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One for the Road: The tribute

While attending this year’s Donnie Smith Bike Show, I noticed some of the theme bikes on the display floor: a Spiderman bike, a purple Barney bike, and the Harley Tracks bike, among others. The Spiderman and Barney bikes seemed to represent a simple idea that goes along the lines of “I really like this character,” while the Harley Tracks bike ...

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One for the Road: Wind of change

“The future’s in the air I can feel it everywhere Blowing with the wind of change”—Scorpions (1991) When Reg Kittrelle founded THUNDER PRESS in 1992, his intention was to provide a source of information that was sorely lacking in the motorcycle world: where to ride and find event information. This quest quickly grew into one much broader, to bring our ...

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One for the Road: Ode to the diner

Early one morning, as I crested a hill in the northern part of New Jersey, I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a diner I’d passed dozens of times. I’d never had occasion to stop there, but this morning my rumbling stomach pulled me into this place of perpetual breakfasts. The ’50s railroad-car style structure with its shiny ...

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One for the Road: Rollercoaster ride

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’…” So wrote 19th century poet Alfred Lord Tennyson. And most famous quotes for the new year seem to reflect the same philosophy. But this year, in trying to look optimistically toward the future, I found myself looking backward. I figure, to know where I’m going, ...

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One for the Road: Obsessed

Much as I was tempted to ride my 1982 FXRS, Foxy Lady, to Sturgis, I left only three days after I acquired her. So, I adhered to the adage, “Discretion is the better part of valor,” and left her with my friend and fellow AMCA Colonial Chapter member Rob Nussbaum at Retrocycle. Rob promised that he’d have his tech Ryan ...

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One for the Road: King of the hill

Six and a half years ago I learned of a weekend bike party called Strange Days, to be held about 30 miles from where I live. It sounded like a cool event, but I was out of town so I couldn’t attend. Apparently, it was a great success because the party was held again the next year. This time I ...

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One for the Road: Turning the tide

The announcement came just a few days ago, early Saturday morning. According to the V-Twin Expo’s Facebook page and website, the annual industry trade show has been canceled, and I quote, “due to factors beyond our control, which ultimately affect the overall event quality.” Although not shocking news by any means—parent company Paisano Publications has put the entire Easyriders magazine ...

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One for the Road: Home in the heartland

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is always a lot of fun, but my time on the road to and from the rally is when my internal batteries get recharged. A lot of motorcyclists ship or trailer their bikes when they have to travel far distances, but I consider my time on the road, well, my time. While others might complain about ...

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One for the Road: Big love

“Why do you need another motorcycle?” This is the question often asked of me by non-riding friends and family members. My response is usually something along the lines of, “Why do you need so many pairs of shoes?” But a retort like that doesn’t really explain the phenomenon known as motorcycle addiction. It’s not really a need, per se, nor ...

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One for the Road: Quarter-century celebration

Once again, I’m planning my annual pilgrimage to South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This is my 15th year of attending, and I’ve also been part of the THUNDER PRESS family for over 15 years. But much more important is another milestone—the 25th anniversary of THUNDER PRESS. And we’re celebrating that remarkable achievement this year during the rally. Our ...

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