David Royal is a native of Ocala, Florida, where he hunted with his Savage 99EG during his teenage years. After moving to California, he started restoring vintage Harley-Davidson motorcycles. This led to the motorcycles being featured in magazines, books, and calendars. Hollywood also rented the bikes for films. Already an avid photographer, he learned a great deal about photography and lighting by observing and working with motorcycle photographers and movie cameramen. He was hired on a freelance basis to write articles and do photography for several motorcycle magazines. He moved to Pinedale, Wyoming, in 2005, the year he got seriously into collecting Savage Model 99s.

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