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Spare Parts: The last shall be first

If you’re lucky enough to be around motorcycles for a while, you’ll run across a few machines that stand out. The reasons they stand out can vary. Some are special because they have survived in original condition, others because they have been customized to the nines. Some of them you love, others, like the one you’ll be reading about here, ...

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Spare Parts: Driven to ride

Motorcyclists who endure winters are a unique breed. Being from the northeast myself, I understand this. There are plenty of places in the States colder than Western Pennsylvania, and I don’t know how they survive. Once, I had to visit Minnesota for work in the winter. They have overhead heaters at some of the bus stops. That’s otherworldly cold in ...

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Spare Parts: A stitch in time

The demands of the riding season are many. Where to eat, where to stay and what to squeeze in are usually at the top of the list when it comes to pre-rally planning. Hopefully, your pre-ride bike maintenance isn’t forgotten in all the excitement. Even if you’re diligent in your bike’s prep, things can and do go wrong on the ...

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Spare Parts: A place for everything

Snow came early this winter in the northeast. I’m reminded of that as I brush the snow, then scrape the ice from my wife’s car in our driveway. This is not as much an act of chivalry as it is an act of contrition. My formerly semi-organized garage has become an impound lot for wayward items that found their way ...

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Spare Parts: Triumphant return

It’s been awhile since I found myself pushing a bike because it was out of gas, yet here I was inching closer to the gas station one step at a time. The gas station was conveniently located uphill from my current location. They always are. Unlike many of life’s lesson-learning moments, this one was not of my doing, unless you ...

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Spare Parts: Sleeping dogs and lies

As summer draws to a close, I’m left wondering why it is that a motorcycle, tractor or car can lay dormant for years, but the second you try to start it and it doesn’t fire, nothing else on earth matters besides getting that machine started. I’ve had several opportunities to examine this vexing issue this summer, yet the question remains ...

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Spare Parts: Back home again

My parents ignited my love of the open road. Listening to early stories of their road trips, the adventures and misadventures to and from Camp Atterbury in Indiana, where my father and the rest of the 28th Division trained before going to Germany during the Korean conflict, left me with a passion for the road. Camp Atterbury in southern Indiana ...

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Spare Parts: Olfactory Upgrade

Who can forget Plum Crazy, Sub Lime and Lemon Twist? It won’t take long for those of a certain age to identify those names as Mopar’s High Impact colors of the late 60’s and early 70’s and if you recognize those, you will likely recognize the Orange Krate, Lemon Peeler and Apple Krate names as Schwinn’s two-wheeled answer from the ...

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Spare Parts: George Washington slept here

I’m sure we can all agree on a lot of things we like about riding motorcycles. That’s how rallies are born. We love bikes and not surprisingly, we all pretty much love the same music. Mix the two in copious quantities, add some largely unhealthy food and a good road to get there on and you have a bike rally. ...

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Spare Parts: Independent’s Day

Motorcycles have been a classroom for me most of my life. One of the electives in your motorcycle education can be photography. The man who sold me my first “real” camera over a 30 years ago, J.R. Pat Patterson, has passed at the age of 94. When I bought that first camera from Pat it was in his shop on ...

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