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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Sam, Berry Green, Rogue, the Redhead, Gearhead, Laura, Jeremiah and the rest of the crew

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Big day today.
We had a final walk through with the movers yesterday. The first time they were too distracted with the motorcycles and didn’t get the picture, but that’s alright. I got the notion, the suggestions and the code. I knew what I had to do and the redhead has been a great help.

I’m also starting to read Marc Morano’s new book about the Green New Deal and socialism in American. Everyone should read this and read Patrick Moore’s new Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom. Life is going to change in America and it will no longer be the best of times if we don't wake up and get involved.

Order this book on Amazon, quick. It's easy to read and understand. Very educational.
Order this book on Amazon, quick. It's easy to read and understand. Very educational.

There are two premises at play here. Threats of doom and control freaks. Some folks are constantly hunting for more control over you. Think about the High School Principle who wanted to shove everyone around. Think about the boss you had, who wanted to control and badger you, but had serious problems of his own. Now, there are folks in government who want ultimate control.

They are using Climate as their excuse, but unfortunately they are wrong about doomsday and fossil fuels, seriously wrong. So, of course, they won’t allow anyone else to come forward with the facts. This is supposed to be America, land of the free, but that won’t matter if rats come before humans.


At one time bikers made up one of the largest activist groups in the country. We were right up there with the NRA. We fought hard for freedom to choose to wear a helmet or not. We won until a control freak (Joan Claybrook) took over the DOT and came up with the public burden theory, so she could take our freedom again. We faced an uphill battle gallantly and in many states succeeded.

This pretty much says it all...
This pretty much says it all...

I never understood the media. They supported helmet laws and taking our freedoms. But the media relies on freedom or there would be no media just government propaganda. Hell, you might also read a book I wrote in 1999, Sam Chopper Orwell. It explains what’s happing in biker style. Hang on.

You’ll see this topic pop-up numerous times in the news. It’s not about exhaust smoke and plastic containers. It’s about honesty, freedom and good times. Let’s hit the news.

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--James Assel

FROM THE CAPITOL--U.S. senators press Biden to set end date for gas-powered car sales.
California is also seeking restoration of its emissions authority

California's two U.S. senators are urging President Joe Biden to set a firm date to phase-out gas-powered passenger vehicles as the White House grapples with how to rewrite vehicle emissions rules slashed under President Donald Trump.

In an unreported letter going to Biden Monday, Democratic Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein called on Biden "to follow California’s lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles." They also urged Biden to restore California's authority to set clean car standards.

In September, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order directing the state's air resources agency to require all new cars and passenger trucks sold in California to be zero-emission by 2035.

Biden's campaign in 2020 declined to endorse a specific date to end gas-powered vehicle sales, but he has vowed to dramatically boost electric vehicles and charging stations.

In January, Biden said the administration would replace the federal government's fleet of 650,000 vehicles "with clean electric vehicles made right here in America made by American workers."

The senators also say Biden should use a compromise deal that California struck with automakers including Ford Motor Co, Honda Motor, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG that falls between the Trump administration and Obama-era requirements.

"We believe the national baseline should, at an absolute minimum, be built around the technical lead set by companies that voluntarily advanced their agreements with California," Padilla, who replaced Vice President Kamala Harris in the Senate, and Feinstein wrote in the letter seen by Reuters. "California and other states need a strong federal partner."

Shortly after taking office, Biden ordered U.S. agencies to revisit fuel efficiency standards by July.

The Trump administration in March 2020 finalized a rollback of fuel economy standards to require 1.5% annual increases in efficiency through 2026, well below the 5% yearly boosts in Obama-administration rules it discarded.

Then-President Donald Trump repeatedly targeted California, a Democratic bastion that tangled with Trump on multiple fronts during his tenure.

The Center for Biological Diversity estimates the California deal improves fuel economy 3.7% year over year between 2022-2026.

Biden also directed the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by April to reconsider Trump’s 2019 decision to revoke California’s authority to set its own auto tailpipe emissions standards and require rising numbers of zero-emission vehicles.

A White House spokesman declined to comment Sunday on the timing of any announcement on California's vehicle authority.

The Alliance for Automotive Innovation, a trade group representing major automakers, declined comment Sunday but last month backed nationwide rules to achieve vehicle emissions reductions roughly midway between the Trump and Obama standards.


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THE GEARHEAD TECH—Some of my parts to add to the Gypsy Belle. I cut down a pair of handlebar risers off Big George's old chopper to fit to the height I need for my bike. I wanted to add 1-inch more to my ape hangers.

The other parts are header flange covers for the exhaust. These were custom made because nobody manufactures these parts anymore.

The first time I saw these, they were on old lowriders back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. They were called Lake Pipes. They should look good once welded in place and chromed out.

This is part of the dual exhaust fishtail system I am making with old and new parts for the Gypsy Belle.


GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW CANCELED FOR 2021--If you have a room reservation at the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel & Conference Center for the canceled Grand National Roadster Show in May 2021, Please contact Stacey Wang at or the reservation line 1-888-627-8074 to cancel your room reservations to avoid being charged. The hotel cancelation policy states you need to cancel your room 48 hours prior to your check-in date to avoid being charged.

The hotel is anticipating to open for normal business at the beginning of May, 2021. If you currently have a reservation, please make sure to check for an e-mail from the hotel (in the month of May) as they will give you the opportunity to re-book your room reservation for the January 2022 show.

The Grand National Roadster Show will be held January 28-30, 2022.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

--The Rod Shows Team

REOPENING NEWS--The powers that be here in North Carolina have decided it is time to re-open the state up! Bars can stay open until 2am now, events are allowed to take place.

The Concerned Bikers Association Swap Meet takes place this weekend. It will be loaded with parts and I am ready to go. I have always loved swap meets, been awhile since I have been there. Hope to see some people I have not seen in awhile, and as always I will be looking for that once in a LIFETIME FIND!

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Movie Mystery Bike Solved, the Mickey Rourke Black Death

Thanks Jim Grant for getting the story Corrected for once...Sammy and his Mechanic "Greg Vetter" are the ones that Built the Bikes for the Movie...
Sammy called me one day and said he had a set of Fatbob Tanks and a License Plate that were going to be
on a Bike for the Movie...

and they needed them for the Closeup Shots !
So Sammy brought me the set that was already Painted and wanted me to copy the Artwork.

No problem...but he needed them done by Monday (it was Friday evening)...No problem Bro!

Sammy said it was a "B" Rated Movie and probably won't even make it to the Big Screen...LOL

Well, I finished the job and Sammy picked them up and told me to come check out the Bike's...they did an Awesome Job! I only took a few pictures of both Bike's since he didn't have all the details at the time of the Cast.

Had I known who the Actor's were, I would have asked for Autographed Pics from the Actor's!
Anyhow, that's the Real Story...we All miss Sammy Roth, he was one Cool Brother!

--Todd Harter aka "SKULL"
Daytona Beach for now...heading back to the West Coast

[ kon-kat-n-ey-shuhn ]

a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events.
Concatenation comes straight from the Late Latin noun concatenatio (stem concatenation-) “connection, sequence” (literally “chaining together”), a derivation of catena “chain.” The Italian and Spanish words for “chain” (catena and cadena, respectively) far more closely resemble the Latin original than does the modern French chaîne (the English source for “chain”), which passed through the stages chaeine (Old French), from caeine (Old North French), from Latin catena. Concatenation entered English in the early 17th century.

It took an amazing concatenation of circumstances, from Lyndon Johnson’s withdrawal to Rockefeller’s tergiversations to Humphrey’s disaster at the hands of the left in Chicago, to make him President.


Before the huge Saturn 1B rocket thundered off its launch pad, the effort had been plagued by an extraordinary concatenation of weather delays, electronic gremlins and other obstacles.



PROJECT TRIUMPH e-powertrain revealed-- Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) developed advanced battery system sets new standards for electric motorcycles

  • All-new next-generation lightweight battery and e-powertrain system raises the bar for electric bike performance, efficiency and range
  • Advanced cell module specification realises optimum balance between battery power and energy
  • Industry-leading technology developed by WAE includes all-new battery management software and integrated vehicle control unit.

Rider benefits include more power for longer, outstanding performance regardless of battery charge, faster charging and optimised bike handling through enhanced frame position.

Project TE-1 is a unique collaboration between expert British design and engineering organisations; this announcement marks the successful completion of second of four development phases

Tuesday, March 23: The all-new battery powertrain developed by Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) for Triumph Motorcycles’ TE-1 project will set new standards for electric bike performance, with class-leading power, efficiency, charging time and range.

Wholly responsible for TE-1’s lightweight, ground breaking battery system, employing a holistic approach to development will allow riders to use more electric power for longer providing access to outstanding performance regardless of battery charge, alongside rapid charging times.

With styling sketches for the final TE-1 prototype unveiled alongside first images of the innovative advanced electric powertrain, more detail can be revealed on this pioneering project which has now reached the successful completion of phase 2 of its four-phase programme.

Beginning in May 2019, TE-1 has been focused on developing specialist electric motorcycle technology and innovative integrated solutions, thanks to a unique collaboration between four leading British organisations, Triumph Motorcycles, Williams Advanced Engineering, Integral Powertrain Ltd, and WMG at the University of Warwick. Funding has been provided by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles via Innovate UK.

Paul McNamara, Technical Director at Williams Advanced Engineering, said: “WAE has a long history in powering a number of world-renowned electric vehicles, both on track and on the road. Alongside our partners, we are delighted to be playing a key role in this innovative project, setting new standards in electric performance on two wheels.”

Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO, said: “The completion of Phase 2, and the promising results achieved to date, provide an exciting glimpse of the potential electric future and showcase the talent and innovation of this unique British collaboration. This important project will provide one of the foundations for our future electric motorcycle strategy, which is ultimately focused on delivering what riders want from their Triumph; the perfect balance of performance, handling and real world usability, with genuine Triumph character.”

Williams Advanced Engineering has provided industry-leading lightweight battery design and integration capability, using its test and development facilities to deliver an innovative battery management system combined with vehicle control unit. At the start of the project, WAE identified appropriate cell technology and battery architecture to deliver the performance objectives set by the partners, namely the best balance between power and energy.

The battery has been developed to bring two class-leading benefits: the battery can deliver sustained power, matched to the consistent maximum power that the motor can give – whilst the battery can also charge at a faster rate.

WAE has optimized the battery module layout to balance mass and positioning within the prototype chassis taking into consideration center of gravity, space and relationship with the powertrain and charging approach. A new and bespoke vehicle control unit has been integrated into the battery pack to minimize weight and packaging.
High performance battery expertise lies at the core of WAE. The company was the original supplier of batteries to the entire grid of FIA Formula E World Championship cars in 2014, a relationship that has been revived for 2022-23 season with WAE being awarded the exclusive contract to supply the Gen3 battery system. WAE also supplies battery systems to ETCR and Extreme-E.


I don't always go the extra mile,
but when I do
it's because I've missed my exit.

--Sam Burns
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Second Prize is a $500.00 J&P Cycles Credit
Third Prize is a $250.00 J&P Cycles Credit.

Even when parked and silent, a Knucklehead Bobber grabs your attention. Stripped of a front fender, the springer fork gets more dramatic, the polished and chromed out motor is front and center. The tanks and top frame tube drive your eyes to the fat rear wheel and fender. Just as in Class C racing, less is more and this is about what a 45 inch WR for dirt track racing would look like, only street legal and a little flashier.

With a couple of prime kicks through the Linkert carb, a third kick and it roars to life, settles to a lope, rumbles through the fishtail straight pipe.

This is a real 1946 Harley-Davidson FL motor, frame and forks, stripped down years ago. Tank trim, badges, even the air cleaner and mirror are period, NOS Harley-Davidson. The taillight, you may notice, is a real PK “limp dick” piece and the dash, dash lights and speedo are original 1946 Harley-Davidson.

Cadmium plated and Parkerized fasteners are styling counterpoints; flash against a subtle industrial finish, set off by just enough chrome plating.

?This Bobber, built over a decade ago, has been fettled, as the Brits say, and has logged 1300 miles by builder David Ohrt since its complete rebuild.

THE UNFORGIVEN IS ALIVE--The television drama 'Marked-The Unforgiven', based on the Amazon best seller “Marked” written by George Christie, former president of the Ventura Hell's Angels in California, will film one of its most emblematic episodes in the Plaza de Toros de Málaga on the day April 19 .

The production company wants to turn the La Malagueta bullring into the setting of a key part of the story , which represents the meeting between the protagonists of the series, members of the Marked-The Unforgiven motorcycle club and the leadership of a dangerous Mexican cartel.

“We are very excited to resume filming this series that is creating such a stir in the city. Especially after so many months on hiatus due to the pandemic. It's great to see that Spain, and in this case, Malaga, offers the possibility of continuing to work on this great project and helps make it possible ", stated Kristen Bitting, Showrunner for" Marked-The Unforgiven "

For her part, Laura Beltrán, head of communication, explains that all this would not have been possible without the help of the collaboration of the major entities of Malaga: “We are very grateful to the city of Malaga, without which this recording would not be possible. . Especially to Rocía de Uña, from the Málaga Film Office, and Virginia Quero, from the La Malagueta Cultural Center for granting us the possibility of contacting and specifying the details of the recording, and, of course, for making it possible ”.

THE ETHANOL WORD--The latest additive is ethanol, which — without getting into the political and environmental debates about its efficacy — is fine for use in fuel-injected vehicles that are run regularly and designed to use up to 10% ethanol (85% in flex-fuel vehicles).

On the other hand, ethanol-oxygenated fuel is not so great for any vehicles that sit between uses, and/or carbureted engines, like the one in your dirt bike or older motorcycle. Ethanol is alcohol, and alcohol is corrosive to certain parts in older fuel systems.

Alcohol is also “hygroscopic” and likes water, so when water gets into the fuel during a fill-up or from condensation, it can mix with the ethanol, creating a chemical combo that causes rust, corrosion, acids, and sticky varnish that wreak havoc in fuel systems, especially carburetors. Ethanol can even cause rubber parts and fuel lines to dry out, harden and deteriorate prematurely.

Alternatives are few — unless you’re lucky enough to have a fuel supplier or gas station near you that sells ethanol-free gasoline (see or, or you’re OK paying $15-$18 per gallon for ethanol-free gas in cans from a dealer (see, most of us are stuck buying gasoline oxygenated with 10% ethanol.

Read the whole story with Sam’s shots on Bikernet over the next couple of days.--Bandit

CALL TO ACTION (CTA) Support H.B. 150
Help support "Dead Red Light Bill" in Louisiana. Support HB-150 by contacting your Legislator NOW.

Are you tired of sitting helplessly at red lights that do not recognize motorcycles, mopeds, trimobiles, bicycles, or electric bikes? Smaller objects often do not have enough metal to trip vehicle-actuated controller systems, leaving those riders sitting at an endless traffic signal.

CALL TO ACTION (CTA) Support H.B. 150

If you support motorcycle safety and awareness, I urge you to contact your legislator and ask them to support the passage of HB 150, the Dead Red Bill. This law will allow you to proceed through an intersection controlled by a vehicle-actuated traffic-control signal under certain.


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NEWS FROM THE LOWBROW SHOP--Mounting a gas tank on a Shovelhead chopper

This is the 3rd installment in the Geared Science video series (check out part 1 here!) following Ian's 1981 Harley Shovelhead chopper build.
Follow along with Ian and see the process he uses to mount his motorcycle gas tank in the short, 4-minute video above.
We also broke the process down for you into 8 easy-to-follow steps, along with photos.

--Lowbrow Team

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I was wondering what you thought of this new research report. If sperm count falls so significantly by pollution then how would they account for Asia and Africa where there is plenty more pollution everywhere but no noticeable falling fertility rate. Of course, birth deformities would probably be more in those regions, yet not so much as to disable the next generation completely. --Wayfarer

Human penises are shrinking because of pollution, warns scientist

Dr Shanna Swan has found that chemicals called phthalates used in plastic manufacturing are causing human babies to be born with malformed genitals.

Phathalates mimic the hormone oestrogen and thus disrupt the natural production of hormones in the human body, which researchers have linked to interference in sexual development in infants and behaviours in adults.

The chemical has an industrial use in making plastics more flexible, but Dr Swan says it is being transmitted into toys and foods and subsequently harms human development.

She discovered that male human babies who had been exposed to the phthalates in the womb had a shorter anogenital distance - something that correlated with penile volume.

One study published in 2017 found that sperm levels among men in Western countries had dropped by more than 50% over the past four decades after examining 185 studies involving close to 45,000 healthy men.

Dr Swan believes that the rapidly decreasing fertility rate means that most men will be unable to produce viable sperm by 2045.


VETERANS ALERT--All Veterans, their spouses, caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccinations from VA, now!
All Veterans, their spouses and caregivers can get COVID-19 vaccinations from VA under the SAVE LIVES Act signed into law March 24.

Covered individuals can receive a vaccine from VA due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, including Veterans who are not eligible to enroll in VA health care.

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Front bars are made from 1 1/4-inch high-strength steel for long-lasting durability.
Replaceable Bonded Rubber Footrests provide traction and added comfort and traction in all climates.
Available in triple-chrome-plated or gloss black powder-coat finish.



"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." - Aldous Huxley

"Be contented with what you have but be discontented with what you are." - Swami Sivananda

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My vote # 3 on the logo.

Friday, March 26, 2021
Editor Response Thanks. We're getting there. We are crossing over the 25 year mark. It's time for an upgrade.
Mooneyes, O'Brien Truckers, Wirth Custom Auto, American Motor Factors, and more still offer custom lake pipe caps.

Friday, March 26, 2021
Editor Response Thanks.
The Pyrotech build is timeless to me. The workmanship and Imagineering are top-notch. I was wondering if Steve Nash is still in the business?

Friday, March 26, 2021
Editor Response Their site was still working.
I like #3 and 5 for the new logo

Bill Moore
Greensboro , NC
Friday, March 26, 2021
Editor Response Thanks. We're working on it. I want it to be clean, but maybe not too clean, if you know what I mean.

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