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THE FOSSIL FUEL DAY BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for April 22, 2021

Everything is Heating Up with News from Around the Globe

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Sam, Berry Green, Rogue, the Redhead, Gearhead, Laura, Jeremiah and the rest of the crew
4/22/2021


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Hey,

We are rapidly rolling into the final week in preparation for our move to the Badlands.
Don’t mind me if I don’t respond for a couple of days. The news should be cool next week, but the following week it will come from Deadwood.

This week I met with accountants, had a property walk-through. I’m waiting to hear from Haul Bikes and the final crates will arrive on Saturday. Today, maybe, if I have a minute I need to see a lady about a fork lift.

Okay, it’s Earth Day. Everyone should read this puppy: http://ecosense.me/ecosense-wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/CO2-Emissions.pdf

If this stimulates your desire to know more, read Patrick Moore’s book Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom. There are a bunch of books out now, but here’s another one: Inconvenient Facts by Gregory Writestone. I just finished it. It’s an easy read.



I had a conversation with a friend the other day. He commented on the absurd sense of it all. “Hell, it takes tons of fossil fuels to build solar farms. All the trucks to deliver them, the equipment, not to mention the construction of the panels.”

Smile, the earth is okay and thriving because of fossil fuels. Let’s hit the news.

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ANOTHER BIKE SHOW ALIVE AND WELL--Donnie Smith Bike Show

May 21-23, 2021

St. Paul, Minnesota

Saturday Evening Activity:

There will be a shuttle picking us up at the St.Paul Hotel for dinner followed by the Almost Cooper Show https://almostcooper.com/ at Route 47 http://route47pubngrub.com/

Shuttles will run throughout the evening. Times to be announced later.



HOTEL INFORMATION

Hamster headquarters will be at The St. Paul Hotel. Hamsters & friends please book under the block listed below.

IMPORTANT: If you have already booked your room, please let the hotel know that you are with the Hamster group. We will be using these numbers to arrange for transportation Saturday night. A big Hamster showing at the hotel will also give us leverage when we start planning for Donnie’s 80th birthday party next year.

Please visit the website at

www.saintpaulhotel.com

and then in the below fields enter the following:

https://reservations.saintpaulhotel.com/sph/availability.asp

Date range

Drop down for special codes-Group/Block

Code- 52121HAMD

Search

The guests can also call 800-292-9292 and ask for the Hamsters USA-Donnie Smith Bike Show







KNUCKLE BUSTER RINGS FROM JAPAN--
I received a package from Japan yesterday courtesy of Gonz (Roller).

Thank you Gonz!

Inside were these four Knucklehead Rocker Box rings from Mr. Uchiyama of Magical Design (who is also addicted to Knuckleheads)! What a Fantastic surprise! The detail and quality is unreal! Each pair contains a front and rear rocker box!

Thank you Mr. Uchiyama!

--Knucklebuster





LAND ACCESS--MIC Government Relations Office Fights Illegal Action to End OHV Use at Oceano Dunes

In the battle to keep the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area open, the MIC Government Relations Office submitted supplemental comments on Monday – opposing the California Coastal Commission's recent unilateral amendment of the site's coastal development permit, and its vote to end all OHV activity at the historic seaside location.

In the letter to California State Parks Director Armando Quintero, the MIC stated:

"The Coastal Commission's March special meeting circumvented the [public works plan] process. This violated state law and the required due process. If allowed, the Coastal Commission's unilateral amendment of ODSVRA Coastal Development Permit (CDP) will result in ODSVRA no longer being an SVRA within three years' time. The DPR should not accept the Coastal Commission's CDP as enforceable.

The Commission – a group of un-elected political appointees – lacks the authority to effectively overturn state law. The State Legislature created an SVRA at Oceano Dunes with the express intent of allowing off-highway vehicle recreation in the park."

Scott Schloegel, senior vice president at the MIC's GRO, also testified again last week before the CCC, in opposition to additional closures based on alleged dust issues.

--MIC





NEW FROM THE MASTER OF LIGHT--Artist David Uhl

David Uhl recently completed a new painting as part of research and study for his upcoming Sturgis commemorative for this year. This beautiful new piece measures 40 x 30, oil on linen.

Titled "Tatanka", an exclusive canvas print edition is now being made available. These are being offered for 24 hours only.

We will begin taking orders now, and will close the edition at this time tomorrow (regardless of how many are sold). Please read below for details.

"Tatanka"
David Uhl 2021

Each canvas print will be hand-signed by David Uhl, numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. Edition number preferences will be considered as orders are received.

Framed prices are below. You can also order them unframed (deductions dependent upon size - please inquire).

** Image size 24x18, $895 framed

** Image size 32x24, $1,295 framed

** Image size 40x30, $1,895 framed

** Image size 48x36, $2,895 framed

Shipping is additional.

The original (oil on linen), measuring 40 x 30, is also for sale. Priced at $15,000, this piece will make a stunning centerpiece in the right room. Serious inquiries only, please.

As always, thanks for your time and remember, this is a 24-hour only sale so please let me know by tomorrow morning if you'd like to add this piece to your collection.

Best regards,


--Greg Rhodes
International Sales Director
David Uhl Fine Art
Uhl Studios
303-913-4840





All Hands on Deck: NMA ALERT!

In Equity and Sustainability, NMA E-Newsletter #637, we noted the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) introduction of a proposed federal rule that would constitute the first major revision of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) since 2009. Major is putting it lightly, and lightly is not how we can afford to treat it.

The MUTCD is a dense 784-page document full of technical standards and guidance on topics like Regulatory Signs, Barricades, and Gates, Traffic Control Signal Features, and Control of Traffic Through Traffic Incident Management Areas. Not mesmerizing stuff unless you are a diehard traffic engineer, but critical to establishing the rules that keep our roads as safe as possible.

Last week we issued an email alert to all active members about one very important aspect of the FHWA’s proposed rule: how speed limits are determined. Whether you saw the alert or not, the issue at hand is so critical that it bears repeating the call to action. We have until May 14th — the open period during which the public can comment on the proposed rule — to discourage the FHWA from weakening the speed-limit standard. Specifically, the agency is bowing to pressure from anti-driving factions by recommending that it no longer be mandatory for traffic speed distribution data to be factored into the posted-speed analysis.

The NMA email alert, found here, was issued on April 13th. It called upon members to post comments on the Federal Register site — the link is provided near the bottom of the alert and repeated near the end of this newsletter — opposing the FHWA’s plan to strip away an essential layer of data analysis from the engineering of speed limits.

The urgency is still very much present. It was gratifying that within hours of the NMA alert, dozens of members posted their comments for the record. But that isn’t enough. As one non-member posted after he saw the flurry of opposition activity to the speed limit recommendation, “The most recent comments that have been submitted (minority) have shown support for the usage of the 85% speed in setting speed limits.”

Note the incidental use of “minority.” We must not rest until opposition comments constitute the majority of input. If you haven’t posted yet, take action now. Here are a few of the post-NMA alert comments added to the record:

The NMA will be submitting a detailed set of comments before the May 14th closing date. But without a continuing surge of responses like those above, the FHWA will most likely adopt the changes to the MUTCD. Here is the link to the public comment section of the docket for the FHWA’s proposed rule. Use it to add your comments.

Note: Look for another NMA email alert in the coming week about the proposed changes for stop sign postings. If the FHWA has its way, the number of stop signs may well increase exponentially in the coming years. Anyone want to bet that the automated enforcement industry is already champing at the bit to expand its stop-sign camera business?

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NEWS FROM THE TWISTED ROAD--A Week of Sturgis Motorcycle Ride Maps: Day 4


Wow! The Sturgis 2021 Rally is on the horizon. Just a few more months to plan your stay. If you are too far away to ride to Sturgis or you cannot trailer in, you better make your bike reservations soon because these are rides you do not want to miss. I plan on adding another 2,000 miles to my bike in Sturgis alone!

Riding the Sturgis Area in One Week (Series)
 
This is the fourth of six articles on how to experience 14 rides in one week, complete with Sturgis motorcycle ride maps. A little planning like this and you can create an extensive ride, even when you don't have a lot of time to take off. So let's make the most of it! Be sure to check my first, second, and third articles for other rides on Devil’s Tower, Nemo, Needles Highway, and more. Each Sturgis motorcycle ride map can be done in any order, and each ride article is designed for you to do it in one day.



Motorcycle Ride Map

On this day, we are going to travel through several national and state parks – all in one area. We will cross down through Custer State Park, down to Wind Cave National Park with a stop at the visitor center and then over to Jewel Cave National Monument. These are wonderful rides with sites specifically preserved for their uniqueness. The caves are a great chilled stop in the heat. If there is one place that should be on your bucket list to ride, it is the Custer State Park area. It is just one of the ways to see some of the beauty in the Black Hills National Forest.



Custer State Park – Wind Cave National Park – Jewel Cave National Monument
Approximately 2.5 hours, 117 miles, One Way

This map has a little interstate ride if your starting point is Sturgis or Rapid City.(Find a motorcycle to rent in Rapid City on Twisted Road here). The hours listed on this ride are one way so plan for the trip time back to your starting point. There will be lots of stops you will want to take along the way so plan that time into your schedule as well.

Once you are in the state park areas, there are very few gas options so fill up in Rapid City or Hermosa.


CUSTER STATE PARK
 
Custer State Park should be in your top rides, if nothing else to see the herds of wild buffalo. There is a wildlife loop within the park and, because I was on a bike, I thought it would be wise to pass up the loop and ride on. Clearly the buffalo do not follow any park sign recommendation on where you will see wildlife. A few miles past the loop and I ran into a huge herd (this photo is only the beginning).

The buffalo herd sighting was such an overwhelming experience, I am fairly sure tears welled up in my eyes. I wish it went without saying, but when you are in the park remember these are wild animals. Revving engines, getting off your bike and taking selfies, stopping to ask a buffalo a question should not be a part of your game plan. Take your time, ride slowly, and you may be fortunate enough to experience wildlife.

WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK
 
If you are a cave buff, this is a great ride for you. But even if you are not, this is a good place to take a break and enjoy the low cool temperatures inside. It's also nice because there are no fees to ride through and you can stop for short hikes around the park. Tickets for the cave portion are on a first come, first serve so if you do want to cool off, be sure to arrive earlier in the day so you don't delay your ride time.

Wind Cave is one of the world’s longest caves and they are still exploring it – so do not get lost. Legend has it that this cave is the breathing hole for the world, and is also the spot where bison and people first emerged. The cave is interesting because it also has an underground lake and a massive cave room. When you enter the Garden of Eden room, you will find a ceiling covered in shells.

JEWEL CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT
 
Right now, Jewel Cave has temporary closures due to construction but plans to be open during the early summer season. Be sure to check out their Facebook page before arriving so you know the status for your arrival. They are also closed Monday through Wednesday so opt for later in the week or the weekend to go. All the tours are guided so plan for the time it takes for any tour you want to take because you will not be able to go at your own pace. You can schedule the tours in advance which makes this a nice option that allows you to plan exact times around.

Again, this is a great place to stop and cool off. The cooler underground tours will be perfect with the right motorcycle gear. (Learn about some great gear options for him and her.)



GOLD PAN SALOON

If you need a watering hole and you have a little extra time. Get back on Highway 16 and ride about 15 minutes east to the Gold Pan Saloon. It is a little historical site of its own accord as Gold Pan Saloon is the oldest saloon in the Black Hills. They do not serve food (except prepackaged bags of chips), but it is a great place for photos and a friendly chat. I stopped here because I also cannot pass up seeing unique Americana – like the oldest, largest, or oddest.

Don't forget to check back next month for another Sturgis motorcycle ride map and insider tips.

--by Lucinda Belden
Twisted Road

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UPDATE: IDAHO BILL TO CREATE CUSTOM VEHICLE CLASSIFICATION SENT TO GOVERNOR--YOU MAY USE THE FOLLOWING POINTS IN YOUR MESSAGE:

H. 165 creates a specific registration class for custom vehicles, defined as a replica vehicle that is at least 30 years old and designed and manufactured to resemble a vehicle that would qualify for classic license plates.

H. 165 provides for custom vehicle license plates, requiring the display of a single rear-mounted plate.

H. 165 provides that a custom vehicle will be maintained for occasional transportation or exhibition in club activities, parades, tours, or other similar uses, but will not be operated for commercial or general, everyday transportation.

H. 165 allows additional specialty vehicles to be considered for a unique registration designation in addition to Classics, Old Timers or Street Rods.

H. 165 brings the state in line with other states seeking to reward automotive enthusiasts and expand opportunities for these prized vehicles to be enjoyed.

H. 165 recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States.

Overview: SAN-supported legislation (H. 165) has been introduced in Idaho to add a vehicle registration classification for custom vehicles. The bill defines a custom vehicle as a replica vehicle that is at least 30 years old and designed and manufactured to resemble a vehicle that would qualify for classic license plates. Current law only permits specialty designations for motor vehicles registered as a Classic, Old Timer or Street Rod. As with current specialty designations, a unique license plate would be created for custom vehicles and would allow the display of a single rear-mounted plate. The bill passed the legislature and has been sent to Governor Brad Little for final approval.

--SEMA





REPORT ON THE NEW HARLEY BOSS--
I read the remarks of the Harley CEO regarding his thoughts and feelings and concernings and disappointments and sadnesses regarding the European tariff on Harleys. He had the energy level of a panda.

If jockstrap Zeitzburger had any balls he woulda said, instead o' what he DID say, which had the fire and impact of an eel giving birth. He woulda said regarding the tariff, "Those European autoasphyxiators are too dainty for our mighty products anyway. You have to have at least the manliness of a rose petal to ride one of our machines, and there ain't anything in that pesthole.”

We spent most of our existence rescuing them from other losers that can get its legs around anything larger than a poof's penis. So, who gives a shit if they have Harleys on their continent anyway.

They'll all be riding camels in about ten years, the way things are going over there, and when the husk of Notre Dame is rebuilt into a mosque, showing up for ass-in-the-air time on a Harley instead of on the back of a ten-year-old boy would be frowned upon by their deity. So, fuck 'em."

--JJ Solari
Sensitivity Officer
Bikernet.com

PS. I'll try to be clearer: ceo's are not owners. ceo's are hybrid bureaucrat/ product-service public relations zombies. They have no real personal interest in whatever the product or service is. Unlike owners, they are people who come up through management ranks at speeds related to their abilities to backstab, undercut, and eradicate threats to their advancement combined with a gift for doubletalk and excuse-making.





Tucker Powersports Launches New Boating and PWC Product Line--New Collection Includes Broad Range of Products to Support Watercraft Owners Through Local Dealers

Tucker Powersports today announced the company's return to the personal watercraft (PWC) and boating business with an extensive catalog of accessories, parts and apparel for fans of watercraft and water sports. This marks a return to this segment after a fifteen-year hiatus.

"Nearly 1500 of our current customers sell watercraft in their dealerships," said Brad Turner, Tucker's VP of Sales. "Those dealers and their customers are demanding greater access to PWC accessories and gear, it's only natural that Tucker will have the products they need."

The new Tucker Water catalog features a range of products for watercraft owners. Wearables include life jackets, fishing shirts and shorts, gloves, aqua socks, boots and sunglasses. Replacement parts include marine-grade batteries, engine components like gaskets, filters, fuel pumps, regulators, starters, stators and bilge pumps and grips. There is a broad range of trailer parts and upgrades along with safety equipment, cleaners and waxes, anchors, lubricants and tools.

On the fun side, the lineup includes several inflatables, tow ropes and even a Tucker-quality, high-volume squirt gun. Brand names found in the 132-page catalog include Airhead, Gator Waders, West Marine, 100%, Yuasa, NGK, Motion Pro, K&N, ProTaper, Scott, Kenda, QuadBoss, Red Line, Maxima, Motul, and BikeMaster.

"This is an exciting and rapidly growing market segment," continued Turner. "We plan to expand this product line with more gear and more great brands. When a dealer needs products for on-road, off-road, two-wheels, four-wheels, e-bicycles, scooters or great gear for their watersports, Tucker will be there to help.”





HANG ON FOR NOTES from Richard Lindzen, a Harvard-educated American atmospheric physicist who has published more than 200 scientific papers and books. From 1983 until his retirement in 2013, he was Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Lindzen has criticized the scientific consensus about climate change and what he has called “climate alarmism.” Here are some quotations from Lindzen (italics added):

1. “What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world – that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison.”

2. “Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.”

3. “Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.”

4. “Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat’s dream. If you control carbon, you control life.” (MP: Of course, you also control people.)

5. “When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research.”

6. “The influence of mankind on climate is trivially true and numerically insignificant.”

7. “The public discourse on global warming has little in common with the standards of scientific discourse. Rather, it is part of political discourse where comments are made to secure the political base and frighten the opposition rather than to illuminate issues. In political discourse, information is to be ‘spun’ to reinforce pre-existing beliefs, and to discourage opposition.”

8. “Climate science has been targeted by a major political movement, environmentalism, as the focus of their efforts, wherein the natural disasters of the earth system, have come to be identified with man’s activities – engendering fear as well as an agenda for societal reform and control… This greatly facilitates any conscious effort to politicize science via influence in such bodies where a handful of individuals (often not even scientists) speak on behalf of organizations that include thousands of scientists and even enforce specific scientific positions and agendas.”




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QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--Another joke for Bikernet, courtesy of Lee Wimmer:

There was an old man and an old woman sitting around the living room.
The woman looks at the man and says...'hey you want to go upstairs and have sex?'

The old man thinks for a moment and reply’s .....'pick one I can't do both'.

You're welcome
--Lee Wimmer
 
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BIKERNET UNIVERSITY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT WORD OF THE DAY--longanimity
[ long-guh-nim-i-tee, lawng- ]
noun

patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance.

WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF LONGANIMITY?
 
Longanimity, “patient endurance of hardship or offense; forbearance,” comes via Middle English and Old French longanimite from Late Latin longanimitat-, the inflectional stem of the noun longanimitas “long-suffering, patience,” a derivative of the adjective longanimis, which is a compound of the adjective longus “long” and animus “spirit, soul, mind.”

Latin longanimis and longanimitas were coined by Christian Latin writers as calques or loan translations of Greek makróthymos (adjective) and makrothymía (noun) used in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible completed sometime between the 3rd and 1st centuries b.c. Longanimity entered English in the early 15th century.

HOW IS LONGANIMITY USED?
 
… if your disdain is my humiliation, I shall ill be able, albeit I am well furnished with longanimity, to suffer a grief that is not merely intense but protracted.

MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA (1547–1616), DON QUIXOTE, TRANSLATED BY JOHN RUTHERFORD, 2000

“there’s very little we can do about Thomas.” … “Then do very little,” she says in the voice of one whose longanimity foreshortens like shadows cast by the poplars amid the blaze of noon.

MURIEL SPARK, THE ABBESS OF CREWE, 1974

--Dictionary.com





WHEN VLs WERE POLICE BIKES--
I thought that this photo might be of interest to you. It's the California Highway Patrol inspection
from April 10, 1935.

--Harvey Tow





NEWS FROM THE TOWN OF BUFFALO CHIP--OOPS - We Screwed Up!

There was a typo in the last email.

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Graveyard of the bikes: China's failed share-cycle scheme.
Graveyard of the bikes: China's failed share-cycle scheme.



GREEN MOBILITY AND NEW POLLUTION--
The turquoise, blue and yellow bicycles, arranged in long lines, some piled on top of each other, bear the logos of the companies that dominate China's bike-sharing sector -- Hellobike, Didi and Meituan. Relics of a shared bike mania that has overwhelmed China's cities now lie in open fields.

Low cost-shared bikes, which users can unlock using apps and park virtually anywhere, burst onto Chinese streets in the middle of the last decade with investors rushing to fund bike startups like the now-defunct Ofo and Mobike.

But the two-wheelers soon took over pavements and spilled over into bike lanes and streets, parked haphazardly by users who sometimes simply tossed the bikes into shrubbery, creating a headache for urban authorities and pedestrians.

Many bikes suffered damage or were stolen, while some were even repurposed into makeshift barricades when Covid-19 broke out last year.

The problem is a familiar one to cities around the world battling to round up stray bikes, from metro stations in Washington DC to the bottom of Melbourne's river.

Aerial photographs from the suburbs of Shenyang, Liaoning province, show a bicycle graveyard, one of many which began appearing as early as 2018 as tech start-up darling Ofo imploded, defaulting on debts as its users claimed back rental deposits.

Mountains of damaged bikes belonging to other companies have also been discarded rather than repaired, in contrast to the "green" image usually associated with urban cycling.

The bikes now jostle for space on Chinese streets with hordes of shared electronic scooters, which have also made their appearance elsewhere in the world including Paris and California.

Chinese cities have vowed to curb the chaotic fleets of bikes, with Beijing saying it will remove 44,000 bikes from the city centre this year in order to cap bike numbers at under 800,000, according to state media.

Source: Economic Times
https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/aftermarket/graveyard-of-the-bikes-chinas-failed-share-cycle-scheme-from-above/82184401


OPINION ON THIS NEWS--There are car and bike rental companies for many years - when you visit another city or nation it's useful.

But in those programs users can't just abandon it anywhere.

For such abandonment scheme to work these bike companies are employing thousands more bikes than required for travel within a city.

Lack of need for a driving license in many such electronic bikes also leads to more accidents.

Traditional car/bike rentals additionally check past license violations which further reduce possibility of accidents.

--Wayfarer
Bureau Chief
Bikernet News Desk
India







BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
J.J. Solari Goes to Hollywood, I forgot, he lives there...

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


Absolutely love his book "When Bikers Meet Humans" I have possibly the only Pen in butt Autographed books.

Amazing Person.

-- Jesus G Rodriguez
Penitas, TX


Click for more J.J. stories. Scary shit!
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The Government Seized This Innocent Man’s Car without Due Process--SCOTUS Won’t Hear the Case

Motorist Gerardo Serrano was stopped in September 2015 by Customs and Border Protection officers. They seized his brand-new F-250 truck after he would not give them his phone's password and they found five loose bullets (and no gun) inside his vehicle. The bullets were deemed "munitions of war."

Not only was Serrano never charged with a crime, the CBP never filed a formal forfeiture complaint. Serrano had to spend $3,800 to challenge his right to due process in federal court and after two years finally got his truck back. On Monday, SCOTUS declined to hear his case of wrongful seizure. Serrano said in a statement that he feels he is back in the Twilight Zone again.

@motorists #ReformCivilAssetForfeitureNOW! #DrivinginAmerica

 
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Hey. Can you post the correct Bikernet Weekly News for April 29? You posted last weeks again. Thanks!



Ken Cooley
Concord, NC
Friday, April 30, 2021
Editor Response Done. I fired myself again...
--Bandit
I don't think there are any originals left. I know that people at Easyriders Loved HAL for the person and Artist he was: above all, his works! If I had been an employee there, I would have scarfed up a few of these jewels for myself, then booked it out the door when no one was watching.

Ann Robinson
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Editor Response I'm sure a few did.
--Bandit
Have a safe move all. Your on the home stretch now!

Paul Reeves
Fair Oaks, CA
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Editor Response Thanks and I'm excited as hell.
--Bandit
Got rear ended bike week two blocks from home, pushed into my wife's custom Softail. Insurance co. totaled my dresser, bent up fender and bent handle bars,2007 too old to repair. I took my wife's bike back to Tn, where it was built for her by Custom Cycle in Union City. So other than that, a great bike week.

Still waiting for insurance money.

As for electric shit, where do they plan too find all of this juice to charge up these things? Maybe they should be talking more about the solution created by manufacturing and charging them. I am happy burning up fossil fuels.

Glad you have escaped from commifornia. enjoy the day.

A.J.
deland, FL
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Editor Response Thanks brother. According to some experts burning fossil fuels is saving the planet. We burn oil out of the ground, put it back in the atmosphere, so it can feed the plants, grow greener crops and go back into the earth.

Unfortunately, they are not thinking, just in a doomsday panic. I'm confident it will all get sorted out. Hang on and good luck with the bike fix. Keep her happy.
--Bandit

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