Archive for March, 2005

A Softail Standard takes on Laguna Seca

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments by

While trying to keep up with a group of metrics through some back road twisties, you find out biking is more than cruising, that your Harley was designed for more than freeway riding, and that it’s time to sign up for track lessons. I know you’ve ridden to Sturgis but think of your loved ones, […]

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The Western Maryland

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments by

As we pull into Community Park in Thurmont, Maryland, on our modern-day Honda ST1300, my ears are immediately serenaded by the mesmerizing music of vintage motorcycles revving up. My wife Karen and I have ridden to this scenic area to attend The Western Maryland Motorcycle Association’s 15th annual vintage motorcycle meet and tour, known as […]

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Staying Single

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments by

The design exemplifying the British motorcycle during its golden age in the 1920s and ’30s was the overhead valve single of 350 or 500cc. Every major manufacturer made at least one, and it was usually their bestseller. Simplicity combined with an excellent power-to-weight ratio and (usually) nimble handling made such a machine an ideal mount […]

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The Copper Mountain Cycle Fest 2004

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments by

The weather report called for rain all day and even snow at the higher elevations. The more pessimistic reports included a warning for up to two inches of accumulation over ten thousand feet. On the map, Loveland Pass is clearly between Denver and Copper Mountain, and it’s also over eleven thousand feet. “This might not […]

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Choosing a New Motorcycle

Mar 01, 2005 View Comments by

Choosing a bike used to be easy. If you wanted laid-back long-distance pleasure, you bought a Harley. For sportier riding, you bought a British twin. Beyond that, the field was pretty thin: mopeds, exotic but fragile Italian screamers, and stodgy, pricey German tugs. That was then and this is now. Dozens of manufacturers offer hundreds […]

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