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Be The Change – Nefarious James

Published on December 18, 2020 under Blog
Be The Change – Nefarious James
I sit here writing this article from a back porch of a friend’s home in the country, my scooter parked in the driveway ready to go, watching a beautiful woman taking a shower while her Doberman growls in my ear. What a life. It’s finally come down to the end of the year with the start of a new year right around the corner and I have to say it’s about damn time. I reflect back on 2020 with vision of 30/30 and I have to say it’s been quite the eye-opener. We all go through tough spots in our…
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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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Tech Tip – Inside Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight Motor

Published on December 15, 2020 under Born To Ride
Tech Tip – Inside Harley’s Milwaukee-Eight Motor
Checking Out Their 4-Valve Heads With the 2017 introduction of their Milwaukee-Eight motor, H-D finally stepped into the twenty-first century! The major reason for saying this is, that’s when they fitted their big-twin powered bikes with a completely new motor, which they named the Milwaukee-Eight. For the regular Softail and touring line-up, it displaces 107-cubic inches and in their CVO and performance bikes, it has 114-inches of displacement. Along with the larger displacement, it had several new features: one of which is that it has four valves and two spark plugs per cylinder. Along with these power improvements, there were…
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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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Ride on down to Choppertown

Published on December 10, 2020 under Born To Ride
Ride on down to Choppertown
Choppertown ‘Live’ is coming to Thunder by the Bay. That’s right, the very same Choppertown that you’ve seen on countless movie streaming platforms and all over social media. It’s all about biker good times including every biker movie and motorcycle-related television show you can imagine. Now Choppertown Live will bring you one kickass ride-in custom chopper show at one of Florida’s legendary best biker events. Back in 2004, friends Zack Coffman and Scott DiLalla started One World Studios Ltd. and produced their first motorcycle film called ‘Choppertown.’ Since then, they have been offering only the best independently produced motorcycle movies…
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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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Riding The Tail of the Dragon – Women’s World

Published on November 13, 2020 under Blog
Riding The Tail of the Dragon – Women’s World
Sam Nabb of Wilmington, Delaware works in bookkeeping and accounting for a Flame-Tech® store that her brother manages. That’s where she met Wayne who installs fireplaces. It wasn’t long before they started dating and eventually married. One weekend while on vacation in Virginia, Sam and Wayne rented scooters to ride around the town. They had a blast! Sam (short for Sandee) had never ridden a scooter or motorcycle before, and Wayne hadn’t ridden since he was a kid. Back at home, they decided to look at scooters since they’d had so much fun. They came home from the store with…
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