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Free Range: Bikers reign

It’s pretty tough to catch up with friends who travel as much as I do, since schedules and routes rarely align, so it was extra special recently when I got to sit down with my favorite fiddling friend, Harry, from the Fryed Brothers Band. He and his band of brothers spend their time touring the country to play their own ...

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Motorhead Memo: I came, I saw, I pondered!

As this is written, I’m still absorbing and analyzing my impressions of the first Street Rod 750 I’ve seen in person. First impression is, Harley probably should’ve done this in the first place. Then… fleetingly… I recall this thing makes more power than the first generation of superbikes. Back in those days a 750 was a big bike and one ...

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Almost Fiction: Time Machine Chair

On Thursday afternoon at 3:27 p.m. it occurred to me that 327, along with 350 and 427, are all notable numbers to Chevy lovers. 283 is also a good Chevy number but it can’t be reflected on a digital clock. I don’t know why that jumped into my mind but curled up in front of the TV, wrapped in Aunt ...

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Motorhead Memo: Gauging success

Two of the old Corvettes I have owned over the decadent decades had a nifty little “safety device” in the form of optic fibers in a dashboard indicator that let you know all was well with various exterior lights… notably the taillights. I was reminded of this when (for what seems like the umpteenth time) I got word of a ...

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Bullin Through Life: Memories of days past

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, boys an’ girls, Summer’s almost on us, an’ it’s time to get out where the deer an’ the antelope play, an’ if you seldom hear a discouragin’ word, you’re hangin’ out in better bars than I am! Speaking of discouragin’ words, have ya ever had one of those buddies that makes ya ...

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Rear View Mirror: What was news in ’92

The World: Roman Catholic Church reinstates Galileo Galilei… after 359 years. McDonald’s opens its first restaurant in China. The Nation: President Bush apologizes for raising taxes after promising not to. Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster win Oscars for Silence of the Lambs. Johnny Carson makes his final appearance as host of The Tonight Show. A free newspaper called THUNDER PRESS ...

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Free Range: Tuff luv

Sitting out on the dive bar patio, soaking up the warmth of a rare sunny day in the dead of a nasty winter, I overheard a conversation between members of a club I recognized. There were no attempts at keeping the story quiet so I listened intently as a guy described a situation he’d experienced three years prior. “Right here ...

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Motorhead Memo: Kickin’ it

You’ll get a kick out of this! (Or not) You haven’t been able to buy a new Harley-Davidson with a factory-equipped kick starter for 31 years. Sportsters haven’t come with one for 38 years! Yet, the desire for a kicker has never really gone way. In fact, it seems to be increasing. This got me thinking about kick starters… or ...

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Texas Raine: May, 2017

Women’s land speed record holder Leslie Porterfield held a fantastic grand opening party with a ribbon cutting at Inkling Studios near downtown Dallas; she opened the shop with her new husband Chris Clements. Featuring vintage motorcycles and tattoos, the shop pays homage to both of their loves and will soon be a must-stop destination for riders visiting town. Dallas city ...

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Spare Parts: Orange Blossom Special

Like Martin and Lewis, Jake and Ellwood and Thelma and Louise I have someone who has my back on the road. Before there was “Bert and Ernie” there was Richard and Ernie. Since we were old enough to get motorcycle endorsements on our driver’s licenses—that’s 45 years or more—we’ve been riding together and before that Richard was my neighbor. We ...

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