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September is the month I turn another year older, a little grayer, and maybe if I am lucky, a little wiser. This has been one hell of a ride, and hope it continues for a lot of years to come. A birthday month always seems to make me reflect upon the past a bit, evaluate my current position, and try to peer into the future. At the least it makes me realize that both good and bad from my past has put me in a pretty awesome place in my present, and keeps me headed in the right direction for the future. If you are reading this, our lives have crossed paths for some reason and in some way. Thanks to you all for being a part of my life and helping support all that we do. Cheers to our family, our friends, our readers, our sponsors, and our Iowa riders that make this possible. I raise my glass to you! Over the years I have noticed a lot of changes in the Biker world. Some are subtle, yet others are very significant. The days of bikers being the garbage of society are pretty much gone. People from all walks of life and social status are now riding and sharing the road with the immense traffic on the highways and byways. This is awesome in the aspect of motorcycle awareness because the more of us there are on two and three wheels, the more notice we get. Visually we get noticed, collectively we have a louder voice, and spiritually there are more that ride and understand the love of dead bugs. Some of the downsides to this can also be a wider range of thought and opinions on the love of motorcycle, as well as greatly varying opinions of what is fun and interesting to do when riding. Bike styles have always been evolving with people endlessly trying to make their rides their own. Some styles are cool, others I don’t care for as much, but the engineering is at least impressive. In the past the term “bolt on” was unheard of, simply because it did not exist. Now there are so many vendors and manufacturers that sell things to hang on to our motorcycles that make them unique. The last word of that sentence is used very loosely with the prevalence of singular style. In the past the effort and expense to modify a motorcycle to make it your own required the use of a torch, welder, hammer, and some artistic engineering. Today it can be done with a catalog and a set of box end wrenches.

End result of the rant, the biker world has changed immensely from the old school days, and we need to keep up with the changes to accommodate the riders at events. More space is needed for events with the mass amounts of things that people bring as well as the size of the accommodations that people want with them. Campers take up the room of many tents. The days of vendors carrying beer, burgers, and bandanas is a thing of the past. Current riders want so many more things, and now many have the space to throw even large items in the support vehicles to get stuff home. Coffee wagons, parts and accessories, and even home décor items are popular in this current age. I have even seen bike wash stations at rallies that seem to be quite popular with the latest trend of big wheel baggers that love to show off their bikes. Look at the crowds, and get them what they need to keep the events going. On a different note, September is the month of Labor Day. September 7th is the date this year. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country. Cheers to the workers that make shit happen in this country, those that make this a better place to live, and those that provide us with the things that make our lives easier. Thanks to those that work or have worked and retired and stay productive and build our society. Hopefully if you fit in that group, you can have a little time to relax over the holiday weekend. Ride Safe Everyone! Vernon and Melanie Quote of the Month:” Without labor nothing prospers.” ~Sophocles

Riders have also changed over the years. Not that many years ago when going to a rally, if you could not haul it on the bike, you did not need it. Nowadays at a rally, there are so many other considerations not just for campers but for the event organizers to consider. People bring large campers and RVs to events to haul their bikes and/or many of their conveniences of home. Others ride in with support vehicles in tow with everything they could want to camp with, sometimes including the kitchen sink. Pop up tents, swimming pools, grills, coolers, slip and slides, full bars, and who knows what else to make their few days more livable. A few still roll in on the bike; with all they want or need with them, but that is certainly the minority at events anymore. Even the purists that still hold the mantra of, have bike will travel, still end up enjoying the spoils at a camp or two with all of the modern conveniences. 4 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2015

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Motorcycle Art How Deep Is Your Passion? For motorcycles, that is! Showing “motorcycle love” comes in many forms. Clothing, rocks in yards, signs in/ on garages, man cave decor, etc. The list is far too long. My question to you, dear reader, is this: What do you have for “motorcycle art”? If you don’t understand the question, read on. The National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, IA has a new exhibit called “2 Wheels + Motor”. It is an outstanding artistic tribute to the love of motorcycles and the love of the ride. This is a “must see” exhibit, currated by Ric Stewert, a sculptor from Ohio. This exhibit has something for everyone! This isn’t your “hoity-toity” delicate painting kind of exhibit. The works on display are about as in-yourface, take-a-second-look, awe-inspiring, make-you-think pieces as you can find. This exhibit opened in May, just in time for the Vintage Rally, which was held in June 2015. In the museum, it is located on the wall directly behind the Chopper Story exhibit (another “must see”!) Taking up one entire wall, plus floor space, this collection boasts just over 100 pieces! Ric graciously walked me through the exhibit, sharing something about each piece on display. Von Dutch, a legend known to many for his stylized painting on motorcycle helmets and other customizable items, is given a corner tribute. Also known for his iconic “Flying Eyeball”, the museum has a few pieces on display of this historic design. Bike builder and artist, Ron Finch, was present at the Vintage Rally with two of his custom bikes and several pieces of sculpture that he creates using all sorts of found objects and metal. From spark plugs to table forks, you have to study each piece to determine what it’s actually made from. Ron’s bike “Trilogy” is on display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of both

wet-on-wet technique using acrylics and pastels. The piece, “Blessing of the Eccentrics” on display, for example, has floating cams. (Look for them!) For those interested in artistic mediums, you will see acrylics, pencil, oil, photographic prints, photoetching, enameled metal, ceramics, mixed metals, bronze, papier mache, pastels, leather, clay, and watercolor. (Whew!) So many styles are represented, as well as size. One of the largest wall pieces is a 20 canvas panel piece called “Skull”, by Tim Rietenbach. It measures a remarkable 5’ x 5’. This marker on canvas is not to be missed. Other art representations include an Indian tank etching on copper called “The Beauty of the Machine #2 by Koranna Spurgeon. If you’re looking for something on a large scale, check out “Flames Grid” by Lory Lockwood. This 30 piece collage of oil on canvas shows off a stunning collection of flames laid out in a grid, all slightly different and done in bright, bold colors. “Cloud Chaser” by Wes Baker is sure to appeal to someone looking for something a little more “traditional”. Jason Boss Morgan’s painting titled “Boss Hog” is sure to catch your eye. And if the title “Look At That Ass” strikes your fancy, check out the oil on panel painting by Alicia Jean Vanderelli. If sculpture is more your thing, there are several works on display for you to choose from. The Knucklehead Engine, sculpted in bronze by Jeff Decker has amazing detail. (The sculptor “signed” this piece with a thumbprint!) Another large scale sculpture by Jeff Decker is called “The Death’s Head”. Bruce Gavin has a sculpture that captured my attention called “Wrench In Hand”, this piece is a perfectly balanced combination of a real wrench being held by a sculpted hand as it works on a tilting, metal “spring”. Ric Stewart’s memory of riding the salt flats is captured in his bronze on marble sculpture titled “Bonneville”. Take note of the expression on the rider’s face and the death grip on the handlebars. Other sculptures by Ric include “Mo-Tar” (look at the detail in the base), “Mule-Tar” (this is a representation of a Ducati he had as a teen that really “kicked”), and “Vespa”, to name a few.

This writer would love to tell you the stories, as they were told to me, about each of the works in this exhibit, but that isn’t going to happen in this article. My photos and words cannot begin to do justice to this collection. Make this a destination stop in your travels. You’ll be glad you did! And who knows, maybe you’ll be the proud owner of a the art and chopper exhibits. piece of “motorcycle art”! When you check it out, be sure to read the plaque Special thanks to Ric Stewart for his stories, information, and then look for all of the and time spent walking through this collection. amazing details. While many of these one-of-a-kind pieces on display are Artist Joe Rybacek for sale, many have been pulled from private collections. I was present the day of did notice that a few prints from the exhibit were for sale in the exhibit. Also from the Museum Gift Shop, so be sure to check them out. This Michigan, he is a professor exhibit will be on display until May 2016. as well as an artist, using a premium canvas and a Susan Mast


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I’m pretty sure I’m one of the luckiest girls in the world because I came home from work several weeks ago to a new-to-me bike. A 2008 Heritage Softail, to be precise. I’ve been riding a Dyna Low-Rider for the last 5 or so years and Mark decided it was time to move me to a newer, beefier bike. The Heritage has all the goodies he was set on (6th gear, 96 motor, low miles, hi-viz headlights) and it spoke to my heart – it’s black and the motor has an awesome rumble. (OK, so I’m not big on the details. We’re not talking something important here like clothes matching or anything.) It was pouring down rain that night so there wasn’t going to be a ride, but Mr. Fix-It told me he had to do a few things to do to the bike before I could ride it anyway. I got home from work the next night to find Mark relaxing in the garage after a hard afternoon of fiddling with the bike. He had taken the hard leather trunk off, moved the handlebars down, and switched windshields. Even my gremlin bell had been moved from the old bike to the Heritage. “And I have something special for you,” he said, grinning. My thoughts raced. What could it be? A skull emblem for the windshield? The black and chrome Kuryakyn grips he had mentioned? He fished around behind him and brought out - Ugh,a 2008 Harley-Davidson Owner’s Manual, and since we’ve been married for 33 years, I knew what this meant: he expected me to READ it. So I began plowing my way through: I started with the Table of Contents and read all the way through to the Index. In spite of all that dutiful reading, a wise person would not expect me to answer any technical questions.

earth people that are hoping they’ll get to heaven if they do enough good deeds. Most of us have that tendency of trying to make it on our own, of trying to pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. That’s commendable when you’re talking about working to pay your bills or saving to buy a new bike. However, when it comes to our relationship with God, the “I can do it myself” attitude is a deceitful lie that the enemy of our souls whispers to us in an effort to ruin us. And it’s repeated to us through all society in advertising, movies, music, books – you name it. You don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s what God’s manual – the Bible – says in Ephesians 2:8-9. “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.” Don’t continue depending on an idea that is completely wrong – that doing good deeds will get you into heaven. You will never be able to do enough good deeds to get to heaven, because just like the methanol situation, more of the wrong thing isn’t going to do the trick. The Bible is clear: our salvation is dependent on God’s grace and on our belief that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice is the only answer for our sin and the only entrance into heaven. Blessings - Karla Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA and God’s plan for you at

For some reason, here’s one of the items that actually stuck in my mind. On page 29 the manufacturer sternly warns: “CAUTION: Do not use gasoline that contains methanol. Doing so can result in fuel system component failure, engine damage and/or equipment malfunction.” Let’s be honest – even though bikers aren’t known for following every little rule in the manual (did you know you’re not supposed to tow trailers with your bike? Or rake the front end?), I’m betting they pay attention to this one. Something about the words “engine damage” just sends shivers straight up anyone’s spine. Which brings up the question, why would someone to tell you that not only it’s good to use methanol, but that using MORE methanol will make things even better? Methanol is completely the wrong fuel, so more of it is not going to do the trick. At the very best, that person didn’t read the manual. At the worst, that person is maliciously hoping to ruin your engine. Let me tell you something we hear all the time from friends: “I try to do enough good things and help people out so I’ll get the thumbs up when it’s my time to go.” These are good-hearted, bend-overbackward-to-help-others, salt-of-the8 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2015

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George And Dales Bar & Grill Downtown East Dubuque,IL Open 11 am 7 days a week Wed Bike Night 815-747-8810

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Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600

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

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

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

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

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

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Creative Concepts Collision 422 Market Street Harlan, Iowa 51537 712.755.2231

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On June 20th we had our 4th annual Kelly Burmeister Memorial Ride. Kelly was an avid rider and a hot rod enthusiast until Huntington’s disease took his life. This year we thought we would try to add something new, so we adapted our memorial ride into a poker run. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and fun was had by all. We started out in Anita, stopping by Kelly’s grave to say a few words and have a drink with him. We took off from there and went to Massena. While we were there I counted the motorcycles and I counted over 30 bikes and 3 vans that were full of friends that don’t ride. We stayed there for a little while and then we moved on to Lewis. While in Lewis we stopped by the Cass County Freedom Rock and that is where we took our group picture. After that we stopped by The Lewis Place where the owners had free food and ice cold water for us. , which was most appreciated by most because the sun was starting to get hot!!! After a little time there we took off for Oakland. It was during that leg that we lost a few riders because they had other engagements, but there were still enough riders that we filled the pub we stopped at. From there we took off and went to Hancock. There they had a tent set up for our riders to get their card stamped and they had cold drinks

for all. After that we rode to The Exchange in Avoca. When we got there they had chips, salads, and some of the tastiest roast beef ever made. We never expected to get this kind of treatment. After filling our bellies and quenching our thirst we moved on to Walnut. Walnut was having their antique days. The streets were full of buyers and sellers so we slipped in the back door of the pub. It was so busy we didn’t hang out there very long, but instead saddled up and took off for Marne. We pulled into Marne and the streets were full of cars. As it turns out there was a sand volleyball tourney. There again the bar was packed and so we decided to move on rather quickly. From Marne we rode to Atlantic and had a quick stop there. People were starting to get excited that they were going to be drawing there cards shortly, so we took off and headed back to Huffy’s Mule Barn in Anita. There Huffy had food and drink specials and we had our card drawing. We paid the top 3 hands and the first place winner donated his winnings back to us to donate to Huntington’s disease to help find a cure. All in all everyone I have talked with had a great time. As for me I can’t wait to do it again next year.

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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties to tour, take one down, drive on around, 36 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. MARSHALL COUNTY Located at the intersection of Highways 30 and 14, Marshall County sits north east of the center of the state. It is in a very cool location from some of the major population points of Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, Ames, and Des Moines. It makes for a nice day trip from any of these locations, and a great place to stop off if you are traveling east or west on Highway 30 and avoiding the large slab a few miles south. We took a couple of different trips to cover Marshall County, and we were fortunate enough to have some company on both trips. On the first trip, Chop showed me some of his favorite hang outs, one of which is the Sunrise Café in Le Grand. Check that place out on the Will Ride to Eat Page. The second time around we had Jo and Ed Berry from Ankeny riding with us, and had a rock star fabulous day with great friends for the journey. One of the things we noticed right off the bat was the incredibly friendly nature of the people in Marshall County. At almost every stop people were greeting us and were not afraid to strike up a conversation, all while being cordial and helpful in our journey. Ed and Jo even mentioned some really cool spots that they will for sure revisit in the future.

and then in 1981 the southern end of town was destroyed by a tornado. Haverhill was the next stop on the tour with a cold one and some vittles at the Haverhill Social Club. Great

food, good atmosphere, and delightful service made for a great noon stop. It is one of those places that you can look around for hours. It seems to be an old general store that stood the test of time, and the décor is amazing. This place has tons of history, and one of the most unique bathroom views to date! Also in Haverhill is the Edel Blacksmith Shop. This place is literally like stepping back in time. The doors for the business were closed when the owner died in 1940, and has not been touched since. We were lucky that one of the local volunteers was around to show us the shop and the rest of the property that has remained unchanged for 75 years.

One of the first stops around Marshalltown was at a tree house. Yes, that is right, the Big Tree House. The Big Tree House is located three We rolled into Melbourne and had to stop by a popular miles east of Marshalltown spot for poker run stops in the area, Clark’s Bar. Mike and just north of Highway and Janet run this place and it has an old school small 30 on Shady Oaks Road. town bar feel for sure. Definitely worth a stop if you are It is a 12-level, 55-feet in the area. Melbourne is located just off of 330 and plus high, Treehouse with south of 30. This peaceful little burg has had its share over 5,000 square feet of tragedy over of floor space, complete the years though with music, electricity, as Melbourne telephone, microwave oven, suffered the refrigerator, running water, worst w disaster grill, 13 porch swings, in the town’s Shady Oaks Museum, history when a 2002 Spiral Stairway, and fire consumed the much, much more. This whole w business structure is so massive district in 1903 and impressive that it was Thunder Roads Magazinee of of Iowa Iowa Io wa on on Facebook Face Fa cebo book okk 18 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2015

featured on the Discovery Channel’s Monster Nation. More information can be found at treehouse.html. It is located right next to Shady Oaks Campground which is a quiet, peaceful, private campground. It is in fact one of the oldest private campgrounds in the state, being established in 1850. It is well worth a stop to check out the tree house if tours are available, and a nice place to camp for a night or more if in the area.

as Iowa’s premier family fun festival. These four days offer something for just about everyone with a carnival and other kids’ events, concerts, classic car cruises, vendors, a parade, and on Sunday the 27th, a Motorcycle Rodeo and Bike show. The event is on West Main, and with many classes for the bike show, and many events for the rodeo, it is a great biker addition to the city’s celebration. This celebration has great timing for an event to get some more bikes into town. Many other events are done for the year, and cooler weather make for a great ride from just about anywhere for some biker fun.

A couple more mandatory stops in Marshalltown are F&J Racing at 701 N 3rd Ave and TC’s Pub just up the street. Fred and Jackie have been in business here since 1990 and do a bang up job of everything from go fast mods to common service items. We were fortunate enough to see Fred finishing up on one of the fastest V Rods in the nation after completing the motor work. This is quite an impressive machine to hear run. Jackie always has a smile and a hug for the TRMI staff, and that is due to her huge heart. This lady is also the powerhouse behind the original Bike Blessing that is held in the spring every year in Marshalltown. People from all over come to get their bikes blessed, visit the vendors on hand, and break the ice for the riding season. Check out their website at Just a couple blocks north is TC’s Pub. They can be found on Facebook under TC’s Pub, and is one of the friendliest places in town! The locals here all wanted to say hello and welcomed us in. The day of the Marshall County tour was one of the steamier days of the summer, so a friendly spot to stop and get a cold one was very welcomed! They have a bike night the 4th Friday of every month, so b be being a short jaunt from many m me metro areas, makes for a great ride for a bike night.

Marshalltown is also the home of the Iowa Veterans Home. This facility staffs about 900 people that care for around 600 residents, all of which are former military or their spouses. The one and only in the state, it is noteworthy simply for what they do, and whom they provide services for. The motto “Iowa Forgets Not the Defenders of the Union” holds true.

Also in Marshalltown on September 24 - 27, 2015 is Oktemberfest. This ev event every year is touted

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We needed to head a ways north and back to the west and stopped in to Woody’s Roadside Tavern in Albion. This is the site of another bike night location, the last Friday of the month. We certainly could not stop in Albion without giving Dave and Sharon a call. They run Sharon’s Leather and are two of the nicest folks you will ever meet that can sell and sew patches, repair leather wear, and even make some cool custom leather outfits and accessories. If you have been to any of the larger events in the state, I am sure you have seen their smiling faces some where! Check them out at or look them up at the next rally or swap meet. This was by far not all that Marshall County had to offer, but the days got away from us quicker than anticipated. Check out Marshall County for yourself, and let us know what cool things you find! Join us next month for Mills County in Southwest Iowa. Sources Available Upon Request Vernon


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History of Motorcycles The Art of Customization Following the Second Great War, things in the motorcycle world were changing faster than Katy Perry’s hair

color. Across the pond, the BSA group purchased Triumph in 1951 and quickly became the world’s largest motorcycle producer. The German NSU was the largest manufacturer from 1955 to 1959, only to be beat out of first place by Honda in 1960. Norton had its own developments, with the manufacturing of the twin cylinder Dominator with a featherbed frame – lightweight and strong this café racer was the ride of choice by numerous world champion racers. Back home in the states, Indian ceased all operations and production in 1950. Five years later, Brockhouse Engineering purchased the rights to the Indian Motorcycle name and sold imported Royal Enfield models branded as Indian models until 1960. While others struggled, Harley-Davidson kept on keepin’ on and

Post war background aside…what aside what were our Veterans Veteran doing now that the war was over and they were back on American soil? Well they did what any one would do when out of sorts…they found a replacement for the comradery they had found during the war. That replacement came in the form of motorcycle riders grouped loosely into organized clubs…unbeknownst to them; these veterans had just changed history in the United States. The “biker” came into being, a new social institution had been forever introduced into American society…and we thank you for that. Last month I mentioned the overwhelming amount of surplus bikes that remained after the war…cheap and plentiful, people started snatching them up. Now, these groups that were gathering together (bikers if you will) must have had some time on their hands,

because they weren’t content with just changing social history once…Oh no my friends...these guys wanted far more. Now, having ridden European bikes during the war, they realized that Harley-Davison made some dependable machines, but they just couldn’t compete speed wise with what they had ridden during the war. So, naturally, they took these surplus bikes home and decided to modify them. These bikes were stripped down…ammunition racks, windshields, and scabbards discarded. Fenders were shortened or in some cases removed. Some left the paint alone, some chose to alter the standard olive green. What resulted in the end was the start of a new era, one that would change the world of motorcycles for generations to come. And so history was made again…probably in some dude’s garage…the bobber is born. While the bobber in 1952 released the side valve K model. This model will reign featured an integrated engine and transmission to for most of compete with sportier motorcycles coming out of the decade, Great Britain. In 1957 Harley delegated the K model there is yet the “Sportster”…it boasted a 55 cubic inch overhead another valve engine, and within 1 year of its debut had change become known as the first of the “superbikes”. The on the following year Harley introduced the first hydraulic horizon… rear brake and new rear suspension on Big Twin the bobber’s models, and the all new Duo-Glide. flashy Thunderr Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 22 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2015

cousin…the chopper comes to visit near the end of the fifties. You may be asking, what exactly is a bobber? Is it the same as a chopper? Well, the answer is No…While a chopper could indeed also be a bobber; they are not one in the same. Webster’s time is upon us…A bobber is defined as a stripped, stock motorcycle with a “bobbed” or shortened fender and only essential motorcycle parts remaining. It is minimalistic and has had as much weight shed as possible to increase speed and performance. On the other end of the spectrum lies the chopper…The chopper has also had non-essential items removed, but it has a major difference… the frame is not stock, it has been “chopped” and modified from its original factory state and the rake of the front fork has also been modified in order to move the front tire further from the bike. Now while the bobber maintained its minimalistic approach and focus on function and speed, the chopper presents riders with the option of being fast, as well as eye catching. When building choppers first became a “thing” most people didn’t really know exactly what they were doing. Bikers would gather in garages and/or shops, enlisting the help of friends in order to modify their frames and lighten their bikes. Gas tanks, headlights, and blinkers were made smaller. Some bikers removed their batteries and replaced them with magnetos to further reduce weight. Standard front tires were replaced with narrower tires, and handlebars were modified to be taller to compensate for the rake of the front fork (ape hangers). Bikers noticed immediately how much different it was to ride a motorcycle with these modifications, but did that stop anyone from pushing the envelope and creating bigger and better choppers in the future? Of course not…I’ve never met a biker who would back down from a challenge, and this was no different. I affectionately referred to the chopper as the “flashy cousin” of the bobber….but let’s be honest here. The Chopper is more like an attention whore, and being in the limelight seems only fitting for such a diva. Choppers are unique, they are individualistic, and they deserve their own article. The chopper era took the Unites States by storm, and produced some pretty amazing names in the biker world. So, although I have been told that I shouldn’t encourage egocentrism…I am going to give in, just this once and spend next month looking at all that is chopper, and the extremes the chopper culture went to in the 1960’s. Melanie Schwarte

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Where has the riding season gone? It seems like the season just got started and now it is going to start winding down quickly. September is upon us and could be viewed as the turning point of the riding season. It is the last opportunity of the year to get out and enjoy a long 3 day fun filled weekend of biker events. It seems like after Labor Day Weekend comes to a close, the sunshine filled days start to fade away quickly taking the primo riding conditions along with it.

unique, and antique…it will all be there rain or shine. As an added bonus this year’s theme bike is “Sidecars”. I wonder if any of those dudes driving Sling Shots and calling them motorcycles will show up thinking that since it has 3 wheels and someone is riding beside them they bought the sidecar version.

Last but not least, not exactly in the middle of the state but close enough for me. I could hit up the Thunder in the Sand Redneck Revival at Conesville. Labor Day Weekend will be here soon and along Three days of bands, pole dancing, street legal with it comes plenty of opportunities for Iowa bikers drag races, a bike show, and a golf cart show. I to spend 3 days doing what they enjoy. I am really can honestly say I have never been to a golf cart struggling which way should I go? show and this might be my only opportunity. In my sick mind there is something rather odd but yet Should I head to the west side of the state where captivating about the combination of Rednecks, golf Midway Tavern will be hosting the 17th Annual carts, and an AC/DC tribute band. My warped brain Solider Valley Run? There will be plenty of bands, expects T.N.T. to be blaring through the crowd while lots of vendors, tattoos and camping available some Joe Dirt look alike turns a “golf cart” made out just about anywhere I want to pitch my tent. That of a recliner and lawn mower engine into a huge little Iowa town rolls out the red carpet for the explosion! bikers. It’s a great way to commemorate the biker lifestyle before wrapping up the riding season Then again, with 3 full days of riding it might be and is guaranteed to be a damn good time. Riding a good time for me to not only get out of town but through the twisty, turning roads of the Loess Hills violate the conditions of my probation and cross area always makes for some great riding. And after state lines. Maybe I should head for Colorado; taking in the scenery on Main Street all evening the if I get caught I will claim it was for medicinal ride home through the valleys of the Loess Hills is a purposes. Or check out Sturgis now that the rally is lot like a cold shower. over, riding the Black Hills could be enjoyable. The crowds are gone, the weather is cooler, the roads Or maybe I should head to the east side of the and pit stops are extremely quiet and best of all the state where old friends meet and new friends are tee-shirts are cheap. made at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds for the 44th Davenport Fall International Meet. If you are If you don’t have the luxury of living the lifestyle into vintage, hard to find bikes and parts this is for 3 full days check out the TRMI events list there the place to be. The fairgrounds will be overtaken are still a number of cool one day events to join in with vendors who specialize in the older stuff. on before the riding season races to the finish line. There will be plenty of biker memorabilia, hard to Wherever your wheels take you, ride safe and enjoy find items, parts, parts, and more parts. If I can’t the open road. find something that catches my eye at the swap meet, I better call my head doctor because there is Shifty LaRue something seriously wrong with me! Of course this is also home to the only antique flat track races in Iowa that I am aware of, and it is definitely a good time. If all the old bike parts don’t get me excited, the bike exhibit surely should. The old, the rare,


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Some S om me off tthe h ccoolest he oooleest custom rides started off with stripping absolutely everything off the motorcycle, modifying the frame, making and modifying components, and then putting it back together. This started well before the days of ultra-expensive bolt on specials that some call choppers. These bikes were bought with blood, sweat, and tears, and with even more added in the process of making it the riders’ ride that they could be proud of. When all of this was going on, Knuckleheads were cheap, Panheads even cheaper, and could be found for mere hundreds, not umpteen thousands of dollars like today. Riders and builders had not a clue about what the now vintage motorcycle market would do. Pieces and parts and entire motorcycles were chopped, welded, ground, and made into the rolling pieces of art that we have grown to love. These pieces and parts after modifications for the most part are worth a bit less than stock un-chopped versions today. That is not to say that many of these old parts are not without value, and still have some cool potential for even more customization. With current availability of reproduction parts, many of these old school chops can be brought back to life in their original form, for a mild custom, or even for a full blown restoration. Bringing back pieces from a life built with a torch and a welder can be interesting, painstaking, and also very rewarding. One example of such is this 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide frame. This one started off life as one of the “new� Panheads with the first year for a rear suspension. This frame was purchased as a bare frame from my father-in-law, and just seemed like something that had not been hacked too much to get back to original style. As with many old motorcycle parts, the history leaves some gaps at best, and if this was ever a finished product as a street-able ride is unknown. When I got my hands on this chunk of iron, it at best would need checked out, cleaned up, and modified to make work with whatever style of parts that I wanted to add to it. I opted for a stock style, and started on the homework to make it as close to stock as possible. The rear gas tank and seat mounts had been cut off; same with the floor board tabs, tool box mounts, fork lock boss, and many other modifications to the frame. It had pieces welded in to cover the ugly under seat frame area, and 28 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2015

it had what appeared to be passenger peg mounts added. After looking at countless pictures, studying frame charts, looking at examples of period frames, researching in the Palmer bible, and chatting with many vintage motorcycle loving friends, I had a direction. For the parts that had been cut off, I found Wasco Frame out of Tacoma, Washington. You can email them at wascoframeinc@ or look on their website Richard is one of the most knowledgeable and experienced frame dudes in the country, and he has personally repaired more frames than he can count. Doing what he does since 1975, he has an inventory of the common HarleyDavidson frame repair parts for Knuckleheads, Panheads, and Shovelheads. It does not matter if it was a previous chop, or a crash, most frames can be brought back to better than stock. I ordered the pieces that I needed, and a few short days later, I had them in my hands and ready to move onto the next phase. For the welding, I needed someone that was up for the task to work on this old piece of iron, so I immediately called Dana Menefee from Siouxicide Choppers in Sioux City, Iowa. You can check out his website at and see some of his custom made Machine Gun Handlebars, and his new 39 MM Slip in Springer front end. Dana has years of welding and fabrication experience, and has built and modified countless bikes over the years. With the proper charts, examples, and diagrams, I knew that Dana and crew could get this frame whipped back into shape. They got the replacement tabs welded on in the precise spots that they needed to be. A few of the other parts had to be fabricated and were spot on. Not exactly stock style, but as damn close as one can get. When Mike and I picked it up, he commented that the welds looked too good! As anyone that has ever looked at a vintage HD frame, the welding is certainly not pretty, so the new welding is not near the 1958 style chicken scratch factory welds with the equipment they had available almost 60 years ago. The next stage of the project is to get it blasted and painted. Turn Joe Chance loose with the Palmer book and a paint gun and get a stock color thrown on this frame and swing arm, and then start gathering the rest of the pieces for a vintage ride. Anyone have a 1958 Harley engine laying around they want to part with? Vernon

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Is “Blast a Bambi for a Bro”Too Harsh? It’s been a tough year for riders around here, and nationwide as well. We at MAG are doing everything we can to raise driver awareness and make the motorized part of our Iowa riding environment safer. But we had a different kind of loss last month our Road Captain Piglet Lowe outright lost his sister in law and damn near lost his brother in law when they hit a deer on their bike. For the record she left five kids. RIP Elizabeth Zwinger. I felt horrible and helpless all at once. But then it occurred to me- we’re not helpless at all when it comes to lessening the chance riders hitting deer. Yes, there are riding practices that make hitting a deer less likely, like avoiding twilight and early morning rides. But we are all capable of doing more. First, please read the information below from the Iowa DNR website:

hardship to Iowa’s landowners as well as alter the natural vegetative community. Maintaining a deer population in balance with the wants and needs of the people in the state is a difficult task, but hunting is the only viable management option to achieve this goal.

“Hunting is the only viable management option” to control deer population. I read that as a command of sorts, if you don’t like the deer population, go do something about it. When I grew up around here, as the article said, it was a big deal to see a deer in the wild. One ran through our neighborhood in 1972 and broke a small retaining wall. It actually made the paper. Well, those days are over. Deer populations are way higher now, and it’s a rare drive or ride that I don’t see one or more along the road. I freely admit that as my life has become more consumed by other activities, like being a parent, leading a motorcycle group and Reestablishment of Deer holding several jobs, I’ve drifted away from hunting Reestablishment of deer into the state can be traced as much as I used to. I’m obviously not alone, because to escapes and releases from captive herds and statewide and nationwide the numbers of people trans-location and natural immigration from deer hunting is in steep decline. Forecasts are made each herds in surrounding states. A conservative estimate year so that appropriate numbers of tags can be issued of the population in 1936 placed statewide numbers for prospective hunters. These forecasts have been at between 500 and 700 animals. This small herd high because fewer people hunt every year. Therefore grew steadily. By 1950 deer were reported in most it’s like trying to hit a moving target for the DNR, lower counties and the statewide estimate topped 10,000. numbers come out to hunt each year, so then lower Concentrations in some areas were beginning to cause numbers of deer are taken. If you read the DNR Deer problems by damaging agricultural crops. In response Study Advisory Committee Report of 2009, they are to these problems the first modern deer season was basically begging people to shoot more antlerless held in December of 1953 and 4,000 deer were killed. deer and does in an effort to control deer population in Currently, the deer herd is estimated to be about this state. 200,000 after the hunting season, and harvests have approached 100,000 in recent years. So I guess what I’m saying is, it’s time to put some blaze orange on and get back out there. Shotgun season isn’t Careful management of deer populations by man has particularly hard to ramp up for, just a good old 12 also played a crucial role in allowing deer numbers gauge and some slugs will set you up. Bow season will to return to the levels enjoyed today. Management take some more planning and logistics, but not out of consists of carefully regulating the harvest since the reach of anybody that can make a Road Glide go hunting provides the only major source of mortality down the road. And it’s not like you have to be Clint for deer today. Unchecked, Iowa’s deer herd could Eastwood to get one. And unless I’m making this more grow at a rate of 20% to 40% each year. At this rate, complicated than it actually is, every deer that goes deer numbers would double in as few as 3 years. With home in the back of a truck is one less along the road Iowa’s abundant agricultural crops providing food, to hit. Each doe will have two fawns each year, and they densities could potentially reach 100 or more deer per do this for up to ten years. Each doe that is turned into square mile before natural regulatory mechanisms a bag of deer sticks has no more fawns; seems pretty would begin to affect deer health and slow the rate of simple to me. I’ll be seeing you in Blaze Orange next growth. Deer numbers this high would cause economic time. Mark Mullins, President, MAG


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This Military Rider page this month is dedicated to a Western Iowa/Eastern Nebraska organization called Moving Veterans Forward. With the mantra that NO VET should ever go without food, housing, health care, work, or respect, they have been trying to help out however they can. We were made aware of this organization by Nate Christensen of Harlan, Iowa, who also owns Locked and Loaded Outfitters. He is a huge supporter of the organization, and even wanted to purchase the cover spot to help promote a fundraiser for Moving Veterans Forward. On September 17, 2015 Locked and Loaded Outfitters will be hosting a steak dinner in an effort to raise money to feed homeless veterans. The meal will consist of a steak, potato, vegetable, and desert. The dinner will coincide with Roar Into Harlan Bike Night. A twenty dollar ticket will also get you entered for a chance at a Ruger 10/22 or a Savage Model 64, along with other door prizes. Please come out and support a great cause. Locked and Loaded Outfitters is located at 612 Market Street in Harlan, Iowa. Tickets are available at Locked and Loaded Outfitters in Harlan, Iowa. For further information please call 712-235-4867.

apartments and houses. The main goal of Moving Veterans Forward is to give Veterans in need a boost to help get them turned around and become self-sufficient again after dealing with adversity. Not a hand out program, but helping hand to get them on their feet. The cause is to continue helping out those that have given more than we will ever understand.

Moving Veterans Forward is a legitimate non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. It is operated entirely by volunteers and was founded by Ron Hernandez from Omaha. He and John P. Emswiler II of Denison, Iowa are the driving forces behind it. Ron and John, along with many volunteers, collect donated furniture, household goods and food. They then transport the items to storage facilities in and around the Omaha area to hold until needed. Ron Hernandez works directly with the Veterans Administration in references to Veterans that need assistance. The VA contacts Ron whenever they find housing for a homeless Veteran. Ron then goes and picks up the Veteran and takes them to the storage facilities. The Veteran is then allowed to pick out what they want for their new home. A bed, furniture, nickknacks, kitchen items, towels, and just about everything that is needed on a daily basis. Ron then takes them to their new home and helps them move in and get situated. Ron is a disabled Veteran himself, but does this full time with absolutely no compensation. John is a retired Veteran and, with countless volunteers, helps to ensure that Moving Veterans Forward always has on hand what is needed. To date Moving Veterans Forward has helped place and outfitted 512 Veteran’s

Why are so many homeless? There are several factors that contribute to this problem. Some have no families that stayed through the multiple deployments. Some turned to substance abuse to cope with the changes in their lives or to deal with the PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) that they now face from what they endured. But now, the signature wound of the Middle East conflicts is TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, for which some homeless veterans are suffering from. TBI occurs from explosive devises that jar the brain causing permanent damage. This irreversible condition contributes to the loss of the ability to work, strained relationships, and poor decision choices. For some, they end up on the streets, unable to support themselves.


Many people do not have a grasp on the issue at hand. Veterans served to protect our way of life, and then seem to fall through the cracks upon returning home. There are many things that our Soldiers encounter that can permanently affect them for their entire lives. According to a 2013 NCVAS (National Center for Veteran Analysis and Statistics) report, the current Veteran population is 21,978,000. Of this number, 1.2 million are WWII, 2.1 million Korean, 5.5 million peacetime, 6.5 million Gulf War and 7.3 million are Vietnam Veterans. Alongside these statistics are the number of Veterans considered to be disabled in some way and that is a staggering 3.74 million men and women. As if that isn’t sad enough, 250,000 of those are homeless.

Moving Veterans Forward is currently taking donations for assisting Veterans. Items like furniture, small electronics, house wares, dishes and kitchen items are always welcome. If you have any donations items or prefer a cash contribution, please contact Ron at 402-3016300 or John at 514-3024305 or look us up on Facebook under Moving Veterans Forward.


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Sunrise Café 908 West Main Street Le Grand, Iowa 50142 Tuesday-Saturday 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM

For the longest time we saw posts of some awesome food pics on Facebook from a good friend in Marshall County. Knowing that it was on the list coming up soon, I just had to be patient and wait for the perfect time. When I knew I was coming through the area, I had to find out exactly where this place was and check it out. For the September issue on the 99 County Tour, Marshall County was slated, and Le Grand proved to be the place to be. Located just east of Marshalltown on Highway 30, the Sunrise Café cannot be bypassed. Take the exit, go a short jaunt south into town, and look to the west. The café sits in the northwest corner of town. It is across the way from the gas station and it is literally one of those awesome little mom and pop types of places. There is a large parking lot, and paved on street parking as well for plenty of bikes if you are doing a group ride for some vittles. When you walk in this place, it is about as down home as you can get. The locals nod or say hello, which in some places simply does not happen. The staff greets you and says to grab a table where ever you would like and quickly asks for drink order. Looking at the menu and looking at other plates as they come out makes ya feel like you better have an appetite, or room for a to-go box when you leave. With breakfast all day, it made for a difficult decision on what to get for the noon meal.

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I decided on breakfast, and ended up with an-everything-ya need platter. A stuffed omelet type of dish with plenty of hash browns, bacon, onions, peppers, and topped it all off with some amazing home-style sausage gravy. The eggs were cooked spot on, and then the filling added in at just the right moment to meld it all together. Plenty of potatoes to stick to your ribs for the rest of the ride, and the gravy with big chunks of sausage melded it all together for a complete meal. Chop opted for the chicken dinner. This cat makes me look small, and when he said it was more than he could eat I laughed. When his plate was delivered I then saw how true his statement was. Giant beer battered chicken strips adorned the plate that must have been a

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One day 3 women went to the top of a water flume in a swimming pool. There was a black haired, brown haired, and a blonde haired woman. When they got to the top a genie appeared from nowhere and said “when you’re going down the flume shout out the one thing that you want and you will land in it at the bottom. So the black haired woman went down and shouted “money” and landed in a load of cash, the brown haired woman went down and shouted “gorgeous men!” and landed in a pile of men. The blonde nde nd woman wasn’t listening to the genie so she went down shouting weeeeeee. Facebook asks what I’m thinking. Twitter asks what I’m doing. Foursquare asks where I am. The internet has turned into a crazy spouse. On the first day of college, the Dean addressed the students, pointing out some of the rules: “The female dormitory will be out-of-bounds for all male students, and the male dormitory to the female students. Anybody caught breaking this rule will be fined $20 the first time.” He continued, “Anybody caught breaking this rule the second time will be fined $60. Being caught a third time will cost you a fine of $180. Are there any questions?” At this point, a male student in the crowd inquired: “How much for a season pass?” On a special teacher’s day, a kindergarten teacher was receiving gifts from her pupils. The florist’s son handed her a gift. She shook it, held it over her head, and said, “I bet I know what it is - flowers!” “That’s right!” said the boy, “but how did you know?” “Just a wild guess,” she said. The next pupil was the candy store owner’s daughter. The teacher held her gift overhead, shook it, and said, “I bet I can guess what it is - a box of candy!” “That’s right! But how did you know?” asked the girl. “Just a lucky guess,” said the teacher. The next gift was from the liquor store owner’s son. The teacher held the bag over her head and noticed that it was leaking. She touched a drop of the leakage with her finger and tasted it. “Is it wine?” she asked. “No,” the boy replied. The teacher repeated the process, touching another drop of the leakage to her tongue. “Is it champagne?” she asked. “No,” the boy replied. The teacher then said, “I give up, what is it?” The boy replied, “A puppy!” Scooter Trash finally decided to tie the knot with his longtime girlfriend. One evening, after the honeymoon, he was cleaning one of his motorcycles for an upcoming show. His wife was standing there at the bench watching him. After a long period of silence she finally spoke. “Honey, I’ve just been thinking, now that we are married maybe it’s time you quit spending all your time out here in the garage. You probably should consider selling your motorcycles along with your gun collection.” He gets this horrified look on his face. She says, “Darling, what’s wrong?” He stated “There for a minute you were starting to sound like my ex-wife!” “Ex-wife!”, she screams. YOU NEVER TOLD ME YOU WERE MARRIED BEFORE!” He replied, “I wasn’t.”


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The Feds are doing it again…. On July 27th the American Motorcyclist Association delivered nearly 30,000 signatures to the U.S. EPA in opposition to the agency’s proposal to increase the amount of ethanol in the fuel we use. In 2014 the EPA set the renewable fuel standard for 2014 at the levels that we actually produced - 15.93 billion gallons. For 2015 they set it at 16.3 billion gallons and for 2016 its set at 17.4 billion gallons. If you do the math, based upon today’s fuel consumption levels, it will lead to forcing purchases of higher blends like E15. Currently there are 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use. None of them are certified by the EPA to use fuels containing more than 10% ethanol. Accidently using the wrong fuel may cause engine or fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty. This doesn’t even take into account the millions of other small air-cooled engines we all own such as snow blowers, chainsaws, lawn mowers, trimmers, etc. Again, none of which are approved to use higher than E10 blends.

Here at home…. It’s political time in Iowa. We are in a presidential election cycle and once again we here in Iowa get first chance to make a difference. Your owe it to yourself, your kids, grandkids and your country to get out there and meet these people and find out what they’re about. Don’t just trust the talking heads on TV. The rest of the country doesn’t get this opportunity. Let’s make the most of it. Questions or comments:

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (another bureaucracy) wants to set new federal standards for helmet construction. Anyone really think that’s a good idea? The law also includes a “testing procedure” for law enforcement to use in the field to check helmet liner thickness. It’s interesting that a federal agency wants to control helmets when it’s always been a state by state situation. This can’t possibly be good. Let’s all remember there’s no law to prevent you from wearing one if you want to.

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Friday Fro’s Wilton Knoxville Bike Night Knoxville (1st Friday) Dubuque Harley-Davidson (Last Friday) Dee’s Catfish Cove Davenport Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) TC’s Pub Marshalltown (4th Friday) Woody’s Roadside Tavern Albion (Last Friday) TJ’s Pour House Exira (2nd Friday) Sandy Hook Tavern Hazel Green, WI Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday) Biscuit’s Bar and Grill Buffalo Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Friday) Monroe Bike Night (4th Friday) Thunder Nites Newton-(2nd Friday)

Saturday Winterset Bike Night Winterset (3rd Saturday) Avenue of the Saints St. Charles Bike night (Sep 19) Cellar Peanut Pub in Oskaloosa (Sep 5)

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