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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ujjwal Dey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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What the hell is going on?
The weather is warming. New biker TV series are starting. Action is hot and heavy on every front. Bottom line everyone is hoping for a financial uptick or five. I refer to dancing in the streets--we need a shot in the arm.

Big news is headed down the pike at break-neck speeds. I want it to be very good news, outstanding news and stimulating news. Let’s knock one out of the ballpark.

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The Bikernet Weekly news is sponsored in part by Cycle Source Magazine, Iron Trader, Las Vegas Bikefest, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Born to Ride.com, Choppertown and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.

Check the Iron Trader out.
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DAV SUPPORTING VETS IN NEW ORLEANS-- DAV has been on the ground in New Orleans helping veterans who suffered the loss of their home, transportation, shelter and food as a result of the tornadoes that devastated the city.

Because of kind-hearted people just like you, we raised $10,455.52 to help veterans suffering from natural disasters. If you’d like to make a donation to DAV’s Disaster Relief Fund, it’s not too late.

JIMS TOOL OF THE WEEK-- JIMS No. 756 Oxygen Sensor Socket

When removing or installing oxygen sensors on modern Harley-Davidson exhaust systems, it is often necessary for a special socket with a cutout to clear the wiring. JIMS offers many different tools for various sizes and locations of oxygen sensors.

JIMS No. 756 is for newer four wire, heated oxygen sensors with a 12mm thread. It is a 3/8” drive deep socket with an elongated cutout to protect the wiring. Featuring JIMS lifetime tool warranty and Made in the USA, JIMS No. 756 retails for $57.40.

For use on all 4 wire, heated oxygen sensors found on 2010-present Touring, 2012-present Dyna & Softail, and 2014-present Sportsters.


SOUTH CAROLINA AUTOCYCLE BILL-- We just returned from a productive day at our state house and wanted to share the news with everyone especially on the Autocycle bill.

We had noticed that there was some mention of changing a current definition of "three wheel vehicle" to "auto cycle" in a bill. It appeared it may be up for a subcommittee hearing this morning so the normal crew showed up. It did not go to subcommittee but we did have a chance to talk with a local lobbyist that is under contract with Polaris.

We sat down in the chairman's office and helped explain why we would like them to be Autocycles and make sure they are registered as anything other than a motorcycle and that the operator licenses requirement should not be a motorcycle license.

It looks like they are on the same page and want to make sure that other states are aware in the event someone may be running around your state house for Polaris.

We also had a bill sponsored by the chairman and introduced today to allow a motorcycle safety class to be used to remove four points and also in the same bill a requirement that after three attempts to pass the DMV skills test a person must take a motorcycle safety class. I have attached both bills in PDF if anyone s interested.

I know Dennis can echo my statement that it has been a busy day,

--Ralph Bell
MRF South Carolina

FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions Commemorate Jeff Gordon’s First
Daytona 500 Victory in Original Documentary--

In advance of the 59th annual Daytona 500, FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions have teamed up to deliver a rare behind-the-scenes look at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s first win in the “Great American Race” with an original film entitled “Refuse to Lose.” On the 20th anniversary of Gordon’s milestone triumph, the documentary takes viewers inside his journey to victory lane using never-before-seen footage of the No. 24 team captured in the 10 days leading up to the event.

Featuring interviews with Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham, both executive producers on the project, the film premieres on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET immediately following FS1’s coverage of the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway.

“I forgot that Ray had secured a camera crew to document the No. 24 team heading into the 1997 Daytona 500,” Gordon said. “There is footage included in ‘Refuse to Lose’ that even I hadn’t seen before we started this project, and I think it helps paint the picture of why this team led by Ray was so successful – especially from 1995 to 1999.”

“After winning 10 races in 1996 but missing out on winning the championship, I felt like I needed to do something to boost morale in the No. 24 shop. That’s why we brought in the camera crew,” Evernham said. “‘Refuse to Lose’ will give viewers an extremely unique, behind-the-scenes look at the championship Rainbow Warrior team.”

FOX Sports and NASCAR Productions partnered for two additional Daytona 500-themed originals heading into this year’s season opener, including “Miracle at Daytona – The Tiny Lund Story,” part of season two in the acclaimed “Beyond the Wheel” series.

The short film is narrated by actor Luke Wilson, who served as the Official Pace Car Driver at last season’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway. Premiering tonight at 6 p.m. ET during “NASCAR Race Hub” on FS1, the film recounts how DeWayne “Tiny” Lund risked his life to rescue a fellow driver from his burning Maserati before going on to win the 1963 Daytona 500 just five days later. The complete “Beyond the Wheel” series will air Friday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. ET.

Fans can also tune-in for “NASCAR Race Classic: The 1997 Daytona 500,” a condensed version of the race broadcast hosted by Dale Earnhardt Jr. airing immediately following “Refuse to Lose” on Feb. 23.

The 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off with the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway live on FOX at 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 26. Great seats are available at NASCAR.com/tickets.

AUTHORITIES SEARCHING for organizer of Nashville Bike Week--NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –
Concerned customers have been reaching out to the Humphreys County sheriff about money they paid to attend Nashville Bike Week in September.

The 10-day motorcycle festival is supposed to include 101 bands on four stages, daily stunt shows and some of the best motorcycle riding in the country, according to a post on the event’s Facebook page.

The event was supposed to be held at Loretta Lynn’s ranch in Humphreys County, but the ranch posted to its website that the event would not be held on the property.

According to the event’s Facebook page, the venue will be announced Friday.

However, the sheriff of Humphreys County told News 2 there were red flags about the event for a while because details of crowd size and security were not being answered.

Now, ticket holders are contacting the sheriff to ask if the event is actually a scam.

“It very well may happen, and if it does, that is good for our community,” Sheriff Chris Davis said. “But we are still collecting people’s information in case there is an issue later.”

News 2 investigated the organizer Mike Axle, whose real name is Michael Lewis Leffingwell.

Leffingwell has a lengthy criminal history with multiple convictions for fraud and theft, including a federal conviction in Missouri.

In the federal case, Leffingwell was sentenced to three years in prison for taking money from companies he promised to promote products for at Nascar events. He took the money, but did not do the promotion.

In addition to prison time, he was ordered to pay $249,000 in restitution.

In July 2014, the Better Business Bureau issued a consumer warning about his concrete business “Got Concrete.”

According to the warning, two customers lodged complaints that said the business collected $6,700 in payments, but never completed the work.

News 2 learned authorities have active arrest warrants for Leffingwell for probation violations in Georgia and Missouri. He also has an active warrant in Maury County.

Anyone with information on Leffingwell’s whereabouts is urged to call their local authorities or the Humphreys County sheriff at 931-296-2301.

News 2 was able to reach someone at Leffingwell’s email address who said Nashville Bike Week is still going to go on as planned.

The person explained the Tennessee Department of Health inspected the Loretta Lynn ranch and found the number of people expected at the event would not meet requirements set forth in Tennessee Mass Gathering law.

The person, presumably Leffingwell, forwarded News 2 a voicemail he said is from the Tennessee Department of Health that states a health department employee inspected the area where Nashville Bike Week would take place and that it would not accommodate enough people to be in compliance with the Mass Gathering Law.

The Department of Health verified the voicemail and said they told Leffingwell if he did not change venue he would not be able to sell more than 5,000 tickets to the event.

In addition to that, they also told him if he continued to sell more tickets before securing a bigger venue he could be charged with a Class E felony.

When asked about the active warrants, Leffingwell wrote, “I’ll be taking care of those – that has nothing to do with Nashville Bike week and I’m not the only promoter of Nashville Bike Week. Nashville Bike Week is owned by a lot of people.”

He also stated that all the financial obligations the organization has had to meet are in good standing.

“I’ve never had no control of the bank – my name is not even on the bank account – that’s the weather people in the corporation that handle all that,” he wrote. “All of our bills are paid. We don’t owe nobody nothing. All the bands stages, everything, is paid Stunt Shows Wall the event is still going on.”

He continued, “Let’s talk about the good things of Nashville Bike Week – money on toys already donated. Over 20 different charities tax revenue coming in to [sic] the state. I don’t know why we don’t discuss that.”

The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office has created an email address for concerned customers to email them their information. Customers call also call 931-296-2301.

Nashville Bike Week’s Facebook page is still active and the administrators were responding to comments on the page as of Thursday afternoon.

--By Joseph Pleasant

--from Rogue

AMA ALERT, Federal trade agency holding motorcyclists hostage-- 
Sign the AMA petition: Deadline March 7!

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is embroiled in a dispute with the European Union over U.S. beef that contains hormones. So, instead of working out a solution based on agricultural products, the Trade Representative included motorcycles in its proposed 100 percent tariffs on some products imported from the Europe.

The tariff would affect motorcycles with an engine size between 51cc and 500cc.

A member of the USTR staff stated in a Feb. 15 public hearing that the USTR hopes to use motorcyclists as leverage to get the E.U. to reverse its policy on U.S. beef.

The American Motorcyclist Association opposes the proposed tariff, because trade disputes residing within the boundaries of the agricultural industry should not be solved with trade sanctions levied against non-agricultural products. And this tariff would harm American consumers by raising prices and reducing product choice.

The USTR is accepting rebuttals to the Feb. 15 testimony. This provides an opportunity for the public to voice its opinion on the proposed Bikes for Beef tax. And the AMA has the tools to make it easy for you to submit comments. Just sign our petition.

Act now by signing the AMA's petition to voice your concern. The deadline is March 7.

The AMA will submit every name and address to the USTR. There is nothing more powerful than tens of thousands of riders joining together to express their concern with the Bikes for Beef tax.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights - on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. If you are a motorcycle rider, join the AMA at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.

Wanted a locking engine oil cap for ROYAL ENFIELD THUNDERBIRD 350 in India. Any suggestions

-- Amanda kumar
Hyderabad, Telangana, India

We reached out to Keith at Secure Caps. Hang on for more news.—Bandit Ball


For some good road pictures, I have pasted the 5-Ball Racing skull logo on my leather vest. We just call it 5-Ball leather.

Going to legendary abode of Lord Shiva at Trimbak mountains, in India, where some of the biggest saints achieved enlightenment. Back tomorrow.

Tonight MIDNIGHT is Mahashivratri literally meaning The Great Night Of Shiva. Either I get blessed or destroyed. No gray area.

--Ujjwal Dey

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We have lost another one of our Hamster family. Don Wills passed away on Friday, February 17th. His funeral will be on Wednesday the 22nd at Walker Funeral Home in Shawnee, Oklahoma at 2:30 pm. Don was a Hamster for many, many years and I believe he was one of our oldest members.

Don had a lot of passion and love for the Hamsters and for his family. Please keep Judy Wills and their family in your prayers during this very sad time. Don loved telling his stories of riding adventures, and of their children and grandchildren. Rest in Peace Don, till we meet again.

--Hamster Brothers and Sisters Everywhere

The coordination rule is very important, because it was mandated that the EPA must “coordinate” with any local government agencies, committees, etc. on any rule making that effected stakeholders, culture, environment and economy.

To date, I’m unaware of any city or municipality in California that was consulted with and asked to coordinate with the EPA, CARB or anyone on rules effecting the small trucking industry.

That’s just a tip of the iceberg. The EPA is running ram shod over the country and it appears to be toward the goal of fulfilling the U. N. Security Council’s goal of destroying independent nations a

nd sovereignty in lieu of a One World Order. This is in direct step with the communist theory of using global environmental crisis scares as a way of destroying free enterprise and replacing it with socialism and a central world government.


Tony Pan Sanfelipo
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.


My grandson Frankie and my son Frank both work at AGAPE tattoo in Newport Beach, California. Frankie wrecked his 2005 Dyna and we pondered his options.

We discussed a new Dyna frame from Paughco, or welding new fender struts and a better seat pan in place, but ultimately he decided to take it to Dr. John in Anaheim, California for the easiest, least time-consuming effort. Dr. John will have it ready in 10 days. We were able to haul it to the doctor with the driveline in place, with the forks and front and rear wheels.

We could actually roll it into the back of his pickup. Watch for a series of articles as we put his freeway hotrod back together.

--Bandit Ball


TRIUMPH CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES Makes Front Cover of Motorcycle Classics Magazine!-- The Chief Editor of Motorcycle Classics Magazine Richard Backus, personally flew out to visit us, rode our motorcycles and wrote a wonderful article which hits the news stands today!

Upcoming Motorcycle Events:
Sunday, 2/26 - Southern California Norton Owners Club - Ojai Pilgrimage Back Roads Ride, Visit: http://socalnorton.com/wp/calendar/

Saturday, 3/4 - The Southern California Section Vincent - HRD Owners Club, Monthly Meeting (1:00pm - 4:00pm) Located at Beverly Hills Ducati


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Spectro is also going to Sponsor our Bonneville effort. But we have another mission. I want to produce a series of articles to help all of us make accurate oil-buying decisions. Feel free to chime in with suggestions.

“My suggestion includes starting with a short 101 on Engine Oil and the importance it plays in protecting wear and tear,” said Joe Russo, from Spectro. “We can tie that into your grandson’s engine, which and how oil keeps all these parts from wearing out at high temp and high friction scenarios, additives, etc. We can touch base on Premium, Semi and Full Synthetic but focus on why we choose full POA 20w50 Synthetic for the best protection available.”

Their Premier Product HD Platinum 20w50 Full Synthetic Engine Oil Platinum Engine Oil, which is the best option.


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Here's how I spent Sunday morning, running a half marathon (13.1 miles) in Fort Lauderdale. Wish it had been about 10 degrees cooler, but I still finished 23 out of 47 in the men's 65-69-year-old age group.

--Bruce S. Snyder

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The better prescription would be to take "two" redheads, (who are "very" good friends), and remain in bed for at least 24 hours.

Pauly D.
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Editor Response Ah, heaven on earth...
Great advice in the last paragraph...the only thing I would add is chase a brunette.
Keep on keeping us entertained and informed.

Windsor, CT
Friday, February 24, 2017
Editor Response Thanks, but for some reason my problem has always been redheads.

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