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I wish I knew what to say today.
My feeble mind is packed with thoughts and new experiences since landing lock-stock and barrel in the Badlands. On Memorial Day, I rode with Woody and about 20 riders to the scene of one of the last Indian battles. We found out where the name Buffalo Chip came from, Jonathan “Buffalo Chip” White.

We rode north on the 79 past Mike Ballard’s biker home, I believe passed Sugar Bear’s Chopperville, Hoover and stopped at a magnificently built western bar overlooking the owners plain of thousands of vast acres. The bar was open, but you had to pay for your own drinks. No bartender just yet.

Let’s hit the news, I’m getting hitched today and need to finish early.

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Vance & Hines Announces New VO2 America Air Intake as America Returns to the Highways--

"This is a summer when we appreciate our freedom more than ever."

In a time when Americans are beginning to feel the satisfaction of gathering in groups and expanding their summer travel plans, Vance & Hines launches its own celebration of freedom with the new VO2 America Air Intake.

Featuring Vance & Hines’ proven intake technology along with a unique stars and stripes design, the new product expands the company’s line of top-selling air intakes. Launch is timed to celebrate America's renewed feeling of freedom in advance of the July 4 Independence Day celebration.

"After what we all experienced last year, this is a summer when we appreciate our freedom more than ever,” said Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy. "Freedom to ride our Harley's, freedom to head out on the open road, freedom to enjoy the rallies and races that we love to attend."

The VO2 America is designed with performance and style features similar to the company's other air intake products, including a CNC-machined billet cover, ARP hardware and a high-capacity washable air filter element. The limited-edition VO2 America includes a subtle stars and stripes design which is laser etched onto the billet cover. The design is understated and will enhance the look of any recent model Harley-Davidson Big Twin motorcycle.

The VO2 America retails for $499.99 and will begin arriving at motorcycle dealers this week. It fits Harley-Davidson motorcycles with Milwaukee 8 and Twin Cam engines.

RED CROSS ALERT 2021 Summer Safety--Steps You Should Take to
Help Stay Out of Harm’s Way

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region wants everyone to have a safe summer and offers tips and resources for the entire family.


Before going in, on or around the water, every family member should become “water smart.” This starts with learning to be safe, making good choices, and learning to swim to at least achieve the skills of water competency. Everyone should be able to enter the water, get a breath, stay afloat, change position, swim a distance and then get out of the water safely. A variety of water safety courses and resources are available to help. To help keep your family safe, the Red Cross offers these tips:

Prevent unsupervised access to water. Fence pools and spas with adequate barriers and keep a constant eye for any water dangers such as portable splash pools/slides, buckets and bathtubs.

Adults should actively supervise children and stay within arm’s reach of young children and new swimmers. Kids should follow the rules. Designate a “water watcher” to keep a close eye and constant attention on children and weaker swimmers in and around the water until the next water watcher takes over.

Always wear a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when on a boat and if in a situation beyond someone’s skill level.
Swim as a pair near a lifeguard’s chair — everyone, including experienced swimmers, should swim with a buddy even in areas supervised by lifeguards.

Always maintain constant attention and actively supervise children even when lifeguards are present.

Download the Red Cross Swim app for safety tips, kid-friendly videos and activities, and take the free Water Safety for Parents and Caregivers online course.


Grilling food is so popular that more than three-quarters of U.S. adults have used a grill — yet, grilling sparks more than 10,000 home fires on average each year. To avoid this, the Red Cross offers these grilling safety tips:

Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use. Don’t add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.

Never grill indoors — not in the house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.

Make sure everyone, including pets, stays away from the grill.

Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.

Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to help keep the chef safe.

Accidents and Emergencies Happen
The Red Cross has several resources to help people learn how to treat bee stings, burns and heat emergencies including online and in-person training courses, a free First Aid app and a First Aid Skill for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices.

Help Save Lives this Summer

Part of a safe community is a strong blood supply for hospital patients. Give blood, platelets or plasma this summer to help ensure patients get the medical treatments they need. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit or call 800-RED-CROSS for more information or to schedule your donation.

Follow COVID-19 Guidelines

Remember to review the latest COVID-19 pandemic guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with your family before you head out.

For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossLA or @CruzRojaLA.


INFRASTRUCTURE REPORT--98 Bridges in Arkansas Rated in Same Ominous Terms as Cracked I-40 Span

According to civil engineering expert Gary Prinz, the bridges are not necessarily unsafe even though the label might sound dire. He added, "Fracture critical bridges are just as safe as the other bridges. They just have more processes in place to control safety." How many more bridges across the country hold the label "fracture critical?" You might be driving over one today?


The June 1st Gathering of the Citizenry

Dear Mayor and City Council; I hear there is going to be a gathering at City Hall on June 1st, probably outside, since no one is allowed inside because of fear of invisible microscopic attackers from China that leave 99% of their victims unscathed.

I will be in attendance at this swah-ray if for no other reason than to interview the other gatherers to see why they are having a problem with tiny little Hobbit Houses being built in our town for bums and lunatics that are going to be paid for by the gatherers......and given to the arsonists, stabbers, drug addicts, unemployables, alcoholics, diseased, shoplifters who arrive here free of charge from Los Angeles to Arcadia courtesy of the Ghoul Line.

Because I don't think anyone Actually Alive actually rides the thing anymore, it's basically pesthole-to-pesthole free transportation for people who are either insane or just LIKE being walking sewers and human rabies-carriers. Because I am pretty sure the people living in the free blue tents with the free tanks of butane and the free shopping carts and the free bicycles all have immunity to things ten thousand times worse than the Covid-19 flu: the "protocols" of which annual cold-and-flu season only the normal, sane, healthy, employed, responsible people have to obey.

Because let's face it: who's going to enforce a tubercular cesspool to stay six feet away from every other tubercular cesspool in his vicinity, and who is going to force him to put a 25-cent surgical mask overt his toothless, infected mouth if he doesn't want to.

So, let's turn Arcadia into a pesthole. C'mon, we can do this. Let's take sanity and throw it into the trashcan and replace it with lunacy and we'll call it "caring" and we'll call it "Christian" and we'll call it "love" and we'll call it "lessening the inequity" and we'll put people who LIKE living like obstructovist annoyances and who delight in starting fires and frightening the normal....and let’s give them cute little sheds that in one week they will have either eaten or set on fire or turned into chemical toilets. Without the chemicals. Just the Feces.

So, yeah, let's do this. Let’s reward the walking petri dishes of Los Angeles and Venice Beach with free-range privileges here in Arcadia. And we can change the motto of Arcadia from "A Community of Homes" to "A Community of Homeless." Kinda catchy, No?

J.J. Solari

AMERICAN FLAG CODE--Ten Surprising Rules in the U.S. Flag Code

The American flag is a powerful symbol that carries with it much history and emotion. Over the generations, we have viewed the Stars and Stripes as an image that represents honor, loyalty, and freedom. As we look to the flag and recite our allegiance to it - and the country for which it stands - it evokes feelings in us of patriotism, pride, and thankfulness. It causes us to remember those who have served in the military and to think about the many who fought and died to protect this nation.

In the Code of Laws of the United States of America, Title 4 outlines the United States Flag Code. While no longer enforced by the courts, the Flag Code technically remains U.S. federal law. Following are ten highlights from the Code - some of which may surprise you!

1. Speed of the Hoist

When being put up or taken down from display on a pole, the flag "should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously."

2. Flying with Other countries

When other nations' flags are flown with the U.S. flag, they "should be of approximately equal size" and "are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height" as long as it is a time of peace.

3. The Half-staff Choreograph

When flown at half-staff, the flag "should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position." It should again be raised to the peak when being lowered for the day.

4. Red, White, and Blue Jeans?

The flag "should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery," nor should it "ever be used as a costume."

5. The Rule for Memorial Day

When the flag is displayed on Memorial Day, it "should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff."

6. Pledging Our Allegiance to the Flag

The Pledge of Allegiance should be recited "by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart." Members of the military who are in uniform should render the military salute. Men "should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart."

7. The Twilight's Last Gleaming

The flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset. If left up around the clock, it is to be "properly illuminated during the hours of darkness."

8. Yankees Yes, Doodles No

No "mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature" should ever be placed on - or attached to - the flag.

9. For Spacious Skies, Not Skylarks

The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle.

10. The Stars and Stripes in Storms

Only all-weather flags should be displayed "when the weather is inclement."

The U.S. Flag Code may be read in its entirety here. To learn more about the American flag and how to display it, check out The American Flag at

--from Twin Cities Harley-Davidson


I hope your move goes well! When you put the tall bars on the King, did you notice a change in how your back was affected?

I have a 2004 FLHRS with the low (beach?) bars. I can't ride it for very long without my back bothering me. I was considering changing the bars if I knew it would help. On my FXST, the seating postion is different and doesn't bother me (as bad...). AH, old age is rough on a body, ain't it?!

--Bill May

I’ve run apes on several machines. In general because of my size, it works like a champ. I went 2 inches too far once, so you need to be careful.—Bandit

TEXAS WEATHER REPORT-- Was there at Yankee’s Tavern yesterday too.


FACT-CHECKING THE FACT-CHECKERS--What Climate Feedback gets wrong in its attempted takedown of CO2 Coalition commentary

By Gregory Wrightstone

On Earth Day this year, the Washington Times published an op-ed that I wrote titled “There is no climate emergency – We love CO2 and so should you.” Not long after publication, the paper’s Facebook post on the commentary was labeled “false and misleading” and their ad for it was rejected. This was based on a lengthy “fact-check” titled Washington Times presents list of false and misleading statements about the impacts of CO2 and climate change by Climate Feedback (CF). It was composed by eight scientists and upon detailed review of their “fact-check,” it became clear why they were not labeled “experts.”

To rebut this review, I asked six of the top experts in the world in various fields related to climate change to assess the statements by the Climate Feedback reviewers for accuracy and validity. All the scientists I consulted are members of the CO2 Coalition, a non-profit scientific coalition based in Arlington, Va. All agree that there is no man-made climate emergency.

Since many of the sections contain duplicative statements alleging various supposed “false” claims and statements in my commentary, I have distilled them to eleven primary statements of supposed “fact” used to “debunk” the op-ed. Climate Feedback claims and quotes are in red.

In each case, we find that the Climate Feedback reviewers are the scientists providing muddled, misleading, and false information.

Read the whole tamale. It’s incredible:

What is Fully Insured When You’re in a Motorcycle Accident?

As a motorcycle rider, you need to be aware of the potential risks associated with a collision or accident. An accident can affect your health, other people, and your finances, especially if you are found at fault. However, these worries can be mitigated with the knowledge that you have adequate insurance coverage to be fully insured.

That begs the question, though: what is fully insured? How can you make sure that if you do find yourself in an unfortunate situation, you are able to protect yourself and your assets as best as possible through your insurance plan? We’ll walk you through the proper steps to make sure you have a fully-funded insurance plan.

Are you on the proper insurance as a rider?
If a dreaded collision occurs, we want to help make sure you are prepared with the proper coverage and understanding of how to use it. This can be the difference between paying out-of-pocket for medical bills or having everything sufficiently covered.

In Arizona, for example, the minimum amount of liability insurance adds up to $60,000 total between bodily injury per person, per accident, and property damage. However, with the average fatal motorcycle crash costing over $1,200,000, and significant injury cases costing nearly the same, the minimum liability coverage is not enough to protect riders and their families.

It can help to think about full coverage like a full gas tank on your bike. When it is full, I cannot add any more fuel to it. The bike is prepared to take me to my destination. However, the insurance world has a funny way with words, especially with the term “full.” To them full means the starting point. So, in their definition of the word full, we have a tank in which we can put fuel in. It is not full now; we need to fill this said tank with Uninsured, Underinsured motorist coverage.

If you do not have Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage, then you will not be protected in the situations where insurance coverage is the most necessary. If the other party is not properly insured, you will be stuck with the bill unless you have the correct policy. Conversely, with UM and UIM coverage, your insurance provider will reimburse your damages including medical bills, lost wages, and any other personal damages incurred.

Thus, we recommend opting for full Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist coverage with high liability coverage – it may be slightly more expensive short term, but the peace of mind and financial protection are well worth the initial cost. If you do have an accident, be sure to also work with an experienced motorcycle accident attorney to make sure you get all the compensation you are entitled to.


While the minimum insurance is all that most states require to operate a motorcycle, all riders should purchase the necessary insurance to protect themselves in the event of an accident. After all, we’re not purchasing insurance with a minor scrape on the paint in mind.

Given that, what does proper coverage really look like? We recommend the following:

A full policy that covers bodily injury, property damage, liability, UIM coverage, and personal injury protection.

A policy that protects all your assets; this means you should be able to set limits for collision and comprehensive insurance that cover the agreed value of your bike as well as any normal-range medical payments for PIP and medical payments. This will be determined by your agent, but we advise looking for a policy that is usually in excess of $1,000,000.

Get the best price for your policy. This may sound obvious but shopping around for comprehensive insurance can go a long way to saving you money. Your quote will depend on the state you live in, your driving record, value of your bike, and your insurance types vs. risk profile. The average full-coverage policy in the United States is around $1,200.

Know the actual terms of your policy and make sure that if you have region or bike-specific concerns, these are addressed by your agent. Most insurance won’t cover things like track days or off-roading, so if that is something you want covered, ask before committing to a policy.

Similarly, make sure the actual terms are what you expect – sometimes insurance companies will offer ‘full’ coverage, but it will not accurately represent what we’ve described.


To self-insure a vehicle, you must be able to prove to the state that you have a number of cash reserves equal to or greater than the necessary amount that an insurance policy would provide. As we highlighted earlier, this is at minimum $60,000 on average in most states.

Self-insurance is often brought up in relation to motorcycle riding because it relies on an entity or person having enough cash to cover catastrophe damages for their vehicle. Riders may get the idea that this is feasible for their bike because the cost of a motorcycle is often cheaper, and the liability will most often be confined to a singular rider on the personal side.

However, self-insurance only protects as far as your cash allows, and you are always obligated to pay out of pocket for damages to other vehicles. This means you can go into significant debt or bankruptcy if a serious accident happens. We only recommend self-insurance for independently wealthy or uninsurable motorcycle riders.

Conversely, fully insuring your motorcycle will allow you to ride without risk of financial ruin. While you will have a monthly fee, full coverage will never bankrupt you and shouldn’t exceed your limits.

Ride Safe with Law Tigers

You’ll never have to ride alone with Law Tigers by your side. We have decades of experience as motorcycle accident lawyers, and we’re also riders just like you. We hope this information will help you avoid having a legal case or insurance settlement to deal with. However, if you need us, we’re there to help you – both in and out of the courtroom. We want you to be able to ride stress-free with the knowledge that if something happens, Law Tigers will be by your side.


OREGON GOVERNOR SHUTS DOWN LANE SPLITTING LAW--Just a few days after Oregon Senate Bill 574 passed, legalizing motorcycle lane sharing in the state under certain circumstances, the state’s governor has shut the bill down.

According to OPB News (we spotted it via Asphalt & Rubber), Brown refused to sign the bill, sending a letter to Oregons House of Representatives and Senate saying “I have several concerns with the bill as currently drafted, particularly related to public safety and noncompliance.”

SB574 passed through the House earlier this May with almost a two-thirds majority, receiving bipartisan support. It’s the latest in a series of attempts to legalize lane-splitting or lane sharing in Oregon. Despite that constant support, there have been opponents to the bill from police and public safety bodies.

OPB News reports officials from Portland were concerned about the practice in their city, and the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee said it would put motorcyclists in danger by putting them in cars’ blind spots. Supposedly, authorities were concerned riders would expand their lanesharing beyond SB574’s limited scope (basically, state highways during rush hour).

“Many stakeholders, including law enforcement agencies and members of the public remain concerned that lane filtering is unsafe for both the motorcyclists and the drivers sharing the road, due to the serious injuries and death that commonly result from motorcycle-involved accidents,” Brown said in explanation of her veto. “Based on these concerns, I am returning SB 574 unsigned and disapproved.”


HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--your vehicle and air conditioner are creating brain-eating amoebas

--J.J. Solari

BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB OFFERING--Good morning, I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing my book, “The Legend of the Guardian Bell” Motorcycle Folklore.

There are many stories surrounding the mysterious Guardian Bell Legend (Also known as a gremlin bell). This adventure is set during the Second World War, where the legend began. Throughout history, the Guardians, a genderless offshoot of the fairies, have entrusted a select few humans with a precious gift: a guardian bell.

After an unwelcome exile from their homeland, the Guardians are forbidden any future contact with humans.

With the arrival of aeronautics, the Guardian's love of everything technological made it inevitable that their presence would become known. The guardians were soon known as "gremlins" blamed for every mishap, although the opposite was really the case. A group of guardians break the rules and forge a friendship with an RCAF air force pilot, resulting in an epic journey and the birth of a legend.

This re-telling of a legend, well loved by motorcycle enthusiasts, will enchant readers of all ages. Thank you for your time. I would be happy to send a copy of the book in your preferred format.

--Hollie Bell-Schinzing
(585) 208-7026

The Redhead is currently reading a book about women riders and will soon read and report on Hollie’s book.--Bandit

NMA REPORT--Oversized Injury Verdicts may be on the Way out in Montana and Texas

Over the past two years, insurance rates for trucking companies have increased an average of 20 to 25 percent. Umbrella or excess liability policies have increased even more—over 75 percent—which forces most trucking companies to carry less coverage. By federal law, all commercial haulers must carry $750,000 in liability insurance, which won't cover most jury verdicts for damages in accidents involving large trucks.

Nuclear verdicts—jury awards surpassing $10 million—have increased vastly in the past decade. The average of over $1 million per verdict involving a large truck crash has increased nearly 1000 percent from 2010 to 2018--going from $2.3 million to $22.3 million on average.

According to trucking experts, these types of verdicts are strangling the industry. Carriers struggle to keep pace; shipping rates can't be increased enough to compensate. Something has got to give.

Lawmakers in Montana and Texas have recently been working to make it more difficult for accident victims to reap multi-million dollar verdicts against truckers. Texas, a leader in the number of crashes involving trucks and nuclear jury verdicts in civil lawsuits, had 55,000 motor vehicle lawsuits filed in 2019. That's a 118 percent increase from 2008.

The Texas bill, HB19, has been winding its way through the bicameral legislative session and has pitted truckers against plaintiffs' attorneys. Eight hundred public comments were generated about the bill, and 40 individuals signed up to testify at a March hearing of the Texas House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Jim Perdue, said the bill would damage current court practices, testifying:

"HB19 is designed to create unprecedented delays in both the process and delivery of finality of justice." He added, "It's a radical remaking of the civil justice system for a specific classification of defendants."

Analysts from Texans for Lawsuit Reform had this to say about HB19:

"HB19 is laser-focused on the changes in law that are necessary to protect rights of Texans who are truly injured in a commercial vehicle accident while simultaneously reducing opportunities for some trial lawyers to mislead juries to seek millions in damages in cases where the commercial vehicle owner was not at fault or the plaintiff was not injured."

Another group for truckers, Keep Texas Trucking Coalition, said that HB19 would make the courts fairer to truckers. In a written document concerning HB19, they wrote:

"Multi-million dollar or 'nuclear' verdicts grab headlines, but abuse is more frequently found in more routine settlements under a typical umbrella coverage of $1 million. Opportunity-seeking plaintiff lawyers partner with unscrupulous medical providers to grossly inflate claims, resulting in increased insurance premiums and driving trucking companies out of business."

HB19 passed the Texas House at the end of April, recently passed the Senate, and is now on to the governor for his signature. The legislation has garnered widespread support from small businesses and the trucking industry across the state. American Trucking Associations President Chris Speers said in a statement:

"With this significant vote, Texas joins a growing number of states committed to stopping rampant lawsuit abuse by enacting measured, targeted, and prudent reforms that restore balance and fairness to the civil justice system.

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed a similar bill recently that reforms civil liability laws concerning damages in lawsuits. The new law deals specifically with phantom damages or inflated billing amounts. The new reforms promote tools that increase transparency to curb inflated medical damages and outline the damages recoverable from the person deemed to be at fault. The text of the legislation states:

"Damages must in all cases be reasonable, and where an obligation of any kind appears to create a right to unconscionable and grossly oppressive damages contrary to substantial justice, no more than reasonable damages can be recovered."

Legislation that puts practical limits on liability claims affects motorists of all stripes. When nuclear verdicts occur, not only could they put an owner-operator or small trucking firm out of business, but they can also translate into higher transportation costs, which correlates to higher prices for all consumers.

At the same time, many people involved in truck accidents can have long-term health issues, and reasonable compensatory verdicts should be extended to them. This is one of the few times when legislation may be the only rational remedy.

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LE PERA CLASSIC SEATS OF THE WEEK—At least we hope this classic shot from Sam Burns is from an old Le Pera ad photoshoot. Bob Le Pera was one of the first guys to make custom seats.



Check out the technology of the Torrot kids enduro bike - parents can control the power of the engine, the speed and throttle response or disable the bike - all done remotely from an App.

This is great for parents worried about their kid’s safety as they learn to ride. The app can then increase power of the engine when the kid is ready for next level of skills.

But imagine that control for electric cars and motorcycles used by adults - whether through hackers or government agencies such as DOT or police or manufacturer, etc or the well-known government sponsored hackers of China and Russia - or terrorists. This bike shows the technology is already here and used.

You don't even need to get hold of the vehicle's parts or be near it - just gain control of the App installed on the vehicle owner's phone or gain control of the App for all users of the app to control all the vehicles of the manufacturer.

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Torrot’s New Enduro Motorcycles for Kids

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On the new Bikernet icon, I would try a couple of different hats and caps for the old guy. Bomber skull cap to a broad brim outlaw hat might be in order just for kicks .

Torrance, CA
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Editor Response Yo, we went around about the hats. We started with a top-hat. That didn't work.
Looks like you are settling in, in South Dakota. Good Article

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother. It's an amazing adventure! Final bikes arrived plus the trike. Plans are moving along for the shop. Hang On!
There are times when I go back to '67 and wonder again why I came home?

deland, FL
Friday, June 4, 2021
Editor Response Yep, it's up to us to make the most of life, and we can everyday. We just need to get outta Dodge once in a while.
I just went two inches up on my apes on the old Gypsy Belle and it feels good so far . I will let you know how the final analysis goes after a I recover from surgery . Like Bandit I have run ape hangers almost my whole riding history .

Torrance, CA
Friday, June 4, 2021
Editor Response Let me know how it goes on both fronts.
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