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Spring is here! We have the usual unstable weather, road debris, cages that don’t get the fact that we are back, and some potholes that are large enough they could hide Jimmy Hoffa, but the riding season is upon us. As everyone starts to get the bikes out, be safe, keep your head on a swivel and watch for hazards, but get out there and start getting some miles on the two and three wheel machines that we love!

The more Check-Ins you make during the season, the more chances you have in the barrel on that day to win! If you have 20 CheckIns, you have 20 chances, if you have 300 CheckIns you have 300 chances to win! The more you get out to the spots on the Tall Corn Run, the better chance you have to win both the monthly prizes and the grand prizes at the end of the season.

Now you are probably wondering what the grand prizes are? The first is a Biker Bar, which is a device to secure As you get out and about in April, don’t miss out on your a motorcycle in a trailer. One of these is being provided chance to participate in the biggest summer long riding by Sandbothe Firestone in Griswold. They are riders and promotion that Iowa has ever seen. The Tall Corn Run are so sold on this system they wanted to share one with fires up April 1st and ends September 30th, but this deal the readers. You can read more about this deal in this is for sure no joke! Take a look in the magazine and you issue. Another batch of prizes is three separate $800 gift will see a map page with 12 green spots. These are places certificates from Air Efex Custom Paint by Eric Seckel that are both Registration and Check-In spots on the TCR. in North Liberty. Eric will give away three different These are the places where riders and passengers can certificates for air brush painting on about anything register and get their FREE Tall Corn Run Ride & Win you want! The winner could get some painting on a cards. These are numbered cards that are registered to motorcycle, car, metal panels, whatever the winner and he the person, and will be used this year and in future years can come up with. The next prize available is for a paint for Tall Corn Run and TRMI promotions. After you have job from Creative Concepts in Harlan. Scott and Joe are your card, then you can start hitting Check-In spots all providing up to $2500 worth of paint work to one lucky over the state of Iowa. The Check-In Sites are designated winner. They can put color on just about anything, and with yellow spots on the map and there are about three they do amazing work. I can attest to that as I have had dozen Check-In only sites. When you have your card in a couple of motorcycles and a couple of vehicles made hand, you can go to anyone of the almost four dozen spots, pretty at Creative Concepts. The next thing on the prize both Registration/Check-In and Check-In spots across the list is a Wells Cargo Fast Track 6 X 10 enclosed trailer; state and Check-In up to once per week. Go in, tell them this little black V-Nose beauty was provided by Fenders you are there to Check-In and enter your card number Cycle in Des Moines. This particular trailer is small on the form. Easy peezy! Each month, each one of the enough to tow with a lot of vehicles, but large enough to Check-In Sites will be giving away prizes that are listed haul a bike or a ton of other stuff. It is one of the many in the magazine to lucky riders that Checked In at those trailers available at Fenders, so check them out if you are locations. Get out, ride, Check-In, and get chances to win in the market. The grand prize is a black 2016 Harleyprizes! What could be better? Davidson Softail Slim. This sexy motorcycle drips with style in its retro amenities and black trim. This bike was I will tell you what could be better, a grand prize drawing provided by Okoboji Harley-Davidson. This is also the party at Okoboji Harley-Davidson on October 15th from site of the end of year party on October 15th this year. 1:00-2:00 pm. We have some great prizes to give away When the bike is not at shows and events, you may just that day, but you must be present to win the grand prizes. be able to check it out at Okoboji HD when you stop in to see the folks at the Great Lakes area HD dealership. We could not have pulled this program off this year without the help from the folks at Leehey Olson Law, P.C. at iowabikerlawyers.com. They are proud sponsors of the program and great friends! Special thanks to all of the To kick off the big events for the year, we have the sponsors and prize providers for the Tall Corn Run. Also Sleeping Angels crew on the cover promoting their thanks to ALL of the sponsors of the magazine. We could early season run. These are some of the Board not do it without you! It will be a great year, get out and ride! of Directors of the Sleeping Angels Foundation. Denise, Joey, Todd, Tony, and Jacob put on one hell of a run. This year it is April 30th starting in Boone. Vernon and Melanie The run starts at Toby K’s Event Center in Boone with registration from 9-10:30 and KSU at 11. The Fun Run Quote of the month: “Clinton lied. A man might forget he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral hits up some popular central Iowa locations and is a where sex, no matter how bad it is.” Barbara Bush (Former US great time! We will be there with bells on! First Lady)

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CMA Notes

It’s been great seeing everyone at the shows and swap meets, very therapeutic for the malady of winter. I have been out and braved the sand on the old bike several times and the new one is scheduled for its home coming from the shop/storage next week. The new one has been a bit of a disappointment though. It looks great, it’s a model I’ve always wanted but it also has had some hidden factory mechanical issues. I think we have all been there and have our own stories of disappointment. Each mechanic you talk to has their own different theory, diagnosis and solution. Of course being a new bike, it’s trapped in the black hole of factory warranty and parts. Call the regional reps and you get the dreaded, “I’m from the factory and I’m here to help you”. Actually we do have some local dealership people who really try to help, but I sure wonder how many gazillion of the same issue complaints it takes to warrant a recall. Well, the fingers are crossed and the hope is for it to show up fixed and raring to go.

contrary to the idea of many, beyond a new politician. The good thing is that we don’t just have a mechanic but we have the creator, God. And as our creator, He is also our sustainer and our salvation. He is our redemption and the ultimate fix. If we want to know God we have to look to Jesus. Jesus is God made visible and all the fullness of God dwells in Him. Notice I said Jesus, not religion. Jesus said that many of the tax collectors and the prostitutes were closer to God than the religious. When we accept Jesus, the price He paid on the cross makes us new and God doesn’t see the defect of our sin but sees His son’s payment, a new person and a new joint heir with Christ. The Bible says that He knows and then chooses to remove our sin as far as the east is from the west. Meaning we are shiny inside and out. Talk about warranty, you can’t get better than eternal warranty. Psalm 103 tells of God’s steadfast love and mercy towards those who fear Him. He shows compassion as a father to his children. In all of history there has been one Son of God, one that could bridge that divide between us and God: not Mohamed, not Buddha, not Confucius, or even Earl’s Karma list, but Jesus. He who was there at creation is with us today and will be there with us in all of eternity. 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 www.cmausa.org

Unfortunately it’s not just bikes, it’s us also. We too, have lots of defects and hidden issues no matter how shiny we look. {Okay, maybe a few of us look a bit rat-bikey}. Anyway, inside we are so painfully aware of our own menagerie of seemingly insurmountable issues. On one hand the Bible tells us that we are made in God’s own image, but how can that be? Look in the morning newspaper- a broken world full of all kinds of tragedy and injustices. Many people striving to do right but the corruption and killing goes on. Makes us look a bit schizophrenic. The answer to the fix is beyond us and, 6 - TRMI APRIL 2016


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The Biker Friendly Business Directory is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that sponsor the magazine. You can pick up your copy here every month. Let them know that you saw them in TRMI. If your business would like to advertise in Thunder Roads Iowa Biker Friendly Business Listing and become a part of the network, please email vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN S CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN

Biker Accessories CoolBikerStuff.com 1606 P Avenue Milford, Iowa 51351 877-816-2200 Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa leather@wiatel.net www.leatherandhawgs.com

Churches Rebels In His Hands 600 16th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa Mark and Lora Schiller Pastors 712-329-9901

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Dealers Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com Big Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 www.bigbarnhd.net

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

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944 www.uptownmotorsales.com

McGrath Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735 www.dubuqueharley-davidson.com

Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195 www.whippsalesandserv.com

Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496 www.metro-motorsports.com

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 5320 53 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 www.wieblers.com

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

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

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 www.erniesharley.com


Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic 4426 State Street Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563)359-7222 www.BRENNYS.com Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2613 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951 www.erniesharley.com Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1500 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 info@fendershonda.com 515-233-4727 Heartland Harley-Davidson 117 S. Roosevelt Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 www.heartlandhd.com 319-754-1100


Olsen’s Outdoor Power 2800 E 7th Street Atlantic Iowa 50022 712-243-4867 www.olsensoutdoorpower.com R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400 www.rjperformance.com Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160 www.route65hd.net

Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Specializing in Weddings & Receptions National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Nationalmcmuseum.org Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-802

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Food and Drink Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Amigosfortdodge.com Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times! Beach Pub Along Highway 22, Buffalo,IA Open Daily 10am-2am Join Us Weekly For HomeCooked Sunday Breakfast Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week Bootleggers of Millville Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Tops in Scenic River Rides Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775 Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Buck Snort 310 Dr Van Zee Road Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-355-5315 C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close

Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings

Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-2724 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Grub Open M-F 11-2, S-S 10-2 The Knucklehead Burger “Git IT IN YA”

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053 scootersonbroadway@hotmail.com

Dirty Ernies 201 1st Street NE Farley, Iowa 563-744-4653 Ride your Harley to Farley!

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

Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 www.partyattheeagle.com

Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! 563-552-2291

Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com

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

Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet

Minden Bowl Café & Lounge 209 Broadway Street Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937 Minden Bowl on Facebook

Shooters Bar 661 Main Anita, Iowa 712-249-7370 Mon-Fri 3:00-Close Sat-Sun 10:00-Close

Fro’s Pub ‘N Grub 309 Cedar St, Wilton 563-732-3977 Fro’s Pub n Grub on Facebook F A Surprise Around Every Corner

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

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

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

Slaby’s Bar & Grill Plainview, Iowa 563-843-3443 Home of the Famous Jumbo Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St 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.

Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 J.R. Willie’s www.CatfishCharliesDubuque.com Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Cindi Mae’s Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM O 101 Main Street Home of the Willie Whopper H Earling, Iowa 51530 712-747-6262 Just 1 More Cindi Mae’s on Facebook 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Cruisers Lounge Under the Water Tower 411 Main Griswold Jamaica, Iowa 712-778-4111 Mon-Thurs 3PM-Midnight Knickers Saloon Fri-Sat 3PM-2AM Sunday 11AM2186 Central Avenue Midnight Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year 56 56 Knickers Saloon on Facebook

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

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

Sportsters Bar & Grill 109 S Madison Newell, Iowa 50568 712-272-4034 11 AM – 2 AM Tues-Sat

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

Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311

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

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 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:riversidetap@gmail.com Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p


Sportsman Bar & Grill 103 1st Street Pisgah, Iowa 51564 712-456-2222 FOOD, FUEL, FUN Stumpy’s Bar & Grill 423 Main Street Duncombe, Iowa 50532 515-543-4222 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill on Facebook Suds –N- Jugs Bar & Grill 807 Iowa Avenue Onawa, Iowa 51040 712-433-4880 Nightly Food Specials The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 facebook.com/thebackforty The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000

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The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals 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 Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome

Guns and Ammo 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.2aft@gmail.com Locked and Loaded Outfitters 612 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867 www.LockedandLoadedOutfitters.com McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 www.mccunnsguns.com 712-779-GUNS

I ns ura n ce Matt McCall Insurance Agency State Farm Insurance 102 East South St, Tipton 563-886-6120 www.mattmccall.net Oakland Insurance Agency Motorcycle, Home, AUTO, Commercial, Life, Health Specializing in Teen Drivers Shane Baker 712-310-7475 shane@oaklandins.com


Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3

Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Hupy.com

Vista Pub 7205 Vista Drive West Des Moines, Iowa 515-528-2186 Vista Pub on Facebook

IowaBikerLawyers.com Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close www.whitetailsbarandgrill.com

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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

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BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344 www.brubakercomputer.com

Hyperformance 5152 E University Ave Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50327 515-266-6381 kingofcubes.com

CJ Now Plumbing Sewer & Water Specialists 309-786-2002 Serving the Quad Cities Area On Call 24-7

Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM

Hoker Trucking NOW HIRING Dixon, Iowa Hokertucking.com 563-843-2763

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

Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 irwinlocker@gmail.com Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

Shops & Fabricators Bent Wrench Cycles 911 7th Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Bent Wrench Cycles on Facebook Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278

Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715 www.natanic.com


Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 SS Collision, CycleWorks & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 www.sscollision.com Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

TATTOO Skin Mechanix INKorpar8ted 117 No. 16th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712 256-2847 Check Us Out on Facebook

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Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, M Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 www.fandjracing.com


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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 29 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 we will revisit each county as a featured article. We 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. O’Brien County Located in the Northwest corner of Iowa, O’Brien County is intersected by highways 59 and 18 and was founded in 1851. The county was named for William Smith O’Brien, a leader for Irish independence in 1848. O’Brien County has a total area of 573 square miles, of which only 0.2 square miles is water. The present courthouse was completed in 1917 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are eight cities within O’Brien County, each with its own small town attributes. The city of Archer was founded in 1888. There are approximately 130 people residing within the community which occupies 57 acres. It was originally named for John Archer, who just happened to own the town site. The town had a large centennial celebration in 1988. Complete with a parade, fashion show, street dance, and “greased pig” contest. The celebration honored Northwest Iowan heritage and their agricultural roots. The town of Archer supports two churches: one Methodist and one Reformed.

County and home to over 1,600 people, it’s a sight bigger than our first two stops. Hartley builds on its traditional agricultural strengths in diverse and innovative ways and has brought in technology based businesses to help ensure the community’s success. While in Hartley if you get a hankering for some grub, you can fill up at Crazy Bob’s MAXimum BBQ or Red’s Café. If you’re just looking for a cold one, stop by the Stoplight Lounge for a little refreshment. If you happen to be cruising by on August 5th or 6th this year make sure to stop by for the annual Summer Celebration, it’s sure to be a good time! Paullina was laid out in 1882 when the Chicago and Northwestern Railway was extended to that point. Paullina takes its name from two brothers, Henry and D. Edward Paullin. The Paullin boys came from back east and were Harvard graduates. They came to the Iowa prairies and bought 7,000 acres of land in O’Brien County in 1880. They were entrepreneurs and speculators, looking to make money in the booming land business of the west. Paullina sports a fabulous golf course originally built in 1914, but sure to please golfers of today, should you feel the need to play a little “whack f*ck“ while on your adventures. There are a over 1,000 residents in Paullina, and they have several P great restaurants and bars g for f your dining and drinking fo pleasure, each with hometown p friendliness you’d expect in fr fr small town Iowa. s

Next in O’Brien County comes N Primghar. The name Primghar P was w received from the first letter of eight people who had a l le major part in platting the town. m In In a brief history of O’Brien County, C Arthur M. Schierholz states: s “the courthouse location in i (the village of) O’Brien in the extreme southeast corner of the county became a growing issue. To resolve the matter, an election was held on November 11, 1872, to determine the Calumet had its start about 1887 with the building of location of the courthouse.” Another historian wrote, the railroad through that territory. Today the little burg “Probably the only case in Iowa, perhaps anywhere, has a population of 170 people and occupies an area of where a bare spot of raw prairie was actually voted to 192 acres. It is a familiar view of small town Iowa, but be the county seat.” This eventually became the town don’t let that discourage you from visiting, as Calumet of Primghar…1.4 miles of land, and nearly 900 people is home to Drifter’s Bar and Grill, and this joint is worth inhabit the county seat. Primghar has snowmobile the stop. Drifter’s has daily lunch specials, and great trails, bike trails, and camping sites for the outdoor dinner options paired with friendly staff. So whether lover, as well as the home to the O’Brien County you want some vittles, a cold drink, or just need a little Fair. When in town, stop by Baxterz Bar and Grill and mic time on karaoke night, Drifter’s is the place to be support some local business owners while you wet when in Calumet. your whistle. Hartley had its start about 1880 with the building of Sanborn had its start in the year 1878 with the building the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railways through of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railway through the area. Hartley was named for a prominent railroad that territory. It was named for George W. Sanborn, official at the time. Encompassing 1.3 miles of O’Brien the railroad president. Sanborn was incorporated as Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com 20 - TRMI APRIL 2016

a ttown in 1880. Sanborn spans 1. 1.9 miles and has a population of nearly 1,400. Sanborn’s Miller Park and Golf Course is a 125 acre park and recreation complex, consisting of a 90 acre golf course and 35 acres o of park facilities. Included are playgrounds, softball and soccer fields, picnic facilities, a new campground facility and a shelter house. Incorporated into the complex is a hard surfaced walking/jogging/ bicycling trail. DJ’s Diner is located on east 7th Street and open 7 days a week, so if you need some sustenance be sure to stop by.

Melanie Schwarte Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com Sources available upon request.

S Sheldon had its start in 1 1873 with the building o of the Sioux City and S St. Paul Railroad. It w was named for Israel S Sheldon, a railroad p promoter, and was e early a strategic llocation on the rail for lo b businesses from as far a away as Minneapolis a and Omaha. Today, the c city occupies 4.5 miles a and is home to 5,100 rresidents. Sheldon lies at the crossroads of Iowa Highway 60 and U.S. Highway 18. In 1961, the city made headlines when it was revealed that Burnice Geiger had embezzled more than two million dollars from the Sheldon National Bank, operated by her father. The city is most known for its annual display of marigolds. Sheldon is the home of Northwest Iowa Community College and the Carnegie Library, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Sutherland was laid out in 1882. The city was named after the Duke of Sutherland. Today Sutherland encompasses 556 acres and is home to approximately 630 people. Sutherland is home to Bogenrief Studios, an internationally acclaimed stained glass studio. The studio produces amazing stained glass, and you can even take a tour by appointment. When you’re done touring the studio, head down Main Street and stop by Mugshots for some vittles before hitting the road again. O’Brien County has lots to offer, but the statewide tour isn’t over yet…join us next month when we take a closer look just a hair further north at Osceola County.

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happens, chances are that your battery is just too far gone to be revived. In this case, get yourself a new battery so you aren’t stuck on the sidelines when that first day for riding dawns.

Stale gasoline is an often forgotten yet very problematic issue with stored vehicles, so check your fuel and fuel system first, before anything else. Gasoline is a very refined chemical composition, and it actually deteriorates very quickly. After a few months, the more combustible elements in gasoline will have already begun to evaporate, which can cause your bike to run rough, or possibly not at all. In addition, while sitting in a tank, gasoline can create deposits in the fuel system which can clog lines, filters, carburetors, and injectors. Due to temperature variations, condensation can also form in a gas tank, adding water to your gasoline, which can create even more severe problems. Refill your tank with high-octane fuel before you start it up, to make sure the gas running through the system is as fresh as possible.

At this point, all that remains is to give your two wheeled beauty a nice shower so both of you LOOK as ready to ride as you feel! With the battery charged, fresh fuel in the tank, and fluids topped off there’s only one thing left to do –Show off that dazzling paint job and go ride!

Tires are a part of your bike that should really be checked before every ride, not just after winter storage. Those few Spring is here, and that means that everyone will be itching square inches of rubber keep hundreds of pounds of metal to hit the road on two wheels, but before you start your first in contact with the road at any given time, so having tires in wind therapy session make sure your bike is as ready as you good condition is essential to safe riding. When checking are. Even the most seasoned rider needs to take the time to tires after storage, you should be conscious of potential prepare their motorcycle for spring. If you were able to get flat-spotting on the tires from sitting for an extended period all your winterizing done when you were forced to hole up of time and ensure the tire pressure up to specifications. during the cold season, your bike should be almost ready to Check the tire wear too, if they are questionable, don’t try to ride; but if not, getting your bike road-ready might take a squeeze extra miles out of them….it’s not worth the risk. little more effort. Either way, it should only take a couple hours to get your bike ready for riding season, so you don’t If you didn’t change the oil when old man winter came to miss a single day of it when it gets here! stay, do it now. Check your brake fluid, oddly one of the most neglected things on a motorcycle is the brake fluid. Whether you’re still stuck indoors or if your riding season Make sure you have the ability to stop, before you go! has already begun, reading your service manual can help get Check and top off the fluid levels in your master cylinder, you prepared for spring maintenance. Your owner’s manual ensuring you use the correct brake fluid for your bike and has all the specifics for your own bike, so skim through it to do not mix different DOT brake fluids. The same goes for get a feel for what kind of procedures you’ll need to do, and clutch cylinder fluid if applicable. Another often forgotten what kind of tools you might need before digging in. If you fluid is coolant when applicable. Check and make sure don’t have one yet, you might want to get one, it’s a great coolant levels are up to specifications, especially after your thing to have just in case. bike’s been sitting for several months.

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The most common issue with bikes sitting all winter long tends to be the batteries. Most riders will have kept their battery on a trickle charger while it was stored, but if you forgot this step, you can always pick one up and charge your battery now in anticipation of that first ride of the season. If you have a lithium battery you’ll need to treat it a little differently. You should still use a trickle charger, but you’ll need one that is lithium battery-specific. If you happen to hook up your battery to a charger and nothing

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April is rolling into burned up. When Iowa and trailing a hot shot tries to along behind it is engage me into the 2016 Riding a brag off about Season. If Iowa the thousands of Bikers survive April miles he has put 1st we can stop on, I am going fooling around and to spout off my get busy riding. accomplishments As I ponder the in gallons. Then upcoming riding patiently wait to season, I have see if the idiot concluded that can do math or if some aspects of the he just struts off brotherhood should with a smile on not be fooled with such as respect, loyalty, ethics, and the his face and a bulge in his britches because he thinks his integrity of the biker lifestyle. odometer got more action than mine did. I’m not fooling around when it comes to giving all fellow motorcycle enthusiasts that cross my path on the Iowa roadways the finger. Every two wheeler headed toward me will receive a loyal, respectful two finger wave. Side hacks and three wheel riders will also get what is known among the lifestyle as “the wave”. As for those street legal dune buggies, if you are trying to be recognized as a motorcycle enthusiast don’t bother! Keep your hands on the steering wheel because if you insist that I recognize your existence, you will be traumatized when my biker friendly wave confirms that you are number one in my book!

Only a fool would encourage me to open my mouth during pit stops that involve food. This is not a weight loss program! My iron horse didn’t come with an IPOD or a blue tooth; there is no radio, no GPS and half the time the horn doesn’t work. My sick mind requires a lot of stimulation; my hands are busy while riding so I entertain myself by mastering a game that I call “what’s that smell”. And there is no better time than lunch, to share my expertise on the topic of rotting stench that we have rolled past during the ride. Each and every year I fine tune these skills, I just want to end one riding season with someone nicknamed “Vomit”.

I’m not fooling when I declare to uphold the integrity of the biker lifestyle by conducting myself in a manner that is unbecoming to others. Out of loyalty and respect I will do my part to ensure that all Iowa bikers maintain the freedom we currently have to continue to live our lives behind bars. For you slow readers, if I have to explain you wouldn’t understand so let’s try two simple words. Freedom Rally!

I must be a fool because I don’t have a Tall Corn Run ride card yet. This season long riding incentive is not available to the TRMI affiliates, but I can’t find anything in the rules that say a migrant from Mexico can’t participate. So I applied for a green card under an alias. I even ordered a custom made tee-shirt to wear for the prize ceremony that says, “I rode mine across the Rio Grande”.

I refuse to be fooled by allowing others to measure my dedication to the biker lifestyle. For decades I have tried to figure out, what in the hell is the deal with bikers and mileage. First off it is only a topic of discussion early in the riding season and again just before the season threatens extinction. Secondly discussions about numbers such as the size of your manhood, income, taxes or the number of miles traveled in a season is really nothing more than a test of ethics. I figure all bikers can easily pass an ethics test as long as they are not being tested while standing on one leg with their eyes closed trying to find their nose with a finger. This season I am fooling around with the idea of only keeping track of the number of gallons of gas that I have

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It might be foolish but I will not ride without being loaded. That’s right loaded! Walking the dog, pocket heater handy, holding, heeled, strapped, packing, carrying, in heat, pocket rocket, going armed with intent, cocked, locked call it whatever you want, I’m leaving home loaded! The last thing I want to happen in this life is too come home from a day of riding to find government officials waiting outside my door with plans to enforce their opinion of how to keep the public safe by stripping me of my of my 2nd amendment rights. I am not giving up without a fight; I am a biker not a fool. April is finally here! Quit fooling around, get out and ride. Shifty LaRue


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Used-Bike Buying Checklist from the American Motorcycle Association

Check the maintenance records

How do you make sure you don’t overlook something when Sure, these can be fudged, but when you buy a used you’re checking out a used motorcycle? Print this checklist motorcycle, you have to accept that you must rely on some and take it with you. level of trust. If these don’t exist, ask for a verbal account of maintenance history. Do your research Examine tire wear Before you put any motorcycle through its paces, read magazine articles, website reviews and visit online Look for cupping and make sure there’s at least 1/16 of an enthusiast discussion forums to glean information about that inch of tread. Check the tire pressure while you’re down model’s idiosyncrasies. For example, a BMW boxer drains there. Improperly inflated tires may hint at lazy maintenance the lifters when it’s shut off, so it may make quite a racket habits elsewhere. when it starts up. If you didn’t know that beforehand, you could walk away from a perfectly fine motorcycle. Test for excessive bearing play Match the VINs The VIN on the frame should match the VIN on the engine, and both should match the VIN on the title. If there’s a discrepancy, there should be a very good reason. If not, walk away.

Ask the seller to put the bike up on the centerstand. Gently tug on the fork tubes front to back, feeling for play in the steering head. Also feel for movement in the front and rear wheels and side-to-side action in the swingarm. Basically, any play is bad and a safety hazard. Check the steering head lock

Check the VIN Call it into your insurance company for a real rate quote. Call it into the manufacturer for any recall info. And, if possible, call it into state authorities, to see if it has been reported stolen.

Does it work? Use the key and find out for yourself, but just as important, look for any signs of damage or excessive wear. Has it been replaced or repaired? If so, the bike may have been stolen at one time. Examine the air filter It should be clean and properly installed. Consider a zerotolerance policy. Dirt in the engine is a very bad thing. Also, is the airbox intact? Extra holes (punchouts) could be fine (as long as they are outside the filter), but ask the seller why they were performed. Check all fluid levels Discolored brake fluid, low coolant levels and dirty (or gray) oil are all bad signs. Don’t forget that some bikes have separate crankcase and transmission oil—and two dipsticks. Perform a visual once-over Look for any obvious mechanical issues—loose or missing fasteners, fluid leaks, pitting in fork tubes, rust in the

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fuel tank, cable continuity, chain play, sprocket condition, cracked wiring insulation, etc. Perform another visual once-over This time, focus on cosmetics with an eye toward identifying crash signs. Look for inconsistencies in paint shade or texture. Cracks in plastic or fiberglass may be invisible from the outside but obvious from the inside. Use a flashlight and check all the cracks and crevices. Examine footpegs and sidecases for scrapes. Do the control levers appear extra shiny? Ask why and when they were replaced. Operate all controls Test the brakes, operate the clutch and take note of sufficient play, shift gears, flip the turn signals, beep the horn, etc. If a test ride is not allowed, then put the bike on the centerstand and do a “dry run.” Start it If the seller isn’t hip to a test ride, don’t get too discouraged. Many motorcycles have gone out for test rides and have not come back. But, by all means, start the bike. Put at least four of your senses to work: listen for odd noises, look for smoke, smell for burnt oil or coolant, feel for heavy vibrations. Throttle response should be crisp off idle and significantly more smoke should not accompany more throttle. Get out the toolbox At the least, check air pressures (tires, and forks and shocks, if applicable). If you’re so equipped and mechanically able, test the resistance of the electrics with a multimeter, brake disc thickness with a micrometer, and cylinder compression with a compression tester. Are extras included? Extras you want can make the deal sweeter. If the bike has aftermarket parts you don’t want, see if the owner will take them off and lower the price. Ask for any stock equipment that was replaced with aftermarket parts. And don’t forget the tool kit. “Is this the bike I want?” Often, what looks great in photographs and sounds great in website reviews falls flat in person. Even if the bike itself is sound, if the model didn’t stand up to its lofty rep, go back to the drawing board. This is your last chance. Negotiate Don’t just meet the asking price without trying to get a better deal. Every item you found wrong is a negotiating point. You may get nowhere, but you might save a few hundred bucks, too. And never forget the power of these seven words: “Is that the best you can do?’” Good luck and happy shopping! Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


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“Let’s talk about straight pipes” Before we go any further, let me clarify that I have straight pipes on my own bike. I made this change two years ago, and I immediately noticed a difference; not only a difference in performance, but a huge difference in how well I was being observed by other motorists while riding. It was clear they could hear me much better now, and things like drivers changing lanes on top of me and pulling out in front of me dropped significantly. Some guy that thinks he knows everything about motorcycles told me that you can only hear noises so many feet away when traveling the same way as a car and blah de blah so straight pipes don’t matter. What Mr. Knows-it-All failed to take into account is that the lowest threat faced by a rider is from cars traveling the same direction. It’s the ones that are stopped and waiting to turn in front of me that make my hair stand up on end, and in that regard there is a clear advantage to making a little more noise on a bike. I’ve seen it, I’ve observed it personally, and I intend to run straight exhaust on my bike from here on out. That is, as long as I can however, and that may not be forever. So how much noise is too much? Currently, Iowa Code Section 321.436 “Mufflers, Prevention of Noise” reads: Every motor vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke, and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, by-pass or similar device upon a motor vehicle while on a highway. There are certain Iowa communities that also have specific noise ordinances, Ames and Clear Lake are two of them. There may be others, but this is what our research has determined so far. Please look at the photo I’ve posted for this column. This is a real sign, and we need to pay attention to what’s happening to noise statutes in this state. These signs can now be found posted in several places in Clear Lake, Iowa. Some guy ran for City Council a few years ago and based his entire campaign on motorcycle noise. Nobody took him very seriously at the time, and he didn’t win. But nobody’s laughing now, because his campaign did raise enough of a ruckus that a new noise ordinance went into effect. Here’s how the code reads in Clear Lake now: Clear Lake Code of Ordinance 40.03 Disorderly Conduct. No person shall do any of the following: Noise. Make loud and raucous noise in the vicinity of any residence or public building which causes unreasonable distress to the occupants thereof.

Clear Lake Code of Ordinance 62.05 Quiet Zones. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating a quiet zone, no person within any such zone shall sound the horn or other warning device of such vehicle except in an emergency. And also in Ames: Ames, Iowa – Noise Ordinance The maximum level for the hours of 7 a.m. - Midnight is 60 decibels and for the hours of Midnight to 7 a.m. Is 55 decibels. This sound will be measured at the edge of the city street or alley right of way. So if I’m reading this right, as it stands straight exhaust in Iowa is technically illegal and is currently being tolerated by law enforcement and Iowa communities. So I’ll repeat the saying I’ve used over and over in this column; there is a time and a place for being a hot dog on a motorcycle. Unfortunately, most of the show-offs seem inclined to make the most noise and practice the worst riding habits in the worst places possible. We sit at intersections and rack the pipes for no good reason. We do “flybys” past everybody at Bike Night. We rip through neighborhoods at 2:00 a.m. after last call for no good reason. I say “we” because I’ve done all of the above and probably a lot worse in my riding career, but I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit wiser with age. My friends might argue that point, but let’s continue our discussion anyhow. Maybe one of those people you rip past is a State Legislator or a motorcycle insurance underwriter, maybe a town Councilman, or just a fed up citizen. But it’s happened enough that laws are changing and we need to pay attention right now. When you have a state with as much open space as Iowa, you’ve got all the room in the world to let the dogs out on your bike. If you want to ride fast and make a big racket with your drag pipes, knock yourself out when you’re out in a rural area. The cows don’t mind, and the hogs appreciate the company. But please try to keep a level head when you ride through town, lest we all lose the right to have our straight pipes “tolerated”. For example, I can ride my chopper with straight pipes in such a manner that it sounds about like any other motorcycle. It’s louder at start up (so much so that my neighbor had to re-caulk his windows), but once underway, if you don’t crack the throttle, it doesn’t blast out the pipes. Funny how that works. So I’ve voluntarily begun riding in a way that disturbs fewer people when I can. I think that is an important habit, and one more Iowa riders should begin practicing. Because the ways things are looking, the actions of a few are affecting the many once again, and the winds of change are upon us riders in Iowa. And I don’t want to lose my drag pipes, because I truly believe that loud pipes save lives. Mark Mullins, President, Motorcycle Awareness Group.

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While we were at Loess Hills Harley-Davidson one afternoon, we ran across a cat from Logan, Billy Hoss, aka Bloodhound Billy was shopping around with his two little boys. One of his boys Levi got a photo in the magazine last month sitting atop a black Softail Slim holding his dad’s Tall Corn Run card. Bloodhound has a couple of bikers in training! Billy served our fine country in the United Stated Army from 2009-2013. He was in A company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry regiment, 1st Infantry Division. He attained the rank of E-5, Sergeant. During his active duty years he served in Fort Benning, Georgia for Basic Training and Advanced Infantry Training. From there he served at Fort Knox, Kentucky at the Garrison, and then to FOB Bande Sardea, Ghazni Province, Afghanistan OEF 11. His primary MOS was 11B, Infantry. Other family that Billy has serving is his younger brother in the United States Marine Corps stationed at 29 Palms, California.

a bucket list for different locations across the state. I am excited about seeing the Freedom Rock, The National Motorcycle Museum, and who in thier right mind doesn’t enjoy seeing the birth place of The Duke, John Wayne. Papa Joe’s in Missouri Valley has always been the Rally Point for us during the season so we will continue to support our friend Billy C.” Logan is in Harrison county, and with some cool riding in and around that area, Harrison always has something going on in the motorcycle world. Billy enjoys getting together with folks from the area and riding and chewing the fat about days gone by. The Hoss family is well known for their antics for as long as many can remember.

Another aspect of Billy’s love for riding is making handmade leather items. He has a leather craft business called Bloodhound Leather, and he makes custom American handmade leather products. You can find some example of his work on Facebook and Instagram Billy has owned and ridden a 2007 Harley-Davidson under Bloodhound Leather. Billy adds that he does the Sportster and a 2008 and 2009 Harley-Davidson leather for the love of the work, and to make a few bucks Nightrains. Since his first ride he has never been without to support his motorcycle addition, “ Get yourself a bikes. His latest ride he got from a private sale from a Bloodhound Koozie and if you like what you see be sure fella in Cedar Rapids. Billy holds a special place for to tell all of your rich buddies.” Thanks Billy for your Nightrains as those happen to be his favorite model. He service, we could not do what we do if you didn’t do has a never ending list of things he wants to do to his what you did! Ride safe! motorcycle, but will probably hold off until next winter to do some motor work. Billy states “This summer is Vernon going to be a big one for the Hoss Family. Our family all owns Harleys, and our bosses (the wives) have created

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full before even cutting into the main dish. The flavorful, melt in your mouth, prime rib is served swimming in a lake of au jus and if you ask for it, they have real ground horseradish in the kitchen (as opposed to that sour cream/horseradish sauce stuff in the packets); you can also get your steak smothered with onions & mushrooms, but this trip I decided not to smother mine and just go for the good stuff. Big D opted for a bowl of cheeseburger soup along with his dinner salad and being one to not venture out of the box very often, he was pleasantly surprised. The folks we dined with had both never been to Hale, but now that they’ve had a taste of the deliciousness that comes out of the kitchen, are making it a point to come back and try many of the other specials offered throughout the week. I can speak to the great quality of all the nightly specials except the Thursday night Mexican menu specials, only because Thursday nights are busy in our world. The Tuesday special of hot beef is served over a bed of mashed potatoes or on a hoa5522 Co Road E45 gie bun and is smothered in homemade Wyoming IA gravy (the kind that you soak up every drop 563-488-2596 of with dinner rolls, or in my case fight the urge to lick the plate). The BBQ pork ribs Hours: Mon thru Sat 11am-9pm offered on Wednesday night have a great Sun 4pm- 8pm smoky flavor, but are fall off the bone tender and served with Hale Tap’s homemade BBQ With Big & Mrs. Little out gallivanting sauce. The all you can eat Alaskan Wallaround the state, myself and Big D are eye special stepping in to try to fill those big shoes this served on month. Our journeys take us up and down Fridays is Highway 38 quite often and just north of the delivered to Wapsi River is a little green sign that says “Hale 5 ->”. the table in a Hale isn’t a city, nor could it even be considered a town, crispy lightbut is listed as a township…. Almost unincorporated, brown batter except for one little shack on the north side of the road. coating and This building may not look like much from the outside, inside the but I promise you, once you step foot in the door, your fish is flaky food cravings will melt away. It & moist, but is a hidden treasure of impresbeware they sive food, excellent service and mean All You reasonable prices. Hale Tap was Can Eat- I have almost needed rolled the first restaurant that Big D ever out the door from gorging myself. took me to, so early on in the reAnd well, you can see from the pics lationship I could honestly claim how amazing and huge the portions “I’d been to Hale and back with of Prime Rib are (I swear that King Dan”. Cut was almost 2 inches thick). Along with the dinner specials, I can speak We have frequented this estabto the juiciness of the hamburgers lishment numerous times, so (made with angus beef- no fillers), the when a reader suggested I write JungleTown Stacker is just too amazing to actually be about it, I was thrilled to oblige. Hale Tap offers a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and nightly put into words and the broasted chicken is some of the best I have ever had, flavorful and juicy. dinner specials, as well as a full bar for all your thirst quenching needs. This particular Saturday evening As you can tell, a trip to Hale is always treasured and we were on a mission to devour half of a cow, or as it I have yet to leave without a full stomach, most times I was stated when we ordered, a King cut of Prime Rib, leave uncomfortably full actually. Thank goodness for served alongside your choice of potato and an all you can eat salad bar including 2 soup options. This salad to-go boxes!! Next time you find yourself in the area, bar gets me every time we go in. Along with the usual stop by Hale Tap and make sure you tell ‘em Thunder salad fixings, there is a plethora of salads to add to your Roads Magazine of Iowa sent ya! lettuce salad. My favorite is the not too sweet pasta ~Pinky & Big D salad and this is one of the only establishments where I will grab some three bean salad (also a recipe perUntil next month, ride safe and eat hearty! fected over the years by the cooks at Hale). I always PS If you have someplace you think we should check leave the salad bar with a plate heaping full of good stuff and covered in home-made blue cheese dressing. out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email. And it never fails, once our dinner arrives, I am already craig@thunderroadsiowa.com

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Spring Fever Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief she smiled and said, “Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper.” Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down. Then she said: “First Question: Which tire was flat?”

SO, S SO O, A PIRATE O, P WALKED INTO A BAR … A pirate ppiir walked into a bar, and the bartender said, s “Hey, I haven’t seen you in a while. What happened? You look terrible.” “What do you mean?” said the pirate, “I feel fine.” “What about the wooden leg? You didn’t have that before.” “Well,” said the pirate, “We were in a battle, and I got hit with a cannon ball, but I’m fine now.” The bartender replied, “Well, OK, but what about that hook? What happened tto your hand?” The pirate explained, “We w were in another battle. I boarded a ship and Impotence: nature’s way of saying, “No hard rd ggo got o into a sword fight. My hand was cut off. feelings...” I got fitted with a hook but I’m fine, really.” “What about that eye patch?” “Oh,” said the pirate, “One day we were at sea, and a flock of An old biker goes to his doctor for his physical & gets birds flew over. I looked up, and one of them shit in my sent to the Urologist as a precaution. When he gets there, he eye.” “You’re kidding,” said the bartender. “You couldn’t discovers the Urologist is a very pretty female doctor. The lose an eye just from bird shit.” “It was my first day with female doctor says, “I’m going to check your prostate today, the hook.” but this new procedure is a little different from what you are probably used to. I want you to lie on your right side, bend your knees, then while I check your prostate, take a Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom deep breath and say, ‘99’ “. factory. The old fella obeys and says, ‘99’. The doctor says, “Great, now turn over on your left side and again, while I repeat the check, take a deep breath and A cowboy was taken prisoner by a bunch of angry Indians. say, ‘99’ “. They were all prepared to kill him but their Chief declared Again, the scooter jockey says, ‘99’.” that since they were celebrating the Great Spirit, they would The doctor said, “Very good. Now then, I want you to lie grant the cowboy three wishes before killing him. The on your back with your knees raised slightly. I’m going to cowboy can do nothing, but obey them. The Chief comes check your prostate with this hand, and with the other hand up to him and asks: I’m going to hold on to your penis to keep it out of the way. What do you want for your first wish? I want talk to my Now take a deep breath and say, ‘99’.” horse, replies the cowboy. The old biker begins, The Chief allows him to talk to the horse. The cowboy “One...two...three...” whispers in its ear. The horse neighs, rears back, and takes off at full speed. About an hour later, the horse comes back with a naked lady on its back. Well, the Indians are very Panties: Not the best thing on earth, but next to the best impressed, so they let the cowboy use one of their teepees. thing on earth. A little while later, the cowboy stumbles out of the teepee, tucking in his shirt. The Chief asks him once again: What do you want for your The teacher asked the class to use the word “fascinate” in second wish? I want to talk to my horse, once again replies a sentence. Molly put up her hand and said, “My family the cowboy. went to my granddads farm and we all saw his pet sheep. It Again, the cowboy whispers in the horse’s ear. The horse was fascinating”. The teacher said, “That was good, but I neighs, rears back, and takes off at full speed. About an hour wanted you to use the word “fascinate”, not “fascinating”. later, the horse comes back with another naked lady on its Sally raised her hand. She said, “My family went to see back. Well, the Indians are very impressed indeed. So, once Rock City and I was fascinated”. The teacher said, “Well, again, they let the cowboy use one of their teepees. The that was good Sally, but I wanted you to use the word cowboy stumbles out a little while later. “fascinate” Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher The chief comes up to the cowboy and asks: So, what do hesitated because she had been burned by Little Johnny you want for your last third wish? I want to talk to my before. She finally decided there was no way he could horse, - for the third time replies the cowboy. damage the word “fascinate” so she called on him. Johnny He grabs the horse by the ears and yells, “You stupid said, “My aunt Narelle has a sweater with ten buttons, but animal, I said POSSE!!!” her tits are so big she can only fasten eight!” The teacher sat down and cried. A patient to a doctor: Doc, I guess I am allergic to leather shoes. Whenever I wake up with my shoes on, I feel terrible Question: What are the three biggest tragedies in a man’s headache. life? Answer: Life sucks, job sucks and the wife doesn’t.

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My New Favorite Biker Bar I am not a big fan of trailering a motorcycle. I have always been that way, and probably always will be, but occasionally it seems to be a necessary evil. One of the reasons for this is that I just simply enjoy riding, and don’t have a lot of need to load a perfectly good motorcycle onto a trailer. There are a few exceptions such as if one experiences a breakdown, buys a used bike that is not tested as road worthy, or need to simply get a bike from point A to point B in times of winter or inclement weather. This past winter I have had more than a few occasions to haul a bike, one that will not

be ridden as it is the grand prize for the 2016 Tall Corn Run. We sure as hell wanted to show off this bike, and did not want it to get dirty, so an enclosed trailer was the only option during the cold winter months. The grand prize is a 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim provided by Okoboji HarleyDavidson. One of the other prizes for the Tall Corn Run is a Wells Cargo 6X10 trailer provided by Fenders Cycle in Des Moines. You may have seen them at shows this winter, or will probably see them at events this riding season. So, I guess we had a valid reason to put a bike into a trailer this winter. With the need to haul, I just cringed at the fact of getting the Softail loaded up and then unloaded to show off at events, only to turn around and load it, strap it down, check the straps, and get it home safely. Wheel chocks and tie down straps are one option. Not one that I care much for, but it does work. For wheel chocks there are numerous options from inexpensive antlers to high dollar chocks that will do almost everything except scratch your bum. They all must be mounted some way to the floor of the trailer or truck, and that requires drilling holes and bolting them to the floor. Then you have a need for some type of tie down system. The bike will still need to be secured and tied in. If your trailer does not have floor tie down d-rings, they will need to be purchased and you will need to drill more holes to mount them. After the wheel chock and tie down points are taken care of you will need a couple pairs of tie down straps. These will run you anywhere from $15 to $75 dollars depending upon brand and size and such. Then you may still need some soft ties to avoid damage to the mounting points on the motorcycle. All of these things can get expensive, and very time consuming to utilize when someone does need to haul a bike. Also, drilling numerous

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holes in your trailer floor and having to mount the wheel chock and tie down points or tracks was not a very inviting idea. I simply wanted another option. When I was in Griswold getting some tires on my pickup at Sandbothe Firestone, I got to talking with Tom after I saw they were a dealer for what was called a Biker Bar. Tom and Robyn like to take trips in their RV and pull a trailer with their bagger inside. Tom talked about the same frustration of loading and unloading a bike and he searched for other ways and found the Biker Bar. He bought one and started using it and was so impressed that they became a dealer for the Biker Bar at their tire shop. In a matter of a couple of minutes he can have a bike either loaded ready to haul, or unloaded and ready to ride. Then we talked more about it and realized that no tie downs are needed, and only a couple of holes need to be drilled into the floor of the trailer. That is right, NO TIE DOWNS! That is something that caught my eye for sure.

for storing or working on your bike in an upright position. Best part the whole deal can be bought for less than a regular wheel chock, tie down points, and straps, not to mention how much quicker it is to use. Check them out at ditchthestraps.com or at Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold or call Tom or Robyn at 712-778-2223. They believe in them so much that they are even providing one as one of the prizes for the Tall Corn Run. Thunder Roads tested and Thunder Roads APPROVED!

Not that I did not believe Tom or his personal testimonial, but I always do a lot of research before buying things. I found the website ditchthestraps.com, and that links to BW Trailer Hitches out of Humboldt, Kansas. I found it interesting that right in the website was mention of getting rid of those pesky straps. This American made product is so simple it is awesome. The base can be mounted in a trailer in about a half an hour after drilling a couple of holes and with common hand tools. A bar clamps to the frame of the motorcycle that has neoprene lined clamps s to prevent any damage to frame and finish. After the bar is clamped onto the frame, and the base is mounted into the trailer and the height is adjusted as needed, simply pull the bike in, and trip the safety catches on each side and away you go. To unload, trip the safety catches on either side with your foot, and back out of the trailer, unscrew the bar off the frame and away you go on the road. Best part about this is that without straps and tie downs, one person can load and unload a motorcycle. No need for an extra person to support the bike while strapping or unstrapping. The base can also be taken out easily by removing two bolts to free up your floor space of your trailer. You can even mount the base in the garage Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


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them over and inflate them to the proper level. If you have an air suspension it’s a good time to check that too. Finally, don’t forget to check that your brakes all work smoothly. Make sure the lights all work. Check all of the fluids; even engine oil degrades with age. A clean oil change and filter never hurts. Make sure your drive chain or belt is properly located and adjusted. Just to make sure that I’ve looked everything over I like to give it a fresh wash.

Spring Ride? Anyone notice the weather has been improving? Where I live it was 72’F last Saturday in Iowa. It’s time to get that motorcycle out of the shed or wherever you keep it, and get it ready to ride. If all you did last fall was to pull in and put the kickstand down you may have some work to do. It takes less time to put in the proper effort to prepare your ride for storage than to get an un-prepped bike ready to ride.

Now that you’re ready to ride, keep in mind the fact that spring riding brings new challenges. The first and most often encountered issue is sand, gravel and salt. Over the winter the state and cities dump tons of it. Until we’ve had some good hard spring rains you will encounter piles of debris in nearly every intersection, in town and out. Be careful and keep an eye out for it.

Another big hazard is potholes. Millions are produced each year. Each year’s freeze/thaw cycles create new ones and reopen old ones. Also, as temperatures increase, our chances of encountering animals on the road also increase. You’ll also want to watch out for flooding. Even if the flood is over, branches and other debris may still be blocking your path. Also keep in mind that First issue is fuel. Gasoline is a mixture of chemicals and if the traction provided by your tires decreases with the left untreated for an amount of time some of the chemicals temperature. At 90’F you’ve got good grip, but much evaporate and leave a ‘varnish’ behind. This varnish can less at 50’F, and even less as the temperature goes down. plug up carburetors, fuel lines, filters and cause other problems. At a minimum you will have to remove the float Three big dangers remain, the first being 4 wheeled bowls, dump out all the remaining gas, and probably clean vehicle drivers. Face it, there are not used to looking for the jets. If you properly treated your fuel system last fall, us yet. I agree, the black leather is great for combatting all you’ll need to do is top off with clean fuel. road rash but the facts are it’s easier for others to see bright colors. I’ve got a friend who wears a neon yellow Second issue is the battery, and whether it’s dead. If you hoodie when he rides. I know for sure that more of them had it connected to a battery tender it shouldn’t be. If you see me riding my bright orange bike than when I had a didn’t do this it probably is. Remove the battery and top off black one. Let’s do each other a favor and make sure that any cells that need it with distilled water. The next step is nobody we know texts or emails when driving. The last to attach a trickle charger and charge the battery fully. You two dangers are rust and politicians. Get out there and can check it with a hygrometer. enjoy it! Next issue is tires. Over the winter and various temperature Questions or Comments? changes it’s not unusual for tires to lose pressure. Look peter@riderpromotions.com

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I was tired of hearing the motorcycles zoom past my house that last weekend in February. Tired of it because I still didn’t have my ride ready for the season and was cursing myself internally for it. I got caught unprepared for the unusually warm weather and wasn’t just going to sit around & beat myself up for it. So I packed up the camera & the ol man into the cage and headed north to Monticello for the 47th Annual Rod & Custom Car & Bike Show. I’d never attended before, but have heard great things about the show for countless years and thought I’d take this opportunity to check it out for myself. I’ve often heard it billed as one of the longest running shows in the Midwest featuring a grand selection of the hottest street rods, custom cars, street machines, pickups, race cars and motorcycles in the area.

As I mentioned earlier, this is a smaller scale show than most are these days and it was wonderful to be able to take time to really look deeply at the machines without feeling rushed to see it all. The only vendors were all show sponsors, so no need to wander through aisles of candle melts or plastic container vendors which proved to be a bonus to my pocketbook. Miss Iowa 2015, Taylor Even, was hanging out at the Hupy & Abraham table on Saturday, making sure that every attendee got plenty of “watch for motorcycles” bumper stickers and if anyone has the looks to catch peoples eye, it’s definitely that gal! This show offers two fun filled days of family entertainment and I am kicking myself in the butt for not going in years past, as I can only imagine what amazingness I’ve missed over the years. Keep your eyes on our events listing for the 2017 show information. ~Pinky

The show is pulled together by brothers Tom & Galen Muller, who took it over from their father who started the show in 1970. These two fellas scour the Midwest, logging numerous miles on their shoes hand selecting and inviting the best of the best in the area to their show. They never ask the same bike or car to be there, so every year there’s something new to peruse and this year proved a spectacular showing of everything from a vintage Norton to a custom motorcycle powered by twin V8 car motors (that thing was longer than most cars these days). All be it a smaller show than most, they packed in a wide variety of beautiful machines into the Berndes Center. This year’s featured guest was Erik Estrada, who played Ponch on the 80’s TV show CHIPs. Mr. Estrada had a grand time laughing and talking with every person who endured the long line just to meet him. Last year Tom Wopat, Bo Duke from the Dukes of Hazard, was on hand and only the Muller brothers know who will be on the roster for next year. Also hanging out was Poppa Balloon, creating the most intricate balloon animals I’d ever witnessed… I mean really, who’s ever watched a balloon Peacock come to life? I can now say I have and the outcome was unbelievable. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


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Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter Slaby’s Plainview Amigos Fort Dodge 2nd Ave Des Moines (2nd Wed May-September) OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Greencastle Tavern Mingo The Pour House, Davenport Harley Corin’s Bettendorf

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Mainstreet Bar , Terrill Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-August) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo Fenders Honda Ames (1st & 3rd Thu May-Sept) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (2nd & 4th Thu May-Sept) Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern (1st Thurs Start April) The Back 40 Macedonia (May-August) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thurs May-Sep) Mcgrath Hawkeye HD (1st Thursday May-August) McGrath Dubuque H-D (2nd Thursday May-August) McGrath Powersports (Last Thursday May-August) Crossroads Kelley (Every Other Thursday) Spartans Pub Davenport

Friday Fro’s Wilton (Starting in May) Knoxville Bike Night Knoxville (1st Friday) Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion (Last Friday) TJ’s Pour House Exira (2nd Friday of the Month) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday of the Month) MX Revival Mitchellville (1st Fri June-September) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday May-Aug)

Saturday Avenue of the Saints St. Charles (3rd Saturday)

Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday) 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 vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com

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