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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Buckshot, Joe Smith, Sarge, David Campbell, Barry Green, Ujjwal Dey, Sam Burns, Mr. Wonderful, Joe Smith and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I’ve busted my ass over the last couple of weeks scrambling from one project, like the Salt Torpedo, to the ’72 F250 Truck, to the Bikernet Headquarters projects.
I’ve been working 12-hour days easy and been successful for the most part.

Yesterday, I took a break, got a massage, and performed the last registration project on the ’72 F250 for the DMV. I had it weighed for 11 bucks at a local truck stop.

The Redhead got home from the Marina encampment for the destitute and drunks, early. We had a terrific dinner, watched the latest Romanoff and crashed. I woke up in the middle of the night with a toothache.

It was a fight all night, but somehow I beat it and woke up at 6:00 clear, but in a daze. We’re so damn fragile. Let’s hit the news. I’ll need a nap today.

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NEWS FROM THE BIKERNET WEATHER BUREAU--Another Climate-change Prediction Bites the Dust: Islands Aren’t Shrinking

For decades, global-warming alarmists have been predicting that low-lying islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans would soon vanish because of rising sea levels. But according to a new study, the overwhelming majority of these islands have not shrunk, and some have even grown.

“Over the past decades, atoll islands exhibited no widespread sign of physical destabilization in the face of sea-level rise,” reads the abstract of the study, published in the journal WIREs Climate Change. “A reanalysis of available data, which cover 30 Pacific and Indian Ocean atolls including 709 islands, reveals that no atoll lost land area and that 88.6% of islands were either stable or increased in area, while only 11.4% contracted.”

“Importantly,” wrote study author Virginie K. E. Duvat, a professor of coastal geography at France’s University of La Rochelle, “islands located in ocean regions affected by rapid sea-level rise showed neither contraction nor marked shoreline retreat, which indicates that they may not be affected yet by the presumably negative, that is, erosive, impact of sea-level rise.”

In fact, Duvat found that local human activity, far more than alleged climate change, was responsible for island shrinkage. “Land reclamation and causeway construction caused major changes in island land area and configuration not only in urban, but also in rural atolls,” she explained, adding that the “removal and the clearing of the native vegetation, respectively caused marked changes in island configuration and shoreline destabilization on some islands.”

Such news must come as a shock to climate-change alarmists, who have insisted that supposed global warming is causing the polar icecaps to melt and, consequently, sea levels to rise, with seemingly predictable results for islands just above the current sea level. Indeed, the United Nations once warned that by 2010 there would be some 50 million “environmental refugees” worldwide, in part because of disappearing islands.

At the time of that dire forecast, New Zealand offered to take in the 11,600 inhabitants of the nearby Tuvalu islands should they find themselves underwater. The Kiwis, however, needn’t fear a migrant flotilla anytime soon: A University of Auckland study released in February found that “eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu’s total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average,” reported Agence France-Presse.

Another poster child for vanishing islands is the country of Kiribati, which consists of 32 atolls and reef islands and one raised coral island. “Scientists have said that the island nation, along with other low-lying Pacific nations, could be uninhabitable within decades,” CBS News reported last year.

Under the leadership of then-President Anote Tong, Kiribati — surely thinking only of saving the planet and not of the largess it might receive from wealthier countries — signed on to the 2015 Paris Climate Accord. Tong later characterized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement as “selfish.”

But Kiribati residents need not stock up on scuba gear just yet. According to Duvat, the country’s North Tarawa island chain remains stable, with most islands growing, and its South Tarawa chain even increased in size. In fact, it grew more than any other atoll Duvat studied.

Likewise, while the Maldives’ government forecast that its islands would be completely covered by water by 2018, the nation remains dry and, in fact, has a thriving tourist industry. Its islands, too, are stable, Duvat found.
Such evidence forced the UN to admit recently that “models and other evidence indicate that unconstrained Pacific atolls have kept pace with [sea-level rise] with little reduction in size or experienced a net gain in land.”

Of course, as Breitbart’s James Delingpole observed, all of this is to be expected. “First, sea levels have been rising at the same steady rate for centuries and show no sign of acceleration,” he wrote. “Secondly, as Darwin understood as long ago as the 1830s, when the sea rises coral grows with it.”

Also to be expected is that such findings as Duvat’s will make little headway against the prevailing winds of climate-change hysteria, which seems to be immune to evidence and logic. But those of us in the “reality-based community” can dream, can’t we?

Written by Michael Tennant


unnecessarily mysterious or elaborate activity or talk to cover up a deception, magnify a simple purpose, etc.
a meaningless chant or expression used in conjuring or incantation.

Maybe the English are right: [writer's] block is just a hocus-pocus covering life’s regular, humbling facts.
-- , "Blocked," The New Yorker, June 14, 2004
Hocus-pocus is a pseudo-Latin rhyming formula used by jugglers and magicians. It was first recorded in 1615–25.

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5-Ball Racing Salt Torpedo Chapter 11: Aiming at 2019


Wouldn't it have been easier to extend the belly tank skins than shortening the frame? That way you could have fitted for the tall infamous KRB.

-- Gearhead
Torrance, CA

Good question. In a sense being on the salt is all about cool. Remember the coolest kid in school was small. It's all about being sleek and small. Let's see what this week brings. Nothing is etched in stone yet. Still looking for a dragster frame.--Bandit

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BIKERNET RETIREMENT PLAN FOR 2019—I’ve been slowing down then speeding up for the last 20 years. I turned 70 this year and decided to make some changes to the Bikernet Empire and our business model, so hang on and let us know your thoughts. Nothing is etched it stone currently.

The goal is to slow down some, but still be able to do the fun stuff. We are going to shut Baggers and Trikes down and move Bikernet and all of our tech articles into the Cantina. For the most part we will stop selling ads on Bikernet or the other sites, except the blog.

We will keep the blog, the 5-Ball Racing Shop and Bandit’s Cantina. We will continue to publish the news, but just once a week, so it might be on Thursdays or Sunday.

If you want to run an ad, we will still take ads for $175 a month on our blog. Otherwise, if a company wants to be featured in the news, they need to pony up for a Cantina membership at least.

Let me know your thoughts. Rogue will continue to work with us, and we hope to launch the new landing page in the first week of January.


EVIL SHIT IN THE NIGHT FROM A CONTRIBUTOR--Written by an old local Graybeard ....not sure if u care to publish... thought it was cool!--Dmac

Halloween is nigh, my final Halloween tale...Be safe.

All Hallows Ride

It was Halloween, All Hallows Eve.
partying with my friends,
a local watering hole,
Brothers and Sisters of the road.

Music filled the night,
motorcycles roared
drowning out the laughter,
conversations among friends.

Talk of motorcycles owned,
some long forgotten.
Roads and byways traveled.
Times of celebrations, shared sorrows,
friends found, friends lost.

Chrome shined in the night lights,
a pallet of candy colors dazzled the eye.
Beer was abundant,
bikers enjoyed the Halloween night
dressed in costumes,
black leather and lace.

This was my life,
the chosen path of adolescent and adult times.
I was a biker.

Throughout the years I'd ridden many brands,
built many bikes,
won more trophy's than I can remember.
I'd ridden in sociable clubs,
at a time a much less sociable club.
My closest friends own and ride.

I knew the road and it knew me,
we were old buddies.
From the East coast,
to the Midwest,
my travels were wide and far.
Through raging rain, wind,
summers scorching heat,
mere inconveniences at worst.

I've even selected an overlook
in the Blue Ridge Parkway,
Mile-high Overlook.
The place to scatter my ashes,
at the end of my road.

I want to hear the roar,
feel the earth shake,
watch motorcycles in passing
as they navigate the twisting roads.
To share in their adventure,
the joy of new sights
spread before the handlebars of life.
On the Parkway,
below my eternal resting place.

The night got late, the crowd thinned.
I gathered my helmet, riding gloves,
threw a leg over.
My bike was black as the night,
just a bit of chrome.
Chrome don't get you home.

The bike settled into a rich rumble,
together again, anxious to be on the road.
Traffic was lite,
I shot north making all the lights.
The air was cool in the driving wind,
inviting as my ride urged me to
Bay Bridge.

The bridge was a long high speed run,
a six lane ribbon in the moonless night.
Lights appeared in my rear views.
A pack of motorcycles,
assumed from the event.
Eased to the right lane
allowing them to pass in group.

I couldn't make out their club colors
in their flight.
They engulfed me in their passing,
we sped across the deserted bridge.
Our shared headlamps lit the blackness ahead.

Surrounded by the mass of roaring bikes,
I was forced to the off ramp, exit north,
then onto an adjoining road
to an old roadside tavern.
Parked and dismounted,
the group gathered about,
laughing as they guided me into the bar.

Music filled the room,
laughter and dancing,
standing room only at the bar.
Each with a shared rocker,

Offered a table I was given a beer,
joined by several members,
this was an unsettling time.
I had no knowledge of this club,
these events not ordinary by any means.

The man sitting across the table,
took a swig of beer, smiled and said,
“Welcome Brother.”
I was taken aback, and asked,
“What's this about friend?
Have we met before?
I don't know you or your club.”

“Fear not Brother, we know you,
your welcome in our club house.
We are a very old club,
keep to ourselves, ride only at night.
Our members rank in the thousands,
selfless dedication, support,
of your Brothers and Sisters
gets you patched.

I was shocked,
they wanted me to join their club.
I had no interest in club membership.
What a way to recruit members,
no hang around period,
no probation period,
very strange.
“I appreciate your offer,
I have places to be, its late,
people are expecting me.”

The fellow said,
“Not to worry,
they know where you are.
You see when your tire blew,
on Bay Bridge we gathered you in.
Your soul has moved on,
but your spirit will ride forever.
Now you ride with us.

Finish your beer,
put on your vest.
We have a long ride tonight,
Mile-high Overlook calls.

--Robert Gene Stoner Jr ©

Tomb of the Unknowns Guards Begin Use of Custom M17 Pistols

Yesterday, Tomb Guards from the US Army’s 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) were presented with 4 ceremonial M17 pistols at Arlington National Cemetery. These works of art were created by SIG SAUER specifically for use by the Guards.

This ceremony marks the first use of the M17, which will accompany the Sentinels of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers as they stand guard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The unique distinguishing features for the M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols include:
• Pistol Names: each of the four pistols bears the name of Silence, Respect, Dignity, or Perseverance and is featured on the dust cover. Dignity and Perseverance represent “The Sentinel’s Creed,” and Silence and Respect represent the request to the public by Arlington National Cemetery when visiting the Tomb of the Unknown, and during the Changing of the Guard;

• Custom Wood Grips: in 1921 the chosen Unknown was transported to the United States of America aboard the USS Olympia. The custom wood grips are made with wood from the USS Olympia and include the crest of the 3rd Guard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier identification badge inset;

• Cocking Serrations: XXI cocking serrations are engraved on the slide to signify the twenty-one steps it takes for the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknowns and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute;

• Sight Plate: an engraved impression of the Greek Figures featured on the east panel of the Tomb – Peace, Victory, and Valor – are featured on the sight plate;

• Sights: a glass insert made with marble dust from the Tomb of the Unknown fills the sights of the ceremonial pistols;

• Engraved Magazines: the 21-round magazines feature an aluminum base plate engraved with the names of the Greek figures featured on the Tomb of the Unknown – Peace, Victory, and Valor – and include a name plate on the bottom of the magazine engraved with the Tomb Sentinel badge number.

• Serial Numbers: the pistols are serialized with a unique set of serial numbers that incorporate items of significance to the Old Guard: “LS” represents line six of the Sentinels’ Creed, “My standard will remain perfection; “02JUL37” to signify the first 24-hour guard posted at the Tomb of the Unknown on July 3, 1937; “21” to signify the 21 steps it takes the Tomb Sentinels to walk by the Tomb of the Unknown, and the military honor of a 21 Gun Salute. The full series of M17 Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Pistols serial numbers are LS02JUL37A21 (Silence), LS02JUL37B21 (Respect), LS02JUL37C21 (Dignity), LS02JUL37D21 (Perseverance).

-- Butch Reyburn
Principles before personalities

WRAPPING UP FRANKIE’S FXR—Spitfire is having trouble fixing Frankie’s Girder, so we are shifting to a glide.

My grandfather and I have been working on my stretched FXR. I’ve been in touch with Tim over at Custom Cycle Engineering. We are running his 2-over 39mm tubes and trees. Tim recommended Legend’s cartridge suspension and lower legs. We are putting a tech feature together on the front end build.

Hang on for the next report. We are hosting an Industry/Ultimate Builder/Hamster party for the Long Beach IMS Show. Our party is sponsored by J&P Cycles, Bikernet.com™, and Bandit’s Cantina™.

I told Frankie I want his FXR done or out of the shop. He’s on a mission.


CHOWHALL OF THE WEEK-- Bikes, Burnouts and BBQ at Pub 72's Charity Ride!!


We had a blast, ate amazing BBQ and donated to The Chicago Children's Hospital!

Make sure you get to Pub 72, have some of their awesome BBQ, or one of their excellent burgers and drink some beer!! They are located on 72 in Gilberts, IL.


Check out the Biker Dude.
Check out the Biker Dude.

"People don't change when you show them a better option. People change when there is no other option."

- anonymous

"No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”

– General George Patton Jr, fought in World War 1 and World War 2.

George Patton achieved four-star rank for his battlefield exploits as one of the best commanders of mechanized forces on either side during the War. He succeeded Dwight D. Eisenhower as the Military Governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone in Germany, when Ike -- a five-star general -- was promoted to Army Chief of Staff.

"When you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there"

- Cheshire Cat to Alice in Wonderland.

"How deep is the rabbit hole? "

- anonymous

--from the Wayfarer
Magnificent Bikernet India News Desk
Chief Correspondent


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SON FRANK TESTING AUSTIN TEXAS—Frank on the left, with his new boss at the Electric Tattoo Parlor in Austin. He’s testing the Texas waters and may make it his home. Housing is more affordable and his wife grew up in Texas. We will keep you posted or call him for an appointment.

So, my son will move to Texas to build equity in his life, but the homeless in LA want the taxpayers to build them homes. Yeah, right.


Just finished reading an article about the above "subject". I asked this same question through your regular Q&A but, I thought I should probably ask "THE BOSS"!



--Joe Teresi
Supreme Leader
Easyriders Magazine 

The article does say it is the drain holes and the reason is to get oil back to the crankcase quickly and help stopping older Pushrod Covers from leaking.

Supreme Commanding Editor
Bikernet Baggers™

This makes a lot of sense since what were 74-inch motors are now 80, 93 and 96-inch Panheads running faster and harder.--Bandit

Click to bag it.
Click to bag it.


--from Harvey Tow

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