Category: Motorcycle Musings

Motorcycle Musings

Harley group wins Virginia chili cook-off

The Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group, which includes members from Floyd County — including Stayce Eller, this year’s chapter director — won the Virginia Championship Chili Cook-off today. The group can represent Virginia in the national cook-off in Palm Springs, California, later this year.

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White Knuckle Chili

The roar of motorcycles announced a new batch of Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group’s famous “White Knuckle Chili” is ready for sampling at the annual Virginia State Chili Championship Cook Off in downtown Roanoke. Related articles Chop chop(blueridgemuse.com)

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Four days on the road and I made it home tonight

Even with layers of leather and heated gear the cold gnawed at my bones as we blasted down I-79 towards West Virginia. A breakfast stop south of Morgantown brought hot coffee and some warmth but the warmth from the ride up on Thursday morning seemed far, far away as we studied radar maps on our cell phones and wondered if and when the rain would hit.

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New River Valley Harley-Davidson ceases operations Dec. 31

New River Valley Harley-Davidson, Christiansburg, opened with much fanfare and high hopes in October 2008, shuts it doors at the end-of-business Saturday, Dec. 31. The shop’s inventory will go to Roanoke Valley Harley-Davidson — which has the same owner — along with some employees. Employees got the news Tuesday.  A sign announced “Clearance Consolidation” went

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Kevin Spangler lived for Harley-Davidsons

“We live for Harley-Davidsons,” Kevin and Sandy Spangler declared on their Facebook page. Kevin Spangler, 49, loved his Harley. He loved Sandy and his two children even more.  The young couple — married just a few years — lived just outside Buchanan where Kevin graduated from James River High School. I met them through the

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Gray-haired bikers, old bones and Chimney Rock

It might be called an act of lunacy for a 63-year-old man with a history of back problems, bad knees, a questionable hip, cobbled together ankles and some non-OEM parts to climb more than 400 step steps to the top of Chimney Rock in North Carolina but I’ve never claimed even a passing acquaintance with

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Rolling the dice on a poker run and a twisty mountain road

Riding a poker run to benefit autism Saturday with the Roanoke Valley Harley Owners Group (HOG). Helped out with the first card stop at Craig Creek Mercantile on U.S. 311 just outside New Castle, then joined the last of four groups. Riding second in the group on a spirited run on Rte. 615 out of

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Anybody seen my anti-monkey butt powder?

On April 30, registered the mileage on my Harley Super-Glide with the Roanoke Valley Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).  From then until Saturday (Sept. 10) each mile ridden on the bike was worth a penny — pledged by the rider and his sponsors. Only a penny, you say?  When you ride a lot, a penny a

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Road trip

Fog hugged the ground as I set out in the pre-dawn hours of Monday for a long day on the Harley, participating in “Million Mile Monday,” an annual day when members of the Harley Owners Group try to log as many miles as possible in a 24-hour period. Rode 971 miles last year.  Wanted to

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