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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, DINO, Sam Burns, Joe Teresi, "SIDEHACK" Jerry, David Campbell, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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We are facing interesting times.
There’s more motorcycle fun on the horizon than ever before, more events and more racing, Hell it’s even cleaner, and more family oriented.

On the other hand we are constantly challenged. Magazines and newspapers are struggling. Now web sites are struggling with increased competition and social media. Shit, I can’t add photos to my new instagram effort from my desk computer. What the hell?

I was challenged this week by a staff member to drop writing about Global Warming or lose readers. I thought about it long and hard and then I explained the basics to him. First, he could test his theory on his site. If it worked, we could share in the vast awards. Second, we are not here for the money. We do this because we love it and follow the Code of the West.

I use to joke to guys about the industry. “If we were in business for the money, we would make toasters or turbo-charged vacuum cleaners, not custom motorcycles. We love custom bikes for several reasons, and each one of us has a different mantra. But for some it’s the freedom to ride what we love into the sunset. It’s the freedom to build whatever we want and risk our fleeting lives flying free.

That’s why I fight back for our freedoms and against the Global Warming scam. Someone has to do it.

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.

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Minerva: noun
1.a woman of great wisdom.
2.the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.


God, it seems like I'll always have a Minerva by my side being a better person than I am.
-- Julia Alvarez, In the Time of the Butterflies, 1994


The Roman goddess Minerva is so completely identified with the Greek goddess Athena that it is difficult to discern what is “native” to Minerva. Minerva (earlier Latin spelling Menerva) was a native Italian goddess of handicrafts (hence easily identified with Athena in that respect). The name Minerva (Menerva) may be of Indo-European origin, from the root men- “to think, bear in mind,” source of English mind, Latin memini “I remember,” and Greek Méntor, a proper name meaning “adviser.” The original Latin name will have been Meneswa “intelligent, wise (woman),” related to Sanskrit manasvin “wise” and Manasvini, the name of the mother of the moon.

Alternatively, Meneswa may mean “woman who measures (the phases of the moon),” from the Proto-Indo-European root me- “to measure,” source of English meal (a Germanic word), as in piecemeal, measure (from Latin), and Greek metron "measure," the source of the English suffix -meter, among other words. Minerva as the name of the goddess entered English in the Old English period; the sense "wise woman" dates from the late 18th century.

Commuters vs. Neighborhoods—Congestion at its Root

We all pay for public roads so shouldn’t we be able to travel on them when we want? A number of New Jersey towns and villages are saying NO. If you don’t live here, you don’t have the right to take a neighborhood street to beat congestion during rush hour.

Part of the reason commuters are finding alternative routes is due to the saturation of Google Maps, Apple Maps and WAZE—all GPS guidance apps that can be downloaded to your smart phone. Congestion is never fun and don’t we all love it when we beat the crowd by taking an alternative route? This is just one of the many pleasures of driving.

What’s not so much fun is for those who want to leave their driveways during rush hour and can’t because there is so much traffic on their little neighborhood street.

Leonia and Weehawken, New Jersey have recently passed ordinances that make it illegal for non-locals to drive on residential streets during rush hour. These towns actually have police officers at these pressure points handing out fines to non-compliers. Some of these non-compliers have been taking these neighborhood shortcuts for years and are quite angry about this new direction. In fact, one commuter has already filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Leonia on this new ordinance.

Leonia officials say they were forced to pass a non-locals ordinance because many residents were complaining about the congestion on their streets. Under the new law, 60 Leonia neighborhood streets are closed to non-locals during morning and evening rush hour, 6:00 to 10:00 AM and 4:00 to 9:00 PM respectively. Locals must outfit their vehicles with a yellow tag and without one you have to justify why you are in the neighborhood during the prescribed times or face a $200 fine.

Leonia is two miles short of the George Washington Bridge going into Manhattan and is home to 9,200 residents. On a normal day 4,000 non-locals pass through on their way to Manhattan. On peak days, the volume can easily rise to 12,000. Leonia only has 18 police officers and it claims that this influx, particularly when residential streets become significant traffic corridors, is too much to handle for public safety. Non-locals can still drive on three major thoroughfares through town.

A long term commuter through Leonia, Mike Helmsley said the travel restriction causes him to add 35 extra minutes to his morning commute.

Mayor Judah Ziegler says the new ordinance is legal. He cites a 1977 Supreme Court decision that ruled non-residents could not park in a local Arlington County, Virginia neighborhood. He added, “The decision gives municipalities the right to legislate access to streets under its control as long as the laws don’t allow some residents and not others, and as long as the law serves a public purpose (in this case, public safety).”

But parking in a neighborhood and driving through a neighborhood are two entirely different things. In 1954, the New York State Appeals Court ruled that the Town of North Hempstead on Long Island could not prohibit “through or transient vehicle traffic” on neighborhood streets. The town wanted to limit workers driving through neighborhoods on their way to work at a local factory. The court ruled that North Hempstead’s traffic measures were “designed merely to reserve the streets in the area for the use of the local residents to the exclusion of the public at large. To do so would be an unreasonable exercise of power to regulate traffic.”

East Brunswick, NJ lawyer Theodore Silwinski said that the new laws will certainly be challenged. He added, “Leonia is illegally trying to expand their municipal jurisdiction, and they are attempting to legislate on matters that are normally in the purview of the state of New Jersey.”

Public roads should be open for all users of the road and cities cannot penalize drivers for finding a short cut on their own or from a smart phone app. Creating local ordinances like this takes the onus off of local, state and federal officials who should work together to tackle the real infrastructure and transportation issues this country currently faces.

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Thanks To Knowledgeable Riders Like You, America's First Indian® Motorcycle Dealer Continues To Lead the Way
MARCH 2018 - Finally! After weird winter weather we'd just as soon forget, Spring is about to burst on the scene bringing all the joy of riding back to a daily routine.

Like every other motorcycle dealer we know, it's been a pretty quiet two months, but as the calendar turns, we're totally amped up and looking forward to the weeks and months ahead with the absolute best Indian Motorcycles we've ever seen! Stop in soon and prepare have your jaw drop. (Honest.)

March is when Daytona Beach Bike Week kicks off "the season". This year, the 10-day celebration runs from March 9 to the 18th. We're looking forward to seeing many old friends there and Indian Motorcycle Company will have some exciting new products to unveil at Indian's opening night party on Friday March 9.

(On Saturday night, get your clock to "spring ahead" into Daylight Savings. If you're having fun like us, you won't miss that extra hour of shuteye.)

We have the entire fantastic collection of 2018 Indian motorcycles on our showroom floor, plus hundreds of performance parts and accessories to build exactly the ride you want.

The factory incentives for March include great financing options on our five remaining 2017 Thunder Stroke 111 machines. 2.99% for 60 months or 4.99% for 84 months. Or get a $1,500 Trade In Bonus. Our two 2017 Chief Classics also include $750 in accessories or apparel. Sweet!

2018 Indian Scout, Scout-Sixty and Scout Bobber financing makes it easier than ever to ride. 2.99% for 60 months or 4.99% for 84 months. With nothing down, your new ride is closer than you think. Stop in and let's discuss how to make your dream a reality.

New to riding? Welcome home. As experienced, friendly motorcycle people, we welcome all new riders. Stop in and let's talk. We want you to get comfortable with the sheer joy of riding.

The wonderful new Indian Scout-Sixty®
was designed for you---easy to handle and well-balanced with plenty of power. We'll walk you through every step as you come to know how we became the world's most-awarded Indian dealer on the planet.

Indian Motorcycle Charlotte opened in October 2008 here in Lowell, when Indians were manufactured at Kings Mountain, just a few miles down the road. In some ways it's hard to believe it's been ten years, but the enormous progress in Indian
design, engineering and technology we've witnessed could not have happened overnight.

Polaris ownership has made all the difference in the world, and as passionate Indian zealots, we are eternally grateful. Excellence has a way of persevering and enduring to overcome all of life's challenges.

Ride safely and we look forward to seeing you soon.

--Mark Moses - Owner & General Manager

INDIAN MOTORCYCLE CHARLOTTE • 110 Indian Walk • I-85 Exit 22 • Lowell, North Carolina 28098 • 704-879-4560

EXECUTIVE & REGULATORY UPDATES: No Deal on Ethanol…Yet? Plus Your MRF at the Summit on Autonomous Vehicles

This week was a big one for corn farmers and oil refiners (and riders) and their champions in the Senate, as Sens. Pat Toomey, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley held a meeting with President Donald Trump and his top advisers to see if there was some kind of deal to be struck in the Renewable Fuel Standard (psst: that’s the law that determines how much ethanol needs to be in the nation’s gasoline supply). On the table for negotiation?

An offer of a package of changes that would include creating biofuel credits for exported ethanol, a cap on credit prices, and a waiver for 15 percent ethanol gasoline blends to be sold year-round.

All of the proposals would be executed administratively, rather than legislatively saving a congressional fight. It would likely have the effect of weakening the amount of ethanol circulated in the nation’s gasoline supply but as a tradeoff, would give corn state champions their objective of being able to sell 15% blends year-round.

Despite the interest in striking a deal and meeting, farm state lawmakers still held firm against proposals aimed at easing costs borne by oil refineries and in the end, a grand bargain wasn’t struck. Its not over yet though… Trump appeared to agree to meet with workers from both the ethanol and oil refining industries showing that future meetings and negotiations were still a possibility.

I spent the bulk of my Thursday at the Department of Transportation (DoT) attending a summit on self-diving cars. It was a who’s who at DoT with every major Agency head present including Secretary Elaine Chao.

They discussed plans for the next iteration of self-driving car guidance – which is being referred to as 3.0 and is expected to be released this summer. Attendees got an overview of what to expect – the Secretary outlined the 6 principles that would govern the guidance.

These included the usual suspects like safety and flexibility but what perked my ears up was the commitment that under this Administration, there would NEVER be an instance where non automated vehicles (and yes that includes motorcycles) would be outlawed or jeopardized. The quote used was, “there will never be universal implementation of highly autonomous vehicles.” Deep sigh of relief? For now….

Movement on Priority Legislation in Virginia

Riders in Virginia are on the verge of a big win - an auxiliary light bill that was introduced at the request of the Virginia Coalition of Motorcyclists (VCOM) passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee this week. The bill amends state code to allow motorcyclists to take advantage of LED type accent lighting in order to improve visibility to other motorists. The amendment added language mandating that any lighting used on the motorcycle must be of a type designed for use on a motor vehicle. You can read more about the bill at the following link:


The next step would be for the bill the pass the full Senate then go back to the House to approve any changes. At this point, they expect it to go to the Governor’s desk for his signature and become law by July 1 this year. Great work Virginia and keep us posted when it officially becomes law! We’ll toast to you!


I got a chance to hang out with ABATE of Iowa this week. They were in D.C. doing a round of meetings with their delegation and were gracious enough to let me tag along to a meet and greet with Senator Joni Ernst. We posted about the event on Facebook.

There is nothing more I love than seeing our community on a first-name and hugging basis with an influential lawmaker – especially Joni Ernst who has signed onto our profiling resolution AND is co-chairing the Senate Motorcycle Caucus.

Of course, that relationship didn’t happen overnight. ABATE of Iowa put WORK into it. They keep in close contact with her staff locally and in D.C. They attend Bikers Inside the Beltway as well as do their own set of meetings every year and will often send volunteers to help with reelection campaigns.

The result is that they have a network of powerful and influential lawmakers who call on them, voice their issues on the Senate floor and always keep an ear to the ground on their behalf. ABATE of Iowa (and many of our SMRO connections) are an example of how to get it done. It’s an honor to work alongside them.

Until next time, enjoy your weekends, ride free and get registered for BITB!



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

SHOP VIDEO OF THE WEEK FROM LAW TIGERS-- The guys who run the shop are named Jackson and Ty. It's a full, self-service, do it yourself kinda shop in the heart of Downtown LA.

There is a coffee shop next door that serves Flat Track Coffee (a motorcycle coffee company of course) and they host some awesome events.

Here is their address as well...
255 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90033

--Darwyn Yager
Law Tigers
Los Angeles Marketing Manger
(323) 496-1155


NEWS FROM THE OLD SCHOOL—This brother worked on the Jammer streamliner back in the day. FucK Cancer..Lost another Pal Today. RIP Paul….

--Bob T.

STRANGE NEWS OF THE WEEK--Federal court rules World War I memorial cross must be torn down--Back in 1925, the American Legion erected a memorial in Bladensburg, Md., to honor the memory of 49 men who perished during World War I.

The 40-foot tall memorial became known as the "Peace Cross."

In 2014, the American Humanist Association -- a group that believes in "being good without a god" -- filed a lawsuit alleging the cross-shaped memorial is unconstitutional and demanding it be demolished, altered, or removed.

They alleged the cross carries "an inherently religious message and creates the unmistakable appearance of honoring only Christian servicemen."

"Today's decision sets dangerous precedent by completely ignoring history, and it threatens removal and destruction of veterans memorials across America."

On Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed and ruled the historic memorial must be torn down -- all because the Bladensburg Memorial is in the shape of a cross.

The Fourth Circuit said the memorial excessively entangles the government in religion because the cross is the “core symbol of Christianity” and “breaches” the wall separating church and state.

Writing separately, Chief Judge Gregory wrote, “This Memorial stands in witness to the VALOR, ENDURANCE, COURAGE, and DEVOTION of the forty-nine residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland ‘who lost their lives in the Great War for the liberty of the world.’ I cannot agree that a monument so conceived and dedicated and that bears such witness violates the letter or spirit of the very Constitution these heroes died to defend.”

The American Legion could appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

"Today's decision sets dangerous precedent by completely ignoring history, and it threatens removal and destruction of veterans memorials across America," First Liberty Institute attorney Hiram Sasser said.

First Liberty Institute and the Jones Day law firm are representing the American Legion in their fight.

“This memorial has stood in honor of local veterans for almost 100 years and is lawful under the First Amendment,” Jones Day attorney Michael Carvin said. “To remove it would be a tremendous dishonor to the local men who gave their lives during The Great War.”

I warned Americans in my new book, “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again,” that the war against religious liberty and traditional American values is far from over.

A militant group of atheists, agnostics and free-thinkers want to eradicate Christianity in the public marketplace. The only way to stop this evil scourge is for people of faith to stand together and fight back in the courts.

Todd Starnes is host of Fox News & Commentary. His latest book is “The Deplorables’ Guide to Making America Great Again.” Follow him on Twitter @ToddStarnes and find him on Facebook.

--by Todd Starnes, Fox News

Never let your kids make snow angels in a dog park.



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Uncle Monkey - Did you notice the USW logo on your Harley-Davidson frame? Harley-Davidson provides Health Insurance to it's employees via the USW Contract, and is 1 very good example of why the prices differ.

Wait till the day the Prez wakes up and figures out he can solve a major portion of the US Health Care problem with the swipe of the pen, passing a health care bill something to the effect of "All Foreign Corporations with business interests within the US borders shall provide ALL employees on US soil, with full health care coverage - No Exemptions".

How popular would that be with Yamaha? Prices, wages, and tax revenue will all go up. Tax Revenue is the best politician bait known to man, no matter who's pocket it came from. That's another part of the equation that pushes the ship back towards an even keel, till then, we're arguing about the bar tab, while we're sitting on the Titanic, the end result is the same.

Our next discussion should probably surround the subject of bikini bike wash locations, coleslaw wrestling, the proper mixture of Jack Daniels and ice, BBQ anything, and horsepower innovations. I'm sure Bandit is tired of reading my bullshit by now. If we all make it to Sturgis, I'll buy the first round.

Doug White
Buchanan, MI
Monday, March 12, 2018
Editor Response I'm always ready for Progress and Whiskey.
Hey Uncle Monkey Fuck: Have you ever had to come home and inform your wife and kids that "Christmas is going to be a little light this year, after 20 years as a Union Steelworker, you've been laid off?

On your journey home to share this wonderful news, you pass the "Port of Indiana" and witness a foreign ship at the dock unloading cheap foreign steel as far as the eye can see. It rates right up there with being called a baby killer the minute you got home from fighting a war on foreign soil!

No matter which political party the Union voted for, since 1980, horseshit politicians sacrifice American jobs for an under the table payoff. Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum have been overdue 40 years, and yes the subject makes a few people squirm, now that we have a president that doesn't need the money. Ask yourself "what's the REAL hidden agenda?".

Better yet - next time you order an S&S air cleaner cover from J&P Cycle, flip it over and check out the sticker that says "Made In Malaysia". With all due respect, the shoes I stand in, it's tough to feel sorry for an American company that sources cheap products from overseas, and goes bankrupt.

USW Local 1010 - USW Local 9231 - Mill Mechanic Journeyman #1307.....Retired. Like it or not, Bandit's right on this one......stay tuned.

Doug White
Buchanan, MI
Saturday, March 10, 2018
I'm not sure it was really a counter point. People will still suck it up and buy a new vehicle. Motorcycles however are still seen as a luxury item. The modest increase in price in the US means many current riders will hold onto their bikes instead of buying a new one.

It will be a few years before the US steel and aluminum can catch up to demand so most riders will hold tight for the next five years until the prices can come back down - though most US companies will price their steel and aluminum at higher prices because they can - that is what free market is.

That Yamaha Star that cost $10,000 last month is still $10,000 and will still be next year. That Harley that cost $15,000 will now cost $16-17,000 making the Yamaha that much more appealing to new riders. The big tariffs are imposed in Europe where Harleys can see a 25% jump in price while Japanese and European bike prices will remain the same.

The question I proposed is not whether the tariffs are good for US steel but whether Harley
-Davidson can survive decreased sales here and abroad.

Uncle Monkey
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Friday, March 9, 2018
Editor Response Harley-Davidson has survived two wars and many financial crashes. This is nothing.

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