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EDDIE HEATH

When Eddie Heath went off to college at Texas A&M, he was determined to get a motorcycle. In a moment of serendipity shortly after school began, Heath was visiting a friend in Houston who was “practically giving away”…. READ MORE

Josh Leder

JOSH LEDER

A vintage Bell Moto 3 helmet sits on the bookshelf in Josh Leder’s office next to his father’s collection of antique cameras. “That was mine when I was a kid,” Leder said. “For my fifth birthday, I got a red motorcycle. You don’t forget that…. READ MORE

ASHEVILLE POLICE MOTOR UNIT

Asheville Police Department’s trio of Electra Glides moves in unison through the mid-day interstate traffic. Mirror-to-mirror, the team switch lanes without ever braking formation. There’s a gap beside the third officer, and I’m…. READ MORE

Stacy Bowen

STACY BOWEN

Etched on the left and right side mirrors of Stacy Bowen’s black Harley-Davidson 1200, two simple words carry a deceptively deep message: “Prince” and “Charming. Sure, it’s a nod to the bike’s low-slung, dashing stature, but it’s also clearly a reference to…. READ MORE

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DR. LAURA ELLIS

Four years after learning to ride a motorcycle, Ellis, a serious rock climber and mountain biker, has run through a half-dozen increasingly powerful bikes, starred in a documentary chronicling a grueling two-week charity benefit ride in Peru with well-known cyclist Neal Bayly… READ MORE

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LARRY OFFILL

Larry Offill had heard stories of an amazing motorcycle that had been abandoned. A farmhand had ridden it for years around the property he worked. The farmhand died, and the machine was parked amid tools and hay bales, all but forgotten…READ MORE

LINDA CLUXTON

Women are the fastest growing group of motorcycle riders. Talk to anyone who has taken a motorcycle safety class in the last decade and they’ll tell you that more than half of the students in their class were women…. READ MORE

Susan Dunlap

SUSAN DUNLAP

Susan Dunlap probably couldn’t have a more buttoned down job. As the director of communications, she heads up a bustling department of professionals at the region’s largest medical center, Mission Hospital. It’s a serious job in a…. READ MORE

TERRY & LAMONT BELLAMY

Normally, Lamont Bellamy might not complain about an attractive young woman squeezing him a bit. But, when you’re on a fairly high-powered sport bike on a winding mountain highway, and you left the speed limit behind …. READ MORE

Tom Plackis

TOM PLACKIS

After 20 years with the Fire Department of the City of New York, Plackis was ready to retire, and the well-traveled Long Island native knew exactly where he wanted to end up. He’d been through the mountains of Western North Carolina several times and…. READ MORE

THOMAS

THOMAS MONTGOMERY

With a calm, taciturn demeanor that smacks of an old-fashioned movie cowboy, Thomas Montgomery doesn’t seem like the restless type. But the owner of Eurosport Asheville, the BMW motorcycle dealership for Western North Carolina, most definitely is. He raced dirt bikes as a kiD… READ MORE

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MIRIAM MCKINNEY

For five years, McKinney wrote lesson plans, corralled kids and taught music to children enrolled in Buncombe County Schools. Drawing on her love of the piano – she started playing at the tender age 3 and began lessons at 5… READ MORE

ROLAND LINDER

Sitting in his office chair – a race car seat on swivel wheels, naturally – Roland Linder draws a visitor’s attention to a black and white picture of a much younger version of himself involuntarily dismounted from a speeding motorcycle…. READ MORE