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Velocity Stack and Palm Springs ’74

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By Bandit with photos from Sam Burns Collection

I’ve never been a fan of velocity stacks. One, I was just a hardworking sort and couldn’t afford top end jobs every year. I tried to build shit that was fast but would hang together.

At the time I wore my greasy Levi’s every day, until they shinned. I couldn’t afford a motorcycle jacket, so I used an old parka and put a rough leather welding jacket over it. I dyed it black and sewed a set of Harley wings on the back. I wore gauntlet leather welding gloves, which I also died black. My hair was long sandy and wavy, and I had a full beard.

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Pre-Rally Week Bikernet Weekly News for July 29, 2021

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Hey,

The rally is starting next week and at the last minute we are buying a Bikernet Billboard in Sturgis. It’s another project, but what the fuck.

We are working with Markus Cuff on a Petersen Museum motorcycle exhibit featuring long distance motorcycles. Some wild bikes.

I’ll sign books for donations to Kid’s Ride at the Builder’s Breakfast coming up next weekend.

Never stop or slow down and always fight for the freedom to ride fast and free.

–Bandit

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Crazy Times Bikernet Weekly News for July 22, 2021

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Motorcycles and Open Roads Make it All Good!

Hey,

Crazy times, but if you want to taste the best of times read this news and come to Sturgis for the rally.

Flying Piston Builder’s Breakfast on Sunday August 8 at Sturgis – be there. Michael Lichter’s Builders will be featured along with Stride Bikes and Bandit with five of his books. He will sign each one for a small donation to the Kids Ride school campaign.

Don’t miss the Builders’ Breakfast, the grub, the auction and my fucking books.

In the meantime, come to the Badlands and have a blast.

–Bandit

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Paradise Bikernet Weekly News for July 15th, 2021

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Thursdays are often wild days. Thursdays are tough since I’m trying to focus on the news. Brothers are calling about Sturgis plans, which are ever-changing.

We are working with Markus Cuff on a feature around a new whacky Petersen Museum Exhibit on long distance travelers.

I’m working on a report about stolen motorcycle stories. I was thinking about a fictional series, but I may just post the real stories. There are lessons in each one.

In the meantime, remember to ride free. We are living in the best of times.

–Bandit

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Art inspired rumble Sidecar Project

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Twenty Years of Chopper Dedication and Hard Work
by Dan Stern

Decades ago (mid ‘90s) Paisano Publications came out with an upscale magazine called VQ. I’m sure a take-off on GQ. People scoffed because the RUB thing was in full swing. I didn’t care because it was another great publication from bikers for bikers. It was tailored for the upscale market complete with ads for cologne, soap and other things you’d never find in Easyriders. The best part was a feature on artists concepts.

VQ’s editor, Keith (Bandit) Ball was running it while juggling the editorship of Easyriders and countless other publications.

Owner: Dan Stern
Bike: 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail w/left-hand sidecar

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The Independence Day Coming Bikernet Weekly News for July 1, 2021

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I go from dawn to dusk trying to stay prepared and be pro-active. Then as it reaches about 7:00 I grab a beer and head to a chair under a blooming maple tree to relax with a pile of the Redhead’s most magnificent bowl of guacamole.

We sit and ponder the goals for the next day. Micah is working on our plans for Bonneville. Tonight, after the news I get to have a Jack on the Rocks under the maple tree. And this weekend I want to take the ’69 Panhead out for a test ride.

Let’s hit the news.

Have a terrific holiday and ride free forever!

–Bandit

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The Solar Panel Bikernet Weekly News for June 24, 2021

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The future is bright. Hang on.

We have more content head your way, and as you know being a biker is never dull. I need the rain to blow over so I can test ride the Panhead. Hang On!

I also need to sign up for the Salt Torpedo’s first run to Bonneville.

In the meantime, ride free forever!

–Bandit

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The Quirky Bikernet Weekly News for June 17th, 2021

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Hey,

I’m catching on, catching up and catching the Rally vibe. If you live in these regions, it’s like living with a mercurial girlfriend. If she’s in a bad mood you can’t get shit done. That’s the weather around here, and I think it’s cool.

During the summer, you plan and hope to get as much shit done as possible. The other driving force for some is the rally. That’s our driving force this year. I decided to keep the Deadwood digs so bros could hang out here during the rally including my grandson and his pals.

We are trying like hell not to burn any daylight.

We have content headed your way from Dmac. I hope to get started on Dan’s feature next week, and I hope you enjoy chapter 94 of the Bandit’s Cantina series. Let me know what you think.

In the meantime, Ride Fast and Free Forever.

– Bandit

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Bandit’s Cantina Episode 94: Melody Searches for Zero-Footprint Nirvana

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“I’ve got to get out of here,” Melody said as she woke up the next morning. “I can’t handle the pollution. Did you see all those trucks, the noise, and the smell. I can’t stand it.”

She continued to badger him. “What should I do now? I have a degree. I must get out of LA. You know about Global Warming, right?”

She burst out of the bathroom like a spring flower blooming, beautiful, fresh, and full of energy. “I did some research on my phone,” she said. “The governor of California is testing a Zero emissions community. Would you mind taking me to Nirvana.”

“Have you seriously reviewed this deal? Bandit said.

“Of course, I have,” Melody spat. “This will be the wave of the future. No carbon footprint.”

“Don’t we need CO2 to live?” Bandit asked.

“Don’t be ridiculous,” Melody said pulling on her $1000 leather boots. “Carbon dioxide is pollution.”

“Will they allow you to wear those boots into Environmental Nirvana?” Bandit said.

“Uh,” Melody said. “I don’t know. I found an organic breakfast place is Venice.” They walked out to Marko’s stretched FXR in the parking lot. Melody stopped, stunned. “I can’t get to Nirvana on that!”

“Or I can drop you off at the airport,” Bandit suggested.

“No way, the covid, the masks, the crowds and the polluting planes,” Melody rattled. “Did you know they are banning air flights in Spain. Gotta save the planet. Where’s the Ferrari?”

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