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Motorhead Memo: Lost history of the 8-valves

This was supposed to be easy. The idea was to simply inform those who might not know that the new Milwaukee-Eight was not Harley-Davidson’s first dance with multi-valve engines. No sir, not by a long shot. Fact is, The Motor Company built an 8-valve engine for racing almost exactly 100 years ago. Well, to be a little more precise, they ...

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Free Range: Devotion

Ricky leaves to fetch the cake and Enrique turns his full attention to his wife. He smooths at her thin silver hair and pats her shoulder. He stares into her face and smiles, then reaches over and kisses her sweetly on the forehead before he looks up and notices me watching. He smiles and pets his wife’s hand before he ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Shovelhead savior

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, I finally did something I never thought I’d do. I sold my ol’ Shovelhead… It’s been a long time, and a lot of roads since I got the original basket case. It had been sitting in some guy’s shed for years, an’ everything that wasn’t covered with rust was corroded or rotted ...

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Almost Fiction: Basque-ing in Bakersfield

When I was 18, anyone middle-aged was bewildered with life and overly concerned with security. The exception was Marvin, my 40-year-“old” cousin. He had a taste for being alive, knew everything there was to know about riding motorcycles and finding interesting out-of-the-way places on little-used roads. Forever, he rode a Harley Panhead all over the Southwest. I listened to him. ...

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Spare Parts: What’s in a name?

The experience of being on the road has been elevated to an art form. If you flipped on the tube right now you could probably catch a show featuring roadside diners, roadside art, roadside hotels or just really cool roadside people. With all that is going on along the side of the road, it’s easy to get distracted and take ...

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Motorhead Memo: M-8 and beyond

Elsewhere in this issue, you can see more details about the new Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin. Plenty of insight can be gained from some online searching and magazine reading as well, but the point of it all… the real difference… the big deal… about the new Big Twin is its breathing capabilities via four valves per cylinder. It’s news—even if it ...

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Free Range: Lucky stars

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind of unique experiences and more than once lately I’ve had to pinch myself to be sure it’s not all just a fantastic dream I’ve created to keep myself entertained, although I’m certain that even I don’t have an imagination good enough to make up this level of cool stuff. By the ...

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Almost Fiction: The Grapes of Wrath

August 14, 2016, was my Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic’s 20th birthday. I know because I went to the dealership and had them look it up. Therefore as a birthday present I cleaned and polished everything, did all the proper maintenance, checked and repaired anything that needed to be checked and repaired and now it is clean and pretty and runs like ...

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Motorhead Memo: Do it in the dirt

Get your tickets in advance, folks! The 2017 season of AMA Pro flat track racing promises to be the most entertaining, innovative and intense in decades. For the 12 or so readers out there who aren’t already aware, this is because Indian has jumped into the fray and onto the tracks with its very own, honest to cinders, first in ...

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Spare Parts: A lifetime of barn finds

I have privately wondered at times if I am a bike guy due at least in part to economics. Bikes are generally less expensive to buy and to restore than cars are and they definitely take up less garage space. During good times I have hauled home four or five bikes at a time in my pickup truck and laid ...

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