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Behind The Scenes

The oldest bike shop in America?

Century Motorcycles, San Pedro, CA

By Marilyn Stemp
How do you boost shop inventory when money is tight? For William “Bill” Cottom, a young bike shop owner with a penchant for riding fast but who was short on cash, the solution came naturally: He raced other riders for pink slips and fortunately—for him—he won most of the time!
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McQuiston’s Custom Motorcycles in the LB Ghetto

A Custom Shop with a Strange Business Mantra

By Bandit with photos by Markus Cuff
Here’s where that business platform fits in, maybe. He ran into Manual Muller, the promoter behind Ink and Iron events at the Queen Mary. Manual wanted to build a bobber and rolled over to his garage with a ’69 BSA Thunderbolt and started to cut, chop, and weld.
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My Job - A Glimpse Into the Busy Life of Prince Najar

Harley-Davidson and the 5-Ball Racing Leathers’ Photo Shoot

By Jeffrey Najar with photos by Prince Najar and Markus Cuff
My job is promoting companies in the Powersports Industry through promotions and publicity, as well as by producing custom shows. But there is so much more to this story!
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Family Tradition and Youngblood Kustomz

As a builder, Steve admits he prefers motorcycles to hot rods in his shop.

Text and Photos by Tyler Ludlow
Steven spent nights after school and lots of weekends helping around the shop. Eventually, he wanted to learn to paint parts.
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The one taboo phrase that plagues the biker world is "Biker Down!".

In nursing school, they don't really teach you what to do at an accident, and then I discovered the ‘Accident Scene Management/Road Guardians’ courses.

By Dmac with photography by Rogue
So there we sat, two educated nurses without emergency training. We could work a "code” in a hospital but weren't sure where to start on the victim, we've always been told don't touch the helmet.
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I Guess I Left a Mark In the Motorcycle Industry

The Horse Magazine STILL Writes about me, by Howard Kelly.

By Howard Kelly
The recent issue of THE HORSE, Hammer—Ralph Janus, the OWNER of the magazine, was ragging on me and praising Jeff Holt the current editor of HOT BIKE.
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Sure, it’s Car Shit, but it’s Cool

By Bob Clark with photos from the BDL crew
In an unprecedented expansion move that is sure to have a resounding and positive impact on Hot Rod and other automotive enthusiasts worldwide Belt Drives Limited (BDL) in Anaheim California has announced the purchase of Blower Drive Service (BDS).
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A Cult Bike From India Takes On The World

The Continental GT - A Mid Size Cafe Racer

By SAMANTH SUBRAMANIAN from a New York Times Article
Royal Enfield’s newest model, a midsize “cafe racer” called the Continental GT, was introduced at an elaborate event in London in September.
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