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Kulture Clash: Sugar Bear, Sturgis and looking down the road

I had the pleasure this year at Sturgis to spend a morning with Sugar Bear and our illustrious editor, Shadow. Sugar Bear has put together a non-profit organization to support the Sugar Bear Chopper Museum in Sturgis, actually close by in Belle Fourche. I spent four days in Sturgis this year before heading for the Rockies and let me tell ...

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Kulture Clash: Taking care of business

I was recently honored when The House of Machines, through Kevin Dunworth, asked me to chair an elite group of judges for a winner-take-all custom bike show. Next I got a text with the list of judges including Miguel Galluzzi, Chip Foose and Mark Prosser. At that point I asked what the rules are, and the quick answer was, “You ...

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Kulture Clash: Sharin’ is Carin’

I have been kind of preachin’ in my last few columns about you all sharing your motorcycle experiences with your family. Now, please understand when referring to family it goes beyond wives, husbands, children, brothers and sisters. I am talking about our family on the road. While I don’t know every one of you I am sure I have met ...

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Kulture Clash: Sharin’ is Carin’

I have been kind of preachin’ in my last few columns about you all sharing your motorcycle experiences with your family. Now, please understand when referring to family it goes beyond wives, husbands, children, brothers and sisters. I am talking about our family on the road. While I don’t know every one of you I am sure I have met ...

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Kulture Clash: Much respect for those who do

Let us start out with a little discussion on respect. First off respect is earned and given. One must earn the privilege of receiving respect for her or his accomplishments, dedication, integrity and stature. More importantly one must never feel their social status is too elite or just be too cool to give respect where due. Respect should never be ...

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Kulture Clash: Why are we so worried?

Shadow recently brought a serious concern to my attention that one of our contributors had about the state of the motorcycle culture. It seems that many rallies across the nation are closing in on closing down. Attendance numbers are way down and though there are young bikers out there the rallies are still dominated by aging-out boomers. Is the motorcycle ...

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Kulture Clash: It’s OK to get excited

First and foremost Daytona is just around the corner as I am sitting down to write this, and will be history by the time you read this. I had a new knee installed in November and while it is feeling great Doc says it’s OK to ride but not on a long trip yet. Secondly the general economy is on ...

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Kulture Clash: Lend a hand, brother and sister!

I intended to follow up my explanation of the different motorcycle cultures with some of the examples of the cultural clashes that developed during each period. We will get to that later but for now there is something bugging me that I just have to address. There is a major concern that the motorcycle industry is fading away as the ...

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Kulture Clash: It’s the culture

Before we talk about any cultural clashes we need to understand the cultures that are involved within the realm of motorcycles. Webster defines culture as the sum of attitudes, customs and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art from one generation to the next. So sometime in ...

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Kulture Clash: The inside lane

I have known your THUNDER PRESS Editor-in-Chief, Shadow, for more than a few decades. A little while ago she asked if I would consider writing a column for THUNDER PRESS seeing as how I had worked in almost every aspect of the industry. Before I start rambling on about what is right and wrong with the motorcycle industry I thought ...

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