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New Year’s Day FTW Ride

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Belmar, N.J., Jan. 1—For the past 10 years, some of my friends from central New Jersey have gotten together for a ride on the morning or January 1. Whether there was snow, ice, rain, or sleet, without fail, this intrepid bunch of guys have braved the elements to welcome the New Year. Last year was the first time the group ...

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Beautiful Bikers Day on the East Coast

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Metuchen, N.J., Oct. 29—In 2013, the inaugural Beautiful Bikers Conference took place on the West Coast, and after its initial success, the conference became an annual event. In 2016, organizers decided that an East Coast event was in order, so on October 29, 2016, Beautiful Bikers founder Porsche Taylor of Black Girls Ride magazine partnered with Beautiful Bikers Ambassador Lisa ...

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4th annual International Motorcycle Film Festival

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Brooklyn, N.Y., Sept. 14–17—If I’m not riding motorcycles, then I’m probably writing, reading, or talking about them. Or watching them in stunt shows or races. So when the opportunity arose for me to attend the fourth annual International Motorcycle Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York, I jumped at the chance. The MFF is intended to showcase motorcycle films and filmmakers, ...

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Skylands Womyn Riders Camp N Ride 2016

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Waterville, Pa., Aug. 26–28—Several years ago, a motorcyclist named Cathy Palazzolo had an idea that she brought to Nancy Duthie, general manager of Tramontin Harley-Davidson in Hope, New Jersey. Her concept was to gather together a group of women for a weekend motorcycle camping trip, and Nancy agreed that the dealership would sponsor the newly-minted Skylands Womyn Riders. Shortly thereafter, ...

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Sturgis Bike Shows and Spectacles

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  Sturgis, S.D., Aug. 7–14—Although the 76th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally saw less people than the big 75th anniversary celebration last year, the Department of Fun was still in full operation, offering more diversions than a rider could possibly get to in a single week. Here is just a sampling of the activities and attractions we experienced. A bright and ...

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Richie’s Panstock 2016

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Jackson, N.J., July 17—In the summer of 2005, multi-talented artist Richie “Pan” Panarra decided to throw an appreciation party for customers of his tattoo shop, Dark Star Tattoo. Of course, friends and family partook in the celebration, and for the next five years, the party, always held on the Panarra property, grew until the Panarra family decided to take a ...

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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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AMCA Rhinebeck Grand National Meet

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Rhinebeck, N.Y., July 1-2, 2016—The Northeast Coalition of Chapters of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America partnered together on July 1 and 2 to produce the 10th year of the AMCA Rhinebeck Grand National Meet. This year’s meet took place a little later on the calendar than usual, kicking off the July 4th weekend, and once again was deemed a ...

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