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V-Twin Expo: Still wheelin’ and dealin’

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 28–29—In the dead of winter, when many motorcycle dealerships and independent shops endure sluggish sales and service request slowdowns, the annual V-Twin Expo offers welcome respite. From all over the country, often in the midst of snowstorms, dealers and shop owners come to Cincinnati to see the latest and greatest offerings for the American V-twin aftermarket. This ...

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26th annual Las Vegas Auction: Hangin’ with the cool kids

Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 25–28—The west coast had been under deluge for weeks and the radar offered no signs of relief while making plans to ride out for the annual Mecum bike auction in Las Vegas. I held my breath for the entire week before as the desert warmth held out, despite the surrounding storms but, sure enough, just as ...

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St. Louis Motorcycle Show: Storming the Show Me State

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 15–16—Winter storm Jupiter tried its best to dampen the spirits of the 3rd annual St. Louis Motorcycle Show by dumping ice on the city of St. Louis the day before, but as they say, “The show must go on.” Being in the Midwest during winter is really hard on us bikers; we live to ride and ...

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18th annual Hell’s Angels Fresno Toy Run: Big hearts and bicycles

Sometimes what you think are the right words just don’t fit. “Amazing,” “incredible,” “unbelievable”… All of these terms seem like they would fit, but none do. The Fresno County Hell’s Angels Toy Run is an event that has to be attended to be believed. I can tell you that there were 14 semi-trucks supplied by Walmart, Numark, and John Lawson, ...

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Rocky Point Rally: Turning sweet 16

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, Nov. 10–13—Any time our south-of-the-border brethren invite their biker buddies over for a celebración on the Malecón, you can bet it’s going to be a rocking good fiesta. There’s just nothing quite like the parties that our Mexico neighbors put together but when the fun includes an anniversary like a sweet 16, the party is sure to ...

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17th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ: Arkansas outpouring

Fayetteville, Ark., Sept. 21–24—For a rally that started in 2000 with about 300 curious bikers showing up, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has come a long way. From its origins at a Bike Night at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to a presentation to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce by Police Chief Richard Watson, BBB is now heavily sponsored and ...

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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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