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Blue Dog Diaries: Battling the bulge

The vest extender is a clever and decorative means of upsizing your treasured leather vest to match your girth once your six-pack abs have turned to twelve-pack flab in mid-life. As far as I know, these little appliances are unique to bikers since nobody else has the guts—or more to the point, the gut—to wear them. To us, however, they ...

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Southern Rail: Unintended exploits

Tooling along a deserted stretch of pavement in southeast Texas, I came upon another rider on the side of the road headed the opposite direction. So I did the right thing, made a U-turn and pulled up beside him. He was aboard one of those fancy dual-sport machines, a tall bike with huge aluminum panniers, stickers covering everything, a mountain ...

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One for the Road: Speed queen

Vroom. No, I mean VRRROOOOMMMM! As soon as I started her up, the throttle seemed to be stuck open—way open—scaring me half to death. I blipped the throttle a few times, made sure the handlebar idle adjustment wasn’t open, but nothing happened; it still stayed pretty near pegged. I shut her down, waited a minute or two until all the ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Charity begins at… the Broadmoor?

In they flew to Colorado Springs, 500 strong. In they flew in business class seats on their respective flights, and upon landing headed from the airport to their ultimate destination, the historic and ultra-exclusive Broadmoor Hotel, a five-diamond resort with million-dollar mountain views, a trio of 18-hole golf courses, a world-class spa, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools among ...

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One for the Road: Snow hog

Less than two weeks ago, Winter Storm Jonas delivered a blizzard to most of New Jersey and the surrounding states, dumping nearly three feet of snow over a single 24-hour period. Today I’m looking out my window at snow melting on this sunny, 47-degree day. Much as I might wish that this unusually warm weather will continue through the rest ...

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Southern Rail: Wardrobe malfunction

It’s been said that confession is good for the soul, being able to tell on yourself, a sign of maturity. And although I’ve been in enough courtroom settings and stood before enough judges to have learned better than to confess to anything, I’ll give it a shot. It was a typical early November day in Texas, almost 80 degrees, a ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Across the great divide

There’s a seismic generational shift in the offing in American culture and commerce that promises to be nothing short of transformational. In this corner is the reigning generation, my generation, the Baby Boom. It’s a dopey moniker. It sounds like something you’d find in a diaper, but we’ve been saddled with it for over a half-century, and so populous were ...

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One for the Road: Hearts and wings

I did not want to get up. Who in their right mind would go for a motorcycle ride, in the freezing cold, early on New Year’s morning? But the 9th annual FTR New Year’s Day Run was happening and I’d said I was coming. Trying to find inspiration to vault myself out of my warm bed, I thought about the ...

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Southern Rail: Sacred ground

I was a sickly kid growing up, plagued from birth with acute bronchitis. Hasty visits to late-night emergency rooms resulted in confinement to an oxygen tent on an almost-monthly basis (before steroids and breathing treatments). Confined to bed and often absent from school, I grew up in the company of many books, hot-rod magazines and Rat Fink model car kits. ...

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