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This has been a massively exciting week.
While the bros party in Daytona under summer-like skies, we struggle to stoke the fires of freedom in the cold northwest. Our governor sliced away regulation while other states attempt to reenact helmet laws that harm more than they protect.

The news is interesting, let’s hit it:

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Here is a little more information from the interweb on Toyota's hydrogen car.

The flagship Toyota Mirai limited has a list price of US $67,095, meaning the list price could drop as low as $27,095-or 60% less than its current cost.

A Toyota Mirai takes a total of 5 kg of hydrogen. So, a full tank would cost around $180 and return around $312 miles of EPA-estimated range (taking the 2018 model as an example). That works out to $0.58 per mile, which is abysmal.

Currently there are only 59 open retail refueling sites in the United States, most of them in California.

I just scored this book from the Buck Lovell collection.
I just scored this book from the Buck Lovell collection.


Harry Sucher was the founding member of the SoCal AMCA with Chuck Vernon and John Eagle.

Here's Chuck Vernon on the Sucher Special, built by Harry and Chuck and given to Don Whalen. He did Chuck a big favor.
Here's Chuck Vernon on the Sucher Special, built by Harry and Chuck and given to Don Whalen. He did Chuck a big favor.

--from Don Whalen

Here's the new cover art from Scott Jacobs.
Here's the new cover art from Scott Jacobs.


We’re hustling on the next Sturgis Rally Magazine. It will be packed with Sturgis resources and rally info.

"You still have a couple of days to buy an ad. It’s an annual book. One ad lasts all year." --Bandit


I have been blown away by the strong advocacy efforts that have been made by our friends at the USCCA For Saving Lives Action Fund - and I wanted YOU to hear about it.

A new website section has been launched on the Action Fund site, centered around pieces of state-specific legislation. This is a great place to check out legislation happening not only in your home state but around the country as well.

Today, I invite you to go check out what is happening in your neck of the woods - because YOU deserve to know. YOUR God-given 2A rights deserve to be protected, no matter where you are in the country. Our friends at the Action Fund are determined to advocate for your rights every single day at both the state and national levels, and want to ensure you are kept in the loop on all the latest developments.

Take a few minutes TODAY to check out the newly launched site here.

This is an exciting update that I am proud to share with you - 2024 is a crucial year and now is a more important time than ever to make sure you are kept in the loop.

Take care and stay safe,

Tim Schmidt
USCCA Chairman & Co-Founder



I know your crew is super busy with one case after another, but don’t you see a trend? It’s almost absurd that this terrific country is going through two decades or strife over something that could have been addressed in two weeks.

It’s also nuts that our entire government has allowed this to get to a point where the only thing that might save the entire country is your group, the Supreme Court.

I would hope, but I don’t expect the Supreme Court to make the decisions, but you can force the right people to step up and address the climate alarmism once and for all.

At one time this country was all about finding the truth and the answers. We need American unity once more. We need kids all over the world to know we are living in the best of times and not doomed. Don’t you see what’s happening?

All the best of times ahead,

The Bastard Biker in the Black Hills

This is a work in progress…

Touch her for action...
Touch her for action...


"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen." - Winston Churchill

from Epoch Times


Though many people try to make the case that religion and politics don't mix, the truth is that political affiliations have been a part of history for thousands of years. Even your most beloved biblical figures were committed supporters of specific political parties.

The Babylon Bee is here to shed more light on the topic by revealing the following list of Bible characters and their political parties:

Noah: Democrat. Huge believer in climate change.

Methuselah: Democrat. Currently serving as President of the United States.

Sodom & Gomorrah: The entire city was filled with Libertarians.

Lazarus: Republican when he was alive. Democrat when he wasn't.

Caiaphas: Democrat. He loved dragging his political enemies to court on false charges.

Balaam's Donkey: Democrat. Party mascot.

Job: Republican. Couldn't stop losing.

Peter: Denied party affiliation three times.

Satan: Democrat. Founder of the party.

Jesus: Republican. Everybody knows this.

--Babylon Bee

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Proposed 15-yr no repair bill!? They will have to pry my Shovelhead out of my dead cold hands!

--Rob Rhoades


Chrome and crowds: Motorcycles take over Main Street as Daytona's Bike Week begins

It wasn’t even 11 a.m. on Bike Week’s opening day, but Dan and Sue Phillips already had claimed a prime viewing spot for the parade of chrome and characters outside the Boot Hill Saloon on Main Street.

“I’ve had this spot for a long time,” said Dan, 70, referring to more than the two hours that the Daytona Beach couple already had spent that morning on the outside deck of the landmark watering hole.

“My first Bike Week was in 1978 and this is where I was,” he said.

Sue, his wife of 50 years, joined him for the first time two years later. For most of the years since, the couple traveled on their Harley-Davidsons from their home in Dayton, Ohio.

'A big party, yes?' Bike Week newcomers explore Main Street.

On opening day, Bike Week rumbled at full throttle on Main Street, the epicenter of the 10-day event that now attracts an estimated crowd of 300,000-400,000 motorcycle fans throughout a region that includes Volusia, Flagler, Brevard, Seminole, Orange, St. Johns and Duval counties.

The scene offered a familiar carnival for the senses that blended the tantalizing aromas of grilled sausages and burgers melded with the scent of leather and exhaust fumes, the sound of molar-rattling engines and the sight of gleaming chrome, custom paint jobs and colorful crowds.

An informal survey of license plates illustrated the event’s appeal: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Georgia, South Carolina, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Ontario and Quebec, among others.

The throng also included more far-flung visitors, such as the boisterous group of roughly two dozen members of the Scamps Motorcycle Club from Woerden, a city in the Utrecht province of The Netherlands.

“If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much,” said Rob Kromwijk, 44, a welder informally nominated as the group’s spokesman as they nursed cold beers outside Dirty Harry’s Pub.

He and his friends also were early birds on opening day, arriving on Main Street before 7 a.m.

Merchants, vendors expect 'a great week'
On opening day, merchants and vendors also were optimistic about the 10-day event.

“We’ve been working around the clock, literally, getting ready for this,” said Laura Humphreys, vice president of family-owned Humphreys & Son Jewelers, a Main Street fixture since 1954.

Rain: An unwelcome Bike Week wild card?
Weather could be a question mark, reflected in cloudy skies on opening day that yielded misty rain around lunch time. Based on the extended forecast issued by the National Weather Service in Melbourne, rain chances range from 30-60% into next week.

The prospect of a few raindrops didn’t faze Chris Snyder, 62, a retired building inspector who left behind much less hospitable weather in Buffalo.

“It was snowing and 20 degrees when I left,” said Snyder, watching the scene across from the Full Moon Saloon. “It’s great to get out of Buffalo this time of year. This is a perfect spot. I would stand here all day and do this.”

Snyder is among the visitors who have made multiple trips to Bike Week.

History lesson: Daytona Beach's Bike Week: A history of beer, bikes, cole slaw and 'rowdyism'

Those returning fans are the best part of the event, said Johnny Sanchez, owner of John’s Rock ‘N Ride, another longtime Main Street business.

“To me, it’s like a homecoming,” he said. “These are people I only see once or twice a year. I look forward to seeing them, and they look forward to seeing me. They were customers, but now we’re one big family. Yeah, it’s just like a homecoming.”

--By Jim Abbott, Daytona Beach News-Journal

"I cut the hell out of Jim’s report. While it snowed in the Black Hills and I worked with museum projects, but fielded many calls from Daytona. An excited old friend Catherine Palmer called and spoke of a terrific time riding through downtown and out to the Broken Spoke. Some complain to the gentrification of Daytona and the efforts to force the bikers out.

Hamster brothers reported from one party to the next. Michael Lichter hit the ground running with his ammo belt of cameras and note pad. We’ve been back and forth about exciting museum projects and his history with the rally.

Rogue reported in and already submitted reports from Billy Lane’s vintage bike racing events and training for youngsters. More reports on their way…"



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The eagle, er, the Assalt Weapan has landed at Accurate Engineering's World Headquarters. We are making our list but first there are a couple customers to finalize. Thank you so much, Keith R. Ball. Much Love my Brother.

Five-Ball Racing, Rough Boy Racing, Ben Stuck Speed and Machine, and Accurate Engineering.

--Barry Wardlaw


You asked, we listened. Phone calls start today. Tell Representative Didech NO on his mandatory helmet bill!

State Representative Daniel Didech appears to be standing alone on his legislation (HB5620) to force motorcyclists in Illinois to wear DOT rated helmets. Many of you asked about making calls, so today we start the calls.

Starting today 3/5/24 after 9am, and until the bill is pulled from consideration.

1) Call Representative Daniel Didech's Springfield office at 217-782-0499.

We are only calling his office at this time. If the situation changes and ABATE feels that other legislators need to hear from us, we'll send out another alert.

2) Firmly, but politely let the Legislative Coordinator know that you are a rider who will be affected by his legislation, and that you want the Representative to pull his bill from consideration. Let them know that you want Representative Didech to work with us on issues that actually affect motorcycle safety such as distracted driving and restoring Motorcycle Safety Training in Northern Illinois.

Again, be polite. The young lady who will be answering these calls is a very nice person and she didn't file the bill. ABATE is known for being some of the best at lighting up phone lines and "killing with kindness". Let's keep that reputation going.

3) Share the webpage with your friends and family. It will have the latest on this fight including videos and links to witness slips.

4) Check our this map of the 59th District. Call your friends, family, and businesses in this district to encourage them to call his district office and complain about the helmet bill.

5) Don't forget to file your slips "opponent" to the original bill, "record of appearance only".

"It's time for ABATE to do what ABATE does best" - Josh "SKI" WItkowski, Legislative Coordinator


"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships."

--Stephen Covey

The words of Henry Ford ring with a profound truth: "If you think you can or you think you can’t, you're right." Our beliefs shape the reality we experience, as the Universe responds to the level of our conviction. The Universal Law of cause and effect operates impartially, manifesting in accordance with our predominant thoughts.

Napoleon Hill's timeless wisdom in "Think and Grow Rich" resonates deeply: "What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind will achieve." Consider the power of this statement.

Many of us unwittingly reinforce negative affirmations, declaring, "I'll never lose weight, can’t afford it, I always attract the wrong people or ????? Such beliefs inevitably materialize in our lives. Conversely, those who affirm their perfect weight, ideal relationships, and alignment with their life's purpose witness the manifestation of good through the Universal Law.

To alter our lives, we must transform our thoughts. Zig Ziglar so profoundly said, "Get rid of your stinkin' thinkin' and have a checkup from the neck up." It's imperative to shift our core beliefs and conversations towards positivity.

Today, let us embrace change in our thinking. Let us open ourselves to the unfolding goodness in our lives, releasing any limiting beliefs. By harnessing the Universal Law of cause and effect, we invite wonderful new outcomes. Our days are filled with uplifting thoughts, and we revel in the results. We acknowledge our Divine guidance, trusting in right thinking.

Grateful for this truth, we affirm: Today, I know I can.

And So It Is.


"The mind is everything. What you think you become." --Buddha

Confirmed Motorcycle Monk

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Hey, it's almost time for Babes in Borrego, the ultimate homecoming weekend!

Some call it Motorcycle Spring break but we call it Babes Ride Out Borrego Springs! We are just 2.5 weeks away from racing down the grades and into our favorite desert oasis. Ticket sales and transfer end March 8th so if you plan on coming, this is your reminder to get your tickets now.

Friendly reminder that no passes will be sold the week leading up to the event or on site. If you are ready to kick back, relax, and ride with friends near and far in an amazing area, let's GO GALS!

MAJOR NEWS--Wyoming Senators Standing Tall in the Saddle

We recently reported on Wyoming and climate change in our latest regional publication. This was supported by our team of experts that toured the Cowboy State, speaking at three universities and testifying before the Wyoming Senate Agriculture Committee.

On February 28, the state Senate voted to strip $347 million from the governor’s Energy Matching Funds program. Projects eliminated include carbon capture utilization and storage, carbon dioxide transportation, industrial carbon capture, hydrogen production, biomass, lithium processing and battery storage for wind and solar energy.

This legislative success was led by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Cheri Steinmetz. In an email thanking us for providing the scientific basis that confirmed that increases in carbon dioxide were hugely beneficial for both Wyoming and the planet, she stated:

"We are extremely grateful for the work of the CO2 Coalition and their ability to provide sound scientific data to public policy makers. It is essential that we have accurate information and place a high regard on the truth as we govern the State of Wyoming. The CO2 Coalition has provided invaluable research, support and willingness to tackle the tough issues we are facing."

--CO2 Coalition

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Order Greg's book and learn the facts. Click on the image.

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Next up on the schedule for our state and regional climate series is Arkansas. Breaking news! There is no climate crisis in Arkansas.

Rather than unusual and unprecedented warming, there has been a nearly 3-degree Fahrenheit decline in maximum temperatures since the 1930s in "The Natural State," which is the state's nickname.

--CO2 Coalition

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