National Stories

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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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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