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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Mike Pullin R.I.P., Laura, the Redhead, Bob T., Bob Clark, Barry Green, Wicked Bitch, J.J. Solari, and the rest of the gang

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This is going to get strange as if it isn’t already.
You would think we would be done with Wars, but not so Kemosabe. Although, I have a flash. A Ukrainian cease-fire is being discussed. Wait, Putin says no.

Also strange in March are several discoveries by my strange self. Yesterday was my Birthday. I turned 74, which has special significance for any old biker. But get this, a few days before the 16th Daylight Savings Time went into effect, hopefully forever, then the 15th was the Ids of March, or the day Socrates was murdered. Today, is St. Paddy’s day, the day Saint Patrick died (I haven’t researched the cause of his death). And finally, a week after my birthday, or thereabouts Spring will kick in. For the first time in 74 years I’m proud of my birthday.

Okay, let’s hit the news. It’s going to get strange.

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FROM THE JAMES BOND ARCHIVES-- Did you finally check out the Triumph motorcycle stunt action in the latest Bond movie ?

Did you know Timothy Dalton's James Bond movie "The Living Daylights" (1987) was critically successful and did better than the preceding two 007 movies at the box office - though not as big as Sir Sean Connery's adventures in the role, yet it is still considered a lot more "Authentic Portrayal" of Bond than previous movies in the series.

From reviews:
Unlike Sir Roger Moore, who had played Bond as more of a light-hearted playboy, Dalton's portrayal of Bond was darker and more serious. Dalton pushed for renewed emphasis on the gritty realism of Ian Fleming's novels instead of fantasy plots and humor.

Timothy Dalton was originally considered for the role of James Bond in the late 1960s, after Sir Sean Connery left the role, following You Only Live Twice (1967). Dalton was screen-tested by Albert R. Broccoli for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), but he turned down the part, as he thought he was too young.

He was also considered for Diamonds Are Forever (1971), but turned it down again, still feeling he was too young. He was considered again for the role in For Your Eyes Only (1981), when for a while, it was unclear whether Sir Roger Moore would return. However, Dalton declined at that time, as there was no script (or even first draft).

Dalton was offered the role again in 1983 for Octopussy (1983), and yet again in 1985 for A View to a Kill (1985), but had to decline the role both times due to previous commitments.

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So another Democrat is going to get us in another war, I guess it never changes. It has been a great bike week, good food and bands at OB's in Deland.

DeLand, FL

You didn’t have to go far for a good time…


NEW IN THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM-- In 1911 most motorcycle shops were on main streets in downtown areas. Big show windows sported reverse- painted, gold leaf lettering announcing the name of the dealer and what brands were offered.

Walking by on the sidewalk, you’d see shiny new bikes, elevated a bit, displayed behind glass; jewels in a showcase. Walking in, on display would be Harley-Davidson singles and the just released V-Twin. Bikes might be on display in a row angled to the wall. Showcases would display accessories behind glass. wheels and tires might hang nearby to one side.

You might be able to glimpse a small workshop out back with a bike or two on stands in for service. This 1911 7A or one like it might have been there. A silent gray fellow with crisp, bright pinstriping, gleaming nickel plating and a fresh leather saddle.

And just eight years into production the “Silent Gray Fellow” was already an iconic image.

The big brother 7D model showed off Harley’s newer, larger V-twin design, but it was to have serious technical problems and would be “recalled,” retooled and re-released a couple of years later. The 7A single stuck with what Harley-Davidson had initially produced; a small reliable belt drive single cylinder motorcycle.

With 30 cubic inches and 4 horsepower the 7A was a comfortable and economical means of transportation. Acetylene lighting, a bulb horn and a luggage rack were typical accessories. Chain drive would not be employed until 1913.

This early Harley-Davidson is graciously on loan to the National Motorcycle Museum from the Jill & John Parham Collection. It’s part of a very large grouping of 100 years of The Motor Company’s production of machines and memorabilia, posters and signage you can enjoy on your next visit.


Engine: Air-Cooled Single
Type: F-head / I.O.E.
Bore & Stroke: 3.5” x 3.312?
Displacement: 30 cubic inches (494cc)
Carburetion: Schebler
Bhp: 4.3HP
Lubrication: Total Loss
Ignition: Magneto
Starting: Pedal Crank
Primary Drive: 1 3/4 Inch Belt
Frame: Steel, Single Loop
Wheel base: 56 Inches
Wheels/Tires: 28 x 3.00 / 28 x 3.00
Brakes: Coaster, Rear Only
Suspension: Harley-Davidson Cushion Fork / Sprung Seat
Weight: 235 Pounds
Finish: Harley-Davidson Gray
Top speed: 40mph (64kph)

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WAS ETHANOL FUEL AN EMPTY PROMISE?--Bring up the subject of gasoline in the company of folks who drive vintage cars and the rumble of conversation will start low. Soon it builds into a great cacophony of voices lamenting the ethanol-laced fuels currently occupying most pumps across the U.S.

The concern with ethanol in fuel typically centers around the deposits left when evaporation takes place, or how aging rubber fuel system components tend to degrade once ethanol starts chewing away at them. There’s even more to it, though, as Engineering Explained tells it. The YouTube channel’s latest deep dive into some recent studies on ethanol fuels is more than a little enlightening.

The core of what host Jason Fenske discusses in two studies: one done by a team at University of Wisconsin Madison and a second by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA study originated in 2010, and the key finding from it that there is a 21 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when comparing gasoline vs. ethanol in a combustion engine. That sounds significant, but the University of Wisconsin Madison study that published just last month paints a different picture. The Wisconsin study swings the opposite direction by concluding that if one considers the entire process of ethanol fuel production, such biofuels in combustion engines actually emit 24 percent more carbon into the atmosphere.

The critical factor here is that of land conversion for the growth of corn to make ethanol fuel. For example, it could be farm land that was sitting fallow or was wild before being cleared, tilled, and planted. That clearing releases carbon that the plants had stored in various manners, along with the emissions of the machinery used to perform the work.

Even the best case scenario of the 2010 EPA study had a long tail on it. For ethanol fuels to break even after the initial spike in emissions, and relatively small reduction while in use, took 14 years. For the actual 21 percent reduction in greenhouse gasses would require keeping the same pace for another 14 years. Twenty-eight years is a long time, but given that in actual implementation ethanol is only a fractional amount of what we get from the pump—just 10% in most cases—it could take even longer to break even. In the best-case scenario it could mean 2 percent better emissions in 28 years. Not nothing, but hardly a magic bullet.

Of course, just two studies are not sufficient to make firm conclusions about this complex issue.

Is ethanol so terrible? Hardly. It has strong value as an octane booster and for better oxygenating fuel ,which can slightly boost efficiency. What many studies eventually point to is switching away from corn to a different crop for the production of ethanol; switchgrass, for example, can offer a break-even timeline that’s almost immediate and potentially stands to triple the reduction in greenhouse gasses in just three years.

Good science and engineering is about responding to the reality of the data—no different than how we learned that polished intake runners are actually bad for fuel mixture and flow going into an engine, changing the conventional wisdom. Ethanol is likely not going away anytime soon, but it seems there’s good cause to better scrutinize how effective our current biofuel strategy is in terms of meeting its stated goals.

--Kyle Smith
Hagerty media

It still destroys carburetors if left unintended. Which reminds me…


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MAKE SUMMER PLANS: 13th Annual Collector Car Appreciation Day to Be Celebrated July 8, 2022

The SEMA Action Network (SAN) announced that the next Collector Car Appreciation Day (CCAD) will be officially celebrated on July 8, 2022. The date will mark the thirteenth consecutive commemoration in what is now an annual holiday to raise awareness of the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society.

Whether public or private, plan and submit the details of your automotive-inspired July celebration at no cost and discover more about this nationwide occasion on the website:

Participating organizers will be awarded a copy of the Congressional resolution for display at their registered event.


I stay a member of SEMA because of their legislative connection to the car industry. Many SEMA members are not happy with the organization’s legislative efforts, but recently they’ve improved. I keep hoping for someone who will demand climate transparency and end the doom, so we can go back to honoring all that fossil fuels do for the world.


’48 UL TANK COMING ALONG--Starting to look like something. I'll wet sand the black before taping it off again. After I spray the silver and clear coat that I'll retape to spray the Satan clear on the black.

--Greg Robley

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NEW FROM THE ARTIST IN THE DESERT--Deal of the Day "Assault" Canvas Giclee', Signed, Numbered, 20 x 30 for $600.00/ Frt. Normally $900.00.

Wishing my friends at Trask Performance a dry track and good race this weekend at King of the Baggers in Daytona! All of these teams have countless hours and $$$ invested for R&D, Advertising, and your Enjoyment. Support them! (480) 575-7559
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NEWS FROM THE BIKERNET NIRVANA--Fear Stress, False Evidence Appearing Real

Over the last few days, I have allowed fear and stress to consume My Life. I became part of the problem not the solution. Unfortunately, the fear and stress landed me in emergency, and I now must make some big changes. I have written the following to get me back on track and I hope it helps you if you need it too.

For every minute I give into fear and stress I lose 60 seconds of Peace of Mind.

I Love this acronym; how often do we give so much energy to fear. We get caught up on a problem and then focus on the problem and let it escalate from something small to something absolutely consuming our mind.

Richard Carlson wrote a book called “Don’t sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff,” which is a book of how not to let little things take over your life. Life is a choice, one great choice is how are we going to handle challenges and obstacles. Are we going to become part of the problem or part of the solution, are we going to let doubt and fear consume our every waking moment or are we going to pause, go within with Faith and Trust and Know that we have the answer we need to overcome any adversity?

One of my favorite Napoleon Hill quotes is “within every adversity is the seed for equal or greater benefits.” Basically, he is saying that there is an opportunity to rise above any situation, not only learn from the negative experience, but we must move to a Higher level of Consciousness and grow. I always say take that seed and grow. Today is a clean brand-new slate, today we can choose to let go of the false fears and stress of the past.

I give Thanks for this new level of confidence, this inner Peace of Mind. Today is My Day!
And So it Is

--Yale Gelfant
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Top-five for Lewis while Build. Train. Race. action begins with BTR Select at Volusia Half Mile

Inclement Florida weather during Daytona Bike Week delayed the start of the 2022 American Flat Track National Championship, but it didn’t stop the season from commencing for Royal Enfield’s Build. Train. Race. program and the Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield crew. Johnny Lewis, aiming for a full-season assault on the AFT Production Twins championship, carded a solid fifth-place finish at the Volusia Half-Mile while the BTR women gave a preview of the 2022 action to come.

After a landmark year in 2021, where Johnny Lewis and the Moto Anatomy X team took on selected rounds of the American Flat Track Championship aboard the Royal Enfield Twins FT motorcycle, even celebrating a historic win at Lima Half Mile, the crew is ready to take on the full Production Twins class season in 2022.

Despite some setbacks during the 10-lap Mission Production Twins Main Event at Volusia Speedway Park, Lewis utilized his experience on the track to manage his way to a solid finish. What looked like a possible podium eventually gave way to a fifth-place on the night, a respectable start to the new season.

“That was a rough main event to manage,” Lewis said. “But we have our eye on the long game and we’re happy to be starting the championship with some points. We’re really looking forward to the next round, the Texas Half Mile this weekend. Everything is bigger in Texas, and I want the biggest trophy I can get.”

Build. Train. Race. Flat Track got things started with the BTR Select exhibition at the Volusia Half Mile.

The official BTR Flat Track season has yet to commence, as many of the newcomers to the program are still in the Build and Train portions of the program. The Volusia Half-Mile served as a “BTR Select” prequel to the season, offering the ladies of BTR Flat Track returning from the previous season, and any racers ready to compete ahead of schedule, the opportunity to get on the track.

Return riders Jillian Deschenes, Jaycee Jones, Lanakila MacNaughton, Malary Lee, Erin Ferris, Nean Kiskela and Gabrielle Hughes were joined by newcomer Alex Bumpus McDonald for BTR Select at the Volusia Half Mile.

The 2022 season appears to have picked up right where it left off, with Jillian Deschenes and Jaycee Jones dueling for the win. Jones managed to turn the quickest lap time in the main event, but it was Deschenes who led when it mattered—at the checkered flag. The race also saw a surprise performance from Lanakila MacNaughton, who kept the lead duo in sight en route to a strong podium finish.

“It’s great to see the BTR women on the track again,” Poland commented. “It’s going to be even more exciting when we see the full field out there for the first official round, which will take place at the I-70 Half Mile in Missouri, April 23. We can’t wait to see what happens when we throw all this new talent in the mix; it’s going to be an amazing season for Royal Enfield Build. Train. Race.”

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CLIMATE DOOM DEBATES ARE FLOURISHING--I recently watched Alex Epstein debate Prof. Dressler from Texas regarding fossil fuels and climate alarmism. At least the debates are beginning.

I want to take the doom out of the equation, and Alex presented several good points. There’s no way America can save the planet. Without the doom, we can do as he said, a test. Take a city, a region or even a whole state and test unreliables. They need to stand or fail on their own merits, not be forced behind threats of doom.

Several reports are showing no warming since 2014…

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Bill died, leaving a will that provided $30,000 for an elaborate funeral. As the last of the visitors departed the services, his wife, Lynne, turned to her dearest friend, Sue and said, "Well, I think Bill would be pleased."

"I'm sure you're right," replied Sue, who then lowered her voice and leaned in close. "How much did this really cost?"

"All of it," said Lynne. "All thirty thousand."

"No!" Sue exclaimed. "I mean, it was very nice, but $30,000?"

Lynne replied, "Yes. The funeral was $6,500; I donated $500 to the church and the wake, food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the Memorial Stone."

Sue computed quickly and asked, "$22,500 for a Memorial Stone? My goodness, how big is it?"

"Two and a half carats."

--El Waggs

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NEWS FROM THE NAMZ EMPIRE-- Most Popular Products at Daytona Bike Week 2022
Daytona Bike Week has come to a close and we had a blast talking with all of our new/old customers and dealers! Over the course of 12 days, our technicians assisted with dozens of product installations. Letric Lighting Co. had several products in particular that sold the most. We've compiled them into a list for you:

LLC-P7SWA: Premium Bullet Style SWITCHBACKS White Running Light with Amber Turn Signal LED Insert (FRONT ONLY)

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LLC-LHK-7C: 7" Premium Chrome LED Headlamp w/ (2) 4.5" black Fog/Passing Lamps

LLC-LHK-7CH: 7" Full-Halo Chrome LED Headlamp with (2) full halo 4.5" chrome Fog/Passing Lamps

N-PLCH-01: Passing Lamp Control Harness
LLC-DSS-S: Deluxe "Strobing" Slantback LED Taillight, SMOKE LENS

LLC-DSS-R: Deluxe "Strobing" Slantback LED Taillight, RED LENS

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Check the new NAMZ web site when you have a chance. Tell them Bikernet sent ya.
Check the new NAMZ web site when you have a chance. Tell them Bikernet sent ya.

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Bandit! Enjoyed seeing the Robinson Scarf/Bandana. Ruby said, "Yes, it matched my black leather jacket too. I got so many compliments before and during diinner. I went to Tennesse Jack's and the bar maid really wants to buy one. I plan of selling her one next time I go in after work."

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