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CHRISTMAS MAGIC BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for December 21, 2023

Whatta blast with news from everywhere

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Wayne Cobb, JJ Spain, Bill May, Sam Burns, Steven Sanner, Bob T., Barry Green, Laura, the Redhead and the rest of the gang
12/21/2023


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Let’s kick this off with a story from a brother in Massachusetts, Wayne Cobb:


Growing up in a family of seven, I was taught to believe in God and in Heaven.

To me, it didn’t seem that we were poor. We always had enough to eat, and my mom would always say we had enough to feed one more if a friend was there.

I remember the anticipation of Christmas Eve and day hoping that Santa would make his way to deliver our wishes and dreams of that special something. I don’t know how, but it always seemed that he came through to bring joy, happiness and sweet treats too.

Then we would all load up in the Ford station-wagon and head to Bumpas’s house for a great ham dinner with pineapple sauce and all the trimmings and all the dinner rolls I could eat.

Then my cousins and all of us would go out to the lake to play-skate and watch the ice boats and ice fishing. It was truly a wonderful day, so special, so magical, a time etched upon my heart and soul forever.

I’m forever grateful for these memories. Never lose your inner child. Never lose those memories of families and friends. Make it happen.

Let’s hit the news:
 


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BIKERNET HISTORY LESSON--
 
Here's a well-known photo that is often posted from the "Then Came Bronson" TV show... except that is not Micahael Parks. That is stuntman and motorcycle racer Bud Ekins.

Besides doing a lot of the riding for Bronson, Bud also did the famous fence jump from "The Great Escape,” and drove many of the Mustang chase scenes for the movie "Bullitt".

--from Fred Cuba

"Bud might be installed into the Kickstands Down Sturgis Hall of Fame this year. Hang on for more reports." --Bandit

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FIRST FIGHT AGAINST ESG IN BUSINESS-- Red State AG Slaps BlackRock with Lawsuit for Allegedly Harming Consumers

Republican Tennessee Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti filed a consumer protection lawsuit Monday against BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager and a leading proponent of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing.

The consumer protection suit alleges that BlackRock has misled Tennessean consumers about the scale and impacts of its ESG initiatives for several years. The suit further alleges that BlackRock’s own policies and corporate voting records demonstrate that its ESG push bleeds into financial products that are marketed as non-ESG funds, despite the company’s statements that it allocates capital where its clients request as a fiduciary.

“We allege that BlackRock’s inconsistent statements about its investment strategies deprived consumers of the ability to make an informed choice,” Skrmetti said in a statement. “Some public statements show a company that focuses exclusively on return on investment, others show a company that gives special consideration to environmental factors. Ultimately, I want to make certain that corporations, no matter their size, treat Tennessee consumers fairly and honestly.” (RELATED: Jim Jordan Hits Major Financial Institutions With Subpoenas)

--NICK POPE

From the Daily Caller
Daily Caller News Foundation
from WUWT

 


BRAND NEW Bikernet Reader Comment!--

CASTING A FINNISH WINNER

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/CASTING_A_FINNISH_WINNER_.aspx

Nagyon sz?p alkot?s. Sok munka van benne. Ezt m?r m?v?szet kateg?ri?ba kell sorolni.

--Dr Kr?n Istv?n
Budapest, XVII., Budapest, Hungary

Editor's Note: Translation in English:
"Very nice creation. It's a lot of work. This should be classified as art."



Sammy Halbert
Sammy Halbert



HARLEY-DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES CONTINGENCY PROGRAMS FOR 2024 RACE SEASON--

More than $570,000 Available for Harley-Davidson Racers in American Flat Track and MotoAmerica Mission Foods King of the Baggers and Super Hooligan Series

Harley-Davidson is boosting its support of racing competitors for the 2024 season with cash contingency programs totaling more than $570,000. This will be available for qualified H-D racers competing in select classes in the American Flat Track series, and the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship.

James Rispoli
James Rispoli



The Harley-Davidson Factory Racing Team will compete in the MotoAmerica Mission Foods King of the Baggers road racing series in 2024 with riders Kyle Wyman and James Rispoli aboard race modified Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycles powered by modified Screamin’ Eagle Milwaukee-Eight 131 Performance Crate Engines. In addition, privateer teams racing Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the series can benefit from racing contingency and available racing parts for purchase.

Kyle Wyman
Kyle Wyman



Mission Foods King of the Baggers Contingency
The Mission Foods King of The Baggers series offers exciting competition between American V-Twin touring motorcycles prepared for competition and equipped with stock frames and a fairing/windscreen and saddlebags.

The 2024 King of The Baggers series is expanded to 16 races over eight doubleheader weekends held in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Superbike series. The series opens on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 7-9. Harley-Davidson will offer a $263,000 cash contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson racers competing in the Mission Foods King of the Baggers series, with a contingency payout from first to 10th place and a $35,000 championship bonus.

Terms and conditions apply; please email contingencyracing@harley-davidson.com for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Mission Foods Super Hooligan Contingency
New for 2024, Harley-Davidson will offer contingency opportunities for racers competing in the Mission Foods Super Hooligan National Championship Brought To You By Roland Sands Design. The road racing series features 750cc-and-up high-bar race-prepared street bikes. Held in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Superbike series, the Super Hooligan Championship includes 10 races over five double-header weekends, beginning with two races at Daytona International Speedway March 7-9.

Harley-Davidson will offer a $123,000 cash contingency program for qualified Harley-Davidson racers competing in the Mission Foods Super Hooligan series, with a contingency payout from first to 10th place and a $20,000 championship bonus. Terms and conditions apply; please email contingencyracing@harley-davidson.com for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Progressive American Flat Track Contingency
Harley-Davidson will offer contingency opportunities for racers competing in the premier SuperTwins class on the 16-event 2024 Progressive American Flat Track series, the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world. Harley-Davidson has committed $185,000 in contingency funds for qualified SuperTwins class riders. Harley-Davidson contingency will pay first to 10th place and a $20,000 championship bonus.

The season opens March 7-8 with the Daytona Short Track double-header at Daytona International Speedway. Terms and conditions apply; please email contingencyracing@harley-davidson.com for full details, eligibility requirements and deadlines.





JUST STOP BREATHING--

Peer-Reviewed Study Says Human Breathing ‘Contributes to Global Warming’ – Finds ‘Human respiration has a net warming effect on the atmosphere’ – Published in PLOS ONE

The peer-reviewed study published Wednesday in the Public Library of Science’s journal PLOS One investigated greenhouse gas emissions of methane and nitrous oxide in human breath, which allegedly “contribute to global warming.”

In a recent study published in PLOS ONE, titled “Measurements of methane and nitrous oxide in human breath and the development of UK scale emissions,” researchers have embarked on a quest that epitomizes the absurdity of current climate change discourse. This study, focusing on the emissions of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) from human breath, is not only a glaring example of scientific overreach but also a worrying indicator of the lengths to which climate alarmism is willing to go.

The study’s objective to investigate emissions from human breath in the UK population is fundamentally flawed. It operates under the assumption that these emissions are significant enough to warrant detailed analysis and inclusion in national greenhouse gas inventories. This premise is laughable at best, considering the minuscule percentage these emissions contribute to the overall greenhouse gas emissions.

The methodology employed in the study is questionable. Collecting 328 breath samples from 104 volunteers hardly constitutes a representative sample of the UK population. Furthermore, the study’s reliance on such a small sample size to draw conclusions about national-scale emissions is a classic case of over-extrapolation.

The study’s findings that 31% of participants were methane producers and that all participants emitted nitrous oxide are presented without adequate context. These results are portrayed as significant, yet they fail to consider the broader environmental impact. The fact that these emissions are stated contribute a mere 0.05% and 0.1% to the UK’s total emissions of CH4 and N2O, respectively, well below any margin of error in “national inventories” renders these findings insignificant.

--Climate Depot
--WUWT





CHARLIE CHAN QUOTATION OF THE WEEK

"Hasty Conclusions like gunpowder—Easy to Explode."
--Charlie Chan





OFFICIAL BIKERNET TV SERIES REVIEW: Sumo Do, Sumo Don't

There are now quite a few inspiring and motivating sports movies and TV series on OTT and if you enjoyed the success of such a theme, then you should explore your OTT menus to discover more. Don't worry, we will help!

If you are a martial artist, you already know a few foreign language words. Now, maybe you are ready to take the leap to watch a foreign language TV series with English subtitles. Yes, not a movie--a TV show in Japanese language.

The recommendation for the week is from the hit Disney HotStar TV series titled "Sumo Do, Sumo Don't"

Check it out on IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt22187310/

Trailer at: https://youtu.be/ZJ_8EoxfyEI?si=Ar-PZ4gad1aDjCtY

In "Sumo Do, Sumo Don't" young Ryota Moriyama is a senior at Kyoritsu University, and receives a job offer at a first-rate company yet gets dumped by the girl he likes, Saki Nishino. His professor informs him that he does not have enough grades to graduate, and he needs to graduate for the cool job waiting for him.

Desperate, Ryota agrees to his professor's one condition for getting enough grades for graduation--to join the sumo club and compete in at least one match. With only a single member, Honoka Oba, who is also the captain, the sumo club is on the brink of collapse. They have not had new members for the past two years, and if they do not compete as a team, they lose their 103-year old sumo club. In order to graduate, Ryota endures Honoka's strict training methods and starts to recruit other members.

This TV Series is not just about sport, but sportsmanship and that is why we highly recommend it. You will be immersed in it and won't worry about having to read the subtitles as the action (and emotion) unfolds.

Also, it is a must-watch for all female-instructors, students and parents of those girls aspiring to take up sports in school and more so in college.

Sports is not just talent and skills but also endurance, patience, persistence and the courage to face failures. In fact, life in general is about those same traits.

Character is many times more important and decisive than attitude.

"Sumo is a miracle of balance, a sport that allows someone small to defeat someone big." ~ Saki Nishino (in TV series "Sumo Do, Sumo Don't")

The TV series is based upon the award-winning movie of the same name released in 1992.

Refer: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105388/

If you enjoy any martial-arts genre movies, then you will definitely 'get a kick' out of this TV series.

FROM https://www.taijutsu.art/2023/12/review-sumo-do-sumo-dont.html

Wayfarer
Certified Review Specialists
Bikernet.com™

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BIKERNET UNIVERSITY POLITICAL SCIENCE CLASS--

I became confused when I heard the word "Service" used with these agencies:

Internal Revenue 'Service'
U.S. Postal 'Service'
Telephone 'Service'
Cable TV 'Service'
Civil 'Service'
State, City, County & Public 'Service'
Automobile 'Service'
 
This is not what I thought 'Service' meant.
 
But today, I overheard two farmers talking, and one of them said he had hired a bull to ‘Service' a few cows. BAM!!! It all came into focus. Now I understand what all those agencies are doing to us.

You are now as enlightened as I am!

--Sam Burns



 
ANOTHER 100-WORDER FROM THE LAST WINNER—

Sparks

He leaned hard right into the curve, pushing his hands down while keeping his head erect, doing 55 mph in a 35. He tried his best to force sparks to ignite from his exhaust pipes against the concrete on Highway 14 A, Boulder Canyon to Deadwood, SD. The Michelin tires held tight as the next curve approached. He rolled the throttle on, pushing to 70 mph on the last notorious bend before the straightaway. Sparks flew!

Yelling in exhilaration, he threw a fist in the air.

Glancing in his rearview mirror, red and blue flashing lights came into view.

Totally worth it.

--JJ Spain
www.mikesalasnovels.com





ROSE PARADE NEWS--
 
From scooters for the pooper scoopers to SUVs for the sound vehicles and VIPs, Honda has kept the Rose Parade running smoothly on New Year’s Day for the past 30 years as the iconic event's “official vehicle” for 30 years. Honda also became the Rose Parade’s first-ever presenting sponsor in 2011. As presenting sponsor for 14 years, the Honda float leads the Rose Parade and showcases the annual event’s theme.

--DealerNews





VA NEWS DIRECT FROM THE GOVERNMENT-- Free Songwriting, Music Streaming for Veterans

The CreatiVets songwriting program pairs Veterans with a hit songwriter and a Veteran mentor to create an original song based on the Veteran's experience. Learn how to apply and access their free streaming, music and art classes.

Click to Join!
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"Check with the VA or the DAV. All retired vets should join the DAV. They have done so much for me and lots of brothers." --Bandit
 




THROTTLE ADDICTION DEAL OF THE WEEK

They are selling a complete line of classic flanders risers.

Throttle Addiction Flanders style risers are constructed from cast stainless steel and polished to a mirror shine. These require ½” X 20 TPI mounting bolts and work with 1" handlebars.

Specs:
Stainless steel
2.5, 6-inch, or shorties, rise to bottom of handlebar clamping area
For 1-inch bars
Require ½ X 20 TPI bolts (not included)





CHRISTMAS CONTEST FROM ERIC HERRMANN--

Deal of the Day "45's" There are five hidden 45's in this painting. The Gun is the easy one as they get progressively harder to find.

I have (1) Canvas giclee', signed & numbered, 20x30, for $500.00/frt. Normally $850.00 (480) 280-8738
 
Also available on paper & metal from $60.00 on my website… See more

Check it out at Eric’ website.





100-WORD FICTION ENTRY—Steven Sanner

The wind whipped across my face like a thousand cats shredding flesh. I thought of warmer conditions, but the falling 40 degree temps and fading light would not relent. Glad I invested in the horsehide coat. I wished for chaps to match.

On the other-hand, a warm feeling emerged in my chilled bones, when I reflected on the gratitude expressed by the fallen soldiers’ families for my gravesite, riding-escort duties. I will ride again, rain, shine, snow or freezing temps to help in the next Patriot Guard mission. It’s the least I can do to show thanks. I’m proud for the opportunity!

--Steven Sanner





ProTaper Introduces New Pro-Am Bar for Harley-Davidson's Pan America Motorcycle--
 
ProTaper today announced a new handlebar specifically designed for the top selling Harley-Davidson Pan America ADV motorcycle. The new ProTaper Pro-Am Bar features proprietary ProTaper technology, easy installation and improved ergonomics for almost every rider.

"Putting a big ADV bike through its paces is an athletic endeavor, so a great fitting handlebar is essential," said ProTaper Brand Manager Paul O'Brien. "This bar positions the rider’s hands a bit higher, which makes the stand-up position easier and it also fits really well when seated. Great materials and simple installation will make this a must-have for Pan America owners."

The bar is based on ProTaper's EVO line of products and is manufactured from 4mm, 7000-series aluminum alloy, which delivers superior tensile and yield strength. The finish is a high tech, shot peened, anodized finish with outstanding durability.

The Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle was introduced in 2021 and quickly, according to Harley-Davidson, became the top selling ADV bike in North America.

The design of the bars allows them to be an easy bolt on installation with no wiring or cable changes necessary. Suggested retail price for the ProTaper Pro-Am Bar (P/N 024050) is $96.42 at ProTaper retailers.

About ProTaper
Since 1991, ProTaper has led the way in premium control components. The brand delivers an exciting, innovative, and complete product line that fulfills the needs of professional racers and weekend riders alike. Through revolutionary ideas like the oversized 1?" handlebar and the Micro Handlebar Kit—the only control system purpose-built for youth riders, ProTaper transforms how riders experience their motorcycles. It's no wonder that ProTaper has a long list of pro and amateur athletes relying on its products to help them win races.





'TIS THE SEASON-- At Canyon Star TV

For The Best Holiday Programming:
 
New Shows, Movies, And Music Videos
 
For families who have lost everything in a disaster, securing a safe place to sleep means the world.

Canyon Star TV Adds New Holiday Favorites Including An Ozzie And Harriet Christmas, Petticoat Junction’s Cannonball Christmas, Howdy Doody’s Christmas, Holiday Affair, Christmas On Highway 101, Miracle On 34th Street, Red Skelton Christmas Classics, Santa Claus Story, Tale of Two Christmases, Christmas Is Magic, Jack Benny Christmas Show, Liberace Christmas Shows & More!

Also Featuring Border Crossings with Larry London, What’s My Line?, The Brighter Life Show, See The Unseen, The Weekend Free-For-All, Truck N Outdoors, Grace on Wednesday, and More

Shows Coming Soon Include Steadfast & Loyal Podcast with Lieutenant Colonel Allen West, Corn Warriors, Top Crop, Undrafted, Today’s Wild West, Florida TV, Tenina’s Test Kitchen, Investment Pitch, Luxe Life Discovered, Paltrowitz TV, The Beach Show, Fishing Offshore, and more!
 
Available on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Play, Android, and more!

"It is exciting to have a new outlet that is featuring our music and stories. Canyon Star TV is a platform that is growing fast and I hope you will check it out.” - William Lee Golden / The Oak Ridge Boys & The Goldens

"Canyon Star is the perfect home for the Country Star vibe. Me and all the Fabulous Superlatives feel right at home here.” - Marty Stuart

"Canyon Star TV is a great platform to get all of your entertainment from television shows, movies, and music videos. Be sure to check it out!” - Johnny Lee

Featuring an array of diverse and engaging shows catering to a wide range of interests, Canyon Star TV continues to add the highest level of family-friendly television programs.

Just in time for the holiday season, subscribers can enjoy thousands of hours of wholesome entertainment with everyone in their family without ever leaving home.

With classics such as An Ozzie And Harriet Christmas, Petticoat Junction’s Cannonball Christmas, Howdy Doody’s Christmas, Holiday Affair, Christmas On Highway 101, Miracle On 34th Street, Red Skelton Christmas Classics, Charles Dickens's The Christmas Carol, Santa Claus Story, Tale of Two Christmases, Christmas Is Magic, Jack Benny Christmas Show, Liberace Christmas Shows and more, there is nothing left to do other than to sit back with family and enjoy this festive season.

“We hand-pick every show and make sure it fits our platform perfectly,” shares Joey Canyon, founder of Canyon Star TV. “Many of these shows and movies are a part of our childhoods and to be able to share them with future generations is a wonderful feeling! Canyon Star TV wishes each of you a VERY Merry Christmas.”

Canyon Star TV is excited to feature music videos from some of the hottest names in entertainment. While continuing to add Christmas entertainment, they are including a holiday music section which contains American Blonde’s “Kiss Me This Christmas,” Jess Kellie Adams’ “Under The Mistletoe,” Gary Morris’ “My Son,” Pam Rose’s “Ava Maria,” T.G. Sheppard & Kelly Lang’s “Christmas Without You,” Sherry Lynn’s “Christmas On My Mind,” and more!

To view Canyon Star TV’s new sizzle reel, visit website.
To sign up for free and for further information, visit CanyonStar.tv.





IT’S A RED CROSS CHRISTMAS--
 
That’s why we wanted to make sure you saw our last email about how we’re fundraising to provide shelter to families who have lost their homes in disasters like tornadoes, storms and home fires — during the holidays and beyond.

Please, this holiday season, will you rush a tax-deductible gift now to help provide shelter to families in need? Just $150 will cover the cost of a full day at a shelter for a family of three, including meals, water and a warm place to sleep.
 
MAKE A HOLIDAY GIFT NOW
 
Thank you,
—Your Friends at the American Red Cross





 
FEMA REPORT--Motorcyclists Present Their Road Safety Wish List

When it comes to reducing casualties among motorcyclists, it is essential to get the riders’ views on road safety.

In the world of road safety, it is quite common that people talk about motorcyclists, but it is not common that we are talked with. To change this, motorcycle experts presented members of the road safety community with feasible solutions for road safety issues.

During the seminar ‘Reducing road deaths among motorcycle riders’, organized by the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC), motorcycle experts were given the opportunity to present their views to a large audience of over 240 members of the road safety community.

The scale of the problem is serious: over 45,000 users of powered two-wheelers lost their lives on European roads in the last ten years. And even with numerous road safety programmers in place, the deaths among motorcyclists are declining more slowly than among moped riders and other road users.

1578 motorcyclists from 30 countries replied to the survey.

36.3% of the motorcycles had Advanced Braking Systems, 12% had traction control.

35% of the riders did not use their brakes prior to crashing and of these, 46.8% had ABS brakes fitted.

Only half the riders on ABS-equipped motorcycles reported braking before they crashed compared to two-thirds of those on a motorcycle without ABS.

65% of riders admitted to hospital were traveling under 70 kph (44 mph).

Speed does not appear to have a strong effect on injury severity.

Jesper concluded his presentation by showing the motorcyclists’ wish list, which sums up a number of relatively easy steps for authorities to take:
 
Governments and road owners must focus on and show that motorcycles are part of Vision Zero.
 
Road authorities must follow their own book of rules:

– Ensure predictable friction
– Ensure a smooth, clean road surface
– Ensure that there are no dangerous roadside objects
– Ensure run-off zones or ‘good for all’ guardrails
– Facilitate good visibility
– Let motorcyclists use bus lanes
– Create safe parking facilities

Update the driving license directive with risk- and accident-based focused education, including a general understanding of other vehicles for all.
 
Enforcement should not just target speed violators but also target riders and drivers without a valid driving license.

Other important presentations: Martin Winkelbauer from the Austrian Road Safety Board KfV presented the results of research into motorcycle crash causation in curves and he showed how the number of motorcycle accidents in curves can be seriously reduced by applying road markings that ‘guide’ motorcyclist through a curve.

Kay Schulte from German road safety organization DVR explained the importance of a European Training Quality Label for high-quality post-license training programs.

Jessica Truong of the ‘Towards Zero Foundation’ made the case for Anti-lock Braking Systems on all powered two-wheelers (it is currently mandatory on all new motorcycles over 125cc).

Written by Wim Taal





NEWS FROM THE 5-BALL LEATHER CREW--



If you can’t reach Frankie, he’s constantly behind the gun creating ink art.



They have rebuilt our 5-Ball leather shirt with full collars and softer cowhide. And if you want a killer tattoo, reach out to Frankie, the master. Look up FiveBall on Instagram. Tell him I sent ya.

--Bandit

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Tim from Flat Earth did a stellar job on the new dragons! They look amazing...

Marilyn
Sturgis, SD
Sunday, December 31, 2023
Editor Response Thanks! Check out the news from the 28th. Interesting. It's going to be a wild 2024. Hang On!
--Bandit
Bandit here' for a merry christmas for you and yours. if anything needs phasing out it's the UN and the so-called leaders of our country. Think I will take the Pan out today. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year.

A.J.
Deland, FL
Friday, December 22, 2023
Editor Response Thanks much. I don't know about the Happy New Year stuff. It's going to be a hard fought New Year, but I would hope that at this time next year we can celebrate success and move forward with happiness once more...
--Bandit
Merry Christmas, beautiful motorcycles with beautiful inspiration right next to them and the artwork. American craftmanship. Merry Christmas to our patriots in service and veterans! I look forward to this material every week .

steve
Anniston, AL
Friday, December 22, 2023
Editor Response Thanks brother! Merry Christmas.
--Bandit
I forget sometimes that is for our brothers and sisters to experience a little what we experience or imagine.Thanks Rhys and thanks Bandit.

Gearhead
Torrance, CA
Thursday, December 21, 2023
Editor Response Merry, Merry, Goddammit!
--Bandit

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