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Life is Nuts and then You Die...

By Bandit, Waferer, Rogue, Barry Green, Laura, Sam Burns, Stealth, RFR, Bob T., the Redhead and the rest of the crew

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Everyday is a miracle.
I wake up saying, “Today is going to be amazing.” It could be that I’m going to receive the crates I need to keep this departure moving. It could be something she said yesterday. It could be a new motorcycle paint job or some parts.

It could be a party. Last week I receive a fortune cookie and the message said, “You will receive a surprise very soon.” It didn’t lie. I read something recently about being lucky. Some 40 years ago I walked into a Chinese Restaurant in Calabasas, had lunch and received a fortune cookie. I cracked that puppy and read the message. It said, “You will be Lucky for Life!” I have been.

Luck is not a myth. It’s a mindset. If you feel lucky, you are positive luck will come your way, so you look for it, you foster it, you follow up on it, and you have a blast.

If you feel unlucky, you’re not looking for shit. So, what do you get? You got it. Let’s hit the news. It’s going to be a lucky day.

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BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB--THE MOTOLADY’S BOOK OF WOMEN WHO RIDE: MOTORCYCLE HEROES, TRAILBLAZERS & RECORD BREAKERS written and curated by Alicia Mariah Elfving, founder of and the Women’s Motorcycle Show, and arguably the most notable advocate for women in the motorcycling hobby.

The MotoLady's Book of Women Who Ride subverts all the tired women-and-motorcycle tropes, offering the true stories of the women past and present who ride and wrench as well as anyone, proving every bit as indispensable to maintaining and growing a positive motorcycling culture.

Elfving presents more than 70 figures in the motorcycle world, from the Americas to Europe and even the Middle East and South Asia—stunt riders, racers, builders, customizers, organizers, and more. Elfving links today’s women motorcyclists with those of the past and illustrates the freedom represented by two wheels, and how motorcycles allow women to transcend cultural expectations confidently

This book arrives as the number of women riders is increasing every year. Women make up 19% of motorcycle owners, up from less than 10% under a decade ago; among Millennials, women make up 26% of all motorcycle owners.

For a review copy, just reply to this email with your address; you can also preview the book here:

READER RIDING RHYME-- A lil' rhyme for the Scooter Trash out there: The Suns in My face, The Wind in My hair, I'm off chasin' dreams again without a care

Fork in the Road, Toss of a Silver Dollar, Which way to go it will Decide, Won't let them catch me on this Midnight Ride, Mr. Seger Lived out your Songs, With a few from a guy name Buffett along

Sand in the Bearin's and Broke Down, But all is Fine, Beautiful Beach Bunnies Helped to Pass Time

Hollister, Gulf Port, Sturgis, Rt. 66 in Depew, Can't Remember it all Witches Brew

Livin' Easy Lovin' Free, Who could Disagree

Here I am on the Run Again, here I am Chasin' Dreams Again

Here I am in Lifes Rage, Burn The Page

In another City In another Town, Get the Hell Away before They bring you Down

Ride Free, With No One to Answer to but Me

Flat Tires and Busted Chains, Empty Faces are all the Same, And so are all the Names

Suns in My Face, Winds in My Hair, I'm off Chasin' Dreams, Without a Care

FuckTheWorld as We Say, Ride Free, No One to Answer to, Just Me.

Ride On In The Wind. I'm no writer as if you couldn't tell so you can edit it if you find it worthy of print.

Stay warm, I may see Ya'll soon. Ride on In the Wind.

-- Blacksheep

NEWS FROM OPERATION GRATITUDE--As we continue to fight a global pandemic, our hope is that many new veterans, service members, and their families will participate in and lead OG service projects. They will play a vital role in helping us achieve our mission, and in the process, unite our country and our individual communities.

One such example is Sara Field, an Air Force spouse who, like Jared, embraced Operation Gratitude’s mission and brought together communities in New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Illinois through a common bond of service and simple acts of gratitude. Sara’s service with Operation Gratitude began as a recipient when she helped arrange a delivery of 60 Battalion Buddies to military children in her husband’s squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey. I will never forget that day I joined Sara and Lieutenant Colonel Damon Field for a special ceremony acknowledging the sacrifices, strength, and resilience of military kids in recognition of the Month of the Military Child.

Sara took the next step like so many of our recipients and became a volunteer at our Assembly Day in Philadelphia, bringing dozens of Airmen and military families with her to pay it forward. She then went on to further that service by organizing a delivery of Battalion Buddies to new military children in her squadron during the pandemic and wrote a blog about our military families program which perfectly captures the essence of what we do as an organization.

And here is where Sara’s service with Operation Gratitude shows the true potential of veterans and military families helping us bridge divides between civilians and first responders in communities nationwide: Sara joined our Ambassador corps last fall and single-handedly coordinated a community-wide appreciation luncheon that impacted 100 police officers, firefighters and EMTs. Bringing together Chambers of Commerce, the local VFW post, dozens of businesses, and civilian and military families serving side by side, she built bridges with first responders in two small towns near her husband’s new duty station in Illinois on National First Responder Appreciation Day. The very next week she organized a similar service project in her driveway where the civilian-military community came together yet again to assemble care packages for doctors and nurses at their local hospital.

Over the next few weeks, you too have a chance to do exactly what Sara and Jared did as OG Ambassadors. In response to a state of emergency in Texas, we are going to lift the spirits of up to 5,000 first responders in Austin, Georgetown, and Killeen. Under the leadership of our VP of Marketing and Communications, Army Spouse Danielle Tenconi, military families stationed at Fort Hood will serve side by side with their civilian neighbors to assemble and deliver our care packages and a much needed, morale boost to first responders working around the clock. With the help of our volunteers, we will strive to do the same thing to recognize frontline responders in other parts of Texas and other states ravaged by snow and ice storms, frigid temperatures, and COVID-19.

Join the effort!

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HANG ON FOR THE GEORGIA GRUNDLE RUN 5-- September 17-19 2021

My limited experiences with Ranger, Georgia consists of a railroad track, chicken farms, and the best party this side of the Mississippi River—The Georgia Grundle Run.

Whether the event happens in the middle of summer on a chicken farm, or on 69 acres of private property blessed by the beautiful weather leading into the Fall, there is no way I will miss this party. Georgia Grundle Run 4...20 went down back in September and you can bet your bottom dollar I was there.

GGR is a no-holds-barred event that the boys from Long Brothers Choppers put together. I honestly feel like the event was tailor-made for me. They have combined my two passions, choppers and professional wrestling, in a perfect amalgamation of partying, choppering, catching up with buds, and the thrills of the squared circle. Anyone who knows me, knows of my passion and respect for the business of professional wrestling. So, when I heard that GGR was teaming up with Renegade Championship Wrestling out of Chatsworth, Georgia, at GGR2, I made it a priority to be there that year and every year since.

A new addition to the event this year was a free-to-vend swap meet. It even came in handy for some folks who had those pesky mechanical issues on the way in and needed a set of points or new chain by the time they got there.

Being able to shop for parts to fix up your bike while partying, or picking up a few odds and ends for future builds was an added bonus. The Black Dog Tattoo Tour trailer was also there all weekend, setting permanent reminders in the flesh of those in attendance. And the sponsored raffle delivered yet again with tons of goodies from makers, brands, builders, craftsmen, and craftswomen all over the country.

It was nice to see the ol' "Whack-a-Honda" brought back to life from the parties of bygone eras. However, having a sweet spot in my heart for those plastic road beasts, a tear or two may have been shed. After the sun went down and the bludgeoning ceased, the beast's limp, shattered carcass was hoisted atop round bales of hay, and its lifeless body was offered to the old gods in a pyre fit for an ancient king.

Putting together a party of this scale is not an easy feat.

I was standing by my van when I told my wife that I had better go see who wins the raffle to get a photo of the winner for the "Smut Butt Magazine" feature. As I walked over to the crowd and heard the numbers being called, I reached into my pocket and pulled the little purple and red ticked from beneath my keys. I looked at the numbers on the ticket as Cody read them aloud over the speaker. He read them again. I read along, number by number. I was in shock. I looked to my left. I looked to my right. I was speechless. The numbers he was reading were the numbers on my ticket.

Chop Cult


Man, ordinarily is a crowd. No man ordinarily is one, but many. And that´s why there is so much noise within - many voices, many faces - and a constant quarrel. One part wants to do one thing. Another part is simply against it and wants to do something else. It is a miracle how we go on managing to keep ourselves together. Otherwise we are constantly falling apart. There is no center. The master is missing.

There are only servants, and each servant is trying to claim masterhood. For a moment each servant sits on the throne, proclaims himself the master, and in that moment you think, “This is the master.” When there is anger, anger becomes the master, but soon it will be gone. It is a constantly changing scene. After anger comes regret. Then regret is the master and you feel sorry. Sometimes it is love, sometimes it is hate, and the scenes change so fast. Still you do not become aware that you cannot be so many things. We become identified with anything that comes in front of us. When the cloud of anger is there we think we are anger. When the cloud of love is there we think we are love. When compassion is there we think we are compassion. When sadness is there we think we are sadness.

We are none of these - we are the watcher! Anger will come and go and the watcher abides. Sadness comes and passes by and the witness remains. To remember that witness more and more will make you integrated, because that is the only center which is everlasting, eternal. Only on the eternal rock of witnessing can a real life be built.

This moment remember only one thing, because that is the very spirit of the awakened one. Be a witness. Just watch and don't get identified with anything. You are not the body, you are not the mind, you are not any spiritual experiences either. You are just a witness. Witnessing is the greatest science for inward revolution.

The Madman's Guide to Enlightenment

--from the Wayfarer
Supreme Monk
Ming’s Temple at the base of the Gray Mountain

A MESSAGE FROM THE TWISTED ROAD--Twisted Road member Clay G. talks about his life on bikes (both moto and motorized) and the best rides in his home of Nashville. Read on to find out what he's done with the extra cash he's made from having his bikes rented on Twisted Road.

Tell us about your riding experience. How long have you been riding, and how many bikes have you owned? How did you first become interested in riding?

I've been riding off and on for 40 years, starting on the venerable Honda CT70 that was a hand-me-down from my older cousins way back when. It was great because a few of the other kids in my neighborhood had Peugeot 103 mopeds and just like that, I had the fastest two-wheeler on the block.

I currently own a little Suzuki TU250X and am really loving my Harley-Davidson 1200 Custom that I bought in 2019. Probably gonna be an UltraGlide next.

The photo above is my 49cc hand-built bike, totally custom everything. It’s a HuaSheng motor on Micargi beach cruiser—for that terrifying early 1900s riding experience. I used to ride to work on it and she’s street-legal here in TN. I probably put 300+ miles on her.

Have you taken any long moto trips? Tell us about them - where did you go, where did you stay, who did you ride with?

Not yet; I haven't had the time, but soon! The longest trip the group I ride with has taken was was only a little over 300 miles to hit some regional breweries in Tennessee and Kentucky. BS Brewery in Springfield and Asgard in Columbia are our favorites. Of course, everyone likes taking the Trace (Natchez Trace Parkway) down to the village of Leiper's Fork for Beer, BBQ and good live country music. Great spot to check out other bikes.

Tell us some more about you - where do you live? What kind of work do you do?

I'm a Nashville chef and restaurateur for over 20 years. I'm working on a new project @punkwoknashville after my last restaurant SILO was destroyed in the March 3rd tornado.

Read more on the Twisted Road…

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TUNE IN ALERT-- American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me Set To Air February 23 at 5pm CT on NPT-HD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — PBS Nashville (Nashville Public Television) continues to celebrate Black History Month and Charley Pride with a February airing of American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me which can be seen on NPT-HD Tuesday, February 23 at 5:00pm CT.

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar.

The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence.

But with boldness, perseverance, and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The film includes original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker, and Marty Stuart. It also includes several on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests, including Rozene Pride, Willie Nelson, and other fellow musicians.

The film also features many songs from his repertoire of classic country hits, along with more modern cuts like "Standing In My Way," from his latest album Music In My Heart, released in 2017.

“At a time when African-American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of American Masters. “We are honored to share the inspiring, and largely untold, story of this barrier-breaking performer with viewers nationwide.”

Notable talent in the film:
• Charley Pride
• Garth Brooks
• Dolly Parton
• Willie Nelson
• Tanya Tucker (narrator)
• Brad Paisley
• Darius Rucker
• Marty Stuart
• Sylvia Hutton
• Charlie Worsham
• Jimmie Allen
• Whoopi Goldberg

?Jimmy Washburn Stunt Bike

The December 7, 1948 Santa Clara, California newspaper, The Sportsman, featured stunt rider Jimmy Washburn on its front page as he was contracted to perform on a fair tour. It cites that Washburn rode a large circuit of events on his stripped down 1932 Harley-Davidson VL. By then Washburn had become an international crowd favorite and his stunt riding destinations included six states, Canada and “the land down under,” Australia.

Washburn began his stunt riding career in 1929 by crashing through a flaming board wall as part of an auto racing event at Alum Rock Speedway in California. The newspaper article gives a good history on Jimmy and says he performed at Chicago and New York World’s fairs in the era and won the International Congress of Dare Devils at St Louis in 1933 and 1934 by, “Hurtling through mid air on his motorcycle over eight sedan cars, a stupendous leap of 65 feet through space, being 15 feet above the ground at the highest point.”

Cyclemania and Crash Donovan were two MGM films Washburn is featured in. His wife Vi was part of some of his acts which involved him riding blind folded, or hooded, “up a narrow ramp…and leaps the heavy machine over his prone wife.” That stunt ended when... when a bad plank broke, but Vi suffered no injuries.

Washburn’s stunts also included riding the VL through a flaming 25-foot-long tunnel, fueled by ”Twenty gallons of high octane Ethyl gasoline…”

Washburn’s career lasted into the 1950s but according to his son, ended in a burning car stunt at San Jose Drag Strip in the mid-1950s. Washburn was to drive a gasoline doused car, with a bomb in the trunk, down the strip. Unfortunately, some fuel landed on him and he sustained second and third degree burns and had skin grafts, spent a lot of time in the hospital.

Luckily, the bomb did not detonate. Stunt riders like Washburn and Knievel often sustained serious injury, possibly part of our fascination with their riding, their careers.

John Parham bought not only Washburn’s VL Harley stunt bike at auction about six years ago, but also trophies, photos and even a ledger in which Washburn recorded his performance expenses. His promotional expenses like programs, ads and banners, but also lumber for his flaming walls, also ushers, concessionaires and others who played a role in the stunts are among entries.

While motorcycles can survive the times, it is rare to find so much of a stunt rider’s history through memorabilia and artifacts as his family have kept with Washburn’s bike.

While the most interesting thing about this Harley VL is its stunt riding history, before it was stripped down for shows it was a typical VL, the model that followed the successful “J” models.

You can see quite a few modifications Washburn made to the bike including the chrome plated tubular shield that probably helped him crash through burning board walls. Foot board are replaced with pedals, the back fender bobbed and the sharp edge protected by reinforced rubber, a crisp lucky “7? painted on number plates.

And here’s a little information on Harley-Davidson VLs, one of the Motor Company’s finest machines. The first Harley-Davidson VL’s appeared mid-year in 1929. Unfortunately, this was two months before the stock market crash and the new motorcycles had a few mechanical problems. The engine is a true flathead, otherwise known as a “side-valve,” an improvement over the J as was its new frame. Here and abroad the 1930s were tough times and soon after release of the V models bikes sales declined to their lowest in 20 years.

With Harley-Davidson low on funds there was more focus on paint and graphics than further technical improvement, and the V models were beautiful machines. But keep in mind that the landmark OHV twin also hit in 1936, the 61 cubic inch “EL” we now call the Knucklehead. With great optimism, no doubt, the Knucklehead was developed in the Depression era.

Harley’s first V-Twin came out in 1909 and set a path the Motor Company would stick to for as long as they made motorcycles; the 45 degree V-Twin, exceptions being the 60 degree V-Rod and VR1000 road racer. Compared to the J Model, the VL offered some new features, but weighed almost 100 pounds more. New gasket technology offered detachable cylinder heads, there were interchangeable wheels and bigger brakes.

The VL also offered a lower seat and more ground clearance. The V produced 28 horsepower, the higher compression VL pumped out 30, the VLH about 34 horsepower. Lubrication remained total-loss. The new fork was a forged “I-Beam” design with “Ride Control” friction damping, battery and magneto versions of the V and VL were available.

Two-tone color schemes included striking Maroon with Nile Green plus Sherwood Green with Silver, Teak Red with Black, Dusk Gray and Buff, Venetian Blue with Cream. Our featured bike was painted more recently in a scheme similar to what the master stunt rider, Jimmy Washburn used.

Jimmy Washburn’s Harley-Davidson and related memorabilia are part of the Jill and John Parham Collection.


Engine: Air-Cooled V-Twin
Type: 45 Degree Side Valve
Bore & Stroke: 3.44 inches x 4.00 inches
Displacement: 74 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 5.5 : 1
Ignition: 6V Battery, Coil & Points
Carburetor: Linkert M51
Lubrication: Total Loss
Starting: Kick Only
Horsepower: 30 HP
Primary: Duplex Chain
Clutch: Dry, Multi-Plate
Final Drive: Chain
Transmission: 3-Speed, 4-Speed Optional
Frame: Double Down Tube, Steel
Front Suspension: Leading Link Sprung Fork
Rear Suspension: Rigid, Sprung Seat
Brakes: Drum Front / Drum Rear
Wheelbase: 60 Inches
Wheels / Tires: 4.50 x 18 /. 4.50 x 18
Weight: 545 Pounds
Top Speed: 90 MPH, Solo Bike

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I believe also that sometimes we make our own good luck.

Daytona Beach, FL
Friday, February 26, 2021
Editor Response We definitely do. And sometimes we can't even get out of our own way...
My favorite quote. "Chance favors the prepared mind"

Re: Erik Buell/ Buell m/c Really smart engineer, really bad businessman. The company has to make money to continue development. Buell never made money. Never. So after all of those years of being cared for the plug had to be pulled. It wasn't like Erik didn't know it was coming. Nothing against him personally, again a smart engineer. But no fault of H-D to pull the plug, they didn't have a choice. Money keeps development going but you first have to make money. Sorry Erik.

San Jose, CA
Friday, February 26, 2021
Editor Response Thanks for the input brother. I'm in the process of asking guys in the industry and readers for positive suggestions regarding Harley's future. Let me know your thoughts.
The Bonnie Belle will always be my favorite. She is a real old school hot rod and she be bad to the bone .

Torrance, CA
Friday, February 26, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother. It's going to be an exciting year.

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