Author Archives: Ray Seidel

Ray Seidel has had a varied background, ranging from archaeologist to film critic & radio personality. He has been a rider since 1970, on single, twin, four cylinder; metric, Harley-Davidson, Indian. He was Vice-President of the Indian Riders Group – Corona, CA, and a motojournalist for Quick Throttle Magazine since 2005, initially specializing on Indian motorcycles, past, present, and future. At the present time his stable consists of a garlic scented 2002 Indian Spirit, and a well traveled Indian red 2015 Indian Scout. He has ridden to Sturgis, Laughlin, among other destinations, all chronicled in the pages of QT. Ray has specialized in stories for QT on motorcycle themed movies and television shows, including all seven seasons of “Sons of Anarchy.”

Motorcycles of the Stars

Story by Ray Seidel Today we think of our motorcycles as the trinity: 1) transportation 2) works of art, and 3) best friend. Soon after the turn of the last century, however, as mass production of the automobile dropped its price to less than that of most bikes, it was clear there was more bang for the buck in buying ...

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2015 Indian Scout: City bike – or all around cruiser?

  Story by Ray Seidel Though now made in Spirit Lake, Iowa, as most readers know, “Indian Moto cycle” was born in 1901 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Production of motorcycles continued until around the summer of 1953, though Indian did NOT (contrary to Wikipedia) go bankrupt – they were acquired by the Brits. Sales continued through several different owners through the years – mostly rebadged imports, and in fact ...

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SOA – Reflecting on the 7-Year Journey

Story by Ray Seidel Editor’s Note: Like many fans of the show, I was “resigned” to it’s ending and appreciated the way it was resolved, but still felt some sadness to see it go. I had grown somewhat close to the characters, even the psychopathic ones…so the morning after the last episode I wrote to Ray and asked if he ...

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SOA: The Final Season

“The Black Widower” Written by Kurt Sutter, directed by Paris Barclay. 90 minute premier. In the wake of Tara’s death, Jax makes vengeance a club priority. The new season begins about 2 weeks since the end of season 6. Jax, suspected in the death of Tara and Eli Roosevelt, is back in prison and making use of his time to ...

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Laughlin River Run 2014 – A NEW ADVENTURE

Laughlin River Run

Story by Ray Seidel, Photos by George Childress and Ray Seidel My Indian is packed, some extra water bottles just in case, and kickstand up early Thursday morning. In a pleasant surprise, this year the weather getting to the Laughlin River Run was perfect, unlike the cold, cloudy, drizzle & rain of the past few years. Bikers along the route were taking their ...

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2014 Ural: Motorcycle with side car – right out of the box

Story by Ray Seidel Okay, let’s get to this right from the outset; the Russian made URAL has the dubious distinction of having arguably the WORST quality of any motorcycle made today. Well, what do you want in your bike, boring reliability, or personality? For seven decades the URAL has remained essentially unchanged. Now, that is not necessarily a BAD thing. Some of us remember the print ...

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Comparing Apples and Oranges – Can-Am Spyder RT Limited versus Kawasaki Voyager Trike

Can-Am Spyder RT Limited and Champion Kawasaki Voyager Trike Story: Gary Mraz Photos: Ron Sinoy How many times have you heard that saying? Maybe it’s time someone took that idiom seriously. I mean apples and oranges are both round, apples and oranges are both fruits and both are remarkably similar in caloric content and levels of vitamin C. So how important are their differences? I’m ...

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Sons Of Anarchy: Season 6, Part 2

“Can they really show that on TV?” Story by Ray Seidel Photos courtesy of FX By “Can they really show that on TV” I’m actually referring to more than one scene. Kurt Sutter tries to push the boundary in storytelling, not for its own sake to be shocking, but in a way that is “organic” (as he puts it) to ...

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Sons of Anarchy – Season 6: Nearing the End

Story by Ray Seidel COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL – San Diego We hook up with the cast at Comic-Con just as we go to press for the very latest on the goings on in Charming and our favorite TV motorcycle club. I ask series creator, writer, and “Otto” if they plan to stay at seven seasons, or maybe go on to eight. Kurt: You know, right now ...

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Riding to River Run

GETTING THERE IS HALF THE FUN Story and photos by Ray Seidel View the Riding to River Run Gallery! Later this month many of us will be heading to Nevada for the Laughlin River Run. According to MapQuest that’s about a 4 hour trip from Riverside. That would be four hours by car, with no stops for rest, restroom, gas, ...

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