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One for the Road: Return of the roadhouse

It was Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, a three-day holiday from work for many Americans. The Layton Hotel Tavern’s inaugural Country Music Festival, featuring a new outdoor beer barn and band pavilion, was taking place that day. The hour-long ride north to Layton had me pondering love and loss and change. Seemed like everyone was having parties, but I ...

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One for the Road: Getting schooled

They say the first time’s always the best. Although I don’t necessarily subscribe to that creed, things certainly seemed to be shaping up that way. This was my first trip to the AMCA Perkiomen National Meet in Oley, Pennsylvania, and I was looking forward to hanging out with my fellow Colonial Chapter members as well as other AMCA members and ...

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One for the Road: Living the high life

It’s 4:00 a.m. and I’m sitting at the kitchen counter, right in the middle of a houseful of young people who are partying like there’s no tomorrow. Friends (not mine), neighbors (the 24-hour party house a few doors down) and slight acquaintances (does anyone know that guy who grabbed that six-pack out of the fridge?) have been coming and going, ...

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One for the Road: Getting there

The street in front of my house is a county road, moderately busy during morning and evening rush hours and with a random trickle of traffic in between. It’s a connector of sorts between the Interstate and the two-lane U.S. highway that runs through my town, and because of that, motorcyclists take this road quite regularly. There are a lot ...

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One for the Road: A helping hand

I’d just gotten a promotion at my place of work and it didn’t take me long to realize I was over my head. Sure, I’d passed the test to get me there, but I knew nothing about my role or how to perform any of the tasks required. I was all of 20 years old, and I wasn’t getting much ...

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One for the Road: Who moved your cheese?

Riding down the Garden State Parkway on New Year’s Day, I’m pondering all the changes that have transpired last year. Well, over the past few years. OK, if I really want to be honest, nothing in my life has ever stayed the same for very long. Just as I’m getting comfortable with a situation, wham! The rug is pulled out ...

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One for the Road: Never say never

“I’ll never buy a new bike again.” That was my line of thinking back in 2003 when I acquired my gently-used 2000 FXD with only a few thousand miles on the clock. I figured, why pay a premium price when I can wait a few years and buy a still-great bike for a lot less cash? Since then, the Dyna ...

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One for the Road: Where am I?

Much as I love tech toys for my motorcycles, there a few I’ve resisted. One of those is a Global Positioning System, more commonly known as GPS. In my early years of riding, I would just mark up a map, stow it in my saddlebag and refer to it when needed, or maybe write out the directions on a piece ...

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One for the Road: As the mileometer turns

Our Western culture seems to be big on numerical milestones—for instance, it’s quite an accomplishment for a married couple to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary, or for a business to reach the century mark. I’m certainly not immune to this social phenomenon, even if it’s just a marketing ploy (“The 10th caller wins two tickets to see Bon Jovi!”). But ...

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One for the Road: Old bikes and new friends

I’d been looking forward to the 4th of July weekend for some time. Generally, I choose not to travel during holiday weekends, preferring to enjoy a nice, quiet weekend at home rather than battling traffic, crowds, and jacked-up prices. But this year, the Antique Motorcycle Club of America Rhinebeck Grand National Meet moved from its usual June dates to July ...

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