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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, El Waggs, Laura, Bob T., Barry Green, the Redhead and the whole gang

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What a whacky, wonderful week.
Not sure where to start, but there’s a message here somewhere.

Berry Wardlaw is going to take the Assalt Weapan back to Bonneville if we can go at all. I’m trying to build a 3-5 mile track in the Badlands.

The museum celebrates military riders, motorcycle rights, custom builders, racers and our history.
The museum celebrates military riders, motorcycle rights, custom builders, racers and our history.

I’m now on the board of directors of the Sturgis Museum and I investigated expanding our footprint we have in downtown Sturgis. We could possibly take the building from 10,000 to a 70,000 square feet and 4.5 stories of world class museum.

I’m also working on the museum annual magazine. There’s so much we can do with it next year, but for now the deadline is just a month away.

Let’s hit the news. Way more to come.

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It is currently zoned General Commercial, which would allow us to build 4.5 stories high. There is little or no chance of a zoning change but variances to the rules are available.

For instance, if we don’t put a door on the back of the building, we might be able to push the size of the building closer to the alley. I measured roughly 50 feet behind the building and the requirement is a 15 foot setback.

There is also a special variance for buildings on Main and a portion of Junction. They can be built to the sidewalk. If you look across Junction, there are two commercial buildings built right to the sidewalk. That’s potentially 15 more feet to the west.

Regarding the flood plain, If we tear down the existing building, we may lose the basement. But we can build a building into the parking lot as long as it doesn’t break the no-rise rule. That means we can’t cause the flood to rise. To ensure flood waters are allowed to flow naturally we may need to include flood vents under the new structure.

Here are some numbers: The current museum is approximately 6,198 square feet with the addition of the basement it may be 10,000 square feet. The building is approximately 78 feet by 91 feet.

If we can expand 10 feet to the west, 35 feet toward the alley or north and 50 feet into the parking lot (east) the building will become 138 by 126 or 17,388 square feet. If we can go up 4 stories, that would make it 69,552 square feet and the tallest building in Sturgis.

I will look into costs and concept drawings. I would like to work with Ron Waldren and Jason Anderson, both local contractors. Ron has been very involved in all of Scott Jacob’s Deadwood buildings.

Ultimately, this would be a five-year plan to build a state of the art motorcycle museum in Sturgis for the city, for the Rally and for the Motorcycle Industry.


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"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
~ Harriet Tubman


In just a few days, we’ll gather for DAV’s annual Mid-Winter Conference where we will discuss critical legislative priorities and share advocacy strategies and resources to improve the lives of veterans. And DAV National Commander Nancy Espinosa will address lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the issues that matter most, including:

Bolstering funding for mental health services to reduce veteran suicide. Learn more >> Veterans Mental Health and Medical Benefits | DAV

Ensuring equity for health care and benefits for women and minority veterans. Learn more Women Veterans Issues: Latest Updates

Expanding the VA's capacity to deliver quality, timely care for all veterans. Learn more >>

Thanks to dedicated members like you, DAV is at the forefront of legislative victories for America’s veterans. But there’s still work to do.

We look forward to continuing to push these essential fights forward for veterans like you. Thank you so much for being a member of DAV and helping us improve the lives of all veterans.

--Joy J. Ilem
National Legislative Director


Irish Rich’s custom gets voted in. The Sturgis Museum has a curation committee who decide which bikes are accepted into the museum where they are carefully display, documented and insured.

Currently the Museum is just around 10,000 square feet and contains almost 80 historic race, custom and antique bikes.

If you are interested in having your motorcycle displayed in the Sturgis Museum see below for the chairman’s info. He also operates a bike shop on the Chip property if you need repairs during the rally.

Paul Fosdyck
Fozzy's Cycle Shop
2108 Cooper Loop
Sturgis, SD 57785

Here’s info about Rich’s bike:

Built in 2014. Frame is 1 of 2 frames built in this configuration from West Coast Choppers. 6 over Harley springer. 21 & 15 in. wheels, rear wheel is Dick Allen. Oil tank wraps around rear fender, electrics are under transmission. '79 H-D Shovelhead, 86 cu. in. all S&S internals. Delcron trans case, Baker 6 sp. gearset. All fabrication & assembly by Irish Rich (me).

Winner of 6 major shows during the Sturgis Rallys. Grand National Roadster Show Chopper Class winner. IMS Ultimate Builder Bike Show Custom Classic Class winner. Many radical custom class wins. Invited Builder Hot Bike/ Street Chopper 1,000mi. Tour. Black Hills Motorcycle Show Chopper Class winner. Feature bike Street Chopper magazine Spring/Summer 2017 issue.

Regards, Rich

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This week, two anti-gun measures, House Bill 1153 and House Bill 1174, were defeated in committee, stopping them from advancing this legislative session.

HB 1153 imposed a reporting requirement for lost or stolen firearms and provided penalties for failing to report the incident to law enforcement agencies within 48 hours. Failing to report within this time frame could result in a person being guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. Additionally, any individual or entity who sells guns would have been required to provide the purchaser with a copy of the Act and a notice stating that failure to report a lost or stolen firearm could result in criminal penalties.

HB 1174 established new storage requirements for firearms, potentially forcing gun owners to spend more money on items like gun safes. Failing to satisfy the bill’s stringent storage requirements could result in someone being charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill also imposed civil liabilities on gun owners if their firearms were used in a crime.

The NRA will continue to work with lawmakers, defending your Second Amendment rights by opposing bills like HB 1153 and HB 1174.

Continue to check your inbox and for updates concerning your Second Amendment Rights and hunting heritage in South Dakota.

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The Paughco Team has developed a couple of systems to allow a brother or sister to run disc brakes on wheels without rotor flanges.

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All new from Paughco with help from LA Speed Shop, these exclusive “Narrow” Star Hubs feature ¾-inch sealed roller bearings installed in a special narrower-than-stock hub for narrow fork applications. They have the old school look that custom builders want, but now have the ability to work on ¾-inch axles for most narrow Paughco Springers and narrow glide OEM forks.

Paughco also designed a simple billet disc rotor spacer that bolts on using stock brake drum lug nuts that permits the use of 2000-up 11.5-inch-diameter brake rotors and small custom calipers.

These Star Hubs are available separately in chrome or black paint as well as in 40-spoke 21 x 2.15-inch complete wheel assemblies with your choice of chrome or black finishes. A great finishing touch on any custom bike build.

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An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years.

He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple, and peach trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over.

He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.

As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked."

Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator. . . "

. . . Never under-estimate the ability of us old folks to think fast . . .

--EL Waggs

NEW CLIMATE ANTI-DOOM MOVIE--“Climate: The Movie” in The Netherlands on March 14

The Clintel Foundation together with the American producer Tom Nelson proudly presents the Dutch premiere of Climate: The Movie (The Cold Truth) on March 14 in the Figi Theatre in Zeist, The Netherlands. Tom Nelson will be present and answer questions after the screening.

Dutch people can book their tickets (12.50 euros) online in our Clintel Webshop . If you are living outside The Netherlands and want to attend this event please contact Clintel director Marcel Crok at

In 2007, the film The Great Global Warming Swindle was released (available online for free here), made by British filmmaker Martin Durkin for Channel 4. At the time, the film was the counterpart to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.

Podcast host Tom Nelson interviewed Durkin about his film twice last year and encouraged him to make a sequel. That movie is now finished and is called Climate: The Movie (The Cold Truth).

Almost all of the scientists interviewed in the film are also signatories of Clintel's World Climate Declaration. In that respect, the film is a real Clintel film.

We understand that for most of you it will be quite some travelling (and cost) to attend this premiere. It would be a great opportunity to meet each other though. Zeist is near the city of Utrecht and about one hour from Schiphol airport by either train or car. Please contact us if you need any help with practical things like accomodations and/or transport.

For practical questions, please contact our relations manager Evert Doornh of,

Looking forward to meet you in Zeist on March 14.

--Guus Berkhout, President of Clintel
Marcel Crok, Director of Clintel


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The Q4 numbers are in and LiveWire CEO Karim Donnez claims the eBike OEM is on a charge. “LiveWire concluded 2023 with a strong Q4 performance, delivering on units and operating loss guidance for the full year." However it seems as if a net loss of nearly $110 million could be subject to interpretation.

The Q4 numbers are in and LiveWire CEO Karim Donnez claims the eBike OEM is on a charge. “LiveWire concluded 2023 with a strong Q4 performance, delivering on units and operating loss guidance for the full year." However it seems as if a net loss of nearly $110 million could be subject to interpretation.

"We saw the successful delivery to market of S2 Del Mar," notes Donnez. "The first model built on our S2 platform continues to generate a positive response from the media, our retailers and our riders. We expect 2024 to be a year highlighted by product innovation, market expansion, and continued cost improvements."

The company’s consolidated net loss was $109.6 million for the year ended 2023 compared to $78.9 million for the year ended 2022. The increase of $30.7 million was in line with expectations, driven by a provision for an obligation for excess inventory components, increased selling, administrative and engineering expense for product development costs relating to the S2 platform, delivery of Del Mar and additional costs to stand up the organization as a stand-alone public company.

The Company also had an increase of $9.1 million of non-operating mark-to-market expense resulting from the increase in the fair value of warrant liabilities year-over-year which was offset by an increase of $9.3 million in interest income. All of these expenses resulted in 660 units being sold around the world via a network of "retail partners" according to LiveWire's SEC filings.


Led by a RevTech replica of Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider bike and a couple of original Denver Choppers customs, an eclectic array of vintage motorcycles, biker memorabilia, neon advertising signs and billboards will be auctioned off on February 29.

The motorcycle memorabilia is from the personal collection of French fashion designer Robin Chrétien, whose luxury denim brand Robin’s Jean is known as a cult classic.


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Hey Bandit,

Another great article. Keep up the great work! Speaking of which, I wanted to ask if there has ever been a comparison of springer front ends vs. hydraulic? Is it nostalgia for springers or do they actually function better than hydraulic forks? Care to provide your wisdom on the topic?
Thanks in advance.

Kolohe West
Citrus Heights, CA
Friday, March 1, 2024
Editor Response Hey,

Springers and girders do function. But in general, springers don't have damping. If the girder uses a shock, then it does have damping. Late Harley springers have shocks. Damping controls the rebound effort. Here's the other drawback to springers and girders, travel is limited. If you look at the rockers on a springer you can see the travel is limited to 2-4 inches. Whereas, an hydraulic frontend can travel 6 inches plus.

Bottom line. If you ride like a madman or you like to race, stick with a glide front end. If you cruise springers and girders do the trick and can be a lot of fun.
I’d imagine it’s a tie with Ms Ann and Raquel on my weakness for redheads, add a little Rita too. I’ve had four come through my life, none currently. Yet I feel sorry for those who as Jimi Hendrix asked, “Are you experienced?” Yes to both.

Richard Roesler
Tomball, TX
Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Editor Response I can't agree more...
Still the coolest biker chick, ever:

At 82, actress and singer Ann-Margret isn’t slowing down — in fact, she’d like to go a little faster.

“I love speed,” says the Viva Las Vegas and Bye, Bye Birdie actress. “Not the drug.” She means actual miles per hour. Speaking with PEOPLE at the Women’s Image Network’s 25th Women’s Image Awards at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, the avid motorcyclist says she “of course” still rides her Harley Davidson.

Pauly D
Chicago, IL
Monday, February 26, 2024
Editor Response She is the best!

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