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One for the Road: Snow hog

Less than two weeks ago, Winter Storm Jonas delivered a blizzard to most of New Jersey and the surrounding states, dumping nearly three feet of snow over a single 24-hour period. Today I’m looking out my window at snow melting on this sunny, 47-degree day. Much as I might wish that this unusually warm weather will continue through the rest ...

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Southern Rail: Wardrobe malfunction

It’s been said that confession is good for the soul, being able to tell on yourself, a sign of maturity. And although I’ve been in enough courtroom settings and stood before enough judges to have learned better than to confess to anything, I’ll give it a shot. It was a typical early November day in Texas, almost 80 degrees, a ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Across the great divide

There’s a seismic generational shift in the offing in American culture and commerce that promises to be nothing short of transformational. In this corner is the reigning generation, my generation, the Baby Boom. It’s a dopey moniker. It sounds like something you’d find in a diaper, but we’ve been saddled with it for over a half-century, and so populous were ...

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One for the Road: Hearts and wings

I did not want to get up. Who in their right mind would go for a motorcycle ride, in the freezing cold, early on New Year’s morning? But the 9th annual FTR New Year’s Day Run was happening and I’d said I was coming. Trying to find inspiration to vault myself out of my warm bed, I thought about the ...

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Southern Rail: Sacred ground

I was a sickly kid growing up, plagued from birth with acute bronchitis. Hasty visits to late-night emergency rooms resulted in confinement to an oxygen tent on an almost-monthly basis (before steroids and breathing treatments). Confined to bed and often absent from school, I grew up in the company of many books, hot-rod magazines and Rat Fink model car kits. ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: Dream rides

With the holidays over and winter settling over the hemisphere like a fat, malevolent brood hen, it’s time once again to engage in the mid-winter biker tradition of sinking into a mean, morbid, inconsolable funk. I know that’s what I’m gonna do. Grrr. The source of the funk is self-evident. It’s the combination of crappy weather and fleeting daylight that ...

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Blue Dog Diaries: The hog in the flower bed

Garden art takes many forms, from the kitschy gnomes, toadstools, birdbaths, and sundials to the more pretentious neoclassical statuary and fountains to the bewildering postmodern sculptures of the sophisticates. But none of those pieces hold a candle to what I had in my flower bed: an immaculate 1999 Harley Fat Boy resting upside down, enigmatically ensconced rubber-side-up amid the roses, ...

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One for the Road: Asphalt surfer

It’s early December and here in northern New Jersey a damp chill is settling in, foretelling the first snowfall of the season. This time of year, my road trips are much fewer and farther between, and I’m already getting a bit stir crazy. Planning for next summer’s adventures is the only thing that keeps me sane when the roads are ...

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Southern Rail: Off the leash

It was in the early 80’s and there were four of us riding two-up from Texas to attend a wedding somewhere in Vermont. I knew neither the bride nor groom but it was an excuse to ride. Plus my riding buddy Blackjack and I had scored a cool grand by skirting around some tie-wearing sales geek and convinced my boss ...

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One for the Road: Leave home without it

I’m motoring along US-202 in New Jersey, heading southwest to NAMZ Custom Cycle Products for an install project on my 2000 FXD. I’m about 45 miles into the ride, mentally checking over the parts I’ve brought with me, when I’m suddenly hit with a horrible realization. My hand comes down to touch the left pocket of my jacket where I ...

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