Unknown Industries Barbecue and Bike Show: A feast for the following

The pin-ups pose for the cameras

PJ Hyland
February 13, 2014

PALA, CALIF., NOV. 9—Shortly after I checked in at the registration table for the Unknown Riders Barbecue and Bike Show at the Pala Casino, I met up with Randy Morton of Rock and Roll Custom Paint in Orange. Randy introduced me to John Oakes, the club member responsible for coordinating the event,... Read more »

28th annual Roscoe’s Chili Challenge: Bringing on the heat

After winning Slow Race and Slow Race with partner, Flap and Flap's Bitch take to the Wienie Bite contest

February 12, 2014

LAKELAND, FLA., NOV. 7–10—The flyer proudly states “World Famous Chili Challenge,” and while I’m not so sure that is the case, in Central Florida it’s definitely very popular. What started as a culinary challenge back in 1986 between Roscoe and one of his friends, Lil Hank, has morphed into... Read more »

American Heat: High times in the Low Desert


Jon DeMaria
February 6, 2014

PALM SPRINGS, CALIF., OCT. 25-27—It was hard to believe another year had slipped by and it was time once more for my annual cruise to the Low Desert for American Heat. This three-day event is packed with vendors and activities that begin in the daytime and rock on into the early hours of the morning.... Read more »

30th annual Love Ride: Big love, big haul

The Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association presents Oliver Shokouh (far right) with a framed 30th anniversary Love Ride poster

SuperGlide Gail
January 30, 2014

GELNDALE, CALIF., OCT. 20–Fog hung over my head as I headed north towards Glendale H-D past downtown Los Angeles. The tequila sunrise washed the Griffith Park hills with a gauzy veil of soft orange that suddenly cleared as I approached my off-ramp. The Love Ride is still recovering from a near-fatal... Read more »

13th annual Lone Star Rally: Polishing a Texas pearl

13th annual Lone Star Rally

Robert Filla
January 29, 2014

GALVESTON, TEXAS, OCT. 31-NOV. 3–Known at one time as the Free State of Galveston, the unique positioning of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico allowed a somewhat riotous culture to flourish since first being discovered. A noted gathering spot for colorful characters ever since the pirate Jean... Read more »

Harley-Davidson’s Lost Photographs 1915–1916: Exposed!

Harley-Davidson’s Lost Photographs 1915–1916

Fred Mathews
January 28, 2014

MILWAUKEE, WIS., OCT. 18-JAN. 1–Have you ever had a sneaking suspicion that something of yours was missing, but couldn’t put your finger on it? This happened to the folks at the Harley-Davidson Museum, too. Recently they were gifted with the discovery of 436 thought-to-be-lost images that ranged... Read more »

8th annual Chilly Billy Run: Feelin’ the love

The Rip City Riders mascot poses with Chilly Billy's bike near the memorial display at the Petaluma Fairgrounds

Felicia Morgan
January 27, 2014

PETALUMA, CALIF., OCT 5–By all accounts, William “Chilly Billy” Walsh Jr. was definitely one of the cool guys who, unfortunately, was taken way too soon. He was an accomplished rider who wandered wherever the winds pushed him, and folks who knew him best cherished every second they got to spend... Read more »

13th annual Las Vegas BikeFest: Sin City stimulation

13th annual Las Vegas BikeFest - Wet T-shirt Contest at Las Vegas H-D

PJ Hyland
January 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS, NEV., OCT 2-6–Did you ever notice as you were headed east towards Las Vegas that when the 15 Freeway crosses the California state line into Nevada it acquires an additional lane and the road surface becomes smooth and even? It’s as if the state highway authority, most likely financed... Read more »

10th annual Indian Larry Grease Monkey Block Party

A lot of party was packed into a single block

January 10, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y., SEPT. 21–This year, we were gonna do it differently. Rather than getting all caught up in the New York City congestion, exacerbated by the hundreds of thousands of New York residents and tourists attending the San Gennaro Feast in lower Manhattan, my friends Mailman, John and I... Read more »

5th annual Brooklyn Invitational: Industrial inspiration

Brooklyn Invitational: Caleb Owens of Cro Customs with his ’49 "Frankenstein" Panhead

Pat Boylan
January 10, 2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y., SEPT. 21–As the last few hours of summer slipped into the Autumnal Equinox, Keino Sasaki, John Copeland and Jeffrey Schad managed to pull off the Brooklyn Invitational Motorcycle show for the fifth year in a row. Their combined efforts added several thousand motorcyclists to the... Read more »

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