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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Laura, Bob T., El Waggs, the Redhead, Greg Wrightstone, Kirk Willard, Bob Kay, J.J. Solari and the rest of the gang

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The motorcycle industry has a problem
, but it also has the solution—if the family sticks together. We are under attack, but we also have a family of supporters lead by the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, which is now joined by NCOM, NCOCs, and the new IMA. Hell, maybe SEMA will step up.


I could give a tiny bit of credit to the Bikernet team, but you can help by joining the MRF or the IMA family quick. Just join and get your family of riders to join so we can help these guys do the tough work in Washington and in your state legislatures.

Let’s hit the news and you will learn more:

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Check the Iron Trader out.

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

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BREAKING SEMA NEWS-- U.S. House Subcommittee Passes REPAIR Act
Encourage your lawmakers to support the REPAIR Act:

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce passed H.R. 906, the REPAIR Act (Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair).

The SEMA-supported REPAIR Act is critical to protecting our ability to choose where our vehicles are serviced and do the work ourselves. The bill can now be considered by the Energy & Commerce Committee. SEMA is advocating for the committee to expand the REPAIR Act to protect our right to modify, and we need your help!

The REPAIR Act is a bipartisan bill that would ensure aftermarket parts businesses have access to the information and tools needed to produce and install parts that are used to maintain the cars, trucks, and SUVs we love. SEMA supports expanding the legislation to protect our right to modify. We are seeking changes to the bill to:

• Prevent vehicle manufacturers from employing any technological, legal, or cryptographic barriers that impede the ability of an aftermarket parts manufacturer or a vehicle repair facility to produce or install aftermarket parts and software that are custom or modify a vehicle.

• Amend the bill’s Cybersecurity provision to ensure that motor vehicle owners and their designees have access to cryptographic or technologically protected vehicle-generated data and safety-critical vehicle systems.

• Amend how the bill defines the term “critical repair information and tools” to include Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) recalibrations necessary to return a vehicle to operational specifications.

As automotive technology continues to evolve, automotive enthusiasts and aftermarket businesses need access to the tools and information needed to modify and repair vehicles. SEMA is committed to protecting your right to these basic freedoms, but we need your help NOW!

Don’t wait—ask your U.S. Representative to protect the right to modify and repair vehicles now.

Lawmakers Must Hear from You Right Away!

Use the SEMA website for an overview and lawmaker contact.






SERIES REVIEW OF THE WEEK--Shogun (February 2024) TV Series

Shogun is an upcoming American epic television series. It is based on the 1975 novel of the same name written by James Clavell. Shogun is announced to premiere on Hulu and FX. The novel was previously adapted into a 1980 television miniseries.

From Fox:
"Set in the 17th Century, the story is told from the perspective of British hero John Blackthorne, a sailor who rises from outsider to samurai, while being used as a pawn in Japanese leader Toranaga's struggle to reach the top of the ruling chain, or Shogun."

Shogun will follow 'a collision of two ambitious men from different worlds and a mysterious female Samurai.' Protagonist named John Blackthorne, is a risk-taking English sailor who ends up shipwrecked in Japan. Back then, Japan was a land whose unfamiliar culture ultimately redefines John. Another character named Lord Toranaga is a shrewd, powerful Daimyo (rank of 'Lord' in feudal Japan). Toranaga is at odds with his own dangerous, political rivals. Then there is Lady Mariko, a woman with invaluable skills but dishonorable family ties, who must prove her value and allegiance.

Principal photography for this TV series began on September 22, 2021, in Vancouver (Canada), and lasted until June 30, 2022, a full two months over the expected timeframe. The 10-episode limited series is produced by FX Productions.

Check out the official trailer released last weekend.


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BUFFALO CHIP ANNOUNCEMENT COMING--First 2024 Sturgis Rally Band Announcement Coming
November 9

(And it's a Biggie)
Over the past month, you've been telling us who you'd like to see on social media…

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Hang on. I’m waiting by the phone to get the news. I have it, and it will be posted momentarily on the Bikernet Blog.


NEW FROM FEULING—No more head breathers.

We are still digging into our 121 CVO VVT. This week we tackled the new breather system, and with the cylinder heads removed we got an up close look at the new pistons and more!
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During the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) Meeting of the Minds this September several times I highlighted our partnerships with others motorcycling organizations and entities with an interest in motorcyclists’ rights and in protecting our way of life. It has taken years of good work by many to get to this point of having for the most part a united front, this has been an oft stated goal of the MRF since 2006.

It was over the top encouraging to see the room full of State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations (SMRO’s) who have strongly supported the MRF since the beginning and throughout our 39+ years in existence. Also in attendance were multiple Sustaining motorcycle clubs’ members representing themselves along with various Coalitions, Confederations, Alliances etc. that have significantly grown in involvement and influence in their legislative work with the MRF.

When tallying organizations’, we saw leadership from the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), the National Council of Independent Riders (COIR), the Motorcycling Profiling Project (MPP), the Specialty Equipment Marketing Association (SEMA), and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

Importantly, we had two Founders of the newly formed Independent Motorcycle Aftermarket Network (IMA) participate in an epic general session informational panel about the very real risks to our lifestyle. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation has recently agreed to formally partner with the IMA and serve as their lobbying arm, their issues are our issues, so this is a great opportunity to involve another important segment in our community as we battle for our very existence.

When we look at the MRF’s 2024 Federal Legislative agenda you’ll see we are taking on the 40-year-old definition of a motorcycle, having an accessible fuel supply that our motorcycle engines require, preserving the choice of internal combustion engines, the Right to Repair and Right to Modify our motorcycles, the profiling of motorcyclists’, the genuine concern that Autonomous vehicles are a hazard to motorcyclists’, and establishing the Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC) that serves to educate federal organizations that oversee roadway design and related issues that affect motorcyclists’.

Plus, add the menacing impending additional EPA regulations, the California Air Resources Board draconian measures spreading to many other states.

Alex Epstein created this list of oily benefits.
Alex Epstein created this list of oily benefits.

Hang on for the end of life directives that the European motorcyclists rights organizations are fighting and that we in the United States have already been exposed in a program called “Cash for Clunkers”, fines being imposed on motorcycle parts manufacturers and those who install them.

Watch out for original equipment motorcycle manufacturers and their dealers no longer offering performance upgrades out of fear of suppression, the ramping up of fines, and negative publicity for their shareholders.

So, when I utter the words, this movement is now purpose built I mean it. It is going to take every single one of the groups and organizations mentioned above working closely together to survive the battle we’re in.

During the Meeting of the Minds, I repeated a quote from our Keynote speaker several times because it was so perfect. It came from the New Hampshire Speaker of the House, Sherman Packard.

Sherm said “We have to stay strong and united at this point in our history or we’ll have no future history.” Read this a few times, let it sink in, own it.

We must all dedicate ourselves and every organization we represent to remaining strong and united with the goal to keeping us free!

--Kirk Willard
President of the MRF


I was in Greece when Hamas did the terror-attack 7th of October.
In fact, I stayed at the hotel where the peace treaty was signed 1949 Rhodes….
No flights back to Tel Aviv.
Living in the center of this sick event

I am really Surprised how pro-Palestine the Universities and big cities are in the USA

Well did my fourth Rhodes visit last week
Turkey is flooding the town with 25 year old ATM immigrants only men With iPhone.....Praying in the parks, Muslims of course.

If I ever return to the US it will be in 2025, my 70th BD celebration.

I read your news every week. Love your stories from SD !!!

THE OLD SWEDE living on memories.

--The Sheriff
Sheriff World Wide Media Group

"Yep, many of our colleges are anti-American."--Bandit

WARNING, California Continues to be a National Security Risk for America--
Governor Newsom directives increase California’s dependency on foreign crude oil to support the State’s international and military airports, and shipping terminals.

Ronald Stein is an engineer, senior policy advisor on energy literacy for the Heartland Institute and CFACT, and co-author of the Pulitzer Prize nominated book “Clean Energy Exploitations.”

Historically, California has been successfully reducing in-state oil production over the decades and has increased crude oil imports from foreign countries from 5 percent in 1992 to more than 75 percent today to meet the California consumption demand.

Governor Gavin Newsom, by continually seeking further decreases of in-state oil production, Newsom’s emissions policies continue to force California, the 4th largest economy in the world, to be the only state in contiguous America that imports most of its crude oil feedstock to in-state refineries from foreign countries. That dependence, via maritime transportation from foreign nations for the state’s crude oil demands, has increased imported crude oil from 5 percent in 1992 to more than 75 percent today of total consumption.

California has more than 140 airports with huge fuel demands of more than 13 billion gallons of aviation fuel per year that includes these major airports:

9 International airports
41 Military airports

In addition, California has three of the largest shipping ports in America, with #1 Los Angeles. #2 Long Beach, and #7 Oakland. Ships arriving and departing from the shipping ports up and down the coast from San Diego to San Francisco require massive amounts of lower grade bunker fuels.

While California is pursuing the elimination of crude oil production, China has no intentions of abandoning its economic, military, or strategic ambitions – all of which rely on crude oil. Asia is the region with the greatest number of future petroleum refineries. As of 2021, there were 88 new facilities in planning or under construction in Asia.

The California Air Quality Management District (AQMD) policies have the potential to further reduce in-state refinery capacity, so the State can be more dependent on Asia for the fuels and petrochemical demands of the State.

Shockingly, Newsom has yet to inform the citizens of the State, and the citizens of America, as to how he expects the States’ airports, military, and shipping ports to continue operating without the fuels for planes and ships.

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The driveline came from a 1971 45-flathead servi-car. He's working out of his shop on the West side of Long Beach, CA, McQuiston's Custom Motorcycles. 

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I know this book has been out for a while but first chance I had to sit down and read it through.

You had sent along a copy of Salt Flat Motorcycle as a prize for the 100 word thing, Thank you.

I found it to be very good and in some-way put me, the reader, into the process. It condensed what I am sure was a very hectic and nerve wracking ordeal into a clear concise chronicle of what it took to get to the flats with that monster motorcycle.

What an adventure. Hats off to your crew and all those who helped and especially Valerie for her piloting skills.

Fun read!


"Thanks much,"--Bandit

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Seen you the other night on HULU. The production was American builders. You handled it like one of those big corporate managers. I know those guys can lie to you as straight faced as if he were telling the truth. The diff. between us and them is we got each others back.

Those guys have the H.R. reps covering up their lies. I liked the dancing red head touch. You know how to do a production ,I'll give you that one. TCOB

Torrance, CA
Friday, November 10, 2023
Editor Response I'm famous and didn't know it...
Thanks for selecting my 100 word count for best of the month again. Writing that helped me to accept that my wife of 39 years, 3 months, had succumbed to cancer after 2 years of fighting. We were together as a couple from October 1982 (Married in June 1984) till September 30 2023.

She tried making it till October but left 10 hours short of her goal. The doctors said she only had 6 months when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2021. She went through the operations, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for two months and was told it had not stopped the cancer.

She agreed to go through a experimental treatment, she got the last spot that they were holding for her in the study. The treatment included immune therapy, low dose chemo, and drug infusion (at home, which I administered after being trained on it). The treatment worked for a while, her hair even grew back and we were able to go on several vacations and closed on our dream farm, thinking the worst was over.

But, she got the news it had returned with a vengeance and spread to her liver and right lung (called and told me during Sturgis 2022 just after I left from meeting with Bandit at his new house) and she went through regular chemo again which seemed to hold it at bay until August this year, when the doctor said the cancer had spread rapidly.

She went under Hospice care at home. We did all we could to keep her comfortable for the four weeks until she passed, at home surrounded by our four offspring and myself. I held her hand and kept watch of her vital signs till there were none.

Steve “Rigger” Sanner
Brandywine, MD
Thursday, November 9, 2023
Editor Response As a family, you were brave until the end and never gave up hope. I can't say enough.

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