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THE CONFUSED BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for April 18, 2024

We will sort it out...

By Bandit, Wayfarer, El Waggs, Sam Burns, J.J. Solari, the Redhead, Laura, Bob T., Prince Najar, Fred Harrell and the rest of the gang
4/18/2024


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Hey,

I’m confused constantly,
but that’s nothing new. I started to think about a girl I knew. It started to drive me nuts. Like something happened to her. You know the vibe. I even tried to find her, nothing. WTF? I just hope she’s okay, healthy and happy goddammit.

It’s trying to snow this morning but can’t decide which way to go. The dusty flecks of snow are dancing around in the breezy sky and can’t decide whether to land or just enjoy the ride, in the wind.

Let’s hit the news and see what happens next.



The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

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Gas Coverage from AMRA’s No Problem Opener

AMRA PennGrade1 motorcycle drag racing series race coverage report

event: PennGrade1 AMRA Cajun Nitro Nationals
when: April 5-7, 2024
where: No Problem Raceway, Belle Rose, Louisiana, USA

The PennGrade1 AMRA American Motorcycle Racing Association kicked off their 2024 season of Harley-Davidson drag racing at No Problem Raceway in Belle Rose, Louisiana, with the Cajun Nitro Nationals on April 5-7. You can find nitro coverage in a previous article, but here you’ll find the backbone of the sport. Gasoline classes—both sportsman and pro—are what fill the pits and staging lanes and make events like this great season opener possible.

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Zipper’s Performance Pro Bagger

Riding a Jeremy Williamson whip, Rick Hunnicutt qualified number one with an 8.52 at 162 mph and won Zipper’s Performance Pro Bagger, beating New Orleans tattoo artist Jeremy Justice on a holeshot in the final. Hunnicutt’s .008 light was a superb cut of honey indeed. Justice’s .145 set himself a hurdle he couldn’t clear, putting his 8.80 at 166 behind at the stripe to Hunnicutt’s much slower 8.92 at 151.

“I want to thank Jeremy Williamson for giving me the opportunity to ride ‘Ole Heavy,’” said Hunnicutt. “We had a very challenging weekend. We did not have time to test before leaving Indiana for the opening race at No Problem. We fought a couple new engine issues, resulting in barely making Q2—which we ended up qualifying number one.

“Going into raceday, we knew the bike was hurt and was very conservative with the tune-up. Going into the finals with Jeremy Justice, we knew it was going to be a close race and that it was.

“Much thanks to Jason Crisp and his dad for help with parts at the track, probably wouldn't have made the call without their generosity. Jeremy Justice and Crosby Blair also shared spare parts, both of which race in the same class. Great group of racers, we all have a huge respect for one another and frequently share knowledge, parts, and often dinner.

“Also thanks to Williamson Racing, GRC, Brian Murray and Murray Performance, Rodney ‘Bubba’ Shrum, Melissa Cressler Shrum, Revolution Performance, onefortyonespeed, Jason Clasquin, and C S Speedshop.”

Thundermax Street Bagger

Lafayette’s Scott Tomsu is the Louisiana face (and hair) of Bagger drag racing, and looked prepared to defend his home turf with lane choice in the Thundermax Street Bagger final. But fellow finalist Keith Evans was right there with him, ready to pounce if Tomsu should falter.

And that’s what happened. Tomsu had a slight .013 reaction time advantage but gave up .023 to the 60 foot. Totally recoverable, but things went really south for Tomsu when his kill switch lanyard got sucked into his velocity stack. While he struggled with that, Evans cruised to the win.

“It’s Darren Sheffer’s bike from Sheffer Performance Shop,” Evans said about the brilliant blue Bagger. “He asked me to ride for him this year, and the first time I ever rode the bike was Friday night. We wasn’t able to get any testing up here in Indiana.

“He built a monster though. I knew after the first pass we really had something. With a few tweaks I knew we could go rounds, but to end the weekend with a win was absolutely awesome! Hopefully it will be the first of many for us as a team.”



Axtell Cylinders Hot Street

Virginia racer Jason Crisp qualified number one and out-dueled a spirited Axtell Cylinders Hot Street field to take the win. Runner-up Casey Smith took the tree by .038 but gave up .069 to the 60 foot. His 9.48 at 131 came up short against Crisp’s crisp indeed 9.20 at 140.

“With the help of Dan Daffner at Axtell Cylinders and Phil Darcy of Darcy Racing Services and myself, we were able to get a cylinder head program together late last year that really worked for us,” said Crisp.

“We started making some 9.0 passes, so we basically left the bike alone all winter and showed up in Louisiana ready to race. We did make three test passes the Saturday before the race at No Problem and set a new personal best time. We didn't make any 9.0 passes this weekend but we were very consistent in the 9.1s.

“I'm very happy with the bike and looking forward to the rest of the year and what we can do.”

“Jason was on a rocket with great numbers all weekend, but we made it to the finals against him,” said Smith. “On the way there, I hit a hole in the track, which broke the front header off the bike in the semis. Got it off, and my buddy Ryan Peery was able to take time and weld it up for me. Got it back on just in time to get back up for the finals against Jason. Without being able to look at the last pass, I just went with what we had in it. Turned on an .03 reaction light but just didn't have it turned up enough to match that big 124 cubic inch motor in the other lane.”



Zippers Performance Modified

Hot Street runner-up Casey Smith also entered his no-bar bike in Zippers Performance Modified, where he qualified number one with a 9.54 at 127 and took the win over Kimberly “K-Charm” Deshields.

“It was one for the books for GEN2 Smith Racing,” said Casey. “Come off the trailer fighting some traction issues in Q1 of both classes. Calmed her down a little and put an A to B pass in it for a 9.26 ET in Hot Street. I never could better that lap.

“In Mod, I put down a 9.50s pass just to get some eighth mile data. Saw myself and Kimmie in the finals, which she is no easy win. Laid down a 9.40 ET to win my first ever Modified race with AMRA. I'm really looking forward to running it this year at a few events.

“Most of all, I couldn't do it without the help of Chad Hart from XLXBHORSEPOWER and the #TwinZter set up we are running. He dreams up the HP and I just hold on.

“Andy Simon at Simon Motorsports helps me with our bottom ends to get that power to the rear tire. Harley-Davidson of Macon, Georgia, is a big supporter of my program as well with parts from the OEM side. If it wasn't for those guys, I wouldn't be as fortunate to get the few wins that we have.”

Pro Modified

As the only entrant, Billy Doherty had an easy path to the Pro Modified win and number one qualifier. “This year the owner of AMRA made a decision to allow people to drop a race during the season,” said Doherty, a Lake Charles H-D dealer. “The majority of my class lives up north and chose to not drive to the race this past weekend because of the distance. Where normally if you were going to contend for a championship you had to go to all the races.”

Doherty showed great consistency all weekend, running 8.88, 8.810 and 8.819 on a V-Rod instead of his familiar yellow Buell. “I built the motor for my PMFR V-Rod the week of the race. I will be racing some races on my V-Rod and others on the Banana.”

Doherty was racing his home event with mixed emotions. With his cat sick in the hospital, he panicked every time his phone rang. “She made it through the weekend and I picked her up, but yesterday morning she passed.

“This race is the closest for my mother to come to and get to see me race, and my customers and friends.”

Outlaw Street

Outlaw Street winner and number one qualifier Al Dula had few words to say about his Outlaw Street win over Scott Ianaro. “Everything fell into place and good reaction time,” said Dula, who’s .048 was miles ahead of Ianaro’s .392. Dula also ran a 12.16 at 107 to Ianaro’s 14.15 at 90.

Top Eliminator 9.30

Crank Lanktree qualified number one and won Top Eliminator 9.30, despite a .318 light against runner-up Monty Garrelts’ .055 in the final. Garrelts’ 9.97 was far off the number, allowing Lanktree to coast to the win with a 9.66.

Super Gas 9.90 and Thundermax Street Eliminator 11.50

Donnie Huffman has a stranglehold on Super Gas 9.90 index at No Problem Raceway, winning the class for the fourth straight year. This year’s final was a classic Huffman vs. John Shotts match-up, and Shotts buckled with a -.007 redlight. Chris Martin qualified number one.

Huffman also collected the Thundermax Street Eliminator 11.50 win, qualifying number one in that class as well. Donnie got a .035 to .072 jump on fellow finalist Josh Maikranz and powered to an early advantage. Maikranz came on strong at the end, crossing the stripe 14 mph faster than Huffman. But Donnie’s 11.56 was closer to the number than Maikranz’s 11.61.

Donnie thanked Vanson Leathers, R&R Cycles, Huffman Motorcycle Museum, and Huffman Performance and Restoration.

AMRA thanks PennGrade1 oil, Zipper's Performance, Hawaya Racing, Axtell Cylinders, BK Electric, Johnny Mancuso’s Circle M Ranch, Dove Fuels and Thunder Max.

Visit AMRA website

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





MOTORCYCLE MISSIONS REPORT IN--

It was a remarkable weekend for both racing enthusiasts and advocates of a noble cause at the recent MotoGP event. Motorcycle Missions, a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders suffering from PTS(D), emerged victorious alongside its benefactor MotoUP, raising an impressive $120,000. This substantial contribution will fund nine ride-and-wrench programs, providing vital support to Americas patriots in need.

For the third consecutive year, Motorcycle Missions had the honor of being chosen as the beneficiary of MotoUP, a dynamic organization committed to providing financial support to community-based nonprofits serving soldiers, veterans, first responders, and Gold Star families. Together with their partners and supporters, MotoUp has raised an impressive total of $330,000 for Motorcycle Missions, underscoring their unwavering dedication to making a difference in the lives of our Nation’s heroes.

The VIP MotoGP weekend, held at the Circuit of the Americas, was a testament to the power of unity, bringing together tech enthusiasts, motorcycle aficionados, and philanthropists for three days of excitement and compassion. Attendees were treated to diverse experiences, including motorcycle trainers, encounters with a robot dog and other innovative technology, and a thought-provoking panel discussion featuring racer Kyle Wyman – the winningest rider in the history of the Mission King Of The Baggers event. Other panel members included Trackhouse MotoGP Team members Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez.

Motorcycle Missions extends heartfelt appreciation to the dedicated team at MotoUP—Mei Zhou, Juan Toves, Szu-Moy Toves, and Andrew Seelye—for their instrumental role in organizing the event. Their commitment to supporting veterans and first responders has been invaluable, and Motorcycle Missions is grateful for their ongoing partnership. Additionally, the organization expresses gratitude to all the generous contributors, companies, and volunteers who contributed to the success of the fundraising efforts. MotoUp’s partners include Dell, Weka, Intel, Elite, FedData, Future Tech, Microsoft, AMD, C2 Defense, Bluescape, GAI, EOS, and Crux to name a few.

MotoUP, established in 2019 by a group of passionate motorsports enthusiasts, stands out in the nonprofit landscape by actively supporting community-based organizations serving soldiers, veterans, and military families. Through initiatives like the annual MotoGP VIP Experience & Charity Event at Circuit of the Americas, MotoUP brings together diverse talents to champion veteran outreach through motorsports.





SURPRISE DEALER SHUT-DOWN-- Harley-Davidson Of Frederick Shuts Down

In a surprise social media post on April 15, landmark Maryland dealership Harley-Davidson of Frederick announced it would “no longer represent the Harley-Davidson brand, effective April 24. The last day of operations as a Harley-Davidson Dealer will be April 22, 2024.” After 46 years of seeing the Northern Maryland and Northern Virginia market, owners Mike and Nan Vantucci are retiring from the motorcycle business.

See the whole tamale on the DealerNews website





TEXAS WEATHER REPORT--

If you need someone to wire up that Knuckle let me know? I even saved money on the RP by using the twist ties that came off the wire as I opened them. Flashers are currently hanging in the top opening.

Both the FXRP & FLHC have turn signals on one end of them at least. Have a dead short on the Shovelhead, as soon as you touch the headlight ground wire the oil light dims. Yet every wire ohms out okay, that’s what started that entire mess! I lost the run/headlight position, Harley Davidson and their 6 terminal, 2 jumper wire FLH ignition switch.

Going to start sanding on the RP fairing as well, the blue is not working with the black & white police bike.



Today remembering that young guy once. It was actually a one strobe light portrait for photography class. I believe I was 22? It’s been 42 years since & still riding! TYL!

Guess I’ll go to the garage & chase the wiring gremlin some more? I know it’s staring me right in the face!

Oh, it’s warm and muggy today, high humidity.

--RFR-FXR Life
Official Weatherman
Bikernet.com™





TODAY IN HISTORY--

1906, The Great San Francisco Earthquake topples buildings, killing thousands.

On April 18, 1906, at 5:13 a.m., an earthquake estimated at close to 8.0 on the Richter scale strikes San Francisco, California, killing an estimated 3,000 people as it topples numerous buildings. The quake was caused by a slip of the San Andreas Fault over a segment about 275 miles long, and shock.

"Read the whole tamale on History Channel Website. It must have been caused by Climate doom. Wait, all the earthquakes since then have been smaller." --Bandit





INDIAN Motorcycle Factory Rider Troy Herfoss Secures First-Career King of the Baggers Victory--

Three-Time Australian Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss Takes First & Second at Circuit of The Americas Alongside MotoGP

In what proved to be an exciting weekend at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) during MotoGP, Indian Motorcycle factory rider, and three-time Australian Superbike Champion, Troy Herfoss secured his first-career King of the Baggers (KOTB) class win aboard the S&S Indian Challenger. In his first season racing baggers, Herfoss has proved to be a fierce competitor for the series championship, sitting second overall through four races.

Starting the weekend off hot, Herfoss won the Mission Foods Challenge and its $5,000 prize. After two qualifying sessions, Herfoss earned a front row starting position for Race 1. Despite starting third on the grid, Herfoss found himself mid pack early in the race. Having never raced at COTA and learning the track by playing a video game, Herfoss put on a master class, as he maneuvered his way to the front of the pack and into a three-way battle heading into the final lap. Ultimately, it was Herfoss taking the win by .295 of a second. Herfoss was joined on the podium by fellow Indian Motorcycle factory rider and 2022 KOTB Champion Tyler O’Hara, who captured his first podium of the 2024 season.

“It’s an honor to be standing here today and get my first win at COTA during MotoGP,” said Herfoss. “It’s early in the season, and I’m getting more and more seat time aboard the S&S Indian Challenger. It’s an incredible motorcycle – fast and smooth, but at 620-pounds, it’s like nothing I have ever raced before. With each lap and every race, I learn something new and gain even more confidence.”

While it’s Herfoss’ first move into bagger racing, his S&S Indian Challenger and S&S factory team are no strangers to the competition – having won the 2020 inaugural race and 2022 championship title with O’Hara piloting. Herfoss’ skills, paired with O’Hara’s experience, S&S’ engineering, and the Indian Challenger’s performance, make him a legitimate competitor for the 2024 title.



To start his KOTB career, Herfoss has never missed a podium, adding three second place finishes and to his one win. Herfoss is firmly planted second overall, 10 points behind the lead and 24 points ahead of third.

MotoAmerica’s Mission King of the Baggers season continues at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta April 19-21.

The S&S Indian Challenger race team is sponsored by S&S, Progressive, Mission Foods, Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, and Performance Finance.

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, X and Instagram.

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AFFIRMATIONS FROM THE TEMPLE--say it, believe it, so be it

1. Instead of saying "I'm not ready"
say "I'll prepare myself."

2. Instead of saying "I'm not sure,"
say "I'm uncertain, but I'll figure it out."

3. Instead of saying "I'm tired,"
say "I need some rest."

4. Instead of saying "I hate this,"
say "I don't like it, but I'll handle it."

5. Instead of saying "I'm sorry,"
say "I apologize."



6. Don’t say "I'm afraid,"
say "I'll face my fears."

7. Don’t say "I'm bored,"
Say, ''I'm looking for something interesting."

8. Don’t say "I'm not interested,"
say "That doesn't catch my attention."

9. Don’t say "I don't want to talk about it,"
say "I prefer not to discuss that right now."

10. Don’t say "I don't need help,"
say "I can handle it on my own."

If you use these words regularly, they will melt into your vocabulary and then you don't have to make a special effort to use it.

SOURCE: Intsagram

--from Wayfarer
Jr. Monk
Bikernet Thought Temple





NEW SCORE FROM THROTTLE ADDICTION-- Max Schaaf's 1969 XLCH Bay Area Sportster

For years I dreamt of a cross-country road trip on my chopper when I retired from the Navy back to my hometown.

Fellow photographer and ChopCult Contributor Liam Kennedy and I talked about us making this trip at length. He made his journey happen, and so did I, albeit slightly modified. I came into town with my two kids in the car and my chopper on a trailer.

Of course this would be right in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic so the riding was great but socially there wasn’t much to do. I packed all of my camera gear and was hoping by the time I got there we would have flattened the curve but as we all know we’re still rounding that corner a year later.

While I was there, I reached out to a few people about meeting up (practicing safe social distancing, of course) and as usual Lisa came in clutch. I had also reached out to Max about meeting up but I think the call from Lisa really sealed the deal and I got the invite to check out 4Q, which I can assure you, is located in Oakland. Funny enough, Max’s shop is just a couple of blocks from where my old house was and I knew the building well from living in the neighborhood.

See the whole tamale at ChopCult.com





BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR, GO TO PRISON

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

I follow Dave Arthur on Facebook. He tells a good story.

--Ron
North Lawrence , OH





SAWICKI Speed Introduces New Carbon Fiber Accessories for M8 Softail Lineup--

The new carbon fiber parts are made in-house and offer riders lightweight statement pieces for their motorcycles.

Sawicki Speed, the performance motorcycle exhaust manufacturer based in Denver, NC, has added new carbon fiber accessories to its product offerings for Harley-Davidson’s M8 Softail lineup.

“At its core, Sawicki is a performance company,” Sawicki Speed President Chris Clark explains. “But just as our performance-oriented exhausts have a unique and sought-after style, we are excited to broaden our product lineup past the pipe to include aesthetic enhancing accessories as well.”

Harley-Davidson M8 Low Rider S/ST owners can enhance the look of their bikes with Sawicki’s Center Fuel Tank Dash, made of real carbon fiber and contrasted by stainless steel accents featuring the Sawicki “S” and lightning bolt / toothpick emblems. This lightweight piece comes with a factory-installed rubber gasket for safe mounting to the bike’s tank and reuses OE mounting hardware.

Both the Center Fuel Tank Dash and Side Covers are initially offered in a stunning gloss finish, with matte finish versions currently in production and coming soon. More carbon fiber pieces for other popular Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle models are in development and expected to be available in coming months in addition to the M8 Softail lineup.

Sawicki Speed’s M8 Softail carbon fiber accessories are now available directly on Sawicki’s website, and through Sawicki Speed dealers. Learn more at www.sawickispeed.com, and follow Sawicki on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube.





FLAT OUT FRIDAY-- is happening in 3...2...1!

We are just 3 days away from witnessing the spills and thrills firsthand on Friday, April 19th, at the Portland Expo Center, as part of The One Motorcycle Show's 15th Anniversary.

Show Hours:
Doors open at 6 PM PST, races begin at 7 PM - 10:30 PM PST





2024 HARLEY-DAVIDSON HOMECOMING FESTIVAL KICKS OFF IN 100 DAYS

Tickets On Sale for Veterans Park Headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jelly Roll and HARDY

The countdown has started. In just 100 days, Milwaukee will host the music and mototainment event of the season when the annual Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival kicks off its four-day run. A complete schedule of free and ticketed family-friendly events and musical performances planned for July 25-28 at venues across the Milwaukee area is posted and advance Veterans Park tickets are on sale at HDHomecoming.com. The big weekend revs up at 4:30 p.m. on July 25 with opening ceremonies at Davidson Park, the new outdoor community hub created by the Harley-Davidson Foundation at Harley-Davidson Headquarters on Juneau Avenue in Milwaukee.

ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Harley-Davidson Homecoming™ Festival headliner musical acts Red Hot Chili Peppers (July 27), and Jelly Roll and HARDY (July 26) are each scheduled to perform with other top acts at Veterans Park on the Milwaukee lakefront. Both days will feature a mind-blowing fusion of music on two stages and action, featuring the biggest name in action sports – Nitro Circus – plus additional entertainment, local food, beverages, and more for enthusiasts of all ages.

Admission to Veterans Park for performances and other activities on July 26 and 27 requires a ticket. Veterans Park ticket options include 2-Day and 1-Day General Admission (GA), new for 2024 General Admission Plus (GA+), or VIP tickets offering new and enhanced experiences. Additional artists scheduled to appear include: Warren Zeiders, Priscilla Block, Hueston, Shaylen, and DJ CHILL on Friday, July 26; and The Offspring, Cypress Hill, Destroy Boys, Otoboke Beaver, Irontom, and DJay Mando on Saturday, July 27.

The full performance schedule is available at HDHomecoming.com. All events are designed to be family friendly and open to all fans. Children age 10 and under are admitted free with an adult General Admission ticket.

CELEBRATING WILLIE G. DAVIDSON

A celebration of the contributions of Willie G. Davidson to Harley-Davidson and motorcycling will be a highlight of the 2024 Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival. Grandson of H-D founder William A. Davidson, a respected artist, designer, leader and legend who has travelled the world as an ambassador of motorcycling and the Harley-Davidson brand, Willie G. worked for Harley-Davidson for 49 years before retiring as Chief Styling Officer in 2012.

All Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival venues will honor Willie G. Davidson through both imagery and activations. In addition to highlights of Willie G. throughout its campus, the Harley-Davidson Museum will host a WGD Ride In Custom Bike Show presented by V-Twin Visionary on Saturday, July 27. An engraved Willie G. Award will be presented to the Best-In-Show winner.

Guided tours will take place at Juneau Avenue Harley-Davidson Headquarters, highlighting various spots in the building connected to Willie G. Davidson. To celebrate Willie's passion for vintage motorcycles, a vintage motorcycle show will also be held at the venue.

MAXIMUM MOTOTAINMENT

Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival events will be held at a mixture of free and ticketed venues across the Milwaukee area, including Veterans Park, the Harley-Davidson Museum, the all-new Davidson Park on Juneau Avenue, Harley-Davidson Powertrain Operations in Menomonee Falls, and at local Harley-Davidson dealerships.



Veterans Park

In 2024, the Veterans Park venue on the Lake Michigan shore offers more food options, additional VIP shaded areas to relax in, improved VIP stage viewing, and a new GA+ ticket option in addition to GA and VIP ticket options. Visit the Harley-Davidson Hangout to see a display of 2024 Harley-Davidson and LiveWire motorcycles and learn more about Harley-Davidson Membership benefits, programs offered by EagleRider, and to enter the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy sweepstakes.



The electrifying energy of Nitro Circus returns to Veterans Park. Leveraging advanced ramp technology, Nitro Circus presents their “Everything Flies” show three times daily on Friday and Saturday, featuring top action sports athletes showcasing incredible skills in BMX, skateboarding, and a variety of mind-blowing contraptions. Exclusive to the Harley-Davidson Homecoming Festival will be motorcycle stunts and jumps executed by Nitro Circus riders on Harley-Davidson motorcycles, closing with an attempt at a record bagger stunt on Saturday. Expect gravity-defying stunts, heart pounding adrenaline and an unforgettable experience for all.

Enjoy great Wisconsin-brewed beverages like Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Leinenkugel's and more inside or outside the Beer Hall as you enjoy the festival. Mission Foods will be showcasing their Harley-Davidson King of the Baggers racing partnership along with sampling motorcycle-shaped tortilla chips. And festival-goers will have the chance to win VIP ticket upgrades and savor the flavor of Smirnoff ICE Red White & Berry at the Smirnoff ICE Chill Zone.

On Friday and Saturday of Homecoming Festival weekend, skip the hassle of driving and finding a parking spot by using the Milwaukee bar and restaurant shuttles to get to Veterans Park. Stay updated on the Festival FAQs to discover which bars and restaurants are participating this year. For bars and restaurants interested in providing a shuttle service, email hdhomecoming@harley-davidson.com to reserve your spot and obtain a shuttle permit.

Harley-Davidson Museum

A free concert performance by Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Thursday night at the H-D Museum will kick off the Harley-Davidson Homecoming™ Festival. The Museum campus is a marquee venue, mixing Harley-Davidson heritage with the excitement of today’s two-wheeled moto lifestyle. Stop by for Museum tours (ticket required), shopping, food and beverage, interactive exhibits by Rockford Fosgate Motorcycle Audio experience, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires display, Twisted Tea hard iced tea activation area, Wisconsin Lottery Follow Us To The Fun, Official Harley-Davidson Trucks display, a 2024 H-D motorcycle showroom, V-Twin Visionary custom bike shows, a H-D Member Check-In, Harley-Davidson Factory Race Team Experience, Real Deal Revolution Workshoppes, free live music daily on the Rockford Fosgate Stage, and more.





ANOTHER New Bikernet Reader Comment!-BUY AN ELECTRIC CAR, GO TO PRISON

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

The best thing about electric cars is the quality of life in the cities. Our urban areas, defined as densely developed residential, commercial, and other nonresidential areas, now account for 80.0% of our population.

If a large number of people in the US buy electrics, it pushes the pollution outside of the urban centers. So it increases the quality of the air, reduces the pollution that settles in the ground and slightly improves health.

So as long as you aren't incarcerated, you may find it beneficial.

--Prince Najar
Greener Frontiers
Indianapolis, IN

"Thanks for this. It’s an interesting equation and some think the only answer is a smaller population? That’s a tough one.

So, here are some of the factors. Lithium batteries are dangerous. The extra weight of the car causes more destruction to road, wears out tires faster and causes additional asbestos from brake shoes to fall into the streets.

Fossil fuel cars are nearly pollution free, except for CO2 which feeds life on earth and makes it greener. The ICE cars are lighter, so less wear and tear on tires and brake components. They are more adaptive to society’s needs and easier to refuel.

And what about the pollution when disposing lithium batteries and the cost to replace them?

Your call,
--Bandit


We asked how many fossil fuel products are used in an Electric Vehicle and received this answer today:

Doesn’t matter “how many parts” as all EV’s and ICE vehicles are 100% made with parts that are based on those oil derivatives manufactured from crude oil--From tires. Insulations, computer, upholstery, plastics, etc., etc.

Even the EV battery as all those exotic minerals and metals are “mined” in poor developing countries and shipped to the auto manufacturer via fossil fuels container ships.

--Ronald Stein, P.E.?
Author | Columnist | Energy Literacy Consultant
949-306-6604
Ronald.Stein@EnergyLiteracy.net







NEW MODEL FROM VESPA--Special Edition Vespa Celebrates Piaggio's 140th Anniversary

An exclusive limited-edition scooter in celebration of the 140th anniversary of the Piaggio Group

A maximum of 140 numbered units, with a very special celebratory plaque and a design that combines Piaggio’s colours with the iconic Vespa outline. Orders will only be taken during Vespa World Days, from 18 till 21 April 2024.

A version that is destined to be extraordinarily rare, sought-after and special.

Limited and celebratory

The Vespa 140th of Piaggio represents a bridge between the past and the future. Piaggio’s heritage embraces the forms of the Vespa GTV, one of the most modern and non-nonsense models every produced. The blue graphics against a white body evoke the Piaggio Group’s traditional colors, creating a stylish background for the new Vespa monogram and 140-year anniversary logo.

The Vespa 140th of Piaggio can be enhanced with a host of accessories, but perhaps the most distinctive of all is the capacious rear pannier. Crafted in high-quality leather with an embossed Vespa logo and smooth leather reinforced strips on the bottom and handles, it can be easily and securely fastened on the rear luggage rack.

Front and rear luggage racks, an oversize windshield and body bars are all designed to increase functionality and riding comfort.

Extremely limited availability. The Vespa 140th of Piaggio can only be ordered from Thursday 18 April 2024.

The Vespa 140th can only be ordered between 18 and 21 April 2024 and only in the following markets:
Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Frenc.Polynesia, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malta, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rep. Ceca, Republika Srpska, Reunion, Romania, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey.

Sources: https://www.vespa.com





NEW FROM BURLY BRAND-- EASY DOES IT

Revolutionize your riding experience with our game-changing Lite Clutch, now tailored for 2004-2022 Sportster applications. This clutch control powerhouse effortlessly slashes clutch lever effort by an incredible 40%, ensuring you dominate the road with unparalleled ease.

Crafted with precision to seamlessly integrate into the primary cover on Sportster models, the Lite Clutch extends the clutch operating mechanism, delivering enhanced leverage for an optimal and powerful performance. Say goodbye to rider fatigue and hello to a smoother, more dynamic ride.





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