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I know governments are a mess including this country.
Why don’t they get it? We’re living in the best of times. This is especially true for kids. Look what you can make out of life, how much education is available, travel, accomplishments, you name it.

I was working on my third tech around building a Knucklehead chopper and something dawned on me. I just turned 75, and look at all the cool stuff I can do this year. I can build a modern S&S Knucklehead in a modified vintage frame with an old stock XA front end, including old and new parts. Then I can build a 1913 H-D racer, because vintage shit is being manufactured all over the world. I can write another book, go to Bonneville with the Salt Torpedo, build metal art, work on my home in Sturgis, drive a lowered ’58 Chevy, learn the history of South Dakota and write cool articles on Bikernet every day!

Think about kids today, all the stuff they can do on their phones daily. They don’t need to chop wood to cook breakfast or hunt for something to eat. Life is incredible, all you need to do is to get out of bed and get moving. It’s all at your fingertips.

Let’s hit the news.

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In August 2022 California Governor Gavin Newsom announced, and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) approved, an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles be zero-emission by 2035. While the California directive doesn’t include motorcycles yet, motorcyclist advocates in the Golden State have warned that motorcycles will be an obvious next target.

Unsurprisingly, other states quickly followed suit and enacted similar policies. Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland have all sought to put similar restrictions in place. In total 17 states have laws that bind their emissions regulations to those of California.

However, leaders in many states, including those that are obliged to follow California’s lead, are pushing back. In Colorado, the Energy Office said, “While the governor shares the goal of rapidly moving towards electric vehicles, he is skeptical about requiring 100% of cars sold to be electric by a certain date as technology is rapidly changing."

Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin was even more forceful, "I am already at work to prevent this ridiculous edict from being forced on Virginians. California’s out of touch laws have no place in our Commonwealth."

This month the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have forced New Hampshire to match California’s emissions goals.

Congressional Republicans are also joining the fight against the California policies. Last week H.R. 1435 was introduced, titled the “Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act.” H.R. 1435 would amend the Clean Air Act to prevent the elimination of the sale of internal combustion engines, effectively overruling California’s move. Within just a week, 66 cosponsors from 26 different states joined in support.

The movement isn’t contained to the United States. Last month, the European Parliament formally approved a law to effectively ban the sale of new gas and diesel powered vehicles in the European Union starting in 2035. But Europe, too, is seeing pushback. Farmers in the Netherlands have taken to the streets in protest of emissions regulations. Member nations of the EU are also expressing a desire to make changes to the newly enacted policy. Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia are discussing what changes they’d like to see to the European Union’s 2035 plan.

This issue is not new to the MRF. Our 2023 legislative agenda includes this priority: “Work against any efforts by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that endanger the future of motorcycling.”

We are ready for this fight and will work with partners across the country to defend the future of motorcycling and the lifestyle we cherish!



METZELER Unveils 2023 Consumer Rebate Program--
Available on Eligible Street and Off-Road Tires for Residents of the United States

ATLANTA (March 20, 2023) – Metzeler Moto North America unveils an all-new consumer rebate program for motorcycle enthusiasts who purchase Metzeler tires through their local participating dealership and select online retailers. Consumers within the United States can take advantage of as much as $25 USD rebate per tire or $60 USD rebate per tire set on eligible street and off-road tires.

“Metzeler is thrilled to announce the consumer rebate program for 2023,” said Brian Davenport, Senior Sales Manager, Metzeler. “One of our goals was to work alongside our participating dealers and make this program beneficial to various Metzeler riders, whether it be v-twin, sport, or off-road. Metzeler continues to set the industry standard, and we look forward to growing the brand across all segments again in 2023.”

A $25 USD per tire rebate or $60 USD rebate per set will be offered for the Metzeler Lasertec™, Enduro 3 Sahara, Racetec™ RR, Sportec™ M9 RR, Sportec™ M7 RR, Roadtec™ 01 SE, Roadtec™ 01, Roadtec™ Z8 Interact, Cruisetec™, ME 888 Marathon™ Ultra, Tourance™ Next, Tourance™ Next 2, Karoo™ Street, and Karoo™ 4. Additionally, the MCE 6 Days Extreme, MC360™ Mid Soft, and MC360™ Mid Hard are eligible for a $30 USD per set rebate.

This limited-time offer is only valid on purchases made between March 1, 2023, and April 30, 2023, and only for legal residents of the United States. After purchasing a set of qualifying Metzeler tires from a local dealer, participants must fill out an online claim form and provide a receipt for proof of purchase to receive their physical or digital pre-paid VISA card.

NEW FROM JESSE JAMES—The Outlaw Television Network

Outlaw Television Network highlights the outlaw lifestyle of freedom, independence, confidence, and perseverance. We will focus on the pioneer spirit that sets us apart from the world.

We will highlight the risk takers, entrepreneurs, and the brave. Those who have a vision and work hard to achieve their goals despite the odds. True pioneers in all fields including music, art, sports, business or whatever your passion may be.

STOCK # 13752

Super clean Green XL883 Iron with ONLY 740 miles this bike is like new what a score!

* Vance & Hines Grande Shorty exhaust
* Crash bar
* Front shock boots
* Solo seat
* Freedom air intake
* 9 Spoke mag wheels with like new tires
* Smoked Led turn signals with LED halo head lamp
* LED Halo headlamp
* Smoked LED turn signals

This bike is only $ 10,995

Plus license, $85.00 documentation fee, and local sales tax. NO HIDDEN FEES like some dealers. And we have no reconditioning or prep fees. This bike has passed Lifestyle Cycles rigorous 92-point safety/mechanical/structural inspection.This motorcycle has not been refurbished and does not come with any warranty expressed or implied!



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Huge selection of Street Glides, Road Glides, Road Kings, Ultras, Sportsters, Softails, Dynas, and much more!

We are California's pre-owned Harley Mega-Store with over 200 Pre-Owned Harley-Davidsons in stock! To view our current inventory,

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--Richard Allstun
Marketing Director
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THIS JUST IN FROM THE DIME BAG EMPIRE-- Yo, hope you all are doing well.

Got a great spot on Route 66 in Atlanta, IL for a custom shop and working fulltime job at Dixie Crossroads Truckstop.

Going to be moving my work to Leather products such as wallets, belts, timecovers, production chopper seats etc. Also going to start making Billy Lanes Cool-Hand Speedco 50 handmade leather seats I designed.

--Adam Croft
Dime Bag Leather Works

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--The Funniest Guy in Biker Media, J.J.

I started to read Easyriders almost when it first came out. I enjoyed Solari’s stories to the bone. I can't wait until I get his book.

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Victoria, TX

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RICHARD PETTY Offers High Performance Speed Shop--

(Randleman, NC) Richard Petty is called “The King” because he’s won more races than anyone in NASCAR history, and he came by those wins with hard work, a great crew, and plenty of speed. Today that same winning spirit can be found at Petty’s Garage in Randleman, which specializes in working on high performance vehicles.

“People are holding on to their cars longer these days. In fact, the average age of a car on the road is over twelve years old,” said Chris Hussey, manager of Petty’s Garage. “We can reinvent or increase the horsepower of just about any car, and we’ve done so for regular folks as well as celebrities.”

Those satisfied celebrities include Kid Rock, Tim Tebow, and Brian Johnson, front man with AC/DC.

 “Basically, Petty’s garage is for anyone who is looking for more power or to restore their car to its high performance greatness,” said Hussey. “Plus, there’s always the chance you’ll run into the King himself while you’re here at the shop.”

“I’ve been building hot rods ever since I was a little kid and my bicycle wouldn’t go fast enough,” said Petty. “Our crew here at the garage has that same kind of drive to succeed for their customers.”

Petty's Garage specializes in everything American muscle! Our master engine builders can upgrade stock engines to generate upwards of 1000 horsepower, develop and hand-fabricate performance parts for stock vehicles, and restore/modify old cars to the highest standard in the industry. All of these services and much more can be found online at

Let Petty’s Garage start a new project for you, or upgrade your current vehicle. For more information visit .

--Pam Cook

The custom BMW R 18 B ‘Heavy Duty,’ designed by Fred Kodlin and his son Len, was unveiled at Daytona Bike Week and features modifications to the frame and body and a custom paint job by tattoo artist Marcel Sinnwell.

Howdy, Bandit! I thought you might want to put this warning out to the trike community!

Howdy! Grab a chair an’ a beer, ‘cause I’ve got a warning for ya!

A lot of ya will remember be from Thunder Press, and remember my wife, Reggie’s pink trike. She’s put almost 100K miles on it, and rode it all over the western states. A while back, she noticed a clunk, an’ when I checked it out, I found that the left side axle housing had broken the welds, and the angle destroyed the bearing surfaces of the aluminum center housing.

I found out that Champion Trikes, the makers of the kit I used, (before Harley made trikes) had been sold and the design changed, so no parts are available for the older kits. With a lot of miles on the bike, we decided it wasn’t worth buying another 10K kit, so she bought a new trike and I started to put her Heritage back on 2 wheels. That’s when I discovered that the main supports were also broken, and it’s lucky she wasn’t slidin’ down the highway on her ass at 80 miles an hour!

Ride safe, y’all, and we’ll see ya on the road!

--Buckshot, Thunder Press (Retired)

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We like the original Box Chopper Tail Light, but with an incandescent bulb and 2.5" thick, it's just too bulky and dim. Our version of this classic light is 3/4" thick with a bright waterproof LED that acts as both the running and brake light.


Today marks 120 days to go until thousands of passionate Harley-Davidson fans join together in Budapest, Hungary, to celebrate 120 years of the Motor Company.

Oxford, UK (22 Feb, 2023) – Today marks 120 days to go until thousands of passionate Harley-Davidson fans join together in Budapest, Hungary, to celebrate 120 years of the Motor Company. The ‘European Harley-Davidson 120th Anniversary Festival’ will take place from the 22nd to the 25th of June and promises to be a unique and thrilling party of multiple dimensions!

This landmark festival will bring together motorcycle enthusiasts and H-D fans from all over the world to celebrate the brand’s incredible heritage, the iconic motorcycles that it has produced over the past 120 years, and a look forward to the exciting future that lies ahead.

Taking place in the Puskás Aréna Park, in the centre of the city, festivalgoers can look forward to four days packed with first-class international live music acts, with 50 bands performing across six stages and providing a comprehensive and eclectic music programme.

Headlining the event’s main stage are a number of internationally renowned artists, including popular Australian rock group Wolfmother on Saturday the 24th of June and Deep Purple legend Glenn Hughes on Sunday the 25th of June, who will be performing the group’s best-loved hits. The second day of the festival, Friday the 23rd of June, will celebrate female vocalists and will be headlined by Larkin Poe, led by Nashville-based sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell; meanwhile, many of Hungary’s best-loved and top artists will also be performing throughout the event.

Alongside these crowd-pleasing music acts will be a vast range of other entertainment and activities, with something on offer for all to enjoy – from young families to adrenaline-seekers. The extensive festival programme will include:

Moto culture – a wide range of riding opportunities, spectacular moto shows and stunning indoor and outdoor exhibitions featuring H-D motorcycles past, present and future:

Dynamic entertainment – dedicated zones including Adrenaline and Family Parks, plus event showcases across the festival campus;

Shopping, food and drink – 200+ traders including authorised Harley-Davidson dealerships, and 80+ food and drink vendors offering a huge mix of international flavours.

One festival highlight is bound to be the Harley-Davidson parade, which will see the spectacle of thousands of motorcycles riding through the heart of the city past historic landmarks.

A comprehensive range of advance tickets for this unmissable event are now on sale via

Available ticket packages now include both single-day and full four-day festival options, plus rally packs containing exclusive event merchandise (available until the end of April). The website also provides guidance for accommodation options, with guests advised to arrange accommodation soon, as a number of hotels are already fully booked across the festival dates.

Join Harley-Davidson in June to experience a celebration like no other.

We're pretty non-denominational about motorcycles around here. Big, small, long, short, dirty, shiny – we love 'em all! When we were figuring out classes for the bike show at the Parts & Labor Expo in Del Mar, we made it pretty open and even included ADV bike builders.

So, from vintage Harley choppers to crusty Triumph race bikes or wheelie-poppin' Dynas and well worn old BMW's, there was something interesting to look at no matter your tastes. We got a profile shot of just about all of 'em and put the collection up on the WTF Blog. Enjoy!

More info on P&L Expo here:

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Hey Bandit,

I just have to comment You're opening statemen really hit home. At 75, you're just a tad over 10 years ahead of me (I’m hitting 65 this year) I've been following your Bikernet output since before you moved to Wilmington, CA. You are SO SPOT ON.

In the early days I had bike project sitting around for years just to find missing parts to complete an assembly. Today we can get almost everything online in real time. No more asking anyone and everyone if anyone knows someone.

I'm thinking of writing a book or two, building a Panhead bar hopper, and just happy to be living in these best of times. My point is Life IS incredible indeed, all we need to do is to get out of bed and get moving. It’s all at our fingertips indeed. I only met you once at a Hollister rally but you've been a straight shooter I consider a friend since day one. Keep the code and Keep inspiring us Bandit! We're listening!

Citrus Heights, CA
Saturday, March 25, 2023
Editor Response Thanks much, can't wait to see what you do next. Hell, I can't wait to see what I do next.

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