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Harley-Davidson Project LiveWire Experience

The author prepares to test ride a Project LiveWire bike on the streets of Lower Manhattan

New York, N.Y., June 23—It had to be one of the best-kept secrets in Harley’s history. Until, that is, a few photos were leaked from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron showing the Black Widow character riding an electric motorcycle with the Harley-Davidson logo clearly emblazoned across the body. Just a few days later, on June 19, The Motor ...

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Harley-Davidson Eclipse Triple Vent System Jacket

Instead of the usual product review where we start out with a pristine new item photographed for your visual enlightenment, we decided to take the new Triple Vent System jacket out for a test ride first to see how it weathered the miles. Having been delivered to your duly-appointed THUNDER PRESS wrecking, er, testing crew, we knew our readers would ...

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2015 H-D Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low, Ultra Limited Low

2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low

MILWAUKEE, WI.—Harley-Davidson takes fit further with the 2015 Electra Glide Ultra Classic Low and Ultra Limited Low motorcycles, new models that offer the lowest seat height and the highest rider confidence available in a premium touring bike. The seat is slammed to get a rider’s feet closer to the pavement, but that’s just one of the ergonomic enhancements built into these ...

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NYC H.O.G. Bikers Against Breast Cancer: Fighting a family disease

NYC H.O.G. Director Joe Sessa (l) and Grand Marshal Peter Vallone Jr. get ready to lead the ride

NEW YORK, N.Y., JUNE 8—Hundreds of motorcycles roared through the streets of New York City June 8 to raise money for NYC H.O.G. Bikers Against Breast Cancer (BABC). The weather was perfect: warm and sunny. The streets were the best: no traffic. “It was great to ride through New York City with a police escort,” said NYC H.O.G.’s Jaime Fernandez, ...

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74th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Photo Gallery

Ballistic Cycles' hubless creation took the Baddest Bagger

STURGIS, S.D., AUG 4-10—Take one last look back at the 74th annual Sturgis Rally through NorCal Bureau Chief Felicia Morgan’s lens as she captures the 2014 iteration of the Black Hills bash. Make sure you pick up the October issues for full coverage from Deadwood to The Chip and everywhere in between. North and South issues ship to dealerships and subscribers ...

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2014 Motorcycle Cannonball takes off from Daytona

2014 Motorcycle Cannonball taking off from Daytona Beach

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., SEPT. 5—The 2014 Transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run got underway this morning with participants taking off from the shores of Daytona Beach en route to Tacoma, Washington, for a total of 3,938 grueling miles aboard motorcycles of all marques built prior to 1937. Be sure to keep an eye on www.motorcyclecannonball.com/ for constant updates from Thunder Press NorCal Bureau Chief Felicia Morgan. Riders are ...

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Motorhead Memo: Pop’s Pan

I have been a continuously licensed motorcycle operator since 1964 (not counting a couple of short periods of “suspension” in the early years) so I’m coming up hard and fast on my 51st year as a “biker.” Fact is, at the time, you could get a provisional motorcycle license in Colorado (5 hp limit) at the age of 14. I ...

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Almost Fiction: Harness horses

“Grandpa, you had horses when you were a kid; why didn’t you ever have horses when you grew up?” Once a month Grandpa took the grandkids to a friend’s ranch, 50 miles out of town so they could play with the goats, chase the chickens, ride the horses, experience a real working ranch and generally run amok and get completely ...

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Spare Parts: In a jiffy

Picture this: A summer day as a 10-year-old kid speeds down the sidewalk in the suburbs on a 26″ bicycle, ball glove swinging from the handlebars. The target is the rider’s front yard and a soft landing. As the rider jumps off, the bike is still moving. After his dismount it continues on its path for several yards on autopilot, ...

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