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Rock and Roll Into Daytona Bike Week With Harley-Davidson

Harley-Davidson at Daytona.

It’s that time of year again, when racers and riders of all kinds finalize plans to attend the legendary Daytona Bike Week. This year marks the 76th annual event, and once again Harley-Davidson, the official motorcycle of Bike Week, has released their schedule of events.   Harley Headquarters at the Speedway Official Harley-Davidson Bike Week activities are consolidated at one venue ...

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1983-1992 Harley FXRT Sport Glide: Retrospective

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT Sport Glide. Owner: Gary Watkins, Orient, Ohio.

In 1981, a dozen Harley execs bought the company back from American Machine and Foundry (AMF), an oddly variegated company that built both bowling alleys and nuclear power plants, and life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and York, Pennsylvania (the location of its big factory), changed drastically. The company needed new product, and good product. The Shovelhead years of the late ’60s and ...

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2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic | Road Test Review

2017 Indian Roadmaster Classic

What every enthusiast thinks of today as the classic Indian motorcycle first appeared in 1940 as a radical design departure for the company’s line of Chiefs, Scouts and Fours. Chief Engineer Briggs Weaver, who was also a talented stylist, gave the bikes deeply skirted, curvaceous fenders that whimsically enveloped half of the wheels, and graced the new bikes with long, ...

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23rd Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America

Kyle Petty Charity Ride

The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America has announced the route for its 23rd annual motorcycle trek. For the first time in almost a decade, the Ride, led by former NASCAR driver and NBC Sports racing analyst Kyle Petty, will travel across the Pacific Northwest. With Manheim, North America’s leading provider of used vehicle services, as returning presenting sponsor, the Ride will ...

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2017 Yamaha FZ-09 | First Ride Review

The "bang-for-the-buck" king is better than ever, with a host of upgrades that improve performance and rideability, and sharp, aggressive new styling befitting its sporting nature. (Photos by Garth Milan and Triumph Motorcycles)

When the FZ-09 first hit the market in October 2013 (as a 2014 model), it was universally lauded as one of the best “bang-for-the-buck” bikes out there. The bike’s $7,990 price certainly didn’t hurt. But it was the FZ-09’s character-filled Crossplane Concept-inspired in-line triple that won most of us over—including Senior Editor Drevenstedt (read his Road Test Review of the ...

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Tour Master Transition Series 4 Jacket – Review

Tour Master Transition Series 4 Men's Jacket.

We motorcyclists purposely prostrate ourselves before the weather gods, because riding’s all about open-air fun. But one road-wise veteran told me long ago, “Any fool can be uncomfortable.” So versatility plays a key role in the makeup of a good riding jacket. We’ve all bundled up on frosty mornings cold enough to see your breath, only to strip off layers ...

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R.I.P Racing Legend Jay “PeeWee” Gleason

PeeWee on his Yamaha V-Max. Photo by Yamaha.

Yamaha sent us the press release below today regarding the passing of Jay “PeeWee” Gleason, who those of us who avidly read and/or worked at Cycle magazine back in the day fondly remember as the magazine’s talented drag-strip fast guy. Be sure to read the personal remembrance from our contributor Ken Lee that follows the release: Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., ...

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Six Weeks in Europe on a Bonneville T120, Two-Up

The Isle of Man.

I have been my husband Bill’s pillion rider for 30-plus years, riding a variety of bikes on trips as short as just around the corner for ice cream, or as far away as Lumby, British Columbia, for a Norton rally (we live in Ohio). Bill is an experienced rider and I always feel safe. So, when we decided to take ...

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Stayin’ Safe: Hidden Valley

The view of the road ahead looks wide open at first. But look again and notice the stretch of road that is hidden from sight.

Riding a stretch of rising and falling road is fun, but also presents a special kind of challenge for the back-road motorcyclist. While the rider can often see the road stretching out into the distance, parts of the path are hidden from view by one or more low elevation hillcrests. Those shallow dips—often hardly noticeable—can be as dangerous as a ...

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