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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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93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week: Tradition prevails

Laconia, N.H., June 11–19—Let me be brutally honest: times have changed. Decades ago rallies were about the only way a rider could meet up with like-minded individuals and share a lifestyle that wasn’t generally accepted and events like Laconia Motorcycle Week were few and far between. Certain rally events—the hillclimb, motorcycle races, beer tents, merchandise vendors, charity rides—have gone through ...

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29th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show: Passing the torch

The Smith boys! (L.–r.) Donnie’s son Jake and Donnie’s brothers Mike, Happy and Greg

St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 2–3—The long line of people started at the ticket booth, snaked around the lobby and stopped short of the escalator. It seemed that everyone wanted to be among the first to enter the St. Paul RiverCentre exhibit hall for the 29th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Saturday morning, and with good reason, because in ...

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75th annual Daytona Bike Week: Picture-perfect party

75th annual Daytona Bike Week: Picture-perfect party

Daytona Beach, Fla.,, Mar. 5–13—While most of the country is pretty much clueless concerning the biker lifestyle, apparently Mother Nature is not only understanding but also compassionate with the rider’s need to shake off the winter doldrums. And the first of March this year, dear Mother showed just how much she likes a good party by unleashing ample sunshine, record ...

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15th annual Delmarva Bike Week and 5th annual OC BikeFest: Coastal perfection

Enjoying the great weather and the refreshments at Seacrets’ bar in the bay

Eastern Shore, Md./Del./Va., Sept. 17–20—It was the Wednesday after Labor Day, and the day started bright and sunny, with the temperature forecasted to reach the mid-80s—perfect weather for the 15th annual Delmarva Bike Week and 5th annual OC BikeFest motorcycle rallies. We arrived at the Fenwick Inn in Ocean City, Maryland, by mid afternoon, and the friendly and professional staff ...

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75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Making Pappy proud

75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis, S.D., August. 3–9—There is little that can be said about the American biker scene that doesn’t include the word Sturgis. From hills and dales to dirt and trails the tiny town nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota has proudly laid claim to its part in helping to shape what true red-white-’n’-blue motorcycle events have come to be ...

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