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Letter from the Editor.............................................................................4 Road Tales.............................................................................................6 The Forest for the Trees..........................................................................8 ABATE of Ohio...................................................................................... 10 Thunder Raods Tech Tips...................................................................... 11 Riding Safe with Kit Hedges................................................................. 14 Letters from the Road by Don Hostetler................................................ 16 Classic Build Feature............................................................................22 Rally on the River................................................................................26 Rally on the River Thunder Cam...........................................................29 Center Calendar...................................................................................30 Motocross Ohio: Team Shiffert..............................................................33 Motocross Ohio: St. Clairesville.............................................................34 Motorcross Ohio Racer Profile...............................................................36 MotoCross Schedule............................................................................. 37 Women Who Rock… Women Who Roll..................................................45 Thunder Cam.......................................................................................39 K.I.S.S. in the Kitchen...........................................................................40 Ohio Ink Gallery.................................................................................. 41 Ohio Ink Street Shots...........................................................................42 Southern Ohio Thunder Cam................................................................44 Joker’s Wild......................................................................................... 47 Biker Friendly Directory.......................................................................48 Thunder Marketplace...........................................................................49 NCOM Newsbytes.................................................................................56 Upcoming Events.................................................................................58 Clubs, Organizations & Associations.....................................................60

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Probably the number one reason we all enjoy riding is to get a bit of a respite from our busy and sometimes hectic lives. It is a chance to escape to the freedom that riding motorcycles gives us and to the camaraderie that riding with a group of motorcycle enthusiasts brings us. But no matter how much we are looking forward to it, sometimes trying to get everything done in time to leave for a trip can be very stressful. Such was the case in August when a group of us traveled to Ironton, Ohio to attend the 8th annual Rally on the River, featured on page 26. But by the time we reached the rolling hills of southern Ohio, the tension had melted away. We set up camp in a rented RV at The Laidback Bar and Grill, which proved to be an ideal place. It is located right on the Ohio River and offered live entertainment nightly, so once the bikes were parked for the day we could walk to bed after enjoying a few. I’d like to give a shout out to our neighbors at The Laidback, who upon their arrival discovered that we had set up our RV in their “spot” right on the river where they have enjoyed camping during the rally for the past four years. This could have led to an uncomfortable weekend, but true to “biker camaraderie” style these guys embraced us and couldn’t have made us feel more welcome. They were serious about their cooking and constantly fed us from breakfast on, including a walleye and deer steak fry, and a pig roast. Their hospitality sure added to the enjoyment of our stay. Many thanks to Chet, Randy, Mike, Mark and the rest of the crew! To most of us the description of a good ride includes hills and curves for fun with a stop or two at watering holes to stretch the legs and hang with other bikers. Riding in Southern Ohio definitely fits this bill. The Ironton area is on the southernmost tip of Ohio and borders both Kentucky and West Virginia. We set out for an afternoon ride through these three states with a lunch destination of the Original Hillbilly Hot Dog Stand in Lesage, West Virginia. It has been featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and came in 1st place in the Travel Channel’s segment of the Tastiest Places to Chow Down “Massive Meals”. They are famous for the 15” Hot Dog called the “Home Wrecker”. Check out their menu at West Virginia is a helmet state, so if you go make sure you take yours along. (And either wear it or tie it down, right Joey?) One of the highlights of our very scenic ride along the Ohio River was in Portsmouth, Ohio where we stopped to check out the picturesque Floodwall Murals. The scenic riding, great entertainment and friendly locals ensure a trip back to Ironton for us next year. I’m excited to announce that Thunder Roads Ohio is hosting its first Ladies Ride on Saturday Oct. 8th. Inspired by their new exhibit “Women who Rock”, we’ll be riding to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. For more information see the ad on page 38. As the riding season in Ohio reaches its final stages, I’d like to say thanks to all my “peeps” for hanging with me this summer and helping me pull off the Thunder Roads sponsored rides and events. Talk about camaraderie among bikers. It takes a lot of work and preparation behind the scenes to put on these promotions and they would not be possible without the efforts of our comrades!


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The Iron Cowboy The End of The Season It’s been a whirlwind summer, that’s for sure. Heading into this summer, I knew it was going to be a crazy one. It was our first year for Thunder Roads since we came back in Ohio, and our mission was a simple one. We wanted to make sure that we spent as much time as possible at as many events as we could, talking with as many riders as we could. Our magazine is about motorcycle riders and we don’t want to simply talk about riding from behind a desk – we want to hear your thoughts and create a magazine that reflects your passions. And I believe that we have done a lot to achieve this.

Ohio Riding Season and reflecting on a lot of miles. I’m extremely proud of how we have progressed as a magazine. Being a human endeavor it’s never going to be perfect, but I believe that we have certainly grown since our first issue. We have added new people to the team and developed new focus points – such as Motocross Ohio. And we have identified other areas of opportunity, which we are looking to build on as we head into 2012.

As a magazine, I believe that we have stayed true to our course and original mission; which was to be the best possible resource for Ohio riders, all across the state. We aren’t simply a Harley mag, and we aren’t simply about sport bikes. We are about anything on 2 (and sometimes For many in Northern Ohio, 3 or 4) wheels. If it’s fun and the season begins every all about freedom on the open The Iron Cowboy at Chillicothe w Strip Club Choppers. year with The Louie Run; so road, we are on it. And I Thunder Roads was there, and believe that we have done this we enjoyed one of our first dry ones in as well as anyone. several years! Then we began building As we head into the fall, our magazines towards Ohio Bike Week, with Thunder are distributed by over 600 businesses Roads appearances at Bike Nights and across Ohio. We have distributed over Rides from Cincinnati to Youngstown, from 40,000 copies at events alone, placing our Toledo to Marietta. We criss-crossed the magazines directly into the hands of readers state, sometimes making appearances at (riders). And we have spent hundreds of bike nights in three different area codes hours at these events talking with riders. within the same evening. Some of this was Every one of our editors and contributors ride achieved by multiple teams, but mostly and actively attend events – keeping us in it was simply a lot of hard riding! We tune with our readers. But that doesn’t mean passed out a lot of magazines, Ohio Bike that we know everything. Week Rally Guides, and other information on upcoming events that we had partnered We still openly welcome your input and hope with. that you continue to let us know how we feel. We know that our magazine is a work in Then Bike Week arrived and the summer progress – and it always will be. The path that we take will be was in full swing. With attendance estimates ranging from dictated by the market and the feedback that we receive from 130,000 – 160,000, Ohio Bike Week is easily the largest you – our riding audience. So please don’t hesitate to jump onto motorcycle event in the Midwest. I thought that this year’s event our facebook page or shoot us an email, and let us know your was a grand success and I never saw a drop of rain the entire opinion. If you think that we should focus more on 150cc BSA’s 10 days! Good music, cool folks, and great bikes – it was all or exotic baggers – just let us know. Your feedback will help there. ensure that we continue to grow and stay in tune. And we thank From June on summer was just a blur - countless bike nights, you for it! plenty of great rides, and lots of new friends! In a flash, Wetzel was upon us. Then the Chillicothe Rodeo and just recently Snowmobiles Thunder On The Strip! It was a great summer, but it certainly went by just a little too fast. Over the next few issues we will be introducing some features on snowmobiles and other winter motorsports. If you have an As I write this, it’s been raining for almost a week now and the interest in this or an event that we should know about, please temperatures are solidly in the Leather Recommended Range. I don’t hesitate to let us know. As we expand into this new area, plan on riding as close to year-round as I can, but I know that it’s a dicey proposition at best. So, I am left looking back on our we welcome all the input we can. 6

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Aerial of Ironton’s Rally On The River

The Thunder Roads App

Roadside Gourmet: The Hot Dog Diner

Yes, the rumors are true. There is now a Thunder Roads App available for your Smart Phone. The App is now available at the various App Stores as a free download, but it is still being fully implemented. This is a totally unique project that involves us working with countless organizations and biker businesses across Ohio in a totally unprecedented manner. It’s going to take a little time to get everything up and running, but we expect to have it all fully functional before you hit the road this spring. You are welcome to download it now, but please understand that it is still in it’s early stages of development.

I’ve had a number of people ask me when I was going to hit one of Northeast Ohio’s favorite hot dog stops – The Hot Dog Diner in Parma, Ohio. Admittedly, I’ve wanted to feature them for some time; but it’s been a pretty busy summer.

The Thunder Roads App allows riders to interact with local biker friendly businesses and rider organizations all across the state – and the country, as they ride. In addition to being able to read articles and watch cool Thunder Roads videos on your phone, the App allows you to find events and stops that are close by with simply a touch of the screen. Bike nights, rides, charity events, shows, and even dealers sales will all be accessible from your phone. You can simply head out on the road and if you find an interesting area, you can simply pull over – hit the Thunder Roads App and find out if there are any cool stops or things going on in that area. If you are in need of assistance, the App will also indicate recommended shops and other resources in the area. For Biker Friendly Businesses in Ohio, this App means that you in essence have your own App as well! As a partner with Thunder Roads, you can set up your own area on the App with details on your business and any events that you are hosting. Potential customers riding through the area can discover your location and get in touch with you with total ease. And with a touch of the screen – they can get instant directions to your front door. For more information on getting your business featured in the Thunder Roads App – just send us an email at

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Amazingly enough, though, I’m not going to talk about their hot dogs. It’s not that I’m not a fan of their “Snappy Dogs” in any of their forms. The spicy Demon Dog and the robust Hillbilly Dog are menu favorites and a big hit with our team; but I have to say that my favorite item at the Hot Dog Diner is…. A BURGER!

Loaded Potato Skin Burger, Demon Dog, and the Hillbilly Dog! Don’t even think about eating all this by yourself!

Anyone that’s ever been to The Hot Dog Diner knows what’s coming. While their menu boasts a wide selection of fantastic burgers – there is one that stands above all others: The Loaded Potato Skin Burger. Just like any of their burgers, The Loaded Potato Skin Burger begins with a hand-formed patty made with fresh, never frozen ground beef. Then they add French fries, bacon, American cheese, sour cream, and their own special chipotle mayo. The result is simply amazing. I’m thinking that the secret is the grilled onions, or maybe it’s the chipotle mayo? I’m not sure – but I know that the result is simply amazing.

If you find yourself anywhere near Parma, Ohio or traveling Boom! along 480 – I would certainly recommend that you stop by and discover this local favorite. You’ll also be amazed to discover that their prices are more then reasonable. All of their gourmet burgers seem to be less then $5 – and their Gourmet Dogs start at half of that! The Hot Dog Diner (and Burger Co.) is located at 5494 Pearl Road just South of Ridge Road off 480.


T he Forest for the Trees Donn Shanteau You know how sometimes what you are looking for is right in front of you and you don’t see it. That scenario played out for me on a late summer road trip to Salt Lake City Utah. Every year my wife Pamela and I head to Salt Lake City to attend the Ultimate Air Affair. The UAA is a 3 day Airbrushing Event where Pam is a guest artist and instructor. During the course of the show, I would make it my business to hit the local biker hangouts and Harley Davidson dealerships in an attempt to mine some good “inside” riding info about where to go and what to look for once I got there. I have to admit I was a bit frustrated when all I could glean was some rudimentary advice about the local cruise scene. All of the routes that I was told about were well traveled roads, some were interstate highways. These “community holes” weren’t the buzz I was looking for. On those kinds of roads you must stay focused on the other vehicles and the relentless procession of unfamiliar curves that are approaching at somewhere around 70 mph. I’m looking for the less traveled road with little or no traffic and great scenery. Somewhere you won’t get run over by a semi or tourist if you are cruising along at 45-50 mph rubber-necking at the scenery. My first experience with Wasatch mountain back roads was a few years back when I was guided on a canyon tour by a local “expert”. A friend of ours’ Kari Keesler Esper always enjoys the opportunity to take a ride on a Harley, so she agreed to hop on the back of my Street Glide to show me around. She would take me to some of the better canyon and ridge routes in the Salt Lake City area. After Kari cleared this excursion with my better half (Kari is kind of cute after all) we took off for 8

the hills. Once we got out of town proper, we weaved our way into the mountainside via semi residential switchback roads that wound us up and around the mountain as we gained altitude. The view of Salt Lake City nestled in the valley at the foot of the mountain is awesome from the vantage points along the climb up and around the Wasatch peaks. Venturing deeper into the wild, I would occasionally see Ms. Kari’s hand appear in my peripheral vision, her finger pointing out the next turn. When she wasn’t pointing out the route, she was hand and arm surfing in the breeze and singing along with the tunes wafting from the stereo as we toured the back roads at a leisurely pace. Then I got a shoulder tap. Kari said that we needed to stop for a minute. Once we found a wide enough berm to pull the bike over, Kari shares with me that she isn’t sure where we were. Normally it wouldn’t be too big of a deal, but we both had duties to perform back in SLC at the show. We didn’t exactly have all day. I got the “Gilligan’s Island” feeling in my stomach for a second as we were in jeopardy of becoming the S.S. Minnow on a 3 hour tour and the weather did seem to be getting a little rough. Fortunately, Kari keeps her feathers numbered … for just such an occasion. She whipped out her smart phone and used the GPS application to figure out the shortest route back to our home base. On the ride back, I made a promise to myself to return to the area when I had a full day to explore. The following year, I followed the plan to explore with no agenda and just go with the flow. On the drive into SLC I had noticed an interesting looking road that paralleled Route 80 about ½ hour east of Park City Utah. This road would be the starting point for our day trip. My wife Pam and I discovered Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

that it connected to roads with little or no traffic, lots of cool scenery, interesting rock formations and abundant wildlife. Another bonus was that we somehow stumbled on a historic trail that had rest stops that told in succession the story of the War in Utah between the US government and the Mormons back in the 1800’s. The sites often incorporated some geographic feature that qualified it as a natural meeting place or somewhere good to hide. We never did get way out into the boondocks on that ride, but it was ok, because as far as I was concerned my mission was accomplished. I had finally found Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

my Utah Motorcycling Mojo. I should have found it sooner but I wasn’t paying attention. Once I figured it out, I realized that every road in that area is scenic. Each one turns into a canyon ride, a ridge ride or both. So If you ever make it to Utah along the 80 between Evanston and Salt Lake City, all you have to do is head north or south from any exit and you will find good roads, great scenery and relatively few cars or people. All the while you still stay within an hour or so of civilization. So what did I learn? Sometimes it’s better to follow you’re your intuition instead of the crowd. Ride Safe! 9

LEGISLATIVE REPORT OCTOBER 2011 At the time this article is being written, I am hoping for legislative progress for issues that ABATE of Ohio, Inc. has been supporting in the near future. Our government officials have been on break and will be returning to office next week. Over the past month, Jim Elgin and I represented ABATE at a meeting for interested parties of our Right Of Way bill. This meeting was organized by Sen. Tim Schaffer, sponsor of the bill. Also in attendance were representatives from Ohio State Highway Patrol, Prosecuting Attorney Association, Sen. Tom Patton (Chairman of the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee), LSC, and Imre Szauter of AMA. Sen. Schaffer announced that Ohio Judicial Conference had been invited, but had turned down the invitation because the OJC has decided to take a neutral stance on the bill and no longer had an interest in the bill. John Murphy, Prosecuting Attorney Association, stated that they also were neutral on the bill. Mr. Murphy feels that bill would be easier to pass if more traffic related misdemeanors also had an increase in penalty. At this point, the Ohio Right of Way Working Group is considering Mr. Murphy’s suggestion. At this point, all organizations that previously have objected to this bill have gone neutral on the bill. I have an appointment later this month with a State Representative to get the ball rolling in the House. In answer to Ed Schetter’s monthly question in his Outspokin’ article, yes. This may be the year. I got a phone call on our handlebar bill. Co-sponsors to the bill want to make some changes to the bill. Ohio law has a maximum height of 15 inches from the lowest part of the saddle to the handlebars. The bill we initiated does not have a height measured in inches, and only requires that the motorcycle is able to be rode safely. The co-sponsor’s idea is to add verbiage that requires the operator of a motorcycle to be able to turn the front tire to a minimum 45 degree angle. We are currently waiting on the changes to be written by LSC before we approve the changes to be introduced with the bill. Michigan is still waiting on Governor Snyder to sign their helmet bill. If you haven’t sent a letter or a postcard, please take the time to do it. MRF’s Meeting of the Minds is coming up on 9/22 in Romulus, MI. Be sure to read my article next month. I should have some good info from this meeting. Regards, Scott “Woody” Wood ABATE of Ohio, Inc. State Government Relations Director 10

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Before we go any further, though, let’s start with the basics. I don’t mean to sound too technical but there are three key factors that effect the performance and tuning of an exhaust system. They are: Sonic Pulse, Thermal Pulse, and Exhaust Gas Velocity. Sonic Pulse. As the engine fires it generates a “shock wave” that travels through the exhaust and then actually turn around and head back towards the exhaust valve. The wave can drag exhaust gas back along the path and possibly even back into the combustion chamber.

PERFORMANCe exhaust upgrades One of the first things most riders do when they first purchase a bike is change out the stock exhaust system with an aftermarket motorcycle exhaust. If you have a sport bike you may just opt for some slip-ons. A cruiser will usually require a full exhaust system. Aftermarket systems offer an increase in power as well as that it will improve the sound of the bike. When you get your bike from the factory, the manufacturer is mandated to follow certain restrictions that may not apply to you - the consumer. Most commonly this relates to baffles that usually restrict the sound of your bike so much that it can be barely herd as well as restrictions in exhaust flow are in place which restrict the horse power. For sport bikes of those focused on competitive performance, aftermarket exhaust systems can offer a significant weight reduction over the factory systems. Swapping out a motorcycle exhaust system is the most common and possibly the easiest aftermarket upgrade in the moto industry. By simply replacing your stock motorcycle exhaust system or exchanging the slip-on muffler, you can radically improve the sound, appearance, and acceleration power of your motorcycle. Many of these exhaust systems boast an immediate improvement of at least 5-10 horsepower over stock. Exhaust choices vary almost as much as those who ride and the countless bikes that are ridden. Drag pipes, slip-fit mufflers, 2-1, staggered duals, and the list goes on. An exhaust system is made for every bike, engine, style, and configuration imaginable. However, there is a big difference between performance and what looks “cool”. If you are contemplating the purchase of a new exhaust system you should first ask yourself a few questions. Which is more important – looks or performance? Are you looking for low to midrange performance or high end torque? How do you want your bike to sound? Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

Thermal pulse. Similar to sonic pulse, this is a wave created by the hot gas exiting the exhaust valve. The thermal pulse also reverses direction at the end of the pipe but unfortunately travels at a different rate, thus reaching the combustion chamber at a different time. Exhaust gas velocity. This is the rate at which gas travels through the exhaust system. The optimal velocity is 300 feet per minute. Generally, all stock Harley engines require a 1-3/4” diameter pipe to maintain 300 fpm. Bigger is not always better and a larger pipe will actually slow this velocity thus restricting flow. Now that we have covered these basic aspects, we can compare some of the more common exhaust designs and how they impact these considerations. 1. Short Drag Pipes This style of pipe is popular for their look, but you may sacrifice performance for their minimal presence. As previously mentioned, a portion of both the sonic and thermal pulses actually bounce back once they hit the end of the pipe. In short drag pipes, the waves don’t have as far to travel so they are able to return faster, thus entering the combustion chamber robbing the engine of power. Some drag pipes are tuned for higher rpm large displacement engines where these pulses can be overcome. Other drag pipe makers offer special baffles to help tune their drag pipes. There are also the longer versions which have the look of straight drags but the baffles and extra length help compensate for reversion by providing just the right amount of back pressure. 2. Large Diameter Open Pipes While not plagued with the same problems as short drag pipes, a large diameter open pipe will actually restrict flow since the optimal 300 fpm cannot be achieved. Some designs compensate for this by using a stepped pipe design. Installing larger baffles or thunder tubes can also change the velocity. 3. Long Straight Pipes Running long pipes without any baffles fall under the same category as Large/Open Pipes. Removing the baffle will make these pipes real loud but horsepower will suffer. Remember, bigger isn’t better when it comes to diameter so stick with 1-3/4” head pipes. There are drag pipes incorporating 1-3/4” head pipes and 2” mufflers in straight pipe designs tuned for standard displacement Harley’s. 4. 2 into1 Exhaust systems that use a single collector (2-1) are well 11

tuned for low end torque on stock engines, however they can be restrictive at higher rpm’s. This system’s collector does an excellent job at scavenging gasses and reducing reversion or pulses similar to that of a stock Harley exhaust with a cross-over. The trade off when choosing a 2-1 exhaust is sometimes sound and looks. Some after-market systems include interchangeable baffles that allow you to achieve just the right sound and flow.

This Kerker 2 Into 1 System includes all necessary mounting hardware and can easily be installed at home. There are also a variety of end caps available that allow you to fully customize your look.

5. True Duals Mostly used on Road Kings and Touring models, “True Duals” have also become more popular for use on Softails and custom cruisers. The term “Duals” refers to having an exhaust pipe on both sides of the bike. These look especially nice on a Heritage, Nostalgia, or Fatboy for a custom look. Be sure to look for a dual system that incorporates a cross-over for best performance. Duals that do not have a cross-over tend to have rougher idle characteristics or deceleration “pop”.

A Custom Dual Exhaust System from Vance and Hines.

6. Slip-On Mufflers Slip-ons are an excellent choice since you retain your stock head pipes while adding improved performance and sound. Since the original pipes are kept, velocity and lower end torque is retained. Slip-fit mufflers increase flow compared to factory mufflers which are restrictive 12

because of government regulations or sound restrictions. Slip-On After-Market mufflers are an everyday basic component performance component in the Street Bike and Off-Road Motorcycle market. However, they are becoming increasingly popular for Harley’s because of their ease of installation and cost. Harley Davidson Screamin’ Eagle mufflers have long been very popular, however the newer ones are quieter and more restrictive than the older versions..

A 2010 Kawasaki ZX-6R with an HMF Slip-On Performance Exhaust System.

In conclusion the slip-fit mufflers are often the most economical choice, while longer pipes and 2-1 collectors are the best overall performers in a Harley exhaust system. Drag pipes and large open pipes look and sound “cool” but are definitely tuned for larger engines, thus giving up alot of lower end torque where most daily riders need the power. While the old-school method of punching a hole in your mufflers will produce enough noise from your exhaust to wake the neighbors, this can never compare to a well tuned exhaust system in terms of performance and longevity.

BUY AMERICAN Whenever possible, we fully support every effort to help support our own domestic manufacturing; and when it comes to Exhaust Systems it’s never been easier. In fact, there are countless options that are produced right here in Ohio. These include SuperTrapp and the Sport Bike / ATV Performance Guru’s over at HMF Manufacturing. Both offer a wide variety of exhaust systems that are world reknown for both quality and performance. For Harley owners, our friends at Bear’s Vintage Metalworks offer the ROAD RUMBLERS. These are high quality, bolt-on exhaust systems for Harley-Davidson touring bikes – and they are made locally in Kent, Ohio. ( Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

Basic Steps to Upgrading Your Exhaust System 1. Remove any parts of the bike that may be blocking the exhaust system. Some models allow you to reach the exhaust system clearly, but others may have crossover pipes from other parts of the motorcycle’s engine obscuring it. Unscrew them using a wrench and set them aside. 2. Loosen all of the nuts and bolts that connect the exhaust system to the body of the motorcycle, and remove each piece one at a time. Start with the tailpipe and the muffler and work backwards along the system until you reach the head pipes. If any bolts are rusty or stuck, apply WD-40 or give them a few whacks with a hammer. 3. Check the revealed sections of the motorcycle’s exhaust system for any rust or damage. These sections are normally hidden by the exhaust system, and now is a good time to make sure they are all in good shape. 4. Remove the old exhaust gaskets with a wrench and install new ones for your system upgrade. 5. Spray the new head pipes with anti-seize and fit them into place on the bike. Tighten the retaining collars enough to hold the head pipes in place, but not so tight as to make removing them difficult. If there are any problems with the upgrade, you may need to remove them again quickly. 6. Spray the interior of new muffler with anti-seize and attach it to the pipe. Secure it so that it stays in place, but keep the connecting bolts fairly loose so that you can detach it or adjust it easily. 7. Connect the tailpipe to the assembly of the motorcycle’s exhaust system, if necessary. 8. Examine all parts of the exhaust system so that they are properly aligned and fit together as they should. Your bolts and fasteners should still be semi-loose, allowing you to make minor tweaks and ensure that every piece fits exactly the way it is supposed to. 9. Tighten the bolts and fasteners on the exhaust system, starting with the head pipes and moving back to the tail pipe. They should now be secured as tightly as possible. 10. Reconnect any of the motorcycle’s other components that you removed to get at the exhaust system. After installing a new exhaust system you may need to fine tune and rejet your carburetor. If your bike is an EFI model you will need to have it remapped to compensate for the free-breathing exhaust. Some packages may specify that this is not required,

but it’s always best to have it checked.

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Motorcycle Accident Avoidance By Kit Hedges We can learn preventative measures that we can adopt to make our riding safer and more enjoyable for many years. In this article I’ll report some stats on crashes and finish with the most important stats related to motorcycle crashes, which is braking, or should I say lack of it. You may have noticed that I use the term “crash” a lot instead of “accident.” That is because most accidents are preventable. There is usually a series of factors that leads up to an accident. Most of which can be recognized and acted on, therefore, preventing the accident. As you study safe riding and receive more training, you soon realize that the majority of motorcycle accidents could have been avoided by proper reaction and actions of the motorcycle operator.

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The report also studied how the operator braked. Did they use rear brake, front brake, no brakes, and both brakes? In 76% of the crashes, evasive actions and crash avoidance skills (braking and swerving) were improperly executed. In other words, they didn’t know how to properly brake and in fact 32% did nothing. They froze. Less than 18% used both brakes; in those cases where collision avoidance actions were taken only 24% were properly executed. I could go on but you get the point. We, as a group of motorcyclists, are not doing well in our sport. We ride the most vulnerable vehicle on the road and it just floors me why we don’t get training and practice our craft.


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OK, more crash stats: This relates to what I just stated about motor operator reactions. 40% of riders were distracted or not paying attention. We’re looking at the pretty flowers or preoccupied with other thoughts. We need “present time consciousness” when riding. Here’s one to really think about: The time from the initiation of the crash scenario until the crash is less than four seconds for 99% of riders. That means from the time you identify that something bad is happening, you have about four seconds to do something about it. Look at it this way. A skilled rider can stop a motorcycle from 30 mph in 40 feet. But it takes a skilled rider ½ second or more to react to an event and come to a complete stop from 30 mph in 62 feet. Your stopping distance quadruples as your speed doubles. This leads into some of the most important crash prevention stats in this report. These are stats that we can change for ourselves. We can learn proper braking techniques and practice them A LOT and thereby substantially reduce the risk of a crash. There are many stats on braking in this report but I’ll again focus on the most relevant ones to us. 98% of crashes happened in good braking weather with 92% without water, sand, gravel or other road contamination; crashes occurred at relatively low speeds (78% at 30 mph or less and 92% at 40 mph or less) Skidding from over braking was the most common execution problem resulting in loss of control of the motorcycle. During my years of teaching motorcycle safety classes I’ve already heard all the excuses on braking, from “you never use the front brake” to “I had to lay it down.” As if they DECIDED 14

to slide along the ground losing flesh. 90% showed about a 10 mph reduction between precrash speed and speed at the point of impact, showing very poor braking application. Injury severity vs. crash speed; minor to moderate injuries happen less than 20 mph; severe, serious to critical injuries happen between 21-31 mph; and the majority of fatalities happen between 3140 mph. Do these stats scream for another reason to practice maximum braking up to 40 mph at least?

If you’ve stuck with me to this point I hope it’s because you’re interested in riding safer and maybe you’re the one that might take this seriously. If so, for the rest of this article, I’m talking to you. This is not all doom and gloom. In fact I get excited over this report because it reveals the aspects of riding that I need to practice in order to continue enjoying one of the greatest joys in my life. The report reveals that, above all, we need to practice braking techniques and practice regularly. On a normal ride we apply the brakes at every stop. That is not practice. That is just doing what you have to do at the time. Do you use both brakes at every stop? Is using both your brakes a habit or do you use both brakes only when you think you should? Remember, in an emergency situation you’ll do what your habit is, not what you think you should do. Do you go to a parking lot and actually measure your stopping distance from various speeds? From 30mph, with practice, you should be able to stop in 40 feet. From 40mph in 62 feet and from 60mph in 160 feet. When practicing maximum controlled braking, never grab the front brake. Always progressively squeeze the front brake using about the weight of your foot on the rear brake is enough. If the front wheel locks up RELEASE THE FRONT BRAKE Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


IMMEDIATELY. If the rear wheel locks up, keep it locked until you are at a complete stop. Keep your head and eyes looking ahead and do not look down. Remember that proper braking is 80% front and 20% rear brake. Surprisingly I learned at the Police course that wet road surfaces from rain only reduce tire traction by about 20%. I’m not talking about oily road surfaces, just wet. Just slow down on wet roads. You’ll notice I haven’t mentioned alcohol and riding. We all know the answer to that one. Don’t we? From the information in the HURT Report, 43 years riding experience, instructor training, police training, and countless safety articles, read and saved, three major aspects of safe riding stand out to me. They are the three most common areas where mistakes are made and the easiest aspects of riding that we can do something about. They are rider training, defensive lane positioning, and proper braking technique. Rider training is obvious. Develop effective lane positioning when riding, which basically means putting your bike in the least dangerous part of your lane from any given riding situation. Don’t ride in a car’s blind spot. Put your bike where other drivers can see you best. Above all, practice maximum controlled braking. Statistics show beyond a shadow of a doubt that being an expert in bringing your motorcycle to a very quick controlled stop is the single most important skill in reducing the likelihood of a crash. However, with constant defensive lane positioning habits, you become proficient at avoiding the situation, therefore, no quick stop. That is why I regularly practice quick stop in a parking lot, because I can’t remember the last time I had to execute a “panic”stop on the road. As vulnerable as we are on a motorcycle it is our responsibility to be as skilled as we can to substantially reduce the risk. I can tell you from my own experience that the more training you receive, the more you practice, the more fun riding becomes. Being a safer rider doesn’t mean riding slower and more cautious. I believe it means having the skills to have total control over your bike in all situations. And that takes practice. Remember that ½ second reaction time in the stopping distance example? Well I’m now, as a lot of you are, in that age group where my reflexes aren’t what they were when I was 20, 30 or even 40 years old. So my reaction time could be ¾ or 1 second. As one who teaches braking procedures, can you imagine how surprised and excited I was to reduce my measured braking distance by 60% after taking the police training? Talk about adding more confidence to your every day ride and therefore more fun. Don’t get me started! One last comment about braking: Remember that motorcycles can stop faster than cars. This was proven by the police instructors as they went up against the police cars with special police issue anti-lock brakes. In test after test the Harley Police Road King stopped faster than the police cars. So always keep an eye in the rear view mirror to know if a vehicle is to close when braking and have an escape route planned. I hope my interpretation of these statistics give some of you at least an urge to go out and take a safety course so that you know what to practice. Then get out there and practice your riding skills and practice regularly. It really is fun and life saving. Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio


Montana to Canada Note from the Editor: Don Hostettler’s “Letters from the Road – Vermillion to Alaska” are a compilation of e-mail updates he sent home as he journeyed northwest towards his Alaskan destination. Last month’s “Vermillion to Yellowknife” piece was the first leg of the journey. This month, we catch up with Don in Montana.


ight out of the gate we traveled west about 100 miles out of our way just to visit the town of Haugan, MT located on I-90 at Exit 16. The $50,000 Silver Dollar Bar was our quest. The $50,000 plus Silver Dollar collection of which $2,500 worth are embedded in the bar top with the remainder displayed on the surrounding walls and ceiling.  The sign behind the bar said the current total was $58,390.  The barmaid volunteered that visitors leave more and more silver dollars and annually they are mounted, counted and re-totaled. Missoula, MT is the home base to nation’s largest smokejumper training base in the nation. One of the young ladies who worked at the Smokejumpers Visitor Center gave us an extensive tour of the training center including the parachute rigging and packing areas.  Both of the facilities training planes were in the air as the new trainees were taking their final qualifying jumps that day.  I asked about the compensation for smoke jumping.  The base starting rate for parachuting into a burning inferno is $17.00 per hour!!! We rode north and spent an afternoon in Paradise Montana. We had a beer, but no cheeseburger in Paradise, as the diner was closed. Fortunately, the only other establishment in this tiny town, the American Legion, was open for business.

dolls, toys, stuffed animals, snow mobiles and tractors. Open 8 am. – 8 pm. and apparently operated solely by an 80 something year old man and his wife.  We spent about 3 hours there and around 7 pm. stumbled across the museum’s owner. He was building a car from an old WWII airplane fuel tank.  The kind they used to race out at the Bonneville Salt Flats years ago.  He took us inside his shop and showed it to us.  He had the axles mounted, the engine in, and was hustling to complete it so he could drive it in the local 4th of July parade. 

Next stop was the Miracle of America Museum in Polson MT. It might be the most wacked out museum you’ll ever see!  Everything from soup to nuts!  35 Buildings, 55 motorcycles, dozens of cars, military jets, helicopters, alien space craft,

One of the highlights of this outing was supposed to be Glacier National Park. It was established in 1910 and is composed of 1,600 square miles of land with 27 glaciers still within its boundaries.


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Our goal, as bikers, was to ride the 50 mile long “Going to the Sun Road” through the heart of the park. It was constructed between 1921 and 1932 with dozens of switchbacks as it winds up the slopes of the Continental Divide and over the 6,646-foot Logan Pass. A “SORRY, CLOSED!” sign greeted us when we arrived there.  Yup, we’d ridden over 3,500 miles to get here only to find those record snow falls that had given us such a treat back at Beartooh Pass Wyoming had returned to haunt us in Montana.  We were only allowed 15 miles into the park from the west side and then had to detour 90 miles AROUND the southern end of the park. From there, were granted permission to travel just 11 miles into the eastern side.  Disappointing, but still some spectacular views!!! The park rangers had no idea when the road would re-open.  They said normally the deepest pass accumulates an 80 foot depth of snow.  This year the snow pack was so deep they haven’t even been able to reach that area to probe the depth. I was pleased we were at least able to visit all 4 lodges.  They are awesome and all with spectacular views.  You can see Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

pictures of them all at the snapfIsh link mentioned above, but here’s a little description of them: Glacier Park Lodge, located in East Glacier, was built by the Great Northern Railway during 1912-1913.  Its 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people. The immense timbers that support the Lodge were 500 to 800 years old when they were cut and all of them still retain their bark. There are 60 support timbers that measure 36 to 42 inches in diameter and 40 feet tall. Many Glacier Hotel, located on the east side of the park is a five-story Inn that was opened to the public on July 4, 1915 by the Great Northern Railway.   Its large wrap-around lakeside balcony offers 180 degree views of Swiftcurrent Lake, the surrounding rugged hillsides and three glaciers in addition to the mountain’s incredible serrated peaks. Lake McDonald Lodge opened its doors on June 14, 1914 and replicates a Swiss Chalet.  It boasts over 100 rooms and the lobby is a large open space with balconies surrounding the lobby on three sides.  It has by far the greatest view of Glacier’s lodges. 17

The Prince of Wales Hotel is located on the Canadian portion of the park. It was built in 1927, is seven stories tall and houses 86 rooms. Of particular interest to me was the fleet of Red & Black Tour buses that I’ve always seen in the Glacier National Park advertising brochures. They were built in 1936-1939 by the White Motor Company of Cleveland, Ohio. The 33 buses were used continuously through 1999 and then taken out of service for 2 years. Ford Motor Co. completely refurbished the bodies and transplanted them onto Econoline E-450 motor home chassis and converted them to run on either propane or gasoline.  Incidentally, Yellowstone Park had their own fleet of 27 White Motor Co. buses that were painted Yellow and Black but in the mid 60’s sold them off.  We prepaid a non-refundable $90.00 for a sight unseen room in the town of East Glacier.  East Glacier is the unglamorous step-sister to West Glacier.  It seems to be a remnant of the bygone 30’s and 40’s era..  We arrived and found a tiny town with unnamed dirt side streets. With some effort we located Brown House Pottery and Lodging a block down a dirt path off a main road.  We both looked at each other wondering what we had paid for.  As you can see in the pictures it turned out to be a first class room with a million dollar view!!! In the morning we made a run for the border!  Next stop, Canada! 18

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A Family’s Commitment to Motocross Donn Shanteau The Shiffert’s have been sponsoring and supporting their teenage son, Justin in motocross for the past 3 years. Like many of the other riders that they have encountered during this time, they are committed and passionate about their bikes and the sport. They really live, breath, and love motocross. The Shiffert’s have met many other great families that share their love of the sport and enjoy the camaraderie at the tracks around the state. Roger and Pamela Shiffert have found that it is really hard for their son Justin to get in enough practice time to improve his skills. In Northern Ohio the practice tracks and indoor tracks are at least an hour or two away which makes it difficult to get practice time, especially during the school year. This issue was discussed for a couple years within the family and with other riders. In order for their son to get in his practice time, they arranged for 3,000 dump truck loads of dirt to be hauled into their back 7 acres located on route 105 between East Wooster Street in Bowling Green Ohio and state route 199. That’s when 15 year old (Justin) began to design the track and pace around the house in anticipation. The day the trucks began, it was chaos. Every 5 minutes or so another truck was pulling in with a load of dirt. This went on for 9-10 hours a day, 5 days a week for 2 weeks. Finally deliveries were done and now the family’s fun began. They rented dozers and bobcats to start moving dirt to build all the double and triple jumps, dragon backs, and those tight sandy turns that can be tough to properly navigate. This activity brought all the local racers to their door asking about the track in addition to the many people driving by at 5 mph looking over to see what they were doing. This spring and summer the track has been a work in progress. The Shiffert’s say it took them most of the summer to get it right, but after buying a tractor, bush hog, water tank and water pump they are getting closer. The track has been open over a month now, and it is a great family time for the Shiffert’s. They all ride their own ATV or dirt bike. The track has been named the “7 Acre MX”. Even though they initially built the track for their sons use, Roger and Pam have opened the track to the public. When I asked about the conditions for using the facility, Pam informed me that “ We have them sign a waiver and there is a $25 rider fee which has been helping us with the upkeep and equipment purchases for the track. We have created the 7-Acre Mx Race Team as part of our family commitment to motocross and our son. We work weekly on the track as a family and discuss what to change to make better or different.” The 7 Acre MX team recently designed a webpage for their track and rider’s Justin and Jared. The address is www.shiffertracing.webstarters. com and of course they have a Facebook page. Anyone interested in the track can send an e-mail to Thunder Roads Ohio is looking forward to future reports from the 7 Acre MX team on the MRA and AMA Motocross Racing Circuits and other relevant MX information. Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio


World Class Racing Comes to St. Clairesville

By D. A. Smith America’s premier off-road racing series is the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Racing Series and it comes to Power Line Park in St. Clairesville, Ohio October 8th and 9th. The GNCC is an AMA/ATVA sanctioned competition, 13 round series that meanders through the Eastern US, starting with a March season-opener and concludes with an October finale in Indiana. [Due to weather conflicts, the Series finale has been pushed back to November this year.] St. Clairesville is an exciting late series competition that draws thousands of spectators from all across the country. Power Line Park features 1,000 acres of mud holes, hills, rocks, and other challenges that make it a great test of endurance for those competing. The 16 mile course runs over an old strip mine property with plenty of hills and is criss-crossed by old fire roads that pack up and hold water. This time of year, this terrain is always a challenge. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world, as racers attempt to navigate courses laid out over rugged terrain that includes woods, mud, dirt, rocks, and 34

plenty of jumps. Most courses average between 10 and 12 miles in length and the races usually last 2 hours for the adult classes. Youth classes run for an hour on average. The GNCC Series is televised around the world and shown on Versus Network here in the US, Fox Australia network in Australia, and Motors TV in over 55 different countries. The Championship in particular draws international attention as riders from Europe, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand compete regularly. These professional racers are usually backed by considerable factory teams with technicians and support staff at their disposal. Despite the growth of the series, the focus is still purely on the racers and the fans that come out to support them. GNCC events are held in comfortable, family-friendly settings and offer a great low-pressure racing environment that fosters camaraderie between competitors and easy access for enthusiasts. Upwards of 1,500 racers can compete in six distinct races that are held each weekend. Each race contains several classes, with each class separated into separate starting-line rows that begin one Thunder RoadsÂŽ Magazine OHIO

minute apart. On ATV day, Youth riders aged 6 - 15 race for one hour starting at 8 a.m. A two-hour race for the Women, Utility, Super Senior and Novice classes starts at 10 a.m., and then the Pro, Pro Am, A and B riders race at 1 p.m. On Bike days, Youth riders aged 7 - 15 race for 90 minutes at 8 a.m.; Women, Super Senior and Novice riders race for two hours at 10 a.m.; and the Pro, A and B riders race for three hours starting at 1 p.m. If you’ve never witnessed a live off-road event, we would encourage you to come on out and experience the excitement in person. Thunder RoadsŽ Magazine ohio


OHIO RACER PROFILE: Johnny Gallagher Machine: Yamaha YFX450 Race Series: GNCC Pro Number: 12

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GNCC Pro Series Rider, Johnny Gallagher is originally from Aurora, Ohio and has been a long time member of the HMF Team. HMF is a high performance exhaust manufacturer that is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

“If you’re new to riding, I would recommend one of the rider training courses offered by any of the local dealers. These are a great way to learn the basics and familiarize yourself with how to handle your machine.

Johnny has been racing for over 28 years, starting to compete at the young age of 5! His father was legendary off road racer, John Gallagher Sr.; one of the original warriors of the GNCC Series. The passion and drive of his father lives on in his son who has become a consistent fixture in the Top Ten Rankings for years now.

I would then recommend heading out to your local courses and possibly getting involved in a regional race series. Ohio has one of the best – Competition Riders Association – CRA. That’s where I started and learned the sport.”

Thunder Roads Ohio caught up with Johnny Gallagher and asked him a few questions about how a new racer can get involved in the sport. 36

Johnny Gallagher will be out at St. Clairesville for the Grand National Cross Country Racing Series event being held at Power Line Park October 8th and 9th. Thunder Roads would like to wish him the best of luck as he competes against top racers from across the country and around the world in our own backyard! Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

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October Ohio Motocross Races

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Motocross at Pymatuning Holeshot

Sun 10/2

Buckeye Series at Lightning Raceway

Sun 10/2

Motocross at Amherst Meadowlarks

Thur 10/6

Coshocton County Fair Motocross

Fri 10/7

Motocross at Pymatuning Holeshot

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Power Line Park, St. Clairesville

Sat 10/8

Motocross at Malvern Motocross Park

Sun 10/9

Motocross at Big Game Raceway

Sun 10/9

Harescramble at Mansfield

Sun 10/9

Motocross at Lightning Raceway

Sat 10/15

Motocross at Pymatuning Holeshot

Sat 10/15

GP at Western Reserve MC Club

Sun 10/16

Sunoco Series at Western Reserve

Sun 10/16

Harescramble at Lightning Raceway

Fri 10/21

Motocross at Pymatuning Holeshot

Sat 10/22

3 Wheeler Series at Malvern

Sat 10/23

Motocross at TV Land Raceway

Sun 10/23

Harescramble at State Line Farm

Sat 10/29

Motocross at Pymatuning Holeshot

Sun 10/30

Motocross at Lightning Raceway

Sun 10/30

Harescramble at Skyview Raceway



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SAUSAGE, BACON & CHEESE STUFFED JUMBO SHELLS 1 Whole Package of Your Favorite Bacon 1 Tub of Cream Cheese; softened 1 Box of Jumbo Pasta Shells for Stuffing 1 Package of Your Favorite Sausage; crumbled 2 Bottles of Prepared White Fettucini Sauce (in same section as spaghetti sauce in any grocery) Dash of Parsley Dash of Nutmeg Fry up your bacon and your crumbled sausage and place on paper towels to drain. Cook up your pasta shells until still a bit chewy as they have to be stuffed and continue cooking in the oven. Mix your sausage and crumbled bacon thoroughly into your softened cream cheese, along with a dash of nutmeg. Stuff your shells carefully. Lay them all in a large casserole dish. Pour as much of the white Fettucini sauce all over, inside and around. Coat them very well. Sprinkle with parsley and bake on 350 for apprx. 30 minutes. Turn broiler on if the top does not have the desired brown & bubbley that you want. But keep a close eye on it.....only takes seconds under the broiler. Serve with some crusty Italian bread and some soft basil butter. These are incredible!

SUPER QUICK “CHEDDAR-BACON BISKITS” 2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour 1 Tbl. Baking Powder Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. onion powder 1 Cup of Whole Milk 1/2 Cup of Melted Butter 10 Strips of Bacon; crispy & crumbled 1 Cup of Shredded Cheddar Cheese 1 Large Egg Preheat oven to 425. In large bowl, add in the flour, baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, paprika & onion powder. Mix up good and then form a well in center of bowl. Add milk, melted butter, crumbled bacon and shredded cheese. Mix again. Using a ice-cream scoop, dole out dollops onto a sprayed baking sheet. Be sure and leave enough room around each biskit to spread out. In small bowl beat up egg with a splash of warm water and then brush on top of each biskit. Bake in oven apprx. 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve up with softened real butter with honey mixed in. These literally melt in your mouth! Scrumptious.

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Motorcycle wisdom of the road • Midnight bugs taste best. • Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they CAN hold everything you need. • Home is where your bike sits still long enough to leave a few drops of oil on the ground.

• A rookie police officer pulled a biker over for speeding and had the following exchange: • Officer: May I see your driver’s license? • Biker: I don’t have one. I had it suspended when I got my 5th DUI. • Officer: May I see the owner’s card for this vehicle? • Biker: It’s not my bike. I stole it.

• The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rearview mirror.

• Officer: The motorcycle is stolen?

• Bikes don’t leak oil, they mark their territory.

• Biker: That’s right. But come to think of it, I think I saw the owner’s card in the tool bag when I was putting my gun in there.

• Never mistake horsepower for staying power. • If you don’t ride in the rain - you don’t ride. • A bike on the road is worth two in the shed. • Young riders pick a destination and go. . . Old riders pick a direction and go.

Officer: There’s a gun in the tool bag? • Biker: Yes sir. That’s where I put it after I shot and killed the dude who owns this bike and stuffed his dope in the saddlebags. • Officer: There’s drugs in the saddle bags too?!?!?

• Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for the night.

• Biker: Yes, sir. Hearing this, the rookie immediately called his captain. The biker was quickly surrounded by police, and the captain approached the biker to handle the tense situation:

• Winter is Nature’s way of telling you to polish your bike.

• Captain: Sir, can I see your license?

• Well-trained reflexes are quicker than luck.

• Biker: Sure. Here it is. (It was valid.)

• The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome.

• Captain: Whose motorcycle is this?

• A friend is someone who’ll get out of bed at 2 am to drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere.

• Biker: It’s mine, officer. Here’s the registration.

• A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you for it.

• There’s something ugly about a NEW bike on a trailer. • Practice wrenching on your own bike. • Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit • Maintenance is as much art as it is science. • If you ride like there’s no tomorrow - there won’t be. • Gray-haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck • There are drunk riders. There are old riders. There are NO old, drunk riders. • No matter what marquee you ride, it’s all the same wind. • Only a Biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window. Thunder Roads® Magazine ohio

• Captain: Could you slowly open your tool bag so I can see if there’s a gun in it? • Biker: Yes, sir, but there’s no gun in it. Sure enough, there was nothing in the tool bag. • Captain: Would you mind opening your saddlebags? I was told you said there are drugs in them. • Biker: No problem. The saddle bags were opened; no drugs. • Captain: I don’t understand it. The officer who stopped you said you told him you didn’t have a license, stole this motorcycle, had a gun in the tool bag, and that there were drugs in the saddlebags. • Biker: Yeah, I’ll bet he told you I was speeding, too.


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5935 Canal Rd Valley View, OH 44125 (216) 986-9500 5150 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 Scotty’s 6224 East Livingston Ave Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068 (614) 755-9407

Snuffy’s Reloaded 1313 St. Rt. 6 Bradner, OH 43406 (419) 288-1718

Quaker Steak & Lube 5800 Interstate Blvd Austintown, Ohio 44515 (330) 349-9464 7834 Reynolds Rd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 954-9464

RJ Smith & Associates 18850 E. Bagley Rd Middleburg Heights, OH 44130 (800) 886-0305

Scoundrel’s 826 Front Street Berea, Ohio 44017 (440) 234-3455

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

Portage Inn 355 Rice St Elmore, OH 43416 (419) 862-9942

Rider Insurance 1-800-595-6393

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Skully’s 1151 N. High St Columbus, OH 43201 (614) 291-8856

Nowhere Tavern 106 E. Main St Bellevue, OH 44811 (419) 483-2110

Aok Insurance & Financial Services, LLC 4925 Jackman Road, Unit #24 Toledo, OH 43613 (855) AOK-BIKE Nemecek Insurance 127 W Perry Street Port Clinton, OH 43452 (800) 686-3474

4900 Transportation Drive Sheffield, Ohio 44054 (440)934-9464

Main Street Saloon 1481 South Main Street Akron, OH 44301 (330) 724-8855

Millstone BBQ 12790 Grey St Logan, OH 43138 (740) 385-5341


Smith Insurance Services, Inc 4942 Reed Rd Columbus, OH 43220 (888) 644-2232 Taylor Insurance 3982 St. Rt. 43 Kent, Ohio 44240 (800) 211-6723


Stringz n’ Wingz 9244 Market Square Streetsboro, OH 44241 (330) 422-3473

Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort 4560 Hilton Corporate Drive Columbus, OH 43232 877-33-SPLASH

Bike (& Cage) Washes Wet Willy’s 21813 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146

Gym & Fitness Centers King’s Gym 24775 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-KING

Parts & Accessories Bear’s Vintage MetalWorks 408 West Main St Ravenna, OH 44266 (330) 297-7755 EC Customs (937) 623-5597

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Pandemonium Choppers 8936 Christy Rd Defiance, OH 43512 (419) 576-6812

Real Estate

Howard Hanna Contact: Denise Quiggle (440) 251-9985


911 Clothing 5011 Brookpark Rd Cleveland, OH 44134 (216) 398-7088 Cycle Leather 9156 SR 14 Streetsboro, OH 44241 (888) 827-5562 Erie Street Leather 416 Erie Street N Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 833-2672

Apex Powersports 938 Cookson Ave, SE New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 308-8900 Crazy 8 Motorcycles 416 N. 2nd St. Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 534-0225 Honda of Marysville 640 Coleman’s Crossing Blvd Marysville, OH 43040 (866) 645-4080 Integrity Cyles 156 Dering Ave Columbus, OH 43207 (800) 969-2005 John’s Trailer Sales 2229 Tremainsville Rd Toledo, OH 43613 (419) 471-1175

Toledo Harley-Davidson 7960 W. Central Ave Toledo, OH 43617 (419) 843-7892


Beaver Creek Cycle 13172 State Route 7 Libson, OH 44432 (330) 386-7353 Canton Cycle Specialties, Inc 701 Cherry Ave., N.E. Canton, OH 44702 (330) 456-1555 Cycle Analysis 4984 West 150th St Cleveland, OH 44135 (216) 362-9060 DL’s Custom Cycle 61 County Rd 15 South Point, OH 45680 (740) 377-2940

Granny’s 2443 S. 5th St. Ironton, OH 45638 (740) 534-9463

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

Military Pride 29348 Euclid Ave Wickliffe, OH 44092 (440) 944-5180

Motorcycle Maxx 5838 Columbus Blvd Lewis Center, OH 43035 (614) 883-5800

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

Norton Sporting Goods 100 Norton Rd Waldo, OH 43356 (740) 726-2616

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

Roeder Racing & Service 3684 U.S Rt. 20 Monroeville, OH 44847 (419) 465-2247

Vivid Jewelers 27217 Wolf Rd Bay Village, OH 44140 (440) 835-0111


Adventure Harley-Davidson 1465 State Rt 39 NW Dover, OH 44622 (330) 364-6519

Signature HarleyDavidson 1176 Professional Dr Perrysburg, OH 43551 (419) 873-2453 South East Harley-Davidson 23105 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, Oh 44146 (440) 439-5300

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Don’s Garage 8625 Harrison Pike Cleves, Ohio 45002 (513) 353-1446

Twin Visions 4520 Alum Creek Dr Columbus, OH 43207 (614) 409-1060 Wylde Rydes Inc. 4704 State Rd Cleveland, OH 44109 (216) 741-03701


Scottsdale Interstate Transport (330) 206-0650

Tattoo Shops Addictions Tattoo 505 West Perkins Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 621-8288 Art Bomb Tattoo 32 N. Erie St Massillon, OH 44646 (330) 834-2781 Bad Ass Tattoo 46065 Telegraph Rd Amherst, OH 44001 (440) 986-3845 Innovations In Ink 234 Columbus Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 502-7152 Lazy Dave’s Tattoo 27084 Lorain Ave North Olmsted, OH 44070 (440) 777-4465 Pain & Pleasure Tattoo 6015 Milan Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 625-0069 Route 42 Tattoo 201 S. Franklin St. Ashley, OH 43003 (740) 413-4042 Stained Skin 1255 N. High St Columbus, OH 43201 (614) 297-SKIN Sudden Urge Tattoos 9360 Mentor Ave Mentor, Ohio 44060 (440) 368-3529



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PENNSYLVANIA MEASURE WOULD LIMIT LEARNER PERMITS ABATE of Pennsylvania is supporting legislation to limit the number of motorcycle learner’s permits allowed before a rider must get a license. “All too often those involved in serious accidents have no motorcycle endorsement on their license,” lobbyist Charles Umbenhauer of BikePAC told the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), adding that “In most cases this also means they have had no formal motorcycle rider training.” State Representative Seth Grove (R-Dover Township) has introduced legislation aimed at increasing motorcycle safety by requiring riders to get a motorcycle license rather than continuously reapplying for a motorcycle learner’s permit. Currently, an aspiring rider can get a permit after passing a written test, which is good for a year to allow motorcyclists to legally ride and gain experience until they get their motorcycle license. However, some riders reapply to renew the permit year after year rather than getting a full license, Grove said. 56

Under Grove’s proposal, a rider would only be allowed to reapply for a learner’s permit three times in 10 years. “The purpose is to make people get the license,” stated Grove, adding that more motorcyclists taking the skills tests or enrolling in the state’s rider training program would mean more trained riders on the road. If a rider doesn’t get a license within 10 years of receiving the first permit, he or she wouldn’t be able to get another permit for seven years. The bill was referred to the transportation committee earlier this year and is expected to be addressed this fall. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry (1736-1799) American Patriot and Founding Father Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

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Upcoming Events September 28-October 1, 2011 Bikes, Blues, & BBQ Motorcycle Rally Fayetville, Arkansas (479) 527-9993 September 29-October 2, 2011 Thunder Beach Autumn Motorcycle Rally Panama City Beach, Florida October 1, 2011 Pink & Chrome Ride for the Cure Thomas Cloud Park Huber Heights, OH Registration @ 11am $15/person Call (937) 431-0380 October 1, 2011 Jolie McGuire Cancer Benefit Poker Run Powder Keg HD Mason, OH 11 a.m. $10/person donation Call 513-897-6145 for more info.

October 1, 2011 Vampire Biker Ball Yankee Lake Ballroom Brookfield, OH $5 Admission Doors Open @ 5pm Call (330) 718-7907 For More Information October 1, 2011 Chrome Divas Scavenger Hunt (Columbus & Dayton Chapters) B.A.C.A. Polly’s Bar Columbus, OH Honda of Marysville Motorsports Marysville, OH 10 a.m. $20/rider $25 w/passenger October 1, 2011 Final Bike Night Bash Thiels Wheels Upper Sandusky, OH 3pm

October 1-2, 2011 19th Annual Hog Roast & Swap Meet Abate of Ohio Pooch’s Cortland, OH Gates Open @ 11am $10 admission Contact: Tammy (330)272-2038 or Mike (330)544-4099 October 6-7, 2011 AMA Distric 12 Amateur Event Mid-Ohio Motocross Park Lexington, OH October 8, 2011 Ohio Rider’s Chili Cookoff Roadhouse 66 Columbus, OH 12pm-5pm October 8-10, 2011 3rd Annual Flying Horse Ride An escorted ride from the AMA Museum in Pickerington, Ohio to Gettysburg, PA. Benefits children with serious illness. Contact Flying Horse Farms for more information: (614) 505-6161


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October 8, 2011 Hocking Hills Fall Poker Run Lake Logan Beach Logan, OH For More Info Email October 8, 2011 Ride To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Road Sisters South East Harley-Davidson Bedford Heights, OH 12 pm (Breakfast 9-11) For More Info: October 9, 2011 11th Annual Zip It Up Run Faces Lounge & Cafe Newton Falls, OH $10/rider $5/passenger 12pm For Info Call: Ron (330)272-2265 October 13-16, 2011 Biketoberfest Daytona Beach, Florida

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October 8, 2011 8th Annual American Legion Poker Run Beverly, OH $10/person or $15/couple For More Info: Contact Rhonda @ (740) 350-4743

October 22, 2011 Oktoberfest Thiel’s Wheels Upper Sandusky, OH 9am-4pm October 23, 2011 Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet/Bike Show Clark County Fairgrounds Springfield, OH 8 am-3pm $5 Ride In Bike Fee $6 Regular Admission October 29, 2011 Halloween Costume Contest South East Harley-Davidson Bedford Heights, OH All Day Event November 12, 2011 Ride For The 3095 Days Inn & Suites Ohio Veteran’s Memorial Park Richfield, OH Registration @ 9 a.m. Bikes out @ Noon For Info Call: (330) 773-6949

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Ohio Clubs, Organizations & Associations Motorcycle themed clubs and organizations are invited to list themselves and their contact information here for $60 annually. This is a great way to promote your group and the activities that you host. Listed organizations are encouraged to share event information, pictures, and news on the club at no additional charge. Thunder Roads Ohio reserves the right to limit this due to space restrictions. For more information, email: ABATE OF OHIO, INC (American Bikers Aimed Towards Education) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, improving the image, and promoting safe operating practices of Ohio Motorcyclists. (614) 319-3644 Email: ALL AMERICAN INDIAN M/C Since 1965 Contact: Paul Clement 440-647-3723 ARMED FORCES M/C The Armed Forces of America MC (AFMC) is a national organization with chapters throughout the United States. We are the second oldest 100% military MC in the USA comprised of active duty, reserve, retired, and honorably discharged veterans of all branches of the Armed Forces of America. We share a brotherhood of both service to our country and in the wind North Ohio Chapter South Ohio Chapter ARMOR BEARERS M/C To Spread the Gospel to All Bikers John (Preacherman) Harris AXEMEN M/C Fundraising and active support for brothers in need. Central Ohio Chapter Meetings 3rd Wednesday of Every Month Rocky Lawrence, President BIKERS AGAINST CHILD ABUSE (BACA) We are an Organization of Bikers working to protect children from the horrors of child abuse by lending them support and friendship, and giving them a family they can count on. We are a non-political, nondenominational organization. Central Ohio Chapter Meetings @ 2pm 3rd Sunday of Each Month (614)271-7478 Contact: RED-President BLUE KNIGHTS INTERNATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT M/C A non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men and women who enjoy riding motorcycles. Contact: Bob Flanagan- President (207) 947-4600 BROTHERS IN BLUE Brothers In Blue is a non-profit organization formed to bring Law Enforcement, Firefighters and EMS together who share the common interest in motorcycles. we are open to guys with motorcycles of 750cc and up of any kind. CATHOLIC CROSS BEARERS M/M To bring the love of Jesus to the streets and to those imprisoned. An International Organization. Eric Wardrum – National President / Founder 60

CHELLE’S ANGELS Promote sisterhood and camaraderie among women motorcycle riders through participation in club rides and activities, shared goals and monthly meetings. Serving South Central Ohio Contact: Michelle Storts 740-503-5456 CHROME DIVAS Our Mission Statement: Through the diverse sisterhood of the Chrome Divas, our mission is to build a positive image of women motorcyclists and enthusiasts; promote motorcycle safety; elevate consciousness of automobile drivers; create awareness of women and children’s issues while giving back to our communities but most importantly, to ride and have fun! National Organization with multiple chapters in Ohio.

Cincinatti Chapter Supports Susan G. Komen for the Cure! Email:

Columbus Chapter Focuses on raising funds for The Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. Email: Facebook: Columbus.chromedivas

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Dayton Chapter Email: Xenia Chapter Xenia Chrome Divas are commited to helping people affected by domestic violence,sexual assualt, and child abuse. Email: Facebook: xeniachromedivas CLASSIC BRITISH M/C of CINCINNATI Dedicated to the riding, preservation, and enjoyment of British motorcycles past and present. Contact: COMBAT VETERANS ASSOCIATION Our mission now is to support and defend those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Contact: Ohio State Representative COPPERHEADS LE/ MC An association of law enforcement and military riders. Cleveland Region Steve Pumba FREEMASONS RIDING CLUB The Freemasons Riding Club is an association founded and designed specifically to introduce motorcycling Freemasons to one another. We are comprised entirely of Freemasons with a love for freedom that is only found on two wheels – in the wind. We find our best place working in our communities and supporting various causes and charities, especially while riding with our Brothers. INDIAN 4 CLUB The Club is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and enjoyment of the Indian Four Cylinder Motorcycle and all other American-made 4 cylinder motorcycles no longer being produced. Since 1961 Contact: Beverly Corsmeir –Treasurer Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

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