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North American FJR Owners Rally

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If the opportunity ever arises to go on a ride through British Columbia, don’t hesitate for one moment, GO. That’s what I did as soon as I saw that the third edition of the North American FJR Owners Rally would be held in Castlegar, BC. Located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains, this south central area of BC has ...

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The Vintage Rally 2012

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Where can a motorcyclist go to experience our sport’s rich and storied past? Anamosa, Iowa, for starters. The National Motorcycle Museum is located in this small Midwestern city three hours due west of Chicago. Why here? As is often the case with museums, there is a passionate person with a vision in charge. John Parham is the founder of J&P ...

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Motor Maids Matriarch: Gloria Struck

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Lots of female motorcyclists rode in from around the country to attend this year’s Vintage Rally, and at one point I discovered more than a dozen Motor Maids club members gathered around the Women in Motorcycling display. The Motor Maids club was established in 1940. Its membership includes Gloria Struck, whom I consider their “first lady.” We first met years ...

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The Salt: Bonneville 2012

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Some people, hearing about an attempt at a land speed record, picture a NASA-like project of crunching terabytes, wind tunnel testing and the ritual burning of cubic volumes of R&D money. T’aint necessarily so. The BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at Bonneville is an annual motorcycle-only event that is sanctioned by both the AMA and the FIM. Strict class rules are ...

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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance 2012

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The 14 German motorcycles on display at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weren’t sprawled on the vast expanses of grassy real estate occupied by their four-wheeled counterparts, but the bikes exuded their own unique charisma during an unseasonably warm Sunday in Monterey, California. A broad swath of motorcycling history was bookended by an 1885 Daimler Reitwagen (part of Daimler ...

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2012 AMA Women & Motorcycling Conference

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If the goals of the sixth AMA’s Women & Motorcycling Conference last July were to enjoy some humor, diversity, education and a roaring good time, the couple in front of us at the cookout was doing well. The woman was honoring the first women’s motorcycling organization by wearing a Motor Maids vest, and her husband next to her was wearing ...

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33rd Annual Los Angeles All-British Hansen Dam Ride

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One day Bill “Bib” Bibbiani promises to record his famous quips. After more than 30 years in the SoCal Norton Club (founded 1979) and as the “Voice of Hansen Dam” for a couple decades, he’s got plenty at the ready. Over those years, he’s probably put more vintage Nortons back on the road than anybody we can think of—the go-to ...

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Getting Hacked and Lovin’ It: 41st Griffith Park Sidecar Rally

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The Los Angeles famous Griffith Park is known for its sky-high observatory, its world class zoo, its miniature train playground for children, its vintage merry-go-round and acres of picnic grounds. And for the past four decades it’s been home to the annual Griffith Park Sidecar Rally, a traditional pilgrimage for fans of three-wheeling, aka “hackers.” In this case the event ...

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Prostate Cancer Pony Express: Cancer Sucks–and Motorcyclists are Spreading the Word

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Motorcycle riders are some of the friendliest and most generous people I know, so it’s little surprise that practically every weekend there’s a charity ride happening somewhere. Recently, a ride to promote prostate cancer awareness ended in Washington, D.C., but this wasn’t your garden variety poker run. This was the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project Trans-America Relay Ride for Prostate Cancer, ...

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Biketoberfest Cruises Into Its 20th Year

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Mark your calendars for the 20th annual Biketoberfest in Daytona Beach, Florida, on October 18-21, 2012. “We are excited to celebrate the 20th year of this award-winning festival,” says Jeffrey Hentz, president and chief executive officer of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “This year’s festival promises to be the best yet.” Recognized as one of the region’s ...

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