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Free Range: Free fun

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I’ve made my way back to Arizona for the winter. Again. It’s been home for the last three winters and is an arrangement I’m looking at as permanent, or at least as permanent as there is in the life of a drifter, I suppose. It’s the perfect place to lay up while waiting for Mother Nature to bless us all ...

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Almost Fiction: The boarding house

There was an iron bed with clean sheets, a wool blanket, a white chenille bedspread and a handmade quilt at the foot. In the corner was a nightstand holding a lamp, a Gideon Bible and a book of Edgar Allen Poe’s short stories and poems. Against the left wall was a chest of drawers with two neatly folded clean towels ...

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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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5th annual H.O.G. Rally India

Photos by Suraj Khan Merry Christmas and Happy Harley Days! I am going to take you to Goa, India, to a huge country that, until eight years ago, was dominated by Royal Enfield, Triumph and other British, Japanese and Indian brands of motorcycles. With its long history of all sorts of people riding bikes, a spark was lit in 2007 ...

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Bullin Through Life: A redneck relay

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Us biker types love anything Harley-Davidson. Some just want to cruise the highways an’ byways with trouble-free, user-friendly machinery, an’ some, like me, seem to gravitate to the most dilapidated, abused, and neglected relics we can find. It’s a curse, lemme tell ya. It’s probably been 10 years or more since a friend ...

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Motorhead Memo: Make the eagle scream

A $19,000 Heritage Classic will run with a $40,000 CVO Road Glide. A 114” Heritage will outrun one! Huh? The bargain Tourer will smoke the flagship? How can that be? Well, it almost always has been, because Touring bikes are heavier than cruisers. So how can it not be? Besides, since the advent of 103” Big Twin engines, most riders ...

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Free Range: Arizona ambassador

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I’m sitting at the train depot of a ghost town, waiting for the next departure of the narrow-gauge tourist cars. It’s all but deserted, sans a few of us curiosity-seeking folk who are interested in the crusty old relics that remain as evidence of a town long ago abandoned as a gold mine. Or so it appears on the surface. ...

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One for the Road: King of the hill

Six and a half years ago I learned of a weekend bike party called Strange Days, to be held about 30 miles from where I live. It sounded like a cool event, but I was out of town so I couldn’t attend. Apparently, it was a great success because the party was held again the next year. This time I ...

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Northeast Passages: December, 2017

Holiday cheer is running wild this time of year with so many clubs and riding organizations hosting toy runs and other events that guarantee a merry Christmas for thousands of kids. A good example comes from those patronizing Manchester Harley-Davidson in Manchester, New Hampshire. Riders from the area combined a “Toys for Tots” event with a Halloween costume ride held ...

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