National Stories

Shoestring Budget Road Trip, Part One

By T.J. & Stephanie Thompson Photos by Stephanie Thompson and Glitter & Rust Photography A spontaneous conversation, during lunch time in our living room, led us to the wild idea of planning a trip for 2 people on 2 wheels for 2 weeks with a small budget while attending 2 motorcycle events. Questions arose such as: “How do we pack ...

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Hack Attack: Emergency Roadside Repairs – Tinker Talk 5

We have all heard or made cracks about tape, bailing wire and zip tie repairs. Most repair hacks are not intended to be permanent but they can get you by in a pinch. Being able to perform these types of repairs can make or break your ride. Do yourself a favor and equip your mental tool box with some useful ...

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Primary Oil Change – Tinker Talk 4

Many American V-twin motorcycles on the road utilize a wet primary drive system. The oil within a wet primary case is tasked with cooling and lubricating the critical components housed inside. In Sportster/Buell applications the primary oil is also shared with the transmission. Primary oil tends to become quite dirty since several of the internal components are wearable. Once this ...

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August 2018 Shop Talk with Ryan and Shannon

  Shannon: Aloha everybody!  Shop talk with Shannon and… Ryan: Ryan!  How you guys doing? Shannon: Today we are talking about bikes that actually come back to the shop for certain things.  Well this thing came back to the shop for an ignition problem. Ryan: Of all things… Shannon: I didn’t know it was an ignition, but that’s what it ...

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New England Nationals: Race 8 for the Top Fuel Harleys

by Tom McCarthy The eighth race of the ten race NHRA series for Top Fuel Harley kicked off on July 6th, 2018 at New England Dragway in Epping, NH. All of the pre-entries were in the pits, set up, ready to race by Thursday afternoon. Jay Turner, Rickey House, Doug Vancil, Beau Layne, Peter Geiss, Chris Streeter, Mike Scott, Billy ...

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A Job Well Done – Tinker Talk 3

Anything worth doing is worth doing right. You should always strive to complete a job in its entirety the very first time it is attempted. We are all faced with the temptation to cut corners every now and then. Cutting these corners may save time and/or money but may often result in having to perform the job a second time. ...

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Motorcycling the Himalayas, Part 3

Push For Everest By Koz Mraz We had just been denied entry to Tibet at the Chinese border-crossing after traveling hundreds of miles through the most difficult and challenging terrain I’ve ever ridden. The thought of riding that again was excruciating. And what was the reason the Chinese turned us away? It was their lunch time. The Chinese officially-designated lunch ...

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July 2018 Shop Talk with Shannon Aikau & Ryan Evans

By Shannon Aikau & Ryan Evans Photos by Ryan Tonry & Samantha M. Frontiera     Shannon:  Aloha gang, Shop Talk with Shannon… Ryan:  And Ryan. Shannon:  And Ryan, I wasn’t going to exclude you. Ryan:  I’m not worried about that.  What are we talking about? Shannon:  This cool bike that we built. Ryan:  Beautiful paint job, yeah that’s very cool. ...

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June 2018 Shop Talk with Shannon Aikau & Ryan Evans

By Shannon Aikau & Ryan Evans Photos by Ryan Tonry, Samantha M. Frontiera & Tom Christian   Ryan: Hey everybody, I’m Ryan Evans from Count’s Kustoms Shannon: I’m Shannon Aikau and this is Shop Talk with Shannon and Ryan today. Ryan: (staring at Shannon) Shannon: What? It is ShopTalk. Ryan: I know, I’ve never been part of ShopTalk…. Shannon: Me neither, it’s the ...

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Good Times and Old School Drag Racing

By Tom McCarthy When you wake up in the morning at a dragway, in the pits, you stumble out of your car as the full moon is setting over the hills, and you notice the flicker of campfires through the early morning light. The smell of wood smoke is noticeable as you make your way to the common restroom area, ...

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