Author Archives: Koz Mraz

Koz Mraz has published over 200 tour stories and articles for Quick Throttle Magazine, Baggers Magazine, American Iron, Cruiser and Bikernet. His book, Piers of the West Coast, explores piers from Mexico to Canada. In Motorcycle Mysteries, Koz travels to fascinating and unique destinations. His popular Tales of the Midnight Rider series: Midnight Rider on a Graveyard Run, Thundertaker, Hoka Hey and Neptune’s Net are available on AMAZON. “I’ve spent much of my life exploring the roads less traveled. Whether journeys are well planned or impromptu it’s always the unexpected that casts the spell of adventure.” Koz Mraz

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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Destination: South Dakota… Or Is It Utah?

By Gary Mraz Generally awake for sixteen hours a day, we humans spend much of that time sitting. Crawling through traffic for hours to a nine-to-five leaves precious few for watching reruns of Seinfeld, all very comfortably seated …going nowhere. Good Lord, even our blood travels 8,000 miles in sixteen hours! I intend on spending my days very comfortably seated, at 80 mph towards South Dakota. Factoring in ...

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Derricks, Dinosaurs and James Dean

California Dream Roads Story & Photos by Gary Koz Mraz State Routes 33 and 58 are amongst several of California’s dream motorcycle roads. Combined, they represent over 180 miles of motorcycle friendly riding. The southern start point of SR 33 begins in the seaside mission town of Ventura at the Pier. This I know because I wrote the book: “Piers of the West Coast – Travelled ...

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Into the Fire: The Crossfire LLS

By Gary Koz Mraz 2015 Champion/Victory Cross Country Tour Trike Three wheelers have become all the rage and come in all flavors. From reverse Trikes like the CanAm Spyder (two wheels in front and one in the rear) to traditional Trike conversion manufacturers that offer a plethora of models. Champion/Lehman alone has 24 different Trike kits available. Now, they have ...

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Road Glide Reborn: 2015 Road Glide Standard

Story and Photos: Gary Koz Mraz Ode to Road Glide: Introduced in 1979 as the Harley-Davidson Tour Glide, this infamous shark nosed motorcycle officially transformed into the “Road Glide” in 1998. Harley’s only frame-mounted faring motorcycle stirred mixed emotions. As the bagger craze exploded, the Road Glide became the custom bagger of choice and remains so to this day. Mothballed ...

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Celebrity riders take the “PATH Home”

By Gary Koz Mraz In 2010, Quick Throttle featured actress Katee Sackhoff in our “Women Who Ride.” Later that year Sackhoff and motorcycle riding compadre, Tricia Helfer motorcycled from L.A. to Louisiana to raise funds for the Gulf Restoration Network. Check out their movie “The LA LA Ride” at www.actingoutlaws.tv Katee and Tricia met on the set of Battlestar Galactica ...

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ROAD TEST: 2015 Harley-Davidson Freewheeler Review

Story: Gary Mraz AKA The Triking Viking, Photos: Ron Sinoy, Mraz Reading trike reviews by motojourno brethren often irk me. They, as most, find the need to compare and contrast bikes and trikes, finally conceding that it’s a totally different riding experience. No kidding! I’ll read how trikes are for the “injured or the meek, for those unable or unwilling ...

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Route 66: The Road, The Romance, The Reality – Part 2

Wigwam Motel to the Nipton Hotel: In part 2, we visit Route 66 museums and ride the Mother Road through the Mojave Desert Story: Gary Koz Mraz Photos: Mraz and Ian Parker A night in a Wigwam Teepee is like an Apollo space capsule ride; tight quarters but a once in a lifetime experience. The Wigwam came back to life ...

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2014 TRIUMPH THUNDERBIRD: Light Touring

Story: Gary Koz Mraz  Photos: Ron Sinoy The Triumph Thunderbird is -Triumphant. Don’t get me wrong I love those little Bonneville’s and the gargantuan 2300cc Rocket III but the 1700cc Thunderbird sits perfectly middle of the road, where most of us cruiser types want to be.  Released in 2009 the Thunderbird is comfortable, powerful, responsive and elegant in design. The ...

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2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 – Say Hello to the Twins!

Story: Gary Koz Mraz Photos: Ron Sinoy Californians love big twins; in fact we spend an enormous amount of money making big twins bigger. Not satisfied with the original size of jugs, we want ‘em pumped up, and we’re not the only ones obsessed with the twins. The British have been expanding their Parallel-Twins for decades and the Italian’s have ...

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