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Tan Lines: November, 2017

November marks the end of hurricane season here and after this year, we certainly are happy about that. Even the most seasoned riders didn’t venture out in Hurricane Irma’s fury when she paid us a visit in September. Her decision to drop by caused some difficulties but the 3rd annual Rockin’ for Awareness (PTSD) benefit on Sunday, September 17, still ...

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Mile Marker: November, 2017

Stephen Elliot of Howell, Michigan, has been acquitted of $280,000 in embezzlement charges from Capitol Harley-Davidson in Lansing, Michigan. He was charged after an internal audit found some discrepancies in the dealership’s books. He faced 20 years and $1,000 in fines. The one-year-old case did not hold water, and there was no paper trail. I reported on this last year, ...

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Texas Raine: November, 2017

As the time for holiday charity rides is right around the corner, I’m going to offer an unsolicited tip for the organizers: Make certain that whoever your ride captains are, they are there to lead a safe ride that benefits those in need. Charity rides are not the outing in which one should be aiming to set new time trial ...

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Tan Lines: October, 2017

With the cooler weather arriving here in the Sunshine State the riding and events just get better. The new Ace Café Orlando has been non-stop since opening. It seems that every weekend there’s some new event going on that targets motorcycles or classic cars. They’ve even started a bike night on Thursday nights that draws every year and model of ...

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Chewin the Fat Boy: October, 2017

After months of wildfire smoke fouling the air here in the NE corner of Washington State, with temps over 90 degrees and the unmistakable smell of burnt wood hanging over us longer than anyone alive could recollect, finally, it cleared a few days ago. The deep orange cast on the sun and moon—an eerie veil lifted, if only for those ...

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Mile Marker: October, 2017

Congratulations to Charles Swank of Butler, Ohio, on being presented with a 2017 Street Glide at the Military Appreciation Day at Sturgis. Harley-Davidson and the Wounded Warrior Project teamed up to present him with the motorcycle through “Mission: Thank You.” After visiting all 702 dealerships Adam Sandoval started Mission: Thank You to give away eight motorcycles to vets across the ...

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Hazy on the Details: October, 2017

You know when it’s hot and humid, how it seems like summer will never end? And October will never get here? It got here! Yay! I love fall—the perfect riding days, still part of summer left, the days are still a bit longer, no long rides, but the little lunch rides and breakfast rides are out there. I have my ...

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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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Texas Raine: October, 2017

This column has been on one wild ride to get written as it was originally due on Monday, August 28—right as all hell had broken loose along a 300-mile stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast, no thanks to Hurricane Harvey. My fantastic editor Shadow gave me some wiggle room because it took several days for dealership staff in the affected ...

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If You See Kay: October, 2017

Surprise! If this column seems a bit odd to you, let me tell you what has happened through the magic of deadlines. I have been out of the country for a couple of weeks, and wouldn’t you know, my deadline for this column fell splat in the middle of those two weeks. Many thanks to my understanding editors, Marjorie “Shadow” ...

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