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Free Range: Vampires vs. zombies

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I’ve been taking the time to do some basic tending to myself, which includes stuff like blood work to check cholesterol levels and all the normal testing that goes with a tuneup, so I trudged on over to the lab and sat down to wait for my turn at bat with the guys I hate the most. The guys with ...

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Motorhead Memo: Intelajet

I should preface what follows by saying electronic fuel injection is here to stay, because it is a superior air/fuel delivery system. It manages to keep emissions down and performance up… delivering fuel economy benefits into the bargain. Took me a while to get around to being a fan, rather than just an ignorant victim of this technology. I’m ashamed ...

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One for the Road: Ode to the diner

Early one morning, as I crested a hill in the northern part of New Jersey, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a diner I’d passed dozens of times. I’d never had occasion to stop there, but this morning my rumbling stomach pulled me into this place of perpetual breakfasts. The ’50s railroad-car style structure with its shiny ...

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Spare Parts: Driven to ride

Motorcyclists who endure winters are a unique breed. Being from the northeast myself, I understand this. There are plenty of places in the States colder than Western Pennsylvania, and I don’t know how they survive. Once, I had to visit Minnesota for work in the winter. They have overhead heaters at some of the bus stops. That’s otherworldly cold in ...

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Rear View Mirror: Not much new in 2002

The world NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe (figure 1) begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system… outta this world! A near-Earth asteroid (estimated at a measly 30 feet in diameter) explodes in our atmosphere over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Weather roulette

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! For us out here on the left coast, the ridin’ season kinda stretches out a bit longer than it does for you folks livin’ to the right of Bizarroworld on the map. Yeah, the temperature drops into the 20s at night now an’ then, but it usually warms up to the 50s during ...

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Savage Roads: The road to Biker Fest

Photos by Michele Ciussi Udine, Italy—One of my most memorable Savage Roads adventures of my 15 years in Europe is when I rode from Floro, Norway, about halfway up the country, smokin’ all the way south down through Denmark, Germany, Austria and on to northern Italy. My band had a two-night show to perform at the biggest bike event in the ...

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Motorhead Memo: Stumped by sumping

For as long as I can remember, my involvement with Harley-Davidson motorcycles has included dealing with the dreaded “wet sump.” (Well, OK, you might not dread it, but I have learned to.) This whole “sumping” thing is a rat’s nest of misconceptions and muddled understanding in the first place and H-D doesn’t make it any better. Technically, wet sumping is ...

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Free Range: Bravado

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“So, how do you like that thing? Awful big, isn’t it?” the tall gal in pink leather asks. I smile and tell her I love the Beast as I sort out my groceries to carefully load the saddlebags. “I’ve never really been a Harley girl, myself. Especially not a bagger,” she offers in a disgusted tone. “I have a 2016 ...

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Rear View Mirror: (200)1 was the funkiest number

The world • Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia, is launched by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger. Ah…[edit]…anyone? • First draft of the complete human genome is published in the journal Nature. We have blamed all our problems on our DNA ever since. • Michael Brunet discovers the skull of Sahelanthropus Tchadensis (figure 1) in the Djurab Desert, Chad. One of ...

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