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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob t., Sam Burns, Laura, Berry Green, J.J. Solari, Rogue, El Waggs, the Redhead, Steve Phiel and the rest of the gang

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This is show weekend
at the Black Hills Motorcycle Show at the Mountain Grand in Deadwood, SD. Jason Mook and his band of renowned have taken over the historically Rapid City Show. It died because of covid, but now it’s Saturday in historic Deadwood and brothers from far and wide are coming to see it.

May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.
May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.

I started to clean the Knuck for the show.
I started to clean the Knuck for the show.

Jason has a special partner in this chromed endeavor, Charlie. She is not only his wife, but a City Commissioner, a partner in the notorious number 10 saloon and the broad who runs the whiskey bar. Behind that brilliant smile are the fangs of outlaw business. It’s going to be a helluva weekend.

Let’s hit the news:

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AS CALIFA CRUMBLES-- Officials investigate mysterious disappearance of 30-Ton shipment of explosive chemicals in California.

Ammonium nitrate is commonly used as fertilizer but can also be used as an ingredient in homemade explosives

Approximately 61,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used as both fertilizer and an ingredient in explosives, went missing when it was shipped by rail from Wyoming to California last month, prompting officials to begin investigating the mysterious disappearance.

Ammonium nitrate was used in 1995 at an attack on the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The explosion killed 168 people and injured approximately 850.

On April 12, a railcar loaded with 30 tons of the chemical left Cheyenne, Wyoming. However, according to an incident report from Dyno Nobel, when the car arrived two weeks later at a rail stop in the Mojave Desert, it was completely empty.

Dyno Nobel, the company responsible for shipping the ammonium nitrate is a leader in commercial explosives and filed a report with the federal National Response Center (NRC) on May 10.

--fox news

This is not a Pat Kennedy chop, but it's cool.
This is not a Pat Kennedy chop, but it's cool.


Great article on Pat and Brook Kennedy on Bikernet. 1st met them at Kennedy’s in Oceanside 1987. In 1988 I was with Rodent from Outlaw Biker at Yuma Prison Run. Met him at Pop's Place.

Went to the fairgrounds and 1st thing Rodent see's is a beautiful Softail chopper, asks me who that was. I told him Bill Kennedy and that bike was built by Pat, Bill’s brother. October 88 issue of Outlaw Biker came out and there were mostly pics of Pat, Mike and me. Couple of Pat’s choppers, his old Panhead and Bill’s Softtail. This was about the time the floodgates opened on Pat.

His craftsmanship and skill was published around the world. No credit to me, only to the fine people at Kennedy's Custom Cycle.

Mike moved to Edmonton Ky. a few years ago, just sold off inventory and shut the doors on Kennedys due to health issues. Some 39 years having known this band of 3 brothers has been an honor.

Doc, now in Ringgold, Ga. In Stitches Upholstery, 31 Shadbone Ln. , Ringgold, Ga. 30736, phone 406-422-3194 kept my old Montana number when moved here.

WORDPRESS CMS turns 20 years old in May 2023.

The local WordPress community of bloggers, web-developers and hobbyists are hosting a meetup at Marriott hotel -- sponsored by American web-hosting company

I will be attending the event on Saturday May 27, 2023 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm and proudly representing Bikernet Blog which runs on WordPress.

I hope to showcase the fact that Bikernet's pure vanilla blog using old school simplicity can also be effective in content delivery - because ultimately, a website it is not solely about design and graphics, but also about the "content" it publishes.

I will mention the success of Bikernet Blog reaching Top 25 Motorcycle Blogs milestone last year.

BlueHost is a partner endorsed by the official founders of Wordpress and their team, powering over 2 million websites. Their features such as 1-click installation and superior customer service has made them popular with the netizens.

WordPress started in 2003 when Mike Little and Matt Mullenweg created a fork of b2/cafelog. The need for an elegant, well-architected personal publishing system was clear to them even then.

Today, WordPress is built on PHP and MySQL, and licensed under the GPLv2. It is also the platform of choice for over 43% of all sites across the web.

While all users may not be entirely happy with the Gutenberg Block Editor, but you gotta realize that WordPress is now a full-fledged Content Management System. An open-source one at that while competing with the best in the CMS business.

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Ladd Terry became a very good friend after I left ER in 1999. With three PhDs, he was a font of knowledge and insight. He helped me renovate my home in San Pedro, dodge a bad relationship, build motorcycles and improve my writing skills. If you dig around Bikernet, you’ll find Dr. Nuttboy from time to time.

Rest in Peace Brother,


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Brand New J and JD Cams by LINK Engineering Made in the U.S.A

The bushings on this new cam have only been lightly reamed to allow it to slip onto the inspection fixture and may require final sizing before installation.

Below is an excerpt from page 20 of the Harley Davidson publication, "Motor Repair Manual for the Guidance of the Motorcycle Repair Man", copyright 1918.

As it states, the running fit of both the cam followers as well as the cam on the pins is a "free running fit, which translates into 0.0005-inch loose. You, or your motor builder, may have to hone or ream the bushing for final fitment. If reaming, it's advisable to do it on a decent drill press or a mill for accuracy.

You should also enter from the gear side to maintain concentricity of the gears pitch circle to the centerline of the hole. The pin in your particular motor may however be slightly worn in which sizing may not be necessary. If the cam slips on to the pin and spins freely with no bind as is, then re-sizing should not be necessary.

To Inspect, Adjust, or Replace Secondary and Roller Arm Studs

1. Inspect the studs to see whether or not they are loose or worn. To test either stud to see if it is loose, strike it lightly with a small hammer.
A loose stud can be felt and will make a dull thud when struck.

If a loose stud is found, tighten it securely as explained hereinafter.

2. If the stud is tight, inspect it for wear. Try the secondary gear on the secondary stud, and both inlet and exhaust roller arms on the roller arm stud for shake.

These parts are assembled with just a free running fit, the inside diameter of the roller arm bushing or the hole diameter of the secondary gear being .0005-inch larger than the diameter of its respective stud.

Secondary gear studs are ground to ½ inch diameter, while roller arm studs are ground to 7/16 inch diameter.

3. If the exhaust or inlet roller arm or the secondary gear clears its respective stud by more than 0015-inch, the studs or stud plate assembly, secondary gear, or the roller arm bushings should be replaced. Too much clearance at any of these places reduces valve lift and delays valve action, cutting down the efficiency of the motor and also making the motor extremely noisy.

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Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida ripped President Joe Biden Wednesday during a Fox News interview, saying that reversing the president’s energy policies was one of his top three priorities were he to be elected president.

“I have always rejected the politicization of the weather, and I think what we should be doing in the United States is focusing on being energy-independent and making sure that we are utilizing the resources… and oh, by the way, when you have market-based solutions and when you innovate, in Florida we have seen emissions go down dramatically in the last 10 years, but that is through market and innovation,” DeSantis told Fox News host Trey Gowdy.

“What Biden wants to do, he wants take us in a direction where we are like Germany where we don’t have a reliable power grid, where prices spike,” DeSantis said. “California for example, they have a tough time keeping the lights on, and yet they want to ban the internal combustion engine?”

--from Fox News

"Maybe there’s hope,"--Bandit

COMPETITIVE XDA Racers--Ready to Energize VMP

On June 2-4, 2023, the XDA takes Motorcycle Drag Racing to Virginia Motorsports Park for the 37th annual MTC Engineering Summer Nationals.

XDA racers are ready to energize this family-friendly event with the country's fastest and quickest motorcycle drag racing action. In its sixth year under the rule of Tommy and Judy Franklin, VMP is like a fine wine that gets better year after year. With yearly facility upgrades and new additions, the Franklin's are building a state-of-the-art facility that any racer or spectator would want to proudly call their home track.

VMP also features an impressive glass-like racing surface, and along with the XDA's world-class track prep, the combo guarantees record-setting performances at every event.

Orient Express Racing Pro Street
Points Leader - Rodney Williford

The World's fastest and quickest street tire motorcycles will assemble once again for the Orient Express Pro Street class. These 650+ horsepower motorcycles will WOW you every time they take to the track. Their performance numbers always impress as they run at speeds over 230mph in the quarter-mile in only 6 seconds.

Rodney Williford continues his third year of Pro Street domination to lead the championship chase after a season-opening win last month. Williford is a skilled rider; however, the class is full of motorcycles that could knock him out at any given time. He may have his combo figured out, but his competition is right on his back door. His reign will end, the question is, who will have that honor, and will it be one of the twenty-four bikes in next weekend's field?

Pro Street racers are not only competing for a championship but also an invitation to the 27th annual Haltech World Cup Finals presented by Wiseco at Maryland International Raceway on November 1-5, 2023. Racers will be fighting for a top-ten finish in points for the chance to compete in front of over 50,000 fans in November and the $5,000 payout sponsored by Platinum General Services.

DME Racing Real Street
Points Leader - Courtlan Whiting

The DME Racing 7-second, 190mph Real Street class is designed for street-legal sportbikes with limited modifications and a hand clutch. Courtlan Whiting is holding on to the top spot in points for the first time in his career after taking his first-ever Real Street win at the season opener. That spot will be hard for him to hold onto with two class champions ready to draft around him. David Stewart and Mark Hylton sit in the second and third spots, and they both have plans for another championship this season.

HTP Performance Afterdark Underground

Saturday Night, the HTP Performance Afterdark Underground program will feature the "Running of the Bulls" Shootouts and all the Clocks Off racing you can handle!

The track surface will be tight Saturday night as Jason Miller, his #KillerMillerSpiller, and VMP's Tyler Crossnoe along with Jimmy Bradshaw from Sticky Mafia doing their thing to set up another record-breaking track surface.

So grab your lunch money and head out to watch our five premier Shootout classes, Boosted Bulls (Turbo Bikes), APE Nitrous Bulls (Nitrous Bikes), 3 Sixty 5 Transport Monster Bulls (Heavyweights), Tommie's Motorsports DMV Bulls (Up-And-Coming), and All Motor Bulls.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme
Points Leader - Chris Cutsinger

Chris Cutsinger currently leads the MaxxECU Pro Xtreme class, featuring the World's quickest Turbocharged, Supercharged, and Nitrous Injected big tire wheelie-bar motorcycles. After making his Pro Xtreme debut with XDA this year, international sensation Dale Leeks sits in the number two spot. After being unable to make the final at the last event due to a broken transmission, he will be ready to do what it takes for a win next weekend on his turbocharged Hayabusa.

MaxxECU Pro Xtreme is presented by Billy Vose Racing, Fast by Gast, Dunigan Racing, DME Racing, Grothus Dragbikes, Harley Haul, Rob Bush Motorsports, Robinson Industries, Schnitz Racing, Timblin Chassis, and Worldwide Bearings.

HTP Performance Super Stock
Points Leader - Mark Blake

Whoever has the best clutch hand of the weekend will own the stock wheelbase HTP Performance Super Stock class. The class features strict modification rules, stock wheelbase, stock motor, MR12 spec fuel, no air shifters, no dataloggers, and nowhere to hide. Mark Blake holds the reign, but there is a lot of talent in the class this year, and next weekend can be anyone's win! Patrick Cooper ran a personal best of 8.907 and made it to the final at the last event. He will look for redemption, and the winner's circle finish next weekend on his Gen3 Suzuki Hayabusa.

Vance & Hines 4.60
Points Leader - Darion Payne

The Vance & Hines 4.60 class is the World's quickest 1/8th-mile sportsman index category featuring four-second passes in only 660 feet. Darion Payne leads this star-studded class, however, next weekend, fifty other competitors will be looking to take that honor from him. Brad Gleason qualified number one at the last event but got knocked out in the first round; he will be one of countless riders looking to learn from their mistakes in round two of this year's five-race series.

The XDA will additionally hold competition in SIX additional sportsman classes featuring 1 Stop Speed 5.60 Index, Mickey Thompson Tires Top Sportsman, VooDoo Components Bracket Bash, MPS Racing Pro ET, Brock's Performance Street ET, and the Friday night Hard Times Parts & Service Gambler's race. XDA offers up a professional environment and $28,000 in guaranteed payouts for sportsman racers at each event.

Along with over 700 Professional and Sportsman motorcycle racers battling it out for over $90,000 in payouts, the MTC Summer Nationals will feature a vast vendor midway full of great deals on motorcycle parts, accessories, and apparel.

Make plans now to come out and watch or, better yet, #racewithXDA on June 2-4, 2023.

Visit for event information, class rules, schedule, and more.

Class Entry List and Resources
XDA prides itself on having a close-knit group of racers. Below, you will find a list of racers attending this event and links to class-specific groups that you can access to talk to other racers and get your questions answered. Together we are strong.

XDA Facebook Groups

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• Real Street -
• Pro Xtreme -
• 4.60 Index -
• Super Stock -
• 5.60 Index -


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Click to check the shop.
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Clint Eastwood Nina Foch in Rawhide 1959, image courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Clint Eastwood Nina Foch in Rawhide 1959, image courtesy Wikimedia Commons


Born on May 31, 1930, Clint Eastwood went on to vanquish all kinds of movie villains

Later this month, Clint Eastwood turns 93. The winner of four Academy Awards and four Golden Globe Awards, he is a true American legend who made the transition from action hero to sensitive character actor in movies like The Bridges of Madison County, and Gran Torino.

But his finest moments came behind the camera as director of movies like Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River

Refer full article at

--- Wayfarer


Vintage Rides has teamed up with Bike Shed Motorcycle Company to curate a selection of adventures. The first of these tours is the Bike Shed Himalayan Scramble.

A few select spaces are available last minute and we are inviting our Vintages Riders community to take up this opportunity to experience the mighty Himalayas with like-minded adventurers from the Bike Shed community.
Where are they taking you?

The Bike Shed and Vintage Rides take you to two of the highest motorable passes in the world on a 14-day adventure into the incredible Ladakh region. From the heat and hustle of Delhi up through the heart of the Indus Valley, you’ll encounter ancient forts, traditional markets and unbelievable mountain vistas.

To the top of the world?

After a short flight from Delhi we begin the ride in Leh, setting off towards Kashmir following the majestic Indus River to the cliff top monastery of Lamayuru.Then heading north for a descent into the spectacular Nubra Valley and up through its gateway, the mythical Khardung La Pass (5602m/18,379ft).

Lastly, we hit the Changthang Plateau and the infinite beauty of Tso Moriri and Tso Kar lakes.

Push your limits and fill your lungs with the purest mountain air on this Himalayan scramble.

Feel free to contact Ben :
+44?? ??7?362 047 468

For any questions you may have regarding this tour.


Do not correct a fool, or he will hate you; correct a wise man and he will appreciate you.

--Ray Russell
Senior Professor


It took us a long time to discover where Buffalo Bill Cody’s best friend, Jonathan “Buffalo Chips”

White, was buried. I expected him to have been buried at the Fort Meade Cemetery with many of the horse cavalry troops who gave it all while helping to piece this Republic together.

It was quite a surprise to find his grave and an Official US Scout Memorial right at the battlefield where he lost his life to a bullet believed to have been sent his way by Chief American Horse.

American Horse was leading his people in a flight for freedom. Buffalo Chips was riding ahead of the 5th Cavalry and headed to Deadwood. The paths of these mortal enemies met just a few weeks after Greasy Grass (Custer’s Last Stand) about 88 miles north of the Buffalo Chip.

As fate would have it, it was the end of the trail for both men, killed by what turned out to be one of the last battles of the American Indian Wars.

The Slim Buttes Battle occurred on September 9th and 10th, 1876. It is an almost forgotten part of this nation’s history, a clash of two cultures. It was not that long ago and it happened right here. It was not a cowboy & Indian movie. Buffalo Chips is buried right there beside a monument thanking him for his service as a US Scout.

This ride to Buffalo Chips’ grave site began on Memorial Day, a day to celebrate peace and freedom while reflecting upon the many who sacrificed their very lives to create and preserve this Republic.

This ride is in memory of one specific man. As the mother of Marc Alan Lee, Navy Seal, has stated so well, “No man is truly dead until he’s been forgotten.”

September 10th seems a most appropriate day for a ride in remembrance of Jonathan “Buffalo Chips’” White. Riding north through beautiful country Buffalo Chips didn’t live to see, we’ll pass a couple of ghost towns, a bunch of pronghorn antelope, a few
dinosaurs, a stage stop or two and arrive at the historical marker that tells the tale.

The graves and Memorials, almost hidden on the hillside, are set just above the draw that was the site of the deadly violence.

The anniversary of that battle will be a great day for this memorial ride. I’ll be saddling up at 0900 on September 10th at the Big Engine here at the Buffalo Chip Campground.

I invite you to join me.

We’ll stop at a couple of pretty cool places along the way. Bring your own beverage, hardtack and jerky.

You can just show up for the ride. I’d be excited, though, to get a text that you’ll be joining us, rain or shine. 605.641.8490. Please meet me at 8:30 a.m. in front of my Buffalo Chip office. We’ll have coffee & snacks and then, rain or shine, it’ll be kickstands up at 0900 hours. I’m looking forward to another great Ride with you.


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