to ride out of town, sort out a business deal, help my grandson fix his Dyna, and get his FXR registered, make progress on my 1916 Sculpture project, write three articles, deal with accounting, feed the dogs, and what the hell did I do? I started to build another Harley.
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MOTORCYCLE CAUCUS UPDATE--
Some positive news out of our nation’s Capital. Today, Senators Joni Ernst and Gary Peters, two of Capitol Hill's biggest biker enthusiasts, are launching the Senate’s first-ever bipartisan Motorcycle Caucus. The caucus will focus on issues impacting both riders and manufacturers.
On his website, Senator Peters, a friend of ABATE of Michigan and the MRF, said this of the launch:
“Motorcyclists come from all walks of life, and I can’t think of a better way to bring together a diverse and dedicated group of advocates to discuss everything from safety concerns to manufacturing. I’m looking forward to working with Senator Ernst as co-chair of the bipartisan Senate Motorcycle Caucus to foster these important discussions and find common ground with motorcycle lovers across the country.”
As a reminder, the House of Representatives also has a Motorcycle Caucus, chaired by Reps. Tim Walberg and Michael Burgess. Their caucus recently made a push for more members….see the attached letter.
The MRF is pleased with the activities in the Senate and looks forward to working with both caucuses on our 2017 legislative agenda.
--Megan J. Ekstrom
Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
Phone: (202) 725-5471
Fax: (202) 546-0986
MEMPHIS SHADE FAIRING TECH—
Here are the initial part numbers, although we made some adjustments to the final order.
Fairing, mounting bracket, headlight relocation bracket and windshield:
Rob Scroggie is going to mount this fairing on his FXR and we will cover it on Bikernet in the near future.
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK--
SignalWear Transforms the Motorcycle Safety Industry with The World’s First ‘Smart’ Motorcycle Gloves, Giving Riders Added Visibility, Now Available on Kickstarter
After an accident, motorcycle rider of more than 20 years creates a new way for motorcyclists to be seen by other drivers and reduce collisions, and help bikers avoid distracted driving with a special, handsfree Bluetooth navigation app
The motorcycle safety industry hasn't evolved since the introduction of motorcycle helmets in the early 1900's...with the introduction of SignalWear, we are moving the safety industry into the future.
SignalWear, the world’s first smart gloves to help motorcyclists signal lane changes and turns more visually to other drivers, launched today on Kickstarter.
“SignalWear’s Smart Signal Blinking Gloves automatically blink when you change lanes or turn, which is when most deadly motorcycle accidents happen,” said SignalWear CEO and Co-Founder Troy De Baca. “Since the rider’s gloves are higher than the turn-signals on the bike, the flashing is more in the line of vision for other drivers, providing added safety to motorcycle riders – especially when they’re navigating in a crowded, urban environment.”
De Baca emphasizes that the reason SignalWear is a Smart Glove is because the gloves already contain built-in technology that can be unlocked. Riders have the option to upgrade and use the SignalWear GPS App to help them navigate when they travel without looking away from the road, reducing distractions and affording motorcyclists an extra degree of safety.
De Baca says that as SignalWear gains more interest and support through the Kickstarter campaign, more smart features will be activated on the gloves.
SignalBox - Another glove-activation mode that is hardwired into the motorcycle's existing blinker system, signaling the glove to blink in conjunction with the turn signal.
With enough funding, SignalWear will introduce The Navigators - Heads Up, Hands Free GPS Navigation: SignalWear Gloves coupled with the functionality of "The Lane Changer" will alert the rider of upcoming turns and lane changes through vibration. This technology links via Bluetooth to a navigational phone app, which vibrates via haptic motors.
For more information, visit http://www.signalwear.co/
5-BALL RACING TESTIMONIAL--
I got my 5/8 Jak shirt on Saturday, and I love it. Sizing is damn near perfect. I appreciate all the swag too. I will most likely buy another one in Xl, to fit over a hoodie or something. Very sweet piece of gear.
Thanks for everything.
-- Ellis Peterson
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CHOPPERTOWN DEAL OF THE WEEK--
Just a reminder, the special deal for this title ends tomorrow so grab it today before the price goes up! Flake and Flames raided their vault and put together an incredible collection of 20 short films of the stars of the original Flake and Flames movie and it's all been wrapped up together in Flake and Flames Overdrive together with the original film!
Twenty shorts, plus the original film all together = over 4 hours of Kustom Kontent. Today is the last day to grab it for only $14.95 - (price goes up to $19.95 tomorrow night). Support the Flake and Flames guys and grab your Overdrive bundle today.
Zack and Scott
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Holy Crap! At Radial Revenge Tour from Tulsa Raceway Park.
THE BIKERNET THOUGHT FACTORY--
Is Profiling OK?
By Walter E.Williams
Profiling is needlessly a misunderstood concept. What's called profiling is part of the optimal stock of human behavior and something we all do. Let's begin by describing behavior that might come under the heading of profiling.
Prior to making decisions, people seek to gain information. To obtain information is costly, requiring the expenditure of time and/or money. Therefore, people seek to find ways to economize on information costs. Let's try simple examples.
You are a manager of a furniture moving company and seek to hire 10 people to load and unload furniture onto and off trucks. Twenty people show up for the job, and they all appear to be equal except by sex. Ten are men, and 10 are women. Whom would you hire?
You might give them all tests to determine how much weight they could carry under various conditions, such as inclines and declines, and the speed at which they could carry. To conduct such tests might be costly. Such costs could be avoided through profiling — that is, using an easily observable physical attribute, such as a person's sex, as a proxy for unobserved attributes, such as endurance and strength. Though sex is not a perfect predictor of strength and endurance, it's reliable.
Imagine that you're a chief of police. There has been a rash of auto break-ins by which electronic equipment has been stolen. You're trying to capture the culprits. Would you have your officers stake out and investigate residents of senior citizen homes?
What about spending resources investigating men and women 50 years of age or older? I'm guessing there would be greater success capturing the culprits by focusing police resources on younger people — and particularly young men. The reason is that breaking in to autos is mostly a young man's game.
Should charges be brought against you because, as police chief, you used the physical attributes of age and sex as a crime tool? Would it be fair for people to accuse you of playing favorites by not using investigative resources on seniors and middle-aged adults of either sex even though there is a non-zero chance that they are among the culprits?
Physicians routinely screen women for breast cancer and do not routinely screen men. The American Cancer Society says that the lifetime risk of men getting breast cancer is about 0.1 percent. Should doctors and medical insurance companies be prosecuted for the discriminatory practice of prescribing routine breast cancer screening for women but not for men?
Some racial and ethnic groups have higher incidence and mortality from various diseases than the national average. The rates of death from cardiovascular diseases are about 30 percent higher among black adults than among white adults. Cervical cancer rates are five times greater among Vietnamese women in the U.S. than among white women. Pima Indians of Arizona have the world's highest known diabetes rates. Prostate cancer is nearly twice as common among black men as it is among white men.
Using a cheap-to-observe attribute, such as race, as a proxy for a costly-to-observe attribute, such as the probability of some disease, can assist medical providers in the delivery of more effective medical services. For example, just knowing that a patient is a black man causes a physician to be alert to the prospect of prostate cancer.
The unintelligent might call this racial profiling, but it's really prostate cancer profiling.
In the real world, there are many attributes correlated with race and sex. Jews are 3 percent of the U.S. population but 35 percent of our Nobel Prize winners. Blacks are 13 percent of our population but about 74 percent of professional basketball players and about 69 percent of professional football players.
Male geniuses outnumber female geniuses 7-to-1. Women have wider peripheral vision than men. Men have better distance vision than women.
The bottom line is that people differ significantly by race and sex. Just knowing the race or sex of an individual may on occasion allow us to guess about something not readily observed.
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.
Interesting, but full of holes. Motorcyclists are black, white, Hispanic, young, old, Jewish, you name it. So, why are they profiled?
NEWS FROM THE JIMS MACHINE GROUP TO A BIKERNET READER—
I'm really considering replacing my ‘05 deuce twin cam 88 with a 120 JIMS
Does the 120 have the auto compression relief valves or do you have to have relief valves installed, also would like to know the cost of these engines & if I ordered one can I get the jugs diamond cut I know that
would be extra.
I do realize that i'd have the change transmission over to the Screamin’ Eagle race. Would this engine require a high torque
starter & the bigger 64mm intake?
If you can i'd like to get a quote on a
120 w/diamond cut jugs, & any information on anything else that would be require to change my bike over to the 120 engine.
Thank you for your e-mail. JIMS 120-inch engines mount very nicely to your 2005 Softail Deuce. As for upgrading your transmission, JIMS Fast-5 would be an unmatched pairing.
JIMS Fat-5 Overdrive Transmission.
This is a powerful 5-speed overdrive transmission manufactured for big horsepower, which JIMS 120 Race Engine has! This transmission has gears that are 18-53% wider over stock. The transmission is also constant mesh, so you don't have any parasitic power loss from dragging a gear across a shaft to change gears.
JIMS Fat 5 uses shift ring technology to change gears, much like the Screamin' Eagle 6-Speed. JIMS Fat-5 transmission is a true overdrive transmission as 4th gear is 1 : 1 and 5th gear is .886 : 1, overdrive.
JIMS Fat 5 Transmission Part No. 8274. Retail Price $ 3,201.70. Please let me know if you have further questions.
JIMS manufactures these engines. Our cases are true Twin Cam cases and you will not have to reroute any of your oiling. These engines drop right in and mount right up to your transmission and frame. You can see our engines in the Screamin Eagle Catalog at your local Harley Davidson Dealer.
JIMS Race Engine Specs.
• 120” 4 1/2 Stroke x 4.125” Bore
• Intake Valve 2.120”
• Exhaust Valve 1.625”
• Compression Ratio 10.5:1
• ARP Cylinder Studs
• ARP Case Bolts
• Timken Bearing
• Black or Chrome High Lift Rocker Covers
• JIMS Roller Rocker Arms
• Billet Cam Support Plate
• CNC Ported Heads
• JIMS Forged Pistons
• Increased Press & Welded Flywheels
• Forged Rocker Support Plates
• Screamin’ Eagle High Flow Oil Pump
• Hydraulic Cam Chain Tensioners
JIMS 120" Softail Race Engine $7950.99
Diamond Cut $ 1025.00
Automatic Compression $ 116.10
Shipping Estimate $300.00
JIMS Engines have a 1 year warranty. I have attached an order form and price list. Please let me know if you have further questions.
Check out JIMS new YouTube Channel!!
-- Margot Durham
Phone: 805-482-6913 Ext. 123
Note: JIMS is closed every other Friday.
"Our goal is to have our customer service exceed your expectations every time".
SPECTRO OIL FOR INDIANS—
I know when guys stumble across an unfamiliar model of bike you can be intimidated by manufacturer claims. So, this week I checked with Spectro Oils. Do they make oils for Indians?
“Of course,” said Joe Russo from Spectro. “We make a perfect manufacturer called-for 10-60 Semi-Synthetic for Scouts.” They also make a compatible 15-50 Semi-Synthetic for the Chiefs and the whole line of big twin Indians.
So, if you’re a Spectro fan and want to use Spectro oils in your new Indian, go for it. You’re covered.
LATEST FROM BRASS BALLS--
Our Piston-Helmet Ignition Cover is the latest example of our commitment to design cool parts for your bike.
A skilled artisan expertly sculpted our Piston/Helmet logo by hand to create the molds used to cast these covers.
Once cast they are carefully "antiqued" creating an organic patina-like finish.
Resulting in an ignition cover like no other, and a great addition to your bike.
Fitment: HD Twin Cam, EVO, Sportster 2004-up, Sportster 2003-earlier.
Order direct from our site http://store.BrassBallsCycles.com
or from one of our Super Fine Dealers.
QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY--
A balding, white haired man walked into a jewelry store this past Friday evening with a beautiful much younger gal at his side. He told the jeweler he was looking for a special ring for his girlfriend.
The jeweler looked through his stock and brought out a $5,000 ring.
The man said, 'No, I'd like to see something more special.'
At that statement, the jeweler went to his special stock and brought another ring over. 'Here's a stunning ring at only $40,000
the jeweller said.
The lady's eyes sparkled and her whole body trembled with excitement. The old man seeing this said, 'We'll take it.'
The jeweler asked how payment would be made and the man stated, 'By check. I know you need to make sure my check is good, so I'll write it now and you can call the bank Monday to verify the funds; I'll pick the ring up Monday afternoon.'
On Monday morning, the jeweler angrily phoned the old man and said 'Sir...There's no money in that account.
''I know,' said the old man...'But let me tell you about my weekend.'
Not All Seniors Are Senile...
NASCAR RETURNS TO IRWINDALE:
FULL CARD SET FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
Irwindale, Calif. - - After an early start ( way back on March 11) for the track's premiere division (the Pick Your Part Late Models), and a special event featuring "touring pros" from both the K&N Pro Series West and the Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series ... it's back to some great "live and local" NASCAR Home Track races at Irwindale this Saturday night, April 8th.
With one down and 19 to go (including a double-points finale on November 23) Nick Joanides from Woodland Hills has the max number of Irwindale race points after his name with 50. Right behind him is last year's champion Agoura Hills' own Trevor Huddleston with 48.
Last season a promising rookie in the Pick Your Part machines, and this year with a "podium" in the first race out the box ... young Ryan Vargas, from La Mirada, with 46 points looks like he's serious about winning some races this year.
Crowd favorite Toni McCray (Highland) will back in the Late Models this year and Karting champ Jagger Jones (Scottsdale, AZ), grandson of the legendary Parnelli Jones, and son of racing champion PJ Jones begins his big car racing career in the LMs. Irwindale 2016 Bandolero points champ Kayla Eshelman from Fontana now competes in the Late Models as well. That trio finished 5th, 9th, and 12th respectively in the division back on opening night.
This Saturday night the Pick Your Part Late Models will start their regimen of "twin" events: two separate races (one early, one late and BOTH pay 50 points each). The racecraft involved there dictates that a driver needs to race hard and finish well in the first race without doing any sort of irreparable damage to the race car.
And, of course hurting a car badly enough to not finish the first race and then not even be able to start the second, puts a very big dent in the points all during only one trip to the track very early in the season. Conversely doing well in both events makes the road to a Whelen All-American Championship look pretty bright early-on.
Of course every short track fan knows the secret is speed and smarts and on a half-mile track like Irwindale it's easy to see that strategy play out in each race. Aggressiveness edged with savvy is the order of the day in every race at Irwindale ... And the fans really love it and keep coming back for more!
On Saturday night the Seidner's Collision Centers Irwindale Race Trucks, the touring Race Car Factory Spec Late Models, INEX Legends Cars, and Bandoleros will each be starting their own chase for a 2017 track championship at the track that they call "LA" Half-Mile SuperSpeedway".
GET OUT TO THE TRACK EARLY!: Gates open to the fans at 4PM, with the track's special "up close and personal" On-Track Autograph Session (PARTY) at 5:45PM (where everyone is a kid in a candy store), and racing firing off at 7PM on the dot.
Discounted tickets are available on-line at right up until midnight on Friday. They not only save $5 per ticket adult ticket, but time by not waiting in line to buy (full price) tickets on raceday...