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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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Northeast Passages: September, 2017

Rave reviews came with a recent report to me from road captain Jim Kelly that Big Nick’s Ride for Cape Cod’s Fallen, Saturday and Sunday, July 22–23, was one huge Godzilla of a Massachusetts good time. On Saturday, the second annual “Livin’ the Dream” poker run drew throngs. Saturday evening’s pre-ride party at Cape Cod Irish Village in Yarmouth was ...

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If You See Kay: September, 2017

Please exercise caution when interpreting or applying what I am about to tell you. If you feel the need to carry a weapon while on a road trip (or any other time or circumstance), there are a few states wherein it is relatively easy to get a permit to carry either concealed or open. Arizona is the closest state to ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: August, 2017

Summer doesn’t seem like it’s game-on until the first wienie, the first barbecue, the choke of smoke rising from a grill or open fire. So, any event that ends on the beach, with wienies and burgers (for your kind donation), well, who’d want to miss that? The trick with a lot of things that don’t grade as top dietary drawer, ...

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Tan Lines: August, 2017

I have often said that bikers are the best people in the world, not all maybe, but most of us. A good friend of mine was riding from Florida to California to see family. He stopped in San Antonio to gas up and grab a bite to eat. Unfortunately, when he was ready to go, his bike wasn’t. After checking ...

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Hazy on the Details: August, 2017

I’m not a crazy fan of summer. OK, mostly I’m not a crazy fan of the heat. I actually love almost everything else about summer. Remember when we were kids and August was the winding down of summer? Now it’s just the middle. Now that I don’t have to dread the start of school, it’s just part of 4–5 months ...

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Mile Marker: August, 2017

The Michigan House has passed legislation to increase motorcycle endorsements and registrations fees. The endorsement fee is increased to $16.00, the renewal fee was increased to $7.00. Yearly plate renewals also increased to $25.00. The bill was sponsored by (R) Rep. Jim Tedder of Clarkston, and the monies will create the Motorcycle Safety Awareness Fund, to be used in education ...

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Northeast Passages: August, 2017

Good work, here. The Blue Knights New Jersey Chapter IX hosted on Wednesday, June 21, at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, its Gooch’s Garlic Run. The 30th anniversary event was founded by member Al “Gooch” Monaco. The ride benefits kids with devastating illnesses or injuries. The beneficiaries this year included locals Hailey Rose Inserra, 11; Freddie Guzman, 12; and Teddy Dovel, ...

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