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Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts, and Other Motorcycling Greats

Legendary Motorcycles: The Stories and Bikes Made Famous by Elvis, Peter Fonda, Kenny Roberts, and Other Motorcycling Greats

Motorcycles are mythic, far more than mere transportation, but some are in a class of their own, truly legendary machines. There are the Triumphs: James Dean’s, Marlon Brando’s in The Wild Ones, the one Steve McQueen took over the fence in The Gr

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Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle

Coming and Going on Bikes: Essaying the Motorcycle

NOTE: this is a subset of material published in the newer collection Head Check: What it Feels Like to Ride Motorcycles. If you are unfamiliar with Jack Lewis's writing, this is an inexpensive way to discover it, but if you already know you love it,

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Riding on the Edge: A Motorcycle Outlaw's Tale

Ride with author John Hall into the turbulent world of 1960s bike club culture, from his beginnings at an upstart motorcycle club to his rise to the Long Island chapter president of the Pagans, a club that the FBI called “the most violent criminal

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Motorcycle-Touring, Cruisers, Sports Bikes

Article by Bob Jamel







Motorcycle; simply say the word, and immediately people will have thoughts of their teen years while others have visions of some motorcycle movie made during the sixties and early seventies. Some think rallies, Hells Angles, or choppers ridden by motorcycle gangs and clubs. The motorcycle has given us many models and dreams to dream.

Depending on whether you count a steam engine as a “true” engine, the first motorcycle was either built by Sylvester Howard Roper, an American, who built one powered by a two-cylinder, coal powered, steam engine, in 1865. If you do not consider steam a “real” fuel, then Gottlieb Daimler, automobile industry giant, built the first motorcycle in 1885, when he attached a gasoline-powered engine to an ordinary bicycle.

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Fred the Biker

A cop stops a Harley for traveling faster than the posted speed limit, so he asks the biker his name.

‘Fred,’ he replies.

‘Fred what?’ the officer asks.

‘Just Fred,’ the man responds.

The officer is in a good mood and thinks he might just give the biker a break and, write him out a warning instead of a ticket. The officer then presses him for the last name.

The man tells him that he used to have a last name but lost it.  The officer thinks that he has a nut case on his hands but plays along with it. ‘Tell me, Fred, how did you lose your last name?’

The biker replies, ‘It’s a long story, so stay with me.’  I was born Fred Johnson. I studied hard and got good grades.  

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Ouch

A motorcycle patrolman was rushed to the hospital with an inflamed appendix. The doctors operated and advised him that all was well; however, the patrolman kept feeling something pulling at the hairs in his crotch. Worried that it might be a second surgery and the doctors hadn’t told him about it, he finally got enough energy to pull his hospital gown up enough so he could look at what was making him so uncomfortable. Taped firmly across his pubic hair and private parts were three wide strips of adhesive tape, the kind that doesn’t come off easily — if at all. Written on the tape in large black letters was the sentence, ‘Get well soon . from the nurse in the Jeep you pulled over last week.’

Harley-Davidson New 2011 Models

HARLEY-DAVIDSON OFFERS THREE NEW MODELS FOR 2011

Plus New PowerPak Touring Combo and Available ABS for Softail®models

Harley-Davidson introduces the new SuperLow™, XR1200X and Road Glide® Ultra models with its expansive line of 2011-model-year motorcycles. With 32 models including urban brawlers, long-haul touring machines, contemporary customs drenched in chrome, dark retro-style bobbers, exhilarating sport roadsters and inviting standards, Harley-Davidson offers a motorcycle to match the desires of almost any street rider. Each rolls to the sound track of the American road, a syncopated V-Twin cadence that is the pulse of every Harley-Davidson® motorcycle.

Highlights of the 2011 Harley-Davidson line include:

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National mandatory motorcycle helmet law

“It looks like the United States Senate is opening up the debate regarding a National Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law again. A recent press release and alert from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation states:

“The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has learned that, in a hearing held this week by the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) repeatedly called for a national mandatory helmet law. The hearing, entitled “Opportunities to Improve Highway Safety,” focused on areas that need improvement when it comes to the landscape of highway injuries and fatalities.

In his opening statement, Lautenberg said that there should be a mandatory motorcycle helmet law for all riders in America. This is typical for the 86-year-old senator. He has routinely attempted to put a federal mandatory helmet law in place before. Lautenberg currently chairs or sits on every single senate committee that has jurisdiction over roads and road safety.

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Task Force Uncovers Motorcycle Chop Shop 03/2010

DAYTONA BEACH — Hours after News 13 aired a story on a pair of stolen bikes recovered during Bike Week in Daytona Beach, investigators from the Motorcycle Task Force have uncovered an apparent chop shop operation targeting bikes.

Investigators, just like the two News 13 followed Tuesday, ran across another stolen motorcycle some time that day.

While working the case, it led them to a possible rolling chop shop operation in the area.

They believe the whole thing was run out of New York.

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