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The heat of the summer has hit us, but that is not a bad thing at all. It sure as hell is a lot more comfortable going down the highway than sitting still! For this season I have already had my bad sunburn that was due to over excitement to ride, and forgoing the sunscreen. It was actually a bright day that was cooler last month, and the lower temperatures made it seem less important to protect against the harm of the sun. Now that the burn is hopefully done with for the year, here is my reminder to you to make sure and protect your skin, cover up or use sunscreen. If riding most of the day, I will even wear a light colored long sleeve shirt to cover my arms, and then only have to use sunscreen above my neck. This reminder is our public service announcement on behalf of one of our great friends that rides and lathers up at every stop due to a history of needing to have nasty spots removed from his face, neck, head, and arms. So far he has avoided anything other than some slight scalpel time, and has been lucky, and we hope it stays that way because we love to go riding with him. We are not going to mention any names as to not embarrass him, but when out riding and when it gets really hot, the sunscreen cooking on his skin almost smells like frying donuts. It is just one more way that we have to protect ourselves out there when riding. Another thing we cannot forget to do when riding is to stay hydrated. Although much more popular of a notion in certain circles, I am not talking about drinking beer, liquor, or wine. Drink water. Drink plenty of water. This advice comes for multiple reasons. I know there are a number of riders that will drink more than their fair share of booze when out riding, and that is bad for a number of

reasons. One reason is that only drinking booze will make you dehydrated. Couple the dehydrating effects of alcohol with a lack of drinking any water to help replace, and it makes any alcohol you drink even more potent. If you have a drink or two, have a glass or bottle of water. If you are stopping for fuel, make sure to pour some water down your gullet as well. A long day of riding dries a person out more than you think, so keep hydrated and don’t drink too much alcohol. Remind your riding partners as well when you are out. Help keep one another safe. Be safe so that you can ride another day. Sponsors of the magazine come and go, some are events, some are brick and mortar businesses, but all of them are appreciated. We would like to thank all of the sponsors past, present, and those we have not done business with yet! Without the sponsors of the magazine, we could not put this in front of you each and every month of the year. We love to share the stories, event coverage, bike night and event listings, WRTE, and all of the other great features and recurring pages. It is no small task to get this done every month, so we would also like to thank our wonderful staff for going above and beyond to make this thing go. Thanks to all of the folks who read every month as well. Grab a copy, peruse the pages, find ideas for where to go ride to, and put on some miles! Ride safe, ride often, rinse and repeat! Vernon, Melanie, and the junior TRMI clan Quote of the Month: “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” Abraham Lincoln

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Just a handful of guys sitting around admiring some old iron and having a cold beverage. Scott, Joe, Ron, Wendell, Keith, and Mike were talking about the July 20th Roar Into Harlan Bike Night. This is the annual vintage bike night and will be a great time to show off some of the old iron in this picture and many more! They are also planning on some Harley-Davidson vs. Indian rodeo games to see which vintage and late model bikes can fare better. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the rodeo games. Don’t miss Vintage Bike Night at Roar Into Harlan, Thursday July 20th in Harlan on the square. For more info call Mike 712-404-8181 or search Facebook. 4 - TRMI JULY 2017


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CMA Notes

I’m old. Thursday night was cool with a tribute to our long-time race announcer Charlie. Charlie has always had, shall we You ever get say, a unique announcing that package style with colorful language of bike that endeared him to most parts you’ve anxiously been of the crowd. A large waiting for, the number of friends gathered for a memorial tribute and one that was prayer on the drag strip in back- ordered his honor. Then bikes and then delayed cars roared up and down the again only to strip, some coming back up have it arrive while others were taking with the box off going both directions at smashed and the same time. It was chaos ripped on one for a bit and Charlie would side? The have loved it. Anyway, anticipation and excitement some of his ashes were turns to dread in scattered on the strip as well an instant. You as some being enclosed in a metal container that don’t know whether the guy ran over it repeatedly on the loading dock with a fork lift or the drone dropped it from a Possum mounted to the announcing booth so part thousand feet, but it looks bad. My amber spot light bulbs of Charlie would be there for my old Road King arrived in that condition. It’s a real mystery as to how we can get a guy on the moon and back always. A recording of him announcing past races was safely but we can’t get a box across a few miles without it played and the inevitable looking like my bike ramps after Karla backed over them, “And the Harley wins while they were attached to the trailer, in the driveway. again!” was heard. It didn’t Well, upon opening and unpacking, to my amazement, everything was pristine. Thanks be to the Styrofoam pellets matter if two Jap bikes, a lawn mower and some RVs were racing, the Harley always wins. The next morning another and plastic bags, instead of being ruined the bulbs were recording of Charlie’s was played, the infamous rooster protected. wakeup call which usually went something like, “Cock a Doodle Doo, wake up you blankety blanks, days a wasting It reminded me of us. We are all dented, and ripped by and we have things to do, Cock a Doodle Doo.” I’m sure life; we go through bad things and look damaged on the it brought a smile to those that knew him. Those who knew outside. That’s just life in this world. We try our best to him also got to see beyond the exterior and rough language do well, stay well and to help others but it sometimes to the guy inside. I thought it was funny that on mud bog seems to be a losing battle. Very few of us get old without family days he would clean up his act and turn into Uncle scars and die pretty. The good news is that no matter how Charlie. The language was gone while he was announcing rough and damaged we look on the outside we have Jesus and playing up to the kids. He was a good guy and will be as our packing material for what’s inside. He can protect what’s important and we can even ship or give Him - our sorely missed. protecting “packing material” - away to others. This goes along with the 2 Corinthians scripture that says,” Praise be So cock a doodle doo, wake up, days are a wasting, we have things to do before we check out. Get out there and use what to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father the Lord has given you. Through life’s circumstances God of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts has uniquely equipped you to help others in need. us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” So it seems to me that the rough and tumble we experience Blessings, Mark is meant to help us relate to and comfort others that are Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps for the Christian experiencing or have experienced something similar. Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and Good thing to remember when we are complaining and God’s plan for you at www.cmausa.org questioning life’s potholes. A side note about the recent spring Conesville Rally: The attendance numbers are steadily increasing as well as the number of vendors. It looked to me as if everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves. The weather, except for a few minor blips, cooperated; the drag races, both cars and bikes, were great; and the bands were exceptional. I knew when the second band of the night opened with “Mississippi Queen” that it would be a good night. Yeah, 6 - TRMI JULY 2017


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

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

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


Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2613 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951 www.erniesharley.com Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1500 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062 www.fenderscycle.com

Marshall County Hangmen DUO ACT AVAILABLE Bike Nights, Bars, Private Parties Large Events & Small Dave Gray 641-691-0822

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

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

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

Calvin Rockett Bar & Grill 2013 South Center Street Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-328-1033 Open 7 Days a Week 11 – Close

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

Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-8029

CJ’s Bar and Grill 105 E Marion St Monroe, IA 641-259-2222 & Facebook M-F 11am-Close, S-S Noon-Close Homemade Food-Live Entertainment

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

Food and Drink

Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 www.nishnavalleycycle.com Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 www.erniesharley.com Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160 www.route65hd.net

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 www.baxtercycle.com

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

Big Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 www.bigbarnhd.net

Wiebler’s Harley-Davidson 55320 Corporate Park Drive Davenport, IA 52807 563-355-6437 www.wieblers.com

C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 www.cc-cycle.com

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

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 www.carrollcycle.com Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400

Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Bootleggers of Millville Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Tops in Scenic River Rides Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Check us on Facebook Specializing in Weddings & Receptions 563-252-7775

Ambro’s Roadhouse 917 Guthrie St De Soto, Iowa 50069 515-468-2236 Great Food! A Ambro’s Roadhouse on Facebook American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshalltown, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 O Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Newtonamericanlegion111.org Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Amigosfortdodge.com Bailey’s Pub -N- Grub 918 E Euclid Ave Des Moines 515-266-6560 Mon-Sat 6am-2am Sun 8am-12am Home Cooked Food

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

Barn Town Brewing 9500 University Avenue WDM, IA – 515-978-6767 Good Beer & Biker Friendly! Barntownbrewing.com Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 5546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times!

Culvers Marshalltown Car Shows & Bike Nights Thurs Nites April-Sept 5-Dusk 16 Iowa Avenue W Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Eddies Tavern 407 D Street Sergeant Bluff, Iowa 51054 Open 11am 7 Days/Week 712-943-9924 Ferg’s Bar & Grill 806 Hwy 30 Grand Junction, Iowa 50107 515-738-5416 Where Good Friends Meet Fore Seasons Golf Bar 6232 HWY S-74 South Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-1246 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Greencastle Tavern – Mingo Outdoor Patio – Friendly Service Wed Bike Nights – Fri Steak Night Coldest Beer in Central Iowa Greencastle Tavern/Ryan Maher on FB Grinnell Eagles Club 616 4th Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us on Facebook Grinnell Pub 909 State Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-260-8003 Grinpub@aol.com

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Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook

Main Street 519 S Main Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-256-3613 Open 7 Days a Week

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

Happenings Bar 508 W Market Street Steamboat Rock, Iowa www.happeningsbar.com 641-868-2000

Mi Casa Family Restaurant 512 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2258 Enjoy Drinks at the Full Bar!

Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788

The Buck Snort 419 Sharp Street Glenwood, Iowa 51534 712-520-6454 Buck Snort Glenwood on Facebook

Haverhill Social Club 202 1st Street Haverhill, Iowa 50120 641-475-3321 Mon-Sat 10-2, Sun 12-12

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

Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Email:riversidetap@gmail.com

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

Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-EAT-BBQS Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook

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

RJ’s Bar & Grill 228 High Street – Kellogg Mon-Sat Lunch and Dinner 6 AM Breakfast Sat-Sun 641-526-9911

The Buck Snort Oakland 310 Dr Van Zee Road Oakland, Iowa 51560 712-355-5315 The Buck Snort Oakland on FB

Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill 4700 41st Street Sioux City, Iowa 51108 712-239-2772 The Ickey Nickel Bar & Grill on Facebook

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

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

The Dog House 402 Main Street Colo, Iowa 50056-7720 Open 1st and 3rd Saturdays 641-485-8425

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

Mudders in Minburn Coldest Beer in Dallas County Bar Food-Wings-Pizza-ETC 515-897-9223 Open M-Sun 11AM Facebook Mudders

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

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

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

North 40 Bar Magnolia, Iowa 402-301-8234 Look Us Up on Facebook Come Have Fun at the GYM!

Southside Lounge 408 2nd Street Dedham, Iowa Open 4-Close Weekdays Open 3-9 Sundays 712-683-5664

Jerrys 100 W Washington Exira, Iowa 50076 Jerrys Exira on Facebook “The Party Lives On”

Old Timer Tavern 401 S Center Street Marshalltown Mon-Sat 6am-2am, Sun 12pm-2am Outdoor Patio-Live Entertainment 641-753-9854 and Facebook

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

Just 1 More 515-570-4206 403 3rd Ave Under the Water Tower Jamaica, Iowa

Outsiders Pub 207 N. Main Street Roland, Iowa, 50236 515-388-4443 Outsiders Pub on Facebook

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

KC’s Tavern 120 N Main Street Bridgewater, Iowa 50837 Mon-Fri 4:30-Close, Sat-Sun 1-Close Find Us on FB 641-369-2017

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

Suds S –N- Jugs Bar & Grill 807 Iowa Avenue Onawa, Iowa 51040 712-433-4880 Nightly Food Specials

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

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

Sundown Bar and Grill 112 W State Street Williamsburg, Iowa 52361 319-668-2994 Patio Bar and Brick Oven Pizza

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill

L&S Knuckleheads Anamosa, IA 319-462-6999 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Grub Open 11-2 Seven Days a Week-New Ownership

1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PM-

Team 36 Bar & Grill 101 2nd Street NW Mitchellville 515-957-0360 Sunday Funday Summertime Stop Open 7 Days a Week, Weekend Breakfast

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

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

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

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The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 TheBuckSnortrestaurantandsportsbaronFB

The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill 113 W Walnut Street Ogden, Iowa 50212 515-275-9946 The Lucky Pig Pub & Grill on FB The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 M-F 3p-2a S-S 2p-2a Find Us On Facebook The Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger The Sawmill Bar & Grill Now with a Full Menu 401 Main St New Market, IA 51646-3079 712-585-3601 The Still Templeton, Iowa 712-669-9445 Check Us Out on Facebook Web Page Coming Soon! Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals

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T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens M-F 3, Sat 10, Sun 3 Whitetails Bar & Grill 101 N. Main St. Marble Rock IA,50653 641-397-9900 Mon.- Sat. 7am breakfast -2am Close www.whitetailsbarandgrill.com Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395 Wobbly Boots 1301 114th St Clive, IA 515-223-5700 Great BBQ! Open Daily at 11:00

Guns and Ammo JLM Shooters Supply 6931 Doublas Avenue Urbandale, Iowa 50322 jlmgunshop@gmail.com 515-331-1577 2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660 Craig.2aft@gmail.com McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 www.mccunnsguns.com 712-779-GUNS Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 pistolpetesgunsandammo@gmail.com DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston Stand Your Ground Firearms Sales and Service 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-435-9042 Wendl’s Weapons 529 N East Street Carroll, Iowa 51401 712-775-2338 www.wendlsweapons.com

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Hair & Beauty Cutters Cave Hair Salon Call for Appointment-Walk Ins Welcome 2820 N Broadway Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-322-2129

AMSOIL Iowa Synthetics Iowa’s Leading Wholesale Distributor Guaranteed Low Prices 641-751-2893 www.iowasynthetics.com

Machine Shop 6821 Fleur Drive Des Moines, Iowa 50321 515-285-4332 RIDE SAFE

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

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

Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 irwinlocker@gmail.com

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

Insurance Farm Bureau Financial Services 208 Faith Ave Underwood, IA 51576 Shane.baker@fbfs.com 712-310-7475 or 402-379-3237

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

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Hupy.com IowaBikerLawyers.com Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

Shops & Fabricators Bent Wrench Cycles 911 7th Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-2453 Bent Wrench Cycles on Facebook Bigfuuts Paint & Repair Baxter, IA 515-577-6730 Custom Paint & Fabrication After Hours Service & Parts Stereos-Electrical-Repairs

Walker, Billingsley & Bair 208 N. 2nd Ave. West Newton, Iowa 50208 Corey@WalkLaw.com 641-792-3595

Butterfield’s M.C. Parts 8025 Blondo Street Omaha, NE 68134 402-391-3768

Lodging/Food Laid Back Manor 312 Parker Street Green Mountain, Iowa (870)484-2561 “A great little place to ride to!”

Chuck’s Cycle Service and Repair S&S and Drag Specialties Dealer 714 East 7th Street Washington, Iowa52353 319-461-5278

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

Services A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901 Action Towing Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-325-8235 Discount or FREE Motorcycle Towing


Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 cycleclinicdm.com 515-288-6954 Cycles Plus Bikes, ATVs, Snowmobiles 300 Walnut Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3987 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 www.fandjracing.com

Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook SS Collision, Cycle Works & 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 712-243-3076 M-F 8-6 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call Weeks Manufacturing & Powdercoating 2235 400th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 402-651-6977 weeksmanufacturing@gmail.com

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

TIRES Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook To buy ad space for your business or service in our directory, give us call at 712-249-5630 or email vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com

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the boring stuff

un and under coverages

Well summer is finally here. As Rainman would say if it ain’t raining we ain’t riding!!!! I am still waiting on my Monsoon bead Rainman.

-Pain and suffering

This month we will talk about Uninsured and Underinsured motorist. Many people do not pay attention to these coverages and it deserves as much attention as your liability limits. Online companies will short these coverages saying they are not necessary and some will even take them off the policy to reduce the price. So, let’s dive a little deeper.

-Hit and Run Accidents

Uninsured Motorist is like it sounds. It covers you in the event another motorist hits you and they do not carry liability insurance. It will cover you up to the limits you purchased for your losses. I know in Iowa it is a law that you carry insurance. There are many who still don’t carry coverage. I am sure most of you have either been affected by this or know someone who has.

So, take the time to visit with your agent. Know how much your coverage is and everything that they are covering. It can make a big difference when the time comes you need it. Until next time ride safe and enjoy the summer!!!

-Lost Wages

These coverages are presented like your liability limits. You may have a split limit such as 100/300. This means you will have $100,000 for bodily injury/death per person and $300,000 for total bodily injury/death per accident.

Shane Baker….Rider and Agent…2012 Road Glide….shane.baker@fbfs.com

Underinsured Motorist is of course if someone hit’s you and does not have ENOUGH insurance to pay for your total losses. Remember the liability portion of these articles? This is also dependent on the limits you purchase but can be a big help when needed. Uninsured and Underinsured may provide these coverages: -Bodily Injury: may help cover costs related to your injuries that result from a crash caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver. In some states this protection may extend to a family member who is driving your car, or your passengers. -Property Damage: may help cover repairs to your vehicle after a crash caused by an uninsured or underinsured driver.

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From: Dick Bridge’s Enthusiast Collection

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99 counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 14 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 curiosity for our state of Iowa.

Tama County Tama County has a population of approximately 17,800 people. The county has a total area of 722 square miles, of which 721 square miles is land, leaving only 1 square mile of water to occupy the territory. The county seat is Toledo, and it was formed on February 17, 1843. Tama County was named for Taimah, a leader of the Meskwaki Indians. We headed up I-46 north and entered Tama County in the southwest corner. To get the day started we jumped onto E69 and then T47 north to the small burg of Montour. The ride into Montour was great, nice hills and some curves made for an enjoyable ride. Montour is home to the original Rube’s Steakhouse, and if you haven’t been yet, it is an experience any steak lover would enjoy.

first thing we noticed was a cow/calf sculpture and monument on the edge of

town dedicated to Norma Lyon, the “Butter Cow” Lady. Toledo has a nostalgic downtown area that includes a massive court house as well as the Tama County Historical Museum and genealogy library. Also downtown is Bumblebee’s Pizza…a very biker friendly establishment serving up some locally recommended pies and ice cold drinks, so if you’re in the area make sure and stop by.

Next we grabbed Highway 63 back through Tama and onto E64 to head south through Haven. Haven is known in the area for its 1870 schoolhouse that we stopped to check out on our way to our next stop. From E64 we hooked up with V18 and rode straight into Chelsea. Chelsea is a quaint little burg that has a main street full of offerings. There is a candy/ice cream shop, a coffee shop to quench your espresso needs, antique stores, and of course a local favorite, The Silver Dollar. The Silver Dollar is a bar and grill that can both wet your whistle and fill your belly, and is a destination for riders and other Tama County residents alike.

From Chelsea we hopped back on V18 north to Vining, which continued to be a good road, with impressive scenery as we traveled through to catch E44 on our way east to Elberon and eventually From Montour we got back on E49, one of Iowa’s catching Highway 21 north to Dysart. In Dysart we scenic by-ways, and headed east towards Tama. chatted with local law enforcement for a bit, and Tama is one of the larger cities in this county, and the discovered that Dysart is a laid back picturesque road to Tama is new…perfect for riding. Once we hit small town that takes pride in its history. Each year Tama we headed over to see our friends at Back Alley the town celebrates Old Iron Days, and has the Bikes and get a little local input for our tour. Not only historical center for visitors to learn about Dysart’s did Angie and Ron have a stack of information for rich history. The downtown main street is lined with us, but the Hill’s have a nice little shop should you be shops like KE Black Mercantile, but if food and drink in the area and need a little work done. Make sure is what you need, then be sure to check out LB’s Pizza you tell em TRMI sent ya! Tama has the Meskwaki or Bottoms Up. Casino for the gambler on your trip. Native American culture is prominent here, as Tama is home to the Sac From Dysart we took Highway 8 west into Traer. Traer and Fox Headquarters. If history is more your speed, is known for its salt and pepper shaker museum on Tama is home to the only remaining Lincoln Highway 2nd street, but my interest was in the Winding Stairs. Bridge which is just off of Business Route 30 on east 5th. Tama is home to the Meskwaki Pow Wow each summer, and is an amazing thing to see. While there was much to do in Tama, we still had a long day ahead of us, so we jumped on Highway 63 and zipped north to the county seat of Toledo. The

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Traer has an entire yearly festival each August based on these stairs. The winding stairs are a spiral iron staircase that was erected in 1894 for public access to the local newspaper office that was located on the second floor of the building, and it is believed to be the only one of its kind that extends over a public sidewalk. After Traer we backtracked a bit into Clutier to grab a bite to eat at Czech Point. A nice bar and restaurant located on the main street, that you can learn more about in the Will Ride to Eat section this month. After eating way too much we headed west out of Clutier on E29 to Garwin. Downtown Garwin is home to the Garwin Bull, where during our visit, all 2 wheel visitors were offered drink specials… definitely a biker friendly establishment. From Garwin we took T47 north to Gladbrook. Gladbrook is home to Tama’s freedom rock, as well as the Matchstick Marvel’s Museum on 2nd street…pretty amazing place to visit if you have an extra minute or two. From historical skylines to the Millennium Falcon, Pat Acton has created dozens of sculptures made from ordinary wooden matchsticks. Many models have historical significance, some measuring up to 12 feet long. Ripley’s Believe It or Not even purchased numerous models for their museums throughout the world. At this point in our journey, the sun was dipping a bit low in the sky, and we decided to make haste and head for home. It was a great day with beautiful scenery along the way. The Bohemian Alps in Tama County definitely provide some amazing views of our Iowa landscapes that everyone should see at least once, but for now it’s time to turn our focus to the next journey. We will make our way to one of our southernmost regions and delve into all that is Taylor County. Melanie J Schwarte Melanie@ thunderroadsiowa.com Sources available upon request

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This was the 3rd annual Republican fund raiser for Joni Ernst. In the past, Senator Tom Harkin always had his steak fry, and now Senator Ernst has her hog roast and bike ride. This was my third year in attendance, but first with the magazine. Joni arrived at Big Barn Harley Davidson in Des Moines and led a pack of 300 plus motorcycles to the event in Boone Iowa. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to speak this year. Saturday morning my alarm went off and I hit the snooze button. Mistakenly I shut it off. This of course put me behind my set schedule. I jumped on the bike for the 75 mile ride to Des Moines. I no more than got 10 miles down the road and figured out I had forgotten my camera. I turned around to retrieve it…now I was even further behind. Once on the Interstate and found there was a detour. Come on!! This day was not starting out very well. Finally I was on the road to Des Moines. My day was about to change for the better…way better. I pulled into Big Barn at 9:30. There wasn’t a very big crowd yet, perfect for me. Before I even got off my bike I was met by Meredith, the event coordinator for the dealership and was given my VIP pass and lead through the shop to a back parking lot where Joni and her entourage had parked their bikes. I parked beside Dan Moeller’s bike, the executive owner of Big Barn. I then found the media check in table and was given my press pass. Joni arrived on her bike with her family and friends. She talked and took pictures with everyone. She was very

friendly and people couldn’t help but like her. A bit later, Joni had a press question and answer session. This was a closed door meeting in the shop area of the dealership. With my press pass, I was in! Everyone started asking

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world event and Washington policy questions. I figured that I might as well ask one too, but what? How about a biker question? I spoke up and asked Joni that since Vice President Pence also rides a bike; did you invite him to ride today? She answered that he had been invited, but due to a family issue that morning he would be arriving later in Boone…we would have to wait and see just what the Secret Service would let him get away with. Before the ride left, Joni spoke to the crowd. She told everyone that 502 people had signed up for the ride at $20-perrider and 100% of that money was going to Hope for the Warriors Foundation which supports post 9/11 service members, veterans, and their families. It was finally time to mount up. A State Patrol car was first, followed by a pick-up truck with reporters in the back. Joni was the first bike with a total of 6 bikes in her group. Dan from Big Barn was next with me in premium placement right behind him. The pack of bikes was three miles long as we rode places that I have never been. We rode over the Saylorville Dam, around the lake, up and back over the “Mile Long Bridge “. After that, we wound through Polk City and Madrid enroute to Boone. It was an absolutely beautiful route. Local police cars blocked all the intersections for us along the way. We rode 49 miles total, never once getting into 5th gear. As we pulled into the Boone Expo grounds, there were great big American flags behind the stage with a 30 foot Iowa flag in the middle. A giant American flag hung on a grain bin beside the stage. We rode a path between the stage and a fence with a crowd of 1,000 people standing and cheering. I felt a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye. At that moment I felt very proud to be an American and proud to be a Biker. After a few speakers, here he came. Behind the stage a few hundred yards, sat five black SUVs of Secret Service and four bikes. They pulled around…the SUVs fell back and the bikes pulled up in front of the stage. Joni Ernst, Mike Pence, and Dan from Big Barn were among the riders. It was a very powerful, great day. But I can’t help but wonder how close I could have been to being on that bike behind Pence. See you on down the road, Ben Simpson.


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Riding season is in full swing. Hopefully ya’ll have done your checklists, brushed off the cobwebs that were building up on your skills, and are enjoying the lifestyle we all love. But, not everyone enjoys this time of year as much as we do. I’m talking about the cage drivers. This column started out with me discussing the stupidity I see every time I throw a leg over my bike. And I’ve got more examples to share. The one that gets me, is when someone in a car thinks because we are much smaller, they can try crowding up alongside of us, especially in traffic. Do they not realize we are entitled to use the entire lane? Do yourself a favor. Get away from these idiots. Almost makes me wish lane splitting, something I strongly disagree with, was legal here in Iowa.

This last one is an example of someone getting in a big hurry. This also hits pretty close to home. I’ll lay it out for you. Two guys riding down a two lane road on a warm day in June, riding in typical staggered formation, they top the crest of a hill. What greeted them was an SUV in the opposite lane, and a black truck in their lane. As they begin to get on the brakes and figure out their next move, the black truck veers off on a gravel road, throwing dust and rocks into their path. The lead bike ends up going off the highway and goes down, sliding for 100 feet. The second bike gets stopped safely, only to his friend down on the side of the road. This happened about 8 miles from where I live. My question is why were these two vehicles side by side as they approached the hill, obviously in a no passing zone? Was the black truck trying to get out of the other vehicle’s way so not to impede their progress as the truck turned? I guess waiting another 30 seconds was too much to ask for. These two riders never saw this coming, and we can’t predict what stupid people will do.

In every one of these cases, the rider of the motorcycle was 100 percent in the right. I see a lot of riders ride correctly all the time. You may do everything correctly, have the right of way and take it when it’s yours, but if you tangle with a car, you’re still dead. Yeah you had that right of way, but Another happened to me the other day. I was clearly the you’re still dead. Dead is permanent. Don’t become dead. first one to the intersection, which was a 4 way stop sign. I All of you are my brothers and sisters. I’d like to see you had intended to continue straight through after stopping. A stick around and die a grumpy old person at the age of 95 or pickup driver must’ve been in a hurry and darted out just as more. I was letting the clutch out. I bet he didn’t see me, or that would’ve been the excuse, had he hit me. Do these people Fact is, nobody but you, the rider, looks out for you. We actually think that’s a legitimate excuse? I saw a bumper are so vulnerable riding these machines we love. We know sticker once. It said, “Have You Ever Seen a Gun Fired that. What we don’t know , is what everyone else on the From a Motorcycle?” I was tempted. road is going to do . We must ride like every vehicle on the road is out to get us, or ride like we really are invisible. We We all know what the lethal left turn is. I do pretty well at hear about statistics. We like to pat ourselves on the back reading when some brain dead moron is going to pull this when we hear that motorcycle related fatalities dropped 20 maneuver. You may think they see you; they may even percent from last year. I call BS on that. I will only be happy make eye contact with you. Try this. Watch their hands on when I hear fatalities dropped 100 percent. the wheel. Watch the front tires. Watch their speed as they approach the turn. If you see their hands moving in your As we celebrate the independence day of this great nation, direction on the wheel, be prepared. This is probably the keep this in the back of your mind. We’ve heard the most deadly accident we could face. I see riders go balls to phrase make America great again. Part of making America the wall all the time. Where is this rule that says you can’t great again to me, is to have no more accidents involving slow down when meeting cars that could potentially turn in motorcycles. It would be a huge achievement if we did. But front of you? so was gaining our independence. Happy Independence day to all of you, and I’ll see ya on the road. A lot of times, I will speed up, just to pass some idiot that’s in front of me. Not because it’s a biker thing. But to get Gary “Wildman” Emery away from some idiot. Same goes with the idiot that seems to think they have to tailgate. We aren’t riding faster than District 8 Coordinator the speed limit occasionally because we are cool. It’s to ABATE of Iowa get as much distance as we can between some moron and Solo Adventures Outdoor Skills and Survival School ourselves. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Farm machinery. No this isn’t where I complain about slow moving vehicles. These guys and gals are out doing what they have chosen as a profession. Always expect some type of farm implement to be over the next hill, or around the next curve. Always look for driveways or intersections before passing that tractor you’ve been following for 5 miles. Some of the older equipment doesn’t have turn signals. What do you think your chances of survival will be if you bounce off the side of a John Deere that suddenly turned down that gravel road as you tried to pass? 26 - TRMI JULY 2017


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A Biker Bed and Breakfast

all Vietnam Veterans stay for free, all other Vets stay for the year they were born.

I am Clean Dean Shawler. I live in a bank in the middle of the small town of Green Mountain, Iowa, which is near the location of the worst train wreck in Iowa history. In 1910, 52 passengers were killed, most of them women and children. Today it is a very small town of 120 people (give or take 50 and a few dogs) with a volunteer fire department across the street. The same cornfield goes ’round three sides of my berg, which is three blocks by two blocks in its entirety. Nestled in a pastoral setting with fantastic sunsets, my little storybook town is almost smack dab in the middle of this great nation of ours, and located in such a way that its convenient for many of my traveling friends to stop by on their way to Sturgis or Daytona or all those other places we are always off to see.

Her place is a quirky combination of memorial and tribute rooms with antiques-to-die-for and odd things to wonder over. Exterior buildings gives you homemade quilts and bunk beds for weary travelers, where you can put yer bike inside with ya, and a bathhouse with a hot tub, sauna, TV and party area. The porch resembles the innards of an old ship with a multitude of books. We have registered it as an official Little Free Library for all our guests and town residents to enjoy.

One snowy night, Amy Irene WhiteBoedigheimer visited me. She and I have been friends for many years, since she was just a kid getting her start writing for me and the rest of the Easyriders family. Well, she fell in love with many things that trip. She fell in love with Green Mountain. She fell in love with my bank. She fell in love with the sad little green house down the block that had been forlorn and for sale for long as most folks around here can remember… and she even started falling in love with me.

and china.

The master bedroom is decorated in a flag waving tribute to the impressive military service of her late husband….. a massive bed and fine bedding surrounded by breathtaking antiques

The Jasmine Cain room is adorned in tribute to our dear friend Jasmine Cain, a legendary rock performer on the biker circuit, and one of Amy’s dearest friends. One bunkhouse is decorated in fantastic red and yellow furnishings while the other pays tribute to another dear friend, JJ Solari. He is a renowned biker journalist as well as another claim to fame… he was one of the original cast of

That fateful snowy night we talked about a lot of things, as old friends do. One thing we talked about was, she laughingly told me she always wanted to write a book about a lady who owns a bed and breakfast full of old bikers. She had no way of knowing I had a similar dream; for many years I have told my friends I dreamed of owning a home where veterans could come and stay for free and enjoy the world.

Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. He has graciously donated us his childhood bed which we has used in a room decorated in biker magazine memorabilia.

Before she had even seen the insides of what might be the oldest house in town, Amy knew she had found her bed and breakfast she always dreamed of… she was painting her visions of her dreams to me in her words, and I saw them as they are today. A year’s supply of hardships... the bittersweet intricacies of joy and pain and life and deaths and circumstances that make the world go around somehow turned in her direction, and amazingly, got Amy that home. I gave her the name which I had in mind all that time for that self-supporting old bikers/veterans home; She proudly named her home the Laid Back Manor and proclaimed that

If you are passin’ through or gettin’ away for the weekend, check out Laid Back Manor, it’s a great little place to ride to.

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Amy cooks food that falls somewhere between your grandma and Martha Stewart. Her warm homey kitchen is filled with laughter and her stories as she deftly throws pie crusts into the air and pours ingredients into big metal bowls. She is a stickler for details, and it shines through in the plush bathrobes and towels, fancy soaps and tiny souvenirs found in each room.

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If the Cause makes us FEEL good, bad the message doesn’t stick. it must be working right? By June of 2015, 546 deaths. July 625 and August reported Isn’t it cute! It’s National Save a 599. Chicken Month. National Save the Ta Ta’s Month, National Don’t What are we missing? Why are bikers dying after we have Beat an Idiot in the Grocery Store spent the month of May telling people to be aware of bikers. and so on and so forth. Makes a person feel good right? We Full disclosure, those are total riding deaths, some by rider acknowledge by reading about error, some by cagers, sometimes the circle of life just ends. it, drop a couple of bucks at a We could burn pages breaking down the causes of death, the fundraiser, put on a sticker, hell, type of bike, weather conditions and more. But when you maybe even attend a riding event. attend a wake, or funeral of a fallen brother or sister, well, Sure does feel good. enough said. Too bad it doesn’t mean shit. I don’t know when National Save a Chicken Month is, or even if there is such a month when we are encouraged not to beat idiots in a grocery store, some days, maybe an idiot needs a good beating, I am not one to judge. But I do know when National Motorcycle Awareness Month is, (May) and it doesn’t seem to mean a damn thing. That’s right cage riding public, National Motorcycle Awareness Month is over, and you don’t need to be aware of bikers anymore. May does make some sense I suppose. It’s the first month that most of the country can get out and ride. The winter is generally over, bikes come out, the first poker runs fill the weekends and bike nights try and guess if Mother Nature is going to permit such fun times to happen. Billboards are erected, public service commercials air and for much of the month of May, we raise awareness for bikers.

Cool. Then what? Nothing. It feels good. It feels like we did something positive but are the results really happening? No, amigo, they are not. May is designed so bikers can maybe go out for a burger and a beverage and not get slaughtered while doing it. Perhaps a guy riding to work will actually make it to work and back, safely to his family, because we are “talking the cause” and we need to be aware of bikes, they are everywhere. Damn, it feels good.

If you are wondering, nope, sport bikes are not the leading cause believe it or not. Cruiser/baggers riders are more likely to die while riding. Simple math, there are more of them riding and putting on more miles. So what happened to our campaign? Why after all the hard work and messaging during the month of May do DEATHS INCREASE? Yes more bikes are out putting on more miles in the summer month, but there has to be more to than that. Once Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals Month (April BTW) is over, you still hear about jackasses being cruel to animals of course. I guess it’s the same with bikers. We feel good about what we do and no, I am not advocating for slowing down or walking away from doing good in May, but the message needs to change. Change now while it’s summer and the open season of bikers is well under way. How? Hell, going to take smarter folks than me but I do have some ideas. Helping spread the message in months OTHER than just May. Supporting the great ABATE Share the Road program, get folks in schools education drivers EARLY to be aware. Supporting the great teams out there doing the heavy lifting with more than just lip service. Also, changing the damn laws might be a good start. Make people scared to kill a biker. Hell, half the time it seems the cager that kills a biker walks away with little more than a slap on the wrist. OH, that pisses me off to no end! Make sure you support biker rights supporting politicians on a local and state level. Votes matter. Well, to them, votes and MONEY matter, but make it an effort to know WHO your representatives are and make damn sure they know your name. Preach the cause, do what we can. May is long since gone, the saddle time is at a premium right now. After all, summer is here and the living is easy, how about we do what we can to make sure more of us keep living.

But it must not work. In 2015, according to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 12% of all Meanwhile I am going to go out and help save some motorcycle deaths took place during the month of May. chickens. At least until they are big enough for a BBQ. 12% for the year, translating into 541 deaths in the USA. This is all happening WHILE we are raising awareness, too Todd “Crash” Davis 30 - TRMI JULY 2017


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The heat of July brings us this hottie of the month, Heather. She was gracious enough to hang out at Joe Nielsen’s swap meet and let us take some photos of her with Shine’s 60 Panhead. With a wrench and a grease rag, she should be ready to help if needed with Vintage Bike Night on July 20th. That is the special night for old scooters at Roar Into Harlan Bike Night. There will be a variety of old iron for everyone to look at and some special Indian vs. Harley rodeo games! Old or new, they want to see what brand will end up on top of the charts and have bragging rights for the next year! Hope to see you there!

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What makes a biker? Is it the kind of bike you ride? How long you’ve been riding?? Gender? Well, the V-Twin Vixens certainly blow all those stereotypes out of the water. They’re a group of women whose ages range from 17 to 65+ that ride their own motorcycles. There are ladies just learning to ride and some that have been riding longer than some members have been alive!

their own. T They like to create an en environment w where all w women feel w welcome regardless of societal norms. Saturday, May 6th, they did just that. Joined by some of the Ladies of HOG, they set out with a group of 40+ women riders from all over Iowa plus a few from Wisconsin on International Female Ride Day and made their presence known. Starting in Pella, they rode through Eddyville, Moravia, Corydon, Osceola and many towns in-between, making heads turn and younger girls look and wave in awe. They were thankful that at their lunch stop, Dogg’s RV at Rathbun, that Mike Peterson and a few other members of the Christian Motorcycle Association took time from their own ride to do a blessing of their bikes.

Many people would think that getting that many women together would be full of drama but it’s really the opposite. They’re all about fun, sisterhood, helping one another and most of all, RIDING!!! The group started in 2013 and has gained in numbers, as well as popularity. Starting with less than 10 members, they now have almost 70! The member’s occupations range from waitress to doctors. They’ve raised donations for different non-profit organizations such as Operation Sparky, Women’s Crises Shelter, Camp Grandma and Ride for Jacob. They volunteer their time for many causes including the Heartland Humane Society, Patriot Guard and various nursing centers. They are frequently approached by young girls and elderly ladies who are excited to see women doing something that used to be frowned upon. Their monthly meetings are often met with shocked looks when people walk in to whatever restaurant they’re meeting at and realize that the huge group of motorcycles parked outside belong to women!

The ride was a perfect day of weather, riding, laughs and sisterhood. They have their own paparazzi member who took pictures of the women on their bikes and of the camaraderie they shared throughout the day! Although the group goes on many charity, poker runs and riding in general throughout the year, this is the only day where it’s ladies only!! A woman may need a man for many things but for this tribe of ladies, riding a motorcycle isn’t one of them! Pamela Horn pshorn69@gmail.com

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Every month we at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa like to devote a bit of time and a page or two of the publication to the men and women of the US Military, whom without we would not be living our lives as we currently know them to be. The month of July is no different in that respect, save the fact that July we as a nation celebrate our Independence Day…so thank you to all who have ever donned a uniform, but today, on this page we want to give a salute to a good friend and riding buddy of our own TRMI staff member, Ben, by giving you a peek at what makes his friend Oly operate. Tim Olson, aka “Oly” currently resides outside of Carroll, Iowa, but this has not always been the case. He served in the US Navy as an E-5 from 1980 through 1988, and those 8 years took him to the likes of Florida and Pennsylvania inside the states, as well as being present in Beirut Lebanon during the bombing of the Marine barracks and Libya. Oly’s primary MOS was in Pilot Life Support Systems/Aircraft Troubleshooter and Aircrew.

were times that Oly was without a two-wheeled comrade. In addition, Oly was raising a son who needed special care, and as any good dad would do, Oly made him and his needs the priority. But thankfully, to Oly’s delight, his son loves the bikes, and as Oly stated, “as everyone knows, once you got the wind in your face and that sense of freedom, you just can’t stop”. Today Oly refers to himself as “all Harley”. He has brought home a Heritage Softail Classic, an Electraglide Classic over the years, and still owns a 1999 Wideglide and a 2009 Roadglide that he purchased from our good friends at Ernie’s in Algona. While Oly says that he loves his Roadglide, and has always admired the styling and rigid fairing, he is always open to the right modifications, should they come along. His 09 rides smoothly and is well balanced as it sits, but he is always thinking of new accessories and he joyfully stated that his projects are never ending….Oh, aren’t they all Oly…lol.

Oly’s entire family chose to serve in the U.S. military as members of the Marine Corp, but not Oly…he stepped outside the box and signed his papers with the Navy. This decision has earned him a special nickname within his family. Affectionately referred to as “Squid”, he has taken a lot of flak over the years for seceding from the Olson family Marine tradition, that is until Oly reminded them that they also are essentially a branch of the U.S. Navy…. checkmate, Squid.

This summer he is planning to attend some local poker runs as they come up, but his big plans for this season are to ride out to Lake Tahoe, Nevada and spend some of his hard earned freedom with friends and family. Oly isn’t currently involved in any riding groups, but has been considering joining the local Patriot Guard. Known for blazing his own path, Oly is a respected member of our Iowa riding community whom we Growing up, he had various dirt bikes to tear it up on, hope to see continuing to pave his way across this and then his first street bike, which was a GT 750 Suzuki, great state of ours. If you see Oly when you are affectionately referred to as Old Water Buffalo. Throughout out, be sure to thank him for his service, as we here his life, Oly has met with the usual speed bumps and at TRMI thank you as well! Non Sibi Sed Patriae! occasional road blocks that interfere with the two wheel lifestyle. Between deployments and starting a family, there Melanie J Schwarte 40 - TRMI JULY 2017


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Have you ever opened one of those stupid greeting cards that plays a tune as soon as you open it then get that tune permanently lodged into your brain where it loops for hours? That happened to me while fondling the pages of the June issue of TRMI. It was page 29 to be exact. For you slow readers my magazine did not burst into “Born to Be Wild” but the information on page 29 impaled itself into my warped brain and looped over and over and over again.

depending upon your math skills. He has been inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame a couple of times, he has won several awards and he retired from being an EMT after 25 years. He is computer challenged, but he obviously knows a lot of shit about being a biker. And with that, he had my undivided attention and respect. About 15 minutes into the class I knew his experience with first aide outshined my ability to apply a band aide with the use of duct tape.

Needless to say, I could not get the title “The Golden Hour Accident Scene Management” out of my head. I have been fortunate to enjoy a number of years of safe riding. During those years, I have rolled up on several different scenes of the ever dreadful biker down but lucky for me other riders or emergency personnel had beaten me to the scene. I am thankful that something has kept me safe and that I have never personally had to deal with that side of the biker lifestyle. And since my heart beats biker blood, I have never passed “that scene” without ensuring that there were plenty of people on hand to render aide before getting the hell out of their way.

There was a brief discussion about having ICE in your phone. A lot of people in that room seemed to understand exactly what that meant. I was not one of them! In my world ice belongs in a cooler or a glass. I searched my phone several times and couldn’t find anything that looked like ice, felt like ice or tasted like ice. I finally asked a 7 year old what that meant and he politely downloaded an app. Now that I understand it, I highly recommend it.

I have spent a lot of time burning up the highways while obsessively keeping an eye out for idiots pulling out in front of me, being alert for road hazards, keeping my eyes peeled for critters crossing my path or cars crossing the center line or my very favorite the cell phone morons. I have never really put much thought into the taboo topic that no biker likes to think or talk about. Would I know what to do if a bike goes down? After a long fought brain battle, I decided to attend the seminar hosted by Dick “Slider” Gilmore, after all, it never hurts to learn something new and just like Thunder Roads Magazine it was Free. Now, I don’t have the authorization to disclose anything that I learned in that 3 hour seminar but I will share a few things.

I will share one more thing. According to “Slider” our mothers were right, you should always wear clean underwear because if you are ever in an accident that this the first thing the EMT’s are going check for. I really wanted to ask about the outcome if you weren’t wearing any, but I didn’t. The next time you get in a crowd of leather clad bikers and you see a patch that reads “Pee 4 Slider”. In order to fully understand what that patch means, you’re going to have attend one of “Sliders” classes, I guarantee you will learn something. As the class came to close “Slider” summed up what being a biker is all about. “I believe in Freedom and Choice. We are lucky people to be able to ride and live our lives as we choose. Take care of each other, our lifestyle is dangerous and I hope nobody needs to use what you learned here today EVER!” Special thanks to the folks of “Roar into Harlan Bike Night” for sponsoring “Slider” and impaling all this knowledge that I hope I never have to use into my head.

First off “Slider” comes packed with credentials. I didn’t catch them all but even my warped brain picked up on the fact that he has been riding since the 1960’s which is 50 to 60 years of riding experience

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Decision Timethe Insurance Coverage dilemma I’ve been singing the blues about motorcycle insurance this season. In fact, this has been a source of building aggravation now for several seasons. Let me back up and explain- when I first put my Special Construction bike on the road in 2009, my agent was able to “slip” it on to my policy for an additional $25 a month. To save you the time of whipping out a calculator, that’s $300 a year, and it was excellent coverage. Now, flash forward to 2017, and the best quote I can find is a lot closer to a grand than three hundred bucks. And to get it I went to an agent that does special lines coverage, and who works with her own group of underwriters. I have a CDL, and I’ve never hit anything but bugs. Insurance shouldn’t cost this much. Part of what pisses me off about motorcycle coverage is that I’ve yet to find a company that permits partial year coverage. For example, I have a couple of collector cars. Mostly, they collect dust but that’s a story for another day. But when the mood strikes, I am able to call my agent at will and say “I’m putting the ’63 rag top on the road, can you please add collision and liability to my policy?” and she does it. The rest of the time it’s covered under only the comprehensive rider, which means if it’s vandalized or destroyed by a structure fire it’s covered, no questions asked. But they want me to insure my motorcycle year around, even though it’s virtually impossible to ride it outdoors for half a year or more in Iowa. And now they ask me amusing questions, like “Have you ever taken a motorcycle safety course?” I told her I technically am one, which of course there is no box on the screen to check for that answer. “Have you ever taken your own course then?” To which I answered “Every time I ride”, which of course there is also no box to check for that one either. Maybe I’m actually part of the problem here but at least I’m willing to admit it. I don’t know why they are picking on special construction bikes now, but I can say it makes no sense at all. Let’s target the group of riders that are smart enough to calculate their own chassis dimensions, rake and trail, and fabricate their own parts because clearly they can’t be trusted.

Plus a registration, trail permit, new belt and a gallon of synthetic voodoo oil sold only at the dealership every season. I calculated a daily cost of ownership at over $400 for this past season, and that’s if you rode every day possible. If I’m going to spend $400 a day at something, it might as well be on the beach in Maui or in the Champagne Room at Crazy Horse II. So now I’m coming to the same fork in the road with coverage on my bike. Call me old fashioned, by when I lay out $1,000, I like to get something for it, something more than a little white card I stick next to my registration and proceed to sit on all season. I’ve actually thought about curbing the Special and just buying a no frills motorbike with that money and going out and riding it for fun for a change.

A friend of mine has a garage full of project bikes. Actually, that describes all of my friends. Anyhow, this one in particular has some interesting stuff, including a survivor XS650 and several Moto Guzzi converts that run. For those of you not familiar with a convert, they are actually one of the few motorcycles ever made with an automatic transmission. Given the fact that one of the reasons I don’t enjoy riding as much as I used to on my Special is the fact that I now have three titanium screws in my shifter foot, an automatic might make sense. I think I’m actually going to be able to put some dual sport tires on one of those bikes, get the whole thing up and running and run through several tanks of gas for that same $1,000 I spend just to kill bugs with my own Special Construction motorcycle. So if you see some random guy out there on a rattle canned Goose, I may have pulled the trigger on this decision. The the pro-street bike can turn into a temporary And that “half a year” business brings me to another topic, man-cave prop or get pulled out for the occasional calendar shoot. Have a great summer ride; hope to see you how I measure my life these days, and the enjoyment out there! provided by the recreational devices I own, or that own me as the case may be. Faithful readers of this column Mark Mullins, will recall that I occasionally refer to my passion for snowmobiling in this column. I realize that it’s a magazine President, MAG about motorcycles and so far Vernon hasn’t fired me for it, so bear with me. My point is, I usually own one, but didn’t this last winter. Usually on the winters I don’t own one, it snows like no tomorrow, and the years that I have one, we’re mowing green lawns in December. But actually the planets aligned this year, and I had no sled, and the snowpack was terrible. I counted about 20 days a person could ride up here in North Iowa unless you loaded the thing up and went to another state. The average sled you’d get caught dead on these days is $7,500-$10,000. 46 - TRMI JULY 2017


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pizza. We finally decided that we would split a couple of items, we ordered a couple of tacos as well as a 12 inch pizza topped with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and jalapenos. They do offer house specialty pizzas as well, your standard supreme and taco options, as well as a philly cheesesteak pizza that Sue said is to die for.

Czech Point Restaurant & Pub 319 Main St Clutier, Iowa

319-479-2345 While cruising through Tama County we decided to head over to the Czech Point Restaurant & Pub. A revamped, remodeled local landmark, we were told this place was worth a visit. When you turn onto Main Street in Clutier, Iowa, there isn’t much to see. Like many small towns in Iowa, Clutier has seen some hard times. But situated on the west side of Main Street is the Czech Point. Once inside, the restaurant is roomy and inviting. There is a dining side for families and larger groups, as well as a bar side for a more casual atmosphere.

We chatted with Sue and before we knew it, our tacos and pizza had arrived. The tacos were great, fresh toppings and the ground beef was just like you would make at home. No mystery meat on these bad boys. Very flavorful, and there was just enough room left to add salsa and sour cream. Couldn’t have asked for more. Then we got to the pizza… The crust was perfectly chewy, but never a doughy spot to be found. The crust was perfectly yeasty, but not overpowering. Complimented by the house made pizza sauce, it was perfect. The sauce was fresh and full of tomato flavor, not sweet at all, which I generally find to be unappealing in a tomato sauce. There was plenty of Canadian bacon, pineapple, and some seriously spicy jalapenos distributed across the pie. And of course, the whole shebang was covered in a perfectly browned blanket of mozzarella. We ate everything we could fit in our bellies, and left completely satisfied, if not maybe a little Thanksgivingesque food distressed. But it was worth every delicious bite. We need to head back their way again soon and try out a steak, or a burger, or maybe some fried chicken….decisions, decisions. Friendly, attentive staff and delicious food make Czech Point Restaurant & Pub a must visit on your next trip in or around Tama County. These guys have also donated some gift certificates to the 2017 Tall Corn Run drawing, so if you’re lucky enough to win one, make sure you run right over and check this place out, you won’t be disappointed. Until the next meal. Melanie J Schwarte Melanie@thunderroadsiowa.com

We were greeted immediately, and asked the waiter for his recommendation on drinks. We both ordered a Czech beer to savor as we perused the menu, because well, when in Rome…err Czechoslovakia…whatever. You get the point. It just so happened that we were there on a Thursday, and Taco Thursday’s are the Czech Point’s thing. In addition to that, they serve up a mean burger, steaks, fried chicken, and homemade pizza. We chatted a bit with local gal Sue while trying to make a decision, and she highly recommended the 48 - TRMI JULY 2017


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Roses are red Nuts are brown Skirts go up Pants go down Body to body Skin to skin When it’s stiff Stick it in The Longer it’s in The Stronger it gets It goes in dry and comes out wett It comes out dripping and starts tto o sa ssag g It’s not what you think...... It’s a Teabag The union boss walks into a crowded bar next to the factory and is about to order himself a drink, riinnk, when he sees a guy close by wearing arrin ari ing a “Make America Great Again” cap ap p aand ndd a TRUMP for President button, and d a bbeer in front of him. He does not have to be an Einstein, to know that this guy is a Republican. So, he shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear, “Drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for the Republican.” Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the Republican gives him a big smile, waves at him in an equally lout voice says, “Thank you!” This infuriates the union boss. Later, the union boss once again loudly orders drinks for everyone, except the Republican. As before, this does not seem to bother the Republican. He continues to smile, and again yells, “Thank you!” The union boss says to himself, “Damn Republican!” After a while, the union boss once again loudly orders drinks for everyone, except the Republican. As before, this STILL doesn’t seem to bother the Republican who continues to smile, and again yells, “Thank you!” The union boss asks the bartender, “What the hell is the matter, with that Republican? I have ordered three rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all that silly ass does is smile and thank me. Is he nuts?” “Nope,” replies the bartender. “He owns the place.” Five out of six people agree that Russian Roulette is safe. A man buys a lie detector robot that slaps people who lie. He decides to test it at dinner. He asks his son, “Son, where

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them because they were too large. I said to her, ‘Of course they are too big for you, I wear the pants in this family and I always will.’ Ever since that day, son, we have never had a single problem.” Brian took his dad’s advice and did the same thing to his wife on his wedding night. Then, Jill took off her panties and gave them to Brian. “Try these on,” she said. Brian went along with it and tried them on, but they were far too small. “What’s the point of this? I can’t get into your panties,” said Brian. “Exactly,” Jill replied, “and if you don’t change your attitude, you never will!” Q: How do you know when you’re really ugly? A: Dogs close their eyes when they’re humping your leg A man goes to see a wizard and says, “Can you lift a curse that a priest put on me years ago?” “Maybe,” says the wizard, “Can you remember the exact words of the curse?” The man replies, “I pronounce you man and wife.” A mother is in the kitchen making dinner for her family when her daughter walks in. “Mother, where do babies come from?” The mother thinks for a few seconds and says, “Well dear, Mommy and Daddy fall in love and get married. One night they go into their bedroom, they kiss and hug, and have sex.” The daughter looks puzzled so the mother continues, “That means the daddy puts his penis in the mommy’s vagina. That’s how you get a baby, honey.” The child seems to comprehend. “Oh, I see, but the other night when I came into your room you had daddy’s penis in your mouth. What do you get when you do that?” “Jewelry, my dear. Jewelry.”

A husband exclaims to his wife one day, “Your butt is getting really big. It’s bigger than the BBQ grill!” Later that night in bed, the husband makes some advances towards his wife who completely brushes him off. “What’s wrong?” he asks. She answers, “Do you really think I’m going to fire up this big-ass grill for one little weenie?” After Brian proposed to Jill, his father took him to one side. “Son, when I first got married to your mother, the first thing I did when we got home was take off my pants. I gave them to your mother and told her to try them on, which she did. They were huge on her and she said that she couldn’t wear

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Welcome to the wonderful family of ABATE! We want YOU to be a new member! For the low yearly sum of only $25 you too can become one of the elite change makers in your state. There is no secret handshake, no continuous required monthly dues, no promising your first born child or blood sacrifices. I pinky swear! Seriously, anyone can become a member. We are white collar, blue collar, and tee shirt wearers who don’t own collars. Name a job and there is more than likely at leastt one member who has that job somewhere in our state; or a neighboring state, as there are ABATE chapters all across the United States. We are made up of a marvelous hodge podge ranging from infants given membership as a way of welcoming them to the world, teenagers who love to go on rides, middle aged people who might have never ridden, and senior citizens whose riding days are behind them. We are black, white, and brown, and all shades in between. Do you not even own a helmet? Great! Do you want to wear a helmet? Great! We will fight for your right to decide what is right for you! We are a non-discriminatory organization, in fact you don’t even have to own or ride a motorcycle to be welcomed into our huge family!

very quiet. But the people watching and fun rodeo events make up for it. Learn more about us and the Rally at www. abateiowa.org.

To help keep monetarily sound, we also have a great need for Supporting Businesses. Contrary to popular belief, a supporting bbusiness is not one we pledge to support, but they pledge to support us! By suppo paying i a nominal one time a year amount of $50 you are making a contribution to ABATE and helping us to continue to fight for motorcyclists’ rights and fair legislation. We sometimes are able to hold a meeting or some function at the business but not always. But as a thank you for the support, we advertise your name in our Free Way Flyer and let members across the state know that you are biker friendly and a preferred stop. If you would like to become a new member or one of our Supporting Businesses talk to an ABATE member, or just call the state office at 641-8585001 and ask for some information. We welcome anyone; Lawyers, Dentists, Avon Consultants, Pet Groomers, Bar owners, etc. We also accept Supporting Organizations.

If you are interested in supporting us, in full disclosure you should know we aren’t all fun and games, we are a not-for-profit organization that endeavors to educate new riders to learn the safety basics of riding, and we educate the experienced rider to become even better using coaches from our Rider Education classes. Our Share The Road program volunteers educate students and the public on why motorcyclists behave the way they do in traffic, and teach the public to watch for motorcycles when they drive. We were instrumental in getting motorcycle education into driver education programs across the state. Last year live presentations were made to over 14,400 people! That means every year thousands more people are made aware of motorcycles. But for the most part what we Every district decides on their own list of events for the do is get together with like-minded friends and have an year, and we need new members to help keep things fun absolutely great time! Perhaps you are just looking for a and prevent boredom! We also throw the best kept secret social group to go on rides with, meet with to learn more fundraising party in the Midwest every year around the 4th about legislation affecting bikers, or want to help out with of July. We call it the Freedom Rally, in Algona. We have activities for the betterment around your community. Let’s over 15 bands if you like music, or we have 140 acres if do it together! Please join us! you prefer to camp where it is quieter. Just kidding! The place is full of motorcycles during the Rally, it doesn’t get Chris McCormick We have 23 districts across the state so going to a local meeting or participating in an event is usually just a short distance for most members. Come and join us for a meeting or two and then decide, we really are a fun group! Meetings are not mandatory, but include everything from Toys For Tots Runs and food drives to benefit underprivileged families, to picnics, rodeos, chili cook offs, dart and pool tournaments, and swimming pool parties with our families. We clean ditches in some districts, some go caroling at nursing homes, or just supper rides to get out of the house and enjoy some time with friends and wind in the face.

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Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter 2nd Ave Bike Night Des Moines (2nd Wednesday MaySeptember) Thirsty’s on 3rd Davenport OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge Greencastle Tavern Mingo The Pour House, Davenport Suds-N-Jugs Bar & Grill Onawa Mike’s Hilltop Tap Muscatine Amigos Fort Dodge Dinner Rides Zylstra Harley-Davidson Ames

Friday Outsiders Pub Roland Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday of the Month) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday May-Aug) Hot Rods & Harleys Knoxville (2ND Fri May, Jun, Jul) Thunder Nites Newton-2nd Friday May – September



Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (1st Thursday May-Aug) Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe Eddies Tavern Sergeant Bluff (April-November) Calvin Rockett Bar and Grill Marshalltown (Last Thursday May-Aug) Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-August) Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern Bike & Classic Car(Last Thursday of the Month, Starting in May) The Back 40 Macedonia (May-August) Barney’s Wadena (May-Labor Day) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thurs May-Sep) Mainstreet Bar , Terrill Tip Top Ames (Every Other Thursday) Ottumwa Main Street Bike Night(3rd Thurs Jun-Sep) Culver’s Marshalltown (Every Other Thursday) Trophy’s Des Moines (2nd & 4th Thursdays) Toby K’s Hideaway (Every Other Thursday) Stampedes Prairie City Wilkie’s Garage Prairie City Edwards Bikes on the Hundred Block Council Bluffs (5-18, 6-22, 7-13, 8-17) Brewhouse 25 Altoona City Tap Charles City (2nd & 4th Thursday)

Route 65 BBQ & Open House (Sat after Bike Night) Dinner Rides Hicklin Powersports Des Moines Happenings Bar Steamboat Rock (2nd Sat Jun-Sep) Avenue of the Saints St. Charles Bike night (3rd Sat)

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Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Team 36 Bar & Grill Mitchellville Exira Sunday BAND Day (2nd Sunday May-September)

This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email vernon@ thunderroadsiowa.com


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Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa July 2017  

Iowa's Biker Magazine. About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa

Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa July 2017  

Iowa's Biker Magazine. About Iowa, For Iowa, From Iowa