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Spare Parts: Triumphant return

It’s been awhile since I found myself pushing a bike because it was out of gas, yet here I was inching closer to the gas station one step at a time. The gas station was conveniently located uphill from my current location. They always are. Unlike many of life’s lesson-learning moments, this one was not of my doing, unless you ...

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Free Range: Road trip

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My first street bike came to me in the most unconventional of ways. A gal I knew had been gifted the bike from her boyfriend, who just happened to be my father-in-law. He’d lovingly built the bike from the ground up and filled her head with stories of how much fun it would be when the two of them could ...

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Tan Lines: November, 2017

November marks the end of hurricane season here and after this year, we certainly are happy about that. Even the most seasoned riders didn’t venture out in Hurricane Irma’s fury when she paid us a visit in September. Her decision to drop by caused some difficulties but the 3rd annual Rockin’ for Awareness (PTSD) benefit on Sunday, September 17, still ...

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Motorhead Memo: The new Softail: Classy Chassis (Part II)

Last time around we talked briefly about a few of the neat (and unsung) supporting players in the total redesign of the 2018 Softails. This time… let’s dig a little deeper into the engine and chassis combo that’s got everyone rethinking Harley’s cruiser image. Or should! After all… dynamically… about the only thing these new machines have in common with ...

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One for the Road: Turning the tide

The announcement came just a few days ago, early Saturday morning. According to the V-Twin Expo’s Facebook page and website, the annual industry trade show has been canceled, and I quote, “due to factors beyond our control, which ultimately affect the overall event quality.” Although not shocking news by any means—parent company Paisano Publications has put the entire Easyriders magazine ...

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Hazy on the Details: November, 2017

And it starts! The “official” holiday season. Can you believe Thanksgiving is right around the corner? Of course I can; my sis Laurie and I start the meal planning on our September vacation together. While on that same vacation, my sis Margy sent me her authorization for the Air Force Fly-over for her city’s Veteran’s Day Parade (Fairfield, if you’re ...

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Savage Roads: The Davidson Legacy

Angus, Scotland, Aug. 11–19—As a 42-year veteran Harley rider, and a 35-year career world touring musician, I have seen a great deal of the world and ridden in many countries on almost every continent. I started out my life studying to be a filmmaker in the mid-’70s when we actually had to splice bits of film together with tape. I ...

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Mile Marker: November, 2017

Stephen Elliot of Howell, Michigan, has been acquitted of $280,000 in embezzlement charges from Capitol Harley-Davidson in Lansing, Michigan. He was charged after an internal audit found some discrepancies in the dealership’s books. He faced 20 years and $1,000 in fines. The one-year-old case did not hold water, and there was no paper trail. I reported on this last year, ...

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Almost Fiction: “Chopper Bob” and the gang

“I can’t remember. Did I tell you about the guys who hung around Chopper Bob’s motorcycle shop?” This is the way I remember Chopper Bob, his girlfriend Gypsy (who was a real sideshow fortune teller), Stump, Oily Red, Hilly and the guy who wore bell bottom pants and never got a nickname. Back in the late ’60s… well… let’s just ...

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Texas Raine: November, 2017

As the time for holiday charity rides is right around the corner, I’m going to offer an unsolicited tip for the organizers: Make certain that whoever your ride captains are, they are there to lead a safe ride that benefits those in need. Charity rides are not the outing in which one should be aiming to set new time trial ...

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