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Official Publication of the Boss Hoss Riders Association
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in this issue
          Power tour                                       8
                                                                  object in mirror is bigger than it appears.
          Carburetor mike speaks                          11

          BHC gets a face lift and a few new faces        14

          Profile of a rider - Randy Morten               16

          Bh goes hollywood                               23

          Dealer Profile - the legendary Jim Grimes       26

          what makes a Boss hoss Dealer great             34

          Leesburg bikefest                               36

          exploring history - wheeleD power               40

          Flood hits Boss Hoss Corporate offices          44   way bigger.



          upcoming National Rally (reg. forms included)   50
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                                                “Time sure Flies when you’re having fun.”
                                                Story by michael a. levesque            ‘93 I bought a popular V Twin,           in a souped up ‘66 GTO.
                                                                                        and had a blast with a few old and       The essence of having all that power
                                                Greetings, BHRA Members and Boss        new friends that first year. It was      in a car was the thing back then.
                                                Hoss Enthusiasts:                       somewhere around September
                                                                                        when a couple of my buddies saw
                                                It’s almost hard to believe that Boss   this guy at a motorcycle hot spot in
                                                Hoss has been around for 20 years       northeast Ohio. Supposedly this guy
                                                now. As the old saying goes, “Time      was riding a bike with a V8 engine
                                                sure flies when you’re having fun.”     in it. They told me the story about
                                                I’ve known about the Boss Hoss for      riding with this guy and getting their
                                                nearly 16 years now, but it seems       doors blown over and over again.
                                                like just yesterday when I first laid   It was as if they had hearts circling
                                                eyes on a Boss Hoss, But in reality     their heads as they told me the
                                                it was really some time ago. In         story. For some reason they were
                                                                                        really impressed with this guy’s bike.   But seeing the Chevy engine in a
                                                                                        The next spring, my wife and I rode      bike frame just blew my mind. All I
                                                                                        to this hot spot and there it was. I     could do was imagine what it was
                                                                                        think it was a ‘91 or ‘92 model. We      like when you turned up the wick on
                                                                                        parked our bike and looked it over.      a bike like that and how awesome
                                                                                        My wife said it was ugly, and as we      the sound it made would be. From
                                                                                        all know, women                                             there I just started
                                                                                        just don’t see                                              daydreaming
                                                                                        things like men                                             about the power
                                                                                        do.                                                         and the beauty of
                                                                                                                                                    the concept. We
                                                                                        As I looked it                                              found the owner
                                                                                        over, it brought                                            in the bar and I
                                                                                        back all the                                                had to ask him all
                                                                                        memories of                                                 the questions that
                                                                                        my hot rod days                                             I now find to be
                                                                                        when I was                                                  a bit silly. So for
                                                                                        driving around                                              the next year I just
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                                                                                                                                     because I have one of my very
                                                                                                                                     own, but because of the doors of
                                                                                                                                     opportunity that have been opened...
                                                                                                                                     and because of the camaraderie. I’ve
                                                                                                                                     never felt more at home than with
                                                                                                                                     the friends I’ve made, because they
                                                                                                                                     feel more like family. We are tight,
                                                                                                                                     that’s obvious. When someone gets
                                                                                                                                     hurt, sick, or in need of a hand, Boss
                                                                                                                                     Hoss owners will stop what they
                                                                                                                                     are doing and step up to the plate
                                                                                                                                     without hesitation; so it truly is like
                                                dreamed about a Boss Hoss.               those little hearts started circling        being a part of the family. I’m sure as
                                                                                         around my head as the newer bikes           time goes on our family will get even
                                                In October of ‘95 my family and          looked so much better than the              larger, but I’d say it’s pretty big right
                                                some friends went to Florida.            earlier models I’d seen. I started          now, even though it’s only 20 years
                                                Coming out of Universal Studios          researching it some more, and found         old.
                                                at the end of the day, we came           a dealer in Pittsburgh. We took a ride




                                                across a new Boss Hoss. Now the          one day and had a look around, and          Well, that’s pretty much it. All I can
                                                wheels in my head really started to      we fell in love with the bike I’ve been     say is, I wish for Boss Hoss all the
                                                turn, because this one looked so         riding for nearly 11 years now. Test        success the future has in store. And
                                                much better than that first one we       rode it May 1st, drove it home June         five years from now, we can all then
                                                saw. I started showing my friend         24th, the last 25 miles in the pouring      celebrate one quarter century of the
                                                the pictures I took of it and said,      rain. I’ve never regretted it... the rest   Boss Hoss!
                                                someday I’m going to have one of         is history.
                                                these bikes! By that time, it was                                                    Respectfully Yours, Michael A.
                                                obvious that I was truly infected with   As I sit here reminiscing about all         Levesque
                                                the Boss Hoss Bug.                       this history that has been created              AKA “Carburetor Mike“
                                                                                         by Monty’s idea, an idea he put             President Boss Hoss Rider’s
                                                Next, in ‘98, a friend came home         into motion, I’m surely glad to have        Association
                                                from Sturgis with a brochure, and        been a part of it. I’m glad not only

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                                                Chad.   It is, after all, a four letter word.
                                                        Story and photos by Seth chandler

                                                        Since the very early days of Boss
                                                                                                       Several years ago, Chad, Doug
                                                                                                       Zaricor (big man on campus at
                                                                                                       Boss Hoss) and I decided to ride
                                                                                                                                                       So the next time somebody yells
                                                                                                                                                       road trip, be sure to include
                                                                                                                                                       highway 63 in Arkansas and
                                                        Hoss Country Magazine, there                   out to Sturgis together. It was                 highway 2 in Nebraska. And don’t
                                                        has been one constant. And it’s                a combination trip of a lifetime,               forget to call Chad. He’s a blast on
                                                        been that four letter word that                photojournalism advernture, and                 a long motorcycle trip.
                                                        rhymes with Rad... Chad Osborne                advertising photo excursion.
                                                        has always been a Boss Hoss                                                                    Now that we’ve got Chad out of
                                                        enthusiast, and not just because               We loaded our gear into a Sierra                the way, we’re changing the look
                                                        he’s been the executive editor of              Truck trike (multiple still cameras             of the magazine! Please feel free
                                                        BHC for the last several years.                and some pretty hefty video                     to send any positive feedback to
                                                                                                       gear) and headed west. That trip                seth@bosshosscountry.com. For
                                                        I’ve had the pleasure... wait... no...         reminded me of the inspiration                  any negative feedback, feel free
                                                        wrong word... the privilege... nope,           for the ad that you’ll find in this             to visit my new website at www.
                                                        that’s not it... I’ve been stuck with          magazine on pages 4 and 5.                      it’schad’sfault.com. See you at the
                                                        the peckerhead... no, that’s too               Obviously, plenty of motorcycle                 next big rally.
                                                        strong... I’ve been around him for             enthusiasts were making the same




                                                        Doug Zaricor, Chad Osborne and Seth Chandler ride and shoot their way west, traveling from the factory in Dyersburg to Sturgis, South Dakota


                                                        nearly a decade. He works hard                 trek. Very few, however, were
                                                        and plays even harder. Chad and                riding. Most were pulling their
                                                        I have traveled across the country             bikes on trailers. Frankly, that
                                                        on motorcycles trips on a couple               dumbfounds me, but that’s another
                                                        of occasions. You won’t find a guy             story for another issue. The
                                                        that has more fun.                             scenery and the curves were not
                                                        He’s moving to North Carolina                  meant for four-wheeled vehicles or
                                                        for even more adventure, which                 for girly men who need air, a radio
                                                        will leave a big empty spot at the             and/or a cup holder.
                                                        rallies, at BHC and with all the folks
                                                        who’ve had the privilege of working             Seth Chandler, Executive Editor, BHC Magazine
                                                        with him.
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                                                                                                                              with the equivalence of a second       tanking. In Canada the riding             first Boss Hoss in Sturgis in 2002,
                                                                                                                              year apprentice. I was hired by GM     season is so short as it is, and          marveling at the ’63 Corvette and
                                                                                                                              right out of college and worked two    when we hit the recession, nobody         ’57 Chevy trikes, and trying to
                                                                                                                              years to get the remaining hours       was buying anything.”                     decide whether it was completely
                                                                                                                              needed to fulfill my apprenticeship,             Morten was forced to shut       cool or completely crazy—or a
                                                                                                                              then tested and certified as a         down his shop. “I tried, but the          little bit of both.
                                                                                                                              journeyman mechanic, specializing      timing was just bad. I still have a                  At Daytona Bike Week in
                                                                                                                              in tune-up and electrical work on      few projects I’m finishing, but I had     2005, however, they were again
                                                                                                                              Cadillacs and Corvettes.”              to get a real job to pay the bills—       attracted to the Boss Hoss trikes
                                                                                                                                       Morten then moved onward      it’s a tough go.”                         displayed by Stamford Boss Hoss.
                                                                                                                              and upward to a part-time job with               His “real job” now is that                 “Wanda took a liking to one
                                                                                                                              Karbelt Speed & Custom—“where          of a full-time contactor. He and his      of the S-10 trikes,” remembers
                                                                                                                              I learned most about performance       wife, Wanda, have a development           Morten. “She had been riding on




Hi-Performance Professional
Picks Boss Hoss: Randy Morten
          Just ask Randy Morten                    Nighthawk—at age 17, while he        Impala, 1960 Pontiac GTO, and a
 which motorcycle you should                       was attending college and working    1970 Dodge Demon.
 choose, and he’ll tell you in a                   on his diploma in computer                   After college, he worked
 heartbeat: “Get a Hoss!” --and as a               science. Six months later, he        in the computer field until the
 trained expert in the field of high-




                                                     Rider Profile
 performance vehicles, he should
 know.
          He came by his interest
 honestly—and early, in and around
 Calgary, Alberta. “My dad was
 into cars, and it was just one of
 those things I took to. When I was
 13 I could identify the model and                                                                                            parts—and basically used my            business that pays the bills, while       the back of my bike for years, and
 manufacturer of every car on the                                                                                             paycheck to buy parts!” he laughs,     Morten’s heart is still in the projects   I suggested she try out one of her
 road; it just came naturally to me,               bought a Harley Sportster, and       company he worked for went out        “but it was fun.”                      he continues to build on the side, in     own, since it’s an experience you
 and now it’s an addiction! I live and             for the following 30 years, has      of business. “I decided I had to do            About two years ago,          his spare time.                           really don’t understand until you
 breathe this stuff—anything with a                been “pretty much a Harley guy,”     something I was passionate about,     Morten struck out on his own,                   Interestingly, it was Wanda      actually get on a bike and solo.
 motor in it is interesting to me.”                enjoying his series of motorcycles   and I was passionate about cars       opening up a chopper shop in Black     who led Morten through his                Since she was apprehensive about
          Morten got his bike license              while also racing high-performance   and bikes. So I went to school        Diamond. “I had about four or five     conversion from committed Harley          handling the weight of a two-
 and bought his first bike—a Honda                 cars, including a 1968 Chevy         fulltime for a year, and finished     projects to build, and then all of a   rider to Boss Hoss fan:                   wheeler, she tried out the trike and
                                                                                                                              sudden the industry just started                Together, they saw their         loved it.
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         “Although we looked at                 heads and gained fans—including          Randy, Wanda had very definite
 other places, we came back to                  Arizona, where the Mortens have a        ideas concerning the modifications
 Stamford—Deb and the guys were                 home, and where the riding season        she selected: stingray custom
 super nice. We made a deal on                  is a lot longer, Randy laughs.           seat, wheel spinners, 17” custom
 the S-10 before Wanda had even                           A Harley guy “through and      aluminum rims, low profile tire,
 gotten her license.”                           through,” he recalls, it was his         different bars, a four-speaker
                                                dedication to them that gained           stereo system with amplifier
                                                Wanda’s interest.                        so she can play her Ipod, LED
                                                          “She never really liked        underlighting, raked front end,—
                                                motorcycles before we met, but           and a metalflake purple color to
                                                she just kind of got into that culture   match her nail polish.
                                                because that’s what I do, most of        (Creative inspiration comes from
                                                the time—hot rods and bikes.”            many sources, guys! —you won’t
                                                          Cruising through               laugh at the fantastic results!)
                                                Scottsdale, the Mortens discovered               “They did an awesome
                                                Arizona Boss Hoss, and befriended        job painting, and with all the
                                                managers Chris Butler, Kendal            modifications she asked for—
                                                Harris, and owner Frank Cavolo.          including adding her nickname,
                                                          When Wanda was ready           ‘Mustang Sally’ on the trunk lid—it
 After the trike was shipped to                 for a change, she asked Chris            turned out to be a huge headturner.
 Canada, and Wanda qualified for                to modify her creamsicle S-10,           Everybody loves it,” Morten
 her trike license, they lost no time           converting it into a ’57 Chevy.          reports.
 in getting plenty of use out of it.            Drawing on her years of riding
 Everywhere they went, it turned                (and learning) experience with           (continued on pg. 20)

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                                                                                                                               we couldn’t figure out what it was!”     in a big block.”                        It’s Wanda’s daughter Kennedy,
                                                                                                                                         The magic of ‘what it                                                  11, who is totally into bikes and
                                                                                                                               was’ is essentially what attracted                Being a two Boss Hoss          cars. She can identify different
                                                                                                                               Morten: “To me it’s a chop-rod. I’m      family is fun, even if his red          bikes, cars; she goes to the shows
                                                                                                                               a chopper guy and a hot rod guy,         California bike does clash with         with me—she goes to rallies with
                                                                                                                               and I’m getting a combination of         her purple trike. “Everywhere we        us—totally digs the scene. My boys
                                                                                                                               both—especially with the bike I          go, it’s a story to tell. Everybody     could care less.”
                                                                                                                               have, with its big block engine and      wants to know about these bikes.                 Although their Arizona Boss
                                                                                                                               nitrous oxide, fat tire, and chopper     With other motorcycles, they’re all     Hoss riding “family” enjoys their
                                                                                                                               look. It’s the handling and the          looking pretty much the same. And       travels together, as yet there is no
                                                                                                                               sound of starting up a big block.        now that they’re seeing women on        official BHRA chapter in the area.
                                                                                                                               There’s nothing that can match           the bikes, especially Wanda, I’ve                Morten has hinted,
                                                                                                                               the sound of a big block when it’s       heard a number of women say,            however, at semi-secret plans to
                                                                                                                               running. It’s just a very cool bike.”    ‘Wow—your wife drives that?!?’          create an alternative group called
                                                                                                                                         Amen to that.                  “When they see Wanda riding,            “The Babies,” inspired by Wanda’s
                                                                                                                                         The Mortens leave their        everywhere we go, they always           insightful comment that men are
                                                                                                                               Boss Hosses in Arizona, and travel       ask her, ‘It’s not too powerful?’       just a big bunch of babies.
                                                                                                                               there to enjoy them for about four
                                                                                                                               weeks each year—during which
         So how did this twosome              Harleys,” he shakes his head. “It       back of it and said, ‘Wow, this bike
                                                                                                                               time they ride “all the time, all over
become a two-Boss family?                     was unbelievable. I’m a hot rod and     really rides smooth!’
                                                                                                                               the place,” says Randy.
         Hardcore Harley holdout              a chopper guy, and this bike is a                 “I was really surprised—and
                                                                                                                                         “In Canada the riding
Randy admits, “I’ve always been a             good combination of both. I just        totally, totally hooked!”
                                                                                                                               season is so short, we’re talking
Harley guy, a chopper guy –it was             didn’t think it would handle worth                Down from Canada for
                                                                                                                               maybe three good months—and it’s
really hard to convert me, even               a ****, but they do! They handle        Arizona Bike Week and the Laughlin
                                                                                                                               sporadic, at that. Today (June 1st)
when I saw the Boss Hoss—even                 great. We took it out for a spin, and   River Run, the Mortens enjoyed
                                                                                                                               it’s only 10 degrees here—we just
though I thought they were cool.              I probably couldn’t wipe the smile      Boss Hoss adventures with several
                                                                                                                               had a snowstorm two weeks ago.”
But when we went down to Arizona              off my face for the whole day!”         others of the Boss Hoss faithful.
                                                                                                                                         When they can ride the
this year, we were visiting Chris                      Back at the shop, Randy                  “There were 7 or 8 of us,
                                                                                                                               beautiful Alberta countryside just
and Frank, and he said, ‘You’ve got           was now a man on a mission. He          all on Boss Hoss bikes and trikes,
                                                                                                                               outside Calgary, the Mortons cover
to take one of these bikes out for            took the red California bike out,       rumbling through all these towns,
                                                                                                                               it on Wanda’s Lehman trike and
a ride. I’ve got a LS3 here—you’ll            reveled in its 611 horsepower,          on our way to Laughlin,” Morton
                                                                                                                               Randy’s one-off custom Harley.
just die! It’s an awesome bike!’              and with Wanda’s support and            remembers. “When Chris and Chad
                                                                                                                                         “Getting a Boss Hoss up        Women need to be more aware             The organization will have a club
         “He had another one on the           insistence that he needed “a real       decided we needed to go for a ‘run’
                                                                                                                               here for me soon will be the next        that they’re able to ride these bikes   patch, a beneficiary charity to
floor that caught my eye—it was               bike to ride” while in Arizona, they    and circle around Vegas, with Chad
                                                                                                                               thing,” he insists. “I’m sold on the     and enjoy them—especially, points       receive results of their fundraisers,
a trade-in from California, a 2002            wasted no time arranging to swap        leading the pack, I never imagined
                                                                                                                               Boss Hoss—it’s incredible.”              out Wanda, because of that extra        and a logo currently being finalized.
502 big block with nitrous oxide,             a ’65 Mustang convertible and a         a run like this!”
                                                                                                                                         He’ll have to discuss that     bonus—“plenty of trunk storage for      Watch for more news breaking
and it had over 600 horsepower. I             Yamaha Roadstar in order to take                  Memories are made of
                                                                                                                               agenda with Wanda, who is already        shopping!”                              soon!
was looking at that one and saying,           home Randy’s first Boss Hoss,           such days—cold, cloudy, with a
                                                                                                                               considering replacing her Lehman                                                         (And be sure to ask Morten
‘That’s kind of cool—the guy did a            which also boasts Edelbrock heads,      headwind of 50-60 mph—cruising
                                                                                                                               with another Boss Hoss trike to                  Between them, the Mortens       about his tattoo. . . !)
really nice job of building that one.’”       an Edelbrock intake manifold,           at excessive speeds just because
                                                                                                                               ride in Canada!                          have five children, ranging from
         Between them Chris and               an 850 Holley 4-barrel carb, and        they could—blowing past a pack of
                                                                                                                                         His future project plans       11 to 17, and, strangely, Randy’s
Frank convinced Randy to try out              a ‘huge’ high lift long duration        other riders like they were standing
                                                                                                                               include acquiring another Boss           14-year-old twin boys have
the LS3 just to get a feel for what           camshaft. With the nitrous, it          still—and later meeting one of
                                                                                                                               Hoss bike to modify—“with a big          “absolutely no interest in modifying
the bikes were like.                          delivers over 700 hp.                   those riders who marveled, “I never
                                                                                                                               330 tire on the back, I want to          or customizing cars or bikes,” he
         “I jumped on the thing and                    “I honestly can say it rides   saw a bike move so fast—we
                                                                                                                               change the tank a bit—lower the          reports. “They’re into sports and
I swear, in 10 to 15 minutes, I was           better than a Harley. It doesn’t        thought it was a train coming by.
                                                                                                                               frame 2 inches and stretch it out        soccer. They like bikes but not
hooked—after 30 years of riding               vibrate—Wanda jumped on the             I’ve just never seen anything like it;
                                                                                                                               about 4 inches and, of course, put       nearly as much as you would think.
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                                                Boss Hoss
                                                in the Media
                                                They’ve got us covered…
                                                Ever since Monte Warne first              screen—both big and small.                  reading or viewing audience, too?
                                                showed off Old Number One on the                    The list of publications                  Their exuberant and creative
                                                streets of Daytona 20 years ago,          who have featured the Boss Hoss             headlines certainly don’t hurt:
                                                the Boss Hoss has been turning            in some way, shape, or form, is             * “Experience Boss Hoss—the
                                                heads. An increasing number of            several pages long, and ranges from         Tsunami of Cycles”
                                                those heads belong to reporters,          local newspapers thrilled to cover          * “Experience the Best Bodies on
                                                producers, and other print and            a visit from the Boss Hoss Power            the Beach”
                                                                                                                   Tour crew,         * “The Boss Is Back in Town”
                                                                                                                   to American        * “Hoss Power to Spare”
                                                                                                                   Iron, Hot Bike,    * “The Boss Beefs Up…”
                                                                                                                   Motorcycle         * “Boss Hoss Trike: A Really Big
                                                                                                                   Cruiser, Trikes,   Wheel”
                                                                                                                   Car Craft,         * “When Big Just Ain’t Big Enough”
                                                                                                                   Cycle World,       * “You Coulda Had a V-8”
                                                                                                                   Thunder Press,     * “Rumble’s Dream Rides”
                                                                                                                   Wheels on          * “Boss Hoss Burns Up…Bike
                                                                                                                   the Road,          Week”
                                                                                                                   Chromed Out,       * “Outrageous Trike Trails: Boss
                                                                                                                   Long Riders,       Hoss Offers 3-Wheel Thrill”
                                                                                                                   Power Sport        * “Sit Down and Hold On!”
                                                                                                                   News—and           * “The Wild Ones”
                                                                                                                   even the Navy
                                                                                                                   Times, Wing                 Even familiarity doesn’t dull
                                                                                                                   World, Rich        its charm—the Boss Hoss is always
                                                                                                                   Guy, the Robb      “fresh” news--especially when fresh
                                                                                                                   Report, and        fodder for the media appears in
                                                                                                                   Penthouse.         the form of special events like new
                                                                                                                      Even at its     dealerships, Power Tour visits, and
                                                                                                                   tamest, most       the unveiling of an outrageous new
                                                                                                                   toned-down         original creation from the hands
                                                                                                                   and tasteful,      of one of our gifted Boss Hoss
                                                                                                                   the Boss Hoss      customizers who just can’t leave
                                                broadcast media representatives,          is an instant attention-getter, as          well enough alone—bless ’em!
                                                who recognize that the Boss Hoss’s        everyone who has ever owned one                      When it comes to those
                                                universally eye-popping appeal            can testify. What eager reporter,           Boss Hoss spectaculars that are
                                                makes a colorful and graceful             hungry for a story, could fail to           extreme enough to merit their own
                                                transition into newsprint, slick glossy   recognize its instant appeal and            superstar names, naturally the
                                                magazines, and even the silver            anticipate how it will captivate his        media are lined up around the block
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to get a crack at covering close                                                                                                              actually ride it, generating more          motorcycle community to airplane           Once those reporters take the
up—and perhaps even riding!—icons                                                                                                             video that also airs on Entertainment      magazines, everybody wants to write        challenge and ride the bike, they say
like the Jager Trike, McIver’s Bluff,                                                                                                         Tonight. And that’s just one of many       about something that’s so exciting         the same thing that every first-time
the Viper, the FireTrike, the Hulk,                                                                                                           examples.”                                 and powerful.”                             rider says, coming off a demo ride: ‘I
Chopper One, Miss Behavin’, the                                                                                                                        Seeing such celebrities                     Chandler reflects on             can’t believe how easy it is to handle!’
Advantage Trike, and the Secret                                                                                                               demonstrating and enjoying the             the universal reaction of riders                    “The toughest part about
Weapon, to mention just a few.                                                                                                                product is better than a live-action       waiting in the demo line at rallies,       riding a Boss Hoss is getting it off
Take a look at more gleeful headline                                                                                                          testimonial to those who witness           struggling with ambivalent feelings:       the kickstand, and that’s not hard
evidence:                                                                                                                                     it—and carries more credibility than a     wondering nervously why anyone             at all because it’s so well balanced.
* “The Original Rock Star: Riding                                                                                                             paid commercial testimonial.               would want to ride such a machine,         Yes, it’s a 1200 pound bike; but at
5,700cc of Boss Hoss”                                                                                                                                  Jim Stoddard, Sales Manager       yet simultaneously determined to           any given time, 1/3 of the weight
* “When Too Much Is Not Enough”                                                                                                               for California Boss Hoss, agrees           experience it for themselves.              is counterbalanced on the opposite
* “The Ridermeister”                                                                                                                          that customers visit as the result of                “If you stand at the end of a    side of the bike, so it feels like a
* “The Jagermeister Rolls Into Town”                                                                                                          seeing celebrities associated with         demo ride with a camera, there are         700 pound bike. If they’re truly
* “Mad Max Meets Da Vinci”                                                                                                                    the bike, including Jay Leno, who has      several key phrases you’ll capture         journalistic about it, reporters and
* “Boss Hoss FireTrike Burns Rubber                                                                                                           featured it on his Jay’s Garage web        from every single person when they         columnists recognize that.
at Europe’s Essen Show”                                                                                                                       site.                                      first step off the bike,” says Chandler.            “As far as I can tell, we
* “Veteran’s Lifelong Mission Keeps                                                                                                                    Stoddard also mentions stunt      “I said it myself. I had no intention      haven’t gotten any bad press. We
Memories Alive” (the Flashback Trike)                                                 Chandler and crew shooting on location in Sturgis, SD   man Monty Perlin and well-known            of owning a Boss Hoss before I rode        let them go out and ride it for a
                                                Rothenberg and Katie Holmes as                The Boss Hoss has also been                     automotive custom builder Eddie            one; but I wasn’t even finished with       day—take a long trip and come
broadcast bonanza                               they ride into camera range for their         featured on the History Channel,                Paul—a regular on television shows         the ride before I said, ‘I gotta have      back. They all come back with rave
        Movies and television                   closeup. In “The Wager,” Randy                the Travel Channel, the Discovery               like “MegaMachines”—both of whom           one of these!’                             reviews.”
shows are likewise enjoying their               Travis puts a Boss Hoss through its           Channel-Europe, as well as on Drive             rode and proudly displayed their eye-                “The same thing is happening
opportunities to show off a little              paces during a chase scene.                   Television and PBS.                             catching custom Boss Hosses.               with the media. They see it, they’re
gratuitous Boss Hoss muscle.                             Two Boss Hosses appeared                                                                      “Many people have come            fascinated by it, but they wonder why
“Righteous Kill” poses Al Pacino                in a CSI episode, while CSI:New               What’s at the root of all this                  in over the years and told us that         anyone would want to ride one—and
seated on a Boss Hoss during a                  York tried some one-upmanship by              attention?                                      they’ve seen Boss Hosses on TV             then they need to know what it’s
fight scene. “Mad Money” features               including five Boss Hosses in one                      Seth Chandler, Boss Hoss               and/or in a movie. Does that give          like. They want to feel it, touch it,
a Boss Hoss delivering Adam                     episode.                                      Country’s new editor and Boss                   them an incentive to buy one?              experience that same ‘wow!’ factor
                                                                                              Hoss Cycles’ account exec at DCA/                        “The single thing that gives us   and adrenaline rush that you get from
                                                                                              DCPR (ad agency for BH), shares his             the most exposure is going to shows,       riding a Boss Hoss.”
                                                                                              thoughts: “The Boss Hoss is such                where we expose the bikes to a lot                   “All of our readers recognize
                                                                                              a specialty product that it generates           of people. I think in the aggregate, it    that fascination; it’s not lost on
                                                                                              a lot of interest on many levels. If            has all helped, including the celebrity    Hollywood, it’s not lost on the news
                                                                                              you were to buy the coverage that               exposures,” Stoddard concludes.            business and it’s not lost on anybody
                                                                                              Boss Hoss has enjoyed, just through                      Several other celebrities         who is into thrills. So in reality, it’s
                                                                                              grassroots interest in the product,             are also showing serious interest          not very difficult to get publicity for
                                                                                              it would amount to several million              in the Boss Hoss, says Victor Vert,        Boss Hoss.”
                                                                                              dollars’ worth of publicity.”                   owner and manager of California
                                                                                                       Celebrity appeal                       Boss Hoss, including Governor                       Has Boss Hoss been treated
                                                                                              unquestionably adds to the Boss                 Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lorenzo          fairly by the media? Do they tend to
                                                                                              Hoss’s status—and the media                     Lamas, who have reportedly dropped         present it as something bizarre and
                                                                                              coverage it receives.                           by to kick the tires more than once.       freakish?
                                                                                              “Imagine what it does for your                           “We’ve had all types of                    “We are bizarre—we are
                                                                                              product when Jay Leno and Tom                   action with Hollywood in terms of          freakish!” laughs Chandler. “We
                                                                                              Cruise talk about riding a Boss Hoss            publicity,” adds Chandler, “but we’ve      are outrageously different and
                                                                                              on the Tonight Show,” Chandler                  also enjoyed similar attention from        more powerful than most other
                   A Mountain Boss Hoss creation competing at a biker build-off in Daytona
                                                                                              points out, “—and then go out and               all of the media. Name it—from the         motorcycles, but that’s our strength.
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                                                                                                                                             I suggested to Debbi and         so in 2008 and


         The Mayor of Motorcycles:
                                                                                                                                   Bruce that maybe I ought to become         2009 I won the
                                                                                                                                   a dealer, with all the interest that I     Dealer of the Year
                                                                                                                                   was creating, since I had the facilities   award. Decisions


           Boss Hoss of Frederick                                                                                                  and the mechanical experience.
                                                                                                                                             They thought it was a good
                                                                                                                                   idea, and introduced me to the Boss
                                                                                                                                                                              are based on
                                                                                                                                                                              a lot of things
                                                                                                                                                                              like customer
                                                                     When the Boss        business with my father; but they        Hoss COO. I made an application,           satisfaction,
                                                                     Hoss factory         sold out before I got started. I grew    and strange as it might seem—I             credibility, how
                                                                     initially declined   up mechanically inclined, however,       was turned down. The reasons were          you handle your
                                                                     his application      because of servicing and working         good—I was too close to two other          account with the
                                                                     on grounds that      with the family in the trucking          dealers. But after thinking about          company, the                                        I’d have to say that probably
                                                                     other regional       business.                                it for a little bit, I called back and     number of vehicles ordered and sold,       70% of everything we sell is through
                                                                     Boss Hoss                    I bought my own dealership,      asked him to examine the overall           the shows attended—a number of             the internet and at the shows. You
                                                                     dealers were         and was an International Truck           sales picture in this area. When he        things.                                    have to have a base, of course—and
                                                                     located too          dealer for 40 years. Then                called back to discuss it, he invited      bHc: The key to your success is            my base is my home showroom. We
                                                                     close to Grimes’     International offered a buyout in        me to come and tour the factory.           being very busy and very active,           do local activities here, including the
                                                                     hometown             2006, at which time I sold both my       I flew down, and it took less than         then?                                      annual Power Tour visit—which was
          Jim Grimes has always been                                 area of              dealerships and got into some other      a day; I became a dealer, and I            JG: I guess so. Within the first           very successful this spring, despite
a guy who makes things happen.                  Frederick, Maryland, he viewed it         things.                                  ordered my beginning inventory of          year, I bought my first tractor-trailer    the rain.
Not content to wait for Lady Luck to            as a challenge, and tackled it with               In the process, one day in       five more bikes.                           to attend the shows. I have since          bHc: Folks at the recent Leesburg
                                                                                                                                                                                                  purchased a




                                                                        Dealer Profile
eventually saunter in his direction,            enthusiasm.                                                                                                                                                              Festival were happy to have a Boss
Grimes is more likely to launch                         Within a year                                                                                                                             second tractor-        Hoss dealer visit their show for the
himself in hot pursuit and capture              of purchasing his first                                                                                                                           trailer, and just      first time, I hear-?
the prize through hard work and                 Boss Hoss, Grimes                                                                                                                                 recently I also        JG: We had considered including
persistence.                                    not only achieved his                                                                                                                             purchased a third      Leesburg on our show list for a
          Since Grimes’ uncle lost              goal of becoming a                                                                                                                                tractor-trailer that   number of years. We had been to
his life in a motorcycle accident,              Boss Hoss dealer, he                                                                                                                              we transport. We       Panama City last year, and this year,
Grimes’ father prohibited all five of           earned recognition                                                                                                                                go to Daytona          since the Panama City and Leesburg
his children from owning or riding              as “Rookie of the                                                                                                                                 twice a year, we’re    events were back to back, we chose
a motorcycle when they were                     Year” on Boss                                                                                                                                     going to Myrtle        to go to both. Yes, we had extremely
young. As soon as they left home,               Hoss Cycles’ dealer                                                                                                                               Beach twice a          good results in both places this year.
however, “all three of us boys got              list. Today, that                                                                                                                                 year, we go to         bHc: Is this surprising because of
motorcycles,” remembers Grimes,                 recognition even stretches to his         2005 I went to a motorcycle show                  That was in September             Sturgis. We do all the local shows         the depressed economy? Is this a
“—and so did my father!”                        catchy local moniker, “the Mayor of       in Baltimore, where I saw one of my      2005. I was Rookie of the Year in          here. At this point in time, we’re         sign that things are improving?
          The four often rode together          Motorcycles”.                             trucking customers—and he had a          2006, and again in 2007. After             doing about 15 shows a year on the
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in the evenings and on Sunday                   boss Hoss country: How did                Boss Hoss. This was the first time       that, I was no longer a rookie dealer,     road.
around his native Lewistown,                    you leverage your first interest in       that I had seen a Boss Hoss. I found
ten miles north of Frederick. In                the Boss Hoss into a successful           out where he got it, called the dealer
subsequent years, Grimes rode a                 dealership so quickly?                    (Stamford Boss Hoss) and talked to
succession of Hondas and Harleys—               Jim Grimes: My father had trucks.         Debbi Vetti, and purchased my first
until, of course, he discovered the             He also owned a gas station and           Boss Hoss trike.
Boss Hoss.                                      a grocery store, and I grew up in                  About three months later, I
          A man who’s always known              that business. In 1961, I bought          had created so much activity and
what he wants, Grimes applied his               the business out and I closed the         curiosity here in the community that
diehard philosophy to his ambition              grocery stores. My older brother          I went back up to Debbi and bought
to become a Boss Hoss dealer.                   was in the trucking end of the            a bike, too!

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                                                                                                                                     business—that you can’t sell from an     feelings are that it is not stable—      special paint job; the most popular
continued from page 27                                                                                                               empty store. Because of that, I do       it’s up and down, and under the          are graphic themes that sometimes
                                                                                                                                     carry a large inventory to represent     circumstances, you’ve got to go with     run to $15,000. One that comes to
JG: There is some improvement                   JG: It was very well received from
                                                                                                                                     the product line.                        the flow.                                mind is a Canadian customer who
in the economy, no question about               the beginning. Because of my
                                                                                                                                              The ’57 Chevy is the most       bHc: How about your customers’           asked us to modify a bike to look like
that. But also –over the winter,                background in marketing and the
                                                                                                                                     talked about, and gets more viewers,     riding habits?                           a step-side pickup, complete with the
people started becoming stir-crazy,             amount of inventory that we had, we
                                                                                                                                     but the coupe is our best seller. The    JG: In my experience, most Boss          Aaron decals and #99—like an Aaron
and they started developing an                  drew people. Our website, however,
                                                                                                                                     Sierra model sales match the ’57         Hoss owners have a second bike, if       NASCAR bike.
interest in our products. We’re of              is a major contributor to the success
                                                                                                                                     Chevy sales pretty closely. Because      they can afford one.                     bHc: How about your own riding
interest, we’re different and they’re           of our sales, along with the shows.
                                                                                                                                     of the Baby Boomers—who mention                   I often see it happen that      habits?
aware of it. Everybody doesn’t want             bHc: You’re a well-recognized
                                                                                                                                     their bad backs, bad feet, bad legs,     somebody in a community—                 JG: I ride the Boss Hosses at shows,
the same thing—and the Boss Hoss                personality in your community, I
                                                                                                                                     weak knees—we sell more trikes           especially on the eastern shore—will     of course; and in the evenings and
is unique.                                      understand—that helps!
                                                                                                                                     than bikes; women are becoming an
bHc: The Leesburg folks tell me                 JG: When I moved to Frederick in
                                                                                                                                     increasing segment of this market.
they were very impressed with your              1970 with my truck dealership, I
                                                                                                                                     bHc: Do you do much advertising?
hard work and long hours there. You             also became involved in the political     current quarters. At one time, before
                                                                                                                                     What works for you?
didn’t shut down at 6 p.m., like most           world. I served two four-year terms       the economy tanked, we were
                                                                                                                                     JG: I have not used TV, but we
other vendors.                                  on the city council, I served for eight   operating two separate facilities, but
                                                                                                                                     have a very strong radio station
JG: That was crazy; we’re talking               years as mayor, and I’m currently         now we’re operating one from this
                                                                                                                                     with a strong listening audience;
about 11 o’clock at night. I can                serving as a judge in the Orphans’        larger location.
                                                                                                                                     we’ve also done radio advertising
tell you we did a Boss Hoss sale                Court—a probate court that settles                 My first facility was on a side
                                                                                                                                     in the Baltimore-Washington area,
at 11:30 p.m. We also took three                estates.                                  street; the current facility faces the
                                                                                                                                     as well. Results are extremely hard
trade-ins for a trike, and the deal                      So I’m well-known in the         main street through Frederick, so we
                                                                                                                                     to measure, but I’m a believer that
was consummated at 11 o’clock                   community, and Boss Hoss of               enjoy about 20 times the exposure.
                                                                                                                                     you’ve got to keep your name out
at night. I asked my sales manager              Frederick is well-regarded, because       We display 15-20 motorcycles out
                                                                                                                                     there.
if he were trying to get into the               we sponsor and actively support the       front every day, and every driver
                                                                                                                                              All three of my big rigs are    buy a Boss Hoss, never having            on weekends, from time to time,
Guinness Book!                                  non-profits.                              who passes has to stop at the
                                                                                                                                     billboards, and as we move down          seen one before, and others in their     when nice weather permits, we’ll do
         This was the first year for us         bHc: Are you still doing business in      stoplight—and they can’t miss them!
                                                                                                                                     the highway and when we set up at        community then realize that they’ve      some riding, especially along the
to include a second vendor rig, from            your first Boss Hoss showroom?            People often say they were driving
                                                                                                                                     shows, they display the products         got to have one, too. That’s the value   mountain ridges that run through
which we sell apparel, accessories,             JG: No. Recently, when the lease          past, saw the bikes and couldn’t
                                                                                                                                     that we handle. When we set up at        of the shows and demos. It’s a big       neighboring Virginia and West
                                                                                                                                     shows, we do use floodlights not         plus for selling—that people get         Virginia, and in the national park near
                                                                                                                                     only as security for our vehicles and    the opportunity to test ride, and I’ve   Camp David.
                                                                                                                                     property, but because it also gives      heard that said many times this last     bHc: Is there a BHRA chapter you
                                                                                                                                     you 24-hour advertising. We have a       weekend. I had a guy who rode here       ride with?
                                                                                                                                     very special spot at Daytona right       on a Harley and said, “I don’t even      JG: There was a chapter established
                                                                                                                                     along the highway, and I can tell you,   want to ride that thing home!”           in Maryland, but it really didn’t take
                                                                                                                                     the people are just elated when we       bHc: What kind of bikes do they          off. We’d like to reactivate that
                                                                                                                                     set up and we’re visible 24 hours a      choose? What unusual modifications       group, and become active with
                                                                                                                                     day.                                     do they ask for?                         them again. There’s no question
                                                                                                                                     bHc: Do you have any future              JG: We don’t do a lot of customizing     that Boss Hoss riders really like to
and parts. There are relatively few             expired with International, we were       resist just dropping in.
                                                                                                                                     expansion or growth plans?               and modifications to the bikes. We       ride together—the attention and the
Boss Hoss dealers and a lot of                  able to move back into the original       bHc: How many bikes do you
                                                                                                                                     JG: We constantly look at the            will do accessories, or put on a fat     pleasure that the Boss Hoss provides
riders across the nation, so it’s an            truck dealership I built in 1970. It      stock? What’s selling best?
                                                                                                                                     opportunities to prosper from            tire kit or something of that nature,    is unique.
opportunity for us to supply their              includes 26,000 square feet and 20        JG: New and used bikes and
                                                                                                                                     different bikefests. Since I was         but when it comes to modifying the       bHc: Will we see you at the next
needs.                                          bays.                                     trikes combined, we carry about
                                                                                                                                     actively involved in a satellite         engine and changing the frames, we       Boss Hoss national rally?
bHc: How has the community                                My original Boss Hoss           50 pieces. It has always been
                                                                                                                                     store, I have given consideration to     stay away from that.                     JG: I’ve been there and they’re
reacted to the Boss Hoss—and the                facility, although sizeable, was          my theory—whether in the truck
                                                                                                                                     reopening a satellite facility if the              Paint jobs are a different     fabulous! But this year I can’t go
introduction of your dealership?                probably only half the size of our        business or the motorcycle
                                                                                                                                     economy continues to improve. My         story. Everybody wants their own         because of a scheduling conflict; I’m
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                but guaranteeing their delight and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                pride in owning and riding what we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                believe to be the best motorcycle on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                the market today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         That’s why we are currently
                                                                                                                                                                                                                planning to incorporate a Customer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Service category into our grading
the president of the Great Frederick            goodness Grimes is a step-up-to-        passenger on his bikes—and keeps                                                                                        system. Soon each Boss Hoss
Fair, and the rally falls on the same           the-plate kind of guy who won’t take    the place running smoothly during                                                                                       customer can expect to receive an
date as the fair.                               “no” for an answer—or we would be       his frequent road trips. For more                                                                                       evaluation form from Boss Hoss
bHc: Where do you find time to do               short one stellar Boss Hoss dealer!     information, call 301-662-9447 or                                                                                       Cycles, asking them to rate their
all this?                                               Grimes is supported at Boss     visit www.bosshosscyclesfdkmd.                                                                                          customer experience, including the
JG: Somebody’s got to do it!                    Hoss of Frederick by ten employees,     com                                                                                                                     level of service and support they
                                                including a fiancée who serves as his                                                                                                                           received from their dealer.
       “Somebody,” indeed! Thank                business administrator and frequent                                                                                                                                      We hope to make it easier
                                                                                                                              more accessible and supportive           nonetheless met the rewards criteria     than ever for you to talk to us. We
                                                                                                                              of their customers’ needs and            and excelled above all other new



         What Makes a Boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                are committed to listening and
                                                                                                                              preferences.                             dealers.                                 responding—and finding better ways
                                                                                                                                       Those dealers who excel                 Each year the Dealer             to listen and respond. If your Boss



         Hoss Dealer Great?
                                                                                                                              based on the program guidelines          and Rookie of the Year honor are         Hoss Dealer is great, we want to
                                                                                                                              are recognized as Silver, Gold, or       bestowed upon the dealership             know about it. If he’s not, we want to
                                                                                                                              Platinum Dealers, and receive extra      that accumulates the most total          know that, too. Talk to us.
                                                                                                                              rewards in the form of advertising co-   points from all the categories in the
                                                                                                                              op funds, price discounts, marketing     program. This award signifies that       Ride safe!
                    . . .It all comes           knowledgeable, helpful and friendly.    the factory originally announced
                                                                                                                              materials, production scheduling         the Dealership is a leader in the Boss
down to each dealer’s personal level            That’s a conviction that works both     the Boss Hoss Dealer Preferred
                                                                                                                              preference and positioning at events.    Hoss organization and has taken
of commitment, enthusiasm, and                  ways: many of our dealers tell us       Program back in 2005—a program
                                                                                                                                       Our Dealer of the Year,         numerous steps to insure a high level
ambition to do his best to serve and            that some of their closest personal     which provides extra incentives for
                                                                                                                              chosen each December, is one who         of professionalism in the way they
satisfy each customer.                          friends first walked into their         dealers to improve and grow their
                                                                                                                              has not only met the criteria for the    conduct their business.                  Rad Hunsley, COO
         That’s why Boss Hoss Cycles            showrooms as strangers.                 dealerships, and rewards our high
                                                                                                                              special recognition and rewards          It’s all about you, our rider.           Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc.
screens and selects our dealers so                       Boss Hoss Cycles is            achievers.
                                                                                                                              categories, but has excelled even in              And because, in the final       Ph: 731-286-4915
carefully; most of their customers              committed to supporting and                     Dealers are graded in 10
                                                                                                                              comparison with other outstanding        analysis, the most important element     radhunsley@bosshoss.com
will agree that we’ve done a good               encouraging our dealers to provide      categories, including advertising,
                                                                                                                              dealers.                                 in this program is our Boss Hoss
job of choosing an excellent corps              a praiseworthy level of service that    customer contact, rally attendance,
                                                                                                                                       Our Rookie of the Year is       Customer, our primary goal continues
of Boss Hoss dealers nationwide                 Boss Hoss riders can continue to        and dealership events—each of
                                                                                                                              one who has been a Boss Hoss             to be not only ensuring each
and around the world—experienced,               enjoy and appreciate. To that end,      which serve to make each dealer
                                                                                                                              dealer for two years or less, but has    customer’s continued satisfaction,
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Leesburg Bikefest                               Brings in the Bosses!
                                                                                         number of vendors participated,           boss Hoss Stars—center Stage
                                                                                         and despite threats of tornadoes on                 And in the midst of it all, the
                                                         Thanks largely to the           Sunday, they exceeded anticipated         Boss Hoss was a main attraction—
                                                dedicated sponsorship of Boss Hoss       attendance on both Friday and             even more so than usual:
                                                rider Billy Graham, the Leesburg         Saturday.                                           Graham’s knockout
                                                Bikefest continues growing—and                   “Even in a down economy,”         retrofitted 2001 Boss Hoss was
                                                building its appeal for fans of the      said Shipes, “people can still day trip   on display as the festival’s featured
                                                Boss Hoss!                               from Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando,        bike, available for drooling over in
                                                         During its 14-year history,     Melbourne, Vero Beach, and                the VIP tent, where literally hundreds
                                                the Leesburg, Florida, event has         Daytona. We’re only an hour and a         of photos were shot, reports
                                                matured into a three-day festival        half cruise from any of those areas,      Graham, of people posing with the
                                                that now draws more than a quarter-      so we always get a good turnout of        Boss Hoss—including Graham’s
                                                million riders and spectators—and        participants.”                            striking twin daughters, and the
                                                this year’s late April celebration                                                 bikini-clad contenders in the Ms.
                                                also attracted a first-time official     Along with new national sponsors          Bikefest beauty contest (one of
                                                presence from Boss Hoss Cycles                                                       whom was the third-place winner
                                                in the form of Jim Grimes and                                                        sponsored by Graham’s trucking
                                                two of his impressive show                                                           company).
                                                trailers from Boss Hoss of                                                                   Even their abundant charms
                                                Fredericksburg.                                                                      can’t quite eclipse the splendor of
                                                         “He’s a worker—he makes                                                     Graham’s showstopper Boss Hoss,
                                                it happen!” said Joe Shipes,                                                         however. Summit Boss Hoss
                                                Executive Vice President of the                                                      updated the 2001 model bike to a
                                                Leesburg Partnership, Inc., which                                                    flashy 2010 by changing the side
                                                organizes the annual Bikefest. “He                                                   panels, the fenders, the rear tire,
                                                doesn’t shut down his tent at 6                                                      and the engine (a 440 Donovan)—
                                                o’clock and go home, like a lot of                                                   and turning it over to Chris Cruz
                                                the national vendors do.                                                             for a paint job that put the icing on
                                                         “This is our first year for                                                 this irresistible cake.
                                                getting some of the nationals                                                                Graham brought in a crew of
                                                to come in. Being a downtown                                                         about 20 friends for the festival,
                                                venue, it’s very difficult for us to     Jack Daniels and Red Bull, and a          who met at his home on Friday.
                                                place the big rigs, but this year,       bevy of popular bands, Leesburg           They covered the 10 miles into
                                                in addition to Boss Hoss, we had         added a new attraction: Tried and         Leesburg, rumbled through town
                                                Yamaha and some new vendors, and         True Tattoo Shows brought in a            for a preview, and had lunch at
                                                I’m hoping they’re going to come         group of 25 nationally known tattoo       the Hideaway, a biker bar, before
                                                back. They’re all faced with budget      artists to demonstrate their art in an    returning to Leesburg to check out
                                                cuts, but hopefully we’ll stay on        air conditioned indoor showroom.          the festivities and enjoy themselves.
                                                their schedule, and we’ll continue to             “It went over well,” reported              “Everybody’s always
                                                develop our national vendors.”           Shipes, and we hope to expand on          impressed with the Boss Hoss,”
                                                         Shipes revealed that a record   that next year.“                          Graham noted. “It’s the nature of the

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                                                                                                                             successful year—the festival gets bigger and
                                                                                                                             better every year, and we’re already looking
                                                                                                                             forward to next year!”
                                                                                                                                     Find out more about the event’s
                                                                                                                             attractions by visiting www.Leesburgbikefest.
                                                                                                                             com; and consider adding next year’s
                                                                                                                             Leesburg Bikefest—April 29, 30, and
                                                                                                                             May 1—to your 2011 “gotta-do” calendar.
                                                                                                                                     Let’s make sure the Boss Hoss family
                                                                                                                             of riders attending this fun festival continues
                                                                                                                             to grow!




beast—especially when you’ve got a
modified engine, a Kewlmetal front
end and 300 tire on the rear, and a
Chris Cruz paint job topping it off.
        “All totaled, we captured 10           turn heads every time you take a run   solo run. “It just set the crowd off
to 12 Boss Hosses in our little group          through town.”                         to a good pace,” he chuckled. “It
before it was all over. We had a                       Graham turned a few more       makes a lot of noise and racket, and
good turnout, and people are always            heads than usual when he took his      everybody just cheers that thing!
happy to see the Boss Hosses—they              HossFly down Main Street on a                  “All in all, we had another
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       Exploring History:
                                                                                        is continually getting banged up
                                                                                        intentionally by people out to kill you.
                                                                                                 Although the army provided


         The Search for
                                                                                        the horsepower and a set of
                                                                                        grooms and stable boys, the chariot
                                                                                        itself reportedly cost an Egyptian


         Wheeled Power
                                                                                        charioteer a small fortune—“three
                                                                                        deben of silver for the shaft and five
                                                                                        for the body,” according to period
         How many times has each                12 mph. Progress quickly introduced     records—and the maintenance crew
of us struggled to verbalize exactly            the chariot, which followed the         still had to be fed, clothed, and
what it is about the Boss Hoss that is          wagon in the mere blink of an eye, as   housed, to boot. Thus, chariots were
so appealing? Is it its unique sound?           history is measured.                    usually the property of an aristocratic
         Is it its unusual and arresting                 Lighter, more maneuverable,    warrior class of powerful, respected
appearance—a signature standout                 and more practical in battle,           individuals, and were even absorbed
                                                                                        into the pharaoh’s royal retinue,
                                                                                        becoming a powerful symbol of
                                                                                        domination.
                                                                                                 Even when its importance
                                                                                        as a weapon declined, the chariot
                                                                                        continued to be regarded as a
                                                                                        symbol of status and power. It was
                                                                                        then used primarily for hunting and
                                                                                        for sport racing--which became a
                                                                                        popular competition sport in the
                                                                                        ancient Olympics around 680 B.C.
                                                                                                 Remember ‘Ben-Hur’? What
                                                                                        could have exceeded the ultimate
                                                                                        in power in his day—controlling a
                                                                                        quadriga—a four-horse-drawn racing
silhouette that still allows each Boss          chariots—which began appearing          chariot?
Hoss to be uniquely individual?                 around 2000 B.C. in the area of                  Watch it again, if you
          Or is it the extravagant              modern-day Turkey—served as             question the thrills those pulse-
excess of power that never fails to             mobile platforms for archers.           pounding duel-to-the-death racing
thrill us each time we feel it purring          Their popularity took the eastern       scenes still generate! This 1959 epic
beneath us like a politely restrained           Mediterranean area by storm,            has lost none of its power in half a
jungle cat?                                     spreading to northern Europe and        century; it garnered 11 Oscars and a
          Browsing through history,             as far as northwest India, where        raftful of other awards.
it’s easy to trace a human                      chariots continued to be of military             Not to be outdone by a
fascination with wheeled power                  value until around 600 B.C.             mere common adventurer, however,
from the development of the earliest                    Around 1000 B.C., the           the Emperor Nero drove a ten-
vehicles—clumsy wagons whose                    development of mounted cavalry          horse chariot in the Roman games
value as powerful weapons of war                troops began replacing the chariot’s    at the Circus Maximus before an
was quickly recognized. The early               use in wartime, which was probably      audience of 150,000. Although
Sumerian battle wagons, crafted                 a good thing. As we know, chariots      Nero reportedly fell out of the
of wood, weighed several hundred                don’t come cheap, and scrupulous        chariot, who’s going to argue with
pounds. Drawn by onagers or asses,              maintenance can be costly, as           a temperamental emperor? He
their best speed was probably about             well—especially if your chariot         was acknowledged as the winner,
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                                                                                        who volunteered to train that trio to       Chariot” –the seventh card in the         Philistines fielded 3,000 chariots      desires as we choose a two-wheeled
                                                                                        work in harness?)                           Major Arcana. The card portrays           and 6,000 charioteers against King      21st century ride that invites us to
                                                                                        **Cybele, the Phrygian Earth Mother         a chariot usually pulled by two           Saul’s armies at MicMash, but were      share and control its power— and
                                                                                        goddess, not to be outdone, had her         sphinxes. The meaning of the card         defeated nonetheless.                   which improves our image as we do
                                                                                        chariot drawn by lions.                     depends upon the interpreter, but,                 Four chariots, drawn by red,   so!
                                                                                        **Helios/Apollo, the Greek sun-god,         predictably, the interpretation usually   black, white, and dappled horses,                 Maybe our in-line Boss Hoss
                                                                                        drove the chariot of the sun across         includes references to power,             respectively, emerge from between       wheels are positioned differently
                                                                                        the sky each day, drawn by “solar           conquest, confidence, success,            mountains of bronze in another          from the ancient chariot’s side-by-
                                                                                        steeds,” according to Homer. Later,         self-reliance, honorable recognition,     spiritually significant passage from    side pair; maybe our horses are
                                                                                        Pindar described them as “fire-             pride, command—and a battle               the book of Zechariah.                  wrapped in metal and kicked into
                                                                                        darting steeds”.                            to be won through self-assertion,                  The symbolic significance      action by combustion instead of
                                                                                        **Surya Narayana, the Hindu sun             discipline, and willpower.                of the centuries-old chariot remains    a slap of the reins; but in the final
                                                                                        god, performs the same chore with                     The symbolism is clear: the     strong and relevant. Even today, a      analysis, across the centuries, we’re
                                                                                        his sky-illuminating chariot, but Vedic     chariot wields power from which the       limousine rental website boasts: “In    brothers under the skin who know
                                                                                        literature is much more specific:           guy in the driver’s seat can benefit.     Ancient Rome the Chariot was the        that it’s really all about owning and
                                                                                        his chariot is 28,800,000 miles                                                       embodiment of grace, power, class,      controlling top-of-the-line power.
                                                                                        long and 7,200,000 miles wide; the          christian chariots:                       prestige and fun. This elegant and                --and wouldn’t Ben-Hur
                                                                                        seven extremely buff horses that                       A powerful religious symbol,   efficient vehicle aptly represented     have given his eye teeth to be able
                                                                                        draw it are named Gayatri, Brhati,          “chariots of fire” are often mentioned    the most powerful city in the           to take a Boss Hoss around the
                                                                                        Usnik, Jagati, Tristup, Anustup, and        in the Bible. A fiery chariot drawn       world; it rode the senator through      Circus Maximus—and let Messala’s
anyway.                                        had his chariot drawn by elephants       Pankti.                                     by horses is involved in the story of     the Forum, the racer around the         quadriga eat the dust that hadn’t
         Wildly violent and frequently         throughout the course of a triumphal              And, melding the specific          Elijah being carried to heaven.           Circus Maximus, the gladiator into      already settled--?
deadly, with no-holds-barred crashes           parade.                                  with the sublimely vague, the sun-god                 Elsewhere, Elisha is            competition, or the bride to her
and enthusiastic gambling that went            **Alexander the Great was the            is said to travel in his orbit a distance   protected from an enemy army              nuptial banquet.
way beyond the civilized borders of            focal point of an appropriately Great    of 95,100,000 miles at a speed of           by horses and chariots of fire that                “Likewise,
today’s pari-mutuel betting, chariot           funeral procession: his chariot—a        16,004 “miles per moment.” (Okay,           surrounded him.                           Chariots For
racing was a hugely popular draw in            12’x18’ pavilion of solid gold, ablaze   that helps…?)                                         God’s chariots are numbered     Hire offers you
its day. The manic crowds of fans              with jewels “disposed in the form        **And, considering things Indian,           at “tens of thousands and thousands       luxury, speed and
it attracted frequently exploded into          of shells”—was drawn by 64 of the        the word “Juggernaut” is derived            of thousands” in Psalms; and the          security…”
riots that make World Cup Soccer               largest, strongest mules to be found,    from the Sanskrit name for Krishna          book of 1st Chronicles refers to a                 The search
street brawls look like a tea party:           each adorned with crowns of gold         (Jagannath). It refers to the annual        golden chariot to be included in the      for wheeled power
         Rioting over chariot races            and collars studded with precious        procession of chariots that carry the       innermost chamber of Solomon’s            has lasted for more
run in Constantinople in 350 A.D.              gems and golden bells.                   statues of the three major gods from        temple—perhaps bearing the fabled         than 4,000 years
lasted three days and left 30,000                       “The magnificence of this       their temple at Puri, India, on a yearly    ark of the covenant.                      and continues in
dead in the wake of the militia who            funeral pomp had never been              outing. The chariots are pulled by the                The children of Israel had      contemporary
were called in to restore order. (Nice         equaled in the world.” Probably still    thousands of pilgrims who travel to         difficulty overcoming the Canaanites      times; it still
work, guys.)                                   hasn’t.                                  the site in order to participate in the     who boasted “chariots of iron”; the       influences our
                                                        Mythological characters also    event. On occasion, people attending
everybody wants to show off:                   compete to ensure that their chariots    the festival have been accidentally
         Throughout history, the lure          excel—reflecting the vanity of those     crushed by the 45’ tall multi-ton
of the game of one-upmanship is no             who created them:                        chariot and others have been injured
less powerful than it is today. Boss           **Dionysus, god of wine, drove           in the stampede to escape when
Hoss riders add more horses in the             a chariot drawn by wild beasts.          the monster chariot slipped out of
form of nitrous and other tricks—our           Depending on whose report you            control—leading to today’s popular
ancestors chose contemporary                   read, the chariot is drawn by (a)        use of the word “juggernaut” as an
alternatives:                                  panthers; (b) a pair of tigers, or (c)   unstoppable, crushing force.
**Taking a cue from Hannibal,                  a panther, a bull and a griffin. (Talk   **Even the mystical Tarot deck
another Roman general reportedly               about strange bedfellows; wonder         includes a card identified as “The
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Water,                                                                 a
                                                                                                        steal mine because my bike was a          you to discover!
                                                                                                        Boss Hoss, but I laughed because                   Now, back to the current
                                                                                                        all of my buddies were riding             tale—about waterfront property



                                                                   first
                                                                                                        Harleys; I told them their bikes were     in Tennessee. I had recently sold
                                                                                                        likely to become spare parts for the      my personal bike, an ’06 Boss




Water
                                                                                                        Angels! But all went well. Their bikes    Hoss, and needed a replacement,



                                                                   hand
                                                                                                        were there in the morning, and we         so I called the factory. They had
                                                                                                        had an interesting night, to say the      an opening for building me a new
                                                                                                        least.                                    bike, and I had a little extra time on



                                                                factory
                                                                                                                 The second article (Boss         my hands, so thought I would drive
                                                                                                        Hoss Country, Fall 2009) shared           down there to pick it up. It’s a mere
                                                                                                        my adventures in Europe last year,        55-hour drive each way, but what




                                                                  flood
                                                                                                        when I went over to Germany to go         the heck? I enjoy the open road or
                                                                                                        to the annual Boss Hoss Pullman           I wouldn’t ride a motorcycle, now,
                                                                                                        City rally put on and hosted by           would I? Not only that, but this way




                                                                 report
                                                                                                        Wolfgang Hagenberger, several avid        I could stop in to see Scotty (the
                                                                                                        Boss Hoss customers, and Andy             painter) and have him paint me a
                                                                                                        Mueller—who is the German dealer          really neat custom paint job. I also
                                                                                                        as well as the European importer          wanted to have a trailer painted to
                                                                                                        for all Boss Hosses. This was an          match the custom job for my new
                                                              By Ernie Beadle,                          interesting rally, to say the least:      bike, as I really want to do some
                                                              Boss Hoss of British Columbia             a couple hundred Bosses showed            serious touring on this bike. Sure
                                                                                                        up, and, rain or shine, the Germans       enough Scotty came through with
                                                                       How about ocean front            know how to have fun, as beer over        flying colors (no pun intended) and
                                                              property in Arizona? No? Okay,            there “is more than just a breakfast      delivered a fabulous job for me.
                                                              how about waterfront property in          drink.”                                            When I arrived at the
                                                              Tennessee—namely Dyersburg,                        The Germans are very             factory, they were just heading
                                                              Tennesee? Got your attention yet?         open-minded, or more liberal in a         out to Panama City in Florida for
                                                                       My name is Ernie Beadle          lot of ways than we are here in the       a demo rally. I found they could
                                                              and I am the western Canadian             Americas, but I guess that goes for       use a hand, so off I went with the
                                                              dealer for Boss Hoss motorcycles          most Europeans. If you ever have a        guys to Florida—a nice unexpected
                                                              and this is the third article to          desire to go to Europe, make sure         surprise. But the best was yet to
                                                              the magazine about my travels             you put this rally on your “to do”        come! When we arrived, I got to
                                                              associated with Boss Hoss and             list. You will not be disappointed.       ride shotgun (back of the tour) on
                                                              the weird and sometimes bizarre                    The Germans are very             a new LS-3 bike, and traded once
                                                              instances surrounding these trips.        friendly and love to laugh and have       in a while with Chad for his SS
                                                                       The first article (Boss Hoss     fun. Picture this: you are sitting in     model with the new 300 rear tire
                                                              Country, Spring 2009) described           a western bar, listening to some          on it. In only two short words it was
                                                              my trip to Sturgis, when I ended up       good old country music, having a          “absolutely awesome”. It puts 440
                                                              riding more or less alongside the         cold “pop,” when all of a sudden          horsepower of extremely smooth,
                                                              Hell’s Angels for a spell, only to find   the double doors open up, a 605           super-responsive power at your
                                                              out that when we checked into our         c.i. Boss Hoss drives in through the      fingertips if you have guts enough
                                                              hotel that night, every room was          people, up onto the dance floor and       to grab a fist full of throttle; but




                                                Everywhere!
                                                              booked by the Hells Angels--with the      proceeds to do the biggest burnout        beware—if you do get to ride one
                                                              exception of our three rooms. The         you can imagine—INSIDE THE                of these beautiful machines, roll it
                                                              irony is that they offered to give us     BAR—with all the other people still       on slowly, because you will need
                                                              full protection and security for our      dancing all around it ! There’s a lot     a change of underwear! I honestly
                                                              bikes. Well, I knew they would not        more to tell, but I will leave that for   think that at 440 horsepower it is
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                                                                                                                                the street to Hoss Fly (where they      parts area, and the assembly              Rad Hunsley (COO of Boss Hoss
                                                                                                                                build the V-8 bar stools) and started   area. The reception, administration       Cycles) made a few calls and
                                                                                                                                elevating everything there as well,     and showroom areas were now               all the good folks at the factory
                                                                                                                                but time ran out. We finally had to     submerged and there was nothing           showed up in their rubber boots
                                                                                                                                quit as the waters were still rising.   we could do until it receded enough       (not necessarily a good visual!) and
                                                                                                                                They were now approximately four        that we could go back in.                 were ready to start the monumental
                                                                                                                                feet over the 200-year flood level              During the next three days it     task of cleaning up the mess so
                                                                                                                                and we were forced to evacuate for      was obvious what the damage was           it could be business as usual in a
                                                                                                                                obvious safety reasons.                 going to be and the clean up that         timely fashion.
                                                                                                                                        Now came the wait and see       would need to be done, so in usual                 For three days it was
                                                                                                                                game, and all we could do was sit       form, Monte Warne, the founder            pressure washing, hosing,
                                                                                                                                back and watch what was about to        of the great machines known to            mopping, cleaning and moving stuff
                                                                                                                                unfold in front of our eyes. It was     us as the Boss Hosses, went out           all over the place until finally, after
                                                                                                                                bizarre to see all this water coming    and found a huge pressure washer.         three long hard days of this, the
                                                                                                                                from nowhere and causing so much        It needed work, so work on it he          factory was able to open its doors
                                                                                                                                damage.                                 did—until midnight for a few nights,      as the prefab shop, the parts shop,
                                                                                                                                         When the dust settled—not      getting it totally rebuilt and ready to   and the assembly line were ready
                                                                                                                                that there was any dust to be found     go once the water subsided so that        to get into action once again. There
                                                                                                                                anywhere close—the factory was          we could get into action.                 were lots of blisters, sore feet,
                                                                                                                                under about four feet of water on               Have you ever heard the           sore muscles and backs, but you
                                                                                                                                the lower level, and about a foot       expression “when the going gets           know something? –not one word
                                                                                                                                under water in the elevated areas       tough, the tough get going”? Well,        of complaint from anyone! In fact,
                                                                                                                                such as the fabricating shop, the       welcome to the folks at Boss Hoss!        what you did hear during all this


underrated; to make things worse,                      We finished up at the          fast as humanly possible to get it
it is lighter than the traditional ZZ4         Panama rally, headed back to           into the truck before it was too late,
bike, so—far more ponies and less              Dyersburg and got back late            as the water was rising rapidly.
weight. You get the picture! When              Sunday night. I had my motor                      He was not the only one; all
the factory says it is the best bike           home there in the parking lot, so      the people that lived on that street
that they have ever built, they’re not         just crashed there for the night. At   were in the same dilemma—all
kidding: an SS model, with that new            6.00 a.m. I heard a bunch of racket    frantically trying to pack up their
300 tire on it and an LS-3 engine,             outside, and when I opened my          personal belongings as fast as they
makes an unbeatable combination                curtains I couldn’t believe what I     could before they lost them. In a
with superb handling.                          was seeing!                            matter of about an hour or two, the
          While we were in Panama,                     Water, water everywhere—       water had risen about two feet and
we watched the news reports                    and police, search and rescue, and     was still rising, and at that point we
nightly, tracking the weather                  firemen all over the place.            all went over to the factory to start
reports and the rainfall that was                      I immediately went outside     elevating anything possible to avoid
happening all over the state of                to offer my help and Andy, one of      damage there.
Tennessee. One place got over                  the factory employees (a super nice               The early indicators by
16 inches of rain in just over 14              guy that works on the assembly line    the media were that it was going
hours—unbelievable. Nashville was              and lives in a house right behind      to reach the 200-year flood plain
already flooded and the worst was              the factory) was in the process        level; however it didn’t take long to
yet to come. Over 38 people died               of “moving out.” They had a 5-ton      figure out that was not the case, as
from the floods in the Nashville area          truck there and various staff from     it was already past that point and
alone, never mind the rest of the              Boss Hoss were already there           still rising. We worked feverishly
state.                                         helping to pack up Andy’s house as     at the factory and then went down

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hard work was some storytelling and            times when other motorcycle              forward to do what needed to be
joke telling to keep the humor and             companies are closing their doors,       done to help make this all happen so
morale up.                                     Boss Hoss has survived the worst         seamlessly.
         The staff at the factory were         recession that we can remember,                   My bike was the first one off
committed to getting their doors               and the worst flood in history,          the assembly line once they were
open as fast as possible to minimize           almost as if it never happened. It       up and running again, so I could get
any hiccups to the public for getting          just goes to prove that with the right   going on my journey back home.
parts or getting their bike orders             leadership and right attitudes—          But in thinking about this, I think they
out. Hey, even Rad, the COO, was               combined with good work ethics—          were just plain tired of me hanging




in there, “up to his you-know-what,”           you can accomplish anything if you       around for such an extended period
leading the way, working his butt              really want to.                          of time and just wanted to get rid
off to make sure there was little                       Bottom line is that what was    of me; so again, they did what they
disruption to service. The good folks          supposed to be a 3-4 day trek down       had to do and it worked! As I said
at Boss Hoss just knuckled down,               to Dyersburg turned out to be two        my farewells, I told them that before
got the job done and were back                 weeks of non-stop experiences for        I ever come down to the factory
building bikes only a few days after           me, but it was an experience that I      again—trust me—I will call the
the worst flood in history—which               will never forget. It was a pleasure     weatherman first!
is a testament to the leadership,              to work alongside these folks and
management and attitudes of the                watch the team all pull together and
folks here at the factory.                     make the impossible possible. My
         In these tough economic               hat’s off to all of them that came

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2010
                                                   Tentative Events Schedule
                                                   for the 11th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally & Mid-South Motorcycle Festival
                                                   PLEASE CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES AS THE EVENT DRAWS NEAR at www.midsouthbikefest.com

                                                   thursday (September 16, 2010)
                                                   9:00 am to 4:00 pm      Onsite Event Registration and Event Check-In at Paris Landing Park Inn
                                                   9:00 am to 4:00 pm      Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm)
                                                   9:30 am to 10:00 am     Registration for the $500 Scavenger Hunt **
                                                   10:00 am                $500 Scavenger Hunt Ride departing from Paris Landing Event Area **
                                                   12:00 pm to 5:00pm      Vender / Event Area open to Public
                                                   5:00 pm                 $500 Scavenger Hunt – Last Bike IN at Paris Landing Event Area
                                                   7:00 pm to 9:00 pm      Meet & Greet at “Boss Hoss Lounge” on first floor of Paris Landing Park Inn **
                                                   9:00pm                  Awards presentation for $500 Scavenger Hunt **
                                                   7:00pm to 11:00pm       “TBA” performing on the Patio at the “Boss Hoss Lounge” **

                                                   friday (September 17, 2010)
                                                   9:00 am to 4:00 pm      Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm)
                                                   9:00 am to 5:00 pm      Vender / Event Area open to Public. Live entertainment “TBA”
                                                   10:30 am                Motorcycle Parade departs from Paris Landing Event Area to downtown Paris, TN Court Square **
                                                   11:00 am                Registration & Staging of Bike & Trike Show downtown Paris, TN Court Square **
                                                   11:45 am to 12:30pm     Judging for Boss Hoss Bike & Trike Show (People’s Choice Voting)
don’t miss the                                     12:00 pm to 1:00 pm     “TBA” performing and Food Vending at downtown Paris, TN Court Square

11th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally
                                                   1:00 pm                 Bike Show Awards Presentation on Stage at downtown Paris, TN Court Square
                                                   1:00 pm                 Registration for $1,000 Dice Run at downtown Paris, TN Court Square
                                                   1:30 pm                 $1,000 Dice Run, 1st Bikes Out (Starting at downtown Paris, TN Court Square) **


     & Mid-South Motorcycle Festival
                                                   5:30 pm                 $1,000 Dice Run, Last Bikes In (Ending at Paris Landing Event Area)
                                                   6:00 pm                 BHRA Customer Appreciation Party “Happy Hour” at “Paris Landing Park Inn” **
                                                   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm      BHRA Customer Appreciation Dinner “Paris Landing Park Inn” **
                                                   8:30pm                  $1,000 Dice Run Awards Presentation (concluding dinner) **
                                                   7:00pm to 11:00pm       “TBA” performing on the Patio at the “Boss Hoss Lounge” **

                                                   Saturday (September 18, 2010)
                                                   8:00 am to 11:00 am     Onsite Event Registration
                                                   8:00 am to 4:00 pm      Boss Hoss Factory Demo Rides (one hour break for Lunch from 12:00 to 1:00pm)
                                                   8:00 am to 5:30 pm      Vender / Event Area open to Public. Live entertainment “TBA”
                                                   9:00am                  Group Photo all attendees & their motorcycles gather at Event Staging Area for a group picture
                                                   9:00 am to 5:00 pm      Paris Landing Tourism League Boss Hoss Burnout BQQ Cook-Off Competition
                                                   9:30 am                 Registration for $1,500 Poker Run at Paris Landing Event Area
                                                   10:00 am                $1,500 Poker Run (1st bikes OUT) (Starting & Ending at Paris Landing Event Area) **
                                                   5:30 pm                 $1,500 Poker Run Last Bike IN at Paris Landing Event Area
                                                   5:45 pm                 Awards presentation for BBQ Cook-Off at the Paris Landing State Park amphitheater stage
                                                   6:00 pm                 Customer Appreciation Party “Happy Hour” at “Paris Landing Park Inn” **
                                                   7:00 pm to 8:30 pm      Customer Appreciation Dinner “Paris Landing Park Inn” **
                                                   7:00pm to 11:00pm       “TBA” performing on the Patio at the “Boss Hoss Lounge” **
                                                   9:00 pm                 Awards presentation for Budweiser® $1,500 Poker Run
                                                   10:05 pm                Drawing for $500 Sponsors Punch Card Award
                                                   10:15 pm                Shriners Hospitals for Children drawing for 2010 Boss Hoss Trike

                                                   ** Must be a registered attendee of the Boss Hoss National Rally to participate in this function.
                                                   Times and event functions may change at the discretion of event management.
                                                   TBA = To Be Announced



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Boss Hoss Dealer Listing                of dealers who advertised in this issue
                                                                                                                                           11th Annual Boss Hoss National Rally
                                                                                                                                    Produced in conjunction with the 6th Annual Mid-South Motorcycle Festival
     uS dealers (Alphabetical order):             minnesota                                 international dealers                    PARIS LANDING STATE PARK, PARIS, TN ~ SEPT. 16-18, 2010
                                                  Chopper City Sports                       (Alphabetical order):
                                                  7191 Highway 65 n e
     arizona
     Arizona Boss Hoss                            Fridley, MN 55432
                                                                                            australia                                                            REGISTRATION FORM
                                                                                            Pacific Boss Hoss
     9550 North 90th St.                          Ph: 763-572-2100                          Melborne, Australia
                                                                                                                                     Pre-registration for this event is $60.00 for all Boss Hoss Riders Association (BHRA) Members, and $75.00 for
     Scottsdale, AZ 85258                         choppercity.com                           Ph: 61 3 9737 0717                       non-members. The deadline for pre-registration is Wednesday, September 1, 2010. General registration is $90.00
     Ph: 480-222-0094                             choppercity@multicorp.net                 bosshoss.com.au                          per participant. The registration fee includes access to all events scheduled September 16-18, 2010. You get entry
                                                                                            sales@bosshoss.com.au                    to the poker and dice runs, entry to bike show, sponsors goody-bag, live entertainment, dinner functions and much
     arizonabosshoss.com
     chris@arizonabosshoss.com                    ohio                                                                               more (see schedule of events for complete listing of elements included in registration fee).
                                                                                            canada/british columbia
                                                  Lima Auto Mall
                                                                                            BC Boss Hoss
     arkansas                                     2100 N. Cable Rd.                         1320 Watson Larsen Rd.                   Participants Name (please print)
     Rick Taylor, Inc.                            Lima, OH 45805                            Kamloops, British Columbia
     P.O. Box 808                                 Ph: 800-541-5015                          Canada V2C 6Y1                           Street Address
                                                  limabosshoss.com                          Ph: 250-377-1221
     2809 S. Knoxville
                                                                                            Fx: 250-571-1222
     Russelville, AR 72801                        bosshoss@limaautomall.com                                                          City/State/Zip
                                                                                            bcbosshoss.com
     Ph: 479-890-2662                                                                       ernie@bcbosshoss.com
     bosshossofarkansas.com                       oklahoma                                                                           Phone Number
     rick@bosshossofarkansas.com                  Trinity Trikes                            denmark
                                                  200 S.E. 19th St.                         Boss Hoss Cycles of Denmark
                                                                                            Torvet 4
                                                                                                                                     E-mail Address
     california                                   Moore, OK 73160
                                                                                            DK-6100 Haderslev, Denmark
     California Boss Hoss                         Ph: 405-794-3935
                                                                                            Ph: 45 74 52 10 22                       Bike brand and Model
     1414 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.                   Fx: 405-794-3916
     Harbor City, CA 90710                        trinitytrikes.com                         Germany                                     I plan to participate in the following events: (Please check all that apply)
     Ph: 800-912-2488                             info@trinitytrikes.com                    Boss Hoss Cycles Germany
     calbh.com                                                                              Grubenstrabe 4                                   Poker & Dice Runs                                                       Bike/Trike Show
                                                  oregon                                    Huerth, Germany 50354
     info@calbh.com
                                                                                            Ph: 0049 2233 714188
                                                  Wildrose Boss Hoss                                                                    RELEASE AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (Please Read Carefully Before Signing)
                                                                                            Fx: 0049 2233 714189
     connecticut                                  56723 Country Villa Ln.                   bosshosscycles.de                           I agree to be legally bound, and do hereby release, waive, discharge, indemnify, hold harmless and covenant
     Stamford Boss Hoss                           Warren , OR 97053                         info@bosshosscycles.de
                                                                                                                                        not to sue Boss Hoss Promotions, Inc., Boss Hoss Riders Association, its administrators, officers, directors,
     792 Pacific St.                              Ph: 503-366-1200
                                                                                            Japan
                                                                                                                                        agents, or other employees or volunteers of the organizations, or the owners and leasers of the premises used to
     Stamford, CT 06902                           Cell: 971-235-1635
                                                                                            Boss Hoss Cycle Japan                       conduct the event, all of which are hereafter referred to as the "Releasees", from any and all liability to the
     Ph: 203-359-1556                             wildrosebosshoss.com
                                                                                            Ph: 001 81 284 64 0214                      undersigned, his or her heirs, and next of kin for any claims, demands, losses or damages on account of any
     bosshossct.com                               wfainc@opusnet.com                        Fx: 001 81 284 64 0228                      injury, including death and permanent or partial disability or damage to property, caused or alleged to be caused
     BossHossct@aol.com                                                                     bosshoss.co.jp                              in whole or in part by the negligence of the Releasees or otherwise in whole or in part from any act having any
                                                  Pennsylvania                              support@bosshoss.co.jp
                                                                                                                                        connection with and/or arising out of my travel to, participation in, and return from the Boss Hoss National
     Georgia                                      Mountain Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc.                                                       Rally and any associated event and/or functions.
                                                  1338 North Center Ave.                    new Zealand
     Atlanta Boss Hoss                                                                      Brian Ford Engineering LTD.                 I acknowledge and fully understand that I am participating in group events that are known to involve risk of
     2183 Hwy 78 west                             Somerset, PA 15501
                                                                                            Christchurch 91-93 Rutherford St.           serious injury, including permanent disability and death, and severe social and economic losses which might
     Monroe, GA 30655                             Ph: 814-445-8297                          Christchurch, New Zealand                   result not only from our own actions, inaction or negligence, but the actions, inactions or negligence of others,
     Ph: 770-207-4589                             mountainbosshoss.com                      Ph: 011 64 3 384 2828
                                                                                                                                        the rules of play, or the conditions of the premises or any of the equipment used. Further, that there may be
                                                  tom@mountainbosshoss.com                  bosshoss.co.nz
     Fx: 770-207-4667                                                                                                                   other risks not known to us or not reasonably foreseeable at this time.
                                                                                            brianfordnz@yahoo.co.nz
     atlantabosshoss.com
                                                  texas                                                                                 I, THE UNDERSIGNED HAVE READ THE ABOVE RELEASE AND HOLD HARMLESS AGREEMENT,
     abosshossv8@cs.com                                                                     Sweden
                                                  Texas Boss Hoss Cycles, Inc.                                                          AND UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS AND MADE CERTAIN
                                                                                            Boss Hoss Cycles Sweden                     IMPORTANT GUARANTEES BY SIGNING IT AND HEREBY SIGN IT VOLUNTARILY.
     maryland                                     2125 W. Pioneer Pkwy., B-1                Gulltofsavagen 14
     Boss Hoss of Frederick                       Grand Prairie, TX 75051                   Orebro, Sweden 70217
                                                  Ph: 972-660-8717                          Ph: 46 (0) 703 93 63 93
     100 D Buchiemer Road
                                                  texasbosshoss.com                         boss-hoss.se
     Frederick, MD 21701                                                                    info@boss-hoss.se
     Ph: 301-662-9447                             texasbosshosscycles@msn.com                                                           By signing here I agree to the release above (WE MUST HAVE YOUR SIGNATURE TO PARTICIPATE)
     bosshosscyclesfdkmd.com
                                                                                                                                    Complete and mail form with payment to: Boss Hoss Promotions, Inc., P.O. Box 1715, Dyersburg, TN 38025
     jg@bosshosscyclesfdkmd.com
                                                                            for a complete listing of dealers, visit bosshoss.com
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                                                Classified Ads
                                                 Have Moved.
                                                    If you’re a BHRA member, you can
                                                  advertise your Boss Hoss bike or trike
                                                      free on our classified listings at:
                                                        www.bosshosscountry.com
                                                There you can also catch up on the latest
                                                 events, news, and link to all our dealers
                                                          to review their inventory.
                                                                                             you ride the genuine article.
                                                Just as the magazine has gone through a
                                                transformation beginning with this issue,
                                                  we will be upgrading the website both
                                                         with content and design.

                                                  Members will also be able to submit a
                                                request for access to the member’s only
                                                  section. A password will be assigned
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2006 - Boss Hoss Dealer Group
       Rookie of the Year
2007 - Boss Hoss Dealer Group
       Rookie of the Year**
2008 - Boss Hoss
       Dealer of the Year
2009 - Boss Hoss
       Dealer of the Year




  now that’s what we call
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                                                                      used Boss Hoss bikes and trikes on the
                                                                      planet, see us at the next show, at our
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