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    Born Free 2021

    by Matt VandenHeuvel / September 4, 2021

    It's no secret that 2020 was a rough year for motorcycle events. So when we rolled into Orange County for Born Free 12, none of us were quite sure what the weekend would have in store. Would it be the biggest collection of the coolest choppers to date? Would just a few die-hard chopper dudes be...

    Motorcycle racing is rumored to have been born right around the time the second motorcycle was built. We'd be hard-pressed to argue that and S&S itself can trace our lineage to two-wheeled competition (it's a good story, we'll re-tell it here soon).

    Race two of the 2021 King of the Baggers series happened to fall conveniently in our backyard. A few hours East in scenic Elkhart Lake. The Road America facility has stood as a premier motorsports facility since the mid-fifties and remains one of the best in the US. This storied racing facility...

    Storied motorcycle racers, particularly in the US, have been few and far between in recent years, but that very likely changed this past weekend as low key but high-speed Tyler O'Hara took on an insanely competitive American Flat Track TT and the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers road race IN THE...

    Can the “new normal” feel a little bit more like the old normal or are we destined for milquetoast lives of Zoom calls and sterilized virtual events?  American Flat Track seems to have pondered this very question and would like to present to you their version of the new normal, and I for one...

    Our first track day was now scheduled for early September at the Blackhawk Farms in Beloit Illinois and we had chosen Tyler O’Hara as our rider for his experience with the XR series as well as an incredibly diverse racing resume. The pieces were coming together and flew Tyler into Wisconsin for...

    Baggers at Laguna Seca? Monster touring machines lumbering through the hallowed curves of California’s most famous race track? The pundits would dub it as blasphemy and the purists took to their keyboards to express their utter dismay. If there had been an internet in the early days of NASCAR,...

         We recently embarked back to the motherland of tacos for the third annual Roland Sands Design Moto Beach Classic at Bolsa Chica State Beach, California.

         

         We made our way back to sunny California in a swirl of daydreams beckoning us near…salty beach air, motorcycles, tacos, and more motorcycles. ’Twas the end of June which meant one of our favorite events of the year was under way, the Born Free Show.

    We were back again in St. Paul, Minnesota for a weekend of fun at the second annual War of the Twins indoor flattrack race as well as the thirty-second annual Dennis Kirk Donnie Smith Bike Show the following day. Here is a little recap of some of the bar banging action and custom bike goodness!

    Every year, the crew here at S&S takes the short drive across the state to Milwaukee for one of our favorite shows, the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show and Flat Out Friday. This year we had a little more weather than usual, but nothing will stop us from checking out some of the best custom...

    FUEL Cleveland is officially marketed to, "Lovers of antiquated modes of two wheeled transportation. Those who value building things with their own two hands. People of the mindset that time in the garage and on the open road is better spent than most other endeavors."It's an invitational show...

    Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.No other rally evokes the same emotions as Sturgis - it's THE rally. It is undebatable. The mother of all moto rallies is coming up quite quickly - and we're getting ready, are you?Here's some things to think about while planning for Sturgis.

    10 years of Born Free. Starting in a parking lot in So Cal, this show has progressed from just a lot to one of the biggest weekend events around. Bringing out killer motorcycles from not only California, but the entire country, and even abroad  - it's not unusual to see some crazy Japanese...

    Thomas of Zero Hour may not be fast but he sure is patriotic!

    Every year, we roll out to the desert of Nevada for this little oasis right on the Colorado River - Laughlin. Situated 90-ish miles south of Vegas, and about an hour above Lake Havasu sits a little town made up mostly of casinos.

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