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THUNDER ROADS MAGAZINE OF IOWA P.O. Box 29 Kimballton, Iowa 51543 OWNER/EDITOR Vernon Schwarte (712) 249-5630

EVENT CORRESPONDENCE/SALES Eryka Driscoll Eastern Iowa 563-506-0389 Susan Mast SC/SE Iowa 319-931-4546 Richard (Murph) and Annette Murphy West Central Iowa 641-524-4808 Harv and Sue Hunter Central Iowa 515-205-7410 Mark Swearingen Council Bluffs/Omaha Metro 402-651-2471 Bob Colbert Knoxville 515-579-1343

Letter from the Editor ............................4 Joker’s Wild .......................................... 5 Memories for Winter ..............................6 99 County Tour ......................................8 Biker Friendly Listing ..........................10 CMA ......................................................12 Road Ramblings ..................................13 HD Dealer Show Continued...Again ...15 Calendar ...............................................16 Girls of Thunder...................................18 From the Woman’s Seat ......................19 Will Ride to Eat ....................................20 Military Rider ........................................22 Thunder Cam .......................................23 Blast From the Past .............................28 COIR......................................................29 TRMI Events Listing ............................30 CONTRIBUTORS Netty Kawecki Copy Editor Nate Ullrich

David McCoy Mason City 641-420-1171

Craig & Lynnette Little-Will Ride to Eat

Humphrey Western Iowa 712-592-1720

Tony Darveau Carroll Cycle Center

Jenn Chess Des Moines

NATIONAL FOUNDERS Toni McCoy Shearon & Brian Shearon 1421 Chapmansboro Road Chapmansboro, TN 37035 Office: (615) 792-0040 Fax: (615) 792-7580

Monica Smithwick Sioux City 757-615-2398


the recent completion of the biker build off shows on TV. I am not a big fan of these shows, and don’t normally watch. I am not saddened at all by the demise of the one show, but wanted to see what people were building now. After watching, I can honestly say that I have seen just as good Well, the world did not end, the Mayans were wrong, or just if not better work right here in Iowa! The only difference, Iowans don’t have the hype and the publicity. A lot of the ran out of rock to chisel their calendar upon. Some days builders and fabricators in Iowa hold true with the ideals of I wonder if we are closer than we think to the end, but we being both proud and humble. If we can get enough good are still here in 2013 plugging away. I am really excited about 2013, almost a new beginning. A whole new level of pictures and information, we may do a photo journal of some excitement for the upcoming riding season and being able to of the cool rides built or modified right here in our state. Email me a couple of pictures and some basic information get out and about, meet new people and attend new events. We will be starting here shortly getting to some of the swap about the bike and builder and we will see what we can do. meets and bike shows. Before you know it, we will be into Email information to the spring events, and then rolling into summer! Hard to The events calendar is already starting to fill up for 2013, full imagine, but it is not really that far away. of fun and exciting events going on that you cannot miss. Email us the information for your events so we can add it As of this summer, we now have a new Thunder Roads Issue across the Mississippi. Dan Ryner has started Thunder to the listing. If people don’t know what’s going on, they Roads of Wisconsin/Northern Illinois. He is doing the same won’t be able to get out and about and attend your events. Send us the date, name of event, and the town that it starts thing over there that we are doing here. Even though it is two separate issues, Dan and I have become friends and have in. This free listing has limited space available, but if you committed to working together. Anyone that has run the big need more space to tell about your event, we can take care river knows that it is no big deal to cross over and check out of you on that end as well. Email information to vernon@ new spots on either side. If you see an issue of theirs and not ours and want to or vice versa, let us know and we will try to As a parting note, please patronize the businesses you see on remedy that situation. our pages. They are supporting the magazine and help keep Winter time is here, and that is the time to start tearing things it coming to you every month. Without them, “For Iowa, From Iowa, About Iowa” would not exist. There are a few apart and making them our own. I am working on my old new supporters on the pages now, so be sure to check out Shovelhead right now, hoping to have it completed for the their wares and/or services. Be safe, stay warm, and may bike shows in the spring. What got me on this topic was God bless you in 2013! Vernon


Every January Cover of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa has been shot with snow in the background. This year thanks to Nate Ullrich, it happened again to live up to tradition. The sexy Kira and Kassi grace this 1994 Shadow with some snow on the banks of the Mississippi River for January. Enjoy!

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A lady is throwing a party for her granddaughter and had gone all out – a caterer, band and a clown. Just before the party started, two bikers showed up looking for a donation for one of their charities. Feeling sorry for the bikers, the woman told them that she would give them a donation if they would help chop some wood for her out back. Gratefully, they headed to the rear of the house. The guests arrived and all was going well. The children were having a wonderful time. But the clown hadn’t shown up. After 30 minutes, the clown finally called to report that he was stuck in traffic and would probably not make the party at all. The woman was very disappointed and unsuccessfully tried to entertain the children herself. She happened to look out the window and saw one of the bikers doing cartwheels across the lawn. She watched in awe as he swung from tree branches, did mid-air flips and jumped high in the air air. She went up to the other biker and said, “What your friend is doing is absolutely marvelous. I have never seen such a thing. Do you think your friend would consider repeating this performance for the children at the party? I will pay him $50.” The other biker says, “Well, I dunno’ lady. Let me ask him. ‘Hey bubba! For $50, would you chop off another toe?”

The actions and legislation passage via several states brought this to mind: It all makes sense now. Gay marriage & marijuana being legalized on the exact same day. Leviticus 20:13- “If a man lays with another man he should be stoned.” We were just interpreting it wrong all this time. Who Knew?

WHY? Do drugstores make the sick or elderly walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions filled, while smokers can buy cigarettes at the very front, right next to the door? WHY? Isn’t there mouse flavored cat food? WHY? Is ‘abbreviated’ such a long word

IN HIS INFINITE WISDOM……………. A man was sick and tired of going to work ev every day while his wife stayed home. He wanted her tto see what he went through so he prayed: “Dear Lord: I go to work every day and put iin 8 hours while my wife merely stays at home. I want her to know what I go through, so please, allow he her body to switch with mine for a day. Amen. “ God, in his infinite wisdom, granted the man man’s wish. The next morning, sure enough, the man aw awoke as a woman. He arose, cooked breakfast for his mate, awakened the kids, set out their school clothes, fed cloth them breakfast, packed their lunches, drove them to school, came home and vacuumed the entire house; upstairs and downstairs, took the cat to the vvet, and stopped at the bank to make a deposit, but e ended up having to go inside, went grocery shopping, loaded up 12 bags of groceries and then drove hom home to put away all the groceries, paid all the bills and b balanced the checkbook. Drove to the Post Office; cleaned the clea cat’s litter box and bathed the dog. Then it w was already 1 P.M. and he hurried to make the bed beds, do the laundry, dust, and sweep and mop the kitche kitchen floor and sweep off the front porch and use the le leaf blower and blow off the back deck and refill the bird-feeder. bird At 3:30 drove to the school to pick up the kid kids and got into an argument with the daughter on the way home, which was added stress. He never dealt with the kids on this emotional level before; it was very strange to him. It made him question everything. At 4:00 he set out milk and cookies and got the kids organized to do their homework, then actually got to sit down for a minute on the couch and watch TV. While folding 3 baskets full of laundry and then running around to various rooms putting folded clothes in various dressers and hanging up shirts, pants, etc. At 4:30 he began washing vegetables for salad, breaded the pork chops and snapped fresh beans for supper. Cooked the supper. After supper, he cleaned the kitchen, ran the dishwasher, folded even more laundry, bathed the kids, read them all stories and put them to bed. At 9 P.M. he was exhausted and, though his daily chores weren’t finished, he went to bed where he was expected to make love, which he managed to actually stay awake through but then passed out; comatose. The next morning, he awoke and immediately knelt by the bed and said: “Lord, I don’t know what I was thinking. I was so wrong to envy my wife’s being able to stay home all day. Please, oh Lord please, let us trade back, I beg of you. ”The Lord, in his infinite wisdom, replied: “My son, I feel you have learned your lesson and I will be happy to change things back to the way they were. You’ll just have to wait nine months, though. Apparently, you got pregnant last night.”


H anyone else Has l outt there th had h d a song, song that th t as soon as they hear it, they immediately have memory flashbacks? There are certain songs that as soon as I hear them, I’m transported back in me to a different place. I hear the song in context of what it means to me. Well, now I have some new songs for my memory bank, and they are taking me back to a truly awesome me that we had this last June in Creston. I know, we’re heading for winter and I’m wri ng about something that happened almost 6 months ago, but to tell you the truth, I was saving up wri ng this ar cle so that I could savor those memories while it was cold and nasty out. The summer of 2011 McKinley Park in Creston brought us the Marshall Tucker Band, along with some local talent, and an incredible me was had by all.

have been be er. Mother Nature kinda teased us a li le h with some dark and scary looking clouds that had a couple w of lightning strikes. But, all of a sudden, just before Foghat o ccame on, the skies cleared, YEAH!!! The local talent that opened for Foghat was The Beau Nystrom Band and Templeton Fade. These two bands did an awesome job ge ng the crowd going with some of the best music I had heard in a while. You can look these guys up online to check out their music. I think you will find their music as rockin’ as we did! So now I have some new “memory” songs to listen to, Slow Ride, I Just Wanna Make Love to You, Fool for the City, any one of these immediately takes me back to that day at McKinley Park in Creston. The sun, the green grass, all the

June of 2012 they topped themselves again! The venue is truly beau ful with all sorts of accommoda ons and vendors to supply everything from water to some awesome BBQ food, beer, and caramel corn. All the vendors were friendly and ready to ply you with food & drink! This fundraiser for the park is sponsored by numerous businesses in town and the surrounding area. Bikers from all over are welcome and show up to eat good food and listen to good tunes. It is a family friendly event, with people of all types enjoying the day. Everybody had smiles and a friendly gree ng, including the security! We weren’t sure at first if the weather was gonna cooperate, but the ol’ man and I took a chance and took the bike. Maybe that was the key to the good weather, faith that it wouldn’t ruin this awesome day! It couldn’t 6 - TRMI JANUARY 2013

trees, the smiling people and the dancing and making new friends! Can hardly get any be er than that, eh? Guess again! June 22nd, 2013, the Jimmy Van Zant Band will be the headlining band at the 7th Annual Party in the Park in Creston. Now, I know all you old school rockers know who Jimmy Van Zant is and I can’t imagine a be er way to spend the day than partying down in the outdoors and listening to them rock and roll. Local talent has yet to be booked, but keep your eyes open for their ad in our magazine for further details. Anne e and Murph


border lakes, but is also one of the largest natural lakes in Iowa with an area of 2294 acres. A nice day trip to Emmet 99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one County is to roll around and hit all the parks and lakes and enjoy some northern Iowa scenery. down, drive on around, 67 counties to tour on the bike. A few years back, a summer riding goal was to ride through AERO Race Wheels is located in Estherville and was each one of the counties of Iowa, and what was found was a wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we will revisit established by current owner F.L. “Skip” Miller so they could provide higher quality wheels designed specifically to each county as a featured article. We will tell you about new things to see, places to ride, and give you a little spark endure the tough requirements and conditions of the racing industry. Yep, that is right, auto racing wheels. I know a of touring curiosity for our state of Iowa. lot of bikers are race fans as well, and many of the wheels on dirt and asphalt tracks across the country come from Emmet County Estherville. The local racers and even the NASCAR racing series use wheels made in Iowa. These wheels have won This month’s feature county is located on the top tier of more Cup, Nationwide, and Camping World Series races Iowa Counties bordering Minnesota. Emmet County is than all other brands combined. intersected west to east by Highway 9 and north to south by Highway 4. It is one of the smaller counties in square Another notable draw to Emmet County is at Iowa Lakes miles, but has quite a bit of interesting sites and points of Community College in Estherville. The Motorcycle and interest. Emmet County is located just east of the Iowa Small Engine Technology program at Iowa Great Lakes area of Dickinson County, L Lakes Community College is designed to and is home to just over 10,000 fine Iowa p prepare students for employment in the residents. The geography here is pretty rrepair of Lawn and Garden Equipment, flat with roads that appear to be ribbons of S Snowmobiles, Personal Watercraft, All pavement that stretch for miles. T Terrain Vehicles, and both American a and Foreign motorcycles. The program South of Armstrong you can see an pprepares students of all ages to work in original 1912 round barn. The Thomsen th the powersports industry after receiving Round Barn is listed on the National th their AAS degree. There are only a couple Register of Historic Places, and is 65 p programs like this in Iowa, and one is right foot around. There are a few of these hhere in Emmet County. If interested in structures remaining throughout the state, but many are in sad repair and dilapidated. Round barns are learning more, email Matt at or call 712-852-5230 unique in the fact that turn of the century builders saw the efficiency and cost savings of building round versus square Another unique draw at Iowa Lakes is The Wind Energy and Turbine Technology Program. Since the number of or rectangular. Many employed a silo of some sort in the wind turbines in the state of Iowa is growing quickly, Iowa center for ease of feeding livestock with the heads pointed inward, and the backside pointed toward the outer walls for Lakes Community College is working to help meet the easier cleanup. A round barn is quite an interesting concept growing demand for skilled technicians who can install, maintain, and service modern wind turbines. There are that is worth a perusal if in the area. more and more of these being built every day which has c created jobs for construction, operation, and maintenance As a and this program can help you get into the field. More Emmet in information on this can be found by contacting Daniel at is just 7712-362-8374 or east of the Iowa A Although one of the smaller counties, Emmet still has Great qquite a bit for recreational, Lakes eeducational, and historical sites region, aand points of interest. Make it there are a day trip and check it out. still quite a few N Next month will be Fayette smaller C County in north central Iowa. lakes here. P Photos courtesy of Dee Hiney There and Iowa are a Lakes couple of Community larger “border” lakes that are shared with College in Minnesota, and some smaller lakes that Estherville. are very nice, quiet, and peaceful if you Other sources want to get away from the commercial available tourist area to the west. Iowa Lake is 802 upon request. acres with a campground that is located on the south side, just off Highway 15. Vernon Okamanpedan (Tuttle Lake) is one of the

99 Counties on the Wall



Biker Friendly Directory Convenience Stores/Gas

It’s important for you to The Pit Stop Convenience Store know who your friends 421 Main Street are out on the road! The Jamaica, Iowa 50128 Gas, Beer, Tobacco & Grocery Biker Friendly Directory 641-429-3101 is a list of establishments throughout Iowa that want Dealers you to know that they’re Baxter Cycle here for YOU. Whether 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 it’s a bike dealer, service 712-781-2351 shop, restaurant, bar or any other type of business Carroll Cycle Center that welcomes our biking 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa community, you can count 712-792-1610 on our family of friends to always welcome you in. The staff here at Thunder Dillon Brothers Harley-Davidson & Motorsports Roads greatly appreciates 174th and Maple Omaha, NE 68116 our advertiser’s support 402-289-5556 each month. WE WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT Fenders Cycle and Motorsport THEM! So please give 1109 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 them the support that they 515-256-9062 truly deserve for being with us & drop by to see Hawkeye Harley-Davidson them for a visit. Let them Coralville, Iowa I-80 Exit 240 know that you saw them 319-545-7495 here in Thunder Roads. If Open 7 days per week you know a business that Loess Hills Harley-Davidson would like to advertise 57408 190th Street in Thunder Roads Iowa Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-622-4000 Biker Friendly Places, please email vernon@ Nishna Valley Cycle

Bail Bonds Iowa Bail Bonds 200 4th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-243-4411

Biker Accessories Backroads Biker Leather Shoppe 305 N Main Street Everly, Iowa 51338 712-834-2999 www.backroadsbikerleathershoppe. com

HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050¬ Whipp Sales and Service, Inc 701 S 8th Street Clarinda, Iowa 51632 1.800.477.0195

Entertainment 1224 Celebrity Drive Marcus, Iowa 51035 Mention TRMI at Events for a Free Gift Follow us on Facebook!!

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

Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa 319-241-0916

Ossy’s Show Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9102

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Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meets February 3rd, Rock Island March 3rd, Cedar Rapids

Food and Drink 14th Street Tavern 3418 East 14th Street Des Moines, Iowa 515-266-3446 M-F 8am-2pm Sat 10-2 and Sun 11-2 Beaver Hut Pub Happiness is a Wet Beaver 307 East 7th Logan, Iowa 51546 712-644-6100 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 Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook Captains Quarters 807 Main Adel, Iowa 50003 M-F 2-12, Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 515-993-4417 Chop’s Old Bank 400 6th Street Waukee, Iowa 50263 515-987-3000 Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close Double R Bar and Grill Quick Ricks Rib Joint 209 East Erie (Highway 30) Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-600-6441 Do Drop Inn 403 3rd Avenue Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa 50128 515-314-0783 Excuses Bar 405 Main Street Malvern, Iowa 51551 712-624-8233 Excuses Bar on Facebook

Foxys Bar 108 East Jefferson Osceola, Iowa 50213 641-342-3700 Visit us at Facebook FOXYS 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 Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001 Lampe’s Pub 608 Iowa Avenue Dunlap, Iowa 51529 712-643-5781 Open 7 days a week at 11 AM Midway Tavern 206 1st Street Soldier, Iowa 712-884-2230 Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165 O’Hara’s Steakhouse & Lounge 501 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-4545 O’Hara’s Steakhouse on Facebook Off Sides Pizza 1119 Thomas Street Redfield, Iowa 50233 515-833-2900 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Phil’s 20oz Prime Rib Friday Nights 9956 Swanson Blvd Clive, Iowa 515-270-0959 Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

Piranha Club 1215 Plaza Drive Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-9184 Piranha Club on Facebook

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

BC’s Custom Wood Floors Brian Christensen 1908 8th Street Harlan, IA 51537 712-755-2098

Specializing in Motorcycle Seats 1313 Walnut Street Des Moines, Iowa 50309 515-276-4392

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

Wet Goods Food & Lounge 113 N. Chestnut Street Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-2111

BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651

Iowa Lakes Community College 300 S. 18th Street Estherville, Iowa 51334 800-521-5054

Flying Eye Psycol Circus 512 Main Street LaPorte City, Iowa 50651 319.495.8016

Guns and Ammo

Joe Karsten-Authorized Dealer Cornwell Tools 329 West Street Manning, Iowa 51455 712-310-0765 mobile

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

Dales’ Guns Buy-Sell-Trade-Gunsmithing 109 Main Street Ute, Iowa 712-885-2671

Larsen Equipment Aaron Larsen PO Box 126 Kimballton, IA 51543 712-310-1762

Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515

Locked and Loaded Outfitters 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-4867

Signs & Wonders 101 W Main Street Lockridge, IA 52635-9708 (319) 750-0814

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

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 Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534 Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 Tailgators Bar & Grill 621 Willow Street Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-482-6269 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 The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook

Where You Can Grab a Rack, And Not Get Slapped! Venture Inn Blencoe, Iowa 712-452-2205 Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues-Fri 2-7, Sat 8-3

Healthcare/Wellness Sandra Grace Health Care Team 3481 Utica Ridge, Bettendorf, IA (563) 343-5344 Massage, Hypnosis, Reiki & more Will travel to your event or office

Insurance United Group Insurance Inc. 2 East 6th Street Atlantic, Iowa 712-243-6557 507 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 712-778-2575

Sound and Service Bike/Car/Home Audio and TV 712 Quint Avenue Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-792-5403 Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995 Traci Davis Real Estate Specialist 319-400-2000 Skogman Realty TVC Home Improvements Certified Lead Abatement Contractor

1422 Farnam Davenport, Iowa 52803 866-322-1754

Photo and Video

Shops and Fabricators

Ullrich Photography PO Box 1842 Clinton, Iowa 52733 563-243-8715

Baggers MC 2632 9th Ave Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-1791

Services Absolute Computer Services 519 Cedar St; Tipton, IA 52772 (563)886-8068; surveillance systems; Comp sales, svc, networking &repair

Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768 Dead Heads Engineering, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 712-835-3353

Elite Auto Upholstery & Embroidery

Revolution Cycles 120 South Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-507-9250 Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-5876 M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Throttle Shop LLC 1988 Arion Avenue Arion, Iowa 51520 712-674-3325 XTreme Cycle & Off Road 206 E Main St Panora, Iowa 50216 641-755-4288

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

To buy ad space for your business or service or event in our directory, give us call at 712-249-5630 or email vernon@thunderroadsiowa. com

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CMA Notes The holiday season is over and it’s time to focus on some really important stuff. No, I’m not talking about New Year’s resolutions. I’m talking about getting your bike into the shop so the mechanic can figure out why that mysterious noise is getting louder or tell you if your cam chain tensioners need to be replaced or figure out whatever problem the bike has that’s beyond your expertise. Let’s face it – as far as most of us are concerned, if we could fix the problem ourselves, we would. We’ve researched procedures on the Internet, talked with friends to see what kind of success they’ve had with products from the same company, and pored over technical articles written in bike magazines. Finally, we reach the end of our pride and acknowledge that we need to get the bike into the hands of a good mechanic. After all, there’s pretty much nothing that will stay broken if you throw enough money and expertise at it. A trustworthy mechanic will only fix issues that the owner has authorized him to take care of. And the mechanic isn’t interested in having the owner hang over his shoulder the whole time he’s working, telling him what tools to use or saying, “Oh, no! Don’t fix it THAT way!” When it comes to our bikes, most of us understand that we need to just allow the expert to BE the expert. We understand that not only would it be really expensive to experiment

with buying different parts to try out on the bike, but we understand that our own efforts at playing mechanic might even get the bike into an un-fixable state. We’re not nearly that smart when it comes to our lives. Most of us think that we can fix our own problems without any help. We try to turn this attitude into a virtue by calling it “self-sufficiency” or “maintaining our privacy” or “tapping into the power within”, but it’s really an attitude of pride and the desire to maintain control. We think that’s the American way. But the Bible tells us in Proverbs 14:12: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” The truth is that we must turn our lifeproblems over to the Expert, Jesus Christ, because like the trustworthy mechanic, he will only be our Savior in the areas that we allow him to be the Lord. If we choose to maintain our control over a problem area, we will not become free of the problem because we aren’t big enough to fix it on our own. Only Jesus, as our Lord, is big enough to save us. Romans 6:16 makes the situation clear: “Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.” The only limit on the solution to your problems is you. Once you quit trying to be the expert and give God the authority to work on the problems in your life, he’ll set you free to follow him. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make. May the Lord bless you all - Karla

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.

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Road Ramblings random thoughts of a scooter tramp Biker Aftermath h part pa art r 2, 2, for those off you ou u who who were not quick enough to fondle the pages of last months Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa you are officially 4 gears behind in finding out how to beat the biker addiction during the winter season. So race out to or to your local hot spot, grab a copy of the December issue then hit the throttle hard to get caught up. I’m sure you will find it a lot like following Vernon down the highway.

Davidson and the Marlboro Man”. Spend some time riding down the highways of memory lane, while discussing the road trips everyone has made to view the works of art featured in these films. Then fondle the vast number of this years riding season photos and get into a fist fight with your buddies about where each of them were taken. Try to remember the names and stories of the other biker addicts that we met and photographed along the way. Set up some indoor winter field events such coed leather removal Fifth Gear – Confess your sins! The temperatures and using nothing but your teeth. Maybe I can con some riding conditions have changed greatly in the last of the girls into doing my laundry by having a wet month. There have been a few “OK” days for riding tee-shirt contest. Or rock out to some classic Foghat but the optimal riding conditions are quickly being just to see who can play air guitar the longest while reduced to a few choice hours every now and then. standing on one leg and call it a “Slow Ride” contest. The cold air, blinding fog and big horned bucks Whatever must be done to feed the riding addiction, with only one thing on their mind, has made being just don’t go about it alone, a good support group able to get a quick ride in extremely challenging makes it much easier to reach eighth gear. and borders on dangerous. Living on the edge is a good reminder that you’re still living, needless to say Eighth Gear – Rider regrets, rider resolutions, I jumped off the wagon and on to the bike a couple time to reminisce about the last riding season of times. Since I’m a slow learner, it only took a few and consider making a few improvements in the miles to refresh my memory that even if the sun is upcoming year. There were a variety of events for shining, at 60 MPH when it is only 35 degrees outside animals that I wanted to attend “Hogs for Cause”, the brain freezes quickly which is immediately “Ride your Ass Off”, “Wheels 4 Paws”, “Paws for followed by rock hard nipples and shrinkage! I a Cause” but didn’t make it to any of them. Maybe couldn’t help it, I didn’t get far from home, just better planning for the next season would be a good needed a refresher course on why the biker addict idea! I also remember reading an article “Bikers is forced into hibernation for the winter. With the Answering the Call” in Thunder Road October issue confessions of failure at bike sobriety, I will now when Annette and Murph were called to ride with launch into sixth gear. the Greenfield-Viet Nam Vets M/C and Pella-Patriot Guard Riders. After reading that article, I had good Sixth Gear – Dig out the big book of creativity! The intentions of signing up for those calls in the future bike is stored, time to work on the biker. Develop but just never got around to it. Now would be a good a suitable list of substitutions for wind in the hair time to get that done, so I can show up to support and knees in the breeze. Trick the mind into finding such events in when needed. During a beautiful alternatives; it is a mind game I play with myself. July day, while riding on a poker run, I heard a very Find ways to enjoy the biker lifestyle while going moving story from a Veteran rider. He had joined through the two wheel withdrawals. Like taking all a large group of bikers to successfully deter and the riding and rally pictures off the camera and blockade the Westboro Baptist Church protestors getting them organized. While ensuring to set aside from a fallen Veterans family and friends as they a few choice pics to use as blackmail with riding mourned their loss. Right now is a really good time buddies in the future, just in case! Plan a whole day to invest some time and energy into figuring out how to do nothing but straddle the bike while parked to be a part of those blockades in the future. Because in front of a 48” fan on high, mimic the power of when the next call for help goes out, this biker junkie sunshine with a couple Halogen shop lights while scooter tramp plans to slam through the gears to get revving the twin cam over and over again just to there. satisfy the sick desire for vibration. Find the dates, times and locations of every swap meet in this great Mother Nature is in control of the number of gears state then make plans to attend them all. I find this needed to feed the riding addiction through winter necessary because in my twisted mind, the smell of storage. Tune in next month for more road ramblings leather and greasy parts really turns me on. Now that and random thoughts, after all what else is there for I’m horny, I will slide into seventh gear. riding addicts to do during winter storage besides fondle the pages of the upcoming issues of Thunder Seventh Gear – Time for a support group meeting. Roads Magazine of Iowa. A “we would rather be riding party”, a get together for some winter biker fun, fire up a couple of Shifty LaRue classic biker flicks like “Easy Rider” and “Harley

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For those of you that like the seat you currently have on your bike, but could benefit from a bit more padding, Harley once again has followed the aftermarket scene by coming out with their version of an AirHawk pad called the Road Zeppelin Seat Pad. This pad offers an air bladder system that With the world possibly nearing its end within the next couple of weeks… Well, let allows the air inside to be distributed where me rephrase that. If you are reading this, the it needs to be to keep you a happy rider. By having the unique bladder system, it world has not ended, and they were wrong, AGAIN! Anyway, hopefully, this issue finds also allows air to flow between you and the seat to keep things a bit cooler. There are you in good spirits for the holiday season, both good and bad points about this new and you are enjoying company with many pad over the AirHawk version. The Harley family and friends (even the not-so enjoyversion offers an integrated hand- pump so able ones). that you can change the comfort level onI know, as many of you should, that after the- fly vs. the AirHawk version you have we stuff ourselves with the scrumdiddlyto stop, take the pad off, and blow into the umpchious food on these festive days many pad like you are blowing up a balloon. The of us can’t help but to take a little snooze downside of this hand- pump is the little afterwards. Upon doing so, you dream of the bag it sits in just kind of hangs off the side summertime riding that will be coming up of the pad and just is not very eye -appealbefore any of us know it. The warm breeze ing but can easily be ignored because of the in your hair, the rumble of your exhaust, the benefit. tingle from where that June bug decides to For the passengers out there that would collide with your forehead, and the lovely like a little more comfort on the tour-pak ripe smell of that nice hog unit on your equipped bikes, Harley again has listened to left…Well, you have to take the good with the call of the aftermarket and taken a page the bad, and you may not picture it while from Kuryakyn’s catalog and introduced dreaming, but we all know it happens. their own Tour-Pak Passenger Armrests. Continuing on from last month’s issue and Unlike their Kuryakyn counter-part, these wrapping up what was new at the 2013 H-D armrests are wrapped in leather to blend dealer show I’ll begin with some comfort into the pad and speaker boxes. These armitems that might intrigue you. First off, rests do swing away from either side, so we have a new seat for the Sportster riders dismounting can be done on either side of called the Signature Series Solo Seat with the bike. The top pads also flip up to reveal Rider Backrest. This new seat has a widea handy little storage space to place the litseating area that helps support you on those tle odds-n-ends that your passenger would long-haul trips. The adjustable rider backrest like to have accessible. has a quick-release and has a five -position With food comas in sight, dream sweet height adjustment to help find that sweet spot. This new seat has a wider area, it keeps dreams of riding, comfort, and nice the nose narrow to allow you plenty of leg- weather! Have a safe, and wonder holiday room, and you can keep your legs tight to the season, and a Happy New Year…If there is one. bike. For those of you that are not just solo riders, they offer the matching passenger pillion with a comfortable 10” wide seating Tony Darveau area.

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Angela Wheeler Council Bluffs 2012 Sportster 72 Angie Reese-Hueser Jefferson 2005 Harley Sportster 883

Chris Yager Pacific Junction 2003 Dyna, Low Rider

Robin Martin Council Bluffs 2000 Honda Goldwing Trike

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From The Woman’s Seat, Finally! I made myself a bucket list this summer, and it had just two things on it. It was only for the summer, not long range, ya know? I wanted to float the river in a canoe, and I wanted to learn to ride a motorcycle. Unfortunately, due to drought conditions, the river wasn’t going to be very cooperative in the canoeing adventure; I would have ended up carrying it more than riding in it. The next item on my list was to learn to ride and get my license before the summer was over. I failed to get signed up for the classes before the summer was over, so in part I failed. But, I did finally get signed up for classes in the 2nd week of October. Being a passenger allows you to learn a lot about operating a motorcycle, if you are an observant person. But once you climb on that bike behind those handlebars by yourself, it’s a whole new world! I knew that I would benefit from the safety classes that are offered at any number of places, through a few different venues, so I did a bit of research first. To be honest my pocketbook dictated where I would choose, so the comfort of learning at a dealership could not be a consideration. Between ABATE and DMACC came down to the availability of my schedule. DMACC won out. I finally had the money and a clear schedule for the 2nd week of October and got myself signed up. The old man is totally supportive of my desire to learn, and he also wanted to caution me, because he said” It’s never as easy as it looks”. There is a lot more to learning to ride than to hop on and just go. There is a total mind-set that you need to have. With those thoughts in my mind, and the weather forecast of rain in the back of my mind, I made my way to Ankeny on the 12th of October.

on you will get a stern look from both Matt and Dave, the second riding coach. Every exercise they put us through was designed to give us the best basic skills, creating the good habits needed to survive as a rider. The instructors were supportive and extremely patient. I did better on Saturday after I changed up what bike I was riding. I started on a Suzuki, but didn’t like where I was on the handlebars and my center of gravity was off. I got on the Honda Rebel and found the lower seating gave me a much better center of balance and I liked where the handlebars were. Now, being more comfortable made a big difference in my confidence level. Sunday comes and I know that I am not doing as well as I would like to be doing. I am not the only one who thinks this either. The instructors warm us up with some basic exercises we learned the day before and tell us we have a few more to learn and then its crunch time. We will be evaluated on our riding skills with their scoring system and then we go in and take the written test. The written test isn’t even a worry in my mind, I figure I have that one aced, it’s the riding I’m not sure about. It turns out that I’m right, too many points off and I do not pass the riding skills test. Matt tells me that there is a remedial course for 4-5 hours that they offer to those who don’t pass this course. Of course, I’m interested and tell him that I will take the written test today and get that out of the way. I missed 1 out of 50 on the written, yeah! Remedial class was 2 weeks later on a Sunday afternoon, and being late October it was a wee bit chilly. Our instructor today was Dave, not the same one, and he opened my eyes to a couple of new ways to deal with the issues that I was having, and VOILA, things were going good. With only four of us in the class, we were able to do some extra work on each of the exercises. Now came crunch time, how would I do? I was starting to get test anxiety, better concentrate, look ahead, turn your head, use your clutch zone, yeah, that damn right and left U-turn in the box is done. Wow, doing well. Taking off, hit 15 mph, quick stop, actually downshifted so automatically, I wasn’t sure I had! Yeah, last thing left is the curve that I love doing, no problem. Take off, hit 15, brake, clutch zone, press, crap, looked at the ground! Points off there, cuz’ I actually went out of the curve! in traffic, I would have been crunched! Did I pass, YES. Do I need more practice, YES definitely! What will make it easier will be doing it on my own bike. That will come soon. Now, my husband is appreciative of the direction that my classes took. The things that he has always told me that are a big part of riding safely are what were stressed in this class. Being aware of everything around you, drive defensively, and to me the most important thing of all, it has to be instinct. You can’t stop to think about what you’re going to do, you have to be on your toes the whole time you’re riding and be prepared to avoid whatever comes your way. I can’t wait to get my own bike and get out and do some practicing. Living in a small town, will be a good place to start. Can’t wait for the townsfolk to see their librarian riding around on her own Harley!

On my way to the classroom I encountered another person; I could tell he was almost as apprehensive as I was. Eventually the classroom filled up with 13 people and the instructor, whose name was Matt. He proceeded to give us an intro to the class agenda, all the while breaking the ice with humor and getting us all to feel a little bit less anxious about what we were about to embark on. It seems that most of us have either little or no experience riding, so I’m thankful that Matt shows his sense of humor right off the bat! Once we get the introductions out of the way Matt, or the “Riding Coach”, as they are officially known, proceeds to tell us that we will be breaking protocol in the usual agenda and will be going out on the range and getting as much riding in as possible today. I’m excited and nervous both! Maybe next summer I’ll get to float the river! See you on the road! The class provides gloves, helmets, eyewear, and the motorcycle, and you must wear every bit of it while you are Annette Murphy riding. In fact, if you mount your ride without them already

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Main Street Bar & Grill rill 111 Main Street Massena, IA 50853 712-779-3483

will ride to eat

I’ve been eating at the best place in Massena since 1978 on a pretty regular basis. However that would be my mother-in-law’s house and I won’t be reviewing that here. The funny thing is all the years I’ve been going to Massena I have

never been in the Main Street Bar and Grill! Well, that has changed now. Main Street Bar and Grill has a very diverse menu with everything from breakfast to dinner specials on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. They also have prime rib on the last Saturday night of the month! (Sounds like a return trip is in the works!!!) The menu includes your standard appetizers but there was one that stood out to us, the Pepperjack Cheeseballs. Lynnette and I both have an affinity for pepperjack cheese so these were an irresistible temptation that we just couldn’t pass up! We had our friendly waitress put in an order for a basket of these while we finished perusing the menu. As we were discussing our final choices she came back with our order... WOW that was fast!!!! Now I gotta tell you, if 20 - TRMI JANUARY 2013

you like pepperjack cheese you HAVE GOT to try these!!!! These are awesome!!!! I kept biting them in half looking for the peppers but I couldn’t see any, but the bite is definitely there!!!! Lynnette ordered their homemade breaded tenderloin with criss cut fries. The local school sports teams are called the Cougars and like most small town restaurants, Main Street Bar and Grill has a burger named after the sports teams... the Cougar Burger! The menu describes it as a half-pound burger topped with grilled onions, Swiss cheese and A1 sauce on a toasted bun. A combination I just had to try. As long as I was trying things I thought it would be appropriate to try the Spicy Tots. One of the best things about small town dining is the personal touch that you get with your order. Lynnette likes her potato products, fries, etc., VERY well done (read that as KRUNCHY!!!). She mentioned that to our waitress and her criss cuts came fried to her order. Ok, let’s break this down in order... Lynnette’s tenderloin was wonderful, not the largest I’ve seen but definitely one of the best I have tasted!!! (You see Lynnette couldn’t eat the whole thing so I got half... SCORE!!!) Her criss cuts were done to perfection as I mentioned previously. My Cougar burger was all I had hoped it would be! A pleasant surprise was a half-pound burger that was well done completely through!!!! So many times you get a large burger patty that is still a little pink in the middle, some people may prefer theirs that way but I don’t. This one was PERFECT!!!!! My spicy tots were very, very tasty, not too spicy but with just the right amount of kick. Another thing that I love about small town restaurants is the pie is almost always homemade and Main Street Bar and Grill is no exception! Lynnette had the coconut crème pie and I had pumpkin with whipped cream. Order it yourself, you won’t be disappointed !!!! The last thing I love about small town dining... we had an appetizer, a tenderloin, a half-pound burger, 2 sides, 2 slices of pie and 2 glasses of lemonade and we paid a bill of $21.19! I have paid that for half as much food and felt that it was reasonable! Main Street Bar and Grill in Massena, small town dining at its best! The only dining in Massena that’s better is my mother-in-law’s house and that’s by invitation only!!!! Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! CraigLittle PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.


This January we bring you Dean Nelson who hails from Vail, Iowa. Dean is the father of last month’s featured Military Rider, David Nelson. Dean served in the Army as a Sergeant from 1965 to 1967. His service location included the following: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Gordon, Georgia; Schofield Barracks HI.; and South Viet Nam. His MOS was as an infantryman, commonly referred to as a Grunt, and to this day is proud to have served the United States of America. When asked about Military service in his family history, he adds, his oldest son and daughter-in-law are currently in the U.S. Army, his youngest son served eight years in the Army Reserves, (all with a tour of duty in Iraq), and his brother served in the Navy for four years.

from 1963 until 1965. That bike went away before service. Now he owns a 2000 Road King Classic. His latest ride he got at Holstein’s Harley-Davidson in Omaha, and said he always wanted a bike back, as it got into his blood. He chose his last bike for the looks, color, style, and the comfortable ride. He just loves everything about it. As far as accessories, he says he is about done with that, and has it just the way he wants it. We asked Dean if he has any big future riding plans and he said not at this time, but he really enjoys going on fundraising runs whenever, and where ever he can. He is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, AMVETS, and also the Izaak Walton League. He has many friends that ride regularly.

Dean has owned a couple of different bikes over the years. He rode prior to service, but because If you see Dean out and about, give them a thank of being gone in the Military and then raising a you wave, and if you get a chance, shake his family, he got away from riding for a few years. Dean owned a 1951 Harley-Davidson Hydra Glide hands and thank him for his service. Ride Free Thanks to our Military!

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C.O.I.R. Report

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cultivating a better relationship with him. Secondly, Greg Grupp was beaten by David Dawson (as you remember he told us he’d support a minor helmet law). More work to do. We’ve been assured that a minor helmet law will once again be introduced this session. We need to do our job, show up, be counted and give a crap. We can’t win if we’re unwilling to fight, talk to your friends and family – this stuff is important. On the federal level the clouds look even darker. We’ve got a president on his 2nd term; he doesn’t have to run again. In other words, now he’s gonna do whatever he wants unless we do what we can to stop him. Thank God Steve King defeated Christi Vilsack. At least we’ve got one honest guy in Washington.

As people who live in Iowa we realize that our constitution limits the size and scope of government. This reinforces the idea that we are free to choose our own path, success or failure, without giving up our freedoms to the government. Furthermore, “our rights we shall maintain” states that we Keep an eye on anything you hear about “sequestration” are fully willing and able to do whatever it takes to preserve on the fiscal cliff. Keep in mind these same politicians our liberties and rights. created the problem, but not controlling their spending. Now to give the impression that they’re actually trying to Since the election, lots of people have asked me “What reduce the deficit they want to tax us more, or even worse happened?” I’ve given it some time to sink in and I’ve done hide these taxes by tying them to certain activities. How some demographic research. Here’s what I found out: many people know that you’re paying an 11% federal tax on ammunition? One thing they’re thinking about is taxing 25% of eligible voters voted for Barack Obama ammunition another 25%. What about the little sin taxes on 24.5% of eligible voters voted for Mitt Romney cigarettes or alcohol? Over half of us stayed home and did nothing. We’ve got a secretary of state – Hillary Clinton, along with Realistically the president received only 25% support Obama, signed on to the U.N. Gun Ban, trying to give your and that was enough. SHAME ON US. In addition rights to the United Nations, within 48 hours of winning we lost some friends on the states level. Jeremy Taylor the election. What timing! If he’d have done it prior to was defeated by Chris Hall, we’ll miss Jeremy, but the election my money says he wouldn’t have won. See congratulations to Chris. We’ll need to be very diligent in what happens when people stop paying attention? There are so many fronts to keep an eye on right now that it’s an awesome responsibility, we all need to do our part.


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ABATE D14 Swap Meet TBA Road MC Breakfast Brayton Hawkeye HD Boot Camp “Recruiting Future Riders” Coralville Jan 25-27 Rod and Custom Motorcycle and Car Show Rock Island, IL Feb 3 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island, IL Feb 9-10 Capital City Show and Swap Des Moines Feb 10 Road MC Breakfast Brayton Feb 13 ABATE Lobby Day Des Moines Feb 16 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Chili Cook Off Coralville Feb 22-23 Hogs Gone Wild Fan Fest Dubuque Feb 23-24 44th Annual O’Reilly Rod & Custom Bike/Car Show Monticello Mar 1-3 World of Wheels Chicago Mar 3 Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids Mar 9 Flippin for B.A.C.A Flippy Cup Tournament West Des Moines Mar 10 Road MC Breakfast Brayton Mar 15-17 World of Wheels Omaha, NE Mar 30-31 Swap Meet Sioux Falls, SD Apr 6-7 North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City Apr 6 ABATE D14 TGIS Party Bridge View Ottumwa Apr 26 Motorcycle Safety Forum State Fairgrounds Des Moines Apr 27 Fenders Cycle Open House Extravaganza Des Moines May 3-4 Vintage Torquefest Dubuque May 4 F&J Racing 18th Annual Blessing of the Bikes Marshalltown May 4 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Spring Open House Coralville May 16-18 Hog Wild Rodeo Conesville May 18 B.A.C.A Annual 100 Mile Ride and Party Des Moines May 18 National Armed Forces Freedom Ride Iowa Council Bluffs May 25-26 Midway Tavern 15th Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier May 31-Jun 2 Iowa Grand Motorcycle Rally Newton Jul 4-6 ABATE Freedom Rally Algona Jun 22 7th Annual Party in McKinley Park Creston Jul 20 Iowa Lakes Scholarship Poker Ride Estherville Aug 1-3 6th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Aug 17 Bob Ezarski Memorial Run Iowa Falls Aug 24 B.A.C.A of Central Iowa Bike Bash 2013 Aug 29-Sep 1 Circle of Pride Thunder In the Sand Conesville Aug 31-Sep 1 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 28 Hawkeye Harley-Davidson Fall Open House Coralville

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