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By Bandit, Bob T., Rogue, Mr. Way, Barry, the Redhead, Laura, El Waggs, Joe Smith, Steve Phiel and the rest of the crew

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I’m having issues with my computer today. This shit always happens on a Thursday. Can’t happen Monday and give me a few days to sort it out. Oh no…

So, since I’ve been delayed, I’m going to hop right to the news. I hope they get a handle on this virus or it warms up and it just goes away, which it will.

St. Paddy's day is coming. Hang on!
St. Paddy's day is coming. Hang on!

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

Harley-Davidson celebrates the legacy of the XR750 and continuing its 100-plus-year motorsports history with the XG750R

 The 2020 season marks the 50th year since the debut of the XR750, a motorcycle raced, wrenched on, and beloved among the American Flat Track (AFT) paddock to this day. To celebrate the anniversary, Harley-Davidson® Super Twins and Production Twins bikes along with the Harley-Davidson® Screamin’ Eagle®/Vance & Hines NHRA Pro Stock motorcycles will feature the historic color of Harley-Davidson competition motorcycles, Jet Fire Orange, along with team haulers, uniforms, and branded accessories.

“The XR750 is the winningest motorcycle in AMA Pro Racing motorcycle history,” said Jon Bekefy, General Manager of Brand Marketing at Harley-Davidson, Inc. “Harley-Davidson is taking its 50th anniversary as a moment to reflect on the legacy and individuals who have designed, engineered, tuned, and raced the XR750 during its years of competition, and to celebrate Harley-Davidson’s 2020 racing efforts.”

History of the Legendary Harley-Davidson® XR750 model

Born in 1970 with the advent of the new AMA Racing equivalency formula, the XR750 was created by Harley-Davidson’s Race Team Manager Dick O’Brian and team to replace the highly successful outgoing KR750.

Using a Harley-Davidson® Sportster-based engine, the XR750 utilized modified cast-iron heads and cylinders, a magneto instead of generator, and improved oiling. In 1972 a new, more powerful all-aluminum alloy XR750 engine was introduced.
The perfected machine dominated flat track racing for decades to come. Between 1972 and 2008, the XR750 would go on to win 28 of 37 AMA Grand National Championships. The XR750 racked up more wins than any other motorcycle in AMA racing history and earned the description of being the “most successful race bike of all time.”

In addition, the XR750 became a cultural icon with legendary stuntman Evel Knievel at the handlebars. Evel Knievel began jumping an XR750 at the height of his career from 1970 to 1976, and alongside the exploits of the racing versions of the XR750 inspired a generation to ride.

Celebrating 50 Years of Competition, Continuing the Legacy

For 2020, the Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track team will continue to field Harley-Davidson’s production-based tradition for factory flat track campaigns. The updated Harley-Davidson® XG750R flat tracker, powered by the liquid-cooled, fuel-injected and race-tuned 750cc Harley-Davidson® Revolution X™ V-Twin is based on the production engine originally designed for the Harley-Davidson Street 750 motorcycle.

Full details on the team can be found here.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Team will compete on the entire 18-event AFT SuperTwins schedule in 2020. The series kicks off on March 14 with the Daytona TT at Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

For more information, visit

--Joseph Gustafson

SUPPORT plans to restore Bonneville Salt Flats land speed record course--Let Interior Secretary Bernhardt know BLM funding is essential

The land speed racetrack at Bonneville -- once 13 miles long -- is now less than 8 miles, due to salt erosion. It is critically important that the U.S. Department of the Interior contributes funds toward a 10-year restoration program that will dramatically increase the amount of salt pumped onto Bonneville Salt Flats. Help restore the Salt Flats before it's too late.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, the Utah Department of Natural Resources, local company Intrepid Potash and the land speed racing community have identified a strategy and are collaboratiing to restore Bonneville. Please urge Interior Secretary David Bernhardt to fund the Restore Bonneville program through the department's fiscal 2020 budget.

Go to the AMA website to take action:

By following this link Take Action and providing your contact information, you'll sign and send our email to Bernhardt, explaining the importance of the Bonneville Salt Flats and how he can directly affect funding for the needed restoration.

Even better, if you personalize the email by adding what Bonneville means to you, it will have far more impact. An easy way would be including a sentence at the beginning describing what it is like to attend or even take part in a race on the Salt Flats. Also feel free to amend the subject line of the email to read "I visit" or "I race at" the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Thank you in advance for commenting. If you do submit edited comments, please forward a copy to us at Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to submit comments, too.

ZERO ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE IS WORTH ZERO DOLLARS—We just posted a story about the new Zero Naked Electric bike for 10 grand. Check this:
My test bike, with the basic 7.2 kWh power pack, has a 98 miles per hour (mph) maximum top speed with a sustained top speed of 80 mph. The rated driving ranges for the Zero S with the base power pack are 89 miles in city driving, 45 miles at 70 mph on the highway, and 60 miles combined.

If you are willing to pay for more range, the Zero SR, which is essentially the same bike, has a 14.4 kWh battery pack. The SR starts at $15,495 and boosts the range to 179 miles for city driving, 90 miles on the highway, or 120 miles combined. For the maximum possible driving distance with Zero S models, you can also add the 3.3 kWh Power Tank for $2,895. The Zero SR with the Power Tank is rated for a maximum of 223 miles in the city, 112 miles on the highway, or 150 miles combined.

Note that larger power packs don’t just drive up the price. They weigh more. The 7.2 kWh Zero S weighs 313 pounds. The Zero SR with the 14.4 kWh power pack weighs 408 pounds, and if you add the 3.3 kWh Power Tank for a total of 18 kWh, the weight climbs to 452 pounds.

Your choice will balance cost, range, and weight. You can’t switch power packs or add the Power Tank later, so it’s essential to buy the right power combination from the start.

Charging the battery

The Zero S has a 1.3 kW integrated battery charger and a thick power cable that plugs into a standard 110/220 power plug. Charging the Zero S requires 4.7 hours for a 95% charge, or 5.2 hours to charge 100%. With a $600 optional quick charger, it takes 3.1 hours for a 100% charge, or 2.6 hours for 95%.

A third option is to buy an optional Charge Tank ($2,495). With the Charge Tank, you can plug into a standard Level 2 charge station for a 95% charge in one hour, or 100% in 1.5 hours. Note that you can’t order a Zero S or SR with both the Power Tank and Charge Tank options.

Here’s the full story: 2020 Zero Motorcycles Zero S review: A naked electric bike

What the fuck good is a motorcycle with a 45-mile range on the highway and a 4-hour charge time?

NEWS FROM THE DAYTONA BIKE WEEK FRONT--Vendors on Main Street are off this year. Denver’s is missing and most of the vendors are clothes related? As of today Thursday, Main Street is closed today cars.

The chopper show at Willies tattoo was hot, the competition stiff but to me Main Street does not feel the same?


JIMS TOOL OF THE WEEK--JIMS® Dipstick Socket Insert

In 2012 Harley-Davidson changed the design of the oil dipstick from a “socket style” cap to a “finger grasp” cap design. Although this design feature is intended to make it easier for the owner or technician to remove the dipstick, often times it is still very difficult to remove.

Sometimes the technician needs to remove the dipstick prior to the bike cooling down, or the dipstick is simply “stuck” and hard to remove. This is especially true when the oil is contaminated with water condensation from being run for short periods of time without reaching operating temperature resulting in the dipstick being virtually impossible to remove. With an MSRP of $34, no longer should you risk damaging the dipstick cap with a set of pliers.

Simply install this insert (No.760), in your existing JIMS dipstick socket tool (Part No.759), and remove the finger grasp cap easily with no chance of damage. This insert, designed by Gary Smith exclusively for JIMS, is manufactured out of blue delrin and guaranteed for life. The insert is also available as a kit (No.760K) including the socket for earlier model bikes with an MSRP of $55.

For more information please contact us at (805) 482-6913, email us at, or visit

--Greg Thiessen
Marketing Associate

555 Dawson Drive,
Camarillo, CA 93012
Ph: 805-482-6913

I have been trying to get a new battery for the Goldwing but it appears that there is no such thing as a dry battery coming with an acid pack.

Do you have a favorite store that I could purchase one from with an acid pack so that I can charge it the way I want or shall I just give in and get tone that has had a one hour fast charge, which is what I do not want. I have learnt that this is why a battery does not last long. They need a long slow charge initially, after putting the acid in and letting the acid work away for a half an hour before charging.

Went to the March Hare Rally in Waimate this past weekend. It was only a short trip, like about 5 hours one way. Great day for a ride up on Friday hauling the side car with Maree riding pillion and camping gear in the sidecar.

On the way home on Sunday, we had a tailwind after we got to Balclutha and it got cold so Maree sat in the Sidecar rest of the way. It was good as I did not then have to worry about the chair wheel lifting om left hand bends under a 100 kph. The tail wind did improve the economy compared to the head wind on Friday.


We don’t see many acid packs anymore, and shipping is probably an issue. We can get a sealed battery down the street, slow-charge it and have it ready when he arrives from New Zealand to ride to the Badlands.--Bandit


Man Kills Self Before Shooting Wife and Daughter

This one I caught in the SGV Tribune the other day and called the Editorial Room and asked who wrote this. It took two or three readings before the editor realized that what he was reading was impossible!!! They put in a correction the next day.

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says
Really? Ya think?
Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers
Now that's taking things a bit far!
Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over
What a guy!
Miners Refuse to Work after Death
Those good-for-nothing' lazy so-and-so's!
Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant
See if that works any better than a fair trial!
War Dims Hope for Peace
I can see where it might have that effect!
If Strike Isn't Settled Quickly, It May Last Awhile
Ya think?!
Cold Wave Linked to Temperatures
Who would have thought!
Enfield ( London ) Couple Slain; Police Suspect Homicide
They may be on to something!
Red Tape Holds Up New Bridges
You mean there's something stronger than duct tape?
Man Struck By Lightning: Faces Battery Charge
He probably IS the battery charge!
New Study of Obesity Looks for Larger Test Group
Weren't they fat enough?!
Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft
That's what he gets for eating those beans!
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Kids Make Nutritious Snacks
Do they taste like chicken?
Local High School Dropouts Cut in Half
Chainsaw Massacre all over again!
Hospitals are Sued by 7 Foot Doctors
Boy, are they tall!
And the winner is....
Typhoon Rips Through Cemetery; Hundreds Dead

Did I read that right?

--Joe Smith

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

LIFESTYLE CYCLES DEAL OF THE WEEK--2013 Harley-Davidson® FLHRC - Road King® Classic for $12,995.00See it here:

2013 FLHRC Road King Classic

The Road King Classic model takes the nostalgic look and feel of the Road King a little further with extra details for this road-worthy touring bike, like leather-wrapped saddlebags, nostalgic chrome fuel tank console, tooled metal detailing on the fender, tank, seat and bags, and chrome laced wheels with wide whitewall tires. Residing beneath all that fine detail is the powerful 1690 cc, Twin Cam 103 engine with integrated oil cooler.

The innovative Harley-Davidson Touring chassis is based on a single-spar, rigid backbone frame and a stout swingarm developed to withstand the demands of long-haul touring riders and today’s powerful engines. You'll love the way the 'King' rides!!!


Lots of small detail extras on this guy! Vivid Black paint with silver pin-striping and raised tank logo is excellent. Chrome tank strap with aluminum face and bottom leather tank protector. Painted inner fairing, Jensen radio with extra speakers and handlebar controls. Tinted windshield, Willie G (skull logo) visors over the head / passing lamps and Willie G blinker lenses. Custom chrome axle caps on laced chrome rims with whitewalls.

Fork chrome wind deflector protecting your shins and chrome engine guard with extendable freeway pegs. ABS and Vance & Hines curved exhaust. Chrome Willie G 90* cone air filter. Chrome engine covers including cam with H-D logo, custom horn and 103 derby cover. 2-up seat with mini backrest and hardware for a luggage rack. Floorboards, passenger Willie G floorboards and chrome accented heat shields. Chrome bag guards, hard leather coated bags, fender trim, meaty whitewall tires and a pigtail. All this on a super riding Road King!!!

This bike has passed Lifestyle Cycles rigorous 101 point safety and mechanical inspection. Whether your looking to commute to work, ride the coast or take that dream vacation, this bike is ready to go!!!


Fill out an online application and ride today!!!

**Open 7 days a week**

Just $12,995 at Lifestyle Cycles (714) 490-0155

Looking forward!

--Dan Leadbetter
Director of Marketing
Lifestyle Cycles
(714) 490-0155


BLACK BIKE WHEEL OF THE WEEK-- Dyna Front Wheel 40 Spoke 19x2.5

Dyna 40 spoke wheels are a complete bolt-on wheel for your Harley, delivering INCREASED STABILITY AND HANDLING, FASTER ACCELERATION, AND BETTER BRAKING.


-19” x 2.5” front

Produced & hand built in the USA featuring:

-Direct bolt on fitment using all OEM parts

-Precision Billet Hubs CNC’d from 6061 T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum

-Stainless steel spokes and nipples

-Show quality powder coated finish

-OEM size wheel bearings and seals

-All stainless steel hardware

We build all of our wheels custom, Any size any finish!

*Final product might vary slightly from pictures.

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