California Stories

Men in Plaid

BY ROBERT SWEENEY, PHOTOS BY MONIKA SWEENEY At one time, a story about two grown men riding motorcycles across the country while dressed in skirts would have only seen the light of day in one of the seedier tabloids. Today, in our “anything goes” society, it could very well pass without notice. But on the other hand, it might also ...

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Harley-Davidson for 2009

The big news from Harley for 2009 is that aside from a new touring frame and the release of its long awaited Trike, there really is no big news. Harley has instead opted to, in the words of Willie G. Davidson,“refresh and refine our line for 2009.” Many minor changes across the full line include new badging, higher handlebars, chrome ...

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31st Annual Redwood Run: A Real Oldtime Biker Event

  ARTICLE BY BABYDOLL PICS BY PIZANO AND BABYDOLL The Redwood Run is one of the most beloved old school biker events in the country. Each year, I look forward to this event much like I anticipate Christmas with the family. I have made many friends throughout the years, who are like high-school alumni returning to their class reunion, and ...

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The Oily Truth

By Arlin Will your motor really make more power, get better fuel economy, last longer, and run cooler, just by switching to a different brand of oil? I’ve read those claims on the back of a few synthetic oils, and always wanted to test them side by side. Well, last winter I got a call from one of the newer ...

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S & S 50th Anniversary Celebration

BY ART HALL I had been aware of the S&S 50th celebration for quite some time but it wasn’t until I reread the website that I realized what a huge event this was going to be. The concept was simple but huge – invite 50 builders from around the world to build one bike each using an S&S engine. My ...

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Humble Hero Gets Harley

It started with a conversation at a local Starbuck’s while CD was waiting for his coffee. I went back in to see what the hold up was and CD introduced me to Bob Lopez. Bob was telling him about his son who had just returned from a tour in Iraq and would be picking up his brand new Harley at ...

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2008 Bakersfield Thunder Run

Bakersfield Thunder Run

By Art Hall Some events I look forward to more than others and this is one of the more “look forwards,” the Fourth Annual Bakersfield Thunder Run, presented by Backroads Choppers. MY first thoughts go to the ride down the ‘other’ side of the Grapevine and brace for the ‘how hot is it’ surprise. Well this year it wasn’t blast ...

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Cook’s Corner 8th Annual Blessing of the Bikes

By Lori McCammon Did you feel the earth move on Sunday, May 4th? If you found yourself within a 5-mile radius of Cook’s Corner in Trabuco Canyon the ground was vibrating. It was the 8th Annual Blessing of the Bikes. Father James Smith from St. Michael’s Abby did the honor of walking from one end of the parking lot (and ...

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Indian Rides Again!

Much like the Phoenix, the legendary mythical bird from Greek Mythology that was reborn from its own ashes, so too has Indian motorcycles been reborn out of the ashes of the Gilroy collapse in 2003. This time its third go round will be under the auspices of London based Stellican Ltd. and take place in the most unlikely of places, ...

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2008 Rip’s Bad Ride Bike Games

Rip’s BAD Ride XI was held at Oak Canyon Park on the 8th of June 2008. The B.A.D Ride was started in Southern California by Rip Rose, a biker and photojournalist for Easyriders, who wanted to bring the biker nation together in the fight against diabetes. Today, that dream is a reality. Rip died of diabetes. He had such an ...

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