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Yup, June is here! June is always an awesome month for a multitude of reasons. For one it is the Anniversary month of when we took over TRMI. June 2010 was our first issue, and in the past six years, our June 2016 issue is more than double the pages. With the support of our sponsors, readers, and dedicated crew, we have been growing. The magazine always gets a few more pages in the summer months with more business sponsors, more event sponsors, and more event coverage and photos to run. You may have noticed it getting a little thicker the past couple of months, and that shows the interest and passion for motorcycling in Iowa. It is awesome that we have grown to be THE source for biker information in our great state of Iowa. We are always striving to become better and offer good content and display of our sponsor’s material. Some features have remained over the years such as the 99 County Tour and the Military Rider Page. Other features come and go such as the History of Motorcycle series. Ads, articles, photos, and informational pages all come together to make Thunder Roads Magazine what it is. Thanks to all of you for six great years, and we look forward to sharing with you for many more years to come. Another cool thing about June is that with better weather, more consistent weather, more predictable weather, people start getting out and about on two wheels even more. The awesome thing about this is being able to see what everyone has done over the winter on their rides. Just like the magazine, some things stay the same, and some things change. Some bikes are left pretty close to stock with a few extra pieces of bling for

On the Cover The Water City Concert Series, sponsored by Okoboji Harley-Davidson, will feature country music artist Jerrod Niemann on July 9th, arena rock veterans Warrant with special guest Firehouse on July 23rd, and Jackyl with special guest Head East on August 19th all at the brand-new Boji Bay Legacy Park outdoor venue. For ticket information, call 712-3382034 or go to, or stop by Okoboji Harley-Davidson or Ernies Harley-Davidson and Check-In for the Tall Corn Run while you are there! 4 - TRMI JUNE 2016

personalization, some have some major modifications for comfort/performance/ personal style, and some go all the way up to total rebuilds. Trends come and go, styles change, manufacturers evolve based on the wants and needs of customers, but the heart of bikers always remains. There is always the need to be on two or three wheels. There is always the love of the open road. There is always the desire to make our rides our own. Whether it be home garage built parts and accessories, bolt on parts, or taking your ride to a shop and having them do everything but write a check, riders want to make it their own. Many different styles and trends will come and go and although they are not necessarily my cup of tea, I can at least respect the work behind making a two wheel machine an individual piece of metal reflecting the owner’s style. Broaden your horizons. Look at bikes that are not necessarily your style, but done by owners with a little different mindset. Admire the engineering, and come to the realization that we are all riders, we all love to ride, and there are as many different types of rides and riders as there are bikes. Be a part of the riding community and enjoy the bikes and people that are a part of it. One last thing that is way cool about this month that I wanted to mention is the June explosion of events! June is when there are a ton of events going on all over the state and beyond. Bike nights, poker runs, and rallies are getting fired up all over the place. Don’t forget to check out inside the back cover for the latest Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa Bike Night and Events Listings. If you are hosting a bike night or event that is not on the list, you can remedy that by emailing it to Those are the FREE event and bike night listings, but if you are interested in sharing more than basic information about your event with readers all over the state, email myself or one of the crew from the staff page. Thanks to everyone for reading, submitting, sponsoring, and helping make Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa THE read for bikers across the state and beyond. Ride safe! Ride Often! Ride it like ya stole it! Vernon and Melanie Quote of the Month: “My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.” Jack Nicholson

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back? For whatever reason, and we have a multitude of them, we lose sight of our leader, get sidetracked and separated from the pack. We try to catch up with our limited knowledge but we don’t really know the route or exactly when we are going to get to our destination or even A big thank-you to all you what it looks like. The good thing is that the Holy Spirit brave souls who made it out can lead and ride sweep at the same time. He knows our on a cold rainy day to the Bluegrass Bike Blessing event. hang-ups, phobias and devices that would derail us. Romans 8:38,39 says that “neither death nor life, nor principalities Many people stepped up to nor powers, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor make this a success. Again any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the this year a Heritage Classic was given away but probably love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As long as we are looking to Him we have the assurance that we won’t the coolest thing was the five get left behind. In Jesus, we can enjoy the trip as well as handicap tricycles given to looking forward to the destination. the children who desperately needed them. These trikes were custom fitted to their Blessings, Mark particular size and situation and the kids were there to CMA Iowa’s State Rally will be held in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, receive them and ride them July 29th and 30th. Everyone is welcome and registration out into the crowd. I don’t is free for non-CMA members. We are privileged to have know if the smiles were Slider Gilmore speaking Saturday evening. Anyone in the bigger on the kids or the biking community the last 50 or so years has probably run onlookers. Appreciation to into the Gilmore brothers, Slider, Chopper and Tater. They the Community Fellowship Church, CMA members, BTK have done much to promote the brother / sisterhood of bikers in a myriad of ways. of Bettendorf who painted the Heritage that was given away, AMBUCS, all the clubs Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian and individuals that donated Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and to RFS and the tricycles. We were privileged to have Billy God’s plan for you at Rivers back to speak this year. He and his lovely wife Donna, along with another couple, made the long haul from Louisiana to catch several area happenings. He is the real deal who can relate to anyone in the biker community and his story of the Lord’s grace and workings in his life is powerful. If you have never seen Billy you should check out his testimony from his 700 Club television appearance or his “Hardened Biker Switches Gears” site. Hopefully they will be able to come back for next year’s event. We had the opportunity to ride with Billy and a good sized group during the week and like too often happens, the group got temporarily separated. So many times whether by group size, traffic, communication or just being ridegroup challenged we lose track of everybody. The ones in front take one road while the ones in back take another. Being so far back, the ones behind they think they need to catch up but are unaware that they are now leading. The problem being it’s hard to lead when you don’t know the destination. It worked out well in the end and God used the change of direction to stop us somewhere else and meet an individual who needed prayer and to talk. It was also a reminder to not get bent when things don’t go according to our plans and that HE can work good out of any situation. Just like that ride, how often with the Lord do we hang

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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 REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN S CHECK-IN SITE FOR THE TALL CORN RUN

Biker Accessories 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

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

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Fenders Cycle and Motorsport 1500 E Army Post Road Des Moines, Iowa 50315 515-256-9062

Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700

Fenders Honda 100 South 16th Street Ames, Iowa 50010 515-233-4727

Olsen’s Outdoor Power 2800 E 7th Street Atlantic Iowa 50022 712-243-4867

Heartland Harley-Davidson 117 S. Roosevelt Ave Burlington, Iowa 52601 319-754-1100

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

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

Route 65 Harley-Davidson 1300 S Jefferson Way Indianola, Iowa 50125 515.962.2160

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

Uptown Motors Sales, Inc 310 Cleveland St Muscatine, IA 52761 563-263-2944

McGrath Hawkeye Harley-Davidson 120 Westcor Drive Coralville, IA 52241 319- 545.7495

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

Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 C 319-362-9496

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

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

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

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351 Big Bi Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des D Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 Brenny’s Motorcycle Clinic 4426 State Street Bettendorf, IA 52722 (563)359-7222 C&C Custom Cycle 130 E Lincoln Chariton, Iowa 50049 641-774-7494 Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610 Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400 Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2613 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Catfish Charlie’s Just 1 More Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) On the Mississippi River 515-570-4206 Specializing in Weddings & Receptions 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 403 3rd Ave (563)582-8600 Under the Water Tower National Motorcycle Museum Jamaica, Iowa 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 Cindi Mae’s Knickers Saloon 319-462-3925 101 Main Street 2186 Central Avenue Earling, Iowa 51530 Dubuque, Iowa 52001 712-747-6262 563-557-0887 365 Days a Year Okoboji Classic Cars Cindi Mae’s on Facebook Knickers Saloon on Facebook Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road Desperados Knuckleheads West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 105 E 5th Street Atlantic Anamosa, IA 319-462-2724 712-332-802 712-243-7087 Like on FB Knuckleheads Pub & Grub Home of Cold Beer, Open M-F 11-2, S-S 10-2 Good Times, Pizza & Wings The Knucklehead Burger “Git IT IN YA”

Food and Drink Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook Baxa’s Sutliff Store & Tavern 55546 130th Street NE Lisbon 319-624-2204 Cold Beer, Delicious Food, Good Music & Great Times! Beach Pub Along Highway 22, Buffalo,IA Open Daily 10am-2am Join Us Weekly For HomeCooked Sunday Breakfast Bikerz 313 Main Ave. ClearLake, IA 50428 641-440-4255 Noon-2am 7 days a week Bill’s Boat Landing Clayton, Iowa 563-964-2112 Check Us Out on Facebook Where the River is Calling & You Must Go!

Pizza Ranch HARLAN 613 Court Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-2262 Check Us Out on Facebook Open 7 Days a Week Red Oak Tap 419 E. Reed Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-623-4788 Riverside Tavern 450 E Main St Lehigh, Iowa 50557 515-359-9998 Sambetti’s Bar and Grill 1430 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-245-9780 Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pearl Street Social Club 110 Pearl Street SW Shellsburg, Iowa 52332 319-436-7100 Find Us 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 Bootleggers of Millville Mapleton, IA 51034 Awesome Stop, Great Staff, Fantastic Food 712-882-1226 Tops in Scenic River Rides Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. ~ Sun 12:00 p.m. Check us on Facebook 563-252-7775 Hog Stop BBQ 2327 S. 24th Street Buck Snort Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 113 4th Street 712-EAT-BBQS Neola, Iowa 51559 Hog Stop BBQ on Facebook 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook

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Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill 228 East 4th Street Waterloo, Iowa 50703 319-235-8865 Shooters Bar 661 Main Anita, Iowa 712-249-7370 Mon-Fri 3:00-Close Sat-Sun 10:00-Close

Sparetime Bar & Grill 136 West Main Street Ute, Iowa 61060 712-885-2226 Sportsters Bar & Grill 109 S Madison Newell, Iowa 50568 712-272-4034 11 AM – 2 AM Tues-Sat

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Back Forty 317 Main St. Macedonia, Iowa 51549 712-486-2687

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

The Home Plate Diner 304 E. 30th Street Des Moines, Iowa 50317 515-262-7000 The Lounge 1005 Chatburn Ave Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-755-5050 The Lounge Harlan Iowa on Facebook The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 M-F 3p-2a S-S Noon-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 Thirsty’s on 3rd 2202 W 3rd, Davenport 563-424-1143 Follow Us on Facebook Daily Thirst Quenching Deals T.J.’s Pourhouse 100 E. Washington Street Exira, Iowa 50076 712-268-2353 Open M-SAT.@11, SUN.@ NOON Tobey Jacks Mineola Steak House Mineola, Iowa 712-526-2078 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us Out on Facebook Uncle Harley’s Bar & Grill 202 W Mayne, Blue Grass (563)381-1717 Great Pizza & Food Bikers ALWAYS Welcome

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

Services Woody’s Roadside Tavern 100 West Jefferson Albion, Iowa 50005 A+ Affordable (641) 488-2220 Woody’s Roadside Tavern on Facebook Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901 Guns and Ammo BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

2A Firearms Training Training to Protect Your 2nd Ammendment Rights 641-439-6660

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

Locked and Loaded Outfitters 612 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712-235-4867 McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 712-779-GUNS Pistol Pete’s Guns and Ammo Eldora, Iowa 641-858-6878 DISCOUNTS for ABATE Members Eric Ross & Steve Eggleston

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Hoker Trucking NOW HIRING Dixon, Iowa 563-843-2763 Irwin Locker & Catering 502 Ann Street Irwin, Iowa 51446 712-782-3215 Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook

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

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

Oakland Insurance Agency Motorcycle, Home, AUTO, Commercial, Life, Health Specializing in Teen Drivers Shane Baker 712-310-7475

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

Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678

Vista Pub 7205 Vista Drive West Des Moines, Iowa 515-528-2186 Vista Pub on Facebook Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452

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

Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231 Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-288-6954 F & J Racing 701 N 3rd Ave Marshalltown, Iowa 50158 641-752-8651 Hyperformance 5152 E University Ave Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50327 515-266-6381 Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM Nelson Machine & Forge General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab 70 Washington Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2220 Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541 SS Collision, CycleWorks & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959 Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076M-F 9-5 Most Sat 9-12 Or Call

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“That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”

state to establish the June 14 Flag Day as a legal holiday. However, the most recognized claim in history comes out of New York. On June 14th 1889, a free kindergarten for the poor in New York City, held patriotic ceremonies to observe the anniversary of the Flag Day resolution. This initiative attracted attention from the State Department of education, which decided to have the day observed in all public schools subsequently. Adults, too, participated in patriotic programs. Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior, delivered a 1914 Flag Day address in which he repeated words he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.”

Flag Day is a nationwide observance today, but Pennsylvania is the only state in our union that recognizes No one knows with absolute confidence who actually it as a legal holiday. Both President Wilson and President designed the first stars and stripes or who made it for that Coolidge issued proclamations during their time in office matter. It seems most probable that Congressman Francis asking for June 14 to be observed as the National Flag Day, Hopkinson designed it, and some historians believe that but it wasn’t until August 3rd, 1949, that Congress approved Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, actually completed the national observance, and President Harry Truman then the first flag. However, until an executive order in June of 1912, neither the order of the stars nor the proportions of the signed it into law. flag was stipulated. This being the case, flags dating before So when is Flag Day? Well, obviously it is always on June this time sometimes show unfamiliar arrangements of the th stars and odd proportions, because these attributes were left 14 , but Flag Day also falls within National Flag Week, which is a time when Americans reflect on the foundations to the discretion of the flag maker. of our nation’s freedom. The flag of the United States represents the freedom that we all enjoy as Americans. The It wasn’t until a resolution adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777 that America’s flag would adopt flag has been an enduring symbol of the principles of the United States since its establishment. A symbol of loyalty its standard formation and familiar design. A flag of this to our nation, affirmation of our beliefs in liberty and design was first carried into battle on September 11, 1777, justice, the flag represents American unity. in the Battle of the Brandywine. The flag first flew over a foreign territory in early 1778 at Nassau, Bahama Islands, People in the United States honor Flag Day by displaying where Americans captured a British fort. the American flag both at home and on public buildings. Other ways of celebrating the holiday include: flag-raising Although there are many claims to the first official ceremonies, Flag Day services, musical salutes, and observance of Flag Day, all but one took place more than parades. a century after the flag’s adoption in 1777. The first claim was from a Connecticut celebration during the first summer of 1861. In the late 1800s, schools held Flag Day programs Organizations like the National Flag Day Foundation are to contribute to the Americanization of immigrant children, actively involved in organizing activities centered on the event and helping and the observance American’s keep caught on within the flag’s traditions numerous individual alive. For more communities. Another information on how claim comes from you can honor Flag Philadelphia, where Day traditions in in 1893 Elizabeth your community Duane Gillespie, a or for what events direct descendant of are scheduled Benjamin Franklin for this year be and the president of sure to visit the the Colonial Dames foundations website of Pennsylvania at nationalflagday. tried to get the city com. to call June 14 Flag Day. Resolutions Sources available by women were upon request. not granted much Melanie J Schwarte notice at this point Melanie@ in American history thunderroadsiowa. however, and it was com not until May 7, 1937, that Pennsylvania became the first 14 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 27 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.

Continuing down 71 we came to Clarinda. Clarinda was founded in 1851, and incorporated on December 8, 1866. Many stories are told of such notables as Jesse James frequently passing through. The town is named for Clarinda Buck, who according Page County to legend carried Page County is water to the similar to many surveyors counties in the while Page great state of Iowa County was in the fact that first being Page County also surveyed. The contains numerous best known small communities national that contribute in firm in Clarinda for many decades was Berry’s Seed their own way to the Company, a mail order farm seed distribution business success of the county as a whole. While at first glance founded in 1885 at Clarinda by A. A. Berry. Berry’s these small towns may not have a bar, restaurant, Seed Company diversified into retail stores in the or other obvious “attraction” that would draw in the 1950s, but the stores were sold off over the following eager tourist, they still ooze the irresistible beauty that decade, and today mesmerizes all who have the opportunity to travel the the company, scenic highways and bi-ways of our beloved state. The known as Berry’s largest city in Page County (and also happens to be Garden Center, the county seat) is Clarinda. The county is named in operates from its honor of Captain John Page of the 4th U.S. Infantry, who one remaining retail was mortally wounded in the battle of Palo Alto during outlet in Danville, the Mexican American War. Page County has a total of Illinois. In 1943 16,000 residents on its area of 535 square miles. 534.5 during World War square miles of this is land and a mere 0.5 square II, an internment miles is water. camp designed for 3,000 prisoners So as I mentioned of war with sixty before, there are a lot barracks and a 150of small communities bed hospital was built in Clarinda. German prisoners in the southwestern were the first to arrive at Camp Clarinda, followed in county of Page. We 1945 by Italian and Japanese POWs. Camp Clarinda started our tour headed was located by what today is the town’s municipal south on Hwy 71 and airport. Now, being the county seat, there were a lot the first town we saw of things for us to check out. The courthouse is the was Hepburn. It is a center of the downtown area, but branching out from very rural community the main square you will find numerous places to drink with a population of a cold one or grab some vittles. We decided to eat only 20, so if you’re at J Bruners on the east side of the square. I have to looking for a place say, they serve up a damn fine steak, and some pretty to eat, drink, or rest at this point, I hope you have family in Hepburn. Hepburn was platted in 1873, and a post office was opened that same year. It is named for Col. Pete Hepburn of Clarinda, and at one time had a depot on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad.

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awesome side dishes. Be sure to swing by if you’re in the area. Clarinda is also home to the Glenn Miller Birthplace/Museum, the Nodaway Valley Historical Museum, and the Carnegie Art Museum if you are looking for a little culture. Whipp Sales and Service makes its home in Clarinda as well, so if ATVs are what you consider a good time, you may want to check them out.

From Coin we diverted a bit south again to swing through Northboro. With a population of 58, it was originally designed as a stop on the railroad, and never really grew much after the railroad industry dwindled in southwest Iowa. From here, we took Highway 59 and headed north to Shenandoah. Now Shenandoah is the other booming metropolis in Page County. Once referred to as the “seed and nursery center of the world,” Shenandoah is the home to Earl May Seed Company. Shenandoah, originally known as Fair Oaks, was founded in 1870, shortly after the arrival of the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad. Shenandoah is home to the likes of Congressman James Ross Lightfoot and The Everly Brothers. The town also claims ownership of the Veterans Memorial

When leaving Clarinda you have a couple of options… heading west on Highway 2 (scenic and curvy road…. great for riding) will take you through the tiny burg of Yorktown on your way to Shenandoah, or you can continue south like we did on 71 towards Shambaugh. Shambaugh was laid out in 1881 as a depot on the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad and was named for its founder, James Shambaugh. Today Shambaugh has little to offer the weary traveler except small town friendliness, and a Post Office should you need to send some snail mail…but the ride is appealing none the less. Next we came upon the town of Braddyville. The city is located on the Iowa-Missouri state line, along the Nodaway River. Like another Page County burg, Blanchard, Braddyville lies on the Iowa Missouri border. We noticed that the streets lying within the boundaries of Iowa were paved, and when you crossed over the state line to Missouri, the streets were gravel. How crazy to think that in your front yard you would be an Iowa resident, but if you barbeque in the back you are in Missouri? Braddyville has the Longhorn Restaurant and Bar on Main Street if you’re looking for a cold one or a bite to eat, but they are closed midafternoon daily to regroup for the supper crowd, so be sure to drop in before 2 or after 5pm. We ventured on to College Springs next. College Springs is only 1 square mile in size, but originally received its name because of a school called Amity College. The school building that was Amity College now houses South Page High. College Springs does have a café next to the Post Office on Main Street, but it closes early afternoon, so if you need some grub, you gotta get there early.

Museum, Historical Museum, The Depot Restaurant, and a pretty sic paint shop called Kev’s Kustom Paint. If your ride needs a little love be sure to swing by Kev’s… he can spruce up anything you bring him! There are numerous antique stores downtown, and a little place to wet your whistle called Dirt’s Place, that’s even open on Sunday. I can’t leave Shenandoah without mentioning the best thing to ever come out of this town…if you love donuts, or maybe even if you just kinda like a donut now and then…you must visit The Donut Stop on West Sheridan. I don’t care who you are, or where you’ve gotten your favorite fluffy fried confection in the past… this place will change it all. Never have you eaten anything quite as good as a donut from the Donut Stop. Before I get completely sidetracked thinking about those addicting little entities, I need to mention that we made one last stop on our way home.

Heading north we boogied as fast as we could towards Essex. The last stop on our tour of Page County, and the storms were quickly moving in. Essex has a nice golf course, and all of the quaintness small town Iowa can offer. We decided to grab a quick drink before completing our final stretch, so we swung by LJ’s Bar. Friendly locals lined the bar, and were happy to shoot From College Springs we the shit with a couple of strangers. The bar tender headed west towards Coin. even grabbed his bike from home to give Vernon The Wabash Trace—a a little look-see. Nothing like spending a weekend railroad converted to meeting locals and learning what all our home state a bicycle trail—passes of Iowa has to offer. Next time we will head north and through here. It is also take a look at what Palo Alto County has to offer. the hometown of running coach and fitness writer Joe Henderson. Coin was Melanie J Schwarte originally founded and located on the Chicago, Sources available upon request Burlington and Quincy Railroad. Today Coin has a local Ag co-op and a population of about 150 people.

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Building a Solid Foundation Back in 2011 I lost my daughter Maggie Nicole 3 hours after birth. She had what is called Trisomy 18. Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a condition which is caused by an error in cell division, known as meiotic disjunction. Trisomy 18 occurs in about 1 out of every 2500 pregnancies in the United States, about 1 in 6000 live births. My wife Shelby and I were fortunate enough to have 3 hours with our Maggie, most families don’t even get that. The next year, with help from a couple good friends and riding buddies, we decided to start the Sleeping Angels Fun Run in memory of Maggie and all the other angel babies. In April of 2012 with Your help we raised $6047.00 for the Trisomy 18 Foundation. We had 86 bikes and over 200 people come out to join us. After that we decided that we should keep it going and started planning the next event. Later in the year our co-founder, Kirk “Good Lookin” Kempter, was killed in a motorcycle accident. We were devastated but we knew we had to keep this thing going; not just in memory of Maggie but now Kirk as well.

counseling, etc. Since no one’s situation is exactly the same, myself and the other officers of the Sleeping Angels Foundation will evaluate on a case by case basis and determine what would help the family the most. Since establishing the Foundation we have helped 5 Iowa families ranging from buying a headstone to buying Christmas presents for another family whom lost a child earlier in the year. Once we got the foundation up and going full steam in 2015 we held the 4th Annual Fun Run. This

That following spring we held the 2nd Annual Fun Run and once again with your help we were able to donate $10,000 to the Mercy Infant Hospice in Des Moines. We had 210 bikes and well over 350 people come out. We knew after that night that we had something real. The next year at our 3rd Fun Run we brought in more money for the Blank Children’s Shine program.

was our first year that the weather really hit us, being in April. However, owever, as you all know, Bikers are some of the best est people on earth when it comes It was after that we decided we wanted to help local to giving. With families on our own, who are suffering the loss of an infant/ your help, we child up to 1 year of age. It was a long process but in were able to late 2014 the Sleeping Angels Foundation was born. The raise $15,000+ objective of the Foundation is to make varying monetary for the Sleeping donations to families, depending on the individual family’s Angels Foundation. n. needs. For example headstones, funeral costs, vacation We were overjoyed! ed! to get away, child care for other children affected, grief We couldn’t believe ve we hit our 10-year ar goal in the 4th year. With ith those proceeds we helped those 5 families that were mentioned above and we also helped purchase a specialized cooling blanket for the Mercy infant “NICU”. This blanket gives families a little more time with a baby that has passed on, as well as helping in some situations to save a baby’s life. 2015 also brought the 1st SAF Golf tournament, which was another success. We had 18 teams sign up and played the first few holes in some pretty nasty weather. Once the sky’s cleared it turned out to be pretty nice. Later that year we held our 2nd SAF Coat Drive to help local families & children who need decent coats for the winter time. We 32 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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truly appreciate your support. I hope to see lots of you at our upcoming events this year and at future fun runs. If you would like more information about us, please visit our website at www. or our Facebook page. Thanks again and have a great and safe summer of riding! Joey Droste were able to donate over 125 coats that year to the Salvation Director Army in Boone. Sleeping Angels Foundation I’m sure all of you Thunder Roads readers noticed the April issue had a few of us on the cover to help promote the ride. On April 30th, we held the 5th Annual SAFR and once again with your help we were able to raise $18,000 for the Sleeping Angels Foundation. With the nasty weather this year, we began the day with 25 brave bikers and out of them only 4 completed the route on 2 wheels. This year we also had over 80 cars following us and a party bus jammed full of people! Well over 500 people came out to enjoy the 5th years’ festivities. This included a raffle for a 1971 Harley Davidson Iron Head and some very unique auction items. All of us at the Sleeping Angels Foundation cannot thank you enough for all the support you have shown us the last 5 years. Even if you cannot make our ride, a lot of you still buy our shirts, other trinkets and make donations. We cannot do an event of this caliber without your support. I get thanked a lot for doing this or doing that but without all of you we wouldn’t be where we’re at today. All of us at the Sleeping Angels Foundation

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1. The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint: He won his freedom after a retrial.

1. A place to gather with friends, brothers, and sisters northeast of Algona from June 30 through July 2nd, Independence Day weekend every year.

2. Exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc. 3. The power to determine action without restraint. 4. Political or national independence. 5. Personal liberty, as opposed to bondage or slavery: a slave who bought his freedom. 6. Exemption from the presence of anything specified (usually followed by from): freedom from fear.

2. A place to exercise the Freedom that only bikers can enjoy. 3. A place to wear as little or as much clothing as you want.

7. The absence of or release from ties, obligations, etc.

RALLY Noun, plural rallies. 1. A recovery from dispersion or disorder, as of troops. 2. A renewal or recovery of strength, activity, etc. 3. A partial recovery of strength during illness. 4. A drawing or coming together of persons, as for common action, as in a mass meeting: A political rally that brought together hundreds of the faithful. 5. A get-together of hobbyists or other like-minded enthusiasts, primarily to meet and socialize.

4. A place to wear crazy outrageous outfits while walking, riding a motorcycle, slip and sliding, listening to music, participating in a motorcycle rodeo, watching contests, listening to music and a plethora of other activities. 5. A place to compete in motorcycle contests of skill, luck, and horsepower. 6. A place to eat state fair style food dressed in nonstate fair approved attire. 7. A place to learn the definition of a cool down contest.

6. Finance. a sharp rise in price or active trading after a declining market.

8. A place to camp with a wide variety of 7. An exchange of strokes between players before a accommodations point is scored. The hitting of the ball back and forth ranging from prior to the start of a match. the tables in the concession area to a toy hauler that costs more than many houses in rural Iowa. 9. A place to listen to a variety of recorded and live music from various artists. 36 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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10. A place to be able to see a vast variety of types of motorcycles and customization of said motorcycles. 11. A place where you can ignore societal rules while on the rally grounds. 12. A place that necessitates bug spray and sunscreen, but not undergarments. 13. A place where you can drink absolutely no alcohol, or conversely drink as much as one can physically force down their gullet for multiple days straight. 14. A place where riders can hook on to a giant sled and test the power of their machine. 15. A place where you can both drink from and/or push a keg of beer with a motorcycle. 16. A place to watch a parade involving motorcycles, interesting attire or no attire. 17. A place with 140 acres of getting lost and getting found all at the same time. 18. THE place to be on the 4th of July weekend. 19. A place to be yourself and do pretty much whatever the hell you want! 20. A place to celebrate the Freedom that we enjoy because of the soldiers that have sacrificed and died to protect it. 21. A place to hang out with some of the TRMI crew enjoying all the aforementioned activities......and SOOOO much more!

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Ali is rocking the calendar for May getting ready for the Water City Concert Series this summer. She is posing with a Street Glide and a guitar, making both of them look better! We got some shots of her at Okoboji Harley-Davidson to help promote the musical entertainment lined up for this year. See you at the lakes for the great shows!

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I think it is safe to say that riding season is in high gear now that June has roared into Iowa. As more and more bikes come out of storage I am hopeful that the four wheel traffic starts recognizing two wheelers and all riders arrive at their destinations safely. Last month was officially Motorcycle Awareness Month; don’t get excited there weren’t any parades, TV commercials or politicians trying to notify the general public about the event. In fact, non riders probably didn’t even realize that this month long event existed! After dedicating my entire column to female riders last month, I feel bad that I forgot to mention Motorcycle Awareness month. After seizing the opportunity to burn up several tanks of fuel this season, I have come to realize that there should also be a Rider Awareness month. I believe most Iowa riders are well aware of and prepared for the “common dangers” of riding that we all astutely watch for, such as the texting driver, farmers on the roads, deer, pot holes and my favorite the sudden U turn. I am dedicating this month to Rider Awareness. So keep your eyes peeled and beware of the dangers of riding that your buddies seldom brag about.

take an eye out. Another cool aspect of riding in Iowa is racing down the road just in time to witness a flock of migrating feathered flyers leave their dining sites headed north in search of their next pit stop. Truly a magnificent site to watch the entire flock take flight then quickly and rhythmically fall into their pattern of formation. In my sick mind, a corn field in the spring is a natural laxative for birds in flight. For the slow readers, the beauty of these birds in flight is going to turn into a shitty deal quickly. Rider awareness lesson number two, you are only postponing the inevitable for a fraction of a second by ducking your head. And that gives the phrase “we aim to please” a whole new meaning!

Lastly when you headed out for a ride don’t be afraid to pack along some gear. Riding in Iowa I suggest you pack all your gear for every ride. After all, leaving home in perfect riding weather doesn’t mean it is going to last long, the temperatures and clouds change pretty quickly in Iowa. I also recommend strapping on the helmet. I thank all the good people of Iowa that have fought long and hard to keep the helmet issue a decision that each rider gets to make. I also know that I am not alone when I say; I own one simply for the purpose of experiencing There is something really cool about cruising along the the agony of having to strap it on when I choose to leave highway, lost in your own thoughts and riding off the this great state. Even if you have no intention of ever frustrations of life when you roll across the first hint of wearing it, I still recommend you take it along. Rider fresh cut grass in the air. I like to believe it is a subtle awareness lesson number three that helmet might save reassurance that spring is here and riding season is in your life in a hailstorm, if you choose to put it on! If you full swing. My warped brain thinks that I can predict can’t strap it on during a hailstorm a little more brain if the operator of that riding lawn mower is a biker damage isn’t going to hurt you! Although an orange friendly by the way they behave when bikers roll past traffic cone would do about the same thing if you can them. A biker friendly mower will stop what they are figure out how to keep it on your head without a chin doing in order to offer up a friendly wave. A mower who strap. is not biker friendly will never notice a biker coming and continue on their mission to mow over everything Wherever the road takes you, be aware of your in their path with a vengeance. If that mower is spewing surroundings and Ride Safe. grass towards the road as you pass be prepared. Rider awareness lesson number one, a little grass isn’t going Shifty LaRue to hurt anyone but lawn mower propelled beer cans will

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I was sitting at a bar in Davenport, Iowa having a few beers before I had to return to class when I overheard a woman talking about motorcycles and Thunder Roads Magazine Iowa. Now, obviously, she had my attention. As I eavesdropped on the conversation from across the bar, I heard her say she worked for TRMI. She mentioned TRMI might be looking to build their TRMI team in the Quad City area in the future. I enjoy writing, riding and attending motorcycle events, so her conversation sparked my interest. As she was leaving, I stopped her and mentioned that I would be interested in joining the TRMI team. We started talking and this woman turned out to be Eryka a.k.a . Pinky. Pinky provided me with a little more information regarding the potential position, probably half-assed taking me seriously, and had me write my contact information on a napkin. I definitely thought I would never hear back from her. Well, more than one year later, I received an email from Pinky saying she discovered the napkin in her truck and that TRMI was looking to bring a new team member on board. The pieces fell together and now I’m here!

I love liberty and freedom. I enjoy the freedom America is able to provide due to the sacrifices of generations of American soldiers. Freedom is something I am willing to fight and die for if necessary. I claim the title of “three percenter”. Only three percent of the colonial population picked up arms to physically fight against the British during the Revolutionary War in order to defend against a tyrannical government. Let’s maintain the freedom we still have. Catch my drift?

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When I’m not working or lifting, I prefer to be knees in the breeze, hopefully rubber-side down, cruising down some backcountry roads. Riding a motorcycle is one of the freedoms of the road we still have. No seatbelts, no cages, no helmets. The connection between you, the bike and the road is a little piece of freedom which many people overlook and non-riders will never understand. Steel, a motor, and two wheels can make for a whole lot of fun. The people I’ve met and hang out with in the biker community are some of the most genuine people I’ve ever met. Sometimes they’re complete dickheads, but at least they are genuine and I appreciate that. I enjoy riding out with my wife and a small group of friends, rolling So who am I? I am an iron mover, three percenter, knees off the map to no particular destination and discovering in the breeze, and all things freedom. hidden bars, restaurants and other unexpected destinations. Lord knows I am no mechanic, but damn do I’ve been an athlete my entire life. I started wrestling and I love riding and everything that comes with it! playing baseball at a very young age. I played baseball in college and I’m a professional MMA fighter. A couple I’m excited to be part of the Thunder Roads Iowa family. nagging injuries have made competing in MMA at a If you see me out and about, say hello and let’s have a high level difficult, so I’ve recently taken up moving drink. Stay safe and let the good times roll. iron in the weight room. My wife, Hailey, is a nationally qualified figure competitor working towards winning Ryan professional status. If we’re not working, sleeping, or riding, we’re probably at the gym.

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his pocket were remote at best. Which brings me to my next point-

“Time for a re-cap” As this riding season comes into full swing, I think the timing is good for us to review some of the prior topics we’ve covered in this column for motorcycle safety issues. It’s a great time to refresh ourselves with some of these tips and ideas. It’s been a crappy riding season so far, but temperatures will eventually rise and the rain will stop sooner or later, and by then it’s going to be like a stampede out there. So let’s get going, so you can get riding: Ride to the right- The old school motorcycle theory was that you wanted to stay near the left wheel track for most of your riding. You’re more visible to oncoming traffic there, and if anyone pulled in front of you, you had more options to evade them. While I can say this is still probably a good place to ride in a city setting, it’s just not the place to be any more on the highway. Texting and driving has been a total game changer for motorcyclists. At least once a week I meet a car that is well over the center line and is being driven by a distracted driver. It’s scary enough when it happens to me in a truck or car, and way worse when I’m riding. If you hold to the extreme right in rural settings, you’ve got a lot more margin for error when you meet these people.

Get a motorcycle license endorsement. Period. To operate a motorcycle legally in this state, you have to have a motorcycle endorsement on your license. If you get into an accident and don’t have a valid motorcycle license, the other guy, even if at fault, immediately has a leg up on you that shouldn’t be there. If you hit a deer and don’t have one, you’re also at a disadvantage. Maybe your health insurance company will drag its heels on your medical bills, and likewise your life insurance policies should your actions cause the death of a passenger. I’ve seen it happen. It’s not worth taking any chances. I remember ten years ago when all of the bike building shows were on TV. Some guy that was a master builder of bikes got pulled over on TV. He got cited for not having a motorcycle license. “Master” indeed.

Inspect your bike before every ride- maybe it’s because I built my own bike. Maybe it’s because I’ve seen riders go down because of faulty equipment. But I do a walk around every time. Check your tire pressures. Your tire pressures have probably the most important impact on how your bike handles than anything else you can control. If you have saddle bags or a rear trunk, make sure your load is balanced, Don’t load your own bike with electronic distractions- I’ve and is reasonable for the distance you want to cover and your seen bikes that have AM/FM radios, backed up by CD players, and then GPS units, with a cell phone mount to boot. equipment. Make sure your brake fluid is full. Make sure If I wanted to ride a Best Buy store, I guess that’s how I’d set your foot pegs are tight. Make sure your grips are still stuck to the bar. Here’s a huge one- make sure your turn signals my bike up too. I thought the whole point of riding was to get away from all that stuff. I’ve had guys say they need that cancel. I changed mine so that they only work if I hold the gear for “safety”- they say they need to know about weather, button in. It’s a little awkward, but it’s the only way I’ll have them on a bike. I’ve heard stories of people that had signals road closures and so on. I say it’s just one more thing that get stuck on. People turned in front of them, and they got takes your attention away from the task at hand, riding and crashed because people assumed they were turning. Make paying attention to surrounding traffic. We rode bikes with sure they cancel, or get rid of the auto-cancel system and go nothing but a tach and speedometer for decades without back to manual signals. It only takes a few moments to take a needing a live weather report from the handlebars. Happily, good look at your bike, and it’s worth every minute. I’ve noticed the hottest sales trend in the new bike line-ups Ride like every car is going to hit you until you know are the “back to basics” bikes with simple designs and no otherwise- not much else to say here. I make eye contact electronics. Maybe this is a positive sign that others are realizing this in time to avoid bikes with rear-facing cameras with stopped cars. Been known to toot the horn, or even shout at them. I don’t care if they scowl at me for doing so. I and satellite TV. might be a jerk, but I’m the jerk that didn’t get crashed by an inattentive driver. Be familiar with your bike- Just this week I saw a guy standing on the right side of his brand new bike he’d just purchased at the big box store. He was doing some odd dance Sometimes it’s not riding time- no matter how bad you want to go. I’ve gone out on days I should have stayed home. back and forth with it. I wrongly assumed he was trying to slosh some fuel over into the other side of the tank. In reality, My particular bike does not like crosswinds. It might have something to do with the fact that it’s almost nine feet long he had just purchased this bike and I think he was probing and has a skinny front tire. One day a whole group of us were around with his foot looking for the kickstand, which is not now, and never has been on the right side of a motorcycle as out on a day we should have stayed home. There was a fierce crosswind, and as we crested a long grade, several planets far as I know. I got the back story, because he got saved by the local hairdresser, who actually knows how to ride. Renee lined up that almost ended me. At the top of the hill, the wind was at its greatest strength, and we caught a gust. Right then, stopped and saved him from himself. I’m proud for her, but our group got passed by a guy with a huge slide-in camper sad that a shop can put a guy on the road without the bare minimum knowledge of his purchase. It also occurred to me rig. With the huge wind that day, that camper caused a low pressure vacuum, and I almost ended up underneath it at that the odds that the guy had a valid motorcycle license in 54 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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highway speeds. I can tell you that camper had roughly 210 pop rivets down the mid-body seam, because they all went by my nose less than six inches away. I’ve ridden for 40 years, I knew my bike’s limitations, and I went out anyhow. I won’t make that mistake again, because I lived to regret this one and learn from it. Ride with respect- I’ve been harping on this one lately. We motorcyclists have an odd habit of displaying the worst road manners where the most people can see them. We blast past Bike Night to impress the people at Bike Night that already have their own bike and don’t need any impressing . We rip through neighborhoods in case our buddy might be out mowing the lawn or doing honey-do’s instead of riding. We rack the pipes at intersections for no good reasons. (Yes, I ride a Harley, and I know a certain amount of throttle diddling is necessary at a red light so that the bike is still running when the light turns green). But this is where we’re losing the battle of public opinion too. It’s what is starting to cause noise ordinances to pop up in this state. It’s why my bike costs a lot more to insure each year than the year before. It’s why some companies don’t even cover bikes any more. Like I’ve said before, if you want to let the dogs out when you’re in the middle of nowhere, be my guest. In fact, it was probably me that just passed you. But if it’s not too much to ask, ride with respect in front of others. Have a great summer, and I’ll see you out there somewhere. Hopefully Renee won’t have to show you how to park your bike. Mark Mullins, President, MAG.

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This month’s Military Rider is one of our very own, TRMI Staffer Steve Cox. He resides in Ankeny. Steve served our fine country in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 until 1974 and attained the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He started as enlisted and worked his way up through the ranks and became a commissioned officer, also referred to as a Mustang. Steve served on both the East and West coasts, as well as serving in Vietnam. His MOS was in Motor Transport. When asked if Military service has been a big part of his family, he states that his father served in World War II with the Flying Tigers. As far as his motorcycle history, Steve started out on a Triumph Tiger Cub that was jointly owned by him and some neighborhood friends. He comments that they abused that bike terribly. He eventually gravitated to dirt bikes and owned several Yamahas of various sizes. His first street bike was a 1969 Norton Fastback Commando. Steve completely rebuilt that bike in his basement one winter. The first Harley he owned was a 2000 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy and has since owned two Harley-Davidson baggers. Currently he rides a 2005 Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide that he bought used. He picked this one because it was the same model as one he put down and many of the parts and accessories he saved fit right on the replacement. He has no plans for his current bike as he likes it just the way it is. He has been without bikes a couple of times in his life. One time he was without a motorcycle is because of serving overseas

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and another time due to family obligations. After a divorce, he was able to get back into motorcycling and has owned one since. This summer Steve says that he and his lady are heading east for a two week trip to attend Rolling Thunder. He will be on his trip at the time this issue comes out! They will also be visiting Steve’s son on the trip as he is stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina. His son is currently serving in the Marine Corps. Steve also has tons of friends that ride on a regular basis. Steve has made many connections in the riding community as he also serves as the State Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa. He is also a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. Above and beyond the Military service and motorcycle history, Steve has traveled to many foreign countries, as well as having visited all 50 states in the great ol’ USA. He played rugby for eight years, and also competed in bass fishing tournaments for fifteen years. He is an avid scuba diver and builds street rods in his limited spare time. He is currently working on a 1956 Nomad, which hopefully he will have on the streets in a year! Thank you for your service from all of us at Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, and for being a part of the TRMI Family. Without your dedication, service, and commitment, we could not do what we are doing now. Thank you!

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line at their website The evening that Lynnette and I visited we came in directly behind two van loads of high school golf players... GREAT!!!! The staff handled them very quickly and professionally and we were able to get our order placed in a timely fashion regardless of the rush. (Many “fast food” chains could learn from them!!!) PJ’s has their own list of specialty burgers: B.O.M.B. (Bourbon sautéed Onions, grilled Mushrooms and Bacon), Blue Panther (local school team are the Panorama Panthers, Burger has Blue Cheese and Bacon), Buffalo Burger (Buffalo hot sauce, 600 E Main Blue Cheese, Pepper Jack and Bacon), The Heat Is On Panora, IA 50216 (Guacamole, Fried Jalapenos, Pepper Jack Cheese, and Bacon), PJ’s BBQ (smothered with House BBQ sauce, 641-755-4264 topped with Fried Onions and Smoked Gouda Cheese), Summer Hours: Everyday 11am – 9pm, Chili Cheeseburger (Ok... use your imagination!!! LOL). Winter Hours: Mon – Sat 11am – 8pm, I chose the PJ’s BBQ and Lynnette had the Fish Sandwich Sunday 11am – 4pm (it was the special of the evening). Both dishes came with fries but we substituted a large order of Onion Sunday, Monday, Happy Days... Tuesday, Wednesday, Happy Days... Thursday, Friday, Happy Days... The week- Rings to split between us. Let me start out with the Onion Rings, these are the rings that I, personally, judge all othend comes... My cycle hums... Ready to race to you... (badom dom dom)... If you remember that song then you ers by. These are my favorite - homemade, sweet onions, battered and fried to perfection! Almost a meal in and of are showing your age (like me) or you watch too many themselves. The burger I chose is also one of my go-tos reruns on ME-TV. (oh... now you have that tune stuck in at PJ’s. One of the reasons is they see fit to top it with your head... you’re welcome!!!!) Those memories take more of those delius back to a simpler time when all we had to worry cious onion rings!!!! about was getting to the drive-in after school to It was done to hang out with our friends. Some say those days are perfection as usual. long gone, and in some ways they may be right (that Although it comes “adult” thing really sucks sometimes!!!!). However with everything if you look close enough and in the right places, it needed to make it still exists. With or without all the neon signs and car awesome already hops on roller skates the on it, I opted to small town drive-in is add the tomato still alive and well! One slices and onion such place we will introslices that come on duce you to in this issue the side,, to the top of it. I don’t normally do that but I is PJ’s Drive In in Panora. must say, the addition of the cold toppings stacked on Right on the south side the hot certainly add another dimension to enjoy!!!! of Highway 44 and situLynnette said her Fish sandwich was very good, nice ated beside the Raccoon and crispy on the outside and warm and flaky on the Valley Bike Trail it offers inside. The tartar sauce used was the perfect topping!! a trip back to a simpler What kind of review would this be if I didn’t sample an time. The parking lot may have a few potholes to avoid but it is solid and spa- ice cream treat? The Turtle Sundae fit the bill perfectly!!! How can you possibly go wrong cious. When you walk inside the first thing that greets you are the menus, actually chalkboards with the menus with chocolate syrup, caramel written on them. This allows for instant updates of either syrup and pecans!?!?!? the addition of the latest home-cooked offerings or the removal things now sold out. The crew is always friendly PJ’s Drive In, stop in and enjoy a meal or maybe just an ice cream and ready to serve. There is plenty of seating between cone. Either way, I dare you to booths along the wall or tables on the open floor and if the weather is cooperating the picnic tables outside. You resist the urge the lean back on place your order and pickup to-go orders at the counter, your bike... throw your arms to the side in a double thumbs up... however, eating-in orders are delivered to your table. and say “AYE!” Check out their Their menu consists of mainly the usual drive-in fare website:, and LIKE them on Facebut there are some surprises thrown in. Burgers, which book: search for PJ’s Drive-In (they list any specials they are 1/3 lb fresh ground beef. Sandwiches, such as BLT, are having and new menu items there) Philly, etc. Salads, such as Crispy Asian Shrimp and the Southwest Salad (leaning to old Mexico). Of course the Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! sides like fries, onion rings and so forth. The surprises Craig Little I speak of? How about Corndogs or Bacon Ranch, BBQ, and Southwest Chicken Wraps! Of course what kind of a drive-in would it be if they didn’t have Ice Cream and all the associated ice creamy stuff like Malts, Cones, Banana PS If you have someplace you think we should check out Splits and Root Beer Floats? You can view their menu on- in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.

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With June 14th being Flag Day, we thought we would share some of the guidelines for displaying Flags on vehicles. These display guidelines are for civilian vehicles and does not include guidelines for Military vehicles. The information was gleaned from and includes a lot of other valuable information as well. Check it out and display Old Glory correctly and with pride! No other flag should be flown higher than the Flag of the United States of America. No other flag should be noticeably larger than the Flag of the United States of America. The U.S. Flag is mounted on its own right as the vehicle is moving forward, except when mounted as follows … A single U.S. Flag mounted on the roof of an automobile or a truck, or on the rear fender or “bumper” of a motorcycle, can be mounted in the center of the vehicle or it can be mounted on the right side (passenger side) of the vehicle.

If U.S. Flags are flown from poles extending out of the “post holes” in the rear of, and on both sides of, the bed of a pickup truck, both U.S. Flags should be the same size and height. The following pictures illustrate a variety of situations. One window-mounted U.S. Flag positioned on its own right (the passenger side of the vehicle) as the vehicle moves forward. One fender-mounted U.S. Flag positioned on its own right (the passenger side of the vehicle) as the vehicle moves forward.

The U.S. Flag can be displayed in the center of a One roof-mounted U.S. row of an odd number of flags (i.e. three flags, five Flag positioned in the flags, seven flags, etc. mounted across the roof of an center of the vehicle. automobile or truck or in a fender-mount or bumpermount on the rear of a motorcycle. In this case, the U.S. Flag should be higher than all other flags. “Higher” means that the uppermost red stripe of the flag should be above the top of all other flags. This can generally be accomplished by using a U.S. Flag one size larger than all of the other flags or by extending One U.S. Flag positioned in the the length of the pole holding a U.S. Flag that is the center of the rear of the motorcycle; same size as all of the other flags. flag is positioned straight-up. The U.S. Flag displayed in the center of a row of multiple U.S. Flags mounted in a line across the roof of an automobile or truck, or in a fender-mount or bumper-mount on the rear of a motorcycle, can be higher than all of the other U.S. Flags (in the case of an odd number of multiple U.S. Flags, i.e. three flags, five flags, seven flags, etc.) … OR … all of the U.S. Flags can be the same height and size.

One U.S. Flag positioned in the center of the rear of the motorcycle; flag is angled to the rear.

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Two roof-mounted U.S. Flags of the same size and height positioned on both sides of the vehicle. Two U.S. Flags of the same height and size positioned in the center of the rear of the motorcycle; flags are leaning outwards at the same angle.

U.S. Flag positioned in the center of the rear of g the motorcycle; U.S. Flag is larger and higher than the other flags. U.S. Flag positioned in the center of a row of flags on the rear of the motorcycle; U.S. Flag is mounted higher than the other flags.

If multiple flags are displayed U.S. Flag positioned on its on the roof of an automobile own right as the vehicle moves or a truck, the U.S. Flag can be forward; size of the U.S. Flag is positioned by itself and centered equal to, or greater than, the other ahead (towards the front bumper) of a “second row” flag. that includes all of the remaining flags. The U.S. Flag should be the same size or larger than all of the other d U.S. Flag positioned flags. on its own right as the vehicle moves … OR … the U.S. Flag can be positioned in the center forward; size of the of the row using a U.S. Flag that is larger than all U.S. Flag is equal of the other flags (or raising the U.S. Flag higher by to, or greater than, extending the pole); the other flag. … OR … the U.S. Flag can be positioned on its own right as the vehicle is moving forward using a U.S. U.S. Flag positioned on its own right Flag that is the same size or larger than all of the other as the motorcycle moves forward; size flags. of the U.S. Flag is equal to, or greater than, the other flag. Flags flown on the same pole as the U.S. Flag (i.e. the POW/MIA flag) should always be positioned beneath the U.S. Flag and, preferably, should be one size U.S. Flag positioned on its own right smaller. as the motorcycle moves forward; size of the U.S. Flag is equal to, or Flags flown on civilian motor vehicles should NOT be greater than, the other flag; both half-staffed. The flag can be furled and secured with flags are positioned straight-up. a black mourning ribbon streamer … OR … a black mourning ribbon streamer can be attached to the top of the pole as illustrated below. This is usually done for the day of U.S. Flag positioned on its own the funeral only. right as the motorcycle moves forward; size of the U.S. Flag U.S. Flag with a black is equal to, or greater than, the mourning ribbon streamer other flag; both flags are leaning attached to the top of the pole; outwards at the same angle. the streamer is NOT attached to the flag itself. Thun Th under und un der Ro der de R Roads oad ads ds Magazine Maga Mag Ma ga of Iowa on Facebook

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The Vocabulary of a Father Dumbwaiter: One who asks if the children would care to order a dessert. Feedback: The inevitable result when the baby doesn’t appreciate the strained carrots.

MICHELANGELO’S MI M ICH HE Father: Mike, can’t you paint onn walls w like other children? Do you have any idea i how hard it is to get that stuff off the ceiling? *********************************

A family is at the dinner table. The son asks his father, “Dad, how many kinds of Full Name: What you call your child boobs are there?” The father, surprised, when you’re angry with him. answers, “Well, son, there are three kinds oof Boobs. In her 20′s, a woman’s are Grandparents: The people who think your llike melons, round and firm. In her 30′s children are wonderful even though they’ree ssure ue ure ur to to 40′s, they are like pears, still nice but you’re not raising them right. hanging h a bit. After 50, they are like onions.” “Onions?” “Yes, you see them and they make Independent: How we want our children to be for as you cry.” This infuriated his wife and daughter long as they do everything we say. so the daughter said, “Mum, how many kinds of ‘willies’ are there?” The mother, surprised, smiles and answers, Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies “Well dear, a man goes through three phases. In his 20′s, his wearing dry shoes into. willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard. In his 30′s and 40′s, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable. After his 50′s, it Show Off: A child who is more talented than yours. is like a Christmas Tree.” “A Christmas tree?” “Yes – the root’s dead and the balls are just for decoration. Whodunit: None of the children who live in your house. ************************************************ Bottle-feeding: An opportunity for Daddy to get up at 2 am. NAPOLEON’S Father: All right, Napoleon. If you aren’t ************************************************ hiding your report card inside your jacket, then take your hand out of there and prove it. A daughter asked her mother, “Mom, how do you spell ‘scrotum’?” Her mom replied, “Honey, you should have ************************************************ asked me last night—it was on the tip of my tongue. There was once a man named Odd. People made fun of him ************************************************ because of his name so he decided to keep his gravestone blank when he died. Now when people pass by the burial Father - The Old Days site, they point and say, “That’s odd.” In 1916, a happy meal was when a father told funny stories around the dining table. ************************************************ In 2016, a happy meal is what dad buys at McDonald’s. GOLDILOCKS’S Father: I’ve got a bill here for a broken ************************************************ chair from the Bear family. Do you know anything about this Goldie? Two guys sneak into a farmer’s orchard and start eating the fruit. The farmer sees them and comes out with a shotgun. ************************************************ “Since you guys like fruit so much go pick 100 of whatever fruit you want,” said the farmer. The first guy decides to Why did I get divorced? Well, last week was my birthday. pick grapes. When he gets 100 he goes back to the farmer. My wife didn’t wish me a happy birthday. My parents The farmer says, “Now shove ‘em all up your ass.” The guy forgot and so did my kids. I went to work and even my gets all 100 up his ass. He feels really bad, but then he starts colleagues didn’t wish me a happy birthday. As I entered to laugh. “Why are you laughing?” asks the farmer. And the my office, my secretary said, “Happy birthday, boss!” I guy replies, “My friend is out picking watermelons! felt so special. She asked me out for lunch. After lunch, she invited me to her apartment. We went there and she ************************************************ said, “Do you mind if I go into the bedroom for a minute?” “Okay,” I said. She came out 5 minutes later with a birthday COLUMBUS’S Father: I don’t care what you’ve cake, my wife, my parents, my kids, my friends, & my discovered, Christopher. You could have written. colleagues all yelling, “SURPRISE!!!” while I was waiting on the sofa... naked. ************************************************ ************************************************ My teenage daughter came home in a rage. ‘I’ve just done sex education in school today, Dad! You lied to me! You ALBERT EINSTEIN’S Father: But, Albert, it’s your senior told me if I have sex before my sixteenth birthday, my picture. Can’t you do something about your hair? Styling boyfriend will die!’ I put down my paper: ‘Oh, he will, gel, mousse, something...? sweetheart, he will. 66 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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A lady goes to the doctor and complains that her husband is losing interest in sex. The doctor gives her a pill, but warns her that it’s still experimental. He tells her to slip it into his mashed potatoes at dinner, so that night, she does just that. About a week later, she’s back at the doctor, where she says, “Doc, the pill worked great! I put it in the potatoes like you said! It wasn’t five minutes later that he jumped up, raked all the food and dishes onto the floor, grabbed me, ripped all my clothes off, and ravaged me right there on the table!” The doctor says, “I’m sorry, we didn’t realize the pill was that strong! The foundation will be glad to pay for any damages.” “Nah,” she says, “that’s okay. We’re never going back to that restaurant anyway.” ************************************************ THOMAS EDISON’S Father: Of course I’m proud that you invented the electric light bulb, Thomas. Now turn off that light and get to bed!Father’s Day Jokes ************************************************ I was sitting on my own in a restaurant, when I saw a beautiful woman at another table. I sent her a bottle of the most expensive wine on the menu. She sent me a note, “I will not touch a drop of this wine unless you can assure me that you have seven inches in your pocket.” I wrote back, “Give me the wine. As gorgeous as you are, I’m not cutting off three inches for anyone.” ************************************************ HUMPTY DUMPTY’S Father: Humpty, If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a hundred times not to sit on that wall. But would you listen to me? No!

“That’s odd,” answers the man. “I work for the Minnesota Twins!” A nurse says to the second guy, “Congratulations! You’re ************************************************ the father of triplets!” “That’s weird,” answers the second man. “I work for the 3M There is a fellow who is talking to his buddy and says, “I company!” don’t know what to get my wife for her birthday. She has A nurse tells the third man, “Congratulations! You’re the everything, and besides, she can afford to buy anything she father of quadruplets!” wants. I’m stumped.” His buddy says, “I have an idea. Why “That’s strange,” he answers. “I work for the Four Seasons don’t you make up a certificate that says she can have two hotel!” hours of great sex, any way she wants it. She’ll probably be The last man is groaning and banging his head against the thrilled!” The first fellow does just that. The next day, his wall. “What’s wrong?” the others ask. “I work for 7 Up!” buddy asks, “Well, did you take my suggestion? How did it turn out?” “She loved it. She jumped up, thanked me, kissed ************************************************ me on the mouth, and ran out the door yelling, ‘I’ll see you in two hours!’” There was a preacher who fell in the ocean and he couldn’t swim. When a boat came by, the captain yelled, “Do ************************************************ you need help, sir?” The preacher calmly said “No, God will save me.” A little later, another boat came by and a Wife: “How would you describe me?” fisherman asked, “Hey, do you need help?” The preacher Husband: “ABCDEFGHIJK.” replied again, “No God will save me.” Eventually the Wife: “What does that mean?” preacher drowned & went to heaven. The preacher asked Husband: “Adorable, beautiful, cute, delightful, elegant, God, “Why didn’t you save me?” God replied, “Fool, I sent fashionable, gorgeous, and hot.” you two boats!” Wife: “Aw, thank you, but what about IJK?” Husband: “I’m just kidding!” ************************************************ ************************************************ There were two cannibals who captured a man. They decided it would be fair if they started eating from opposite Four men are in the hospital waiting room because their ends. After a few minutes, the one who started at the head wives are having babies. A nurse goes up to the first guy and asked the other one, “How’s it going down there?” And the says, “Congratulations! You’re the father of twins.” other one replies, “I’m having a ball!” Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

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Bikers Being Heard On April 30, grass roots politics was in full swing in Northwest Iowa and I was invited to attend a sit down meeting with Congressman Steve King in Sioux Rapids. This meeting was held in a theater/museum which made for a cool location to have a town hall meeting and something I want to check out more thoroughly. Before I discuss who was in attendance, I want to thank the folks that provided us with refreshments and let them know it was appreciated. Along with me, there were a hand- picked group of individuals ranging from a motorcyclist who has been riding for well over 50 years to local farmers wanting to discuss issues that concerned them. The motorcyclists in the group of invitees were from a variety of organizations; ABATE of Iowa, Legion Riders, Christian Motorcycle Association and Shayla Bee. What made this meeting unique was the fact that it was agreed upon, that we were not there as representatives of our respective organizations; it was a group of the brotherhood that came together to speak with our Congressman. Congressman King wore a leather jacket, hoping he would fit in with the group. As we all came to realize he didn’t need a leather jacket to do so; he is in fact just one of us. Topics discussed were motorcycle only checkpoints, antiprofiling, the ethanol issues (both sides) and something he faced head on when asked his support of Ted Cruz for President. Not once did the Congressman dodge any of our questions and he was very receptive on each and every

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topic we covered. His assistant was pretty efficient as well; kind of looked like she kept him in line pretty good. When the meeting concluded, we were all very satisfied and thankful that we were invited to attend. If you get the chance I encourage you to attend these town hall meetings with your State and Federal Legislators. Whether you’re a biker or not, all topics are open for discussion. In this day and age where society thinks our elected officials don’t care, I do believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised; these elected officials do care about us and will listen to what we have to say. At least this one does. This year our country faces another Presidential election we’ve all seen the hype on tv daily; my advice to you, is, get educated, get involved and get off your butt and vote . If you ride a motorcycle get educated on what could hurt your rights. You don’t have to ride to get educated. If you have a problem with the way things are going at the State or National level, try to arrange one of these town hall meetings. Let them know how you fee. Who knows? You might learn something yourself. Until next time Gary “Wildman”Emery Thunder Roads of Iowa

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When you hear AMA, what comes to mind? For some it’s the American Medical Association, for our science-y type friends it might trigger thoughts of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, but here in the biker world AMA stands for one thing…The American Motorcyclists Association. Today it makes total al sense that motorcyclists would w have an organization designed siigned specifically to address e ess issues and concernss that are important to o them, but when the AMA was founded, it was a rather radical idea. To wholly understand the development l t of the AMA as the leading member-driven motorcycling organization, we must understand why it was formed to begin with.

Damn good start in the new world of motorcycling if I do say so myself. During its 16-year existence, the organization developed competition rules and rider classifications, took on various city ordinances, and eventually listed 8,247 members in 1915. Inevitably 1191 World War I Wor W drained FAM ddrai oof ppotential members and mem m the t organization went we belly up in 1919. 19 Founded in 1916 was The Motorcycle M and Allied Trades d Alli dT Association (M&ATA). When failing membership rolls eventually ended the FAM, the M&ATA Education Committee began registering clubs and supporting as many motorcycle activities as they could. The M&ATA’s Competition Committee was created to deal with the former FAM racing responsibilities. After five years of operation the M&ATA was renamed and reorganized as the American Motorcycle Association on May 15, 1924.

Two organizations actually paved the way for the AMA. The Federation of American Motorcyclists (FAM) and the Motorcycle and Allied Trades Association (M&ATA). The Federation of American Motorcyclists started with the New York Motorcycle Club in September of 1903. These club members felt there was a need for a national group to represent the motorcycling community and its rights. One noteworthy founding member of FAM was George M. Hendee of the Indian Motorcycle Company. Hendee actually brought in 109 membership pledges from the New England area alone. The newly created organization had the following mission,

“Its objects shall be to encourage the use of motorcycles and to promote the general interests of motorcycling; to ascertain, defend and protect the rights of motorcyclists; to facilitate touring; to assist in the good roads movement; and to advise and assist in the regulation of motorcycle racing and other competition in which motorcycles engage.” 72 - TRMI JUNE 2016

So that brings us to our topic of conversation, The American Motorcycle Association. The newly founded AMA was designed to control rider registration and activities, issue sanctions for national events, and serve motorcycle industry members. Registered M&ATA riders were transferred over as AMA charter members. The official AMA became “official” on August 1, 1924 and the first national event operated under an AMA sanction is noted to be the National Six Days Trial held in Ohio and adjacent states. This was a 1,400mile endurance run that both began and concluded in Cleveland.

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Membership growth was extremely important in the early days of the AMA. At the time, the AMA was hoping for an eventual membership of up to 50,000 people. In 1976 the name of the AMA was changed to the American Motorcyclist Association to better reflect its service to motorcyclists and in 1993 membership exceeded 200,000…so much further than AMA forefathers could have fathomed. While membership is one measure of the AMA’s strength, the association also advocates on behalf of an estimated 25 million motorcyclists (both on-road and off-road) in America today.

access to public land for trail riders. This issue has become a hot topic with the introduction of wilderness legislation in many states in recent years. Since its founding in 1924, the AMA has evolved from a small club with limited resources into the only national organization dedicated to serving ALL of America’s motorcyclists. Whether you are a back woods trail rider, or a cross country interstate tourer, the AMA has got your back. Evolving from a parttime staff of one, it has grown to include scores of committed full-time employees and numerous volunteers all working together to ensure the advancement of motorcycling. Today, the American Motorcyclist Association is the largest member-based advocacy group in the world actively endorsing the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting motorcycling for generations to come.

Concerns about government restrictions in the motorcycling For more information: community were among the primary reasons behind the creation of the AMA. Laws threatening the freedom of bikers were the Sources available upon request. motivation for the creation of many early motorcycling clubs Melanie Schwarte and organizations. The AMA wanted to ensure that “the lawmakers will think long and seriously before they attempt to put over anything on the motorcycle riders.’’ A sentiment that is held as near and dear in the biker world today as it was in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until a rash of legislation in the 1960s, though, that motorcycling organizations began to realize how important legislative activity would become to the future of motorcycling. At that point the AMA saw the need to focus on laws and regulations threating to riders. This eventually led to the establishment of the AMA’s Legislative Department, with a mission to

“. . .coordinate national legal activity against unconstitutional and discriminatory laws against motorcyclists, to serve as a sentinel on federal and state legislation affecting motorcyclists, and to be instrumental as a lobbying force for motorcyclists and motorcycling interests.’’ F For the road rider, the AMA L Legislative Department has spent yyears brawling with legislation oover mandatory helmet use, bike bbans, and even rider-education pprograms. There have been nnotable successes, including im implementation of ridereeducation courses in 45 states. F For off-roaders, the AMA has uunswervingly fought to protect Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Thunder o Facebook

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subsidize the installation of blender pump and other equipment to expand the availability of E15. Remember that when you hear the term ‘federal grants’ that they are talking about giving away your money, since the only money the government has is money taken from others.

Victory in Washington D.C.

Most politicians have never ridden a motorcycle and don’t really understand why anyone would want to. Many people think of us as loud, brash, and even reckless. Drivers don’t see us because they don’t look for us. To many folks, those of us on two wheels are an inconvenience. When one of us revs his or her motor late at night in a residential area, all of us take the blame for the behavior. We’re not wrapped within a cage; we have no fenders or doors, seatbelts or airbags. To survive we have to be the best, most aware drivers on the road. Stay alert, stay aware, stay alive.

Thanks to the American Motorcycle Association, the Specialty Equipment Market Association, alongside other organizations and individuals and the pressure they brought, the EPA has decided to drop its plan to regulate the emissions from motor vehicles, including motorcycles, built exclusively for racing. Five members of Congress introduced a bi-partisan bill, the Recognizing the Protection Questions or Comments? of Motorsports Act of 2016, or H.R. 4715. It will prevent the regulation of street bikes and other motor vehicles converted into competition-only racers. More than 10,000 messages were sent to Representatives and Senators urging them to support the RPM Act. The White House was flooded with nearly 170,000 signatures from racing enthusiasts and race industry stakeholders. As always, the political process remains the property of those who get involved. It’s only by being diligent and determined that we can maintain our freedom. Despite controversy over the proliferation of E15 fuel, which is NOT approved for use by ANY motorcycle manufacturer and can void warranties, Congress will consider a bill to expand existing infrastructure utilized in the “process of dispensing fuel containing covered renewable or alternative energy”. H.R. 4673, the “REFUEL” Act would provide federal grant money to

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“Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time, for dreams are our realities in waiting. In dreams we plant the seeds of our future.”

This amazing machine before me is a trike that my friend Mike Pittman had built! As it is only a year since losing Mike to a blood clot in his lung, this chance sighting of his work is certainly A heavy work-out bag hangs in the middle of the bittersweet! The owner says that it runs, it is just in main room. Off to the right sits a riding lawn mower. need of some repairs, but it could be back on the When I look up I can see a balcony, it is littered with road again in no time. Well, maybe not quite that motorcycle parts. Tanks and fenders are stacked easily, but it sure does give a gal some ideas! precariously and leaning against the railing that encircles the balcony area. Looking closer I catch Wandering around this building, I discover another a glimpse of a very unique paint job displayed on treasure! A shovelhead, covered with a layer of dust, a tank and those fenders as well. In the front of the sits in the midst of a bunch of “stuff”. As I walk by it, building sits equipment for I stop and turn and look at it. I farming, as well as many pieces think to myself, “Hmmm, nice, of equipment and tools that even though it’s blue, eh? Nice have been accumulated over leather saddle bags. Hmmm… the course of years and seem to wide seat, and ohhh ahhh the be overflow from the balcony handlebars are slightly raised, above. and the front end is extended a bit also.” As I circle this machine, Further into the building is a I think, “It actually looks as smaller room that at some point though I could just throw my used to have a rolling door on leg over that tank, and have it! Over the years, that door has my feet flat on the ground!” So been relocated into the room, I do just that! Sitting on it feels knocked off of its track, and oooohhhhh sooooo good! Feet has landed right on top of two flat on the ground, hands and beautiful old skool bikes! The arms in a very comfortable motorcycle Gods were looking position, and oh yeah, I feel as if out that day, though, because the the weight of it is manageable! door came to rest on top of the I am a firm believer in, “If you handlebars of those two bikes, can’t pick it up, you shouldn’t be doing such minimal damage, I riding it”! A good philosophy couldn’t immediately see any, for this gal! It’s the first Harley and probably that has caught my wouldn’t have eye, and put me if I hadn’t been in mind of all the shown where to things I could get, look! do for and with it if it was mine! My In the garage mind wanders for bay sit three a while with the motorcycles, and vision of me riding one trike. Now next to the old this trike isn’t man, him on his just any trike! Road King, and me This is a trike that on my shiny blue my friend Mike Shovel Head! Pittman built. It is a true Volkswagen Then I am sucked trike! The hood, out of that misty fenders, and little vision, as motor, are all from I hear the old a Volkswagen. man hollering, It has some “Annette, come gorgeous tuck and roll upholstery, and the more that take a picture of this!” Aw well, maybe someday. I stand here and look at it, the more it looks familiar. Some day that vision just might become a reality, and The current owner of the trike steps in and says, you might catch a glimpse of me, cruisin’ down the “Yep, Mike Pittman built that” And it immediately highway on “old blue”! When I’m not catching the dawns on me that the bike that I’m looking at is one wind from behind the old man, of course! that I actually have a picture of. I have previously done an interview with Mike about his trike builds! Annette Murphy 76 - TRMI JUNE 2016

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May 26-29 May 27-30 May 28 May 28 May 28 May 29

Redneck Revival Conesville Rolling Thunder Nationwide Bike Blues & BBQ Wieblers HD Davenport Dirty Ernies Fun Run Farley Sgt JJ Bonnell Memorial Ride Fort Dodge Midway Tavern’s Annual Neal Denny Memorial Poker Run Solder May 29 Dan Sesker Memorial Poker Run Ogden May 29 Freedom Rock Ride Manilla May 29 Memorial Motorcycle Ride Lake Park Jun 4 Kimballton Bike and Car Show & Shine Kimballton Jun 4 Vintage Rally and Bike Show Anamosa Jun 4 2nd Suicide Awareness Benefit/Ride&Drive Waterloo Jun 4 Shooting for HEROES Riverside Jun 4 Juices Ride #7 Benefiting Tom Pitz’s F/U to Cancer! Dubuque Jun 4 Chapter #166 ALR Veterans Benefit Ride Shellsburg Jun 4 Shaylla Culp Fun Run & BBQ Bedford Jun 4 Riding for Memory Tama Jun 4 Support your Local Veterans FREE Motorcycle Ride Webster City Jun 4 Relay for Life Essex Jun 4 Ruffneck Resistance Inaugral Fun Run for Jason’s Box Davenport Jun 5 Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Jun 5 Matt Brooks Benefit Ride Des Moines Jun 10-11 Open House Big Barn Des Moines Jun 11 8th Annual Bell Tower Festival Poker Run & Cycle Show Jefferson Jun 11 Carroll Cycle Center Rock –N- Ride Carroll Jun 11 Rigid River Run Dubuque Jun 11 Montgomery Street Pub Bike Night Creston Jun 11 Pets & Vets Blackjack Run Council Bluffs Jun 11 Journey for Hope-Patt Giese Memorial Poker Run Omaha Jun 11 Pit Row Car and Bike Show Mount Pleasant Jun 11 Shine Em Up & Show Em Off Cedar Rapids Jun 11 Mags/Byrnes Memorial Ride Waukon Jun 11 Swap Meet Big Barn Des Moines Jun 11 ALR Post 2 Vets & Pets Blackjack Run Council Bluffs Jun 12 10th Annual Angels for Sam Benefit Motorcycle Ride Carlisle Jun 17-18 Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Drags Conesville Jun 18 ALR Post 731 Ride Into the 90s to Barnstormers Des Moines Jun 18 Hometown Heroes Run Rockwell City Jun 18 Roar Into Harlan Poker Run Harlan Jun 18 Party in the Park Creston Jun 18 Freedom Day Celebration & Ride Wieblers HD Davenport Jun 18 Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola Jun 18 2nd Annual Keep it Movin’ Multiple Sclerosis Fun Run Iowa Falls Jun 18 Romper Room Run Earlville Jun 18 Second Annual Cruisin’ for Y Camp Waukee Jun 18 2nd Annual Ride for the Girls Memorial Poker Run LHHD Pacific Junction Jun 24 Relay for Life Windbags Ride Atlantic Jun 24-25 Conesville Two Rivers Music Festival Conesville Jun 25 Ride It Out For Amber Sarcoma Ride & Drive Polk City Jun 25 3rd Annual Remembering Jacob Ride Des Moines Jun 25 Rally for the Rock Everly Jun 25-26 J&P Cycles Open House Rally Jones County Fairgrounds Monticello Jun 26 Adams Cycles Poker Run Nevada Jun 30-Jul 2 ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Jul 1 Buffalo Days Ride In Bike Show Buffalo Jul 8-9 CVMA Chapter 39-3 Annual Patriot Ride Elkport

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Jul 8-9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 11 Jul 15-16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 16 Jul 19-20 Jul 23 Jul 23 Jul 23 Jul 23-24 Jul 24 Jul 29-31 Jul 29-31 Jul 30 Jul 30 Jul 31 Aug 4-6 Aug 5-6 Aug 6 Aug 8-14 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 14 Aug 19 Aug 19-20 Aug 19-21 Aug 19-21 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 27 Aug 31 Sep 1-3 Sep 1-4 Sep 2-4 Sep 2-5 Sep 3 Sep 3

8th Annual Eagle Riders Rally Shenandoah Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD ABATE D15 Taco Run for Children’s Therapy Center Wiebler’s HD Davenport 9th Annual Freeman Ride Avoca 10th Annual Angel Ride to Save the TaTas Fort Dodge 3rd annual Ride For Lupus Kelley Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride NMM Anamosa Across Iowa on Motorcycles from Council Bluffs To Muscatine Montgomery Street Pub 11th Annual Poker Run/Pig Fry Creston NW Iowa ALR George O Spain Jr Memorial Healing Run LeMars Ride for Time Friends of Mine Baxter Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola Big Barn HD Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Des Moines Thank the Seals Motorcycle Ride Bettendorf to Des Moines R/J Performance Indian Demo Days Ottumwa Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD American Legion Riders Post 111 Ride to Honor Newton Deaf Poker Run Council Bluffs Riverside Raceway Flat Track Races& Motorcross Winterset American Legion Riders-Nation of Patriots Run Post 37 Ames Central Iowa Hawg Rally Norwalk CMA State Rally Ft. Dodge Solidarity Ride (8 Seconds That Night) Metro Cedar Rapids CVMA Chapter 39-1 Annual Patriot Ride Des Moines 3rd Annual Low Key Bikini Bike Wash Des Moines 9th Annual Across the Border Raid Bedford Mikey Jones Memorial Dragfest Cordova, IL CVMA 39-3 Memorial Run/Fundraiser Davenport South Dakota Party AtlanticFest Ride In Bike Show Atlantic ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Rodeo Donahue CVMA Chapter 39-2 Annual Patiort Ride Cedar Rapids 2nd Annual Old Glory Ride Oxford 6th Annual Josh Davis Memorial Poker Run Perry ABATE D15 Too Broke to Go to Sturgis Mex Memorial Fun Run Donahue Water City Concert Series by Okoboji HD Boji Bike Rally Okoboji 35th Annual Baxter Cycle Motorcycle Rally Marne 12th Annual BTW Trike In Kellogg Tour de Shelby County Harlan Baylee’s Bike Run for Lupus Davenport Operation Comfort Warrior Ride Cresco Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola Vintage Motorcycle Auction Marne Jami Jam V: Ride For Mental Health Action & Awareness Terrill AHeinz 57 8th Annual Ruff Ride Adel Kyle’s Mile Suicide Prevention/Awareness Ride #3 Metro HD Cedar Rapids Joni’s Roast and Ride Des Moines 4th Annual Ride to Live 4 Gibbie Suicide Prevention Ride Boone New 2017 Model Party Metro Cedar Rapids 45th Davenport Fall International Meet Redneck Revival Conesville Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance Soldier B.A.C.A. Legacy Run Adel Shooting for HEROES Anita Madrid Labor Day Fun Run to Benefit Muscular Dystrophy

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Sep 4 Sep 9-10 Sep 9-11 Sep 10 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 16-17 Sep 17 Sep 17 Sep 17 Sep 17 Sep 18 Sep 23-25 Sep 21-24 Sep 24 Sep 24 Sep 24 Sep 24-25 Sep 25 Oct 2 Oct 2

Biker Bash Lake Park Davis Motorcycle Rally New Hampton Rustemberfest Pacific Junction 4th Annual Ride for U of IA Children’s Hospital Davenport CVMA Chapter 39-1 Freedom Rock Ride Des Moines Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa Hogs for Dogs Ride Ottumwa Adams Cycles Poker Run Nevada Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Drags Conesville The Hunt of a Lifetime Buffalo ABATE D15 Leaf Run Davenport Route 65 Harley-Davidson BBQ & Open House Indianola “Rock & Rollie” Benefit Ride Onawa Concourse de Cornfield Antique Motorcycle Show Earlham 4th Annual Dubuque Ink & Art Expo Bikes Blues & BBQ Fayetteville, AR 10th Annual Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride and Poker Run Tipton Carroll Cycle Center New Model Open House Carroll 2nd Cruise Night Heartland H-D Burlington Riverside Raceway Flat Track Races & Motorcross Winterset R/J Performance Fun Days in Eddyville ABATE D15 32nd Annual Toy Run w/USMC Reserves Davenport Carroll Cycle Center Toy Run Carroll

Oct 8 Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15 Oct 15-16 Oct 22 Nov 11-12 Nov 18 Nov 25 Nov 25 Dec 10 Dec 17

Fall Open House Heartland H-D Burlington 3rd Waypoint Gentleman Ride Cedar Rapids Carroll Cycle Center Fall Harvest Ride Carroll Tall Corn Run End of Year Prize Drawing Okoboji HD Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Drags Conesville ABATE D15 Harvest Run Davenport Riverside Raceway Flat Track & Motorcross Races Winterset Hog Roast Metro Cedar Rapids ABATE of Iowa STEAM Marshalltown Carroll Cycle Center Ladies Night Out Carroll Carroll Cycle Center Mens Night Out Carroll Black Friday Metro Cedar Rapids Santa Visits Metro Cedar Rapids Holiday Open House Big Barn Des Moines

Tuesday Fenders Honda Ames (1st & 3rd May-Sept) Fenders Cycle Des Moines (2nd and 4th May-Sept) Whistling Donkey Woodward (2nd & 4th Apr-Aug) Johnny’s Pub Lake Park Desperado’s Bar and Grill Wheatland

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

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



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

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

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Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Haverhill Social Club Haverhill (3rd Sunday)

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