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DEADWOOD BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for January 30, 2020

More Adventures in the Making

By Bandit, the Supreme Wayfarer, Rogue, the Senior Editor, the Stealth, Barry Green, Joe Snith, Bob T., El Waggs, Laura and the Redhead
1/30/2020


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Hey,

I just drove through over 300 miles of snow and the whole state of Wyoming to get to Deadwood.
It was truly amazing, except when I couldn’t see shit.

As of Friday, the Bikernet team will have a hideout in the Badlands. Hang on for more reports. In the meantime, let’s hit the news.

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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, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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NEWS FROM THE EASYRIDERS FRONT--
Just called the new Easyriders, asked what happened to my swag. I was told a new shipment was going to arrive this week and it will be shipped. I will let you know if it happens.

Found a place in Daytona for used parts, good people and very helpful. They are on eBay, if you shop online or you can go to the location. Fallen Cycles, Daytona Beach, fla. across the street from Joe Robisons old Harley shop.

Ride safe, good luck with the Salt Torpedo

--AJ

Keep us posted and let me know if you see the new issue. Have you been over to Bill Dodge’s shop? He helped with the Torpedo ignition system.--Bandit



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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Salt Torpedo Chapter 24



https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Salt_Torpedo_Chapter_24.aspx

Reminds me of the day someone left a shop rag in the oil pan of my father's dragster. It went unnoticed until we fired it and had no oil pressure. The rag got sucked up over the oil pickup and we had no pressure. Fortunately we shut if off in time, and I wasn't the one who left the rag in there!


Looks like fun guys. Be fast, be safe!


--Paul Aiken
Charlotte, NC







The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle community.
WE HONOR OUR HALL OF FAME MEMBERS BY TELLING THE STORIES THAT SHOWCASE THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. IN DOING THIS, WE HOPE TO INSPIRE OUR VISITORS AND THE RIDING COMMUNITY.

CURRENTLY, YOU WILL FIND THE HALL OF FAME DISPLAY IN THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE MUSEUM. THE EXHIBIT INCLUDES VARIOUS ITEMS, VIDEOS AND VEHICLES THAT HELP TALK ABOUT THESE GREAT PEOPLE.

STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES CLASS OF 2020


The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame seeks out the most influential people in the motorcycle industry to highlight their accomplishments and promote the future of motorcycling. On behalf of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Board of Directors, I am proud to announce our 2020 Hall of Fame Inductees (in alphabetical order by first name):

Alan Alvarez
Arlin Fatland
Dave Mackie
Jody Perewitz
Micah McCloskey
Skeeter Todd
Vicki Sanfelipo

Freedom Fighter - Wayne & Susan Lettau
Arlen Ness Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient - Don Hotop

Congratulations to each of these individuals! Stay tuned for Hall of Fame Highlights where we share info about each inductee leading up to the ceremony.

The induction breakfast ceremony will be held on August 12, 2020 at The Lodge @ Deadwood. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2020. For corporate tables, please call Emma at 605-347-2001.

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The MICHAEL LICHTER PHOTO OF THE WEEK—Mike’s site is amazing, and he is personally connected to every image. We decided to keep you up on his talents by featuring one of his shots every week. Hang On!

Description: Brad Gregory on Aidan's Ride to raise money for the Aiden Jack Seeger nonprofit foundation to help raise awareness and find a cure for ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy) during the annual Sturgis Black Hills Motorcycle Rally. I-90 between Rapid City and Sturgis, SD, USA. Tuesday August 8, 2017.

Photography ©2017 Michael Lichter





THE TEXAS WEATHER REPORT--Fog again, but not as bad as last months, probably shouldn’t have been running 55 into Willis proper? Still couldn’t see great until farther down I-45 in the Woodlands. Major accident in Conroe, I saw vehicles start moving to the right and the emergency lights to the left.

As I’m moving right, I realize there’s a cop car right in front of me! The entire thing was blocked off, they’re yelling at me to slow down. Too much moisture on the shield again. At least it was ¼-mile visibility in the Woodlands past Conroe.

Did I ever mention I HATE being a glorified phone operator! I use to hear commercials for this place when I was at the St James and was thankful I worked with beautiful entertainers! How in the world did I end up here?

--RFR




BANDIT’S CANTING BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS WIDE OPEN--

1. When I was born, I was given a choice - a big pecker or a good memory....
I don't remember what I chose.

2. Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom factory.

3. A wife is a sex object. Every time you ask for sex, she objects.

4. Impotence: nature's way of saying, "No hard feelings..."

5. There are only two four letter words that are offensive to men - 'don't' and 'stop', unless they are used together.


--from El Waggs




QUICK BIKERNET READER’S COMMENT--EASYRIDERS MAGAZINE HISTORY



https://www.bikernet.com/pages/_EASYRIDERS_MAGAZINE_HISTORY_.aspx


Was flicking through the last issue today. There's over 40-years-worth stacked up in this room. I hope the new owners realize what an institution they are responsible for.



--Paul Harris
Abingdon, OX, United Kingdom








SADDLEMEN SEAT OF THE WEEK—1979-2003 XL Sportster Americano™ Café Classic Seat

Brand Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model Fitment: XL SPORTSTER
Year Fitment: 1979-2003



Café motorcycle seats prove that function that creates a style. When a company like Saddlemen®, with its rich racing heritage and styling expertise, tackles a genre, the results are stunning. Such is the case with Saddlemen’s® new Americano Café seats for the Harley-Davidson Sportster family.

Unlike other café seat offerings that ask you to mutilate your fender or frame, Americano Café seats slide right on your Sportster using factory hardware and mounting points. Engineered on existing Saddlemen® seats, the fit of the Americano is as excellent as it is stylish.

A carefully sculpted shape, with an extra level of attention to the ubiquitous “hump,” Americano Café seats instantly turn a motorcycle into an object of desire. But, there is more to these seats than meets the eye, as the attention to the seating area, plus the use of Saddlemen’s® Gelcore Technology, yields a seat whose comfort matches its looks. Want to tour with a racing-inspired seat? You can do it with an Americano!

If you are a fan of motorcycle history, you probably know the legend of early UK riders dashing from café to café on their lightweight, yet powerful bikes. The Sportster came along adding American punch to that group of bikes and now there’s a seat that lets you easily pay tribute to those early daredevils.

Don’t accept anything less as you cannot buy a better seat. Classic race-bike looks, top quality components, simple installation, designed and engineered specifically for the Harley-Davidson Sportster model – all great reasons to choose Saddlemen®.


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Infamous Florida Easter bunny arrested after hit-and-run
ORLANDO – A Florida man who became a video sensation after fighting a man on the street while dressed as the Easter Bunny was arrested and tried to use the costume to elude capture, authorities said. Antoine McDonald became an overnight phenomenon when a video captured him fighting a man on the streets of Orlando last year.

Earlier this month, McDonald was driving a motorcycle when he ran a stop sign and crashed into a carport before fleeing the scene, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The carport collapsed on top of the vehicle.

Deputies went to McDonald’s address and spotted a gray car driving away and found McDonald laying in the backseat of the car.
When a deputy went to arrest him, he denied it.

“I wasn’t in any crash. I’m the Orlando Easter bunny, Google it,” he said, according to an arrest report.

The Orlando Sentinel reports authorities asked him to remove his costume before arresting him. He is charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving property damage, driving with a suspended license and operating a motorcycle without a license.



--from Rogue
Senior Editor
Bikernet.com™




SUGAR BEAR SPRINGER REPORT-- Talked to Sugar Bear Thursday. He has the pieces cut out for my front end. They are at the polishing shop now. When he gets them back, he will weld them together, send them to the chrome shop, and once he gets them back, assemble, and ship the front end to me. Been a long wait, ordered it in September of 2018. I'm sure it will be worth it.

He is a nice man. Invited me to chopper flats for the Longfellows gathering at the rally in Sturgis this summer.

On another note, Sent some parts off the FL to a shop in Nashville to get the chrome removed and then brass plated. They sent me pictures before the shipped them back to me yesterday.

Looks like they did a nice job. They did the gas caps, horn cover, dash, air cleaner cover, luggage rack, and exhaust pipes. Oh, and the rain caps for the exhaust on my chopper. Things are happening.

All for now. Will keep you posted.


--Andy Assel
King of the Wild Frontier





WISCONSIN LEGISLATIVE REPORT--
Despite bad weather, hundreds of ABATE members came to Madison to lobby for concerns over autonomous vehicles, profiling, and poker runs legality issues.
Tony Pan Sanfilippo Thank you Hupy and Abraham, S.C. for providing some buses for the members of SE Wisconsin to make the trek to Madison. Our firm has provided buses for the SE part of the state for years and supports our lobby day.

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FROM THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM COLLECTION--
By 1974, Suzuki had already been through five production seasons of motocross bikes, had launched the TM400 Cyclone in 1971. Suzuki's foray into production motocross machinery began with the rare blue and silver 1968 TM250, a twin port machine largely based on the CZ twin port design. Launching an open class machine really got the attention of American riders especially since Suzuki mounted Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster had just...?
Read the whole story on their site.--Bandit

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International Anti-Car Nonsense--
We recently updated and republished a popular post, Do Vision Zero Programs Equal More Traffic Accidents? on the NMA Blog. The article points to several examples of cities where pedestrian/bicyclist accident and fatalities rates have not improved, and in many instances have increased, after expensive Vision Zero programs have been implemented.

Such programs have the laudable but unrealistic goal of attaining zero traffic deaths by restricting, and in some cases eliminating, motorized traffic in city centers.

Our little exposé on the NMA Motorists.org website attracted the attention of a pro-motorist letter writer from Great Britain, who shared similar concerns and frustrations with Vision Zero programs across the Atlantic. His spot-on observations follow:

* * *

I am writing this from Great Britain, and we are being fed this VZ anti-car nonsense as well.

Sadiq Khan is the Mayor of London and is, of course, very anti-car and wants to impose VZ.

Here is a copy of a letter I wrote to a trade magazine, just slightly altered to suit your American followers.


It would seem that as usual, non-motorized road users can just do what they like and do not have to accept any responsibility for their actions!

Of course, your laws are different to ours, but generally, the theme is the same.

Though this might sound callous, does the price of mobility justify a few deaths and injuries?

Would we really want to sacrifice mobility to live in a totally risk-free society?

Mayor Khan, along with many others, are using this ‘vision’ as part of their ceaseless ‘war on the driver’ by imposing draconian measures on those choosing to drive.

‘Mobility’ means the distribution of goods and services, so how does this equate in the grand scheme of things to Vision Zero?

Do we all stop ‘consuming’ to save lives?

As a driving license holder, I must obey hundreds of rules/regulations, and I am punished if I get them wrong. As a cyclist, there is not much I can get punished for and certainly, there is very little enforcement of regulations. As a pedestrian, I can just do what I like, as there are no offences I can commit listed in the Highway Code!

(The Highway Codes is our national version of the rule book for all road users. There is no ‘jay -walking’ offence in this country)

Every year millions of mostly safe drivers are punished for meaningless infractions of the law, but how many road-using non-drivers are punished? In fact, how many non-drivers have read the Highway Code, even though seventeen pages of the Code are devoted to pedestrians?

By continually putting all the road safety emphasis on the license holder, is it any wonder that accident reduction has stabilized, when the vast majority of pedestrians and cyclists can do what they like with complete impunity from punishment.

--from the NMA






NEW RACER SPONSORED BY JIMS MACHINE--
I just found out that I have been added to the JIMS USA website as one of their official sponsored riders and the ONLY woman they are sponsoring. JIMS came on board last year to help me build my 1937 Knucklehead dubbed "Redemption" to raise awareness of narcissistic abuse. As many of you know, I have been featured on various websites and many magazines doing just that.

I am beyond honored to be sponsored by JIMS, a company that makes quality products right here in the USA. Since 1967 JIMS has been designing and manufacturing aftermarket parts and tools for the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle. JIMS carries parts and tools for your Knucklehead, Milwaukee-Eight, and every bike in between.

If you want to check it out, it can be seen here- https://jimsusa.com/riders/ and I have attached a screenshot.

--Chris

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I have known both Michelle and Lenny Holcom for many years and have rode with them many times, including to Sturgis in 2015. I hope enough people nominate them to the Mf hall of fame, they are well deserving of it.

Rigger
Brandywine
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Editor Response Glad you brought this up. Maybe more folks will take time out of busy schedules to send a nomination or a supporting letter.
--Bandit
For RFR How do you like that Thunderheader on you Dyna Thinking about getting one for my Fatbob

mike pullin
charlotte, nc
Friday, January 31, 2020
Editor Response Hey Mike,

I have had some positive feedback regarding Thunderheaders on Dynas. Recently Jeremiah's D&D muffler vibrated and started to come unglued. HE replaced it with a Thunderheader, and he digs it.
--Bandit

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