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Smoke Out 14

Smoke Out 14

ROCKINGHAM, NC, JUNE 21–22—Ahh… the Smoke Out. Just the name of this event brings a smile to my face remembering all of the good times from years past. This year was number 14 and it just seems to get better every year. And if you ask anybody who’s ever been to “The Rock,” as the drag strip venue is called, ...

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34th annual J&P Cycles Open House

34th annual J&P Cycles Open House

ANAMOSA, IOWA, JUNE 29-30–For folks that are interested in anything and everything related to V-twin motorcycles, there was no better place to be than the J&P Cycles 34th annual Open House held at the company’s headquarters in Anamosa. Nowadays it’s getting much more difficult to find anything that is free, but that isn’t the case among the cornfields of eastern ...

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Roar on the Shore 2013

Roar on the Shore 2013

ERIE, PA., JULY 18-20–”How much fun can you stand for three days?” is really the question for this year’s Roar on the Shore rally. This seventh-year event began on Thursday with the conversion of downtown Erie’s Perry Square to “The Hub” of the rally. A main stage on the west end, the new Jagermeister Mobile Stage on the east end ...

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2013 Republic of Texas Biker Rally

2013 Republic of Texas Biker Rally

AUSTIN, TEXAS, JUNE 13-16–It was high noon. And although some decent cloud cover provided a respite from the relentless sun, that same blanket of cumulus bottled up a butt-load of humidity causing a pressure cooker effect. With temperatures in mid-90s, the humidity soared to a stifling 85 percent. Apparently this was enough of a lethal combination to cause typically normal ...

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22nd annual HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally

22nd annual HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally

KANSAS CITY, MO, JUNE 9–At first, a 1928 AJS and a 1911 Pierce, followed by a 1920 Indian alongside a 1946 Indian, a 1913 Pope and then a 1953 Harley-Davidson. These were the first six motorcycles to greet you after you paid your minimal $8 gate fee to the Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts 2013 Vintage Motorcycle Show. Best yet—more ...

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Rolling Thunder XXVI

Rolling Thunder XXVI

NEW JERSEY to WASHINGTON, D.C., May 23-27–For the past 26 Memorial Day weekends, tens of thousands of motorcyclists have converged on our nation’s capital. As a member of Rolling Thunder Chapter 2 New Jersey, this is the fourth time I’ve participated in Rolling Thunder’s annual demonstration to compel the politicians to focus more on our POW/MIA issue. I look at ...

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National Motorcycle Museum’s 2013 Vintage Rally

National Motorcycle Museum's 2013 Vintage Rally

ANAMOSA, IOWA, June 8-9—I had my sights set on the National Motorcycle Museum’s 2013 Vintage Rally long ago. The opportunity to check out the displays at the museum along with the largest Evel Knievel collection in the world, the new Dirt Track Heroes and “Scooters!” exhibits, a swap meet, autograph and book-signing sessions and much more was a no-brainer. And ...

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90th annual Laconia Motorcycle Week

Laconia, N.H., June 8-16—In June 1916, 150 motorcyclists converged upon Weirs Beach in Laconia, New Hampshire, marking the beginning of Laconia Motorcycle Week. This event was organized by several New England motorcycle dealers, and the very next year, the Federation of American Motorcyclists sanctioned the 1917 gathering as the first Gypsy Tour in Laconia. Early Gypsy Tours were intended to ...

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Outer Banks Bike Week 2013

Outer Banks Bike Week 2013

OUTER BANKS, N.C., APR. 20-28—Just as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel came into view, the warming sun dazzled its way through the gray, gloomy clouds and chill that had followed me the entire 350 miles from New Jersey. I took the abrupt, but welcome, change in weather as a good omen for my trip to the North Carolina coast for ...

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15th annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally

15th annual Thunder Beach Spring Rally

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLA., MAY1-5—Despite the somewhat inclement weather and cooler-than-normal temps in Florida for the month of May, Wednesday’s Kick Start Party at the Whiskey Saloon was a success, even though it was the first time for Whiskey’s to host the party. The atmosphere on the back lot was reminiscent of the campgrounds in Sturgis. Once you got past ...

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