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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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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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