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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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Black Brand Motorcycle Clothing Press Launch: Innovative innuendos

(L.–r.) The Brazilian Wax, Cutthroat, and Sheared Beaver jackets are worn by the Black Brand models

Irvine, Calif., Jan. 26—Brand manager of Black Brand Motorcycle Clothing, Howard Kelly, held a press conference Tuesday to launch their new company consisting of motorcycle related products which include everything from jackets and apparel, to helmets, gloves, chaps, and eventually footwear and other products. The conference was held at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, California, where samples of their various ...

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4th annual Bob’s Biker Blast: Scottsdale H-D’s Grand Opening

4th annual Bob’s Biker Blast: Scottsdale H-D’s Grand Opening

Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 6–7—Scottsdale Harley-Davidson was hosting the fourth annual Bob’s Biker Blast, which has been a pretty big blowout in years past, so when a notice went out to the press that there’s a “not to be missed” gig about to go down out on Hayden Road, we scribblers hustled on over to check out the festivities. Against the ...

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15th annual Delmarva Bike Week and 5th annual OC BikeFest: Coastal perfection

Enjoying the great weather and the refreshments at Seacrets’ bar in the bay

Eastern Shore, Md./Del./Va., Sept. 17–20—It was the Wednesday after Labor Day, and the day started bright and sunny, with the temperature forecasted to reach the mid-80s—perfect weather for the 15th annual Delmarva Bike Week and 5th annual OC BikeFest motorcycle rallies. We arrived at the Fenwick Inn in Ocean City, Maryland, by mid afternoon, and the friendly and professional staff ...

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75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: Making Pappy proud

75th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis, S.D., August. 3–9—There is little that can be said about the American biker scene that doesn’t include the word Sturgis. From hills and dales to dirt and trails the tiny town nestled in the Black Hills of South Dakota has proudly laid claim to its part in helping to shape what true red-white-’n’-blue motorcycle events have come to be ...

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15th annual Lighthouse Run: Exploring Oregon’s iconic gems

Lighthouse Run

Coos Bay, Ore., June 19–20—There is no doubt in my mind that we here in the Northwest are privy to one of the most beautiful parts of the United States. One rarely needs to ride for more than 30 minutes from any city in the state before your eyes feast upon a plethora of natural wonders. Iconic mountains, sweeping deserts ...

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