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The center of activity at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning in Jasper, Arkansas is the Ozark Cafe.  Coffee cups rattle saucers in the cafe’s bacon fried air while Billy Bell and his dad, Gene, hold court at a big checked-cloth-covered table. The family resemblance is clear between the two lean, sun-checked men gathered with a group of weather beaten locals swilling coffee and swapping the news of the day.
Speaking of Mountains
Old Rusty Truck
Cruising the Ozarks: Arkansas
I’ve traveled by motorcycle to more than 30 states, and Arkansas ranks high on my list as one of the most motorcycle-friendly states I’ve visited.  With more than 52 state parks, and sprawling mountain views, it’s no wonder it’s called “the Natural State.”  Add in twisty backroads with rolling scenic landscape and plenty of elevation changes, and it was an easy decision when the leaders of the North and South Central regions of the Vulcan Bagger Association went looking for a destination for a combined rally.
Who Invented the Motorcycle?
Good question, but I have to ask you one; gas or steam?  No, that's not what my Dental Hygienist asks me before she sets to work cleaning my gnashers. You see Gottlieb Daimler invented the first gas powered motorcycle in 1885, when an engine created by Nicolaus August Otto was attached to a wooden bicycle.  Just to clarify things here; 'gas' is not a reference to gasoline, but fuel in a gaseous state rather than liquefied
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Arkansas? Naturally
From the twisty Ozark asphalt and rolling Ouachita Mountains to the wide open Mississippi Delta it is safe to say that Arkansas was made for motorcycling.  There are many reasons to explore The Natural State on two even three wheels, but their motorcycle friendly attitude keeps me coming back. That, and the sprawling mountain views, scenic open landscape, and of course all the fresh air that country life here has to offer.
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It is a gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon. I am one of some 15 riders on vintage-inspired Kawasaki Drifter motorcycles exploring the twisty backroads of Arkansas. We are heading south on AR 23, better known as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway, one of  “The Natural State’s” most renowned routes. It attracts riders from all over the country to explore its serpentine tarmac.
Deer strike! Surviving a close encounter
10 Things you need to know when riding in a group
Group Riders1
If you’ve ever ridden your motorcycle in a group before, you may have had a less-than-happy experience where tensions started to rise, and maybe you needed a little time apart from the group after the ride starts. You know the kind of rides I mean ... where as soon as you get to lunch you check your phone hoping for some minor emergency so you can exit gracefully and ride back solo.
Old Rusty Truck
Are You A Confident Motorcyclist?  While a very rare few of us are born with natural ability on a motorcycle, the majority of riders learn by doing. We try to avoid mistakes, especially painful ones, keep our eyes and ears open, and hopefully become mature in our abilities.
 How to become a confident motorcyclist
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The riding season is finally here and before you take your motorcycle on a road trip, spend an afternoon performing a thorough inspection of your bike. It’ll help keep it in optimal condition and prevent major repairs later on.
 Getting your bike ready for the riding season 
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As cold weather starts to roll in this season and the last red leaves fall off the trees, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to do with your motorcycle this winter.  For some, winter means buying fuel stabilizer, dusting off the trickle charger, and gently snuggling their motorcycle into a warm corner of the garage. 
 Riding in the cold
Old Rusty Truck
Scared of riding in the wet stuff?  There’s no need; with a little know-how and a little preparation, riding in the rain can be just as safe and just as fun as riding on a nice, sunny day. Relax. Pay attention. After all, it’s only water The heavens have opened and it’s pouring. You can’t see very far down the road thanks to the spray coming off other vehicles. Your visor is misting up and you’re not entirely sure how you and your bike are going to handle the rain.  Slow down a bit.. Here’s how to ride a motorcycle in the rain.
 17 tips for riding in the Rain
Old Rusty Truck
You are riding down a road and as you enter a turn you feel as if you are going too fast and are heading for the tree on the side of the road.  What should you do? Get on the brakes? Roll off the throttle? Bail? Believe it or not this is where a good number of inexperienced riders will get into trouble.  As a novice rider approaches a turn most will instinctively look directly at a stationary object such as a tree, guard rail etc, (target fixation).
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Summer is most certainly upon us. That means beautiful long days to enjoy rides on your bike. Summer means different things depending on your location, from triple-digit scorchers to high humidity levels that have you sweating before you even strap on a helmet. Riders try various methods to coping with the heat.  Some people will always wear leather, some choosing mesh and textile in the hotter months, and others no gear at all, the latter being a really bad idea. There are plenty of ways for riders to keep cool during the summer that will help you stay comfortable and focused on riding.
10 Reasons for Riding Alone
Any excuse is good enough for a ride – whether it’s with the pillion-in-a-million, a couple of friends, a dozen club members, a hundred shop riders, or a thousand toy runners – yet solo riding is our favorite.
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The center of activity at 8:00 a.m. on a Sunday morning in Jasper, Arkansas is the Ozark Cafe. Coffee cups rattle saucers in the cafe’s bacon fried air while Billy Bell and his dad, Gene, hold court at a big checked-cloth-covered table.  The family resemblance is clear between the two lean, sun-checked men gathered with a group of weather beaten locals swilling coffee and swapping the news of the day.
Speaking of Mountains
Old Rusty Truck
Cruising the Ozarks: Arkansas
I’ve traveled by motorcycle to more than 30 states, and Arkansas ranks high on my list as one of the most motorcycle-friendly states I’ve visited.  With more than 52 state parks, and sprawling mountain views, it’s no wonder it’s called “the Natural State.” Add in twisty backroads with rolling scenic landscape and plenty of elevation changes, and it was an easy decision when the leaders of the North and South Central regions of the Vulcan Bagger Association went looking for a destination for a combined rally.
Who Invented the Motorcycle?
Good question, but I have to ask you one; gas or steam?  No, that's not what my Dental Hygienist asks me before she sets to work cleaning my gnashers.  You see Gottlieb Daimler invented the first gas powered motorcycle in 1885, when an engine created by Nicolaus August Otto was attached to a wooden bicycle.  Just to clarify things here; 'gas' is not a reference to gasoline, but fuel in a gaseous state rather than liquefied.
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It is a gorgeous, sunny summer afternoon. I am one of some 15 riders on vintage-inspired Kawasaki Drifter motorcycles exploring the twisty backroads of Arkansas. We are heading south on AR 23, better known as the Pig Trail Scenic Byway, one of  “The Natural State’s” most renowned routes. It attracts riders from all over the country to explore its serpentine tarmac.
Deer strike! Surviving a close encounter
10 Things you need to know when riding in a group
Group Riders1
If you’ve ever ridden your motorcycle in a group before, you may have had a less-than-happy experience where tensions started to rise, and maybe you needed a little time apart from the group after the ride starts. You know the kind of rides I mean ... where as soon as you get to lunch you check your phone hoping for some minor emergency so you can exit gracefully and ride back solo.  
Are You A Confident Motorcyclist?  While a very rare few of us are born with natural ability on a motorcycle, the majority of riders learn by doing. We try to avoid mistakes, especially painful ones, keep our eyes and ears open, and hopefully become mature in our abilities.
Old Rusty Truck
 How to become a confident motorcyclist
The riding season is finally here and before you take your motorcycle on a road trip, spend an afternoon performing a thorough inspection of your bike.  It’ll help keep it in optimal condition and prevent major repairs later on.
 Getting your bike ready for the ride
Old Rusty Truck
As cold weather starts to roll in this season and the last red leaves fall off the trees, it's time to start thinking about what you're going to do with your motorcycle this winter.  For some, winter means buying fuel stabilizer, dusting off the trickle charger, and gently snuggling their motorcycle into a warm corner of the garage.
 Riding in the cold
Old Rusty Truck
Scared of riding in the wet stuff?  There’s no need; with a little know-how and a little preparation, riding in the rain can be just as safe and just as fun as riding on a nice, sunny day. Relax. Pay attention. After all, it’s only water The heavens have opened and it’s pouring. You can’t see very far down the road thanks to the spray coming off other vehicles. Your visor is misting up and you’re not entirely sure how you and your bike are going to handle the rain.  Slow down a bit.. Here’s how to ride a motorcycle in the rain.
 17 tips for riding in the Rain
Old Rusty Truck
You are riding down a road and as you enter a turn you feel as if you are going too fast and are heading for the tree on the side of the road. What should you do? Get on the brakes? Roll off the throttle? Bail? Believe it or not this is where a good number of inexperienced riders will get into trouble.  As a novice rider approaches a turn most will instinctively look directly at a stationary object such as a tree, guard rail etc, (target fixation).
 Curve safety
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If you've liked what you've seen here, you can help us continue to do more simply by donating.
Beating the heat IMG link button
Summer is most certainly upon us. That means beautiful long days to enjoy rides on your bike. Summer means different things depending on your location, from triple-digit scorchers to high humidity levels that have you sweating before you even strap on a helmet. Riders try various methods to coping with the heat. Some people will always wear leather, some choosing mesh and textile in the hotter months, and others no gear at all, the latter being a really bad idea. There are plenty of ways for riders to keep cool during the summer that will help you stay comfortable and focused on riding.
Staying cool during the heat of summer
10 Reasons for Riding Alone
Any excuse is good enough for a ride, whether it’s with the pillion-in-a-million, a couple of friends, a dozen club members, a hundred shop riders, or a thousand toy runners – yet solo riding is our favorite.
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If you like what you see here, you can help us continue to do more simply by donating.
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