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Northeast Passages: April, 2017

April fools are running amuck this month and I surely remain the world’s greatest. I’ll never forget asking, years ago on my first-ever trip to Daytona, whether “DILLIGAF” was the name of some famous Floridian. Lots of bikers were wearing tees with the logo. The waitress at the White Eagle Lounge in Korona blinked. Then, she leaned in and whispered, ...

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Hazy on the Details: April, 2017

So I’m starting out my April column with a retirement. Me? Oh, heck no. At least not this month. Hah! Instead, our fearless leader, Terry Roorda, has decided to give up the high life of writing (which, by the way, can be hard work). Terry’s Blue Dog Diaries is the first thing I read when I open my THUNDER PRESS. ...

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Motorhead Memo: XLR: When form follows function

A long, long time ago a very impressionable young man went looking for his third motorcycle. The first two had been two-strokes, of 80cc and 250cc respectively. This time it had to be a “real” motorcycle, a big bike of at least 500cc and for sure… a four stroke. He was open-minded about it. Sure, he read Cycle World and ...

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Texas Raine: April, 2017

The Super Bowl kicked off the month of February and Dallas’ own Greg Ingram was one of the featured bikers in the Mercedes-Benz commercial spoofing the classic film Easy Rider. Ingram is a well-known character actor in several films in the horror and motorcycle genres. He shared with me that when they shot it in December he had no idea ...

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Almost Fiction: Trump, Hillary and baseball’s new rules

With plenty of time before the first pitch of the Dodger game I settled into my big overstuffed chair and made the mistake of flipping on the television news. According to CNN I found out that Trump was the “anti-Christ” and that Putin was the “handmaiden of the devil.” Turning to Fox I learned that all democrats are dysfunctional spoiled ...

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Mile Marker: April, 2017

Jim and Lynn Loomis are doubly proud of their dealerships as Napoleon Harley-Davidson in Napoleon, Ohio, has won the Gold Bar & Shield Circle of Excellence award, which is based on motorcycle and related product sales performance, customer service and satisfaction, and operations. Their other dealership, Piqua Harley-Davidson in Piqua, Ohio, has received the Platinum Bar & Shield award, given ...

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Almost Fiction: The last time I saw Marvin

The last time I saw my cousin Marvin was on my 18th birthday, June 1, 1965. There was a party, a few gifts and a cake. Family and friends stood around talking about an 18-year-old being eligible for the draft which prompted talk of being proud of the Army and possible being sent to the newly escalating war in Vietnam. ...

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If You See Kay: April, 2017

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” Judge for yourself… Let’s begin with the “best of times.” Bob Dell, are you there? I am calling for Bob Dell in San Ramon. Remember your good friend, Dave Silva, in Danville? I believe you sent me his name and birthday so that I could give him a ...

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Mile Marker: March, 2017

In Sioux City, Iowa, Awesome Biker Nights will be returning to the Historic Fourth Street location after last year’s relocation to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The 18th annual ABN is scheduled on June 15–17. After 16 years in the Historic Fourth Street location the event moved to the Casino last year after some issues and other outside pressures. ...

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Free Range: Loyalty

I’m not sure when it became a hot-button topic, but somewhere along the lines the act of loyalty and the devotion that carries with it has turned into a sort of uncool commodity. Back in the day, being loyal was a good thing. A righteous thing. A quality one actually looked for when hiring an employee, choosing friends or picking ...

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