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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Sidehack Jerry, Sam Burns, El Waggs, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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This will be a week of reflection and panic over Harley’s Quarterly Report,
the Kansas Plant shutdown and the State of the Union Speech.

Two things at play here. One is the nature of our media now, since everything is in real-time and negativity seems to be the order of the day. So, most reports are doom and gloom. That’s not the case.

The other notion is the fact that everything changes all the time. Companies are forced to navigate changing times, customers, and markets constantly. It’s not a big deal, but it’s the nature of the beast.

Bikers are a different breed. We’re going to have fun whether we have money or not. We’re going to build cool shit, whether we have parts or not. And we’re going to ride free whether they like it or not.

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown and BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum. And the Smoke Out.

Click for all the action.
Click for all the action.

George is working with writer Richard LaPlante to produce a four-part, one-man show based on his book Exile on Front Street.

He has connected with Charles Lago and the producers at DTLA Entertainment. They published his first fiction book. We will bring you more news as production begins. They are looking for input and funds.

Charles Lago DTLA Entertainment
+1 (310) 663-4226

Infrastructure Plan Leaked, Chaos Ensues

Despite being on his checklist of priorities for the first 100 days of his presidency, President Trump has released few details on his infrastructure proposal…that is until now. And “released” probably isn’t the right verb to use. “Leaked” would be more applicable. The transportation world was abuzz this week when a 6-page document was obtained by a local D.C. news publication who promptly released it to the public.

It offers a glimpse of what may be the next major package of legislation Congress debates. (that is, after we figure out how to fund the government past February 8…ya know, no big deal!)

According to the document, there would be about $200 billion (that’s right, you saw a B and not an M) which would be divvied up to states (about half) rural infrastructure needs (about a quarter) with the remaining for “transformative” projects.

The other thing that caught many eyes? TOLLING. The leaked memo says that states should have the flexibility to collect interstate tolls and utilize toll for their infrastructure needs. This has been a big no, no – there is a current ban on tolling existing interstates with a few exceptions.

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which the MRF is a member, quickly fired out a statement saying that if true, the plan is NOT good policy and they would actively fight against it.

The other rumor on the street? That a gas tax increase could help financing of the package. What are your thoughts on this? As citizens, drivers and most importantly RIDERS, I’d like to hear your perspective. Thumbs up or down on an infrastructure package? And if up, how do we pay for it? Tolling? Gas tax?

Charge it to America’s credit card? Shoot me an email to tell me your thoughts – remember, I work for YOU: Megan@mrf.org


Megan Ekstrom
Vice-President of Government Affairs & Public Relations
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


Write to Megan, if you have a minute. Infrastructure and the economy for the middleclass should be the first priorities for America. And I don’t think anyone should need to pay any more taxes. We are paying billions for other agencies including the DOT and the NHTSA and others responsible for infrastructure. We pay taxes that go to agencies that do little or nothing except ask for more money. It’s amazing. We need to get a handle on our run-away government. But what the hell do I know. I’m just a grubby biker.--Bandit

BRAND New Bikernet TRIKES Reader Comment!--

Couple of personal items - marvelous concept but luke warm on it because
of the chain - who wants to slop up this piece of art with chain lube not
to mention chain maintenance - easily could have been belt driven or
even shaft because I don't see young crotch rocket jockeys buying this
but older experienced riders looking to do sport cruising and not chain
maintenance - also Yamaha really needs to put the effort in developing a
nice range of accessories to highlight the sport touring nature of this
beast - if they do at least that they may save some support for it

--PJ Karavlan
Valencia, PA

Hi PJ,

Great insight. Thank you sharing. I hope the product teams at Yamaha pay attention to your voice.

--Ujjwal Dey
Most Magnificent Editor in Charge
Bikernet Trikes

Click for the Action.
Click for the Action.

This is the story of a poor blonde taking her first flying lesson, in a two-seater airplane with just the instructor: He has a heart attack and dies. She frantically calls a May Day: "May Day! May Day! Help me! Help me! My instructor had a heart attack and is dead, and I don't know how to fly. Help me . . . Please!"

All of a sudden she hears a voice over the radio saying: "This is the tower. I have received your message and I will talk you through it. I've had a lot of experience with this kind of problem. Now, just relax. Everything will be fine ! Now give me your height and position. She says, "I'm 5'-4" and I'm in the front seat. "

" O.K. NOW " ...... says the clam voice from the tower. " Repeat after me: Our Father... Who art in Heaven... "

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

PAT SAVAGE IS BORN TO RIDE-- For the last 34 years, Pat Savage has graced the stage in many countries around the world with rock & blues artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Joe Cocker, Foghat, Saxon, Savoy Brown, Matt Guitar Murphy, Albert Collins, Uli Van Roth, Scorpions, Manfred Mann, Slade, Sweet, Uriah Heep, Steppenwolf, Molly Hatchett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, BB King, Marshall Tucker Band, Grand Funk, Georgia Satellites, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jeff Healey and Colin James to name but a few.

His latest tune is based on the movie Born to Ride. Hang On!

His song got my motor running this morning, along with a cup of coffee.--Rogue

$250,000 Policy Limit Settlement for College Student--Our client, a college student, was T-boned by a large truck in Black Hawk County, Iowa. The “Jaws of Life” were necessary to extract the victim from her vehicle due to the severity of the impact. The at-fault driver was inattentive and did not slow down prior to striking our client’s vehicle who had the right-of-way at the intersection.

The client was eventually air-lifted to a nearby hospital where her injuries included: two skull fractures, a brain hemorrhage, headaches, memory loss, balance issues, anxiety, back pain, neck pain, rib pain, bruising, and abrasions. Fortunately, the client made a full recovery and lives with no permanent physical injuries. At least not today.

After several months of negotiations with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, Attorney Benjamin Lynch obtained full policy limits and the amount of $250,000.00 was tendered. This settlement helped pay off all the client’s medical bills and put a sizable sum of money in her pocket for pain and suffering.


--by Benjamin K. Lynch


epistemic [ep-uh-stee-mik, -stem-ik]
of or relating to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it.

Debates over epistemic principles sound abstract, but they have enormous practical repercussions. For instance, in order to decide policy matters (like what to put in our textbooks and what to teach in science classrooms) we need to decide on the facts.
-- Michael Lynch, "Defending Science: An Exchange," New York Times, March 11, 2012

The Greek noun epist?me “skill, knowledge, scientific knowledge, science” is a derivative of the verb epistánai “to know how (to do), believe (that), be acquainted with, know, know as a fact.” The verb is composed of the prefix epi- “on, over” and stánai “to stand.” Various languages use different prefixes plus the verb to stand to express intellectual comprehension: in Greek one “stands over”; in German verstehen means literally “stand before’”; and in English one "stands under."

THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS STILL OPEN-- A Jewish woman finds herself in serious trouble. Her business has gone bust and she's in dire financial straits. She's desperate, so she decides to ask God for help.

She begins to pray..."God, please help me. I've lost my business and if I do not get some money, I'm going to lose my house as well. Please let me win the lottery."

Lottery night comes, and somebody else wins.

She again prays . . ."God, please let me win the lottery ! I've lost my business, my house and I'm going to lose my car as well."

Lottery night comes and she still has no luck.

Once again, she pray. My God, why have you forsaken me? I have lost my business, my house and my car . . . My children are starving. I do not often ask You for help, and I have always been a good servant to YOU. PLEASE let me win the lottery, just this one time, so I can get my life back in order."

Suddenly there is a blinding flash of light as the heavens open. The Jewish blonde is overwhelmed by the Voice of God, Himself . .

. . ."Sweetheart, work with Me on this . . . . . . . . . . . Buy a ticket! "

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry


STATE NEWS – Shout out to my Michigan Buddies

I made cracks about spending January in Lansing – turns out the joke was on me. ABATE of Michigan put on a solid show and conference and their members could NOT have been more welcoming to me. From asking insightful questions at the Saturday panel, to spending some serious $$$$ at the auction and raffle which also benefits the MRF and probably most importantly, plying me with jello shots and beer at the pool party, I had a great time. Thanks, Michigan for being one of the best.

I’m headed to Greensboro, North Carolina next. Excited to see that southern hospitality in action. Do you have any good pics to share from your state motorcycle events? Send them to Tiffany and she will feature them in our magazine or on social media. Here is her email: Editor@mrf.org or mrfoffice@mrf.org


You should have received a ‘Call to Action’ this week. This was a special one that comes directly from our Board Chairman and the legend himself, Kirk ‘Hardtail’ Willard. With the support of the MRF Board, he is asking that you (yes, YOU reading this) to take a few minutes to answer this 13 question survey about motorcycle profiling:


This survey is being conducted by our friends at the Motorcycle Profiling Project and is intended to capture data from 2017.

You may not think completing this is important, but I assure you it very much is. The data that this survey captures helps paint a picture for us. It tells us if motorcycle profiling is on the rise (guess what, it is!) and where it is occurring. We take this data and turn it into advocacy talking points.

It helped get the anti-profiling resolutions introduced in the Senate and House of Representatives and is also helping to persuade more supporters. So please - help us, help you by taking a few minutes to complete the survey. Its totally anonymous and you should feel free to share the link with your friends/family and anyone who rides.

Until next time…

--Megan Ekstrom
Vice-President of Government Affairs & Public Relations
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation


JIMS TOOL OF THE WEEK-- Cylinder Hold Down Nuts

These Cylinder Hold Down Nuts are an effective way to keep the cylinders in place when the heads are removed from the engine. This is particularly useful when installing the second cylinder over the piston and rings after the first cylinder has been installed, or when rotating the crankshaft for other work.

In any case, even a slight rocking of the cylinder can damage the base gasket or cause a cylinder to lift entirely off the cases. These Hold Down Nuts have different threads on each end to accommodate either the Milwaukee Eight or the Twin Cam.

With an MSRP of $71.50, you can’t go wrong. For more information please call us at (805) 482-6913, email us at sales@jimsusa.com, or visit www.jimsusa.com.

If you have any questions, please call me directly at (805) 482-6913.

--Greg Thiessen
Marketing Representative
555 Dawson Drive,
Camarillo, CA 93012
Ph: 805-482-6913


The planet continues to cool after an El Niño induced string of warm years

By: Rob Bushway - Climate Depot


From Dr. Roy Spencer: UAH Global Temperature Update for January, 2018: +0.26 deg. C Coolest tropics since June, 2012 at -0.12 deg. C. The Version 6.0 global average lower tropospheric temperature (LT) anomaly for January, 2018 was +0.26 deg. C, down from the December, 2017 value of +0.41 deg. C: The global, hemispheric, and tropical … Continue reading The planet continues to cool after an El Niño induced string of warm years

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