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Life is nuts, but we're living in the best of times
, except for Ukraine and Covid. Think about your phone, your car, all the technology to keep us safe and going to the next wild event.

We look around the world at all the bad shit, and wonder why anyone bothers with the bullshit, when you could be camping, building cool shit, riding with the wind, going on a run, flying an airplane, heading to a car show or a bike show or enjoying a day in the park with your kids.

Unfortunately, going to a bike show doesn’t drive traffic to a media outlet. It doesn’t create pandemonium in the press or a reason for a legislator to be interviewed over his bill to stop all fun because we are doomed.

But fortunately, they are wrong in many cases. They are trying to censor the right, but it won’t work, and the freedom and fun will return. But we need to step up and help, by joining your local or national motorcycle rights group and supporting their efforts.
Okay, so I went on the Cycle Source Podcast last week. I didn't do as well as I would have liked to, but what the hell. It’s just a couple of grubby bikers and the lovely Cycle Source Queen trying to entertain more grubby bikers.

Let’s hit the news:

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I had my knee replaced and don?t have the strength to back up bike on the littlest incline.

Tried it and works great. This is going to make my riding much safer.

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Willingboro, NJ

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WILD TECHNOLOGY OF THE WEEK--'An army of robots' and zero human workers will build a dam in China

China is using artificial intelligence (AI) to effectively turn a dam project on the Tibetan Plateau into the world's largest 3D printer, according to scientists involved in the project.

The 180 metre (590 feet) high Yangqu hydropower plant will be built slice by slice - using unmanned excavators, trucks, bulldozers, pavers and rollers, all controlled by AI - in the same additive manufacturing process used in 3D printing.

When completed in 2024, the Yangqu dam will send nearly five billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year from the upper reaches of the Yellow River to Henan, the cradle of Chinese civilization and home to 100 million people.


FROM THE HANG ON FILES--Fox Sports signs Tom Brady to reported 10 year, $375M contract as analyst once he retires; deal is most lucrative in sportscasting history.

--1440 Daily

We have some news to share today with our IMS Family. After 40 years of producing The International Motorcycle Shows and IMS Outdoors, we have made the difficult decision to suspend the IMS Tour in 2022.

Unfortunately, as you are aware, the powersports industry is at crossroads with where and how marketing dollars are best spent amidst the continued manufacturing and sourcing delays associated with the pandemic.

These current hurdles would have made it difficult for us to produce an IMS that would meet your, and our, expectations. Therefore, we will not be moving forward with the planned 2022 events, including the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows. We hope to return the tour in the future, but at this time, we are suspending the events for the foreseeable future.

We greatly appreciate your support, loyalty, and partnership over the years and hope to work with you and your companies again in the future.

--IMS Staff

Wow, we have seen some changes in the Motorcycle Magazine and show industry. Let’s see what happen next. I would love to speak to Robin Bradley about this behind the scenes thoughts. See the article below for some insights.

BLAME EUROPE for “socially acceptable” hybrid hypercars--

The default start mode on Ferrari’s SF90 Stradale is silent. Keep going without firing up the V-8, however, and you’ll run out of juice after just 16 miles.

That’s probably not enough to get you to the local coffee shop, let alone your nearest cars and coffee meetup, yet this level of EV range is typical for today’s hybrid hypercars.

Why so little? Blame the Europeans.
Carmakers are under huge pressure to put the internal combustion engine on ice. In the European Union, new fossil fuel-powered cars will be banned from 2035. Here in the United Kingdom, it’s 2030, and in the meantime they’re being forced to meet ever stricter, emissions, economy, and noise regulations.

When your business is powerful, noisy, high-performance vehicles meeting these restrictions is getting tougher and tougher. Fail to meet the requirements and car makers face massive fines. Every single gram per kilometer of carbon dioxide over the limit results in a penalty of €95 ($100)—and that’s paid on every car produced. Currently the limit is 95 g/km but that will be cut by a further 15 percent in 2025 and then an additional 37.5 per cent from 2030 until the 2035 deadline for ICE vehicles to be abandoned.

Then there’s noise. In cities like London and Paris audio-triggered cameras are being set up to catch drivers whose cars are too loud. In one year alone 10,000 London drivers were hit with fines, with a Lamborghini owner being nailed as the loudest at 112.98 decibels.

The exotic manufacturers need a workaround, and they need it now. That’s where these hybrids come in. Really, they’re just a way to game the system.

By mapping software to the official test cycles Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, and others can achieve miracles. In a lab, at least. Take the latest Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid as a prime example. It will travel just 26 miles on a fully-charged battery alone before its 2.9-liter twin turbo V-6 has to kick in.

Nonetheless that’s sufficient to produce only 75 g/km of CO2 on the WLTP test cycle and a combined economy of 3.3l/100 km (equivalent to 71 mpg U.S). By contrast the V-8 Flying Spur produces 270 g/km and the W-12 a hefty 320 g/km and a U.S. combined economy of 15-19 mpg.

Reality on the road is, of course, rather different to the laboratory and Bentley’s high-flying hybrid will probably only see 25 mpg on longer journeys—but it beats the system and lets the British brand keep selling without penalty until electrification becomes inevitable.

While Bentley performance is built around being effortless, for other exotics the soundtrack is as important as speed, and that is also under threat—in city centers at least. Partial electrification offers an escape route.

“Owners asked for the ability to drive in electric-only mode—a feature which was not initially available on our first hybrid car, the LaFerrari, but which was made the default start mode for the SF90 Stradale due to client demand. It seems our clients appreciate driving in electric-only mode in city centers, presumably because it is more socially acceptable to do so,” Ferrari spokesman Jason Harris told Hagerty.

Ferrari and others may have framed their electrification antics as being about performance—and the instant torque of electric motors certainly add speed, but make no mistake, the only reason it’s happened is to beat a flawed testing system.

Now where have we heard of that before?

--Nik Berg, Hagerty Media

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WINDVEST TRIBUTE RUN-- 15th Annual Norm Dober Memorial Run

Let's celebrate the founder of WindVest and remember our fallen friends and family.
Take a ride around the lake and head to The 19th Hole in Tres Pinos for lunch.

Meet at: WindVest Motorcycle Products
Date: May 21st, 2022
Time: Kickstands up at 10am
WindVest Motorcycle Products
16840 Joleen Way, Ste B2
Morgan Hill, CA 95037


The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

--G.K. Chesterton

RACING HISTORY FROM THE VAULT--?In 1972 after two years of battle with the first XR750 with cast iron cylinder heads Harley atomized the competition for decades to come with the XR750 with aluminum cylinder heads.

--Sam Burns
Certified Historian™

OFFICIAL BIKERNET TRIBUTE-- Jo Giovannoni, Pioneer for Female Motorcycle Riders
We honor multiple hall of famer and pioneering voice of women motorcyclists

Editor’s Note: It is with a heavy heart we announce the passing of a pioneer in women and motorcycling, Linda "Jo" Giovanonni. Jo’s humble spirit had her flying under the radar most of her motorcycling career which is why her name may not be familiar to most of you. But we here at (WRN) have a deeply held connection to this visionary woman.

Jo Giovannoni co-founded Harley Women magazine in 1985, along with her friend and business partner Cris Sommer Simmons. Harley Women was the first magazine dedicated to female riders. Harley Women changed its name to Asphalt Angels, and that's when WRN's Genevieve Schmitt got involved.

Genevieve took over the reins as editor in 1998, and two years later rebranded it by calling it Woman Rider magazine. That lasted four years as a print magazine. At a time when the internet was just gaining momentum, Genevieve continued the legacy of the magazine aimed at women motorcyclists by launching our very own in 2006.

We are forever grateful to Jo Giovannoni and her efforts in keeping Harley Women and Asphalt Angels alive in what was a challenging publishing environment. To celebrate Jo Giovannoni’s life, we asked Cris Sommer Simmons to share some memories.

Pioneering Woman
Linda “Jo” Giovannoni was my hero. She was my mentor, riding partner, and best friend for many years. She was an “influencer” before there was a thing called the internet or social media. A woman who rode a motorcycle was a very rare thing back when I started riding in the ’70s.

--By Cris Sommer Simmons

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Three Races, One Weekend for NHDRO at Dragway 42
May 11, 2022
NHDRO motorcycle drag racing series
pre-race report
event: NHDRO’s Midwest Race Trilogy
when: May 13-15, 2022
where: Dragway 42, West Salem, Ohio, USA

Whether it’s Big Money or Big Fun, the Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series—NHDRO—knows how to pile it on. The NHDRO family is kicking off their 2022 season with the Midwest Race Trilogy—three full races over three days at West Salem, Ohio’s beautiful and conveniently located Dragway 42.

Bracket racers (Box and No-Box in separate eliminations), Schnitz Racing Top Gas 8.20 riders, and Pro Ultra 4.60 studs will all have a chance at three separate payouts, starting with Friday’s Big Show Shootouts.

The Big Show Shootouts are 100% payback races, getting underway at 6:00 pm on Friday. In addition to Box, No-Box, Top Gas and 4.60, NHDRO Road Course (the instant green, no-time class with road course requirement) and VooDoo Grudge will also run in what promises to be an action packed Friday night under the Dragway 42 lights.

A whole new program of NHDRO points racing starts with MPS Pro ET and Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET timed runs at 9:00 am on Saturday.

Schnitz Racing Top Gas, Pro Ultra 4.60, MTC Super Comp, M2.Shocks 8.70 Quick Street. and Advanced Sleeve Dirty 30 start qualifying at 10:30 am, with eliminations at noon.

Norwalk stars (and brothers) Kevin and Craig Adams, Joey Brandgard, 4.60 champion Dan McCarten, Heath McQuinn, Turtle Cole, double champions Jeremy Teasley and Joe Klemme, 2020 Top Gas champ Joe “Big” Deck, the Wagner Family, Kounselor Kenny Schwartz and the other St. Louis Top Gas Killers, Bobby Brown, Michigan racer Doug Fisher, Michael Hall, David Beshera, Jeremy England, Bob Foster, Kentucky brothers Rylan and Rashad Rowe, the father and son teams of Eric and Evan Yost and Ronnie Woodall Sr. and Jr., Kevin Haag, Jeff Kocanyar, Drew Nearhoof, Ronnie Raymond, Don Stokes, Mike Mullendore, Matt Knaggs. Gerald Vaughn, Blake Niedbala, Robert Neizmik, Marty White, Nico Grier, Kyron Drake, Ohio legend Bruce Sauer, and many, many more are all expected to be cutting lights and taking stripes for NHDRO Big Checks.

And Sunday morning, everybody gets up and does it all again!

Legendary Ohio builder/tuner Joe Marasco will be turning wrenches and dialing up bigger nitrous pills on the MSP stable of VooDoo Grudge grudge bikes and taking on all would-be heroes deep into the night on Saturday.

And of course, since it’s an NHDRO event, you can expect Scooter races, strider races—you name it! The whole family gets a chance to race.

Niki and Brian Welch are looking forward to seeing every member of the NHDRO family back for on-track action and off-track good times!

This report was prepared by Tim Hailey. Enjoy everything there is to read, see and watch about motorcycle drag racing and more at

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SENIOR EDITOR COMMENT ON CYCLE SOURCE PODCAST--You did good but the more we do things the better we get at them.

There is a lot to share with motorcyclist and others to help them know what is going on.

Then hopefully they will get involved and help us change things

Senior Editor™

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Here's my bike back in ‘76. You see the front wheel? Joe Giovanonni sold me that! I will forever miss her.


Regarding Vintage Tours claiming - "They don’t speak Hindi in Ladakh like in the rest of India, they speak Ladakhi."

Rest of India does not necessarily speak Hindi as well. There are 28 States and 8 Union Territories.

Each state and union territory has one or more official languages, and the constitution recognizes in particular 22 "scheduled languages".

The Central Government uses both Hindi and English language for national and international communications. Whereas each State has enough autonomy (just as States in USA) to use their State's language for official communications (along with Hindi and/or English).

You can imagine, creating a successful pan-India Advertising campaign is quite a bit of work in India for Ad Agencies and Marketing folks.

--Bikernet International News Desk

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Reader Comments

Sorry guys all I was looking at was the cone of the engine and assumed it was a Shovel. My mistake. We all make them.

Torrance, CA
Saturday, May 14, 2022
Editor Response No sweat. We all make them...
Pretty sure that the Shovelhead feature is an Evo

Bill Moore
Greensboro , NC
Friday, May 13, 2022
Editor Response You were right, and I corrected it.
I would like to see a custom shovelhead with tractor flappers on zoomies or straight pipes just for looks and the action you get out of them. Bandit helped me figure out how to set up my duals on my shovelhead. I finished the system with fishtails.

Torrance, CA
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Editor Response Glad it worked out.

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