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8th annual Bikers & Babes at the Beach

Daniel, a.k.a. "Nobody," introduces the Miss Bikers & Babes contestants (from left): Janell. Tamara, Bethany, Katie and Montana

ROCKAWAY BEACH, MO., JULY 20–When I read that the Southwest Chapter of BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) was holding the 8th annual Bikers & Babes at the Beach at Rockaway Beach, Missouri, I couldn’t wait to get there. The heat wave in the Midwest was winding down and isolated thunderstorms were bringing relief from the relentless humidity. It was time ...

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2013 West Virginia MountainFest

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts rock the main stage at Mylan Park

MORGANTOWN, W.V., JULY 24-28–West Virginia MountainFest has become a staple of my summer and a must-do for over 50,000 other riders. The event has always taken place at multiple locations around Morgantown including the host dealership, Triple S Harley-Davidson. This year the dealership’s new location, just off Exit 155 of I-79 at the top of Willie G Drive, helped newcomers ...

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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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