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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T., Redhead, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Laura, Stealth, George Fleming, Geno and the rest of the gang

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The Smoke Out commander rode in on
 Tuesday, from the south and so did Rogue, the Bikernet senior editor. My grandson is completing his first leg into Phoenix from LA for a pipe upgrade with Jeff Holt. Then the crew rode East and he reported in from Durango. Dr. Hamster flew in today.

The bros are rolling into town from every corner of the earth. It doesn’t matter if a country is trying to ban flights, if fossil fuels are under fire, if the Turbo Covid strain has peaked, if Masks are required or not, if Vaccines are lost, the bros are coming to party.

It’s amazing. It’s nuts. If you read the paper or watch CNN the world is imploding in hate and disasters, but not here. The bros and broettes are having a blast, mask free and who cares about vaccines. It’s a free country. Get a vaccine or not, it’s up to you.

Remember when we judged a guy by the bike he rode, now it’s the vaccine judge…
Let’s hit the news. It’s all good here in the Badlands.
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Check the Iron Trader out.


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Harley-Davidson back in India through Hero Motorcycles

Around 100 Harley-Davidson bikes, constituting the first batch, have been completely pre-booked indicating robust demand for the iconic brand. “The other models include the likes of Softail, Fat Bob, and Street Bob motorcycles,” regarding the bookings, an industry source told PTI.

Hero MotoCorp has onboarded 12 Harley-Davidson dealers and increased its customer touch-points across the country. As per its licensing agreement, Hero MotoCorp, the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters, has taken over the exclusive distribution rights of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, parts and merchandise in India, after the latter decided to close its operations in the country. The source said there would be more units assigned to the country as the first lot is totally pre-booked. The iconic American brand has already started taking bookings for the next batch, he added.

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Just shows how wrong the Harley-Davidson Management was about India not being a market for their motorcycles.

If they still had the models such as Iron and 48 and the previous Sportster, etc, they would have sold so much more despite "pandemic economy.”

One year of bad customer experience and disappointed authorized dealers in India - for the iconic brand name.

Tesla has announced it’s coming to India with their electric cars. They cost as much as a Mercedes or BMW luxury car but folks will buy these plenty here.

International News Correspondent
Bikernet News Bureau

Motorcycles as Art at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip
Meet the Legendary Builders & Photographer Michael Lichter at the Public Opening?Noon on Sunday August 8th - Free Admission

Located in the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center Gallery next to the East Gate (No Buffalo Chip Pass Required for this Event)
4-Days Only (Sun: 12-4:30pm; Mon-Weds: 2-10pm)

“More Mettle: Motorcycles and Art that Never Quit” will be on display in the Buffalo Chip’s 6,000+ sq.ft. gallery for four days only. Enjoy free admission to see the all-new custom motorcycles from thirty builders* including major reveals with BMW’s Shinya Kimura and Indian’s Paul Cox/Keino Sasaki factory sponsored customs. Celebrating renowned photographer/curator Michael Lichter’s 21st annual exhibition with over 100-framed photographs on display.

* “More Mettle - Motorcycles and Art That Never Quit” builder roster. These builders have all been in business for at least 20-years, and built at least 20-custom bikes. (Some are in business over 50-years and have built 100s of bikes!)

1. Arlin Fatland, Two Wheelers M/C Denver @2wheelersmc
2. Bill Dodge, Blings Cycles @blingscycles
3. Billy Lane, Choppers Inc.
4. Brian Klock, Klock Werks @mrwerks, @klockwerks
5. Carl Olsen, Carl's Cycle Supply
6. Cole Foster, Salinas Boys @thesalinasboy,
7. Cory Ness, Arlen Ness Enterprises @coryness1
8. Dan Bacon Carr, DC Choppers @dcchoppers
9. Dave Perewitz, Perewitz Cycle Fabrication @dperewitz, @perewitz_cyclefab
10. Donnie Smith, Donnie Smith Custom Cycles @dsmthmnmc
11. Fred Cuba, Fred's Speed and Sport
12. Jeff Wright, Church of Choppers @churchofchoppers
13. Jerry Covington, Covingtons Customs @jerry_covingtonscustoms, @covingtons_customs
14. John Shope, Dirty Bird Concepts
15. Keino Sasaki, Keino Cycles @keinocycles
16. Kiwi Mike Tomas, Kiwi Indian Motorcycles @kiwiindianmotorcycles
17. Mark & Paul Shadley, Shadley Bros
18. Matt Olsen, Carl's Cycle Supply @matthewolsen
19. Michael LaFountain, Raccia Motorcycles
20. Micah McClosky, Micah McCloskey Customs
21. Mondo Porras, Denver's Choppers @denverschoppersmondo
22. Paul Cox, Paul Cox Industries @paulcoxindustries
23. Paul Wideman, Bare Knuckle Choppers @bareknucklepaul
24. Paul Yaffe, Paul Yaffe Originals @pybaggernation
25. Rick Fairless Strokers Dallas @rickfairless
26. Roland Sands, Roland Sands Design @rolandsands, @rolandsandsdesign
27. Shinya Kimura, Chabott Engineering @_____menacing___ayu_____
28. Taber Nash, Nash Motorcycle Co. @nashmotorcycleco
29. Tim McNamer, Ballistic Cycles @ballistictim
30. Tom Keefer, Franklin Church Choppers @franklinchurchchoppers

For more information;
Michael Lichter (Curator)


On a nearly annual basis the media in this country is inspired to report stories about motorcycle fatalities on our nation’s roadways. Invariably, these stories paint motorcycle rider deaths as a product of irresponsible riders who live in states that have some level of helmet choice. Frequently they report statistics that prove their narrative but fail to paint a full and complete picture. The lens with which these stories are reported often takes the naïve view that crashes can be made “safer” if only bikers somehow followed government helmet mandates.

The only true solution to motorcycle safety and reducing fatalities are proactive measures, which prevent a collision from occurring at all, rather than reactive steps that may or may not offer some level of injury mitigation only after a crash has already taken place. Rider education, which prepares motorcyclists to interact with other roadway users by learning and practicing the skills necessary for hazard avoidance and developing a strategy to deal with real world traffic, is the primary component of a comprehensive motorcycle safety plan. Additionally, educating all motor vehicle operators to be alert and free of impairment as they share the road with others is critical in deterring crashes caused by inattention.

When coming across these stories keep in mind some facts that are omitted from their reports.

Fact: Over the last decade motorcycle related deaths have varied between years but for the most part remain flat. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from 2019 shows 5,014 deaths, a decrease from the 2008 5,307 deaths NTSHA recorded. In that same time period registered motorcycles increased from 7.7 million in 2008 to 8.7 million ten years later. In other words, there are a million more bikes on the road and there were 300 less deaths.

Fact: Twenty-nine percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2017 were riding without proper licensure at the time of the collision. A valid motorcycle license includes a rider having a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle endorsement or possessing a motorcycle only license. Proper training and licensing are fundamental parts of motorcycle safety, taking unqualified riders off the road is a commonsense solution to lowering motorcycle fatalities.

Fact: The lack of a helmet mandate in the 31 states who have allowed freedom of choice does not prohibit someone from choosing to wear a helmet. In fact, a 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation audit showed that states without mandatory helmet laws still saw 56.5% of riders choose to wear a helmet.

Fact: A 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System report showed that in crash study data, where helmet use was known, 36% of motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet. Conversely 61% of motorcycle fatalities involved a rider wearing a helmet. The remaining 3% had unknown usage. These numbers closely mirror NHTSA data on overall helmet usage which shows 64% of riders wearing helmets.

Fact: Despite the constant drum beat from safety advocates, the media and Washington D.C. bureaucrats about the ills of helmetless riders, state legislatures continue to trust the judgment of bikers. Just last year Missouri passed a modified helmet law allowing the choice to ride without a helmet to those who are qualified. In at least three other states, West Virginia, Maryland, and Nebraska there are active campaigns to change their helmet mandates and let those who ride decide.



LOS ANGELES, CA. August 4, 2021– ARCH Motorcycle, the Los Angeles based bespoke production motorcycle company co-founded by Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves, today announced its partnership and collaboration with Motul, a world-class French company specializing in the formulation, production, and distribution of high-tech powersports and motorsports lubricants.

Motul will provide lubricants for the entire ARCH Motorcycle lineup, including the ARCH KRGT-1 as well as the upcoming ARCH 1s and ARCH Method 143 models. Motul will also serve as a technical partner for ARCH Motorcycle’s new product development. Both companies share a "no-compromise" approach to developing the best products in their industries, and Motul’s offerings – such as their highly recommended Motul Twin Line oils – use a race-derived "Ester technology" to ensure proper performance on the street for ARCH’s motorcycle lineup.

“As ARCH celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year and we look ahead to the future, we’re honored to have the opportunity to work with a brand that’s created a legacy like Motul has. The ability to work closely with Motul’s team plays an essential role in the performance and reliability of our current products,” said Gard Hollinger, co-founder at ARCH Motorcycle. “We’re excited to work with Motul to evolve our lubricant collaboration further through our ongoing product development program.”

“Motul is proud to partner with ARCH to assist in developing some of the most innovative and iconic motorcycles in the industry,” said Casey Thomas, Motul USA National Powersports Director. “Both ARCH and Motul set the highest standards for performance in their products, with customers that expect the absolute best.”

In addition, ARCH and Motul look forward to a successful partnership with some pretty exciting collaborations to come in the future. More details to be shared soon.

For more information on ARCH Motorcycle and its bespoke production motorcycles, please visit The ARCH press kit is available HERE. Information on Motul and its stellar lubricant offerings is available at


ARCH Motorcycle is a boutique manufacturer co-founded by Gard Hollinger and Keanu Reeves that produces bespoke production motorcycles in their state-of-the-art Los Angeles area factory. ARCH creates over 200 unique parts in-house, which are proprietary to the currently available ARCH KRGT-1, the company's first production model, as well as its upcoming ARCH 1s and ARCH Method 143 models. Designer and builder Gard Hollinger oversees a seasoned staff of devoted craftsmen who produce each unit to meet their client’s ergonomic and aesthetic preferences. ARCH Motorcycle delivers an unrivaled riding and ownership experience through an obsession for innovative design, engineering excellence, and dedication to the rider.

Follow ARCH on social media platforms to stay updated with the latest news.


A Victory in the Battle Against Tariffs
In a win for the powersports industry, the Office of the United States Trade Representative decided in July not to impose additional trade restrictions on Vietnam, where motorcycle riding gear and accessories are produced.

The MIC Government Relations Office fought for this outcome over the past 10 months in meetings and through written comments submitted to the USTR.


QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- Q. Why aren't dogs good dancers? A. Because they have two left feet!

Waiting for a campsite outside the Buffalo Chip

Join Bandit's Cantina for the kicks.
Join Bandit's Cantina for the kicks.

CHOP CULT GIVEAWAY-- I am in awe of people's kindness and generosity, like artist Geraldo Targino. I share his creations through social media from time to time because I dig his style. Geraldo reached out and offered to paint something for CC to giveaway, so I contacted out to Tyler at Lowbrow Customs to see if we could get a tank. If you know Tyler, you know he's down to support the community.

Tyler sent Geraldo a coffin tank, and Geraldo delivered! One lucky winner will take home this fine as hell custom tank on August 7th. Would you like to be that person? If yes, click here to play along. We all hope that the winner will rock the tank on their bike! Best of luck!- Lisa

Meet The Artist - "My name is Geraldo Targino. I am 45 years old and grew up in São Paulo, Brazil. I've been painting and building motorcycles since 1996. In 2007, I lived and worked in Italy, Spain, and I'm living in Los Angeles for the last seven years.

I came to work at a Garage Company, and for the last five years, I've restored and built motorcycles for another shop. We were doing some high-end projects. I built vintage motorcycles and bronze sculptures which are on display at the HAAS Museum in Dallas, Texas. In March 2021, I reopened my garage in downtown Los Angeles, and I work alone. I like to work on one project simultaneously, from the fabrication to paint and electrical to the final project.

My current project is a 1963 Bonneville triumph for Barry Weiss. Please follow me on Instagram and YouTube to see more of my work."- Geraldo.

MIXED FEELING ABOUT THE NEW SPORTSTER--Harley-Davidson Sportster S 2021 First Ride Review
by Dustin Wheelen from

While the Sportster S does feature rear cylinder deactivation at a stop, the tracker-style pipes not only contribute to the engine heat, but it also traps it under the seat.

Unsurprisingly, the rider’s right leg receives the first heatwave, but the engine’s port side follows suit in short order.

In motion, the warmth goes unnoticed, but from light to light, the heat forced me to rest my right foot on the peg at a stop. Otherwise, the exhaust was liable to broil my inner thigh to a medium-well shank.

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Vance & Hines Ready for Action at 81st Sturgis Rally

August 3, 2021 - Vance & Hines, the nation's premier manufacturer of motorcycle performance products, has rolled into South Dakota and is setting up for one of the biggest rallies ever.

There will be two Vance & Hines rigs at the rally this year. One located at Black Hills Harley-Davidson at Exit 55 of Interstate 90 in Rapid City, the second at J&P Cycles on Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis. Both displays are based out of the company's 53-foot event trucks and feature a full selection of the company's Air, Fuel and Exhaust products. Experts from the company's headquarters in California will staff the displays and the dealer's technicians will be doing installations on-site for customers who want to get the look, sound and feel of Vance & Hines products immediately. Customers who prefer to have the installation done by their hometown dealer can have one of the Vance & Hines product experts write a Vance & Hines Make It Yours "prescription" for the exact parts needed to upgrade their motorcycle.

"Our team of product experts were anxious to hit the road for this year's rally. We are planning for one of the biggest crowds ever and we've got everything we need to help our customers personalize their Harley's at the rally," said John Potts, Vance & Hines head of sales and marketing.

The Vance & Hines rigs will be operating at both locations through Saturday, August 14.

Terry Vance to Receive 2021 Moxy Award at 2021 Sturgis Rally

August 3, 2021 - Vance & Hines co-founder Terry Vance will receive the Buffalo Chip's Moxy Award at the 81st Sturgis Rally this week. The award, originally presented in 2017, recognizes individuals who have built businesses and have served the motorcycling public and the motorcycle industry.

“Those who’ve demonstrated the backbone, skills, determination and cajones to start a business, grow it and prosper amidst difficult economic challenges in an intensely competitive marketplace have earned respect and recognition,” said the Buffalo Chip's Rod Woodruff.

"I'm honored to receive this recognition and want to thank Woody for considering me," said Vance. "The real credit belongs to the team at Vance & Hines who have a passion for riding, racing and making great products for our customers."

Vance and his partner, Byron Hines, began their relationship as drag racer and motorcycle tuner. After numerous wins and championships, the partners started Vance & Hines in 1979 to meet the needs of racers who wanted to emulate their on-track success. The company growth was fueled by quality products and great relationships with motorcycle manufacturers from around the world. Vance & Hines, based in Santa Fe Springs, California, is the nation's premier manufacturer of air intake, fuel management and exhaust products.

She's holdin.'
She's holdin.'

GUN NUT REPORT--Comments on ATF’s New “Frame or Receiver” Rule Now Open

On May 21, ATF published a new proposed rule in the Federal Register entitled Definition of “Frame or Receiver” and Identification of Firearms. That publication triggered the opening of the proposed rule to public comments. The comment period will remain open until August 19, 2021.

While the Justice Department has focused on the impact that this new rule would have on privately made firearms, and the proposed rule would destroy that unique aspect of American freedom, the proposal goes well beyond privately made firearms.

The proposed rule would create new definitions for the terms “firearm frame or receiver,” “frame or receiver,” “firearm,” “gunsmith,” “complete weapon,” “complete muffler or silencer device,” “privately made firearm,” and “readily.” The new definitions make it possible for firearms to have more than one “frame or receiver.” A conclusion that is both at odds with the controlling federal statute and could disrupt the entire industry.

In addition to these changes, ATF is seeking to create an entirely new process for licensed firearm dealers to apply serial numbers to unserialized firearms that come into their possession and to require the indefinite storage of firearm records by licensees. That requirement likewise has no basis in federal statutes.

In effect, the rule would mean that many manufacturers would need to get pre-approval from ATF for new firearm designs.

Due to the discretionary scheme created by the rule, the ATF Director would be given an incredible amount of power over the firearm industry. This comes at a time when President Biden has nominated anti-gun lobbyist and gun ban proponent David Chipman to head the ATF. This draft rule is just one more reason why it’s extremely important for all gun owners to contact their Senators and ask that they vote against Chipman’s confirmation.

NRA-ILA will provide more detailed explanations of the many problems with this proposed in the coming weeks as well as filing comments on this terrible rule on behalf of all NRA members. If you wish to comment in the meantime, please keep the following in mind.

These are ATF’s instructions for submitting comments:

You may submit comments, identified by docket number ATF 2021R-05, by any of the following methods—

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
Mail: Andrew Lange, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N-518, Washington, DC 20226; ATTN: ATF 2021R-05.

Fax: (202) 648-9741.

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number (ATF 2021R-05) for this notice of proposed rulemaking (“NPRM” or “proposed rule”). All properly completed comments received will be posted without change to the Federal eRulemaking portal,, including any personal information provided.

ATF also provided the following contact information for any questions regarding the proposed rule:

Andrew Lange, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, U.S. Department of Justice, 99 New York Ave. NE, Mail Stop 6N-518, Washington, DC 20226; telephone: (202) 648-7070 (this is not a toll-free number).

In addition to these technical requirements, it’s important to keep the following in mind when submitting comments.

Comments must be professional and respectful. While it is extremely frustrating, to say the least, that the Biden Administration is attempting to blame law-abiding gun owners for the actions of criminals, making comments that include profanity will make it easy for ATF to summarily reject those comments.

Comments should focus on the arbitrary nature of the proposed rule. The fact that it is essentially impossible to determine when a piece of metal or plastic becomes a firearm under the proposed rule and leaves such an important determination to administrative fiat makes the proposed rule incompatible with American principles of due process of law.
Comments should be individualized and focus on how the proposed rule would impact the commenter. A

TF will treat all identical comments as a single comment, so it is important to avoid using a form comment.

Comments can be submitted directly through Please check back to soon for more information on this burdensome, arbitrary, and unconstitutional proposed rule.


Come visit the Progressive Suspension Team at Black Hills Harley-Davidson for "The Rally at exit 55." Our suspension professionals will be happy to assist you in selecting and setting up the right combination for your unique bike, riding style and budget.

TESLA ELECTRIC TRUCK SALES SOAR--WTF this is beyond ugly? Are people so blind to good design now? Musk is punking us and laughing all the way to the bank.
Far from a Flop: Tesla Cybertruck orders surpass 1.2 million units
Tesla Cybertruck reservations have surpassed the 1.2 million unit threshold as over 17,000 all-electric pickups were ordered last week.

The Cybertruck, while not yet released by Tesla, is accumulating a significant number of pre-orders just months ahead of initial production. While CEO Elon Musk has recognized the fact that the Cybertruck could be a “flop,” reservation figures seem to point in a different direction.


Art Supporting the Motorcycle Industry--
To keep the sport of motorcycling healthy, we are looking for the next group of riders. And we found them, they’re kindergartners!

We’re training them to ride by donating bikes to their P.E. classes. Here are the stats:

343 schools
42 states
Instructed 57,934 kiddos
That way, when they’re ready to make a decision about motorcycling, they’ve done the hard work.

Help us train up the next generation of riders by registering for our online silent auction. It’s easy, just click the link and register.

This is our light breathable ballistic Nylon vest with leather trim. Click and check it out and all our cool leathers.
This is our light breathable ballistic Nylon vest with leather trim. Click and check it out and all our cool leathers.

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Reader Comments

I expect to see multiples of the 2022 version of that billboard on the roads into Sturgis and Bikernet banners hanging over the main drags in Sturgis, Deadwood and the big campgrounds when I hit town next year.

Both the wife and I will finally be retired and virus be damned, next year is our year to go west instead of just east coast events.

Vern Moore
Kingsley, PA
Thursday, August 12, 2021
Editor Response Keep in touch. I caught the virus from a brother from LA. Locked me down for half the event.

We will see about more billboards next year... Ya never know.
Digging that billboard! Are you going to have t-shirts and stickers with this design?

Mike Pullin
Charlotte, NC
Sunday, August 8, 2021
Editor Response Thanks Mike. That's a very good thought.

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