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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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Spare Parts: Orange Blossom Special

Like Martin and Lewis, Jake and Ellwood and Thelma and Louise I have someone who has my back on the road. Before there was “Bert and Ernie” there was Richard and Ernie. Since we were old enough to get motorcycle endorsements on our driver’s licenses—that’s 45 years or more—we’ve been riding together and before that Richard was my neighbor. We ...

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Spare Parts: When the shine wears off

It’s no secret that I like old things. Everything that’s older with moving parts fascinates me. From tractors to typewriters, for me, the older the better. As you may well imagine, I’m not the guy waiting in line overnight for the latest smartphone, tablet or technology release, but if someone was having a sale on 18th century English straight razors ...

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Spare Parts: Ton Up

The first time I remember hitting 100 mph was on a family trip to Disney World. I was maybe 10 years old as Dad opened up the butterflies on the family wagon. Today, you’d probably lose your children to family services for such behavior, but for me, it was better than any ride Disney had to offer. I was reminded ...

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Spare Parts: Artsy ads and worn-out clichés

I’ve often thought that the reason it’s so difficult to capture the essence of motorcycling on film is because the absolute freedom of the riding experience prevents it from being contained in any medium. It must be experienced in its totality. Whatever aspects of the experience you are able to address on film are just a fraction and without all ...

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