Rolling Thunder 2019

 

So thankful for the opportunity to attend Rolling Thunder 2019 with some awesome ASR members. Robert Thompson, Tom & Renaye Thompson, Jeremiah Hayes, and his father Delbert Hayes and new member Norman Knight. We started out meeting up in Clarksburg, WV. We met up for dinner with ASR members Brother and Sister Joseph and Nathaniel and Brandy Benedum for some good fellowship. On Saturday morning we had a very nice scenic route picked out for a ride over to Rockville, Maryland. The ride was great except for the area’s where the road disappears from your GPS lol. Man  you can have that crazy DC city outer city traffic. Sunday we were up very early to ride over to the Harley Davidson dealership to line up for the escorted ride in to the pentagon. It was already a sight to see so many bikers at the dealership.
 Jeremiah Hayes said it best when we were in Washington DC  for Rolling Thunder “If you can experience the level of patriotism and respect for our armed forces and veterans that was present during this event, and it not affect you, something is wrong. It was truly an unforgettable moment, and at times, it was hard to hold back the tears thinking of so many that have sacrificed for the freedoms you and I to enjoy every day.
Fighting back tears is what we all did on our escorted ride to the pentagon. As we left the Harley Davidson dealership in Rockville MD all streets were blocked for us the entire route. On the sides of the roads and over every bridge were people waving to us flying American and military flags. You just couldn’t help getting emotional. It was truly a real blessing to take part in this awesome event. Which broke an all time high record that they estimated between 1.3 to 1.7 million bikers praise God that’s just totally awesome. I’m just glad I was able to be a part of this wonderful event with some of my ASR family.  Thank you  for letting me be your Road Captain on this journey. And a big thank you to Jeremiah Hayes for coming to the rescue of a down biker and fixing his bike.
Michael Theodore                                                                                                                      National Road Captain

Cortland, NY 1st Biker Sunday

I would like to start off by giving a big thank you to Brother Erick Smith, Pastor Brad Dutcher and Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church of Cortland, NY. Thank you again for allowing ASR to be apart of your church and hosting a biker Sunday.  We had a great time in fellowship and riding over that first weekend in May. Brother Erick Smith did a very good job with his first biker Sunday. He did this all while having complications from his wisdom tooth surgery on Thursday. On Saturday Brother Norman Knight joined us for breakfast along with Pastor Brad Dutcher. We had a very good time in fellowship talking about our past. Both Norman and myself talking about how we came into ASR. By the time we got back from riding it was time for dinner it was already a long day and at the restaurant I could tell brother Smith was having some major pain as his one side of his mouth was completely swollen. Early Sunday morning I get a text from Brother Smith saying he is in the ER do to his complications. At first I’m like oh boy the host is not going to be at his biker Sunday now what. Well we still have to have church. I said there is a guest speaker so all is good. When Norman and Myself got to the church Pastor Dutcher informs me that  brother Smith is at the hospital. I told brother Dutcher yes I know. Then I hear these words. brother Dutcher asked if I could speak. As I just looked at brother Dutcher with out hesitation he said good LOL I then said but you do know that I am not a minister. Brother Dutcher then said that’s ok I am fine with it you have a testimony that needs heard. Great now in my head I’m in panic mode LOL. as I sat there on the pew in panic mode. I started to ask the Lord to give me the words to say. Talking about ASR is easy. It still hard for me talking about my testimony, my story. Well the Lord gave me comfort as I first talked about ASR and How I first came into ASR. Then as I was speaking the Lord gave me the direction and words to speak on bitterness and how we are not promised tomorrow.
I did not Know at the time that there was someone that needed to hear that. Because they were dealing with bitterness and the loss of a child. After the service we talked on healing. Even though I only spoke for 10 minutes which felt like an hour. I was glad to hear the anointed massage by Evangelist Joe Rapaglia. He gave us a very powerful message.
Thank you Rick and Barb Medley who rode up from Southern Ohio to be a part of the 1st Biker Sunday of Cortland, NY.
It was a great weekend in fellowship, riding and church. And we signed up a new ASR Member Norman Knight. Who is going to help brother Smith in getting New York their first ASR chapter. Looking forward to seeing the outreach and lost souls saved in Cortland, NY. Can’t wait for next years Biker Sunday.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain.

June Up Coming ASR Events

June 8: Cruise In & Ride; Jacksonville, Illinois

June 8-9: New Straightsville, Ohio Biker Sunday, Hocking Hills Chapter; New Straightsville, OH                                                                                                                          June 29: Texoma Texas Chapter BBQ and Meet & Greet                                              June 30: North Texas Chapter Motorcycle Sunday Fort Worth, Texas
July 7: 10th Annual Biker Sunday in Memory of Michael T. Theodore Jr., Ashtabula Chapter; Jefferson, Ohio
July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN                                                Sept 5-8: ASR Ride to Arkansas
Sept 11-14: Azusa StreetRiders 2nd Annual Fall Retreat; Galveston, Texas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV
Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana                                 Oct 16-18: ASR Fall Retreat Winnie, Texas
All event information can be viewed  on our ASR website or on our facebook pages. If you have an event and it is not listed or you are planning a event and would like it listed please email your information to the board or to myself so we can get your event information listed.
Thank you,
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

Up Coming ASR Events

May 3-4 Arkansas District Men‘s Ministry Conference
May 5: 1st Annual Cortland, New York Biker Sunday and Bike Blessing; Cortland, NY
May 11: 7th Annual Sword Run; Clarksburg, WV
May 25-26: Rolling Thunder; Washington, DC (This will be the last Rolling Thunder)
June 8: Cruise In & Ride; Jacksonville, Illinois
June 9: New Straightsville, Ohio Biker Sunday, Hocking Hills Chapter; New Straightsville, OH
July 7: 10th Annual Biker Sunday in Memory of Michael T. Theodore Jr., Ashtabula Chapter; Jefferson, Ohio
July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN
Sept 11-14: Azusa StreetRiders 2nd Annual Fall Retreat; Galveston, Texas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV
Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

Motorcycle Awareness Month

Spring is in full swing and around the country, motorcyclists are returning to the road after a long winter. But with a sudden spike in the number of motorcycles on the road, it’s a good time to remind all motorists, whether on two wheels or four, to keep a special lookout for motorcyclists.

That’s why May is recognized as National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, a time for drivers to be reminded to share the road with motorcycles, and riders to be reminded to make themselves more visible to others.
Keep the Contact Patch between the lines
 
Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

State Watch

New Jersey
S. 1400 and A. 3204 would allow operators of motorcycles,motorized bicycles and bicycles to proceed through a malfunctioning steady red light if the rider comes to a full stop at the intersection, waits for two complete cycles of the opposing traffic signal or for two minutes, whichever is shorter,then treats the traffic control signal as a stop sign.

 

Oregon
H.B 2314 would allow motorcyclist and moped riders to split lanes if traffic is stopped or is traveling 10 mph or slower, the rider travels no more than 10 mph faster than traffic and the rider merges with traffic when traffic speed exceeds 10 mph. The law would apply to highways with speed limits of 50 mph or higher.

Texas
H.B. 748 would repeal the exceptions to the state’s mandatory helmet law. The law currently exempts riders 21 or older who have completed a motorcycle safety course or who have health insurance coverage.
Also S.B. 273 would allow motorcyclist to split lanes on limited or controlled access highways when traffic is moving at 20 mph or slower, if the rider does not travel more than 5 mph faster than surrounding traffic.

Virginia
H.B.1872 would require the adult motorcyclists to register as organ donors if they wish to ride without a helmet. The bill also makes failure to wear a helmet a secondary offense, which means law enforcement officers would not be allowed to stop riders simply for being helmetless.
Also H.B. 2446 would allow motorcyclists to ride on the shoulder of limited access highways when traffic is stopped or is traveling 10 mph or less, the motorcyclist must not exceed 15 mph and must take the first available exit.
And H.B. 2193 would add grass clippings to the list of substance a person may not throw or deposit on the roads. Grass clippings create a hazard for motorcyclists.

Utah
H.B143 Changed registration and state wide fees for all- terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and street-legal ATV’s. Under the new law, registration fees for off- road vehicles will not exceed $35 while the fee for a street- legal ATV will not exceed $72. The state’s Motor Vehicle Division requires that $1 of the registration go to the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Fund. State wide fees foe ATV’s and snowmobiles will vary, based on the age of the vehicle.

 

Also Utah became the second U.S. state to formally recognize a type of lane splitting, with the governor’s signature on a bill legalizing the filtering of motorcycles between lanes of stopped traffic.

“This is a major victory for motorcyclists in Utah and across the country,” said Mike Sayre, on-highway government relations manager for the American Motorcyclist Association. “As more states acknowledge the benefits of lane splitting, motorcyclists can become safer on the roads, and motorists can find some relief from traffic congestion.”
H.B. 149 allows motorcyclists traveling no faster than 15 mph to filter between lanes of stopped traffic traveling in the same direction on roads where the speed limit is 45 mph or less.
The bill, sponsored by state Rep. Walt Brooks (R-St. George) and state Sen. David P. Hinkins (R-Orangeville), was signed by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 21. The bill takes effect May 14.
There are provisions in the bill automatically repealing the law on July 1, 2022, if the legislature takes no action to extend it.

The AMA endorses lane splitting, given the long-term success in California and the University of California study by Berkeley researchers showing that it enhances motorcycle safety. And the AMA will assist groups and individuals working to bring legal lane splitting and/or filtering to their state.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

Up Coming ASR Event’s

April 27: Maryville, TN Chapter Redbud/Dogwood Ride

May 5: 1st Annual Cortland, New York Biker Sunday and Bike Blessing; Cortland, NY

May 11: 7th Annual Sword Run; Clarksburg, WV

May 25-26: Rolling Thunder; Washington, DC (This will be the last Rolling Thunder)
June 8: Cruise In & Ride; Jacksonville, Illinois
June 9: New Straightsville, Ohio Biker Sunday, Hocking Hills Chapter; New Straightsville, OH
July 7: 10th Annual Biker Sunday in Memory of Michael T. Theodore Jr., Ashtabula Chapter; Jefferson, Ohio
July 31 – August 3: ASR National Rally; Maryville, TN
Sept 11-14: Azusa StreetRiders 2nd Annual Fall Retreat; Galveston, Texas
Sept 21-22: 2nd Annual Biker Sunday; Clendenin, WV

Sept 23-28: UPCI General Conference; Indianapolis, Indiana

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

Tips for Low-Speed Riding

Tips for Low-Speed Riding

Unless you’re somehow not subject to the laws of gravity, you likely feel a bit wobbly during slow-speed parking-lot maneuvers. This is because the stabilizing effect of inertia and the gyroscopic forces imparted by your bike’s wheels diminish as speed decreases, giving gravity the upper hand. Staying upright and balanced requires a deft orchestration of clutch, throttle, and brake, along with precise lean and steering angles, body positioning, and visual focus. Putting all these pieces together is challenging, but here are a few tips that will make slow-speed riding a little less nerve-racking.
Since your bike is less stable at slow speeds, it’s important to maintain smooth, steady drive. A lot of bikes’ throttles are too sensitive for precise control at a walking pace, so it’s best to keep the throttle steady and instead use the clutch to control speed.  This is called the friction zone. Locking the throttle by anchoring your thumb or index finger against the handlebar switch pod can be helpful.
For even more exact control, drag the rear brake. Not only is it great for fine-tuning your speed, but it also has the beneficial effect of increasing stability by putting some tension in the drive train and rear suspension. The front brake on most bikes is quite powerful, and even a light pull on the lever is going to shift weight forward, compress the fork, steepen steering geometry, and upset the stability you’re working so hard to maintain. Reserve the front brake for stopping, not adjusting your speed.
Now that you know how to preserve slow-speed stability, it’s time to make a tight turn. While it’s common to lean off the inside of the bike in faster corners, at slow speeds you’ll want to keep your body upright and let the motorcycle lean beneath you by shifting your weight to the outer edge of the seat, dirt-bike style. Keep your feet on the foot pegs to stabilize your body and so you can use the rear brake as needed to regulate your speed. Of course, if you mess up and need to put a foot down, do it.
Yes, leaning a bike at slow speed is unnerving, but it is required. Remember that you can lean quite a bit without falling as long as you maintain enough momentum to counteract gravity. Being loose on the handlebars allows quick and fluid adjustments to maintain your balance, and remember to keep your eyes up, even if you get nervous.
Slow-speed riding can be tricky, and it requires a specific set of skills. As always, practice makes perfect, so spend some time riding slowly to get used to slow-speed balance. Use the clutch, throttle, and rear brake technique to creep along slowly. You know you have good balance if you don’t need to saw the handlebars back and forth to stay on course. Now put all the pieces together to make slow U-turns. With a bit of courage and a lot of practice, you’ll be the master of your local parking lot.

Keep The Contact Patch Between The Lines

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain

 

State Watch

State Watch
Ohio
House Bill 548, which would allow motorcyclist to wear earplugs while riding,it passed the state House and has been  referred to the state Senate Transportation, commerce and workforce Committee. Ohio is one of a few states where earplugs are prohibited while riding.

Iowa
All-terrain vehicles and other four wheel utility vehicles can now legally operate on gravel roads in Des Moines County, Iowa. The county began considering the move after receiving petitions containing more than 1,000 signatures. ATV’S and UTV’S also will be allowed on paved roads to get from one gravel road to the another. Among the restrictions reported by Tri-States Public Radio: ATV use is prohibited between 10 pm and 4 am. Vehicle operators must be 18 or older and have a valid drivers license; vehicles can not be three-wheelers; vehicles may not be driven in ditches; maximum speed is 35mph; passengers are prohibited. Those wishing to operate an ATV on a county road must buy an annual $25 permit.

California
Waymo, the self-driving vehicle unit of Alphabet, has obtained permission to test fully automated cars on California’s public roads. The company, the first to receive a driverless permit in the state,plans to keep it’s vehicles in the neighborhoods of Mountain View, Sunnyvale. Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, according to a report by Verge.com. Waymo’s permit includes day and night testing on city streets, rural roads, and highways with posted speed limits of up to 65 mph. Arizona also allows Waymo to operate driverless cars.
Lets hope that they have high tech sensors to see motorcycles.

Michael Theodore
National Road Captain