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JP, Has everyone gone nuts?

Published on April 13, 2020 under Blog
JP, Has everyone gone nuts?
I know there is a “new” virus running around the world. And I know that it’s in the United States. But c’mon now people, we’ve already been through a lot, and we’re healthy, and we’re gonna make it through this one. Motorcycle events are canceled, or postponed. Same thing with auto shows, sporting events, schools, restaurants, government offices, even jobs.....you name it. But I am still hoping that the government doesn’t decide to shut down the internet “for our safety”. Y’all know what I’m talking about. A possibility of catching the Coronavirus thru osmosis, or something equally stupid. “Stay away…
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There is nothing quite like riding in the mountains of North Georgia and the Carolinas

Published on April 13, 2020 under Blog
There is nothing quite like riding in the mountains of North Georgia and the Carolinas
There is nothing quite like riding in the mountains of North Georgia and the Carolinas. For the most part, the high traffic roads are easily ridden and full of sightseeing opportunities. Perhaps one of the best features of these bigger roads is that most of them are four or five lanes wide, making for an easier ride and fewer difficult passages. This means that we can ride without fear and trembling, and simply kick back and admire the beauty of the area. There is a “monument” to the trickery of more difficult roads, located at the start of the Tail…
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Social distancing has been a biker attitude since two wheels were invented – Spyke & Mike

Published on April 13, 2020 under Blog
Social distancing has been a biker attitude since two wheels were invented – Spyke & Mike
Oh, the trying times we live in my BTR friends. Mike starts babbling, "Spike doesn't understand the concept of what's going on and now she's getting hit between the eyes with humanity poop. The world throws so much at us from the moment we wake up to the instant we pass out. We are constantly facing a thousand ways to die. If it isn't job issues, family problems, dealing with getting old, riding our motorcycles around the millions of crazy drivers or just the everyday hurdles we have to jump through to stay alive, it's now SARS-CoV-2. Call it what…
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Unspoken Responsibility by Nefarious James

Published on April 10, 2020 under Blog
Unspoken Responsibility by Nefarious James
First and foremost I am proud to be an American and an American citizen. That seems to be taken for granted by a lot of people out there but with that statement comes a lot of unspoken responsibility. Our country and the world are currently going through life-changing, historical, times right now. We are shaping and molding a new image of the world we live in. I got to say this, and I’m putting it out there for the whole world to read, what the hell is wrong with a majority of the people living here? We were a country…
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Chopporama Builder Profile: Jon Bonner of Vigilante Metalworks, LLC.

Published on April 10, 2020 under Blog
Chopporama Builder Profile: Jon Bonner of Vigilante Metalworks, LLC.
Chopporama Builder Profile: Jon Bonner of Vigilante Metalworks, LLC. of Fort Myers, FL. 'Bonner' as his friends call him, and his wife Christal Maiden form a pretty interesting dynamic duo within the motorcycle community in the Fort Myers area. Bonner has been building and fabricating since he was a kid in a bicycle shop. About six years ago he was in a serious BMX bicycle accident which literally cost him his life (for a brief moment). After a year in recovery, he decided it was a good time to pursue his dreams and open up a custom motorcycle shop. As…
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Cuban Harleys, Mi Amor 

Published on March 26, 2020 under Blog
Cuban Harleys, Mi Amor 
Cuban Harleys, Mi Amor  Backroad Diaries Cuba from the perspective of a small, unique subculture; 50 portraits of people who have resistedand have kept their Harley-Davidson motorcycles neat and tidy. In 1967, the Government ordered all Police-Harleys be buried in a hole in a prison in Santiago de Cuba for ideological reasons. Then, in the 70s and 80s, spare parts were nowhere to be found, so Cuban Harlistas cannibalized parts from Russian cars and adapted them according to their needs – pistons from Ladas and valves from Kamas, while exhaust pipes were made from old transformers. A Harley was only…
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Highrise Harley – Women’s World

Published on March 23, 2020 under Blog
Highrise Harley – Women’s World
By Myra McElhaney Highrise Harley After spending most of my life on the back of someone else’s bike; I got my license and bought a bike at the ripe old age of 59. When my husband died, I missed him, and I missed riding with him. One of those things I could change! Learning to ride had to be easier than finding another good husband with a bike! At first, I just wanted to learn to ride. I didn’t know if I’d ever get a bike of my own. I just couldn’t see how it would fit into my lifestyle.…
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Let me introduce you to Thom Lillie of Lille Glassblowers, Inc.

Published on March 20, 2020 under Blog
Let me introduce you to Thom Lillie of Lille Glassblowers, Inc.
Let me introduce you to Thom Lillie of Lille Glassblowers, Inc. A couple of years ago I was sitting on the patio reading the morning paper and I noticed an article about a glassblower who had a studio in Smyrna, Georgia. At the time I was looking for someone or something to photograph and I thought that the art of blowing glass could be a great subject. I googled the name of the glassblowing studio, and when I contacted them to tell them what I was interested in doing I was told to come on up. I threw a flash…
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A Distracted Driver – Spyke & Mike

Published on March 20, 2020 under Blog
A Distracted Driver – Spyke & Mike
Hey there, my avid BTR readers, Mike and I have officially become a statistic. Most of our closest friends already heard the news about Mike being run off the road by a distracted driver. For those that haven’t, I’ll give you a brief description of what I saw. I was riding in my usual spot; behind the windshield. We were going down the Pinellas Bayway when a white vehicle came into our lane and Mike tried to avoid them. He went into a median turn area but could not slow down fast enough. He rode over the curb and ended…
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Completing 48 at 60 – Panhead Randy’s Bucket List

Published on March 19, 2020 under Blog
Completing 48 at 60 – Panhead Randy’s Bucket List
This “Bucket List” mission began over 42 years ago when I purchased Old Blue at the ripe young age of 18, shortly after graduating from high school along Florida’s east coast. Old Blue is a 1963 Harley-Davidson Panhead that has unselfishly transported me from one destination to another like a magic carpet, always willing to embark on the next adventure. In addition to the day-to-day local riding and fun, Old Blue carried me on several long road trips over the years. In 1975, she took me from the east coast of Florida to the Grand Canyon and back, and in…
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Recently, I decided to get back on my bike – CMA Christian Motorcyclists Association

Published on March 18, 2020 under Blog
Recently, I decided to get back on my bike – CMA Christian Motorcyclists Association
Recently, I decided to get back on my bike, after a long time of not being in the saddle. I don’t really know how it came to pass that the bike got ignored, and began gathering dust. I think it was a combination of medical challenges, a brutally hot summer, and focusing on other things. When I did get back on the bike, my riding skills and confidence were in the toilet. I was acutely aware of the 900 pounds of machine that I was holding up, and it took a little time of acclimation to get used to it…
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Spyke & Myke March Madness

Published on March 18, 2020 under Blog
Spyke & Myke March Madness
Hey, there my BTR friends! It's March Madness and that means the end of winter in Florida, spring breakers taking the place of snowbirds, the Strawberry Festival, and Bike Week in Daytona. Unfortunately, Mike and I won't be attending this year. He's still in rehab ‘cause his body is taking it’s good ole sweet time to heal. Mike says it sucks getting old, but I don't know what he's talking about. I just turned 28 a couple of weeks ago and to everyone's shock and awe, I popped a few eggs out of my butt during my birthday week! Yes,…
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Psychomania Movie Review

Published on March 18, 2020 under Blog
Psychomania Movie Review
This month Born To Ride reviews the 1971 film “Psychomania.” If you like old British horror films, then this one’s for you. Maybe I should have said horrible old British films. Either way, Psychomania has a lot to like or dislike, depending on your level of intoxication. The film centers around the life of “Tom” who is the leader of a ‘motorcycle gang’ called the Living Dead. Tom and his ‘gang’ ride authentic period Triumph motorcycles, and meet in a field with several large vertical stones which somewhat resemble Stonehenge. When they gather there, they often discuss what they will…
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The Art of James Silk

Published on March 11, 2020 under Blog
The Art of James Silk
Hello, Born To Ride readers, My name is James Silk. I’m a self-taught artist and drew a lot of choppers when I was very young. Motorcycles have always fascinated me, but I’ve never owned a Harley or a large bike. My father retired from the NYPD. He rode a 1947 Indian Motorcycle with the sidecar for many years while working on the force. I get inspiration from the older bikes, riders and beautiful women. Hopefully, that shows in some of these pieces I drew here. My work has been published in Penthouse magazine other publications and now Born To Ride…
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Rider Training & Education Contributes Little to Motorcycle Safety

Published on March 11, 2020 under Blog
Rider Training & Education Contributes Little to Motorcycle Safety
(According to U.S. Safety Experts) Many reputable groups within the highway safety community have taken the position that motorcycle rider training and education contributes little to motorcycle safety. It is their position that rider education does not have a discernable impact on motorcycle safety, and universal helmet laws are the only reliable method of reducing motorcycle fatalities. Do not take my word for it. Here is what the experts have to say: “While basic rider courses teach important skills, the effectiveness of training as a safety countermeasure to reduce motorcycle crashes is unclear.” (Traffic Safety Facts, National Highway Traffic Safety…
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“So Here’s The Deal” Big Bone 1%er

Published on March 11, 2020 under Blog
“So Here’s The Deal” Big Bone 1%er
So it's safe to assume that anyone reading this is probably just as biased as I am when it comes to this motorcycle stuff? We like the look of the bikes. We like the loud noise that they make. Hell, some of us even like the smell of the damned exhaust. There are also a ton of different bikes and there are many different types of people who ride motorcycles. I mean some folks are the so-called weekend warriors that take the bike out of the garage every once in a while. Then you got those folks who go through…
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