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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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Biggs Harley-Davidson’s May Ride

Biggs H-D

San Marcos, Calif., May 17 — Cooler weather prevailed for this year’s annual May Ride hosted by Biggs Harley-Davidson of San Marcos and its founder, Clint August, who is also widely known around town as an on-air personality for San Diego’s 101 KGB FM. In the days leading up to this event about a half-dozen wildfires were burning in San ...

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7th annual Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza!: A smashing bash

7th annual Kelly's Bodacious Biker Palooza

KINGMAN, ARIZ., APR. 27—As the Laughlin River Run was well underway Friday night and Saturday morning, a spring storm of cold rain, thunder, hail and winds had engulfed the area and was bearing down on Kingman, Arizona. Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza, in a style consistent with the dedicated, persistent and honorable character of its hosts Thomas “Kelly” Kelly and Deb ...

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32nd annual Laughlin River Run: Rockin’ the Mojave

Squaring off with a stubborn burro on Main Street in Oatman

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—Heading north on the 15 Freeway out of the western section of SoCal towards Interstate 40 east to Laughlin Nevada, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a pop thanks to the excellent riding conditions augmented by the relatively smooth road surface. I take the Laughlin River Run personally, and at ...

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Sky Valley Motorcycle Show: The ultimate setting

Sky Valley Motorcycle Show

SNOHOMISH, WASH., MAY 18—Take a sleepy downtown historic district north of Seattle, add a determined and dedicated group of motorcycle riders, throw in some sunshine, specialty vendors and close off 10 blocks for motorcycle access only and what do you get? One of Washington’s finest traditions: the Sky Valley Motorcycle Show, formerly known as the Old Snohomish Antique & Classic ...

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13th annual Run-A-Mucca

13th annual Run-A-Mucca

WINNEMUCCA, NEV., MAY 23-25—The town of Winnemucca is something of a cultural crossroads in the middle of the desert, and there is a wealth of activity going on there between March and October including a Basque festival, car shows, rodeos, bluegrass festivals, drag racing, photography symposiums and pig wrestling, to name a few. (No, I didn’t make that last one ...

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Quail Motorcycle Gathering—Year 6

Kevin Goe took a first place in the American class with his 1959 Harley-Davidson FLH Panhead

CARMEL, CALIF., MAY 17—Gordon McCall, director of motorsports at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, said, “The common denominator of two wheels is so much deeper than any of us could have ever guessed. We all do indeed share the same passion.” At the Quail Motorcycle Gathering, you will find just about any kind or brand of motorcycle you can name ...

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Arizona Bike Week RV Adventure: Wild times at WestWorld

Arizona Bike Week RV Adventure at WestWorld

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., APR. 2–6—The Arizona desert, words that make me smile and breathe easier. Toss in motorcycle riding and Arizona Bike Week and it’s instant heaven. Our annual journey was certainly different this year, however, since it included our newly acquired RV. Call us what you want: trailer trash, poser, RUB, whatever. We were going and, in the end, that’s ...

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Sonny Barger Hell’s Angels Anniversary Party

Zorana and Sonny Barger (l) pose with a friend at the Steel Horse Saloon

CAVE CREEK, ARIZ., APR.6—There really is nothing like the roar of hundreds of motorcycles rising up over the desert hills with riders united in the freedom of the ride, pushing through the warm desert air creating smiles for miles behind those bushy beards with hearts pumping and adrenaline racing. That’s what comes with a pack ride with the Hell’s Angels, ...

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15th annual Chester’s Torch Ride

Guests of the Wildhorse Pass Casino and Hotel lined up to take photos of the 1200 Torch Riders arriving at the Phoenix Bike Fest

MESA, ARIZ., APR. 5—Mesa, Ariz., Apr. 5—Approximately 1,200 bikers showed up to help support the Arizona Special Olympics at Chester’s 15th annual Torch Ride. The $25-a-head donation (or $45 for two heads) got you a pancake breakfast, run pin, entry into the Sammy Hagar Concert at Phoenix Bike Fest that night (a $25 value all by itself) and a chance ...

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