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The Hooligan: First race, first podium!

My 1980 Ironhead was completed two weeks before my first flat track race at the Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Georgia, and we arrived there three days before the race, leaving plenty of time to fish and plenty of time for me to get my head ready. I don’t go in to anything just to do it; I’m competitive and need ...

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One for the Road: Got my back

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I’ve still got a lot to learn. About many things in general, but Shovelheads in particular. Most of the Shovel owners I know have been riding them since the ’60s or ’70s, but I just acquired my 1982 FXRS last year. I’m still a newbie in this regard, so I’ve been taking ...

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Spare Parts: Hot summer nights

I grew up in an old-fashioned neighborhood in the ’60s. By old-fashioned, I mean I could walk to school, walk to church, my choice of seven gas stations, two independent markets and one shoe repair shop. Our house was sandwiched between two proper ladies who took their gardening very seriously. Mrs. Winter, a Georgia native, kept a watchful eye on ...

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Bullin Through Life: The long run

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Ya know, a lot of people always talk about “the long run,” and they tell ya “that’ll get ya in the long run,” but sometimes, it’s the long run itself that gets ya. There’s nothing as dreaded as bein’ out in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from home, an’ havin’ a ...

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Ride Out of the Darkness: From sorrow to healing

I would like to share with you the experience of attending my first American Foundation for Suicide Prevention “Out of the Darkness Community Walk” in Edinburg, Texas. Each and every suicide is said to directly impact no less than six people and in 2016, 44,965 people decided to end their lives prematurely. Of those people, 3,403 were from Texas. This ...

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Shop Dogs: Molly, the shop dog and riding partner

Berry Wardlaw is well known to many as the master when it comes to top-of-the-line V-twin motors. His company Accurate Engineering crafts motors—Panheads, Knuckleheads, Shovels, works of art that also set land speed records. Those who know him also know that he is as much at home on a motorcycle as he is in front of a milling machine. But ...

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Almost Fiction: Heroes (Chapter Three)

To remind the long-suffering reader of the content of the previous two chapters: In 1605, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra wrote the classic novel about an elderly gentleman, Alonso Quixana, who becomes totally obsessed with the exploits of Knights Errant who went about redressing all manner of wrongs, defending the helpless, destroying the wicked, bringing justice to the world. This unprepared ...

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Kulture Clash: Why are we so worried?

Shadow recently brought a serious concern to my attention that one of our contributors had about the state of the motorcycle culture. It seems that many rallies across the nation are closing in on closing down. Attendance numbers are way down and though there are young bikers out there the rallies are still dominated by aging-out boomers. Is the motorcycle ...

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Free Range: Family tradition

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I had a less-than typical childhood and skipping around between different scenarios is a lot of what went into making me pretty adaptable as an adult. Or at least that’s been my rationale as I’ve bounced around from place to place for the last decade or so. I was a tomboy girl in pigtails riding horses, and eventually dirt bikes, ...

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Motorhead Memo: Intelajet install

Remember the Intelajet install article intended for last month? Well… here it is… sorta. Only it’s done on a S&S Super E, rather than the CV Keihin or HSR Mikuni. Why pick the carb H-D never sold, rather than the two they have? To paraphrase what flow guru Jerry Branch once said, “Butterfly carburetors are like having a five-speed transmission ...

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