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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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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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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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Bullin’ Through Life: Reminiscin’

Buckshot

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! I was sittin’ in front of the wood stove here at the ol’ Buckshot Ranch last night, listening to the rain and thunder, an’ going through some old family pictures. Do ya remember that old picture called American Gothic, with the old farm couple an’ pitchfork? Well, I have one like that of ...

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Motorhead Memo: Digging on the Shovel

Kip_Woodring

2016 marks the 50th annual opportunity to buy a Shovelhead. Better do it sooner than later as they are already worth more than Evos in today’s marketplace. “Worth” is not always the same thing as value, but the reality is that finally… finally… the Shovelhead is getting the respect and attention it deserves. The last of the built-to-be-rebuilt Harley engines, ...

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Almost Fiction: Christmas Snow Camping and Bad Asphalt

Sam_Jones

In the very recent past, logic and emotion have been engaging in a vitriolic “take no prisoners” political war, which has not been replicated since 1968. With my decision to renounce this destruction derby, irrespective of the weather or the winter season, I have deemed this the perfect time for a psychological respite. To achieve this, my camping gear is ...

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Free Range: Spirits

Felicia_Morgan

It’s a sunny Sunday morning in Southern Arizona and I’m sitting out on my leathers, tinkering on the Beast. I’ve been running Clearwater Lights on the bike for a few months now and they have some new mounting hardware they want road tested, so I’m checking to see if I have the right tools to change out what I have. ...

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Almost Fiction: The Auto Court

Sam_Jones

In 1948 the 10-year-old boy lived in an Auto Court owned by his father and mother. After the war, when he left the Army, his parents bought it with his father’s mustering-out bonus. Listening to his folks’ talk he heard mustering as mustard and the family joke became they bought the Auto Court with mustard money. The Auto Court had ...

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Bullin’ Through Life: Golden oldies

Buckshot

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer! I’ve been diggin’ through my old vinyl, thinkin’ about how music plays such a big part in our lives. I dug out my old two-album set of Chuck Berry’s Golden Decade, an’ I’m listening while I’m writing this. I still have the first song about motorcycles I ever heard, back around 1955, called ...

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Motorhead Memo: The late, great Eight

Kip_Woodring

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the “war to end all wars” ended. About six months later, a different war resumed, on American race tracks. Almost everyone else still battling for supremacy on big V-twins was racing stuff they’d pulled out of mothballs from almost three years ago. Not the Motor Company! Why and ...

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