Southwest Featured Stories

Progressive International Motorcycle Show – 35th Anniversary 10 City US Tour

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) shifted into gear on October 31 kicking off in the first of 2 new cities added to the tour this year, Portland, OR. Photos by Angela Conner and Art Hall The 2015-2016 IMS Shows featured the world’s leading manufacturers. The top brands were on hand to display their North American lineups, as well as ...

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Desert Wind Harley-Davidson/Mesa Bikes on Main

By Perry Nelson Traci and I caught ‘Wind’ that “Desert Wind Harley-Davidson of Mesa” is now the new name of the former Chester’s Harley-Davidson of Mesa, Arizona. Sorry for the pun. Not to worry; the same beautiful machines, quality H-D parts, and customer service is still there. Desert Wind has everything from starter motorcycle classes to putting you behind the ...

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Rumble in the Rubies

The Elko Motorcycle Jamboree Brings the Party Story & Photos by Deborah Rodriguez June 19th – 21st. Hello! My name is Debbie Rodriguez. I will be your guide for this year’s Rumble in the Rubies aka Elko Motorcycle Jamboree. Imagine riding down the main drag, Idaho St. in Elko, Nevada, and passing the Sherman Station. The group of five buildings ...

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Arizona Bike Week – Part Two

Early Saturday morning Traci and I woke up and went about our day like we normally do… I went outside to feed the dogs and I heard this rumbling. We live by the fwy and we hear trucks go by all the time but this was different these were groups of bikes…Packs! HEY!… wait a minute… It’s still Arizona Bike ...

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2nd Annual Phoenix Wounded Vets Run

Story/Photos by Smiles The Wounded Vets Run is the culmination of a dream, an inspiration by one man in Boston. With a desire to bring awareness to critically wounded vets who have served in the wars overseas, the dream of the Wounded Vets Run came to life. The run originated in Boston in 2011 and was originally inspired by Cpl Vincent Mannion Brodeur, who is one of ...

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AZBW – 1st Annual Quick Throttle Premier Builders Bagger Show

The week before the official start of ABW is when the parties start. Ramjets Customer Appreciation Day, The Trifecta and Buddy Stubbs Biker Bash are just a few “big” pre rally events that happen the week before ABW. Next year get here early – you don’t want to miss these! Sunday March 22nd happens to be my Traci’s Birthday, we started out the day meeting Angela and her ...

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Ramjet’s AZ Bike Week Pre-Rally Party

  Let the games begin! Pre rally stuff starts here in Arizona around the middle of March. The first big Arizona Bike Week pre-rally party is called “Ramjet’s Customer Appreciation Day”. Traci and I hopped on the Dyna and headed up there, sunny, about 85, just a beautiful day in the Valley of the Sun. Ramjets is about a half ...

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Ben & Roscoe

And Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Pictures by Chris Brooks, Jon Dean, Wild Bill A short time ago I received a call from a master mechanic/bike builder friend of mine that I have known since I arrived in the Southwest of Tucson AZ Phil Korte. Phil has advertized his awesome bikes in Quickthrottle magazine and is the owner of Createacustom Motorcycles. Check ...

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Toy Runs: Southwest Style

By Wild Bill Again Tucson AZ bikers shined a lot in the eyes of our children. Tucson Bikers also made a lot of adults feel the way we did as children. Happy to see all of the gleaming motorcycles shined and decorated with lights, gift’s hanging from all over with a few stuffed animals strapped to the back. Pipes rapping ...

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Bugs to the Left, Bikes to the Right! Curly’s Customs

Heading out to Youngtown, Arizona to meet Tom McCormick of Curly’s Customs on a cloudy Friday afternoon, I had no idea that the gentleman I was about to encounter would turn out to be such a genuinely unpretentious guy. I walked into the building and immediately noticed how the lobby appeared to be chopped in two. A monstrous display case ...

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