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Hazy on the Details: August, 2017

I’m not a crazy fan of summer. OK, mostly I’m not a crazy fan of the heat. I actually love almost everything else about summer. Remember when we were kids and August was the winding down of summer? Now it’s just the middle. Now that I don’t have to dread the start of school, it’s just part of 4–5 months ...

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One for the Road: Quarter-century celebration

Once again, I’m planning my annual pilgrimage to South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This is my 15th year of attending, and I’ve also been part of the THUNDER PRESS family for over 15 years. But much more important is another milestone—the 25th anniversary of THUNDER PRESS. And we’re celebrating that remarkable achievement this year during the rally. Our ...

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Mile Marker: August, 2017

The Michigan House has passed legislation to increase motorcycle endorsements and registrations fees. The endorsement fee is increased to $16.00, the renewal fee was increased to $7.00. Yearly plate renewals also increased to $25.00. The bill was sponsored by (R) Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston, and the monies will create the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Fund, to be used in education ...

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Rear View Mirror: Alive and thrivin’ in ’95

The world • In southern France, a network of caves is discovered containing paintings and carvings between 17,000 and 20,000 years old, proving graffiti has been with us a long, long time. • The optical disc storage media format (DVD) is announced… video rental stores rejoice… no rewinding. • Microsoft comes up with Windows 95 as an operating system… nerds ...

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Spare Parts: Olfactory Upgrade

Who can forget Plum Crazy, Sub Lime and Lemon Twist? It won’t take long for those of a certain age to identify those names as Mopar’s High Impact colors of the late 60’s and early 70’s and if you recognize those, you will likely recognize the Orange Krate, Lemon Peeler and Apple Krate names as Schwinn’s two-wheeled answer from the ...

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Spare Parts: George Washington slept here

I’m sure we can all agree on a lot of things we like about riding motorcycles. That’s how rallies are born. We love bikes and not surprisingly, we all pretty much love the same music. Mix the two in copious quantities, add some largely unhealthy food and a good road to get there on and you have a bike rally. ...

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Northeast Passages: August, 2017

Good work, here. The Blue Knights New Jersey Chapter IX hosted on Wednesday, June 21, at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, its Gooch’s Garlic Run. The 30th anniversary event was founded by member Al “Gooch” Monaco. The ride benefits kids with devastating illnesses or injuries. The beneficiaries this year included locals Hailey Rose Inserra, 11; Freddie Guzman, 12; and Teddy Dovel, ...

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If You See Kay: August, 2017

Get well wishes are for Pervis Leewright from Fairfield. He is currently in the Veterans Hospital in Martinez where he celebrated his 80th birthday. I suppose all good things must come to an end. Obviously, Pervis isn’t riding anymore. However, he passed his Harley on to his son, Dave. Dave, may you have many years of sun in your face ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Fighting Father Time

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Man, I think I’m gettin’ too old for these long trips. It takes me longer to recuperate from vacation than it did to need one! Reggie an’ I just got back from a 2,700 mile round trip to Glacier National Park, an’ I have to tell ya, I wanted to stay there with ...

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Free Range: Hauntings

We have a new feature I’ve gotten myself pretty excited over since it’s right up my traveling bug alley. The Folded Map makes its debut in this edition and will offer some significant background information about a different city each month. Every now and then we’ll try to throw in a pub crawl or other relevant tidbits to make it ...

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