Welcome to February the month of Ground Hog Day, The Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day and Mardi Gras. Did you know that in the southern hemisphere, February is like August is to us in the northern hemisphere. If you think about how quickly Fall comes after August, that can only mean that Spring is getting closer.


In these parts, February is a sketchy month at best to be contemplating a lot of motorcycle road riding. February for us usually means winter has its claws deep into the landscape and everything is either cold and dry or warm and wet. So perhaps you and your motorcycle are tucked away in the garage but Scott likes to try and ride once a week even if it means layering up and only riding a short distance just to get some ride time in. Last year he missed 3 weeks and 2 of them were in February.


Now that the craziness of the holidays is over, it’s easy to get a little stir-crazy waiting for riding season to come back around. But never fear, events are starting to spring up, like swap meets, bike shows, and racing. Come see us at the Clarksville Indoor/Outdoor Swap Meet on Sunday, Feb. 23rd at the Clarksville Speedway, we’ll have the trailer set up there. This is the longest running swap meet in Tennessee and it’s a good one! You can find motorcycles and parts of all kinds as well as new and vintage parts, leather, jewelry, motor clothes, auto parts, etc. There’s also food and beer available. We hope to see you there!


It’s never too early to start planning for events this Spring and one we hope you will consider attending is the 20th Annual Smoky Mountain Thunder Memorial Ride. If you’ve never participated in this ride, it’s a site to behold, thousands of bikes lining the streets of downtown Sevierville to pay tribute to all Fallen Military. Then the 65 mile escorted ride to Clinch Mountain Veteran’s Overlook is truly inspiring! This is a FREE ride, no fees, they do sell t-shirts to help offset some of the cost involved in putting together a ride of this magnitude. Please make plans to join us and make the 20th anniversary of this event the biggest one yet!  


Be sure to check with our advertisers this month, some are offering sweet deals the month of February, like marked down preowned bikes, service specials, discounts on parts and apparel, and much more.  You can find something for everyone you love this Valentine’s!


Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone from all of us at Thunder Roads® Tennessee/Kentucky! We hope your day is filled with love, happiness and motorcycles! As always, please patronize our advertisers because they are what keep this magazine going and free to you every month.


Ride Hard Live Free,

Denise & Scott

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