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I’ve been asking folks to question Climate Alarmism for awhile.
It’s called critical thinking. Just because someone in the government wants to push it down your throat, doesn’t always mean it’s cool, right or correct. Sorta like the Mc Carthy era where they pushed the anti-communism business so hard folks lost their jobs because they mentioned Russia over lunch.

I’m not against the environment or the planet. I just don’t want the government to get too headstrong over anything without all the facts. So, hang on for the news, and let me know what you think.

The new government wants to take folks who question climate alarmism to trial. The city government in San Francisco has made smoking in your house illegal. State governments have banned Camaros in California and in Washington because brake pads might harm fish. California investigators have identified $400 million paid on some 21,000 unemployment benefit claims improperly filed in the names of California prison inmates, some on death row. Hang On!

And get, this a British study found that vegetarians have a nine percent increased risk over meat eaters for any bone fractures and vegans have a 43 percent higher risk. The biggest difference was found in hip fractures. Science is never settled. We’re always learning.
There’s more. Let’s hit the news:

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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. Most recently Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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I love it when we strike a chord that resonates throughout the NMA membership. Such is the case with the proposition of NMA-led research initiatives designed to further public knowledge and create a broader dialog about issues motorists face every day. Member reaction to our request for the funding of such data-driven studies has been tremendous.

Please help us continue the momentum. If you haven’t had an opportunity to donate yet this year, take advantage of the tax benefit of gifting the nonprofit, 501(c)(3) National Motorists Association by December 31st.

You can also help in another way: Let us know how you would prioritize the research projects noted below. Take the opportunity to suggest your own project ideas. Our email address is We will feature many of the suggestions in the upcoming Winter 2021 issue of Driving Freedoms.

Here are the four research projects currently under consideration:

Effect on driver behavior & traffic safety of arbitrarily lowered posted speed limits
Some cities are rushing to lower speed limits while ignoring proven engineering safety standards. The “slower is safer” mantra is not accurate according to much data already gathered. An NMA study would expand the dataset and analyze the adverse effects of slowing traffic to a crawl, or as some are proposing, eliminating vehicular movement completely.

The Statistical Accuracy of Traffic Accident Reports
Investigate whether assigned causes for accidents reflect reality on the road. Data collected from accident reports directly affect government highway safety policies which in turn influence enforcement actions. Poorly resolved data results in, at the least, misinformed policy.

The true cost to taxpayers of Vision Zero programs and the effect on road user safety
The cost to taxpayers, locally and nationally, for Vision Zero and Complete Streets programs, already staggeringly in the billions of dollars, continues to escalate. A hard look at the actual cost of such programs and their real effect on safety is overdue.

The environmental impact of the use of stop signs rather than yield signs

Think of how many times each day you stop or slow down and speed back up at a lightly traveled intersection. Multiply that by millions of drivers and you get a sense of the wasteful expenditure of fuel, and the added wear-and-tear on vehicles. An added bonus: While environmentalists often see drivers as the enemy, this research project could convert them into becoming allies for freeing up traffic flow.

Please add the NMA to your charitable organizations that you are supporting this year. Your gift can provide you with a 2020 tax benefit and can pay handsome dividends by funding our important motorist-related research.

NEW CYCLE SOURCE ISSUE ON NEWSSTANDS NOW--Cycle Source 281 - October/November 2020
Now Available

The Oct/ Nov 2020 issue of Cycle Source is hot off the press and brimming with our coverage of the 80th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. There are 116 pages packed with 7 feature bikes. Brandon Keene’s Shovelhead graces the cover of this issue. The other features include a clean and classy Shovel from Providence Cycle Worx, a killer Knucklehead from Ron Simms, a Sporty from Karen Moore and a super clean Breakout from Exile Cycles.

Tay Herrera celebrates 40 years of engraving and we’ve got three great tech articles. Troy tells the tale of the Blue Collar Build off and we recap the One Show. You’ll also find the regular installments of InSlide Line and Chopper Charlie.

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BIKERLID.COM TIPS-- For Motorcycle Maintenance on The Road

Motorcycle maintenance is indispensable if you want to keep your motorbike in top shape at all times. When you maintain your bike, you will enjoy your ride for many years to come. Meanwhile, a bike in good shape also ensures your safety while on the road. This post's essence is to provide you with motorbike gear tips for motorcycle maintenance on the road.

Good and regular motorbike maintenance saves you from a lot of problems and unnecessary expenses. Therefore, to be on the safer side, you need to ensure your bike is always in top shape. If you want to learn how to keep your motorbike safe and sound, keep reading. These excellent motorcycle maintenance tips will make all the difference when it comes to the longevity of your motorbike.

Essential Motorcycle Maintenance Tips
Here are the basic motorcycle maintenance tips to keep your bike in top condition:

• Ensure you change the oil at regular intervals
Your motorbike oil plays a major role in the longevity of your bike engine. Always check the bike manual to know the frequency of changing your motorbike oil. Some manuals demand that you change the oil every three months, especially when you put a lot of miles on your bike. Similarly, if you drive in dirty and dusty environments, your oil quality will break down faster than usual. Therefore, you will need to change it more often for optimal performance.

• Your Drive Chain
The drive chain of your bike transfers the power from your bike's engine to the rear wheel. Without proper maintenance, it can be very dangerous for your safety and the good of your bike. Ensure always to lube your chain after each ride while it is still warm. Doing it while the bike is still warm allows the oil to penetrate every part of the chain. Also, endeavor always to check the chain's tension because the right tension helps to prolong your motorbike chain’s lifespan.

• Check your tires
While on the road with your motorbike, always check the air pressure of your tires. Also, always look for any sign of wear or tear on the tires. The right amount of air pressure makes for good handling n the road and helps you avoid blowouts. With the right pressure, your tires will last longer and serve you better.

• Brakes
Brakes are an essential part of your motorcycle and need to be well-maintained. You need to always test your brakes before embarking on any road trip to ensure they are in good working conditions. Aside from checking the brakes, you also need to check the brake fluids. Your brake fluids should be replaced as specified on your bike manual. This will help to maintain your brakes at optimum performance. You must always check the thickness of your brake pads. It would help if you replaced them before they are worn down to the metal.

• Air filter
This is one of the essential ways to ensure your motorcycle maintenance. You need to clean the air filter of your motorbike regularly. A dirty makes your engine do more work than required, and cleaning it increases our motorbike's power output. Meanwhile, if your air filter is too hard to lean, you may consider replacing it with a new one.

• Clean your fuel filter
If your bike has a fuel filter, always ensure that it is clean and unclogged whenever you embark on your trip. Always inspect the fuel lines for damage. If you discover any sign of cracking, you should replace the lines immediately. There are certain things you don't play with when it comes to your motorcycle maintenance. A clean and in-shape fuel filter is one of them.

• Your Battery
You should always keep your battery charged at 100% when it is not in use. You can do this using a trickle charger. Ensure that the top of the battery is clean. Also, check the electrolyte level to make sure it doesn't get too low. If the electrolyte is low, you will have to add distilled or deionized water.

• Fork oil
Your fork oil helps to smooth out the bumps and roughness of the road. Therefore, having enough fresh fork oil makes a big difference in how smooth your bike ride will be. The longer you ride, both in terms and distance and time, the more you will appreciate the importance of your fork oil. Your fork oil also does the important job of lubricating all the moving parts of your bike, except the engine. You need to check your fork oil regularly. With the right equipment, you can change the oil yourself. However, if it is not what you can handle, go to your mechanic and let him do the work for you.

• Care for the loose and rattling parts
Before you embark on your road ride, start the bike and walk around the bike to see if anything looks loose of is rattling always check for loose bolts and other jingling items in your saddlebag or its equivalent. You will be surprised how often bikes have slightly loose bolts. Loose steering head bearings can also cause steering problems in your bike. Check gear linkages on the gearbox shifter arm, The primary case bolts can also get loose and easily disguise themselves with dirt or grease. Check axel nuts wheel bearings , spokes hand controls grips, front forks, swing arm bolts fuel tank mounts Always ensure that you get all these fixed before embarking on your ride.

We hope that this article regarding motorcycle maintenance on the road helps you maintain your motorbike. Ensure to always follow your motorcycle manual for regular check-up information. For your protection on the road, Bikerlid offers a highly protective biker helmet to keep you safe while on the road.

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California and Washington ban Chevrolet's Camaro SS and ZL1--Their brake pads contain too much copper, which kills fish

Enthusiasts in California and in Washington should act fast if they want to put a new Chevrolet Camaro SS or ZL1 in their garage. Both models are now illegal in those states due to the percentage of copper in their brake pads.

California's Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) stepped up its efforts to regulate brake pads in 2010, when then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill called the California Motor Vehicle Brake Friction Material Law. It prohibits carmakers and suppliers from selling brake pads "containing more than trace amounts of copper, certain heavy metals, and asbestos." Pads containing heavy metals and asbestos were banned in 2014, and a ban on brake pads containing more than 5% copper will come into effect in January 2021.

Lawmakers explained copper is toxic to many aquatic organisms. While trout don't snack on high-performance brake pads, the dust generated while braking (the same stuff you often have to clean off of your wheels) sometimes finds its way into rivers and contaminates the water, which in turn harms the animals living in it.

Only the high-power SS and ZL1 variants of the Camaro are affected by the ban; the other versions remain available in California and in Washington. And, while dealers legally need to stop taking orders, the cars they still have in their inventory are fair game. Both models remain available elsewhere across America.

Looking ahead, Chevrolet plans to reintroduce the SS and the ZL1 in the states that banned them for the 2022 model year. It will work with its suppliers to design high-performance brake pads that comply with the regulations.

"We will resume allowing customers in California and Washington state to order the Camaro SS, ZL1 and 1LE models in 2022 when we introduce a new brake system that is compliant with the copper requirements," company spokesperson Kevin Kelly said in a statement sent to enthusiast website GM Authority.

Brake pads aren't the only source of pollutants that cause harm to marine organisms. According to scientists, a chemical called 6PPD that's used in many tires and carried into rivers by the rain is responsible for killing coho salmons along the Pacific coast. In 2019, researchers measured microparticles and microplastics in stormwater from 12 small tributaries in the San Francisco area, and they noticed nearly half of them were black with a rubbery texture. "One potential source of these particles is vehicle tire wear," the study concluded.

Unlike environmentalists (and not surprisingly), major players in the tire industry stress that these particles present no significant risk to humans and the environment. Still, lawmakers are considering handing tire manufacturers stricter regulations.

By Ronan Glon

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--SHOPPING FROM HOME BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for December 10, 2020

Dear J.J. I myself know who Peter Baker is but I digress, thanks for letting us read your words of wisdom{?] again . Please write more stories like in EASYRIDERS that we all loved.
Thanks from a long time reader.

-- Ruben Serrano
Sinton, TX

TO MASK OR NOT TO MASK-- I am not inviting a huge debate on this. I am merely stating my beliefs.
I have been wearing a mask every time I leave home since March 2020. I’m not sure why being considerate to others for the common good is now being mocked by some who are calling it “living in fear,” but it needs to stop!!!... When I wear a mask over my nose and mouth in public and in the stores/Supermarkets/Pharmacies/Offices - I want you to know the following:

I'm educated enough to know that I could be asymptomatic and still give you the virus.

No, I don't "live in fear" of the virus; I just want to be part of the solution, not the problem.

I don't feel like the "government controls me". I feel like I'm an adult contributing to the security in our society and I want to teach others the same.

If we could all live with the consideration of others in mind, the whole world would be a much better place.

Wearing a mask doesn't make me weak, scared, stupid or even "controlled". It makes me caring and responsible.

When you think about your appearance, discomfort, or other people's opinion of you, imagine a loved one - a child, father, mother, grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a stranger - placed on a ventilator, alone without you or any family member allowed at their bedside.....Ask yourself if you could have helped them a little by wearing a mask.

I am inviting you all to copy this and post it on your wall as your post if you agree with me.

--Cris Sommer Simmons

‘Can’t make this up’: North Face refuses to supply jackets with company logo to oil & gas producer — even though the jackets are made from oil & gas

The North Face Fashion Brand Refuses To Serve Oil Firm: A Texas-based oil company that ordered jackets for its employees from The North Face was rejected because it was an oil firm, with its CEO pointing out the irony of such a decision. “They told us we did not meet their brand standards,” Adam Anderson, chief executive of Innovex Downhole Solutions, told CBS7. “We were separately informed that what that really meant is was that we were an oil and gas company.”
The outdoor wear company said it did not want to support the oil and gas industry in the same way as it did not support the porn industry or Big Tobacco.

--Climate Depot
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FROM THE GEARHEAD DIARIES--I thought I would send you this. My lovely wife and that beautiful Belle. My brothers called the custom color almost blue. It was a combination of Cadillac ice blue and Ford blue for tint. We also used pearl marano in the clear coat. We molded the frame and painted the whole frame.

The only problem is that it showed every piece of dirt or imperfections. I loved that color and still love my wife. Thanks to all the brothers that helped in the build. Merry Christmas to all.


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Your book 'Orwell' is becoming more true every day, ain't it...? All I know is that I've had a pretty good time, for the most part, and the government has had very little say on the way I've lived(to my knowledge).

People can buy into the 'official narrative' if they want, but I choose not to. I certainly don't need someone on tv, or wherever, to tell me what I need to do to 'be safe'.

Merry Christmas To All!
Go for a fuckin ride!

Cap'n Bill
nowhersville, TN
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Editor Response Thanks brother and merry merry.
Cris Sommer Simmons is totally on the ball with her opinion piece regarding mask wearing.
Thanks for running it.

Doc Robinson
Somerton Park, SA, Australia
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
Editor Response You bet. Life is nuts. Even in the Pandemic the government plays politics with an emergency. Bottom line, take care of yourself and your family.

I imagine you heard the news about Excelsior-Henderson being bought by Bajaj, the bike mfr out of India!

Paul Aiken
Charlotte, NC
Saturday, December 19, 2020
Editor Response Amazing!

So it sounds like Robert's panties are in a twist and putting pressure on his tampon. About Easyriders and the new pot venture, he can do this but honor his promise of paying us our money and a final note. Mr. Trump will remain my President, enough is enough.

I had to go through a draft dodger, who was dodging while I served in SE asia and one who made it while going to school on foreign scholarships. Maybe I should have gone back.

Bandit have a very merry christmas and the best new year for you and yours.

deland, FL
Friday, December 18, 2020
Editor Response Thanks brother. May our society find a better path with Freedom at the helm.
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