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Motorhead Memo: Head stroking

Couple of things we need to get through in the space allotted. Let’s start with the two 114” M-8 engines, one supplied stock or optional and one a Screamin’ Eagle upgrade to the base M-8 engine. As you’d imagine, the two engines have much different characteristics. But deep at heart, the main thing is the stroke… uh… strokes. You wouldn’t ...

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Kulture Clash: The inside lane

I have known your THUNDER PRESS Editor-in-Chief, Shadow, for more than a few decades. A little while ago she asked if I would consider writing a column for THUNDER PRESS seeing as how I had worked in almost every aspect of the industry. Before I start rambling on about what is right and wrong with the motorcycle industry I thought ...

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Free Range: Road trip

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My first street bike came to me in the most unconventional of ways. A gal I knew had been gifted the bike from her boyfriend, who just happened to be my father-in-law. He’d lovingly built the bike from the ground up and filled her head with stories of how much fun it would be when the two of them could ...

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Savage Roads: The Davidson Legacy

Angus, Scotland, Aug. 11–19—As a 42-year veteran Harley rider, and a 35-year career world touring musician, I have seen a great deal of the world and ridden in many countries on almost every continent. I started out my life studying to be a filmmaker in the mid-’70s when we actually had to splice bits of film together with tape. I ...

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Almost Fiction: Dispatch riders

In the late ’50s, when my friend and I were about 12, baseball dominated our lives. We rode our bicycles to school, to Little League, around the neighborhood and we always found a baseball game. We never tired of playing the game or practicing and honing our skills. At the end of the long driveway at my friend’s house, where ...

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Spare Parts: Sleeping dogs and lies

As summer draws to a close, I’m left wondering why it is that a motorcycle, tractor or car can lay dormant for years, but the second you try to start it and it doesn’t fire, nothing else on earth matters besides getting that machine started. I’ve had several opportunities to examine this vexing issue this summer, yet the question remains ...

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Spare Parts: Back home again

My parents ignited my love of the open road. Listening to early stories of their road trips, the adventures and misadventures to and from Camp Atterbury in Indiana, where my father and the rest of the 28th Division trained before going to Germany during the Korean conflict, left me with a passion for the road. Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Seeds to the Road of Life

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Gettin’ older may not get you smarter, but it does make you think, an’ when there’s a lot more time behind you than in front of you, it makes you remember the things that have made your life what it is now, an’ what it would be like if only one little thing ...

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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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Partz: Trike support

FOX Air Suspension System for 2009–2017 Harley- Davidson Tri-Glide.

After years of perfecting their True Onboard Adjustable Air Suspension kits for two-wheelers, Arnott has stretched out to offer something for you trike fans, the height-adjustable FOX Air Suspension System for 2009–2017 Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide. Available in two versions with the only difference being whether the handlebar inflation switch is black or chrome, each sells for $1,499. Featuring Arnott’s TruAIR Technology, ...

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