|ROADKILL RIDES ON -
AMSOIL Dealer Timothy Werder poses astride his 1999 Polaris-made
Victory V92C motorcycle outside of his home in Shawangunk, N.Y.
MSOIL DEALER, TIM WERDER, "Roadkill" to his
friends, has racked up a first on the first new U.S. manufactured full-size
motorcycle in 60 years.
Werder, 42, Shawangunk, N.Y., has more than 100,000
"butt" miles on his Polaris-made 1999 Victory V92C motorcycle.
While it's the world's highest mileage for the cruisers
since the first Victory V92C production model rolled off the assembly
line on July 4, 1998, Werder is an old hand on a bike. He's been riding
since he was 16, even traveling more than 10,000 miles by motorcycle
on his honeymoon with his wife Christine.
The love of motorcycles has always been a theme in Werder's
life. He's put more than 100,000 miles on other bikes through the years
and faced more than his share of dangers along the way. Five accidents,
one that caused him life-threatening injuries, have not deterred him,
nor has a 190-mile-a-day round trip commute to his state government
job in New York City.
His bike, known as "Traveler," is powered
by a 1507 cc air/oil cooled V-twin engine and has a five-speed transmission.
The Victory bikes are manufactured in Osceola, Wis., with final assembly
in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Werder rides "Traveler" year round, even in
the cold of the Northeast winter.
He owns another Victory, number 219 from the first year
of production, and has on order a 2003 Victory Vegas with a new 1507
cc Freedom engine. He expects an early spring delivery date.
He uses AMSOIL 20W-50 Synthetic Motorcycle Oil (MCV)
in the summertime and in the winter switches to AMSOIL SAE 10W-40 Synthetic
Motorcycle Oil (MCF). He also has installed an AMSOIL SMF-103 Oil Filter.
"I recommend this combination to my Victory customers
as well," Werder said. "I'm extremely pleased with the results
I achieve from the AMSOIL products, and I've specifically had oil analyses
performed to maintain awareness of fluid performance."
His earned the nickname "Roadkill" because
"I've hit five deer, all while motorcycling, never in a car,"
Werder said. In one of those accidents, Werder nearly lost his leg. His
wife and two sons share his love of motorcycles and work with him in
his AMSOIL business.
He is former national vice president for the Victory
Motorcycle Club and former corporate ride coordinator for the Victory
Riders Association. He organized group rides for assocation members
during the group's first year. Werder joined the Marine Corps in 1986
and went to basic training on Parris Island. There he may have logged
another first as oldest recruit.
Drill instructors repeatedly made him yell out his age.
"Sir, I'm 26, Sir!" Werder recalled of his time there. He
became a logistics/embarkation specialist staff sergeant with Aerial
Refueling Squadron VMGR- 452, Newburgh, NY. That unit was reactivated
on Feb. 8, 2003 and sent to the Middle East. They haven't seen active
duty since the Persian Gulf War.
The veteran rider has logged nearly 500,000 miles on
motorcycles. "My 26 years of riding has brought me to a butt-total
of over 479,000 miles, including three 100,000 plus-mile motorcycles
with a variety of trailer and sidecar-towing duties, and even though
I live in the Northeast, I normally ride through the seasons, expecting
my bikes to accept what I dish out. AMSOIL gives me the confidence to
do so," Werder said. "I anticipate the 500,000-mile mark this
summer, and always recommend AMSOIL to fellow riders, regardless of
the make of bike they ride."
He caters to motorcycle riders in his AMSOIL business,
especially Victory riders, he said, but he may expand that business
when he retires from his full-time job. "I consider myself a voice
for many motorcyclists, and am a long-time member of the American Motorcyclist
Association, Motorcycle Rider's Foundation and ABATE," he said.
He also maintains an online publication "The Victory Digest."
As Roadkill says, "Ride on."