Harley and the Davidsons Really Know How to Party

13900082_10154379689465917_3801407668093134187_nHarley and the Davidsons is a new three-part miniseries that will air on the Discovery Channel in September. It’s based on the “true story” of the motorcycle company’s founders William Harley and brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson.

Read all about it here.

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10 Reasons Why I Forgot to Biker Wave

13418724_10154248658000917_3529470933630893652_nDon’t get me wrong but I always try and do the biker wave – really I swear. But occasionally I forget or blow it and I want to personally apologize to everyone out there that I may have slighted over years. I’m sorry.

If you don’t know what the biker wave is you can learn about it in this informative post by William Conner here. It’s a biker thing not a cage thing. If you wave at another idiot who drives a Fiata just like you do, it’s NOT the same thing at all.

That said here are my best excuses for why I forgot to biker wave…

  1. I didn’t (EXPLETIVE) see you.
  2. You are riding a (EXPLETIVE) scooter.
  3. I don’t like your (EXPLETIVE) bike.
  4. We’re riding on the (EXPLETIVE) freeway/highway/Interstate.
  5. I’m in a sharp turn and have both hands on the (EXPLETIVE) handlebars.
  6. I’m scared to wave at you because it’s too (EXPLETIVE) windy, rainy or dangerous.
  7. Your (EXPLETIVE) bike is a funny color and I don’t want you to think I am flirting with you.
  8. Have you noticed that there’s a (EXPLETIVE) motorcycle rally going on?
  9. You’re an (EXPLETIVE).
  10. I’m an (EXPLETIVE).

Anyway, if you don’t wave back at me if I wave at you –  just imagine that I am flipping you the bird instead. Thanks!

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The Wildest Rides of Laconia Bike Week

Ck4OnI2UoAApTqNEverywhere you look along Lakeside Avenue in Weirs Beach you can’t help but find something cool to stare at during the 93rd annual Laconia Bike Week in New Hampshire.

Read all about it here.

 

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The Road to Laconia 2016

13394106_10154234458235917_1578442652317330209_nI rolled out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin late in the day on the road to Laconia, New Hampshire. My ride is a 2016 Harley-Davidson Ultra Low in Purple Fire/Blackberry Smoke with only six miles on the clock. I call her “Purple Rain.”

Read about it here.

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Harley-Davidson Low Rider S – The S is for Stupendous

12814767_10154002781165917_8026845966673053219_nAre you looking for a new cruiser with plenty of grunt or ready to trade up to the big league? Or are you simply looking for a reason to live? Then buy this motorcycle. Right now.

It’ll change your life because the 2016 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S was made to shake, rattle and rock your world. It’s that good.

Read my review here.

 

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Hauling Ass with Ford Performance in a Shelby GT350 Mustang

13177554_10154156727310917_1770151698489798994_nSome Fords just get better and better. The latest Shelby GT350 Mustang is no exception and is a serious blast to drive on a track at speeds in the triple digits. The 5.2-liter flat-plane V8 engine delivers 526 horsepower with 429 lb.-ft. of torque. Not bad for the racetrack and pretty bonkers for the street.

I snagged a little seat time in a Shelby GT350 at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, California courtesy of Ford Performance and I can honestly say it did not suck.

Read my review here.

 

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Harley-Davidson Night Rod Special is a Mean Street Fighter

10492032_10154002785645917_6923026378592216099_nMy next-door neighbor back in Brooklyn owned a 2002 Harley-Davidson V-Rod. He parked it in front of his Bushwick apartment building on the sidewalk. It had a brushed, anodized aluminum tank, solid rims and fenders with plenty of chrome. It was b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

Sadly, he also had some chrome stick-on skulls from Pep Boys on it that killed the overall look, but it still looked mean. I wanted to ride that bike bad.

The 1,130cc V-Twin Revolution, V-Rod had an extended front end, a hot, curvy exhaust and fat rear tire that make it look like a dragster. It was designed to go very fast in a straight line and it was also the first liquid cooled, production motorcycle from Harley.

Read my review here.

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2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn

E.Dawn_Product_10_grid_v2Say hello to an all-new Dawn — a sumptuous and eye-catching convertible from Rolls-Royce. The stylish, two-door drop top has a striking build and will ferry four people around town in luxurious splendor. Like the Rolls-Royce Wraith, it has suicide doors that open and close at the touch of a button and a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament that’s available in four optional finishes: solid silver, gold-plated, illuminated and up-lit.

Beneath its sleek and massive bonnet you will find a 6.6-liter, twin-turbo V-12 engine. The eight-speed automatic, rear-wheel-drive drophead weighs 5,644 pounds, yet can spirit its driver and passengers from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds. The Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn of the last mid-century was the muse and inspiration for this Dawn, which was also handcrafted in Goodwood, England.

Dawn is the quietest convertible available thanks to windscreens and higher belt lines that keep passengers as snug as a turtleneck sweater. Plus, it only takes 22 seconds to go completely topless, at speeds up to 37 mph. The brilliant motorcar is available in wonderful colors like midnight sapphire with mandarin leather interior, or you can create your own unique configuration on the company’s website.

Aside from all the luxury one would expect from Rolls, Dawn also uses GPS data to see beyond what you see and anticipate your next move, based on your location and driving style. Dawn, it seems, can read your mind.

Top track speed: 155 mph
563 horsepower at 5,250 rpm
0-60: 4.9 seconds
MSRP: $335,000

Originally published in the South Florida Luxury Guide in 2016

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Indian Scout versus Harley-Davidson Sportster

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One of the most renowned grudge matches in the history of motorcycling is the ongoing battle for knockout sales between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle.

The ultimate cruiser contest between these two companies has lasted for well over a century. Harley won the last one with a mostly undisputed track record, winning sales and strong brand loyalty.

Indian started out with a bang and was knocked out cold for over half a century, but has since returned to the ring with a vengeance.

Today, we have the ultimate street fight for the 21st century – a rumble in the suburban jungle between the two competitors.

Read my review here.

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JOYRIDE: 2016 Harley-Davidson Sportster Seventy-Two

2016-72This is one hell of a Harley – the look, design and feel of this bike is nearly flawless. The Seventy-Two weighs only 559 lbs. and is the perfect all around town cruiser that will turn heads and elicit envy from riders everywhere.

Read my review here.

 

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