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 Jerry Frankson Memorial Ride  Affordable, Wild & Entertaining  Blue Star Memorial Highways  South Texas Motorcycle Museum  It’s a Home Run!  Too Much at Risk


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Five Years Helping Wounded Warriors

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Jerry Frankson Memorial Ride

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Affordable, Wild & Entertaining

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Blue Star Memorial Highways

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South Texas Motorcycle Museum

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It’s a Home Run!

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From the Road

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Texas’ BEST Bike Nights

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PigTrails: No Destination Ever!

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Snapshots from Points Across Texas

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Black Leather Blues: HAWG EMPIRE

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The Scout Report: Warm Weather Gear

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ThunderCam

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Joker’s Wild

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Event Listing

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Monthly Ride Map: Blue Star Memorials

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On the cover: Texas Honor Ride as it enters the grounds at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Photo by Dylan Horan.


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We’re New On AYear! Roll! Happy It is official… we are the OFFICIAL Motorcycle Media sponsor of the 2010 Lone Star Rally! This is one of the largest in the nation with more than 350,000 riders (250,000 alone on Saturday) descending on Galveston Island during the four day series of events. This year (November 4-7), they celebrate the US Military – Past & Present, but you’ll hear more from us on that over the next few months. They’ve got some really great plans that will appeal to all. We’re in a sponsoring mood this year! We signed on as exclusive media sponsor for the following rallies: • BUB Rally May 14-16; Houston. I can’t wait for the Ladies Only VIP Party with male entertainment. Thanks for thinking of the ladies, Monty! See page 20 • The Texas Rally: A Luau & Biker Bash; Somerville; September 9-12; Bob went to the Carts, Bikers & Babes Rally in April and had a blast as they put on the first of three “Bring Out Your Bad” Cart & Bike Show series (second up is BUB with the Finale at The Texas Rally). See page 37 • Oldest Town in Texas (OTT) Rally; Nacogdoches; September 17-19 • Boo Benefit; Jefferson; October 8-10 • Pssstttt – there’s more to come! Another big announcement – Thunder Roads Magazine® is putting on the biggest biker cruise and rally ever… Thunder in the Tropics (March 13-20, 2011). Some of the biggest names in the motorcycle industry will be on hand to party with Thunder Roads Magazines from across the nation! Go to ThunderInTheTropics.com for more information and to book your spot today. This month, as we do every May, we honor our fallen heroes and celebrate our military in honor of Memorial Day. Read all about the Texas Honor Ride (page 31) and the Blue Star Memorial Highways (page 32). Additionally, this month’s ride map visits four cities/towns with Blue Star Memorial markers (page 33). It’s also Motorcycle Awareness Month, so take a few moments to refresh your personal safety knowledge and gear; and educate your cage driving family & friends on the importance of being more aware on the roadways (see page 39). And, true to our calling, we once again offer four pages of motorcycle events from across the state of Texas (starting on page 23)… the MOST comprehensive list published anywhere! Points Across Texas™ is still going VERY strong… wow! And as promised, we’ve amended the program just a bit, adding levels. We also add some destinations, in honor of Memorial Day and Motorcycle Awareness Month. Check it out on page 13. Rumor has it we’ll be adding some more before the year is over. If you’re a business – it’s not too late to get in on this year’s program. Sponsorships are only $200. If you’re interested, give me a call. We’ve been working hard to build a network of writers and photographers from around the state – to make sure we’re covering as much of it as we can. We’ve added four new correspondents this month, now up to 15, in addition to our 4 monthly contributors, Bob and myself writing, and our GREAT readers who submit stories now and again. WELCOME all to the Thunder Roads Texas family! Ride Safe & Ride with THUNDER! Shelly “TX Dragonfly” Horan Editor / Owner Shelly@ThunderRoadsTexas.com Examiner.com/x-16815-Houston-Motorcycle-Travel-Examiner - Not just for Houston!

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ministries, riding clubs, and motorcycle clubs (MCs). COCTX.org TMSC (Texas Motorcycle Safety Coalition) – this group works directly with state agencies to promote motorcycle safety education and motorist awareness through PSA’s and education. LookLearnLive.org Please help to spread the word about these vital and important organizations that are are there for your readers. Getting involved and having a loud voice is the only way to protect our rights, make the roads safer for bikers, and insure that our children enjoy the same freedoms of the lifestyle we enjoy. People started arriving on Tuesday; small groups here and there around town. By Saturday it was a full blown invasion, taken over by Thunder in The Hill Country riders for four days. Bandera was very welcoming from the OST Café to the Branding Iron

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antioxidants, if you care about that type of thing. Tattoo Parlor. The weather was great. We had one night of rain (Wednesday) the rest of the rally was beautiful weather. Rough estimates of 3,0004,000 bikers descended on Mansfield Park. Biker Rallies of Texas always runs a first class operation; from friendly and helpful staff to entertainment. Dean Seltzer was the headlining act for Saturday night and as always he rocked the house. Some beautiful bikes found their way into the Bike Show Saturday afternoon. It was a great rally and great fun had by all. With spring here, I thought I would share something with you that many of us South Texans have had the pleasure of visiting already. I think Texans from all over would really enjoy going just a little off the highway to visit this great museum that holds some really awesome bikes and not to mention some really great staff that volunteer their time on the weekends to keep this thing going. It took a lot of time, effort, elbow grease, and of course great friendship to pull this thing together. The love of riding and the awesomeness of these machines underneath this roof are worth the drive to Edingburg. Lonnie Fitch, VIP Apparel Howdy Thunder Roads, Many of us in the biker community really enjoy your publication and coverage of our lifestyle. I know that your publication supports the fight for bikers’ rights and also supports safety and awareness programs. As such, I want to make sure your readers are aware of the organizations in Texas they can participate in to help with the fight. TMRA (Texas Motorcycle Rights Association) – Is active in protecting the rights of Texas Bikers when threatened by our great state’s legislative process. We encourage all those interested in protecting their rights and fighting to keep our country free to join us and attend a meeting. TMRA2.org TCOC & I (Texas Confederation of Clubs and Independents) - The COC promotes camaraderie and communication among all clubs and independents. We are made up of all forms of motorcycle enthusiasts including, but not limited, to independents, motorcycle Page 8

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It’s almost that time of the year.......blueberry time! The annual Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches, Texas (the oldest town in Texas) is right around the corner. Scheduled for June 12-13, it coincides with the area harvesting of that luscious fruit, blueberries. Not only are they tasteful, but are full of

Blueberries can be bought right off the truck, $10 for 5lbs...and that is a lot of blueberries. Or, if you are feeling more adventurous, you can take a shuttle to the Blueberry Place where you can pick blueberries right from the bush. Be sure and get there early Saturday for their famous blueberry pancakes. The line usually trails all around the downtown square but are worth the wait. Lots of vendors will be there selling everything “blueberry” as well as just about anything else you would see at a shindig such as this. Food vendors serving everything from blueberry cookies to sausage on a stick and mouth watering hamburgers will be lined up. The L-2 GWRRA motorcycle group will have paid secured parking for your bikes on the east end of the square. This money and entry fee from games will benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor fund at Texas Children’s Hospital. The band line-up is awesome this year with bands playing on three different stages from 9am to 4pm Saturday. There is something for everyone, from pie eating contests to a classic car show. I promise, you won’t be bored. Linda Thundcer Roads Texas East Texas Correspondent The dream began in 1956 by PW Tripp when he opened a Harley-Davidson dealership in Roswell, New Mexico. After seven years there, PW moved his dealership to Amarillo in 1963. PW Tripp operated and owned the business for 30 years until 1986 when he decided to retire and turn over his successful dealership to his son, Terry Tripp. In 1998, Terry moved the business from a 9,000 sq. ft. building to its current location, a 40,000 sq. ft. location at IH-40 and Bell. While still the owners of the dealership in 2008 Terry promoted his son Jason Tripp as the general manager. With over 50 years in business, the success of it all came from the help, love and support ThunderRoadsTexas.com


of Terry’s family, Jason Tripp, Christy Rowley, and Carrie Gillemwater, along with lots of friends and loyal customers. In March 2009, the dealership began remodeling to expand all departments and accommodate customers. The project was completed in January 2010. Throughout the expansion, the dealership remained open to everyone. On March 13th, a Grand Re-Opening party was held and a GREAT party it was with food, fun, live music, and a

Texas Pride Barbeque Every Thursday 2980 E. Loop 1604 Adkins, TX 78101 Phone: 210-649-3730 Region: South Texas Metro: San Antonio A real Texas barbeque joint with a REAL bike night. Live music, no cover, “Class Rock” beer specials, drive through pavilion, and good Texas BBQ. Just 20 minutes East of San Antonio. Thunder Roads Texas @ Texas Rock Tavern 3rd Thursday 2470 FM 1960 W Houston, TX 77068 Phone: 281.866.8149 Region: Gulf Coast

daredevil show. The day’s events included a bake sale by the Ladies of Harley, food provided by Hoffbrau Steaks, live music by the Buster Bledsoe band, motorcycle stunts, and the finale was a Daredevil stunt show by Bubba Blackwell, “The American Daredevil” who jumped 12 Ford pickups on his Harley Davidson. Mr. Blackwell is a World Record Daredevil. As the anticipation and excitement built, Bubba came riding out waving to the crowd and preparing for the jump. After careful evaluation, he revved up his Harley and was successful in his attempt. The weather was perfect for the party. As with all successful events, a big ‘THANKS” must go to all those who volunteered their time, the Amarillo HOG Chapter, the Road Captains who made sure everyone parked safely and provided traffic direction, Ladies of Harley, Amarillo Police Department for crowd control, Hoffbrau Steaks for the food, Buster Bledsoe band for entertainment, the entire staff of Tripp’s Harley Davidson, and Bubba Blackwell. Until next time-RIDE FREE AND SAFE ALWAYS. Dean Downey Thunder Roads Texas Panhandle Correspondent

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Join the Thunder Roads Texas team at Texas Rock Tavern for live music, no cover, cheap drinks, good food, door prizes, and more! Sponsored by Eagle Cycles on Jones Road. You may catch Outlaw Dave and Bryan “the Babe Wrangler” partying with the team! Rain or shine, we party like bikers! Thunder Roads Texas @ John’s Place Pub 1st Tuesday 8921 Louetta Rd Spring, TX 77379 Phone: 281.655.JOHN Region: Gulf Coast Another great Houston-area bike night! Sponsored by Eagle Cycles on Jones Road. Reserved motorcycle parkking, friendly bartenders & waitresses, great drink specials, billiards, darts, shuffleboard & so much more.

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No Destination Ever! am telling you folks, don’t ever make a reservation if you plan on traveling on a motorcycle! I am in travel plan hell right now! Today is April 7b and I start my next vacation in six days. Two months ago we thought it would be a great idea to plan our next vacation and head down to the Hill Country because my magazine just got through doing a special edition featuring the area. We thought it would be really cool if we found a one of a kind cabin we could stay in for a couple of nights! After a great deal of searching on line I ran across a place called Cool Water Acres right on the outskirts of Bandera. Smack dab in the heart of the Hill Country! Then we checked the weather. I clicked on the tab that gives you a ten day forecast. I typed in Bandera, Texas. And the results were as bad as it gets. RAIN! All rain, nothing but rain; all seven days of our vacation. I hate rain seven days out. You never know what’s going to happen. I didn’t get a chance to stay at Cool Water Acres but this is a place I absolutely plan on checking out as soon as I can! 500 acres of land and only one cabin! A private seven-acre lake with two kinds of boats to use while you’re doing a little fishing and they supply the rods and reels. How cool is that? To top it off they even provide fresh eggs every morning! Talk about country hospitality! This sounds like my kind of place. Still checking the weather every day the outlook kept getting worse. Rain all over the place, except New Mexico! So the hunt was on and the planning began. I have only been to New Mexico one time before and it is a magical place. I started getting excited about the sights and sounds of places like Red River, Taos, and Angel Fire. Then a day later we checked the forecast again and there it was...

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Snow – in April! Mother Nature is starting to piss me off! At this point we beginning to think we were going to have to either take the truck or buy a plane ride. My wife told me we can’t go on vacation without the bike! This is a statement every biker husband on the planet wants to hear. I agreed with her and began a new search. I think I typed in every city you could name in the states all around Texas. Then with the push of a few keyboard letters we had the weather we were looking for. Eureka Springs, Arkansas! The five day forecast was like music to my ears; 80 degrees and nothing but sunshine! We are going to Arkansas! If you have never been to Arkansas it has got to be one of the top motorcycle friendly places in the United States (aside from Texas, of course). My wife and I have been to Arkansas on many trips and never hesitate to make it our destination. The roads are nothing less than a pure joy to run from one corner of the state to another. They remind me of the best roller coaster rides at the best amusement park in the country. The twist and turns seem to never come to an end. The crazy thing is most of the roads are in perfect condition. The mountains in Arkansas are absolutely breathtaking! Yes, I said mountains. Arkansas has two mountain ranges, the Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains. They are not the biggest mountains in the United States but on a motorcycle, you would never know the difference!

about traveling on a motorcycle is you don’t have to be tied down to one location. If it’s crappy weather down south just turn the handlebars to the north. You can’t get too hung up on making a particular destination. There are roads leading everywhere… and there are always new places and roads to discover. Some of the best roads I have found were due to either taking a wrong turn or just avoiding the big black cloud that lay right in your path! When it comes to destinations I have always found that no matter where you’re at, there you are! I’m sorry to all you ladies out there but I have to ask a question. Why is it the man of the house can be packed and ready a week before the vacation, but the lady wants to wait till the morning that we are leaving? It’s actually ok with me I have figured this puzzle out. She gets one saddle bag and I get the other! Mine looks like the art of packing perfection! And hers looks like your teenager’s closet! I don’t care who you are that’s funny! Wish us luck on our trip! Mother Nature better be on our side! And as always… the adventure of riding is to ride another day!

Weather plays a huge part of making a vacation on a motorcycle a success. I’m not afraid of hitting rain once in a while but on our last vacation down to Houston we put in a total of 21 hours in the rain trying to make it back home! So that’s why I am a little gun shy this year. The best thing

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As promised, we’re adding some extra incentive to keep riding! After earning your Points Across Texas™ patch (visit only five destination points and send us pictures to prove you were there), you can earn rocker bars to put under your patch for our NEW levels: • Another 10 destination points (15 total) – Black Star Level • Another 15 (30 total) – Bronze Star Level • Another 20 (50 total) – Silver Star Level • Another 25 (75 total) – Gold Star Level • Reach a total of 100 – Platinum Star Level and a FREE annual subscription to Thunder Roads Texas – you will have earned it!

• In honor of Motorcycle Awareness Month • A picture of you and/or your bike next to a “Share the Road” sign • A picture of you participating in one of the city/ town “Proclamations” (back-dated to beginning of the year), see RideSafeInTexas.homestead.com for more information. Visit our Points Across Texas Facebook Fan Page. Upload photos, post your adventures, and get updates on the program.

ADDITIONS to the Destination List, good through the remainder of the year: • In honor of Memorial Day • A picture with any soldier (they must be in uniform and preferably with your bike) • Any Patriot Guard or other military escort ride taking place in Texas • Blue Star Memorial markers in Texas (see this month’s Ride Map) • Any military memorial or marker in Texas • Any Veterans of Foreign Wars post or American Legion post in Texas

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Delmer Barkley’s HAWG EMPIRE! ver the past two decades my band and I have performed at hundreds of biker bars across the southern United States. In the early days, we played biker bars with simple names like Pop’s, Mom’s, Michael’s Ice House, Murphy’s On Main, Pelican Junction, The Blue Door, and many others. They were places that bikers naturally gravitated to. As the space/time odometer rolled over into the new millennium, new biker establishments were purposely designed to meet the wants, needs, and desires of the 21st Century biker. Venues must have plenty of bike parking on a solid surface so kickstands will not sink into the dirt. A designated bike parking area is a plus so that bikes will not be competing with cages. Easy in/out road access is a desired safety feature. Bikers like to be able to see their bikes while they enjoy the camaraderie of fellow bikers, cold beer, good food, and live music. With all these requirements in mind, establishments started popping up with names associated with a motorcycle parts, functions, or activities: The Kickstand; Ezy Riders; The Full Throttle; Knuckleheads; The Suck, Bang, Blow; and others. One of the places that fills the bill is the perfectly named HAWG STOP! The Hawg Stop sprang up in 2000 in the lower San Jacinto River jungle of East Harris County, Texas. It started out as a tin building and a chrome dream for the trucker/biker Delmer Barkley. In the beginning, the Hawg Stop didn’t

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offer patrons much more than a good shade, cold beer, and beef jerky. Local bands played in a dark corner, on a concrete floor on Saturday nights. Today, the site encompasses 36 beautiful, wooded acres of pure Hawg heaven that now includes RV parking, camping, and a 5-acre Hawg Lake. Bikes are protected in a designated bike parking area. Separate entrances are used for bikes and cages during major concert and cook off events. Beef jerky is still available unless you prefer the genuine, down home flavor of a old style, homemade Hawg Burger with all the trimming from the Hawg Stop Grill. I’m getting’ hungry just writin’ this! Bands no longer have to perform in a dark corner on a concrete floor. A full sized, professionally lighted showroom style stage, complete with a drum riser, spotlights every band like super-stars as they deliver their own brand of house-rockin’ music to the appreciative Hawg Stop audiences several nights a week and Sunday afternoons. Realizing the need for a bigger live entertainment facility in order to deliver bigger and better concerts to his growing clientele hungry for bands who could crank out southernfried sounds, the Hawg Stop Amphitheater was built on the south end of the property in 2004. The following year saw the birth on the annual Hawg Stop Blues Festival. Through the years, hundreds of legendary blues acts have delighted the Hawg Stop crowds. In an effort to utilize the Amphitheater year round, special concert events have

seen performances by legendary rock groups: Ten Years After, Canned Heat, Bad Company, Black Oak Arkansas, Johnny Winter, country outlaw David Allan Coe, and many more. Independent promoters often lease the grounds to promote their own events for bike rallies, bike shows, car shows, concerts, benefits, fundraisers, Crawfish Boils, BBQ Cook offs, etc. Rumor has it that Delmer Barkley’s Hawg Empire will soon add another feature: a zip line that will zip you nearly a quarter mile, a hundred feet high, across Hawg Lake... and back! Along with that comes HAWG TOWN, a row of stores and gift shops complete with wooden sidewalks made to look like an old western town straight out of Gunsmoke. There may even be a bikini bike wash and detail shop in the works? Over the past decade, The Hawg Stop has become one of the most famous biker stops on the Texas Gulf Coast and is one of my favorite biker bars to showcase my band: Mean Gene Kelton & the Die Hards! I am proud to announce that we will be performing at The Hawg Stop one Sunday each month. Ya’ll come see us. For all Hawg Stop events and band dates, visit HawgStop.com. Or, stop by at 11335 Sheldon Road, Houston, Texas 77044. Bands wanting to perform at a Hawg Stop event should call: Delmer Barkley, 281-4567867. Tell him you heard about him in Mean Gene’s article in Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine.

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was open. I grabbed one of their menus to take a look-see at what they served. It is packed with all sorts of foods with interesting names such as Nerds (inside out tater tots filled with melty jalapeno cheddar cheese), Crybabies (cheddar cheese stuffed jalapenos), and Fried Mac & Cheese to name a few. You can call them to find out more – 940686-2400. After we finished our drinks we headed north on Highway 377 to Catfish Haven in Whitesboro for lunch. It was a short 30 minute drive between Bully’s and Catfish Haven. The organizer of the ride called ahead and reserved half of the dining area for us. This is a great place to eat and their hush puppies were like none I had ever eaten; they were spicy and there was no need for tartar sauce. Also, they had a buffet table set up just for their homemade pies. You can read all about Catfish Haven and view their menu at CatfishHavenRestaurant.com. After lunch we headed south on Highway 377 over to Highway 82 to Loose Wheels in Denison, where the ride officially ended. This is one cool club – words cannot begin to describe this establishment! There is plenty of bike

parking and it has an outdoor stage with picnic table seating, two large fire pits and an adjacent barbeque house where they do all their grilling. There is also a stage inside for the cooler months. The building is built around a re-erected radar tower which sat in ruins for years before being brought back to life. You can see the lower portion of the structure from inside, while you can view the top of it from the outside. A Harley sits halfway up the frame of the tower on the inside with lights wrapped all around the structure. They also have two of the largest fans you have ever seen, appropriately named Big Ass Fans. The frame inside of this fine establishment encompasses the bar. A story could be written alone about this bar. You can get a glimpse at what I am talking about, the history and pictures of the club under construction at LooseWheelsTexas.com.

We started the ride at 1:00 p.m. and rode to our first stop at Schulers Sports Bar. Unfortunately, they didn’t open till 2:00 p.m., so we all made a short detour north on Highway 377 to Bully’s Bar & Grill in Pilot Point. Lucky for us Bully’s

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Warm Weather Gear o far it has been a fairly cool spring, but every day it seems the temperature is starting to rise, giving way to more and more riders hitting the road. As summer approaches, the temperature will rise even more; the balancing act of safety gear and staying cool begins. I have tested two pieces of gear this past year that maintains some form of safety but also provides comfort to the rider. First up is the Tourmaster Gel Cruiser II Gloves. These are definitely great gloves by all means to wear during the warm season. They provide good protection and when you first put them on, they feel almost too thick. After the break in period, these gloves feel so soft and flexible; I forget I am wearing them. They have an outer gel lining that claims to reduce vibration in the hands, but honestly, I cannot really tell the difference. Also, after 15,000 miles of riding with these gloves, the gel lining basically became nonexistent due to wear and tear. As far as cooling, these gloves are the perfect balance of protection and ventilation. Though they are meant for warm weather, these gloves actually do fine even in the cooler temperatures; down to about 50 degrees. Even, though the outer gel liner came apart, the rest of the glove is very durable. My pair has seen temperatures down to 30 degrees, thunderstorms, and temperatures in excess of 100 degrees; and they are still very much intact and functional. Tourmaster has definitely, made a great pair of gloves that goes well with any motorcycle. I would definitely buy these gloves again! And at a retail price of under $36.00 they are even better. Manufacturer’s Specifications: • Comfortable, abrasion-resistant Armor-Link mesh backhand and fourchettes, with protective goatskin knuckle and finger panels • Durable, reinforced, goatskin leather palm with articulated silicone gel and EVA foam padding to reduce

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shock and vibration • Pre-curved palm and fingers with action expansion panels improve comfort, dexterity and help to reduce hand fatigue • Articulated EVA foam knuckle padding is both protective and comfortable • Extended slip-on cuff with a secure hook and loop wrist closure • Soft brushed polyester lined upper interior for additional comfort For more information on these gloves visit Tourmaster. com. Next up is the GMAX helmet. It is no secret that I prefer the protection and look of a full face helmet; but there are times that I just simply enjoy the “bad-boy” look of half helmets. ‘GMAX leads the helmet industry with another

for the guys. Second, they have a retractable sun shield that drops down from within the helmet. This feature is very nice, as it alleviates the need for sunglasses. However, for those who do prefer to use shades, simply retract the sun shield back up into the helmet. The helmet is light to wear and easy on the head. The inner lining is made from Coolmax material that is also anti-bacterial. Overall, I love having this helmet in my collection. It is definitely my around-town helmet. Manufacturer’s Specifications: • Retractable hard coated sun shield, changeable, simple no springs design • Optional high definition sun shield and tint shields • Premium venting reduces heat at the top of the head. Comfort liner, shell and styro designed for maximum venting without reducing the integrity of the helmet • Coolmax performance materials and Chitosan antibacterial materials improve comfort and safety • Removable washable comfort liner • GMAX premium fit for maximum comfort • Included with removable snap in rear neck curtain for cool weather riding • Premium soft materials used for padded chin strap covering • DOT approved shell and premium styro For more information on these helmets visit G-Max.com.

innovative helmet, the 55s half helmet with retractable sun shield, lightweight small shell design that sits down on your head and industry leading ‘No Bull Venting Design’. Priced as low as $54.95, these helmets are definitely worth every penny as they are very well constructed with many features of higher priced helmets. The GMax 55s series half helmet is perfect for any rider. First of all they come in many colors and designs, including pink for the ladies and skull graphics

Conclusion – I know it’s very tempting not to wear any type of gloves or helmet during the summer months. Each of us will have to determine if it’s worth risking skin, bones, or even our lives to not wear protection because it’s “too hot.” Time and time again, I remember the phrase “it’s better to sweat than to bleed.” For those who want the compromise of comfort and safety these two products are great. As always, ride safely, and ‘See you on the high ground!’

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Affordable, Wild & Entertaining EVENT SCHEDULE Broke Urban Biker says it all. We return with a show that won’t break your wallet – May 14-16, 2010. Rallies are supposed to be about riding, brotherhood, self expression, and the freedom to party your ass off. Now it helps if there is some kind of charity involved that helps someone out. Well, that’s what the BUB is all about! A great rally for a reasonable price with biker games and contests (of questionable ethics), a few more contests we can’t announce, cash prizes, vendors, live music, cold beer, food, and charities. Afterhours and throughout the day, the camping areas are alive with entertainment provided by Kamp Kooch and Camp Chigger, two RV sites one does not want to miss. Ticket prices and RV spots are cheap, staying with the Broke Urban Biker theme. This is a constant party kicking off Thursday evening when move-in begins!

BUB welcomes back all their sponsors from last year Ball Insurance, San Jacinto Harley-Davidson, All Pro Cycles, Renegade Classics Biker Outlet Store, Clubhouse; as well as new guys on board this year, Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine, Wolfs Apparel, and Interstate Motor Lodge (offering a free shuttle to and from the rally). A portion of every ticket sold goes to the Stephens and Pruitt Ranch (MySpace.com/StebvensPruittRanch) helping young ‘uns get on track and have a chance at life from a better start. This party ain’t just a night out at a bar, it’s a local all weekend event. Don’t miss the rally everyone will be talking about again. Keeping it Reasonable: $25 Weekend Pass $15 Day Pass $25 RV Sites FREE Camping

Live entertainment on stage and crawfish boil for rally kickoff party FRIDAY Gates open 10am Bike show registration @ South Central Choppers begins 12pm Charlie Parker @ 2pm 50/50 raffle, benefiting Stephens & Pruett Ranch on stage 6pm Broke Urban Babes private party in VIP Tent featuring the Texas Hard Bodies All Male Review @ 7pm MMA Cage Fights @ 7pm Voodoo Moon (Godsmack tribute band) @ 10pm Naughty Nighty Contest @ 11:30pm Late night insanity begins down in the Hole @ Camp Kooch SATURDAY Gates open 8 am Final Bike Show Registration @ South Central Choppers 10 am Vendors blowout specials @ 10am Tattoo contest registration 10am @ BUB Info. Booth Blowout’s Biker Games @ 1pm MMA Cage Fights @ 4pm Tattoo Contest @ 7pm The Dogz @ 7:30 pm Point Blank @ 9:30 pm Wet T- shirt contest @ 12 midnight

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“Bring Out Your Bad” Cart & Bike Show Series – Round 2 This show is a multi rally show that started at the new Carts, Bikers and Babes Rally (April) and ends with the finale at the 2010 Texas Rally Luau & Biker Bash (September 9-12). There is a one-time entry fee which will include a limited edition “Bring Out Your Bad Show” T-shirt. All 1st place and runner ups will be invited to show for all the cash!! Awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Best Stock * Best Custom * Best Radical * Best Paint* Best Engine * Best Old School Best Chopper * Best Antique * Best In Show * Best Dresser * Best Chrome Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

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Texas Star BQ TexasStarBQ.org lkerger@satx.rr.com Tyler Region: Piney Woods Riverside “Spring Fling” Bike Rally riversideranch.net Elmendorf Region: South Texas Metro: San Antonio Myrtle Beach Bike Week MyrtleBeachBikeWeek.com Myrtle Beach, SC

Raquel’s Wings for Life Fundraiser RaquelsWingsForLife.com Decatur Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

2nd Annual Bikers Against Breast Cancer The-Rose.org Pasadena Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston

Spring Fling 817.691.0644; 817.902.9734 Venus Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

Ride for the Fallen 512-495-9111 Austin Region: Hill Country

Thunder Roads Texas BIKE NIGHT #2 ThunderRoadsTexas.com Houston Region: Gulf Coast John’s Place Pub on Louetta in Northwest Houston the first Tuesday of the month. Sponsored by Eagle Cycles and Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine. Live music, cheap drinks, Hooters girls with wings, door prizes and more! Fish Fry Benefit for Eugene Neeper 972.262.8886 Grand Prairie Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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3rd End-of-the-Road Armed Forces Music Fest PolecatShack.com Plantersville Region: Piney Woods

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7th Annual Rock’n at the Ranch 817.875.2388 Bedford Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

West Texas Motorcycle & Stunt Show WestTexasMotorcycleShow.com Midland Region: Pandhandle

Rollin for Kids Benefit 936.327.2064; 936.328.9627 Camilla Region: Piney Woods Metro: Houston

Uno de Mayo Car & Bike Show DallasHD.com Garland Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth Gift of Life Charity Ride 817.579.1233 Granbury Region: Prairies & Lakes

14th Annual Hill Country Run HillCountryRun.com Fredericksburg Region: Hill Country

15th Annual May Day Run BrotherhoodOfBikers.com Gatesville Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Temple

Big Dog Benefit Run 817.709.5945 Fort Worth Region: Prairies & Lakes

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International Female Ride Day Motoress.com

GWRRA District Rally GWRRA-TX.org Killeen Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Temple

12th Annual New Braunfels Comal County Fun Run ComalCrimeStopers.org New Braunfels Region: Hill Country Metro: San Antonio

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Thunder Roads Texas does not guarantee the accuracy of the information provided and cannot be held liable. Things change, there may be typos, and weather happens. So before you climb on your steed and ride to one of these events, contact the organizers and verify the latest information. Remember, all events listed in Thunder Roads Texas qualify for the Points Across Texas™ reader rides program! Just have to prove where you are, so find a sign and send a pic. For updates with events that don’t make print time, two weeks worth of events provided every week to your email inbox - subscribe to our FREE Web-zine. Visit us online at http://ThunderRoadsTexas.com.

2nd Annual Simply Texas Blues Poker Run 325.944.0021 San Angelo Region: Pandhandle Joe Felix Memorial Poker Run 940.631.0330 Wichita Falls Region: Pandhandle 5th Annual BACA Fundraising Ride 817.270.8300 Azle Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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Fun Run for the Kids of Hunt County 903.447.9502 Tawakoni Region: Prairies & Lakes

6th Annual South Texas Riders Halo Flight Rally 361-279-9181 Alice Region: South Texas

Thunder on the Bend Rally ThunderOnTheBend.com Shelbyville Region: Piney Woods Armadillo Cycle Club 28th Annual Campout ArmadilloCycleClub.net Cleburne Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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2nd Chad O Memorial Benefit Ride CplChadO.org Austin Region: Hill Country Help us get them “All the Way Home.” Ride or drive from North Austin to Fat Albert’s BBQ & Icehouse in Yoakum. Live music, food, games, door prizes & more. All proceeds benefit the Cpl. Chad Eric Oligschlaeger Foundation for post traumatic stress disorder. Registration opens at 8:30am at N. Hwy 183 & Anderson Mill. Kick stands up at 9:30am. Last bike in by 2:30pm. $35/rider/driver; $25 for Veterans and Active Military.

7th Annual TEXO Poker Run & Cook Out TEXOPokerRun.com Dallas/Fort Worth Region: Prairies & Lakes Spring Show & Ride 940.453.7680 Denton Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth Bike Blessing & BBQ 972.435.2323 Maypearl Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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5th Annual Cruise Fest 361-648-0192 Port Lavaca Region: Gulf Coast

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Ride for the Children 830-232-7134 Kerrville Region: Hill Country 2nd Annual Bikers for BooBees BikersForBooBees.com Allen Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

26th Annual British & European Motorcycle Rally BMOAOnline.com New Ulm Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Houston

Mercenaries MC 2nd Annual TheMercenaries-mc.com Schertz Region: South Texas Metro: San Antonio

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3rd Annual Bikerz, Bearz, & Dogz Benefit Ride AustinJuniorForum.org Kyle Region: Hill Country Metro: Austin

6th Annual Roadkill Round Up ArmadilloResort.com WARNING: Website has adult content. Poolville Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

Bikers for Vets 512.626.2077; 830.377.7272 Austin Region: Hill Country

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Wounded Warrior Project 281-813-2911 Pasadena Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston

Charity Fun Run & BBQ TXBlueKnightsXVI.org Belton Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Temple

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2nd Annual Johnson County Can Run HondaWestCleburne.com Cleburne Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

Spring All Motorcycle Championships TexasScooter.com Crandall Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth Races as only “Red” can give you! Held at the Dallas Raceway (DallasRaceway.com). Visit Texas Scooter Times website for more information.

BUB Rally BUBRally.com Houston Region: Gulf Coast Bike games, tattoo contest, naughty contests, 5050/ raffle benefitting Stephen & Pruitt Ranch, bike show, MMA Cage Fights, Live music… food, drinks and more. Late night insanity down in the hole at Camp Kooch. $25 weekend pass; $15 day pass; $25 for RV site, FREE tent camping. Live music by Voodoo Moon (Tribute to Godsmack) on Friday; The Dogz and Point Blank on Saturday. All held at the Hawg Stop (HawgStop.com). Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine!

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Bishop Centennial Motorcycle Fun Run BishopTX100.org Bishop Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Corpus Christi

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Big Mike’s Fun Run & Bikini Bike Wash BigMikesApparel.com Deer Park Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston Noon-6:00pm. Vendors, music by DJ Big Daddy Doug, free food & drinks. Fun Run is $10 per hand/ bike with a 50/30/20 pay out. First bike out at Noon; last bike in by 3:00pm. Cars are welcome and can be bikini-washed, too! CRRC Spring Ride ComalRiverRiders.org Kyle Region: Hill Country Metro: Austin AmeriVespa AmeriVespa.org San Antonio Region: South Texas

S.I.C.K. Ride to Cure Cystic Fibrosis 832-601-3745 Pasadena Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston 1st Annual Wounded Warrior Benefit Ride4TheWarriors.com Pearland Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston Motorcycle Show, Run & Craft Show 940-325-4043 Eastland Region: Pandhandle Azle High School Band Car, Truck & Bike Show AzleMGP.org Azle Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth Honor 19 Ride DallasHD.com Garland Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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5th Annual Party in the Pines PineRally.com Longview Region: Piney Woods Longview Fairgrounds Complex. All bikes welcome. Proceeds benefit the Longview Child Development Center. All events and concerts are included. Live music, including Mustang Sally; bike show; Joker Run; Dyno-drag races; Patriotic Freedom Parade; vendors; A/C area with beer garden; onsite RV and tent camping; blood drive; bike games, and guided rides through the beautiful Piney Woods. Family friendly during the day; no guarantees after dark. $35 for weekend pass; $20 one day pass; $5 under 16; Active military FREE. Register online before May 9th for free rally shirt & pin. 28th Gulfport Memorial Day Blowout GulfPortMemorialDayBlowout.com Gulfport, MS

1st Annual Big Bend Bikefest 432.837.2819; 432.837.9188 Alpine Region: Big Bend

10th Annual Gatorfest sjhrkaty@gmail.com; gossetjody@yahoo.com Katy Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston South Texas Stangs Benefit SouthTexasStangs.com New Braunfels Region: Hill Country Metro: San Antonio Ironhorse Bike & Car Show RVLake.com Brookeland Region: Piney Woods Spring Fling Car & Motorcycle Show MGFDTexas.com Cumby Region: Prairies & Lakes 1st Annual Crawfish Boil 254.495.4640 Mexia Region: Prairies & Lakes AMA Pro Motorcross Championship SuperCross.com Wortham Region: Prairies & Lakes

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World’s Biggest Fun Run BikerOutletStore.com Houston Region: Gulf Coast $10 per hand donation with $1,000 going to be the best hand. First bike out @ 10:00am from Renegade Classics; Last bike in @ 4:00pm at 6 Strings Rock Bar & Grill. Sponsored by The Loading Dock (Galveston), Fishbonz Bar & Grill (Bacliff), San Jacinto Harley-Davidson (Pasadena), 6 Strings Rock Bar (Houston), and The Texas Rally (September 9-12). A portion of the proceeds go to the “Assist the Officer Foundation.”

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Join the Outlaw Dave Show and 9*5*0 Radio Mojo at Sam Houston Race Park. $15/person event package includes access to vendors in Biker Village area, side state entertainment with Outlaw Dave, live quarter horse racing, Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat concert ticket, and post concert after-party in the Biker Village area. $2 from each ticket will be donated to the POW/ MIA families. Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine! Phantoms MC Fundraiser SAPhantomsMC.piczo.com San Antonio Region: South Texas

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Memorial Day Weekend Motorcycle Event Benefiting the National League of POW/MIA Families OutlawNation.us Houston Region: Gulf Coast

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3rd Annual Good Samaritan Fun Run McKinneyFellowship.org McKinney Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Dallas/Fort Worth

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12th Annual Summer Jam SummerJamCarShow.com Rosenberg Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston Summer Bash CGHW.com Cedar Creek Region: Hill Country Metro: Austin Live music, vendors, food & drink. Kick off the bash on Wednesday, June 9 with Vallejo & Robert Johnson’s Soul. Bikini Bike Wash on Saturday. Visit the website for updates.

September 9-12 The Texas Rally TheTexasRally.com Somerville Region: Prairies & Lakes Metro: Bryan/College Station This year, Thunder Roads Texas is pleased to sponsor “The Best Little Rally in Texas” at Big Creek Park & Marina. It’s a Luau and Biker Bash! Free Luau dinner Saturday night. Great entertainment, including world famous comedian, Gallagher - no fruit/veggie is safe! Games, contests, feasts, parades, and CASH giveaways! Special 9/11 Tribute Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Texas Biker Relief Organization (T-Bro). Make Zoo reservations now – they’ll be sold out soon!

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Republic of Texas (ROT) Biker Rally ROTRally.com Austin Region: Hill Country

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September 17-19 The Oldest Town in Texas (OTT) Rally OTTRally.com Nacogdoches Region: Piney Woods The 2010 OTT Rally will once again feature the Harley’s Angels Charity Poker Run, Biker Games, Burnout Contest, Custom Bike Show, Bikini Contest, Downtown Parade, Freestyle Streetbike Exhibitions featuring Team Stunters, Vendors, and of course the OTT BB’Q Cook Off! Reasonably priced (same as 2009) with a 3-day, allaccess pass for only $30. Preregistration is now open. Register online by September 3 and receive a FREE rally T-shirt. Sponsored by Texas Thunder Harley-Davidson, Budweiser, and Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine! September 29-October 2 Bikes, Blues & BBQ BikesBluesandBBQ.org Fayetteville, AR September 29-October 3 Myrtle Beach Fall Rally MyrtleBeachBikeWeek.com Myrtle Beach, SC September 30-October 3 Texas National Motorcycle Rally TNMRally.net Baytown Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston

October 8-10 Boo Benefit BooBenefit.org Jefferson Region: Piney Woods The Boo Benefit started in 1998 by a group of friends as a fun run benefit put together to help their friend “Boo” who suffered from burns from a welding accident. Boo, in turn, gave the money to the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation. Once recovered, Boo continues this tradition of giving to organizations that help children and adults survive and recover from severe burns. Today, the Boo Benefit draws 30,000-50,000 riders, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for two charities: still giving to the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation and this year, to the Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Union in Galveston. Sponsored by Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine! October 14-17 Biketoberfest Biketoberfest.com Daytona, FL November 5-7 Lone Star Motorcycle Rally LoneStarRally.com Galveston Region: Gulf Coast Metro: Houston We are pleased to announce Thunder Roads Texas Motorcycle Magazine is the OFFICIAL media sponsor for this year’s Lone Star Rally! The 2010 Rally celebrates our military, past & present with a patriotic theme. Details and schedules are being worked out, but you can still count on FREE entry to the main event on The Strand or only $10 parking pass to access The Strand on your bike; live music stages, plenty of vendors, and simply a GREAT time. Watch their website and Thunder Roads Texas for updates. November 11-14 Three Sisters Fall Rally Region: Hill Country March 13-20, 2011 Thunder in the Tropics (TIT) Cruise & Rally ThunderInTheTropics.com The High Seas Thunder Roads Magazine® and ETA Motorcycle Cruises are setting sail with a bike rally on the high seas! Leaving from Miami, FL on the Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas, visiting St. Thomas, St. Maarten, San Juan, and Labadee. Biker-only activities include a Thunder Beard contest, Thunder Belly-Flop Contest, Leather Dinner Nights; Poker Walk, and Scavenger Hunt. Bike builders, motorcycle-related vendors, and top entertainment will make this a rally-to-remember. Tickets must be purchased through ETA (www.cruise-eta.com/themecruises.htm; 615.356.0702) in order to be a part of Thunder in the Tropics.

September 2-4 Texas State HOG Rally TXStateHOGRally.com Wichita Falls Region: Pandhandle September 3-6 Four Corners Biker Rally FourCornersBikerRally.com Durango, CO Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

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he Texas Honor Ride turns five this year. To celebrate we are adding a new ride to our schedule. Come join us on May 15 at Stubbs Harley-Davidson on Telephone Road for the Texas Honor Ride Fun Run. The ride will be a leisurely run covering approximately 80 miles with plenty of time for stops along the way to take in the scenery and make new friends. From Stubbs the ride will head east towards La Porte past the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site where Texian troops under General Sam Houston won independence

for Texas by defeating the Mexican Army led by General Santa Anna in 1836. From La Porte the ride will cross 178 feet above the Houston Ship Channel on the graceful Fred Hartman Bridge. Just past the Bridge, one of the stops on the ride will be at the location where one of the scenes from the 1968 movie “Hellfighters” was filmed with John Wayne. This is also a great vantage point to snap a few pictures of the Fred Hartman Bridge. From here the ride will wind its way past Mont Belvieu and up towards the historic town of Dayton. Dayton was first called West Liberty and was considered part of the original town of Liberty, founded in 1831. The Trinity River divided the two parts of the town: Liberty was on its east bank, and West Liberty was on a hill three miles west of the river. The ride will end back at Stubbs Harley-Davidson where there will be prizes for the highest points from the Fun Run as well as music, food, raffles and of course, Texas Honor Ride gear! The highlight of the event will be a live auction

of an American Flag themed guitar signed by some of our wounded heroes from the Brooke Army Medical Center. To participate in the Fun Run it’s $20 for the Bike/Rider and $5 for the passenger or additional hands. All monies raised goes to help the wounded warriors and their families at the Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio. This will be our first ride in the southeast area of Houston so come and show your support for our troops and their families and have a great time. We’ve even designed a new t-shirt to commemorate the Texas Honor Ride 5th Anniversary and the first Texas Honor Ride Fun Run. For more information, please go to TexasHonorRide.org where you can also pre-register, donate or buy Texas Honor Ride merchandise.

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s we remember those who gave all, we visit a littleknown (may more forgotten) memorial program, the Blue Star Memorial Highway system. In 1944, the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs planted 8,000 dogwood tress on a 5-1/2 mile stretch of US 22 as part of a beautification project. These trees were planted as a living memorial to the men and women in the Armed Forces from New Jersey. Along the way, large Blue Star Memorial Highway markers were placed. The project name comes from the official banner that family of service members in harm’s way were given by the US Military with a blue star representing each family member in active duty. (A banner with a gold star represents a family member that died during service.) After World War II, the National Council of Garden Clubs (now National Garden Clubs, Inc.) took the New Jersey program nationwide to pay tribute to the nation’s armed forces. Today, the Blue Star Memorial Highways are a living tribute to all men and women who have served, are serving, or will serve in any branch of the United States Military; wartime or peacetime. In 1947, Texas Garden Clubs took on the first project with US 77 from Oklahoma state line at Gainesville to Denton and expansion in 1953 from Denton to the Mexico border, via other highways. It was another 30 years before Texas picked the program up again: • 1971 – NASA Parkway, between Highway 3 and NASA’s Johnson Space Center

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• 1975 – State 155 from Palestine to Linden • 1976 – US 59 from Houston to Texarkana • 1976 – US 287 from the AndersonHouston county line to the JohnsonEllis County line • 1976 – US 385 from Big Bend National Park north to the Oklahoma state line north of Dalhart • 1978 – US 271 from Paris to Gladewater • 1983 – FM 3188 from State 94 to Camp Olympia in Trinity County • 1988 – US 287 in Avondale through Saginaw, Fort Worth and Kennedale to Mansfield Blue Star Memorial Highway Markers, honoring Texas service men and women, are found along these routes. An expansion of the program added placement of Blue Star Memorial markers in non-highway locations, such as national cemeteries, parks, veterans’ facilities, and gardens. While not all markers are listed in one place, the most comprehensive list we could find is in Waymarking. com, which offers a Blue Star Memorial category. We’ve included six of the fifteen listed markers (Weatherford, Burleson, Midlothian, and three in Fort Worth) on our Monthly Ride Map.

Take a moment this Memorial Day to remember those who gave all, those who serve now, our Wounded Warriors and the families of these brave men and women who fight so we can remain free. We encourage you to participate in one of the many rides and runs honoring and/or raising funds for our military families. A small flag appears next to these events in our Event Listing.

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Blue Star Memorial Markers

85 miles About 2 hours, 20 minutes of riding time These directions get you to the towns; get specific directions to the markers online. The first section from Weatherford to Burleson offers the best back roads portion of the ride.

Starting in Weatherford • Head East on Hwy 180 toward Hudson Oaks • Take I-20 East • Exit Annetta Rd/Mikus Rd/FM 5 West • Right on Mikus Rd/FM 5 West • Just South of Aledo, right on FM 1187 • FM 1187 merges with Hwy 377 for a short jaunt then exits again and becomes Crowley Plover Rd • Keep on FM 1187 toward Burleson

From Burleson • Head North on I-35W into Worth

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From Fort Worth • Take 287 South, through Mansfield to Midlothian

Some information above was provided by MotorcycleRoads.US. You can find a link on our website to this great mapping resource. Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

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By Melissa Chavez, South Texas With spring here, I thought I would share something with you that many of us South Texans have had the pleasure of visiting already. I think Texans from all over would really enjoy going just a little off the highway to visit this great museum that holds some really awesome bikes and not to mention some really great staff that volunteer their time on the weekends to keep this thing going. It took a lot of time,

South Texas Motorcycle Museum 4705 E Richardson Road Edingburg, TX 78542 STXMM.org effort, elbow grease, and of course great friendship to pull this thing together. The love of riding and the awesomeness of these machines underneath this roof are worth the drive to Edingburg. The town of Edingburg is on the southern edge of Highway 281. Many riders come through here every day and especially for the big rallies held in South Padre every year. Edingburg has a little jewel of place, the South Texas Motorcycle Museum. Founded by Mike and Karen Sweeney and overseen by the neighboring motorcycle mechanic, Dirty Dave, the museum is filled with some awesome restored bikes. The staff are really great people who volunteer their time on weekends to greet you and answer any questions you may have. We were really taken aback when my son Lucas got to rev up the throttle on Dave’s old knucklehead that he happened to be working on the day we visited. We had a blast and we took many pictures! It’s worth the drive Amigos!!! Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

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By Bob Cooney, CEO

inally the weather cooperated for Damon Dave, the promoter of the NEW Carts, Bikers and Babes Rally. He has been hit with horrible weather for his past two years with The Texas Rally (coming in September). When I saw him on Saturday he not only had a big smile on his face, but he had lost his voice from talking with everyone at the rally! Go Dave! The turnout for the rally was fantastic. Bikes, carts, and hot babes as far as you could see! This new Cart Rally concept was originated by Dave and it has turned out to be a great idea. There were carts there that ranged everywhere from the type of golf cart I used to rent at the San Jose Municipal Golf Course (old, slow and beat up), to one that had a Suzuki, 650cc, water cooled engine in it! Shifter on the side and a guaranteed kick ass cart! I have to admit to being

pretty amazed by the creativity of some of the cart owners. Our good friend Blowout was the emcee for the event, doing his usual great job and the bands that Dave booked were all fantastic. Everyone partied in the area in front of the stage until late at night. At around 8:00pm, in pure Damon Dave style, a keg of beer was tapped by the stage offering FREE beer to everyone for the rest of the night. Dave always puts on a great show and is a great host. For a first time rally, this one has to be put into the HOME RUN category. Dave did some outstanding promoting and the results were there…lots of people having lots of fun. Make sure to put this one on your list for next year. Thunder Roads Texas will be a part of it again!

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Too Much at Risk By Shelly Horan, Editor The other day, a friend made a comment about how dangerous the freeway is, especially for motorcycles. A light went off and I commented back to her that our safety is at most risk at an intersection, where car drivers enter the without realizing they’re compromising our space. I get daily updates, through various sources, on anything to do with motorcycles in Texas. At this writing, the last six days were not good for motorcyclists here. Every single one of these days carried a headline from somewhere in Texas about a rider losing his/her life in a motorcycle accident. Of those six, five were at intersections.

May is Motorcycle Awareness Month. There are many things we can do as riders: organize or attend a Proclamation signing at your nearest city hall or county headquarters (visit RideSafeInTexas.homestead.com), work with a motorcyclist association to help from the political side, and take responsibility for your riding safety. One thing you can do, right now, is to share information with your cage friends and family to help them be more aware of motorcyclists on the road. Below is a condensed list of things all cage drivers should know. The full PDF offered by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) is available for download from our website (ThunderRoadsTexas.com).

Ten Things Cage Drivers Should Know

1. Look for motorcycles, especially when checking traffic at an intersection. 2. A motorcycle is closer than it appears, especially in mirrors. 3. Take an extra moment to thoroughly check for motorcycles and double-check your blind spots by turning your head. Don’t rely on your mirrors. 4. Don’t assume all motorcyclists are speed demons. The majority adhere to the speed limit. 5. Motorcyclists often slow by downshifting or merely rolling off the throttle, thus not activating the brake light. Allow more following distance and at intersections, predict a motorcyclist may slow down without visual warning. 6. Most turn signals on a motorcycle are not self-canceling, thus some riders sometimes forget to turn them off after a turn or lane change. Make sure a motorcycle’s signal is for real. 7. Motorcyclists often adjust position within a lane to be seen more easily and to minimize the effects of road debris, passing vehicles, and wind. Never share a lane with a motorcyclist. 8. Maneuverability is one of a motorcycle’s better characteristics, but don’t expect a motorcyclist to always be able to dodge out of the way. 9. Stopping distance for motorcycles is nearly the same as for cars, but slippery pavement makes stopping quickly difficult. 10. When a motorcycle is in motion, don’t think of it as a motorcycle; think of it as a person. Texas-based, Texas-focused, Texas PROUD!

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alcolm O’Reilly hoisted his beer and said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, between the legs of me wife!” That won him the top prize at the pub for the best toast of the night!

He went home and told his wife, Mary, “I won the prize for the best toast of the night.” She said, “Aye, did ye now? And what was your toast?” Malcolm said, “Here’s to spending the rest of me life, sitting in church beside me wife.” “Oh, that is very nice indeed, Malcolm!’ Mary said. The next day, Mary ran into one of Malcolm’s drinking buddies on the street corner. The man chuckled leeringly and said, “Mal won the prize the other night at the pub with a toast about you, Mary.” She said, “Aye, he told me. I was a bit surprised myself. You know, he’s only been there twice in the last four years. Once he fell asleep, and the other time I had to pull him by the ears to make him come.”

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truck driver had to deliver 100 penguins to the state zoo. As he was driving his truck through the desert, the truck broke down. After waiting by the side of the road for about three hours, he waved another truck down and offered a good ‘ol boy, Bubba, $500 to take the penguins to the state zoo for him. The next day, the first truck driver arrived in town and saw Bubba crossing the road with the 100 penguins walking in pairs of two, directly behind him.

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flat-chested young lady read an article in a magazine that stated Dr. Bumbutu in Africa could enlarge your breast without surgery. So she decided to go to Dr. Bumbutu to see if he could help her. The doctor instructed her to rub her chest every day and say, “Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies!” She did this faithfully for several months, and to her utter amazement she grew to a nice D-cup. One morning she was running late, got on the bus, and in a panic realized she had forgotten her morning ritual. Frightened she might lose her lovely boobs if she didn’t recite the ritualistic rhyme, she stood right there in the middle aisle of the bus, closed her eyes and said, ‘Scooby doobie doobies, I want bigger boobies.’ A guy sitting nearby looked at her and asked “Oh! Are you a patient of Dr. Bumbutu’s?” “Yes I am. How did you know?” He winked and whispered, ”Hickory dickory dock…”

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ive surgeons from big cities are discussing who makes the best patients to operate on.

The first surgeon, from New York, says,” I like to see accountants on my operating table because when you open them up, everything inside is numbered.” The second, from Chicago, responds, “Yeah, but you should try electricians! Everything inside them is color coded.”

The first truck driver jumped out of his truck and said, “What’s going on? I gave you $500 to take these penguins to the damn zoo!”

The third surgeon, from Dallas, says, “No, I really think librarians are the best, everything inside them is in alphabetical order.”

Bubba boastfully replied, “I did take them to the Zoo, but I had a lot of money left over, so now we’re going to see a Disney movie.”

The fourth surgeon, from Los Angeles chimes in, “You know, I like construction workers. Those guys always understand when you have a few parts left over.”

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But the fifth surgeon, from Washington, DC, shut them all up when he observed: “You’re all wrong. Politicians are the easiest to operate on. There are no guts, no heart, no balls, no brains, and no spine. Plus, the head and the ass are interchangeable.”

new priest at his first mass was so nervous he could hardly speak. After mass he asked the Monsignor how he had done.

The Monsignor replied, “When I am worried about getting nervous on the pulpit, I put a glass of vodka next to the water glass. If I start to get too nervous, I take a sip.” So next Sunday he took the monsignor’s advice. At the beginning of the sermon, he got very nervous and so, took a drink. He proceeded to talk up a storm, jitters free. Upon his return to his office after the mass, he found the following note on the door: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Sip the vodka. Don’t gulp it down while sweating profusely. There are 10 commandments, not 12. There are 12 disciples, not 10. Jesus was consecrated, not “constipated”. Jacob wagered his donkey, he did not “bet his ass”. We do not refer to Jesus Christ as the “Late, Great JC”. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are not referred to as “Daddy, Junior, and the Spook”. David slew Goliath; he did not “kick the shit out of him”. When David was hit by a rock and was knocked off his donkey, don’t say he was “stoned off his ass”. We do not refer to the cross as the “Big T.” When Jesus broke the bread at the last supper he did not say “Eat me”. The Virgin Mary is not called “Mary with the Cherry”. The recommended grace before a meal is not: “Rub-A-Dub-Dub thanks for the grub, Yay God! Next Sunday there will be a taffy pulling contest at St. Peter’s, not a “Peter Pulling Contest at St. Taffy’s”.

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trucker came into a truck stop cafe and placed his order. He said, “I want three flat tires, a pair of headlights and pair of running boards.”

The brand new blonde waitress, not wanting to appear stupid, went to the kitchen and said to the cook, “This guy out there just ordered three flat tires, a pair of headlights and a pair of running boards. What does he think this place is, an auto parts store?” “No,” the cook said. “Three flat tires mean three pancakes, a pair of headlights is two eggs sunny side up and a pair of running boards is two slices of crisp bacon.” “Oh, OK!” said the blonde. She thought about it for a moment and then spooned up a bowl of beans and gave it to the customer. The trucker asked, “What are the beans for, Blondie?” She replied, “I thought while you were waiting for the flat tires, headlights and running boards, you might as well gas up!”

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BIG BEND *Barnett Harley-Davidson 8272 Gateway East on I-10 El Paso, TX 79907 800.453.1513 BarnettHarley.com *Legacy Harley-Davidson 12100 W Hwy 80 East Odessa, TX 79765 800.788.6921 LegacyH-D.com

GULF COAST *Alamo Bar & Grill 7846 Fallbrook Dr Houston, TX 77086 281.537.7647 MySpace.com/HoustonsAlamo *Awesome Cycles 281.293.7663 AwesomeCycles.com *Backwoods Bar & Grill 11310 FM 1725 Bear Creek, TX 77328 281.592.2254 BackwoodsBarGrill.com *Ball Insurance 416 S Main St Highlands, TX 77563 800.444.7014 BallIns.com *Big Mike’s Apparel 5014 Louella Deer Park, TX 77536 281.542.9938 BigMikesApparel.com *Corpus Christi Harley-Davidson 502 Padre Island Dr Corpus Christi, TX 78408 361.854.3146 CorpusChristiHarley.com *Cowboy Harley-Davidson Beaumont 1150 IH-10 South Beaumont, TX 77707 88.839.4464 CowboyHarley.com *Eagle Cycles 11800 Jones Rd Houston, TX 77070 281.955.0064 EagleCyclesTX.com *Farrar & Ball LLP LAW TIGERS 1010 Lamar, Ste 1600 Houston, TX 77002 888.LAW-TIGERS (529.8443) LawTigers.com *Goe Harley-Davidson 1350 S 288B Angleton, TX 77515 281.383.1000 GoeHarley-Davidson.com Haley Insurance PO Box 8787 The Woodlands, TX 77387 888.4.BIKERS (424.5377) HaleyInsuranceOnline.com *Harley-Davidson of Kingwood 111 Northpines Dr Kingwood, TX 77365 281.358.0457 KingwoodHarley.com *Houston Motorsports North 9550 FM 1960 West

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Houston, TX 77070 281.890.2020 HoustonYamaha.com *Jackel Motorsports West 3719 Hwy 90 Brookshire, TX 77423 281.934.4444 JackelWest.com *John’’s Place Pub 8921 Louetta Rd Spring, TX 77379 281.655.JOHN (5646) MySpace.com/JohnsPlaceSportsPub *Mancuso Harley-Davidson Crossroads 12710 Crossroads Park Dr Houston, TX 77065 281.970.9700 MancusoCrossroads.com

*D’Rose Inn & Cabins 527 Hwy 83 Leakey, TX 78873 830.232.5246 DRoseInn.com *Cindy’s Gone Hog Wild 5496 Hwy 71 E Cedar Creek, TX 78612 512.247.4600 CGHW.com *Frio Canyon Motorcycle Stop & Bent Rim Grill 657 West Ranch Rd Leakey, TX 78873 830.232.6629 FrioCanyonMotorcycleStop.biz BentRimGrill.com

Mullis Air & Heat Houston Area 281.468.5819

*Gruene Harley-Davidson 1288 Loop 337 New Braunfels, TX 78130 830.624.2473 GrueneHarley.com

*Republic Harley-Davidson 12707 Southwest Fwy Stafford, TX 77477 866.843.6481 RepublicHD.com

*Javelina Harley-Davidson 29078 I-10 West Boerne, TX 78006 800-860-9696 JavelinaHarleyDavidson.com

Ride Like a Pro - Houston 281.844.6818 RideLikeAProHouston.com

*Phantom Rider Choppers 6535 West Hwy 46 New Braunfels, TX 78132 830.228.4606 PhantomRiderChoppers.com

*San Jacinto Harley-Davidson 3636 E Sam Houston Pkwy South Pasadena, TX 77505 281.991.4275 SanJacintoHD.com *Stitches 1308 Hwy 6 South Houston, TX 77077 281.558.8572

*Southern Metal Choppers 11116 Middle Fiskville Rd, Ste E Austin, TX 78753 512.833.5044 SouthernMetalChoppers.com

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*Stubbs Harley-Davidson 4400 Telephone Rd Houston, TX 77087 713.644.7535 StubbsHD.com

*Affordable Leather 3302 N Midkiff Rd Midland, TX 79705 432.699.0775 Affordable-Leather-WTX.com

*Team Mancuso Powersports - Gulf Fwy 10222 Gulf Fwy Houston, TX 77034 281.486.4604 TMPGF.com

*Big Apple Deli & Bar 1804 25th St Snyder, TX 79549 325.573.7788

*Team Mancuso Powersports - SW 7537 SW Freeway Houston, TX 77074 713.955.9944 TMPSW.com *Texas Rock Tavern 2470 FM 1960 Houston, TX 77068 281.583.8111 * VIP Apparel 2219 Post Office Street Galveston, TX 77550 VIPBikerApparel.com 713.478.0592 *West of the Brazos Bar & Grill 23220 Hwy 36 Damon, TX 77430 979.742.3100 MySpace.com/WestOfTheBrazos

HILL COUNTRY * Buckhorn Bar & Grill 4377 US Hwy 83 South Leakey, TX 830.232.4755 FrioBuckhornBar.com

*Bully’s Grill 8542 Seymour Hwy Wichita Falls, TX 76310 940.689.9195 *Flying V Creations 1903 College Ave Snyder, TX 79549 325.436.0197 MySpace.com/FlyingVCreations *Lubbock Custom Motorcycles 11804 South University #A Lubbock, TX 79423 806.745.7167 LubbockCustomMotorcycles.com *Midessa Motorcycles 8100 West Highway 80 Midland, TX 79706 432.563.4109 MidessaMotorcycle.com *Rolling Thunder Bar & Grll 6441 County Road 2173 Fluvanna, TX 79517 325.573.HAWG (4294) RollingThunderBarAndGrill.com

PINEY WOODS *Backwoods Bar & Grill 11310 FM 1725 Bear Creek, TX 77328 832.579.7668 BackwoodsBarGrill.com *Cycle Heaven 3770 Hwy 69N Lufkin, TX 75904 936.634.8404 CycleHeavenTX.com *Misfit Motorcycles 11210 FM 1488 Magnolia, TX 7354 877.MIS.FITZ (647.3489) MisfitMotorcycles.com *Phantom Custom Cycles 34507 SH 249 Pinehurst, TX 77362 281.766.1549 PhantomCustomCycles.com

PRAIRIES & LAKES *Cuttin Loose 744 N Burleson Blvd Burleson, TX 76028 817.295.7421 Dragonstar Motorcycle Transport Bryan, TX 77806 281.935.8890 GetARide.net *Frisco Custom Cycles 6427 Main Street Frisco, TX 75034 214.387.0650 FriscoCustomCycles.com *Harley-Davidson of Waco 1524 I-35 South Waco, TX 76706 254.753.0393 HDWaco.com *Horny Toad Bar & Grill Cranfills Gap, TX 76637 254.597.1100 HornyToadBar.com *Longhorn Harley-Davidson 2830 West I-20 Grand Prairie, TX 75052 972.988.1903 LonghornHD.com *Moto Liberty 11441 N Stemmons Fwy Dallas, TX 75229 972.243.5995 MotoLiberty.com *Snook Watering Hole FM 2155 Snook, TX 77879 979.272.3715 SnookWateringHole.com *Thunder Alley Cycles 416 NE Wilshire Blvd Burleson, TX 76028 817.295.0955 ThunderAlleyCycles.com *Yankee’s Tavern 10328 FM 244 Carlos, TX 77843 936.873.3314 YankeesTavern.com

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SOUTH TEXAS *American Riders 10874 Leslie Rd, Ste 2 Helotes, TX 78023 210.695.6343 AmericanRiders.us *Caliente Harley-Davidson 7230 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78245 210.681.CALI (2254) CalienteHarley.com *Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley-Davidson 11005 IH 35 North San Antonio, TX 78233 800.397.7875 CowboysAlamoCityHarley.com *Insurance Lady Agency 642 W Rhapsody, Ste A San Antonio, TX 78216 214.403.2216 InsuranceLadyInc.com *Joe Harrison Motorsports 9710 I-35 North San Antonio, TX 78233 210.656.9400 JHMS.com

*Kent Powersports 15664 I-35 Selma, TX 78154 210.656.9400 KentPowersports.com Mission Wrecker 4535 FM 1516 N Converse, TX 78109 MissionWrecker.com *Texas Pride Barbeque 2980 East Loop 1604 Adkins, TX 78101 210.649.3730 TexasPrideBBQ.net *Yamaha of San Antonio A Kent Powersports Company 15664 I-35 Selma, TX 78154 210.655.2625 KentPowersports.com

STATEWIDE *Mean Gene Kelton 713.866.4872 MeanGeneRocks.com Outlaw Dave Show 9*5*0 AM in Houston 950KPRC.com to listen online. OutlawNation.us

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