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#HD115 Competition Build – San Diego Customs

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Chip from San Diego Customs goes off the beaten path with his 2018 Fat Bob, adding a custom exhaust under the tail section, panniers, and more.

This sport touring Fat Bob will be nothing short of amazing. See the finished bike at Born Free Show and the #HD115 Anniversary in Milwaukee.

Monday June 18 is Ride to Work Day

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This coming Monday will mark the 27th anniversary of “Ride to Work Day,” an annual event that promotes the motorcycle as an option for commuting to work. Since 1992, this event has been promoted by the Ride to Work organization with a goal of increasing public awareness of motorcyclists; promoting the use of motorcycles as a method of transportation; and increasing motorcycle safety.

According to the Motorcycle Industry Council, an estimated 150,000 commuters ride their motorcycle to work. While this is a very minor portion of all commuters, figures show these numbers are on the rise. It may be surprising that the numbers are not higher given data that supports that traveling by motorcycle can shorten journey times by as much as 33 minutes of every hour for city travel. Additional benefits can include more parking options, fuel savings and the undeniable advantage of enjoying the environment and the open air preparing yourself for a long day of work, or better yet, decompressing post-work!

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation encourages its members and partners to participate in this year’s event on June 18th to help demonstrate support for riders across the nation and spur recognition that the use of motorcycles as an alternative to commuting can help alleviate traffic and parking congestion.

Another important message that the event sends is that, despite a sometimes less than flattering portrayal of motorcyclists by Hollywood and even the media and naysayers, motorcyclists are our neighbors, teachers, family, lawyers, servicemen and women and friends and they have a rightful place on our nation’s highways.

For more information, visit:  http://www.ridetowork.org/

If you have photos of yourself participating in Ride to Work Day, send them tomrfoffice@mrf.org or text them to 202-546-0983


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Action from the Motorcycle Front, Freedom Fighter, and the Aftermarket


I’m going to rattle down some facts here that will be shocking and revealing, but who knows if they make much sense. I had a meeting about the California Air Resources Board new motorcycle rules yesterday. The California Air Resources board is mandated (there’s that word again) by the Governor to create a state with Zero emissions by 2030.

I thought the Governor was supposed to represent the people not be a dictator. But get this. New motorcycle sales have dropped from 240,000 in 2005 (includes on-road and off-road motorcycles) to 75,000 after the recession in 2011 and now just 100,000. Since 2015 on-road sales have declined from 63,000 to 56,000 in 2017. My agent behind the lines, suggests over regulation, a changing demographic and the liberal slant in schools.

wonder how these numbers compare to other states. You should read my letter to the California Air Resources Board regarding their rules process. While they try to put us out of business, they will also try to take as much of our money as possible through product testing and fines. Some companies just won’t build compliant vehicles for California. It’s not worth it.

Our industry has other issues, like magazines. The new American Iron arrived this week at 82 pages. Even the best selling mag on the market is shrinking. The Easyriders deal seems to be at a crossroads with no solid offers on the table. And its major competitor, the HORSE was recently sold for one dollar.

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JP Weighs In On The Carb Issue

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Yes — it has been against Federal law to tamper with any vehicle since the late 60s and 70s! However, only states with auto smog inspections enforce the tampering provision. And, since there are no smog inspections for motorcycles anywhere in the U.S., there is little, or NO, enforcement of the federal EPA motorcycle tampering rule outside of California. Some states have annual or biennial motorcycle safety inspections, but I have not heard of any inspecting for vehicle emissions systems tampering. That’s why CARB and the California Bureau of Auto Repair (BAR) would love to see smog checks for motorcycles. That’s at least a battle that we probably can win, like we did in 2010, if any such bills rear their ugly head.
As far as noise (which CARB does not regulate) — it has been against the law for aftermarket muffler manufacturers to produce and sell aftermarket mufflers any louder than stock since 1983. The federal fine for manufacturers of non-compliant and unstamped mufflers is $10,000 per muffler, plus 1 year in jail and $25,000 plus 2 years in jail for subsequent violations! However, have you ever hear of an aftermarket muffler manufacturer getting fined $10K, much less going to jail? Another example of federal noise law non-enforcement!
Not to rain on your parade — these unpleasant facts are provided so that you know what all of the rules of the game are.

As we discussed when I visited your authentic “Motorcycle Museum” home the other day, here’s my bike (1971 real Norton Commando Production Racer [only 200 ever made]) reposing in the den of our crib. Authentic Motorcycle Art! — John Paliwoda

The Sheriff Checks In From The Road

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The spirit is still here, but the kids don’t care about paper magazines anymore. They live the 70s the way they though it was.

Say hello to my friends at exit 61 Rapid City, they could give you a horseback ride so you get the right expierence of SD!


New From Kuryakyn—Thresher Collection

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Here’s the new Thresher collection from Kuryakyn, developed for an ideal combination of comfort and control.

Thresher Grips are designed with an ergonomic profile that’s formed to the shape of your hands for a comfortable contoured and commanding feel. Both the grips and matching Thresher Pegs feature premium EPDM rubber surfaces with detailed shark tooth-inspired knurling for confident traction and vibration dampening. The durable EPDM rubber compound offers secure grip and will not harden, crack or wear over time.

Universal Thresher Grips for 7/8” & 1” Handlebars
Currently available for universal fitment on most 7/8” and 1” non-Harley-Davidson applications, Thresher Grips have a comfortable spindle-shaped design with tapered ends and an expanded palm area. The contoured grip bodies are constructed completely from EPDM rubber rated in the 50-60-durometer range for an ultra soft cushioned base that dampens vibration and eliminates hand fatigue. Aluminum collars and end caps with subdued styling provide a clean look on virtually any type of motorcycle. Additionally, the bar-mounted end caps included on all Universal Thresher Grips can be easily swapped out for bar-end mirrors or weights.

Universal Fitment for: BMW, Can-Am, Ducati, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, and Yamaha. Additional OEM-specific fitments are in development for Harley-Davidson, Indian, Victory and a wide range of metric cruisers.

• Thresher Grips 1” Universal: P/N 5948 Chrome, 5949 Satin Black
• Thresher Grips 7/8” Universal: P/N 5950 Chrome, 5951 Satin Black

Thresher Pegs & Shift Pegs
Thresher Footpegs feature sleek and streamlined aluminum castings at their core wrapped in EPDM rubber, with steel adapters that offer sturdy and secure foot placement. The detailed “shark tooth” knurling is more pronounced on the pegs to ensure a greater amount of traction and vibration dampening for riders. Splined adapters allow precise footpeg positioning to let riders dial in their preferred placement. Available with male-mount adapters for most H-D models, and without adapters for a variety of OEM fitment via model-specific splined adapters (sold separately).

Thresher Shift Pegs are available in two applications; as a direct replacement for all H-D shift levers, as well as the shift peg on Indian big twins or shift and brake peg locations on Indian Scouts and select Victory models.

• Thresher Pegs w/ Adapters: P/N 5952 Chrome, 5953 Satin Black
• Thresher Pegs w/out Adapters: P/N 5954 Chrome, 5955 Satin Black

• Thresher Shift Pegs for H-D: P/N 5956 Chrome, 5958 Satin Black
• Thresher Shift & Brake Pegs: P/N 5958 Chrome, 5959 Satin Black

Visit www.kuryakyn.com/classification/563/thresher to view the complete Thresher collection.

Bike Feature—The Dream Turbo Dyna

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It’s a fascinating Story of motorcycle love, business survival and toughness. But if you mentioned this to Larry, he would tell you to, “fuck off.”

Every time I asked Larry to open up about the shop or this bike he’d frown and tell me to read the tech chart he prepared.

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June FEMA Update

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At the FEMA meeting in Brussels on 2 June, the FEMA Committee voted in a new member. FEMA is proud to welcome our newest member, Asociación Mutua Motera (AMM) from Spain.

Joining us with observer status, with the intention to become a full member a year from now, is Comitato Coordinamento Motociclisti (CCM) from Italy. CCM represents four Italian riders’ organizations (AMI, Biker Alto Adige, CCM & Motor Lab). Read more.


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We live is such strange times. On one hand we could be at a terrific juncture in out history, having a great time, living longer, healthier, safer and more free. But the same old shit gets in the way, control freaks (government) and religion.

Damn, I’m glad I’m a biker. I’m fighting the California Air Resources Board for internal combustion motorcyles to continue to exist. But they are like the sheriffs in a town paid for by the Mayor. In this case the governor who has mandated (don’t you love that word) Zero emissions by 2030. That means only electric motorcycles and no barbecues.

Get this. Last year the California Legislature passed a new fine for motorcycle products that are not CARB approved (at a major expense). The old fine was $500 per widget sold. It has been raised to $3,700 per product sold. Can you imagine receiving a ticket for that amount for your backyard barbecue?

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