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2013 Corsa MotoClassica

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Coming or going, three days of high-desert vintage racing brought out bikes of all flavors to the 18th annual Corsa MotoClassica. It was the 18th running of the three-day vintage bike event, a combination of non-stop racing, classic bike show, swap meet and grooving on the high-desert terrain some 55 miles north of Los Angeles, home to the famed Willow ...

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Western Massachusetts BONE Ride

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I’m a western Massachusetts native who’s been called Bones since childhood, so when I learned about an upcoming “Western Mass BONE Ride,” naturally, I investigated. A BONE Ride, it turns out, involves an organization called New England Riders and roads that its members include among the Best Of New England (“BONE”). New England Riders (NER) is a group of motorcyclists ...

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Del Mar Concours 2012

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The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club track in San Diego, California, has serious history with the motorcycle community. It was long the site of a one-mile AMA flat track race, and has been a venue for classic Concours events for more than two decades. Encroaching urbanization and powerful residential landholders eventually put a stop to the racing, but the Concours events ...

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RIDE Motorcycle: A Club For One and All

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Last Fall, I earned my doctorate from Two-Lane University after a seven-day solo ride through six states. I’m now known by fellow RIDE Motorcycle members as Dr. Souldance. Want to find out how I did it? I’ll have to start at the beginning—of the club, that is. Dick Stob and Jerry Fondse founded RIDE Motorcycle more than 20 years ago. ...

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2013 Trailblazers Banquet

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The Trailblazers are a social organization of pioneer motorcycling enthusiasts who have met annually since 1940. They preserve the memory of those who came before us and have contributed to the sport that we all enjoy. This 2013 banquet, held April 6 in Carson, California, was the 69th annual affair, the event having missed a few years. It’s an opportunity ...

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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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