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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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Jack’s Journey

Published on April 9, 2021 under Blog
Jack’s Journey
Through motorcycle trips, countless hours of conversation and time spent with Jack, myself Wayne Sims, Perry Biddle and others have come to know and love Jack. Also, riders who are no longer with us including Larry Williams, Gene Snider, J.B. Woodward, Jamie Moncrief, and Bobby Smith. We would like to share our friend Jack with you today. Jack was born to his parents Claude and Lucinlle on April 8, 1932 in Anniston, Alabama. He married Mary Jo his first-grade sweetheart. They have five sons and one daughter, all of whom ride Harley-Davidsons. In 1944 at the age of twelve, Jack…
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Readers Ride – Kalie’s Killer Sporty

Published on April 8, 2021 under Born To Ride
Readers Ride – Kalie’s Killer Sporty
Kalie Maden is a biker to the core. She’s a wrench, building cool scooters and the bike seen here is her personal ride. Born To Ride asked her how long she’s been riding motorcycles. “It all started when I was just 10 years old,” Kalie tells us. “Santa Claus brought me a Yamaha TTR-90. I was immediately in LOVE as soon as I hopped on and rode around the backyard. Needless to say, 17 years later, I am still just as in love, if not more, with motorcycles. With such as cool Christmas gift, we had to ask if Kalie’s…
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SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

Published on April 8, 2021 under Blog
SPRING HAS SPRUNG!
It’s springtime in Florida and we’re feeling the full effects my BTR friends. The pollen covers everything with a green haze and makes everyone sneeze a lot. The spring breakers acting stupid at the beach makes the locals green with disdain. Mike boils eggs way too long and turns the yolks green that makes for funny looking deviled eggs after losing the Easter egg cracking contest down at our local pub. Speaking of eggs, it’s that season for me to pop out a few. Mike cuts me off saying, “for the past few years I’ve been forgetting about your motherly…
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Get on that Bike and Ride!

Published on April 8, 2021 under Blog
Get on that Bike and Ride!
Damn. A quarter of the year is already gone! Hopefully you didn’t waste any time! The weather is getting nicer, restrictions are loosening up, and events are starting to take place all around our beautiful state. If you listen to the rumor mill, it says we have a lotta really cool events coming up in the next couple of months for all of us to get out there on our bikes to enjoy. Along with all this beautiful weather we also have snowbirds still among us. Y’all know better than to slack on paying attention and keep an eye out…
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Thunder By The Bay Huge Success! Raising $224,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children

Published on April 6, 2021 under Born To Ride
Thunder By The Bay  Huge Success! Raising $224,000 for Suncoast Charities for Children
How your support is changing lives! Bikers know that Thunder By The Bay Music and Motorcycle Festival is an annual event that brings excitement to beautiful Sarasota, FL.  What they may not know is that all the hard work and efforts by festival director Lucy Nicandri and her volunteers – sponsors, vendors, advertisers and with the patronage from the bikers – this rally directly benefits Suncoast Charities for Children.  The 2021 Festival raised $224,000 and here is how your support is changing lives! New Computer Lab – Four new laptop computers were purchased to assist approx. 80 special athletes with…
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MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! – Seattle Engraving’s Gold-plated Guns

Published on April 6, 2021 under Blog
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK! – Seattle Engraving’s Gold-plated Guns
Two brothers from Seattle have created an incredible company that makes beautiful artwork out of deadly weapons. We’re talking about our new Born To Ride sponsor, Seattle Engraving Center. Mike and Haysam Gamil moved to Florida and opened Seattle Engraving Center in Brandon. You’ll find them at 1073 E Brandon Blvd, in the Town Center at Forest Park. Imagine owning a super rare Colt Talo exclusive Aztec Empire 38 Super with amazing gold accents, incredible engraving and devilishly detailed mural work on the stock. You’ll find that piece of lethal jewelry on their website along with hundreds of other mind-blowing…
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Knox Murray, Born To Race

Published on April 6, 2021 under Blog
Knox Murray, Born To Race
When Knox Murray was just four-years-old, his parents took him to see the Supercross races at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The family enjoyed an evening of two-wheeled motocross madness in all its glory and Knox studied every move by the racers. When Knox walked out of that Stadium, the young boy looked up at his folks and said, “That’s what I want to do!” “He begged us to get him a dirt bike for two years,” Knox’s mom Melissa Murray recalls. “We finally got him one and he took off and has never looked back!” Knox is now…
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Choppertown Live dominates Thunder by the Bay!

Published on March 12, 2021 under Born To Ride
Choppertown Live dominates Thunder by the Bay!
What do you get when you combine a good healthy mix of outrageous choppers, vans, hotrods, skateboards, great builders, beautiful women and perfect Florida weather? You get Choppertown Live! We hosted a royal feast of a chopper show at Thunder by the Bay on Feb.19, 20 and 21st and we have got to say, it was an amazing event! CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO CHECK OUT THE BIKES With the hot hits of the 1970s pumping way in the background, and an impressive line-up of custom choppers to drool all over, the 11,000 square foot building was filled to the…
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SPYKE & MIKE GO TO THE PET STORE

Published on March 9, 2021 under Blog
SPYKE & MIKE GO TO THE PET STORE
It's a great time to be living in Florida my Born To Ride friends. As the rest of the country is shut down either from snow, freezing temperatures, or creeping corona virus, we here in Florida are enjoying a fairly open for business state with warm weather, outdoor events and live music on a limited but regular basis. Most recently, the Gibtown and Sarasota Bikefests are now a memory of good times. Many Kodak moments were made with new and old friends. Check it out on the Born To Ride website. All that fun was just getting our partying taste…
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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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Life is a Ride. Live it!

Published on March 9, 2021 under Blog
Life is a Ride. Live it!
Hello again, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Nefarious James. No politics this month, no government talk, just plain old reflection. Had a really good time at the Thunder by the Bay event and its inclusion of Choppertown Live. Choppertown Live brought back a lot of personal memories for me. Seeing the old bikes and cars really sent me back to when I was growing up. Things were much simpler back then. No computers, it was safe to drink out of a garden hose, and lots of time spent outdoors. Didn’t really worry about getting sick from everything you touched…
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Leather Lid Inserts, an established Leather Saddlebag Accessory business based in southwest Florida

Published on March 9, 2021 under Feature
Leather Lid Inserts, an established Leather Saddlebag Accessory business based in southwest Florida
Ray V. Gordon is The Owner & Founder of Leather Lid Inserts, an established Leather Saddlebag Accessory business based in southwest Florida. They’ve coined the phrase “We take the sag out of the bag” because that is exactly what they do. Ray has been riding motorcycles since he was 14 yrs old and has watched the motorcycle industry grow and is glad to be a part of what it is today. After 35 years of owning and operating a successful aluminum company in Ft. Myers FL, Ray sold the business so he could retire (he thought) and bought himself a…
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THUNDER BY THE BAY’S CHOPPEREOWN LIVE – CREATIVITY CENTRAL

Published on March 9, 2021 under Blog
THUNDER BY THE BAY’S CHOPPEREOWN LIVE – CREATIVITY CENTRAL
Aside from the old chrome and stainless-steel components securely attached between welded and painted structural tubular steel, I saw an old shovelhead engine with slight wear pocks and a cast iron texture that spoke of the fifties carefully polished to a mirror sheen. The only color on the machine other than chrome and black was the color of the spark plug wires. “Make the design yellow,” My bearded customer commanded, “to match the wires.” Then he added, “with a little bit of gray.” A small bobber with apehanger handlebars and a coffin gas tank echoed old school fun. I would make…
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