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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!

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

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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 »

Making your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Fit You

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Rider Contributor
July 28, 2006

he first time you throw a leg over your new Harley you are getting on an unfinished motorcycle. In at least one or more ways, that bike does not fit your body. [Making your Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Fit You was originally published in American Rider magazine] The first time you throw a leg over your... Read more »

Retrospective: Customized Motorcycle (based on a 1985 Suzuki Madura 1200)

Custom 1985 Suzuki Madura 1200.

Clement Salvadori
June 21, 2006

(This Retrospective article was published in the June 2006 issue of Rider.) This is one man’s view of how his motorcycle should look—it is a true custom. Many people talk about having customized bikes, but for the essential meaning of the word “customize” we should take a look at Webster’s... Read more »

Big Dog, Harley-Davidson and Wild West; V-twin Manufacturing Spotlight

PARDON-OUR-DUST

Rider Contributor
May 5, 2006

[Big Dog, Harley-Davidson and Wild West; V-twin Manufacturing Spotlight was originally published in American Rider magazine] From little quark-sized mom-and-pop shops that build one or two at a time; to small molecular-level construction shops that make one or two hundred a year; to medium-size solar-system... Read more »

Installing a Barnett Scorpion 3-Inch Belt Drive

Rider Contributor
January 24, 2006

by Scott Dalgleish photography by John Hyder The great thing about installing a belt primary drive is that it takes about the same time and effort as installing an OE chain drive. So if you’re interested in adding the look that sets the bike apart from the oil-bathed chain-driven stock Harley,... Read more »

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