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Motorhead Memo: Frame-up—Part 1

A great deal more thought, effort and expense has been put into the understanding, care and feeding of Harley engines than chassis. Too bad. A basic knowledge of the motorcycle chassis is damn helpful and potentially able to make a rider look good, be good… be better… than a motor. Harley-Davidson hasn’t always been noted for expertise in the areas ...

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The Hooligan: Sophomore season

By the end of the 2017 race season I was starting to make a name for myself and stand out at my local AMA District 6 races. I was racing in the vintage class, and most of the bikes I was racing against were purpose-built flat-track bikes from the ’70s and ’80s. I didn’t mind because I was beating most ...

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Bullin Through Life: Never boring

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! Ya know, sometimes I almost forget why God allowed the Japanese to design motorcycles, then one incident reminds me that it was to keep assholes off of Harley-Davidsons. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. (FYI: I’ve owned a bunch of Japanese bikes too, but I don’t deny being an asshole…) Amy Irene White, a ...

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Where am I? July 2018

They say that it’s Almost Heaven Even if you’re not a J. Denver fan Old State Road 82 runs some 800’ below risk takers Who harness-up to walk the steel span   Just 25 feet above the brave-hearted Several lanes of traffic hum The interpretive guide will stop here and there The stalls unsettling to some   Pies and Pints ...

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Depth of Tread: Patch Lady Diane

A new feature, Depth of Tread, is an opportunity to recognize, to reader-nominate someone you know. Yes, you! Readers email Susan with contact information for the nominee and from those nominations we’ll feature a subject in a future issue of THUNDER PRESS. Imagine a person who lives with intention, admirable for some reason. It can be anyone, we ask only ...

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Cannonball Characters: Shinya Kimura #80

1915 Indian Hedstrom Born in Japan in 1962, Shinya Kimura is a custom bike builder who creates motorcycles that are rolling works of functional art. The creative, soft-spoken builder founded the “zero”-styled motorcycle and expanded his business to the United States in 2002, at which time he immediately set about turning heads with his unique creations. Known to incorporate Zen ...

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Ride Out of the Darkness: Winter woes and tire travails

As we all know, this past winter was indeed a unique and challenging one. Even Southern California was fairly cold for a while, and parts of Florida were in the low 30s and mid 20s! This indeed made the first two months of my journey interesting, to say the least! With my first walk in Edinburg, Texas, on January 6 ...

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Savage Roads: Mayan roads

Photos by Dafrio Dahinten Greetings from Guatemala City where I am spending one month filming my latest episode of my biker adventure series The Savage Roads. I was very concerned with the volcano that had just erupted a week before my date of arrival but the airport was reopened just two days before my flight and away I flew from ...

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Where am I? Winner Rocky Washburn

Where am I? Winner Rocky Washburn

There and back again We all arrive at our retirement years with a trail of life chapters comprising our personal story. Rocky Washburn of Wichita Falls, Texas, is no different, except that his 66 years unfolded on a map larger than most. Born in the Lone Star State, Rocky, named after the boxer Rocky Marciano, was exposed to riding early. ...

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Free Range: Psych 101

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Sitting in an isolated corner of a sparsely-populated bistro, I buried myself in my camera, editing the day’s catch of biker shenanigans while trying to be invisible to other patrons. All I wanted was to be left alone with my simple dinner and the magic of air conditioning. The hostess seated a senior couple just down from me and the ...

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