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Freedom Rider
August 2006

DFW honda Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club
Volume 4 Number 12
www.dfwfreedomriders.org
HRCA Chapter #364

PReSiDeNT’S CoRNeR
Mea culpa! I claim 100% of the credit for this month’s newsletter being late. I was sitting on a much delayed airplane on August 2nd when it suddenly hit me that it was August already and I hadn’t submitted the President’s Corner. I do have an excuse, of sorts. I don’t know about you, but I have found that life has been getting increasingly frantic; what with the demands of work, family, church, school (for some) and extracurricular activities like the club. I usually handle the stress this can produce by riding. That is the best way I know to clear my mind; doing something I love that requires total concentration and, at least for a while, releases all those other thoughts of things I need to worry about. It has been so hot of late that I haven’t been getting my minimum weekly requirement of quality riding time so that is my excuse for forgetting this column’s deadline. As they say, any excuse is better than none, but this strikes me as one most motorcyclists should be able to relate to. It is time to turn over the baton of club leadership to someone else. Before I do that, I want to thank a few people. First, I would like to thank the other officers, Kevin Vardaman, Mike Brown, and Dan McDonald and their wives for their help in making the club run smoothly. And I do mean the wives, including mine, for all the things they put up with from us and our motorcycling madness. I want to thank all the people who led and tailed-gunned rides. You are the folks who help make our rides fun and safe. I also want to thank all those who planned special event rides. Although it is not terribly difficult to plan a weekend ride, it does take a lot of work and advanced planning to make it come off well. All of you need to thank our two premiere weekend ride planners, Dan McDonald and Steve Wedgeworth. Finally, I want to thank all of you for permitting me to lead the club this year. It was an honor, and I really appreciate your support and friendship. I also am looking forward to turning the club over to new leadership so we can get an injection of fresh ideas and continue to be an enjoyable club that continues to grow. BTW, for those of you who are BBQ connoisseurs, the Hard Eight BBQ has FINALLY broken ground in Coppell for their new location. We will soon be able to get that mouth watering ‘que without having to go all the way to Stephenville. Ride safe!

MeeTiNG MiNuTeS

by Dan McDonald President Ken Frazer called the June meeting to order and welcomed the 32 members and guests Jim Cole, Ryan Stokes, and Gary Yates. Ken talked about the Honda Hoot and said there were 17,000 in attenContinued on Page 2

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2 MSF Rider Courses Club Officer & Staff Contacts DFW Honda new e-Club Sonic Bike Nights Safety - Priority #1 This Month's Birthdays For Sale or Trade Upcoming Events Thought for the Month 2006 Rally Schedule New Member This Month’s Calendar

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Thursday August 17, 7:00 pm at Spring creek Barbecue 315 Highway 114 West @ Main, Grapevine

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The New Freedom Rider is a monthly publication of DFW Honda Freedom Riders Motorcycle Club. It is distributed on or about the 1st of each month, depending on the editor’s mood and whether the riding weather is good. Deadline for articles or ads is absolutely, positively prior to publication. Distribution is by internet, or copies can be picked up at DFW Honda. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the article’s author, who is solely responsible for its content.

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dance. Knoxville, TN has agreed to host it through 2009. He also brought back several tidbits of information that may or may not be useful: Choppers and Deal's Gap don't mix. When the temperature is in the upper 90's, going faster doesn't help. Deer do the darndest things. Armadillos in Tennessee do the same as in Texas, they lay on the side of the road with their feet in the air. Rides with 500 or more participants may not be the most fun. Some times it rains so hard you just have to stop. America's highways and byways are ALL under construction. There are worse drivers than those in Dallas. Strange things are found in tires; Dunlop checked 450 bikes at the Hoot and found 23 had punctured tires and one even had an allen wrench in the sidewall. Owner wondered where the wrench had gone. A motion was made by Bob Sympson to reimburse Dan McDonald in the amount of $195 for web

site expenses. This includes one year of web hosting at $10 per month and $75 for a three year Domain Name renewal. The motion was seconded and approved by a majority of voting members present. Ken announced that the HRCA director, Charlie Keller, is leaving HRCA for other Honda ventures and will be replaced by Steve Holmes. Several upcoming events were announced, including; Aug 19 - Youth World Rally, Aug 20 - Ride for Dime Rally, Sep 1 - Thunder over Texas Rally in Granbury, Sep 23 - American Airlines Toy Ride, Sep 9 - Bikers and Badges against Child Abuse. Treasurer Mike Brown presented the club financial report. After all new income and expenses, we have a balance of $1,345.77. Mike also conducted a 50/50 drawing with Jim Cole, Dan McDonald and Ryan Stokes winning. All of those who purchased 50/50 tickets were also included in an additional drawing for FREE Oil Changes, courtesy of DFW Honda. Those winning oil changes were; Scott Kendall, Bob Nolden, Toby Burgess, Larry Harmon, and David Stokes. The meeting was adjourned and everyone stayed around and socialized for a while afterwards.

Motorcycle Safety Foundation Courses
HRCA ($39.95/year) reimburses up to $75 of the cost of a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) course each year for HRCA members. Reimbursement forms can be picked up at DFW Honda.
Available courses by City

Arlington - Texas R.I.D.E.R (817) 246-4016 - Harold Patterson Sports Center - www.texasrider.com Burleson - A+ rider Course 1-800410-4549 Burleson High School, 100 NW John Jones Rd - www. aplusrider.com Carrollton - Rider Course Center (972) 317-6322 or 1-888-317-6322 - Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Stadium Flower Mound - Motorcycle Safety Instruction - (972) 247-5011 - Marcus High School, 5707 Morriss Rd. Discount offered to DFW Freedom Riders. weridesafe.com Fort Worth - Moto-Ed (817) 2396686 - American Ironhorse Motorcycle Company, 4600 Blue Mound Rd. www.moto-ed.com Irving - Brookhaven College (972) 860-4715 or Texas R.I.D.E.R. (817) 246-4016 - American Honda Training Center, 4529 Royal Lane, Irving - www.texasrider.com Lancaster - A+ rider Course 1800-410-4549 - Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, Tx. - www. aplusrider.com Southlake - Motorcycle Safety Instruction - (972) 247-5011 Dragon Stadium, 1085 S. Kimball Ave. Discount offered to DFW Freedom Riders. weridesafe.com

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Sonic Bike Night
Don't forget that the third Friday evening of every month is our Sonic Bike Night at the Sonic Drive-In on Northwest Highway at Main Street in Grapevine starting at 7:00pm. Pictured is last month's bike judging winner, Ralph Tucker on his amazing Boss Hoss V-8!

SAFeTy PRioRiTy #1
The Faster You Go The less you weigh
© James R. Davis Master Strategy Group - used with permission

Honest! If you were to measure how much your motorcycle (and you) weigh at a dead stop and then while you are moving at, say, 80+ MPH, there would be a meaningful difference. This happens because the faster you travel through the air, the stronger the turbulence and, thus, the lift that the relatively low pressure of turbulence creates. Turbulence below the bike is trivial by comparison to that above it. And, if instead of sitting straight up you are leaned forward, your back creates an airfoil that creates even greater lift. If the combined weight of you and the bike, when at a dead stop, is about 800 pounds, then when you are moving at speeds of 80+ MPH that combined weight will be closer to 760 pounds, or less. And the faster you go, the lower that total will be. For comparison purposes, a 1970 Chevelle weighed in at 3820 pounds standing still and was found to weigh 321
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pounds less (8%) at 100 MPH. Your bike will probably not lose more than 6% of its weight at that speed (or at, for example, 80 MPH with a 20 MPH headwind) because it does not have quite the horizontal profile of an automobile. You might think the lift would be evenly distributed fore and aft. Wrong. Far more of the lift is on the front wheel than the rear. And why that's important is that with a lowering of weight on the front end there is a corresponding reduction is traction and, thus, stabilizing force available from trail. Indeed, at very high speeds your motorcycle will feel unresponsive and 'light' in the front end - so much so that you will not trust it (nor should you) to hold onto the ground in your turns. While there is always a net lift caused by airflow with speed, the effect on the rear end of your bike could well be to increase its weight. This, because just like the amount of weight transfer acceleration generates is determined by how high the center of gravity is as compared to the wheelbase, wind resistance creates a downforce in the rear proportional to how high the center of wind resistance is to that wheelbase. [All wind resistance is above the ground while all forward motion forces are at ground level. That automatically creates a torque which tries to lift the front and lower the rear.] Downforce on the rear wheel can be less than, equal to, or greater than the lift generated by turbulence as described above and that is largely determined by how high the center of wind resistance point is relative to the wheelbase. The taller you sit, the more 'baggy' your clothing, the 'wider' you are, the bigger your windscreen, and the faster you move ... the lighter your front end will get, but the more likely the bike's rear end will get heavier rather than lighter. Lest you think this is academic... the reason there are short (seemingly
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useless) windscreens on sportbikes is to diminish the turbulence BEHIND the rider so that there is not so much lift of the bike at speed that control is badly compromised. They are small so that they do not, at the same time, increase downforce from wind resistance that would lighten the front end even more. Tourers take note: your windscreen lightens your front end dramatically! Given enough horsepower and proper gearing your maximum possible speed becomes limited to that which results in insufficient front wheel traction to steer the motorcycle.

You Are Getting Very Sleepy…

©Robert Vaughan Wheels-in-Motion

It’s our two archenemies, fatigue and drowsiness, talking to us again in their usual monotones. They are indeed powerful, but they can be beaten with a little knowledge and planning. Let’s practice the old adage—know your enemy. What are fatigue and drowsiness? Fatigue is a weakness or weariness resulting from physical exertion or prolonged stress. It can be both physical and mental. Drowsiness is a state of lowered consciousness, reduced alertness, and dulled perception. Knowing what they are is only the first part. We also need to know what causes them and how to fight them. They usually occur in prolonged riding because of monotony, tight schedules, heavy traffic, or bad weather. After two to four hours of continuous riding, the central nervous system becomes fatigued, senses become dulled, and perception is lowered. Highway hypnosis can sneak up on you. Highway hypnosis is the drowsiness caused by lack of visual and physical stimulation while riding. Several things contribute to it—straight, unvarying roads, riding alone at night, few riding operations and being surrounded by the monotonous engine sound.
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2 3 5 6 7 7 9 10 11 12 13 13 17 20 23 25 29 Steve Ricker Larry Mundy James Weaver Marti Waldrop Doug Slusher Jorge Varona James Rogers Nanc Christopherson Bob Mann John Evinger Bill Fultz Mike Sexton Keith Goolsbee Kristin Hurt Benny Vaughn Steve Ray Carl Lee

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promise Keepers Thunder Details
August 11-12, 2006 Dallas, TX

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2005 750 Shadow (VTZCOCA) model. The extras added are: CB radio with FM, Engine guards, Windshield, Saddle Bags (leather), Luggage rack (still have back seat which goes where the luggage rack is in case the purchaser wants to replace), Lights have been added, Pegs on engine guards, and Tachometer. Only has 278 miles on it so it is basically a brand new bike. $6,500. Pam Vardaman pam.vardaman @ verizon.com 8/06 2002 Forest River Reflection 38' Motor Home (Belongs to Kevin & Pam Vardaman) W/ 3 Slides, model 380, 330HP, Onan 7.5K QD generator, Allison 6-speed transmission, hydraulic levelers, back-up camera with audio, Trac-Vision S3 automatic satellite, much more. Contact 800-335-6054 or www.mhsrv.com 7/06 2003 HONDA ACE SHADOW 750 VT, 746 original miles, first owner, lots of chrome, driver comfort seat, passenger seat and sissy bar, windshield, air horn, wiring for charger (so that you do not have to remove the seat), wiring for heated gloves, 3 saddlebags, new motorcycle battery and 1st dealer's reccomended tune-up, excellent condition, clear Texas title. Asking $6,200 or best cash offer. Call Jan at 817 988 5174. 7/06 2002 Honda 1800 VTX S Retro - 5200 miles, Black, 3 "Hard Chrome pipes, Pwr. Commander, windshield, sissy bar. Asking $7800. Curtis Freeman 817 481-9594 or Curtis.Freeman3@verizon.net 7/06 2001 Honda Shadow ACE 1100cc (American Classic Edition), mileage: 7589, saddle bags: tourer (hard with locking lids), windshield: tourer. Driven only by a little old lady with MS. Shown at her workplace in Fort Worth, TX 76118 - near Trinity Rd and Handley Ederville Rd. $5,200.00 OBO. Contact Linda Howard, 817-338-5012, sparkyhoward@juno.com. 7/06 To add or remove items for sale or trade, contact the newsletter editor at the e-mail address or phone number listed on Page 2. Items will be removed after two months, unless renewed.

Safety - Priority #1 Continued

How can you fight these enemies? If you’ve had a hard day, physically or mentally, you need plenty of sleep before riding. Don’t plan to start for Big Bend after work. Go home. Sleep. Leave the problems of work behind and get a fresh start in the morning. Plan the trip for no more than two hours of straight road at a stretch. Vary your speed, lane, and lane position. Listen to the radio, or better yet, talk on the CB or to your co-rider. Take rest breaks. They help to raise alertness levels. Riding demands more attention and requires more skills than driving. You need that extra edge--not just when you start your trip, but always. A little planning can keep you sharp and safe for the whole trip.
Date city Event

Price $20 (includes Saturday reserved parking) • Friday, August 11, 2006 (Reserved parking for motorcycles half price!): o 4:00pm – 6:30pm – Bike Night at the American Airlines Center • Saturday, August 12, 2006: Ride with the “Unleashed” custom by Carl Brouhard & KVTT/DFT Trike 6:30am – 7:45am Meet at Full Boar Cycles 700 W Bedford Euless Rd Hurst, TX 76053 Breakfast buffet available at Mustang Sally’s inside Full Boar Cycles Escorted ride to American Airlines Center Parking fee included with PK Thunder Registration Reserved parking for motorcycles Call: 1-800-401-9888 to register, or www.pkthunder.org
Thought for the Month

Wise people don’t judge their value by the number of years in their life, but the amount of life in their years. - Max Lucado

New member
Welcome to our new members for the month; Marc Ben-Meir from Fort Worth. We look forward to many miles of riding with you.

Be TheRe - Do ThAT
ShorT LiST oF UpcomiNG EVENTS

2006 RAlly SCheDule
Jul 3-6 Jul 17-20 Jul 27-29 Aug 7-13 Sep 13-17 Oct 18-22 Oct 19-22 Nashville, TN Hot Springs, AR Marysville, OH Sturgis, SD Ruidoso, NM Hatfield, AR Daytona Beach, FL GWRRA Wing Ding GWTA Gold Rush Honda Homecoming Strugis Bike Week Golden Aspen CMA Colors Rally Biketoberfest

For information
www.gwrra.org/wingding www.gwta.org www.ohio.honda.com www.sturgisrally.net www.motorcyclerally.com/ www.cmausa.org www.biketoberfest.org

Aug 11 - Full Moon Ride Aug 11-12 - Promise Keepers Rally with M/C Ride in Dallas Aug 17 - DFWFR Meeting Aug 18 - Sonic Bike Night Aug 19 - Youth World Rally Sep 1 - Thunder over Texas Rally Sep 9 - Bikers and Badges against Child Abuse - Dallas Sep 9 - Ride of Life Car & Bike Show - UTA Arlington Sep 23 - American Airlines Credit Union Toy Ride
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Monthly Calendar of events Standing Rides
Thursday Dinner run, except 3rd Thursdays. Leaves from DFW Honda in Grapevine at 7:00pm Saturday ride - Saturday Morning. Leaves from DFW Honda at 10:00am from October through May, then from the Grapevine Chevron McDonald’s at 8:00 am from June through September. Full moon rides Friday or Saturday closest to the Full Moon, April through October. Leaves from the Grapevine Chevron at 9:00pm. The Saturday and Thursday rides are opportunities to get together and ride from a common starting point. An officer or group leader is normally present, but if one is not available, then form a group and enjoy the ride. Rides scheduled to leave during times when DFW Honda is open will leave from there. The phone number is metro (817) 421-4663. Unless otherwise noted, other rides leave from the Chevron/McDonalds on the corner of Highway 114 and Main Street in Grapevine. Talk To us on CB Channel 39
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Sonic Bike Nights

Cycle Club of Fort Worth - 2nd Friday 7:00-8:30 pm Hurst Sonic - 1308 Precinct Line Road DFW Honda Freedom Riders - 3rd Friday - 7-9 pm Grapevine Sonic, West of Main on Northwest Hwy GWRRA U-2 - 4th Friday - 7-9 pm Grapevine Sonic, West of Main on Northwest Hwy

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Year calendar - Go to www.dfwfreedomriders.org and click on the Newsletter link. There is a downloadable calendar in pDF form for the remainder of the year. The New Freedom Rider 5 August 2006

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Motorcycle Association Monthly Meetings
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Meeting location

This month’s meeting will be at Spring creek Barbecue


				
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