Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 2016

The Palm Beach Knights Newsletter

The Knights Table

Monthly Newsletter

 May 2016

Greetings from your State President/ Founder  

Knights we are starting a recruiting drive!! Here is how it works, if you recruit 2 people that join, pay dues and come on at least 1 ride you get a prize! The prizes are a free Knights shirt, or 1 year free membership! Make sure when you get someone to join, they put sponsored by in their intro!! If you would like some business cards, just ask Will. Good luck everyone. Let's spread the good word! The contest start May 1st and will end July 30th.

From Boston....thanks Brother!
For motorcyclists, riding means a lot of things. It is not only a mode of transportation, but also a lifelong hobby, a profession, a time out and in some cases, a vehicle to self-discovery. However, the one thing most riders associate with is its community.
For riders, everything that supports or contributes positively towards this community deserves a nod of appreciation – a motorcycle round of applause if you may.
Here is a list of 10 things that are worthy of a motorcycle round of applause:

1) - Bikers who wave regardless of what they ride
The motorcycle wave is no less than a mystery in itself. The meaning of the wave, along with who, when and to whom it should be made to, has been a topic of discussion among motorcyclists. Some believe that riders of similar motorcycles should wave at each other, while others prefer to get specific by waving only to riders with the same make/model. Even though many differing opinions exist, there are riders who wave to everyone. For them, as long as it is a motorcycle, the person on it deserves a friendly wave. It’s these riders who truly deserve a motorcycle round of applause for realizing that riding is all about the experience and not about how expensive or fancy your bike is.

2) - States that promote Motorcycle Awareness and Safety
In May of every year, Minnesota and Georgia celebrate the Motorcycle Awareness Month. Budget is allocated to printing stickers, posters and advertisements promoting safety. More and more states around the country are waking up to the growing number of motorcycle fatalities and are taking measures to ensure safety. These states must be appreciated for their efforts to make riding safer for motorcyclists, as well as other drivers on the road.

3) - Motorcycle Advocacy Groups
Whether it’s the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) or smaller groups like the American Brotherhood against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE), advocacy groups are the true heroes. They perform various functions that ensure safeguarding of the individual rights and freedoms of riders. They also keep an eye out for legal changes.
These groups should be given due appreciation for fighting for the rights of all motorcyclists - and this too at a level that many find inaccessible. It is true when the AMA says ‘An organized minority can always beat an unorganized majority’
4) – Friendly Cities
According to the LA Times, the median income for motorcyclists in California was $64,130 in 2012. This figure is more than twice of what it was in 1990. More than 50% of motorcyclists in the state of California went to college with around 20% having done post graduate work. With such credentials, cities all over the country are now instituting motorcycle friendly laws to attract this demographic. However, this is not the case all the time. For instance, a group of fund-raising riders had to change their route when a town opposed its passing through. Fights and arguments have erupted numerous times between event planners and municipalities, such as those with the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over the Annual Spring Biker Rally. In face of such opposition, motorcyclists tip their hats to the cities that do show support for them and welcome them with arms wide open.

5) – Bikers against Child Abuse
Now here is a story that makes every motorcyclist proud of its community. When a five year old mentally disabled girl in Albuquerque, New Mexico was assaulted, the Punishers, a motorcycle club, paid the girl a visit. The motorcycle group that consists mainly of firefighters, law enforcement and EMS personnel assured the little girl she had nothing to worry about. And that’s not all. With chapters all over the country, B.A.C.A. or Bikers Against Child Abuse have it in their charter to eliminate child abuse, empower children and promote a safe environment.
It’s these kinds of motorcycle groups that are actively changing perceptions and making a difference. They don’t deserve a round of applause but a standing ovation for the work they are doing.

6) - TV Shows that celebrate Passion not the ratings
The secret to a great motorcycle show lies in how it is presented. For instance, the classic Biker Build Off on the Discovery Channel pits well-known motorcycle customizers against each other. On the other hand, many television shows focus on creating unnecessary drama and conflict just for the sake of ratings.
Motorcyclists give kudos to shows that respect the art of riding presented by those who truly love to ride.

7) - The Sincere Mechanic
A sincere mechanic is someone who respects the machine and who genuinely wants to fix it. These guys are the true unsung heroes who play the most important role behind the scenes for motorcyclists – they keep the machines up and running. Whether it is their ability to do work for a fair price or their honesty about what actually needs to be done, without any ‘up-selling’, these guys are the true heroes for motorcyclists all over.

8) – Loved ones who love to ride
As with any passion, it only makes sense when you get to share it. And for riders, nothing makes them happier than to be able to share this passion with their loved ones. Riding serves as a unique bonding experience that allows the better half to see things from a different perspective. From long trips to lazy Sunday afternoon rides, the journey and companionship makes the experience all the more rich and satisfying.
So here is a kiss to all the loved ones who make motorcyclists look good by just being with them.

9) - Bike Buddies
While riders all around the country love their communities, there are always a few who are not there when you really need them. On the other hand, some would make it their mission to ‘help a pal out’. Here is what Michael Brady, a seasoned rider has to say.
While riding through Arkansas two years ago I stopped to help two riders on Harley. The first thing the guy said was, why would you stop for me? "Cause no one gets left behind", turns out his fuel line was damaged. So I go into my trailer, and pull out a piece of clean flex hose, off my little 1/3 HP water pump. It was bigger than his, but we got it over his hose, and got it clamped on to the petcock, and the fuel didn't leak any more.
I will stop to help you no matter who you are. If you need me I'm Here.
So here’s a shout out to Brady and many like him who’re not afraid of a little elbow grease when the occasion calls for it.

10) - Two Wheels, One Engine and the Open Road
The wind in the face, tank full of gas and miles of endless asphalt ahead - this is what every rider lives and breathes for. Non-riders would never understand the pure unadulterated joy a motorcycle gives. Styles may change, manufacturers may come out with newer motorcycle models, riding gear may become safer, but the one thing that won’t change, is the joy of riding.

Each of these deserves a motorcycle round of applause for how they support riders and the community. Motorcyclists, like any other community, show great appreciation for all those, who in one way or the other, support and facilitate their riding habits and lifestyle.
So here’s to all those motorcyclists, you guys make it all worth it!

Knights, as you can see by this newsletter, our "story" is sometimes told by the pictures that we take. I'd like to invite everyone to take photos of what we makes for a good Tale(tail)!!


CORE Members, 
We need Tailgunners, and Road Capt.'s  
Please see Will .
Central Florida Chapter Knights...Please ask Neal about getting your PATCH !!
While we try to mix up our rides as much as possible, it's highly unlikely that I'm going to please everyone all the time. I hope everyone has been enjoying the rides that  have been on our schedule so far. I am always looking for feedback and new ideas.

Your participation is what makes this club great. We want to see YOU on the next ride!!!!!

George Zocchi         5/22/51
Rich Love                5/9/67

Amber Lee Skye      5/19/65

Knights did I miss your Birthday.....sorry, let me know and I'll make sure to get ya next time.
Congratulations to Ric "Topcat" Dennis he has earned his Patch!! 

he was so happy he changed his watch face!

Welcome to our newest Knight  Joe "Easywriter"  we met Joe at the Yard sale, great to have him riding with us!

Let's all wish our Brother Skip a speedy recovery....he had a mishap and broke his collar bone. Get well soon Brother we need you back!!

We have been having some great rides  TIMES !!!!!!

Casa Tequila Mexican Grill

This was a great day to ride. The weather and the roads were perfect. The food at the Mexican place we go to is always good and the people are welcoming. Of course after riding 100 miles, plus a few extra after I missed the turn , Joe Ciancio order what everyone has at a Mexican restaurant....a cheeseburger. Oy.  We also met up with MJ, and the HHR...great to see them!

Our test of Boston's new Sena was a great success.

Solomon's Castle

Well this turned into a long day, but a very enjoyable one. The weather was great until afternoon, then it got a little hot. The ride was extended a bit when we went astray and ended up a few miles further than the unmarked turn. The great thing about being on your bike is that a wrong turn ends up being a great ride. We got to see some of the best back roads we've ever been on. The Castle itself was very fascinating. As you can see from the pictures, the place is an astounding achievement. Great to have Jana with us.

richard Boston said " It was an awesome day the roads are just great and the company"

Mexican/ Pool night

Just a great night with the Knights family. We had good food and good company. It is so nice when we can all get together and just sit and talk. There really should have been more than just 10 people......don't miss the next one. Some of us played pool, and took our turn at the punching bag machine (see our FB page) I finally redeemed myself from the last less than manly showing. Boston did finally beat me on the 3rd try. Quick-Nick and Topcat diffidently held their own with an over 500 score. We got some heavy hitters!!  Pool was great and we had a ball!
And of course CONGRATULATIONS to Topcat for getting his cut!!

Mark "BuzzCap7" said" FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC as always!!!!!
TOPpussy, NICE JOB asking Isabel to join us, she will be a VERY WELCOME addition to the PBK's. Wonderful meeting everyone, looking forward to another MeetUp preferably sooner than later.  You guys are ALL the BESTest!

Place American flags at Florida National Cemetery for Memorial Day 

It is always an honor to participate in this event. Thank you Greenies for organizing and leading it. While the day was hot, no body complained as we knew why were there. The Knights truly know what it means when we say "it's more than just a ride"  God bless our vets!

Steve Seide said" Looks like a great day to Honor our vets"

Some happening from our Central Florida Chapter!!

Webster Westside Cycle and Auto Swap Meet and Show

Neal Alvanos said" We traveled on some new scenic roads, walked the Webster Swap Meet, visited the Florida National Cemetery, ate at the River Ratz restaurant, and stopped at the Tavares Seaplane Airport to watch planes take off and land. All and all a fun day riding with the Knights. We missed you both, Bobbie and Dawn!"

Ride to Belleview, FL with lunch at MoJo's Grill

Steve Rydell said" Nice ride today to Ocala ,beautiful country roads.It was nice to see Bobbie and Al back riding with us again !

Ride to Tarpon Springs with Lunch at Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill

The ride to Tarpon Springs took about 2.5 hours each way with rest stops. Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill is famous for fresh, Florida, wild caught seafood.

Neal Alvanos said" Practiced U-turns today. Otherwise ride was uneventful on some new roads we've not traveled before. We'll definitely do this ride again."

Steve Rydell said "Real nice ride to Tarpon Springs today.
Rusty Bellies Waterfront Grill was a great
place to stop for lunch. The restaurant was
on the water and had some great views of
the boats.This should be a ride that we should
do again! "

Ozello Trail, Crystal River, FL / Lunch at Pecks Old Port Cove

A great  ride to the Ozello Trail, Crystal River, FL. Ozello Trail is a scenic ride just great for motorcycles. If you've not been on this ride before, you're in for a treat.
We'll stop for lunch at Pecks Old Port Cove Restaurant near the end of the trail, where they serve a variety of seafood and American cuisine at reasonable prices with plenty of parking.

Steve Rydell said "Good ride to the Ozello Trail in Crystal River.
It is always good to have new members join the
Knights on our rides. Like to welcome Lindsay and Sandy to the Knights.Thank's to Kevin and Fred
for participating in the group ride also."

Neal Alvanos said "Great day with the Knights. Found some new backroads to ride and had a delicious lunch. Welcome to Lindsay & Sandy, our newest members. It was a pleasure meeting them and Fred, Steve's friend from Jupiter, FL, who was visiting for the weekend. "

Lindsay & Sandy said" Thanks for a great ride, nice meeting you all, see you next time"