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Bikers, officials say this year’s 75th Sturgis rally is huge

Published on August 6, 2015 under Born To Ride
Bikers, officials say this year’s 75th Sturgis rally is huge
STURGIS, S.D. -- (AP) It'll take some time before official attendance numbers for the landmark 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are in, but bikers and officials say it's one of the largest rallies they've ever seen in the small western South Dakota town. Attendance projections for this year's rally, which runs through Sunday, breached 1 million people. That would be a big jump from the record 633,000 people who flooded Sturgis for the 60th anniversary in 2000. Continue Reading on http://www.baynews9.com By JAMES NORD, Last Updated: Wednesday, August 05, 2015
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The Freedom Ride

Published on August 4, 2015 under Blog
The Freedom Ride
Special to Born to Ride by Wanda Kenton Smith Eight years ago, I was a harried business owner of a $20 million advertising and PR agency, juggling the roles of biz exec with that of wife, soccer mom, parental caregiver, writer/editor, and boating industry activist. My world embodied a frenzied rush of deadlines, with no time for hobbies or personal passions. I was just another highly charged workaholic running through the maze, trying desperately to maintain sanity while pursuing the elusive American dream. And then, I took a motorcycle ride. My creative director and I were in an all-day strategic…
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Check Out the Two Coolest Booths in Sturgis…Love Jugs!

Published on August 4, 2015 under Blog
Check Out the Two Coolest Booths in Sturgis…Love Jugs!
Going to Sturgis? Get ready for the ride of a lifetime, especially during the 75th Anniversary Sturgis Rally.The weather conditions will vary from cold, windy, rain and hailstones to hot as hell. Two and a half hours riding down Main Street in stop and start traffic will catch your attention...if not 2nd degree burns to your thighs. Check out what Jimmy Kay said from Two Wheel Thunder TV about the extreme weather conditions he encountered while traveling cross country.   "My Love Jugs fans withstood the harshest conditions I endured. Love Jugs are 100% waterproof outdoor rated fan motors, and…
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GET READY FOR STURGIS!

Published on July 16, 2015 under Blog
GET READY FOR STURGIS!
THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STURGIS® MOTORCYCLE RALLY™ August 3 – 9, 2015 has the potential to be one of the greatest and perhaps largest gathering of motorcycle enthusiasts of all time. The time is drawing near quickly that we will be right smack dab in the middle of Main Street madness, celebrating the 75th year of the Sturgis Rally. Many of you are planning to attend this epic event and will become a part of Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ history. Sturgis offers one of the best biker experiences in the world that is anticipated by thousands of fans months, even…
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Wackos in WACO – by Craven Moorehead

Published on July 9, 2015 under Blog
Wackos in WACO – by Craven Moorehead
Wackos in Waco Waco, TX:  9 dead, 20 wounded, 177 arrested in Gestapo style police action An unbelievable and inconceivable blow has been dealt to the entire biker community. Not just club members, but anyone that rides a motorcycle has been affected by this terrible incident. As readers of the region’s most popular biker magazine, most of you read this publication to be informed, entertained and supported. As a contributor to this entity for over a decade, I feel the necessity to come clean about some of the things that I know and a few of the things that I…
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FIVE WOMEN, THEIR HARLEYS AND A CAMERA:

Published on June 30, 2015 under Born To Ride
FIVE WOMEN, THEIR HARLEYS AND A CAMERA:
FIVE WOMEN, THEIR HARLEYS AND A CAMERA: ALL THE MAKINGS OF A MEMORABLE COAST-TO-COAST MOTORCYCLE RIDE Harley-Davidson and photographer Lana MacNaughton announce upcoming Highway Runaways Ride paying homage to women riders blazing their own trail MILWAUKEE (JUNE 30, 2015) – Harley-Davidson is celebrating 100-years of strong and confident women riders by supporting renowned photographer and motorcyclist Lana MacNaughton and the Highway Runaways Ride. Distinguished for her “Women’s Moto Exhibit,” MacNaughton is leading four of her closest female friends on a cross country Harley-Davison motorcycle journey, starting July 3, when she kicks off the ride in Brooklyn, New York. This four-week…
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In recognition of the 68th Hollister Freedom Rally

Published on June 29, 2015 under Front Page
In recognition of the 68th Hollister Freedom Rally
The entire review could be summed up in a sentence: “This film created an image and a lifestyle that yet endures.” Yes, the image of a young Brando sitting on his Triumph motorcycle, dressed in a black leather jacket, tilted cap and a stolen trophy attached at the headlamp, is certainly one that literally everyone has seen at least once. Some of you still live that image today! This film arguably started the biker exploitation explosion in this reviewer’s eyes, and set the tone for hundreds of “B” movie skirt riders that are still being spawned as we speak. Released…
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Happy Father’s Day Fran!

Published on June 12, 2015 under Blog
Happy Father’s Day Fran!
Yes, you have read correctly, Happy Father’s Day Fran! Werner Haasch knows he has wonderful children, Fran and Marcus Haasch, and he’s the one who is grateful and thankful on Father’s Day. He doesn’t want to be catered to or spoiled for the day, but instead he wants to show his love and appreciation in a special way. So how does Werner do that for Fran? By building Fran an Almhütte of course! While on a family trip to Austria last year, Fran spotted an Almhütte and commented to her father how she would adore a hut like this in…
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BOXERWORKS BEEMERGLIDES

Published on June 10, 2015 under Blog
BOXERWORKS BEEMERGLIDES
On the outskirts of Watkinsville, Georgia, a quaint southern town just south of Athens and UGA, Boxerworks-Service , led by charismatic Nathan Mende and his team of dedicated craftsmen are turning heads as they turn out BeemerGlides, fully-functional retro-‘whatever old style bikes you would like.’ Born in Teaneck, NJ in the late ‘40s, Nathan’s father worked part-time at a local garage, wherein resided eight Slash Two BMWs; the owner, Nathan’s dad and six compadres would annually ship all eight bikes to a remote location, fly out and have a nice rideabout home. In the middle ‘60s he came upon a…
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GENERATION TO GENERATION A poem by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Published on June 10, 2015 under Blog
GENERATION TO GENERATION A poem by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
In a house which becomes a home, one hands down and another takes up the heritage of mind and heart, laughter and tears, musings and deeds. Love, like a carefully loaded ship, crosses the gulf between the generations. Therefore, we do not neglect the ceremonies of our passage: when we wed, when we die, and when we are blessed with a child; When we depart and when we return; When we plant and when we harvest. Let us bring up our children. It is not the place of some official to hand to them their heritage. If others impart to…
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Thunder Tower H-D West: We’re more than a Friendly Face—we’re Family

Published on June 10, 2015 under Born To Ride
Thunder Tower H-D West: We’re more than a Friendly Face—we’re Family
With so many shops in the Atlanta area it’s hard to stand out, but one Harley-Davidson dealer is up for the challenge, Thunder Tower West in Morrow, GA. Gene and Betty Preston, Thunder Tower West H-D owners, have brought their winning formula for exceptional customer experience to the Atlanta market and plans to make their new location as successful as the South Carolina store. “Come in as our guest, leave as part of our family.” Gene, Betty and their son Sean, Thunder Tower West H-D general manager, understand customers have other options and the reason why their team is dedicated…
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BRITANNY ELLIS’ CBR 1000 – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

Published on June 8, 2015 under Born To Ride
BRITANNY ELLIS’ CBR 1000 – LIFE IN THE FAST LANE
The only thing I know about Ten-Pin Bowling is that it’s a favorite pastime of both Homer Simpson and Fred Flintstone— apart from that, nada, zilch, nothing at all. Except that it seems to involve consuming huge amounts of beer, and by grossly overweight individuals dressed in loud shirts that look as if they’ve been ironed over a beach ball. And while I do know that bowling was an intrinsic part of the Cohen brother’s cult movie, ‘The Big Lebowski,’ a film I have enjoyed many times, I have to say that it has inspired me to roll a big…
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Australia’s first nationwide motorcycle rental and tour company launches

Published on June 5, 2015 under Born To Ride
Australia’s first nationwide motorcycle rental and tour company launches
The merging of three of Australia’s largest tour and rental operators means that ‘Down Under’ two-wheeled explorers have a single source for pre-ride advice, rental bikes, tours and support no matter where they roam across Oz. BikeRoundOz has been serving the region for 14 years. By joining forces with the Australian division of worldwide tour operator Compass Expeditions and Bikescape, who are Sydney’s largest rental and tour company, the new organization has a central booking office with collection and drop off depots in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.   “The key things that ensure fellow riders enjoy their…
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STILL BORN TO BE “HOG WILD”

Published on June 2, 2015 under Blog
STILL BORN TO BE “HOG WILD”
  STILL BORN TO BE “HOG WILD” by Paul Murray In the V-twin motorcycle mechanic circles and especially around the Albany, Georgia area where he lives, when someone talks about working on Harley-Davidson’s, the name Billy Potter and “Hog Wild” undoubtedly always comes up. Billy got involved with bikes because Harley’s were cool when Billy was growing up. His father, Navy WWII Veteran, Jim Potter, owned the local Harley dealership since the late ’50s. His Dad always had a Harley. In 1947, Jim rode coast-to-coast on his Harley knuckle-head rigid frame springer from Ft. Lauderdale, FL to San Diego, CA…
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Does Your Kid Have a Poor Driving Record?

Published on March 10, 2015 under Born To Ride
Does Your Kid Have a Poor Driving Record?
I occasionally assist attorneys with motorcycle crash cases as an expert witness.  Back in 2010, I was involved in a case where a 20-year-old rider on a Hayabusa broad sided an 18-wheeler. The impact speed was estimated at 75 mph. The rider was killed almost instantly. His speed prior to impact was estimated to be around 100 mph. The speed limit on this road was 45 mph and the rider had a clear line of sight of at least ¼ mile and it was a bright and clear day. The rider’s mother was suing the company that owned the truck…
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Test Ride – 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse

Published on March 10, 2015 under Born To Ride
Test Ride – 2016 Indian Chief Dark Horse
2016 INDIAN CHIEF DARK HORSE ENGINE Engine type: Thunder Stroke® 111 Displacement: 111 cu in / 1811 cc Bore x stroke: 3.976" x 4.449" / 101mm x 113mm Electronic fuel injection system: closed loop fuel injection /54mm bore DRIVE-TRAIN Clutch type: wet, multi-plate Primary drive: gear drive wet clutch PERFORMANCE Peak torque (J1349 ft-lbs): 119.2 ft-lbs/ 138.9 n m Peak torque rpm: 3000 rpm/2600 rpm Gear ratio (overall) 1st    9.403: 1 2nd    6.411: 1 3rd    4.763: 1 4th    3.796: 1 5th    3.243: 1 6th    2.789: 1 Final drive: 2.2: 1 CHASSIS Suspension: front - type/travel: telescopic fork/4.7 in (119 mm)…
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