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Colleen did it again!

Colleen did it again!

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Blogga’ Pleeze…

From Behind The Lens By Colleen Swartz Blogga’ Pleeze… This is a new age that we live in. I remember when my Mom bought the first microwave oven I had ever seen from a restaurant supply store (only restaurants had them at first) it cost $800, was the size of a pinto, and boiled water […]

Karma and the Shed

March 2009 By Colleen Swartz Karma and the Shed All is right with the world, we have survived another Shed party and things are as they should be. I hate to get all esoteric on you guys, but the more I think about what, who, why, and how the Shed exists, the more I believe […]

Turn the Page

Bettie Page: A remembrance December 08 “I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn’t trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn’t think of myself as liberated, and I don’t believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn’t know any […]

I Just Can’t Live Without My Radio

I Just Can’t Live Without My Radio

Our one and only, you know her, you love her, Colleen Swartz, is going to be featured on Biker’s Inner Circle Radio Show. What a talented crew we have! Did you read her Behind The Lens article this month? Well spoken! Check out the interview with Colleen on Charlie Brechtel’s radio show available on Saturday, […]

The Devil is in the Details

From Behind the Lens By Colleen Swartz December, 2008 The Devil is in the Details So here we are looking at Bobbers in this issue of Cycle Source. It got me thinking about all of the labels in the motorcycle world and what they all mean. Have you ever met someone and when you discover […]

Corporate Sucks

From Behind the Lens By Colleen Swartz Corporate Sucks One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important. -Bertrand Russell So here I sit in Denver Colorado in a hotel room wrapped in only a scratchy towel and I’m miserable. See, last week I flew off […]

From Behind The Lens By Colleen Swartz Bitching on my Soapbox So what is the difference between pissing and moaning and editorial? It really is a fine line especially in this magazine because Wildman pretty much lets all of us speak our mind no matter what it is (a refreshing thing indeed to a writer). […]

Living as if you were dying

From Behind the Lens Living as if you were dying By Colleen Swartz September 19, 2008 Anyone who knows me acknowledges I am a National Public Radio junkie. It is an addiction of pleasure that fills my ears with knowledge and opinion and facts but most importantly it introduces me to people. Extraordinary people who […]

Hiatusmyass

From behind the lens Sept. 2008 Hiatusmyass Allright already. Here’s a “From Behind the Lens” for the first time in what, 3 months? Maybe 4. I didn’t think that many people read this little bit of bitching every month because when I said something extra stupid or controversial I would get a couple emails mostly […]

These are the good old days

From Behind the Lens By: Colleen Swartz March 15, 2008 It’s never too late to be brought up right. I know that I work for one of the coolest biker rags out there today but you guys are going to have to bear with me as I tell you how that came to be. See, […]

From Behind The Lens – February 2008

From Behind The Lens – February 2008

The Devil’s In The Detail So here we are looking at bobbers in this issue of Cycle Source. It got me thinking about all of the labels in the motorcycle world and what they all mean. Have you ever met someone and when you discover that they have a similar interest in motorcycles you ask […]

The economy is making me sick, but it isn’t giving me gas.

From Behind The Lens December, 2007 The economy is making me sick, but it isn’t giving me gas. What the hell is up with the price of oil? Our evidently faithful Christian in the White House asks for regulations that would allow more arsenic in our drinking water, more mercury in our air, more logging […]

Welcome to the “Fourth Amendment Free Zone”

From Behind the Lens October 2007 By Colleen Swartz Welcome to the “Fourth Amendment Free Zone” Two years ago I wrote a column called “Survival in Sturgis” which was run in Quick Throttle Magazine. It told the story of how 2 of my crew were arrested during Sturgis in 2005 and both were able to […]

Parting is such sweet sorrow

From Behind the Lens Parting is such sweet sorrow By: Colleen Swartz October, 2007 I was raised in a conservative Midwestern family. My parents were more than touched by the great depression and my father served in WWII and Korea. They came from nothing and we had not much more when I was growing up. […]

My Uncomplicated Friend

From Behind the Lens My Uncomplicated Friend By Colleen Swartz July 22, 2007 This month’s article has nothing whatsoever to do with motorcycles. It does, however, involve dogs, love, life and pain… all things I think you can relate to. I think we are drawn to dogs because they are the uninhibited creatures we might […]

30 days at a time

From Behind the Lens April, 2007 By Colleen Swartz Cycle Source is turning 10 years old this month. I am the newest member of the Cycle Source staff and as such, I really didn’t feel qualified to talk at all about the 10th anniversary as I am just celebrating my 7th month with the mag. […]

I’m getting old….I think….

From Behind the Lens Feb. 2007 I’m getting old….I think…. By Colleen Swartz I’m at that age where I am starting to realize that I am getting older. I catch myself saying things like, “I don’t know what these kids are using for brains these days.” Which is something that would (and I’m sure did) […]

Redefining the “Love Seat”

Redefining the “Love Seat”

From Behind the Lens November 2006 Colleen Swartz Redefining the “Love Seat” My buddy Dave Cook lives with a wild hair up his ass. Sometimes it manifests itself as a completely new and cool frame, sometimes it comes out as a new way to brake a bike with style, sometimes it is an impulsive road […]

Riding the Rally, Sturgis Style

Riding the Rally, Sturgis Style

From Behind the Lens September 2006 Colleen Swartz Riding the Rally, Sturgis Style If you ride, you have to go to Sturgis at least once in your life. This is something that I repeatedly tell everyone I meet who rides. I have been to Daytona Bike Week, Myrtle Beach and many other rallies around the […]

Hair by Harley

Hair by Harley

From Behind the Lens September 2006 Colleen Swartz Hair by Harley Why do I bother? Why do any of us bother? Why do I continually try to look “normal” at any bike event? But I keep trying. I try to shove a hairbrush in the bag, I try to find a hat that will stay […]

In Praise of the Biker Chick

In Praise of the Biker Chick

From Behind the Lens August 2006 Colleen Swartz In Praise of the Biker Chick If this is the first time that you are reading this column, I feel compelled to give you a brief description of what it is I do for a living so that you have a better understanding of where my perspective […]

I’m Not Exactly Preaching to the Choir…

I’m Not Exactly Preaching to the Choir…

I’m Not Exactly Preaching to the Choir… March, 2006 “Oh God, not Politics! Please don’t talk about politics!!” was the response I received from my sister when I told her that I was thinking about busting out some of my personal political, moral and ethical views in my column. I have wanted to do this […]

The Men, From the Boys, from the Builders

The Men, From the Boys, from the Builders

From Behind The Lens May, 2006 The Men, From the Boys, from the Builders There is a cultural phenomenon in this country now that has taken the bike mechanic out of his dingy shop with long hours and turned him into a pop icon. The bike mechanic has now become the bike builder and they […]

The Good, The Bad and the Celebrities

The Good, The Bad and the Celebrities

The Good, The Bad and the Celeberties February 2006 Mitch Bergeron, Roger Bourget, Mike Brown, Chica, Jerry Covington, Scotty Cox, Detroit Brothers, Rick Fairless, Ron Finch, Cole Foster, Eric Gorges, Matt Hotch, Kendall Johnson, Shinya Kimura, Indian Larry, Billy Lane, Joe Martin, Russ Mitchell, Mondo, Arlen Ness, Cory Ness, Dave Perewitz, Mike Pugliese, Jesse Rooke, […]

I Stand Corrected….Sorta

I Stand Corrected….Sorta

I Stand Corrected….Sorta January 2006 Ah, here we are, a new year, a new column and a new occurrence in the Quick Throttle office. I received an email correcting me on a column I did a couple of months ago called “Fat Bottomed Bikes”. In that column I asserted my opinion that I didn’t like […]

Fat Bottomed Bikes

Fat Bottomed Bikes

Fat Bottomed Bikes November 2005   There seems to be a trend in custom bikes these days…. It is a disturbingly large rear tire. Now, I like a beefy rear tire. Mated with a beefy tube frame, low profile, distinctive styling, I think that is a great look for a bike. But I have to […]

Survival in Sturgis…An Insider’s Guide

Survival in Sturgis…An Insider’s Guide

From Behind The Lens September 2005 Survival in Sturgis…An Insider’s Guide I’ve just returned with my photo crew to my hometown of Milwaukee from our trip to Sturgis South Dakota. The annual motorcyclist’s Mecca that is the Black Hills Rally officially runs 7 days and the little town of 5,600 swells to an estimated 500,000 […]

Rally Bathroom Etiquette

Rally Bathroom Etiquette

From behind the lens Colleen Swartz August 2005 Rally Bathroom Etiquette With summer in full swing, I find myself spending more and more time in rally port-a-potties. This is an unfortunate trend, to say the least, as I find the port-a-potty to be one of the more unpleasant places to be, especially with your pants […]

Brother Speed and The Little Lady

Brother Speed and The Little Lady

From Behind the Lens July 2005 By Colleen Swartz Brother Speed and The Little Lady To a photographer, especially a motorcycle photographer, Brother Speed’s bike is treasure trove of opportunity. Every inch of it is covered with unusual artifacts collected by a colorful man over many years of travels. Immediately you will notice the hundreds […]

My Kind of Bike Show

My Kind of Bike Show

My Kind of Bike Show May 2005 It is spring and all of the winter-long bike building projects are coming together and finishing-off and they are all heading to the proving grounds, the bike show. I, personally, have been to five bike shows since the beginning of the calendar year and I am getting quite […]

Burnt out on Burn-outs

Burnt out on Burn-outs

From Behind the Lens April 2005 Burnt out on Burn-outs As I write this column, I am being driven from Pensacola Florida to Daytona in my last leg to the annual rite which is spring bike week. I am eager to arrive and be a part of all that is great about a major bike […]

Bumpin’, Rubbin’ & Freezin’

Bumpin’, Rubbin’ & Freezin’

From Behind the Lens By: Colleen Swartz March 2005 Bumpin’, Rubbin’ & Freezin’ Living in Wisconsin but being a global citizen, I am constantly reminded of how short our motorcycle riding season is here. My friends in California are out riding their bikes in the middle of January, bike rallies are well underway in Florida […]

My Favorite Bike Builder… in case you care.

My Favorite Bike Builder… in case you care.

From Behind The Lens December 2004 My Favorite Bike Builder… in case you care. BigShots is my business and in that respect is mirrors my interests. Photographers have as many subjects to specialize in as there are subjects; but mine is motorcycles. I didn’t pick motorcycle photography because I thought it was an untapped market, […]

Cowboys & Indian Larry

Cowboys & Indian Larry

Cowboys & Indian Larry September 2004 We Met Indian Larry just this past May in Myrtle Beach, SC at the Broken Spoke for the Spring Bike Rally. He was in the Easy Rider’s Bike Build Off and I was just an innocent vendor who happened to be set up next to the building that he […]

Spearfish Canyon, SD

Spearfish Canyon, SD

Spearfish Canyon, SD August 2004 Welcome to my world as a professional motorcycle photographer. It is great job. I travel to most of the major bike events, I bring beautiful women with me, I shoot some of the hottest bikes out there and have some of the nicest bikers as my customers. I rub elbows […]

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