VOLUME 1 ISSUE 6 DECEMBER 2009
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Wow…It has been an amazing year! December is upon us and this is actually our sixth edition. If someone had told me a year ago this is what I would be doing in 2010 I would have said they were crazy. I can honestly say, I have never enjoyed a job as much as I am enjoying this. The diversity of people I meet, is amazing. It is creative and informative. I have learned so much and it is fun being able to share good information. I get some awesome emails with people giving me great ideas and suggestions. I love the comradery and shared passion. I really want to Thank my advertisers who have stuck with me and supported the magazine over these several months, and especially want to thank Tony and Keys who have given so much of their time to help make this a success. I am hoping we can continue to bring the quality stories and fun little extras in the year to come. I am looking forward to a bright, long riding season with a little less rain in 2010. Please don’t hesitate to email with stories and photos. I can’t promise they will all get in, but we try. Don’t forget… we are happy to share charity events and also rides that might be coming up. We are happy to add them to our calendar of events at no charge. We are always looking for new advertisers, so we can keep this going. Pass the word to all of your friends who have a business and want to get their name out there. So to all of you out there who share the passion… here is to a Happy ending to 2009 and look forward to an AWESOME sun in your face 2010! Have a safe and Happy Holiday season and a very Merry Christmas!!!!! Life is a gift! Today before you say an unkind word-think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife-Think of someone crying out for a companion or someone who has lost one. Today before you complain about your life-think of someone who went too early to heaven. Before whining about the distance you drive Think of someone who walks the same distance with their feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job-think of the unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had your job. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down-put a smile on your face and think: you are alive and still around. Remember - Happiness Is A Choice! Ride Safe, Ride Friendly, and Feel The Thunder
The Justin LeFevre Foundation The 7th annual Justin LeFevre Foundation motorcycle ride “Cruzin For A Cure” was another success, raising awareness and approximately $4,800 for pediatric cancer research. Founded in February of 2002 in memory of Justin, the Foundation is committed to supporting research that can bring an end to the suffering among children afflicted with cancer and seeks to increase awareness of the disease. Despite the rain, a total of 106 people on 78 motorcycles participated in the ride. One rider commented, “Facing a little rain is a small sacrifice compared to the challenges that kids with cancer face on a daily basis. It’s the least I can do.” The 50 mile ride began at Conestoga Valley Middle School, traveled through Strasburg and south on May Post Office Road. The riders took a break at Muddy Run Park and then continued North through the winding and scenic roads of sounthern Lancaster County. The ride ended at the Lancaster Park where participants were provided with a light supper and a chance to win a door prize. Event organizer, Don Weidman, is always proud of the riders and volunteers who support the foundation and the ride, giving generously of their time and money. He is also grateful to Auntie Anne’s for sponsering the ride for the past seven years. Consider joining us in the battle against cancer in kids. Visit our website at justinlefevrefoundation.org and see how you can make a difference.
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KNOW THE LAW by Attorney Steve Stambaugh
Another riding season is winding down for most of us. So, with your bike tucked away in a corner of your garage, now is the time to get your insurance policy out and look at it to make sure that you are fully covered in case of an accident. Yep, you guessed it, I am going to talk to you again about underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage. I am seeing more and
more cases where drivers that cause accidents either have no insurance at all (they are “uninsured”), or they have minimal coverages (for example a $15,000.00 per person policy limit - all the law requires to be legal - with the result that they are “underinsured”). I attribute this trend to the recession, which means that, if I am right, the trend will only get worse before it gets better. Do Not Trust that the driver that hits you will have sufficient insurance to pay you for your injuries and losses. Protect yourself. Check your uninsured and underinsured motorist coverages and get them as high as you can afford. Don’t put yourself at risk of facing six-figure medical bills and months of an inability to work with inadequate uninsured and/or underinsured motorist coverage. Don’t wish you had checked your policy. Check it now. Also, while you are looking at your bike policy, take a look at your auto insurance policy as well. In addition to underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage, you need to make sure that your auto policy says “full tort”, NOT “limited tort”.
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Brandon Lee Robinson Hey Everyone,
still be about 6 to 8 months to fully
more side note that I will be attend-
It’s about time I give everyone an
heal and for the hip we just have
ing the GNC and awards banquet
update on how my injuries are
to keep an eye on it and hope that
in Pomona at the season finale and
coming along. Overall I have to be
it will continue to improve. Still
I’m look forward to seeing everyone
happy with my progress over the
unsure of any time frame for getting agian!
last month, but that last month has
back into racing action, but when
felt more like a year. Today was my
the time comes it comes. I want
first check up at my sports special-
to take a second and say that I’m
ist in Lancaster. Anyways the visit
truly blessed to have such a great
went ok, but I received both good
group of supporters behind me
and bad news. As for the good, all
and to keep me going. Most impor-
Brandon Lee Robinson
the bones seem lined up and I was
tantly girl friend for everything she
15 Wood Valley Lane
given the ok to put more weight
has been doing for me, my family,
Oxford, PA 19363
on my leg as tolerable. As for the
friends, sponsors, and even the
Cell: (484) - 888 - 9485
bad, there is a spot on my hip that
people involved with my clothing
doesn’t have a great blood flow and shop, Ruckus 44, they have just is showing possible early signs that
been great! Also wanted to add one
the bone may die. My doctors will continue to monitor it closely over the next few months and determine the status of it. The worst possible scenario if my hip bone does die I will need a hip replacement. As you can believe, not something I wanted to hear today, but I’m optimistic it will stay strong. Therapy seems to be going a bit better and I have already started increasing weights and my range of motion is improving on a weekly basis. Things seem to be getting better slowly, but at the moment they don’t feel it. I’m still in a constant discomfort of pain and stiffness. Nights are also still rough as they are very inconsistent. One night I can have a decent night sleep and then the following I will be up all night. For an overview, the pelvis will Thunder Roads Magazine 8
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WHERE IS THIS? No One Guessed correctly this month! It was a tough one! It was down town Altoona! There is a great ride there every year. Look for details next month.
Guess Where T Burk is this month and win a Thunder Roads Pa Tshirt and Koozie! Heaven’s To Betsy, it is an awesome place to ride and experience a little slice of History.
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On Sunday, December 7th, 1941 the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. By planning this attack on a Sunday, the Japanese commander Admiral Nagumo, hoped to catch the entire fleet in port. As luck would have it, the Aircraft Carriers and one of the Battleships were not in port. (The USS Enterprise was returning from Wake Island , where it had just delivered some aircraft. The USS Lexington was ferrying aircraft to Midway, and the USS Saratoga and USS Colorado were undergoing repairs in the United States .) In spite of the latest intelligence reports about the missing aircraft carriers (his most important targets), Admiral Nagumo decided to continue the attack with his force of six carriers and 423 aircraft. At a range of 230 miles north of Oahu , he launched the first wave of a two-wave attack. Beginning at 0600 hours his first wave consisted of 183 fighters and torpedo bombers which struck at the fleet in Pearl Harbor and the airfields in Hickam, Kaneohe and Ewa. The second strike, launched at 0715 hours, consisted of 167 aircraft, which again struck at the same targets. At 0753 hours the first wave consisting of 40 Nakajima B5N2 ‘Kate’ torpedo bombers, 51 Aichi D3A1 ‘Val’ dive bombers, 50 high altitude bombers and 43 Zeros struck airfields and Pearl Harbor. Within the next hour, the second wave arrived and continued the attack. When it was over, the U.S. Losses were, US Army: 218 KIA, 364 WIA. US Navy: 2,008 KIA, 710 WIA., US Marine Corp: 109 KIA, 69 WIA. Civilians: 68 KIA, 35 WIA.. With a Total of 2,403 KIA, and 1,178 WIA. Battleships: USS Arizona - total loss when a bomb hit her magazine. USS Oklahoma - Total loss when she capsized and sunk in the harbor. USS California - Sunk at her berth, later raised and repaired. USS West Virginia, sunk at her berth, later raised and repaired. USS Nevada, beached to prevent sinking, later repaired. USS Pennsylvania, light damage. USS Maryland, light damage. USS Tennessee, light damage, and USS Utah - (former battleship used as a target) - Sunk. Cruisers damaged were, USS New Orleans, light Damage. USS San Francisco, light damage. USS Detroit, light damage. USS Raleigh, heavily damaged but repaired. USS Helena, light damage, and USS Honolulu, light damage. Destroyers damaged were, USS Downes, destroyed and parts salvaged. USS Cassin, destroyed with parts salvaged. USS Shaw, very heavy damage, and USS Helm, light damage. Others damaged were a Minelayer; USS Ogala, sunk but later raised and repaired. A Seaplane Tender; USS Curtiss, severely damaged but later repaired. A Repair Ship, USS Vestal, severely damaged but later repaired. A Harbor Tug; USS Sotoyomo, sunk but later raised and repaired, and 188 Aircraft destroyed (92 USN and 92 U.S. Army Air Corps.) As always, we at Thunder Roads, remember our Troops and honor those who served before them and salute those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. Thunder Roads Magazine 11
SHAYNA TexTer The 2009 season is in the books, as the last race of the year concluded last weekend in Pomona, California. After a month off from racing, all of the riders and crew including myself were ready to get back to the track for the series finale. Practice was cut down to two timed qualifying sessions instead of the normal three with one being a “free” session. Qualifying was average for me, as I have been having an up and down GNC season. I ended the session in an overall time of 14th with being tied for 13th. For the heat we were going to have a second row, first pick start. I got a great start from the second row and headed into turn 1 on the start of the second heat. I came out of the turn in 8th place battling for the last direct transfer spot of 7th place. After halfway I took 7th place away from the rider and started to push forward. I was gaining ground on the leaders in front of me, but was
a team. I am looking forward to a great 2010 season and
just running out of laps. On the last lap, a rider ahead of
I hope to get strong some 2010 450s under me, so horse-
me crashed giving me the six place finish for the heat.
power won’t be a reoccurring issue for my team in 2010
In the main I got an ok start from up high and pushed it
as well as stay on my awesome prepared H-D XR 750’s.
hard. I was moving up and going backwards at the same
Once again thanks to everyone on a great memorable
time it felt like. There was a rider that crashed leading
2009 season and I’ll see everyone in 2010.
to give me a position as well, but it wasn’t enough. The AMA shortened my main, so they could give the WCFTS
Shayna Texter #25A
classes time to run their mains. As we normally only have 12 laps to make something happen, 8 was just not enough for a GNC main event with all 18 riders fast enough to win. I passed 4 people alone on the last lap in turn 1 to give me 13th place for the night. I was happy with my finish considering the laps we had and with how rough the track was getting. For the 2009 season I ended with a 3rd in the Hotshoe Pro Singles Class, a 1st in the Hotshoe Pro Twins Class, and a 9th in the GNC Pro Singles Class. We had an up and down year with positions, but I want to thank my team, family, and sponsors for sticking together. My family has had a lot of health problems come up unexpected in the family, but we stayed strong and worked together as Thunder Roads Magazine 13
Target Our Boats, We’ll Take Your Bike or How to Get Your Riding Fix In a War Zone
patrol, I said, “Hey Sir, why don’t we just take it home?” There was a brief pause and then, “Well, Gunny, if you think we can get it on the boat, sure.” I got back on the radio to the Sergeant on the ground, by Jason Shiflet “Red 5, this is Red 1, you think you can get that bike on the boat?” Like most riders, I’ve ridden a fair share of motorcycles Sergeant Brian Forse, the ground element leader, in a fair variety of locations. However, there is one ride responded exactly the way I expected him to. This was and one bike that really stand out in particular. Now, it a Marine who would have said “affirmative” if I had asked surely wasn’t the longest ride, and it definitely wasn’t the him to carry that bike home on his back. In short order nicest ride. But without a doubt it was a unique ride. and after some grunting, pushing, and a few chuckles In order for me to explain what made this ride special we had the motorcycle loaded on the boat. Now those I’ll have to provide a little back-story on the bike and how SURCs are 40 foot gunboats, not exactly meant for ferry I came to “acquire” it. It was early January 2007. Not duty. But we made it work, continued the patrol and then your typical riding season, unless you happen to be in returned to base. By then it was dark. It would be the Iraq. In that case, there’s pretty good riding weather next day before I could really check her out. year-round. Although if winter riding is not your thing, Morning came quickly, but I was anxious to get out you probably wouldn’t enjoy flying bullets any more than and see what we had. I made my way to our staging you would enjoy flying snowflakes. Anyway, it was the area and took my first real good look at the bike. As the winter of ’07 and I found myself serving as the platoon pictures can attest, she was no beauty. But she had two commander for a reinforced Small Unit Riverine Craft wheels and a motor and I couldn’t wait to ride her. But (SURC) platoon. Our job was to utilize our SURCs to pafirst, I had to size her up. Well, the glass was missing trol the Euphrates River and other waterways in central from all of the lights. In its place was cellophane, red Iraq for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to over the brake light, clear over the headlight. I was both deny the insurgents the use of those waters. impressed with the Iraqis’ ability to jerry-rig, and disapOn this particular mission we happened to encounter pointed in the way that this poor bike had been treated. several Iraqis on a canal in small wooden rowboats. By We couldn’t tell much about the bike, but all the conorder of the Governor of Al Anbar province, this canal trols were “normal” (left foot shift, left hand clutch, etc). was off limits to all Iraqis. Needless to say, as we apWe figured out that it was a 250cc two stroke. We think proached the Iraqis, they quickly made their way ashore it was Czechoslovakian, but I’m still not sure. Based on and fled on foot. Two of them, military aged males, the ingenious measuring cup built into the underside of jumped on a motorcycle and after traveling about a the fuel cap, we guesstimated the fuel-oil mixture and hundred yards, ditched the bike and headed off on foot. decided to use 90 weight oil, since that’s the closest Several Marines went ashore, but as usual the Iraqis had thing to 2-stroke motor oil that we could find. Everything disappeared. However, the Marines did find the motorelse was in ugly, but functioning order. Since nearly all cycle. Furthermore, bungeed to the seat was a black of the fuel had spilled out during this beauty’s boat trip, pillowcase with eyeholes cut into it to make a hood. Now we topped off the tank and kicked her over. And kicked. if you see a makeshift black hood bungeed to a motorAnd kicked. And kicked some more. 47 kicks and one cycle here in the States you would probably assume that pulled hamstring later, I was surrounded by a cloud of some cracker couldn’t afford a real face mask for riding in the cold. But in Iraq, the guys who carry black hoods are the same guys who like to blow up Americans and their fellow countrymen. The Ugly Girl After checking out the bike, the Marines began to question some of the local residents who live along the canal. Throughout our operations in the area, we had established a pretty good relationship with the locals. In fact, we had even taken a medical team down the canal to inoculate the children and provide other basic medical care. So, after asking one of the local men about the bike, he curtly replied that we should “burn it and teach them a lesson”. Initially that’s exactly what we were going to do. Now I like to torch a vehicle just as much as the next guy, but some part of my motorcycle-loving heart just knew that there had to be an alternative. Turning to the Executive Officer and senior ranking Marine on this Thunder Roads Magazine 16
smoke but happily sitting on a running motorcycle in the middle of Mesopotamia. Needless to say, as I made my way up and down the muddy roads of our Forward Operating Base (FOB), struggling to find the next gear and blowing blue-gray smoke all over the place, a crowd began to gather. This was not authorized. This was not professional. But damn it was fun! So here’s the tally for my most unique ride. Total miles covered: maybe 1. Bike ridden: still not sure. Destination: that funny place in one’s head that only a rider has known.
We have ignition!
As a postscript, I’ll add that our Company Executive Officer, a Marine captain, submitted an official letter to the Army Colonel in charge of the base. That letter requested that we be permitted to keep the bike for use around the FOB. He cited logistical requirements, mission requirements, and some other official sounding reasons that we needed the bike for our operations. It was some of the most creative writing I had ever seen. The Colonel got the letter. I never rode that bike again. If any readers can positively identify the make or model of this motorcycle, or for any other comments, feel free to e-mail the author at email@example.com.
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FROM OUR THUNDER ROADS FAMILY TO YOURS Merry Christmas & A Blessed New Year. MELT IN YOUR MOUTH, ROASTED HOLIDAY BEEF TENDERLOIN One 2-Pound of Beef Tenderloin Roll (Sam’s Club or Costco has superb Beef Tenderloin) Preheat Oven to 500 Degrees Let Meat Sit On Counter for A Full 20 Minutes Pat Tenderloin Dry With Clean Kitchen Towel Rub Meat Down Thoroughly With Real Butter Rub Salt & Cracked Pepper Over Meat Thoroughly Roast for 25 Minutes On A Shallow-Sided Sheet Pan Insert Meat Thermometer Into Exact Center of Meat Thermometer Should Read 125 Degrees for A Perfect Medium-Rare and 130 Degrees for A Perfect Medium; To Cook It Any Longer Is A Crime Against Tenderloin & You’d Be Better Off Roasting An Old Shoe. Remove Filet From Oven To A Separate Plate and Cover Entirely With Foil And Let Meat Rest At Least 10 Minutes, Add An Envelope of “French’s Peppercorn Gravy Mix” to Pan Drippings For A Rich, Smooth Gravy. This is the easiest and absolute foolproof way I’ve ever found to cook a tenderloin and it literally comes out perfect every single time. E-Z CHEEZY HOLIDAY POTATO BAKE 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup, undiluted 1 Cup (8 oz. tub) Sour Cream 1/2 Cup Whole Milk 1 cup (4 ounces) Shredded Mexican Blend Cheese 1/2 cup Butter, Melted & Divided 1 package (30 ounces) Frozen Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes; Thawed 1 Cup Italian Bread Crumbs 1/4 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese In a large bowl, combine the soup, sour cream, milk, cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup butter. Stir in the hash browns. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and remaining butter; sprinkle over top. Bake, uncovered, at 325° for 45-50 minutes or until heated through. Perfect w/ the Beef Tenderloin and a big bowl of Broccoli
Florets. Look for them in any grocery freezer. Be sure and get Florets ONLY! as those are the tops of the broccoli and the very best part of the vegetable. Microwave and dot w/ real butter pats. Salt & Pepper. Superb. MRS. CLAUS’ REAL DEAL NANNER’ PUDDIN’ 2-1/2 Cups Sugar 6 Tbls. All-Purpose Flour Dash of Salt 2 (12 oz.) Cans of Evaporated Milk 4 Egg Yolks 1/2 Stick of Real Butter; Cubed 1 tsp. Real Vanilla Extract 1 Box Nilla Vanilla Wafers *Plus extra for garnish & for crumbling 5 Ripe Bananas; Sliced 1/2” Thick 1 Can of Real Whipped Cream In a 3-quart heavy saucepan on low heat, add sugar, flour & salt. Pour in the evaporated milk and keep stirring constantly. After about 15 minutes, the sauce will thicken slowly. Lightly beat the egg yolks in a medium size bowl. Now, temper the eggs, which means that you slowly ladle some of the thickened sauce into the eggs.....slowly, and whisk gently. Now add your eggs into your sauce (since you’ve tempered them they won’t turn into scrambled eggs in your sauce). Continue to gently whisk your sauce, apprx. 3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in butter and Vanilla Extract. Place pudding in a bowl and cover w/ plastic wrap. Let cool in fridge for 2-1/2 hours. Now, into a large glass bowl or trifle dish, add a layer of Nilla Vanilla Wafers, a layer of sliced bananas, then a layer of pudding sauce and then a layer of Real whipped cream. Keep repeating layers but make sure you save enough whip cream for the top layer. Garnish w/ crumbled wafers over entire top and wavers stuck standing up all around perimeter of desert dish. Now, this is the REAL DEAL method of making it and baby, Mrs. Claus don’t mess around cause’ this will literally make you a believer in Santa, the North Pole, Rudolph & his buds......... & Miracles.
December 5 Motorcycle Advance Seminar-Orwigsburg, Pa GWRRA Christmas Party-Berwick, Pa Holiday Open House-New Castle Pa December 12Pictures With Santa-Washington, Pa December 12 & 13 Lehigh Valley Motorcycle Extravaganza – Allentown, Agricultural Hall, Allentown Fairgrounds December 18 Customer Appreciation Days-Warwick, Pa December 19 Pictures With Santa-Orwigsburg Santa at Schaeffer’s Harley Davidson-Orwigsburg, Pa December 23 Midnight Madness at Schaeffer Harley Davidson-Orwigsburg, Pa Jan 1, 2010 Polar Bear Ride-Washington, Pa January 29-30 Greater Reading Expo Center-Reading Pa January 30 Earlybird Swapmeet-Perryopolis, Pa February 26 Army Fisher House Benefit-Allentown, Pa March 20 3rd Annual Motorcycle Expo Philly-Oaks, Pa Lehigh Valley MC Extravaganza-Allentown, Pa
Fall Classes for Women at THE ADULT LEARNING CENTER NOTE: DUE TO THE COMPLEXITY AND DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THEIR CONTENTS, CLASS SIZES WILL BE LIMITED TO 8 PARTICIPANTS MAXIMUM. Class 1 Up in Winter, Down in Summer - How to Adjust a Thermostat Step by Step, with Slide Presentation. Meets 4 wks, Monday and Wednesday for 2 hrs beginning at 7:00 PM.. Class 2 Which Takes More Energy - Putting the Toilet Seat Down, or Bitching About It for 3 Hours? Round Table Discussion. Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours. Class 3 Is It Possible To Drive Past a Wal-Mart Without Stopping?--Group Debate. Meets 4 weeks, Saturday 10:00 PM for 2 hours. Class 4 Fundamental Differences Between a Purse and a Suitcase--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics. Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks. Class 5 Curling Irons--Can They Levitate and Fly Into The Bathroom Cabinet? Examples on Video. Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning At 7:00 PM Class 6 How to Ask Questions During Commercials and Be Quiet During the Program. Help Line Support and Support Groups. Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM Class 7 Can a Bath Be Taken Without 14 Different Kinds of Soaps and Shampoos? Open Forum. Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours. Class 8 Health Watch--They Make Medicine for PMS - USE IT! Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours. Class 9 I Was Wrong and He Was Right!--Real Life Testimonials. Tuesdays at 6:00 PM Location to be determined. Class 10 How to Parallel Park In Less Than 20 Minutes Without an Insurance Claim. Driving Simulations. 4 weeks, Saturdays noon, 2 hours. Class 11 Learning to Live--How to Apply Brakes Without Throwing Passengers Through the Windshield. Tuesdays at 7:00 PM, location to be determined Class 12 How to Shop by Yourself. Meets 4 wks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM. Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.
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In September of 2008 my husband and I attended Delmarva Bike Week in Ocean City MD. While wondering around the different vendors and bikes I spotted a motorcycle that was pink and white flames. I think I ran to it! I had been looking for a bike that I could not only reach the ground but could hold up. It turned out to be a 2005 Ridley Auto-Glide. Not only is it automatic, it’s only 410 lbs. Two weeks later it became mine. The day we brought it home it was pouring rain. I had never rode a motorcycle before but a couple days later I hoped on and away I went. I rode around close to home for awhile and then one weekend over the summer we rode to Ocean City, MD. On our way home we were waiting in line to come through a toll booth and we heard brakes coming behind us. A car slid up the shoulder from a ways back, missed us by inches and went down over the bank into a road sign. It was a little scary because not only do you have to be careful, you have to watch what everybody else is doing. I was glad to get home that day! This past September we returned to Bike Week with both our bikes. My husband has a 2008 Harley Davidson Fatboy and even though I like riding with him I can’t explain the feeling of getting on and going by myself. In October my bike was picked as one of forty to be on display at the Axis of Steel motorcycle show at the Lancaster Convention Center. It was a neat experience to see it along with all the other bikes. In early November I had some fun pictures done of me and my bike from Snapshots by Jess. I’ve met so many people and had a lot of fun doing something I never would have imagined myself doing, riding a motorcycle.
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News Bytes BAD DRIVING IS IN THE GENES Medical researchers say they’ve unraveled the mystery to bad drivers, and their genetic makeup may be to blame. A study recently published in the journal of Cerebral Cortex led by University of California , Irvine neuroscientists found that people with a certain gene variation performed more than 20% worse on a driving test than those without the gene and they also retained less of what they had learned. About 30 percent of Americans have the particular gene variant, though a test to determine whether someone has the gene variant is not commercially available. “This gene variant limits the availability of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor during activity,” according to the senior author, Dr. Steven Cramer, neurology associate professor at UCI. “BDNF keeps memory strong by supporting communication among brain cells and keeping them functioning optimally. When a person is engaged in a particular task, BDNF is secreted in the brain area connected with that activity to help the body respond.” Earlier research had found that in those individuals with the gene variant “a smaller portion of the brain is stimulated when doing a task than in those with a normal BDNF gene.” The driving test was taken by 29 people - 22 without the gene variant and seven with it. They were asked to drive 15 laps on a simulator that required them to learn the nuances of a track programmed to have difficult curves and turns. Researchers recorded how well they stayed on the course over time. Four days later, the test was repeated. Results showed that people with the variant did worse on both tests than the other participants, and they remembered less the second time. “I’d be curious to know the genetics of people who get into car crashes,” Cramer said. “I wonder if the accident rate is higher for drivers with the variant.”
mending that new riders should get trained beyond state testing requirements. “I would recommend everyone to take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation course.”
MOTORCYCLE SALES ARE RUNNING OUT OF GAS Last year, fuel-efficient motorcycles proved to be a viable option for motorists facing higher and higher gas prices, but following more than a decade of steadily increasing sales figures, the economic downturn has caught up to bike makers. For 14 years, through 2006, U.S. motorcycle sales had increased every year. Sales started to drop in 2007 but still topped the 1 million mark. A year ago, as gas prices pushed toward $5 a gallon, fuel-sipping two-wheelers got a boost. Despite the worsening economy, street bike sales were down only 3.3% in 2008 and smaller scooters enjoyed their best year ever, posting a 41.5% gain, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council. Now, little seems to be working for motorcycle manufacturers as sales have plunged 38% in the third quarter from the same period a year ago (falling from 218,242 last year to 136,876), with the biggest drops coming in two of the industry’s biggest product lines: cruisers and sport bikes. Scooter sales are also down 62% through the first three quarters of 2009. The only bright spot was that sales are dropping at a slower pace: The number of bikes sold in the second quarter fell 53.5 percent from the same period a year earlier. Historically, the second and third quarters are strong for the industry because the weather generally is warm and buyers are gearing up to ride, according to an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune Despite a federal stimulus that allows bike buyers to write off the sales tax, sagging sales have prompted bike builders to begin cutting staff and other expenses. Last week, publicly held Harley-Davidson Inc. reported an 84% drop in quarterly earnings to $26.5 million. The company said it was getting out of the sport-bike business, shutting INCREASED MOTORCYCLIST DEATHS BLAMED ON down the longtime Buell line and selling its MV Agusta opBAD ECONOMY Since gas prices increased, experts eration, a high-end Italian brand it bought last year. Already say more inexperienced riders have hit the road -- literally this year, the Milwaukee manufacturer joined the likes of Because of the fuel efficiency of motorcycles, more drivers Honda, Kawasaki , Yamaha, Suzuki and Victory in laying are switching from four wheels to two, and what used to be off employees, reducing production and dropping prices to a symbol of freedom and adventure is now also a symbol of help dealers shrink swollen inventories. Mark Blackwell, thriftiness. “Last year, our sales were the best we ever had vice president of Victory Motorcycles, which suffered a 56% for 33 years,” said Al Lamb, owner of Dallas Honda, pointdecline in the July-September period, told the Los Angeles ing out that bike sales peaked last year before dipping and Times “We haven’t laid everybody off. We haven’t totally rising again this year. But Dr. Fernando Wilson, a professor stopped advertising. We’ve kept up the product developat the University of North Texas Health Science Center, said ment because we’re positioning this business for when the for every dollar increase in gas prices, 1,500 more motorcy- market stabilizes and grows.” Harley-Davidson and Viccle riders die each year nationwide. Some say car drivers tory, a division of Polaris in Minnesota , hope to stem U.S. need to hang up their cell phones and pay more attention, losses, in part, by growing overseas sales. Harley is pursubut many bikers attribute higher crash rates to the influx of ing emerging markets such as India and China ; Victory new, inexperienced riders on the road. “If you mess up on a is going after Europe . But with the riding season over for motorcycle, it’s probably a lot more tragic than in a vehicle,” much of the country, summer 2010 can’t come fast enough motorcyclist Stephen Dutcher told TV-33 News, recomfor the industry. Thunder Roads Magazine 22
News Bytes NEW MOTORCYCLE EMISSIONS STANDARDS TAKING EFFECT As 2010 motorcycles hit dealer showrooms, new EPA emissions standards will be making them greener…both environmentally and economically. Starting next year when stricter Environmental Protection Agency guidelines on motorcycle emissions come into effect for all new two- and three-wheelers built or sold in the U.S., the EPA projects a 50% reduction in pollutants emitted at their tailpipes -- but such drastic reductions come with a bigger price tag: According to a 2003 EPA report, the average estimated cost per highway motorcycle to meet the 2010 standards is $45, which is likely passed along to consumers. At the same time, motorcyclists are likely to save money at the pump as the new technology brings with it better fuel efficiency. Increased use of technologies demonstrated as effective in 4-stroke motorcycle engines, such as the catalytic converters, secondary air injection and electronic fuel inject systems, are expected to decrease harmful emissions, according to a 2003 EPA report. The report also reads, however, that the standards will not result in universal use of catalytic converters. Catalytic converters are pollution control devices that reduce nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide, and while not specifically required by the EPA rules, catalytic converters will have a hand in reducing emissions in the new standards. “We already have the 2010 models coming in, and they all have the catalytic converters on them,” Steve Tuchschmidt Sr., owner of MidAmerica Harley Davidson, told the Columbia Missourian newspaper. “That’s new.” The more stringent EPA standards won’t affect existing motorcycles. The emissions limits will only apply to motorcycles and scooters manufactured after the effective date.
Business Journal, the ADEQ said motorcycles make up only 3.5 percent of vehicles tested in the Valley and not only are emissions failure rates among motorcycles down, repairs to put them in compliance do not substantially help air quality. The EPA requires metro areas and regions of the U.S. with air pollution and air quality problems to test cars, trucks and other vehicles for emissions. EPA would need to approve an exemption before next July for it to take effect. NYC MAYOR CONTRIBUTES TO GLOBAL ROAD SAFETY New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $125 million to road safety programs in middle and low income countries. Bloomberg gave $9 million in 2007 to a pilot program on road safety in Vietnam and Mexico , and his latest gift expands the effort to a 5-year program in eight other countries that have high numbers of traffic injuries and fatalities. His philanthropic foundation announced that the donation will help efforts to reduce speeding and drunken driving, and increase the use of motorcycle helmets, child seats and seatbelts.
WEIRD (DUMB) NEWS: RIDER CHARGED FOR CRASHING WHILE TEXTING A Florida motorcyclist was arrested and held on $15,000 bond in Polk County jail after crashing his motorcycle while using his cell phone at the time of the collision. The State Attorney’s Office has charged 26-yearold Stephen Wade Horne of Bartow, FL with one count of Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury (316.192.2, F-3) stemming from when Horne drove his 2007 Suzuki Forenza into the back of a stopped garbage truck collecting trash on the morning of August 25, 2009, and striking 19-year-old Emmanuel Mejia who lost both legs as a result of Horne’s failure to stop. Investigators concluded that Horne was distracted by using his cell phone, documentPHOENIX SEEKS EXEMPTION FROM MOTORCYLCLE ing a 54’8” long skid mark and noting no environmental or EMISSIONS TESTING The state of Arizona is asking the federal government to lift emissions testing requirements for visual conditions that would have contributed to the crash. motorcycles in the Phoenix metro area. Following prolonged Emergency personnel on the scene told police that Horne admitted he was texting on his phone and investigators and extensive lobbying by statewide motorcycle rights have collected his cell phone for analysis. Experts say organizations, the Arizona Department of Environmental distractions, specifically talking and texting on cell phones, Quality has petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt motorcycles from such testing. According are a major contributing factor to automobile wrecks in the United States, and now account for 25% of all accidents to lobbyists for ABATE of Arizona, the Modified Motorcycle and are responsible for 2,600 deaths and 636,000 crashes Association (MMA) of Arizona and the Arizona Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (ACMC), Phoenix is the only major each year. metro area in the U.S. where motorcycles are required to be QUOTABLE QUOTE: “For years governments have been tested for emissions. The biker advocacy groups have already fought successfully to exempt motorcycles from emis- promising more than they can deliver, and delivering more than they can afford.” sions testing in the Flagstaff area, and several years ago the Kentucky Motorcycle Association succeeded in exempt- Paul Martin (1938 - ?), 21st Prime Minister of Canada ing motorcycles from such testing. According to the Phoenix Thunder Roads Magazine 23
2nd ANNUAL SCOUT CAMP BENEFIT RIDE Oct. 4 2009 We crossed our fingers all week long, watching the weather and hoping it would not rain. As it turned out you could not have asked for nicer weather. What a beautiful Fall day for a ride. Accompanied by some fellow Ride Staff, Scouters and members of the Retreads MC, we met in the parking lot of Bird-in-Hand Restaurant and headed for Bashore Scout Reservation. Taking the back way in through Fort Indiantown Gap Made for a very scenic ride. Arriving at Camp Bashore we were given the opportunity for a guided tour by the Boy Scout’s Order of the Arrow. These boys know their way around these Camps like the back of their hands. Also there was a display of World War Two Memorabilia including a World War Two Motorcycle. A Boy Scout Motorcycle set up to go camping with a canoe loaded on a rack over the side car, back pack and full gear... Plus a U.S. Marine Motorcycle and a chance to check out the 60 plus other bikes that came for the ride. Hot coffee, hot chocolate, tea and donuts provided before the ride. The Guided Tours started departing a little after 11am. Six groups of about 11 or 12 bikes were lead on a very Scenic Ride to Camp Mack Cub Scout Reservation. The routes were preplanned and make for a very nice Fall Foliage Ride. My son and I lead the first group out accompanied by Charlie Kern, dressed in full uniform, on the World War Two Motorcycle. (When they asked for volunteers to lead the first ride, everyone else took one step back, leaving Quinn and I up front. Tag we were it. My son is a boy scout and also rides along with me on Rallys and Tours. I have given him the title of “Position Control Manager”, and for this ride he was part of the RIDE STAFF). Everyone arrived safely at Camp Mack. There were guided tours given of the camp by the boys from the Order of the Arrow. A live band playing blues music and a Chinese Auction, with a wide variety of items up for bid, including aromatherapy items, t-shirts, knives, Harley Davidson Plaques..... Plus a Hot Pulled Pork BBQ Meal, including coleslaw, potato salad, beans, pudding and hot and cold refreshments. It was a good time for all. A great Ride followed by Great Food. But most important all the proceeds raised go to benefit the Scout Camps. In these hard economic times this is especially appreciated by the Camp Rangers. It gives them a little extra to work with above and beyond their very limited budgets. My son and I would like to thank everyone who participated in this Benefit Ride. Thanks for supporting the Boy Scouts of America Harold Robinson (Pack 13 Webelos Leader) Looking forward to seeing you at our 3rd Annual Scout Camp Benefit Ride on Sunday, October 3rd 2010.
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Seats & SADDLES A group of children were trying very hard to become accustomed to Kindergarten. The biggest hurdle they faced was that the teacher insisted on NO baby talk! You need to use ‘Big People’ words,’ she was always reminding them. She asked Jimmy what he had done over the weekend? ‘I went to visit my Nana’. “No, you went to visit your GRANDMOTHER. Use ‘Big People’ words!’ She then asked Jimmy what he had done. ‘I took a ride on a choo-choo’. The teacher corrected, ‘No, you took a ride on a TRAIN. You must remember to use ‘Big People’ words’. She then asked little Lil’ Joey what he had done? ‘I read a book’ he replied. That’s wonderful!’ the teacher said. ‘What book did you read?’ Lil’ Joey thought real hard about it, Then puffed out his chest with great pride, and said, ‘Winnie the SHIT”.
He was standing in the kitchen, preparing our usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast wearing only the ‘ T ‘ shirt that she normally slept in. As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me and said softly,” You’ve got to make love to me this very moment!” My eyes lit up and I thought, “I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!” Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all; right there on the kitchen table. Afterwards she said, “Thanks,” and returned to the stove, her T-shirt still around her neck. Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked, “What was that all about?” She explained, “Oh, the egg timer’s broken.”
Two old men decide they are close to their last days and decide to have a last night on the town. After a few Bubba was sunbathing naked on Flagler Beach. For the drinks, they end up at the local brothel. The Madam sake of legality, and to keep it from getting sunburned, takes one look at the two old geezers and whispers to he had a straw hat over his privates. An old drunken her Manager, ‘go up to the first two bedrooms and put woman walks past and slurs, “If you were a gentleman an inflated doll in each bed. These two are so old and you’d lift your hat.” Bubba raised an eyebrow and redrunk, I’m not wasting two of my girls on them. They plied, “If you weren’t so ugly, it would lift itself.” won’t know the difference.’ The Manager does as he is told and the two old men go upstairs and take care Indian Chief ‘Two Eagles’ was asked by a white governof their business. As they are walking home the first ment official, ‘You have observed the white man for man says, ‘you know, Ii think my girl was dead!’ ‘Dead?’ many decades. You’ve seen his wars and technological says his friend, ‘why do you say that?’ ‘Well, she never advances, you’ve seen his progress and the damage moved or made a sound all the time I was loving her.’ he’s done. The Chief nodded in agreement. The official His friend says, ‘could be worse I think mine was a continued, ‘Considering all these events, in your opinion, Witch.’ ‘a Witch ??. . Why the hell would you say that?’ where did the white man go wrong?’ The Chief stared ‘Well, I was making love to her, kissing her on the neck, at the government official for over a minute and then and I gave her a little bite, then she farted and flew out calmly replied. ‘When white man find land, Indians runthe window. Took my dang teeth with her!’ ning it; no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Visit to Medicine My wife and I were sitting at a table at my high school man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging all night having sex.’ Then the Chief leaned back and her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table. My wife smiled, ‘Only white man dumb enough to think he could asked, ‘Do you know her?’ Yes,’ I sighed, ‘She’s my old improve system like that.’ girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn’t Biker Bob walks into the bedroom carrying a sheep in been sober since.’ ‘My God!’ says my wife, ‘who would his arms and says, “Honey, this is the cow I make love to think a person could go on celebrating that long?’ when you have a headache.” The wife, laying in the bed reading a book, looks up and says, “If you weren’t such Hung Chow calls into work and says, “Hey, I no come an idiot, you’d know that’s a sheep, not a cow.” work today, I really sick. Got headache, stomach ache Biker Bob replies, “If you weren’t such a bitch, you’d and legs hurt, I no come work.” The boss says, “You realize I was talking to the sheep.” know something, Hung Chow, I really need you today. When I feel like this, I go to my wife and tell her to give Ole’ “Dumpster” bought this new deodorant today. The me sex. That makes everything better and I go to work. instructions said remove cap and push up bottom. He You try that.” Two hours later Hung Chow calls again. says he can barely walk, but now, whenever he farts, the “I do what you say and I feel great. I be at work soon...... room smells awesome! And...…You got nice house.” Thunder Roads Magazine 26
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