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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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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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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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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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Tan Lines: February, 2017

Sundancer

Well, I think winter has finally found us here in the Sunshine State. We’ve been forced to start wearing jackets and sometimes chaps for an early ride or when heading home after the sun goes down. But it’s all good; so many of you reading this have to park your bikes in the late fall and can’t dig them out ...

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Mile Marker: February, 2017

Fred_Nabkey

The veterans at the Grand Rapids, Michigan Home for Veterans have 11 new computers with 27” monitors compliments of the American Legion Riders Post #179 in Grandville, Michigan. The computers are equipped with webcams and headsets. Joe Mosketti, assistant director for the Post ALR, said the money for the computers was raised at the annual Veterans Memorial Ride they host ...

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Hazy on the Details: February, 2017

Hazel_Perry

February—the doldrums of motorcycling, isn’t it? One would think—and yet you look up the THUNDER PRESS calendar for what’s happening in February and there’s plenty to play with, isn’t there? One of the events not on our calendar, but lots of fun, is the Riverside County National Date Festival, which runs February 17 through the 26th. The Camel Races alone ...

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Northeast Passages: February, 2017

loretta-jackson

Hearts are thumping this month as lovers embrace another holiday, possibly one fraught with chocolate. It’s a month to hope that love takes a straight path toward the long run instead of the quick sprint. It’s like riding the plank after winning the slow race. If you don’t focus on the far end of the board, you likely go off ...

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Chewin’ the Fat Boy: February, 2017

Susan_Swan

Our world seems divided these days and it’s difficult to know what’s real versus imagined. What is worth worrying over, really? What can we do to improve the human condition? Maybe it’s time to shut off the noise and turn our attention to living on purpose… It’s easier than you might think to get involved… I grew up in Seattle, ...

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