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Motorcycle Times is a magazine by motorcyclists for motorcyclists. We publish stories and features of all shapes and sizes, so send us your tales of adventure and woe, comedy and clarity. Our only guideline is that submissions need to be family friendly, reasonably un-offensive and tasteful. Please email all submissions directly to mjmpublishing2017@gmail.com including “Submission” in the subject line.

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Contributor Bio's

Always a Headwind by "Backroad Bob" Miller


Robert H. "Backroad Bob" Miller has been writing for Motorcycle Times since 1994, contributing columns about on and off road riding, and series of on and off road articles from 1994-1999. He has publishing credits for 15 books and 375+ magazine articles including top-five best selling book, Accident-Free Riding, on Amazon Kindle Motorcycles (2011).
"Backroad Bob" has logged thirty-eight years and over 250,000 miles of riding as a licensed motorcycle operator with thirty-six years and 185,000 accident-free road miles. This includes eighteen years and 45,000 miles dual sport riding, ten years of East Coast Enduro Association competition, four years motocross and road racing support in AMA and WERA competition, forty-one years off-pavement riding, completion of Motorcycle Safety Foundation Beginner and Advanced Rider Courses and Keith Code's Superbike School, A.A.S. - Mechanical Engineering with over 25 years professional mechanical experience. He has extensive knowledge of road riding and dual sport riding in the Mid-Atlantic area and has ridden all over the country and in eight foreign countries. He also visited the Isle of Man for the 90th and 100th anniversary of the TT races. At this point in his motorcycling career, Bob hopes to share the joys of motorcycling with as many people as possible.

Biker Billy Cooks With Fire by Bill Hufnagle


Biker Billy is the host of a syndicated television cooking show “Biker Billy Cooks with Fire” and author of four Nationally renowned cookbooks “Biker Billy Cooks with Fire” (spring 1995), “Biker Billy’s Freeway-A-Fire”(Fall 2000), “Biker Billy’s Hog Wild on a Harley” (Spring 2003) and “Biker Billy’s Roadhouse Cookbook” (Fall 2008). He writes a monthly independently syndicated column for regional motorcycle magazines and is a freelance writer for other publications and websites. He was a columnist and Gastronomic Editor for Cruising Rider magazine until the magazine’s closure in 2007.
A frequent guest on National TV shows, Billy is a freewheeling, fiery food lover, gardener and Harley rider. He is totally committed to getting people to play with their food, cook with fire and ride safe. He is the recipient of the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) 1998 Media Award for improving the image of motorcycling. The W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company honored Biker Billy by naming a new extremely hot hybrid Jalapeño after him. This makes him the only biker in the world with a plant named after him--The Biker Billy Jalapeño. In response to the positive exposure for motorcycling resulting from this, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) gave Biker Billy a 1999 Most Valued Person (MVP) Award and created the Most Valued Pepper (MVP) Award for the pepper and his work with W. Atlee Burpee. Biker Billy was featured on the cover of the November – December, 2000 issue of Chile Pepper Magazine. They called him “the Johnny Appleseed of the pepper world”. Biker Billy has performed at major motorcycle rallies in the United States and consumer & trade events, food shows, farm & garden shows and special events in most major America cities, plus Internationally from Canada to Australia. To learn more about Biker Billy visit the web site at: http://www.bikerbilly.com

Classic Column by Bill Ford


Bill Ford has been involved with motorcycles for over 40 years, beginning with a ride on a friend’s Yamaha Twin Jet 100. He worked as a bicycle mechanic a Blalock Cycle when it was in Wheaton, later moving on to assembling new BSAs and Yamahas, taking them for a short test ride and cleaning them up to go into the showroom. In the early 1980s he became a member of the British Motorcycle Day Board of Directors, and later was Vice President and President of British and European Classic Motorcycle Day for 10 years. He became involved with promoting the Nostalgia Run almost from the beginning and was elected President of the Western Maryland Motorcycle Association (WMMA who puts on the Nostalgia Run) about 5 years ago. He has been writing the Classic Column for Motorcycle Times since the first issue. He has also written for, or had photos published in, Classic Bike, the Classic Motorcycle, Cycle Guide, Cycle (cartoon illustration), Vintage Mounts, Classic Cycle Collector, Old Bike Journal, and Walneck’s Classic Cycle Trader, among others. He belongs to the Ohio Valley BSA Owners Club, WMMA, The Triumph International Owners Club, and is a life member of AMA. Bill has owned over 50 motorcycles and currently has a 2002 Triumph Tiger and is restoring a 1972 Norton 750 Commando.

Coons' Toon by T.A. Coons


Unlike most people in the DC area, T.A. Coons has lived there all his life. He built his first motorized 2 wheeler in 1960 at 14 years of age and has never been without a motorcycle, scooter, motorbike or moped since. He owned a number of Harleys back when you could buy them for $50 or less, also BSA's, and Royal Enfields. His first "real" motorcycle was a 1948 Indian Scout 430cc vertical twin.
In 1992 T.A. bought a 1974 Honda CB550 4 at a yard sale for $100 and he is still riding it today. He usually rides alone, since he prefers to always obey the posted speed limit. One of his kids rides, and is also a careful rider. T.A. actually rides bicycles far more than motorcycles. While he has never been injured in a motorcycle accident, bicycles are a different story.
Motorcycle Times first published his drawings a long time ago. He doesn't remember exactly when, but his only bike at the time was a 1961 Velosolex. The first efforts were from a series of drawings called, "Dwarf Fight at the Donut Dinette and Other Great Moments in Falls Church History". Jerry Smith encouraged him to keep drawing.

Cyber Slabbin' by Paul F. Johnston


Paul Johnston is a federal employee and year-round rider. When he's not out doing important government work, he's on his bike or with his family. He also writes and serves as a consultant with various industries.

Cycleogy by Jerry C. Smith


Having ridden since 1967 and worked in the motorcycle industry since 1968, Jerry C. Smith has the perspective of ... well, of an old guy. Health issues have severely restricted his riding in recent years, but he stays involved in motorcycling in other ways, most especially working on his collection of classic bikes, editing the Maryland Motorcycle Dealers Association newsletter, and through his ongoing contributions to the magazine he founded, the Motorcycle Times. In addition to decades of working the counter at motorcycle shops and decades more dealing with motorcycle businessmen and women at all levels of the industry, he brings a graduate sociologist's perspective to his bimonthly musings on the motorcycle community. Jerry lives in Westminster, MD, with his wife and business partner, Lona Queen, and their cat, Obnoxious One. They (and, they like to think, OB One, too) are looking forward to getting another dog.

The Existential Garage by Tom Chipley


Tom Chipley would not be riding motorcycles if some kid forty years ago had not offered to trade his old BMW for Tom's ancient Volvo station wagon. Thus began a beautiful friendship, as Bogart said. Tom's bones are old and brittle now, so he drives a sidecar rig, but his pen is still sharp. He's drawn pictures all his life for a living... such as it was. He still believes life is fun, and he'll talk about sidecars 'till your ears fall off.

King of the Road by Jerry King


Award-winning cartoonist Jerry King is one of the most published, prolific and versatile cartoonists in the world today. His work has appeared in thousands of greeting cards, magazines, casinos, web sites, books, newspapers, newsletters and children's books. Along with Motorcycle Times his magazine credits include Better Homes and Gardens, Golf Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, National Enquirer, Woman's World and hundreds of others world wide. Aside from greeting cards and magazines, Jerry is the author and illustrator of seven nationally published cartoon books. He has also illustrated ten children's books, and has provided illustrations for numerous children's publications. One of Jerry's cartoon characters has been made into a stuffed animal. After serving three years in the army as a medic, Jerry, 48, went on to graduate from The Ohio State University with a BA in English. He now resides in NE. Ohio with his wife Anne and daughters Giana and Sienna, and 2 dogs, Baci and Bella. When he's not at the drawing board, Jerry is probably on a golf course losing. You can find out more about Jerry and his work on his website: http://www.jerryking.com/