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Tinker Talk – January 2020: Valve Adjustment 101

By Justin James With Harley-Davidson unveiling new bikes equipped with overhead cam engines, I feel this is a good time to jump into this topic. Metric bikes have been running overhead cams for decades and today only a few manufacturers even bother to produce pushrod engines at all. In motorcycle applications, overhead cams are superior to pushrod engines in virtually ...

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Hell Bound Train: One Hell of a Drag Bike

By Tom McCarthy Some will remember Kevin Cleary’s “Hellbound Train” drag bike from the 1980’s era as a two-time championship winning Pro Dragster class bike (1984-85). While the DRAGBIKE! #1 plates were won decades ago, let me assure you, if you ever get to see this bike in person today in the modern era, you won’t forget it any time ...

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Ladies of the AMRA

By Tom McCarthy  During the 34 years of the American Motorcycle Racing Association’s long and storied competition, for decades, women have found their way into the high speed battles alongside men, going just as fast and just as quick as their male counterparts. There are single women who race and also husband and wife combinations where the wife is racing ...

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Frank “The Rat” Romero

Ricky Bongos’ Wild Vegas Chopper Show Winner By Mike Cupp You couldn’t miss Frank during the bike show.  If he wasn’t standing next to his bike, he was walking through the field of bikes, snapping more pictures than a moto-journalist. His chopper was also quite an attention-grabber.  With a 35” over stock length Sugar Bear front end, it definitely stood out from the ...

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Road to Galveston: Lone Star Rally 2019

By Stacy McCleary Photos by Danell McCleary On Wednesday afternoon October 16, Danell and I were contacted by our son, Brian, telling us that I was an invited builder for the bike show at the Lone Star Rally in Galveston, Texas, October 31-November 3.  He had seen it on the internet.  I had been asked a month or so earlier ...

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Small Can Equal Big

No matter what bike you ride, you will customize it to fit your needs and wants. The smallest items can have a big impact. By JD and Jody It never ceases to amaze me that when you are in need, whether it’s for comfort, survival or just to get from point A to B, it can be the smallest thing ...

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December 2019 Quick Throttle Magazine

  CALIFORNIA/SOUTHWEST EDITION: In the December issue of Quick Throttle Magazine, we visit Rally in the Alley, SEMA 2019, The Lone Star Rally and much more. We also feature the new Indian FTR 1200 and take a look at Ink Mayhem in Las Vegas. Don’t forget to check out our holiday gift guide and updated ride and event calendar and ...

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Tinker Talk – December 2019: Hack Attack 2: Shop Tricks

By Justin James Let me start this one by saying thank you to all the staff, advertisers, readers and followers of Quick Throttle. What started out as an experiment has turned into a bit of a mainstay, and here we are a couple years later putting out Tinker Talk for the 20th time! For this occasion, I feel compelled to ...

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ROAD TEST: 2019 Indian FTR 1200 S Review

By Ray Seidel Indian’s Flat Track Racer for us mere mortals is nothing like what I expected. In years past, in the early 20th century, fully one half of Indians sales were because of its wins on the race track against Harley-Davidson. Today, we all know Indian has been killing the competition on the race track for the last couple ...

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2019 Lone Star Rally

By Pastor Z  Photos by Pastor Z., Joanna & Ken Valliere, and Zach Tate – Courtesy of the Lonestar Rally Brothers and Sisters – Here’s one to add to your bucket list if you haven’t hit it yet.  The 2019 Lone Star Rally was “Totally off the charts!” Here’s why: There is so much to see and do that you’ll stay busy ...

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