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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Barry Green, the Redhead, Sam Burns, Laura, RFR, Johnny White, Geno, Buck Lovell, and the rest of the crew

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It seems like the pressure is on.
The rally is just around the corner and the projects and commitments are piling up and then there is Bonneville. I’m on it even today.

I try to commit Thursdays to just the News, but then other shit slips into the fray. Today, I will try to handle some bureaucratic requirements for the FIM European Bonneville sanctioning body.

Hamster Dan's Sissybar Trophies.
Hamster Dan's Sissybar Trophies.

Finally, Fuel Cleveland is happening this weekend, which according to Cabana Dan, one of our Bonneville Team members, is a little over 18 hours, about 1250 miles. He’s been an invited builder four years running and he’s headed out. That’s close to the run from LA to Sturgis, about 1500 miles. Maybe that’s why fuel Cleveland is such a success. We wish them the best this weekend.

Here's Dan's Kid's Ride bike for Strider's efforts.
Here's Dan's Kid's Ride bike for Strider's efforts.

Let’s hit the news:

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

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.

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NEWS FROM THE MASTER OF LIGHT— Greetings from the Air Show here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! If you are in the area, please stop by and see us in Hangar B.

We are pleased to announce the release of David's second Sturgis commemorative for 2022.

And, as a reminder, with a minimum purchase of $900 through August 14th, you can own a David Uhl original oil painting!

Around this time last year, we introduced a special contest and had so much fun with it, we decided to do it again this year!

Starting today, with a minimum purchase of $900 through August 14th, you will be entered into a drawing for an original David Uhl oil painting!

The winner will be responsible for shipping. We will film the drawing shortly after the end of the Sturgis Rally on August 14th.

David's new piece, titled "Full Throttle" is his first 1960s piece. His work has lived mainly in the earlier decades, but his friend Dennis Goodson built this '68 Shovelhead which lent itself to David jumping ahead into the '60s.

As David stated, "Have you ever seen when the light does this to the fields? In the middle of a storm, a swath of light hits the fields. It’s ultra-dramatic and in a way so beautiful. This piece is deeply symbolic. We have all been weathering some tough storms. This is about leaving them in the rear-view mirror whilst arriving again in the majestic Black Hills."

"Full Throttle"
David Uhl
2022 Sturgis Commemorative

--Greg Rhodes
International Sales Director
David Uhl Fine Art
Uhl Studios

Click to see the studio.
Click to see the studio.

Bill Davidson
William J. “Bill” Davidson is the son of Willie G. and Nancy Davidson. He serves as the vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum, which houses one of the largest corporate archival collections of unrestored Harley-Davidson motorcycles and artifacts in the world. His role as ambassador for the brand gives him the chance to travel the world as well, meeting and greeting people from all walks of life from all points on the map.

Bob Kay
Bob Kay and his wife Deborah partnered with a friend and opened Motorcycle Madness in 1974. He later went to work at Honda of Boston. In 1979, with the help of Ralph Cerundola, he started Recreational Dimensions, a parts distributorship.

After graduating from Dean College with high honors, he went to work and later, with Deborah, bought into Nempco. He also met Dave Perewitz, who suggested he organize a bike show benefiting children’s charities in Laconia and later Sturgis.

In 1992, his partners retired and Nempco was sold to Tucker Rocky, to become Bikers Choice. He managed the integration and became VP at Tucker and GM of Bikers Choice. He went on to found Biker Pros to help American custom builders, initially supplying parts and eventually focusing on custom bike shows helping builders get better exposure and sponsorships.

Carlo & Emma Lujan
Carlo and Emma Lujan of Auburn, California, grew up dreaming of the life they ultimately created. In 1982, Carlo and Emma opened their first motorcycle shop and it was called Carlo's Custom Motorcycle Parts. In 1988, Carlo was National #1 Pro Dragster for the Drag Bike series. In 1989, Carlo and Emma became C&E Auburn Harley-Davidson. It took up much of their time and racing got put on the back burner. However, they did race in Sturgis in 1990 for the 50th Anniversary and won 1st place. They closed their old dealership in 2008 but reopened an independent shop. In 2014, they added Polaris and Indian and they became C&E Auburn Indian and V-Twin.

Karen Davidson
Karen Davidson has a lifetime of living the Harley-Davidson experience. Davidson, the great-granddaughter of the company’s co-founder, William A. Davidson, and daughter of Willie G and Nancy Davidson began riding at the age of nine.

As director in Harley-Davidson’s Marketing Dept., she maintains Harley-Davidson’s distinctive reputation and legacy as she works on new initiatives for the company. Upholding her belief that authentic H-D design and innovation must be original, she acknowledges her father, Willie G Davidson as her greatest inspiration for pushing newness and originality in design.

Robin Bradley
Robin Bradley started AMD Magazine (initially as European Dealer News) in September 1993; International Dealer News followed in 1997, and the collaboration with Custom Chrome resulted in the first AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building in 2004, at Morgan Hill, California. The event moved to Las Vegas (Big Twin West, 2005) and then to he moved it to Sturgis, at the 'Thunderdome' in 2006; then to Lynn's Dakota Mart lot from 2007 to 2012, before moving the show to Europe.

He gravitated to the dealer and industry journal publishing market. He learned that a publication positioning itself well as a 'trade enabler' can establish itself as the oil in the engine that drives a market's business cycle. He brought consumer magazine personality and production values to a 'trade publication,’ and set a new template for how industry magazines could operate in a consumer market.

Tom Seymour
Tom Seymour studied science and received a full scholarship to Cooper Union. He earned his BSME in Engineering in 1969 and his MBA in 1973. He worked for several large corporations as an Engineer, Test Engineer, and Engineering Manager.

Later, Tom launched Saddlemen seats. With Saddlemen, Tom used his engineering skills and experience of thousands of hours to develop some of the best motorcycle seats on the market. He was personally granted several patents on innovative seat technologies including gel technology.

Tom has supported industry innovation, all levels of racing efforts including his own, a tireless advocate for the entire motorcycle industry, his longtime employees and continues to riding cross-country on a regular basis.

Kickstands Down
Ben Hardy
Benjamin “Benny” Hardy was a prominent Harley-Davidson motorcycle mechanic and custom builder. His business “Hardy’s Motorcycle Service” was in Los Angeles CA.

He was well-known in the Black motorcycling community and was a mentor for motorcyclists in the area. Hardy built both iconic motorcycles used in the movie “Easy Rider.” The "Billy Bike" encapsulated Benny's idea for a cut down or "chopped" Harley and set the style copied by Black builders of that era.

Freedom Fighter
Motorcycle Riders Foundation

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is a national organization dedicated to lobbying for those who ride, to protecting and defending their rights as motorcyclists, and to addressing the concerns of street riders and the motorcycle industry they support.

In 1985 the MRF held its first annual Meeting of the Minds conference. For many activists from around the country this marked the first time they’d met to discuss how to best preserve and protect motorcycling. The main issues of the day, mandatory helmet laws, unfair insurance laws, and the right to modify motorcycles, are still faced today, along with many others.

In 2022, the MRF will hold its 38th Annual Meeting of the Minds, representing an unbroken chain of unparalleled training and networking opportunities that has molded the American biker’s rights movement into the highly effective force it is today.

MRF also holds its annual ‘Bikers Inside the Beltway’ grassroots lobbying event where riders from all over the country go to Washington, D.C. to help fight for their rights.

Arlen Ness Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
Don Emde

Don Emde’s list of accomplishments is extensive. He began AMA professional racing in 1969 and won AFM racing association’s overall national championship. His racing successes continued, and he moved to Expert level in 1971, riding with the BSA factory team and ranked 11th in US. In 1972, he switched to Yamaha.

When he won the Daytona 200, he set many milestones, including the first Daytona 200 victory for a Yamaha motorcycle, first two-stroke and smallest engine size to ever win that challenging race. After racing for a few more years, he transitioned into other roles and went to work for Bell Helmets and was promoted to its VP of Sales & Marketing.

In 1986, he became the publisher for “Motorcycle Dealernews.” Some of his notable changes were to shorten the magazine’s name to “Dealernews” and add the tagline “Voice of the Powersports Industry” to reach a larger audience.

Emde was instrumental launching the PR campaign in the ‘90s “Discover Today’s Motorcycling” (now He started his own newsletter, self-published many books, and produced a dealer publication for Parts Unlimited.

Emde served on the AMA Board of Directors, helped to create the bylaws and election processes for the AMA Hall of Fame, and has been involved with Trailblazers for over 25 years and served as its president for the past 10.

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Salt Torpedo Chapter 25

Wow...looks amazing. We all need to be there!

-- Gary
Sedona , AZ


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* Daymaker headlight
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* Solid machined cast aluminum wheels
* Removeable passenger seat
* Satin chrome front end
* 240rear tire

This bike is only $19,995.00
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Dakota V-Twin is now offering appointments for Dynotuning during the 75th Sturgis Rally. Act fast as spots are booking up quick. Get your fuel injected or carbureted motorcycle running at optimum performance and fuel mileage at all elevations with our state of the art Dyno facility utilizing the latest model Dynojet 250i.

We have the area’s best professionally trained Dyno tuner and are setup directly with Dynojet via Tuning link. We are a full-service year-round shop located just a few miles from downtown Sturgis.

Don't be fooled by the fly by night dyno guys. Trust the professionals at Dakota V-Twin for all of your motorcycle needs during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

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Spearfish, SD 57783

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Why climate change is good for the world.
Don't panic! The scientific consensus is that warmer temperatures do more good than harm

Climate change has done more good than harm so far and is likely to continue doing so for most of this century. This is not some barmy, right-wing fantasy; it is the consensus of expert opinion. Yet almost nobody seems to know this. Whenever I make the point in public, I am told by those who are paid to insult anybody who departs from climate alarm that I have got it embarrassingly wrong, don’t know what I am talking about, must be referring to Britain only, rather than the world as a whole, and so forth.

At first, I thought this was just their usual bluster. But then I realized that they are genuinely unaware. Good news is no news, which is why the mainstream media largely ignores all studies showing net benefits of climate change. And academics have not exactly been keen to push such analysis forward. So here follows, for possibly the first time in history, an entire article in the national press on the net benefits of climate change.

There are many likely effects of climate change: positive and negative, economic and ecological, humanitarian and financial. And if you aggregate them all, the overall effect is positive today — and likely to stay positive until around 2080. That was the conclusion of Professor Richard Tol of Sussex University after he reviewed 14 different studies of the effects of future climate trends.

To be precise, Prof Tol calculated that climate change would be beneficial up to 2.2°C of warming from 2009 (when he wrote his paper). This means approximately 3°C from pre-industrial levels, since about 0.8°C of warming has happened in the last 150 years. The latest estimates of climate sensitivity suggest that such temperatures may not be reached till the end of the century — if at all. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose reports define the consensus, is sticking to older assumptions, however, which would mean net benefits till about 2080. Either way, it’s a long way off.

Now Prof Tol has a new paper, published as a chapter in a new book, called How Much have Global Problems Cost the World? It is edited by Bjorn Lomborg, director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, and was reviewed by a group of leading economists. In this paper he casts his gaze backwards to the last century. He concludes that climate change did indeed raise human and planetary welfare during the 20th century.

Overall, Prof Tol finds that climate change in the past century improved human welfare. By how much? He calculates by 1.4 per cent of global economic output, rising to 1.5 per cent by 2025. For some people, this means the difference between survival and starvation.

--Matt Ridley
The Spectator

Common Sense Comes with Age
Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most never use it.

My tolerance for idiots is extremely low these days. I used to have some immunity built up, but obviously there's a new strain out there.

It’s not my age that bothers me; it’s the side effects.

I’m not saying I’m old and worn out, but I make sure I’m nowhere near the curb on trash day.

As I watch this generation try and rewrite our history, I'm sure of one thing: It will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

As I’ve gotten older, people think I’ve become lazy. The truth is I’m just being more energy-efficient.
I haven't gotten anything done today. I've been in the Produce Department trying to open this stupid plastic bag.

If you find yourself feeling useless, remember it took 20 years, trillions of dollars, and four presidents to replace the Taliban with the Taliban.

Turns out that being a "senior" is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

I want to be 18 again and ruin my life differently. I have new ideas.

God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the world. Then he made the earth round. . . and laughed and laughed and laughed.

I'm on two diets. I wasn't getting enough food on one.
I put my scale in the bathroom corner and that's where the little liar will stay until it apologizes.

My mind is like an internet browser. At least 19 open tabs, 3 of them are frozen, and I have no clue where the music is coming from.

Hard to believe I once had a phone attached to a wall, and when it rang, I picked it up without knowing who was calling.

Apparently RSVPing to a wedding invitation "Maybe next time" isn't the correct response.

She says I keep pushing her buttons. If that were true, I would have found mute by now.

Sometimes the Universe puts you in the same situation again to see if you’re still as stupid as the first time.

There is no such thing as a grouchy old person. The truth is that once you get old, you stop being polite and start being honest.

And there you have it!

--Sam Burns

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Working with JIMS Machine for the answer:

Maybe you guys can help me with our Salt Torpedo. We are only running a tack and need to know when we hit 100 mph. We are running your 135-inch Twin Cam, a standard BDL belt drive, your Fat5 overdrive transmission and a 46-tooth rear sprocket.



Vance & Hines Expands VO2 Air Intake Lineup--
with New Radiant, Stingray and Eliminator Models for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Vance & Hines' VO2 Air Intake lineup is the company's fastest growing product line, driven by the improved airflow and the dramatic styling upgrade the VO2 units provide to Harley-Davidson V-twins. The lineup of air intakes now includes new styles and finishes, including the addition of “skullcap” styles, which are the definition of minimalistic styling. All of these new additions to the VO2 lineup are priced under $300.

“We’ve seen tremendous demand for the improved performance and style offered by our VO2 Air intake products,” said Vance & Hines President and CEO Mike Kennedy. “It’s only natural that we offer more options for Harley riders looking for the finishing touch for their bike.”

Vance & Hines begins the expansion of their VO2 lineup with this month’s launch of the Radiant III and the Radiant V, which are three and five spoke styles allowing the customizer to match the air intake’s look with other components on the bike.

The sleek and minimalistic design delivers maximum air flow to a bike's engine using a high-capacity air filter and the new patent pending Force™ Velocity Stack. The Radiant III and Radiant V deliver increased air flow and give a motorcycle a sleek custom look. Both models are available in Black, Brushed Stainless Steel or Chrome. Fitments are available for Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee 8-powered motorcycles, Throttle By Wire Twin Cam, Sportsters and early Twin Cam models. Radiant III and Radiant V retail for $299 in black(red filter element), $259 in Brushed Stainless Steel(red filter element) and $279 in Chrome(black filter element).

Also new to the Vance & Hines portfolio of VO2 Air intakes are two "skullcap-style" intakes, the Stingray and the Eliminator. These units are the ultimate in minimalistic styling, allowing the washable filter element to remain in full view while the cover provides visual impact to the engine. Both offer improved airflow using the company's Force Velocity Stack and add a touch of Vance & Hines style to a rider's bike. Available in both Black and Chrome versions, the Stingray and Eliminator are available as a full air intake setup and also as a replacement cover for other Vance & Hines VO2 air intakes.

The VO2 Stingray Air Intake is inspired by the scoop hoods of classic high-performance hot rods. The Vance & Hines logo adds the finishing touch to the Stingray cover.

The look of the VO2 Eliminator Air Intake, inspired by the company's racing heritage, emulates the CNC-machined pockets of the billet end caps used on Vance & Hines racing motorcycles from flat track to road racing.

Fitments are available for Harley-Davidson's Milwaukee 8-powered motorcycles, Throttle By Wire Twin Cam, Sportsters and early Twin Cam models. VO2 Stingray Air Intake Kits and VO2 Eliminator Air Intake Kits retail for $249.99. Stingray and Eliminator skullcap covers, which can also be purchased separately to go on Screamin' Eagle or other aftermarket round filters with a center bolt mount retail for $79.99.

Rain covers are available for all of the new VO2 Air Intakes.

These are the limited-edition Mint Speed Shop flannels made specifically for the Evo Entanglement show. The only way to get one is to register in advance or on site to enter the show. And show entry is Free!


It's at the Chip Crossroads, free to attend. Weds August 10, Register by 1, awards at 4. Sponsored by S&S Cycle with co-op from Paughco and Baker Drivetrain. WIth Bill Dodge of Bling's Cycles! I'll attach the flyer too.
Best of show wins over $15K in prizes:
 A complete V-111 S&S engine, Paughco Frame and tank, Baker OD6 Transmission!

And, BTW, attached are two handmade Tank Trophies by Ron Harris of Chop Docs Choppers in S. Daytona.

--Marilyn Stemp
•Iron Trader News
•Kiwi Indian E-News
•Sturgis Rider Daily

  1. Better use of automated vehicles
  2. Defies various claims from tech experts on how low-end manual Labor will permanently end
  3. My view is that even basic Farming Techniques should be essential teaching and saved for future generations.

Man Beats Robots at Mercedes' most efficient factory

Mercedes Menz's Factory 56 in Germany is probably one of the first ones to have reduced robots and replaced them with human and highly digitized shopping cart model to enhance efficiency.

This particular factory claims to be 25% more efficient than the company’s previous most productive factory. Surprisingly, this was achieved by removing over a dozen robots and enhancing digitization and syncing it with human resources.

The new in-house-developed digitalization setup is called MO (Mercedes Operations) 360 degree which can digitalize every production process, the company said.

The factory has moved ahead of the conveyor belt and adopted the most flexible shopping cart model where thousands of AGVs (automated guided vehicles) of different sizes keep ferrying parts all around the assembly and manufacturing lines. The carmaker calls the transition from lean manufacturing to digital production.

AGVs move on unending serpentine magnetic strip crisscrossing Factory 56 which is almost equal to the size of 30 soccer grounds.


IMAGE: image only typical representation - Not the Mercedez Factory 56, Germany.

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WISDOM QUOTES : by Dale Carnegie
from his second best-selling book - still topping Top 10 Lists: “How To Stop Worrying and Start Living"

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself"
- Dale Carnegie quoting Emerson in his Essay on 'Self-reliance'

"I have never known six happy days in my life."
- Napoleon at St.Helena

"I have found life so beautiful"
- Hellen Keller (blind, deaf & dumb)

"A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinions of what happens"
- Montaigne (French philosopher)
Dale Carnegie comments : 'And our opinion of what happens is entirely up to us'

"Sit up cheerfully and you will be on the path to cheerfulness"
- William James (practical psychology)

"To be wronged or robbed is nothing unless you continue to remember it"
- Confucius

"The best doctors in the world are Doctor Diet, Doctor Quiet and Doctor Merrymen"
- Jonathan Swift (author of Gulliver's Travels)
Dale Carnegie comments: 'most devastating pessimist in English literature. Quote about great health-giving powers of cheerfulness and happiness'


Located on the Trail of Tears in Georgia, Cave Spring is holding its 9th Annual Motorcycle Rally and Music Fest. New this year - Ice Cold Beer, Born To Ride Choppertown Live, Ride in Bike Show, Bike Games hosted by Georgia Riders!

Extra cool mountain riding weather has been ordered just for you!

Twin Rivers Chopper Campout is an event so magical, even the dirt has a sparkle.

Tucked away just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in a small North Carolina town called Crumpler, a gaggle of folks get together to throw down in the woods for a weekend. Hosted for its third successful run by Zak Gibbons, a couple of hundred curious individuals from near and far flooded the primitive campsite with choppers, vans, and good times.

Luckily a buzz had hit the town alerting the only close gas station to be fully stocked with extra brews, as people began filing in on Thursday ready to hang out riverside and breathe in that sweet mountain breeze.

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That red bagger chopper was one of my favorite builds of yours, but you always seem to top every build though with the next one. Choppers and red and chrome always seem to work for me.

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