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Fred Sahms

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  • Good-Bye, Downtown: A Kimberly-Clark Forget-You-Not From 400 Goodys Lane Published 07/03/2013 at 10:04 a.m. 4 Comments

    Kimberly-Clark has left the building. Long live the new building, the east wing of the former Goody’s glass headquarters in West Knoxville. By the time you read this, we’ll be relocated, with a view of Th’Katch sign.

  • Knoxploitation: The Making of 'Incoming Freshmen' Published 06/13/2012 at 2:54 p.m.

    In 1976, a group of first-time filmmakers from the University of Tennessee decided to tackle the drive-in market with their own exploitation film, Incoming Freshmen. While it eventually did indeed make it to theaters, the road there was a treacherous ...

  • A Guide to Urban Fishing in Knoxville Published 10/12/2011 at 11:44 a.m. 1 Comment

    Why go off into the wilderness to catch fish when you can do it right here in the city? Our brave angler tries out some of Knoxville's fishing holes.

  • Vintage Motorcycling at Daytona Bike Week Published 03/05/2010 at 2:11 p.m.

    This winter has sucked; there’s really no way around it. Even Mr. Ride-Every-Day Geoffrey Greene would agree. I check the Accuweather.com five-day forecast hoping for a dry 44-degree weekend day, so I can get a ride in. That’s pitiful for ...

  • New BMW/Ducati Dealership Slated for Chattanooga Published 12/02/2009 at 10:23 a.m.

    Bucking the current economic climate, Justin Prann, former parts manager for BMW Motorrad North America, is well on his way to opening a new BMW and Ducati dealership in Chattanooga.

  • “Distracted Driving” Gets Increased Attention From Lawmakers, AMA Published 12/02/2009 at 10:21 a.m.

    President Obama signed an executive order banning federal employees from sending text messages while driving government vehicles and while using government-paid cell phones when driving their own cars. The order also bans federal employees from sending text messages from hand-held ...

  • Emptying Containers Published 12/02/2009 at 10:04 a.m.

    Most “mature” readers surely have heard the old saw about newlyweds, the first year of marriage, and a jar of nickels. I’ll spare you the details, but basically the jar never empties. A motorcycle restoration is similar, in that the ...

  • Steve Gilkey's 1984 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Published 12/02/2009 at 9:48 a.m.

    "This is an ’84 XR1000, even though it’s stamped ’83. All the black ones were ’84s, almost at the very end of the run. They made less than 150 of the black ones, and they were offered to Harley dealers ...

  • Hickman and Parker Claim WERA, AHRMA Titles Published 11/05/2009 at 10:45 a.m.

    Ray Hickman of Corryton (129 Racing) claimed two WERA national championships for 2009 by taking two wins at the Nashville round on September 27, followed by a win and a third place at the WERA Grand National Finals at Road ...

  • 2009 Triumph Rocket III Tourer: Power Monger Published 10/22/2009 at 10:45 a.m. 1 Comment

    Rolling west on the Rocket III around the Highway 95 exit on I-40, I pulled alongside a Honda Fit automobile. On Triumph’s behemoth triple, I felt I could simply bump that little car out of the way, like in the ...

  • New Old Bikes Published 10/22/2009 at 10:19 a.m.

    Lately I have been scoping out potential bike purchases for my brother. He’s no fan of wrenching, so new and simple are my primary criteria. I sent him photos of a Ninja 250 with a “for sale” sign parked on ...

  • Local Racers Rebound After Incidents Published 09/22/2009 at 5:53 p.m.

    Ray Hickman of Corryton (129 Racing) had a great start to the July 26 Roebling Road WERA road racing round, and won the V7 Heavyweight race, before crashing and heavily damaging his bike when he encountered oil on the track ...

  • Suffering From Projectitis Updated 10/09/2009 at 9:42 a.m.

    Those of you who aren’t tool-users might want to skip this column, but it might just prove to be a cautionary tale for those contemplating a project purchase, even if it is a really great deal.

  • Non-Poisonous Snakes Published 09/22/2009 at 4:48 p.m.

    Want to ride miles of tasty curves on a weekend without being hounded by impatient sport bikes, and still be close enough to civilization to have amenities nearby, including a motorcycle-welcoming country store? Despite the venomous name, The Snake might ...

  • 2010 Ducati Streetfighter S: An Effortless Fast Italian Brawler Updated 10/09/2009 at 9:39 a.m. 1 Comment

    Streetfighter. We’re not talking Fight Club here, but Ducati’s hottest naked offering. If the first streetfighters were bloody-knuckled Geico cavemen, this Duc is Roy Jones Jr. in a silk Armani wife-beater tee.

  • Wheels Through Time Museum's Still Rolling Updated 10/09/2009 at 9:41 a.m.

    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 ...

  • World-Traveling Limeys Delight, Mesmerize Tea Room Crowd Published 08/27/2009 at 10:43 a.m.

    Motorcycling world travelers Lois Pryce and Austin Vince, visiting Knoxville on a cross-country trip in a Ural sidecar rig, stopped by the Time Warp Tea Room Thursday evening, July 30, and gave a pair of presentations on their travels. Both ...

  • The Kids are Alright Published 08/27/2009 at 10:33 a.m.

    What will happen to our beautiful vintage bikes when the current crop of owners dies or decides to sell them to fund their retirements? I was contemplating this question last Sunday afternoon over a cold beverage on my front porch ...

  • Kenneth Winter's Streamliner Published 08/27/2009 at 10:15 a.m. 1 Comment

    Kenneth Winter: I have this real weakness for a particular category on eBay: “car, other” and “motorcycle, other.” That’s where all the weird stuff is. It was described as a streamliner. I’d been wanting a rat bike of some sort, ...

  • Leather, Textile, or Skin? Published 08/27/2009 at 9:53 a.m.

    Paper or plastic? Boxers or briefs? Leather or textile? What kind of motorcycle jacket works for you, if you choose to wear one at all? Some of the best riders I know ride in Solway motocross pants (Bermuda shorts), a ...

  • The Other Harley Published 07/17/2009 at 1:19 p.m.

    “Do you have a Harley?” The question inevitably comes up, usually the second or third after “Do you have a motorcycle?” when a non-rider sees me carrying a helmet or discovers I ride. And it’s usually followed by some horror ...

  • 555 Tribute Band Lands in Knoxville Published 07/17/2009 at 1:17 p.m.

    The Portland-to-Knoxville 555 “dumb-ass adventure” is complete. Twelve souls on 12 old heaps left Portland, Ore. on June 20 bound for Knoxville, under the same basic premise used by last year’s Knoxville 555: pre-1975 motorcycles, under 500 cc’s, and costing ...

  • Lost in Grainger County Published 07/17/2009 at 1:15 p.m.

    One of my favorite head-clearing early morning rides is to head into Grainger County and get lost on some of the narrow roads on either side of Highway 11W. Traffic is nonexistent, the countryside is gorgeous, the roads are not ...

  • Local Racers Win Published 07/17/2009 at 1:08 p.m.

    Parker Takes Point Lead: Defending AHRMA 200GP champion Jack Parker of Knoxville regained the 200GP class points lead with a win and a second place at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., June 13-14 and two wins at Grattan, Mich. June ...

  • Mladin Finally Challenged at Infinion and Road America Published 06/29/2009 at 9:57 a.m.

    The AMA American Superbike points race still looks to be a lock for Matt Mladin and the Yoshimura Rockstar Suzuki team, but for the first and second times this season someone else took the top spot on the podium. At ...

  • Form Over Malfunction Published 06/29/2009 at 9:54 a.m.

    The lady I passed on the one-lane bridge on Indian Ridge Road in Grainger County thinks I am a maniac, scofflaw, or, if she’s familiar with the term, squid. She couldn’t see through my face-shield and sunglasses that my eyes ...

  • Hot Springs on a Hot Day Published 05/27/2009 at 12:02 p.m.

    After a hot ride in black leather on a moist, muggy day there’s nothing I like more than a soak in natural-spring-fed hot tub. Well, maybe on a cool day in the spring or fall. But even in warm weather ...

  • Old Skool is (Usually) Cool Published 05/27/2009 at noon 1 Comment

    The “Spring Fling” was Internet-spawned, a gathering for members of the Adventure Riders (www.advrider.com) “Old Skool” sub-forum. The core of Adventure Riders is mostly world travelers and regional BMW riders, with heaping helpings of everything else, with extra portions of ...

  • Honda Superbike Challenge Results Published 05/27/2009 at 10:34 a.m.

    Despite rain, a tornado warning, and two oiled-track incidents, Yoshimura Rockstar Suzuki rider Matt Mladin chalked up his sixth and seventh Superbike wins of the 2009 season at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Al., on May 2 and 3. The ...

  • AMA and AHRMA Split Published 05/27/2009 at 10:33 a.m.

    The American Motorcycle Association (AMA) and the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) have ended their long-standing relationship, putting the future of U.S. vintage motorcycle racing in a strange new place. The AMA announced it would be running its own ...

  • Back to Racing After 35 Years Published 04/24/2009 at 4:49 p.m.

    If the current economy hasn’t forever banished the concept from their minds, for most folks retirement means slowing down, sitting in rocking chairs, baby-sitting the grandkids, and puttering around the yard. Retired research physicist Bob McMillen is spending his golden ...

  • Stinkwheels Published 04/24/2009 at 4:03 p.m.

    Some motorcycles evoke a certain thought at first sight. When I first saw this small, Yamaha-powered dragster in the window of the Tea Room, all I could think of was how up to date my health insurance coverage was. The ...

  • Road Atlanta Superbike Challenge Results Published 04/24/2009 at 3:59 p.m.

    Same as it ever was. Despite the major changes in the series wrought by the sale by AMA to Daytona Motorsports Group (DMG), Matt Mladin breezed to easy wins in both American Superbike races at Road Atlanta on April 4 ...

  • Rider Killed, Tommy's Motorsports Dealer Hurt in Accident Published 04/24/2009 at 3:47 p.m.

    One rider was killed, and several people were injured in a multiple vehicle crash that occurred at the junction of US 441 and Highway 61 on Sunday, April 5 at approximately 6:30 p.m. Keith McBride, 45, of Oak Ridge was ...

  • Cool Bikes, Hot Trends Published 03/24/2009 at 9:43 a.m.

    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, ...

  • Destination MotorCycles Changes Ownership Published 03/24/2009 at 9:37 a.m.

    March 7 marked a turning point for local European motorcycle lovers. Founder Milt McNally confirmed that he and his son Jordan have sold their interests in Destination MotorCycles.

  • Jack Parker Wins at Roebling, Podiums at Daytona Published 03/24/2009 at 9:36 a.m.

    Two-time defending 200GP champion Jack Parker started off the 2009 season with a win and a podium finish at the season-opening round of the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) road racing series at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Ga. ...

  • The Road to Reliance Published 03/23/2009 at 4:06 p.m.

    I hope Knoxville riders know how good we have it. My friends in D.C., Chicago, and Philadelphia lament that they have to slog through hours of urban and suburban sprawl just to get to half-decent riding. Even from the heart ...

  • Le Mans Trifecta Published 03/23/2009 at 3:47 p.m.

    And now for something just a little more masculine. Around 1996 a guy called me out of the blue and asked me if I could help him fix his Moto Guzzi. The bottom end of his ex-race 850 Le Mans ...

  • Trials Training Days Published 03/12/2009 at 5:02 p.m.

    The Trials Training Center in Marion County will hold its Trials Training Days March 28 and 29. Observed trials is the one motorcycle sport where speed is not the goal. Instead, riders must navigate obstacles without stopping or putting their ...

  • Daytona Vintage Auction is On Published 03/12/2009 at 5 p.m.

    The off-again, on-again J. Wood & Company Daytona Antique and Classic Motorcycle Auction at Daytona Bike Week is on again for 2009. After 21 years, it appeared that this year would see a cancelation of the auction and related swap ...

  • Harley Sportster is Badass Reborn Published 03/12/2009 at 3:42 p.m.

    The grass is always greener. People long for what they can’t have. American riders know this all too well, and pine for Japanese- and European-market bikes that magazines parade before us on their pages, before crushing our desires with the ...

  • Undocumented Alien Published 03/12/2009 at 3:02 p.m.

    Go ahead and snicker. This column is about a moped, lower on the two-wheeled food chain than anything short of a motorized bicycle, a slow buzzy ride to Nerdsville. I know what you’re thinking: “Two columns in and he’s hit ...

  • Local Vintage Club Invited to the Big Show Published 02/19/2009 at 3:14 p.m.

    The Cycle World International Motorcycle Show that has long been held in Atlanta has relocated to Greenville, S.C. for 2009. The 13th and last IMS of the season will be held February 20, 21 and 22 at the Carolina First ...

  • Motorcycle Treasures Published 02/19/2009 at 3:06 p.m.

    Who you gonna call when you rash up your GSXR or need a fuel tank for a ’65 Yamaha Big Bear scrambler? Since 1976, local vintage motorcycle enthusiasts and riders of more modern machinery have sought out Motorcycle Salvage, whether ...

  • To Preserve Patina, or Not? That is the Question... Published 02/19/2009 at 2:52 p.m.

    Patina: it’s the new 100-point restoration. You can’t fake it, manufacture it, or go to school to learn how to apply it. Originality only exists once for a motorcycle, and once it’s disturbed it’s gone forever. And in 2009 it ...