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Times are crazy as you will see in the news
. I’m reading another book about the errors of the Climate Doomsday bullshit. It’s called Unsettled by Steven E. Koonin. He’s a scientist who worked for the Obama administration. The more he studied the facts, the more the media and the control-freaks had it wrong.

We are about to publish a story about the motorcycle boom during the Covid era. It’s interesting how our industry flourished when the world was shut down.

I’m about to finish a Life and Times piece about our move to the Badlands. I’m hoping it will help others, who are grappling with similar decisions. It was a stressful challenge but well worth every box of crap we hauled out here.

Let’s hit the news:

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You know if this Canadian startup company Damon made its first electric motorcycle to go 200 miles with a 200 hp power - I don't understand what research and money Harley spent on LiveWire to give it such a low range on a single charge.

Then there is the other market leader in electric motorcycles, Zero., also so many times better and advanced than LiveWire.

Have a look at sensors and AI built into this model of Damon, an industry first 360-degree warning system as well.

Damon Motorcycles to enter Latin America

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THE CONTROL FREAKS ARE AT IT AGAIN--US House Democrats Seek Government Funds for Speed Cameras

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on Website June 8, 2021 and with permission we repost this important post on the NMA Ticket Cam Alert USA Blog.

Federal transportation reauthorization measure would use taxpayer dollars to subsidize the roll out of speed cameras nationwide.

The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Wednesday will review sweeping legislation that would, among other things, encourage local governments to set up speed cameras using federal taxpayer dollars. The move would reverse a ban on federal funding for both red light cameras and speed cameras that has been in place since 2015.

The House Democratic leadership’s proposed transportation reauthorization measure, dubbed the Invest in America Act, provides for a half-trillion dollars in spending with a new emphasis on passenger rail, public transit, cycling and walking infrastructure. It also adds a provision gutting the ban on taxpayer funding of speed cameras.

“Notwithstanding subparagraph (A), a state may expend funds apportioned to that state under this section to carry out a program to purchase, operate, or maintain an automated traffic system in a work zone or school zone,” the proposal states.

The federal government played a key role in the early development of red light cameras and speed cameras with the US Departments of Transportation (US DOT) and Defense providing critical seed money for their development prior to 1997. Five cities that were among the early adopters of photo enforcement were paid to do so by the Federal Highway Administration, including Beaverton, Oregon and Washington, DC.

The situation is different today, as photo radar firms offer “turn key” automated ticketing services for municipalities that require no public funding. In return for the right to issue citations on a city’s behalf, the company will install and operate the cameras and collect the citation money, depositing the funds in a city-designated bank account minus the photo enforcement firm’s cut (whether in the form of a percentage of revenue or a fixed fee). The offer of federal funds would merely increase the city’s cut of the ticket profit.

The Invest Act would also require the US DOT to begin studying school bus stop arm cameras and issue a report to Congress on their performance within two years. The 2015 Fast Act had previously required the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to collect performance data sufficient to judge the effectiveness of speed cameras and red light cameras from each state, but the agency has allowed states to, for the most part, ignore the legal requirement and send in unverified survey responses containing incorrect and incomplete data. Results in 2020 continued with states submitting check-box forms devoid of performance data.

Florida, the only state besides Missouri to take the report seriously, did offer accident numbers. The state noted there were 12,211 accidents at red light camera intersections, an increase of 17 percent from the 10,410 accidents that occurred prior to camera installation. Both rear-end and angle crashes increased.

The Senate’s version of the transportation reauthorization bill, which was drafted with input from Republican senators, does not contain the provision encouraging the use of speed cameras.

By Shelia Dunn, NMA Communications Director

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Bad Joke Library, WEDDING REPORTS-- for your special day last week.

At Marriage Counseling -

Counselor: "So your wife tells me you never buy her flowers."

Husband: "I honestly never knew she sells flowers"

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Definition: Husband - A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression he just cleaned the whole house.

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Wife: "If I had known you were this poor I wouldn't have married you."

Husband: "When I was telling you that you are the only thing I have in this world, what did you not understand?"

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Wife quotable quotes: "I have birthed an entire baby in less time than it takes my husband to poop."

Wife quotable quotes: "He asked why the house isn't clean since I am home all day. I asked him why we aren’t rich since he works all day."

Wife quotable quotes: "My husband thinks I am crazy, but I am not the one who married me"

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If husband is head of the family, then what is wife?
Wife is the neck of the family, which can turn the head in any direction.

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Definition: Marriage - the only war where you sleep with the enemy.

Marriage Counselor
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NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY BIKERNET LOGO—from the mastermind, George Fleming.

“I just finished vectorizing the logo and I made some color variations for you to review. Let me know if you dig any of them and if you want me to try any other color combinations.

“Thanks, and talk to you soon,” George.

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Looks like you are settling in, in South Dakota. Good Article!


Thanks, but we are still scrambling. The Redhead needs a driver’s license. I need plates for my Van and 10 motorcycles and insurance. We need a shop built, contractors, surveyors, arborists, you name it. It’s a scramble from one project to the other, but we’re getting there. I’m sure the winter will slow us down.


BIKERNET GUN NUT REPORT--Last week, Assembly Bill 1223, the gun tax bill, was defeated on the Assembly floor when it failed to receive the 2/3 votes necessary for tax bills. After failing, the bill was granted reconsideration and is currently still alive through procedural maneuvering. Please continue to contact your Assembly member and ask them to OPPOSE AB 1223.

Click HERE to Take Action!

Assembly Bill 1223 places an excise tax of 10% on the sales price of a handgun, and places an 11% excise tax on the sales price on all long guns, rifles, firearm precursor parts and ammunition. It is unjust to saddle law-abiding gun owners with special taxes.

Earlier in the week, the Senate passed two anti-gun bills, to further restrict gun shows and to further deny Second Amendment rights to young adults. They now go to the Assembly for further consideration. Click here to read more about them in our legislative alert.

Yours in Freedom,

Ken Lan
Communications Coordinator

MOTORCYCLE Tariff Battles Continue--
Americans for Free Trade – a broad coalition of businesses, trade organizations including the MIC, and workers united against tariffs – worked to encourage dozens of members of Congress to sign on to a letter regarding exclusions for Section 301 tariffs. The letter went to Katherine C. Tai, the new United States Trade Representative for the Biden administration.

The MIC, the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association also sent a joint letter to Ambassador Tai, outlining concerns the associations have with China tariffs, European Union tariffs, and with implementation of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, better known as the USMCA free-trade agreement.

"We continue to work with our champions in Congress to encourage the new administration at the USTR to provide exclusions from tariffs on goods like motorcycle safety clothing, helmets, parts, and accessories," said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president at the MIC GRO. "Tariffs are taxes, raising prices paid by consumers of powersports products."


NEWS FROM THE MASTER OF LIGHT--Artist David Uhl - Laconia 2021 Commemorative

Greetings from Smyrna, Tennessee where we'll have the gallery this weekend at the Great Tennessee Air Show! If you are in the area, please stop in and see us.

For the first time ever, David has created a special piece for Laconia Motorcycle Week this year. Celebrating it's 98th anniversary, Laconia is one of the longest running motorcycle events in the country.

In David's words, "Growing up with 400 miles of water out my bedroom window makes me yearn for the boating lifestyle again. Colorado doesn’t have much to offer other than going in circles in a dammed upriver with a herd. I couldn’t resist putting both these vintage machines together to represent this rally by the lake. If you find yourself in the area, please stop in at the Speedway and say hello!"

"Live Free or Die"
David Uhl 2021

We'll be sending the final image out again once we get the final scan.

Similar to David's Sturgis and Daytona commemorative pieces each year, signed and numbered canvas prints will come framed with a Certificate of Authenticity and adorned with a special nameplate.

We are now taking orders for the prints, which are available at special Rally pricing through the end of the event (June 20th). Shipping is included within the contiguous 48 United States for orders placed by June 20th.

** Image size appx 24 x 24, $950 framed

** Image size appx 30 x 30, $2,250 framed. NOTE: We are offering a special pre-rally price of $1,895 for orders that are placed prior to June 16th, when the gallery opens in Laconia.

As always, edition numbers will be assigned as orders are taken.

Please let me know if you'd like to add "Live Free or Die" to your collection. As always, thanks for your time!

--Greg Rhodes
International Sales Director
David Uhl Fine Art
Uhl Studios


RAY C WHEELER MEMORIAL--Please join us in a celebration of life for my father Ray C Wheeler on Saturday June 26th 2021

Graveside service - 12pm At the Grand Mound cemetery located at 6300 183rd ave sw Rochester Wa 98579. Bbq to follow at our house after to share memories and stories of the wonderful man that was Ray C Wheeler!

For the address or memorial information please call me Robin at 2069473635. Or you can message or comment below!

Thank you for all of the support and well wishes through out this time, it means so much to our family!


EVENT NEWS--Vintage Motorcycle Swap Meet
Mini Bike Races

Saturday, June 26, 2021 – Anamosa, Iowa
The Museum will be open 8:00 am to 6:00 pm the day of the Swap Meet. Entrance to the Outside Swap Meet is FREE with a Special Museum Admission for the day of $10.00 per Adult – Children under 12 FREE with a Parent.

There’s nothing like a classic swap meet whether you are buying or selling old motorcycle parts and memorabilia! There will be a bikes-for-sale BIKE CORRAL as well. Have one you want to sell - call in and reserve a spot!

The VINTAGE SWAP MEET at the Museum is only on Saturday, but if you are a vendor, you’re welcome to arrive Friday after Noon, June 25 to get located in your space and begin set up. Security will be provided Friday night. Saturday morning set up starts at 7:00 am and the SWAP MEET gates open to the public at 8:00 am.

CLICK HERE for a form to reserve one of the limited number of 20 x 20 Swap Meet spaces or to reserve space in the Bike Corral.

SPECIAL GUEST – BILL FRANCIS: Who invented the Harley-Davidson Softail? Two guys in St Louis with no connection to Harley, actually. Meet designer/fabricator Bill Francis at Vintage Swap June 26 and listen to his awesome story, how he and Bill Davis sold their brilliant patented design to The Motor Company.

Please give the Museum a call if we can answer any questions. 319-462-3925.

This year the VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SWAP MEET will include BRAAAP Mini Bike Races with a $500 purse presented by Mini Bike Weirdo.

THE HAL ROBINSON CONNECTION--After reading Bandit’s last episode, I thought this would be appropriate considering all the different freeways that were mentioned.

--Ann Robinson

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Join the Cantina and read all 94 Episodes of the Bandit’s Cantina Series. Each one is a kick.


Thieves Keep Stealing Motorcycles From Harley-Davidson Dealerships--Another Harley-Davidson dealership got robbed over the Memorial Day weekend, this time in Tennessee. What originally looked like isolated incidents is turning into a problem as 12 dealerships have been hit by thieves with varying levels of success.

It was only March when a Harley-Davidson dealership in Kokomo, Indiana, experienced a Hollywood-style robbery of $100,000 worth of motorcycles. Now, as a report from Clarksville Now reveals, that dealership was only one in a line of 12 Harley dealerships to have been hit with robberies.

On May 29, Appleton Harley-Davidson became the latest dealership hit. But unlike the Kokomo robbery where the crew was prepared, these thieves did a comically bad job. They tried to make off with five motorcycles but only made off with three, leaving two stuck in a doorway, from Clarksville Now:

The five burglars did manage to get away with three motorcycles, but getting out took so long that two riders had to give up and make a run for it, as police were on the way.

They had to ram one of the bikes repeatedly into a front door to break it. Three of the thieves made it out on motorcycles, but one bike got stuck in the door, and another was trapped behind it.

--Meredes Streeter

REDHEAD FEVER—Because I’m always thinking of you…..well at the least when it comes to red heads….HAHAHA

--EL Waggs

GUN NUT REPORT--California's 32-yr assault weapons ban overturned. A "failed experiment..." that's how a U.S. federal judge described California's three-decade long ban on assault weapons, as he overturned it on Friday, calling the ban unconstitutional.

In his court order, Judge Roger Benitez wrote "Government is not free to impose its own new policy choices on American citizens where Constitutional rights are concerned... It is declared that these statutes unconstitutionally infringe the Second Amendment rights of California citizens."

He also likened the AR-15 to a Swiss Army knife, describing both as a "perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment."

California Governor Gavin Newsom was outraged at that comparison and the legal decision overall. He called the ruling a "disgusting slap" in the face to those who have lost loved ones to gun violence.

The court decision is subject to a 30-day stay, during which California’s attorney general, who called Friday's ruling "fundamentally flawed," can file an appeal.

California's ban on the sale of assault weapons dates back to 1989.

Gun control is a hot-button issue in the U.S. where gun enthusiasts see gun ownership as a constitutional right, while gun control advocates want to see fewer guns after decades of deadly mass shootings in public spaces, including schools.


JACK’S GALLERY--I don't know if I ever shared this one with you or not, but it's a group of my "favorite pics" from Sturgis 2019. These are just from my personal galleries of photos that I took, but they center on the Buffalo Chip, since I work there, but I hope you enjoy them.


Hey, I know it's taken a long time, but we had to wait on Edwards at Whiskey River Art to clear his schedule a bit. Anyway, I think the wait was worth it.

Attached is a copy of the illustration. Hope you dig it. I'd like to offer it as:
1. a tshirt front
2. a tshirt back with Support Good Times logo on the front left chest,
3. a sticker, and possibly
4. a vinyl garage banner.

Let me know your thoughts. And thank you so much for allowing us to produce this in tribute.

We look up to guys like you and I'll personally put this tee into my collection.


No, thank you for remembering this ol’ grubby biker.--Bandit

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