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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Bobby Stark, Bill Bish, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I’m still trying to understand Facebook.
We dodged it for a couple of years. That didn’t help Bikernet, but now we’re in the ring, punching it out. Someone in the industry recently said, “Don’t give ‘em content, just work the content you have through Facebook.” I’m still trying to understand what all the boxes do and why.

But we love content. We enjoy sharing knockout bikes and Scotty’s wild rides. Vickie Sanfelipo is doing a helluva job covering the Cannonball daily. That’s what we love to do, share rider stories.

I just read one of those doom and gloom e-mails about the changing technology and how it destroys old businesses. Someday you won’t need to ride somewhere, you can virtually make the run on your computer and not spend a dime on gas. Hell, they’re talking about having virtual safe sex with the girl you were chasing to Wyoming. Imagine.

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Let’s get to the news, quick. I’d like to thank our co-sponsors for helping with our weekly news including: Cycle Source Magazine, Choppertown, Iron Trader News, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and Las Vegas Bikefest.

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Jennifer Weiss-Burke, executive director of a youth recovery center in Albuquerque, N.M., stands by one of the rooms at the recovery center named after her son, Cameron Weiss. He died of a heroin overdose in 2011. Weiss-Burke said her teenage son's descent into drug addiction started with an opioid prescription a doctor wrote for him for a wrestling injury.

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Jennifer Weiss-Burke, executive director of a youth recovery center in Albuquerque, N.M., stands by one of the rooms at the recovery center named after her son, Cameron Weiss. He died of a heroin overdose in 2011. Weiss-Burke said her teenage son's descent into drug addiction started with an opioid prescription a doctor wrote for him for a wrestling injury. AP Photo/Mary Hudetz

POLITICS OF PAIN FROM THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY-- Drugmakers fought state opioid limits amid crisis
Makers of prescription painkillers tried to kill state measures aimed at stemming the tide of opioid drugs.

Editor's note: This is the first installment of a two-day series. Day two explores how a loose coalition of drugmakers and industry-backed nonprofits shaped the federal response to the opioid crisis.

The makers of prescription painkillers have adopted a 50-state strategy that includes hundreds of lobbyists and millions in campaign contributions to help kill or weaken measures aimed at stemming the tide of prescription opioids, the drugs at the heart of a crisis that has cost 165,000 Americans their lives and pushed countless more to crippling addiction.

The drug-makers vow they’re combating the addiction epidemic, but The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity found that they often employ a statehouse playbook of delay and defend that includes funding advocacy groups that use the veneer of independence to fight limits on the drugs, such as OxyContin, Vicodin and fentanyl, the narcotic linked to Prince’s death.

The mother of Cameron Weiss was no match for the industry’s high-powered lobbyists when she plunged into the corridors of New Mexico’s Legislature, crusading for a measure she fervently believed would have saved her son’s life.

It was a heroin overdose that eventually killed Cameron, not long before he would have turned 19. But his slippery descent to death started a few years earlier, when a hospital sent him home with a bottle of Percocet after he broke his collarbone in wrestling practice.

Jennifer Weiss-Burke pushed for a bill limiting initial prescriptions of opioid painkillers for acute pain to seven days. The bill exempted people with chronic pain, but opponents still fought back, with lobbyists for the pharmaceutical industry quietly mobilizing in increased numbers to quash the measure.

They didn’t speak up in legislative hearings. “They were going individually talking to senators and representatives one-on-one,” Weiss-Burke said.

Unknowingly, she had taken on a political powerhouse that spent more than $880 million nationwide on lobbying and campaign contributions from 2006 through 2015 — more than 200 times what those advocating for stricter policies spent and more than eight times what the formidable gun lobby recorded for similar activities during that same period.

By Liz Essley Whyte

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HELMET NEWS-- This foldable bike helmet is made from paper

The popularity of bikesharing is booming among city commuters, thanks to the convenience -- and affordability -- of renting a bike on the go. But it has one glaring drawback. There's no easy way to rent a helmet.

This 28-year-old industrial designer Isis Shiffer was tired of lugging around her own helmet, so she took matters into her own hands.

Called the EcoHelmet, Shiffer created a unique foldable helmet designed to be purchased from a vending machine at a bikeshare station.

"You could buy a helmet for $5 or less, and when you're done with the ride, you'd put it back in a recycle bin located at each station," Shiffer, CEO and founder of design consultancy Spitfire Industry, told CNNMoney.

The eco-friendly bike helmet is made from cardstock paper and folds to the size of a banana. While material that's thinner than cardboard might not sound like a solid way to protect yourself while biking, it's designed to do just that.

"It protects the head just as well as a regular polystyrene helmet," said Shiffer.

The EcoHelmet features a radial honeycomb pattern that absorbs a hard blow and spreads impact evenly around the head. The paper is coated with a corn-based biodegradable wax that makes it waterproof -- the same kind that coats disposable coffee cups. The helmet can also potentially be made from plastic.

While the EcoHelmet is just a concept design for now, it generated buzz after nabbing the 2016 James Dyson Award and beat out 99 other U.S. entries. The international design contest, run by the James Dyson Foundation, is open to students and recent graduates who have designed a product or concept to solve a problem.

Shiffer is currently meeting with potential partners and investors to officially launch the helmet. The goal is to start manufacturing the product -- ultimately in various colors -- and offer them through bikeshare services.
"I want my helmet to keep cyclists safe, and make cities safer and greener at the same time," Shiffer said.

by Parija Kavilanz @CNNTech
CNNMoney (New York)

--from Rogue

• Engineered for use in a wide range of high performance motorcycle braking systems

• Extremely high dry (580° F) and wet (410° F) boiling points for strong, consistent braking performance, even in high stress racing conditions

• Compatible with all DOT 3, 4 and 5.1 brake fluids as well as seals used in braking systems

Total performance lubricant manufacturer, Bel-Ray, today announced the launch of its all-new Racing Brake Fluid, the highest performing motorcycle brake fluid ever offered by the brand.

Formulated for use in high performance braking systems in a wide range of motorcycles on and off-road as well as on the track, Bel-Ray’s Racing Brake Fluid features a dry boiling point of 580° F (304° C). This makes it ideal for applications where extreme heat and high load braking are commonplace, and fluid breakdown is a key concern, such as with road racing, Motocross/Supercross and adventure motorcycling.

Its high oxidation resistance ensures the fluid will maintain its performance under long term use.

The Racing Brake Fluid’s performance goes beyond its dry boiling point, with a wet boiling point rating of 410° F (210° C). This helps provide riders with consistent braking performance and peace of mind that the fluid will function in any condition, even when high levels of water contamination occur.

“We couldn’t be more proud to bring our Racing Brake Fluid to market,” said Andrew Hodges, Bel-Ray’s R&D Product Line Manager. “It doesn’t matter if you’re riding or racing, stopping is just as important as going fast. When riders use Bel-Ray Racing Brake Fluid, they know they will always have peak braking performance.”

Bel-Ray Racing Brake Fluid is designed for use in all hydraulic motorcycle braking systems requiring a DOT 3, 4 or 5.1 brake fluid, and is compatible with the seals used in those braking systems.

Racing Brake Fluid should not be used in systems requiring mineral-based fluids (LHM).

Bel-Ray’s Racing Brake Fluid is available in 355 ML bottles from powersports retailers globally and online. For more information on this product, Bel-Ray’s complete line of powersports lubricants and service products, or to find the nearest Bel-Ray approved retailer, please visit or call 732-938-2421.

Like us on or follow us on Twitter/Bel_Ray.

Cosset: \KOS-it\
1. to treat as a pet; pamper; coddle.

a lamb brought up without its dam; pet lamb.
2. any pet.
Mrs. Dhondt is like Mrs. Crommelynck but ten times more so--in truth, a dreadful creation who heads the Belgian Equestrian Society, drives the Dhondt Bugatti herself, and cossets a powder-puff Pekingese called Wei-wei.
-- David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2004

Origin of cosset

Cosset is of uncertain origin. The noun entered English in the late 1500s.

First Ever All-Women’s Motorcycle Tour in Cuba

Women’s Motorcycle Tours and MotoDiscovery are organizing the first ever all women’s motorcycle tour of Cuba. Scheduled for March 18-26, 2017, the tour will focus on people to people encounters throughout the country.

“Cuba has been calling me since was very young. Enchanted with the forbidden country so close and yet so far away, I've longed to visit Cuba most of my life,” said Alisa Clickenger, the Event Organizer at Women’s Motorcycle Tours. “Thanks to MotoDiscovery's efforts in establishing this.”

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Bikers in Brevard County Florida met Saturday September 17th in Titusville Florida to Show Their Support for Trump and Pence and also the 2nd Amendment and then rode three different routes to Space Coast Harley Davidson in Palm Bay for the two day Amendment and Gun Show

--from Rogue

QUICK, Win Tickets for a VIP Tour of Billy Lane’s Shop when you Purchase Sons Of Speed Tickets Online.

Sons Of Speed Debut Race Set For Biketoberfest 2016

Tickets are on sale online for the Sons of Speed Inaugural Race, set to commence mid-October of this year. The Sons Of Speed debut race features eight venerated motorcyclists and will run Saturday October 15, 2016, during Biketoberfest at New Smyrna Speedway just south of Daytona Beach, Florida. Buy tickets before October 1, and you automatically are entered in a drawing for a tour of Billy’s Shop ($250 value) on October 15, prior to the race.

Racers in the Sons of Speed race will compete for the Grand Prize of a brand new Shovelhead motor donated by S&S motors.

Inspired by early twentieth-century board-track racers, the Sons of Speed race hearkens back to a stripped down, wide-open approach to motorcycle riding.

Held at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, banked racetrack, the inaugural race will feature eight riders in several different heats. Winners of the heats will advance to a championship round, competing for a brand new shovelhead motor.

Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1,000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs, and fuel/oil tanks.

Patrons have three ticket options:

(1) Special presale pricing for single-day tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for kids untilOctober 1—these tickets get you in the gate JUST on the 15th (after 10/1, single-day presale tickets are $20 per-person)

(2) $50 presale gets you VIP access and choice seating, allowing you to watch the practice session on the 14th and attend the race on the 15th

(3) $250 presale gets you a 1-hour group tour of Billy’s shop and choice seating for both days

Check out the Sons of Speed Facebook Event Page for updates and breaking news. The Sons of Speed vintage race would not be possible without the support of Choppers Inc., S&S Cycle, Rise Above Consulting and Bruce Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson at Destination Daytona.

Ticket link:

I wanted to reach out to you about Esquire Network’s new show “Wrench Against the Machine.” The new hour-long competition series will premiere on Esquire Network on Tuesday, November 15.

Each episode will feature two teams of three expert builders battling head-to-head with only three days and $3,000 to transform basic stock motorcycles into rowdy, riding, works of art. Each episode will also feature a different type of bike including café racers, choppers, bobbers etc.

At the end of the three days both bikes will be evaluated by judges Roland Sands, founder of the highly esteemed motorcycle and apparel company Roland Sands Design, and two of the most revered names in motorcycle design, Michael Woolaway, U.S. Director of Motorcycle Design for Deus Ex Machina and Alan Stulberg, Co-Founder and Chief Designer of Revival Cycles and the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

Check the trailer.

--Elizabeth Cain
E! and Esquire Network Publicity

Electric vehicles converge at show

Robert T. Rose of the Brevard Co. Sheriff's Office rides around the parking lot on their custom built electric motorcycle during Saturday's National Drive Electric Week event at the David R. Schechter Community Center.

Saturday’s show featured two food trucks, informational booths and an address by James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Cpl. Robert T. Rose drew stares by tooling around the parking lot atop his agency’s futuristic electric motorcycle.

The "Tron"-esque bike was donated in September 2012 by Parker Brothers Concepts from the Syfy reality series "Dream Machines."

"This is the future of law enforcement. This is the future of our country. I can’t think of anything more important than being out here, and showing the people in Brevard and the little kids what the future brings," Rose said.

--By Rick Neale
Florida Today

--from Rogue

President Barack Obama, left, followed by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leave the room after posing for a "family photo" of world leaders attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Friday, April 1, 2016.

Jacquelyn Martin/AP
President Barack Obama, left, followed by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Chinese President Xi Jinping, leave the room after posing for a "family photo" of world leaders attending the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, Friday, April 1, 2016. Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Proposed export of enriched uranium runs counter to U.S. commitment, critics say
Obama administration wants to send nuclear bomb-grade material to Belgium, where security has been shaky.

The Obama administration won praise for promising in 2012 to curtail the use of bomb-grade uranium in the production of medical diagnostic tools. But now the U.S. Energy Department is getting brickbats for proposing to send such materials to several European nations, including Belgium, where a shaky nuclear program has in recent years been plagued by sabotage, radicalization and terrorist surveillance.

It’s not the first time that the administration has been accused of failing to fulfill one of its nuclear weapons-related commitments.

In this case, in 2012, the United States, Belgium, France and the Netherlands declared at a summit meeting in South Korea that they would begin phasing out the use of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) for making medical isotopes, with the understanding that by a 2015 deadline, the material would be replaced with less concentrated uranium that could not be used by terrorists to construct a nuclear weapon.

That proposed phase-out didn't occur. In fact, a Center for Public Integrity analysis of Nuclear Regulatory Commission export licensing records shows that since making the 2012 promise, the United States government has quietly sold foreign countries 81.7 kg of highly-enriched uranium for use in making medical isotopes – more than enough to build three new nuclear bombs…

--By Patrick Malone
Center for Public Integrity

FASTEST WOMAN ALIVE NEW SPONSOR-- Valerie Thompson Racing Team receives new sponsorship from Desert Storage.

Desert Storage is the newest sponsor to announce support for Arizona resident and seven-time land speed record holder, Valerie Thompson.

Desert Storage is redefining the self-storage business category with a variety of solutions for customers facing the challenge of moving and downsizing. Desert Storage provides air conditioned drive-in storage access, covered outdoor facilities for RV’s/boats/automobiles, wine storage, mailbox rentals and document shredding in a safe and secure environment.

“When I needed a secure storage facility to keep our motor coach in Scottsdale, Desert Storage was an easy choice. They offer the widest variety of services at the best price,” said Thompson. “Scott Brawn and his staff at Desert Storage are very professional and attentive. They are my last stop after every race since they provide a well-lit cleaning/sanitary dump station and covered parking for our motor coach and motorcycle hauler. I never have to worry about security or access. They really take the hassle out of storing our most critical equipment,” added Thompson.

Anosh Vasani, Director of Marketing for Desert Storage, says, “We are really excited to support Valerie in her endeavors. She is a great athlete and we look forward to her breaking even more records.”

Thompson is an independent team owner/driver, fielding a record setting BMW S 1000 RR land speed racing motorcycle with plans to compete in the NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle class in 2017.

In addition to 7-land speed records, she is a lifetime member of six-land speed racing 200 MPH Clubs, including the prestigious Bonneville 200 MPH Club and first female member of the Colorado Mile.

She earned the title of world’s fastest female motorcycle racer with an average one measured mile speed of 304.263 mph and exit speed of 313 mph at the 2016 Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials.

AIMExpo moving from Orlando, Florida, to Columbus, Ohio, for 2017--The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) has revealed its plan to move “Their powersports trade show” to a new host city in 2017, with The Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) at Columbus, Ohio, to be the chosen venue for the event from 2017. This venue is where the Easyriders largest bike show is featured every year in January or February.

The show hasn’t done so well in Orlando and they changed owners. Now, the MIC owned show is changing venues.

The show is to remain a 4-day expo, but will be held a month earlier than its current mid-October slot in September – with September 21-24 booked for 2017.

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