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2008 Harley-Davidson FLHT Electra Glide Standard Road Review

Practically perfect Less is more for purists and the budget-minded Though officially designated the FLHT Electra Glide Standard, the more accurate name for this unsung and understated model might be the Electra Glide Double Standard since it appeals powerfully to two distinct breeds of buyer. The first breed is the bargain hunters who have long found Milwaukee’s sweetest deals to ...

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Big Dog Motorcycle’s 2009 Wolf—sneak preview

Enter the Wolf The new Big Dog’s name is familiar… but that’s about all With little fanfare and absolutely no prerelease publicity, Big Dog Motorcycles used the occasion of the V-Twin Expo to debut their highly anticipated new X-Wedge-powered model, and what they’ve created came as a surprise even to inveterate Big Dog watchers. We knew it was coming, but ...

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Buell’s new Ulysses XB12XT

Playing to the platform’s strengths And to the inseam-challenged, too With the introduction of the new Ulysses XB12XT at their winter dealers’ meeting in January, Buell Motorcycle has greatly enhanced the Ulysses platform by taking their existing model—the XB12X—to a new low. And that’s a good thing. While still billing the bike as an adventure sportbike, the company’s fashioned this ...

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American IronHorse 2008 Texas Chopper

A brand new rodeo Bucking the challenges The last time I had any saddle time aboard a Texas Chopper was in the spring of 2006 during Daytona Bike Week. It served as a most excellent mount and garnered its share of attention. A few months later, American IronHorse headquarters in Fort Worth held a press launch for their 2007 models. ...

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Sucker Punch Sallys 2008 model launch

Three new kick-ass customs No-nonsense bikes for ‘Lunchbucket Joe’ Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 6—The tight-knit group of friendly fellows at the new Sucker Punch Sallys production digs in this Southwest desert town had plenty to tell the moto-media types on hand for its first-ever model rollout. There was lots of talk about a fast-growing covey of SPS dealers and details about ...

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2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses road test

Uly’s Gold Shining in its element Winding through the canyon of the North Yuba, the lateness of the season and the way it plays out in practical terms at 3,000 feet up in the Sierra Nevada is suddenly a factor. This time of year the sun swings low across the southern sky and there are now places in the canyon ...

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American IronHorse Classic Chop

White line dancing in the Black Hills On a blue-collar special Sturgis, S.D, Aug. 7–11—The ride from Texas to South Dakota for this year’s Black Hills Classic was a good one with moderate temperatures, long stretches of highway and no mechanical trouble. But once I got into town, I was itching to hit some of my favorite haunts on something ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles 2008 model year press launch

Bloodline in transition A bitchin’ boardtracker and big… bigger… biggest meat La Jolla, Calif., September 4–6—Green grass and high tides. That’s the setting here, and when you’re ensconced in a five-diamond resort, breathing sea air and gazing out across famous Torrey Pines Golf Course and being otherwise feted in traditionally lavish Big Dog fashion, it’s easy to forget for the ...

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Big Bear Choppers 2008 model launch

Wow factor squared G.T.X. and Paradox offer X-Wedge option Big Bear City, Calif., July 14—Timing may or may not be everything but Big Bear Choppers couldn’t have picked a better American motorcycle moment than now to pull the wraps off its mind-bending new G.T.X. bagger. The exact occasion was this Southern California builder/manufacturer’s first-ever model rollout where, for good measure, ...

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Big Bear Choppers Athena Chopper ride review

Flight of fancy No shake, no rattle… just roll One look at the fantasy-art profile of the Athena Chopper from Big Bear Choppers and you might reasonably speculate that it’s the work of some weird alien being who set down on a mountaintop high above some weird place like, say, Los Angeles. And the funny thing is, you’d be right—at ...

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