Southwest Stories

Kings Day Toy Run 2020

By Perry and Traci Nelson Looking for a charity to help children who have next to nothing? Here is your chance. A coloring book, a set of jacks, a doll, or even an old bike you rarely use is gold to these kids. Word got out this year in this low income section of Puerto Penasco that the Three Kings ...

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Blue Collar Build Off 2020

By Rob Borden Perhaps no one has enjoyed their quarantine more than the handful of teams that were selected to participate in this year’s Blue Collar Build Off… Now in its fourth year, this low-budget bike building competition brings in teams from all over the country, and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year. The founder of this ...

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Mad Hatter Performance: The Baddest Shop You’ve Never Heard Of

By Justin James With the current state of the world, it was hard to envision how the 2020 Blue Collar Build Off would turn out. It is difficult enough to build a bike in only thirty days under a budget constraint of only $1,500 without the world being shut down. Despite the added challenges brought on by Covid-19 this year, ...

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Rocky Point Rally 2019

 By Perry & Traci Nelson Not too long ago in a land not too far away, Traci and I went on our annual road trip to Puerto Penasco Mexico, also known as Rocky Point. We went to this beautiful port city for the 18th Annual Rocky Point Rally. Rocky Point is about a three-and-a-half-hour ride from Phoenix, Arizona. For people ...

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Legends Harley-Davidson: The New King of the Road

Legends Harley-Davidson

By Koz Mraz Grand Canyon Harley-Davidson has a new name, a new owner and a new vision. The Bellemont and Mayer Arizona dealerships, and two retail stores in Sedona and Prescott were recently purchased by Dia Matteson. Her grandparents lived in New Mexico and she grew up riding with her dad in Arizona and fell in love with the southwest. ...

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The Inaugural ‘Bring the Ruckus’

By Justin James Photos by Chan Mainor/Chanzilla Multimedia & Christian Schuck Over the last decade and a half, I have attended, entered or judged more custom motorcycle shows than I can even count. Throughout all these shows, I have seen issues such as biased judging, questionable rules and senseless scoring criteria produce results that are profoundly blasphemous. A custom bike ...

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Run-A-Mucca 2019 Custom Bike Show

By Justin James Many motorcycle rallies are becoming glorified craft fairs. Luckily my favorite one, Run-A-Mucca, is not on that bandwagon and is still centered around motorcycles and motorcycle enthusiast culture. The event schedule and attractions included rides, poker runs, live music, good food/drinks, stunt shows, vendors, bike games, wheelie simulator, stereo contest, bike giveaway, 1/8 mile all-motorcycle drags, the ...

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Yuba City Harley-Davidson Party

By Kat Plank It was a hot summer afternoon and the Third Annual Harley-Davidson of Yuba City Anniversary BBQ was in full swing. Women were dancing as the Fryed Brothers Band performed on a stage erected in the dealership lot. The wind swirled Harry Fryed’s long hair and beard around him as he sang and sawed on his fiddle. It ...

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Run-A-Mucca 2019

Seems like a  theme, another rained out Run-A-Mucca. But, WAIT… the die hard rally go-ers know that if it does rain, the weather ALWAYS clears up for the main party! By Tina Zajkowski Photos by Tina Zajkowski and Len Trout Yes, despite the rain, it cleared up for the Soldier of the Year award, bike burn and the concert. It ...

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Steel Horse Saloon’s Trifecta, Patrick’s Run

By Perry & Traci Nelson Starting at the end of March through the first week of April motorcycle enthusiasts head down to my beautiful hometown state of Arizona, where there are motorcycle events and activities throughout the entire state. One of the first events that happens, in the Phoenix metro area, is the Trifecta. TRIFECTA The Trifecta is a Bike ...

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