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SPIES BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for February 3rd, 2022

Our Team was on the Case

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Barry Green, J.J. Solari, Laura, Joe Smith, Bob T., Sam Burns, The Redhead, Rogue, El Waggs and the rest of the gang

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We had spies at the Grand National Roadster Show
, at the Barrett Jackson Auction and at the Mecum Auction. Most of the bidding came from online buyers.

Rick Krost, Bikernet Investigator.
Rick Krost, Bikernet Investigator.

Prices went through the roof with a ’61 Bubble top Chevy going for $209,000. At Mecum a ’46 Indian Chief went for $75,000 and a ’47 for 82 Grand. Wild.

Grand National Roadster Show was attacked by Covid for a couple of years, but it was back and filled several buildings, but only a few motorcycle were offered. Hang one for the all-motorcycle Donnie Smith show coming up in Minneapolis in March just after Biker Week.

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MOTORCYCLE BAN ATTEMPT-- Paris Moves to Ban Motorcycles

I’ve warned before about the strong possibility of motorcycles being banned on public roads in some areas. Such proposals have been floated in certain UK counties as well as parts of the European mainland and even some cities in the United States. However, nobody has moved on the idea of outright banning all internal combustion engine motorcycles in a specific geographical location. As a result, by pointing out movements towards that, I’ve been mocked by those who think they know better.

Get a refresher on the banning motorcycles from public roads movement here.

Well, news has come out of Paris, France where there’s a serious push to get all internal combustion engine motorcycles and scooters off the roads entirely. That’s right, not just stop selling them but to make driving them anywhere in the city limits illegal.

This fight isn’t about how much carbon spews out of the tailpipes of motorcycles, which is probably what you’re assuming. Instead, it’s all about noise pollution. That’s right, Parisians are sick of their city being loud. Instead of realizing that’s what you get by packing so many people into tight spaces, they’ve decided to blame motorcycles and scooters for their woes.

A noise plan for the City of Paris was presented last October, with 30 actions proposed by city administration. However, an initiative sought to collect ideas from regular citizens. One proposal which gained a lot of support was the banning of internal combustion engine motorcycles since all-electric models produce little to no noise.

The author of this proposal is quoted by the local news as saying, “Outright banning thermal PTWs is therefore a commonsense solution to solve the number 1 source (by far!) of noise pollution in Paris.” A total of 944 voted for this proposal and 307 voted against it.

Already, Paris authorities have been experimenting with sound radars as a way to fight excessive noise pollution in the city. Such devices allow police to pinpoint which motorcycle is emitting more decibels than is allowed, then fine the rider. The claim is that noise pollution is leading to serious health and economic consequences.

If you think the claim of health consequences is ridiculous, you’re not the only one. The European Environment Agency says 16,600 “premature deaths” in Europe are caused by noise pollution as well as 72,000 hospitalizations. Yes, everything is a health crisis these days.

Of course, there’s the saying that a loud motorcycle is a safe motorcycle. Anyone who’s ridden in traffic before knows many drivers just plain don’t see you, so it’s better if they can hear you. While all-electric motorcycles might make some noise, I have yet to hear one that duplicates the Screaming Eagle wail which does such an excellent job of making a bike noticeable. Apparently, riders being hit by cagers in 6,000-lb. vehicles doesn’t constitute a health crisis, at least in Europe.

Reinforcing the argument for banning motorcycles and scooters from Paris is the supposedly inevitability of all internal combustion engine cars also being banned. This is, of course, to fight the health crisis known as noise pollution and not global warming, global cooling, climate change, or whatever the term is this week.

--Steven Symes

Sources: Le Repaire, Plainsmen Post

It’s funny. I had the opportunity to visit Paris just before this shit storm broke. It wasn’t the cycle riders so much as the idiots flying around in cars and trucks not to mention tour buses.

This sounds like book-burning and ban on books by authors such as Harper Lee and Mark Twain.

Let's see how much fun there is left on ICE in third-world nations.

Hey, it might just boost the motorcycle tours mentioned in Bikernet Thursday News from time to time. Lot of such trips for South Africa, Nepal, India, Bhutan. The way people cross from one US State to another to legally buy weed, gambling or even for abortion.

They will ban everything except the Taxes we have to pay it seems.

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THE MAGNIFICENT WORD FROM THE FACTORY—I was impressed by the mantra written at the end of a recent Harley-Davidson press release. Check it out:

Harley-Davidson stands for the timeless pursuit of adventure and freedom for the soul.

Seems like someone at the factory gets it.—Bandit

A father walks into a restaurant with his young son. He gives the young boy 3 nickels to play with, to keep him occupied. Suddenly, the boy starts choking, going blue in the face. The father realizes the boy has swallowed the nickels and starts slapping him on the back.

The boy coughs up 2 of the nickels, but keeps choking. Looking at his son, the father is panicking, shouting for help. A well dressed and serious looking woman, in a blue business suit is sitting at a coffee bar reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee.

At the sound of the commotion, she looks up, puts her coffee cup down, neatly folds the newspaper and places it on the counter, gets up from her seat and makes her way, unhurried, across the restaurant.

Reaching the boy, the woman carefully drops his pants; takes hold of the boy's testicles and starts to squeeze and twist. Gently at first, and then ever so firmly...after a few seconds the boy convulses violently and coughs up the last nickel, which the woman deftly catches in her free hand.

Releasing the boy's testicles, the woman hands the nickel to the father and walks back to her seat at the coffee bar without saying a word.

As soon as he is sure that his son has suffered no ill effects, the father rushes over to the woman and starts thanking her saying, "I've never seen anybody do anything like that before, it was fantastic. Are you a doctor??"

"No," the woman replied, "I'm with the IRS…"

--from El Waggs

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Accident Scene Management (ASM) has trained nearly 40,000 students through the expertise of over 100 instructors in 31 states across the USA. We have become the largest Motorcycle Trauma Training organization in the world, leading the way with instructors in South Africa, Australia, the Philippines & the USA.

The key to reducing injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists is education

After a crash occurs there is a gap in time of 5-30 minutes before an ambulance arrives. Will you be prepared to help another rider in a time of need?

Road Guardian is a membership program created by ASM that encourages all motorcyclists to become lifelong learners and to do all they can to avoid a crash from occurring.

We go one step further than other safety programs by connecting motorcycle trauma first response as part of the solution. Road Guardians membership costs $20/year and is used to support our mission to reduce injuries and fatalities to motorcyclists.

There are no mandatory meetings or events, though events are provided from time to time. Dues are used exclusively to provide safety information and training.

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THE CHOPPER LEGACY—Here’s a quote from a recent Bikernet Weekly News:
" It’s not as easy to hand-build custom motorcycles in other countries."

This is very true for India. The registration or documentation is so ridiculously full of red-tape and demands that only some large corporation would ever be able to become a custom builder of 2 or 4 wheelers.

Apart from that - even after going through this process which may take any amount of months - every other traffic cop will stop you everywhere to check and verify if you have the authentic paperwork from the government to ride it on the roads and highways.

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FROM THE FOSSIL FUEL MASTER--More fossil fuels, a cleaner environment

It is certainly true that fossil fuel use can cause significant harm to environmental quality, but as you can see from this chart, as fossil fuel use has gone up in the US, concentrations of air pollutants have gone down, which contradicts the catastrophic pollution narrative.

We can use more fossil fuels and have a cleaner environment. What’s behind this? The cause is technology plus laws. Let’s start with the technology.

Technology vs. pollution

Here’s a question. What industry invented recycling? The oil industry invented recycling. In the 1800s the oil industry was refining crude oil into kerosene but they had a lot of waste material because you might get only 50% kerosene from the crude. The rest of it was unusable and sometimes would just be dumped into a river.

But thanks to human ingenuity, we not only stopped dumping the waste into rivers; we started transforming what had been waste into wealth. For example, the industry began generating waxes and lubricants and all kinds of other useful materials from oil.

Then in the 20th century, they developed processes to break down the crude oil and its hydrocarbons into petrochemicals, which as we’ve seen have created countless different products. That’s a way in which something that can be a negative can be turned into a positive.

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You can also use technology to dramatically reduce emissions sometimes to the point where they are completely benign. North Dakota, for instance, has coal power and also some of the world's cleanest air. How does that happen?

Using technology, you can mitigate threats--and you can even turn them into benefits.

--Alex Epstein
Center for Industrial Progress

Jason's FXR, with a bone-stock frame.
Jason's FXR, with a bone-stock frame.


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Jason also made some comments about the M-8 engine configuration. He’s not impressed with the new engine or the quality of the components. He likes the Twin Cam configuration, and I’ll tell you why in the near future.

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--STURGIS RUN 2021

With all the performance mods on his new RG, two birds with 1 cruise. Great reading KRB. 'Rona sucks.

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YOU TUBE VIDEO OF THE WEEK-- The Differential...

It’s a trip, filmed in black and white, from the ‘50s. It explains how differentials work and how they were developed.

--El Waggs

MECUM AUCTION RESULTS--Mecum Las Vegas 2022 Motorcycle Auction Takes January Sales to $239 Million

31st Annual Return of World's Largest Motorcycle Auction Achieves 93% Sell-Through

1938 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S112) sold at $236,500 Below: 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow (Lot F195.1) sold at $231,000

1938 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S112) sold at $236,500 Below: 1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow (Lot F195.1) sold at $231,000

With January 2022 now in the rearview, Mecum Auctions has once again put its official stamp of unparalleled success into the record books with total sales from the world’s largest collector car auction and the world’s largest motorcycle auction reaching a combined total of $239 million.

Mecum Kissimmee 2022—held Jan. 6-16 in Florida—saw nearly 3,000 vehicles change hands for $217 million in overall sales, while Mecum’s 31st Annual Vintage & Antique Motorcycle Auction—held in Las Vegas this past weekend—continued the auction house’s long line of highly successful events, reaching $22 million in sales for a 21% increase over last year’s Las Vegas motorcycle auction.

In all, 1,221 motorcycles were sold of the 1,310 offered in Las Vegas for an outstanding sell-through rate of more than 93%. With the excellent results achieved in both Kissimmee and Las Vegas reaching a cumulative total of $239 million, January 2022 stands as the company’s highest-grossing month in its 35-year history.

All of the top 10 sellers at the Las Vegas auction achieved impressive six-figure sale prices with a 1938 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S112) leading the pack at $236,500. The iconic motorcycle boasted a professional restoration and resulting awards including People’s Choice from the San Jose Clubman Show and Best of Show at El Camino. Runner-up among Vegas top sales was a celebrated 1951 Vincent Black Shadow Series C (Lot F195.1) that sold for $231,000. A 1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder (Lot S58) and a 1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot F192) tied for the third and fourth seat among top sales bringing $203,500 each, followed by a 1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin (Lot T12), three Indian Four Cylinders (Lots F153, S151 and S152), another Knucklehead (Lot S150) and a 1931 Henderson Four Cylinder (Lot F195).

Private collections were well received at the auction with the headlining Harley-Davidson Heritage Collection achieving more than $4.1 million in sales and The Bob & Dolva Mitchell Collection selling in its entirety and seeing its 14 motorcycles bring an aggregate $1.3 million. The desirable five-bike offering from Dr. J. Craig Venter also sold in its entirety for a total of $821,700. The Brown Family Collection achieved $911,350 overall, and The Robert Richardson Collection saw 12 of its cycles hammer sold for a total of $444,400.

Road Art also found great success in Vegas with $553,342 in total sales achieved and top-selling lots including a handful of bronze sculptures by celebrated artist Jeff Decker. A life-sized rendering of Joe Petrali (Lot S179) sold for $88,500, while his work titled “Neck and Neck with Death” (Lot Z534) brought $67,260. Decker’s “Harley-Davidson Bronze Bullet Sidecar” statue (Lot Z539) came in as Road Art’s third highest seller at $47,200.

The complete top 10 motorcycle sales at Mecum Las Vegas 2022 include:

1938 Brough Superior SS100 (Lot S112) at $236,500
1951 Vincent Series C Black Shadow (Lot F195.1) at $231,000
1917 Henderson Model G Four Cylinder (Lot S58) at $203,500
1936 Harley-Davidson EL Knucklehead (Lot F192) at $203,500
1919 Harley-Davidson J Twin (Lot T12) at $165,000
1939 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot F153) at $159,500
1941 Harley-Davidson TA Knucklehead (Lot S150) at $154,000
1932 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot S151) at $154,000
1940 Indian Four Cylinder (Lot S152) at $154,000
1931 Henderson Four Cylinder (Lot F195) at $154,000

For access to complete auction results, sign up for a free MyMecum account at Watch an encore presentation of the Mecum Las Vegas motorcycle auction anytime on MotorTrend+. Mecum’s Glendale 2022 auction at State Farm Stadium in Arizona is next on the company’s live auction schedule. Slated for March 16-19, the still-growing auction is expected to feature 1,500 collector cars and approximately 100 vintage and antique motorcycles on offer along with a large and impressive selection of large-scale, authentic neon signs. To consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all future Mecum auction events, visit, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

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THE NEW THUNDER PRESS--Your February Issue of Thunder Press is Here!

Get to know the man who’s dedicated his life and career to motorcycling, Roland Sands, who has recently opened a new facility in Long Beach. We take a look at the man himself, the new builds in his pipeline, and how this new workspace operates.

Also, inside is one hell of a journey. Chris Hopper did what few thought was possible, riding 100,000 miles in 100 days. He touched every state in the lower 48 on his Harley-Davidson Road Glide, raising money and awareness for those afflicted with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

We enjoy keeping history alive. The Thomas Auto-Bi is the first motorcycle with both front and rear suspension, while Harley’s Softails have a range of distinguishing features to look back on over its evolution since 1984. In addition, we bring a feature on Lana MacNaughton, a female biker photographer who is capturing today’s women on two wheels in photos so that they may be remembered for years to come.

This month’s coverage also includes our staple Partz section of cruising gear, upcoming motorcycle events all over the USA in the Calendar, interesting editorials, and more!

QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--THE LAST CROCKER EVER BUILT

Who built 42-61-310, and where? There is a list of 11 employees at the Crocker factory, 5 of those were teenagers. Building the 1940-41 Crocker Scooters, with bolt on Lauson motors.

Auckland, New Zealand

This story was about the original Crocker Company. Several companies have used the Crocker name.--Bandit

QUOTE OF THE DAY--We have allowed tyrants and control freaks to take power ever since Al Gore was allowed to lie to the public and kids for personal gain. Until we force scientific transparency and end the doom, these people have the excuse to control everything we do. Only takes one honest leader to make truth shine once more.


2021 AMA Board of Directors Awards--
The 2021 AMA Board of Directors Awards were announced on Dec. 17, 2021. Motorcyclists being honored are:

2021 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year: Brandy Richards

AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award: Dan Kleen

AMA Bessie Stringfield Award: Ryan McFarland

AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award: Porsche Taylor

Kleen, McFarland, Taylor receive 2021 AMA Board of Directors Awards

— Following a historic and undeniable performance in the 2021 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), Brandy Richards has been named the 2021 American Motorcyclist Association Motorcyclist of the Year.

Richards became the first person in the century-plus history of the ISDE to win every single test in her class. Her flawless performance in Italy spanned 28 tests scattered across six days of riding. Her efforts helped the U.S. Women’s World Trophy Team win the 2021 ISDE by more than 15 minutes over runner-up Great Britain.

“Brandy Richards accomplished something truly extraordinary in Italy this year,” said AMA Board of Directors Chairman Russ Ehnes. “Making ISDE history with her performance on the world stage deserved recognition — which is why we selected her as the AMA’s 2021 Motorcyclist of the Year. We’re extremely proud of her stellar example of American greatness and to have her as an AMA member.”

The annual award is given to the individual or group that had the most profound impact on the world of motorcycling that year, and the recipient is voted on by the AMA Board of Directors.

“I never thought I’d be considered for [Motorcyclist of the Year] even after winning ISDE,” said Brandy Richards. “It’s amazing that the AMA recognized me…and I’m shocked and grateful to be given this honor.”

The AMA Board also awarded the AMA Dud Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award to Dan Kleen, who has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council for the last 21 years.

Recipients of the award showcase the highest level of service to the AMA in an area of activity, and Kleen’s help establishing the Iowa Off-Highway Vehicle Association, efforts forming the Iowa Motorsports Coalition, and role in founding the Friends of Iowa’s Trials group, made him the perfect candidate for the honor. An avid hunter, Kleen also helped set up hunts and rides for disabled veterans in Iowa and other states.

The AMA Bessie Stringfield Award is bestowed upon an individual who has been instrumental in introducing or promoting motorcycling to emerging markets, and the 2021 honoree is Ryan McFarland.

McFarland, founder of Strider Bikes, focuses on increasing kids’ exposure to riding bicycles and developing necessary skills that are beneficial to riding motorcycles. But his efforts do not stop with addressing youth participation and education to uplift the future of motorcycling, as McFarland’s Strider Bikes also create bikes and programs to assist individuals with special needs in learning to ride.

Rounding out the AMA Board of Directors Awards, Porsche Taylor is being recognized with the AMA Hazel Kolb Brighter Image Award — an honor given to individuals or organizations that generate good publicity for motorcycling.

Taylor, founder and editor-in-chief of Black Girls Ride (BGR) Magazine, has contributed to increasing representation and recognition of women — particularly women of color — in motorsports. The BGR movement has led to an annual Beautiful Bikers Conference and an annual Black Girls Ride to Essence Fest, which aim to integrate motorsports into the largest celebration of Black women in the world.

More information about 2021 AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Brandy Richards can be found in the January edition of American Motorcyclist.

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