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West Coast Thunder XIX

West Coast Thunder XIX

Heroes over hotdogs Riverside, Calif., May 28—Memorial Day is an American holiday that was started to pay respect and give honor to those men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It was originally known as Decoration Day, starting sometime after the Civil War then being made a federal holiday in 1971. However, it ...

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OC Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally 2018

An oceanside diversion Ocean City, Md., May 3–6—This past winter as well as the spring has been unusually crazy, but the weather forecast was no rain for the four days of the Ocean City Bikes to the Beach Spring Rally. Heading down the Garden State Parkway, traffic was light, and I arrived in plenty of time to catch the 2:30 ...

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Born Free 10

Born Free 10

All the cool things Silverado, Calif., June 23–24—Nestled in the Santa Ana mountains in a remote area of Orange County is Oak Canyon Ranch. Oak Canyon, approximately 20 acres of lush grass, complete with a lake, and perfectly framed with huge oak trees throughout, is home of the Born Free Motorcycle Show. Born Free was founded 10 years ago by ...

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95th Laconia Motorcycle Week

95th Laconia Motorcycle Week

Ridin’ and rockin’ the Granite State Laconia, N.H., June 9–17—My first time attending Laconia Motorcycle Week was an amazing experience! It was the first time I had ridden east of Indiana. It was my first trip to the New England area and I have to say the area is absolutely beautiful. I am not sure what I expected, but the ...

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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

A rarified affair Carmel, Calif., May 5—I know, I know; $75 to get into a motorcycle show on a golf course green for six hours? Can it possibly be worth it? And it’s $95 if you walk up the day of the event, but it includes lunch and all the ice cream you can eat… ice cream, not beer; you ...

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5th annual Ride California

Ride California group photo

WITW invades Big Bear Big Bear, Calif., June 8–10—Ladies started arriving in Big Bear, California, on every kind of two- and three-wheeled motorcycle to the 5th annual Ride California event. Ride California is a regional event of Women in the Wind (WITW) that includes members from California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon and Canada. The event was hosted by the Riverside ...

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week

Spring rally brings liquid sunshine Grand Strand, S.C., May 11–20—My girl and I have been going to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week spring and fall rallies for the last 23 years without missing a single week of the fun and madness that is our party on the Grand Strand. A lot has changed over the years, but the smiles across ...

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Leesburg Bikefest

Little something for everyone Leesburg, Fla., Apr. 27–29—This was the 22nd year for the Leesburg Bikefest and it hasn’t slowed down a bit. In my opinion the reason for its popularity and success is that Leesburg Partnership knows how to treat us bikers. They welcome us and do their best to make it a fun weekend. And while the drink ...

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Jam-On Productions National Swap Meet 2018

“Big Jer” Jerry Tully posing with his Best of Show bike “Nightmare” and the BHR girls Dominique and Sereena

A last-minute success Harrisburg, Pa., Apr. 8—The 30th annual National Swap Meet took place at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Paul Jackson, CEO of Jam-On Productions, has held a fall swap meet for over 30 years, and in January when he was offered the chance to do the spring event at the same venue, he was up for ...

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2018 Thunder Beach Spring Rally

Party on the Panhandle Panama City Beach, Fla., May 2–6—It had been several years since I’d been Panama City’s Thunder Beach Spring Rally and I wasn’t prepared for all the growth that had taken place in that area. The Panhandle has always been one of my favorite places in Florida with its beautiful beaches and scenic views of the Gulf ...

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