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What’s it all about today?
Las Vegas Bike fest is coming right up. It rained slightly for the first time in Los Angeles. I’m sort of excited in a tempered way. Next week I may purchase an old pickup and on the weekend Rick Krost, of US Choppers and I are headed to see Ron Paugh at Paughco.

I introduced Rick to Ron a while back, and Ron builds Rick’s frames and Rick is selling some of Ron’s older bikes. Plus, we will pick up the 5-Ball Racing Salt Torpedo and haul ass back to Los Angeles, where the fun will begin.

We are starting on Christian's Pan with the help of Paughco.
We are starting on Christian's Pan with the help of Paughco.

Let’s hit the news before something else happens.

Check the Iron Trader out.
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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Click for Action.

The fight for our right to repair the stuff we own has suffered a huge setback.

As anyone who repairs electronics knows, keeping a device in working order often means fixing both its hardware and software. But a big California farmers’ lobbying group just blithely signed away farmers’ right to access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software.

As an organization representing 2.5 million California agriculture jobs, the California Farm Bureau gave up the right to purchase repair parts without going through a dealer. Farmers can’t change engine settings, can’t retrofit old equipment with new features, and can’t modify their tractors to meet new environmental standards on their own. Worse, the lobbyists are calling it a victory.

The ability to maintain their own equipment is a big deal to farmers. When it’s harvest time and the combine goes kaput, they can’t wait several days for John Deere to send out a repair technician. Plus, farmers are a pretty handy bunch. They’ve been fixing their own equipment forever. Why spend thousands of dollars on an easy fix?

But as agricultural equipment gets more and more sophisticated and electronic, the tools needed to repair equipment are increasingly out of reach of the people who rely on it most. That’s amplified by the fact that John Deere (and the other equipment companies represented by the Far West Equipment Dealers Association) have been exploiting copyright laws to lock farmers out of their own stuff.

Repair is a huge business. And repair monopolies are profitable. Just ask Apple, which has lobbied over and over against making repair parts and information available to third-party repair shops. That’s why Big Ag has been so reluctant to make any concessions to the growing right-to-repair movement.

At first blush, last week’s deal between the Farm Bureau and the equipment dealers might look like a win for farmers. The press release describes how equipment dealers have agreed to provide “access to service manuals, product guides, on-board diagnostics and other information that would help a farmer or rancher to identify or repair problems with the machinery.” Fair enough. These are all things fixers need.

But without access to parts and diagnostic software, it’s not enough to enable farmers to fix their own equipment. “I will gladly welcome more ways to fix the equipment on my farm. Let’s be clear, though, this is not right-to-repair,” explained San Luis Obispo rancher Jeff Buckingham. “At the end of the day, I bought this equipment, and I want everything I need to keep it running without relying on the manufacturer or dealer.”

There’s also nothing new in the agreement. John Deere and friends had already made every single “concession” earlier this year, and service manuals had already been available to purchase. They must have read the writing on the wall when California’s Electronics Right to Repair Act was introduced in March. Right-to-repair bills have proved overwhelmingly popular with voters—Massachusetts passed its automobile right-to-repair bill in 2012 with 86 percent voter support.

Just after the California bill was introduced, the farm equipment manufacturers started circulating a flyer titled “Manufacturers and Dealers Support Commonsense Repair Solutions.” In that document, they promised to provide manuals, guides, and other information by model year 2021. But the flyer insisted upon a distinction between a right to repair a vehicle and a right to modify software, a distinction that gets murky when software controls all of a tractor’s operations.

As Jason Koebler of Motherboard reported, that flyer is strikingly similar—in some cases, identical word-for-word—to the agreement the Farm Bureau just brokered. The flyer and the agreement list the same four restrictions:

No resetting immobilizer systems.
No reprogramming electronic control units or engine control modules.
No changing equipment or engine settings that might negatively affect emissions or safety.
No downloading or accessing the source code of any proprietary embedded software.

These restrictions are enormous. If car mechanics couldn’t reprogram car computers, a good portion of modern repairs just wouldn’t be possible. When you hire a mechanic to fix the air-conditioning in a Civic, they may have to reprogram the electronic control unit. When electronics control the basic functions of all major farm equipment, a single malfunctioning sensor can bring a machine to its knees. Modifying software is a routine part of modern repair.

Prohibiting modifications to systems that might affect emissions also means that farmers can’t upgrade tractors to meet new requirements. This could force farmers to buy new equipment when emissions standards change—an insidious move toward planned obsolescence.

This deal is no right-to-repair victory. Don’t let John Deere—or the California Farm Bureau—call it one. Real progress isn’t going to come until a state passes real Right to Repair legislation. And momentum is building. Twenty states, including Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska, considered bills this year. Although none have passed yet, John Deere is clearly feeling the heat.

--By Kyle Wiens

Kyle Wiens is the cofounder and CEO of iFixit, an online repair community and parts retailer internationally renowned for its open source repair manuals and product teardowns. Elizabeth Chamberlain is a writer for iFixit and a professor of technical writing and rhetoric at Arkansas State University.

Editor’s Note: Unfortunately the California Governor wants ultimate control, zero emissions, enforced anti-tampering, abolished performance products and only electric motorcycles. Great guy. Can’t wait for the elections.--Bandit

S&S WINTER POWER PACKAGE RETURNS--Big Power, Big Savings, Limited Time!

Complete Big Bore and Cam Chest in One Kit!

The S&S Winter Power Package is the ideal combination of performance and savings, designed to transform your M8 or Twin Cam HD without breaking the bank.

For the latest generation H-Ds, S&S is packaging their brand new 124-inch bolt in big bore kit with a 550 cam, cam plate and high flow oil pump as well as valve springs, lifters and pushrods, the Twin Cam kits get a similar combination of performance parts with a 585 cam and a bump to 100 for the early and 110 cubic inches for the late TC models.

All kits are available with gear or chain drive cams and are designed to make big, reliable power with equally big savings.

Winter only pricing starting at $2499, saves over $400! Ideal combo for a winter storage project. Good from October 1st through January 31st, 2019, get yours and schedule that winter install.

Check out the details, parts list and dyno charts at https://www.sscycle.com/feature/winter-power-package/

This is huge, not only are our Winter Power Packages back (limited time, big savings, etc), but this one includes a 124-inch package for the new M8. All straight bolt in!

NEW HIGH-TECH OF THE WEEK--AI camera can spot guns and alert law enforcement. The company says it’s accurate 99 percent of the time.

Athena Security has developed a camera system that uses artificial intelligence and cloud technology to spot guns and alert authorities. The company says that because the system can recognize weapons and notify police quickly, casualties may be prevented in places where the system is implemented, such as schools or businesses. It has already been installed in Archbishop Wood High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania.

Once the system spots a gun in the vicinity, it uses the cloud to send that information to those that need it, whether that be a business owner or law enforcement. It can also stream footage of the event in question through an app, giving police a real-time look at what's going on and where. Users also have the option of connecting the camera to other third-party security systems, allowing it lock doors or stop elevators.

False positives can be a problem for computer vision systems, and that would be particularly troublesome for a security camera that has the ability to alert police directly. But the company claims its system's gun detection is 99 percent accurate. "We've basically perfected that," co-founder Lisa Falzone told Fortune, "and so we're already starting to work on fights, knives and other crimes. We expect fights to be done in the next couple months, at least the first version of it."

Athena offers multiple systems at a range of prices, but the one that includes gun detection, lock and elevator integration and real-time access costs $100 per camera per month.

--Mallory Locklear

HALLOWEEN ALERT, MAYBE--Each Halloween, despite little evidence, a huge number of parents worry that their children’s treats may have been tampered with or poisoned. However, studies suggest that should be the least of their worries.

Over the years, accident statistics have repeatedly shown that twice as many children are killed, and four times as many are injured, in pedestrian/vehicle incidents on Halloween compared to other days throughout the year.

What Parents Should Know

With most Halloween-related activities occurring at night, and the visually obstructive nature of many costumes, it is no surprise that pedestrian accidents increase during the holiday. As children and teens take to the streets to attend parties, to visit haunted houses or to go trick-or-treating, it is incredibly important for parents to remind their kids to be attentive when walking or behind the wheel.

Driver distraction or intoxication is the most common cause of preventable automobile accidents.

The pedestrian death rate among teens is twice that of younger children.
Each Halloween, there is a 23 percent increase in drunken driving incidents.
More than 12 percent parents report that their child, ages 5 years or younger, is permitted to trick or treat without adult supervision.

Please take the time to talk to your family about safety this Halloween, and reduce the number of child pedestrian accidents.

Five Important Safety Tips from Safe Kids Worldwide:

Always trick or treat and cross streets only when an adult is present.
Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.

Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Parents should remind children to watch for cars that are turning or backing up.

Look left, right, and then left again, when crossing, and keep looking as you cross, streets. Walk, never run, across the street.

Costumes should include a bright or reflective element to help increase visibility of the wearer and never restrict their movement or vision.

Unfortunately, the accidents that occur on Halloween often result in significant physical injuries that require extensive and expensive medical treatment. If you or your loved one has been injured due to a negligent driver, or other preventable accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Contact Hupy and Abraham with any questions or for a free consultation at 800-800-5678 or chat with us live, 24/7 at hupy.com.


INTERNATIONAL NEWS FROM 100% BIKER—ITALY, In a number of places, including Rome and Florence you’ll need a permit to ride in what are known as Limited Traffic Zones, implemented to reduce congestion in high traffic areas.
THAILAND, Whilst local police don’t enforce this one, it is written law that motorcyclists are not allowed to use bridges and tunnels.

Esteemed Editor
100% Biker


a person who interferes or meddles in the affairs of others.
a person who intrudes into a region, field, or trade without a proper license.


Caruso is a veteran narrator who has voiced audiobooks for the works of Joan Didion, Louisa May Alcott, and Jonathan Safran Foer—but to me, in the moment, she was instead an interloper. What was she doing here? Who was she to intrude on my literary shiva?
-- Arielle Pardes, "Listening Isn't Reading, but Audiobooks Still Resonate," Wired, August 1, 2018


Interloper originally meant “unauthorized trader who trades on his own account and violates the rights or privileges of a trade monopoly.” It also has a tricky etymology. Inter-, its first element, is obviously the Latin preposition and prefix meaning “between, among.”
The problem lies mostly with the second element -loper. Some authorities say that -loper is the same as in landloper “wanderer, vagrant,” an English borrowing from Dutch landlooper dating from about 1570. English interloper dates from the end of the 16th century, but a Dutch dictionary (1767) stated that the Dutch word enterlooper, phonetically equivalent to English interloper, is a borrowing from English.
It is also difficult to reconcile an English word composed of the Latin prefix with the Dutch noun looper “runner.” It is more likely that -lope (and -loper) is a Middle English dialect variant of leap, ultimately from Old Norse hlaupa “to leap, spring, climb.” Interloper entered English on the late 16th century; the sense of “meddler” dates from the mid-17th century.

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THE REAL POLICE OVERTIME SCANDALS REVEALED--Much has been written about the Massachusetts State Police Overtime Scandal. A number of officers have been arrested for federal counts of embezzlement for allegedly cutting hours or outright skipping overtime (OT) traffic enforcement shifts on the MA turnpike while getting paid in full.

Forty-two members of Troop E have been implicated and the troop itself has now been eliminated by state police.

At least four Louisiana state troopers have been charged for falsifying times on traffic tickets written supposedly during overtime shifts. Officers were charged following a statewide investigation of the Local Area Compensated Enforcement, a somewhat controversial traffic-ticket program intended to raise money for district attorneys, public defenders and other law enforcement agencies.

For the taxpayers’ sake, let’s hope these isolated violations of police overtime are outliers. But these two instances of police misconduct don’t even touch the real scandals of police overtime. The bigger issue that few people know: More and more agencies have to force overtime upon their officers because they just simply do not have enough manpower and police working overtime means more stress and perhaps even worse, bad policing.

For example, an audit at the San Jose, California Police Department found OT had doubled since 2008 because the department could not find enough qualified personnel to fill vacancies. In a city of just over a million people, the force needs 800 officers at any given time. In March 2018, a city spokesman said that the department already had 50 less officers than the previous year when it was already well below the 800 threshold.
At some point, police shortages become a public safety issue.

Large cities and small towns are affected because of retirements and decreasing number of recruits. Law enforcement has become a less desirable career choice due to pay and the high risk to personal safety. The hours are terrible too.

Another factor—when the economy is good, police recruitment suffers too. Major Cities Chiefs Association Executive Director Darrel Stephens explained in a recent interview, “A blossoming job market means more career choices. Police departments can’t always keep up with perks other professions in the private sector may offer. Salary and benefits have declined in many departments.”

New enforcement programs can also create OT such as a city council deciding to start or continue a red-light camera program. Denton, Texas PD recently did an audit on their ticket camera program and found that at least three supervisors were paid tens of thousands of dollars in OT to view video of supposed red-light camera violations.

Austin, Texas is now justifying more red-light cameras after an audit showed the city simply does not have enough officers for traffic enforcement. This specious argument has often been used by the camera companies as a selling point of their systems. How often have cities had the luxury of a large enough police force --- other than perhaps small speed trap towns like Damascus, Arkansas --- to place officers at many of its signalized intersections for the purposes of traffic enforcement?

Research shows that officers, just like the rest of us, have fatigue from long hours that can affect the public’s safety. Many officers work a second job exacerbating the fatigue further. Couple this with overnight shifts and you get the picture.

According to the most recent federal Law Enforcement Management and Administrative Statistics survey, only a third of law enforcement agencies limit how many overtime hours sworn personnel may work while a little over half have a ceiling on off-duty hours. OT restrictions that do exist often are lenient. Many enforcement agencies don’t monitor or audit OT at all (which is one of the issues in the MA State Police Scandal noted earlier). Some departments allow 18 work hours over a 24-hour period.

Washington State University sleep deprivation researcher Lois James found that inadequate sleep may heighten pre-existing implicit biases. She also said, “From an officer safety perspective, there are serious consequences of fatigue.” Routine tasks can be affected such as driving a patrol car as well as exercising overall judgement.
A study published in Police Quarterly on the Phoenix Police Department compared officers working 10-hour shifts with those working 13-hour shifts. The biggest difference between the two groups: Officers in the 13-hour shift group had a significantly higher number of citizen complaints than the 10-hour group.

Currently, there are no state or federal mandates on police work hours and many times, union contracts determine OT. Unions generally oppose restrictions on hours worked.

As police departments rely on lucrative quota-based traffic enforcement federal grants funneled through states, more OT pay is expected. Cops like the extra cash but will they be ready to do their jobs adequately if they just pulled a 16-hour shift, especially if they have to do it over and over again since there are less cops to protect and serve?

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ROYAL ENFIELD brings bigger twin motorcycles to U.S. as Harley-Davidson goes smaller overseas--Royal Enfield will expand its motorcycle lineup in North America next year with the introduction of its first twin cylinder bikes to be produced since 1970.

Royal Enfield, the Indian motorcycle manufacturer with its North American headquarters in Milwaukee, will roll out the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 in North America next spring. The motorcycles join Royal Enfield’s lineup of middleweight motorcycles but feature the more powerful single overhead cam, eight-valve, air and oil cooled twin parallel engine.

The 648-cubic centimeter engine driving the new models makes the twins the most powerful in the Royal Enfield North America lineup and move Royal Enfield North America, which has its headquarters and flagship dealership at 226 N. Water St. in Milwaukee's 3rd Ward, into market space that iconic Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson Inc. is seeking to carve out with its 500cc Street line.

The new models will be available at North American dealers in spring 2019 and will start at manufacturers suggested retail price of $5,799 for the Interceptor INT 650 and $5,999 for the Continental GT 650. Custom and Chrome models will add to the price. The models will include ABS and a 3-year warranty with roadside assistance.

The Continental GT 650 is a sporty cafe racer, while the Interceptor INT 650 is what Royal Enfield describes as a stylish roadster. The two have links in former twins of Royal Enfield’s past but are entirely new motorcycles developed jointly by Royal Enfield's development teams in India and at its state-of-the-art technical center at Bruntingthorpe in the United Kingdom.

The models were first unveiled at the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan in November and were subsequently introduced in European and Asian markets. At the unveiling, Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal said the company hoped to lead and expand the middleweight motorcycle segment (250cc-750cc) worldwide.

“In international markets the twins will play a strategic role not just for us but for the industry to expand the mid-weight segment and invite new users into the category,” Rudratej Singh, president of Royal Enfield, said in a press release last week. “We expect the Interceptor INT 650 and the Continental GT 650 to represent the perfect opportunity to upgrade commuters in South East Asia and Latin America, as well as expand the motorcycling segment in USA and Europe.”

While Royal Enfield’s engine sizes grow in North America, Harley-Davidson — the U.S. market leader in heavyweight motorcycles by a wide margin — plans to introduce smaller bikes into international markets like Royal Enfield’s home country.

Harley-Davidson’s new strategic strategy to grow internationally includes the launching of a “more accessible” smaller displacement bike for its emerging markets in Asia, with specific focus on India. Harley also intends to expand in the middleweight motorcycle space, adding its first adventure touring motorcycle, the Pan America, in 2020 and a Streetfighter model targeted for 2020.


--from Rogue

LATEST FROM IRON AND RESIN--The original waxed canvas Rambler Jacket was one of the first pieces of clothing we designed when we started this brand almost eight years ago, and to this day, it is still one of our most popular outerwear pieces.

The Rambler Jacket is an unfailing piece of gear that was designed for a lifestyle of continuous use and abuse. This thing was specifically made to fit our lifestyle and built to last a lifetime.

The more time spent in it, the more it will take on the personality of its owner over a lifetime of adventures. In fact, don't be afraid to put the Rambler Jacket to the test, that's what it's made for.

Don't be fooled by poorly made imitations. Look closely at the construction details & fabric weight. If our Rambler Jacket ever fails you, we'll repair it and get you back on the road in no time.

If you're going to invest in a piece of gear that you really want to live in like we do - we mean really live in - then buy the best and forget the rest.

The Rambler Line Up: Handmade in the USA
Handmade in the USA with 100% Cotton 10oz Martexin™ Waxed Canvas, this jacket will reflect every bit of adventure thrown at it.

“Z900RS – The legend is back!” --The T-shirt for the riders and fans of the new Kawasaki retro bike.

No doubt, the Kawasaki Z1 is one of the motorcycles that made history. The Japanese big bike from 1972 is one of the most sought-after classics today and in top condition goes for many times what it cost new. On the Z900RS, Kawasaki employed numerous styling elements of the epochal motorbike and created a new global bestseller.

The Z900.us online shop usually specializes in exclusive accessories for the riders of the classic Z models.

In response to frequent customer requests, there is now also an extravagant T-shirt for the new generation: “Z900RS – THE LEGEND IS BACK!“ is the motto of the extra-large white print on the front, complemented by a stylized illustration of the new model.

By the way, the illustration is not based on an everyday bike, but on the “Classic” version of French Z-specialist Didier Kaluza, which fitted with a four-in-four exhaust and wire wheels approximates the original from the 1970s even more closely.

The high-quality black shirt comes in sizes M to 3XL. It sells exclusively online at www.Z900.us for 23 euro per shirt.

QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- A Marine boarded a train on his way home from deployment. The train was quite crowded, and the Marine walked the entire length looking for a seat. There seemed to be one next to a well-dressed middle-aged French woman, but when he got there he saw it was taken by the woman’s poodle.
The war-weary Marine asked, “Ma’am, may I have that seat?”

The French woman sniffed and said to no one in particular, “Americans are so rude. My little Fifi is using that seat.”

The Marine walked the entire train again, but the only seat available was under that dog. “Please, Ma’am. May I sit down? I’m very tired,” he asked again.

She snorted, “Not only are you Americans rude, you are also arrogant!”

This time the Marine didn’t say a word; he just picked up the little dog, tossed it out the train window and sat down. The woman shrieked, “Someone must defend my honor! Put this American in his place!”

An English gentleman sitting nearby spoke up. “Sir, you Americans seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You hold the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, sir, you seem to have thrown the wrong bitch out the window.”

--from Sidehack Jerry

When thick clouds of savory hickory smoke hover over Lynchburg, it’s a safe bet that our annual barbecue is in full swing. We hope you’ll join us for the 30th Annual Jack
Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Wiseman Park on Saturday,
October 27.

Jack Daniel Distillery tours are available from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. And Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. you'll be able to stop and sit a spell in the Squire Tent where you’ll be able to enjoy great conversations with other Squires, live music, and snacks provided by the folks who bring you Jack Daniel’s barbeque meats.

You’ll find our Squire Tent in the grassy area between the Jack Daniel Distillery parking lot and the Squire Home again this year. Just remember to bring your Squire card – since the Squire Tent is for Squires and their guests only.

To pre-register for yourself and your guests, please visit: http://bit.ly/TNSquireBBQ. You’ll receive a confirmation you can show the folks at the door.

Barbecue hours on Saturday are 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (when awards are presented). If you want to know a bit more about events, just drop by the Squire website. We hope we can count on seeing you this year – and if you have any questions, just drop us a line.

--Your friends at Jack Daniel's

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The cover girl has way too much assets to have a lot of brains, but I could be wrong. She is probably a neurologist with a phd in psychology or owns her own business and makes money hand over fist.

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