6th Annual Local Heroes Poker Run

Tewksbuy, Massachusetts. Wilmington/Tewksbury Elks, 777 South St. Presented by Local Heroes, Inc. to support local servicemen/women and their families Live band, raffle, barbecue lunch, and 50/50. If it rains a bus will be there to take you to the stops. Donation $20/rider, $10/passenger, includes meal and T-shirt. Register 9–10:30 am. FMI 508-954-7840 or www.mass-localheroes.org

Rockmart Motorcycle Cruise In

Rockmart, Georgia. Downtown Rockmart. Rockmart Motorcycle Cruise In Free Family Fun – games, merchandise vendors, food and music for all to enjoy. Starts at 3:00pm. Sponsored by the Rockmart Business Alliance. VENDORS NEEDED. FMI 678-988-3430

Nation of Patriots Ride 2011 New Mexico

 

Nation of Patriots is a nationwide effort that serves to honor all of America’s Armed Forces, past, present & fallen by passing one American Flag around the country. The goal of this tribute is simple. 100 days, 48 states, 14,000 miles, 1 summer.

NOP provides financial support to families of wounded veterans. This was the 3rd year of the Patriot Tour. Bill Sherer, was the lone rider and flag bearer on the 2009 Patriot Tour, traveling 33 states east of the Mississippi on his motorcycle at his own expense. He raised awareness & money for families of wounded veterans. Bill is the inspiration behind this great cause!

This was my 2nd year to participate in this event. The flag was transferred from Terry Splawn, flag bearer for High Plains H-D®  to Keith Reeves, flag bearer for Santa Fe H-D®  on July 22nd. July 22nd was declared Nation of Patriots Day in the State of NM.

Doug Lutz, Veterans Affairs Liaison for the City of Albuquerque read the Proclamation declaring July23rd Nation of Patriots Day in the City of ABQ.

NM Patriot Guard Riders gave us the honor of a flag line as we departed on Saturday, July 23rd as we headed to Grand Canyon H-D® in Bellemont, AZ. We met up with Bob Carrion and the Grand Canyon HOG® Chapter in Winslow. The ride then proceeded to parade the flag down old Rt. 66 at Flagstaff.  What a sight with over 40 bikes escorting the flag!!!! At that time we had members of the Sangre De Cristo HOG Chapter, Turquoise Trail HOG Chapter, High Plains, HOG Chapter, Grand Canyon HOG Chapter and other riders. How amazing is that?!

Thank you to the Governor of New Mexico and the Mayor of Albuquerque for their support. 

 Thank you to Santa Fe H-D® for being a sponsor of this event. A very special thank you to the NM Patriot Guard &  everyone that held American Flags & honoring Nation of Patriots with a Flag line as we departed.  Thank you also to Grand Canyon H-D® for their hospitality & to Champion Motorsports and High Plains H-D® for being a part of this event as it passed thru NM.

 

Thank you to Kim Reiten, Bob Carstensen, Bill Ditz, Tom Johnson and, Jeanne Brooks & Deb Robinson for the great photographs. Thank you to Kelly for helping with registration. Thank you also to Thunderbird   H-D®  for their support. 

A very special Thank You to all the New Mexico Nation of Patriot Riders for being part of “the longest ride”! Mileage on my bike from Santa Fe Harley-Davidson to Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson was 408.3 miles. When our ride left on July 23rd we had 28 bikes. We had 17 continue all the way to Bellemont with us. 

Get more info, pictures & make donations at: www.nationofpatriots.org.

American Woman Riders was proud to be a part of this ride!

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey!

Tina – harleyskyangel@comcast.net

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Railroad Rally

Chatsworth, Georgia. 3797 Cagle Road. No one under 21. Come party with us, we don’t care what you ride,drive,drag or push through the gate. Live Bands,Biker Games,Field Events. Dirt cheap entry fee $30.00 per person. No support vehicle fee. FMI 706-270-1711 or www.railroadrally.com

One Size Does NOT Fit All!

Thank you to Marcus for writing this great article that was in our very first issue of American Woman Riders. It was time to share it again. Lots of great information in it.

 

There are a lot of motorcycles out there!  There are high-tech newer models and simple low-tech vintage bikes.  There are V-twin cruisers, in-line 4 cylinder sport bikes, touring bikes, adventure touring, dual sport, off-road, street fighters, well you get the picture.  There are a lot of motorcycles out there.  And, as some folks say in the motorcycle industry, “There’s an a*s for every seat.”  With all that being said, there are so many bikes because there are so many different riders with different expectations from their bikes.  (Oh yeah, there are different skill levels too!)

 

            When looking for a bike that “fits” perfectly there are several things to consider.  Most importantly does the bike feel good when you are sitting on it?  Does it feel comfortable for the type of riding you will be doing?  Do you think you could ride that bike for an hour or more and be comfortable doing so?  Some of us are lucky enough to find that perfect bike sitting in a showroom or elsewhere that does not need any adjustments, or just minor ones.  It “fits” perfectly!  Some of us aren’t that lucky though.  So, if you find a bike that you really like but it does not “fit”, what can you do?  There are three major components that can be changed on most bikes.  The seating position, the foot position, and the handlebars.  Changing one or all three of these components will not come without a monetary expense though.  What’s a little extra dough to get that perfect “fit” on your bike?  Priceless, right?  I hope you think that way too.  After all, when out burning up the roads you definitely want to be comfortable on your machine. 

 

            I could go into greater detail describing how to make a motorcycle “fit” but I don’t think this publication would want me to take up that much space. The thing to do is to just get out there and sit on some bikes and start talking to the people that ride, and talk to the people that work at the local dealerships.  Most people want to talk about their bikes and share their knowledge and experiences.  The ultimate goal we all share as bikers is to have that perfect ride. A comfortable bike, a beautiful day, and perfect conditions are what we all want to experience on our ride. Whether it is a short commute to work or an all day trip, that is what we all want.  So keep in mind, there are a lot of bikes out there and one size does not fit all!

            If you have any questions don’t hesitate to give me a call at 505-471-3808. www.santafeharley.com

Marcus Stender   Business Manager, Santa Fe Harley-Davidson®

 

Safe Rides Always and Remember To Find Joy In Your Journey! 

Tina  harleyskyangel@comcast.net  American Woman Riders

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Pack Run & Spaghetti Feed

San Jose, California. Clubhouse, 250 N. Montgomery St. Presented by Top Hatters MC, S. Valley Chapter. Benefits local charities. Ride followed by party with food and more. $10. Sign in 9–11 am. FMI 408-313-0550 or www.thmcsv.com