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Today suddenly turned significant.
The Prism gang reminded me that today marks the first day of the Harley 120th Homecoming.

Then I heard that we might have a meeting with Senator Mike Rounds regarding our resolution with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation regarding Scientific Transparency.

Let’s see how the day rolls out. Let’s hit the news.

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Our latest My Garage episode brings us to the Sunshine State where we visit Jim Root. Jim needs no introduction as a guitarist. With a legendary career with Slipknot and a best-selling signature guitar bearing his name, he's solidified his place in music history.

Off Stage, he's developed an affinity for high-horsepower vehicles. Alongside racks and racks of guitars, his garage is adorned with period-correct Mopars and a different Harley-Davidson for nearly every occasion.

Like his eclectic motorcycle collection, Jim's guitars are set up in a way that suits his style and upsets purists. But, with a Grammy and multiple Platinum records on his shelf, it's clear that Jim doesn't need to follow convention.

Watch for the Prism Gang at the Homecoming this weekend.


Brigitte Bardot

Janis Joplin

More to come:
John Fogerty
Grateful Dead
Diana Ross
James Brown
Judas Priest
Canned Heat
Bad Company
John Hammond

We will bring you the whole story in the very near future.

Editor, Bikernet Blog

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HEARTLAND FREEDOM DINNER--Don't Delay! Early Bird Discount
ENDS August 1, 2023

America needs John Stossel's tireless voice for liberty now more than ever. The government has assumed vast new powers, spending is out of control, and individual liberty is in retreat.

John Stossel has exposed these excesses for decades on his way to winning 19 Emmy awards, five awards from the National Press Club, and a Peabody award.

You won't want to miss John Stossel's latest analysis and inside stories about the mainstream media at Heartland's Benefit Dinner.

To purchase tickets, reserve tables, or learn more, go to Heartland's benefit dinner webpage, call (312) 377-4000, or email

Show your support for Heartland and liberty by reserving your seat today.

"Sure, this isn’t motorcycle, but if you’re in the neighborhood, it could be very interesting. Heartland supports freedom, the truth, liberty and scientific transparency." --Bandit

LEGENDS SUSPENSION IS READY--Hometown Rally 120th Anniversary

We are excited to see you, talk suspension, and have a good time! We will be located at House of Harley-Davidson during the Hometown Rally 120th Anniversary.
July 12th - 16th

For more information and location details please visit:

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--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor™

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Before the Legislature recesses on July 14th, policy committees in the Senate will hold more hearings on anti-gun bills, including Assembly Bill 28 for a gun tax and Assembly Bill 1587 for credit card companies to surveil gun owners.

Please go to the NRA website to read more about these anti-gun bills and to ask the committee members to OPPOSE them.

Take Action!

Yours in Freedom,
Ken Lan
Communications Coordinator

ANOTHER CALIFORNIA UPDATE--U.S. Senate Companion Bill Introduced to Stop California’s Car Ban

Encourage support from lawmakers on these proposals:

U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) introduced a SAN-supported bill, the “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act” (S. 2090), to protect Americans’ right to choose the technology that powers their motor vehicles. S. 2090 includes the same text as the House bill (H.R. 1435) that U.S. Rep. John Joyce (R-PA) introduced in March. H.R. 1435 and S. 2090 respond to California’s plans to ban the sale of new gas- and diesel-powered cars and trucks in 2035 unless certain conditions are met. If passed into law, the legislation would prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from allowing California’s Zero Emissions Vehicle regulations that would ban the sale or use of new motor vehicles with internal combustion engines from taking effect.

Lawmakers Must Hear from You Right Away!

Use the following website link for an overview and lawmaker contact.


Fuel Tank J & JD Harley Davidson 1918-1924
Harley Davidson Fuel Tanks 1918-1924 J & JD model Fuel Tanks

Fuel Tank J & JD Harley Davidson 1925-1929
Harley Davidson Fuel Tanks 1925-1929 J & JD model Fuel Tanks

Fuel Tank Peashooter Harley Davidson 1927-1930
Harley Davidson Fuel Tanks 1927-1930 Peashooter Fuel Tanks

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HEADING TO BONNEVILLE-- Denis Manning and the Number 7 Streamliner are headed back to Bonneville in August. He called today to announce that Chris Rivas will be the pilot. Chris built the world's fastest Dyna, 244 mph. Denis is damn happy to have him on board. 
As you can imagine, the effort to hit 400 mph with a motorcycle Streamliner and take the record back takes a mountain of passion and funds. Denis is more than happy to consider sponsors for this effort in late August at the Bonneville Salt Flats. If anyone is interested give him a call at 530-362-6880.


"First, they came for your energy, then your meat, gas cars, dishwashers, gas stoves and furnaces, flights, pizzas & now...YOUR ICE CUBES!

Stop the climate madness. Stop Net Zero goals. Stop food, ice, and meat restrictions. Stop gas-powered car bans. Stop pizza oven restrictions. The climate change agenda targets every aspect of your life and will take no prisoners in a relentless effort to Sovietize every aspect of American life.

The USA was an aberration in human history when it came to individual rights and economic freedom. But the climate agenda is set to revert the USA back to the norms of history -- submission to our overlords.

--Climate Depot's Marc Morano

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See Economist Milton Friedman in 1999: "Free societies of the kind we've been lucky enough to experience for the last 100, 150 years -- are a very rare exception in human history. Most people, most of history...have lived in tyranny and misery."

I watched a documentary series about life on earth 10-15 thousand years ago, when man first started building pyramids on Malta and South America. The narrator focused on how old and how well-built they were. He’s trying to rewrite history, but he missed one item.

Pyramids weren’t built by union workers. They were built by slaves.



"The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison." ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

--- Wayfarer

New NASH Product-- The "Straight Up" Handlebars

The Straight Up bars designed with a similar feel and look to the Smart Gimps but with one slight but important tweak, no inward curve towards the bottom of the bar. From the bottom bend the Straight Ups, do just that, go straight up, all the way to the top grip bends.

Grab a pair in Chrome, Copper or Powder Black!


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During its development the Sunbeam S7 was plagued with vibration and misguided engineering approaches. Yet today the Sunbeam S7 seems a handsome heavyweight machine distinguished by shaft drive, an overhead camshaft engine, “balloon tires,” rounded fenders and its Mist Green, silver or black paint.

In the course of being a manufacturer of high quality bicycles, Sunbeam’s founder, John Marston was also a Japanner, one skilled at applying black lacquer to bicycle or motorcycle parts, baking them for a hard and shiny finish such as was used on Henry Ford’s Model T. At the age of 76 he branched out into motorcycle manufacture. Most of his early Sunbeams used engines sourced from MAG or J.A.P. and some big-bore Sunbeams were prime for sidecar use. With the Sunbeam name being sold to BSA in 1943, the end of the original Marston/Sunbeam line came about.

The S7 design was the work of independent designer Erling Poppe who based it around the BMW R75 since BMW manufacturing rights were given to BSA as part of the War Reparations. The double-cradle frame with plunger rear suspension and a telescopic fork resemble the BMW, but the engine unit was completely new. At 487cc, the engine was a parallel twin turned around so that the crankshaft ran in line with the frame.

The first S7’s were produced just after World War II, 1949 and incorporated some 30 patented design features. But the worm gear final drive was fragile, and the fix was to lessen stress by decreasing engine output! The in-line twin vibrated calling for rubber engine mounting, which called for a flexible exhaust pipe connection. Shifts in focus of the mother company, BSA, sidelined the Sunbeam brand for good in 1956. In concept the S7 and the later S8 were good designs you could see working today. But they needed further engineering work. When you visit the National Motorcycle Museum before it closes September 4, you can study the Sunbeam, and also several BMWs for comparison.

This fine Sunbeam will be among hundreds of motorcycles and thousands of pieces of memorabilia offered in the John Parham Estate Collection Mecum Auction at the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa, September 6 – 9, 2023. Watch for information on the Mecum Auctions website, For schedule information or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum events, visit, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

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US Utilities Lobby Congress to Keep Gas Stoves Legal--

American gas utilities are lobbying support for bills to keep gas stoves operational, as the Biden administration recommends their elimination for climate change purposes.

Natural gas companies are gathering their political allies in Congress to ward off any attempts that gas stove use be curtailed, according to federal records.

Gas utility companies fear that gas stove bans are the start of a broader phaseout of natural gas, as climate change activists aim to electrify more of the energy system.

Leftist climate change activists are now going after natural gas consumption after destroying the U.S. coal industry under the Biden administration.

Biden Admin Ponders Ban On Gas Stoves
About 69 percent of Americans said they are against a government ban on gas stoves, according to a June poll conducted by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and Harris.

The controversy exploded in January after the White House said it was mulling a nationwide ban on gas stoves, citing a report linking its use to asthma and other health risks.

A top official at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) suggested that a national ban on gas stoves could curb air pollution, but that statement was denied by the agency’s head.

It was also later revealed that the agency had been considering a ban on gas stoves for months.

The backlash grew even further after the Department of Energy introduced new regulations in February that would impose harsher energy efficiency standards on new gas stove models by 2027.

However, the Energy Department insisted that it had no plans to ban gas stoves, calling the accusations “absurd.”

Gas stoves account for less than 1 percent of natural gas consumption in the United States, and more than 47 million, or 38 percent of households, cook with gas, according to the Energy Information Administration.

--Brian Jung
Epoch Times

TRIKES OF THE WEEK—From Kotaka Kiyotaka

--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor™

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LIFESTYLE CYCLES DEAL OF THE WEEK--2017 Harley-Davidson FLSTC - Heritage Softail Classic

Comfort as modern as this morning’s news and the power from our High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine, but the look still blazes straight from this machine’s authentic dresser past.

This is too good to consign to history.

The Heritage Softail® Classic is rich with the nostalgia of days gone by, but the hidden suspension gives you the authentic look of a hardtail without the bone-shaking ride. You get the comfort of standard cruise control and a low center of gravity, plus standard ABS, and a High Output Twin Cam 103B™ engine. We maintained the classic look and re-invented the ride.

Location: Anaheim, California
Condition: Pre-Owned
Stock Number: 13892
Year: 2017
Make: Harley-Davidson®
Model: FLSTC - Heritage Softail® Classic
Family: Softail®
VIN: 1HD1BWV18HB022927
Color: RED
Engine: Air-cooled, High Output Twin Cam 103B™


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Reader Comments

Hey Bandit,
Have you ever considered bringing back some content from those old Easyriders, Tech, Tricks & Tips books? It seems like you put a lot into them. I still enjoy flipping though my old copies, especially when I putting together one of my ShovelHeads.

I know some of the stuff is out dated, but it might be good for some riders today to get an idea of how it was done, before we had
ten thousand aftermarket options to work with. Then there's all the politically incorrect art work to raddle some cages.

Also would like to see more about events, roads & rides out here in the great Northwest. Just asking for a friend.

Bill O'Neil
Eltopia, WA
Sunday, July 16, 2023
Editor Response Goddammit, your friend is asking a lot. I'm building and sharing the builds of two bike, trying to write another book, prepping for Bonneville and posting content daily. Am I whining?

No sweat, all good suggestions.


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