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2014 Motorcycle Cannonball Run: Cross-country travels and travails

Motorcycle Cannonball Run

Daytona Beach, Fla.–Tacoma, Wash., Sept. 5–21—They gathered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the motorcycle-riding fanatics with ancient iron, each anxious to strike out for new horizons. All 105 had paid their fees, made their bikes ready and journeyed from their homes to take the ride of a lifetime across America. Some came a great distance, shipping precious antique motorcycles from as ...

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37th annual Colorado Motorcycle Expo: Wintry outside, warm and welcome inside

There was a bevy of goods on display at the two-day show featuring all things motorcycle

Denver, Colo., Jan. 31–Feb. 1—OK, for one reason or another most of us have seen the Disney never-to-melt mega-monster, Frozen. It has heroes, princesses, ice castles, bad guys, good guys, a near-human reindeer and a talking snowman. But not surprisingly, no motorcycles are seen in pop culture’s most popular polar panorama. For me, however, that entire perspective changed as January ...

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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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Miss Laughlin Pageant and Wet T-shirt Contests: Adults only

All eight Miss Laughlin River Run 2014 contestants gather and wait for the winner to be announced

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—In years past I’ve attended the wild and raucous wet T-shirt contests held at the Riverside Resort bar named the Losers’ Lounge, and this year was no different. I arrived to find a line extending about 100 feet from the front door wrapping all the way into the gaming area; this event is extremely popular. Inside the ...

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Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit: Getting the girls together

Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit 2014

DENVER, COLO., MAY 2-4—When I first started riding a motorcycle 20-some years ago, there were very few women riders. As more and more women started joining the lifestyle of riding, that sense of knowing you share something special is always present when I meet another woman rider, which is why I was thrilled to attend the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit ...

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20th annual Fallen Officers Benefit Ride: A day of reflection

20th annual Fallen Officers Benefit

BALDWIN PARK, CALIF., MAY 17—Before the slow red tape of insurance benefits begins, a check of at least $2,000 is presented by the Choir Boys LEMC within two days to the family of an officer who has been killed in the line of duty for their immediate needs. These benefit rides not only raise funds, but they also honor the ...

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19th annual Utah Kids Ride: Tugging at your heartstrings

19th annual Utah Kids Ride at Wright's Motorcycle Parts

BOUNTIFUL CITY, UTAH, MAY 18—At a park in Bountiful City, amid clapping and cheers of encouragement, a young boy aided by prosthetics and braced by his father rose from his wheelchair and shakily walked across a stage to hand over cash “for the children” to a radio disc jockey who choked up, saying, “You rock, man! You can walk. You ...

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14th Annual Cook’s Corner Blessing of the Bikes

Monsignor James Smith, George Hart

Trabuco Canyon, Calif., May 4 — Once again I find myself cruising Santiago Canyon Road on a sunny Sunday morning headed for the annual late spring bike blessing at Cook’s Corner, that venerable bastion of V-twin enthusiasm located in the westernmost foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in central Orange County. Monsignor James Smith again made the trek down from ...

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