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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Barry Green, the Redhead, Sam Burns, Laura, RFR, Johnny White, Geno, Buck Lovell, and the rest of the crew

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If you’re rolling into the majestic black hills for the rally,
feel free to drop me a line with your thoughts: Tell me how many years you’ve been coming and why. Or tell me how you felt about the Rally or the ride this year.

Donna and Arlin in their Sturgis shop, 2 Wheelers. Stop by. They are set up and ready to rock.
Donna and Arlin in their Sturgis shop, 2 Wheelers. Stop by. They are set up and ready to rock.

Since I’m in the industry and have been involved since 1979. I’ve been coming and riding out since 1987 and now I’ve lived in the region for 2.5 years. I sorta have my reasons for being here. Since moving to Sturgis, the rally experience has changed for me. I’m helping Marilyn with her show activities. That includes S&S, Paughco and Baker drivetrain. I’ll sign books at the Builders Breakfast which supports All Kids Ride.

The brothers riding into the Black Hills yesterday...
The brothers riding into the Black Hills yesterday...

I will attend several Hamster rides including one for fallen brothers. I plan to check out the new Saddlemen Ranch, and I’m involved with the Sturgis Hall of Fame Breakfast and will introduce new inductee, the master of gel seats, Tom Seymour. Of course, I will also check out Michael Lichters Motorcycles and Art Exhibit. He does a helluva job.

That’s not all, we are preparing for the run to Bonneville this year, later this month. Micah McCloskey, the pilot, is riding into the Black Hills from Auburn, California and we will spend a day, or part of a day tinkering with the Salt Torpedo. Hang on for another report in the news.
I’m hoping to meet and spend some time with my grandson, who is riding out from LA with Dr. Hamster.

Adrian's Softail project. These puppies are always notorious.
Adrian's Softail project. These puppies are always notorious.

Two days ago, I spent most of the day fixing a brother’s old Softail and yesterday another long-distance rider called. He broke his drive belt and was looking for a shop. I steered him to Dakota V-Twin, Randy Cramer’s pristine shop in Spearfish. Randy is all set up for Dyno tuning. And yesterday I stopped at Sasha’s Cycles in Sturgis, a vintage shop, to see if he had a front brake cable and lever for the ’48 UL in the shop.

I heard from Mike Taylor, the boss of Barnett’s Cables today. They are set up next to the Sturgis community center and Chance can make any cable I need. There’s more, but I better hit the news:

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Come hang out at Legend Suspensions for a meet and greet with @Joey55._ Friday August 5th, 2022 from

Joey Robinson is a stunt rider and business owner from San Diego, California. Joey is the owner of a successful apparel business,
Senders Only.

"Senders Only's heritage is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for an extreme lifestyle. There are details and styles that go beyond time and identify an attitude and a way of life. Senders come from all walks of life. From athletes to entrepreneurs to that sweaty palmed teenager looking to approach the cute girl in class.

It’s not what you send but, how you SEND IT!"
-Joey Robinson

Just got off the phone with Connie from the AMA. She checked our file to make sure all the docs were in place and handled. They include pilot medical docs, doctor docks, application for world record attempt, 10 images of the Salt Torpedo and a few waivers. I’ve already filled out all the BMST docs paid to go racing and paid Micah’s FIM license fee. He had to fill out and sign the pilot docs.

We replaced the battery and discovered our Ctek charger wasn’t working properly. I will send it in for checking today. With the battery charged I checked the controls and attempted to start the beast. It wouldn’t start. No apparent spark. I started chasing the power source.

Cabana Dan and I installed the new balanced rear wheel with a fresh time from Deadwood Custom Cycles, but we weren’t happy with the brake caliper alignment and I ordered shims from McMaster Carr. They arrive and we will tackle alignment tomorrow.

I discovered a bad ground, although we made sure we had extra grounds because of the rubber mounted JIMS driveline. I solved the issue and the monster fired to life immediately. I will run a direct ground from the ignition system to the battery tomorrow.


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We are just past the halfway mark of 2022, and remarkably, sales results for the first half of the year remain strong despite inflation concerns, some predictions of a recession, and ongoing supply chain challenges. Not only that, there are some intriguing findings when we dig deeper, including a new record.

MIC members, through the association's latest retail sales report, are now getting a detailed look at sales performance for the industry at the end of second quarter. But let's take a step back and look at some data over the years.

When you compare this year's sales performance to the same period in 2019, the last year before the pandemic, sales are up in every category:

Scooter: 18 Percent Increase
On-Highway: 3.8 Percent Increase
Dual: 63.7 Percent Increase
Off-Highway: 40.7 Percent Increase

Here's where it gets really interesting. Dual-purpose sales have continuous YOY growth since 2016 and impressively, the Q2 2022 sales volume is the highest quarter in the history of the MIC Retail Sales Reporting System for this segment. The off-highway category is also on a sales tear; YTD 2022 sales are the third highest since 2008 (with only 2020 and 2021 outperforming).

Fuel prices are expected to remain high, though they have eased slightly since the historic highs we experienced in May and June. During previous spikes in fuel prices, our industry saw an influx of new and returning riders seeking an efficient commuting alternative. With two years of increased sales, can we leverage this spike in fuel prices to attract even more new riders, while keeping the tens of thousands of new riders who purchased during the pandemic riding?

Will increased fuel prices incentivize riders to take their bikes out of the garage more often and encourage newer riders to keep riding, helping to build more lifelong riders?

Our team is committed to innovating and developing ways to support our membership and the entire industry, with a strong focus on inspiring new riders and keeping the riders we do have riding and engaged. This includes spearheading initiatives for our industry to accomplish together. While there are several examples, I'd like to share updates on two programs.

In light of the growing popularity of the dual-purpose category, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation created the AdventureBike RiderCourse. This course will help new owners get the most out of their bikes by teaching them fundamental dirt-riding skills so they can gain the confidence to take their bikes off-road. You can read more about what this course entails in this Men's Journal story.

Additionally, this fall we are launching a national campaign and a new comprehensive website at

--Erik Pritchard
MIC President and CEO

KODLIN USA REPORTS IN--Kodlin USA Inc. partners with Brands That Shine

Morgan Hill, CA based company Kodlin USA Inc. has partnered with Brands That Shine to improve their education and training of the US Dealer Network.

In addition to Kodlin’s North American distributor Harddrive, Kodlin has recently signed a distribution agreement with Janesville, WI based distributor Drag Specialties.

The assignment of Brands That Shine will add the on the ground support necessary to give dealers and distributor sales reps the tools to drive incremental sales with the Kodlin product line.

Jessica, owner of Brands That Shine and her team will travel the country while directly representing Kodlin at dealerships and industry events.

Holger Mohr, President of Kodlin USA says: “I was always impressed with Jessica’s passion for the Powersports Industry, Parts & Accessories and for Sales and Marketing in general. Her positive attitude, great dealer network and knowledge of all levels of the distributor’s sales organization as well as her professional work attitude are a perfect addition to our team”.

Jessica ads that “I am looking forward to working with the Kodlin team and to educate hundreds of reps and dealer staff about the product line. While headquartered in the US, we know the Kodlin roots are in Germany and that they have an uncompromisable focus on high-quality engineering and manufacturing. That gives my company the confidence to only promote the best quality products you can find on the market and the dealer will see minimal to no returns because Kodlin products don’t fail.”

What started as a line of M8 Softail oriented products has grown into the lighting, suspension, body and controls category for Touring, Sportster S and even Pan America models. Kodlin USA is going to continue to grow their product portfolio. Look forward to a visit from Brands that Shine making sure your dealership can turn this into incremental sales.

About Kodlin USA Inc.:
In 1984, sparked by Fred Kodlin’s vision of creating custom bikes represented in a way the world hadn’t seen before, Kodlin Motorcycles was established. Pushing the boundaries of what a motorcycle can be, the Kodlin name has built a reputation for original bike building, cutting-edge product design and high- quality manufacturing. Now available worldwide, Kodlin USA co-founders Len Kodlin and Holger Mohr have created a hybrid of accessories and design – inspired by both American and European influences.

Kodlin accessories have distinct fit, form and functional characteristics not found on the market today. and

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INTERMOT 2022: WORLD OF eNNOVATION presents innovations for smart technologies

Test modern mobility on the ePARCOURS

It's time once again from 4 to 9 October 2022: INTERMOT, the international motorcycle and scooter trade fair, will then open its doors in Cologne. As an important and leading international business and event trade fair for the world of motorised two-wheel vehicles, INTERMOT 2022 is starting with a future-oriented concept that combines the tried and tested with innovative segments and activities. Under the overriding theme “WORLD OF INTERMOT”, the most important segments will be brought to life and depicted in six "worlds". At the WORLD OF eNNOVATION, everything thus revolves around e-mobility and visionary technologies. Modern mobility on motorised two-wheel vehicles has long since become more than a vision for the future, and all motorcycle and scooter fans who are interested in alternative propulsion and smart technologies will find the corresponding solutions and models at INTERMOT 2022. The WORLD OF eNNOVATION shows, for example, how visionary technologies can be used to improve your motorcycling experience. From smart safety technologies like riding assist systems and app & smartphone integration to eFuels.

State of the art technology provides practical solutions for everyday use – evident in the WORLD OF eNNOVATION with, among other things, Black Tea Motorbikes, the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Horwin, Ilafa, Solevtric, Ridelink or Zero. From Zero, Black Tea Motorbikes, Horwin and Ilafa, motorcycle fans will see cool and high-quality electric motorcycles and electric scooters. Solectric presents intelligent assistants and innovative cameras, while Ridelink will show the latest connect apps and WingMan modules. The University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt is represented in Cologne with an interdisciplinary research project dedicated to the development and testing of new technologies in the field of e-mobility. The GAUSS electric motorcycle presented at INTERMOT is equipped with a quickly exchangeable battery system that can be replaced with a fully charged system within a few seconds.

One can also directly try out and test many innovations live, because the motto on the ePARCOURS of INTERMOT is: completely energised – with smart e-mobility! Here you will find models ready for test rides – pedelecs, electric kick scooters or scooters. For many of the vehicles you don’t even need a driver's licence at all.


Saturday, August 6

Sunday, August 7

Monday, August 8

Tuesday, August 9
@ Steel Pony Campground

Tuesday, August 9
Perewitz Custom Paint Show
Wednesday, August 10

Hamsters' Ride In
Thursday, August 11

Thursday, August 11
@ Steel Pony Campground

Thursday, August 11
@ Steel Pony Campground

Friday, August 12

Saturday, August 13

Iron Horse Saloon - Sturgis | 888 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD 57785

H-D Museum Bike Night Concert Series powered by Budweiser King of Beers and Bulleit Bourbon, Thursdays, 5 – 9 p.m.

All wheels unite every Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Harley-Davidson Museum. Join riders (and non-riders) for free live music from some of Milwaukee’s favorite bands, fun, drool-worthy rolling sculptures and outdoor food and beverage. The Bike Night Koozie Special is back. Enjoy $3 Busch Light all season long. Plus, the all-new Harley-Davidson® Shop is keeping its doors open until 8 p.m. for Bike Nights throughout the season.

8/4 This Side Up
8/11 The Now
8/18 Barnyard Stompers
8/25 The NIX

Estrella Galicia 0,0 2022 British Grand Prix Guide
Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) return to the demanding Silverstone track for the British Grand Prix, round twelfth of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship season.

The British round of the World Championship was held at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy between 1949 and 1976 on the legendary 60.7 km public road course. The first winner in the former 500 cc premier class was British rider Harold Daniel on a Norton.

The Isle of Man TT retained its status as a World Championship event until 1976. The British round, already as British GP, was held in 1977 at the Silverstone circuit, a permanent 4.7 km track built on an air base of World War II.

From 1987 the British GP moved to the technical and winding Donington Park, a 4,023-meter track that hosted the event until the 2009 season. From 2010 onwards, the British GP returned to a renovated Silverstone with a longer perimeter of 5.9 km, hosting the event until today. Since then, the British GP has been cancelled in 2018 due to faulty resurfacing unable to drain rainwater and in 2020 due to the global health emergency.

The biggest winner of the British GP at Silverstone in the 500 cc era (1977-1986) was the American Kenny Roberts, with three victories with Yamaha in 1978, 1979 and 1983. With two wins stands Randy Mamola (1980 and 1984), followed by the single wins of Pat Hennen (1977), Jack Middelburg (1981), Franco Uncini (1982), Freddie Spencer (1985) and Wayne Gardner (1986).

In the British GP period at Donington Park (1987-2009) under the 500cc (until 2001) and MotoGP (from 2002 to 2009) regulations, the most successful rider was Valentino Rossi, with five victories (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 and 2005), followed by Kevin Schwantz with four (1989, 1990, 1991 and 1994), Mick Doohan's three wins (1995-1997) and Casey Stoner's two victories (2007 and 2008).

Focusing on the modern MotoGP era at Silverstone (2010-2021), the biggest winner has been Jorge Lorenzo with three victories (2010, 2012 and 2013), followed by the single wins of Casey Stoner (2011), Marc Marquez (2014), Valentino Rossi (2015), Maverick Viñales (2016), Andrea Dovizioso (2017), Alex Rins (2019) and Fabio Quartararo (2021).

By manufacturers, the biggest British GP winner (whether at Silverstone or Donington Park, in 500 cc or MotoGP classes) has been Honda with 16 victories, followed by Yamaha with 14, Suzuki with 10 and Ducati with 3 wins.

The king of MotoGP pole position at Silverstone from 2010 onwards has been Marc Marquez with 5 poles (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019), followed by Jorge Lorenzo's two (2010 and 2018) and the single poles of Casey Stoner (2011), Alvaro Bautista (2012), home hero Cal Cruthlow (2016) and Pol Espargaro (2021).

In the modern era the fastest race lap has gone to Marc Marquez on three occasions (2014, 2017 and 2019), followed by the two of Jorge Lorenzo (2010 and 2012), Nicky Hayden (2011), Dani Pedrosa (2013), Valentino Rossi (2015), Maverick Viñales (2016) and Fabio Quartararo (2021).

Things have changed a lot from using Ford Radius rods for extending the springer rear legs. I remember AEE and other long springers that would twist when you turned the handlebars.

D&D Machine was one of the first really well built custom springers I remember. I think D&D may have become Jammer.

Of course, Paugho made good springers and may have supplied parts to other manufacturers. W&W was a good source as well.

I've always liked the looks of the girder, but have never personally owned one. I stick to telescopic front ends. The Earl’s front fork seems more like a reversed swingarm than a springer to me, though they have a loyal following and work very well on sidecar rigs. I suppose the leaf spring front forks count as springers as well.

--Sam Burns

We have a ton of springer images. We are pondering a springer experience story. I have a couple, but feel free to reach out if you have a story we can share.


Get the chance to meet South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem as she joins the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride festivities on Monday, Aug. 8!

During the event, you’ll also have opportunity to bring home a signed copy of her brand-new book, “Not My First Rodeo: Lessons from the Heartland.”

Be one of the first 30 to reserve Gov. Kristi Noem’s Book and she will place a personalized autograph and have her photo taken as the book is handed to you at the reception that follows the Legends Ride.

Proceeds of all purchases will benefit the Buffalo Chip’s chosen Legends Ride charities, the SD Special Olympics Rapid City Flame and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Reserve Ride Space
Reserve Book

Ride & Rub Elbows with Legends
Monday, Aug. 8, 2022

Kristi Noem is just one of many big names joining the Legends Ride!

AMA National and Regional News--

Washington D.C. — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a special investigation into the crash of a 2020 Tesla Model 3 vehicle that killed a motorcyclist in Utah. The driver of the car told police the vehicle was using Autopilot, an advanced driver assistance system that handles some driving tasks. Since 2016, NHTSA has opened 38 special investigations of crashes involving Tesla vehicles and where advanced driver assistance systems such as Autopilot were suspected of being used. A total of 19 crash deaths have been reported in those Tesla-related investigations, including the most recent fatal Utah crash.

The Utah Department of Public Safety said a Harley-Davidson motorcycle was traveling in the HOV lane southbound on I-15 near Draper, Utah, at 1:09 a.m. when a Tesla collided with the back of the motorcycle, which threw the rider from the bike. The 34-year-old rider suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. DPS said "the driver advised he had the Autopilot setting on" and “did not see the motorcyclist."

Recently, NHTSA said it has opened a special investigation into a crash that killed a motorcyclist in California. Media reports said a 48-year-old motorcyclist was killed on July 7 after a collision with a 2021 Tesla Model Y on the Riverside Freeway. NHTSA typically opens more than 100 special crash investigations annually into emerging technologies and other potential auto safety issues that have, for instance, previously helped to develop safety rules on airbags. In June, NHTSA upgraded its defect investigation into 830,000 Tesla vehicles with Autopilot, a required step before it could seek a recall. Tesla, which has disbanded its press office, did not respond to a request for comment.

International News

Paris, France — The wait was long, but the requirement for a periodical technical inspection for motorcycles has been repealed. The decree “Removes the obligation of a technical inspection of motorized vehicles with two or three wheels and motorized quadricycles.” The French Federation of Angry Bikers and the French Motorcycling Federation have been working on this issue for more than ten years.

The European directive of 2014 first raised the possibility of repealing the technical inspection for powered two-wheelers if measures promoting road safety were adopted. Six alternatives had been sent to the European Commission, some of which have already taken effect. These include:

Conversion bonus (up to €6,000 without income conditions) for the purchase of an electric two-wheeler (including the retrofitting of thermal motorcycles) or a very low-polluting one
Installation of sound emission control radars and penalties for non-approved and/or tampered exhaust pipes.

Better communication on the safety of two-wheelers, particularly in terms of equipment.
Include the issues related to two and three wheels in the Departmental Road Safety Action Plans.

Integration of the issue of the safety of powered two-wheeler users when passing the B permit and adding a program on maintenance, eco-driving and noise when passing the A1 and A2 permits.

The use of blind spot monitoring systems on heavy vehicles

Geneva, Switzerland — The launch of the official and dedicated website of the International Foundation for Motorcycling (IFM) — — marks an important milestone in the ongoing establishment of this new charitable organization, with global supporters now able to make online donations towards the many and varied worthy IFM projects. The IFM was recently founded by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. The FIM being the long-standing governing body for motorcycle sport and the global advocate for motorcycling.

Visitors to the new website will have the opportunity to learn about the IFM’s formation, board members, history and mission plus about the wide scope of work that it undertakes for the benefit of the whole international motorcycle community.

Listed under the ‘What we do’ section are the main areas of the IFM’s activities these include safety & advocacy; education & training; environment & social responsibility; promotion of women; touring & leisure; plus motorcycling heritage & legacy. Under each heading there are various individual projects that cover an extensive spectrum of work, all of which require donations from enthusiasts, manufacturers, promoters, motorcycle sport stakeholders and motorcycling fans to be able to bring them to a successful outcome.

Visit to learn more about the IFM and to make an online donation.

Helluva start… like your apehanger article, I could feel the excitement… Because I’ve been in the shops, I know and can smell the sweet stench of the cutting oil, feel the sting on the fingers of minuscule slivers under the skin, and know the pain of working under a dim light with what you’ve got.

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Hey, hope Sturgis is a blast. Wish I could be there. Wanted to let you know that I got my second jury service notice in six months. This one is Federal. The questionnaire asked what TV shows I watch and what books I read. I put down your books. I figure that will either scare the shit out of the lawyers or they will be impressed with my choices!

I'll keep you posted

Paul Aiken
Huntersville, NC
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Editor Response Incredible, hope it works.
2022 marks my thirty ninth trip to the black hills, admitting not always on one of my scooters at the rally. Just love South Dakota, and its people! Rally week has always been the best. I go back to camping in the park. I plan on coming every year no matter what.

I'm old now planning on getting a lot older, so as a precaution to aging, I built a sidecar. Nothing is going to stop me. YES, ride forevermore! -------Stevie B.

Stevie B
Just South of chi-town, IL
Friday, August 5, 2022
Editor Response Thanks brother. Have a terrific rally.

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