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Mile Marker: September, 2017

By Fred Nabkey

In 2000 I had the pleasure of sitting with Bill Werner and Vaughn Beals when they were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. They are legends in the world of Harley-Davidson history, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This year Bill Werner, who built and tuned XR750s that won more AMA Grand National Championships and races than any other motorcycle, has been selected as the 2017 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend. Bill built and tuned motorcycles for Gary Scott, Jay Springsteen and Scott Parker, who won a total of 13 AMA Grand National Championships. Congratulations Bill; you truly are a legend… Congratulations to the winners of the 12th annual American Legion Riders Dice Run at the Edgar American Legion Post #248 in Edgar, Nebraska. Over 220 motorcycles took part in the fundraiser for the Legion Riders. Congratulations to (1st place) Jason Merryman of Hastings, (2nd place) Jeff Schriner of Orleans, and (3rd place) Kalen Shuck of EdgarTimothy James Brandt (39) of Minnesota Lake, Minnesota, likes his girlfriend so much he put a picture of her topless on his motorcycle gas tanks, then posted the photo on Facebook saying, “Beautiful day to show off the old lady, lol.” Problem is the woman had a restraining order against him from April for kidnapping and domestic assault. She called the police and he was arrested again for dissemination of private sexual images, and the charges were upgraded to a felony when they found a replica BB gun and folding knife… Happy 70th anniversary to Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson, and second-generation owner Bob Schulteti (84). Bob’s father George started at the Harley factory in 1922 sweeping floors and worked his way up to factory test rider before opening the dealership in 1947. To celebrate this milestone the Indiana Historical Society is hosting an exhibit, “The Harley Shop: Seventy Years of Indianapolis Southside Harley-Davidson.” The exhibit includes photos, memorabilia, racing gear, and motorcycles gathered from the family. The exhibit runs through September 9… Kudos to Eric Kent of Otsego, Minnesota, on completing the Iron Butt 48-10 Challenge. That’s 48 states in 10 days, folks. Eric is a middle school history and geography teacher at Kaleidoscope Charter School in Otsego. Although he didn’t have the time to savor any of the locations, he did get a first-hand look at the beautiful scenery and different geological areas of the USA. Now he can share with his students his information on each state. He did this aboard an Indian Motorcycle… The 2nd annual Hogs for Hounds in Plainfield, Indiana, raised over $5,000 to help shelter, care, vaccinate, and buy medicine for some of the area’s special needs animals. Hendricks County ABATE, Helping Pawz Animal Rescue, and the county animal shelter teamed up to raise money to find homes for the pets. Sheila Casey, ABATE rep, and Twyla Snyder who works in a vets office have teamed up for this event… Megan Powell and Christopher Leo Pratt were married at Mad River Harley-Davidson in Sandusky, Ohio, during Ohio Bike Week by none other than Jesse James Dupree of Jackyl. Dupree performs one wedding a year during the Bike Week, and the Pratts were the lucky ones this year. Congratulations on a fantastic wedding… That’s it for this month; it’s all about you, the Midwest biker. Ride fast, but ride safe.

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