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It is hard to believe that 2015 is half over already. We are rolling into July and it seems as if the riding season just started. This spring was one of the goofiest starts to riding season weather wise that I can remember. All of that is behind us though, and the season is in full swing. There are more things going on than you can shake a stick at, and July is one of my favorite months to get out and ride. There is plenty of sunshine, plenty of heat, and plenty to see and do. The evening temperatures make for comfortable night rides, and the longer evening sunlight makes for some wonderful sights when out on two wheels.

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If you are looking for things to do in Iowa in July, the very first weekend is the 31st Annual Freedom Rally in Algona. This Another reason that I love July is the ABATE party is one of the biggest in the anniversary of our Independence. Since Midwest, and always a good time. Just July 4, 1776 when the Declaration up the road on the 4th is also Motorcycle of Independence was adopted by the Drag Racing at the Humboldt County Continental Congress, it has been a Dragway. Hopefully they can resurrect the celebration for the United States of old tradition of drags during the Freedom America. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Rally. If you see us there, stop by and Declaration, and many thoughts, ideals, say hey! The next weekend on July 11th beliefs, and warnings of many leaders of the has things going on all over the place. In time were put into place. The Constitution Avoca you can hit the Freeman Ride. A and Bill of Rights were drafted to ensure great group of people put on this event that tyranny would not be allowed to creep and it is always a blast. In Harlan the big into our lives. In many ways the founders annual Goozman’s Westside Poker Run would be ashamed of how we have treated which is a great run with a cool party to our fine country, but there has not been follow. In Fort Dodge you can ride to anything done that cannot be remedied. July should be not save the TaTas on the Angel Ride and see some good north only the celebration of Independence, but a reminder of central Iowa scenery. On July 12th you can swing by the the goal of our forefathers to be free as a nation, without Rehabilitation Center in Hampton for a ride in bike show. It intrusion to live our lives, and to be able seek our own is a great way to boost the spirits of the residents and gives prosperity. “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That them something to talk about for months. On the 10-12th, all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their the English River Outfitters are hosting their Motorcycle Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these Jamboree in Brighton. This will make for some fun times are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” These and great fun in southeast Iowa. The following weekend words should mean more to each and every one of us, and is a Victory weekend! Demo trucks will be available at we should live our lives in that direction. Don’t let anyone both R/J Performance in Ottumwa, and Werner Cycle trample upon the Constitution, Bill of Rights, our Flag, or Works in Omaha. If you want to check out the new Victory our rights. Be aware, be educated, be vigilant, and keep motorcycles, you can make one of those. July 18th brings America strong. the Women’s Ride by Windbags in Atlantic. Who knows, you may even run into someone famous there! Also on the A large part of exercising my Right of Free Speech is 18th is the 2nd Annual Ride for Time at Cadillac Jack’s in publishing this magazine every month for readers to enjoy, Baxter. In Dubuque the same day out of Knickers is the for advertisers to get the word out about their products and Ryde for Tylor. July 25th Brings Motorcross on the Bluff services, and share content that is of interest to the bikers of at Westfair in Council Bluffs. This event brought to you Iowa. This is a varied audience for sure and we try to put by Edward’s Powersports is sure to be a hit! Rounding out things on our pages that are of interest to many that live the July is the start of the Across the Border Raid in Bedford. biker life. We remain family friendly, but realize that our Get on down there for some southern Iowa hospitality! readership is also bikers, and not a bunch of prudes. We are always looking for ideas for cool things to put on our pages, Remember to keep your eyes on the road, ride safe, and get so don’t be afraid to submit content and photos. We ask that home in one piece. submissions be original and not previously posted or printed to keep things as fresh as possible. We cannot guarantee Vernon anything submitted will hit the pages, but everything is considered that we receive. We have always had this open Quote of the Month: “Then join hand in hand, brave submission policy, and that will not change. We are About Americans all! By uniting we stand, by dividing we fall.” Iowa, For Iowa, and From Iowa. That is more than a tagline John Dickinson 4 - TRMI JULY 2015

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The “Big Cheese” has been on my ass for a few months about writing this, so here we go… For those of you who don’t know me, I’ve been in the custom motorcycle publication scene for nearly 20 years. I’ve lived in Clinton my whole life and honestly stay in the area for the Mississippi River riding. People tell me all the time that I need to ride the mountains of “wherever,” and I’ve done that, but I truly love the Mississippi River valleys and the roads they offer! Long story short, I took a photography class my senior year in high school, started hitting biker parties right after graduation, been to Sturgis every year since ’95, and have been photographing bikes and events for national magazines since 1996. Aside from all this, I’ve acquired a noteworthy collection of motorcycles and considering my love for antique motorcycles in particular, roughly half of them are older than me. I’m a sucker for a good deal and over the last 8 years or so in particular I’ve had a number of deals fall in my lap that I just couldn’t pass up. Most of which were basket cases or incomplete rollers, and considering that I’m still rocking a full time job, I have no time to wrench on anything! Hell, even general maintenance on my daily rider is hard to find time for, but hopefully I’ll be seeing a change to this scenario in the near future. I bought a new Honda Shadow in 1994, which I still own and maintain for my wife to ride. My daily rider for the last 10 years is an ’05 Road King that I bought new, but has been designed along the idea of a traditional hot rod with flames, flat

black paint, fishtails, and red wheels with whitewalls, which was on the cover of TRMI in Oct. 2010. I also have a ’97 Heritage that I bought new and have logged over 100,000 miles with it, but it’s been sitting idle awaiting a revamped transformation. Other toys in various stages of disarray include a radical ’89 Softail Chopper (measuring in at 10 inches up, 15 inches out, and 22 inches over) a 1970 Ironhead chopper, a ’56 Panhead chopper pinstriped by Ed Roth, and ’59 Triumph chopper, a ’67 Triumph bobber, and a recently acquired 1950 Ariel Square 4 from California. And the basket projects include an old Indian Chopper, a Knucklehead, a Shovelhead, and FXR, and a Honda 750 chopper. Needless to say, I have plenty of projects at hand! Aside from the magazine work, I publish my own little calendar that you might’ve heard of before, called NATANIC’s Pin-ups. A lot of my work over the years has included lovely ladies on custom motorcycles, so it only seemed fitting that my own publication follows the same format. But this calendar features strictly pre-Evo bikes and a small selection of tradition style hot rods, so even for the gearhead that could care less about the eye candy adorning each ride, he (or she) will have eye candy of a different sort! As mentioned, I hit Sturgis every year, but for the most part my travels keep me around the Midwest. It’s not unusual for me to pack a camera on the bike, and even some studio lights if needed, to ride to the Twin Cities, Springfield, IL, Chicago area, all over Wisconsin, and of course one end of Iowa to the other, all for doing photo-shoots. But, being located in eastern Iowa gives me somewhat of a central location to all these riding destinations.

I’m often asked what I use for photo equipment, and I’m quick to simply say, “A camera… Digital.” Other than that, I don’t support any certain brand, body, lens, lighting, or anything else, other that Rayovac Roar Into Harlan has a monthly bike night on the 3rd batteries… Yeah, they better compensate me for that! Thursday from May-Sept. The July 16th Bike Night But, I’m not one to “talk shop” about photography is a special Antique Bike Night. What better than to equipment, and quite honestly, I find that subject of have some antique bikes, and their antique riders on conversation boring as shit! I can handle myself with the cover? Here we have Keith Kaufman, aka Gooz- a camera and I’m told I have an eye for composure… man on his 1976 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead, Joe Aside from that, if you see me in public I’ll gladly Chance on his 1928 Harley-Davidson JD, Wendell talk beer, bikes, and babes with ya, but if you start Behrend on his 1949 Harley-Davidson FL Panhead, talking cameras and lighting, I’ll simply walk the other Ron Ronfeldt on his 1938 Indian Four, Roger Ericksen direction. on his 1961 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead, and Mike Wohlhutter on his 1948 Pan/Shovel. Mike is lined up The Big Cheese, Vernon, and I work a lot of bikes shows behind all the other guys, just like he is the driving and events together around Iowa (especially during the force behind Roar Into Harlan Bike Night. Check it winter season) so feel free to stop by and say “Hi.” Just the camera talk to yourself…unless you offer a out any 3rd Thursday of the month during riding sea- keep beer in my hand, the keys to your bike, and my arm is son. On July 16th for the Special Antique Bike Night, around your old lady! Frank Fritz will be on hand to check out the old iron. See ya there! “Natanic” Nate Ullrich

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CMA Notes

As we come up on the 4th of July, my thoughts turn not just to picnics, fireworks and, of course, the Freedom Rally in Algona, but to freedom itself. We’re blessed with a lot of freedom here in the USA, and none of us had anything to do with earning that freedom back in 1776. Our founding fathers spent their fortunes, laid aside their careers, and even risked their lives to attain that freedom. When you read historical accounts about George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, and the others, you realize that many of them actually led pretty cushy lives before the American Revolution. Of the 57 signers, 18 were merchants or businessmen, 14 were farmers, 4 were doctors, 22 were lawyers, and 9 were judges. Stephen Hopkins had been a governor and 42 others had served in their colonial legislatures. If they had only been concerned about themselves, they could have moved their wealth to another country and lived their days out in comfort elsewhere or they could have stayed in the colonies but thrown their lot in with the British, who certainly looked like they would come out on top in any tussle with the colonists. But they didn’t do either of those things. Instead, they signed the Declaration stating “For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor”. They stayed in the colonies, became involved in the cause of freedom and were marked as traitors by the British. They lived with the same shortage of food, clothing, and other necessary goods as everyone else. Five of the signers who had gone on to fight with the colonial army were captured by the British and held in their miserable prison camps during the course of the war. One signer had to move his family 5 times over a few months to avoid capture. Many of the signers had their homes destroyed.

human baby; He had never before felt hunger, pain, exhaustion, never experienced sickness or loss of family and friends. Jesus is the son of the King and Creator of the universe and yet He left all that behind, pledging His life on our behalf. He came here and shared in the same miseries and shortages as us, eventually dying a traitor’s death in our place. He freed us from the penalty hanging over our heads so that we could go on and live life. John 8:36 says “If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.” So is this freedom only for us to enjoy with no responsibilities? No, for just as we owe a debt to the signers that can only be paid by imitating their attitudes and actions, we owe a debt to Jesus. I Peter 2:21 tells us “For God calls you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example and you must follow in his steps.” In the end, it’s quite simple. The greatest honor we can give to those who sacrificed for us is to live as they lived. Celebrate freedom, but continue to follow the example they set. If you make it to the Freedom Rally, stop by the CMA campsite and say hi. Be free in Christ – Karla Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps for the Christian Motorcyclists Association. To learn more about CMA and God’s plan for your life, go to www.cmausa.org

Why were they willing to give up so much? Because they were thinking of the future of those they loved. They were willing to give up the comfort they had for the good of others. We not only owe them a huge debt of gratitude, but we have the responsibility to live up to the example they set in purchasing that freedom for us. This is the only way our freedom in the USA will continue. Likewise, Jesus lived in the unimaginable state of perfection before He came to Earth as a 8 - TRMI JULY 2015

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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 Custom Tethers LLC Indianola, IA. 50125 (515) 962-2072 jsb@customtethers.com www.customtethers.com J&P Cycles 13225 Circle Drive Anamosa, IA 52205 www.jpcycles.com 800-318-4823 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa leather@wiatel.net www.leatherandhawgs.com

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Nunnikhoven Art Stone 405 Wapello Street Mediapolis, Iowa 52637 319-394-3553 Ninnikhovenartstone.net

Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2613 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951 www.erniesharley.com

R/J Performance HWY 63 North Ottumwa, Iowa 52501 641.684.8400 www.rjperformance.com

Dealers

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

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

Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 info@fendershonda.com 515-233-4727

Werner Cycle Works 14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80 Omaha, NE 68138 402-894-3050 www.wernercycleworks.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Entertainment

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.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 Chipp’s Harley-Davidson Shop 1301 Southwest BLVD Osceola, Iowa 50213 641-342-7494 Chippshd.com Dubuque Harley-Davidson 145 N Crescent Rdg Dubuque, IA 52003 563-557-3735 www.dubuqueharley-davidson.com Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400 www.fullthrottleia.com

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Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion or EventCelebrationsdjiowa.com Facebook/Ray Johansen

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

Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

Chopper’s 601 Rhomberg Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-556-9666 Open Noon-Close 365/Year

Knoxville Raceway 1000 N Lincoln Street Knoxville, Iowa 50138 www.knoxvilleraceway.com 641-842-5431

Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week

Coon’s Corner 302 Front Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-2068 Coon’s Corner on Facebook

Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-802

Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook

Crescent Roadhouse Bar and Grill 634 Old Lincon Highway Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-227-0101 www.CrescentRoadhousebar.com

Food and Drink

Buck Snort 310 Dr Van Zee Road Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-482-6881

Cruisers Lounge 411 Main Griswold 712-778-4111 Mon-Thurs 3PM-Midnight Fri-Sat 3PM-2AM Sunday 11AMMidnight

4 Way Good Eats Where Friends Meet Wed - Sun 7 a.m. to close Luxemburg, IA. 563-853-3451 Full menu of All Homemade Goodness!

4th Avenue Grill 115 N 4th Ave. Logan, IA 51546 712-644-3200 Find us on Facebook 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

C&L Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, IA 51557 712-646-2300 or 712-216-0975 Hours Daily 11-close Cadillac Jack’s 106 Main Street Baxter, Iowa 50028 641-227-3611 Wednesday Bike Nights! Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 www.CatfishCharliesDubuque.com Cindi Mae’s 101 Main Street Earling, Iowa 51530 712-747-6262 Cindi Mae’s on Facebook

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D.T.L. 712-659-6006 206 Idaho Street Glidden, Iowa 51443 Patios, Pool, Pizza Shoe’s, Bags & Open Sundays! Dam Riverview Sports Bar The Rivers Closest Watering Hole Guttenburg, IA 563-252-4400 Unbeatable Views, Drinks, & Food!! Enjoy our Deck over The River!! Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Doc’s Roadhouse 309 East 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51543 712-644-3636 Open 365-8 am to Close

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Dolly’s Bar & Grill 109 N. Pine Street Auburn, Iowa 51433 712-688-2220 Come for the Food, Stay for the Scenery

Durango Depot 736 Burtons Furnace Road Open 3 to close Best Scenic Road With the Best Food! 563-552-2291 Fro’s Pub ‘N Grub 309 Cedar St, Wilton 563-732-3977 Fro’s Pub n Grub on Facebook A Surprise Around Every Corner George And Dales Bar & Grill Downtown East Dubuque,IL Open 11 am 7 days a week Wed Bike Night 815-747-8810 Goozman›s Westside Bar & Grill Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman›s Westside on Facebook Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12 Hawkeye Bar & Grill 110 North 4th Street Mapleton, IA 51034 712-882-1226 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Huffy’s Mule Barn 802 Main Street Anita, Iowa 50020 712-762-9995 www.huffysmulebarn.com

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Iron Saddle Saloon 39 S Main Street Dayton, Iowa 50530 515-547-3311 J.R. Willie’s Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM Home of the Willie Whopper Keasey’s Hideaway Lounge 911 Court Street Adel, Iowa 50003 515-993-3001 Knickers Saloon 2186 Central Avenue Dubuque, Iowa 52001 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Knickers Saloon on Facebook 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”

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 www.midwaytavernsoldier.com Minden Bowl Café & Lounge 209 Broadway Street Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937 Minden Bowl on Facebook Montgomery Street Pub 207 East Montgomery Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-2165 Papa Joe’s 117 South 6th Street Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555 712-642-9015 Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us On Facebook! Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill 1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPizza Ranch DENISON 510 HWY 39 North Denison, Iowa 712-393-3333 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

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Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week

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

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

The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000

Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395

The Lewis Place 506 W Main Street Lewis, Iowa 51544 712-769-2290 Come Relax in the Beer Garden

Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook

The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook

Guns and Ammo

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

The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger

Sandy Hook Tavern The Hook, S.W. Wisconsin’s#1 Entertainment Destination Hazel Green, Wisconsin 608-748-4728

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

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

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

Shenanigans Pub-Dubuque 3203 Jackson Street Dubuque, Iowa 563-513-4001 Open 364 - 3 pm - 2 am Sidetracked 206 West Union Street Creston, Iowa 50801 641-782-8534

Timerz Pub & Eatery 324 E 7th Street Logan, Iowa 51546 Timerz Pub & Eatery on FB Food & Fun Available 7 Days/Week

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

T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON

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

Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook

Stumpy’s Bar & Grill 423 Main Street Duncombe, Iowa 50532 515-543-4222 Stumpy’s Bar & Grill on Facebook

Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome

TC’s Pub 921 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 641-752-0551 TC’s Pub on Facebook

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

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687 facebook.com/thebackforty

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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 Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 pistolpetesgunsandammo@gmail.com DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston Shooter’s Outlet 114 Main Street Arcadia, Iowa 51430 712-689-2772 Tues,Wed,Fri 9-5, Thurs 9-7, Sat 8-12 www.shootersoutlet.net SR Gunsmithing AGI Certified Gunsmith Scott Rule Council Bluffs, IA 402-850-5787 scottrule@q.com

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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 Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Cutthroat Cycles 1351 W. Locust Davenport 563-265-4687 Roadside Repair – CALL ME F#$K Yeah ‘Merica

Services

Cycle Dynamics 511 23rd Ave Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-8866 Specializing in American V-Twins

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

Dead Heads Engineering, Fab, Repairs & Sales 426 Railway Street Gillett Grove, Iowa 51341 deadheadsmceng@gmail.com 712-835-3353

Ben Franklin/Radio Shack 106 N Wilson Jefferson, Iowa 50129 515-386-4122 Hometownvarietyinc.com

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

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

HetzStudio.com (563)263-2803 Muscatine, IA Full Custom Paint, Pinstriping & Airbrush

Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann St Irwin, Iowa 51446 712782-3215 irwinlocker@gmail.com

Main Street Bikes and Trikes 522 Main Street Granville, Iowa 51022 712.727.3515 www.shopmsbt.com

Peebles Plumbing & Heating Luxaire & Mitsu 613 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2417 River Street Auto - 118 River St. Iowa Falls - 641.648.5004 Motorcycle Tires & Auto Repairs We Fix Everything Except a Broken Heart Southwest Iowa Sandblasting Mike Magers 65162 Oxford Rd Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-249-3995

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

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Growing up I was often surrounded by bikers. At the tender age of 4 I decided that these guys with big beards, windblown hair, and even the occasional bug lodged in their front teeth were alright. Far from the outwardly intimidating appearance, they were actually a bunch of big ol’ teddy bears wearing leather as an otherwise convincing disguise. I always knew that bikers were a fun-loving group, but until I attended my first rally, I was completely unaware that these average guys and gals lived by an entirely different set of rules when on rally grounds. Rally “etiquette” if you will, is quite different from everyday life, and it personifies all that is fun in the lives of bikers. Mainstream socially acceptable guidelines be damned….bikers are hell bent for a good time. Previously unbeknownst to me…Beer IS indeed what’s for breakfast. When the mood strikes you, just crack open a cold one! Who needs a clock to dictate your thirst? Out of your favorite beverage? No problem…everyone is willing to share from their own supply. No one will go away thirsty in the company of bikers. The next thing I noticed is that clothing is INDEED optional on the rally grounds. If you’re out back grillin’ up some grub at home, you better remember your drawers or risk facing the screams of small children, or worse yet an impromptu visit from local law enforcement. This is not the case at a rally… cooking for your friends wearing nothing but a chef’s hat is perfectly acceptable. I must admit, at first glance all it brought to mind for me was an entirely new meaning for the term “weenie roast”! But men aren’t the only free spirits roaming the grounds. For many women rallies present the perfect opportunity to let the girls out for a little tanning session. Probably the only place in the world where full on hugging your

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topless friends is normal (and expected)…and pasties are considered “dressing up”. Sleeping arrangements can also be a source of entertainment. From motor homes with pools and slip n’ slides outside, to tents and fire rings….the grounds transform into a temporary community. It always makes me giggle to see the stray camper, guilty of nothing other than having too much fun, sleeping upright in a lawn chair…or my personal favorite, hunkered down in the grass next to his bike, his hat shading his eyes from the morning sun. The last thing I noticed from the very start was this… no one is concerned about theft at a rally! Everyone is busy helping one another and having fun. There is nowhere else on Earth I would be comfortable leaving my belongings and/or purse unattended with thousands of people I haven’t met before. Why am I comfortable with it amongst thousands of people and not at a gas station, or a restaurant? It’s simple, and I’ll tell you why. I hesitate to call these thousands of people “strangers”, because in the biker world there exists an unspoken code that doesn’t exist anywhere else among strangers. It is only found among bikers…a brotherhood/ sisterhood if you will. Regardless of the extent of the shenanigans occurring, everyone at a rally is part of this brotherhood. The “community” that is set up at the start of a rally is just that….a community of people from all walks of life, all income levels that descend on the grounds with a common purpose…fun. And trust me, there is no limit on the amount of fun you can have when you decide (just like I did at 4 years old) that bikers are indeed alright. Melanie Schwarte Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com

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Next stop for me was Fort Lauderdale. My mission was to pick up my bride, Maureen, at the airport. We connected, she stowed her gear, saddled up and we headed south to Key West where we spent a week enjoying the Florida Key’s lifestyle of no clocks, no shirt, no shoes, no problem. By Dick Tremain

If you’ve not spent me in the Florida Keys, please consider it....but go only in the winter me. April was a very hot month for us and we suffered in the humidity and record heat.

April 7, 2015, I took off on a li le motorcycle adventure. I arrived home the night of May 3, some 26 days later. The bike’s trip odometer shows I rode 5,392.1 miles and I had a The ride over the long bridges and through Highway 1 was again stunning. The beauty of the water, Atlan c on BLAST! I’m ready to go one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other, the tropical again. greenery and the sheer joy of riding in the Keys is intoxicatThe start was a li le ing. I highly recommend it. However, expect to be unable shaky. Tuesday mornto shut off your “Key West alarm clock”. Chickens are eving, April 7, Jan Granderywhere on the island. Roosters like to announce sunrise staff, a fellow Indiand other astronomical events every five minutes or so. Be anola Route 65 Harley prepared. Owners Group officer, Maureen and I were able to see an Army buddy of mine in and I le Des Moines Miami Beach and spend me with her. We visited Mango’s in foggy, cold condiand again enjoyed the show at this night club favorite of ons. The sun joined ours. (How o en do we get to go to a night club? Only us for a li le bit, but when we are in Miami we endured cold or Beach I’d guess.) What cool temperatures and rain much of the trip to Atlanta to fun! a end H.O.G. training. We took two Harley-led days of intensive classroom exercises and lectures to improve our Maureen flew home and knowledge of HOG and to help our chapter become a betI headed north on the ter one. The lessons were always wrapped around one key cycle. I put another 1,500 goal: ride and have fun! That’s what HOG is all about and miles of so on the bike we are to work to achieve this goal for our chapter and its and ended up at the very members. first Steel Horse Motorcycle Rally in Fort Smith, A er training was over, Jan and I headed back to Nashville. Arkansas. Maureen took In the Music City we parted company; Jan was headed the bus south a er work home and I was headed to the Na onal Rifle Associa on and joined me very early na onal conven on in downtown Nashville. While there, I Friday, May 1. We spent met an old family friend who was working in a booth and I the weekend at this inauhad the pleasure of seeing R. Lee Ermey again. Lee Ermey gural rally and par cipatis an American actor best known for his role as Gunnery ed in a poker run through Sergeant Hartman in the Arkansas countryside. Full Metal Jacket. HooArkansas is beau ful! rah! I thought that I would find “wisdom” during this trip. I A er leaving Nashville counted on learning the answer to the age old ques on of I rode to Hickory, N.C. “Why?” Why is motorcycle riding so much fun? Why are and then to Rocky some of us compelled to ride outside of our vehicles and Mount, Virginia, where love it? I s ll don’t know the answer to this ques on. I had I was able to spend a rain many more days than not; the record heat in Miami few hours with shipand in the Keys was s fling; the Fort Smith rally was, to mates from my Navy us, a dud. A er saying all of these nega ve things, we reyears aboard USS ally found joy everyBELKNAP in the early where we went. I 1970s. Mark Angle, ready to ride again. owner of a custom bike built by Danny Koker If motorcycle riding and featured on the is an illness, may History Channel show CounƟng Cars episode Power and a cure never be Glory, and I were planning a ride through the mountains found! around his south Virginia home. However, rain kept his two-wheeled memorial to eight fallen shipmates of ours in the garage. Oh, well, rain will do that to treasured bikes. Even so, it was a delight to see both shipmates and their wives outside of a Navy reunion. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com 18 - TRMI JULY 2015


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It used to be that all bikers shared a common bond, an unspoken code of ethics, and behavior that transcended words and was built on actions. There was never a bible written on this Biker’s Code and there was no need for such. But the times are a-changin’ and there seems to be a lot of new riders out there. These days the riders you see blastin’ down the road are just as likely to be clad in shorts and sneakers as jeans and engineer boots. And the roughest, toughest-looking biker you pull up next to could be your doctor or lawyer and may be wearin’ a Rolex watch under his leathers. There’s nothing wrong with that, so long as these new riders learn the Code just as we old-timers did. Being a biker used to be about using your creativity to take a basket case old hawg and using only grit and ingenuity, turning it into a one-of-akind eye dazzler, then risking your life on the asphalt on a bike you made yourself out of pride. Bikers wore leather and grease because they knew cagers would just as soon run them down as look at them, so they had to be intimidating. Take heed, brothers and sisters, for our Code is a hallowed one filled with honor and loyalty, the likes of which have not been since the days of knighthood:

Your word is all you have in life that is truly yours. Guard it carefully and be something noble, for you are a true knight of the road. Don’t snitch. If you see a wrong, fight it yourself. If you are about anything you’ll take care of problems yourself and never feel the need to snitch someone off. Snitches are the lowest life forms on earth, right up there with biker thieves. Don’t Whine. Absolutely no one likes or respects a whiner. Another way to say this is hold your mud. Still another way to think of it is, “Don’t sweat the small stuff”. Most of life’s little inconveniences work themselves out whether you whine or not. Keep your chin up, dammit! You’re a biker, not some lowly snail. Never say die and never give up. Whether it’s in a fight, a debate, or a business deal, no matter how bad it gets…a biker never gives up. Help others. When a brother or sister is broken down by the side of the road, always stop and help them. Even moral support, if that is all you can give, is better than riding on by. Remember life is about the journey, the ride, not getting there. You already are there. And don’t just help bikers; show the world that we are better than our image portrays us. Author Unknown–

Don’t take any bullshit. Be kind to women, children and animals, but don’t take any bullshit. This is an essential part of being a biker. It has to do with respect and honor. Anyone can be a quick-tempered fool. Be cool, stand tall, and back up what you say with action. Never lie, cheat, or steal. Another way of saying this is to always tell the truth. Bikers know that his word is his bond. 24 - TRMI JULY 2015

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 38 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. When you are riding around in south east Iowa, make a point to run through Mahaska County. This county is rich in history with plenty to see and do. Mahaska County is intersected by Highway 92, Highway 63, Highway 163, and Highway 23. It is about an hour southeast of the Des Moines area, and about 100 miles southwest of the Cedar Rapids area. There are plenty of big roads to get here, and even more backroads that are simply enjoyable to see the sights. The county was originally formed February 17, 1843. It was named after Chief Mahaska of the Iowa tribe. Coal mining was once a major industry in Mahaska County. In the 19th century, Muchakinock, about 5 miles south of Oskaloosa, was probably the largest and most prosperous coal camp in Iowa.

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Oskaloosa is the county seat, and the total population of the county is about 22,000 persons. Other towns in the county are Eddyville, Fremont, New Sharon, Barnes City, Beacon, Keomah Village, Leighton, Rose Hill, and University Park. The smaller

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towns are as varied in interest as about any Iowa county. Something can be found in every burg, no matter how small. For instance, the claim to fame for Barnes City is being the Home of the “Best Little Figure 8 Track in Iowa!” After the races you can swing on into the Longhorn Saloon for some good food and a cold drink. Small town hospitality and good grub is what can be found here. In Oskaloosa on Friday evenings in June, a place to gather is the Friday After Five events. Each Friday in the month of June there is a gathering in downtown with food, drinks, and music. Vendors set up with their wares and it makes for a nice social

gathering in small town Iowa. Eddyville is home to the Eddyville Raceway Park, which is celebrating its 50th year of drag racing right here in Iowa. A fine facility just outside of Eddyville, it is definitely a must see type of venue for racing fans. If you get too hot at the drag races, you can swing into Eddyville and grab a drink at Dave’s Welcome Inn. This place feels both rustic and homey with its wood paneling, some fine vittles, and you have to check out their recently released new T-shirts, interesting concept for a bar and grill! In Oskaloosa, many locals say you would be remiss to stop in town without making a pit stop at The Cellar Peanut Pub. This place boasts over 50 craft beers and tons of different beers in the Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

bottle. Not only do they have beers from all over the place, but they also support local Iowa breweries as well by stocking and promoting their products. New Sharon way the place to stop is Scooter’s Pub & Grub. Scooter’s is a small town, make the customer happy, great food and good company type of place. Selfdescribed as a steakhouse, sandwich shop, and burger restaurant, it sure fits the bill on three all accounts. Outdoor activities abound in Mahaska. With over 1,300 acres of forests, wetlands, prairies, and parks to explore there is plenty to ride through and hop off and do a little walk about in many areas. An impressive project for one such trail is the Mahaska Community Recreation Trail. The trail started in 1999, and today, over 12 miles of the planned 15 miles are in existence. When complete, the ten-foot wide concrete trail will loop around both Oskaloosa and University Park. It follows along an old railway, winds through scenic woodlands and parks, and by two golf courses while safely accommodating two-way recreational traffic. In addition to this massive project, the Mahaska County Conservation Board also manages 20 separate parks, river accesses, and wildlife areas with over six additional miles of maintained trails. These outdoor areas of interest are speckled across the county and are not all in one single area, so checking out more of the county is not an issue. If you are looking for a getaway for a couple or a group, Eveland Access Cabins have some comfy cabins for rent that are available year around. The cabins will comfortably sleep 6 with room for at most 10, with two bedrooms, a full bathroom, living room, and kitchen area. Typical outdoor recreation available, but located in a peaceful area near the Des Moines River. Normal tent and camper spots are also available at this and other locations in Mahaska County. Whether you are just passing through south east Iowa or if you are planning a trip this summer, be sure to check out Mahaska County, they have something to offer everyone. Next month we will be taking our statewide tour just a little to the west of Mahaska and exploring what Marion County has to quench our thirst for adventure. Sources Available Upon Request Melanie Schwarte

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Two Wheels into the Great Depression World War I had a dramatic effect on the motorcycle industry, but just as the war had successfully thrust the industry ahead by leaps and bounds, the post war economy would prove to be detrimental to the motorcycle world and its advancement. To fully understand the effects the post war economy had on the industry, we must first fully grasp the situation the United States was in following the success of WWI. Several years into America’s post war era, the financial integrity of our country would collapse. October 24, 1929 would forever become known as Black Thursday, the day stocks plummeted and banks began calling in loans…the beginning of the Great Depression. By mid-November an estimated $30 billion in stock values had all but disappeared. By March 1930 more than 3.2 million people are unemployed. In December 1931 New York’s Bank of the United States collapses while holding over $200 million in deposits, making it the largest single bank failure in American history. Nationwide conditions continued to break down and US citizens suffered greatly until the Second World War, when things finally began to turn around for the United States.

So what happened to our beloved two-wheeled lifestyle during the chaos of the Great Depression? Following the stock market crash, motorcycle sales in the United States plummeted. We will revisit a few key players from previous segments, and see where they end up by the end of this devastating era in American history. The first victim of the Great Depression was Excelsior. Excelsior was operating successfully during the war, and consistently filling orders. The Super X was making the company money, and things were good. Previously purchased by the bicycle guru known as Schwinn, it seemed Excelsior would be a household name for years to come. So imagine the surprise to everyone when Schwinn called his department heads together for a meeting on a summer day in 1931 and announced, without any prior warning, that the company would be closing its doors. It was said he stated very bluntly, “Gentleman, today we stop.” I can imagine the 30 - TRMI JULY 2015

shock shock, that despite a full order book, book Schwinn chose to cease motorcycle production…Excelsior closed its doors in September of 1931.

Triumph, though located on the other side of the pond, was also greatly affected by the post war economy. In 1929 Triumph sold its German subsidiary as a separate, independently owned company that would later merge with the Adler Company to create the Triumph-Adler Company. In 1932 Triumph sold another branch of its company (the bicycle production portion) to the Raleigh Bicycle Company; by this time Triumph is struggling financially to stay afloat. By 1936 motorcycle operations are faring better due to the acquisition of Jack Sangster. Sangster formed the Triumph Engineering Company LTD, and with the help of Edward Turner designed the Triumph Speed Twin (500 cc) in 1937. This engine became the basis for all Triumph Twins until the 1980’s, and kept Triumph from dissolving completely during the Great Depression. Though the company survived by the skin of its teeth, it did not emerge unscathed, but rather as bits and pieces of its former self…so in the famous words of Freddie Mercury…another one bites the dust. Indian Motorcycles on the other hand, maintained a respectable success rate following WWI. During the Great Depression, Indian did not claim rights to any extraordinary advancement in the motorcycle world, but instead turned its focus towards styling updates and cosmetic improvements with the hopes of maintaining customer interest in the face of declining sales. Who doesn’t love a pretty face?? In 1932 Indian introduced skirted fenders, a long graceful chain guard, as well as a saddle tank that hid the frame…this foretold the profile of the “modern” motorcycle. In 1934 Indian chose a streamlined, automotive styling to its model line. Lightly valanced fenders were given deeper side panels, and two-tone paint schemes became available on most models. The only American motorcycle company to continue to introduce advancements during the post war years was Harley Davidson. In 1922, the new 74 cubic inch (1212 cc) V-Twin was completed. Harley

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introduced the “teardrop” gas tank in 1925; 1928 brought about the addition of a front brake, but notably only on the J/JD models. In 1929, the 45 cubic inch (737 cc) Flathead V-Twin was announced. The Flathead was designed to compete with the Indian 101 Scout and the Excelsior Super X…this was the “D” model, and remained in production until 1931. Indian riders referred to the “D” model as the “3 cylinder Harley” because the generator was upright and parallel to the front cylinder. The Great Depression was in full swing only a few short months after the release of the Flathead V-Twin, and with it came a dramatic drop in sales. Harley Davidson sales in the United States fell from 21,000 in 1929 to a meager 3,703 in 1933. In the face of such loss, Harley did not back down. The company instead raised a proud middle finger to the economy and waved it for all to see… unveiling a new line up for 1934 that included a Flathead engine and art deco styling. In order to survive the remainder of the depression, Harley supplemented their income by producing industrial power plants based on their motorcycle engines. They also designed and built a 3 wheeled delivery vehicle called the “Servi-car”, which incidentally remained in production until 1973. The Servi-car became a mainstay of small businesses, vendors, and delivery drivers for decades to come. As if Harley hadn’t done enough in such difficult times, they also added the 80 cubic inch (1300 cc) Flathead to their line in 1935; 1936 brought more changes to the industry with Harley’s announcement of the 61E and 61EL models. These models boasted the Knucklehead OHV engines, and by the end of the first year of production these babies had been road tested and improved upon as well. By 1937 Harley had equipped all Flatheads with the same type of dry-sump oil recirculation systems introduced on the Knucklehead OHVs. The revised 74 cubic inch V and VL models were renamed U and UL; the 45 cubic inch R model became the W, while the 80 cubic inch VH and VHL were renamed UH and UHL. During the course of the Great Depression, Indian and Harley Davidson began a long-lived and well known rivalry that continued until Indian closed its doors in 1953. Despite the hardships cast upon the United States after the First World War, Indian and Harley Davidson survived…they were the only two American motorcycle companies left standing. But why did they succeed where others did not? Their survival is due in part to having strong dealer networks, continued product use by the military, police, and postal services, as well as strong exports to Canada and Europe… combined, and these factors allowed them to weather the economic disaster that followed WWI. September 1, 1939 brought about the start of WWII. The war in essence turns around the American economy and brings an end to the Great Depression…and with the Second World War comes yet another section of motorcycle history to uncover. Melanie Schwarte Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com

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July is blasting into Iowa and along with it comes the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of

Number 8. It’s a good place to get a commemorative tattoo or show off the ones you all ready have. There is no other July 4th

Independence. Back in 1776 a bunch of wig wearing men put their heads together and created this document. I’ve never seen or read the document, but even my warped brain understands that it is a very important piece of paper. Without the Declaration of Independence, Iowa may not exist. The American Flag may not exist. Most importantly, our freedom and independence may not exist.

celebration in Iowa that you can get on stage wearing nothing but your tats and walk away a winner.

A nationwide celebration of our countries freedom occurs every year on the 4th of July. A paid holiday from work for many, so that all around Iowa non-riders can attend a parade, have a picnic, spend quality time with family, protect children from being abducted by the carnival, do some camping, watch shit blow up in the sky and avoid the consequences of possessing illegal fireworks. A full day of events set aside to celebrate the significance of independence and the importance of “Old Glory” to this great country.

Number 6. A.B.A.T.E. members fight to preserve the rights of all Iowa Motorcyclists year around. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a scenic ride through Iowa and show your support to A.B.A.T.E. by drinking all their beer.

The Declaration of Independence also mentions “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. Iowa biker’s have been exercising these rights every July 4th for the last 30 years at the Freedom Rally. Bikers understand that an important document such as the Declaration of Independence can not be properly celebrated in just one day, so the 31st Freedom Rally will kick off in Algona on July 2nd and come to a close on the 4th. My warped brain believes that a 3 day celebration signifies that freedom and independence is more important to bikers than the rest of this country. If you’re trying to decide if the Freedom Rally is for you maybe my top 10 list will help convince you.

Number 4. The Thunder Cam by Thunder Roads Magazine Iowa might fulfill your dreams of being featured as a centerfold in a magazine. At the very least, your buddies will ensure that your picture gets taken and spread across social media like a venereal disease while doing stupid shit.

Top 10 Reasons why every Iowa biker should attend the Freedom Rally.

Number 7. The showers are hot and this may be the only opportunity you are going to have in 2015 to earn the title “socially acceptable” by showering with the entire community.

Number 5. There will bands, bands and more bands these are not your typical high school marching bands either. These bands will knock your socks off and anything else you might be wearing.

Number 3. If sitting at a small town parade in Iowa filled with farm tractors, church floats and not a single burn out turns you on. The sled pulls, drag races and burn out pit in Algona are definitely going to give you a woody. Number 2. It’s the only place in Iowa that you can legally support rider education and get lucky all for five bucks! The number 1 reason why every Iowa biker should attend the Freedom Rally in Algona on the 4th of July weekend, because that’s where all your real friends and family are going to be!

Number 10. The 4th of July is a Federal Holiday. All the courthouses are closed on Federal Holidays so you don’t have to worry about the Freedom Rally conflicting with any of your court appearances. July is here there is no better time or place for Iowa Number 9. It is the only campground in Iowa that offers riders to exhibit their freedom and independence than free camping for the entire weekend and supports Algona. your decision to practice frying bacon naked. Shifty LaRue

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As motorcyclists, we’ve all had a few close calls in traffic. They serve as a reminder to our occasional lapse in vigilance and impart a lasting cognitive reminder from which we can avoid such circumstances in the future. Some of these contextual positions in traffic we know to avoid through education, trial and error, or discernment. Others are harder to spot in the daily fracas of our commute. Yet, more positions we perceive but fail to internalize, instead encountering the same issue over and over but not spotting the common connections. Here are seven places a motorcyclist should avoid in traffic.

No matter how much you might enjoy that surge of first gear as the light turns green, consider holding back a little at the front of the line. Take an extra second to confirm that everyone who should be stopping is stopping. If you miss that first indication, having cars on one or both sides could provide protection against someone blowing through an intersection. Passing On Mountain Trips I’ve been there. You’ve spent hours planning, weeks waiting, and you’re finally in the mountains on your favorite road. You’re just starting to get into a groove only to suddenly find yourself behind some nice people from out of state in a station wagon going exactly 4 mph under the Blind Spots speed limit. Cue the double yellow lines for the next 14 miles. I’ve certainly been on roads where it seems needless, Let’s start with the obvious. We already have to contend but far more have them as a legitimate requirement. You with automotive drivers perceiving an absence of cars could pass them quickly, hoping that no one will be in the instead of the presence of motorcyclists. The effect seems opposite lane around that blind corner. You could continue to be compounded in a car’s blind spot. We are virtually to follow, silently shaking with impotent rage as they pass invisible. If you find yourself in the blind spot of a car or more opportunities to pull over and wave you by. Or you large truck, move quickly and safely out of it. The B pillars, could pull over, have a breather, enjoy the scenery, and passenger seats, and the passengers themselves remove a lot think pleasant thoughts about how to improve technique of a driver’s peripheral vision, so assume you are not seen when you get back on. I vote for the last option because the until you are entirely past the car. Also, avoid the common consequences of what may be around that blind corner are mistake of changing lanes into another car’s blind spot not worth it. when you make your move.

The Center Of The Lane While Stopped Disregard our lane-splitting brethren for the moment. What do we do when we are in one of the most vulnerable and statistically alarming situations a motorcyclist can face? We’re stopped with none of the traditional advantages we can employ and the possibility of being suddenly mashed between two much larger vehicles. We can mitigate this by staying to the outside lane and pointing our direction of travel in between cars instead of directly into cars. The theory is if one is rear ended, they will at least be suddenly forced in between the cars to pinball around rather than completely smashed between them.

Bad Lane Positioning

There are a few different preferences on this so I will simply justify mine. When I commuted with a road bicycle, I found that my proximity to cars in the bike lane was inversely proportional to how close and how fast they passed me. The same seems to hold true for motorcycling, where people are more likely to give you a wider berth as they pass if you are closer to the side of the lane. An additional benefit (presumably) is keeping you away from the center of the lane where oils and fluids tend to drop from other vehicles, thus avoiding a decrease in tire traction. In other words, stay close to the line on multiple-lane, one direction roads or highways.

Passing Without Due Caution On Country Roads Where Cars Tend To Make Blind Turns This is true on any road where you have poor sight lines on points of ingress/egress farther up the road. Be cognizant of the distance required to overtake and safely move back into your lane position. Avoid passing or speeding up as a slow vehicle in front of you brakes to make a right turn. Don’t assume that just because a vehicle in front of you is braking that it is a good time to pass. That is a common mistake many motorcyclists make and it can have heavy consequences.

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I already mentioned cars making blind turns on country roads, but it happens far too often elsewhere as well. Double safety check and quickly enter turning lanes, as drivers wanting to make a turn opposite you are often looking everywhere but where they need to be. The diagram (above/ below) shows what happened to me a few times before I learned to avoid it. Often cars will back up in one lane for a turn leaving the other lane clear. Someone trying to make a left turn (the van) can’t see well past the line of cars. Since it’s hard enough to see a car, a motorcyclist will go unnoticed and the driver guns it to make it to the other side. I had some of my worst near misses from this exact scenario. - Braden Poovey

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HOG Ride and Roast Report HOG Ride and Roast Report by Dick Tremain My bride, Maureen, and I took part in the Senator Joni Ernst HOG Ride June 6th. We went and had a blast! Attendance was very high…if I had to guess, maybe two thousand? I was interviewed by reporters from The Economist of London, The Des Moines Register, ABC News, and a local Boone newspaper. There was an extensive amount of media interest in Des Moines at the Big Barn HarleyDavidson dealership and at the Central Iowa Expo near Boone. It was just plain fun! The day was overcast, which was great for avoiding sunburns. Temperatures were in the 70’s and it was windy (insert joke here). There were some 300 bikes that traveled the 38 miles of back roads to the event site out in the corn fields of central Iowa. Bikers were joined by hundreds of others that came by car, and we all had a great time. We had a handful of protesters along the way, but they were far outnumbered by friends and supporters with American flags. The HOG roast crowd was enthusiastic, and the atmosphere had a very friendly “I’m-going-to-get-to-know-you” vibe to it. The crowd was very diverse as well. Besides the usual demographic diversity, I saw a friend (who just so happens to be a staunch Democrat) waiting to talk to former Texas Governor Rick Perry. I enjoyed seeing that. I’ve been to Democratic events, so it is nice to see Democrats at Republican events as well, reach across the aisle, learning what works and what doesn’t work, as advertised, is very important to keeping our freedoms and our republic.

Walker told me he credits Governor Thompson with helping his political career and with getting him to ride Harleys. How great is that? General impressions? This was a “fun time” wrapped around serious candidate “tire kicking.” Did anyone really wow the crowd? My guess is it would be, in this order, Walker, Perry, and Huckabee. Those of us in the cheap seats never heard of the phoned in bomb threat that concerned some candidates and worried police. I have to include one final note that has nothing at all to do with politics and everything to do with surprise, service to others, and plain luck. Do you see the photo of the fellow wearing the Navy CPO hat? That’s Monty Woodward. He lives in a nearby town, attended the rally, and ran over to meet me after reading my USS Belknap ball cap. I never met him before today, but I want you to know that Monty Woodward is a very special man that did very special, heroic work the night and morning of November 22 and 23, 1975. He was a yeoman aboard guided missile destroyer USS Ricketts the night aircraft carrier USS Kennedy collided with my old, much smaller, cruiser USS Belknap. Monty and his Ricketts crewmates put themselves in harm’s way to fight Belknap’s horrific jetfuel fires. They pulled their ship close to Belknap to fight fires in spite of the heat and danger posed from exploding ordnance from Belknap’s numerous ready service magazines. Monty and his buddies helped protect my old ship and my treasured shipmates that night and morning. Eight men died as a result of that collision, but I am very grateful to Monty for his service and hard work to protect my treasured shipmates. With luck, Monty will join the Belknap Association crew at our annual association convention this fall in Branson.

I was able to meet and talk with Senator Ernst, Governor Branstad, Senator Grassley, a number of legislators, and some old friends. Presidential candidates abounded. The Senator Joni Ernst HOG Ride was a fun and educaLindsey Grational day for us. I got to see this history-making event in ham was there person. as was Mike Huckabee. I was able to talk with Governor Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina, Governor Rick Perry, and Dr. Iowa has a unique opportunity in picking the next presiBen Carson. This was grassroots. We were able to see these dent. I encourage all to take part in the process whether it is meeting a candidate in a nearby home, café, or farm field. candidates as real people and rub shoulders with them. Make noise. Make a decision. Participate in this exciting Scott Walker and I got into a conversation about former process. Learn, decide and vote. Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson, a family friend from my parent’s hometown of Elroy, Wisconsin. Governor Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com 40 - TRMI JULY 2015


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“The life of a biker is worth more than a traffic ticket- it’s time for a change” Fresh on the heels of our victory over the handicap parking placard, we’re right back on the front lines on behalf of Iowa motorcyclists. So here’s how the law works in Iowa right now- kill a biker, get a modest fine and a ticket for “failure to yield”. $100 fine, $35.00 surcharge and court costs, total your biker life is worth to the Iowa court system: $195.00 I can’t make this stuff up. If you don’t like how that felt when you read it , then let’s do something about it. I can cite countless cases where an Iowa motorist just outright killed or maimed an Iowa rider and walked away with a ticket and a small fine. We’re worth more than that. So I did some research, and I found RCW 46.61.525- It’s a law in Washington state designed to protect Vulnerable Users- people on motorcycles, bikes, etc. that don’t have the benefit of being wrapped in two tons of sheet metal when they get in a crash caused by others that results in “death, great bodily harm, or substantial bodily harm of the user of a public way”. We need this in Iowa. One of my lifelong friends, we’ll call “Sandy” for now, got run over on her brand new-to-her BSA bobber. Her love of a lifetime had just put it together for her, and she got run down TWICE by a cage driver in Des Moines. Not satisfied that one bone-crunching collision was sufficient, he backed over her again. And got a traffic ticket for his efforts. Screw that. I’ve called her “Sandy” because I hope she sues the socks of this guy and I don’t want to hurt her chances in court. We’ll tell the rest of her story in later edition of TRMI. But for now it’s enough to make my blood boil. She was almost a goner. Had to have her hips pinned. Run over TWICE. And he got a ticket. So here’s a rundown of the penalty schedule of RCW 46.61.526: Negligent driving — Second degree — Vulnerable user victim — Penalties — Definitions. (1) A person commits negligent driving in the second degree with a vulnerable user victim if, under circumstances not constituting negligent driving in the first degree, he or she operates a vehicle, as defined in RCW 46.04.670, in a manner that is both negligent and endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property, and he or she causes the death, great bodily harm, or substantial bodily harm of a vulnerable user of a public way. (2) The law enforcement officer or prosecuting authority issuing the notice of infraction for an offense under this section shall state on the notice of infraction that the offense was a proximate cause of death, great bodily harm, or substantial bodily harm, as defined in RCW 9A.04.110, of a vulnerable user of a public way. (3) Persons under the age of sixteen who commit an infraction under this section are subject to the provisions of RCW 13.40.250. (4) A person found to have committed negligent driving in the second degree with a vulnerable user victim shall be required to: (a) Pay a monetary penalty of five thousand dollars, which may not be reduced to an amount less than one thousand dollars; and (b) Have his or her driving privileges suspended for ninety days. (5) In lieu of the penalties imposed under subsection (4) of this section, a person found to have committed negligent driving in the second degree with a vulnerable user victim who requests and personally appears for a hearing pursuant to RCW 46.63.070 (1) or (2) may elect to: (a) Pay a penalty of two hundred fifty dollars; (b) Attend traffic school for a number of days to be determined by the court pursuant to chapter 46.83 RCW; (c) Perform community service for a number of hours to be determined by the court, which may not exceed one hundred hours, and which must include activities related to driver improvement and providing public education on traffic safety; and (d) Submit certification to the court establishing that the requirements of this subsection have been met within one year of the hearing. (6) If a person found to have committed a violation of this section elects the penalties imposed under subsection (5) of this section, the court may impose the penalties under subsection (5) of this section and the court may assess costs as the court deems appropriate for administrative processing. (7) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, if a person found to have committed a violation of this section elects the penalties under subsection (5) of this section but does not complete all requirements of subsection (5) of this section within one year of the hearing: (a)(i) The court shall impose a monetary penalty in the amount of five thousand dollars, which may not be reduced to an amount less than one thousand dollars; and (ii) The person’s driving privileges shall be suspended for ninety days. 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provided for in this section may be established by rule of the supreme court. (9) If a person is penalized under subsection (4) of this section, then the court shall notify the department, and the department shall suspend the person’s driving privileges. If a person fails to meet the requirements of subsection (5) of this section, the court shall notify the department that the person has failed to meet the requirements of subsection (5) of this section and the department shall suspend the person’s driving privileges. Notice provided by the court under this subsection must be in a form specified by the department. (10) Any act prohibited by this section that also constitutes a crime under any other law of this state may be the basis of prosecution under such other law notwithstanding that it may also be the basis for prosecution under this section. (11) For the purposes of this section: (a) “Great bodily harm” and “substantial bodily harm” have the same meaning as provided in RCW 9A.04.110. (b) “Negligent” has the same meaning as provided in RCW 46.61.525(2). (c) “Vulnerable user of a public way” means: (i) A pedestrian; (ii) A person riding an animal; or (iii) A person operating any of the following on a public way: (A) A farm tractor or implement of husbandry, without an enclosed shell; (B) A bicycle; (C) An electric-assisted bicycle; (D) An electric personal assistive mobility device; (E) A moped; (F) A motor-driven cycle; (G) A motorized foot scooter; or (H) A motorcycle. [2011 c 372 § 1.] I’m taking this to the greatest friend an Iowa rider has ever had, Hon. Josh Byrnes, ( R ) Iowa House. We are worth more than a traffic ticket. All of us on two wheels are people, Iowans, parents, friends and we matter. And we are worth a lot. A lot more than $195.00. A $5000.00 fine and loss of license for a substantial period of time like RCW 46.61.526 would be a hell of a start. Maybe we’d be easier to see if we were worth five grand. It can’t hurt to try. Mark Mullins President MAG

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I grew up around motorcycles, but not on them like most gals in this lifestyle have. I don’t have those fond memories of clinging onto Daddy’s shirt as he ripped through the gears, but I do have great memories of spending time with bikers ever since I can remember. Every chance I got to go for a ride with one of my Mom’s friends, I was all over it. Though the opportunities were few and far between, when the neighbor would roll his bike out of the garage I was standing over his shoulder watching and learning, ever fascinated by his machine. Most of the time Mike rewarded my interest with a quick jaunt around the block while he was waiting for the rest of his crew to show up. I always felt so safe behind someone and never felt the need to ride my own, although I learned how to the summer of 1990 on a friend’s dirt bike in the sand. My hubby & I decided as a 5th anniversary to each other, we’d buy a Road King Classic for us to enjoy together, away from the then teenagers that… well…were being teenagers. We needed an escape for just the two of us, some way that we could spend time together without talking kids or bills, and we found it perched upon that seat. Every time we talked about riding I would become giddy with excitement, knowing that soon I was going to feel that connection with my man on the open road and my whole life was completely in his hands. All of my motorcycle years and fond memories come from the passenger seat, which is just where I always wanted to stay.

missed 4 on the 120 question online series of quizzes. I was feeling pretty good and looking forward to my class the next weekend. Friday night I couldn’t get to sleep for anything. My mind kept reeling in anticipation of the next day’s class, a salty mixture of excitement and anxiety. I was up at the crack of dawn the next morning, 2½ hours before I had to leave. This gave me plenty of time to take care of a few chores that had gone by the wayside over the past week, get ready for the day, and build my anxiety to an all-time high thinking about actually driving a motorcycle. As I was headed down highway 38 I had almost talked myself out of attending the class and by the time I was on the entrance ramp on I-80 I had decided that I was only going as far as the next exit and I’d turn around. As I accelerated onto the interstate, I noticed two bikes in my rear view mirror about a half mile back. Shortly, I was being passed by 2 new Honda Goldwings, the second massive machine operated by a woman who looked over and waved to me with a big smile. Instantly I felt the anxiety dissipate and whispered thank you to whoever sent me that message.

Now that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous as I looked around the classroom and spotted the rider coach, who was not much older than my own son, and a variety of attendees who I learned from introductions all have different reasons for being at the class that go beyond “I want to ride a motorcycle”. One fella’s friends all rode and they are planning a big ride in 2017 once they’ve all retired, another had ridden before but took time off two wheels to raise a family and wanted to sharpen his rusty skills. The only other gal in the class had recently moved to Iowa. Wanting to get to know her new state, she thought there’s no better way than on two wheels (also a good gal friend You know how they say you only think you of hers rides and encouraged the decision). Then are in control of your life, well they don’t there was my favorite… “I have been riding for a lie. Over the course of the last year, Big D really long time and I have gotten enough tickets that has come down with some serious back issues and the judge told me I had to take this class so I could it’s to the point now he can’t even sit comfortably, let finally be legal”. Then it got to me…. And I was more alone throw his leg over the bike and ride away with nervous in this moment than I had been all day. My me into the sunset. I live off a very heavily traveled introduction went something like this “hi, I am Eryka. motorcycle route and have the pleasure of hearing I have always been a fender ornament and recently those glorious roaring engines cruise by as I sit and found out that my ol’ man probably won’t be able to type this very article. It makes me sad, I miss having ride all summer due to a back situation. Oh, and I my arms around my man as we take a corner just work for a biker magazine and am tired of getting shit a tad faster than we should. It’s painful, I know he when I show up to an event in my cage.” Thank God wants to ride just as much as I do, but one of us is I didn’t have to stand up or I probably would have under doctor’s orders to stay off the bike. As much as passed out! Shortly thereafter, in walked the other I didn’t ever want to ride without him in front of me, I rider coach, who looked like a real hard-ass…. The miss the wind in my hair even more. Yep, Miss I Will anxiety levels were again rising as Caleb (the young NEVER Ride My Own has had a change of heart and coach) and Rick (the effectively helpful hard-ass will soon be an operator, not just a fender ornament. coach) introduced themselves. I signed up for the MSF Rider Safety course at Scott CC and shortly thereafter received my info packet with After a few classroom exercises, it was time to head instructions and the course booklet. I was on my way. out on the course. There were 3 types of bikes to If any of you know me, you know how much I love to choose from, 2 Yamaha dual sport bikes, 2 Honda learn and how seriously I take it (I still can’t shake that Rebels & a bunch of Suzuki TU250X’s. So I hopped goal of 100% on everything). Along with a 16 hour on a Suzuki and in my mind gave us both a pep weekend class came a 3 hour on line course, which talk. I don’t remember much about those dirt bikes was to be completed before the real life class. I did I mentioned riding many years ago…including the it, learned a lot more than I thought I would, and only basics. Yep, I admit it; I couldn’t have started my bike 50 - TRMI JULY 2015

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had Caleb not walked by and shown me. Let’s just say that it’s not a big confidence booster when I have to have the instructor show me how to start my bike. On paper I knew the FINE-C process, while in real life it took me a hot minute to make it happen. After some directions, we were moving… only at idle speed, playing in the friction zone. It was at this moment my shoulders began to tense up, something I wouldn’t notice until hours later on the drive back home for the night. We were on the bikes for about an hour before this nasty black cloud appeared overhead. If you read my article last month about paint, you are no stranger to the fact that I almost always end up wet on a ride, and this day was no different. We didn’t stop, we kept on learning new maneuvers and practicing them until we were all sufficiently soaked, (except for the rider coach who brought his rain gear). We broke for lunch and I made a bee line to Farm & Fleet to grab a cheap pair of DRY pants. We did some more class room work until the rain subdued, and then we headed back out to the course for more exercises. I was shaky and unsteady but mostly just unsure of myself. As the miles spun on the odometer I began to gain confidence, both at an equally slow pace. I still stalled it a time or two, but I knew how to handle it as opposed to fighting the urge to jump off the bike and leave the class. Both of the rider coaches had their own style of teaching, and both helped tremendously in my learning that first day.

anything I read for the course that mentioned how physically exhausting motorcycling can be…a fact I had not considered until I was suffering from my head to my toes. Day two was much more challenging, however I had a completely different state of mind. My confidence and ability were both at the forefront and the anxiety and panic from the day before had all but disappeared. We mounted our bikes at 9am and we finally completed all 15 exercises and the riding test 4½ hours later. Many of the processes I struggled with the day before became much easier when Rider Coach Garron said to me “What are you doing second guessing yourself all the time? You have the skill, let it happen naturally!” so I did. And before I knew it, I was completing U-turns within a 20 foot box and shifting through gears like it was indeed second nature. Within 27 hours I went from talking myself out of even attending this class to being ready (and excited) to head out for some real world practice.

As I lie here next to my ol’ man (in the only room he’s been in for almost 2 weeks) flat on our backs (in the only position that doesn’t cause him pain), I feel we are both in a different place with me getting my license than we were at the start of the weekend. He tried to be supportive in my decision to ride my own; however, the man in him wants to always protect me, and he felt he couldn’t if I was on my own. Now it appears my hubby is confident that I have the skills to protect myself. Big D is surfing the internet shopping for a Calling it quits after 8 hours, Caleb told us to go bike that I can call my very own, his way of telling home and get some sleep. We all kind of snickered me he approves…and nothing says love like a new to ourselves; it was only 5pm…ain’t nobody ready to motorcycle. Leaving that knot in my stomach behind think about bed at 5pm. Turns out, as we sauntered forever, I am excited to share my experiences in the out of the building on Saturday it was apparent to most hopes that another woman will find inspiration to ride of us that our asses were dragging and maybe Caleb her own. was onto something. In the 50 minute drive home, I noticed more and more muscle aches every mile. See ya on 2 Wheels!! Between the weight shifting, the bike maneuvering, and my rigid stance every muscle in my body was ~Pinky utilized and was now in pain. There was nothing in Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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“I Pledge Allegiance to My Flag” I had the pleasure of meeting this month’s Military Rider last summer on a benefit ride for veterans. Since he was integral in the planning and execution of the ride, I didn’t have much of a chance to visit with him. I finally got Doug Bringer of Homestead sweet-talked into a sit down with me and very much enjoyed the entertaining chat about his life in the military and on two wheels. Unlike many of the folks we feature in this article, Doug didn’t come from a family with a strong military background, or any military background at all. When I asked how he ended up in the service, he chuckled and replied “It was court ordered, either I enlisted in the Marines or the judge was sending me to Anamosa”. At the time, Doug was a punk kid who was no stranger to Johnny Law or the Washington County court system and so began his unplanned (yet highly beneficial) service to our country. After serving his first 6 year tour, Doug returned to the Washington area and realized the town hadn’t changed. Not wanting to become engulfed in the lifestyle he had before, Doug re-enlisted and ended up serving another six years with the Marine Corps. In just under twelve years Doug served with the Marines in 13 foreign countries and was not only part of the Saigon Evacuation in ’75 but was also part of the refugee integration process once their boat docked at Camp Pendleton, CA.

a 2008 Street Glide. Yeah, Doug is a lucky guy to have Lidia and after getting to know her, I realize how lucky we all are to have her. Lidia is not Doug’s first wife, but they finish each other’s sentences like they’ve been together since high school and share a tremendous love for our nation and those who fight to defend it. Lidia was born in Mexico and at the age of 18 she came to America hoping to find a better life here. She quickly developed a love for our country and became a citizen. She worked hard to learn our language, customs, and history (she knows more about US history than I do, and I took 3 years of it in high sschool!) Lidia holds close to her heart the values that our flag symbolizes, th ffeeling more of a devotion to Old Glory than to her own native flag. G Together, Doug and Lidia are a T fforce to be reckoned with. When these two get angry, people tend to th nnotice. When we sat down, they were both upset over the recent w hhighly publicized flag desecrations ooccurring all over this nation. Doug, ttaking extreme offense since he rrisked his life serving under that flag and Lidia disappointed in the disregard for the very symbol of everything she worked hard to obtain and is proud to have become. In response, they have done what every biker does when they want the nation to take note of em; gather together and plan to rack up some miles. The first annual “Old Glory Ride” is a free ride that will take place August 15th and the only stops are American Legion Posts, starting and ending in Oxford. As I mentioned, there is no fee to ride. The only stipulation is that you have the flag somewhere upon your clothes or your ride. In an unprecedented move, there will be something done that many wish was still done in every classroom across America daily, the Pledge of Allegiance will be spoken immediately after the bikes are blessed. In honor of all of those who have served, are serving, or will serve in the future. Doug and Lidia invite you to show your support for our nation and ride along. More information can be found on their Facebook page “Don’t tread on me” (there are a few pages with the same name, info on the “just for fun” group).

As one would expect, when I asked Doug at what age he started riding motorcycles his response was “legally or well, let’s just say I was 14”. I have reason to believe this man came tearing out of his mama perched upon a chopper, twisting the throttle to its breaking point, but that’s just my imagination…I hope! Taking time out of the motorcycle world to raise up some young’uns, but remaining active in the motorcycle community, Doug was overjoyed to jump back on the horse in 1999 and has not looked back. In 2007, Doug’s bike was totaled while out at the Sturgis Rally. As a teen, Doug had no plans on a military career, but as an Escaping injury himself, he now had to face the daunting task adult he is grateful for everything he has learned and become of finding someone to haul his wrecked mess 900 plus miles thanks to his time in the service. Thunder Roads Magazine of back home. Along the way, his loving (and very supportive) Iowa thanks you for your ongoing dedication to this country wife said to him “Doug, you didn’t leave for Sturgis with and I thank you for all you have done and all you continue to your bike in the back of a truck and you aren’t coming home do, Doug! that way either” and adamantly she demanded an overnight stop so they could be at the Harley dealer in Waterloo when ~Pinky they opened up the next morning. Doug and Lidia left for that Sturgis trip on a 2005 Standard and returned home with Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook www.thunderroadsiowa.com 52 - TRMI JULY 2015


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“Serving Those Who Serve” Support, it’s a word we hear on a daily basis, “emotional support, financial support, immune support, child support” are all terms that come to mind. There is one form of support that unfortunately we don’t hear enough in the headlines military support. If you are an avid reader of this magazine, you already know how deeply our support for the military runs. I often find myself fantasizing about a nation that supports its military as much as the motorcyclists in this state do. TRMI strives to thank every man, woman, and child who has sacrificed on our behalf. Sadly, this is not the norm. In my journeys across this great state I have had the chance to talk with MANY military supporters, listened to their stories, and shared tears of both happiness and sadness but one fella’s story stands out in my mind and I’d like to share that story with you.

put his career on the line numerous times, erring in the favor of veterans. (If any civilian ever has a complaint about our civilian healthcare system, they should look into how bass ackwards the healthcare system is for those who have served.) Fred takes pride in his liaison position and knows that every day that he clocks in he will be helping someone who fought for his freedom. Fred chose his position in Iowa City as a tribute to his father, who passed away at the VA hospital when Fred was only 6 years old. Knowing what his family went through and what hell it seemed to be dealing with the bills, Fred wanted no other family of a soldier to feel imprisoned by a single piece of paper. Fred is humbled by the personal satisfaction he feels every time he is able to help a service member.

That help doesn’t stop after he clocks out. Every chance Fred has he is throwing his leg over his Street Glide for any number of great causes. Not only does Fred ride on numerous Veteran benefit rides throughout the state, but he has been an Fred Cunningham grew up in Clinton, integral part in coordinating and launching where he graduated from high school, and a few of the newer ones. As one of the wanted nothing more than to “leave that founding fathers of “Whitey’s Annual Ride to Live” Fred stinky town behind”. Not sure what path he wanted to journey never envisioned that a ride they threw together to help out down, he explored a few options and decided to enlist in the a friend with pancreatic cancer would still be going strong 6 Marine Corps. Days before he was set to sign his enlistment years later…still positively affecting a veteran’s family in need papers, a car pulled out in front of Fred while he was riding his every year. motorcycle, right in front of the recruiter’s office. Of course, the recruiter was one of the first on scene, coming quickly to Fate kept this man from serving his country the way he had Fred’s aid. Suffering a broken femur, Fred had to have a rod envisioned, but like many great soldiers he adapted and placed in his leg which kept him from enlisting as planned. overcame. Fred has chosen to live his life devoted to helping After a long recovery period, Fred found himself still stuck in and giving Clinton. He headed back to the Marine recruiting office to try back to the it again, but the lingering injury kept him from being accepted. brave men Not willing to take “NO” for an answer, Fred headed next to and women the ARMY recruiter. He explained his injury to the recruiter who have and after 2 attempts at passing a MEPS physical (both times sacrificed and he was rejected due to the previously broken femur), the their families. recruiter decided to try to push Fred through on waivers. This Thunder attempt again failed and Fred slowly came to terms with the Roads fact that he would never serve his country as his grandfathers, Magazine uncles, and his father had. of Iowa tips their hat to Not willing to back down from his love of our country, Fred you and the made it his personal mission to serve those who serve. Since many other making that decision, he has never wavered from his mission. Iowans Everything that Fred does is centered around his respect for who serve our military men and women. Fred spends his 9-5’s working our service at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs at the VA hospital in Iowa members! City, where he works one on one with our Veterans, ensuring that they have been billed correctly for any services they’ve ~Pinky received at the hospital. Most of the vets he works with don’t understand the coding system & are operating on a fixed income and Fred does all he can to be kind, explain the billing, and answer any questions the vets may have. He has 54 - TRMI JULY 2015

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flavorful, and cooked perfectly. The ribeye dinner came with salad, warm fresh dinner rolls, and choice of one additional side. Vernon chose to have the hash browns with cheese and onion (kind of his go to side). The hash browns were just to his liking…crispy goodness covered in cheese.

Minden Bowl Café and Lounge 209 Broadway Minden, Iowa 51553 712-483-2937

Hours: Mon-Fri 730am-9pm Sat 10 am-930pm Driving through downtown Minden, Iowa there isn’t a lot to grab your attention. Just off of Interstate 80, Minden is a quiet, little town that is devoid of any fast food or chain restaurants. Not that Minden needs either of these…who would, when you have a place like Minden Bowl Café and Lounge. The name speaks for itself, there is a bowling alley in the back, bar/lounge, and café all rolled into one. We frequent this establishment, and for good reason. The wait staff is fun and lighthearted…never taking offense to the random gibberish that we sometimes spout, and did I mention the food? The food is well worth the half hour drive from our home, any day of the week. The lounge has a fully stocked bar, so whether you are a simple beer person, or a fancy Cosmo kind of gal (or guy… whatever floats your boat), you can be assured they can keep your thirst at bay. If you have a penchant for prime rib, this is the place to find it. They serve generous cuts, cooked to perfection every time. The only down side to this incredible hunk of meat is that it is only available on Friday and Saturday. But if it happens to be a Wednesday when you cruise through Minden, don’t be alarmed… there is nothing on the menu that isn’t worth the stop.

After much deliberation I decided to go with the chicken fried steak. Now don’t get me wrong, I love me some CFS, but this one had me intrigued…hence the long and drawn out deliberation session. Probably just a case of overthinking, but in case you are interested, here’s how it went down. The menu clearly states “hand breaded pork”. I questioned this repeatedly, internally…then I questioned Vernon about it…then I pulled the waitress aside and questioned her. After successfully confusing the waitress, she went to the kitchen to confirm that the chicken fried steak served in their establishment was indeed pork, rather than the usual beef. So… .I had to try it…it was phenomenal! Never before have I considered pork to be chicken fried steak (technically it’s not chicken OR steak), but I will never question it again. Kudos to whoever came up with the idea, because it was awesome! My meal came with a salad and dinner rolls as well, I chose the mashed potatoes and gravy as my side, and in addition I was also given the vegetable of the day (in case you’re curious, it happened to be corn…and it was good as well). Situated in downtown Minden, this is the best place to be. If you are looking for fabulous food, ice cold drinks, and a bowling alley to entertain the kiddos…or to try and work off some of those calories after stuffing yourself, Minden Bowl café and Lounge has everything you need. Whether you are willing to try and down the biggest taco this side of the Mexican border, stifle that hankering for some incredible prime rib, or just need a little comfort food fix…swing by Minden and visit Chad and his family/crew. They will be happy to seat you right away, and you won’t be disappointed; be sure to “Like” them on Facebook!

This time we stopped, it happened to be a Thursday, so we had to actually peruse the menu a bit and find an alternate to that fabulous prime rib. Vernon decided to have the ribeye, which was amazing. It was tender,

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Starting off the Summer Riding Season in northern Carroll County, Carroll Cycle Center Rolled the bikes on the annual Rock N Ride that somehow managed to start and end without the rain becoming an issue. As cloudy and stormy the area was, at least the rain held off until the majority of riders had made it back to enjoy all the food, fun, and beverages. As per tradition, the rain started up with some wind gusts, darkening clouds, and some pretty fat raindrops. Within an hour, the rain had stopped, the wind had quit, and some of that darn humidity had backed off. Now was the time for the Rockin’ part of the

bike. The Piranha Club was there serving beverages up with a smile, as well as a little panache. The Piranha Club also supplied the grub, which was quite delicious I might add! The artists from Crave Tattoo were creating some pretty cool looking tattoos on the folks who were eager to show their story in skin art! I can attest to the fact that getting inked can be pretty addictive, but I can sure think of a lot worse things to be addicted to! There seemed to be a lot of renewing of friendships on what looked to be the first ride of the season for many. Well folks, if

day. The first band had just gotten a start when the rain broke out, so they hurriedly uncovered their equipment, and began to play some toe tapping music. There were certainly a number of people enjoying the tunes, as I was! I’m telling you, the natives had seemed to be getting a bit restless by the time the rain let up, but the music and sunshine seemed to bring out the smiles, and the reaching for drinks seemed to bring out the shaking bottoms, stomping feet, and waving arms. I do believe this band has a following!

you haven’t been to one of these yet, you’ll just have to mark your calendar for the next one! Oh yeah, I almost forgot my favorite part, the BBQ contest! Yep, with about 10 different entries, there were plenty of different styles of grillin’ available to try! But you have to get there early for that part, or you can be assured it will have all been eaten by the judges! Carroll Cycle Center really knows how to put on a party, but I’m guessing they were all ready for the day to be done by the time 9:00 rolled I had such a blast checking out the old school bikes that around! Although, I’m pretty sure a couple of them led were ridden in, that I could have spent half of the day the way across the street to Ossy’s or the Piranha Club for just studying all the differences between them and the some after party beverages. Okay, next year I’ll make sure newer models. There that I’m not scheduled were plenty of new, to work in the morning, and some used, bikes and we will be going that were brought out on the ride! I love into the sun to sparkle riding around in Carroll and shine so as to catch County, and it would be the eye of any potential nice to join in on that buyer! Midwest Art was part of the day. Till next there with bikes lining time, Be Safe, and Stay up for Bart Baugh to Upright. put his signature work somewhere on their Murph & Annette machine! The Christian Motorcycle Association was there to bless your 58 - TRMI JULY 2015

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A man and a woman started to have sex in the middle of a dark forest. After about 15 minutes of it, the man finally gets up and says, “Damn, I wish I had a flashlight!”. The woman says, “Me too, you’ve been eating grass for the past ten minutes!” “So, I was walking through the mall and saw that there was a “Muslim Book Store”. I was wondering what exactly was in a Muslim bookstore so I went in. I was wandering around taking a look and the clerk stopped me and asked if he could help me. I imagine agin ag ine I didn’t look like his normal clientele... So I asked ed for a copy of the U.S. Immigration Policy Book regarding Muslims. The clerk said, “F off, get out and stay out!” I said, “Yes, that’s the one. Do you have it in paperback?”

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A family is at the dinner table. The son asks the father, “Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?” The father, surprised, answers, “Well, son, a woman goes through three phases. In her 20s, a woman’s breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her 30s and 40s, they are like pears, still nice, hanging a bit. After 50, A teacher was wrapping up class, and started talking about they are like onions.” “Onions?” the son asks. “Yes. You see them tomorrow’s final exam. He said there would be no excuses for and they make you cry.” This infuriated his wife and daughter. not showing up tomorrow, barring a dire medical condition or an The daughter asks, “Mom, how many different kinds of willies immediate family member’s death. One smart ass, male student are there?” The mother smiles and says, “Well, dear, a man goes said, “What about extreme sexual exhaustion?”, and the whole through three phases also. In his 20s, his Willy is like an oak tree, classroom burst into laughter. After the laughter had subsided, the mighty and hard. In his 30s and 40s, it’s like a birch, flexible but teacher glared at the student, and said, “Not an excuse, you can use reliable. After his 50s, it’s like a Christmas tree.” “A Christmas your other hand to write.” tree?” the daughter asks. “Yes, dead from the root up and the balls are just for decoration.” Mom: If a boy touches your boobs say “don’t” and if he touches your pussy say “stop”? Girl: But mom, he touched both so I said A woman is having a hard time getting her tomatoes to ripen so “don’t stop” she goes to her neighbor with her problem. The neighbor says, “All you have to do is go out at midnight and dance around in the A duded-up city rider walks into a seedy tavern in Sturgis, SD. He garden naked for a few minutes, and the tomatoes will become so sits at the bar and notices a grizzled old biker with his arms folded, embarrassed, they will blush bright red.” The woman goes out at staring blankly at a full bowl of chili. After fifteen minutes of just midnight and dances around her garden naked for a few minutes. sitting there staring at it, the newby rider bravely asks the old biker, The next morning, the neighbor comes over to the woman’s house ‘If you ain’t gonna eat that, mind if I do?’ The old veteran of a and asks the woman if her tomatoes have turned red. The woman thousand rides slowly turns his head toward the young pup and says “No, they’re still green, but I noticed the cucumbers grew says, ‘Nah, you go ahead.’ Eagerly, the guy wearing the shiny four inches!” new leather fashions reaches over and slides the bowl into his place and starts spooning it in with delight. He gets nearly down to A gynecologist notices that a new patient is nervous. While putting the bottom of the bowl and notices a dead mouse in the chilli. The on the latex gloves, he asks her if she knows how they make latex sight was very shocking and he immediately barfed up the chili gloves. The patient says no. The doctor says, “There is plants in back into the bowl. The old biker quietly says, ‘Yep, that’s as far Mexico full of latex that people of various hand sizes dip their as I got, too.’ hands into and let them dry. She does not crack a smile, but later she laughs. The doctor says, “What’s so funny?” She says, “I’m A farmer was driving along the road with a load of fertilizer. imagining how they make condoms.” A little boy, playing in front of his house, saw him and called, “What’ve you got in your truck?” “Fertilizer,” the farmer replied. What do a pizza boy and a gynecologist have in common? They “What are you going to do with it?” asked the little boy. “Put it on both smell it but they can’t eat it. strawberries,” answered the farmer. “You ought to live here,” the little boy advised him. “We put sugar and cream on ours.” There’s an elderly couple who has reached that point in life, where sex isn’t part of the itinerary anymore. One night, the wife turns to A guy goes to the store to buy condoms. ‘Do you want a bag?’, the her husband and says, “Every time one of us wants to have a bit cashier asks ‘No’, the guy says, ‘she’s not that ugly’ of a slap and tickle, we just have to say, “Washing machine.’” A night passes, and the husband leans over and whispers, “Washing There’s this girl, she is five. She goes spying on her big sister and machine.” The wife gives him a shove and informs him that she she hears her cussing out her boyfriend and she says, “you mother has a headache. 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lowered frames. Next came the ‘Bobber’ or ‘BobJob’, stripped-down Harleys and Indians and even British imports from the 1930s, built to look like the new AMA Class C dirt-track racers. From the late 1940s, a few riders began decorating their Bob-Jobs, using chrome and wild paint, adding ape hangers, Allstate Motorcycle CHOPPER STORY presented by upswept exhausts, and small sissy bars, which by the J&P Cycles Exhibit 1950s became the established ‘show bike’ standards at combined car/ Opening June 20 at motorcycle Hot National Motorcycle Rod shows. Drag Museum, Anamosa, racing motorcycles Iowa also influenced street customs After about eight using drag bars months planning, and raked forks. By the National the late ‘50s what Motorcycle Museum we’d recognize as has installed a great Choppers emerged, new temporary and in the early exhibit entitled to mid-’60s raked CHOPPER STORY. steering heads, The twenty plus extended springer bikes on display are forks, wild pipes, the originals from sissy bars, sculpted the 60’s and 70’s, tanks, and moulded early 1980’s, when frames were ridden cut and extended by the hippest stock frames, or motorcyclists in frames from Amen America. or Arlen Ness were used. Choppers from Arlen Ness, Indian Larry, Ron Finch, Dave Bell, Barry Duncan, Museum staff Tommy Summers and other builders across America asked author/curator Paul d’Orleans to create the make up the show. The exhibit was curated by author new exhibit based on his research for his book on and journalist, Paul d’Orleans. It’s pretty amazing choppers, The Chopper; The Real Story. Paul is a what’s been located and shipped in from as far away well-known writer (‘The Ride’, ‘Café Racers’, plus as Baltimore and San Francisco, and many of the bikes TheVintagent.com) and curator (most recently at still wear their original candy and pearl paint jobs the Sturgis ‘Motorcycle as Art’ exhibits with Michael now 40 to 50 years old. Lichter), the Custom & Style editor for Cycle World, and contributes monthly to magazines in six The long history of choppers is a uniquely American languages. story, akin to Rock ‘n Roll in its cultural impact and Make plans to see this exhibit during the National global influence. The National Motorcycle Museum Motorcycle Museum’s June 20 Vintage Rally event has assembled this first-ever exhibit comprehensively in Anamosa, Iowa or any time through May 2016 documenting the evolution of the American Custom when the 12 month temporary Allstate Motorcycle Motorcycle, telling the story of the bob-jobs, show CHOPPER STORY exhibit will be dismantled. If bikes and choppers. Opening June 20, 2015, the you have any questions about the show, check Allstate Motorcycle CHOPPER STORY presented the National Motorcycle Museum website, www. by J&P Cycles exhibit includes only period-built nationalmcmuseum.org or call 319 462 3925. bikes, plus related artwork, memorabilia, film, posters and photos, plus contemporary artwork commissioned for the show in a fine art show entitled 2 WHEELS+MOTOR curated by sculptor, Ric Stewart.

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example, how can a mother, father and son setting up a public safety booth for a political gathering be guilty of organized crime when violence erupts around them? The majority of those arrested are veterans, ministers, former law enforcement and everyday working Americans that are being denied their freedom and having their reputations tarnished because they were participating in the democratic process.

WACO – Some perspective No doubt, through the standard media you’ve all heard the “official” version of what happened, or at least you’ve heard what they “think” happened. What we know now for sure is that 170 people were arrested and charged with participating in organized crime and given $1,000,000.00 bails. There is zero doubt that the majority of the 170 individuals who were arrested are not responsible for any violence. The majority of those arrested did not have a criminal record. The meeting was a Confederation of Clubs and Independents meeting intended solely to discuss legal and political issues. It was not to discuss turf or what have you. COC meeting have been occurring in Texas and many other states for decades without any incidents. I’ve even attended a COC meeting some years ago in Tulsa, OK. Video from inside the restaurant clearly shows the vast majority of bikers running away from the shooting and even helping civilians get to safety. This was a publicly promoted political event. It is not a crime to be present when a tragedy occurs. So explain to me, for

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It is imperative that average American citizens are not stereotyped as criminals simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I encourage you to do a little research and find out both sides of a story before you allow the media to decide for you. One good place to look is www. agingrebel.com. As I write this it’s been a week since the incident. At one million dollar bail I doubt that many can make bail. People are losing jobs, families and the list goes on. It’s always tragic when lives are lost, and to those close to the situation you are in my thoughts and you have my respect. To those who are using the incident as an excuse to deny 170 Americans their rights, you have my contempt. Questions or Comments: peter@riderpromotions.com

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Tuesday Desperado’s Wheatland Century Bar Alta American Legion post 232 Polk City (Last Tuesday) Hooters Council Bluffs

Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter George and Dales East Dubuque Slaby’s Plainview Amigos Fort Dodge 2nd Ave Bike Night Des Moines (2nd Wednesday) OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Thirsty on Third Davenport Greencastle Tavern Mingo

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Beer Barn & Grill Kirkman Crossroads Kelley (Every Other Thursday) Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday) Screaming Eagle Bar & Grill Waterloo Crossroads Bike Night Featuring Zylstra HD (7-2,8-13,9-10) Calvin Rockett/Zylstra HD Marshalltown (Last Thursday) Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern The Back 40 Macedonia Loess Hills HD Pacific Junction (Last Thursday) Gravy’s Bar and Grill Davenport Maingate Bar & Grill The Neighborhood Bar & Grill Des Moines Kamodo Klub Des Moines

Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday) Biscuit’s Bar and Grill Buffalo Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Friday) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday) Thunder Nites Newton-(2nd Friday)

Saturday Winterset Bike Night Winterset (3rd Saturday)

Sunday Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday) The Edge Missouri Valley 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

Friday Fro’s Wilton Knoxville Bike Night Knoxville (1st Friday) Dubuque Harley-Davidson (Last Friday) Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) TC’s Pub Marshalltown (4th Friday) Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion (Last Friday) TJ’s Pour House Exira (2nd Friday) Sandy Hook Tavern Hazel Green, WI www.thunderroadsiowa.com www. ww w thun underrroads oaads dsio iowa io owa wa.c .ccom .com m 7700 - T R I JU RM JULY LY Y 22015 00115 TRMI

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