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Sturgis newbie takes the Chip by storm

When NorCal rider Peter Ottke took off for a ride on a warm July afternoon, the only goal was to putt over to Hollister for a little wind time and to check out the Charlie Brechtel Band. Little did he know he would be standing back to review his lifelong bucket list and routing out a map for the longest ...

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Spur Creek Saloon: Off the Beaten Path

About 30 miles north of Sturgis lies the tiny town of Newell, South Dakota: population 603. Another five miles up the road is a family ranch that spreads out over 50,000 acres and is home to the Spur Creek Saloon, a quaint little watering hole that bikers in the know view as a pilgrimage each year during the Sturgis rally. ...

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77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Faces in the Crowd

We met a plethora of new friends from all over the world while cruising the hills and dales of the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here are just a few of the fun folks we got to hang out with during our two-week adventure. Kevin from San Diego Working at the Indian dealership downtown, we found Kevin shuttling bikes around ...

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Motorcycles as Art: Old Iron – Young Blood

Photos by Shadow Sturgis, a destination known for loud bikes, loud music and Black Hills motorcycling, is also the home to many other much more refined events. One of these in particular is the annual Michael Lichter Motorcycles as Art exhibit. Since the year 2000 Lichter has provided the patrons of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally with a free showing of ...

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Ma Rad’s Rumble 22

Withrow, Minn., July 13—For 20 years, Tom Rad held a one-night bike show, Rumble on the Deck, within spitting distance of the St. Croix River in the small city of Stillwater, Minnesota. And for 18 of those years, the show ran without a wrinkle. By 7:00 p.m. the deck was filled with customs and antiques, surrounded by hundreds of bikers ...

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Harley-Davidson Museum Visit

Milwaukee, Wis., Aug. 17—What city is halfway between Sturgis, South Dakota, and my home in New Jersey? Milwaukee Wisconsin, of course! And this makes Milwaukee the perfect stopping point on my ride home from the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. My main destination when I visit Brew City has always been the Harley-Davidson Museum ever since it opened in 2008, and this ...

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Coney Island Road Trip

Brooklyn, N.Y., July 28—It was one of the hottest days of the summer, and what better place to spend a Friday afternoon than the beachside neighborhood of Coney Island? My friend John Strong, who, with his wife Candy, operates one of the best circus sideshows in the country, had been encouraging me to visit their traveling sideshow that has been ...

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Rhinebeck AMCA Grand National Meet

Rhinebeck, N.Y., June 30-July 1—Once again, the Northeast Coalition of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, comprising the Colonial, Sandbar, and Mid-Hudson AMCA chapters, held their Grand National Meet at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, New York. The spacious grounds were filled with swap meet vendors, exhibits, entertainment, educational seminars, timeline motorcycles and those entered into the vintage bike ...

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Lonnie James Isam, Jr: May 7, 1969–August 20, 2017

The world of antique motorcycling mourns the loss of one of their most beloved and respected personalities. With his parents by his side, Lonnie Isam, Jr. quietly lost his long and hard-fought battle with cancer on August 20, 2017 at his home in Sturgis, South Dakota. Born May 7, 1969 in Edmonds, Washington, and raised as the only child of ...

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The world at a glance

Tank Mount Speedometer/Tachometer #MVX- 2011, $499.95 Oil Pressure Sender #SEN-1039, $119.95 Dakota Digital dakotadigital.com Reviewed by Shadow The tank-mount gauge found on my 2012 FLD Switchback as well as many other late-model Harley-Davidsons is a wondrous thing. With just a quick flick of a “key cap” (the switch on the left grip housing that sounds the horn), one can cycle ...

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