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Events on the Horizon all over the Country

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Rogue, Dmac, Laura, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Prince Najar, Marilyn Stemp, Buck Lovell, the Redhead, and the rest of the gang

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Warmer weather is coming
and we’re taking a gamble this iffy weekend and prepping the Salt Torpedo for test runs in Sturgis, South Dakota.

Hang on for Instagram reports. Let’s hit the news. Whiskey is waiting.

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I noted on Twitter and Notes that it seems that discussion of topics generally in the purview of IPCC Working Group 1 — the physical science of climate change — seem to have dissipated in recent years.

I’m not sure why that has happened, but it has motivated me to experiment here at The Honest Broker. I am of the view that science is stronger when discussed and challenged out in the open, and in that process we all get smarter.

--Roger Pielke


Currently, every adult operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle is required to have a helmet in their possession and wear eye protection while operating or riding a motorcycle and every person up to 19 years of age must wear a helmet and eye protection.

This Act requires that everyone who obtains a new endorsement for a motorcycle on or after the effective date of this Act, or someone riding with the newly endorsed person, to wear a helmet and eye protection for the first 2 years after the newly endorsed person receives the endorsement.

In 2022, Delaware experienced 10 motorcycle fatalities where the rider was not wearing a helmet. Over the last 5 years, among crashes involving a Delaware licensed motorcycle rider, 25% of fatal and serious injury crashes involved a rider in their first 2 years of having a motorcycle endorsement.

Helmets and eye protection are already required for those operating with a temporary motorcycle instruction permit as required under § 2703 of Title 21 of the Delaware Code and no passengers are allowed.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia currently require all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmets are highly effective in protecting motorcycle riders’ heads in crashes and significantly reduce deaths and serious head injuries in crashes.

This Act creates a civil penalty for violation of the helmet law, both the existing law and the law created by this Act.

Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee Members:

All States Call To Action - BOLT Brother, Ed Berner is out of town and has no access to his computer and has requested that I contact all BOLT Brothers and Sisters to enlist their or any other Freedom Fighters' participation in stopping this bill in committee before it goes any farther by filling the email in-boxes of the committee that will hear this bill.

Senate Environment, Energy & Transportation Committee Members:

Senate Bill 86 Introduced on: 4/19/23

--Jimmy Ray

MUFFLER OF THE WEEK—From Shaw Speed and Customs.

Shaw Harley-Davidson
Holmes Hill, Nr Lewes
East Sussex
United Kingdom

--Sam Burns


Jim Preisler
1942 - 2023
Can't believe I read this in AMD before Dealernews! This article doesn't even begin to tell Jim's story. One of the last remaining "good guys" in our industry.

An avid racer into his 70s just for fun!
Constantly developing parts for his drag bike, just for fun!

And built and ran one of the highest quality exhaust manufacturers in the industry.
How do you even begin to tell his story as one of the creators and driving forces behind Drag Specialties?

You need to get Tom Rudd's take on this - I've heard from Tom and it's a good story.
(And what about a story on Tom Rudd? Do you have to wait until these guys are gone?)
And Jim was one of the most humble, kindest, good-humored people I know.
And how lucky he was to marry Cheryl! Bright, energetic and a perfect match for Jim.

When you stopped to talk to either of these two at a trade show their attention was fully engaged. They cared not only about their business and customers but their employees as well. Many organizations could learn from them.

If you ever toured their facility, you'd know that Jim's knowledge and dedication shined through.

Get your act together and do this man justice by doing a "real" article on what he brought to this industry all the while remaining a true enthusiast.

--Dan Stern

"Thank you. We’re looking into it." --Bandit



Limited Mid-Year CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide Models Will Debut at Harley-Davidson Homecoming and 120th Anniversary Events

Since 1999, Harley-Davidson Custom Vehicle Operations (CVO) motorcycles have been an aspirational collection of limited-production motorcycles that deliver the ultimate in refinement of styling, design, craftsmanship and attention to detail, along with top-of-the-line performance. Over the decades, Harley-Davidson designers and engineers have thoughtfully evolved these motorcycles, introducing incremental improvements to further enhance the riding experience, while carefully respecting their heritage and position as icons within the hearts and minds of enthusiasts around the world.

Today, Harley-Davidson announces two new 2023 CVO motorcycles with exclusive and dramatic new visual designs, advanced technology, and dynamic performance, the details of which will be announced on June 7, 2023, with the official premiere of the all-new 2023 CVO Street Glide and CVO Road Glide. For more information, visit

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Street Glide
The all-new batwing fairing featured on the 2023 CVO Street Glide model offers an evolved profile exhibiting a faster overall gesture and more swept windshield. Undercuts beneath the headlamp are more pronounced, and turn indicators are integrated as opposed to external units. While the iconic “T” shape of the batwing fairing is retained, the silhouette and graphic outline have been modernized with updated surfacing, and the new fairing integrates in design with the fuel tank, side covers and saddlebags. The “Omega-shaped” signature light provides instant recognition of the new model and turns signals are seamlessly integrated into the left and right lamp elements.

2023 Harley-Davidson CVO Road Glide
The all-new CVO Road Glide model fairing presents an aggressive update to the MY22 “sharknose” design and integrates with the fuel tank, side covers and saddlebags.

The single LED headlamp has a wide, horizonal shape, yet appears to have twin elements, recalling a key feature of all previous Road Glide® model fairings and turn signal lamps are integrated within the outer portions of the signature lighting.

Both models feature:
  • Dramatic new visual designs
  • New Milwaukee-Eight® VVT 121 engine
  • All-new suspension
  • All-new infotainment system
  • Offered with two paint/finish options
Further details will be announced on June 7, 2023. For more information, visit

FUEL CLEVELAND is back for its 8th year in 2023, and this time, it's a 2-day event!

Come party in NE Ohio with us at Fuel on Saturday & Sunday, July 29th & 30th.
You can get the details, and see photos and a video of last year's event here.
Fuel Cleveland is a free event, as always.
Spread the word, arrange your posse and roll deep. See you there!


Fuel CLE is brought to you by Lowbrow Customs, Forever The Chaos Life and The Gasbox.

We couldn't do it without support from Biltwell, BMW Motorrad, Whiteknuckler and W&W.

Calling Bikes, Vans & Artists: Submit Your Work For Fuel Cleveland

Do you have a motorcycle, van, or bike-related art or photography that you think would be a perfect fit for Fuel CLE? Submit your entry via the Fuel CLE website here.

Click for Action.
Click for Action.

OUTDOOR RECREATION ACT--Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support the American Outdoor Recreation Act

Enjoying time in the great outdoors is not only fun, but it’s beneficial to a person's mental and physical health. Outdoor recreational activities are also a key economic driver in communities across the U.S., employing over 4.5 million Americans.

The SAN is committed to expanding motorized recreational access on government lands, which is why we strongly support the America’s Outdoor Recreation Act of 2023 (AORA), S. 873.

Don’t wait—tell your U.S. Senators they need to expand motorized recreational opportunities by supporting the American Outdoor Recreation Act.

Lawmakers Must Hear from You Right Away!


May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.
May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.


The classes for the 2023 Black Hills Motorcycle Show are now available on the show web site.

This is basically the final list, in order to try get the trophies ready on time. But I do ask that everyone reviews it and gives me some input back. It is not too late to make a change or addition, but it will have to be quick.

We have almost 50 bikes pre-registered. This is where our focus need to be, as we are at 30 days out from the show as of today. Our goal is 100 bikes in the show minimum.

Spread the word about the show!

--Jason Mook
Black Hills Motorcycle Show


I accidentally handed my wife a glue stick instead of chapstick. She still isn’t talking to me.

A wife is in the bathroom trying on a new dress. She turns and says to her husband: ‘Does my butt look big in this?’

says: “Oh to be fair, love, it’s quite a small bathroom.”


We all know about Murphy’s Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.

But have you heard of Cole’s Law? It's "Cabbage makes a good salad.".


I know they say that money talks, but all mine says is ‘Goodbye.’

--Sam Burns
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina

Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.


All the intense flavors of pure motorcycling: packed into a fun, stylish, new machine, like a double shot of espresso.

The Hunter 350 is an agile roadster designed to rev through the city streets and packs a punch like a strong shot of espresso. Built on the proven Royal Enfield 350cc platform with a shorter wheelbase, lighter weight, and tighter geometry; the Hunter 350 is the perfect urban commuter. And did you catch that price tag?


Michelle: What motivated you to put on this event?

John: Many years ago, I used to drag race at the Sacramento drag strip. It was a ton of fun, then life happened and I hadn't been on a track in years. We were up in Sturgis last August, and we went to the seventh annual free BAKER drags and ran the bike. It reminded me of how much fun it was!

On the drive back home, my wife and I were discussing it, and I found a drag strip near our shop. Probably about 30 minutes away in Tennessee. We decided to put on our own fun drags, similar to what you guys do. So far, it's been a huge success and a lot of fun!

Michelle: How often does this event happen?

John: We are shooting for at least once a month. The one challenging thing is dealing with weather. We have had two dates in April that we had to cancel because we were rained out. We have two dates in May that we're shooting for. But a minimum of once a month.

Michelle: How long have you been drag racing?

John: I am a novice racer at best. My brother, myself, and a bunch of guys would go to the Sacramento drag strip about ten years ago. Until last August, I hadn't been on a track in seven or eight years.

Michelle: Why should people attend your event?

John: The reason people should attend our event is because drag racing is a lot of fun! I would argue that racing a motorcycle on a drag strip, especially since we're only doing an 1/8th mile drag, is more safe than running your bike down the interstate.

If people don't have the experience of what it feels like to be on the drag strip and being able to see your times and watch yourself improve, you're really missing out! Our events, so far, have brought out 80-90% of people that have never been on the drag strip before. And to see the level of excitement and enthusiam and eveything is infectious!

Michelle: What should people expect with your event?

John: The way our events go so far, we're doing what is called a test-n-tune. For test-n-tune nights, you line up against your buddy and run down the track and see who has the fastest time and really, what's most important is to see your time versus your last time. The vast majority of us are not proficient drag racers and the vast majority of us, even if you have a stock bike, the bike can go faster than what we can pilot the bike. That's the fun of it. So overall on what to expect, just having a really good time!

Michelle: Where can people find more information?

John: Check out our social media or my personal social media. Dream Rides of Tennessee on Facebook and Instagram.

Michelle: Is there anything else you'd like to add about your event?

John: Just get on your motorcycle and when you drag race, it's a lot of fun!

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Dave Mackie set over 60 National Records and was five-time National Champion

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THE PFAS PROBLEM--MIC Senior Vice President Testifies in Maine on Looming Chemical Regulations

Scott Schloegel from the MIC Government Relations Office traveled to Maine last week to testify at a meeting of the state's Board of Environmental Protection. The board is considering regulations to implement the state's PFAS law that was passed in late 2021. The regulations on products containing PFAS chemicals will significantly impact powersports sales.

The proposed new rule – "Chapter 90: Products Containing Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances" – is currently in the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted by the board until May 19.

Speaking on behalf of the MIC, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Schloegel, senior vice president at the MIC GRO, stated that hundreds of MIC members remain considerably impacted by the requirements proposed in the draft for the "Maine PFAS in Products Program."

Schloegel also visited the Maine State Senate to meet with Senator Joe Baldacci, whose legislation to address the overly broad Maine law will be considered this week.

The regulations would require detailed notifications of products for sale in Maine that contain intentionally added PFAS chemicals. They would also ban distribution and sale of any new product that contains intentionally added PFAS beginning in 2030.

"As we have in prior comments, we continue to call on Maine's Department of Environment Protection to reasonably limit its scope of PFAS regulation, exclude bans on internal components of powersports products that are generally not handled by consumers, and also exclude bans on powersports vehicle parts that are already in dealership inventories across the state," Schloegel said. "As in other states, we are requesting that powersports vehicle, parts, accessories, and apparel makers are given ample time to replace PFAS used in the manufacturing of these products, and that they have sufficient time to meet the considerable paperwork filing demands of any PFAS reporting requirements."


SPORTSTER AND K MODEL OF THE WEEK—Starting with a custom 1956 KHK.

Here’s a wild 1000 cc, 1980 XLH Ironhead.

Kirk Willard, the President of the MRF on the right went to check on his Knucklehead project. That's the boss of Hill City Cycles.
Kirk Willard, the President of the MRF on the right went to check on his Knucklehead project. That's the boss of Hill City Cycles.

COLORADO STUDIES LANE SPLITTING-- We were told that Colorado’s lane splitting study might possibly be killed.

Representative Weinberg decided to introduce HB23-1059, a bill to do a Lane Splitting Study. This could be the first of many steps to get a lane splitting bill in Colorado.

This bill passed its first round by an 8 to 5 vote.

We are awaiting news when/if HB23-1059 will go to the Appropriations Committee.

On a very positive note, on May1, there will be a Senate Tribute by Senate Minority Leader Lundeen declaring “May is Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month.”

The House is also working on a tribute. Stump was able to get ten sponsors from the House, including the Speaker of the House, so hopefully that tribute will also happen on May 1.

See ya on down the road,
Dale “Bear” Meade
MRF State Representative

--American Bikers Journal


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I'm interested in the Greg Wrightstone thing. I believe you have my address on file . If not I can send.
I have passed along Green Murder and Inconvenient Truth to a co worker. She has just been accepted for a master's program. Wondering if the argument on CO2 would be a good subject for a thesis once she completes the program and looks at the net level.

Friday, April 28, 2023
Editor Response If she writes the thesis on that subject, I would love to publish it.

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