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

Riders take to the road to share the sunshine with their sweeties

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’

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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

Tommy Winterhalter's 2017 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim S "Brass Tacks" was awarded "Best of Show" in the Custom Bike Show

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

One of the old mills that still stands alongside Honeoye Creek in the quaint village of Honeoye Falls

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

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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

Brian Klock (center), Polaris President of Motorcycles Steve Menneto (2nd from right), and Indian employees display the Red Wing Scout that Klock customized

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

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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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17th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ: Arkansas outpouring

Fayetteville, Ark., Sept. 21–24—For a rally that started in 2000 with about 300 curious bikers showing up, Bikes, Blues & BBQ has come a long way. From its origins at a Bike Night at Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to a presentation to the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce by Police Chief Richard Watson, BBB is now heavily sponsored and ...

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Rebel on the Highway: Makings of a cult classic

Bean're starts the race between good and evil

COPPEROPOLIS, CALIF., OCT. 27—The Sierra Nevada foothills have been the backdrop for many a wild and romantic tale as far back as there has been recorded lore. Rich with history lent by forefathers like Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Black Bart, John Sutter, Levis Strauss and several other Gold Rush-era notables who trod the trails between the Gold Rush encampments of ...

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