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18th annual Leesburg Bikefest

Riding south on Main Street Saturday morning about 10 am and the street was already wall to wall!

LEESBURG, FLA., APR. 25-27—The hype for the 18th annual Leesburg Bikefest started right after Daytona Bike Week, and by the last weekend in April, this quiet town of less than 40,000 was busting at the seams. It is estimated that over 350,000 people poured into the rally this year, causing the normal problems with traffic and such, but more so ...

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2014 Angel City Spring Rally: Room to romp

Welcome to Angel City Spring Rally

UNADILLA, GA., APR. 8-13—When one man dreams big, he has to convince others his vision is worthy of their attention. Wayne Smith is one such man and his dream of many years materialized 17 rallies ago in the form of Angel City where, since 2005, both a spring and fall event have been held every year. After many years researching ...

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2014 Moonshine Festival and BBQ Cook Off

Moonshine Festival and BBQ Cook Off

Union Point, Ga., Mar. 21–23 — The Moonshine Festival and BBQ Cook Off was the first event I’ve attended that brought Harley riders and trail riders together in the same location. Seems on this weekend three factors worked in harmony to make this work: Southern motorcyclists like moonshine that tastes like apple pie, fine-looking women running around in leather, and ...

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12th Annual Kelsi Long Memorial Ride: Honoring a Lost Child

Amy Taylor Band

Augusta, Ga., Mar. 15 – When I arrived at Augusta Harley-Davidson it was still dark, but there was some shadowy movement in the parking lot–the volunteers had beaten me here this time. But we wouldn’t be by ourselves for long. The Augusta dealership was the starting point for this year’s ride. And by 10:00 a.m. that empty lot was packed ...

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Harry M. Fisher, 1945–2014: Commander of Victor McLaglen Motor Corps

Colonel Harry Fisher

Los Angeles, Calif., Mar. 22 — Family and friends attending funeral services in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 22, were still stunned by Harry Fisher’s untimely death in Daytona Beach on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the age of 68. Visitors were drawn by the sight of Colonel Fisher’s motorcycle staged outside St. Basil’s Catholic Church with the large, red ...

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Willie’s Tropical Tattoo Chopper Time Bike Show: Willie World

Willie's Tropical Tattoo Chopper Time Show in Ormond Beach, Florida

ORMOND BEACH, FLA., MAR. 13—What can be said about Willie’s show that hasn’t already been stated during the past 12 years of its truly phenomenal history? How can you describe the mingling of those massive, movable metal sculptures in such a tightly packed (and tiny) front parking lot? And there are all those American men all over the place and ...

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2014 Orlando Bike Week: Lucky 13

Although Orlando's Historic Factory Dealership is a little hard to find, once you see the water tower you are close

ORLANDO, FLA., MAR., 8-16—For a lot of riders, experiencing Daytona Bike Week is a once-in-a-lifetime event. For others it may occur on a more frequent timetable, and, for a rare few, it’s a yearly occasion. But what about those who only live 50–60 miles away from the biker hub of Florida? Seems extravagant to spend big bucks on beachside accommodations ...

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28th annual Roscoe’s Chili Challenge: Bringing on the heat

LAKELAND, FLA., NOV. 7–10—The flyer proudly states “World Famous Chili Challenge,” and while I’m not so sure that is the case, in Central Florida it’s definitely very popular. What started as a culinary challenge back in 1986 between Roscoe and one of his friends, Lil Hank, has morphed into a four-day event of debauchery and hedonism. It began as a ...

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