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Free Range: Spirits

It’s a sunny Sunday morning in Southern Arizona and I’m sitting out on my leathers, tinkering on the Beast. I’ve been running Clearwater Lights on the bike for a few months now and they have some new mounting hardware they want road tested, so I’m checking to see if I have the right tools to change out what I have. ...

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Almost Fiction: The Auto Court

In 1948 the 10-year-old boy lived in an Auto Court owned by his father and mother. After the war, when he left the Army, his parents bought it with his father’s mustering-out bonus. Listening to his folks’ talk he heard mustering as mustard and the family joke became they bought the Auto Court with mustard money. The Auto Court had ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Golden oldies

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! I’ve been diggin’ through my old vinyl, thinkin’ about how music plays such a big part in our lives. I dug out my old two-album set of Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade, an’ I’m listening while I’m writing this. I still have the first song about motorcycles I ever heard, back around 1955, called ...

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Motorhead Memo: The late, great Eight

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “war to end all wars” ended. About six months later, a different war resumed, on American race tracks. Almost everyone else still battling for supremacy on big V-twins was racing stuff they’d pulled out of mothballs from almost three years ago. Not the Motor Company! Why and ...

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Free Range: Livin’ on love

Watched a guy, his little hippie girl and their dog packing their stuff across the parking lot, dusty and dirty, as I filled up the tank. He smiled and commented on the Beast as they trudged by, so I asked if they were on their way to spend time with their family for the holidays. He stopped and rubbed his ...

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Almost Fiction: Arguing Alone

My mother told me that it was impolite to argue religion or politics. She felt obligated to tell me this. However, realizing that I liked to argue one side of a question until the opposition relented and then switch and debate the other side with equal fervor, she assumed that, like many of her other admonitions, I would pay little ...

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Spare Parts: One small step for man

When I was less than one year old, astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. He was a true American hero. Our country was in a tight race against the Soviets to reach the moon, presumably to gain the ultimate strategic high ground of the Cold War. We won, and along with the bragging rights that ...

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Spare Parts: Heaven on earth

Ten years ago, we rode Tail of the Dragon, an 11-mile stretch of legendary road tucked into the southeast corner of Tennessee reaching to the western corner of North Carolina. At that time, we’d intended to make the Wheels Through Time Museum part of our trip but horrible weather had put us behind in our travel plans and it never ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: New Year’s Restitutions

When Hardluck reached the Rat Hole bar and grill, Tanker’s old Shovelhead chopper sat next to the door, a puddle of 50 weight oil collecting under it. Hardluck parked his Road King on the other side of the door, and stepped inside. A blast of warm air greeted him as he stepped inside, and the smell of stale beer, sweat, ...

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Spare Parts: Rolling rude

I rolled up in the left turn lane behind a lifted red Ram truck. The guy riding shotgun in the rear had his arm out the window. We’d all missed our chance to turn left on the arrow due to the traffic, but there looked to be a break coming so I made ready for the opportunity. The truck rolled ...

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