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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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West Virginia Tour: Heaven on two wheels

The West Virginia State Penitentiary provides a gothic backdrop for my FLD and Thundercloud and her CVO Street Glide

West Virginia, July 3–14—“Wild and Wonderful” is one of the tourism slogans for West Virginia, and the state has put a lot of effort into attracting motorcycle riders. With 38,759 miles of public roads wholly contained within the Appalachian region, it’s a motorcyclist’s dream. So THUNDER PRESS contributor Thundercloud and I chose the Mountain State for our 2015 summer tour. ...

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Touring the Lassen National Forest: My idea of California dreamin’

Touring the Lassen National Forest

Chico To Lake Almanor, Calif.—I moved from Chico, California, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, about eight years ago. “Why?” is typically the first response to that statement. Shortly after the move I started riding. No matter how much I explore and continue to fall in love with Minnesota, I always find myself thinking about the college road trips up to the northern ...

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Country and Blues Ride: Deep in the Delta

Shadow with “Sunshine” Sonny Payne, host of the King Biscuit Time program that airs from radio station KFFA in Helena, Arkansas

Clarksdale, Miss.—Here were two women, Shadow and me, who had never ridden together and, in fact, hardly knew each other, having met only a few times at biker events. At one of these events, Shadow mentioned that she was planning to ride to Clarksdale, Mississippi, in July, and before we knew it, we’d agreed to ride together. The only thing ...

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Victory Magnum X-1: Boom box bagger

Victory Magnum X-1: Boom box bagger

Daytona Beach, Fla.—Motorcycles and the riding experience have been a major influence on the music scene for decades (no way you can hear “Born to Be Wild” or Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive” without thinking about a bike blasting down the highway). But for the majority of motorcycling history, that love of music was restricted to either a roadhouse ...

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