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Letter from the Editor.........................................................................................4 Road Tales..........................................................................................................6 Ride Safe with Kit Hedges................................................................................. 11 ABATE of Ohio Legislative Update...................................................................... 14 Letters from the Road: Hyder to Medicine Hat................................................... 16 TROH Reader’s Pics...........................................................................................21 Tech Tips: Motorcycle Rain Gear........................................................................22 JDRF: Ryan’s Story...........................................................................................26 Motocross Ohio Race Schedules.........................................................................30 Motocross Ohio: The Crist Family......................................................................32 The Tabasco Report...........................................................................................36 TROH Reader’s Rides........................................................................................40 From the Back of the Bike.................................................................................43 Stinger’s Heavy Metal Report: Jeff Loomis........................................................46 Center Calendar...............................................................................................50 Buckeye Thunder Run.......................................................................................51 Iron City Choppers Feature...............................................................................60 Ohio Ride Reports.............................................................................................64 Parts Slinger: Premium Luggage Collection.......................................................66 Just a Few More Shots of our cover model......................................................... 74 Ohio Ink Shop Feature: Tri-State Body Art.......................................................... 76 Ohio Ink Featured Art.......................................................................................77 Biker Friendly Directory....................................................................................78 Thunders Roads Ohio Marketplace....................................................................82 Upcoming Events..............................................................................................92 Thunder Roads Ohio Paint Pics..........................................................................95 K.I.S.S. in the Kitchen.......................................................................................97 Joker’s Wild.....................................................................................................99

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There is only one-way to describe the riding weather we’ve experienced in Ohio over the last month and that is Hot, Hot, Hot!!  Weather conditions can make all the difference in enjoying a motorcycle ride or not.  Certainly cold temperatures and/or rain can keep us from hopping on our bikes.  It isn’t often that Ohio riders keep them parked because of extreme heat, but such has been the case this summer. Recently one of my non-riding friends commented, “How can they stand to wear all that in this heat?” when she witnessed a biker in full riding gear. That rider knew what many of us have found out while riding through the deserts out West.  The best way to cool yourself in scorching temperatures and avoid heat exhaustion is to dowse your cotton shirt with water and zip up your jacket on top of it. Your closed jacket will keep your shirt wet longer. When riding in very hot weather, routes that include many stoplights should be avoided as well. Not only will the engine get hot very quickly (air or water-cooled engines will both suffer), but also the heat from both the road and the engine will rise to make the rider very hot!  If you should get stuck in backed up traffic unexpectedly, it is best to switch off the engine if you are likely to be there for any appreciable length of time. This is particularly important for air-cooled bikes. If any of our readers happened to pick up a tattered copy of the July issue of Thunder Roads Ohio, there is an explanation behind that.  It is actual road rash! Last month, I headed up to the printing company in St. Joseph Michigan to pick up the remaining couple of pallets of magazines that were not direct shipped to our distribution points.  On my way back as I was exiting off of the turnpike onto Route 53 near Fremont, Ohio the top two layers came loose from the shrink wrap and flew off the truck!  Quite a few of the boxes broke open scattering the magazines all over the exit ramp!  It was one of those extremely hot days, and I was pretty discouraged picking them up while dodging traffic.   But my luck turned around when a couple pulled over to help me.  When they realized they were Thunder Roads Ohio magazines, the man said, “Hey, I get this magazine!” and we laughed about his “special delivery” of that issue.  Their kind gesture in stopping to help once again proved to me what great people bikers are!  In a couple of weeks I’ll be heading west to Sturgis along with some of the Thunder Roads Ohio staff.  If you are planning on going and haven’t made your camping reservations yet, check out the ads for Glencoe Camp Resort on page 5, and  Broken Spoke Campground on page 9.   And while you are out there make sure to pop in Full Throttle Saloon to see what Jesse James Dupree is up to this year.  Jesse is the lead singer in Jackyl and is partners with Michael Ballard in the Full Throttle Saloon.  Jesse was in Ohio for Bike Week and is pictured with me above.  If you follow the Full Throttle Series on TruTV you know that Jesse is always coming up with some crazy stunt to the chagrin of Michael. We received a lot of positive feedback on our monthly Custom Bike Build features.  This month we take it one step further to showcase bikes of our Thunder Roads Ohio readers.  You can find our first batch of featured bikes in our “Readers Rides” feature on page 40-42. August brings another month jam-packed with events all over the state of Ohio.  If you’re looking for a riding destination check out the events listing on page 92-94.  One event you won’t want to miss is the ABATE of Ohio Bike Giveaway held at Margaritaville in Sandusky on August 25th.  There will be live entertainment on the deck throughout the day.  The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Poker Run will also end up there on the same day, with the top hand taking home a new motorcycle!  See the article on page 26 about how having a child with Juvenile Diabetes affects family life.  Until then, ride safe and stay cool!

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The Iron Cowboy It’s the height of the riding season and it seems as though our “dance card” is always full! Whether it’s a bike night in Dayton, a rally in Van Wert, a charity ride in Columbus, or a show in Warren JACKASS FLATS – there’s ALWAYS something going on. That’s a good thing, though! I love my job and hitting the road is one of my favorite things to do! It’s especially satisfying when I reflect on all the great folks that I’ve met along the way. While the open road is an exciting lure, it’s the camaraderie amongst kindred spirits that really completes the lifestyle. When you meet someone along the road – whether it’s at Snuffy’s Reloaded in Bradner or Frog Town in Ironton – there is a synergy amongst bikers. That’s the real appeal – and payoff. The biker community is a tight knit family that is built through respect and taking care of each other. We have each other’s back when the chips are down and we are amongst the first to slap each other on the back and make a toast when things are good. But unlike many “tight knit” groups – we’re always open to help a stranger or extend a hand. I’ve shared countless stories about folks stopping to offer a jacket or shelter when I’ve pulled over during a storm – or the folks we’ve helped with gas or assistance when they’ve become stranded. We look out for each other. That’s what being a part of this family is all about – the biker community. With the support of the motorcycle community, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting thousands of Ohio riders since the launch of this magazine. Thunder Road has allowed us to become prominent members of our fellowship and often times we become spokesmen for it. As such, I feel that we have a certain responsibility to you as Ohio riders – and as readers of this magazine. I’m writing this to recognize this and encourage you to hold us responsible for this.

bikers. We don’t solicit ads from everyone – nor do we accept advertisements from everyone. If we run an ad – we are in essence endorsing them and recommending them to you. We are not perfect, though; and mistakes will happen. If you feel that we are mistaken in our endorsement, please let us know. If you feel that we are not fulfilling our obligation to you – our readers, please let us know. We always welcome your input. If you have comments or concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at: ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com If you are interested in becoming a sponsor and joining the Thunder Roads family, please send an email to: Sales. ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com Adding to the Team to ease our Growing Pains! Just like the “Giant” in Gulliver’s Travels – we’ve enjoyed an unexpected and dramatic period of growth as a magazine. And just like him, often times it feels as though the little things are holding us back! Over the past year we have spread throughout the State and quickly established ourselves in the eyes of many riders. We’ve stumbled more then a few times, but we’ve Sometimes the little guys can get you down! always maintained our focus on moving forward and developing the magazine. We are extremely proud of what we have accomplished, but we understand that we must constantly work to improve if we want to maintain our edge.

We don’t simply want to print a rag full of advertisers. We want to present a magazine overflowing with information that you want to read. Some of this comes in the form of articles and updates, event listings, and directories. Others come in the form of notices placed by our sponsors. The sponsors are a key part of this whole equation as they are the ones that make it all possible. They cover our costs and allow us to serve you. They are in fact the backbone of the network that we are creating.

Along these lines, our primary focus the next several months will be to continue to develop our network of Road Reps and Contributors. Many of you have already contacted us in this regard. Frankly, we’ve received far more inquiries then we’ve been able to respond to. Simply put, we’ve been too busy to take everyone up on their offers to help! So we are making this a primary objective for us as we head towards the fall. Working with key partners, we will begin hosting meetings around the state for those interested in becoming Contributors or Road Reps. If you’ve reached out before – you will most likely receive an invitation to one of these meetings. You don’t have to wait though, feel free to email us for information on the next ones in your area.

When we post a notice or share an ad with you, we do so with the understanding that this is information from a sponsor – in essence a partner and member of our community. In our minds we are facilitating the exchange of information amongst

For those of you with a sales background or just active riders within the community – this may just be just the thing for you. As a Road Rep you will actively represent the magazine within your area. We often have several Reps in the same

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area, so you’re not alone. You will also have the support of a reinforced network of Thunder Roads riders! We pay aggressive commissions to those handling accounts, and the emphasis is on taking care of the stops – NOT “selling”. In fact, you can enjoy nice commissions on your area without ever having to “close” a single sponsorship! If you’re looking for a few extra dollars to support your “riding habit” or considering a new career – Thunder Roads offers the strength of the World’s Largest Motorcycle Magazine Network. You can proudly represent a name known throughout the motorcycle world. For those of you interested in testing the waters without really taking the plunge, you might consider covering an event in your area. Thunder Roads will “sponsor” riders in select rides and events across the state – in exchange for you taking a few pictures and helping us “cover” the event. Little work, lots of fun – and the chance to hang with some cool folks while supporting their causes! Even if you’re involved in the event itself – we would welcome some pictures and your thoughts. So just bring along your camera and notepad – your “cub reporter’s badge” is awaiting you! (Just kidding – “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”) Check out the Ohio Rides and Event pages (Pages 64-65) for an example of this type of coverage. If you’re interested in finding out more and becoming a part of the Thunder Roads Team – please email us at ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com. Announcing our Next THUNDER ZONE: Sportsterz during Thunder On The Strip!

Sportsterz will be the site of our Thunder On The Strip THUNDER ZONE

Just announced – Thunder Roads Ohio will be heading out to Sportsterz for Thunder On The Strip September 6th – 9th in Genevaon-the-Lake! We’ve teamed with Sportsterz to present a GENEVAON-THE-LAKE THUNDER ZONE! And it’s going to be a PARTY! Great live music, burn-out pits, fun and games – it’s all going to be there. The Iron Angels and Thunder Roads girls will be on-site – along with photographers to shoot your bikes!

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Need a Motorcycle? Margaritaville may be just the stop for you! If you need a new scoot – or just like the idea of getting one for free, Margaritaville may very well be the place for you in August! At last count, it appears that they are involved in giving away at least 3 different motorcycles during the month of August. On August 14th, Thunder Roads will be hosting our Rolling Bike Night there – giving everyone there a chance to win a key that just might start our 2012 Custom Harley-Davidson Lo Boy. Then on Saturday, August 25th – both Friendship Food Stores and ABATE of Ohio are hosting GiveAways at Margaritaville. Both of those bikes are new 2012 Harley-Davidsons as well. On further thought, Margaritaville is also a stop on our Thunder Run – so you can also register your RIDE CARD there when you stop in. That puts your name in the hopper for yet another chance at a key for that Rolling Bike Night Bike – as well as a plenty of other prizes. So – in essence, you have FOUR chances of winning a motorcycle at Margaritaville in August. Guessing I’ll see you all there! Biketoberfest in Daytona Thunder Roads Ohio is planning on hosting some events in Daytona this Fall at the Biketoberfest Rally (October 1821, 2012). We consider this to be a “lite” version of the Spring Rally – and in many ways more enjoyable. As luck would have it – we happen to have family in town: Thunder Roads FLORIDA! This past Spring we discovered that our sister mag certainly knows how to throw a party, and we want to invite you along. Look for more information in next month’s issue – along with some great offers from Biketoberfest Daytona destinations for accommodations and other deals! Mark it in your calendar though! PS – I know that a few of us are thinking about riding down and hitting the Dragon’s tale before hand. If you’re interested, let us know! The TRO Prize Wheel Scavenger Hunt! Due to overwhelming demand - the Prize Wheel is BACK! Hidden amongst these pages is our Thunder Roads Prize Wheel Logo (see above). It’s usually hidden on one of our sponsor spots, but we try not to make it too hard to find. Email us at ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail. com with the page number and specific location of the prize wheel. Also, include your name and address as well - we may just be sending you a prize! This month we have some gear from our friends at Rider Insurance and Thunder Roads Subscriptions that we will be awarding by random drawing, from those that find the prize wheel. For those of you in the THUNDER RUN - include your Ohio Ride Card number as well and we will award an extra 20 points for finding the wheel! 7


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ride on your own ride Not long ago I overheard a conversation some riders were having. The conversation was about “Riding your own Ride.” One rider insisted that riding your own ride meant that you should only ride your own bike, because that’s the bike your familiar with and its not safe to ride a bike your not used to. While there’s some truth to that its an easy fix by spending a few minutes in a parking lot to get used to where the clutch engages, the weight of the bike, how it handles in turns, how its brakes feel etc. Riding your own ride is more about riding within your own skill limits and not trying to match other riders skills. This comes into play a lot during group rides. Newer riders, with skills still developing, may try to keep up with more skilled riders and can get in over their heads. The new rider, or a rider with less skills, may try to corner to fast to keep up with the other riders and get in trouble. This scenario is all to common. Or, they get into a zone where they just follow the tail light ahead of them. Very dangerous.

this over the 4th of July holiday while riding home from Traverse City Mi. I was cutting across Michigan on 115 heading toward Clare. It’s a nice 2 lane country road. For miles I was following a car with very little traffic. Every once in a while there would be a slower vehicle to pass. Yes, the car and I were traveling at an adult pace. After some time there was an old pick up truck going real slow up ahead. I was a good 10-12 seconds behind the car in front of me. The car passed the truck and I was beginning my pass when the truck started to turn left into a driveway. Seeing me coming the truck then stopped mid way in his turn. That required a quick stop on my part, coming to a stop about 5 feet behind the truck. It was early morning with the glare of the sun in my eyes, and to make matters worse the pick-up’s brake lights and turn signal was very dim. Also, I got into a pattern of following this car for miles, and I got into riding the cars ride instead of my own ride. After, I mentally slapped myself a few times I continued on with a great ride home, Riding my own Ride.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

AUGUST 2012

Currently our state government officials are on break. They are making public appearances in their hometowns and gearing up for the elections coming up in November. Now is a good time to meet your officials, introduce yourself to them, and talk about whatever issues are on your mind. It is also a good time to get them to complete the Voter’s Guide Survey. We only have one more month to get those turned in. This survey will be a good way for the candidates to get their names out, not only to their constituents, but across the state. It helps us because we know who stands where on our issues. Please take the time to help with this process. Remember the completed surveys need to be attached to an email and forwarded to votersguide@abate.com. I believe that there are still a lot of traffic signals out there that will not activate with a motorcycle. Making a bigger effort to get these fixed gains us not only less aggravations on the road, but also gains us the respect of our legislators, government agencies like the Ohio Department of Public Safety, and the Ohio Department of Transportation. What this all comes down to is an increase in the respect level of the government for bikers in general. Let’s make the effort to help ourselves and possibly get more efforts to help us on things we need. Report these to legislativedirector@abate. com and I will do the follow up needed to get them fixed. Don’t forget about the call to action on the handlebar bill, H.B. 316. This bill was passed through the House Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. We now need to have it brought to discussion for the General Assembly. The Speaker of the House is Rep. William Batchelder. He is the person that makes the decision on which bills are handled in their order. His phone number is 614-466-8140. His email address is district69@ohr.state.oh.us. Rep. Batchelder’s Policy Director is Chad Hawley. Chad Hawley’s email address is chad.hawley@ohr.state.oh.us. Any questions, suggestions on legislative issues feel free to contact me at legislativedirector@abate.com or call 937-987-2396. Until next month. Scott “Woody” Wood Government Relations Director ABATE of Ohio, Inc. 14

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The Icefields Parkway (Canada Route 93) runs 143 miles between Jasper and Lake Louise, and then on to Banff, Canada through Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. Bow Summit, the highest point, is 6,785 feet. It also passes through the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier, the largest glacier that can be seen from the parkway. You’ll see in the pictures what looks like a highway overpass, but it is actually a passageway for critters. They’ve built six of these in a distance of thirty-five miles. This particular one was brand new, and they will plant trees and shrubs to trick the migrating animals into thinking it’s a natural bridge, keeping them from slaughter on the new four-lane highway. Also pictured are the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louis, and The Fairmont Banff Springs. They were built by the Canadian Pacific Railway, with the same idea in mind as the four lodges I visited earlier in my trip near Glacier National Park. They are both impressive and extremely elegant, designed to draw people 16

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west to see the spectacular mountains, the Canadian Rockies and the Continental Divide. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louis was constructed in 1890. Additions completed in 2004 brought the total rooms to 550, and included a 200 seat dining room and an 8,800 square foot ballroom. The dining room overlooks a fantastic view of Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier. Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


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The Fairmont Banff Springs opened in 1888 and was fashioned after a Scottish Baronial Castle. It has 9 floors and 770 guest rooms, perhaps even more impressive than Chateau Lake Louise with a view of the awesome Rockies. The distance between Jasper and Banff is 175 miles. My plan was to spend one night in each town. There are over 14 hostels between those two points, but there were no vacancies as I was traveling through during the high season and a Canadian holiday weekend. I checked online and found the least expensive hotel listed at $179. This left me with two options. Either tent camp or wait until later in the evening and try to find Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

a local pub and turn on my charming personality. I rode 30 miles to Canmore, the next town east of Banff, where I found tent camping available for $25. Fortunately I spotted a sign for a hostel just down the street. The Hostel Bear sleeps 170 guests and has 9 private rooms. Most hostels forbid alcohol but this one has its own bar. It also features a lounge and game room with a cathedral ceiling, 2 fireplaces and a huge kitchen. Rent was only $30 per night, so I was sold! The town of Canmore was named in honor of King Malcom of Scotland. His Gaelic name “Ceannmor” translates to “Big 17


Head” referring to one’s large stature. There is a giant head statue sporting a bandana sitting on the corner of Main Street. It struck me that it looks hilarious sitting there by itself with no explanation. It was time for an oil change so I rode into Calgary for supplies. I stopped in at the site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. They still use the 7 ski jumps built for the games year round, skiing off of wet astro turf in the summer. The skating area is still active and you can ride the bobsled and luge for a price. Next stop was the small town of Nanton where a dedicated few of the 1,700 residents restored a four engine WWII

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Lancaster bomber. It is on display at the Bomber Command Museum of Canada. One significant fact of this plane is that it was the only one capable of carrying the “Tallboy” bomb. This unique bomb weighed 12,000 pounds and was capable of penetrating up to 60 feet into the ground or through the thick concrete sheltering the German submarine pens. Passing through the town of Bow Island I completed a U-turn to investigate a large sculpture next to the visitor’s center. I was greeted by an 18 foot high statue of the town mascot, “Pinto MacBean”. This area is the heartland of the dried bean industry.

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Once you are away from the Canadian Rockies, Alberta resembles Ohio with fields of grain, plenty of silos, grain elevators and smatterings of free range cattle. The terrain is flat with agriculture being its main industry. While riding across the Trans Canada Highway I was surprised to see that the farmers are permitted to harvest and bale the grass in the median and along the edges of the highway. I noticed a sign that read “Snakes Are At Risk! Watch For Snakes On The Highway Next 67 Kilometers”. Further down the road another sign warned “Watch For Rattle Snakes”. Believe me, I did keep an eye out for them.

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Motorcycle Rain Gear is a Necessity, Not a Luxury By Jeff Criley, TRO Contributor We’ve all been there. That day when the weather man says the chance of rain is twenty to thirty percent and we are planning a ride. Our friends are meeting us in thirty minutes and we have a big day planned. Many times we will go about our travels, have an awesome day, and the seventy to eighty percent chance that it won’t rain allows us to escape. But on occasion our luck runs out. We can’t come out on top every time, and inevitably we will get caught in a shower. So, we must be prepared and equip ourselves with some quality rain gear. There are several things that everyone should have in their saddle bags to be fully prepared. Today we will discuss a few of them.

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Rain Suit- Rain suits are available in two styles. The most popular is the two piece suit, consisting of a pair of rain pants and a rain jacket. The pants will have an elastic waist for comfort.

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These are designed to be pulled over top of your existing clothing, so while you don’t want an extremely loose fit, you do want a comfortable fit. The pants will also have a Velcro strip at the bottom of the leg to ensure that you have a snug fit and seal. Along with the rain pants there will be a rain jacket as well. Some jackets will have a hood, some will not. This is personal preference, but if you are in the rain for a prolonged period of time the hood will assist in keeping the rain from getting in around the back of your neck and soaking your back. Like the pants, the rain jacket needs to fit comfortably, but not too loose. This will also be worn over top of your jacket in most applications. In addition to the two piece rain suits, there are also one piece suits available. Both will offer the needed protection from the elements. Waterproof Boot Covers- Along with the rain suit, you will be much more comfortable if you have a pair of waterproof boot covers. The waterproof boot covers slip on over top of your motorcycle boots and provide a great barrier from the moisture. It is best to put the waterproof boot covers on prior to stepping into your rain pants. This will allow the pants to overlap the boot covers and prevent the water from seeping in around the top. An alternative to the waterproof boot covers would be a layer of beeswax or another form of waterproofing on your motorcycle boots, but I do recommend the waterproof boot covers as they will offer protection for a longer period of time.

Face Shield/Goggles- It is always vital that we are able to see clearly. While it is very important to wear eye protection at all times, the level of need is greatly increased while riding in the rain. Regardless of whether you wear a half helmet, or a full face helmet, the use of a face shield is an added benefit while riding in rain. Glasses and goggles will serve their purpose, but you may have to deal with the aggravation of them getting fogged up. There are products available to help prevent this, but with a face shield this will be less of an issue. Your vision will be greatly increased as you ride with a face shield as well. With most adventures, our level of success is determined by how we prepare. With life in general, we must set ourselves up for success. By planning ahead and making sure we are ready for the various things that might come our way, we will undoubtedly have a much higher success rate. So whether it is a one piece or two piece rain suit, waterproof boot covers or beeswax, a face shield or goggles, make sure that your saddle bag has the necessary equipment to provide safety and comfort during in-climate weather. By doing so you will be able to confidently saddle up for that touring adventure, or that poker run with your friends knowing you are prepared for almost anything that comes your way. Jeffrey Criley is the owner of MotorcycleCloset.com

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Gloves- A pair of leather gloves will assist you in keeping a solid grip on your hand controls. Even though it might have

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Mary Brown Greiger with son Ryan

RYAN’S STORY A Family Living with Juvenile Diabetes As told to Julie Roeder by Mary Brown Grieger My son Ryan was six when he started having certain difficulties, and he just didn’t look like he felt well. As a nurse, I knew that those were signs and symptoms of diabetes. The average parent would not know that. I worked with a lot of Type 2 diabetics, typically the overweight adult that has to take pills in order to make their insulin work in their body.

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couple of years ago I was approached by Dennis Peters who was working for Friendship Food Stores at the time. He wanted my input on a Poker Run he was organizing to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). FriendShip Food Stores, a chain of 21 convenience stores located throughout north central Ohio, had been a major sponsor of the JDRF Walkathon for numerous years and they were looking for a way to raise additional funds. Dennis is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and was very familiar with the generosity of the biker community. Working alongside the North Coast Walk to Cure Diabetes Chairperson Mary Brown Grieger, they pulled off a very successful Poker Run in 2010 with the top hand being a brand new Harley-Davidson Sportster. Dennis has since moved on from FriendShip, but still participates in the event which continues under the capable hands of Kevin Campbell. The last two years, the Poker Run was held in September on the same weekend as the JDRF Walkathon, ending up at East Harbor State Park in Marblehead, Ohio. Kevin came to me earlier this year and requested my help in choosing an earlier date for the Poker Run and to find a new venue to host the event. The event, now in its third year, will be held on Saturday August 25th beginning and ending at Margaritaville in Sandusky. With the support of FriendShip’s vendors, including major donations by Miller Lite and Pepsi, the prize list for this Poker Run is unmatched in this area. While working with Kevin and Mary on this year’s event, I discovered that the reason for Mary’s involvement in fundraising for this cause over the last ten years. Her son Ryan, now 23 years of age, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of six. Mary shared with me Ryan’s journey living with diabetes and how it has affected their family. 26

My mother had a meter, so I used that to check his sugar. A normal sugar level should be about 100, and Ryan’s read 350, so I knew that this was a problem and I took him to see our family doctor the very next day. Dr. Steve Jackson knew immediately what was going on. He told Ryan that he would have to go to Cleveland in the morning, as there was no one in our area that could take care of a child with diabetes. If you are a type 1 diabetic, your body no longer makes insulin. Your pancreas has a lot of different functions. The most important function of the pancreas is to make insulin. Insulin helps convert the sugar that we eat to be used in our muscle for daily functions. Type 2 diabetics have to take a pill to make that insulin work. This pill takes the weak insulin and strengthens it to make it work in their bodies, and they can continue to function. When your body does not produce insulin, your sugar builds up, sometimes over a very short period of time. Type 1 Diabetes falls into the category of auto immune diseases. Other diseases in the category include Rheumatoid Arthritis that affects your joints, Chron’s disease that affects your colon, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that affects your brain, and ALS (Lou Gerhigs Disease) that attacks your muscles. Type 1 Diabetes is generally discovered in younger children, but sometimes someone as old as thirty and a few forty year olds are diagnosed. Two years ago I worked with a family where their little girl was just 18 months old. She could hardly communicate with us and they had to poke her and inject her. Those are the cases that really bother me. Since Ryan was 6 when he was diagnosed, he was able to be a little more rational. He was always asking me, Mom can I have a cookie? Mom can I have this snack? Mom can I have this or that? We were able to control what he ate because he was still asking us for things. It is harder for a child who is 10, 12, or 14 years of age, who has already been extremely independent. When they are diagnosed with diabetes, they are upset because life has to be really different. My heart goes out to these young children when people give them funny looks while out in a restaurant, or when the other kids at school bully them or try and pull on the pump because they think it’s a beeper. Even though I know it’s just kids being Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


kids. But for the most part most children affected by Juvenile Diabetes will just take it and roll with it.

shots all the time, they might have one big shot every three days to put the set in to make the insulin pump work.

Type 1 diabetics must have insulin injected into their bodies, either in a shot or a through a pump. The pump, which most people are wearing now, continuously gives their body insulin. When we are contemplating eating, our body is already starting to secrete insulin in preparation. It doesn’t know how much, but that is normally what our bodies do. A person that has Type 1 diabetes who has to inject insulin must plan for what they are eating because they have to think for their pancreas.

Through all of the supportive research, JDRF has consistently been the top charitable contributor to find a cure and eliminate the disease or to lessen the complications. They give 85 cents of every dollar raised directly to finding the cure. They have partnered with the National Institutes of Health, meeting with Congress frequently to lobby for additional funds to help find a cure.

This can prove difficult if you have a six year old child. You wonder, are they going to eat everything? Are they going to push their food away? You don’t know so you have to be prepared for that. Many times parents with younger children will give the insulin after the fact because they can’t anticipate what they are going to eat. Type 1 diabetics must test their sugar level frequently because it can bottom out very quickly. It saddens me to think of the young children affected by this disease that are poking their fingers, and giving themselves insulin, multiple times a day.

Kevin Campbell and May Brown Greger with 2011 Winner Glenn Pawlowski

JDRF has been around since 1970, started by a group of parents that said “We’ve got to find a reason why this is happening.” We don’t know any more reason why Type 1 Diabetes hits someone, or Rheumatoid Arthritis hits some people, and or MS hits somebody else. But we do know that sometimes there are certain genetic traits exist. There has also been research which a viral illness will trigger it. That is what we figure happened with Ryan when he came down with a very bad case of the flu. When you get sick, no matter what kind of illness it is, your body builds up antibodies to that illness. Sometimes those antibodies are stupid and they attack the beta cells that make the insulin. We are all born with a certain amount of these beta cells. A few of them can die, but if a good portion of them die, then you become a Type 1 diabetic. It is those same beta cells that don’t work as well in the adult with Type 2 Diabetes who need to take the pill to make them work. When discussing diabetes in general, the average person typically will think of the overweight adult. They don’t think of a small child or the young adult that wears this beeper on their side that pumps their insulin. That pump is their lifeline, giving them their insulin a little bit every hour. They dial the pump up to give increase the insulin when they go to eat dinner or lunch, or a snack. JDRF is recognized as a reputable charity and is a very tightly run organization. They have surrounded themselves with the top researches in the country, many of which have Type 1 diabetic children. Their goal is to find the cure and make it happen for these children. If nothing else along the way, they have made advances to lessen the complications of the disease or to improve their lifestyle, such as the insulin pump. Rather than poking their Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

Although JDRF has been in existence for 42 years, because of the speed of research, this organization has probably made more progress in the last 15 years than the rest of the years combined. The awareness of there is heightened by celebrities with diabetes such as Nick Jonas, or Mary Tyler Moore or Halle Berry. They have been successful in lobbying for more research funds, because the more notable the person the more money gets earmarked. Such is the case with Michael J. Fox and Parkinsons Disease, which never got the publicity until he was affected by it. They are able to take their notoriety and a make a positive contribution. I am happy they can use their celebrity status to help the cause, but I am sorry that they have to deal with the affects of the disease. Ryan is now 23, and he has been on an insulin pump for 11 years. He has actually spent more of his life with diabetes than without. I find that most diabetics will look at their situation as the glass being half full instead of half empty. Ryan never let the disease stop him from doing his everyday things. There are many role models out there with diabetes including Nicole Johnson, 1999 Miss America, or Jay Cutler, starting quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and Ohio’s very own American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox. They are using their celebrity status as a platform to help push the message that if they can achieve their goals in life, so can every little kid out there wondering if they can ever grow up and do anything when they have diabetes. In fact, there were many heedless questions from the media when Sonya Sotomayor was first selected to serve on the Supreme Court, regarding whether her diabetes would stop her from functioning. Bowersox is now a National Spokesperson for Juvenile Diabetes. She grew up in the biker world as her dad Bill is a long-standing member of ABATE. I’ve heard that Crystal is very accommodating when she learns that kids affected by diabetes will be attending her concerts, arranging for special seating and backstage passes. Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the founders of Harley-Davidson Motor Company is also a diabetic. Willie recently retired from his long standing position as Vice-President of Styling at H-D. It was exciting when Willie G. was on 27


hand to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Roeder HarleyDavidson in 2002. He also was Grand Marshall of the Ohio Bike Week parade that day. In preparation for his arrival, they were instructed that he would immediately have to be taken into a quiet location where he would need to be served specific foods because of his condition. When I had to give Ryan his very first insulin shot in the hospital, it was Ryan’s Dad who looked at me and said “We need to at least be grateful that there is a treatment.” Coming from someone who is nonmedical, I was very surprised. I was sitting there ready to give Ryan this insulin shot and I didn’t want to do it because I knew that once I started there was no going back. Throughout the years we continued to live with that philosophy because there is a treatment. It may not be a cure but there is a treatment. Insulin sustains their life but it is not a cure. JDRF has worked very hard with families like mine to reach out in the community and make a positive difference, giving them the support that they need including connecting them with other families that have similar age kids. They support numerous outreach programs including a babysitting network, because the families need extra help. They work with the schools, the insurance companies and the physicians, getting them the supplies they need. There are many different events held every year to help fund JDRF, appealing to a wide variety of lifestyles. I have personally been involved with the North Coast Walk to Cure Diabetes since the beginning. It all started when my family participated in a walk held in Toledo along with another local family, and we both said “wouldn’t it be a great thing to do this locally?” Families come from five different counties to walk in this event now in its tenth year. I’m encouraged when people say things like “I’m here today because my grandson has diabetes.” With the backing of FriendShip Food Stores, the Lions Club and Kiwanis Club, Moser Construction, East Harbor State Park, and Bassett’s Market, we have been able to raise $25,000 to $35,000 every year. This year walk will be held on Sunday Sept 16th at East Harbor State Park.

Sales of the Paper Shoes have increased ever year with the count so far this year reaching nearly $11,000. Words can’t express my gratitude for the support from the Beck family. JDRF is the only charity they support and they only hit their customers up one time a year. If families are interested in going one step further or know of someone who would be willing, all the information for the walk can be found through a link at jdrf.org. I’m very excited to get the biker family involved and about possibilities of what the Poker Run can do for JDRF. By putting on a well run event, and if God blesses us with good weather again, I’m sure the word will spread fast and it will continue to grow. The wristbands which are your admission to the event and include your Poker Run hand and a delicious Chicken Dinner from Bar-B-Que Traveler, are on sale now for $20 each. You can buy them at Mad River Harley-Davidson in Sandusky and at all 21 FriendShip Food Stores. Check out www.friendshipfoodstores. com to find the stores locations. They will also be on sale at Margaritaville during their Rolling Bike Night on August 14th. For more information on the Poker Run, see the ad on page 31. I often think that as a family we’ve done the best we can with our son to be positive and to help him understand that this disease wouldn’t slow him down or change him in any way. And since he is no longer the cute little kid that I used to parade around at the fundraising events, I find new cute little kids to parade around each year. I know that there are many families that keep it in a tight little box, that don’t discuss it until someone brings it up. Ryan has always been acceptable to being in the forefront and will always be by my side to help me fight this cause. I know that because this charity does what they say, putting our money directly into research, that advances are being made such as the development of the pump. It was a byproduct of the research being done to try and find a cure. I firmly believe that a cure will be discovered in Ryan’s lifetime. With the advances made through research in recent years we cannot be that far away from it. JDRF is leading the charge to be put out of business. The ultimate goal is to eliminate Type 1 Diabetes. Type 2 diabetes will always be around. There isn’t anything that says that Type 1 has to be.

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The relationship with JDRF and FriendShip Food stores goes back quite a ways. As a family affected by diabetes we are encouraged to raise money in any way shape or form to take to the walk. I frequently patronize the FriendShip Stores, so I met with the owner Brian Beck, probably 12 or 13 years ago. I told him that my son has diabetes, this is my information, and then asked “Will you sell these paper shoes in your store?” That first year he agreed to sell the shoes in four or five stores

and he ended up writing a check JDRF for a couple of hundred bucks. Every year I went back requesting that he sell the shoes again and he obliged. Eleven years ago I went to him and said I wanted to do a walk and through their partnership we ended up raising $3,000 the first year.

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The Crist Family

We are the Crist family and we consider ourselves a motocross family. Our family consists of my husband, Jonny, Mikki (me), and our little 2 year old boy, Gunnar. We both grew up riding motorcycles and racing motocross around Ohio and on the national amateur circuit. As we continue to grow as a couple we have to find ways to keep time for the family as well as riding. Keeping that balance is important for us, and as Gunnar gets older we hope that he will learn to respect and love riding as much as we do. He is already a pro at gliding around on his little KTM Strider bike. Gunnar also already has a Suzuki JR 50 with training wheels. Gunnar has ridden his 50 a couple times in the back yard. We turn the throttle screw way in and we have a little leash behind the bike in case he gets going too fast. Both Jon and I started riding at a very young age. Jon’s first race was a motocross at Sunset Ramblers, and mine was at the Marion County Fair. We both grew up riding at Sunset Ramblers in Galion, Ohio. We met in 2008 at McCune Cycle World. I worked there as the parts girl. After a few dates, we were hooked. Jonny reminded me that we first met in about 2006 at a gas station. He asked me what track I was going to. I just blew him off because I locked my keys in the truck right before that and was in a bad mood! How would I have known we would be married 4 years later? 

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Well then we made a little monster baby. His first word was “MO-MO” for motorcycle. Now he’s 2, he says,” Mommy, Daddy, Mo-mo, and track”. CONSTANTLY. I think he was bred for motorcycles. Jonny and I were trying to have a baby for about 3 months. Then one day, RIGHT AFTER I RACED A HARESCRAMBLE, I found out I was pregnant. Gunnar will always be around dirt bikes, whether he’s playing with trucks doing his own thing, or riding his dirt bike. It

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is what we love to do as a family. I forgot to mention that my dad also races motocross. He is 49 years old and still going strong. Gunnar not only gets to hang out with Mom and Dad at the track, he also hangs out with Grandpa! If I was to give any one advice on raising a child, it would be to get them into riding dirt bikes. It teaches them discipline, money saving skills, and confidence. We are definitely a Motocross family.

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Tabasco Thunder Roads Ohio As I sit today to write my “Tabasco Report” I’m still pretty pissed off. You see last night I was heading home from a weekly Bike Night at one of our Sponsors of the magazine. I was rolling up a well traveled four lane divided highway in central Ohio at about 11:30 pm and traffic was light. As I peeled off from the group I gave a quick Peace Sign to my brothers who rolled on up the highway. I stopped at a double lane left turn only traffic light. I did my part. I waited until I got the green arrow and as I started to turn I noticed a lone vehicle approaching the intersection in the far left oncoming lane. I judged that at the speed he was coming, and the proximity to the intersection, he had no idea the light had changed. I pointed my head light toward him and just sat in the empty right oncoming lane and waited. About 30 yards from the intersection he saw my headlight and locked them up. Obviously he had no idea I was stopped and not actually turning. He made the stop 10 feet past the white line, but I’m convinced had I not waited and he saw my headlight, I probably wouldn’t be here to write this today. It was some damn kid on his cell phone! (I thought I covered that in July’s Tabasco Report?!) He met my alter ego “Hot Sauce” last night, and hopefully the one sided “intense fellowship” conversation that followed will stick in his mind for awhile and it will spare another bikers life in the future. On June 5th while many of us were enjoying our time at Ohio Bike Week, a good friend of mine almost lost her life. She rides under the road name “LLEGS” and she was rolling home from her job at a local dealership on her 2002 Road King. She was on a similar four lane divided highway. A van traveling on the opposite side of the highway decided he would do a U-Turn on a crossover drive in the median. The thing is he didn’t bother to stop when he whipped into her opposing lane. He only made it roughly six feet into her lane before she broadsided him. LLEGS died that day, at least for a few minutes to hear her tell it. “I saw the van and had like two seconds to react,” LLEGS recalled. “I remember locking up both brakes and aiming for the side of the van as not to hit him head on. My next recollection it was like I was standing outside my body. I could see the back of my vest and my head laying face down in my arm, and then I came to. They (Emergency Personnel) called for Life Flight, but decided it would take too long so they transported me by ambulance”. She 36

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remembered feeling bad for the driver thinking how awful he must have felt. That was before the OSP told her that he was being charged with OMVI and Aggravated Vehicular Assault. I should mention the accident occurred at about 5:15 in the afternoon. LLEGS is lucky. She spent one night in ICU and 4 days in the hospital. She got twenty stitches in her face, broke two bones in her face, broke her wrist and fractured her third lumbar disk in her back. She’ll be down healing with no income for several months. Like I said, she was lucky. There are many of us that have been riding for decades, but with the surge in the popularity of riding, there are many more that are new to it. Might I make a few suggestions? Loud Pipes Save Lives. It’s not just a saying on a patch. I’ve seen many cages come up off a side street stop sign and start to roll on out into my path. I’m much faster on the brake, clutch and the throttle than I am finding that little horn button. I’ve tapped

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the brake, pulled the clutch and cracked the pipes several times and gotten that head turn and that meek little wave acknowledging that they almost killed me. Watch their front tire as well. If they have stopped, but you see that front tire start to roll forward, be prepared to take evasive action. Watch the cagers head and see where they are looking. If it’s not at you, don’t assume they saw you. Stop lights don’t stop cars and turn signals don’t turn them either. Hover over your clutch and brake while entering an intersection with vehicles anywhere near it, and make sure that vehicle is actually making that turn before you pull off a side street. I lost a good friend in High School way too young because a dump truck wasn’t actually turning as its signal was indicating when she pulled out in front of it. Almost every year I attend a funeral for a Biker. It’s a risk we all take every time we mount up. Many accidents, such as LLEGS are just unavoidable for the Biker. Take every precaution to watch out for yourself, because in the end, you may be the only one who can save your life.

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Found this chopper in a dirt floor garage last March while in Newport News, Virginia. It was built in Seattle by Lucky’s Choppers. I tore it apart this Spring, and my first ride was June 6th. The paint is by Tim Conder, before his stint with West Coast Choppers. Jason R Toledo

My bike is a 2009 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Classic LT.  This bike has survived a ditch and an Iron Butt 1000 mile run! Keep up the great work with your magazine! 

Here’s a picture of my wife (Trish) and I on our 05’ HD Electra Glide.

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Jim D Van Wert Here’s a shot of my ride and I Daytona Bike Week 2010. It was a little cold. But not as cold as the Christmas Parade we were in later that year - with my brother on his Buell. Tom Casto

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Hi everyone, Here’s a few photos of my 2011 Road Glide Custom. I’ve had it less than a year but I’m creeping up on the 10,000 mark soon! I love the way it rides. It fits me perfectly. I was waiting for the day to come for me to test ride a Harley and feel completely comfortable. I found it last year! The only mod other than the touring windshield (I’m 6’4”), is the color shift reflective paint I did between all the stock solver pinstripes. It found a metal flake that shifted to all colors of the rainbow as you move around the bike. It’s simple, eye catching and was so simple. I did it in my garage with the metal still on the bike! Anyway, I can’t ride it enough and just got back from a 5 day road trip to Milwaukee. It was during that horrible heat wave. The bikes temp gauge read 120 for 3 days!  We were able to get to 9-10 dealerships, the Pilgrim Rd. Powertrain Plant, and of course, the Harley Davidson museum. Safe Riding! John C Mentor, Ohio

I recently moved back to Ohio from Arizona due my granddaughter being terminally ill. I miss my riding like I did in 2010 and 2011 (due to she is very sick). I love to ride and have done some riding here in Ohio. These pictures are from Arizona and New Mexico..I put over 12000 mies on my bike the first 2 years I had it. I love to ride!!! Teresa Ohio

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2003 FX Lowrider. In the process in being converted to look like a 78 FX Lowrider. Harley chrome side cover powder coated black to resemble an oil tank, horn moved to correct position on frame, twin cam to 3 hole derby adapter with a 1978 Lowrider derby cover. Evo air cleaner on a Arlen Ness Big Sucker setup. Larger jets with the older SEII “not for street use” pipes with Big City Thunder baffles installed. Brian Zerkel President, V-Twin Cruisers MC Springfield Ohio Chapter Patriot Guard Rider 163818 41


This is my 2006 Street Glide. It’s black cherry - with Rinehart duals, Paul yaffee monkey bars, all braided SS cable lines ,21” front wheel off big dog chopper with matching rotors, Hawg Halters chrome calipers, custom stretch flame seat. Custom air breather ... Tracy Mankins New Albany, Ohio

Here are a few pics of my 2006 Street Bob which was just painted by my friend, Mark Uchbar. Originally it was Flat Back and we decided that she needed something a bit more exciting. We ended up going with “Ruby Slippers” and shadow flames. Thanks! Nick M Chesterland 42

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by Nancy Beach

Hot Hot Hot!!! The temps are soaring and I have seen more of us (back and front) riding in shorts! When the temps are reaching 100 degrees, what else can we do? I do think we ladies are a little more careful when we choose different attire. I know several guys that have some burns forgetting that those shorts are to keep you cool but those pipes are still hot. Ouch! With the summer in full swing, and events going on all over the place, I am hearing some great stories that are just too good to keep to myself. Therefore, this article is going to be devoted to a few other riders and their experiences. However, no names will be mentioned but you know who you are and thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about windshields. There is a purpose for windshields but my personal opinion is that I like the look of a bike without one. But I am on the back so I don’t have to worry about flying debris, dirt and bugs. And, in the case of him leaning over for some reason, I am short behind a big guy so my chances of getting hit with anything are very slim. I am pretty protected. Not so with lots of riders including some friends of mine.

Enough about those windshields. I really want to talk about sissy bars. Sometimes I think I am the only one out there without one. There has never been one on the back of that old Shovel and I am fully under the impression that there never will be. So, because I have never had one, I don’t know what I am missing. And I am afraid that if I rode with one, I would definitely see the difference and be hooked. There are many kinds of sissy bars and some look very cool and are very comfortable….so I am told. Again, I don’t know first-hand and don’t see me knowing that in the near future so I have to rely of what I am told. A friend of mine had a very nice looking sissy bar. Very short but padded, very subtle but she liked it and it was comfortable. If a sissy bar could be termed as classy, this was it. But, her guy decided that he wanted to replace it with a new sissy bar. So far, that sounds very sweet that her guy wanted her to be more comfortable yet go for a different look. Not sweet at all! You should see this thing. It’s like a metal uneven hard thing jutting out of the back of the bike similar to a Gothic Weapon. (And that is a name coined by one of his best friends!) If you took it off and laid it flat, it looks like a form you would use on your jigsaw to cut a piece of wood. And did I mention no padding! If you can’t lean back and be comfortable, then you don’t have a sissy bar. Welcome to my world! Windshield or not….comfortable sissy bar or none at all….learning to duck or sit up straight, we are all having fun! And for me, it’s always from the back of the bike! BIKE NIGHTS

So, my friends are on their way to meet up with people for some cool beverages. The windshield on their Road King, Matilda, was off. And here comes a bee! By the time he said “Incoming” and ducked out of the way for the bee that was buzzing toward him, she got hit (not stung) right in the middle of her forehead. No harm done…no sting but a whack in the forehead and a dead bee somewhere along the side of the road! So you are thinking...hmmmm. A windshield would have prevented that situation. Not really since the time before, with the windshield on, the bee hit the wind deflector and came up under the windshield. I am sensing that these friends just have a bee problem whether the windshield is on or

off. Oh, did I mention that they have a yellow bike? Just saying….! I guess when we are on the back; we have to be ready to duck no matter what!

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jeff loomis Of the many, many great guitar prodigies out there, a few tend to get missed mainly because they aren’t force fed to you by the media giants of main stream radio. As I have said before some of the best music is never played on public radio simply because it doesn’t fit mainstream media giant’s corporate agendas. If you’re a metal head or a guitar player yourself, you’ll know who Jeff Loomis is, & if you don’t YOU SHOULD! Jeff Loomis is a mild mannered mid western guy hailing from a little cheese town in Wisconsin. At the early age of 16 Jeff was turning people’s heads when he won the Wisconsin guitar wars contest. Jeff was even auditioned for Megadeth at 16 during the So far…so what tour! Although Mr. Mustaine agreeably said he could do the job, he was denied the position due to his age. Some things in life are best left alone to invent themselves, and Jeff has done just that. Jeff played in Sanctuary in 1990 & 91, and then shifted over to help form the incredible Nevermore. After a colossal run of music and touring spanning some 18 years, Nevermore lived up to its ominous name. In 2011 Jeff decided it was time he go in his own direction and continue full time work on his own artistry. Jeff has released two solo albums now, 2008’s Zero order of Phase and the 2012 release of Plains of Oblivion. Currently on U.S. tour through August 8th supporting his second solo release on Metal Blade Records, I was able to catch up with Jeff for a few minutes and ask a couple questions before he took the stage and ripped our faces off! Any interests besides music? Honestly … I’m so busy with Music, and it so deeply rooted into my life it truly is all that I do. I mean I spend time with my family or kick back and read, watch movies, or shows like Breaking Bad, or Walking Dead! Love that show! What happened with Sanctuary? Well, I came in at the end you know, however it basically came down to this. At the time 1990-91 the big new thing was “Grunge”, the label sort of wanted us to lean in that direction. Well, Lenny (Lenny Rutledge) kind of saw something big there and wanted to move in that direction, in effect cash in on the opportunity you know? Problem with all that was that Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, and 46

I, well we wanted to stay true to our beliefs and we want to continue to play metal! So, there was a little difference of opinion and direction. However, Im happy everthing went as it did because that allowed all 3 of us to bond together and form Nevermore in 1991 and continue what we love to so. I’ve made it clear I’m not a fan of public radio and how much BS it is these days? Or do you see what I do, and that our metal culture is underground in the states and the metal movement of the 80’s and 90’s is overseas now days? I definitely agree with you man, the music scene across the ponds is huge. Yes we are underground in a way except for a few stations here and there that still carry some programming. However it makes metal and hard rock that much more fun and cool that you have to seek out what’s out there and chart your own taste in bands and sounds you know? But I think it’s also cool that the internet has helped out with some of that, and you can find great music stations anywhere in the world now? You’re not just limited to what you can tune in anymore. When did you first decide you wanted to play guitar? Well actually I started out playing drums when I was 12, I’d jam along to records on a little 3 piece Ludgwig kit. I got bored with it realy quick though. My dad had a classical guitar lying around, so I picked that up one day started messing around, I took some lessons to get my feet wet and ended up taking to it pretty quickly I think. I began listening to a lot of 70’s bands and learning to play along to bands like Queen and Electric Light Orchestra. I think I’m blessed with a pretty good ear so that’s how I accelerated so quickly I think. In your younger years who inspired you as a player? Oh man so many people it was a great time you know, late 70 stuff then into the 80s. Really anyone that was Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


you go wow and our readers should know about? Periphery deffinately, we toured with them not to long ago. I think they are great, they have a lot of talented technical players and have a diverse sound. You can check out more Periphery by going to http://www.myspace.com/periphery Please visit Jeff Loomis on the web to investigate this man more, YouTube him and go to his official site www.JeffLoomis.com That’s all for this month, hope everyone is having a great summer! Drop me a line if you want to HeavyMetal@trohio.com I’d love to hear from you! Stay Heavy and Loud! \M/ -Stinger different sounding like Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Brian May, Tony Iommi, people that stood out from everyone else and had their own style. Practice how often these days? Geese, I practiced so much when I was younger, I’d spend sometimes literally all day playing and practicing 12-14 hours it was crazy. I just play now, I don’t really sit and practice per say, I guess I do that when I’m writing music. Merging different riffs and transitions together to see if they fit. Any ground rules tips for people aspiring to be the next Jeff Loomis? Wow, well met me first start off by saying don’t just listen to one style of music, listen to everything…except county. HAHAHAHA, no seriously so many kids these days end up listening to just one thing and get locked into that, broaden your pallet and listen to classical, and blues, pick up on some of the cool progressions and sounds of the different styles. Can’t emphasize it enough, practice, practice, practice it’s a pain in the ass sometimes but if you want it bad enough it’s worth it and it will pay off. Also get used to playing in front of people, don’t just sit and hide somewhere, a lot of people can play by themselves and choke later. It’s just music man have fun with it! Where does the dark edge of your playing come from – what nurtures that mood? I really think it is just kind of me, I listened to old dark classical music sometimes as a kid, and now living in Seattle..well man it’s true it rains all the time. So that dismal mood it emanates sometimes I think helps keep me focused in my writing and my mindset.

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The 2012 Buckeye Thunder Run (BTR) is underway and it is taking Ohio by storm! The BTR is a state-wide, summer-long riding contest hitting the coolest riding destinations and events across Ohio, presented by Ohios #1 Biker Mag Thunder Roads Ohio and Rider Insurance with the support of Motoreagles.com, Twisted Tea and Jesse James Outlaw Bourbon Whiskey. It is a riding contest like no-other and features great prizes and cash pay-outs every month! Each month, Thunder Roads announces a list of Thunder Run Stops in the magazine. These stops are selected based upon the recommendations of our readers and confirmed by our editors. Riders can then hit these locations and present their Rider Cards in order to earn points for each stop. Additional points are given for purchases made and distance ridden to the stop. Some stops and local sponsors will be hosting specific give-aways for their stops. These added prizes will just build on the excitement, by allowing participants to win all summer long! The BTR is all about THE RIDE. We are NOT simply adding anyone willing to write a check. We will be considering stops recommended by our readers and editors, and we will only select those that offer a legitimate interest to riders – making them worth the ride to visit. We are not hosting the run as simply a means of supporting the magazine, but as a fun way to promote partners and cool destinations all across the state. Every stop has been recommended by riders and readers of Thunder Roads. We have then checked them out and determined that they are a biker friendly stop that we would recommend to you! Every stop should be friendly and offer a fun experience. Throughout the summer we will keep adding new stops in order to keep things exciting for you – the readers and riders on the run. We’re bikers and it’s all about the ride. We want to help create fun experiences for you and share some cool spots in our state. And we want to discover new spots as well, which is why we are encouraging everyone to nominate their favorite riding destinations. Again this is not simply a sales tool for us. We have designed this run to entertain and challenge our readers – as well as promote our partners. Thunder Roads will also be registering riders for Ride Cards at specific events throughout the year as we distribute magazines. You will see us at Rallies, Bike Nights, and other designated events throughout the summer. Many of these events will have special booths for registration and offer special incentives both for those registering for the cards and those checking in with their previously issued cards. We are also working with charities and various non-profit events to include them in the Run schedule as well. This will be an easy means of encouraging participation and attracting riders from outside the local communities. In many cases, we will have specific prize drawings for those at these events Based upon the number of stops, distance ridden, and certain bonuses offered at the locations – riders will earn points every month. Thunder Roads will track these points and award prizes throughout the riding season based upon the run rankings and points being added during specific periods of time. For instance, we will be awarding prize packages to the point leaders amongst both the men and women riders. We will recognize the riders with both the highest cumulative points – and the most earned during the specific month.

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at all stops. Some Thunder Roads Sponsors will also be offering discounts to readers that present the cards. You will find some of these discounts listed in the magazine, but we would encourage you to ask the stop if they have any special promotions for Ride Card holders. Thunder Roads will also be selecting rider checks-in’s randomly each month from across the state for special incentives. During the month of May, Thunder Roads has teamed with Ohio Bike Week to offer several VIP Bike Week packages that include hotels and meet n’ greets with national performers! It all may sound confusing but it really boils down to a simple process: 1.

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You can your card by going to a Registration Stop (listed here in the magazine), going to a Thunder Run Event (also listed here in the magazine), or by signing up online. In person registrations are ALWAYS free, however there is a $10 registration fee to sign up on-line. The proceeds from this help support charitable motorcycle events across Ohio. PLEASE NOTE: Some events and Registration Stops may run out of Cards due to demand. Please call ahead to avoid problems whenever possible. Thanks! 2. Get the list of stops each month from your Thunder Roads Magazine, the website (ThunderRoadsOhio.com), or facebook (www.facebook.com/thunderroadsohio ) 3. Get out and Ride! Hit the stops and show them your card. For the month of July, you will receive: 10 points for each stop you sign-in at You are also eligible for the following bonuses in JUly: +10 points if you spend at least $10 at the location. +20 points if you spend more then $100 at the location. Plus we will DOUBLE your points for locations more then 100 miles from your home, or give you FOUR TIMES your points for locations more then 200 miles from your home! Just sign-in after completing your transactions and points are based upon total spent per card member.

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BTR Challenge: The 2012 Dealership Run [Due to the weather and out of concern for participants safety, Thunder Roads extended the Dealership Run through the end of August.] We have broken out a list of 15 stops – all premium motorcycle dealerships – spread across the state. On the next page we have a “clipboard checklist” for you to cut out of the mag (yes, just this once). On one side is a map – and the other a checklist for you to mark off.

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through the support of our sponsors and partners all across the state. We have secured several key sponsorships already, but opportunities remain. If your business would like to get involved, this is a great way to promote yourself all across the state in a positive manner. Have a Stop in mind for the Run? If you have a venue or event that you would like to get involved in the run, please don’t hesitate to let us know about it. If it’s your place, we will get in touch shortly with more information on the run and what’s involved. If you are recommending a spot for someone else – we will reach out to them and let them know they have been nominated. If you can suggest a contact person, that can help expedite the process. You can send information to BuckeyeThunderRun@gmail.com What do you do at a Stop?

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Ride Stop

7377 Lakeshore Blvd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 257-3557

A biker friendly stop that opens up at 6am, 365 days a year!

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Athens Sport Cycles

Registration and Ride Stop

165 Columbus Rd., Athens, Ohio 45701 (740) 592-1692

A solid dealership in the midst of some of Ohio’s best riding country. A beautiful area to explore.

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Bailey Road Tavern

Ride Stop

2920 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 (330) 920-8350

Biker Friendly Neighborhood Pub with Great Food

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Bears

Ride Stop

408 West Main St Ravenna, OH 44266 (330) 297-7755

Vintage Harley Museum and one of the coolest, most knowledgable proprietors around make this a must stop for any rider.

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Blutos

Ride Stop

33 E. Seminary St. Norwalk, OH 44857 (419) 668-8862

A great local biker bar with friendly crowd! Just east of Sandusky and Ohio Bike Week.

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Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson

Registration Stop

1213 Cincinnati Ave (866) 218-1452

An active Harley-Davidson® Dealership with plenty of great events!

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Carlton HarleyDavidson

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

11771 State Route 44 (330) 274-3141

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Cheshire Choppers

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

2102 Elm Rd Cortland, OH 44410 (740) 362-0695

Great shop with a fun, unique approach to bikes.

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Competition Accessories

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

343 W. Leffel Springfield, OH 45506 (937) 323-0513

Incredible Motorcycle Superstore with great selection of bikes, parts, and accessories.

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Crazy Fox

Ride Stop

112 W. Mansfield St. (419) 562-1256

A great old school biker bar with live music, a great patio, and just an authentic feel. Not to be missed!

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DW3’s

Ride Stop

1851 South Broadway Geneva, Ohio 44041 (440) 466-7988

Right on 534, Right off I90 - DW3’s is a unique bar (all second floor - above a drive thru and service area) that’s worth stopping at before or after you hit the STRIP (Geneva-on-the-Lake).

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Frog Town

Ride Stop

2515 South 3rd St. Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 532-8337

A Motorcycle Rally In-Itself, Frog Town is worthy of a ride from anywhere in the state.

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Hamilton’s Pub

Ride Stop

4866 Thompson Rd. Columbus, OH 43230 (614) 775-0007

An “Upscale Neighborhood Bar” with a great Tuesday Bike Night.

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Harley-Davidson Sales & Service

Registration Stop

862 County Rd R3 Napoleon, OH 43545 (419) 592-7123

Northwest Ohio Harley-Davidson ® Dealership celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year!

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Harley-Davidson Sales Company

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

14550 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 (216) 252-3111

Family owned Harley-Davidson dealership with a long history of active involvement in the motorcycle community.

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Hide Away Country Inn

Ride Stop

1601 State Route 4 Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419) 562-3013

A quaint Country Inn hosts a Thursday Bike Night featuring an incredible “biker menu” prepared by their European Trained Chef. A great overnight escapre for bikers touring central Ohio.

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High Tide

Ride Stop

5504 Lake Road Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44004 (440) 466-7990

Incredibly friendly local bar on “The Strip” at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Good Food Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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Hocking Hills Motorcycle Ranch

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

26860 US Hwy 33 (740) 385-4467

A cool retail shop in the midst of some of Ohio’s best roads to ride.

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IRON PONY

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

5436 Westerville Road (614) 901-PONY

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Jackass Flats

Ride Stop

6024 Rip Rap Road (937) 236-4329

Dayton, OH 45424

Enjoy an escape to the Outback and take in one of the best bike nights in the state, worth a ride from the far corners of the Buckeye State!

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Just for Fun Honda

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

15255 Kinsman Rd (440) 632-1362

Middlefield, OH 44062

Honda Dealership in the midst of Northeast Ohio’s Amish Country. Plenty of great spots to see around it.

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Knuckleheads

Ride Stop

2012 Cleveland Rd WHuron, OH 44839 (419) 433-6944

A real, “old school” biker bar nestled in a shopping center right off Route 2.

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Mad River HarleyDavidson

Registration Stop

5316 State Rt. 250/Milan Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 502-2244

A huge Harley-Davidson ® Dealership with events and rides almost every weekend. Major Sponsor and Host of Ohio Bike Week

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Margaritaville

Ride Stop

212 Fremont Ave Sandusky, OH (419) 627-8903

One of the most popular riding destinations in the entire state. This biker friendly bar features a great deck that was designed specifically for riders! Host of the Thunder Roads Thunder Zone during Ohio Bike Week!

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Mason Jar

Ride Stop

4408 Mason Rd.Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 359-1159

A great local biker friendly bar. Always a good time with a friendly crowd.

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Playmakers

Ride Stop

9729 Granger Rd.Garfield Heights, OH 44125 (216) 663-8000

A high-energy sports bar with amazing food that caters to bikers.

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Powder Keg Harley-Davidson

Registration Stop

2383 Kings Center Court, Mason, OH (513) 204-6962

A stone’s throw from King’s Island - this active Harley-Davidson® dealership hosts regular Bike Nights and plenty of other events!

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Quicksilver Cycleworks

Ride Stop

140 E. Pratt Street, Johnstown, OH 43031 (740) 966-3073

A great “Old School” bike shop with solid veterans of the business. Reasonable rates and straight answers make this a recommended stop!

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Regulators

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

2827 Marion Marysville Rd (740) 382-6054

Owned and operated by Bikers for Bikers - Regulators is one of our favorite riding stops.

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Roadhouse 66

Ride Stop

480 E Wilson Bridge Rd # A Worthington, OH 43085 (614) 505-6140

Enjoy a cool nostalgic feel at a cool riding destination that hosts Bike Nights both Wednesday and Thursday

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Sassy’s

Ride Stop

10755 Ravenna Rd. (330) 998-6529

A very female friendly biker bar with a cool cutting edge look to it. Oh - and they have great food as well!

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Shag-A-Lees

Ride Stop

381 Ashland Rd. Mansfield, OH 44905 (419) 526-9179

Very cool, old school Biker Bar minutes from the “Shawshank” reformatory.

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Snuffy’s Reloaded

Ride Stop

1313 St. Rt. 6 Bradner, OH 43406 (419) 288-1718

Great riding destination a short ride from Sandusky and Ohio Bike Week. Great Burgers!

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South East HarleyDavidson

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

23105 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-5300

A great family owned Harley-Davidson ® Dealership with the world famous Harley Diner inside!

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Sportsterz

Ride Stop

5422 Lake Rd E. Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-2361

Great riding destination in the midst of Geneva-On-The-Lake. Possibly the most Biker Friendly Town in Ohio

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Survivors Club

Ride Stop

5236 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041 (440) 466-3994

On the East end of “The Strip”, this is a biker friendly stop with great food and drink specials everyday!

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The Dog House

Ride Stop

589 Broadway Ave.Bedford, OH 44146 (440) 439-5046

Uniquely spicy and simply amazing chili tops incredible dogs that distract you from incredible subs. Editors Recommendation: everything Dog and the Hot Italian Sub! (Just not at the same time!)

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The Pavillion

Ride Stop

5276 Lake Rd E Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-3283

A Biker Haven that anchors one of Ohio’s Greatest Riding Destionations: Geneva on the Lake

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The Rig

Ride Stop

9421 East Market St. (330) 856-7992

Biker Friendly Bar with great wings. Cool Monday Bike Night w DJ and PARTY crowd.

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The Villa

Ride Stop

6303 Rip Rap Road (937) 237-0091

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Thiel’s Wheels

Registration and Ride Stop

350 Tarhe Trail, Upper Sandusky, OH (419) 294-4951

Great active dealership with multiple factory lines. Hosts multiple bike nights every week and gets involved in countless community events.

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Towne House Tavern

Ride Stop

199 David St. Marion, OH 43302 (740) 383-9887

A traditional biker friendly destination in the midst of Marion and Central Ohio.

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Valley HarleyDavidson

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

41255 Reco RoadBelmont, OH (740) 695-9591

Harley-Davidson ® Dealership in the midst of Southeastern Ohio and beautiful riding country!

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Vaughn’s

Ride Stop

10983 State Route 212 NE Bolivar, Ohio 44612 (330) 874-1092

A very cool, laid back stop that offers great food in a casual atmosphere. Great patio and they don’t mind you parking on the grass!

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Warren HarleyDavidson

Registration Stop and Ride Stop

2102 Elm Rd Cortland, OH 44410 (330) 395-4700

Great community oriented Harley-Davidson ® Dealership with a Racing Team that just won a AHDRA National Championship

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Western Reserve Harley-Davidson

Registration and Ride Stop

8567 Tyler Blvd 974-6900

Harley-Davidson ® Dealership in Lake County with plenty of great stops in the area.

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Zeppe’s

Ride Stop

11110 Kinsman Rd. Newbury, OH 44065 (440) 564-1300

Rockbridge, OH Westerville, OH 43081

Marion, OH 43302

Twinsburg, OH 44087

Warren, OH 44484 Huber Heights, OH 45424

Mentor, OH 44060 (440)

The Motorcycle SUPERSTORE that you just have to see. Possibly the largest motorcycle store in the world? And it’s right here in Ohio.

The Villa was chosen as our very first Biker Bar of the month and it remains one of our favorites. A late night Wednesday Bike Night is always a great time. Outdoor bars and stage.

Great food and a new patio, surrounded by open roads with limited lights or stops make this a solid riding destination. Wednesday Bike Nights.

Thunder Roads reserves the right to modify, change, end, and cancel this promotion – due to the constraints of operating within the real world.

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here are countless Bike Nights held every week, all Summer long in Ohio; but few, if any, compare to Wednesday Nights at Jackass Flats. Jackass Flats is an authentic, “outback” themed stop just east of Dayton in Huber Heights. It has a sprawling layout that seems to just invite folks to stop by and make themselves at home. Each week, hundreds of motorcycles come out and fill the lots and fields surrounding the Flats. But it’s not just the numbers – but the people that make Jackass Flats one of the best Bike Nights anywhere. People just come on out and have a good time. Folks from all backgrounds and interests come together and enjoy themselves. Sport bikes, cruisers, European enthusiasts, V-Twin riders – you’ll see them all at Jackass Flats! Terry Smith, the owner, has long been a riding advocate and has hosted bike nights since before they were the rage. He has a great, relaxed attitude that seems to run rampant throughout his establishment. Jeff – the General Manager, the staff, and certainly the guests have a friendly, welcoming approach. Bikers flock here because of this atmosphere. Jackass Flats embraces just about every aspect of the biker lifestyle from their incredible Bike Night to hosting countless rides. There is also the Jackass Flats Motorcycle Club, a non-profit riding club whose members are riders, passengers, and enthusiasts that call the Flats home! They host runs throughout the summer and help plan rides to support other benefits throughout the area. (www.facebook.

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com/pages/JackAss-FlatsMotorcycle-Club) On Sundays, Jackass Flats hosts The First Heavy Metal Church of Christ – Dayton’s first biker church. This is a come as you are church for people that may not feel comfortable in a traditional church. Pastor Brian is an inspirational speaker that many bikers can relate to. A singer in the popular band Saint Helion’s – he states that “Every Saint has a past and every Hellion has a future!” He stresses that you don’t have to be a biker to attend – and that everyone is welcome. That’s a re-occurring theme found at Jackass Flats! (www. heavymetalchurch.com or www. facebook.com/pages/The-FirstHeavy-Metal-Church-of-Christ) For those “foodies” out there, it’s worth noting that Jackass Flats serves up some great food throughout the week. On Bike Nights and events they grill out – but they offer pizza and a lunch specials daily. On Saturdays they have $1 Burgers which are almost worth making the ride across state for themselves! Thunder Roads Ohio is proud to have Jackass Flats as a Thunder Run Stop and Sponsor of our magazine. You can pick up copies at the lower bar each month, but hurry as they often fly out the door!

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Geneva-on-the-Lake Sportsterz

5422 Lake Rd E. Geneva, OH 44041

The Pavilion

5276 Lake Rd E Geneva, OH 44041

High Tide

5504 Lake Road Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44004

Survivors Club

5236 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041

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n June, the Travel Channel came out to Geneva-on-theLake (GOTL) to film for Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Competition. GOTL was selected as one of the 6 top finalists in the category of “Most Fun Small Towns in America”. This should come as no surprise to anyone that is familiar with Geneva-on-the-Lake; but should serve as a wake-up call to all of you that have missed GOTL in your two wheeled travels. Not only is Geneva-on-the-Lake one of the “Most Fun – Small Towns in America”, it is undoubtedly one of the most biker friendly towns in Ohio – possibly the entire Midwest. Over 130 years ago, Geneva-on-the-Lake was developed as a resort community and currently touts itself as Ohio’s First Summer Resort. While Ohio may have many “resort” destinations, it’s hard to imagine one more comfortable and laid back as Geneva-on-the-Lake. GOTL has an incredibly unique, almost retro feel all along its main, mile long “Strip” that runs along the Lake Erie shore. There’s a little bit of everything on this tight strip of businesses, cottages, and parks. From polished fine dining to putput courses and more then a few taverns there’s something for everyone – and somehow Geneva-on-the-Lake blends it all together! Wandering down “the Strip” you’ll see folks from just about every background imaginable – from professionals vacationing with kids to young couples getting away for just the evening. It’s a fun, safe environment that welcomes all – young and old! And unlike just about every other destination that considers itself a resort, Geneva-on-the-Lake isn’t the least bit pretentious and rates are fairly reasonable throughout the town. Add it all together – and you have the makings of a VERY biker friendly destination. And there are bikers – plenty of bikers! In fact, Thunder Roads has more Thunder Run Stops in Geneva then any other area in Ohio. Sportsterz, The Pavilion, High Tide, Survivors Club, and DW3’s were all chosen as recommended riding destinations for Card holders. Truth be told, we could probably add another dozen without even pushing it! From Gyro Mike to the

countless wineries, there are plenty of cool spots to hit in the Geneva area. Throw them all together – and you have an incredible riding destination with something for EVERYONE! For the last 5 years, several of the local business owners have put together one of our favorite rallies of the year – Thunder On The Strip. Thunder On The Strip is a fun event that involves the entire stretch of downtown Geneva-on-the-Lake. Riders can wander from stop to stop; and enjoy great entertainment and camaraderie. The laid back, casual atmosphere of GOTL is a perfect fit for bikers. “A few years ago we came out to Thunder On The Strip for the weekend and it rained the entire time. We still had a blast and despite the weather… there were still more motorcycles then cars on the Strip! This is Ohio’s bikertown!” - Thunder Roads reader This year’s 6th Edition starts on Thursday, September 6th and runs through Sunday, September 9th. Thunder Roads is proud to be a promotional partner of Thunder On The Strip and we will be hosting a THUNDER ROADS ZONE this year at Sportsterz. We will have displays set up; and the Iron Angels® will be hosting events and giveaways! But more on that in our next issue! We strongly recommend Geneva-on-the-Lake as a recommended riding destination any evening – or as a weekend get-away! We have a number of Thunder Run stops throughout the village, but make sure you make some stops in between!

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Dealership

Location and Phone

Athens Sport Cycles

165 Columbus Rd. Athens, Ohio 45701 (740) 592-1692

Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson

1213 Cincinnati Ave, Xenia, OH 45385 (866) 218-1452

Carlton Harley-Davidson

11771 State Route 44, Mantua, OH 44255 (330) 274-3141

Competition Accessories

343 W. Leffel, Springfield, OH 45506 (937) 323-0513

Harley-Davidson Sales & Service

862 County Rd R3, Napoleon, OH 43545 (419) 592-7123

Harley-Davidson Sales Company

14550 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, OH 44111 (216) 252-3111

IRON PONY

5436 Westerville Road, Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 901-PONY

Just for Fun Honda

15255 Kinsman Rd, Middlefield, OH 44062 (440) 632-1362

Mad River Harley-Davidson

5316 State Rt. 250/Milan Rd, Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 502-2244

Powder Keg Harley-Davidson

2383 Kings Center Court, Mason, OH (513) 204-6962

South East Harley-Davidson

23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-5300

Thiel’s Wheels

350 Tarhe Trail, Upper Sandusky, OH (419) 294-4951

Valley Harley-Davidson

41255 Reco Road, Belmont, OH (740) 695-9591

Warren Harley-Davidson

2102 Elm Rd, Cortland, OH 44410 (330) 395-4700

Western Reserve Harley-Davidson

8567 Tyler Blvd

Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 974-6900

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Hogs for Hound’s Northeast Ohio Ride, June 24th

     The first ever “Hog’s for Hound’s” Benefit Poker Run on June 24th for “Fido’s Companion” at Mulligan’s Pub & Grille in Avon was a great success. First timers Mike Sherrill (Co-Founder), Kathy Smola and Kelly Smick did a great job putting this run together and want to THANK Derek Smith and Thunder Roads for their help guiding us and sponsoring this event. “Hog’s for Hounds” had 107 bikes register and everyone received a t-shirt with registration fees (which all went to Fido’s). It was a SAFE, Fun filled day which saved numerous dogs from DEATH ROW! Fido’s Companion is a small 501 (C) 3 RESCUE Organization out of Avon, Ohio. They are VOLUNTEERS who rescue dog’s from death row. Primarily from Lorain County Dog Pound. They also assist with stray dogs and cats funding their spay/ neuter and vet bills for other independent local rescues. They strive to find new forever homes willing to commit a lifetime of companionship and compassion for each dog rescued. – Contributed by Event Organizers, Photos by Mike Smeck

Chapel Hill House Poker Run Central Ohio, May 19th

Each year The Friends of Chapel Hill House hold a poker run to benefit Chapel Hill House. This years 8th Annual Chapel Hill House Poker Run on May 19, 2012 at the American Legion Post 368 in Prospect Ohio was a huge success. We had 144 this year which is a record. With the support of both the biker community, as well as the local community “The Friends” were able to raise $17,421.00 to help keep Chapel Hill House running and helping the families who desperately need it. Chapel Hill House is a place of respite for families dealing with childhood cancer and all of it’s terrible effects. You can find out more about Chapel Hill House and all the great things it does for families by going to, www.chapelhillhouse.org . You can keep up with The Friends of Chapel Hill House on facebook. We’ll see you at our next poker run on May 18, 2013! – Contributed by Event Organizers, Photos by Dennis Albright 64

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Theil’s ½ Way Bike Night Bash Central Ohio, July 18th

Riders left Jed’s Barbecue & Brew in Findlay which hosts Theil’s bike nights on Tuesdays, Carnies Grill & Bar in Tiffin which hosts Theil’s bike nights on Thursdays, Regulators Bar & Grill in Marion which hosts Theil’s bike nights on Wednesdays and converged on Theil’s Wheels Harley Davidson in Upper Sandusky July 18th for their “Annual 1/2 Way Bike Night Bash”.  The band Diesel provided the music while everyone enjoyed good food, drinks and great door prizes. Please remember you can enter FREE each week to win a Harley at any one of their hosted bike nights. Theil’s Final Bike Night and Harley Raffle will be at their dealership in Upper Sandusky Saturday, Sept 29th 3-6pm. You must be present to win. Music will be provided by The Rock-n-Roll Outlaws. Hope to see you all there. Always a good time. – TRO, Dennis Albright

South East Harley-Davidson Ferrari Night Northeast Ohio, June 22nd

South East Harley Davidson presented one of Northeast Ohio’s longest running car and bike shows with the 23rd Annual Ferrari Night on Friday, June 22nd. Many familiar faces and vehicles graced the show; and everyone had a great time. There were several new additions to the evening, as the Food Truck craze struck with a half dozen of the celebrity diven mobile caterers staking out the back lot. Next door, the newest addition to the Bedford Heights Motorcycle Mile opened its door – South East’s Gears & Chears! We are excited to see more events and rides take advantage of this unique looking restaurant with a great looking back patio. – TRO STAFF Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

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product review:

premium luggage

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Now that summer is in full swing, vacation time will be spent traveling the winding roads while discovering all the hidden gems and interesting roadside attractions that make this country great. From my own personal experience, I can tell you the space on a motorcycle is at a premium, and while on these adventures it never fails that a purchase or two are made that require more space to carry that I don’t have. There are two ways of handling this problem, the first is to plan ahead and realize that you will need extra space so don’t pack to the point that you cannot add anything along the way. The other is to make sure you have the proper gear for the trip. You want enough space to be able to add items along the way, but don’t want so much space that bags are flopping around and not staying secured. While many companies make such luggage, there are pros and cons to all of them, but in the last year Harley-Davidson has redesigned what they offer and introduced their Premium Luggage Collection. In my honest opinion, I believe they have removed most, if not all the negatives that I would have complained about in their previous lines. Let us unzip and look inside at everything this new line of Premium Luggage has to offer us. The Collection offers us eight unique ways of packing our cargo for those long road trips, daily rides or to and from work. With Rider-Friendly Details such as ergonomically designed, large, glove friendly zipper pulls, and solid oversized custom handles for easy transport from the bike to the hotel. The collection also features multi-purpose interlocking D-rings for easy attachment of bungee cords, cargo nets, or other premium luggage items. While fancy aesthetics were a large factor in the design of these bags, we all know strength and durability are the features that sell them. Harley-Davidson used 1680 denier ballistic grade nylon to maintain their sturdy shape while protecting your belongings. The nylon is coated with a high grade UV protectant that will maintain that rich black color through years of baking under that scorching summer sun. When the sun disappears and the rain closes in, the integrated 190 denier nylon rain cover will keep things dry while featuring the same 3MTM ScotchliteTM reflective strip as the piping used to line the sharp edges of their new design. The collection starts off with the Touring Luggage System that features the Large Touring Bag and the Day Bag combination. The Large Touring Bag measures in at 20”W x 10”D x 17”T with a capacity of 3000 cubic inches, while the Day Bag measures in at 13”W x 10”D x 9”T and has a capacity of 900 cubic inches. This system gives you the most versatility for whatever needs you may require. You can use each bag independently or combine them for the ultimate touring setup. If this system is a little too much for your needs you can purchase the Large Touring Bag or the Day Bag individually. 66

For those of you that want maximum space with the convenience of not having to lug that heavy bag all the way to your hotel room, the Rolling Touring Bag is a perfect match for you. This piece, a slightly larger bag than the Large Touring Bag, features sealed ballbearing wheels and a locking two position extension handle for easy transport. The bag measures in at 18.5”W x 10.5”D x 18”T and has a total capacity of 3100 cubic inches. If you like the design of the small Day Bag but need more space, then the Overnight Bag is just what you are looking for. This versatile bag is ideal for shorter trips and will work with either sissy bars or tour-pak racks. The Overnight Bag dimensions come in at 16.5”W x 12”D x 11”T and has a total capacity of 1700 cubic inches. If you say to yourself that you don’t have a backrest to mount a bag to, but need some space to carry your after work clothes, then the Sissy Bar Backpack is just for you. This bag is a school backpack inspired bag that will work with a sissy bar, or if you like to roll bar-less then you can wear it like your back in high school. This ultimate backpack features a padded internal laptop pocket and smart storage compartments. Measurements come in at 14”W x 13”D x 18.5”T with a total capacity to 1600 cubic inches. As I stated earlier, the Day Bag featured in the Touring Luggage System is now available to purchase separately. This is the perfect bag for those daily commutes to and from work, while featuring 2 exterior pockets and 1 zippered mesh interior pocket. The Day Bag, the smallest and lowest priced bag in the collection, measures in at 13”W x 10”D x 9”T and has a capacity of 900 cubic inches. The last two bags in this incredible collection are exclusive for those of you whose rides come complete with a tour-pak equipped with a luggage rack. First up is the Tour-pak Rack Bag that is perfect for overnight trips or a quick weekend getaway. This bag features a hard shell liner for added shape retention when you don’t pack this one to the gills. Dimensions include 20.5”W x 13”D x 9.5”T with a capacity 2000 cubic inches. Last but not least, the Collapsible Tour-pak Bag that features, you guessed it, the ability to expand for ample storage space. When this bag is fully expanded it measures 20”W x 12”D x 12”T and 2700 cubic inches. Whatever your situation, Harley has a bag that will fit your packing needs. Take a ride to your local Harley hangout to get your hands on one of these great pieces of luggage and tell ‘em the Slinger sent you! — Dean “Deano” Whitmire Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


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Biker Friendly Directory

Attorneys Motor Eagles motoreagles.com 1-888-75-BIKER

DW3’s Saloon 1851 South Broadway Geneva, OH 44041

Ralph Buss RalphBuss.com 1-800-ON-A-BIKE

Frog Town USA 2515 S. 3rd St Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 532-8337

Bail Bonds Frank Valli Agency 1907 Cleveland Rd. Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 626-5673

Hamilton’s Pub & Patio 4866 Thompson Rd. Columbus, OH 43230 (614) 775-0007

Biker Bars & Restaurants 2 Cans 7413 Wahl Rd Whites Landing, OH 43464 306 Lounge 7377 Lakeshore Blvd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 257-3557 Anchor Bay Carryout & Pub 12328 County Rd 27 West Unity, OH 43570 (419) 237-2728 At Witz End 38501 Lakeshore Blvd. Willoughby, OH 44094 (440) 942-6520 Bailey Road Tavern 2920 Bailey Road Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221 (330) 920-8350 Blue Eagle 218 ½ State Bettsville, OH 44815 (419) 986-5639 Bluto’s Sport’s Bar & Grill 33 E. Seminary St. Norwalk, OH 44857 (419) 668-8862 Crazee Mule Saloon 6188 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43231 (614) 818-9007 Crazy Fox Saloon 112 W. Mansfield St. Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419) 562-1256 The Dog House 589 Broadway Ave Bedford, OH 44146 (440) 786-2260 78

High Tide 5504 Lake Road Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44004 (440) 466-7990 Jackass Flats 6024 Rip Rap Road Dayton, OH 45424 (937) 236-4329 Jimmy Bukkett’s 2815 N. County Rd 198 Fremont, OH 43420 (419) 334-3313 Kate & Al’s 105 S. Main St Gibsonburg, OH (419) 637-7326 Keystone Pub & Patio 1081 Gemini Place Columbus, OH 43240 (614) 847-0007 Knucklehead Saloon 2012 Cleveland Rd W Huron, OH 44839 (419) 433-6944 Little Bar on the Prairie 400 N. Stone St Fremont, OH 43420 (419) 334-9244 Margaritaville 212 Fremont Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 627-8903 The Mason Jar 4408 Mason Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 359-1159 Nowhere Tavern 106 E. Main St Bellevue, OH 44811 (419) 483-2110

The Pavilion 5276 Lake Rd. E Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-3283 Playmakers Sports Grille 9729 Granger Rd. Garfield Heights, OH 44125 (216) 663-8000 Quaker Steak & Lube 5800 Interstate Blvd Austintown, Ohio 44515 (330) 349-9464 7834 Reynolds Rd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 954-9464 6073 Dressler Rd, NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 433-9464 4900 Transportation Drive Sheffield, Ohio 44054 (440)934-9464 5935 Canal Rd Valley View, OH 44125 (216) 986-9500 5150 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 (440) 967-3724 Regulators Bar & Grill 2827 Marion Marysville Rd Marion, OH 43302 (740) 382-6054 Roadhouse 66 480 E. Wilson Bridge Rd #A Worthington, OH 43085 (614) 505-6140 Sassy’s Bar & Grill 10755 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, OH 44087 (330) 486-0978 Scoundrel’s 826 Front Street Berea, Ohio 44017 (440) 234-3455

(614) 433-0077 Snuffy’s Reloaded 1313 St. Rt. 6 Bradner, OH 43406 (419) 288-1718 Sportsterz 5422 Lake Rd E. Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-2361 Survivors Club 5236 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041 (440) 466-3994 The Rig Pub & Eatery 9421 East Market St. Warren, OH 44484 (330) 856-7992 Towne House Tavern 199 David St. Marion, OH 43302 (740) 383-9887 Vaughan’s Pub & Grill 20983 State Rte 212 NE Bolivar, OH 44612 (330) 874-1092 The Villa Tavern 6303 Rip Rap Road Huber Heights, OH 45424 (937) 237-0091 Vs Sports Bar & Grill 864 Cochoction Johnstown, OH 43031 (740) 966-3245 Zeppe’s Tavern & Pizzeria 11110 Kinsman Rd. Newbury, OH 44065 (440) 564-1300 Bike (& Cage) Washes Wet Willy’s 21813 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146

Shag-A-Lee’s 381 Ashland Rd. Mansfield, OH 44905 (419) 526-9179

CCW Classes Dayton CCW (937) 486-4229 daytonccw.com Freedom Health and Safety Training Center (740) CPR-LIVE freedomhealthandsafety.com

Slapsy Maxie’s Neighborhood Pub 1019 Mediterranean Ave. Columbus, OH 43229

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High Caliber Pistol Instruction LLC (440)984-4551 highcaliberpistol.com Mike’s Gun Sales (937) 570-0437 mikesgunsales@aol.com Ohio CCW4u (740) 621-1584 ohioccw4u.com Right To Carry LLC (216) 469-0866 righttocarryllc.com

Rider Insurance 1-800-595-6393 www.rider.com

Nasty Baggers Orlando, FL 1-800-649-0884

Lodging The Broken Spoke Saloon Campground Sturgis, SD (877) 653-6679 brokenspoke.com/campground

Retail 911 Clothing 5011 Brookpark Rd Cleveland, OH 44134 (216) 398-7088

Camp Sandusky 3518 Tiffin Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 626-1133

Scooterz-N-Shooterz 1840 Town Park Blvd # D Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 563-4683

Glencoe Campground 20555 Glencoe Dr. Sturgis, SD 57785 (605) 347-4712 glencoecamp.com

Ohio Self Defense Marion, Ohio (614) 537-2262 ohioselfdefense@yahoo.com

Plantation Motel 2815 Cleveland Rd. East Huron, OH 44839 (877) 677-2770

Walsh Defensive Firearms Training Center LLC 5335 Broadview Rd Parma, OH 44134 (216) 339-3824

Parts & Accessories Amsoil Brian Heitkamp Independent Dealer Rockford, Ohio (419) 942-1724 www.lubedealer.com/savinggreen Amsoil Tom LaPuma Independent Dealer Willoughby, Ohio (440) 477-8085

Custom Paint & Airbrush Exhale Airbrushing 40 Twin Lakes Dr. Enon, OH (937) 267-6586 FlameThrower Customs Doylestown, OH flamethrowercustoms.com (330) 658-2805 Wizard Graphics 11497 Youngstown Pittsburg Rd New Middleton, OH 44442 (330) 542-4444 Equipment Tourtec Trailers 7447 Allentown Road Elida, OH 45807 (419) 236-5911 Gym & Fitness Centers King’s Gym 24775 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-KING Insurance Geico Motorcycle Insurance (513) 794-3426 geico.com

Arts Parts Custom Cycle & Service 35 E. Church St. Marshallville, OH 44645 (330) 855-3762 Bear’s Vintage MetalWorks 408 West Main St Ravenna, OH 44266 (330) 297-7755 Bikes2NV 5728 Westbourne Ave Columbus, OH 43213 (866) 739-BIKE Brukus PO Box 2515 Mount Pleasant, SC 29465 (843) 822-6582 F-4 Custom Windshields (330) 968-4644 www.f4customs.com

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Atocha Treasure Company 9500 Corkscrew Palms Circle Suite 1 Estero, FL 33928 atocha1622.com Avon Boot Shop 38450 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011 (440) 934-3230 Bison Leather 7409 W. Central Ave Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 517-1737 Boot Corral 7747 Mentor Ave Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 918-1332 Erie Street Leather 416 Erie Street N Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 833-2672 Hard Luck Designs 112 Coventry Ct. Lancaster, OH 43130 (740) 808-2901 Granny’s Cycle 2443 S. 5th St. Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 534-9463 Hocking Hills Motorcycle Ranch 26860 US Hwy 33 Rockbridge, OH (740) 385-4467 Iron Pony 5436 Westerville Road Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 901-PONY Military Pride 29348 Euclid Ave Wickliffe, OH 44092 (440) 944-5180 Norton Sporting Goods 100 Norton Rd Waldo, OH 43356 (740) 726-2616

Scooterz-N-Shooterz 1840 Town Park Blvd Suite D Uniontown, OH 44685 (330) 563-4683 Three Olde Hens & A Rooster 22 South Main St. Ashley, OH 43003 (740) 361-2470 TRD Leather 6321 Detroit Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44102 (216) 631-6233 Urban Gardens Marion, OH (740) 375-2800 urbangardensohio.com Vivid Jewelers 27217 Wolf Rd Bay Village, OH 44140 (440) 835-0111  Sales Adventure Harley-Davidson 1465 State Rt 39 NW  Dover, OH 44622  (330) 364-6519  Apex Powersports 938 Cookson Ave, SE New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 308-8900 Athens Sport Cycles 165 Columbus Rd. Athens, OH 45701 (740) 592-1692 Buckminn’s D&D Harley-Davidson 1213 Cincinnati Ave Xenia, OH 45385 (866) 218-1452 Carlton Harley-Davidson 11771 State Route 44 Mantua, OH 44255 (330) 274-3141 Century Harley-Davidson 3053 Eastpointe Drive Medina, OH 44256 (330) 721-1702 Cleveland’s Harley-Davidson Sales Company 14550 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 (216) 252-3111 79


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Sales continued... Competiton Accessories 343 W. Leffel Springfield, OH 45506 (937) 323-0513 Hales Harley-Davidson 1400 Harrington Memorial Rd. Mansfield, OH 44903 (419) 522-8602 Harley-DavidsonSales&Service 862 County Rd R3 Napoleon, OH 43545 (419) 592-7123 Honda of Marysville 640 Coleman’s Crossing Blvd Marysville, OH 43040 (866) 645-4080 Integrity Cycles 156 Dering Ave Columbus, OH 43207 (800) 969-2005 Iron Hogz Power Sports 6387 N. State Route 48 Lebanon, OH 45036 (513) 836-3824 Just for Fun Honda 15255 Kinsman Rd. Middlefield, OH 44062 (440) 632-1362 Mad River Harley-Davidson 5316 State Rt. 250/Milan Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 502-2244 Motohio 5936 Scarborough Blvd. Columbus, OH 43232 (614) 759-6686 Motorcycle Maxx 5838 Columbus Blvd Lewis Center, OH 43035 (614) 883-5800 Pony Motorsports 5436 Westerville Road Westerville, OH 43081 (614) 901-PONY

Signature Harley-Davidson 1176 Professional Dr Perrysburg, OH 43551 (419) 873-2453 South East Cycles 23105 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-5300 South East Harley-Davidson 23105 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, Oh 44146 (440) 439-5300 The Speed Factory 2864 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43202 (614) 267-7333 Toledo Harley-Davidson 7960 W. Central Ave Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 843-7892 Treasure Coast HarleyDavidson 4967 SE Federal Hwy Stuart, FL 34997 (772) 287-3871 Warren Harley-Davidson 2102 Elm Rd Cortland, OH 44410 (330) 395-4700 Western Reserve HarleyDavidson 8567 Tyler Blvd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 974-6900 Valley Harley-Davidson 41255 Reco Road Belmont, OH (740) 695-9591 Service American V-Twin 3440 Port Union Road Fairfield, OH 45014 (513) 515-9249 Arts Parts Custom Cycle & Service 35 E. Church St. Marshallville, OH 44645 (330) 855-3762

Powder Keg Harley-Davidson 2383 Kings Center Court Mason, OH (513) 204-6962

Balcer Performance & Restoration 565 Broadway Ave Unit R Bedford, OH 44146 (440) 945-6829

Rubber City Harley-Davidson 32 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave Akron, OH 44310 (330) 535-9900

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Bad Ass Tattoo 46065 Telegraph Rd Amherst, OH 44001 (440) 986-3845 The Dragons Cachet #1 118 W. Chillicothe Ave Bellefontaine, OH 43311 (937) 599-2258 The Dragon’s Cachet #2 320 N. Gaver Monroe, OH 43311 (937) 599-2258 Empire Ink 335 E. Cuyahoga Falls Ave. Akron, OH 44310 (330) 928-9833

Iron City Choppers 1119 ½ 3rd St. Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 534-9487

Iron Clad Tattoos 36221 Lakeshore Blvd Eastlake, OH 44095 (440) 951-4-INK

Metal Fab Mafia 4232 Coonpath Rd. Carroll, OH 43112 (740) 689-5780

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Performance Engineering 4327 Lorain Ave Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 961-5151 Roeder Racing & Service 3684 U.S Rt. 20 Monroeville, OH 44847 (419) 465-2247 RWB Cycles 161 Yorkshire Ct Elyria, OH 44035 (440) 365-0589 South East Cycles 23105 Aurora Rd. Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-5300 Steel Core Customs 1104 S. Washington St. Circleville, OH 43113 (740) 412-9349 Twin Visions 4520 Alum Creek Dr Columbus, OH 43207 (614) 409-1060 Tattoo Shops 546 Tattoo 53 Benedict Ave Norwalk, OH (567) 424-6200

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Upcoming Events All events are listed as per the information submitted to Thunder Roads Ohio. TRO is not responsible for inaccuracies or the specifics of the information provided. If you would like your event listed, please email details and your contact information to: ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com July 28, 2012 Carlton Harley-Davidson Mid-Summer Bash! 3pm-8pm Annual customer and community appreciation party - featuring Cleveland’s Breakfast Club! $10 Admission includes Food and Drink! July 27-29, 2012 Wetzelland Motorcycle Rally Van Wert, OH wetzelmc.com July 28-29, 2012 Zanesville Bikers 31st Annual Veterans Bike Show & Poker Run Zane Landing Park Zanesville, OH Event begins with Poker Run on Saturday First bike out at 10am Bike Show & Games on Sunday For More Information Call (740) 828-9741 July 28-29, 2012 Hunter Ray Varga Memorial Run Time Out Sports Bar & Grill Windham, OH Sign in at 10am $15/single $25/couple Scenic ride, food, refreshments, and much more! For More Information Call (330) 801-2260 July 28, 2012 3rd Annual Hardin County Hospice Poker Run Thomas Tavern Kenton, OH Registration begins at 10am $10/rider $5/passenger Cash prizes for top 3 hands Door prizes, 50/50, and more For More Information Call (419) 674-3683 July 28, 2012 3rd Annual Ride Against Blood Cancers Columbia VFW Post 9340 Columbia Station, OH Registration starts at 10am $15/rider $25 with passenger Best hand wins $100 Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northern Ohio Rain or Shine

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July 28, 2012 Bike Show Century Harley-Davidson 3053 Eastpoint Drive Medina, OH 44256 10am - 3pm (330) 721-1702 centuryhd.com July 28, 2012 The Bill O’Connor Memorial Poker Run The Boneyard Mayfield Heights, OH Registration at 10am $15/doubles $10/singles clevelandpal.org July 28, 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Poker Run Cambridge, OH 10:30am Park Circle Cafe $15/person afmcsooh.com/runflyers.htm July 28, 2012 MAD Ride Poker Run Musketeers Against Diabetes Musketeers Bar & Grill Richfield, OH $15/rider $10/passenger Registration 9am-11am Proceeds to JDRF. For More Information Call: (330) 659-4114 July 28, 2012 Community Christmas fund raiser Schiet’s Motorsports Fremont, OH Bike show 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For More Information Call: (419) 332-9902 July 28, 2012 Ride for Autism C&A Harley-Davidson Plain City, OH Registration begins at 9am, first bike out at 10:30am Ride ends in Columbus with food, music, raffle, food & auction For More Information Call (614) 707-8064 July 28, 2012 Ride 4thEm For More Information Call: Adam @ (440) 413-6327 July 28, 2012 Cleveland Browns Motorcycle Rally South East Harley-Davidson Cleveland, OH Registration BEFORE July 14 $25/ person AFTER $35/person Scenic ride to Browns Training Facility For More Information E-mail bbrand@clevelandbrowns.com July 28, 2012 Big Brothers & Sisters of NWOhio Ride for Kids Sake - 4th Annual Four SeaGate Suite 660 Toledo, OH Sign in at 930am, Ride begins at

11am Escorted ride, food, refreshments, music, raffles, MC incentives, giveaways and so much more! For More Information Call (419) 243-6400 Or E-mail chanley@bbbsnwo.org July 29, 2012 2nd Annual Ride the Fin Toledo Harley-Davidson Toledo, OH Registration begins at 11am The fee is $30/rider and $10/ passenger. Fee includes t-shirt and post meal ride Live music, food, 50/50 raffle, silent auction & more For More Information Call (419) 344-1223 July 29, 2012 19th Annual Ride to Benefit Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities GAMC - 1540 Smith Rd., Akron, OH Registration at 10am Minimum Donation $10 For More Information Call: (330) 760-3715 Or e-mail: gamcrr@neo.rr.com July 29, 2012 7th Annual Metz Run Warren Harley-Davidson Cortland, OH Sign-up at 11am Proceeds to Make A Wish Foundation For More Information Call (330) 395-4700 August 3-4, 2012 Van Wert Rib Fest Van Wert County Fairgrounds Van Wert, OH 11am-midnight/ 12pm-midnight $2/person after 5 Friday, All day Saturday For More Information Call: (419) 238-9378 vanwertribfest.com August 3, 2012 Concert Series: Joe Zelek Band Valley Harley-Davidson Belmont, OH 6-9pm For More Information Call: (740) 695-9591 valleyharley.com August 4, 2012 27th Annual Bike Show Hale’s Harley-Davidson Mansfield, OH FREE For More Information Call: (419)522-8602 Haleshd.com August 4, 2012 50th Birthday Party! Harley-Davidson Sales & Service Napoleon, OH

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August 4, 2012 Adrenaline Rush C.C. Car & Bike Show Buckminn’s D & D Harley Davidson Xenia, OH 11:00am-5pm For More Information Call: (866) 218-1452 buckminnsdanddharley.com August 4, 2012 Butch Ollis Memorial Bash & Run Dave & Debs East Liverpool, OH Proceeds to American Diabetes Associations 11:15am $15/rider $20 with passenger For More Information Call (330) 385-3154 August 4, 2012 Summer Fest Poker Run Behind the Huber House Hicksville, OH $20/rider $35/couple For More Information Call (419) 542-8341 August 4, 2012 3rd Annual Duane Shirk Memorial Run Sister’s Midway Kenton, OH Registration @ 10am First Bike Out @ 11am Last Bike In @ 4pm $10/person For More Information Call: (567) 674-6805 Or Email: aaronshirk99@yahoo.com August 5, 2012 Car & Bike Show! Valley Harley-Davidson Belmont, OH Registration: 10:30am-Noon $5 Entry Fee For More Information Call: (740) 695-9591 valleyharley.com August 5, 2012 Cruze for the Cure Pat O’Brien Chevy East Willoughby Hills, OH Registration at 10am $15/person For More Information Call: (440) 585-9300 August 5, 2012 Carrie’s Naughty Nurse 4th Annual Memorial Run Leon’s Sports Bar and Grill Warren, OH Registration 10am-12pm, first bike out 12:30pm $10/rider includes dinner For More Information Call Karen (330) 240-1490

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9am-4pm Freestyle stunt team, giveaways, food & vendors For More Information Call: (330) 535-9900 rubbercityharley.com

August 10-August 12, 2012 13th Annual Biker Bash Circleville Moose Lodge 2440 Circleville, OH For More Information Call: (740) 207-1018

August 11, 2012 Ride for the Children of the Greater Miami Valley Area Zipper’s Sports Bar West Carrollton, OH Registration from 10am-12pm $15/single $20/double 50/50, door prizes, food, beverages, live music by Dirty Bone Rain date 8/12/2012 For More Information Call: Jeff (937) 829-5333

August 11, 2012 Open House Warren Harley-Davidson Cortland, OH Details TBD For More Information Call: (330) 395-4700 August 11, 2012 Huge Demo Days Mad River Harley-Davidson Sandusky, OH All Day Event For More Information Call: (419) 502-2244 madriverharley.com August 11, 2012 11th Annual HOG MDA Poker Run Western Reserve HarleyDavidson Mentor, OH Registration 9:00 AM For More Information Call: (440)-946-1HOG westernreservehd.com August 11, 2012 Hog’s & Dog Adoption South East Harley-Davidson Bedford Heights, OH 8am-5pm For More Information Call: (440) 439-7343 southeastharley.com August 11, 2012 The Adam Biehl “I Wasn’t Smashed Until I Crashed” Benefit Roeder Racing & Service Monroeville, OH Registration @ 11am $10 Chicken Dinners roederracing.com Find Us On Facebook! August 11, 2012 Ride For Metroparks Poker Run Signature Harley-Davidson Toledo, OH Registration 10am-11am For More Information Call: (419) 843-7892 toledohd.com August 11,2012 Lot Party #1 Rubber City Harley-Davidson Cuyahoga Falls, OH

August 11, 2012 August Demo Day Buckminn’s D & D HarleyDavidson Xenia, OH 10am-3pm For More Information Call: (866) 218-1452 buckminnsdanddharleydavidson.com August 11, 2012 Circle of Hope Teddy Bear Run Hosted By: Knights of Columbus Knights of Columbus Hall Fremont, OH Registration 9am-11:45am, bikes out at 12pm $10/rider OR 2 teddy bears For More Information Call: Jose @ (419) 307-4268 August 11, 2012 Florence & South Amherst Fire Departments Annual Poker South Amherst Fire South Amher@ 10 am - last bike out @ noon Last bike in @ 5 pm For More Info Call: Kurt @ (440) 822-7995 August 12, 2012 Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet Clark County Fairgrounds Springfield, OH 8am-3pm Admission: $6 walneckswap.com August 12, 2012 2nd Annual Skull-Astic Ride Hosted By: Highway Disciples Eastside Christian Church Milford, OH Ride is FREE 10:30 am Coney Eating Contest 12:30 pm Kickstands up at 1:30 pm For More Information Call: (513) 470-5591 Or Facebook - Highway Disciples M M 93

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August 18, 2012 Mystery Dinner Ride Toledo Harley-Davidson Toledo, OH 6:30pm For More Information Call: (419) 843-7892

August 16, 2012 3rd Thursday Bash at Adventure Adventure Harley-Davidson Dover, OH 6pm-8pm Music, Cookout, Games & Giveaways For More Information Call: (800) 828-2875 adventureharley.com

August 18, 2012 Bug Ride! Buckminn’s D & D HarleyDavidson Xenia, OH Registration begins at 10am All Day Event For More Information Call: (866) 218-1452

August 16, 2012 New Bike Owner Orientation Century Harley-Davidson Medina, OH 5:30pm-6:30pm FREE PIZZA RSVP to amanda.rae@ centuryhd.com For More Information Call: (330) 721-1702 centuryhd.com

August 18, 2012 1st Annual Weiner Brigade Run Pooch’s Bar & Grille St Rt 88 of Mesquito Lake in Mecca Cortland, OH 10:30am-11:55pm For More Information Call: (330) 979-9029

August 16-August 18, 2012 Ironton Rally on the River Ironton, OH Parade of Heros, Bike Show, Beer Garden, Entertainment & more! For More Information Email: dawgbert@ dawgbyteproductions.com rallyontheriver.com

August 19, 2012 Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet McHenry County Fairgrounds Woodstock, IL 8am-3pm Admission: $6 walneckswap.com

August 18, 2012 Backyard BBQ Thiel’s Wheels Upper Sandusky, OH Store open 9am-6pm Live Music Til 8pm For More Information Call: (419) 294-4951 twheelshd.com

August 19, 2012 Little Piglet Run Bethel Baptish Church Ravenna, OH $15/single $20/couple For More Information Call: (330) 235-3592 thechurchontherise.com

August 18, 2012 Big Splash Pre-Bash Mad River Harley-Davidson Sandusky, OH Pancake Breakfast @ 9am FREE For More Information Call: (419) 502-2244 madriverharley.com August 18, 2012 3rd Annual Family Fun Festival Benefiting the Special Olympics of Greater Dayton Powder Keg Harley-Davidson Mason, OH 12pm-4pm For More Information Call: (513) 204-6962 August 18, 2012 Nicholas Darr Memorial Poker Run Roeder Racing & Service Monroeville, OH 11 am roederracing.com Find Us On Facebook! 94

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presented by August 25, 2012 All Day A.B.A.T.E. Bike Giveaway The Original Margaritaville Sandusky, OH For More Information Call: (419) 627-8903 August 25, 2012 Ride For Rachel Toledo Harley-Davidson Toledo, OH 10:30 am $20/rider $5/passenger For More Information Call: (419) 843-7892 toledohd.com August 25, 2012 H.O.G.s For Dogs Buckeye Harley-Davidson Dayton, OH 10am $10/rider $15/w passenger Rain Date September 15 For More Information Call: (937) 294-6505 sicsa.org August 25, 2012 4th Annual Gospel Car & Motorcycle Show A.D. Farrow Co. HarleyDavidson @ North Star Sunbury, OH 11am-5pm For More Information Call: Frances @ (614) 269-8567

August 31-September 3, 2012 11th Annual Motorcycle Stampede Hudson Leather Pioneer, OH Free Event Free Hot Dogs & Lemonade 9am-7pm Everyday Bike Show 1-4pm on Sunday hudsonleather.com September 1, 2012 Riding to Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence Proceeds to Cocoon Shelter Woodland Mall Bowling Green, OH Registration 10:30-11:45am Last Bike In @ 5pm Find Us on Facebook! Or Email: hdchick1970@ hotmail.com September 6-9, 2012 6th Annual Thunder On The Strip Geneva-On-The-Lake, OH thunderonthestrip.com September 11, 2012 11th Anniversary of “Never Forget 9/11” Eastlake, OH - Boulevard of Flags 11am FREE

August 25, 2012 Cruise In! Sign Up to Win the Bike!! Keystone Pub & Patio Columbus, OH For More Information Call: (614)-847-0007 August 26, 2012 Jessica’s Ride Powder Keg Harley-Davidson Mason, OH Registrations 10am 10am-4pm For More Information Call: (513) 204-6962 August 28, 2012 Rolling Bike Night Roeder Racing & Service Monroeville, OH For More Information Call: (419) 465-2247 roederracing.com August 29, 2012 Work Stinks Ride Adventure Harley-Davidson Dover, OH 12:30pm-2:30pm For More Information Call: (800) 828-2875 adventureharley.com August 30-September 3, 2012 Easyriders Rodeo Tour & Motorcycle Rally Ross County Fairgrounds Chillicothe, OH Live music, Ride in bike show, wet t-shirt contest, food & beer! easyridersevents.com

September 29, 2012 Final Bike Night at Thiel’s Wheels Thiel’s Wheels Upper Sandusky, OH 3:00-6:00pm Live music, food, beer & Harley raffle Must be present to win For More Information Call (419) 294-4951 theilswheelshd.com October 10-14, 2012 Thunder Beach Autumn Rally Panama City Beach, FL thunderbeachproductions.com October 13-16, 2012 Biketoberfest Daytona, FL officialbikeweek.com October 28, 2012 Walneck’s Swap Meet Clark County Fairgrounds Springfield, OH $6/person 14 and under free walneckswap.com November 1-4, 2012 Lone Star Rally Galveston, TX lonestarrally.com

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Richard Blais was recently on The Chew, and I wrote down this recipe.These (2) recipes are for you, Super B. RICHARD BLAIS’ PASTRAMI SPICED BRISKET 3-4 Pounds Brisket (fatty end) 1/4 Cup of Coriander Seeds 1/4 Cup of Black Pepper 2 Tbls. Cayenne Pepper 1/4 Cup Salt 1 Cup of Dark Brown Sugar 3/4 Cup of Yellow Mustard 3 Tbls. of Vegetable Oil Rinse your brisket under cold water and pat dry with a clean towel. Season meat generously, both sides, with the salt, pepper, coriander and cayenne pepper Add your 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to a nonstick skillet or a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Get it screeching hot on medium high heat. Gently add your brisket down into hot pan & oil and sear the brisket until a dark golden brown on all sides. Remove to a platter to rest until cool, apprx. 20 mins. Meanwhile, arrange 2 giant sheets of heavy-duty aluminum foil on your counter. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a small mixing bowl, mix the brown sugar and mustard to make a paste. Rub the brisket with the mustard paste and place on one of the sheets of foil. Make sure that the “fat side” is facing upwards. Place the other sheet of foil on top of meat and pinch and roll up all 4 sides to make sure that it is completely enveloped and no steam or paste can escape. Place in a large casserole dish and cook for a full 10 hours. Remove from oven and just let it rest for 10 minutes on counter. Remove foil carefully and transfer brisket to a large serving plate. This brisket will literally melt in your mouth, plus you have this phenomenal sauce in the foil to pour over it. It makes fantastic sandwiches also. *This is essentially the same way I cook a pot roast when I’m doing it in the oven and not my crock-pot; only with different spices

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2 Tbls. Adobo Sauce (really Hot Sauce) 1 Large Onion; Sliced 2 Tbls. Cooking Oil (olive or vegetable, your choice) Salt & Pepper your brisket thoroughly Heat a Dutch Oven (any heavy gauge pot w/ tight lid) to high heat; add oil, sear your brisket on all sides, Reduce heat to medium and remove brisket to rest. Add sliced onion, garlic, cumin seeds and coriander seeds. Add the chicken stock, beer and adobo sauce Stir up well. Place brisket back on top of everything in Dutch Oven and place in 350 degree oven for 3 hours until fork tender. All the ingredients you added simmer down to create a truly delicious, natural BBQ sauce. Shred & bun up w/ coleslaw. FROZEN CHEESECAKE SQUARES 2 Frozen, Pre-made Oreo Pie Crust 2 8 oz. Pkgs. of Philly Cream Cheese; softened 1/2 Cup of Sugar or Splenda 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla 1 Tub of Cool Whip; thawed & divided 1 Can of Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup Unthaw Oreo pie crusts and warm in oven if stated on directions, then take both crusts and form into a crusted botton in a 9 inch square pan with foil lined bottom and coming up the sides for easy removal. Beat cream cheese, sugar & vanillain large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Add 2 full cups of the Cool Whip, beat on low speed until blended. Spread over and high up over pie crust. Freeze for 4 hours. Microwave remaining Cool Whip and chocolate together on high for 1 minute (place a paper towel over top) Stir until chocolate and Cool Whip are well blended. Use foil sides to remove cheesecake from squared pan, drizzle chocolate mix zig-zagy all over squared cheesecake and cut into generous size squares. * Tip: Spoon entire chocolate & Cool Whip mixture into small re-sealable plastic bag and snip the end with scissors to have better control on your zig-zagging with the chocolate design. These are super simple and simply super! 97


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12 year old scotch An old, well traveled biker sits in a bar watching as a haughty young man comes in and orders a shot of 12 year old scotch. The bar tender is irritated and gives him a shot of bar scotch. The man takes a sip and spits the drink out and demands a shot of 12 year old scotch. The bar tender decides to fuck with the man and gives him a shot of 6 year old scotch. He takes a sip and spits it out again and exclaims, “that’s 6 year old scotch, I said I wanted 12 year old scotch!” The bar tender smiles and pours a shot of 9 year old scotch. The man takes a sip and, again, spits it out, exclaiming ,angrily, “I said 12 year old scotch!” The bar tender decides that the man does, indeed, know his scotch and pours him his shot of 12 year old scotch. He sips it once, then sips it again, and says, “ Now that is 12

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year old scotch !” The old biker sidles up to the young man with a glass of liquid and says to him “Here, taste this”! The young man takes a swig and immediately spits it out and says “It tastes like piss”! “Yeah”, says the old biker,”It’s mine, How old am I”? ________________________________________________ An officer assigned to a lonely stretch of highway came upon the scene of an obvious hit and run. There in the middle of the road was a local biker known for his extramarital activities, his bike was a twisted heap, and the biker was pretty banged up, but alive. Hey Joe the cop asked did you get the license plate of the vehicle that hit ya? No, Joe grunted painfully, but I know my old lady’s laugh anywhere!

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