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That’s one of the always interesting aspects of life, it’s never dormant, but constantly changings. Hell, new parts are changing, the industry changes, technology changes and the Climate is changing naturally, constantly, whether we like it or not.

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Call to Action – Invite Your Lawmakers to ‘Go for a Ride’

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In recognition of Motorcycle Awareness Month, the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus is hosting a Virtual Reality Riding Experience to coincide with the Motorcycle Riders Foundation Fly-In on May 15. The VR experience lasts about 3 minutes and will allow participants to experience different riding scenarios such as group riding, lane filtering and night riding. Help spread the word and send your Member of Congress an invitation to attend!

Even if you are not attending Bikers Inside the Beltway, you should encourage your Senators and Congressmen to come! This is positive exposure for all motorcyclists and sends a positive message as the riding season gets underway.

Please consider sending the invitation by clicking on the link below and asking your friends to do the same!

Send an Invite Here!


The Motorcycle Riders Foundation

Crusher Crusader Air Cleaner Trim

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The new Crusher Crusader Air Cleaner Trim from Kuryakyn fits a variety of air cleaner kits designed for use on a wide range of Harley-Davidson models. The Crusader Trim is compatible with air filters included with Crusher Street Sleeper II and III air cleaner kits that utilize full perimeter and outer end breathability. An included plate insert also allows installation on all standard perimeter-breathing filters found in Arlen Ness Stage I Big Sucker, H-D Screamin’ Eagle Stage 1, and S&S Stealth air cleaner kits. Styled after Crusher’s Crusader 4” Slip-On Mufflers, features include aluminum construction with precision laser-cut openings and contrasting brushed stainless steel accents.

P/N 9240 – Chrome, P/N 9241 – Satin Black

Gettysburg Bike Week 2018 Lita Ford and American Motor Drome Wall of Death and More for GBW 17th Anniversary

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Back for its 17th anniversary rally at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA, Gettysburg Bike Week kicks off Thursday, July 12, 2018, and runs through Sunday, July 15. The entertainment line-up has just been finalized.

New this year on the music front, GBW is proud to welcome Lita Ford. Lead guitarist of the seminal all-girl hard-rock band The Runaways, and known for her blistering guitar and powerful vocals, Lita Ford has been playing her solo brand of heavy rock for over 35 years. She headlines the Budweiser Main Stage Friday the 13th, and what better day to play a comprehensive offering of her hell-raising catalog?

In addition to Lita Ford, top-flight music acts for this year’s rally include hard rockers Jackyl (Saturday’s headliner); country music sensation Parmalee (Thursday’s headliner); the Metallica tribute band Fade to Black; acoustic wizards Redemption Road, Tom Senseney, and Acoustic Juice; Marshall’s Highway; Sound of Silence; and child percussion prodigy Avery the Drummer.

Gettysburg Bike Week is also celebrating its 17th year with the high-flying, death-defying spectacle that is the American Motor Drome Co.’s Wall of Death. A giant silo-shaped cylinder 30 feet in diameter with 15-feet-high wooden-plank walls, the vintage live-action thrill show that is the Wall of Death serves as a cyclone of mayhem wherein motorcycle daredevils drive century-old Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles at high speed round and round, parallel to the ground, climbing the walls, performing stunts, inching toward an audience perched right above the action. Crazy never looked so, well, crazy.

For the fellas, the titillating spectacle of the high-end burlesque act The Cherry Bombs are back at GBW for three performances: 9:30 p.m. on Thursday; 3 p.m. Friday; and 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Is it a coincidence one of the best songs by Lita Ford and Joan Jett’s The Runaways is called “Cherry Bomb”? We’ll just call it serendipity.

And for the ladies, GBW is happy to welcome back the best male burlesque show in the country. Composed of national and international touring Chippendales past members, 50 Shades of Men is the premier male revue performing today, delighting women everywhere with “disarmingly sexy, yet very tasteful routines. Designed exclusively for women [they] combine a perfect blend of music, hot dance moves and sensual theatrics,” and, if last year’s reception is anything to go by, the ladies are sure to love it.

And of course that’s just the tip of the fun-and-games iceberg, because legendary emcee Jack Schit is back again to perform master of ceremonies duties throughout the week on the Budweiser Stage, Gin Gypsies will be slinging the drinks, and the Second Annual York / Adams Cornhole Tournament featuring cash prizes goes down on Saturday at 1 p.m. Plus, you’ll see heavy competition in the Cycle Source Ride-In Bike Show, Ride and Rodeo; the Parade of Chrome; one of the best swap meets in the motorcycle community; and, new this year, brought to you by Cycle Source Magazine, Mini Bike Races!

New and returning riders can find updates, the schedule of events, lodging information and anything they ever needed to know about Gettysburg Bike Week by visiting http://www.gettysburgbikeweek.com.

Dare to Go Even More Nutter: Sonny’s Slip Slidin’ Triumph CR

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Sonny Nutter has always been ready to “Let’s Do this!”

They say Time Waits for No Man, but in the case of “Sliden’ Sonny” Nutter, it’s a case of stopping Time dead in its tracks and then kickin’ dirt in its face. Now 72 years young and a veteran of five decades of four and two-wheel racing, from Midget and Sprint cars to ½ mile flat track to steel-footed Speedway, Sonny’s bringing back history in a go-fast way, by building a series of one-off ‘60s era Triumph powered road racers, street stalkers and hotrods each bearing his unique signature, basically ‘Get the Hell outa my way!’


Air Uber?
Decibels levels are such that Sonny never hears any noise complaints about his open piped bikes.

We recently caught up with Sonny at his Hangar 16 workshop hunkered down within the L.A. adjacent Santa Monica Airport, also home to Harrison Ford’s crashable plane and Jerry Seinfeld’s collection of vintage Porsches. As armadas of private aircraft and flocks of helicopters seem to run strafing runs over our heads we talked shop and kicked some very pretty tires, in particular, a bike Sonny humbly touts as the Ultimate Triumph ‘60s Retro Roadracer. We were afforded a first, and last, look at the bike as it was about to leave Sonny’s shop back to its owner in Seattle.

As Sonny says, “It’s a ’65 Bonneville, but it’s not anymore.” While that basically sums it up, but a few more details will fill out the picture.
“This all started about four years ago when I was building stuff at Yoshi’s Garage Company. The owner brought in the motor and frame, forks and the front wheel and wanted me to make up a bike for him. Initially, that beautiful all mechanical front-wheel dictated what the bike should have been. It was a repop of a Yamaha 4-leading shoe roadracer, the top of the food chain before disc brakes took over. So I was working on the motor about as fast as the owner was sending money to get it going, so the motor took about a year. The motor was all rebuilt with fresh parts, kept stock displacement and still fed by dual Amal carbs. Then one day a guy showed up with this beautiful big alloy tank, and I looked at that big front wheel, and decided then and there, okay, we’re not just going to build some run of the mill putt-putt, but a real ‘60s roadracer. But I want to stay in the day, so didn’t go too modern.”


Click here to read Paul Garson’s new piece on Sonny Nutter.

Indian Names Semi Finalists for Scout Bobber Build-Off Competition- The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off

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Indian Motorcycle has announced the semi-finalists of The Wrench: Scout Bobber Build Off contest. Sketches and renderings from 12 non-professional builders are posted and available for a fan vote until April 19. Fans can vote daily. After voting closes on the 19th, three finalists will be announced on April 24. The three finalists will win a 2018 Scout Bobber and a build budget of $10,000 from Indian Motorcycle. All three builds will be unveiled in July where the final voting will take place to crown the champion, who will be announced at Sturgis and win a grand prize of $10,000.

VOTE HERE: https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/the-wrench/
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I don’t know where to start this morning. Frankie came over with his ’05 Dyna to have me torque the compensating sprocket. His primary chain was too tight and we adjusted it and torgued the compensator nut.

Last week he complained of noise and a clunk from the primary. I mentioned in the news how I talked him through discovering the problem. He tightened it, but said he still heard a noise. That’s when we decided to get it down here to take a look.

The nut wasn’t that bad, but the primary chain was way tight.

We did it up and we thought he was good to go on a Saturday night in Wilmington where they were having a cruise night with old cars and bikes a block over on Avalon Blvd. I’ll tell you what happened at the end.

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New Pulsing Brake Module by Namz

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Namz has been listening to their customer requests with their new Pulsing Brake Module. The PBM-01 will operate before any existing Badlands Module or can be installed as a stand-alone unit on any motor vehicle.

Tiny in size and when installed, the system will pulse (5) times before the brake light stays illuminated. Each time you release the brake and re-apply, the brake light will pulse (5) times then stay illuminated again. PBM-01 installs before any other module and is backed by a Lifetime Warranty. Stay safe and support American Made products. More information can be found here.


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This is not funny. I attended a California Air Resources Board meeting regarding new rule making for motorcycles. (I attended one of these meetings a few years ago.) Every manufacturer of motorcycles was there including Triump sitting beside me and Kawasaki and Honda behind me.

At the last meeting I attended, CARB guys dictated to the crowd. There were no discussions. This time, the mostly obese staff talked about embracing all aspects of the market before making their recommendations in 2020. That’s the good news.

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