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31st annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

31st annual Donnie Smith Bike and Car Show

Twin City takeover Saint Paul, Minn., Mar. 24–25—When Neil Ryan took over as promoter of the one-day Donnie Smith Bike Show and Swap Meet nearly two decades ago, I wonder if he knew it would be such a remarkable success story. When I asked, his response was, “I did have a vision when I bought the show. I knew I ...

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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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Sportsman Superclutch Review

John’s spring tester measured each of the stock springs at 98.5 pounds of static spring pressure (pictured here), totaling 295.5 pounds. The six springs from the Superclutch each measured 35 pounds of static spring pressure for a total of 210 pounds.

I’d always admired the Harley-Davidson Road King, but from the 2007 to 2016 model years, the primary had been widened to accommodate the six-speed transmission introduced with the 2007 model. For the 2017 model year, Harley once again redesigned the primary, resulting in a slimmed-down cover. Finally, I could plant both feet on the ground while seated! The new Milwaukee-Eight ...

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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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Diner Dash: Pink Cadillac Diner

Marry New Jersey’s title of Diner Capital of the World with the city of Wildwood’s claim as the Doo Wop Capital of the World, and the Pink Cadillac Diner is born. The ’50s-inspired diner, with its stainless steel and checkerboard exterior, draws Jersey Shore tourists all summer long. It’s only open seasonally, so it’s always packed with families, college kids, ...

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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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Avon Memory Foam Grips

Custom comfort Avon Grips Avon Memory Foam Grips Chrome or black anodized: Sizes S, M, L-$64.95 Chrome or black anodized spike: Sizes S, M, L-$74.95 Custom Contour Anodized Throttle Assist End Cap Chrome or black anodized, $19 avongrips.com 800.334.7477 One of the first things I customize when I acquire a new bike is the handlebar grips. Years ago, I discovered ...

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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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Progressive International Motorcycle Show

A winter diversion New York, N.Y., Dec. 1–3—As winter nears in the Northeast U.S., temperatures drop dramatically and the riding season draws to a close. Once the calendar page turns to December, motorcycle events are few and far between, save toy runs and chili cook-offs. Just as we start jonesing for something to do with our time that’s otherwise spent ...

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