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Spirits and Confidence are High in the Motorcycle Industry

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Sidehack Jerry, Buckshot, Sam Burns, Ben, Uncle Monkey, Barry Green, Markus Cuff, Geno and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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The holiday spirit is high this year.
We were hit with pre-Thanksgiving deals, Black Friday offers, Cyber Monday attractions and all-new giving Tuesday specials. Wow!

According to the Wall Street Journal retail sales over the Thanksgiving weekend weren’t bad, although most stores curbed their orders this year. Actually they don’t know. They’re just guessing…

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 BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.

Introducing the all-new Royal Enfield Interceptor 650 and Continental GT 650 Twin.
Distinctive from the rest of the Royal Enfield line of single-cylinder 500 cc classic machines, these beauties have an all-new power plant -- an air-cooled, 650 cc, parallel twin cylinder engine -- a little more displacement for riders going a little more distance. The modern takes on Royal Enfield classics have a target availability the second half of 2018 with a target price of less than $7,000.


Now through the end of the year, Royal Enfield dealers are offering a special promotion -- $99/month payment for a Bullet, Classic or Continental GT. Riders must have a down payment and acceptable credit to qualify. All Royal Enfield models come with a two-year, unlimited-mile warranty, and each motorcycle undergoes a 100-point inspection at the company’s PDI center in Texas before arriving at dealerships.


The Supreme Court has ruled that there cannot be a Nativity Scene on Capitol Hill this Christmas season.

This isn't for any religious reason. They simply have not been able to find Three Wise Men in the Nation's Capital.

A search for a Virgin also continues.

There was no problem, however, finding enough asses to fill the stable.

--Bobby Stark

Funding Infrastructure in Rural America—
a Snapshot of Three States--

Whenever the media reports on infrastructure, much of the time the discussion centers on urban cores and highways. Small towns and rural roads are often left out of the discussion but related infrastructure needs can be just as critical. Securing adequate funding for road and bridge maintenance requires the active involvement and cooperation of rural, urban, and state government leaders alike.

Here are snapshot portraits of three rural states and how each is asking questions while searching for solutions to some pressing transportation needs.

West Virginia

Recently in West Virginia, three mayors from Preston County met with their U.S. Representative, David McKinley. As pointed out during the meeting, small towns have difficulty raising enough revenue to do anything over and above the basics. That is why small towns sometimes engage in activities such as raising local sales tax or allowing speed traps to help fund local infrastructure problems and pay for police services.

McKinley told the mayors that grant money on a federal level is available to help small towns. Tunnelton Mayor Brian Harris pointed out though that he could never justify hiring a grant writer when his town of 300 people had difficulties funding a police department.

Infrastructure decisions are difficult for rural towns where choices are primarily based on three questions:

—Where will we find the funding?
—Will we ever be able to afford it?
—Can we let repairs go for another year?

In early October, West Virginia voters passed overwhelmingly a $1.6 billion state bond measure to repair and build roads and bridges. This is the right direction for the relatively rural state but will the state help small towns with few resources write transportation plans, proposals and grants so that they can share in the infrastructure funding?

South Dakota

Governor Dennis Daugaard recently wrote an editorial about the importance of transportation planning. The state currently has 82,000 miles of roadway and in 2015 Daugaard signed a road funding bill that generated $85 million in new annual revenue. He said the need was great and it was much better to raise the gas tax by six cents, and increase the motor vehicle excise tax and license plate fees to maintain good roads rather than repair bad ones.

Since 2015, South Dakota has worked on 6,078 miles of state highway and repaired 172 bridges. An additional $9 million will be available in April 2018 to fix more bridges.

To be eligible to receive funding, counties must have a five-year transportation plan and levy a county wheel tax. Cities and counties must provide a minimum of a 20 percent financial match for any grants. Eligible bridges must serve multiple residences, farms, ranches and be located on fully maintained public roadways.


Missouri’s Governor Eric Greitens recently appointed citizens to a 21st Century Transportation System Task Force to help him figure out how to fund urban and rural transportation.

Task force member and ex-state Transportation Commissioner Jim Simpson said in a recent meeting that over the past ten years there has been a 50-50 split between urban and rural funding and that the real problem is lack of resources for all regions of the state. Apparently the state has been losing matching federal dollars because the state cannot always come up with the necessary 20 percent matching funds to contribute for a project.

A three-part report is due to the Governor in January and a gas tax hike might well be one of the recommendations. The state’s gas tax has not increased since 1996. In 2016, Missouri spent nearly $1.4 billion on state roads and bridges.

Funding rural infrastructure takes leadership from both elected officials and citizens who can help in the process. Hard choices need to be made so that the country’s infrastructure can continue to function at all levels of society. Unfortunately leadership today too often defaults to levying new taxes without first taking a hard look at spending on projects that aren’t as critical to everyday life as well-maintained roads and bridges.

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2014 Harley-Davidson FLHTK - Electra Glide Ultra Limited
Selling Price -$19,995.00


Retail Price: $24,995.00
Sale Price: $19,995.00
Location: Anaheim, California
Condition: Pre-Owned
Stock Number: 10475
Year: 2014
Make: Harley-Davidson
Model: FLHTK - Electra Glide® Ultra Limited
Family: Touring
Color: Black/Grey Two Tone
Engine: 103-inch
Mileage: 24,561
Transmission: 6-speed


Sheriff: Brevard corrections deputy stole money from inmate, arrested.

A corrections deputy was arrested and charged with fraud Friday after an investigation found that she had stolen money from an inmate, according to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Felicia Brown, 29, is suspected of stealing less than $100 from a recently released inmate and spending it on small purchases at several Titusville-area businesses.

When an inmate is released from the jail, their funds are returned to them on a debit card. Brown noticed a mistake by another officer and realized the money hadn't been returned to the inmate, according to reports.
The issue came to the attention of BCSO when internal auditors and the inmate reported the discrepancy almost simultaneously, Sheriff Wayne Ivey said.

The inmate was released by another officer, who Ivey said made an "honest oversight" in not returning the money, which Brown then noticed and exploited. He does not believe anybody else was involved.

Brown began working for BCSO in December of 2013 and was assigned to the Brevard County Jail Complex. She was immediately fired by BCSO after her arrest. Ivey said that Brown had no disciplinary issues during her time at the jail.

Although Ivey believes Brown's case to be an isolated incident and not a procedural issue, he said that BCSO will review policies and procedures at the jail to prevent similar incidents from taking place in the future.

"Anything that she had to do with, obviously our economic crimes team will be looking at," Ivey said. "Our auditing team will look at the other exchanges but the entire process as well."

"Anytime you have something like this, you have a due diligence to make sure it hasn't happened somewhere else and to make sure it can't happen again," he added.

According to BCSO, it's protocol to house officers at jail facilities in other counties. Officers are also exempt from having their mugshots released to the public, according to state statutes.

Brown was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card, scheme to defraud, petit theft, official misconduct, criminal use of personal information and false entries in books of a business. She is now being held at the jail on $30,000 bond.

--by Vazquez

--from Rogue

All veterans should join.
All veterans should join.

“This is my first home in my entire life, and I thank DAV for it,” Joseph Lightweis.

In honor of Giving Tuesday, our generous friends at MarLand Technologies are matching all gifts today up to $250,000. Please help us take advantage of this matching gift opportunity by making a gift to DAV right now.

Your gift will provide necessary services to injured veterans and their families ? veterans like Joseph.

Often, a complex chain of events leads a veteran into homelessness. However, a single act can be the catalyst in a chain reaction that puts him or her back on track.

Navy veteran Joseph Lightwies was homeless for decades, but connecting with a DAV National Service Officer ? a service DAV can provide only because of supporters like you ? proved to be the spark that changed his life for the better.

Watch how a DAV National Service Officer helped turn Joseph’s life around. Then, give a gift to support all of DAV’s lifesaving services. Plus, you can have double the impact today only because, in honor of Giving Tuesday, every gift will be matched up to $250,000, by our generous friends at MarLand Technologies.

--J. Marc Burgess
DAV National Adjutant/CEO

From the fight against breast cancer to supporting our veterans, Harley-Davidson is proud to partner with organizations working to make a difference.

Thanks for your help in getting me in touch with Steve from Paughco.

As you know I have had a project build going for some time now, utilizing a Paughco FXR style frame and a Twin Cam motor.
Due to a fire at the workshop where the bike was being built I lost some parts.

Steve, at Paughco is helping me out regarding these missing bits.

I look forward to sending you pics of the completed build which will incorporate a Corbin Warbird body kit.
Cheers and thanks again.

--Doc Robinson
Associate/Technical Editor


We are also looking forward to Salt Torpedo updates from Paughco in the near future. We need to be on the Salt in August.—Bandit


Subject: Do You Drink Beer?

This is a conversation between a husband and his wife. Please note that she asks five or six questions which he answered quite simply; but, then she is speechless after answering only one question.

Woman: Do you drink beer?


How many beers a day?

Man: Usually about three.

How much do you pay per beer?

Man: $5.00 which includes a tip (this is where it gets scary!).

Woman: And how long have you been drinking?

Man: About 20 years, I suppose.

Woman: So a beer costs $5 and you have three beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5400 correct?

Man: Correct.

Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000 correct?

Man: Correct..

Woman: Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought an airplane?

Man: Do you drink beer?

Woman: No.

Man: Where is your airplane?

--from Bobby Stark

It's that time of year again and we're happy to announce our most insane sale of the year! 30% off sitewide this week only - DVDs, downloads, shirts, everything.

Please pass the word on these promotions so we can keep supporting our filmmakers to make more films for us all to enjoy. Thanks guys!

Stay independent.
Zack and Scott and the Choppertown gang

~Happy Holidays from Choppertown~

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