Bandit woke the next morning with a start. Emotionally beat-up he struggled with depressing thoughts of the future. He couldn’t figure how society could be living in the best of times, yet some folks were making it the worst.
He showered and scrambled down stairs. The crew made their way quietly around the Cantina as if in a thoughtful daze.
“I’m working on some info for the pamphlet,” Margaret said and studied Bandit’s features. He wasn’t the type of guy to give up or even step back from a fight.
Bandit looked up and smiled. “We’re going to do something or die trying.”
I’m going to put the ’58 Chevy on the market and the ’48 UL. Since I’m not spending bank on the run to Bonneville, I’m buying more parts for the 1913 Board Track racer. I found some flywheels on Ebay and rods. Competition Distributing is now making pistons for the early bikes.
The funky Panhead survived its first 100-mile test run with only minor issues.
I remember Wolfman Jack saying to the girls, “Are your peaches sweet?” It’s the season and the local peaches are amazing and as big as softballs.
It’s been an interesting week, with the debates, the political interviews and the cancellation of the BMST event in Bonneville. We were so ready to go to salt flats. Luke was excited to see the chute deploy properly.
The bros came over after the Hall of Fame breakfast to check the action, including Nick Trask. We discussed installing a Turbo on the Torpedo for the fast round. He mentioned wanting to become a Bikernet Sponsor. You’ll see more of him around here.
The next couple of weeks will be damn interesting. First, my major focus will be all about Bonneville. We will peel out next Wednesday and be on the Salt for a week, which will impact the news hopefully in a positive way.
The Bikernet News will be short and to the point. The next two weeks will be significant in more ways than one. You’ll see the Montana report, but over the next two weeks you may see a response. I hope.
Burnouts, bikes, builders, bands, brews, and buds. The SmokeOut Rally in Salisbury, NC has it all and more. For over two decades, the SmokeOut Rally has been bringing together likeminded riders in a celebration of custom motorcycle culture. Last year Dennis Kirk signed on as the Title Sponsor for the Rally and we enjoyed it so much that are back on for the ’23 Rally.
The ’23 SmokeOut Rally takes place from September 7th to September 10th for four days of events and shows. Each day of the rally features different events and shows to keep the party going. Custom bike shows include a feature bike gallery, Perewitz Custom Paint Show, Dream Rides FXR Show, Ride In Custom bike show, and Led Sled Sportster Showdown. Racing action includes Mini Bike races with and without costumes and Old Time Dirt Drags. Great music acts are featured every night of the rally. Other events include the popular Hammer’s Strongest Biker, Shadetree Biker Games, Wet T-Shirt contest, drive-in movies & bonfire, and bike blessings.
The SmokeOut Rally has also set out to give back to the community. Last year, Paughco donated unfinished gas tanks that were then sent out to custom painters. Those tanks were then auctioned off at the rally and all the proceeds went to Meals on Wheels benefitting seniors in the Salidbury, NC and Spearfish, SD areas. The auction was a success and will once again be happening at this year’s rally. Be sure to check out these true pieces of motorcycle art and bid for a chance to take one home.
There are plenty of accommodations available for all styles of rally goers. For the pure rally experience, camping is available on site at the fairgrounds. Both tent and RV/camper sites are available. There are also plenty of hotels and other campgrounds around the area as well.
U.S. House Committee Passes Bill to Stop California’s ICE Vehicle Ban
Encourage support from lawmakers on this proposal:
The U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the SAN-supported Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act” (H.R. 1435). This bill seeks to preserve vehicle choice for consumers and prevent the federal government and the State of California from choosing only one form of technology (such as electric vehicles) over the many others to achieve their emission reduction goals.
The “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act” prohibits the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing a waiver to California for regulations that would ban the sale or use of new motor vehicles with ICE in the state by 2035. The bill is essential to stopping California’s plan to ban of new ICE vehicles. Send a letter to your Congress members asking them to support the bill.
H.R. 1435 awaits consideration by the U.S. House of Representatives.
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What an interesting day, week closing in on the Rally. I can’t wait. I’ve watched tents, displays, new signage sprout up all over the town of Sturgis. The 120th rocked Milwaukee a couple of weeks ago, and I’m trying to access whether the brothers are coming here and how the anniversary might impact the 83rd rally.
It’s all going to be fun and exciting to watch. Let’s hit the news.
Brothers and sisters all over the world are on the road. It’s that time of year and the Sturgis motorcycle rally is coming up fast.
I’ve sorta decided to reduce the number of projects I have. It’s tough, but there’s only so much time in a day. Unfortunately, the ’48 UL may need to go. It’s a classic, but I’m trying to hang onto the bikes I was directly involved it or built.
Make me an offer if you’re interested. It’s a classic.
I’m building two bikes currently. One is a 1913 twin Harley board track racer, and I just scored some more parts. Billy Lane wants me to bring it to Tennessee and race it against his 1912 Twin. He knows the secrets to making them fast. But I told him I would kick his ass, if I can find a Sifton cam and a small Mikuni carb. Hang on.
Today suddenly turned significant. The Prism gang reminded me that today marks the first day of the Harley 120th Homecoming.
In the meantime, I’m trying to get us registered for the BMST. I spoke to Drew Gatewood and then Delvene Manning. All is going to be sorted out. My VL, XA, FL Knucklehead project isn’t going to make it for the rally.
Catherine Palmer reminded me of our 5-Ball trophies and shot glasses, which were hand blown in San Pedro.
Don’t forget to join your local motorcycle rights group and continue to Ride Free Forever!