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Where am I? August 2018

I’ve been cruising the scenic foothills of Monroe County   Tomorrow I’ll while-away the Tsalagi National Forest for glorious hours   A little dancing with my (State) darling planned for this evening   One waltz, then I’ll hunt for motorcycle camping and a hot shower   The Town Square of this picturesque city is charming   Little shops, buckets and ...

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Ride Out of the Darkness: We can do better

As I sit here and stare at the keyboard, trying to figure out what I want to write about, my brain is a bit overwhelmed. It is June 13, and Trinity and I have been to 40 states, ridden over 58,000 miles, met some amazing people, and heard some painful stories. I’m almost halfway through the year and over halfway ...

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Shop Dogs: Rick Fairless and his three-dog commute

Sometimes the funniest part of a Shop Dogs story is how the dogs came to be there. That certainly is the case at Rick Fairless’ Strokers Dallas. I’ve always admired the over-the-top paint jobs at his shop. Rick never does anything halfway. He pushes the creativity of his bikes and his shop to, and past, the limit. He embraces life ...

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Where am I? Winner Jeff Lindaman

Where am I? Winner Jeff Lindaman

Cleanin’ up in the corn belt The Where am I? game can be solved, either from personal familiarity with a given town or region, by pulling out an atlas or turning to Google. By whatever means, if the clues lead to a reader emailing, and if that person offers up the fifth correct answer on the 12th of the month ...

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Spare Parts: Which way is up?

Lately I’ve felt obligated to pass along some common sense to those younger riders looming in my rearview mirror. It isn’t that they don’t have any common sense of their own; some just don’t have much of it about things that were common a generation ago. Not things like how to build a canoe from a hollowed-out log, but other ...

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Kulture Clash: Sharin’ is Carin’

I have been kind of preachin’ in my last few columns about you all sharing your motorcycle experiences with your family. Now, please understand when referring to family it goes beyond wives, husbands, children, brothers and sisters. I am talking about our family on the road. While I don’t know every one of you I am sure I have met ...

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Free Range: The heist

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Nobody likes a thief. Especially a motorcycle thief, but even less so an antique motorcycle thief. There are only so many of the old bikes left on this earth and, just like land, they ain’t making any more. The old bikes are undeniable works of classic art and those who own them are tenders of the history and legacy that ...

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Almost Fiction: The 24 Hour Café

Six blocks in either direction from where Main Street and Center Avenue crossed, there were thriving businesses that catered to the needs of the citizenry of this small, 100-year-old town of about 10 or 12 thousand people. There was a small college, beauty shops, barbers shops, drug stores, clothing stores, a couple of bars, a pool hall, two nice steak ...

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Shop Dogs: The Vagabond Choppers dog show

Over the years the address for Vagabond Choppers has changed, but one thing has remained constant, and that is the crazy trio of dogs that keep the place safe and upbeat. Athena Ransom started Vagabond Choppers in 2003 and has strived to make a place for women in the motorcycle world. She is known for her incredible live on-stage motorcycle ...

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Rearview Mirror: New tricks in 2006

  The world ● Luxembourg becomes the first country to complete the move to all digital television broadcasting. Still worked with an antenna, so who needs cable TV… right? ● Walt Disney International and Bob Iger announce it is buying computer animation film studio Pixar for $7.4 billion. Wait… need cable TV to watch that stuff… right? ● Liquid water ...

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