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Ride Out of the Darkness: Let’s change the world

What would you do if one day you woke up and realized that you wanted to make the world a better place? Well, that happened to me. One day about nine months after I retired from the United States Marine Corps I woke up and decided that I wanted to improve our world for generations to come. More on that ...

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Almost Fiction: Heroes

When I was a kid my heroes were TV cowboys: Hopalong Cassidy, the Cisco Kid and Roy Rogers. Later, at the movies, I discovered knights in shining armor, King Arthur, Lancelot, Robin Hood, El Cid and in the funny papers there was Prince Valiant. Mrs. Miller’s high school English class unsealed the classics to this mutton-headed kid who fell in ...

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Kulture Clash: It’s OK to get excited

First and foremost Daytona is just around the corner as I am sitting down to write this, and will be history by the time you read this. I had a new knee installed in November and while it is feeling great Doc says it’s OK to ride but not on a long trip yet. Secondly the general economy is on ...

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Free Range: Vampires vs. zombies

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I’ve been taking the time to do some basic tending to myself, which includes stuff like blood work to check cholesterol levels and all the normal testing that goes with a tuneup, so I trudged on over to the lab and sat down to wait for my turn at bat with the guys I hate the most. The guys with ...

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Motorhead Memo: Intelajet

I should preface what follows by saying electronic fuel injection is here to stay, because it is a superior air/fuel delivery system. It manages to keep emissions down and performance up… delivering fuel economy benefits into the bargain. Took me a while to get around to being a fan, rather than just an ignorant victim of this technology. I’m ashamed ...

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One for the Road: Ode to the diner

Early one morning, as I crested a hill in the northern part of New Jersey, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a diner I’d passed dozens of times. I’d never had occasion to stop there, but this morning my rumbling stomach pulled me into this place of perpetual breakfasts. The ’50s railroad-car style structure with its shiny ...

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Spare Parts: Driven to ride

Motorcyclists who endure winters are a unique breed. Being from the northeast myself, I understand this. There are plenty of places in the States colder than Western Pennsylvania, and I don’t know how they survive. Once, I had to visit Minnesota for work in the winter. They have overhead heaters at some of the bus stops. That’s otherworldly cold in ...

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Rear View Mirror: Not much new in 2002

The world NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe (figure 1) begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system… outta this world! A near-Earth asteroid (estimated at a measly 30 feet in diameter) explodes in our atmosphere over the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Libya. Estimated to have a force of 26 kilotons, more powerful than the ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Weather roulette

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! For us out here on the left coast, the ridin’ season kinda stretches out a bit longer than it does for you folks livin’ to the right of Bizarroworld on the map. Yeah, the temperature drops into the 20s at night now an’ then, but it usually warms up to the 50s during ...

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Savage Roads: The road to Biker Fest

Photos by Michele Ciussi Udine, Italy—One of my most memorable Savage Roads adventures of my 15 years in Europe is when I rode from Floro, Norway, about halfway up the country, smokin’ all the way south down through Denmark, Germany, Austria and on to northern Italy. My band had a two-night show to perform at the biggest bike event in the ...

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