March 2011
Issue 17


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Editorial Getting Old
Events What's Happening out there?
Words of Wisdom Articles sent to us
Favorite Stuff Movies, Trackdays, TV.
Techie Report / Sales NEW & OLD Offers
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Editorial, by Richard Battles
Getting old.

Can you tie your shoe laces … straight?

Can you bend over and touch your toes?

Are you getting a little spare tire that will not go away?

Do you have pains here and there that just will not go away?

When you get a small scratch do you bleed like a stuck hog?

Do you have a little or lot of grey, and that hair just goes and does whatever it wants?

Is the bedroom antics not quite the same as they once were?


You Know You're getting old When...

Your joints are more accurate than the National Weather Service.
Your back goes out more than you do.
There's nothing left to learn the hard way.
You quit trying to hold your stomach in, no matter who walks into the room.
You look for your glasses for half-an-hour, then find they've been on your head all the time.
You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don't remember being on top of it.
Everything hurts and what doesn't hurt, doesn't work.
You find yourself beginning to like accordion music.
You develop a knack for wearing hats.

If any of you are close to my age and are active as in motorcycling and or running, bicycling, swimming or any other active sport you are more than likely really noticing that you are not getting any younger.

I HATE getting old and I think about it every day and also try everyday to stop the inevitable process from happening.  

Kathy and I go to the gym three times a week and I stretch and run on the treadmill then the rest of the time we try to take turns, leave work a little early, get on the bicycle and ride at least 20 miles on each and every ride we do.

Personally I have not really been an athletic person. I was a swimmer and participated in the Los Angeles junior Olympics in 1957 at the age of 10. I kicked everyone’s’ butt in Pomona to get there but came in dead last in LA.

BUT I was there.

I worked with horses most of my life (See the archives photos this month) and have always been a hard worker although I smoked two packs of cigarettes a day until finally quitting in 1987 or 1988. 

Then in 02 we began riding bicycles and I competed in the 2005 Sonoma County Half Vine Man. 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bicycle, 13.2 run. I finished 12th in my age group in 6:15. I started out at 220 lbs and went into the event at 173.

This was THE MOST fantastic thing I had ever done in my life to this date!


So the other day I decide to water my garden. As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide my car needs washing. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the garbage first.

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my check book off the table, and see that there is only 1 check left.

My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Coke, a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I will be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers, but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:

the car isn't washed
the bills aren't paid
there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter
the flowers don't have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail. - Author unknown



I Thought you all, young and old would enjoy the story and Chevy billboard photos.

Do not ever give in to OLD AGE!!

Keep active whether it’s your motorcycle or running around the block a few times a week.

Oh …. How old am I? I turned 64 years young in January.  

 
Some new Chevy billboards for us old folks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Events

This information has not changed from last months newsletter, but stay tuned we are still in the planning stages.

So far the only confirmation we can make is the BMW MOA rally no other dates are totally confirmed yet but here is what we think is gonna happen this year so far.

All dates at this time are TENTATIVE

Month
Date
Event
Location State
April . Nothing at this time . .
May 13th to 15th AMA Superbikes Infineon raceway CA
May 20th to 22nd 30th annual Roadrunner Rally
Heber AZ
May 28th to 30th Miller Motorsports Park Tooele UT
June 3rd to 5th AMA Superbikes Road America WI
June 25th to 29th MSTA STAR Johnson City TN
June 30th to 3rd BMWRA Rally Chippewa Falls WI
July 8th to 10th AMA Superbikes Mid-Ohio OH
July 21st to 24th BMWMOA National Bloomsburg PA
Aug        
September        
October        
November        
December        
         


More to follow, check out our Events Page which I will be updating when things finalize.

Words of Wisdom?



MENSA  INVITATIONAL

The  Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again  invited readers to take any word from the  dictionary, alter it by adding,  subtracting,  or changing one letter, and supply a new  definition. Click
Here for the winners.

1. Cashtration (n.):  The act of buying a house, which renders the   subject financially impotent for an  indefinite period of time.

 2.  Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an  asshole.
 
 3. Intaxicaton  : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts  until you  realize it was your money to start  with.
 
 4. Reintarnation :  Coming back to life as a   hillbilly.
 
 5.  Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid  people that stops bright ideas from penetrating.  The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign  of breaking down in the near future. 

6.  Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.  
 
 7. Giraffiti :  Vandalism spray-painted very, very high  
 
 8. Sarchasm : The gulf  between the author of sarcastic wit and the person  who doesn't get it.
 
9.  Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when  you are running late.
 
10.  Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This  one got extra credit.)
 
11.  Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is  sending off all these  really bad vibes,  right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's  like, a serious bummer. 
 
12.  Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting  through the day consuming only things that are  good for you.
 
13. Glibido :  All talk and no action. 
 
14.  Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas  to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.  
 
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.):  The frantic dance performed just after you've  accidentally walked through a spider  web.
 
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan  in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your  bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast  out.
 
17. Caterpallor ( n.):  The color you turn after finding half a worm in  the fruit you're eating.
 
The  Washington Post has also published the winning  submissions to its yearly contest, in which  readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for  common words.
 
 And the winners  are:

 1. Coffee, n.. The  person upon whom one coughs.  
 
 2. Flabbergasted, adj.  Appalled by discovering how much weight one has  gained. 
 
 3.. Abdicate,  v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat  stomach.
 
 4 esplanade, v.  To attempt an explanation while  drunk.
 
 5. Willy-nilly,  adj. Impotent. 
 
 6..  Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the  door when wearing only a  nightgown.
 
 7. Lymph, v..  To walk with a lisp.
 
8.  Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored  mouthwash.
 
 9.  Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up  someone who has  been run over by a  steamroller.
 
10. Balderdash,  n. A rapidly receding  hairline.
 
11. Testicle, n. A  humorous question on an exam. 
 
12.  Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing  adopted by proctologists. 
 
13.  Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.  

14. Oyster, n. A person who  sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.  
 
15. Frisbeetarianism, n. The  belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto  the roof and gets stuck there.
 
16.  Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of  boxer shorts worn by Jewish  men.

 

Subject: Fw: Paraprosdokian
Paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to re-frame or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect. For the fun Click Here

I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way so I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

The last thing I want to do is hurt you, but it's still on the list.

If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.

War does not determine who is right -- only who is left.

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Evening news is where they begin with 'Good evening,' and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

A bus station is where a bus stops. A train station is where a train stops. My desk is a work station.

How is it one careless match can start a forest fire, but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?

Dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

I thought I wanted a career; turns out I just wanted paychecks.

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.

Whenever I fill out an application, in the part that says "In an emergency, notify:" I put "A DOCTOR."

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman.

A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a great white shark or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.

There's a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can't get away.

I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.

I always take life with a grain of salt... plus a slice of lemon... and a shot of tequila.

You're never too old to learn something stupid.

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it.

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.


Favorite Stuff

 

 

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The latest is of my dealer tour last month. More of a school room learning event for me and how to make hours and hours of video in a few minutes.



Movie review:

One number ... "NINE"

Now I gotta tell you this movie started out slow for me and I was ready to terminate it BUT I hung in there and it was very very good after you let it sink in.

The casting, photography and directing were on the edge of brillant. Fergie (Black Eyed Peas) almost steals the whole show and she is not an actor.

But then there is Kate Hudson and uh
Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, YIKES!! You should see it! The Trailer


TV Review:

Hawaii Five 0 continues to amuse us with their stories and casting.
Of course the location helps also

our Babies Grow Up to Be
 
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NINE
Fergi

Click on the image to watch the video, DOUBLE CLICK for full screen

Techie Report
And THE Sales

J&M has introduced the new JBLU-BHDG05 dongle. This is a GAINT step,..... in mean … LEAP! … over the competition!!

What separates J&M’s Bluetooth® helmet headsets from all the rest?

The audio performance of J&M’s Bluetooth headsets will rival that of our best corded headsets, so you don’t have to sacrifice good sound when going wireless.
Our proprietary software package including the standard Bluetooth profiles of HSP, (Headset Profile) HFP, (Hands Free Profile), A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control Profile) along with the J&M Exclusive JMAHP (J&M Motorcycle Audio Headset Profile) & JMDPI (J&M Driver/Passenger Intercom Profile) is the most advanced Bluetooth software stack/package available anywhere.
J&M’s are the only Bluetooth helmet headsets that are software upgradeable after the sale and free software upgrades are provided for the life of the headset warranty.
J&M’s V.14 software package has just been released, further upgrading our new & exclusive wireless driver/passenger intercom software profile, with the ability to simultaneously link the master headset with a Garmin® Zumo 550/660/665 for navigation commands and cell phone interlink. Additional updates were made to improve operation with the latest multimedia devices like the Motorola® Droid®, Apple® I-phone, and Google® G-phone, along with new J&M Blue<>Hub™ custom dongles, to allow you to configure a system to suit your riding style.
Superior audio performance, complete software versatility and dependability, backed by the best warranty and customer service in the business,,,, it is easy to see why the obvious choice is J&M.

What is the JBLU-BHDG05?

This is a J&M custom Blu<>Hub® dongle05 module featuring our exclusive JMAHP (J&M Motorcycle Audio Headset Profile) Bluetooth® software profile, transmitting true stereo to 1 or 2 J&M Bluetooth headsets, with simultaneous microphone signals transmitted back down to the dongle.

When 2 J&M Bluetooth headsets are linked to the dongle05, the continuous helmet-to-helmet intercom feature is activated thru the dongle.

Rider and passenger can also each simultaneously link their J&M Bluetooth helmet headsets to their own cell phone or Garmin Zumo, while linked to the dongle05.

This dongle05 is used to create a full featured motorcycle audio system, with stereo music, CB/FRS, Navigation commands, cell phone etc available depending upon the capabilities of the external equipment being connected.

The J&M Dongle05 is powered by the electrical system on the motorcycle (no batteries in the dongle to charge).

This new dongle can be connected to most motorcycle audio system configurations by using one of the special connection harnesses offered as an extra cost accessory to this custom dongle. (page back for dongle connection harness options).
Has of this printing the only accessory cable for the new DNG-05 avalible is for the Goldwing 1800. Hopefully before you even see this the CA-04 and CA-06 cables for the CB radio and FRS radio senerios will be shipping.

These cables will work with J&M’s JMCB2003 CB radio or a Motorola FRS radio, Zumo550,660,665, and radar detector. PLUS rider passenger intercom. Just too sexy for your body!

Now with all that said the DNG-03, and the CA-09 accessory cables are being discontinued.

If you are a solo rider and can handle recharging the units I HAVE A DEAL FOR YOU!!

See the FOUR piece "PARTS is PARTS Sale" system AND others in the next column!!!
YOU CAN'T BEAT THIS!!!

We will start selling GEZA motorcycle covers this month. I wanted to post a deal for you all but have had litte time to get it done. STAY TUNED

Also we will start carrying the CONTOUR helmet cam that can be mounted almost anywhere! See video link below.

WHAT IS CONTOUR?

Contour is the maker of the world's first (and lightest) HD helmet cam and the world's first wearable GPS video camera. ContourGPS and ContourHD are the ideal hands-free video cameras to shoot and share HD video for your active lifestyle. Light enough to fit on your goggles, our compact and rugged helmet cameras make high def video affordable. Wanna see how it works?

Check out my test video I did during my Feb dealer trip.
Pretty cool stuff! 2011 Feb Dealer Trip

 

I’m just sayin …..

The snows gonna melt pretty soon.
You’re gonna what some stuff.
You’re gonna want it NOW, so you can get it on your moto and ready for your rides this year… when the snow melts…..

I’m just sayin …..

What if you just wanted a CB radio or FRS radio, OR BOTH on your motor so you could talk to your buddies?
What if you wanted a little music you could actually HEAR in quality sound and amplification?
What if you wanted to talk to your passenger … and actually hear every word they say ALL the time?
What if you wanted the very best speakers & mic for your money?
Well here they are ….. And that TIME is NOW.
All deals below are FedX ground shipping FREE and the savings on the products is substantial!


We have THREE demo 10.5 Liter IN-Charge communications bags on sale that we have removed systems from so you can configure them your own way. MSRP on these is $325.00.

TWO are 2010 models with black interior and on sale for $250.00.

ONE is a very new 2011 model with silver interior for $275.00
.

THE PRICES SHOWN BELOW ARE “PACKAGE DEAL” PRICES ON DEMO, DISPLAY ITEMS, ALTHOUGH SOME OF THE ITEMS ARE NEW IN THE BOX TO COMPLETE A PACKAGE.
IF PURCHASED INDIVIDUALLY THE PRICE IS NOT THE SAME.

ONCE THE DEMO, DISPLAY ITEMS ARE GONE ALL SYSTEM PRICES WILL CHANGE.
THE SYSTEMS SHOWN BELOW DO NOT INCLUDE THE MUSIC SOURCE, CELL PHONE, FRS RADIOS, GPS, OR RADAR DETECTORS

NEW PRODUCT!!
J&M DNG05 systems!
(Main Bluetooth module charged by the moto)    
The two up riders that want a BLUETOOTH system with Intercom, FRS, GPS, Phone, Radar, Music,

$449.98 25% off in stock  $  599.98 MSRP HS-JBLU277EDR - x 2
$  79.98 10% off                   $    89.98 MSRP JBLU-AC02 x2
$299.99 10% off                   $  329.99 MSRP JBLU-BHDG05
$179.99 10% off                   $  199.99 MSRP JBLU-BHDG05-CA-06
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$1009.94 Sale + free Shipping 
$1219.94 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $211.00.

Now you are ready to plug in your Intercom GPS, FRS radio and Radar detector for a complete Bluetooth experience.

NEW PRODUCT!!
J&M DNG05 systems! !
(Main Bluetooth module charged by the moto)        
The two up riders that want a BLUETOOTH system with Intercom, CB radio, AND FRS radio, GPS,Phone, Radar, Music,
$449.98 25% off in stock    $  599.98 MSRP  HS-JBLU277EDR - x 2
$  79.98 10% off                     $    89.98 MSRP  JBLU-AC02 x2
$299.99 10% off                     $  329.99 MSRP  JBLU-BHDG05
$333.00 10% off                     $  369.99 MSRP  JCB03-CFRG-D
$224.99 10% off                     $  249.99 MSRP  JBLU-BHDG05-CA-04
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$1387.94 Sale + free Shipping 
$1639.94 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $252.00.

Now you are ready to plug in your Intercom, GPS, CB radio, FRS radio and Radar detector for a complete Bluetooth experience.

THE DEAL OF THIS MONTHS NEWSLETTER!!!
PARTS is PARTS Sale!!


J&M KILLER 4 piece BLUETOOTH DEAL!

The solo rider that wants a BLUETOOTH system with FRS, GPS, Phone, Radar, Music                 EXPAND*
.
$299.99 .................. $  299.99 MSRP HS-JBLU277EDR - NEW
$  44.99 .................. $    44.99 MSRP JBLU-AC02             NEW
$190.00 46% off!!!  $  349.99 MSRP JBLU-DNG03 NEW/DEMO
$ .90.00 35% off!!!  $  139.99 MSRP JBLU-DNG03-CA09 NEW/DEMO     
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$624.98 Sale + free Shipping   
$834.96 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $210.00.

Now you are ready to plug you your GPS, FRS radio, Music, and Radar detector for a complete Bluetooth experience.


J&M WIRED SYSTEM         MA-967     (ALL parts NEW in the box)                 

For the solo rider that wants a GPS, Phone, Radar, Music, ….. BUT … DOES NOT WANT TO TALK TO ANY BUDDIES OR PASSENGER AND NEEDS NO STINKING TWO WAY RADIO.

$104.99 25% off              $139.00 MSRP     HS-BCD279-UN Headset          
$  18.74 25% off               $  24.99 MSRP     HC-PJM Lower cable

$149.99 25% off               $199.99 MSRP    MA-967 Stereo HS Amplifier w/Mike return & Radar Audio Interrupt
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$273.75 Sale + free Shipping   
$ 364.97 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $91.00.

J&M Portable CB SYSTEM 75-822 Midland CB (ALL parts NEW in the box)          
The solo rider that wants a CB radio and NUTT’N else! NO MUSIC, NO RADAR, NO GPS, NO INTERCOM -- EVER!
          
$104.99 25% off          $139.00 MSRP             HS-BCD279-UN
$  18.74 25% off          $  24.99 MSRP              HC-PJM Lower cable

$141.49 25% off          $189.99 MSRP              PACB-409-15 Portable 40-Channel CB Radio Kit
$  74.78 25% off          $  99.99 MSRP             MDCB-822 Portable CB w/ rubber ducky antenna
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$339.99 Sale + free Shipping   
$454.96 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $115.00.

J&M WIRED SYSTEM                   JMCB2003-S (DEMO UNIT)

The solo rider that wants a CB radio, Music, ….. BUT … DOES NOT WANT TO TALK A PASSENGER.

$104.99 25% off                 $139.99 MSRP    HS-BCD279-UN               
$  18.74 25% off                 $  24.99 MSRP    HC-PJM Lower cable

$254.99 25% off                 $339.99 MSRP  JMCB2003-S 40-CB Radio
$  29.99 25% off                 $  39.99 MSRP  JCB03-HBK02 Bracket
$  67.49 25% off                 $  89.99 MSRP  LPCBA-200 CB antenna

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$426.20 Sale + free Shipping   
$634.95 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $209.00.


J&M WIRED SYSTEM        
JMCB2003-DU (NEW)
JUST INTERCOM AND MUSIC ONLY, BUT EXPANDABLE

The two up riders that want an Intercom, CB radio, Music, ….. BUT … DOES NOT WANT A PHONE, GPS, RADAR, AT this time…...

$209.98 25% off              $139.99 MSRP ea          TWO HS-BCD279-UN     
$  37.48 25% off              $  24.99 MSRP  ea       TWO HC-PJM Lower cable

$299.99 25% off              $399.99 MSRP  ........... JMCB2003-S 40-CB Radio
$  29.99 25% off              $  39.99 MSRP             JCB03-HBK02 Bracket
$  67.49 25% off              $  89.99 MSRP             LPCBA-200 CB antenna

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$644.93 Sale + free Shipping   
$859.93 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $215.00.
J&M WIRED SYSTEM         JMCB2003-DU (One NEW one DEMO)
INTERCOM, MUSIC, GPS, Phone, Radar, FRS
The two up riders that wants a system with intercom, CB, GPS, Phone, Radar, Music.

$209.98 25% off           $139.99 MSRP ea      TWO HS-BCD279-UN HS             
$  37.48 25% off           $  24.99 MSRP  ea      TWO HC-PJM Lower cable

$299.99 25% off           $399.99 MSRP ......... JMCB2003-S 40- CB Radio
$  29.99 25% off            $  39.99 MSRP           JCB03-HBK02 Bracket
$277.49 25% off            $369.99 MSRP           JCB03-CFRG-D interface

$104.99 25% off            $139.99 MSRP           CFRG-D-CA04 or CA-06
$  67.49 25% off            $  89.99 MSRP            LPCBA-200 CB antenna

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$1027.41 Sale + free Shipping 
$1369.91 MSRP Save SHIPPING COST PLUS $342.50.

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Kathy and I are from the thourghbred race horse industry.



These photos were taken 30 some years ago.



See ya all next month and hopefully out on the road somewhere this year.
Feel free to call us at
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