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Welcome to September! I happen to like this month more than others for a number of reasons. For one, it is my birthday month and I get to turn 47 years old this year. You may think that is odd, that I GET to turn 47, but I am just happy as a clam that I have made it this far! I never really thought of making it this far and I can still remember when I thought 25 was old and a long ways off, but I am ecstatic to be where I am today. I have a great family and far more friends than any one guy should be allowed to have. I am fortunate to be able to still be publishing an Iowa motorcycle magazine every month, and now also being able to build, buy, and sell some guns with our other sideline deal, Thunder Guns. I cannot really complain much about anything, and that is all to our gracious supporters, readers, and fans of TRMI. I would like to thank each and every one of you personally for being a part of my life and world, but as that would be impossible, so I can take care of that here. Thanks all for being valuable parts of my world.

all of them so far, feel free to let us know your ideas on what we could do to make it better, to keep rolling, and to move into the future. We cannot adopt every idea that we hear, but we sure love to hear them and see what we can take on.

One last thing that I love about September is the early fall riding. Temperatures are a bit lower, with an occasional wild card hot as hell day. On average though, it is more comfortable to ride and experience the countryside of Iowa and the changes of the scenery. Watching the crops grow, mature, and then disappear this time of year is simply amazing to see. The events calendar ends up with more and more days of no rallies, runs, or bike nights and it is a great time to ride just for the fun of it. At least for us it is anyway. This becomes our time to just enjoy two wheels without needing to be somewhere at a particular time. I usually try to do an Iron Butt ride in September sometime as well, generally around my birthday. This is for no other purpose than the fact that I dig hitting 1,000 miles in around 15 hours, and Another part of September that is totally bad ass in my mind still happy that I am able to do so and enjoy it. Get out and is the fact that it marks the 100th issue of Thunder Roads enjoy the weather before it changes into crap late fall and Magazine of Iowa since we took over back in June of 2010. winter. It is crazy and almost surreal to think that we have put out 100 issues of this thing that we pour our heart and soul in Never Forget… to each and every month. If you have read every issue, I would like to hear from you! Send me an email or give Vernon me a holler. I think it would be pretty damn cool to have a chat with someone that has followed us for all 100 issues, Quote of the Month: “If we learn nothing else from this and can give us some input on what they would like to see tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for for the next 100 issues! I guess even if you have not read hate.” Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl

On the Cover This month on the cover is the University of Iowa’s Stead Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, accompanied by some sexy red eye candy. The bike is a 2018 Road Glide Custom and it is provided by the 620 Foundation, a nonprofit created by Metro Harley-Davidson Can-Am Suzuki to raise funds for the hospital. You don’t want to miss out on your chance to win, so head on over to Metro Harley-Davidson or online at and get your ticket(s) before the big drawing on September 13th! 4 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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CMA Iowa’s State Rally was held in Fort Dodge this year and it so happened to start the day after all the tornados went through Iowa. On our way up we had a chance to see some of the destructive aftermath in and around the Pella area which then brought back vivid memories of last year’s Freedom Rally. Karla was not able to attend last year so I would call her in the evenings to touch base. I was on the phone with her when our camp got hit. While sitting on my cot in the tent talking with her, I noticed the wind had picked up dramatically and then it picked up a lot more. Pretty soon the fiberglass poles folded, the tent was lying across my shoulders and I was the tent support. When the side of tent began ripping on the edge of the cot and the canopy behind me took off and flew over the tent and crashed into my bike I told her “I think maybe I should get off the phone”. No one was injured, and although we lost several canopies and tents, we did get some awesome pictures of clouds and the storm roaring through. After several runs to town, lots of duct tape, cobbling and help from neighbors, CMA was operational again. As a result of what happened the ABATE districts got together and erected a beautiful metal-roofed structure for our use this year. Yay ABATE of Iowa! This year’s Freedom Rally was great with the exception of the phone call telling us of the passing of our good friend Don (Moose) Kirchner. The Iowa biking community lost a big man, both physically and spiritually. Don was huge, 6’7’’ and 300++pounds, but he was just as large spiritually. Most anyone that was married at a rally or attended a Vets Tribute would know Don. He seemed to be everywhere speaking at everything the last 15 years until his health failed him. Even then he and his wife Darlene continued to counsel and minister to people in their home and in recent years, as his ability to travel became limited, Don took an Associate Pastor’s position at a church in Ottumwa. He was very active in ABATE as a life member and former District 14 coordinator; he was a Marine, a member of CMA, Patriot Guard and the Chosen Few MC.

many were helped through traumatic life events by Don? Please stand.” He then had everyone look around the room and balcony to see the multitude of people on their feet. Don’s life touched so many and gave those of us who knew him something to try and emulate. He was the first to admit he was a fallible, flawed individual with a past he wasn’t always proud of but when he got saved, he was all in for Jesus and wanted everyone to know how to come to Christ and grow in Christ. He was a good example of how the Lord uses all of our past mistakes and experiences to prepare us to help others in similar situations. The saying that ”Today is preparation for tomorrow” is so true.

When asked how he was doing, Don’s response even when sick was always, “I’m blessed and highly favored”. He had that confidence and knowledge of where he stood with the Lord and looked at his impending passing not with dread but as a going-home celebration. A favorite scripture of his was Jeremiah 29:11 which says; ”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. He knew there was so much more to eternity than this brief life as we know it. I’m also sure that when Don got to heaven he heard what Matthew 25:21 says: “His master said to him, well done good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master”. Don’s legacy is - and will continue to be - something special. The thing is, we will all have the Don’s passing left a huge hole in many lives; Karla and opportunity to pass on a legacy of our own as well. It just I rode to our first Freedom Rally, Hawgstock and COC meetings with him. We were blessed to have many miles remains to be seen what it will be. and memories together: State Line Rallies, Conesville Rest in peace, Brother Don. Rallies, The Horse Rally and Changing of the Colors Rallies, campfires, camaraderie and conversations. He Blessings, Mark was an encourager and truly cared about people. The pastor at his funeral didn’t let people get up and talk Mark and Karla Cornick are Area Reps with the Christian as there were so many attending but he did ask several Motorcyclists Association. Find out more about CMA questions. He asked “How many were saved as direct result of Don’s ministry? Please stand.” He asked “How and God’s plan for you at 6 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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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

Biker Accessories 1606 P Avenue Milford, Iowa 51351 214-914-4555 Text or Call Follow us on Facebook!! Crispy’s Biker Apparel Cedar Rapids, Iowa Find Us On Facebook 319-241-0916 HMC Industries, Inc. 702 S. 3rd Ave. Marshalltown, IA 50158 Toll Free: 844-957-1502 Leather & Hawgs 316 Main, Hornick, Iowa 121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa

Churches Least of Saints Ministry 1305 E 10th Street S Newton, Iowa 641-521-0156


Ernie’s Harley-Davidson 2701 Hwy 18 East Algona, IA 50511 515-295-7951

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

Barney’s 203 S Mill Street Wadena, Iowa 52169 563-774-2525 Barney’s Wadena on Facebook

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

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

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

Indian Motorcycle of Mason City Mason City Powersports 12499 265th Street Mason City 641-423-3181


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

Loess Hills Harley-Davidson 57408 190th Street Pacific Junction IA 51561 712-800-3500 MCA Midwest Cycle Authority 2544 Hubbell Ave DSM 515-266-2100 On Facebook Metro Harley-Davidson 2415 Westdale Drive SW Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52404 319-362-9496 Nishna Valley Cycle HONDA – YAMAHA – KTM Atlantic, Iowa 50022 1-888-577-6406 Okoboji Harley-Davidson 1005 Eastview Avenue Okoboji IA, 51355 712-332-7700 Okoboji Leasing Company Looking for 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s Vintage Bikes to Buy! Contact Jim Wilcox 515-320-6416

Baxter Cycle 311 4th Street Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2351

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

Big Barn Harley-Davidson 81 NW 49th Place Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-265-4444 2814 SE 14th St, DSM 515-288-9600 Custom American V-twins Follow us on Facebook

Carroll Cycle Center 1327 Plaza Dr Carroll, Iowa 712-792-1610

Storm Lake Honda 3040 Expansion Blvd Storm Lake, Iowa 50588 712-732-2460

Edwards Motorsports and RV’s 1010 34th Avenue Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501 712-366-8400

Struthers Bros Kaw-Suz-Tri 5191 NW 2nd Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50313 515-282-3634 or


Book Em Dano’s 33 S Main Street Denison, Iowa 51442 712-263-9818Mon-Sat 4-2 Dancers Nightly 5-1:30 Celebrations DJ & Karaoke Services Newton, IA 641-521-8036 Any Occasion /Rally or Event EmCee Facebook/Ray Johansen(Celebrations) Specializing in Weddings & Receptions National Motorcycle Museum 102 Chamber Drive Anamosa, Iowa 52205 319-462-3925 Okoboji Classic Cars Museum and Restoration Shop 810 Jeppeson Road West Okoboji, Iowa 51351 712-332-8029

Food and Drink (Popular Poker & Fun Run Locations) Ambro’s Roadhouse 917 Guthrie St De Soto, Iowa 50069 515-468-2236 Great Food! Ambro’s Roadhouse on Facebook American Legion Post 46 1301 S 6th Street Marshalltown, Iowa50158 641-752-3612 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week American Legion Post 111 1101 W 4th Street S Newton 641-792-3353 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Amigo’s 280 North 1st Street Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501 515-576-0142 Barn Burner Bar & Grill Brayton, Iowa Steaks, Seafood, Burgers 712-549-2276 Open 5:00 PM Wed, Th, Fri, Sat

Catfish Charlie’s On the Mississippi River 1630 E. 16th Street Dubuque, IA 52001 (563)582-8600 Chrome Horse Saloon Newbo 1201 3rd St SE 319-200-4440 Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 Check Us Out on Facebook Live Music Friday & Sat Desperados 105 E 5th Street Atlantic 712-243-7087 Home of Cold Beer, Good Times, Pizza & Wings Firehouse Bar 1211 5th Street Downtown Sioux City, IA 712-224-1020 Open Daily at 12:00 Flat Tire Lounge 304 S Madison Madrid 515-795-4174 Outdoor Patios – Happy Hour 3-9 Flat Tire Lounge on Facebook Fore Seasons Golf Bar 6232 HWY S-74 South Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-1246 Open to the Public 7 Days a Week Grinnell Eagles Club 616 4th Avenue Grinnell, Iowa 50112 Open 7 Days a Week Check Us on Facebook Grinnell Pub 909 State Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-260-8003 Goozman’s Westside Bar & Grill 1019 7th St Harlan, Iowa 712-755-2259 Goozman’s Westside on Facebook Happenings Bar 508 W Market Street Steamboat Rock, Iowa 641-868-2000

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

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

Rumors Bar & Grill 400 F Ave Cedar Rapids, IA Live Music & Food 319-286-0806

The Buck Snort Neb City 715 1st Corso Nebraska City, NE 68410 402-713-5169 Buck Snort Neb City on Facebook

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

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

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

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

Iowa Legendary Rye 707 N Main Street Carroll, Iowa 51401

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

Sandbar 103 North Noyes Street Mondamin, Iowa 51557 712-646-2300 Facebook Sandar Mondamin

The Buck Snort Red Oak 322 E Coolbaugh Street Red Oak, Iowa 51566 712-357-1701 The Buck Snort Red Oak on Facebook

J.R. Willie’s Gateway to the Beautiful Hill Country Colesburg, IA 563-856-5095 Open Daily Mon-Sun 11AM Home of the Willie Whopper

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

Scooters on Broadway 475 NE Broadway Des Moines, Iowa 515-288-1053

The Exchange 171 S Elm Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-343-2609 Lang’s Pizza, Cold Beer, Sports

Just 1 More 515-570-4206 641-757-0159 309 Railway Jamaica, Iowa 50128

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

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

The Horses Ass 207 N. Main Street Roland, Iowa, 50236 515-388-4443 The Horses Ass on Facebook

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

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

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

Kippy’s Place 364 NW Main Street Elkhart, Iowa 50073 51-37-3104 Open at 11 Daily..find us on FB

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

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



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

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

Lily Jack Saloon 301 Ash Street Castana, Iowa 51010 712-353-6402 7 Days a Week @ 2;00 Lynn’s On Merle Hay 6014 NW 59th Ct Johnston, Iowa 50131 515-270-9806 Find us on Facebook! Mainstreet Bar 204 E. Main Street Terril, Iowa 51364 507-841-0978 Check Us Out on Facebook

k McCanns Tap NE 14th & 54th Des Moines, Iowa 50313 Bike Parking M-F 2:00 Sat & Sun 11:00

Sugar’s Diner & Lounge 2725 E Kanesville Blvd Council Bluffs, Iowa 712-322-3600 Check us out on Facebook

1500 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3606 M-F 11AM-, S-S 4PMPolk City Pub 217 W Broadway Polk City, Iowa 50226 515-984-9388 Open @ 11:00AM / Closed Mon. 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 Roadhouse 105 Washington Marne, Iowa 51552 712-781-2272 Home of the Marne Burger Ruby’s Pub and Grill 114 NE 2nd Street Stuart NEWLY REMODELED Full Kitchen & Bar Check us out on Facebook

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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

The Buck Snort Restaurant & Sports Bar 25 Scott Street Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 712-328-2825 TheBuckSnortrestaurantandsportsbaronFB The Buck Snort 419 Sharp Street Glenwood, Iowa 51534 712-520-6454 Buck Snort Glenwood on Facebook The Buck Snort 113 4th Street Neola, Iowa 51559 712-485-9090 The Buck Snort on Facebook

The Place2B! 116 N. Federal Ave Mason City, IA 50401 M-F 3p-2a S-S 2p-2a Find Us On Facebook The Yankee Clipper 312 SW Maple St Ankeny, Ia 50023 515-964-9484

Pines Steakhouse Oinkers Lounge & Grill

Latitude 41 6170 NW Polk City Dr Polk City, Iowa Floating Bar, Bands Find us on Facebook



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

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

Vic’s Main Tap 304 Broadway Audubon, Iowa 50025 712-563-2122 Opens Sun-Fri 2:30, Sat 9:30 Whatcha Smokin? BBQ+Brew 403 Iowa Avenue Luther, Iowa 50152 515-257-7490 Everyday 11am-9pm Wilson’s Tap and Recreation 1008 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036/ 515-433-1395


Guns and Ammo

Photo and Art

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

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

JLM Shooters Supply 6931 Douglas Avenue Urbandale, Iowa 50322 515-331-1577


McCunn Specialty Firearms 74980 Richland Road Massena, Iowa 50853 712-779-GUNS

Insurance & Financial

A+ Affordable Heat, Air, Refrigeration & Geo Thermal 22274 Old Lincoln Hwy Crescent, Iowa 51526 712-329-9901 BCS Computers 100 Industrial Road Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115 641-747-3344

Cycle Clinic 2209 ML King Pkwy Des Moines, Iowa 50314 515-288-6954

Thunder Road Cycles 4106 Rockingham Rd Davenport, Iowa 52802 563-323-3172 Thunder Road Cycles on Facebook

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

Weeks Manufacturing & Powdercoating 2235 400th Street Walnut, Iowa 51577 402-651-6977

Indian Phil’s 2135 S. Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, Iowa 50023 515-795-6158


Mean Machine Cycle Parts Elkhart, Iowa 50073 Stereos, Bars, LED Lights, Air Ride Mon-Fri 9-6, Sat 9-12 515-367-7336 Motorcycle Medic 3176 Highway 30 Woodbine, Iowa 51579 712-647-2818 Open Tues-Sat Noon-6PM

Unkl Ruckus’s Smoking Emporium & Skate Shop 5725 Urbandale Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50310 Open Mon-Sat 10-8, Sun 11-6


Farm Bureau Financial Services 208 Faith Ave Underwood, IA 51576 712-310-7475 or 402-379-3237

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

O’Malley Wealth Mgmt. 5623 NW 86th Street Suite 400 Johnston, Iowa 50131 515-490-0930

Jason Roberts, LLC Haul It, Dig It, Doze It 641-740-1411

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

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

Pike Run Services 320 Main Nichols, Iowa 52766 Shop 319-723-4244 Cell 319-330-4541

Sandbothe Firestone 1106 Main Street Griswold, Iowa 51535 712-778-2223 Sandbothe Firestone on Facebook

Shops & Fabricators

Road Rage BikeWorks 401 High Street Avoca, Iowa 51521 712-307-6111 Road Rage BikeWorks on Facebook


State Farm Clark Ahrenholtz, Agent NMLS# 1679997 2114 12th Street Harlan, Iowa 712-755-5724

Jewelry Bill’s Jewelry Shop 903 Main Street Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-236-1008 Rings Checked FREE!

Legal Hupy and Abraham sc, pc Lawyers for Bikers 800.800.5678 Leehey Olson Law, PC Riding & Defending Your Rights for Over 30 Years 877-209-9452 Walker, Billingsley & Bair 208 N. 2nd Ave. West Newton, Iowa 50208 641-792-3595


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

SS Collision, Cycle Works & Graphics 2902 11th Ave SW Spencer, Iowa 51301 712-262-3959

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

Steffens Cycle Shop LLC 1311 E 7th Street Atlantic, Iowa 50022 712-243-3076 Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat 9-12 or Call The Vic Shop DeSoto, Iowa 515-339-4313 VICTORY ONLY

Lucky Gal Tattoo & Piercing 515-257-7940 3 Locations Des Moines * Ankeny


4 Seasons Trailer & Equipment 187 Highway 6 Grinnell, Iowa 50112 641-990-8732 Lacaeyse Trailer Sales 4192 HWY 146 Grinnell Trailers & Truck Accessories 641-990-2674

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Patriot Day

One of the greatest events on September 11 modern tragedies on to remind Americans U.S soil. I am sure that our country just as when JFK was remained strong in the assassinated, we can all recall exactly what we were face of these terrorist attacks. doing when on September 11, 2001 four planes were hijacked and three of Following the 9/11 attacks, President Bush passed a those planes deliberately flown into the Pentagon in resolution proclaiming Washington DC and the September 11, 2002 as the first Patriot Day. Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. While Patriot Day is not The fourth crashed into a federal holiday, many a field near Shanksville, memorial ceremonies are held throughout the Pennsylvania. The loss of life and damage that these country to honor victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks. hijackings caused were Patriot Day should not be to form the largest act of confused with Patriot’s terrorism ever to occur in our country. Nearly Day, which commemorates 3,000 people died in those attacks and the relationships the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 (two of the earliest battles in the American Revolutionary War). between the United States and Islamic countries was forever changed. So, what exactly is expected of American’s on Patriot Day? Well, the flag of the United States of America The most potent symbol of the events that happened should be displayed on the homes of Americans, on September 11, 2001 are the pictures and videos of the White House, and all United States Government planes crashing, the World Trade Center towers both buildings. These flags should be flown at half-staff as engulfed in smoke and later collapsing, and heart wrenching snapshots of people plunging to their deaths. a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people also observe a moment of silence Old Glory is often displayed around images of the at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time), as this marks the time that the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special services and prayer meetings as well. Please join us this year on Tuesday, September 11th in displaying our stars and stripes and a moment of silence for the lives lost in 2001… “So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us. We Remember Them.” -S. Kamens Melanie J Schwarte 14 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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“Smyelin cause there’s hope, end MS!’’ August 8th 2017 started out just like any other day. Lance and Heidi Lillibridge of Vinton went out for their anniversary ride and little did they know that would be the ride that changed everything. Lance and Heidi enjoy spending their anniversary on two wheels and in years past have ended up in the likes of Galena and Savanah Illinois and even Wisconsin, but last year was different. While riding around the Coralville lake area and ending up at Bobber’s, Lance and Heidi had to make more stops that usual while riding that day. Lance had noticed that Heidi’s balance was just not right. Prior to the ride this day they knew something was going on, but had no idea it would be something that would forever change their lives. When they arrived home that day, Lance said that is about broke his heart telling Heidi that may have been their last ride. Three months later is when they received Heidi’s diagnosis of Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. PPMS is the rarest form of MS as it is progressive from the beginning, effecting approximately 15% of those who have MS. PPMS is more difficult to diagnose and treat as there are less brain lesions and more lesions on the spinal cord. PPMS causes Heidi and others with it to have more problems walking and being able to balance themselves. MSers bodies are confused and their white blood cells begin to attack their bodies. In Heidi’s case and those with PPMS the Myelin or the protective “coating” around their spines breaks down causing some confusion in their bodies. This causes signals coming from their brains to almost short out through her body. Over the last five years there have been a lot of breakthroughs with MS. Today there are 17 different drugs to help them, whereas 20 years ago there were no drugs. In Heidi’s case and others with PPMS there is only one drug, but it is considered to be a top 10 breakthrough drug.

an idea and sat down with Cody. Lance and Cody had worked together along with Tom Hansen, a local painter in the Vinton area and came up with a plan. Lance had told me while talking with him about this article that he wasn’t a trike guy, but for Heidi he would be. Everything on this trike was going to be custom, from the paint all the way to the wheels. The bike is orange to symbolize MS and the trunk reads “Smyelin cause there’s hope, end MS!” The bike has two dragons on it that their daughter who is 14 drew. The body of the dragon is a spine and the head is “eating” MS. If you ever see this bike out make sure you check it out! It is a beautiful bike. While Lance tried to keep this a secret, he let the cat out of the bag two weeks early. Lance had received a message from Karrie Anderson with MS moments on Facebook. Not noticing that Heidi was also a part of the conversation, he had told Karrie a little bit about the plans with the trike and how things were coming along.

Heidi turned her focus to fight for everyone battling MS. Heidi has teamed up with Karrie Anderson with MS Moments and organized a benefit ride, “Heidride.” MS Moments is a nonprofit organization here in Iowa that helps families who are afflicted by Multiple Sclerosis. They give families help towards health club memberships, medical massage and acupuncture. With a lot of MSers they have to use their muscles as much as possible or they will lose them. MS drugs are extremely expensive, so the money that MS Moments raises through their events helps take care of whole family. The Heidride is on September 15th with two launch places. Metro Harley-Davidson in Cedar Rapids and Big Barn Harley-Davidson in Des Moines will both hold registration starting at 8 a.m. with kick stands up at 9:30. Both groups will then ride to Iowa Speedway After receiving the diagnosis it really made both Lance and in Newton where Heidi start to think. For Lance his thinking turned into how participants can I still ride, as I only will ride if Heidi can ride with me. will have the That is when Lance went into Metro Harley-Davidson with opportunity to ride Th under Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 18 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

around the track and partake in raffles and games. CJ Ryder and the Past Masters will be jamming for you all to enjoy as you help raise funds for those who endure MS every day. After talking to Lance and Heidi it is clear that these two really have a passion for not only riding their beautiful one of a kind HarleyDavidson trike, but also for helping others who are going through some of the same battles that Heidi goes through everyday living with MS. MS doesn’t just affect the person living with it, but the whole family. Lance and Heidi know that her time being able to walk may be limited, but they plan on spending as much time as they are given enjoying time with their kids doing the things they love to do as a family. Lance, Heidi, and everyone with MS Moments would love to see you all in Newton on Saturday, September 15th to help raise money for those who battle MS every day! All the details for the ride can be found on the Facebook Event, Inaugural HeidRideRiding Out Multiple Sclerosis (East) Mandy James

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That is a powerful statement to behold and it covers so many wonderful basis, but right now since I am focusing my thoughts on what I am tasked to do for this great publication, Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, (never miss a chance to get a healthy plug in, the boss likes that and sometimes it makes him nicer at lunch) Okay, fun fact, the boss is ALWAYS nice, and very passionate about this publication and a staunch supporter of Freedom.

of bike, the riders of those bikes, people that are fans of that bike, those bikes, or any other bikes. NOR am I a shill for any particular brand of bike at all, this is a look at the industry and always remember, I am the Good Ship Lollipop in the cesspool of life!

Recently the Motor Company announced it was creating a sport bike, called the Street Fighter, to enter the lucrative sport bike category. For better or worse, sports bikes, many times, Including the are what young Freedom that ridriders want, ing gives us. It’s need, crave and not a big secret desire. They are that the riding a shit ton of fun industry is at a to ride! Power, massive crossperformance, roads, not just acceleration, in growth, but cornering, plus, even maintainthey all kind of ing the growth look bad ass, and holding on no matter what to current riders. the brand. Many The reasons are dudes my age all vast, numerous and all very legit when you follow the in- had the Maverick TOP GUN moment in our younger years dustry experts, while they might not agree on a main focal when we wanted to crank down on a sport bike and just point, all agree that it’s a culture that is definitely facing haul serious ass! Its how so may make the move from dirt long term sustainability. It’s been chronicled many times, bikes to cruisers. Plus, you can buy a brand new sport bike in varying degrees of depth, but in a nutshell, riders are ag- for 5-6 grand all day long! ing, they are not buying as many new bikes as before, Finally, somebody at as they faze out, younger Harley said, SHIT, we are riders are not swinging a running out of people that leg over to replace them . want the same Street Glide, over and over and over and You can only sell the same well, over again. Let’s try bike to the same target, something to mix it up! so many times before the diminishing returns start to It’s a bold step for HD to set in, and set in they are. come out with the Street Fighter and it is a step they Before we go any deeper, needed to take. here is my disclaimer or three. I am NOT about to Here is why it might work. bash The Harley-Davidson Motor Company, their style Based on a quick glance 26 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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of several social media platforms over the week since Harley first teased the hard core fan base of HD, HATE IT and that is why it might just works. The traditional rider they currently sell bikes too love the style and the symbolism that is the Motor Company, those riders, many of them, simply don’t like change. Remember the backlash when the water cooled bikes hit the market? FOR SHAME. This new Street Fighter (Not to be confused with the Ducati Street Fighter) is nothing like they have and change doesn’t sit well with others. Again, they have that market covered, they need new, younger riders to stem the bleeding of the bottom line and this bike might do it. A couple of challenges they are going to face. First off, they are way late in the game of course, so many other brands have had sport bikes out, and performing at a high level for years, to gain market share they are going to have their work cut out for them. They really don’t have room for error either because there are NO bad bikes on the market anymore. All manufacturers have been highly innovative over the past 20 plus years, the crap bikes are gone, pick a brand, you will find a high level of quality that was missing many years ago. People are NOT brand loyal like they were; they are not forgiving about a shortcoming just because you are brand X. The biggest issue might be price point. I have read such a wide range of rumors about what this bike will cost on the showroom floor, but as of now, I can’t find anything to confirm what it is. If you want to get sport bike fans to even CONSIDER this bike, it had better be at or lower than what the category leaders are at. You won’t be able to move many units of this bike at a higher price point just because it’s got a Harley Davidson badge on it. It had better perform! And not just okay, it needs to kick major ass. Be it on a track (like the old days) or on the street, it has to at least match the Ninja’s, CBR’s Ducati and others. For a generation Harley never had to be concerned about performance, or how a bike handles, they are and have just sold on IMAGE alone. A tough pill for many to swallow, but unless you spend major on upgrades, let’s face it, a run of the mill HD isn’t setting the road on fire with how they perform. Image Image Image, which is category to own, no company can take that away but sport bikes are not purely sold on image, they are sold because that bike can kick everybody else’s ass on the track or the street. Innovate or die, it’s mantra for all companies, doesn’t matter the product. They are attempting to do just that and it might just save them for the future. I like the bike myself, I look forward to seeing in person and taking one for a ride. It’s a step, but a step Harley needs to take to keep up with the industry that is always moving and innovating. There are two bike areas I feel the Motor Company needs to invest in and get it done now. First, bring back a dirt bike! Capture the hearts and souls of the next generation of riders when they first fall in love with bikes! On the dirt! How cool would a HD dirt bike be! Finally, and they might be way too late on this one, 125 cc class. Before the hard core fans have a coronary, remember, like the Street Fighter, the 125 class is not targeted at you, but that 125 category is just what might save the industry. Even seasoned riders are grabbing up these nimble bikes, be it the Honda Groms and the Kawasaki Pro Z... They are the fastest selling bikes over the last couple of years for several reasons. Plus, a brand new one out the door is about 3 grand. I hope this bike is a success, but they have their work cut out for them. I welcome it to the riding world and can’t wait to see one in person. Thankfully my sport bike days are long behind me, but if Top Gun can be making a comeback, maybe the Street Fighter will bring the Motor Company back. You can’t ask for more Freedom than that. Todd “Crash” Davis Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook


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This hi month’s h ffeatured d Military Rider is Clint Koerperich from Marion, Iowa. Clint spent 22 years, from 1994 to 2016 as a member of the Iowa National Guard. Clint’s primary MOS was 11B Infantrymen, and he was deployed to Kuwait, Kosovo, and twice to Afghanistan during his service years. At the end of his service career, he attained the rank of Sargent first class, also known as an E7. Clint is not the first member of his family to spend time defending the good ol’ USA. His grandfather was in the Navy during the second Great War, and he also had an impressive number of uncles who fought the good fight…seven of them to be exact. A long line of service to our country, and we thank them all for that. Though deployed numerous times, Clint managed to find something to ride in every single country he has been in. While at home, he has owned numerous two wheeled compadres, including a 1980 Honda 125, 1994 Suzuki 750 GSXR, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 custom, 2001 YAMAHA Midnight Star 1600, and a Yamaha 450. He says that the freedom he finds on two wheels, as well as the brotherhood that comes with the biker lifestyle is what initially drew him in, and keeps him smack dab in the middle of all that is motorcycle.

always l hhave a good d time when they can get together. Clint has found that being in the National Guard has allowed him to meet “Iowa’s finest”. It has also afforded him a pretty cool employment opportunity, Clint is currently the co-owner of a 100% veteran owned and operated roofing and exterior company operating in Iowa. Clint and his partner named their company as well as a program to assist veterans, after one of their lost beloved lieutenants, Scott Baraibar (the call sign for their company was Titan). So even though he has retired from the military, Clint is still able to help out communities in crisis, work with great people, and spend some of that scarce free time giving back to veterans through a nonprofit, The Titan Project. For more information, or if you are a veteran in need, please go to INFO@ THETITANPROJECT.ORG. Clint, a big Thank You for your service from all of us here at TRMI. Keep doing what you do; you are still making a difference every day! Melanie J Schwarte If you or someone you know would like to be featured as a military rider, contact us at the above email address!

His current bike was purchased from a friend, and he chose it because it had all of the comfort and accessories he was looking for…the fact that it was top notch in the comfort department didn’t hurt either! Other than the possibility of a new paint job, Clint says that this bike is right where he wants it. Which is a good thing, because Clint stays very busy in the summer, and has little time left to spend on upgrades when he has spare time that can be better spent out on two wheels with friends! Clint’s riding buddies are mostly veterans as well so they 32 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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Brickyard Burgers & Brews 1802 Greene St. Adel, IA 515-993-4200 Facebook: adelbrickyard Sun - Tue: 11AM-10PM, Wed – Thur: 11AM-12AM, Fri - Sat: 11AM-2AM Lynnette and I recently checked out a fairly new place in Adel called Brickyard Burgers and Brews. The name is derived from being in close proximity of the historic United Brick and Tile Plant. It is located on the west side of Adel just off of Greene Street which is also known as Old Hwy 6. It is also steps away from the Raccoon River Valley Trail. Brickyard originally opened to accommodate the craft brew crowd and the menu consisted of burgers that were cooked on an outside grill. Soon they realized the need for restaurants in Adel and felt that they could help fill that need! To do that, they expanded to an indoor kitchen and beefed up their menu as well! (beefed up… burgers… get it… LOL) We arrived to find ample parking along the west side of the building and a newly paved section on the south side in front of the building. I believe this concrete section is for bike parking (both motored and pedaled). Once inside, we found plenty of seating with a combination of booths, standard tables, tall tables and a bar. If you prefer to be outside, the east side of the building has picnic tables available on a concrete pad. There was no wait to be seated, just find a place, pull up a chair and your waitress appears almost instantaneously!!! (Ninja waitress training, I think!) The staff is super nice and helpful, a smile is part of their uniform! 34 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

The menu takes your typical bar food to the next level! It covers all the bases with a wide variety of appetizers, salads, wraps, burgers, sandwiches, and deserts. (there’s even a kids menu for the little ones!) Monday through Thursday they offer daily specials with Monday being Steaks from 4PM to 10PM, Tuesday is Chili Dog Special all day, Wednesday is Wing Special all day and Thursday is Tenderloin and Fries Special all day. Lynnette decided to have the Steak Special (I guess now you know we visited on a Monday! LOL). With the Steak Special you get your choice of 8 oz. Ribeye or 8 oz. NY Strip. She chose the NY Strip. I was curious when it arrived, there was no steak knife provided, just your garden variety serrated butter knife. Well, as it turns out the steaks here are so tender that a butter knife is all that is needed!!!! I had the opportunity to sample a couple of bites of Lynnette’s steak and it was ASWESOME!!!! So tender, it all but melts in your mouth!!! I decided to go with an old favorite, the Chili Dog. You get your choice of sides with this, so as I was in a comfort food mood, I went with the Cottage Cheese. First off, this is no run of the mill hot dog! This is one of those Jumbo, Jumbo dogs!!! I didn’t measure it, but I’m certain it was a good 1 ½” in diameter!!! It was served in a bun and covered with their delicious homemade chili, diced onions and tomatoes, jalapenos, and covered in grated cheese. If you had plans of picking this up to eat it… good luck!!!! I think the fork is a better option!!! This thing is mind-blowingly delicious!!!!! It’s almost anticlimactic to tell you that the cottage cheese was delicious as well. Brickyard Burgers & Brews in Adel, stop in for a bite and bring your appetite… you’re going to need it!!! You can check out their full menu on their website and like them on Facebook! Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty! Craig Little PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the woods, shoot me an email.

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shee A teacher is teaching a class and sh sees that Johnny isn’t paying attention, so she asks him, “If there are three ducks sitting on a fence, and you shoot one, how many are left?” Johnny says, “None.” The teacher asks, “Why?” Johnny says, “Because the shot scared them all off.” The teacher says, “No, two, but I like how you’re thinking.” Johnny asks the teacher, er,, “I er “If If you see three women walking out ut of aan n ice cream parlor, one is licking hher er iice cee cream, one is sucking her ice cream, and one is biting her ice cream, which one is married?” The teacher says, “The one sucking her ice cream.” Johnny ssays, ay ys, “No, the one with the wedding ring, ing ng,, but I like how you’re thinking!” At school, Little Johnny’s classmate tells him that most adults are hiding at least one dark secret, so it’s very easy to blackmail them by saying, “I know the whole truth.” Little Johnny decides to go home and try it out. Johnny’s mother greets him at home, and he tells her, “I know the whole truth.” His mother quickly hands him $20 and says, “Just don’t tell your father.” Quite pleased, the boy waits for his father to get home from work, and greets him with, “I know the whole truth.” The father promptly hands him $40 and says, “Please don’t say a word to your mother.” Very pleased, the boy is on his way to school the next day when he sees the mailman at his front door. The boy greets him by saying, “I know the whole truth.” The mailman immediately drops the mail, opens his arms, and says, “Then come give your Daddy a great big hug!”

A guy g walks into a pub and sees a sign hanging over the bar which reads, “Cheese Sandwich: $1.50; Chicken Sandwich: $2.50; Hand Job: $10.00.” Checking his wallet for the necessary payment, he walks up to the bar and beckons to one of the three exceptionally attractive blondes serving ddrinks to an eager-looking group of men. dr “Yes “Y “Yes?” es she enquires with a knowing smile, “Can “C an I hhelp ellp yyou?” “I was wondering,” whispers the man, ma n ““Are you the one who gives the hand n, jobs jo jobs?” b bs “Yes,” she purrs, “I am.” The man rep re replies, pl “Well, go wash your hands, I want a chee ch cheese e ee sandwich!” A woman w places an ad in the local new ne newspaper. w “Looking for a man with three qual qu qualifi alii cations: won’t beat me up, won’t run al away aw ay y ffrom me, and is great in bed.” Two days later her doorbell rings. “Hi, I’m Tim. I have no arms so I won’t beat you and no legs so I won’t run away.” “What makes you think you are great in bed?” the woman retorts. Tim replies, “I rang the doorbell, didn’t I?”

A man gets on a bus, and ends up sitting next to a very attractive nun. Enamored with her, he asks if he can have sex with her. Naturally, she says no, and gets off the bus. The man goes to the bus driver and asks him if he knows of a way for him to have sex with the nun. “Well,” says the bus driver, “every night at 8 o’clock, she goes to the cemetery to pray. If you dress up as God, I’m sure you could convince her to have sex with you.” The man decides to try it, and dresses up in his best God costume. At eight, he sees the nun and appears before her. “Oh, God!” she exclaims. “Take me with you!” The man tells the nun that she must first have sex with him to prove her loyalty. The nun says yes, but tells him she prefers anal sex. Before you know it, they’re A man was having premature ejaculation problems so he getting down to it, having nasty, grunty, loud sex. After went to the doctor. The doctor said, “When you feel like it’s over, the man pulls off his God disguise. “Ha, ha!” he you are getting ready to ejaculate, try startling yourself.” says, “I’m the man from the bus!” “Ha, ha!” says the nun, That same day the man went to the store and bought himself removing her costume, “I’m the bus driver!” a starter pistol and ran home to his wife. That night the two were having sex and found themselves in the 69 position. The man felt the urge to ejaculate and fired the starter pistol. A lawyer married a woman who had previously divorced The next day he went back to the doctor who asked how it 10 husbands. On their wedding night, she told her new went. The man answered, “Not well. When I fired the pistol, husband, “Please be gentle, I’m still a virgin.” “What?” my wife pooped on my face, bit three inches off my penis, said the puzzled groom. “How can that be if you’ve and my neighbor came out of the closet with his hands in been married 10 times?” “Well, Husband #1 was a sales the air.” representative. He kept telling me how great it was going to be. Husband #2 was in software services. He was never really sure how it was supposed to function, but he said he’d One day, there were two boys playing by a stream. One of look into it and get back to me. Husband #3 was from field the young boys saw a bush and went over to it. The other services. He said everything checked out diagnostically, boy couldn’t figure out why his friend was at the bush for but he just couldn’t get the system up. Husband #4 was in so long. The other boy went over to the bush and looked. telemarketing. Even though he knew he had the order, he The two boys were looking at a woman bathing naked in the didn’t know when he would be able to deliver. Husband stream. All of a sudden, the second boy took off running. #5 was an engineer. He understood the basic process, but The first boy couldn’t understand why he ran away, so he wanted three years to research, implement, and design a took off after his friend. Finally, he caught up to him and new state-of-the-art method. Husband #6 was from finance asked why he ran away. The boy said to his friend, “My and administration. He thought he knew how, but he wasn’t mom told me if I ever saw a naked lady, I would turn to sure whether it was his job or not. Husband #7 was in stone, and I felt something getting hard, so I ran.” marketing. Although he had a nice product, he was never 38 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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sure how to position it. Husband #8 was a psychologist. All he ever did was talk about it. Husband #9 was a gynecologist. All he did was look at it. Husband #10 was a stamp collector. All he ever did was... God! I miss him! But now that I’ve married you, I’m really excited!” “Good,” said the new husband, “but, why?” “You’re a lawyer. This time I know I’m going to get screwed!” 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.” Blonde: “What does IDK stand for?” Brunette: “I don’t know.” Blonde: “OMG, nobody does!” Two blondes fell down a hole. One said, “Its dark in here isn’t it?” The other replied, “I don’t know; I can’t see.”

A priest, a minister, and a rabbi want to see who’s best at his job. So they each go into the woods, find a bear, and attempt to convert it. Later they get together. The priest begins: “When I found the bear, I read to him from the Catechism and sprinkled him with holy water. Next week is his first communion.” “I found a bear by the stream,” says the minister, “and preached God’s holy word. The bear was so mesmerized that he let me baptize him.” They both look down at the rabbi, who is lying on a gurney in a body cast. “Looking back,” he says, “maybe I shouldn’t have started with the circumcision.” A 92 year old man is walking through a park and sees a talking frog. He picks up the frog and the frogs says, “If you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and be yours for a week.” The old man puts the frog in his pocket. The frog screams, “Hey if you kiss me, I will turn into a beautiful princess and make love to you for a whole month.” The old man looks at the frog and says, “At my age I’d rather have a talking frog.” Q: How do you get 500 old cows in a barn? A: Put up a Bingo sign.

A woman gets on a bus with her baby. The bus driver says, “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!” The Two fish are in a tank. One turns to the other and says, woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. “Hey, do you know how to drive this thing?” She says to a man next to her, “The driver just insulted me!” The man says, “You go right up there and tell him off – go ahead, I’ll hold your monkey for you.” My friend thinks he is smart. He told me an onion is the only food that makes you cry, so I threw a coconut at his face. Q: If you have 13 apples in one hand and 10 oranges in the other, what do you have? A: Big hands. A man kills a deer and takes it home to cook for dinner. Both he and his wife decide that they won’t tell the kids A kid walks up to his mom and asks, “Mom, can I go what kind of meat it is, but will give them a clue and let bungee jumping?” The mom says “No, you were born from them guess. The dad said, “Well it’s what Mommy calls me broken rubber and I don’t want you to go out the same sometimes.” The little girl screamed to her brother, “Don’t way!” eat it. It’s an asshole! There was a papa mole, a momma mole, and a baby mole. They lived in a hole out in the country near a farmhouse. Papa mole poked his head out of the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell sausage!” Momma mole poked her head outside the hole and said, “Mmmm, I smell pancakes!” Baby mole tried to stick his head outside but couldn’t because of the two bigger moles. Baby mole said, “The only thing I smell is molasses.” Two tall trees, a birch and a beech, are growing in the woods. A small tree begins to grow between them, and the beech says to the birch, “Is that a son of a beech or a son of a birch?” The birch says he cannot tell, but just then a woodpecker lands on the sapling. The birch says, “Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a beech or a son of a birch?” The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree and replies, “It is neither a son of a beech nor a son of a birch, it is, however, the best piece of ash I have ever poked my pecker into.” Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook

Q: What do you call stoned Mexicans? A: Baked beans. Your Halloween costume came in the mail today. I opened it. It was a rooster mask and a bag of lollipops. Going as a cock sucker again!? There were two cannibals who captured a man. They decided it would be fair if they started eating from opposite ends. After a few minutes, the one who started at the head asked the other one, “How’s it going down there?” And the other one replies, “I’m having a ball!” Maria, a devout Catholic, got married and had 15 children. After her first husband died, she remarried and had 15 more children. A few weeks after her second husband died, Maria also passed away. At Maria’s funeral, the priest looked skyward and said, “At last, they’re finally together.” Her sister sitting in the front row said, “Excuse me, Father, but do you mean her and her first husband, or her and her second husband?” The priest replied, “I mean her legs.”



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People come and go out of one’s life for a variety of reasons, but when they pass on, it is the saddest way to lose someone. Shifty LaRue has been a regular monthly contributor for longer than I can remember. Considering this is our 100th issue of Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa, it makes it even more earth shattering that we have to tell you about the passing of Shifty LaRue. This cat is no longer with us, but will always remain in our hearts and will come rumbling through our thoughts quite frequently I am assuming. We are deeply saddened by the fact that we will no longer be able to ride with Shifty, or to see those amusing rants on our pages.

All that can be said about Shifty summed up in one word would be free. Shifty was for sure a free spirit, lived free, rode free, wrote free, fought free, smoked free, and even worked for free! Not the cheap and easy type of free, but the “don’t give two shits” about the outside world free. That is something that has to be admired in this day and age of political correctness to a fault. When you get to know and hang out with a person that simply says and does what they want, with not a care in the world about whom they piss off, you know you have a “real” person.

Life started for Shifty in a screaming bloody mess, and strangely enough, ended the same way. Shifty came out weighing more than Andre the Giant’s bowling ball, a hefty eleven pound something ounces baby that probably had leather riding boots on while sliding down the waterslide. Shifty made a colicky baby seem like a walk in the park. Always screaming, always shitting, always eating, and always trying to make as much noise as possible. This continued for much of life for the infamous Shifty LaRue. Shifty always loved to ride hard and put it away wet, but also took that style to riding motorcycles. It is no surprise that our beloved Shifty went out in a blaze of two wheeled glory after just returning back to Iowa from the big ol’ biker party in the Black Hills. We were not with Shifty at the time of the incident, but witnesses said that it was quite the spectacle. I guess you never know what can happen after a couple thousand miles in a few days and no more than a cat nap here and there. I am guessing that we may hear more about the story after the investigation is complete. As we say goodbye to the physical form of Shifty LaRue

for good, we wish that ornery biker the best of luck, hopefully north of the pearly gates. Shifty will live in our hearts and the stories will become exaggerated for sure, Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Shifty truly like they always do after someone passes. Sometimes the had a heart of gold. The writings on these pages only stories get so blown out of proportion, that the subject offered a brief glimpse into an amazing person. The doesn’t really even seem real any longer, like they were musings here showed us a tough exterior of a hardened god like and their escapades could only be on par with the biker, that didn’t like to take any shit. That is not the only best fiction novels. We raise our glass and offer a toast to facet of Shifty that existed in our world though. I know Shifty, and wish you the best of the afterlife, and hope that first-hand from riding together, that Shifty was always one those left behind realize what we have lost and keep Shifty of the first to hop onto the scooter for a run for a cause. If in our memories forever. there was something that needed more awareness, a cause that needed a few more dollars, or simply just gathering up some toys so that a few more kids could have a great Just keep Shifty’s family in Christmas, Shifty was there your thoughts. Ride safe, be with bells on. The gruff careful, enjoy the fall riding party animal exterior gave season. way to the softest heart one could imagine. Shifty was the epitome of the tough Vernon Schwarte ol’ biker with a heart of vernon@thunderroadsiowa. gold, a shining example of a com biker’s heart that was felt by everyone in Shifty’s life. Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa on Facebook 42 - TRMI SEPTEMBER 2018

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3rd Annual Shayla Bee Black Tie Black Leather Affair Okoboji Classic Cars Aug 25 Kayla Jones Memorial Scholarship Ride Fort Dodge Aug 25 Poker Run in Honor of Officer Mark Burbridge Council Bluffs Aug 25 10th Annual Hogs for Dogs Poker Run Logan Aug 25 6th Annual Baldies Brotherhood Charity Run Sioux City Aug 25 Kyle’s Mile 5 Metro HD Cedar Rapids Aug 25 2nd Annual Masonry Car, Truck, Bike Show Cedar Rapids Aug 25 3rd Annual Fairbank American Legion Veteran’s Memorial Ride Fairbank Aug 25 Annual Tina & Pulver Memorial Ride Bayard Aug 25 1st Annual Big Red Poker Run West Point Aug 25 115th Anniversary Event / End of Summer Blowout LHHD Pacific Junction Aug 25 Bike Night/Fight Night MCA Des Moines Aug 26 Annual Fallen Four Memorial Ride Glenwood Aug 26 Tractor/Car/Motorcycle Fun Run Westphalia Aug 26 Brooklyn Fire Department Poker Run Brooklyn Aug 28 Cubs Run BBHD to Principle Park Big Barn HD Des Moines Aug 30-Sep2 Redneck Revival Conesville Aug 30-Sep 1 Chief Blackhawk Meet Davenport Sep 1 Vic’s Poker Run Vic’s Main Tap Audubon Sep 1-3 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier Sep 7-8 New Hampton Motorcycle Rally New Hampton Sep 8 Fall Hog Roast Zylstra HD Ames Sep 8 Broken Spokes MC Annual Children’s Hospital Ride Thirsty’s on Third Davenport Sep 8 Camp High Hopes Poker Run Fundraiser Sioux City Sep 8 Troy Puffinbarger Memorial Ride Donahue Sep 8 “One Last Ride” for Dustin Sportsmans Bar Pisgah Sep 8 HarleyNHotrods Cruise for Kids Quasqueton Sep 8 Teufelhunds Annual Veterans Support Ride Anamosa Sep 8 Riesgaard Memorial Ride TJ’s Pourhouse Exira Sep 8 Freg’s Last Call Party Grand Junction Sep 9 Chauncey Raue Legacy Ride Metro HD Cedar Rapids Sep 9 Motorcycle Hill Climb Anamosa Sep 9 Hogs4Dogs USA Ride Ottumwa Sep 9 Cruise N Show Elk Horn Sep 11 Burgers and Bikes Mount Pleasant Sep 13 Metro Motor Madness 620 Foundation Motorcycle Drawing Metro HD Cedar Rapids Sep 13 Iowa Stop on the Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 6 Anamosa Sep 14 Iowa Stop on the Motorcycle Cannonball Stage 7 Spirit Lake Sep 13-15 St Jude Rides - Des Moines to Memphis Sep 14-16 Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville Sep 14-16 SLR Keosauqua Sep 15 WTF Fun Run Harlan Sep 15 Open House & Pig Roast The Vic Shop Desoto Sep 15 Chris “Cowboy” Whitmer Benefit Muscatine Sep 15 BACA Biker Bash Lynn’s on Merle Hay Des Moines Sep 15 Mean Machine Small Town Throwdown STEREO BATTLE Elkhart Sep 15 Inaugural HeidRide - Riding Out Multiple Sclerosis (EAST) Metro HD Cedar Rapids Sep 15 Inaugural HeidRide - Riding Out Multiple Sclerosis (WEST) Big Barn HD Des Moines


Sep 15 Sep 15 Sep 15 Sep 15 Sep 16 Sep 16 Sep 22 Sep 22 Sep 22 Sep 23 Sep 23 Sep 29 Oct 6 Oct 7 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 20 Oct 21 Nov 9-11 Nov 10 Nov 17 Dec 16

APCO Ride for John Greenwalt Massena to KC’s Tavern Bridgewater 5th Autism Awareness Benefit Ride Council Bluffs 12th Annual Cedar County Heroes Memorial Ride and Poker Run Tipton Stuart American Legion/Auxiliary Poker Run Stuart 4th Annual Cruise-In for a Cause Davenport Blairstown Fire Dept Motorcycle Fun Ride Blairstown BBQ Open House Route 65 HD Indianola New Model Open House & Demo Rides HD of Carroll For You We Ride Big Barn H-D Des Moines Hot Dog Daze Butterfields Motorcycle Parts Omaha, NE Concours de Cornfield Two Rivers VMC Earlham Applefest Motorcycle and Car Show Woodbine Iron Invasion Woodstock, IL Toy Run HD of Carroll Waypoint’s 6th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride Cedar Rapids Fall Harvest Ride HD of Carroll Rumble In The Sand Outlaw Street Drags Conesville ABATE D3 Toy Run Atlantic ABATE of Iowa Steam Marshalltown 15th Annual Frozen Snot Run Sioux City Fashion Show Route 65 HD Indianola ABATE D3 Christmas Party Brayton

2019 Feb 3 Feb 23-24 Mar 3 Mar 15-17 Mar 23-24 Apr 6-7 May 4 Jul 4-6 Jul 20 Aug 17

Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island, IL 50th Rod & Custom Bike/Car Show Monticello Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids Midwest Motorcycle Show at World of Wheels Omaha 32nd Annual Donnie Smith Bike Show St Paul, MN 33rd Annual North Iowa Expo Mason City Sleeping Angels Foundation Bike Drawing Boone ABATE of Iowa Freedom Rally Algona Thank the Seals Ride(s) Burlington AND Big Barn HD Des Moines IAFF Local 4906-MDA 3rd Annual Poker Run Loess Hills HD Pacific Junction

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Friday Bike Down to I-Town Indianola (3rd Friday) Grub Run Traveling Bike Night Mean Machine Cycle Parts Elkhart (1st Fri May-Sep) Centerville Bike Nights (4th Friday May-Aug) Thunder Nights Newton (2nd Friday) Stampede’s Sports Bar & Grill Mason City

Tuesday Desperado’s Bar and Grill Wheatland Marshalltown Legion Car & Bike Cruise (Last Tue Apr-Sep) Chrome Horse Cedar Rapids (2nd Tuesday)

Wednesday The Buck Snort Neola Cadillac Jack’s Baxter 2nd Ave Bike Night Des Moines (2nd Wed May-Sep) OP Clear Lake Ride’s Bar & Grill Ft Dodge The Pour House Davenport Amigos Fort Dodge Pete & Shorty’s Clarksville Latitude 41 Polk City Dinner Rides Zylstra Harley-Davidson Ames

Thursday Roar Into Harlan (3rd Thursdays) Stumpy’s Bar & Grill Duncombe The Buck Snort Oakland Firehouse Bar Sioux City Metro HD Cedar Rapids (2nd Thursday May-Oct) Des Moines Vintage Bike Night (1st Thursday May-Sep) Edwards Bikes on the Hundred Block Council Bluffs (3rd Thursday ) McCann’s Tap Des Moines (Every Other May-24: Jun7,21,28: Jul-12,26: Aug-9,23: Sep-6,20) R Place Kelley Eddies Tavern Sergeant Bluff (Apr-Nov) Thirsty’s on 3rd Davenport Ride Night with CMA Solid Rock Riders Sioux City (3rd Thursday Apr-Oct) Big Al’s BBQ & Catering Des Moines


Saturday Route 65 BBQ & Open House (Sat after Bike Down to I Town) Happenings Bar Steamboat Rock (3rd Sat May-Sep) Cruise In Motorcycle Ride & Show Ruby’s in Stuart (4th Sat Jun, Jul, Aug) Ambro’s Roadhouse DeSoto (Last Sat Jun-Nov) Monroe Bike Night (2nd Sat May-Sep) Calvin Rockett Bar and Grill Marshalltown (Last Sat Jun,Jul; 3rd Sat Aug)

Sunday Just 1 More Jamaica (Starting in May) Road Rage Fun Run at The Exchange Avoca (4th Sunday May-Sep) This list is what we have found and what has been submitted. Before heading to any event, please check weather and make sure the event is not cancelled. Not responsible for misprints and typos. If you have any other events to list, please email

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Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa September 2018  

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

Thunder Roads Magazine of Iowa September 2018  

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