My Ride Comes Home…

That’s right Blog Fans…after 18 years at my good college buddy’s home in Calgary, Alberta – Canada…my beloved 1999 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide…that cool-lookin’ FXDWG has come back home to San Diego, California – USA.

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Full exciting story, including the cross-border, customs bureaucracy process of getting this bike back state side, is coming soon...big time memories over the years around this custom motorcycle will also be featured…hang on!

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Beaulieu Brothers Ride 2001 – BBR2001 – entering the great state of Idaho on our way to Sturgis, South Dakota.
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2001 Ride To Sturgis with my Babe…stopped in front of the scenic Grand Tetons Mountains in Wyoming to admire the beauty of this land, America.
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The FXDWG with my Babe…somewhere on the Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia in 2002.
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We arrive in Sturgis, South Dakota – August 2001.
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Beaulieu Brothers Roadtrip (BBR2002)..somewhere in Nova Scotia…near the Atlantic Ocean in eastern Canada.

More blog content coming soon…hang on!

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Somewhere in the California Mountains Range…2002.

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My 1999 FXDWG with the ThunderHeader Exhaust…re: Loud pipes saves lives.

Motorcycle Marc – June 2021

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Got a favorite motorcycle that has changed your life…a bike that you absolutely love? Let me know and I could feature your bike and your story on one of my future blog posts…Send me a note in the comments below. Thank you.

Beaulieu Brothers – The Big West-Northwest Roadtrip.

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Hey…hang on…we are trying to figure it all out…Bottom-line, it will be an epic ride…

The plan is for my brother and family-members riding team to meet up in Saskachewan, Canada…head on west to Alberta and British Columbia then we’ll head south into Washington State with stops to see a friend at Sound Harley Davidson in Marysville, WA and then explore the Cascade Mountain Loop…should be EPIC!

Then, the team will split up and head east to Ontario and I’ll head on south to Southern California…All told, we’ll ride some 6,000 miles…9,650 kilometers….Wow!

Bottom-line, this will be an amazing roadtrip for all involved both on the road and online.

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BBRWorldRide 2020-2022…done in by pandemic…

Hey, this coronavirus shit has us all pissed off…My brother and me are thinking about 2021 and beyond ride with enthusiam…recognizing that pandemic 2020 is done. Where will we ride next?

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Arizona Stop in Winslow…Inspired by musicians, The Eagles.

Our Roadtrips in Pandemic 2020…not good.

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Hey…hoping for a better riding 2021. Coronavirus screwed up all of our 2020 adventures…Hoping we can roll next year. Stay tuned…

Beaulieu Brothers…we gotta ride folks.

Pandemic 2020 Beaulieu Brothers Ride…Cancelled by Covid.

This coronavirus has put a hold on our usual “normal life” of riding around exploring America, Canada and the World. Let’s just say we ain’t happy about it.

Stay tuned..me and my riding brother…we are still trying to figure out if we can get a roadtrip in this year

#BBRWorldRide….Where to in 2020???

The Beaulieu Brothers…Marc (61) & Roch (59). Been riding motorbikes for over 45 years…we ain’t about to let a piss-ant virus stop us now. This said, we are wearing face masks and practicing social distancing per the CDC Guidelines.

FYI – The original BBR2020 annual roadtrip was going to have us ride some 5,000 miles (8,046 km) exploring the western northwest United States and western Canada…We were looking forward to a stop at Sound Harley-Davidson in Marysville, Washington to meet up with an old friend… could still happen…? Might even trade-in my 2014 Indian Chieftain for a new Harley-Davidson Street Glide or CVO Bagger while at the dealership…:)

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Destination Sturgis? You got to see these places!


 

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…truly a “WOW” experience.

Imagine if you will, Sturgis, South Dakota, a small, quiet mid-western town of 6,500 people, growing to a metropolis of party-ready bikers totaling 500,000+ in a week’s time. Unbelievable right?

The Rally this year is being held from August 8th to August 14th, 2016. It is sure to be the biggest and baddest gathering of motorcycle riders anywhere.

 

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When you go, I highly recommend riding around the legendary Black Hills and to several of my favorite American landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

Want to ride a different road daily, then click on the following link for the Top 13 Motorcycle Rides Around Sturgis…read on for a taste of my favorite destinations around the area…

 

Devils Tower, Wyoming

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DEVILS TOWER – AMERICA’S FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT (1906). Northeast Wyoming. Sacred monument to the Lakota and other Indian tribes from the area.

 

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Granite Spires along Needles Highway.

The Needles Highway.

Lots of scenery to absorb on this beautiful ride…in fact, it’s one of my favorites.

Narrow, winding roads make their way up the hillsides taking you through one-lane tunnels and past huge needle-like stones.

There are overlooks along the 14-mile ride that offer spectacular visions of canyons, cliffs and buttes. Take this road to see the Black Hills area at its best.

 

Mount Rushmore.

There’s nothing like seeing this monument from the seat of your motorcycle. The faces of four American Presidents are literally carved out of the granite mountain. Mount Rushmore is only 17 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. One can’t help but feel a strong sense of national pride at this monument. Truly an awesome feat of engineering art.

 

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THE MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.- Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

 

The Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Click here for more info from Wikipedia.

The statue in the forefront of the photo below is literally being carved into the mountain you see in the background. Truly an amazing undertaking and a spectacular memorial to the brave Indian warrior, Crazy Horse.

 

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CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World’s Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park and game preserve. It is named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The infamous Custer, along with 210 of his men, died in 1876 at the battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer State Park offers great scenery and one of the largest herds of free-roaming buffalo. The Wildlife Loop Road, about 20 miles long, had plenty of pull-off areas to take in the great scenery.

 

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THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. In the mid 1800s, covered the American Plains numbering in the tens of millions.

 

The Hills Around Deadwood, South Dakota.

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RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

 

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SALOON NUMBER 10…Most famous watering hole in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Saloon #10 – This famous saloon and museum is where Wild Bill Hickock bit the dust on August 2, 1876.

The legend of this frontiersman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickock, is sure an interesting one. Click here to read all about it.

 

 

My Bottom Line.

My rides to Sturgis, South Dakota over the years have always been exciting and truly amazing. My daily rides exploring the Badlands and the region around Sturgis, spectacular! Meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones, a bonus.

The Sturgis Experience is a must see for all serious motorcyclists and travelers…Add it to your bucket list I tell yas.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

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Have fun in Sturgis everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement intended. Always wear a approved helmet. Never ride under the influence. Special thanks to Nate Wek at South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) for compiling the Top 13 Rides information from the good folks at “Ultimate Motorcycle Rides“. This info has been invaluable to me and my blog fans as we plan daily rides around Sturgis.

Marc’s Magnum Ride to Sturgis75


 

STURGIS! The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally…you gotta see it to believe it!

Imagine this, Sturgis, South Dakota, a small, quiet mid-western town of 6,500 people, growing to a metropolis of party-ready bikers totaling 750,000+ in a week’s time. Unbelievable right?

The Rally, in its 75th year, was held from August 3 to August 9, 2015…and I was there. According to reports, it was the biggest and baddest gathering of motorcycle riders of all time. Best estimates are between 750,000 – 1,000,000 attendees.

During Sturgis week, I visited the legendary Black Hills and rode to several of my favorite American landmarks, including Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, the Crazy Horse Memorial and Custer State Park.

Click on the following link if you want to quickly find out about the Top 13 Motorcycle Rides Around Sturgis…read on for a taste of my Sturgis 2015 adventure.

 

The Motorcycle – A Custom Bagger from Victory Motorcycles.

I rode a 2015 Victory Magnum to the rally this year. It’s the industry’s coolest, out-of-the-box custom bagger. Meaning, it comes out of the factory looking like the owner added all kinds of aftermarket accessories to it…like pullback ape hanger bars, a 21-inch front wheel, a cool looking low windshield, a great audio sound system, a powerful motor, a sleek seat and custom-designed footrests.

Just to make sure the factory Magnum would fit me perfectly for my 2,000+ mile ride to Sturgis, I rode to my local dealership in El Cajon for some advice on taking this bike on a long distance ride.

They team recommended I switch the low-cut factory windshield to the Flare Windshield from Klock Werks and that we replace the short 6-inch Ape Bars with Victory’s cool 12-inch Apes. This turned out to be an excellent recommendation which made the bike totally comfortable for my 6′ foot frame.

Photo below shows the new bars and windshield on the Magnum.

 

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THE VICTORY MAGNUM…ROADTRIP READY. MJBphoto. Note: It was good while it lasted. Victory Motorcycles shut down operations on January 9, 2017. Click image for formal announcement. Wow! Sure caught me by surprise.

 

I left San Diego, California on August 1, 2015 and enjoyed heavy rain, thunder and lightning for the next three days as I explored Utah and Wyoming…challenging riding but still fun! The Magnum ran well throughout the wet weather and was a real road hugger on wet roads. The front fairing, teamed up with the Klock Werks windshield, did a fine job keeping rain away from me.

 

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DOES MY RAIN SUIT MAKE ME LOOK FAT? My rain suit saved my ride and kept me dry throughout the roadtrip. The first 1,000 miles through downpours…my 2015 Sturgis ride was a wet one.

 

The map below shows the states I rode through on my way to South Dakota.

 

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You meet all kinds of people on road trips...

 

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THE RUSSIANS – You meet the nicest Russians on America’s roads. On a 6-month world tour, they were so excited to be attending Sturgis’s 75th Anniversary.

 

 

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THE CHAPLEAU RIDERS. You meet the nicest Canadians too.

 

                    Here are the highlights of my 2015 Sturgis Ride.

 

Devils Tower, Wyoming

 

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DEVILS TOWER – AMERICA’S FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT (1906). Northeast Wyoming. Sacred monument to the Lakota and other Indian tribes from the area.

 

 

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Granite Spires along Needles Highway.

The Needles Highway.

 

Lots of scenery to absorb on this beautiful ride…in fact, it’s one of my favorites.

 

Narrow, winding roads make their way up the hillsides taking you through one-lane tunnels and past huge needle-like stones.

There are overlooks along the 14-mile ride that offer spectacular visions of canyons, cliffs and buttes. Take this road to see the Black Hills area at its best.

 

 

 

Mount Rushmore.

There’s nothing like seeing this monument from the seat of your motorcycle. The faces of four American Presidents are literally carved out of the granite mountain. Mount Rushmore is only 17 miles from Rapid City, South Dakota. One can’t help but feel a strong sense of national pride at this monument. Truly an awesome feat of engineering art.

A mountain with three faces on it

THE MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL.- Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.

 

The Crazy Horse Memorial.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in Custer County, South Dakota. It depicts Crazy Horse, an Oglala Lakota warrior, riding a horse and pointing into the distance. Click here for more info from Wikipedia.

The statue in the forefront of the photo below is literally being carved into the mountain you see in the background. Truly an amazing undertaking and a spectacular memorial to the brave Indian warrior, Crazy Horse.

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CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL. World’s Largest Carving. Black Hills, South Dakota

 

Custer State Park

Custer State Park is South Dakota’s largest and first state park and game preserve. It is named after Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer. The infamous Custer, along with 210 of his men, died in 1876 at the battle of Little Big Horn.

Custer State Park offers great scenery and one of the largest herds of free-roaming buffalo. The Wildlife Loop Road, about 20 miles long, had plenty of pull-off areas to take in the great scenery.

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THE AMERICAN BUFFALO. In the mid 1800s, covered the American Plains numbering in the tens of millions.

 

The Hills Around Deadwood, South Dakota.

 

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RIDING THE HILLS AROUND DEADWOOD, SOUTH DAKOTA.

 

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SALOON NUMBER 10…Most famous watering hole in Deadwood, South Dakota.

 

Saloon #10 – This famous saloon and museum is where Wild Bill Hickock bit the dust on August 2, 1876.

The legend of this frontiersman and gunfighter, Wild Bill Hickock, is sure an interesting one. Click here to read all about it.

 

 

The Bottom Line.

My ride from San Diego, California to Sturgis, South Dakota, despite a lot of rain, thunder and lightning, was amazing. My week in Sturgis and my daily rides exploring the region were spectacular. Meeting up with old friends and meeting new ones was a bonus.

The Victory Magnum handled beautifully. This is a comfortable and sleek looking custom bagger with a powerful engine (The Freedom 106). The Victory Magnum is one good looker. I recommend you take a serious look at this motorcycle if you are considering a custom bagger. It’s the coolest, factory custom on the market today in my opinion.

 

Ride Safe Out There.

 

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Thank you for reading my blog folks. – Motorcycle Marc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: Copyrights and Trademarks are the property of their owners. No infringement intended. All references, images, technical data and general information relating to Victory Motorcycles is the property of Polaris Industries, Inc., unless specifically noted otherwise. Always wear a approved helmet. Never ride under the influence. Motorcycle Marc’s Magnum Motorcycle provided by the Victory Motorcycle Company. Ride sponsorship provided by Indian Motorcycles of El Cajon, California. Special thanks to Nate Wek at South Dakota Public Broadcasting (SDPB) for compiling the Top 13 Rides information from the good folks at “Ultimate Motorcycle Rides“. This info was invaluable to me as I planned my daily rides around Sturgis.

Beaulieu Brothers Ride 2019

WE RIDE THE GASPE PENINSULA…

Few things in life get my excitement level up like planning for a big motorcycle roadtrip…

Note – Blog Post in progress. — MJB

This year’s BBR will have us cover just over 4,000 miles beginning in upstate New York then heading to the tip of eastern Canada then back into New England USA and with a final leg way up north in northern Ontario.

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Day 1 – We meet up in Niagara Falls/Buffalo, New York

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Located 17 miles norhtwest of Buffalo, NY, the three Niagara Falls straddle the international border between the province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York. The American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are on the American side. The Horseshoe Falls lie right on the border with Canada and the U.S.

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Off to visit a sister in Ottawa, Ontario.

Few things bring back childhood memories like our Mom’s french meat pie known in French as “tourtiere”. Sister Rose inherited our Mom’s great cooking skill and makes the perfect French Tourtiere for us during our stop-over at her home in Ottawa.

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Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa, sits on the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario and borders with Gatineau, Quebec. The city was founded as ByTown in 1826.

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On to Quebec City to visit another sister.

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La Belle Ville de Quebec…one of the oldest cities in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Note the towering Chateau Frontenac in background. Mainly all French speaking, the city was founded on July 3, 1608 by French Explorer, Samuel de Champlain.

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Riding towards Canada’s Atlantic Coast…the incredible beauty of the Gaspe Peninsula.

On the way via Route 132 which tracks south of the massive St. Lawrence River, we’ll make stops in the St. Eusebe-Cabano area to visit family members.

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View of Perce Rock from Rt 132. Quebec, Canada
Located on the tip of the Gaspe Peninsula in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence.

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Once around the Gaspe Peninsula, we’ll head to visit yet another sister in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada lies in the center of the Maritime Provinces. It was founded in 1766 by Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants from Philadelphia, USA.

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The spectacular Cabot Trail ride…

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One of the most scenic drives on the planet. Especially amazing from the seat of a motorcycle.
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

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After cruising around Cape Breton, we’ll ride through Nova Scotia towards Saint John, New Brunswick…where two more sisters will get to feed us. 🙂

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Saint John, New Brunswick is located on the Bay of Fundy. It is the oldest incorporated city in Canada (1785). French Explorer, Samuel de Champlain, landed here on June 24, 1604.

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Back into the USA – New England region to visit family.

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Lawrence, MA originally settled in 1655, is about 15 miles from Lowell, MA. The city is located on the Merrimack River.

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The last leg of BBR2019 will have us heading north into logging country.

After enjoying the company of our cousins around Lawrence, MA, we’ll ride out through New Hampshire and Vermont back into Canada looking to head north on Provincial Highway 17 towards our home town of Chapleau in northern Ontario.

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Heading to bush country for the Island Lake Lumbercamp Kids Reunion…
Watch out for moose in northern Ontario.

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Long live the Beaulieu Brothers Rides…

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Time sure flies…Brother Roch and me first rode the Cabot Trail back 18 years ago in 2002. He on a 2001 Yamaha Star Cruiser and me on my 1999 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide.

Ride Safe Out There, 

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Marc & Roch Beaulieu

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Beaulieu Brothers, Marc (59) & Roch (57). We’ve been riding motorcycles and exploring everywhere since our early teens growing up in the Island Lake Lumber Camp
in northern Ontario, Canada.

About Motorcycle Marc â€“ I’m a motoblogger, some say a motorcycle evangelist, an industry influencer, ambassador and sponsor. I prefer to ride motorcycles but when I can’t ride I blog about it. Since 2009, I’ve developed a strong, dedicated following of thousands of gearheads, motorheads, biker-wannabes and 2-wheeled adventurers who love motorcycles and everything motorcycle-related. Welcome to my world – Marc J. Beaulieu (MJB)

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