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It's Already Changing, Hang On

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Barry Green, the Redhead, Sam Burns, Laura, RFR, Johnny White, Geno, Buck Lovell, and the rest of the crew

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I sense the weather changing
in South Dakota. The first day of Fall was yesterday. Brothers all over are heading south to Arizona. Some of us will hang out in the Black hills for the winter and the Almanac says it’s going to be a tough one.

I’m looking forward to the snow, learning to operate our recently serviced snow blower and getting creative, when we can’t go outside. I just had a wild creative thought, but I can’t explain it. I need to investigate the possibilities first. Then I'll share it.

We are going to shoot the ’48 UL for a feature in Choppers Mag in the snow this winter. The master Buck Lovell will handle the chilled camera work.

I’m looking forward to the holidays. The snow and the cold make Thanksgiving altogether different and in many respects, more meaningful.

And of course, there’s our winter Knucklehead build. I’m getting close to clearing a lift.

Let’s hit the news:

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Last week we posted two winning press releases, one from Harley and one from Indian. In the nature of journalistic integrity, I reached out to brothers and PR guys. So, who really won the race? The Indian PR team responded:

That is correct! Kyle Wyman / HD won the actual race held in New Jersey, but, with a second place finish (ahead of Kyle’s brother, Travis, who was on top of the points leader board), Tyler O’Hara was able to take home the King of the Baggers crown for the 2022 season, with the Indian team.

Tyler O’Hara, Indian and S&S took home the season championship, having won the most points on the year?

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BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB-- The Harley-Davidson Source Book
The Harley-Davidson Source Book celebrates these iconic motorcycles in encyclopedia form. Rich with vivid photography, insightful commentary, and production specs and data, this is the #1 resource for die-hard Harley fans all around the world.

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These are Legends Revo A coil-overs with rebound adjustment, very important for the perfect trike ride. They adjust by hand, no tools needed. A minimum of pre-load adjustments are required for additional riders.
These are Legends Revo A coil-overs with rebound adjustment, very important for the perfect trike ride. They adjust by hand, no tools needed. A minimum of pre-load adjustments are required for additional riders.

NEWS FROM LEGEND’S SUSPENSION IN STURGIS SD-- Legend’s touring specific spring rates produce superior ride quality and performance

REVO coils provide improved plush ride quality, control, and resistance to bottoming-out
REVO’s extended coil length has larger “sweet spot” without increasing overall shock length.

REVO’s unique spring rate offers the ability to soften pre-load, reducing ride height and maintaining a smooth ride.
  • Allows minimal pre-load adjustments when changing between riders’ weights or loads.
  • Adjusts by hand, no tools needed
  • Available in 13? heavy-duty applications
  • Easy installation and alignment, provided by spherical bearings on both top and bottom
  • Backed by Lifetime Warranty
  • Made by hand in Sturgis, South Dakota, USA

FEATURE BIKE OF THE WEEK—Hang on for this Harley-Davidson Softail.

--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor

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Because of the tremendous support from guests like you, we've had one of our greatest seasons yet! This year we've had the opportunity to welcome people from all fifty states and dozens of countries around the world, add a few new machines to the Wheels Through Time Collection, and share our latest exhibit honoring Museum Founder Dale Walksler!

Only two months of the 2022 season are left, but we aren't slowing down yet. The rest of the season will be a blast as we continue to fire up and showcase some of America's rarest and most storied machines, and we're going to end it with a bang on November 19th when we give away the 1937 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. Make your plans now to be a part of the excitement, and join us on Raffle Day!

The Museum will close for the winter season on November 21st, 2022, and reopen for the 2023 operation season on April 6th.

 That's right, this month, you have the chance to win a trip to Wheels Through Time and beautiful Maggie Valley, NC, to be our VIP guest for raffle weekend. Your VIP experience includes three days of admission to the museum, a 2-night stay in Maggie Valley, and $300 in travel expenses, plus a WTT Swag Bag along with lunch and special recognition on raffle day.

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION Meeting of the Minds 2022 – Demand reaches room capacity! – Hotel booked up!

Just as the MRF brought Bikers Inside the Beltway to capacity for hotel room requests, demand by attendees has brought the 2022 Meeting of the Minds conference hotel to the same level.

Not to worry… the MRF has a back-up hotel two minutes away. Plus, you can still register for the conference. Use this link to register for the conference Meeting of the Minds 2022. Or register when you arrive.

Use website to book your rooms at the Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel or call the hotel direct at 515-244-2151; Book your group rate for Motorcycle Riders Foundation Last Day to Book: Monday, September 19, 2022

The 38th Annual Meeting of the Minds, scheduled for September 22-25 in Des Moines Iowa, will do everything to reinforce the MRF’s commitment to motorcyclists’ rights and staying eternal vigilant.

Charlie “Chopper” Gilmore – U.S. Army veteran, motorcycle restorer, and freedom fighter is on deck as just one of the presenters at the 2022 Meeting of the Minds. His presentation – The Price of Freedom – is taken from life experiences and will certainly motivate and inspire attendees.

The Meeting of the Minds – renewing old friendships and making new ones. The Meeting of the Minds – three days of nuts-and-bolts workshops to augment the tools needed to promote and protect the rights of all motorcyclists. The Meeting of the Minds – more than a dozen presentations and workshops to build and strengthen individual’s and state motorcyclists’ rights organization’s commitment to protecting the freedoms motorcycling brings us all.

Workshops and presentations include but are not limited to:
  • Up-to-the-minute Legislative Updates.
  • The necessity of Political Action Committees.
  • Riding skill enhancement.
  • What aging demographics means to motorcycling.
Protecting the rights of motorcyclists is not just a collection of words in a press release any more than leaving your motorcycle parked in your garage is about riding.

Profiling, E-15 (ethanol fuel), autonomous vehicles, all part of the present and future of motorcycling. The MRF’s legislative agenda is a result of input from motorcyclists with the directions to take care of business on Capitol Hill.

The MRF understands motorcycling, motorcyclists’ rights, and what it takes to keep the siege against your rights, your freedom, your lifestyle, and yes, your motorcycle at bay. However, participatory democracy works best with participants.

Meeting of the Minds 2022 – The Motorcycle Riders Foundation –
“Let us refuse to be silent! Speaking freely is a decisive step forward on the road to freedom”

--Fred Harrell


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David Echert, President of Saddlemen Seats, was taken aback after watching what the Hamsters were able to achieve in 4 hours this year at our annual dinner. David has put forth a discounted purchase program for all Hamster members.

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Effective immediately any Hamster that wishes to purchase a Saddlemen seat and/or accessories will receive a 50% off retail discount on their purchase.

When calling Saddlemen to place your order, please ask for Brandon in sales, he is our point of contact for the group.

Saddlemen’s number is +1 (310) 638-1222.
If you have any questions please call me at (619) 972 7073

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A woman goes into the Bass Pro Shop to buy a rod and reel for her grandson's birthday. She doesn't know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the counter. A Bass Pro Shop associate is standing there wearing dark shades.

She says, Excuse me, sir. Can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?

He replies, Yes, Ma'am, I am completely blind, but if you'll drop it on the counter, I can tell you everything from the sound it makes.

She doesn't believe him but drops it on the counter anyway.

He says, That's a six-foot Shakespeare graphite rod with a Zebco 404 reel and 10-pound test line. It's a good all-around combination and it's on sale this week for only $20.

She says, That's amazing! You can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter? I'll take it!

As she opens her purse, her credit card drops on the floor. Oh, that sounds like a MasterCard, the clerk says.

She bends down to pick it up and accidentally farts. At first, she is really embarrassed, but then she realizes there is no way the blind clerk can tell it was she who farted. Being blind, he wouldn't know that she is the only person around.

The man rings up the sale and says, That'll be $34.50 please.

The woman is totally confused by this and asks, Didn't you tell me the rod and reel was on sale for $20? How did you get $34.50?

The clerk replies, Yes, Ma'am. The rod and reel is $20, but the Duck Call is $11 and the Bear Repellent is $3.50.

She paid the bill.

--EL Waggs

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BEWARE RURAL ROADS—Highway Deaths in Rural America

The Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released a study called America's Rural Roads: Beautiful and Deadly earlier this month. Researchers found that between 2016 and 2020, 40 percent of US traffic deaths occurred on rural roads. A total of 85,002 people died in rural areas during the five-year study period—nearly half of all traffic deaths across the country. This is significant because only 19 percent of the country's population lives in rural America.

The question is, why?

The issues on rural roads are the same as in urban cores—distractions, impaired driving, speeding, and not wearing seat belts. The study cites these different reasons for drivers to exhibit risky behavior:
  • Fewer public transit options
  • Less law enforcement
  • Limited emergency response due to distance
  • Longer trips for necessities
  • Open roads
Other study statistics compared the differences between rural and urban deaths:
  • 61.4 percent of rural traffic fatalities involved pick-up trucks.
  • More drivers and passengers in vehicles died in rural areas (68,709 to 56,990), whereas urban areas led to deaths involving motorcyclists (15,309 to 9,310), pedestrians (25,551 to 5,766), and bicyclists (3,375 to 952).
  • Rural drivers 20 to 24 years old accounted for 10.4 percent of deaths compared to 5 percent in cities.
  • Rural motorists driving alone and going off the roadway were higher than urban drivers (34,743 to 25,536).
  • Head-on crashes were higher in rural areas (12,339 to 7,275).
  • Road conditions don't factor much in most deadly rural fatalities.

As a result of the research, the GHSA is pushing states to use a 'safe systems' approach for rural America. The method is the newest buzzword—perhaps it's easier to swallow than the term Vision Zero.

These programs blame the driver and the street design for traffic accidents. Road safety, though, is the fundamental responsibility of those who design the roads and every user of the streets. Are expensive programs that don’t improve traffic safety worth the widespread bureaucratic support they are given when the touted results are questionable at best?

Pennsylvania DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Kuntch responded to the study with the following statement:

"Rural road safety is addressed through both engineering and education. These countermeasures include rumble strips, high-friction surface treatments, high-tension cable median barriers, shoulder widening, and the installation of special curve warning signs and pavement markings."

But she said nothing about real driver education, which is a primary component of traffic safety.

Driver education is sorely lacking in this country. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, only 23 states currently require driver education for drivers under 18. In 35 states, a teen can obtain an unrestricted license before turning 18 whether or not they have taken a driver's education course.

Driving is a responsibility no matter where you drive, and motorists should always continue learning more about this life skill no matter how long they have been on the road. The National Motorists Association is a major proponent of continuous driver education, as illustrated by the current Driver Courtesy Month campaign and the production of these video tips for drivers. More programs, with your ongoing support, are in the works.

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ACE REPORTS IN FROM THE HAL ROBINSON ARCHIVES--Ace here, hope you’re doing well and have enjoyed the summer.

I’ve attached a digital mock up for the Righteous Biker stickers we’d like to throw in with orders as gifts, including Hal’s signature at the bottom of the graphic. They’d be about 2.5 inches tall by 1.5 inches wide.

Please take a look and let us know if you are good with him.


Marketing Director
Hal Robinson Archives

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During a normal summer, there is nothing that would convince me to ride to the coast of North Carolina for a campout. Between the unbearably high humidity and the swarms of bloodthirsty mosquitoes, it can be downright miserable just stepping outside to get the mail.

Of course, after being quarantined for a few months, the idea of riding anywhere sounded damn good, so that’s how I found myself riding down the highway on my ’ol Panhead beside Greg DeHoot on his Shovelhead chopper (see issue 3).

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AB-2496, by Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie Norris, has been passed and sent to the governor for his signature. We need to convince the governor NOT TO SIGN before he does signs.

AB-2496 creates a system in which, if you are cited for noise, you must provide certification to the court within 90 days of citation that your exhaust has been corrected to acceptable standards. However, there is no system to test and certify, thus you cannot get it. Further, IF you do not get it, your vehicle will NEVER be able to be registered in the State of California again. They want to remove us from the road.

Now! Contact the governor NOW... before you walk away...

Mailing address: Governor Gavin Newsom, 1021 O Street, Suite 9000, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Online Form:

This new law would not only apply to us as we ride, but it would affect our four-wheel friends too. So be sure to share this CALL TO ACTION with those you know with hot rods, customs, etc. Together we must stop this!

As an additional note: Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie Norris has clearly shown through this legislation that she is NOT “Dedicated to Freedom of the Road”. As such, she needs to be replaced. As an incumbent in District 74, she is up for re-election against another incumbent… due to redistricting… in the new District 73. The race is currently a toss-up, and we need to swing that vote. Steven “Steve” Choi supports “Freedom of the Road” and is the candidate we need to push… and we need your help with that too…

Thank you on behalf of those at the ABATE Of California State Office, on the State Board and Our Lobbying Team.

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The new muffler system works for you? I guess the baffling will make the UL not sound so aggressive. I like the old Triumph mufflers like on the Dave Mann drawings . The system does look pretty cool though. There is always shot gun mufflers you can test also. I think that is about all of them mentioned.Take care you and the wife .

Torrance, CA
Monday, September 26, 2022
Editor Response Thanks brother. Still haven't ridden it. Just started it once. I like them and a little back pressure can't hurt. I'll report back.

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