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Mile Marker: October, 2017

Congratulations to Charles Swank of Butler, Ohio, on being presented with a 2017 Street Glide at the Military Appreciation Day at Sturgis. Harley-Davidson and the Wounded Warrior Project teamed up to present him with the motorcycle through “Mission: Thank You.” After visiting all 702 dealerships Adam Sandoval started Mission: Thank You to give away eight motorcycles to vets across the ...

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Hazy on the Details: October, 2017

You know when it’s hot and humid, how it seems like summer will never end? And October will never get here? It got here! Yay! I love fall—the perfect riding days, still part of summer left, the days are still a bit longer, no long rides, but the little lunch rides and breakfast rides are out there. I have my ...

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Northeast Passages: October, 2017

Suspense is building for Brookfield Indian Motorcycle of Brookfield, Connecticut. It is in first place, as of this writing, out of 191 associated dealerships nationwide, as judged by parent Polaris. Patty and Robert Gaulin and their son, Eric Gaulin, own the top-ranked contender. She told me, “We are very excited about the ranking.” It is based on customer service, volume ...

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Texas Raine: October, 2017

This column has been on one wild ride to get written as it was originally due on Monday, August 28—right as all hell had broken loose along a 300-mile stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast, no thanks to Hurricane Harvey. My fantastic editor Shadow gave me some wiggle room because it took several days for dealership staff in the affected ...

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If You See Kay: October, 2017

Surprise! If this column seems a bit odd to you, let me tell you what has happened through the magic of deadlines. I have been out of the country for a couple of weeks, and wouldn’t you know, my deadline for this column fell splat in the middle of those two weeks. Many thanks to my understanding editors, Marjorie “Shadow” ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: September, 2017

September is a favorite in most households, I’d wager. It’s a month with many friends’ and family’s birthdays, those celebrants a product of amorous yuletide celebrations gone by; it’s the month when Tamarack (a.k.a. Larch) trees begin to defoliate but offer up a brilliant gold before the needles drop. September in the Northwest finds us looking forward to the Anacortes, ...

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Tan Lines: September, 2017

Well, the summer rains have certainly put a damper (no pun intended) on our summer riding. Although the rain cools the air temporarily, the humidity afterward takes over where the pre-storm heat left off. But because we love the wind in our faces, most of us suck it up and deal with it… On July 1 the Green Swamp Chapter ...

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Hazy on the Details: September, 2017

September’s a quirky month—in theory everyone’s returned from their summer vacations and back down to serious work. Kids are back in school, summer’s over, Costco introduces Christmas (shudder) and Halloween’s a’comin. However, for me, it’s another couple months of yucky summer heat and the welcome back to horrible fall commuter traffic (summer traffic is so much better!) My summer music ...

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Mile Marker: September, 2017

In 2000 I had the pleasure of sitting with Bill Werner and Vaughn Beals when they were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. They are legends in the world of Harley-Davidson history, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This year Bill Werner, who built and tuned XR750s that won more AMA Grand National Championships and races than any ...

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Texas Raine: September, 2017

As the month of July hit Texas it brought our annual ration of triple-digit temperatures along with the sad news that two long-time motorcycle events were being shelved for the time being and I’m going to address the easiest one first. The Roar by the Shore BikeFest has been an annual event down south along the Gulf Coast when it ...

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