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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Barry Green, J.J. Solari, Laura, Joe Smith, Bob T., Sam Burns, The Redhead, Rogue, El Waggs and the rest of the gang

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This should be interesting,
but first I need my second cup of coffee. The shop is flying together, but weather is a constant factor. It might start to snow tonight or tomorrow.

Jason’s crew is moving quick to build the exterior walls, add the trusses and roof. Once the exterior is in place we can heat and pour the interior slab.

So, what’s a poor biker to do but to buy parts and pieces, so when the shop has the green light there’s shit to build.

Let’s hit the news:

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The Prism x Bates Solo Seat and P-Pad were 100% made by the Bates team in Long Beach using the original templates, material and decades of experience their team carries with them.

Click for Action.
Click for Action.


Curated by Paul d'Orléans, and presented by the Sasha Tcherevkoff and the Motorcycle Arts Foundation (with support from Harley-Davidson), 'ADV:Overland' celebrates the spirit of adventure! Round-the-World, long-distance racing, off-world prototypes, and sci-fi fantasy vehicles in one remarkable exhibit.


Happy New Year! As is the case every two years, 2022 is an election year for much of Congress. All 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, and 1/3 of the U.S. Senate are up for reelection in November. Add state and local elections to that and literally thousands of elections will take place this year.

What’s been interesting about this year’s congressional races is the number of lawmakers who are retiring, and not seeking reelection. While every year has a handful of retirements, 2022 might set a record! As of this week, 37 Representatives (26 Democrats and 11 Republicans) as well as 6 Senators (1 Democrat and 5 Republicans) have announced they will be stepping down at the end of the year.

The reasons for retirements vary, some are seeking higher office, others are fed up with Washington D.C. and others are simply avoiding potential election defeat. Regardless of the reason for these departures, it’s surprising that nearly 10% of lawmakers are headed for the exits.

There are two important things you as a Motorcycle Riders Foundation member should take away from these retirements. First, if your elected official is retiring, have they been supportive of MRF priorities in the past? In the final months of their time in D.C., many congressional offices will change their tune on issues and be more supportive of topics they avoided in the past. It doesn’t hurt to reach out again, and push for MRF priorities before the lawmakers are gone for good.

Ask the MRF D.C. team if we can help!

Second, with so many vacancies around the country, it’s a great time to get to know new candidates. Getting in on the ground floor and building relationships early in the process is one of the best ways to impact change and support your fellow bikers.

In 2020, bikers in Michigan developed an early relationship with a candidate for office months before the election. That candidate won and became a U.S. Representative! She still fondly remembers the support she received early on from riders in her district. So, get involved early and introduce yourself to the new crop of leaders headed to D.C.

Below is the current list of lawmakers departing their current positions. This list will grow in the coming months, keep your eyes and ears opened and stay up to date on who represents you in D.C. Reach out to the MRF D.C. team if you have any questions about the changing make up of Congress.

Alabama: Brooks, Shelby
Arizona: Kirkpatrick
California: Bass, Lowenthal, Roybal-Allard, Speier
Colorado: Perlmutter
Florida: Crist, Demings, S. Murphy
Georgia: Hice
Illinois: Bustos, Kinzinger, Rush
Kentucky: Yarmuth
Maryland: Brown
Michigan: Lawrence
Missouri: Blunt, Hartzler, Long
New Jersey: Sires
New York: Reed, Suozzi, Zeldin,
North Carolina: Budd, Burr, Butterfield, Price,
Ohio: Gonzalez, Portman, Ryan
Oregon: DeFazio
Pennsylvania: Doyle, Lamb, Toomey
Texas: Brady, Gohmert, E.B. Johnson, Vela,
Vermont: Leahy, Welch
Wisconsin: Kind


NEWS FROM THE BUCKLEGUY--When to Use Pricking Irons & Stitching Punches

Pricking Irons and Stitching Punches are tools for preparing holes in leather before hand stitching. But which ones should you use and when?
The primary difference is pricking irons cut slits or pricks through the leather, while stitching punches make actual holes. With the irons, the different options are based on the shape and direction of the cuts, which determines the length and direction of the stitches. With punches you instead have the option to choose the size of the holes that are cut from the leather.

The other big difference is your personal aesthetic; do you prefer the final look of pricking irons, or the round hole punches?!

With both irons and punches, you can choose the distance between the teeth depending on how tight or wide you want the stitches to be. You can also choose how many teeth you want depending on the application and scale of your project.
Both pricking irons and stitching punches work with a variety of threads used for hand stitching. These include Maine Thread, Ritza Tiger Thread, and Fil Au Chinois. With stitching punches you also have the ability to use a thicker thread or lace as well.

Made in South Korea, Sinabroks irons and punches are top-of-the-line tools due to their fine materials and craftsmanship. They all have hand-polished teeth for precision cuts and smooth entry and exit. We recommend using vinyl pricking pads to protect the teeth instead of a standard cutting board.

--The Buckleguy Team

NEWS FROM THE AEROSTICH SERVICE CENTER--Our repair experts are available to turn-around incoming work quickly this time of year.

So, this is a great time to get your Aerostich gear carefully repaired or refurbished - or even have us clean and renew the water-repellent treatment. Your suit, jacket, or pants will be ready to ride again well in time for spring.

(Average turn-around is 1-3 weeks.)

BIKERNET UNIVERSITY NEW ZEALAND CAMPUS REPORT--Have a read of this and quiz your grandkids.?
Lost Words From Our Childhood

Mergatroyd! Do you remember that word? Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd? Heavens to Mergatroyd!

The other day a lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy; and he looked at her quizzically and said, "What the heck is a Jalopy?" He had never heard of the word jalopy! She knew she was old ... But not that old.

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology. These phrases included: Don't touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we put on our best bib and tucker.

Heavens to Betsy! Gee whillikers! Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy Moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of being aknucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

We wake up from a short nap, and before we can say, "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!" Or, "This is a fine kettle of fish!"

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind. Where have all those great phrases gone?

Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it. Don't forget to pull the chain. Knee high to a grasshopper. Well, Fiddlesticks! I'll see you in the funny farm. Wake up and smell the roses.

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...
See ya later, alligator! Okidoki.

You'll notice they left out "Monkey Business"!!!


--Graeme Lowen
New Zealand Editor™

HOT NEWS FROM DIME BAG LEATHERS--Working on Race and Rally leather wallets. Be sure to checkout True Grit Vintage Motorcycle Show in Daytona Beach Hosted by Warren Lane with all the greats attending.

Please Like follow and share social media links.

Warren Lane @atomic_metalsmith

--Adam Croft

Click for custom leather seats and leather products.
Click for custom leather seats and leather products.

CULTURE--'OLIVE HAGER, THE 'MILE A MINUTE' GIRL--She was probably the first woman to ride a Wall of Death, in the same year the vertical Wall was invented - 1914.

Olive Hager found fame, a career, and love on the Wall, and she rode for decades, regardless of injuries and accidents - even fatal ones.
It's a remarkable story by Motorcycle Hall of Famer Cristine Sommer-Simmons.

5-BALL LEATHER ORDER STATUS-- Thanks for keeping me posted on MY status! I think I have all your books, but I am always happy to get another!

Click to grab a copy.
Click to grab a copy.

Does it amaze you at how prophetic Sam Orwell has become? I don't think we are there yet, but there are certainly people in the world that would love to make internal combustion engines illegal!

They have obviously forgotten their first bicycle or their first car and the sense of freedom it gave them!! And there is no feeling better than a cross country ride on your bike!!

Hell yeah!!
Ride hard, live free Amigo

Click to buy a Hal T.
Click to buy a Hal T.

2021 was a Championship year for SBS BRAKE PADS--
Again in 2021, SBS is the preferred choice for the world's best championship riders and teams. We are proud to support not only the leading Champions but also help the upcoming talents.

Contact your local dealership to order your posters.

Choose between:

6809726100 / #99 Adrian Huertas / World SSP300 2021
6809727100 / #77 Dominique Aegerter / World SSP600 2021
6809728100 / #95 Tarran Mackenzie / British Superbike 2021
6809729100 / #37 Ilya Mikhalchik / German Superbike 2021

NEWS FROM THE MASTER OF LIGHT--About two years ago, we announced a new "Aviatrix" series. The first piece in the series, titled "The Aviatrix" was a big success.

We are pleased to announce the worldwide release of David's second piece in the series, titled "The Valkyrie".

"The Valkyrie"
David Uhl 2022

David recently stated "The Valkyrie", maidens in service to the chief god Odin, Viking saga /story. I have always loved the pantheon of the Nordic Gods, and believe they have deep connections to Atlantean times".

We are now taking orders for the Fine Art canvas prints in this edition. Each piece will be hand-signed by David and numbered, with Certificate of Authenticity.

If you own the first piece, The Aviatrix, you have first right of refusal for your matching edition number on this new one. And all orders placed by Sunday will receive 10% off the prices below.

If you don't have The Aviatrix and want to collect both pieces, you still have time. As an added bonus, through Sunday if you get both we are offering special pricing on the package. Please email me if interested. Having both will also grant you first right of refusal on matching numbers as the series moves forward.

Edition specifics for "The Valkyrie":

** Image size 24 x 24, edition of 30 plus 5 Artist Proofs and 5 Hors d' Commerce, $1,295 framed.

** Image size 30 x 30, edition of 30 plus 5 Artist Proofs and 5 Hors d' Commerce, $1,895 framed.

** Image size 36 x 36, edition of 10 plus 3 Artist Proofs and 3 Hors d' Commerce, $2,895 framed.

Shipping is additional.
Please let me know if I can be of assistance. As always, thanks for your time!

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

SENIOR EDITOR RECEIVES STURGIS HALL OF FAME RING—John “Rogue” Herlihy just received his Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame silver ring from Frank Zubieta at Nino 925 American Made Jewelry.

For over 20 years, Frank Zubieta has been entrenched in biker jewelry lifestyle personally attending and creating biker jewelry for rallies around the country and worldwide in cities including Sturgis, Daytona Beach, Reno, Hollister, Las Vegas, New York City, and internationally attended by distribution, London, Barcelona, Italy, Germany, Portugal and many others.

Zubieta combines his love for biker jewelry handcrafted in sterling silver, yellow, rose, white gold, and platinum with precious and semiprecious stones to create wearable masterpieces that not only reflect the lifestyle of their owners, but can also be passed down for generations. That's because Zubieta creates biker jewelry with a lifetime warranty.

Zubieta's Biker jewelry is worn by men and women across the globe, with a certified distributor headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Los Angeles based Nino925 biker jewelry is a known and respected brand in the jewelry industry and has been featured in multiple lifestyle magazines and on national television shows..

It means a lot to me to have this ring.

These are the Superbowl rings of the motorcycle industry in size and stature.

Senior Editor™

A one-off factory test 45. Nice.
A one-off factory test 45. Nice.

BIG AUCTION NEWS--Mecum's Las Vegas sale is January 25-29 and returns to the South Point Hotel and Casino! Check out their list of amazing machines!

Brothers are headed that direction from all over the country.


[ chahch-kuh ]

an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.

Tchotchke “an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament” is a borrowing of Yiddish tshatshke, from obsolete Polish czaczko “toy, trinket” (modern Polish cacko), which is cognate with Czech cacka and Russian cacka, of the same general meaning. These Slavic terms are all most likely of imitative origin; with the addition of the diminutive suffix -ka or -ko, the original forms (Czech caca and both Polish and Russian caca) appear to be reduplicated syllables that are typical of baby talk.

In case you thought it was a little strange that a word for “toy” or “trinket” would derive from a doubled syllable, bear in mind that English contains the similarly reduplicated term knickknack. Tchotchke was first recorded in English in the late 1960s.


For a reminder-through-association to work well it needs to be distinctive—something out of place that will catch the eye. To remind yourself to mail a stack of bills in the morning, for example, you might put a tennis ball on top of them …. And to remind employees to fill out the sign-up sheet for the holiday party, place it next to the brand new large snow globe on the receptionist’s desk and let people know to sign-up when they see the distinctive new tchotchke.


Michael Zegen, a star of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” is an unabashed hunter and gatherer. It runs in the family …. He says that tchotchkes make him feel good. “From the time I was a kid I’ve been into knickknacks,” said Mr. Zegen, whose collectibles include an orange Snoopy and a robot.


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* Black ball-milled derby cover
* Color matched stretched saddle bags
* Satin Black Samson true dual fishtail exhaust
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Monster Energy’s UNLEASHED Podcast Welcomes Motocross Champion Adam Cianciarulo--Episode 22 Interviews 25-Year-Old Dirt Bike Racing Prodigy and Team Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider

CORONA, California – January 10, 2022 – Kicking off the 2022 Supercross season with a special treat! Monster Energy is proud to host 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Champion and dirt bike racing prodigy Adam Cianciarulo on Episode 22 of the sports and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny.

“I’m glad that I’ve reached this point that I’m able to go out there on Saturday nights and live my dream. Sports are always going to be up or down with results or injuries. But at the end of the day, there is nothing in my life that I would rather be doing.

It has been a crazy journey,” said Monster Energy’s Cianciarulo on the new edition of the UNLEASHED podcast.

Fans can now get the inside story of Cianciarulo’s pro motocross journey in this latest episode of UNLEASHED. Released today, the new podcast starring Adam Cianciarulo and special guest interviewer “Dirt Shark” Ash Hodges is streaming on all major platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube.

Cianciarulo has been riding dirt bikes for as long as he can remember. He started on his first minibike at age 3 and began racing one year later. His natural talent earned the native Floridian eleven AMA Amateur Motocross National Championships – still an unsurpassed record! As a pro, the Team Monster Energy Kawasaki rider kept collecting trophies, including the 2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series Championship and the coveted AMA Pro Motocross Rookie of the Year award.

Raised in Port Orange near Daytona Beach, Florida, Cianciarulo was born with a need for speed. “My whole existence is really around dirt bikes. I got a bike when I was three years old and just started shredding around on it. I started racing locally when I was four and was pretty naturally gifted at it right away. So my parents were always super supportive and did everything to help me,” he said on the episode.

Soon enough, Cianciarulo’s natural talent allowed him to dominate far beyond local races and attract sponsors at a young age. “It kind of snowballed and became my life, I guess,” said Cianciarulo, who decided to pursue a career as a professional early on. “At age ten, I knew that’s all I wanted to do. I kind of understood the gravity as I get older. But in the moment, I just wanted to win! I just had that drive for it.”

In an unparalleled reign as an amateur racer, Cianciarulo became the winningest minibike rider in amateur motocross history. He clinched eleven AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn, considered the Super Bowl of amateur motocross racing. But he always had his eyes set on fulfilling his lifelong dream of turning pro: “Any accomplishment in amateur racing was always about, how can I be a good pro? I wasn’t counting championships or counting checks. I was always like, how can I be one of those guys racing Supercross every Saturday night? I was just so focused on the process that success came naturally.”

In 2013, Cianciarulo turned pro for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and soon became a force to be reckoned with in the 250 division. After years of battling for the top spot and a heated rivalry with Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis, he finally earned the national AMA championship in 2019. “I just have this desire to win dirt bike races. There is just something about me that I’m obsessed with it. I enjoy that feeling. I wake up every day, how the hell am I going to win?”

Since joining the 450 division in 2020, Cianciarulo has overcome injuries and worked tirelessly to perfect his racing skills. Speaking on the ultra-competitive league, he said on UNLEASHED: “The one thing about the 450 class is that the top fifteen guys have all won championships on 250s. So, your margin for error is just so small. The races are a little bit longer, the tracks are rougher. All the little things you don’t do well show ten times more!”

Heading into the 2022 season alongside teammate Jason Anderson, the prodigy is laser-focused on perfecting his skillset through daily training. “I figured out along the way that the joy is in the doing. To fall in love with the process of what you’re doing every day. And the results will come.” Asked what he most looks forward to in the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross season, Cianciarulo replied: “Winning!”

But better hear the full story yourself! Head over to the landing page to access Episode 22 of the UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny Podcast featuring Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo.

The UNLEASHED with The Dingo and Danny Podcast is here to celebrate the personalities behind the Monster Energy lifestyle. With each episode dedicated to a unique guest or topic, listeners learn about living on the edge and advancing the state of the art in the world of high-energy sports as well as music, games, and pop culture from individuals at the top of their game. More than a drink, Monster Energy is a way of life lived by athletes, sports, bands, believers, and fans – and the podcast is an extension of this unique DNA.

For more on Adam Cianciarulo and our team of motocross athletes visit Also follow Monster Energy on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for exclusive content and athlete features.

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I can't wait to see what you do for that 80 cubic inch flathead. Myself I would restore it the way the original builder done it. Those of you folks that think you can teach a guy or gal how to build a bike in a week end. You are entitled to your opinion. Proper parts are hard to find.

If you can't find what you want but repop or make it. I have been there with Bandit.

Torrance, Calif.
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Editor Response Hang On!
Bad link for Yales.

Friday, January 14, 2022
Editor Response I'll fix it.
I don't agree with you! Been subscribing to Cycle Source for 2 years and it's BORING! All the bikes are the same. All rigids, aftermarket front end, blah blah blah. No originality!

I could teach anyone to build a rigid in a weekend. It ain't hard mounting a fender on a rigid, give me a break! I understand having bikes for the common guy but if you look at the recent issue featuring all the bikes from the past year there are only one or two standouts.

Look at the rigid you just featured under construction from Carl Pussar, this will be a bitchin ride! I'll let my subscription expire.

I pay money for mags that show me something new not stuff I built 40 years ago. Yeah, yea choppers forever, whatever. Build something! And just cause the guy built his own handlebars or sissybar, big deal.

Are there any magazines out there that show some pro builds? A magazine full of garage builds are boring. Sorry. I'm sure this will piss off a lot of people. I'm entitled to my view and I'm not pissing on any of those builders, just the magazine. We all started somewhere but magazines are supposed to spark our imagination by showing us something we haven't seen.

San Jose, CA
Friday, January 14, 2022
Editor Response Great points. Have you seen the new Easyriders Classic Magazine. Let us know what you think. You and I have been in and around the Chopper World forever. We've seen rigids start with extended front ends and Sportsters tanks, because that's all we had. They went wild around 2005 with stretched production choppers and 300 tires. Look what the custom world has done to baggers.

Let's see what the mags do about it...

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