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The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2014


Somebody at the The Quail has a secure line to the weather gods. May 17th was a beautiful day in California’s Carmel Valley, as it has been for the previous five Gatherings. I especially like the motorcycle parking for the visitors, which is right along Green Valley Drive, on both sides of the road. Easy parking close to the festivities, ...

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2014 Tiddler Run


It had been a long, brutal winter in Northwest Indiana, and while I’m not much for group rides, I’d been looking forward to this one. I stabbed the Ural into gear, eased the clutch out and fell to the rear of the column of anxious riders on their gleaming machines. Acrid blue two-stroke exhaust hung in the air as Yamahas, ...

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2014 International Norton Owners Association Rally


Ka-chunk (pause) Ka-chunk Ka-chunk. I am sitting at the picnic table in a campsite under the pines, but the sounds I hear are not birdsong. Somewhere nearby, someone is kickstarting a Norton Commando. Ka-chunk (pause) Ka-chunk (muffled swearing) Ka-chunk. The bike catches, and the baritone exhaust note echoes off the trees. A Norton has once again sprung to life, ready ...

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Cannon Ball Project Departs Saturday, May 3


Saturday, May 3, is a special day. One hundred years ago to the day, Erwin George Baker set off from San Diego, California, on a 7-horsepower Indian determined to break the cross-country record of 20 days to New York City. He arrived in Battery Park just 11-1/2 days later, shattering the record and earning the nickname “Cannon Ball.” On Saturday, ...

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Rider’s 2014 National Motorcycle Events Calendar


The sun is warming, the snow banks are melting and the temperatures are finally above freezing. It’s time to change the oil, adjust the valves, bore and stroke your credit cards and go wear out some tires! Here’s a list of some of the major motorcycle rallies and events this year, along with contact info and a brief description of ...

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Las Vegas Auction Action

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You know you’ve been to Las Vegas—Sin City, Nevada—too many times when you and your best friend are going for three days, and a few days before, one of you voluntarily makes a serious weight-loss bet with a neighbor. Worse, that caloric abstinence in booze and buffet land turns out to be no big deal, even for two guys who—at ...

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Star 2013: Sport Touring is This Club’s Middle Name

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The guy at the beer tent at 3 p.m. during STAR 2013 was the loneliest guy in Lexington, Kentucky. People actually felt sorry for him. Not that he wasn’t busy in the evening, when the bikes were parked for the night and everyone was eager to share stories about the day’s rides. But the Crowne Plaza, the host hotel, may ...

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AltRider’s 2014 Taste of Dakar


Sun, rain, wind. Hot and cold. Sand, mud, gravel, snow, even some asphalt. Long hours in the saddle, challenging routes, motorcycle field repairs. Grizzled rally veterans, group meals and camping. Sounds a lot like the Dakar Rally, doesn’t it? Getting the flavor of the punishing South American rally raid is what the Taste of Dakar, a dual-sport/adventure pow-wow in the ...

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The 15 Best U.S. Roads Motorcycle Challenge

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The Southern California Motorcycling Association produces an annual Best 15 U.S. Roads Challenge. The 15 roads are announced annually as the “collection” for that year, with some being retained from year to year. The entire distance of each road must be traveled between the locations listed for the road. The roads for each year can be taken in any order ...

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