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Northeast Passages: November, 2017

Nobody could say it better than the folks at Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania, who put out the word in August that “God took a big piece of our sunshine” when dealership scion Dennis Schaeffer, 71, son of Fern “Nana” Koch Schaeffer and the late Carl A. “Pap” Schaeffer, passed suddenly and peacefully on Wednesday, August 30, at a medical ...

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Northeast Passages: October, 2017

Suspense is building for Brookfield Indian Motorcycle of Brookfield, Connecticut. It is in first place, as of this writing, out of 191 associated dealerships nationwide, as judged by parent Polaris. Patty and Robert Gaulin and their son, Eric Gaulin, own the top-ranked contender. She told me, “We are very excited about the ranking.” It is based on customer service, volume ...

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Northeast Passages: September, 2017

Rave reviews came with a recent report to me from road captain Jim Kelly that Big Nick’s Ride for Cape Cod’s Fallen, Saturday and Sunday, July 22–23, was one huge Godzilla of a Massachusetts good time. On Saturday, the second annual “Livin’ the Dream” poker run drew throngs. Saturday evening’s pre-ride party at Cape Cod Irish Village in Yarmouth was ...

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Northeast Passages: August, 2017

Good work, here. The Blue Knights New Jersey Chapter IX hosted on Wednesday, June 21, at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, its Gooch’s Garlic Run. The 30th anniversary event was founded by member Al “Gooch” Monaco. The ride benefits kids with devastating illnesses or injuries. The beneficiaries this year included locals Hailey Rose Inserra, 11; Freddie Guzman, 12; and Teddy Dovel, ...

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Northeast Passages: July, 2017

The Boston Motorcycle Marathon Ride to help fight cancer is set for Sunday, August 13, along the route of the Boston Marathon—Hopkinton to Boston. Last year, some 3,000 people on 1,528 bikes attended. Ride founder Fred Georgoulis, owner of a 1991 FXRS, honors through the run those killed or injured in the marathon bombing of 2013. He told me by ...

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Northeast Passages: June, 2017

Celebrants en masse visited Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre, Vermont, on Saturday, April 1, to raise a slice of cake in a toast to co-founder Barbara Wilkins, celebrating her 88th birthday at the dealership she helped launch in 1947. As a memory marker, know that it was the year the flying saucer crashed near Roswell, New Mexico. And the year the ...

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Northeast Passages: May, 2017

Remember the movie, Casablanca? It’s the one where Bogie said, “In all the gin joints, in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Except, twist it this way: From all the oceans, and all the seas of the world, he walks in to save his mom. That’s Kevin Morrisey, 35, son of New Hampshire Harley rider ...

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Northeast Passages: April, 2017

April fools are running amuck this month and I surely remain the world’s greatest. I’ll never forget asking, years ago on my first-ever trip to Daytona, whether “DILLIGAF” was the name of some famous Floridian. Lots of bikers were wearing tees with the logo. The waitress at the White Eagle Lounge in Korona blinked. Then, she leaned in and whispered, ...

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Northeast Passages: March, 2017

Julius Caesar should have paid the fortune teller more money. The soothsayer warned the Roman emperor to beware the Ides of March, a holiday celebrated March 15. Instead, the cheapskate drew some bad hoodoo. He was assassinated by dagger on that day in 44 BC. I hereby rename the day the Rides of March. And dedicate it to the gods ...

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Northeast Passages: February, 2017

Hearts are thumping this month as lovers embrace another holiday, possibly one fraught with chocolate. It’s a month to hope that love takes a straight path toward the long run instead of the quick sprint. It’s like riding the plank after winning the slow race. If you don’t focus on the far end of the board, you likely go off ...

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