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I received a report from the NMA last Sunday.
I contained major concerns regarding Biden’s demand for 40-50 percent of manufactured autos to be electric by 2030.

I questioned the report, because he never mentioned Climate Doom. Here’s what I said: Why not one line about the most important controlling topic, Climate Doom. There are new books published weekly around false claims. Here’s the latest: Prominent Meteorologist & Hurricane Expert Bill Penky declares he is a climate skeptic – No evidence for ‘a supposed climate doomsday’ – Calls man-made climate fears ‘imaginary’ in new book

Here’s a study published last week: STUDY FINDS SUN—NOT CO2—May Be Behind Global Warming

New peer-reviewed paper finds evidence of systemic bias in UN IPCC's data selection to support climate-change narrative

The sun and not human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) may be the main cause of warmer temperatures in recent decades, according to a new study with findings that sharply contradict the conclusions of the United Nations (UN) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The peer-reviewed paper, produced by a team of almost two dozen scientists from around the world, concluded that previous studies did not adequately consider the role of solar energy in explaining increased temperatures.

--Epoch Times

If we don’t start pushing back and force questioning in the news, all your consumer rhetoric won’t mean a thing. They are saving the planet, step aside…


Here’s Gary’s Response: Emissions standards are directly connected to the NMA mission of protecting drivers' rights. Climate change is not. It is a topic that divides our membership, and even our board of directors. That makes sense because it polarizes the country, no, the world. If we take a position on climate change, we'll end up spending our waking hours debating that issue instead of concentrating on the issues most people joined the NMA for --- rational traffic laws (including speed limits), fair enforcement that meets our "innocent until proven guilty" system of justice, and curtailment of oppressive surveillance of road users, among other things.


Here’s what I wrote back: Interesting,

I understand your plight. Although your first line is wrong. Climate Change is the control knob behind all emissions standards. If we can’t question the source how can you question the results?

I appreciate all you guys are doing. Keep after it.

All the best,


Okay, so this begs for several questions. Is Gary being bullied by a portion of his membership or members of the board. What’s wrong with debate? What’s wrong with education and critical thinking. Don’t folks want to know what’s happening on both sides of the debate? Don’t folks want to know the facts? I think they do, and I think the bully world is going to get its ass kicked.

Let me know what you think.

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I was hanging out with Bandido Fred and some guys from the South Bay area of Los Angeles back in the late ‘70s. There was an opportunity for all of us to be extras on "Mask." I missed the stage call because I was up in Nor.Cal. like always. The story line is put a bunch of owner operator bikers on the back lot with a lot of beer and that is a real abstraction. This story line was relayed to me directly from Bandido Fred.

The boys were raising all kinds of Hell on the studio back lot. They were drag racing and doing who can do the longest wheelies. The director was pretty ticked off. They just don't understand, he told them . We don't do boredom. Bandido Fred told them. So, all that is what I was told. Distraction!

I believe so.



NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Multi-hyphenate global superstar Dennis Quaid will return to the road this fall and take his high energy show to such prestigious venues as Sony Hall in New York, N.Y., Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, Pa., The Sheldon in St. Louis, Mo. and many more during a 12-city jaunt. The tour kicks off in Frederick, Md. and concludes in Nashville, Tenn. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Audiences will experience the musicality and passion for playing live that have earned Quaid rave reviews. A riveting performer, Quaid captivates the audiences with engaging stories about his illustrious film career and stories behind the highly personal songs that will populate his forthcoming inspirational album set for release in 2022 via Gaither/Primary Wave.

During Quaid's lengthy shows, he covers some of his favorite songs from Jerry Lee Lewis as a tip of the hat to the "the Killer" who Quaid portrayed in the box office smash Great Balls of Fire!, displaying equal ease on the piano with rock 'n' roll classics as well as country standards with his acoustic guitar. Musically his shows encompass country and rock driven by his distinct vocals and anchored by his gift for telling compelling stories in his songwriting.

Though he loves writing, recording and making movies, the stage holds a special place in Quaid's heart, and for the last four decades, he’s toured extensively earning the acclaimed actor a reputation as a respected touring artist.

Oct. 30 Ausherman Theatre - Frederick, Md.
Oct. 31 Sellersville Theatre - Sellersville, Pa.
Nov. 1 Sony Hall - New York, N.Y.
Nov. 3 Daryl’s House - Pawling, N.Y.
Nov. 5 Jergel’s Rhythm Grille - Warrendale, Pa.
Nov. 6 Kent Stage - Kent, Ohio
Nov. 7 The Acorn - Three Oaks, Mich.
Nov. 10 City Winery - Chicago, Ill.
Nov. 11 Ludlow Garage - Cincinnati, Ohio
Nov. 12 Sheldon - St. Louis, Mo.
Nov. 13 Grand Theatre - Frankfort, Ky.
Nov. 15 City Winery - Nashville, Tenn.

GUN NUT ALERT--Please see your NRA's statement on the cancellation of the 2021 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, below:

FAIRFAX, Va. – Due to concern over the safety of our NRA family and community, we regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel the 2021 Annual Meeting & Exhibits. This cancellation applies to all events and meetings that were scheduled in Houston. We will provide future notification regarding a rescheduled date for the annual Meeting of Members.

We make this difficult decision after analyzing relevant data regarding COVID-19 in Harris County, Texas. We also consulted with medical professionals, local officials, major sponsors & exhibitors, and many NRA members before arriving at this decision.

The NRA Annual Meeting welcomes tens of thousands of people, and involves many events, meetings, and social gatherings. Among the highlights of our annual meeting are acres of exhibit space featuring the latest and greatest firearms, the display of countless accessories, and the offering of adventures and group gatherings that many travel hundreds, and some even thousands, of miles to experience. We realize that it would prove difficult, if not impossible, to offer the full guest experience that our NRA members deserve.

The NRA’s top priority is ensuring the health and well-being of our members, staff, sponsors, and supporters. We are mindful that NRA Annual Meeting patrons will return home to family, friends and co-workers from all over the country, so any impacts from the virus could have broader implications. Those are among the reasons why we decided to cancel our 2021 event.

We would like to thank our members, attendees, exhibitors, and staff for their understanding and support. We are grateful for the many contributions of the George R. Brown Convention Center, state and local officials, community organizers, area hotels, and countless event venues across Houston. We receive enormous support from Houston and the State of Texas – and we hope to return to the Bayou City for a full annual meeting experience.

The NRA looks forward to a Celebration of Freedom in Louisville in May 2022. In the meantime, we will support many other NRA local events and smaller gatherings – in a manner that is protective of our members and celebrates our Second Amendment freedom.

We wish continued health and safety to our entire NRA family.

Thank you for your understanding, and we hope to see you soon.

Yours in freedom,

Christian Ragosta

BIKERNET UNIVERSITY MOTORCYCLE HISTORY MUSEUM--Charles Metz was bullish on the potential of his DeDion-Bouton motor tricycle to transfer motor power from the track to the street. In 1899 he took his conviction a step further with the development of the unique Orient “Autogo;” one part runabout— one part tricycle.

It immediately became the Waltham Manufacturing Company’s flagship motor machine for recreation and touring on America’s roads. Charles Metz pulled out all the stops and launched the first large-scale commercial marketing campaign in the U.S. for a motor-powered vehicle other than an automobile. In fact, to contrast his Orient Autogo from the automobile, he referred to them as “motorcycles” in his 1900 sales catalog.

--Sam Burns
Official Historic Contributor™

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MIC Breakfast Meeting in D.C. Fuels Ideas and Passion

More than a dozen women in powersports gathered last week to discuss current industry efforts to help grow ridership and to share ideas on ways to inspire more women to ride.

The Women's Business Meeting Powered by the MIC was held during the in-person Women's Motorcycle Festival and Conference, hosted by Alisa Clickenger in Arlington, Virginia, right by the nation's capital.

"This was a great opportunity for women in the industry to exchange ideas with one another and to network," said Andria Yu, MIC director of media relations.

Yu gave a brief industry overview, sharing positive sales trends through the second quarter from the MIC Retail Sales Reporting System. She also talked about the MIC's Ride With Us Moto Intro, which gives non-riders their first motorcycling experience within 45 minutes.

Breeann Poland of Royal Enfield talked about the company's investment in women and flat track racing, and Sylvia Henderson of MindTeam Solutions, Inc., shared ways to develop leadership skills.

"I was really encouraged by the passion that everyone showed, and how excited everyone was about getting more women riding more," Yu said. "There were a lot of fantastic ideas about mentorship and coaching, and I look forward to seeing some of them come to life."


ARTICLE TITLE OF THE WEEK--these are probably people who have spent most of their lives saying muslims are nice.

--J.J. Solari


Five new eye-catching colors for INT 650 and Continental GT 650

It Royal Enfield North America today announced the launch of new color ways for its 2022 650 Twin motorcycles—the INT 650 twin and the Continental GT 650 Twin. Both models also received a host of aesthetic upgrades, including blacked-out rims and fenders, and black fork gaiters, adding a stylish flare to Royal Enfield’s modern classics.

The 2022 Royal Enfield INT 650 Twin is now available in two new Standard (single-tone) colors—Canyon Red and Ventura Blue—and two new Custom (dual-tone) colors—Downtown Drag, Sunset Strip—along with a new updated version of the chrome variant, the Mark 2.

The Mark 2 Chrome INT 650 is an ode to the original Interceptor 750, a throwback to the golden age of 1960’s California motorcycle culture. The INT 650 Twin retains the single-tone Orange Crush color and the timeless Baker Express dual-tone option that has been extremely popular.

The 2022 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 café racer has also been introduced in five new colors. Taking inspiration from the Continental GT of the 1960’s and calls from die-hard fans of this beloved model, Royal Enfield has reintroduced the Continental GT 650 Twin in its most celebrated Rocker Red Standard (single-tone) and has also introduced the motorcycle in the British Racing Green Standard color.

The 2022 Continental GT 650 is also available in two new Custom (dual-tone) color ways—Dux Deluxe and Ventura Storm—and has an updated version of the chrome variant in Mister Clean.

With seven color options on the 2022 INT 650 Twin, and five new colors on the 2022 Continental GT 650 Twin, both motorcycles will get a range of aesthetic updates as well to compliment the new color ways. Royal Enfield is proud to reveal blacked-out rims and fenders on additional color variants of the INT 650 Twin, adding to its classic appeal.

This update was introduced following the overwhelmingly positive response on the blacked-out rims that were previously only available on the dual-tone models. In addition to the rims and fenders, both model lines will come equipped with black fork gaiters.

Royal Enfield continues its focus on growing the middleweight segment with affordable, approachable and accessible products ideal for motorcyclists from beginner-level to seasoned riders. The 2022 models in INT 650 in Standard color ways will be available at $5,999. Custom color ways for $6,199 and the chrome variant Mark 2 models are available at $6,699. The Continental GT 650 in Standard color ways will be available at $6,199, Custom color ways are available for $6,499 and the chrome variant Mister Clean is available for $6,999.

2022 Royal Enfield North America Pricing
INT 650 Standard: $5,999.00
INT 650 Custom: $6,199.00
INT 650 Special (chrome): $6,699.00
Continental GT 650 Standard: $6,199.00
Continental GT 650 Custom: $6,499.00
Continental GT 650 Special (chrome): $6,999.00

The 2022 Royal Enfield INT 650 Twin and 2022 Royal Enfield Continental GT 650 Twin motorcycles will begin arriving at North American dealerships mid-September.

Friends, please put on a mask. It saves lives. Yesterday a friend of mine went out with his girlfriend and on the way he passed by his wife. His wife did not recognize him. The mask really saved his life.


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WORDS FROM THE BASE OF THE INSPIRATIONAL MOUNTAIN--Alphabet "O" from "Opportunity" is absent in Yesterday, available in Today and thrice in Tomorrow.

"When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there." - Zig Ziglar

"Life and Time are two global teachers. Life teaches us to make good use of time, while time teaches us the value of life."

"Patience is not simply the ability to wait - it's how we behave while we're waiting." - Joyce Meyer

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The "Walter" Documentary Wins a Telly Award

The Edge Ltd., the producer of the “Walter” documentary, is proud to announce that the “Walter” documentary trailer has won a Telly Silver Award in the 42nd annual competition.

The Telly Awards, founded in 1979, is a prestigious showcase of the best-produced media receiving over 12,000 entries from the US and 5 continents annually. Telly Award winners represent the most respected producers in the industry. James Cutting, executive producer of "Walter," is honored and thrilled with this Silver Telly and is confident that the "Walter" documentary will win additional accolades once it is released.

The Walter documentary will be premiering on September 2nd, 2021 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with additional showings through the Fall of 2021.

“Walter” Synopsis & Trailer
“Walter: The Missing Link - Discovery of a Centennial Motorcycle" is the story of the last-known Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Truck in existence, affectionately known as Walter.

This documentary chronicles the life and times of Walter the forecar from its early days of service on the streets of old Milwaukee, through many decades of desolation stored in a horse barn, and then decades of restoration to eventually become the most valuable service motorcycle in the world.

Along the way, the producer explores the history of three-wheeled motorcycles; the Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s development of commercial service and delivery motorcycles, and most importantly documents one man’s adventure in restoring a motorcycle that had been in his family for nearly a century.

Independent producer James Cutting considers the discovery of Walter to be the most extraordinary barn-find of our times.
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NEWS FROM THE LOWBROW CREW-- A couple of years ago I would have said NO WAY...

We are excited to share the news with you that we just broke ground on a big addition at Lowbrow Customs HQ!
We are doubling the size of our building, it should be done before the end of the year.

This means more space for creating, storing and shipping the highest quality, most innovative motorcycle parts in the world to you and all of our other supporters!

THANK YOU for your support. We are stoked to be able to do what we love, and we couldn't do it without you!


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Much is happening on the national stage in recent weeks that will have a tremendous impact on motorists for years to come. The laborious, and politically charged, process of negotiating two infrastructure bills has resulted in more than 4200 pages of legislation with plenty of anti-driving provisions contained within.

The other shockwave was caused by President Biden’s executive order to have automakers produce electric vehicles as 40 to 50 percent of their new car production by 2030. Media outlets wanted the motorists’ reaction to the Biden announcement so they contacted the NMA for a policy statement. This was our release to the national press:

NMA Statement on President Biden's Executive Order on Electric Vehicles
and Vehicle Standard Emissions

August 5, 2021

The National Motorists Association believes it's unrealistic to require 40 to 50 percent of all new vehicle sales to be zero-emissions electric by 2030. Currently, only 2.1 percent of the roughly 17 million vehicles sold each year in the U.S. are all-electric. In 2020, EV sales dropped by more than 3 percent from 2018. Not every car buyer is enthused by EVs. They will not answer the needs of many drivers who make long trips or who live in extreme climates.

Will the Biden Administration and subsequent presidents commit to technological advances over the next 15 to 20 years that will ease the concern of consumers who, to this point, are not risking their transportation needs to all-electric vehicles? Automakers may support the Biden goal, but sellers need buyers.

Concerns of climate change are the driving force behind the non-binding Biden executive order. Yet, concerns remain about the environmental impact of the lithium-ion batteries that currently power EVs. The cost-benefit effect on the environment of mining lithium in much greater quantities for the auto industry and what to do with the toxic waste from the disposal of used batteries needs further analysis.

An EV battery typically requires replacement every ten years, and today costs about $5,500. That is just one factor why U.S. consumers have not been very enthusiastic about buying EVs.

The 50 percent goal, even with the backing of major automakers, will require significant advances in technology and a selling job to the general public that the benefits of switching to EVs over the next 20 years outweigh the costs to them, to the economy, and the environment.

Those technological advances should also be applied to internal combustion engine designs. Set emission standards that are consistent across the country and that make sense. Produce vehicles, whether EV or ICE-powered, that meet those requirements and then let car buyers decide which option is best for their needs.


As of this writing, the wrangling over infrastructure priorities and spending continues between Republicans and Democrats. There is little reason to believe much will have changed by the time you read this.

In concert with the NMA’s government relations representative in Washington, the NMA is sending out a series of personalized, single-issue emails to the top aides of each congressperson who sits on either the Senate or House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. We must get their attention on the key items in the infrastructure packages that will affect motorists adversely for years, if not generations, to come.


BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Regarding your closing comments on the leftist elite wanting to live in Disneyworld without seeing the dirty, nasty, unpleasant, depressing work and workers which makes that world go round. Been an observation on human society since first brought to the fore by Fritz Lang in the film Metropolis.

The elites depend on yet despise the blue collar class and as you point out, truckers are key to making their and our world go round while they are the most put upon segment of the underclass. I know. I was one after retiring from the military, until heart problems forced me out of the truck.

Ever increasing mandates, more and more restrictive rules, parking restrictions, ever increasing traffic, actively unfriendly motorists, governments using truckers as cash cows... Little wonder there's a driver shortage, because who wants to put up with the ever increasing BS forced upon them?

You're right about a trucker's strike teaching a national lesson. That's a continuous item of discussion in the trucking community. And I'm certain that one day it will happen organically out of frustration of not being able to do the job due to idiotic rules impeding them while pressure to get things done constantly increases.

Maybe sooner than many think given how quickly things are unwinding under Covid Joe and friends.

It's inevitable that there will come the straw that breaks the camel's back in the form of more restrictions or mandates that cause the truckers to say "No more." One week of no trucks moving and everything Covid madness has done to kill the national economy will look like a walk in the park.

Keep your pantry well stocked and your gas tanks full, because that's going to be the big hit to our modern life if the trucks stop rolling.

--Vern Moore
Kingsley, PA

NEWS FROM THE BIKERNET BLOG EDITOR--If you ever feel useless, just remember that the US Government had to use 4 Presidents, thousands of deaths, trillions of dollars and 20 years to replace Taliban with Taliban in Afghanistan.

Motivation for the day:
"Every dead body on Mt.Everest was once a highly motivated person. So, maybe, calm down."

Workplace Motivation:
1. If you don't like your job, take a home loan. You will start loving it.
2. Take another loan and you will start loving your boss as well.
3. Get married. You will start loving long hours at the office.

"Existence is a scam made up by philosophers to sell more philosophy."

Value of Friends:
A Doctor friend from a local club was chatting at a party with another close friend who is a professional Accountant.

The doctor asked, "How do I manage this delicate issue when people even at a party like this ask me about their joint pains and heartburn and gas trouble. Just because I am a doctor.... not fair!"

The accountant friend replied coolly, "Just tell them the right things politely but send them a bill from your clinic the next morning... only once! Word will soon get around and it will stop immediately!"

"Wow! Thanks for the tip," said the doctor.

Next morning, the doctor got a bill from his accountant friend, "Consulting charges for Business Development."

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So does this mean Easyriders may pay up? Should I hold my breath?

About trucking, did it most of fifty years, and at 68 I got out. Too much paper work, tattletails, tracked from space and rules of service that seemed too change daily.

I do not miss it, but on a recent trip to TN seeing all of the 18 wheelers looking for a place too park before being out of hours, not good. I still have my class A cdl and a current health card, just in case I get hungry enough.

Alex Jemery
deland, FL
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Editor Response Easyriders has paid some, or maybe they will honor subs. Hang on. Truckers may be respected again, let's hope.

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