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By Bandit, Rogue, Barry Green, Sam Burns, Bob T., Ann Robinson, Andrew Calegaro, Paul Aiken, Judy Whitson, and Readers everywhere

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It’s raining cats and dogs and of course someone will blame it on man-made climate change.
Can’t be Global Warming, it’s too cold.

New belt buckle I made recently using a CJ Allen point cover he engraved for me.
New belt buckle I made recently using a CJ Allen point cover he engraved for me.

This is a big weekend in Los Angeles. Arch Motorcycles is having a party Friday Night, Mooneyes is having a show in Irwindale on Saturday and the David Mann Chopperfest is rocking Ventura on Sunday. I hope to make two outta three if it will stop raining.

Let’s hit the news:
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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, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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GUN NUT REPORT--California: Firearm Excise Tax Legislation Introduced

This week, the California Legislature convened for an organizational session and swearing in ceremonies for legislators. During their short stint in Sacramento several new anti-gun proposals were introduced, including Assembly Bill 18, sponsored by Assembly Member Marc Levine (D-10).

AB 18 would place an additional excise tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms. While the legislation lacks details of how the actual proposal will look, it expresses the intent to place an additional tax on handguns and semi-automatic firearms for distribution to various community based intervention and prevention programs. Once again, lawmakers are saddling lawful gun owners with additional taxes and fees for the misdeeds of criminals.

The legislature reconvenes on January 7 for the 2019 session and we are anticipating many more gun control proposals to be introduced. We are expecting the same push we see by anti-gun lawmakers in California year after year, more restrictions and costs placed on law abiding citizens while criminals will continue to operate outside the system and circumvent the existing laws already on the books.

Continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight web page for updates on issues impacting your Second Amendment rights and hunting heritage in California.

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Two things, Frank is laying down some killer ink! Impressive work.

Second, have you watched the Man in the High Castle on amazon tv? The premise is the US lost WW2 and the country is German run in the east and Japanese on the west coast. In between is the neutral zone. The neutral zone reminds me of your book where we have to go to live out our lives on motorcycles in the wild west.

You are prescient ol' wise one!

Ride on

--Paul Aiken
Charlotte, NC

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Click to grab a copy.

New Joint FAU/UM Study Shows Laws Designed to Ban or Curb Drivers’ Use of Cell Phones are Saving Lives of Motorcyclists

Laws to ban or curb drivers’ use of cell phones and other handheld devices have greatly reduced the rate of fatalities for motorcyclists, according to a new study by faculty at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Miami.

The study’s findings, recently published in Social Science & Medicine, show that states with moderate to strong bans have motorcycle fatality rates that differ by as much as 11 percent compared to states with no bans.

“In the case of motorcycles, these laws seem to be effective,” said study co-author Gulcin Gumus, Ph.D., an associate professor in health administration in the Department of Management Programs at FAU’s College of Business. “While it’s not clear that these laws have had an impact on reducing the overall number of traffic fatalities, when we focus specifically on motorcycles, we find that these laws are having a major impact in reducing deaths among motorcycle riders.”

Motorcyclists account for a much higher proportion of traffic fatalities relative to the share of motorcycles among all motor vehicles and vehicle miles driven in the U.S. The study’s authors obtained annual data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System on total and motorcycle-specific traffic fatalities for all 50 states during the period of 2005-2015.

Those data were then merged with state-specific characteristics, texting/handheld device laws, as well as other traffic policies to estimate the effectiveness of strong, moderate and weak bans compared to no bans.

While automobile safety has greatly improved over the last several decades, bringing the overall fatality rates down with it, motorcycle fatality rates have not declined. Although research is mixed on the effectiveness of texting/handheld bans for overall traffic fatalities, the study’s findings indicate that motorcyclists are at elevated risk of being a victim of distracted driving and thus could greatly benefit from these policies. This result is driven mainly by multiple-vehicle crashes (e.g., car hitting motorcycle) as opposed to single-vehicle crashes.

“Every day about nine Americans are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in traffic crashes that involve distracted drivers,” said study co-author Michael T. French, professor of health economics in the Miami Business School’s Department of Health Management and Policy and an avid motorcycle rider. “While our initial goal was to understand whether these laws save lives on the road, the broader application of our findings is even more powerful.”

The researchers argue policy makers should consider strengthening texting/handheld bans along with their enforcement to improve safety and save lives, especially among motorcyclists.
“We have a better appreciation for the range of policies across states and years, and what makes texting/handheld bans strong and effective, especially for motorcyclists,” French said. “Hopefully these results will facilitate a more informed discussion between legislators, law enforcement officers, and the general public about distracted driving and traffic safety.”

These areas provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

--Jim Hellegaard

HEAD OF BIKERNET SECURITY STAFF PASSES—In a surprise show of aging process, Tank shut down and stopped eating suddenly. We raced him to the Western Vet Clinic and they drew blood.

The findings were confirmed and after some investigation we determined Tank’s age well over 100, amazing for a pound mutt. He will be sorely missed.


NEWS FROM THE RODDER’S JOURNAL--Page Flippin' & Calendar Shippin'

Our 2019 calendars are in stock and shipping now! These full-size calendars celebrate our 25th anniversary, and they’re filled with a carefully curated mix of hot rods, customs and racecars that we feel represents our first quarter-century in print. (That’s right, TRJ has been publishing since 1994). Only 2,500 have been printed and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Each calendar is signed and numbered by the publisher.

Measuring 15x23 inches, these calendars are like oversized issues of TRJ for your wall. In addition to the world-class, full-color photography, they also include important car show dates throughout the year. Just like the magazine, they’re printed with pride in the U.S.A.

To place an order, click the box above or give us a call at (800) 750-9550 in the United States, (877) 479-2627 in Canada or (650) 246-8920 internationally.

Your Friends at The Rodder’s Journal

P.S. Our 2019 Holiday Catalog is in the mail and on our website here.

CRY WOLF STORY--Short Stories: The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Aesop. A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, laughed at them for their pains. The Wolf, however, did truly come at last.

In our case Al Gore cried wolf about Climate Change and the real wolf is Infrastructure.


EASYRIDERS COMING TO CHARLOTTE-- Just realized the Easyriders show here in Charlotte NC is the National Invitational Show. It has always been in Columbus Ohio.

This is great news for the bikers here in Charlotte!


THE NEWEST CANTINA GALLERY-- The 2018 Deadwood Legends Ride. What a terrific ride and especially its reason for being.

The bikes are amazing and Jack does it again with stellar photos, even from the top of buildings.

Check out the images in this gallery of the pre-ride and next year, try to attend. You won't be disappointed.

The Deadwood gallery has been added to the site - https://www.bikernet.com/pages/DEADWOOD_2018.aspx

Co-editor of Bandit’s Cantina

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GS - BECAUSE WEEKENDS WERE MADE FOR FUN!--The new exclusive t-shirt for all BMW GS riders and fans

What were weekends invented for? Tons of fun on exciting excursions with a BMW GS, of course! That is why the print of the new t-shirt for the riders and fans of this bestseller on two wheels reads: “GS - BECAUSE WEEKENDS WERE MADE FOR FUN!”

The white supersized print brings this motto to life in concert with a GS emblem, which takes up the domains of this enduro bike – winding roads and high mountains.

The black high-quality “GS - BECAUSE WEEKENDS WERE MADE FOR FUN!" t-shirt sells for 23 euros and comes in sizes M to 3XL. It sells exclusively online at www.BeemerGS.com.

NEWS FROM HAWAII--Aloha to everyone that came out to support & who joined us on the 44th Annual Toy Parade Ride this past Sunday. Also thank you all for showing and welcoming Kurt Yeager & Jenny to Hawaii. It was great to share the Aloha Spirit, Hawaii's Culture and the "Local Biker Life Style" with Kurt & Jenny.

They really enjoyed there visit here & enjoyed everyone's company. I also want thank & give a Big Mahalo to the Kanaka Hekili MC for allowing Kurt & Jenny to be our "Guest Riders" on the Toy Parade Ride and also making them feel like part of the Ohana!

Thank you also to the Street Biker Union of Hawaii SBUH for organizing such a great event each year. The 44th Annual Toy Parade was another successful event.... will see you guys next year & Ride Safe!
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Race Ready Fitness

I would like to acknowledge a really close friend of mine. Thank you to Chris Cousins for bringing down Kurt Yeager & Jenny to Hawaii & having me be their guide and giving them a glimpse on the Biker Life Style here in Hawaii.

Chris has created Race Ready Inc. as a means to help you prepare to meet and exceed your goals and dreams through coaching, managing, and health, fitness, and nutritional training. No matter who you are, you’re background or history, Chris and the Race Ready Team want to prepare you for the ride of your life.

Visit: racereadyfitness.webs.com

Kanaka Hekili MC

Big Congratulations to the Kanaka Hekili MC on recently celebrating their 15th year Anniversary!

Thank you to our club President Mr. B for organizing one of Hawaii's Finest "Family Oriented Bike Clubs" in Hawaii & giving me the opportunity be part of a great club and to ride next to some of Hawaii's Finest Bike Riders!

Thank you to all my Kanaka brothers & Sisters that always give their time to coordinated and volunteer on every special events that we we organized especially for making this year's Xmas Party one to remember!

Thank you to the "Kanaka Officers" for doing what they do best....and I thank all the Kanaka Hekili MC Chapters from the Outer-Island and from the mainland who made the journey to make it to the 15th Kanaka Hekili MC Anniversary!

Last but not least, I wanted to address & give a Special Thanks to two Kanaka Hekili MC Members for lending out their motorcycles to Kurt Yeager & Jenny making their ride with the Kanakas one they will never forget!

Thank you "Hambone" for letting Kurt Yeager use your Street Glide for the ride, and Thank you "Gerry Welsh" for letting Jenny use your Slim for the Toy Parade Ride. You guys are Awesome & are true Brothas!

Visit Kanaka Hekili Mc



These wings will lift you right up off of your feet! The Bone Sauce that Pit Master Pork Chop makes is so good that I can drink it straight out of a cup (They make a Bloody with it).

These wings are Dry Rubbed, Smoked, Deep Fried and then tossed in The Bone Sauce! Get to South Moon BBQ in Hinckley, IL. Their food is so good they have been on Chicago's Best twice.

They also have a location in Sandwich, IL.


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George left for Spain on Thursday. He is working on the series, but I don't exactly what he is doing from day to day. He will be acting sometimes, and working with the writers and advising the producers on other days.

More specific info and photos coming soon.

--Fred Anderson

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Sorry for your loss of Tank.. Glad I got to meet him!

charlotte, nc
Friday, December 14, 2018
Editor Response Thanks brother. It was a shock but he could have been over 100 years old.
What's up Bikernet Nation?!

With the holidays fast approaching I am reminded of how quickly time catches up to us all. Take the time to drink your favorite whiskey, ride your scooter, hold your girl, and do something nice for people expecting zero payback. I am blessed beyond belief and thankful for the many adventures I've shared with you all. Merry Christmas and may 2019 be an amazing year for each of us. God Bless the USA!

Humble, TX
Monday, December 10, 2018
Editor Response Thanks brother, and all the best to you and your family. I hope you buy them something this year and not just motorcycle parts for yourself (or a new motorcycle).
So sorry to read about your boy "Tank". I'm sure this leaves a huge hole in the Bikernet family as you all grieve this loss. With due respect for Tank, as the wound scabs over, please remember there's a scared/confused little puppy dog in a shelter somewhere close that would love to be the next "Head of Security" there at Bikernet headquarters. Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 9, 2018
Editor Response Thanks brother, and we hit four pounds the next day. We found a spittin' image of Tank, but he was spoken for... We will see.

Sorry for your loss of your Chief Of Security,Tank. It is truly amazing how these fur balls can get under your skin.

Daytona Beach, FL
Friday, December 7, 2018
Editor Response Years ago I had a black mutt named Knucklehead. When I moved away, I had to give him up to a brother in Oxnard. For some odd reason I always felt bad because I didn't go visit him.

Tank was a special dog and kept us all in line.
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