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Wheel Life, on Display at the Motorcycle Show

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Wheel Life, on Display at the Motorcycle Show

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Wheel Life, on Display at the Motorcycle Show

Wheel Life, on Display at the Motorcycle Show

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The "Boss Brothers" stunt-riding team. From left: Brandon Landers, Preston Landers and Dusty Hipps. Petra Mayer, NPR hide caption

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Don't look now, Mom: NPR's Petra Mayer tries out a screaming yellow Harley-Davidson. Kirk Tucker hide caption

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Her mother once told her she'd be disowned if she ever bought a motorcycle.

But that didn't stop NPR's Petra Mayer from checking out the International Motorcycle Show in Washington, D.C.

She found eye-catching bikes, including a Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic Screaming Eagle, and a trio of Texas teens in a stunt-riding show. And she came away "longing for the open road."