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					                           VOLUME 5 ISSUE 4 MAY 2008




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Informing the public, bikers are not the scourge they thought they were in the 1960’s
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                           Letter From The Editor                                            As I have said before, yes motorcycles are dangerous, but
                                                                                             so are cars, trucks, airplanes and guns if not used properly.
                           He we - are it’s May already and this month we recognize
                           May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.                   The sad thing in all this is, many in the mainstream public
                                                                                           still believe that helmets are the answer to motorcycle safety.
                           Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is an open invitation to Everyone thinks that just by strapping on a helmet you are
                           all riders and enthusiasts, regardless of your affiliations or  going to be saved if a motorist pulls out and causes you
                           scooter preferences, to show support for greater motorcycle to be in an accident. No one ever thinks that you can die
                           awareness on our highways and byways, in an effort to save from the internal injuries or the infections caused from the
                           our lives.                                                      accident. All they ever think about are head injuries and how
                                                                                           much of a public burden we become after they cause the
                           Motorist awareness is an important component of Motor-          accident.
                           cycle Safety Awareness Month, the National Highway Traffic Head injuries kill 43,000 non-motorcyclists every year. Ac-
                           Safety Administration’s comprehensive motorcycle safety         cording to the CDC, The Center for Disease Control’s web
                           program, and our welfare and safety as riders.                  site (a government web site no less), 1,400,000 American’s
                                                                                           will hit their head this year and suffer a Traumatic Brain
                           The fact remains that between half and two-thirds of all        Injury (TBI).
                           fatal motorcycle crashes involve a motorcycle and another
                           vehicle. The motorist either does not see the oncoming          Those 1.4 million people will cost America $60,000,000,000
                           motorcycle at all or doesn’t see the motorcycle in time to      in health care, this year alone!
                           avoid a crash. It is important for motorists to know that their
                           actions affect the safety and operation of motorcyclists.       The CDC also states that an estimated 280,000 drivers will
                                                                                           hit their heads in an auto accident.
                           A motorist and a motorcyclist may take different actions for
                           the same driving or highway situation. For example, a motor- And at least 50,000 American’s will DIE from a TBI, this year.
                           ist may ignore a piece of road debris; however, that same
                           piece of road debris may very well be deadly for me as a        Think about this for a minute. If you subtract the deaths of
                           motorcyclist.                                                   the 4,810 dead motorcyclists from the overall total of the
                                                                                           50,000 deaths from TBI’s, who really needs the helmets?
                           Motorists should always think, practice safety, share the
                           road and respect the right of way of the motorcyclist and we, Lets compare those 280,000 auto accidents leading to a TBI
                           the motorcyclist, should always think, practice safety, share   vs. 88,000 MC accidents, not all of which will cause a seri-
                           the road and respect the right of way of the motorist.          ous head injury. Who needs the helmets now?

                           Unfortunately that last part does not always happen, and          If we as Americans continue to allow statistics to determine
                           here is what I mean. These are comments taken from a              our laws, then based on the CDC’s statistics EVERY Ameri-
                           newspaper.                                                        can should be wearing a helmet 24 hours a day, 7 days a
                                                                                             week to prevent TBI’s.
                           Comment number 1- a lot of motorcyclists think they’re invin-
                           cible because their bikes are faster than other vehicles. Just    By the governments own admission, three times as many
                           yesterday a group of three motorcyclists passed me and            people in cars will suffer a TBI in an automobile accident,
                           other cars on the freeway by going in between lanes. I, and       than the number of motorcyclists, helmeted or not, that will
                           other cars, almost hit them, these guys were riding danger-       even be in an accident and many of them, again helmeted
                           ously and I see this happen all the time.                         or not, won’t be seriously injured.

                           Comment number 2 - Motorcyclists always say it’s every-           The bottom line is motorists need to learn to fully respect the
                           body fault but their own. They should be driving more defen-      motorcyclist and realize that a motorcycle is a vehicle with all
                           sively and realize that they have a smaller profile than a car.   of the same privileges as any vehicle on the roadway.
                           It’s hard to see you guys when you’re weaving in and out of
                           traffic and going 20 mph faster than us                           Until these same motorists realize that they need to look
                                                                                             for a motorcyclist on the highway, at intersections, or when
                           Comment number 3 - While I am all for helmet laws — the           a motorcyclist is making a left turn, or changing lanes and
                           more stringent, the better — I am compelled to point out that     allow us plenty of space and learn not to follow a motorcycle
                           helmet laws don’t offer full protection. Motorcyclists should     too closely, helmets or not, we are going to keep dying. Mo-
                           not get a false sense of protection just because they’re          torist awareness and education
                           wearing helmets … I lost my boyfriend 25 years ago in a           is the main key to motorcycle
                           motorcycle accident. He laid his bike down on a blind curve       safety.
                           on Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles; he would have walked
                           away without a scratch, if a panel van hadn’t come around         That’s all for now. Thanks for
                           the corner and hit him, crushing his chest. And, yes, he was      reading and please support
                           a very experienced motorcyclist, and a very cautious rider.       those who advertise, bringing
                           Experience and caution didn’t allow him to see an oil slick on    you this publication each and
                           a blind curve, even going 15 mph.                                 every month.

                           Those comments were just a few of the many responses to           Tom.
                           an article that ran in the New York Times and most were of
                           the same. The topic, as you can guess, was how dangerous
                           motorcycles are and why all motorcyclists should have to
                           wear helmets.

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       The Joker’s Wild                                                                                                               Letters To The Editor:::::
                                                                                                                                   Something has to be said.                                                  than West Coast Chopper wheels. Just saying that doesn’t sound right. I decided to search the Internet
                                                                                                                                   During one of my bouts with extreme boredom I decided to take              for these wheels and found out that these wheels start at no less than $1,800 dollars. They range from
                                                                                                                                   a gander at some of the motorcycles for sale on one of the local           there all the way up to $4,000 dollars. The thought of paying $4,000 dollars for a name disgusts me. Lets
Little Ricky was staying at his Grandma’s for a few                 New Government Seal: Official Announcement:                    classified ads website. I’m not going to mention the websites              put this into perspective; a used Sportster can be purchased for that.
days. He’d been playing outside with his best buddy Jim-            The federal government today announced that it is              name, but it does rhyme with the word “hag” followed with a list of        Example 3. This perhaps is my favorite. Once again, I was on my way home. I was stuck at a stop light
my, and some other kids from the block, when he came                changing its emblem from an Eagle to a CONDOM be-              some sort. (Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines the term “hag”            and saw another couple in what I would consider “biker gear.” The man was wearing a leather vest, chain
                                                                                                                                   as a female demon, which generally conjures up memories of my              wallet, and boots. The woman that was with him was wearing a sleeveless H-D shirt, bandanna, chain
into the house and asked, “Grandma, what’s that called              cause it more accurately reflects the government’s
                                                                                                                                   ex-wife. But that’s a different story for a different time) Anyhow, as     wallet and boots. And what were they doing you ask? Waiting for the bus.
when two people sleep in the same room and one is on                political stance.. A condom allows for inflation, halts pro-                                                                              To sum it all up, you’re either a biker or you’re not. However, if you’re going to walk the walk, and talk the
                                                                                                                                   I perused this website I noticed quite a few motorcycles listed at or
top of the other? She was a little shocked, but decided             duction, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch        below $5,000. A few examples would be a 2004 Honda Shadow                  talk, and dress the part, you need to own a damned motorcycle. Period. Really, the only exception I can
to just tell him the truth. “It’s called sexual intercourse,        of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you’re      selling for $4,200 or a 2004 Suzuki Volusia selling for $5,500.            think of would possibly be Halloween. But honestly, as expensive as most of the stuff we wear can be,
sweetie.” Little Ricky just said, “Oh, o.k.,” and went back         actually being screwed! Damn, it just doesn’t get more         For you American-built fans out there, a relatively new Harley-            why would you do such a thing?
outside to play with Jimmy and the other kids. A few min-           accurate than that.                                            Davidson could be found at or around $10,000. Now if you’re                I think I’m going to head down to the Goodwill and pick myself up some tree hugger clothes and go to a
utes later he came back in and said angrily, “Grandma, it                                                                          like me, and a Victory is your choice, a brand spankin’ new, still         Peta convention. When asked how long I’ve been a vegetarian I’ll simply reply with, “Huh? I had steak
is not called sexual intercourse. It’s called Bunk Beds, and        While walking through Golden Gate Park in San                  in the wrapper bike can be acquired for around $13,000-$14,000             and eggs for breakfast!”
Jimmy’s Mom wants to talk to you right away.”                       Francisco , a man came upon another man hugging a              for an entry-level model. (That’s gotta be worth a discount on my          Joe K. - Tucson
                                                                    tree with his ear firmly against the tree. Seeing this he      next accessory purchase, right?) For a smidgen more, you can
A biker walks into a bar and takes a seat next to a very            inquired, “Just out of curiosity, what the heck are you        get yourself a brand new Harley. I almost forgot to add, the used
                                                                                                                                   bikes I just mentioned were all listed for sale today. Overall, there
attractive woman. He gives her a quick glance, then                 doing?” “I’m listening to the music of the tree,” the other
                                                                                                                                   were over 350 bikes listed for sale in just one day on this specific
causally looks at his watch for a moment. The woman                 man replied. “You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me.” “No, would          website.
notices this and asks, ‘Is your date running late?” “No,”           you like to give it a try?” Understandably curious, the        Now I know what some people are thinking. I know that most of us
he replies. “I just got this state-of-the-art watch, and I was      man says, “Well, OK...” So he wrapped his arms around          out there don’t have several thousand just sitting around with noth-
testing it.” The intrigued woman says, “A state-of-the-art          the tree and pressed his ear up against it. With this, the     ing to spend it on. I know we all have our bills to pay. So I did a
watch? What’s so special about it?” The biker explains, “It         other guy slapped a pair of handcuffs on him, took his         little research. For those of us with, what the industry likes to call,
uses alpha waves to talk to me telepathically.” The lady            wallet, jewelry, car keys, then stripped him naked and         “less than perfect” credit, a five year loan on a $5000 dollar bike
says, “What’s it telling you now?” “It says you’re not wear-        left. Two hours later another nature lover strolled by,        will run you around $130 dollars a month. As a rule of thumb, if
ing any panties.” The woman giggles and replies ‘Well,              saw this guy handcuffed to the tree stark naked, and           you fall into that credit category you can expect to pay around $26
it must be broken because I am indeed wearing panties!”             asked, “What the heck happened to you?” He told the            dollars a month for every thousand dollars financed. For those
                                                                                                                                   with slightly better credit that number drops down to $21 dollars a
The biker taps his watch a couple times, looks at it again,         guy the whole terrible story about how he got there.
                                                                                                                                   month. And still, for those of you with the best credit in the entire
and then grins and says, “The damn thing’s an hour fast.”           When he finished telling his story, the other guy shook        world and you qualify for those special finance offers that most
                                                                    his head in sympathy, walked around behind him,                of us dream of, that number drops down to around $17 dollars a
Two business men in New Jersey are sitting down for                 kissed him gently behind the ear and said, “This just          month for every thousand financed.
a break in their soon-to-open new store. As yet, the store          ain’t gonna be your day, cupcake...” .                         By now, you’re probably wondering when I’m going to get to my
isn’t ready -- only a few shelves are set-up. One says                                                                             point. My point so far is that it’s not all that difficult to purchase
to the other, ‘I bet any minute now some jerk-off tourist           Each Friday night after work, Bubba would fire up              a motorcycle. It may not be the exact one you want right away,
is going to walk by, put his face to the window and ask             his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. But, all of        but ask almost anyone out there and they will tell you as long as
what we’re selling.’ No sooner are the words out of his             Bubba’s neighbors were Catholic.... And since it was           your knees are in the wind, that’s all that matters. Yet still, all this
mouth when, sure enough, a curious hillbilly from Tennes-           Lent, they were forbidden from eating meat on Friday.          has been leading up to the true meaning of this story. The one
                                                                                                                                   true thing that bothers me more than anything, Yes folks, it’s “the
see walks up to the window, has a peek, and in a slow               The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks
                                                                                                                                   poser.” We’ve all seen them and we all know who I’m talking
Southern drawl asks, ‘What’re ya’all sellin’ here?’ One of          was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful           about. Something had to be said.
the Jersey guys replies, ‘Oh! we’re selling assholes here’.         that they finally talked to their priest. The Priest came to   Example 1. Just the other day I was standing in line at my local
Without skipping a beat, the hillbilly says, ‘Well, I see ya’all    visit Bubba, and suggested that he become a Catholic.          gas station picking up some last minute items on my way home
are doin’ real good. You only got two left.’                        After several classes and much study, Bubba attended           from work. In line in front of me was a couple that screamed
                                                                    Mass....and as the priest sprinkled holy water over him,       biker in every sense of the word, or at least they appeared to
A married couple in their early 60s was celebrating their           he said, “You were born a Baptist, and raised a Baptist,       be. The gentleman was wearing a nice new O.C.C. bandanna
35th wedding anniversary in a quiet, romantic little restau-        but now you are a Catholic.” Bubba’s neighbors were            with a matching sleeveless shirt. Included in this outfit was what
rant. Suddenly, a tiny yet beautiful fairy appeared on their        greatly relieved, until Friday night arrived, and the won-     appeared to be a rather expensive pair of Harley-Davidson boots,
table saying, ‘For being such an exemplary married couple           derful aroma of grilled venison filled the neighborhood.       and chain wallet. His “old lady” was even more equipped with an
                                                                                                                                   O.C.C. leather jacket (perhaps it was just a patch sewn on, I hon-
and for being loving to each other for all this time, I will        The Priest was called immediately by the neighbors,
                                                                                                                                   estly don’t know for sure), riding boots, and bandanna. The Paul’s
grant you each a wish.’ Oh, I want to travel around the             and, as he rushed into Bubba’s yard, clutching a rosary        themselves would have been proud. At this point I became curious
world with my darling husband. The fairy waved her magic            and prepared to scold him, he stopped and watched in           and began to look around to see what bike they were riding.
wand and - poof! two tickets for the Queen Mary II ap-              amazement. There stood Bubba, clutching a small                Obviously someone who supports this company with this much
peared in her hands. The husband’ thought for a moment:             bottle of holy water which he carefully sprinkled over         conviction must be the proud owner of such a magnificent piece
‘Well, this is all very romantic, but an opportunity like this      the grilling meat and chanted: “You wuz born a deer,           of machinery, or at least something comparable. However, I didn’t
will never come again. I’m sorry my love, but my wish is            you wuz raised a deer, but now you is a catfish.”              see any bikes in the parking lot, so I figured it was probably parked
to have a wife 30 years younger than me.’ The wife, and                                                                            around the corner. After they were done with their purchase I
the fairy, were deeply disappointed, but a wish is a wish.          If you’re over 50 and not really happy with the way you        watched them leave the gas station only to walk right up to a Ford
So the fairy waved her magic wand and poof! the husband             look, just think of it this way. You have traveled many        Bronco with, you guessed it, an O.C.C. decal in the back window.
                                                                                                                                   I just shook my head in disbelief.
became 92 years old.                                                long and winding roads in your life - and most of the
                                                                                                                                   Example 2. Some co-workers and I were coming back from lunch.
                                                                    damn things weren’t paved.                                     While at a stop light one of my co-workers noticed a familiar iron

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                                                                                                                                   cross on the wheels of a brand new, lifted, Dodge Ram. A little
                                                                                                                                   closer look at these wheels and we realized they were none other

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                                                                                                                                                               has declined to pursue charges against Lane for her injuries.
                                                                                           Two Charges Dropped
Born To Be Wild…A Wild Success                                                             Against Celebrity Motorcycle                                        Driving drunk or not, the prosecution now has the monumen-
                                                                                                                                                               tal burden of proving Billy Lane was solely responsible for
                        When an event is evaluated at the end of the day many              Builder in a Fatal DUI Case                                         killing Morelock, without any mitigating circumstances.
                        things have to be considered. Was it a repeat event or the
                        new kid on the block? Was it well attended or slow to catch                                                                            Looks as if the defense can now just poke one tiny hole in
                        on? Did it live within its budget or burst at the seams? Were                                                                          the prosecution’s argument, Billy is a free man.
                        the weather and venue cooperative? Did you reach your
                        goals? And, lastly, was it any fun?

                        By every measure the inaugural Poker Run sponsored by
                        Chester’s Harley Davidson Motor Cycles was a huge success.

                        By the start of the run the numbers had grown from a little
                        over one hundred early registrants to 250 riders. It all began
                        with a Chamber of Commerce perfect morning. Imagine the
                        electricity in the air as 250 rumbling bikes and their riders
                        started their engines and set out on the 96-mile course with
                        four stops to pick up the cards for the poker hand (the last
                        card was obtained at the end of the run). From all accounts
                        the bikes performed well, the riders were on top of it all and
                        the course provided a first hand look at the beauty of the
                        surrounding areas that we have all come to love. One of the
                        very best parts…. it was an injury free ride!

                        Greasewood Flat in North Scottsdale hosted the after ride           The Florida State Attorney has dropped the driving on a
                        activities with beverages of your choice and some of the best      suspended license and the driving under the influence with
                        hamburgers in town. Liberty Wildlife’s educational ambassa-        serious bodily injury charges filed last year against Billy Lane.
                        dors wowed the entire venue with their message of conser-
                                                                                           Lane was initially arrested, September 25th 2007 and
                        vation and made the event not only fun but also educational
                                                                                           charged with DUI Manslaughter, driving on a suspended
                        in nature. The best poker hand was four eights…. hard to           license, and driving under the influence with serious bodily
                        beat. The silent auction was hot and heavy. The raffle was a       injuries in connection with a fatal accident September 4th
                        thrill for those who won.                                          2007. If convicted he would have faced up to 25 years.

                        The highlight of the event was the release of a red tailed         Lane is now just being charged with the DUI manslaughter
                        hawk that had come in to the facility with a head injury, ironi-   charge. If convicted, he could still face up to15 years in
                        cally the same kind of injury that bikers often suffer. Lori       Florida State Prison. Tests show that Lane, who is accused
                        Healy released the rehabilitated bird on behalf of the present-    of killing Gerald Morelock, had a blood alcohol level of more
                        ing sponsor, Chester’s Harley Davidson Motor Cycles. It            than twice the legal limit at the time of the accident.
                        sprang into the air, lifted its body skyward and was soon a
                                                                                           The obvious question on the minds of most would be ‘why
                        speck in the sky…. no doubt happy to be home.
                                                                                           did they drop the two charges’?
                        Everything was perfect. The ride passed the test and will be       The first one, the driving on a suspended license, stemmed
                        repeated again next spring, once again presented by Ches-          from a case filed in June 2007 by the North Carolina High-
                        ter’s with our greatest gratitude.                                 way patrol. The NCHP alleged that Lane was intoxicated at
                                                                                           the time of his arrest for driving on the wrong side of the road
                                                                                           and refusing to submit to a breath test. But the NCHP failed
                                                                                           to notify Florida, which would have suspended his Florida
                                                                                           license for a year.

                                                                                           So according to State Attorney’s spokeswoman, Lynne Bum-
                                                                                           pus-Hooper, since North Carolina authorities never reported
                                                                                           Lane’s refusal to take a breath test, coupled with the fact that
                                                                                           Lane was cleared of the North Carolina DUI charge in Octo-
                                                                                           ber 2007, the Brevard County prosecutors could not pursue
                                                                                           the suspended license charge.

                                                                                           The Florida Highway Patrol had also charged Lane with a
                                                                                           DUI causing serious bodily injury, but Bumpus-Hooper said
                                                                                           the passenger in Lane’s vehicle at the time of the accident

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                                                      Sign in: Between 10:00am – 11:00am at Chino                 Bike Games / Bikeshow / Saturday Poker Run /            Suggested items for teens: Art Supplies (E.g.
veterans from all wars and conflicts who served and
                                                      Valley Cycles, 980 N. US Hwy. 89 ph# 928-636-               Vendors / Food / Bar / Honor Guard / Bike Blessing      construction paper, crayons Colored pencils,
for those who sacrificed all for our freedom KIA / MIA
                                                      0146. Open House includes coffee, donuts and                / •All This and More at: The Cabin Bar & Grill - Hwy    markers, etc.) Bath products, Board games, Books,
/ POW.
                                                      water. All are welcome for a $10.00 donation.               260, West Of Hwy 277 ( Next To Pizza Time Pizza)        CD’s, Computer games, DVD movies (PG – 13),
                                                      Ride through the Mingus Mtns. to Sedona onto the            in Overgaard, Az. BIKER/FAMILY FUN. NO GUNS             Electronic handheld games, Make–up, Model cars,
Meet at these locations: 5:00 am NE corner Power
Rd./Baseline depart 05:30am Apache Gold Casino        Old Corral in Cornville and ending at the Pinon             - NO ATTITUDES - ALL ANIMALS LEASHED. For               MP3 players / ipods, Pajamas, Sports equipment,
Globe AZ depart 07:00am US60E City Park in Safford Pines with half price first beverage and half price            more Information call Cindi Gates 623-695-5659 or       Toiletries, Video games & Card games.
AZ depart 08:45am US70E CLIFTON AZ 0:945              appetizers to all participating riders. Live music          email cgates@carlsonwagonlit.com
US191N                                                from 4:00pm-Midnight. Featured band “Miles of                                                                       Suggested items for toddlers & infants: Sleepers,
                                                      Country” will play from 8:00pm-Midnight. Pinon              Monday 26th - Phoenix, AZ. 2nd Annual Phoenix           Blankets, Teething toys, Infant toys, Light up toys,
Hosted by: Mares Bluff Veterans Memorial              Pines is located at 270l E. Hwy 89A in Prescott ph#         Memorial Day Rally. Join Riders USA as they pay         Musical toys, Puzzles, Rattles, Remote Control
Committee. This event is open to the public NO        928-445-9935. 50/50, raffles and high low hand              tribute to our fallen heroes at Phoenix National        toys, Rescue Heroes, Stuffed animals, Toddler,
attitudes! Memorial services and ceremonies to pay    will be announced. Poker hand is free. FMI call:            Cemetery - 23029 N. Cave Creek Road in Phoenix.         toys (e.g. Little People play sets), View Masters,
tribute to all the men and women who served and are Ross 928-925-4204 or Don 928-308-0927. Maps
                                                                                                                  Bikes should line up on the East side of the road,      Educational computer software, Sticker books,
serving. 11:00 am Mares Bluff ceremonies to honor     available at sign in.                                       south of Pinnacle Peak Road. Back in place and          Coloring books.
all veterans and other special events. Free lunch and
                                                                                                                  display your flags for all to see. This not a protest
beverages immediately following ceremony. Free        Saturday 17th - Mesa, AZ MMA Salt River District            of any sorts we are paying tribute to those that        For more information: twogalsevents@aol.com
camping and RV parking available. Free door prizes, 3rd Annual Bikini Bike Wash and Swap Meet.
50/50 raffle Questions? Oscar Urrea 602-677-6835                                                                  have paid the supreme price in protecting our           Melissa 602-568-5313 or Dawn 480-213-1184
                                                      Rooster’s - 3717 E Main Street, Mesa, 10am -                sovereignty. After the ceremonies, we will ride
/ Bob Chacon 602-377-3704 In Clifton Steve Guzzo
                                                      2pm. Bike wash $5.00 donation. Swap meet entries            to Cave Creek for some lunch at a place to be
928-865-5551 In Safford Ernie Rodriguez 928-322-
                                                      $10.00 for member/vendors and $15.00 for non-               determined. The cost for this event is displaying one
0719
                                                      member/vendors. Come get your bike washed by                or more flags on or at your bike while parked along
Sponsored by Hacienda Harley Davidson, In Country bikini clad beauties and help the MMA raise funds               side the road. Thousands of passing cars going into
Vietnam Veterans, and American Legion Post 28 and for the NCOM conference sharing information                     the Cemetery will be giving you a salute, thumbs up
Auxiliary unit. American Legion Post 32 and post 32   pertinent to Motorcycle riders and their Rights. Bike       or just a big THANK YOU smile for your tribute to
Legion Riders / American Legion Post 95               wash - Food - Fun - Swap Meet - Vendors                     their loved ones now residing in this Cemetery.


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I Like To Know Who My Friends Are                                  opinion, highway access, and the relationship between
                                                                   federal power and state prerogatives. They also pressure                       Chester’s Harley-Davidson to open new dealership in Gilbert
I like to know who helps me ride safer and who is working          regulatory agencies like EPA, NHTSA, and NTSB to stay
against me. Unfortunately, most riders don’t know who their        away from discriminatory rulings against motorcyclists.                        MESA, AZ
friends are. They don’t realize that there is an organization
in Washington, DC that has been working for them for the           The MRF was started in 1984 by motorcyclists, and to                           Chester’s Harley-Davidson will soon expand its service for East Valley Harley-Davidson riders.
past 20 years. This organization works to make sure that           this day is run by motorcyclists. All financial support for
the best interests of motorcyclists’ are represented when          the organization is generated from within the motorcycling
                                                                                                                                                  The Harley-Davidson Motor Company has recently authorized Chester’s Harley-Davidson to construct a new Retail and
motorcycle-related issues come up in the US government.            population.
                                                                                                                                                  Service facility in the San Tan Motorplex.
That organization is the Motorcycle Riders Foundation              This is your chance to thank your friends. Help the people
                                                                   who have been helping you for 20+ years. They will keep                        Located at the intersection of Val Vista and Pecos Roads in Gilbert, just off of the 202, San Tan Freeway this facility will of-
(MRF). The MRF has a full-time lobbyist and office in DC
                                                                   you informed about issues that directly affect you. The only                   fer a full range of Harley-Davidson products and services. Chester’s has concluded negotiations for the purchase of a four
and they are funded by memberships. Most riders don’t
know about the MRF so they don’t support the MRF. I know           way to keep yourself educated on the issues that face bik-                     acre property and begun work on plans and permits for a 2009 start date with a grand opening of the new facility expected
about the MRF and they are my friends.                             ers is to join the MRF and understand what they are doing                      to take place on or about January 1, 2010.
                                                                   for you. Joining the MRF currently costs $25 per year, but
The MRF is fighting to make sure my medical claims are             will increase to $30/year in June of this year.. Compare that                  Chester’s Harley-Davidson will offer a complete shopping experience for its customers in its new facility including new and
paid by my insurance company should I get hurt on my               to the value you place on riding. How much did that last                       pre-owned motorcycle sales, service, parts, accessories and motorclothes.
motorcycle. They are fighting to secure funding for rider          piece of chrome cost?
training and road improvements. Road improvements that                                                                                            The new dealership, an extension of its main operation on Country Club Drive in Mesa, is expected to be approximately a
include paving streets and fixing pot holes. Riding on safe        Don’t forget to thank your friends in Washington, DC by
                                                                   joining the MRF. You can join online at http://www.mrf.org                     30,000 square foot facility. It will incorporate all of the latest dealership design technology with a theme in keeping with its
roads is important to me. They have pressured the EPA                                                                                             new location.
for my right to modify and customize my bike – a right that        Protect your Freedoms! Join your state SMRO and the MRF
whether you realize it or not – we are losing! The MRF is          today!
                                                                                                                                                  The news about this new facility has created a great deal of excitement among Chester’s customers and supporters.
a national motorcyclists’ rights organization (MRO) that is        Copyright by NCRider.com 2005 and reprinted with permission. Permission
working for the rights of all of America’s motorcyclists. The                                                                                     Members of the Chester family and their associates look forward to continuing the expansion of its Harley-Davidson mo-
                                                                   granted to MRF reps to reprint wherever it will do good for the motorcycling
MRF is our voice in Washington, DC and lobbies for fair            population!                                                                    torcycle business and further serving the needs of its many customers from this new location.
federal level motorcycle legislation. They also support riders
on state level legislative issues as well.                         Sent to us by Eric Hampton MRF - Director of Communica-                        Chester’s Harley-Davidson currently serves the East Valley and beyond from a 45,000 Square foot facility on Country
                                                                   tions, MRF Reports Editor                                                      Club Drive in Mesa. Chester’s offering of new and nearly new motorcycle sales, service, parts and accessories, rental
The MRF are not “sport bikers”. They are not “Harley               ABATE of AZ - Masterlink Editor                                                motorcycles and rider training from this facility will not be affected by this expansion.
people”. They are not a “white guys organization”, they are        Written by Vinny Neuman
not a “black biker organization”, they are not a “Hispanic                                                                                        For more information contact:
bikers organization”, etc. They are bikers! It’s not about                                                                                        E.B. Chester eb@chestershd.com
color, and it’s not about the style of riding you do or the type                                                                                  Lon Carruth lcarruth@chestershd.com
of bike you own.

When a bill turns into a law in Washington, DC, it affects
all bikers regardless of race and type of bike. The MRF is
bi-partisan. They are partisan about one thing and one thing
only – motorcycling. They are women and men of every
race, creed, and political party devoted to one cause – rid-
ers’ rights and safety. MRF members are committed to each
other as brothers and sisters.

The MRF’s public policy interests are the protection of rid-
ers’ interests across the board: Highway safety, personal
liberty, law enforcement, health care, discrimination, public




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                                                                                                                          Missouri Motorcycle Fatality                                      for younger drivers and any driver on interstate highways.

                   Motorcycle Clubs & Organizations                                                                       Rates Among Highest In Nation                                     The bill is now before the full Senate and, if passed, would
                                                                                                                                                                                            have to be renewed in 2013.
                                                                                                                          SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri is one of most danger-
   The Arizona Confederation of                Rough Riders MC                        Southern Area Chapter               ous places in the U.S. to ride a motorcycle, according to a       “I think it’s a matter of personal freedom,” Ridgeway said.
           Motorcycle Clubs                  www.rough-riders-mc.com                Director: Paul “Kojack” Galla         published report.                                                 “We don’t require it for virtually anything else, but we have
  An elite group of select Motorcycle                                                         Huachuca                                                                                      singled out this segment of our society.”
Clubs and Organizations dedicated to            Sober Riders MC                        Phone: 520-456-0250                Between 2002 and 2006, the state’s annual fatality rate
fighting for the freedoms of all and to       www.soberridersmc.com/                                                      remained constant at between nine                                 She said that those who support helmet laws, including My-
       preserving our way of life.                                                                                        and 12 deaths per 10,000 registered riders, the Springfield       ers’ program and the Missouri
                                                                                     West-End Area Chapter
                                                  Sun Riders MC                                                           News-Leader reported in its Sunday editions. While other          Department of Transportation, need to consider factors other
                                                                                      Director: Bill Newwill
 ACMC, Arizona confederation of                www.sunridersmc.com                                                        states have seen their rates increase, Missouri’s rate is still   than just statistics tracking traffic accidents and fatalities.
       Motorcycle Clubs,                                                              Phone: 623-322-6666
                                               www.sunridersmc.org                                                        among the highest in the nation, ranking ninth in 2006 and
        www.azcmc.com                           contact: Mama Bear                                                        10th in 2005.                                                     “We do not have enough data to determine whether speed
  azcmc.webmaster@azcmc.org,                                                       Desert Renegades Chapter                                                                                 was the primary factor, whether the carelessness of an au-
                                               sunridersmc@aol.com                      John Letourneau                                                                                     tomobile driver was a contributing factor, whether alcohol or
                                                                                                                          The newspaper-reviewed data from the National Highway
     Arizona Sun Chasers MC                                                                Tucson Area                    Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting       drug use was a contributing factor,” she said.
                                          Vietnam Vets / Legacy Vets M/C
          Contact by email                                                                520-578-2522                    System and found 390 motorcyclists died on Missouri roads
       Siquepuppy@cox.net                       Contact CHUBASCO
                                                                                                                          from 2002-2006. It found that 58 percent of the fatal crashes     Ridgeway also noted that the state doesn’t require helmets
    www.ArizonaSunChasers.org                  Arizona State President                                                                                                                      for other potentially hazardous
                                             VNVCHUBASCO@aol.com                    STAR Riding Association               occurred in rural areas and only 44 percent of them involved
                                                                                     Phone: 1-800-422-1041                another vehicle. Ninety-two percent of those killed were white    activities, such as skiing, horseback riding or even driving an
          Bikers For Christ                         602 692-2517                                                                                                                            automobile.
                                                                                                                          males and the average age was 38, with slightly less than
  Contact is Zak (Preacher) Saenz                                                                                         half being 40 or older.
                                                       MROs                            Chapter 113 Phoenix
   truefaithministry@hotmail.com                                                                                                                                                            “There’s trade-offs in exchange for a modicum of freedom,”
 www.angelfire.com/az3/bfcphoenix                                                        www.star113.org                                                                                    she said.
                                                                                        www.startouring.org               “What we’re finding here in Missouri is it’s that middle-aged
            480.732.1854                      Abate of Arizona - MRO
                                                                                                                          group that seems to be dying the most,” said Neil Myers,
                                            16009 N. 22 ST, 85022-3415,                                                   state coordinator for the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Pro-         Myers said there’s considerable research supporting the
      Desert Road Riders MC                      (602) - 867 - 9829              Chapter 347 Superstition Mnts                                                                              safety benefits of helmets as well as common sense.
                                                                                                                          gram. Myers said a number of factors seemed to be fueling
          P. O. Box 9865                        www.abateofaz.org                       www.star347.org                   the trend including people seeking to take advantage of mo-
    Fort Mohave, Arizona 86427                                                    President: Marlene Strickland           torcycles’ better gas mileage and baby boomers who used to        “No professional (motorcycle) race will let you race without a
       Phone (928) 758-5699                Modified Motorcycle Assn. Of              Phone: (480) 220-4915                ride getting back into it.                                        helmet, so that ought to tell you something,” he said.
     www.desertroadriders.com                         Arizona
                                                  Mailing address:                         Riding Clubs                   He said some drivers don’t realize today’s motorcycles are        While he appreciated that Ridgeway’s bill keeps helmets
        Desert Thunder MC                   MMA of Arizona state office                                                   much more powerful than they remember. “The bike is twice         required for younger drivers and
     www.desertthundermc.com                 Pmb 138, P.O. Box 30280                                                      the size of what they used to ride, and of course our physical    motorcycles on interstate highways, he said it misses a large
                                                                                         Just Us PSMC
    lodur@desertthundermc.com                Phoenix, AZ 85046-0280                                                       abilities are not quite what they were when we were young-        part of the problem.
                                                                                       www.justuspsmc.com
                                                 www.mma_az.org                                                           er,” he said.
         Hells Angels MC                                                                                                                                                                  About 16 percent of motorcycle drivers killed between 2002
       ACMC Contact Person                                                           “Sisters of Scota WMC                                                                                and 2006 were 21 years or younger and Myers said data
                                           List Your ACMC Sanctioned Club                                                 The newspaper’s analysis also found that about 18 percent
      HOWIE, Mr81@cox.net                                                             National Headquarters
                                          E-mail: thunderroadsaz@msn.com                                                  of killed drivers were not wearing a helmet and another 3 per- shows few fatal accidents occur on the highway.
     www.azcmc.com/hamc.html                                                                P.O. Box 92                   cent died when they weren’t wearing their helmets correctly.
                                                        4/2008
                                                                                    Dobbins, California 95935                                                                             “The rural two-lane is where you most need the helmets,” he
             Huns MC                                                                      (530) 692-9467                  Missouri’s helmet law, passed in 1967, requires all motorcy-    said.
       tucson@thehunsmc.net                         Associations
                                                                                      soswmc@hotmail.com                  cle riders to wear a helmet, but lawmakers attempt to kill the
         www.thehunsmc.net                                                         www.sistersofscotawmc.org              law almost every year. State Sen. Luann Ridgeway, R-Smith- TRM AZ editors question, to Mr. Neil Myers, state coordinator
                                              AHDRA - All Harley Drag
                                                Racing Association             Chapters in Arizona and most western       ville, is sponsoring this year’s version, which would eliminate for the Missouri Motorcycle Safety Program. If the consider-
     IOOB MC – Tucson Tribe                                                                                               the helmet requirement for drivers 21 and older but retain it   able research supporting the safety benefits of helmets is cor-
                                              Website: www.ahdra.com                           states.”
      www.ioobmctucson.com                                                                                                                                                                rect, then why isn’t the helmet law saving them all in Missouri?

       Lost Dutchman MC                      Brothers of the Third Wheel      This Page is donated by Thunder Roads
     www.lostdutchmanmc.com                      Jim and Lady Sickler           to the Local M/C, Org’s & Assn’s. For
                                           International Directors - Aba MO      the purpose of helping Them get the
       Medieval Maidens MC                     Email btw@btw-triker.org          much-needed information out to the
 Suite 103, # 487 Peoria, AZ 85382                                            riders of Arizona, If we do not have your
      PaulR @ 623-734-7405                    Director: State of AZ &           M/C, Org, Assn. Listed and you would
  WWW.MedievalMaidensMC.com                 Superstition Area Chapter         like for it to be OR if we have your M/C,
                                            Director: Gary “Shorty” Hicks       Org, Assn. listed here And you do not
          Nomaden MC                           Phone: 480-969-5199                 wish to have it listed here contact
    Contact azbiker1@msn.com
                                                                                       thunderroadsaz@aol.com
                                            High-Country Area Chapter                            4/2008
          Whisper’s Crew                    Director: Larry “Tank” Jones
         Tucson/Cave Creek
                                                  Prescott Valley
       vato1inaz@hotmail.com
                                               Phone: 928-772-0152

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                            VODKA-POACHED SALMON                                            frying pan and saute’ for apprx. 4 minutes, then add your
                            WITH CILANTRO PESTO                                             Kielbasa pieces. You want to caramelize the onion really
                                                                                            brown and sweet and singe the Kielbasa all over and on
                            2 Whole Limes                                                   the sides too. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water
                            1/2 Cup Vodka                                                   to boil, add your egg noodles and cook thoroughly until
                            4 (6 ox.) Skinless Salmon Fillets, apprx. 1-inch thick          tender. Drain. Transfer noodles to large mixing/serving
                                                                                            bowl. Add your margarine, blend well, add salt & pepper
                            CILANTRO PESTO                                                  to taste, Add the entire package of Parmesan cheese
                                                                                            and mix thoroughly until cheese is melted down and well
                            1 Large Bunch of Cilantro, leaves removed (about 5 cups blende4d. Now, gently add your Kielbasa & caramelized
                            worth)                                                          onions. Fold easily to mix with noodles. Serve up with a
                            1/2 Cup Pine Nuts, Toasted (just throw on a baking pan,         fresh salad and hot crusty garlic bread. Delish!
                            toss around w/ some Olive Oil and throw in oven at 375
                            for about 20 mins.)
                            1 Small Red Chile, seeded & chopped                             THUNDER ROADS PEANUT BUTTER
                            2 Cloves of Garlic                                              STRIPED DELIGHT
                            1/2 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 Cup Freshly Grated
                            Parmesan Cheese                                                 1 Pre-made Oreo Cookie Pie Shell
                            3 Tbls. Mayonnaise                                              1 Pkg. Philly Cream Cheese, softened
                            Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper to Taste                             1 Cup Sugar or Splenda for baking
                                                                                            3 Cups, Plus 2 Tbls. Cold Whole Milk, divided
                            Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grate zest from limes and             1 Tub (8 ox.) of Cool Whip topping, divided
                            squeeze juice. Combine lime zest, lime juice and vodka in 2 Pkgs. Jell-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie
                            a shallow nonmetallic baking dish. Add salmon fillets; turn         Filling
                            to coat. Marinate for 15 minutes. (Do Not marinate any          1/2 Cup of Premium Peanut Butter
                            longer as will get mushy.)
                            Pesto: In a food processor, add cilantro, pine nuts, chile      Beat Cream cheese, sugar and 2 Tbls. of whole milk in a
                            and garlic. Process to finely chop. With motor running,         separate bowl with wire whisk until well blended.
                            drizzle in oil in a thin stream. Transfer to a bowl and stir in Add 1-1/4 cups of the whippe4d topping; mix well.
                            Parmesan and mayo. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pep- Spread over crust. Pour remaining 3 cups of milk into
                            per. Cover baking dish tightly with foil. Bake salmon 12 to large bowl. Add dry pudding mixes. Beat with wire whisk
                            15 minutes only, until salmon is just opaque.                   2 mins. or until well blended. Add peanut butter; mix well.
                            Serve salmon with generous amount of pesto on top, run- Spread evenly over cream cheese layer. Let stand 5
                            ning the entire length of salmon. Primo!                        mins. or until thickened. Top with remaining Cool Whip.
                                                                                            Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours before cutting into
                            REALLY CHEESEY KIELBASA & NOODLES                               pieces to serve. Crush up some actual Oreo cookies in a
                                                                                            plastic bag, into small pieces and when you cut up pieces
                            1 Pkg. of Kielbasa (there’s 2 logs to a package)                to serve, sprinkle the top of each serving with crushed
                            2 Cups of Extra-Wide Egg Noodles                                up Oreos. Don’t worry about storing any leftovers in the
                            1 Large Softball Sized Onion                                    fridge, cause’ there won’t be any. :)
                            1 Pkg. (8 oz.) of Finely Shredded Parmesan Cheese
                            3 Heaping Tbls. of Premium Margarine                            * If you’ve always been a big fan of Tony the Tiger’s
                                                                                            Frosted Flakes, check out the new GOLD Frosted Flakes,
                            Cut Kielbasa into 1” pieces, both logs. Put a dab of            coated in pure honey. They’re GRRRRRREAT!!!!
                            margarine or Extra Virgin Olive Oil in a large frying pan
                            and chop up your onion into large, thin strips. Toss in


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MOTORCYCLE OWNERS HAPPIER                                          cycle ownership are Eugene-Springfield , Oregon (13.8%             PUSH HELMET LAWS, LOSE YOUR JOB!                                 also pledged to vote against any helmet legislation. ABATE
Overall satisfaction with the motorcycle ownership experi-         adult motorcycle ownership), Colorado Springs , Colorado          The former executive director of the Louisiana Safety Com-        is asking concerned riders to help spread the word to flood
ence has increased in the past five years, according to            (13.1%), Milwaukee-Racine , Wisconsin - home of Harley            mission, who has pushed helmet laws throughout three              the voting booths with motorcyclists for the Primary election,
the J.D. Power and Associates 2007 Motorcycle Competi-             Davidson Motor Company (12.9%), Portland , Oregon                 gubernatorial administrations, said he was fired because he       and due to historically light voter turnout bikers could easily
tive Information Study released today.The study finds that         (12.4%), and Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota (12.3%).             disagrees with now-Governor Bobby Jindal’s efforts to re-         swing the election. The National Coalition of Motorcyclists
improvements made in product satisfaction and dealership                                                                             repeal their state’s helmet mandate for adult riders.             would also like to take this opportunity to welcome ABATE
service have helped drive the increase in overall ownership        MOTORCYCLE SALES SURGE IN EUROPE                                   Louisiana State Police Colonel James Champagne, who              of the Garden State as one of our newest NCOM Member
satisfaction across the industry. Service, build quality and       The European PTW (Powered Two-Wheelers) motorcycle                has held his post for 12 years throughout their on-again-         Groups. For further details, visit their website at
product/performance primarily drive the overall motorcycle         market is still flourishing. After breaking the 2 million units   off-again helmet law, was abruptly terminated March 25th,         www.gardenstateabate.org.
ownership experience. Overall satisfaction with the cost of        threshold in 2005, it touched the 2.5 million units landmark      saying his dismissal followed a meeting with the governor’s
ownership has increased among motorcycle owners for a              at the end of 2007. Last year the PTW market grew by a            chief of staff because “I refused to compromise my views          WEIRD NEWS: ANGRY BIKES CAN SAVE LIVES
second consecutive year, with owners being most satisfied          remarkable 10.1%. According to figures transmitted by the         on the helmet issue.” Champagne testified in commit-              Honda Motor Company scientists studying the way the
with the initial price and resale value of their bike. Satisfac-   ACEM statistical correspondents the trend of the 50cc seg-        tee against Jindal’s former boss and mentor ex-Governor           brain reacts to different imagery found that motorcycles that
tion with maintenance/repair costs, cost of accessories            ment (mopeds and scooters) is now positively oriented after       Mike “Big Daddy” Foster’s successful push to abolish the          resemble a human face - especially an angry one evoked
and insurance has also increased. Motorcycle owners are            10 consecutive years of decline, and the volume approach-         state’s helmet law back in 1999, and then testified in favor      with diagonal headlights and abbreviated nose - are “signifi-
strong advocates of their brand and dealer, as 68 percent          es one million units. For 2007 the registrations of motor-        of outgoing Governor Kathleen Blanco’s successful drive to        cantly” more visible to other drivers. Measurements taken
“definitely will” recommend their brand and 56 percent will        cycles over 50cc recorded the 5th consecutive positive year       restore the helmet law in 2004. Foster once hinted publicly       with functional magnetic resonance imaging confirm that a
recommend the dealer from which they purchased their mo-           with +3% and 1.5 million units. Since 2002, when the PTW          that Champagne ‘s position on motorcycle helmets could            more lifelike front-end design “elicits a response similar to
torcycle. “Loyalty and advocacy levels are particularly high       registrations reached their lowest point (1.873.822 units),       cost him his job. Enter newly-elected Gov. Jindal, who            that when a human face is seen,” suggesting that other driv-
among motorcycle owners when compared with owners in               the market has recovered steadily and in 2007 it reached          favors repeal of the mandatory helmet law as a freedom of         ers will more quickly recognize the motorcycle’s presence
the automotive and boating industries,” said research man-         2.5 million vehicles, with a +32% increase. The current fleet     choice issue, and looks to fulfill one of his few specific cam-   and react accordingly. “People in four-wheeled vehicles will
ager Tim Fox. “For example, only 47 percent of boat and            of PTWs in Europe amounts to approximately 30.000.000             paign promises. At least two bills are pending in the Legisla-    see not just motorcycles coming at them but motorcycles
35 percent of auto owners say they are loyal to their brand.       vehicles. Over the last few years, EU market trends clearly       ture that would repeal the helmet requirements for adults.        with human characteristics and faces,” says Charles Kenny,
The motorcycle industry is much more of a niche market             show that motorcycles answer the mobility needs of an              Jindal replaces Champagne with the former head of Big            president of Right Brain People, a consumer psychology
where consumers have a particularly strong allegiance to a         increasingly higher share of the European population.             Daddy’s security detail during his terms as governor, 26-         firm specializing in motor vehicles. “It connects to some-
brand compared with automotive and marine industries.”                                                                               year veteran of the State Police Col. John LeBlanc, who           thing very basic in the psyche that goes back to when they
 Now in its 10th year, the study measures owner satisfac-          UNFAMILIAR BIKES INVITE PROBLEMS                                  has said that will not take a position in the Legislature on      were little children.” By way of example, Kenny points to
tion with new motorcycles by examining five major compo-           Experienced riders drastically increase their chances of          the helmet issue. In 2004 the state had 80 motorcycle fatali-     the Disney movie Cars, and to kids’ toys such as Thomas
nents of the overall ownership experience: product; quality;       crashing simply by riding a different motorcycle, an insur-       ties, but despite the helmet requirement that figure rose         & Friends trains, both of which cause youngsters to emo-
cost of ownership; sales; and service. The 2007 Motorcycle         ance study has found. Even experienced riders can be              to 95 in 2006, when Louisiana ranked No. 3 in the highest         tionally identify with inanimate objects. “The human brain,”
Competitive Information Study includes responses from              pretty wobbly when they hop on an unfamiliar bike, accord-        number of motorcycle death rates per 10,000 registered            Honda’s 2005 study explains, “exhibits a strong response
8,796 owners who purchased new on-road motorcycles                 ing to data from the country’s largest motorcycle insurer,        motorcycles with a death rate of 15.5 per 10,000 registered       to facial patterns, especially to the eyes and mouth.” The
between September 2006 and May 2007.                               Progressive, which conducted a study of almost 2 million          motorcycles; more than double the national rate (nationally,      observation led to the extrapolation that human-looking
                                                                   motorcycle policies over a five-year period and found that        in 2006, 7.3 motorcyclists were killed for every 10,000 reg-      bikes are more quickly recognized by motorists, making
TOP US MARKETS FOR MOTORCYCLE OWNERSHIP                            riders who switch bikes are nearly 70 percent more likely to      istered motorcycles on the road). Neighboring Mississippi,        them more easily avoided. Major manufacturers such as
A new study from The Media Audit reveals that Spokane              crash than riders who keep the same bike. “Most people al-        which also has a helmet law, ranked No. 1 in the NHTSA            Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Yamaha, Buell, Triumph and
, Washington is the top market in the U.S. for motorcycle          ready know that riding can be especially dangerous for new        data with 20 riders killed per 100,000 bikes. The report          Ducati all feature 2008 sportbikes fitted with menacing cat’s
ownership. Among adults who live in Spokane , 18.5% own            bikers,” said Rick Stern, a Progressive motorcycle product        also noted that nationwide in 2006 just 1 in 2 riders wore a      eye headlights, and according to Money.CNN.com the new
a motorcycle, compared to 9% for all U.S. adults. Other            manager who is also a rider. “But our data shows that the         helmet, but 42% of motorcyclists killed in crashes between        Honda DN-01 deliberately incorporates a human look into
markets with a high percentage of motorcycle ownership             less familiar you are with your bike, the more likely you are     2002 and 2006 were not wearing helmets. “The legislative          its front view. “The sportbike community really wants an
include Riverside-San Bernardino, California (18.4%), fol-         to be involved in a collision, regardless of your experience.”    session is in full swing and now is the time for the members      aggressive, hard-edged design,” says John Paolo Canton,
lowed by Reno , Nevada (15.2%), Boise , Idaho (14.8%)              The study also found cruiser riders who switch to sport           of the motorcycling community to start voicing their opinions     spokesman for Ducati North America. “Nobody wants to buy
and Salt Lake City , Utah (14%). According to the Motor-           bikes are three-and-a-half times more likely to crash. That’s     and let the politicians of this State know that we are voting,    a 300-km/h motorcycle that looks cute.” With motorcycle
cycle Industry Council (MIC), new motorcycle retail sales          more than double the risk they’d have than if they just           tax paying, constituents of theirs,” said Poet, State Execu-      use worldwide near an all-time high, “conspicuity enhance-
equaled an estimated $10.7 billion in 2006, the highest            switched to another cruiser. Sport bikers, on the other hand,     tive President of ABATE of Louisiana. “Remember: One              ment” as researchers call it, can help promote awareness
level in 25 years. The MIC attributes the recent growth to         can reduce their risk by more than a third just by switching      voice is but a whisper, but a thousand voices are a ROAR!”        and avoidance of motorcycles sharing the road.
the rise in popularity of motor scooters and increase in fe-       to a cruiser, according to Progressive’s research. “We want
male riders. Today, there are more than 450 models on the          experienced riders to know their risks so they can take extra     UNEMPLOYMENT LINE, PART II                                        QUOTABLE QUOTE: “For if men are to be precluded from
market, from cruisers to sport bikes to smaller fuel efficient     precautions when they replace their bikes,” said Stern. “It’s     New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg is the biggest                offering their sentiments on a matter...reason is of no use
commuter bikes. According to The Media Audit, a major-             a good idea for riders to take their new bike out for a couple    helmet-pusher in Congress, but he may be facing stiff             to us...dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep, to the
ity of motorcycle owners are married (59.2 percent) with           of shake down cruises in a parking lot before hitting the         competition for his job in the upcoming election. ABATE of        slaughter.”
an average age of 41 years. Adults who own a motorcycle            open road.”Even people who have been riding for years can         the Golden State is backing U.S. Representative Robert            George Washington
earn $77,714 in annual household income, a figure that is          benefit from practicing the basics on their new bike, Stern       Andrews in his bid to replace the 84-year-old four-term
$12,424 higher than the household income for the average           said, including low-speed riding, turning, shifting and swerv-    nannycrat. As a 9-term veteran of the U.S. House, Andrews
U.S. adult. Rounding out the top ten markets for motor-            ing, and higher-speed panic stopping.                             has worked with motorcyclists and sponsored the HIPPA
                                                                                                                                     bill to protect motorcyclists’ health care coverage and has
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                                                                                                              BLOW WINDS, BLOW!
BIKER FRIENDLY DIRECTORY
                                                                                                                                                              or zigzags and corrections in their The rim of a DOT half-helmet cre-
                                                                                                                                                              lanes. Watch for swinging signs by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 ates a hazard in heavy crosswinds;
                                                                                                              By John Del Santo                               highway pushed by gusts of wind, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the wind will spend the whole day
                                                                                                                                                              dust devils swirling like mini-tornados
                                                                                                                                                                                                 catching that rim, trying to tug your
                                                                                                              “What you can’t see won’t hurt you”.            coming across the fields towards you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 neck off! Better to choose another
        Attorneys                      Sales & Service                               Trikes                                                                                                      type of headgear. Clothing that is
                                                                                                              Anyone who believes that old say-      There is mixed opinion about whether
         Law Tigers                     Acme Cycle                                                            ing never spent much time riding a     or not solid rims will affect your lane     tighter gives the wind less to grab
                                                                               Southwest Trikes               motorcycle across the Desert! …. But                                               onto, therefore giving you a smoother
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  362 North 3rd Avenue               Glendale, AZ 85303                                                       you can be riding in any part of the   if you happen to be using a windscreen ride, burning less of your energy, and
                                                                                Phx. AZ 85032                 country and run into treacherous wind, for the first time, be ready for it to push leaving you in better shape at the end
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                                   1313 S. Country Club Dr.              Motorcycle Training Facilities       going down the highway leaned over at we should be ready to take a break
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                                                                                                                                                     your ride. The more skin that you have not gonna blow this rider down!
     N th Ave                                                        6960 West Peoria Avenue           another change in the airflow.         showing, the more the wind will dry you
   Phoenix, AZ 50                    Bikers’ Bay                          #148, Peoria, AZ 85345                                                  out, causing the need for more to drink
      0..5                  www.mybikersbay.com                 (623) 979-1839 or (623) 435-5699      As you are moving up to pass a truck,  at your next stop.
                                                                                                              ask yourself “is this pass necessary?”
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                                                                              Motorcycle Rentals              to you. The crosswind will increase or
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      602 -373-0260                                                     Steel Eagles, Motorcycle Rentals      (depending on whether you are upwind
                                     Bikers’ Bay - Mesa               Now AZ Toy Store Motorcycle Rentals     or downwind) and this may cause you
    Motodad leathers               1355 S COUNTRY CLUB                     1313 S. Country Club Drive         to shift closer to the truck…be pre-
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                                      4729 E 22nd Street                       Veterans Services              And when you finish your pass and
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                                                                                                              celerated air flowing along the sides.
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 13608 N Cave Creek Rd,               Mesa, AZ 85201
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                                                                        Until it sells up to 20 words.        invisible to avoid becoming a target for
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 Casa Grande, AZ, 85222           Kingman, Arizona 86401                        only $10 more.
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                                   Thunder Roads Magazine                                                                                                        Thunder Roads Magazine 
HEARTS TO HEROES 12 April 2008
It was Hearts to Heroes run again, the 4th one presented
by Barry from Cyclerides.com. It is for support of our troops
through ‘Operation Home Front’ and ‘Packages from
Home’. As usual Barry did an outstanding job.

 It started at Christ’s Church of the Valley, Glendale, same
as last year. I rode with the local “Foothills HOG Chapter”.
We had about 30 bikes and a good ride.

Barry had a grand opening again by riding his bike in the
church; this time he went up and down the aisles! Barry had
several soldiers on stage that were stationed in Iraq last
year and also on the satellite TV talking to us. It was great
to have them back; one soldier had been over there several
times and actually volunteered to go back! What a Hero!
Barry also recognized Veterans of past wars and Veterans
that supported our country but were not in during a war. Be-
ing a Vet, I had tears in my eyes several times.

 After the presentation, we all rode to Westgate, police
escorted, with bikes as far as you could see in front and
behind you. Sheriff Joe did an outstanding job blocking
the streets and making this a safe run. There were a lot of
people watching from the roadside as we passed and we
had a great time at Westgate.

 I was told this was the last ‘Heart’s to Heroes’ run. I look
forward to it every year, Barry does a great job. I will see
what we can do next year to show our support for the
troops.

Wild Bill and Mitzi Salava




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                            Helmet Laws Don’t                                                Harley Shops Don’t Sell Just
                            Prevent Accidents                                                Transportation Anymore
                                                                                             By Tom Corr
                            By Jeff Hennie
                                                                                             Years ago a trip to the Harley shop only meant one of two things,
                            Government officials will tell you that motorcyclists make
                                                                                             either you were going to buy a bike or to pick up some parts.
                            up 2% of the vehicles on the road and 10% of the fatali-
                            ties, and they would be correct. That sounds like a major
                            problem. But what they don’t tell you paints a very different    Nowadays, people go just to hang out as the shops are quickly
                            scenario.                                                        becoming social destination points, and these destination points
                                                                                             are sprawling showpieces.
                            Motorcycle registrations have more than doubled since
                            1997, and new motorcycle sales have quadrupled since             When you enter today’s Harley shop it’s like taking a trip to an
                            then. Surely, when the population is increased one must          entertainment center.
                            expect the crash numbers to climb as well. Simple statistics.
                                                                                             Some of these shops feature every variety of motorcycle imagin-
                            The last time motorcycle deaths were as high as they are         able, not just Harley’s and Buell’s anymore. They carry accessories
                            now was in 1986, when motorcycle registrations were              and branded products, ranging from leather jackets and belts to
                            slightly more than 5 million. In 2006, almost 6.5 million mo-
                                                                                             T-shirts, coffee mugs, ball caps, toys and pet accessories. Besides
                            torcycles were registered in this country. That’s an addition-
                                                                                             the obvious shopping for clothes and bikes, at most shops you
                            al 1.5 million motorcycles and the same number of fatalities.
                            Maybe the motorcycle fatality rate isn’t as out of control as    can meet with friends or make new ones. You can play pool, eat
                            some would like you to believe.                                  popcorn and cookies, drink coffee and soda, and watch videos.

                            When motorcycle safety is addressed, it almost always re-        Weekends are filled with lots of free activities at your local Harley
                            volves around one controversial issue: helmet laws. All but      shops. Take for example our advertiser, Chester’s H-D in Mesa.
                            three states have a version of a helmet law on the books.        They have things going on all the time, so you need to check their
                            Twenty-seven states allow riders to exercise choice when         web site, www.chestershd.com regularly.
                            donning personal protective equipment, and the remaining
                            20 require all riders to wear a helmet of some sort. If helmet   One such event Chester’s has done is the Ladies Only Garage
                            laws worked, there would be a sharp contrast concerning          Party. This event, just as the name implies, is for women only
                            crash data between states that require universal helmet use
                                                                                             (sorry guys). It is geared to women who think they may want to ride
                            and those that don’t. That isn’t the case.
                                                                                             but are just not sure yet.
                            According to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administra-
                            tion August 2007 publication, two of the three states that       This Ladies Only party has demonstrations and discussions by lady
                            had the largest increase in fatalities from 2005 to 2006 have    riders on things like which bike is right for you (fitting your motor-
                            universal helmet laws (Alabama and California). Of the           cycle). There are discussions on motorcycle safety and they show
                            three states with the largest decrease in motorcycle fatali-     you examples of the proper riding gear to be worn in order to keep
                            ties over that period, two (Illinois and New Hampshire) have     you safe while looking good too. Looks are important to the ladies!
                            no helmet requirement, and the third (Ohio) allows experi-
                            enced riders to ride without a helmet.                           There are refreshments served and Chester’s gives a tour of the
                                                                                             shop and service area, photo opportunities sitting on a brand new
                            The bottom line is that helmet laws don’t prevent accidents.     Harley, and they also have raffles with the grand prize being a
                            The best-case scenario is to avoid the crash in the first
                                                                                             Rider’s Edge New Rider Course ($349 value).
                            place. How? Through proper, affordable rider education and
                            widespread motorist awareness campaigns to educate the
                            general motoring public to be aware of motorcycles.              Establishments such as Chester’s go all out on their events for
                                                                                             their customers, and why shouldn’t they? They appreciate you and
                            Motorcycle safety requires a comprehensive approach, or          your business! When you buy a bike from them you aren’t just buy-
                            we risk losing even more lives. Simply relying on a helmet       ing a bike you are buying a lifestyle and all the benefits of joining
                            law to reduce the number of fatalities has proved to fail time   the Harley owner family.
                            and time again.
                                                                                             You can find your local Harley shop on the dealer locator link at
                            Jeff Hennie is vice president of government affairs for the      www.harley-davidson.com.
                            Motorcycle Riders Foundation.



Thunder Roads Magazine                                                     Thunder Roads Magazine 
Training Wheels: An Introduction                                                                                                   Luncheon On The Lawn                                              along with Chris Mc Connell, Kelly Morley and some friends
                                                                                                                                                                                                     out did themselves. The food was EXCELLENT. I heard
to Riding a Motorcycle                                                                                                             I CANNOT say enough about this years Luncheon on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                     nothing but compliments. Thanks to the Sunchasers for
                                                                                                                                                                                                     setting up a club table as they’ve been doing. A big thanks
What this course is about:                                                                                                         Lawn. You all made your lobbyists very proud, to say the          to the PGR for helping us make a lasting impression, and
                                                                                                                                   least. As planned, this was the biggest and best ever.            the many ABATE and MMA members, some of whom also
It is a very, very, preliminary training course. The curriculum is chosen to introduce a prospective rider to the very basics of   There were upwards of 130 bikes on 17th Avenue, for the           represented the Legion Riders and Shriners, and to the
motorcycle operation without their having to commit to an entire 24-hour New Rider Course. This course will be a sort of           legislators viewing pleasure. Rep Ray Barnes had me               many clubs represented as well.
“toe in the water” taste of motorcycle operation. The new course is assembled from proven MSF curriculum components.               walk with him to look at each and every one. Needless
This course is a low pressure, low intensity, and hands -on motorcycling experience.                                               to say, we impressed the hell out of them. I CANNOT say            An extra, extra thanks for those of you who traveled to get
                                                                                                                                   enough about your level of commitment in calling or writing       there. NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS AND EVEN BETTER
Who this course is for:                                                                                                            your legislators to personally invite them, knowing who           NEWS!! Thanks to ABATE, MMA and the ACMC for offering
                                                                                                                                   your legislators were or taking the time to find out at the       $1,000 each to put this on. THE GOOD NEWS IS that it
The course is specifically for prospective motorcyclists who are not sure if they really do want to ride. For people who
are not sure if they are ready for the New Rider Course or may have attempted a beginner’s course before and were                  sign-in table, etc.                                               looks as thought it will only cost us about $800 each. THE
not successful. This is for those who are not ready to make a substantial commitment to riding until they have more                                                                                  EVEN BETTER NEWS is that the ACMC usually puts
knowledge.                                                                                                                         I heard many of you walk right up to everyone of them,            out $800 towards the Lunches and then another 1/3 or
                                                                                                                                   as they signed in, and thank them for their support in            $1,000 toward the Freedom Rally. They actually saved
What this course is like:                                                                                                          passing our emissions bill on Wednesday, and asking for           $1,000 this year, AND we all got a MUCH BIGGER BANG
                                                                                                                                   the support of that same bill when it reached the senate. I       FOR OUR BUCK.
The course is four hours long and consists of the first five MSF exercises. Class size will be limited to four students. The       heard many of you explaining the ramifications of the Right
riding exercises will be supplemented with discussions on rider responsibility, protective riding gear, motorcycle controls and    Of Way violators and how we needed to not only increase
operation, and basic skill information. There is no formal classroom time; the entire course takes place at the riding site.                                                                         The Lobbyists are seriously thinking of eliminating the
                                                                                                                                   penalties, but that we needed to enforce the laws we have         Freedom Rally and putting all of our efforts and monies into
                                                                                                                                   to the fullest extent.                                            an even bigger and better Luncheon for the Legislators in
The four-hour course time provides each of the riding exercises greatly extended running time. This allows students to
stop and observe, ask questions, and even not start an exercise until they have seen the others in class developing the                                                                              2009. We definitely got their attention!!! THANKS AGAIN
new skills. The five exercises will address:                                                                                       I heard nothing but GOOD things from the legislators              TO ALL, THAT HELPED MAKE THIS HAPPEN - YOU
    • Motorcycle Familiarization: control location and operation, mounting and dismounting                                         themselves. Rep Barnes couldn’t get over the number of            KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!
    • Friction zone: basic clutch operation. Start moving without stalling. Basic stopping.                                        riders and bikes that were there compared to prior years.
    • Starting and Stopping. Repeated practice at starts and stops. Improved control of the clutch and cycle movement,             Senator Blendu commented on how he remembered                Bobbi Hartmann
        developing skill with combined braking                                                                                     when we first started the luncheon and how few were in       ABATE Designated Lobbyist
    • Shifting: Just as it sounds, up and down, first and second gears only. Preliminary practice with sharp turns, more           attendance. He said, “And LOOK AT YOU NOW!!! “. Rep
        stopping practice.                                                                                                         Jerry Weiers, our rider Rep, good friend and sponsor of our
    • Riding. An opportunity for some extended riding time, steering practice with easy turns and steering practice.               emissions bill was thrilled. It was his suggestion to invite
                                                                                                                                   the Patriot Guard. Having honored them on the House
What you will need:                                                                                                                floor during last year’s session, he knew what a big impact
                                                                                                                                   they had on the state legislators.
Basic riding gear is required: Helmets and eye protection are supplied. You will need your own; boots, gloves, sturdy
pants, and sturdy jacket.
The class fee is $75. $50 of the fee may be credited toward a subsequent New Rider Course                                          They were again individually recognized today, for what
                                                                                                                                   they do. Although we only had about 30 legislators able to
                                                                                                                                   attend, we know the rest were wishing they could. It’s hard
                                                                                                                                   to tell what is going on at any particular time at the capitol.
                                                                                                                                   The day before the luncheon, our bill was to be voted on at
                                                                                                                                   the 1pm floor session. Well the lobbyists were down there
                                                                                                                                   at 1pm, only to have to wait on a 4-hour caucus to end so
                                                                                                                                   that they could see our bill through around 5:30pm or so.
                                                                                                                                   You never know!!

                                                                                                                                   I CANNOT say enough about the Luncheon Committee
                                                                                                                                   that worked their Asses off to make this happen. Carole
                                                                                                                                   O’Reilly, Margie Ferrucci, Cilla, SkyPilot, Steve Musgrave,
                                                                                                                                   CJ and Betty, Ray Huston and myself. There was
                                                                                                                                   everything from Event forms, to Insurance to Street
                                                                                                                                   Closure/Barricades to Invites, to Capitol Calendars, to Tent/
                                                                                                                                   table rentals, to Food Catering, to Sign-In Tags, to Emails,
                                                                                                                                   to Press Releases, to GOHS Stock Items, Organizational
                                                                                                                                   Tables etc. Please thank all of them personally whenever
                                                                                                                                   you get the chance. We made a good team.

                                                                                                                                   An extra thanks to ALMA, They spent the entire time
                                                                                                                                   directing traffic and making sure everyone got safely
                                                                                                                                   parked. Thunder Roads Magazine, Owner Tom Corr,
                                                 Thunder Roads Magazine                                                                                                           Thunder Roads Magazine 
                            In Keeping With Motorcycle Safety                broken femur, six broken broke ribs, and
                            And Awareness Month We Are                       a broken and mutilated middle finger on        Why Don’t You Look
                            Bringing You Some True Stories                   her left hand.
                            As Told By Survivors Of Motor-                                                                  I ride every day and into the night. I choose two
                            cycle Accidents.                                 Curtis however was not so fortunate; He
                                                                             landed approx.110 feet from the crash          wheels and leather in spite of your fright.
                                                                             site on his head suffering traumatic brain     My friends do the same as their loved ones
                            Jeff McDougle from Ohio used to ride                                                            ride along. And in our hearts we carry a special
                            an HD Electra Glide Classic but has not          and spinal injuries. Crystal was able to
                                                                             revive him at the scene of the crash.          song.
                            ridden in four years now; he had been                                                           My song may differ from that of my friend. His
                            riding for thirty plus years.                    Although Curtis has not totally recov-
                                                                             ered he is alive, After 11 months he still     song is different, too and it has no end.
                            A brief description of what happened is          suffers with memory loss, forgets where        Our questions to you are not something new.
                            on 5-12-07, Jeff was on his first ride to        he is sometimes, and suffers from high         Why traffic laws are meant for us, but not you.
                            work of the season, and was hit broad-           seizure disorders.                             You don’t want to stop when lights go to red? Is
                            side in an intersection. The woman                                                              that cell phone or ipod plugged into your head?
                            driving did not see him coming, she left a A Lawsuit is still pending investigations            You don’t want to yield after filling your tank; do
                            stop sign and hit him, and Jeff said it was on the drunk driver, Crystal said; I never          you think the bike nearing you is some kind of
                                                                         knew one ride would change my life this
                            over before he could blink.                                                                     prank?
                                                                         much. And, the lives of my 3 beautiful
                                                                         daughters, who don’t understand what               Why don’t you look when you make a left turn?
                            The damage done was, Jeff had five                                                              What’s wrong with you? Will you ever learn?
                            fractures in his neck, shoulder, and ankle has happened we are closer now as a                  Oh, I think now, maybe I see. It’s only a biker or
                            he also sustained numerous cuts to his       family than ever before.
                                                                                                                            maybe two or three.
                            head.                                                                                           “Who do they think they are?“ you may say.
                                                                         I now know what it means to “Live Like
                                                                                                                            “Why should I wait? They’re in my way.”
                            He went through six months of rehabilita- You Were Dying” As for Curtis, I will see
                            tion, worked for two months, and is now him through this till the very end. Crystals            “They probably don’t bleed or hurt when they
                            currently off again having trouble with      final note, one ride can change your life,         crash.” “Maybe a scrape or possibly road rash.”
                            both feet. Five weeks after surgery to       please be aware of night time dangers,             Who knew we were riding on a benefit run, to
                            repair his left foot Staph infections set in drunk drivers are always out there, be             help a dear friend before the day was done?
                            and almost cost that foot.                   alert, arrive unhurt.                              We do it quite often. Raise money for others.
                                                                                                                            Like Bikers for Babies and their fathers and
                            His right foot is up for work next, Jeff still   The last incident involves a person from       mothers.
                            has numbness in his fingers and suffers          Arizona, he goes by the name of Bucka-
                                                                             roo and He is a member of the Sober            The donations we make come from our pockets
                            from lots of aches that come and go.                                                            and purses. We help pay for hospital stays and
                            Jeff said: I need to get back to the life I      Riders MC Casa Grande Crew. Bucka-
                                                                             roo was involved in an accident while re-      doctors and nurses.
                            had, but I thank God for the chance to                                                          You can’t buy a coat for your child for the
                            have what I’ve got. My family and a few          turning from a trip he had taken to Utah,
                                                                             an impatient driver hit him head-on.           winter? Look around for the bikers with warm
                            miracles keep me on track.                                                                      coats as we enter.
                            Unsure if he’ll ride again Jeff added            A brief description of what happened, a        We don’t ask for much from you who don’t ride.
                            that it happens so fast, and it changes so       driver was tired of following a long line of   Why don’t you look at our faces? Don’t look to
                            much. Be aware of all you see, and see           cars on a two-lane highway. The motor-         the side.
                            more than you’re aware of. Be safe, be           ist moved into the oncoming traffic lane       Do you look at the families left behind, when
                            aware, and arrive alive.                         to pass the line of cars, while rounding       you don’t look before the yield sign?
                                                                             a curve in a no passing zone the vehicle       Do you know there are kids at home both young
                            The next story is that of Crystal and            slammed head-on into his motorcycle.           and old, who will need someone to love and
                            Curtis Shelton from Athens’ Tennessee,                                                          comfort and hold?
                            Crystal was a passenger and it was her           Buckaroo lost his left arm and leg as a
                                                                             result of the crash and endured sev-           Who is there to hug those babies? Will it be
                            first time on a bike, this is a brief account                                                   you or me or the DHS ladies?
                            of what transpired that day                      eral surgeries before returning home to
                                                                             Arizona.                                       Why don’t you look when the signals change?
                                                                                                                            Do you think bikers feel no pain?
                            While riding one early morning in July                                                          See who we are. No “Thanks” is required.
                            2007, heading to the mountains on the            At the beginning of this writing you will
                            back of her husband’s newly purchased            have noticed I called them accidents,          When we come to your aide when you’re just
                            motorcycle. On a dark straight stretch           that is not really true none of were really    too tired.
                            of road three miles from her home, an            accidents. Every single one of them            You see, we have jobs, Maybe you’ve seen us
                            intoxicated man decided he no longer             could have been avoided, in all reality        around. When your drain is stopped up or your
                            wanted to wait on the approaching cycle.         they were the fault of the other driver;       tree has blown down.
                                                                             they were Right of Way Violations.             When your electricity was out or fire ran through
                            Crystal said, suddenly he pulled out from                                                       your house. We came in to help you and left as
                                                                             One thing you may have or may not
                            a side road. I thought” Dear God No”.
                                                                             have noticed was, in one incident both         quiet as a mouse.
                            Within seconds the vehicles collided                                                            When someone stole your tools and you didn’t
                            as my husband and I were slamming                riders were wearing helmets that flew
                                                                             off upon impact. That says some thing          know what to do maybe some of us showed up
                            into the front driver’s side of his car at                                                      and tried to help you.
                            50mph.                                           for the helmet issue now doesn’t it. The
                                                                             point being is we do not need safer            We need to wear leather and helmets because
                                                                             crashing we need for all automobile            Drivers of cars sometimes don’t obey the laws.
                            Curtis and Crystal went airborne, even
                                                                             drivers to pay attention, think and to look    Why don’t you look? Look into our faces. You
                            though both of them were wearing hel-
                            mets; the helmets were thrown off upon           out for motorcycles and to stop running        may see a friend on a bike, of all places.
                            the impact with the car. Crystal received        in to us.
                            three broken bones in her ankle; a                                                              Jennifer S. Thomas, July 17, 2007
                                                                             Tom Corr
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