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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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Texas Raine: March, 2017

Things got off to an interesting start on January 9 when an unexpected announcement broke that Polaris would immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. “One hundred percent complete shock,” said Rick Fairless at Strokers Dallas (strokersdallas.com) a couple of hours after the press release had been issued. “Since Polaris purchased Indian, we dealers have always ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: March, 2017

March is here and for riders in coastal climes that’s a fair bit more meaningful than those of us perched (huddled) inland. But there are signs that warmer days are ahead. Right? Having spent the first dozen days of February on the equator side of the Baja Peninsula with about 40 friends, young and old, family and acquaintances thereof, spring ...

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If You See Kay: March, 2017

Happy birthday to all motorsickle riders who celebrate in March. Happy birthday USMC MC members Teno “Rowdy” Cardoza and Rick “Hunter” Rush. Happy birthday to Sherri Smith Vonsild. Hey, Sherri. You and Ron will soon celebrate your second anniversary. Congratulations! In Solano County, several people will be celebrating a birthday. They are Lou DuPont in Suisun City, Terry Hurst in ...

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Hazy on the Details: March, 2017

It’s been a delightfully wet winter so far. And, while I’m well aware it’s not conducive to riding, my garden sure loves it, as does my business, which, sadly, depends on stupid drivers to keep us supplied with fresh-wrecked cars. I love the wrecking biz; I’ve done it for so many years, it’s hard to remember any other way of ...

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Tan Lines: March, 2017

2017 started out just perfect. On New Year’s Day I saddled up and joined a popular tradition of many in our area, the Hangover Ride. Funny as it sounds, it started several years ago with a couple of friends deciding to start the year off with a ride in spite of their hangovers. It has grown to one of the ...

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