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Motorcycle Features: Bikes, Blokes, Culture and Beyond
In this section you’ll find motorcycle-related feature articles including biographies, technical endeavors, historical spotlights and other articles that focus on interesting aspects of motorcycling culture. If it’s not news or a road test, gear, rally, blog or tour article, you’ll find it here!

How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit

A CruzTOOL kit for Motorcycle Roadside assistance

Rider Contributor
March 29, 2010

by Reg Kittrelle [This How to Build a Proper Motorcycle Roadside Tool Kit feature was originally published in the April 2010 issue of American Rider magazine] A CruzTOOL kit modified for Reg's Road Glide. Harley-Davidson motorcycles are more reliable now than at any other time in their 107-year history,... Read more »

Motorcycle Weaves and Wobbles: How to avoid them and deal with them

PARDON-OUR-DUST

Rider Contributor
November 17, 2009

There are some aspects of motorcycles that motorcycle manufacturers are reluctant to talk about. Weave and wobble are two of them. Either can put you down and hurt you, so you need to know what these things are, and how to prevent their onset. We all know that motorcycles are not inherently stable. When... Read more »

1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200: PART ONE

Harley Davidson XR1200 accessorized and waiting for packing.

Rider Contributor
July 21, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [This 1300 miles on a Harley-Davidson XR1200 two-part road test was originally featured in American Rider magazine] Harley Davidson XR1200 accessorized and waiting for packing. Why? Denver, Colorado, is approximately 1,300 miles from my home in Santa Cruz, California. I need to be there... Read more »

Suspension and Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail

Motorcycle Rake and Trail Diagram

Rider Contributor
June 30, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [Understanding Motorcycle Rake and Trail was originally published in American Rider magazine] When talking about motorcycle suspension most riders understand fork rake angle, or at least believe they do, but when the term “trail” is introduced, the body of knowledge seems to get... Read more »

1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited

1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000

Jerry Smith
March 17, 2009

[1982 Harley-Davidson XR1000 Revisited was originally published in American Rider magazine] In 1982 Harley-Davidson found itself in one of those goods news/bad news situations. The good news was the company had bought its freedom from hidebound AMF the year before; the bad news was the buy-out left it... Read more »

15 Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Rain

Rain Riding Motorcycle Safety Tips

Rider Contributor
February 12, 2009

By Reg Kittrelle [Safety Tips for Motorcycle Riding in the Rain was originally published in American Rider magazine] The best advice you’ll hear regarding riding in the rain is don’t do it. Bad weather and wet roads raise motorcycle riding to a whole nother level of complexity and—let’s not pussyfoot... Read more »

Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger

Mitchell Pro Bagger

Reg Kittrelle
June 23, 2008

by Reg Kittrelle [Improving Motorcycle Functionality: The Mitchell Pro-Bagger was originally published in American Rider magazine] There’s your Harley-Davidson motorcycle and there’s my Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That they are identical models, came off the same assembly line on the same day, and... Read more »

The History of Flathead American Motorcycles

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Jerry Hatfield
April 28, 2008

By Jerry Hatfield [The History of Flathead American Motorcycles was originally published in American Rider magazine] Most lawnmower factories still build the lowest-cost engines they can. American car and motorcycle factories did likewise from the early teens into the 1950s. The little engine that putt-putts... Read more »

Customizing an OEM Harley-Davidson with Rucker Performance

Rucker Performance Engine for Harley-Davidson

Rider Contributor
March 26, 2007

By Buzz Buzzelli [Customizing an OEM Harley-Davidson with Rucker Performance was originally published in American Rider] The problem with stock Harleys is that they are infested with all those boring original-equipment parts, so they all look the same. What we need is a road map with a route to rout... Read more »

Remembering 1947 Hollister

PARDON-OUR-DUST1

Reg Kittrelle
July 28, 2006

(This article was published in the August 2006 issue of American Rider.) Fifty-three years after Brando’s wild ride, we went looking for Johnny. You know, Johnny Strabler, the Triumph-riding sneer of a man with a too-cool swagger who, along with his black-jacketed Rebel Motorcycle Club, terrorized... Read more »

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