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Rider Exclusive: Spy Shots Reveal Motorcycle Zombie Outbreak Response Team


While the use of motorcycles in the military and other branches of the government has declined in recent decades, Rider has uncovered information about a top secret, elite motorized unit created by the Department of Homeland Security to address an unlikely but potentially terrifying threat: a zombie outbreak. Considered by most to be nothing more than a figure from Haitian ...

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Motor Maids Matriarch: Gloria Struck


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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Moto-Journalism Loses a Legend


The motorcycle world recently lost Kevin Ash, one of the most well-liked, respected and professional motorcycle journalists in the UK. In addition to contributing to Rider since 1997, Ash wrote each week for the UK’s biggest circulation broadsheet newspaper The Daily Telegraph in its Saturday Motoring section, as well as for the country’s popular weekly Motor Cycle News. He was ...

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Rider Magazine's Top 10 Motorcycle Stories of 2012

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We’re taking a look back at 2012 by reviewing our ridermag.wpengine.com page views. Naturally, our homepage (ridermag.wpengine.com) drew the most page views in 2012. It was also popular for users of our website to seek out information on motorcycle helmets (ridermag.wpengine.com/browse-by-type/helmets) and read our Dual Sport + Adventure Motorcycle Reviews (ridermag.wpengine.com/style/dual-sport-adventure). At ridermag.wpengine.com, users can also search for motorcycle reviews ...

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Border Run: Montorcycle Travel in Washington and Canada


(The article Border Run was printed in the August 2012 issue of Rider.) Story and photos by Ben Getz Good things come in threes, they say…or is that disasters? Well, maybe it’s not that important, since both descriptions have been applied to my friends and me. One hot August weekend my disparate friends Chuck and Tim and I decided to ...

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Little Poland Vintage Bike Shop in a Vintage Brooklyn Neighborhood


story and photography by Paul Garson Carl Jung, the pioneering psychoanalyst, once wrote a small book titled Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle that describes a mystifying phenomenon in which you encounter a whole bunch of apparently random coincidences clumped together under one particular subject. For example, you’ve been thinking about taking a trip to Poland to research a book project, ...

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The History of Flathead American Motorcycles


By Jerry Hatfield [The History of Flathead American Motorcycles was originally published in American Rider magazine] Most lawnmower factories still build the lowest-cost engines they can. American car and motorcycle factories did likewise from the early teens into the 1950s. The little engine that putt-putts over your lawn is probably like those that powered Harley-Davidsons and Indians during the 1930s, ...

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Iron Butterfly: Ardys Kellerman


How tough is Ardys Kellerman, motorcycling great-grandma? An example: Labor Day 2006 in Florida, while racking up miles in the annual BMW MOA mileage contest, she was rear-ended, bumped off her R1150RT and slammed into the boat trailer in front. The bike was totaled, and she was bashed and cut. Most riders would have given up and flown home. Kellerman, ...

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