Archive for November, 2004

Vintage Riding in Virginia’s Hunt Country

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

Arriving in Middleburg, about an hour west of Washington, DC, on US 50, I’m at the epicenter of Virginia’s famous “hunt country.” Years ago, the rich and famous equestrian set began settling in the stunningly beautiful rolling hills just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia. In our time, the actor Robert Duvall […]

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World Travelers – Uwe Krauss and Ramona Schwarz

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

“Ramona, please see to it that Uwe brushes his teeth properly!” exclaimed his mom, a dentist, when I gently broke the shocking news that her son and I were planning a motorcycle trip around the world. Her little birdie was about to leave his warm nest and fly away for the next five years – […]

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STARgazing

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

High above Roanoke, atop Mill Mountain, there is an 88-foot tall, illuminated star visible for miles after dark. And I suppose if you are organizing a rally in honor of Yamaha’s Star line of cruising and touring machines, that big beacon could certainly be perceived as a sign. Also consider, Roanoke is part of the […]

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Preparing Your Bike for Winter Storage

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

“A stitch in time saves nine” is the adage to keep in mind when preparing your bike properly for winter storage. It could save you as much as nine times the work – and money – later on. Of course, postponing that work until spring may be an attractive prospect on a chilly fall day; […]

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The Leather Boys

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

The settingThe 1950s were a bleak period in British history. The country had an economy devastated by war, an industrial base undermined by worn-out equipment, and a persistent trade deficit that kept food rationing in place until 1955. But the fifties also brought great social change. The influence of American media, especially movies and rock […]

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The King’s Castle

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

A young couple living from job to job and paycheck to paycheck bore twin sons in Tupelo, Mississippi, on January 8, 1935. Gladys Love Smith Presley and Vernon Elvis Presley lived in a small, two-room house when the twins were born – the first died at birth, the second was named Elvis Aaron Presley. In […]

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City Portrait: Kansas City

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

Aprilia and Piaggio are providing their elite scooters, the Scarabeo and Atlantic, for our city excursion. But we have to drive another 172 miles west of KC to pick them up at Salina Powersport. It’s easier with our other mounts, the Vespa and the BV 200 – Vespa Kansas is located in Overland Park just […]

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1971 BSA 750cc Rocket 3 – Rocket Science

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments by

Triples traced The BSA/Triumph triple story begins in the early 1960s. The autocratic, obstinate and domineering Edward Turner then ran Triumph. And while Triumph was part of the BSA Group, Turner ran his division as his personal fiefdom, resisting all efforts to introduce commonality in the BSA and Triumph ranges. Turner’s greatest contribution to the […]

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