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Rolling Thunder XXVIII Ride for Freedom: Storming the Capitol

This year for Memorial Day weekend, riders from all over the world arrived in the D.C. metro area as they have for the past 29 years to protest the government’s lack of accountability for combatants from all wars, with a historic focus on Vietnam, and the members of our military who are still not accounted for and labeled as Missing ...

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Editor’s Choice Bike Show: A Tinker’s trade

Brandon Cooper is not your typical biker. Clean shaven, devoid of earring, Mohawk or tattoos, Brandon would appear at first glance to be a professional, a salesman or possibly someone in the medical field. And while Brandon Cooper is a professional, thankfully he chose neither of those careers. Brandon Cooper is a mechanical engineer. And Brandon loves to tinker. I ...

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#HDxRS Fashion Week Event: Tearing up the red carpet

Models garbed in the latest fashions from the Harley-Davidson Black Label Collection

New York, N.Y., Feb. 10—The origins of the phenomenon known as Fashion Week come from France with the first “haute couture” (high fashion) house in Paris in 1858. The concept of Fashion Week, however, didn’t take hold until 1943 with the first “Fashion Press Week” in New York City. What we know as Fashion Week today takes place annually in ...

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Editor’s Choice Bike Show: Extortion 17 gets the nod in Sturgis

Editor’s Choice Bike Show: Extortion 17 gets the nod in Sturgis

The swimming pool at the Broken Spoke Campground looked even more inviting than usual. Thursday, August 6, was the Editor’s Choice Bike Show, Sturgis edition, and an alluring array of motorcycles was arranged along the northern end of the pool, featuring everything from sleek, brand-new customs to chopped-down, road-weary motorbikes. But the one that caught our collective eye was the ...

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Black Brand Motorcycle Clothing Press Launch: Innovative innuendos

(L.–r.) The Brazilian Wax, Cutthroat, and Sheared Beaver jackets are worn by the Black Brand models

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 26—Brand manager of Black Brand Motorcycle Clothing, Howard Kelly, held a press conference Tuesday to launch their new company consisting of motorcycle related products which include everything from jackets and apparel, to helmets, gloves, chaps, and eventually footwear and other products. The conference was held at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, where samples of their various ...

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National Packard Museum 16th annual Motorcycle Exhibit: What’s in your barn?

1946 Indian Chief of Dan and Wendy Amodio of Diamond, Ohio

Warren, Ohio, Jan. 7—Few phrases stir the imagination like the phrase “barn find.” Dirt and dust. Weather-beaten barns and haymows with oddly-shaped lumps under them come to my mind. Regardless of what brand or model bike that lump under the hay represents in your dreams, the National Packard Museum has built their 2016 antique motorcycle exhibit to celebrate it in ...

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The A1A Alternative: Stepping off the Interstate

Coastal highway A1A provides plenty of opportunities to pull over and take a stroll in the sand or a dip in the ocean

Jacksonville To Daytona Beach, Fla.—When asked about my normal ride route from Houston to Daytona for Bike Week, my answer is often taken as a smart-ass reply. “Just jump on I-10 heading east, ride for 900 miles and then… take a right for another 100 down I-95.” Unfortunately, as flippant as that response might seem, due to press cycles and ...

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Editors’ Choice Bike Show Winner: A long labor of love

Editors’ Choice Bike Show Winner: A long labor of love

The sign in front of the general store proclaimed “ALADDIN: POP 15.” We were on our way back from the Ham N Jam party, a.k.a., No Panties Wednesday, in Hulett, Wyoming, and the nearby town of Aladdin, just a few minutes from the South Dakota border, had the only fuel stop for miles around. As we killed time waiting for ...

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West Virginia Tour Part II: Almost heaven

Two of the stops on our Charleston tour were the stately Capitol building and Capitol Market which offered foodstuffs to please any palate

West Virginia, July 3–14—In the September issue of THUNDER PRESS, where I described the first segment of our 12-day West Virginia tour, my riding partner and THUNDER PRESS contributor Thundercloud and I had stopped in Ronceverte for the night. After a restful sleep at the Edgarton Inn Bed & Breakfast, we rode the few miles back north to pick up ...

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Harley-Davidson 2016 Model Year Press Launch: Adding to the options

A high mileage rider’s dream, the new 2016 Road Glide Ultra rates high on the list of “The most enjoyable Harleys on the planet”

Portland, Ore., Aug. 23–24—Within three hours after disembarking from a Texas-to-Portland whirlwind air trip, I had learned three important facts about the state. First, my Texas accent did not complement the name and I was quickly corrected. “It’s not ‘Or-ree-gone.’ We say, ‘Organ,’ like the body part.” (The earliest known use of this name was back in 1765 when a ...

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