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Looking Forward to Next Year with News from Around the World

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Barry Green, J.J. Solari, Laura, Joe Smith, Bob T., Sam Burns, The Redhead, Rogue, El Waggs and the rest of the gang

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I’ve been telling friends in a joking manner that 2022 will be a much better year than 2021
, “I promise.” That’s my optimism pouring forth. I believe it. I believe there is room for truth. I believe the media will open up and find balance. I believe we will correct our course for freedom and America, or die trying…

I’m just a grubby biker. I’m not a scientist, but I can read, and I do read a lot. As a biker, and for the future of motorcycling, I demand the truth. I’ve read the doom and the anti-doom. I want the truth to shine. I don’t get it. How could any control freak dare to use the hearts and minds of children to push their agenda? How could any media outlet do the same and not demand to share the absolute truth.

This is about 2001. I customized this first year Excelsior Henderson with Marty from Hi-Tech Custom Cycles in Van Nuys.
This is about 2001. I customized this first year Excelsior Henderson with Marty from Hi-Tech Custom Cycles in Van Nuys.

Here’s what blows my mind, and I know brothers all over the world think the same thing. So, the Greens want to force kids to hate their folks for driving an SUV. The SUV that takes them to the school built with fossil fuel technology, to stare at a computer made from fossil fuel technology, where almost everything in the school is made from fossil fuel technology. Hello?

Hell, their windmill and solar panels are made using fossil fuel technology. WTF. Give me the truth. Let’s hit the news

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Tracey's Top Riding NEW YEARS Resolutions--

(Note: You won’t find "cleaning" or "maintenance" on my list ‘cuz I like to spend the limited time I have riding instead, but those are good things too!)

Ride More Often (easier said than done in Minnesota some years)
Plan an Epic Road Trip. Better yet, resolve to go TWO places you haven’t ever been; they don’t even have to be far away
Participate in a Group Ride (or several…)
Get Inspired. Watch Long Way Round or The Place Beyond the Pines (or any number of biker flicks). If reading is more your thing, check out Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (which isn’t about maintenance at all) or other books about motorcycling.
Share the Love. Encourage others to get in the saddle (and to take an MSF class)
Get a Second (or Third?!) Motorcycle (oh, wait, I did that this year… but don’t let that stop you!)
The point is to look forward rather than back… ‘cuz that’s where the good stuff is: ahead of us!

All our Best,
Tracey & Tim
Leader Motorcycle Accessories

GROWING GAS PRICES--Talking Points on skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices

Skyrocketing oil and gasoline prices are a failure of anti-oil politicians, who artificially restricted the supply of oil

Skyrocketing oil and gasoline policies are not a failure of the oil industry. They are the total failure of *anti-oil politicians*, who have artificially restricted the *supply* of oil with massive restrictions and threats to oil production and transport.

Elizabeth Warren says gasoline prices are rising "because giant oil companies like Chevron and ExxonMobil enjoy doubling their profits." Joe Biden says "companies have not ramped up the supply of oil quickly enough."

These anti-oil politicians should blame themselves instead.

Contrary to rhetoric by Elizabeth Warren and others, oil and gasoline prices are not rising "because giant oil companies like Chevron and ExxonMobil enjoy doubling their profits." If oil companies could control prices they would have done so during often-unprofitable 2015-2020.2

The most direct cause of rising prices is supply and demand. As our Energy Secretary says, "As we come out of an unprecedented global economic shutdown, oil supply has not kept up with demand." But why not? Because anti-oil policies have prevented supply from meeting demand.

There is no physical reason the oil industry can't meet rising demand. The world has hundreds of years' worth of oil deposits. There is no technical reason the oil industry can't meet rising demand. It is more capable than ever thanks to amazing technologies like fracking.

If there is no physical or technical reason the oil industry can't meet rising demand, what is inhibiting it?

Decades of rising restrictions on oil production and transport from anti-oil politicians--including Biden's massive threats to punish oil production going forward.

Perhaps the greatest limiter of the supply of oil has been anti-oil politicians' constant threats to severely restrict or even ban oil production going forward. E.g., when Joe Biden promises "I will end fossil fuel" and then becomes President, oil investors run for the hills.

Is it any wonder that, threatened with punishment, investment in oil and gas has declined dramatically? Between 2011 and 2021, oil and gas exploration investments declined by 50%. Less investment = less supply = higher prices.

Anti-oil politicians' restrictions on infrastructure, especially pipelines, have reduced the supply of oil by making it difficult or impossible to transport US oil to international markets. If not for these restrictions we'd be producing more oil, with lower prices for everyone.

The dynamic US oil industry could be rapidly increasing production to take advantage of higher prices. But thanks to anti-oil politicians' threats to oil investors and infrastructure opposition, the US is ramping up production more slowly than OPEC!

If not for Joe Biden and other anti-oil politicians around the world radically restricting the production/transport of oil, as well as threatening oil companies and investors, the global oil industry would have rapidly adjusted to rising demand—and prices would be far lower.

The cause-and-effect of unnecessarily high oil prices is simple:

1. Anti-oil politicians around the world artificially restricted the *supply* of oil with massive restrictions/threats.

2. These restrictions prevented supply from keeping up with demand, and prices went way up.

“Build Back Better,” aka "Make Everything Worse," promises to further restrict US oil production and increase prices via:
1. new bans on offshore drilling,
2. a costly methane tax that only applies to US production, and
3. many other oil taxes and penalties.

It must be stopped.

--Alex Epstein
Center for Industrial Progress

NINE Famous Bikes That Inspired Us-- Do you remember the very first motorcycle that blew you away? The bike that demonstrated insane power, or went faster than you thought possible. Or the ride that just looked so cool while being operated by our favorite racers or celebrity bikers.
Yep, we still get tingles remembering those epic motorcycles too, which is why we’re taking a look back at some of the best bikes that changed the world of motorcycles and motivated so many to join the lifestyle. Collected by Cycle Trader, here are nine famous bikes that inspired us to ride.

1. Brough Superior SS100

Considered the Rolls-Royce of motorcycles—and the very first superbike—Brough Superior SS100 emerged in the British market between 1924 and 1940. With a custom design and build by racer/manufacturer George Brough, these bikes boasted speeds of 100 miles per hour, which was an exception for the time.

2. Indian Chief

Indian Chief boasted power and speed when it was first unleashed in the American market. As a top-selling bike for the company, Chief was a crowd-pleaser and emblem for years, known for easy handling, smooth riding, and high speeds. It’s earned collector status since original production stopped in 1953. Since then the Chief has undergone a modern revival and it’s immediately recognizable when roaring down the street.

3. Vincent Black Shadow

By the middle of the 20th century, Vincent Black Shadow was claiming its bike was the fastest motorcycle the world had ever seen in the commercial market, reaching a top speed of 125 miles per hour. Only 1,774 of these British bikes were made from 1947 to 1955, and in recent years one was auctioned off for nearly $1 million.

4. Harley-Davidson Sportster

Ever since its introduction in 1957, the Sportster has been an icon for Harley. More than half a century later it’s still in production as a symbol for the company and status for the brand’s riders. While over the years the engine has changed, the fanbase for this stylish and powerful American bike has remained.

5. Triumph Bonneville

When British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph introduced Bonneville in 1959, it was an instant classic and the company defined its legacy. “Bonnie” gets its name from Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats where the bike broke motorcycle speed records at nearly 115 miles per hour. Its popularity continued in the preceding decades with a modish design helping to earn its legendary status.

6. Norton Manx

For years this British racing bike dominated the Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT until its last model produced during the 1960s. Part of the Manx legacy is due to its design: a featherbed frame for improved handling, speed, and performance. Reliability, affordability, and the bike’s ability to help racers add to their trophy collection gained its popular reputation throughout the world.

7. Honda CB750

Known as the original Universal Japanese Motorcycle, Honda’s CB750 evolved with a sport bike layout and a reputation as a superbike with its introduction in the 1960s. Bringing with it entire generations of new riders for its power, speed, and efficiency, this bike brought the company to the world stage and made Honda a household name.

8. BMW R80 G/S

The multisport bike was designed to fit off road and on the street, and with its roll out in the 1980s, BMW had created the first ever adventure bike. Its durability and ability to manage terrain has inspired the market’s dual-sport bikes and riders to explore uncharted territory with motorcycles.

9. Ducati 999

Italian manufacturer Ducati has produced a number of world-class bikes known for their high speeds and maneuverability in motorcycle racing. The 999 was introduced in the early 2000s with complaints about its design, but the bike quickly hushed critics with its performance in World Superbike. With its 999S and 999R versions, the bike is able to reach a top speed of 170 miles per hour.

Conclusion: From superbikes to collector motorcycles, the performance and design of these iconic rides have left an epic biking legacy of inspiring thousands of riders to conquer the open road. They are classics that have become major brands and have given us all a sense of pride. Looking for your own famous bike? Check out all the new and used motorcycles on!

--Ryan Miller

NEWS FROM THE BALL BRIGADE—We have new stuff coming from new full sleeved leather shirts, new tattoos from Frank Ball Jr., new brown leather dayrolls and more.

Frankie is penning new T-Shirt art for Bartels’ Harley-Davidson.

He did this in Frisco at a Tattoo gathering. I’ve told him that slogan several times. It was told to me by a Richmond Hells Angel in ’75.


New, all leather exterior Dayroll. Click for Action!
New, all leather exterior Dayroll. Click for Action!

TESLA NEWS--Finland Man Blows Up His Tesla After Claiming to Face $22,000 Replacement Battery Bill

A man in Finland has blown up his Tesla vehicle with 66 pounds of dynamite in defiance over the cost of a new battery after he claimed to face a $22,000 repair bill.

Tuomas Katainen, who lives in Jaala village in south Finland’s Kymenlaakso, exploded his 2012 Tesla Model S at a former quarry in a video uploaded to YouTube.

The Tesla S model 2012 cost around $57,400 to $77,400 when it was released.

Tesla’s warranty covers battery replacements if the capacity drops below 70 percent within 150,000 miles or eight years of purchase, leaving some owners of the older models facing large repair bills.

The video, which is over eight minutes long, shows Katainen and a group of people loading the car with the dynamite before notably placing a dummy with Elon Musk’s face on it inside the car.

The vehicle then explodes into pieces amid a rather serene and picturesque scene of snowy mountains.

“When I bought that Tesla, the first 1,500 km were nice. It was an excellent car. Then error codes hit. So, I ordered the tow truck to take my car in for a service. So, the car was at a Tesla dealer’s workshop for about a month. Finally, I got a call that they cannot do anything for my car and that the only option is to change the whole battery cell,” Katainen said in the YouTube video.

He didn’t reveal the total miles the car has been driven or show proof of the would-be repair bill in the video.

The Epoch Times reached out to him for comment.

“The cost would be at least 20,000 € ($22,000), and permission to operation has to ask Tesla. So, I told them that I’m coming to pick up the Tesla. Now I’m going to explode the whole car because apparently there is no guarantee or anything,” he added.

Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk—who has said he will pay more than $11 billion in taxes this year—is the world’s richest person with an estimated net worth of $244.2 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time billionaire’s list.

Battery issues are not the only problems, Tesla vehicle users have encountered, as safety issues have also been raised over a number of the vehicle’s features, including its autonomous driving features.

In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened a formal probe into Tesla’s Autopilot and full self-driving (FSD) systems following nearly a dozen crashes with parked emergency vehicles that left one person dead and injured 17 others.

According to an NHTSA document issued on Aug. 13 (pdf), the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation was probing 765,000 Tesla vehicles—Models Y, X, S, and 3, from model years 2014 to 2021. On Aug. 31, that investigation was expanded to cover a 12th incident (pdf).

In October, Tesla withdrew its latest version of its FSD beta software just one day after it was released after noting “some issues,” and said it would roll the software back to version 10.2 for now.

While Musk didn’t specifically mention what the issues were, he noted that Tesla’s internal quality assurance had found problems with some left turns at traffic lights.

“Regression in some left turns at traffic lights found by internal QA in 10.3. Fix in work, probably releasing tomorrow,” Musk said at the time.

Earlier this month, the NHTSA said it was in discussions with Tesla to replace cameras in some U.S.-made vehicles after it was made aware of an issue related to faulty Autopilot cameras.

The Tesla CEO said this month that no other CEO on the planet cares as much about safety as he does and insisted that he had not misled Tesla’s customers about the company’s self-driving technology, including Autopilot and FSD, and any potential risks to their safety.

Musk has sold nearly $14 billion worth of Tesla stock since November and the electric vehicle maker is worth about $1 trillion.

--By Katabella Roberts

KLOCK WERKS TO BE TITLE SPONSOR OF TRAVIS WYMAN RACING BMW AT MOTOAMERICA SEASON FINALE--Wyman also to compete in MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition for Trask Performance.

Travis Wyman Racing BMW is pleased to announce Klock Werks will be the team’s title sponsor for the season-ending MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey, which takes place Oct. 23-25 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.

The South Dakota-based company makes a wide range of parts and accessories for motorcycling and off-road enthusiasts and will have its branding displayed prominently on the team’s 2020 BMW S 1000 RR.

“I met Brian Klock years ago while I was working for Kuryakyn,” Wyman said. “When I approached Brian about joining my team’s family of sponsors, he was enthusiastic about getting on board. I’m really happy about the opportunity to help get the word out about Klock Werks’ quality products to MotoAmerica fans across the nation.”

“Since I met Travis in 2012, I’ve been very impressed with his professionalism and passion for the sport,” Brian Klock said. “With a little bit more support, I believe Travis can become one of the most successful riders in MotoAmerica.

Wyman also is set to race for Trask Performance in the MotoAmerica King of the Baggers exhibition race, in addition to competing one Stock 1000 Class race and three Superbike races.

Phoenix, Arizona-based Trask Performance is one of 14 companies invited by MotoAmerica to participate in the exhibition. The bike Wyman will compete on is a 2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide that was built specifically for the King of the Baggers.

Trask Performance founder Nick Trask said the motorcycle generates about 200 horsepower from its turbocharged, 107 cubic-inch engine. Wyman put some laps in aboard the Trask machine at Arizona Motorsports Park on Sunday and said he felt very comfortable while riding the bike.

How to Watch

All three Superbike races slated for the MotoAmerica Superbike Speedfest at Monterey are to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 2, Eurosport and the MotoAmerica Live+ streaming service. The Stock 1000 race is to be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ and on Facebook Live, and the King of the Baggers race will be broadcast on MotoAmerica Live+ only.

Coverage of Sunday’s first Superbike race starts at 2 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m. Pacific. The third and final Superbike race of the weekend takes place at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific.

To learn more about MotoAmerica Live+, visit


President Biden visits a remote Native American reservation. With news crews following him around as they tour the place, the President asks the chief if there is anything they need.

"Well," says the chief, "We have three very important needs. First, we have a medical clinic, but no doctor to man it.” Biden whips out his cellphone, dials a number, talks to somebody for two minutes, and then hangs up. "I've pulled some strings. Your doctor will arrive in a few days." "Now what was the second problem?"

"We have no way to get clean water. The local mining operation has poisoned the water our people have been drinking for thousands of years. We've been flying bottled water in, and it's terribly expensive."

Once again, Biden dials a number, yells into the phone for a few minutes, and then hangs up. "The mine has been shut down, and the owner is being billed for setting up a purification plant for your people. Now what was that third problem?"

The chief looks at him and says, "We have no cellphone reception up here!"

--Sam Burns
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Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.

This writing took some effort for me to find the right words. I hope it resonates in the right way with you

Come Together
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” - Dalai Lama XIV

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
--Sitting Bull

I remember when the Beatles release this song, Come Together. There were many interpretations of the meaning it, but today the most important is that we come together as a world in the right way.

It seems that so many of us of come together in feeding on the prophets of doom and gloom. The collective consciousness seems to be fixated on covid and negativity. No matter where we turn, we are reminded of covid. You cannot walk into store, restaurant, building without some reminder, and 50% of every news cast is covid related.
If it is not covid then it’s the economy, and not the economy it’s the weather. How many segments have there been on how to prevent covid through good health?

We sure don’t hear a whole lot of positive stuff. Do you remember of all the great deed stories that people did around Christmas. Well, I sure did not hear many of these this year?

Along with that we have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media platforms that keep feeding the negativity.

There is a collective Consciousness that is fixated on the prophets of doom and gloom. I believe it is time for Positive Revolution. Let’s collectively make a conscious shift to stop listening or participating in negative conversations. How about we start listening to the news a little less to start. Maybe Pause and make a list of 5 or more things your grateful for every day. Possibly block someone who is constantly posting negative stuff.

I know that this doesn’t sound like much, but I believe if enough of us make a conscious shift we can make a change. The Universe will respond to our collective thoughts positive or negative. Let’s fill the world with Good Thoughts. We can be part of the solution.

A Thought

As I begin this day, I unite with others to make a Positive change. I begin with recognizing 5 things that I am Grateful for. I will only watch or listen to the news once today, if not at all. I will hold thoughts that I am in perfect Health. I will not judge or gossip. I refuse to participate in any negative conversations. I block posters who keep sending me negative stuff.

Today I will come together with others who see through all of this to know Good is unfolding. The World is Amazing and so is our futre.
And So It IS


“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefit others as much as I can.”
- The Dalai Lama

Click for a connection.
Click for a connection.

Charging an electric AMC Gremlin at a curbside charging station in Seattle. 1973
Charging an electric AMC Gremlin at a curbside charging station in Seattle. 1973

PHOTO OF THE WEEK--The new year is upon us, God help...

Have a great week

--Barry G

BANDIT’S KNUCKLESLED KICKS OFF—Adam Croft contacted me about the new shop project bike. He offered to design the sprung seat and sketch up a concept drawing for the bike. The best I could, at this juncture I described my notions:

Regarding my concept for next year, I’m going to attach a photo of a traditional chop that contains the basic configuration. My Bandit’s Knucklesled will have a stock VL, single loop frame with a stock XA, H-D front end. It’s going to be made for me at 6’4”. Here are the elements we can mess with, although it will be mostly traditional with no wild billet stuff, except maybe disc brakes and the belt primary drive.

The engine will be an S&S Knucklehead with I’m hoping an evo 5-speed trans and an Evo electric start, so no kicker. It will need to have high bars with about 6-inch CCE or Paughco dogbone risers. I’m not a sissybar fan, but something short is okay.

I want the bike to have a badass attitude, but not with skulls or snakes, just the stance. So, we can mess with the highbars, the pipes, the tank and the rear fender. Oh, of course the seat or perhaps a P-pad. Also, the headlight could be part of the theme.

Maybe, badass is not the term, but tough as nails. I want it to give the impression of a bike no one will touch without permission. We need to work on the paint scheme. No heavy molding, but I just had a thought. So, say we go with 5-Ball Orange theme. So the frame and tank will be orange, but the rear fender will be black, along with some engine parts. Maybe a 5-Ball will be painted on the tank followed by a flame.



“The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets.” – Al McGuire

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” – Ambrose Bierce

“It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.” – Andy Borowitz

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” – Ann Landers

“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“Have you noticed that all the people in favor of birth control are already born?” – Benny Hill

“The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” – Bill Watterson

“As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.” – Buddy Hackett

“My favorite machine at the gym is the vending machine.” – Caroline Rhea

“All right everyone, line up alphabetically according to your height.” – Casey Stengel

“Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.” – Dave Barry

“The duty of a patriot is to protect his country from its government.” – Edward Abbey

“How many people here have telekinetic powers? Raise my hand.” – Emo Philips

“If you live to be one hundred, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.” – George Burns

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin


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Bandit, I've been following you for years and have completely enjoyed the content. I'm an independent voter and believe that the extreme beliefs on both side are just as bad as each other.

It seems that I can't read an article on here that isn't completely hard core right wing. People are so far right and so far left that they are now touching butts.

We need to ride more and bitch less. Us in Colorado just has a horrible fire that burned a thousand houses, people were putting comments in the news saying it's gods way of punishing the liberials. I was thinking of the tornadoes out south wondering if god was also punishing the conservatives.

Can't we just ride, this is all bullshit and it's tiring.

william gilstrap
firestone, CO
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Editor Response Thanks for this.

I appreciate and take your comments to heart. I try to stay away from most of the issues, including many of the far-left policies with the Homelessness, destroying cities, CRT, etc. My only major focus is on Climate Doom for several reasons. I don't want motorcycles to be outlawed. I don't want your mom to feel bad because she drives an SUV. I don't want your kids to feel threatened every day, when they should be going to school and having a blast.

If that make me far-right that's too bad. I just want us to be able to ride and enjoy life. Hell, we are living in the best of times, except for Covid. But some folks want it to be the worst of times. I'll fight for freedom forever.
Great News report again! 2022 is roaring in and I love the optimism. Fresh air billowing over my house in Illinois now as some say "winter storm" I am welcoming it with "winter freshness", a good way to wash away the stink of 2021 and star 2022 FRESH! I love it.

Decided after a wonderful Christmas with family here in our new home in Sugar Grove that I would not buy another motorcycle but continue to modify the ones I have. Installed the mustache engine guard on The Fatbob and am awaiting my new Bassani 2 into 1, Legends suspension for the rear, and tuner to arrive for the Road Glide. Gotta do something in the garage, when it's too cold and salty for riding, right?

Also, as a front line worker in the hydrocarbon industry in both upstream and downstream services, I can tell you the supply is never the problem. There's enough oil and associated products to power the world for years to come. Breakthroughs in emission controls, catalytic cracking, and research into alternative powers all go to the same end, which is to provide the energy we need.

The tree huggers hanging from the Fred Hartmann bridge a few years ago proved their extreme ignorance when, after being arrested, they were informed not only of their jail time but of the fact that they were hanging using products made from petroleum was hilarious.

Keep on spreading the love, riding your bikes, and enjoying the freedom we are afforded because of the sacrifice of those who made it possible. Remember, soldiers, front line workers, emergency responders, police forces, are all doing their job while the 9-5, Mon-Fri communities sit around thinking of ways to complain about it and criticize it...Happy New Years and Welcome 2022!

Johnny White
Sugar Grove, IL
Friday, December 31, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother and thanks for your input, perfect.
Happy Christmas and a very Merry New Year. '22 has got to be better.

S.Daytona, FL
Friday, December 31, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother,

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