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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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Cave Creek Rally 2014

Cave Creek Rally 2014

CAVE CREEK, ARIZ., APR. 1-6—Cowboys, Indians, outlaws and miners. That pretty much sums up Cave Creek’s history and heritage. Gold was discovered in 1874 on nearby Gold Hill, which caused a gold rush to the area displacing the Indians who lived there. Although the gold has played out, the town remains like an echo in time. The buildings, although none ...

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53rd annual Norwalk Centaurs Yuma Prison Run: Recidivist rendezvous

53rd annual Norwalk Centaurs Yuma Prison Run

YUMA, ARIZ., APRIL 18-20—Usually the vernal equinox sends people into a spring-cleaning frenzy. Not so with me. My standard operating procedure at this time involves four actions: sending in my IRS extension, checking the weather report for southern Arizona (almost always showing 90 degrees), scrounging in the garage for my box prominently marked YUMA, and informing the Boss I will ...

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Arizona Bike Week 2014: Navigating the Sonoran Desert Sprawl

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., APR. 2–6 — For a lot of riders, cruising into the Valley of the Sun for a springtime traipse through the flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert is a welcome respite from the winter doldrums, and folks headed to the warmth of the Arizona sunshine this year were more than ready for a seasonal thaw. Despite the ...

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