Road Tests

ROAD TEST: 2012 Harley-Davidson’s Sporty 72 Review

By Gary Koz Mrax, Photos by Ron Sindy We gathered at Cook’s Corner in Orange County for the reveal of Harley-Davidson’s two new motorcycles, The Sportster 72 and the Softail Slim (we’ll fill ya in next month on the Slim).  The Seventy-Two is a respectful nod to an era when the cool kids rode a Sting-Ray and the big boys ...

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Road Test – 2012 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic Limited Review: Music to My Ears

By Gary Koz Mraz In the orchestral arrangement of Harley Davidson motorcycles the Ultra Classic Electra Glide Limited crescendos as the finely tuned instrument of touring enthusiasts.  A deep exhaust note resonates providing a melody that sets the standard for long distance touring comfort and convenience.  A four speaker, 80-watt Harmon/Kardon Advanced audio system is loud and clear even at ...

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ROAD TEST: 2008 Harley-Davidson Sportster Custom (Fatster) Review

By Koz Mraz I recently rode a 2008 Harley Fat Bob and I was very impressed. Personally, I liked everything about this bike. Fat 130 front and 180 rear tires, comfy seat, drag bars, Tommy gun pipes and yes even the dual headlamps. They got it right and I guess I’m not alone. Officially released in August 2007, James Clark, ...

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Road Test: 2008 Yamaha V Star 950 Review – Your Lucky Star

I get to ride a lot of bikes and my dreamcycle pushes 40 grand. Guess I better get a day job. We all have dream bikes but let’s get back to reality. The Yamaha Star 950 is very appealing, low and lean, this V-Star looks deceivingly long and relatively expensive. But at less than 8K brand new it can’t be ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Big Dog Wolf

              We all know it’s either a recession or the entire demise of the free world economy. In either case, cautious motorcycle manufacturers have been recycling their existing lines for 2009. Adding fancy paint jobs, 2-up passenger seating or 3 wheels, its all just sheep in wolf’s clothing. We haven’t seen a truly new ...

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Big Bear Choppers Paradox

This is a story about riding a chopper, but also about riding THIS chopper. I had to have a torn rotator cuff tendon repair the next day. Why not go out with a bang? And ride a big 10-foot long chopper, for the very first time ever. Chris and Lisa met me at Left Coast Kustoms, where I was sitting ...

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Big Bear Choppers: Don’t Scare the Big Bear

By Koz Mraz, Pics by Koz and Art Hall Big Bear Chopper is still standing on all fours. Despite the economic wash out that’s devastated the custom motorcycle industry, Kevin and Mona Alsop have taken advantage of a slow market to improve operational efficiency. They have always built their business from the ground up. Since the inception of their “build ...

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Testing the New Champion Trike

By Koz Mraz My first set of wheels was a trike and I remember that Christmas morning well. The smell of pine, piles of packages and there she was, my metal flake blue road to freedom. I took her down a flight of stairs within an hour. Once I out grew 3 wheels I never looked back, until now. Pacific ...

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ROAD TEST: 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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ROAD TEST: 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob Review – Livin’ Large with Fat Bob

Fat Bob

By Koz Mraz Harley Davidson is a living legend, larger than life. It’s big, and it just got bigger. I love just saying the words Fat Boy, and who is Fat Bob any way? Well the name comes from the twin fat gas tanks and the bobbed rear fender. The re-introduction of the Fat Bob FXDF in 2008 is a ...

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