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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Rogue, Dmac, Laura, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Prince Najar, Marilyn Stemp, Buck Lovell, the Redhead, and the rest of the gang

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The world is completely whacked as we know.
Today is the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. A country in Europe wants to ban farming. The Fed raised the interest rates again. California is trying to add a tax on how many miles you drive. I went to pick up my ’58 Chevy. As I rolled onto the freeway a wheel fell off. The same tow truck driver came to my rescue, plus Buck Lovell who worked for Hot Bike and American Bagger for years.

Let’s hit the news. I know this day is going to be insane. A guy called and said he can start to work on the road to my shop today. Hang on.

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Attention All Gold Rushers

 Gold Rush reservations are now available to purchase for the Fowlerville, MI and Bloomville, OH Rodeos. Get yours today!

Attention All Vendors

The 2023 Easyriders Rodeos are just around the corner, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to showcase your products at the original Easyriders Motorcycle Rodeo!

This event will attract thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts for a weekend of camping, dirt track motorcycle rodeo competition, live concerts, and more. As a part of the biker rally, we are seeking the best motorcycle-lifestyle related vendors from all over the country, and with limited vendor space, it's important to sign up today!
If you have any used motorcycle parts lying around, you can also take advantage of our special pricing in the "Used Parts Corral" and turn those unused parts into cash instead of collecting dust in your shop.

If you have any questions shoot us an email at

Complete vendor and event information can be found at


I am happy to share a much-anticipated update on Damon's progress so far, and plans for the upcoming year.

Late last year, we completed the final bodywork design for the HyperSport and made hundreds of firmware, software, and throttle mapping improvements to ensure that the bike is the best it can be.

Soon, we will begin implementing and testing regenerative braking, followed by ABS and traction control testing.

If all goes smoothly, we hope to have customer test ride bikes coming off production lines later this year.

On behalf of the entire Damon team, I want to express heartfelt gratitude for your support over the last few years. We can't wait to see you on a Damon Motorcycle in the future.

See you on the road,
Jay Giraud
CEO, Damon Motorcycles


Harley Q1 North America Retail Unit Sales -17%, with Global down by -12%; Revenue up by +20%

Polaris Reports Total Sales Revenue +22%, with Domestic Indian Motorcycle Unit Retail Flat in a Down Market

--Headlines from AMD Custom Week


New York City is expected to pass a proposed bill next month that would make it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of weight.

At the end of April, surveyed 1,000 working Americans to find out if they have experienced discrimination in the workplace due to their weight, height, or level of attractiveness.

Key findings:

36% of working Americans have experienced one of these forms of discrimination

26% have faced weight discrimination, 23% discrimination based on level of physical attractiveness, and 12% height discrimination

Those who self-identify as overweight or unattractive were more likely to say they experienced weight or physical attractiveness discrimination

As a result of discrimination, employees’ careers and mental health were impacted 1 in 12 say concerns about how their physical appearance is perceived prevents them from wanting to go into the office more

You can view the full results here:

--Julia Morrissey
PR Team

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.


We have scheduled our next planning meeting for the Black Hills Motorcycle Show for MONDAY MAY 8, 2023 at 10 am MST. If you are able to attend in person, we will be at Deadwood Custom Cycles, 10 Lee Street Deadwood, SD 57732. If you plan on being on the zoom call, the link is below.

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Thank you for being involved with this incredible event!

Jason Mook
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"We are going to run one of his wild chain primary drives on our VL, XA, FL Knucklehead project bike. A brother was concerned about strength and no compensator sprocket. I reached out to Paul." -- Bandit

No reason for concern and complications.

I thought of that issue when I first started making these 20 years ago. The power at the motor sprocket is less than any load carried by the final drive chain through the gears. Only in Top gear is the load even equal, as those are 1:1 ratio gears. In any gear below Top, the load on the final-drive chain is more that that of the primary drive chain. So, this is why I had no worries about adapting final-drive chain for use on the primary.


Paul Cox Industries
Port Jervis, NY


TMMR: Go for the Bikes, Stay for the Music (and the Bikes)

We’re pretty sure you already know about the motorcycle part of TMMR for 2023 but in case you’re not up on the music side of it, here’s what you can expect. That’d be three great nights of music highlighted by Whey Jennings, Nikki Lane, and Paul Cauthen.

And if you’re thinking of staying at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch for the weekend, they’ve still got lots of space for you to set up camp. Enjoy the fun of camping under the stars, meeting tons of great folks and the creek, open fields and shady trees all just steps from the action.

Come by RV, camper, tent, van, or even a hammock if that’s how you roll. Just get your spot locked in and start packing.

Note: All of the RV power hook-ups are sold at this time, so get yourself a primitive (no hook-up) RV site, plan to run on generator, and if you like, you can still get on the waitlist should any power-spots become available.

(Just click on the waitlist at checkout; your credit card will only be charged if a spot opens and you approve). Pump-out and water service is available on-site as well as two showerhouses, a camp store and nearby general store.

So, don’t miss out on the memories, mayhem and magic you experience when you stay at the ranch at #TMMR23, May 18-21, 2023 at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, Hurricane Mills, TN. And, of course, we’ll be there as part of the 2023 VTV USA Tour, so stop by and check out our show too.

--Jeff Holt


Illegal bike racing in Bandra, Mumbai, INDIA

Police traced a resident of Bandra Reclamation area as the man behind drag racing on city highway. They are looking for him while his accomplice is already behind bars.

Dozens of young bikers had gathered for motorcycle drag racing on Western Express Highway in the affluent suburbs of Mumbai city, on the intervening nights of Monday and Tuesday (2 am on April 4) with the intent to set a record and thus win a cash prize, as mentioned on an Instagram post, but Mumbai police foiled their plans.

“Since money was involved in this illegal race, we invoked the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act besides booking the bike racers under IPC and the Motor Vehicle Act,” police stated.

In one of the major crackdowns on late-night bike racing, 72 people were arrested while 10 minors were detained and 48 motorcycles and scooters seized by Kherwadi police. This was not just a nuisance on the roads but dangerous to any persons and vehicles and passerbys on roads during such racing events.

For the first time Mumbai police invoked the Maharashtra Prevention of Gambling Act in bike racing case.

The racers race on stretches of 400 metres at different locations on the highway. Once the racers entered the trap, the cops shut both the ends. A large number of policemen were deployed for the operation.

Bikers increase the engine capacity on the sly through something called porting. When the bikes are ported, the fuel is sucked into the engine in a rush, boosting the velocity. Indian bikes that max out at a 125 kmph notch up to 220 kmph after porting.

One wrong move will send riders flying, screeching, tumbling to death, or if they are lucky, to a hospital.

In another instance a biker performing a wheelie with two girls on his bike was traced and arrested after a video of his stunt became viral.

Refer detailed source:

-- Wayfarer


For the past few years, we've been monitoring a concerning trend in traffic enforcement: a steady shift towards more and more automated ticketing. Unfortunately, this trend appears to be gaining momentum. In California, we've witnessed a surge of bills introduced that attempt to authorize various forms of ticketing cameras, speed cameras, school bus cameras, bus lane cameras, and bike lane cameras. Last legislative session, California lawmakers even proposed a bill to allow cameras to ticket for loud mufflers. Washington D.C., in addition to its already intrusive red light and speed camera program, is considering stop sign and pedestrian right-of-way cameras. And just this month, the state of New York began deploying highway work zone cameras.

Is this really about safety? Or is it about money?

As one of our loyal NMA members, you are aware of the problems with these revenue-generating programs. First of all, photo enforcement programs are implemented with the promise of improving “safety for all,” however the statistics will often fail to show results. Once put into place, these programs insulate the public from post-implementation studies, if they are even conducted at all. Worse yet, we learn that those photo ticket cameras, if deemed to be ineffective (a monetary measure, not a safety measure), are sometimes moved to more profitable intersections. This often coincides with intentionally shortened yellow lights.

What makes camera tickets difficult to fight?

In many states, camera tickets are re-classified as civil violations, not infractions. As such, these ticketing programs are able to "automate" the adjudication process as well. Instead of receiving a traditional hearing in traffic court, drivers are relegated to administrative hearings, where jurisdictions can deny defendants most of the due process rights to which they would normally be entitled. In effect, these hearings are not designed at all to be platforms for justice. Defendants are presumed guilty, with limited options for a defense. It's essentially "pay up and move on."

The NMA is intervening on your behalf.

Fortunately, we've been able to defeat most of the automated enforcement bills in California. Last year, we successfully blocked the loud muffler bill, a school bus camera bill, and a speed camera bill. So far this year, we've blocked a school bus camera bill (for the seventh time) and are currently fighting against another speed camera bill (for the sixth time).

Try as we might, we simply can't be everywhere, nor can we know about every new attempt to impose automated enforcement on an unsuspecting population.

Please tell us when you hear of ticketing programs in your area!

If you hear about any new efforts to pass legislation authorizing ticketing cameras or jurisdictions looking to start their own programs, please let us know. We may not be able to fight every battle across the US, but we can at least help you fight the good fight in your city or state.

If we're not vigilant, we'll soon see automated ticketing replace live police for all traffic violations everywhere, resulting in massive ticketing and a significant loss of rights. Let's not allow that to happen. By being our eyes and ears on the street, you can help us help you.

--By Jay Beeber, Director of Policy & Research

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Feature Bike Editor

The 5/8 Jak Shirt is the shit, even at the Smoke Out. Click for action.
The 5/8 Jak Shirt is the shit, even at the Smoke Out. Click for action.


Why do seagulls fly over the sea? If they flew over the bay, they would be bagels.

How does the man in the moon get his hair cut? Eclipse it.

Why don’t ants ever get sick? Because they have little anty bodies.

--EL Waggs
Certified Librarian
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The team in Sturgis.
The team in Sturgis.


Outlaw Runs Outside the Notorious Buffalo Chip

Bob T. is still pissed off, he wasn't there.
Bob T. is still pissed off, he wasn't there.

At the last minute we decided, I’m not saying who, to do it outlaw style and go for a road test on the remote, infrequently traveled Sturgis back road. I started to coordinate the team for the end of April and pray for clear weather. It snowed significantly last week.

Micah needed to study his schedule. He’s involved tuning TROG race bikes. Also, plans for the next cross-country Cannonball loomed.

Our team included Sturgis Museum, Sinner Irish Rich, 45-Trike John Martinesko, Luke from Switzerland, the Redhead, Cabana Dan, bike builder, Sturgis Hamster, and the Calamity Vickie from Florida.

It’s was wild and successful. Check the story at:


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I'm interested in the Greg Wrightstone CO2 Pamphlet.
I have passed along Green Murder and Inconvenient Truth to a coworker. She has just been accepted for a masters program. Wondering if the argument on CO2 would be a good subject for a thesis once she completes the program and looks at the next level.


Order Greg's book and learn the facts. Click on the image.
Order Greg's book and learn the facts. Click on the image.

"I will ship the pamphlet out right away. Glad you enjoyed Greg’s book. I will ship pamphlets to anyone who wants one. It’s bullshit that we can’t trust our lovely government to share the truth with us." 
-- Bandit  ( )


High Point: Shandaken Mountains
by Asher Brown Durand

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 759

This work, first shown at the National Academy of Design’s annual exhibition in New York City in 1853, depicts a scene near the town of Olive, New York, where Durand spent the summers of 1853 and 1855.

During those months, he repeated sketches he had made of a nearby mountain, High Point (also known as Ashokan High Point), on an earlier visit to the region in 1847.

In this painting, in contrast to his large “historical landscapes,” the artist focused on depicting light and shade in the type of bucolic setting popular with an increasingly urban American public—represented here by the couple fishing on the bank of the stream, enjoying the bounty of nature.

Title: High Point: Shandaken Mountains
Artist: Asher Brown Durand (American, Jefferson, New Jersey 1796–1886 Maplewood, New Jersey)
Date: 1853
Culture: American
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 32 3/4 x 48 in. (83.2 x 121.9 cm)
Credit Line: Bequest of Sarah Ann Ludlum, 1877
Accession Number: 77.3.1
Signature: [at lower left]: A.B. Durand 1853

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The all-new Hot Bike: Issue 1 2023 printed magazine is out now! This is the first issue to print since 2018 and we had to make sure it was special and worthy of your time.

We take a closer look at Team Saddlemen's Cory West and Patricia Fernandez-West. The teammates, competitors race professionally in the Mission King of the Baggers and Mission RSD SuperHooligans series. Did we mention they're also married? Learn more about the Wests's wild ride in the new issue of Hot Bike HERE.

An Arch motorcycle is unique. So much so, that each is aesthetically tailored to its owners preferences. We take a detailed look into Arch Motorcycle's 1s from the Arch owner's perspective as we sit with co-founder Gard Hollinger and one of his customers/friends to understand the process of designing and building a truly one-of-a-kind motorcycle.




Bikers inside the Beltway – “Building toward total success!”? The event is two weeks away and the claim is either arrogant or wishful thinking. It’s neither.

Since the late eighties, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and motorcyclists’ rights advocates have journeyed to Capitol Hill on behalf of the nation’s motorcyclists. Since 2009 and the inception of Bikers inside the Beltway, the journey matches the MRF’s immediate and long-term legislative goals.

With over one hundred registered attendees, the hotel is totally booked. Although rooms may be available at neighboring hotels, we can make no recommendations. Finding rooms on the Blue or Yellow Metro lines is possible on a first-come basis.

The event hotel (Embassy Suites at 1900 Diagonal, Old Town Alexandra) is on notice to expect more attendees than we’ve experienced at the past three Bikers inside the Beltway, and they are preparing for the MRF Board meeting (open to all) on May 15. Briefing packets and “leave-behinds” are being assembled for the 6:00 p.m. briefing on Monday evening.

Registration for Bikers inside the Beltway is free, and even if you are staying at another hotel, you are requested to register now to ensure we have your state’s leave-behind packet ready. Use the link or the QR code below for Bikers inside the Beltway registration.

To ensure that the mission of getting our message to Congress continues to be successful, it is not too late to act on the following:
  • Make your appointments locally or in Washington.
  • Familiarize yourself with the briefing points.
  • Confirm your appointment locally or in Washington.
  • Virtual or in person, make notes on your meeting.
  • Share your meeting notes with the MRF.
The MRF’s victories, realized in the waning hours of the 117th Congress in December, came to fruition because of dedicated freedom fighters and events like Bikers inside the Beltway. The MRF will continue to stand and hold common ground to oppose profiling, support the right to repair, support policies to protect motorcyclist from the perils of sharing the road with autonomous vehicles, and oppose the distribution of ethanol-15 without pump identifiers.

Bikers inside the Beltway -- an essential element of the MRF’s grassroots activism. Act now to attend the pre-event briefing and Q&A for visits to Congress, scheduled for 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 15. Again, briefing packets and “leave behinds” will be available during the briefing.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s Bikers inside the Beltway — May 15 & 16, 2023.

Thank you for your commitment to the ongoing fight to promote and protect the rights of all motorcyclists.

Yours in Freedom,
Fredric Harrell
MRF Director of Conferences & Events

PS The event recap and de-briefing will take place at the Embassy Suites on Tuesday, May 16 from 6-8:00 p.m.


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this is an informative post and it is very beneficial and knowledgeable.

Byrd Franklin
Canada, Khác
Monday, August 21, 2023
I'm REALLY interested in learning MORE about that Paul Cox Primary Drive set-up. It might look GREAT in the Indian Board Track re-creation I'm building right now....

Get in touch with me Bandit....or I'll be hunt'n YOU down

el Waggs
Oceanside, CA
Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Editor Response Yes sir.

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