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Harley-Davidson Model Year 2017 overview: Shaking the pack

For 2017 The Motor Company’s introduction of the stunning new Milwaukee-Eight engines on the Touring and Trike models has grabbed the headlines and essentially sucked all the air out of the room for the other five OE model platforms in the line-up. That’s to be expected, naturally, since realizing the full impact of that new clean-sheet Big Twin mill, and ...

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The Wild Ones Weekend: Rust and relaxation

Milwaukee, Wis., July 7–10—There’s two things to do with bikes in Chicago: drink beer around them or work on them while drinking beer. Chicago is where taxable income, riding skills and scenic beauty go to die. Fortunately, while it may be cursed by its Illinois location, Chicago is as richly blessed by its proximity to Wisconsin—better beer and Milwaukee, in ...

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The Early History of Indian: Part 3: Indian Motocycle is born

The story that George Hendee first met Oscar Hedstrom in December 1899 during the races at Madison Square Garden is possible, but not likely, and it certainly wasn’t at the New York Cycle and Auto Show the following month. It remains pure speculation as to when and where they first met, but since both men were bicycle builders and racing ...

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Redwood Run: Rocking through the redwoods

Piercy, Calif., June 10–12—The annual pilgrimage to cut loose and party down along the gently rippling waters of the Eel River is about as close to a religious experience as some of us scooter trash ever get as we come together to commune with our brethren in the ancient trees. The typically quiet and enchanted redwood forest is brought to ...

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93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week: Tradition prevails

Laconia, N.H., June 11–19—Let me be brutally honest: times have changed. Decades ago rallies were about the only way a rider could meet up with like-minded individuals and share a lifestyle that wasn’t generally accepted and events like Laconia Motorcycle Week were few and far between. Certain rally events—the hillclimb, motorcycle races, beer tents, merchandise vendors, charity rides—have gone through ...

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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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