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The Hendee Special

Failure to launch The first—and ill-fated—electric start motorcycle A hundred thousand V-twin Indians had been sold since 1907, and 31,950 motorcycles were built during 1913 alone. By 1914 the Hendee Manufacturing Company was the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and had over 3,000 Indian dealers. The two-speed gearbox was introduced in 1910 and the success of the Indian ...

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Yellowstone-Grand Teton Loop

Touring the nation’s crown jewels A scenic lap of a lifetime Idaho Falls, Idaho, Sept. 10–14— Snow? I could not believe the e-mails that I was getting as I prepared for my trip to Idaho for round two of Cruising the Loop. Yes, it was snowing on the pass that we would be riding on our way to Yellow­stone. Nothing ...

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Buelling around on the Alpine Loop

A little shortcut It’s only 32 miles (if you don’t count the changes in elevation) Lake City, Colo.—I have the great good fortune to live in Durango, Colorado, where motorcyclists come from around the world to ride and sightsee. My yearly loops include the paved roads through Ouray, Gunni­son, Lake City and back down over Wolf Creek to Durango, but ...

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The Motorcycle Cannonball Run

The magical history tour Vintage iron conquers the continent Santa Monica, Calif., Sept. 26—Standing in the bright sunshine that swathed the pier this late September afternoon in Santa Monica, vintage motorcycle restorer and promoter Lonnie Isam was all smiles as he surveyed the hysteria surrounding him. Champagne showered the cheering crowds while motorcycle riders slapped each other’s backs, hugged and ...

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Saguenay Sojourn

Touring the heart of Quebec Food, fjords and Quebecois culture Saguenay, QC—Samuel de Champlain labeled the unknown upper reaches of the river as the Kingdom of Saguenay, and today people often refer to this region as the “heart of Quebec” and joke that this is where they send people to learn Canadian French. Since Champlain didn’t explore it and I ...

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True Evel

King of the stuntmen The H-D Museum pays tribute to America’s favorite daredevil Milwaukee, Wis., July 8—This year is the 35th anniversary of Evel Knievel’s failed Wembley Stadium jump in London on May 26, 1975, when he cleared 13 busses, crashed on the landing, and declared to 90,000 spectators, “I will never jump again.” He returned for two more jumps, ...

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H.O.G. Blue Ridge Parkway Tour

Riding the scenic Ridge runners explore two states Blue Ridge Parkway, July 12–16—The traffic inched forward, each crowded family car juggling for position as three lanes merged into two and then two into one on the Interstate, somewhere in downstate Pennsyl­vania. I was heading for the Blue Ridge Parkway as I hoped that all the folks around me weren’t. It ...

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The First Sturgis

Rediscovering the ride Cross country on a ’38 Chief Imagine if you had the chance to buy a ’38 Indian Chief that had been ridden to the first Sturgis Black Hills Rally and Races. And what if there were an entire portfolio of black-and-white photos to document that ride? You’d probably be eager to check out that bike, wouldn’t you? ...

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Arizona Highways, Flyways, and Byways

Road trip! Volcanoes, cacti, snakes & Wyatt Earp Scottsdale, Ariz., Apr. 27—You’re probably sitting there with a hot cuppa joe or a cold frosty libation and all set to do some exciting armchair Arizona highway traveling. You’ve seen the pictures of the blissed-out riders barreling through the red rock and cactus-choked landscape. Looks like motorcycle heaven, you might be thinking. ...

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Laconia touring alternatives

The roads less traveled Routes you should know about (but probably don’t) New Hampshire—It should come as no surprise that more people are spending Laconia Motorcycle Week riding the roads of New Hampshire than partying at the Weirs. During this week, specific routes are transformed into biker expressways—complete with traffic jams—while others remain practically deserted. It was a motorcycle traffic ...

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