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Hot Action Non-Stop from Bike Shows to Motorcycle Sales and Magazine Shutdowns

By Bandit, Barry Green, Sam, Bob T., Rogue, Jeff Najar, the Redhead, Laura, RFR, Wayfarer and the whole crew

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What the hell are we doing today?
I’m about to apply another layer of fiberglass to the Salt Torpedo. I’m trying to finish up a report on the Petersen Museum’s Future of the Automobile symposium.

I wanted to go and witness what the experts had to say, but as I read over the session topics, I felt they were headed in the wrong direction. I will try to figure out what the hell to do with it this week. Let me know what you think, when I lay it at your feet. Markus Cuff was there and took some interesting shots.

Let’s hit the news. I’m watching a very long documentary by Chris Kristofferson about the future and the past. I’ll let you know what I find and if he comes to any interesting conclusions. In the meantime, 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. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

ENTER A BIKER SHOW, HERE’S WHY--The ROT RALLY Bike Show is stopping in Austin, TX on June 13 - 16, 2019. Don't miss it.

Builders have asked "How do you make a custom show pay for itself" and I have a few hacks to share with you:

1. Promote your participation at the Bike Show via social media - (we've had enthusiasts come 2 states away to see bikes)

2. Drink after the show closes

3. Take a rag and always polish your bike - enthusiasts will come up and ask you if you are the owner

4. Make sure you have business cards and literature

5. Introduce yourself to the ROT RALLY social media team

6. Have a model / friend / child hand out business cards

7. Make sure your friends, family, clients know where you will be and invite them to join you

8. Engage your friends and customers to participate and become a member of your team

Using these tactics, builders have sold customization, developed sponsorships, sold custom parts and garnered features in online & print magazines.

MOTO BUSINESS + GARAGE BUILDERS - Our intent is to open the event to builders of all ages and style preference.

Builder Registration

Load in is Wednesday June 12 2:00 - 6:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 3:00 pm
Load out will be after 7:00pm Saturday
8 - noon on Sunday

QUESTIONS - Call me direct - 817-312-0380
- Bob Kay, Biker Pros Partner


EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT… JUST NOT IN PRINT--After more than 100 years, Motorcyclist Magazine will no longer be in print as of the July/August issue according to Bonnier Corp. “Like other enthusiast-content segments, motorcycle readership has evolved to a truly digital audience,” said Andy Leisner, SVP Managing Director of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “There have been substantial shifts in consumer content preferences as well as advertisers’ desire to reach motorcycle consumers on these growing digital platforms.”

Suspension Technologies Introduces Dual Monotube Fork Cartridge Kits for Harley Touring Bikes--Front Fork Cartridge Kits for Harley

Clearwater, Fla. - Suspension Technologies announced today they are shipping performance-oriented Front Fork Cartridge Suspension Kits for late model 2014 - 2019 Harley-Davidson® touring motorcycles.

The front fork cartridges are built to exacting tolerances and work in tandem, providing consistent damping over jarring pock-marked urban environments to smooth-as-glass long sweepers and treacherous off-camber switchbacks. Whether blasting down to a local watering hole or riding across country, the Suspension Technologies' Fork Cartridges transform any bagger into a more enjoyable riding experience.

But the big news is that Suspension Technologies has taken over the Yelvington Brand to move forward with this new line of products.

About Suspension Technologies
Suspension Technologies USA is a state-of-the-art company involved with cutting-edge products for both the conventional V-twin market and the motorcycle trike conversion market. All products are aerospace designed, CNC precision built and Made in USA.

--Jeff Najar

The Motorcycle Rights World Losses another Freedom Fighter

It is with great sadness that the Motorcycle Riders Foundation has learned of the passing of John Pierce. John was a dedicated freedom fighter, a Marine, husband, family man, mentor, brother, pilot, biker, former MRF Board Member, and he served in many capacities at the SMRO level.

With John’s career background, he brought a new perspective and professionalism to the MRF and his SMRO’s. Having lived in several states he spread his knowledge and dedication around and left a lasting impact on several SMROs, as well as the MRF. From day one we all knew his heart, passion, and dedication.

The MRF would like to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to John’s wife Chris and family and we offer our thoughts and prayers to all who were deeply touched by this great man.

Ride in Peace John

--The Brothers and Sisters of the MRF


TATTOO OF THE WEEK FROM THE BALL EMPIRE—My Son and Grandson blasted to Oakland to the 45 Tattoo Convention.

While on the floor Frankie inked this engine into a brother’s hand forever. Amazing.


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THE LATEST FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--'Authoritative propaganda': Skeptics blast U.N. warning of mass species extinction-- By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 22, 2019

A widely touted United Nations report predicting mass species extinction took a beating Wednesday at a House subcommittee hearing, with Republican-called witnesses blasting the claims as “highly exaggerated” and “authoritative propaganda.”

The executive summary released May 6 by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services concluded that “transformative change” was needed to save as many as 1 million species at risk of extinction. “The evidence is unequivocal. Biodiversity, which is important in its own right and essential for human well-being, is being destroyed by human activities at a rate unprecedented in human history,” Robert Watson, former chairman of IPBES, told the Natural Resources subcommittee on water, oceans and wildlife.

Rep. Jared Huffman, the California Democrat who chairs the subcommittee, said Earth is “currently in what they call the sixth mass extinction, and species are disappearing 100 times faster than historic rates, mostly because of things that we are doing.”

Challenging that premise was Patrick Moore, a former Greenpeace leader, who argued that species extinction has declined in the past century thanks to international efforts. He insisted there was “zero evidence that any such event is occurring now or has even begun to occur.”

“As with the manufactured ‘climate crisis,’ they are using the specter of mass extinction as a fear tactic to scare the public into compliance,” Mr. Moore said in his prepared remarks. “The IPBES itself is an existential threat to sensible policy on biodiversity conservation.”

The result was a feisty hearing in which Mr. Huffman took aim at the credentials of the Republican witnesses and Republicans accused the subcommittee of holding a hearing based on a document that nobody had read.

The report was prepared by 145 authors over three years using 15,000 peer-reviewed publications and 15,000 comments, but the full document remains classified and has yet to be released. A summary was released two weeks ago at a plenary session in Paris.

“Right now, I feel like I’m part of a book club, and we’re going to give opinions on the book, except we’re all making it up because no one has actually read the book,” said Rep. Rob Bishop, Utah Republican. “If you’d actually waited until the report was released and people could look at it, maybe there would be a point at that point that this could be a legitimate hearing.”

The five factors driving the extinction threat are “land and sea use changes; exploitation of organisms; climate change; pollution; and invasive species,” Mr. Huffman said.

“All of these are things we can do something about, but we’re not on track to slow the extinction crisis,” Mr. Huffman said. “We need to do more.”

The “extinction crisis” claim met with skepticism from Rep. Tom McClintock, California Republican, who ticked off previous apocalyptic extinction predictions, including a 1970 warning by a Smithsonian official that 75% to 80% of all animals would be extinct by 1995.

He also challenged the report’s claim of an estimated 8 million animal and planet species, including insects, noting that the International Union for Conservation of Nature has cataloged only 1.8 million. About 800 are known to have gone extinct since 1500.

“You cannot call yourself a scientist if you pretend that there are 6.2 million species that have no names and have never been identified,” said Mr. Moore. “That is not science. That is fiction. Fairy tale stories. And that’s what we’re being told here.”

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano described the report as a politically driven document, “the latest U.N. appeal to give it more power, more scientific authority, more money and more regulatory control.”

“At best, the U.N. science panels represent nothing more than ‘authoritative bureaucracy,’ claiming they hype the problem and then come up with the solution that puts them in charge of ‘solving’ the issue in perpetuity,” Mr. Morano said in his prepared remarks. “A more accurate term for the U.N. than ‘authoritative science’ may be ‘authoritative propaganda.’”

Mr. Huffman fired back at the Republican witnesses by noting that Greenpeace has denied that Mr. Moore is a co-founder, despite a Greenpeace screenshot listing him as one of five founders, and referring to Mr. Morano as a troll.

“I don’t know what inspires someone to make a career out of trolling scientists or monetizing contrarian ideology on the YouTube and Ted Talk circuit, but it’s just a very different kind of conversation than the science-based conversation I think many of us would try to have,” Mr. Huffman said.

No House committee hearing this year would be complete without a climate change row. Republicans took aim at the Green New Deal, the Paris climate agreement and the 97% scientific “consensus,” while Democrats’ witnesses stressed the impact of global warming on species.

“As we’re already observing, climate change is radically changing our weather and moving species’ habitats,” said Defenders of Wildlife’s Jacob Malcom. “Climate change alone is a terrifying transformation of our planet. In combination with the other threats, the damage we have done and are doing is almost unimaginable.”

Mr. Moore argued that most animals that have gone extinct since 1500 were the victims of invasive species such as cats, rats and foxes brought by European colonialists.

“Today, it’s introduced species, especially on islands, where it’s a small area, and a rat can get on an island and eat all the bird’s eggs, and that’s the end of the bird,” Mr. Moore said. “That is the classical situation that has occurred lately.”

Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, the Arizona Democrat who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, lamented the Republicans’ approach to climate change. “There’s not so much climate denial going on in Congress anymore,” said Mr. Grijalva. “It’s climate avoidance — anything to avoid the topic and to avoid doing something serious about it.”

--Washington Times

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I feel like they are missing the real point. We have a growing population, whether we like it or not. We need a new infrastructure plan to allow the population to grow and still comfortably go for a ride.—Bandit

SOMETHING NEW/OLD FROM HAL ROBINSON-- Drawn by Famous Cartoonist, Hal Robinson. Harley riders feel the power, feel the freedom, and feel the courage to be themselves on the open road wherever that may be.

This piece was given to Ann Robinson, from Easyriders Magazine, after Harold passed away. It was used for an iron on. If you look carefully you may see the writing on the instructions penciled on the art board.


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Another Tattoo from Frank Ball Jr.
Another Tattoo from Frank Ball Jr.

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, and Motorcycle Missions, a non-profit organization that helps veterans and first responders find hope and healing through motorcycle therapy, today announced a motorcycle build-off competition between two groups of veterans and first responders in Dallas and Austin, Texas.

The two teams will each design and build a custom Indian Chief Dark Horse to raise money for Motorcycle Missions.

Each team consists of members who have formerly served in the military or as first responders, including several branches of the U.S. military and even local Austin and Dallas police and fire departments, for as many as three decades. Though each individual’s story is unique, these groups of heroes were brought together by their shared passion of motorcycles to find healing through this common thread.

“Whether riding or wrenching, Motorcycle Missions bring veterans and first responders together as they work towards one common goal.

The trials and tribulations, camaraderie, and life-long friendships are what ‘motorcycle therapy’ is all about,” said Krystal Hess, Motorcycle Missions Founder. “If we can help these heroes get back to living healthy, joyful lives, while instilling them with a passion for motorcycles, we have fulfilled our mission.”

Each team’s custom Indian Chief Dark Horse will be revealed on Friday, April 12 at John Paul DeJoria and Gary Spellman’s 17th annual Peace Love Happiness charity weekend benefiting The 100 Club of Central Texas.

The 100 Club is devoted to providing immediate financial and emotional assistance to the families of first responders who have been injured or killed in the line of duty. On Saturday, April 13,fans can visit Motorcycle Missions’ and Indian Motorcycle’s Instagram and Facebook channels to vote for their favorite and help crown a winner.

Each custom bike will then make its way to the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally to be auctioned off on Tuesday, August 6, at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel and Casino, with all proceeds benefitting Motorcycle Missions.

“It’s pretty amazing how Motorcycle Missions has utilized motorcycles and craftsmanship to improve the lives of countless veterans and first responders, facing the challenges often associated with active duty,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “It truly is an incredible program and we’re proud to support Motorcycle Missions and the veterans and first responders who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.”

Each team is comprised of members who have distinctive histories of service. Among this year’s competitors is Team Dallas’ John Arroyo, Army veteran and survivor of the Fort Hood, Texas shooting in 2014. After recovering from severe wounds, Arroyo received the highest non-combat honor for valor.

Team Austin will be flanked by Robert Richman, a law enforcement official of over 25 years. Richman specialized in multiple disciplines and has helped patrol crimes such as critical incident hostage negotiations, human-trafficking and child abuse.

For more information or to donate to Motorcycle Missions, visit

Bikernet is looking into becoming a sponsor and we now have the first West Coast Motorcycle Mission project bike in the Bikernet Headquarters. Hang on for more reports.


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