Category: Motorcycle Musings

Riding: It’s in the blood

With wife Amy obtaining her motorcycle license over the weekend, we will be a motorcycling couple as soon as we pick up her new Can-Am RTS at the dealer in North Carolina later this week. A lot of people asked why I would even consider getting back on a bike after my cow encounter in

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Amy joins the motorcycle ranks

Amy Thompson is now a licensed motorcycle rider after having completed the three-wheel “trike and sidecar” class at Central Virginia Community College in Lynchburg. We are now in the market for a three-wheeler for her, preferably a Can-Am that has two wheels in the front. Related articles Trikes are on the rise in motorcycle culture

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Toys for Tots

Each December, Marines and the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group gather in Salem for the annual Toys for Tots ride — a charity benefit that helps the toys program of the Marine Corps. It’s been my privilege in past years to both ride my Harley in the event and to help as an official for

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Harley group wins Virginia chili cook-off

The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group, which includes members from Floyd County — including Stayce Eller, this year’s chapter director — won the Virginia Championship Chili Cook-off today. The group can represent Virginia in the national cook-off in Palm Springs, California, later this year.

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White Knuckle Chili

The roar of motorcycles announced a new batch of Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group’s famous “White Knuckle Chili” is ready for sampling at the annual Virginia State Chili Championship Cook Off in downtown Roanoke. Related articles Chop chop(

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Four days on the road and I made it home tonight

Even with layers of leather and heated gear the cold gnawed at my bones as we blasted down I-79 towards West Virginia. A breakfast stop south of Morgantown brought hot coffee and some warmth but the warmth from the ride up on Thursday morning seemed far, far away as we studied radar maps on our cell phones and wondered if and when the rain would hit.

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New River Valley Harley-Davidson ceases operations Dec. 31

New River Valley Harley-Davidson, Christiansburg, opened with much fanfare and high hopes in October 2008, shuts it doors at the end-of-business Saturday, Dec. 31. The shop’s inventory will go to Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson — which has the same owner — along with some employees. Employees got the news Tuesday.  A sign announced “Clearance Consolidation” went

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Kevin Spangler lived for Harley-Davidsons

“We live for Harley-Davidsons,” Kevin and Sandy Spangler declared on their Facebook page. Kevin Spangler, 49, loved his Harley. He loved Sandy and his two children even more.  The young couple — married just a few years — lived just outside Buchanan where Kevin graduated from James River High School. I met them through the

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Gray-haired bikers, old bones and Chimney Rock

It might be called an act of lunacy for a 63-year-old man with a history of back problems, bad knees, a questionable hip, cobbled together ankles and some non-OEM parts to climb more than 400 step steps to the top of Chimney Rock in North Carolina but I’ve never claimed even a passing acquaintance with

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