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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob. T, Redhead, J.J. Solari, Laura, Barry Green, Steve Phiel and the rest of the gang

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This could be a magnificent day in the hood.
As you will see in the news, my conundrum from last week may have been addressed. I’m on pins and needles.

Buck Lovell shot the Pandemic for a Cycle Source feature this week, and I wrote a story for Micah’s feature in Choppers Magazine. Magazines are heating up again.

Michael Lichter took this shot last year of Micah during the exhibit in Sturgis.
Michael Lichter took this shot last year of Micah during the exhibit in Sturgis.

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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Going to Sturgis? Join us, along with Harley-Davidson, for our Choppical Pool Party!
The Choppical Pool Party is exactly as it sounds, a tropical themed pool party & chopper show that will feature the most unique and custom builds.

Just bring your bathing suit and chopper! We'll have music, food, drinks and vendors.

Choppical Pool Party will be at Outlaw Square in Deadwood, SD on Saturday, August 6 from 11 AM - 4 PM.

Want to submit your H-D chopper to be in the official Choppical Pool Party chopper show? Submit your bike by rolling to the Prism web site.

Choppical Pool Party

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Summers in Michigan Are Hard to Beat!
The BAKER Gearhead crew will be taking some time off to enjoy our beaches, fireworks, backyard barbeques, and rippin' around the Great Lakes. We will be closed from Monday, July 4 - Friday, July 8, 2022.

Most of our top-selling products are on the shelf and ready to ship! All orders placed before noon on Friday, July 1st will ship this week.

Our online shop is open 24/7 at and all orders placed during the break will ship the week of the 11th.

Please have a safe and fun Fourth of July holiday!
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Sonny Barger
An Angel has flown away. Step
back in the history of Hells Angels
Motorcycle Club, founded the
Oakland Charter in 1957.
An important figure, controversial
how fascinating in motorcycle

Condolences to his wife Zorana
and the brothers of the club where
he served for 65 years.

Toyota’s Chief Says Electric Vehicles Are Overhyped--
Akio Toyoda says converting entirely to EVs could cost hundreds of billions of dollars and make cars unaffordable for average people

Motor Corp.’s leader criticized what he described as excessive hype over electric vehicles, saying advocates failed to consider the carbon emitted by generating electricity and the costs of an EV transition.

Toyota President Akio Toyoda said Japan would run out of electricity in the summer if all cars were running on electric power. The infrastructure needed to support a fleet consisting entirely of EVs would cost Japan between ¥14 trillion and ¥37 trillion, the equivalent of $135 billion to $358 billion, he said.

“When politicians are out there saying, ‘Let’s get rid of all cars using gasoline,’ do they understand this?” Mr. Toyoda said Thursday at a year-end news conference in his capacity as chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

He said if Japan is too hasty in banning gasoline-powered cars, “the current business model of the car industry is going to collapse,” causing the loss of millions of jobs.

--Peter Landers
Wall Street Journal

On June 23, 2022, the Federal Trade Commission announced a complaint against Harley-Davidson, ordering the company to "fix warranties by removing illegal terms and recognizing the right to repair, come clean with customers, and ensure that dealers compete fairly with independent third-parties."

 View Federal Trade Commission Statement:


"The announcement from the FTC has a tremendous impact on dealerships, independent shops and consumers,” says Marc McAllister, President and CEO of Tucker Powersports. “All dealerships in the US, including Harley shops, will benefit from being able to offer their customers more choices. Ultimately, this means that consumers get to choose the products that are right for their bike and their riding, not what was right for the manufacturer. At Tucker, we will continue to offer our dealers great replacement parts and accessories that they can now consider for every one of their customer's bikes."


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1. MassDOT Encourages Drivers to Look Twice for Motorcycles - Motorcyclists advised: be bright and visible, take your time and anticipate

Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), in collaboration with the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Highway Safety Division, is launching four new PSA safety videos that seek to increase awareness about motorcycle safety.


2. Philippines revs up motorcycle tourism efforts

The Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) recently partnered with the Harley Owners Group (HOG) for the PH Ride with Purpose campaign held in Mauban, Quezon on June 25, 2022.

The first-ever PH Ride with Purpose event saw more than 2,000 motorcycle riders and enthusiasts gather to rally for responsible riding while promoting Quezon as a tourist destination.

3. Motorcycle Electronics Sale on Amazon Will Have You Itching to Ride

If I rode in areas with no cell reception now, a motorcycle GPS unit would be on my wishlist.

All the technology that adds to the joy of riding, including Bluetooth comm systems, GPS units, and phone mounts, is discounted.

I found an accessory for practically all riders. Just scroll down.

Editor's NOTE: These are on offer at Amazon American website :


Chief Investigator
Bikernet International News Bureau

All Eyes on SCOTUS--
Supreme Court to Issue Climate Endangerment Finding Ruling
To Decide if EPA has authority to regulate CO2 or Congress.

The case before the U.S. Supreme Court is West Virginia vs. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).The primary plaintiff of the case is West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey; he is joined by attorney generals from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Morrissey’s office is also representing the interests of two coal companies in the case.

The EPA, backed by the administration of President Joe Biden, is being represented by the U.S. Solicitor General. ... In a 2007 Supreme Court case, the Justices ruled 5-4 in Massachusetts vs. EPA that the agency has to limit greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act if they’re a threat to public health.

In a 2009 endangerment finding, the EPA determined carbon dioxide was indeed a threat to public health. Based on that Supreme Court ruling, the Trump administration couldn’t simply kill the CPP; it needed to have a plausible replacement to it.

The plaintiffs argue that decisions around emissions should be at the hands of elected officials and not the EPA. ... What the court decides will have huge implications for the scope of federal administrative power and climate change policy.

--Climate Depot

NEWS FROM WIND VEST--Don't miss the excitement of Bagger Racing!!!!

July 8 - 10, 2022

WindVest will be at Laguna Seca Weathertech Raceway to experience the King of Baggers


Unexpected changes have resulted in a scheduling conflict and Nita Strauss is unable to perform as previously announced.

"Otherwise" will perform in place of Nita Strauss on August 10th, at 8:00 PM.

Wednesday, August 10th - 8:00 PM
Ages 21+ welcome
No Cover, No Tickets Required - FREE CONCERTS

Guests having purchased upgrades specifically to see Nita Strauss should know their passes remain honored for all entertainment on August 10th. Customers with additional questions may contact Iron Horse Saloon through the info contained in their purchase receipt.

TRIKES OF THE WEEK—Hang on. We don’t know what the hell we’re doing.

--Sam Burns
Trike Editor™

SGT Here for a good time, not a long time T-shirt. Available worldwide.

This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.
This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.

Omnichannel retailer RumbleOn has rumbled into Sturgis… and plans to stay for the next decade. RumbleOn has entered into an exclusive Sponsorship Agreement with the City of Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual rally.

“There is no greater event in the motorcycle community for displaying the passion of ownership than the iconic City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” says RumbleOn President and COO Peter Levy.

Add some high-and-tight style to a stock or rigid Sportster.

Our Shotgun Exhaust Pipes for 1990-2003 Sportsters are now Made in the USA.

We are working on the 2004 & later versions as well, made in Ohio, which will be available later this year.
Shotgun Exhaust Pipes from Lowbrow Customs make quick work of improving your motorcycle's look and sound.


PS - Check out heat shields and exhaust wrap, both are popular options paired with Shotgun Pipes!

PPS - Check out the Shotgun Pipe How-To Install Video to see how it's done on 1990-2003 as well as 2004 & later models.The install is straight-forward and can be done in a home garage with basic hand tools!

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I’ve tried to order Zodiac products for over a month. Their site doesn’t recognize the United states as a customer, just most European countries. The only potential dealer in the US is Heartland and I tried to work with Lonnie.

They are busy building Heartland products and not really into selling Zodiac products as a dealer.

We will continue to report about our efforts in the near future.


This is Salvador Dali.
This is Salvador Dali.

"Big things are done by a series of little things brought together."

--Van Gogh

No, not my cousin, my Son in Law, a soldier stationed at Fort Bragg. He is a new daddy, my first grandbaby, and needs to raise a little cash.

I made him promise me that if he ever sold it to give me first crack at it because I'd ride it and take care of it. You and I both know what it's like to sell something you've built and wonder what ever happened to it. This way he can keep dibs on it and watch me ride the piss outta it.

The more I think about it, considering the bike runs well and is in decent shape now, I will add a few details like brass dog bones, maybe brass hand grips, and then chrome the few engine parts this winter, when it's cold. For now, just ride it and enjoy, of course once my knee at least 4 more weeks on crutches.

Once I have it, I will definitely take some good shots and I'd love to run a feature on it. Cool little story behind it as well. Basically a labor of love for almost a decade for him.

--Johnny White

We will wait here for further reports.--Bandit

CO2 Coalition Tells Court Carbon Regulation “Scientifically Invalid”

ARLINGTON, Va. — President Biden’s Social Cost of Carbon rule is “scientifically invalid and will be disastrous for the poor people worldwide, future generations and the United States,” according to a court brief by two physics professors at Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the CO2 Coalition.

Filed today with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, the amicus curie brief said, “There is overwhelming scientific evidence that fossil fuels and CO2 provide enormous social benefits.” It asked that the rule be enjoined from further use pending outcome of a hearing by a trial court.

The lawsuit before the appeals court — the State of Louisiana versus Biden — seeks to stop the use of “temporary rules” that are implemented by presidential order. The Biden administration’s SCC rule directs regulators to include the purported projected “global cost” of every ton of carbon dioxide emissions from a wide array of projects where federal funding or approvals are needed, from transportation, to housing, to energy and infrastructure.

The academicians named in the brief are Dr. William Happer, chairman of the CO2 Coalition and professor emeritus of Princeton University’s Department of Physics; and Dr. Richard S. Linden, professor emeritus in the MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences and a CO2 Coalition member and past chairman.

The brief says that a district court’s preliminary injunction should be reinstated because the technical document supporting the SCC and President Biden’s executive order imposing the regulation “are scientifically invalid and will be disastrous for the poor people worldwide, future generations and the United States.”

“Reliable scientific theories come from validating theoretical predictions with observations, not consensus, government opinion, peer review or manipulated data,” says the brief. The brief says the U.S. Supreme Court has adopted essentially the CO2 Coalition’s view of what constitutes valid science.

However, the brief notes, predictions supporting an SCC — particularly climate forecasts generated by computer models — have regularly failed the test of real-world observation. Meanwhile, the brief says, supporters promote an SCC on the basis of claims of a consensus, the favoring of governmental opinion over scientific challenge, endorsements by peers, the manipulation of some data and the omission of other information.

A glaring omission in the administration’s proposed regulation are the benefits of carbon dioxide and of the fossil fuels whose burning in the generation of electricity and industrial processes emit the gas.

“There is overwhelming scientific evidence that fossil fuels and CO2 provide enormous social benefits for the poor, people worldwide, future generations and the United States, and therefore it would be disastrous to reduce or eliminate them,” the brief says.

The brief notes that warmth and moderately higher carbon dioxide levels in recent decades have correlated with an overall greening of Earth and record crop harvests. The document shows that per capita gross domestic product has increased over the last 2,000 years from a few dollars to approximately $7,000, closely tracking the increased use of coal, oil and natural gas in recent centuries.

The brief says that the president’s order violates a congressional directive requiring that benefits as well as costs be included in environmental considerations and that it exceeds the president’s authority by unilaterally creating new law.

The CO2 Coalition, based in Arlington, Va., is an organization of approximately 95 scientists and researchers engaged in educating thought leaders, policy makers, and the public about the important contribution made by carbon dioxide to people’s lives and the economy.

Always amuses me. This pic was snapped outside the official motel that Edge described as a place like, "Cambodia."

--Paul Aiken

The ride out from Fullerton.
The ride out from Fullerton.

Last weekend my grandson, Frankie and the lovely Em set up the fiveball booth at Born Free.

Frankie working the booth.
Frankie working the booth.

The place was jammed and hot, but the 5-Ball banners flew high.

Frankie and Em split to Cabo immediately after the event to chill by the sea.

More reports in the near future. –Bandit

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CLASSIC CARS Are Greener Than Electric Vehicles-- Study

Well, how about that…
I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve heard people yammer on and on about how horrible classic cars are for the environment. Usually their eyes are bugging out, spittle’s flying out of their mouth, and they’re absolutely filled with self-righteousness but few facts.

They’ll vehemently insist that driving your old Camaro, Mustang, Charger, or whatever you own is absolutely destroying the planet in real time while refusing to discuss the process of extracting minerals for making EV batteries, let alone the insane energy levels required in the manufacturing process.

That’s why reading a new study from UK insurance provider Footman James is so refreshing because it doesn’t talk emotional rage, sticking instead to the inconvenient facts.

Even inside this industry there are those running around claiming all classic cars will be electrified in 10 or 15 years or whatever time frame they were told by someone else. The assumption is this will be good for the environment, that driving a classic car with batteries and an electric motor will cause trees to spring forth in the Sahara Desert and the unicorns to return from the ocean.

According to Footman James' study, reality is far different because classic cars with those evil, gas-burning engines are better for the environment than new electric vehicles. The thing is people who believe the opposite just look at tailpipe emissions, behaving as if that’s everything in the equation. They don’t consider pollution generated by the manufacturing process.

In the study, Footman James mentions that in the UK a classic car on average is driven 1,200 miles a year and puts out 563 kg of CO2 as a result. But a new VW Golf is made by generating 6.8 tonnes of CO2e. Even worse, a Polestar 2 (a Swedish electric car) generates 26 tonnes of CO2 during the manufacturing process. That means you could drive your classic car for over 46 years before it generates as much CO2 as the “green” electric vehicle. Let that sink in for a moment.

Footman James rightly points out that within that 46-year period, the Polestar 2’s battery will need to be replaced, maybe even swapped for a new one twice or more. And what happens to the battery? Can it really be recycled? The answer for now is no. Meanwhile, the classic car keeps running without contributing significantly to a landfill. But you should feel bad for driving such an awful pollution machine, or so we’re told.

I wish the study dug more into the human and environmental costs associated with the extraction of raw materials to build electric cars. There’s also the fact many of these minerals are mined in authoritarian countries like China and Russia where many accusations have been levied that slave labor is used in the process.

Keep all this in mind the next time your neighbor, relative, or friend who just bought a shiny new Tesla tries guilt tripping you about owning and driving a classic. Sure, the smug self-righteous attitude can be annoying, especially when people who know next to nothing about cars are just fascinated by anything novel, but the facts don’t exactly back up their daydreams of becoming Captain Planet.

--Steven Symes

Check out Footman James’ study for yourself here.


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Thanks for reporting on the loss of Sonny (Ralph) Barger.
My sincere condolences to all his kin, and his club brothers and sisters.

It was a true honor and pleasure to meet the man a couple decades ago, talk briefly, and get a signed book from him. Unfortunately, the book burned up with the rest of all my possessions, (including both my Harleys) my house and shop, and the entire town of Paradise, CA. on November 8, 2018.
Miraculously, I still have the old Polaroid picture of me and Sonny that was taken on that day. Now it'll be getting mounted in a nice frame and hung on my wall.

If anyone would like to view Sonny's obituary and leave their condolences, here you go -

Concrete Pete Kidwell
The Boonies, OH
Sunday, July 3, 2022
Editor Response Thanks brother. We will share this.
The same thing happened down here. A local government control agency shut down a pyrotechnic company. It was shit down because of alleged violations of the company.

They were shut down for any 4th of July shows for at least 4 or 5 city shows .That would probably be enough to break a private company .Fucking government .Still trying to impose their will on our free will .

Torrance, CA
Friday, July 1, 2022
Editor Response Thanks for this.
Too bad about Sonny. My wife had a picture of Sonny and her in Laconia. It was taken in her class room, when she was still teaching.

Alex Jemery
Deland, FL
Friday, July 1, 2022
Editor Response What was Sonny doing in a class?
Gov. Kristi Noem signed a bill that says South Dakota will pay for your concealed carry permit including paying for federal background check, starts 1 July 2022.

Let freedom ring loud in Sodak. Fight for our constitutional rights. Have a happy 4th and file for your cc permit asap. Show her our appreciation.

Mike Kelly
Sturgis, SD
Friday, July 1, 2022
Editor Response Will do!

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