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By Bandit, Bob T, Wayfarer, Rogue, Sam Burns, Laura, the Redhead, Barry Green and the rest of the crew

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We have always been a blue-collar effort.
The world is changing fast, but we will remain the guys who build shit and ride our stuff into the sunset.

Even our Salt Torpedo is not being built by engineers. It’s the first Streamlined trike to be registered for Bonneville Salt Flats racing. We are building it around a WWII belly tank configuration with hope of setting the first streamlined trike record. Consider becoming a sponsor. I’m about to launch the 16th chapter of the Salt Torpedo build process on Bikernet over the weekend. Check it out.

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Our friends over at Sly Dog Cycles sure know what tools to use! From our Cam Bearing Tools to our Manual Compression Release Tool! Terry and Josh from Baton Rouge, Louisiana know exactly how to work on bikes, make sure to check them out!

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ST. PAUL Police department disbands motorcycle unit, turns focus on distracted driving--

The police department in St. Paul, Minnesota, faced a tough call this year.
Their motorcycle officers and historic equestrian unit (dating back to 1865!) were popular with the community. But new challenges, like the rise of distracted driving and increased injuries for officers on motorcycles and horses, prompted a drastic reorganization within the department.

“In an effort to improve efficiencies, effectiveness and better respond to emerging public safety concerns,” the SPPD ultimately chose to end its Mounted and Motors units.

The move affects 12 officers, who will be moved off their mounts and into patrol cars. The SPPD explained the reasons for ditching the bikes and horses. First, calls for service have increased in Saint Paul, and the SPPD mostly needs patrol cars to dispatch these calls, not bikes or horses.

Then there’s officer safety. “Mounted and Motors officers are hurt more frequently than traditional patrol officers — and their injuries tend to be more severe,” said Saint Paul police spokesman Steve Linders.
In the past four years, SPPD motorcycle police have been injured 15 times.

One officer lost his career to his injuries. Now, riding on the streets has been deemed too dangerous for Saint Paul officers.

That’s partly due to the third reason: “the growing public safety risk that is distracted driving.”

Yeah, you read that right. The SPPD says it’s too dangerous for their officers to ride motorcycles, and distracted driving is part of the problem.

“We are seeing an increase in distracted driving," observed Linders. “And the consequences can’t be ignored.”
Here’s the good news. Some of the officers from the disbanded motorcycle unit will join a new unit that specifically targets distracted drivers.

The SPPD records show more than 500 crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists in just the last two years. Too many of these crashes involved distracted driving, leaving hundreds injured and six dead. Additional crashes involving motorcycles only add to the city’s safety concerns.

The SPPD hopes their dedicated anti-distracted driving units will bring those numbers down. After all, distracted driving laws don’t mean much if they go unenforced.

--By Andy Greaser

--from Rogue

BAD NEWS FROM Vee twin--
Tak shigematsu, designer & manufacturer of the AIM clutch told me some slimeball person copied his design and is having them made in China. The copies are being sold thru Tedds and J&P. VVP and AIM are the real ones. The fakes even come with a copy of Taks actual instructions.

Make sure if your buying one it’s the real one & not a Chinese knock off.

--from Rogue
Senior Editor™


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – After multiple sold-out shows on the Native Tongue Tour, SWITCHFOOT takes their electrifying energy to the nationally-syndicated daytime talk show "Pickler & Ben."

The episode, which airs Friday, March 22, features the GRAMMY®-winning rock band performing "Native Tongue" and chatting with hosts Kellie Pickler and Ben Aaron about releasing Native Tongue, joining Bon Jovi for select European dates this summer, giving back to their community through their Bro-Am Foundation and more.

Pickler & Ben
Friday, March 22

The Native Tongue Tour coincides with the release of SWITCHFOOT's chart-topping, critically-acclaimed album, Native Tongue, via Fantasy Records. "Absence makes the heart grow fonder, they say. And that seems to be the case for SWITCHFOOT and its fans" (The Oakland Press/Gary Graff) as the multi-platinum selling quintet, accompanied by support acts Colony House and Tyson Motsenbocker, has sold out shows in Asheville, Nashville, Toronto, Dallas and Seattle.

SWITCHFOOT recently gave fans an inside look at their "dazzling array of genre-bending" (Local Spins/Ricky Olmos) through the blistering new live video for "Native Tongue." The live performance clip, produced by SWITCHFOOT and directed by Erick Frost, was shot at Atlanta's historic Tabernacle, and captures the band's signature high-energy performance and passionate connection with their audience.

Throughout the tour, SWITCHFOOT is partnering with Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development organization, to raise money for programs that help communities in 17 countries around the world move from extreme poverty to self-sustainability.

March 21 Iron City - Birmingham, Ala.
March 22 The RITZ Ybor - Tampa, Fla.
March 23 House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
March 24 Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
March 27 State Theatre - Minneapolis, Minn.
March 28 Sokol Auditorium - Omaha, Neb.
March 29 Uptown Theater - Kansas City, Mo.
March 30 Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, Colo.
March 31 The Depot - Salt Lake City, Utah
April 03 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, Ariz.
April 04 The Van Buren - Phoenix, Ariz.
April 05 The Wiltern - Los Angeles, Calif.
April 06 Arlington Theatre - Santa Barbara, Calif.
April 07 Warfield Theater - San Francisco, Calif.
April 09 McDonald Theatre - Eugene, Ore.
April 10 Crystal Ballroom - Portland, Ore.
April 11 Neptune Theatre - Seattle, Wash.
April 12 Neptune Theatre - Seattle, Wash.
April 13 Queen Elizabeth Theatre - Vancouver, British Columbia


We have some gooooood stuff cookin' for everyone out there reading this. In the past week alone, we have put out two new videos.

In the first I go into detail and show one way to install a Gasbox Battery Box on a rigid Triumph bobber. We have a bunch more fabrication how-to videos coming soon...

The second video is the final installment (part 13!) of Todd's Triumph 650 Engine Rebuild video. This series was two years in the making because of the endless hours that Mikey put in to filming, organizing and editing. We are proud of it and it seems that people all over the world are really enjoying it and finding it useful.

Click below to subscribe to the Lowbrow YouTube channel and check out all of our videos.

Until next time... - Tyler & the crew at Lowbrow Customs

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Hurry! Registration Is Closing for the MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In

There are only two days left to take advantage of one of the best perks of MIC membership. Click the banner below to register for the annual MIC Capitol Hill Fly-In so you can meet your legislators and tell them how important the powersports industry is to their districts.

In January, 75 new House and Senate members were sworn in, and they are quickly getting up to speed on the many issues facing the 116th Congress. We are a nearly $40 billion industry employing more than 77,000 people across the country. Now is the time to visit both the new and seasoned elected officials to show them how the motorcycle and powersports industry impacts their districts and their constituents.

The annual Fly-In is a platform for our voices to be heard. Join OEM, finance, aftermarket, apparel, powersports media and other MIC members as we blanket the Hill to raise awareness about how pending legislation and current policies are impacting your businesses. Registration is free for members, so sign up now and make sure your voice gets heard on Capitol Hill.

The MRF hosts a similar event.—Bandit


FROM THE BAD FED FILES--Federal Ticket Quota Drove Massachusetts State Police Scandal.

Former Massachusetts state trooper Eric Chin will spend three months behind bars if US District Judge Richard G. Stearns later today agrees with the recommendations of federal prosecutors. Chin is one of forty troopers who were caught cheating taxpayers by claiming overtime that was not worked. He faces sentencing at the Boston federal courthouse.

Not all the officers involved will face justice, as Chin and seven fellow troopers are the only ones indicted for embezzlement so far. The members of Troop E ran speed traps on Interstate 90 between Boston Harbor and the New York border, but they could pad their salary with a time-and-a-half bonus through a federally funded speed trap detail called AIRE, the Accident and Injury Reduction Effort.

Current federal law requires local and state law enforcement to meet ticket quotas to qualify for federal funding, as prosecutors confirmed last week. Officers who did not play along would lose out on bonuses that stretched into six figures.

“Troopers were expected to issue a minimum of eight to ten citations for each AIRE shift,” assistant US attorney Mark Grady explained in court filings. “Any failure to issue the required number of citations had to be explained to supervisors and command staff. Repeated failures to meet this quota often resulted in a trooper being blocked from receiving such overtime opportunities.”


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BIKE WEEK 2019--Tucker Films

Daytona Beach is the place to be each March for Bike Week. This year the event celebrated its 78th anniversary and once again the week was packed with festivities including bike shows, swap meets, and racing action; plus plenty of good music, food, and libations. Here’s some of what the Tucker Team experienced at this year’s event.

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HANG ON FOR THIS--You’re invited to attend Friday night’s performance of Cherry Boom Boom: American Woman: A Rock n’ Roll a Go-Go. Being held in the historical Harvelle’s venue in Long Beach on Friday, March 22nd.

As part of media and press, we can provide complimentary tickets to attend and review LA’s best secret.

What: A seamless flow of red-hot music, artistic style and iconic images with contribute to an immersive experience that is visually stimulating, Cherry Boom Boom was created by industry veteran Robin Lindsley Allen. Having worked with Prince and the Pussycat Dolls, Robin Lindsley Allen is excited to present the exciting show to the LA Audience.

Let us know if you can attend to secure your seats!


201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

DOORS 8:00PM | SHOW 9:30PM

I might just make it!--Bandit

THIS JUST IN FROM THE WEEK MAGAZINE—More than 150,000 Americans died of alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017—the highest number since the Centers for Disease Control began collecting the figures in 1999. Nearly a third of the total dead, 47,173, were suicides.

--The New York Times

And more than 14,000 communities across the nation have closed down local newspapers over the last 15 years. According to the Associated Press this has caused a lack of coverage of local sports and activities.

Actually, it’s eliminated snooty journalists and opened the door to vast internet self-reporting from agencies, schools, you name it.--Bandit

RACECAR SAFETY EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURER CELEBRATES--Here at Stroud Safety we will be celebrating our 30th year in business! None of this would be possible without our wonderful, loyal customers.

So, we’re reaching out to ask if you have pictures you can share of you using any of your Stroud Safety products. You can share on any of our social media platforms. We’re on Facebook and Instagram.

Give us a follow so you will know about monthly specials we’ll be doing all year long. We’d love to see or hear from you! And if you’d like an invitation to our Anniversary Open House on June 15th let us know.

Thank you for being a part of the Stroud family and letting us supply you with all your safety needs. Here’s to another 30 years!!

--Stroud Safety

Spectro Oils Launches Ride1 Rally to Kickoff the New England Riding Season--

BROOKFIELD, CT- Spectro Oils is excited to announce that they have partnered with the historic Lime Rock Park race track to launch a riding season kickoff event for New England called the Ride1 Rally.

The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, April 20, 2019, and will run from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. The event is a combination of group rides along some of the most scenic roads in Connecticut, a rally destination full of activities for all powersports enthusiasts and a fundraiser for Autism Speaks.

The day will start at various "coffee stops" at host locations such as the Spectro Oils manufacturing facility in Brookfield CT, where riders can meet, have coffee, tour the factory and then ride to Lime Rock together as a group.

"When working on the concept for the Ride1 Rally we envisioned an event that we as riders would want to attend," said Spectro Oils President Alex Josefson. "We feel that we have put that together and more!" Host locations will be open and available to riders from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and attendance is not required for access to the rally.

The Ride1 Rally will kick off in full at 11:00 a.m. when the gates open at Lime Rock Park. Riders will have access to park in the paved B Paddock. Admission and parking are free; however, donations to Autism Speaks are welcomed. In the Upper Area, riders will find vendors, motorcycle museums, stunt shows, food trucks, and more that will provide hours of entertainment and activities for riders of all ages.

April is World Autism Month, and with that in mind, the Ride1 Rally is working to help raise funds for the nonprofit organization Autism Speaks. "Motorcycle riders are some of the most supportive and generous people out there," said Luke Calzone, Director of Marketing for Spectro Oils. "By partnering with Autism Speaks we are utilizing that positive force to help raise awareness and funds for their advocacy programs" One in 59 children are diagnosed on the autism spectrum, so this is something that touches many lives. In addition to fundraising, the event will offer a "quiet room" to provide a soothing, sensory deprivation environment for guests with Autism and their friends and family.

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