Get your babies ready! By: Amanda “Rosie” Lotter

  

   Nobody wants to believe it but, winter is almost here and for most of us that live in the Midwest, this means storage. Here are a few tips that will help ensure you’re bike will be on the road and not here on a lift when spring comes.

 
  Lube ‘em up! Any and all parts that are prone to rust and corrosion should be kept lubricated and protected.  This includes your chain, bolts, cables and switches.

  It’s time for one more oil change. Used oil has contaminants that will stick and gunk up. If your bike won’t be moving at all, you’ll need to start it once in a while to get the engine lubricated again. Just make sure you don’t keep it running for too long and contaminate that oil again.

  Fill ‘er up! Top off your gas tank. Condensation tends to form in an empty tank. Stabilizer is also recommended. Helix 5in1 will stabilize your fuel for two years.

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  Don’t let it die. Putting your bikes battery on a tender with a trickle charge will keep it from draining. Every time your battery dies, it loses some of its lifespan. A tender is recommended because it automatically switches to float which maintains the charge without overdoing it.

  Keep ‘em round. Tires that sit it one spot for a longer period of time tend to obtain flat spots. Easiest way to avoid this is to put your bike up on stands or a lift. For those of you that don’t have stands or want to spend the money on a lift, here are a few things you can do to save those tires.
   1. Move your bike around a couple times a month to keep the tires from resting on the same spots.
   2. Add about 5PSI to each tire. They naturally lose air over time.
   3. Parking on plywood will help your tires from obtaining moisture.

I hope this helps you keep your baby safe and warm during this cold season ahead. Thanks for reading and always feel free to call us at the shop with any questions or concerns! (636)775-1385 

2007 Honda VTX 1800

110″ Engine
5-Speed Transmission
Fuel Injection
Accessories included: Mustang Seat, Original Seat, Honda Line After-Market Exhaust & Windshield Lowers, Baffles for Exhaust, Footpegs & Extra Set, Battery Tender and Cigarette Lighter (needs to be installed).

Mileage: 20,200
Asking: $4,500

2013 CVO Road King


110″ V-Twin Engine
6-Speed Transmission
Burgundy Blaze with Hot Fusion graphics
Vance & Hines Exhaust
Screamin’ Eagle Air Cleaner
After Market LED Underglow lights.
Original Smoked Windshield & Air Cleaner Cover included.
One owner.
Recently serviced by Chariots of Fire Customs, LLC in Troy MO
All previous work done either by Chariots or HD.
Garage kept & very well maintained.

Mileage: 35,800
Asking $12,200

Do You Like It Loud? by Reine Knobbe

Of course I like it loud, as long as it is also clear. If it’s too loud, you’re too old right? Good news for you, we have discovered an excellent stereo system that has become a big hit.  Tommy knew about Rockford Fosgate stereo systems from previous work experiences and told Jan and Sparky they should try it out.  Jan is always willing to try new product.  After all, “quality is in our product” is a part of our slogan.  The testing began and now we are happy to say Chariots of Fire Customs, llc is now a registered direct Rockford Fosgate dealer!

So let me fill you in on my own experiences with stereo systems and passenger riding. I am not easily impressed by music on the motorcycle.  When I am riding, I like to meditate in quiet (except for wind noise).  Music was always annoying on the back, even on the turbo bike that Jan installed saddlebag speakers in.  Still, when driving down the highway I could not clearly hear words being sung or specific notes.  It has always been just noise to me unless stopped at a light.  Poor Jan had to drive for hours with no music (after all, if mama ain’t happy . . .).  Well, I LOVE listening to the stereo now!  I can hear every word, every note, and even notice when music bounces from one speaker to the next.  Amazing!

We have been installing these stereo systems for six-months with nothing but rave reviews.  Following are reasons to look into purchasing this system:  it is a waterproof/motorcycle grade system; with this system you are not required to replace or repaint saddlebag lids (cost savings); there is no need to replace factory head unit (unless there are problems already in place); and the bag lid speaker kit is a fraction of the cost of the boom II audio system (factory upgrade); Rockford Fosgate has a higher quality and clarity of sound.  Don’t just take my word for it.  Come on by and ask for details.

Custom is in Our Name, Quality is in Our Product, Service is Our Reputation

Peace Out, Reine

Not Your Average Taco. By Reine Knobbe

We here at Chariots of Fire Customs LLC enjoy seeing everyone and appreciate how you have helped us grow.  We want to spread that growth to others in our motorcycle community.  We realize that there is life outside of riding and want to highlight and bring business to our fellow riders.

September is already here and there is only one bike night left!  I thought I would highlight another one of our sponsors, El Gringo’s Tacos.  Cody has not had the opportunity to ride for many years like most of us.  He had a Honda CBR 600 that he absolutely loved to ride however, like many entrepreneurs he sold it in order to start his own business. 

Cody has an adventurous spirit and wanted to combine his passion to travel and meet new people with a business that would allow that.  Food brings people together.  In Cody’s words “it is a gateway to get to know people”.  Starting his food truck, El Gringo’s Tacos, has opened up many new contacts as well as challenges.  Cody was in business a short time when the trucks rear axle gave way sending the truck into a ditch and totaling it!  Many new entrepreneurs would give up, but not Cody.  He picked himself up and got a new truck.  It took approximately five weeks to outfit the new, bigger, better truck and El Gringo Tacos is back in business!

El Gringo’s Tacos specializes in a 100% gluten free menu.  All his food is prepared fresh daily, from the veggies to the meat which is grilled the day of events.  Cody uses authentic Mexican spices and his tacos have a traditional Mexican flare.  Cody has been so successful and had such great reviews that he is expanding.  Cody is getting another food truck and partnering with Twisted Tacos.  Twisted Tacos has been around for four or five years.  They specialize in award winning craft tacos like lobster, walking tacos, chicken and hamburger, (more American-style).  The combined businesses will be called Twisted Gringo’s Tacos with the best of both worlds! Keep an eye on Cody’s Facebook page to be the first to know when and where you can get twisted!

Food trucks are similar to the motorcycle world in two ways.  1)  Food and motorcycles bring people together and 2) trucks and motorcycles travel!  LOL.  Okay, so I might be stretching a bit, but it is true that people socialize while eating and riding.  If you want to book a food truck for an event, local or out of state, go to their Facebook page at El Gringo’s Tacos or email Cody at: elgringostacos@gmail.com.  Click on the events tab on his Facebook page to find out where the food truck will be on any given day. 

Many blessings, peace out, Reine

If you want your business featured in our monthly newsletter, please contact Reine at 636-775-1385 or reineknobbe@gmail.com

Got Green? By Reine Knobbe

We here at Chariots of Fire Customs LLC enjoy seeing everyone and appreciate how you have helped us grow.  We want to spread that growth to others in our motorcycle community.  We realize that there is life outside of riding and want to highlight and bring business to our fellow riders.

We all have green.  Some of us more than others, however I am not talking about money green.  I’m talking green space.  Some of us have big yards.  Some of us have little yards.  Some of us have acres.  Most of us can take care of our own space.  There are always those times that extra help is needed.  I now know who to refer you to.  Ronnie King of King’s Tree Service LLC.

Ronnie’s specialty is tree removal.  “Big or small, we will remove them all” is his motto.  Ronnie has 20 years of experience with tree removal and has owned his own business for three years.  Besides tree removal they also do other yard work such as retaining wall tear outs; fencing repair; emergency storm damage service also.  That’s right, King’s Tree Service LLC will come out any time day or night to remove trees blocking roads or driveways.  If you are in need of a service Ronnie can’t do, Ronnie will subcontract out a service and make it part of his bill so there is only one fee and one contractor to deal with.  Once you enter into a service agreement with King’s Tree Service LLC, no money is collected until the job is completed, including all yard clean up, to your satisfaction.  Customer satisfaction is extremely important to Ronnie.

I went to King’s Tree Service LLC’s facebook page and read most of the reviews.  They were all glowing!  The following terms were repeated often:  knowledgeable; dependable; honest; trustworthy; professional; fantastic!  I’m not surprised after interviewing Ronnie and learning that he gives discounts to military, seniors, and first responders.  Every year he has a contest for up to $1000 towards tree care on his facebook page.  To enter you need to explain why you are in need and deserve his help.  Ronnie is typical of most big bikers I know.  Big and strong and yet really a teddy bear inside.  I say this because Ronnie understands people.  If Ronnie tells you that a tree must come down because of disease; damage; or safety reasons and that tree has sentimental value to you, he will replace that tree with another for free.  Ronnie will also give you advice, even if you do not contract him out for his services.  You can contact Ronnie on his Facebook page King’s Tree Service LLC; king.ronnie40@gmail.com or 636-345-7902.

Ronnie’s big heart spills over into the motorcycle world as well.  Ronnie has been riding for ten years (took a while to be able to afford to ride).  In those ten years Ronnie has built up lasting friendships.  Not surprisingly, Ronnie’s core group is filled with others that want to help people.  In May of 2019 they created 4 H.E.L.P.  (Helping Everyone Live Peasefully) a nonprofit 501C3 entity.  Ronnie is the president.  Their purpose is to help everyone they can specifically bullying; suicide; financial aide after life’s difficulties such as a fire.  A tall order indeed for a new organization!  If you need any kind of support with life’s difficulties, contact 4 H.E.L.P.  at 4H.E.L.P.2019@gmail.com or they have a Facebook page also.

Please be sure to give King’s Tree Service LLC your business.  Let’s help him grow as you have helped us grow! 

Many blessings, Peace Out, Reine

If you want your business featured in our monthly newsletter, please contact Reine at 636-775-1385 or reineknobbe@gmail.com

2019 Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition

Rosie was assigned to pick out this year’s fundraiser.  She did a terrific job!  After reading the following statistics, you’ll agree.  Currently, as I am typing this, there are over 14,500 children in Missouri foster care.  Over 4,500 are in foster care in the seven county area that Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition serve (St. Louis City; St. Louis County; St. Charles; Lincoln; Warren; Jefferson; and Franklin Counties).  Ten years ago there were 9,000 children in foster care across Missouri, a 42% increase in the last ten years.  The opioid epidemic is the primary reason.  According to the CDC, approximately 150 people die daily nationwide from opioids.  Children stay in care longer because of relapse.  Since 2007, there has been a 400-500% increase in babies addicted to opioids. 

Kyle, with Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition stated that he wanted people to know the following:  we often hear in the news that there is a shortage of foster parents.  Kyle stated that is not necessarily the case.  Many good people come forward to become foster parents.  The problem was that 60% quit after the first year and more drop the second year.  The good news is that in 2017 The Jones Family Program was started and they have a 95% retention rate after only two years! 

I am very pleased with Rosie for finding such a worthy fundraiser for this year.  Another important statistic is that 95% of the funds go to the children.  On June 1st the weather was wonderful; Midlife Crisis entertained us; Taormina’s fed us; Pawn Bucks donated the gun to raffle; Don Nolen came up with another cool “Best of Paint” trophy; Jan & Sparky put together a hip “Best of Show” trophy; and those that attended were more than generous.  A special thank you to:   Oggie for helping with set up and tear down; Cindy for helping with registration; and Tammy for helping sell the 50/50 tickets.  And, as always, thank you to all of you who attended and made the day the success that it was! 

Peace Out,  Reine

2018 End Alzheimer’s, by Reine J. Knobbe

First of all I would like to apologize for not writing this article for a year.  So reflections is a very good way to look at it.  Kind of ironic that I have to work on pulling up memories from a past event with the fundraiser being Alzheimer’s Association, don’t you think?

When searching for a fundraiser each year, we first think about the people around us and what is having an impact on people’s lives.  There is a couple in the Chariots circle that is experiencing and living with Alzheimer’s.  It has also impacted my life as I watched my grandmother go from driving me to church (a little too fast/I know where I get my lead foot from!), to going to a nursing home.  It wasn’t easy.  Back then it wasn’t uncommon to “tie” up residents that wandered off.  Thank God there have been great advances made.  There is still work to be done which is why we chose Alzheimer’s Association.  The second thing we ask is how much money actually goes to research and community outreach?   The Alzheimer’s Association national organization meets or exceeds relevant watchdog standards in its allocation of donor dollars. Great fit for our fundraising efforts!

If memory serves me correctly, Catfish Willie entertained us.  I do remember setting up the silent auction tables outside in front of the garage door; pulling them in because it started to drizzle; then putting them out; then pulling them back in!  The rain held off the rest of the day, however attendance was down slightly because of it.  Don Nolen of Extreme Rides painted up a unique “Best of Paint” trophy.  Overall it was a wonderful day as we were able to raise funds for a good cause as everyone that did show up was very generous!  We are so very blessed with very giving customers!  Special thanks to our staff and terrific volunteers.