Thursday, July 31, 2008

Last Ride


ST. AMBROSE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5130 Wilson Avenue., St. Louis, MO 63110, (314) 771-1228 SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 10:00AM

Following the service at St. Ambrose Catholic Church on Saturday, there will be a procession of motorcycles to Judy's home. Everyone is welcome to join the procession. Please feel free to pass this information on to your fellow bikers. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Judy and Terry's favorite charities:

Thank you...

Kirkwood H.O.G. Chapter #2573

Another Phony Rooster Tip

If you've been reading these and wondering if they are about you, well you might be a Phony Rooster.

Motorcycle Stuff This Weekend

Welcome to August I guess a day early. From the looks of the calendar not too many folks want to put an event up against Sturgis. There is a poker run sponsored by the Piasa Gateway Chapter of ABATE sign up is on the third at the Runway Lounge in Bethalto, IL from 11 to 1 PM. Tonight is of course Bike Night at Geo's wings on West Main St in Belleville, IL. Tmorrow the deal is at Bottles N Throttles in Wentzville, MO stop in and see what Chuck has planned for your entertainment. It is also Bike Night at Fatboys in De Soto, MO. I was there last week and it is quite the place to be. This coming Tuesday will be the first Two Wheel Tuesday event at No-Jacks in Smithton, IL. This place is right on 159 and the owner is going out of his to help us bikers have a great place to go on a Tuesday. And Finally mark your calendars now next Sunday the 10th is our 5th Anniversary Party and Poker Run. Sign up for the Poker Run is either at the South County Show-Mes, the St Charles Show-mes or the Fairview Heights Show-Mes from 11 to 12:30 and we will all end up at Fairview Heights, IL for the party. Don't forget the first 200 to sign up for the poker run get free wings at the end. Oh and last but certainly not least this Saturday is the 2nd of the five weeks of the Moonlight TT ( or Tavern to Tavern) Poker Run sign up this week is at Gallagher's in Freeburg from 6 to 7 come out and bring your friends the proceeds go to the Belleville, IL Battered Women's Shelter. We did not have a large crowd last week but we did have large fun.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Further Judy Information

This is the latest information I have received on Judy Yount.




ST. LOUIS, MO 63110




Sunday, July 27, 2008

Judy Yount

I received this email earlier today. I am posting this to the web to help get the word out. Judy was truly a courageous woman and will be missed.

As most of you are already aware, our dearest sister, Judy (Chiodini) Yount, lost her hard-fought battle with cancer today, July 27, 2008 at 8:15 a.m.

Judy is survived by her loving and dedicated husband, Terry, sons Brian and T.J., brothers Ron, Lou and Jerry along with their families. She also leaves behind many, many brothers and sisters in the biking community who loved and cherished her.

The services are being planned and scheduled. We will send an additional email as soon as all arrangements have been made.

Please keep Judy's family in your thoughts and prayers at this time of great loss. It has been requested that visitors and telephone calls to Judy and Terry's home be limited to their immediate family.

Please forward this information to all who know and love Judy and Terry.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

More Rooster

If you think it is good idea to cheat and then lie about it to someone who publishes a magazine and reaches 30,000 sets of eyes every month, well you obviously are not very bright, and you might be a phony rooster.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

American Workers

I just heard Dave Sinclair, the car dealer, talking about buying American. And for the most part I agree. However when you buy American these days, it seems like it truly only profits the executives in this country. It is my belief that it in the larger sense it is more important to buy vehicles that are built/assembled here. The reason is because then American workers get paid so they can support other businesses in their local communities. I think it is truly the American worker we need to support now. American CEO have repeatedly shown they do not care about their employees only lining their pockets. In many instances I believe they have shown little concern for the future to extract every little bit of profit now. Stephen Covey talks about killing the goose that lays the golden eggs, to extract the eggs now but killing off any future production. That is what it appears American business is doing now.

While Dave Sinclair points out that with foreign named companies the profits go overseas that is not entirely true several foreign companies are in some instances controlled by American companies. My Mazda B3000 comes off the same assembly line as the Ford Ranger because Ford owns a significant portion of Mazda and this is only one example.

So my point is we need to support American workers because it is evident American business will not. If you do not believe me ask a Chrysler employee from the plant in Fenton or maybe ask Dave Sinclair why American business is keeping Canadians employed while laying off American workers.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Phony Rooster

You may be a Phony Rooster if you claim a nationality your last name doesn't reflect. I personally am proud of my Irish heritage and fully embrace it.

Friday, July 18, 2008

First Installment

Hello The Biking Life readers one and all. Today I am going to start something new,a serial I believe, that will be called the Phony Rooster Chronicles, we all come across Phony Roosters from time to time. You know them, we all deal with them, they walk around like the cock of the yard but the hens will tell you they don't really have anything to crow about. One pretty typical Phony Rooster behavior, is to make commitments but then do not live up to their word, you better get more than a handshake with a Phony Rooster.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Annual Ride To Work Day Wed July 16

For those that don't ride their motorcycle to work regularly, Wednesday July 16 is the annual ride to work day for 2008. On Ride Your Motorcycle to Work day, the issue is one of awareness. In their materials, the event promoters have this to say: Ride to work and demonstrate to politicians and the general public that motorcyclists
- Represent a considerable portion of the population.
- Are from all occupations and all walks of life.
- Help reduce traffic congestion in large cities.
- Ride for transportation as well as for recreation

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sparks Fly at H-D Museum Grand Opening

Rows of primary chains were used for the "ribbon" at the grand opening ceremony of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, on Saturday July 12. A H-D employee came out with an acetylene torch and cut the ribbon amid a display of fireworks. Watch The Biking Life Magazine for more photos and information about the 105 years of motorcycle history on display.
(Photo courtesy of Business Wire)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Two other Sunday Events

There are two event son Sunday the 13th I forgot to inlcude before. One is the Benefit Run for Dave "Monty" Monachella which starts at TJ's Bar and Grill in Pevely, MO sign up by noon this will end at Falling Springs.

The other is FORR Local 42's Annual School Supply Run sign up at Stout's Main Store in the Mason Dixie Flea Market on Hwy 50 and I-44 near Union, MO

Friday, July 11, 2008

Just In Biker Friendly Establishments

Hi readers we just received this. I believe this person but was wondering if anyone can confirm this? I have received them from our Biker Friendly list and they will stay there until I either have confirmation from one of you or I confirm it myself. I do not accept money from establishments to be listed as Biker Friendly I rely on you to tell me what places are or are not and a place that doesn't allow colors is not Biker Friendly.

Hi Jennifer,

My name is ?????? and I am a frequent visitor to the House of Rock in South County. I noticed that you list them as "biker friendly" in your magazine and wanted to inform you that as of this month no motorcycle clubs are allowed to wear their "rockers/colors" into the establishment. They will be asked to either remove their colors or leave. We were informed of this by the owner last week when I was in there with some of my m/c friends.

Just thought this information would be helpful to note in the magazine so as to avoid anyone making a trip up there and being turned away because of their colors.


And thank you for notifying us.

Weekend Kickstart Returns

Tonight marks the return of the Weekend Kickstart Party, in an unfortunate series of events our previous host was unable to provide the necessary atmosphere for this to be successful. This is not true of the new location Bottles-N-Throttles in Wentzville, MO. There will be different events on each night of the month so we invite you to see what the leaders in bike events have in store for you tonight, the fun starts right around 7 PM and the address is:

1799 MALL PARK WAY WENTZVILLE MO 63385 EXIT 212 off of I-70
Phone: 636-887-9011

While this is no doubt the hottest thing going on this weekend it is not the only thing. Here are some other activities:

12th 3rd Annual Ray Ruzich IUOE Scholarship Memorial Poker Run
sign up at IUOE Local 318 Hall in Marion, IL

12th Piasa Gateway ABATE Rodeo
sign up at the Cottage Hills VFW from 4 to 5 PM

12th Hells Angels Summer Bash
at Paddy Mcs 5528 Maryville Rd, Granite City, IL from 2:00 PM

12th 7th Annual Raiders Run
sign up at Gary's Bar and Grill on Hwy 159 by the Catsup bottle in Collinsville, IL from 11 to 1 PM

12th Buffalo Soldiers MC SWIL Patch Party and Bike Show
207 McAllister St Lebanon, IL bike show registration from 10 to 11:30 for more info visit

13th Dream Weavers Poker run Smoker Friendly
sign up at Teds Motorcycle World on Humbert in Alton, IL from noon to 2

13th Hooter's Bike Wash at Hooters
in Fairview Heights - Get your bike washed up by Hooter's girls for a small donation to St. Clair County ABATE 1 - 3 p.m

13th Indiana Ride for Kids
Pinhook Park 2801 Riverside Dr South Bend, Indiana Registration open at 8:00 am Ride starts Promptly at 9:45 am

13th Benefit Run for Monty
sign up at TJ's Bar and grill Hwys 61/67 and Z in Pevely, MO from 10:#0 to noon

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Memorial Ride

Tonight there is a Memorial Ride which will leave Bikers Corner on North Market and Vandeventer at 6 PM. This ride is a memorial to Stacey Tolbert-Wyatt, 2 years old died Monday this young child died needlessly and if you can come out and support this ride it would be most appreciated.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Busy Weekend

Hello I hope all of you made it safely back from whatever your weekend held. I took it easy and played Grandpa for a change. This is probably my last weekend to do this until well into October so it was a good time to rest and ride my scooter for a change. I was planning on attending the AMVETS Post 1 event but decided to put family first. So you have my apologies. I did get to ride a bunch on Saturday though and saw some awesome fireworks displays. I guess I am a kid at heart because I cannot get enough of watching fireworks.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Another Wish for a Great 4th of July and What is Going On

First I would like to personally thank all the Veteran's who read either this or my publication. You have made great personal sacrifices as have all who came before you to make this country free and independent. I see a lot of folks who pay lip service to supporting the troops and it pisses me off, most of them are posers who only do it for personal gain or for some notoriety. I am a retired service member, yes I retired out of the reserves but still I spent over 23 years of my life in service to this great nation. There is not a whole lot of events going on this weekend but there are still lots to do. Either check out one of the events below or one of the many fireworks displays this evening.

I also want to send my prayers and hopes for s speedy recovery to those of you who have been affected by the flood. I am sure the loss of a home, a business or cherished mementos can be devastating. I wish all of you a happy 4th of July and look forward to seeing you out on the road. I will be riding some this weekend.

One final thing next week Wednesday the St Clair County ABATE Chapter is hosting the Bike Night at Hooters in Fairview Heights and I invite all of you to come out and check out this fantastic organization they deserve your support. Then the following Sunday they are hosting a bike wash at the same location.

4th Bush Pilots 4th of July Party
Clubhouse Central and Union in Alton, IL from 6 PM on

4th 4th of July Motorcycle Show
at the American Legion parking lot in Steeleville, IL sign up from 9 to noon

5th Outlanders Ice Cream Poker Run
sign up at Teds Motorcycle World on Humbert in Alton, IL from noon to 2

5th Salty Dawgs Summer Run
sign up at Cellar Room in Alton, IL from noon to 2

5th Cycle Saturday
with Lone Star Steakhouse and some great local bands

6th 4th Annual Firecracker Run for J.B. Fisher House
registration 11 to noo at Fairview Heights, IL VFW on Rte 159

6th 4th Annual Firecracker Poker Run Benefit for J.B Fisher House
sign up at Fairiview Heights, IL VFW on Illinois from 11 to noon

9th St. Clair County ABATE Sponsored Bike Night
at Hooters in Fairview Heights 6:00 until close. Everyone is invited.

12th 3rd Annual Ray Ruzich IUOE Scholarship Memorial Poker Run
sign up at IUOE Local 318 Hall in Marion, IL

12th Piasa Gateway ABATE Rodeo
sign up at the Cottage Hills vFW from 4 to 5 PM

12th Hells Angels Summer Bash
at Paddy Mcs 5528 Maryville Rd, Granite City, IL from 2:00 PM

13th Dream Weavers Poker run Smoker Friendly
sign up at Teds Motorcycle World on Humbert in Alton, IL from noon to 2

13th Hooter's Bike Wash at Hooters
in Fairview Heights - Get your bike washed up by Hooter's girls for a small donation to St. Clair County ABATE 1 - 3 p.m

Happy 4th Of July

Happy 4th Of July!
As you celebrate the holiday, remember those currently serving in the armed forces and everyone in the past that fought to make our country independent and keep it free.
Celebrate safely and we will see you down the road at the many upcoming events.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

H.O.G. Million Mile Monday

The people in Milwaukee asked the Harley Owners Group members to log the number of miles they rode on Monday June 30 to their web site. The goal was to log one million miles among all of the members. My initial reaction was that it was not much of a goal. They have over a million members, so if 5 percent logged 20 miles they would meet the goal. The web page had a running odometer so you could see the accumulated miles as they were entered. The cut-off was noon on Tuesday to post the miles and the ending miles are shown in the picture above. Bill Ballantyne lead a group of Kirkwood HOG members on an Iron Butt Saddle Sore 1000 where they rode one thousand miles on that day. They had 11 people that made the 1,063 mile trip, once again the St Louis area riders did their part in far surpassing the meager goal set by the guys in Milwaukee.