California Stories

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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Rip’s Bad Ride

Story by Art Hall Photos by Art Hall & Pete Alva I have been contemplating a lot lately motorcycling, motorcycle events and the general condition of the industry. I have come to the not so remarkable conclusion that I cannot continue to attend the myriad of shows, runs, ride ins, and fund raisers without bringing something to the party. It ...

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QT Interview: Bob Laidlaw: 50 Years as a Harley-Davidson Dealer

INTERVIEW BY RANDY TWELLS, PHOTOS BY PETE ALVA Baldwin Park, CA—-Where were you and what were YOU doing in 1958? Probably not what Bob Laidlaw was doing—- buying his Harley-Davidson dealership, which he had worked in since 1947, that would keep on motorin’ down the road until here we are in 2008, and he is still going strong. It’s hard ...

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2008 Arizona Bike Week: Part 2

BY LINDA DAHL Some of you may be asking why we are still covering Arizona Bike Week. Well, to answer your question, when you throw an 11-day party it’s hard to put it all in one issue. The thing about Arizona Bike Week is that there is something for everyone! If you are looking for a party, if you prefer ...

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Laughlin River Run 2008

  “So there sits Linda at her desk checking e-mail when CD calls whining (as he often does) that we need even MORE staff to cover Laughlin. So she says, “Get me a room in Laughlin and I can leave in an hour.” So he calls her back a few minutes later and says, “It’s done.” Linda picks up the ...

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ROAD TEST: 2008 Big Dog Pitbull Review – Unleashing the Pitbull

By CD OK, I promise that’s the last cheesy canine reference I’ll make. Well I’ll try at least. You see I’m pretty darn happy with my 2005 Big Dog Chopper, and throwing a leg over that one and firing it up, still makes me wanna growl a little, or make guttural, primal Tim-the-Tool Man sounds when running it through the ...

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V-Rex

By Koz Mraz & CD A crouching heavy metal monster, the Travertson V-Rex appears poised to pounce and devour passing Honda’s and Suzuki’s like a panther in wait. Externally, the incarnation of a Japanese anime transformer, but at its heart and soul, pure Harley-Davidson. The brainchild of Christian Travert, this is a limited production American made Sci-Fi sculpture you can ...

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Ride the Mountain

BIG BEAR CHOPPERS 6TH ANNUAL RIDE THE MOUNTAIN RALLY IS SET FOR 2 DAYS THIS YEAR — JUNE 7-8, 2008 Nearly ten thousand riders from all over the west coast rode their machines up to the top of the San Bernardino Mountains for the Big Bear Choppers’ 5th Annual Ride the Mountain Rally in June, and this year is no ...

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Miss AZ Bike Week

STORY BY LINDA DAHL AND THE WINNER IS… You’ll have to wait for that answer!! Well, you know Arizona Bike Week is coming when all of us converge upon The Venue of Scottsdale for what appears to everyone as the kick off to the next 11 days of total excitement. These are actually just “Pre-Rally” days, but can be just ...

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Hump to Pahrump

Ah, Spring! when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of… humping. Humping to Pahrump that is, for the annual Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets’ Hump to Pahrump poker run held March 29 to benefit needy veterans in Southern Nevada. Humping to and from Pahrump is a regular activity for many a resident of the Southwestern Nevada town of Pahrump who ...

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