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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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Motorhead Memo: The new Softail: Classy chassis (Part I)

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Last month I made the wish (in print) that Harley would give the new 2018 cruiser lineup a chassis to match the capabilities, character and potential of the Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. They have! I’ve ridden them all and will talk about that… soon enough. For now, it needs to be said that ...

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Almost Fiction: Black panther

It was Marvin’s first date with Madalyn, a beautiful woman who loved motorcycles and had just bought her first new bike. In order for her to show off her newly-acquired prized possession they agreed to meet at the Harley dealership before going to dinner. As he pulled his bike in she was standing in the parking lot wiping off non-existent ...

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Bullin Through Life: Motorcycle camping

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, summertime has begun to get old already, with temperatures hoverin’ around the one hundred five degree mark here in Madtown, an’ so far I haven’t been able to cultivate a friendship with anybody who has a pool. Watchin’ TV in your underwear gets old pretty quick, so after a few shots of ...

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Free Range: Meeting Ira

I’ve dropped my kickstand in front of a weather-beaten old place that looks abandoned. There’s a shadow cast across the front of the building as the morning sun barely peeks over the mountain and the Beast is resting in the shade. The gauge says it’s 93 degrees. An old man comes out to sit on the porch as I dig ...

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Motorhead Memo: Requiem for Buell… or is it?

“Oh, I’ve seen the bottom and I’ve been on top. But mostly I’ve lived in between. And where do you go when you get to the end of your dream?” —Dan Fogelberg I sat down to regale you with the odd facts regarding how Harley-Davidson began racing OHV machines while selling IOE and side-valves to the public… then turning that ...

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One for the Road: Quarter-century celebration

Once again, I’m planning my annual pilgrimage to South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This is my 15th year of attending, and I’ve also been part of the THUNDER PRESS family for over 15 years. But much more important is another milestone—the 25th anniversary of THUNDER PRESS. And we’re celebrating that remarkable achievement this year during the rally. Our ...

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Rear View Mirror: Alive and thrivin’ in ’95

The world • In southern France, a network of caves is discovered containing paintings and carvings between 17,000 and 20,000 years old, proving graffiti has been with us a long, long time. • The optical disc storage media format (DVD) is announced… video rental stores rejoice… no rewinding. • Microsoft comes up with Windows 95 as an operating system… nerds ...

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