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By Bandit, Bob T., Lisa Jorgenson, Rogue, Gearhead, Sam Burns, Michael F. Hupy, Jeff Hennie, Jeffrey Najar, Uncle Monkey, Sam Dixon and the rest of the Cantina Crew

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It’s been a strange week.
The phone keeps ringing, e-mails flying, texts texting. Just this week we reached out to Scott Jacobs, Bob Kay flew in and borrowed the Mudflap Girl FXR and rode to Palm Springs. Sam Dixon will arrive today and report on Bandit’s Cantina Girls.

Bob broke down in Palm Springs, but Paul at Palm Springs H-D came to his rescue. He’s rolling back to the headquarters tonight.
Rock N Roll custom paint called and we’re sending a photographer and the Bonne Belle rear fender will finally get handled.

Progress was made on the next version Wheeler Work Station. Hell, we made a pitch to a local company about a mural on the side of the headquarters. We are working on a deck along side the building and the dread Famaghetti brothers are getting to work.

More progress reports at the end of the news including major progress with our Salt Torpedo trike effort.

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Daughter: " Daddy, I am coming home to get married, get out the plastic. I'm in love with a boy who is far away from me. I am in Australia and he lives in the UK. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, had long chats on Whatsapp, he proposed to me on Skype and now we've had two months of relationship through Viber. Dad, I need your blessings, good wishes and a big wedding."

Father: "Wow! Really!! Then get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon and pay through Paypal. And if you are fed up with your husband....sell him on Ebay.”

--from Jerry and Rogue

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Ultimate Sacrifice and Dauntless Courage of Warriors to be Honored at Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration-- The Sturgis Buffalo Chip has planned a full day of events celebrating American freedom and recognizing the courage and unbeatable determination of those who have stood ready to give their lives in defense of ours.

In recognition of our nation’s valiant veterans, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has set aside Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 as its 24th annual Freedom Celebration. Several brave souls have committed to making presentations to honor the fallen and imparting personal accounts of patriotism to those who attend. These special guests include many who have offered their lives and sacrificed their limbs and state of well being in the defense of liberty.

As part of the Freedom Celebration, the Buffalo Chip has organized a special ride to provide funds to organizations dedicated to supporting struggling warriors and their families. The Freedom Celebration Ride, which departs from Main Street, Spearfish, will conclude with a reception at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip.

Distinguished warriors wounded in combat will lead the ride including Wounded Wear/Combat Wounded Coalition founder retired Navy SEAL LT Jason Redman and Warrior Dog Foundation founder and former Navy SEAL Mike Ritland. These two dignitaries will be joined by the mother of the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq, America’s Mighty Warriors founder Debbie Lee. These special guests will lead the procession of proud riders on a route through the majestic high plains of the northern Black Hills.

A $75 donation is required to participate in the ride and may be paid at registration or online at All ride fees are donated to the Freedom Ride charities supporting veterans in need.

The celebration on Spearfish Main Street will include an inspiring performance by the Air National Guard Band of the Midwest, Permanent Party, special vendors and an autograph session with celebrities, authors and dignitaries. Following the ride, the poignant celebration will continue at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip with a program by veterans and catered reception. All are invited to make the donation and participate in the ride, including military veterans and anyone who wants to take part in honoring these brave men and women.

The Chip will also present the Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award to yet-to-be-named honorees. Past recipients of this award include John McCain, and the families of Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two Navy SEALs slain while saving many lives in the attack on the American compounds in Benghazi. Those wishing to participate in the activities in the amphitheater may do so by purchasing a campground admission pass. More information can be found at

“It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.”

Chris Kyle, Navy SEAL, (ret.)

REPORT FROM THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY--Health insurers 'may go the way of Blockbuster'

Commentary: Steven Brill believes insurance firms are simply getting in the way of cost control.

Remember Blockbuster?

In its heyday—which wasn’t so long ago—Blockbuster had 60,000 employees and 9,000 locations. For most Americans, for a minute anyway, it was the place to rent a movie. Then along came Netflix. And Redbox, which operates most of the movie-rental kiosks in convenience and grocery stores.

Before you knew it, Blockbuster was no longer a necessity. All of a sudden, it seemed, we could get the video entertainment we wanted faster and cheaper and, at least with Netflix, without having to leave the comfort of our homes. In 2010, Blockbuster filed for bankruptcy, just 25 years after it was founded. By last year, the last of those 9,000 stores had closed.

What will be the next Blockbuster? It very well might be your health insurance company, says Steven Brill, the entrepreneur and journalist whose 26,000-word Time magazine cover story about the absurdly high costs of American health care captured the nation’s attention two years ago.

“I see insurance companies as the weak players” in the U.S. health care system, Brill told me in a recent interview. By that he meant that insurers have become increasingly impotent middlemen in the battle to rein in health care costs.

“Aetna is Blockbuster,” Brill wrote in his latest book, America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Backroom Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System.

He was quoting Ezekiel (Zeke) Emanuel, former health policy advisor in the Obama administration who is now a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania.

Brill explained that what Emanuel meant “was that just as the video rental giant got overtaken by upheavals in how media is delivered, large insurers such as Aetna are going to be overtaken by changes in the structure and delivery of health care.”

As Brill notes, many of those changes were set in motion by the Affordable Care Act, which is making it necessary for doctors, hospitals and other health care providers to work together more collaboratively. Increasingly, Medicare and other payers are reimbursing health care providers based on how well they care for us rather than on how many separate, billable things they do to us.

As a consequence, hospitals are having to operate more efficiently, which is leading to a consolidation in the industry. There were 95 mergers just last year alone. That’s 44 percent more than in 2010, the year Congress passed health care reform.

--By Wendell Potter
Center for Public Integrity

STRANGEST MOTORCYCLE OF THE WEEK-- If you think stuffing a three liter Ferrari V8 into a custom frankenstein motorcycle is a bit looney, you’d be right. But would you believe this wasn’t the first ridiculously fantastic creation by former two-wheeled racer Andreas Georgeades? And it wasn’t the last either.

After Georgeades realized he was pretty good at motorcycle racing, he spent the later part of the 1960s in the pursuit of creating the ultimate racer. In his quest, he became the first to successfully build and win first place with his Honda 600 four cylinder automotive engine powered Gran Prix racer.

The forums at CBX International chronicle a brief history of “George the Greek’s” two-wheel exploits. After achieving a fair amount of racing success including a podium in his first year at the Isle of Mann, he went on to tour the European and Canadian racing circuit in a Matchless 500 GP50 gran prix racer that he took possession of as payment for work in the restaurant business.

BADASS GIRLS ON SKATES ATTACK THE SMOKEOUT-- Richland County Regulators Rolling to SO 16

This is going to be a Biker Friendly, meaning you'll see "Badass girls on skates beating the shit out of each other!"

The Richland County Regulators derby team is coming to SO 16 to showcase their talent.

It's been a while since we've seen the blood, punches and elbows, and I've missed that. So I got with Jason, Regulators Coach, and secured them for Saturday. It'll be mayhem on two wheels!


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MRS. MONKEY BEHIND BARS-- It’s been a while since Mrs. Monkey has been behind the bars of her own bike. She had been making steady process on her old bike but it wasn't without its problems.

Mrs. Monkey had never ridden a vehicle with a standard transmission so she was having a problem getting the whole clutch and shifting process down. She started to get the hang of it but with me selling my bike to let my back heal she just didn't get back on it.

When it was time to ride again, she lamented that she loved riding but hated the whole shifting gears. "If only they made a motorcycle with an automatic."

So out with the old and in with a spiffy 1980 CM400A HondaMatic. The bike was the right size for her, promised to be a little easier for her to ride; she just wasn't overwhelmed by the early ‘80s styling.

I was tasked with changing it up to improve the look. With a million-and-one projects on the go and my health kicking my ass it was slow going. That changed this spring with a letter from The Man demanding a full motorcycle license or face starting the whole process over from the beginning. I banged out the last couple of changes before paint but with a tight timeline I hung the OEM parts back on and dropped it back on the street.

Last night was her first ride on the HondaMatic. The first couple feet were awkward, but she quickly fell back into it making loops around in the empty parking lot. As the sun set it was time to head home, so I insisted she ride it home out on the streets. Without waiting for an answer I peeled out.

She quickly fell into the traffic. She even tackled the difficult hill near our house, her nemesis the first time around, without as much as a hic-up. Once home she gave me a big hug and kiss thanking me for making her dream come true.

The bike is just the right balance of power and nimbleness for her. She will continue to practice for the next few weeks to get back into fighting shape before she has to go for her test. The mild custom changes will have to wait until fall again. In the meantime she is happy to be back in the wind.

-bad Uncle Monkey

Largest Selection of Trike Rear Axle Assemblies feature US Made Quality, Fit and Reliability--
Long before the latest rise in popularity of trikes and trike conversions, Paughco was all over three wheelers built around HD power plants, frames and other OEM driveline components. Today the company offers trike enthusiasts with one of, if not the largest selection of 3-wheel conversion products.

This focus on trike conversions is evident in their comprehensive collection of rear axle drive assemblies. With units designed specifically for use in converting Sportster, Softail , FXR, Dyna and chain drive models they have just about every possible configuration covered.

Made in the USA, Paughco’s rear axle assemblies feature the finest quality components and rugged construction. Housings are constructed from precision cut and welded 1" x 4" and 1" x 2½" rectangular tubing. Axle tubes are precision crafted from 2 3/8"-diameter thick-wall tubing and solid steel, CNC machined carriers house US-made Dana 44 spider gears. Automotive-style Timken-type splined wheel hubs provide exceptional strength and are designed for severe use applications.

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ROB’S PLACE, AFFORTABLE STURGIS SPACE STILL AVAILABLE-- There will probably be a semi truck with awning and bikes on left side of you are facing the lot from lazelle, a big 30x70 SWAP MEET tent covering the rest of the left side all the way to the alley.

Another truck with awning between Lazelle and the shade tree, a guy playing guitar under the tree, a guy serving food and drinks between the tree and the alley and 4 or 5 vendors behind him.



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Quick, join the Cantina before the pricing structure changes. We are adding two more complete web sites to the mix including Jack’s BikerPics, and Sam’s Biker Beauties. The whole enchilada will be apart of Bandit’s Cantina and changing too often to keep up. Hell, Sam promises a new girl every day. --Bandit

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BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB-- The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today by Ian Falloon will be available in early June.

Take an authoritative, thorough, and heavily illustrated look at Triumph motorcycles, from beloved classics to popular new models!

What do Marlon Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen, Bob Dylan, and Arthur Fonzerelli all have in common? All of these men define the very essence of cool, and all have owned Triumph motorcycles.

Originally formed as a bicycle company in 1885, in 1902 Triumph produced its first motorcycle, which was simply a bicycle fitted with a Belgian Minerva engine. From there, the company, in various iterations, went on to build some of the most iconic motorcycles of all time.

For the first time ever, The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today collects all of the motorcycles from this iconic brand in a single volume. Written by respected Triumph expert Ian Falloon, all of the major and minor models are covered, with an emphasis on the most exemplary, era-defining motorcycles such as the Thunderbird, Tiger, Trophy, Bonneville, and new machines such as the Speed Triple, Thruxton, and Daytona 675.

The Complete Book of Classic and Modern Triumph Motorcycles 1937-Today will also feature important non-production models and non-factory racing and speed-record-setting motorcycles that have become integral parts of Triumph's stellar reputation. This is a book no Triumph fan will want to be without!


DHARMA WORDS FOR THE DAY— When you wander through a temple you will see folks with incense bowing slightly three times before offering the incense to Buddha.

The first gesture is for Buddha: I take refuge in the Buddha, the one who shows me the way in this life.

Then: I take refuge in the Dharma, the way of understanding and love.

And finally: I take refuge in the Sangha, the community (or the Monks) who live in harmony and awareness.


BRASS BALLS BIKE KITS MADE TO ORDER-- Customer/Builder Gets Phase 1 of his Bike Kit

This is Andy, one of our great customers. He is building a Brass Balls Cycles kit bike. He picked up his Phase 1 rolling chassis today. He has elected to buy his kit in phases, building as time and budget allows. We can't wait to see how his bike evolves.

For more information on our bike kits and how you can spec one out to your wants & needs, click here.

Bespoke Custom Production Motorcycles

Recently we shipped these two Darwin Motorcycle Diggers to 2 great customers. One features and S&S V111 and the other an S&S 93" Panhead. One has drag bars. One has apes. We build bikes bespoke to each customers' design and riding style. We'd love to build one for you.

NOT QUITE LANE-SPLITTING— H.B 2512, introduced by Rep, Brian L. Clem (D-Salem), would allow motorcycle and moped riders to ride on the road shoulder when traffic has stopped or slowed to 25 mph or less and the motorcyclist is traveling less than 30 mph.

Tennessee is also considering a Lane-Splitting rule H.B. 1102.

The State of New York and Washington introduced helmet repeals and we will keep you posted.

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