Local biker mags: Thunder Roads Iowa

by on July 23, 2010
in Iowa Biker Businesses

One of the neat things going on in the motorcycle world in Iowa right now is that there are several magazines of interest specifically to Iowa bikers. I’ve been fortunate to write for a couple of them, and wanted to introduce them to you in case you haven’t discovered them yet!

First up is the Iowa edition of Thunder Roads. This is a national publication that publishes several state and regional editions. The Iowa edition is, as of May 2010, owned by Tina (“TT”) and Vernon Schwarte of Kimballton.

Tina and Vernon are both healthcare professionals and volunteer firefighters as well as Harley riders – normally they ride around Iowa as much as possible and try to take a couple of extended trips each year. Over this past winter they were invited to write an article for Thunder Roads Iowa about the Hawgstock rally, and following that were invited to keep writing and taking photos for the magazine. Not too long afterwards they had the opportunity to take over production and publication of the magazine, and published their first issue in June.

Thunder Roads Iowa is a monthly publication producing 12 issues per year, each with a minimum of 40 pages per month – no small feat!

“Our focus is to promote the sport of motorcycling, no matter what brand you ride. We have the utmost respect for anyone that is on two wheels,” Vernon says.

He notes they’ll be doing a few recurring features, including articles from the female perspective, profiles of Iowa military riders, and features about each county in Iowa.

“A couple of years ago we traveled through every county in Iowa,” Tina says, “and the people, sights, food, and hospitality cannot be beat. We started then writing about our travels and always thought there was something to this and just did not have the outlet until this opportunity presented itself. Now you can read each month about a county in the 99 County Tour article.”

To suggest story ideas for Thunder Roads Iowa, or to become an advertiser, contact Tina or Vernon at tt@thunderroadsiowa.com or Vernon@thunderroadsiowa.com. Visit Thunder Roads Iowa on the web at www.thunderroadsiowa.com.

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2 Responses to “Local biker mags: Thunder Roads Iowa”
  1. We used to have a Thunder Roads here, but I’m not sure what happened to it. Years ago it was a good magazine. The last one I saw had mostly advertising in it. I know they’re individually owned/franchised so it sounds like you’ve got a good one there!

  2. Corn Dog says:

    Chris, indeed it’s a very nice resource! They’re working hard to make it very Iowa-focused, which is great!

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