April 26

Hangin' out at Roughrider H-D

One of my favorite places to hang out, even drink a cup of well-cooked coffee while visiting and browsing — Roughrider Harley-Davidson in Minot.

I’ve done business there for years, even back before it was Roughrider. Folks like Kevin back behind the counter have done a lot of good things for me and my old 1978 fxe with a shovelhead engine and my 2005 Road King with a twin cam.  So, it’s only natural that I’d still visit there and check out the new models, the new accessories and the new clothing.

This chameleon HD in the foreground, as you can tell, changes colors depending on how the light hits it.  Walk around it one time and you’re not sure if it’s blue, burgundy or black.

March 14


Spring in North Dakota means showing off your winter’s work.  Well, in most cases. Sometimes people want to keep wearing their long baggy clothes to hide what they’ve been working on.

Not true for Wes and Kevin. All winter these two had been creating from scratch their barhopper bobber with brass trim rather than chrome. They called it Brasshopper and it is winning bike show contests across the state.  Though I’d known Kevin for some time, Wes and I had become acquainted just the year before. I knew him then as a top-notch customer servicing mechanic with Patriot Custom Cycles in Dickinson.  It wasn’t until this bike show in Minot I saw his artistic creative talents with Brasshopper.

It’s such a remarkable piece of work I wrote an article for it for Gasoline Magazine. It’s also on my other blog, 2wheels2lanes1camera.

Chrome is the rule with this bike, a Sucker Punch Sally creation.

Bike shows dwindle down to nothing by May and June, but they’ll be back next spring.

February 19

Winter. Books. Hot coffee. Quiet environment.  Sounds like heaven on a winter’s day, a place to escape the cold not only by stepping in to the bagel shop in Minot, but also a place to escape by books. 

I never go to Minot without stopping at the Bagel Stop on South Broadway in Minot.  It’s a warm inviting environment, with a rack of used books at each booth, and more in the adjoining room.  That’s where you can carry your coffee and leave your cold to search the always-changing selection of used books.

In the back room is a meditation room that can be sealed off with a folding door to allow groups to quietly use the room for their own version of escape from the cold of North Dakota’s February days.