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In the Motorcycle World There's Never a Dull Moment

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Art Hall, Wayfarer, El Wags, Sidehack Jerry, Sam Burns, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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Hot action everywhere.
Robert Pandya should add events to his study list. There are more events on the Calendar for 2018 than ever before.

The David Mann Chopperfest in Ventura, California on Super Bowl Sunday was bigger than ever. Easyriders Columbus finals are coming up. Builders recently flew to Japan for Mooneyes. The Colorado Motorcycle expo, which was closed because of a shooting, re-opened and was strong. Hell, Art Hall is back in Thailand for Bike Week and Australian shows are popping up like crazy.

Racing is stronger than ever before with Speedway, flat track, Land Speed attempts at Bonneville and Brazil. Shit is happening fast and furious. There are now motorcycle tours to the far reaches of the earth. It’s non-stop.

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 and don’t miss the Smoke Out.

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Back in Thailand for the 22nd annual BIke week. Some 20-30,000 attend. Big show !!

Look just above the number 2 on the official Bike Week T-shirt. Amazing.

--Art Hall
Senior Bikernet International Correspondent Overseas

Let Me Break it Down for You: BIKERS INSIDE THE BELTWAY

Hey, you, yeah, YOU reading this. Are you coming to Bikers Inside the Beltway on May 14 & 15? If not then you can skip this article, but you also should reevaluate your decision making because Bikers Inside the Beltway (aka BITB) is one of the MRF’s best events and is a good time for all.

Okay, if you are still reading this and you are confirmed to attend BITB or thinking about attending then you are going to want to absorb the following. Even if you are a long-time attendee – there is some good stuff you need to know. I am going to offer you a roadmap of what to do and how to do it as you prepare for BITB. Play along….

1. Register to attend! WHEN? ASAP!!!!

There’s no cost to you, but you do need to let us know you are coming because we need to make sure we have enough materials/space/etc. You can register at https://mrf.org/events/ or by calling 202-546-0983

2. Book Your Hotel WHEN? By April 15

We have 2 options for you – The Best Western in Falls Church for $125/night OR the Governor’s House Inn at $89/night. They are across the street from each other and a quick ride into the Capitol. Also, we’ll hold our prep session here on Monday night, May 14.

3. SCHEDULE Appointments with your Elected Officials WHEN? Start on April 16!

Okay, guys – this is the most important one. No more “drop bys” which many groups have done in the past. They are nowhere near as effective as scheduling an in-person meeting with the Member of Congress or staffer. Don’t know how to go about doing that? We’ve got you covered, so NO EXCUSES. See more on this below….

Upon registering for the event (see item #1!) we will provide you with a list of contact information for your state’s delegation. It has very useful information like their phone number, email address, and location.

Email the contact person for the office you want to meet with – don’t know what to say? Don’t worry, the contact information sheet incudes language you can simply COPY & PASTE into an email. Easy peasy.

Rather call instead? No problem. Call the phone number listed for the office you want to meet with and say, “I am going to be in Washington, DC on May 15 and would like to schedule a meeting with the Congressman (or Senator) related to motorcycling.” The receptionist will take it from there which may be sending an email (see above) or by connecting you to the SCHEDULER (that’s basically the secretary) who will either give you a time for a meeting or connect you to the appropriate staff person.

If they direct you to a staff meeting you’ll want to say: “If the Congressman (or Senator) is unavailable, I would be willing to meet with the staffer who handles transportation issues.” Then pick a time. Write it down. Carry on.

One helpful hint – try to group your meetings in the same building. For SENATORS, that’s going to be Russell, Hart or Dirksen. For REPRESENTATIVES that’s going to be Cannon, Longworth or Rayburn. ?
If you try to group your meetings by building, its going to save you a LOT of walking.

One more helpful hint – for those of you with large delegations for which you can’t possibly see all in one day, pick those Representatives where a constituent (that’s someone who lives in their district) will be present for the meeting.

Still have time to see more folks? Ask me who you think you should make an appointment to see. I can steer you towards the Representatives or Senators where you’re more likely to make headway on the issues.

4. Find a Way to Get to Washington, D.C.

Fly, train, walk or RIDE – we need you here by Monday, May 14 at 7:00pm. We’ll gather together, go over the issues, provide you with handouts to distribute during your meetings and answer any questions. The early Tuesday morning, we’ll be KSU and headed to the Capitol.

This year we’re also hosting a “debrief” session at the local American Legion just a couple blocks from the Capitol. Starting at 3pm you can drop by, download on your meetings, have a drink and some food courtesy of our BITB sponsors and compare notes and any follow-up that’s necessary.

If you’ve got more questions just drop me a line….

Via email megan@mrf.org

Via landline 202-546-0983

Via text message 202-725-5471


-Megan Ekstrom,
Vice-President Government Affairs & Public Relations, Motorcycle Riders Foundation


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I was hoping to get confirmation that GL-5 does or does not cause problems with bronze bushings in older Harley transmissions. I have heard it will cause flaking of the bronze, or something like that, and should be avoided.

--Joe savino
Groton, CT

Yes, some GL-5 fluids can be a problem with soft, old bronze or brass components; however, the additive we use has a passivator in it that prevents
adverse reactions.

-- John Dunne
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Never miss neutral again...

Have you ever been frustrated searching for neutral between 1st and 2nd gears, or unintentionally catch neutral when making an aggressive 1-2 shift? The BAKER N1 Shift Drums have neutral all the way at the bottom of the shift lever travel instead of between 1st and 2nd gears, making it easier than ever to find neutral and ensuring you'll only hit neutral when you want to.

The N1 drum is also popular with hand-shifting bikes where finding neutral without doubt or error is critical to safety or riding/looking smooth. N1 drums are available for applications in transmissions between 1952-2017.

I have one on the 5-Ball Racing Factory Racer, which is a tank shift. It saves the day constantly.—Bandit

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Nice to see a real science explanation instead of one from or influenced by politicians

Computing power over the last 30 years has advanced at an incredible rate. And yet, one long-term climate prediction after another – all based on computer models – has been wrong. Why?

Emeritus Professor of Physics at Princeton University Will Happer explains the crux of the problem and what climate scientists do to get around it.

--from Rogue
Emeritus Editor Supreme
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Man in a hot air balloon is lost over Iowa. He looks down and sees a farmer in the fields and shouts to him, “Where am I?”

The farmer looks back up and shouts back. “You're in a basket you dumb shit!”

--from Sidehack Jerry and Rogue

Ridin' Out Winter Party 2/24 Serb Hall 5pm-12midnight--
The Ridin' Out Winter Party is on Saturday 2/24/18 at American Serb Hall (5101 W. Oklahoma Ave, Milwaukee).

Party starts at 5pm with Raffles, 50/50's, ABATE Product sales, free beer, and soda (cash bar available). We will have 200 Chicken Dinners available starting at 6pm for Only $4 each (Thank You to Hupy & Abraham, SC), and availble until 9pm or sold out. Dinners will be "extra good" this year.

Live music will start at 8pm with the Sociables rockin the house, and special guest appearance by Cadillac Pete (you gotta hear this). Band will be playing until 12midnight, when the Party is over.

Hotel Rooms are available at Comfort Suites located at 6362 S. 13th street (I-94 & College Ave). Call to Reserve your Room 414-570-1111 ask for ABATE Discount of $77 + tax (rooms & rate available until 2/12). This includes breakfast, a small happy hour, and Shuttle to/from our ROWParty at Serb Hall. Shuttle times will be pre set-up when you arrive at Hotel (probably 5:30pm shuttle to Party). Please do Not drink and drive, use this Hotel and Shuttle to enjoy the Party to it's fullest.

We are collecting Raffle Items from our Milwaukee area Harley-Davidson dealers and many Business's right now. Our big row of Bucket Raffle's always has awesome items to win including; collectables, bottles of booze, signs, gift certificates, tickets, etc, etc. If you have anything to donate please contact me or an ABATE Milwaukee member to pick-up. Everything is very much appreciated. We need Items now, please help collect / donate to our raffles for this party.

Advanced tickets are $12 each , and still only $15 at the door to enter. This event is our fundraiser for ABATE of Wisconsin put on by the members of Region 1A Milwaukee. I appreciate everyone that takes time to work a shift or 2 (we ask all to Buy a Ticket to enter, even though you help work the Event).

This is the 10th Anniversary of the ROWP, and could be the last Party. Volunteers and attendence are all contributing factors. All funds go to ABATE of Wisconsin, protecting your right to ride a Motorcycle. We need you to attend this event to make it sucessful. I hope to see you there.

--Tiger Beyer

WORDS FROM THE LOUISE HAYES MOUNTAIN-- One of our main struggles is creating the life we want.

People may tell us, “Just go out and do what you want to do!” Sounds like such a simple thing to do, right?

When we practice loving ourselves, we develop a certain trust that brings us closer to creating and living the life we want.

For some of us, this is easier said than done.

If you’re finding that you can’t get past your fears and negative emotions and it is holding you back, then you’re denying your soul’s purpose. You’re denying yourself happiness.

There are many ways to help you along your journey to creating the life you want. Here are 3 of Louise’s favorite tools for releasing fear and finding your courage:

Meditation. There is no better way than to relax, breathe and rest your thoughts. This is a great time to practice affirmations and reflect on what you want for your life.

Practice Mirror Work. Looking into your eyes and expressing your true feelings is a great way to discover underlying issues and dealing with them.

Practice Tapping. Nick Ortner taught Louise to release or dissolve problems of all sorts through the process of Tapping. And Louise found Tapping to be delightful!

I encourage you to practice loving yourself often because it’s the best way to get closer to who you are. If you have not tried Tapping yet, you can Google Nick and try it out.

Many times we find that doing inner work can sometimes take courage to connect with the fears that hold us back in order to release them. The Tapping technique on its own or even combined with affirmations can help you let go of your negative self-talk and love yourself.

I claim my own power, and I lovingly create my own reality.

--Reid Tracy
Hay House

We published a couple of reports and ultimately we will produce a feature on the completed and repaired Dyna. It was a mess, and now it has a completely upgraded suspension system, now Zipper’s Thundermax EFI, Lindby crash bar and Love Jugs for cooling.

What do you think?




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