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SA1NT MOTORCYCLE APPAREL, NOW EQUIPPING AMERICAN MOTORCYCLISTS IN THE WORLD’S STRONGEST DENIM

UNBREAKABLE’ – SA1NT’s Single-Layer Motorcycle Denim Marries Safety with Style & Comfort, Setting an Entirely New Standard for Riding Apparel

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (January 13, 2021) – SA1NT, a leading Australian motorcycle apparel company and innovators of the world’s strongest single-layer denim, is bringing its ‘UNBREAKABLE’ fabric technology to North America in 2021 with its own direct-to-market online and warehousing solution. To date, the brand has successfully entrenched itself with Australian riders as the outright innovators in protective motorcycle apparel, because it did something other riding apparel brands had not – made technical gear that didn’t look or feel technical. Now the innovative motorcycle apparel brand is looking to show North American riders why its apparel technology, offering an unparalleled and literally ‘UNBREAKABLE’ blend of safety, style and comfort, is unlike any other.

In 2015, SA1NT broke new ground with the world’s first single-layer, CE-approved motorcycle denim, featuring Dyneema®, a proprietary fabric technology 15-times stronger than steel and made from the same fiber that tethers space shuttles and armors helicopters. It’s here where SA1NT breaks the formula, stretching, spinning and blending ballistic, industrial and military application threads with wearables like merino and cotton. The result is the apparel that offers an unrivaled combination of the highest-grade abrasion and tear protection, and all-day comfort on and off the bike.

“We are all die-hard riders that were tired of wearing stiff and heavy materials to be safe. We wanted something that looked like regular fashion, but provided you protection if things went random out on the road,” said SA1NT Founder Aidan Clarke. “We were convinced that in today’s day and age, we could develop something better, lighter and more comfortable, and after much R&D we found that in blending space age Dyneema into single layer denim.  We disrupted the industry and delivered a product that felt as light and flexible as your favorite denim jeans, but could slide down the road without ripping.”

Offering a complete line of men’s and women’s riding and casual wear, SA1NT has grown synonymous with its UNBREAKABLE stretch denim. Integrated across SA1NT’s robust line of jeans and jackets, SA1NT’s UNBREAKABLE denim features 66% Dyneema, which is 200 times stronger than regular denim and has a slide time of six seconds, or 246 feet. Additional cuts, colors, and levels of protection are available throughout the line – allowing riders to select their preferred style and maintain world-class protection.

From slide tests to strength tests (where SA1NT’s UNBREAKABLE denim lifted a 2.4-ton container), SA1NT has displayed the unrivaled durability and dependability of its UNBREAKABLE denim.

The brand has plans to expand its offering of men’s and women’s apparel in 2021. However, it’s most-immediate priority will be driving increased awareness within the core North American riding community about its game-changing fabric and its unrivaled promise of protection without sacrificing an ounce of style and comfort.

For more information, visit saint.cc, or follow along on Facebook (@saintridefastridefree), Instagram (@saint.cc) and YouTube.

About SA1NT

Founded in Melbourne Australia, SA1NT quickly grabbed attention throughout Australia as a brand started by riders, for riders. Its authentic brand mission to provide world-class protection without sacrificing style and comfort was a rally cry that riders could support. But its spirit of innovative technologies created a product built to withstand the unfortunate occurrence of a motorcycle accident.

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OCC Road House & Museum Roaring into St. Petersburg, Florida

Local Businessman Keith Overton Partners with Celebrity Paul Teutul Sr. on New Orange County Choppers-Themed Restaurant and Attraction

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2020) – Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame and area hospitality executive Keith Overton today announced plans to open the OCC Road House & Museum, a new restaurant and attraction based on Teutul’s wildly popular OCC brand. Located adjacent to the 9.5 acre complex that is home to Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, the one-of-a-kind destination restaurant will be decked out with a fleet of Paul Sr.’s custom choppers featured on the hit Discovery Network series “American Chopper,” along with hundreds of rare items from his vast collection of biker memorabilia, many never before seen by the public. With more than 11,000 square feet of indoor space, the family-friendly OCC Road House will be one of the area’s largest full-service restaurants, with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 325 guests to enjoy a full menu of classic American fare. The restaurant will also feature a massive 25,000-square-foot pavilion for concerts, outdoor dining, a billiards hall, floor games and other entertainment, and a retail store loaded with merchandise and collectibles for bikers, friends, and fans. The new OCC Road House & Museum is expected to break ground by the end of the year, with an anticipated opening in May 2021.

“As a long-time biker and St. Pete resident, I’m fired up to partner with Paul Teutul Sr. and bring something new and exciting to the dining and entertainment scene that will appeal to locals looking for great food, fun and live entertainment, and to motorcycle enthusiasts and OCC fans from all over the world,” said Keith Overton, owner and developer of the OCC Road House & Museum. “We expect this unique, destination experience to be an instant success, and a concept we will plan to immediately license to other interested restaurant owners throughout the U.S. and Europe.”

Overton, a 35-year veteran of Florida’s hospitality industry, served as President at TradeWinds Island Resorts for the past 25 years. During that time, he and his team worked with Bert King of Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson and Paul Sr. to create the overwhelmingly successful St. Pete Beach BikeFest, which attracted 75,000 visitors to the area annually. “That experience got me thinking about other opportunities to build on the synergies from St. Pete Beach BikeFest and Bert’s brand-new destination dealership, and to further collaborate with Paul Sr. on something bigger and badder,” said Overton.

Partnering with entrepreneur, TV celebrity, motorcycle builder and founder of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul Sr. was an easy decision for Overton, as the two have become friends over the past decade. According to Overton, Paul Sr. has long-standing ties to Florida and the local community, and a huge following in the Sunshine State. The OCC Road House & Museum will be an extension of the OCC brand, showcasing Teutul’s one-of-a-kind creations in an upscale, industrial environment that will make guests and fans “feel like they’re hanging out with Paul in his workshop.”

The restaurant and museum will be packed with motorcycle memorabilia Paul Sr. has personally collected over the past three decades, including an enormous “patch wall” with tens of thousands of patches he has been gifted by members of the military and first responders over the years. Overton and Paul Sr. welcome military personnel and first responders, past and present, to help continue to fill the patch wall, leaving their mark for others to see. An Orange County Choppers Wall of History will feature custom choppers in a “chronology of chrome” detailing the brand’s more than 20-year evolution.

Building the OCC Road House & Museum adjacent to Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson dealership was a natural choice for Overton as well. One of the top performing Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country, Bert’s Barracuda has a loyal following and attracts a steady stream of bikers and brand enthusiasts from far and wide. In addition to this built-in customer base and the region’s enduring tourism appeal, the restaurant’s central location in Pinellas County will make it a convenient option for lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, and late-night entertainment for the many nearby businesses and residents of the greater Tampa Bay area. A full year-round calendar of live nightly entertainment, major concerts featuring regional and national acts, and other charity and special events at the campus pavilion is also expected to generate additional traffic to the restaurant and museum.

At a cost of more than $6.5 million to build, Overton expects the OCC Road House & Museum to provide a significant economic benefit to the City of Pinellas Park and the entire area by creating more than 50 construction jobs, and roughly 90 full-time and 20 part-time restaurant positions. “The timing of this announcement and the project is intended to bring some very positive news to residents and businesses in this community who are dealing with the negative effects of the pandemic. Paul, Bert and I are very confident about Florida’s recovery and the success of this newly created concept,” added Overton.

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE TAKES ITS KING OF THE BAGGERS TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH NEW POWERPLUS PERFORMANCE CAMS

Indian Challenger’s Best-in-Class Performance Gains 10%

More Horsepower with Stage 2 Performance Cams Accessory Upgrade Kit

MINNEAPOLIS (January 12, 2021) – In 2019 Indian Motorcycle reimagined what an American bagger could be with the introduction of the Indian Challenger. In 2020 the Challenger’s superior performance capabilities were dramatically validated with its victory at MotoAmerica’s inaugural King of the Baggers race at the historic Laguna Seca Raceway. Now the ultimate American bagger gets an extra dose of muscle with the introduction of Indian Motorcycle’s all-new Stage 2 PowerPlus Performance Cams – the same cams that helped power S&S’ Indian Challenger to victory at Laguna Seca.

Featuring best-in-class stock performance, the Indian Challenger gains 10% more horsepower with the Stage 2 upgrade kit – providing a new level of unmatched passing power and American bagger performance. Representing Indian Motorcycle’s most powerful engine ever, the stock 108 cubic-inch, liquid-cooled, V-twin PowerPlus engine delivers a class-leading 122 horsepower and 128 ft-lbs. of torque. By pairing the Stage 2 Performance Cams with Indian Motorcycle’s PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake and Stage 1 Slip-On Exhaust, riders will experience the unquestionable sensation of increased power the moment they twist the throttle.

“The Challenger has already established itself as the outright leader in performance for American baggers, but these PowerPlus Performance Cams raise that bar even higher,” said Reid Wilson, Vice President of Indian Motorcycle. “The world got its first taste of what these cams can do when our S&S Challenger dominated at King of the Baggers. But now everyone can experience it – whether you’re coming off the line at Laguna Seca or just giving it a little bit more to pass a semi out on the highway.”

Race proven, the S&S Challenger, piloted by renowned motorcycle racer Tyler O’Hara, was race tuned to take on the legendry Laguna Seca Raceway and a field dominated by heavily modified Harley-Davidsons. While the winning Challenger received structural modifications to ergonomics, suspension, overall weight and more, only minimal tweaks were made to the Challenger’s stock PowerPlus engine. Among those were the use of the unreleased Stage 2 Performance Cams.

Available now at Indian Motorcycle dealers for $699.99, riders can learn more at IndianMotorcycle.com or by following along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®
Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

INDIAN and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC. Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and eyewear and insist your passenger does the same. Ride within the limits of the law and your own abilities. Read, understand, and follow your owner’s manual. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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The V-Twin Blog’s Top 10 Most Viewed Posts of 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!

2020 was will in a word “unprecedented”. Events we’ve considered as staples were canceled, postponed, or scaled back. A once in a lifetime global pandemic got in the way of a lot of plans.

But 2021 is here!!!

Here at The V-Twin Blog (VTB for short), we took advantage of the way the world changed and focused on creating more content.

  • We started ramping up our Youtube presence and have some really cool videos coming this riding season in a way that I don’t think any other V-Twin content creator is doing.
  • We also started doing a segment on our favorite Indian Motorcycle podcast Indian Rider Radio. The time we’ve spent working with Curtis, RidingFish, and the group over there has been awesome.
  • You will also start seeing articles from some outside authors that I think will knock your “valves” off.

So as a final way to put 2020 in our mirrors I present the top #10 most viewed posts on The V-Twin Blog for 2020.

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Press Release

Black Widow® Introduces New Motorcycle FlatStoppers to Prevent Tire Flat Spots During Storage

Made in the USA product designed and manufactured with Race Ramps patented foam technology

GERMANTOWN, WI – Dec. 28, 2020 – Black Widow®, manufacturer of quality utility products for the powersports market, introduces ride-on Motorcycle FlatStoppers to prevent flat spots on tires during winter or any long-term storage. Made in the USA and incorporating patented foam technology from sister company Race Ramps, the FlatStoppers feature a concave design. The success of Race Ramps’ car FlatStoppers presented an opportunity for Black Widow to develop a motorcycle-specific product.

Tire flat spots can develop when a vehicle sits unused for 30 days or more. The patented foam composition of the FlatStopper prevents flat spots by contouring to a tire’s round shape. The solid foam core will not transfer heat or cold from the ground to bike tires, and the anti-slip, anti-skid traction coating keeps them in place on most surfaces.

Black Widow® Motorcycle FlatStoppers

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MSRP: $84.99

Set of two FlatStoppers with Octagonal Kickstand Puck

The Motorcycle FlatStoppers accommodate tires up to 8.75 inches wide, and each FlatStopper (6” W x 2.5” H) supports up to 750 pounds for a combined overall weight capacity of 1,500 pounds. Ramped at both ends, riders can roll into the cradles from either direction.

Each set of Motorcycle FlatStoppers comes with a reinforced poly-top octagonal puck that serves as a kickstand rest. At 1.25 inches high, it elevates the kickstand for motorcycles to achieve the same resting angle as when it is on the ground. When the FlatStoppers are not in use, the octagonal puck is used to join the underside of both FlatStoppers together for compact storage.

Motorcycle FlatStoppers can optionally be used with the ride-on/ride-off lightweight aluminum Black Widow Motorcycle Dolly (BW-PRO-DOLLY, MSRP: $279.99). The 360-degree rotating casters allow users to smoothly move their motorbike in any direction and gain valuable inches in tight garages and other storage locations. The octagonal puck fits in the kickstand holder, which adjusts along either side of the extruded aluminum dolly channels.

About Black Widow®

Black Widow, a division of MOTIS Brands, manufactures a selection of loading, transporting and maintenance solutions for motorcycles, ATVs, UTVs, and PWCs along with snowmobiles through its Black Ice line. With an emphasis on combining product durability and affordability, standard and pro heavy-duty models are available to accommodate hobbyists, enthusiasts and working professionals. For more information, visit BlackWidowPro.com.

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Polaris Appoints Michael Speetzen as Interim CEO

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – December 22, 2020  Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) today announced its Board of Directors appointed Michael Speetzen, Polaris’ executive vice president and Chief Financial Officer, to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer. John Wiehoff, the Company’s Lead Independent Director, has been appointed Chair of the Board; and Bob Mack, Polaris’ senior vice president of Corporate Development & Strategy and president of Global Adjacent Markets and Boats, has been appointed interim Chief Financial Officer. Each of these appointments will be effective January 1, 2021 and follow the previously announced departure of Chairman and CEO Scott Wine at the end of the year.

“We appreciate Mike and Bob taking on these expanded roles while we progress our CEO search,” said Wiehoff. “Mike and Bob have made significant contributions to Polaris’ success during their respective tenures. In addition to leading the Company’s finance organization and expertly managing the liquidity of Polaris during this global pandemic, Mike has helped shape and drive key growth initiatives, including Polaris’ digital transformation and productivity enhancements. Bob’s operational accomplishments and financial experience leading Polaris’ M&A and corporate development strategy are well-suited to advance Polaris’ strong financial foundation. We are confident that Mike and Bob, and the deep understanding they bring of both the business and the industry, will enable a seamless transition during this interim period.”

“I have witnessed time and again the Polaris team’s passion and commitment to delivering for all of our stakeholders,” said Speetzen. “I am excited to lead the continued execution of our strategy and accelerate the positive momentum underway across the organization.” 

About Michael Speetzen

Speetzen joined Polaris in August 2015 as executive vice president, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Polaris, Speetzen was senior vice president and CFO of Xylem, Inc. since 2011, when the Company was formed from the spinoff of the water businesses of ITT Corporation. He joined ITT in 2009. Speetzen was responsible for the financial planning, accounting, controls, treasury, M&A activity, investor relations and strategy of Xylem Inc. Prior to joining ITT, he served as executive vice president and CFO for the StandardAero Company owned by the private equity firm Dubai Aerospace Enterprise. Previously, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the finance functions at Honeywell and General Electric. Speetzen currently serves on the Board of Directors of Pentair. Speetzen earned his Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University and his bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue.

About Bob Mack

Mack joined Polaris in April 2016 as senior vice president of Corporate Development and Strategy, and president of Adjacent Markets. Prior to joining Polaris, Mack was vice president, Corporate Development for Ingersoll Rand. In that role he had global responsibility for its acquisition and divestiture activities. With Ingersoll Rand for 20 years, Mack held a variety of sales, financial, M&A, and operational positions with the Company. Mack currently serves on the Board of Directors of West Marine and is chairman of the Audit Committee. He received his Master of Business Administration from Duke University and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Siena College, and is a certified public accountant (inactive).

About John Wiehoff

Wiehoff has served as a member of the Polaris Board of Directors since 2007 and as Lead Independent Director since 2013.  He serves as the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Wiehoff served as Chairman of the Board and CEO for C.H. Robinson, retiring in May 2020 and May 2019, respectively. Previous positions with C.H. Robinson include president, senior vice president, CFO, treasurer, and corporate controller. Prior to joining C.H. Robinson in 1992, he was employed by Arthur Andersen LLP. Wiehoff also serves on the Board of Directors of Donaldson Company, Inc and U.S. Bancorp.

About Polaris

As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual 2019 sales of $6.8 billion, Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER, RZR and GENERAL side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman all-terrain off-road vehicles; Indian Motorcycle mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot moto-roadsters; snowmobiles; and deck, cruiser and pontoon boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, garments and accessories, along with a growing aftermarket portfolio, including Transamerican Auto Parts. Polaris’ presence in adjacent markets includes military and commercial off-road vehicles, quadricycles, and electric vehicles. Proudly headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com.

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Two Wheel Thoughts Video

Two-Wheel Thoughts-Five Tips for Planning a Motorcycle Road Trip

Sometime around late February or early March of every riding season, I start to think about what road trips I want to take this upcoming riding season. I always seem to try and plan my road trips around riding destinations like The Tail of the Dragon or rallies like Sturgis and Daytona. I know other riders who plan a road trip the opposite way, they will plan with the intention of not being anywhere near an event or rally. Either way, the lessons I learned from the motorcycle road trips I’ve taken can still be applied.

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The 2021 Indian Roadmaster Limited

Guest Post by: Curtis Sawyer

I will quickly admit, the new Roadmaster is a wonderful motorcycle. I honestly didn’t think I’d go all “band-wagon” on this new incarnation of the Roadmaster but, there is more here than meets the passing glance. Touring has never been cooler. And, may I be one of the first to say, chrome is back.

You’re all aware I ride a 2019 RM Elite a good share of the time. I truly love everything about it. This new Roadmaster has some features I wished I’d had, and some I wasn’t as impressed with. That said, the things I didn’t like were so few and so trivial, they barely register on the chart.

The first thing you notice about the Roadmaster Limited is the paint. The two colors its now offered in are stunning. Crimson Metallic and Thunder Black Azure Crystal are both breathtaking. At almost every stop someone commented on the colors and complimented the “look” of this long-hauler. Gas stops suddenly took a few extra minutes.

Coming from what is now often referred to as the “classic” fairing, the new design has grown on me. It is just as functional as ever and lends to the bikes, trim muscular, modern look and feel. The large top surface area of the fairing produces a tremendous amount of down-force and with it, cross winds and truck passing are effortless as the bike sticks and steers confidently. From behind, the still air pocket is still larger than most and offers just the right amount of air movement to vent a helmet well and keep the heat off. The large lowers do their job perfectly and can be vented as needed to capture engine heat or mitigate it.

For me, at just 5’9’“, the stock windscreen is too tall. I found myself always trying to look over it and to look through it caused distortion and sun flashes. I would change it out right away. For taller riders, I suspect it would be ideal, just as the 13.9” version is for me.

Old habits die hard and the placement of the new On/Off switch was a struggle. I’m very accustom to a quick double tap on the start switch as a means of getting underway. Again, I’m sure I’d adapt but, at first, this switch configuration gave me fits. On the other hand, the easy access placement of a trickle charging port and its ability to power heated riding gear, could make up for the fumbling my fingers did for the better part of the week.

The new Roadmaster featured the all-new, one of a kind innovation Indian has named the “Clima-Command” seat. This is a true step up in seating comfort from the ‘19 I ride. Where the 2019 RM Elite features the nicely stitched “saddle” type seat, it’s heating is, at times, too hot and not at all evenly distributed. Cooling isn’t even a consideration. The Clima-Command seat is nicely shaped and offered me an extremely comfortable riding position, a bit taller than I’m familiar with on mine. Temperature control is precise both heating and cooling. The temperature is managed well over the surface of the seat thanks to some ingenious hi-tech material under the surface. The new seat is well built, highly adjustable and adds comfort at both ends of the thermometer. In a word, Wow.

Ride Command. The debate continues. Some riders absolutely love what is now the new screen view and manageability. Coming from the “original”, I was not thrilled with how long it seemed to take to get comfortable with the widget based system on the Roadmaster. Information I had readily accessible on mine seemed harder to find or didn’t appear where I might expect it. When you have less than a second to look down at 80+mph – having things in a more familiar layout would have been welcomed. Again, it’s a learning curve that isn’t insurmountable but surely was disconcerting at times. The GPS system itself did a better-than-average job of keeping us on the right track in the wide open spaces but did, on a couple of occasions, fumble a bit at finding the way in crowded city settings.

The success of this bike comes from its core. The frame design, the stressed member motor, weight distribution, suspension and the steering geometry Indian is now famous for, give this bike a huge advantage when enlisted for the long-haul and two up travel. The ancient Egyptians believed man could build anything if he first set it on a proper foundation. This foundation is ideal. Nimble, light feeling and designed to provide just the right amount of rider feedback, the Roadmaster is equally at home on the Interstate as it is in tight two-lanes. Forget what you think you know about full dress touring bikes. The 2021 RM Limited, with its responsive feel, light steering and long lean angles can have you quickly forgetting you’re tossing around close to 900 pounds.

Add to it, a motor that delivers usable real world power at the right times and places in the RPM range and now you’re really on to something. The stock 116 lacked the raw punch I thought it might have, offering instead, power that was a twist away in any gear at almost any speed. It wasn’t noisy or fussy about it either – it simply offered up the torque on demand and showed plenty of top end when called for. I’ll mention too, one of our bikes was set up with the Indian Stage One exhaust, intake and tune. The slip-ons sounded great and the off-the-line uummmphh was noticeably greater than stock. Surely worth a look. The Thunderstroke 116 is exactly what the Roadmaster has needed all along – the next level power delivery that makes two-up, all-day travel the rule and not the exception.

With just over 37 gallons of storage on the bike, the kitchen sink and the recliner in the den can all come along for the ride. We had our personal things and our video gear and computers along this time and we had room to spare. Multiple power jacks kept us up and running when the next “outlet” was 200 miles away. The amenities on the bike are plenty and it never left me wanting for something I’d wished it had.

Classy, powerful, responsive and nimble. Those aren’t words usually reserved for long-haul, trunk bearing motorcycles. They fit the 2021 Indian Roadmaster, perfectly. The 2021Indian Roadmaster Limited is for that guy who appreciates the “good stuff” while still wanting to have more than a little badass tucked away – just in case…