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Donnie Smith Car Show and Tattoo Expo: Art meets moto

St. Paul, Minn., Mar. 24–25—The Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show was back in Minneapolis for its 30th year. Taking place at the St. Paul River Centre and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium, the show drew thousands from the community for a two-day celebration of all things custom. Beyond the rows of bikes on the main floor stood the third annual ...

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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show: Stoking the fire

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 16–19—Dragging luggage through the Milwaukee airport gives one a giggle while passing through the designated “recombobulation area,” past the cheese-wedge hats, Harley-Davidson boutique and right on out the front door to the biggest motorcycle mecca in all the world. While bikers might be a minority anywhere else on the planet, we are certainly not so in Milwaukee, ...

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Appalachian Moto Jam: Scramblin’ up the slopes

Monticello, N.y., Jan. 28–29—How many times have you had the chance to see a coveted Harley-Davidson 45 race against a modern dirt scrambler on a snow-covered hill climb…and win? If that’s the kind of motorcycle mayhem you’re looking for, that’s exactly what the Appalachian Moto Jam has brought to the tracks and to the hills. The AppMotoJam would be best ...

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The Dream Ride: Inspiration on wheels

Farmington, Conn., Aug. 18–25—“Inspiration” is a word that is repeatedly heard at the Dream Ride—from riders, sponsors, and Special Olympics athletes around whom the Dream Ride revolves. With 16 years under its belt, it can be a challenge to keep making an event bigger and better, but inspiration to meet challenges is the very core of this event. Each Special ...

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Sturgis 76th Rally: Changes abound in the City of Riders

STURGIS, S.D., AUG. 8–14—Riders from around the globe have religiously made the annual trek to Sturgis during the rally’s 76-year reign as the most famous biker bash in the world, and while the parties, concerts, races and riding are indeed legendary, it’s the landscape and spirituality of the Black Hills that make this rally the top of the heap when ...

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Roar on the Shore: Celebrating community

Erie, Pa., July 13–17—The challenges of holding a major motorcycle rally inside your city limits are many. But it’s a challenge that Erie, Pennsylvania, has been up to for 10 consecutive years. Bikers are, and enjoy being perceived as, a little different than the average citizen but this rally balances the interest of the community and the rally goer pretty ...

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The Wild Ones Weekend: Rust and relaxation

Milwaukee, Wis., July 7–10—There’s two things to do with bikes in Chicago: drink beer around them or work on them while drinking beer. Chicago is where taxable income, riding skills and scenic beauty go to die. Fortunately, while it may be cursed by its Illinois location, Chicago is as richly blessed by its proximity to Wisconsin—better beer and Milwaukee, in ...

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14th annual Ride for Children’s School Supplies

St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 21—The sky seemed to be holding steady on the last day of the second annual Indian Motorcycle Bike Week, a welcome change from the rest of the week. “I didn’t think I’d be buying rain gear for this ride!” laughed Pete, who had ridden from New Jersey to be here. “My bike’s gone a year and ...

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