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Motorhead Memo: The Gentleman’s Express

For those too young to recall or too new to Harley-Davidson to realize: Harley-Davidson FXR = Forever Excellent Roadster. Actually, it really means… F = Big Twin engine X = (Sportster-derived) front end R= Rubber (vibration-isolating) engine mounts … and the factory should have stuck with that simplicity, in more ways than one. For instance, Harley never bothered to “name” ...

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Hazy on the Details: September, 2017

September’s a quirky month—in theory everyone’s returned from their summer vacations and back down to serious work. Kids are back in school, summer’s over, Costco introduces Christmas (shudder) and Halloween’s a’comin. However, for me, it’s another couple months of yucky summer heat and the welcome back to horrible fall commuter traffic (summer traffic is so much better!) My summer music ...

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Mile Marker: September, 2017

In 2000 I had the pleasure of sitting with Bill Werner and Vaughn Beals when they were inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. They are legends in the world of Harley-Davidson history, and it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This year Bill Werner, who built and tuned XR750s that won more AMA Grand National Championships and races than any ...

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One for the Road: Big love

“Why do you need another motorcycle?” This is the question often asked of me by non-riding friends and family members. My response is usually something along the lines of, “Why do you need so many pairs of shoes?” But a retort like that doesn’t really explain the phenomenon known as motorcycle addiction. It’s not really a need, per se, nor ...

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Texas Raine: September, 2017

As the month of July hit Texas it brought our annual ration of triple-digit temperatures along with the sad news that two long-time motorcycle events were being shelved for the time being and I’m going to address the easiest one first. The Roar by the Shore BikeFest has been an annual event down south along the Gulf Coast when it ...

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Motorhead Memo: The new Softail: Classy chassis (Part I)

Let’s get this out of the way up front. Last month I made the wish (in print) that Harley would give the new 2018 cruiser lineup a chassis to match the capabilities, character and potential of the Milwaukee-Eight powerplant. They have! I’ve ridden them all and will talk about that… soon enough. For now, it needs to be said that ...

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Northeast Passages: September, 2017

Rave reviews came with a recent report to me from road captain Jim Kelly that Big Nick’s Ride for Cape Cod’s Fallen, Saturday and Sunday, July 22–23, was one huge Godzilla of a Massachusetts good time. On Saturday, the second annual “Livin’ the Dream” poker run drew throngs. Saturday evening’s pre-ride party at Cape Cod Irish Village in Yarmouth was ...

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Almost Fiction: Black panther

It was Marvin’s first date with Madalyn, a beautiful woman who loved motorcycles and had just bought her first new bike. In order for her to show off her newly-acquired prized possession they agreed to meet at the Harley dealership before going to dinner. As he pulled his bike in she was standing in the parking lot wiping off non-existent ...

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If You See Kay: September, 2017

Please exercise caution when interpreting or applying what I am about to tell you. If you feel the need to carry a weapon while on a road trip (or any other time or circumstance), there are a few states wherein it is relatively easy to get a permit to carry either concealed or open. Arizona is the closest state to ...

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Bullin Through Life: Motorcycle camping

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Well, summertime has begun to get old already, with temperatures hoverin’ around the one hundred five degree mark here in Madtown, an’ so far I haven’t been able to cultivate a friendship with anybody who has a pool. Watchin’ TV in your underwear gets old pretty quick, so after a few shots of ...

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