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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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Spare Parts: When the shine wears off

It’s no secret that I like old things. Everything that’s older with moving parts fascinates me. From tractors to typewriters, for me, the older the better. As you may well imagine, I’m not the guy waiting in line overnight for the latest smartphone, tablet or technology release, but if someone was having a sale on 18th century English straight razors ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Hobnobbing with frogs

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, it’s “the merry month of May,” an’ “April showers bring may flowers,” an’ you know what Mayflowers bring… Pilgrims! Anyway, May also brings the first really great ridin’ weather for lots of folks, me included. Here in Central California, we can ride most of the year, but you can’t count on the ...

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Free Range: Changes

Aaron was a cool guy. A kid, really. At least in my eyes, since he was still in his forties when he passed away just a week ago. As coworkers we’d spent the last few years wrangling over photos, collages, layouts… all the typical stuff one does to get a publication to the newsstands in time. He and I managed ...

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Motorhead Memo: XLR: When form follows function

A long, long time ago a very impressionable young man went looking for his third motorcycle. The first two had been two-strokes, of 80cc and 250cc respectively. This time it had to be a “real” motorcycle, a big bike of at least 500cc and for sure… a four stroke. He was open-minded about it. Sure, he read Cycle World and ...

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Almost Fiction: Trump, Hillary and baseball’s new rules

With plenty of time before the first pitch of the Dodger game I settled into my big overstuffed chair and made the mistake of flipping on the television news. According to CNN I found out that Trump was the “anti-Christ” and that Putin was the “handmaiden of the devil.” Turning to Fox I learned that all democrats are dysfunctional spoiled ...

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Almost Fiction: The last time I saw Marvin

The last time I saw my cousin Marvin was on my 18th birthday, June 1, 1965. There was a party, a few gifts and a cake. Family and friends stood around talking about an 18-year-old being eligible for the draft which prompted talk of being proud of the Army and possible being sent to the newly escalating war in Vietnam. ...

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