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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Bob T., Gearhead, Joe Smith, Stealth, the Redhead, Laura and the rest of the gang

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This is tough
. I’m lying in a VA hospital bed in Santa Monica. A doctor called me and told me of urgent concerns about my heart monitor results. “Your heart could blow up at any time.”

But first, I needed to ride over the new Darrel Desmond bridge out of long Beach, into the center of the Terminal Island, where it meets up with the unfinished Henry Ford Bridge from Wilmington and the Terminal Island suspension bridge into San Pedro. Zack and I rode choppers, his Root Beer Float built by Kent Weeks of Lucky Devil Metal works in Houston and I rode the Mudflap girl FXR.

False alarm at the hospital! I’m escaping the hospital and their miss-diagnosis tomorrow about noon and flying back to Wilmington to finish the news. So, it might be late.

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SHOWS COMING BACK OUTDOORS-- International Motorcycle Shows Going All Outdoors for 2021

After nearly 40 years of showcasing new powersports products, mostly inside convention venues nationwide, the International Motorcycle Shows are getting fresh air in 2021.

"Progressive IMS Outdoors will be in unique outdoor venues, creating a festival-like atmosphere," said Tracy Harris, senior vice president, IMS. "Each event will reflect the local culture and community through music, food, and other activities, a destination to be placed on your annual calendar of places you will go. Demo rides will be the cornerstone of the experience. Street demos, off-road courses for both two-wheel and side-by-side, e-bikes, children's tracks, and even track-day experiences where it makes sense. These opportunities will be available for all ages and riding abilities."


NEW FROM LINDBY FLH FOOTRESTS--It is an adjustable footrest for the FLH models. (Patent pending)
The bracket will mount on the frame by the voltage regulator and the customer will be able to adjust the two footrests to a comfortable angle.

We will offer the part in 3 finishes
Part # 280000 chrome
Part # 281000 black
Part # 282000 chrome/black

The product will fit from 1994 to present so it will fit a lot of motorcycle on the market.
Retail price $449.95

We will have the part ready for shipping by the end of this month.
Please let me know it you have any comments or questions.
Have a great day.


Very nice, the flow keeps you engaged, and great writing!

This is almost poetry

His Evo chopper spit thunder at the surrounding 1000-foot canyon cliffs. He couldn’t let up. The breathtaking limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge was more ancient than the Grand Canyon but much closer together. Once accessible only by horseback, now motorcycles sliced through 20 miles from the crossing to the town of Spearfish like a knife through butter.

--Gary Mraz
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“JUST LIKE YOU” Lyric Video Premiered Exclusively on Music Crowns

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville based singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson reveals ideals of luck and love with the release of her latest single, “Just Like You.” Redefining a new class of country music, “Just Like You” encapsulates the love of a boy and a girl who were made for each other.

The song details qualities that are ‘just like’ a love that is far from perfect, but more than enough for the pair. The single, produced by Bill McDermott and written by Johnson and Regan Rousseau, is Johnson’s first release with the distinguished PCG Artist Development Records based out of Nashville, Tennessee.

“Just Like You” is now available to download and stream on all digital platforms and with an exclusive lyric video premiered by Music Crowns.

"Just Like You” was written with a fellow Belmont student and dear friend, Regan Rousseau. I'm fortunate enough to have a man in my life who does nothing but treat me with the utmost respect and selflessness, and as a songwriter, I wanted to let him know that I don't take it for granted the best way I know how - in a song. It's a song about the beauty of two people showing up for each other through the good and the bad times of a relationship simply because they love each other more than anything else that takes up their time,” expresses Johnson.

“Paige King Johnson is in the new class of authentic country singer/songwriters. Her signature sound, heart, and soul are reflected in everything she does,” says Bernard Porter, CEO of PCG Artist Development Records.

Visit HERE and follow the socials listed below to keep up with everything Paige King Johnson.

Stream/Download/Purchase “Just Like You” at

Sorry to hear about Ray. He's one of those guys that I really wanted to get to know better. He stopped into our shop a number of times and was always a treat to spend time with him.

--Dan Stern

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Cowboy: "Give me 3 packets of condoms, please."

Cashier: "Do you need a paper bag with that, sir?"

Cowboy: "Nah.. She's purty good lookin'....."


I was talking to a girl in the bar last night. She said,

"If you lost a few pounds, had a shave and got your hair cut, you'd look all right."

I said, "If I did that, I'd be talking to your friends over there instead of you."


I was telling a girl in the pub about my ability to guess what day a woman was born just by feeling her boobs.

"Really" she said, "Go on then...try."

After about thirty seconds of fondling she began to lose patience and said, "Come on, what day was I born?"

I said, "Yesterday."


I went to the pub last night and saw a FAT chick dancing on a table. I said, "Good legs."

The girl giggled and said, "Do you really think so."

I said, "Definitely! Most tables would have collapsed by now."

--El Waggs
Supreme Editor in chief
Bandit’s Cantina™
Bad Joke Library

Andy Assel here. Got my front end from Sugar Bear yesterday. It is a beautiful piece. Of course, I have many other irons in the fire right now so it will probably be a couple of weeks before I can get it installed.

Transmission case broke on my FL case. Probably have a day before it is back together. Road King needs repaired as well. Am almost on foot.

That's about all for now. Tickled about the front end.

--Andy Assel
King of the Wild Frontier


After hundreds of pages of briefing, the parties will face off in Court on Oct. 7 in the case of Gallagher and Kiley v. Newsom. At issue: the legality of Newsom’s one-man rule.

Assemblyman Gallagher and I are representing ourselves, in pro per, and we have challenged Governor Newsom and Attorney General Becerra to likewise show up themselves for this important public debate.

With our Oct. 21 trial date looming, here’s what this hearing is about: As we long expected, Newsom filed a “Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings” based on “mootness.” He wants to get out of the case on a technicality.

That’s been his strategy from the get-go: delay, delay, delay; escape the legal reckoning he justly deserves and that the Constitution demands; then, go right on ruling California by fiat.

But here’s what he didn’t expect: We also filed a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. That means that we could win the case on Oct. 7 and get an Order restraining further abuses of power.

The Governor’s discombobulation is clear from the cynical, bizarre, irrelevant, and misleading arguments he made in his 20-page Opposition Brief filed on Monday:

Scare tactics: He claims our lawsuits threatens to “throw into chaos current efforts to combat the wildfires now burning across the State."

Dishonesty: Repeatedly, his brief selectively quotes provisions of California law, editing out legal limitations on his own power in hopes that the Court won’t notice.
Diversions: He devotes much of the brief to refuting a legal theory we didn’t even advance.

Lawlessness: He describes Separation of Powers as “flexible” and “pragmatic,” some airy-fairy theory where anything goes, so that he can claim a roving one-man lawmaking authority that is foreign to the Constitution and republican government itself.

To head off Newsom's delay tactics, we insisted on an accelerated schedule where we had just 48 hours to file a Reply Brief. Then he waited until the last possible moment to file his Opposition so we wouldn’t have a second more time.

But we still filed a blistering Reply Brief yesterday as our closing argument:

“Our Opening Brief warned of the dangers of an extended State of Emergency, with a Governor apt to 'fall into the habit of acting unilaterally' even for non-emergency purposes. As if to prove the point, on September 24 Governor Newsom issued a unilateral Executive Order banning gas-powered vehicles by 2035. In the Order, he did not cite the Emergency Services Act – a chilling sign that seven months into this emergency, lawmaking by decree has become normalized. The time for a judicial check has arrived, as has already occurred in numerous other states.”

If the Judge grants the relief we are seeking, it will restrict the Governor from further unconstitutional orders and serve as an important precedent for bringing this whole nightmare to an end.

If neither dispositive motion succeeds, then we proceed to trial on Oct. 21.

Support My Efforts to Fight Newsom’s One-Man Rule

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Kevin Kiley,
California Legislator

[ ey-lahn, ey-lan; French ey-lahn ]

dash; impetuous ardor: to dance with great élan.

The still unnaturalized French noun élan, “dash, impetuous ardor,” originally applied to a military charge or rush. Élan comes from Old and Middle French eslan “a rush,” from the verb eslancer “to throw or cast a lance or dart.” Eslancer in turn comes from the Latin preposition and prefix ex, ex- “out, out of, from” and the noun lancea “light spear for throwing,” possibly a Gaulish or Spanish loanword in Latin. Élan entered English in the second half of the 19th century.

He then launched into the Gigue of Bach’s C-major Suite—robust, driving music that Ma brought off with his usual precision and élan.


With a certain élan, the San Francisco Chronicle has taken to publishing letters from readers who remark the diminishing pleasure or usefulness of the San Francisco Chronicle.


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NEWS FROM THE CYCLE SOURCE KINGDOM--Whoever your source is must be confused with Bonnier and Cycle World. Cycle Source has no intention of going digital only. As long as we are here will always offer a print edition.

We have however, temporarily gone to combined issues for the time being, until the world stops suffering from cranial rectal inversion. We are hoping to return to a normal production schedule soon.

We go to print with our next issue on October 14.

--Heather Callen
Managing Editor
Cycle Source Magazine
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DANGER ALERT--Copied from Southern Cruisers riding Club page but this is not just happening in the Blueridge GA area. It is happening everywhere in an attempt to alert sleepy or distracted drivers but it can be deadly for bikers.
This is a serious issue that must be addressed...

October 1, 2020
"It’s time to get pro-active!

I live in Blairsville. A LOT of people come up here to ride our incredible roads.

A few days ago the road dept has taken it upon themselves to create an EXTREMELY hazardous condition for motorcyclists. Today… I came across an unfortunate victim of this hazard.

The center lines of US 129 from close to Neel’s Gap all the way to the Blairsville City limit has just received a “rumble strip” treatment (like in the last three days).

Today an older gentleman riding a well kept Harley Davidson Ultra Classic (which itself was probably close to twenty years old) made a miscalculation in speed and ran slightly wide in right hand curve. When his front tire got to the center line… this “rumble strip” caused him to lose traction and he no longer had any control of the front tire.

He the slid into the oncoming lane and hit a car head on. Fortunately, he seemed to be relatively ok and may have broken a leg. I stayed on scene until paramedics had him secured to a back board and ready to load into an ambulance. His bike is clearly “totaled” and I suspect that the car will be deemed “totaled” as well.

A Sheriff informed me that this was not something that the county had decided to do, but rather, the state had ordered.

I noticed the same treatment on the Richard B Russell Scenic Hwy yesterday.

I will be contacting our county commissioner as well as the Governor’s Office of Hwy Safety and Governor Kemp himself time point out the danger that this poses to motorcyclists.

I URGE each of you to do the same. I cannot imagine how many more motorcycle accidents this will cause when compared to whatever the “benefit” of this road treatment is intended to yield.

I am adding a photo of the road treatment as well as a photo of the totaled motorcycle.

I can’t help but feel like he may have had an opportunity to avoid the collision if the road didn’t have these ground out divots present."

~ Hunter Partridge

--from Rogue
Senior Editor™

Demand for Rider Training Stays Strong

Through statewide lockdowns and pandemic precautions, and months into the coronavirus crisis, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation is seeing strong demand for rider education across the country.

New York State, which was completely shuttered for nearly three months, saw training volume this July exceed the July total of last year by 2 percent. August volume was up by 23 percent compared to 2019.

In Colorado, 2020 training numbers through September exceeded the same period last year by almost 8 percent, despite shutdowns and reduced student capacity.

"Last month, we beat our sales forecast for MSF curriculum materials, and that original prediction was made a year ago, before any of us had heard of COVID-19," said Robert Gladden, MSF vice president of training operations. "Also, we blew right through the forecast on log-ins for our eCourses, with many current and potential riders visiting us on the web and gaining some good motorcycle education through their computers and mobile devices."

The MSF's training site in Alpharetta, Georgia, saw a 26 percent increase in August and a 50 percent increase in September compared to the same months last year. The MSF's New Mexico and West Virginia programs also rebounded from extended shutdowns, posting strong training numbers in August and September, despite operating under reduced capacity due to local rules.

"When the reality of COVID hit in March, the MSF reacted right away," Gladden said. "We hosted our first vRETS webinar for RiderCoaches on April 7 and have conducted more than 25 of them. We've had more than 12,000 vRETS log-ins for these sessions, mostly conducted by our Dr. Ray Ochs, VP of training systems. In response to requests from the field, the MSF provided interim training guidelines in May that provided instructions for RiderCoaches on moving classroom activities to safer environments outside on training ranges. And in early June, we implemented a COVID-19 waiver and release that enabled many course providers to resume training at public facilities."

"At every opportunity, the MSF searched for ways to serve our training community as sites and coaches worked through the pandemic," Gladden said. "The fact that training volume remains high, with classes scheduled well into autumn, is a testament not only to the hard work and dedication of the MSF training community, but also to the popularity of motorcycling as hundreds of thousands of students seek out MSF RiderCourses. We're pleased and proud to help them become riders and remain lifelong learners."


NEWS FROM DAVID UHL-- We are happy to announce our Fall Cleaning promotion here at the studio/gallery. We haven't done one of these in a while. After several shows last year (and the few we've done this year), we now have a room full of display art and would like to find homes for all of the pieces listed below.

In order to maintain the price/value integrity with David Uhl's Fine Art program, this is a special offering for David's prints. These particular pieces have traveled to various shows and/or have been on display in our gallery and, as a result, we cannot charge full price for them. The prints themselves are typically in great condition but some of the frames may be slightly imperfect, the paper on the back may need to be changed out, etc. Many of these pieces, however, are in great all around condition! They are all signed and numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Since there is only one piece available in many cases, we encourage you to act quickly if you'd like to put your name on one of these.

This is not a complete listing, so if you've had your eye on a particular piece not on this list, please let me know and I'll see if we have one.

You can view all of the pieces below on our website, alphabetically, by title here

Or, you can view them by collection here

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UPDATE FROM THE DIME BAG HEADQUARTERS--had so much time to think for myself bro, Goodtime Charlie keeps keeps coming to me. This whole idea can grow and expand with Dimebag Leather and bring back motorcyclism to new levels. He taught me so much and was my one best friend throughout my growth, just as you have and many others.

Rebel on the Highway and the Rough Boys movies have really been speaking to me to the soul. I am being flooded with amazing ideas and I need all the support I can get. I believe Monster Garage would be a great start.
All the Best,


GUN NUT REPORT--L.A. Ordered to Pay NRA Six Figures After Losing First Amendment Case
City will pay gun-rights group about $150,000 for lawsuit over unconstitutional ordinance

Stephen Gutowski - October 1, 2020
A federal court ordered Los Angeles to hand over more than $100,000 to the National Rifle Association after ruling that the city had violated the gun-rights group's First Amendment rights.

Federal district court judge Stephen Wilson struck down a city ordinance aimed at punishing prospective contractors with ties to the NRA as an infringement on the right to free speech and association. On Tuesday, he ordered city officials to pay for the Second Amendment group's attorney fees, which totaled nearly $150,000.

"In this case, the text of the Ordinance, the Ordinance's legislative history, and the concurrent public statements made by the Ordinance’s primary legislative sponsor evince a strong intent to suppress the speech of the NRA," Wilson ruled in December. "Even though the Ordinance only forces disclosure of activity that may not be expressive, the clear purpose of the disclosure is to undermine the NRA’s explicitly political speech."

The NRA filed suit against the ordinance shortly after it was implemented in April 2019. Amy Hunter, a spokeswoman for the NRA, told the Washington Free Beacon the rulings prove the city unfairly targeted the group because of its advocacy.

"Violations of any constitutional rights by government officials should carry consequences," she said. "The courts have rightfully imposed those consequences upon Los Angeles. The NRA will continue our fight and, as always, work to hold politicians accountable."

Neither Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti (D.) nor councilmember Mitch O'Farrell (D.), who sponsored the ordinance, responded to requests for comment.

Los Angeles is not alone in targeting the group. San Francisco's Democratic mayor stopped a similar ploy in response to an NRA lawsuit. The group is still locked in a First Amendment challenge over a letter sent by New York officials that warned banks away from working with the group. The ruling may put a damper on enthusiasm for similar measures from other government officials opposed to the NRA.

Los Angeles Ordinance No. 186000 took effect on April 1, 2019, and explicitly stated it was intended to prevent the city from doing business with anyone who had ties to the NRA.

"The City of Los Angeles has enacted ordinances and adopted positions that promote gun safety and sensible gun ownership," the ordinance reads. "The City's residents deserve to know if the City's public funds are spent on contractors that have contractual or sponsorship ties with the NRA. Public funds provided to such contractors undermines the City's efforts to legislate and promote gun safety."

City leaders publicly defended the ordinance. In interviews with NPR, Garcetti said he had confidence in the policy while O'Farrell charged that "the NRA's First Amendment rights remain firmly in place."

Judge Wilson disagreed, saying, "the City adopted the Ordinance ‘because of disagreement with the message' of the NRA and with the explicit intent to suppress that message—the Ordinance should therefore be considered a content-based regulation of speech." The city agreed in February to repeal the ordinance, stop any enforcement of it, and notify contractors they do not have to disclose ties to the NRA.

--from El Waggs
Legal Counsel
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Hey Bandit, Good to see mudflap girl is up and running again. How do you like the suspension on that bike. I built a Softail a few years back with a 38 degree rake and a 2-inch stretch with a 4" over wide glide front end with a modified tail section, she handles great, just curious. Glad to hear the tickers ok.

Central Square, NY
Friday, October 9, 2020
Editor Response Thanks. Since we had some issues with one of the Spitfire Girders I question it. As I pulled into the shop the other day, I started to think about a narrow glide.
I am all for the MSF Riders Course. But until drivers stop using cellphones ,texting and generally not seeing riders, every rider should ride like they are out to Kill You.

Pay attention to intersections look ahead, visualize a situation and get ready to reacy, 'cause they will always say They didn't see you.

Ruben Serrano
Sinton, TX
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Editor Response That should be the code for every rider. Well said.

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