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Life is amazing and changing constantly.
Motorcycling is struggling but it won’t struggle for long. There are new TV shows, internet shows and movies in the wing. Just what we need.

You’ll see in this report how the climate debate is changing. But there’s something we need to get a handle on, regulation.

We once supported freedom, fought for freedom, worshipped freedom and smiled for freedom. We need to find the freedom balance once more and fight for it.
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Mathew Hintz, the Official Artist of Daytona Bike Week, died unexpectedly at the age of 41 on December 24, 2017, leaving a wife and four children ages 6 – 13. His 2018 Daytona Bike Week painting was the last piece of artwork he completed before his death.

Friends of his family are asking the motorcycle community to share messages of hope and consider donating to a fund that will help with child care, meals and future college expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/Mathewhintz.

Charles Plueddeman
Rush Lake, Wis.
(920) 203-1631
“A Good Man to Have Along”

Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show Returns Sunday, April 29, 2018 to Half Moon Bay Airport

A Benefit for the Coastside Adult Day Health Center

There are car shows, air shows, motorcycle shows, tractor shows, maker fairs, music festivals, food festivals, and living history festivals galore. Mix them all together in one venue on one day and you’ve got Half Moon Bay California’s remarkable, one and only Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show –– marking its 28th year in 2018 with a massive celebration of mechanical ingenuity, power and style.

It's quite simply the “Coolest Show on Earth”. This year’s spectacular 28th annual show will be held on Sunday, April 29, a one-day mega-show, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Half Moon Bay Airport, located in the picturesque seaside town of Half Moon Bay, CA about 20 miles south of San Francisco.

It's a whimsical, fascinating, amusing, curious and absolutely unique show and tell spectacle featuring 2,000 magnificent driving, flying and working machines from the 20th and 21st centuries. The world's coolest cars of every era and style, model-T fire engines, vintage busses, custom motorcycles, tricked out trucks, sleek streamliners, one-of-a-kind antique engines and tractors and historic military aircraft will be among the mesmerizing displays.

Headline attractions scheduled to appear include:

•The west coast's biggest, baddest gathering of the world's coolest cars, trucks, motorcycles and aircraft.

•Bob Senz’ Big Cacklefest – a mass synchronized firing-up of the engines (10am,12pm, 2pm).

•Spectacular skydiving performances from the C-47 Skytrain with military style jumps by the experts at Precision Skydiving.

•Three (3) 20-minute electrifying, high-flying 4-rider freestyle motocross stunt shows (11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm).
•Inspiring flyovers by some of our nation’s most storied military aircraft in memory of Eddie Andreini Sr., world-renown aerobatics pilot, founding Dream Machines contributor and pillar in the Half Moon Bay community.

•Magnificent military aircraft including B-25 Bomber, C-47 Skytrain, P-51 Mustangs, YAK Russian fighters and an impressive array of L-39, T-6 and T-28 military fighters and trainers.

•Super sleek speed machines and streamliners in “World Record Wonderland” including legendary builder Jack Costella’s Nebulous Theorem streamliners that have set more than 100 land speed records.

•A special display and parade of vintage police cars.

•An array of nostalgia dragsters to honor the former Half Moon Bay Drag Strip.
•“Mustang Madness”, a spectacular display of America’s Premier World War II Fighter.

•Ultra thrilling rides in helicopters and bi-planes and heart-pounding monster truck rides.

•Refurbished fly-wheel engines from the Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association and meticulously restored logging equipment and artifacts from Willits CA-based Roots of Motive Power.

•Thrilling zip-line, bungee jump, waterballerz, climbing wall, remote-controlled NASCAR racing, and tons of awesome amusements in the Super Duper Kidz Funzone.

•Uniquely wild and crazy, side-by-side, single-wheel unimotorcycle drag racing.
•Fabulous food and drink with Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s Classic Motor Head Ale plus Bloody Mary’s and Coastal Cosmos from Half Moon Bay Distillery and varietals from Barterra Winery.

•Stellar live music all day by the Michael Ahern Band, Extra Large, and East Bay Mudd featuring Fred Ross.

•Half Moon Bay Pilots Association Saturday Hangar Dinner at the Andreini Family Hangar (April 28, 5:30 pm) at Half Moon Bay Airport. Tickets are $30 per person, available at the door.

The "DRIVE Magazine Dream Machine of the Year” returns with expert judges on hand to select a winner from the thousands of magnificent machines on display. A special trophy will be awarded at a recognition ceremony during the show (3pm at the music stage).

To show a car, truck, motorcycle, aircraft or other machine, the registration fee is $40 ($50 for entries postmarked after April 15) and includes a dash plaque and admission for two people. Register online here.

Spectator admission is $25 in advance ($30 at the gate) for adults (age 18-64), $15 in advance ($20 at the gate) for ages 11-17 and 65+, Free for kids age 10 and under (with paying adult). Purchase tickets here.

Parking at the event is included in the admission price. There is a designated area for bicycle parking at the south end of the airport/Mezza Luna gate. Click here for the event map.

High Handlebars, Cool Graphics, and Garage-Built Attitude

Harley-Davidson adds to the long legacy of its Sportster motorcycle line with the introduction of the Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special models. The latest in a line of 100 high-impact motorcycles the company plans to introduce by 2027, these new high-bar Sportsters combine throw-back styling trends from the custom-bike scene with the solid foundation of the Sportster platform and the punchy performance of the Evolution 1200 V-Twin engine.

Since its introduction in 1957, Sportster motorcycles have been repeatedly reimagined, in the hands of both the Motor Company and bike owners: The Sportster as a bobber, a chopper, a scrambler and a café racer; as a hero on flat tracks and drag strips and road-race courses; as an accessible entry-point for first-time riders, and as a custom-of-one cruiser.

“Since its inception, the Sportster has offered the perfect combination of size, power and character that makes it appealing to so many different riders,” said Brad Richards, Harley-Davidson V.P. of Styling & Design. “A Sportster is a relatively easy bike to strip down and reinvent. What we’ve done to create the new Iron 1200 and Forty-Eight Special is what Sportster owners have been doing with their own bikes for generations.”

New fuel tank graphics distinguish both the Iron 1200 and the Forty-Eight Special, and combine bold color stripes with a formal typeface, color and graphic elements originally popular in the 1970s.

“The art on these two fuel tanks reflect contemporary trends we are seeing on custom bikes and in design in general, a move away from more complex and intricate art to a look that’s very simple and clean,” said Richards. “It’s also important to note that these graphics respect the shape of the fuel tank and in the case of the Sportster, that tank shape is a classic design element in its own right.”

Iron 1200

The Iron 1200 recipe starts with power. A 1202cc Evolution® 1200 V-Twin engine delivers 36 percent more torque (73.0 ft. lbs. vs. 53.8 ft. lb.) than the 883 Evolution engine that powers the Iron 883, the original urban brawler in the Sportster family. The Iron 1200 brings more punch to the street fight – more power to blast away from green lights and more mid-range to muscle through traffic. More power means more rowdy fun.

The satin-black Mini Ape handle bar is an essential element of the garage-built chopper look that adds instant attitude. This 1.0-inch diameter handlebar offers an 8.75-inch rise, 32-inch spread and 6.5-inch pull back, that opens the rider triangle with a fist-in-the-wind posture.

The gloss black speed screen framing the headlamp is a West Coast styling influence that amplifies the attitude of the tall bars, is intended to offer some wind deflection at speed and provides a space for easy personalization. The fast-back Café Solo Seat flows to the rear fender and is shaped to help hold the rider in position when the torque of the Evolution 1200 kicks in.

A classic 3.3-gallon Sportster fuel tank features multi-colored striped graphics that wrap around the tank profile. The dark engine finish helps draw the eyes to the bright tank graphics. Fuel tank paint color options include Vivid Black, Twisted Cherry and Billiard White, always contrasting with the Vivid Black speed screen.

The entire powertrain has been styled with a popular color: black upper and lower rocker boxes, black exhaust and muffler shields, and black timer, primary and derby covers. Chrome pushrod tubes and tappet covers are the only brightwork and highlight the V-Twin engine shape. The Iron 1200 is finished with all-black 9-Spoke wheels (19-inch front and 16-inch rear diameter) and a solid black belt guard and rear sprocket.

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Iron 1200 model.

Forty-Eight Special

The burly front end of the Forty-Eight Special – a 130mm front tire framed by 49mm forks secured in massive forged aluminum triple clamps – looks especially menacing when topped with a gloss-black, 7.25-inch high Tallboy handlebar.

“We specifically selected the Tallboy bar for its shape,” said Richards. “It offers less pull-back than the Mini-Ape, a look that really works with the steamroller front end and the smaller fuel tank on the Forty-Eight Special model.”

That 2.2-gallon “peanut” Sportster fuel tank features rows of bold, horizontal stripes framing a simple Harley-Davidson text logo. The fuel tank is available in three color options: Vivid Black, Wicked Red, and Billiard White.

The Evolution 1200 engine features a black top end and an expanse of brilliant chrome below, including chrome primary, inspection and derby covers, and solid chrome muffler and exhaust shields. Chrome lower rocker boxes, pushrod tubes and tappet covers contrast with the black cylinders to highlight the V-Twin engine shape. High-performance Michelin Scorcher 31 tires front and rear are mounted on Black Split 9-Spoke Cast Aluminum wheels (16-inch diameter front and rear).

The Harley-Davidson Smart Security System and anti-lock braking system (ABS) are factory-installed options for the Forty-Eight Special model.

PANHEAD FROM THE HUGH HEFNER COLLECTION— Soon to be featured in American Iron. The ’55 w/ side car, beautifully restored and a current member of the Paughco collection. It is for sale.

--Markus Cuff
Bikernet Certified Feature Photographer
Also shoots for Cycle Source and Easyriders


AUSTRALIAN NEWS-- Man's jewellery draws attention of anti-bikie taskforce

A MACKAY man has drawn the attention of Queensland's anti-bikie taskforce by wearing "cool" rings linked to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Alec Vincent Coulahan avoided the maximum penalty for wearing the prohibited jewelry adorned with the '1%' insignia when he faced Mackay Magistrates Court.

Under Queensland's Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment Act (VLAD), Coulahan could have been hit with a $5000 fine.

The 20-year-old appeared in the court on Monday, pleading guilty to public nuisance on October 17, 2017 at Mackay and to wearing prohibited items in public on October 21, 2017 at Ooralea.

Prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis said Coulahan (right) had been arrested over "other matters" and police found the rings, which were "silver in color, with markings in the form of '13' and '1%'".

"Police have conducted investigations into these items and liaised with officers from Taskforce Maxima," Mr Gillis said.

The prosecutor said the markings '13' and '1%' "signify an outlaw status" and were linked to "outlaw criminal motorcycle gangs".

Mr Gillis said the Mackay Tactical Crime Squad searched Coulahan's home on January 23, after suspicions were raised.

Coulahan was not at home, but his mother told police "she knew he was associating with a male who she believed was a member of the Outlaws criminal motorcycle gang".

Police searched a gym bag in the back of a car and found the two rings belonging to Coulahan, who initially said he "found the rings and kept them".

Coulahan admitted to police he knew what the rings' insignia referred to and he received a warning for "consorting".

Mr Gillis said the public nuisance offence involved Coulahan instigating a fight with a man during a night out in Mackay city centre.

In defence of Coulahan, defence barrister Phillip Moore said his client, who had no relevant criminal history, spotted the rings online and bought them as he "thought it was cool".

Mr. Moore had played some part in the public nuisance offence and he said Coulahan "generally keeps out of trouble".

In his sentencing remarks, Mr Dwyer said Coulahan entered an early plea, but it was the second time he had been "violent near licensed premises" in recent times.

Coulahan was fined $1500 and banned from entering Mackay Safe Night Precinct until June 18. No convictions were recorded.

--by Luke Mortimer
Daily Mecury

THE CHOPPER CHANNEL LIVES--One World Digital Launches 24/7 Choppertown Channel on Twitch for Bikers

New 24/7 channel to feature live and recorded programming for gearheads, such as Choppertown: the Sinners and Jesse James: Austin Speed Shop to real-time coverage of rallies, races, and more

One World Digital, LLC today announced the official launch of its 24/7 Choppertown channel on social video service Twitch. The channel (twitch.tv/choppertown) features motorcycle, hot rod, racing and other gearhead content curated from over a decade of library acquisitions and original award-winning productions.

The channel will also include live programming from motorcycle rallies around the world, visits to underground shops, and live coverage of motorcycle racing events, such as Harley-Davidson’s Hooligans and others.

“Twitch has built an incredible service based on community and conversation,” said One World Digital CEO, Zack Coffman. “We have spent the past twelve years engaging and building a massive global community around our films and it’s incredible to finally have an interactive linear channel dedicated to our audience and easily available to our fans on a global scale.”

"The Twitch community has a wide range of interests with Choppertown representing the latest in compelling new programming," said Jane Weedon, Director of Business Development, Twitch. "By letting the Twitch community interact in real-time with Choppertown's impressive library of gearhead TV shows and films, as well as live content from races and rallies, it marks a cool milestone for 24/7 content on our service."

One World Digital’s launch of a linear channel on Twitch builds on its rapidly growing distribution network that includes Facebook Watch, Amazon Prime, Vimeo, and its owned and operated content hub Choppertown.com.

Coffman continued, “The interactivity is what makes Twitch so exciting. Our fans love to discuss their passions and this gives them a chance to get together in a great environment whether in front of a TV, via desktop or mobile.”

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WEATHER REPORT FROM NEW ZEALAND-- I hope you had a safe journey home and you left in good time. We have a cyclone Gita tracking through the south island and central north island. Maxine (my granddaughter) will be in Christchurch where it is heading. A lot of precautions are being taken to keep people and property safe.

It is unusual for cyclones to come down this way - they usually stay in the
Pacific islands above us, however it is coming this time. I think
the worst will be on Wednesday.

It is wonderful to know that Alma's ashes (my mother) are in her beautiful place
at Eden Garden and you ensured that her wishes were carried out. Alison and I could not help but notice how like Alma you are in your outlook. She lives on in you, gloriously.

Here is the photo I mentioned of her next to the ancient Buddhist monument which as I remember was near where Siddhartha walked in the forest in India.

Very best wishes and love to you and Alison and it was such a pleasure and most interesting to have you visit down here.


Lisa grew up in New Zealand and Long Beach California. She was friends with my mom for 56 years.

NEW LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST LOGO FOR 2018—The party begins. Here is the new 2018 Las Vegas BikeFest Logo.

Contact us for any informantion regarding this year’s event.

Candice Cooley
Marketing Manager
Las Vegas BikeFest
D: 702-216-5845
P: 702-450-7662 x121

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Peer-reviewed study finds that three key global temperature data sets are “not a valid representation of reality.”

By: Rob Bushway - Climate Depot

Source: Climate4You

A research report by James Wallace lll, Joseph D’Aleo and Craig Idso

On the Validity of NOAA, NASA and Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature Data & The Validity of EPA’s CO2 Endangerment

The objective of this research was to test the hypothesis that Global Average Surface Temperature (GAST) data, produced by NOAA, NASA, and HADLEY, are sufficiently credible estimates of global average temperatures such that they can be relied upon for climate modeling and policy analysis purposes.

The relevance of this research is that the validity of all three of the so-called Lines of Evidence in EPA’s GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding require GAST data to be a valid representation of reality.

The conclusive findings of this research are that the three GAST data sets are not a valid representation of reality. In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.

Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever –despite current claims of record setting warming. Finally, since GAST data set validity is a necessary condition for EPA’s GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding, it too is invalidated by these research findings.

Finally, since GAST data set validity is a necessary condition for EPA’s GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding, it too is invalidated by these research findings.

This paper was peer-reviewed and approved by Drs. Alan Carlin, Harold H. Doiron, Theodore R. Eck, Richard A. Keen, Anthony R. Lupo, Thomas P. Sheahan, and George T. WolffAfter the review, Dr Alan Carlin wrote:‘CAGW Is a Failed Hypothesis since It Does Not Satisfy the Scientific Method’Climate alarmism is nothing more than an attempt to scare people with unrealistic hypothetical climate outcomes based on computer models with no predictive power.

— gReader Pro
Climate Depot

Six Figure Donation To Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Building Fund

Sturgis, South Dakota, February 20, 2018 - Construction on the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame renovation roared into the new year courtesy of the Law Tigers motorcycle lawyers. Set to expand to two campuses by the 100th Anniversary in 2020, the Main Street location gets a major revitalization for 2018, courtesy of generous donations from supporters such as the Law Tigers.

"We are proud to be involved with such an amazing organization," says Ari Levenbaum, VP of Marketing for The Law Tigers, a professional association of motorcycle injury lawyers who help riders every day. "Law Tigers is excited to provide some of the finances needed to build the new Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. It is important to recognize and honor those individuals who have done their part to support the different aspects of the motorcycle industry."

The entire organization is passionate about motorcycling and has some pretty impressive bikes in their corporate collection. "The Museum represents achievements and important milestones within the motorcycle industry, and Law Tigers motorcycle lawyers are happy to do their small part to ensure a lasting legacy."

"It's been an exciting Spring," says Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Executive Director Myrick Robbins. "The Law Tigers jump-starting the building fund has taken our very aggressive expansion effort from the planning stage on paper to the reality of construction. It has been an amazing journey so far, but the best is yet to come!"

"Our support and the support of others will allow future generations to have somewhere to visit that showcases the history of motorcycles and the history of the motorcycle industry, as well as the pioneers who made lasting contributions," adds Levenbaum. "Since the age of eight, I grew up first on dirtbikes and later riding street legal motorcycles, but I never really knew the history of motorcycles as a youth. Riding motorcycles has enriched my life in so many ways. I feel it is important to pay it forward and acknowledge those individuals who have had an impact on the industry."

The Law Tigers motorcycle lawyers are fully committed to showcasing the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum through a host of resources, including taking some of its motorcycles on the road to other events like the Mecum Auctions, promoting the museum online and providing financial support for many years to come. "One of the reasons we decided to make a substantial donation to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum was to show other businesses and organizations just how important this institution is for future generations," explains Levenbaum. "It is my hope that our contribution will help motivate other individuals and businesses to make equal or greater contributions to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame."

Join the Law Tigers by becoming a Sturgis FUNdRider by contributing here: www.sturgismuseum.com/contribute


NEW FROM COBRA--Start 2018 Off With A Bang!

At Cobra, we realize that the most important time of the year is riding season! Get your bike ready to roll with the best exhausts and accessories in the industry. Below you will find what we have been cooking up over the winter.

2018 Softail Mufflers

We have been on the gas, trying to produce the best slip-on's for Milwaukee Eight® Softails - and we succeeded! Starting with our new Neighbor Hater 3-inch slip-ons, featuring a 2-inch baffle, high density e-glass packing, and a sound that is unmatched. Available in Chrome and Black.

2018 Softail Mufflers

We know you want options, so we didn't just make one style of muffler for the new Softails. Introducing the RPT 3-inch slip-on mufflers. These mufflers are constructed with the same internals as the Neighbor Haters, but with a different core design. This was done to create a slightly quieter sound, if that is what you're looking for.

Detachable Backrests

Detachable Backrests are also available for the new Milwaukee Eight Softails, as well as most older Sportsters®, Dynas®, and Softails®. These kits come with everything you need to install on your bike. Backrest, mounting hardware, and pad are in the box and ready to install! Best of all, there is no need to relocate the turn signals! Click the image to see our new low price!

Neighbor Hater Series

Our Neighbor Hater mufflers have quickly become one of the most popular mufflers in the industry. So we decided to expand the line to include multiple designs, but using the same baffle design. All the same Neighbor Hater bark, but with a whole new look. Below you will find the new Dual Cut tip, Neighbor Hater mufflers, followed by the 909 Uppercut's. Click the images to learn more about each new product.

2018 Cobra Catalog

We are excited to announce the new 2018 Cobra Catalog! If you would like one mailed to your house, free of charge, click the image below!

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Maybe I will run into you at Tropical Willies?????

mike pulli
charlotte, NC
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Editor Response I will be there. Look forward to it.

I keep hearing all of this international whining about my country and how safe their country is and free health care to boot. Someone has to pay for free health care. Get over yourselves. Maybe you have not noticed but the shooting happened in gun free zone.

deland, FL
Friday, February 23, 2018
Editor Response And by a guy the authorities knew about on several occasions. This shooting stuff needs to stop. We need to find a way. I watched a discussion with the President and several authorities yesterday. And I agree with you. If we are weak, we are easy targets.
Sorry Uncle Monkey your way off this week. Universal healthcare is not the answer. Remember the U.S. has over 300 million people in a smaller geographic footprint than Canada with 35 million.

The U.S. is gonna have at least 10 times the crazies, and it’s probably more than that when you pack people in like sardines. Even with free care you have to want to use it, and crazy fucks don’t know they’re crazy.

We need to look out for one another. Sense of community is destroyed by overpopulation, but if we don’t figure out how to bring it back this shit will continue. IMHO of course.
Ride free

Emma Lake, SK, Canada
Friday, February 23, 2018
Editor Response Well put.

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