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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Laura, Barry Green, Sam Burns, the Redhead, Gearhead, El Waggs, the Sheriff, Steve Phiel, Bob T., Bill May and the rest of the gang

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Wow, exciting times.
The elections, the winter and new projects. And already it’s Veterans Day. I’m hoping to hit a couple of events and Rapid City is rumored to have a colorful Veterans Day Parade. I’m a Vietnam vet and want to thank all the Veteran brothers and sisters for their service. Thank you!

We lost another Hamster brother recently. I thought I better go in for a check-up.
We lost another Hamster brother recently. I thought I better go in for a check-up.

We are discussing a new book project, sort of like my Terry the Tramp book. A book about a brother we all admire and respect. I can’t give up the source just yet. We have scheduled a meeting before the middle of January to discuss and decide.

I started to create my winter roller, VL, XA, S&S Knucklehead build. I’m excited. There are always a myriad of decisions when a project begins. The same decisions any rider needs to grapple with when they decide on a bike to buy, build and how they will ride it.

Let’s hit the news and I’ll show you progress shots at the end.

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A brother has a room devoted to his Hawaiian shirts. He has so many he could wear two shirts a day and not wear the same one twice in a year. This cat won't let anyone remove his favorite Hawaiian shirt.
A brother has a room devoted to his Hawaiian shirts. He has so many he could wear two shirts a day and not wear the same one twice in a year. This cat won't let anyone remove his favorite Hawaiian shirt.


FIM SUPPORTS WOMEN--Motorcycling campaign for women in Arabic countries. Important declaration signed.

Following on from the initial actions agreed upon earlier this year to launch the Women in Motorcycling in Arabic Countries Campaign as part of the International Women's Day 2022 theme #BreakTheBias, today the FIM and supporting national federations have signed an important declaration titled: The Amman Declaration on Women in

The declaration provides a commitment from all parties to do their utmost in terms of the following main action points:

To improve the situation of women in motorcycling in Arabic countries.

To raise awareness of women in motorcycling in Arabic countries.

To encourage and support women's participation in sport and beyond sport activities in motorcycling.

To improve and increase diversity and inclusion of motorcycling in Arabic countries.

To develop road safety and improve riding skills for women in Arabic countries.

To organize annual events for women in motorcycling in Arabic countries.

The Founders of the Amman Declaration - Amani Ammoura from the Jordan Lady Riders Committee: Bater Karan from Jordan Motorsport Motorcycle Commission; Nita Korhonen, the FIM Women in Motorcycling Commission Director and Jorge Vegas.

The FIM President, would like to thank all the presidents of the National Federations who joined the Women in Motorcycling in Arabic Countries project and signed the Amman declaration. They are as follows: Abdullah bin Isa Al-Khalifa, President of Bahrain Motor Federation – Bahrain Motorcycle Commission; Rad Majeed Amen, President of Iraq Club for Cars and Motorcycles; Ali Hassan Dagher, President of Lebanese Motorcycles Club; Abdulrahman Al Mannai, President of Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation and H.R.H Prince Khalid Sultan Abdullah Al Faisal, President of Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation.


FORD Dealership Associations Aren't Too Happy About Ford's EV Requirements for Its Dealers

Ford has big EV plans, and it wants dealers to be in on those plans. But those plans require a big investment by dealers. While it looked like a lot of dealers were on board, dealer association groups have other ideas. Automotive News reports that dealer associations in 13 states are coming out against Ford’s EV investment requirements for its dealers, saying that Ford is “unfairly burdening its retail network with costly requirements for electric vehicle sales and breaking some franchise laws.”

The problem the associations have is Ford’s requirement of up $1.2 million in investments for dealer training and upgrades for EV sales. If dealers don’t want to pony up the $1.2 million for the full upgrades, they can invest just $500,000. But Ford would cap their EV sales at just 25 per year. Some say this could be illegal, as it essentially limits what models dealers could sell, skewing their inventory.

From Auto News:

The program “fails to make all vehicle models available to dealers on comparable terms and fails to allocate equitable quantities of EVs to Ford franchised dealers relative to their assigned market areas,” members of the Southern Automotive Trade Association Executives, which represents 12 state dealer associations, said in a resolution.

The associations want Ford to work with dealers on better terms. But Ford has contended that feedback from its dealers regarding the program and dealer upgrades has been positive.

The other pushback is on the need for chargers at the dealer. The CEO of Pennsylvania’s auto association, John Devlin, doesn’t really think customers are going to want to come to the dealership to charge their vehicles.

“I don’t think I’ve talked to a dealer who thinks the public’s going to come out in any significant numbers to dealerships to charge their cars,” he said to Automotive News. But it’s not as bad as it seems. One dealer association official said that Ford dealers aren’t mad at the automaker, they just want to make sure the program works for their businesses.

--Lawrence Hodge

ACTION AT CALIFORNIA HARLEY IN LOS ANGELES--We have events planned for every Saturday up until Christmas Eve. Here’s our schedule:

11/5 11am – 3pm BBQ Fundraiser for JJ the Hotdog Lady

11/12 12 – 4pm Wellness Market Artists & Artisans vendor Pop Up

11/19 11am -3pm Boys & Girls Club Turkey Drop + Chill N Grill

11/26 12 – 4 pm Small Business Holiday Market Pop Up

12/3 12-5pm Operation Homeless South Bay Donation event & vendor pop up

12/10 12-3pm Food & Toy Drive/Run for the Boys & Girls Club

12/17 12-5pm Holiday Open House and Cookie Contest with Santa

We hope to see you soon and often. Thank you for all you do to support and promote our events. Have a wonderful day and an even better weekend!

Jodi Gilbert


GET THIS FROM MAMA TRIED--Buying this sticker will get you entered to win the 2023 Mama Tried Show 1950 Harley-Davidson Panhead Raffle bike.

The profits from this raffle help us create a better Mama Tried experience.

We really appreciate all the support, without you all we are nothing!!

Let’s do this!

Buy as many stickers as you want. Buy so many you can cover your garage refrigerator in Raffle bike stickers.
There is no limit to how many stickers you can buy. Good-Luck!

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Click for show info.


2017 Harley-Davidson® FLTRU - Road Glide® Ultra FOR $21, 995.00


2017 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Ultra
Times have never been better for the riders who put on the highest miles. Get behind the frame mounted shark nose fairing, 13.5-inch windscreen and dual Daymaker™ Reflector LED headlamps on the Road Glide® Ultra model and you’ll know why.

You’ve got a Twin-Cooled Milwaukee-Eight 107 engine, responsive new front and rear suspension, powerful Reflex Linked Brembo brakes with ABS, top-of-the-line 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated GPS, BOOM!™ Box 6.5 GT audio system and a premium Tour-Pak® carrier with a luggage rack for extra travel essentials. It’s all there so you can go bigger.

THIS BIKE IS JUST $21,995.00 plus license, $85.00 documentation fee, and local sales tax. NO HIDDEN FEES like some dealers. And we have no reconditioning or prep fees. This bike has passed Lifestyle Cycles rigorous 92-point safety/mechanical/structural inspection.

Fill out an online application today. We have EZ FINANCING and EXTENDED WARRANTIES available!

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We carry Street Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Ultras, Sportsters, Softails, Dynas, and much more!
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FROM THE ELECTRIC FILES-- AQUAM brings the EV-trike driving experience to a different level

We are passionate about protecting our natural world with our Zero Carbon emission vehicles. But we are equally passionate about giving you the adrenaline-building experience of driving our EV-Trikes with their striking designs, luxurious interiors, and state-of-the-art technologies delivering an exhilarating experience with all the safety and comfort you could wish for.

Hey, hope you are well out there in the wild west! I saw this new electric three-wheeler the other day. Pretty wild.

I'd like to drop a blown hemi in it and see how it rips!

--Paul Aiken

Yesterday I saw a video clip from the old Beverly Hillbillies tv show. It showed Granny mixing up a large batch of her "spring tonic".

Jed asked her why she was making such a large batch. Granny said she was going to send it to members of the two political parties, because "One party can't walk and the other one can't stand up".

When Jed inquired further, Granny explained. "The Democrats say the Republicans are dragging their feet and the Republicans say the Democrats don't have a leg to stand on.”

--Sam Burns
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Bandit’s Cantina Library

Chance of a lifetime. Click and join.
Chance of a lifetime. Click and join.

VINTAGE DEAL OF THE WEEK--1954 Vincent Rapide Series C w/Steib S501 Sidecar

This 1954 Vincent Rapide Series C is equipped with a left-side Steib S501 sidecar and is said to have spent time in Australia, New Mexico, and Arizona before being acquired by the seller in 2008.

The bike is finished in black with gold pinstripes and graphics and is powered by a 998cc OHV V-twin paired with a four-speed transmission. Equipment on the bike includes a two-up seat, a girdraulic fork, 12-volt electrics, a two-into-one exhaust system, twin Amal MkII carburetors, polished fenders, Koni dampers, Smiths and Miller gauges, Petteford rear springs, and three stands.

The sidecar features a rounded nose, a black vinyl seat, a luggage rack, padded armrests, and chrome trim. Modifications include an elephant’s trunk crankcase breather kit, an anti-sumping valve, open element air filters, and a magneto cap with a kill switch.

All three tires were replaced in April 2022, and the oil was changed in preparation for sale. This Rapide Series C sidecar rig is now offered with an HRD Owner’s Club Official Machine Dating Certificate, an owner’s manual, a parts catalog, a tonneau cover, a leather fuel tank cover, three sidecar windscreens, spare parts for the sidecar and cycle, literature, receipts, and a clean Oregon title in the seller’s name.

Working on Jack and Lynn Degazios 2-up chopper seat I started getting the shape of the foam to help build the creative structure. Doing a multi layered handstitch leather. This one will make me save for a leather stitching machine for sure cause there a ton if handstitching, checkout the sketched blueprints.

Started a new Travelers Timecover for @chopper_jockey with Chicos custom logo we did on this one. Spoke to Warren Lane in Miami about what material and welding processes would be best with making the buckles, more on that as it develops, basically its round bar mild steel and braze soldering. The colors will be give it that handmade style even true to original design.

So, I rode the train up to go vote, so now I gotta get back down to Marion tonight. Train leaves around 7 in Champaign. So, I need to sell a couple more time covers to help me on my journey. Even one sell would get me moving forward.

Tomorrow starting fresh on Gypsy's Kiss chopper seat and finish those timecovers in enough time to ship them fedex.

All the best
Adam Croft

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

"I ordered one."--Bandit


"VALOR is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and soul" - Michel De Montaigne

At Nash Motorcycle Co., we value and salute the service of our veterans not just today but everyday. In honor of their sacrifice and to celebrate their dediction to our freedom, we're offering 30% off for everyone this Veteran's Day weekend.

Use code: VETS2022

Sale - Friday 11th to Monday, Nov.14th

Click for action.
Click for action.


While ballots are still being counted in many races, the results on the 2022 midterm elections will have major ramifications in Washington, D.C. As of Wednesday afternoon, control of both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives remains undecided.

What is clear is that there will be many new faces in the halls of Congress. Nearly 100 new lawmakers will be sworn in on January 3rd when the 118th Congress convenes. That means almost 20% of Congress will be new to the job come 2023. Almost every state will be sending at least one new elected official to our nation’s capital!

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is committed to working with all lawmakers regardless of party to achieve our policy goals. We can’t do that without the relationships that you as bikers have built back home. While we strive to introduce our organization to every lawmaker on Capitol Hill, we need your help!

Do you have a new Representative or Senator? Has that new lawmaker supported biker rights in the past? Have you worked with or met these incoming freshmen? Maybe they even own a motorcycle?!?!?

Let us know if bikers have any new friends or foes headed to Washington, D.C.

We want to hit the ground running in January and any intel or information you can help provide us is valuable!




  • 2014 Triumph Rocket III Trike for Touring & Roadster
  • Kit fits Rocket III Touring (2008 - current) & Rocket III Roadster (2010 - current)
  • Independent Rear Suspension
  • On-Board Air Compressor
  • Patented Air Ride Suspension
  • Over 4" of Suspension Travel
  • Progressive Coil Over Shocks
  • Integrated Disc Brake System
  • Trunk Light on Interior of Door
  • Hidden Trunk Door Hinges
  • 12 Volt Power Outlet in Trunk
  • LED Air Suspension & Voltmeter Readout

PRICE: $9495

Motor Trike offers an Independent Rear Suspension on many of their conversions. This makes for a great ride by allowing each wheel on the same axle to move independently of each other.

This alone creates a smooth ride. However, Motor Trike did not stop there. First, they designed and patented an air ride suspension that offers over four inches of wheel travel. Then, they lowered the spring rate to create a more comfortable ride with plenty of 'give' when traveling over bumpy terrain, with an extra passenger, heavy cargo, or pulling a trailer.

Because of the fingertip adjustable air ride suspension and softened spring rate, optimum ride quality is reached. Motor Trike also uses rubber bushings on all suspension components as well as on the differentials to reduce the noise, vibration, and harshness that can be bothersome to riders.

Also, the roll center height has been lowered ensuring both tires are kept in contact with the road at all times which helps to prevent rolling. And finally, Motor Trike uses a calibrated sway bar to ensure comfortable and secure cornering. With all of these preventative measures in place, the inconsistencies in the road are completely absorbed creating an effortless ride.

  • Premium Wheel Upgrades
  • Performance Machine Wheel Upgrades
  • Front Wheel Balancer
  • Fender Bras with Optional Embroidery
  • ABS Integration Kit
  • Parking Brake Kit
  • Trailer with Complementary Styling
  • Trailer Hitch Assembly
  • Trailer Wiring Harness with 6 Pin Connector
  • Chrome Nerf Bumper
  • Embroidered Trunk Mat
  • Trike Cover
  • Color-Match Paint
  • Tour Trunk
  • Front Fairing

BUELL STEPS UP--Tests confirm Buell Baja 1190 is a Beast of a Dirt Bike

Grand Rapids, MI – Buell® Motorcycle put its upcoming Baja 1190 through its paces last week during field testing in Michigan, USA. Led by Buell engineers, two days of tests included demanding runs up steep sand dunes, twisty muddy runs on the local two-track, and a few tricks some would call impulsive; Buell would call it spontaneous and spirited.

First previewed at Daytona Bike Week in March 2022, Buell's Baja concept racer received high marks from media, enthusiasts, and influencers. Since then, it's undergone rigorous field trials and performance refinements, bringing it closer to its production in 2023.

As to specs, the Baja 1190 will be the fastest production dirt bike on the market, boasting a 185hp liquid-cooled, 72-degree V-twin engine with 102 ft-lbs. of torque. The Baja 1190 also has a trellis frame, adjustable swing arm for a 64-70" wheelbase, and an industry-standard seat height of 37.5" with a 26.75-degree rake. It's on track to be the unmatched, uncontested, top speed and performance dirt bike in the world and designed and built from fairing to tailpipe in America.

"We're engineering the world's fastest, solely US-built, off-road bike. Less than 1% of the world is covered in pavement. Buell's Baja 1190 is designed to dominate the other 99.7%. This bike elevates the Buell brand to even greater heights and brings back the passion for American performance motorcycles,” said Bill Melvin, CEO of Buell Motorcycles. "Buell engineers have created a beast of a motorcycle. The fastest, most agile 1200cc class dirt bike ever made. Enthusiasts will be blown away,” Melvin added.

As the direct descendant of Buell's Ulysses dual-sport, on-road/off-road bike, the Baja 1190 represents the next evolution in Buell's off-road technology. Ulysses' ultra-high power and performance proved Buell's desire to be different and draw attention. Now, leveraging the halo effect, the Baja's the undisputed biggest and baddest out there. When Buell refused to conform its dirt bike to fit the adventure bike space, it uniquely blurred the line in the off-road category.

The Baja 1190 dirt bike initially targets more experienced riders whose passion for the best includes performance, speed, power, and the desire to stand out. This bike delivers on every score.

Estimated MSRP starting from $19,995.

Buell is back and delivering performance and excitement at every turn. For future Buell updates, follow our news page on our website and our social media pages.


Quitters never win and winners never quit
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.” -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many years ago, I read a quote by Robert Schuller:
"I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than do nothing and succeed."

I have contemplated those words many times over the years, I felt they have given me permission to continue to try to grow and express more Life with every failure and success.

There is always a lesson to be learned if we Pause and review the experience. I have carried a poem in my wallet that my Wife gave to me about 35 years ago called Don’t Quit. Over the years I have used this poem to keep me going when I feel like I have the world of against me. (See below) The words in this poem are an inspiration to keep me going when everything says don’t.

Most of the greatest inventions of the Life we live are the results of many failures, but those people did not quit and eventually reached success. It takes character to achieve success, the best definition is “Character is the ability to carry out a good resolution long after the mood in which it was made has left you.”

It is ironic how many resolutions are made on New Year’s Eve in a mood that never even starts.

Today Know: Today is a brand-new start. I live fully in the present. I Know that I have that within me to reach any goal I set my Mind to. I Let Go of all fear and doubt and take the chance to do something new in my Life.

Even if I fail, I Know that I will gain something from the experience. I will not quit until I make every last effort to achieve my goal. As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed, I have found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” I commit to this new thinking and Trust in The Power within to give me the tenacity to express my Life at a higher level of expression.

I give Thanks for the Gift of Today and the Infinite Possibilities that I am beginning to manifest in My Life`

And So It Is

Yale Gelfant
Choppers Cycle

CLASSIC TRIKE OF THE WEEK—The top one was built by Bob T. in the early ‘70s. Wouldn’t go over 45 mph so he sold it.

"Mike Stevenson came up with this one. Don’t do that." --Bandit

Click to check the Jak Shirt line from 5-Ball.
Click to check the Jak Shirt line from 5-Ball.

THE BIKERNET ELECTRIC RESEARCH FILE IS OPEN-- Deadly E-Bikes: Four Explosions in New York Every Week

Essay by Eric Worrall

First published on JoNova; BREAKING NEWS – 38 people have been injured in a New York e-Bike fire. “These bikes when they fail, they fail like a blowtorch,” said Dan Flynn, the chief fire marshal at the New York Fire Department.

Fires from exploding e-bike batteries multiply in NYC — sometimes fatally

Heard on Weekend Edition Sunday

NEW YORK — Four times a week on average, an e-bike or e-scooter battery catches fire in New York City.

Sometimes, it does so on the street, but more often, it happens when the owner is recharging the lithium-ion battery. A mismatched charger won’t always turn off automatically when the battery’s fully charged and keeps heating up. Or, the highly flammable electrolyte inside the battery’s cells leaks out of its casing and ignites, setting off a chain reaction.

“These bikes when they fail, they fail like a blowtorch,” said Dan Flynn, the chief fire marshal at the New York Fire Department. “We’ve seen incidents where people have described them as explosive — incidents where they actually have so much power, they’re actually blowing walls down in between rooms and apartments.”

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Is there any “green” technology which isn’t out to kill us?

The severity and frequency of these fires makes me wonder if I have underestimated the fire risk from E-automobiles. How long it will take for insurers to catch on?

While you would expect better manufacturing standards for a 5-6 figure E-Automobile than a cheap e-bike, certainly less risk from “mismatched chargers”, but there have been some serious problems with the more expensive e-vehicles.

For example an uncontrollable brand new E-automobile fire destroyed the Felicity Ace cargo freighter.

Imagine a similar fire in a large New York apartment block, with a carpark full of EVs.

Such a fire could conceivably cause the building to collapse. E-vehicle fires are hot enough to severely compromise steel and concrete structural supports, if there are enough flammable lithium batteries nearby. The heat and toxic smoke would make it difficult to escape. I mean, look at the damage a single small e-scooter did to the apartment. Imagine the apartment fire above multiplied a thousand-fold, on the carpark floor of a high-rise apartment building.

There is one thing which worries me even more than the current green push for deadly e-vehicles. Growing awareness of the risks from Lithium batteries could trigger a hard pivot towards hydrogen powered vehicles, which in my opinion could be even worse.

Breaking news (h/t Derek Wittman): 38 people have been injured in a New York e-Bike fire.

E-bike fire injures 38 in Midtown East apartment building

By Michelle Bocanegra
Published Nov 6, 2022 at 4:49 a.m.
Modified Nov 6, 2022 at 5:53 a.m.

As of early Saturday afternoon, 38 people had been reported as injured, with officials saying that number was likely to increase. Most injuries were minor, but two people sustained life-threatening injuries and five others were seriously injured, officials said. Civilians made up the bulk of the total injuries from the fire, though five firefighters were also hurt.

The fire, which began on the 20th floor of the building, was caused by a lithium-ion battery, according to Commissioner Laura Kavanagh. Two people were rescued directly from the apartment where the fire originated.

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The legendary model of India, the Enfield Bullet 350 has become what H-D Sportster is to many in US. I know the new Meteor twin-engine is of no benefit to me while I have the all-terrain bike, but its a pretty impressive toy to ride around nonetheless.

I would still rather have their Enfield 350 (the base model / entry-level model)


Thursday, November 10, 2022
Editor Response I tried a Bullet, when they first started.

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