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Indian Motorcycles Unveiling

Powwow in Sturgis New Chief beats the drum Sturgis, S.D., August 8—The Indian Motorcycle Company has seen almost as many skirmishes over the last century as those original Plains inhabitants of 150 years ago. Following the closure of the company’s Springfield, Massachusetts, plant in 1953 after more than a half century of prominence, the Indian marque went into chaotic decline, ...

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Three for the road

A brief look at trike history Trikes are proliferating on the scene at an unprecedented rate these days, with conversion kits being produced by a growing number of companies and designed for installation on a growing number of motorcycle models. Harley-Davidson has patented a threel-wheeled motorcycle called the “Kneeslider” and is in development with Lehman Trikes on a Harley-branded machine ...

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Touring Nevada, the ‘Silver State’ awaits

A sagebrush shuffle ‘Battle born’ and biker-friendly “Would you like to see more of Nevada?” As it turns out, those eight little words would launch me on one of the best and most memorable motorcycle tours of my life as I logged a couple of thousand miles over Nevada’s wide open highways and back roads, taking in everything from ghost ...

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New Mexico’s Enchanted Circle

An offering from the ancients The high road of the mountain gods Taos, N.M.—On my way back to Houston from South Dakota last fall, I decided to take advantage of an area of New Mexico that offers some of the finest riding opportunities in the Southwest, the Enchanted Circle. Standing 13,161 feet, Wheeler Peak is the highest point in New ...

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National Packard Museum

Masters of Speed and Sport It even looks fast standing still Warren, Ohio, Jan. 4—It has the same effect as a blast from a “Happy Light” for someone with seasonal affective disorder. Viewing 25 historic, well-displayed, fast motorcycles in one place is just what many of us in the Northeast need to get through the cold gray days of winter. ...

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Thirty Miles of Bad Road

Buellin’ around Skyway alt-route presents off-road challenge It was a gorgeous Sunday morning in Durango, Colorado; sunny and 70 degrees. Clouds were building over the mountains, but I decided to go for a ride up to Purgatory and seek out the entrance to Bolem Pass in the San Juan Mountains, maybe even ride it. I found this pass by accident ...

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Anger management and the road to the Arctic: Part II

Touching the Circle In Part I, Brooklyn set out for the Arctic Circle with eight other riders in an effort to cope with his pent-up anger. Along the way, he discovered not only beautiful country and breathtaking views, but several rules of the road as well. He called them his Long-Distance Maxims: LDM #1) You will lose your shit; LDM ...

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Anger management and the road to the Arctic: Part I

The long road to inner peace The adventure begins Prologue I’m an angry man. I’m angry at work, at friends, at life in general. But what angers me most at this moment is that the one large, glorious gap in an otherwise unbroken timeline of labor, boredom, bills, and missed connections is all too rapidly being submerged in the tide ...

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Riding the Three Sisters

Texas ménage a trois When a rally just won’t do Leakey, Texas, March 9–28—Motorcycle rallies are rarely sufficient to satisfy the needs of a two-wheeled adventurer. They add spice and flavor to the sport, but the true meat of biking is a lonely back road. And in Texas, the mecca of Lone Star riding is the Hill Country. In particular, ...

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Wheels Through Time Fred Ham Celebration Run

Ironhead bikes and stubborn men Team attempts 2,000 miles at Talladega Talladega, Ala., April 4–5—At 2:30 p.m. on April 8, 1937, California motorcycle patrolman Fred Ham climbed aboard a new Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead determined to break a series of endurance riding records that had been established 15 years earlier by Wells Bennett on an Indian motorcycle. Twenty-four hours, 1,825 miles ...

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