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If You See Kay: May, 2017

In Chico, a big shout out for Steve Adams, owner of Sierra Steel Harley-Davidson. Steve, Jack and I will be up to see you this summer. Keep the welcome mat out!… Happy birthday to all bikers who celebrate in May. Happy birthday to Amy DeNero of the Monterey Bay H.O.G. in Santa Cruz, happy birthday to Elly Rampoldi of the ...

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Tan Lines: April, 2017

With the great weather we have 95 percent of the time, sometimes there are so many things going on it’s really hard to decide which way to head so I just try to hit as many as I can… The month of January wrapped up on a good note with Seminole Harley holding a customer appreciation weekend. On the 28th ...

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Chewin the Fat Boy: April, 2017

Bayview, Idaho, is alongside Lake Pend Oreille; the deepest, biggest and least noisy body of water statewide. This makes for the ideal location for research and development on stealth technologies for the US Navy’s submarines, doing this work much more affordably and with greater environmental controls than would be possible in an ocean setting. Bayview, Idaho, is also where a ...

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Northeast Passages: April, 2017

April fools are running amuck this month and I surely remain the world’s greatest. I’ll never forget asking, years ago on my first-ever trip to Daytona, whether “DILLIGAF” was the name of some famous Floridian. Lots of bikers were wearing tees with the logo. The waitress at the White Eagle Lounge in Korona blinked. Then, she leaned in and whispered, ...

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Hazy on the Details: April, 2017

So I’m starting out my April column with a retirement. Me? Oh, heck no. At least not this month. Hah! Instead, our fearless leader, Terry Roorda, has decided to give up the high life of writing (which, by the way, can be hard work). Terry’s Blue Dog Diaries is the first thing I read when I open my THUNDER PRESS. ...

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Texas Raine: April, 2017

The Super Bowl kicked off the month of February and Dallas’ own Greg Ingram was one of the featured bikers in the Mercedes-Benz commercial spoofing the classic film Easy Rider. Ingram is a well-known character actor in several films in the horror and motorcycle genres. He shared with me that when they shot it in December he had no idea ...

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Mile Marker: April, 2017

Jim and Lynn Loomis are doubly proud of their dealerships as Napoleon Harley-Davidson in Napoleon, Ohio, has won the Gold Bar & Shield Circle of Excellence award, which is based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction, and operations. Their other dealership, Piqua Harley-Davidson in Piqua, Ohio, has received the Platinum Bar & Shield award, given ...

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If You See Kay: April, 2017

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” Judge for yourself… Let’s begin with the “best of times.” Bob Dell, are you there? I am calling for Bob Dell in San Ramon. Remember your good friend, Dave Silva, in Danville? I believe you sent me his name and birthday so that I could give him a ...

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Mile Marker: March, 2017

In Sioux City, Iowa, Awesome Biker Nights will be returning to the Historic Fourth Street location after last year’s relocation to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The 18th annual ABN is scheduled on June 15–17. After 16 years in the Historic Fourth Street location the event moved to the Casino last year after some issues and other outside pressures. ...

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Northeast Passages: March, 2017

Julius Caesar should have paid the fortune teller more money. The soothsayer warned the Roman emperor to beware the Ides of March, a holiday celebrated March 15. Instead, the cheapskate drew some bad hoodoo. He was assassinated by dagger on that day in 44 BC. I hereby rename the day the Rides of March. And dedicate it to the gods ...

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