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PHONE: 970-669-4015 Hopefully by now you’ve got your bike road ready and have at least a
CELL: 970-581-0756 couple of good rides under your belt. This season is ramping up at warp
E-MAIL: linda@thundercolorado.com speed with an unbelievable number of requests for benefit event listings,
so many more than I’ve ever seen before! It really makes me wonder,
COLORADO STATE OWNER / EDITOR “Is there more need or are more people stepping up to help someone
Linda McCartney in need?” Regardless, there will be no shortage of events to attend this
LAYOUT & DESIGN I often hear the comment, “You must have so much fun doing this! You get
Barbara L. Garner art director to ride around and attend all the events, and talk to everyone.” Yes, this
Dana Wright graphics
business definitely opens some doors and there is lots of fun to be had, but
with any publication, there comes a great deal of responsibility. There is a
writers / photographers
Russ & Linda McCartney, Joe Farrow, Ben Hochberg, horrendous amount of work to putting a publication together. Yes, beyond
Jasmine Bluecreek Clark, Jerry Pokorny, Bette Cahill, attending events, we have to answer phones, emails, visit businesses all
Allison Hanks, Dana Wright, Wendy Pitlick, Abby Clabough over the state and beyond, distribute magazines, and most importantly,
sell advertising, while meeting print deadlines so that you can pick up a
ADVERTISING SALES Consultants copy each and every month. I can’t stress this enough. As you are out and
about this season, please support our advertisers. This FREE publication
Joe Farrow editor’s assistant is free to you, but not free to put together. Our advertisers support you, the
719-598-8103, 719-237-2396 riding community by helping us provide you with everything we pass on to
joe.farrow@comcast.net you. Without them, there would be no Thunder Roads Colorado.
Our April issue is jam packed with 3 pages of event listings and a 2-month
Jerry Pokorny center calendar to help you plan out some of your riding. There are a few
719-495-9237 new events to add to your list this year. Quaker Steak and Lube is hosting
pokorny_j@msn.com a bike night every Wednesday starting the end of April. These guys are no
strangers to the motorcycle community, with locations out east that draw
Northern Colorado Sales/Writer upwards of 500 bikes to their bike nights! These bike nights promise to be
a great time and through the course of the summer, they are giving away
Abby Clabough 2 Harleys! The Windjammer Roadhouse at Carter Lake, Night Shotz and
720-938-1149 Fatsos will also host bike nights through the season.
Colorado Department of Transportation officially launches their annual
motorcycle safety campaign this month. Part of that campaign is a
OFFICE MANAGER skills rated tour map with color coded routes indicating easy, moderate
Dana Wright and difficult routes (similar to the ski slope ratings) for riders navigating
970-690-9748 Colorado roadways. Read more in this issue.
dana@thundercolorado.com International Female Ride Day is coming up May 6th and as I ponder a
ride route, I can’t help but think about our Japanese lady friends, Keiko
and Nobuko, who we met at the International Women’s Motorcycle
Special Event Assistant Conference in Keystone, CO a few years ago. I also wonder about the
Sue Wilcox family I never met in my mother’s homeland and hope they are safe. My
heart aches for all of them.
We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.
~Japanese Proverb
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March 15, 2011

American Motorcyclist Association

Colorado Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall
Members Select America’s
Fun Facts of Fame Inductees Announced 15 Best Motorcycling Roads

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The results are in, and communities nationwide are the
winners. Members of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) voted on their
favorite roads in America, and the top 15 selections represent scenic highways
and byways throughout the country.
“When it comes to the best places in the country to ride motorcycles, no group
of riders is more knowledgeable than AMA members,” said AMA President and
Is Bigger Really Better? Bike Week 2011 CEO Rob Dingman. “No group puts in more miles, samples more asphalt or rides
more roads.

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“By publicizing our favorite roads in American Motorcyclist magazine, AMA
members will seek out these destinations and bring tourism dollars into local
communities through the purchase of food, fuel, lodging and more,” Dingman said.
The editors of American Motorcyclist magazine used the 230,000-member, non-
profit association’s website, AmericanMotorcyclist.com, to accept nominations
and tally votes for members’ favorite roads. Nearly 100 roads made the ballot,
..... and the magazine published the top 15 roads in the April issue as well as a list of

“honorable mentions.”
“Some of these roads are familiar to motorcyclists, and others may not be,” said
Managing Editor James Holter. “They all have one thing in common: They’re the
best roads in the country, as chosen by AMA members.”
Best Roads..............................................................6
A countdown of the top 15 routes:
Bite This...................................................................9 15. Washington Route 129 and Oregon Route 3, Clarkston, Wash., to
Enterprise, Ore.
Safety Tip ~ Where Did You Get Those Shoes?.......9 14. Ohio Route 170, Calcutta to Poland.
13. California Route 58, McKittrick to Santa Margarita.
Calendar of Events................................................10
12. U.S. Route 33, Harrisonburg, Va., to Seneca Rocks, W.Va.
NCOM Newsbytes.................................................16 11. Natchez Trace, from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn.
10. Angeles Crest Highway, California Route 2.
Yamaha Competes With BMW..............................18
9. U.S. Route 12, Lolo Pass, Idaho and Montana.
ThunderCam.........................................................19 8. California Route 36.
7. Cherohala Skyway, North Carolina and Tennessee.
Cycle Therapy.........................................................24 6. Going to the Sun Road, Glacier National Park, Montana.
Only Bikers Understand.........................................25 5. California Route 1, Pacific Coast Highway.
4. U.S. Route 550, from Ouray to Durango, Colo.
TNT........................................................................27 3. U.S. Route 129 - The Tail of the Dragon - on the North Carolina-Tennessee
The Mother Road ~ Route 66.............................28
2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina.
Spring Road Hazards.............................................29 1. Beartooth Highway, Montana and Wyoming.

Biker Friendly Business Listing..............................30 American Motorcyclist magazine is exclusively for AMA members, and is
not available on newsstands. For information on joining the AMA, go to
AmericanMotorcyclist.com or call (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646).
The Jokers Wild.....................................................32
About the American Motorcyclist Association
CDOT Encourages Riders To Sharpen Their Skills..38 Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the
motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate
many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two
wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates
© ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. NO PART OF ITS CONTENT MAY BE REPRODUCED for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government,
the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public
CUPIED BY THE ERROR, SLANDER OF ANY GROUP OR INDIVIDUAL, FAILURE TO opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions
PRODUCE ANY ISSUE AS SCHEDULED DUE TO REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL, more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other
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Bite This!
Mexican Chip Casserole
1 lb. ground beef
3/4 cup chopped onion
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
Tips No. 34
ABATE of Colorado’s
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies, undrained Rider Education Division
2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. salt
6 cups (8 oz.) coarsely crushed, lightly salted tortilla chips, divided
2 cups (8 oz.) Shredded Hot Pepperjack (if you like it spicy baby!) or Monterey Jack By Ben Hochberg
Cheese or Shredded 4 Cheese Mexican Cheese, divided
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (2 oz.) Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
Cook beef and onion in large skillet over medium heat 10 minutes or until beef is no
longer pink, stirring frequently; pour off drippings. Add tomato sauce, chilies, cumin and “Where DID You Get Those SHOES?”
salt; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Coat medium casserole dish with cooking spray. Layer half of the tortilla chips, half of Do you like the music of Steely Dan? I love it. They have a song which goes,
the Monterey Jack cheese and half of the beef mixture in dish. Repeat layering with re- “I stepped up on the platform. The man gave me the news. He said, ‘You must
maining chips, cheese and beef mixture. Cover dish with foil; bake in preheated 350°F be joking, son. Where did you get those shoes?’” So, what does this have to do
oven 20 minutes. Uncover; spread sour cream over beef mixture and top with Cheddar
cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. with motorcycle safety? And, no, it’s not about protective footwear; we’ve already
talked about that in a previous article. It’s about image this time.
Pico De Gallo
Does your image affect your safety when you’re on a bike? I’ve been thinking
6 Roma tomatoes, diced about this lately, especially since I read an article on this subject by David Hough.
1/3 yellow or red onion, minced
6 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro Mr. Hough has some definite opinions about this; frankly, I’m not sure where I
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced stand on this issue, but it seems to be worthy of thought and the exchange of
1/2 lime, juiced ideas. So here goes. (Sound of can of worms opening. Can you hear it?)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch garlic powder Let’s start out with a nice, potentially inflammatory statement by Mr. Hough: “Face
1 pinch ground cumin it – if your image evokes distaste or loathing in other drivers, you are sending the
1 pinch cayenne pepper message that you are not worthy of their respect – and therefore not worthy of
salt and ground black pepper to taste
your road space.” He’s talking about, “Lots of black, scraggly, sinister clothing with
Stir the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapeno pepper, lime juice, garlic, garlic powder,
cumin, salt, and pepper together in a bowl. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. prominent spikes, chains, floppy braid, and assorted nasty weapons.” Sound like
*Be careful when tasting after this is done to perfection. This is very addicting and anyone you know? Do you look like that when you ride? Even a little bit? When
might not make it to the refrigerator! you are out on the road and see a biker dressed like that, what do you think? Does
that person get more or less respect from you? Do you think that if that person had
Charra Beans a clean, quiet bike and was dressed in some other colors beside black it would
3/4 pound dried pinto beans elicit a reaction that would make him/her safer?
3 quarts water, divided
3/8 pound bacon, cut into 1-inch squares I find this topic very interesting. Almost all my riding gear is black. My bikes seem
1/4 cup plus 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic to sound louder than stock. And they are very rarely clean, as I would rather ride
3 to 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro, divided ‘em than clean ‘em. Am I getting less respect on the road than I should be getting?
1/2 cup coarsely chopped white onion And am I putting myself at higher risk than is necessary? I have one of those black
1 1/2 teaspoons each: ground cumin (cominos) and chili powder
3 /4 tablespoon salt denim riding vests with all the patches and pins on it, but I almost never wear it.
1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes Am I safer because I tend to leave it at home? Or is it the other way around?
Soak beans in 2 quarts water 8 hours. Drain and set aside. Years ago when I started riding I thought it was cool to look like a road tramp. I
In a 1-gallon heavy pot, cook bacon until well-done. Do not undercook
or it will look raw in finished product. Add garlic, 1 to 2 assumed that if my image evoked a certain level of fear or trepidation among other
tablespoons chopped cilantro and onion to hot bacon and cook until motorists, they would stay away from me, and I would be safer for it. Excellent! I
onion is transparent, about 10 minutes. Add beans, cumin and chili could look cool and be safer at the same time.
powder. Stir and add remaining 1 quart water. Turn heat to
medium-low. Stir in salt. Cook beans slowly until fork-tender, But does it work? I really don’t know. There are so many bad drivers out there that
about 1 hour. Stir constantly to avoid burning the bottom. Stir sometimes I would think it just doesn’t matter what I would wear while on the bike.
in tomatoes and remaining cilantro and heat through.
Years passed, and colorful textile motorcycle clothing was introduced, the stuff
Perfect Margarita with Kevlar, padding, breathable liners, vent zippers, etc. I got some, a nice bright
Kosher or margarita salt, for rimming the glass (optional) yellow Joe Rocket jacket and pants. It was very practical. And HIGHLY visible, and
Ice priced right, too. I wore it a lot, and it got worn out. I decided to go back to my good
1 1/2 ounces tequila (blanco, 100 percent agave) ol’ (black) leathers, which I still had from way back when. And that’s what I wear
1 ounce freshly squeezed limejuice these days. Is that a good thing?
1/2 ounce Cointreau (not Triple Sec)
If using salt, place in a shallow dish. Moisten the rim of a rocks glass with a dampened Time changes everything, like the types of vehicles being driven on the road today,
paper towel, then dip in salt. the things drivers of those vehicles are doing (or not doing) while they’re behind
Fill the glass with ice; add tequila, limejuice, and Cointreau; stir a few times until chilled. the wheel. The population is increasing, so the number of vehicles on the road
Serve immediately. Ole’ is increasing; and this results in worsening road conditions as proper road main-
Refreshing Orange Creamsicle tenance gets more difficult and expensive. So the riding environment is different
than it was decades ago. Should my choice of my riding image change as well?
1 cup orange juice
4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt Hough says, “…the motorcycle you ride and the gear you wear have an effect on
Combine the orange juice and frozen yogurt in a blender or food processor. Blend others.” Do you agree? Are you getting the result you want from others on the
until creamy road? Can we change our image in order to be safer? Talk amongst yourselves.

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Glen L’Heureux Memorial Race, IMI Motorsports,
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1 1 N.M. 800/531-2424 or 303/318-4167, www.aimn- High Country H-D/Buell Birthday Party, Frederick, Run for the Wall, Viet Nam War Memorial Run to
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Canon City, CO - (719) 371-6139 Beach & Bikerfest Motorcycle Rally, South Padre - (816) 228-5811 www.jwswapmeet.com
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ABATE D-10 Coffee Run, Aurora, CO - (303) 789- com All Trades 14th Annual Poker Run, In Memory of CMA Run for the Son Charity Ride, Colorado CO 303/356-8994 Speed & Sport National Vintage Trials Series,
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2 BACA Child Abuse Awareness Ride, Veteran’s North Metro Church 7th Biker Blessing 12505 Spring Breakout Run 2011, Colorado United Rid- Church In The Wind Ladies Retreat at Ponderosa MRA Race # 2 at Pikes Peak International Race-
1st Annual Poker Run for Amy’s House. Registra- Park, Canon City Co 719/269-1379 Colorado Blvd Thornton, CO 303/452-6251 ers Assoc. 303/295-9329 way, 303/530-5678 www.mra-racing.org
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S. Galena St. Aurora Frankiefive@comcast.net Denver, CO - (303) 629-9697
Rock The Troops VII, Las Vegas, NV - (702) 606- 20 ABATE D-1 Annual Sand Hills Poker Run, Ft. Fly-In Wheels MC 7th Annual Spring Poker Run, www.eagleriders3224.com
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ster, CO. 303-460-9464 (WING) www.quakersteak- 25th Anniversary Frank’s Ride for Children to Recognition Ride, Colorado Springs, CO - http://
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MRF Beast of the East Biker’s Rights Confer- 816/228-5811 www.jwswapmeet.com 5678, www.mra-racing.org 8-10 at the American Legion 315 Bowen St. Long-
ence, Greenville, SC www.mrf.org 202/546-0983 22 mont. $20. Breakfast available - $5. Free BBQ and Run for the Wall, Salina, KS 303/467-3424
Good Friday/Earth Day 22nd Annual Poker Run to benefit the Weld Food Saturday Short Track at IMI www.banginbarspro- beverages at last stop. 303/808-6138
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1st annual Fools Run Glen Echo Resort in Bellvue 23 970-356-2199 x 306, www.weldfoodbank.org Sarah’s Run, Colorado Springs CO to benefit Make- 5811 www.jwswapmeet.com
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970.443.6206 9019 W Hwy 34, Loveland 970-669-2320, www. 5-8 Mother’s Day S. Walnut St 24
beaverdenleather.net Texas Rally On The River, New Braunfels, TX - Church in the Wind Blessing of the Bike’s &
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The Home Front Cares, Fountain CO, VFW Post 24 Run 720/685-1918 or 303/233-1666 Branson 9th Annual Motorcycle Rally, Branson, 720/635-2897
6461 753 S. Sante Fe Ave, 6:30PM, (719) 382-7957 Easter 6 MO www.bransonmotorcyclerally.com
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73rd Annual Music & Blossom Festival, Canon MRF Biker’s Inside the Beltway Conference,
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Bake Sale & Crafts Auction @ FMMW 303/295- Blue Star Mothers, La Plata County Fairgrounds 13
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Ride for a Cure 4th Ann’l Benefit @ Bass-Pro Deuces Wild MC ‘Save the Tata’s Run’, Greeley, CO 22
Shop, 7970 Northfield Blvd, Denver 303/522-6525 970/534-0533 www.deuceswildmc.com Quaker Steak & Lube 1st Harley Give Away,
Westminster, CO www.quakersteakandlube.com
Vision Ride Benefit for Youth, Brighton, CO 14
303/902-4273 www.vision4brighton.com Flag Day 24-26
The Redstone Rally, to benefit Project Sanctuary,
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Cafe, Berthoud CO 970/420-1391 www.sctnow.org Colorado State HOG Rally, Northglenn CO.
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Pueblo Biker Bash, Pueblo, CO - 215 Canal St, 17-19 25
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Colorado Springs 16th Annual United Run, 18
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Colorado fun facts

Firsts Greeley is home to the internationally-acclaimed in rock canyons. Today parts of their intricate struc-
Greeley Independence Stampede, which dates tures still stand at Mesa Verde National Park near
Deep in the mountains of southwestern Colorado, back to the 1800s and features national rodeo Cortez, which was the first national park created
Ouray is home to the world’s first park devoted events, live music performances from national solely to preserve the work of humans.
exclusively to the sport of ice climbing. The park headliners, carnivals and more.
opened in 1995. For 16 years. Bent’s Old Fort was the lifeblood of Odds and Ends
The World’s First Rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 trade trappers and hunters along the Santa Fe Trail.
in Deer Trail, Colorado, 54 miles east of Denver. The fort was created by two brothers, both of whom Colorado is the only state in history to turn
were known as good brokers of peace with Indian down the Olympics. Denver was supposed to host
Mile High Trivia nations in the area. the 1976 Olympics. 62% of all state voters chose
at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics,
The thirteenth step of the state capital building in because of the cost, pollution and population boom
Denver is one mile above sea level. it would have on the State of Colorado and the City
of Denver.
“Beulah red” is the name of the red marble that
gives the Colorado State Capitol its distinctive splen- The longest set of dinosaur tracks discovered
dor. Cutting, polishing, and installing the marble in to date is in Picketwire Canyon near La Junta in
the Capitol took six years, from 1894 to 1900. All of southeastern Colorado. Some scientists believe
the “Beulah red” marble in the world went into the the footprints reveal these dinosaurs were herding
Capitol. animals.
Colfax Avenue in Denver is the longest continuous Pueblo is the only city in America with four living
street in America. recipients of the Medal of Honor.The world’s first
rodeo was held on July 4th, 1869 in Deer Trail.
Denver has the largest city park system in the
nation with 205 parks in city limits and 20,000 acres Denver lays claim to the invention of the Cheese-
of parkland in the nearby mountains. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge burger. The trademark for the name Cheeseburger
Railroad has been in continuous operation since was awarded in 1935 to Louis Ballast.
1881. The line was constructed primarily to haul
Historic Hot Spots There are nearly 20 rivers whose headwaters begin
mine ores, both gold and silver, from the San Juan
in Colorado, with the Continental Divide directing
Mountains. The Railroad continues to provide year
Lieutenant Zebulon Montgomery Pike explored each river’s course. Colorado is the mother of
round train service and has appeared in more than
the southwest portion of the Louisiana Territory in rivers.
a dozen movies including “How the West was Won”
1806, and though he never climbed the peak that (1963) and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
bears his name, he did publish a report that at- (1969).
tracted a lot of interest to the area. A trip to the top of
In 1859, John Gregory discovered “The Gregory
Pikes Peak, in 1893 inspired Katherine Lee Bates to
Lode” in a gulch near Central City. Within 2
write the ballad, America the Beautiful.
weeks, the gold rush was on and within 2 months
the population grew to 10,000 people in search of
their fortune. It came to be known as “The Richest
Square Mile on Earth”.
John Henry “Doc” Holliday’s brief and tumultuous
existence led him to Glenwood Springs where he
succumbed to tuberculosis and died at the Hotel
Glenwood on November 8, 1887

In Fruita, the town folk celebrate ‘Mike the Head- Information provided by: U.S Department of
less Chicken Day.’ Seems that a farmer named Transportation Federal Highway Administration
L.A. Olsen cut off Mike’s head on September 10,
1945 in anticipation of a chicken dinner - and Mike
lived for another 4 years without a head.
The Stanley Hotel, in Estes Park, has a long list
of celebrities and heads of state that have stayed
at the luxurious 1909 hostelry, which was also said
to be the inspiration behind author Stephen King’s Around 550 A.D, a basket maker culture developed
novel “The Shining.” in southwestern Colorado. Known as Ancestral
Puebloans this native tribe formed and built villages
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THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured said Escondido Paul, National Lt. Commander of the US Defenders, in issuing
Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is a Call To Action (CTA) urging all motorcyclists to contact their federal officials to
sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any
“solicit their support against grant money being used by the Federal Government
to induce other States to participate in such discriminatory actions!”
kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.
In related news, bills have been recently introduced in New Hampshire (HB 148)
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES - Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, and California (AB 1047) to prohibit any state law enforcement agency from ac-
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) cepting federal funding to establish motorcycle-only roadside checkpoints.

Motorcycle riders across the country are anxiously awaiting a decision from the PROTESTORS
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York which they hope will Freedom of Speech was considered by our Founding Fathers to be our most
declare New York’s “motorcycle only” roadblocks to be unconstitutional. The so- important Constitutional right, which is why it is the First Amendment to the Bill of
called “safety checkpoints”, which target well-known motorcycle events, force Rights, but the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling favoring the rights of hateful
motorcyclists to leave the roadway, regardless of any wrongdoing, and have their protestors over the dignity of a military funeral doesn’t sit well with some motor-
persons and property inspected for equipment violations, proper paperwork, DUI cyclists. In particular, the Patriot Guard Riders were formed in 2005 to protect
and stolen VIN numbers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administra- the funerals of fallen warriors and shield mourners from the incendiary demon-
tion (NHTSA) is now providing Federal funding for law enforcement to conduct strations waged by Westboro Baptist Church, which claims soldiers’ deaths are
such motorcycle-only checkpoints nationwide despite objections raised by mem- “divine retribution” for American tolerance of homosexuality.
bers of Congress and legal challenges from the biker community. The High Court ruled 8-1 on Wednesday, March 9th with only Justice Sam Alito
The New York lawsuit is the first to challenge the constitutionality of motorcycle dissenting, that the First Amendment protects hateful protests at military funerals,
checkpoints. The plaintiffs are being represented by Proner & Proner, led by N.Y. despite the pain they cause grieving families. “Our soldiers fought to give West-
Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) Attorney Mitch Proner, a motorcycle-riding boro the right to free speech,” said Mike Todd, a member of the Patriot Guard days. Governor Chris Christie signed a bill into law allowing the Sunday motor- AMERICA’S MOST DANGEROUS DRIVERS BY PROFESSION
lawyer who has a long history of doing “pro bono” (free) legal work to protect the Riders from Reading, Michigan, noting the irony. cycle sales on March 3; though the measure does not affect the state’s ban on Chances are the car that cut you off in traffic was driven by an attorney, or a judge,
rights of motorcyclists. The Proner law firm commenced the lawsuit on behalf of Although describing the court’s holding as narrow, Chief Justice John Roberts Sunday automobile sales, nor does it apply in Bergen County where Blue Laws or government worker or maybe even a dog groomer, according to a new study
four motorcyclists who were detained at two separate checkpoints, as well as wrote for the majority, saying of free speech; “It can stir people to action, move continue to prohibit the sale of most nonessential items on Sundays. listing the most dangerous drivers by profession.
representing the interests of ABATE of New York and the National Coalition of them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and -- as it did here -- inflict great pain … we State Senator Donald Norcross introduced the legislation after a Camden County A study conducted by an online insurance agency found that lawyers snared
Motorcyclists (NCOM). cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker.” He said the national commit- dealership complained about losing customers to stores in nearby Pennsylvania the No. 1 spot on a Top 10 list of “Most Dangerous Drivers By Profession,” with
The checkpoints in question are funded by a grant from the New York Governor’s ment to free speech requires protection of “even hurtful speech on public issues and Delaware as a result of the Sunday ban, adding that most motorcycle buyers 44% claiming a prior accident when receiving a car insurance comparison quote
Traffic Safety Committee and the troopers who work them are paid overtime. Al- to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.” tend to make purchases on weekends. from insurance.com. Findings were based on accident claims as a percentage of
though the stated purpose of the checkpoints is to promote safety, the majority of The case arose from a protest at the funeral of a Marine who had died in Iraq, “With our dealerships closed for business on Sunday, consumers were heading quotes, the agency said, and used its proprietary data.
the more than a thousand tickets which were issued during the first year of the Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. As with hundreds of other funerals, members of the across the river to make their purchases at bike shops in neighboring states,” said Here is the full list Insurance.com’s study of most dangerous driver’s by profes-
checkpoints had nothing to do with safety and instead focused on non-safety vio- Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., appeared with signs bearing such mes- Norcross. “Especially in this economy, we need to give businesses the tools they sion: 1-Attorney/Judge; 2-Financial professionals; 3-Government worker (GS6);
lations such as loud pipes. The written guidelines for the checkpoints specifically sages as “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “America Is Doomed”. need to remain competitive.” 4-Bartender or Waiter; 5-Business Professionals; 6-Dog Groomer; 7-Marketing/
state that one of the purposes of the checkpoints is to look for stolen and forged Albert Snyder sued regarding the intentional infliction of emotional distress at the Motorcycle businesses in Indiana and Wisconsin have also been trying to overturn Advertising professionals; 8-Barber/Stylist; 9-Coach; and 10-Nurse.
VINs and the police readily admit that they often have undercover members of funeral of his son, and won an $11 million jury award that was later reduced by a bans on Sunday bike sales.
their gang and auto theft units working the checkpoints looking for signs of crimi- So why did these folks rank so high? Distraction.
judge to $5 million, but the verdict was overturned by a federal appeals court that That was apparently the opposite for those on the other end of the study, deemed
nal activity. ruled the Constitution shielded the church members from liability. The Supreme CONGRESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE CAUCUS EXPANDS the least dangerous drivers. To that end are athletes and homemakers, the agen-
According to Proner, the Supreme Court of the United States has repeatedly Court’s decision upholds the appeals court ruling that threw out a $5 million judg- Newly-elected U.S. Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who was accused by his incumbent
made it clear that any roadway checkpoint whose primary purpose is general cy said. “Professions that demand multi-tasking - being on the phone, moving fast
ment to the dead Marine’s father. foe of belonging to a “biker gang” because he was supported by the South Florida on a tight schedule - are prone to more distractions and, from there, more ac-
crime control constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Dissenting Justice Alito strongly disagreed, likening the protest to fighting words, Confederation of Clubs, has become one of the newest members of the Congres-
Amendment and is presumptively unconstitutional. Notwithstanding that fact, the cidents,” said Sam Belden, vice president at Insurance.com. “On the other hand,
not protected by the First Amendment. ”Our profound national commitment to sional Motorcycle Caucus. though the job of a homemaker demands multi-tasking, young children are often
progress reports which the police prepared on the checkpoints specifically state free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred The bi-partisan caucus is comprised of members of Congress who are passionate
that the grant funds are used “for overtime for intelligence gathering and the sub- along for any car ride. And when children are involved, people tend to take their
in this case,” he wrote. about motorcycling and who work to promote the interests of motorcyclists. The time and use greater caution.”
sequent criminal and traffic enforcement.” The police admit that the checkpoints, CMSC has actively highlighted the safety of motorcyclists by passing Congres-
which focus only on equipment violations and forged and stolen VINs, do not ad- Westboro’s antagonistic tactics have resulted in a torrent of legislative activity
rarely rivaled in the annals of First Amendment history, with 41 states and the sional Resolutions supporting the goals of May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness QUOTABLE QUOTE: “In matters of conscience the law of majority has no place.”
dress any of the major causes of motorcycle accidents such as reckless driving, Month, drawing attention to Ride to Work Day and ensuring that motorcycle safety
driver inattentiveness and alcohol impairment. U.S. Congress having passed laws limiting funeral protests, usually establishing ~ Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi (1869-1948) Hindu Spiritual and Political leader
minimum distances and time constraints, while numerous municipalities have also is remembered in the transportation reauthorization process.
The case, Wagner et al. v. The County of Schenectady, et al. could wind up in passed funeral-protest ordinances at the local level. “I’m very pleased to be able to join the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus to work BREAKING NEWS FLASH:
the U.S. Supreme Court. The future of motorcyclists’ rights hangs in the balance. with my esteemed colleagues on issues related to motorcycling,” said West, who FORMER WISCONSIN SENATOR DAVE ZIEN INJUåRED IN MOTORCYCLE
BILLS INTRODUCED TO PROHIBIT MOTORCYCLE-ONLY RIDING OUT THE RECESSION is indeed an active motorcyclist who contributes political articles for a local South ACCIDENT
With gasoline prices approaching $4 a gallon, commuters are turning to more Florida biker magazine “Wheels on the Road”. As we prepare to go to press, NCOM has just learned that longtime bikers’ rights
CHECKPOINTS fuel efficient motorcycles to save money. Sales and interest are up across the West joins with fellow U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI), Tim Griffin (R- activist Dave Zien, a former Wisconsin state senator and record-setting long dis-
Even as Georgia police prepared to launch the nation’s first federally-funded mo- country, and many motorcycle dealers anticipate the popularity of motorcycles to AR), Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Jeff Denham (R-CA) as the most recent motorcycle tance rider, was involved in an early morning crash on Sunday, March 13th while
torcycle-only checkpoints during Daytona Bike Week, lawmakers in Washington increase even more. enthusiasts on the caucus. Other members include Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), attending Daytona Bike Week, and was taken by helicopter to the Tallahassee
were taking steps to cut federal funding for the controversial practice. Signs that the two-wheeled world is getting back on the road to recovery are com- Michael Conaway (R-TX), John Duncan (R-TN), Bob Filner (D-CA), Randy Forbes Memorial Medical Center and placed in intensive care.
Wisconsin Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan and Tom Petri introduced House ing from not only improving motorcycle sales, but also by the financial health of (R-VA), Walter Jones (R-NC), Doug Lamborn (R-CO) and Tim Walz (D-MN). According to news accounts, an SUV traveling in front of Zien on Interstate 10
Resolution 904 on March 3rd that would prohibit the secretary of transportation bikers themselves. Fewer bikers appear to be making late payments or defaulting Reps. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) founded the Con- attempted to change lanes, lost control and flipped onto its side. Zien, 59, was
from providing funds to state and local governments for the use of motorcycle-only on their motorcycle loans, according to a report issued by Fitch Ratings, a credit gressional Motorcycle Safety Caucus on June 26, 2009 and currently serve as unable to avoid the overturned vehicle. Early reports indicate that Zien lost part of
traffic checkpoints. rating agency working with Harley-Davidson’s Financial Services (HDFS) division. co-chairs of the caucus, despite a gunman’s vicious attack on Giffords. his left leg and suffered a broken hip.
“The first step in motorcycle crash prevention should be rider education and in- In addition, the report also notes the improving market for previously owned mo- Reps. West and Giffords were both recently selected by the NCOM Board of Di- Zien is a longtime member of the NCOM Legislative Task Force who fought
creased awareness. Taxpayer money should not be spent on helmet checkpoints torcycles is again gaining strength, in part due to reduced inventory levels at deal- rectors to receive the coveted Silver Spoke Award - Legislative at the upcoming against helmet laws and for bikers’ rights during his 13 years in the state Senate,
that do not prevent crashes,” Petri said in a news release. “Also, it’s outrageously ers. This would allow for any repossessed motorcycles to be sold for a better price 26th Annual NCOM Convention over Mother’s Day weekend May 5-8, 2011 at the from 1993 to 2006. He’s been inducted into both the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of
intrusive. Nobody is suggesting pulling cars off the road for unscheduled inspec- than they may have the year before. Hyatt Regency in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For further information, or to register Fame and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame and rode more than 1 million miles
tions, so why are motorcycle riders being harassed?” for the NCOM Convention, visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com or call (800) 525-5355. on a 1991 Harley-Davidson Sport Glide.
“We stand in solidarity against the unconstitutional use of motorcycle-only check- NEW JERSEY LIFTS BAN ON SUNDAY MOTORCYCLE SALES Please keep Dave in your thoughts and prayers, and NCOM wishes him all the
points being implemented in Georgia, and may be coming to your state soon,” New Jersey motorcycle dealers are rejoicing that they can now sell bikes on Sun- best on his road to recovery.
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Yamaha Takes On BMW’s

Best Selling Models
By John Skala

BMW has dominated the adventure touring category of motorcycles for over 30 This bike that was first released in Europe in 2010, has now found its way to the
years. The GS model BMW motorcycles, which first appeared in 1980, defined US. Yamaha has a few demo bikes that are touring the states and are taking
this new class of on and off road capable machines. In 2009, the GS series of orders for a limited production run. Their priority delivery program, as they call
800 and 1200 cc bikes accounted for over 40% of BMW motorcycle sales. Sev- it, takes orders until March 31, 2011 for delivery starting in May 2011. Yamaha is
eral manufacturers build dual sport models like the Kawasaki KLR650, the Suzuki calling this a 2012 model motorcycle. The bike they are showing is based on the
Dl1000 V-Strom and others. Even Buell had an entry in this category before clos- European model, so there may be a few changes to things like the lighting and
ing their doors last year. However, the Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré may be exhaust to meet the DOT and EPA standards when the US production model is
considered the first real direct challenge to the BMW R1200GS. delivered.
I had a chance to view the new Yamaha at Missouri’s Donelson’s St. Ann store,
which just happens to be right down the street from the local BMW dealer. The
bike was for display only and there were no test rides at this time. The XT1200Z
comes with a considerable list of standard features for $13,900 some of which are
not available on their competitor’s at any price. The bike sports a liquid cooled
parallel twin 1199cc engine with a 6-speed transmission and a shaft drive. The
fuel-injected engine also allows the rider to choose from two different ignition map-
pings. One mode is for touring, which they say has a softer response and the
other, sport mode, for the highest performance. Along with that, you can also set
the traction control to two different settings or turn it off all together. The traction
control helps to maintain grip on a variety of surfaces, both on road and off, and
on dry ground or in the rain. Complimenting the traction control, on the other
side of the coin is a unified brake system with ABS. When the front brake lever is
squeezed, most of the force is sent to the front dual discs but some is also sent to
the rear single disc. The rear brake pedal only operates the rear brake. Although
the wheels do use spokes, they are designed for tubeless tires.
The instrument cluster features an analog tachometer; digital speedometer/
odometer and indicator lights to let you know what mode you have set. The seat
and windscreen heights can be adjusted for taller riders and preload on the rear
mono-shock suspension is easily set. The front forks also allow control over the
compression and rebound dampening to allow you to tailor the ride characteristics
to your liking. The foot pegs are another interesting feature on the bike. When
riding normally, your boot rests on a cushioned rubber insert. When you need
to standup for those off-road maneuvers the rubber compresses and your boot
meets the steel teeth for better grip.
The bike on display had a few optional items such as the engine guard, skid plate
and panniers. Although the luggage is an option, the bike includes extra lock cyl-
inders for them keyed to match the ignition key when you buy it. If you are in the
market for this type of bike, be sure and stop by your nearest Yamaha dealer for
literature and more information.

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cycle therapy Only Bikers Understand

It’s been another bad day. I hate my job. Overworked, underpaid and under
➤➤ Four wheels move the body. Two wheels move the soul ➤➤ Bikes parked outside mean good chicken fried steak
appreciated. Kids, bills, taxes, drama, stress. I hate my life. ➤➤ Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut that inside
But then, as I glare out the window, there she sits, gleaming in the sun, waiting connects the handlebars ➤➤ Gray haired riders don’t get that way from pure luck
for me. Some call her my mistress and maybe they’re right. But she knows. ➤➤ Saddlebags can never hold everything you want but ➤➤ There are drunk riders. There are old riders. But there
She understands my need. My need for CYCLE THERAPY. they CAN hold everything you need are NO old, drunk riders
➤➤ Never try to outrace an old geezer, he may have one ➤➤ Thin leather looks good in a bar, but it won’t save your
On my command she roars to life. The rumbling sound makes me smile. A more gear than you butt from road rash if you go down
masterpiece of chrome and steel, she points me away from reality and leads ➤➤ It takes more love to share the saddle than it does to ➤➤ You can forget what you do for a living when your knees
me down the road to nowhere. The therapy has begun. I breathe deep. The share the bed are in the breeze
sun warms my soul. Children smile and wave as we roar by. The wind washes ➤➤ The only good view of a thunderstorm is in your rear ➤➤ Patience is the ability to keep your motor running
away the stresses and tensions of the day. The steady thumping of the ex- view mirror ➤➤ Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out the
haust cleanses my mind. I breathe deep. A weight has been lifted. Calmness, ➤➤ Never be afraid to slow down window
Zen-like. The lines flash by under my wheels, one into another, hypnotizing ➤➤ Sometimes it takes a full tank of fuel before you can ➤➤ Keep the paint up, and the rubber down
me. I am one with my machine. Effortlessly gliding, almost like flying, we make think straight ➤➤ There are two types of people in this world, people who
our way down the road. My thoughts start to drift, slowly slipping to a happier, ➤➤ Riding faster than everyone else only guarantees you’ll ride motorcycles and people who wish they could ride
more peaceful place. At this point in time nothing matters. Not bills, not work, ride alone motorcycles
➤➤ Never hesitate to ride past the last street at the edge ➤➤ It’s good to have an end to a journey; but it’s the jour-
nothing. No anger, no stress, no drama; just me and my steed. The blocks turn
of town ney that matters in the end
to miles. The minutes turn to hours. I breathe deep. As I make my way home,
➤➤ Never do less than 20 miles before breakfast ➤➤ Ride like you’re invisible!
a genuine smile warms my face as I conjure images of my other true love. As
➤➤ If you don’t ride in the rain, you don’t ride ➤➤ Bikers eat more bugs
I coast up the driveway she is there, waiting for me. Smiling in the sun. She
➤➤ A bike on the road is worth 2 in the shed ➤➤ When life throws you a curve, lean into it!
knows. She understands my need. She hops onto her seat, her throne, if you ➤➤ Young riders pick a destination and go..Old riders pick a ➤➤ Life may begin at 30, but it doesn’t get real interesting
will. Her arms hold me tight as we ride off together and I pause and think...how direction and go until about 100….If you wait, all that happens is you get
much I love my life. ➤➤ A good mechanic will let you watch without charging you older
The Viking for it ➤➤ Midnight bugs taste the best
➤➤ Sometimes the fastest way to get there is to stop for ➤➤ A good ride is any ride you can walk away from. It was
the night a great ride if you can use the bike again afterwards.
➤➤ Always back your bike into the curb and sit where you
can see it
➤➤ Work to ride and ride to work
➤➤ Whatever it is, it’s better in the wind
➤➤ Two-lane blacktop isn’t a highway – it’s an attitude
➤➤ Keep your bike in good repair. Motorcycle boots aren’t
comfortable for walking
➤➤ People are like motorcycles – each is customized a little
➤➤ Sometimes the best communication happens when
you’re on two separate bikes
➤➤ The best alarm clock is sunshine on chrome
➤➤ The twisties, not the superslabs, separate the riders
from the squids
➤➤ When you’re riding lead, don’t spit
➤➤ A friend is someone who’ll get out of bed at 2 a.m. to
drive his pickup to the middle of nowhere to get you
when you’re broken down
➤➤ Catching a yellow jacket in your shirt at 70 miles per
hour will double your vocabulary
➤➤ If you want to get somewhere before sundown, you
can’t stop at every tavern
➤➤ There’s something ugly about a new bike on a trailer
➤➤ Don’t lead the pack if you don’t know where you’re going
➤➤ Practice wrenching on your own bike
➤➤ Never be ashamed to unlearn an old habit
➤➤ A good ride can clear your mind, restore your faith and
use up a lot of fuel
➤➤ If you can’t get it going with a bungee cord and electri-
cians tape, it’s serious

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The Mother Road

set numerous records with his Daytona 200 win in 1972. Emde and his father

became the first (and so far only) father son pair to win the Daytona 200. After

Historic Route
his racing career, Don went on to become a successful publisher and author. He
currently publishes Drag Specialties Magazine, Parts Magazine and Parts Europe

By: Houndog Del Hofer – Del Hofer has been a Harley-Davidson dealer for 50 years, first in
Huron, South Dakota, then in Fargo, North Dakota. His love of motorcycling is
The idea of linking Chicago with Los Angeles obvious through many of his activities. Del is active in the American Motorcyclists
was an idea conceived by entrepreneurs Cyrus Association and is the longest serving member of the Harley-Davidson Dealer
Avery (of Tulsa Oklahoma) and John Woodruff Yea! The sun is shining, air temperature is inching up past 50 degrees… time to Advisory Board. A long-time AMA amateur racer in all styles of racing, Del also
(of Springfield Missouri). Construction of the get the bike out and ride. It’s a lot of fun, but don’t forget this time of year brings served as an AMA referee and District Congressman for quite some time. Del’s
“Super Highway” was commissioned in 1926. its own special riding hazards. Though warm rides are more fun than winter passion for motorcycling is evident to anyone who meets him. He encourages
This historic road crossed 8 states (Illinois, Mis- rides, there are extra hazards to be aware of. We can learn to watch out for the men and women alike to take safety courses, get active in riding and enjoy it in a
souri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, obvious and minimize our risks. safe and fun way.
Arizona and California) and 3 time zones, for
a total of 2448 miles. It starts in Chicago, Illinois, and ends in Santa Monica, Traffic is a concern any time of the year, but in the spring, drivers may not be Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel – Probably one of the best-known motorcycle rid-
California. thinking about us. Cagers haven’t had to watch out for us bikers for several ers in history, Evel Knievel liked to live on the edge. From riding his bicycle at an
months now and so could be less observant than usual. We often say ‘ride like early age to pole vaulting when he was in the army to playing semi-pro hockey,
The author, John Steinbeck, proclaimed Route 66 as the “Mother Road” in his your invisible’. Just figure they are not going to see you and ride defensively to Evel tried it all. In the early 1960s, Evel joined the motorcross circuit with moder-
novel “The Grapes of Wrath” which was written in 1939. To this day, Oklahoma get the best results. ate success until a broken collar bone forced him to take a job as an insurance
has more miles of Route 66 still in use than any of the other states. Kansas has
the shortest section of the “Mother Road” with only 13 miles. The old round barn Watch for reduced traction this time of year. Wet leaves and/or ice sheets salesman. The insurance business didn’t hold him for long, though, and soon he
in Arcadia, Oklahoma, is the most famous and most often photographed barn on lurking in the shadows of overhanging branches is a common occurrence. With moved his family to Washington where he started his first daredevil show. During
Route 66. spring showers, road repairs and construction on the increase - loose gravel, his career, he attempted 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps, many successfully.
sand or mud should be expected anytime anywhere. Expect fluids on the In 1974, Knievel unsuccessfully attempted a jump across the Snake River on a
Perhaps more than any other American highway, Route 66 symbolized a new steam-powered rocket – the Skycycle X-2. Knievel died of pulmonary disease in
roadway - dropped from other vehicles; these are pretty slick too.
positive outlook that spread through the nation’s postwar economic recovery 2007 at the age of 69.
efforts. “Get your kicks on Route 66” was a popular song written in 1946. Another challenge to our traction is the traffic markings on the pavement such
as the crosswalk stripes, especially when conditions are wet. What about those Michael Prugh – While Michael Prugh is certainly well recognized as a motor-
In 1956 the Federal Aid Highway Act was passed, calling for a national interstate
nasty ‘tar snakes’? Basically the summer sun turns them back into oil, making cycle designer and manufacturer, it’s his work educating others that has taken
highway program. The passing of the Interstate Highway Act would eventually
them slippery as hell on hot afternoon rides. The best idea is to ride aware of him beyond the title of “builder.” Michael has been involved in many builds for
replace the “Mother Road” with a system of interstate highways. In 1984 Route
66 was officially decommissioned as a federal highway. However, much of the your surroundings and check the road surfaces as well as the traffic often. charity and as a competitor. He took second place two years in a row in the AMD’s
road and the landmarks that rest alongside of it are still preserved by Route 66 World Championship of Custom Bike Building and has been featured in numerous
Grabbing or romping on the brakes when you feel a wheel slipping is generally
Historical Associations as well as private groups. publications featuring various builds. In 2010, Prugh led a team of students from
not a good idea. Gently straighten the bike up as possible, consider squeezing in
Western Dakota Tech to build “Method” a true “one off” bike that was auctioned
So, enjoy the “Mother Road” while you still can. Some day it may be nothing the clutch to coast over the slick spot, and don’t panic. Look well ahead and as
at the annual Legends Ride. This year, Prugh is again teaming up with Western
more than a memory of times past. possible, find the non- or less-slick areas of the road to ride on.
Dakota Tech, Black Hills Harley-Davidson and the Buffalo Chip to build a bike for
I gained a bit of insight into traction management from reading Proficient the Legends Ride.
Motorcycling I & Proficient Motorcycling II by David Hough. These books
can provide a solid foundation for understanding the art of staying upright Gloria Tramontin Struck – You’d never believe this outspoken 85-year-old wom-
on 2 wheels. For more advanced traction and other advanced street riding an is the same girl who in 1941 at age 16 tearfully told her brother “I do not want
techniques, I would recommend the Total Control book by Lee Parks. If you to know how to ride!” Well, her brother won that argument and she’s been riding
search the Internet, you may be surprised by the amount of literature currently from that day until today. She’s owned 14 motorcycles in her lifetime, has traveled
available to aid you in living to ride another day. every state in the continental U.S. as well as Canada. At the age of 76, she took
two trips to Europe, traveling a total of over 6,500 miles in 8 countries. Gloria has
This time of year it’s recommend to take a certified riders course. Beginners been a Motor Maid for 65 years, having joined in 1946 and is the longest member
course, experienced rider course – they all offer you a chance to improve your still riding. She continually encourages women to ride and to be involved. Gloria
riding skills and get your head on straight about riding safe. No matter what your is an inspiration to riders and non-riders alike.
riding ability, there is always more to learn and, taking a class is fun too. See
ya’ll on the road soon! Jasmine Bluecreek Clark Mike & Margaret Wilson – While both Mike & Margaret Wilson have contributed
individually to the sport and lifestyle of motorcycling, those who know this couple
consider them to be a pair. Mike was an expert dirt-track and TT racer both before
and after his stint in World War II. Right after his return, Mike bought a 45 cubic
85 Year-Old Motor Maid Gloria inch Harley-Davidson motorcycle as a birthday surprise for Margaret. Mike and

Tramontin Struck And Evel Knievel

Margaret were business partners in a Harley-Davidson then Honda dealership in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa for over 25 years. Both Mike and Margaret have been avid
Among 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle riders and have spent countless hours encouraging others to ride, too. Known to
an entire generation of women raiders, Margaret is a golden life member of the
Museum & Hall Of Fame Inductees Motor Maids celebrating 60 years this year. Mike and Margaret both serve on the
Board of Directors of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum and continue to
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the Hall
work to preserve the heritage of motorcycling through their involvement.
of Fame inductees for 2011. The Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame is designed to
recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast is scheduled on
the motorcycle community. Wednesday, August 10 at 9:00 a.m. at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid
City, SD.
Don Emde – Don Emde comes by his passion for motorcycling naturally. He
was born to a motorcycling family in 1951, and spent much of his youth either Breakfast tickets are available for a $35.00 donation, tables of eight for $300.00.
working in the family’s dealership or tearing up the tracks of Southern California Tickets can be purchased through the Museum at 605.347.2001 or on line at
as an amateur scrambler, dirt tracker and road racer. He turned pro in 1969, and www.sturgismuseum.com/cart/

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Is Bigger Really Better?

The 21st Annual Super Show in Colorado Springs goes “Old School”
When Phil Long in Colorado Springs sold their event
center last year, several promoters and planners were
left out in the cold. One of those was the Pro-Promo-
tions Super Show, a highly regarded Southern Colo-
How fast can you guess these words? Answers: For You Gear Heads
1. F_ _K rado Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet. It appeared that
1. FORK Drill Press: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal
2. PU_S_ 2. PULSE bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your
it would no longer have a place to host their annual
3. S_X 3. SIX beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had show. Then, the event gods smiled and a somewhat
4. P_N_S 4. PANTS carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it. off the beaten path former strip mall came available.
6. _ _NDOM Wire Wheel: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under The heat was on! With very little time Jim Wear, his
6. RANDOM the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-
You got all 6 wrong....didn’t you?
wife Pam and the Pro-Promotions staff went to work
earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, ‘Oh sh--!’
Well, you don’t have Alzheimer’s, but you are a pervert and managed to stuff a very well organized event into
Skill Saw: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
about half the space of last year’s event. They took out
A Nurse walks into a bank. Preparing to write a check, she pulls a Pliers: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of
blood-blisters. the classic and hot rod cars and severely downsized
rectal thermometer out of her purse and tries to write with it. She looks
at the flabbergasted teller and without missing a beat says, “Well, that’s Belt Sander: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor the show bike spaces to 5 by 8 foot slots. This meant
great..........that’s really great.......... Some a#@hole’s got my pen!” touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs. the massive displays, turntables and special lighting
Hacksaw: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle... had to go. Almost all of the prospective show bike
Year to date statistics on TSA airport screening from the Department of It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and entrants understood and stuck around. Promoter Jim
Homeland Security: the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future Wear had this to say, “The show bike people were very
Terrorist Plots Discovered 0 becomes.
patient because we really had to crowd the show bikes
Transvestites 133 Vise-Grips: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If
Hernias 1,485 nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding and in 23 years of doing this show I’ve never marked
Hemorrhoid Cases 3,172 heat to the palm of your hand. off 5X8 slots for bikes but this year I had to do it for the
Enlarged Prostates 8,249 Oxyacetylene Torch: Used almost entirely for lighting various flammable first time ever or they wouldn’t fit.”
Breast Implants 59,350 objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the
Natural Blondes 3 wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.
Table Saw: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood
A man calls emergency, “Come immediately, my little son has swallowed projectiles for testing wall integrity. Dave Weaver - Best of Show
a condom!” After five minutes, the same man calls back, “It’s OK, I found
another one.” Hydraulic Floor Jack: Used for lowering an automobile to the ground after
you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly for the Breast Cancer Awareness Ride, then donated a gas tank for their
SPEEDING IN WYOMING under the bumper. upcoming Oct. event. On the opposite side of the building, “Kidz Zone” was
Band Saw: A large stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to in full swing with children being entertained with airbrushing, buying things
GOOD: A Laramie, Wyoming policeman had a perfect spot to watch for cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the
speeders, but wasn’t getting many. Then he discovered the problem- trash can after you cut on the inside of the line instead of the outside edge. with play money, stomping balloons tied to their feet and much more. The
-a 12-year-old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign, temperature rose as people swarmed into the event, almost shoulder to
Two-Ton Engine Hoist: A tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of
which read ‘RADAR TRAP AHEAD.’ The officer also found the boy had an
accomplice who was down the road with a sign reading ‘TIPS’ and a bucket everything you forgot to disconnect. shoulder at some points. With unseasonably warm temps, Mother Nature
full of money. (And we used to just sell lemonade!) Phillips Screwdriver: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under lids or begged you to stay outside. The bike only parking area had to be quickly
BETTER: A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through for opening old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing oil on your shirt; expanded to accommodate the overflow of riders coming in.
an automated radar post in Cheyenne, Wyo. A $40 speeding ticket was but can also be used, as the name implies, to strip out Phillips screw heads.
included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The Straight Screwdriver: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to On Sunday, typically a slower
police responded with another mailed photo of handcuffs. convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering day, people were waiting at
BEST: A young woman was pulled over for speeding. A Wyoming State your palms. the door to get in. Tats were
Trooper walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book. She said, “I Pry Bar: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket everywhere as contestants
bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the State Trooper’s Ball.” He replied, you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.
started arriving for the 19th An-
“Wyoming State Troopers don’t have balls.” There was a moment of silence. Hose Cutter: A tool used to make hoses too short. Mike Savage - Best Engineered
He then closed his book, tipped his hat, got back in his patrol car and left. nual Colorado Tattoo Competi-
Hammer: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays
is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent tion. If you thought you’d seen
Penguins the object we are trying to hit. I arrived shortly before the opening on Sat and was shocked all the tats you could see, you’d
Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica Utility Knife: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard to see only 4 cars and 6 motorcycles. I began to wonder if the be wrong. With over a hundred
- where do they go? Wonder no more ! ! ! It is a known fact that the penguin cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on contents riding community was going to embrace the new date and place competitors lining up, I couldn’t
is a very ritualistic bird that lives an extremely ordered and complex life. such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic bottles, collector magazines, for the show. I went inside to get a lay of the land and must even get to the front of the stage
The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as refund checks, and rubber or plastic parts. Especially useful for slicing work
clothes, but only while in use.
have socialized a bit longer than I thought, but I was amazed for photos! The “Kidz Zone” was
maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout
its life. If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the Son-Of-A-Bitch Tool: (A personal favorite!!) Any handy tool that you grab
that all of a sudden, I was surrounded by hundreds of people in full swing and an event unique
family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their and throw across the garage while yelling ‘Son of a Bitch!’ at the top of your as the crowd began to swell. The Brian Flynn Band, stuffed in to this venue called the “Make
vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need. the corner with the food court and beer dispensary kept the joint and Take” hosted by Matt Duran
be rolled into and buried. The male penguins then gather in a circle around
rockin all weekend. As with any really great motorcycle event, was getting glued up. Car kits are
the fresh grave and sing: “Freeze a jolly good fellow” “Freeze a jolly good Defining Calories:
fellow.” “Then they kick him in the ice hole.” old friendships are renewed and new friendships are formed. provided to participants who build
Calories are the little bastards that get into your wardrobe at night and sew On this day, our friend John, aka “Fred” of Western Slope Parts models that are judged later that
your clothes tighter. They seem to be overactive from late November to
met Carolee Langer, Mountain Shadow Riders Chairperson
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Jim Wear (r) presenting Ron Alexander’s Award

Best of Show and 1st Place Classic Custom:

Dave Weaver with his 2007 custom bobber built by
Suicide Cycles in Maryland
Best Engineered and 1st Place Dresser: Mike
Savage with his 2001 HD Road King - Phat Rides
Custom Cycles, Loveland, Colorado
day. The Make and Take encourages young people
Ron Alexander was given a special award for
to become modelers.
“Outstanding Dedication To The Motorcycle
Steel City Bike Works photo booth setup was a Community”
big hit. You could get your picture taken with a hot
I do want to say this was a great representation of
bike and even hotter girls, then printed and auto-
motorcycle art and preservation and all are worthy
graphed on the spot! I guess for some, it’s their
of recognition.
trophy. You know what they say, “A picture’s worth
a thousand words!” Speaking of trophies, a couple Live, Laugh, Love,
of the most coveted honors were: Joe Farrow

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Boardwalk Bike Show Willie’s Ol’ Skool Bike Show

A beautiful day with an By Miserable George
absolutely picturesque
setting made our visit to the Even though I’ve been going to Bike Week in Daytona for more
Boardwalk for the annual years than I care to count, the old spark still flames up when
bike show picture perfect. I approach town and see all the motorcycle activity. Yeah, I
The blue sky, carnival rides know, I complain about the traffic and the high prices, but I still
and the rolling waves of the get a “thrill” knowing I’m in the midst of the biggest party in the
ocean, sets this show apart world!! As always, Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Ol’ Skool Bike Show
from all others. There are on Thursday of Bike Week is a “must-do” for me! This year,
always unique photo ops I had the pleasure of meeting a pair of world renowned bike
and sometimes it may be
builders...Dave Perewitz, and Ron Finch, as well as a host of
something other than bikes
that catch your attention! superb local builders, many of whom were competing in Willie’s
show. Perewitz donated a beautiful and very unusual trophy, as
did Miami builder, Nicky Boots. Huge crowd this year...lots of
beautiful little hotties skittering around the grounds. There were
a lot of fantastic old school custom bikes there too!! Who were
the winners...? Call Willie, he has all the names (I think!!) Ride
safe, and support yer local motorcycle club!!

Ron Finch (L)

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CDOT Encouraging Riders To Sharpen

“Tune up your skills, just like you tune up
your bike.”
It’s the quality, not just the quantity, of time you spend together. Make your rides even better
That’s the message the Colorado Department of Transportation
wants to send as it unveils its newest advertising campaign for by taking an advanced rider course. Find a trainer near you at comotorcyclesafety.com.
2011. CDOT officials hope the new campaign, which features
Colorado’s first motorcycle skill rating map, will help reduce the
number of motorcycle crashes caused by inexperienced riders.
In 2010, CDOT officials report there were 82 motorcycle
fatalities, a number that was only slightly down from 88 in on the road. Even the most seasoned rider can benefit from
2009. Of those, 33 percent of the operators killed did not have continuing motorcycle education, officials say, because it
motorcycle endorsements. About 70 percent of the fatalities allows riders to improve their skills and correct bad habits
were age 40 and over, and — taking their ride to the
of those 20 percent were not next level. Other benefits
endorsed. to ongoing training include
“There’s no doubt that some of getting more enjoyment out of
these deaths could have been the ride, being able to explore
avoided if the rider had been more parts of Colorado safely,
properly trained to understand and responding quickly to the
the dynamics of their bike and changing weather and road
how to handle various road conditions.
conditions and curves,” said Riders who continue their
Col. James Wolfinbarger, chief training can also save money
of the Colorado State Patrol. on their motorcycle insurance,
“Even if you have been riding as insurance companies
for years, there is always a recognize all levels of training
benefit to tuning up your skills, as key factors to limit your
just like you tune up your bike.” risks on the road.
The Colorado skill ratings map The Colorado Department
was developed with the help of Transportation oversees
of ABATE of Colorado and the Motorcycle Operator Safety
Colorado Sport Bike Club. The Training (MOST), a state-
color-coded map indicates supported motorcycle training
easy, moderate and difficult program that assures high
routes across Colorado, and quality training at a reduced
will be available at major price for Colorado residents
motorcycle dealerships, visitor and active duty military
and welcome centers, and personnel. In 2009, MOST
state parks across Colorado. trained 11,000 riders using
“We hope riders will use the 15 training organizations
map to plan outings and and 54 training facilities with
carefully consider all aspects fully equipped classrooms
of a route, especially if they throughout the state. Upon
have riders of different skill completion of the training,
levels in their group,” said inexperienced riders receive a
Pam Hutton, CDOT’s chief engineer and the governor’s completion card that automatically translates into a motorcycle
representative for highway safety. endorsement at the state driver’s license office, with no further
testing needed. For more information about MOST visit
The advertising campaign will stress the importance of
continuing training that allows motorcyclists to stay sharp www.COmotorcyclesafety.com.

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