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THE CONUNDRUM BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for June 23, 2022

This News is All over the Place

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob. T, Redhead, J.J. Solari, Laura, Barry Green, Steve Phiel and the rest of the gang
6/23/2022


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I’m in a conundrum, which means a mystery, a challenge or a questioning problem. I’ve been pushing against the Climate Doom mantra for a decade. Even guys in the industry look at me like I’m nuts to fight it. Motorcycle rights groups won’t ask senators for scientific transparency.

Okay, from time to time I want to give into the notion that we’re all going to die if we don’t stop fossil fuel use. Then I run into a wall of facts and questions. For instance most chemicals are made from Fossil fuels, so how can we stop. Every plastic product in the world is made from fossil fuels.

But let’s get down to the basics. What are you going to tell your kids. “Dad destroyed the planet by riding a Harley. Or, you’re never going to get to ride a Harley or a dirt bike, a muscle car or a sportscar. What do you tell a kid who is trying to mow your lawn, or wants to work on cars? What do you tell the bros who build choppers, they’re evil and going to hell with the planet. Or is it all bullshit? Does anyone care about the truth?

I just don't get it. Even if you’re a democrat and believe all this, why wouldn’t you be in favor to Scientific Transparency to prove you are right? Instead you want to call anyone who questions the mantra deniers. Yet, you are really the deniers, denying scientific transparency. Okay, I give up. It’s Whiskey Thursday, let’s hit the news.

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MRF FLASH ALERT--
Today, President Joe Biden will ask Congress to enact a three-month gasoline tax holiday. Biden will ask that both the 18-cent-per-gallon federal tax on gasoline and the 24-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel be suspended.

Many leaders in Congress, including those from his own party, are skeptical of the plan. The Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and the Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Tom Carper (D-DE) worry that suspending the gasoline tax would drain needed funds from the Highway Trust Fund. The gas tax, which funds the Highway Trust Fund, is the major source of money for the federal government’s road and infrastructure improvement plans. In last year’s $1.2 trillion-dollar infrastructure bill close to half of the money came directly from the trust fund.

Historically high gas prices and concerns about inflation are forcing the Biden administration to seek quick and immediate relief for consumers. However, whether a gas tax holiday results in lower prices is something many in Congress are doubtful of.

Additionally, Congressional Democrats remain worried about the upcoming midterm elections and are balancing their own political futures vs. those of the president. The next few days and weeks will be a test to see if President Biden’s plan on the gas tax can gain support in a closely divided Congress.

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About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.





GUN NUT ALERT--The U.S. Senate is voting on a gun control package this week – your U.S. Senators need to hear from you today. Please click the button below to contact your Senators today to tell them you oppose this gun control package.

Take Action Now!
The gun control package would allow states to use federal taxpayer dollars to implement state-level gun confiscation orders, i.e. “red flag” laws.

This gun control package would significantly increase the number of Americans who are federally barred from possessing firearms by expanding prohibitions for non-domestic, non-violent misdemeanor convictions. Virtually no other constitutional right is taken away for misdemeanor convictions and this legislation would treat the Second Amendment as a second-class right.

Nowhere in the legislation are the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans advanced, and it is being rushed to the U.S. Senate floor for votes, bypassing hearings, markups and amendments on the legislation.

Please contact your U.S. Senators TODAY and respectfully urge them to protect and defend the Second Amendment by voting against this misguided gun control package.

You can also call your U.S. Senators at 202-224-3121 and you will be connected to the appropriate office.

Yours in Freedom,

Ken Lan
NRA-ILA Grassroots
http://www.nrailafrontlines.com/







EXTREME POLITICAL LESSON--Government - or, people who can't do anything but who have jobs that have no actual job function or job description - cannot keep up with private enterprise -whose job is to make life better and easier and continually succeeds at this.

So, government has to impede private enterprise into non-existence. Otherwise, government will be obsolete. Apparently only me and bureaucrats realize this.

J.J. Solari
Supreme Political Analysist
Bikernet.com™





BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
 
New BDL EVO-3000 Installation

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/New_BDL_EVO3000_Installation.aspx

Glad to see that y’all are helping people with questions! I would like to get open primary kit 3000 for 2-inch belt

--James Burke
burkejimjr1@gmail.com
Gray, TN

I reached out to Scott at BDL to help James. They will make a recommendation. Scott got right back to me—Bandit

Hey Bandit, No Problem. The EVO-3000 is an outer bearing support kit. This kit mounts to the Belt Drives Ltd. AKA BDL EVO-9S 3-inch wide open belt drive. The EVO-3000 is not intended for the 2-inch wide version as the support is for Larger engines with a lot of Torque and Horsepower, and the outer support helps limit or stop the transmission mainshaft flex caused by the weight at the end of the mainshaft that the wider belt drives have.

There is a special bolt pattern that is pre drilled and tapped into the outer face of the 72-3EX basket for the rear pulley cover to mount to, this is a special machined pulley cover and requires a special pressure plate to be used for operating clearance.

The rear pulley cover has a boss machined into it for a Nylatron bushing, that bushing rides in the outer support bearing. There are standoffs and a front pulley cover as well. The bolt pattern in the motor-plate must match the bolt pattern for the EVO-3000 as well.

You can call BDL direct if you like at 714-693-1313 Ext. 227 or Ext. 232 are how to reach the two tech guys.

--Scott
Tech Support
BDL

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NEWS FROM THE MASTER OF LIGHT--
 
Please enjoy the final image of "Eternal Radiance" below - David Uhl's newest tribute to Jessi Combs. We will be collaborating with her foundation on this project - more on that to come! We do still have some prints in each of the 3 sizes left (details below).

We are excited to announce a new release by David Uhl - a piece that has been about 8 years in the making. As you may know, in 2014 David released "Jessi", featuring the amazing Jessi Combs. The print edition of "Jessi" has been sold out for a few years now.



In preparation for his Jessi painting, David and Jessi took several photos in various scenarios. One of these is the setting for his new piece which is now available for purchase.

This masterpiece features Jessi with the Navy bike from Rocky Mountain Motorcycle Museum in Colorado Springs. Jim Tobul's "Korean War Hero" Navy Corsair serves as part of the backdrop. Ultimately, this piece is really all about the light - of which David continues to demonstrate his mastery.

In David's words, "I wanted to add a strong light component to this composition featuring Jessi. She always seemed to have this image “glow”. Took a long time (8 years) but I think I’m nearly finished. This photo of her is from my 2014 shoot with her for the Jessi piece we did that year."



"Eternal Radiance"
David Uhl 2022

Reference photo from shoot in 2014 above

The exclusive canvas print edition will be available in the same sizes and edition size as the original "Jessi", shown below. If you have the first "Jessi" and want this new one, please let me know ASAP and I'll try to get you the matching print edition number as we slot people in.

Canvas print edition specifics (all signed, numbered and Certified):

** Image size 32x24, 150 prints plus 25 Artist Proofs and 25 Hors d' Commerce - $1,895 framed.

** Image size 40x30, 20 prints plus 5 Artist Proofs and 5 Hors d' Commerce - $3,850 framed.

** Image size 48x36, 10 prints plus 2 Artist Proofs and 2 Hors d' Commerce - $4,850 framed.

Click to see the studio.
Click to see the studio.







WEATHER REPORT FROM MUMBAI-- Unlike your surrounding, here during monsoon-- all trees, plants, flowering ones and of course weeds and moss become bright green like maybe summer in the protected forests over there.

I have been on long rides during monsoon season in my first Enfield Bullet before and the mountains don't have a single gray or brown spot --- unlike hot April-May summers with dry patches revealing rocks, stones, etc



Those who hike as a group know where and when to go, and so that it’s not too far from cities yet nice rural type landscape - between November to February cooler weather, -- rain has completely ended by early October.



Close to Mumbai is Karjat and Kasara suburban railway stations along Central Railway line for such hiking.



Have a look at old photos from my Bullet trips in past (the one with right-side-gear) Film-SLR scanned. Quite far from cities.
 
That's my Enfield Bullet with a butterfly taking a break, early morning just after dawn at Igatpuri.

--- U D
International Editor
Bikernet News Desk





QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--
 
CHINA CLAIMS THAT CORONAVIRUS CAME FROM AN OLD STUPID BAT, BUT NANCY PELOSI DENIED HAVING BEEN INVOLVED.

"PAYDAY" CANDY BAR IS CHANGING ITS NAME BECAUSE IT'S OFFENSIVE TO THOSE WHO DON'T WORK.

IF THE CURRENT POWER GRID CAN'T HANDLE A NIGHT OF 20 DEGREES TEMPERATURES WITHOUT ROLLING BLACKOUTS, HOW ARE WE GOING TO PLUG 100 MILLION ELECTRIC CARS IN AT NIGHT?

ARE THERE ANY COUNTRIES THAT TAX THEIR CITIZENS AND SEND SOME OF IT TO AMERICANS?

IMAGINE, IF YOU WILL, A WORLD WHERE EVERY TWEET AND MEME MUST BE FACT-CHECKED, BUT NOT A BALLOT.

HOW TO STOP DRUNK DRIVERS FROM KILLING SOBER DRIVERS? BAN SOBER DRIVERS FROM DRIVING. THAT'S EXACTLY HOW GUN CONTROL WORKs.

CAN WE STILL ORDER BLACK COFFEE?

ARE BROWNIES BEING TAKEN OFF THE SHELF?

IS WHITE CASTLE CHANGING IT'S NAME?

I'M SURE CRACKER BARREL IS SCREWED .

CAN WE STILL PLAY CHINESE CHECKERS?

IS THAT SEASON STILL CALLED INDIAN SUMMER?

NO MORE ITALIAN SAUSAGES?

HOW FAR DO YOU WANT TO GO WITH THIS FOOLISHNESS?

HELL OF A JOB, DEMOCRATS!

YOU'VE MANAGED TO BRING BACK THE 1918 PANDEMIC, THE 1929 DEPRESSION, THE 1968 RACE RIOTS, .. AND THE 1973 GAS PRICES - ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

--Well done.

--El Waggs
Excellent Surf Advisor
Bikernet.com™
 
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Democracy is two wolves and a small lamb voting on what to have for dinner... Freedom under a Constitutional Republic is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote......
 -- Ben Franklin



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ART OF SPEED COMING TO MALAYSIA--
 
About Art of Speed Malaysia
Art of Speed Malaysia is an annual event featuring artwork in various formats including canvas, poster, moving visual, sculpture and rolling art. Exhibitors are exclusively invited to the show promising quality content for visitors.

--Mama Tried





NEWS FROM THE HOME OF THE LAW TIGERS--
 
Can You Get Motorcycle Insurance without a License?

Motorcycle insurance
Imagine you’re passing by a showroom, and you see the motorcycle of your dreams. Naturally, you want to see this beauty up close and when you do, you know that you’re going to be adding a new member to your family.

You also know that you are legally obligated to have insurance in most states. But what do you do if you don’t have your motorcycle license yet? Can you still get motorcycle insurance?

You might be surprised to find out that the answer is usually yes, but there are some caveats you need to know that we’ll discuss in this article.

What Happens If You Purchase Motorcycle Insurance without a License?

Keep in mind that every situation is unique, but you can typically get insurance for a motorcycle even if you’re not licensed. However, you could run into some complications, including the following:

– Insurance agencies might charge more for a policy because they view an unlicensed owner as higher risk.

– You might not get approved by the first company you contact, so you’ll have to shop around.

– You may be able to get an insurance policy without any issues, but failure to get a license after a specified time can put you at risk for cancellation of your policy if you’ve been given a deadline to submit proof of insurance.

3 Reasons You Might Get Motorcycle Insurance without a License

We talked earlier about getting caught up in the moment and eagerly buying a bike and deciding to purchase motorcycle insurance before securing a motorcycle license. This often happens if you’re financing the bike and the lender requires proof of full coverage insurance.

There are also other situations you may find yourself in that require you to get insurance coverage even if you don’t have a Class M driver’s license.

1. YOU HAVE A VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE OR YOU DON’T PLAN ON RIDING

If you own a vintage motorcycle that you’re restoring or you’ve been temporarily sidelined from riding, you might not have an active license. Still, you’ll want insurance to protect your property, including your motorcycle, from situations like fire, theft, or vandalism.

2. YOUR MOTORCYCLE LICENSE IS SUSPENDED
 
All states are different, but the vast majority require you to have motorcycle insurance before they issue a license. It can feel like a chicken and egg scenario. We recommend contacting several insurance companies to see which ones offer the most reasonable rates if your license has been suspended.

3. THE MOTORCYCLE IS IN SOMEONE ELSE’S NAME
 
There are all sorts of financial arrangements that can be made that result in the person who will ride the motorcycle not being the person who owns it on paper. Maybe you have a partner who can secure better financing, so the bike is in that person’s name. However, that person may not have a motorcycle license.

The Importance of Having a Motorcycle License
It’s no secret that a significant percentage of Americans take to the road without a valid license. According to The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, it’s estimated that 20% of motorcycle riders don’t have a valid Class M license.

Though being licensed is no guarantee of safety, what we can tell you is that unlicensed riders are at a higher risk of being involved in a fatal accident. In Texas, unlicensed riders made up 46% of motorcycle fatalities, which when you think about it is a staggering statistic.

The importance of earning and maintaining a license is helpful in ensuring that you have the proper knowledge and skills to handle yourself safely on the open road.

Have More Questions about Motorcycles?
Here at Law Tigers, we’ve compiled a library of information to answer all your questions about motorcycle riding, safety, events, and more. Give us a call at 1-888-863-7213 Check out our resources here.

--Law Tigers

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CHEVRON CEO Fires Back at Biden, Slams ‘Political Rhetoric’ in New Letter

The CEO of Chevron sent an open letter to Joe Biden after Biden sent a letter suggesting that oil companies could face consequences and accusing them of not doing enough to increase refining capacity.

Mike Wirth, in the letter, called on the White House to end its hostilities toward the oil industry, saying there needs to be a change in its approach and policies before gas prices can drop.

“Addressing this situation requires thoughtful action and a willingness to work together, not political rhetoric,” Wirth said, adding, “Your Administration has largely sought to criticize, and at times vilify, our industry.”

More than a week ago, Biden attacked oil companies and claimed they’re making record profits before urging them to increase oil production to alleviate record-high gas prices. Targeting ExxonMobil specifically, Biden accused them of making “more money than God” and not drilling enough during comments he made in May.

Soaring Gas Prices

In recent months, Biden has taken criticism as regular gas prices have eclipsed the $5 per gallon mark. AAA data shows that prices fell for several days before rising again this week to $4.96 per gallon.

Since Biden took office, gas prices have been steadily increasing as the president issued a number of energy-related executive orders, including suspending new oil drilling leases and ending the Keystone XL pipeline.

“The U.S. energy sector needs cooperation and support from your Administration for our country to return to a path toward greater energy security, economic prosperity, and environmental protection,” Wirth said in the letter, adding that Chevron has increased production in recent years.

Oil companies “need clarity and consistency on policy matters ranging from leases and permits on federal lands, to the ability to permit and build critical infrastructure, to the proper role of regulation that considers both costs and benefits,” Wirth added.

“Most importantly, we need an honest dialogue on how to best balance energy, economic, and environmental objectives–one that recognizes our industry is a vital sector of the U.S. economy and is essential to our national security,” he said. “We can only meet these challenges by working together.”

When asked about the letter, Biden didn’t appear to try and tone down the tensions.

“I didn’t know they’d get their feelings hurt that quickly. We need more refining capacity. This idea that they don’t have more oil to bring up and refine is simply not true,” he told reporters.

Last week, ExxonMobil responded to Biden’s letter and said it had invested $118 billion in new oil and gas supplies compared to a net income of $55 billion.

“We kept investing even during the pandemic, when we lost more than $20 billion and had to borrow more than $30 billion to maintain investment to increase capacity to be ready for post-pandemic demand,” the company stated.

U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is slated to meet with oil industry executives on Thursday to discuss ways to reduce energy prices.

--By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times


I love what you guys are doing, but there needs to be a massively important effort for Scientific Transparency. Unfortunately Chevron and all oil companies will continue to be the bad guys until someone cracks the doom.

Get on it will you. There must be a leader with the balls to save humanity from the control freaks.


--Bandit





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Deborah Butitta, a motorcycle rights advocate for many years, was run over by an ignorant driver on June 3rd and did not survive. She was a lobbyist for the MRF, advised motorcycle rights groups around Arizona how to operate effectively, and was inducted into the Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame. The MRF can give you more information on all she accomplished. The biker world has lost a great champion, and I have lost an old friend.

Soda Lee
Bullhead , AZ
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Editor Response Thanks brother. This is terrible news. She was a freedom fighter supreme. We need so many more like her to pick up the baton and keep up the fight.
--Bandit
Man, your shop is looking really good.

Sam
TX
Monday, June 27, 2022
Editor Response Thanks, my contractor just told me he can't move my tool boxes until the first of next week. Damn, we're burnin' daylight.
--Bandit
VL, XA, FL "Vlexaflow" Nah, I need to get back on my meds.



Sam
TX
Friday, June 24, 2022
Editor Response Hmmm, good one. Still pondering...
--Bandit

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