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  • Handlebars' Ultimate Motorcycle Gift Guide Published 12/2/2009 at 9:32 a.m. 1 comment

    The assignment was simple: Pick your top five motorcycle goodies, no matter how big or small. But when you consider the limitless possibilities, the task suddenly gets difficult: Which moto obsessions should you feed? There can be so many. Nevertheless, ...

  • The Dragon’s Eyes: Photographers of Highway 129 Published 10/22/2009 at 10:43 a.m. 1 comment

    If you’ve been across Highway 129 to Deals Gap during daylight hours, you have seen these people before. They sit or stand on the side of the road, cameras glued to their faces, and they make you feel like Nicky ...

  • Wheels Through Time Museum's Still Rolling Updated 10/9/2009 at 9:41 a.m. 0 comments

    Dale Walksler is a man on a mission. That mission is to get the regional and local tourism bureaucracies in western North Carolina to acknowledge and nurture the economic impact motorcycles riders have on the region. Dale’s Wheels Through Time ...

  • After The Accident Published 8/27/2009 at 9:40 a.m. 0 comments

    Every time you raise the kickstand, you are aware on some level that you are now at the mercy of forces greater than yourself and your motorcycle—the car and truck drivers who are texting, rocking out, coping with screaming kids, ...

  • SOLD!!! Published 7/17/2009 at 1:12 p.m. 0 comments

    Every now and then, you need to do something for no particular reason other than you’ve never done it before and it may be fun. Sometimes you need to go to an event just because it may never happen again. ...

  • A Raucous Ride Published 6/29/2009 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments

    Dan Paransky’s Blount County shop is rich in large boat motors, motorcycles, and European cars. Giving a tour, he is preceded by a lit cigar that he is not actively smoking, much as the priest follows his censer.

  • How We Roll Published 5/27/2009 at 10:31 a.m. 0 comments

    Landscape architect and Ducati rider Sara Hedstrom is indulging a stranger, trying to articulate some possible differences between male and female motorcyclists. Hedstrom began riding in 2002. On exactly what, she cannot recall. “Oh what was it?” she asks herself. ...

  • Smokin’ Published 4/24/2009 at 4:11 p.m. 0 comments

    John Aylor lives in Rio Rancho, N.M. He’s headed to the Smokies for the 10th annual gathering of two-stroke fanatics that regularly descends on the Deals Gap Resort each spring. (This year, from May 4 through May 10.) He describes ...

  • Cool Bikes, Hot Trends Published 3/24/2009 at 9:43 a.m. 0 comments

    Given the increasingly grim economic news over the months leading up to February 19-21, I wasn’t expecting much from the 13th and final Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, moved from its long-term location of Atlanta to Greenville, S.C. True enough, ...

  • Recession Proof Published 3/23/2009 at 4:49 p.m. 0 comments

    The Great Recession of 2009 didn’t kill the Dealer Expo in Indianapolis as many had predicted after all. In fact, there seemed to be tremendous growth in the budget, small displacement, and entry-level categories. Despite the fact that there were ...

  • Gimme Danger Published 3/12/2009 at 4:55 p.m. 0 comments

    It’s a cold and crappy January day in West Knoxville; too cold and crappy to think much about motorcycles. Unless you happen to be in a particular heated shop, where two evil geniuses are examining the skeleton of what may ...

  • True Adventures of The 555 Published 2/19/2009 at 3:11 p.m. 0 comments

    The 555. You may have heard about them. Although, if you’re not plugged in to one of Knoxville’s myriad motorcycle networks, it’s probably just as likely that you actually heard The 555. Seven small, old Honda motorcycles in various states ...

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