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Miss Laughlin Pageant and Wet T-shirt Contests: Adults only

All eight Miss Laughlin River Run 2014 contestants gather and wait for the winner to be announced

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—In years past I’ve attended the wild and raucous wet T-shirt contests held at the Riverside Resort bar named the Losers’ Lounge, and this year was no different. I arrived to find a line extending about 100 feet from the front door wrapping all the way into the gaming area; this event is extremely popular. Inside the ...

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Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit: Getting the girls together

Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit 2014

DENVER, COLO., MAY 2-4—When I first started riding a motorcycle 20-some years ago, there were very few women riders. As more and more women started joining the lifestyle of riding, that sense of knowing you share something special is always present when I meet another woman rider, which is why I was thrilled to attend the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit ...

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20th annual Fallen Officers Benefit Ride: A day of reflection

20th annual Fallen Officers Benefit

BALDWIN PARK, CALIF., MAY 17—Before the slow red tape of insurance benefits begins, a check of at least $2,000 is presented by the Choir Boys LEMC within two days to the family of an officer who has been killed in the line of duty for their immediate needs. These benefit rides not only raise funds, but they also honor the ...

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19th annual Utah Kids Ride: Tugging at your heartstrings

19th annual Utah Kids Ride at Wright's Motorcycle Parts

BOUNTIFUL CITY, UTAH, MAY 18—At a park in Bountiful City, amid clapping and cheers of encouragement, a young boy aided by prosthetics and braced by his father rose from his wheelchair and shakily walked across a stage to hand over cash “for the children” to a radio disc jockey who choked up, saying, “You rock, man! You can walk. You ...

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14th Annual Cook’s Corner Blessing of the Bikes

Monsignor James Smith, George Hart

Trabuco Canyon, Calif., May 4 — Once again I find myself cruising Santiago Canyon Road on a sunny Sunday morning headed for the annual late spring bike blessing at Cook’s Corner, that venerable bastion of V-twin enthusiasm located in the westernmost foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains in central Orange County. Monsignor James Smith again made the trek down from ...

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Biggs Harley-Davidson’s May Ride

Biggs H-D

San Marcos, Calif., May 17 — Cooler weather prevailed for this year’s annual May Ride hosted by Biggs Harley-Davidson of San Marcos and its founder, Clint August, who is also widely known around town as an on-air personality for San Diego’s 101 KGB FM. In the days leading up to this event about a half-dozen wildfires were burning in San ...

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7th annual Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza!: A smashing bash

7th annual Kelly's Bodacious Biker Palooza

KINGMAN, ARIZ., APR. 27—As the Laughlin River Run was well underway Friday night and Saturday morning, a spring storm of cold rain, thunder, hail and winds had engulfed the area and was bearing down on Kingman, Arizona. Kelly’s Bodacious Biker Palooza, in a style consistent with the dedicated, persistent and honorable character of its hosts Thomas “Kelly” Kelly and Deb ...

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32nd annual Laughlin River Run: Rockin’ the Mojave

Squaring off with a stubborn burro on Main Street in Oatman

LAUGHLIN, NEV., APR 24-27—Heading north on the 15 Freeway out of the western section of SoCal towards Interstate 40 east to Laughlin Nevada, I’m finding it difficult to concentrate for more than a few minutes at a pop thanks to the excellent riding conditions augmented by the relatively smooth road surface. I take the Laughlin River Run personally, and at ...

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Sky Valley Motorcycle Show: The ultimate setting

Sky Valley Motorcycle Show

SNOHOMISH, WASH., MAY 18—Take a sleepy downtown historic district north of Seattle, add a determined and dedicated group of motorcycle riders, throw in some sunshine, specialty vendors and close off 10 blocks for motorcycle access only and what do you get? One of Washington’s finest traditions: the Sky Valley Motorcycle Show, formerly known as the Old Snohomish Antique & Classic ...

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