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The Run For The Wall ─ Day 7

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Friday, 25 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Meridian, Mississippi To Chattanooga, Tennessee – 319 Miles.       Another early morning at the AG Pavilion. This morning is a bit different having camped out. Breakfast is being served at the pavilion, which was great, and we really feel at home here. The tent is put away and all the gear loaded back on the bike. It was a great photo opportunity for some good pics of the campers as they pack up.  Meanwhile, other riders are arriving from nearby hotels.  Everyone is rested and in good spirits, ready to see what the morning meeting holds in store for us. We welcome the new FNGs as we do every morning and then the pledge.  We are really getting into the swing of things by now. The safety briefing reminds us not to get over confident in our riding. It takes everyone to make it all happen safe.

The Run For The Wall ─ Day Five

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Tuesday, 22 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Grand Prairie, Texas To Monroe, Louisiana ─ 326 Miles          This morning started with an early morning rise and shine as usual. A quick McDonalds’ breakfast burrito and we head over to join the rest of the riders. Today is Sunday and along with the daily meeting and welcoming the new FNGs, we have a non-denominational church service right in the middle of a Walmart parking lot. Life is good. There is just something about attending church with a banana in your hand and love in your heart.

The Run For The Wall ─Day Four

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Monday, 21 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
         Odessa, Texas To Grand Prairie, Texas – 351 Miles      As the morning starts out with an early alarm and all the riders prepare for the final day of desert riding. Since there are no mountains to shield the sun, it rises so low it seems like it’s on the ground right in your face. It rises in the east, so you better have a good pair of sun glasses since we are riding directly toward the sun. Many of the riders have helmets with a pull-down shaded shield. Combined with good glasses it’s not a real concern.

The Run For The Wall ─Day Three

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Sunday, 20 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Las Cruces, New Mexico to Odessa, Texas – 343 miles      Welcome to day three of the Run for the Wall. The day started out with a glorious sunrise in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as riders were already arriving at the American Legion Post 10 for breakfast and the morning mandatory meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and the morning prayer. The new FNGs for today were called forward and welcomed to the run. An impact story of the day was read by Karoni Forester. With so many servicemen missing to this day, there are hundreds of stories to be told. 

The Run For The Wall – Day Two

Story and Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Saturday, 19 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
   It’s day two, with an early morning rise for the riders. They start heading back to the host hotel where a small breakfast, coffee, and fruits await us.  Once the riders assemble for the morning meeting, we welcome the new FNGs and have our safety briefing.  We return to our bikes and platoon meeting and prepare to roll out of Chandler, Arizona.

Run For The Wall - Day 1 - Ontario Ca. to Chandler Az.

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Friday, 18 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Today is the day we have all been waiting for with anticipation.  The riders are formed In the staging area, preparing to head out (for many) for the first time on the Run For The Wall.  These new riders are called FNG's ( fine new guy / gal ).  With an FNG pin on the front of their vest.  This pin gives them benefits during the run other riders have already experienced.  As I will explain as we go along on the run.  A ride across this magnificent country of ours.  The bikes are all nice and clean with all the gear they are taking secured and ready to roll.  A small breakfast is offered to the riders as we wait for the morning meeting to start.  Then everyone is called up front to attend a short meeting to get everything started.  

Run For The Wall

Story And Photos By Harold “Grumpy” DePuy Thursday, 17 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Hello and welcome, to the Thirtieth Annual Run For The Wall. I am Hal DePuy, otherwise known by my road name as “Grumpy.” How I acquired such a name has to do with being an Old School drill sergeant, and a combat veteran. As with most of the riders on the run, I am a Viet Nam veteran. I served nearly twenty one years in the Army and retired at the rank of E7, Sergeant First Class. I was a combat engineer in Viet Nam way up north by the DMZ where there was plenty of action to say the least.

2018 Daytona Bike Week ─ The Bikes Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Tuesday, 08 May 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
No matter how many bike shows I cover, it never ceases to amaze me the variety of custom motorcycles I see. Every time I think I’ve seen it all someone builds a totally outrageous machine that defies the imagination. This year was no exception. On the three days of bike coverage we will share with you, you will see every manner of bagger, chopper, bobber, and whatever you want to call them customs. Some of these bikes defy description and can only be labeled, “What was that guy smoking?” Congratulations to all the show winners and a special thanks to the various judges for taking time out of their rally day to do what they are trained to do.

2018 Daytona Bike Week─ The Scene Part Two

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Wednesday, 25 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Another year and another Bike Week in beautiful Daytona Beach. Out of all the years I have been coming here (and that’s a lot), I have never ever been rained out. Yea, I may get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, but during the day it was absolutely gorgeous.

2018 Daytona Bike Week─ The Scene Part One

Story And Photos By Jack Cofano Monday, 23 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 0 ]  | 
Another year and another Bike Week in beautiful Daytona Beach. Out of all the years I have been coming here (and that’s a lot), I have never ever been rained out. Yea, I may get a little chilly in the mornings and evenings, but during the day it’s was absolutely gorgeous.

David Coker’s Trick Slick Nostalgia

Story by Buck Manning and photos courtesy of Newstalgia Wheel Tuesday, 10 April 2018 Comments [ 11 ] Gallery [ 15 ]  | 
You are not looking at the ultimate barn find even though it looks like it was ripped out of the pages of a 1965 Hot Rod magazine coverage of the finals at Lions Drag Strip and carefully put away wet. This two-wheeled apparent time traveler is actually brought to you directly from the 21st Century by David Coker, owner of Newstalgia Wheel in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and the builder, Gas Monkey Garage in Dallas, Texas.

Chop Machine’s Smokin’ Sporty

By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “Don’t mind if I do” Cofano Monday, 09 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 8 ]  | 
   Lord knows you gotta be careful attempting anything with the Old School look in mind as your starting point and hopefully, your ending point. There are just so many liberties you can take without breaking so many unwritten, but well-known rules of Old School that you end up with something that resembles a jumble ‘o ideas bitsa bike. You know, from the front it looks like . . . , but from the back it looks like . . . In actuality it looks like nothing in particular, like a bad meal.

Motorcycle Syndicate: Total Harmonic Distortion

Story by Buck Manning, Photos by Jerry Swanson Friday, 06 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 25 ]  | 
There’s a lot of jibber-jabber lately about what’s really going on in the custom motorcycle industry and where it’s headed. Everything from the ever-tightening EPA regulations potentially strangling it, to lack of interest from the end result user and buyer (that would be you). Nattering nabobs of negativity are always the first to speak and usually the loudest while doing nothing different to make an end-run around problems they might face, real or otherwise.

Custom Bagger From A Parallel Universe

Story By Juan Tanamera Photos By Jack “That’s Where I Live” Cofano Thursday, 05 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 9 ]  | 
   First off I should state that although this appears to be a brand new custom big wheel bagger build, it isn’t and it is at the same time. Photographed fresh from a build at a show five-years ago, it still looks like it could be a contemporary of anything built today. It’s got all the right unofficial requirements that big wheel custom bagger should have from the obvious big front wheel to the sit on the ground stance to the flowing bodywork that looks like it’s under a constant wind of dark matter.   

A Tale of Two Bros

Story by Buck Manning. Photos by Mackenzie Moreno Tuesday, 03 April 2018 Comments [ 0 ] Gallery [ 29 ]  | 
First thing I do when I (finally) get up in the morning is to pick out my writing bathrobe of the day and immediately pour myself a cup of black (as-strong-as-I-can-make-it) French Roast and head over to the computer to check my email to see what Internet havoc went on during my personal slumber party.
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