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LOOKIN’ BACK AT ROADS TRAVELED

Published on May 12, 2022 under Blog
LOOKIN’ BACK AT ROADS TRAVELED
With the coming of May we're coming into Love Bug season my BTR friends. A time when bugs between the teeth can only mean you're smiling way too much when on two wheels. Except in my case, they just leave juice behind as they disintegrate bouncing off my aerodynamic beak! Mike belches out, “Yeah little buddy, over the past few years there hasn't been enough bugs between my teeth, until recently. Now I can't seem to get my fair share of ‘em and you definitely don't see enough bugs bouncing off your beak either. Lately I've found you sitting for…
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REMEMBER OUR SENIORS – Nefariuos James

Published on May 12, 2022 under Blog
REMEMBER OUR SENIORS – Nefariuos James
I think this time we’re just going to get to the meat and potatoes of the topic. I think it’s very admirable to have celebrations of life for those that meant something to us. A way to honor their memory, their achievements, and their impact on others. To me, it’s a form of being able to say my last goodbye even though I will always keep those people in my memory. There’s a saying I heard a long time ago that a person is not truly gone until their name is spoken for the very last time. I’m a firm…
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All Florida Guidelines – Spyke and Mike

Published on April 12, 2022 under Blog
All Florida Guidelines – Spyke and Mike
Spring has sprung my BTR friends. So has the influx of retirees, Canadians, and Yankees moving south. Last month I gave out-of-staters the red flags about sightseeing here. For those who are not easily scared by my typing talons and are ready to make a change in their home address, this month I’m giving you the A.F.G’s (All Florida Guidelines) about what to expect living here and what we expect of you becoming a Sunshine State citizen. Mike breaks in, “You tell ‘em my avian encyclopedia of the Floridian lifestyle. They just don’t seem to understand my mortal interactions, profanities…
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JUST BE REAL

Published on April 11, 2022 under Blog
JUST BE REAL
OK people here it comes. A quarter of the year is already gone. Time to start thinking about those New Year’s resolutions you made and whether you are sticking to them or not. I hope that many of you found success in accomplishing them; am I being optimistic? To those who are still on track and plugging away at those resolutions, good for you and keep up the good work. I know in some of my past writings I have rambled on about the way things used to be compared to the way they are now as well as my observations of…
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WARNING! Don’t Move to Florida!

Published on March 3, 2022 under Blog
WARNING! Don’t Move to Florida!
Hey there, my Born To Ride friends. Mother Nature blessed us with great riding weather for Thunder by the Bay and Charlotte's Web Mardi Gras parties. Human Nature overwhelmed us with great friends, old and new, for both events. The traffic on I-75 was brutal both weekends and riding on Mike’s shoulder or the backrest of the Fat Bird 3 wasn’t helping the situation. Between the rubbernecking, people speeding up and slowing down to take pictures or just honking and waving, was almost overwhelming for Mike. A lot of those vehicles had out-of-state tags. Believe it when I say a…
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A NICE BIG PUNCH IN THE FACE!

Published on March 3, 2022 under Blog
A NICE BIG PUNCH IN THE FACE!
Here we are in the month of March. Many events are coming up including Daytona Bike Week and other miscellaneous local festivities. Makes me reflect on how these events used to be in years gone by. Seems like there have been so many changes to these events in the name of progress, and I guess in a form of social evolution, that they don’t really seem to be the same as they used to be. I remember Daytona Bike Week as being more expressive and minds being more open to the social experience. A place where you used to be…
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Bike Week includes more than just Daytona

Published on March 3, 2022 under Blog
Bike Week includes more than just Daytona
The granddaddy of all Florida bike week events is coming up. Although a ghost of what it once was, the festivities in Daytona and the surrounding areas have taken on a life of their own. Unfortunately, you won’t find much taking place downtown on what was once party central; Beach Street. The governing municipal powers of Daytona are doing things to discourage the bikers.  You’ll have to ride further out to find the best of the best in bike shows, bikini contests, vendors and the rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere. And, thank goodness, in this day and age, it’s easy to…
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Choppertown ‘Live’ 2022 is officially in the record books

Published on March 3, 2022 under Blog
Choppertown ‘Live’ 2022 is officially in the record books
We can’t thank everyone enough, but we can try! First off. There were the builders. Without you, this screamin’ chopper show wouldn’t exist. This event is ‘for you’ and in large part ‘by you.’ Born To Ride is grateful to those who came from Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as from one end of the state of Florida to the other. You are helping put this event on the map as a ‘must see’ yearly event. Next we have to thank the wives, girlfriends, and families of those builders. We know it takes a lot of hard work…
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BIKE WEEK BONANZA!

Published on March 3, 2022 under Blog
BIKE WEEK BONANZA!
Welcome to the March issue of Born To Ride! Get ready to ride on out to the ultimate two-wheeled party. I’m talkin’ about Daytona Bike Week of course, but I’m also focusing in on all the killer motorcycle events that have sprouted up to support this year’s annual “Run to the Sun.” For instance, the fine folks at Adamec Harley-Davidson of St. Augustine are having their own Bike Week during Daytona from March 4th to the 13th including incredible live bands every day plus a special bike night on the 10th with a $100 cash prize for best bike club…
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Choppertown “Live’ Builder Profile: Brian Buttera of Buttera’s Metal Werx

Published on February 8, 2022 under Blog
Choppertown “Live’ Builder Profile: Brian Buttera of Buttera’s Metal Werx
Choppertown "Live' Builder Profile: We are excited to announce that legendary builder Brian Buttera of Buttera’s Metal Werx will be joining us at Choppertown "Live' with his builds! Brian's first build, the shovelhead, won the builder's world championships a couple years ago in Dubai. His second build was featured in Michael Lichter's Bike show in Sturgis and was the winner of $30K at the Golden Bolt Contest in Los Angeles. His craftsmanship and builds are second to none. We're grateful that he'll be joining us Feb.18th - 20th at Thunder By The Bay in Sarasota. See you there! #borntoridemedia #choppertownlive…
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Choppertown ‘Live’ Builder Profile Meet, the man, the myth, the legend Jared Weems of Weems Motor Co

Published on February 3, 2022 under Blog
Choppertown ‘Live’ Builder Profile Meet, the man, the myth, the legend Jared Weems of Weems Motor Co
Tampa as he gives us a glimpse into what he's working on for Born Free 13. If the stars align perfectly, we may be able to preview this incredible machine in raw form at Choppertown 'Live' at Thunder By The Bay on Feb.18-20th! You gotta see it to believe it! #borntoride #borntoridemedia #choppertownlive #thunderbythebay #choppertown #weemsmotorco #jaredweems #paughco #denverschoppers #midusaparts #tcbros #triumph #harleydavidson #vintagemotorcycles #vintagechoppers
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Letterfly and Choppertown

Published on February 3, 2022 under Blog
Letterfly and Choppertown
Now that Candyse and Letterfly are home at ArtPark for the winter months, many thoughts, ideas and plans for the future are occurring. We are making plans to resume our seven-month tour of providing old-school pinstriping at Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealerships nationwide in 2022, starting with the guests who attend Thunder by the Bay in Sarasota with special emphasis on making Choppertown a memorable feature of that event, and later at Space Coast Harley-Davidson in Palm Bay, Florida during Daytona Bike Week. As we sit around the campfire in the backyard and recall the many fond interactions enjoyed with old friends,…
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Choppertown The Sinners – Biker Movie Review

Published on February 3, 2022 under Blog
Choppertown The Sinners – Biker Movie Review
One World Studios, Filmmakers Zack Coffman and Scott Di Lalla are becoming iconic. They’re just a couple of regular guys who love bikes and like to tell stories as they occur. While there are planned events in their work nothing is scripted, and often stuff does not go off a planned. The films are pure and rough—lacking anything that might make them seem contrived or counterfeit. This not to say the films are without sentimentality. There are some extreme moments in these works and there is the expression of deep respect and love between friends forged in brotherhood. To experience…
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A Land of Sheep

Published on February 3, 2022 under Blog
A Land of Sheep
Well, here we go with another month. I for one like to keep myself in the know, but unfortunately, I can get more accurate news watching the SYFY Channel. Pretty darn unfortunate, if you ask me. But as usual, it’s a sign of the times. I think back to the way it was, not to date myself, the 1970s and 80s. Different times and different outlooks by everybody. Hard to tell how far back in history you have to go to see how divided our great country has become. We’re living in a time of mass misinformation, and what appears…
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Gearin’ up for a Greasy Good Time

Published on February 2, 2022 under Blog
Gearin’ up for a Greasy Good Time
Oh my God! The year 2022 is turning into a crap show. Not because Mike isn’t maintaining his resolutions, but now we're getting milk from plants. They're trying to do away with my second-best farm animal friend, the cow. I have a real beef with a company out of Israel called Remilk that makes animal-free dairy proteins out of precise fermentation. It's udderly ridiculous and sounds like the start of a good wine to me. But what do I know, I'm just a bird who opens beers, then eats beef, bread, french fries, pork chops and chicken wings. I'm not…
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