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Bandit wrote an intro for you, but he’s having Wi-Fi issues in the airports today.  He’s on his way from Salt Lake City to Milwaukee for the Milwaukee Rally AMD/Harley-Davidson Custom and Ride-in Shows.  I haven’t received a full report, but as of the last quick message, Bonneville was a bust for the 5-Ball Racing Team. "Bust is not the word, goddammit" Bandit said this morning. "We were highly successful on several fronts, but we didn't set a record. We built a beautiful, unique motorcycle and took it to Bonneville. It worked and we made passes on the salt. In second gear we hit 66 mph, but discovered we needed gearing changes, and we ran out of time. I'll tell you so much more next week."   

 It’s been quiet here at the Headquarters, almost too quiet.  When I walk through the warehouse now, the only sound I hear is the hum of the neon lights.  All the tools scattered about and the metal shavings on the floor hardly tell the tale of the hustle that took place a week ago, and months prior to the guys leaving a week ago.  They gave it hell; it should be one heck of a story.

 Here’s your news… —Nyla


2013 Exhibitor List Grows-- Long-time and new exhibitors take advantage of early registration for the 13th annual V- Expo in Cincinnati, OH.

Agoura Hills, CA— (Aug 21, 2012) The V-Twin Expo is the largest dedicated trade show for the v-twin industry in the US. For over a decade, the Expo has been the location where new product releases take place, the spot to meet and connect with buyers, owners and managers of v-twin focused business as well as the centralized spot to see new industry trends first hand.

World-class exhibitors are what keep the serious dealers coming to the V-Twin Expo— the place where the v-twin industry gathers each year to see and shop the latest new product. Early registration for the 13th Annual V-Twin Expo is proving once again, if you’re into the v-twin business, the V-Twin Expo is the answer to your business needs. V-Twin Expo returning veterans like Drag Specialties, Arlen Ness, Lyndall Racing Brakes, Hoppe Industries, Baker Drivetrain, Roland Sands and Spectro Oils will complement new exhibitors like Strokers Dallas and UltraCool Systems. Additionally, during post show research, the Expo learned dealers are looking for specific items from exhibitors during their time at the Expo. Their requests were well received by both the Expo and Exhibitors. In 2013, dealers will see and engage with scheduled in-booth demonstrations, show floor-based seminars rooted in dealer profitability as well as attendee only benefits.

The V-Twin Expo held at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati consistently attracts thousands of dealers from the US, Canada and around the world. In 2013, new show hours will be Saturday, February 2 from 8:00AM – 6:00PM and Sunday, February 3 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM. For more details on show hours and to register as a v-twin dealer or exhibitor, please visit us at: Follow us online on Facebook at V-Twin Expo and on Twitter @VTwinExpoCincy.




The 2012 AMD World Championship downloadable press kit is now available--In order to make sure we have your contact details correct and to allow you to request a DVD, there is a simple online form to complete before gaining access to the material. Completing the form will automatically send you an email with a personalised direct link to the files. To avoid the horrors of FTP, this is just a simple web-based download facility.

To complete the form, please go to:

 I recommend downloading the "Press Releases, logos and general information" (zip file, 122Mb) first. This contains the full results, entry list with competitor contact email addresses, logos and general background information. A selection of each of the 43 entered bikes' high res photography (5 images zipped, each bike about 25-30Mb in size) can be downloaded by clicking on the relevant thumbnail image. Bikes are ordered by shop name in alpha order.

Photo from Art Hall
Photo from Art Hall

Official Delmarva Bike Week 2012 After Party-- IMPORTANT UPDATE – We realize we said we wouldn’t be doing anything special at night during Delmarva Bike Week, Sept. 13-16, but the emails and phone calls have been off the hook asking where we’d be hanging out so NOW HERE THIS! The party is ON! Join us on Friday, 9/14 and Saturday, 9/15 for the OFFICIAL Delmarva Bike Week After Party at PARTY BLOCK, 17th & Ocean Hwy. - Friday night live music by Great Train Robbery plus the notorious Fast Lane Biker Hot Cougar Contest. Saturday night live music by Rebelicious and our favorite, the Leather & Lace Ball. Come on out for a great time, live music, games, contests, prizes and more. So now you have the OFFICIAL news! See you at PARTY BLOCK!!

Gary Maurer had the Chop-In Block Bike at the Broken Spoke Saloon during Sturgis-- I talked with him this morning and he will be getting in touch with the story.


Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005


Mikuni HSR42/45 Carburetor Genuine Rebuild Kit KHS-016-- Mikuni's popular HSR42/45 Flatslide Performance Carburetors for American V-twins have been on the market for a number of years now, and for some older installations it may be time for a maintenance check, cleaning and rebuild. Mikuni's HKS-016 Genuine Rebuild Kit for the HSR 42/45 Carburetor will make sure you carb runs and performs like new again. Each Rebuild Kit contains all the necessary parts to rebuild one carburetor with all the needed gaskets, seals, and O-rings, plus specialty parts that may wear out or clog up with old fuel over time like the float needle valve assembly, plus new float bowl screws for re-assembly.

Genuine Mikuni Component Rebuild Kits, as well as Replacement and Aftermarket Performance Carburetors, Fuels Pumps and all their Parts and Accessories are available from Mikuni American Distributors or through your favorite dealer. You can look up all the available Kits, Carburetors and Parts, along with Mikuni Distributors on the website.


2013 Iron & Lace Calendar - Cool Customs and Hot Centerfolds-- The 2013 edition of the Iron & Lace Calendar features a 16-month look at the world's top custom motorcycles photographed by legendary photographer Jim Gianatsis featuring the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show's Calendar Bike Championship winners: Jim Giuffra and the AFT Customs Girls' Best of Show winner 'Sentoh" based on a legendary Honda CB750, Ben Beck’s radical 1st Place Street American V-twin Custom "Nitemare’, Ron Baldinado and Philip Lopez / Crown Customs 1st Place with their Sporty bobber "Nasty", and Hiroyuki Hirata / BB Group, Japan, wild 1st Place Pro Builder Class V-Twin winner. There's also a cool custom bobber named ‘Hot Shoe’ from Todd Silicato /, the show winning Lamb Engineering's Gold Star Cafe Racer and more!


The beautiful Calendar Kittens in Iron & Lace include supermodel Shannon Baucom, centerfold models Camilla Chiniquy, Bree Daniels, Pepper, and sweet girls next door Taylor Gunnin, Sara Balint and Dana Mints all in in revealing lingerie! Here's your chance to see why custom iron and beautiful girls in revealing lace go so well together in Iron & Lace!

This Calendar couldn't get any steamier without an "X" rating!

The 2013 PinUp Calendars including Iron & Lace Custom Bikes, Fast Dates Racebikes, and Garage Girls reveal a full 16 months of the world's top motorcycles with beautiful pin up models beginning with September 2012. They are premium quality printed in full color on 15x15-inch dull coated heavy art board and wire spiral bound with a hang clip for easy wall display and page turning. Ask for them at you favorite motorcycle dealer, distributed in the USA by Van Leeuwen and Mid-USA. 

Suggested retail $16.96. Order toll-free by phone in the USA 1-800-461-1226 / International 001-818-896-2200 and online at In Europe order from, Custom Chrome Europe, W&W Cycles and Zodiac.


Samson Introduces the Legend Series “Cannons” for 2013 Dressers and Road Kings-- Brea, CA- Samson recently introduced their new “Cannons” exhaust, part of their Legend Series (two individual pipes on one side) for most Harley-Davidson Dressers and Road Kings. This high performance exhaust system has been designed and tuned to produce maximum horsepower, torque and awesome sound. Every exhaust manufactured by Samson is dyno tested before going into mass production for the ultimate in performance. The removable 2 ½” massive one-piece “full coverage” heat shields are pre-installed and the system is ready to bolt on right out of the box.

Samson has over 745 different styles to choose from and they have all styles available for Harley’s new 2013 model lineup. Listen to each exhaust on Samson’s website…

Additional Features and Benefits:

• Fits ‘95-2013 Harley Davidson Dresser or Road King models (Spacers-Drag Specialties Part # 1622-0243) for left passenger foot peg is required for the FLHX Road Glide and FLTRX Street Glide)

• O2 sensor ports accept O.E.M. / Aftermarket Sensors

• Two stepped high performance system produces up to 20% more horsepower

• Mounting hardware included

• Equipped with 1 3/4" diameter x 10" long removable baffles

• Awesome deep tone (Listen to them on Samson’s website)

• Available in luxurious chrome or “sinister” black ceramic (special request)

• Limited 1 year warranty

• MSRP: $699.95

*$629.95 (*If ordering directly off of the internet)

 • Don’t forget about viewers special 15% DISCOUNT...order direct from Samson  and mention to qualify

 Check out Samson Exhaust’s entire product line at or contact them directly at (888)  572-6766; Samson Exhaust, 655 Tamarack Ave., Brea, CA 92821…email them at

Tennessean Kendell Poole Elected Chairman of GHSA Announces Priorities at Annual Meeting-- Kendell Poole, Director of the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office has been elected the new chairman of the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial highway safety offices across the country.

Mr. Poole's priorities will be to assist states with implementation of the highway safety programs authorized under the new federal highway bill and to continue the organization's national leadership on key highway safety issues, including drunk driving, occupant protection, distracted driving and speeding.

Implementation of New Federal Highway Safety Programs

The recently-enacted federal highway bill known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) provides states with needed resources to keep America's roadways safe. Poole notes that, "The new law provides opportunities for states to qualify for additional federal funding by achieving certain performance goals or improving state laws. With so many new members in our Association, I want to make sure that GHSA continues to provide training and guidance to help every state highway safety office understand how to achieve their goals."

Key Issues

Poole notes that the "Big 3" in highway safety continue to be drunk driving, occupant protection and speeding. He says, "Furthering progress in these three areas will have the most impact toward our goal of preventing roadway deaths and injuries." GHSA will remain a leader in these areas by promoting proven-effective programs such as the national Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign andthe Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving crackdown. Because excessive speed continues to be factor in almost a third of all highway deaths, Poole explains, "GHSA will continue to focus attention on this challenging area of highway safety."

Other Issues

Chairman Poole notes GHSA will focus on other key issues, including:

Distracted Driving - GHSA urges states to pass and enforce statewide texting bans. Poole notes that the Association is encouraged by the results of distracted driving enforcement demonstration projects in Connecticut and New York and looks forward to the results from similar projects in California and Delaware.

Motorcycle Safety - The Association has been a leader in this area, reporting on state trends. GHSA supports a comprehensive strategy of laws, training, licensing and education to address this vexing area of highway safety.

Teen Driving - Earlier this year, GHSA reported that after years of progress, teen driving-related deaths were inching upward. As part of MAP-21, Congress is providing incentive money for states that strengthen their teen driving laws. GHSA supports this incentive as well as educational resources such as Ford Driving Skills for Life to complement state graduated licensing laws.

Prior to his election, Mr. Poole was a member of the Association's Executive Board since 2006, first as a regional representative and most recently as Chairman of the Member Services Committee. He was appointed to his position in Tennessee in 2006 by Governor Phil Bredesen and continues to serve in the administration of Governor Bill Haslam.

Poole was elected as GHSA's 2012 Annual Meeting kicks off in Baltimore. The meeting, Public Health + Highway Safety: Saving Lives Together, takes place August 27-29 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel. General sessions and breakout workshops will explore highway safety from the public health perspective, focusing on how to apply public health successes to the field of highway safety. It will also examine how highway safety professionals can collaborate with the public health community to make highway safety a top public health priority. More information is online at

 "Belly Tanker" Photos Surface @ WTT after decades lost!!!-- See it Labor Day Weekend only at Wheels Through Time!

After almost 60 years, amazing new photos of the Indian-powered "Belly Tanker" surface at Wheels Through Time.

About two weeks ago, I got a call from a man named Robert Ruzella from Ventura, California. Robert was the builder of the "Belly Tanker" and recently saw the episode of American Pickers when Mike and Frank sold the machine to Wheels Through Time, whereupon he decided to give us a ring and share a little bit of history.

Robert is now in his 80s, and had a wealth of information about the early days of Hot Rodding in Southern California. He was able to share most of the machines story, including his memories of winning the first hot rod show it ever entered in 1953. He even mentioned that he had the original trophy he won from that event. In total, we must have spent 30 or 45 minutes chatting about not only the belly tanker, but cars and bikes general. It was more than a pleasure to talk with him, and I learned quite a bit from our conversation.

About a week later, UPS walked in the front door with a surprise package from California.

Click here for more from Wheels Through Time.


The Transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball Run II Schedule-- Sturgis, South Dakota, August 26, 2012 – Lonnie Isam, Jr., owner of Jurassic Racing in Sturgis, South Dakota, and promoter of the Motorcycle Cannonball Run II has extended an open invitation to the public to come out to see the antique motorcycles and visit with the riders at various stops along the way. At these hosted events, citizens will be able to meet their favorite riders in person and share in the excitement by cheering the travelers on as they make their way across these great United States.

The transcontinental Motorcycle Cannonball endurance ride for pre-1930 antique motorcycles will get underway in Newburgh, NY on Friday, September 7 and will include riders from across the globe. With 75 entries from 24 states, 11 countries and 4 continents, this historic run will indeed be watched by the world as motorcycles of all marques tackle an arduous route across America.

Participants will ride vintage iron as they navigate the difficult 3,954-miles route. A week into travel, riders will have a day of rest, repairs, and some scheduled festivities in the well-known motorcycle town of Sturgis, SD on September 14. The ride is slated to conclude on Sunday, September 23 in San Francisco, California after the San Francisco Police Department’s Motor Division escorts the triumphant riders through the city after crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for a Grand Finish at the Dudley Perkins Harley-Davidson dealership. The San Francisco Motorcycle Club, one of the oldest clubs in the nation, will escort the group.

A complete schedule of meeting locations can be viewed at the Motorcycle Cannonball’s website



Motorcyclepedia Motorcycle Museum

Friday, September 7-GRAND START

Motorcyclepedia Motorcycle Museum

Newburgh, New York

7:00-9:00 a.m.


Sunday, September 9

Riders arrive at 6:30 p.m.

Harley-Davidson Museum

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Repeats As Top Destination During Annual Motorcycle Rally-- Sturgis Buffalo Chip- Sturgis, S.D. (Aug 21, 2012) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® earns honors from rally attendees as top destination during the 72nd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. While other Sturgis venues and properties struggled during the annual rally, The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® camp resort and music festival achieved the largest attendance in its 31 year history by a wide margin. With more onsite campers and more concert goers then ever before, visitors have proven the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is the #1 destination in Sturgis. 

Visitors from all 50 states and 24 countries flocked to the Buffalo Chip® for its high end amenities, fun activities and world class entertainment. Double headlining concerts once again drew capacity crowds as music superstars such as Journey, Zac Brown Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Eric Church, BOSTON and Sugarland, just to name a few, rocked the Buffalo Chip's® main sta ge for 9 straight nights of unforgettable music. The Chip, known as the "The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling" is pleased to announce the confirmation of chart toppers ZZ Top and Toby Keith for their 2013 line up, with more major band announcements from some of the biggest names in music coming soon.
"This was not only our biggest year at the Chip by a wide margin but also our best," said Sturgis Buffalo Chip® owner Rod Woodruff. "We were very pleased that such a large number of rally goers chose to spend their time at the Chip. It is always our goal to provide the best overall experience from camping to entertainment and it looks like with the record setting crowds we are succeeding. The Buffalo Chip is not just a campground, it is a destination."
An overwhelming selection of entertainment and activities once again ruled over the Buffalo Chip's 580 acres as visitors chose from riding the exhilarating Zip Line, the longest in South Dak ota, shooting a real machine gun at the Guns of Freedom range, motorcycle stunt shows, fire dancers, comedians, getting inked at the Tattoo Cafe, live music on one of the many side stages or taking a plunge in the fresh water pond at Bikini Beach.
The new, free to the public, CrossRoads at The Buffalo Chip® drew crowds with its 20,000 square foot Sturgis Rider Cafe with multi level decks, drink specials and great food, free music shows from national recording artists, the Wall of Death, Freedom Field of Flags, American Veterans' Traveling Tribute with Vietnam Wall War Memorial, hypnotist shows, helicopter rides and the World's Largest V-twin Motor Sculpture standing 30 feet tall and lighting the night with over 10,000 LED lights.
The Buffalo Chip® was once again the center of attention for television networks and producers as TV crews roamed the Chip shooting multiple episodes with the Chip's unique and exciting backdrops and unlimited excitement from campers and vis itors. Paul Jr. Designs unveiled two custom creations on consecutive nights live on the main stage in front of massive crowds for the TV series American Chopper. The Travel Channel was on site filming three new documentaries featuring the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Rich Wyatt and American Guns filmed a gun reveal at the Buffalo Chip Shooting Rage, and the star of American Pickers, Mike Wolfe, was also on hand at Chip to name just a few. Victory Motorcycles once again selected the Sturgis Buffalo Chip® as the destination for their annual Victory Owners Group ride and reception party.
The ride this year, led by retired USMC Gunnery Sergeant, film and TV star, as well as spokesmen, R. Lee "Gunny" Ermey, saw a record number of Victory riders in attendance to take in all the hospitality at the Chip. While at the Chip, Victory also awarded a donation of $100,000 to the Wounded Warriors Foundation live on the main stage as part of the Buffalo Chip's Military Tribute D ay. Indian Motorcycles in partnership with Jack Daniels chose Sunday night prior to the Zac Brown concert to unveil two new custom designed motorcycles to the week's largest crowd. The custom bikes will tour the nation with Indian and Jack Daniels before being auctioned to support and drive awareness for Zac Brown's charity, Camp Southern Ground, a summer camp for special needs children.
The Harley-Davidson® Owners Group known as H.O.G. staged the Buffalo Chip Experiences as part of their annual members' ride and reception party. H.O.G. members from around the world joined friends and 2X UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir and top UFC Welterweight contender Thiago Alves for an evening of festivities including an amazing concert by country crossover superstar Eric Church.

The 5th annual Legends Ride from Historic Deadwood to the Buffalo Chip® was once again a sell out. Participants joined icons from the worlds of motorcycling and entertainment such as Arlen, Cory and Zack Ness, Daredevil Robbie Knievel, film and TV star Kristi Swanson, 5X Olympian Lloyd Eisler and legendary guitarist for the Classic Rock band Journey, Neal Schon, on this charity event that traditionally signals the start of the rally. After the ride through the beautiful canyons of the Black Hills, Neal Schon and Journey rocked the Legend Riders with an unforgettable concert.

 One of the highlights of the Legends Ride was the presentation of a new luxury bus to the Black Hills Special Olympics to transport athletes to events year round. The crowd cheered as the Special Athletes filed out of the bus on the main street of Deadwood. This year the Legends Ride raised over $48,000 with 100% of rider contributions split between two local charities, The Black Hil l Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.
The annual Biker Belles Ride, presented by Harley-Davidson®, was a celebration of real women, real stories and real fun as participants came together for a charity ride that began at the Lodge at Deadwood and concluded at the Crossroads at The Buffalo Chip®. 100% of rider contributions go to the Sturgis Motorcycle museum and Helping with Horsepower, a foundation dedicated to helping at-risk girls. The charity event kicked off at the Lodge at Deadwood with a symposium of leading industry women including Laura Klock of Klock Werks, Claudia Garber of Harley-Davidson®, Marilyn Stemp of Iron Works magazine, Genevieve Schmitt from WRN, Christine Paige Diers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and TV personality and custom fabricator Jessi Combs, co-host of Overhaulin' and host of All Girls Garage. The event concluded at the Chip with an auction, biker fashion show, and concert by Eric Church.
One of the Buffalo Chip's center piece events is the Motorcycles as Art exhibition curated by famed photographer Michael Lichter. This year's exhibition titled Come together – The Spirit of Born Free celebrated the style and innovation from the early days of chopper building in the 60' and 70's by some of today's hottest custom builders. The week long exhibition that also included a photo exhibition and art show from the some of the biggest names in motorcycle themed art world was located in the Russ Brown Events Center and was a major draw for Chip visitors.
The Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip® has been offering campers and rally goers the Authentic Sturgis Experience™ for more than 31 years with world-class entertainment and a premium 580 acre camping resort. Make your reservations now for 2013 and get passes for some of the biggest names in music including superstars ZZ Top, Toby Keith and many more. Reservations can be made at or by calling 605-347-9000.
Bikers score helmet victory at Court of Appeals-- August 21st, 2012 · 1 Comment · Court of Appeals

A dozen motorcyclists convicted of violating Virginia’s mandatory helmet law had their convictions reversed by the state Court of Appeals Tuesday. Three other bikers had helmet convictions affirmed.

The 15 defendants all were wearing headgear of some kind when they attended the 2011 Virginia Beach Bike Classic, but police claimed the riders’ helmets failed to meet the state’s standards. All 15 were convicted in general district court and in circuit court.

On appeal, things got a little easier for some of the riders. The state acknowledged the lower courts were in error in 13 of the 15 cases.

Virginia’s helmet law, Code §46.2-910, requires helmets to meet any of three published standards but does not require any marks or labels to show compliance. Ten of the convictions addressed in Bennett v. Commonwealth were based solely on a lack of labeling, so those convictions were reversed.

One rider wore what a trooper described as a “toy” helmet with a plastic chin strap held together with a key ring. The state argued the key ring flunked one published standard, but the court of appeals panel said the state failed to rule out compliance with the other standards, so that conviction also was reversed.

As often demonstrated in criminal cases, a defendant’s own admissions can be the strongest evidence for the state. In three cases, the riders admitted to a trooper that they knew their headgear was not the real deal. One lid even had a label identifying it as a “novelty helmet,” not for road use. For those three bikers, the trip to the Court of Appeals was fruitless. Convictions affirmed.

The three-judge panel drew a fine line with one remaining biker, however. The defendant told the trooper he knew his helmet was a novelty helmet – but that statement alone was not enough to establish it failed to meet any of the safety standards, the court held. That biker’s conviction was reversed.

“My clients were happy,” said defense lawyer Matt Danielson, a member of a Richmond-based “motorcycle law group.”

Danielson said the helmet tickets stemmed from targeted enforcement at the Virginia Beach bike rally and not from a “protest ride” or any organized test of the Virginia law.

Danielson said his personal view is that adult riders should be allowed to decide for themselves whether or not to wear helmets. He said 31 states give riders that choice. “I think it’s about time Virginia comes into that camp as well,” he said.

—By Peter Vieth



Hello From Art-- A car/bike show this weekend in Huntingon Beach.

A fair mix of rat rods and motorcycles. There were more outside than inside though. This would be a good place for the "Born Free" guys. The restaurant is a long itme fixture in HB > 80 years !!


Here’s another entry from my blog: Buckshot’s Belligerent Biker Blog at:

Howdy, Madtown Mob! I told ya I’d let ya know what happened to Reggie’s bike on the way to Sturgis. We’d gone for a 100 mile lunch ride out of Ketchum, Idaho, and when we got back to the hotel, she said it had spots of oil on the fender. I checked it, and it was out of the breather. I fired it u and it sounded like shaking loose change in a bean can, and it’d lost a lot of power. I would’ve bet my last 20 bucks that it’d lost a lifter wheel. Not having anyplace to work, or the tools to do the job, I put it back in the trailer and we headed for Missoula, Montana with the group. When we got into Wyoming a couple of days later, I stopped at a dealer and had them tear it down, still sure it was alifter. They pulled the lifters, cams, oil pump, and emptied the cam chest,finding… NOTHING! There was wear, but nothing that would cause the kind of noise it had. They suggested the balance shaft, but to check that, the cases would have to be split, so back in the trailer it went.

Later that day, we pulled into the hotel in Spearfish, and Reggie was so depressed she was almost in tears. Our friend, Harlan Schillinger, told us to take it to Dakota V-Twin, who are just 2 exits from the hotel. We asked them about just slapping it back together so she could ride it ‘til it blew, and they said they’d do it for about a third of the dealer’s quote. We dropped it off, and Nick told us they would have it ready the next day, which was Sunday. Not only did they fix the noise, but their tech, John Hudson, stayed until 9:30 on Sunday night to finish her trike so she could ride into Sturgis, and they didn’t even charge us overtime! (I think the rear cam jumped a tooth retarded, but once it was apart, it was impossible to tell.)

That kind of customer service and honesty shouldn’t go unrecognized, so if you’re in the Black Hills and need repairs, service, or parts, Dakota V-Twin is the place to go! And get this!... They don’t raise their labor rates or prices for Rally Week, and they’re GREAT folks! You can call ‘em at 605-717-0009.
As soon as she heard her bike purrin’ like a kitten, Reggie was all smiles, and ready to ride. I’m tellin’ ya, the guys at Dakota V-Twin saved my ass!!

We rode out to Deadwood, Mount Rushmore, The Full Throttle Saloon, the Buffalo Chip, and all over Hell and didn’t have any more trouble. I’m going to replace the cams with high performance bump-sticks, and throw in a new oil pump and hydraulic chain tensioners as soon as my wallet recovers from the trip, but until then, she’s still ridin’!



THE BEST WORDED PRO-GUN ARGUMENT I HAVE EVER READ-- As the Supreme Court heard arguments for and against the Chicago, IL Gun Ban, this man offered you another stellar example of a letter (written by a Marine), that places the proper perspective on what a gun means to a Civilized society.

Interesting take and one you don't hear much. . . . . . Read this eloquent and profound letter and pay close attention to the last Paragraph of the letter....


"The Gun Is Civilization" by Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret)

Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either Convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of Force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, Without exception. Reason or force, that's it. In a truly moral and civilized society, people exclusively interact through Persuasion. Force has no place as a valid method of social interaction and The only thing that removes force from the menu is the personal firearm, as Paradoxical as it may sound to some.

When I carry a gun, you cannot deal with me by force. You have to use reason And try to persuade me, because I have a way to negate your threat or Employment of force.

The gun is the only personal weapon that puts a 100-pound woman on equal Footing with a 220-pound mugger, a 75-year old retiree on equal footing with A 19-year old gang banger, and a single guy on equal footing with a carload Of drunken guys with baseball bats.

The gun removes the disparity in physical strength, size, or numbers between A potential attacker and a defender. There are plenty of people who consider the gun as the source of bad force Equations. These are the people who think that we'd be more civilized if all Guns were removed from society, because a firearm makes it easier for a [armed] mugger to do his job. That, of course, is only true if the mugger's Potential victims are mostly disarmed either by choice or by legislative Fiat--it has no validity when most of a mugger's potential marks are armed.

People who argue for the banning of arms ask for automatic rule by the Young, the strong, and the many, and that's the exact opposite of a Civilized society. A mugger, even an armed one, can only make a successful Living in a society where the state has granted him a force monopoly.

Then there's the argument that the gun makes confrontations lethal that Otherwise would only result in injury. This argument is fallacious in Several ways. Without guns involved, confrontations are won by the Physically superior party inflicting overwhelming injury on the loser.

People who think that fists, bats, sticks, or stones don't constitute lethal Force, watch too much TV, where people take beatings and come out of it with A bloody lip at worst. The fact that the gun makes lethal force easier works Solely in favor of the weaker defender, not the stronger attacker. If both Are armed, the field is level.

The gun is the only weapon that's as lethal in the hands of an octogenarian As it is in the hands of a weight lifter. It simply wouldn't work as well as A force equalizer if it wasn't both lethal and easily employable.

When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but Because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot Be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because It enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who Would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would Do so by force. It removes force from the equation... And that's why Carrying a gun is a civilized act.

By Maj. L. Caudill USMC (Ret.)

So, the greatest civilization is one where all citizens are equally armed And can only be persuaded, never forced.


Team HeadBlade & Capone Racing - Win, RU and fun times out West

Shaun Reno, AHDRA Pro Mod pilot for Team HeadBlade, and Frank Capone, of Capone Racing, riding multiple bikes including an AHDRA Pro Mod bike and a Rush Pro Gas bike earned some points and had some fun at the AHDRA Oak Grove Choppers, Fast Bikes, Inc., Mulligans & MORE Northwest Nitro Nationals in Woodburn, OR.

According to Capone, "There were lots of very cool fans. These people were so excited and interested in our program. It's always great to have folks ask such great questions and understand the answers. We were runner up to Joey Thomson in Pro Mod,  but we reset 1/8th mile national mph record @ 132.10."

"We won in the Rush Pro Gas class.  It was an eventful day, we had mechanical issues on Sunday. Weird race, I'd lost to Croneburger but he hit the wall (might have hand surgery, but all in all he's going to be ok) and was eliminated. Then In the finals, Stan Sheppards' bike did not fire, I had a single. 

Shaun Reno on Team HeadBlade qualified #2 but went out in the semi's. However, Reno and Capone continue to move up in the points and it's getting "that" time of the season when each point has value. 

Capone’s team consists of Mark Godin, Richard Murray, Craig Fisher, Lorne Buchanan and Katy Miller.

Capone Racing sponsors and friends supporting Capone's record breaking season include: G&G Engineering, DAS Performance, L. Buchanan Co., Gannos Machine, Energy One Clutches, Vanson Leathers and all the staff at Capone Landscape.

Capone can be reached at:


Reno’s team includes his wife, Kim, and his crew chief, Ricky Stewart.

Special thanks to: HeadBlade, Inc., Hampton Roads Harley Davidson, Energy One Clutches, SA (Steve Allstaedt) Racing



VALLEY OF FIRE & MOUTAIN OF SNOW Part 2-- Touring Las Vegas on a Champion HD Ultra Trike By Gary Koz Mraz AKA The Triking Viking

The multi-shaded red and golden yellow sandstone cliffs and rocks in the Valley of Fire are part of the Navajo Sandstone Formation that is found throughout southern Nevada. Cagers and motorcycles get dinged ten bucks at the entrance (8 Bucks if you say you’re a LV resident); hope they don’t look at your plates. The main paved road snakes past giant sandstone beehives and sculpted formations like the Seven Sisters. READ THE FULL STORY 


CUBAN THUNDER: HARLEY-DAVIDSON IN CUBA-- Harlistas find ways to keep their Harleys alive, By Tracey Eaton

Thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycles once rumbled across Cuba, but today only a few hundred remain nearly a half century after the island’s last Harley dealership closed.

“They’re an endangered species,” said José Angel “Pipi” Pérez, a Cuban mechanic who restores Harleys. “They are disappearing.” But Cuba’s hogs aren’t gone yet thanks to the remarkable efforts of a group known as Harlistas. Harlistas have kept their engines running despite decades of hardship and economic isolation. READ THE FULL STORY


FROGMANS 1000HP TRIKE: Riding the Rocket II-- “No dream was ever accomplished through compromise.” ~Tim Cotterill

Tim Cotterill, also known as Frogman, was born in Leicester, England, in 1950. He left school at the age of fifteen to complete a six-year engineering apprenticeship and became intrigued with metalworking. After receiving his degree in Mechanical Engineering at age 21, Tim began to feel a deep desire to own a motorcycle.  At this time, the Hells Angels and “Easy Rider” were heavily influencing the British motorbike scene and Tim envied their custom chopped motorcycles and freewheeling lifestyles.  READ THE FULL STORY


Motorcycle Media-- Motorcycle Media from around the world were in attendance during the Sturgis Rally, me included and I would like to thank all those who helped to make things run smoothly for me while there.

Depending on what type of media some of the news was the next day, some during the week and in the case of the magazines probably 90 days or better.


Almost everywhere I went I saw Sara Liberte and the Rally TV crew and damn if they didn’t have all kinds of footage posted the next day. Gotta Luv Them. Shoot all day and edit all night and getting the job done.

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THAT'S IT FOR THE NEWS-- Have a great weekend!
Chief Financial Officer 
Women. Where's the desire for greatness, the pride in workmanship, or the desire to do the best possible job, no matter what. That's what Bonneville is all about. That's what AMD shows are all about, brothers going the extra mile to accomplish tremendous goals. As soon as I'm back in the Bikernet Interplanetary Headquarters in the Wilmington, California ghetto, I'll start to hammer out our Bonneville boot camp report. We burnt the midnight oils, rags, boxes, bank accounts, you name it to make it to Bonneville this year, with the Bonne Belle and Tobey's Ninja. We struggled, tested ourselves by building a completely unique motorcycle under awkward conditions, but it worked. The Bonne Belle is a 1940 45 flathead with a K-model top end, a Sportster lower end with Timken left side bearings, mated to a Evo 5-speed transmission with a BDL primary drive, and it starts remotely with a Biker's Choice starter and a remote Biker's choice Battery. This bike was six years in the making, and I'll start to tell the story of the last couple of weeks next week.
But first, I'm now in Milwaukee at the annual rally. I'm a judge at the first AMD affiliate custom bike show in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson Ride-in show at the H-D Museum facility. The show is produced by Bob Kay and Jeff Najar, and the amazing aspect is the level of prizes. This show follows the AMD show line-up of classes, including Modified Harley, Freestyle, Retro-custom, and I believe Performance Custom. Some of classes win a bunch. Modified Harley, which means stock engine cases and frame. The frame can't be cut at the neck to rake or stretch, but you can modify the swing arm or anything behind the transmission. The first prize is $3000 cash and a brand new 120-Inch Screamin' Eagle engine from Harley-Davidson. Freestyle, only limited by the talents skills and resources of the builder. The first prize is $2000 cash, and a qualified entry for the AMD championship as part of Team USA which includes travel expenses for the owner and the bike to the championship in Essen, Germany (about $15,000).
Retro mod is any modified bike over 25 years old and the first prize is $1000 cash. I'm sitting in the show tent right now, and my table is surrounded by hungry women, so I better peel out and do something, even if it's wrong. So, if you're in the Milwaukee region don't miss the show. If not we will pour reports on Bonneville and Milwaukee into Bikernet factory, like chemicals in a meth lab, next week. Hang on.







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You might want to check your sources for the "why the gun is civilization" section. It was an essay written by Marko Kloos on March 23, 2007. The link to his original is :

Another link explaining that Major Caudill is not the original author:



Friday, August 31, 2012
Editor Response Thanks.
Article "Guns are Civilization" was actually written by Marko Kloos in 2007, which is well documented.

Mike P
Longwood , FL
Friday, August 31, 2012
Editor Response Yep, we got that. Thanks.

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