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94th Laconia Motorcycle Week: Life is a carnival

Laconia, N.H., June 10–18—The old days, when it was rare to see anything other than a Harley parked on Lakeside Avenue and women pushing baby carriages and carrying purse-size dogs were verboten, reside in my memory like gritty 16mm black-and-white movie clips. The big beer tents at the crossroads are gone, the Funspot retired, and only the Broken Spoke remains ...

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The Early History of Indian: Part 3: Indian Motocycle is born

The story that George Hendee first met Oscar Hedstrom in December 1899 during the races at Madison Square Garden is possible, but not likely, and it certainly wasn’t at the New York Cycle and Auto Show the following month. It remains pure speculation as to when and where they first met, but since both men were bicycle builders and racing ...

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Project RUSHMORE Experience: Full immersion

Laconia, N.H., June 11–18—Just like the rest of us, Harley-Davidson is stuck between the die-hard ultra conservatives and the vocal liberals. On one hand, to alter the design of their iconic product is akin to violating the freedom to ride, while on the other extreme new riders are demanding features generally found on foreign bikes. Project RUSHMORE was unveiled in ...

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93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week: Tradition prevails

Laconia, N.H., June 11–19—Let me be brutally honest: times have changed. Decades ago rallies were about the only way a rider could meet up with like-minded individuals and share a lifestyle that wasn’t generally accepted and events like Laconia Motorcycle Week were few and far between. Certain rally events—the hillclimb, motorcycle races, beer tents, merchandise vendors, charity rides—have gone through ...

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A taste of the Keys: No bones about it

The southernmost point marker

Cayo Hueso, Fla.—Daytona Bike Week and you’re probably saying, “Been there, done that,” but damn it’s March and I want to ride! Obviously, the farther south you go the warmer the weather and, after suffering through another northern winter, the idea of riding as far south as possible has considerable appeal. Daytona Beach is a good place to say goodbye ...

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Touring the Green Mountain State: Riding Vermont’s Food Trail

Smugglers Notch in Stowe

Green Mountains, Vt. — We crossed south of the border and rode into the islands—the Champlain Islands, that is. For the past week Shadow and I had been restaurant hopping across the Outaouais region of Quebec and decided to extend our moto-foodie tour into the Green Mountains. Native Americans had been living on the shores of this lake for 8,000 ...

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Duluth Trading Co. Winter Work Gloves

Duluth Trading Co. Winter Work Gloves

I lose gloves. I don’t feel as badly when a pair comes up missing because I naively assume some lucky soul has found both of them. More often than not, I’m simply left with a spare glove—right or left, what does it matter?—that is rendered completely useless for anything other than kitchen duty as an oven mitt. Now this hurts ...

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Vertix Raptor-i Helmet Communication System

Vertix Raptor-i Audio Communications System

The Raptor-i from Vertix does all that we expect of a Bluetooth helmet communication system, and a bit more. For tour guides, couples that like to chat during long rides, those who suffer anxiety when separated from their cell phones for more than a few minutes, riders who want robotic voices to give directions and individuals who desire tunes for ...

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No-Rainer Jacket and Pants

Duluth Trading Co. No-Rainer Jacket and Pants

Unless you like huddling beneath overpasses, rain gear is essential for any rider not in meteorological denial. You can get clever and purchase expensive waterproof riding gear, as I have done, only find yourself wearing heavily armored ballistic nylon while walking around a rally or campground during days of torrential downpours. It’s really a no-brainer: Decades of riding experience have ...

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