Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine
Read our monthly column
"From Across the Pond"


WHO IS THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC?
First off, Thunder Roads is a national network of free motorcycle magazines, and different people own different regions of the country. It's aimed primarily at Harley riders and enthusiasts. We were contacted by Mike "Rhino" Ryan, co-owner of Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine, which covers Maryland, Delaware, DC and West Virginia. Apparently many of their readers have been expressing an interest in seeing other types of bikes in the magazine, not just Harleys. Classic British bikes were named specifically (I wonder if it's because so many of them probably owned a Brit bike way back when?) I was offered a monthly column in his fine magazine and I accepted. Each month I'm given two or three pages to write about my favorite subject: Classic British Motorcycles. I hope you enjoy the articles, and if you're interested in knowing more about Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine, go to their website at ThunderRoadsMidAtlantic.com. Read on.

GET A FREE COPY OF THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE
If you'd like a copy of Thunder Roads with my great Classic British Motorcycle articles in it, please just EMAIL ME HERE. Make sure to include your NAME, FULL MAILING ADDRESS, and which issue you'd like. Right now you have several choices. Just look below and tell me which one you want. The only one we're out of is the History of Norton. Sorry, Norton fans. If you don't choose one, you'll get my choice which will probably be the most recent one. Sorry this offer does not extend past the US, it's just too expensive to mail outside the US. Again, sorry. The first 50 people to request one, will get their choice of one magazine mailed to their door absolutely free, with no strings attached. Don't forget your FULL ADDRESS or I can't mail it.


February 2017 Issue -
"The World's Largest Motorcycle Auction"

THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE GOES CAFE RACING
I really think I outdid myself this time, if I do say so myself, my best work so far. And this 'history of cafe racing' is near and dear to me personally, since I've been pining for one since the 70s myself. Tried to build one back then but didn't have the money to pull it off. I built one in modern times though and it's just my style. This article goes into the definition of a cafe racer, the history of cafe racing, the Mods vs. the Rockers, factory cafe racers, sport bikes & more. It's a great article, and one again, as always, you can receive a free copy mailed to you, with no strings attached just EMAIL ME HERE, and make sure to include YOUR NAME & ADDRESS. This offer is only good in the USA. Hope you enjoy it.

January 2017 Issue -
"The History of Velocette"

THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE - VELOCETTE
This is a nice straight-up history of the storied Velocette Motorcycle brand. From the earliest days, starting with bicycles, to the first motorcycles, the racing successes, some of the legendary Velo's, then the final demise of this legend.

December 2016 Issue -
"Choppers from Britain"

CHOPPERS FROM BRITAIN?
The title is just a little misleading, because it's not about Choppers built in Britain, but rather choppers, bobbers and rat bikes built right here in the good ol' US of A, but with British motorcycle engines. It's a great article, if I do say so myself. Hope you enjoy it.

November 2016 Issue -
"Enclosed Bikes"

"THE FUTURE OF MOTORCYCLING: ENCLOSED BIKES FROM ENGLAND"
Enclosed bikes were a trend that came and went in England after WWII, spurred by commuters whose motorcycles were their primary means of transport. Rain & road grime had to be wiped off every night or the bikes would rust. So, they started enclosing the bikes, some tastefully, some horribly. Like I say, it was a fad that came and went, but it's an interesting chapter in British motorcycle history, nonetheless. Enjoy...

October 2016 Issue -
"The History of Matchless Motorcycles"

"MATCHLESS WAS MATCHLESS...OTHER THAN AJS
It's a funny story. The name Matchless means "without peer", and yet all Matchless bikes were virtually identical to AJS motorcycles, which they also built. Oh well, they were great bikes, and this month tells the whole story.

September 2016 Issue -
"The Barber Motorsports Museum"

TAKE A LITTLE TRIP...
While on a recent business trip to Alabama, I stopped in for a few hours to the unbelievable Barber Motorsports Museum. It's the largest motorcycle museum in the world with over 1,400 bikes on display! Check this out. You won't believe it!

August 2016 Issue -
"Indian Motorcycles Built in Britain?"

INDIANS BUILT IN BRITAIN?
Are you kidding me? Nope. Check it out. It's quite a story. I hate to keep saying "one of my best", but his one really is. Hope you like it.

July 2016 Issue -
"The History of Vincent Motorcycles"

MAYBE MY BEST ARTICLE YET
I have really been enjoying writing this column each month, but this one is my favorite so far...at least until next month. Wait until you see that!! But the Vincent story is a fascinating one and worthy of telling. Hope you like it. However, perhaps of even greater importance is the opportunity that this column gives me to reach out to motorcycle folks who haven't necessarily been exposed to Classic British Motorcycles before. It is my sincere hope that we can expand the size and scope of our passion for Brit bikes, and bring new people in, perhaps the next generation of Brit bike nuts. Enjoy...

June 2016 Issue -
"The History of BSA Motorcycles"

NOW WE'RE ON A ROLL
This is now our 3rd monthly column in Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine, and this one is about the History of BSA. It's quite a story, full of ups and downs. Hope you enjoy it. Like us on our FACEBOOK PAGE if you would. I'd appreciate it. Next month: The History of Vincent Motorcycles. Stay tuned...

May 2016 Issue
"History of the Bonneville"

THUNDER ROAD MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE WANTS MORE
Since these articles are running in reverse-order, the most recent issues will always be on top, with them descending by age. So, last month's issue is below this one. Apparently our article on the history of Norton Motorcycles was well-received, not just by their reading public, but by the publishers of Thunder Roads other regions of the country (they're all semi-independent). We started with Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic, and now Thunder Roads of Pennsylvania saw our Norton article and wants to start running them in their region as well. Hopefully this will continue until we get picked up by every region in the country. But for now, here is the latest installment of "From Across The Pond", straight from the May 2016 issue of Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine. Go to the bottom of the page for more info on how to subscribe. Without further ado, "The History of the Triumph Bonneville" by yours truly.

April 2016 Issue
"History of Norton Motorcycles"

THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE CALLS
I recently received a phone call from Mike "Rhino" Ryan who co-owns Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine. Over the years, the magazine has been aimed primarily at Harley riders, but recently they've been trying to expand their reach to a broader market of motorcyclists. They even polled some of their readers and among other things, they found a big interest in classic British motorcycles. So, after some research Rhino came to realize that Classic-British-Motorcycles.com is the greatest website about old Brit bikes on Earth. He offered me a monthly column in his magazine to delve into and share this crazy passion of ours. While the normal length will be 2 pages, this first time out, they gave me 3 full pages.

THIS MONTH: THE HISTORY OF NORTONS
The name given to my column will be "From Across the Pond" and for this introductory edition, Rhino asked me to cover the history of Norton motorcycles. The article turned out great. Most of the pictures were taken by me at one motorcycle show or another. Hope you enjoy the article.
FOR MORE ON THUNDER ROADS MID-ATLANTIC MAGAZINE
Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic is a monthly magazine that hits the stands on the first of every month. There are several editions of Thunder Roads magazine around the country. Rhino owns the Mid-Atlantic region, and right now my column is set to appear in his edition only. However, some of the other regions have expressed an interest in it after reading it in Rhino's magazine. So hopefully we'll go national with it through the various individual area publications. Thunder Roads Mid-Atlantic Magazine is a high-quality glossy magazine printed on heavy gloss paper with an expensive look and feel to it, but...it's free! (Of course, if you want to subscribe, you need to pay postage.) For more information, or to subscribe, please visit their website at ThunderRoadsMidAtlantic.com.


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