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American Flat Track—Daytona TT

Daytona Beach, Fla., Mar. 16—Daytona Bike Week began with a motorcycle race. But before the first Daytona 200 in 1937, beginning in the 1920s, motorcycles had migrated off the dangerous and deadly wooden board tracks they’d inherited from bicycle racing and moved to safer and more accessible dirt tracks. Small towns, rural communities, and even big cities were carving oval ...

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Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet

Asbury Park, N.J., Feb. 4—If there was one bright spot in the wintertime bike scene in New Jersey, it had to be the Cheap Thrills Motorcycle Show & Swap Meet held at the Asbury Park Convention Hall. The seaside community “down the shore,” as we Jerseyans call it, has been a popular resort area, complete with boardwalk, since the late ...

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3rd annual Garage Brewed Moto Show

Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan. 28—There’s a strong, vibrant moto community in Cincinnati, but what happens when the Queen City is buried under snow and ice, or it’s just too cold to ride? Well, in January, the Cincinnati Café Racer club gets together with other vintage and café racer enthusiasts to present the Garage Brewed Moto Show. This year was the third ...

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Progressive International Motorcycle Show Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minn., Feb. 3–5—Checking out the 36-inch front wheel of a custom build contestant, the chainsaw tear of a motocross engine crescendos throughout the Minneapolis Convention Center. A bike floats into view, the rider’s fingers grasping its steel tail. The perspective was all wrong from where I stood and it looked like he was heading straight for the pillar. The ...

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Indian Motorcycle Introduces the Roadmaster Classic

Wayne, N.J., Feb. 25—Indian Motorcycle has released a new model for 2017—the Roadmaster Classic. And on February 25, Indian Motorcycle dealerships across the country unveiled the mid-year model to the public. That same day, I stopped by Indian Motorcycle Wayne to check out the stylish new ride, resplendent in leather and chrome. Our sister publication, Rider magazine, had an opportunity ...

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New Year’s Day FTW Ride

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

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

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

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

  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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