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  • Are You A Real Biker?

    Are You A Real Biker?


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



    Are You A Real Biker? Welcome to October's edition of Customarily Minded. Cooler weather is upon us now that summer is over, and many motorcyclists are out on the road either enjoying said cooler weather or logging their final miles of the year before putting their rides into hibernation for winter. This month I will reflect on an offspring topic that came from the article I published last month ...
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  • Motorcycle Television

    Motorcycle Television

    Customarily Minded
    April 20, 2006



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    Reality TV and the Chopper Craze

    Paul Teutul Sr. was quoted in an interview earlier this year saying "I think that the motorcycle industry peaked, and now I think it's coming back down. It's just like any other trend, everybody floods the market and everybody comes out of the woodwork" and "I see the trend going back to the earlier choppers, like the ‘70s-style choppers. Those...
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  • Rider Review: the Swing

    Rider Review: the Swing

    Customarily Minded
    July 23, 2006

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    The Swing Americans young and old are rediscovering one of the greatest pastimes: no, not motorcycling...I'm talking about swinging. There are more swings in today's parks than any other recreational item, so it's little wonder why they are attracting so many swingers. Here's an in-depth look at the various types of swings. You really gotta watch out for those older UAS (Universal Am...
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  • Decade of Decadence (part 5 of 8)

    Decade of Decadence (part 5 of 8)

    Customarily Minded
    December 17, 2008




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    PART 5 of 8 - Maximizing the Minimal: VLX-Max September 2000 --- Nearly a year has passed since I brought home a clunker and I had visions galore as to how it should look once running. Visions I had already applied, some yet to be realized, but I was getting antsy to say the least. Yet the beast was a long ways from road readiness. Enter the coworker looking for a bike. Aft...
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  • The King Takes a Mighty Fall

    The King Takes a Mighty Fall

    July 23, 2008 copyright owned by author Welcome to Customarily Minded, an editorial I've all but ignored in the past couple of years in favor of work, paying bills, screwing around online, and getting in that occassional ride. Yes it's true...this article is two years to the datye from my last submission. I've been ranting about Honda's less than stellar marketing campaign for quite some time, and no...that's not the reason I've been neglecting this column. Some folks here have gone so far a...
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  • Decade of Decadence (part 4 of 8)

    Decade of Decadence (part 4 of 8)

    Customarily Minded
    December 12, 2008




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    Welcome to this installment of Customarily Minded, I am now halfway into my commitment of belting out eight editorials within a ten week span. And if you're keeping track, I fell behind a tad...six weeks in and four more to go. What can I say, we still have plenty of nice riding weather down here in the sun belt!

    PART 4 of 8: A Clunker, Wrenches, and Reborn...
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  • Decade of Decadence (part 3 of 8)

    Decade of Decadence (part 3 of 8)

    Customarily Minded
    November 30, 2008




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    PART 3 of 8: Waking Up After the Dream October 1999 --- Bike #3 arrives home, replacing Bike #2 which was traded straight up title for title for the new acquisition. Or traded DOWN according to the dealership, it was a 1995 1500 Vulcan that I had for a year and swapped out for a 1995 VT600 Shadow VLX Deluxe. She came home fairly equipped in the way of goodies: "Live to Ride/Rid...
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  • Decade of Decadence (part 2 of 8)

    Decade of Decadence (part 2 of 8)

    Customarily Minded
    November 11, 2008




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    A Decade of Decadence --- the Life and Times of Shadow Shack's Multitude of Motorcycles

    PART 2 of 8
    Late summer, 1998. I had just turned 30, she was 45...a recent widower with a fair inheritance. You know, a sugar mama. Why be biased? Young gals have sugar daddies, so there's no shame in putting the shoe on the other foot for a change...right? She wanted to buy me s...
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  • Decade of Decadence (part 1 or 8)

    Decade of Decadence (part 1 or 8)

    Customarily Minded
    October 28, 2008




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    A Decade of Decadence --- the Life and Times of Shadow Shack's Multitude of Motorcycles Welcome to this installment of Customarily Minded, where stock bikes might be cool but customizing them is what makes me drool. I'm creeping towards the three year mark here at BB.org (as is the rest of the website, I joined shortly after the launch) so I'm going to run a series that should brin...
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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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