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The April Cover is graced by Tobi Goodell from Superior, Iowa. She is standing alongside her trusted Softail. The first two years of Softails in 84 and 85 were four speed models with a kicker. Her bike is as unique as her place, the Softail Saloon in Superior. Stop by and check them out when you are up north by the Iowa Great Lakes!

This time of year, calling bikers stir crazy would be the understatement of the month. We are usually chomping at the bit to get out and about on the road, but this year it seems even worse than normal. I don’t know if it was the extreme cold, the goofy precipitation we got, or just the total length of time that it seems not many at all could get out and about on two wheels. Usually we can get a day or two here and there for at least the hard core riders to roll to help keep our sanity, but this past winter has been sparse. People with PMS (Parked Motorcycle Syndrome) are going to be out in full force, as soon as possible, ripping up asphalt and taming the concrete. The staff at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa wants everyone to be safe and have a great riding season, so just keep a few things in mind. Although it looks like the temperatures are going to readily break and become better, there is still a ton of salt, sand, and other debris on the road. Don’t get so over anxious to rack up the miles that you forget the normal spring road conditions that rain has yet to wash away. Cars have also not been accustomed to seeing us much, if any at all, so they will not be expecting us. The roads are rougher than hell right now with both pot holes and seams in the pavement that seem like mountains. Usually with warmer weather the seams mellow out a bit, and the road crews fill in some of the pot holes, but be wary. The road crews have been waiting on the same break in the weather. We always have to be careful on two wheels, but certain times of the year we have to be even more diligent. Keep your eyes open and try to contain the enthusiasm for riding. Ride safe and return home in one piece. As we roll into April, we have some cool stuff to get out and about to do. Hopefully the weather is fabulous to roll in. April showers do bring those May flowers though, so don’t forget the rain suit! To finish up March, we have the Midwest Motorcycle Show, held in conjunction with the World Of Wheels in Omaha March 28-30. This is sponsored by our friends at Werner Cycle Works. The show was just about on life support a few years back, but Tom

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and crew have revived it. Worth a visit if you are in the area. Stop by and see Netty, DRing and myself at the TRMI booth! The next weekend Dubuque HD is having their 5th Anniversary shin-dig, and TRMI will be set up in Mason City at the swap meet on the 5th-6th of April. Stop by to see David, Eryka, and myself at the TRMI booth! On the 18th Big Barn is doing a Bike Blessing, and then the 26th things start to go crazy! Fenders Cycle is having their annual open house, which is always a great time. In Boone the Sleeping Angels Fun Run is happening and is a very cool ride to attend with Joey and crew. Last but not least, in Marshalltown is the ORIGINAL Bike Blessing held by Jackie and Fred of F&J Racing. This charity event has been going on for 19 years now and is often imitated, but never duplicated. As you can see April explodes with events and if you cannot find something to do on the TRMI events listing toward the back of the magazine, you are not looking hard enough! You may have noticed that the thickness of the magazine has been increasing the last few months. That is normal really for this time of year as the more supporters of the magazine means that there will be more pages. We try to keep a balance and make this a good rag to pick up. We are growing and readers and supporters are realizing that TRMI is the place to be to let the biker world in Iowa know what is going on. We would like to thank our supporters for making this all possible, and thank the readers for staying interested and submitting things to us. 2014 is proving to be another growing year for us so far, and we would sure like to keep that up! If you have any events, bike nights, or stuff going on that you know and is confirmed, let us know. Shoot an email to Vernon@ and we will get it added to the list. Thanks for reading, now get out and ride! Vernon Quote of the Month: Never trade the thrills of living for the security of existence. Author Unknown

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I am a mom. I am a wife. I am a friend. I am on a cemetery committee. I am vice president of the high school music boosters. I am on the pool board. In the last year I joined the TRMI family. My name to most of you is DRing, I am the 99 Counties Chic! By day I am a librarian, one night a week I sling drinks at Lugger’s in Kimballton Iowa. My dad always said “I was vaccinated with a stereo needle,” and I have a serious inability to say no when I see someone in need of help, this is a dangerous combination when mixed with a charming magazine editor behind on his deadline for his 99 Counties Article and the county he is working on just happens to be the county I was born in! Me and my big mouth told him that I would write his article for him, never believing for a minute that he would throw me the reins and tell me to run with them but he did along with two days to see what I could do. The next day I called some friends and family who still lived in the area and chatted with them as I wanted to make sure my recollection of everything was right and off I went writing about Fayette County Iowa. A day later I submitted the article to Vernon and waited. I gave the disclaimer that I would be happy to make any changes needed just give me a little guidance! He said thanks and I didn’t hear from him for a week. When I did, he said things were just fine no changes needed and if anything was needed Netty, his Copy Editor would handle it. I waited on pins and needles for that issue to come out and when it did I was so excited…there it was in print, my article. I was so proud! I hoped and thought maybe something else would come to pass but over the next week things were status quo. Then something fantastic happened, my article generated an ad sale! A month later the Big V Man asked if I would be interested in maybe doing another article?! Um yes please! You want to give me the opportunity to travel our fine state, talk to people and then write about it, well sign me up, this is how DRing came to be. As the last year has progressed I have spent more time with the TRMI family. Their experiences have helped me learn and grow in my knowledge base. That is the great thing about being in the fold; there are so many different and great people willing to help you learn about so many different things. Vernon, our Editor, could see that I had a big mouth that could be utilized to spread the good TRMI word. This led me to the world of ad sales. He drug me into sales kicking and screaming but I am so thankful that he did. Helping to bring people together and exploring new places and events is very stimulating. If you know of a place that should do some advertising please let me know! I am also in the “I’s” on my journey through the 99 Counties. If you know of anything exciting or cool or just want to grab a bite to eat when I come through your county please drop me a line at, you the readers are why we do what we do. This last year has been so fantastic! It is strange sometimes how things click together, the right people in the right places at the right time. I am anxious to see what the next year will bring. DRing 6 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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CMA Notes

It’s been great to see everyone and catch up at the recent shows and swap meets as we wait on the coming thaw and the hope of awesome rides to come. Now is the time to make some plans, put in for that vacation, get those new tires, batteries etc… Hope springs eternal, right? I notice that for me, the swap meets seem to be more about seeing the people than finding that elusive bike part. Don’t get me wrong, I love to find treasures but anymore I don’t spend as much time looking as I once would. The relationships become more important than the bikes. Reminds me of years ago when Karla and I were very active in a National Hunting Dog Organization. We tested and judged dogs, bred dogs, and pretty much lived dogs for a period of about 7 years. One day at one of the judging seminars, the head of the club’s breeding committee and his wife were talking to all of us. This was a couple who had fled Czechoslovakia when the Communists took over their country, had left their homes and belongings, literally walking away and over the border. They came here, started a new life and helped resurrect this breed after its near decimation during the WWII years. They used their connections later to bring dogs from Germany and Czechoslovakia to infuse into our line here in the US with great results. In other words they had seen a lot and were well respected in many countries. I recall the wife getting up at one point and admonishing the gathering that no matter what, these are just dogs and to remember that it’s the people that are important. It’s a good reminder to keep things in perspective whether it’s bikes, dogs, money, jobs or even religion.

that what they needed was not the religious system but the relationship with God through him. We need to know Jesus like we would know a best friend, not an unapproachable being. He came to earth as a man to experience all the trials and temptations that we experience and to provide that sacrifice for us. He was - and is - real. A well-known pastor and blues artist wrote about not getting caught in the confusion between religion and relationship. That religion with its man-made rules and regulations can become a prison and the enemy of relationship. A relationship with Jesus frees us to become the people we were meant to be. So enjoy the journey, keep things in perspective and appreciate the people who the Lord brings your way. Blessings, Mark Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at

Scripture tells us that everyone is born with a basic desire and longing for God. For many, especially in our country’s culture, that desire is perverted by religion or doing religious activities at the expense of what is really important, which is the relationship with Jesus. We have been saturated and inoculated with religion. When you read the gospel accounts of Jesus’s life, he repeatedly condemned the religious leaders of the day for making a show and putting undue burdens on the people. Jesus was in turn condemned by them for hanging out with the sick, the lame, the prostitutes, tax collectors and other societal outcasts. He had compassion on them and knew

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Biker Friendly Directory

It’s important for you to know who your friends are out on the road! The Biker Friendly Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want you to know that they’re here for YOU. Let them know that you saw them here in Thunder Roads. If you know a business that would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Places, please email

Biker Accessories 1224 Celebrity Drive Marcus, Iowa 51035 877-816-2200

Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 J&P Cycles 13225 Circle Drive Anamosa, IA 52205 800-318-4823 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa Bringing the Comfort of the Saddle to Your Iron Horse American Made Motorcycle Stirrups, Inc. 212 South 6th Street, Nebraska City, NE 68410

Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062

Knoxville Raceway 1000 N Lincoln Street Knoxville, Iowa 50138 641-842-5431

Leer’s Cycle Center 101 Fletcher Avenue Waterloo, Iowa 50701 1-800-870-6058

National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925

Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame/ Museum One Sprint Capital Place Knoxville, Iowa 50138-0542 641-842-6176

Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406

Vintage Sound 93.1 FM Muscatine’s Premier “B Side” Station Request Line (563)263-9393

R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400

Food and Drink

Route 65 Harley-Davidson HWY 65/96 South Indianola, Iowa 50125 www.route65,com 515-962-2160 Trike Your Bike 503 1st Ave North Altoona, Iowa 50029 515-957-8920 Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944


Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050¬

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351

Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195

Brown Motorcars 330 NW 49th Place Des Moines, IA 50313 515-282-0123

Zylstra Harley-Davidson 1930 E 13th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-232-6223

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610


Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735

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Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30

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411 Main/Rocket Joe’s 411 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-4111 FB 411 Main Street Bar & Rocket Joes Beer Barn and Grill 226 State Street Kirkman, Iowa 51447 712-766-3395 Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11 BJ’s Bar & Billiards 110 Ida Waterloo Iowa Home of Full Throttle Thursdays 319-234-9810

Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Good Sons 2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102 Des Moines, Iowa 515-681-5375 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Hazard County LoungeIowa’s Premier Night Club

Booneville Bar&Grill Waveland West Café 35653 Ute Ave Booneville, Iowa 50038 575-987-2237 Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook

(above the BBQ Shack) 203 Main St. Lohrville. Iowa 51439 Open M-S 4pm-close. Sunday 12pm-close (712)-465-3278

C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close

Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311

Captains Quarters 807 Main Adel, Iowa 50003 M-F 2-12, Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 515-993-4417 Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600

Dew Drop Inn Bar & Restaurant 109 Main Street McClelland, Iowa 51503 712-566-9360 Mon-Sat 11:30-Close

Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995

KC’s Tavern 120 North Main Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 641-369-2017 KC’s Tavern on Facebook Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001

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Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998

The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601

Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM

Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p

The Wagon Wheel 521 E 7th Washington, Iowa 52353 319-653-3637 Wagon Wheel Tap on Facebook

Los Altos Greenfield, Iowa 641-221-9081 Stuart, Iowa 515-523-8000

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill

Lugger’s 201 N Main Street Kimballton, Iowa 51543 712.773.8620

Shenanigans Pub-Dubuque 3203 Jackson Street Dubuque, Iowa 563-513-4001 Open 364 - 3 pm - 2 am

Third and Main 301 Main Street Manning, IA 51455 712-655-2304/712-210-2304

Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230

228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865

Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165

Softail Saloon 811 Hwy 9 Superior, Iowa 51363 712-858-4500 Softail Saloon on Facebook

Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900

Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226

Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015

Sportsman Bar & Grill 103 1st Street Pisgah, Iowa 51564 712-456-2222 FOOD, FUEL, FUN

Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook!

The Chrome Spur 105 2nd Street Schleswig, Iowa 51461 Chrome Spur on Facebook

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

The Edge 3157 Joliet Avenue Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-2229 The Edge on Facebook

Pizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

Where to Go When You Need a Break!

The Getaway

Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788

221 Main Street Vail, Iowa 51465 712-677-2200 The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000 The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

The Middle of Nowhere 112 Main Street Cumberland, Iowa 50843 712-774-5425

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T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395 Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671 Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12

Healthcare/Wellness Road Weary Muscles?? Stephanie Warren, LMT Suzanne & Co Salon, Davenport, 563-355-4200 eve & wknd appts available

Insurance Matt McCall Insurance Agency State Farm Insurance 102 East South St, Tipton 563-886-6120

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Pete Leehey Law Firm, P.C. Riding and Defending Your Rights for Over 29 Years 977-209-9452

Photo and Art JW Custom Artwork 610 Grove Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-577-5264 Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715

Services BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 Ben Franklin/Radio Shack 106 N Wilson Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-4122 Forbidden Angels Promo Girls 515-505-4888 Forbidden Angels on Facebook Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403

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Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

Metal Ink 911 7th Street Ste 102 Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453

Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250

Tame Your Mane at MY BARBER 7th & Fillmore, Davenport 563-322-8762 Biker Owned & Operated

Moser’s 4-Way Service Center Motorcycles.ATVs.Jet Skis Harley-Davidson Certified Luxemburg, Iowa 563-853-3390

Shops and Fabricators

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220

Trike Your Bike 503 1st Avenue North Altoona, Iowa 50009 515-957-8920

Pat Oberg Customs 102 1st Ave South Fort Dodge Iowa 50501 515-302-1695 POC Powder Coating on Facebook

Waderich’s Towing 420 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 Phone 712-263-3687 Cell 712-263-9685

Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Custom Paint Specialists 5050 ½ NW 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-971-4579 Creative Industry LLC 200 N Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515-689-7844 cell

Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541

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Tattoo Crave Tattoo 201 S 12th Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501 515-576-8289 FB Crave Tattoo, Inc.

Dead Heads Eng, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353 Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515

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E Electra-Glo Fairing Edge Light Kit. This kkit of forward facing LED lights adds to tthe contour of the bat wing fairing. These a accent lights add a visual element to the w well-known shape of the Electra Glide. W When the lights are switched off, the ssmoked housing conceals the lights and b blends into the background. These are a available for 2014 Electra Glides and prior yyears. The next new item goes hand-inh hand with the fairing kit, known as the E Electra-Glo Light Rings. As soon as these ccame out I knew Harley once again was ttrying to catch up to the aftermarket on an ititem that has been popular for a couple of yyears. These light rings feature a dramatic a arc of white LED’s, the Light Rings will ccapture the attention of everyone that passes. They are available in gloss black or chrome and fit a wide variety of models.

Light the Way! I don’t know about you, but these couple of 60+ degree days are really getting to me. Even with all the nasty stuff out there on the roads I will admit I even had to break down and get mine out for a short put. What can I say we are finally approaching the start of the riding season, and it is about time! While we were all stuck inside from the cold weather, Harley worked hard to make sure there were new accessories available for Spring 2014. If you are looking to customize your ride, the new LED lighting accessories are a “must have” during this riding season. If you’re looking for a little more rear lighting on your ride then you are looking for the new Electra-Glo LED saddlebag run/brake/ turn lamp. It adds functional lighting to the rear of 2014 Touring motorcycles. These lamps mount high up on the saddlebag and are complementary to the TourPak carrier rear lighting; with the elimination of the separate rear turn signals by putting them in the tour-pak light bar on both the Ultra and Limited models. They also allow removal of the Tour-Pak carrier with a detachable mounting kit. When the ignition is on, the fast-acting LED lamps glow red, and intensify when turn signals or brakes are applied. That’s not all they have for your ght saddlebags. If you’re looking to light up the side of your ride a bit more or simply match your saddlebags to your tour-pak Harley introduced the Electra-Glo saddlebag side marker light kit. The saddlebag side markers add a splash of light to the lower edge of the saddlebags on 2014 Touring models. These lamps are housed inside a mirror chrome frame, and are available ailable in red or

W With spring quickly a approaching (keeping my h hopes high); make sure you p prepare yourself and your rride for the upcoming riding sseason. Don’t wait until the d day before it is supposed to b be 60 or above to make your sspring service appointment a and expect to have it done. G Give yourself some time and get it in early. I hope many of you, by the time you read this, have done so. Trust me it will be better for you and your servicing dealer. Now I know quite a few people, I am one of them that did not get too many miles on last year. If it was the weather that was too wet for the majority of spring and just kind of took it out of you or you just didn’t seem to have time; this year we are going to make time. So get out there and enjoy the ride!! Tony Darveau Carroll Cycle Center

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Are you ready to ride? No, I mean really get out there and get some miles under your belt?? If you are planning on taking a trip this season, be sure to catch up on the current ‘on road’ motorcycle laws. Here’s a quick rundown of Iowa’s laws and the laws governing our surrounding states. After compiling this list, I am glad we Iowan’s still live in the land of the free! ~Pinky Iowa Daytime use of headlight required on motorcycles newer than 1977, modulating headlight permitted Eye Protection not required No handlebar height restriction No restrictions on helmet speakers Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane is permitted No muffler restrictions Safety helmet use not required Turn signals not required Minnesota Daytime use of headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection required Helmet speakers limited to single earphone speaker only Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane is permitted Muffler required, check local noise restrictions Helmet required for riders/passengers under 18 & permit holders Turn signals not required South Dakota Daytime use of headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection required unless windshield is installed Handgrips must remain below shoulder height Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane is permitted Muffler required, cut outs prohibited Helmet required for riders/passengers under 18 Turn signals not required Nebraska Daytime use of headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection not required Handgrips must remain within 15” above fasten point Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane is permitted Muffler required, cut outs prohibited Helmet required by law Turn signals not required 16 - TRMI APRIL 2014

Midwest Motorcycle Laws Missouri Daytime use of headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection not required Handlebar height shall not exceed 15” above seat Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single not referenced in Administrative Code Muffler required Helmet required by law Turn signals not required Illinois Daytime headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection required unless windshield is installed Handgrips must remain below head height Helmet speakers allowed only for communication Lane Splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane not referenced in the Administrative Code Muffler required Helmet not required Turn signal not required Wisconsin Daytime headlight required, modulating headlight permitted Eye protection required unless windshield is at least 15” above handle bars Handgrips must remain below 30” above seat Lane splitting not authorized Riding 2 abreast in a single lane permitted Muffler required, cut outs not authorized Helmet required for riders/passengers under 18 & permit holders Turn signals required All information compiled from the American Motorcycle Association and is current as of 3/15/2014. If you have any questions about specific legislation or lobbying efforts in Iowa, contact ABATE Coordinator Phil McCormick at or any of your local ABATE of Iowa members.

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Motorcycle Helmet Laws 14NR10 - MRF News Release - CDC Task Force Pushes Universal Mandatory Helmet Law

talks with the Task Force staff about how they came to the conclusion that enacting universal mandatory helmet laws is the only way to save lives.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 13 March 2014 CDC Task Force Pushes Universal Mandatory Helmet Law

“It is deeply troubling that some of our brightest researchers refuse to acknowledge rider education and awareness campaigns as effective means to saving lives,” said Jeff Hennie, Vice President of Government Relation and Public Affairs for the MRF.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) reports that a task force that is funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued its findings statement for motorcycle safety, with the singular solution being universal mandatory Also of note is why the CDC would only focus on helmet laws. head injury. J. Lee Annest, the Director of Statistics and Programing for the CDC, informed the motorcycle The task force, known as the Community Preventative community that the CDC does not keep information on Services Task Force, is a 15 member, non-federal, motorcycle fatality by body part and that in motorcycle independent group that utilizes CDC staff and resources fatalities there are usually multiple injuries, with the to develop “Findings and Rationale Statements.” The primary body part affected difficult to determine. Yet the statements make recommendations that run the gamut only solution that the CDC has ever presented in its history of topics from asthma control to work place safety. The is universal mandatory helmet law.. recommendations have included motor vehicles in the past focusing on seat belts, child seats, and alcohol use. This is The MRF worked with the House of Representatives to send the first time the task force has recommended anything to a letter to the CDC asking them to not focus on motorcycle do with motorcycling. Task force members are appointed safety, but rather leave that to the relevant transportation by the Director of the CDC and serve five-year terms. All agencies. The CDC’s response was that they needed to be current members are doctors, with one exception. involved in all preventable injuries, because they have the newest research available. The CDC asserts that fatalities have nearly doubled since 2000 while failing to take into account the increase in Use the MRF’s latest “Fact or Fiction” piece, which was registered motorcycles. In fact, in 2000 there were 2,862 made public at this past year’s “Bikers Inside the Beltway” fatal crashes for 4.9 million registered motorcycles. That event in D.C. in May of 2013 to educate your legislators. means in 2000 .058% of all registered motorcycles were The one page document has information about the CDC involved in a fatal crash. In 2010 there were 4,502 fatalities and the misconception related to the effectiveness of helmet for 8.4 million registered motorcycles, which puts just laws. .053% of registered motorcycles, a slight decrease in the ratio of registered motorcycles to fatalities with 3.5 million You can view the “Fact or Fiction” piece here: more motorcycles on the road. These are just some of the facts about the CDC research that have been presented in all four MRF conferences going back to fall of 2012. Motorcycle Riders Foundation 236 Massachusetts Ave. NE | Suite 204 | Washington, DC The Task Force report claims that they used data from 69 20002-4980 studies, but only lists seven in the reference section of the 202-546-0983 (voice) | 202-546-0986 (fax) | http://www. finding statement. The MRF is investigating this and is in Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 52 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month I will revisit each county as a featured article. I will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa. Ida County Iowa Ida County Iowa is in west central Iowa. It is not the biggest or flashiest county in the state. They don’t have the most people. They don’t have the most hills or curves. Heck, they don’t even have a bar in each of their five towns. What they do have are some incredible unassuming people going about their day just like you and I who are willing to go the extra mile for a stranger who comes poking around their county! Ida County was the ninety-third county formed in Iowa. They are the third least populated county in the state. The history of the county is varied. One story tells of the county being named after an early settler’s daughter, Ida. Another version is that it was named after Mount Ida in Greece. I would recommend talking to the locals about this fact if you want a deeper understanding of the real truth! I came into the county from the south on Hwy 59 and took a sharp turn west onto county road D54. This was not my favorite road! It was quite rough, but I wanted to make a loop around the county and this was the easiest way to get to Battle Creek. Thankfully, I turned north onto L51 and was fortunate to find a fantastic county park called Crawford

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spring and summer as opposed to the white in the picture! The camping area is vast, as are the rest rooms and lodge house. Definitely worth a stop! I sidled on into Battle Creek and fist thought… oh my goodness…there’s a lot of apartments here, but no bar, no restaurant so no food per say and the bakery was closed at 2:08 in the afternoon. As I stood on the main drag and looked around I decided to go to where the cars were and that took me to the Library/City Hall where three sassy broads greeted me, and I say that lovingly! Jenise, Kathy and Diane were full of information, stories, history and laughter. Jenise used to ride and had great memories of her time on two wheels, Kathy with a K runs the local Sparky Station where you can get some grub and fuel just around the corner form the City Clerk’s Office and Diane keeps the town running like a well-oiled machine. The ladies told me that the restaurant in town burned down, the apartments were mostly owned by one fella and the ones across the street were where the old restaurant used to be, however they are remodeling so they can have a new one. These lovely ladies guided me to the Crawford Creek Recreation Area, they suggested I check out the Holstein Rum Distillery and the Moorhead Park in Ida Grove and of course, the castles, everybody knows about the castles. After chatting away about a half an hour it was time to keep moving. I bade the lovely ladies of Battle Creek adieu and was on my way east on State Hwy 175 into Ida Grove the county seat.

Right on Hwy 175 on the edge of Ida Grove there is an entrance to Moorehead Park. A cool thing about this park in the winter is that they have a HUGE sledding hill with a tow rope to get you back to the top of the hill, no really, where was this when I was Creek Recreation Area. It a kid! Within the town of Ida was large, clean and if you Grove you will find quite a few have a great imagination you castles. The town’s entrepreneur ca can tell how beautiful it would be Byron Godbersen had a fascination on w wh when it is all green and blue in the with castles so every business he Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

built or had a hand in erecting had a castle theme, interesting architecture for a small Iowa town. I decided to follow the ladies recommendation and take Hwy 59 north to Holstein and am glad that I did. “One block west of the traffic light” you will find Werner Distilling, featuring Holstein Rum. I arrived at 4:15, Greg Brunelle the proprietor was so fantastic to chat with that we didn’t even get to talking about the Rum until 5:30. Holstein Rum is an Iowa company. Greg does everything right there in Holstein but you can buy his product all over the state. I am by nature a whiskey drinker but Greg’s Holstein Single Barrel Sipping Rum made me a rum drinker. I hoped on his web site, found out where to buy some and am spreading the word to my fellow consumers!

work hard in Galva. Daylights savings time hadn’t hit yet, my sunshine was running out, it was time to head for home. Ida County reminded me that you don’t have to be the flashiest, the biggest or the curviest to be worth stopping through. The people there are what make it worth a visit, and Jenise, you were right, that Miley concert got out of hand. Next month I will hop on over to the other side of the state and wander around Iowa County, see you there! Sources Available Upon Request D Ring

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“STOP BLOCKING ME OUT!” The MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS GROUP (MAG) of North Iowa’s campaign to remove vehicle windshield obstructions needs your support! Read on to see how you can help make us all safer this riding season. We’ve all seen it, far too many times. Passenger cars and trucks with all kinds of things hanging from the interior rear view mirrorLei’s, CD’s, Work ID’s, necklaces, air fresheners you name it. These items are not necessary, and in fact illegal. Just common sense would tell you that they don’t belong where the driver needs to be looking. Now here’s another important fact about blocked motorist vision- let’s talk about the handicap parking placards hanging from rear view mirrors. I have family members that use them, I’m certain many of you do as well. But did you know it’ illegal to drive a car with one hanging from the mirror (Iowa Code 321L)? The next time you’re out driving take a count of how many of these you meet on the road that are being used improperly; the fact is- that is a parking permit, not a driving permit. It is illegal to leave on the mirror when the car is being driven, but this law is rarely if ever enforced in this state. We at MAG are not trying to single out disabled drivers, but we also believe as legally licensed motorcyclists we are entitled to every opportunity to be seen by motorists, disabled or not. If you too believe this issue deserves more attention, please join MAG in our campaign to rid driver’s motorist’s windshields of the obstructions that prevent us, as well as pedestrians, bicyclists and even other vehicles from being seen. Talk to your state legislators, and tell them to strengthen the obstructed vision laws. Encourage local law enforcement to start citing motorists for blocked vision. And by all means, take anything off your own mirror that can block your vision of the road. The next time you’re parked in your car, try holding up a few common objects and see how little it takes to block your vision. Even a pencil width of an obstruction can block far more than you’d imagine. We’ve enclosed a photo of an Iowa and an Arizona handicap placard for comparison. The dark blue placard is the Arizona version, and it very clearly states “remove from mirror before operating vehicle. It’s also on the Iowa placard, but buried in a needless jumble of words. Let’s encourage the Iowa DOT to make the notice on the handicap placard more visible. Cut the picture out below and send it to the DOT and ask them why we can’t have some plain English on the placard that will save lives: With just a few simple changes and a push to raise awareness, we think we can offer a big change in motorcycle safety in Iowa. Join MAG this year in our campaign to clear out windshield clutter and obstructions for a safer highway for all! Sincerely, Motorcycle Awareness Group (MAG) of North Iowa - Mark Mullins, President 20 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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Well it finally looks like Mother Nature is getting over her case of PMS, that’s Parked Motorcycle Syndrome, for the non-riding readers. She has become quiet a tease with a few days just nice enough to get in a quickie. Bikers are a proud group of people but they are never too proud to brag about getting a quickie.

at any speed they want to travel. But sitting shoulder to shoulder with them in the confines of a dark movie theater, ain’t happening! I figured ten dollars a seat was money well spent to keep some distance between us. Besides that I don’t need any rumors going around about a big hairy biker getting excited about the way popcorn grease feels in his hands and trying to fondle anything I own. There is a reason they call that boy “Greasy”.

It’s a good thing Mother Nature is finally putting out some sunshine and weather warm enough for riding. I had nearly forgotten how much I enjoy ripping my hair out with a comb or how a rock to the forehead at 60 MPH puts a grin on my Did you notice how I said the third screening was attempted? face. I never knew mama was talking about rocks when she The ticket sales at the Independence screening came up short said “even little things in life can bring you pleasure.” so the screening didn’t happen. I got a full refund along with a big disappointment. So far, I have not found another It could be awhile before it stays warm enough for anything screening scheduled anywhere in Iowa. more than a quickie, so in between the quickies I have been burning up my riding time cruising around the World This is my attempt to kick start a campaign to get the Wide Web. And it happened! I stumbled onto a story about Thunder Roads of Iowa readers to come together like only a recently released 89 minute motorcycle documentary, a bikers can do. Iowa bikers need more screenings of the Why directors attempt to answer the age old question, Why We We Ride documentary set up and successfully held in the Ride. state that we enjoy riding in. Here is how the producers describe Why We Ride. “An inspiring celebration of the motorcycling community,” Why We Ride” is a documentary film that shares the passion of motorcycle riding and shows the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together. As told by the many racers, riders, pioneers, and parents in the sport, the story weaves its way through generations of motorcyclists who live each day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines. The refreshing message about the joys of motorcycling, coupled with state of the art photography, captures the imagination and sets the soul in motion”.

Surely someone or a group of someone’s that reads this magazine can find a way to get more screenings of this documentary brought to Iowa. If nothing else, do it so that the Iowa bikers who have searched for the answer to the age old question Why We Ride can finally get some damn answers. If it doesn’t happen, I guess my sick mind will just have to continue toying with the mystery.

In the mean time, the clocks have been moved forward, the days are getting longer, and a quickie can bring a lot of I’d like to report that I have seen the documentary and it was pleasure to life, so get out and ride. the best thing that happened to the motorcycling community since the invention of push button start. However, so far it Shifty LaRue appears that there have only been 2 successful screenings of the documentary in Iowa. The first was held in Des Moines in December. The second was held in Cedar Rapids in January, and the third was attempted in Independence in March. In order for a screening to take place a designated number of tickets must be sold in advance. If enough tickets sell, the documentary will be played and the venue will be filled with bikers. My imagination started running wild just thinking about how much fun it could be to have a 100 bikers huddled together in a dark movie theater. Pretty sure we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone getting shot for using their cell phone or texting a babysitter. The tickets at the Independence screening were only $10 so I called up 4 riding buddies and invited them to join me for a road trip. In the true biker spirit of promoting the cause I committed to buying 10 seats. I will ride along side these guys any day of the week, anywhere they want to go, 22 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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Mark your calendars now for The Party in the Pasture 2014 August 22 nd- August 24th, 2014 Superior, Iowa Brought to you by the BIKER OWNED Softail Saloon! Mode l: Tobi, Owner of the Softail Saloon on her very own 1984 Softail

 If Bikers Ran the World: There would be two seasons every year, riding and winter. If Bikers Ran the World: The most popular vehicle racing would do more than just turn left. If Bikers Ran the World: Grocery stores would also sell motorcycle parts. If Bikers Ran the World: There would be a four day work week from Monday until Thursday. There would be a three day weekend every week, and schmucks that don’t ride would have to work the weekends. If Bikers Ran the World: Politicians would wear leather vests. If Bikers Ran the World: Welfare would be nonexistent. If there was a cause worth supporting or someone in need, Bikers would hold a poker run to raise money. If Bikers Ran the World: All the recognized holidays would be during the riding season and not during the winter. If Bikers Ran the World: Tattoos and long hair would be widely acceptable in any work setting. If Bikers Ran the World: Lunch hour rides would be encouraged and not frowned upon. If Bikers Ran the World: Helmet hair would be acceptable. If Bikers Ran the World: Gray hair would now be called “chrome”, and the more “chrome” the cooler the ride! If Bikers Ran the World: Skirts would be shorter, and tops would be optional. If Bikers Ran the World: Respect would be earned, not bought. If Bikers Ran the World: There would be more “bike only” parking spaces. If Bikers Ran the World: Leather would replace polyester. If Bikers Ran the World: English would be the ONLY language spoken in the USA. If Bikers Ran the World: Cagers that kill or injure bikers would be held accountable for their actions. If Bikers Ran the World: Military Veterans would always be respected and appreciated. If Bikers Ran the World: The term “politically correct” would not exist. If Bikers Ran the World: The T-Shirt that says “If I have to explain, you wouldn’t understand” would not exist, because everyone would “get” it. If Bikers Ran the World: The USA would be a strong Military power in the world again. If Bikers Ran the World: Fans would be installed next to the ceiling in office buildings to keep air moving through your hair. If Bikers Ran the World: Garages would be labeled based upon the number of motorcycles they can hold, not cars….We would have 4, 8, and 12 bike garages. If Bikers Ran the World: Bikers would get a tax break for helping save the earth, going green means riding motorcycles. If Bikers Ran the World: Freedom would be the number one focus. If Bikers Ran the World: The world would be a much better place! 30 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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Dr. Scott Smith USMC, Kimballton Iowa Sometimes you forget, sometimes we all forget. Sometimes life takes us away from our passion for riding and country, but if you are lucky, it will bring us back around again. Dr. Scott Smith is a guy not unlike any other guy you might meet on the streets of any nondescript small Iowa town. Life took him away from the riding world for a while, but he is back with an even deeper passion for riding and country. Here is a little on how he came back to us and what he is doing to give back to his fellow brothers in arms. As a young man Scott was living the good life, he had a Honda 160, then a single cylinder Bugati followed by a Triumph 250, ”the perfect wheelie bike”. Finally as so many young men do he bought and refurbished a 1953 Harley 45 trike with a 20” over springer front end, he even did the paint himself. However working and paying for college got to be a bit much and again as so many others he enlisted in the United States Marine Corp!

each year he would get that itch. That itch led him to an open house at Carroll Cycle Center. All it took was a test ride to remind him of how good it felt to have the wind in his hair and the sun on his face. He ordered his Deuce that day. The clean lines and comfortable fit are what drew Scott to that Deuce. He has hopes of adding a bagger to his motorcycle family, as the customization options are endless and the idea of doing a little painting and body work are enticing! All the nostalgia with the motorcycles pushed him towards another passion, once a Marine always a Marine. While working towards retirement Scott started New Century Art Guild, the guild was formed by a Veteran for Veterans. The mission statement is “We promote professional practices in the field of art by encouraging new careers, new directions and new possibilities for artists and veterans”. The first public project that the guild had a hand in was a sculpture park depicting Hans Christian Andersen stories. You can find more information about the art guild at www.

Scott has always been a bit of a loner, ridding on his own, but with retirement he has hopes of getting out a bit more and joining on some group rides. He will most likely be found on the streets of Kimballton at the Art Guild or throwing his wife on the back of his bike and hitting the Iowa highways. Riding is how Scott clears his head, Following in his father and brothers footsteps Scott enlisted remembers from “70-“74. He served our country proudly as an Avionics the good Electrician. There was: boot camp in San Diego, ITR at things, and Camp Pendelton, Avionics training at NAS Memphis, El remembers Toro California, a year with VMA-311 A-4 Attach squadron, his pride in three months in Iwakuni, Japan and Okinawa, six months in country and Bien Hoa, Vietnam and he finished up his time in the Corp in all who served Yuma, AZ. before, with and after him. The end of Scott’s time in the service brought him home and Semper Fi! it was time to get serious about his education. He wanted to be a doctor and that cost money. Good bye 1953 Harley trike! DRing Fast-forward twenty-seven years. He is a doctor, has five productive kids and a beautiful wife, but as spring came 32 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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and chipotle sauce. I almost forgot the most obvious thing it shared with the burger was in fact... the burger!!!! It would have been odd to have the meat for the pizza be sausage Let me just start out by saying I love pizza. Now, having said unless the burger meat was sausage as well! (Hmmm, that thought has interesting potential... but I digress) When the that, you can ask Lynnette, I don’t love ALL pizza. For the most part though, I love pizza! As you may have guessed this pizza arrived I noted one other thing that is unusual about this month’s review involves pizza. This is not the first pizza we pizza that I have only run across on one other pizza, the lack of pizza sauce on top of the crust. This is a trend of which I have reviewed, nor will it be the last (hopefully because I LOVE PIZZA)! Throughout our travels we have discovered heartily approve!!! When the cheese and toppings are applied a common link found in the best pizza places... the cutting of directly to the crust nothing slides around and other items are used as a sauce replacement the pizza into squares. Now added as the last ingredient don’t get me wrong, just to the pizza. In the previous because a pizza isn’t cut into encounter with this style of squares it isn’t to say that it’s pizza making it was crushed not a great pizza. However tomatoes and in this instance it has been our experience it was the chipotle sauce. to this point that if a pizza I noted that there were no is served cut into squares crushed red peppers on our (whether the outer shape table so I requested some is square or round is of no (for me crushed red pepconsequence) you are in for pers and pizza are like milk an awesome culinary experiand cookies!!!) Well, took ence! Well, if I haven’t given a chance and tried the first this month’s review away yet square without my beloved let me fill you in. This month peppers and as it turned out Lynnette and I reviewed a that was a wise decision! pizza... cut into squares... Peppers are NOT required on that was awesome!!!!!! B this pizza!!! Apply at your & S’s 529 is situated at the own risk!!! LOL I would be corner of North Main Street remiss if I didn’t advise you and Highway 30 on the that according to the menu pizza is not available until after 5 North West corner of what would be considered the Carroll PM and is unavailable on Sundays. County Courthouse square in Carroll. When you first walk in the front door it appears to have minimal seating with a large square bar area taking up the lion’s share of the room. Don’t B & S’s 529 in Carroll, if you get there too early for the Heater pizza... have a Heater burger!!!! That’s my plan! be discouraged if the few tables there are taken; go around Check them out on Facebook! the bar and down the hall to find another room with plenty more tables and some game machines and the pool table. If Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! all else fails I understand there is some additional seating Craig Little in an upstairs area as well (although I didn’t go up there to verify that). Menus are found on the table and are filled with PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in a wide array of choices including appetizers, soups, salads, your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. burgers, sandwiches and pizza. Did I happen to mention they had pizza??? Lynnette and I were perusing the menu and upon spying the pizza section noted that besides the list of ingredients used to create your own pizza the “specialty” pizzas didn’t list the toppings! This was odd, some of them were obvious such as we knew the all meat pizza would have all the usual types of meat on it and the BLT pizza would have... you guessed it.... bacon, lettuce and tomato. But what about the Heater pizza? (With Heater naturally catching my attention!!!!) Well after inquiring about such information of the waitress it turns out to peruse the toppings on the Heater pizza one must simply peruse the toppings of the Heater BURGER!! What a novel idea!!!! Name a burger and a pizza the same and share the topping list between them!!!!! (There are also both a Hawaiian burger and pizza so I assume they too share a topping list but I didn’t confirm that.) So according to the burger topping list we were ordering a pizza topped with fresh jalapeños, bacon, red onion, pepper jack cheese 34 - TRMI APRIL 2014

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A man goes to Japan on business and hires a prostitute for the night. He doesn’t speak any Japanese and she barely speaks any English.While they are going at it she yells out,“Gama Su! Gama Su!” Knowing that she has been satisfied he goes to bed. The next day he plays golf and one of his associates gets a hole in one. Everyone goes crazy, so to enjoy in the excitement he yells,“Gama Su! Gama Su!” Everybody goes silent and one of his Japanese associates says,“What do you mean wrong hole?”

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks the father, “Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?” The father, surprised, answers,“Well, son, a woman goes through three phases. In her 20s, her breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her 30s and 40s, they are like pears, still nice, hanging a bit. After 50, they are like onions.” “Onions?” the son asks.“Yes.You see them and they make you cry.” This infuriates his wife and daughter. The daughter asks,“Mom, how many different kinds of penises are there?” The mother smiles and says,“Well, dear, a man also goes through three phases. In his 20s, his penis is like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his 30s and 40s, it’s like a birch, flexible but reliable. After his 50s, it’s like a Christmas tree.”“A Christmas tree?” the daughter asks.“Yes: Dead from the root up, and the balls are just for decoration.

A five five-year-old boy asked his friend what a p penis was. His friend’s response was that he did not know and he would ask his dad. That evening the second boy asked his dad. His dad gladly exposed himself to his son and, holding his penis in one hand, said, “Son, this is a penis. In fact, if you take a closer look you will notice that this is a perfect penis.” The next day the boy saw his friend at recess and called him behind a hedge. The boy exposed himself and whispered,“This is a penis. In fact, if it were three inches shorter it would be a perfect penis. A large family were going to have Thanksgiving dinner together. The two grandmas of the family were sick of people eating the pudding the night before, so they hatched a plan: They put BB-gun pellets in the pudding so they could see who ate it. The next morning, Little Johnny came down from his room and said,“Grannie, Grannie, there were BB-bun pellets in my pee pee last night.” Then Little Sally came down and said,“Grandma, there were BB-gun pellets in my pee last night.” Then Big Tom came down yelling,“Help! Help! I just shot my girlfriend in the mouth. She went down fine but came up with a hole going right through her tongue and out the side of her mouth!

An old married couple was sitting on their porch in rocking chairs. The old man grabs his wives breasts saying ‘if these still made milk we wouldn’t need the cows.’ The old woman remains silent so he moves his hand. I was sitting on my own in a restaurant, when I saw a A little later he reaches over and grabs her crotch and beautiful woman at another table. I sent her a bottle of says ‘if this still laid eggs we wouldn’t need chickens.’ the most expensive wine on the menu. She sent me a The woman remains silent so he moves his hand. note:“I will not touch a drop of this wine unless you can A few minutes later, the woman grabs the old man’s dick assure me that you have seven inches in your pants.” So I and says ‘if that worked we wouldn’t need your brother. wrote back:“Give me the wine. As gorgeous as you are, I’m not cutting off three inches for anyone. A man gets arrested in a nightclub for having drugs. He tells the officer “There not mine, I found them. I tried to get rid of them, but every time I flush them down the A cucumber, a pickle, and a penis are sitting at a bar toilet they reappear in my pocket.” complaining about their lives. The cucumber says,“My life sucks. I’m put in salads, and, to top them off, they Obviously the officer doesn’t believe him but the man pour ranch dressing all over me. My life sucks.” The tells him “I can prove it!” pickle says,“That’s nothing compared to my life. I’m put in vinegar and stored away for months, out of sight. Man, So they go into the bathroom and the man flushes the my life is boring. I hate life.” So the penis says,“What drugs. The officer smiles and says “Now take the drugs are you guys complaining about? My life is so messed out of your pocket smart ass.” up that I feel like shooting myself. They constantly wrap me in a plastic bag, shove me in a cave, and make me do The man smiles and says “What drugs? push-ups until I throw up.

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Farm Bill The Agricultural Act of 2014 that was signed into law by President Obama contains a provision that helps to deter the distribution of E15 fuels into the U.S. market. The AMA and I agree that this provision is a huge victory for the owners of the more than 22 million motorcycles and ATV’s, not to mention weed trimmers, hedge clippers, blowers, chainsaws, and lawn mowers. Those vehicles and lawn tools could be damaged by the inadvertent use of E15 fuel (which contains up to 15% ethanol). It can also void vehicle warranties. The new Farm Bill lasts until 2018 and prohibits the use of the “Rural Energy for America Program” to grant money to buy and install blender pumps to sell the E15. Tom Vilsack had intended to use REAP funding to install 10,000 blender pumps by 2016.

EPA has approved the use of the E15 fuel in 2001never light duty vehicles (cars, pickups, and vans); they have not approved its use in any motorcycles or ATVs. Folks, what you’ve just read are the facts. I just thought it would be good to mention that the AMA (www.americanmotorcyclist. com) is standing up for us. Thank you, and if you can afford it, you may want to chip them off a donation or membership. A couple of relevant quotes to consider: “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth”John F. Kennedy “Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things”Ronald Reagan Comments:

After the introduction of E15 to the marketplace, the AMA has been fighting its spreading until independent testing could show that no damage would be done to motorcycle or ATV engines. The

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Desparado’s, Wheatland Brooklyn’s Bar & Grill, Ottumwa Lynch’s Bar, Rockwell City Century Bar, Alta Starr’s Two Wheel Tap, Davenport Kitty’s Long Branch Saloon, Atalissa

Thunder Nites Newton-Second Friday May thru September Knoxville Bike Night (1st Friday) Knoxville Dubuque Harley-Davidson (Last Friday May-Aug) Spanky’s Bar & Grill Emerson Bike Down to I-Town (3rd Friday) Indianola Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion last Friday Biscuit’s Bar and Grill Buffalo

Wednesday Saturday Quaker Steak & Lube, Council Bluffs Greencastle Tavern, Mingo Shenanigan’s, Boone OP, Clear Lake Cadillac Jack’s, Baxter Ride’s Bar & Grill, Ft Dodge Shuey’s, Shueyville Joe’s Nighthawk, Waverly The Pour House, Davenport Samz Sports Bar Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Ferg’s Grand Junction (Last Thursday) Krazee Kafe, Des Moines Chrome Horse Saloon/JP Cycles, (2nd Thursdays) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill, Waterloo The Buck Snort, Neola BJ’s Full Throttle Thursdays, Waterloo The Wagon Wheel, Washington Crossroads Tavern, Kelley(Begin 4/17, every other) Crazy Coyote, Burlington *3rd Thurs Ducky’s Lagoon, Taylor Ridge, IL Jesse’s Saloon, Silvis, IL Throttle Thursday, Dillon Bros HD, Omaha (1st Thurs)

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Winterset Bike Night (3rd Saturday) Winterset Von Tuck’s/Dave’s Place Oelwein Taylor County Bike Night Gravity (July 26th) Gravy’s Bar and Grill Davenport Sunday The Edge Missouri Valley Haverhill Social Club (3rd Sunday) Haverhill Scooter Sunday 411 Main Griswold Team 36 Mitchellville Icky Nickel Sioux City Captains Quarters Bike Days Adel Avenue of the Saints (2nd Sundays) St Charles This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email om m

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Jun 28 Shenanigans Pub Freedom Ride for the Vets Center Mar 28-30 World of Wheels Omaha, NE Dubuque Mar 29-30 27th Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show Twin Cities, MN Jun 28 Ride it Out for Amber Polk City Apr 1 B.A.C.A. Child Abuse Awareness Month Kickoff WDM Jun 28 Girls Ride Waterloo Apr 5 Dubuque HD 5th Anniversary Dubuque Jul 3-5 ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Apr 5 ABATE D14 TGIS Party Ottumwa Jul 5-12 Summer Open House Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Apr 5-6 8th Annual North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City Jul 11-12 English River Outfitters Bike Extravaganza Washington Apr 6 Jeff Burgmeier Benefit Ride Dubuque Jul 12 6th American Soldier Past & Present Poker Run Brighton Apr 6 Hill Blazers Hill Climb Logan Jul 12 Fun Days Poker Run Calamus Apr 11 The Diabetic Rider Motorcycle Safety Course Spencer Jul 12 Angel Ride to Save the Tatas Fort Dodge Apr 18 Bike Blessing Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 12 Goozman’s Westside Poker Run Harlan Apr 18 I Town Motorcycle Swap Meet Indianola Jul 19 Toys for Tots Christmas in July Anamosa Apr 19 Demo Event & Open House Dubuque HD Jul 19 Women’s Ride by Wind Bags Atlantic Apr 19 Memorial Run to Benefit JDRF Muscatine Jul 20 Butterfields M.C. Parts Hot Dog Daze Omaha, NE Apr 19 Blessing of the Bikes & ABATE D4 Chili Feed Des Moines Jul 26 7th Brooke Barber Memorial Poker Run Mount Ayr Apr 22 Boot Camp Big Barn HD Des Moines Jul 26 Christmas in July Toys 4 Tots Ride Anamosa Apr 25 Motorcycle Safety Forum IA Events Center Des Moines Jul 31-Aug 2 7th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Apr 26 F&J Racing 19th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marshalltown Aug 2 2nd Annual Ride to Live 4 Gibbie Fun Run Boone Apr 26 Sleeping Angels Fun Run Boone Aug 4-10 South Dakota Party Apr 26 Fenders Cycle Open House Des Moines Aug 9 AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic Apr 26 ABATE D15 Blessing of the Bikes Run Davenport Aug 9 Mighty Mississippi HOG MDA Hope Ride Dubuque Apr 26 Blessing of the Bikes at the Grotto West Bend Aug 9-10 ABATE D15 Too Broke to go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue Apr 26 Brenda Parker Benefit Ride Dubuque Aug 16 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Hampton May 2 International Female Ride Day Worldwide Aug 16-17 33rd Annual Baxter Days Marne May 3 Run For the Son Ottumwa Aug 22-24 Party in the Pasture Softail Saloon Superior May 3 Bike Blessing and Run For The Son Burlington Aug 22-24 BTW 10th Annual Trike In Kellogg May 9-11 2nd Annual Spring Fling Gravity Aug 23 Old School Bike Show and Rodeo Muscatine May 10 ABATE D14 Charity Fun Run Libertyville Aug 23 New Model Party Metro H-D Cedar Rapids May 10 Pancake Breakfast Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Aug 23 AHeinz57’s 6th Ride Your Hawgs for Dogs Run Adel May 17 Baxter Cycle Spring Open House Marne Aug 23 Vic’s Main Tap 6th Annual Fun Ride Audubon May 17 National Armed Forces Freedom Ride TBD Aug 23 B.A.C.A. Bike Bash Des Moines May 17 Blue Knight’s Armed Forces Day Poker Run Ottumwa Aug 24 Children’s Miracle Network Fun Run Ida Grove May 17 Ride for Peanut Cedar Rapids Aug 28-30 43rd Int’l Vintage Motorcycle Show & Swap Davenport May 17 B.A.C.A. 5th Annual 100 Mile Ride Des Moines Aug 30-31 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance May 17 ABATE D25 Motorcycle Awareness Ride & Breakfast Boone Soldier May 17 Can-Am Spring Mud Fling 600 Acres Sep 5-7 Davis Motorcycle rally New Hampton May 18 Iowa Thunder Des Moines Sep 6 Sidney’s Wish Poker Run Des Moines May 20 Garage Party Big Barn HD Des Moines Sep 6 3rd Hope for Hayley ITP Benefit Ride Kelley May 24-25 Midway Tavern Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 6 U of IA Children’s Hospital Poker Run Davenport May 25 9th Annual Dan Sesker Memorial Poker Run Ogden Sep 19-21 Rumble in the Stalks Conesville May 30-Jun 1 Eastern Iowa Ain’t Playin’ Possum Party Muscatine Sep 21 Concours de Cornfield Antique Motorcycle Show Earlham May 31 Carroll Cycle Center Rock N Ride Carroll Sep 24-27 Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville, AR Jun 6-7 VMC (NC) Regional Meet Werner Cycle Omaha,NE Sep 27 Carroll Cycle Center Open House Carroll Jun 7 Juices Ride 5 Dubuque Sep 27 Chosen Few MC End of the Year Party Cedar Rapids Jun 7 ALR Post 166 Charity Ride Shellsburg Oct 4 2nd Breast & Ovarian Cancer Awareness Ride Cedar Rapids Jun 7-8 Vintage Rally and Bike Show Anamosa Oct 5 30th Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Davenport Jun 12-15 HogRock Cave in the Rock, IL Oct 5 ABATE D19 Toy Run Denison Jun 13 Vintage Motorcycle Races Knoxville Oct 5 Carroll Cycle Center Toy Run Carroll Jun 14 6th An Bell Tower Festival Poker Run & Cycle Show Jefferson Oct 16-19 Biketoberfest Daytona, FL Jun 14 ALR/Vodec of Iowa Blackjack Run Council Bluffs Oct 19 Eagles Toy Run Atlantic Jun 14 Old Glory Poker Run Adel Oct 31 Halloween Party Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Jun 14 Rigid River Run Dubuque Nov 21 Carroll Cycle Center Ladies Night Out Carroll Jun 15 AMA Grand National Flat Track Racing Knoxville Nov 28 Turkey Run Clinton Jun 16 National Ride your Motorcycle to Work Day Nov 28 Carroll Cycle Center Guys Night Out Carroll Jun 19-21 Romper Room Fun Run Earlville Nov 28 Black Friday Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Jun 19-21 Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City Dec 13 Carroll Cycle Center pictures with Santa Carroll Jun 19-22 Throttle Fest Chicago Dec 13 Santa Metro H-D Cedar Rapids Jun 20 Relay for Life Ride by Wind Bags Atlantic Jun 20-22 Rumble in the Stalks Conesville Jun 20-22 3rd Blackhawk Lake Trike-In Lakeview This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before Jun 21 ABATE D14 30th Baldy Memorial Ride Fremont heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is Jun 21 ABATE D14 29th Anniversary Party What Cheer not cancelled for some reason. Not responsible for misprints and typos. Jun 21 Big Dam River Run Omaha, NE If you have any other events to list, please email them with Date/Name Jun 27-29 J&P Open House Anamosa of Event/Location to Jun 28 Roar Into Harlan Fun Run Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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