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Big Dog Motorcycles 2009 Model Year Press Launch

Expanding the kennel New Wolf wows; Coyote supercedes Mutt Costa Mesa, Calif., October 21–23—2009 marks the 15th anniversary of Big Dog Motorcycles and they celebrated in high style by announcing the production of their 25,000th motorcycle earlier this year. This undisputed reigning manufacturer of high-end custom bikes has certainly come a long way from when that first bike rolled out ...

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Trikin’: Boss Hoss ’57 Chevy and Ridley Auto-Glide

Make mine a triple Three-wheeling in the Black Hills Piedmont, S.D., August 7—As dyed-in-the-wool two- wheelers, our history with trikes has been quite limited. However, as the riding population has begun to explore the three-wheeled world, our curiosity grew accordingly, so we decided to try out a couple of trikes during this year’s Sturgis rally. Balancing our desire to enjoy ...

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On the road with the XB12XT Ulysses

The hundred-dollar holiday Doing the Mono-econo boogie on a Buell Three hundred miles from home and 7,800 feet above sea level, the tent’s pitched, the kitchen’s set up and I’m sitting on a canvas camp chair, cold Tecate in hand. The view down the Little Walker River valley is spectacular and the soundtrack consists of breezes through the quaking aspen, ...

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H-D Custom Vehicle Operations 2009 model year press launch

A look through Milwaukee’s top drawer The bird is back and the Fat Bob gets CVO’d Santa Barbara, Calif., June 25—Before we get started in earnest with this report we need to set the record straight on something, and that’s the fact that this year’s lineup of big-inch, über- accessorized Technicolored dream machines from the Custom Vehicles Operations splinter group ...

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Rucker Performance Assassin Trike

Beauty in the beast A three-wheeled muscle car Fort Worth, Texas, April 16–17—Rucker Performance is noted in the industry for being as subtle as a ball-peen hammer to the kneecap. With a vibrant history in both Mopar hot rods and V-twin innovation, Rucker continues to push the limits of convention by redefining the standards of normalcy. The company’s Assassin Trike ...

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Lehman Trikes Renegade/Electra Glide Ultra Classic road test

Riding the wild learning curve Getting schooled on three wheels in a big way I knew the time would come when my professional growth and continued cultural relevance—what there is of it—would oblige me to get hip to the burgeoning trike phenomenon and get acquainted with the fundamentals and idiosyncrasies of three-wheeled motoring. It was inevitable. The demographic trajectory of ...

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Buell Ulysses XB12XT Launch

Falling for the little redhead Geared up, lowered down, and torque on tap Temecula, Calif., March 19—For those of you who are not up to speed on Buell Motorcycles let me do a quick history. Erik Buell has been building American sportbikes for the last 25 years. Mass centralization is his mantra, which means putting as much weight as possible ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles 2008 Ridgeback ride review

Wichita unleashes a hellhound Riding a whopper… and telling some, too The Ridgeback has made both a celebrity and a liar out of me and it all started when the Big Dog Motorcycle transporter rolled into my town, which is variously described as a “quaint hamlet,” or a “sleepy farm community,” or a “jerkwater burg.” Suffice to say that it ...

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Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles 2008 Spitfire

The details are in the double-take Custom catering to the women in the audience Looks can be deceiving, and the new Spitfire from Colorado-based Thunder Mountain Custom Cycles is a master of deception. To all outward appearances, this model is an uncompromising full-tilt pro-street custom machine, and it’s only upon closer inspection and upon mounting up that you come to ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles 2008 Mutt

Your everyday Dog All of the flavor, none of the fat When Big Dog introduced a new model for 2008 dubbed the Mutt, we all naturally assumed that the cheeky name referred to the decidedly crossbred pedigree of the machine. As it turns out we were mistaken, and the real backstory on the bike is even more literal. Mutt is, ...

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