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We are going to break ground on our shop project today.
We have a couple of issues hanging over our heads that I won’t go into here, but our options are many.

It’s another magnificent day here in Deadwood, South Dakota. The deer are cleaning the fields, the sky is amazing blue and clear and if you step into the sun, you would think it was summer again.

Photo by the magnificent Sheriff Media Group.
Photo by the magnificent Sheriff Media Group.

A brother offered me a killer deal on a Paughco Rigid frame. I’m itching for another project. Another brother offered me a big candy deal on a David Mann Original. I’m pondering my options. Hell, Geno offered me a deal on a '48 Ford. So many of these issues involve the shop completion. Being forced to be patient is tough.

We are working with Nino on a couple of Hall of Fame rings. We had to confirm when we were inducted into the Sturgis Hall of Fame, way back in 2005. Hell, Michael Lichter was inducted the same year.

Here’s a mid-‘80s shot of Gary Bang and Micah McCloskey. Micah was inducted last year. Let's hit the news:

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POLARIS TAKES A “STEP” IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION--Polaris ponied up a $1 million grant to develop an on-the-job training program specifically for powersports techs. The “Service Technician Education Program” (STEP) connects college curriculum with real word wrench-spinners working the dealership level in a partnership between Central Lakes College (CLC) in Brainerd, MN, and local dealer Power Lodge.

“In addition to providing hands-on learning experiences for students, this project helps decrease the technician labor shortage in the industry by connecting trained students with our dealers to complete a specific list of services while working alongside dealer technicians,” explains Power Lodge director of operations Laura Fleisher. Students will be paid for their work as student technicians when working for the dealership as part of a new career pathway in the industry. “As a result, more experienced technicians are freed up to work on more complicated services. Simultaneously, we will be building the next generation of skilled professional technicians.” Win-Win!

“This program is about building a connection between powersports businesses and students who have chosen powersports as their career,” adds Bridget McLennan, Polaris VP, dealer services. “STEP brings new life to powersports and marine programs offered at colleges like CLC while strengthening this industry as a relevant and meaningful career path that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion,” she notes.

“Not only is the curriculum focused on emerging vehicle technologies, but it’s also infused with rich hands-on learning experiences for the students. CLC has a compelling and exciting program, and the partnership of powersports dealers like Power Lodge helps apply those learnings in an actual work environment, ultimately building a highly-skilled network of future employees in a high-demand field.”

CLC, Polaris and Power Lodge will begin building the foundational capabilities of this comprehensive pilot program immediately, with full implementation at CLC to begin with the 2022-2023 academic school year. Based on critical milestones and success proven under CLC and Power Lodge’s leadership, additional Polaris educational partnerships will have access to the modified curriculum and will be encouraged to replicate the model.

Polaris anticipates the pilot program with CLC and Power Lodge to train 80 student technicians and an additional 89 staff over the course of the grant, many of whom will be hired upon graduation.

It Comes Down to This: AHDRA at Gainesville--AHDRA Nitro World Finals

when: November 5-7, 2021

where: Gainesville Raceway, Florida, USA

The AHDRA World Nitro Nationals are set to rotate the earth of north Florida, as the all-American motorcycle drag racing series takes over Gainesville Raceway on November 5-7.

National champions will be decided and rewarded at this final 2021 stop on AHDRA’s nitro and gas V-Twin road show.

Milford, Ohio, based Top Fuel Harley racer Ryan Peery has a big 108 point lead in TKR & Associates Top Fuel over Cecil County winner Tracy Kile, and yet both of these nitro studs will be pushing the limits of steel and aluminum to finish off the season with their best performances ever.

Defending champ Rich Vreeland will be doing the same, while graciously handing over his nitro crown in what is essentially a peaceful yet violently explosive succession of power.

Frank “Brother” Capone, Dr. Jimmy “Mac” McMillin and more will be pounding the Gainesville pavement, along with Rebel Glover riding Jake Stordeur’s Knucklehead Racing bike.

Bike owner/tuner Red Rhea is stoked about his rider Michael Balch’s year in Hawaya Racing Nitro Funnybike—the first year on nitro for Balch. “Michael won his first race and is on his way to a championship,” said Rhea, who also touted Balch’s prowess at acquiring and servicing sponsors—an essential skill for today’s racers. “If anyone is sitting on the fence waiting to jump into nitro racing, Michael’s year should be an inspiration to them to get out here!”

Rhea will have the bike’s Orangeburg destruction repaired and on track in Gainesville, along with Sam White, Armon Furr, Rocky Jackson and more.

Preston “President” Bartlett is the runaway leader for the Hawaya Racing Pro Fuel championship. His four wins set-up a 158 point lead over second place multi-class racer White.

Still, expect to see Sam racing at Gainesville, along with Jim Martin and many more in the popular carbureted nitro class.

Kevin Campbell leads GMS Racing Pro Open points, but gasoline power-adder studs Mike Motto, Andy Simon, and Columbus winner Paul Vicory are all expected to huff and blow their way to some serious scoreboard assaults.

Shane Pendergrast has a commanding Zippers Performance Pro Modified lead over John Price, while Gary Douglass’ Pingel Modified points lead is only 22 points over Jeff Workman, who has just 10 on Nate Carnahan. Carnahan brings a 59-point lead over Brad Reiss Jr. into the last 10.30 index race of the year.

Ken Strauss leads 63-year-old John Shotts for the Top Eliminator 9.30 index championship, but John is calling the Shotts as Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson 9.90 leader. He’s only 22 points ahead of Robert Willis, who has a scant 5 points on Reiss. This class is going down to the final round!

Reiss holds the Universal Fleet & Tire 10.90 points lead, 40 ahead of Loren Potter, with Crosby Blair within striking distance.

Potter leads Monkey Motorsports Eliminator and is tied for third in 11.50 index. That class’ championship battle is a classic father/son duel between Jordan and Jason Leeper.

The Bagger classes will all be totin’ the luggage, including Law Tigers Pro Bagger and T-Man Performance Bagger Eliminator. Victor Gotay, David Miller, Rylan Mason, Crystal Lynch and more will all be sending it.

Wanna get your own start in racing? Start with AHDRA’s Trophy class and see if you’ve got what it takes!

Friday is reserved for test and tune, followed by live music from the Local Traffic Band. Qualifying starts on Saturday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, with eliminations on Sunday from noon to 6:00 pm. Spectator prices are $25 daily, $45 for two days, or $55 for all three days. Save by preordering at Camping and vending spots are available.

AHDRA will cap this championship weekend with a full-blown banquet at the Gateway Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 4200 NW 97th Blvd in Gainesville.

Bill Rowe, his family, and the AHDRA community look forward to welcoming racers and fans back to beautiful and fast Gainesville Raceway.

The AHDRA website is at

SUPPORT GOOD TIMES LATEST--Knucklehead Till I'm Dead Long Sleeve

Support Good Times Knucklehead Till I'm Dead Long Sleeve in black or white. Back print with left chest print on 6.1 oz. 100% preshrunk cotton.

This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.
This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Lou Kimzey: America's 20th Century Founding Father

So great to hear the truth spoken once again. J.J. Solari is a national treasure without a nation. Justice is Just Us.

My whole life I was told "you can't do that! Truth is, I could.

Lou Kimzey could. Bandit could too along with a rag tag group of misfits who fit, so perfectly, my lifestyle.

Thanks J.J.

We'll meet again someday in Texas, at a Mesquite fired BBQ by total chance. You made my day.

--Big Dave Hansen
Bethel Springs, TN

Good to hear from you Dave. We hope to make a road trip to Texas in the Spring. Ya never know.--Bandit

NEW FROM THE BUCKLE GUY--We know you need your leather now for your Holiday projects!
We have been receiving new leather in as soon as we can. See what we currently have available and get your leather now.

We have added dozens of boxes of discounted scrap leather available for purchase, including some of our favorite leathers from Hermann Oak, Horween, and Wickett & Craig.

All boxes contain high-quality leather remnants of various sizes cut down from larger pieces.

--The Buckle Guy

December Deadline for Tariff Exclusion Applications-- The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced it will consider excluding tariffs on select products currently captured under the China tariffs.

Manufacturers and dealers could get relief from tariffs on items such as small-displacement motorcycle engines, electric motorcycles, helmets, apparel, accessories, insulated electric conductors, parts for internal combustion engines, and starter motors – if they submit a persuasive exclusion request to the USTR explaining the need for tariff relief.

USTR Ambassador Katherine Tai made the announcement in a recent speech stating that tariff exclusion requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The USTR will entertain exclusion requests only on the 549 harmonized tariff schedule codes previously granted exclusions. Powersports companies are urged to review the list closely for HTS codes that may apply to their imports.
Most of the exclusions expired December 31 and the remainder ended earlier this year. The USTR is inviting specific comments on reinstating particular product exclusions as well as public comments on the appropriate length of the reinstated exclusions. The deadline is December 1.


Join Black Girls Ride in New Orleans for an epic weekend of sisterhood, empowerment and parties!--We're excited to announce our 4th Annual Black Girls Ride to Essence Fest!

If you've never been to Essence Fest, this is the perfect opportunity! We'll arrive in New Orleans for all of the festivities. We'll host rider events to pick up new riders in cities along the way! Riders are invited to join our ride leaders from all over the country, as we all meet in New Orleans for an epic weekend of sisterhood, empowerment and parties!

All riders are invited to join us from all over the world on this ride!
Host Hotel Info will Follow Paid Registration.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Here's a few frequently asked questions about Black Girls Ride to Essence Fest:

- Who's invited? All Female Motorcycle Riders of all levels are invited to join us for this unique riding vacation! This experience is great for new to intermediate riders. We'll help you get prepared for the cross country journey!

- Can I bring my husband/significant other? You sure can! While our itinerary caters to women who ride, men are welcome to follow along. Simply purchase their registration and they are all set to join us!

- What if my guest only wants to do some of what's on the itinerary? Do they still have to pay full price? Absolutely! Our pricing is based on providing female motorcycle riders with the full experience. To ensure this, we'll only offer one package this year.

- What if I want to trailer my bike? We strongly encourage you to ride, and enjoy the full experience of a cross country motorcycle ride. We don't have parking accommodations for trailers.

- I don't think I can get enough time off to ride. Can I fly in and rent a bike? Sure, but those accommodations are yours to make. Our goal is to provide an excellent experience once you arrive on ground.

- What if my girls want to drive instead? Can we park at the BGR lot? We hope you can understand that our lot is reserved for BGR Motorcycle Riders, and your registration includes bike parking only. Registration DOES NOT include car parking, but car parking will be available for $30 per day with your registration band.

- What is the refund policy? There are No Refunds at anytime.

- I have other questions. How can I reach you? I'm always available at (310) 733-0508 or drop an email to

BGR Ride Leaders:

Louisiana Contact: Juicy J (504) 251-1397

Louisiana Contact: Tru (504) 906-0465

Ohio Contact: Squeaky (614) 989-3956

North Carolina Contact: Foxy (919)423-3268

Virginia Contact: Pepsi (804) 938-5299

Texas Contact: Lady Feisty (832) 886-3455

Georgia Contact: FeeNom (404) 441-4527

New York/New Jersey: Sandra (917) 319-1466

Alabama Contact: Blacq (256) 541-6019

Vendor / Sponsorship Contact: Porsche Taylor 310) 733-0508

Black Girls Ride Magazine is not affiliated with Essence Festival or Essence Magazine. Riders are responsible for their own travel, accomodations and insurance. These packages WILL NOT include Essence Festival concert tickets.

NEW FROM THE CLIMATE HEADQUARTERS--Considering all the dire forecasts on climate change, maybe some facts could lower the temperature.

Steven Koonin, a physicist at the Department of Energy in the Obama administration authored a book titled:

“Unsettled, What Climate Science Tells Us, What it Doesn’t, and Why it Matters”

Somehow the book did not get much coverage even though the media continually reports on climate change.

· “The warmest temperatures in the U.S. have not risen in the past fifty years,” Koonin writes, according to the U.S. government’s Climate Science Special Report.

· “Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century,” according to the 2014 National Climate Assessment.

· “Since the middle of the twentieth century, the number of significant tornadoes hasn’t changed much at all, but the strongest storms have become less frequent,” according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data (NOAA).

· “The rate of global sea-level rise 70 years ago was as large as what we observe today,” according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

· Instead of droughts, “the past fifty years have been slightly wetter than average” in the United States, according to NOAA figures.

· Rather than famine, “in the fifty years from 1961 to 2011, global yields of wheat, rice, and maize … each more than doubled,” according to the IPCC.

· “The net economic impact of human-induced climate change will be minimal through at least the end of this century.”

It would be helpful if the media covered all sides of the climate issue.

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J.J. INVESTIGATES SPLITTING LANES--I was just talking to someone about traffic. and he said a motorcycle doesn’t know what traffic is. When you ride a motorcycle you are riding a big middle finger. I said I’m stealing that.

--J.J. Solari

ON ANY SUNDAY Movie Re-release Premier!

Martin Moto will be partnering with The Boyertown State Theater on Saturday Nov. 6th from 3:30pm-6:00pm for an anniversary showing of On Any Sunday! It's been 50 years since this movie has been released and we'd love to celebrate this iconic film with you! Snacks and drinks will be provided by Martin Moto the day of the event. We will also be hanging out with Grind Restaurant and Iezzi’s On 3rd after the show! They will be offering special coupons for our after-movie premier if you’d like to stop by.

Tickets will be FREE! First come first serve basis.
Reserve your tickets now!
or Call us at: 610-369-3120

Martin Moto
PA 19512 (610) 369-3120

Making a solar electric panel produces more CO2 than the panel will ever save.

And it’s also a sword of truth that solar electric panels are made in China. Made in factories using huge amounts of high heat in production. And these are powered by coal-fired electric generating plants.

Solar electric panels are basically created by fossil fuels. And as mentioned, their preparation produces more CO2 than they will ever save.

--Issues and Insights

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