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Tina (TT) Schwarte
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Will Ride to Eat...................................................13
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creating all the different looks for all
the shoots I’ve done, especially this last one for Thunder Roads Magazine
of Iowa. It was exciting dressing up as cupid for this February issue. I look
forward to the opportunities this may bring my way. Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Wow, February is upon us, and that means that we have a little bit of this
dismal weather left before we can get out and ride. Hell, maybe February will bring an early spring? We can only hope I guess. We will see
what the little rodent does, and if he sees his shadow or not, and go from
there. At least the January through April timeframes give us some stuff
to do in the biker world. Swap meets and shows are all over the place,
and they are a great way to at least hang out with other scooter hounds.
This is not quite as good as riding, but the best we can do living in a four
season state. We have been out and about to a couple events so far,
and you can sure tell people are getting in the mood for riding weather
already. It is always great to see the wide variety of parts and accessories available, and only at a swap meet or trade show can you see this
amount or types of stuff. Most have a bike show along with it, which is
another way to appreciate the biker world in all its creativity. Cool paint,
dressed up, chopped down, interesting fabrication, or even all the above
mixed together, there always seems to be something cool to see. We
plan on making a lot of the events around the state, so if you see the
Thunder Roads crew, stop and say hey, and tell us your story. We always love to meet more bikers, and hell, we may even take a pic and get
you in the magazine.
How do you know where all the shows and meets are going on? Well
we have been searching high and low, and taking submissions from
readers about stuff going on, and have compiled quite the list so far.
We found as many as we could for the January issue, and plastered
that right there on the back cover for easy reference. We will keep the
events list pasted on that back cover for an issue or two yet probably.
Hang onto the whole mag, tear off back cover and tack it on the fridge,
or fold it up and put it in your saddle bag, wherever you wanna keep it
for easy viewing. For the March issue we are working on getting a list of
the bike nights across the state. If you know of any events we missed
or any bike nights to get listed email verno[email protected] to
make sure we get them listed.
We now have a new website that is up and running. Same web address
at www.thunderroadsiowa.com but with a new look and we feel a lot
better presentation. We have to thank Dan and Cindy at DAC Designs
for that. They ride as well, and you may even see a picture of her cuteness on a cover sometime in the future. You will see more from them
on these pages as well. They had the expertise to take the information
and make it look better. Some of the changes you can see when you
check it out is an expanded photo section. With the new site, we finally
have the ability to post a ton of the event pictures for everyone to peruse. There is also the option of purchasing digital copies of any if you
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so choose. Looking is free
though, and we wanted to
give the readers what they
ask for, and a common
theme is, “more pictures
please”! When we do hear
any suggestions on how to
make things better, we try
like hell to make it happen.
Sometimes it may take a
bit due to time or the almighty dollar, but we want
you to know that our reader’s opinions count. Check
out the new website, look
around and enjoy.
This is also the time of
year that a lot of bike projects are hopefully humming right along. How are
your bike projects coming?
We always love to see
and hear what people are doing, and how things are going. If you have
some interesting modifications, paint schemes, or just want to send a
pic, email it away. Share your ideas with the readers; it may inspire others to be creative in this off time we call winter.
and swap season is here, then into the spring when riding takes off, you
will see all of us out and about more. Don’t ever be afraid to come up
and tell us hi, and to shake our hand and introduce yourself. It takes all
kinds of bikers to make this world go ‘round, and we would not have a
problem meeting all of them. That is what makes the biker community
what it is, the bikers themselves.
and lived to tell the tale? Is it a lady rider that gained the courage to become a rider instead of a passenger? Is it the couple that rides together
and lives by the credo, “those that ride together, stays together”? Let
us know who it is and why you think so highly of them. Just may grace
pages of a future issue. Email any submissions to [email protected]
For all of you hot biker chics, there will be a casting call for calendar girls
at Quaker Steak and Lube in Council Bluffs on February 10th. Sign up
for interested ladies will be from 5 to 7 pm, with judging to follow. The
calendar is going to be published for M/C Mags for Military as a fundraiser to send more care packages over to the troops. Dana got this ball
rolling with M/C Mags just over a year ago, and it is going strong and
growing. They send magazines and creature comfort packages to the
troops across the big water. You may even notice a picture of one of
them with one of my favorite magazines in the Thunder Cam section. It
should be a great time, so come on out and help support the cause and
have some fun.
Until we meet again, be safe
tt and V
One last thing for you for this month’s letter from us. We would like you
to let us know about someone cool in our biker world that exemplifies
the biker lifestyle. Let us know about someone that you know, respect,
look up to, or admire for some reason in this Iowa biker world we live in.
What makes a biker? When you look up biker in the dictionary, it says
see “??????”. Is it your local District coordinator? Is it the old gray
beard down the road? Is it a friend that never misses a month of riding?
Is it someone that has come close to paying the ultimate price for riding,
As always we would like to throw a thank you out to our advertisers.
Without them, you would not be reading this. Please patronize the
businesses and places listed in the Biker Friendly Listing. They have
all gone above and beyond to get the word out that they are truly biker
friendly, and that they not only sell to, but cater to the biker world. It is
sure nice to know where you can stop and feel welcome when you are
out on the road. When you go into one of the advertiser’s place of business, tell them Thunder Roads Iowa sent ya.
We would also like to throw a thank you to our staff. Some you see
more than others, but they are all there helping to make this rag what
it is. Murph and Annette have been out and about as much as any of
the staff, and we want to pass on a special thank you to them. You may
have seen Murph doing some magazine distribution and ad sales. He
hails from the Menlo, Iowa area, but he cuts a wide swath with getting
the mags out and about all over central and western Iowa. As the show
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To The Editor,
I am 61 years of age, served during the Vietnam Era. I have seen many
changes in our culture as did my parents and theirs before them. Life has
always been tough for the Blue Collar and Champagne for the wealthy.
There have been extra lean times all through our history beginning with
the Pilgrim Age, Disease, Indian Conflicts, and wars of some sort. The
Depression of the 1930’s and the Dustbowl of the 1940’s not to mention
other earthly natural disasters. So, our past has endured hardship and
famine. But through all this one thing has remained constant, “WE THE
PEOPLE.” Today one must ask – Who are “WE THE PEOPLE?” Who is
really in control of our destiny? I believe there is no single answer. But,
I am sure there are many questions that many know the answer but are
hiding behind a transparent curtain. This leads me to voice my opinion
Don’t Let Them Take Down Our Flag
In these troubled times, “WE THE PEOPLE,” do fear what lies in our future, we sense some type of end maybe near. Even if you think that our
nation will stand tall and free, with all the high office promises and plans, it
looks sad – what “WE THE PEOPLE” see. “WE THE PEOPLE” have built
this nation by the standards of the past. Who would have thought that
how we evolved could do anything but last. We’ve built and served this
nation through good and bad, shed blood and died. But now newcomers
and the young don’t care, don’t hear the cries.
We do not hear the Liberty Bell, it may be broken. Every year “WE THE
PEOPLE” loses another Liberty – Another Freedom. The statue of liberty
is now on her knees. Will we wake tomorrow from a night of sleep to find
things have so changed, everyone will weep? Our way of life has already
changed; the past will be no more. Our History, our Heritage, may soon
become old folklore. If this nation does not soon get a grip, our heart from
our chest will be stripped. And so, while the back door is being left open
for those to enter, the front door is blocked by leadership fraud.
It is the only symbol left for “WE THE PEOPLE” that we know who we
are, Americans of the USA! “WE THE PEOPLE” Stand For us. Do not
take the Bus!
God Bless What is Left of the USA
Gary R. Robb
Annette and Murph,
Words cannot express our thanks for covering our BAD Ride Event and
writing such an awesome article in Thunder Roads Iowa! It was a pleasure to meet you both and I look forward to working, and riding with you
in the future.
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99 Counties to tour on the bike, 99 counties
to tour, take one down, drive on around, 90
counties to tour on the bike. A few years back,
a summer riding goal of ours, also our summer
vacation that year, was to ride through each
of Iowa’s counties, and what was found was a
wealth of interest and beauty. Each month we
will feature a different county, and new things
to go see, and hopefully spark a little touring
curiosity for our own wonderful state.
On a hazy day, we took off to go check out
Bremer County to see what it has to offer the
loyal readers of Thunder Roads Magazine of
Iowa. It is a little stretch away from our home,
but the beauty of this great state is worth a
little time and an ambitious spirit. We have
found that you can make it about anywhere
and back home in a day. Bremer is located in
northeastern Iowa, just north of the Waterloo/
Cedar Falls metro area. As we have both
previously lived in the Black Hawk County
area, we know the area pretty well and have
visited there many times in our lives. Our first
date actually involved some of our time in this
county. Picture this if you can a spur of the
moment blind date running around the area
with a great group of good friends. One of our
stops was at the Rite Spot. This restaurant
has a great atmosphere, good food, and a
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small price. This is where we had split our first
meal; due to neither one of us were all that
hungry, with our bellies full it was a great time
to get out and dance. Well tt wanted to dance
and we both wanted enjoy the company of
friends so we walked the short distance to the
Whiskey Junction in Denver, so this place has
kind of a fond spot in our hearts.
The county is intersected by Highway 3 going
east and west and Highway 63 going north and
south. It includes the County Seat of Waverly,
with Denver, Frederika, Janesville, Plainfield,
Readlyn, Sumner, and Tripoli rounding off the
list of towns. The geography of the area varies
about as much in any one county as we have
seen with flat as a table areas that allow you
to see for miles and take in the sights, to some
slight rolling hills, to some neat curves winding
along river bottoms. The county has some
significant rivers crossing it, the Cedar and
the Wapsinicon. The Wapsi makes for some
interesting sights in Waverly with the bridges
and the dam right along the main drag. An
old rail bridge is now a walk bridge that spans
quite a distance on the Cedar, and is a very
pretty bridge to watch the scenery from.
Not far north of the old rail bridge is the Nestle
factory that produces a variety of beverages
and beverage additives. Tours are available
and you may even be able to grab a big cup
of hot cocoa. This industry here is just one
example of why the area was settled to begin
with. The rivers that pass through offered
power for saw and flour mills, and the close
proximity to the railway system. Power and
transportation made for an ideal area to settle
and develop industry. This of course was
the settlement by the Anglos; the original
settlement had different causes and effects.
The original settlers of the area in and around
Bremer County did not choose this location
to permanently settle of their own free will but
were actually here against their will. Originally
this area was an Indian Reservation. The
first settlers were called the Winnebago or
aka Ho-Chunk. Their land was stripped of
them when they were suspected of helping
Chief Black Hawk during the Blackhawk War
in 1832. Original numbers recorded of the
Winnebago were about 20,000 in 1634. They
were to receive compensation via land and
money paid in the amount of $270,000 for the
loss of their lands east of the Mississippi River.
Also at this time the Winnebago/Ho-Chunk
were forced to lose several of their tribesmen
that were thought to have murdered whites
during the Blackhawk War. Iowa became
a state in 1846 and the Native Americans
were moved by troops from Fort Atkinson,
Iowa to Minnesota. This went on again and
again totaling a number of five times with the
following states involved which included Iowa,
Minnesota, South Dakota and currently located
in Northeastern Nebraska.
A great deal of information can be found on Waverly. As the county seat, it is the
most populated city in Bremer County, but still with a modest head count of about
9,100 people. Some interesting facts found were the current Waverly House/
Bremer County Historical Society Museum was built in 1862 as the first large
hotel and stagecoach stop in the area. The motel has had a long life and I am
sure has seen many things over the years. It is now a home for pioneer artifacts.
If you have interest in pioneer artifacts this would a place to kick out the kick
stand and stretch your legs for a bit.
Sumner is home to one of the few remaining ambulance companies in the
United States. There are only a couple dozen builders of ambulances that
are in business in the US today. Lifeline is one such company. They take
modified cab and chassis units, and then custom build the aluminum box with
all of the cabinets and accessories to produce an ambulance ready to be sold
to customers. When it is built, wired, equipped, and ready to go, it gets a nifty
paint job, and on to the customer. Their units are bought by Cities, Counties, Fire
Departments, EMS services, and other entities across the country. The squads
are then equipped locally and put on the street. We have both worked in the
back of a Lifeline ambulance that was manufactured right here in Iowa. If you are
ever in Sumner, stop by and check out how an ambulance is made. Hopefully it
will be the only time you see the inside of one.
Another point of interest in the Emergency Services world is right north of the fire
station in Waverly. All over this state we have true volunteerism of Firefighters
and Emergency Medical Service personal. Without these volunteers stepping
forward and giving of their time to train, protect, teach and provide a service to
the general public we would truly be at a loss. As volunteers, this is done without
any pay or compensation or at best a token amount. This area is no different
in Waverly, Iowa. Here is located a Fire Fighters Museum. This four thousand
square foot building that is adjacent to the towns fire department houses some
of the equipment of the fire service of days gone by. This museum is owned and
operated by the Volunteer Firefighters and is a pretty neat stopping point.
Next month we are off to Buchanan County! tt
References available upon request.
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Ten Top Up & Coming Country Songs for 2009
10. I Hate Every Bone In Her Body But Mine.
9. I Ain’t Never Gone To Bed With An Ugly Woman; But I Woke Up With a
8. If The Phone Don’t Ring, You’ll Know It’s Me.
7. I’ve Missed You, But My Aim’s Improvin’.
6. Wouldn’t Take Her To A Dogfight ‘Cause I’m Scared She’d Win.
5. I’m So Miserable Without You.... It’s Like You’re Still Here.
4. My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend And I Miss Him.
3. She Took My Ring and Gave Me the Finger.
2. She’s Lookin’ Better with Every Beer.
And the Number One Country & Western song is...
1. It’s Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night That Chewed My Ass All Day.
Yesterday I had a flat tire on the interstate.
So I eased my car over to the shoulder of the road, carefully got out of the
car and opened the trunk.
I took out 2 cardboard men, unfolded them and stood them at the rear of
my car facing oncoming traffic. They look so lifelike you wouldn’t believe!
They are in trench coats exposing their nude bodies and private parts to the
I started to change my tire, and to my surprise, cars started slowing down
looking at my lifelike men. And of course, traffic started backing up.
Everybody was tooting their horns and waving like crazy. It wasn’t long
before a state trooper pulled up behind me.
He got out of his car and started walking towards me. I could tell he was
not a happy camper!
“What’s going on here?”
“My car has a flat tire,” I said calmly.
“Well, what are those obscene cardboard men doing here by the road?”
I couldn’t believe that he didn’t know. So I told him, “Hello-o-o-o-o-o, those
are my emergency flashers!”
A guy is 72 years old and loves to fish. He was sitting in his boat the
other day when he heard a voice say, ‘Pick me up. ’He looked around and
couldn’t see any one. He thought he was dreaming when he heard the voice
say again, ‘Pick me up.’ He looked in the water and there, floating on the top,
was a frog. The man said, ‘Are you talking to me?’ The frog said, ‘Yes, I’m
talking to you. Pick me up then, kiss me and I’ll turn into the most beautiful
woman you have ever seen. I’ll make sure that all your friends are envious
and jealous because I will be your bride!’
The man looked at the frog for a short time, reached over, picked it up
carefully, and placed it in his front pocket. The frog said, ‘What, are you
nuts? Didn’t you hear what I said? I said kiss me and I will be your beautiful
bride, forever and ever.’
He opened his pocket, looked at the frog and said, ‘Nah, at my age I’d
rather have a cool, talking frog.’
(* With Age Comes Wisdom.)
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Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the
villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.
The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to
the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10
and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He next
announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the
efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the
supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.
The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so
scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it!
The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However,
since he had to go to the city on some business, his Assistant would buy on
his behalf. In the absence of the man, the Assistant told the villagers: “Look
at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I
will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can
sell them to him for $50 each.” The villagers rounded up all their savings
and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars. They never saw the man
or his Assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys! Now…….. you have
a better understanding of how the WALL STREET BAILOUT PLAN works.
A magician landed a good gig on a cruise ship.
The audience was different each week so the magician did the same tricks
over and over again. There was only one problem: The captain’s parrot saw
the shows each week and began to understand how the magician did every
trick. Once he understood, he started shouting in the middle of the show,
‘Look, it’s not the same hat!’ or, ‘Look, he’s hiding the flowers under the
table!’ or ‘Hey, why are all the cards the ace of spades?’
The magician was furious but couldn’t do anything.
It was, after all, the captain’s parrot.
Then one stormy night on the Pacific, the ship unfortunately sank, drowning
almost all who were on board. The magician luckily found himself on a piece
of wood floating in the middle of the sea, as fate would have it ... with the
parrot. They stared at each other with hatred, but did not utter a word. This
went on for a day... and then 2 days and then 3 days. Finally on the 4th
day, the parrot could not hold back any longer and said .... ‘OK, I give up.
Where’s the f****in’ ship?’
other than American Made in his garage. He joined the Marine Corp
in 1951, and then when on leave, had a serious motorcycle accident,
and was discharged because of it. He stayed in and worked in Vinton
and began his life. Riding motorcycles, becoming a car racing fan, and
riding and racing whenever he got the chance became his passions.
He would ride with friends, and travel to the local dirt track, Knoxville,
and even Daytona when he could to take in the races. He still attends
regularly at the local track in Vinton during the summer, cheering on
Modified driver Scott Hogan and others.
This month we bring you Dick Bridge from Vinton, Iowa as the featured
military rider of the month. He is 80 years young, and has lived in Vinton
in Benton County his entire life, with the exception of his 2 years of
Military service. He was a Corporal in the Marines that served in 1952
and 1953. He was stationed at both San Diego and the Great Lakes
during his tour, and his primary MOS was performing small arms repair.
After the Military, he worked and retired from his work as a janitor at the
Vinton School. He is still a member of the American Legion in Vinton.
Dick no longer rides, and has not regularly for quite some time, but still
has a love for motorcycles. This past summer one of his friends got a
new bike, and gave him a ride, Dick stated “Sure a lot different ride than
my old ’39 EL.” That 39 was one of his former bikes, as well as owning
a 1951 61, a 1947 74, and even a little 165 Pacer. He has some very
interesting stories, and is quite the historian for the Vinton area, among
other things. If you want to try to glean some of this information from
this cool cat, you can find him every morning at the Ron-Da-Voo in
Vinton at 9 am for coffee. Friends state that if there were a club for
good old guys, that Dick could be the President!
If you see Dick out and about, give him a nice Veteran’s wave, and if
you get a chance, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Ride
Free Thanks to our Military!
We first had contact with this gentleman via a phone call quite a few
months back. He just wanted to pass on that he liked the magazine,
and was very helpful with some hints for places to go in Benton County.
Later he sent us a four page hand written letter about more interesting
stuff in and around Vinton, as well as a couple of pictures of him on past
motorcycles that he has owned. It was not that he wanted or needed
anything, but just sharing life stories and some interesting things in his
area. We fully encourage this, and really got a kick out of his photos
and correspondence. We know a couple of people in Vinton, and we
gathered some information to do our military write up about Dick this
month. Thanks Larry and Tom!
Dick was raised on a farm northeast of Vinton, graduated High School
there, and became a member of the Vinton Motorcycle Club. He was
always a Harley rider, and still to this day has a strong feeling of always
buying American. His friends state that there has never been anything
M.B., an energized and horny legend of 75, walks into his local Community
Bank and notices that the new Receptionist is quite fetching. He walks up
to Shayne, the bank President and inquires, “Quite the pretty lass you have
hired on…..what’s her name? Shayne dryly replies, “Really, M.B., the girl is
only 22!”, and M.B. never missing a stroke replies, “Oh, that’s too bad. Does
she have a younger sister?”.
HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO ALL YOU SEXY LADIES
WHO HAPPEN TO LOVE CHROME !
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It’s important for you to know who your friends are
out there when you hit the road! Welcome to our
Biker Friendly Directory. The following is a list of
our establishments throughout Iowa that want you
to know that they’re here for YOU. Whether it’s a
bike dealer, service shop, restaurant, bar or any
other type of business that welcomes our biking
community through their doors, you can count on
our family of friends to always welcome you in. The
staff here at Thunder Roads greatly appreciates
our advertiser’s support each month- they are the
sole financial supporters of this magazine. WE
WOULD NOT EXIST WITHOUT THEM! So please
give them the support that they truly deserve for
being with us & drop by to see them for a visit. Let
them know that you saw them here in Thunder
Roads. If you know a business that would like to
join our Thunder Roads family of Biker Friendly
Places, please give us a call at 712-249-5630 or
email [email protected]
Shops & Fabricators
American V-Twin Service
1006 Linn Street
Boone, Iowa 50036
Twisted Grip Cycle
Your Dynojet & Tire Center
2444 L Avenue (I-29 & 25th St. Exit)
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
Throttle Shop LLC
1988 Arion Avenue
Arion, Iowa 51520
3781 Balk Road
Fulton, Illinois 61252
Specializing in Making the “Old Iron” Trustworthy
Bike Pit Motorcycle Services
2694 5th Ave, Building B-Unit 2
Marion, IA 52303
Guthrie Auto Body
John Beer owner
1804 State Street
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115
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F & J Racing
Fred & Jackie Ingraham
701 N 3rd Ave
Marshalltown, Iowa 50158
XTreme Cycle & Off Road
206 E Main St
Panora, Iowa 50216
J & S Custom Cycles
Des Moines, Iowa
408 Market Street
Audubon, Iowa 50025
911 7th Street Ste 102
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Nelson Machine & Forge
General Machining, Ornamental Iron, Weld/Fab
70 Washington Street
Marne, Iowa 51552
Doc’s Bail Bonds
Your 24/7 Prescription to Freedom in Minutes
Adel, Iowa 50003
Iowa Bail Bonds
200 4th Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Southwest Iowa Sandblasting
65162 Oxford Rd
Atlantic, Iowa 50022
100 Industrial Road
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115
Leather & Hawgs
316 Main, Hornick, Iowa
121 1st St, Soldier, Iowa
Crispy’s Biker Apparel
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Photo & Video
Photo and Video
From Mild to Wild
Des Moines, Iowa
PO Box 1842
Clinton, Iowa 52733
311 4th Street
Marne, Iowa 51552
Werner Cycle Works
14410 Frontier Road Exit 440 I-80
Omaha, NE 68138
Carroll Cycle Center
1327 Plaza Dr
Big Barn Harley Davidson
I-80 Exit 135
Des Moines, Iowa
Food & Drink
Sparetime Bar & Grill
136 West Main Street
Ute, Iowa 61060
309 East 7th Street
Logan, Iowa 51543
Open 365-8 am to Close
Off Sides Pizza
1119 Thomas Street
Redfield, Iowa 50233
Thomas Street Tap
1109 Thomas Street
Redfield, Iowa 50233
Montgomery Street Pub
207 East Montgomery Street
Creston Iowa 50801
206 West Union Street
Creston, Iowa 50801
Wet Goods Food & Lounge
113 N. Chestnut Street
Jefferson, Iowa 50129
Do Drop Inn
403 3rd Avenue
Under the Water Tower
Jamaica, Iowa 50128
ToJo’s Jamaica Bar & Grill
Jamaica, Iowa 50178
Pearl Street Social Club
110 Pearl Street SW
Shellsburg, Iowa 52332
Nitro’s Bar & Grill
310 Main Street
Gravity, Iowa 50848
Home of Sunday-Funday
Rusty Duck Bar & Grill
723 Marshall Street
Dexter, Iowa 50070
Quick Rick’s Rib Joint
406 East Lincoln Highway (Highway 30)
Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555
Beer Barn and Grill
226 State Street
Kirkman, Iowa 51447
Open Mon 4, Tue-Sun at 11
20oz Prime Rib Friday Nights
9956 Swanson Blvd
Sambetti’s Bar and Grill
1430 2nd Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Mon-Sat 11a-2a, Sun 11a-7p
8744 Northpark Drive (I-80 at 86th street exit)
Johnston, Iowa 50131
8843 Northpark Ct,
Johnston, IA 50131
109 North Main Street
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2am
The Haverhill Social Club
202 1st Street
Haverhill, IA 50120
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2am
450 E Main St
Lehigh IA, 50557
Email: [email protected]
2815 Beaver Ave Ste 102
Des Moines, IA
117 South 6th Street
Missouri Valley, Iowa 51555
206 1st Street, Soldier, Iowa
35 North Center Street
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-2am
201 S 12th Street
Fort Dodge, Iowa 51501
FB Crave Tattoo, Inc.
Goat Ranch Saloon
105 South Main Street
Bad Girlz Ink
Perry, Iowa 50220
106 North Main Street
Baxter, IA 50028
Screaming Eagle American Bar & Grill
228 East 4th Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Rumours Sports Bar & Grill
309 South 12th Ave. Place
14th Street Tavern
3418 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA
Open Weekdays 8am-2pm
Sat 10am-2pm and Sun 11am-2pm
Richard M. Lester
800-531-2424 / 800-on-a-bike
Across the Border Raid
August 4-6, 2011
Nitro’s Bike Rally
July 7-9, 2011
Circle of Pride
Hog Wild Rodeo May 26-28
Independence Bash July 1-2
T.I.T.S September 1-4
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Girls Of Thunder
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday from 5:00 PM
4345 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50310
Reservation Requests and
Renee Gross Ferguson
1992 Harley Softail
Lake City, Iowa
2009 Harley Fat Bob
During my visits to places to eat and review, I’m
generally accompanied by my wife Lynnette and
frequently we are joined by tt and Vernon. Believe it or
not it’s difficult to find new and interesting places to go to
for review (the tendency is to be lazy and go to the usual
favorites). Since tt and Vernon were going to be in Des Moines anyway and
Lynnette would be flying back into Des Moines from a work conference in Dallas,
TX I would let the Schwartes decide on the venue for the evening’s culinary
delight. When Vernon called and said they had decided on a place called Flying
Mango, upon the recommendation of a friend, my first reaction was “Um, I’m not
really into fruit that much!” I refrained from expressing my feelings, determining
to keep an open mind, and immediately upon hanging up I went to the internet
to see what I could find out about this fruit place. My search landed me at the
restaurant’s web site, www.flyingmango.com. Check out their site for more info
Upon arrival at the restaurant’s location I found that this place is EXTREMELY
popular and has limited parking so a large majority of the parking is relegated
to the side streets so be prepared for a bit of a walk. When I drove past I
noticed an ambulance parked in the alley behind the restaurant... hmm, that’s
interesting! Upon investigation it used to be an ambulance, now it’s a novelty
vehicle used for catering... whew! You definitely want to make a reservation
here, as I mentioned this place is VERY popular and a wait for seating could
take a little while.
Customer service is the cornerstone of this establishment; the waitresses are
very helpful and friendly. The owner, Michael Wedeking, makes it a habit to
come out and interact with his customers... tell a few jokes, fix a wobbly table
and just make sure you are enjoying your meal (he also rides so he’s got to be
2005 Honda Shadow 500
Black 2005 Yamaha V-Star
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Are you a Girl of Thunder?
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(highest resolution possible) to
Be sure to include the year, make, and model of your ride and what
town you are from!!! Look for more Girls of Thunder next month.
delicious... the honey
butter was like the icing
on the cake! Lynnette
had the Big Chop and
I have to tell you it was
the largest chunk of pork
chop I have ever seen!
Although I had checked out the menu online ahead of time and had narrowed
my selection down to a couple of different dishes the final decision was still
difficult. The menu is packed with so many delectable dishes that even eeny,
meeny, miny, moe will land you on a delicious dish every time! My final selection
Looking for a meal of
was the Pick 3 BBQ platter so I could get a taste of more than just one dish.
fruit? Although the name may indicate it Flying Mango isn’t the place to go.
I chose ribs, chicken and brisket as my 3 BBQ selections. You also get your
However if you’re looking for an interesting change in your BBQ diet then Flying
choice of 2 side dishes of which I chose the cowboy beans and the cornbread
Mango should be your destination!
with honey butter. Allow me to start with the ribs, tender and tasty are the two
words that best describe them. The chicken was moist and tender and very
Until next month, ride safe and eat hearty!
delicious. The brisket was fall-apart-with-your-fork... no-knife-required tender
and delectably tasty. As long as I’m talking about meat I would like to touch on
the homemade sauce in the squirt bottle on each table, this stuff is amazing! It
can be put on any of the meat and it actually enhances the flavor of anything
PS If you have someplace you think we should check out in your neck of the
it’s applied to. The cowboy beans is a mixture of several different types of
woods, shoot me an email.
beans in a sauce, they were awesome and the cornbread was mouthwateringly
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Let There Be Rock!
If you are anything like me, I like to have music on all the time. I have a system in my
house, and, of course, in my car
and I listen to my iPod while I’m
on a plane. I like my music…
I really, really like my music. What better way to enjoy
life then listening to your
favorite artists while riding
jam out to your favorite tunes.
Upgrading your speakers in you motorcycle
can be a great way to
maximize the stereo
system currently on your bike and increase your enjoyment cruising down the
highway. Doesn’t matter if you are rocking out to some AC/DC and Uncle Ted
Nugent, feeling the base with some Gucci Mane, or keeping the rhythm to Lady
A. There are some great manufacturers of some high quality speakers out there
such as, Hogtunes, Harley-Davidson’s BOOM Audio, J&M, Hawg Wired, Kicker,
and many others.
The most popular brand now is Hogtunes. They cover everything from simple replacement speakers for around $100 to complete amplified upgraded systems for
$550. The most popular speakers we sell are Amp and Front Speaker kit for the
FLHX, FLHTC and FLTR/X models and the “3-Way for the Freeway” Complete Six
Speaker kit for the FLHTCU, FLHTK, and FLTRU. The Amp and Front Speaker
kit includes 24 watt x 2-channel amplifier with a pair of their high quality replacement front speakers. This kit can increase your sound level up to 50% over stock.
The six speaker kit includes all four replacement speakers, fairing lower speakers
with proper hardware, and a MAXXBASS amp to power all four front speakers. If
you see Vernon out and about ask him what he thinks of this kit. He runs the Six
Speaker kit on his FLHTK along with the Hogtunes “Hog-Pod”. The Hog-Pod is
a complete add on tweeter kit that drastically improves your high-end sound and
after being installed on your motorcycle looks like it came there from the factory.
If you’re worried about it looking out of place on your painted inner fairing it can
be easily disassembled and painted to match. Hogtunes also has speaker kits for
the bikes without radios so that you can plug your iPod or other MP3 player in as
you travel down the road.
J&M have been making speaker since the 1960’s. They have always been an
excellent quality product and keep adding and changing their speakers to keep
up with needs and trends. Their new BIG thing now is the 7 ¼” upgraded fairing
speakers instead of the 5 ¼” from the factory. These are the largest speakers that
can be installed into OEM Harley fairings and come with an adapter to be able
to mount to the 5 ¼ mounting hole. They carry a 140 watt max power per speaker and the tweeters are mounted in the grille work instead of the center of the
speaker itself. When installed with their 250 watt amp that puts out 125Wx2 they
can put some serious vibrations in the air. And if that isn’t enough for you Hells
Foundry has what they call the “Woof Pak” which is an 8” JL Audio subwoofer and
200 Watt amplifier in a custom enclosure that fits right into your tour-pak and still
leaves plenty of room for your other belongings. If they can’t hear your exhaust
they will be able to hear your radio coming down the road.
These are just a few your options of better sound systems available for your bike. I
have covered the choices I think are some of the best on the market. Come into
Carroll Cycle Center and witness the Six Speaker kit by Hogtunes and the BOOM
Audio system in person; we have both options installed in bikes on the show floor. We are also here to answer your questions
and help you make the best choice for you
and your bike. So when spring comes, do
Ozzy proud and wave the devil horns while
listening to a fantastic system on your bike.
Tony Parts Manager,
Carroll Cycle Center
Harley-Davidson’s Boom Audio is another heavy hitter on the market. Released
just last year, I’ve been getting some good feedback on these. Simply switching out the factory speakers has been a huge improvement. With their new 40
watt per channel amplifier on the Tour-Pak equipped models your system will be
distortion-free at freeway speed. This year they also released the BOOM Audio
Cruiser Amp and Speaker Kit that mounts two 3.5” speakers on your handlebars
or the windshield mounted version that you can hook up to any MP3 player and
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Bike: 2010 Victory Ness Jackpot-Werner Cycle
WorksModel: Sarah Langfeldt / Photo: V
March 125:00 pm
Ladies only event for potential riders
North Iowa Motorcycle Expo 2010 ~ April 10th-11th, 2010
It’s no secret that
wintertime through out the
Midwest can get pretty
hairy. Folks in Iowa know
this all too well and have
dealt with their share of
mountainous snow falls
and bitter cold, so come
the first part of April, the
season’s change is in
the air and cabin fever
has made us all a little
crazy-er! It’s not unusual to see a few snowflakes this time of year, but by April
spring fever sets in, and it’s hard to keep us biker folk locked up in a cage any
For many years, folks with ABATE of Iowa’s District 7 have hosted their annual
Northern Iowa Motorcycle Expo on the 2nd weekend in April, which always keeps
folks watching the weather man. Past years have shown the frigid face of old
man winter, which is why the event is held indoors at the North Iowa Fairgrounds
in Mason City, Iowa. This past year’s event took place April 10th-11th, but for a
change in pace, the weather couldn’t have been better. It’s pretty safe to say that
more people attended the event on 2 wheels, rather than 4, which made for some
show quality bikes sitting outside in the sunshine too.
The show is housed in two buildings on the grounds, with the swap meet
and vendor area in the main building, where vendors packed into every nook
and cranny of the joint. Any unusual parts, leather goods, biker artwork, and
accessories could be found, with DJ music all weekend, along with food and cold
beer served all day. The crowds rolled in on Saturday to witness the excellent
assortment of artwork on display in the tattoo contest, and rumor has it that a few
ladies might’ve shown some ink in unmentionable areas of their shapely bodies
after the show.
The town of Mason City opened up its doors for bikers, and the local watering
holes were happy to keep folks entertained. There’s a killer bar-b-q joint just down
the road, and if the beers hadn’t been flowing so heavily, a fella might remember
the name of that particular establishment. Oh well, guess they should’ve combined
the place with a titty bar, ‘cause just the other direction sits a hole in the wall called
Willow Run. Now, after a few too many cocktails a handful of hotties decided to
bare some chest hair for any watching soul, so a person can’t forget the name of a
fine establishment like that! Come Sunday morning back at the Expo, folks showed signs that they must’ve
tied it on a bit too hard, ‘cause a best beard contest was slated, but cancelled for
lack of contestants. But then again, with the weekend’s warm weather, all the
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Develop skills, meet new friends
feel comfortable with the
sport of motorcycling.
For any woman who is looking to take
the next step to get behind the handlebars…
Space is limited. RSVP Required.
(515) 265-4 4 4 4
81 NW 49th Place
Des Moines, IA 50313
hairy biker folks might’ve shaved their winter
coats. That’s OK though, ‘cause over in the
bike show building a couple of long legged
brunettes were spotted prancing around the
place, and stopping to pose on folks rides,
and for some reason they really took a liking
to a killer Triumph chopper!
Bike show awards were handed out around
3PM Sunday, with nearly every contestant
taking home a trophy. Shouts need to go
out to Kent Clemons, Mike Cmelik, Phil
McCormick, and the numerous volunteers
from District 7 that make this happen every
year. Oh shit, just about forgot to mention
that blonde babe in the pink dress who was
handing out trophies. Damn sure wish I
could remember her name!
This year’s Expo will be held at the same
location, on April 9th-10th. For more info
contact Mike at 641-529-0466.
We Do Custom: Hats, Can Cozies, T/shirts, Patches etc..
We also Oﬀer Leather Repair & Sewing..
Nate Ullrich (www.natanic.com)
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THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured
Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is
sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any
kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.
NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES - Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish,
National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)
MOTORCYCLE-RIDING CONGRESSWOMAN SHOT
In what has been described as a national tragedy, a deranged gunman opened fire
during a public meeting with constituents by Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside a Tucson supermarket on January 8 that left six dead and more than
a dozen injured including the state rep who was critically injured with a bullet wound
to the head.
Giffords, 40, rides motorcycles and married an astronaut at a wedding where everything had to be biodegradable. She is a centrist three-term Democrat who champions gun rights, lists fiscal discipline as one of her top issues and was re-elected in a
conservative district when Republicans took control of the House.
Before entering politics she ran the family tire business, which was founded by her
grandfather in 1949. Perhaps growing up in an auto-focused family led to her love
of motorcycles. She is a co-chair of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus with Republican Walt Jones of North Carolina.
In 2009 Rep. Giffords taped a video message encouraging people to ride their motorcycles to work, saying that she likes to ride motorcycles, but also likes that they
leave a smaller carbon footprint than cars. She also sided with motorcycle riders
who favor state legislation to ride helmet-free, as she does.
Though early reports suggested Giffords was fatally shot, she miraculously survived
being shot point-blank through the brain and her doctors are optimistic about her
chances of recovery. The thoughts and prayers of America’s motorcycling community are with her and the other victims of this tragic assault.
NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS
The New Year rang in several new laws across the country affecting the motorcycle
riding community, including the onerous new California anti-noise law that requires
EPA-labeling for motorcycle exhausts on bikes built after 2012.
Other less volatile laws also took effect on January 1st, including another California
law that requires would-be motorcyclists under 21 to complete an approved safety
course before an applicant can receive an instruction permit to learn to ride. California lawmakers also passed a law to curb motorcycle thefts by outlawing possession
of so-called “pigtails” which are homemade ignitions that allow a crook to start a
motorcycle in as little as 20 seconds. Previously, burglary tools for the purpose of
breaking into or stealing a vehicle other than a motorcycle were prohibited.
Several states have recently enacted legislation requiring the completion of a motorcycle training course before being issued a motorcycle license endorsement, and
this year Connecticut and North Carolina join the growing list of states tightening
restrictions on motorcycle licensure for newbie riders. In Oregon, a new training
requirement went into effect to mandate safety classes for new motorcyclists under
the age of 30, and the law will expand over the next few years to include all new
riders regardless of age.
Already in the works for 2011, state legislatures are considering new laws to ban
passengers under 8 years old in Virginia (House Bill 1850), allow Sunday motorcycle
sales in Indiana (Senate Bill 108), and calls for a helmet law in Kentucky (House Bill
163). In Nebraska, Legislative Bill 62 has been filed to allow adult riders to opt out
of the state’s mandatory helmet law with the completion of an approved motorcycle
EUROPEAN COMMISSION ADVOCATES MANDATORY ABS FOR
A European Union Commission has presented its proposal for new framework regulation for motorcycles. It plans to mandate anti-lock braking systems (ABS) for motorcycles with more than 125cc displacement from 2017 onwards.
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Although the first anti-lock braking system was installed on a motorcycle in 1988,
only 16% of all newly manufactured motorcycles in Europe were equipped with ABS,
and by comparison car manufacturers have made ABS standard equipment since
2004 which has contributed to a 49% overall decline in fatal car accidents in the EU.
Experts regard anti-lock braking as a huge boost to safety. For example, a benefit analysis conducted for the European Commission calculates that the proposed
regulation would reduce the number of fatal motorcycle accidents by more than
5,000 over a 10-year period.
A study presented by Vagverket, the Swedish highways authority, in October 2009
showed that 38% of all motorcycle accidents involving personal injury and 48% of all
serious and fatal accidents, could have been prevented with ABS. This active safety
system allows motorcyclists to brake safely in critical situations without locking the
wheels, and thus without having to fear an inevitable fall. Braking distance is also
The proposal is currently passing through the EU legislative procedure but will likely
be adopted next year. The regulation will come into effect from 2017.
In the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has considered requiring ABS on new motorcycles sold in America, and will likely take up the issue in
the near future.
ECONOMIC UPTICK HAS AMERICANS BUYING LEISURE PRODUCTS AGAIN
People are buying expensive leisure products again, after they held back during
the recession. A new report from Milwaukee’s Robert W. Baird and Company said
motorcycle sales fell by half during the downturn, and ATV sales were just 30% of
what they used to be.
But Baird analyst Craig Kennison says many consumers now have a brighter outlook, in spite of high unemployment and a housing market that continues to be depressed. He said inventories for new leisure items are low, and there’s a strong
demand for used goods.
Kennison said Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Motor Co. slashed its production during the recession - and that drove up the prices for used bikes. But now, he says
more folks are buying new Harleys with the help of trade-ins.
And while it’s hard to prove, Kennison expects the same trend for cars, RV’s, and
other big ticket items. He also said consumers are more confident about their personal wealth, especially after the Bush tax cuts were extended. Had Congress not
acted this month, Kennison said it might have been a disaster for discretionary
SURVEY SAYS; AGE UP, QUALITY DOWN
Bikers are getting older and they spend more at a motorcycle dealership they are
happy with, according to a new ownership survey recently released by J.D. Power
J.D. Power’s 13th annual U.S. Motorcycle Competitive Information Study also reveals that motorcycle quality has dipped to 2008 levels, with 152 problems reported
per 100 motorcycles (PPM) -- an increase of 29 PPM. One half of owners surveyed
reported that most of those problems (44%) are engine related, and the study suggests that gearshift problems, clutch chatter, and insufficient engine power have the
greatest impact on overall satisfaction.
The study cites a few no-brainers, like the fact that “Sales volumes and revenue
of ancillary goods and services tend to be considerably higher -- by an average of
$957 -- at motorcycle dealerships that provide a highly satisfying experience vs.
dealerships that do not.”
But the causal relationship between customer satisfaction and dollars spent is less
ominous than their findings that the average rider age has risen from 40 to 49 since
2001, “an indication that many owners may soon exit the market”... combined with
the study’s findings that first-time motorcycle buyers are on the decline, makes it
all the more imperative that the motorcycle industry seeks to capture the interest of
younger riders who might consider buying their first bike.
FEWER BUSINESSES SELLING MOTORCYCLES, PARTS & ACCESSORIES
There are 10,428 retail outlets in the United States that conduct business related
to motorcycles, scooters or ATVs, down by more than 25% from 13,973 such businesses in 2009, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council.
These were the principle findings of the MIC 2010 Retail Outlet Audit, a summary
of which the council sent to its members this week. The audit was completed in
The report broke down the total by the number of retailers that sell new major-brand
vehicles -- 5,134, or 49.2% -- and the number of retailers not selling new vehicles,
but specializing in parts, accessories, apparel, used vehicles or service: 5,294, or
The MIC conducted its research by collecting information from all the manufacturers
above, as well as from the trade magazines Dealernews and Motorcycle Product
News. Because the study’s sources vary from year to year, the MIC warns that
comparisons with previous years are subject to “considerable error.”
The report further indicates that 58.8% of the new vehicle retail outlets carry only one
of the 13 major brands. Slightly less than one-fifth are dual-line outlets, and 21.9%
carry three or more of the major brands. The total number of franchises distributed
among the 5,134 new vehicle outlets declined 5.6% to 9,182 from 9,731 in 2009.
Quebec City motorcycle show.
“They give the impression of being organized, documented and especially very motivated,” the firm stated in its two-page report after observing the group at the bike
show. The report stated that the motorcycle owners were “dynamic and aggressive
in their approach” with visitors.
Members of the group were appalled to learn that the government would pay a private firm to monitor their activities. “We are outraged, flabbergasted and scandalized
to learn that taxpayers’ money was used to spy on us. We are average taxpayers.
We aren’t al-Qaeda,” said Éric Lessard, spokesman for the group. “The government
is showing complete contempt for motorcycle owners.”
The board denied spying on the group, telling the Globe and Mail newspaper that
“There was a lot of anger and we knew protest groups were being formed,” according to a spokeswoman for the automobile insurance board, Audrey Chaput. “We
granted a contract to the firm National to go out and listen to what the groups were
saying and to feel the pulse of the movement.”
Motorcycle owners have protested vigorously against insurance rate increases that
have doubled since 2007 for owners of average-size motorcycles and more than
quadrupled for owners of high-powered motorcycles considered more hazardous
by the insurance board.
NO BONES ABOUT IT
Most “experts” agree that riding motorcycles helps you to FEEL younger, but can
riding actually make your body healthier and more youthful?
A recent Medical College of Georgia study found that; “A daily dose of whole body
vibration may help reduce the usual bone density loss that occurs with age,” on top
of improving muscle strength and promoting weight loss... so it would appear that
pulsating power from a motorcycle engine and the rumble of the open road will help
aging bones get stronger.
The extrapolation isn’t entirely far-fetched, and may lead to a healthy new excuse to
ride; “Honey, I’m taking my exer-cycle for a workout.”
2011 NCOM CONVENTION IN ALBUQURQUE
Mark your calendar now for the 26th annual NCOM Convention, to be held Mother’s
Day weekend, May 5-8, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque located at 330
Tijeras Ave NW in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This annual gathering will draw bikers’ rights activists from across the country to discuss topics of concern to all riders, so reserve your room now for the special NCOM
rate of $80.00 by calling (800) 233-1234. Airport/Hotel transportation is available.
Registration fees for the NCOM Convention are $75 including the Silver Spoke
Awards Banquet on Saturday night, or $40 for the Convention only. All motorcyclists
are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meetings, seminars and group discussions will focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to benefit our right to ride and Freedom of the Road.
To pre-register, call the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) 525-5355 or visit
WEIRD NEWS: CANADIAN BIKERS OUTRAGED OVER GOVERNMENT
Motorcycle operators in Quebec are outraged that the province’s automobile insurance board hired a private PR firm “to spy on us” and gather information about the
The insurance board decided to monitor the group of motorcyclists earlier this year
after learning that a coalition of angry owners had been formed to fight huge insurance rate hikes. The public relations firm National was granted a contract to investigate the activities of the Front Commun Motocycliste, which had set up kiosks at a
QUOTABLE QUOTE: “Political tags - such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth - are never basic criteria. The human
race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who
have no such desire.”
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-1988) American author and science fiction writer
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To start I would like to wish everyone a late Merry Christmas and
a Happy New Year! The start of new Legislative decisions is upon us and we need to
stay alert. There are many new people in the State House and
we need to watch them closely. Lately, there has been much talk
about a helmet bill and we need to keep a watchful eye to ensure it
remains just talk. I would like to encourage you all to join ABATE of Iowa if you are not
already a member. After you join, make a point to attend your local
meetings and see what ABATE is doing to protect your rights. Come
and help us as we fight for Iowa to remain a helmet free state. Your
rights are on the line here. I hope you all have a good and safe year ahead, Assistant State Coordinator
Abate of Iowa
Steven “Rambo” Schilmoeller
It’s probably a fairly safe assumption that if you are reading this you survived the Christmas holidays. There we are, in the middle of everything,
focused on Christmas and the twelve gazillion parties and get - togethers
and all of a sudden -bam - it’s over and time again to get the calendars
out and start planning a new year. It’s time to start the process of deciding
where to go, who and what to see, what worked and what didn’t. As the
sage American philosopher Clint Eastwood so aptly put it, “A man’s got to
know his limitations.’’
CMA starts the New Year with regional and state meetings that are designed to get everyone on the same path. I was asked to put together a
class for one of these on road captains for some of the new chapter officers coming on and I got thinking about the journey of life and the parallels
between the natural and the spiritual.
In the beginning there is preparation and planning to get ready and to
know where we are going. A good road captain knows the route; he has
traveled the path and is aware of the dangers. He has great concern for
his riders, he knows where they are, their ride levels and the condition of
their equipment. He is a good communicator before, during, and after with
words, signals, and by overall example. A good road captain also knows
the value of having other experienced riders along to help watch and instruct the novices. The safety and well being of the riders is important. You
have to remember that Sportster tanks don’t go as far on gas as a Road
King, and that ladies like more bathroom stops, which is okay because it
promotes visiting and bonding along the way. Flexibility is important because you have so many variables to take into account. No matter how
well you plan there is the unforeseen that may manifest as break downs,
illnesses, and the inevitable changing weather. The group needs to talk
at rest stops to see how everyone is doing, if there are potential problems
ahead, and what is coming up along the road.
You may have seen the patch around that says “Jesus is my road captain”. It’s important that we have him leading us in this journey. He has
gone before us to scout the route. He came as a baby, lived life, was
tempted in all ways that we have been and then he provided a safe way
home. He is not limited in the ways of our natural Road Captains. Being
omnipresent and omniscient, Jesus knows where we are at all times and
that we are in different places. He can handle that and knows exactly what
we need for our situation, whatever we may be facing.
The book of Jeremiah says, “ For I know the plans I have for you says the
Lord, They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future
and a hope’. He cares for us. So as we look forward to a new season,
whatever your situation now or down the road, don’t forget where to look
for help and direction. God is bigger than all your problems whatever they
may be. He has seen it all before and has made a way for us all. Look to
Like a lover
Through cracked doors
From dream filled desires.
Shafts of light Cut through
half dark spaces
chrome and polish
Reflecting rhythms in my soul. Impatiently
With haunting need
To find Open air and flowing roads.
Memories of motion and sound.
Rule reason this day. With remorse
I avert my eyes
From her insistent calling.
Soon I lie
To her and I
We shall Once again
Share entwined adventures.
Behind the door
My partner anxiously
As dreams of escape and explored
limits take me away.
has a story!
Another year has ended,
A new one just begun.
How many lives were given,
For how many battles won?
It seems never ending,
The “casualties” of war.
When will the World stand up and say,
“We won’t take it anymore”?
We all pray for miracles.
Not just now, but everyday.
It shouldn’t take a miracle,
To make war go away.
Why can’t we all just get along?
How often someone says those words.
It takes a conscience effort,
To be seen…and not just heard.
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From the Woman’s Seat
ride down to Hamburg, Iowa and back
to Omaha. It was a great time and all
of the ladies were awesome. We bonded and
ended up doing a few rides together that year.
My name is Gretchen... (G for short).
This year will be my fourth year riding solo. I ride a 2001 Fat Boy. This
was the bike I started on and have loved every minute riding. I’ve always
known that I would someday have and ride my own Harley. I had met a
woman rider named Lisa a few years back and was so envious of her. I
think I told her once “I want to be just like you”. She would tell her story
about how she started riding and she seemed so confident and secure
with herself, I knew in the back of my mind that someday I WILL riding. I
think if you set your mind to something you will always find a way to make
it happen. It may take a while but it is well worth the wait.
I was a passenger for a couple of years and loved being able to go for
rides. But after awhile (being the Miss Independent that I am) I just didn’t
feel like waiting around for someone to take me out for rides. I wanted to
go when I wanted to go. So I bought my bike, yes I did that first, took the
Riders Edge class and have been riding ever since. What an experience
that class was. I was the only female in the class. It was so cold that
weekend and I think it was even sleeting during our riding time. I wanted
to quit so bad. But I couldn’t be a wimp in front of the guys and my Bad
Ass bike was waiting for me in the garage. So I passed the class and got
my endorsement!! The first year I started riding I had no women rider
friends. I always rode with the boys. Fortunately my riding partner was
very understanding to my learning needs. He let me take my time and
always had helpful advice.
During the following year I would meet a new lady rider who
would come through the dealership just about every week if
not more. So for the 2nd annual ride I had a signup sheet a few
months in advance, hoping to get at least 25 ladies signed up,
then when that number quickly got filled my goal was 50. But by the time
May rolled around, I had just about 100 ladies wanting to join in on the
ride!!!! It officially ended up being 50 ladies because it was soooooo cold!
It was a great day though. We had a light breakfast, took some cool group
pictures then had a police cruiser escort us up to 72nd and Harrison.
What a great feeling that was. I had goose bumps seeing all of the ladies
in my rear view mirror all the way down 72nd. It was an awesome sight to
see. The day was great and the sun finally came out when we got to our
final destination, Route 66 for our after party which we had an all women’s
band “The Clincher” playing for us. It was such a great time.
Molly’s 30th Feb 5th
Live Music Feb 12th
Tim’s B-Day Party Feb 26th
I cannot wait for our 3rd ride coming up in May 2011 on the 14th. I am
so fortunate to have met so many great women. It is unbelievable when
I think about how many of us are out there living our dream. It’s not a
“men’s” only world anymore in the biker community. I often find that the
women are doing more RIDING then the men. Don’t get me wrong fellas,
I love riding with you too. It’s just a great feeling to know that there are so
many of us out there and we are all sisters with a common bond. Keep
riding ladies and keep building those friendships.
It is never too late in life to start riding. If it is something you can dream
about, it is definitely something you can make happen. I am so excited
for future rides and being able to be involved in LOH (Ladies of Harley)
this year. I was nominated by the Omaha/Council Bluffs chapter to be the
LOH Officer. One thing I have learned about the biker community, men
and women riders are the most caring generous people when It comes to
helping people out in need. I plan on giving as much to the community as
I can in my new position. I can’t wait to meet more of you lady riders and
you always have a riding partner as long as I’m on two wheels.
Peace Out, Ride Safe. G.
The more and more I became confident with my riding ability the more
and more I started wondering…….where are all the ladies at, I know I’m
not the only one out here. Having the advantage for working at the Holstein’s Harley Davidson dealership, I started noticing and meeting more
and more lady riders. After talking with some of the ladies it sounded as if
a lot of them were longing for a connection with other women riders also.
So I had this idea of getting a ride together just for women to meet other
women riders and maybe build friendships, support systems and have
some riding buddies. Our first year we had 17 lady riders on our run. It
was a beautiful day in May. We picked May because it is Lady Riders
Month. With the help of my very first lady rider friend Marge (my very own
personal GPS) who helped me with mapping out the route, we had a nice
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Girls ride too
ditch my beautiful, unmarked, not-a-scratch-onit, Sporty flew. I skid across the pavement on
my knee and left hip. And I cried.
My boyfriend, Kevin (49 years old) and I (50
years old) decided to buy Harley motorcycles
the winter of 2008. My initial motive was to
be able to ride with my son, who has ridden
motorcycles for years. June 2008, he was
deployed to Iraq for 18 months with the Iowa
National Guard. I wanted to spend as much
time with him as possible when he returned.
He loves his time on his Harley. I knew that he
would spend many hours on his bike that first
I had never driven a motorcycle; I had ridden a
couple of times (as a passenger) which scared
me to death! My boyfriend, on the other hand,
had had a serious motorcycle accident at the
age of 21, which left him in a coma for three
months. He had not ridden since then. After
he was released from the hospital, he said he
drove his bike around the block and never got
on another motorcycle again.
So we started looking for bikes on Craigslist. I
really did not know what I wanted. I just knew
I wanted a Harley, and the smallest would be
a Sportster. Kev found an ad on Craigslist
for a sporty that was owned by a woman my
size. She looked really cute on her bike! We
went down to look at it. Here was the kicker.
I needed my boyfriend, who had not ridden in
27 years, to test drive it. Down the driveway
he went, wobbling to and fro, jumped the curb,
and out of sight he went. The lady began
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screaming, “He’s going to drop my bike!” I
reassured her that all was fine, even though
that was not how my stomach was feeling.
When Kevin did return, he pulled in the
driveway like an old pro. Once he was out
on the road, he said it all came back to him
and it felt great to be riding again!! That
cold November day, I bought my first Harley
Davidson motorcycle. It is a 2003 883
Sportster 100th anniversary model, gun metal
blue. It has a lowering kit, forward controls,
and handlebar risers so that the handlebars
are closer to the rider. It fits me like a glove!
Shortly thereafter, Kev also bought a 2000
1200 Sportster on Craigslist. This bike he test
drove with snow on the streets!
Now I needed to learn how to ride and he
needed a refresher course. We turned to our
local Harley Dealership and signed up for
classes in April 2009. That was a long winter.
After the snow melted, Kevin was out on his
bike riding up and down the road, back and
forth, back and forth. Then after a while, he
would drive to one of the small towns close to
us and just drive around practicing on stop and
go, and turns. I was feeling a little left out. So
I begged him to show me how to start and stop.
I wanted to just go up and down the drive. I
have a Miata that has a stick so I understood
the basics of shifting gears. Bad idea! The
bike took off and across the road and into the
Kevin told me maybe I was not meant to ride.
Don’t tell me I can’t do something!!!! I took that
as a challenge, but I did wait to get on the bike
again until after my safety class in April.
The class was very exciting. We had 2 days
of class work and we were ready to start
riding! There were 5 guys ranging from 16
to 49, and myself. I had new chaps, gloves,
helmet, and a leather riding jacket. I was
soooo excited. The teacher was about my
age. After the first hour, he pulled me off to
the side and told me to get off my bike. I did,
but I did not understand. Yes, I was having
difficulty keeping the bike running, but I had
paid $300.00 to learn how to ride! The teacher
said I should never ride a bike!!! Determination
was setting in hard. I WILL RIDE A
MOTORCYCLE!!! And I will be good at it!! I
spent the rest of that weekend watching Kevin,
and engraving into my brain every instruction
the teacher gave the guys.
Monday morning I had Kevin get my Sporty out
and take me to the farm yard. By the afternoon
I was driving my Harley around the burn
pile and up and down the farm drive. I rode
every day, and as I became more and more
confident, I ventured out into what used to be
horse pastures, around the house, the barn,
and the machine sheds. I was very happy. A
girl friend of mine saw me riding in the horse
pasture one day. She said I needed to be on
the road, “it will be a lot easier”. What do you
know!! It was easier on the paved road. I
signed up for another safety class to be taught
The second class was being taught by a young
man in his twenties. This class had other
women that, for one reason or another, had
flunked out of their first class. He was great.
When I had difficulty with something, he would
laugh at my response which was, “Am I done?
Are you going to kick me out?” I passed the
course with flying colors, and he said I am a
I live in the country so we would drive to one
of the little towns or the state parks that are
within an hour from our home. One day there
was a strong wind from the south. I had a semi
coming towards me (on a two lane east-west
road) and my boyfriend was behind me. At
the same instant that I passed a house on the
south side of the road, the semi also passed
me. What a rush. The house blocked the
wind and I was leaning so hard that I was
instantly driving on the gravel on the side of
the road. Once again, the cardo-riders that we
bought to be able to talk to each other, paid
for themselves. Very calmly Kev said, “Karen,
hand off the throttle, no braking, slow down,
and get back on the pavement.” I would like to
know what went through that semi drivers head
when I left the road, or if he even saw me.
The idea that you have to look the way you
are turning was difficult for me to grasp. Kev
would ride behind me and as I would turn
there would be a running commentary from
him saying things like, “Don’t look at the ditch;
turn your head, look the way you are turning.”
We were riding with a friend of Kev’s one day.
Kev was the leader, I was behind him, and
the friend was behind me. We stopped at a T
intersection. Kev turned left. I looked at the
ditch and drove across the road right down
into the ditch. His friend was messing with his
earplugs and looked up and I was gone from
sight! It’s a good thing I learned to ride in a
horse pasture! I just rode down the ditch to the
next driveway and got back up on the road.
The early days were eventful for me. Kev
says riding with me is never a dull moment.
Once I pulled up to a stop sign and fell over.
That was probably the most embarrassing.
OK, OK! That wasn’t the most embarrassing
moment. We were at a bar with friends, you
know, new riding buddies. I had a drink but I
was in no way drunk. The bar was on a steep
hill, so that when I parked, the kickstand was
uphill. I came out, sat on my bike, and when
I stood it up, the bike and I fell downhill! That
is my most embarrassing moment. I did learn
that once the bike tips, you have to turn the
bike completely off, and back on, to reset some
switch. Then it will restart.
Another time we were headed to a t-ball game
for my grandson. Kev made a left turn and
I was supposed to follow him. However, I
overshot the turn, there was a car coming and
cars parked on both sides of the road. Once I
started my turn, I realized I could not make that
sharp of a turn at my speed; on to plan B. I
hopped up on the sidewalk. Kev looked in his
rearview mirror and he couldn’t see me. He
said, “Where are you?” I answered, “Look to
the right, I am on the sidewalk!” He said “What
the hell are you doing up there?” So if you see
a biker riding on the sidewalk or through your
neighbor’s flower bed, don’t be so quick to
judge. Maybe he just couldn’t make the turn.
2000 miles under my belt was my goal that
first summer. We rode to work, went to bike
rallies, patriot guard events, and just wandered
aimlessly. I actually put over 8,000 miles on
my Sporty, and Kevin logged 13,000 on his that
My son came home from Iraq safe and sound
to a new bike of his own. He is very proud
of me, and is proud to introduce me to his
buddies when we ride together. And I am very
proud to be the mother of an American soldier!
God Bless America,
Keep it on two!
Karen Shepard & Kevin Powell
Well, ROAD M.C. was founded in Germany while some of our boys
were stationed there. We are one of the older clubs still in existence. Our chapter here in Iowa has become known for helping people in need. There are many ways to help others, and one way is
to do benefits to raise some funds for those who need a little boost.
We do a fundraising breakfast once a month, usually the second
Sunday of the month, throughout the winter, and then a dance in the
spring of the year. We used to give our profits to large foundations,
such as Spinal Cord Research, Alzheimer’s, A plastic anemia, and
Diabetes Association, but we decided to keep our profits closer to
home, and help people locally that are having a tough time and a
troubled time in life. We’re not a large chapter by any means, but
we pull together and work hard at fund raisings. Our next breakfast
is the 13th of Feb, and our last breakfast is the 13th of March. All of
our breakfasts are held in Brayton, Iowa. If you are worried about
finding it in Brayton, don’t worry, there are signs, and Brayton is a
very small town. Our dance will be the 2nd of April and it will be at
Uncle Jerry’s in Exira, Iowa. We are raffling off a Toshiba Laptop,
with a Cannon printer, and 1/2 of a hog, and 1/4 of a beef, along with
a live auction, and a silent auction. Travlin Light will be playing. I
wish to thank everyone who has donated and trusted us to put their
donations to good use. Come see us sometime! On behalf of ROAD M.C., Thanks
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LOVERS CHEESEBURGER MEATLOAF
In large mixing bowl, combine:
3 Hefty Handfuls of Thickly Shredded, Extra Sharp,
Add in 2 Slightly Whisked Eggs (as a glue base)
2 Tbls. Worcestershire
10 Pieces of Thick Bacon, Fried Up Crisp & Crumbled
1 Large Purple Onion; large chop
1/2 of an 8 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce
2 Pounds of Ground Round
Dash of Garlic Powder & Dash of Rosemary
Salt & Ground Pepper to Taste
1 Pkg. of Pre-Sliced Fresh Mushrooms
4 Beef Bouillon Cubes Dissolved in 1/4 Cup Hot Water
2 Tbls. Liquid Smoke (*optional)
SUGAR & SPICE GLAZED SALMON
2 Tbls. Brown Sugar
4 Tbls. Butter
2 tsp. Honey
2 Tbls. EVOO
2 Tbls. Dijon Mustard
2 Tbls. Soy Sauce
Salt & Ground Pepper to Taste
2 Salmon Fillets (apprx. 2 to 2-1/2 lbs. each)
Mix it all up good. Transfer to a baking ban with higher sides than a cookie
sheet. Line your pan with double foil for easy clean-up. Pat firmly to form
a loaf shape. Bake in 350 degree pre-heated oven for 1 hour. 10 mins.
before time to pull, pour remaining can of tomato sauce all over it to cover
well and return to oven. When you pull from oven, allow to “rest” for no
less than 10 minutes. Because you used the Ground Round, it will far less
greasy and the bouillon gives it a good, hearty taste to offset the cheesy
taste. * Remember...it’s the month for lovers...don’t let your “meat” loaf. :)
CURRIED SWEET POTATO LATKES
(Basically, Russian style hashbrowns)
1/2 Cup of All-Purpose Flour
2 tsp. Sugar, Splenda or Truvia
2 tsp. Curry Powder
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Ground Pepper
1 tsp. Brown Sugar
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
2 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
1/2 Cup Whole Milk
4 Cups of Grated, Peeled Sweet Potatoes
3/4 tsp. Salt - 1/4 tsp. Ground Pepper
Light Oil for Frying
In a small saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the brown sugar,
butter & honey until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the EVOO,
mustard, soy sauce & salt & pepper. Cool for 5 minutes.
Place salmon in a foil-lined broiling pan; brush generously with glaze
mixture. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until fish
flakes easily with a fork. Remove from oven and after plating up, pour
more of the glaze sauce over top of fillets. * Even if you’ve never really
liked or even tried salmon before, you will absolutely love it if you make it
LOVERS COOKIES FOR LOVERS
3/4 Cup of Real Butter, Softened
3 Tbls. Sugar, Splenda or Truvia
2 tsp. Real Lemon Juice
1-1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup Cornstarch
1 tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
1 Cup Confectioner’s Sugar
2 tsp. Lemon Juice & 1 tsp. Grated Lemon Peel
In small bowl, cream butter & sugar. Beat in lemon juice. Combine flour,
cornstarch & lemon peel; gradually add to creamed mixture & mix well.
Shape into 1-1/2 inch roll & wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Unwrap & cut into 1/4 in. slices. Place on un-greased baking sheet. Bake
at 350 for 9 minutes. Cool completely.
In small bowl, beat all the Lemon Frosting ingredients until silky smooth.
Spread over totally cooled cookies & sprinkle with additional lemon peel.
Let stand until frosting is set. * These are perfect w/ coffee or hot tea.
In a small bowl, combine the first (9) ingredients. Stir in slightly beaten
eggs & milk until blended. Add grated sweet potatoes, toss to coat. Heat
oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop batter by heaping
tablespoonfuls into oil; press lightly to flatten out. Fry for 3-5 minutes on
each side or until golden brown & crispy, adding a tad more oil if needed.
Drain well on thick paper towels.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
TO ALL OUR BRAVE, PROUD TROOPS... YOU’RE IN OUR THOUGHTS & PRAYERS DAILY. God Speed You Home.
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Main Street Savanna.
Jerry also owns another bar just
a couple doors down called Hog
Dogs, where he supplied free
burgers to everyone after the
ride, and event T-shirts for only
$5 bucks! He also rolled up the
front doors of the building, so that
everyone could sit around the
tables with beers in hand, and
watch the traffic stroll through
Sunday’s ride this year was also
changed up a bit… The ride
crossed back over into Iowa, and
took a trip across Highway 64 to
Anamosa for their hill climb. The
National Motorcycle Museum
and J&P Cycles are also located
in Anamosa, so it seemed like a
“no brainer” to point the ride that
direction. The ride later returned
back to the Iron Horse Sunday
afternoon, where local favorite the
Cal Stage Band was entertaining
The ride will likely take place again
in early September 2011, and for
more info you can check out www.
castironride.com, or call the Iron
Horse at 815-273-2600.
Nate Ullrich (www.natanic.com)
Saturday’s ride so much last
year, that it was decided to do the
exact same route again. Only
problem was that during lunch in
Balltown, word spread that the
Cassville Ferry was closed, so the
ride redirected through Dubuque,
and continued on towards New
A few years back, a couple by the
names Earl and Julie Reichmann
got together with some friends,
and started what they called the
Cast Iron Ride. Earl and Julie
both ride Shovelheads, so the
idea was a ride for 1984 and
earlier bikes, and everyone was
encouraged to ride at their own
pace, rather than feel pressured
to ride at a pace with others who
wanted to hot rod it up from stop
For years, the event was always
held on a Sunday in September
in central/northern Illinois. Last
year, Earl decided to ad the
Saturday before, and start the ride
at the Iron Horse Social Club in
Savanna, Illinois. The Iron Horse
is a beautiful watering hole with
about 35 antique bikes on display,
so it seemed like a natural spot to
start. First stop from there was at
Jim Long’s shop in Bellevue, Iowa.
Jim’s shop is in a great location
right along the Mississippi River,
Diggins and the Iron Horse.
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and he’s been restoring antique
motorcycles for over 30 years.
His shop is literally like taking a
step back in time!
a stop in the old mining town of
New Diggins, Wisconsin, before
heading back to the Iron Horse for
From there, next stop was in
Balltown, Iowa for lunch, and to
take in Iowa’s highest point of
elevation, which looks across
the river into Wisconsin. From
Balltown, everyone took the
Cassville Ferry across the river
into Cassville, Wisconsin, with
Last year, the ride left the Iron
Horse on Sunday morning, and
continued to the Vintage Spokes
motorcycle museum in Rockford,
Illinois. This year however, Earl
and Julie couldn’t make the trip,
so Jerry from the Iron Horse took
the reigns. Everyone enjoyed
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– What Ethanol is
doing to your bike
By Gary Westphalen
By Gary Westphalen
Thunder Roads WV
It has happened to one of my bikes. It has happened to one of
Donna’s bikes. It may well have happened to yours. We fed them
bikes. It has happened to one of Donna’s
and it made
bikes. It may well have happened to yours. We fed them alcohol, and it
It sounds like a great plan, at first glance. By converting corn and
made them sick.
other crops grown on American soil into ethanol, we can reduce our
If you can find a filling station with a
banner like this, patronize it.
The full text of the U.S. Environmental
regarding the approval of E15 gasoline
is available on our website at www.
lower temperature than gasoline, yet it burns hotter. Inside your
engine, this combination can lead to premature detonation – engine
knock – which robs power and harms engine components. In our
April, 2010 issue (see The $1,000 Fill-Up, on page 24) we brought
you the story of a bike that had its head gaskets burned away. The
service technician who rebuilt the engine attributed this to excessive
heat in the cylinders, probably caused by ethanol blended gasoline.
sounds like aongreat
The shelf life of gasoline blended with ethanol is questionable.
ethanol, we can reduce our depenWhile the American Petroleum Institute
dence on foreign oil. This alcohol is currently blended into most of the
says ethanol does not affect the longevity
state that enforced
by the Environmental Protection
of a properly stored tank of fuel, most
may consist of up to ten
other knowledgeable sources disagree.
refers to ethanol blended gasoline as a
savings of ten testing related to this subject,
The American Automobile Association,
believe that an ethanol blended tank of
of our fossil
with aofsimilar reduction of imported “temperamental product.” Others
which has done extensive testing related
our fossil fuel supply, along with a similar
90 to 100 days after the mixture was
oil. Who could argue with that?
to this subject, refers to ethanol blended
reduction of imported oil. Who could argue
gasoline as a “temperamental product.”
that? is not gasoline, and many of its properties are downright detOthers
It can believe
to the operation
of your motorcycle,
is not gasoline,
and manyand the longevity of its parts. that might otherwise lie undisturbed
tank of ingas
are five main
ethanol just plain unsuitable for most
of its properties
than 90 and
to the operation of your motorcycle, and
even eat away at soft metals first
and aluminum. All of this dissolved
the longevity of its
a third less energy than gaso- material must then be pushed through
powerful solvent. It can
in means you will see a deline. With a ten percent blend of ethanol, that
loosen rust and other contaminants that
ethanol brings to into your gas tank is its
three to six percent, along with a Finally, the worst behavior that
might otherwise lie undisturbed in your
it attracts water. In fact, ethanol would accorresponding
If you’re driving a gas hog cage that hygroscopic property, meaning
fuel system. It is able to dissolve rubber
Gas Parts I and II) we uncovered the dark
When enough moisture has been drawn
only gets ten or twelve miles per gallon, you probably won’t take much tually prefer to blend with water.
hoses, seals, plastics, and resins. Over
side of this clear distillate. There are five
proposing this label for e15
of the loss. But in a bike, where the difference can
main points that make ethanol just plain
metals like brass and aluminum. All of
as 20 or 30 miles from every tank of gas.
be more appropriate.
and water mixture drops out of
has a lower flash
means it explodes at a lower tem- the bottom of your fuel tank. This is a process called phase separation.
pushed through your engine.
yet it than
hotter. Inside your engine, this com- When the alcohol and water mixture is pumped into your engine, you will
about a than
Finally, the worst behavior that ethanol
lead to premature
With a ten
blend of detonation
a experience hard starting, a significant loss of power, and engine misfires.
hygroscopic property, meaning it
In a three
you That’s assuming you can even getitsit to
power of about
to six percent,
in the first
of a bike that decrease
had its head
a gas since the ethanol provides about three rating points worth of octane, therwater. When enough moisture has been drawn into the ethanol/
hog cage that
in the emaining gasoline will be well below the octane rating your engine needs.
gasoline blend, the ethanol will actually surrender its chemical bond
in a bike,
where the difference
can be quite obvious, you could lose as much as 20 or 30 miles from
every tank of gas.
American Petroleum Institute says ethanol does not affect the longevity more
than ten percent alcohol, by volume, into the fuel supply. That’s the
means it explodes
a When the alcohol and water mixture is pumped into your engine,
sourcesatdishighest concentration of alcohol approved by any motorcycle manufacagree.
has done extensive
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$25-thousand fine, and the consumer
could be fined up to $2,500 for a single
incident, although the enforcement
mechanism in unclear.
But, even if the new E15 gasoline
never comes near your bike, the
problems presented by the ten percent
ethanol blend remain. “This year we’ve
seen more poor running conditions
with fuel injected bikes than we’ve ever
seen,” says Chuck Wiseman of JT Cycle
and Hoodlum Garage, in Beckley. Chuck
thinks the short time frame in which
ethanol-blended fuel remains viable is
the biggest problem his customers are
facing. “A lot of our riders are weekends
the bike might sit for two or three weeks.
turer for use in bikes. But, under pressure from ethanol industry groups, weekends only, and sometimes
only, and sometimes the bike might
where the majority of it came from. We did find
such as an organization called Growth Energy, the EPA has changed its I’m thinking that’s probably sit
for two or three weeks. I’m thinking
the customer is like, ‘How can that be? The
EPA to bad fuel in lots of them, and
that’s probably where the majority of it
bike has only sat for a few weeks.’” Additionally, Chuck has found numerallowmisfires.
for a blend
the came from. We did find bad fuel in lots of them, and the customer
first place. Additionally, since the ethanol provides about three rating is like,
points worth of octane, the remaining gasoline will be well below the Additionally, Chuck has found numerous bikes this year with plugged
to achieve compliance with the emission stan-gasSo,
dards to which it has been certified over its useful life.” The act makes no So,
do to protect your bike’s engine from ethanol
Up until October 13th of this year, the United States Environmental
it address loss
related First and foremost, make sure you buy good gasoline. There are still a few
no more fuel
is not gasoline.
That’s the highest concentration of alcohol approved by any still a few gas stations around selling gasoline that is not blended
you can find a station selling ethanol-free gasoline, patronize it religiously.
The EPA manufacturer
regula-with ethanol. If you can find a station selling ethanol-free gasoline,
ethanol-blend you are probably going to have to settle for is
tions to allow for E15 to be sold for use in cars, light-duty Growth
reasonably fresh, since the lifespan of blended gas is questionable. It
to have toengine.
ethanol manufacturers petitioned the EPA to allow for a blend of 15
be the proper you
Conheld approval of E15 fuel for cars from the model years 2001 through should also fresh,
percent ethanol, or E15 as it is called. The petition was submitted is reasonably
2006, pending further testing, and does not plan to approve it for use in
also be the proper octane rating for your motorcycle engine.
under the Clean Air Act, which says the petitioner must show that the It should
older cars, heavy duty vehicles, motorcycles, and off-road motors such as
your service tech or bike’s manual for the answer, but I’m
altered fuel “will not cause or contribute to the failure of an emission Consult
of the octane rating points, the more octane the actual gasoline brings to
mowers.to achieve compliance with the emission standards betting
your tech will tell you to run premium. Since ethanol accounts
the equation, the better.
it has been
no asfor about three of the octane rating points, the more octane the actual
pump the three different grades of
is going tofrom
in front of
to fill your bike.
to sell the
was in Vinton, Iowa. Within a couple weeks of the rule change, E15 was
AlThe EPA partially agreed with the petition, issuing a waiver of its
though it istopumped
in the sameroll in and hit the Hi-Test button, those first few slurps your bike gets
paying for. How much low-grade
employed at that station.
I like this one: Don’t let the gas sit in your tank for very long. This is a good
years 2001 through 2006, pending further testing, and does not plan
I like this one: Don’t let the gas sit in your tank for very long. This
use in bikes,
and there are thing. The only way to keep a healthy turnover rate in that tank is to ride,
in older the
thing. The only way to keep a healthy turnover rate in that
allows E15 fuel to be pumped into a
tank is to ride, ride, ride.
vehicle not approved for its use can face a $25,000 fine, and the consumer Those are all fairly common sense suggestions. They help, to a certain
The problem is, while E15 fuel is to be clearly labeled and
could be fined up to $2,500 for a single incident, although the enforcement Those
dispensed as such, that dispensing is going to be happening at the certain extent. But, even if you follow those suggestions, you may still
mechanism in unclear.
lems. Ethanol and water can still lead to phase separation, for example.
same pump islands you use to fill your bike. The first gas station have problems. Ethanol and water can still lead to phase separation,
you can still end up with a tank of old gas.
of the U.S.blend
was in Vinton,
a couple forOr,
example. Or, you can still end up with a tank of old gas.
The only other option is the use of a fuel additive. Some bikers swear by
The only other option is the use of a fuel additive. Some bikers
as all other grades of gasoline. Although it is pumped through
them, and others swear at them. There are very real reasons why some
swear by them, and others swear at them. There are very real
a separate hose, E15 is selected in the same row of buttons as
if the new
the ten percent
“This year we’veproblems worse. That’s the easy part. This issue gets trickier when
seen more poor running conditions with fuel injected bikes than we’ve everyou look at some additives that just might be what the doctor ordered.
seen,” says Chuck Wiseman of JT Cycle and Hoodlum Garage. Chuck
there are stiff penalties involved. A retailer that allows E15 fuel examine
thinks the short time frame in which ethanol-blended fuel remains viable
to be pumped into a vehicle not approved for its use can face a in our January, 2011 issue.
is the biggest problem his customers are facing. “A lot of our riders are
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Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Rock Island, IL
Sturgis on the River Davenport, Iowa
M/C Mags Calendar Girl Casting Call Quaker Steak Council Bluffs, Iowa
Awesome Biker Nights Sioux City, Iowa
M/C Mags - Troops Love Children Collection Party Grant St Bar Omaha, NE
Spring Open House Big Barn HD Des Moines, Iowa
Fathers Day BBZ Hawkeye HD Coralville, Iowa
Capital City Show and Swap Meet Des Moines, Iowa
J&P Cycles Open House Anamosa, Iowa
Cabin Fever Dance Desperado’s Wheatland, Iowa
Jun 30-Jul 2
ABATE Freedom Rally Algona, Iowa
Hawkeye HD Chili Cook Off Coralville, Iowa
AMCA swap meet Fremont, NE
Circle of Pride Independence Day Blowout Conesville, Iowa
Bike and Car Show Monticello, Iowa
Nitro’s Bike Rally Gravity, Iowa
ABATE D16 Wild Game Feed Evansdale, Iowa
Motorcycle Rodeo and Ride in Bike Show Missouri Valley, Iowa
Parts Girl Promotions Swap Meet Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Daytona Bike Week
3rd Annual Moose Riders Benefit Poker Run Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Road MC Breakfast Brayton, Iowa
ABATE D15 Taco Run for Charity
Lefty’s Cedar River Tattoo Expo Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Iowa HOG Rally Pella, Iowa
World of Wheels Des Moines
END 2nd Annual 100 Day Poker Run Party Soldier, Iowa
AMA Arenacross Council Bluffs, Iowa
Almont Run Clinton, Iowa
World of Wheels Omaha
Slopfest Beachfront Bar Wever, Iowa
Donnie Smith Bike Show & Swap Meet St Paul, Minnesota
Across the Border Raid Bedford, Iowa
ABATE D14 TGIS Party Ottumwa, Iowa
ABATE D15 2 Wheel Trauma Class Davenport, Iowa
Road MC Dance Uncle Jerry’s Exira, Iowa
ABATE D15 15 Rodeo “Too Broke for Sturgis” Donahue, Iowa
AMA Arenacross Des Moines, Iowa
American Victory Rally Spirit Lake, Iowa
Apr 9-10 ABATE D7 North Iowa Motorcycle Expo Mason City, Iowa
10th Heartland Hemophilia Run Papa Joe’s Missouri Valley, Iowa
Blessing of the Bikes Big Barn HD Des Moines, Iowa
ABATE D21 Rodeo Miles, Iowa
START 2nd Annual 100 Day Poker Run Soldier, Iowa
Fall Open House Big Barn HD Des Moines, Iowa
Spring Run Off Ride Blue Port Junction Davenport, Iowa
Iowa Motorcycle Safety Forum ISU Scheman Bldg Ames, Iowa
4th Annual Iowa Lincoln Highway Assn Motor Tour Council Bluffs to Clinton
Davenport Antique Motorcycle Rally
Vintage Torque Fest Maquoketa, Iowa
Circle of Pride Thunder In the Sand Conesville, Iowa
Bi-State Motorcycle Awareness Ride Quad Cities
Vintage Flat Track Motorcycle Races Davenport, Iowa
Spring Open House Hawkeye HD Coralville, Iowa
Iron Horse Bike & Music Festival Sabula, Iowa
3rd Annual Women’s Fun Run Holstein’s HD Omaha, NE
ABATE D16 Motorcycle Awareness Ride Waterloo, Iowa
Sep 3-4 Midway Tavern Soldier Valley Run BBQ, Street Dance, w/ Hairball Concert Soldier, Iowa
Revolution Cycle Open House/Band/Hog Roast Baxter, Iowa
Vintage Flat Track Motorcycle Races Knoxville, Iowa
AMA Pro Flat Track Grand Nationals Knoxville, Iowa
Blessing of the Bikes Cedar Memorial Church Davenport, Iowa
Anamosa Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa, Iowa
Iron Horse Bike & Music Festival Sabula, Iowa
Davis Motorcycle Rally New Hampton, Iowa
Circle of Pride Hog Wild Rodeo Conesville, Iowa
Sep 9-11 Loess Hill Motorcycle Rally, Pacific Junction, Iowa
Midway Tavern 13th Annual Fun Run, BBQ, Street Dance Soldier, Iowa
State Line Rally Keosauqua, Iowa
Leaf Run The Quarry Davenport, Iowa
National Motorcycle Museum Open House/Dedication Anamosa, Iowa
RIP’s BAD Ride
ABATE STEAM Marshalltown, Iowa
2nd Annual Loud Pipes for the Silent Cancer Ride Metro HD Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Turkey Run Clinton, Iowa
Anamosa Hill Climb and Swap Meet Anamosa, Iowa
Bikes at Blackhawk Lake Rally/Rodeo Lake View, Iowa
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