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Motorcycles and Open Roads Make it All Good!

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam, El Waggs, Barry Green, Bob T., Laura, Stealth, the Redhead, J.J. Solari, Gearhead and the rest of the gang

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Crazy times
, but if you want to taste the best of times read this news and come to Sturgis for the rally. If you turn off your TV and scrap reading any newspapers, you’ll discover that life is an open road wonderland.

Come to the Badlands and you won’t experience blame, hatred, Covid, Global Harming, electric mania, nothing but hard-working, tax paying Americans enjoying cool motorcycles and wide-open roads.

Let’s hit the news:

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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 the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

MRF FLASH ALERT!--Next week the House of Representatives will vote on a bill to fund several transportation related agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), for fiscal year 2022.

To ensure the federal government protects the rights of all motorcyclists, three members of the House of Representatives are offering an amendment to the transportation funding bill. Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan, Congressman Troy Balderson of Ohio and Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas have submitted the following amendment to the House Rules Committees for consideration on Monday. The amendment states:

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for activities intended to encourage states to adopt legislation, regulations, policies, directives or guidance to profile motorcycle riders, nor shall such funds be used by States to implement any activity with the primary intent of profiling motorcycle riders.”

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) is committed to pursuing all avenues to end biker profiling in this country. The MRF worked hand in hand with these Members of Congress on similar language in 2019 and again this year.

How can you help? This amendment is being considered by the House Rules Committee, a very small committee with only 13 members. If one of these 13 lawmakers is your Representative, please contact Rocky Fox, the MRF lobbyist in D.C., at to learn how you can help!

Chairman Jim McGovern (D-MA)
Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK)
Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA)
Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD)
Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN)
Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA)
Rep. Joe Morelle (D-NY)
Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA)
Rep. Deborah K. Ross (D-NC)
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO)

Click to go to the MRF site and find your rep.--Bandit

S&S CYCLE - Attending 2021 Sturgis Bike Week

Sturgis Bike week is right around the corner and the team at S&S Cycle are prepping gear and a fresh collection of performance parts for you to check out.

They’ll have high performance exhaust and air cleaners in stock and will be doing free installs from July 31st through August 13th. Hours are 8-6 from 7/31-8/5 and 8-8 from 8/6-8/14. We’ll also have our brand new side-by- side product lineup and new S&S gear on display.

Come see us at Black Hills Harley Davidson in Rapid City South Dakota and say hello to the crew!

Also, check out the S&S sponsored Evo Entanglement show at the Buffalo Chip on August 11th, 11am-4pm. This show is a tribute to the best of the Evolution powered bikes and the winner walks away with a new S&S V111 Engine!

--David Zemla
VP - Marketing
S&S® Cycle, Inc.


NEW MEXICO SUPREME COURT-- Rules Gas Stations Can Be Liable For DUIs

Tennessee was the first state to decide that gas stations, auto parts stores, mechanics, and tire shops could be liable for selling fuel to intoxicated drivers. This 'duty of care' is not a part of New Mexico law but sets a precedent under the legal doctrine of negligent entrustment, which outlines how business' responsibilities of supplying dangerous goods to someone competent to safely use them.

The dissenting opinion noted that there is little guidance to indicate how retailers can investigate customer intoxication or whether the guidance extends to self-service stations.

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The HadCRUT4 Global Temperature Dataset --Now Unveils A Cooling Trend For The Last 7.5 Years

Since the last day of 2001 CO2 has risen from 372 to 419 ppm. However, there have been two cooling periods of 12 years (2002-2014) and 7.5 years (2014-2021), separated by a 1.5-year El Niño-induced warming event (2015-2016). Temperature changes that proceed in step- or event-like fashion do not seem to correlate well with linearly-rising CO2 concentrations.

HadCRUT4 temperature data (made available for public use by now presents a slight cooling trend since the first few months of 2014.

This new cooling trend follows a 12-year cooling trend that lasted from the first month of 2002 until the last month of 2014.

The abrupt warming event that spanned from 2015 to mid-way through 2016 was generated by an anomalous El Niño. Fossil fuel emissions had “a fairly insignificant role, if any role at all” in this short-term warming.

-- by Kenneth Richard

--Climate Depot

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Click to order.

DISCOVER THE EVOLUTION OF DAMON--A lot has happened at Damon.

Some of you have been along for the ride from the start, while others joined us more recently. Either way, we appreciate your support!

With that, here are some highlights of the road so far and what's to come.

Dreaming of Zero Crash Fatalities
After crashing a motorcycle in Jakarta, Founder & CEO, Jay Giraud, saw the need to make motorcycling smarter, safer, and more personalized. He aimed to achieve zero crash fatalities on motorcycles by 2030.

It wasn't long before that dream started to become a reality.

Developing an AI-Enhanced Electric Motorcycle
Building a smart motorcycle did not happen overnight.

CoPilot™, Shift™, HyperDrive™, and the rest of our proprietary technology developed over several prototypes, from our very first lidar bike to the ones you see on our website and social media.

Unveiling the HyperSport

The flagship HyperSport made its successful debut at CES 2020, taking home 2 awards with it! Since then, we have:

Introduced a total of 4 HyperSport models
Built the world's first 100% electric, multi-variant powertrain platform, HyperDrive™

Opened test ride applications

Started a private community, the Damon Lab
Launched a first-of-its-kind subscription model

Raised $30M in funding & secured over $30M in reservations

Developed a number of strategic partnerships, including Auteco Mobility

Growing a World Class Team

The incredible recognition we've received has allowed us to attract the best minds. Our highly-skilled and experienced team continues to further our mission to bring you the future of motorcycling.

And we're still hiring! Join us.

So What's Next?

As we ramp up towards production, you'll experience a brand new adventure with Damon - filled with merchandise, test rides, events, partnership announcements, new motorcycles, and much, much more.

Hang tight, it's gonna' be one hell of a ride!

We are excited to announce the worldwide release of David's new masterpiece, "True Grit". This stunning image is being offered in three sizes on canvas. Each print will be hand-signed by David, numbered and framed, with Certificate of Authenticity and nameplate.

"True Grit"
David Uhl 2021

As David recently commented, “I actually started this painting quite a while ago in gratitude for being allowed to bring the gallery to the Sturgis 2020 rally last year (find the motorcycles in the painting!). For obvious reasons, it was the only event the entire year and saved my family/employees from shutting down.

I attached some of the progress pics as it unfolded right up to displaying at the Governor’s mansion. The light on her horse “Ice Man” was what initially drew me to this image. It depicts South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem at the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park last year.

Many thanks to Rod and Marilyn at the Buffalo Chip for helping make this happen. A portion of all sales will go to Treasured Lives, a newer charity devoted to assisting the victims of human trafficking."

Print edition specifics:

** Image size 32x24, 250 plus 25 Artist Proofs and 25 Hors d' Commerce, $1,395 framed.

** Image size 40x30, 100 plus 15 Artist Proofs and 15 Hors d' Commerce, $2,095 framed.

** Image size 48x36, 50 plus 10 Artist Proofs and 10 Hors d' Commerce, $3,850 framed.

We are now taking orders. Please respond to this email or call me at 303-913-4840. Thanks and have a great week!


His cell phone rang in church by accident during prayers...

The Pastor scolded him.

The worshippers admonished him after prayer for interrupting the silence.

His wife kept on lecturing him on his carelessness till they reached home.

You could see the shame, embarrassment and humiliation on his face.

*He has never stepped foot in the church ever again.*

That evening, he went to a bar.

He was still nervous and trembling.

He spilled his drink on the table by accident.

The waiter apologized, gave him a napkin to clean himself up.

The janitor also mopped the floor.

The female manager offered him a complimentary drink.

She also gave him a huge hug and kissed him while saying "Don't worry man. Who doesn't make a mistake?"

*He has never stopped going to that bar since then*

*Management Lesson*

*"You can make a difference by how you treat people especially when they make mistakes."*

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International Wing
Bandit’s Cantina Bad Joke Library

Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.


Next week is 2021 AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, presented by Royal Enfield! Join us at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, July 23-25. We are excited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of On Any Sunday and to welcome you back to this amazing event.

Here are a few things you won't want to miss:
Lap for History – For a $10 donation, you can take your motorcycle on a parade lap around the road racing circuit.

Ashland Dinner Ride – Saturday, July 24. Space is limited. Register now.

Q&A with Grand Marshal and racing legend, David Aldana

Vendors and kid's activities in the Old Bike Barn Crossroads

Racing, racing and more racing. Register to race.

Acres and acres of motorcycle parts in the swap meet

Single-day tickets and weekend passes are available at View the event program at

INSPIRATION IS KEY--Some inspiration, new problems, new opportunities.

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." -- Thomas Jefferson

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties." -- Erich Fromm

"Never be afraid to be weird or go against the grain!"

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” -- G.K. Chesterton

"Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things." - Frank A. Clark

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." -- John Bingham

"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." -- Thomas A. Edison

"One moment can change a day. One day can change a life. One life can change the world."

Monk in Training
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At the base of the Gray Mountain
Badlands, SD

Buell Dominates the NHRA Nationals
[Denver, Colorado]: On July 16th, 2021, the NHRA Nationals Championship were wide open throttle off the starting line all weekend!

Buell® blew the Bike Pros out of the water with both Matt and Angie Smith on their Denso Buell® bikes taking 1st and 2nd place in the Bike Pro qualifiers.

Matt and Angie had a strong run both reaching the semifinals.

It didn’t stop there though, in the semifinals all 4 racers were on Buell® bikes. Matt Smith (Buell®) vs Andrew Hines (Buell®) and Angie Smith (Buell®) vs Eddie Krawiec (Buell RX®).

The semifinals were a tight race. Matt Smith took Hines by fractions of a second for the win, and Kraweic did the same to Smith.

"No doubt that Buell was King of the mountain this weekend in Denver, Qualifying #1 & #2 with Matt & Angie Smith on their Buell's was certainly a highlight of Saturday evening.

However, things got even better by Sunday evening as Matt Smith rode his Denso Buell to the winner’s circle, besting second place finisher Eddie Krawiec on his Vance & Hines Buell RX," said Steve Laham, Chief Product Officer at Buell Motorcycles.

After this weekend the new rankings for the NHRA Nationals are as follows: Matt Smith (Buell®) in 1st, Angie Smith (Buell®) in 6th, Eddie Krawiec (Buell RX®) in 7th and Andrew Hines (Buell RX®) in 11th.

Follow more Buell rider success at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals on July 23-25.
Visit the Buell website for the latest information at:

Rick Salisbury, owner of Legends Motorcycle Museum, has announced details for the 2022 “Legends and Legacies Memorial Run.”

Planned as a cross-country motorcycle endurance ride in memory of antique motorcycle enthusiast Lonnie Isam Jr. (Junior), the event will be held September 7 through September 25, 2022 and will feature antique motorcycles pre-dating 1922.

Junior was the visionary who led antique motorcycle riders across America four times before passing away in 2017 at age 48. Salisbury was friends with Junior and participated in all his endurance rides, except for the first in 2010.

Through his continued friendship with Junior’s parents, Lonnie Sr. and Marianne Isam, Salisbury became inspired to memorialize Junior’s legacy by following Junior’s last request – for his friends to go on a motorcycle ride in his memory in lieu of funeral services.

Now, five years after Junior’s passing, his friends are doing just that.

“We are beyond thrilled to have our son honored and remembered in this way,” Lonnie Sr. shared. “The 2022 Legends and Legacies Memorial Run will shine a light on Junior’s incredible legacy,” Marianne added.

Antique motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world will be invited to honor the individual who revitalized the sport of antique motorcycling by experiencing Junior’s first route while riding 100-year-old (or older) motorcycles.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2022 Legends and Legacies Motorcycle Endurance Memorial Run.

We will bring you a full report on all three vintage motorcycle cross-country rallies and how they work. It's in the works. --Bandit 

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--PARADISE BIKERNET WEELKY NEWS for July 15th, 2021


I have pretty much given up on my easy rider refund.

-- A.J.
DeLand, FL

THE SUICIDE ARCHIVES-- This was a lesson for me. Most photos seem to be from the other side with most of them being foot-shift. I don't know what I've done with all the personal photos I thought were there. It amazes me how few know what a jock shift is and how it came to be.

Still hearing the suicide shift misuse. Oh, the death of a thousand cuts.

--Sam Burns
Bikernet Historian™

CYCLE SOURCE CUSTOM BIKE SHOW—Be there! Be there! Be there!

Sunday, August 8, 2021
Registration 11AM to 3PM
Awards At 4PM

Free To Enter! Awards in 25 Classes, Best Of Show Wins A Rolling Chassis From Paughco And A Full Feature in Cycle Source!!

Chance To Win Prizes Just for Entering!

NEWS FROM THE BIKERNET BLOG EDITOR--1. Check out cool new electric motorcycle from Zero - their range of bikes under $12,000 are more relevant than the latest cheapest LiveWire costing $20,000.

2. Canada's increasing insurance prices for motorcycles causing poor sales.
-- Robb Hertzog, owner of the Regina

Motorcycle dealership Prairie Harley Davidson, estimates he’s lost well over $1 million worth of sales in 3 years.

Rick Bradshaw, owner of Schrader’s Motors says Prior to the insurance hike, more young women were taking an interest in the sport than ever before, but he believes expense has since reduced this trend.

“You can be a high-performance car enthusiast and buy a $100,000, loaded-up, 600 horsepower BMW car and you don’t pay any more for that car based on value … But for motorcyclists with the same zero clean record and no accidents, if that bike happens to have a bigger engine or more horsepower all of a sudden you’re penalized dramatically,” he said.

3. Here's a wild idea for Harley-Davidson - Maybe create TV shows the way He-Man cartoons was created to sell new action figures of a toy company? The way pro-wrestling heavyweight WWE has been producing Hollywood movies to promote their existing and new star wrestlers. That's where the motorcycle brand may be heading anyway.

Meanwhile Indian and Royal Enfield promote their racers and custom builders in USA to prove their motorcycle's worth.

H-D Museum X Limited Edition of Jason Momoa is not available for purchase anywhere except the company's website and at their museum building. So, it seems they are trying to promote the Museum to educate the masses about H-D's place in America, the culture and freedom, the motorcycle industry, etc.

Zero FXE launched: Review and Details

Motorcycle dealers in Canada blame rising insurance for drop in sales

Editorial Director
Bikernet Blog™

New, all leather exterior Dayroll. Click for Action!
New, all leather exterior Dayroll. Click for Action!

5-BALL RACING TRAVEL TIP OF THE WEEK—Sure, we’re promoting our Bedrolls and Dayrolls. If you’re making the run to the Badlands this year don’t forget tools.

Don’t hit the road without tools, some tools, even a handful of tools. Take tools for yourself and for any rider stuck beside the road. Don’t forget to stop and lend a hand.

Check out our threads, buckles and books.
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Will Smith - They don't build 'em like him anymore. Quintessential Biker movie legend! R.I.P.

Pauly D.
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Editor Response Thanks.
RE: Motorcycle dealers in Canada blame rising insurance costs for drop in sales: I smell what they're stepping in. Michigan No Fault PIP costs will make your wallet scream, even if you carry your own pre Medicare health insurance (Highmark BCBS and fees deducted from my pension every month) through a negotiated USW contract. SFD - Simply Fucking Deplorable we've allowed this Insurance scam/robbery by fountain pen by Michigan elected officials. After all - the other 49 states can't be wrong can they?

You find me a politician here in the State of Michigan, who will eliminate Michigan No Fault Insurance on the first day in office, and on day 2, I'll go buy a New Harley.

Buchanan, MI
Friday, July 23, 2021
Editor Response I'll work on that.
Hey Brother, I just read The heart of everything that is. Excellent book about Red cloud and the Dakota badlands. Actually, I heard it on audio books. a great app for book listening. Have a great weekend.

apple valley, CA
Friday, July 23, 2021
Editor Response Thanks much. I'll look it up. I love listening to books on road trips but in a 4-wheeler and not on a motorcycle. If I did surely I would ride off a cliff.

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