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STRONG BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for August 20th, 2020

Bikers Are an Amazingly Strong Group and Understand the Benefits of Freedom

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Sam Burns, Gearhead, Laura, Gearhead, RFR, the Redhead and the rest of the gang
8/19/2020


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You’ll see in the news, the SEMA show has been cancelled.
That’s a major hit to SEMA, the aftermarket car industry and to Las Vegas. I watched a guy stand up and threaten the town of Shasta, California to open the town or get out of the way.



Life is nuts. You need to read Bill Bish’s NCOM report. According to Cycle World, motorcycle sales are up for 2020, although the economy is down, and unemployment is up. The NCOM convention is still in full swing and so is the Meeting of the Minds.



Laconia is forcing riders to wear masks. Strange times. Other than the control freaks who want to, well you know, the greatest minds in the world are trying to figure this puppy out. They will get there, but we need to hold our mud until this passes or they get a handle on it.

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SEMA cancelled--The Diamond Bar, California based Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) announced August 5 that due to COVID-19 and concerns that event facilities and services will be unavailable, the SEMA Show will not be taking place in 2020.

"While both event organizers and industry members have been working tirelessly to deliver an outstanding SEMA Show in November, mounting uncertainty has rendered continuing with the event inadvisable. SEMA expects the decision will bring much needed clarity to an uncertain picture and will help exhibitors, attendees and partners plan accordingly."

Recent SEMA Show survey results are said to have indicated interest in a possible virtual trade show with related live elements. SEMA will be working with industry members to determine interest levels on specific alternatives.

"The SEMA Show is committed to furthering businesses in the automotive specialty equipment market, and to providing manufacturers and buyers with the best opportunity to connect, promote new products and discover new trends," said Chris Kersting, SEMA President and CEO.

--Posted by DealerWorld



Why not have the SEMA show outdoors like Sturgis? Too bad. --Bandit





INVESTIGATION OF THE WEEK FROM THE NMA--Members of Congress Demand Answers About California DMV $50M Personal Data Sale.

When news broke about Facebook collaborating with data mining companies during the runup to the 2016 presidential election, it may have broken the damn. Now almost four years later, more citizens are raising concerns about their data and who’s sharing it.

Several members of California’s delegation to the United States Congress, including Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA-13), who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, are demanding information from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They say the DMV has been selling California drivers’ personal data.

According to Motherboard, a tech publication that’s part of the Vice network, the DMV generates about $50 million a year from selling drivers’ data.

“We’re troubled by press reports about the California DMV’s disclosure of vast quantities of data which could enable invasive biometric policing and be a symptom of a deeper privacy malady. The California DMV receives more than $50 million annually from selling the personal information of Californians, according to press reports. The individuals whose data are being sold are reportedly not informed of this practice or given the opportunity to opt-out.

What information is being sold, to whom it is sold, and what guardrails are associated with the sale remain unclear,” said the letter addressed to Steve Gordon, Director, California Department of Motor Vehicles. Eleven U.S. Representatives from California signed the letter. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Hon. David S. Kim, Secretary, California State Transportation Agency.

The letter also addressed concerns about data possibly being shared with federal agencies such as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the FBI. Since California allows undocumented immigrants to gain driver’s licenses, their personal data may be used by ICE to track and deport people in the country illegally.

“What types of organizations has the DMV disclosed drivers’ data to in the past three years? In particular, has the DMV sold or otherwise disclosed data to debt collection agencies, private investigators, data brokers, or law enforcement agencies?” the letter inquired. How about spammers?

According to a statement responding to the letter, the DMV says the money generated from the data sale helps offset some of the agency’s operating costs.

The practice is not only confined to California. Both Virginia and Wisconsin DMVs also sell driver personal data. The practice is sanctioned under the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), which was passed in the 1990s.

“In this day and age, unfortunately, government entities don’t resist the lure of selling Americans’ personal information for private exploitation. This problem will only get worse as cities, trying to be ‘smart,’ collect more information about what we do and where we go,” said Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in an e-mail to Motherboard.

--By Manny Otiko
California Black Media

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Keanu Reeves Talks Filming The Matrix 4 In Berlin With Safety Protocols In Place

Film productions came to a halt following the global pandemic but recently some films in some places have been able to get back to work, and that includes the production of the fourth Matrix movie, which was in the process of moving its production from San Francisco to Germany when everything shut down. Filming in Berlin has now begun, though with a variety of new safety procedures in place.

Keanu Reeves doesn't go into detail regarding how production has changed compared to how things might have been handled previously, but he does tell AP that the changes aren't having a noticeable impact on the production in any way. It sounds like things are going about as smoothly as they would if there were no new protocols at all, but that seems to be because there's been real thought put into how safety is being handled. According to Reeves...

There’s really thoughtful, effective protocols in place, and the rhythm of filmmaking has been not really impacted or interrupted. I think everyone loves the project. If you’re ever going to get into any kind of situation that needs to be figured out or, ‘How do we do this,’ show business people are the best. We’re scrappy, we know how to get stuff done, we’re inventive, think on our feet… It goes back to like, ‘Let’s put on a show’… And that spirit is definitely alive and well in The Matrix.

Keanu Reeves says that show-business people are versatile and used to having to come up with solutions to problems, and that is an incredibly valuable skill right now. Coming up with new safety protocols so that all the people on the film set are as safe as possible is one thing, but considering how variable work can be from day to day on a film set, especially for a movie like The Matrix, which we can expect will be giving us some pretty visually intense action, those safety protocols are likely being put through their paces. How to keep everybody safe in a simple dialogue scene isn't going to be the same for a motorcycle stunt or something that has Keanu Reeves hanging from wires.

However, while safety might sometimes be more complicated on the set, Keanu Reeves says that it's all being handled well and the creative problem solving that might be necessary on a production with no money is being used just as well to figure out how to get the necessary work done, but in a way that doesn't put people unnecessarily at risk.

Originally set to release in May of 2021, The Matrix 4, which one assumes will get a subtitle at some point, is now set to release in April of 2022 due to the production delay as well as the need to shuffle other movies around. Godzilla Vs. Kong will now open on the film's previous May date.

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Keanu Reeves is the principal behind ARCH motorcycles, and I hope to see one of Gard’s creations tearing up the screen in the next Matrix movie. Never did understand those movies…--Bandit






MEETING OF THE MINDS UPDATE--We’ve gotten a lot of questions of late following continued shutdown of some events, while others continue to operate in some capacity or other.

Indeed, some events have only very recently been cancelled, but we continue to share updates concerning registration for Meeting of the Minds, because Meeting of the Minds is not just a gathering of motorcyclists from around the Country (and sometimes the world) – it’s the Legislative Agenda setting meeting to determine on what our organization focuses and prioritizes for the next year as well as an information sharing event that regularly sparks prevention and action in our shared movement towards that lofty goal of FREEDOM.

With the state of social issues and unrest in our country, those very freedoms are being challenged daily. While now may or may not be the time for action, it’s always the time for vigilance.

While we fully realize that all of you are individuals, with your own specific concerns related to what’s going on with the Pandemic and would never second guess a personal decision (especially one related to your own health and wellbeing), I wanted to share with you a response that Fred Harrell, the Meeting of the Minds Conference Coordinator, just shared in response to a question about the state of the event. Please forward the attached email to your SSMRO leadership and membership in the hope that it may make them feel more confident or at least informed.

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Thank you for your question regarding the Meeting of the Minds Conference.

Unless there is a shutdown of events in Indiana, the 2020 Meeting of the Minds is still scheduled to take place on September 24-27, 2020.

However, with direction from the CDC, State of Indiana, Marion County, Indiana, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, ABATE of Indiana and the Waterfront Hotel will take every precaution to ensure that face masks and hand sanitizer are readily available for Meeting of the Minds Conference attendees. Additionally, workshop areas will be sanitized between each workshop session.

We understand that these are trying and uncertain times. However, I wrote the COVID-19 compliance policy for my employer – Red Rock Harley-Davidson, I have reviewed the State of Indiana’s COVID-19 guidelines, discussed safety procedures with ABATE of Indiana and the Waterfront Hotel and feel confident that we are taking the safety and wellbeing of MOTM 2020 attendees seriously.

Beyond our efforts to be pro-active, I will not make promises that I cannot keep. I will assure you that mask/facial coverings will be available for all attendees. I cannot tell you that everyone will wear them anymore than I can tell you that everyone will use the hand sanitizer we make available to attendees. Neither can I tell you that the wearing of face masks will be mandatory. Currently, wearing of face masks is an individual choice in Indiana.

I hope I have answered your question. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you and I hope to see you at the Meeting of the Minds Conference.

--Fredric Harrell

Director, Conferences & Events
Motorcycle Riders Foundation





The Countdown is on for the Milwaukee Rally 2020!—
Another Rally is on…Here’s the agenda.

Milwaukee Harley-Davidson
DAY 1 - THURSDAY, SEPT 3RD
4:00 PM - BARS OPEN
4:00 PM - FANTASTIC EATS
7:00 PM - TAKE IT EASY (EAGLES TRIBUTE)

DAY 2 - FRIDAY, SEPT 4TH
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
11:00 AM - SHUT THE FRONT
DOOR
3:00 PM - SMART MOUTH
7:00 PM - THE NOW

DAY 3 - SATURDAY, SEPT 5TH
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
11:00 AM - SWEET DIEZEL
JENKINS
3:00 PM - BOOMER NATION
7:00 PM - JASMINE CAIN

DAY 4 - SUNDAY, SEPT 6TH
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
9:00 AM - DEALERSHIP OPENS
11:00 AM - MORNING DANCE
PARTY
5:00 PM - VINTAGE VEGAS
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DAY 1 - THURSDAY, SEPT 3RD
5:00 PM - BARS OPEN
5:00 PM - FANTASTIC EATS
5:00 PM - TEN FEET TALL - ROCK


DAY 2 - FRIDAY, SEPT 4TH
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
10:00 AM - RICKY ORTA JR
1:00 PM - BOOMER NATION
5:00 PM - JASMINE CAIN


DAY 3 - SATURDAY, SEPT 5TH
LIVE MUSIC ALL DAY
11:00 AM - THE ITCH
3:00 PM - SIX PACK SAMMY
7:00 PM - GIMME SKYNYRD


DAY 4 - SUNDAY, SEPT 6TH
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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RETURNS TO THE HILL WITH FTR750 FOR AMA PRO HILLCLIMB SERIES--

After More Than 80 Years Away From the Sport, Indian Motorcycle Returns to its Hill-Climbing Roots;
Enlists 10-Time AMA Pro Hillclimb Champion John Koester to Pilot FTR750 Hillclimb Race Bike

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today announced its participation in the upcoming AMA Pro Hillclimb Racing series, marking a return to a sport it once dominated more than 80 years ago.

Indian Motorcycle enters the 2020 series’ new Twins class armed with a modified Indian FTR750 hill climber, piloted by the company’s newest factory rider and 10-time AMA Pro Hillclimb Champion John “Flying” Koester. Regarded as one of the sport’s top riders, Koester was the first U.S. racer to win all three National AMA Pro Hillclimb titles in a single season.

“It’s an absolute honor to represent Indian Motorcycle as it makes its dramatic return to hillclimb racing on the same machine that literally changed the game for flat-track racing over the past four years,” said Koester. “We’re excited to unleash the FTR750 on the hill, with our minds firmly fixed on the ultimate goal of capturing a championship.”

Koester, along with his father and crew chief Gordy Koester, spearheaded the dramatic transformation of the FTR750 from a flat track race bike to a full-fledged hill shredder. Modifications include an extended swingarm, knobby tires, redesigned rear tail, and an upgraded Rekluse clutch to account for the increased clutch use demanded by hillclimb racing. The team also worked with S&S to design an exhaust system specific to Koester and his riding position.

“When we created the new Twins class, our intention was to attract leading OEMs like Indian Motorcycle to return to this uniquely challenging and exciting form of racing, and we couldn’t be more excited to now welcome Indian Motorcycle back to the hill for the first time in more than 80 years,” said Rob Redmann, Director of AMA Pro Hillclimb. “There is nothing like Hillclimb racing – fast, quick and exciting. We believe brands such as Indian Motorcycle will dramatically impact our ability to draw more fans and help grow this incredible sport.”

Since 1901, racing has been a part of the Indian Motorcycle DNA. Founders George Hendee and Oscar Hedstrom met at a bicycle race, and maintained their passion for speed and competition when developing the brand in its infancy. Today, Indian Motorcycle has honored its forefathers by continuing the brand’s racing prowess through various forms of racing, including flat track, landspeed, bagger racing at the upcoming, inaugural MotoAmerica King of the Baggers event, and now hillclimb.

“We are always looking for exciting and unique opportunities not only to compete, but to also demonstrate the prowess of our engineering and design teams and the capabilities of the incredible motorcycles we develop,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing, Service and Technology for Indian Motorcycle. “We’re not only fans of hillclimb racing, but with our brand’s history in the sport, it was a no-brainer that we’d make our return after all these years.”

To find more information on AMA Pro Hillclimb Series visit amaprohillclimb.com. For more information on Indian Motorcycle and Indian Motorcycle Racing visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
 





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"That's very fair, your honor," the now divorced husband said. "And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself."

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WORLD RIDER TV REPORT--
How are you feeling? I hope that things are starting to look a little more normal. Let me know. I continue to connect with people all over the world on my weekly Journeys Webcast. This Monday, August 17th, I bring Michnus & Elsebie Olivier to the Livestream. From South Africa, they've been traveling the world for the last ten years on a pair of Suzuki motorcycles. But for the last five months, they've been stuck in the colonial city of Sucre Bolivia.
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Our conversation will cover topics such as lessons from the road, how a six-month trip turned into a ten-year adventure, and the importance of slowing down and taking time to experience new places and people.

The webcast is free and will Livestream on Monday, August 17th, at 3 PM PST/6 PM EST. Nothing for sale. Just a great conversation and connection that gives us all a break from the insanity of news, protests, doomsday scenarios, and fear. To be sure, this journey is about hope, kindness, possibilities, and finding reasons to smile and laugh! If you haven't watched any of my webcasts live, you'll need to register to get a link for the room. It's easy, just go here: register.journeyswebcast.com

I started the Journeys Webcast in April while under quarantine, sequestered, and locked down as a way to connect with people I've met all over the world. This week is a special episode as Steve Farber, who is a friend and fellow keynote speaker, will be streaming live with us from San Diego. We live only 20 miles apart, but in these strange times, we'll be sharing a glass of wine and our conversation remotely instead of face to face.

REGISTER NOW, IT'S FREE: http://register.journeyswebcast.com

My idea started as a whim. Simply do a weekly live stream event where travelers, entrepreneurs, vintners, chefs, musicians, authors, speakers, and ordinary people living extraordinary lives come together for an hour of storytelling, inspiration, idea-sharing, and connection.

This is our 17th Livestream of the Journeys Webcast—they keep getting better. If you haven't attended one yet, tune in tomorrow afternoon and see what everyone is talking about. Attendees interact with my guests via a live chat and ask questions of my guest and each other. This interaction with those watching our Livestream, adds to the fun and color of each episode. So please join us tomorrow. I would love to see you!

The first fifteen episodes of JOURNEYS brought guests from South Africa, Ecuador, Uruguay, Turkey, Mexico, Croatia, Romania, LA, Georgia, and Greece. And if you missed either of them, here are links to the YouTube replays. They’re entertaining, and you’ll enjoy watching. Be sure to like and comment if you can.

Once again, thank you for your support and interest. I look forward to seeing all of you Monday on "You're The Guest" Journeys Webcast. Meanwhile, why not watch one the following Journeys Webcasts you may have missed:
#1 Ronnie Borragerio—100 Countries. 100,000 Miles—South Africa
#2 Jeremy Kroeker & Elle West—Stuck & Quarantined In Uruguay
#3 Dr. Jeff Salz—Finding Adventure In Everything You Do—Ecuador
#4 Ryan Pyle—Future Realities for Travelers & Adventurers—Turkey
#5 Jerry D'Alessandro—From Rockstar to Holly TV & Travel Producer—Mexico
#6 Ashley Colburn—Emmy Winning TV Host & Croatian Singing Star—Croatia
#7 Oliver Bauer—They Thought He Was Crazy Moving From Germany to Romania—Romania
#8 Leon Logothetis (Kindness Diaries)—The Kindness Activist—Los Angeles
#9 Panos Kyriazis—A Greek Love Story. A Tiny Village to The Best Wine Bar—Greece
#10 Andro Barnovi—From Minister of Defense, Chief of Staff, Governor to Winemaker—Georgia
#11 Rudy Maxa—Future of Travel & Tourism Spinning Out of Control—USA
#12 Jo Rust—Beating Depression & Anxiety—The First Woman To Motorcycle Africa Solo
#13 Jack Maxwell—Booze Traveler Host On Cancer, Cannabis and Journey From Shining Shoes to World Traveling TV Host
#14 Sigtyggur Baldursson—Sugarcubes Drummer on Fishballs, Music, Iceland, and Calypso
#15 You Are My Guest — Stuck In Brazil, A Garden In Peru, Short Ribs in a Hurricane
#16 Steve Farber — Why Love Is Just Damn Good Business
In the meantime, I wish you, your family, and your close friends a safe journey through these challenging times. There is light, and there is hope, and together we can enjoy the journey. Please share this link with friends who you think would enjoy receiving updates on our weekly webcasts.



--Allan Karl
Host of Journeys Webcast & WorldRider.tv


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TEXAS WEATHER REPORT-- Went for a pre 9:00 am “online still” church ride, turned into 188.8 miles, so I guess I rode to Austin kinda, sorta.



I went down FM 1227 were the old abandoned Navasota drag strip is, I discovered it a few years ago back when I had the Roadglide. Not much left now, I couldn’t see the tower for the trees, I met the owner the first trip, nice guy.

Bitch neighbor complained about the noise. One of the Texas prisons is also off the same road, so anytime I go down it, I try to do it at speeds that can be heard!



Thankful I’ve never been in one, and it’s not my place to judge those who are. I also got to wondering how many miles I’ve ridden in my life, since I began legally in ‘75 and decided the answer is...not enough!

Then playing on some twisty turns I pondered on the number of folks that I’ve ridden or would ride handlebar to handlebar with? That’s a select few I have that type of trust in. Especially when you’re doing them turns!



Realized also that fancy metal thing over the air cleaner is reducing the air flow, so either it’s going away or I’ll put the one from the Road Glide on it? RG was back to all OEM components before we parted ways. So I’ve got an almost new V&H black Pro Pipe (they replaced the first one, excellent customer service) and a set of smoked add on stop/run/turn bag lights and the V&H straights that we’re on the Dyna. I need another 2015 Road Glide?



We’re already in the “feels like” 111 degrees, thankfully should cool down some after today to just regular Texas heat.

--RFR





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