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STURGIS RALLY BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for August 12, 2021

It's All Happening Now!

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T., Redhead, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Laura, Stealth, George Fleming, Geno and the rest of the gang
8/12/2021


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It’s wild and the truth is still pending.
Some brothers are excited about the super-strong rally. Others think the numbers are down.



My grandson rode out for the first time on his new Road Glide. His buddy rode his ’09 Dyna. He had it gold-leafed like old Perewitz paint jobs. The bike shows were jammed and Jeff Holt took on producing Baggers shows for Harley-Davidson.





We hit the builder’s breakfast and I signed books for the Kid’s Ride Charity. Then we peeled over to the Michael Lichter Heavy Mettle Bike exhibit.



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.





GOVERNOR RIDES WITH THE LEGENDS--
I thought that you may enjoy a few of these shots of the Governor yesterday at the Legends Ride.




--JACK MCINTYRE
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NEW DAV NATIONAL COMMANDER WRITES--
My name is Andrew Marshall. I am a combat-disabled Army veteran of the Vietnam War and was recently honored to be named DAV’s new National Commander. I am eager and excited to lead this special community of veterans forward throughout this next year.

DAV is a true champion in the fight to improve the lives of all veterans. In our 100-year history, we’ve made groundbreaking change for our nation’s veterans. And as a DAV member since 1975, I’m proud to have witnessed much of the great progress we’ve accomplished together.

But there are still so many big issues for us to tackle today, including:

Improving mental health services and suicide prevention efforts

Helping veterans exposed to toxic substances
Ensuring equitable benefits and services for women and minority veterans

As we tackle these issues head on, I promise to do all I can to enact real, positive change for our veteran community. And I promise to follow in the footsteps of the commanders before me and keep up the fight until ALL veterans have the chance to live the fulfilling lives they deserve.

Thank you for being a member of DAV — and for everything you do for this veteran community.

We are only a powerful force for veterans each day because of YOU. I look forward to seeing all that we can accomplish together.

Sincerely,
--Andrew Marshall
DAV National Commander





QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.
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Well, there's a very simple answer.
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Nobody bothered to check the oil.
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We just didn't know we were getting low.
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The reason for that is purely geographical.
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Our OIL is located in:
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ALASKA
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California
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Coastal Florida
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Coastal Louisiana
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Coastal Alabama
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Coastal Mississippi
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Coastal Texas
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North Dakota
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Wyoming
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Colorado
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Kansas
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Oklahoma
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Pennsylvania
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a nd Texas

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Our dipstick is located in the White House!

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Any Questions?

--Sam Burns
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina™

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Quick, join up. Just click and go.









GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE AND PAULA DEEN TO MAKE SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS DURING THE EVENT--HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Thursday, August 12, 2021) - With over twenty-eight Top 20 singles, including 7 number one hits, Lee Greenwood and his 40-year career will be celebrated in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 12, 2021, at the Von Braun Center with over 35 music artists performing during the All-Star Salute to Lee Greenwood.

Today, music artists from multiple genres including legendary names like Engelbert Humperdinck and Tony Orlando, Grand Ole Opry stars Craig Morgan, Jeannie Seely, and The Gatlin Brothers along with rock star Brad Arnold of the group 3 Doors Down and country hitmakers Billy Dean, Janie Fricke, John Berry, Neal McCoy, T. Graham Brown, Tracy Lawrence, Ty Herndon all were announced to participate in the special celebration. The Issacs will join Michael W. Smith to create a ‘moment’ in the show and Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin will perform a duet with Humperdinck.

Previously announced artists include Sara Evans, Lee Brice, Dustin Lynch, Michael Ray, Jamey Johnson, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich, Randy Owen (of Alabama), Home Free, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Darryl Worley, Mark Wills, The Frontmen of Country – including Richie McDonald (formerly of Lonestar), Larry Stewart (of Restless Heart), and Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas). The celebration is yet another marker in the illustrious career of Lee Greenwood, commemorating years of success in the music and entertainment industry.

“I am so looking forward to this night. I am going to get to see so many of my friends that I have not seen in a while and to know they are coming to truly honor my career and songs really means a great deal to me,” says Greenwood.

A variety of ticket prices are available from $25 to VIP Packages, which include a private dinner and Meet & Greet with Lee Greenwood on Monday, October 11th. For purchase, visit Ticketmaster.com or the Von Braun Center box office.






BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
HOT ACTION BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for August 5, 2021

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/HOT_ACTION_BIKERNET_WEEKLY_NEWS_for_August_5_2021.aspx

Comments:

Digging that billboard! Are you going to have t-shirts and stickers with this design?



--Mike Pullin
Charlotte, NC

You never know. Great notion! We need to survive the rally first. --Bandit







BURMA SHAVE SLOGAN OF THE WEEK--I like people who have twats /

They can be used as pecker slots / sperma shave

--J.J. Solari





QUICK REPORT FROM BIKERNET BLOG EDITOR--Apart from the new BMW tourer & bagger - what you can see at Sturgis this year is the first electric bicycle from Harley-Davidson - the Serial 1. From August 6-11, 2021.

2021 is a watershed year for Harley-Davidson - it introduced its first adventure bike, the Pan America, redefined the Sportster range with Revolution Max engine, started selling used H-D motorcycles at their dealerships and website, and launched the first electric motorcycle under new LiveWire brand.

After these launches, comes for the first time its Serial 1 electric bicycle lineup.

However, the production models do away with the nostalgia of the concept announced in 2020, in favor of a stripped-down, utilitarian aesthetic.

Harley-Davidson Rolls Out Serial 1 E-Bikes In Europe And North America

https://blog.bikernet.com/harley-davidson-rolls-out-serial-1-e-bikes-in-europe-and-north-america/

--Wayfarer





QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Remembering Dick Allen

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Remembering_Dick_Allen.aspx

Comment:
I grew up on Cannon st. in Rockford ,Ill. just down the street was Dick Allen (known as Workie if I remember rite) Always working on cars and bikes back then. WAY back then. Always let us kids hang out. My son and his Son worked together at Elco tool company in Rockford. Of course that was Much later years.

--Patrick Ferguson
Avoca






HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--The American Medical Association, the government that used to run America before the CDC took over in a silent coup, is suggesting that male and female not be listed on "the public portion" of birth certificates.

Because as you know some boys decide they are girls and some girls decide they are boys because we now get to decide reality.

So, you won't actually know what a person is from their birth certificate because sex is now something decided by the person himself, not by his or her crotch. Still, there must be some way of designated what the fuck Spreadlegged Sally gave birth to.

This can be done objectively by just listing on the birth certificate "peckered" or "twatted." This should leave room for the reader of the birth certificate - and as you know everyone reads everyone else's birth certificates - this should leave room for later declarations of Newly Realized Identities.

thank you.

--J.J. Solari




That's not me, but it is the first bike I ever owned. I believe it was a 1964 Honda 55 Super Cub.
That's not me, but it is the first bike I ever owned. I believe it was a 1964 Honda 55 Super Cub.



HIGHWAY BILL PASSES THE U.S. SENATE--Tuesday morning, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.2 trillion dollar highway bill by a vote of 69 to 30. The bill includes increased funding for roads, bridges, safety programs and of interest to motorcyclists, the reestablishment of the Motorcyclists Advisory Council (MAC) at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Despite the efforts of bipartisan Senators including, Tammy Baldwin (WI-D), Marsha Blackburn (TN-R), Joni Ernst (IA-R) and Ron Johnson (WI-R) the bill fails to match provisions for motorcyclists that the House of Representatives included in its version of highway bill.

Nearly 500 amendments were offered to the Senate highway bill. In that group of amendments two focused on motorcyclists, one that expanded protections on the profiling of motorcyclists at check points, and one that included motorcyclists in studies of connected and autonomous vehicles. Frustratingly, these two amendments were not given a vote, as the Senate limited debate on amendments. Allowing only about 20 amendments of the 500 or so offered to be debated and voted on.

The Senate version of the highway bill now goes to the House of Representatives where Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has pledged to not bring the Senate highway bill up for a vote until the Senate passes a separate “reconciliation bill.” This bill includes $3.5 trillion in spending on sweeping programs to address climate change, health, education, and paid leave.

At this point, there are three possible outcomes to the highway bill. First, the House passes the Senate bill with no changes and the MAC is reestablished. Second, a conference committee is created where the Senate and the House merge their two bills into a new final bill. This opens the door not only for reestablishment of the MAC, but also inclusion of the check point profiling language and autonomous vehicle language from the House bill to be included in a final bill. Finally, with the September 30th deadline fast approaching, Congress could kick the can once again, extending the current highway bill for weeks, months or years…

Regardless of the potential stalemate in Washington D.C., the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is committed to sustaining the fight for motorcyclist rights. We will not rest until our voices are heard and our priorities are included in laws that protect our rights and safety. We will continue to keep riders informed of the bill’s status and advise you if any calls to action are needed.

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In 1902 the first Triumph motorcycle was produced in Coventry, England

Triumph has a varied and interesting past... a brief sampling:

1938: Triumphs start being sold in the USA at a small shop in California

1940: WWII bombing of the Triumph Coventry factory

1953: Marlon Brando rides a Triumph in The Wild One

1955: The Triumph streamliner The Devil's Arrow sets the absolute motorcycle speed record at Bonneville at 193.7 mph

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Samson’s Baverstock and Klím Partner for Snowmobile Success--Samson Exhaust/Hammer Down Snowmobile Racing

Klím partnership announcement

Samson Exhaust President Mike Baverstock doesn’t spend all of his time making your American-made V-Twin sound loud and look pretty, he also spends the winter months drag racing snowmobiles in the Snow Outlaws series Pro Extreme 55 class.

And when a businessman like Baverstock sees an opportunity to partner up with another and advance their companies’ fortunes, they twist the throttle on the relationship. That happened a couple years ago with Baverstock and two-time NHRA Top Fuel Harley champion Tii Tharpe, who moonlights as president of Spevco.

Now it’s happening with Dustin Pancheri, Athlete/Sponsorship manager of Klím technical riding apparel. Klím is jumping on board as a major sponsor of Baverstock’s Samson Exhaust and Matt Musselman’s Hammer Down Racing Pro 55 snowmobiles.

“Dustin and I had a lot of synergy right out of the gate,” said Baverstock. “I think he's just as excited about our partnership as I am.”

“I'm just super impressed with Mike,” said Pancheri. “The guy's super passionate and he's an all-in kind of guy. We love to align with those types of people, because those are the guys that are go-getters. They just get it done. But he's also really personable, and I can tell that he's very serious about growing the industry and his sport.”

Hammer Down Racing is led by Musselman, the son-in-law of Top Fuel Harley builder/tuner Jack Romine, and relies heavily on the head mechanic and building skills of Romine, the tuning skills of Mike Komisar, and the skills of Craig Campton, Glen Hall and the staff at Hypersports.

Baverstock’s 700 horsepower, 55mm turbocharged, ArticCat 1177cc Super Stroker motor is built by Hypersports and pushes his sled to 146 mph in 500 feet at Snow Outlaws events.

The series and the sport is accelerating as quickly as Baverstock’s sled, opening up opportunities for growth for companies like Klím. “In the snowbelt—the northern US and Canada—for us, it's the big way to adapt to the wintertime,” said Pancheri. “I know people that pick up snowmobiling just because they don't have anything else to do in the winter. And then pretty soon, they're addicted to it, and it's now their main passion. And they just really want to get through the summer as fast as they can so they can get back to snowmobiling! Their priorities have completely flip-flopped!”

Are Baverstock’s priorities also flipping? Snowmobiling’s warm weather version—grass racing—starts before snowfall, presenting a conflict with the overlapping NHRA series where Tharpe’s Samson Exhaust bike competes. “I’m so excited about Klim and grass racing that I’m skipping the Maple Grove Harley race to go to Hay Days,” said Baverstock.

Hay Days is the Sturgis of snowmobiling, a huge event in Minnesota that celebrates fall and the coming winter. “It's like a State Fair on steroids, but if everything at the Fair were snowmobiles,” said Pancheri. “They have the world championship snowmobile grass drags there, so all the fast guys in the world show up.

“If you're in the snowmobile industry, and you're a vendor, you're there. You have a booth there. It's a big event for the snowmobile industry, and for Matt, having a grass drag setup, that's the big stage.”

And Baverstock wants to be there to support his teammate and their new sponsor, a company of people that ride and use the solutions they manufacture and sell. “Our tagline is technical riding gear,” continued Pancheri. “Because we're a company full of riders, we’re always just looking for solutions to things. So we're really a company that's out there trying to find things to make the riding experience better—make the rider more comfortable, make the rider more protected and help them perform better.

And the motorcycle drag racing world has noticed and wants a piece. Champion motorcycle drag racer Jeremy Teasley went up to Wisconsin and barely lost his first snowmobile race by only inches on Chris Connelly’s sled. Four time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Smith and his racer wife Angie went north from their North Carolina home to snowmobile last winter and had a blast, posting many videos of their experience for their fans.

The first race this season for the team is at Great Lakes Dragway on August 21-22 with Musselman in the seat of his Hypersports HRC2 sled. Baverstock will wait for the snow in January at Mancelona Pro Stock Raceway.

for more information about Klím and their products: https://www.klim.com/

for more information about Samson Exhaust products: https://samsonusa.com/

email Samson at: info@samsonusa.com






ROYAL ENFIELD ANNOUNCES NEW ASSEMBLY FACILITY IN COLOMBIA--
All-new CKD facility in Envigado, Antioquia marks Royal Enfield's second assembly plant to produce motorcycles outside of India

– Royal Royal Enfield, the global leader in the midsize motorcycle segment (250-750cc), is proud to announce the opening of a CKD assembly plant in Colombia, the third-biggest motorcycle market in Latin America, in partnership with its local distributor, Colombiana de Comercio (Corbeta Group). The motorcycle assembly plant in Envigado, Antioquia marks the second motorcycle assembly plant outside of India, a significant milestone for Royal Enfield.

Royal Enfield set up retail operations in Colombia in July 2014, with its first store in Cedritos in Bogotá. Since then, the company has expanded its retail network in the market and now has 15 exclusive stores in Colombia. Overall, Royal Enfield has 57 exclusive stores and 40 other retail touchpoints in all of Latin American countries.

The local assembly unit in Colombia will be based at Colombiana de Comercio facility located in Envigado, Antioquia. To begin with, the plant will locally assemble the Royal Enfield Himalayan, starting this month.



From 2014 to 2021, Royal Enfield has seen significant growth in Colombia. From January 2015 to the present, Royal Enfield has sold more than 7,000 motorcycles in the market. The brand has seen an almost 70% growth in sales from January to July 2021, over the same period in 2020.

Brazil, Argentina and Colombia are among the three most important markets for Royal Enfield in Latin America. Beyond India (the biggest market for the brand with over 2000 retail locations), Royal Enfield motorcycles reach consumers and enthusiasts in more than 60 countries worldwide, through 795 dealerships, including 143 exclusive brand stores in major cities such as London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, Melbourne, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Medellin, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Bangkok, Jakarta, Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.







STURGIS RALLY UPDATES-- There are a lot of people who appear to be having a good time. Obvious larger than last year and all the reports coming in saying less issues with law enforcement. Personally, I am having a good time.

Edge says: 20 percent over last year

Dr. Hamster say: It’s way down.

Sturgis Rally Report: Tuesday

Black Hills Pioneer
DUI — 33 Last year to date — 41 Daily numbers are as of Monday morning.



Sturgis Rally three-day attendance more than 2020 but behind 2015, DOT traffic counts show

STURGIS, S.D. (KELO) — The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is not on pace to break records set in the 75th anniversary of 2015.

A total of 188,57 vehicles were counted over the first three days of the rally from Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8, according to the South Dakota Department of Transportation. A total of 236,283 vehicles were counted during the first three days of the 75th Anniversary rally.

Because the coronavirus may have caused fewer bikers to attend the 2020 rally, some officials speculated that numbers for this year could reach the 75th levels. Nearly 750,000 people attended the 75th Anniversary rally in 2015.

--Rae Yost
Badlandsmedia





OREGON HEADLINE OF THE WEEK--
Now, thanks to Kate Brown, everyone in Oregon can be as stupid and totally fucked up as the people in Portland.

--J.J. Solari






REPORT FROM THE BIKERNET BLOG EDITOR--I think Harley-Davidson as a company and brand name is just going through a phase, a bad patch. It has been through worse before. People like to celebrate the good times and the grand times - very few people stick with their love, passion, hobbies when going gets tough and rough. It's true for couples / marriage, true for friendships, true for employees / shareholders, true for the whole society as a whole. Fond memories are preferred over dealing with ground realities.

Everyone thought Polaris a fool for again reviving the endlessly revived and died Indian Motorcycles brand. They are doing very well, and I think any dealer, customer, mechanic, racer, shareholder would agree.

Look at Royal Enfield with decades of nothing and ancient cast iron engine until they rebuilt the brand around 2008 and really made a change with the UCE engine in 2010. They soared to incredible heights.

If I had bought shares in the company instead of my first Enfield motorcycle, I would have been a millionaire by the time I sold that motorcycle ten years later (I sold the bike for the same price I had bought it ten years ago).

Now, the governments in India and Europe have made such extreme emission norms in the last 3 years that the oldest continuously in production model of 500cc Bullet was terminated by Enfield in 2020.

Now, the rising petrol prices, huge subsidies to EV and electric two-wheelers causing massive drop in electric motorcycle prices - along with government offer of free registration and zero road tax for buyers - this spells some hard times for Royal Enfield in near future.

I am sure there will always be specialty manufacturers to cater to niche market, you know like those who offer brand new rotary dial landline phone, typewriters, suspenders for trousers, pocket watch, etc. If the Electric Vehicle mania is to implode, it will soon enough, just like Zepplins or Concorde.

Why Harley-Davidson Dealers Struggle

https://blog.bikernet.com/why-harley-davidson-dealers-struggle/


--Wayfarer
Emperial Editor
Bikernet Blog™





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That's probably a C or S 55. The Super Cub NS and the Trail had a step-through frame. The front fork is like the one used on the Super Cub but was found on various years of the C and the S. Something like that.

Sam
TX
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Editor Response Interesting. Thanks.
--Bandit
You have everything you need, you're an artist and you don't look back. Remember the song by Dylan? However, take care and don'r run yourself ragged.

Maybe you don't have covid. Just get some rest and let the redhead take care of you. I'm waiting for the next episode with Bandit and whoever. Take care, H2

Ann Robinson
Long Beach, CA
Thursday, August 19, 2021
Editor Response Thanks, I'm at the end of the SD quarantine period, but still have symptoms. Getting there. The Redhead didn't get it, so she's taking care of business. She goes to the bar everyday and throws a burger against the front door at 5:00.
--Bandit
Covid sucks!! Take care yourself! We just spent 9 days in the hills and got out safe. Great rally, our 32nd and everyone of them are different. Welcome to the badlands!! Ride on

Rik Savenko
Bismarck, ND
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother. I escaped LA to get away from the covid and homelessness. So what happens. A brother from LA brought it to me...

It's all good. I'll survive to ride free another day.
--Bandit
Bandit how you doing? I have had this covid thing twice. Second time in March I had to go to the doc and get an IV of fluids from dehydration. And I had already had my shots. So I don't know if they help or not. Wifey had the cold at the same time. But did not get as sick as me.

Take care, trust me drink lots of fluids. And as soon as you feel up to it. Go for a ride. Best Medicine there is.



Paul Reeves
Henderson, NV
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother, that's perfect.
--Bandit
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