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Bonneville Bikernet Weekly News for August 22, 2019

It's a Game Changing Wild News

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

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This is going to be a wild day.
This would have been the day we rolled out for the 2019 Bonneville Speed Trials, but it’s not happening. We still have work to do, but we did make our first pass around the block successfully.

George J. Smith in 1954 getting ready for the Bonneville salt with the Tramp.
George J. Smith in 1954 getting ready for the Bonneville salt with the Tramp.

I still need to finish the firewall, bolt in the 5-point harness, which arrived day before yesterday, incomplete. I need to adjust the front shocks and maybe make a couple of windows in the top of the body for access to the petcock, etc. We’re close and will now take it to El Mirage for test and tune sessions before Bonneville next year.

We accomplished a great deal in the last eight months and we are proud to say it runs and handles like a champ. Amazing. Don’t miss the 22nd Chapter of the Salt Torpedo build story.

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

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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What year and model are you working on? Our Milwaukee Eight dipsticks are available and we will be releasing our Twin Cam dipsticks soon. Below is a link to all of our oil tank breathers. If you need anything else let me know or feel free to give us a call.

Feuling Parts

We would like to run a vented engine dip stick. We look forward to their Twin Cam version.—Bandit

NEWS FROM THE HAL ROBINSON ARCHIVES-- I dedicate Bring Me Brew to you!

--Ann Robinson

Check out our Hal Robinson Art and T-shirt collection.--Bandit

Click to order.
Click to order.

Final Sturgis Motorcycle Rally figures indicate a slight decrease in overall attendance, but including a third fatality reported on Sunday, traffic deaths were the lowest since 2014 when two motorcyclists died. Four people died in traffic crashes during the Rally last year.

Accidents were also down this year, with 52 injury crashes reported, down from 56; 41 non-injury crashes compared with 50 in 2018, according to the state Department of Public Safety.

The number of vehicles counted entering Sturgis, South Dakota during the 10 days of the 79th annual Sturgis Rally, from Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 11, was down 1.2% from 505,969 in 2018 to 499,654 this year, according to the state Department of Transportation, which has been counting since 1990.

The record vehicle count was 604,441 for seven days -- Monday through Sunday -- of the Rally in 2000, the 60th anniversary, according to DOT figures. The record attendance, by head count, was an estimated 738,000 in 2015, the 75th anniversary, according to Rally officials.

From the Bill Bish NCOM monthly legislative report. Check out the whole tamale.--Bandit

GUN NUT REPORT--Never in our lives or in the history of our nation have we seen the kind of vicious, orchestrated attacks against the Second Amendment that we’re seeing today.

That’s why I’m asking you to please watch a short video I prepared for you.

Please share this video with family, friends and other gun owners you know. This is our moment, the defining Second Amendment fight of our lives. We can WIN a great victory for freedom, but we can’t do it alone.

Working together, we’ll save the Second Amendment and the rights of every law-abiding citizen. Thanks for your help.

--Wayne LaPierre
Executive Vice President

NEWS FROM MAVARTS.COM--The Art of Monte Moore

To see an entirely different side of Monte, please visit his Western Cinema and Wildlife Fine Art site,


As many of you Montiacs already know, Monte is an artist who works in many different mediums and styles. Over the years, he has found great success in the areas of Fantasy Art, Pinup Art, Western Art, Automotive Art and Wildlife Art - just to name a few! Monte is pleased to announce an upcoming Kickstarter project entitled "The Menagerie" that will feature examples of many of his different styles and techniques available in collectible art prints of various sizes and designs.

This will be the perfect opportunity to get to know your favorite artist even better through the scope of his work, and to fill out your personal collection of signed art prints from Monte. Some of the pieces featured in the Menagerie have never been available in these formats before, and will be offered for the first time through this Kickstarter project.

Stay tuned to this newsletter and to Monte's Facebook page for more information as we get ready to launch Monte Michael Moore's Menagerie in less than a month!

Monte is teaming up with a whole raft of GREAT artists for variant covers!
The Kickstarter is starting this fall, stay tuned for MOORE from MONTE here, and on Kickstarter!

Congratulations to
S. Noe of Arizona!

Who has won a signed print of the piece pictured above,
entitled "Hot Harley"

If you want to be the next WEEKLY WINNER, enter at this link. Remember, only one entry per drawing period, no purchase necessary, good luck!

FXDR License Plate Relocation Kit--Heartland USA- Fullerton CA.

Heartland USA has just released a new product for the 2019 Harley-Davidson® FXDR. This is for the FXDR owners that loves the bike, but just wants to get rid of that Euro Monster Arm at the rear.

Heartland USA has a license plate relocation kit that Mounts to the swing arm at the same location as the Euro Arm with the OEM bolts from the Monster Arm. Available in Vertical or Horizontal positions. Has a build-in plate light to illuminate the plate.

Machined from 6061 Aluminum. The bracket machined with details to match the stock swingarm and is powder coated Wrinkle Black to match the FXDR® swingarm. The plate frame is coated in a nice Gloss Black for some contrast.

Retails for $519

Check out the Heartland USA web site for ordering details
Call them 310-822-2697

QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- A man is driving down the road and breaks down near a monastery. He goes to the monastery, knocks on the door, and says, “My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?”

The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound.
The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”

The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way.
Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery.
The monks accept him, feed him, even fix his car. That night, he hears the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier.

The next morning, he asks what it is, but the monks reply, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”

The man says, “All right, all right. I’m *dying* to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk?”

The monks reply, “You must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk.”

The man sets about his task. Forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, “I have traveled the earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth.”

The monks reply, “Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.”

The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, “The sound is right behind that door.”

The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He says, “Real funny. May I have the key?”

The monks give him the key, and he opens the door.

Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone.

The man demands the key to the stone door.

The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby.

He demands another key from the monks, who provide it.

Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire.

So it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.

Finally, the monks say, “This is the last key to the last door.”

The man is relieved to no end.

He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is amazed to find the source of that strange sound.

But I can’t tell you what it is because you’re not a monk

--Sam Burns


influential media pundits collectively.

Meanwhile, imagination is in short supply among the energy punditocracy.
-- Mark P. Mills, "Imagining How Technology Will Disrupt Future Energy Markets," Forbes, May 28, 2019
Punditocracy, originally an American term, composed of pundit “learned person, authority, maven” and the thoroughly naturalized suffix -cracy "rule, government," is a snarky noun used to refer to the elite members of the news media (also known as the commentariat—another snarky noun). Pundit comes from Sanskrit pa??ita, an adjective and noun meaning “learned, learned man” (in Sanskrit language and literature, Hindu religion, philosophy, and law), also used as a title like Doctor. Punditocracy entered English in the mid-1980s.

FREEDOM FICTION IS ALIVE-- I started e-publishing back in August 2008.

Completed 11 years online now.

Please visit to read Free short stories in all genres of Fiction.

Website is:

We nominate Short Stories for the Pushcart Prize every year. If you are an Author of Fiction, get noticed by publishing with us.

E-books and Paperbacks at huge sale.


How do you walk 3,000 miles across Mexico without food or support and show up at our border 100 pounds overweight and with a cellphone?—El Waggs

THE DIME BAG NEWS--I will experiment with lighter leather. I am going to have a set of Dimebag heavy steel stamps instead of handtooling each piece for the three products I have now.

I am working on the watch cover and card wallet also. I am going to expand with a Dimebag clothing line with some cool ‘70s era art in the future, however I am open to more ideas to help grow Dimebag. Thank you for your feedback bro.

Exciting to hear the news on the Salt torpedo! If I can help in anyway, just ask...

All the best
--Adam Croft

PETER FONDA THOUGHTS FROM SENATOR ZIEN--Now just got back from Gov Walker’s Harley ride. For me a near 600-mile plus day .

Perhaps someone might be interested in going to Peter Fonda’s celebration of life or funeral? Not sure where it’s going to be ?

Much to share, Peter was / is a big influence:

— Wrote in 1967 original poem ‘llonely wild and free “. went to the state forensics tournament.( The music by David Allan and the arrows was the most influential)!

—my first college newspaper term paper ,”the motorcycle syndrome.”

—Peter & I were inducted to the Sturgis motorcycle museum & Hall of Fame together in year 2000. Also led BlackHills Ride.

— led The Harley Davidson 95th anniversary ( 1998) parade through Milwaukee —right behind Governor Tommy Thompson and Jay Leno.

—Appeared often with Peter over the years at various Sturgis/Harley/functions .

Please let me know if anyone is going or would like to meet. We’re guessing events would be at Montana or California.

God Bless you & your Loved Ones ‘

--Dave Zien
Million Mile Harley Rider

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

BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS OPEN--A farmer had five female pigs. Times were hard, so he decided to take them to the county fair and sell them.
At the fair, he met another Farmer who owned five male pigs. After talking a bit, they decided to mate the pigs and split everything 50/50.

The farmers lived sixty miles apart. So, they agreed to drive thirty miles each, find a field in which to let the pigs mate.

The first morning, the farmer with the female pigs got up at 5 A.M., loaded the pigs into the family station wagon, (which was the only vehicle he had) and drove the thirty miles. While the pigs were mating, he asked the other farmer,
"How will I know if they are pregnant?"

The other farmer replied, "If they're lying in the grass tomorrow morning, they're pregnant. If they're in the mud, they're not."
The next morning the pigs were rolling in the mud. So, he hosed them off, loaded them into the family station wagon again and proceeded to try again. This continued each morning for more than a week. Both farmers were worn out.

The next morning he was too tired to get out of bed. He called to his wife,
"Honey, please look outside and tell me whether the pigs are in the mud or in the grass."

"Neither," yelled his wife. "They're in the station wagon and one of them is honking the horn."

--Sam Burns
Senior Editor
Bandit’s Cantina™ Bad Joke Library

FROM THE CAR FRONT--An Appropriate Balance for Whom?

In “An Appropriate Balance for Whom?” (NMA E-Newsletter #552), we discussed HB 3663, a recently introduced bill to Congress that would require each state to fund its own program to prioritize walking and bicycle riding over vehicular traffic when designing new or upgrading existing roads.

Data from the 2016 U.S. Census showed that more than 86 percent of commuters travel by motorized vehicle. By contrast, the same data indicated that the combined total of pedestrian and bicycle traffic topped out at 3.3 percent. HB 3663 would require some serious social engineering by government edict.

Not surprisingly, several NMA e-newsletter readers spoke out:

This simply follows today’s destructive trend of channeling the resources of the many to benefit the select few. Next, we’ll be hearing about how motorists enjoy “driver’s privilege” and that society has been unfairly “rigged” to benefit drivers. Finally, we’ll have to curtail driving altogether to accommodate the rights of “native pedestrians.”

--James T.

“In an appropriate balance?” Is that any different than “In the eye of the beholder?”

--Ken W.

I just finished reading Thomas Sowell book “the vision of the anointed.“ What you called out here is a perfect example of what he discusses. If you have time, it’s a great read.

--Jim D.

It simply isn't feasible for most things these days to be done on bicycles or on foot. How do you carry a week's worth of groceries either way? Especially if you live 10 miles from the nearest grocery store like I do (and the one I shop at is 15 miles away). Or you have to buy and transport anything else that is bulky? Heck, I sometimes have to engage in extreme measures just to carry my mail from the post office to my car parked outside!

Stopping the ticket quotas is necessary, but that shouldn’t be thrown into the same bag with something totally disruptive like Complete Streets. Washington needs to stop meddling in the traffic issues best
left to the states.

--Pat G.

“Unintended negative consequences???” I think not. They are very much intended. They want to make freedom of individual mobility a thing of the past and make those same folks pay for it. It is like a two-year-old throwing a tantrum if they don’t get their way no matter how it affects anyone else. If the changes make traveling more expensive and time-consuming for most of the public, they could not care less because they doing the “good things” for society and we are the bad guys that have to be reined in. Not all at once, of course, but slowly, like a frog in a pot of increasingly warm/hot water. By the time you realize the problem, you’re cooked!

They must be defeated.
--Mike M.

We agree with Mike that the goals of movements like Vision Zero and Complete Streets are very clear, perhaps most starkly asserted by University of Iowa College of Law Associate Professor Gregory H. Shill , who writes, “Decades of public and private investment . . . have created a car-centric landscape with Dickenisan consequences. . . The appeal of cars’ convenience and the lack of meaningful alternatives has created a public health catastrophe.”

By ‘unintended consequences,’ we refer to the obvious lack of reflection - perhaps just willful ignorance - by Vision Zero/Complete Streets proponents to consider the overall impact of the anti-car programs they espouse.

Last year a pro-motorist group, 40 Million Motorists, reacted to France’s plan to lower speed limits across the country by 6 mph to save what it projected as 400 lives. 40MM analyzed government data and determined that the speed reduction would cost the equivalent productivity of 200,000 workers annually at a net cost of US $4.4 billion. Again, that is per year.

It’s going to take much more of that type of analysis to stop the momentum created by anti-car, anti-driving groups amongst lawmakers and government agencies.

Graham Kozak wrote a beautiful piece for the August 12, 2019 issue of AutoWeek, “It’s Time to Make the Case for the Car.” Some of his observations provide an excellent counterpoint to Professor Shill’s dystopian outlook, and illustrate just what is at stake in this battle:

“It’s only once you strip all that away and take a step back that you start to recognize a rock upon which we can build a really strong argument for the car’s vitality. It’s so simple, and obvious, that it’s no wonder we missed it. You and I were probably too close to the subject, after all.

“Cars matter because they help us fulfill our nature as curious, restless beings. They embody our hardwired need to go, to move from where we are to where we think we want to be. They let us do this at any given moment with near total disregard for timetables . . .

“Cars lock us into certain ways of living as they promise freedom.”

Individual and societal freedoms. Once sacrificed, they are exceedingly difficult to get back.

--Join the NMA Today!
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A CLASSIC FROM MARKUS CUFF—Indian John was a classic and rode that Indian for several decades. We rode to a Rod Steward music video shoot in the LA riverbed. –Bandit

TIME IS RUNNING OUT-- Meeting of the Minds Register today!

You still have a little time before the pre-registration deadline ends for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference!!!

The deadline is TOMORROW August 23rd to take advantage of the MOTM pre-registration price of $80.00 for MRF members or $90.00 for non-MRF members. Use this link to register: Meeting of the Minds 2019

As the MRF makes final preparations to Honor the Past with an induction of Legacy Members into the MRF Hall of Fame and gear up to Protect the Future with two days of information filled workshops and presentations, you still have time to register for this premier event and secure your hotel room.

Up to the minute legislative updates, topical workshops to assist you in building your SMRO, plus several hundred new and old friends you’ll be glad to see!
Workshop & presentations including…

NHTSA – Protecting our Future from their Past
Shared Goals & Working Together – SMROs & Motorcycle Clubs
Membership Promotion, Retention, Growth & Volunteers
Old Media – New Media … – Dealing with print, electronic & social media successfully
With less than a month to go, the final touches are being put on the 35th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference, in Bloomington Minnesota. However, we don’t want you to miss it as we Honor the Past, Protect the Future and live up to meeting and exceeding the expectations of motorcyclists’ rights advocates from across the country.

After August 23rd, the event registration fee goes to $90.00 for members and $100.00 for non-members. And you’re not just getting a receipt for your efforts… You’ll get a few hundred years of experience from some of the most dedicated and knowledgeable motorcyclists’ rights advocates in the world!

The deadline to get the nightly room rate of $115.00 at the MOTM Conference hotel is September 4th. After that, rooms may be scarce. So, one more time… beat the deadlines and register for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference.
While it’s on your mind, call (952) 854-9000 and use this code to get the MRF room rate: Block code MOT MOTM2019

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you in September at the Crowne Plaza Aire Hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota, for the 35th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference!!!

Fredric Harrell
Director, Conferences & Events
Motorcycle Riders Foundation


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