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Two for the Road Father and Son, Gary and Benjamin Francis

Published on June 4, 2021 under Born To Ride
Two for the Road Father and Son, Gary and Benjamin Francis
Being a biker is all about brotherhood, and in this case, fatherhood. As we celebrate Father’s Day this month, we tip our hat to an inspiring duo in the form of Gary and Ben Francis of Winter Haven, Florida. This father and son team have an incredible relationship, and as you’ll see, they have each taught the other many amazing things in life. Things that they can happily share. Gary rode dirt bikes as a kid growing up and now owns a Honda 250R and a Goldwing. His son Benjamin was only four or five years old when he threw…
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THIS ONE’S FOR THE DADS OUT THERE

Published on June 4, 2021 under Born To Ride
THIS ONE’S FOR THE DADS OUT THERE
Letter from the Editor DAVE NICHOLS FROM THE HELM HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Sunday, June 20 marks Father’s Day, a day to enjoy with Dad. If your father has ridden on ahead, it is a great day to remember and honor him. Right here in the June issue of Born To Ride we have a couple of great father and son stories for you. We’ll introduce you to Gary and Ben Francis of Winter Haven, Florida and we’ll learn about their mutual love of motorcycles, wrenchin’ and ridin’ together. Then you’ll meet motorcycle daredevil Shawn Ives and his sons Kile…
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Valerie Thompson, the Queen of Speed

Published on May 7, 2021 under Dave Nichols
Valerie Thompson, the Queen of Speed
Valerie Thompson is without a doubt the Queen of Speed. She is the world’s fastest female motorcycle streamliner racer, hitting an incredible 328.467mph on the BUB 7 Streamliner motorcycle and is an eight-time Speed Record holder. She is also an inductee in the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, a member of numerous 200 MPH Clubs and one 300 MPH Club. She is also known as Australia’s fastest female motorcycle land speed racer and was recently included in the Dealernews “Top 100 Leaders in Powersports” list. And that was all before lunch. Most of us who ride motorcycles have “gone fast”…
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DAYTONA MADNESS!

Published on April 6, 2021 under Blog
DAYTONA MADNESS!
HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Born To Ride burned rubber over to Daytona Bike Week this year and the proof is in this kickass issue! March 5th through the 14th was the ultimate Run to the Sun for the 80th Annual Daytona Bike Week. Your brothers and sisters from Born To Ride held court out at the Rat’s Hole Bike Show where we proudly picked the Editor’s Choice Award. We kicked off riding season as only Born To Ride can, partyin’ with the best and messin’ with the rest. Take a look inside this awesome April issue for killer coverage of…
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DO YOU LOVE A GOOD BIKER BAR? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Published on March 9, 2021 under Blog
DO YOU LOVE A GOOD BIKER BAR? OF COURSE YOU DO!
Well, come on out to the Red Star Rock Bar in Tampa, right behind the Harley-Davidson of Brandon dealership for a day of killer food, excellent drinks and awesome live music. We’re talkin’ a St. Patrick’s Day biker blowout celebration on Wednesday, March 17th called the Irish Stampede! Join the Soul Circus Cowboys for some righteous rock ‘n’ roll and scooter-friendly good times. Paul Medrano, owner of this rip-roarin’ whiskey bar and roadhouse says the venue started because of his love of Led Zepplin. “I’m a rock ‘n’ roll guy,” he laughs. “We try to find eclectic bands and touring…
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BORN TO RIDE TV’S 1,300TH EPISODE

Published on March 8, 2021 under Blog
BORN TO RIDE TV’S 1,300TH EPISODE
Plus, Choppertown Live, Daytona Bike Week and more! HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! There are big doin’s around here at Born To Ride as we celebrate the 1,300th episode of America’s longest-running biker lifestyle TV series, Born To Ride TV. Ron and Deb Galletti started Born To Ride TV over 25 years ago and the little show that could, just keeps on rollin’ down the tracks! Imagine creating thirteen hundred incredible episodes. Catch Born To Ride TV on Facebook, Choppertown and YouTube. It’s biker TV, made by bikers, for bikers. We have to say, this year’s Thunder by the Bay and…
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Reader’s Ride – Farrel’s Custom Touch

Published on February 10, 2021 under Born To Ride
Reader’s Ride – Farrel’s Custom Touch
Farrel Bernstein has lived an amazing life and has had an illustrious career. Born in New York and now living in Port Richey, Florida, self-proclaimed CEO, designer, craftsman and chief cook and bottle washer at Custom Touch Biker Jewelry, Farrel is a lifelong biker who has motorcycle oil runnin’ in his veins. His old school jewelry is made by bikers, for bikers. We’re talkin’ hand-made, unique fine jewelry and motorcycle accessories. You could say that he’s been involved in a lot of skullduggery as much of his biker art is adorned in sinister skulls. Farrel tells us that his parents…
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Biker Legend, Mondo Porras – The Godfather of Choppers

Published on February 8, 2021 under Born To Ride
Biker Legend, Mondo Porras – The Godfather of Choppers
Revered as the “Godfather of Choppers” by many of his peers, Mondo can look back at an illustrious career in custom bikes as very few can. From judging and putting on bike shows worldwide, to television appearances and hardcover books, his story is as unique as the man himself and his name as instantly recognizable as the long, low and lean bikes Denver’s is most known for. Of course, it wasn’t always just “Mondo.” In fact, during the early days, back in the sixties when he began his career at Denver’s Choppers in San Bernardino (commonly referred to as Berdoo),…
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Readers Ride – Megan Rodgers’ Super Sexy Sportster Chopper

Published on January 11, 2021 under Born To Ride
Readers Ride – Megan Rodgers’ Super Sexy Sportster Chopper
Like you who are reading these words, Megan Rodgers of Charleston, South Carolina, lives to ride. Her passion for two wheels began thanks to her brother in-law, who rides and builds motorcycles. Megan caught the bug and started working at a shop called America Biker. She’d like to thank Rich Worley down at American Biker for helping her live her motorized dreams. Megan’s first bike was a T125 Suzuki two-stroke. That bike led to a Honda CB350 and a whole bunch of other bikes over the years. Her first Harley was the cool custom Sportster you are lookin’ at on…
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200 Issues! Think Motorcycles – Letter from the Editor Dave Nichols

Published on January 8, 2021 under Blog
200 Issues! Think Motorcycles – Letter from the Editor Dave Nichols
HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Born To Ride Motorcycle Media is proud to bring you our 200th issue of the best biker magazine in the known Metaverse! That’s right, Born To Ride has been around for over 25 years and 200 incredible issues have brought motorcyclists the world over, the very best of what the two-wheeled world offers. To spotlight this 200th issue and to kick start 2021, Born To Ride brings you an all-new campaign to get people everywhere inspired and passionate about motorcycles. This new campaign is called Think Motorcycles and it gets your motor runnin’ with three exciting…
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Showstopper – Shannon Davidson’s Metal Masterpiece with Scarlet Queen

Published on January 8, 2021 under Blog
Showstopper – Shannon Davidson’s Metal Masterpiece with Scarlet Queen
Shannon Davidson, owner of The Chopp Shop out of Taylorsville, North Carolina, has been building magnificent custom motorcycles for over 20 years. I have had the honor of giving Shannon many Best of Show and Best Bagger awards over the years and have featured many of his lavish creations in motorcycle magazines. The Chopp Shop is truly a one-stop shop, offering everything in-house, from fabrication to final assembly, including astounding designs and flawless custom paint. It’s no wonder that Ron Loynds, president of Metalsport Wheels, chose Shannon as the spokesperson for his amazing line of custom wheels for baggers including…
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Readers Ride – Painkiller

Published on December 16, 2020 under Born To Ride
Readers Ride – Painkiller
Rich Pitoniak’s Shovelhead Calling Card No less of a motorcycle legend than Mondo Porras of Denver’s Choppers calls Rich Pitoniak “Shovelhead Rich.” A lifelong biker and machinist by trade, Rich is a long time mechanic and passionate gearhead out of Westfield, Massachusetts. “Painkiller” is the name of Rich’s dazzling 1967 Shovelhead chopper seen here, a bike he’s owned for 25 years. The scooter has been reincarnated a few times in different frames, but when Rich started his business, Pitoniak's Custom Cycles in 2004, he wanted to build a bike to be a calling card for his shop. And what a calling…
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Taking the World by Storm!

Published on December 14, 2020 under Blog
Taking the World by Storm!
Letter From The Editor - Dave Nichols HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Brothers and sisters, the proud two-wheeled pirate crew here at Born To Ride are kicking ass and taking names! The Born To Ride Media empire is growing by leaps and bounds. Last month over 223 thousand of you viewed our magazine on line at www.borntoride.com and subscriptions are rolling in from all over the known Universe! Can I hear a “Hallelujah?!” Want to know why? Because Born To Ride brings bikers the very best content and incredible value for you and the motorcycle industry. It’s true. From the magazine…
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Who was Indian Larry?

Published on December 11, 2020 under Born To Ride LifeStyle
Who was Indian Larry?
Discover his many faces – biker, builder, rebel, lover, mystic, artist, hero – in Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman Stuntman, sideshow performer, chopper builder extraordinaire and every-man hero, Indian Larry DeSmedt – so named for riding his chopped Indian motorcycle on the streets of Manhattan – is best remembered by the masses for his remarkable custom motorcycles, wild tattoos and passion for building and riding rolling art. And, to a special few, he was a treasured friend and loyal brother of the road. To celebrate the man and his widespread impact on fans, the industry, and more, Indian Larry: Chopper Shaman…
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WIN Paughco’s Gold Chopper

Published on November 20, 2020 under Blog
WIN Paughco’s Gold Chopper
Fresh from the movie Rough Boys and soon in your garage! When biker Blues musician and filmmaker Charlie Brechtel was coming up with the idea of doing the movie Rough Boys, he had a brainstorm that involved spicing the biker movie up with a side plot involving a long lost golden chopper. The idea was that viewers of the film would be able to enter a raffle and actually win this legendary long bike. But then the movie’s executive producer, Dennis Sanfilippo asked Charlie, “Who’s gonna build this special chopper?” That’s when I made a few well-placed phone calls. First…
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The Righteous World of Motorcycles – By Dave Nichols

Published on November 13, 2020 under Blog
The Righteous World of Motorcycles – By Dave Nichols
HOWDY BROTHERS AND SISTERS! We are so blessed. Anyone who rides a motorcycle is blessed to enjoy the thrills found on two wheels and the comradery found in the brotherhood and sisterhood of being part of the biker family. Born To Ride is your one-stop shop for everything to keep you in touch with that family of gearheads and moto maniacs. This issue’s cover story tells the tale of the world’s best boss – John Shope of Dirty Bird Concepts out of Arizona. John transformed a faithful employee’s stock Softail into an amazing custom Dirtytail and then gave it to…
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