Southwest Stories

9th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally

By Rusty Childress and Karan Jordan Photos by Rusty Childress Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference Center held their 9th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally on June 22 & 23, 2018 in Pinetop, Arizona. Hon-Dah Resort Casino & Conference Center is owned and operated by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. With elevations climbing to more than 11,000 feet, the White Mountains ...

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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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2018 Spring Street Vibrations

By Chris Oggerino This year’s Spring Street Vibrations took place on June 1st – 3rd in downtown Reno, Nevada. As with prior years, registration is the first thing that opens at the Reno Ballroom. While not everybody registers and a lot of the event is free for the public, registration does have some nice perks. But, I’ll come back to ...

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2018 Pinocchio’s Ride for the Tatas

By Chris Oggerino “Moms on the Run” was founded eighteen years ago; shortly after the Pinocchio family was affected by breast cancer. Since being founded, the Moms charity has generated over four and a half million dollars in fundraising and helped over fifty thousand women. Moms on the Run is focused on helping women affected by breast and gynecological cancers ...

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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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Riding for the Long Haul

By Perry and Traci Nelson It was almost time for spring biker event season in Arizona and what better way to get ready than by going to the annual  Riding for the Long Haul at the Shrine Auditorium in Phoenix.  Every year this event gets bigger and better with so much to do.  The purpose of this event is to help educate ...

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Riding Through the Desert

By Shannon Aikau Quick Throttle got together with Count’s Kustoms Master Bike Builder Shannon Aikau who is also a cast member on the hit TV show Counting Cars. Since Shannon lives and rides in the desert, he has a ton of desert riding experience we can all learn from. Here is a distilled collection of tips Shannon shared with us, ...

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NHRA Winternationals: Top Fuel Harley

By Tom McCarthy The NHRA Mickey Thompson Tires, Top Fuel Harley (TFH) season kicked off on Sunday February 11, 2018, at the Auto Club Raceway, in Pomona, California with the NHRA Lucas Oil Winternationals. Racing began with two qualifying sessions on Friday, February 9, under sunny skies. Eight Top Fuel (T/F) motorcycles were in attendance on Friday, with two big ...

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2018 Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction

By “Dazzlin” Shannon Venturo and Mecum.com “Following last year’s phenomenal $13-million-plus record sales and 92 percent sell-through rate, the Mecum Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction has again cemented its title as the world’s premiere vintage motorcycle auction with a repeat successful performance at this year’s 27th annual Mecum Auction,” stated Mecum officials. The auction featured an estimated 1,750 antique, vintage and ...

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