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May We Find Balance and Freedom

By Bandit, Rogue, Sam, Barry Green, Laura, Bob T. Paul, the Redhead and the rest of the gang

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Yesterday was strange
. I check in with the Climate Depot about once a week to see what’s happening. You’ll see below. The state of Washington has passed a bill initiating a green state with massive requirements and the end of fossil fuel use by 2045.

I also ran across a report about the new David Attenborough documentary calling for doomsday by 2025 if we don’t act now. Hell, that’s six years from now and the last two years have been cooling.

Then in the evening I ran across two reports on PBS, one about Alaska and one regarding Taft, California, a major oil industry hub. In both cases it’s turning into a strange, twisted conflict between oil and green. In Alaska a community thrives because of the oil industry, yet the other side claims dire straights for Polar Bears. Others claim that ice is growing and changing for centuries and we have more polar bears than ever before.

The major of Taft pointed out that he has worked in the oil industry for 50 years, with thousands of employees. Nobody is sick and oil may not look pretty but it supplies us with way more than fuel, but most of the products around us and most of the products that help our kids, doctors, kitchens, the space industry, you name it, come from oil.

The mayor next door says his constituents are dying and they need to pass laws against the oil industry, while he drives his SUV and benefits from all the products the oil industry creates.

Okay, so we’ve passed Al Gore’s deadline. What if we reach 2025 and nothing happens? Will they back off and relax? Will we find a balance for freedom with fossil fuels? Will the California Air Resources Board return billions they extorted from companies all over the country? We will see.

What bothers me the most is that we should be dancing in the streets, not fighting. We are healthier and living longer lives than ever before. WTF?

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NEWS FROM ATOMIC BOB--We saw you have some work going on with your build and I know you need a drawing from Bob. He will get it to you early May, does that work?

We opened the tattoo shop early July.

In my father-in-law’s passing he left Bob his ‘78 Harley Lowrider. It was bagged for 14 years perfectly stored. It is bone stock. People keep telling Bob what a great restoration it is. When he tells them it is stock they lose it.

He has the original pipes, but they were taken off years ago, they are also in perfect condition.

He enjoys the memories it brings riding on the back with his dad as a kid. I am glad it is on the road and being noticed honoring his father and brother who took rides into town on the back as a kid too.

I have an 8-5 job now. I work as a Supply Chain Planner at Coastal Pet in Alliance OH. Funny thing, I can’t get the hell away from bikes, we manufacture Harley pet attire and toys exclusive to dealerships.

I guess I will always be married to motorcycles in some way or another.


NMA REPORT--Again, The Lines are Drawn in Ohio

In early April, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine approved an $8 billion, two-year transportation budget that included a 10.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax hike and a 19-cent hike on diesel fuel. Raising taxes is always controversial but what has the state’s mayors in a tizzy is something entirely different.

When the governor signed off on the budget set for July 1st, he did not veto language that financially punishes cities like Dayton and Toledo that operate automated traffic camera programs.

State lawmakers pushed for a mandate that requires cities that use automated traffic cameras to report annually to the state how much red-light and speed camera ticket revenue is collected (school speed camera tickets being the exception). The state will now deduct that amount from state funding that would normally go to those cities.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said they would sue the state over the newest law just passed. Cities have sued the state before over their home rule authority. Ohio’s constitution allows municipalities to self govern, i.e., establish their own laws, as long as local ordinances do not conflict with state statutes.

In July 2017, cities won a case in the Ohio Supreme Court against a 2015 law that required speed-camera programs to station a full-time police officer with each automated enforcement device in use and to conduct a three-year traffic study before deployment.

However, the state’s Supreme Court has never ruled whether legislators have the authority to cut off the flow of cash to offset any financial benefits the cities might experience from operating ticket cameras.

Representative Bill Seitz of Cincinnati, a major critic of cameras, told the Toledo Blade that lawmakers do have the right to control the Local Government Fund, which distributes a share of state taxes to local municipalities. He stated, “We cut the Local Government Fund by 50 percent seven or eight years ago. Cities have no constitutional right to the Local Government Fund. Period.” Seitz added that the new legislation does not tell cities how to operate their programs, which has been something the Supreme Court has frowned upon in previous court cases.

Kapszukiewicz said after the budget was signed that this would potentially cost Toledo $6.5 million a year. The city was expected to receive $5.1 million more in the next fiscal year as its share of revenue from the gas tax increase.

Also included in the compromise deal is a provision that would require cities to file all automated ticket camera appeals in municipal court. That would prohibit the use of administrative hearings to deal with drivers who contest their photo tickets.

Toledo Municipal Court Presiding Administrative Judge Tim Kuhlman has many questions about how this will work. He feels the move would transform the city trial court into a quasi-appeals court. Kuhlman added, “We have very little time to stand up a new docket and [have] no funding for it…I cannot go to the city of Toledo in April or May for funding to start up a new docket in July.” Under the new law, the costs for appeal cases would be paid in advance by the city rather than by the cited vehicle owner, even if that person later loses the appeal.

Toledo might well see automated traffic enforcement banned if Chester Straley has his way. In March, Straley organized a petition drive to place a referendum on the ballot to end the city’s use of red-light and handheld speed cameras. He started the drive after receiving two camera tickets on the same day and after his wife received another two citations at the same traffic signal. One of the petition’s stated goals is to get the city “to stop doing business with a company (Redflex) that has a track record of violating the law and unfair practice of law enforcement.” Up until now, photo ticket fines are $120 and are considered a civil penalty with no assessment of driver’s license points.

Ohio cities will continue to fight for all the ticket revenue they can get, but it will take local action and help from state lawmakers to get rid of the cameras entirely.

The battle against photo enforcement will undoubtedly continue, and with the amount of money involved, it isn’t confined to just the Buckeye State.

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SALT TORPEDO UPDATE—We are scrambling to build a Streamlined Trike for Bonneville this year and listening to anyone who provides thoughts or considerations:

I'd be curious what the guys at Airtech say about the safety of running two of those "wheel pants", that is what they were called back then. Back in the day when we ran dragsters we had a friend who ran them on his top fuel car. He crashed and lost a leg. Tommy Ivo ran them back then too. NHRA outlawed them soon after the crash.

Not sure about the safety of them but certainly understand the aero benefit. Story below:

Just my $.02

Ride on!

--Paul Aiken
Aeromach USA, LLC
10015 Metromont Ind. Blvd, Ste F
Charlotte, NC 28269

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Paul, I checked out some of the dragster front wheel wings. Most of them cover the entire wheel. We can only cover ½-wheel to the axle. Unfortunately, the FIM require front fenders.—Bandit

Spring is stirring early in the mountains, so pack your saddle bags and head to the NC Smokies of Haywood County for the finest riding in the Southeast. From hair-raising mountain curves to mellow country roads, your quest for motorcycle utopia is over.

Looking for waterfalls? We got it. Mountain scenery? Check. Countryside? Got that, too.

But most of all, we’ve got the curves. Broad sweeping curves, tight hairpin curves, gentle serpentine curves, cliff-hugging switch-backs — we’ve got hundreds, maybe thousand of ‘em, with routes to suit every skill level.

Motorcycle touring is all about the open road. The sense of adventure for what’s around the next curve, the rush of mountain ridges unfurling as you climb higher, the feeling of freedom as you ride the swells and dips of the Appalachian countryside.

To help you map out your ideal two-wheeled escape, the travel team at Visit NC Smokies compiled a “best-of” selection of mountain rides with a home base of Haywood County.
We’ve highlighted a dozen routes that run the gamut, from lazy afternoon excursions to all-day journeys to the back-of-beyond. While every biker knows the beauty of the Blue Ridge Parkway — which we proudly claim as our own backyard — broaden your horizons with our own custom creation The Copperhead Loop, or the infamous Rattler with 290 curves in 24 miles.

There’s another big reason Haywood County has racked up accolades as the ultimate motorcycle destination: its friendly people. Bikers value the human experience. It’s more than just a ride, it’s about the people you meet along the way, from other bikers to diner waitresses to roadside produce peddlers.

To experience our friendly local flavor, stop in to a rural country store during your ride, like Ferguson’s General Store in Fines Creek, Sorrells General Store in Jonathan Creek, Bethel Grocery or Harley Creek General Store in Cruso.

A must of every biker’s bucket list, Wheels Through Time all-American motorcycle museum in Maggie Valley saw visitors from all 50 states and more than 50 countries last year. True to its moniker of “the museum that runs,” the rare collection of more than 300 vintage and antique motorcycles have been restored to working condition, garnering national attention. Open April – November.

So suit up and kick-start your spring riding season with a motorcycle adventure of your own making in the NC Smokies of Haywood County.

ALERT: Exit 20 on I-40 W near Maggie Valley is OPEN. Be advised that I-40 W after Exit 20 is one lane due to a rock slide. Visit the NCDOT website for the latest information.

BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB—New, The Red Baron's Ultimate Ducati Desmo Manual: Belt-Driven Camshafts L-Twins 1979 to 2017

By Eduardo Carbrera Choclán
Paperback • 27x20.7cm • 288 pages • 1220 pictures

The secrets of Ducati L-twins with belt-driven cams finally explained in a single DIY-mechanic-friendly manual. This book is the incredibly comprehensive practical manual you have been waiting for!

ISBN: 978-1-845848-78-1

£ 65.00 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)


• User friendly explanations, written from the D-I-Y mechanic’s point of view
• Fully practical book
• Difficulty rating for each of the operations to be performed
• Modular engine logic: common crankshaft + different head configuration
• Money-saving home-made special tools and commercial alternatives
• Covering a wide model range
• Lots of neat & clear schematic drawings
• 1220 full color step-by-step photos and other illustrations
• Lots of useful practical tips & hints
• Free EMS diagnostic software and alternative software explained
Description - Synopsis

If you’re passionate about your Ducati, wish to know your motorcycle in real depth, and keep it in perfect shape with the loving care she’ll only receive from you, this is your book.

This is a comprehensive service manual for you and your Ducati, that will help you to perform all maintenance and repair operations in your own home workshop. From basic servicing to the most complex repair and adjustment operations, everything is covered.

The bikes covered in this book range from the first 1980 ‘Pantah’ to the ‘Testastretta Evoluzione’ models, and it spans 30 years of Ducati models.

Within these pages you will discover the secrets of your pride and joy, and be enabled to enjoy making repairs or carrying out maintenance in your workshop or garage.
With the rhythm of their mechanical soul, and powerful twin heartbeat, Ducatis are motorcycles for true lovers of voluptuous Italian style and character. The author, Eduardo Cabrera, is better know in the Spanish ducatisti community as Baron Rojo (Red Baron), a lifelong Ducati owner and enthusiast, and a regular contributor to the Spanish Ducati online forum.

Period covered:
1979 to 2017

Models covered:
This work covers all Ducati L-twins with belt-driven cams of the “Pantah” generation: From the original 1979 500 Pantah to the models still in production in 2017

Here's the signed book and the bling you receive as a two-year member of the Cantina.
Here's the signed book and the bling you receive as a two-year member of the Cantina.

5-BALL RACING ALERT—Bling comes with your leather order. Order any leather from us and we’ll send you a signed book about the future of motorcycling, an exclusive Bikernet Bandana and more.

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JAK 5/8 shirts shipped to Arizona. We received a massive order of JAK 5/8 leather shirts for the hot areas of Arizona.

Can’t beat it!


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