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Biketoberfest 2014: Clear sailin’

Biketoberfest 2014

Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 16–19—Although the 22nd annual Biketoberfest didn’t officially start until Thursday, October 16, a large uptick in riders began much earlier in the week. And for good cause since the conditions were ideal Chamber of Commerce weather. After one of the most miserably wet summers the Sunshine State has experienced in a very long time, a solid ...

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Harley-Davidson MY 2015 press launch: The hits keep happening

Harley-Davidson MY 2015 press launch

Sonoma, Calif., Aug. 25–26—From the American debut of the cosmopolitan new XG500 and XG750 Street models in January to the surprise introduction on the eve of Daytona Bike Week of the XL1200T—the first XL tourer in two generations—and the return of the culturally groundbreaking Low Rider, The Motor Company was already creating a heady dose of buzz. And then came ...

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J&P Cycles Open House Rally: Party in the heartland

Gina Woods & Jill Parham of J&P withthe HER Project

Anamosa, Iowa, June 27–29—This one has been on my agenda for years, and this year I finally made it there. The 35th annual J&P Cycles Open House Rally, which is the largest bike rally in Iowa, was a complete success as more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country converged for a weekend of music, celebrities, stunt shows, sweepstakes, ...

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Rolling Thunder XXVII: Riding to remember

Rolling Thunder Wreath Ceremony

Washington, D.C., May 29–June 1—The Rolling Thunder demonstration on Memorial Day weekend is a pilgrimage of sorts, where the people demand that our politicians act now to take care of the veterans who protected, and continue to protect, America’s freedom. The morning of the first day of my pilgrimage was the first time I have ever put on rain gear ...

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NYC H.O.G. Bikers Against Breast Cancer: Fighting a family disease

NYC H.O.G. Director Joe Sessa (l) and Grand Marshal Peter Vallone Jr. get ready to lead the ride

NEW YORK, N.Y., JUNE 8—Hundreds of motorcycles roared through the streets of New York City June 8 to raise money for NYC H.O.G. Bikers Against Breast Cancer (BABC). The weather was perfect: warm and sunny. The streets were the best: no traffic. “It was great to ride through New York City with a police escort,” said NYC H.O.G.’s Jaime Fernandez, ...

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91st Laconia Motorcycle Week: Good day sunshine

91st Laconia Motorcycle Week at The Weirs

LACONIA, N.H., JUNE 14-22—It was the very first time that my ride to New Hampshire was blessed by sunny skies and warm weather. And the first time I can recall in the 13 years I’ve attended that it did not rain once during the rally—except for an overnight shower midweek when everyone was most likely asleep in their rooms. In fact, ...

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Warm Springs Ranch Ride: ROAR Tour With Some Buds

Warm Springs Ranch

Boonville, Mo., May 17 — Nestled in the gently rolling hills of the fertile Missouri farmlands, near the Missouri River bottoms, lies a 300-acre ranch dedicated to the breeding of the most famous Clydesdale horses in the world. Anheuser-Busch’s Warm Springs Ranch is the birthplace and home for up to 120 Budweiser Clydesdales. Located about 100 miles east of Kansas ...

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