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The Wild Ones Weekend: Rust and relaxation

Chet Herbert’s Harley-Davidson, “The Beast”

Milwaukee, Wis., July 7–10—There’s two things to do with bikes in Chicago: drink beer around them or work on them while drinking beer. Chicago is where taxable income, riding skills and scenic beauty go to die. Fortunately, while it may be cursed by its Illinois location, Chicago is as richly blessed by its proximity to Wisconsin—better beer and Milwaukee, in ...

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14th annual Ride for Children’s School Supplies

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St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 21—The sky seemed to be holding steady on the last day of the second annual Indian Motorcycle Bike Week, a welcome change from the rest of the week. “I didn’t think I’d be buying rain gear for this ride!” laughed Pete, who had ridden from New Jersey to be here. “My bike’s gone a year and ...

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Redwood Run: Rocking through the redwoods

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Piercy, Calif., June 10–12—The annual pilgrimage to cut loose and party down along the gently rippling waters of the Eel River is about as close to a religious experience as some of us scooter trash ever get as we come together to commune with our brethren in the ancient trees. The typically quiet and enchanted redwood forest is brought to ...

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16th annual Lighthouse Run: Riding the Oregon coast

Things were a bit damp as attendees arrived at the North Umpqua Lighthouse

Coos Bay, Ore., June 17–19—Several days before the 16th annual Lighthouse Run I popped into Highway 101 Harley-Davidson in Coos Bay, Oregon, to meet Karen Pettit. She and her husband Al took over the shop 10 years ago and the store has been buzzing along ever since. I found her behind the counter with one of her diligent workers stuffing ...

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93rd Laconia Motorcycle Week: Tradition prevails

Laconia, N.H., June 11–19—Let me be brutally honest: times have changed. Decades ago rallies were about the only way a rider could meet up with like-minded individuals and share a lifestyle that wasn’t generally accepted and events like Laconia Motorcycle Week were few and far between. Certain rally events—the hillclimb, motorcycle races, beer tents, merchandise vendors, charity rides—have gone through ...

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29th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show: Passing the torch

The Smith boys! (L.–r.) Donnie’s son Jake and Donnie’s brothers Mike, Happy and Greg

St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 2–3—The long line of people started at the ticket booth, snaked around the lobby and stopped short of the escalator. It seemed that everyone wanted to be among the first to enter the St. Paul RiverCentre exhibit hall for the 29th annual Donnie Smith Bike & Car Show Saturday morning, and with good reason, because in ...

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Riding for the Long Haul: Catchin’ a breeze at Desert Wind H-D

Sportbike freestyle rider Clint Ewing and his crew zipped around the blacktop and awed attendees with their skills at Mesa's Desert Wind H-D dealership

Mesa, Ariz., Mar. 12—There’s nothing more important than the issue of safety when addressing the motorcycle world and the Arizona Motorcycle Safety Foundation works hard to keep riders educated on how to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities in the state, so it makes perfect sense that the AMSF should team up with a dealership to help bring their ...

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75th annual Daytona Bike Week: Picture-perfect party

75th annual Daytona Bike Week: Picture-perfect party

Daytona Beach, Fla.,, Mar. 5–13—While most of the country is pretty much clueless concerning the biker lifestyle, apparently Mother Nature is not only understanding but also compassionate with the rider’s need to shake off the winter doldrums. And the first of March this year, dear Mother showed just how much she likes a good party by unleashing ample sunshine, record ...

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