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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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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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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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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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Spare Parts: Ton Up

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

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

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’

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

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

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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