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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T. Sam Burns, the Redhead, Laura, Gearhead, Rhys, Rogue,

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I wrote to the former President Trump about unity and bringing the country together.
I’m all about progress, enlightenment and unity and not about blame. I guess, if anyone was going to seriously investigate our issues, they would be funneled in the direction of our media.

So, I’m driving into Sturgis the other day and because I bought a Bikernet Billboard for the rally I looked at billboard row as I entered town. It’s sorta strange, like suddenly there are maybe a dozen billboards, six on each side of the Highway 14a within just 100 yards of road. Most of the ads are for the Deadwood Casinos like Cadillac Jacks or the American Roadhouse in downtown Sturgis. But suddenly one popped out. This image shows a smaller version of the same billboard.

It bothered me. I spoke to a leader inside the Climate Science realm and be said this group (WWF funded by Coca Cola) was posting these things and of course they are wrong. There are no offshore oil rigs near Polar Bears. Plus, just so you know, there are more Polar Bears now than ever. I called the billboard company and discovered this political statement was a PSA, a public service announcement. That means no charge, free.

The attack on the fossil fuel industry is crazy, interesting, ignorant, misguided and political bullshit. I may post a billboard contrary to this one, just to educate folks who are being pushed around by these bullies. For instance, if fossil fuels went away, people would die, not just a few folks but lots of folks and more would suffer because of a lack of medical supplies and medicines. And did you know CO2 is not a pollutant, not at all, so how did they get it all so wrong and try to make us all feel like we are doing wrong? More on this later. Let’s hit the news.

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The Vance & Hines Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust features a new badge designed specifically for the company's off-road products.
The Vance & Hines Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust features a new badge designed specifically for the company's off-road products.

VANCE & HINES-- Enters ADV Motorcycle Segment With Exhaust
for Harley-Davidson Pan America Motorcycles

System Delivers More Power, More Torque and Increased Rider Comfort

Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy tests the new Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust on a Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle. The launch of the new exhaust signals Vance & Hines entry into the off-road market.
Vance & Hines President Mike Kennedy tests the new Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust on a Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle. The launch of the new exhaust signals Vance & Hines entry into the off-road market.

Vance & Hines, America's premier manufacturer of motorcycle performance products, today announced the launch of its exhaust system for the new Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle. This slip-on exhaust takes Vance & Hines into a new segment of the industry, adventure bikes (ADV), which is experiencing significant world-wide growth. The offering for the Harley-Davidson Pan America precedes additional Vance & Hines systems being designed to fit other popular ADV models.

The Vance & Hines Adventure Hi-Output 450 delivers a performance increase of five foot-pounds of torque and over five horsepower versus the bike’s stock exhaust. It reduces the overall weight of the Revolution Max-powered Harley by nearly six pounds. The product is designed with V&H’s distinctive look, a massive 4.5" stepped, high-output canister constructed of 304 grade stainless steel with a brushed finish and a ceramic-coated, CNC-machined, billet aluminum end cap. The riveted badge showcases a new laser engraved logo graphic which will be used on all Vance & Hines ADV and off-road products.

For rider comfort, the mid-pipe has been designed to improve rider’s boot clearance while standing on the pegs.

The system delivers a Vance & Hines signature exhaust note while meeting the SAE Standard J2825 sound levels. It maintains the bike's 50-state emissions compliance.

"This is an important launch for Vance & Hines," said company President Mike Kennedy. "In addition to being a great exhaust for an outstanding motorcycle, the new Adventure Hi-Output 450 product moves us into a whole new category. ADV bikes are a hot market, and we are bringing Vance & Hines performance, style and sound to the category. In the coming months we'll be delivering greater exhilaration to riders of all the most popular ADV bikes in the market."

Vance & Hines launched the Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust for the new Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle this week. This is Vance & Hines' first adventure motorcycle product, leading the company's entry into the off-road category.
Vance & Hines launched the Adventure Hi-Output 450 exhaust for the new Harley-Davidson Pan America motorcycle this week. This is Vance & Hines' first adventure motorcycle product, leading the company's entry into the off-road category.

“We are making a significant investment in the off-road segment,” Kennedy continued. “Our R&D capabilities are already expanding in preparation for our growth in this category.”

The new Vance & Hines exhaust is compatible with Harley-Davidson factory saddlebags. A US Forestry Spark Arrestor will be available as an add-on for riders traveling off road.

The Vance & Hines Adventure Hi-Output 450 Exhaust System for Pan America will be available through retail outlets in October. Retail price is $599.95.

Vance & Hines is based in Santa Fe Springs CA and has its Racing Development Center in Brownsburg IN. Learn more about the company's history and products at

--Steve Piehl, Authentic CX, LLC,

WELCOME TO THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--A fourth-grade teacher asked the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came up - fireman, mechanic, businessman, salesman... and so forth. However, little Justin was being uncharacteristically quiet, so when the teacher prodded him about his father, he replied,

“My father's an exotic dancer in a gay cabaret and takes off all his clothes to music in front of other men and they put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is really good, he will go home with some guy and stay with him all night for money.”

The teacher, obviously shaken by this statement, hurriedly set the other children to work on some exercises and took little Justin aside. "Is that really true about your father?" “No," the boy said, "He works for the Democratic National Committee and helped to get Biden elected, but it's too embarrassing for me to say that in front of the other kids.”

--from Sam Burns
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina™

FIT FOR 55--What Do The European Climate Plans Mean For Motorcycling?

The European Commission proposes policies fit for reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. FEMA’s Dolf Willigers explains what the European Commission’s ‘Fit for 55' plans could mean for us motorcyclists.

On 14 July 2021, the European Commission presented its ambitious package ‘Fit for 55’. A total of 12,000 (!) pages of plans and measures, including twelve new regulations, all aimed at one goal: to make the European Union climate-neutral in 2050. According to the Commission, road transport emits almost 20% of the greenhouse gasses (mainly CO2) in Europe and is, as only sector, still on the rise. No wonder that some of the measures the Commission published are aimed at the reduction of CO2 emissions from road traffic.

In 2030 all new sold cars and vans must have 0% CO2 tailpipe emissions. In 2050 the CO2 emissions of all vehicles must be reduced with 90% compared to 1990. Although the Commission claims technical neutrality, with the present state of techniques, this means that from 2030 only battery or hydrogen powered electric cars and vans can be sold. Before that, tailpipe emissions of cars and vans must be reduced with respectively 55% and 50% (on the average fleet) from 2030, instead of respectively 37.5% and 31%. From 2035 the reduction will be 100%.

You may have noticed that I did not mention motorcycles. This is because in all 12,000 pages of plans motorcycles are not mentioned at all. However, this does not mean that ‘Fit for 55’ does not affect motorcyclists. The 90% reduction in CO2 gasses is for all road transport, including motorcycles. It is just a matter of numbers.

Because of the low part of emissions by all powered two-wheelers compared to other vehicles, the Commission seems it not feasible to mention them yet. They couldn’t be squeezed into 12,000 pages. They are also no part of the Regulation (EU) 2019/631 that concerns the CO2 emission performance standards for new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Does this mean that motorcycles are out of the loop? I doubt it.

Just look at what happened in the UK, also on the 14th of July. On the same day that Frans Timmermans presented his ‘Fit for 55’ package, the Department for transport (DfT) of the United Kingdom announced that from 2035 “All new L-category vehicles (have) to be fully zero emissions at the tailpipe”. L-category vehicles means motorcycles, mopeds, and light three- and four-wheelers. This contrary to earlier announcement of the British government that motorcycles were not in the scope in a plan to end the sale of new petrol fueled vehicles in the UK by 2030.

‘Fit for 55’ is a whole package of plans. Motorcycles may not have been included (yet) in these plans but there is more to come. Part of the plan is a revision of the European Emission Trading system (EU ETS). The plan is to create a parallel EU ETS for emissions from fossil fuels that are used in combustion engines for road transport, heating of buildings, maritime transport. In other words: the petrol that you use to fuel your motorcycle will be part of the ETS. This may well affect the price of petrol, but if this is really the case is not to be seen yet and will probably differ per member state.

Does this all mean that after 2035 we can only buy battery- of hydrogen-powered motorcycles? That must be seen. Look at the answer to our question about electric motorcycles in April 2021 by ACEM General Secretary Antonio Perlot. The motorcycle industry predicts that for urban use battery electric (small) motorcycles and scooters are the most logical choices. Already some manufacturers are working on a system with swappable batteries.

But he also wrote: “decarbonisation does not necessarily go through electrification.”. This means that the industry is also looking at technical developments to make motorcycle engines more economic and emit less greenhouse gasses (CO2) and pollution. It also means, as vocalized again by Perlot in an online debate on 14 July 2021, that the motorcycle industry looks at other alternatives for petrol like e-fuels and biofuels for larger motorcycles that are often used for leisure. These could be good and ‘clean’ alternatives for petrol and electricity.

FEMA’s General Secretary Dolf Willigers

Here’s an interesting fact. Greenhouse gas is 95 percent water vapor and maybe 3 percent C02, which is absolutely good for life on earth and has little or no effect on our climate, oops. --Bandit

Motorcycle Event Q: “Chaos” Or “Joy?"
EastCoastin organizers Sal Fusco and Gabe Canestri Jr.: This event is going ahead.
Mayor Justin Elicker and Chief Dominguez: Prepare for arrests.
by Thomas Breen

Dueling press conferences in the Annex Wednesday painted an upcoming motorcycle event as a potential scene of disruptive and illegal “chaos”—or one of safe and controlled “joy.”

Both sides seemed to agree on at least one point: Like it or not, thousands of motorcyclists will be descending on Forbes Avenue Saturday. So, get ready, New Haven.

Those press conferences took place back-to-back Wednesday morning outside of the New Haven Police Department substation at 830 Woodward Ave.

The first was held by Mayor Justin Elicker and Interim Police Chief Renee Dominguez. The second held by EastCoastin founders and organizers Gabe Canestri Jr. and Sal Fusco.

The annual event is slated to take place this Saturday. That’s when city officials and EastCoastin organizers expect up to 3,000 motorcyclists from across the country to ride down to the Hole in the Wall motorcycle club on Forbes Avenue, and to fill the Annex’s surrounding industrial streets.

Police have sought to discourage people from attending by posting on social media that the event has been “cancelled.” The organizers have insisted on social media that, whatever the NHPD says, the event is still taking place.

Mayor, Police: “If We Need To Charge, We Will”
Backed by a half-dozen white-shirted police supervisors, Elicker and Dominguez took one more stab at convincing EastCoastin organizers and attendees to stay home on Saturday.

“We want to make absolutely clear that this event is not permitted and will not be tolerated,” Elicker said.

“New Haven is a place where people deserve to feel safe. They deserve to have a high quality of life. We are telling people: Do not come to this event. Do not come to this event if you care about New Haven’s public safety. Do not come to this event if you care about the fact that we’re devoting police resources to this event [that could be directed elsewhere.] Do not come to this event if you respect our city.”

Both Elicker and Dominguez acknowledged, however, that—despite their admonitions—thousands of motorcyclists will likely be coming to Forbes Avenue anyway this weekend, just as they’ve done for each of the past five years.

Dominguez estimated that 10,000 people attended last year’s EastCoastin event. She described the event as “disruptive,” and then backtracked on that word, saying it was too “kind” of a way to describe what happened.

“There was a lot of chaos,” she said. “There was a lot of individuals not following the law.”

She and the mayor said that New Haven will have a “significant” police presence in and around Forbes Avenue on Saturday.

“Parking will be enforced,” Dominguez said. “Ticketing and towing will be enforced. And, if necessary, arrests will be made.”

Arrests for what kinds of offenses?

For everything from motor vehicle violations to, potentially, “inciting a riot,” Dominguez said. She said the NHPD is in contact with the state’s attorney’s office about what kinds of charges might be appropriate for what kinds of activity wind up taking place at the EastCoastin event.

Dominguez said that the local police department issued warrants for “several individuals after the fact” following last year’s EastCoastin event. “If we need to charge, we will,” she said about this year’s gathering.

Hill Alder Carmen Rodriguez said that EastCoastin doesn’t affect just the Annex. Its impact ripples out citywide.

She said she was on Long Wharf during last year’s EastCoastin event and saw thousands of motorcyclists, many revving their engines and riding to and from the Annex.

“Chaos erupts” when EastCoastin takes place, she said. “Shame on these two young men” for going ahead with this event without a legal permit. “We have two selfish young men who are going to fill their pockets” and leave the city in disarray.

EastCoastin Organizers: “Motorcycles Bring A Lot Of Joy”

Right after the official city press conference ended Wednesday, Fusco and Canestri held an impromptu press conference of their own, during which they defended the annual motorcycle event and described it as safe, clean, and inevitable.

“We don’t want to make this chaos,” Fusco said. “We want to make this a good time.” Where motorcyclists can come down for one day, enjoy each other’s company, ride around a little, maybe enjoy a few motorcycle tricks, and then head home safe and sound.

Fusco and Canestri said they tried to work with the city and the police on making the event legal and permitted. They said they never got a clear answer from the city on what they needed to do make the event legit. (The mayor and police chief, meanwhile, said they have spoken with the organizers for months, pointing them toward how to pull the appropriate permit and limit the event to a legal and reasonable size. They said the organizers dragged their feet.)

Fusco and Canestri said that area hotels are already sold out for people looking to attend the event. Even if the organizers put out a message saying EastCoastin is cancelled, which they won’t be doing, people would still show up anyway, they said.

“We can say it. But they’re still going to want to come to New Haven to see all the cool spots here,” Fusco said.

“No matter what we say,” Canestri added, “people are still going to come to this area. It is what it is, at this point. People are gonna come, and we’re gonna stay true to it.”

What happens at a typical EastCoastin gathering?

Fusco said the group has “some of the best Harley-Davidson stunt riders” in the country attend. People come out to “watch motorcycle stunts, burnouts, things like that. There’s food in the backyard. It’s free. People just come to watch and enjoy it.”

“Motorcycles bring a lot of joy,” Fusco added. “We hope people come, have a good time, stay safe,” and head home—with no arrests, and in good spirits.

Fusco and Canestri also said that, from what they understand, the Hells Angels will not be attending and will not be providing security at Saturday’s event. A source told the Independent for a previous article that the Hells Angels would be providing “tight security” on Saturday. Fusco and Canestri said they didn’t know where that rumor came from, and that it’s not true.

posted by: manofthepeople on September 22, 2021 1:08pm

The organizers seem to be responsible and forthright, unlike Elicker. They changed the event date at the city request, only to be stabbed in the back.

If this was a BLM rally, which would destroy businesses, injure people, and cause disruption, everyone would be calling for the police to stand down and allow the event to proceed.


BOLT ALERT--GM tells Bolt EV owners to park 50 feet away from other vehicles, and in parking garages, go to the roof or an open area

If you need to park on the street or in a parking lot, how is it possible to park 50 feet away from another vehicle? What a mess and how embarrassing for GM. This ongoing battery fire issue does not promote confidence for any future electric vehicle buyers.

This advice is being given to reduce the chance that a spontaneous Bolt EV fire could spread to other nearby vehicles. Bloomberg first reported this latest development in what has become a Bolt EV fire saga.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--MAKIN' PROGRESS BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS--for September 16th, 2021

Congrats on the remarry. WE just had our 47th. Does this mean my Harley kept us together?

Deland, FL

I’ll bet it does. –Bandit

MEDICAL CONFUSION OF THE WEEK--Fauci has tabulated to the Nth when people will be allowed to get the flu without being punished.

--Dr. J.J. Solari
Senior Medical Advison™

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Below is a link to our installation videos for the lowering kit.

I will also send you a separate email with info on our M8 Softail Lift Kit / Shock Extensions.

You want it low or high, we got you covered…




BANDIT’S CANTINA INTRODUCES JACK’S GALLERIES AGAIN—If only we could get it right. Jack shoots major event all over the country. And if you didn’t make it, he takes you there, big time. If you did attend the event, he reminds you of the good times, in a colorful way. Here’s the first one we are launching next week: Sturgis 2021.

Each year we feel blessed that we can once again visit the mother of all motorcycle rallies, Sturgis. I’m equally lucky to participate as a freelance photographer & often work directly for the Buffalo Chip. The friends I have there are some of the best I’ve ever met.

This year is even more special for me, because my wife is visiting for the first time ever and I couldn’t wait to show her around. Between all that goes on at the Chip and the great stops surrounding Mt. Rushmore, Custer State Park, Crazy horse, Deadwood and the historic town of Sturgis, she fell in love with the region.

Please enjoy the images, I hope that they can help paint a picture of the event through my eyes and join the Cantina to help support our galleries.


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REJOICE, THE EARTH IS BECOMING GREENER--Amid all the talk of an imminent planetary catastrophe caused by emissions of carbon dioxide, another fact is often ignored: global greening is happening faster than climate change which comes from Mother Nature. The amount of vegetation growing on the earth has been increasing every year for at least 30 years. The evidence comes from the growth rate of plants and from satellite data.

In 2016 a paper was published by 32 authors from 24 institutions in eight countries that analyzed satellite data and concluded that there had been a roughly 14% increase in green vegetation over 30 years. The study attributed 70% of this increase to the extra carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The lead author on the study, Zaichun Zhu of Beijing University, says this is equivalent to adding a new continent of green vegetation twice the size of the mainland United States.

Global greening has affected all ecosystems – from arctic tundra to coral reefs to plankton to tropical rain forests – but shows up most strongly in arid places like the Sahel region of Africa, where desertification has largely now reversed. This is because plants lose less water in the process of absorbing carbon dioxide if the concentration of carbon dioxide is higher. Ecosystems and farms will be less water-stressed at the end of this century than they are today during periods of low rainfall.

There should have been no surprise about this news. Thousands of experiments have been conducted over many years in which levels of CO2 had been increased over crops or wild ecosystems and boosted their growth. The owners of commercial greenhouses usually pump CO2 into the air to speed up the growth of plants. CO2 is plant food.

This greening is good news. It means more food for insects and deer, for elephants and mice, for fish and whales. It means higher yields for farmers; indeed, the effect has probably added about $3 trillion to farm incomes over the last 30 years. So, less land is needed to feed the human population and more can be spared for wildlife instead.

This first appeared in Die Weltwoche.
By Matt Ridley

EMERGENCY WEATHER REPORT--This is terrible. Rake sales are going to plummet.

--J.J. Solari

MEDICAL ADVICE GONE WRONG--His guy lost his govt. approved medical permission to heal people because he told his patients the truth.

A doctor from Oregon who said mask-wearing can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning got his medical license revoked.

A doctor from Oregon who said mask-wearing can lead to carbon monoxide p...

When asked if he'd rather lose his license or wear a mask, Steven Arthur LaTulippe said he'd "sacrifice" his license.

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A host of celebrity Grand Marshals, other celebrities, Law Enforcement and the general public, will take to the road for a beautiful motorcycle ride from Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, Marina Del Rey to Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu with a BBQ lunch, live concert and Beach Party on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 22, 2021 – BARTELS’ HARLEY-DAVIDSON & GLENDALE HARLEY are excited to announced a host of celebrity Grand Marshals will join in for the 3rd Annual Ride for the Children Charity on Sunday, October 3, 2021.

The Ride for the Children will begin at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, CA with a beautiful escorted ride from along the Pacific Coast Highway to the serene Sycamore Cove State Beach, 9000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA.

Grand Marshals, Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, Dave Ekins, Sean McNabb, Jamie Elvidge, Scott Patterson and a host of celebrities
Grand Marshals, Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, Dave Ekins, Sean McNabb, Jamie Elvidge, Scott Patterson and a host of celebrities

Join Lorenzo Lamas, Perry King, AMA Hall of Famer, Dave Ekin, Actor/Musician Sean McNabb, Jamie Elvidge, professional motorcycle journalist and Scott Patterson for what will be a wonderful day ending with a concert by Aces & Eights, a BBQ lunch by J Wolf Catering and a Beach Party at Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu, CA.

Olive Crest has been transforming the lives of abused and neglected children through the healing power of family since 1973. Olive Crest is the leader in prevention and treatment of child abuse, neglect, and homelessness, serving over 4,000 children and families each day throughout Los Angeles County. The 3rd Annual Ride for the Children will fund programs that help us break the cycle of child abuse and enable at-risk youth and families to become healthy and productive citizens.

Registration begins at 8:00 AM - Ride begins at: 10:00 AM at Bartels’ Harley-Davidson, 4141 Lincoln Blvd., Marina Del Rey, and concludes with a concert by Aces & Eights, a BBQ lunch by J Wolf Catering and a Beach Party at Sycamore Cove State Beach, Malibu, CA. The Event concludes at 3:00 PM.

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CONTROL FREAK DOOM NEWS OF THE WEEK--the UN is giving ultimatums. That's a photo of steam incidentally. not that anyone in the press is trying to intentionally mislead.

--J.J. Solari
Media Consultant™

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Reading what to do in case of an accident I agree with all of it THE PART ABOUT GETTING ATTORNEY IS QUESTIOBNABLE. I got hit Oct 2 2020 as of today I have not received a dime They made a shit offer and I turned it down, but it looks as though nothing is going to happen. So, I will probably get the shit offer?

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