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It's a Tad Nutty, so Hang on!

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Laura, Barry Green, El Waggs, Sam Burns, the Redhead, RFR, Bob T., Marc Morano, and the rest of the gang.

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Life is nuts as we see daily in the news.
But bikers know we are living in the best of times. And a great number of us are preparing for the Sturgis Rally. Hell, I don’t even know what it’s called anymore and I’m living here.

Have a blast.
Have a blast.

We moved in during the month of June and have scrambled ever since to fix up one place for the bros and the other place for the other bros and make it livable for us. We’ve had our challenges including the Samsung refrigerator.

Can you imagine a refrigerator that doesn’t defrost? It would be like building a phone that you can’t shut off. I was sorta impressed with the Samsung refrigerator until the ice maker quit and filled the ice tray (about 5 gallons) with water and it froze into a solid block of ice.

I’ve made serious progress in Deadwood, but still need to road test my ’69 Panhead with the latest Paughco springer. I got a South Dakota Veteran plate coming for my 2014 Indian. I need a few more SD motorcycle license plates and I hope to handle them next week.

Okay, back to work. Let’s hit the News:

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HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--Just when you think misleading headlines couldn’t get more amped?.....Mary papenfuss of the Huffington proves me wrong.

--J.J. Solari

A MESSAGE FROM A BROTHER-- Hey brother I wanted to let you know I just got your bike all tuned up and threw a BDL on her. Everything's still original other than that.

My big brother Mort is a key factor to the knowledge I have on bike builds and the two of us took your bike apart and put her all back together to perfection.

-- Christian Cooper
We can't wait to see a photo.--Bandit 

FROM THE BILTWELL GANG-- Murdock O/S Risers 12" - Black

Murdock O/S Risers are built to accept oversized 1 1/8” bars. Investment-cast top clamp, TIG-welded chromoly uprights and CNC lathe-turned mounting bases create a handlebar riser with unrivaled stiffness and strength for aggressive, technical and high-speed riding.

BILTWELL makes their risers in various sizes and even pullback versions. –Bandit

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS FROM THE MIC--Recreational Trails Program Wins Funding Increase in House Approved Bill
More good news for off-road enthusiasts.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $715 billion transportation bill last week, including up to 75 percent increased funding for the Recreational Trails Program. The RTP funds trail development, maintenance, and educational materials nationwide.

"While there is significantly more work to be done getting the bill passed by the Senate and signed into law by the president, it is great to have the House on-record supporting the increase," said Scott Schloegel, MIC senior vice president of government relations. "We would love to have senators take up the House bill, but they also have their own bills they are working on, so we'll continue to advocate for a similar provision in the Senate."

The multibillion "INVEST in America Act" would spend heavily on road, rail, public transit, and water projects over five years. Proponents of sweeping infrastructure legislation hope that Congress can complete work on it before October 1 and send it to President Biden for signing into law. The RTP is funded with gas tax dollars that powersports enthusiasts pay each time they fuel up off-highway vehicles.

The RTP currently has a funding level of $84 million, and Schloegel said that the budget is long overdue for a significant boost – particularly with the double-digit growth in new-unit OHV sales since the spring of 2020, and the nation's increasing interest in powersports recreation.

"It is estimated that we pay nearly $300 million in off-road gas taxes each year," Schloegel said. "We appreciate that the House agrees that more of those dollars should be put into recreational trails."


CLIMATE HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--the word virtually has no actual meaning that anyone has ever been able to isolate. So, this headline is basically jibberish. But then it was composed by a college graduate.


The Climate has changed for millions of year and won’t stop. It’s not nice or accurate to blame it on the public, but control freaks love to do it.—Bandit
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Click for action.


BUELL NEWS-- Logan Cipala Let’s Freedom Ring on his Buell 1190HCR

[Walhalla, North Dakota]: On July 2, 2021, Logan “The Machine” Cipala celebrated the holiday weekend with a red, white, and Buell win in the open class at Brick Mine Pro Motoclimb. Cipala didn’t stop there, he cleaned up at the event taking home first place in the 450 and 700 classes too. Brick Mine left Cipala “The Machine” in the lead with a solid 50 points, followed by Logan Mead with 44 points, and Harold Waddell with 35 points.

Standing on the podium is a regular thing for Logan “The Machine” Cipala, especially on his Buell® 1190HCR. His nickname comes from the community, seeing his dedication to the sport with his travel and race schedule.
After his clean sweep win on Friday at Brick Mine, Cipala drove south to take part in the Eagle Ridge Pro Motoclimb. Cipala took home another award on the Buell® 1190HCR for the fastest hillclimb.

“It was another great weekend at the Eagle Ridge MC hill climbs in North Dakota. My Mueller Motorsports tuned Buell 1190HCR and Full Throttle Motorsports GasGas MC450 were running and working great. I was able to sweep the Motoclimb Event on Saturday. Riding first in the order in open class I knew it would be a difficult task to take the win," said Cipala. "I committed to a risky line and laid down a ride that would hold into halfway through the second round.

Logan Mead laid down a near perfect run that beat me by a full second. I felt confident I could charge through the motocross style bottom of the hill to make up that time and get through the challenging middle cleanly. Once I made I through the corner I let the Buell power go to work and earned the open win.”
We look forward to seeing Logan claim King of the Hill again, at the Wiseco Shootout this weekend July 10 in Bay City, WI.

Visit the Buell website for more information at:

On June 7th, ATF published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on its website entitled Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces”. The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register on June 10th, 2021, giving interested parties until September 8th, 2021 to file comments. While your NRA-ILA will be filing comments on behalf of our NRA members, it is also important that you submit your own comments, which you can do by clicking the red button below.

Submit My Comment
You can find guidelines on how to properly submit a comment here.

Since 2012, ATF has recognized that stabilizing braces serve a legitimate function and the inclusion of a stabilizing brace on pistol or other firearm does not automatically subject that firearm to the provisions of the NFA. The proposed rule seems aimed at making nearly all configurations of firearms equipped with stabilizing braces subject to the taxation and registration requirements of the National Firearms Act, which is in direct contradiction to the opinions ATF has issued previously.

Due to the discretionary scheme created by the rule, the ATF Director would be given an incredible amount of power over the firearm industry. This comes at a time when President Biden has nominated anti-gun lobbyist and gun ban proponent David Chipman to head the ATF. This draft rule is just one more reason why it’s extremely important for all gun owners to contact their Senators and ask that they vote against Chipman’s confirmation.

Yours in Freedom,

Ken Lan
NRA-ILA Grassroots Programs & Campaign Field Operations

What about changing to 16 in rear or even 18-inch wheels.

Hello, Need Help. Attached is a Power Point diagram of my Chopper measurements. Right now, I have Hydraulic forks, don’t like them!!! Plan on complete restoration, paint an all.

Please look at my measurements and see what Chrome Springers I need to put on my custom Harley. If I have to change rear wheel sizes (18,17,16), or front wheel sizes (16, 18 21, etc) it’s ok.

Need better trail and rideability from what I have now.

--Luis & Bea Padilla

Like so many builders, we put our frame on blocks at the ride height we want and start measuring. Even then there can be adjustments down the build road. Guys like Steve Massicote, at Paughco can be tremendous help.--Bandit

Introducing LiveWire ONE, the first product from the all-electric LiveWire brand--Today, Harley-Davidson, Inc. (“Harley-Davidson”) (NYSE: HOG) presents the evolution of LiveWire ( as a standalone brand and the introduction of LiveWire ONE - the electric motorcycle built for the urban experience, with the power and range to take you beyond.

Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson:

"As part of The Hardwire Strategy, we made a commitment that Harley-Davidson would lead in electric. We recognized the pioneering spirit and brand value in LiveWire for our community and took the decision to evolve the original LiveWire motorcycle into a dedicated EV brand. Today’s LiveWire ONE builds on the DNA of Harley-Davidson but with the electric focus and ambition of the new LiveWire brand. Harley-Davidson and LiveWire will continue to rewrite the motorcycle rulebook and we are excited about this next chapter in our legacy.”

LiveWire ONE: Launching at $21,999* and available to order today at, in addition to select LiveWire dealers, LiveWire ONE delivers the best experience for the urban rider, with personality and soul:

BIKE WITH A PULSE: Haptic heartbeat—adding a touch of humanity to electricity

DIGITALLY CONNECTED: Stream directions, monitor alerts, and track your recharge status

Are you kidding?
Are you kidding?

INSTANT ACCELERATION: Smooth power from the electric motor that can produce 100% of its rated torque instantly

FAST CHARGING: Recharge DC Fast Charge 0 to 100% in 60 minutes/0 to 80% in 45 minutes**

FAR RANGING: 146 miles of city range, capable of traveling beyond the urban grid***

CUSTOM MODES: Define how LiveWire ONE performs and personalize your experience

CONTROL: Advanced rider systems and a 6-axis IMU tracks and anticipates change
With evolved software and hardware, LiveWire ONE builds on the experience of the original LiveWire and reflects the new identity of the LiveWire brand.

LiveWire ONE will debut at IMS North California on July 18, 2021, with demo rides and wider product experience moments.

Innovative model: LiveWire is the first OEM with a hybrid omni-channel model, combining the best of digital and physical, allowing the customer to interact with the brand on their own terms.

Retail experience: LiveWire ONE launches online at and at 12 incoming LiveWire brand dealers**** in California, New York and Texas with additional locations planned for the fall.

Experience Galleries: Designed to facilitate a fully immersive brand experience, the first state-of-the-art LiveWire brand experience gallery is scheduled to open fall/winter 2021.

Online + In the App: With the focus on the digital experience, takes visitors through an immersive journey from vision to product—including a new interactive bike builder, a new mobile app, and a heightened ownership experience.

LiveWire Custom™ Finance: The LiveWire Custom™ Financing Program provides ownership with options, allowing riders to experience the latest LiveWire technology, on short term leasing.

International: Launching in the USA, LiveWire ONE plans to be available in international markets from 2022. For future product news, please see

*Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices for base models. Options such as color are available at additional cost. Prices for additional available models exclude tax, title, licensing, registration fees, destination charges, added accessories and additional dealer charges, if any, and are subject to change. LiveWire reimburses dealers for performing manufacturer specified pre-delivery inspection and setup tasks. Dealer prices may vary.

**Charging rate varies based on output of the charge unit and ambient/vehicle temperature.

***Range estimates are based on expected performance on a fully-charged battery and are derived from SAE J2982 Riding Range Test Procedure data on a sample motorcycle under ideal laboratory conditions. Your actual range will vary depending on your personal riding habits, road and driving conditions, ambient weather, vehicle condition and maintenance, tire pressure, vehicle configuration (parts and accessories), and vehicle loading (cargo, rider and passenger weight).

****For the current list of LiveWire dealers, please visit

USA Heatwave reality check: Global temps below 30-year avg & ‘75% of the states recorded their hottest temperature prior to 1955’ – Worst U.S. heat waves happened in 1930s

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano & author of Green Fraud:

“Here we go again. Any heatwave, hurricane, tornado outbreak, etc. are always used by the media and other climate activists as some kind of ‘proof” of a climate emergency. At least these claims are more plausible than claims that building collapses or illegal immigration are caused by “climate change.”

But currently, the global satellite temperature for June 2021 is below the 30-year average. And despite the U.S. heatwave, there are plenty of record cold outbreaks happening around the globe, (See: Unusually strong cold weather outbreak spreads from Antarctica into central South America, bringing early winter temperature records and first snowfall after decades)

The media gaslights anyone who mocks ‘global warming’ on a record cold or snowy day but has no problem doing the exact same thing whenever it’s hot. As University of Alabama climate scientist John Christy’s research has found: “About 75% of the states recorded their hottest temperature prior to 1955, and over 50 percent of the states experienced their record cold temperatures after 1940.”

In addition, the EPA’s own data has shown that the 1930s U.S. heatwaves were far more severe than current temperatures. (2021 Update: EPA puts inconvenient data on 1930s drought and heat wave down the memory hole)

In short, it is unscientific and nothing short of political lobbying to jump on a heatwave to claim ‘proof’ of man-made global warming. Climate activists’ new motto should be: Never let an opportunity go to waste to blame a heatwave or a flood or hurricane or building collapse or immigration — on ‘climate change.’

Alisa Clickenger and Women's Motorcycle Tours Announces Harley-Davidson as the Presenting Sponsor of the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride

Karen Davidson, Daughter of Willie G. Davidson will join the ride and be a prominent speaker at the Women’s Motorcycle Conference.

Women's Motorcycle Tours welcomes Harley-Davidson as a major partner on the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride (SCMR2021). Harley-Davidson will be supporting the event with dealership events along the way, hosting the Centennial Riders at the 81st Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, offering a unique museum experience and party in Milwaukee, and offering long-distance, rolling demo rides all the way from Milwaukee to Arlington, Virginia. Alisa Clickenger will also be riding a Harley-Davidson motorcycle in the cross-country event.

"Harley-Davidson has a very long history of supporting women motorcycle riders. Beginning with Effie and Avis Hotchkiss, the first two women to ride across the USA in a motorcycle side-car rig in 1915," said Alisa Clickenger, Women's Motorcycle Tours Founder and Centennial Ride Event Producer. "Harley-Davidson has been a significant contributor to the growing number of women riders, and I am honored to be working in partnership with them on this ride and the conference."

"So many female riders throughout motorcycling history have been associated with the Harley-Davidson brand. Vivian Bales, the first motorcycle cover girl, long-distance motorcycle rider, and stunt rider in the 1920s and 1930s was a Harley-Davidson rider, as was Dot Robinson, the founder of the Motor Maids. Bessie Stringfield, the first African-American woman to complete a solo cross-country ride, also rode a Harley-Davidson, and it's delightful that we'll be carrying on her tradition of long-distance motorcycle riding. My Centennial motorcycle events are always at the intersection of historical remembrance and modern celebration, and Harley-Davidson is the perfect partner for us to expand the narrative of bold and audacious women who paved the way for our modern women and our right to vote," said Clickenger.

About the Suffragists Centennial Motorcycle Ride (SCMR2021):

The SCMR2021 is an AMA-sanctioned nationwide event celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment, women’s right to vote. In August of 2021, hundreds of female motorcycle riders will join the celebration in one of 13 cities across the U.S.A. Women and men can join the Centennial Celebration in any number of cities around the USA on August 20-21. Produced by Alisa Clickenger of Women’s Motorcycle Tours, the SCMR2021 is a non-political event celebrating the guiding principles of unity, community and freedom of the road. The SCMR2021 ends at the Women's Motorcycle Festival and Conference in Arlington, Virginia on August 19-22, 2021.

DIPSHIT HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--There must be news contests we don’t know about to see who can come up with the most preposterous "news" item of the day.

--J.J. Solari
Media Consultant™

Harley-Davidson exited Indian market after 10 years of work, believing it is not selling enough. Compared to other premium performance motorcycles such as Triumph, Polaris Indian, BMW, it definitely sold enough models every year.

I mean, surely, they didn't expect to sell million units like small capacity commuter motorcycles or the smaller engine Enfield which costs one-tenth of a Sportster.

To show you how despite pandemic economy how much demand there is for luxury cars and expensive motorcycles, have a look at the below news.

Keep in mind that petrol in India is at an all-time-high of Rs. 100 per litre. Meaning 1 gallon regular petrol costs US $5.

Honda GoldWing comes as a complete unit imported to India just like the expensive touring models of Harley-Davidson or Polaris Indian. It carries the similar price tag of Rupees 4 million that is seen in Road King or Chief models. Suzuki Hayabusa also gets imported as a complete unit. No local assembly. Import duties apply for each unit.

Rs 40 lakh 2021 Honda Gold Wing sold out in India in just 24 hours.
Powering this full-fledged tourer is a 1,833cc, flat-six, liquid-cooled engine that develops 126hp of power and 170Nm of torqu (Rs. 4 million)

2021 Suzuki Hayabusa 2nd Batch Of 100 Units Sold Out in Record 1-Hour
The new-gen Suzuki Hayabusa was launched in India in April 2021 and carries a sticker price of Rs 16.40 lakh (Rs. 1.6 million)

Luxury cars see boom in sales across India despite pandemic blues.
Italian luxury car maker Lamborghini said the company witnessed a 100 per cent rise in sales compared to last year.

Porsche India's sales grow 52 per cent in first quarter of 2021, luxury automaker records best quarterly figures in 7 years.
German luxury brand Maybach SUV is already sold out for 2020 with 50 units already booked during the pre-launch. It is owned by the company who also make Mercedes which is a more affordable car than a Maybach.

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Cover photo of Sam Elliot was from the production of " Mask." I believe. My friend Bandido Fred had to show him how to look like he was working on the set bike. He showed him how to take off the air breather and to put it back on . It is all a matter of perception to the audience.

Torrance, CA
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
My feelings about this covid bullshit is that if they didn't have that it would be the flu. Let it run it's course. Sorry, now it's big business, a lot of profit to be made. I have too get off the soap box, things to do, wax the Pan.

deland, FL
Friday, July 9, 2021
Editor Response Yeah, stay focused on the positive: Panhead, riding, girls and beautiful open roads.

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