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SNOWY BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for February 8, 2024

We'll warm you up...

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Gearhead, Bob T., Sam Burns, the Redhead, Laura, Barry Green, El Waggs, Alex Epstein and the whole gang
2/8/2024


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Hey,

This has been a wild week and it’s not over.
You’ll be blown away by the news. I’m now on the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Board of Directors, and we have our work cut out for us. You’ll see in the news.



I feel like I should write a story about learning stages in life for younger folks. I’m still learning and seem even more focused now, but maybe I’m fulla shit. I’m looking at this country and the myriad of struggles and evil shit going on, and then I think about our short history and the weird shit we’ve been through.

Billy Lane is still building choppers...
Billy Lane is still building choppers...



It just pisses me off that we can’t respond to negative issues quicker. Billy Lane said the other day, “I often use your quote, ‘We’re burnin’ daylight’.”

Yep, so it took them 20 years to put us in this bad spot. Will it take us another 20 years to straighten shit out and get our freedoms back? Hang on!

Let’s hit the news:



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MRF ROADSHOW STOPS--Posse ~ Chicago

The Chicago Area Posse is an organization that gathers riding groups and clubs from around the Chicago area. The Posse consists of ABATE Chapters, HOG Chapters, Law Enforcement Clubs, Firefighter Clubs, Rolling Thunder, and many other riding groups.

Their purpose is to share information on Education, Legislation and Charity Rides. They met this past weekend in Wauconda, Illinois, where MRF Board Members Eric Ross and Seven, along with MRF Reps Dennis Yeager, Robert Carroll, Cathy Dial and Christy Gunderson were in attendance.

The Posse also received a presentation from MRF Assistant Executive Director Ryan Hubbard on MRF Priority issues and the importance of membership.

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THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARIAN SPEAKS OUT--How to ruin a good laugh

Here is overthinking and ruining of a good joke by yours truly...

Looking closely, I think the motorcycle is on a side-stand and the father is just pretending to race the motorcycle for the camera. The child may be high on sugar or actually just truly, deeply, excited to be on a motorcycle. The dirt is there near the tires but it's not flying---and of course rotating wheels can't show spokes so easily in a photo I believe.

What do you think? Should I drink a whole bottle of whisky or binge-eat twenty apple pies to stop with the thinking?

--Wayfarer
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina

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BUFFALO CHIP BAND CANCELS—But the Bad Wolves step up.

We intended to announce a band today that would've been the headliner on Friday, Aug. 9, but THEY CANCELED ON US. Yesterday.

Luckily, we got last-minute approval last night to announce the band that will be kicking off The Best Party Anywhere...

BAD WOLVES
Friday, Aug. 2

Thank you, guys.

Get ready to tilt your head back and howl into the South Dakota sky as this platinum-certified outfit delivers an evening of unapologetic hard rock during the Buffalo Chip's Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff party!

The fun doesn't stop there...

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THE 100-WORD FICTION SHOOT-OUT CONTINUES--Here is a short for you.

Blow Up a Sportster

Nicko worked at the garage down the block when his Mom called in a panic. Nicko hauled ass in his hopped up ‘67 Cougar. The alley gate lock to the storage yard swung open. Where is Dad's Tahiti blown race boat?

“Which way did they go,” Nicko yelled. “Did they steal anything else?”

“I don't think so,” Mom said.

Nicko ran into the garage and still under the tarp was his turbo-charged Sportster street racer. Nicko flew from the garage in a wheel stand heading West down the alley. When his front 21 touched down, he rolled into the gas station where the thieves stopped to refuel.

--Gearhead





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Sasha on the Blue Flame in Spearfish, SD.
Sasha on the Blue Flame in Spearfish, SD.



BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Photo Gallery from Sturgis 2000

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Photo_Gallery_from_Sturgis_2000.aspx

Like to see photos from 2001-2002

--Thomas
Belmont, NH

"Wow, those brought back memories. I built and rode that Evo-chop to Sturgis. What a great ride. The paint was handled by the talented Harold Ponterilli.

I believe I hit a deer in 2001 in Wyoming on a Buell. Also, a great ride until I smacked the deer and ended up in a hospital in Casper. I survived to ride to Sturgis again."


--Bandit

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DICK ALLEN SPRINGERS COMING FROM IRISH RICH

Rich from Shamrocks Fabrication in Sturgis South Dakota is hand fabricating the first round of Dick Allen springers using some historic DA parts and some stock Harley springer components modified to fit.



“Got the spring perch filled and finished,” said Rich. Gotta order the spring rods, spring cips and washers for the top stem nut.”



Each step will take a lot of time, figuring, welding and filing, then he will have parts scanned and mass fabricated. Some element are available from Paughco.

We will bring you reports as they come together.

--Bandit

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THE DICEY KNUCKLE GETS AN OFFER FROM THE TEXAS WEATHERMAN--

Dude that Knuckle is looking good! And since you’re building that new one, you really don’t need two, so you might as well sell me the Dicey Knuckle.



I mean there is already a picture of it in my garage, you don’t want to be like Bandido Jimmie Dee, who had a complete bike, along with another engine and transmission. And when I said if he sold me the engine and transmission, we’d both have Knuckleheads!

“No, I have two and you have none,” he replied. Wait, I have cash too! Probably a million dollars in Bandit Bucks!

I wonder where Jimmie’s stuff all ended up after he passed? His boys weren’t old enough, nor cared. Probably like me, who knows where it will go? I hoped to teach my grandson, but don’t get to see him anymore.

Anyway, while you’re considering my proposal, do you know anyone with turn signals for my fairing? They seem to be hard to find. Gonna just make my own. My girls pointed it out to me. They’re smarter and better mechanics than me. They weren’t onboard with my aluminum foil rigging!

--RFR

"How’s the weather in Texas. It’s snowing in the Black Hills of South Dakota but just slightly. Hell, the sun came out awhile ago.

You can get LED inserts for anything now."


--Bandit

 


BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!—Deadwood John’s 1960 Panhead 4-Speed Rebuild

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Johns_1960_Panhead_4Speed_Rebuild.aspx

Nice work, good to see the trial and error honesty involved, without a lifetime stash of OEM parts a guy would be hard pressed to do the same. That's what brotherhood is all about.

-- Anson Alexander
Long Creek, SC





AMERICAN PRIME TO THE RESCUE--The Big Fix Kit

Back in 1937 when H-D came out with their stud & coil spring clutch. H-D thought it was state-of-the-art, but the problem was it had so many deficiencies. For the next almost 4 decades the riders had to deal with all those problems.

One of the biggest was the small needle bearings encapsulated in the stamped tin cover. They just didn’t hold the hub well adding to the instability of the whole damn clutch.

So, back in the late ‘70s, a couple of clever guys (John & Mel) introduced The Big Fix Kit which used longer needle bearings to keep the hub steady. It worked so well, we decided to re-introduce them to the market for all those guys stuck in the past who refuse to upgrade their clutch for something immeasurably better (like our Comp Master™ clutch)!

--Ben Kudon
Mastermind
American Prime

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PRO FREEDOM FLIER

Becky, from ABATE of Wisconsin inspired me. ABATE of Wisconsin attends every motorcycle event in their state. They set up booths, try to inform riders and build membership for themselves and the MRF.



I was inspired to create a flier for Freedom and the shop organization Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket IMA, so I went to work.

Here's Greg's lastest book.
Here's Greg's lastest book.



With the help of the CO2 Coalition and Kirk Willard, the president of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation we received the approved text. Chris Callen made it come to life on paper and Becky’s team will print it.

Through Eric at the MRF we will try to make these available to State Motorcycle Rights Organizations all over the country. Let me know if you need any.

--Bandit
Bandit@bikernet.com

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JOIN US FOR WHEELS THROUGH TIME OPENING DAY!--

We're excited to announce an opportunity for you to join us for a VIP experience on opening weekend in April 2024!

This month, with your purchase of the “Greater Deal” package or higher, you will be entered to win a 3-day 2-night expense paid trip to Wheels Through Time's 2024 opening day.

Be our guest as we unveil new exhibits, introduce a whole host of new machines, and fire some of the rarest machines as we celebrate our 2023 season opening!

THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES

-3 days free admission to Dale’s Wheels Through Time
-A 3-day 2-night hotel stay (on us)
-Travel expenses up to $300


THE 1936 HARLEY-DAVIDSON KNUCKLEHEAD

This year’s Raffle Bike is the stunning 1936 Harley-Davidson Knucklehead. Finished in H-D Factory Custom Gold, trimmed in Brillant Black, and hand-striped with chrome accents.

This 61c.i. OHV Knucklehead powerhouse sports a 4-speed transmission, art deco styling with full fenders, iconic “skull” dash, and 100-mph speedo. Plus, a list of one-year-only parts too numerous to mention.

The machine was meticulously restored to showroom condition in the WTT Restoration shop, and it is ready to GO home with one lucky winner this 2024!







New TECHNICAL Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Bikernet Investigates the State of TP Engineering (click here to read)

Hi. I just recently acquired a TP Engineering engine and are trying to find out the displacement etc. for it. The Vin # on right side front of lifter block is N02007. I can't seem to access their web site with my Desk top ..."word press error" whatever that means?

Are they still around, still building engines? It’s a beautiful looking v-twin for sure. Thank you for any info you might have.





"I hooked him up with TP Engineering and I believe the bike might be a Big Bear Chopper." --Bandit

 
 
Much appreciated! I was up in a little town in northern B.C. Canada visiting a Buddy who runs a towing business/wrecking yard and saw the complete chopper wrecked...just sitting there, all beat up. It was tied up with the insurance company. I went back home to Prince George but I couldn't get this bike outta my mind...hahaha it had a hold of me, big time. As it turned out my Buddy put a bid on it and ended up with it. The law says it can't be repaired but can be disassembled and sold for parts...anyhow to make a long story short...I managed to get the engine and the gas tank ...so far. Anyhow ....thanks again!!

-- Dennis Kuharchuk
Prince George, BC, Canada





MORRIS MAGNETO GOES REALLY OLD SCHOOL--

Join us for an adrenaline-fueled day of vintage outlaw motorcycle racing on March 2nd, 2024!

Get ready to witness the roar of powerful engines and the thrill of high-speed action. This in-person event will take place at New Smyrna Speedway, where racing enthusiasts from all over will gather to experience the excitement firsthand.

From the moment the flag drops, you'll be captivated by the daring maneuvers and heart-pounding moments as these legendary machines tear up the track. Feel the nostalgia as classic motorcycles from a bygone era compete for victory, showcasing their timeless beauty and raw power.

Whether you're a die-hard fan, a casual observer, or simply curious about the world of vintage outlaw racing, this event promises to be an unforgettable experience. So, mark your calendars for March 2nd, 2024, and join for a day filled with thrills, camaraderie, and the spirit of speed. Click here to purchase your advanced tickets.

Don't miss this opportunity to connect with us and discover what we have to offer. We're looking forward to meeting you!







QUOTE OF THE WEEK--

“Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna - or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.” --Barbara Walters

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FIVE-BALL LEATHER REPORT

Frankie and the Five-Ball Tattoo and Leather Shop in Venice survived the California rains and now he’s building another bike, a Panhead in Dominic’s garage.
 

 
 
 Hang on for more reports.

--Bandit

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ARTIST OF THE WEEK—Joe Slack





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ECONOMIC QUOTE OF THE WEEK--

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BABE OF THE WEEK—Olivia Casta







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This is Yale. Doesn't look like a monk...
This is Yale. Doesn't look like a monk...



INSPIRATIONAL NOTES FROM THE BIKERNET THOUGHT TEMPLE HIGH ON A MOUNTAIN TOP IN THE BLACK HILLS--

Impossible
I M POSSIBLE

Success comes from taking the initiative and following up... persisting... eloquently expressing the depth of your love. What simple action could you take today to produce a new momentum toward success in your life?

--Tony Robbins

I embrace the power within me to transform 'impossible' into 'I'm possible.’ With determination, creativity, and perseverance, I can overcome any challenge that comes my way.

Last night I was watching America’s Got Talent and was overwhelmed by the amazing talent of the contestants. The talent included a woman who drew stories with sand to a one-legged fellow dancing so creatively that I forgot that he was dancing with one leg, to a dance and acrobat team from the slums of India, that define the limitations of the human body in their act. Each and every act was absolutely amazing.

As I watched these artists, I became aware that the word impossible was not in their vocabulary. They took the word Impossible and made it I M POSSIBLE. They were able to take even impossible challenges and make them possible through non-stop determination to one of the greatest stages in the world.

As I witnessed these artists shine, I realized that each of us holds untapped gifts and talents waiting to be expressed. Today, let's shift our mindset from seeing obstacles as impossible to embracing the belief that we are capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. Let's make 'I M POSSIBLE' our mantra and unleash our full potential."

Today’s Affirmation: I embrace the belief that I am possible, and I am ready to take on a challenge I've always dreamt of pursuing.

I M POSSIBLE.
And so It Is!
Namaste

--Yale

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Whatever it is, do it, do it ‘till you're satisfied.

--B.T. Express
Smokey Robinson’s Soultown





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So I have since learned from both my friend Graham and also Matt at Wheels Though Time it was a '49 Peacock Blue, if my recollection of it being blue is correct?

I cropped an image with my aunt on it and it gives a good view of the the side, still at an angle. I believe my grandmother took them as I have one of her old cameras along with my dad’s 4x5 Speed Graphic. All my expensive habits come from that side, motorcycles, photography and tools!



RFR
Tomball, TX
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
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--Bandit

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