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  • "Pipe Dreams"

    "Pipe Dreams"


    reprinted from BB.com , February 2004
    copyright owned by author
    Welcome to February's edition of Customarily Minded. Winter will be drawing near to a close so in the meantime let's warm things up with a hot topic from the customizing field: Pipes. First off you'll want to decide on slip on mufflers or a complete system. If you're just looking for a new style and a different sound, slip-on mufflers are the way to go (assuming of course it's feasible to use them on your bike, che...
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  • Selling Your Beginner Bike

    Selling Your Beginner Bike


    reprinted from BB.com , March 2004
    copyright owned by author


    Selling Your Beginner Bike Welcome to this month's rotation of the wheels of Customarily Minded (hmm, that sounds frighteningly similar to Whizbang's column...I'll have to come up with something else next time around!). For March I'd like to deal with a topic that is a popular one for this time of the year, namely selling a used bike. Things are warming up now and folks will be getting the bike bug agai...
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  • The V-Twin Enigma

    The V-Twin Enigma


    reprinted from BB.com , April 2004
    copyright owned by author



    The V-Twin Enigma Welcome to this month's Customarily Minded. For April we're going to look at the state of the motorcycling market and arguably its most popular engine configuration, the venerable V-Twin. Quick historical fact: While Harley Davidson is best known as the "masters of the V-Twin", it was Indian that first belted one out for production back in 1903 when Harley was just getting the...
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  • #!%& Idiot Drivers!!!

    #!%& Idiot Drivers!!!


    reprinted from BB.com , June 2004
    copyright owned by author


    #!%& Idiot Drivers!!! It never fails. Every motorcycle forum I visit has one commonly repeated topic. And I have to admit that I've participated in said discussions more than once. Yes, I speak of nothing other than the infamous rants on the way everyone else drives and/or doesn't know how to drive. You've seen them, you've participated in them, and some of us can even lay claim to starting such discus...
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  • Chop To It 2: The Next Cut

    Chop To It 2: The Next Cut


    reprinted from BB.com , July 2004
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    Chop To It 2: The Next Cut I originally intended to have this up last month, but I couldn't get it finished in time so I substituted an auxilliary article I had drummed up in the past for a rainy day. Unfortunately for that cliche, we haven't seen a drop of rain for a few months out here in triple-digits Southern Nevada, but nonetheless that deadline snuck up and hit me like a hail storm. So you ...
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  • Chop To It!

    Chop To It!


    reprinted from BB.com , May 2004
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    Chop To It! Welcome to Customarily Minded, where the motto here is "Stock bikes can be cool, but it's the custom bikes that make me drool." This month's topic will deal with a personal favorite topic of mine, one that I've applied to two (working on three) of my bikes. Every now and then I'll get an email on this topic, asking for some information concerning it. If you haven't seen my bikes yet, and you ski...
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  • Seven Years Of Scratching

    Seven Years Of Scratching


    reprinted from BB.com , August 2004
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    Seven Years Of Scratching Welcome to August's edition of Customarily Minded. August is a special month for me here at Beginner Bikes, back in 2002 BB was reborn with a new look and forum, maturing from the old style tree-branch bulletin board format. Shortly after registering in the new forum, the administrator of BB asked me to join the BB Team, so this is my second anniversary as an associat...
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  • Bit By The Bug: Coping With The Seven Year Itch

    Bit By The Bug: Coping With The Seven Year Itch

    a pre-Customarily Minded article
    reprinted from BB.com , January 2003
    copyright owned by author



    Bit By The Bug: Coping With The Seven Year Itch This writer's motorcycle gene was triggered in college, during which the activation of said gene was from riding a Puch moped around town, which naturally fed a yearning for something that could better keep up with city traffic. Wanting a 250 Rebel during the entire high school and college experience, I ventured ...
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  • This Brand vs. That...

    This Brand vs. That...


    reprinted from BB.com , September 2004
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    This Brand vs. That... I cruise through quite a few motorcycle forums, and while nobody can ever stake a claim at having seen every one of them, I just like to keep an ear to the ground about motorcycling in general. One forum I like to drop in on from time to time is one based on the various motorcycle clubs and any/all that are interested in reading and learning a bit about this cultur...
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  • The Legacy

    The Legacy

    All new editorial, the rebirth of Customarily Minded!
    January 28, 2006 copyright owned by author



    Smokin' into the New Year!



    The Legacy of Beginner Bikes


    Y'all remember this? Welcome back to the first reinstatement of the recently relaunched "Customarily Minded". Can you believe it's been a year already since the original Beginner Bikes site fell off the web, thus officially mandating new offshoot sites like the on...
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  • When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part One)
    by Shadow Shack
    reprinted from BB.com , April 2003
    copyright owned by author
    So you've jumped head-first (hopefully with a DOT approved helmet) into the motorcycling world and finally acquired that first bike. After taking any classes and learning the basics in a nearby parking lot, you've no doubt been logging a few extra miles onto the odometer that really served no other purpose other than simply getting on the bike to ride... Sooner or later you're going to come across another bike that has s...
    01-31-2017, 05:51 PM
  • When Is It Time To Customize My Motorcycle? (Part Two)
    by Shadow Shack
    reprinted from BB.com , May 2003
    copyright owned by author
    So you've had your sport bike (or standard) for some time now and after reading my last submission or watching all the custom cruisers go by you get a hankering to do something special to your machine. Trouble is, aside from a few performance mods there really isn't a whole lot out there when it comes to customizing a sportbike or standard. But that doesn't neccesarily mean you can't do it to yours. I've seen quite a few decke...
    01-31-2017, 05:51 PM
  • Customarily Minded
    by Shadow Shack

    reprinted from BB.com , June 2003
    copyright owned by author
    Welcome to the third installment of my column, appropriately entitled "Customarily Minded." Unlike the title suggests, I won't be writing about custom modifications each and every month. Granted it's something I love to write about and something I enjoy carrying out even more, let me take a moment and tell you what this column is going to deal with for the most part. The word "customarily" comes from the root customary...
    01-31-2017, 05:50 PM
  • Beginner Trikes
    by Shadow Shack

    reprinted from BB.com , July 2003
    copyright owned by author


    Beginner Trikes This is always an offbeat topic when it comes to motorcycling. Somewhere between the automotive world and motorcycles are those funky three wheeled contraptions otherwise known as trikes. Some are automobile conversions, like the all too familiar VW Beetle (the original air-cooled rear engine Bugs, not the modern retro look-alikes) powered trikes. Then you have your motorcycle based conve...
    01-31-2017, 05:50 PM
  • Does This Bike Fit Me?
    by Shadow Shack

    reprinted from BB.com , September 2003
    copyright owned by author


    Does This Bike Fit Me? Perhaps one of the most important questions a person should ask when bike shopping is that one. Once a person can decide upon what models he/she likes, the best advice I can give (aside from power and weight issues) would have to be fit and comfort. A comfortable rider is a safer rider, if someone is constantly fidgeting in the saddle for a better position then that person isn'...
    01-31-2017, 05:49 PM
  • The Wave
    by Shadow Shack

    reprinted from BB.com , October 2003
    copyright owned by author



    The Wave Welcome once again to this month's edition of Customarily Minded. Autumn is in the air and that means things are cooling down a bit. Which means a lot of motorcyclists are either coming out of the wood work or getting their final rides of the year in before old man winter comes a sneezin'. For October I'd like to revive an old custom among motorcyclists: the Wave. No, this isn't conce...
    01-31-2017, 05:49 PM
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