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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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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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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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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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Almost Fiction: Dispatch riders

In the late ’50s, when my friend and I were about 12, baseball dominated our lives. We rode our bicycles to school, to Little League, around the neighborhood and we always found a baseball game. We never tired of playing the game or practicing and honing our skills. At the end of the long driveway at my friend’s house, where ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Ridin’ gear

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, it’s November already, Turkey Day is right around the corner, an’ riding season is about over for a lot of you. Here in Central California it gets cold, but basically we can ride all year round with the right gear. During the summer, my standard ridin’ outfit consists of a T-shirt, a ...

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Rear View Mirror: Hog heaven in ’97

The world • Princess Diana, Allen Ginsberg, John Denver, Jacques Cousteau… and Mother Teresa all left us in 1997… Denver apparently to West Virginia (almost heaven after all)… the rest… well your guess is as good as mine. • Apple Computer names Steve Jobs temporary CEO… what were they thinking? • England’s 100-year tenure in Hong Kong ends… the Chinese ...

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Free Range: Supernova

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Back in 2009 I got a call from a guy who was putting together a cross country, coast-to-coast run and wanted some help with organizing it all. He’d heard about me from a mutual business acquaintance so he conducted a phone interview to see if I’d be interested in helping out. He warned that he had no experience in promotions ...

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