STARgazing

Nov 01, 2004 View Comments

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

“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

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

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

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

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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City Portrait: Australia

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

I’m marooned in Melbourne, sitting out the long Easter weekend. The motorcycle dealers are closed until Tuesday when I’ll collect an Aprilia Futura to ride to Sydney on the Princes Highway. The irony is, Melbourne is Australia’s most bike friendly city and marked 100 years of participation in motorcycling last November. Nothing for it but […]

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Never too old

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

We have all heard that lame excuse: “I’m too old for that!” Perhaps it is true for some things. But it is not necessarily true about experiencing the thrill of a motorcycle ride. I came to this realization when I had the opportunity to give my mother-in-law a ride on the back of my Kawasaki […]

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Shake, Rattle & Roll

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

Parkfield, California, lies along the San Andreas Fault where trails and streams can change direction with each quake and local property lines might as well be drawn with an Etch-a-Sketch. Ride into Parkfield with a group of Monterey Bay HOG members and you may even create your own little quake, shake a few leaves loose, […]

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Packing a Bike

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

The most useful advice I ever got about travel in general was “Take half as many clothes and twice the money!” And while credit cards have rendered that advice partly obsolete, the first item still applies. The best way to pack those “just in case” items is to leave them at home, just as Robert […]

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De Soto National Forest

Sep 01, 2004 View Comments

The De Soto National Forest, located in the southeastern corner of Mississippi, is 501,000 acres of protected woodlands, the largest national forest of the six located in the state. The serpentine creeks and rivers coursing through the longleaf, slash, and loblolly pine forests are tinted black – the result of tannic acid seeping from the […]

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Tour Planning Nuts & Bolts

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Planning a tour isn’t something I’ve had to do for a while. Christian tells me where he wants me to go, and I always do as I’m told! Joking aside, where to go and what kind of tour you’re looking for are the two most important decisions you’ll make. Everything else pretty much follows. What […]

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Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

As the largest city in Ohio, Columbus is a superb riding destination with its friendly people, clean air and incredible range of activities. Adding to the attraction is the nearby Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, just a short ride south and east of the city at the junction of Interstates 70 and 71. Quietly […]

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City Portrait: Covington Kentucky

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Eric Jones, my riding companion, and I are rolling along Hwy 8 through the suburbs of Covington. We pass the first of the four bridges that cross the river here and then we ride up on the Newport Aquarium, a modern marvel housing some 60 marine exhibits (7,000 animals) within its one-million-gallon, 100,000 square-foot domain. […]

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The 66 Diner

Jul 01, 2004 View Comments

Along American roadways there is probably no more appealing example of cultural iconography than the simple chrome-plated diner. Defining the “fast” food concept of the time, they were everywhere in the fifties; and Route 66, the nation’s first cross-country highway, supported its fair share of them. The heyday for both has long passed, but nostalgia […]

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