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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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Welcome to Turkeypocolypse! – SPIKE & MIKE

Published on November 20, 2020 under Blog
Welcome to Turkeypocolypse! – SPIKE & MIKE
Here we go again, my BTR friends. 'Tis the season to be squeezing.' Time for the gratitude attitude. Time for families to be together. Time for loved ones to be face to face, celebrate, and reconnect. Time for histories to be re-lived and memories to be made. Time for… Mike breaks in, “What are you squawking about, birdbrain? Have you been watching too many Hallmark Channel movies? Been in my closet looking at old photo albums? Chewing on the scented pine cones grandma gave me years ago? Wake up, stop eating pieces of gingerbread and roasted chestnuts from the bottom…
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Dress for the Slide – Nefarious James

Published on November 20, 2020 under Blog
Dress for the Slide – Nefarious James
If you think riding a motorcycle wearing flip-flops and shorts is a great idea, you’ve obviously not kissed the pavement yet Well everybody, here we are in November. Elections are finally over and we are moving toward Thanksgiving. This month I’m going to touch base on something that drives home last month’s article. Last month, I wrote about trying to be more aware while you’re on the road and how nobody’s going to look after you but you. As fate would have it, I was hit by a car that sideswiped me late on a Friday night and decided to…
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Hall of Famer Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo And Trigger, her 1993 Harley Softail

Published on November 13, 2020 under Born To Ride
Hall of Famer Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo And Trigger, her 1993 Harley Softail
Accident Scene Management founder, Vicki “Spitfire” Sanfelipo, was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in August of 2020. Known as “Spitfire” by her friends, Vicki certainly lives up to that moniker. Ever since starting to ride motorcycles in the late 1980s, she’s been a bundle of energy. The single parent raised three young daughters and became a Registered Nurse at a hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin, finally settling in the surgery department. In 1987 Vicki bought her first motorcycle and then in 1995, she joined the Governor’s Motorcycle tours as the only female Road Captain and ride nurse. Shortly after,…
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Inside Harley’s Milwaukee-8 Big-Twin – Finally, A Better Oiling System

Published on November 13, 2020 under Born To Ride
Inside Harley’s Milwaukee-8 Big-Twin – Finally, A Better Oiling System
If Harley’s Twin-Cam powered bikes had an Achilles heel, it was the motor’s oiling system. During the twenty some years that it was produced, a lot of people looked into and worked on this problem. Most of the attention was directed at the oil pump, its pressure relief valve and the mounting plate. Harley’s Screamin’ Eagle performance division, and more than a couple of aftermarket companies, developed hi-volume oil pumps and hi-flow cam plates that featured adjustable oil pressure regulator valves, other companies came up with regulator valve modification kits, some of which worked, while others didn’t. In designing the…
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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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Spike and Mike

Published on October 30, 2020 under Blog
Spike and Mike
Hey there, my BTR friends. It's that time of year for cooler weather, the leaves to fall off some trees, and the colors of license plates in Florida to change. Speaking of changing, Mike must be feeling like a chameleon this month. One minute he is protecting himself with a mask and imitating me, the next he's trying to be The Captain. You know, that dude on a bottle of rum. He babbles, "Avast ye matey, there ye be, me scurvy winged little buccaneer. Come with me and let us pillage and plunder on the weekend of All-Hallows Eve. Thy…
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Ride your own Ride – Nefarious James

Published on October 30, 2020 under Blog
Ride your own Ride – Nefarious James
Well, October is upon us and thank goodness for that. It means 2020 is going to come to an end soon. Not soon enough if you ask me. Along with October comes Halloween and maybe Biketoberfest. Love Halloween. This year everyone has a costume. Just don’t wear a mask. Bad joke I know, but it seems appropriate. With that said, I want to comment on the goings on I’ve been seeing lately. There are way too many accidents/incidents involving motorcycles and even worse with fatalities. Snow birds are starting to flock our way and it’s that time of year to…
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Glam Fairy

Published on October 29, 2020 under Born To Ride
Glam Fairy
There are few Choppers in the Industry that are immediately recognizable and have achieved almost a cult following. That one custom build that draws a crowd at every event and keeps people talking for days, or even weeks after seeing it. One such legendary build is located deep in the heart of Lakeland, Florida. Meet the ‘Glam Fairy’, built by Eric Allard of FNA Custom Cycles and Josh Brennan of Fat American Choppers. The origin of the ‘Glam Fairy’ goes all the way back to 2010 when Josh Kurpius posted a video called ‘Japan Does it Right’ on a blog…
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John Shopes Dirty Bird Concepts – Worlds Best Boss Gives Super Surprise

Published on October 23, 2020 under Born To Ride
John Shopes Dirty Bird Concepts – Worlds Best Boss Gives Super Surprise
Hot on the heels of his success at creating oneof-a-kind custom baggers at Dirty Bird Concepts in Phoenix, Arizona, motorcycle mastermind John Shope came up with the next great idea: the Dirtytail. These Softail-based customs not only look incredible, they do the one thing that no stock Softail has ever done, namely, offer decent handling. “These bikes are something I’m very proud of,” John says. “They are comfortable and handle really well.” The Dirtytails can convert the entire Softail line, From Evos to M-8’s, into the motorcycle of your dreams. And they can be designed in a variety of looks,…
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Ghost Biker Explorations – Miranda Young, Paranormal Explorer and Biker

Published on October 23, 2020 under Blog
Ghost Biker Explorations – Miranda Young, Paranormal Explorer and Biker
Did you know that three out of every four Americans believe in ghosts and the paranormal? It’s true. Miranda Young, also known as the Ghost Biker, knows this better than most. Miranda has always been interested in the paranormal for as long as she can remember. As a child, you could find her in the library reading books about ghosts and folklore. Miranda began investigating with a ghost research team in 2013 and continued with them until 2018. Her role on the team consisted of being the photo analyst, video/audio evidence producer and marketing specialist, as well as investigator. While…
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READER’S RIDE – LUNGER, Tom Russo’s Motorcycle Tribute to Doc Holliday

Published on October 15, 2020 under Blog
READER’S RIDE – LUNGER, Tom Russo’s Motorcycle Tribute to Doc Holliday
All bikers love westerns. It’s just a fact. Retired Lawman Tom Russo has a warm place in his heart for Val Kilmer’s characterization of Doc Holliday in the film Tombstone. This one-of-a-kind tribute to the film took a little over a year to complete. In the film, Doc Holliday died from tuberculosis and at the time, someone who suffered from this disease was called a “lunger”, hence the name of this bike. Eric Barnes, owner of Airbrush Art USA in Gulfport, Florida, painted this 2019 Harley Street Glide with incredible attention to detail and a strong understanding of the themes…
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Real Pipes for the Low Rider S – Two-Into-One from Thunderheader

Published on October 15, 2020 under Born To Ride
Real Pipes for the Low Rider S – Two-Into-One from Thunderheader
Even though there are a bazillion people out here in Southern California where I live, we can think of lots of good reasons to be one of them. Those positive reasons are called canyon roads! And these roads have created a red hot used-bike market for Harley’s 2017 Low Rider S. Most of the bikes that Harley built on its Dyna platform handled very well. Then, with the introduction of the 2017 Low Rider S, aka FXDLS, Harley took the Dyna label to a whole new level of performance. For the ’17 FXDLS models, Harley added the Screamin’ Eagle 110…
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THE RED DEVIL – Richard Ruck’s Show-winning Shovel

Published on October 2, 2020 under Blog
THE RED DEVIL – Richard Ruck’s Show-winning Shovel
The amazing motorcycle you are no doubt drooling all over belongs to Richard Ruck of Tampa, Florida. I had the pleasure of giving Richard the Editor’s Choice Award at the Easyriders Bike Show last year and had Michael Lichter shoot this scoot for a feature. Sadly, Easyriders was purchased by a Canadian company that wanted the brand for their fashion blue jeans and the magazine died a hideous death. Fast forward to today when the illustrious Erick Runyon has photographed this sweet scooter for your demented perusal. Rich grew up around motorcycles in the Catskills. He was a wild child…
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