This from Gary DeForest via the Cousin Weedy Yahoo group

Bike Transport.

headin to Diamond Don’s National in Texas.
San Diego to Diamond Dons and back.

I leave San Diego, La Mesa, April 13th at 2pm and get to Diamond Don’s, Jefferson Texas by Thursday the 15th and set up camp at DD’s.  I stay till Sunday night the 18th and I’m back in San Diego by Tuesday nite the 20th of April. I have room for 2 maybe 3 more bikes at this time.

$250 for bike round trip, $175 one way.
Bike and rider round trip $500.

31 foot class C motorhome, V-10, queen bed and side bunks, DVD, VCR. 25 to 30 hour drive straight thru rotating veteran drivers, stops for gas, fast food only for the most part with bikes on trailer. You can rent a teepee or pitch a tent at DD’s.  We camp with Marty Tripes.

contact gary at deforest192@yahoo.com or call Gary at   619 300 7717.

This is only tangentially about motorcycles, and only in the sense that it points to how the world of the future will work. But it’s an important insight into our future. This NYTimes editorial by Thomas Friedman (author of “The World is Flat” and “The Lexus and the Olive Tree”) is about a new kind of car company called Better Place, based in Palo Alto, CA.

The revolution that Better Place is betting on isn’t in what they’re doing — electric cars — but in how they’re doing it. The company is taking the business model Apple Computer used to revolutionize the music business and applying it to green transportation.

The Better Place electric car charging system involves generating electrons from as much renewable energy — such as wind and solar — as possible and then feeding those clean electrons into a national electric car charging infrastructure. This consists of electricity charging spots with plug-in outlets — the first pilots were opened in Israel this week — plus battery-exchange stations all over the respective country. The whole system is then coordinated by a service control center that integrates and does the billing.

Under the Better Place model, consumers can either buy or lease an electric car from the French automaker Renault or Japanese companies like Nissan (General Motors snubbed Agassi) and then buy miles on their electric car batteries from Better Place the way you now buy an Apple cellphone and the minutes from AT&T. That way Better Place, or any car company that partners with it, benefits from each mile you drive. G.M. sells cars. Better Place is selling mobility miles.

So what’s the motorcycle connection? Maybe it’s KTM and their Zero Emissions Bike or their patented hybrid, two-wheel-drive technology. It doesn’t appear to be the existing behemoths of the industry, including Honda, Harley-Davidson, or BMW.

But Friedman’s point is that, wherever it comes from, it will come. And probably sooner rather than later. As motorcyclists we should be prepared for what entirely new business models could mean to our pass-time, and to the political environment in which we exist. Greater access to quiet, green transportation will make our loud, smoking bikes even more of an outlier, and subject to even greater regulation.

We need to get our act together now, and figure out how to create a united effort to protect the rights we still have, while we still have them.

This message came via e-mail from my friend Rick Salazar in southern California. With Rick’s permission I reprint it here, in its entirety. There’s some good stuff at the Super Hunky site. I just ordered a copy of “Monkey Butt” and some posters.

BTW, I did this post back in May when I first heard rumors of Rick’s condition. It’s a reminder to all of us about some new developments regarding PSA, what it means, and why we should get the finger every year. Please check it out.

Dear Friend,

I don’t know if you are aware, but our old friend Rick (Super Hunky) Sieman has been facing some serious personal challenges lately.

SH recently found out that he has prostate cancer for the second time, and has been undergoing Chemo therapy. SH is now waiting to find out if the treatment was successful or not. As you may know, Rick has lived in Baja, Mex. for years, but recently had to move back to the US to get his medical treatment. Rick and his wife Tina moved out into the desert of Maricopa, Arizona, however, because Tina had to take a job to help with bills, they have had to move again. This time closer to town, to be near his doctor/hospital, so he could drive himself back and forth. The real estate market being what it is, Rick lost quite a bit of money that was earmarked for retirement and other things due to the moves.

I have been following SH’s progress for months thru a friend of mine who is personal friend of SH and lives close to SH. A couple of weekends ago Rick’s old friend Wes, (who was also arrested back in the day at the same time as Rick) gathered over a half dozen friends with trucks and trailers along with my friend and a few of the VMX community in AZ. to help move SH. SH being extremely weakened due to the chemo therapy was unable to help very much. My friend said Rick was quite humbled that so many strangers would turn out to help him move. Stephen mentioned to Rick that many in the vintage motorcycle community that had heard of SH’s medical plight would like to help, if help would be accepted. SH said he wouldn’t be offended or turn down any offers of help.

To be clear, Rick receives medical benefits from the US Navy, however he has lost quite a bit of money in the moves, and at his age (pushing 70), and condition (stroke, knee replacement as well as prostrate cancer for the second time) he couldn’t really afford to lose that money.

For those of you that grew up in the “Golden age of Motocross” you may remember Super Hunky as the CZ, and Maico riding older brother that wrote of his adventures. Super Hunky gave us the straight scoop about the newest dirt bikes, which ones were worth the money, and which ones were junk. Rick also told us about waging a legal battle against the BLM and the Sierra Club to preserve riding land here in California. Rick was jailed, and almost bankrupt himself taking on the BLM, fighting to keep the Barstow to Vegas desert race going, for dirt riders everywhere.

The reason I’m writing this letter is that the vintage community has always helped out guys in need, and now Rick Siemen needs our help. It is time to give something back to Rick “Super Hunky” Siemen for his 35 plus years of giving to us.

There are FOUR ways to help Rick, whichever way you choose, the money goes right to Rick.

  1. Go to his website SuperHunky.com and buy his books, CD’s, posters and other collectible items. If you haven’t read his book “Monkey Butt” you ought to.
  2. I know not everybody has a PayPal account but if you do, a donation can be sent to Rick via https://www.paypal.com/ Simply click on “Send money to your friends and relatives”. Enter Rick’s email address: superhunky@gmail.com and follow directions.
  3. Mail a donation directly to Rick Siemen. (this is his NEW address)
    Rick Siemen
    36607 West Cosa Blanca St.
    Maricopa, AZ. 85238
  4. If everybody would forward this email to a friend or two and get the word out it it would help a great guy. Let the spirit of goodwill guide you.

Regards,

Rick Salazar