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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show: Stoking the fire

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 16–19—Dragging luggage through the Milwaukee airport gives one a giggle while passing through the designated “recombobulation area,” past the cheese-wedge hats, Harley-Davidson boutique and right on out the front door to the biggest motorcycle mecca in all the world. While bikers might be a minority anywhere else on the planet, we are certainly not so in Milwaukee, ...

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76th Daytona Bike Week: Coming full circle

Daytona Beach, Fla., Mar. 10–19—In 1937, motorcycle racers took to shores of Daytona Beach for the first-ever Daytona 200 race, which also signaled the beginning of Daytona Bike Week. The popular competition took place along a 3.2-mile strip of sand every year until 1961 when it moved to the Daytona International Speedway. From the early 1900’s, both Harley-Davidson and Indian ...

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Appalachian Moto Jam: Scramblin’ up the slopes

Monticello, N.y., Jan. 28–29—How many times have you had the chance to see a coveted Harley-Davidson 45 race against a modern dirt scrambler on a snow-covered hill climb…and win? If that’s the kind of motorcycle mayhem you’re looking for, that’s exactly what the Appalachian Moto Jam has brought to the tracks and to the hills. The AppMotoJam would be best ...

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C & E 37th annual Sweetheart Run: Cupid shoots Mother Nature

Auburn, Calif., Feb. 12—The weeks prior to the C&E 37th Sweetheart Run were filled with some of the heaviest rain and back-to-back storms we have seen here in Northern California in decades. The reservoirs are at capacity as to what they can hold and how much they can release, rivers downstream are spilling their banks and crews are working around ...

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V-Twin Expo: Still wheelin’ and dealin’

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 28–29—In the dead of winter, when many motorcycle dealerships and independent shops endure sluggish sales and service request slowdowns, the annual V-Twin Expo offers welcome respite. From all over the country, often in the midst of snowstorms, dealers and shop owners come to Cincinnati to see the latest and greatest offerings for the American V-twin aftermarket. This ...

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St. Louis Motorcycle Show: Storming the Show Me State

St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 15–16—Winter storm Jupiter tried its best to dampen the spirits of the 3rd annual St. Louis Motorcycle Show by dumping ice on the city of St. Louis the day before, but as they say, “The show must go on.” Being in the Midwest during winter is really hard on us bikers; we live to ride and ...

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Moto Photo New York Lakes Tour: Have camera will travel

Macedon, N.Y., June 6–9—For some time, professional photographer and longtime motorcycle rider Rick Gerrity and I had discussed a series of motorcycle photo tours. Every year, my friend Rick runs several always-sold-out multi-day tours, such as a Route 66 photography tour, as well as a number of very popular one-day on-location photo workshops but this would be the first on ...

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Rocky Point Rally: Turning sweet 16

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico, Nov. 10–13—Any time our south-of-the-border brethren invite their biker buddies over for a celebración on the Malecón, you can bet it’s going to be a rocking good fiesta. There’s just nothing quite like the parties that our Mexico neighbors put together but when the fun includes an anniversary like a sweet 16, the party is sure to ...

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Progressive International Motorcycle Show: A December diversion

New York, N.Y., Dec. 9–11—Just like clockwork, the second stop in the annual Progressive International Motorcycle Show series chugged into New York City. The 2016/2017 show season launched in Long Beach, California, three weeks prior, and then brought with it a bit of the SoCal sunshine. Although the temperature was in the 40s all weekend, there were no snowstorms this ...

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24th annual Biketoberfest: Weathering the storm

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA., OCT. 13–16—October is a great month for riding in Florida. The blistering heat has subsided but it’s still warm enough to ride in a tank top or T-shirt during the day and a light jacket late at night. However, this year, just a few days before Biketoberfest, riders, along with everyone else in Central Florida, were hunkered ...

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