Hunter S. Thompson talking Ducati 900 superbike and Vincent Black Shadow (Song of the Sausage Creature)

"There is a fundamental difference, however, between the old Vincents and the new breed of superbikes. If you rode the Black Shadow at top speed for any length of time, you would almost certainly die. That is why there are not many life members of the Vincent Black Shadow Society. The Vincent was like a bullet that went straight; the Ducati is like the magic bullet in Dallas that went sideways and hit JFK and the Governor of Texas at the same time...."

Read more at LatexNet.org.

Bosozoku: Japanese biker women - crazy chics or zen warriors?

"The Bosozoku usually ride at midnight, revving loud engines, disturbing the peace..."

The video above depicts the female contingent of the Bosozoku biker groups of Japan, which have brought a revival to once declining  unruly and notorious motorcycle organization whose name means "running out of control". The Bosozoku are wildly rebellious and some would say anti-social. The riding style involves disrupting traffic by running red lights, speeding, and weaving in and out of traffic. In other words, scaring the hell out of straight-laced, law-abiding motorists.

But you could look at it another way. Everyday car drivers aren't exactly angels of the road. Many use cellphones while driving, some even drink coffee. And a lot of them don't even see motorcyclists, or they just consider them as in the way. In the UK recently, as reported in this story, a car driver was filmed undertaking a scooter rider by mounting the pavement.

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Feds concerned that Colorado biker gangs are recruiting former military personnel - ATF should leave them be...

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, biker gangs in the Pike Peaks region of Colorado are recruiting former military members, and the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are concerned about it.

Apparently what caught the eye of the Feds was the Infidels Motorcycle Club (founded in 2006 and not recognized as a criminal gang) hosting a pig roast "in defiance of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan."

This led to protests from various groups including the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Joshua Sivarajah: Sold all his stuff to cycle the UK and Europe with his dog Nero - and hasn't stopped...

For the first 34 years of his life Joshua Sivarajah led a conventional existence - university, jobs, then his own sales business. But he never felt fulfilled. When his mother suggested he move to Indonesia with her he thought "why not?" But then he concluded that he'd miss the UK. So he decided to tour Britain on a pedal bike with his dog Nero, a five-year-old collie, which rode on the back of his bike. He quit his flat, sold his car and gave away his possessions. His plan was to do a seven week tour... but he just kept going, and then hit Europe... all he needs is around £300 a month... a small price to pay for freedom!

Read Joshua's story at Guardian.co.uk

Train (playing the blues and vaping Halcyon Haze)

Above is not an ad for an e-juice company. Just, I’m a big fan of the UK-made Halcyon Haze e-juices, and happened to be vaping their Gin's Addiction e-juice while playing the blues. Gin’s Addiction and Northern Lights are my tops from Halcyon Haze. Fruity meets alcohol with maybe Just a hint of menthol. I like e-juice to have that refreshing element. I’m less keen on the sweeter varieties like Halcyon’s Sweet Prudence and Yellow Biafra. But it’s all a matter of taste. And the only way I can appreciate my top vape juice – Gin’s Addiction – is to swing into some Yellow Biafra for an afternoon.

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