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BIKERNET IS OPEN WEEKLY NEWS for January 10th, 2019

It's Not Funny

By Bandit, Rogue, Bob T. Berry Green, Paul Davis, Sam Burns, the Redhead, BikerDude and the entire crew

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This isn’t funny but ridiculous.
We usually don’t see it in our face. It happens behind the scenes, but the government shut-down brought it to the surface. Our government isn’t working. It’s become two football teams bent on destroying the other one. Their job, running the government for the people, is no longer part of the deal.

That’s not good for any American. Let’s hit the news. How about a bunch of bikers and a bulldozer find a sound barrier wall and push it over. It’s immoral.

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

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This week, FOREIGNER, the classic British-American rock band, announced that it is donating proceeds from a new version of its hit song “I Want To Know What Love Is” to Shriners Hospitals for Children®.

Fans will notice in the video for the new FOREIGNER recently-recorded version featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children patients, that lead singer Kelly Hansen is riding a custom bagger style bike created by Barker Gang Customs from Rockville, Indiana. Crafted from the ground up, a key feature of the bike is the custom detailing showcasing the iconic “FOREIGNER 4” album logo, as this comes on the heels of the bands 40th Anniversary Tour. The bike also features a jukebox image on the tail listing some of the band’s most iconic songs like “Hot Blooded,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Jukebox Hero.”

The video for this special song can be seen here and there are photos of the bike attached below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6sYYkhW_OA

In coming weeks, the Shriners Hospitals for Children will be auctioning this bike off for charity to benefit these children in need. Fans can watch FOREIGNER’s Facebook Page for more information.

Are you interested in speaking with Kelly about the project and his personal passion for motorcycles or sharing the video/images with your fans (official press release below). Here is also some additional information on Kelly’s bikes in his own words:

"I am a native Californian who really loves driving. When I get the chance!! I also love riding and recently acquired a 1995 Harley softail Nostalgia, but I previously owned a 1976 Harley rigid with an 18” over springer and a suicide clutch. No front brake….very exciting! I also own a 1990 Yamaha FZR 1000 given to me by my friend John Paul Jr.”

We look forward to hearing from you!

Legendary Rock Band FOREIGNER Donates Worldwide Hit Song to Shriners Hospitals for Children

FOREIGNER Has Recorded a Special Version of its Classic Song “I Want To Know What Love Is” with a Children’s Choir Featuring Shriners Hospitals for Children Patients

Fans can visit www.showthemlove.org to download or pre-order the album. Stream the single on Spotify here: HERE

The Mick Jones composition “I Want To Know What Love Is" hit the top of the charts all over the world when it was released in 1984 and is FOREIGNER’s biggest hit to date. It remains one of the band's best-known songs and is listed as one of Rolling Stone Magazine's greatest songs of all time.

“It’s hard to put a dollar amount on the value of this gift, but this is truly a monumental donation in our mind,” said John McCabe, executive vice president of Shriners Hospitals for Children. “Participating in the music video will be an invaluable experience for our patients. The fact that sales proceeds from the download of this song will go to Shriners Hospitals for Children is a wonderful bonus.”

“FOREIGNER has been involved with Shriners Hospitals for ten years, and we’ve been looking for a way to make a more meaningful impact,” said lead singer Kelly Hansen. “The lyrics of this song really speak to the qualities we’ve observed in the children here at Shriners Hospitals. The kids show this amazing resilience and happiness that really makes one think how powerful love is.”

Shriners Hospitals for Children has 22 locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico and is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. All care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Learn more at shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

More about FOREIGNER — including individual bandmember bios, tour dates, merchandise, and more — can be found on the band’s official website, www.foreigneronline.com.

GUN NUT REPORT--Springfield Armory is pleased to announce that the hammer-fired XD-E™ pistol, already available in 3.3”, is now available with longer 3.8” and 4.5” barrels.

The XD-E takes the best elements of the Springfield Armory XD series and combines them into a double action-single action (DA/SA) pistol that’s perfect for concealed carry.



Springfield Armory, 420 West Main Street, Geneseo, IL, 61254, USA, 800-680-6866

TRIAL SPEEDWAY VEST FROM 5-BALL RACING LEATHERS™—We had the master take the sleeves off one of our brown Speedway leather shirts made from super soft lambskin.

It turned out to be a winner and Bandit is wearing one constantly. Let me know if you are interested. We can order them in black or brown. They come with two deep gun pockets and our signature media pocket, plus four outside pocket. It’s clean, classic, light and soft. Easy to wear.

If I get enough response, we will order a special batch.


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NMA REPORT--National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes.

“This article originally appeared on TheNewspaper.com, (“Driving Politics”) and is reprinted with their kind permission.”

Federally funded report explores the possibility of turning every mile of interstate highway into a toll road.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650-page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying enough at the pump, DMV registration counters and toll booths.

Currently, about $25 billion is spent on interstate highway system improvement, with just $2.2 billion of that amount devoted to new construction. The study, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, examined the need to upgrade and repair the interstate highway system from the foundation up.

"Although proven durable, the interstate system's roadway foundation will eventually become unserviceable, and much of it is already more than 50 years old," the report noted.

The report also cited the need to dramatically expand highway capacity to meet growing demand, while at the same time allowing urban activists to "right-size" interstates.

"Although the system has long been considered complete in its national and interregional coverage and connectivity, shifts in the geography of the country's population and economic activity are creating demands for the addition of new nodes and links, and in some cases for the modification or replacement of urban segments viewed as unduly intrusive to communities," the report explained. "Transportation agencies, especially in urban areas, may substitute more active operations and demand management measures, such as congestion tolling, for spending on lane widening and other physical additions to interstate highways."

The report highlighted the Interstate 66 high occupancy toll (HOT) lane project in Virginia as a promising example of imposing tolls on existing capacity. The document was completed before those lanes opened, but I-66 commuters making the ten-mile journey into the nation's capital today face one-way tolls as high as $45. While "managed lanes" are often described as a congestion reduction measure, the study notes that there is no reduction in traffic backups for motorists who fail to pay those high tolls.

"Congestion must remain on the general-purpose lanes to continue to entice drivers to pay for the premium service," the report explained.

The study explained the same reconstruction costs could paid with an increase in the current federal gas tax from 18.4 cents per gallon to 30 cents per gallon over ten years.

"A major advantage of the fuel tax is its very low administrative cost for collecting revenue -- most estimates indicate collection costs are less than one percent of total revenues," the report explained. "Fuel taxes generally encourage efficient behavior insofar as the taxes paid are generally proportional to system use."

Option two in the study is tolling every mile of the interstate highway system.

"The revenue potential from tolling is substantial," the report explained. "Most evidence indicates that tolls are more complicated and costly to collect than fuel taxes. Even for the toll roads that have extensive electronic tolling, Kirk reports that collection costs consume 8 to 13 percent of gross revenue."

TheNewspaper calculated that the best-managed toll roads in the country had overhead costs of 23 percent (view figures). The National Academies study also noted that the cost of adding toll collection equipment to every existing interstate highway would be $55.5 billion. Another option considered in the report is for Congress to use more of the existing $41 billion that motorists already pay in federal gas taxes on the interstates.

"Although the existing federal funds could be sufficient for the interstates, the rest of the federal-aid highway system, many routes of which serve as important connectors to the interstates, would have to be funded by states alone -- which could have broad implications for the future of the federal-aid highway system and the connectivity it provides," the report noted.

Editor’s Note: In order to download and read the entire report, you will first have to register for a free account from the The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Find the full report HERE.

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AIR AND ELECTRIC SHIFTER NOTES—for the Salt Torpedo. Air just goes up and you manually downshift after the run.

I know the electric unit cost Jody Perewitz several runs ‘till they switched to air.

Pingel still offer air over air and air over electric. It is your call, but you’ve been to Bonneville many times and know the kind of havoc the salt can wreak on electrical components.

I just like keeping stuff simple. Air over air uses ¼” tubing to the shift button, and 3/8 between the tank and shift cylinder, so it’s not a particular bitch to route or anything. I used a little Craftsman 12V car compressor at the track to fill between runs, I’m sure you will have a well equipped trailer. You can go on board compressor as well, but like I said, I like simple.

Let’s work on this project, sounds really awesome.

Twin Power

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Thanks. Great article.

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We can’t take the credit for that one. It came from a hot rod site and was produced by the Eastwood company.—Bandit

PENTHOUSE GOES TO DAKAR--Penthouse World Media LLC, the leading adult media brand and publisher of PENTHOUSE magazine, and Penthouse Clubs Worldwide LLC partner to sponsor veteran off-road driver Olga Rouckova at the 2019 Dakar Rally.

The world-renowned off-road endurance rally will be held from January 6 to 17, 2019 in Peru. The 10-stage race will feature a variety of off-road vehicles in four classes and covers 3,100 miles from start to finish.

Rouckova will be one of 17 female competitors in the race made up of a total of 334 racers. Although a traditionally male-oriented event, the 2019 Dakar Rally hit a huge milestone with the most female drivers to date, empowering women around the world to showcase their competitive skills.

“We are excited to be supporting the highly-accomplished Olga Rouckova in this amazing challenge which is the Dakar Rally,” said Catherine Brandt, COO of Penthouse World Media LLC. “It is an honor for PENTHOUSE to represent a female driver who embodies beauty, strength, and determination, and this is a direction the brand is excited to embrace.”

As sponsors, Penthouse World Media LLC and Penthouse Clubs Global Licensing LLC will provide financial and promotional support to Rouckova, by way of marketing and advertising campaigns as well as media opportunities during the race. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“I am honored and grateful to be sponsored by PENTHOUSE, the iconic brand that represents beauty, culture and progressive thought,” Rouckova said.

Born in Czech Republic, Rouckova is an accomplished quad racer with her four-wheeled motorcycle-like vehicle, having participated in a number of competitions like the FIM BAJA Europe for 3 years finishing every race on the podium, the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, along with obstacle races such as the Spartan race, Army Run, Gladiator Race and many others.

For more information visit Penthouse.com and Dakar.com

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Hey Ricky,

Did you receive a package from us? Just checking.

All the best for the new year,

Hello Bandit,

Yes, I did receive a package, thanks for following up on that! You must
run a tight ship. Never had anyone check to make sure I received anything

Since I joined, it's hard to turn it off! After reading your adventures, I almost feel like I've been knowing you for a long time. Had
subscription to Easyriders for years - got boxes in attic. Haha.

Hope you have a great new year! Thanks again.


Two year members receive a special bling package from the headquarters. We wanted to make sure we shipped one to Ricky.


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Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Finishes On the Podium at Season Opener--Monster Energy Kawasaki came into the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season opener in Anaheim, California feeling strong and confident.

Eli Tomac came out swinging, picking up where he left off from the Monster Energy Cup, showing great speed on his KX450 and perseverance all night. Despite the unusual weather and muddy track conditions, Tomac started the season strong on the podium with a third-place finish.

After months of build-up to the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium, not even a rare California rainstorm could turn away thousands of racing fans from all the exciting live action of the opening night.

Joey Savatgy proved to be a strong contender in his 450SX debut after qualifying directly through his heat race. Savatgy showed true grit as he was caught up in a first turn crash but continued to fight for a 16th overall finish.

Tomac raced to a brilliant come from behind performance where he charged from mid-pack to finish third overall, marking Tomac's career-best, season-opening finish.

#3 Eli Tomac
3rd Place
#17 Joey Savatgy
16th Place

"There were tricky track conditions due to the unusual amount of rain for Anaheim, but I managed to stay in good enough condition to keep jumping most of the lanes and pushing forward. I remained patient and controlled my pace throughout the Main Event, and although we're always shooting for the top spot, I'm happy to kick off the season on the podium. The team and I are already looking forward to Glendale, let’s get this season rolling!" - Eli Tomac

"I've been working so hard this off-season and feel really comfortable on the bike, but the weather made quite the challenge for us. I had a tip over on the bike and some issues with my goggles in the rain, but I remained focused on finishing the race to my best ability. We have a long season ahead of us, I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike and continuing to grow and improve." - Joey Savatgy

Friday, January 11, 2019
6pm - 7pm
Kelly's Kawasaki
817 S Country Club Dr,
Mesa, AZ 85210

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Adam Cianciarulo and Garrett Marchbanks came out charging in the sloppy conditions on Saturday evening at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California at the season opener of the 2019 supercross series.

Despite the unusual rain showers, the veteran of the team Cianciarulo looked calm, cool, and collected all day long and showed that he has what it takes to fight for the 250SX West Championship. Meanwhile, the rookie Marchbanks made his supercross debut and quietly strung together an admirable performance for his debut ride.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Cianciarulo kickstarted the day by capturing the fastest lap time in qualifying, giving him the first gate pick in the heat race. Cianciarulo followed up that performance by going out and winning his first heat race of the season, which would once again give him the best gate pick coming into the Main Event. In the Main Event, Cianciarulo was off to a top-five start and began to mount an attack on the riders in front of him, unfortunately, after he passed into fourth place the battle continued and he went down. Cianciarulo would remount and finish in fifth place on the night.

The No. 61 of Marchbanks started out his 250SX debut by qualifying in 11th place position. He then entered the second 250SX heat race of the night where he got his feet wet and raced to a sixth-place finish. Marchbanks was able to get a solid start in the main event which allowed him to follow some of the lines of his veteran teammate, and would ultimately finish in sixth place overall.

#92 Adam Cianciarulo
5th Place
#61 Garrett Marchbanks
6th Place

"For me, there are a lot of positives to take away from today's race. The day started out great as we were able to secure the fastest qualifying time in practice, which gave us first gate pick to start the evening races. In my heat race, I got a little squirrelly off the start but I was able to save it and charge to the front and get my first heat race win of the year, which was awesome. The main event is a tough one to swallow because I know I should have been on the podium. It is unfortunate that I came together with another rider, however, I am happy I was able to remount and safely walk away from Anaheim 1 with some decent points. I am already looking forward to next weekend in Glendale." - Adam Cianciarulo

"Coming into my first ever supercross race I was both excited and nervous as I did not know where I would fit into the picture compared to all the other racers. To finish 6th overall in my first supercross race in the mud is something that gives me a great building point to move from the rest of the season. I know I have the speed to be in top five each week and contest for podiums. I am really excited about getting back on the bike this week to work on a few things and improve on this result next week in Glendale." - Garrett Marchbanks


Ozone created by electric cars now killing millions in the seventh largest Country in the world, Mexifornia, formerly known as California.

White minorities still trying to have English
recognized as the third language.

Spotted Owl plague threatens Northwestern United States crops and livestock.

Baby conceived naturally! Scientists stumped.

Couple petitions court to reinstate heterosexual marriage.

Iran still closed off; physicists estimate it will take at least 10 more years before radioactivity decreases to safe levels.

France pleads for global help after being taken over by Jamaica. No other country comes forward to help the beleaguered nation.

Last Castro finally dies at age 112; Cuban cigars can now be imported legally, but President Chelsea Clinton has banned all smoking.

George Z. Bush says he will run for President in 2060.

Postal Service raises price of first class stamp to $17.89 and reduces mail delivery to Wednesdays only.

Average weight of Americans drops to 250 lbs.

85-year $75.8 billion study: Diet and exercise is the key to weight loss.

Global cooling blamed for citrus crop failure for third consecutive year in Mexifornia and Floruba.

Abortion clinics now available in every High School in United States.

Senate still blocking drilling in ANWR even though gas is selling for 4532 Pesos per liter and gas stations are only open on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Massachusetts executes last remaining conservative.

Supreme Court rules any punishment of criminals violates their civil rights.

A Couple Finally Had Sexual Harmony. They had simultaneous Headaches.

Average height of NBA players is now nine feet seven inches with only 5 illegitimate children.

New federal law requires that all nail clippers, screwdrivers, fly swatters and rolled-up newspapers must be registered by January 2060.

IRS sets lowest tax rate at 75 percent.

Floruba voters still having trouble with voting machines.

I Love This Country!

It's The Government That Scares Me!

Stop organized crime. Re-elect no one

Happy New Year Everyone!!

--Sam Burns

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I didn't expect this week's publication of the News but it was a great surprise. Thanks!

Friday, January 11, 2019
Editor Response The Bikernet Weekly news is not going away. The Sunday Post is, sorta. We are changing up the system. The Weekly news will be published on Bikernet and in the Blog.
Another Gr8 issue of BikerNet

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Editor Response Thanks. It almost kicked my ass.

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