2011 Harley-Davidson Rocker C Review

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Harley-Davidson’s Rocker C evolved as a showroom custom more by chance than choice. To understand that, we should turn back the clock to 1990, give or take a few years. That was about the time that American motorcycle enthusiasts had indeed rekindled their love affair with America’s motorcycle company, Harley-Davidson. The new romance led to […]

Sam’s Led Sled Custom Harley Sportster

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If you think this little golden beast is absolutely stunning, you should have seen it before. Way before. “Yeah,” notes Pat Patterson, the guru behind Dayton, Ohio’s Led Sled Customs. “Most people bring us new or almost new bikes. In terms of how they usually look when they’re brought to us, yours was kind of […]

2011 Road King Classic Harley Magazine Review

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I never pass up the chance to ride a Road King, no matter what the version. The King is, hands down, my favorite Harley-Davidson. If I could only have one bike in my garage, it would have to be a Road King. Want to cruise around town? The King, since there are no fairings up […]

2011 Sportster 883L SuperLow Motorcycle Review

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When I heard of the new Sportster 883L SuperLow, I envisioned a ground-hugging, peg-scraping Sportster, very different from the 883 and 1200 Low already available. Turns out the SuperLow isn’t that much lower in actual seat height. But because of a complete overhaul by Motor Company engineers in steering geometry, wheel and tire sizes, and […]

2011 Saxon Reaper Motorcycle Magazine Review

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As I’ve written in my column, to have the best of both worlds everyone should own a bagger and a hot rod. The bagger is like a wife, designed to go for long distance rides in comfort. The hot rod is like a mistress, just the ticket for a few hours of adventure. And while […]

2011 Victory Hammer S Harley Threat?

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In 1949, Pete Seeger and Lee Hays penned one of my favorite folk songs, If I Had a Hammer. You know the one I’m talking about, right? The Hammer Song, as it became known, was written in support of the progressive movement of the times. Well, it turns out that song wasn’t all that popular […]

Harley-Davidson 2011 CVO Street Glide

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Thanks to the mainstream media, I am reminded daily that the world economy is down and most of us are experiencing some sort of hardship. That said, regardless of the economic climate we’re in, aren’t we all still entitled to feel good about ourselves and have some fun in life? News flash: motorcycling is a […]

Magazine Review Big Dog’s 2010 Ridgeback

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As far back as I can recall, I remember people referring to me as a chubby kid. As I got older, those comments turned harsher, and I was called fat, especially by other children. So it’s no wonder that I have grown up to be thick skinned. Over the years, I have also gathered a […]

Harley Magazine Review Sportster XL1200C

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Guilty as charged. I admit it. I used to say that Harley-Davidson was perhaps diluting its bloodline by releasing a plethora of dolled-up versions of its various motorcycles over the last 20 years or so. I was concerned that maybe the Motor Company was taking the joy of customization away from the enthusiast by prepackaging […]

Harley Dyna Wide Glide Magazine Test

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In his ballad Isle of Beauty, Fare Thee Well, Thomas Haynes Bayly wrote “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Throughout my life, I have experienced this phenomenon in a variety of different instances, mostly in regards to women — I mean motorcycles. That said, when the bean counters at Juneau Avenue dropped one of my […]