Southwest Stories

Easy Writer: Scripting an American Road Trip

I’ve written a lot of stories in my time; everything from movie scripts, TV screenplays to song lyrics. As a Moto-Journalist I’ve traveled Hong Kong to Hollywood filling pages with photos and prose. Usually struggling with traditional writing conventions, I have no plot, no theme, no storyline; just an endless ribbon of road that unfolds before me. Yeah, we’re going ...

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Street Vibrations Fall Rally 2015

Bigger and Better Than Ever! Story by Flame September is here and that means that the biggest bike show in northern Nevada is here! Motorcycle enthusiasts from near & far, clubs, vendors, entertainers, bike industry and locals all congregate in Reno, Nevada for one unforgettable week of Bikes, Beer and Babes. But it is so much more than that. I ...

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Desert Wind Harley-Davidson/Mesa Bikes on Main

By Perry Nelson Traci and I caught ‘Wind’ that “Desert Wind Harley-Davidson of Mesa” is now the new name of the former Chester’s Harley-Davidson of Mesa, Arizona. Sorry for the pun. Not to worry; the same beautiful machines, quality H-D parts, and customer service is still there. Desert Wind has everything from starter motorcycle classes to putting you behind the ...

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THE FOO FIGHTERS TO PLAY FINAL LOVE RIDE!

By CD DAVE GROHL, legendary front man for the Foo Fighters, honors us with a cover and interview this month, despite his hectic tour schedule, the small matter of a broken leg, and nightly performances where they jam with the likes of Stevie Nicks, Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, and Queen’s Roger Taylor. But the gig WE all really care ...

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Rest in Peace Full Throttle Saloon

Photos by Perry & Traci As many of you know, the iconic Full Throttle Saloon in Sturgis burned to the ground early this month, caused by a faulty electrical cord near the bar. The loss was estimated at $10 million but much of the insurance had shifted to cover the rental cabins, which actually still remain. Owner Michael Ballard says ...

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Ride for Autism 2015: The Stars Come Out for Autism

By RT; Photos- RT, Tomas & Perla Lazalde, & RFA staff August 1st was the 8th Annual Ride for Autism to benefit the organizations that work so hard to find a cure for this disorder and help those affected by it. It’s one of the selected rides & causes that is heartily supported by Laidlaw’s Harley-Davidson in Baldwin Park, CA ...

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Biggest, Baddest Bike Fest Bash

California Harley-Davidson’s 40th Anniversary Story by Koz Mraz, Photos by Juan El Mariachi The festivities began on Saturday morning and rolled non-stop until Sunday the next night. California Harley-Davidson in Harbor City provided ample motorcycle parking right on PCH in front of the dealership. A large covered beer garden and massive stage was the focal point for the duration of ...

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75th Sturgis Rally 2015 “A Monster”

The biggest bike rally in America By Perry and Traci, Photos by Rusty Childress To say this years 75th annual Sturgis rally was bigger than last year’s would be an understatement. “Under” by about 300,000 from last year. This years rally had huge crowds, and long lines. But there were ways to get around the crowds and big lines. Traci and I arrived, late Saturday night ...

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Victory Motorcycles for 2016

Victory : Empulse® TT New for 2016 is the Victory  Empulse TT. Built on the same platform that set an American lap speed record at the 2015 Isle of Man TT race, the Empulse accelerates up to 100+ MPH and charges in just 3.9 hours.  The Empulse TT has the fastest battery charging speed and greatest lean-angle in its class, ...

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Indian Motorcycle 2016

By MD After setting a blistering pace bringing six all new models to market over the past two years, Indian for 2016 is a year of refinement, improvement and adjustment. Indian has increased its efforts to give the American V-Twin rider clearer choices and more options in what we see as a more focused line-up with greater price flexibility. Added to a wider ...

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