National Stories

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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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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Street Vibrations 2019

By Mike Cupp It was a wild week in Reno for this year’s Street Vibrations Fall Rally, held September 25-29. The weather during the week was absolutely beautiful, with daytime temperatures in the 80’s and nighttime temperatures near 70. Saturday morning started off nice. A bit brisk, but sunny and clear. Then the wind picked up and the clouds rolled ...

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Front Line Soldiers: The Crew Chiefs

By Thomas McCarthy In drag racing, it’s the driver that takes the winning machine across the finish line first and gets the lion’s share of the glory. Perhaps that’s as it should be. But it’s the team, the driver’s crew, that gets the machine ready and makes that winning run possible. Drag racing is far more of a team sport ...

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Run for the Wall XXXI

We Ride For Those Who Can’t By Jerry Nichols This is the story of my journey as an “FNG”; it’s a military term some of you will know. (The N and G stand for “New Guy.”) During an afternoon ride back in October with my friend we came across a group of riders parking at Peggy Sue’s Diner in Yermo, ...

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A Sturgis Pay It Forward

By T.J. and Stephanie Thompson At the beginning of each year we plan our riding schedule that includes rallies, meet n’ greets, poker runs and our Pay It Forward events. We thought this year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally would be the perfect place to help a fellow biker and complete our Pay It Forward experience. Months before the event, Stephanie and ...

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