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On one hand life is nuts and frustrating, but on the other hand it can be completely nuts but inspiring.
Today is a perfect example. Hopefully the mainstream media will ultimately get it.

It’s about Climate Deniers. I’m not a scientist. I’m not a reporter for the Wall Street Journal, but the more I read, listen and watch about man-made climate change, the more I wonder who are the real deniers? Are they the guys who deny our roll in Climate Change? Are they the guys who deny the Agricultural Industry impact on our planet? Are they the peeps who deny global cooling (yes, in the early ‘80s there was a highly publicized threat)? Or are they the people who deny global warming? Or are they the folks who deny that our climate has been changing for millions of years whether we like it or not?
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Aeromach Shipping New Solo Rack for Victory Octane

Aeromach USA, LLC, a one-man motorcycle parts manufacturer located in Charlotte, N.C., is now shipping its Tribal Solo Rack for 2017 Victory Octane motorcycles.

The Octane rack is made of ¼-inch laser-cut aluminum with steel mounting bracket. The rack is finished in flat black powder coating. All stainless steel mounting hardware is included.

“The demand for Octane parts is growing and our solo rack is one of the first parts we will be developing for this exciting new motorcycle,” says Paul Aiken, owner of Aeromach.

Retail price is $125.99 and it can be ordered at many dealers, online at, or by calling 800-990-9392.

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It will blow your mind. The film that changes the climate
of debate on global warming.

Concerns about man-made global warming have consumed nearly all other environmental issues as proponents claim increasing carbon dioxide will result in a global catastrophe unless nations drastically reduces emissions.

Global warming has evolved to be blamed for a range of issues beyond just rising temperatures or sea levels. Now rising CO2 emission are said to cause floods, droughts, tornadoes, hurricanes and even maladies like prostitution, bar room brawls, airline turbulence and less snow or more snow, depending on the season.

More than a year in the making, Climate Hustle is now smashing onto the scene to rock the climate debate and set the record straight.

Produced by “CFACT Presents” and hosted by Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano, the film features prominent scientists from around the world who used to warn about the dangers of man-made global warming but have reexamined the evidence and have now grown more skeptical or become outright skeptics of man-made climate change fears.

The film is not a one-sided documentary with only one narrative presented. Instead, Climate Hustle comes alive to the viewer with archival video clips and news footage spanning over 40

The film presents both sides of the climate debate in an engaging and pop
culture-friendly way that walks viewers through the dire climate claims being made and examines them one by one.

Queensland new anti-biker laws passed - no club colours in public

A suite of proposed laws to replace controversial anti-biker legislation in the Australian state of Queensland has passed the state's hung parliament.
Labor's Serious and Organized Crime Legislation Amendment Bill passed late on Tuesday night , 44 votes to 41, with support from the two Katter's Australian Party MPs and Independent Billy Gordon.

The laws will largely replace the Liberal National Party's (LNP) anti-biker measures that were introduced after the now-infamous Broadbeach brawl in late 2013.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath said the framework struck the correct balance.

"The bill delivers a reform package that is both legally robust and operationally strong," she said.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her party's plan would focus on the criminality of individuals rather than the name of their club or group.

"Our laws will enable law enforcement officers to target the other forms of organised crime posing a problem in Queensland ... like paedophile rings in this state, like boiler room fraudsters," she said.

"Our laws are tougher, stronger, more robust and better able to be used by our law enforcement officers."

Police Minister Bill Byrne said his party's plans represented "the gold standard in consultation, transparency and intellectual rigor".

But opposition MPs said the government's review process was flawed because it simply questioned how existing laws could be repealed rather than examined their effectiveness.

"It was a closed shop review with a pre-determined outcome," Maroochydore MP Fiona Simpson said.

"What a debacle."

LNP leader Tim Nicholls defended his party's decision to act "quickly and decisively" after bikies crossed a line.

"The bikies will be back into bat, they will be back at the crease ready to hit out again," he warned.

For the LNP's Tracey Davis, the impact her party's crackdown had on catching drug dealers was pertinent.

"As a mother of a daughter who got caught up in substance abuse, methamphetamines, I will do everything and support any piece of legislation that goes towards getting drugs off our streets," she said.

The government's plan will increase the maximum penalties for child sex and fraud offences and replace the anti-association rule with a NSW-style consorting offence.

It will also make it illegal for club colours to be worn in any public space, rather than only in licensed premises.

The opposition's Surfers Paradise MP John-Paul Langbroek delivered a warning to Ms Palaszczuk as he opposed the reforms.

"We'll make Labor wear their soft on crime attitude like a crown of thorns all the way to polling day," he said.

The laws previously received endorsement from Police Commissioner Ian Stewart as "the strongest laws that possibly exist in Australia to tackle organized crime".

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Publishing leader Bonnier Motorcycle Group and Motorcyclist magazine today announced the national television premiere of the episodic motorcycle series “On Two Wheels,” which will air beginning Tuesday, December 6. The acclaimed show, which has experienced strong growth in its online form, is a lifestyle and travel series highlighting the adventuresome spirit of motorcycling in various exciting locales.

The first three episodes of “On Two Wheels” will air on beIN Sports at 7:30 p.m. eastern standard time on December 6, December 13 and December 20.

What began as a monthly web show covering everything from scooters to superbikes, “On Two Wheels” has grown to a syndicated series on platforms including MSN, Yahoo!, AOL, RiderTV and YouTube, where the show has more than 125,000 subscribers. Motorcyclist produced 12 episodes of “On Two Wheels” in 2016, which will soon be available in millions of homes via the cable network beIN Sports.

Co-hosted by two of the industry’s most enthusiastic riders, Motorcyclist magazine’s Ari Henning and Zack Courts, “On Two Wheels” aims to entertain, inform and inspire riders from all corners of motorcycling. In the first episode, host Greg White (Fox/SPEED) explores Henning and Courts’ unique friendship and working relationship, before focusing on a shootout comparison between a scooter, automatic motorcycle and conventional motorcycle.

Bonnier Corp. is owned by Sweden-based Bonnier AB, a multichannel media conglomerate operating in 15 countries.


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Eat it, drink it, or burn it as fuel?

Technical Editor Kevin Cameron shares his wealth of motorcycle knowledge, experiences, insights, history, and much more.

The introduction to a book on bartending once began, referring to ethyl alcohol, “Mankind has been systematically poisoning himself for 50,000 years.” To this we can add the present controversies over E15 and higher-percentage gasoline-ethanol blends.

Plastic Ducati gas tanks have absorbed ethanol sufficient to swell, making it almost impossible to free them from the frame rails. Plastic or rubber fuel system parts can do the same, causing carburetor or fuel quantity floats to sink and possibly resulting in leakage.

Upon removing carb float bowls, we may find sludgy green deposits. Operators of passive-fuel-system engines (those that cannot automatically adjust their own mixture) say they’ve had “ethanol lean-out”, leading to overheating and seizure. How?

Ethyl alcohol contains only 2/3 as much energy per gallon as gasoline hydrocarbons do, so the more alcohol you add to motor gasoline, the leaner your mixture becomes.

With E10, the lean-out effect is 1/3 of the 10% ethanol, or 3.3% - easily covered by the safely rich condition of most street-operated carburetion. Carburetors had to be set rich enough to be safe in the coldest anticipated conditions (air density increases but fuel density remains constant, which is a lean condition), so they operated comfortably rich in warm weather.

But with E15 and higher levels of alcohol addition, the percentage of lean-out becomes greater and the cooling effect of excess fuel is lost, causing combustion temperature to rise. This is the problem of carbureted engines run on E15 and higher.

Clearly, if E15 is a pump option only, the buyer can take care to select a fuel safe for his/her vehicle. But a fear exists that availability of E15 signals a Federal trend away from fuels (E10) that are relatively safe for engines with passive fuel systems. This would imply a future in which such vehicles could be operated only on expensive specialist fuels such as racing gasoline.

There are limits to ethanol use even in the case of fuel injection. As we add ethanol, the mixture leans, but the oxygen sensor in the exhaust detects the change and enriches the mixture in proportion. Sounds good – where’s the problem?

The problem is that vehicle makers size their fuel injectors for the anticipated fuel. If the fuel changes so that greater volumes must be injected, eventually the flow limit of the injector is reached. Beyond that point, the oxy sensor, computer, and fuel system can no longer keep up with the drop in fuel energy as we add more and more ethanol. Again, the result is enleanment. To cover this possibility, vehicle manufacturers generally forbid the use of alcohol blends higher than E10.

Some vehicles are not limited in this way – the so-called ‘Flex-Fuel’ vehicles. Their fuel systems are designed to be able to cope with high-alcohol blends such as E85. The added cost of this fuel flexibility is buried in the generally higher price of such vehicles.

As you may have noticed, Flex-Fuel vehicles are often large. Normally, if a maker wants to produce a high-profit luxury SUV, which uses twice the fuel of the usual econobox, it must comply with CAFÉ standards (CAFÉ = Corporate Average Fuel Economy) by producing a great many more economical vehicles so that the average economy of that maker’s fleet averages out to meet the standard. But a deal was made; if the heavy vehicle was built as Flex Fuel (making possible operation on lower-emissions alcohol-rich blends such as E85), then 100 such heavy vehicles could legally be counted as a smaller number. Who could resist?

But wait – how did we get into adding ethanol to motor gasoline in the first place? Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s there were hundreds of thousands of old carbureted vehicles on the nation’s highways. In their carburetors, fuel metering needles and the orifices in which they operated had worn in use, making fuel mixtures richer and increasing emissions of unburned hydrocarbons. Was there a way to fix this?

Yes there was – to dilute motor fuel (especially in smoggy urban areas) with a low-energy-content ether – MTBE. Thus began the use of so-called “oxygenated fuels.” What this term actually means is that such fuels are partially burned (that is, partially combined with oxygen), somewhat reducing their content of chemical energy.

The MTBE program began with great enthusiasm and purpose, constructing specialized plants for making the stuff. Then came a terrible blow; MTBE was not decomposed by soil bacteria as normal fuel hydrocarbons were. It persisted in ground water for long distances, appearing in drinking water. Screech, the MTBE program was quietly halted. In its place was put ethyl alcohol.

Ethanol is an excellent fuel, which strongly resists detonation. The power gain achieved on 100% alcohol (which has long been used in Australian motorcycle racing) comes not from its energy content, which is low (see above), but from its high heat of evaporation. As alcohol evaporates, it takes heat from the air with which it is mixed, refrigerating that air and increasing its density such that a greater weight of fuel/air mixture will fit into engine cylinders.

Although alcohols cause slow swelling of the familiar plastic ‘Plexiglas’, they are listed as very compatible with nitrile rubber, a common seal material. This apparent easy solution is denied us by the fact that gasolines now contain large percentages of aromatic compounds (toluene, xylene, xylidene) which are not compatible with nitrile rubber. Choice of fuel system elastomers is tricky.

Further, quoting from the Owen and Coley “Automotive Fuels Handbook”, “Methanol and ethanol are corrosive to many of the metals that are used in conventional fuel systems such as terne plating used in fuel tanks (a lead/tin coating on steel), aluminum, copper, brass, magnesium and die cast zinc. “Elastomers and plastic components can also be attacked. Carburetor and fuel gage floats are often made of plastic and have been known to swell and stick. Fiber gaskets can be softened and fuel hoses and pump diaphragms can swell or harden and crack.”

What this means is that the nature of motor gasoline should not be arbitrarily changed by government administrators without the most detailed consultation with the vehicle industry. Because motorcycles are greatly outnumbered by cars, it is possible that this consultative process may not include their manufacturers.

Why not just require all vehicles made after a certain date to be Flex-Fuel? First of all, any added system adds cost. An engine optimized for E85 would have a compression ratio too high for operation on ordinary gasoline, but with compression set at the high limit for gasoline fuel, when running on E85 we’d be throwing away some fuel economy which higher compression could have delivered. A vehicle returning a fuel mileage of 30-mpg on gasoline would deliver more like 22-mph on E85. The take-away here is that engines cannot be optimized across the range from common E10 to E85. A compromise is always present.

We have recently seen a proposal to build engines which could break this compromise – engines able to vary their compression ratio while operating. Certainly this is possible – the standard laboratory CFR knock-test engine has had this feature for seven decades – but it would add substantially to the cost, weight and complexity of engines.

The following label has been approved by EPA for placement on pumps capable of dispensing E15 fuel:

Like so many other things, the E15 controversy has acquired political aspects. Quoting from a USDA site; “Strong demand for ethanol production has resulted in higher corn prices and has provided incentives to increase corn acreage.”

Another USDA site gives figures for 2016 averaging just over 38% as the fraction of US corn now devoted to ethanol production.

You get the picture. Environmentalists are delighted at this use of corn because it satisfies their desire to see renewable energy sources replace fossil sources. The petroleum industry sees a gallon of fuel ethanol as 2/3 of a gallon of gasoline they don’t sell. A factory farming organization will naturally seek to increase the percentage of ethanol in motor gasoline. Think of being a Congressperson, deafened by the roar of all this lobbying. Is there any such thing as “right”? Or has right come to mean “what I want” while wrong means “what my opponents want”?

Still others see conversion of corn to ethanol as the institutionalizing of hunger in the form of “burning food.” Could it be, as claimed by some big-picture pundits, that the world-wide rise in food prices in part cause by conversion of corn to ethanol led to the social unrest and revolutions now referred-to as “Arab Spring?”

It’s giving me a headache. What do we do? We read and understand what it says on the pump before filling up. We write to our Congresspersons to let them know our concerns.

Happy motoring.

--By Kevin Cameron
Cycle World

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Bikers for Trump secure space for inauguration amid several planned protests

Groups planning to protest President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next month monopolized the National Park Service permits to use public spaces around Washington during the event — until Bikers for Trump showed up.

Bikers for Trump founder Chris Cox said he had to negotiate with National Park Service officials to find space for the motorcyclists because anti-Trump groups had scooped up nearly every location for their “disruption” events surrounding the Jan. 20 inauguration.

By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

The 35,000 Troops Deployed in the Middle East Think So. Read On...

"...My name is SSG T.J., US Army. I received a care package from you all today and I can't put into words how much it means to me and my fellow soldiers, nor can I describe the positive impact it has on the morale of my unit.

All the candy, socks, and supplies are wonderful and definitely needed but what really hits home for us are the letters. It's easy to forget why we do what we do especially after being in the service for several years. But words like that remind us all of the reason that we raised our right hand.

Thank you to everyone involved." - Email received on December 3, 2016

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As always thanks for the props on Operation Gratitude - Means a lot - especially when a lonesome soldier receives a box of USA goodies & a handwritten appreciation note from caring people who really value America's treasures. In the words of Operation Gratitude's founder & president, Carolyn Blashek, "What could be more important than supporting our troops."

Also, sorry about your mom, but send-off looks good & from what you wrote about her, I'm thinking she approves....

G-d bless.

South Bay, CA
Monday, December 12, 2016
Editor Response Thanks brother.
I liked the part about your mom .... sure she was proud of her son

south louisiana, LA
Monday, December 12, 2016
Editor Response Thanks Brother, means a lot. She was amazing.
Hey Bandit, I saw that you were going to do a article about the fuel pumps on newer Harleys. Well , I have my own story, I have an '04 Road king, and when it got down to about half tank it would start to cut out and stumble, fill the tank and it would go away.

So I take the fuel pump-fuel filter assy out to change the fuel filter. I discovered Harley made one of the fuel lines too long and was rubbing against the inside of the tank, putting a small pin hole in the hose. Went to the dealer and got the updated hose assy, changed the fuel filter and haven't had a bit of trouble with it since.

The hose is a hard plastic material that is real tuff to install, gotta press hard to get it on. Harley never sent me a letter about this problem, but when I got to the dealer, they knew of it and had shorter hoses. You gotta buy the complete assy, because it the only way the sell it. Hope this helps.

Jake walraven
apple valley, CA
Friday, December 9, 2016
Editor Response Helps a lot, and I will make sure Howard knows about this.

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