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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Berry Green, Bob T.. Laura, Bill Bish, the Redhead, J.J. Solari, and the rest of the gang.

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The news is packed with action
, cool shit and freedom fighter updates. There could be something very special coming, but I can’t say just yet, so I’m on the edge of my seat. Keep the faith and freedom alive.

Let’s hit the news. I’ll let you know what I’ve been up to in the shop at the end:

May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.
May 27th, noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Deadwood Mountain Grand.

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.


It’s hard to believe we’re less than 2 months away from the 100th Laconia Motorcycle Week!

The celebration of the century starts June 10th and we’d hate for you to be left out because you waited until the last minute to make your lodging reservations. Although rooms in the Lakes Region are becoming hard to find, we’re hearing you can still find availability just minutes away.

We urge you to visit the lodging page on our website to find that perfect hotel, motel, condo or campground to accommodate you and your riding companions.

If you can’t stay right here in Laconia, not to worry. Part of the fun of being at Motorcycle Week is getting here. Consider staying in the neighboring Dartmouth/Sunapee, Monadnock, White Mountains, Seacoast or Great North Woods regions and taking in the many covered bridges, mountains and scenic vistas on your commute to Laconia! Visit website to find out more.


Thanks For Joining Us, Let's Ride!

We’re stoked to see you! Here's a little bit about us. Our mission is to supply the highest-quality original and aftermarket antique motorcycle parts through expert sourcing and cutting-edge manufacturing processes that create stronger, more reliable products. Between an unrivaled stock and a seasoned team of engineers and mechanics, Competition Distributing has emerged as a driving force in keeping antique bikes road-ready.

Rooted in rural Pennsylvania, we ship products across the globe. Since our inception in 1968, our team has worked tirelessly to supply people with the highest-quality original and aftermarket parts to foster a stronger culture and community around antique motorcycles. With one-of-a-kind service and a sweeping stock of original and aftermarket parts, we're fortunate to make good on our commitment every day.

For everyone at Competition Distributing, both past and present, motorcycles are more than just a mode of transportation. They’re symbols of freedom, friendship, and passion.

"They sell very early Harley parts. I bought motormount bolts for a 1913 Harley." --Bandit


On April 13th, the Wisconsin State Assembly Committee on State Affairs voted to pass AB141 and AB142 out of committee and on to the floor for a full Assembly vote to be scheduled. These bills would prevent any state government, local government, or agency, from banning the sale or use of combustion engine vehicles or devices.

ABATE of Wisconsin presented this proposed legislature during our annual Lobby Day in March of this year. Although this is a big win for protecting motorcycling as we know it, the vote was not unanimous as we did not have support from the Democrats on the Committee. Protecting combustion engine vehicles as well as ATV’s, snowmobiles, small engines, and farming machinery is very important to us until technology advances enough to give a consumer confidence that an alternative fuel driven device will satisfy what they need the device for.

ABATE will continue to work with both sides of the aisle to ensure that a consumer in Wisconsin will not lose their right to purchase a device with an energy source that they do not feel will function as needed, because of regulations created in the State.

Please help us protect our combustion engine motorcycles by using this link to let your legislators know that this legislation is important to you as a constituent. The letter is drafted, all you need to do is add your name and address and a letter will be sent on your behalf.

Thank you

--Steve Panten
ABATE of Wisconsin – Legislative Committee Chair


A “must-see” in the biker’s rights community, this year’s NCOM Convention is scheduled for Father’s Day weekend, June 16-18, 2023 at the Hilton Phoenix-Tempe, so don’t miss this opportunity to empathize with hundreds of fellow concerned riders coming together from across America for the “Betterment of Biking”!

Register online at or by calling the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) at (800) 525-5355, and be sure to reserve your hotel room now by calling (480) 967-1441, and mention NCOM for our Special Room Rate.

--Bill Bish

See Bill’s complete April Legislative Report right here on Bikernet:


I just saved a buddy of mine from total embarrassment. We were at a bar and he was drinking Bud Lite. When he wasn't looking, I immediately switched brands. It's called the Heineken Maneuver.

--J.J. Solari

NEW FROM THE BDL CREW--Adjustable Competitor Clutch

BDL’s CC-100-S Competitor clutch is a perfect upgrade for your early Harley. Designed specifically for 1936-1984 Big Twins it allows for quick spring tension adjustment to accommodate big horsepower engines or reducing lever pull.

Big horsepower run all 9 springs and if you’re looking for a lighter lever pull go with 6. Insuring a precision yet no hassle fit, the billet hub is a soft press fit into the early basket.

100% manufactured by BDL in the USA, the updated Competitor is a welcome addition to the company’s extensive line of award winning Harley-Davidson compatible clutch and drive components. Check them out at

--Bob Clark


Technically, all types of natural honey cannot expire because honey doesn’t spoil on its own. (More on why below.)

Honey can and will, however, change. It can change color from pale to dark. It can start clear and become cloudy. And, most peskily, its texture can change from smooth and thin to thick and grainy in a process called crystallization. Thankfully, though, none of these changes make the honey bad or unsafe to eat!

There is an important exception to this rule. If honey is exposed to moisture, it can ferment and spoil, which will be immediately obvious: smelly, sour, moldy and utterly unappetizing.

What is the difference between an Antimicrobial and an Antibiotic? • Antimicrobials act against a wide variety of organisms while antibiotics act only against bacteria. • Antimicrobials include antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-helminths, and anti-protozoa. Unlike most antimicrobials, resistance is a problem with antibiotics.

Whether right or wrong, many believe that mead has close ties to the post-marriage celebration and is the reason we have the term "Honeymoon" to this day. Within many cultures including Welsh, German, and Scandinavian mead was often consumed during the wedding celebration as a toast to the bride and groom.

Mead was also believed to promote fertility and virility. From that ritual and belief sprouted the term "honeymoon." The honey feature The earliest meads were made from local honey, water, and yeast. Yet honey was among the original sweeteners for wine. Therefore, even today, some mead is also made with grapes or other fruits

--Sam Burns

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Regarding the article "Books By K. Randall Ball," can we just wait for the movie?

--Ruben Serrano
Sinton, Texas

"Believe me, I’m waiting and currently in negotiations on two projects." --Bandit


SAY HELLO TO THE EPA MOTOR COMPANY--Say goodbye to freedom.

History may someday record today as the beginning of the end of the internal combustion engine – and of individual liberty in the U.S.

According to news reports, the EPA is scheduled to release proposed auto emissions standards today on new car sales so stringent that the only way for automakers to meet them would be to shift two-thirds of their fleet to electric.

But wait. How can a regulatory agency do that? Consumers aren’t demanding electric cars. Lawmakers didn’t vote to force them on the public. The Environmental Protection Agency knows better, though, and, unless it’s neutered, plans to force EVs on you – for your own good.

As the Washington Post helpfully explains, “while the rule changes wouldn’t order or require auto companies to sell a certain number of electric vehicles, it would set emissions limits so tightly the only way to comply would be to sell large percentages of EVs.”

To be clear, we are not talking about air pollution. We are talking about emissions of carbon dioxide, which is not a pollutant but which the EPA has assumed the power to regulate.

The stated goal is to have up to 67% of new cars sold by 2032 be fully electric. (Today, EVs make up a tiny 6% of auto sales.)

The EPA’s latest salvo has put the auto industry in a bind. Having leaped into bed with environmental radicals and the Biden administration in years past, it now finds itself at the mercy of the federal government when it comes to what cars it will be allowed to sell.

The Washington Post notes that “The most aggressive options in the EPA’s proposal are so stringent that many automakers, especially those slowest to adopt electric cars and trucks, will see it as more aggressive than what they can realistically meet.”

We hate to say we told you so, but we told you so. Back in 2011, when we were with the now-defunct IBD editorials page. That year, automakers lined up to support the Obama administration’s ridiculously strict 54.5 miles per gallon fuel-economy standard, which was also designed to force-feed electric cars into the market. Instead of fighting, automakers bent the knee.

“Whatever their reason for caving in to White House demands,” we observed at the time, “the fact is that carmakers have just handed over their businesses lock, wheel, and engine to the dictates of government bureaucrats and global warming enthusiasts.”

Today, we will make another prediction.

That is: The EPA’s move will set off an intra-industry battle, with companies that have already sold their corporate souls to the climate change crowd “heroically” fighting for stricter EV mandates, while those that want to sell cars consumers demand will plead for regulatory leniency and get branded as heretics.

We also predict that none of these automakers will have the stones to argue that this entire socialistic campaign is horribly misguided. That it is a vast overreach of government power. That it is an affront to our basic liberties. That it will cost consumers a fortune. That it will be massively disruptive. And that, even if the EPA gets its way, it will achieve nothing climate-wise.

And that no matter how many concessions automakers make, climate hysterics will never be satisfied … until private ownership of cars is completely outlawed.

Can the EPA be stopped? Yes, but only if consumers rise up and demand an end to this regulatory dictatorship.

— by Issues Insights Editorial Board

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Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
Keep skunks, bankers, and politicians at a distance.
Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
Words that soak into your ears are whispered, not yelled.
The best sermons are lived, not preached.
If you don't take the time to do it right, you'll find the time to do it twice.
Don't corner something that is meaner than you.
Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
You cannot unsay a cruel word.
Every path has a few puddles.
When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
Don't be banging your shin on a stool that's not in the way.
Borrowing trouble from the future doesn't deplete the supply.
Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
Silence is sometimes the best answer.
Don‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin' you none.
Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
The biggest troublemaker you’ll ever have to deal with watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
Always drink upstream from the herd.
Good judgment comes from experience, and most of that comes from bad judgment.
Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

--El Waggs
Associate Editor™

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Plead the fifth.



Bikers inside the Beltway – Since the late eighties, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and motorcyclists’ rights advocates have journeyed to Capitol Hill on behalf of the nation’s motorcyclists. Since 2009 and the inception of Bikers inside the Beltway, the journey matches the MFR’s immediate and long-range legislative goals.

Bikers inside the Beltway 2023 will not deviate from the MRF’s purpose – Standing on and holding common ground to protect the rights of all motorcyclists.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) response to the request from Congress, and initiated by the MRF, to provide the agency’s direction regarding protecting all highways users and especially motorcyclists from the perils of autonomous vehicles being driven without the driver’s full attention to traffic was less than stellar.

The words of former U.S. Representative David Price from North Carolina may well apply to the recent efforts of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation “... Understand that not every battle can be won on the first try and that politics is a matter of striking a balance between ... compromising and finding common ground where you can and fighting where you must.”

The MRF found common ground among the nation’s state motorcyclist rights organizations, motorcycle club members, and all freedom loving motorcyclists who, as the Motorcycle Profiling Project demonstrates, are susceptible to being profiled while riding a motorcycle.

Although anti-profiling language was included in the mega funding legislation signed into law in December, the MRF will remain diligent in assisting SMROs pass anti-profiling legislation at the state level.

The MRF’s victories, realized in the waning hours of the 117th Congress in December, drive home Congressman Price’s words, and demonstrate the positive results from standing on and holding common ground. Those victories came from the year-after-year vigilance of MRF members writing, calling, and meeting with members of Congress during the Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s annual Bikers inside the Beltway.

Now is the time for you to make plans to attend Bikers inside the Beltway – May 15 & 16, 2023.

As in years past, Bikers inside the Beltway will be dual-faceted to accommodate in-person visits to Congress plus visits to local district offices.

To ensure that the mission of getting our message to Congress continues to be successful, please consider the following:
  • Make your appointments locally or in Washington.
  • Familiarize yourself with the briefing points.
  • Confirm your appointment locally or in Washington.
  • Virtual or in person, make notes on your meeting.
  • Share your meeting notes with the MRF.
In conjunction with Bikers inside the Beltway, a meeting of the MRF Board of Directors takes place on May 15 at the Embassy Suites, 1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia. Rooms are available through the hotel direct line 703-684-5900 and use reference code MRF.

Bikers inside the Beltway is an essential element of the MRF’s grassroots activism. Rooms are limited and the cut-off date is rapidly approaching. Act now to attend the pre-event briefing and Q&A for visits to Congress, scheduled for 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 15. Briefing packets and “leave behinds” will be available during the briefing.

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s Bikers inside the Beltway — May 15 & 16, 2023.

Thank you for your commitment.

Yours in Freedom,

--Fredric Harrell

MRF Director of Conferences & Events


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I would call that Bowie, Big iron but that is just me , not mine a gift to the big guy. My reason why you ask or not and it comes from one of my fav western songs.

Big iron was a Marty Robbin's song .A song about old El Paso .A true cowboy song .The only thing left to think is what would John Wayne say? I know what Bandit would say Hey boy mind your own business.

Torrance, CA
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Editor Response The sheath is off to the master Howard Knight for engraving and then I will have a local gun engraver match the knife to the sheath.

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