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Main Office: 12467 Kinsman Rd, Burton, OH 44021 (440) 273-9000 • (216) 754-8103 fax Office Hours: M-F 10am-4pm Publisher Derek Smith, (440) 785-7331 Sales & Marketing Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC, (440)678-8608 Layout & Design Meredith Hancock/Hancock Graphics Subscriptions to Thunder Roads Ohio are available for $29.95. Check or Money Order, payable to Iron Cowboy Productions, can be sent to: Iron Cowboy Productions 12467 Kinsman Rd, Burton, OH 44021 Or you can email: for subscription information and to charge.

After one of the coldest months on record, I think that it’s safe to say everyone is more than ready for the coming of Spring. It’s been a brutal winter and one of the first in a long time that didn’t allow periodic chances to easily take the bike out. Some hardcore diehards ventured out, but most just looked out the window and dreamed of warmer days. The winter bike shows gave us a bit of a reprieve as we were able to catch up with fellow riders that we hadn’t seen in months. We distributed thousands of magazines at both the International Motorcycle Show in Cleveland and the Easyriders Invitational in Columbus. We also had hundreds of riders register for their Thunder Run Cards and almost as many subscribe! Speaking of the Thunder Run, we’ve begun identifying Ride Stops for this year’s run. If you aren’t familiar with the Buckeye Thunder Run, you can learn more on pages 36-38. It’s a great program that encourages riders to get out and RIDE. This year we’ve focused on adding more non-traditional stops, such as the Military Aircraft Preservation Society in North Canton ( As always we encourage everyone to let us know about their favorite stops. It’s our goal to make the Ride as interesting and as fun as possible, and we welcome your help in doing so. As hard as we work to constantly expand the focus and appeal of Thunder Roads Ohio, it seems as though people are always coming up and asking us to do more. More vintage bikes, more southern Ohio events, racing, more motocross, more Northern Ohio rides, more European bikes, more Columbus stuff, more V-Twin, etc.. My response before might have been a little defensive, because I believe that we do have a nice blend of coverage. I’ve come up with a better response now, though. To everyone that rides and has a passion for their area or particular motorsport interest, I would invite you to help us make TRO more of your own. For 2014, my mission is to build the team and bring on more qualified contributors and Road Reps. In relocating our Home Office (See “The Lodge”, pg. 6,) one of our objectives was to allow us more space to build a stronger organization; and you are invited to become a part of this team. Thunder Roads Ohio is a Grass Roots Business developed through the efforts of enthusiasts, possibly such as yourself. If you think that we should have more coverage on vintage drag bikes – maybe you should consider contributing an article. If you think that we need more information on the Van Wert riding scene – maybe you should consider becoming a Road Rep.

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Thunder Roads Ohio has always been a fluid vision, evolving over time as we redefine what it means to be Ohio’s Motorcycle Magazine. If you have an idea on what that means, we would love to hear it. Send us an email at ThunderRoadsOhio@gmail. com and let us know what you think. Please be patient for us to get back though, as we are still a small organization. Not for long, though. Sincerely, Derek Smith 2013 Thunder Roads Publisher of the Year

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Road Tales..........................................................................................................6 TRO Factory Feature: Big Chief Custom............................................................. 10 Piston Power Auto-Rama Preview...................................................................... 14 ABATE.............................................................................................................. 19 Back of the Bike...............................................................................................20 Poker Run Basics Part 2....................................................................................24 TRO Custom Feature: BMW RII00GS..................................................................30 Buckeye Thunder Run.......................................................................................36 TRO Custom Feature.........................................................................................40 TRO Vintage Gallery.........................................................................................42 TRO Factory Feature: Iron 883..........................................................................44 Discover Ohio...................................................................................................48 Calendar..........................................................................................................50 Daytona Racing................................................................................................52 TRO Factory Feature:2014 Honda CRF450R.......................................................57 Tech Tips..........................................................................................................60 Buckeye Firearms Report..................................................................................66 Tabasco Report.................................................................................................68 Iron & Ink .......................................................................................................69 Biker Friendly Directory....................................................................................72 Thunder Roads Marketplace..............................................................................75 KISS in the Kitchen...........................................................................................86 Joker’s Wild.....................................................................................................87 Events..............................................................................................................88 Music Listings...................................................................................................94 Index of Sponsors.............................................................................................95

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As told by

The Iron Cowboy “Riding a motorcycle on today’s highways, you have to ride in a very defensive manner. You have to be a good rider and you have to have both hands and both feet on the controls at all times.” - Evel Knievel 1938-2007 The Thunder Roads Lodge The New Home Office of TRO Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC have completed the move into their new home – The Thunder Roads Lodge. Located in scenic Burton, Ohio – The Lodge offers TRO the ability to grow in a a variety of ways by expanding the team and allowing us to effectively host ride stops, as well as meetings for motorcycle organizations. It hadn’t been our intention to undertake a move during the coldest period within the last 30 years, but that’s the way it turned out. Despite the frigid weather, the move is complete and we are working towards opening our doors to the public. With any luck, we will host our first LODGE EVENT in late April. Keep an eye out for updates on our facebook page – The new home office will allow us to host ride stops throughout the riding season for charitable runs coming through Geauga County. Our first scheduled ride event is on May 3rd – The Geauga County Annual Spring “Drive / Ride It Yourself Tour”. Thunder Roads Ohio has teamed up with the Geauga County Tourism Council to help develop a motorcycle aspect to this fun event that they have developed over the past few years. It’s a fun ride across the Northeast Ohio county with plenty of interesting stops. For more information visit Email us for information on bringing your ride by the TRO Home Office at We offer special incentives and promotional support for non-profit rides and appreciate the opportunity to meet more riders as they travel through our area.

Vintage Gallery

This month TRO introduces a new feature, The Vintage Gallery. Found on pages 44-45 this month, it showcases photos and ads from past eras submitted by our Contributors. We believe that it’s important that we recognize and appreciate the heritage of our sport, and what better way then by presenting a glimpse into the past through these historic images. If you have photos featuring vintage bikes in their heyday – we would love to see them, especially if there’s a story behind them. Please consider sharing them with us and other readers, by emailing them to Menneto Recognized as Industry Leader Steve Menneto, Vice-President of the Polaris Motorcycles division overseeing both the Victory motorcycles and the Indian Motorcycle Brand receives “Industry Leader of the Year” award. Ever since the first V-Twin Expo was held in 2001, V-Twin industry leaders have been acknowledged in a special awards ceremony held 6

during the Expo weekend. This year marked the 14th annual V-Twin Expo Awards, at which Steve Menneto, Vice-President, Motorcycles at Polaris Industries was recognized as the Industry Leader of the Year. Menneto was nominated for the award because of the vision and leadership demonstrated in the creation of the 2014 Indian Motorcycle brand re-launch. The styling and build quality of the Indian Chief motorcycles spoke volumes to the motorcycle fraternity.  “Steve did an excellent job leading his team in the re-launch of Indian Motorcycle,” says Paisano Publications Editor Dave Nichols. “The Indian brand has been beaten up in the past, so lots of people held their breath as the new models were introduced. It was clear right away that Polaris was committed to Indian Motorcycle and managed by a visionary leader.”  In his acceptance speech Menneto mentioned the momentum and excitement in the entire motorcycle industry.  “2013 was an incredible year for American V-Twin motorcycles. Victory celebrated fifteen years, our friends in Milwaukee revealed their work from the past few years and the Indian team launched the exciting new line-up of Indian Motorcycles in Sturgis. 2014 in going to be a great year for all of us, and I genuinely appreciate this award and receive it on behalf of both teams at Victory and Indian Motorcycle.” Courtesy Indian Motorcycle Co.

Piqua BikeFest – 100 Years Later! Have you heard any ‘rumbling’ about an exciting new event that is coming to Piqua? Mark your calendars now because “Piqua BikeFest – One Hundred Years Later” is coming to town! On Friday and Saturday, September 19 and 20th the Piqua community will welcome motorcycle enthusiasts from local communities and beyond for a two day celebration of motorcycling, community, history and fun. The timing and initial incentive for this event is based on a historic motorcycling event that occurred in Piqua on a sunny September morning in 1914. On that date, one hundred years ago, Hemm Brothers Harley-Davidson was located on N. Main St. where Piqua Granite now operates. A picnic with food, games and a ride around the local countryside was hosted by the Harley shop. A commemorative picture was taken in front of the store with all of the participants and their motorcycles. Piqua BikeFest will be the modern day equivalent to that historic event, only better! The planning of BikeFest is well underway and the details are still being developed but some things are certain. The original picture will be recreated in modern day on Saturday the 20th with riders posing on the exact site of the original picture. There will also be bands, food, vendors, a bike show, stunt riders and much more! This event will be packed with energy and entertainment and will offer something for everyone, not just motorcycle riders, but people of all ages. Potential vendors will include artisans, crafts, food, apparel and more. The venues for this event will include historic downtown Piqua and Gover Harley-Davidson on U.S. Route 36 just east of I-75. Activities will kick off mid-day on Friday, September 19th and continue through Saturday night, September 20th.

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“We are very proud to be a small town Harley dealer and we are excited to take part in Piqua BikeFest,” said Jim Gover Jr, BikeFest Committee Vice-Chairperson and owner of Gover Harley-Davidson. “The City of Piqua and its residents have been welcoming and helpful to us since 2000 when we announced we wanted to build our store here. We know they will be equally welcoming of this week-end celebration of motorcycling and local history rolled into one.” Dean Lyman, a BikeFest committee member and partner owner of Francis Office Supply which presently sits directly across the street from the site of the historic picture, said “Losing the Heritage Festival this year was a disappointment, but Piqua BikeFest gives the community something new and exciting to look forward to.” As the event takes shape, updates will be posted on our Facebook page and website ( For information about being a sponsor or vendor please contact Iron Cowboy Productions at 937-381-9389. Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC are the official promotional partners of Piqua BikeFest, Inc. Harley-Davidson Celebrates 73rd Annual Daytona Bike Week Harley-Davidson Motor Company will celebrate the beginning of the 2014 riding season at the 73rd Annual Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Fla., with an expanded display at Daytona International Speedway that brings all of the company’s Bike Week activities into one convenient location. “After several years with our displays split between Beach Street and Daytona International Speedway, we’re consolidating into one action-packed display at the Speedway to make it easier for our fans to experience everything we have in one easy-to-access location,” said Paul James, Harley-Davidson director of consumer events. “And on Saturday, March 8, we’ll be electrifying our display with an exciting special announcement at 1:00 p.m. that our fans will not want to miss.” For a complete listing of Harley-Davidson events during Daytona Bike Week, please visit our website at daytona. Courtesy Harley-Davidson Co. AMA Member Product Review LandShark Survival Shelter Shelter Against the Elements

The bag arrived vacuum packed and dated. The packed product is stored in a tough canvas zipper pouch measuring 8.5-by-7.6 inches (about 2 inches thick) and packs nicely in the bottom of a saddle bag, top case or dry bag. The vacuum bag is notched for easy opening by wet hands. After use, I was able to refold the bag and easily repack it into the storage pouch, even though it was no longer vacuum packed. The bag is advertised to fit a range of physical builds, up to 6-foot, 3-inches and 330 pounds. At 6-foot, 3-inches and 210 pounds, I fit easily into the bag and had plenty of spare room to get the bag up over my head to retain critical heat. Two smaller people could even fit in this bag in a pinch. The LandShark is constructed of a micro-thin layer of aluminized film laminated to a resilient, composite reinforced, ripstop material. The aluminized coating reflects up to 80% of radiated body heat. There’s no need to worry about climbing into it wearing heavy offroad boots; you’re not going to rip this material. The strength of the material lends itself to being used as an impromptu shelter using tree limbs or even motorcycle parts as a framework. You can even double its size by cutting it and then removing the drawstring to use as tiedown cord to secure it in place.  The bag is international orange on one side and digital camo on the other.  The price may seem a bit steep at first, but the LandShark’s weight and space savings, as well as its toughness and versatility, make it a good buy. And if you’re writing that check in sub-freezing temperatures and a 40 mph wind at 1 a.m. on the desert floor, it’s going to seem downright cheap! -

Curtis Lenderman, Independent AMA Member Tester,

COMING IN APRIL'S ISSUE OF THUNDER ROADS OHIO SUMMER RALLY & RIDE PREVIEWS MSRP: $79.95 As motorcyclists, we can imagine ways we could find ourselves spending an unexpected night on the desert floor or on the side of a mountain. One thing is certain: The difference between an uncomfortable situation and a life-threatening emergency is forethought and preparedness. Any motorcyclist heading away from populated areas needs to be prepared to avoid hypothermia, especially if injured and he or she can’t “walk out.” Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

This is where the LandShark Survival Shelter comes into play. Originally designed to protect pilots who crash-land in harsh terrain, the LandShark is a product of Corporate Air Parts of Van Nuys, Calif., whose customers include the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard and other prominent companies and agencies. For motorcyclists looking for a worst-case-scenario barrier to the elements, the LandShark should fit the bill.

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‘BIG CHIEF CUSTOM’ Built around the Indian Chief Classic and designed by the Polaris Industries Industrial Design team, the “Big Chief Custom” showcases Indian Motorcycle accessories.


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Indian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, revealed a fully customized, Indian Chief Classic as part of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Conceptualized and designed by Indian Motorcycle’s Industrial Design team,

the “Big Chief Custom” is the first custom Indian Chief created around the 2014 models introduced with great fanfare at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this past August. Spearheaded by the head of Polaris Industries’ Industrial Design team, Greg Brew, a small and dedicated team undertook the task of customizing a stock 2014 Indian Chief Classic. It features an array of Genuine Indian Motorcycle aftermarket accessories along with a custom paint scheme and billet girder front fork. This Big Chief Custom was designed to showcase the possibilities to customize, enhance and personalize the 2014 Indian Chiefs. continued...

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One special highlight of the custom build is the billet aluminum girder front end that recalls the early Indian models. Designed, machined and built in-house, the girder fork features machined uprights and cross members with a custom 23-inch front wheel. The custom front valance fender maintains the classic look of the Indian Chief. A custom shock and headlight complete the package. Custom paint was applied in-house by team member Steve Leszinski with a multicolored theme from prior generations of Indian Motorcycles. Another nod to the long history of Indian Motorcycle is the springer style seat. Combined with the modern day single rear shock, the Big Chief Custom promises to be a smooth ride.

and Beach Bars. The Stage 1 exhaust sports Fish Tail Tips. Other The “Pinnacle Series” of Indian Motorcycle accessories on the custom accessories include War Bonnet Floorboard Pads, a Heel Big Chief includes the Cam Cover, Primary Cover, Chrome Grips Shifter and chrome Rear Fender Bumper.


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I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama March 14-16 Cleveland I-X Center The Summit Racing Equipment I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Presented by Rad Air Complete Car Care and Tire Centers will feature 100s of the finest street rods, musclecars, street machines, and trucks from Ohio and adjacent states, plus motorcycles, vintage aircraft, boats, construction equipment, and more. If it has a piston engine, you’ll probably see it! And once again, Thunder Roads Ohio will be on site photographing bikes and registering people for the 2014 Buckeye Thunder Run. Be sure to stop on by the booth. NEW for 2014: • South Hall Hot Rod Asylum featuring vehicles including cars, trucks and motorcycles that are Kustoms, Nostalgic Race Cars and/or have a Nostalgic appearance! • Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pullers Competition for kids ages 3-11 • Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge Presented by Summit Racing Equipment • Krazy Paint Charity Panel Jam auction to support child-related charities • “Cleveland Browns Impound Lot” featuring the Cleveland Browns Backers busses.  Featured Bike Builders Include: • • • • • • • • • • 14

Cleveland Motorcycle Manufacturing Austin Martin Originals Steelborn Choppers Doom Town Choppers Strong Arm Customs Raw Iron Choppers Kustoms Inc. Chop Docs John’s Speed & Custom Cleveland Moto

“We are excited to present the largest show of its type – ANYWHERE. Over 1 million square feet of floor space – and every inch is filled. We have over a thousand vehicles for people to see and we have something for everyone! From hot rods and custom motorcycles to vintage construction equipment – it’s all here.”

“I’ve had people tell me that they spent over four hours attending our show – and only saw ¾ of it. I’d really recommend allowing yourself at least four to six hours, maybe even a full day, in order to really see everything.” - Bill Perrian, Vice President of Operations for the Piston Powered Auto-Rama

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Discount Drug Mart the Official Discount Drug Store Ticketing Retail Sponsor of Summit Racing Equipment


Advance Purchase Pricing General Admission $16

Kids 7–12 $5

Kids 6 & Under FREE

I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama Purchase discounted tickets in advance at all Ohio Discount Drug Mart store locations.

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Hundreds of Cars, Bikes, Trucks & More


Swap Meet with Toy Modelers


Live Music & Entertainment


Bike Builder Feature


Airplane Showcase


Family Friendly Fun


Pinstipers Panel Jam Charity Auction


New for 2014

And Much Much More


South Hall Hot Rod Asylum Featuring vehicles that are Kustoms, Nostalgic Race Cars and/or Nostalgic in appearance!


Cleveland Browns Im-Pound Lot


Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge Presented by Summit Racing Equipment


Buckeye State Sanctioned Pedal Tractor Pullers Competition for kids ages 3-11

Come and help build the Greater Cleveland Fisher House serving military veterans’ families in their time of need.

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Hi Friends,


Last year was a good year. We had fewer fatalities than in the previous three years. 2013 = 133

2012 = 163

2011 = 166

2010 = 168

We are going in the correct direction and need the number to go even lower. Keep up the good work. Keep talking to your fellow riders, family and friends about Motorcycle Awareness. When the snow finally goes away you may need a new sign. Make sure you always have one in your yard. If you find a bike shop, leather shop or accessory shop that wants to sell them on consignment, have them contact me to set it up. Alcohol is one of our safety problems. I love a beer with the best of them, but with the number of bikes and cars and trucks and SUVs on the road today, we need to be alert and not distracted. Last year we dropped down to 19.44% alcohol related fatalities and serious injuries. This is down from 50%! We need to stay on this and it will help us reach our end goal of less fatalities. At the seminar I showed the 3Rs Program. The 3 Rs are to BE RESPONSIBLE, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY and RIDE RESPONSIBLE. I know I’m like a broken record but we need to stay after it (IT IS IMPORTANT). Don’t let a friend ride impaired. It may be the time of year that your insurance is due for renewal. A wise man told me that if you don’t check your policy and price check it every year that you are paying too much. There are many good companies out there and you need to find one that is in your budget and offers the coverage you want. It is expensive to go to the hospital, so don’t take the minimum coverage. Upgrade to make sure you and anyone riding with you are covered.

worst can come from it. Talk to everyone you know about the hazards, especially younger drivers. Plan a riding trip in our great State of Ohio. We do have some of the best roads in the nation. You may even see a friend. Ride Within Your Limits, Mike Stock State Safety & Education Director ABATE of Ohio, Inc. State Safety and Education Director _____________________________________________________

I would like to thank everyone that attended, lead a session, sponsored a meal, provided auction items, purchased and/ or bid on auction items at the ABATE of Ohio Seminar. I would also like to thank Robin Pickens. She did most of the organizing for this event. If you missed it, you missed a lot of fun before and after the sessions. You also missed out on a Seems like every magazine I pick up has something about BUNCH of great info. sound. We need to be looking at how we can make AJ Public Our Road Guarding Bill has been introduced in the Ohio happy. Most of the time, we can help by not overdoing the House of Representatives. It is HB 406. This bill sets up a throttle in residential areas. Remember, some people don’t like state ran training program and certification process to train to be impressed. I have a friend that is still running straight civilians to Road Guard. Some people refer to road guarding pipes. We have been talking tuned system with mufflers and as blocking traffic. After successful completion of a class a more horsepower. “Good Boy” And yes, we will be around person will be certified to block an intersection during a group again with the sound meter this summer. ride. Currently this activity is illegal. This bill will make it legal Motorcycle Awareness Rally 2014: It’s coming together in a big way and can’t come fast enough for me. Everyone needs to get out and get a Proclamation from your local town declaring May as Motorcycle Awareness Month and it will be read on the steps of the State Capital. I have samples and a great cover letter you can use if you would like to make a contribution. You don’t need to be a Director to get this done, everyone can help. The After Rally Party will be at Flanagan’s Tavern in Blacklick, OH. It is on the Northeast fringe of Columbus. There is a big parking lot, food and entertainment. Distracted driving is going to be the death of me! When you see a Mother with a carload of kids texting, nothing but the Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

for certified road guards to block traffic.

ABATE of Ohio’s mission statement indicates we are dedicated to improving safety practices. This bill does exactly that. I urge everyone to contact your representative in the Ohio House of Representatives and ask them to support this bill. Until next month, Scott “Woody” Wood Government Relations Director ABATE of Ohio, Inc.


From the Back of the Bike



o, here it is March. Well, I’m tired of writing about the winter. I’m tired of discussing what we should do in the winter. I’m tired of giving suggestions of what to do in the winter. I’m just tired of winter! Yeah... yeah...yeah…it’s pretty and all that. That’s a line you use in December. That’s getting old too! And global warming? Really! Not with these chill factors. Enough is enough. And I am also tired of the groundhog whose 6 weeks is more like 8 weeks or more! That’s my rant on winter. So, the dilemma is that I’m tired of all of this and the whole purpose of this article is to entertain you and maybe make you smile. So, other than talking about St. Patrick’s Day, what is there to talk about in March if the weather is yucky? To be perfectly honest, I broke down and reached out to my biker buddy who always has a quick answer to any question that comes his way. The question I posed to him was, “I don’t have any ideas for my March article. What would you want to read about in March?” Without hesitation, he said…APRIL! So April it is! April, when the smell of spring is in the air and the sweet sounds of bikes are heard near and far. April, when your yard looks like it came off of a bad winter but it’s too early to really plant anything so you might as well ride. April, when there is still a chill so leathers are required but you know it’s the beginning of sunshine for months ahead. When everyone seems like they are in a good mood just because…. I don’t really know what I’m going to write about in April but if the weather cooperates, maybe there 20

A young George Harrison, avid racing fan.

will be new stories to tell about riding. It doesn’t matter. That last paragraph put me in a better frame of mind anyway. So here is to March being the time to think about April. That last snowfall that melts quickly and the sun shining on a more regular basis. So, in the immortal words of George Harrison: It’s been a long cold lonely winter Little darlin’ It feels like years since it’s been here Here comes the sun (doo-d’n doo-doo) Here comes the sun, and I say It’s all right It will be all right. And, just so you know, he wrote this song in April of 1969! Before I leave you to think about sunshine, I just want to say Thanks to all of you that stopped to see our booth at the Easy Rider’s Show in Columbus! We love seeing you and hearing your great stories! Until next month, I’m going to download Here Comes The Sun so I can get ready for spring and my place on the back of the bike!

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POKER RUN Basics ride stops: Part 2

By Derek Smith, The Iron Cowboy EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an updated version of an article we first ran almost 3 years ago, and it remains one of our most requested copies. As we prepare for the Midwest riding season we will offer a continuing series of articles focusing on how to effectively plan, organize, promote, and execute various motorcycle events – starting with the Poker Run. For immediate assistance with your next event, please send an inquiry to “A poker run is an organized event where participants, usually using motorcycles,.., must visit five to seven checkpoints, drawing a playing card at each one. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. The event has a time limit, however the participants are not timed—winning is purely a matter of chance.” - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia RUN STOPS and HOST SPONSORS Obviously one of the most critical aspects of hosting a Poker Run is determining the route and stops of the actual run. Unfortunately, though, the critical considerations are not always so obvious. The overall success of the event, though, is impacted dramatically by your choice of stops and the experience of your riders at them. When determining your route you first need to identify your starting and ending point, and then you fill in the points in between. You ideally need at least five stops, but you can adjust that by giving multiple cards or skipping cards at the start of the run. (There are a lot of considerations to the handling of the cards - which we will discuss in another segment. Suffice it to say, though, that we are not necessarily always fans of simply having riders draw cards at each stop along the way.) Your route should be between 50-100 miles and most riders prefer to avoid highways. The route should not involve areas of heavy traffic, if possible; but there should be sufficient gas stations and other stops along the way for riders if need be. Your starting and ending points are the most high profile stops. Both points should have enough space for parking the bikes - as well as any cages driven by others frequenting the location, your own staff, and other various vehicles. You can have smaller stops along the way as not everyone will be hitting them 24

at the same time, but you need to assume that everyone (and then some) will be at the start and finish of the ride. Generally your starting point has less requirements then the ending point. You will need to make certain that there are accessible restrooms for those preparing to ride off. You will also need space, tables, etc. for registration and breakfast if you are serving it. The ending point is a little more critical, as most events plan around some sort of social activity at the conclusion of the run. Bands, DJ’s, Pig Roasts, Dinners, etc.. are all great ways to conclude a ride event - but you will need to make certain that your final destination can accommodate all of your riders, volunteers, and folks that may just wish to show up for the party. If you are hosting the Poker Run as a bar, restaurant, or other location that seeks to benefit from the business or traffic - don’t dismiss the possibility of using a different starting point. The ending point is where most of the revenue is at and has the most potential for keeping riders the longest, so if you’re the event planner - you want to keep that one. The starting point, though, is really a great opportunity to tie in a local dealership, a popular or highly visible destination (such as a state park or local landmark), or a key sponsor. I would make certain, though, that the alternative starting point brings something to the table. If they don’t - just have everyone leave your place and then come back. If you are organizing this event for a charity or other group that doesn’t necessarily have an interest in a particular location - you should assign the starting and ending locations to those sponsors / supporters that have contributed the most and have the means of properly meeting the needs of your event. The starting and ending points have the most promotional value, although its worth noting that if you’re doing a bar run that’s starting at 10 or 11am - the starting point may not serve up as much beer as those later stops. We will talk about sponsors in more depth later, but obviously they are a consideration in determining a route. Without a doubt, all of your stops should be sponsors and your primary sponsors should be stops - if at all possible. As you begin planning your route, you should start by identifying the sponsors

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Zeppes Tavern in Newbury is a great stop with a welcoming patio that is perfect for many rides. It also has plenty of perfect riding country surrounding it. You can ride for miles between traffic signals and the rolling hills are very scenic.

and their locations. You should also consider the practicality bringing the ride through the locations and their appeal to your riders as stops. For example, I’ve worked on a number of poker runs where they had local service shops as sponsors. A bike shop may or may not be a suitable poker run stop, it all depends on the specifics of the location and what they have to offer your riders. I’m a big believer that any poker run stop should have something of interest to those participating. Stops certainly don’t have to all be bars or restaurants, parks and cool riding destinations are ideal poker run stops. It also works nicely for both riders and the other stops, if they are not expected to spend a lot of time at every locations. However, I don’t think you should simply route all of your riders through a stop where they simply get off their bike, get their card stamped, and then ride on. The ride should be fun and interesting, not simply a race around town. Certainly taverns and motorcycle friendly watering holes are popular ride stops – but you need to consider your ride participants and your mission. If you are planning a party ride for a group of rowdie rides – a ride to your favorite biker joints might be appropriate. If you are honoring a fallen rider, a children’s charity, or looking to make your ride family friendly – you should consider some alternatives. A new stop that we recently added to our Buckeye Thunder Run is the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) Air Museum in North Canton. ( MAPS is an amazing facility that offers visitors the opportunity to not only view an incredible collection of military aircraft and memorabilia – but a chance to meet some of the men and women that actually flew or maintained them.

This would certainly be a great stop on a lot of rides – especially those looking for an exciting, family friendly stop. Another of our favorite riding destinations (and certainly a strong supporter of Thunder Roads, as well) is Bear’s Vintage Metal Works in Ravenna. They not only have a cool retail shop, but offer the chance to tour a vintage Harley themed museum as well. Lots of stuff to see and a cool poker run stop.

Bears is a popular destination that knows how to host a stop.

You can always add some excitement to just about any stop - the key is to make it interesting but practical. For instance, a really great shot special or giving away free alcohol at a stop - doesn’t necessarily make a lot of sense. For a variety of legal, liability, and logistical reasons - that doesn’t make sense for a stop on the run. Nor does inviting riders to oil wrestle at a stop - don’t laugh, I’ve seen it. Needless to say, but the folks that lubed up and wrestled at stop #2 - didn’t make it through to the rest of the ride. However, a bikini bike wash is a fun thing that can be held just about anywhere and doesn’t necessarily involve getting riders wet. A service shop might also free dyno runs as folks come through. Obviously they can’t run everyone through - but the shop could offer certificates for others to come back. This is a GREAT way to showcase the shop and get riders back in. When you identify potential locations, it’s important to meet with the venue as soon as possible. You need to let them know what you are doing and what your expectations are of them. You will need to confirm that the date is available and that they are interested in having you come by. continued...

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you will find that these venues can become more then simply stops - they can become partners.

Assumptions are rarely a good idea and never when it comes to planning an event. NEVER assume anything when it comes to your stops. Starting from the simple question of whether they want you there and will they support your event. If it’s a good location and potential partner - but not necessarily already involved, you should go into sales mode. Sell them on your event. Sell them on your cause and sell them on you as an event organizer. Go over every detail with them and make sure that they realize that you are running a well executed event.

Tony Allison, owner of The Villa in Huber Heights, welcomes all riders - but he can really roll out the red carpet for rides that help promote his popular biker stop. “We can do a lot of things, especially with our outdoor bar. If they make us the ending stop and have the riders - I’ll roast a pig or put something out there for them.”

As a motorcycle promoter and through my involvement with Thunder Roads, I’ve worked with hundreds of different venues in regards to hosting events and rides. I’ve heard countless horror stories about poorly planned events - but I am still amazed at how often people tell me of groups simply showing up unannounced at a location on an “organized” ride. “We get groups coming through all the time, and I just wish they would call ahead and let us know!” commented Bear, from Bear’s in Ravenna. “The most frustrating thing is when a run comes through on a day we aren’t even open! Our hours vary throughout the year, including our Sunday hours. And every year, we get rides coming out on Sundays when we are closed. Just call us!” Starting with the initial notification and a well thought-out plan, a venue will appreciate and respect your event much more if you take the proper steps to work with them. A popular biker bar or riding destination may get approached by dozens of new groups every year asking them to host a stop. If you start off on the right foot,


As an event organizer, you need to recognize that this is a business for most of the locations. Regardless of your cause or how passionate you are - it has to make good business sense for the owner of the bar or restaurant. Despite all the “scary biker” stereotypes you hear, the word is out - and people have realized that bikers have big hearts. We will actively support many causes and help out when we can, so virtually every charity under the sun has some sort of riding event. Local charities, needy families, and even major international organizations such as the Red Cross all come knocking on the door of popular biker hang outs asking for support or to host a ride. In a past life, I ran several popular restaurant / bars; and I couldn’t even keep track of the number of people that came by asking for support. If you recognize this going in and take a proactive sales approach to your event, you will be much more successful. Here are some tips to pitching your event to a stop: • Call ahead and schedule a convenient time to stop by and present your event.


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marketing plan. Capitalize on the promotional value of your event and offer sponsors the opportunity to share in the exposure you will generate. This is a win-win for everyone. You are creating real • Don’t ever stop by a restaurant or bar during their peak hours business value for sponsors and promoting your event at the same and ask to speak with a manager or owner. (It’s disrespectful time. and even if they say it’s ok - it’s not.) As you build this marketing plan and consider the contributions you • Have an organized, thought out presentation prepared. This might ask of your stops, you certainly need to be realistic in terms could include a list of other sponsors, pictures from last year’s of your event expectations. I just heard a story from one of our event, and a simple sheet outlining the event (a mock-up / dealerships about an event they helped host last year. preview of the event flyer works great!) “The women seemed very organized, but clearly wasn’t a rider. She • Have a detailed plan on how you will market / promote your ride. kept on telling us that she had 250 riders going on the run - which • Clearly present your expectations and what you would like was coming to our dealership. So, we planned accordingly. We their contribution to be. Spell it out with several options in terms scheduled extra staff, roped off a section of the parking lot, and of participation. brought in a catering company to offer complimentary food to the If you take a realistic, practical approach with these suggestions - riders. It was for a good cause and we wanted to put on a good you should set yourself apart from everyone else that is asking for show for the dealerships - to these 250 riders, “ the Marketing assistance or wanting to bring their ride through. So, what is fair to Director related. “Looking back, though, we should have questioned why she was so specific as to the number of riders. It was always expect in return? 250 when she spoke. Never less, never more.” At the absolute minimum, a location should commit to being open and properly staffed for your event. They should also commit to assisting “Well, the event came and we had everything ready. Unfortunately, with the promotion of the event - hanging posters and handing out though, there was not a single rider. It turns out that she had printed 250 cards for the event, which she then handed out at some bike flyers. They should also commit to not gauging your riders. nights earlier in the year. She simply assumed that everyone would “You need to make sure that your stops don’t jack up their prices as come. Her own organization was not a motorcycle based group - so your riders come through. Even if they raise the prices by just .50 it had no riders of its own and they had no real understanding of how or $1 - it’s a slap in the face to your event and the riders coming these events work.” through. But you would be amazed at how often it happens..” ”We spent a lot of money on that morning, and we really fed according to Youngstown area promoter, Hairy George. our customers well that day - but it was a total loss in terms of the An involved bar or restaurant should also consider some sort of food event. We chalked it all up as a hard learned lesson in terms of special for riders - or simply putting out something complimentary. In event planning.” She lamented, “Going forward I am much more many cases, having hot dogs and chili is a great option. It’s quick, easy, and very popular. If a bar or restaurant has a hundred riders coming through - they don’t want to get bogged down with a bunch of menu orders. And riders don’t want to get stuck waiting for their food while everyone else takes off for the next stop. Venues may choose to offer free food in order to get riders to spend more time at their stop. In many cases they can turn to their own suppliers to donate product which they can then offer to you. In return you help promote their stop and possibly the company that donated the product. • Don’t simply show up and expect them to stop what they are doing.

I strongly believe that every stop should contribute something to support a charity ride coming through, but that contribution needs to be practical in terms of the return they receive business wise. You cannot expect businesses to simply donate of themselves because of the worthiness of your cause. Some will, but it is not always practical to run a business that way - especially when you consider how many people ask this of them. Don’t dismay, though, the key to getting venues and other sponsors to support your event is to build a clear


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skeptical of those that approach us and we assume that they know nothing about in terms of event planning. We need to do it all ourselves.” That’s obviously an extreme example, but it highlights the challenges that events such as poker runs present to a host stop. It’s an investment for these businesses and in most cases, especially with the larger stops, someone is going to be held accountable for the financial results of their contribution - in terms of dollars, time, and other resources. Never forget that as you deal with these outside businesses. You need to create an event and plan that is beneficial to all involved. The real challenge of orchestrating a successful Poker Run is creating a positive relationship between the multitude of parties that you may find yourself working with as you plan and execute your event. Even on the most basic poker run, planning may involve: starting and ending destination venues, a charity organization and all of their volunteers / supporters, sponsors, riders, stops along the way (more businesses and organizations and all of their people), law enforcement, multiple municipalities, media, local riding clubs that wish to participate, and the list can go on. A large part of your success

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Things to Note regarding Stop Logistics:


It’s important to note that “likes” on facebook or even online event RSVP’s don’t necessarily translate to actual riders. Advanced registration is the only way to accurately predict ride counts.

• Advise local municipalities / law enforcement of each stop and your overall route. (More to follow on this.)

depends upon your ability to balance the needs of everyone involved and making them all happy!

Things to Note regarding Stop Logistics: • Avoid possible.




• Each checkpoint should have some means of communicating with the event chair and other stops in case of questions or emergency. • Confirm that adequate restroom facilities are available at each location (port-a-potties if needed). • Have one designated contact at each location and make certain that they are onsite for the event. • Confirm that supplies and all necessary materials are prepared for each stop and on site, the day before or morning of. • The route and all stops should be pre-rode at least 3 times, including at least one ride through the day before or morning of the event. • Have someone in the lot to direct bikes to where they should park, especially on larger rides.

Good Luck! Derek Smith is the Publisher of Thunder Roads Ohio, owner of Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC and has been promoting events for more years then he will admit to. For more information on marketing or planning your event - email: COMING UP, in next month’s issue. How to secure sponsorships and outside contributions for your event. We will also be featuring a listing of Poker Run destinations. If you have a bar, restaurant, dealerships, or other riding destination that is interested in being a stop on poker runs this summer – send us an email at Please include contact information and some details on your stop.


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BMW R1100GS Café Racer Dreams Madrid, Spain


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“The main idea of Café Racer Dreams is to rehabilitate and transform bikes.. something more retro and different from what we usually see on the roads.”

While the new BMW R1200GS is a pretty cool bike – the R1100GS remains the KING of the boxer adventure machines. Café Racer Dreams, from Madrid, created this bold custom build in a little over a month with a lot of hard work. continued...

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Cafe Racer Dreams kept some of the essential parts, and worked on others, in order to add a different, yet fully-rideable stance to the bike. Suspensions and wheels remained the same, but the rear subframe was custom-built. CRD loaded the engine with K&N filters and a GR exhaust, but that’s about all that was changed. The bars and grips are original ones, but a Motogadget gauge replaced the bulky original dash. For the sake of beauty, a round, generous Ducati S2R headlight was installed in the place where the old


rectangular and fairly ugly original one was. Fenders, license plate holder, seat, and paint come all from CRD. And with the oil radiator above the headlight and everything painted in matte black, adding TKC 80 knobbies completes the aggressive, off-road build. Photo’s courtesy Café Racer Dreams.

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PRESENTED BY RIDER 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 Rider Insurance! This is a riding challenge like no-other and features great prizes every month that you earn by simply getting out to ride!

The Way it Works

State and Stop Prizes

Each 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. Riders can then hit these locations and present their Rider Cards in order to register at each stop.

Every 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!

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 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! 36

The Winners If 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 a BiketoberfestÒ Rally Package that includes accommodations and extras for attending the Fall 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 check-in’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 (MondaySunday), for a maximum of 4 check-in’s per month (not counting bonuses).

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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.

BONUS Check-in’s! The 2013 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 accomodate riders or 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 (, or facebook.

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 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.

3. Ride out to these stops and show them your card. 4. And then you win cool prizes, including cold hard CASH! 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.

NEW FOR 2014 – You can request a Ride Card through our website! You can now go online and register for your Thunder Run Ride Card through our website – 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 2012 Ohio Ride Cards. All Ride Card registrations carry over. 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® Magazine OHIO

Just Get Out and RIDE! One 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 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 The 2014 Buckeye Thunder Run will begin in May, with all necessary information and additional details in the May issue of Thunder Roads Ohio. We will also have a complete listing on our website – and our facebook pages. We will include a listing of registration stops – including a wide variety of events in May; including Bike Nights, Bike Blessings, and rides.

The RIDE kicks off in May! 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

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Triumph Bonneville Soul Train Ton Up Garage, Portugal


hile the idea of owning a heavily customised motorcycle, with hundreds of hours devoted to its fabrication and unspeakable amounts of cash spent buying the best performance parts money can buy sounds like the kind of thing we’d all love, the reality is that most of us can’t afford it or don’t have the skills to build it. While many of the motorcycles I feature fall into that category I also love to see basic builds that manage to impress with only a fraction of the build effort. This custom, late model Triumph Bonneville is the perfect example of how a little work by someone with a keen eye can really go a long way...

The 2008 EFI Triumph Bonneville “Soul Train” is the work of the crew at Ton Up Garage in Portugal, who were approached by a French customer looking for a bike with a similar style to one of their previous builds, the Urban Pearl. The build started by replacing the stock seat with a Ton-up Garage twin saddle finished in cross stitched brown leather. The stock lighting was replaced by a small black and copper headlight with a yellow lens, small black indicators and a matching black LED tail light. The stock instruments were swapped with a single, small speedo and a set of LSL black bars with gum grips was bolted to the stock risers.  40

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A brown and black colour scheme was selected for the bike and tastefully applied in the Ton-Up paintshop. The wheel hubs, engine cases and fenders were finished in metallic brown. The rims were powder coated black to match the frame as were the stock mufflers and remaining silver engine components. The stock tank was then de-badged and treated to a custom Ton-Up paint job with gold pin striping and subtle Ton-Up Garage branding.

The rear wheel was swapped for a 16” and both rims wrapped in vintage style rubber and the front and rear suspension upgraded using Ohlins shocks and progressive springs. The engine and electrics remain stock at the owners request but “stock” is a word that won’t ever be used when referring to this Bonneville again. “The bike travelled from Portugal to Biarritz and was delivered to the customer at the Wheels and Waves show.” I’m sure he couldn’t have been any happier with the result. Geoff Baldwin, Thunder Roads Ohio Contributor

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VINTAGE 0s Elyria H-D in 5

Elyria H-D original storefron t 1939


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Iron 883 F

or 2014, Harley-Davidson focused on style and technological updates to their bikes – to make them better suited to the demands facing today’s riders. The Iron 883 was no exception and for 2014 comes with improved ergonomics and a new close loop exhaust system.

PHOTOS: Bob Mazur, TRO MODEL: Hayley D, Iron Angels Thanks to Lake Erie H-D for hosting the shoot and providing the bike.


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The bike was also fitted with an improved braking system which includes bigger brake rotors and modified calipers. (There is also an optional ABS system offered.) The 2014 Harley Davidson Iron 883 is powered by Harley’s iconic air-cooled, Evolution engine which comes with electronic fuel injection and aluminum heads and cylinders. To offer a smooth riding experience the engine was rubber mounted and its power is kept in leash by a six speed transmission. As far as performances are concerned, the Evolution engine puts out a maximum torque of 53.8 lb ft at 3750 rpm and delivers an average fuel consumption of 51 mpg. continued...

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IRON 883 s[pecs Price



88.8 in.

Seat Height, Laden

25.7 in.

Seat Height, Unladen

28.9 in.

Ground Clearance

4.7 in.

Rake (steering head) (deg)



4.6 in.


59.5 in.

Tires, Front Specification

100/90B19 57H

Tires, Rear Specification

150/80B16 77H

Fuel Capacity

3.3 gal.

Oil Capacity (w/filter)

2.8 qt.

Weight, As Shipped

540 lb.

Weight, In Running Order

562 lb.


Air-cooled, Evolution


76.2 in.


3.811 in.


53.9 cu in

Compression Ratio


Fuel System

Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI)


Chrome, staggered shorty exhaust with dual mufflers

Wheels, Front Type

Black, 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Wheels, Rear Type

Black, 13-Spoke Cast Aluminum

Brakes, Caliper Type

Dual-piston front, Dual-piston rear

Engine Torque

53.8 ft-lb

Engine Torque (rpm)


Lean Angle, Right (deg.)


Lean Angle, Left (deg.)


Fuel Economy: Combined City/Hwy

51 mpg

Evolution® Engine Heritage The Evolution® engine—known in certain crowds as the Blockhead—was first bolted to the frame of a Harley-Davidson® motorcycle back in 1984. Born from legendary Shovelhead and Ironhead engines, the Evolution® engine broke new ground in displacement innovation while maintaining the hunger for power, durability and proven reliability that The Motor Company was built on.

Integrated Electrical System Coursing through every 2014 Sportster model is a new body controller with updated routing. It has a cleaner look and reduces the number of wiring harnesses, switches, relays and fuses. Which is a fancy way of saying less fuss. We’ve also added a new voltage regulator with modified fins and integrated connectors to improve heat rejection. Like you, the 2014 Sportster® motorcycles are wired and ready to chase wind and eat up miles of pavement.

New Closed Loop Exhaust System Designed to meet future worldwide emissions standards, and the standards of future generations of Harley-Davidson riders. The new closed loop exhaust system delivers heart-pounding performance in the key of the trademark Harley-Davidson rumble. With its robust, soul-stirring big twin design, new durable mufflers with exhaust shields, a catalyst and mini heated oxygen sensors that improve emissions and drivability, this system is not only better for the environment, it makes riding better. 46

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MIAMI-ERIE CANAL LOCK 18 Huber Heights, Ohio

Along the Canal, Middletown, OH

Just down the street from one of our favorite riding destinations, The Villa in Huber Heights, is a little piece of history that many are unaware of – Lock 18 from the Miami-Erie Canal. At the time when Ohio became a state in 1803, very little means of transportation existed within the region to move people and cargo from place to place. Most of the existing roads were of poor quality for carriages to travel across, and the railroads were not yet in common use. In addition, Ohio was geographically separated by the barrier of the Appalachian Mountains. This made life difficult for early citizens because goods from the Atlantic Coast and Europe were difficult to come-by and often very expensive. For the same reasons, it was difficult for Ohio businessman and farmers to sell their products outside of the state. Some entrepreneurs even began to ship goods from Ohio down the Ohio River to New Orleans, yet it was difficult to bring new goods back up the river, even with the invention of steamships. This made the cost of shipping freight extremely high and this severely limited trade and population growth in the state; especially in areas that were far away from natural waterways such as Lake Erie or the Ohio River. To overcome these obstacles the State of Ohio planned and built two canal systems to connect the state’s major bodies of water – Lake Erie and the Ohio River. These were the Ohio & Erie Canal and the Miami & Erie. While incredibly cost effective in terms of moving cargo, the canal systems


The canal leaving Cincinnati and heading north towards Dayton, 1841

eventually fell victim to seasonal weather challenges and the arrival of the railroad. Locks, such as #18, were used as staircases to allow boats to navigate the different elevation levels across Ohio. It truly is an impressive structure from a by-gone era.

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“I’ve easily put more miles on this bike then any street

ride over the past few years. While I love all bikes – street riding too often feels like

commuting. Ripping around in the woods is often much more satisfying – more therapeutic.” -

Pat Patterson, Led Sled Customs

“We’ve upgraded the bike with just about everything necessary for a serious woods bike. Skid plates, guards, and a steering dampener. We also drill and tap bungs on the end of the handle bars for added stability.”

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t is that time of year when our thoughts turn to sunny skies and warmer temperatures and most importantly the opportunity to ride: DAYTONA BIKE WEEK.

We all know and love the traditional haunts that are Daytona; Main Street, Destination Daytona, The Iron Horse, Cabbage Patch, The Loop and the vendors at Daytona International Speedway. But you may have missed a peek into motorcycle racing history that lies within the speedway itself.


What we have come to know as Daytona Bike Week began with a race on the historic beach course on January 24, 1937 and continued until 1941. The 1942 race was discontinued due to World War II but resumed again in 1947 once again on the beach eventually moving to Daytona International Speedway in 1961. If you have the chance, make it a point to catch some of the bike racing action beginning under the lights with the AMA Supercross by Honda on Saturday, March 8 featuring the 250SX and 450SX classes. The transformation of the grass area between the tri-oval and pit road takes a full two weeks from the running of the Daytona 500 to the start of bike week. The Supercross course for 2014 has been designed by 5 Time Daytona Supercross by Honda Champion Ricky Carmichael.

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While the AMA Supercross is the kickoff, the action continues with practice and qualifying all week long with full race programs March 13-15. Check out the GEICO AMA Pro Road Racing classes including National Guard Superbike, Supersport and the Vance and Hines Harley Davidson Series. AMA Flat Track racing is held at the flat track outside Daytona’s Turns 1 and 2 March 13-14 and don’t miss Bike Week’s racing finale the Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 15. If you want to see fast bikes and get a glimpse of motorcycle racing history make Daytona International Speedway a stop during bike week. There is something for everyone.

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See you there! Denise Kennedy Thunder Roads Ohio Contributor

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ith its unstoppable character and agile allure the Honda CRF450R is able to reward you with an unforgettable riding experience every time you jump on its back. It is built on an advanced twin spar aluminum chassis which is combined with a set of modern air forks offering first class performances in terms of ride and handling. The Honda CRF450R is propelled by a liquid cooled, single cylinder, four stroke engine with a displacement of 449 cc. The engine is kept under control by a closeratio five speed transmission. The CRF450R features a short, compact twin-muffler setup that is located low and close to the frame to improve mass centralization. This enhanced exhaust flow allows you to get even more horsepower out of the bike with its stock system. The Honda CRF450R comes with a front single 240mm disc with twin-piston caliper and a rear single 240mm disc. Other highlights from Honda: Dunlop MX51FA Tire The Dunlop MX51FA Tires were made for the CRF450R. Literally. We even designed the suspension to work specifically with these premium tires. So you have optimum traction and control around the track. continued...

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Works-Style Brakes The 2014 CRF450R sports front and rear disc brakes with factoryspec master cylinders, and new rotor covers. You can wind down fast into turns, and get around the lap quicker.

Next-Generation Aluminum Frame Linking the front air fork and rear twin pipes is our Next-Gen twin spar aluminum chassis. The front spars are lower to work with the new fork. The subframe improves mass centralization. And overall, the bike has a lower center of gravity, so you get better steering feedback, suspension action and chassis stiffness and compliance. New Air-Fork Front Suspension

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The air fork made waves in 2013. And we’ve made it even better this year. It’s a 48mm inverted KYB PSF (Pneumatic Spring Fork), easily adjustable with a simple air pump. And now with improved oil flow, it’s even more responsive, keeping your front tire planted for better tracking through turns and across whoops.

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tech tips: electricity 101 Part 2: Ohm’s Law and Fuses

current flowing. More and more current flows, melting even more insulation, in a cascading disaster that frequently results in this:

By Scott Maclean, Thunder Roads Ohio Contributor I’m sure lots of people have heard of Ohm’s Law before. It defines the relationship between amperage (current), voltage, and resistance. As mentioned in part 1, voltage is the amount of force, or pressure, pushing the current through the wires. Amperage is the actual amount of current flowing through the wires. Anything that resists that flow is got it, a resistor: If we hooked up a wire between the positive and negative Relationship between voltage, terminals of a battery, it would amperage, and allow the current to flow more resistance. or less unrestricted - limited only by the size of the wire, and the internal resistance of the battery. This is a called a short circuit, and it is a Bad Thing. In our motorcycles, the battery can supply a massive amount of current - hundreds of amps - into a short circuit. The wire required to safely conduct hundreds of amps for any amount of time would be extremely thick. There are no such wires anywhere on our motorcycle. So the limiting factor becomes the size of the wire. It in effect becomes our resistor. As I mentioned in part 1, when something resists the flow of current, it heats up - because the electrons flowing through it bump into the atoms that make up the wire, causing friction. The more current flowing through, the faster and hotter the wire will get. How fast? I recently had a 12-gauge wire (which is about 2mm in diameter, about the size of a thicker spaghetti noodle) accidentally short across the battery terminals of a 12 volt motorcycle battery, while I was holding it in my fingers. Within a second, the wire melted, severely burning my fingers. I had this same thing happen when I was a teenager, only using a car battery - I still have the scar across my fingerprints to show for it. There is a lot of power in a motorcycle battery, a dangerous amount of power. What about using a very thick wire to short out the terminals? Maybe a big thick steel bar? It would still heat up some, but the limiting factor would most likely be the internal resistance of the battery itself. The battery would heat up inside so quickly that the electrolyte would boil, causing the battery to explode, and spraying everything in the vicinity with extremely corrosive sulfuric acid. Did I mention that motorcycle batteries are dangerous? So obviously we don’t want this to happen. We don’t want our batteries exploding, or the wiring in our motorcycles melting. When wiring in our motorcycle heats up to the point where it melts the plastic insulation surrounding it, the wires contact other wires, causing more short circuits, and increasing the amount of 60

E is electromotive force, measured in VOLTS I is current, measured in AMPS R is resistance, measured in OHMS This triangle is a simple way of defining three equations: E=IXR I=E/R R=E/I Given any two of the values, you can calculate the third. Fortunately for us, we always have one of those values in our bikes: E is always 12 volts (or more technically, 13.8 volts when the bike is running).

Calculating Ohm’s law

Ever wonder how much current your fancy new halogen driving lights draw? Measure the light bulb with an ohmmeter. Let’s say the light bulb measures 3 ohms. We want to find out current, or I: I=E/R in our case: I = 12 / 3 I = 4 amps So we know the light will draw 4 amps. When we cause a short circuit, the resistance drops very, very low let’s say 0.1 ohms. What kind of current will we see then? I = 12 / 0.1 I = 120 amps 120 amps is an awful lot of current. There’s one other equation you might want to know about:

E is electromotive force, measured in VOLTS I is current, measured in AMPS P is power, measured in WATTS Just like the example with Ohm’s law above, we can derive three equations from this: P=IXE I=P/E E=P/I In this case, P is the amount of power being consumed, in watts. In our light bulb example, we have a light bulb that is drawing 4 amps. We want to know how many watts it uses: P=ExI P = 12 X 4 P = 48 watts

Calculating Watts

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So our light bulb is consuming (or dissipating) 48 watts. The vast majority of this is being given off as heat (only a small fraction is converted to light - filament-based light bulbs are very inefficient). What if our light bulb failed somehow, and short circuited, so instead of 3 ohm load, it presented a 0.1 ohm load? All of a sudden we have a draw of 120 amps trying to force its way through wires intended to carry maybe only 10 amps. Of course, it won’t actually draw 120 amps, because the size of the wire will limit just how much current can be drawn. But when this happens, the wire will heat up very quickly, to the point where it and its insulation will melt. So how do we prevent this from happening? That’s what fuses are for. A fuse is a small piece of wire or metal, encased inside a protective enclosure that allows you to see the wire or metal, but protects it from touching anything. This piece of wire or metal is sized so that when a certain amount of current flows through it for a certain amount of time, it heats up and melts, or “blows.” Once it melts, the circuit is opened - just as if you turned a switch off - and the power stops flowing. You will typically encounter two types of fuses: “Slow blow” and “Fast blow” (or fast acting). Just as their names imply, slow blow fuses will tolerate excess current for a short amount of time before they melt, or blow. Fast blow fuses will blow almost instantly when the current exceeds the rated amount. A 20 amp slow-blow fuse may tolerate 23 amps of current for 15 seconds before blowing. Of course, they work on heat, so if it has had 21 amps across it for 15 seconds, and then the current jumps to 23 amps, it may take only another 3-4 seconds before it blows. Of course, a surge of 30 amps will blow the fuse instantly, regardless of whether or not it is a slow-blow type. Also, because they work on heat, a 20 amp fuse will tolerate more excess current if the ambient temperature is near freezing, than if the ambient temperature is scorching hot. Fuses serve two purposes: Their main purpose is to protect wiring, but they also protect what is connected at the end of the wire. Let’s look at a fuse connected to a radio. The radio is a relatively low-powered device, and might draw at most 3 amps of current. The wiring would be sized appropriately to power the radio, and a 5 amp fuse would be installed, to give a little headroom and avoid nuisance fuse blowing. Let’s say the radio developed a short circuit inside of it. Because it has a short circuit, it would attempt to draw a tremendous amount of current. If this current were actually allowed to flow into the radio, the internal parts of the radio would be melted or destroyed. Instead, the fuse blows, protecting the radio. Similarly, let’s say the wire leading to the radio developed a short circuit. Once again, a tremendous amount of current would flow instantaneously, blowing the fuse, and protecting the wire from melting. This is why it is very important that the fuse be physically located as close as possible to the source of power. In your house, the fuse or breaker panel is located at the service entrance for the power. In your bike, the fuses should be located right next to the battery. The idea is to have the absolute minimum amount of wire exposed that is UNFUSED - that is to say, wire that is not protected by a fuse. It’s also why it is VERY important to never put an oversized fuse in place of one that keeps blowing. If a fuse is blowing, there is a reason - something is drawing more power than the wiring is designed to handle. Let’s say you have a 10 amp fuse on a circuit that keeps blowing. The wiring on that circuit will also be rated for Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

about 10 amps. In our example, the fuse keeps blowing because the circuit is faulty, and is drawing 15 amps. To “fix” the problem, you put a 20 amp fuse in place of the 10 amp fuse. Guess what - the “fuse” now becomes the wiring itself. After a few minutes of 15 amps of current being drawn, the wiring will melt - and now you have a huge problem - somewhere, wrapped inside a tiny bundle of wires, deep inside your bike, you have a melted wire. How are you going to find it and fix it? And that’s assuming it didn’t start melting other wires, and end up causing a fire! Please don’t put oversized fuses in your fuse box! The last thing we’ll talk about in this part is unwanted resistance. Let’s use our 3 ohm light bulb as an example. What if we put two 3 ohm light bulbs in sequence, so one comes after the other (this is called in SERIES)? In this case, we add the resistance of both light bulbs together. Instead of 3 ohms, we have 6 ohms. How much current will be flowing now? I=E/R I = 12 / 6 I = 2 amps

Battery and two light bulbs

Instead of 4 amps, we now have only half the current flowing, 2 amps. Let’s look at the power dissipated: P=ExI P = 12 X 2 P = 24 watts

We have only 24 watts, but this is spread across two bulbs, so that’s 12 watts per bulb. The bulbs will be quite dim. This is not something we would normally do on our motorcycles. But here’s something we DO find that causes an extra load in series: connectors. A connector connects two segments of wires to each other. They do so by pressing pieces of metal (usually copper) tightly together, in hopes that current will flow with the least amount of impedance. However, things get in the way - dirt, oil, grime, dust - all things that impede, or resist the flow of current. Presto, our connector has become a resistor! Let’s say we put a connector in series with our light bulb. The connector hasn’t been cleaned in a while, and it is presenting a load of 0.5 ohms to the circuit. That, along with the 3 ohms of our light bulb, presents 3.5 ohms of resistance. I=E/R I = 12 / 3.5 I = 3.4 amps Notice instead of 4 amps, we’re only drawing 3.4 amps. The amount of power being dissipated will be less as well, although I won’t get into the more complex calculations determining which item is dissipating what power. We know however, that both the light bulb and the connector are dissipating power, or energy. Because some of that energy is being dissipated by the connector, and the overall amount of current is less, the light bulb will be dimmer. We can’t just get rid of energy - Einstein tells us that it has to go somewhere. In the case of the light bulb, electrical energy is transformed into light energy and heat energy. But we’re also dissipating power in the connector as well! Where does that energy

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go? It turns into heat as well. And over time, that heat causes the contacts to move, and lose their connection. This increases the resistance, which increases the heat, which increases the resistance which increases the heat...and the result: And THAT is the reason to keep connectors clean, and in the case of the four-cylinder Goldwings, cut the stator connectors out entirely and wire them in directly. There are two more practical applications for this in our bikes: Headlights and, in the four cylinder Goldwings, regulators. Think about the path power takes from the battery to your headlight: It goes through the fuse block (two connectors), through a long wiring harness into the ignition switch (four more connectors), to the high beam switch (two more connectors) to the headlight area (two more connectors), and finally to the headlight (two more connectors). That’s an awful lot of connectors, and an awful lot of potential resistance. Now let’s say we took a wire, hooked one end of the wire to the battery, and the other end to the headlight, bypassing all the middle men. That’s a lot of connectors we’ve gotten rid of, which means a lot less resistance, which means a lot more current - which means a much brighter headlight. Now that’s obviously not a realistic way to run your headlight, but we can take a wire from the battery, through a fuse, to a relay, to your headlight. A relay is a switch that is controlled by another electrical circuit, instead of by your finger. In our case, the relay would be hooked up to the wire that originally powered the headlight. Now we have almost a direct connection from the battery to the headlight, and it still works like the factory installed version - and we have a much brighter headlight as a result. In the four-cylinder wings, the regulator (the device that controls the amount of voltage being used to charge the battery) gets its “reference” voltage from the ignition switch. It uses this voltage to determine how much voltage to convert from the stator. If it sees the reference voltage drop down, it boosts its output to compensate. If the reference voltage is too high, it reduces its output. The ideal is for it to keep the voltage at a precise 13.8 volts at the battery posts. However, there are lots of connectors in between the battery, ignition switch and regulator. On older bikes, these old connectors create resistance, so the amount of voltage the regulator “sees” is lower than the actual amount at the battery. In response, the regulator attempts to “compensate” for what it thinks is too low a voltage, and it instead ends up boosting the voltage up to 15, 16 volts and even more. This will boil the electrolyte out of the battery, and shorten its life. Using the same method as we used for the headlight, we can run a direct (fused!) wire from the battery, switch it with a relay, and plug that into the regulator. Now the regulator sees a valid, correct voltage level, and correctly regulates the voltage to 13.8 volts. Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO



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Ohio National Guard trains to fight ‘anti-government’ Second Amendment supporters school that was searched during the exercise.

by Chad D. Baus, BFA

“On the chalkboard as well as the tables there were several statements about protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights,” the summary read.

On January 18, 2013, WSAZ (NBC Huntingon/ Charleston, WV) reported that Scioto Co., OH held a mock disaster drill held in conjunction with Scioto County first responders and the Ohio Army National Guard 52nd Civil Support Unit. The mock “enemy?” As reported at the time, WSAZ described them as “two school employees who were disgruntled over the government’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.” In its coverage at the time, WSAZ reported that “the make-believe scenario is timely.” And indeed it IS important to keep in mind the timing of this exercise, which occurred in the immediate wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre, and in the midst of a large, coordinated national effort on the part of the White House and the U.S. Senate, as well as anti-gun rights legislators here in Ohio and all their media sycophants, to blame law-abiding gun owners for yet another mass murderer in a “gun-free” school victim zone. One year later, reporter Jesse Hathaway has finally received and reported on the details of the training via a Freedom of Information Act request, and his report is drawing international attention. From the article: Documents from an Ohio National Guard (ONG) training drill conducted last January reveal the details of a mock disaster where Second Amendment supporters with “anti-government” opinions were portrayed as domestic terrorists. The ONG 52nd Civil Support Team training scenario involved a plot from local school district employees to use biological weapons in order to advance their beliefs about “protecting Gun Rights and Second Amendment rights.” Portsmouth Chief of Police Bill Raisin told NBC 3 WSAZ-TV in Huntington, West Virginia that the drill accurately represented “the reality of the world we live in,” adding that such training “helps us all be prepared.” Internal ONG documents provided to Media Trackers after repeated delays provide further context to what WSAZ-TV reported last winter. In the disaster-preparedness scenario, two Portsmouth Junior High School employees poisoned school lunches with mustard gas, acting on orders from white-nationalist leader William Pierce. The ONG team discovered biological weapons being produced in the school, requiring activation of containment and decontamination procedures. Participants in the disaster drill located documents expressing the school employees’ “anti-government” sentiments, as well as a note identifying Pierce as the fictional right-wing terrorists’ leader. Additional information about the motive of the faux terrorists is being reported in a follow-up article from According to that report, the first responders who handled the mock emergency took special note of what appeared in the classroom of a 66

...Although it’s not referenced specifically in the incident summary report, the 38 pages of documents obtained by MediaTrackers also includes a 2011 article pertaining to gun control that’s on file alongside other evidence obtained from the school, including the name and phone number purportedly belonging to William Pierce, a now-deceased notorious neo-Nazi. The 2011 article contained among the released documents is a CNN piece entitled “Why the NRA won’t talk gun control with Obama.” The MediaTrackers article notes that when ONG’s 52nd Civil Support Unit participated in a similar drill involving left-wing terrorists with Athens County first responders late last year, public officials apologized the next day in response to complaints from local environmentalist groups. The mea culpa, released in December 2013 by Athens County officials, said “the scenario caused distress to people who have spent countless hours striving to protect the environment and our citizens.” Thus far, no apology has been issued in this case involving Second Amendment supporters. Scioto County Emergency Management Agency director Kim Carver refused to comment, telling Media Trackers she was “not going to get into an Ohio Army National Guard issue that you have with them.” Ohio National Guard Communications Director James Sims II suggested Media Trackers was “inferring” from the ONG document’s contents as opposed to “what’s actually in the report.” After excerpts of the report were read to him, Sims said it was “not relevant” to understand why conservatives may feel unduly targeted by ONG’s training scenario. “Okay, I’m gonna stop ya there. I’m going to quit this conversation,” Sims concluded. “You have a good day.” Buckeye Firearms Association spokesman Chad Baus told Media Trackers that “it is a scary day indeed when law enforcement are being trained that Second Amendment advocates are the enemy.” “The revelation of this information is appalling to me, and to all citizens of Ohio who are true conservatives and patriots, who don’t have guns for any other reason than that the Second Amendment gives them that right,” Portage County TEA Party Executive Director Tom Zawistowski said in a separate Media Trackers interview. Zawistowski has sent a letter to Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan demanding an immediate investigation into what he calls “an even more onerous type of targeting” by the federal government. Since the article was published, it has received international attention thanks to a link from that as of 7:00 a.m. February 12 is entering its third day of being highlighted on that site. Last evening (February 11, 2014), a statement was posted at the

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official website of the Ohio National Guard: “In January 2013, Ohio National Guard 52nd Civil Support Team members participated in a one-day training exercise in Portsmouth that was created and run by the West Virginia National Guard. The exercise — one of more than 20 the Team did last year — was designed to test team members’ ability to respond to an unknown chemical, biological, radiological or high-yield explosive incident. To maximize the realism of the exercise, the Ohio National Guard wasn’t involved in the creation or execution of the exercise’s fictitious scenario and was deliberately not informed of its details in advance. It’s not accurate to suggest that certain details of the exercise somehow reflect views or opinions of officials of the Ohio National Guard.” In the Athens County incident last year, it was similarly noted that the scenario was not created by the ONG. In speaking of that scenario, which involved a left-wing anti-fracking extremist group, Athens Co. Commissioner President Lenny Eliason observed that “you want to have it as realistic as possible, but you don’t want to single out an issue as emotional as that.”

The 4-by-6-inch stickers are intended to announce that guns cannot be carried in schools, and feature small picture of a black gun with a red slash through it on a white background--the standard “no fill-in-the-blankallowed” stickers, such as “no smoking allowed,” or “no dogs allowed.” And who would ever suggest removing the image of a cigarette or dog from those signs? That would be absurd. The whole point of the sign is to allow the person viewing it to instantly recognize what is disallowed. According to the article, one administrator, Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and is further concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun as part of the universal prohibition sign. “It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Nolan said. “I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past.” One has to wonder if Nolan thinks the general public, upon seeing a similar “no smoking allowed” or “no dogs allowed” sign, would be alarmed and wonder if people had previously been allowed to smoke or have a dog in the area.

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show a very basic image of all things…a gun! In other words, they’re disgruntled over the fact that an image of a gun appears on signs banning guns!

Administrators concerned with “safety and security” should be less troubled over images of guns appearing on signs banning guns, and more focused on strategies that work. Our children are our most precious resource and have to be protected. A “no guns allowed” sticker--with or without an image of a gun--does not make a school secure. From The NRA


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t’s crossed my mind recently about all the clubs that have popped up in the past few years. I understand the allure, trust me. Hell I still stare at my Old Mans club pictures from the 60’s in awe. And it’s what has driven me to participate at the level that I do. But aside from that, I wonder what the true motivation is with all these clubs? The Military Clubs I get. For many, that is what started it all back in the early days. Even with the old Flat Track teams that became some of the largest MC’s in the world, I get it. It’s being a part of a team with the same interests and goals, or it’s the missing camaraderie of former military service. When I joined my first 3 Piece MC Club, I think I was naive. No, I know I was. I really bought on to the entire “Club” Forever Forever “Club” thing. I am not knocking them at all; we still use it in our Club. Hell, I think every 3 Piece club does. But what I’ve learned is that nothing is really “forever” anymore, or it seems that way. Perhaps, and I know that there are some who I truly believe will stay in their organization forever, or at least retire their patch some day, but they are fewer and farther between. Hell I’m guilty! Had I of tattooed that first MC in a “FF” tattoo, It would now be dated. See, I didn’t know enough to understand what it truly meant, and I left them as a member before finally finding my place and where I am currently. This one, will be as forever as possible. So it got me thinking, with all of these clubs that have started up, do they really understand what it means to be in a club? Sadly, most don’t. It’s a fad, or at the very least a hobby. I don’t think MCs were originally started as a Fad or Hobby, they honestly were a lifestyle. But what does that mean, and why? Well many of those original fellows simply had nothing in their lives, and they banded together with others who had nothing in their lives, and together they had something. It wasn’t a conscious “choice” regarding living that lifestyle, it simply was their actual lifestyle. Does that make sense? And now so many people want to emulate their lifestyle, when in truth, nobody would probably consciously choose their real lifestyle. Like Dad said, back in the day they were the bottom of the barrel. The “scrounge”. They were poor, they lived in the bad neighborhoods, they didn’t have the opportunities to make the money or get the education many in society were afforded, so they banned together almost out of necessity. For Survival. Eat or be Eaten. That’s where it came from, not a desire to do benefits and cancer runs, but simply to survive. Were their recreational motorcycle riders? Sure there were. “You meet the nicest people on a Honda”. Anyone remember that ad campaign from back in the day? The AMA embraced that and many people became their members. But did the “dirty bikers”? No, they had no desire to “fit in” to the society that looked down on them, whether they rode a motorcycle or not. So it’s a very passionate debate isn’t it? So many form “MC Clubs” and they feel it’s their right to do so. Hey, this is America.


Look, I hate Cancer, Sick Kids, Deaths of Friends, and Tragedy as much as the next human being. But that’s not in the least why I joined an MC. See there are many like me, who fight like Hell to preserve the honor of those downtrodden cast outs that really started it all. It is simply because we Respect Them. It’s why we get so pissed off when we see their traditions trampled. When we see what we feel are either the uninformed, or unintelligent flying a 3 piece Rocker with an MC Cube, who have no clue what it even means. I still get disappointed today honestly. Even in our current club, and some of us have now been together for several years, yet some quit and move on to something else in their lives. It bothers me. Am I as poor as my Old Man was back in his day, no. Am I the “scourge of Society”, I don’t think so.. but do I share the exact same mind set with many of the Original “Columbus Aces MC” and other members of other Clubs that had influence in the 60’s and 70’s of my childhood like Lightning, Fire Clown, Gut, Indian, Mad Dog, Blackbeard, Strut, and Tiny? You bet you’re a$$ I do! So here’s one old school bikers thought. Instead of diluting the integrity of the history of real MC’s, and instead of putting one together with a few of your buddies who are “Bike Riders”, how about you honor the tradition and work your a$$ off for one that already exists? Make their club better by standing tall, doing your probationary time so you learn if it’s right for you, and they learn if you are right for them. So you can perhaps understand what the true meaning and definition of being an MC is all about, if hopefully they even know. After being elected President of the first MC I joined, there was an opportunity to afford a new chapter a shorter than usual probationary period. And I will never forget, during this time I had a conversation with a friend and high ranking 1%er of another club and he asked me; “Tabasco, just out of curiosity, how many days did you probate for your patch”. I answered him. He asked, “How valuable of a time was that for you, in learning about the Club you now lead, and the guys you now call a Brother”? I told him it was “priceless”. So then he said, “Why would you ever consider bringing in any new member into your brotherhood with even one day less of an education that you were afforded”? That’s a wise old Biker that I call a friend. Being offered to Probate for a Respected MC is not so that you are degraded; it is an Honor few will ever be afforded the opportunity in which to participate. Embrace it. Learn to be your clubs next leaders. It doesn’t pay to cut corners. It doesn’t pay to cheat people of their education. It’s a disservice to the history of MC’s, and when I see people doing it, it makes me question, Why Do You Even Want a Patch? Thanks For Reading.. Respect the Traditions. Tabasco

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How to Choose an Artist for your Custom Tattoo

So you’ve decided that you want to get a tattoo, and furthermore you’ve decided you want something custom. Maybe you decided that you didn’t want to pick a design out of a book or off the wall of a shop for something that you are going to be wearing for the rest of your life. A custom tattoo is often a much more meaningful way of expressing yourself through body art – but the key is finding an artist that can create the masterpiece you’ve envisioned. Custom tattoos can be anything you want them to be and in any style, but you have to find a professional that can deliver what you have in mind for your custom tattoo. Finding the right tattoo artist is crucial to getting exactly what you want, and it can be a challenge if you’re not careful. Here are some tips for finding the right tattoo artist for you. Research Tattoo Parlors in Your Area When you first start looking for a custom tattoo artist, talk to people you know about their tattoos. Ask them where they went, who did the tattoo, and what their impressions of the shop were like. Don’t be afraid to approach a stranger with a great tattoo to ask questions. Most people with custom tattoos are extremely proud of the work they’ve had done and will be happy to tell you all about it, especially if you tell them why you’re asking. People with tattoos often feel connected to each other in some sort of strange, shared experience kind of way. Just talking to people around town will give you an idea of what tattoo shops have a reputation for cleanliness and high quality of work. You may also find yourself told where not to go, so take these warnings seriously. On a personal note, I know an unfortunate young man who decided to try a brand new tattoo shop that was advertising a special. He ended up with a custom tattoo of his guitar with the name of the guitar spelled wrong. In the custom tattoo world, reputation is everything. Tattoo parlors and custom tattoo artists get most of their business through word of mouth. A great custom tattoo walking around town is a much better advertisement than a coupon in the phone continued...

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book as far as tattoos are concerned. However, professional artists will invest in their work and promote their business. TRO works with a variety of artists that have proven themselves to be both skilled and professional in terms of maintaining themselves to established standards. We showcase custom work every month in our magazine so that you can see some of the masterpieces created by artists within our own area and nationally.

tattoo to look like. While your custom tattoo artist will make a drawing of the tattoo you’ll receive, you need to help her figure out what that drawing should look like. Take in drawings or pictures of things or other tattoos that match the style or subject of your tattoo. Explain the symbolism behind the tattoo. Make a rough sketch of what you want, even if your drawing abilities are usually limited to stick figures. The more you give your tattoo artist to go on, the more likely you are to end up with a good drawing the first time.

Find a Tattoo Artist Who Meets Your Needs

When you go back to look at the drawing your tattoo artist has made of your custom tattoo, feel Once you have an idea of where you want to free to suggest changes or modifications. If the Work by Joe Hall; go, the next step is to make contact and meet drawing looks nothing like what you had in mind, the artist. Go to their studio and spend some Route 42 Tattoo, Ashley don’t be afraid to say so or look for another tattoo time looking at the tattoo artists’ portfolios. A artist. You have the final say about what goes on your skin, so portfolio is different than the pictures (called flash) hanging on the don’t worry about offending his artistic sensibilities. walls. A portfolio is an actual book of photographs that a tattoo artist takes of tattoos she has done. A tattoo artist’s portfolio is a It’s important that you feel comfortable with the artist. You are reflection of what she feels is her best work and reflects the range entrusting your body – both visually in terms of the work that’s of her talents, or showcases her particular expertise. done and physically in terms of your health and the artist’s adherence to proper sanitary standards. If the shops a mess and It’s worth noting that a professional artist should have a it appears as though the artist hasn’t bathed in months – how professional looking portfolio comfortable are you that he’s following showcasing their work. Like any the proper hygiene standard in regards craftsman, they should take pride to his needles and equipment. in their work and their portfolio may be their only evidence of The artist should also treat you with the masterpieces that they have respect and be appreciative of the fact created. If the artist doesn’t have that you are entrusting yourself to their a portfolio or simply as a collection care and artistic ability. If the artist is of cell phone shots – that may be rude or condescending towards you cause for concern. or acts as though you are privileged to warrant their time – chances are you’re If you’re especially drawn to not going to end up getting exactly what a particular portfolio, the next you want. question to ask yourself is whether or not the tattoo artist is skilled in the As you’re developing the design never Work by Nicki, Asylum Tattoo, Akron style of tattoo you want. There are forget that it’s YOUR tattoo. Never let many different styles of tattoos, from the artist talk you into something you’re tribal, black and gray fineline, to graffiti style, and every tattoo not comfortable with. Regardless of what they want to create or artist has a specialty. what they think looks cool – it’s YOUR tattoo. Once you’ve found a custom tattoo artist whose work appeals to you and looks like what you want, the next step is to have a consultation. If the tattoo artist is busy, you may need to make an appointment to come in and talk. If not, you can usually talk about the kind of tattoo you want right then. Once you are sure of your tattoo artist’s abilities, you need to assess whether or not he is enthusiastic about doing your tattoo and willing to work with you to make the drawing for it. You can find a great tattoo artist, but finding one willing to satisfy your needs and is receptive to your ideas is just as important as having talent.

Price is NOT the most important factor. You should get an estimate of how much your custom tattoo will cost before your tattoo artist starts inking you. Some tattoo artists charge an hourly rate for custom work, while others charge based

Meet Your Custom Tattoo Artist Halfway Finding a custom tattoo artist that you love is great, but getting the tattoo you want requires more than just tracking down the right person for the job. Meet your new tattoo artist halfway during the creative process so that he can more quickly assess what you are in the market for. When you talk to your tattoo artist about making your custom tattoo, it helps to tell her more than just what you want your 70

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on the size and complexity of the design. Either way, be prepared to pay more for a custom tattoo than for something you pick off a wall. Remember that tattoo artists work in the service industry, and they should be tipped accordingly. For a tattoo artist who is willing to take the time to talk to you about your tattoo and draw it for you, be especially generous. While the talking is free, that time they spent just talking was time they could have spent actually tattooing someone else for money. When it comes to custom tattoo work, be willing to shell out some cash. This is one aspect of your life where being frugal won’t get you anywhere good. The best custom tattoo artists charge more than others because the quality of their work is higher and people are willing to pay for it. In five years, you won’t remember how much you paid for your tattoo, but you will still have to look at it every day.

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Attorneys Ralph Buss 1-800-ON-A-BIKE Bands Night Prowler (216) 548-9455 Biker Friendly Establishments for Food and Drink

Chuck’s Place Bar & Grill 3830 Saint Clair Ave Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 361-9031 Courtyard Lounge 320 National Rd Englewood, OH 45322 (937) 836-9511 Dave’s Hideaway 1730 Lima Ave Findlay, OH 45840 (419) 425-1027 Jackass Flats 6024 Rip Rap Road Dayton, OH 45424 (937) 236-4329 Knucklehead Saloon 2012 Cleveland Rd W Huron, OH 44839 (419) 433-6944 Little York Tavern & Pizza 4120 Little York Road Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 890-6700 Longboyz Tavern 200 Cleveland Ave. W. Warren, Ohio 44483 (330) 847-2233 Petticoat Junction 8376 Tyler Blvd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 255-4793 The Pump 4024 Hayes Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 419-621-1041 Quaker Steak & Lube 5800 Interstate Blvd Austintown, Ohio 44515 (330) 349-9464 7834 Reynolds Rd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 954-9464 6073 Dressler Rd, NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 433-9464 4900 Transportation Drive Sheffield, Ohio 44054 (440) 934-9464 5935 Canal Rd Valley View, OH 44125 (216) 986-9500 5150 Liberty Avenue Vermilion, OH 44089 (440) 967-3724

Robey’s Pub 1318 Aida Dr. Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (614) 863-3038


Sassy’s Bar & Grill 10755 Ravenna Rd. Twinsburg, OH 44087 (330) 486-0978 Shakers Tavern 2350 Brookpark Rd. Cleveland, OH 44134 (216) 351-3102 South East Gears & Cheers 23333 Aurora Rd. Bedford Heights, OH 44146 Sportsterz 5422 Lake Rd E. Geneva, OH 44041 (440) 466-2361 Taylor’s Pub 5131 State Route 322 Windsor, OH 44099 (440) 272-9191 Ten Mile Inn 7229 West Broad St Galloway, Ohio 43119 (614) 984-5908 The Barn 1947 Linden Ave. Zanesville, Ohio 43701 (740) 455-2276 Train Stop 7837 Old 3C Highway Maineville, OH 45039 (513) 683-0207 The Villa Tavern 6303 Rip Rap Road Huber Heights, OH 45424 (937) 237-0091 Zeppe’s Tavern & Pizzeria 11110 Kinsman Rd. Newbury, OH 44065 (440) 564-1300 25780 Miles Road Bedford Heights, Ohio 44146 (216) 378-9400 Camping Cackleberry Campground 560 County Rd. 415 (TR415) New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 (386) 428-5459 Camp Sandusky 3518 Tiffin Ave Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 626-1133 Indian Creek 4710 Lake Road East Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH 44041 (440) 466-8191 Iron Horse Campground 20446 State Highway 79 Sturgis, SD 57785 605-450-0321 Shade Valley Campground 20158 137th Place Sturgis, SD 57785 (605) 347-5556

Casinos Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack, & Resort 1420 Mountaineer Circle New Cumberland, WV 26047 (304) 387-8000 CCW Classes Sherwin Shooting Sports 33140 Vine St Willowick, OH 44095 (440) 942-8636 Vandalia range & Armory 100 Corporate Center Drive Vandalia, Ohio 45377 (937) 387-0485 Custom Paint & Airbrush After Hours Speed Shop 5583 N. Dixie Dayton, Ohio 45414 (937) 751-9152

Arts Parts Custom Cycle & Service 35 E. Church St. Marshallville, OH 44645 (330) 855-3762 Bear’s Vintage MetalWorks 408 West Main St Ravenna, OH 44266 (330) 297-7755 Cycle Tech 950 W. Mansfield St. Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419) 562-6931 Independent Motorsports 3930 South High St. Columbus, OH 43207 (614) 917-1350 Robert’s Cycle 1201 N. Main St. Marion, OH 43302 (740) 223-0999

FlameThrower Customs Doylestown, OH (330) 658-2805

VIP Autoworks 7564-A Mentor Ave Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 527-8743

Wizard Graphics 11497 Youngstown Pittsburg Rd New Middleton, OH 44442 (330) 542-4444

Patch Sewing Irv’s Cycle Leather Outlet 9156 State Route 14 Streetsboro, OH 44241 (330) 626-9057

Gym & Fitness Centers King’s Gym 24775 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44146 (440) 439-KING Insurance Rider Insurance (800) 595-6393 Nestor Insurance Agency 8 Mound Ave. Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 (917) 866-6138 Lodging Hampton Inn Rts 250 and 2 Sandusky, OH 44870 419-609-9000 Hampton Inn Exit 118 off Ohio Turnpike Sandusky, OH 44870 La Quinta 3304 Milan Rd (Rt. 250) Sandusky, OH 44870 419.626.6766 Museums MAPS Air Museum 2260 International Pkwy North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 896-6332 Parts/Accessories Amsoil ANAC Baggers 4033 E. Main Street Whitehall, Ohio 43213 (614) 745-1077

L.A. Alterations 526 Fouse Ave. Akron, OH 44310 (330) 375-1850 Real Estate Jamie Day Offices: Englewood, Centerville, Brookville, and Beavercreek 937-602-2761 Retail Avon Boot Shop 38450 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011 (440) 934-3230 Congress Leather P.O.Box 77 Kingville, Ohio 44148 (440) 224-0724 Cruisermax 1022 Marks Rd. Valley City, OH 44280 330 225-1119 Guardian Oil Protector Hudson Leather 14700 Ohio 15 Pioneer, OH 43554 (419) 485-8531 Irv’s Cycle Leather Outlet 9156 State Route 14 Streetsboro, OH 44241 (330) 626-9057 KAMES SPORTS 8516 Cleveland Ave. NW North Canton, OH 44720 (330) 499-4558

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

Hale’s Harley Davidson 1400 Harrington Memorial Road Mansfield, Ohio 44903 (419) 522-8602

Sales (Cages) Ride Now! Auto Sales 3743 Pearl Rd. Medina, OH 44256 (330) 721-7800

Harley Davidson of Chillicothe 818 Eastern Ave. Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 (740) 773-8826

Sales (Motorcycle) Action Extreme Sports 241 16th St SW New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 365-9022 Action Sport Cycles Inc. 11333 Union Ave NE Alliance, Ohio 44601 (330-821-8777) Addy Polaris 2143 Brightwood Rd. New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 339-3351 Adventure Harley-Davidson 1465 State Rt 39 NW Dover, OH 44622 (330) 364-6519 Bair’s CANTON 6956 Portage St. NW North Canton, Ohio 44720 (330) 499-4544 BMW Motorcycles of Cleveland 7315 Aurora Rd. Aurora, OH 44202 (330) 562-5200 Buckminn’s D&D 1213 Cincinnati Ave Xenia, OH 45385 (937) 376-3344 Carlton Harley-Davidson 11771 State Route 44 Mantua, OH 44255 (330) 274-3141 Century Harley-Davidson 3053 Eastpointe Drive Medina, OH 44256 (330) 721-1702 Cleveland’s Harley-Davidson Sales Company 14550 Lorain Ave. Cleveland, OH 44111 (216) 252-3111 Competiton Accessories 343 W. Leffel Springfield, OH 45506 (937) 323-0513 Cumberland Trail Customs 3897 Old Wheeling Rd. Zanesville, OH 43701 (740) 450-3970 Eastgate Harley-Davidson 699 Old State Route 74 Cincinnati, OH 45245 (513) 528-1400

Harley-Davidson of Cincinnati 1799 Tennessee Ave Cincinnati, OH 45229 513-641-1188 Harley-Davidson Sales & Service 862 County Rd R3 Napoleon, OH 43545 (419) 592-7123 Honda East 1230 Conant St. Maumee, OH 43537 (877) 437-1631 Honda Marysville 640 Colemans Crossing Blvd Marysville, OH 43040 (937) 645-4080 Indian Motorcycle of Erie 10320 Wattsburg Road Erie, PA 16509 (814) 825-2396 Indian Motorcycle of Toledo 1212 Conant Street Maumee, OH 43537 (419) 891-1230 Iron Hogz Powersports 6387 N. St. Rt. 48 Lebanon, OH 45036 (513) 836- 3824 Joe’s Cycle Shop 3315 N. Dixie Dr. Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 278-8081 Lake Erie Harley-Davidson 38401 Chester Rd Avon, OH 44011 (440) 934-5000 Lima Harley-Davidson 3255 Fort Shawnee Industrial Dr Lima, OH 45808 (419) 331-3027 Mad River Harley-Davidson 5316 State Rt. 250/Milan Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 502-2244 Mathias BMW Cycle 851 Commercial Ave SE New Philadelphia, OH 44663 (330) 308-8868 Motor Sports of Dayton 2135 State Route 235 S. New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 (937) 849-1838

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Sporty’s Trikes & Bikes 7426 North Dixie Dr Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 387-6294

Cleveland CycleWerks 1265 West 65th Street Cleveland, Ohio 44102 (216) 651-0657

Theil’s Wheels 350 Tarhe Trail Upper Sandusky, OH 43351 (419) 294-4951

Criminal Customz Shop 1053 Broadway Lorain, Ohio (440) 245-8626

Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson 8025 Action Blvd Florence, Kentucky 41042 (859) 282-2111

Cycle Analysis 4984 West 150th St Cleveland, OH 44135 (216) 362-9060

Tri-County Harley-Davidson 5960 Dixie Highway Fairfield, OH 45014 (513) 874-4343

Cycle Tech 950 W. Mansfield St. Bucyrus, OH 44820 (419) 562-6931

Triumph of Cincinnati 3251 Highland Ave Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-2000

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

Warren Harley-Davidson 2102 Elm Rd Cortland, OH 44410 (330) 395-4700 Western Reserve Harley-Davidson 8567 Tyler Blvd Mentor, OH 44060 (440) 974-6900

Schiets Motorsports 1557 Oak Harbor Road Fremont, OH 43420 (419) 332-9902

Service (Motorcycle) After Hours Speed Shop 5583 N. Dixie Dayton, Ohio 45414 (937) 751-9152

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

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Tattoo Shops Gem City Tattoo Club 436 East 5th St. Dayton, Ohio (937) 443-0335 Glass House Tattoo Supply Lock, Stock, & Barrel Tattoos 80 N. Hamilton Rd. Suite #3 Gahanna, OH (614) 532-5744 Monster Tattoo Supply My Museum Tattoo 209 E. Ohio Ave. Dover, OH 44622 (330) 343-8500 Pain & Pleasure Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio 6015 Milan Rd Sandusky, OH 44870 (419) 625-0069 Route 42 Tattoo 201 S. Franklin St. Ashley, OH 43003 (740) 413-4042 Technical Training PowerSport Institute 21210 Emery Rd Cleveland, OH 44128 (216) 587-5000 Trikes Iron Hogz Powersports 6387 N. St. Rt. 48 Lebanon, OH 45036 (513) 836- 3824 Schiets Motorsports 1557 Oak Harbor Rd. Fremont, OH 43420 (419) 332-9902 Sporty’s Trikes & Bikes 7426 North Dixie Dr Dayton, OH 45414 (937) 387-6294

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Inspiration I light my candle from their torches. ~ Robert Burton Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. ~ Albert Einstein

I made my life my monument. ~ Ben Johnson A good name will shine forever. ~ Proverb Riddles A. What has a foot but no legs? B. Mary’s father has 5 daughters – Nana, Nene, Nini, Nono. What is the fifth daughter’s name?

C. How can a pants pocket be empty and still have something in it? D. In a one-story pink house, there was a pink person, a pink

cat, a pink fish, a pink computer, a pink chair, a pink table, a pink telephone, a pink shower– everything was pink! What color were the stairs? (Answers below)

Fun Facts Almonds are a member of the peach family. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day. Cats can produce over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs can only produce about ten. Gilligan of Gilligan’s Island had a first name that was only used

once, on the never-aired pilot show. His first name was Willy. The skipper’s real name on Gilligan’s Island is Jonas Grumby. It was mentioned once in the first episode on their radio’s newscast about the wreck. Answers: A). The moon. The moon has a long association with being crazy (lunar being the basis fA). A snail B). If you answered Nunu, you are wrong. It’s Mary! C). It can have a hole in it. D). There weren’t any stairs; it was a one story house!




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K.I.S.S. page composed & edited by: Toni McCoy Shearon aka “MaMa Thunder” of Thunder Roads Tennessee i have chosen this name for our monthly recipe page, as that was what my mother, rest her soul, always used to say when I would assist her in the kitchen. mom was an avid supporter of the kiss (keep it simple sweetie) method of cooking. i now, more than ever, truely appreciate her philosophy of always taking shortcuts where you can, as long as your ultimate outcome is that of down home, labor of love cooking.

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LEPRECHAUN’S STEAK & EGGS BENEDICT 1 Piece a Person of Thick Bread; sour dough or I like raisin bread, a baquette, whatevs. Toast it up. 1 Minimum of a 16 oz. Strip Steak (if you marinade it a half-hour out in mustard & Worcestershire sauce, it makes it a whole lot more tender and flavorful. 8 Large Eggs Quality Margarine (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter) or actual real Butter. Salt & Pepper to Taste BLENDER CHEESE SAUCE: 8 Egg Yolks 4 Tbls. Lemon Juice Couple Dashes of Louisiana Hot Sauce Salt & Pepper to Taste 1 Cup of Unsalted Butter or Margarine; melted If you have a grill skillet use it to get the grill marks on the steak. Cook in a tab of margarine, on medium-high until good & caramelized (at least on front side). Once your steak is done the way you like it, put it on a plate and let it rest (resting allows all the juices to go back into the steak), while you make the rest of the recipe. In a separate large, non-stick skillet, put in a couple pats of margarine, let it melt down and skillet get hot and crack your eggs into it. Let cook till outer edges crisp up and flip. Remove not long after flipping. You want the yolks nice and creamy & runny. In blender, add all ingredients for 20 seconds, pour into the lid hole part, very slowly now, the melted butter just a little at a time or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs. Add your salt & pepper last. Cut your steak on the bias (opposite of the way the grain runs) and cut at a slant. Put your buttered toast down, then layer 4 or 5 pieces of steak on the toast then drizzle the cheese sauce all over top. Garnish with some Parsley flakes. OMG! Break your eggs and let it all mix in together and dip your steak in damn, this’ll make you pat your own back It’s that damn good. POT O’ GOLD LIL’ APPLE PIE CRESCENTS 1 Can of Sliced Apples w/ Sauce & Cinnamon 1/2 Cup of Butter or Quality Margarine; melted 1 Pkg. of Your Favoite Brand of Crescent Dinner Rolls 1 tsp. of Nutmeg 1 Tbls. of Light Brown Sugar 86

In a small sauce pan, mix up and heat up, on low, all the ingredients apart from the Crescent Rolls. Heat up oven to 375 degrees. Crack open your can of rolls and smooth out on counter. Add a big Tablespoon of the warm (not hot) mixture to widest part of roll. Spread it all the way across. Slowly and carefully start wrapping. Fold one fold over mixture and gently push in each side to form like a little burrito. Continue to gently fold all the way till the pointed end. Lay out on a cookie sheet or round pan lined with alum. foil (but remember, the reflection makes them cook faster), but cook until golden brown and not a minute longer. Remove from oven and cover with alum. foil and tuck it in around bottom to keep hot while you make glaze. GLAZE: Mix together....... 1 Cup of Confectioner’s Sugar 2 tsps. of Lime Juice 1 Tbls. of Cinnamon Mix until runny-thick consistency. Add a drop of water or two if need be. But dunk each crescent roll into the glaze mixture and let set up on a paper plate. These are exceptionally delicious with your hot coffee in the morning or with hot tea later in the day. Make up a BIG batch. They’re magically deliciious! A WEE HAIR O’ THE DOG THAT BIT YOU.... *This is BOLD & SPICEY & KICK-ASS! 2 & 1/2 ozs. Quality Vodka 3 Ounces of GREEN Tomato Bloody Mary Mix (get at any liquor store) 1 & 1/2 ozs. Green Tomato Juice & Red Tomato Juice, both. 3/4 ozs. Lime Juice 3/4 ozs. Lemon Juice 1 Tbls. Horseradish sauce (in condiment aisle) *I like the creamy style already blended with mayo & sour cream 1/4 oz. Worcestershire sauce 1/4 oz. Green Hot Sauce Large Pinch of Salt Blend it up, baby. Don’t add ice to blender as will just dilute. Pour over cracked ice, or let sit in freezer for 5 mins. in to get icey, icey cold. Have fun but drink smart w/ a designated driver

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JOKER’S The Irish Declare War on France The French President, is sitting in his office when his telephone rings. “Hallo, Mr. Sarkozy!” a heavily accented voice said. “This is Paddy down at the Harp Pub in County Clare, Ireland. I am ringing to inform you that we are officially declaring war on you!” “Well, Paddy,” Sarkozy replied, “This is indeed important news! How big is your army?” “Right now,” says Paddy, after a moment’s calculation, “there is meself, me cousin Sean, me next door neighbour Seamus, and the entire darts team from the pub. That makes eight!” Sarkozy paused. “I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100,000 men in my army waiting to move on my command.” “Begoora!” says Paddy. “I’ll have to ring you back.” Sure enough, the next day, Paddy calls again. “Mr. Sarkozy, the war is still on. We have managed to get us some infantry equipment!” “And what equipment would that be Paddy?” Sarkozy asks. “Well, we have two combines, a bulldozer, and Murphy’s farm tractor.” Sarkozy sighs amused. “I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 6,000 tanks and 5,000 armored personnel carriers. Also, I have increased my army to 150,000 since we last spoke.” “Saints preserve us!” says Paddy. “I’ll have to get back to you.” Sure enough, Paddy rings again the next day. “Mr. Sarkozy, the war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves airborne! We have modified Jackie McLaughlin’s ultra-light with a couple of shotguns in the cockpit, and four boys from the Shamrock Bar have joined us as well!” Sarkozy was silent for a minute and then cleared his throat. “I must tell you, Paddy, that I have 100 bombers and 200 fighter planes. My military bases are surrounded by laser-guided, surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I have increased my army to 200,000!” “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!” says Paddy, “I will have to ring you back.” Sure enough, Paddy calls again the next day. “Top o’ the mornin’, Mr. Sarkozy! I am sorry to inform you that we have had to call off the war.” “Really? I am sorry to hear that,” says Sarkozy. “Why the sudden change of heart?” “Well,” says Paddy, “we had a long chat over a few pints of Guinness, and we decided there is no fookin’ way we can feed 200,000 prisoners.

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WILD Driving Home Drunk An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road. A cop pulls him over. “So,” says the cop to the driver, “where have ya been?” “Why, I’ve been to the pub of course,” slurs the drunk. “Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few to drink this evening.” “I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile. “Did you know,” says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, “that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?” “Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk. “For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.” ______________________________________________________________ An American tourist was driving in County Kerry, when his motor stopped. He got out to see if he could locate the trouble. A voice behind him said, “The trouble is the carburetor.” He turned around and only saw an old horse. The horse said again, “It’s the carburetor that’s not working.” The American nearly died with fright, and dashed into the nearest pub, had a large whiskey, and told Murphy the bartender what the horse had said to him. Murphy said, “Well, don’t pay any attention to him, he knows nothing about cars anyway.” ______________________________________________________________ An aging man lived alone in Ireland. His only son was in Long Kesh Prison, and he didn’t know anyone who would spade up his potato garden. The old man wrote to his son about it, and received this reply, “For HEAVENS SAKE, don’t dig up that garden, that’s where I buried the GUNS!!!!!” At 4 A.M. the next morning, a dozen British soldiers showed up and dug up the entire garden, but didn’t find any guns. Confused, the man wrote to his son telling him what happened and asking him what to do next. His son’s reply was: “Just plant your potatoes. A ventriloquist is telling Irish jokes in a pub, when an irate Irishman stands up : “You’re making’ out we’re all dumb and stupid. I oughtta punch you in the nose.” “I’m sorry sir, I...” “Not you,” says the Irishman, “I’m talking to that little fella on your knee” “Well, Mrs. O’Connor, so you want a divorce?” the solicitor questioned his client. “Tell me about it. Do you have a grudge?” “Oh, no,” replied Mrs. O’Connor. “Shure now, we have a carport.” The solicitor tried again. “Well, does the man beat you up?” “No, no,” said Mrs. O’Connor, looking puzzled. “Oi’m always first out of bed.” Still hopeful, the solicitor tried once again. “What I’m trying to find out are what grounds you have.” “Bless ye, sor. We live in a flat -- not even a window box, let alone grounds.” “Mrs. O’Connor,” the solicitor said in considerable exasperation, “you need a reason that the court can consider. “What is the reason for you seeking this divorce?” “Ah, well now,” said the lady, “Shure it’s because the man can’t hold an intelligent conversation.


Upcoming Motorcycle Events March 1, 2014

Technician Talk Napoleon Harley Davidson-862 American Rd., Napoleon, OH 43545 11:00 A.M.

March 1, 2014

Mardi Gras Celebration South East Harley Davidson-23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

March 7-16, 2014

73rd Annual Daytona Bike Week Join thousands of riders as they roll into the Daytona Beach area for an extended weekend of sun, beaches, entertainment and bikes, bikes and more bikes More

March 8, 2014

Helmet Workshop South East Harley-Davidson- 23105 Aurora Rd Bedford Heights, OH 44106 11am-1pm

March 8, 2014

French Toast Breakfast Lake Erie Harley-Davidson- 38401 Chester Rd. Avon, OH 44011 10am-2pm Music by Two Guys Acoustic

March 14-16, 2014

I-X Piston Powered Auto-Rama I-X Center Riverside Dr. Cleveland, OH Featuring bikes, boats, aircraft, tractors, car clubs, tractors and more! Kids 6 and under are free For More Info Go To:

March 14-16, 2014


8th Annual Thunder on the Colorado Biker Rally Riverbend Park, north of Hwy 71 just west of the Colorado River in Smithville, TX Spend a fun time with the live music of great up-and-coming rock/soul/funk bands under the 100 year old Oaks at Riverbend Park along the Colorado River. This year, we’ll have the whole park with registration at the entrance. More info:

March 15, 2014

St. Patty’s Day Party Lake Erie Harley-Davidson- 38401 Chester Rd Avon, OH 44011 10am-5pm Live Music, Ice Cold Irish Cheer, Corn Beef & Cabbage

March 15, 2014

Motorcycle Boot Camp Napoleon Harley Davidson-862 American Rd., Napoleon, OH 43545

March 15, 2014

New Inventory Open HouseSouth East Metric Motorcycles South East Harley Davidson-23105 Aurora Rd., Bedford Heights, OH 44146 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

March 15, 2014

CCM Get out and Ride Clinton Clounty Motorsports- 6002 North US HWY 68, Wilmington, OH 45177 Third Saturday Ride at CCM. FREE lunch will be provided after the ride. Riders Meeting at 9:45AM. Please come ready to ride. The ride will leave at 10AM and should arrive back around noon. There will be a different route each ride. All bikes and bikers welcome!

March 21, 2014

Ready to Ride Indoor Bike Night South East Harley Davidson-23105 Aurora Rd., Bedford Heights, OH 44146 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

March 22, 2014

Spring Bash! Signature Harley-Davidson- 1176 Professional Drive, Perrysburg, OH 43551 5pm-9pm Free Food, Ice Cold Beer & Live Music by The Reese Daily Band

March 22, 2014

Ladies Garage Party! Thiel’s Wheels-350 Tarhe Trail, Upper Sandusky, OH 4:30 PM-6:30PM- For riding or non-riding women to learn more about motorcycling. Learn about the different models, the importance of motor clothes, how to pick up a fallen bike, and how to shift through the gears of a bike, and get the feel of riding. RSVP for free 419-294-4951.

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Upcoming Motorcycle Events March 22, 2014

Battle Of The Bikers Blood Drive Lake Erie Harley- Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011 10am-4pm Photo Id Required Live Music by Jeff Sherman, Food & Drinks

March 23, 2014

Ladies Only Garage Party Harley-Davidson Of Cincinnati- 1799 Tennessee Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45229 1pm RSVP to: 513- 641- 1188

March 27, 2014

Ladies Only Garage Party! Century Harley-Davidson 3053 Eastpointe Dr Medina, OH 44256 Food, Drinks, Seminars, & Raffles For More Info Call : 330 721-1702

March 28, 2014

Fish Fry! Lake Erie Harley- Davidson 38401 Chester Rd, Avon, OH 44011 6pm-9pm Tickets are $20. Stop in To Motorclothes Department or Call to purchase Catered By Iron Wood Cafe- Perch or Walleye Dinner Choices Live Music By Ted Riser. Call 440 934-5000 To Reserve.... Limited Seating

March 28, 2014

Ladies Self Defense Garage Party! South East Harley Davidson-23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

March 28-29, 2014

HOGS & DOGS Napoleon Harley Davidson-862 American Rd., Napoleon, OH 43545 LIVE Music, Food, Venders

March 29, 2014

Indoor Poker Run -Best Hand Wins! South East Harley Davidson-23105 Aurora Rd, Bedford Heights, OH 44146 10:00 AM -2:00 PM

March 29, 2014

Harley Davidson of Eastgate Open House 699 Old State Route 74, Cincinnati, OH 45245 10AM-5 PM    Food, Beverages, Live music by Echo’s Past. Tattoo’s by Sacred Body Art, Sarah’s Sewing and FREE Oil changes with the purchase of oil and filters from 11AM-4PM

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April 2-6, 2014

Arizona Bike Week WestWorld of Scottsdale 16601 N Pima Rd Scottsdale AZ 85260 Whether you prefer participating in organized charity rides or carving out your own path, there’s plenty of options for everyone. Our scenic terrain and amazing spring weather make for some of the best riding in the country. Spend a few days exploring the Arizona desert and mountain roads and checking out the prerally days’ events at our favorite biker friendly establishments. The heartbeat of Cyclefest is the massive concert tent, the HandleBar Saloon. There is a vast assortment of events and activities in the HandleBar Saloon each day, all leading up to the nightly concert. More info: 480-6448191 or

April 6, 2014

Akron Motorcycle Swap Meet Summit County Fairgrounds- 229 E. Howe Rd Akron, OH 10am-4pm General Admission $5 12 & under Free- Free Parking For More Info Call : 330 324 7230

April 13, 2014

Ladies Only Garage Party! Thoroughbred Harley Davidson-8025 Action Blvd,. Florence, KY 41042 RSVP NEEDED



April 13, 2014

Mahoning Valley Old Skool Motorcycle Swap Meet (Formerly Yankee Lake Swap Meet) Hosted by Unique Biker Apparel Austintown Expo Center- 6000 Mahoning Ave Austintown, OH 44515 10am-3pm $5/person, (under 16 Free) For More Info Call: 330 797-1780

April 16-20, 2014

Angel City 9th Annual Spring Rally Angel City Located off I-75 Exit 122 in Unadilla, Ga 31091 Angel City is the first town built with biker’s in mind. It incorporates an “Old West” theme and has an atmosphere all it’s own. Bike games, bike show, bike ride, live music, wet t-shirt contest, burn out pit, lots of vendors and two saloons, you are sure to have a kickin good time. Wet and dry camping is available. Come party with us “Southern Style” More info: 800-433-7191 or www.

April 19-27, 2014

Outer Banks Bike Week - 12th Annual Outer Banks NORTH CAROLINA 9 Days of Non-Stop Entertainment & Riding 100 Miles of Scenic Barrier Islands Live Bands & Bikini Contests Bike Shows & Poker RunsGuided Tours Tattoo Contest & Beer Belly Contest Historic Lighthouses Wright Brothers Memorial Pirate lore and history More info: 757-397-5550 or

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Upcoming Motorcycle Events April 25-27, 2014

Leesburg 18th Annual Bikefest 501 W. Mainstreet - Leesburg,FL 34748 World’s largest 3 day mororcycle & music event The Heart and Soul of the Leesburg Bikefest takes place in Downtown Leesburg. Hundreds of vendors, 8 stages and over 50 bands. The Main Gator Harley Davidson Stage is located in Towne Square More info: www.

April 26, 2014

Blessing Of The Bikes C&A Harley-Davidson 7610 Commerce Place Plain City, OH 43064 Hosted By The Ohio Patriot Bikers 2pm-5pm For More Info Call: 216 769 9917

April 26, 2014

Blessing Of The Bikes Century Harley-Davidson- 3053 Eastpointe Dr Medina, OH 44256 For More Information Call : 330 721- 1703

April 26, 2014

Spring Fling Open House and Bike Night Harley Davidson of Cincinnati- 1799 Tennessee Ave.; Cincinnati, OH 45229 For more information visit: www.

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April 27, 2014

Rally For The Troops American Legion Riders Post #627 - Newburgh Heights, OH 7am- All You Can Eat Breakfast $5 Donation 10:15- Kickstands Up. 11am- Ceremony. Done @ 12pm

May 1-4, 2014

Route 66 Biker Rally Between Bristow and Stroud Oklahoma on Old Route 66 Highway. 26101 Milfay Rd Depew OK 74028 This is an old school style adult only biker rally (must be 21+) Great Live Bands and Entertainment, Bike Games, People Games, Wild Contests, Vendors, Food and More There is an Air Conditioned Bar with PoolTables, Stripper Pole and a Stage with Catwalk On-site Camping with a Swimming Pond, Sandy Beach, Hot Indoor Showers, Outdoor Showers too Full RV hookups, Dry RV Camping, Free Tent Camping, Lots of good fresh Water, Lots of Shade A Fun 5-Day Party Rain or Shine - All Weather Facilities More info: 918-645-9029 or

May 4, 2014

New Rider Boot Camp Harley Davidson of Cincinnati-1799 Tennessee Ave,. Cincinnati, OH 45229 RSVP REQUIRED



May 9-18 2014

Spring Beach Rally 2014 Grand Strand, Garden City Beach, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet 211 Atlantic Ave Garden City Beach SC 29576 Spring Beach Rally, also called “Harley Bike Week” is a week-long Motorcycle Rally that started in 1940 and attracted as many as 250,000 visitors to the area every May. As the rally continues now in 2014 we invite all bikers to our event which takes place May 9th-18th 2014. This event has made great strides and efforts on coming back and to become one of the more popular spring rallies in the United States. More info:

May 16-18, 2014

29TH ANNUAL ILLINOIS MOTO GUZZI RALLY Registration includes: rally pin and cup, Friday night chili & brauts, Saturday night smoked pork dinner, Continental breakfast Saturday and Sunday. 24-hour coffee and cold drinks, hot showers, two nights camping, no electrical hook-ups. Also included: wooded campsites, 50/50 drawing, door prizes. Location: Big River State Forest - accordance to the campground-no generators after 10:00 P.M. before 7:00 A.M. Price: $35 before May 1st, $40 after May 1st, $5 for children 12 and under. Pre-registration and info: Make checks payable to Illinois Moto Guzzi Riders Inc. Send: Shelby Paschal, P.O. Box 264, Kirkwood, Illinois 61447. Phone: 309768-1130. Questions call: Stan Overstreet, 309867-6705. Area motels: Super 8, Monmouth, Illinois, 309-734-8558; American, Monmouth, Illinois, 800-395-5007; Super 8, Burlington, Iowa, 319-752-9806; Biggsville Hotel, Lynn Biggsville, Illinois, 888-264-4087. Sorry absolutely no pets allowed. Anyone who brings a pet will be asked to leave.

May 17, 2014

North Coast Safety Ride The ride starts at 127 N Elm Street in Jefferson. The ride starts at 11:00 am. For more information call (440) 563-3410

May 17, 2014

Mutt Mixer Animal Adoption Day Harley Davidson of Cincinnati-1799 Tennessee Ave,. Cincinnati, OH 45229

May 18, 2014

Annual Blessing of the Bikes Kicking off Southwest Ohio’s riding season. Festivities and Bike Show Begin at 10am. Blessing of the Bikes at 1pm. Admission $3 Single, $5 Couple. Rain Date: May 25, 2014. WELCOME STATIUM, Lot D. Presented with ABATE of Ohio, Region 6; Dayton #73 Mooseriders, and Crystal Lake #2464 Mooseriders. Live Music, Stunt Riders, Bike Show, Vendors, 50/50, Food & Refreshments

May 18, 2014

New Riders Boot Camp Thoroughbred Harley Davidson-8025 Action Blvd,. Florence, KY 41042 RSVP REQUIRED

May 25, 2014

10th Annual Firefighter’s Memorial Ride Firefighter’s Memorial - Across From Brown’s Stadium- Cleveland, OH 9am- Motorcycles Stage on Alfred Lerner Way 10:30am- Ceremony 11am- Ride Begins Police Escorted To Western Reserve HarleyDavidson in Mentor for Food & Entertainment For More Information Go To: $25 Donation. Register In Advance, Free Tshirt Before May 5th

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Upcoming Motorcycle Events May 25, 2014

Rolling Thunder Run XXVII Washington D.C. The weekend-long celebration of freedom has evolved into a patriotic celebration where flagwaving spectators and riders pay their respects, not only to POW/MIAs, but all veterans and active duty military personnel. More info: www.

May 30-June 8, 2014

Ohio Bike Week The Midwest’s largest Motorcycle Rally Ridin’, Rockin’, and Racin’, along the shores of Lake Erie More info:

May 31, 2014

4th Annual Run For Courage Poker Run Hosted By The Lost Creek Chrome Divas. Starts @ The Filling Station Troy, OH Registration @ 11am For More Information See Our Facebook or Email:

June 7, 2014

June 8, 2014

LCpl Daniel Nathan Deyarmin Jr. Memorial Benefit Run The ride starts at 484 East Avenue in Tallmadge. The event begins at 9:00 am and the first bike goes out at 10:30 am. The ride fee is $15.00 for the rider and $10.00 for a passenger. The 100 mile ride, memory and sacrifice of LCpl Deyarmin, ends with food, music, entertainment, raffles, door prizes, trophies, 50/50 drawing and more. Car and Truck Show at event upon Motorcycles return. The event will help servicemen and their families through physical, financial, and mental hardships. For more information call (330) 608-8695,

June 12-14, 2014

Republic of Texas Biker Rally

Ride of Hope: Poker Run & Family Fun Charity Event Smith Park- Delaware, OH Registration Starts @ 8:30am Event 10am-6pm $20/ singles, $25 doubles Live Music, 50/50, Children’s Bike Race, Kid’s Activities, Food & More All Proceeds Benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital NICU For More Info Contact: Ryan Bachelor @ 614 623-4567

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Travis County Expo Center, Austin, Texas The rally is known for its high caliber music acts, after all, Austin Texas is self proclaimed “The Music Capital of the World. The ROT Rally is proud to be a part of Austin and bring top named entertainment to the event each year. Past years headliners include names like Hank Williams Jr., Willie Nelson, Bret Michaels, Joan Jett, Paul Rogers, Steppenwolf, David Allen Coe, Charlie Daniels, Vince Neil, Twisted Sister to name a few. More info:


The Thunder Roads LIVE MUSIC LISTING is a listing of recommended stops and entertainment presented for your enjoyment. For information on listing your local music shows here, please email Ava’s Alley 5415 Mayfield Rd. Lyndhurst, OH 44124 (440)442-9869 Karaoke every Wednesday 9PM - Close Primitive Culture every Thursday 9PM - Close Blind Bob’s Bar 430 E Fifth St Dayton, OH 45402 (937) 938-6405 Mar 8 Architects of Doom Mar 15 The Loveless King Super and the Excellents Red Hot Rebellion Mar 20 Sleep Star Ignition He is Legend Mar 28 Those Crosstown Rivals Dave’s Hideaway 1730 Lima Ave Findlay, Ohio 45840 (419) 425-1027 Mar 1 Descending Root Mar 7 Rodney Parker & Liberty Beach Mar 8 Rock-N-Roll Outlaws Mar 14 Foreplay Mar 15 River Band Mar 22 Free Beer Mar 29 The Itch Dick’s Den Columbus 2417 N High St Columbus, Ohio 43202 (614) 268-9573 Bluegrass Jam every Tues Good Time Charlie’s 61 S Main St Miamisburg, Ohio 45342 937-866-4044 Mar 1 Alexis Gomez Mar 14 Ashley Martin Mar 15 Caffeine Mar 17 Carlie Short Band Mar 21 Forsaken Mar 22 RedNektar Mar 28 Adrienne Rose Mar 29 Full Trottle Hardtail Cafe & Saloon 833 Eastern Ave Chilicothe, OH 45601 (740)775-9580 Live Music every Saturday Night 94

Old Mill Winery 403 S. Broadway Genva, OH 44041 (440) 466-5560 Open Mic Night every Wednesday with Susie Hagan Mar 1 Stone River Band Mar 7 Uncharted Course Mar 8 Catfish Robey’s Pub 1318 Aida Dr Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 (614) 863-3038 Hyperdryve Karaoke Every Friday & Saturday Night! Mar 4 Mike Dudley Mar 5 Moontan Mar 6 Mike Roy Mar 11 Buckshot Mar 12 Wendy Pennington Acoustic Open Jam Mar 13 Jukebox Party Mar 18 BRYD Mar 19 Adam Foor Mar 20 Mike Roy Mar 25 DJ Ricky Mar 26 Wendy Pennington Acoustic Open Jam Mar 27 Mike Roy Robey’s Pub & Patio 9327 Columbia Road SW Pataskala, Ohio (740) 927- 2529 Mar 1 Flying Sausers Mar 6 Wee 3 Mar 7 The Jack Mar 8 Silverado Mar 13 Big Bad Statche Acoustic Mar 14 River Rock Band Mar 15 Bootleg Whiskey Mar 20 Buckshot Mar 21 Terry Davidson & the Gears Mar 22 Wee 3 Mar 28 Big Bad Statche Mar 29 Hillbilly Deluxe

Robey’s Pizza, Pub & Patio 109 East Market Street Baltimore, Ohio (740) 862-4179 Hyperdryve Karaoke every Thurs Mar 1 Wolf Mar 5 Wendy Pennington Mar 7 Carter Winter Mar 8 Jukebox Party Mar 12 3 Guitars Mar 14 Mike Dudley Mar 15 James Mason Band Mar 19 Wendy Pennington Mar 21 Big Bad Statche Mar 22 Tom Hagley Mar 26 3 Guitars Mar 29 Buckshot Sassy’s Bar & Grille 10755 Ravenna Rd Twinsburg, Ohio (330) 998-6529 Mar 1 Blue Lunch Mar 6 Sirsy Mar 7 Beyond Blues & The Voodoo Doctors Mar 8 Deja Voodoo Mar 14 Burnt River Band Mar 15 Rock Radio Mar 21 East Wind Mar 22 Armstrong Bearcats Mar 28 Rockternal Mar 29 Aretifex Spitfire Saloon 1539 W. 17th Street Cleveland, OH 44107 (216) 226-7748 Mar 1 The Transmissions The Giggitys Mar 8 Potwhole-Black grass Baptism-Misery Jackals Mar 14 The Sheckies The Spastic Hearts New Disease Mar 21 Televibes Mar 28 MOFOS The Boneyard 5900 Mayfield Rd. Mayfield Heights, OH 44124 (440)995-0500 Mar 1 The Spazmatics Mar 7 Redneck ING Mar 8 Mouth Wired Shut Mar 14 Pop Culture Mar 15 Caliber Mar 21 Daves Planet Mar 22 The Spazmatics Mar28 London Flats Mar 29 Weird Science

The Dark Horse Tavern 209 Byers Rd Miamisburg, Ohio 45402 (937) 866-6960 Every Wednesday is Acoustic Night Ten Mile Inn 7229 West Broad St Galloway, Ohio 43119 (614) 984-5908 Mar 1 Mama Drama Mar 8 Circus Fish Mar 15 Incredible Awesome Brothers Mar 22 Clarence Light Orchestra Woodland’s Tavern 1200 w 3rd st Grandview, Ohio 43212 614-299-4987 Mar 1 Zach Deputy Mar 2 The Fighting Jamesons Mar 7 One Eye Theory Caroline Smith Mar 8 Miami Valley Music Fest presents Winterfest Mar 9 Steep Canyon Rangers Mar 14 Summer Camp on the Road Mar 19 Jimmie Vaughn & The Tilt-A-Whirl Mar 20 Bid Daddy Love Mar 21 Spikedrivers The Silent Rebellion Zeppe’s 25780 Miles Rd Bedford Heights, Ohio (216)378-9400 Live music every Wednesday! Zeppe’s 1110 Kinsman Rd Newbury, Ohio 44065 440-564-1300 Live music every Wednesday and Saturday! If you are with a band or host bands the enjoy a “biker friendly following” let us know about your upcoming shows! Email us at: events.

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WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT We would like to thank all of our sponsors that help make this magazine possible. It is only with their support and commitment that we can produce what we believe to be the finest regional motorcycle publication in the nation. 10 Mile Inn...............................................................35 ABATE......................................................................19 Action Extreme Sports..............................................78 Action Sport Cycles..................................................32 Amherst Meadowlarks...............................................57 AMSOIL..............................................................34, 80 ANAC Baggers..........................................................76 Art’s Parts...............................................................81 Arts Parts................................................................73 Asylum Tattoo...........................................................71 Avon Boot Shop........................................................34 Bair’s Polaris Victory.................................................1 Balcer Performance - SERVICE.................................81 Bears.........................................................................3 Bears - Seat King......................................................82 Beatty Construction.................................................75 Carlton Harley-Davidson...........................................27 Cash 4 Motorcycles..................................................75 Chrome & Speed........................................................84 Chuck’s Place...........................................................35 CHUGGERS...............................................................87 Competition Accessories............................................56 Courtyard Lounge.....................................................62 Criminal Customz......................................................77 Cruisermax...............................................................79 Cycle Analysis..........................................................77 Cycle Tech................................................................73 Dave’s Hideaway........................................................34 Dayton Motorcycle Club...........................................89 Docs Deepwood Run..................................................89 DRAGON...................................................................77 Eastgate Harley-Davidson...........................................4 Evolution Machine Cycle...........................................81 FNW CHARTERS........................................................84 Geauga Lock & Key....................................................81 Gem City Tattoo.........................................................70 Glass House.............................................. Inside Cover Gover Harley-Davidson...............................................9 Guardian Oil.............................................................75 Harley Davidson of Chillicothe.................................47 Harley-Davidson of Cincinatti....................................18 HOG RALLY TN..........................................................91 Honda Marysville.....................................................59 Independent Motorsports.........................................47 Indian of Erie...........................................................13 Indian of Toledo.......................................................17 Iron Hogs Power Sports...........................................78 Iron Horse Campground............................................90 Irv’s Leather Outlet..................................................81 Jamie Day Realty.......................................................74 Kames Sports...................................................... 64-65 Knuckleheads...........................................................34

LA Alterations..........................................................76 Lake Erie Harley-Davidson.........................................97 Mad River...................................................................8 MAPS.......................................................................28 Mathias BMW Cycle...................................................32 Monster Tattoo Supply..............................................71 My Museum...............................................................71 Napoleon Harley-Davidson........................................12 Nestor Insurance.....................................................75 North Ridge Yamaha..................................................77 Norton Sporting Goods............................................67 Ohio Bike Week..........................................................16 Old School Biker Brew.............................................85 Pain & Pleasure Tattoo..............................................71 Petticoat Junction....................................................70 Piqua Bike Fest.........................................................88 Piston Power Show...................................................15 Power Sport Institute...............................................82 Ralph Buss.................................................. Back Cover Ride Now Auto sales.................................................34 Rider Insurance........................................................39 Robert’s Cycle.........................................................77 Robey’s....................................................................76 Route 42..................................................................70 S&K Racing.........................................................73, 76 Sandusky State Theatre..............................................9 Sassy’s....................................................................35 Schiets Motorsports................................................21 Shakers...................................................................33 Sherwin Shooting Sports..........................................63 South East Gears & Cheers.......................................23 South East Harley-Davidson......................................22 Sporty’s...................................................................62 Taylor’s Pub.............................................................28 TENN HOG RALLY......................................................91 The Barn..................................................................33 The Pump..................................................................26 Thiel’s Wheels..........................................................79 Thoroughbred Harley-Davidson.................................44 Toyz Cycle Center.....................................................81 Train Stop................................................................62 Tri-County Harley-Davidson.......................................55 Triumph of Cincinnati.................................................41 Twisted Tea...............................................................54 Vandalia Range & Armory..........................................66 Villa Tavern..............................................................62 Warren Harley-Davidson............................................33 Wendy’s......................................................................5 XP3 - Deer Avoidance System.....................................76 Youngstown Cycle.....................................................75 Zeppe’s Pizza............................................................29

We’d also like to thank all of our subscribers... and of course the avid readers that bring it all together. Thank you for making all of this possible, for supporting this organization, and our families. Sincerely, The Thunder Roads Ohio Team Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO


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Thunder Roads® Magazine OHIO

March 2014  

Thunder Roads Ohio

March 2014  

Thunder Roads Ohio