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he motorcycle community is a unique group of people. It’s a fraternity of “like-minded people” that may differ greatly in terms of politics, profession, and background – but share a common love of riding and spirit of individualism. More often than not, it’s a group defined by a love of our nation but a skepticism when it comes to the “folks in charge”. We believe in taking care of our own and helping those in need – yet not expecting hand-outs or relying on charity. We believe in the artistry of iron blended with wind against a canvas of the open road – and the inner spirit it releases in us. We all may look very different – from the classic English motorcycle aficionado to the hard core v-twin biker, from the pre-teen motocross racer to adrenaline fueled street racer; however we all understand the ability of two wheels to unlock a sense of freedom seldom felt otherwise. This magazine strives to serve as the journal of our culture. We serve a diverse group of people that might not otherwise see their own bond, if not for the motorcycle they ride. It’s our job to keep everyone informed of what’s going on, what you need to know, and suggest a few new destinations for those unexpected journeys that we find ourselves taking. We hope to feed the fire with coverage of custom motorcycles and different styles of riding that not all have experienced. From ice racing, enduros, and hill climb racing to long distance touring and vintage cannonballing – we strive to serve up a taste of it all. It’s a job that we love and we greatly appreciate the folks that allow us to do it – our sponsors. Throughout the pages of this magazine are advertisements and notices from businesses that have opted to not only market themselves but help support Thunder Roads Ohio – a publication dedicated to serving and informing the local rider, regardless of what they ride. Through us, they are helping to unite the riding community and keep everyone aware of destinations and upcoming events. I would like to thank all of our sponsors, and ask that you commit yourself to supporting them as well. These days, especially this time of year, it’s always a question as to how we are going to spend our dollars. These businesses and organizations have opted to invest in the support of our mission. Please let them know that you appreciate their decision. Stop in, visit them online, and whenever possible – let them know you are a member of the Thunder Roads Community. With your continued support, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the local motorcycle community – as incredibly diverse and unique as it is!

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FROM THE PUBLISHER

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ROAD TALES

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IN THE BIZ

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AMA REPORT

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CENTER CALENDAR

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HISTORY OF THE MOTORCYCLE: PART 2

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FACTORY FEATURE: 2015 CAN-AM SPYDER F3

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CUSTOM FEATURE: EXTREME CHOPPER

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CUSTOM FEATURE: DUCATI 900SS J63

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54 THE BIG SHOW: THE PISTON POWERED AUTO-RAMA 58

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79 MARKETPLACE 87 UPCOMING MOTORCYCLE EVENTS 93 RECIPES 94

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ON THE COVER Brooke posing with Eric Baumann’s EXTREME CHOPPER Photo by Bob Mazur

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OHIO BIKE WEEK Celebrating 15 Years of Rockin’ the North Coast!

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fter their biggest year yet in 2014, the folks in charge have doubled down for their 15th Anniversary in 2015! They’ve reclaimed the Fairgrounds and added even more stages there - in addition to the Downtown Block Party and Mad River Party Zones! The Erie County Fairgrounds will host The Legendary Broken Spoke Saloon and entertainment includes Saving Abel, Bullet Boys, and Jasmine Cain. The addition of the Broken Spoke and Fairgrounds to the OBW entertainment lineup has done nothing to take away from anything else they’ve developed over the years. The big shows kick off in Toledo once again with another classic rock show delivered by Cinderella’s Tom Keifer on Friday, May 29th. Then Saturday the focus shifts to Sandusky for Puddle of Mudd. The World Famous Downtown Block Party has more fire than ever – with 3 national acts scheduled! Jesse James Dupree, the perennial voice of Bike Week, takes to the stage with Jackyl to kick things off on Thursday, June 4th. Then Colt Ford headlines the party Friday night. In an exciting addition, the Ohio Bike Week folks added Buckcherry as a headliner on Saturday night to close out the party. It’s important to note that as always, all of these Block Party performances are FREE! It’s hard to imagine another venue or opportunity to see this kinda line-up without spending a dollar. This is just one reason why Ohio Bike Week is easily one of my favorite rallies anywhere – and it’s not just because I’m a homer or work with them. Quite the contrary, we enjoy working with Ohio Bike Week because of how they run their event! The folks at OBW have always taken the approach that they will throw a HUGE PARTY –

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and the crowds will take care of them by spending their own money as they see fit. Hopefully they will spend it supporting the event through food, beverages, and OBW Gear – but that’s up to those attending. The OBW masterminds believe that if they offer fair prices and a good product, people will buy. How cool is that? Thunder Roads Ohio is also proud

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to announce that we will once again team up with OBW to produce the Official Ohio Bike Week Bike Show. The International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA) will again be out to handle the judging – to ensure objective, professional evaluation of the bikes. The People’s Choice categories will also be expanded to recognize more fan favorites as well.

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t the end of last riding season, one of Ohio’s most popular riding destinations changed ownership. Margaritaville, that little biker oasis on the outskirts of Sandusky, had new owners and the gossip was flying as to what would become of the weekly biker deck parties. Just last week I had the opportunity to sit down with the new proprietors and discuss their plans for the upcoming year. Rest assured, it appears that the future looks bright for the palm tree covered decks of Margaritaville! The new operators seem to have no interest in turning away the crowds of raving fans that already ride there from all across Ohio. In fact, they want to make things even more inviting – all year! Plans are to re-open on March 2nd and stay open year-round from that point on. More of an emphasis seems to be placed on the menu, with new daily specials and

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an expanded menu in the works. Have no fear, though – the party will go on! On May 2nd, the season will kick off with a bash featuring none other than Mike “Mad Dog” Adams. From there the party will continue all season with live entertainment every weekend. Many of your favorite bands are already on the schedule, but look to see new faces and sounds as well on stage. For more information, visit their website (www. themargaritavilleonline.com) and certainly like them on facebook. Better yet, stop by after March 2nd and try out the new menu. While you’re there you can pick up your copies of TRO and even check in with your Thunder Run Card. Margaritaville has already been selected as a Thunder Run Stop for the upcoming season and will be a regular distribution spot for Thunder Roads every month!

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IN THE BIZ Each month, TRO will present information for businesses and organizations serving the motorcycle community as part of this new In the Biz! page. 2015 Twisted Tea Bike Night Summer Tour

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nce again Thunder Roads Ohio has teamed up with TWISTED TEA to showcase the best Bike Nights across Ohio for the upcoming riding season as part of the TWISTED TEA BIKE NIGHT TOUR (TTBNT). This year we are ramping up the campaign, including TWISTED TEA TOUR T-Shirts, expanded magazine coverage, more promotional prizes, expanded digital promotion, radio partnerships, and a NEW TRO TOUR TRAILER! The TRO TRAILER features sound, video, and lights – delivering extra excitement everywhere it goes! It also includes the TRO AIR CAM for unprecedented aerial coverage of your bike night utilizing a state-ofthe-art aerial drone. This drone allows us to capture HD video and still photos of your bike night, allowing you to truly showcase your location! We are currently booking appearances and we are only taking a limited number of BIKE NIGHTS as part of this promotion. If you are hosting a Bike Night this summer, contact us TODAY to ensure your spot is reserved! Contact your TRO REP, email us at ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail.com, or call 440-6788608 to find out how you can take advantage of this great program and get on the TOUR SCHEDULE! If you’d like to recommend a Bike Night that you enjoy, please email us at ThunderRoadsOhio@ gmail.com and let us know about it!

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any motorcycle oriented and charitable organizations alike are facing a critical challenge when it comes to attracting and retaining volunteers and active members. This month’s EVENT 101 article focuses on managing volunteers (page 38). Another critical challenge facing many organizations is an aging membership. Core members are getting older and not a lot of younger folks are getting involved. Then when you get them – how do you retain them? Whether it’s younger members or volunteers, it’s important that you keep these folks around once you have them. Two key words come to mind along these lines – INVOLVE and EMPOWER. When it comes to younger members or ocassional volunteers, your initial tendency may be to slowly build up their involvement. It’s only natural for you to want people to prove themselves. Unfortunately, though, keeping new recruits on the sidelines is a great way to lose them. In most cases, I recommend going with your gut and INVOLVING new folks right away if you think that they have potential. Give them a chance to help out and feel a part of the organization. Eventually, you need to give them the chance to make their own decisions and have more responsibility – this EMPOWERS them, and makes them feel as though they are a key player. These are important motivating factors for many people. Obviously you need to protect yourself and the organization, so it’s important to use sound judgment in terms of bringing on new people. But once you’ve decided to give someone a chance – you need to really give them a chance! Involve them – and then EMPOWER THEM! That’s how your future leaders are developed.

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n an effort to help event organizers create integrated promotional materials with ease and as cost effectively as possible, TRO has introduced Media Event Packages. These bundles include a variety of multi-media options such as flyers, banners, digital promotion, and even radio in some cases. Of course, it’s all built around Ohio’s Motorcycle Magazine – Thunder Roads Ohio. The basic ride package includes several months of advertising in the magazine and full digital support online. In addition, it includes over 5,000 full color posters and flyers. TRO can handle all of the design work, making certain that it’s as easy as possible. We can even help distribute everything through our network of shops, dealers, bars, and ride stops all across Ohio. And the cost for all of this? Less than you might pay a local band to play for a few hours. Things could be easier – or more cost effective! For more information, email Events. ThunderRoads@gmail.com THUNDERROADSOHIO.COM

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REPORT Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series, Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series kick off in March Adventure begins on March 7-8 in Brooksville, Fla., continues on March 21-22 in Tucson, Ariz.

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ICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Two of the best recreational riding series in the country, the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series and the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMA National Adventure Riding Series, kick off next month with events in Florida and Arizona. The series include two-day events in the country’s prime locations for dual sport and adventure riding. Riders in each series earn a chance to win a new bike from series sponsors Beta and Yamaha. On March 7-8, Dixie Dual Sport Inc., the 2014 AMA Recreational Off-Road Organizer of the Year, will welcome riders to Brooksville, Fla., for the annual Devil’s Creek Dual Sport and Adventure Ride. Two weeks later on March 21-22, riders will experience the 2 Sun Adventure 2015 ride in Tucson, Ariz. The ride, managed and promoted by Tucson Dual Sport, will showcase some of the best the desert has to offer. For many, the Devil’s Creek Dual Sport and Adventure Ride will signal the start of the riding season. “We have three different route options for this ride,” said Dixie Dual Sport President Robert Frey. “When choosing their route at Devil’s Creek, we ask riders to be honest with themselves about their skill, because our forest can be an unforgiving place.” Frey explained that Florida is perfect for creating multiple routes to appeal to different riders. “The adventure route is paved and dirt-road touring, big-bike friendly,” he said. “It takes you through the Florida hill country on paved and dirt roads, past numerous points of interest, and gives you a taste of what rural Florida is all about. The dual sport route is pure Florida, from pavement to limestone, mud, rocks, roots, water and sand. What we call our discovery option is ‘dualsport lite.’ It is good for the dual-sport rider with some off-road experience who wants a slight taste of more challenging trail.” Next, riders will tackle the challenges of the American Southwest, with its otherworldly terrain and amazing vistas. AMA member Dillon Oliver rode the Tucson Dual Sport event in 2014 and said it was one of the best he’s experienced. “When I go riding for a couple of days in an area I haven’t been to before, I spend hours looking over maps, Google Earth and chatting in dirt bike forums trying to get to the best trails,” Oliver said. “Once there, I often find my routes are off a bit or my friends and I have to back track. It’s all fun, but sometimes it is more fun to let someone else do all the route planning, provide lunch, provide GPS and roll charts. “That’s what last year’s ride was about,” he added. “They 10

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cherry picked the best routes around Tucson, and all I had to do was follow the GPS tracks they provided. The routes were very diverse, enough fun stuff to keep you on your toes and some easy stuff to let you relax, mixed in with great scenery. I will definitely be back next year.” Participants who sign up for each dual-sport event will join all national series riders in getting a chance to win the choice of a 2015 Beta 430 or 500 RS model. The RS line is designed to the same performance standards as the company’s enduro race bikes, but with additional equipment to be legal for on-highway operation. For more information, see www.betausa.com. Riders in the adventure series earn a chance to win a new Yamaha Super Ténéré from series sponsor Yamaha. Designed to ride for extended periods across just about any kind of navigable terrain, the Yamaha Super Ténéré is the perfect inspiration for the AMA National Adventure Riding Series. The bike, known as the ultimate transcontinental adventure machine, offers a powerful inline twin-cylinder engine, electronic cruise control, dual electronic drive modes, and more. To learn more about the Yamaha Super Ténéré, see www.yamaha-motor.com. The Beta AMA National Dual-Sport Series, created by the AMA in 1987, has become increasingly popular as off-road and street riders alike have turned to dual-sport recreation to experience the freedom of two wheels. When larger adventure bikes grew in popularity, the AMA started the Yamaha Super Ténéré AMANational Adventure Series to appeal to riders of these bikes. This series also has grown and now boasts rounds in all regions of the continental United States.

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May 16-17: McArthur, Ohio, Buckeye Dual Sporters (740) 385-3050, ,www.kaeppnerswoods.com Sept. 19-20: Logan, Ohio Buckeye Dual Sporters, (740) 385-3050 kaeppners@frontier.com For more information on both series and complete schedules, please visit www.AmericanMotorcylist.com

ICKERINGTON, Ohio -- One of the fastestgrowing brands in offroad racing and riding has signed on as the new title sponsor for the country’s largest and longest-running dual sport series, the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series. “In recent years, Beta USA has become a major player in all aspects of off-road racing and recreational riding in the United States,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “From the cutting-edge technology that they are engineering into their motorcycles to their expanded dealer network to signing some of today’s best off-road racers, Beta’s commitment is impressive. “The AMA National Dual Sport Series is a great way for Beta to expose today’s serious dual-sport riders to their incredible bike lineup,” Massey said. As part of Beta USA’s title sponsorship of the series, one lucky participant will win the choice of a 2015 Beta 430 or 500 RS model. The RS line

ABOUT THE AMERICAN MOTORCYCLIST ASSOCIATION ounded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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is designed to the same performance standards as the company’s enduro race bikes, including the latest engine updates to the Beta RR lineup. RS bikes come from the factory with a Voyager GPS unit that features GPS, speed, tachometer, engine coolant temperature, a compass, an odometer, maps and more. Beta USA sells a wide range of two- and four-stroke off-road race bikes in addition to the RS dual-sport lineup. The company offers base models, Race Editions as well as its innovative Build Your Own Bike program, which allows new owners to have their new bikes built to order at the factory with custom suspension, ergonomic and power characteristics. The 2015 schedule for the Beta AMA National Dual Sport Series is available here:www. americanmotorcyclist.com/Riding/Dirt/ EventsAndSeries/NationalDualSport/ NationalDualSportSchedule.aspx. For more information on Beta’s lineup, see www.betausa.com. OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE

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ABATE OF OHIO, INC. Safety & Education Report

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i Friends, Right now it feels like all we have had is cold and snow, but we must have had some decent days because we have had 6 crashes and 7 injuries. Please start out slow and be careful out there. If you can, wait till the spring rains have cleaned all that fine gravel and salt off the roads. Take a minute or two and go to a large parking lot and work on maneuvering. Do some figure eights, panic stops and straight line stopping. Reconnecting with your bike will help you if you venture out before conditions are ideal. One way that we can keep fatalities down is to get more riders trained. The Motorcycle Ohio training program has started class registration. If you want to take a class, get signed up early before all the best times are full. I do see that we are getting more training sites all the time. Please check it out; even you old dogs will learn something new. Motorcycle

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Ohio needs course instructors for the 2015 season. To become an instructor you need to have taken the beginner’s course within two years and complete a 55 hour instructor’s course. This is a paid position so you can make some money doing something very rewarding. When it comes to the new riding season remember that the roads have changed over the winter. If you come up on a road hazard and would like to find someone to take care of the problem, its very easy. ABATE Legal Services in Indianapolis, Indiana has a website where you can report these hazards. The site- www.roadhazard.org – will allow you to report the hazards in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Kentucky and they will notify the proper authorities. This has been proven to be very successful. ABATE of Ohio Inc. State Seminar will be March, 27-28, 2015 at Deer Creek Lodge and State Park. At the

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seminar you will find out what Motorcycle Rights organizations do and how ABATE works with the different government agencies to form new laws and change laws that we may not like. With the help of the AMA and the MRF we also monitor federal and global laws. The agenda will cover Motorcycle Rights, Motorcycle Safety and Education. We will show you how Motorcycle Rights Organizations are making a difference. I would like to say Spring is almost here. Soon, we will be out with the wind in our faces. Remember that big brother will take our freedoms away if we don’t stand guard, so be a part of the process. Join ABATE of Ohio and you will be a part of the solution. Ride within your limits Mike Stock Safety and Education Director ABATE of Ohio Inc. Mikestock419@gmail.com 419-654-5446

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ver the past 27 years, CMA has been able to extend its outreach to millions of people throughout the world by the fruits of “Run for the Son” (RFS). By partnering with 3 likeminded ministries by giving each ministry 20% of all the RFS monies raised nationwide, CMA has been able to place the message of hope in front of the multitudes in hundreds of other countries: 1) The Jesus Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ which translates this film into the language of the local people; 2) Open Doors, a ministry working in the world’s most oppressive and restrictive countries to strengthen Christians and equipping them to shine Christ’s light; 3) Missionary Ventures, a ministry focusing on transportation for indigenous pastors in foreign countries. The remaining 40% of RFS monies raised is use here in the USA for CMA ministry outreach. RFS is the only fundraiser CMA does and it is held the first Saturday of May each year. This year that will be May 2, 2015. There are countless ways CMA members seek sponsorship for this one fund raiser: bake sales; no-bake sales; bike washes; dinners; pledges as they complete a 100 mile ride on that day, etc, etc. Last year in Ohio CMA members raised just over $100,000.00 which was a new record for CMA in Ohio. This year an anonymous donor has committed a onetime $150,000.00 matching grant for RFS monies raised by CMA in Ohio. That means every dollar up to $150,000.00 will be doubled. WOW! That is fantastic! As State Coordinator for CMA Ohio, I have given this added challenge to our membership: If CMA Ohio raises $150,000.00 to take full advantage of the $150,000.00 matching grant, I will allow Chapter Presidents of those Chapters with 100% member participation to cut my hair and shave my head at the 2015 CMA Ohio State Rally being held August 7 – 10, 2015, at Lighthouse Camp & Retreat Center, 272 Jack Oak Point Road, St Mary, OH 45885. I didn’t tell my wife about this cutting of my hair and shaving of my head until after I made the announcement to membership. When I did tell her, her comment was, “You will look like a Shar pei Puppy with your head shaved.” I would like to ask for your help in seeing this $150,000.00 for RFS raised so Chapter Presidents will have the pleasure of cutting my hair and shaving my head. When that happens, you will get to see a new picture of me on this page after August! RFS donations

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are tax deductable and members can give you a receipt for any donation you may want to give. Trust me that will not be the best benefit from your donation to RFS. Many lives worldwide will be impacted by your generosity. John 14:25 – 27, NASB “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

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Christian Motorcyclists Association COME RIDE WITH US! CMA is a servant minded interdenominational motorcycle ministry with a non-denominational message of hope and love through Jesus Christ. Enjoy the family atmosphere, make life-long friends, and join an army of people dedicated to changing the world, one heart at a time in the highways and byways. Visit us at www.cmausa.org for more information. Have a message you’d like to share? If you have a message that you’d like to share with riders across Ohio and the Midwest, let us know. TRO welcomes the opportunity to work with established motorcycle ministries. Feel free to share upcoming events with us as well, by emailing information to Events.ThunderRoads@gmail.com

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PRESENTED BY GEICO INSURANCE & THUNDER ROADS OHIO MAGAZINE Thunder Roads Ohio is proud to announce that this summer; we will once again be hosting the BUCKEYE THUNDER RUN - a state-wide, summer-long riding challenge hitting the coolest riding destinations and events across Ohio, presented by GEICO Insurance! This is a riding challenge like no-other and features great prizes every month that you earn by simply getting out to ride!

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ach month Thunder Roads Ohio will announce a list of Thunder Run Stops each month. These stops are selected based upon the recommendations of our readers and confirmed by our editors. ALL STOPS have been screened by our Editors and are places we feel comfortable recommending to you. We never simply add a stop because they are willing to write a check. Riders can then hit these locations and present their Rider Cards in order to register at each stop. Once a Rider has registered at the stop - their Card number is then entered into the drawing for that stop. Thunder Roads will then select rider checks-in’s randomly each month from across the state for special prizes and incentives. Extra “check-in’s” are awarded for ride stops more then 100 miles from home. Prizes are developed by both Thunder Roads and our sponsors - allowing for some exciting options. They may include stays at exciting locations, riding gear or accessories, gift certificates, cash, rally passes, concert tickets, and even the opportunity to win factory and custom motorcycles! The beauty and simplicity of this program is that anyone can win with any check-in, but your chances of winning are increased by the amount you ride! The dedicated

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rider treking across the state has a greater chance of accumulating prizes - but the couple that can only get out a few days a month to ride can also win! Every check-in counts as an entry in the “drawing” - so if you hit 40 stops in a month, you have twice as many chances of winning as someone that only hits 20. The more you ride - the more opportunities you will have to win! That’s the whole idea - to encourage everyone to get out and ride!.

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very month the TRO staff will randomly select winners from the check-ins. Some prizes will be specific to the particular stop - and usually sponsored by that stop. For instance, a leather shop may award a custom leather vest to someone visiting their store during the month of June. That would be a prize specific to that stop and only riders checking in at that location would be eligible for that prize. Other prizes will be state wide, with everyone checking in at any location eligible to win!

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f your check-in is drawn, Thunder Roads will post your card number both online and in the magazine. Riders will then have at least 45 days to “claim” their prizes. For state-wide prizes, winners will often have the opportunity to select from a number of prize options. For instance, a rider might have the option of winning an Ohio Bike Week® Rally Package that includes accommodations and extras for attending

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North Coast Thunder Rally. If that rider isn’t able to take advantage of that prize - they might opt for a Premium Leather Jacket instead. • Riders are able to win multiple prizes - based upon the drawing of their check-in’s. • Some prize drawings are specific to only check-in’s for the particular month - while others prizes are drawn from checkin’s season long. • ALL CHECK-IN’s remain in the system for end of the season prizes! • Riders are able to check-in once a week at a stop (Monday-Sunday), for a maximum of 4 check-in’s per month (not counting bonuses). In 2014, riders had the chance to win 4 different motorcycles, hundreds of VIP Passes and tickets to some of the most exciting motorcycle events in the state, and hundreds of other great prizes!

2015 WILL BE EVEN BIGGER with MORE PRIZES, MORE RIDERS, and EVEN MORE EVENTS!

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he 2015 Buckeye Thunder Run is supported by our sponsors, so we want to encourage everyone to support them in turn. For that reason, we will issue a BONUS CHECK-IN to riders spending $10 or more at the stop. The bonus criteria may be adjusted at some stops to accommodate riders on particulars of that stop. Specifics of each stop will be listed each month in Thunder Roads as part of the Stop Listing.

It’s really that simple! 1. Get your Ohio Ride Card. 2. Get the list of stops each month from your Thunder Roads Magazine, the website (ThunderRoadsOhio.com), or facebook. 3. Ride out to these stops and show them your card. 4. And then you win cool prizes, including cold hard CASH! THUNDER ROADS® OHIO MAGAZINE

The first step will be for riders to register for their Thunder Roads Ohio Ride Cards. A number of select locations will serve as Registration Centers. Riders can easily register at these points – free of charge. They will then receive their Ride Cards.

You can request a Ride Card through our website!

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ou can now go online and register for your Thunder Run Ride Card through our website – www. ThunderRoadsOhio.com. Simply head to the TRO Online Store and order your Ride Card. There is a $5 convenience fee for this option – but ALL PROCEEDS are applied to our Warrior Fund, sponsoring charitable motorcycle events and organizations across Ohio. PLEASE NOTE - You can still use your previous Ride Cards. All Ride Card registrations carry over, however you are welcome to pick up a new shiny one if you’d like. We have all new cards for 2015. Thunder Roads will also be registering riders for Ride Cards at specific events throughout the year as we distribute magazines. Key events, such as Ohio Bike Week or Bike Nights will have special booth for Ride Card registrations. In most cases, we will be offering special incentives both for those registering for the cards and those checking in with their previously issued cards at these stops. Thunder Roads will also be 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. The Ride Cards will allow participants to easily and safely check in at all stops. Some Thunder Roads Sponsors will also be offering discounts to readers that present the cards. Thunder Roads will be listing special discounts and offers in the magazine throughout the year as an added

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value to readers and means of encouraging our partners to offer these extra savings. PLEASE NOTE: Once you have received your OHIO RIDE CARD, you will not be asked to provide personal information or emails at any location for check-in. You simply enter your ride card number! One key aspect of the BTR is that we will be limiting the number of stops to a reasonable amount each month. 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. This is not simply a “Chinese fire drill” or mad-dash across the state. This is a Ride program. It is meant to be a means for readers to discover new riding destinations and enjoy the ride there. In fact, we have designed the program to encourage folks to break out of their local routes and trek to the furthest corners of the state.

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ne of the really exciting aspects of the program is that the Buckeye Thunder Run can be modified and added to throughout the summer – if not the entire year. We will be adding and dropping stops each month. Readers will be able to nominate stops, we’ll investigate them, and if we agree that it’s a suitable stop – they’ll be invited to join the run. Some stops will only run a few months – and possibly not consecutive. A cool winery in Geneva might be a stop early in the season, and then we bring them back during the harvest season! We can also modify the run if it turns out that something just isn’t working. We want 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 or meant to subsidize the magazine! We have designed this run to entertain and challenge our readers – as well as promote our partners. As with the magazine itself, the Buckeye Thunder Run is presented 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. Even if your organization is not a riding destination you might become a sponsor for the tremendous promotional value it offers through the constant media attention it will receive.

Obviously this will be a heavy focus within the magazine but we are also working with radio and other media outlets to help spread awareness of the run. Sponsors are able to tap into this network and enjoy great exposure. We also have a number of unique opportunities for branding - including being featured on contest motorcycles, jackets, shirts, and other opportunities. The exact number and nature of these options will be determined as details are finalized and as the promotion develops over the summer. Sponsors will ALWAYS have first priority in these placements. Sponsors will also have the opportunity to team up with Thunder Roads to help promote various charity events across the state. The Buckeye Thunder Run is a great vehicle to help promote non-profit events in communities all across the state. With the support of regional and state-wide sponsors – Thunder Roads can help promote these community events to a larger audience. Thunder Roads is involved in countless charitable events all across the state already – but with the support of our sponsors, we will be able to assist even more. Partners can assist in the sponsorship of specific events, areas of concern (such as breast cancer, child abuse, or animal shelters), or other specific areas. For more information on sponsorship, please email us at ThunderRoadsOhio@ gmail.com Of course one of the key components in this whole program, second only to the riders themselves, is the stops. The Thunder Roads team has spent a lot of time collecting nominations and researching stops for the Run; but there are undoubtedly plenty of more stops out there. 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 As we mentioned, this is a dynamic event – intended to be tweaked and developed over time. If you have ideas, suggestions, or concerns – please don’t hesitate to let us know. You can email us at BuckeyeThunderRun@gmail.com

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FEATURE PRIZES TO BE AWARDED IN MAY 2015: VIP ALL-ACCESS PASSES TO OHIO BIKE WEEK OHIO BIKE WEEK CONCERT TICKETS GAS CARDS AND OTHER GREAT PRIZES!

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Sturgis On $500

could do a week in Sturgis for $500” was my statement in reply to “we’re not going this year because we can’t afford it”, “The 75th is going to be so expensive”. I got the basic ‘BS’…prove it’ reply to my words. So, here we will just go down through the pre-flight check list and see how close my experience there will get me to that amount of money… or will I have to wipe the @%@#% off my face? The key to my statement was “in Sturgis”. If you have to add in travel expenses getting there and coming home…well, no way then. Gas in a bike from the west coast for this-- hum? 1400 to 1800 miles one way runs somewhere at $120.00...or less for fuel. And if you are one of those people that “must” stay in a motel every night - well, you aren’t going to do Sturgis within the budget anyway, so stop reading here. However, if you are a died in the wool ‘blade running’ motorcycle rider…then, it won’t cost you more than $35 for two nights of 28

camp sites on the way if you choose to go that route. But, there are hundreds - if not thousands of places to camp for free on the way- so; a sleeping bag on the ground for 8 hours down time doesn’t have to cost you a dime either way. I ride like this everywhere, and I do this each year on my run to the “Steel Rodeo”. Once you are in South Dakota and riding down Main Street, Sturgis, just keep heading east for another 5 miles, and The Buffalo Chip looms large on the horizon. To keep in budget you could just rent 72 square feet of lawn for your tent at someone’s private home in townand there are many who rent their yard for the week quite cheaply. But, that’s all you get… space. The Buffalo Chip is simply the best bang for the buck at the Sturgis Rally for many reasons. One is that if you buy early, the ticket is $185 for the week, unfortunately, at the writing of this article, the first ‘early bird’ offering has passed, but the current $275 for 7 days is still a cracken deal! Why? Well, first- you will still have $125 left for food

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and drink. Your money gets you into The Chip and a place to put up your tent, or unfold your motorcycle trailer. Notwithstanding the fact that every night there are 1 to 3 major music concerts for your entertainment, and many other smaller venues with music and assorted forms of exciting entertainment almost 24 hours a day that go along free with your camping permit- the essential bathrooms are plentiful and the showers at the south east end of camp grounds are free! If you need to wash your clothes, you will have to budget out about $5 to wash and dry all your clothes for the week. There are numerous places to eat within The Chip. Depending upon your appetite, you can buy a huge $2 piece of pizza, or get burgers, Mexican food and other tastes for around $6 a plate. Within our speculated budget, the ‘almost free’ food is also available and I’ve eaten it many days in the past. Mc Donalds is at the far western end of town and the dollar menu enables you to pop for $2 to $3 for lunches and dinners. OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE


Breakfasts can always be free as the Tennessee Christian Prison Ministries has a breakfast tent by the front gates of The Chip and pancakes and coffee are always free. Many other churches in and around Sturgis also provide biker breakfasts for little or nothing. More than ‘often’ getting invited to eat at one camp or the other is a very common biker courtesy. If you didn’t want to leave The Buffalo Chip for the week- and I know many people that go through the gate twice each year, in and out- you can find everything you want inside. The food budget of $12 per day maxes out to $84…leaving you with $41 bucks. Say you go to town the last

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day or so of the rally and buy 5 shirts for $25 bucks…you still have $16 for drinks for the week…? WHAT? Who’s doing the math here? Okay, so, if you are a good Southern Baptist and don’t drink alcohol, three bottles of water a day at $1 each will put you $5 over your budget. I mean…well…who’s not going to drink at Sturgis; so I cross out the shirts or loose the bet. But, if you help me here, and eat a bit less, and don’t camp in a campground along the way, and tell the kids ‘they didn’t have any shirts in your size’- you can still do a week in Sturgis for $500. Start budgeting now for the alcohol and just add that into the ‘travel expenses’. Booze takes you places

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anyway, so that should work. Sturgis can be done quite cheaply at any rate. If you can wedge the time out of your schedule to ride back to this year’s show…man, don’t let money stop you. You will regret it for a long time to come. You will find the greatest motorcycle people in the world at Sturgis, and those friendships are free for the taking. Just pull up your boot straps and do the $500 75th Anniversary Sturgis week. Frank Medicine Wolf Springer, Thunder Roads Northern California Contributor Additional photos contributed by Rick “Foot” and Jennifer “Sunshine” Elkins

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ocated in Warren, Ohio; The National Packard Museum is a celebration of the Packard legacy and seeks to recognize Packard’s influence in transportation and our industrial history. It offers a world class museum that collects, preserves, and exhibits an incredible collection of automobiles and artifacts that take us back in time. As luck would have it, though, they also regularly showcase vintage motorcycles as part of their exhibits. The Packard Museum is currently hosting an antique motorcycle exhibit entitled “Seldom Seen Cycles”. The show runs through May 30th and features some incredible vintage motorcycles that are seldom seen elsewhere! The Museum is also featuring a number of special events as part of the exhibit, they include: March 28, 2015 11:00AM Speaker: John Bova of Johnnie's Vintage Motorcycle Shop Topic: Importing and Exporting Motorycles and Parts April 18, 2015 Evening ScreeningThe John Penton Story. May 16, 2015 11:00AM Vintage Group Ride (All motorcycles welcome).

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BRIEF HISTORY OF PACKARD

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Our friends at the Greater Akron Motorcycle Club recently made a trip out to the Packard Museum in an effort to escape the cabin fever that was setting in. As luck would have it – they brought a camera! They also recommended that anyone heading that way should stop at the Sunrise Inn (510 E. Market St., Warren). It’s a Warren tradition, serving up reasonably priced traditional Italian and American fare.

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he Packard Story begins in the 1820s shortly after the establishment of Warren as the “capital of the Connecticut Western Reserve.” Warren Packard, son of Lordstown’s first postmaster William Packard, came to the village of Warren in the 1850s just as an era of new business and industrial growth was underway. Hardware stores, lumber and planing mills, hotels, and an iron/rolling mill manufactory all soon carried the Packard banner during the years that Packard and his wife raising their two sons and three daughters. The sons, William Doud Packard and James Ward Packard, put their college training and business experience to practical use with the establishment of the Packard Electric Company in 1890, the year Warren entered the “age of electricity.” The first Packard Motor Car was built in Warren in 1899 at the Packard Electric Company’s subsidiary plant, the New York and Ohio Company. Manufacture of a successful automobile brought about the formation of the Ohio Automobile Company, which evolved into the Packard Motor Car Company in 1902. One of the early cars, the 1903 Model F, was sent out on a transcontinental journey that year to test and market the durability of the Packard Motor Car in a trip from California to New York City. The famous endurance run of this car, dubbed “Old Pacific,” was recreated in 1983. The “Old Pacific,” along with an exhibit of Packard Motor Car memorabilia, is on display at the museum. In 1911, due to the Packard brothers’ success, Warren became the first city in the United States to light its streets with incandescent bulbs. The Packard Electric Company made incandescent bulbs and other electrical products. With the building of the Packard Motor Car came the necessity of developing an improved electrical system for the automobile. The production of high quality Packard cable became a dominant part of the Packard brothers’ operation. Packard Electric became a division of General Motors Corporation in 1932 and is known today as Delphi Packard Electric Systems. From those early days as the leader in producing vehicle wiring systems, Delphi Packard Electric has built and maintained global recognition for excellence in this field.

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MOTORCYCLE 101 The History of the Motorcycle Part 2

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ottlieb Daimler graced the world with his presence in 1834 in the town of Schorndorf Wartenburg, Germany. Growing up he studied at Polytechnic in Stuttgart and apprenticed as a gunsmith. Luckily for the modern day biker, he was a curious man and wanted to increase his understanding of engineering, he set out on a journey to France that would eventually lead him to create the first gas powered motorcycle. The predecessor to the dreams of many and to the lifestyle enjoyed by those of us fortunate enough to have found love on two wheels. Daimler’s work on the first gas powered engine began on the engine of JJ Lenoir in Paris and continued to the factory of Joseph Whitmore in Manchester. In 1872 Daimler settled into a position working for Nikolaus Otto at the Deutz-AG-Gasmotorenfabrik in Cologne, which at the time was the world’s largest manufacturer of stationary engines. It was here that Daimler met Wilhelm Maybach. Maybach was a designer, and would quickly become Daimler’s closest friend and co-conspirator. Daimler and Maybach spent their time focusing on gas engine development and partnered up in the business in 1882. Daimler and Maybach set up shop in a greenhouse that they converted into a fully functioning workshop in Stuttgart. The greenhouse became the refuge of the two engineers. They worked day and night in complete secrecy. The two were so guarded in their development that even their families were unaware of what the two were up to in the greenhouse. Then something that any of us living in a small town can relate to happened… when you don’t have the inside scoop on what’s going down…you create your own reality, and of course spread it far and wide. Eventually a suspicious gardener, unable

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to convince the two men to divulge their secret, called in local law enforcement on suspicion of a money counterfeiting operation inside the converted greenhouse. Once the police were able to conduct their search, which turned up only tools and some drawings, the partners were allowed to continue their work uninterrupted. In 1885 Daimler patented what is generally recognized as the prototype of the modern day gas engine. The so called “grandfather clock” set up had an enclosed crank case on which the air-cooled cylinder was mounted in an upright position. The single cylinder engine weighed in at a mere 132 pounds with a displacement of 264 cubic centimeters and developed an output of 0.5 horsepower at 650 rpm. This model’s intake valve operated automatically, and the exhaust valve was actuated by curved groove control in the flywheel. Daimler was confident that this prototype’s low weight and compact size ensured its suitability for installing in vehicles. The next logical step for the innovative pair was to put their engine into something and see just what the hell would happen. Daimler chose a wooden framed bicycle on which he installed workable controls. The pair called it the “Reitwagen”, or two wheeled riding carriage. Also known as the “Einspur”, or single track, it featured 2 additional spring mounted out-rigger wheels…“training wheels” if you will, added for balance. November 10th, 1885 Daimler put his son, Paul, onto the machine and sent him off on a test ride. At just 17 years old, I’m not sure if Paul was just as eager as any other teenage boy to hop on two wheels, or if he was possibly the “problem child” and so was chosen by his father in an attempt to rid himself of one of the pains in his ass. At any rate, the test ride

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was successful…Paul made the inaugural trip from Cannstatt to Unterturkheim and back. That’s approximately an 8 mile trip. Considering that the road conditions in 1885 had to be horrendous, that’s quite a haul. The maiden voyage had but one problem, which Daimler felt was minor…the heat of the engine set the saddle on fire. I don’t know about you, but having my ass on fire for 8 miles seems like a big problem to me! Thankfully a lot of improvements were made in the motorcycle industry between 1885 and the first ride I ever took. Daimler and Maybach continued to work on engine concepts and improved models throughout the late 1800’s. They completed single engines, 4 cylinder types, as well as V-twin models. While Daimler’s Reitwagen is often named the first gas powered motorcycle, the original was unfortunately destroyed in 1903 during a factory fire in Cannstatt, just 3 short years after Daimler’s death. Maybach went on to

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create the Mercedes, and while there is no extravagant story behind Daimler’s death, we do owe him a great deal of gratitude. Gratitude for the gunsmith’s apprentice, turned visionary. Gratitude for the moment in Daimler’s head where the dual development of a viable gas-powered engine and the modern bicycle collided. Following Daimler’s greenhouse conspiracy, the doors were opened for large scale motorcycle manufacturing in the 1900’s….seems like the perfect place to take a closer look next time. Melanie Schwarte, Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com For the first installment of this series, please see our January 2015 Issue of Thunder Roads Ohio. If you don’t have a print copy of the magazine, you can always view them online through our website. ThunderRoadsOhio.com

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EDITOR’S NOTE: We have received a tremendous response to our How To Host A Poker Run series, which we will have available online at ThunderRoadsOhio.com. We have decided to broaden the scope to include other events as well. This article is an updated version of one previously ran.

EVENT 101: Managing Volunteers

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ne of the earliest and most critical considerations is making sure that you have enough people to plan and then execute those plans. There’s a lot of work to be done before hand, which a few hard working people can knock out; but you’re going to need people to work the actual event. From the folks handing out the cards to people flagging the bikes in the lot, it takes a lot of people to host a well organized run. Regardless of where they come from, you will need bodies to pull the event off. You need to be confident that you have either the volunteers or resources to pay staff to work your event. If you don’t, there’s no point in going any further. If your organization has the ability to

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adequately staff an event with everyone needed and then pay them for their work…then you don’t need to concern yourself with volunteers. The vast majority of the motorcycle events out there, though, are dependent upon volunteers to make everything happen. The lifeblood of virtually all nonprofit events are the volunteers who are willing to donate their time and services to a cause. In fact, volunteers serve as the backbone of many nonprofits – even ones produced by a professional organization or corporation. Volunteers are different than employees, though – and not only in terms of compensation. Before undertaking any event – whether it’s a poker run, a bike show, or rally; it’s important to recognize that there are certain considerations that must be OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE


understood when it comes to working with volunteers. Failing to effectively manage your volunteer effort ensures the eventual failure of your event, regardless of how well everything else is run. Over the past year, the wheels have fallen off several long running events and even the host organizations themselves have dissolved in some cases, because of a failure to recruit new volunteers and more importantly – maintain the base they already had. First off you have to recognize what the motivating factors are in terms of your volunteers. Sometimes it’s the cause you are working to support. Health issues and animal causes such as shelters can often bring out very passionate volunteers willing to work hard to support your event – regardless of any past history. A rider that has lost a loved one to cancer might just walk in off the street to volunteer in support of an event benefiting cancer awareness or research. That volunteer’s motivation is the cause and it’s easy to understand it. Sometimes it’s a little more complicated. Sometimes you may get a volunteer that is looking for extra recognition or social status. Often times you get volunteers looking to join an organization or support a group purely for the chance to interact with others. These social volunteers are often times more difficult to manage, especially if they really lack a solid commitment to your cause or organization. Socially THUNDER ROADS® OHIO MAGAZINE

motivated volunteers can often contribute tremendously to an event – but you need to watch out for the winds of change. An outside relationship (suddenly they start dating someone outide the event or group) or loss of free time might cause the person to re-evaluate their time commitment with you and your project. A falling out with others in the group may immediately cause a socially motivated volunteer to drop as well. You need to be aware of this and watch for signs of problems – especially if you are placing additional responsibilities on this person. It’s especially important to consider the motivation behind a volunteer when considering them for a leadership or position of responsibility within your group. Placing too much responsibility or faith in a person without clear dedication to your group or cause can lead to unnecessary challenges and potentially devastating consequences if that person bails on you. Especially if they leave on a negative note.

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2. The internet is a great resource for connecting to people. If your organization has a website, highlight the volunteer program and list contact information for all inquiries. Websites like Volunteermatch.org and online communities like Craigslist.org also allow you to post notices and attract volunteers. 3. Word of mouth is often the best way for an organization to recruit volunteers--use your organization's personal network to reach out to the community. Another option is to reach out to religious groups, schools and community organizations to find out if they are interested in receiving information on volunteer opportunities. There are even programs like R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) which is a national network that matches volunteers to organizations. (These types of agencies sometimes require paperwork and specific arrangements, so be sure to do your homework in advance.) Encourage everyone involved to invite at least one new potential volunteer to participate each year. 4. Conduct targeted outreach. If your project requires a specific skill - target your outreach and materials to those people. Don’t be afraid to directly approach a company offering the services you need. Especially if you have the ability to promote their involvement. OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE

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5. When you just need a lot of hands for a short period of time, you can try the "warm body" recruitment approach. With this recruitment approach it’s all about spreading your call for volunteers as far and as wide as possible. Spread the word and fill the “slots”. Make sure that you allow for a high percentage of these folks to drop off, though. 6. Recruit from your existing networks. Invite your supporters, your partners and friends to volunteer. At worst you have an extra pair of hands. At best it will deepen their commitment to help your cause. 7. Offer Incentives. If you have an event with admission over a period of time, offer admission bundles – ie., if you volunteer at least X number of hours you receive 4 passes to the event. Cool event t-shirts are also nice recognition and incentives for offering a minimum number of hours. I have worked with a number of organizations that have taken to establishing a “statement of commitment”

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for their volunteers. In essence they form a contract with the potential volunteer that outlines their commitment and expectations. This can be especially helpful in making certain that everyone understands the situation. It also can effectively tie someone to an agreed upon time frame for their commitment. An on-going, potentially never-ending commitment can be intimidating and overwhelming to many.

and lasting from 10am to 4pm. The week prior to the event, we would ask that all volunteers commit to a minimum of 8-12 hours of assistance with event preparations. During the actual Rally Weekend, we would ask for a minimum commitment of at least three 6 hour shifts.

A “statement of commitment” might include the following key components: • How much time are you expecting them to commit to. • Per week? Per month? • How many advance planning meetings are there? • What’s the actual time commitment for the “event”? • A minimum expectation for the duration of their commitment.

In appreciation of this time and your commitment to the event, all volunteers shall receive a pair of General Rally Passes, a Rally staff t-shirt, and the appreciation of the entire community.”

For example, you could outline everything in a few simple paragraphs. “Rally volunteers are expected to take part in at least 2-3 pre-event training days, usually held on Saturdays

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Sunday evening after the event, we ask that all volunteers commit to assisting with breakdown. This begins immediately at 4pm and with everyone’s help – should be done within a few hours.

Once you have a pool of volunteers to work with, there are some general suggestions we would make. Start on the right foot. Training and orientation are a great way to welcome new volunteers and make them feel like part of a team. An instructional volunteer training session should present an overview of expectations for volunteers and provide them with the information they need to succeed.

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Draft a volunteer manual that clearly defines all procedures in writing and use it as an outline for the training session. Provide volunteers with other helpful materials like brochures and contact lists. Formally introduce volunteers to members of the organization and the board and indicate names, positions and departments. Create a schedule. It is important to accommodate volunteers' availability to avoid scheduling conflicts. Finish the schedule a week or two in advance and make certain that everyone has access to it. A resource such as Google Documents is a great way to share a schedule and make certain that its current. Volunteers should know to check the schedule regularly for changes, but you can also contact them. If you use Google Documents, you can set it so that everyone gets notified when you post a new schedule or make changes. Just make certain that everyone else is on “View” and not “Edit” – since you don’t want everyone making changes.

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Be prepared for contingencies. At times, a volunteer may not be able to show up for a shift. The person or department who makes the schedule should also be responsible for resolving these matters. Volunteers should know whom to contact and should be encouraged to call as soon as scheduling issues arise. Keep volunteers busy. Ongoing supervision will ensure that volunteers are contributing to the organization. If the workload is substantive, volunteers will stay busy and engaged. Management should constantly assess projects and volunteer performance in order to maximize volunteers' efforts. Evaluate to determine successfulness. Both the administration and volunteers should be involved in evaluating your volunteer program. Draft questionnaires

that address strengths and weaknesses of the program and have volunteers fill them out anonymously. Honest feedback can be extremely helpful for evaluating the program. Recognize your volunteers. Volunteers want to know that their time and services are valuable. Recognition of volunteers' work is a great way to retain volunteers and cultivate lasting relationships. Words of praise and thank you notes are simple (and inexpensive) ways to express gratitude and appreciation. Effective volunteer management creates a feeling that everyone is working together to advance the mission. If an organization is willing to invest in a volunteer program and support all individuals involved, the experience can be extremely rewarding in itself. Such an environment will help ensure the success of your event!

Derek Smith is the Publisher of Thunder Roads Ohio and President of Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC. Iron Cowboy Productions is an event management and marketing firm that specializes in motorcycle and live entertainment events.

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“Think of this new three-wheeler as a cross between a Diavel and a Miata.” – Cycle World

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ombardier Recreational Products (BRP) is considered by many to be the inventor of both the snowmobile and the sit-down personal watercraft (the Ski-Doo and Sea-Doo). So it certainly seems understandable that they would help re-define the trike category with the Spyder – especially in this latest incarnation – the F3. The Spyder F3, a three wheeled hot rod if ever there was one, is designed to appeal to a performance rider. It’s powered by a 1,330cc liquid cooled Rotax triple with electronic fuel injection. It has a reported 115 horsepower and 96 pound-feet of torque. From the factory - with its mean look, three wheel configuration and strong engine, the Can-Am Syder F3 will certainly make you fall in love with it from the first ride. On top of that, the trike is loaded with comfort features and has all it needs to reward its rider with an unforgiveable experience each time he starts the engine. Talking about the engine, the Can-Am Spyder F3 is equipped with a Rotax 1330 ACE, in-line 3 cylinders liquid-cooled unit with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control. The engine cranks out a maximum output of 115 Hp (85.8 KW) at 7250 rpm and 96 Lb-Ft. (130.1 Nm) of torque at 5000 rpm. Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include the Y-frame design, foot operated hydraulic 3 wheel brake, fox aluminum shocks and a six speed transmission. The cruising riding position of the Spyder F3-S – customized just for you with the new UFit System – enables you to sit back and confidently take in the scenery...or the stares from onlookers. And with its Rotax 1330 ACE engine, Y-frame design and seven automotive technologies, you can count on a thrilling and confident ride.

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For more information on the 2015 Can-Am Spyder F3, contact one of these recommended dealers: SPECIFICATIONS ENGINE TYPE Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3 cylinders, liquid-cooled with electronic fuel injection and electronic throttle control BORE & STROKE 3.31 x 3.14 in. (84 x 80 mm) POWER 115 hp (85.8 kW) @ 7250 RPM TORQUE 96 lb-ft. (130.1 Nm) @ 5000 RPM FRONT SUSPENSION Double A-arm with anti-roll bar FRONT SHOCKS TYPE / TRAVEL FOX aluminium shocks / 5.07in / 128.9mm REAR SUSPENSION Swing-arm with basic monoshock REAR SHOCK TYPE / SACHS monoshock / 5.20in / 132.4mm TRAVEL ELECTRONIC BRAKE Foot-operated, hydraulic 3-wheel brake DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM FRONT BRAKES 2 x 270 mm rigid discs, radially mounted Brembo monobloc calipers 4-piston, 2-pad REAR BRAKE 270 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper with integrated parking brake PARKING BRAKE Electromechanical FRONT TIRES KR31 165/55R15 REAR TIRE KR21 225/50R15 ALUMINUM FRONT RIMS 6-spoke Metallic Silver, 15 x 5 in. (381 x 127 mm) ALUMINUM REAR RIM Metallic Silver, 15 x 7 in. (381 mm x 178 mm) INSTRUMENTATION Multi-function LCD segment / analog gauge, tachometer, odometer, trip & hour meters, gear position, temperature, engine lights, electronic fuel gauge, clock RUNNING LIGHTS 2 halogen headlamps (55/60-W) SEAT Black Seat TRIMS AND PARTS Metallic Silver: Rear sprocket wheel, front and rear shocks springs, exhaust tip and heat shield SAFETY & SECURITY SCS: Stability Control System TCS: Traction Control System ABS: Anti-lock Braking System DPS: Dynamic Power Steering ANTI-THEFT SYSTEM Digitally Encoded Security System (D.E.S.S.) L X W X H 104 x 58.9 x 43.3 in. (2 642 x 1 497 x 1 099 mm) WHEELBASE 67.3 in. (1709 mm) SEAT HEIGHT 26.6 in(675 mm) GROUND CLEARANCE 4.5 in. (115 mm) DRY WEIGHT 850 lb (386 kg) STORAGE CAPACITY 6.5 gal (24.4 L) MAXIMUM VEHICLE LOAD 457.6 lb (208 kg) FUEL CAPACITY 7.1 gal (27 L) RESERVE 1.20 gal (4.5 L) approx. FUEL TYPE Premium unleaded FACTORY WARRANTY 2-year BRP Limited Warranty wtih 2-year roadside assistance EXTENDED WARRANTY B.E.S.T. available from 12 to 36 months STANDARD FEATURES SPYDER F3 Rotax 1330 ACE in-line 3 cylinders, high torque engine 6-speed transmission, manual or semi-auto, both with reverse Vehicle Stability System with ABS, traction control and stability control High-performance Brembo braking system UFit custom fitting system (rider footpegs and handlebars) 6-spoke, Metallic Silver front wheels Anti-theft system Dynamic Power Steering FOX aluminium shocks ECO mode smart assist Passenger pegs TRANSMISSION OPTIONS 6-speed manual with reverse (SM6) 6-speed semi-automatic with reverse (SE6) COLOR OPTIONS Steel Black Metallic Pearl White PRICE $19,499 44

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“The F3 is an evolution of Can-Am’s line of three-wheeled Spyders, conceived to appeal to the performance rider. Unlike the previous RS and RT, its engine is partly in view and the machine doesn’t come stock with hard bags (although they’re readily available off the accessory list), and it’s lighter and has a lower center of gravity than its older siblings. The seating position is also lower, significantly lowering the laden CG. It’s available with either a six-speed semi-automatic or manual; it’s six up for the auto, and conventional one-down, five-up for the manual. The Spyder F3 has a refined Vehicle Stability System (VSS), enhanced by the ride-by-wire throttle. With it, power and/or braking are managed slowly and smoothly, rather than abruptly shutting the thing down when the rider shakes on the tilt switch. Oh, and the F3 has a reverse, which comes on with just the press of a button.” — Cycle World

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ought as a project bike in 2013. After a complete tear down and rebuild – it was finally completed in 2014. Stripped of its original glory, I am finally able to enjoy my new rebuilt bare bones / skeleton of a ride!”. “This bike would not allow me to ride it until all of its problems were resolved! Many hours of tracing down electrical and compression issues, among other carburetor and brake issues. I have replaced 75% of this bike’s original working components to get her running in top form. She’s very cold blooded but has the balls of a bull when warmed and ready!”

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The 2015 I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama

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or anyone that’s ever complained that there’s never enough to see at a car or bike show, we present THE SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT I-X PISTON POWERED AUTO - RAMA PRESENTED BY RAD AIR COMPLETE CAR CARE AND TIRE CENTERS. Yeah, it’s a mouthful – but this is a show worthy of such an insanely long name and Thunder Roads Ohio is proud to be a part of the show. Over the last several years, the Piston Power show has evolved into the largest vehicle show in the nation – with over 1,000 vehicles filling more than 1 million square feet of show space. Yes, that’s over a thousand custom cars, trucks, places, military vehicles, and of course – motorcycles. Motorcycles have always been a huge part of the Piston Powered and Auto-Rama shows, however they may have been somewhat over shadowed by the sheer number of custom cars in years past. Last year, show management committed to expanding the emphasis on motorcycles by entering into a strategic alliance with the International Master Bike Builders Association (IMBBA.com) and Thunder Roads Ohio Magazine. The alliance brings the IMBBA and their judges to the I-X Piston Powered AutoRama to judge all the motorcycles in 12 classes along with the Duck Award, Best in Show and Pro Builders class of bikes. Thunder Roads Magazine will host the motorcycle focused Thunder Zone at the show and will collect ballots from show-goers for the “People’s Choice” award. The IMBBA will also be inviting Bike Builders from throughout the country to attend the show. “We are always looking for innovations that can be driven through marketing channels that make the show bigger and better for everyone,” said Show Manager Steve Legerski. “The IMBBA and Thunder Roads Magazine provide those two elements to our overall equation designed to add more horsepower to the show with more cash awards while preserving the history of the show with the $1,500 Duck Award.” The Duck Award is given in honor

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THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER COMES TO THE SHOW! am Childers, the world famous Machine Gun Preacher and recipient of the Mother Theresa Award for his work to save the children of Sudan, will be coming to Cleveland for the Piston Powered Auto-Rama Show. And he’s bringing some bikes with him! Sam will have both his own personal bike, an Iron Horse Texas Choppers customized like no other, and the rat bike ridden by Gerard Butler in the Machine Gun Preacher movie. Both bikes are being raffled off to support new orphanages being built in East Africa. For more information on Sam and his work, visit www.MachineGunPreacher.

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of Roy E. Schabel – not a celebrity, but a person who loved motorcycles and people. He had the ability to bring a spark of life to those around him, just as he did to a freshly built motor. Known only as “Duck”, the Litchfield Township businessman never used his real name with any lending institution. There were only a handful of people who knew him by his real name. Duck was a Vietnam veteran who acquired his nickname doing Donald Duck impressions for friends and operated Duck’s Putter Parts. The duck paraphernalia that adorned his motorcycle repair shop was a testimony to the name recognition that it gave him both personally and professionally. People came from across the country to have him repair their motorcycle engines and transmissions. Over a period of twelve years Duck judged motorcycle entries at the Cleveland Auto-Rama. As a judge, he was impartial and fair. When Duck became a judge, the problems associated with awarding motorcycle trophies disappeared. Most of the entrants were entertained by Duck’s impersonations after the show closed, although very few people knew he was doing them. Roy’s life was snuffed out on October 2, 1988 when a drunk driver swerved left of center and collided with his motorcycle head on. We at the I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama will continue to honor Roy E. “Duck” Schabel with an ongoing award in his name beginning in 2005. The Duck Award will be decided by the judging staff. This prestigious award will carry a cash award of $1500.00. The award will be given to the best motorcycle first-time shown that exhibits the most creative originality, design engineering, and workmanship. All bikes entered in the show will be professionally reviewed by IMBBA Certified Judges using established trade standards to award points that define the bike’s Fit, Form, Function & Safety. THUNDER ROADS® OHIO MAGAZINE

All of the judges have gone through a training apprenticeship – which includes judging bikes alongside IMBBA founding president and chief judge – Jeff Starke. “It is with great pride that the IMBBA has been selected to judge this show. Working within this strategic alliance with the I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama and Thunder Roads Ohio, the IMBBA will seek out the most talented bike builders and enthusiasts throughout the country and reward them for their passion,” said IMBBA Founder and President Jeff Starke. Thunder Roads Ohio is proud to be an active partner in the show. TRO has been an exhibitor at the show since our launch and has featured many bikes from the show within the magazine. Once again, TRO will be hosting a photo booth at the show. Entrants are invited to bring their bike by to be shot by staff photographers including Photo Editor Bob Mazur. All of this is done in an effort to support and promote both the nationally established builders and the local garage builders that participate in the show. “Thunder Roads Ohio is excited to present our Thunder Zone as part of the 2015 I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama. Working with the International Master Bike Builders Association, we look to further expand the motorcycle component of this already world class show. As a compliment to the IMBBA Judged Classes, Thunder Roads Ohio will coordinate voting for the People’s Choice Award amongst motorcycle enthusiasts attending the show,” said Thunder Roads Publisher Derek Smith. “While the technical aspects of the Judged Classes are critical to an objective consideration of each entry and allow unprecedented professional recognition for builders; the People’s Choice Award represents the emotional and popular vote of the enthusiasts which drive our industry. Both aspects are essential for a builder’s long-term success and are well represented within the show.” THUNDERROADSOHIO.COM

The I-X Center Piston Powered Auto-Rama I-X Center, Cleveland Ohio IXPISTONPOWEREDAUTORAMA.COM Friday, March 20 Saturday, March 21 Sunday, March 22

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The show and Thunder Roads Ohio would both like to thank American Heritage Motorcycles (www.ahmnorthcoast) and Rock & Roll City Harley-Davidson (www.rocknrollcityharley.com) for serving as Official Sponsors of the Piston Powered Thunder Zone this year.

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ICE RACING

WHATEVER THE SURFACE......

By Denise Kennedy, TRO Contributor

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otorcycle racing encompasses many types of bikes and riders. Motocross by definition is a form of off-road motorcycle racing on enclosed off-road circuits. Hill climb pits rider against mountain. Road racing brings AMA Pro Road Racing, MotoAmerica, Moto GP, and the famed Isle of Man to mind. Flat track racing is just that. No banking just sliding and passing in close quarters. Each requires its own skill set, mind set, and equipment. Each attracts participants for specific reasons and many riders crossover from one platform to another. All got their start at the local level. One form of motorcycle racing which does not immediately come to mind for most is ice racing held on snow covered tracks sometimes groomed with water to create an icy surface. Bikes are similar to those used in flat track racing but are

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fitted with studded tires. The bikes do not have brakes. Races can be held indoors or outdoors. Until recently I never gave ice racing much thought. I have watched a couple of rounds on television but never knew anyhow who tried their hand at even a track day. I have found that there are numerous organizations that sanction ice racing such as CWIR (Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association), NWIRC (Northern Wisconsin Ice Racing Club), and AMA District 14 Ice Racing to name a few. Through a mutual friend I have been introduced to a young man who is quickly making a name for himself in road racing. Nolan Lamkin hails from Indianapolis, Indiana. He will turn 14 years old on March 3rd. His resume is growing and he competes with several organizations WERA, AMA/Moto America and will be racing his Suzuki SV 650 and Moriwaki 250 with CCS and WERA. He

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had about 300 hex screws in them for traction and that the chest and back protector vest and forearm guards helped a ton when he went down. Although not a race situation Nolan said ice racing was “much cooler than he imagined”. Things on the ice are much more exaggerated. On ice the back slips a lot and then hooks up. So it helped him learn how to roll off the throttle easily to gain control again which he can apply to the asphalt road courses. He will be again taking to the ice soon because he is a racer whatever the surface.

has also been invited to try out for the Redbull rookies in Spain. To become a better rider Nolan recently took to the ice for a track day at the suggestion of one of his sponsors. They felt the opportunity to ride on the ice would help his road racing. So he and his dad took a trip to Thompson Lake in Howell, Michigan where an oval (flat track)and road course track were set up. He rode several different bikes while on the ice; a 250 cc - 2 stroke, 8 cc - 2 stroke and 100 cc - 4 stoke. Nolan mentioned that the tires For more information visit Nolan Lamkin Racing onto Facebook

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TRACKSIDE WITH MIKE WEBBER

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here is just no way. Race season is here already? What about November, December and the first half of January?” “They have already come and gone? Wow maybe we won’t go to Vegas for New Years again next year. My memory is still cloudy.” “All righty then, lets pack up, I’ll get my checkbook and lets go racing.” Thus began the 2015 racing season for the Weber Motorsports team. While the months of January through March seem to move in slow motion to most people, in the motorsports community this period often finds teams in a mild panic. A large number of divisions start in the winter with a southern swing. The remaining classes start racing at the end of March or the beginning of April. Let's take a look at the start of the 2015 season. Nascar - The class that has a season so long that people fail to realize it even has a beginning and an end gets rolling with the Daytona 500 races starting on February 14, 2015. They then proceed to race for the next 52 weeks until they claim that a new season is under way. Hold it. What’s that? They actually wrap up on November 22nd at Homestead Speedway. Sorry I never noticed. I usually cheek out by July. American Superbike Racing - For the 86 people (I am proudly one of them) in the US that are actually fans of motorcycle road racing the Daytona 200 kicks off the premier US road racing season on March 12th. However due to politics they currently are not associated with AMA Pro Racing (now known as MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American... whatever, whatever, whatever). Who knew? The AMA/FIM.... whatever, division starts April 22 at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. As road racing is not at the top of the popularity charts you all need to kiss and make up fellas. Have we not learned anything from IRL and Cart? You may also want to take a look at the careers of David Lee Roth, Bare Naked Ladies, Art Garfunkel and Vince Neil when they all decided a split was in their best interests. MotoGp and World Superbike - These premier international road racing series start February 22nd, and March 29th respectively. Moto GP will be racing at Indianapolis on August 9th this year. If you have not made the trip you need to go. Get there early for practice and qualifying on Saturday, then go see 60

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AMA Flat track at the Indy mile Saturday night, before heading back Sunday for the MotoGP features. Let me stress not to miss the flat track. These guys are whacked in the head to be able to hit those speeds and pitch it sideways in the dirt. Actually, it is probably more fun to watch than the MotoGP. AMA Supercross -Supercross started on January 3rd at Anaheim and as I write this they have seven races completed. With the retirement of Ryan Villapoto (at age 26, seriously?) who has won the last 4 titles, the series is up for grabs. They roll into the (Insert Corporate Sponsor Here) Center in Indianapolis on March 14. Again, if you are a motorcycle fan this a is a must see event. Get tickets now and make the trip. The afternoon practice and qualifying is open to all ticket holders and you can sit in different locations to get up close to all parts of the track. The AMA outdoor season starts up after just two weeks after Supercross finale in Las Vegas on May 2nd. NHRA - How can you not appreciate a race car that makes 10,000 horsepower? Seeing top fuel racing is on my bucket list and with a schedule that is longer than Nascar (not sure how that is possible) I am surprised I haven’t been able to attend a show. These guys and girls strap in February 2nd and go racing until November 15th. If one does that math let’s note that this is a 75 day off season. Sprints, Modifieds and Stocks, Oh My - Every Year hundreds of Wing Sprints, Non Wing Sprints, Modifieds, Late Models, and numerous other classes head south to the great state of Florida (land of the Billboard) to get a racing fix. While these winternationals are a great way to go racing and get away from winter the Midwest starts racing the last week of March. As we enter our 11th season I have seen promoter after promoter try to draw the top guns in the Sprint Car World with $5,00 to win shows in mid March. However these usually end with cancellations due to snow, ice and 30 degree temperatures. Luckily, by the end of March it is just warm enough to avoid hypothermia so off we go, with torpedo heaters and Carharts. We have extra respect for the crazy fans who endure the early season weather to watch the races. Track Days - There are a number of southern tracks that run nearly year round and make for a great road trip weekend. Jennings Moto Gp track is in northern Florida and is a fun, fast track to ride. I have also hauled down to Barber Motorsports

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park. The track is awesome and the facilities look more like a country club than a race track. However the best part about going there is the World class motorcycle museum. With close to 1,000 bikes and classic race cars on display there is little that competes with it. The Midwest opens up its tracks to motorcycles in mid april. Modified Racing At East Bay Raceway - On Monday Jan 29 we loaded up my Chevy 2500 and trailer with our Modified, way too much other crap, and headed 1,000 miles south to East Bay. The two day trip was uneventful. After dropping the trailer at the track we checked in then headed out to celebrate being in Florida in January. The whole team enjoyed way too many cocktails and a great seafood dinner overlooking the ocean. However, on Wednesday morning it was time to get to work. After getting our pit set up and going over the car we tried to take advantage of Wednesday night’s practice. I initially thought I was rusty as we were slightly off the race pace. We double checked the normal settings at the end of the night and they were ok. We chalked it up to rusty driving and learning a new track. However things did not improve on Thursdays races. From the apex of the straight to corner entry the car refused to properly set. At corner apex i had no idea whether the rear end was going to push me up the track or loop the car. As a consequence we were again off the race pace. On Friday we replaced shocks on all four

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corners and the car clearly improved but was still slow. Apparently you can only have shocks rebuilt for so long before it is better to just get rid of them. Finally on Saturday we discovered the rear end setting was off and the right wheel was angled behind the left rear wheel. The proper setting is to have the right rear in front of the left rear, helping the car on corner entry and apex. While we were then able to work back to a respectable pace it was a bit late to truly start learning how to run the track at 100% and keep up with the leaders. At least we won’t start the season in Indiana with the car completely out to lunch. Even with the struggles on this trip going racing in January and February is one of my favorite trips. The days start with a bike ride or a work out at the local gym. Then it is off to the track to get ready for the nights racing. At the end of the evening most restaurants are closed so we make a late night dinner at the condo. Usually this is egg and cheese sandwiches. After dinner it is time for some cocktails on the back deck while watching the ocean. The next morning it is time to get up and do it all over again. Mike Weber, Attorney, handles motorcycle accident, automobile accident and workers compensation cases in Ohio and Kentucky. If you have been injured in any way or have questions please give him a call. He can be reached at 513 621 2260 or at MLWeber@fuse.net.

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By Aimee Ritz, TRO Associate Editor t’s show season in Ohio. It seems like we’ve been running all over the state for shows, so, naturally, the circuit took our team to Cincinnati for the V-Twin Expo by Easyriders. The V-Twin Expo hosts a great crowd of builders, bike dealers, and other industry professionals who are all looking for something fun to do while staying in town. As far as after-parties are concerned, we weren’t really hurting for options. Before getting down to Cincinnati, though, I had made plans to attend the Garage Brewed Moto Show hosted by the Cincy Café Racers Club at the Rhinegeist Brewery in the Over-The-Rhine Brewery district. Knowing this would be the debut of this motorcycle show I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. Seriously though, who wouldn’t be looking forward to checking out some custom bikes and a brewery at the same time? The concept sounded like a winner to me! The nondescript exterior of the brewery was a bit deceptive – the expansive interior was jam-packed with motorcycle and beer enthusiasts. Half of the space was dedicated to the bikes on display, creatively propped on beer kegs. Brewery equipment, bars, and picnicstyle seating took up the other half of the building and created a nice balance. The atmosphere was perfect and the buzz of the crowd got us stoked to check out the bikes. There were 50 bikes in the show that were selected by a committee. And what a selection it was! From landspeed record holders to custom café’s and bobbers, Harleys and Triumphs, the full spectrum of motorcycling was wellrepresented at Garage Brewed. The images shared with us by Bill DeVore, the official photographer of Garage Brewed, speak for themselves. I talked to Tommy Rumpke who placed 2nd in the Garage Custom category with his 1983 Honda CB1100F SuperSport after the show. I 62

asked him about the success of his bike in the show. He responded, “The success of the bike was surprising, there were a lot of great builders and it was my first show quality bike. I was up till 3am the day of the show putting it together and a week earlier it was down to bare frame without a single bolt fastened. I learned a lot building it, and got more help than I deserved from everyone around me. 99% of the bike was found on Craigslist from discarded and wrecked bikes, and the design cues were typically voted on by CCR (Cincy Café Racers Club) members through a Facebook poll. (Questions from the mono shock to which headlight or exhaust).”

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“It was a great show, so much fun! Can't wait to be exhausted and sleep deprived next year all over again!” Bill DeVore, Official Photographer for the show says it all. If you missed it in 2015, you can look forward to next year’s show. You can count on Thunder Roads Ohio to be there for sure! To keep up with plans for next year’s show, check out the Garage Brewed website at http:// garagebrewed.com.

RESULTS FROM THE SHOW: PRO CUSTOM CATEGORY: Staud Cycles – John Staud Builder. 1972 Triumph custom bobber. Fairfield OH Eric Ratterman – 1955 BMW R50/2 land speed record holding race bike. Named: “The Bonneville Bike”. Cincinnati OH KrossOver customs, Kacey Elkins – 1979 Yamaha XS650 named “Leftover”. Lancaster KY GARAGE CUSTOM CATEGORY: Tim Reeder – 1980 Yamaha XS400, Cincinnati OH Tommy Rumpke – 1983 Honda CB1100F SuperSport, Cincinnati OH Skinny Ricky – 1971 Triumph 500 named “The Ghettoblaster”, Newport KY CLASSIC CATEGORY: Rocky and Beverly Corsmeier – 1938 Indian Four Cylinder Cincinnati OH Christopher Heck – 1970 Triumph Bonneville T120 Cincinnati OH Tim O’Connor – 1966 Puch SGS-250 Cincinnati OH PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Tim Reeder – 1980 Yamaha XS400, Cincinnati OH 64

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REVIVAL DUCATI 900SS J63

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ustin’s Revival Cycles continue to raise the bar with their impressive build portfolio and their latest custom creation is a jaw dropping masterpiece. Based on what was once a bright yellow, full faired 1997 900SS, their J63 Cafe Racer is a nut and bolt reincarnation of Ducati’s venerable Super Sport. Exposing the bikes beautiful 90 degree v-twin, redesigning it’s frame and modifying it’s suspension were only the beginning of this comprehensive build, but it’s the bikes unique bodywork that really makes it a cut above the rest. The work that’s gone into the ‘J63’ comes as no surprise. Revival founders Alan Stulberg and Stefan Hertel pride themselves on building custom bikes that are “better than the original” and looking at the original ‘97 model 900SS I’d have to say they’ve achieved exactly that. When the Ducati arrived at the Revival workshop it was a neglected, incomplete restoration. After tearing off the stock plastics the engine was torn down to the crank and treated to an extensive overhaul. All new bearings, gaskets and rings were installed and the cylinders honed. The crank was balanced. valves renewed and the heads were ported and polished for maximum efficiency. Twin Dellorto PH36 carbs with accelerator pumps now deliver the fuel to the engine and a custom stainless steel 2-into-1 system with hand formed silencer take care of the exhaust gases. To deal with the power gains the boys also upgraded the bikes clutch using a refurbished Ducati Corsa “slipper” clutch from a 1098. An upgraded stator and regulator/ OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE


CYCLES rectifier, ignition system, wiring loom and an antigravity battery make up the list of charging system upgrades, while LED lighting and Motogadget switches and electrical controllers modernise its electronic accessories. Revs and speed are displayed via a custom mounted Motoscope Classic gauge and for the information hungry rider it’ll also report on top speed, oil pressure, average speed, voltage, current selected gear and the all important 0-60mph times. Handling upgrades come in the form of fully adjustable Öhlins cartridge shocks and a set of upside-down telescopic forks taken from a Ducati Sport Classic. Braking is managed by Brembo in the rear and Discacciati up front and the wheels are custom laced Sport Classic rims wrapped in Avon rubber. The high mounted clip-on style bars are a work of art and are, of course, custom made. You’ll also find a set of custom rear-sets for foot controls and a top triple clamp all milled at the Revival workshop. The trellis frame of J63 is an all new design built in house by the Revival team giving to create a leveled stance and prepare it for the fitment of the custom bodywork. Using hand forming techniques aluminium sheet was shaped to create the J63’s slender tank and tail. By having the bodywork run parallel to the road and tapering the tail off sharply the bike has an awesome feeling of speed even when it’s sitting stationary. Countless hours of polishing have resulted in mirror finishes on almost all of the bikes alloy components and to add a final touch of colour the boys added deep red grips and a beautifully made, diamond stitched seat. Picturing the Revival Cycles J63 as the plastic covered, 90’s sports bike it once was is now almost impossible and quite frankly I much prefer gazing at it now.

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CLUTCH, THROTTLE N RIDE - CHROME DIVA STYLE!

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ver the course of past several years I’ve had the opportunity to run across some decent folks in my travels in the MC scene. About 5 years ago I was contacted by a biker sister organizing a local Chapter for the Chrome Divas. After hearing their mission, I contacted a few lady riders I knew and they were among some of the original local chapter. The Columbus Ohio Chapter was founded on April 10, 2010 and they are preparing to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. They will celebrate at the Lazy Chameleon Bar in Columbus, Ohio on Sat. April 11, 2015 at 8pm, and you are welcome to attend. In their 5 years, they have passed along thousands of dollars to charities. There has been an evolution of transitions within the group that I knew, but I am proud to say their mission is on the mark! I sat down the other evening with “Diva Licious” and chatted about their organization. The Chrome Divas Inc. was founded in 2002, as a worldwide organization of women motorcycle enthusiasts. With over 45 chapters worldwide, their claim to be the “Ultimate Female Motorcycle Organization” appears legit. They are in 15 of the United States and Canada. Columbus Chrome Divas chapter is one of 6 in Ohio. They do not claim to be a traditional MC or RC, but they do conduct themselves in a very organized manner, utilizing chapter officer positions as well as conducting monthly meetings utilizing “Roberts Rules” manner of conduct. The chapters choose their charities such as fighting Domestic Violence, Autism Support, etc. The Columbus Chrome Divas Chapter is a non-profit 501(c)7 social organization raising money for The Breast Cancer Fund of OHIO as their Charity of Choice. BCFOhio.org is a 501(3)c that provides emergency financial assistance to help Breast Cancer 68

patients survive the hardships of cancer treatment. 100% of the funds raised by the BCF Ohio stay in OHIO and benefit patients in their communities. They also operate at a low 8% administrative cost meaning over 90% of the money goes to people in need. BCF Ohio is funded primarily by the pink ribbon automobile license plate. The CCD Director, LeSha “Diva Sage” Thorpe, has been working with State legislature to change the wording necessary for the BMV to offer a pink ribbon motorcycle plate which would massively increase their annual Budget. The Chrome Divas Mission Statement is: 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! As if that wasn’t positive enough, there’s more. Deeper to the heart of the social organization is their Sisterhood. They are a group of friends who are there

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for each other. No matter if it’s medical issues, family issues, or just a shoulder to lean on, they support each other through life. I know this first hand as I witnessed this local chapter losing one of their own, “Pink Sugar” to breast cancer. They have several surviving members, past and present. “Pink Sugar” was a fighter who epitomized what the Divas stand for. She was passionate about riding and having a quality of life. Their summer long event was renamed in her Honor. The Columbus Chrome Divas, as well as the other chapters hold and support several fund raisers in their communities. A few of those held by CCD are; April 18, 2015: The Greater Columbus Scavenger Hunt: An old fashioned point driven one day event requiring participants to, solve clues, go to locations, and take pictures to win prizes. This ride will kick off “Pink Sugar’s Great Ohio Tour”. April 18-Oct 18 “Pink Sugar’s Great Ohio Tour”: Third annual summer long opportunity for riders to go all over the state of Ohio, visit historic locations and sponsor businesses. Participants will get points for not only visiting but OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE


also spending money at those businesses. Prize winners and participation prizes are awarded at the R4K event. Oct 25th: 4th Annual CCD ROCKERS 4 KNOCKERS Concert: The CCD mainstay event featuring 3 bands, silent auctions, Raffles, Head banger’s Hangover is headlining. They are always looking for likeminded women to join their organization. I encourage any interested Woman to check out their National and Facebook websites. They encourage Women who Ride but it is not a requirement to join. You must first become a National CD Member, which requires an online sign-up and $15/annually before you can be considered for Chapter Membership. Columbus Chrome Diva

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In The Know, Events Rides and Stuff) with the CCD National: chromedivas. com/columbusoh. Email: ColumbusChromeDivas@ gmail.com If you’re looking to join a solid group of chicks who are the real deal, get ahold of them and CLUTCH, THROTTLE N RIDE – CHROME DIVA STYLE! Thanks for Supporting – Keep it REAL! Tabasco Tabasco.tro@gmail.com

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Long Guns for Self-Defense: The AR-15 (aka The Modern Sporting Rife)

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returned to civilian life. A second reason is the flexibility that the AR-platform offers. Unlike earlier guns, the AR rifles can be easily modified by the owner without having to resort to the use of a trained gunsmith to perform the work. Probably the greatest flexibility is a result of using an adjustable stock and the variety of sights that can be used on the gun. The adjustable stock means that it can be easily adapted to shooters of different sizes. In the past when non-adjustable stocks were the norm, each shooter basically had to have their own dedicated rifle or they had to adapt their shooting fundamentals (grip and stance) to enable them to use the unmodified gun. Obviously this does not contribute to good marksmanship like “fitting” the

he semi-automatic AR-15 is the most popular rifle in the United States. There are several reasons for this. One is that following every major conflict that the U.S. has fought, the veterans of that conflict have sought to acquire firearms similar to those they used to fight with. Following World War I, there was a great move in the U.S. to adopt the boltaction rifle. Prior to that time, the leveraction rifle was the most common variety encountered in the fields and woods during hunting seasons. Following World War II, there was significantly increased interest in semi-automatic rifles. And, following the Vietnam War and the conflicts in the Middle East it is only naturalto expect interest in the AR-15 rifle to grow as millions of veterans

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gun to the shooter would. In addition to the adjustable stock, the pistol grip and location of the other “controls” on the AR-15 make it very ergonomic for the user. Since they don’t have to concentrate on the controls, they can focus their attention on shooting. The .223/5.56mm cartridge also contributes to the popularity. The rifle is easy for just about anyone to shoot as it does not produce “punishing” recoil when fired. As a result, it is popular among shooters of smaller stature—women and children. But, you are not limited to the .223/5.56mm. You can change calibers easily with the ARstyle rifle by simply replacing the “upper” assembly with one in the caliber of your choice—provided it will fit within the AR’s “form-factor”. You may or may not be able to use the same magazines for the new caliber’s ammunition as you can for the original caliber. Still another factor in the popularity of the AR-15 is probably related to politics. When gun control advocates say they want to

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ban something, that just serves to increase the popularity of that item as people rush to buy them while they still can. And, once they have them, owners have discovered that the AR-15 is a fun gun to shoot. Because there are so many of them in the hands of American citizens, it is only natural that they be considered for use in self-defense. Given that it was originally used as a military weapon, the utility for self-defense seems to be assumed. However, some configurations of the AR-15 are more suited to self-defense than others. Those in the carbine configuration with the collapsible butt-stock and shorter barrels seem most appropriate for self-defense as they are easier to maneuver in the narrow confines of hallways and rooms. The caliber is a proven man-stopper. The lack of recoil makes it easier to make accurate follow-up shots if needed. The light-weight bullets do not over penetrate and thus are of less concern in crowded urban environments. Having a detachable magazine makes the AR-15 rifle easy

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BUCKEYE FIREARMS REPORT continued to reload. Magazines come in 5, 10, 20, 30-round capacity, and some with even larger capacities. (Note, in Ohio you are limited to using nothing larger than a 30-round magazine for a total capacity in your firearm of 31 rounds of ammunition.) The 30-round magazine is the standard for the AR-15 platform. However, the AR-15 is not something that is easily adaptable for “concealed carry”. It is a little too large for that role, although it works well as a “home defense” firearm.

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federal district court in Texas ruled residency requirements for pistol purchases is unconstitutional, directly challenging Attorney General Eric Holder who has argued the federal ban on handguns outside of a person’s state of residence doesn’t violate the second amendment. In the case, federally licensed firearms dealer Frederic Russell Mance Jr. of Texas and gun buyers Tracey and Andrew Hanson sued Mr. Holder and

So, should you consider the ARplatform to fulfill your self-defense needs? It certainly does if you are not concerned about “concealed carry” when you are out in public. With millions of Americans already having one, it should be an easy choice. Plus, it has one other advantage. Unlike most handguns, an AR-15 rifle is adaptable for multiple uses—hunting, predator control, etc., not just self-defense. Just another example of the gun’s flexibility. Gary Evans is an NRA-Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer.

the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones claiming the federal ban on the sale of handguns outside of one’s state stops the formation of a national handgun market. The Hansons, who live in Washington, visited Mr. Mance’s Texas store in June and were unable to buy handguns because of the ban. The ban effectively “reduces competition, raises prices and limits consumer choices,” their joint lawsuit, which was filed in July, alleged. Mr. Holder and the Department of Justice aimed to dismiss the suit, claiming the plaintiffs had no standing, and were dealt no harm. Mr. Holder also argued, the Second Amendment is “silent” as to the ability to sell or buy handguns “in any particular forum” and that courts have “repeatedly declined” to rule that right is protected. “Here, the court’s inquiry can end at step one because the challenged laws do not impose any burden, let alone a substantial burden, on conduct historically

protected by the Second Amendment,” Mr. Holder’s motion said. However, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, disagreed. “Court finds that defendants’ motion to dismiss should be and is hereby denied,” it said in a brief filed Wednesday. “Defendants argue Mance has suffered no injury…As stated above, Mance was unable to consummate the sale of handguns to the Hansons..the loss of sale is clearly an injury to Mance in his own right.” The court’s decision is “huge breaking news,” said Matthew Bergstrom, a managing attorney at Arsenal Attorneys, a second-amendment law firm, in an email. “So a Texan could now walk into a Virginia gun dealer and buy a pistol. Huge decision.” He added a stay and appeal from the Department of Justice is likely. By Kelly Riddell, The Washington Times

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Adventure Motorcycle & Accessories 20660 US RT 6 Weston, OH 43569 (419) 669-4709

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Dayton Motorcycle Club 417 Grants Trail Dayton, Ohio 45459 (937) 609-0931 Greater Akron Motorcycle Club 1540 Smith Road Akron, Ohio 44313 (330) 760-3715 Moose Riders of Dayton 1134 Richfield Center Dayton, Ohio 45430 (937) 431-5162 Moose Riders of Akron 14444 State Rd Peninsula, Ohio 44264 (330) 928-6323

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Evolution Machine Cycle 15385 Gaskill Dr. NE Alliance, Ohio 44601 (330) 823-5454

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FEBRUARY 28, 2015 Tri-County H-D LOH Dinner Social Rick’s Tavern & Grille 5595 Boymel Drive #5 Farifield, OH 45014 tricountyharley.com MARCH 6-15, 2015 Daytona Bike Week Daytona Beach, FL officialbikeweek.com MARCH 7, 2015 Daytona North Party Franklin County Region 9 Location TBD abate.com MARCH 14, 2015 Spring Fling Miller’s 1531 Amherst Rd. NE Massilon, OH 44646 8pm abate.com MARCH 14, 2015 MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana amasupercross.com MARCH 14, 2015 South East H-D St. Patty’s Day Celebration! South East Harley-Davidson 23105 Aurora Rd. Bedford Heights, OH 44146 southeastharley.com MARCH 14, 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Dance: Kilts & Colors Presented by FIre & IRON Motorcycle Club Live Music, Door Prizes, Raffles, Food and Beverages! Lakeridge Hall 7210 Pippin Road, Cincinnati OH For more information: Contact hotdogstation56@gmail.com MARCH 14, 2015 Lake Erie H-D St. Patty’s Day Party! Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/

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MARCH 15, 2015 25th Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet Sponsored By Abate of Ohio Region 1 Xtreme Honda, Polaris, Kawasaki 198 Penn Rd. Brilliant, OH abate.com/ohio/region1 MARCH 20-22, 2015 I-X Piston Power Show THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP The ultimate custom show with more vehicles on display than any other show in the nation. www.pistonpowershow.com

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MARCH 25-29, 2015 Arizona Bike Week WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ azbikeweek.com MARCH 27, 2015 Lake Erie H-D Fish Fry! Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/ MARCH 27-28, 2015 A.B.A.T.E of Ohio Inc. State Seminar Deer Creek State Lodge

22300 State Park Rd 20 Mount Sterling, OH 43143 abate.com MARCH 28, 2015 Seldom Seen Cycles Annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit Packard Museum, Warren Ohio Through May 30, 2015 11am Special Presentation: JOHN BOVA of Johnnie’s Vintage Motorcycles. Speaking on Importing and Exporting Motorcycles and Parts http://www.packardmuseum.org/

MARCH 21, 2015 Pancake Breakfast and Open House Honda Marysville Motorsports 630 Colemans Crossing Blvd Marysville, OH 43040 Pancake Breakfast 9am to12pm, Open House All Day MARCH 21, 2015 ABATE of Ohio, Region 2: BENEFIT DANCE VFW Post 1058 1318 Putname Ave Zanesville, OH 43701 Music by Mary’s Cooked Box Admission $5 per person. Drink, Dance, and SUPPORT MOTORCYCLE RIGHTS! Call Bo 614-984-1062 for more information www.ABATE.com MARCH 21, 2015 MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS Ford Field. Detroit, Michigan amasupercross.com MARCH 21, 2015 Pancake Breakfast & Open House Honda Marysville Motorsports 630 Coleman Crossing Blvd. Marysville, OH 43040 hondamotorsports.net MARCH 22, 2015 Yankee Lake Motorcycle Swap Meet and Annual Biker Ball Yankee Lake Ballroom 1814 State Rt. 7 NE. Brookfield,OH For more information call (330) 448-2074

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MARCH 28, 2015 Spring Cincinnati VICTORY/ INDIIAN RIDERS RUN American Heritage Motorcycles 10575 Loveland-Madeira Rd. Loveland, OH 45150 10:30am- 5:00pm - Kick off the season - Music, Food, & Fun APRIL 2-4, 2015 Hale’s Harley-Davidson Open House Sat, April 4th - Battle of the Biker’s Blood Drive 8a-2p Sat, April 4th - Chili Cook Off. Bring Entries 9a-11a For more details, visit us online: www.HalesHD.com APRIL 4, 2015 Easter Egg-Citement! South East Harley-Davidson 23105 Aurora Rd. Bedford Heights, OH 44146 southeastharley.com APRIL 4, 2015 Tri-County Easter Party! Fun and games with the Easter Bunny! 10am-4pm Tri-County Harley-Davidson Fairfield, OH APRIL 11, 2015 Lake Erie H-D / LifeShare Blood Drive Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/ APRIL 11--12, 2015 AMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipMid-east Area Qualifier Malvern MX- Waynesburg, OH mxsports.com APRIL 12, 2015 Akron Motorcycle Swap Meet Summit County Fairgrounds Arena Complex 229 E. Howe Rd. Tallmadge, OH For More Info Call 330 324-7230 APRIL 18, 2015 Honda Demo Days Honda Marysville Motorsports 630 Colemans Crossing Blvd 88

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APRIL 18, 2015 Seldom Seen Cycles Annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit Packard Museum, Warren Ohio Through May 30, 2015 Special Screening: THE JOHN PENTON STORY http://www.packardmuseum.org/ APRIL 18, 2015 The Greater Columbus Scavenger Hunt & Pink Sugar’s Great Ohio Tour Quaker Steak & Lube 8500 Lyra Dr. Columbus, OH 8:30-3:30 ColumbusChromeDivas@gmail.com APRIL 18, 2015 HARLEY DAVIDSON OF EASTGATE - OPEN HOUSE 699 Cincinnati-Batavia Pk. Cincinnati, OH 45245 10AM to 5PM

APRIL 25, 2015 8th Annual Fisher House Ride THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP 9am-Start @ C&A Harley-Davidson 7610 Commerce Pl. Plain City, OH End @ Quaker Steak & Lube 8500 Lyra Dr. Columbus, OH $20/bike $5 Pancake Breakfast ohiocvma.org APRIL 25, 2015 8th Annual CVMA Ride for Veterans THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP Proceeds will be benefiting the Dayton Ohio Fisher House. Ride starts at 9am at the C&A Harley Davidson. $5 pancake breakfast available, along with a blessing of the bikes. This ride will be escorted. 12-1.ohiocvma.org/8th-annual fisher-house-run/ APRIL 26, 2015 Spring Fever Motorcycle Swap Meet Sandusky County Fairgrounds 901 Rawson Ave. Fremont, OH 43420 9am-3pm

APRIL 18-19, 2015 AMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipNortheast Area Qualifier Pleasure Valley Raceway Armagh, PA mxsports.com

APRIL 27, 2015 12th Annual Rally For The Troops Start: 100 Public Square. Cleveland, OH 44113 End: Rock & Roll Harley-Davidson 14550 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 9am-3pm

APRIL 18-19, 2015 AMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipMid-east Area Qualifier Wild Cat Creek MX Rossville, IN mxsports.com

MAY 1, 2015 Fostoria Awareness Rally Fostoria Courthouse Lawn 213 S. Main St. Fostoria, OH 44830 Noon abate.com

APRIL 22-26, 2015 Laughlin RIver Run Colorado Belle Casino Resort 2100 S. Casino Drive, Laughlin, NV laughlinriverrun.com APRIL 24-26, 2015 19th Annual Leesburg Bikefest Leesburg, FL Free admission, live bands on 8 stages, over 40 free concerts, demos, ms. bikefest contest, and more!

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MAY 2, 2015 ABATE OF OHIO - MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS RALLY THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP 9:30am - 11am - Registration at A.D. Farrow H-D 12 noon - Escorted Parade leaves for State Capital 1:30 - 5pm After Rally Party! Flanagan’s Tavern, Blacklick OH For more information, visit www.Abate.com

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MAY 2, 2015 Dayton Motorcycle Club Swap Meet and Motocross Demo Rides THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP Dayton Motorcycle Club’s 1st Annual Motorcycle Swap Meet that is combined with a New Bike Displays from five local motorcycle dealers. Buy, Sell, Trade - New and Used Motorcycle Parts and Accessories. Swap meet with American, British, Japanese, Euro, Dirt Bikes, parts, used and new, Leather, Patches and Sewing, Food and drinks are available at the event. Admission: $7.00 for adults and children 16 and under are free with an adult. Vendor Price: $20.00 for a 10 by 10. The show must go on, rain or shine. 8 am to 5 pm. Located at the Dayton Motorcycle Club grounds 3515 Stony Hollow Rd. Dayton, Ohio 45417 www.daytonmc.com/ MAY 2, 2015 Cinco De Mayo Party at Lake Erie H-D Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/ MAY 2, 2015 After Rally Rally Flanagan’s Tavern 3001 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd. Blacklick, OH 1:30pm-5:30pm abate.com MAY 2, 2015 Blessing of The Bikes South East Harley-Davidson 23105 Aurora Rd. Bedford Heights, OH 44146 10-11 DAV 10-3 southeastharley.com MAY 2-3, 2015 AMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipNortheast Area Qualifier HIgh Point Mount Morris, PA mxsports.com OHIO’S MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINE


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MAY 13-25, 2015 Run for the Wall http://rollingthunderrun.com/ MAY 16, 2015 Blessing of the Bikes at Lake Erie H-D Ride-in Pancake Breakfast! Lake Erie Harley-Davidson, 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/ MAY 16, 2015 ABATE of OHIO, Region 4: MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS DAY Live Music, Good Food, Door Prizes Registration begins at 11am, Ride begins at 1pm sharp. Starts at Northwest State Community College, East Parking Lot After Party at AMVETS POST 1991, Defiance Ohio, starts at 5pm For information, please call: Ruby W 419-966-9131 ABATE.com MAY 16, 2015 South East HD CRUZIN’ IN Bike and Car Show 23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 SouthEastHarley.com MAY 16, 2015 11th Annual Armed Forces Day Ride American Legion Post 532 1571 Demorest Road. Columbus, OH 43228 columbusvets.org

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MAY 16, 2015 Seldom Seen Cycles - Annual Antique Motorcycle Exhibit Packard Museum, Warren Ohio Through May 30, 2015 11am VINTAGE GROUP RIDE (All motorcycles welcome.) http://www.packardmuseum.org/ MAY 16, 2015 Ohio Patriot Bikers & Dakota’s Roadhouse Poker Run Dakota’s Roadhouse Chillicothe, OH For More Info Call: 740-466-8902 MAY 16-17, 2015 AMA Adventure Riding Series Buckeye Dual Sporters McArthur, Ohio AmericanMotorcyclist.com MAY 16-17, 2015 Missing Link 2nd Annual Spring Motorcycle Swap Meet Annual weekend motorcycle swap meet runs Saturday through Sunday, with over 20 acres to buy, sell, camp, or just hang out. Open to all motorcycle / biker related items and all are welcome. Admission is just $6 / day or $10 for all weekend, with primitive camping included. Located just 16 miles south-west of Columbus - off 71 and Route 56, exit 84. 9715 Anderson-Antiock Rd Mt. Sterling, OH www.missinglinkmcnational.com

MAY 16-17, 2015 Mtn. Dew AMA ATV National Motocross High Point- Morris, PA atvmotocross.com MAY 17, 2015 Blessing Of The Bikes Presented with: Abate Of Ohio Region 6, Dayton #73 Moose Riders, Crystal Lake #2464 Moose Riders Abate.com MAY 22, 2015 Tri-County Harley-Davidson BIKE NIGHT! Live Music, Fun, and Prizes! Tri-Country Harley-Davidson Fairfield, Ohio http://www.tricountyharley.com/ MAY 22-25, 2015 MEMORIAL DAY APPRECIATION WEEKEND THUNDER ROADS FEATURE EVENT / RIDE STOP A great tradition of Riding, Fun, and Friendship! BBQ, Live Music, Bike Show, Vendors, and LOTS MORE! Hudson Leather Factory Outlet 14700 State Route 15 Pioneer, Ohio www.HudsonLeather.com MAY 23-24, 2015 AMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipMid-east Area Qualifier Briarcliff MX- Nashport, OH mxsports.com

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MAY 23, 2015 H-D Bikes, Burgers, and Blues at Rubber City HD Akron, Ohio http://www.rubbercityharley.com/ MAY 23, 2015 ABATE of OHIO: MEMORIAL RUN Presented by Region 14 Starting at Lil Mexico Restaurant Ada, OH 45801 ABATE.com MAY 25, 2015 2nd Annual JUDI Run ABC Motorcycle Ministry 20 Mile Parade Ride ends at the Vietnam Wall in Clinton, Ohio ABC International 481 E. South St., Akron Info - Pastor Howard Duma 330-990-0757

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MAY 30, 2015 Memorial Veterans Sunset Run Fire & Ice Bar and Grill 1941 Triplett Blvd Akron Ohio For Information, call TODD 234-678-6172 MAY 31, 2015 Akron BMW Annual Club Poker Run Starts at Mogadore Moose Club 4095 Mogadore Rd. Mogadore, OH Info - Dana McMahan at 330-618-2816 or email Dana_McMahan@att.net JUNE 1-6, 2015 Americade Lake George, NY americade.com

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JUNE 3-6, 2015 2nd Annual Trikeapalooza! Camp Sandusky 3518 Tiffin Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 18004317749 JUNE 5, 2015 Tri-County Harley-Davidson BIKE NIGHT! Live Music, Fun, and Prizes! Tri-Country Harley-Davidson Fairfield, Ohio http://www.tricountyharley.com/ JUNE 5-7, 2015 Lake Erie Harley-Davidson DEMO DAYS! Come on out and take a demo ride on the NEW Harleys! Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH http://www.lakeerieharley.com/

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JUNE 11-14, 2015 Republic of Texas Biker Rally Travis County Expo Center Austin, TX rotrally.com

JUNE 6, 2015 Queen City Mods & Rockers Rally Cincinnati, OH queencitymodsvsrockers.com

JUNE 12-14, 2015 BikerFest Rushing Wind Biker Church Join fellow bikers for a weekend of food, fun, and fellowship. Held at Rushing Wind Biker Church 5715 East Pike Zanesville Ohio 43701 www.RushingWindZanesville.com

JUNE 6, 2015 Harley Davidson of Eastgate Open House 10am-5pm 699 Cincinnati-Batavia Pk. Cincinnait, OH 45245

JUNE 13, 2015 Queen City Greyhounds Benefit Hosted by Tri-County Harley-Davidson Fairfield Ohio http://www.tricountyharley.com/

JUNE 6, 2015 2nd Annual Portage Lakes Kiwanis Poker Run Starts at 725 Portage Lakes Drive Akron, Ohio Food, Door Prizes, Live Band, 50/50 Call 234-231-1213 for more information.

JUNE 13, 2015 American Legion Rider’s Ride for the Heros - Van Wert, Ohio American Legion Rider’s Chapter 178, 631 W. Main St. Van Wert, OH Registration begins at 10:30am. For infor call 419-203-1727 www.chapter178.webs.com.

JUNE 7, 2015 Walneck’s Motorcycle Swap Meet Clark County Fairgrounds 4401 S. Charleston Pike Springfield, OH walneckswap.com JUNE 7, 2015 Founding Fathers RC 4th Annual Freedom Run Benefiting local organizations fighting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. American Legion Post 496 1945 Mogadore Rd, Kent, Ohio For information call 440-915-3134 or email: FFRC.Patch@gmail.com JUNE 11, 2015 OHIO GWRRA Buckeye Rally Bike show, vendors, light parade, door prizes, entertainment, food and more Canfield Fairgrounds, Canfield, OH OhioGWRRA.org THUNDER ROADS® OHIO MAGAZINE

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JUNE 13-21, 2015 Laconia Motorcycle Week Laconia, NH laconiamcweek.com

JUNE 15, 2015 Ride Your Motorcycle to Work Day 2015 www.RideToWork.org

JUNE 14, 2015 11th Annual LCpl Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr. Memorial Benefit Poker Run 484 East Ave. ( Rt 18 ) Tallmadge, OH 44278 (Tallmadge Middle School) dndfunds.org

JUNE 19, 2015 Tri-County Harley-Davidson BIKE NIGHT! Live Music, Fun, and Prizes! Tri-Country Harley-Davidson Fairfield, Ohio http://www.tricountyharley.com/

JUNE 13, 2015 3rd Annual Run for Joseph House Benefiting Homeless Veterans Powder Keg Harley-Davidson Mason, Ohio JUNE 13, 2015 3rd Annual Battle for Breath Charity ride on scenic country roads to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Games at every stop. Free food and live music at the end. Hosted by C&A Harley-Davidson Plain City Ohio www.templarknightsohio171.com/ battle-for-breath.html JUNE 13, 2015 Roger Looney Memorial Poker Run Kingdom Knights Motorcycle Ministry 330 E. South St., Akron OH Info: Wally Hopkins 330-807-8469

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Cheesy Breakfast Enchiladas

German Rouladen

Serve 6-8 (or 4 hungry bikers) Serve 6 (or 2 hungry bikers) Ingredients: 1 lb. round steak, cut thin (not more than 1/3 inch thick) 6 slices of bacon, cut in small pieces 1/2-1 cup D’jon mustard 2 lg dill pickles, cut in narrow strips String or toothpicks for securing rolls 1 medium onion sliced thin 1 medium onion chopped 1 cup flour 1 tbsp garlic 2 cups beef stock 1 cup red wine 2 tbsp cooking oil 2 tbsp water 2 tbsp corn starch 1 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 black pepper Instructions: • Cut the steak into strips 2" x 4" then pound the strips out to tenderize them and make them very thin and easy to work with • In a skillet, sauté bacon and diced onions till onions are translucent. • Season the strips lightly with salt and pepper and spread with a thin coat of djon mustard. • Place 1 heaping spoonful of onions, bacon and 1 strip of dill pickle at the end of each piece of meat and roll them up, tying them with string or securing them with toothpicks, and roll them in flour. • In a skillet heat the oil over medium high heat and brown the meat rolls. • Add garlic, sliced onions, stock and wine, cover the pan and allow to simmer over low heat, adding water as needed. • Cook them for about 1 hour, or until the Rouladen are tender. • Remove the rolls to a plate and thicken the gravy by mixing cornstarch and water and stirring into skillet. • Add sour cream and stir till well incorporated. • Return Rouladen to pan and coat well. • Serve with mashed potatoes or spaetzel

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Ingredients: 2 cups of shredded jack or cheddar cheese 1 cup enchilada sauce 2 jalapenos, diced 1 sm onion, diced 8 lg flour tortillas 8 eggs 3 green onion, diced 1 tbsp flour 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp cayenne powder 1/2 lb chorizo sausage, no casing 1/2 lb bacon, diced 1/2 bell pepper, diced 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Instructions: • Preheat oven to 350, coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray • In a skillet over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crispy, remove to drain on a paper towel and pour out most of the grease (I save it in the fridge for future cooking) • In the same skillet over medium high heat, cook the chorizo – it will basically fall apart. • About half way add the jalapenos, onion, and green pepper and cook until the veggies begin to soften • Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add the chorizo, 1 cup cheese, 1/2 of the cooked bacon, garlic, cayenne, salt and pepper, mix well • Pour enchilada sauce in the baking pan and move around with a spoon to coat the bottom • Lay out each enchilada and spoon 1/8 of the mixture down the center of a tortilla. • Roll up and place in to baking dish, seam side down, repeat until all tortillas are done • In another large bowl beat eggs, flour, milk and sour cream and pour it over the tortillas • Sprinkle remaining 1 cup of cheese over tortillas. Sprinkle the rest of the bacon bits over cheese, cover the dish and bake for 35 minutes, uncover and bake another 10 • Allow to cool 10 minutes before serving – garnish with green onions This one is easy to double and feeds a crowd!

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FUNNY STUFF BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS A GOOD LAUGH NOW AND THEN...

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guy is at the Pearly Gates, hoping to be admitted, and St. Peter says to the guy, “I can’t see that you did anything really good in your life, but you never did anything bad either. I tell you what, if you can tell me one really good deed that you did, you’re in.” So the guy says, “Once I was driving down the road and saw a gang of bikers assaulting this poor girl. So I pulled over, got out my car, grabbed a tire iron and walked straight up to the gang's leader-a huge ugly guy with a studded leather jacket, bald head but with hair all over his body, and a chain running from his nose to his ear. Undaunted, I ripped the chain out of his nose and ear and smashed him over the head with the tire iron. Then I turned around and, wielding my tire iron, yelled to the rest of them, ‘You leave this poor, innocent lady alone! You’re all a bunch of sick, deranged animals! Go home before I teach you all a lesson in pain!’” Impressed, St. Peter says, “Really? I can’t seem to find this in your file. When did this happen?” “Oh, about two minutes ago.”

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A hip young man goes out and buys the best car available: a brand-new Ferrari 550. It is also the most expensive car in the world, and it costs him $500,000. He takes it out for a spin and stops for a red light. An old man (about 75 years old) on a moped pulls up next to him. The old man looks over at the sleek, shiny new car and asks, “What kind of car ya got there, sonny?” The young man replies, “A Ferrari 550. It cost half a million dollars!” “That’s a lot of money,” says the old man. “Why does it cost so much?” “Because this car can do up to 320 miles an hour!” states the young dude proudly. The old man asks, “Mind if I take a look inside?” “No problem,” replies the owner. So the old guy pokes his head in the window and looks around. Then, sitting back on his moped, he says, “That’s a pretty nice car, all right... but I’ll stick with my moped!” Just then the light changes, so the young guy decides to show the old man just what his car can do. He floors it, and within 30 seconds the speedometer reads 160 mph. Suddenly, he notices a dot in his rearview mirror. It seems to be getting closer! He

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slows down to see what it could be, and suddenly, WHHHOOOOSSSHHH! something whips by him, going much faster. What on earth could be going faster than my Ferrari?! the young man asks himself. He floors the accelerator and takes the Ferrari up to 250 mph. Then, up ahead of him, he sees that it’s the old man on the moped. Amazed that the moped could pass his Ferrari, he gives it some more gas and passes the moped at 275 mph. WHHOOOOSSSHH! He's feeling pretty good until he looks in his mirror and sees the old man gaining on him again. Astounded by the speed of this old guy, he floors the gas pedal and takes the Ferrari all the way up to 320 mph. Not 10 seconds later he sees the moped bearing down on him again. The Ferrari is flat out and there’s nothing he can do. Suddenly the moped plows into the back of his Ferrari, demolishing the rear. The young man jumps out; unbelievably, the old man is still alive!!! He runs up to the mangled old man and says, “Oh, my God! Is there anything I can do for you?” The old man whispers softly, “Unhook... my... suspenders... from... your... side-view... mirror.”

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