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I slept in, and now I need to hustle.
The trash truck is coming, the bookkeeper will arrive and shit always happens fast on Thursdays.

Tomorrow, I am going to haul the torpedo body to Chris Morrison for paint. I adjusted the shocks and started to work with Charles Altmann regarding our Twin Cam electronic ignition.

I spoke to Dennis Manning about Bonneville and he still needs a solid sponsor for the number 7 streamliner. You can find him on Facebook. He’s determined to break the motorcycle world land speed record. Valerie Thompson will be the pilot. They can do the job and maybe cross the 400 mph marker.

Here we go. Let’s hit the news:

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

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LIFESTYLE DEAL OF THE WEEK-- 2019 Harley-Davidson FLHXS Street Glide Touring 'Milwaukee 8' for $24,995.00
only $24,995.00


**JUST 2,000 miles** Better than 'like new'. Beautiful blacked out 114"

Harley-Davidson revamped its Street Glide Special yet again for the 2019 model year in an effort to keep it “special.? First, the factory stuffed the largest engine into the frame. Then it boosted the infotainment potential with the new Boom! Box GTS system.

The Special just exudes all that is badass about baggers. It starts with the 19-inch front wheel and naked fender down low and the chopped-down smoked windshield up top. Add the blackout treatment that ties right into the custom culture, and you have a solid start on a proper boulevard bruiser. The relatively new Batwing fairing provides better penetration and there is so much more. Overall, I’d put it as one of the best-looking in the world.


This bike is the ultimate in all three riding worlds, beauty, performance and comfort. Vivid Black paint with raised tank logo is of course pristine with just 2,000 miles. Vivid Black tank strap with carbon fiber face. Most everything in Vivid Black including 14" Lindby style bar that does not block the instrumentation, Performance Machine grips, vivid black levers, complete fork, on beautiful Talon wheels.

ABS and black exhaust. Only chrome are push-rod tubes, tappet blocks and rocker cover bands. Vivid black air filter with carbon fiber 114 logo, cam / horn covers with H-D logos and derby cover with 114. LED or daymaker lighting all around including fender tri-line and license plate light. 2-up seat, deep-scoop saddle that laden, slings the rider’s butt at a low 26.1-inches high, streamliner floorboards, passenger pegs and brake pedal. Tires have only 2,000 miles on them. There is so much more to this bike, it is a must to come in and see it yourself!


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HAL ROBINSON PACKAGE ARRIVES FROM 5-BALL RACING--Hello Bandit and Crew.....Brian Shea here. Typing from the other side of the USA. I just wanted to say Thank You for the Hal Robinson Packages. Good Stuff. I'm giving those as Gifts to Two of My Buddies with Pans'. They are gonna get a Kick out of Them.

We All remember Hal's Work in Easyriders back in the Day. Funny Shit. (Were No Kids, well over the "Legal Age") I'm looking forward to giving them their "gifts". Also, Thanks A Lot for the Book, and the Stickers...I'm keeping those. Gotta find some time to sit down and read.

Again; Thanks Very Much! I really appreciate the Merchandise, and the Supersonic Shipping. Keep Up the Good Work, and as You Say, "Ride Forever.”

-- Brian (Bits') Shea,
Hamden, Connecticut

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STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM Hall of Fame Highlights--Class of 2020

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is featuring Hall of Fame Highlights of this year's outstanding new group of inductees. Here is a glimpse at what they had to say. For the full story join us at the 2020 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (tickets available below). Congratulations and welcome Jody Perewitz.

*Please note: Hall of Fame Highlights will be published as we receive them from the Inductees. We look forward to sharing information about all of our Inductees in the weeks and months to come.

It is no surprise that Jody Perewitz is known for riding and racing motorcycles. She grew up with motorcycles. It has become second nature for her; she eats, sleeps and breathes two wheels. As a child, her family vacations were always based around motorcycles. It’s all her family does.

Today Jody is one of the most recognizable women in the motorcycle industry. Jody has paved her own way into history by becoming the first woman to ever jockey an American V-Twin powered motorcycle into the record books, at well over 200 MPH. She currently holds 16 land speed records, one of which is a world record.

When asked what it means to be inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame, Jody responded, “It is truly an honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I hope to bring so much more to the Museum and Hall of Fame.”

We have three rack options. A tube steel rack, a laser-cut and formed solid rack.

Both of these are options for the sissy bar. The third rack is offered for some models as a stand alone unit.

OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF DRIVING-- Have you ever driven with a new driver, especially one who is clearly afraid? When you know the person operating a vehicle is anything less than confident, you may find yourself afraid as well. While this fear eventually passes for some, others are plagued by a fear of the road well beyond the duration of a driver’s education course.

Why is this significant?

Simply put, a scared driver is an unsafe driver. While many new drivers are excited to get their licenses, the thought of actually getting on the road can be terrifying for others. Graduated driver licenses (GDLs) are a requirement for 15- to 18-year-old drivers in many states. But if this fear persists even after practicing with an experienced driver, things can be done to overcome – or help another driver overcome – a fear of driving!

Six Ways to Overcome a Fear of Driving:
Don’t drive alone. Sometimes people simply feel more confident when another person is with them in the vehicle. New teenage drivers are typically required to drive with an experienced driver for a time when they first get their license. But if those feelings persist, simply driving with another person (licensed or not) may help calm nerves.

Take at least one (or more) driver’s training course. New drivers are typically afraid they will be involved in a car accident. Driver’s education training is required for minors to receive a license. As an adult, the same courses aren’t typically required, but this doesn’t mean they are not beneficial. Any driver may take additional driving training courses!

Drive during the day. According to Forbes, 49 percent of fatal crashes occur at night. Night driving is more difficult because your vision is limited and conditions are often quite different than during the day. If this causes anxiety, try to avoid night driving until your skills sharpen.

Keep driving even, and especially, after an accident. If you have a poor experience behind the wheel, get back out there. Unless you are willing to resign yourself to alternative transportation forever, it’s very important to make sure that you have an up-to-date driver’s license and that you stay in practice. You never know if you are going to have to drive somewhere in an emergency.

Don’t dread the highway. If you are terrified of the highway, start by driving on lesser-used highways, and not multilane highways. But this is a fear all drivers must overcome. Simply remain in the right lane, maintain the flow of traffic and stay calm.

Calm yourself. Not able to quiet your nerves? Try some old-fashioned relaxation techniques. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted, but some find that music can help calm fears, and focus on your breathing.

The freedom granted by driving is a privilege and one that you should enjoy! Your confidence while driving is critical to the safety of everyone on the road. In the event that you are injured by a new driver you should speak with the experienced car accident attorneys at Hupy and Abraham. Contact us online or call us directly at 800-800-5678.

--JILL Erin Wellskoph
Hupy and Abraham


Trump wants prime-time climate science challenge. It’s coming. — Happer

EXCLUSIVE, FROM THE BALL DYNASTY—My Grandson’s Tattoo of the week. He’s turning into a master.—Bandit

STRIDER BIKE CHALLENGE FOR YOUNGSTERS--Mission statement and key lexicon

All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every child in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class.

Program overview

The Kindergarten PE Program equips schools with everything teachers need to teach children how to ride, including teacher training and certification, a structured 8-lesson curriculum, a fleet of 22 Strider® 14x Balance Bikes, 22 Pedal Conversion Kits, 22 fully-adjustable helmets, and a five-year support plan.

The Kindergarten PE Program is offered to schools for free, thanks to generous donors.

$4,000 provides a complete Kindergarten PE Program to the school of the donor’s choice and teaches every kindergartner, for the next five years, how to ride a bike.

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QUESTIONS REGARDING NEW H-D BOSS-- Read this on his bio at wikipedia:

"In 2010, Zeitz co-wrote and published Prayer, Profit and Principles – Monk and Manager in dialogue with Anselm Grün, a Benedictine monk. [18] The book has been translated into 15 languages and covers topics such as sustainability, the economy and prosperity, culture, values, success and responsibility."

What do you think of him? I wonder if his Euro-mentality will push H-D into more electric direction?

--Paul Aiken, owner
Aeromach USA LLC
10015 Metromont Industrial Blvd, Ste F
Charlotte, NC 28269

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ROCK OUT AT AMERICAN BIKER-- Spring Sales Event at American Biker!

We are overstocked! Help us get you to bike week on a new Indian Motorcycle. There are trade-in incentives of $1000 off on 2019 Chief Vintage, Springfield Dark Horse and Springfield.

There’s $1500 trade-in incentives on 2019 Chieftain, Chieftain Classic, and Chieftain Dark Horse. As well as $2000 trade-in incentive on 2019 Chieftain Limited and Roadmaster. Along with these incentives, American Biker Indian of Charleston will sweeten the deal. Come on in for details.

Maybe two wheels isn't your thing, we have Polaris Slingshots with unbelievable deals. All remaining 2019's are included in this fabulous special. Slingshot S model has a $1000 rebate, 2019 Slingshot SL and SLR have up to $4000 off from Polaris and a Grand Touring Model that will take you from coast to coast in style has up to $2000 off.

But wait, there's more!!!! American Biker wants to see you cruise away in this unique vehicle so we are offering THOUSAND$$$$ off all in stock slingshots.

Give us a call at the shop at 843-641-0258/Rob cell# 917-623-3578 or just come on in.
Ask for Rob… ya'll know him, right? Come in and rediscover why we’re the coolest motorcycle shop in the low country!

For more information contact us at: American Biker of Charleston, 679 Treeland Dr, Ladson, SC 29456 Phone: 843-641-0258

LATEST FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--Former UN Climate Chief Christiana Figueres: Slower economic growth from coronavirus ‘may be good for climate’ – ‘There is less trade, less travel, less commerce’

By: Marc Morano

Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has declared that the coronavirus “may be good for climate” since it may cause a global recession and thus lower emissions.

Figures, who was a key figure crafting the 2015 UN Paris climate pact, also warned that the world should expect more disease outbreaks “if we continue to deny, delude and delay on climate change.” Figueres appeared on the UK’s Channel 4 on March 2, with host Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy asked Figueres: “Is there any sense that this could be self-controlling — that as we see economic growth possibly slowing down around the world, because of coronavirus — that’s actually good for the climate?”

Christiana Figueres replied: “Well, that is, ironically, of course, the other side of this — right? It may be good for climate. But I think — because there is less trade, there’s less travel, there’s less commerce.”

This is not the first time that Figueres has called for controlling economic growth. See: Flashback: UN climate chief Christiana Figueres seeks ‘centralized transformation’ that is ‘going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different’ – “The Industrial Revolution was also a transformation, but it wasn’t a guided transformation from a centralized policy perspective. This is a centralized transformation that is taking place because governments have decided that they need to listen to science. So it’s a very, very different transformation and one that is going to make the life of everyone on the planet very different.”

Climate Depot Note: Figueres is confronted with her advocacy of UN economic “centralized transformation” in the new climate skeptic documentary Climate Hustle 2 coming to over 700 theatres on April 21, 2020.

See:It’s Coming! Watch: Actor Kevin Sorbo discusses new skeptical documentary Climate Hustle 2 on Huckabee TV

Figueres also praised China for its government structure. UN climate chief Christiana Figueres lamented U.S. democracy as ‘very detrimental’ – Sought ‘centralized transformation’ – Lauded one-party ruled China for ‘doing it right’ on climate

Many other climate campaigners have also called for reduced economic growth to fight “global warming.” See:Warmist Prof. Alice Bows-Larkin calls for ‘planned recessions’ to fight ‘global warming’: ‘Economic growth needs to be exchanged’ for ‘planned austerity’ – ‘Whole system change’

& Flashback: Warmist Kevin Anderson, who advocates ‘planned recessions’ and cut back on his showering, tells UN climate summit: ‘Nations should give up growth obsession’

Figueres also used the coronavirus as an opportunity to plug the UN’s campaign to reduce and stop meat-eating around the world. “If we continue to eat animals, we will actually be poisoning ourselves and being the genesis new diseases that we have not seen before,” Figueres explained. [See:‘Food Police’ –UN Meat report: UN seeks ‘massive expansion of the UN’s regulatory power…lifestyle controls’]

Figueres has also advocated that meat-eaters should be banished, treated ‘the same way that smokers are treated”

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NEW HARLEY ELECTRIC LOGOS-- By all intents and purposes, Harley-Davidson became the first established bike builder to go down the electrification path not long ago. It started with the LiveWire electric motorcycle, moved to unveil a bunch of ebicycles, and there seems to be no stopping its plans for this segment.

Sure, the LiveWire didn’t turn out to be the hit Harley was hoping for, at least for now, and it was even plagued by a production freeze caused by a charging issue. But that doesn’t mean the Americans will be stopped in their tracks by these minor setbacks.

In a filing with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) dated March 3, 2020, Harley has registered a trademark captioned ”electric Bicycles and structural parts therefor; electric motorcycles and structural parts therefor.”

When it pulled the wraps off the LiveWire and the subsequent ebicycles, the company did not say whether this new line of products will be marketed with a different logo, or under a different trademark.

Filing for a trademark is something that happens often in the industry, but that doesn’t mean all ideas get to be used. If this one gets deployed, it’s unclear whether it will be used on electric motorcycles, ebikes, both or not at all.

Aside for this design, drawn as a lighting bolt making its way through a double circle with Harley-Davidson written inside, Motorcycle reports another one being filed with EUIPO, this time a shield inside which the letter HD are over-imposed over the same lighting design.

QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- Since it was such a crappy day, I sat in my recliner and started thinking about life. I came to realize that as I have grown older I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible, but pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

Condoms don't guarantee safe sex anymore, a friend of mine was wearing one when he was shot by the woman's husband.

WHAT A DAY !!!!!!!!!!!!

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The GELcore is engineered to dampen, divert, and deflect energy through a mechanical process resulting in a smooth, therapeutic ride. Our technique combines a specifically formulated viscoelastic polymer also known as SaddleGEL with the latest in co-molding comfort technology to reduce engine vibration transmitted to your body by up to 50%, and reduce direct impact forces by up to 92%.

Saddlemen® invented GELcore Technology and today we are widely recognized as the industry leader, selling more gel seats than any other seat manufacture.


SALT TORPEDO REPORT--We heard a pop while testing the Torpedo in the Desert. Micah conclude that it was an electric issue, so I reached out to Charles Altmann of Altmann electronic ignitions in Germany.

Their systems can take a Twin cam EFI engine and turn it into carbureted masterpiece. Here’s what he asked me to check:

Is the crank-sensor wire (red-black) twisted all the way and does not run
parallel to other wiring?

Are you using suppressed sparkplugs?

Not sure if this really is electrical .. how do the plugs read?

Can I have some pics of your installation, and bike?

Which carb, which air-filter?

Thanks, Charles :)
Dipl.-Ing. Charles Altmann
Erlenstrasse 15
42697 Solingen

phone: +49-212-233-7039

Here’s the follow-up report from Charles (I sent him photos of everything he requested):

Bandit: Let's see how I did. The wires from the Crank-sensor may not be twisted. They
were completely insulated from the factory.

Charles: That's okay, looks good on the pic.

Bandit: Here's a shot of the plugs. They are 6R12PP from HD.

Charles: That's okay.

Bandit: I have included shots of the carb, exhaust, your ignition system (which is set
at 1-1-1), and the coil.

Let me know if you spot anything. Your piece is foam insulated, while setting
on the top motor-mount.

Charles: Please include a complete left side shot of engine, it looks, as if the
ignition wires cross the sensor cable, which would be a potential cause of
trouble ..

I fulfilled my last request and am waiting for a response. I’ve moved the position of a couple of wires and I’ll bet cured the problem. Another test coming up.—Bandit

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Enjoyed seeing" Flower Power Spaced Out Biker Freak " by Hal Robinson. It kind of grows on you. Have been running across this drawing for a long time and always loved it! It really kind of grows on you. Still looking for' Live to Ride." Best always, Hal2

Ann Robinson
Garden Grove, Ca
Monday, March 9, 2020
Editor Response Goddammit, I ran it again in the news last week.
I agree with Geno. I was just thinking all of this when I saw the new softail std. I kept looking and I kept thinking it is missing something The original Softails had an edge to them, for me this one does not I agree also, enough with the solo seats and enough with the short rear fenders. Get back to what got you here

Also enough with the speakers and lights Go back to your outlaws roots and you will see those sale numbers climb again! But what do I know I am just an old biker.

mike pullin
charlotte, nc
Friday, March 6, 2020
Editor Response It's interesting. Could they come up with a model that allowed guys to work on their bikes again. I'm talking carbureted, simple wiring, no bells and whistles, just the basics. It's worth considering. It could be inspirational, educational and build confidence once more.

Hell, then you could modify your fender anyway you chose and install an old Bates solo seat, again...

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