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NEW YEARS EVE BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for New Years Eve Goddammit, 2020

It Better Be and Sunny and Bright 2021

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Barry Green, Bob T., Sam Burns, Bauman, Stealth, Laura, the Redhead and the whole gang

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Happy New Year!

It better be a good one! I hope everyone is staying safe and that by the middle of the year vaccines will have spread and the world can open up once more. I hope that Sturgis will be in full swing without the country blaming Covid spikes on grubby bikers for political gain.

And I hope the Bonneville International Speed Trials will be open and we can take our 45 flathead, Bonne Belle and the JIMS 135-inch powered Salt Torpedo to Bonneville for its first speed runs.

Let’s hit the news.

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Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lowbrow!

We hope you are having a great time this holiday season and spending time with people you love.

Merry Christmas!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all along the roads
Not a creature was stirring, not even a toad;

My Panhead was parked in the garage with care,
The car left in the driveway in the open night air;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of candy bars danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled in bed for a long winter’s 'nap',

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the curtains and threw up the shade
To see exactly why my 'nap' was delayed.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But the Lowbrow Weirdo pulling in, in first gear.

His 80-inch Flathead came to a stop,
And he left a little gift on the door to my shop.

He kicked over his flatty and roared out to the street,
Oh, how I felt lucky to receive such a treat!

--from the Lowbrow team

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Long-term Implications of Working from Home--You might not think telecommuting is a motorist issue, but you're mistaken. Recently, various news outlets stated that almost half of the 160 million American workers commute from home due to the pandemic. Even after COVID-19 vaccinations are available, will working from home continue?

Many workers have told researchers that they want to keep working from home after the pandemic runs its course. People enjoy not making that long commute and have more time to spend with families and friends. Many workers are even thinking or have moved to a cheaper city if commuting is no longer necessary. Office buildings are standing empty, which helps the bottom line of employers but hurts building owners and other businesses in the area that cater to employees, such as lunch places, salons, and gyms.

Recently, Deutsche Bank suggested that a five percent wage tax should be imposed on remote work not mandated by the government. If workers choose remote work, they would be required to pay the tax.

Employers would pay the tax if they don't offer employees a place to work and require them to work from home. Deutsche Bank researcher Luke Templeman estimated that the new tax would generate $48.7 billion per year and suggests that the money should be given out as $1500 cash grants to employees who make less than minimum wage and cannot work from home.

Vehicle emissions also dropped around the world at the beginning of the pandemic since fewer motorists were commuting. In a University of California, Berkeley study, researchers found that regional carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 25 percent at the beginning of the pandemic due to a nearly 50 percent drop in traffic.

In September, the San Francisco Bay Area's Metropolitan Transportation Commission voted to move forward a proposal to require people at large, office-based companies to work from home three days a week. The MTC was hopeful that this radical proposal would be a way that the area could slash vehicle gas emissions.

Within a month, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said they could not support a proposal that mandated this action because it would bring economic harm to cities' downtowns. Fifteen Bay Area representatives of the State Legislature also raised their concerns in a joint letter to the MTC. Soon after, MTC Commissioner Nick Josefowitz suggested that the requirements could be amended to target those who drive to work every day.

In November, the MTC did just that. They scrapped the original idea and instead adopted an alternative strategy to reduce carbon emissions and improve the region's environment. Now, large employers (50+employees) will be asked to reduce employee vehicular commuting.

Employers would be responsible for identifying and funding incentives to reduce car commuting to 40 percent by 2035. This mandate is due to California's requirement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 19 percent by 2035. MTC must design and approve a plan to help meet the state's mandate or risk losing $100 million in state funding by 2022.

The most significant implication of telecommuting, of course, is the lack of money going towards the state and federal gas tax. Fewer commuters mean less gas and less gas tax, which has substantial implications for funding infrastructure in the short- and long-term.

Most states and even cities are now trying to figure out how to make up the difference. Many counties and cities have already raised or are thinking about raising the gas tax to compensate. For example, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's recent budget proposal included increasing the city's gas tax, ticket fines, and fees.

How to fund infrastructure was already a huge issue before the pandemic. Now, it will likely be the most significant issue (beyond the pandemic and the economy) on deck for upcoming state legislature sessions and Congress.

If more employees work from home post-pandemic, the implications will likely hit the pocketbooks of all of us one way or another.


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BIKERNET ADVERTISING AND CHANGES FOR 2021—We are making major changes for the better in 2021. Hell, we already started by making Bikernet free once more and open to the public. We are working on another social media campaign and our web masters are going to make all of our sites more mobile friendly. Here’s the basic layout for advertising.

Our Uniques to Bikernet and the Bikernet blog average 77,500 a month. We also have 10,000 riders who receive our email blast twice weekly and it’s free to join up. Plus, we have an editor who devotes all of his time to our social media program reaching at least 25,000 enthusiasts a month. He says we reach over 2 million enthusiasts, but the above number in our friends group.

We are making our sites more accessible for 2021 and more mobile friendly. We are now 24 years old and holding our own when so many media outlets have passed away.

So, what does our system include? Your ads will run on the Bikernet Home Page and on every department page, which includes over 20 departments and rotate daily. Your adds also run on our blog.

We publish the Bikernet news weekly and the Bikernet Blog 24/7. That means when the a company has news or info to share, we will get the job done. Plus, as we’ve done so many times in the past, if there’s a feature available it can be covered on as a stand- alone feature.

Finally, each time we cover your company news we will run a banner, an ad or an event poster and you won’t find your brand fighting the page with 25 other ads. We have never handled business like that. All of our editorial material is archived and always available. Plus, we charge a flat monthly fee. You could have 100 ads featured on Bikernet 24/7 and the rate remains the same. No hidden costs. How’s that for less than $150 a month?

Reach out to me if you have any other questions.

Keith R. Ball
(310) 528-9258

SHARP SHIT FROM THE GANG AT RMJ TACTICAL--We have two versions of our Sparrow available on the website, the new Johnny Red version and our Explore More model.

The sparrow is a compact bird and trout style fixed blade knife that excels in a concealed carry or everyday carry (EDC) capacity. You can use the Sparrow to cut an apple in the park without anyone being concerned that you have a dangerous weapon in your hand. It blends in well in both urban and rural settings and is a great companion for any type of adventure.

The classic drop point blade has a Cerakote finish for corrosion and glare resistance. The beveled and contoured G10 grips feature diagonal texturing for a not too aggressive, but still secure grip.

The Sparrow comes with a molded kydex scabbard with two MAD straps that allow for scout-style carry (horizontal) and inside the waistband (IWB) vertical carry. It is also MOLLE compatible and can be set up to attach to PALS webbing on any pack, plate carrier, or similarly equipped gear.

All orders from Dec 23 - 27 will ship on the 28th and 29th.

Great for: Daily Carry, Back Up Blade, Outdoors and Utility


Overall Length: 7 in
Blade Length: 3.5 in
Cutting Edge Length: 3.125 in
Blade Thickness: .130 in
Weight: 2.3 ounces (without sheath)
Blade Material: Nitro-V stainless steel (HRC 58-60)
Blade Finish: Cerakote
Sheath: Kydex scabbard

Explore More Sparrow
Johnny Red Sparrow

$ 35.00

Support Good Times One Banner. 24x36" 14oz. PVC vinyl with grommets.

What’s a dinosaur’s least favorite of Santa’s reindeer?


--from Sam Burns
Certified Librarian™

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NEWS FROM THE DIME BAG EMPIRE--We made the custom seat for a Harley-Davidson Softail. Rich brown handmade leather looks badass on this Night Train.

Dime Bag Leather
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‘As false as anything Twitter or Facebook have censored’ – Michael Shellenberger rebuts Biden’s claim that climate change will ‘threaten… literally, the existence of our planet’

Biden said, "Without clear approach from other... emitters... storms will continue to worsen"

Shellenberger: "False again! - Deaths from hurricanes have declined 90% in 100 years - Every major scientific review says deaths from disasters *will continue to decline*"

"We are more resilient than ever: - Deaths from natural disasters declined over 90% - We produce 25% more food than we need — our largest surpluses in history. And there is no scientific scenario for either of those trends to reverse themselves, even with high levels of warming.

In fact, deaths from natural disasters are at their lowest level in 120 years...

Neither the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) nor any other reputable scientific body predicts a reversal in the long-term trend of declining deaths, even if temperatures rise another three degrees or more."

First, climate change does NOT threaten “the very existence of our planet”

That is ridiculous. Not even the most ridiculous apocalyptic environmentalists say that.

There was once the idea that Earth could become like Venus but nobody even believes that any more
A well-known climate scientist once told me that he & colleagues had attempted to model what it would take to create a Venus atmosphere on Earth with CO2 emissions. It required dedicating more that total GDP globally to the task simply of pumping CO2 into atmosphere

But Venus aside, there isn’t even a science *fiction* scenario where climate change “literally threatens the existence of our planet”

How would such a thing even occur? There’s not even a mechanism. The worst anyone could imagine was Venus and Venus still exists.

Moving on..

--Mike Shellenberger
From the Climate Depot

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2012 REPORT FROM SWEDEN-- Welcome to the club!

Have a great New Year in Deadwood
I hope to visit your new HQ Before the WORLD collapse....

Photos from BUB 2012 Bonneville

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TEXAS WEATHER REPORT-- Hope all is well, the snow looked cool, if you get a chance Bronson’s shop (redhead) is Southern Metal Choppers. Not sure it was auto correct or I finally remembered the name of the place, Greg at MC worked before opening his shop. Union Cycle Salvage, may have got them confused? I’m old.

Product report- Michelin Commander II Tires are no good in the mud in a turn. My girls were watching over me, helmet just barely scuffed, better it than me.

Looks like the air cleaner & brake pedal got dinged up some. Everything works still, props for that air cleaner. Looks like Chopper Hauss crash bar in our future too!

Texas company got some cool stuff. Bandit Dayroll and my 5-Ball Special Ops vest held up in another RFR real world test! I’ve almost got the proper amount of Dayroll wind deflection too, tries to open the visor in the triple digits. But it has a lock.

Panhandle Reporter™

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TUCKER Powersports Launches Major Dealer Training Initiative as Part of Tucker Road Show Program-- Fort Worth TX - Tucker Powersports, one of North America's largest distributors of powersports products, launched a free training initiative for its dealers, which culminates in a series of live events at major racing venues around the country. The program, known as the Tucker Road Show, starts today and runs through May 2021.

"The key to a retailer's success is great customer experiences delivered by knowledgeable dealership staff," said Marc McAllister, Tucker President and CEO. "The Tucker Road Show is based on supporting dealers and their staff so that they can represent great products from dozens of the manufacturers we work with."

Tucker dealers are given free access to online training via Tucker U, a custom-designed training portal, which features interactive training programs addressing all types of powersports products. Dealership staff members earn points for completing levels of training, which translate into preferred pricing programs for their dealership and ultimately, an invitation to participate in one of the four Tucker Road Show tour stops.

"Tucker's Road Show events are an opportunity to take a deep dive into the newest and coolest products in the industry," said Brad Turner, Tucker's VP of Sales. "All of the industry's biggest companies have committed to participating in the four events with displays and experts who can speak to their product's features and consumer benefits. We'll also include lots of opportunities for socializing with other dealers and chances to experience NASCAR speeds on the paved racetracks."

The company's events will take place at Texas Motor Speedway (March), Las Vegas Motor Speedway (April), Charlotte Motor Speedway (April) and Kentucky Speedway (May). Each event takes place in the speedway’s infield in both open garages and outdoor displays. Product manufacturers will showcase their latest products and dealers will be able to order with special pricing, based on the points earned through online training. Tucker and participating vendors will encourage COVID safety and will operate within each region’s prevailing safety protocols.

One of the largest display areas will be the Tucker house brands, which are created and distributed exclusively by Tucker for their dealer network. The product range includes parts, accessories and consumables for virtually every on-road and off-road motorcycle, 4x4 and UTV.

Tucker U is available to dealers immediately and is set up to log dealer training points for the program.

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A young guy from North Carolina moves to Florida and goes to a big "everything under one roof" department store looking for a job.

The Manager says, "Do you have any sales experience?" The kid says "Yeah. I was a vacuum salesman back in North Carolina."

Well, the boss was unsure, but he liked the kid and figured he'd give him a shot, so he gave him the job.

"You start tomorrow. I'll come down after we close and see how you did."

His first day on the job was rough, but he got through it. After the store was locked up, the boss came down to the sales floor.

"How many customers bought something from you today?" The kid frowns and looks at the floor and mutters, "One". The boss says "Just one?!!? Our sales people average sales to 20 to 30 customers a day.”

“That will have to change, and soon, if you'd like to continue your employment here. We have very strict standards for our sales force here in Florida. One sale a day might have been acceptable in North Carolina, but you're not in the mountains anymore, son."

The kid took his beating, but continued to look at his shoes, so the boss felt kinda bad for chewing him out on his first day. He asked (semi-sarcastically), "So, how much was your one sale for?"

The kid looks up at his boss and says "$101,237.65.”

The boss, astonished, says, “$101,237.65?!? What the heck did you sell?"

The kid says, "Well, first, I sold him some new fish hooks. Then I sold him a new fishing rod to go with his new hooks. Then I asked him where he was going fishing and he said down the coast, so I told him he was going to need a boat, so we went down to the boat department and I sold him a twin-engine Chris Craft. Then he said he didn't think his Honda Civic would pull it, so I took him down to the automotive department and sold him that 4x4 Expedition."

The boss said "A guy came in here to buy a fish hook and you sold him a boat and a TRUCK!?"

The kid said, "No, the guy came in here to buy tampons for his wife, and I said, 'Dude, your weekend's shot, you should go fishing.”

--Sam Burns
Premier Librarian™

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Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.

I'm going home in a few and spend the rest of the day finishing the seat mounts in the ‘57. Going in for upholstery next Tuesday. Leather came in yesterday and it's awesome. Sure will be nice to get it finished. Never had so many bumps in the road when working on such a project.

I just put a split air system in the garage and the heat and AC make for a very comfortable working environment. It was a DIY unit and worth every cent of the 2 grand price tag.

BTW. If you've never seen what Krist has to offer check this out.
Mostly designed for automotive, but some of the pieces would easily find a home on custom motorcycles. Cool stuff. Example. This seat photo has a V logo embedded into the leather. I couldn't find them anywhere until someone turned me on to Krist.

--Bob Clark
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Dad always said eat everything on your plate so you could have some cake . I would pass on the cake in this case .

Torrance, CA
Friday, January 8, 2021
Editor Response Yep.
Robinson once again says it like it is at this particular time in history with his crazy, chaotic illustrarion.
Thanks foe posting this drawing which he did back im the '60s.

Ann Robinson
Garden Grove, CA
Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Editor Response Always the master.

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