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Exhaust billows as friends and family give a motorcycle salute after Roger Ready's memorial service Tuesday afternoon in Larimore, N.D.

900 pay tribute to beloved biker

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Tattooed, wind-burned, black-leather-clad bikers wept openly and hugged one another at the funeral for Roger Ready, a brother in several ways to many of the 900 or more people who filled the high school gym here Tuesday.

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It was the largest funeral in the history of this city of 1,400, longtime residents said.

The 90-minute service was a celebration and a tribute to a remarkable man who clearly affected many people by the way he lived his life.

Ready died riding.

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