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Make Roadblocks and the TSA Go Away

By Ben, Bandit, Sin Wu, Rogue, Bob Clark, Bob T., Ken Conte, Prince Najar, Dave Dwyer, and the rest of the crew

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Today will be nuts.
It's as if I turned off the world for 12 days while sailing around the Caribbean on a fast Catamaran. I came home to 6000 e-mails and a crashing computer. It didn't like the overload.

I spent 10 days on this slippery Catamaran peeling along a half-dozen Caribbean islands. At one point we were doing 14.7 knots with just 20 knots of wind as the power source. That's screaming. The average sailboat putts along at 5 knots.

So, I may need to pull the plug on this I-mac and haul it to the doctor tomorrow, but with the help of Ben, we will have a stellar news, with much more to come next week. We never say die, just keep pushing. There's a ton of content headed your way, but I'll touch on the content at the end.

We all live to piss-and-moan about the government and the economy, but in the end we're Americans, and Americans can do anything. I just stumbled onto the latest Newsweek, with a Superman semblance on the cover and the single coverblurb, "America is Winning and Why." I don't like that it's-us-against-them mentality, and I don't believe the author was after a competitive mantra. Inside the magazine there's a terrific article by Daniel Gross, and excerpt from his new book, due out in May from Free Press, "Better, Stronger, Faster," the myth of American decline...

Here are a couple of clips and he gives the majority of the credit to the "resilient and nimble private sector." GM and Chrysler each spent less than 40 days in BK courts. Ford's stock fell to 1.59 in February of 2009 and is back to $18 a share. Some 62 million foreign tourists visited the states in 2011, a record. Folks are learning to cut costs and save more. In 2011 GM sold 620,000 vehicles in China and 555,000 in the U.S. Exports are up to 2.1 Trillion, an increase of 34 percent over 2009. I could go on and on. Either pick up Newsweek or Daniel's book. It will give you a red, white, and blue shot in the arm. Let's hit the news

This article would make most any American feel better about the future again.

Large Stainless Motorcycle Chain Link Bracelet.



1. The support, or point of rest, on which a lever turns.
2. Any prop or support.
3. Zoology. Any of various structures in an animal serving as a hinge or support.

1. To fit with a fulcrum; put a fulcrum on.

An equal partnership is like a see-saw that sits on a fulcrum. There is a balance of power when one partner gives in and then the other does likewise.
-- Shirley Gunstream Poland, Hearing the Silent Cries

A storm of plans, each one trying to make me into a fulcrum.
-- Steven Erikson, Memories of Ice

I wish I could fix my fuckin' computer with a fulcrum.--Bandit, Bikernet Thursday News

Fulcrum originally referred to a bed post from the Latin word fulcire meaning "to prop up."

LACONIA - June 9-17 ACTION GROWING-- Progressive's Laconia Motorcycle Week, "America's Original Riding Rally," is thriving in its 89th year, and adding great new events to its traditional lineup for riders to enjoy during this classic motorcycling celebration June 9-17.

Riders won't want to miss kicking off the week with the 6th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Ride, Saturday, June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Naswa Resort. Ride around the lake with tons of exciting activities at the Naswa. See for details.

The Lobster Pound will host the Laconia Roadhouse Fight Against Autism on Monday June 11th. At 6 p.m. this Autism Speaks event will feature the band Last Picked Kid and at 9 p.m. The Flutie Brothers Band will take the stage, featuring former New England Patriots football star Doug Flutie.

An exciting new event this year is the East Coast Tattour, which brings more than 100 tattoo artists, including some celebrities who have appeared on national television, to the Conference Center at Lake Opechee Inn June 13-16. Vendors, performers, live music and piercing professionals will be on hand to entertain and adorn riders. Those appearing include Amy Nicoletto of LA Ink, pin-up model Laura Lynn and her vintage stage show, and "showdevils" The Enigma and Serena Rose.

The winner of the 2011 Laconia biker build-off, Deadwood Choppers, will return this year to defend their title against five other shops competing for a cash prize. Visit the Lobster Pound J&D tent all week from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to see all the action and pick out your favorite of this year's machines. Sponsored by Spiced Jack 94 Rum and the Lobster Pound at the Laconia Roadhouse, the competition wraps up with a People's Choice contest Saturday the 18th at 4:00 p.m.

Take some time for while in NH to pay a visit at the American Police Motorcycle Museum in Meredith, NH. It's just few miles north of Weirs Beach and a few blocks south of the Meredith Harley-Davidson dealer. Visit them on Facebook before you arrive to learn more.

All the action wraps up on Sunday, June 17th with the Paradise Beach Club Final Party, which ends at 6:00 p.m.

For a complete schedule of the week's events, visit For complete lodging and camping options, visit While you're visiting the Official Progressive's Laconia Motorcycle Week website, be sure to sign-up for the free e-newsletter to learn about new information and special deals!

To contact The Laconia Motorcycle Week Association, email, or call (603) 366-2000.

--Ken Conte

Dear Teri,

Sometimes our liberty slips away silently, and it is almost hard to notice what went wrong and where. The one fortunate thing about the TSA is that they certainly don't fit that definition.

The American people shouldn't be subjected to harassment, groping, and other public humiliation simply to board an airplane. As you may have heard, I have some personal experience with this, and I've vowed to lead the charge to fight back.

Please read the email below from my friend Matt Hawes at Campaign for Liberty. Campaign for Liberty is leading the fight to pressure Congress to act now and restore our liberty. It's time to END the TSA and get the government's hands back to only stealing our wallets instead of groping toddlers and grandmothers.

I hope you will join Campaign for Liberty in this fight.

In Liberty,

Senator Rand Paul

Dear Teri,

The government literally has its hands in our pants.

Everyone knows they've done it for years - reaching in and grabbing our wallets while forcing huge tax bills and piles of debt on us.

But now they've gone too far.

Every inch of our person has become fair game for government thugs posing as "security" as we travel around the country.

The TSA simply must be stopped.

It is out of control, and it gets worse every day.

And it's not even useful in protecting our nation from terrorism.

The TSA tells us that being harassed at the airport "makes us safer," but, time and again, only quick-thinking actions by passengers have stopped dangerous situations on airplanes - from people the TSA let right through security.

One Israeli security expert, who certainly knows a thing or two about how to guard against constant threats, referred to the full-body scanners as "useless."

And just recently, an activist exposed a critical flaw in the TSA's body scanners when he repeatedly got through them just by putting a metal object in a pocket he had sewn on the side of his shirt. Because the scanner uses a dark background, the item blended right in.

These are the kind of results you get when you leave security up to bureaucrats.

Senator Rand Paul has a plan to do away with the TSA for good, but he needs our help.

Will you fill out your petition urging your representative to support - and your senators to co-sponsor - Senator Paul's END THE TSA bill?

Senator Paul got a lot of attention recently for his own encounter with the TSA, where he was detained, harassed, and missed his flight before ultimately being "allowed" to continue his journey. If that is what happens to a U.S. senator at an airport, imagine what is happening to people across the country.

Actually, you don't have to imagine.

*** The so-called "Patriot" Act allows for warrantless searches and wiretaps, government snooping through your bank records, and the issuing of blatantly unconstitutional National Security Letters (NSLs);

*** The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act codifies into law the idea that the government could indefinitely detain a U.S. citizen without trial;

*** The National Counterterrorism Center is now authorized to store your personal information - even with no suspicion of terrorist activity - for up to 5 years.
Our rights aren't simply eroding.

They are being taken out to sea in the wake of a tsunami from our government.

Now, the TSA is working on assaulting Americans outside of the airport, too.

With its "VIPR" program, the TSA is expanding to train stations, bus terminals, and even checking vehicles on public roads.

Soon, we won't be safe from their grabbing hands anywhere.

And as the TSA keeps harassing more customers out of the airports, an already hurting airline industry will continue to struggle - ultimately costing jobs, further driving up the costs of travel, and creating calls from politicians for yet another government bailout to "save" an industry their TSA is helping to destroy.

So will you join Senator Rand Paul and Campaign for Liberty in fighting back?

As always, thank you for all you do for the cause of Liberty.

In Liberty,

Matt Hawes
Vice President


MOTORCYCLE WARNING SIGNS INSTALLED-- in more than 30 Cities for Motorcycle Safety In an effort to help standardize warning signs for motorcycle safety and help reduce the number of motorcycle crashes at intersections involving other vehicles, Allstate Insurance Company has announced plans to permanently install motorcycle warning signs in more than 30 U.S. cities this year. Currently, there is no standard sign for motorcycle awareness.

The yellow, diamond shaped warning sign was created following two years of development, which included 140 temporary installations in various U.S. cities between 2010 and 2011. The signs were designed to establish a standardized warning device that can be used by any local or state agency and would be recognizable to riders and motorists across the country. Simply reading, "Watch for Motorcycles," the sign was developed by Allstate as part of its "Once is Never Enough" (ONE) program - an awareness campaign that encourages people to look twice for motorcycles at intersections.

"Allstate set out to create a standardized warning sign to help increase motorcycle safety at dangerous intersections," said Keith Rutman, vice president of Allstate's consumer household unit. "As more and more of the 'Watch for Motorcycles' signs are installed across the country, we hope that riders and motorists will familiarize themselves with the message and remember to always look twice at intersections, because once is never enough."

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46 percent of all multi-vehicle crashes occur at intersections, oftentimes as a result of a vehicle turning left, impeding the motorcyclist's right-of-way.

"Every day in the U.S., an average of three motorcyclists are killed at intersections in crashes that involve other vehicles, and that's unacceptable," Rutman said.

Through its ONE program, Allstate works with local traffic authorities to identify dangerous intersections for riders and then donates and installs warning signs at the determined locations to increase awareness of motorcycles.

Allstate is also encouraging people throughout the month of May to take the ONE Pledge - committing to look twice for motorcycles at intersections - and share with at least ONE other person to spread the message. For every pledge shared, Allstate will donate ONE dollar toward the creation and installation of more "Watch for Motorcycles" signs at dangerous intersections across the country.

To take the ONE Pledge and help make the roads a safer place to ride, visit

--from Rogue


BIKERNET READER COMMENT--Movie Mystery Bike Solved, the Mickey Rourke Black Death.

Nice article - but, it was Marlbro who said, "He's gonna take my girl, I'm gonna take his bike."
Small point - sorry.


Thanks for the correction. We will beat another hapless contributor half to death behind Bandit's Cantina.


Using the VIN number to cut a key won't work with most late-model vehicles, because each key has a chip embedded in it that must be electronically paired to the vehicle's system for it to operate. And vehicles with keyless ignition systems use a fob with a proximity sensor that must also be paired to the vehicle's brain before it is operational. Late model Harleys use a key/fob combination that works in a similar fashion.

--Bruce Snyder

Okay, who fucked up and printed that one?--Renegade

Bandit on one of the first rides on the Mudflap Girl FXR.
Bandit on one of the first rides on the Mudflap Girl FXR.

ANOTHER BIKERNET READER COMMENT--Mudflap girl biker builds:

That bike looks sick! Really great work! I actually stumbled onto this article because I was trying to find an instance where someone had used the Bobcat on an FXR. I really like the pipe but I can't find the specs on it on their site, so I was wondering if you could answer a few questions of mine.

What size are the headers?

Is it possible to keep the mid mounts on it? I know you said you struggled, and then went to froward controls, but did you make progress on making them work?


We put Robert in touch with Dennis at Bubs for all the specs.--Wrench


MICHAEL LICHTER AND BANDIT RIDE TO THE SMOKE OUT--Mike recently wrote Commander Edge the Smoke Out producer, regarding our ride from Maggy Valley, to tour the Wheels Through Time Museum, to the Smoke Out:

It sounds like you booked us into the Greenleaf. I believe I stayed there in the past. How many miles is this from the event? I guess I will have use of the bike again to go back and forth? Where do we leave the bike at the end? Do we have our own rooms or am I forced to share a room with that bastard Bandit?

Most importantly, can you confirm there is a sissy bar on the back of the bike I will be using for when I sit backwards (or a tourpack) to hold me on the bike? I'm done with falling out on the highway at high speeds!

-- Mike

Michael Lichter Photography, LLC
Studio phone 303 449-3906


RUN TO WASHINGTON D.C. FOR ROLLING THUNDER --My group is taking a northern route, I-90 from my house in Wisconsin to I-80 from Chicago, to I-76 to I-79 to I-68 to I-70 and into DC. We will be staying in a Motel 6 in Camp Springs Maryland, not a classy place, butfriendly to bikers. Personal protection is a good option there.

We will be leaving Wisconsin on the 14th and getting into DC on the 15th.The route is mostly toll roads and all riders will have I-passes to avoid the inevitable delay of stopping a group of bikes for individual tolls. He can pick up an I-pass at the first Oasis in Illinois. All tolls after that will be 1/2 price in Illinois and Ohio. Not sure about 1/2 price in Indiana and Pennsylvania, but it does work there.

Anyone interested in that route is welcome to ride with us if they are willing to get an I-pass, or its equivalent.

--Dave Dwyer
Legislative Director
ABATE of Wisconsin


BIKER CLOCKED GOING 170 MPH--  Authorities say a 25year-old man has been arrested after troopers clocked him driving his motorcycle at 170 mph on the Thruway. Police say a trooper first observed the motorcyclist going 166 mph Wednesday afternoon.

The trooper pursued the biker and was able to get the Suzuki motorcycle's license plate number and a description of the rider. Other troopers clocked him going as fast as 170 mph before he was stopped.

Police charged Nikkolaus McCarthy of Charlton with fleeing police, reckless driving, speeding and operating a motorcycle without a license. He was being held in jail on $20,000 bail. It couldn't immediately be determined if he had a lawyer.

--from Rogue


5-BALL RACING DISPLAYS AT THE CHOWDER BARGE--just waanted to say hey! How's that new masterpiece comin'?


Ray, the Bikernet Performance editor faced the oral knife recently and is still under the weather. He will bring you a full report next week. His 124-inch turbo-charged, 5-Ball Raycer, rocket ship is flying together.--Bandit


Some cash-strapped towns are mere layabouts when it comes to raising revenue. They wait for people to actually generate some sort of wealth before raking off a take. But not Liberty, Kentucky. Officials there required anybody living or working in town to buy stickers and stick them on their cars. And when some teachers at local schools failed to fork over the required ten bucks, Liberty cops scooped 'em up at roadblocks. At least, they did before the Kentucky Supreme Court put an end to the lucrative fun.

As reports

When teachers at a local school failed to pay for a sticker, town leaders had police set up a roadblock to issue them citations. Cars with a sticker were allowed to pass through the checkpoint, while drivers of stickerless vehicles were interrogated about where they lived and where they worked. Joseph A. Singleton was stopped at this checkpoint and when police searched his car they found a small amount of marijuana. Singleton moved to suppress the evidence on the grounds that police had seized him without probable cause or articulable suspicion, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Singleton intitially won his case, only to see his victory overturned on appeal. In reviewing the case (PDF), the Kentucky Supreme Court pointed out that, while the courts have signed off on an awful lot of uses of law-enforcement roadblocks, "a checkpoint set up to stop vehicles without individualized indicia of suspicion on the random chance of catching a law breaker is too great a breach in the wall of protection provided by the Fourth Amendment." And, as laws go, the court continued, enforcing a tax stamp with no relation to public safety is a pretty pissant reason to pull people over. Well, writing for the unanimous court, Justice Daniel J. Venters actually said it in polite legal-ese:

Indeed, a city ordinance would appear to be of lesser stature than a "crime" as used in Edmond, and thus rather than distinguishing Edmond, the better assessment would appear to be that Edmond would apply with even more force against a roadblock set up solely to detect violations of a city ordinance.

Venters also pointed out, if city officials really wanted to squeeze ten dollars from the non-compliant teachers, "police officers could have simply walked through the school parking lot and cited cars without a sticker."

I've written about roadblocks // before // . Usually, the authorities behind them claim some sort of overblown public safety rationale for stopping and interrogating people with little or no cause along the public roads. It's peculiarly refreshing, in an odd way, to see government officials drop the crime-fighting schtick and engage in overt highway robbery.

And better yet that they were then slapped down.

--from Rogue


Most excellent article. Well written, broad coverage, informative.

-- Sam Burns
San Marcos, TX

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Welcome home. Hope you and Nyla had a refreshing cruise.

Sam Burns
San Marcos, TX
Friday, May 18, 2012
Editor Response It was refreshing. The rum was good and the guys were out-numbered on the boat.
That picture of the baby in the bucket is 100% photo-shopped by the way. Still funny, just fake.

Mr. Wedge
Columbia, SC
Friday, May 18, 2012
Editor Response What the hell. They got all those folks and a photo-shop on that bike?

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