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2014 Harley Owners Group Officer Training

What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas for this group of H.O.G. officers

LAS VEGAS, NEV., FEB. 27-28—After serving more than three years as the editor for the Antelope Valley Harley Owners Group, I was finally able to escape from work and attend my first Harley Owners Group Officer Training in Las Vegas. Or was I? About one week before I was scheduled to catch a plane for Las Vegas I received a ...

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Eden High School Chopper Class

Eden High School Chopper Club

ST. PAUL, MINN., MARCH 29-30—For the past 27 years the Donnie Smith Bike Show in St. Paul has featured some of the top customs from Midwest motorcycle builders. In 2004 there was an added bonus to the usual mix of wild creations with the inaugural Donnie Smith Chopper Class Challenge (DSCCC), which pitted high school chopper classes and clubs from around the ...

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LS2 OF569 Helmet

LS2 OF569 open-face helmet

As a rider that has bought helmets for cheapest DOT compliance, I don’t know much about helmet amenities. What seems new and brilliant to my experience with the cheapest thing carrying a DOT decal may be old news to everybody else. So, I am going to continue on with enthusiasm about the features of the LS2 OF569 model open-face helmet ...

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Survival Straps

Harley-Davidson-branded Survival Straps bracelet

The mission for Survival Straps is simple: “to make high-quality gear for the general public that supports America’s heroes and those who need help.” Available in more than 50,000 color combinations and handfuls of special collections, Survival Straps bracelets are not only designed to make a fashion statement, but to also potentially save your hide should you find yourself in ...

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PHOTO GALLERY: 2014 Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show

2014 Legends Ride auction bike built by students at Sturgis Brown High School

ST. PAUL, MINN., MARCH 29-30—The 27th annual Donnie Smith Bike Show took over St. Paul’s RiverCentre and brought winter-weary motorcycle fans a dose of two- and four-wheeled eye candy as they welcome in the 2014 riding season. New this year to the usual mix of custom motorcycles, endless vendors and massive swap meet was a 22-class car show that brought ...

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Harley-Davidson FXRG-5 boots: Feet in the clouds

Harley-Davidson FXRG-5 boots

Anyone who’s experienced blisters or sore feet after a long day hoofing it around a rally or bike show knows how important a comfortable and supportive pair of shoes can be. About two years ago I had a joint fusion on my big toe that included insertion of a three-inch titanium plate on top of my inner left foot. Thus, ...

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Harley-Davidson Detachable Backrest for solo-seat Sportsters

Harley-Davidson XL Detachable Rider Backrest

If you’re riding a solo-saddle XL, Harley-Davidson’s got your back—literally. With the introduction of the versatile new Detachable Backrest for Sportster Models with Solo Seats, they make long days on the road a more practical proposition, offering a 4.5” forward/backward range of positions and postures. The backrest attaches and detaches without tools, and when removed leaves behind only a pair ...

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Almost Fiction: GPS abuse

A Global Positioning System tells you where you are. When attached to a motorcycle a GPS device can tell you where you are, where you are going, where you have been, how long it took you to get there, draw you a map, your average speed, your highest speed, how to get home and if you are late for dinner. ...

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Thunder Press 5K Facebook Fan Giveaway

Need a new helmet? Well Thunder Press has got you (and your lid) covered. All you have to do to be entered to win is head on over to www.facebook.com/thunderpress and “Like” our page. It’s that simple. Once we reach the 5,000 “Likes” mark, we’ll select one winner at random to receive their choice of a men’s or women’s Fly Racing ...

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Roland Sands Design Women’s Vada Jacket

Roland Sands Design Women's Vada jacket

The new Women’s Vada Jacket from Roland Sands Design makes a retro fashion statement with its hand-finished waxed cotton construction, and classic enduro jacket styling. Waxed cotton is a lightweight, rugged, water-resistant fabric that has stood the motorcycling test of time, and was favored by the likes of Steve McQueen and Che Guevara. The Vada adds the comfort of a ...

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