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The Dangerous Mundane

The Dangerous Mundane

We humans are creatures of habit. Our brains are wired in such a way as to allow us to develop routines and habits, both good and bad. Routines are what let us prepare coffee in the morning while planning out how we’ll present our new idea in today’s big meeting. A daily commute on roads and in traffic that, in ...

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Getting Schooled: Reg Pridmore’s CLASS Motorcycle School


I’ve been riding motorcycles for 19 years. In that time, I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to ride with some talented and knowledgeable people; riding with those who are better than you is essential to the learning experience. I like to think of myself as an “advanced intermediate” rider—I generally run in the front of what you might call ...

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Rider Profile: Don Danmeier And His Brit Bikes


Don Danmeier is a sociable fellow with a passion for travel on two wheels, an abiding affection for British bikes of the 20th century and a love for a good deal. It’s a dangerous combination, one that has landed many an enthusiast in divorce court or the poorhouse, or at least shuttling between storage lockers. Having painful experiences with two ...

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Mr. Wheel Works Keeps On Rolling

Would you trust this man to rebuild your BSA wheel? You bet!

“So you’ve found a twin-cap 1968? No rust? And you paid $500 for it? Well, that bike would be worth the most in parts—you’ll get $2,000 for the cylinder head alone….” Chris Quinn is on the phone with a friend who’s made a great discovery in the frozen north of Michigan: a low-mileage, original Ducati 350 Scrambler with rare twin-cap ...

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Effie’s Great Adventure–First Women to Ride Cross-Country


Motoring across the United States a century ago was no easy task, given the lack of paved roads, signage and service stations, among other hardships. For a woman to attempt such a feat without a male escort was particularly bold. In 1909, one enterprising car company tapped Alice Huyler Ramsey to become the first female to drive across the country. ...

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People & Places—A Joy Ride With A Purpose


Gazing from behind small, wire-framed spectacles and fingering a pointed beard, he was right off the set of a Burl Ives movie. Driving a relic of a pickup truck nearly his own age, he cruised along indifferent to cars traveling 20 mph faster. Like me, he appeared to be on his way to Los Angeles, and there were still 30 ...

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Getting Started on Your First Motorcycle Camping Tour


Living in Michigan in my youth, I once took a multi-day motorcycle camping tour on a Honda CB750, traveling into Canada and around the Great Lakes. My gear consisted of a basic Boy Scout pup tent, sleeping bag and a mess kit. Wearing a leather jacket and jeans and packing a yellow rain suit from the hardware store, it’s a ...

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A Museum Called Motorcyclepedia


Motorcycles grabbed my attention from a young age, and since I grew up near Springfield, Massachusetts, the original home of Indian Motocycles (no “r”), I’ve seen my share of vintage Indians. But the best collection I’ve seen yet is in Newburgh, New York, at the museum called Motorcyclepedia. You’ll find more than 400 bikes here, including the world’s only “Indian ...

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