2009 with about twelve thousand naked people from all over the United States and Canada all in the water at three o’clock Eastern time. This year on July 10th they set out to beat last year’s record. I went up to Paradise Valley Resort in North Georgia so I could take pictures and report back to ya’ll. (I love this job.) The official number this year was 14,110, so as you can see they did set a new Guinness Book World Record. Sorry, but I only have pictures from Paradise Valley. Paradise Valley Resort is where the idea for a skinny-dipping world’s record was first hatched by a man named Randy Savage. Randy got Guinness to agree and then AANR (American Association for Nude Recreation) to coordinate with one hundred twenty-seven nudist resorts and legally sanctioned nude beaches across the United States and Canada to make it happen. This year Paradise Valley had three hundred eighty-eight people in their three pools. People come to Paradise Valley in Dawsonville from all over (Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida) to enjoy this resort.

that you would like to do it again. Why not go skinny dipping and help set a Guinness Book World Record? And hey, what better place to do that than a nudist resort? I mean a true resort. This place has three swimming pools, a hot tub, and a tiki bar by the pool, a restaurant, and a club house with a bar, a dance floor, and pool tables. There are condos to buy or rent, and trails to hike. (It would not be good for me to get out in the woods with a naked woman.) And there is more, lots more.

Each year they also host two motorcycle rallies put on by Bare Buns Bikers. B.G. of Bare Buns Bikers put on a great event for the spring rally that started with a motorcycle ride which looped Looks like this is going to be a yearly event. Now most of through the north you have been skinny-dipping a time or two and my guess is Georgia Mountains from Dawsonville to Ellijay and back to Dawsonville, all on curvy two lane roads. This was a poker run. The fall ride went from Dawsonville to Blood Mountain to Suches and back to Dawsonville and Paradise Valley.

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Adding to my enjoyment of the spring and fall rides were the mountain laurel, honeysuckle, and magnolia, and driving my bike into a big field of yellow flowers. Hay was being harvested, and fields were being plowed for planting cotton, corn and sunflowers. The closer I got to Ellijay the more I saw apple orchards. Lots of apple orchards. Good job, B.G., for the lay-out of two beautiful country rides. April 2011


Next came the biker games. Most biker games are done on motorcycles, but since these are held at a nudist resort, B.G. held the spring games near the pool or in the pool to include both the nudists and the bikers. All the contestants were nude. Now the fall rally games were held indoors on the dance floor. I won’t tell you about these games. You’ll have to come to the rally and see for yourself. All I’ll say is that B.G. has a great imagination when it comes to new games. Going to the dance at night was lots of fun. I liked the way the nudist women dressed for the dance. Lots of short leather skirts, very short, with seethrough blouses, and lots of other provocative ensembles. They were all very sexy. All the ladies had men with them, but to tell you the truth, I didn’t notice them much. The ones I did notice were ugly or funny looking. Just kidding. Check out their web site, www.paradisevalleyclub. com or email at; info@ paradisevalleyclub.com you can also call Sylvia at 706-265-6110 or 800609-9704 and get more information. Oh, this is a clothes optional resort, so you do not have to take your clothes off. Take your partner and see who gets naked first. Life’s short. Have fun. Bob

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