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XR1200/Iron 883

They’re young, they’re sexy, they’re uninhibited, and they just want to have fun. And this is their first visit to Daytona Bee-ach for Bike Week, where the intoxicating combination of sun, surf, and WFO partying offers the first opportunity for them to really cut loose and give us all an eyeful of their spunky attributes. I’m referring, of course, to ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles unveils the new Bulldog

Shapeshifter The top Dog resurfaces—with baggage Cincinnati, Feb. 7—The waiting game for the re-emergence of the Big Dog Motorcycles elusive premiere mount, the Bulldog, ended at last with the bike making its debut on the show floor of the V-Twin Expo. The development curve of this model has been a long and twisty one since its last reappearance in 2007, ...

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The 2009 FLHR Road King perfected

Creating your own Convertible One sweet suite of detachables The clean-sheet redesign of the FL Tourer chassis for 2009 brought a long list of fundamental improvements in both the looks and fun categories to the platform, improvements that, when added to the upgrades brought to the line-up in 2008, touch virtually every aspectof the machines, making them—despite outward appearances—entirely different ...

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Big Dog Motorcycles 2009 Model Year Press Launch

Expanding the kennel New Wolf wows; Coyote supercedes Mutt Costa Mesa, Calif., October 21–23—2009 marks the 15th anniversary of Big Dog Motorcycles and they celebrated in high style by announcing the production of their 25,000th motorcycle earlier this year. This undisputed reigning manufacturer of high-end custom bikes has certainly come a long way from when that first bike rolled out ...

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Trikin’: Boss Hoss ’57 Chevy and Ridley Auto-Glide

Make mine a triple Three-wheeling in the Black Hills Piedmont, S.D., August 7—As dyed-in-the-wool two- wheelers, our history with trikes has been quite limited. However, as the riding population has begun to explore the three-wheeled world, our curiosity grew accordingly, so we decided to try out a couple of trikes during this year’s Sturgis rally. Balancing our desire to enjoy ...

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On the road with the XB12XT Ulysses

The hundred-dollar holiday Doing the Mono-econo boogie on a Buell Three hundred miles from home and 7,800 feet above sea level, the tent’s pitched, the kitchen’s set up and I’m sitting on a canvas camp chair, cold Tecate in hand. The view down the Little Walker River valley is spectacular and the soundtrack consists of breezes through the quaking aspen, ...

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H-D Custom Vehicle Operations 2009 model year press launch

A look through Milwaukee’s top drawer The bird is back and the Fat Bob gets CVO’d Santa Barbara, Calif., June 25—Before we get started in earnest with this report we need to set the record straight on something, and that’s the fact that this year’s lineup of big-inch, über- accessorized Technicolored dream machines from the Custom Vehicles Operations splinter group ...

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Rucker Performance Assassin Trike

Beauty in the beast A three-wheeled muscle car Fort Worth, Texas, April 16–17—Rucker Performance is noted in the industry for being as subtle as a ball-peen hammer to the kneecap. With a vibrant history in both Mopar hot rods and V-twin innovation, Rucker continues to push the limits of convention by redefining the standards of normalcy. The company’s Assassin Trike ...

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Lehman Trikes Renegade/Electra Glide Ultra Classic road test

Riding the wild learning curve Getting schooled on three wheels in a big way I knew the time would come when my professional growth and continued cultural relevance—what there is of it—would oblige me to get hip to the burgeoning trike phenomenon and get acquainted with the fundamentals and idiosyncrasies of three-wheeled motoring. It was inevitable. The demographic trajectory of ...

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Buell Ulysses XB12XT Launch

Falling for the little redhead Geared up, lowered down, and torque on tap Temecula, Calif., March 19—For those of you who are not up to speed on Buell Motorcycles let me do a quick history. Erik Buell has been building American sportbikes for the last 25 years. Mass centralization is his mantra, which means putting as much weight as possible ...

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