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Almost Fiction: The boarding house

There was an iron bed with clean sheets, a wool blanket, a white chenille bedspread and a handmade quilt at the foot. In the corner was a nightstand holding a lamp, a Gideon Bible and a book of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems. Against the left wall was a chest of drawers with two neatly folded clean towels ...

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Spare Parts: A place for everything

Snow came early this winter in the northeast. I’m reminded of that as I brush the snow, then scrape the ice from my wife’s car in our driveway. This is not as much an act of chivalry as it is an act of contrition. My formerly semi-organized garage has become an impound lot for wayward items that found their way ...

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Kulture Clash: It’s the culture

Before we talk about any cultural clashes we need to understand the cultures that are involved within the realm of motorcycles. Webster defines culture as the sum of attitudes, customs and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art from one generation to the next. So sometime in ...

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5th annual H.O.G. Rally India

Photos by Suraj Khan Merry Christmas and Happy Harley Days! I am going to take you to Goa, India, to a huge country that, until eight years ago, was dominated by Royal Enfield, Triumph and other British, Japanese and Indian brands of motorcycles. With its long history of all sorts of people riding bikes, a spark was lit in 2007 ...

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Bullin Through Life: A redneck relay

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Us biker types love anything Harley-Davidson. Some just want to cruise the highways an’ byways with trouble-free, user-friendly machinery, an’ some, like me, seem to gravitate to the most dilapidated, abused, and neglected relics we can find. It’s a curse, lemme tell ya. It’s probably been 10 years or more since a friend ...

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Motorhead Memo: Make the eagle scream

A $19,000 Heritage Classic will run with a $40,000 CVO Road Glide. A 114” Heritage will outrun one! Huh? The bargain Tourer will smoke the flagship? How can that be? Well, it almost always has been, because Touring bikes are heavier than cruisers. So how can it not be? Besides, since the advent of 103” Big Twin engines, most riders ...

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Free Range: Arizona ambassador

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I’m sitting at the train depot of a ghost town, waiting for the next departure of the narrow-gauge tourist cars. It’s all but deserted, sans a few of us curiosity-seeking folk who are interested in the crusty old relics that remain as evidence of a town long ago abandoned as a gold mine. Or so it appears on the surface. ...

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Rear View Mirror: Mighty fine in 1999

The world • The world’s population exceeds six billion… get off my foot. • The Euro is introduced as common currency in the European Union… make you yen for a buck? • Boris Yeltsin is replaced by Vladimir Putin… and they said it couldn’t last. • Millennium celebrations begin… never mind that the Millennium begins in 2001. Might as well ...

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Tan Lines: December, 2017

My riding for the early weeks of October were cut short as I had to be in Los Angeles for a couple weeks but I did manage to find a couple of cool biker-friendly watering holes south of L.A. The Swallows Inn near Capistrano was a great little place with good prices and fun people. Down the road a little ...

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One for the Road: King of the hill

Six and a half years ago I learned of a weekend bike party called Strange Days, to be held about 30 miles from where I live. It sounded like a cool event, but I was out of town so I couldn’t attend. Apparently, it was a great success because the party was held again the next year. This time I ...

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