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One for the Road: Home in the heartland

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is always a lot of fun, but my time on the road to and from the rally is when my internal batteries get recharged. A lot of motorcyclists ship or trailer their bikes when they have to travel far distances, but I consider my time on the road, well, my time. While others might complain about ...

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Free Range: Alternative lifestyle

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I’d been wandering the streets of a town in Wyoming, shooting riders as they cruised along in the noonday sun, when I decided to duck into a cowboy bar and soak up some shade. At a table near the door was a smartly dressed lady. The attractive man across the table smiled, tipped his hat at me and I felt ...

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Almost Fiction: Bulletin board

In his office was a large six-foot bulletin board covering most of the wall. The left half contained small bits of paper and cocktail napkins remembering notes of ideas to be used in a column or a short story or a novel or a poem. There were quotes from his favorite writers and dialog from great screenplays. Fragments of dreams, ...

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Spare Parts: Sleeping dogs and lies

As summer draws to a close, I’m left wondering why it is that a motorcycle, tractor or car can lay dormant for years, but the second you try to start it and it doesn’t fire, nothing else on earth matters besides getting that machine started. I’ve had several opportunities to examine this vexing issue this summer, yet the question remains ...

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Spare Parts: Back home again

My parents ignited my love of the open road. Listening to early stories of their road trips, the adventures and misadventures to and from Camp Atterbury in Indiana, where my father and the rest of the 28th Division trained before going to Germany during the Korean conflict, left me with a passion for the road. Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Seeds to the Road of Life

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Gettin’ older may not get you smarter, but it does make you think, an’ when there’s a lot more time behind you than in front of you, it makes you remember the things that have made your life what it is now, an’ what it would be like if only one little thing ...

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Rear View Mirror: Slick tricks in ’96

The world • Britain is beset by Mad Cow Disease… good steaks are still available in the U.S. • Prince Charles and Lady Diana are divorced… the guy won’t ever be king.   • France halts nuclear testing in the Pacific… no one thinks to notify Godzilla. • Minimum wage is raised to $5.15… average cost of a new car ...

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Free Range: Thunder Press proud

I’d stopped to get some landscape photos and peeled off my jacket, the mountain sun was boiling me in my leather. I’d lit out before sunrise since there was a whole lot of desert between me and the Tetons and the morning ride had been picture perfect. The further east I got, the more bikes I found and the energy ...

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Motorhead Memo: The Gentleman’s Express

For those too young to recall or too new to Harley-Davidson to realize: Harley-Davidson FXR = Forever Excellent Roadster. Actually, it really means… F = Big Twin engine X = (Sportster-derived) front end R= Rubber (vibration-isolating) engine mounts … and the factory should have stuck with that simplicity, in more ways than one. For instance, Harley never bothered to “name” ...

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One for the Road: Big love

“Why do you need another motorcycle?” This is the question often asked of me by non-riding friends and family members. My response is usually something along the lines of, “Why do you need so many pairs of shoes?” But a retort like that doesn’t really explain the phenomenon known as motorcycle addiction. It’s not really a need, per se, nor ...

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