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This is a momentous day in the Badlands.
Yesterday our building of 17 years in Los Angeles next to the Port of LA closed. Because of Capitol Gains tax laws, we had to buy another property in near Deadwood. With the luck of the chrome gods it will close today, thus ending my relationship with the evil California.

 Bandit and the Redhead have escaped to the Badlands. This effort was a mixture of organization, money, stress, and perseverance. Someone said I should write a story about the move. At the time, the thought of it terrified me, but I suppose I’m getting to the point… I needed to finish the job first. I will mention one item that was paramount: Coordination.

I may find a better term, but that one will work for now. Real estate transactions have changed and become way more complicated. There are tons more elements you are forced to handle. There are also many more players in the mix, and they all make money from you. But there is no point person watching your back. You need to coordinate, organize, lead, inspect and question every move within your deal.

The Deadwood digs. Still a couple of projects in the works. We brought the 5-Ball art from Califa.
The Deadwood digs. Still a couple of projects in the works. We brought the 5-Ball art from Califa.

So, suddenly you need to become a real estate, loan, finance, escrow, tax, negotiator, home inspection, city regs and exchange expert. Tony, my Hamster brother and real estate sales rep is an expert, but he was dealing with 30 other properties. He wasn’t the point person, I had to take that on.

I will write the story at some point and share it with you, but right now I’m replacing the battery in my 2014 Indian and getting ready for Jason Mook’s, Deadwood Custom Cycles TV project bike unveiling this Saturday at his shop and his Memorial Day party on Sunday with live bands. It’s going to be happening on the streets of Deadwood. Let’s hit the news, and then I will make a list of writing projects for the next week.

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COLORADO WOMEN’S 2021 USA World Record Ride--Hello Lady Riders

Colorado and all other USA states lady riders are attempting to break the world record as having the most women riders on the same place and on parade on August 21st, 2021. Benefit for Firefly Autism organization.

If you would like to a part of Colorado history, please join us!

Trophies will be awarded for Farthest Distance Traveled, Eldest Woman Biker, & Youngest Woman Biker, Best Two Wheel, Best Three Wheel.

Various vendors, giveaways, concerts, and much fun!!!!!!!

© 2021 Colorado Women’s 2021 USA World Record Ride

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ATTACKS-- No More Exceptions For Motorcycle Testing--The European Parliament calls upon the European Commission to have all powered two- and three-wheelers periodically tested.

On 26 April 2021, the European Parliament – in its plenary meeting – voted on the report about the review of the Roadworthiness Package. The vote confirmed the outcome of the earlier vote in the transport committee. This means that the European Parliament calls upon the European Commission to have all powered two- and three-wheelers periodically tested, although for mopeds and light (125cc) motorcycles they ask for a cost-benefit analysis first.

Literally the report says:

“…calls on the Commission therefore to consider extending the obligation to conduct roadside inspections to two-and three-wheel vehicles, including the 5 % minimum yearly inspection target, as these vehicles are currently completely excluded from the scope of Directive 2014/47/EU”

Written by Dolf Willigers

5-BALL LEATHERS GROWING—Frank Ball Jr. took over the leather line as I escaped Califa. We will still sell through the 5-Ball shop. And I want to start to promote my books more heavily, especially Sam “Chopper” Orwell. This book needs to be made into a movie right now.

Click to grab a copy.
Click to grab a copy.

Frank is working on a new 5-Ball logo at his tattoo studio in Venice, Califa while surrounded by homeless.

I will bring you progress reports on a regular basis.

Click for Leathers and More.
Click for Leathers and More.

YAMAHA GETS HAMMERED--In the early morning hours of Friday, March 26th, a devastating tornado struck the town of Newnan, Georgia, home to Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company and where many of the factory employees and their families live.

Shortly after, Yamaha Motor executives offered a 200% matching fund for all employee donations to put towards relief efforts. Last week, Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation of America staff turned over a check in the amount of $50,760 directly to the Coweta Community Foundation Tornado Relief program.

To date, the fund has helped 80 families with a portion of their homeowners/renters/auto insurance deductibles, as well as provided a grant to a local nonprofit to continue their efforts to provide assistance. Total tornado relief efforts have helped 255 families and funded eight nonprofit grants focused on Tornado Recovery assistance.

--from Dealernews


--Adam Croft

Click for custom leather seats and leather products.
Click for custom leather seats and leather products.

CHOPPERS MAG ISSUE 5 ON THE STREETS--Got home after work yesterday and there was issue #5 of Choppers Magazine! For all of you have been missing EASYRIDERS magazine this is a good fix for those blues.

Choppers is top quality, quality photography, some throwback articles and ass kicking choppers! Give these guys a look at Choppers magazine est. 1967!

Associate Editor

BIKERNET TECH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT--Just in case you forgot how a motor works....

--Sam Burn
Chief Tech Teacher
Bikernet University

An 80 year old man went to the doctor for a check-up and the doctor was amazed at what good shape the guy was in....

The doctor asked, "To what do you attribute your good health?"....

The old timer said, "I'm a biker and that's why I'm in such good shape”....

“I'm up well before daylight on Sundays and out sliding around corners, "shootin" sand washes and riding up and down the steepest, wildest mountains I can find at the crack of dawn”....

The doctor said, "Well, I'm sure that helps, but there's got to be more to it. How old was your dad when he died?"....

The old biker said, "Who said my dad's dead?"....

The doctor said, "You mean you're 80 years old and your dad's still alive? How old is he?"....

The old biker said, "He's 99 years old and, in fact, he went riding with me this Sunday, and that's why he's still alive... he's a biker too”....

The doctor said, "Well, that's great, but I'm sure there's more to it”...

How about your dad's dad?....

How old was he when he died?....

The old biker said, "Who said my grandpa's dead?"....

The doctor said, "You mean you're 80 years old and your grandfather's still living!”....

“How old is he?"....

The old biker replied, "He's 117 years old”....

The doctor was getting frustrated at this point and said, "I guess he went riding with you this Sunday too?"....

The old timer said, "No... Grandpa couldn't go this week because he got married”....

The Doctor said in amazement, "Got married!! Good Lord!!!”....

“Why would a 117-year-old guy want to get married?"....

To this the old biker smiled and answered,
"Who said he wanted to?"....

--Dickie Towers
--El Waggs

THERE’S PROGRESS ON THE BONNE BELLE—Our 45 flathead is currently in the hands of Departure Bike Works in Richmond, VA. The engine is close. We shipped the chassis out, so they could dyno-tune.

Click for action from Departure Bike Works.
Click for action from Departure Bike Works.


INVESTORS CHIDE Toyota’s President Toyoda for questioning combustion car ban--

Some Toyota Motor (7203.T) shareholders have criticized its President Akio Toyoda for questioning Japan’s plans to ban conventional cars only days after the firm said it was reviewing its climate lobbying and aimed for carbon neutrality by 2050.

The five investors, who collectively have around $500 billion in assets under management and spoke exclusively to Reuters, said the carmaker risks falling behind competitors that are rolling out electric vehicles, while giving cover for other companies seeking to avoid big changes to meet climate goals.

Japan’s Toyota signaled a shift in its climate change stance last month when it said it would review its lobbying and be more transparent on what steps it was taking as it responded to increased activist and investor pressure.

Three days later though, in his capacity as head of the Japanese automobile Manufacturers Association, Toyoda questioned the country's decision to ban new internal combustion engined vehicles by 2035 in its quest for carbon neutrality.

"What Japan needs to do now is to expand its options for technology. I think regulations and legislations should follow after," Toyoda said.

"Policy that bans gasoline-powered or diesel cars from the very beginning would limit such options, and could also cause Japan to lose its strengths," he added.

Investors who had welcomed the earlier Toyota statement on lobbying said they were worried that Toyoda may not be on board with the plans.

"We're genuinely concerned that Mr. Toyoda does not seem to realize what is at stake here," said Jens Munch Holst, CEO of AkademikerPension.

The Danish fund told Reuters last month that it would consider a shareholder resolution or sell its holding in Toyota if there was no change after "intense" engagement with the company.

A Toyota spokeswoman told Reuters the company could not immediately comment on the investors' criticism but would be addressing climate issues later in the week when it announces earnings.

The company in recent years has said that electric vehicles will play a greater role in reducing emissions but other solutions should be used, like its successful hybrid or slow-selling hydrogen vehicles.

by Aaron Sheldrick from


BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Got to agree with Stealth, I want to hear the roar of the bike, that is why we were hooked on Harleys as kids. Bring back the Dyna's that are in my opinion , a smoother ride and more agile.


-- Ruben Serrano Sr.
Sinton, TX

Equity and the MUTCD--
As we have noted prominently in recent newsletters and email action alerts, the Federal Highway Administration has recommended sweeping changes to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). In Equity and Sustainability (NMA E-Newsletter #637), we criticized the appropriation of those terms, particularly ‘equity,’ to demand broad restrictions on drivers and driving.

NMA Director John Carr posted his perspective as a public comment to the MUTCD federal docket. We need not say more.


This is a general discussion of the implications of the MUTCD on equity which I will refer to later in comments on specific sections.

Many comments on the docket treat “equity” as a meaningless word that one mentions before “sustainability,” which is in turn a word one uses after “equity.” It has an air of “I know it when I see it.” Generally, it is used as a synonym for “not cars.”

The President has announced two general policies which shed some light on what the administration considers “equity” to mean:

Agency actions should not “inappropriately burden disadvantaged, vulnerable, or marginalized communities.”

“The Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.”

America has a long history of using traffic regulations for revenue raising or with discriminatory effect, whether against motorized or non-motorized road users. The phrases “pretest stop,” “driving while black,” and “speed trap town” are all in the American lexicon thanks to overregulation.

Every time the MUTCD permits or requires a regulatory device instead of a warning sign, or permits or requires stricter regulation, thought should be given to how the devices will be abused. Changes to stop signs, speed limits, and crosswalk placement all give police opportunities or take them away.

Increasing police-public interactions have a disparate impact on disadvantaged, vulnerable, and marginalized communities. The Federal Highway Administration should think carefully before encouraging states to create more traffic violations.


John included several examples of how over-regulation of traffic can lead to inequities in the real-world sense of the word. Here are two:



At the intersection of revenue-based enforcement and racial disparity, the Department of Justice (2015 Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department) concluded:

Ferguson’s law enforcement practices are shaped by the City’s focus on revenue rather than by public safety needs . . . Over time, Ferguson’s police and municipal court practices have sown deep mistrust between parts of the community and the police department, undermining law enforcement legitimacy among African Americans in particular . . .

Ferguson’s law enforcement practices overwhelmingly impact African Americans. Data collected by the Ferguson Police Department from 2012 to 2014 shows that African Americans account for 85% of vehicle stops, 90% of citations, and 93% of arrests made by FPD officers, despite comprising only 67% of Ferguson’s population.

African Americans are more than twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during vehicle stops even after controlling for non-race based variables such as the reason the vehicle stop was initiated, but are found in possession of contraband 26% less often than white drivers, suggesting officers are impermissibly considering race as a factor when determining whether to search.

African Americans are more likely to be cited and arrested following a stop regardless of why the stop was initiated and are more likely to receive multiple citations during a single incident.

Ferguson is not that unusual except that race riots drew national attention and a Department of Justice investigation. Otherwise, people would say, “if you don’t want a ticket, don’t speed” and forget about it.


Washington, D.C.

Ferrell found that with 96% of tickets in Washington, D.C. issued by cameras, “a driver in a black-segregated area is over 17 times more likely to receive a moving violation (at a cost of 16 times more per resident) than in a white-segregated area.” This despite a similar per-capita rate of crashes. In other words, robots may be color-blind, but the people who deploy them are not.

Think of this before imagining automated enforcement is a solution to discriminatory enforcement. Cameras are placed to raise revenue (which disproportionately affects the poor) and targets groups without political influence.

[ nood-nik ]

a persistently dull, boring pest.

Everyone, unfortunately, has had experience with a nudnik, “a persistently dull, boring pest.” Nudnik is plainly a Yiddishism, a derivative of the Yiddish verb nudyen “to bore, pester.” Nudyen may come from Polish nudzic “to weary, bore,” or Russian nudit’ “to wear out (with complaints, pestering).”

The Yiddish suffix –nik, adopted into English as a noun suffix that refers to persons, usually derogatorily, involved in a political cause or group (such as beatnik, peacenik), is also of Slavic origin. The personal suffix –nik appears in English as early as 1905, but the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, literally “traveling companion,” popularized –nik ad nauseam. Nudnik entered English in the first half of the 20th century.

Mr. Daniels is one of those quintessential New York characters: a confessed nudnik. Dozens of times a year, he telephones city officials about local irritants, from the lack of sidewalk curb cuts to accommodate wheelchairs to a mound of asphalt left on a sidewalk after a repaving job.


We lie to protect our privacy (“No, I don’t live around here”); to avoid hurt feelings (“Friday is my study night”) … to escape a nudnik (“My mother’s on the other line”) …



LAS VEGAS IS NOW OPEN—Fuck Covid! Las Vegas will fully reopen and return to pre-pandemic guidelines on June 1

County lawmakers voted Tuesday to return to pre-pandemic guidelines on June 1. They agreed to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and dropped plans to tie business occupancy to COVID-19 vaccination rates.

LAS VEGAS (KABC) -- The next time you go to Vegas, expect it to look a lot like 2019.

County lawmakers voted Tuesday to return to pre-pandemic guidelines on June 1. They agreed to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and dropped plans to tie business occupancy to COVID-19 vaccination rates.

That means COVID-related restrictions on things like large gatherings, capacity limits, dancing and more will be lifted.

Masks and social distancing will also not be required for fully vaccinated people -- with a few exceptions.

Individual businesses can still require customers to wear masks, and masks are still needed for certain travel.

Most Vegas casinos are already back to 100% capacity and no social distancing under the oversight of the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


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