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					                         MARNE RIDERS
                                                                          EDITOR: DENNIS NOES
VOL 1, ISSUE 2                .HTM

 MARNE RIDER             From the Editor:
          ERS            I hope you enjoy the new format of the “Marne Riders Courier”
Interim Director
                         and the contents of the newsletter which contains contributions
Dennis Noes              from fellow Marne Riders, articles of interests from various
                         sources. I’m experimenting with different publishing tools until
Asst Director:
                         I find one that is easy to work with, so for right now, I’ll use
                         what is free…if you can call something from Microsoft free. But,
Secretary: Open          if you know of a good publishing too, please let me know.
Treasurer: Open
                         The benefit of having the Marne Riders newsletter sent via a
Membership:              PDF file is that we will not be limited to the amount of pages
Open Committee           and pictures due to weight in order to keep postage mailing
Chairs: Midwest:
Gerald Parham            costs down. If you prefer Word.doc format, please let me
New England: Open        know, but the standard send of the newsletter will be in Adobe
Mid-Atlantic: D. Noes
Southwest: Open          PDF.
Northwest: Open

                         I am looking at inclusion of other articles of interests like a
Audie Noes               members profile, member bike trips highlights, and etc. So, if
                         you would like to contribute, please write an article, include
Safety Officer:
                         pictures and send to me for inclusion in the next news letter.
                         Remember, it is your newsletter and the content depends on
Med Officer: Open        what you would like to see.
Editor: Dennis
Noes                     I am looking for to putting the newsletter out bi-monthly in line
                         with the distribution of the Societies “Watch on the Rhine”
Webmaster:               newsletter. I hope you enjoy it and please feel to pass it onto
Interim Rich Heller-
Society Web Master       on to fellow Marne men and women who are motorcycle
11649 Buckhead Trl
Bryceville, FL., 30029   Ride Safe and ROTM!
                         Dennis Noes

                     From the Directors Ride:

                     Hello fellow Marne Riders, I hope your riding season has been exciting
MARNE RIDERS         fun, adventurous, and safe. As we ride through this summer, I want to
    EVENT            stress the importance of safety at all times. Being a motorcyclist rider
  CALENDAR           has it rewards, but also its dangers, so I would like to remind everyone
These are events
where you will see   that as you ride, remember to use what you have learned from your MSF
Marne Rider          training. Especially the use of SIPDE which stands for

7-9 Sept -           Scan – scan 12 seconds in front of you and thing what you will do if that
Society Annual       car on the right pulls out in front you.
Meeting,             Identify - identify those items, issues, weather, or targets, that could
Nashville, Tn.
                     cause you a concern or problem in course.
More information
at information       Predict – Now, that you identified those concerns or problems, it is time       to predict how they could impact you. Hopefully they won't impact you,
                     but how they could impact your ride.
16 Sept - Annual     Decide - You have Scanned, Identified a concern or problem now it is
Tri-Community        time to Decide what to do. Immediate impact may have you changing
                     course NOW.
Freedom Ride -
Georgia:             Execute. - You have Scanned for a concern, Identified the concern or
presented by the     problem, Predicted how it will impact your flight, Decided what to do - It
Ft. Benning          is time now to Execute that decision and do it.
Sergeant Majors      SIDPE is used not only by motorcyclists, but pilots, professional truckers,
Assn to recognize    law enforcements, and if you have forgotten in basic infantry tactics.
our nations
POW/MIA. Ride,       At Ft. Stewart, FT. Benning, and other military installations, safety
Pin, T-Shirt,
                     programs have been kicked off for the summer with a strong emphasis
Ranger Demo,
Silver Wings         on Motorcycle Safety. Since April 1, 16 Soldiers have died in
Parachute Team,      motorcycle accidents. A total of 10 of those troops were not
Food. Booths and     wearing helmets and PPE. Eight of those killed were NCOs. Several
more. For more       of those Soldiers were on motorcycles for the first time and had not
info, ph.            completed the motorcycle safety course. Four were not even
706.575.6318 or      properly licensed to operate a motorcycle. It is really sad to have a
jan.c.stegman@u      soldier, who has safety stressed to them on a daily basis, spend a year           in a combat zone and come home to lose their life in a senseless
                     motorcycle accident because they failed to learn how to properly ride a
Oct 4 -8: Myrtle     motorcycle, or receive a motorcycle endorsement on their license or if
Beach Fall Rally-
                     the solder was licensed and MSF trained failed to implement the safety
South Carolina:
www.myetlebeach      training and proper attire to wear.
                      To ensure that we do not lose any more soldiers in motorcycle
5-8 Oct: Hog         accidents, the Army's Combat Readiness Center and Installation Safety
Rocktoberfest –      Offices are working to raise motorcycle safety awareness for Soldiers. If
Illinois             a Soldier wants to operate a motorcycle on an Army installation he or      she is required to complete the approved Beginners Riders Course and

19-22 Oct:               keep the card in possession at all times. They must also have a valid
Biketoberfest,           state drivers license with an unrestricted motorcycle endorsement;
Daytona Beach,           register the motorcycle with the installation (decals placed on the
Florida                  windshield), and wear proper protective equipment and reflective
                         clothing, including DOT approved helmets.
                         The Motorcycle Safety Course (MSF) is available to solders at no costs
                         at Ft. Stewart and is strongly encouraged to all soldiers to take if they
                         are considering a motorcycle purchase or currently licensed to ride. We
Marne Riders -           all know the term “You lead by Example” and this is being demonstrated
http://www.warfoto.c     by the new 3ID Division Commanding General, MG Rick Lynch, a fellow
                         motorcycle enthusiasts. MG Lynch recently completed the MSF
                         Motorcycle course at Ft Stewart on his Harley Davison Heritage. MG
Society of the Third     Lynch stated ion the recent issue of the Ft Stewart newspaper the
Infantry Division –     Frontline; "I've ridden motorcycles for many years," Lynch said. "You're
                         never too old to learn or try new experiences based on good training.
The Third Infantry       Right now I'm in the middle of an experienced riders coursed hosted by
Division –
http://www.stewart.a     the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, and I find it to be a fascinating course   that allows me to mature my own skills." Well said sir and thank you for
                         being an example to the new and future Marne motorcyclists out there.
Rolling Thunder -
http://rollingthunder1   The Combat Readiness Center is currently going through the testing
                         phases of the Motorcycle Mentorship Program. The program will
Patriot Guard            positively impact communities in two ways. It will enhance safety by
Riders -                 pairing inexperienced riders with experienced riders and augment
                         community unity by endorsing the creation of motorcycle clubs. It is this
                         mentorship program that the Marne Riders hope to help fellow Marne. A
 AMA -                   Marne Rider Club is currently being formed at Ft. Stewart (read
                         membership article below) and a presentation of the Marne Riders was
                         recently made to the commanders of 3rd Brigade at Ft. Benning. IT is our
V-Twin Forum -           goal that the Marne Riders can be one of those mentorship clubs for our
                         fellow Marne motorcycle riders.

Motorcycle Roads -       In closing, I wan to encourage to all Marne Rider that if you have not
http://www.motorcycl     recently taken a MSF course, that you consider taking an MSF course
                         offered in your area. I took my first motorcycle course as an Air Force
Official Daytona         brat in order to get the base decal to ride on base and 25 years later; I
Bike Week -
http://www.daytonac      took the basic and then the advance MSF course. The difference               between what was taught 25 years go and today is dramatic. So like MG
                         Lynch said, you can always teach old dogs new tricks. Also, if you ride
Official Laconia
Bike Week -              two-up, consider having your riding partner take the course. They may
http://www.laconiamc     never get their motorcycle endorsement, but they will be become a
                         better rider by understanding the methodology of riding a motorcycle.
Official Sturgis
Rally -                  So please consider signing up for a course near you; you just might be
                         amazed at how much you have forgotten or did not know when it comes
                         to riding a motorcycle these days.
Official Myrtlebeach     Ride Safe and ROTM!
Bike Week -
http://www.myrtlebea          Dennis

Official Thunder        Membership Report:
Beach Rally -
http://thunderbeachp         Summer is a time for the crops to grow and so it is for the Marne Riders
                        Motorcycle Club. Though we are just a few months old we are growing
Motorcycle Rally        nationally and locally at Ft. Stewart – Home of the Third Infantry Division.
Event Link -
http://www.lightningc     A new Marne Riders Outpost Club within the Societies active duty
leevents.html           Outpost: the Marne Association is in the process of being formed by
                        fellow Marne Rider, Chris Byler and a few other active duties Marnemen
The American
Legion -                from Ft. Stewart. My last conversation with Chris was that they are   completing the by-laws and will tentatively twenty-five (25) charter
                        members. With over 1000 motorcycle registered on Ft. Stewart, there is
The Veterans of
Foreign Wars -          potential for a rather large contingency of fellow Marne Riders in Marne      land. In addition to Ft. Stewart, we have received inquiries from the
                        Division’s 3Rd Brigade over at Ft. Benning. I will provide you sitreps on
Look Twice
Motorcycles are         the achievement of that objective.
Everywhere -
                        We are still in need of a Membership director for the National Marne
eMotorcyclesAreEvery    Riders, so if you are interested in working with membership at the
where                   national level, please let me know. I know, we all learned from our days
Iron Butt Assn –
                        in the Army to never volunteer, but this is a good thing. However, even
http://www.ironbutt.c   though we do not have a National membership director yet, we do have
om/about/default.cfm    a member of the National Membership Committee: Gerald Parham of
                        Chicago and Outpost #7. Gerald has worn the Marne Rider colors to a
                        few events with Society and Marne Rider membership fliers in a
                        saddlebag. Good job Gerald and thanks for helping out there in the
                        Midwest. If you would like to represent your area and be a member of
                        the membership committee, please submit you requests to me.

                        However, despite the lack of a membership Committee and the
                        assistance of you and the website, let me introduce you to a few new
                        Marne Rider members:

                               Wayne and Annette Lutz of Glenside, PA. Wayne is a veteran of
                               HHC 3rd Brigade, 3rd ID and currently rides a 05 HD Sportster. He
                               is MSF trained and a member of his local HOG Chapter,
                               American Legion, Patriot Guard, and the Cold War Veterans
                               James and Kristine “Kris” Rickard of Williamsport, MD. James
                               is a veteran of the 3rd MP Company, Heavy Metal Plt and
                               currently rides a 05 Yamaha Roadstar Midnight. Wayne is MSF
                               trained a member of American Legion, Post #202, and Abate of

                        I like to welcome our new members to the Marne Riders and wish them
                        great roads and safe rides.

Treasurers Report:

Our Marne Riders Club account was opened with Wachovia Bank and is
currently under the name of Dennis Noes, C/o the Marne Riders
Motorcycle Club. Due to the Patriots act, in order for the Club Account to
be opened under the Marne Riders Motorcycle Club with designates
signatures, two things has to be performed:
   1. A Business ID has to be acquired from the IRS; which was done
   2. A fictitious name check and approval at a cost of $50.00 has to be
       submitted to the State of Florida- which has been done. One the
       fictitious name approval is received; we can change the Marne
       Riders account over to t a 2 signature account with checks then
       enabled to made directly to the Marne Riders Motorcycle Club.

With incoming of Marne Rider membership dues, the sale of patches,
and the outgoing of Society membership dues, our treasury account
balance is $199.00. Not bad, but not good considering we need to make
the make the first installment of $425.00 of an $850.00 loan from the
Society for startup costs on the acquisition of the Marne Rider Patches.
We still have another month until the installment payment is due and I
have confidence that we will make the loan on time. Our 2nd and last
installment of $425.00 will be in April 07.

Our Marne Riders Treasurers position is till open, so if you are
interested, please let the director know.

Quartermaster Report:

The design of the Marne Rider Patches has received many laudatory
comments and sales have been steady. With the start-up loan from the
society, we were able to purchase 50 ea. 9” patches and 100 3.5”
patches. Our current Marne Rider patch and sales is as follows:

9” Marne Rider Patches = 50 ea
                  Sold = 8 ea.
             Reserved = 20 ea. (Reserved for the Ft. Stewart Marne Riders)
               Balance = 22 ea.

3.5” Marne Rider Patches = 100 ea
                    Sold = 12 ea.
               Reserved = 20 ea.(Reserved for the Ft. Stewart Marne Riders)
                 Balance = 68 ea.

When the patch balance gets low and funds are available, more patches
will be ordered. If a big enough amount is required, we will take advance
orders. Once ordered, they will arrive within 3 weeks.

Club T-shirt, Sweatshirts, Hats, and an assorted amount of other Marne
Riders paraphernalia is available on the Society webpage under the
Marne Riders. Turnaround time on these orders from time ordered to
delivery at your door is 7 – 10 days.

If there is interest in other Quartermaster items, please let he
Quartermaster, Audie Noes @ know and
she will make an inquiry.

Open Director and Officer Positions:

We still have the following Director and Officer Positions open. If you are
interested, please let me know. Dennis

Assistant Director: Open
Secretary: Open:
Treasurer Open:
Membership: Open
Safety Officer: Open
Medical Officer: Open

If you are interested, please let me know. Dennis

Florida All Vets Event Sitrep
Contributed by Marne Rider Dennis Noes, Jacksonville, FL.

In May, the Marne Riders attended the Florida's Vietnam and All
Veterans 9th Annual Rally in Melbourne (see About 20,000
veterans from around the state gathered to view displays, meet with old
buddies, and visited the traveling Vietnam Wall, and many Military
Associations, American Legion, VFW, and Branch recruiter booths. It is
held every May in Melbourne, Florida, so please review the Event
Section for the 2007 dates.

There will be several summer motorcycle and veteran events that The
Marne Riders will be attending, promoting the Club, and the Society
through out the year. The Marne Rider Patch on their vests should draw
inquiries from fellow Marne men and women from past and present.

The Marne Riders patch on the back of Dennis’ vest .

Be sure to review the Events section located on the Marne Webpage.

Ride safe and ROTM!

Patriot Guard Riders, Riding with Respect
Contributed by Marne Rider: Wayne Lutz, Glenside, PA.

 “I see a dozen different clubs represented here by the patches on your
vests. But today, because you are here, you are a single unit. You will
come to attention as a unit when called to attention; you will salute when
called to present arms, all as a unit. Today, because you cared enough
to ride, you are all Patriot Guard Riders.”

So began Ride Captain Richard E. (aka Ripley6) to deliver our orders on
a crisp, clear spring morning in Philadelphia. The procession of
motorcycles roaring into formation around the huge old St. John the
Baptist Catholic Church in Roxborough had seemed as though it
wouldn’t end. But now, for the moment, the engines were quiet and the
riders, from all parts of the Delaware Valley tri-state area, had settled in,
shaking off the road grime and coming together into a nearly cohesive
military unit. All of those riders from all of those clubs, the Vietnam Vets
M.C., the Leathernecks M.C., various chapters of the HOGs, even one
Marne Rider; they were all there for the same reason. They were there
to honor a fallen patriot. They were there to safeguard the peace and
dignity of the family of an American Hero. They were there because an
American serviceman had fallen in battle in Iraq. Despite their varied
backgrounds, they shared a common goal: they each had sworn that
never again would an American Serviceman, a patriot, be treated by his
or her own countrymen they way that many of these grizzled riders had
been treated back in the Vietnam era. “Riding with Respect” is the
Patriot Guard Riders motto, and as stated on their website, “It’s not just
words; it’s an attitude.”

At the invitation of the family, the Patriot Guard Riders, now almost 40
thousand strong nationwide, provide an unofficial honor guard at military
funerals. The organization was formed in response to protest groups that
had been disrupting the funerals of fallen service men and women with
shouts and signs of hateful invective, causing untold pain to the already
grieving families. The Patriot Guard Riders position themselves between
the protestors and the families, using their bodies and their American
flags to block the protestors from view, and sometimes the sound of their
motorcycle engines to drown out their shrill vitriol.

But the Patriot Guard Riders are not a protest group, nor are they a
counter-protest group. In fact, the PGR mission statement expressly
forbids any direct interaction between riders and protestors. They strive
to do nothing that would disrupt the dignity of the funeral. Patriot Guard
riders are instructed to not so much as acknowledge the presence of any
protestors. Rather, they bring honor and respect to a solemn event,
whereas the others would bring only shame.

PA State Captain Richard E. (Ripley6) (far left) and Ride Captain Jeremy (Airborne) Clark (second
from left) give orders for the mission ahead.

For all of that, the presence of these protestors is becoming an
increasingly rare occurrence. Many states have now passed laws
restricting protestors to good long distances from private funerals, and
when they do appear, they are often vastly outnumbered by patriots. It’s
enough to drive any anti-American miscreant underground.

And yet the Patriot Guard Riders continue to grow at an amazing rate.
They have stood watch over the funerals of fallen soldiers, airmen,
sailors and marines. They have escorted servicemen leaving for battle,
and formed welcome home parades for heroes returning from the field of

The PGR attend services for American heroes whose own missions
were accomplished years ago, when the remains of lost soldiers are at
long last identified and brought home from Korea, Vietnam, and other
foreign shores. They also attend the funerals, when asked, of American
veterans of all branches and eras when final rest is attained after long

Philadelphia Police prepare to ride lead formation on the funeral
procession of Marine Lance Cpl. Adam Conboy

The mission today was to guard the funeral of Marine Lcpl Adam C.
Conboy, 22 years young, killed in Iraq. The parents had called on us,
and in addition to surrounding the looming stone church with our flags,
we were to form a motorcade and lead the procession up and down
through the congested city streets that were Conboy’s stomping grounds
growing up. The flag-draped coffin was loaded onto a horse-drawn
caisson, and, led by 30 of Philadelphia’s Finest on police motorcycles
and several support vehicles, we formed a rumbling parade a half-mile
long that drew hundreds of out of homes and businesses to watch. Every
intersection was closed by a uniformed policeman, each one of which
snapped to attention and saluted when the casket and the colors passed
by. The sight and sound of this procession would leave no doubt in the
mind of any witness that here passed a true American hero, worthy of
our honor and respect.

Patriot Guard Riders stand watch around St. John the Baptist Church on the funeral of Marine
Lance Cpl. Adam Conboy in the Roxborough section of Philadlephia.

Respect, honor and dignity are the mission, and the Patriot Guard Riders
(PGR) more than most, understand the true nature of that mission. I
have seen PGR ride 300 miles and back again in cold weather, all for
the honor of standing at attention holding an American flag, sometimes
for hours. To a man, those PRG will tell you that the honor is theirs, to be
allowed to do what they do, for no better reason than that it is the right
thing to do. A large portion of the PRG are Vietnam era vets, not by
design, but by virtue of timing and demographics. Perhaps more so than
any other generation of fighting men, those veterans understand what it
means to be treated with respect in return for the sacrifices that soldiers
and their families make. To offer honor and respect in return for those
sacrifices, often the ultimate sacrifice is the smallest thing an American
citizen can do, and WWII, Vietnam and Korean War veterans know this

The list of groups and clubs that ride with the PRG is long. Now, added
to that list is the Marne Riders M.C., and it is indeed with pride and honor
that I am allowed to represent the Marne Riders and the Society of the
3rd Infantry Division on each mission I attend.

Rock of the Marne! Mission Accomplished.

HOG ROCK Rally in Illinois
Contributed by Marne Rider Gerald Parham, Chicago, lLL

For my first long distance road trip since the early 70's, the weather was
spectacular for the ride down with 75 degrees and bright sun shine. A
group of 6 bikes road down with support truck in the rear for the 350 mile

Once we were at our destination, the temps for Friday and Saturday
hovered around 93 degrees with 97% humidity. Just a tad HOT and

Jerry Parham’s 05 Road Glide at the Hog Rock Rally

Hog Rock is located on a 115 acre farm on the bank of the Ohio River
and right next to Shawnee National Forest which is some 600,000 +
acres. Talking with alot of people down there that have been to Sturgis
Rally and they say that this one is so much better. Well organized and
plenty of facilities (showers, toilets, vendors etc. The security is
excellent to. In the 10 years they have been running this rally no
trouble. Riding in to the rally is a blast. Bikes coming in from all
directions. Anyone that might be interested in coming next year should
visit the web They have a fall rally coming up
called Rocktober fest, the info for that is on the web site.

 For those that want to do some riding while they are there. The area has
fantastic scenery and lots of good winding, hilly roads. We visited a
couple parks on Saturday, Giant City and Dixon State Parks. Both are
worth the visit. Giant City has a great old stone lodge with a good

I would recommend this rally to any biker. Now, as good as the rally was,
the weather on the ride back was not as good with grey overcast and
temps at around 50 degrees with on and off rain.


How I Got Hooked On Motorcycling
Contributed by Marne Rider Tom Florkowski, Buffalo NY

  Well, strange as it may seem, I used to be afraid to ride a motorcycle.
As a matter of fact, when my brother came back from Korea in 1967 he
had an old 1957 Harley Pan Head.
  Every time he would ask me to get on the back and ride with him I
turned him down, and was kind of scared to ride one. But, how that all
  Enter Uncle Sam, seems he had more pull then General Motors and I
entered the Army in 1969. After receiving my MOS as Teletype
Operator, I received orders to go over seas and ended up with the 3rd
I.D. in Wurzburg, Germany. Meeting a cross section of different people,
seems in my Company, we had fellows who did ride back in the States
and just so happen there was a Canadian PX and guess what, they sold
British Bikes duty free. Next thing you know we have Triumph and
Norton motorcycles in our line bays. They took good advantage of it for
they got them duty free.
  Still did not ride with any members that summer. But, fall arrives and
Division Football teams are playing each other and I can still remember it
was a Sunday and I was sitting in the barracks when Sgt. Birtchill comes
in the room and says: “Tom…would like to get out of the room on this
nice day and see the game?” Well, I say, hell yea, and was happy to be
able to get out of the room and enjoy the game. So, to my surprise he
did not have his car, but his Triumph Bonneville 650cc bike. I said I
thought we where taking his car and he says no way on such a nice day.
So, the bottom line was, either I get on the bike or stay in the barracks
on a nice sunny fall Sunday. So much for a choice. Got on it and btw-no
helmets then. He even yelled at me for leaning the wrong way into turns,
for I was new at this.
   Well, once we got on the open road and on the Autobahn I was sold. I
loved the ride going there and coming back and Sgt Birtchill had it wide
open with no speed limit. I learned my first lesson. We where going so
fast, and not knowing any better, this big old bee was in front of us, and
not being smart enough, smacked me between the eyes, lol. We got
back and all I could say is I got to get one of these!
   Back home and in 1971 I started with riding with my first bike. It was a
starter and a 350cc Honda. Got used to that and moved on to a 750cc
Honda. Then the Harley bug hit me. Me and a buddy went to Buffalo
Harley Davidson and in 1973, I got my first Harley, a XLH Sportster.
Learned another lesson. Even though we both dump some large
amounts of cash for our bikes, I quizzed the dealer about Harley Wings
to pin on my jacket. Response, if you want charity, go to a church, I am
in the Motorcycle business not religion. lol. Then in 1985 a purchased
my 1985 Low Rider, 1230cc or 80 cubic inches which know has a stage
3 screaming eagle kit on it and pushing 86 horsepower. It looks as new
as the day I bought it on my birthday, a present to myself.
    I still enjoy riding, and such a nice get away to clear my mind and
look back thinking I can still do the same thing I did in 1971, 35 years
later. Got some Harley Rash along the way, lol, but still love to ride.
Never thought at 57 years of age, that I’d still be riding and guess one of
the OLD TIMERS in the area to know. But, I have to thank the 3rd ID
and Sergeant Birtchill for all the thrills and fun. This is my story and how
it all started for me in motorcycling.

PS. If Sgt Birtchill reads this, email me at



Marne Rider Consumer Toy Report: a new bike toy commonly
referred to as an accessory report contributed by ?????

A new section that I would like to include in the Marne Courier is a the
new bike toy and accessory report that members have purchased and
installed on their bike. We all like to buy new accessories for our bikes
and as fellow Marne Riders, we love to have you give contribute to the
“Marne Rider Consumer Toy Report” on your new purchase. So,
please feel free to do a write-up and submit a picture for the next issue.

Live to Ride; Ride to Eat!

If you want to know where a good BBQ or Home cooking joint is; all you
have to do is ask a biker. Bikers live by the slogan “Live to Ride; Ride to
eat”. And I’m afraid some of us have probably gone a little too far with
that slogan since our days in the Army as I’m sure we would be on the
“fat boy” program. ☺

Now, I’m not sure if you are a fan of the Food Network or an Atlantan
named Alton Brown who has a show called “Good Eats” on the Food
network, but if you aren’t you will be after you watch his current Food
Network special entitled “Feasting on Asphalt”. You see, besides Alton
being a Chef with his own TV show, he is also a motorcyclist. His current
special “Feasting on Asphalt” is about Alton and his team begin their
cross-country venture on the Isle of Palms in South Carolina where he
lays out the rules of the road (avoid the Interstates, No chain
restaurants, etc.) a introduces viewers to his crew and fellow travelers
across a thirty day ride ending in Los Angles.

Alton and his crew are riding the following bikes: Alton, Host - BMW
RT1200; Producer: Tom Monroe riding an 01BMW 1150; Jean Dhein,
Photographer riding a Triumph Triple, and Jared Rolston, MC
Maintenance riding an 01 BMW 1150. Besides the bikes and the food,
they have cameras rigged to the bikes and show some great road rides
across the country.

Now, you ask for anything more then Bikes and Food; OK so you can
ask for more, but we’re talking Bikes, Food, and some great rides – what
a great combination. So, go ahead and set the DVR or VCR and record
all 4 episodes to watch on a cold rainy winter day. They have already
started the episodes but are showing them all through the month, so you
won’t miss any. For more information on “Feasting on Asphalt go to the
following URL: Oh! Ride
safe and good appetite!


10 Ways to Be Safe on a Motorcycle
The following are some excellent tips that as
motorcyclists should always keep in the back of your
mind when riding. Dennis

1.) Assume Drivers Can't See You: Ride assuming that you
and your motorcycle are totally invisible to motorists. That
means you must never assume that drivers can see you. The
odds are, they can't so believe it yourself and always have an
"out" for dangerous traffic situations. Motorcycle Safety
depends on you.
2.) Maintain Safe Spacing: Leave plenty of space in front
and back and to the sides from all other vehicles. Be an island.
Stay away from traffic as much as possible. This gives you
more visibility and more time to react to situations.
3.) Anticipate Trouble: Anticipate trouble situations and
know what to do when you see them. Analyze what vehicles
are doing and try to predict the outcome. Then make sure
you're ready to avoid a bad traffic situation.
4.) Beware of Oncoming Left Turners: Beware of oncoming
motorists turning left in front of you at intersections. This is the
leading cause of death of motorcycle riders. I'm deadly serious
here. I have personally lost many friends to this accident. If
you only remember one tip here, let it be this one. Slow down
before you enter an intersection. Have an escape route
planned. Stay visible. Don't travel too close to cars in front of
you. Position your bike so it can be seen by the left turner. Eye
contact is not enough.
5.) Ride Your Own Ride: Don't try to keep up with your
friends who may be more experienced. Know your personal
limits. Ride your own ride.

6.) Watch Out for Curves: Beware of taking curves that you
can't see around. A parked truck or a patch of sand may be
awaiting you.
7.) Don't Give In to Road Rage: Do not give in to road rage
and try to "get even" with another rider or motorist. If you
follow these tips, most likely you won't fall victim to road rage.
It's better to calm down, slow down, and collect your thoughts
first. Then continue on and enjoy the ride. That's what we're all
out there for in the first place.
8.) Don't allow Tailgating: If someone is tailgating you,
either speed up to open more space or pull over and let them
pass. Life is too short. Remember that a bike can stop faster
than a car so you don't want a truck on your tail when you find
yourself trying to brake to avoid an accident. Also, don't
tailgate the vehicle in front of you. Oncoming drivers can't see
9.) Don't Be Blinded by Sunglare: Beware of riding your
motorcycle into sun glare. All it takes is turning a corner and
finding the sun either directly in your face or passing straight
through your windshield. Some helmets have shields to block
the sun. Face shields help somewhat. But sometimes you just
find yourself blinded by the light. Slow down, pull over, shield
your eyes and look for a way to change direction.
10.) Avoid Riding at Night: Avoid riding at night, especially
late Saturday night and early Sunday when drunken drivers
may be on the road. It goes without saying that you shouldn't
drink and ride. Going bar hopping? Leave the bike at home and
find a designated driver.

Top Ten Reasons Why certain Motorcycle Brand and type
Riders don’t wave back …

Harley Riders Don't Wave Back

10. Afraid it will invalidate warranty.
9. Leather and studs make it too heavy to raise arm.
8. Refuse to wave to anyone whose bike is already paid for.
7. Afraid to let go of handlebars because they might vibrate off.
6. Rushing wind would blow scabs off the new tattoos.
5. Angry because just took out second mortgage to pay luxury tax on
new Harley.
4. Just discovered the fine print in owner's manual and realized H-D is
partially owned by Honda.
3. Can't tell if other riders are waving or just reaching to cover their ears
like everyone else.
2. Remembers the last time a Harley rider waved back, he impaled his
hand on spiked helmet.
1. They're too tired from spending hours polishing all that chrome to lift

their arms.

Top Ten Reasons Why Gold Wing Riders Don't Wave Back

10. Wasn't sure whether other rider was waving or making an obscene
9. Afraid might get frostbite if hand is removed from heated grip.
8. Has arthritis and the past 400 miles have made it difficult to raise arm.
7. Reflection from etched windshield momentarily blinded him.
6. The espresso machine just finished.
5. Was actually asleep when other rider waved.
4. Was in a three-way conference call with stockbroker and accessories
3. Was distracted by odd shaped blip on radar screen.
2. Was simultaneously adjusting the air suspension, seat height,
programmable CD player, seat temperature and satellite navigation
1. Couldn't find the "auto wave back" button on dashboard.

Top 10 Reasons Sport bikers Don't Wave:

10. They have not been riding long enough to know they're supposed to.
9. They're going too fast to have time enough to register the movement
and respond.
8. You weren't wearing bright enough gear.
7. If they stick their arm out going that fast they'll rip it out of the socket.
6. They're too occupied with trying to get rid of their chicken strips.
5. They look way too cool with both hands on the bars or they don't want
to unbalance themselves while standing on the tank.
4. Their skin tight-Kevlar-ballistic-nylon-kangaroo-leather suits prevent
any position other than fetal.
3. Raising an arm allows bugs into the armholes of their tank tops.
2. It's too hard to do one-handed stoppies.
1. They were too busy slipping their flip-flop back on.

Top Ten Reasons Why BMW Riders Don't Wave Back

10. New Aerostich suit too stiff to raise arm.
9. Removing a hand from the bars is considered "bad form."
8. Your bike isn't weird enough looking to justify acknowledgement.
7. Too sore from an 800-mile day on a stock "comfort" seat.
6. Too busy programming the GPS, monitoring radar, listening to ipod,
XM, or talking on the cell phone.
5. He's an Iron Butt rider and you're not!
4. Wires from Gerbings is too short.
3. You're not riding the "right kind" of BMW.
2. You haven't been properly introduced.
1. Afraid it will be misinterpreted as a friendly gesture.

And Finally...

Top Ten reasons Metric Cruiser Riders don't wave back

10. New leather jacket was purchased at the same size as suit jacket.
9. Didn't know that the bike wouldn't fly off the road if left hand was
8. Was looking at the handle bars wondering what accessory could
mount where.
7. Was wildly grasping at some valve under seat. (3.7 gals BAH!)
6. Rider was actually pulling up black socks and pulling down on jeans
trying to close a few air gaps.
5. Rider was too caught up in reciting his mantra 'Left hand clutch' 'Right
hand Gas AND Front brake' 'Left foot Gears' 'Right foot Rear brake' 'And
for Gods sake Both feet down at light'.
4. Waved after you went by. You just thought they didn't wave.
3. Was searching GPS to find local Bike wash.
2. Rider wasn't really waving, was doing wind airfoil test with hand and
1. Rider was involved in trying to get new throttle stop to STOP.

Marne Rider Poll:

This months questions is: What are top two favorite Motorcycle Rags?
Send you submission to Dennis @ Poll results
will be in the next issue of the MARNE RIDER COURIER.

Next Issue of the MARNE RIDER COURIER will be the Sept – Oct issue
and mailed out in Oct. Deadline for article submissions is Sept 30.

Some articles for the next MARNE RIDER COURIER will include

   •   Dennis’ backroad adventure from Jacksonville, Florida to
       Nashville on the backroads of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee
       for the Society Annual Meeting.

   •   Consumer Test: The TomTom Rider GPS

   •   Write-ups on the October Bike festivals from Marne members
       around the country.

   •   And what ever you want to contribute or include in the next issue.

   •   Your article contribution!

Until then, Have a great riding season; pass the Marne Ride Courier
around to your friends, and submit an article for the next edition.

                  Ride Safe and ROCK OF THE MARNE!


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