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The Pledge

The Pledge

I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America I pledge allegiance to the Flag and to the Republic for which it stands,

of the United States of America one Nation under God, and to the Republic for which stands, indivisible, with liberty anditjustice one Nation for under all. God, indivisible, with liberty and justice foryour all.head and speak from your heart in a gratitude This month on the 11 , please take time to bow

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prayer offering up plentiful Thanks and Goodwill for all those Vets that have come before and paved the road of Freedom for those of us, safe at home, due to their vigilance. And now, their passing of the torch along the way, to shine for our Troops still away from home preserving our Freedom. God Bless you ALL and speed you back to home soil. Amen. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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We are GRATEFUL and THANKFUL for all the ANGELS that lend us a wing, on a daily basis.

National Photojournalist Cooper Chilton

Ronny Mangrum aka “Rebel Ron” Nina “Biskit” Shearon

Merry Hancock

Production Manager itsbiskit@yahoo.com

Layout & Design Graphic Design Artist

Ron Baptiste aka Pastor Ron

Ray “Easy Does It” Cole Regional Director Knoxville, Tennessee (865) 640-5711 easydoesitguy@gmail.com

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Do YOU have what it takes

Mechele MacDaniel Regional Director Middle Tennessee 615-496-1493

FROM THE CORNER OF VETERAN’S DRIVE AND PATRIOT’S WAY

Bob “Bulldog” Ousley

to be the next Regional Director of the CHATTANOOGA or MEMPHIS AREA? Give us a call 615-792-0040

Da’Olde & Mitzi Alaska Correspondents

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NATIONAL FOUNDERS

Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon

1528 Matlock Drive Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Corporate Office: 615-792-0040 Fax: 615-792-7580 e-mail: thunderroads@charter.net

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Chaplain’s Corner

Cover Shot: David Shumate, Photographer Bike: BlingMaster, Inc. www.BlingMaster.com Model: Heather Shaw Booking e: hmshaw2001@yahoo.com

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DISTRIBUTED IN TENNESSEE ONLY!

(We Have State Owners/Publishers, Not Regional Sales Areas)

Just How Many Mags From The Wannabe’s Actually Stay In Tennessee When They Sell To So Many Regional Areas?

Hallelujah & Amen……Biskit had her surgery and all went well, although the flight getting there was a total cluster-puck and once there, although the Medical Center in Mexico had arranged for a nice room at the Marriott, a shuttle bus came early; like 7am to pick Nina up to take her to the Med. Center and Brian was so exhausted from all the plane fiasco the day before he just told her to go on and he’d meet her there as she wasn’t scheduled for surgery until around noon. So Brian rents a car, gets to the border, and this is fast becoming a “you’ve been punked” video. They tell him at the border that taxi’s and rental cars are not permitted across the border. So Brian has to call up the rental company to pick-up the car and then he literally has to walk across the border! The show that we watch all the time called “The Bridge” about the Mexican border will now forever remind Brian of him stomping across the border. I laughed so damn hard when he called to bitch to me about the whole story and I started imitating Mexicans saying, Oh, si, Gringo Sasquatch has come to town”, “he looks very, very pissed off, si”. That by the end of the phone call he was even laughing at the whole situation himself. Then, once across the border, there’s nothing but taxi’s waiting to take your pesos. So, they take him to this one hospital and it looks like what’s left of the Alamo. He’s wanting to know where his daughter is because he’s not going to allow her to have surgery there, but then a Nurse comes out and explains to the taxi driver where Brian is supposed to be and when they get to the practically new Medical Center Brian is very relieved. Me too. Whew! He said all the Nurses wore the crisp, white uniforms like in the old days and the starched white caps and they used glass syringes. Crazy! But at least it was super clean, well-staffed and everyone was very kind and helpful. It just goes to show that if you do your research, check your sources, but most of all……have FAITH, then you’re good to go.

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Nina has returned home and is back at work and is losing a pound a day and although she’s still on all nutrient and protein liquids, she gets to start on solid food in 2 weeks. She’s already lost 30 pounds but to know that she’s changed her life for the better and she’s chosen to be healthy and love herself enough to change and to be here with us……. to choose L I F E ! God Is Good. I’m so proud of you, Nini. You’re my super star and my cup runneth over with love for you. I can’t wait to see where you go from here, now that you know you’re a helluva lot braver than you ever realized. We love ya’ bikers. No designated day for Thanks, that’s every day in our home. toni & brian

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Bullet Points Responsible Gun owneRship From G & A’s Keys to Being a Responsible Gun Owner By B. Gil Horman

“A common argument against civilian gun ownership is based on what could be called a Sheep vs. Wolves model. Basically the argument goes, there are two kinds of people who live in this country: the peace-loving, guileless and socially well-adjusted individuals who do no harm (Sheep) and the evil, heartless, twisted predators that ruthlessly maim and murder innocent people (Wolves). How do we go about sorting the safe Sheep from the dangerous Wolves? According to some, the answer is neat and simple: The Wolves have guns! This kind of bi-polar political argument is popular—and seemingly effective—because it boils a multi-faceted social issue down to just two choices; either you’re a “good guy” or a “bad guy,” a victim or the victimizer. But now is the right time for us to talk about and promote the third category of citizen, one that’s purposefully ignored. If we’re going to continue with the Sheep vs. Wolves model, then the overlooked third player is the Shepherd. The Shepherds in our society are those who consciously take a stand against the Wolves in defense of the Sheep, willingly placing themselves in danger to protect those who cannot defend themselves. They are motivated by patriotism, a sense of duty, and devotion to their family and friends. Some Shepherds choose to wear a uniform and others carry a badge. But most of them in this country are honest, hard-working people who exercise their Second Amendment right to legally carry a concealed firearm or to have personal protection and sporting firearms in their homes. In other words, their motives for owning firearms are both pure and noble. But is it enough to know in your heart that you’re a good, responsible gun owner? It’s time to do more than just feel good about ourselves. We need to be the kind of gun owners that cannot be easily impugned and who do not simply stand by and allow this political fiasco to continue unchallenged. The first step to being a responsible gun owner is to declare yourself a Shepherd.”

TRM MI Jody Mo holding a .500 S & W Magnum® - The largest, most powerful production revolver in the world

Read more: www.gunsandammo.com/2013/02/11/responsible-gun-owners/

Firearms Feature

The Glock 19 ~ Gen 3 vs. Gen 4

What are some of the differences between the Gen 3 and Gen 4? The differences are few. The grip is a little different. The texturing is different and gives a little different feel. But mainly the grip is different because it is a little shorter and then you can add back straps to make it bigger. The medium back strap makes the grip the same size as the Gen 3. Glock has also started adding a set of beaver tail equipped back straps. A medium and large one are now in each box. Glock started including 3 magazines instead of the 2 that came with the previous generations. It’s a nice touch since most companies are now including only 1 or 2. One of the subtle changes is the magazine release. A lot of people that customize the Gen 3 put an extended magazine release on their guns, so Glock just did it for them. The release doesn’t stick out further or just bigger around, it extends towards the back so it makes the push a shorter reach for your thumb. Internally they changed a couple things. The pins that hold the ejector, return spring and disconnect got changed a little so that the back straps can be accepted. The GLOCK 19 Gen4, in 9x19, introduces revolutionary design changes to the pistol that has found worldwide acclaim with security services both private and public. The Modular Back Strap design lets you instantly customize its grip to adapt to an individual shooter’s hand size. The surface of the frame employs the The GLOCK 19 is ideal for a more versatile role because of its reduced dimen- new scientifically designed, real-world-tested, Gen4 rough textured technology. sions when compared to the standard sized option. Chambered in 9x19, the G19 Internally, the new GLOCK dual recoil spring assembly substantially increases the has found worldwide acclaim with both private and public security agencies. In life of the system. A reversible enlarged magazine catch, changeable in seconds, addition to being used as a conventional service pistol, it is ideal for concealed accommodates left or right-handed operators. The G19 Gen4 9x19mm retains the GLOCK accessory rail for your attachments. carry or as a backup weapon.

GLOCK 19 Gen 4

GLOCK 19

CALIBER: 9x19 LENGTH: 187 mm / 7.36 in. HEIGHT: 127 mm / 4.99 in. BARREL HEIGHT: 32 mm /1.18 in. LINE OF SIGHT: 153 mm / 6.02 in. BARREL LENGTH: 102 mm / 4.02 in. WIDTH: 30 mm /1.18 in. WEIGHTS: [unloaded] 600 g / 21.16 oz. / [loaded] 850 g / 39.98 oz. MAG CAPACITY: [standard] 15 / [optional] 17/19/33 TRIGGER PULL (~): 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs. TRIGGER TRAVEL (~): 12.5 mm / .5 in. BARREL RIFLING: right hand, hexagonal LENGTH OF TWIST: 250 mm / 9.84 in. 4

CALIBER: 9x19 LENGTH: 185 mm / 7.28 in. HEIGHT: 127 mm / 4.99 in. BARREL HEIGHT: 32 mm / 1.26 in. LINE OF SIGHT: 153 mm / 6.02 in. BARREL LENGTH: 102 mm / 4.01 in. WIDTH: 30 mm /1.18 in. WEIGHTS: [unloaded] 595 g / 20.99 oz. / [loaded] 855 g / 30.18 oz. MAG CAPACITY: [standard] 15 / [optional] 17/19/33 TRIGGER PULL (~): 2.5 kg / 5.5 lbs. TRIGGER TRAVEL (~): 12.5 mm / .5 in. BARREL RIFLING: right hand, hexagonal LENGTH OF TWIST: 250 mm / 9.84 in.

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3 ANNUAL rd

HEROES BREAKFAST

IS A HUGE SUCCESS for VETERANS! NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Operation Stand Down Nashville’s (OSDN) 3rd Annual Heroes Breakfast was held Friday, September 6 at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel’s ballroom. In an interactive dialog, Guest Speaker, Tony Mendez, retired CIA Operative and author of the book, “Master of Disguise,” described how he led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran, during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. The Oscar winning Best Picture ‘ARGO’ is based on Tony’s book. Honorary Chair, country music singer and songwriter, Ronnie McDowell sang the National Anthem with Stephen Cochran, and Joe Elmore, host of Tennessee Crossroads, was Master of Ceremony. Genma Holmes and her team turned the breakfast event into one filled with the intrigue and suspense of the CIA. General Sponsor HCA TriStar Health, Colonels Sponsors Aegis Sciences Corporation and Mr. Glenn & Dr. Pamela Jones, 50 Table Captains, and over 500 guests

Ronnie McDowell, Stephen Cochran, and Bob Tuke

Denine Torr escorted by Joseph Murray

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walked the red carpet escorted by Navy Chiefs dressed in whites to the Mission Impossible theme song. Tables were decorated with brightly colored fresh flowers with American Flags and movie clapboards, and each table captain received a confidential folder with a mission. “It was our first year to honor a staff member, Deborah Smith, with the Sean Mullen Above & Beyond Award. Sean was a Warrant Officer with Company Bravo, 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on June 2, 2013. This award is given to an OSDN staff member who has demonstrated the strength of character and dedication to service represented by Warrant Officer Sean Mullen. The overall goal of the breakfast event is to build awareness of the needs of veterans in our community and to raise funds to support OSDN,” said event chair and board member, Lynda Evjen.

Emily Beard, Jacob Weiss, and Genma Holmes

Montford Point Marines and Congressional Gold Medal Recipients Leroy Mack and Mark H. McCann, Sr.

Jeanne Nicholson, Eric Forrest, and Dave Elleman

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Keith Letta and Kim Owen

Mark Winslow, Melissa Blackburn, and Betty Lou Burnett

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About Operation Stand Down Nashville, Inc. (OSDN)

Earl Watson, Dean Tuttle, Gary Drennon and Frank Forbes

OSDN is a nonprofit agency that assists veterans and their families so they can be self-sustaining and better connected to the community. OSDN directly provides honorably discharged veterans: 1) the ONLY Veteran Service Center in Tennessee, 2) Transitional Housing, 3) Employment Services, and 4) 12th Avenue Thrift Store. OSDN uses a “whole veteran” approach to provide and identify the most appropriate services and support for the best interests of each individual. Specifically, OSDN’s Veteran Service Center offers military records retrieval, telephone, computer and reliable mail services, food, clothing and transportation as well as coordination of other social services. Transitional Housing provides a home and support for veterans who have issues that have gained control over their lives. OSDN’s Employment Services help with job readiness, resume preparation, interview skills, employment search and support to maintain employment. Lastly, the 12th Avenue Thrift Store serves as a job-training program and primary resource for clothing necessary for employment. _____________________________________________

Major Harold Turks, Mary Ross, and Carmen Turks

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Tony and Jonna Mendez

For more information about OSDN, please contact Lori Ogden at (615) 248-1981 ext. 127 or visit our website at www.osdnashville.org

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Chaplain’s Corner Pastor Ron Baptiste Founder of Covenant Confirmers Ministries Inc. www.covenantconfirmers.org Founder of Tennessee Biker Medical Clinic Inc. www.tennesseebikermedicalclinic.org TN.COC State Chaplain www.tenncoc. homestead.com Member of NCOM Christian Unity Council www.facebook.com/NCOM.Christian.Unity Pastor Ron’s messages can now be downloaded off the website Leadership Skills can now be downloaded off the website

“Convicted but Not Converted”

Have you asked the big question: “What the heck is wrong with Christians today?” We have all these different Christian religions and denominations and all claiming to be the only way! They can’t get along with other Christian denominations and that isn’t bad enough, there’s a lot of Christians that can’t get along with others inside the same Church. As Pastor of a Church, an officer in the TN COC overseeing the Christian clubs and motorcycle ministries and as a member of NCOM National Christian Unity Council, I hear a lot of conflicting comments such as: “The Lord told me this” others say: “The Lord told me that.” God does not conflict Himself, somebody is wrong. The problem is that there are a lot of people that have been “convicted” of their sins, wrong doings and are truly sorry for what they did, but they were never “converted” to the Lord Jesus Christ. They have mistaken “conviction for conversion.” Once you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart there should be a change in your spirit man. You should want to know more about God, grow in His Word and the change in your life is proof of your “conversion.” But just feeling sorry for your mistakes is not enough. “Conviction” usually comes after a person is caught, and they swear they will never do it again, but they do because there has been no “conversion.” They don’t have the power to change or the “want-tos.” They end up joining a church, getting baptized, but all this is just an outside change, there must be a change on the inside; “You must be born again.” 10

There is a “Hollywood spirit” in the Church today, self-promoting, political positioning. Everybody wants a title: Pastor, Prophet, Apostle, or Bishop. Everybody wants to be a boss over a motorcycle ministry, they can’t take instructions or be in order with their current motorcycle ministry so they break off and start their own club, and they all claim to hear from God. They are confusing their own carnal desires, their own thoughts and feelings, then claiming its Gods direction. It always starts out in a “silly error” but it can develop into “demonic promptings” very quickly. One only has to look back at the tragedies where cult leaders have killed members and said that the Lord told them to do it. Mothers drowning their children, Charles Manson claimed that he heard from God, Jim Jones and the incident at Waco TX. A man’s heart condition determines his hearing condition. Pride and ego will stop one from hearing from God. There are a lot of people that “Know the word of God, but don’t know the voice of God.” John 10:27 “My sheep know my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” One rule of thumb to always remember: God will never tell you something apart from His Word! If it’s not in the Book, it’s not God! The Holy Spirit will bring “Conviction” and the Blood of Jesus will bring “conversion.” Until next time, keep your face in the wind and your kickstand up. To be found faithful, Pastor Ron www.covenantconfirmers.org

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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 keep it simple sweetie) 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.

FRENCH ONION SOUP, MADE SIMPLE

PARADISE PUDDING

3 Cans of Campbell’s French Onion Soup 1 Good Size Large Onion (optional) 1 Bag of Butter Style Croutons 1 Pack of Sargento’s Deli-Sliced Swiss Cheese Pour all 3 cans of your soup into a medium size sauce pan. If you want additional, large strands of fresh onion to mix with your canned, cut your onion into 1/4 inch strips and saute’ until tender in margarine. Add to saucepan and heat through. Take (4) crockpot style bowls (oven safe) and pour your soup mixture 3/4 up to top in each bowl. Add apprx. 10 croutons per bowl and smoosh down into soup. Not till soggy, just so not floating on top. Add at least 3 squares of Swiss thin-cut, deli-style cheese and place under broiler until cheese is golden brown and bubbly. Remove. Serve immediately with hot, crusty French bread and a cool, crisp salad. The first year I learned how to make this, I was 20, and I bet you I made it 100 times that year alone. It’s one of my all-time favorite, easy soups. And, if you serve with bread and salad, it truly is a meal in itself.

2 Cups Ice Cold Milk 1 Pkg. Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix 1/4 Cup Honey 2 tsp. Grated Orange Peel 1/4 tsp. Real Vanilla Extract 1 Cup Whipping Cream, Whipped 1 Medium Firm Banana, Sliced 1 Can (11 oz.) Mandarin Orange Sections, drained 1/4 Cup Flaked Coconut 1/4 Cup Sliced Almonds In a ceramic bowl, blend milk and pudding mix according to directions. Add honey, orange peel and vanilla. Fold in the whipped cream. In individual, see-thru dessert dishes, layer half of the pudding, banana slices, orange sections, coconut and almonds, Repeat the layers. Cover w/ Saran Wrap and chill under ice cold. Put some Nilla Wafers in a ziplock bag and crush them up with a wooden mallot or with a rolling pin and sprinkle crumbs all over top of your pudding. Yummy.

THE BEST TASTING AND EASIEST CORNBREAD STUFFING YOU EVER ATE OR MADE 2 Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing Cornbread Mix 1 Pkg. of Large Mushrooms, Presliced 1/2 Cup of Chicken Broth 1 Stick of Land O’ Lakes Butter 1 Medium Onion, Large Chop 2 Large Celery Stalks, Small Chop Saute’ your shrooms, onion, and celery in margarine in a medium fry pan. In a large cooking pot, prepare the stuffing as per directions, only substitute 1/2 of water called for and use 1/2 cup chicken broth instead. Add 1/2 of stick of butter to boiling water, then remove pot from burner and add your stuffing envelopes, slightly stir to moisten, cover and let stuffing absorb liquid. When ready, remove lid and transfer to large, ceramic bowl, fluffing up stuffing as you put into bowl, then add your saute mixture of mushrooms, onions and celery and cut the remaining 1/2 of butter stick into pats and distribute around and then gently mix with a wooden spoon until all veggies are distributed evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste. You can also put this mixture into a baking dish and place under broiler for a crusty, crispy topping. Either way, this stuffing rocks!

4 Cups of Premium Brand Instant Mashed Taters 1 Cup (8 oz.) Sour Cream 1 Pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened 1 tsp. Dried Chives, or 1 Tbl. Snipped Fresh Chives 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder 1/4 Cup Dry Bread Crumbs 1 Tbl. Butter or Premium Margarine, melted 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese In a large bowl, combine potatoes, sour cream, cream cheese, chives and garlic powder. Turn into a greased 2-qt. casserole. Combine bread crumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 min. Top w/ cheese and serve immediately.

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HOLIDAY, “SPECIAL” POTATOES

ZIPPIDY QUICK CORN SALAD

1/4 Cup Mayonnaise or Salad Dressing 2 Tbls. Lemon Juice 3/4 tsp. Ground Mustard 1/4 tsp. Sugar or Splenda 2 Green Onions, Thinly Sliced 1 Tbl. Chopped Green Pepper Salt & Pepper to taste Mix well and refrigerate at Least 4 hrs. prior to serving. Different, but totally delicious! HAPPY DAY OF

THANKS & GRATITUDE; OUR FAMILY OF BIKERS

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CLUBS

ORGANIZATIONS

Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs of the The Great State of Tennessee www.tenncoc.com

BACA

Board Members

State Chairman: Byrdman 1%er, AOA State VP Chairman: Tommy 1%er, AOA State Secretary, Webmaster: Keebler, American Steel MC State Treasurer: Doc, 4 Way In No Way Out MC COC Chaplain: Pastor Ron Baptiste, Covenant Confirmers MC AIM/NCOM Attorney: James J. Ramsey (Pops) Keltics MC

Tennessee Member Listing 2012-2013 4-Way In No Way Out MC American Steel MC A.R.M. Bikers For Christ M/M Black Pistons MC Boozefighters MC Bond Slaves MC Brothers of the Wheel MC Confederates MC Confederate Drifters MC Copperheads MC Covenant Confirmers MC Currahee MC Double Knuckle MC E.B.G.B. MC Fire and Iron MC Grim Reapers MC Highlanders MC His Laboring Few M/M In Country MC Iron Horsemen MC Iron Riders MC Keltics MC Leathernecks MC Leathernecks Confederation MC Mountain Rebels MC New Attitudes MC Nightriders MC Outlaws MC Peacemakers MC Soldiers for Jesus MC Sons of God MC Southern Sons MC Southern Souls MC Sons of Pennyrile MC Southern Journeymen MC Tri-Cities Motorcyclist MC True Sons MC Unforgotten MC US Military Vets MC Velvet Hammer MC Vendetta’s MC Vietnam Vets Legacy Vets MC Widowmakers MC Wind and Fire MC Zombies MC

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Pres. Jay Barnes, Murfreesboro 615-364-1029, www.rollingthundertn1.com ROLLING THUNDER®, INC., CHAPTER 2 TN Pres. Gerri Tramel , Soddy-Daisy 423-843-1061 www.rollingthundertn2.org

www.bacausa.com Volunteer State Chapter-Lebanon, TN (865-951-4224) E Volunteer State Chapter-Vonore, TN (615-715-5039)

ROLLING THUNDER®, INC., CHAPTER 3 TN Pres. Clay Tumlin, Knoxville 865-457-4507 rttn3@comcast.net

BIKERS WHO CARE

www.bikerewhocane.org Bikers Who Care is a organization of motorcycle enthusiasts dedicated to

ROLLING THUNDER®, INC., CHAPTER 4 TN Pres. Alan Sipe, Johnson City 423-329-3152, www.rollingthundertn4.com

supporting The Dream Factory of Clarksville, TN by sponsoring Camp Rainbow, a summer camp for seriously ill children

ROLLING THUNDER®, INC. Rolling Thunder Chapter 6 Pres. Mike Morel, Martin City 731-431-2411 www.rollingthundertn6.com

BLUE KNIGHTS

The BLUE KNIGHTS® is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement men & women who enjoy riding motorcycles. www.blueknightstnv.bizland.com

CMT/ABATE

CMT/ABATE, Inc. is not a •Biker Club”, but a nonprofit, political organization that was formed to preserve feedom and safety for all Tennesseans who enjoy motorcycling. Our major goals are to modify existing laws that are detrimental to motorcycle safety and enjoyment, and to enact new legislation in support of motorcyclists who ride in Tennessee. If you are concerned about preserving personal freedom and motorcycle safety, we urge you to join. Local charters play a major rote in making CMT/ABATE, Inc. an effective organization by contacting their area legislators to inform them of how the local membership feels about issues affecting motorcyclists. PO BOX 1991 MADISON, TN 37116 615-860-1991 Email: lnfo@cmtabate.com

SONS OF LIBERTY RIDERS Action Not Words - NOW! Riders organizing to support and defend this country. A political movement of riders. All riders welcome! In addition to welcoming members of any other organization or affiliation. Welcoming non-riders and supporters as well. sonsoflibertyriders.com

T.H.R.C.A.

The Tennessee Honda Riders Club www.mthrc.org

Kerbela Motor Corps Donnie Anderson 865-806-2097 www.shrinershq.org

TN VALLEY RIDERS

Fayettevilte,TN Web page: tennesseevalleyriders.org Doesn’t matter what you ride or who you are everyone welcome. No dues, Fun Riding Group helping those in need. For more info triplef@cafes.net

MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS FOUNDATION OF TENNESSEE WWW.MAFT.US

MAFT is a non-profit 501-C-3 tax-exempt organization. We believe that educating the public to have the proper respect for motorcyclists as well other highway users will reduce accidents and deaths on our highways. We hope to reduce motorcycle accidents caused by inattentive drivers resulting in avoidable right of way collisions. Our Campaign Save A Life program is teaching new drivers in our High Schools awareness and defensive techniques to avoid these accidents. MAFT honors the survivors, the lost and the families of these accident victims at a Vigil each autumn. = Awareness, Respect and Education MAFTINFO@AOL.COM 615-799-8600

Motor Maids, Inc.

GWRRA

We are the world’s largest single-marque social organization for owners and riders of Honda Gold Wing & Valkyrie motorcycles and, some would say, the world’s largest family. Dedicated to our motto, Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge, GWRRA members enjoy the freedom of belonging to a not-for-profit, non-reigious and non-political organization. http://www.gwrra.org

MID SOUTH RIDERS

Meetings held the 2nd Sunday of the month @ Shady Rest Biker Bar,Timbte,TN www.midsouthriders.com

A diverse group of women motorcyclists united through a passion for riding while fostering a positive image and promoting safe riding skills. www.motormaids.org

PATRIOT GUARD RIDERS www.PatriotGuard.org

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact PGR State Captain Annette (Dreamcatcher) 615974-3046

ROLLING THUNDER TENNESSEE

www.rollingthundertn1.com Rolling Thunder®, Inc.’s major function is to publicize the POW-MlA issue. To educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all past wars. To help correct the past and to protect the future veterans from being left behind should they become prisoners of war-missing in action. We are committed to helping American veterans from all wars! ROLLING THUNDER®, INC., CHAPTER 1 TN

ASSOCIATIONS VFW Post 5266 Morristown, TN Riders Association

Open to all active duty, reservists, guards, and retired military members who are eligible to join the VFW. We meet at 7PM the 3rd Thurs. of each month at the Morristown VFW Post 5266. We are a Veteran driven Association, that supports the surrounding areas Veterans. We also support locally “The Daily Bread and Food On Foot.” Contact Michael Jacobs, President VFW Riders Association @ 423-312-6220 or on FaceBook @ VFW Riders Morristown, TN

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Christian Motorcyclists Association

Organized in 1975 for the purpose of reaching the motorcycle world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The only requirement for becoming a member of CMA is that you be a Christian. For more info contact the TN State Coordinator, JW Allgood, 615-830-3183 or jwa400@comcast.net. November 2013


TENNESSEE CHAPTERS Athens/Trinity Warriors #994 Kingsport/Rays of the Son #199 Chattanooga/Choo-Choo Wheels Knoxville/Inspiration Riders #64 of Worship #204 McMinnville/Holy Spirit Clarksville/Prayerborne Reigns #887 Eagles #467 Memphis/Wheels of Grace #710 Cleveland/Gatekeeper #615 Morristown/Lakeway Warriors #999 Columbia/Knights for Christ #448 Murfreesboro/Cornerstone Cookeville/Blood Bought Riders #940 Bikers #614 Mt. Juliet/Steel Witness #1205 Covington/Ransomed Riders #898 Nashville/Lions of Judah #405 Crossville/Cumberland Cruisers Paris/West TN Cruisers for Christ #802 for Christ #1002 Cumberland Gap/Clinton Pulaski/Redemption Riders #1100 Forming Chapter #2508 Springfield/ Bikers of Grace Dover/Iron Horse Revelators #1210 Forming Chapter #2738 Dyersburg/Dyersburg Tullahoma/Outriders for Christ #616 Disciples #978 Union City/Reelfoot Light Jackson/Steelhorse Prophets #709 Riders #897 Jonesborough/Fellowship of the Unashamed #1208

Three Degrees Masonic Motorcycle Club

Contact: Grang Chapter Secretary @ e-mail: ironmason@hotmail. com or Past President: Free Bird @ freebird3d@yahoo.com

Southern Cruisers

www.southerncruisers.net #435 Beech River #273 Bristol #034 Chatanooga #058 Clarksville #410 Copperhill #323 Covington #285 Crossroads #320 Cumberland Gap #423 Eagle Bluff #211 Golden Circle #250 Greenville

#282 Highland Rim #000 Memphis #006 Middle #059 Montgomery Bell #077 Northeast #483 Northwest #153 Shiloh #246 South Central #001 Tennessee Valley #130 Upper Cumberland #193 West Tennessee

Revelators Motorcycle Ministries

Bristol TN Meeting and ride 1st Sat each month @ Burger king on west state st @ 830 am more info frank@ 423-963-5850 chaplin john @423-323-8812 ww.revelatorsmm.com

Wheels Of Faith Ministry

Road Riders for Jesus Ministries

A nondenominational organization with the purpose and goal of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through word & work, and to provide a Christian atmosphere where we gather and ride our motorcycles. www.wheelsoffaith.com

Confederate Sons Association

Women on Wheels Cool Lady Cruisers Chattanooga, TN joandcharlie@bellsouth.net

Road Riders For Jesus is an independent, Christian faith based, motorcycle ministry that began in 1999 near St. Louis, MO. We now have over 4,000 members world-wide. To find a local chapter, call Mike at 615-828-6446 or go to the national website at www.roadridersforjesus.org. Also check us out on Facebook! Cookeville, Tennessee see our web site for more info www.ConfederateSonsAssociation.com or e-mail larrybarnes@ConfederateSonsAssociation.com

Mercy Hands Street Ministries

P.O. Box 1515 Dickson, TN 37056 931-670-2351

W.O.W.

HOG CHAPTERS The Dragon Chapter, Maryville 865-977-1669

Hog Heaven Ministries Harley Riders for Jesus

Eastern Tennessee Chapter 865-457-7893

GOLD WING TOURING ASSN. CHAPTER HARPETH VALLEY RIDERS

Ghost River Chapter Collierville, TN ghostriverhog.com

American Legion Riders

Golden Circle Jackson Chapter 731-627-2288 www.qchoq.com

Vic Richardson 931-729-1091 hogheavennmislries@yahoo.com

Contact Damy & Joyce Emter, Chapter Directors Phone: 615-244-1456 e: DannyEmter@msn.com

(Post 95, Eastridge,TN) Open to American Legion Members and

Associates. We participate in parades, ceremonies, and promote motorcycle safety. We also provide a social atmosphere for Legion members who share the same interests. Join us for Fun, friendship and interesting motorcycle rides. ezriderintn@aol.com

Black Sheep

Black Sheep Harley-Davidsons for Christ is more than just a motorcycle club. It’s a motorcycle ministry of men and women that ride for Jesus: helping and serving H.O.G. members and chapters across the country. For more information contact Jeff Pierce 615.653.5065 or visit our web site: wwwblacksheephdfc.org

Road Riders for Jesus Motorcycle Ministries

Chattanooga, TN. Meeting and ride 3rd Sat each month @ City Cafe on corner Lee Hwy and Bonny Oaks @ 11:00 AM more info Johnny @ 423 605 5026 ,www.roadridersforjesus.org

Middle Tennessee 615-771-7775 Murfreesboro Chapter 615-849-8025 615-242-6067 The Dragon Chapter, Maryville 865-977-1669 Memphis Chapter webguru@memphishog.com

The Biker Church

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Mule Town Chapter 931--540-0099 www.muletownrider.com Nashville Music City Chapter 615-242-6067 Northwestern 731-885-1792 Thunder Creek Chattanooga Chapter 423-892-4888 Tri City Chapter 423-283-0422 Tuckessee Clarksville Chapter (931)648-1607 Twin Lakes Morristown Chapter 423-586-5343 Upper Cumberland Chapter 931-526-3139 13


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TECH TIPS: TIRE SAFETY

HOW OLD ARE YOUR TIRES? 01 06 10 15 19 23 28 32 36 41 45 49

FROM GOLDWINGDOCS.COM THUNDER ROADS OHIO CONTRIBUTOR Tires age. As tires get older, they get more stiff and less resilient, more susceptible to cracking, and overall more brittle. Even if tires are not worn out, they should be replaced after six or seven years. “But I never have tires last six or seven years!” you may say. That may be - but what if the tires were three years old when you bought them “new”? Or when you bought that “new to you” motorcycle - how old were the tires on it? How can you tell? It’s a well-kept secret in the tire industry that a) tires are unsafe after six or seven years, and that b) tires that are sold new are not necessarily new - they may have sat on the shelf for years before being sold to you. They look new, they were sold “as new” - but they are not new. Fortunately, there is a very simple way to find out the actual age of the tire, starting from its manufacture. Stamped into the side of every tire is a date code, that indicates the actual date of manufacture. It looks something like this:

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05: 09: 14: 18: 22: 27: 31: 35: 40: 44: 48: 52:

January February March April May June July August September October November December

Some tires will have a longer string of digits, like “NA2M4206” - in this case, it’s the last four digits we are interested in, so this example would be the 42nd week of 2006. What if your tire only has three digits? Throw it away! Tires made before 2000 used only one digit for the year. So a tire with the code “015” was made in January of 1995...or 1985!

How to Inspect Your Motorcycle Tires Start off with a visual inspection. Under well-lit conditions, look for any signs of punctures (such as nails or shards of glass) which might potentially lead to a loss of pressure or a blowout. Bulging or cracking might also occur on old tires; make sure you roll your bike forward in order to see all surface areas that come in contact with the road.

Check Your Tire Tread

Adequate tire tread not only ensures tire integrity, it allows water to be channeled away from the contact patch, which helps maintain grip under wet conditions.

In this case, it’s the number “4209”. In some cases, this will be prefixed with “DOT”, as in “DOT4209”. The first two numbers in the code is the week of manufacture - 52 weeks in a year, remember. The last two are the year - in this case, the 09 represents 2009. This can be approximated to the following - this is for the year 2010, and it will change slightly from year to year, but for the most part, this is how to convert the week number to the month:

Using a quarter, ensure that when placed within the tread groove, there’s enough tire tread to extend past the top of Washington’s head. If it doesn’t, it’s probably time to replace your tire. Tip - Go with George, NOT Abe. You may have heard about doing the “penny test” to see when it’s time to get new tires. Some experts want to toss that coin test in favor of the quarter. The penny test is simple. Hold a penny so that you can see Abraham Lincoln’s head. Now insert Lincoln’s portrait, scalp-side down, into a groove in your

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tire tread. If your can still see the top of his head, it’s time for new tires. That works because the distance between the edge of a penny and the top of Lincoln’s head is about 2/32 of an inch (in normal speech, that would be 1/16 of inch, but tire treads are measured in 32nds of an inch). But now some experts advise a more conservative approach. Instead of Lincoln’s head on a penny, use George Washington’s head on a quarter. That’s about 4/32, or 1/8, of an inch. In track tests conducted by the tire Web site TireRack.com, using a quarter instead of a penny resulted in 24 percent shorter wet-road stopping distances. If you can see Washington’s wig, your tires are as close as you’ll want to get to being bald.

by the pressure figures printed on the sidewall. After checking tire pressure, inflate them using compressed air until they reach the recommended pressure. If they’re overinflated, simply bleed them by depressing the center of the Schrader valve until they are properly inflated. If you check tires after a few hours of riding, anything more than a 10% gain in pressure could indicate they’re working too hard. If that’s the case, you’ll want to lighten the load and/or slow down.

Check Your Tire Pressure Tire pressure is especially crucial on motorcycles, and handling and ride quality can change dramatically with small adjustments. Tires also wear more quickly when they’re not properly inflated, adding yet another reason to check tire pressure regularly. The best time to check tire pressure is before you start riding while the tires are cool; once the bike is in motion, tire temperatures warm up, which changes the density and pressure of the air inside. Always use your owner’s manual for recommended PSI levels. If you’re using non-standard tire sizes on your bike, go

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ndian Motorcycle®, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced the highly anticipated details for the all-new 2014 Indian® Chief® family of motorcycles. Before thousands of motorcycling fans at the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame in downtown Sturgis at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 3, Indian Motorcycle unveiled the three models that comprise the Indian Chief line up. The reveal ceremony and party signaled an inflection point in motorcycling history with the renewal of America’s oldest and most legendary brand. 2014 Indian Chief Classic (starting MSRP: $18,999) The new Indian Chief Classic is a pure, powerful cruiser forged from key heritage design elements yet wrapped in advanced design, engineering and technology. It features iconic styling like valanced fenders, rich genuine leather saddle, classic tank-mounted instrumentation, tear-drop fuel tank design, and sculpted and lighted front fender war bonnet. The 2014 Indian Chief Classic comes standard with a host of premium features including endless chrome, keyless ignition, ABS, cruise control, throttle-by-wire, true dual exhaust, high quality chrome laced spoke wheels, brake caliper covers, cast aluminum frame with integrated air intake, and much more.

The Indian Chief Classic, like all 2014 Indian Chief models, is powered by the all-new, clean sheet design Thunder Stroke™ 111 engine. Offering 111 cubic inches of pavement pounding power and 119 ft-lbs of torque, this class-leading power plant draws powerful design cues from heritage Indian Motorcycle engines merged with brilliant engineering and advanced technologies. The Thunder Stroke 111 is a 49-degree, air-cooled V-twin with 6-speed overdrive transmission, and features unmatched premium exterior finishes and touches. It offers owners the peace-of-mind that comes from over two million miles of on-road and test-lab verification and Polaris Industries’ sixty years of engineering

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2014 INDIAN CHIEF VINTAGE (starting MSRP: $20,999) The new Indian Chief Vintage is a soft bagger that takes iconic Indian Motorcycle styling to a whole new level with handcrafted detail and a signature heritage aesthetic. The Indian Chief Vintage offers top-quality quick release soft-sided leather bags, leather fringe, chrome fender tips, vintage chrome badging on the front fender and a quick-release windshield for easy installation or removal. It includes the same premium standard features as the Indian Chief Classic, and sports the same iconic design elements like valanced fenders, laced wheels, whitewall tires, tank-mounted instrument cluster and extensive chrome finishes throughout. It is also powered by the new Thunder Stroke 111 engine.

2014 INDIAN CHIEFTAIN (starting MSRP: $22,999) The first Indian Motorcycle of its kind, the 2014 Indian Chieftain maintains the legendary Indian Chief styling, while taking this progressive machine to new heights with advanced features and premium comfort. Unlike any Indian Motorcycle ever made, the Chieftain features a fairing with integrated driving lights, and its power windshield is an industry-first for a fork-mounted fairing. Standard features include hard saddlebags featuring remote locks and

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quick-release anchors, a high-output audio system featuring integrated Bluetooth® smartphone connectivity, and a tire pressure monitoring system. “When we acquired Indian Motorcycle two and a half years ago we set out to capture the heart, soul and legendary heritage of this iconic American brand and then infuse it with unparalleled design, engineering and state-of-the-art technology,” said Scott Wine, CEO of Indian Motorcycle parent company Polaris Industries Inc. “On Saturday night we revealed three stunning new Indian Chief models that represent the results of our journey and the future of this brand. It was a triumphant day for all of us, and I know motorcycling fans around the world proudly join us in celebrating Indian Motorcycle and the realization that choice in American motorcycles is here to stay.”

THE FIRST 1901

To pay tribute to Indian Motorcycle’s past the first 1901 Indian Chiefs to roll off of Indian’s assembly line in Spirit Lake, IA will be identified with a limited-edition badge. Numbered between one and 1901, these rare bikes will reflect the year of Indian’s inception by Oscar Hedstrom and George Hendee in Springfield, MA. “We have been very conscientious about honoring Indian Motorcycle’s storied history while establishing a foundation for what’s yet to come,” said Polaris Vice President of Motorcycles, Steve Menneto. “The lucky few who purchase these limited number bikes will truly own a piece of history, concurrently representing Indian’s rich past and its limitless future.” More information is available at Indian Motorcycle dealers across the country.

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AVAILABILITY

Indian Motorcycle is adding dealerships across the US and globally, and is on plan to have 125-140 North American and 70 international dealers by year end. The full line of 2014 Indian Chief models are available for order now and will arrive in dealerships in September, along with an extensive array of apparel, parts and accessories. Indian Motorcycle demo rides will be available at dealer events across the country starting later in August. Visit www.indianmotorcycle.com to check out the Demo Tour schedule or to locate an Indian Motorcycle dealer near you, and to see the full line of apparel, parts and accessories. For more information please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/indianmotocycle, and Like Us at www.facebook.com/indianmotorcycle.

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ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE® Indian Motorcycle, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII), is America’s first motorcycle company. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com. 19


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SOOOO…… YOU WANT TO RIDE

THE TAIL OF THE DRAGON? BY JOEY LOVOIE THUNDER ROADS MISSISSIPPI Some call it US 129…some call it The Dragon…whatever you want to call it, it is about as close to heaven on earth as I have ever been. I rode it for the first time in 2004 and have been back every year since then. There is a certain kind of magic up in those mountains. The eleven mile stretch of road known worldwide for its 318 curves (resembling a dragon’s tail- hence the name) makes for a ride that is exhilarating, awe inspiring, and humbling all at the same time. Some of the sharpest curves have been given names over the years…Gravity Cavity, Beginner’s End, and Brake or Bust Bend just to name a few. Those names have not been given lightly. Make no mistake about it, the Dragon is a dangerous road. Fatalities are a fact of life up there. The biggest mistakes I’ve witnessed fall into the “common sense” category. I’ve seen even well experienced riders lose their sensibilities while embarking on the amazingly exciting, yet still perilous journey that is known as riding the Tail of the Dragon. I’ve put together a small list of reminders for those of you that wish to take on the challenge of US 129. 1.

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Wear your protective gear! As tempting as it is to let that fresh mountain air envelope you, doing so without the proper clothing might make it the last air that you breathe. When I ride, I wear long pants, leather jacket, full face D.O.T. approved helmet, boots, and gloves. I have wrecked on the Dragon before, but thanks to my protective clothing, I walked away unscathed. The speed limits are set at the posted speeds for a reason! This is not to say that you have to act as if you were driving Miss Daisy, but you do need to be aware that the speed limits set for those curves are there for your protection and the protection of others on the road. A lot of the curves up there are called tight or “technical” curves. Follow the

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speed limit because if you go around them any faster than recommended, the only three options you have are either going off the side of a mountain, running into a mountain, or blowing the curve- going outside your driving area and into oncoming traffic. Know your bike and your skill set and ride within the limitations of both. There are some motorcycle rental places in that area that will gladly take your money and let you rent a bike to ride the Dragon. If that is an option you choose, I highly recommend renting the bike for a long enough period of time that you know how it performs and handles before you take it on the Dragon. Contrary to popular belief, sport bikes are not made for speed. They are made for handling. Be courteous! US 129 is a public road - not a private racetrack. There are other motorcyclists, cars, and trucks that travel it daily. There has always been some discontent between the sport bike riders and the cruisers when it comes to the Dragon. I’ve ridden it both ways and can see the validity in both of their stands on the subject. Bottom line is just to be courteous to everyone else on the road. If you’re on a sport bike, don’t pass folks when there’s a double yellow line and don’t fly by them so fast that you put yourself and them at risk. If you’re on a cruiser, don’t ride the middle of the road just to slow the sport bike behind you down. Pull to the side and let them pass. You’re not going to teach anyone respect or the proper way to ride by putting both your lives at risk. I’ve ridden the Dragon solo and I’ve ridden it with a group. If you’re riding solo, keep in mind that there is no cell phone service up in that stretch of the mountains. If you get hurt out there, you’re stuck until someone sees you, then goes back down the mountain to get cell service and call for help, and until help makes its way up the mountain to your location. So be extra careful and aware of your surroundings! If you are riding with a group, make sure to have a designated meet up spot in case anyone in the group gets

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separated. Also be sure to still pay close attention to your surroundings at all times. It’s easy to get caught up in just “following the leader” or looking at all the amazing scenery, but if you do that and the leader goes down, there’s a strong likelihood that you will go down as well. Make sure your bike and all your gear is legal! You will be stopped for not wearing the proper helmet, having an expired or missing tag, not having your tag mounted in the proper place, etc. Those tickets are highly expensive! If you normally wear a novelty helmet, it is much more cost effective to stop along the way and buy a D.O.T. approved helmet rather than risk the cost of a ticket.

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Maintain your lane and keep your eyes on the road. They make sure to stay out of the way of traffic and are situated off the road, but they can inadvertently startle you if you’re not paying attention when you’re riding and happen to come up on them. Just be aware that they are out there. They are there to capture that moment of you being on the Dragon. You can purchase the pictures from them if you would like. Their business cards are at the local gift shops. One of the last things I’d like to mention is the Tree of Shame at Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort. It is a tree with a collection of various parts that have been left by people who have wrecked on the Dragon. Some have been left by loved ones of those who have died while riding the Dragon. It serves as a reality check of what can happen when you take on the challenge of riding those curves.

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And finally, it is a local legend that it is bad luck if you purchase a sticker to put on your helmet, bike, vehicle or anywhere else BEFORE you ride the Dragon. Even if you’re not superstitious by nature, why chance it? Ride it first, then buy your sticker! Ok, enough of the warnings! Time to move on to some fun stuff! I’ve been asked several times which I prefer riding in the mountains – my sport bike or my Harley. It’s a completely different experience and I enjoy both immensely. The thrill of the sport bike is always great…I started my motorcycling hobby on sport bikes. Since having a Harley though, I’ve learned to appreciate the scenery a little more. It’s breathtakcontinued... November 2013

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ingly beautiful up there. Both bikes have provided me with the “wind therapy” that makes every trip to the Dragon worthwhile. I love the whole region up there. It is a truly motorcycle friendly area. The local businesses thrive on the motorcycle community’s visits to their area from all over the world to ride up there. Be sure to stop in and support them. You will always find friendly faces, great food, and folks willing to sit around a campfire at night swapping stories.

Dragon, it serves as a central hub for all things going on. Right across the street from the resort is an independent Tail of the Dragon Gift Shop that has an expansive collection of souvenirs, t-shirts, and maps. The map at the top of this article is courtesy of the owners, Ron and Nancy.

When I go on vacation to the Dragon, I usually go first to an area in Georgia (referred to as the Georgia Loop by the locals) and ride Blood Mountain, which is in between Blairsville, GA and Dahlonega, GA. Dahlonega is a tourist town and is actually the site of the first American gold rush in the country. It’s a wonderful area with quaint shops, antiques, great little restaurants, and some of the best local wines you’ll find anywhere. On more recent trips though, I started staying in Blairsville because it’s not quite so touristy and has a real old town feel to it. I usually stay at Seasons Inn and highly recommend it if you make your way up there. The owners are very motorcycle friendly; the rooms are always clean and nice; the rates are very reasonable; and they provide nice little extras- such as rags to clean your bike. A great place to eat while in town is at the Hole in the Wall restaurant. Very unique place with great food. Once I’ve ridden Blood Mountain, I usually head on up to Deal’s Gap, which usually takes me about an hour and a half. I always stop at Wheeler’s Performance shop and say hi and talk to a person I consider one of the best and friendliest motorcycle mechanics in that whole area! Folks, he is the man to see for all your motorcycle needs! Now for lodging, there are a lot of places to stay in that area, but for the best rates and the best access, I normally stay at Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort at the Dragon. The rates are very reasonable and it’s an interesting place to sit back and just watch the traffic when you’re not out riding. In the peak season there are hundreds of people a day coming in and out and you get to talk to people from all over the world. Because of its location situated right at the beginning of the Tail of the

Because of how convenient and popular the Deal’s Gap Motorcycle Resort is, they book up fast. If you want to stay there, you need to call months in advance to get a reservation. If they are booked or if you just prefer a more rustic type accommodation, I highly recommend the Punkin Center Motorcycle Resort run by two very good friends of mine, Jody and Sherry Montgomery. It is comprised of individual cabins with clean beds and hot showers, but no cable TV. There is a kitchen/bar where you can go have a beer or soft drink and watch TV if you would like. When I have stayed there in the past though, I have preferred to just disconnect from the outside world and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. If you are staying there, you’ve got to try the pizza. It is handmade and out of this world! Mr. Jody and Ms. Sherry are great people who will sit down with you and talk to you about anything under the sun. If you’re in the area, stop in and say hello! I just can’t say enough about the natural beauty of the area, the friendliness of everyone you’ll encounter, or the thrill that you will get from riding the Dragon. I fell in love with it on my first trip in 2004, and it has been my choice destination for all my vacations since then. If you haven’t been, make plans to go. As long as you use your common sense while riding, you won’t regret it! www.wheelersperformance.com www.dealsgap.com www.tailofthedragon.com www.holeinthewallga.com www.seasons-inn.com www.us129photos.com

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DEALERS & SHOPS Appleton’s Harley-Davidson/Buell 2501 Hwy 41A Bypass Clarksville, TN 37043 931-648-1607 Bost Harley Davidson 4600 Delaware Ave Nashville, TN 37209 615-297-7500 or 866-374-2759 Boswell’s of Cookeville 1421 Interstate Dr Cookeville, TN 38501 931-526-3139 Boswell’s of Downtown Nashville 180 2nd Ave. N. Nashville, TN 37201 615-242-7078 Boswell’s of Nashville 401 Fesslers Ln Nashville, TN 37210 615-242-6067 Boswell’s of Rivergate 2200 Gallatin Pike N Madison, TN 37115 615-855-1001 Bumpus H-D / Buell of Murfreesboro 2250 NW Broad St Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615-849-8025 Bumpus H-D / Buell of Memphis 2160 Whitten Rd Memphis, TN 38133 901-372-1121 Bumpus H-D / Buell of Jackson 326 Carriage House Dr Jackson, TN 38305 731-422-5508 Bumpus Harley Davidson 325 S Byhalia Rd Collierville, TN 38017 901-376-1121 H.D. of Columbia 1616 Harley Davidson Blvd Columbia, TN 38401 931-540-0099 H-D of Cool Springs 7128 S. Springs Drive Franklin, TN 37067 866-667-8836 hdcoolsprings.com Knoxville Harley-Davidson 605 Lovell Rd Knoxville, TN 37932 865-671-2454 Knoxville Harley-Davidson 5800 Clinton Highway Knoxville, TN 37912 865-689-2454 November 2013

S&G Custom Cycles 1114 Galloway St Columbia, TN 38401 931-381-7282 www.sgcustomcyles.com Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson 1820 Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37801 865-977-1669

BARS & RESTAURANTS Almighty Smokin’ BBQ 3371 U.S. Hwy41-A South Clarksville, TN 37043 Bsteinsultz@Gmail.Com 931-358-3633 Bent Wrench Roadhouse 4724 Ashland City Road Fredonia, TN 37146 931-362-4774 www. thebentwrenchroadhouse.com Double E Bar/Grill 4957 Lebanon Pike Old Hickory, TN 37138 615-885-3400 Hooter’s Clarksville 750 N. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, TN 37040 931-920-8400 Hooters of Harding Place 217 Largo Drive Nashville 615--331-0842 Hooters of Rivergate 654 Wade Circle S. Goodlettsville 615-851-6499 JUJU’s 1078 N Broadway Portland, TN 37148 615-323-5871 The Shed 1820 Lamar Alexander Pkwy Maryville, TN 37801 865-977-1669 Silverado’s Rivergate & Lebanon 709A Rivergate Pkwy. Goodlettsville, TN 37072 615-851-4490 Bike Nite Wednesdays

MOTORCYCLE INS. C. Bo Brumit Ins. Agcy., 5608 Hwy 11 E. - Suite C3 Piney Flats, TN 37686 Toll Free: (866) 700-4218 Specializing in Biker Ins. Rates

MINISTRIES Covenant Confirmers Ministries, Inc. Pastor Ron Baptiste A “Biker Church” for All Bikers & Their Families. (615) 384-9010 www.covenantconfirmers.org

PAINT & PINSTRIPING 3D Head Custom Paint™ Knoxville, Tn 865-621-9836 Ask for: Kenny or Tony Our Graphics Will Blow Your Mind! Visual Edge Pinstriping by George 1050 Spain Hill Rd Lascassas, TN 37085 www.v-edge.com 615-273-2877

SERVICES Affordable Lights & Audio LED lights & stereo’s for all bikes. By appointment only. We come to you. Call Mechele @ 615-496-1493 for pricing. Charlie’s Shoe & Boot Repair 108 W Main St Lebanon, TN 37087 615-449-6065 Collin’s Interiors 3704 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211 615-977-2188

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Pig and Pie Catering www.pigandpie.net 615-356-5652 We Specialize In Smokin’ Nashville’s Best Butts!

Tennessee Biker Medical Clinic 300 10th Ave E Springfield, TN 37172 www.covenantconfirmers. org

TRAILERS L&S Motorcycle Trailer Rentals Ask for Larry Cell: 615-308-1288 All size trailers for your needs!

LEGAL AIM/NCOM Richard M. Lester 800-531-2424/ 1-800-on-a-bike www.onabike.com THE BOYD FIRM Motorcycle Attorneys 865.246.1800 www.theboydfirm.org “We’ll Sue The Bastards.”

TRAVEL Mechele MacDaniel AAA Travel 1701 Mallory Ln, Ste 200, Brentwood Tn 37027 mmacdaniel@aaasouth.com 615-376-1601 ext 265 Call for all your travel needs.

The V Tavern - Cafe 2442 River Road Ashland City, TN 37015 615-792-1695 www.thevtavern-cafe.com

CAMPGROUNDS Cacklebery Campground “Home of the Big Cock” Owners: Ronnie & Jenny Williams 560 County Road (TR415) New Smyyrma Beach, FL 32168 386-428-5459 ThunderRoadsTennessee.com

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Dear Fellow Veterans and Patriots of Tennessee: I’m going to jump out there and raise something this month that has me at a high hover. It may be past history by the time this article appears but even so, it is food for thought and I believe there is a lesson here someplace. As I write this we are still under what is being termed a government shutdown. Near as I can tell, the government isn’t really shut down. When I turn on TV there are wall to wall politicians, the military is still capturing bad guys, some of America’s finest are giving their lives on foreign soil and the tax man is still digging in my wallet. So is the government really shut down? I don’t think so. Shut down means I can go where I want, when I want and nobody in government is around to tell me no. That’s not happening. Have you ever been in a relationship where you are putting those paychecks in the bank and when you look in the checking account you find the money is gone but there are new high heels in the closet or Aunt Emma is thanking you for that special figurine she received on her birthday that you knew nothing about? Well here is what I gather a government shutdown is; it’s when you spent all the money and your borrowing is cut off. Over the past several years our government has printed an extra trillion dollars of new money each year. They didn’t just go to Kinkos and print the bills up, they also had to go to China or someplace and borrow the money to back the bills they printed. At my house we call that going into debt. Last fall I asked my wife if I could buy a new motorcycle and she said “NO DEBT!” If I was the government I could just go print enough for a bike and tell the bank to back it and I’d be off riding. How cool to just decide you want a new bike and you get it. I guess I’m going to have to do better at educating my wife on how the world really

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works. By my calculation I should have three or four motorcycles by now and be able to ride them when I want to. Maybe I should have told her the house was shut down and we couldn’t afford to keep the bathroom open until she approved my borrowing? To spend one trillion dollars you would have to spend 2.7 billion dollars a day for a whole year. It would be hard but I’d sure give it a try. One trillion dollars would buy fifty million brand new $20,000 motorcycles. If our government had its stuff together they could have bought every biker in America an acre of land in the first year, a deluxe garage in the second year, a big set of Snap-on tools in the third year, given everyone a new motorcycle in year four and this year we’d have $20,000 for gas money and fun on the road. We wouldn’t be shut down at all we’d be racking up the miles big time. Next year we’d be due for another new motorcycle or a big bore rebuild. What’s sad is that instead of going with the Bulldog plan to mobilize America on two wheels they spent the money and don’t have any for important things. They don’t have a single motorcycle to show for all that spending. Now we hear they spent the milk money and can’t afford to pay the families of dead soldiers what they agreed to pay them if they died in service. What’s up with keeping World War II vets from visiting their memorial or keeping any American from seeing a National Park? Whose park is it anyway? Don’t those parks belong to the American people? When I was younger I was in the same situation the government is in now. I spent money I didn’t have and then needed something important and had to do without. Boy I had a great time but like the government, it catches up with you at some point and you have to pay the piper but I never tried to tell my neighbor he couldn’t use his driveway. I think we should let our Congressman know we want a new bike out of the next Trillion. What do you think? Keep the faith. Thank a vet for the freedoms we still enjoy and support politicians who will bring back the ones we’ve lost. Fly the flag of the people and be proud you’re an American. Hug the families of those still missing because their quest for closure has not ended. Live the good life and ride for those can’t. – Bulldog

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SPORTBIKERS ATTACK SUV IN NYC Headlines across America shrieked in condemnation over a road rage incident involving a swarm of sportbike riders in New York who were caught on tape viciously attacking a family in an SUV, but according to high-profile civil rights attorney Gloria Allred we haven’t heard the whole story. Everything started when a driver bumped a biker on the Henry Hudson Parkway in NYC and took off, sparking the chase and vicious assault that followed. After the initial contact, the now-famous helmet cam footage that captivated the country shows a rider cutting in front of a Range Rover, slowing down and gesturing at the driver just before the SUV driver clipped his back tire. Following a brief exchange on the side of the road, the SUV driver is seen hitting the gas and speeding off recklessly through the crowd of bikers, running over one of them. A group of riders pursued the vehicle and miles later when it was forced to a halt in heavy traffic, several of the bikers bashed in the windows and dragged the driver out and beat him in front of his wife and infant child. Allred is representing rider Edwin “Jay” Mieses, the 33-year old father of two from Massachusetts who was ran over and left permanently paralyzed by the SUV driver during his “escape”, and she told FOX News during an October 8th interview on “Hannity” that; “First of all, what’s not being talked about is what happened several miles before Edwin was run over, and we have evidence of this and police are aware, that the SUV was in the right lane several miles before and decided to move over into the center lane, HIT a bike and kept going and then several miles later hit a second rider and then ran over Edwin, crushing him under the SUV without any warning as he was standing there trying to get everyone to move on.” “Ticked off” by the media’s unfair portrayal of the events, Allred said there’s no evidence of intimidation on the part of the bikers prior to the accident and the subsequent attack, and riders insist that the SUV driver was the aggressor. “He drove erratically and bumped the bike on the side,” one rider told WABC TV, corroborating that the driver had already hit one motorcycle prior to the confrontation. “When he bumped that bike on the side, that biker became aggressive because his life was in danger.” Three bikers have thus far been arrested for gang assault and other crimes, but the SUV driver has not been charged as the case continues under investigation, so stay tuned. POSITIONING PLATES TO PERMIT LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to change the angle of motorcycle license plates and has requested comments on a proposed amendment to a safety standard on “lamps, reflective devices and associated equipment to allow the license plate mounting surface on motorcycles to be at an angle of up to 30 degrees beyond vertical” (on horizontal installed plates). According to the agency, the change would bring the U.S. rule more in line with European regulations, increase design flexibility without compromising safety or increasing costs, and allow license plate recognition technology used by law enforcement organizations to continue reading license plate characters. CDC ASKED TO BACK OFF MOTORCYCLE ISSUES Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) has authored a letter to the Centers for Disease Control requesting that the CDC stop investigating 30

“Given the demands on your budget and the unique ability of the CDC to address such pressing issues as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and a host of other conditions, and issues which afflict millions of Americans and others around the globe, we encourage you to direct your attention and resources to areas that are not currently already being addressed elsewhere in the government,” wrote Petri in the letter he is requesting fellow members of Congress to co-sign. With the government shutdown ending, now is the time to contact your Congressional Representatives and ask them to sign onto Rep. Petri’s letter to the CDC. NEW NEVADA LAW ALLOWS MOTORCYCLISTS TO GO ON RED Under a new law, motorcyclists will be allowed to go through red lights. Starting October 1, if a motorcyclist comes to a red light at a signal that doesn’t seem to be working or has failed to detect the motorcycle, the rider will be allowed to go through. Assembly Bill 117 enables motorcyclists, moped, trimobile and bike riders to go through red lights after waiting for two rounds of the signal without getting a green light. The Nevada Highway Patrol said signals use sensors to detect metal, which may make it more difficult to detect motorcycles than vehicles. The new law still requires motorcycles to stop at a light, and only proceed through a red if it’s safe. The state has launched a website to educate people on the new law. Nevada joins a dozen other states that allow riders to proceed through malfunctioning red lights. Similar “dead red” laws have previously been enacted in Minnesota (2002), Tennessee (2003), Arkansas (2005), Idaho (2006), Wisconsin (2006), North Carolina (2007), South Carolina (2008), Missouri (2008), Oklahoma (2010), Kansas (2011), Virginia (2011) and Illinois (except Chicago - 2012). In Texas and California, state law requires stoplights to be fitted with sensors that detect motorcycles. TEXAS BIKERS AND TRIKERS CELEBRATE A SUCCESSFUL LEGISLATIVE SESSION Previously in Texas, three-wheeled motorcycle training courses were costly and not widely available, due to mandated motorcycle training curricula from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation that limited the flexibility of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) in approving otherwise appropriate curricula. This was limiting for motorcyclists who do not wish to or cannot drive a two-wheeled motorcycle (perhaps due to a physical disability) but want to drive a three-wheeled cycle. S.B. 763, “AN ACT relating to motorcycle training, the enforcement of certification standards for motorcycles, and the license requirements for a three-wheeled motorcycle,” changes from mandatory to optional whether curricula includes the curricula developed by a particular foundation, giving DPS the flexibility to authorize other curricula that meet the statutory and regulatory requirements of Texas. The new law also adds a three-wheeled restriction to the Class M license of those Texans who take only a three-wheeled training course. Currently, a motorcyclist who has only taken a three-wheeled training course can obtain a Class M license which permits them to legally operate a two-wheeled motorcycle. “Another successful Legislative session for Texas Bikers, and Texas Trikes too!,” announced Paul Landers, TMRAII Legislative Liaison and National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders/C.O.I.R. “For the first time, a new classification for this group of three wheeled BIKERS. Personally, I feel this builds unity and gives more support to our political initiatives, trike owners can now be a part of what we do and feel good about it!”

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A new law meant to protect poker runs is creating frustration. House Bill 2520, the “Poker Run Act”, was drawn up earlier this year because of concerns that poker runs were a type of illegal gambling. The bill to legalize poker runs for charities and Not For Profit organizations was passed with overwhelming support and was signed into law in August, moving the fundraisers under the Illinois Charitable Games Act. However, the regulations means charities and poker run stops all need to pay for a license. All locations involved are now required to pay a fee of $50 a year. The non-profit behind the event must have a permit that costs $200. Any funds raised will be taxed at 3%. Motorcycle groups are now looking for a new solution. Poker runs bring out bikers and bring in big dollars for charity causes, but many fear the new law will put an end to many of the events. The push for change came when the motorcycle advocacy group, ABATE of Illinois, wanted to protect poker runs, which some states are cracking down on as illegal gaming. According to WSIL TV (ABC), the Illinois Department of Revenue says lawmakers didn’t ask for their help in drafting the legislation so now the agency is enforcing those taxes and fees, but they’re also talking with bill sponsors about finding a new category for poker runs. Representative Rich Brauer has already drawn up a bill that would put poker runs under the jurisdiction of the county where they’re being held. BIKER DISCRIMINATION AT OKLAHOMA STATE FAIR On the 15th of September 2013, two members of The Horsemen MC out of Moore, OK went the State Fair of Oklahoma, walking past four Oklahoma City police officers at the gates who watched the two of them buy tickets and enter the fair. They entered with club colors on and the Police made eye contact but let them in. About an hour into being there, a Sergeant of the OKC P.D. pulled them aside and told them to remove their cuts or colors, whereupon the two Horsemen refused. The Police then told the two riders they had one chance to leave and if they didn’t, they would be arrested. The riders then agreed and started heading toward the gate. They told them they would like their ticket money back since there are no signs posted informing motorcyclists they were not allowed to wear Colors in the fair. They did get their ticket money back but had to give their personal information to the police so they could run their identity through to see if they had any warrants. They took pictures of their vests and insignia, wanted to list their tattoos and informed them that they were a “gang”. November 2013

“The Horsemen walked away without being arrested but hopefully our 11/1/11 5:06 PM Riding Community can understand there is a serious problem with this,” said Tiger Mike Revere in his report in the ABATE of Oklahoma newsletter. “In the meantime, club members who have been mistreated at this point will be interacting with attorneys for possible litigation.” Tiger Mike, who is the ABATE Liaison for the OK Confederation of Clubs and also serves on the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) board of directors, encourages any biker who experiences discriminatory treatment to go to the Oklahoma Confederation of Clubs website at: www.okcoc.net to download, print and submit a Discrimination Complaint to NCOM, and advises that this issue will be discussed further during the NCOM Region 2 Conference scheduled for November 22-23 at the Biltmore Hotel in Oklahoma City. GITMO FOR BIKIES Bikers going to jail in Queensland will now be sent to a “bikie-only prison” at the ultra-secure Woodford Correctional Centre as part of the Australian government’s push against “bikies”. The biker gang-only facility, which critics have compared with Guantánamo Bay, will form a core part of the Newman Govt’s attempt to drive outlaw bikie gangs from Queensland. Convicted outlaw motorcycle gang members will be kept in their cells for 23 hours a day at the centre, denied access to gym equipment, televisions and be subject to a more stringent regime of drug testing and searches. All calls unrelated to their legal representation will be monitored and their mail opened and censored while visitor contact will be restricted to one hour a week. Bikie members already in Queensland prisons will also be transferred to the new facility, which is aimed at denying them the ability to use prison time to recruit new members and widen their drug distribution networks says government sources. Premier Campbell Newman told The Courier-Mail that the facility will be an integral part of sweeping legislation to be introduced and passed through State Parliament, adding that the new laws will also automatically ban bikies from accessing bail and hand greater investigative powers to the Crime and Misconduct Commission. In addition to mandatory enhanced prison sentences of up to 25 additional years for gang members, the government is also considering tougher penalties for crimes committed in prison, including weapon offenses, assaults and drug use, as well as stiffer penalties for prison staff caught colluding with gang members. Civil libertarians and members of the legal fraternity have condemned the proposed bikie crackdown as unnecessary, ill-conceived and arrogant. Thanks to Mike Davis of the NCOM Brothers Behind Bars (BBB) outreach for sharing this information.

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HORSEPOWER BY THE RIVER 2 Date: 11/01/2013 - 11/03/2013 Time: 8:00 AM Location: Smith County Ag Center Carthage TN 37030 Contact email: scookprost@yahoo.com Contact phone: 615-489-3236 Custom Car, Truck , Bike, & Ratrod show and swapmeet. 3 miles off exit 258 on I40. $100.00 Best of show Vehicle sponsored by Music City Speed & Nostalgia. $100.00 Best of Show Bike sponsored by T & A Cycles. Friday, November 1, 8am-8pm vendor setup. Saturday November 2, show hours 8am-3pm. 7am-12pm late vendor setup. Car Registration, 8am-1pm. Cruise-in & Kickoff party at Timberloft Restraunt from 5pm-8pm Saturday night. Sunday show hours 8am -3pm. Car registration 8am-1pm. Sunday 3pm-awards. Also door prizes every 30 minutes. Special awards of $100.00 cash for best of show vehicle and best of show bike. Admission is $15.00 adults and $5.00 children. 10 and under free. Swapmeet 10x10 booth is $25.00 each. Call Shawn cook for more details. 6TH ANNUAL MID SOUTH MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS MOTORCYCLE RUN Date: 11/02/2013 - 11/02/2013 Time: 11:00 AM - 3:00 AM Location: Marine Corps Reserve Center 3114 Jackson Ave Memphis TN 38112 Contact email: missymiss532@yahoo.com Contact phone: 901-573-1293 (Vehicles welcome, too!) Food and drinks provided at staging. Local marines manning the grills. Escorted ride starts at 1:00 PM. Ends at Naval Support Activity Mid-South, Millington Morale, Welfare and Recreation N-82 Gym South Parking Lot. Marines and Sailors will be present to receive the toys. NO entry fee. Just a new unwrapped toy from each participant. All bikes and patches welcome. All toys donated to the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program to be distributed to local needy children for Christmas. EAGLE TOY RUN Date: 11/02/2013 - 11/02/2013 Time: 12:00 PM Location: Appleton H-D 2501 Highway 41A Bypass Clarksville TN 37043 Contact email: appletonharleyda@aol.com Contact phone: (931) 648-1607 Eagle Toy Run consists of everyone coming together to support our military, retired, veterans, and active military. We will all meet at Appleton’s ride out to Ft.Campbell to drops the toys off and return to Appleton’s for a live concert, food and drinks!

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POKER RUN FOR PANCREATIC CANCER Date: 11/02/2013 - 11/02/2013 Time: 9:00 AM Location: The River Cafe No.4 Front Street Normandy TN 37360 Contact email: juliecobb1973@gmail.com The First Poker Run “Benefiting the Nikki Mitchell Foundation”. Come out to support the NMF and their committment to the Cure of Pancreatic Cancer. Join us after the Run with your family and friends for Live Music, Prizes, Food for sale at the River Cafe. Day of event Registration 900am. First Bike Out 1100am. Last Bike Out 1200pm. Check in by 5:00pm. $25 per Bike. $15 per Extra Hand. Registrations after October 19, 2013 are not guaranteed a T-Shirt (see event website for pre-registration info) 19TH ANNUAL TOY PARADE RIDE Date: 11/02/2013 - 11/02/2013 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Centennial Park 2500 West End Ave Nashville TN 37203 Contact phone: 615-256-0737 There will be coffee, drinks, and baked goods before the ride. Kickstands up at 1:00 pm. After Party with food & drinks, live music and more. All Bikes and Riders Welcome. Ride benefits the Metro Police Dept Charities. Cash donation and Educational Toys requested. THE MUSIC CITY MOTORCYCLE SHOW Date: 11/09/2013 - 11/10/2013 Time: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM Location: Williamson Ag Expo 4215 Long Lane Franklin TN 37064 Contact email: info@musiccitymotorcycleshow.com Contact phone: 770-279-9899 The Music City Motorcycle Show roars into town this November for the first time ever! The show will feature domestic and import motorcycles presented by local dealers as well as over 200 vendor booths from all over the country selling hundreds of products for the motorcycle community at discount prices. Plus custom builders and show features. All Indoors! Family Friendly - Our shows are a great time for the whole family and will have entertainment for the kids. A complete list of entertainment can be found on the website closer to the show. Hours: Saturday 10-7, Sunday 10-6 FLAGS4VETS VETERANS DAY EVENT Date: 11/09/2013 - 11/09/2013 Time: 11:00 AM Location: Breckinridge Schoo. 1351 Payne St Louisville, Kentucky 40206 Contact email: moore@theusflag.com Contact phone: 502-931-0374 Louisville Volunteers Needed to help place flags on

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7,000 Veterans Graves at Cave Hill Cemetery. This kidfriendly event is free to everyone. You must park your car at Breckinridge School which is within 50 feet of the U.S. Military Section of Cave Hill Cemetery. We will pass out grave flags, then enter the cemetery as a group at 11am. DO NOT ENTER CAVE HILL BY ANY OTHER GATE. There are 670 graves of Unknown Soldiers from Kentucky that we will Honor during this Remembrance and Flag-In. Strollers and wargons are OK. No bikes or pets allowed. BENEFIT FOR ROB AT SKULLYS BIKER BAR Date: 11/13/2013 - 11/13/2013 Time: 6:00 PM Location: Skullys Saloon 333 Swinging Bridge Rd Old Hickory TN 37138 Benefit for fallen rider Rob from Arcanum designs.The Australian dude who makes the silver puzzle rings with his wife. Rob died in a bike wreck about a month ago and left his widow with tons of medical bills This is our way of helping out. Everyone over 21 is welcome. Celebrity guest appearances, over $3,000 of merchandise to be raffled including PASSES TO FREE BIKE RALLIES FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!!! 100% OF EVERYTHING GOES TO HIS WIDOW TACY, NOTHING IS HELD BACK! NASHVILLES BIKERTON Date: 11/13/2013 - 11/13/2013 Time: 5:00 PM Location: Skullys Saloon 333 Swinging Bridge Rd. Old Hickory TN 37138 Contact email: www.bikerthon.com/ Free Event - Everyone Over 21 Welcome. Live Music, Food, Charity Auction, Celebrity Appearances and Lots More Featured bands include Geneva & Phoenix Rising TENNESSEE MOTORAMA Date: 01/04/2014 - 01/05/2014 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Middle Tennessee Expo Center 1230 Park Ave Murfreesboro TN 37130 Contact email: scooter@bothbarrelspromotions.com Contact phone: 615-364-1828 Hosted by Both Barrels Promotions & Grease Monkey Magazine. Huge Swap Meet, Car/Motorcycle Show. ANNUAL TUCKESSEE HOG CHAPTERS POLAR BEAR RUN Date: 01/04/2014 - 01/04/2014 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Appleton H-D 2501 Highway 41A Bypass Clarksville TN 37043 Contact phone: (931) 648-1607 General Ride. Make this your first ride of 2014!

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EASYRIDERS BIKE SHOW TOUR 2014 - NASHVILLE Date: 02/01/2014 - 02/01/2014 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Nashville Convention Center 601 Commerce St Nashville TN 37203 Contact email: info@easyridersevents.com Contact phone: 800-962-9857 The Biggest, Badest Bike Show in North America! Featuring the World’s Top Bike Builders. The Industries Top Manufacturing Reps Showing of all of the Industries Latest Products. Live Music from your Favorite Bands. Peoples Choice and Judged Classes - Your chance to have Your Bike Featured in One of Our Magazines. Visit the Easyriders Events website for complete details, and exhibitor & competitor information. BOOGIE HOLLAR (formerly known as Hawg Holler Bike Fest) Date: 05/01/2014 - 05/04/2013 Time: 9:00 AM Location: 164 Clay Farm Lane Atwood TN 38220 Contact email: hclark1@twlakes.net Contact phone: (931) 498-2250 Come join the fun at this 126 acre biker park with paved roads, hot showers, and vast camping areas. Enjoy a weekend full of live music, great food, vendors, field events, stage contests, and more. Don’t miss out on the Saturday morning poker run! 21 AND UP ONLY - NO EXCEPTIONS. This event is now under new management by the same folks who bring you the June Bug Boogie Look more more details soon!!! TENNESSEE STATE HOG RALLY 2014 Date: 05/27/2014 - 05/31/2014 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Cookeville TN Contact phone: 615-255-3442 The 2014 Tennessee State H.O.G. Rally is in Cookeville, TN There will be Music, Vendors, Activities, Multiple choices in Lodging, Restaurants and so much more! For more details on a list of Scheduled Activities, Registration details, Directions, Lodging Information, Common FAQ’s and more, Please visit the website. JUNE BUG BOOGIE Date: 06/19/2014 - 06/22/2014 Time: 9:00 AM Location: 115 Waterloo Road Cookeville TN 37501 Contact email: boogie@junebugboogie.com Contact phone: 931.498.2250 The Famous June Bug Boogie Spring Rally is the Wildest Biker Party in Tennessee! Bike Games & Field Events, Wild Contests Every Day, Live Bands All Weekend Long & A Whole Lot More!!! Located on private property with free camping, free hot showers, vendors, ice sold on location. Biker Bar on location. Adults Only, 21 or older to enter! Check back often for updates on the schedule and entertainment!

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Two women friends had gone for a girl’s night out to a quaint Pub in the neighborhood. Both were very faithful and loving wives, however they had gotten over-enthusiastic on the Bacardi Breezers. Incredibly drunk and walking home they needed to pee, so they stopped in the cemetery. One of them had nothing to wipe with so she thought she would take off her panties and use them. Her friend however was wearing a rather expensive pair of panties and did not want to ruin them. She was lucky enough to squat down next to a grave that had a wreath with a ribbon on it, so she proceeded to wipe with the ribbon. After the girls finished their “pee break” they staggered home, laughing all the way. The next day one of the woman’s husband was concerned that his normally sweet and innocent wife was still in bed hung over at noon, so he phoned the other husband and said: “These girl nights have got to stop! I’m starting to suspect the worst. My wife came home with no panties!!’ That’s nothing’ said the other husband, ‘Mine came back with a card stuck to her ass that said..... ‘From all the guys at Fire Station 727. A woman went to the doctor’s office and was seen by one of the new young doctors. After about four minutes in the examination room, she started screaming and ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story. After listening, he told her to sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched down the hallway to the back where the first doctor was and demanded, “What’s the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 63 years old, she has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?” The new doctor continued to write on his clipboard and, without looking up, said, “Does she still have the hiccups?” A woman was leaving to visit her sick sister and told her husband she wanted thier house cleaned spic and span when she returned. She retuned home about a week later and her hubby Jeb and his best buddy Merle had a case of beer bout’ knocked out. “Go look and see darlin’, the house is cleaner than a cat’s ass”. The woman came out, holding a cat with a big clump of s**t hanging from its’ butt and said; “It saddens me to say this cat’s ass wins.....paws down. 34

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A father walks into a restaurant with his young son. He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with to keep him occupied. Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face. The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back. The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help. A well-dressed, attractive, and serious looking woman in a blue business suit is sitting at the coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee. At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant. Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy’s testicles and starts to squeeze and twist, gently at first and then ever so firmly. After a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand. Releasing the boy’s testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word. As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, “I’ve never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor? “ “No,” the woman crisply replied, “I’m with the Internal Revenue Service.” The mother-in-law dropped in after shopping to find her son-in-law angry and hurriedly packing his suitcase. “What happened?” she asked anxiously. “What happened? I’ll tell you what happened. I sent an email to my wife --- your daughter --- telling her I was coming home a day early from my fishing trip. I got home ...and guess what I found? Your daughter, in bed with a naked guy! This is unforgiveable, the end of our marriage. I’m done. I’m leaving forever!” “Calm down, calm down!” said his mother-in-law. “There’s something very odd about that. It’s not like her to mess things up like this. There must be a simple explanation. I’ll go speak to her and find out what happened.” A few minutes later, the mother-in-law came back with a big smile and said, “I told you there must be a simple explanation - she didn’t never git your dang e mail is all.

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