Twist n Throttle
Vol. 1 Issue 1
Add a little bit of body
Patriot, I would say thats the understatement of the
year. Meet Lance Blais, a man I met a few years ago at
the Blackthorne Resort in Catskill New York.
Every year since I first met Lance we would speak of
his travels and talk about his beautifully patriotic trike.
This year he added this inspirational trailer custom built
with his own hands. From the onboard media center he
installed to it's deep cycle battery system it has
everything a true patriot could want. The paint job by
Scott McKay of Thin Air Graphics is second to
none and is a perfect tribute for this upcoming
Memorial Day and is why we chose it for our cover this
month. You could say of Lance it's either "Go Big or Go
Home", and guess what this man is never home.
So here's to you Lance Blais your our patriot of the
year. Thank you for your service.
by Momma Iz
So many years freelance writing for different magazines and here we are with
our very own publication. Are you ready to Twist n Throttle, cause we are.
I'm a big fan of Shirley Muldowney, the first female funny car drag racer, and
her winning speech. She said, I want to thank my first husband for building my
first car. I want to thank my second husband for my best car. She was a classy
badass lady, one who I adored since childhood.
So since my mind alway's returns to my childhood hero, I would like to thank
a few people. I want to first thank all magazine's for giving freelance writers
and photographers a platform and for giving me my first shot. Secondly, I
would like to thank Pit who had the same vision as I and giving me my best
shot with my own magazine Twist n Throttle.
"NOW LETS BLOW SH'T UP"
BIKER THE CLOCK
Written by Momma Iz
The bike is packed, pre-checklist, and it's as ready as it can be for the road trip. What time are you leaving? To a cager it's 6am, the time to
beat the traffic. To a biker it's sunrise, the deer should be back in the brush.
The ride is beautiful as you ride into daylight. The scents change from city limits to country air. You arrive, grateful and thankful for a safe
ride. It's 10am to a cager, it's I got a great spot for a bike, extra time before event to grab a coffee and fold up chaps to a biker.
The event begins, you begin to mingle with those you know and get to know those you don't. Games, raffles, music, it's always a good
time. It's 4pm to a cager, to a biker it's time to check the weather unroll the chaps, and begin to say goodbye to everyone which could take an
Each goodbye is an entire conversation, you gotta go, nobody wants to ride when the deer are out and as the sun sets it get colder. After
making the rounds you look at the clock, it read's 6pm, to a cager it's getting late, time to go. To a biker it's I only have x amount of sunlight
left, the deer will be out.
You make the decision only a biker would make. You get on the bike and chase the sunset. The biker clock is your gut, it's looking at the
sky, and feeling it in your bones. It's out running clouds and chasing the Sun.
I welcomed them as guests,
but they left as family.
Lanz's Motel, Cottages & Campground
CUSTOM LEATHER TOOLING
Who doesn't love custom tooling. Why wait for the show season to find a custom
tooler. Well now you don't have to, Crafty Bastard is a local East Coast tooler that can
be reached on Facebook at Crafty Bastard. If you think of it, he can tool it.
A DAY IN BIKER LIFE
B Y M O M M A I Z
Ok, you're on your ole man's bike and
its been around three hours and he's
ready for gas and coffee. It's almost my
favorite part of the journey. You hop
off, stretch your legs, unbuckle your
helmet, ya grab two coffees, and he
meets you curbside. You both sit, enjoy
a coffee you won't finish, talk about
how much further ya got, how the
weather looks, take a mental note of
were the sun is, and think if ya need
anything from the saddlebags. You
treasure these moments.
And then the high plains drifter walk's over.
Hey bro, nice bike, my dads brothers second
uncle's cousin had one. You smile, your
polite, a small conversation follows, and who
knows maybe a future biker. I can tell you
for a fact your ole lady wants him to go
away, but it's not how we roll.
Finally he leaves, you start telling the ole
lady come on, hurry we lost time. insert ole
lady eye roll. Coffee cups fly into garbage,
lids back on, ole lady back on, and your back
on the road. All of the sudden the sky opens
Dam that high plains drifter. Never fails.
Filled With Memories
Janet Truax was the summer registrar for Camp Pinnacle for many
years. As the person running registration, Miss Janet made sure every
child who wanted to come to camp was able to do just that. She would
call her church and other friends and say, "this child needs help going
to camp. What can you do?" She made sure scholarship money was
available. She passed at the age of 81 and right to the end she kept up
the fight for kids to be able to come to camp.
Every year 10-20 kids are able to experience the beauty and
adventure at Camp Pinnacle. From horses to motorcycles and fishing
ponds to talent show's, along with s'mores, fireside singing, and the
message of God's love for all of us... it's an amazing experience for
these kids. We would like to do that again this year with your help.
Camperships go to children in single parent homes, families in
trauma, and larger families with financial need. If you would like to
donate to the fund or apply for a scholarship, please contact Kayla
Trianni at (528)872-9100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
A Reflection On
This Coming Riding
The riding season is beginning. If you are a member of a club, you may have an "up and
running" date. Even if your club does not have a date or you are not a member of a club,
we all have a time frame in mind on when we want our bikes ready to go ride for the
season. Do my tires have enough tread and are they properly inflated? Have I changed my
fluids and are they topped off? Are all of the lights functioning properly? How is my helmet
and boots? Is the rest of my riding gear serviceable or do I need to get new stuff? All of
these questions are important, but I would suggest that we also do a spiritual "up and
running" assessment. We need to look inside and see how we are doing. Not just am I a
good person but do I really know the one who created the beautiful scenery that I will be
riding in this year? Have I reached a point where I looked at my life and said it's time to
change my habits? Do I have the proper gear to live my life the way God has intended? If
you do not or you are not sure, then I pray that God will reveal himself to you in a very real
way so that your life can be "up and running" in the best way possible. If you have any
questions, please reach out to either the Melchizedeks MC or any of the other Christian
clubs or groups that will be riding with you this season.
Dear Heavenly Father, as we look at this new riding season, we pray that You
would protect us. We pray a blessing over everyone this season. We also pray that You
would reveal Yourself more to us every day. That as we are preparing our bikes, You would
be preparing our hearts. Open us up and and make us more like You. In Jesus' name.
Sons of God MC
Twist n Throttle
Will Be In The House
by Momma Iz & Pit
Who said Time Machine's didn't exist. Some of the sights and sounds of
summer are motorcycles, swimming, birds, boating, etc. The Sun is out longer
and the carnivals start rolling in with their neon lights and endless smell of
fried treats you could only get there.
With all that fairs have to offer always be prepared to attend multiple days
since theres so much to do. Horse shows, demolition derby's, monster truck
rides, 4h club exhibits, zip lines, and more there is just about something for
everyone. Of course there is old school rides like the Himalaya, Ferris Wheel,
and Gravitron which are always crowd pleasers and we know we will scream
but we get on anyway.
Sure we can ride our motorcycles forever, but face it we will always stop for
a fair and a corndog. The smells, the food, the happy screams and the laughter
of children take us back to a time when we were all children because Time
Machine's do exist, they're called Fairs.
Wed- Wing Night
Thursday- Live Trivia
Friday-$4.95 Dz Clam/$5.99 10pc
Friday & Saturday
Daily Special Too
by Momma Iz
April Mayhem weekend motorcycle event is held at the
Blackthorne Resort each year. This year the weather was
perfect at almost 80 degrees. It was perfect for the 1pm
annual bike run. The event has a full itinerary that starts on
friday and ends on Sunday. Rooms are available along with
dining and entertainment all weekend. Friday night was Mike
and the Monsters and on Saturday Shovelhead, both bands
rocked the house each night.
Blackthorne resort offers people something much more
than music and spirits. Long after the music stops theres
mountain views, walking trails, fire pits, whimsical
steampunk decor, and plenty of bike parking. You'll find
people talking till 4am, friendships founded on this little
carved out piece of motorcycle land sustained through the
love of riding and all things motorcycle. The Handels reunite
us all several times a year to rekindle, get caught up, and to
let our hair down and dance like no one is watching.
Next event is the Spring in June so stay tuned.
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
by Momma Iz
No good story ever started out with I had to work, but this one did. As soon as work ended Saturday we
headed up to Ravena, NY. There we met up with Brian and Michelle our friends. Brian is the owner of
Satan Cycles and Southend Choppers in Ravena. Many know him as a hardcore biker and master bike
builder. Momma Iz sees something very different, and important enough to share with the motorcycle
Brian and Michelle are together for 32 years, married I believe for 26. Three kids, two full time jobs
between them, and both with enough love and respect for each other to work hard, ride hard, and meet
back at the same house they call home.
After many years of being at his motorcycle shop on many late evenings, an oppurtunity came about.
The warehouse facility next door was on the market listed for sale. His vision was bigger than all the
square footage he just attained. A bigger shop, a motorcycle museum, outdoor entertainment, and a
Brooklyn style deli to be run by his wife. The love of his life, a woman he met 32 years ago, who raised
their children and whom spent many night over the years supporting her husband who worked all hours
providing for the family would now be next door. It wasn't let's do this because we can, when you talk to
them both it's family, friends, each other and time for Michelle to stop working for others and finally run
her own business. It just so happens to be next door to her husband who now gets to show support for
his wife and best friend.
Endless nights renovating, planning, and decor have brought us here to the grand re-opening of Carol
Marie's Brooklyn Style Import Deli & Cafe, Southend Choppers Motorcycle Museum and Shop. But it
doesn't end there, the vision includes giving back to the community, and how they are doing that is by
certified trade school teachers and apprenticeship. Brian's business and also the cabinet maker on the
corner will be offering training in carpentry, motorcycle repair, and cooking, to high school students in the
community. I don't have all the details as of yet, but will be letting you know more as it unfolds so stay
For now add Southend Choppers and Carol Marie's to your destination list. And if you've never been to
Ravena check it out, you just might find you're a wee bit impressed.