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One for the Road: Getting there

Shadow Column Blurb

The street in front of my house is a county road, moderately busy during morning and evening rush hours and with a random trickle of traffic in between. It’s a connector of sorts between the Interstate and the two-lane U.S. highway that runs through my town, and because of that, motorcyclists take this road quite regularly. There are a lot ...

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Texas Raine: March, 2017

Things got off to an interesting start on January 9 when an unexpected announcement broke that Polaris would immediately begin winding down its Victory Motorcycles brand and related operations. “One hundred percent complete shock,” said Rick Fairless at Strokers Dallas (strokersdallas.com) a couple of hours after the press release had been issued. “Since Polaris purchased Indian, we dealers have always ...

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One for the Road: A helping hand

Shadow Column Blurb

I’d just gotten a promotion at my place of work and it didn’t take me long to realize I was over my head. Sure, I’d passed the test to get me there, but I knew nothing about my role or how to perform any of the tasks required. I was all of 20 years old, and I wasn’t getting much ...

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Spare Parts: Ton Up

Ernie_Copper

The first time I remember hitting 100 mph was on a family trip to Disney World. I was maybe 10 years old as Dad opened up the butterflies on the family wagon. Today, you’d probably lose your children to family services for such behavior, but for me, it was better than any ride Disney had to offer. I was reminded ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: March, 2017

Chewing

March is here and for riders in coastal climes that’s a fair bit more meaningful than those of us perched (huddled) inland. But there are signs that warmer days are ahead. Right? Having spent the first dozen days of February on the equator side of the Baja Peninsula with about 40 friends, young and old, family and acquaintances thereof, spring ...

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If You See Kay: March, 2017

Kay_Cardwell

Happy birthday to all motorsickle riders who celebrate in March. Happy birthday USMC MC members Teno “Rowdy” Cardoza and Rick “Hunter” Rush. Happy birthday to Sherri Smith Vonsild. Hey, Sherri. You and Ron will soon celebrate your second anniversary. Congratulations! In Solano County, several people will be celebrating a birthday. They are Lou DuPont in Suisun City, Terry Hurst in ...

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Motorhead Memo: Upgrade trifecta

Kip_Woodring

Excluding the M-8 (until time tells)… all-alloy OHV Harley engines exhibit traces of three legacy “foibles.” 1. Noise coming from the rocker boxes. 2. Oil leaking from the rocker boxes 3. Poor control of the air and oil within that results from positive and negative “pulses” in the rocker boxes, a.k.a. “oil carryover!” It could be argued that Sportsters from ...

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Hazy on the Details: March, 2017

Hazel_Perry

It’s been a delightfully wet winter so far. And, while I’m well aware it’s not conducive to riding, my garden sure loves it, as does my business, which, sadly, depends on stupid drivers to keep us supplied with fresh-wrecked cars. I love the wrecking biz; I’ve done it for so many years, it’s hard to remember any other way of ...

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Spare Parts: Artsy ads and worn-out clichés

Ernie_Copper

I’ve often thought that the reason it’s so difficult to capture the essence of motorcycling on film is because the absolute freedom of the riding experience prevents it from being contained in any medium. It must be experienced in its totality. Whatever aspects of the experience you are able to address on film are just a fraction and without all ...

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Tan Lines: March, 2017

Sundancer

2017 started out just perfect. On New Year’s Day I saddled up and joined a popular tradition of many in our area, the Hangover Ride. Funny as it sounds, it started several years ago with a couple of friends deciding to start the year off with a ride in spite of their hangovers. It has grown to one of the ...

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