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A yard and a ball:

Red’s

Run

Photos and story by Ricky J. Carrasco

Samson has been a resident at

the Humane Society of El Paso for over a year. By all accounts, he’s a happy, healthy dog. Not too big, not a lap dog, but energetic

and by his activity in his pen, he looks like he could run for days. “All he needs is an owner to keep up with him. I don’t know why he hasn’t been adopted, just bad luck so far,” says Lance, one of the vol-

give them a home. This particular Sunday, Lance, Betty Hoover (Ex- ecutive Director of the Humane Society of El Paso), Anne Ed- wards (Red’s Run organizer), and the American Steel MC came to-

better home for both.

To that end, the shelter is also working on a dog-training and mentoring program with the El Paso Sherriff ’s Department and the inmates of the Detention Facility on Montana. The shelter lends the facility dogs for up to 8 weeks to officer/inmate teams to train on basic commands. The dogs (and their future own- ers) get training and are so- cialized to be near people. The inmates get social skills too, as well as marketable training. According to Hoover, the inmates are in- vited to volunteer at the shel- ter upon their release. They can then be considered for paying jobs. “We at the shel- ter believe in second chances, whether it is for our critters or for the inmates. Everyone deserves to create a new be- ginning.”

The shelter, located on Fred Wil-

son Dr. under the Spur highway, maintains around 175 animals year-round. Last year, it recorded

  • 3118 adoptions and already has

  • 1950 “new beginnings” so far this

year.

The program that Hoover is inter- ested in seeing grow was the fos- ter care program, where animals with special needs can be cared for a limited time. Kittens and puppies that need to be bottle fed,

animals that are not adapting to the shelter appropriately, animals on medical rehabilitation all need a more stable, constant, and quiet environment to be able to move on. Foster parents get free food and all necessary veterinarian care. All foster parents need to provide is a home for a few weeks. “We currently only have a base of 50 foster parents, but we would love to have around 500 foster homes.” This fostering does come with a catch though, “We all get attached to these crit- ters, especially if we help them through something catastrophic. It is not rare that foster parents be- come permanent parents. Look at me! (and her 3 permanent adopted dogs).”

A yard and a ball: Red’s Run Photos and story by Ricky J. Carrasco S amson

unteers at the no-kill shelter. Sam- son is just one of almost 200 animals waiting for someone to

gether to give Samson a better chance at getting that home.

Red’s Run was meant as memorial run for Bruce Engels, who was

killed last year on his motorcycle.

Since he was incredibly close to his dog “Red”, the choice was made to serve the Humane Soci- ety. “Bruce would’ve enjoyed the event. Red was a rescue, a slob- bering all-over-you kind of dog, but Red was Bruce’s life. They had such unconditional love for

one another.” Betty Hoover understands that love. She herself has adopted 3 dogs through the shelter ’s foster program. “I’ve got a greyhound, a white boxer and a little black pit- bull who’s partially sighted and

deaf.” Hoover explained the

adoption process of the shelter:

“The shelter is open 362 days of the year. Before an animal leaves the shelter, they are microchipped, spayed or neutered, given all ap- propriate vaccinations and shots including rabies vaccinations. The fee is $110 and the clients receives

a bag of Science Diet food and

coupons for Petsmart.”

The shel-

ter can even provide training (for the client and animal) before and during the adoption to create a

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Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in 6 hours by the more than 500 participating in the run, with over 45 MCs registered from El Paso and southern New Mex- ico. Ann Edwards says it took over 6 months to organize this event and that the group learned a lot, much that will be used to make a bigger, better run next year. “I am so thankful for everybody who made this possible. There is a big thank you to the guys at American Steel MC for sponsoring us and backing us up at the Coalition meetings and being with us the en- tire way. We are thankful for the entire area biker community for coming out this day. I am very happy that even though I and my riding friends are independent rid- ers, we were embraced by all the clubs in the area!” Edwards says she would like to put the skills she learned on this run to use with any other interested clubs..

Edwards gave me a couple photos from the run that shows her brother and others at a memorial service the day of the run. “I know that Bruce would have enjoyed this event. His mom, Jan, was there all day. It was very emo- tional for her, but she was ecstatic to see the outpouring of support for her son. She was very happy that we had chosen the Humane Society as our beneficiary.”

At Red’s Run, Hoover told me that 9 animals were adopted. She said many fell in love with the puppy or kitty, went on the run for the day and came back later to take their new pet home. Samson, though, along with many of his shelter-mates, is still waiting for their owners to come calling. All that they require is your yard, some food, maybe a ball and your love.

Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in
Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in
Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in
Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in

Have a Laugh | By: David “Bear” Wren

Red’s Run was very successful in its first time out. Close to $7000 was raised in

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poles and light poles, metal or wood bleachers, metal fences, convertibles, golf carts, bicycles, and motorcycles.

No place is completely safe from lightning, but some places are safer than others. Although some victims are struck directly by the main lightning stroke, many vic- tims are struck as the current moves in and along the ground.

By: “Doppler” Dave Speelman

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Lightning

Safety in El Paso

It’s the time of year that we wit- ness the bulk of our thunder- storms. I thought this might be a good time for bikers to review lightning safety.

Flash-to-bang:

When you see the FLASH count the seconds to the BANG -Every 5 seconds equals 1 mile. Divide by 5 to give the distance in miles from you to the lightning. At 30 seconds - suspend all out- door activities (lightning strike was 6 miles away or less) and seek safe shelter If you count 15 seconds or less, a lightning strike could occur where you are (3 miles away or less).

30/30 Rule

The first 30 means if, between flash and bang, you count to 30 or less, you are in danger and should go to safe shelter.

The second 30 means wait 30 minutes from the last flash or thunder to establish "all clear” and continue the ride

Outdoor safety:

Don’t ride - postpone outdoor ac- tivities if thunderstorms are immi- nent. Move to a sturdy enclosed build- ing. Get inside a hardtop vehicle and keep the windows rolled up. Avoid touching any metal.

If caught outdoors on your bike and no shelter is nearby:

Stay away from tall trees. If there is no shelter crouch in the open, keeping twice as far away from a tree as it is tall.

Avoid being the tallest object around. Get as low as you can but do not lie prone on the ground. Squat on the balls of your feet to

have minimum contact with the ground. Place your hands over your ears and your head between your knees.

Get below tree line if you are in the mountains and into a grove of SMALL trees.

Toss metal golf clubs, fishing rods, tennis rackets, tools, walking sticks, backpacks with metal or any other metal objects away from you. You can be burned by them.

Get out of the water. If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center of the boat away from metal hard- ware. Swimming, wading, snor- keling and scuba diving are NOT safe. Don't stand in puddles, even if wearing rubber boots.

Move away from a group of peo- ple. Stay several yards away from each other. Don't share a bleacher bench or huddle in a group.

Avoid open fields, high places, trees (especially isolated trees), water, unprotected gazebos or pic- nic shelters, baseball dugouts, communications towers, flag

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Weather Trivia

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How hot is a bolt of lightning?

  • A. 500 Degrees Fahrenheit

  • B. 2000 Degrees Fahrenheit

  • C. 21,000 Degrees Fahrenheit

  • D. 54,000 Degrees Fahrenheit

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Answer: D. 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit. It is six times hotter than the surface of the sun.

100% Par t of the Communit y and Drug Free! Story and photos by Ricky Jimenez

100%

Par t of the Communit y

and Drug Free!

Story and photos by Ricky Jimenez Carrasco

How far would you go to ensure that you and your organization were as respectable as you could? How far would you go to know, and let the world know, that you have taken a stand, not only as an individual, but as an entire organi- zation? Even covering the biker scene as I have for the last few years, I was not aware how far the Centauros MC has gone. Simply put, the Centauros MC, an interna- tional club with active members

from Chihuahua through Juarez, El Paso, Socorro, and out to Pecos, Alamogordo and Las Cruces, is a certified 100% drug free club.

I was invited to attend the Centau- ros-Las Cruces chapter ’s Christ-

them. In fact, as President Lalo Trujillo puts it, the Centauros MC is as much a community servant as it is a riding club. When asked what distinguishes the Las Cruces chapter from the rest of the club, “We actually don’t try to distin-

100% Par t of the Communit y and Drug Free! Story and photos by Ricky Jimenez

mas in July toy run. The run raised almost 100 toys that will be col- lected and kept in storage until the holidays. The run also raised money so that the chapter has money to buy backpacks and school supplies for whoever needs

guish ourselves as we are part of a bigger organization whose rules and beliefs we all adhere to. As a club, Centauros distinguish our- selves by being open in, and to, the community. We get people from the community in our meetings,

from here to Chihuahua, that come asking for help, and we’ll try to ac- commodate as many as we can. We have members from every walk of life and that only helps us in our mission. Since, you’ve known us for a while (when I was a rider, I used to go on the original Centauros toy runs in Juarez more than 10 years ago) you know that we’re always doing something:

helping cancer patients, passing out turkey for Thanksgiving. Today, we’re simply trying to get a jump on the Christmas season.”

It was in small part because they are so tied into the community that several years ago, with the help from the Mexican government (the club has its headquarters in Juarez), they sought to be officially a drug free club. “With everything going on in Mexico with the drug war, we simply did not want to contribute to that mess. We are certified by the PGR (like the At- torney General’s office) to be 100% drug free. We get a doctor to come and test us on a regular basis, every current member and prospect

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has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is

has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is a prerequisite to be a Centauro, where-ever we are. No exceptions.”

a number of veteran’s clubs, Christian organizations and serv- ice clubs, being recognized as drug-free can open doors to peo- ple that can help and be helped.

The club members have been tested, and continue to be tested at least once a year, for the past 3 years. In Juarez, where drugs and its consequences are ram- pant, to the US where there is still a prejudice against bikers as part of the criminal element, de- spite an extensive history of charity and community work and

Each rider wears a small patch that states that they have been tested, both as an individual and as a club. Along with their club patch, and more importantly with their good works in the community like this early toy run, Centauros are working to be to be part of the community they wish to serve.

has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is
has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is
has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is
has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is
has to pass to continue with the club. It’s, of course, completely voluntary, but it is

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Golden

Aspen

Motorcycle

Rally Rolls Into Ruidoso!

The 43rd Annual Golden Aspen

Motorcycle Rally is set to kick- off September 12-16, 2012 at the

Inn of the Mountain Gods Resort and Casino. This is the second year for this venue to host the rally and with the success both riders and promotors experienced last year, it is expected to pro- vide even more improvements and be more entertaining than ever.

“We learned a few things last year and are very excited about going to the Inn of the Mountain Gods again. We have a lot of ideas and opportunities there and are expecting even better atten- dance than last year. We’ll have more vendors which ultimately benefits the dedicated rally-goers who have made this event such a

huge success over the years,” said Patric Pearson, organizer of the Golden Aspen Rally.

with the Flying J Wranglers at the Flying J Chuck Wagon Dinner and Western Show.

The rally attracts more than 25,000 motorcycles and boasts 5 days packed full of activities that include the trade show, live music, Saturday’s Parade of Bikes, tours, poker runs and a Harley-Davidson Switchback giveaway. Bike judging and a host of activities and games are also on the schedule of events.

Hours for the Golden Aspen Rally are as follows:

Wednesday, September 12th:

1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Thursday-Saturday, September 13th-15th: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Sunday, September 16th:

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Throughout the rally, attendees will be able to enjoy a variety of live music, a food pavilion and a beer garden. They will also be able to take in great entertainment

Online registration and complete information on rally events and lodging is available at www.motorcyclerally.com.

Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally Rolls Into Ruidoso! T he 43rd Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally is
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally Rolls Into Ruidoso! T he 43rd Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally is
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally Rolls Into Ruidoso! T he 43rd Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally is

Saddle Bags Handy Luggage Option for Serious Bikers

By Jessica Thomson

Bike riding is a fascinating ex- perience for many. Going for a holiday trip while riding a motor- cycle, is common these days. Riding through the rugged ter- rains can be challenging. Then again, increasing speed to a maxi- mum limit at the highways can

also be of quite fun. But, when going for a holiday trip, it is nec- essary to carry suitable luggage. Saddle Bags can be the most ap- propriate motorcycle luggage to carry. When journeying, it is nec- essary to carry some personal items that are required on a daily basis.

leather bags for storing mini tools and portable accessories are quite popular. Another popular motor- cycle luggage is pannier. Panniers are a type of saddle bags that have metal bodies and are ideal for storing fragile, delicate items. However, not every type of sad- dle bag will feature a metal body.

are specially designed luggage bags available in the market. These types of luggage items have rugged exterior that may withstand hard weather while driving. These luggage bags also feature enough space to store clothes, gear and other necessary accessories. After all, long road trips do require these items.

Any type of Motorcycle Luggage is available widely in the market. Depending on the type of mate- rial, prices of these luggage prod- ucts are fixed. These items can also be purchased through online.

When journeying, it is necessary to carry some personal items that are required on a daily basis. Right kind of luggage provides the biker with some additional space for storing items during riding. These luggage bags are available in different style, de- sign, and shape. Tiny sized leather bags for storing mini tools and portable accessories are quite popular. Another popular motor- cycle luggage is pannier. Panniers are a type of saddle bags that have metal bodies and are ideal for storing fragile, delicate items

Saddle Bags Handy Luggage Option for Serious Bikers By Jessica Thomson B ike riding is a

Apart from panniers, there are other variants that have leather bodies (outer shell). They are mounted at the rear seat. Often, they are used to carry foods.

Large long distance bikes have the ability to accommodate higher amount of luggage. Cruiser bikes are huge in appear- ance and for these cruisers there

Right kind of luggage provides the biker with some additional space for storing items during riding. These luggage bags are available in different style, de- sign, and shape. Tiny sized

Saddle Bags Handy Luggage Option for Serious Bikers By Jessica Thomson B ike riding is a
Saddle Bags Handy Luggage Option for Serious Bikers By Jessica Thomson B ike riding is a
Saddle Bags Handy Luggage Option for Serious Bikers By Jessica Thomson B ike riding is a

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Know About Motorcycle Riding By: Jim MacDonald H ave you often wanted to learn more about

Know

About

Motorcycle

Riding

By: Jim MacDonald

Have you often wanted to learn

more about motorcycles and learn how to ride? There are a lot of people who have been wanting to learn how to ride and learn more about the kinds of motorcycles

that are available, and what they can do to become licensed to drive one. There are many differ- ent motorcycles that you can choose from, and you want to make sure that you read about them to see which one is going to be the best for you.

There are a lot of fun adventures that you can have when you go motorcycle riding. A lot of people enjoy the feeling of being free and riding out in the country. Others enjoy going for a nice ride through town and others like to take up racing. You can learn what you want to know about motorcycles at about-motorcy- cles.info. This web site is full of information that you can use when you are thinking about buy- ing a motorcycle, and can help

Know About Motorcycle Riding By: Jim MacDonald H ave you often wanted to learn more about
Know About Motorcycle Riding By: Jim MacDonald H ave you often wanted to learn more about

you learn the kind of gear that you are going to have to buy and how you can become licensed in your state to ride.

There are a lot of things that you need to learn about how to safely ride a motorcycle, and about mo- torcycle riding before you are able to begin. Each state also has its own rules for becoming li- censed to ride a motorcycle, and you may need to take a safety course before you are able to ride. You also should learn about the kinds of equipment that you need to buy and use when you are mo- torcycle riding. You will need to see what is required in your state that you need to get before you are able to ride. You can also learn about the types of motorcy- cles, sizes, styles and brands so that you can find the one that is

the best fit for you.

It can be a lot of fun to go on a motorcycle ride and you want to be sure that you know all about the safety rules before you begin. You also want to make sure that you find a motorcycle that you are going to be able to ride and that is comfortable for you. You can go online and research all of the motorcycles that are avail- able, and read about the different models to help you choose the right one. You can also compare them to see which one is the one that you want to ride. You can find where the best deals on mo- torcycles are and where you can look to get the best prices. Find out what you want to know and how you can begin to get your own when you go online.

Know About Motorcycle Riding By: Jim MacDonald H ave you often wanted to learn more about

$$$ Get your Bikes Value!

AMA and Black Book Launch Motorcycle Value App For Android and iPhone

snowmobiles produced since 1981. The guide, updated monthly, in- cludes the current retail values, a condition-based trade-in value, as well as the original MSRP.

"Motorcyclists deserve to have the most up-to-date market driven mo- torcycle value information on the planet at their fingertips when they buy or sell used bikes," said Black Book's Ricky Beggs. "We're excited to work with the AMA to offer this new service to AMA members and others."

What's your 2001 Kawasaki KLR650 worth? What about that 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Classic you spot on the side of the road with a for-sale sign? Now you can find out, right from your smart phone, thanks to a new app from the American Motorcyclist Association and AMA Corporate Member Black Book.

The AMA Motorcycle Value Guide powered by Black Book is an easy- to-use mobile phone app for iOS and Android devices that leverages the full power of the Black Book Motorcycle and Powersports Value Guide. The app is available now in the iTunes App Store and Android Market- place for $1.99.

"If you want to avoid the anxiety of paying too much for a used motor- cycle, or getting too little for yours, arm yourself with the objective data available in the AMA Motorcycle Value Guide powered by Black Book," said AMA Communications and Marketing Director Grant Par- sons. "The prices in the app are based on real sales, and that offers both buyers and sellers confidence and peace of mind."

The AMA Motorcycle Value Guide powered by Black Book includes comprehensive value information on virtually all motorcycles, all-ter- rain vehicles, dirtbikes, scooters, personal watercraft, jet boats and

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To download the AMA Motorcycle Value Guide powered by Black Book, search for it in the iTunes App Store or the Android Marketplace.

$$$ Get your Bikes Value! AMA and Black Book Launch Motorcycle Value App For Android and
$$$ Get your Bikes Value! AMA and Black Book Launch Motorcycle Value App For Android and
$$$ Get your Bikes Value! AMA and Black Book Launch Motorcycle Value App For Android and

Here's What You Should Know When Selecting a Motorcycle Batter y

Here's What You Should Know When Selecting a Motorcycle Batter y By: Brian R. Salisbury A

By: Brian R. Salisbury

A well-maintained and well- charged motorcycle battery typically lasts about three years.

Of course, many batteries do last longer. But if yours is more than three years old, you should start con- sidering a new motorcycle battery

purchase.

I'm sure you want a battery that will…

Start your motorcycle every time... Give you long, reliable service... Support your bike's electrical sys- tem... Reinforce the engine's performance capabilities... Here are key points to help you select a motorcycle battery that best meets your demands and best suits your motorcycle…

than the original, use your old bat- tery's specs and features to guide you toward the best replacement.

Know the original battery's physical measurements This is a basic point, but it's critical. A motorcycle bat- tery's physical measurements are at least as important as its technical specs.

That's because motorcycles give you a very limited and exact-sized com- partment where you hook-up and hold the battery.

Know the technical specs of your motorcycle's original battery

The engineers who designed your motorcycle installed a battery that would enable the bike's engine and electrical system to perform at full capacity.

As a starting point, make sure the technical specs of any new battery you're considering at least match your original battery's…

Amperage... Voltage... Reserve capacity... Actually, when choosing a battery, you want one that will give you the largest reserve capacity. Basically, reserve capacity indicates how long the battery will work without being charged.

Maybe you can get away with an ap- propriately powerful, smaller-sized battery. But if you get one that's too big, it probably won't fit in the allot- ted space and you'll have to exchange it.

Buying then returning batteries can be time-consuming and expensive.

Consider upgrading to a more tech- nologically advanced battery

Motorcycle batteries are improving all the time. Look into getting an up- graded design that's more technologi- cally advanced and reliable than your bike's original.

You have three battery designs to choose from. Each contains an elec- trolyte -- a caustic liquid that enables the battery to store energy.

Also, does the original battery have any unique characteristics? For ex- ample, does it require a vent tube or other attachments?

Even if you're considering a new bat- tery that's more technically advanced

These are your battery design choices:

Flooded Wet Cell Battery

This is the oldest battery design. Many wet cell types are not sealed. So they must remain upright to pre-

vent the caustic liquid inside from spilling. Also, you must continually top-up the electrolyte level.

Gel Cell Battery

A gel battery uses a gelling agent in

the electrolyte that improves the bat- tery's ability to store electricity. It also inhibits the liquid's movement inside the battery and reduces the possibility of spillage.

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Mo- torcycle Battery

An absorbed glass mat (AGM) bat- tery contains fiberglass mats that ab- sorb the electrolyte.

This type of battery was developed for the military. That's why they're very tough and reliable, and why they usually cost twice as much as a pre- mium wet cell.

In addition to being very energy effi- cient, long lasting and reliable, they're totally sealed, maintenance free and leak-proof.

You can install an AGM battery in any position -- even on its side or end. It makes no difference.

They're the battery of choice for many motorcycle riders because, in addition to their toughness, they hold a charge longer then other battery de- signs.

That's a big advantage, especially for riders who don't use their motorcycle every day.

Even after many months without re- ceiving a charge, you can recharge a very weak AGM battery and put it back into action.

Here's What You Should Know When Selecting a Motorcycle Batter y By: Brian R. Salisbury A

Ever y Biker Has A St yle (Even If He Doesn't Know It)

By: Dale Cox style is part of the motorcycle equa-

tion for every rider. It comes up every time you buy a new bike or jacket, ac- cessorize, study your reflection in a plate glass window, and when you pull into a crowd that scrutinizes every move you make. All this makes you think about the style you have or wish to create.

Maybe you just want to look cool. But you can get philosophical about it and make your style exhibit you - if you know who you are. What image do you want to project as a biker? What do you want to tell people about you? Style development begins with the bike you choose to ride. Most bikes will fall into one of the styles below, and your style will emerge from there. The bike and the style it inspires go together. You can change your style too. Cross over to another bike. But that can get costly.

I see six styles all around me. Find

yours here or start defining yours by reading these characteristics. If you ride any of these bikes in these cate- gories, you are already inclining to- ward their styles.

Leisure Style

This person isn't the James Dean/Mar- lon Brando/Peter Fonda type. He en- joys the ride and the breeze and looking impressive in bermuda shorts and tennis/deck shoes without socks. He may despise the leather look and its image. He refuses to conform to any of the well-defined, rigid styles characterized below. He bops around town in a Hawaiian shirt and corduroy OP shorts or cruises down beach drive in 70-90 degree weather making everyone envious by announcing, "This is living." Forget safety. Wear- ing a helmet only gets in the way of his mane waving in the humid breeze. Shaving the nipples off of his chest with road rash, or rounding off his knee caps down to the nerves and marrow isn't going to happen. There is a little bit of the 60's beach movies in this style. You observe it in Florida, California, and other beach, resort, or retirement communities where life is slower. Teenagers who are not serious about riding, older adults, and people who are frightened by larger bikes do the leisure style. But you just as easily see it anywhere where a person just does errands, saves money on gas, or cruises to enjoy the experience. Those who do not ride that often or have a scooter or a smaller displacement bike adopt this style. It is relaxed and sur- rounded with an air of innocence and a money-saving attitude.

BMW Style

Beemer people are among the most in-

dependent thinkers in motorcycling. That is because, by comparison, there are few BMW's out there even though they are among the most technologi- cally sophisticated bikes there are. But they are expensive. To buy a Beemer, you will force yourself to think out- side the herd. They look different than the most popular bikes out there, the most peculiar being the GS. If you buy one and are not a loner, you will become a loner because you will be riding solo most of the time. Why? Nobody will be able to keep up with you for one. These things fly. But BMW riders prefer to ride alone any- way. They don't ride in packs. You won't see them laden with useless or- naments. Only what is essential for the job of LONG DISTANCE RIDES at high rates of speed for hundreds of thousands of miles over the life of the bike, far ahead of the conforming mob behind them. The Beemer rider is con- fident, self-assured, and swimming up stream against the current. He doesn't need any kind of approval from the majority. Because all this goes to- gether, the Beemer crowd has a style as peculiar as the bikes upon which they ride. Leather is not the BMW style. Textile is. With armor and heated clothing. And full riding suits so you look like the Michelin Tire Man. Thus, weather is irrelevant. Beemer people are ready for anything. He'll be in a full-face helmet. With gloves and GPS's and XM radios and panniers and weather-proof boots and rear end black tape on his bags that re- flects light like the sun at night. He is likely a camper too. Completely self- contained and self-sufficient. A 2- wheel RV with camping gear loaded wide and high, including tires, sleep- ing bags, tents, chairs, stoves, and coolers. A BMW rider stands alone. His conformity is non-conformity. He

is pretty much ignored. But he is like a Marine and thinks he rides the best. All other bikes are inferior, and the riders who ride them have been de- ceived or are ignorant.

Wanna talk about motorcycles? What biker doesn't? The Beemer guy takes it to the next level. Most people talk about new ones coming out next year or some of the late models around. Beemer men love history. They love to ride history too. Bikes from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's. The are more interested in the greatest than the lat- est. Simplicity rather than complexity.

Some of the most unlikely people in the world ride Beemers. If there is such a person who does not think of style at all, it would be a BMW rider. Lots of farmers in the Midwest sit on these things and roll up at rallies as if they just came out of the barn. Their rallies are benign. I went to a Beemer rally in Iowa one Spring. Every regis- trant was given a mug. It entitled him to unlimited alcohol for the weekend. Parked on the rally grounds was a beer wagon open 24 hours a day for three days. It was the biggest bong you could think of with a beer Niagara Falls pouring through it. All beer and meals were in the rally fee, and the beer wagon was drained non-stop every hour on the clock. The event was uneventful. No one got drunk or naked. Think innocent for the Leisure style, gaudy for GoldWing, and plain for BMW.

Harley Style

This is the majority style. It is not plain. Most conceptions of bikers are in this category. 99% of most riders at most rallies model this version. It is

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Bikers and Other Risk-Takers Should Buy Life Insurance By Joe Olvera ©, 2012 E d Flores,

Bikers and Other Risk-Takers Should Buy Life Insurance

Bikers and Other Risk-Takers Should Buy Life Insurance By Joe Olvera ©, 2012 E d Flores,

By Joe Olvera ©, 2012

Ed Flores, the owner of a life insur- ance company, knows whereof he speaks, when he recommends that everybody, not just bikers or risk-tak- ers, should be prepared for bumps on the road to protect a family. Flores, owner of Ed Flores Life Insurance Company, via Nationwide Insurance, said when he suffered a terrible acci-

dent in 2002, he thought he was going to die and he didn’t have life insurance. “After the accident, in which I broke my sternum, fractured both legs, opened up my face, I thought for sure I was going to die. I asked God to not let me die, because I had four kids and I would be leaving them unprotected.

“I was in the hospital for one week, on morphine four days,” Flores remem- bered. “The doctors had given up on me surviving. They told me there wasn’t much they could do for me. The only thing going through my mind was that I didn’t have life in- surance. Who was going to take care of my family? After the accident, I lost my job and didn’t have any in- come coming in. I started my own life insurance company because I felt an obligation to help insure bikers

and other people. Life insurance is a given, but, as Hispanics, we don’t be- lieve in it. It’s not part of our her- itage. Maybe it’s because we don’t trust anyone. We’re taught to hide our savings under the mattress, or to place the money in a tin-can and bury it. Today, I have a $1.5 million pol- icy. If anything happens to me, my family will be well-off financially.”

Despite his horrific accident, which happened on Montwood when a parked car pulled out in front of him, he still rides bikes and, gasp, he still likes speed. “I had a 96-cubic engine, but upgraded it to a 103 Screaming Eagle. I like to ride long-distance, and still like to drive fast on my Harley Ultra-Glide. I’ve been riding bikes since age 15, but, one accident isn’t going to stop me, even if it al- most cost me my life. I realize that there are altogether too many acci- dents, especially with young people. I guess when you’re young, you think you’re invincible, that nothing

can harm you.”

Flores, 50, said that he rides more now than before the accident. But, he does want bikers and other folks to protect themselves and their families with life insurance. “It’s not hard for bikers to buy life insurance, but, the insurance company won’t sell it to you if they know you’re a racer,” Flores said. “Another protection is to buy disability insurance. You just never know when something life- changing will happen to you. Just think if you get hurt, you’re going to be without a job. How are you going to provide for your family? Don’t just live for the moment. Prepare yourself for any eventuality. You’ll be glad you did. Another suggestion I would offer is to wear protective clothing. There’s nothing like leather to protect you from a spill. On the day of the accident, however, I had taken off my leather jacket because it was too hot. To this day, I still have scratches and bruises on my arms.”

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marked by four features. CHROME. Not plastic. It is a signature item that gleams on every spot where it can be fitted. BLACK. For almost every- thing. BLUE. As in jeans. LEATHER. Add doo rags, beer gushing like a fire hydrant, beards, mustaches, long hair, patches, and expensive rides weighed down with sparkling silver. Throw in muscles and tattoos, chains. pack rid- ing. Vests worn outside the jackets. Thunderous racket. Each rider tries to raise the dead before the Day of Judg- ment and get cagers to curse. Lack of self-assurance or over-confidence with constant throttling at a stop light that says to everyone around them, "Look at me." Sexy women. Skulls. Club names. Revelry. Black and or- ange and Harley-Davidson written on everything from the boots to under- wear. T-shirts from every Harley shop on the planet. Vendors by the thou- sands. Charity rides. Poker runs. $100 minimum for all things Harley. The omnipresent, stocked Harley-David- son dealership at every exit on the in- terstate. The H-D style is emulated by every age group from children to old men. The ultimate rebel and independ- ent conforms to the majority. The bikes are cruisers or metric cruisers. Leather is the de rigueur outfit, the uniform of long-standing tradition that looks right. It fits the soldiers who

ride them to a tee. And it's practical because leather provides the best pro- tection when evil visits. Textile is loathed like a GoldWing. This style can be worn everyday of the year, even if you are not riding or have never ridden a motorcycle in your miserable life, because it is a fashion statement worn by movie stars to teeny boppers to infants. It is THE style. Black leather begs to adorn the classic loner.

Sport Biker Style

The sport biker style gains momentum every year. Sit on a beach boulevard. What bikes are coming down the pike? Sport bikes outnumber cruisers sometimes seven to one. The reasons are: PRICE. It is half or less to get into a sport bike compared to a Harley. SPEED. The cops give up if you fly down the street at 100 mph. They turn around and radio ahead, hoping that you are not already out- side the range of their frequency. You can wheelie 10 miles across the Howard Frankland bridge on Tampa Bay and still pass everyone. Adrena- line will fire down your veins like co- caine as you cut between cars and blast past them like F-15's. Cagers al- most fly off the road when you sneak upon them with that high-pitched whine in the left lane just before they

were about to enter it. IMAGE. Cruisers are for old men. Sport bikes reflect youthful egotism and un- abashed, daredevil courage that takes unnecessary risks. YOUTH. They can bend over like a rubber band on those things. The cruiser guy sits in his Lazy Boy seat and picks up his own leg to get on. This calls for a different style. Not leather. Unless it looks like it came from a racetrack and is rated for 200 mph. Textile is the costume. And exo-skeletal armor strapped to the back. In fact, armor everywhere. With a pack. And racing boots with colorful full-face helmets. Often strapped to the side. The most pronounced and unimaginable decoration to everyone over 30 though is the hood ornament on the BACK. The girl. Knees on both sides of her face, back bent like a hinge, her thong straps painted on her bare back, she sails by at 100 miles an hour in short shorts and hangs on to the moron's waist while she both ex- ults in the speed rush and thinks about her eternal destiny if something goes haywire. The Harley style is macho or classic; the Sport Bike style is just plain crazy.

Your Own Man Style

Other than the Beemer rider, this is the cruiser rider who refuses to im- print everything he owns with the

words Harley-Davidson. He's not a pack rider and doesn't conform to their lifestyle. He watches the crowd and enjoys the rallies, but "watch" is the key word, not do. If something makes sense to him, he will borrow a useful feature from another style whether anyone else (more likely, no one else) does so or not. These people are few.

So there you are. Motorcycle style. You have one, and it is probably one of these. You style is either innocent, gaudy, plain, insane, classic/macho, or maverick. In your mind or with your bike and all things related to it, you are in one of these camps.

Contined from pg 14. marked by four features. CHROME. Not plastic. It is a signature item
Contined from pg 14. marked by four features. CHROME. Not plastic. It is a signature item
 

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Sturgis Motorcy cle Rally 2012

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Races will be held on August 8- 14, 2012 in Sturgis, South Dakota (SD) The Buffalo Chip, Full Throttle Saloon, and Black Hills add to the excitement of this years 71st annual Sturgis Rally and Races. Join so many thousands of other Motorcy- clists and Enthusiasts coming from around the world to enjoy Sturgis. There will be Live En- tertainment with so many Bands performing each day, Rides, Bike Builders, Fighting, Races, and so much more.

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1s t Anuual 1s t Armo r Division Riders and Fort Blis s Warrior Transition Battalion Be nefit Run

Saturday August 11, 2012 Registration is from 9:30am- 11am at Casa Ford 1st stop - Mamacitas 2nd Stop - Planview Lake Final Stop - Liver y Stable Sa- loon - 849 Horizon Blvd

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Saturday August 25th the Traviezos MC is holding a benifit run with proceeds going to The Lee & Beulah Moor Chil- dren’s Home Registration from 12:30-2pm at Hope & Anchor

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Ted Mc Vay Ro ll For T he Cure

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held August 18th through Au- gust 20th, 2012. at the Red River Canoe Campground 8002 Hwy 41 N, Adams TX, USA This is a 18 and older event. $30.00 gate fee. $30.00 RV hookups per night. This event includes live music, Bike Show, field games, wet t- shirt contest, and much more! More information:

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All proceeds go to the Relay For Life more information:

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Texas will be held on Septem- ber 1st to September 3rd, 2012. at Historic Granur y Square, Granbur y, TX The event includes bike runs, a bike show, live music, delicious food, vendors, and much more! More information: (817) 964-

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