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Dee Snider of Twisted Sister

Dee Snider of Twisted Sister

Twisted Sister (“We’re Not Gonna Take It”) is an American heavy metal band known for delivering youth anthems, wearing outrageous clothes, gawdy make-up and having wild hairstyles during their performances.  One could debate that glam rock peaked in the mid-80s with MTV, yet the band has sold over 10M records and earned 35 gold and platinum records from 8 countries to date.

So, what does Twisted Sister’s front-man Dee Snider and his flamboyant costumes and the hedonistic pop/rock themes have to do with babies?  My first thought was, “This can’t be good,” but then I was contacted by Kimberly Gustafson, the Community Director (Southern Or.) for March of Dimes and it turns out that Dee is the National Bikers for Babies Spokesperson and has been a strong advocate for children!  As a father of two prematurely born children (Cody and Cheyenne) he knows first-hand about the difficulties and things that can go wrong.

BFBLogo_198x62The Bikers for Babies is an integral role for the non-profit March of Dimes in the advancement of their fund raising mission which helps “preemies” and prevents birth defects.  Last year 35K riders and 250 motorcycle clubs (including: HOG, American Gold Wing, ABATE, CMA, Iron Pigs and the Red & Blue Knights) joined together on rides across the U.S. to help raise money.  The Oregon – Bikers for Babies ride is set for August 29th with 3 start locations (Bend, Eugene & Salem) and all routes end at Hoodoo Mountain Resort (mile post 80 on Hwy 20) on Santiam Pass, OR.  Sponsors of the Oregon ride are Salem H-D, Doyles H-D (Eugene) and Cascade H-D (Bend).  This web site has registration information if want to participate.

In these economic trying times it seems that more organizations are asking for more donations, but giving is not only about money.  Giving is also doing something with your heart and time so if you have passion about health issues which effect premature babies then I encourage you to visit the web site and help your fellow bikers improve their situation.

Photos courtesy of Bikers for Babies and Vondutch Kustom Cycles site.

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Easy Rider Replica Bike

Easy Rider Replica Bike

Not the fictional character who appears in comic books, but I’m talking about the classic motorcycle movie Easy Rider which marks the 40 year anniversary this week.

About two bikers (Fonda and Hopper) who travel the America landscape to experience freedom of the open road from the seat of their motorcycles.  Fonda played “Captain America” and his bike is one of the most recognizable motorcycles in history.  Stories vary, but according to the H-D Museum there were two choppers used in the film.  There is some irony in that both were created from H-D FLH police motorcycles.  One was destroyed in the making of the film and the other mysteriously disappeared from the movie set.  By some accounts there were a total of 4 motorcycles used which 3 were stolen.

Jack Nicholson played an alcoholic ACLU lawyer, George Hanson.  One of his more memorable comments after observing that Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibit it was:

“This used to be a hell of a good country.  I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.”

Ten years ago for the 30th anniversary celebration Fonda and H-D collaborated to build an exact replica of the California chopper which is now featured in the H-D Museum.  In 1998, the movie was added to the U.S. National Film Registry have been deemed culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

I posted previously about producer William Hayward, his role in the movie and his unfortunate death.

Photo taken at H-D Museum during 105th Anniversary Celebration.

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sturgis_bkgrndThe open road is just three weeks away!

But, I won’t be at the granddaddy of them all — I’ll miss chatting with CJ Halon (Guilty Customs), rubbing elbows with Jeff Cochran (Sucker Punch Sally’s), miss the Legend Ride with Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and all the cigar aficionados, artists and vendors at the 69th Annual Black Hills Motorcycle Rally – a.k.a.,  Sturgis.

Sure it’s a can’t miss event and I’m not cutting corners, but having been there a few times already I’m now more selective on which years to attend and if all goes well I’ll make next year’s big 70th blowout party.

Canada_GlacierInstead plans have been set for a week of saddle time/travel in the province of Alberta, Canada…few places on the planet have massive mountains as large as the National Parks of Jasper, Yoho and Banff.  Our posse plans to take in the cathedral-like peaks and ancient blue-white glaciers then return home via Glacier National Park… an exquisite destination where the masses have been going since the day railcars were the only means of traveling.  Clearly the Canadian exchange rate will increase the cost of the trip, but the Columbia Ice field and Hwy 93 between Jasper and Banff will make our trek worth it.

The Canadian Rockies will often make their own weather and for us folks without a roof we’re hoping for a lot of sunshine and that the rain gear stays buried in the bottom of the bagger.

Photo courtesy of H-D and the Google.

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