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One for the Road: The drifter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the road? To just leave everything behind and ride off… no responsibilities, no bills, no ties? This type of lifestyle began to appeal to me when I was in my 20s and two of my friends offered me the opportunity to live on a boat in the Florida ...

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One for the Road: Got my back

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I’ve still got a lot to learn. About many things in general, but Shovelheads in particular. Most of the Shovel owners I know have been riding them since the ’60s or ’70s, but I just acquired my 1982 FXRS last year. I’m still a newbie in this regard, so I’ve been taking ...

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One for the Road: The tribute

While attending this year’s Donnie Smith Bike Show, I noticed some of the theme bikes on the display floor: a Spiderman bike, a purple Barney bike, and the Harley Tracks bike, among others. The Spiderman and Barney bikes seemed to represent a simple idea that goes along the lines of “I really like this character,” while the Harley Tracks bike ...

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One for the Road: Wind of change

“The future’s in the air I can feel it everywhere Blowing with the wind of change”—Scorpions (1991) When Reg Kittrelle founded THUNDER PRESS in 1992, his intention was to provide a source of information that was sorely lacking in the motorcycle world: where to ride and find event information. This quest quickly grew into one much broader, to bring our ...

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One for the Road: Home in the heartland

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is always a lot of fun, but my time on the road to and from the rally is when my internal batteries get recharged. A lot of motorcyclists ship or trailer their bikes when they have to travel far distances, but I consider my time on the road, well, my time. While others might complain about ...

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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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One for the Road: Quarter-century celebration

Once again, I’m planning my annual pilgrimage to South Dakota for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This is my 15th year of attending, and I’ve also been part of the THUNDER PRESS family for over 15 years. But much more important is another milestone—the 25th anniversary of THUNDER PRESS. And we’re celebrating that remarkable achievement this year during the rally. Our ...

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One for the Road: Return of the roadhouse

It was Sunday of the Memorial Day weekend, a three-day holiday from work for many Americans. The Layton Hotel Tavern’s inaugural Country Music Festival, featuring a new outdoor beer barn and band pavilion, was taking place that day. The hour-long ride north to Layton had me pondering love and loss and change. Seemed like everyone was having parties, but I ...

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One for the Road: Getting schooled

They say the first time’s always the best. Although I don’t necessarily subscribe to that creed, things certainly seemed to be shaping up that way. This was my first trip to the AMCA Perkiomen National Meet in Oley, Pennsylvania, and I was looking forward to hanging out with my fellow Colonial Chapter members as well as other AMCA members and ...

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One for the Road: Living the high life

It’s 4:00 a.m. and I’m sitting at the kitchen counter, right in the middle of a houseful of young people who are partying like there’s no tomorrow. Friends (not mine), neighbors (the 24-hour party house a few doors down) and slight acquaintances (does anyone know that guy who grabbed that six-pack out of the fridge?) have been coming and going, ...

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