Southwest Stories

SOA – Reflecting on the 7-Year Journey

Story by Ray Seidel Editor’s Note: Like many fans of the show, I was “resigned” to it’s ending and appreciated the way it was resolved, but still felt some sadness to see it go. I had grown somewhat close to the characters, even the psychopathic ones…so the morning after the last episode I wrote to Ray and asked if he ...

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Road Glide Reborn: 2015 Road Glide Standard

Story and Photos: Gary Koz Mraz Ode to Road Glide: Introduced in 1979 as the Harley-Davidson Tour Glide, this infamous shark nosed motorcycle officially transformed into the “Road Glide” in 1998. Harley’s only frame-mounted faring motorcycle stirred mixed emotions. As the bagger craze exploded, the Road Glide became the custom bagger of choice and remains so to this day. Mothballed ...

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Carson to San Francisco on a Harley Ultra Limited

But would I take this trip again? Article and Photos by Art Hall I used to visit at least once a year but it has been a few years since my last trip to San Francisco and a few years more than that since I had used Hwy. 1 to get there, most often using Hwy. 101 rather than the ...

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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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High Seas Rally 2015 – Don’t let the fun scare ya!

There will be no 2016 HSR rally cruise! This year’s 2015 Western Caribbean High Seas Rally cruise is also in serious doubt??? In the last 4 years we have had a series of medical (cancer, death of Debbie, my kidney transplant) lack of help at our office, 2 bad weather cruises in the Eastern Caribbean and my inability to travel ...

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Celebrity riders take the “PATH Home”

By Gary Koz Mraz In 2010, Quick Throttle featured actress Katee Sackhoff in our “Women Who Ride.” Later that year Sackhoff and motorcycle riding compadre, Tricia Helfer motorcycled from L.A. to Louisiana to raise funds for the Gulf Restoration Network. Check out their movie “The LA LA Ride” at www.actingoutlaws.tv Katee and Tricia met on the set of Battlestar Galactica ...

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Love Ride 31

Photos by Pete Alva, Stephanie Nidess, Ray Seidel Saturday, October 25, 2014 saw another fun-filled day of biker events and great entertainment featuring Buckcherry & Robby Krieger with his band, Jam Kitchen. Yes, that’s correct, this year the ride was held on a Saturday, not Sunday. Also, the ride did NOT start at Glendale (though some still used Glendale Harley ...

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Street Vibrations’ 20th Fall Rally: Thunder in the Streets

…Against All Odds, Rally Defies Rain & Fires Story-Irish Flame; Photos- Irish Flame, Kristan Gilpatrick & Kevin Levezu Street Vibrations Fall Rally was ON and right over the hill from my hometown of Carson City. Randy Burke and Roadshows pulled off another fun week of events, food, music and fun. Despite the downpour of rain and blustery winds that welcomed ...

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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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Spotlight on Sweetwater Harley-Davidson

By Randy Twells Making the rounds of what’s going on in Southern California, I stopped in recently at the last Harley dealer before the Mexican border, National City’s Sweetwater Harley-Davidson. Founded in 1985 by family Patriarch Tom Horning (RIP), he also started the first HOG chapter in California, and helped create the Tijuana Toy Run among other firsts. My visit ...

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