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THE HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for November 16, 2023

There's a Twist...

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Barry Green, the Redhead, Bob T., Laura, and the rest of the gang
11/16/2023


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Here’s an odd thing to ponder.
We’re being attacked from every direction. Your cars, motorcycles and way of life are under assault. The government is enticing people to invade our country and incentivizing them to bring fentanyl to kill our kids (100,000 a year). They are tearing our cities down and saying it’s a good thing to defund the cops. I could go on, but there’s a major positive side to this holiday story.

First the truth is surfacing and hoorah, we can still attend major football games. They are happening almost daily. We can party and ride to major motorcycle events. The holidays are coming and there’s no stopping them. We are going to enjoy Thanksgiving with a turkey cooked to perfection in a gas oven. Christmas ornaments, many made from petroleum based products are glowing on tall counters and display racks in stores all over the country. We can still light a fire in our fireplace. Hell, India will continue to warm their homes as the country increases coal production by 60 percent over the next few years.

So, what’s all this say about the future? We want the games to play next year. We want to ride our motorcycles to the Sturgis Rally in 2024 and watch Jelly Roll at the Buffalo Chip, and we want Ma to make a Thanksgiving turkey in her gas oven again. Next year we want the truth and will demand integrity from the government or die trying. Let’s hit the news.



"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid."
--Ronald Reagan

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REPAIR Act Passes First Hurdle in House Subcommittee--Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Innovation, Data, and Commerce passed H.R. 906, "Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act," via voice vote.

The subcommittee markup included reviewing 16 pieces of legislation to improve product safety, secure supply chains, bring consumer transparency on hidden fees, and protect consumers' right to repair their motor vehicles. The Energy & Commerce Committee will now consider the SEMA-supported REPAIR Act.

SEMA continues to advocate for the REPAIR Act to be amended in committee to expand the legislation to include our right to modify our motor vehicles.

--SEMA





4-SPEED HARLEY TRANSMISSION REBUILD—I haven’t been through an old 4-speed transmission in a long time but I’m digging in with the help of manuals and YouTube video, including this one from the Lowbrow team and Frank Kaisler, who I worked with for years R.I.P.

Transmission rebuild
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb9kMIYN-SY

Hang on for more reports.

--Bandit

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PROJECT BIKE OF THE WEEK--Thrive is a brand founded in 2013 by five people who were born and raised in the capital city of Indonesia, Jakarta.







They had been working together as a visual designer before they decided to manifest their idea into the customized motorcycle world.







The bike is known as the T 06 Kuzuri using a 2000 model XL 1200 engine.











--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor
Bikernet.com™

Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.







BUSTED FOR LOUD PIPES IN INDIA--

Well for the first time in life I had to pay a fine for loud pipe. The thump and "noise" of the short bottle-neck silencer on the old Enfield Bullet is no longer acceptable in modern times.

I tried to explain to them, it is an old model cast iron engine with right-side gear shift but they put the throttle to maximum, held it like that and declared -- it is too loud, unacceptable.

The traffic police will retain the silencer and they let me go with a INR.1,000 fine and warning. I will have to get a new silencer and ensure it is compliant with lawful decibel levels.

It was embarrassing to say the least, making me suffer it by the roadside in peak rush hour traffic, with grinning passerbys.

Wow-- this old lady of a bike is really making me regret riding her.

--Embarrassed Rider
I snatched 12 tickets for speeding in a signal year. I've been stopped hundreds of times and jailed twice. I was never embarrassed...
 
--Bandit 




VENICE VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB ACTION--

December 3rd, 2 Very Merry Moto Events!

FIRST - THE 10TH ANNUAL VVMC TOY DRIVE
Join us at Clutch Roadhouse @ 10AM for our daytime toy collection party! The event is free. All we ask is that you bring new, unwrapped toys for donation. We'll be raffling off some fun prizes donated by Biltwell.

SECOND - 2-WHEEED TOY RUN
From Clutch, we'll strap all the toys to our bikes. Departing from Clutch, we'll take a short ride through the LA Westside, ending at the Venice Beach Boardwalk (next to Muscle Beach). We'll join up with Santa, his helpers, and the LAPD Pacific Division.

DONATE
If you cannot attend the event, there is another way to give. You can Venmo your donation to @venice-vintage. 100% of the donations benefit the the LAPD Pacific Division Toy Drive.

Clutch
427 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Let’s Do It For The Kids!
Thank you all for your continued support!
See you there!
-VVMC





THOUGHTS FROM THE METALFLAKE TEMPLE--Today is a Gift, Don't Waste It

"Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people's thinking." – Steve Jobs

In recent weeks, many friends and associates have transitioned from this life. Life is here to be lived today, as we have no idea what is going to happen next. Emerson wisely wrote, "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year." Why not make today a great day?

As I age, I take more time to find things I am grateful for. I believe that when we are conscious of gratefulness, we enjoy life so much more. Every morning, I start my day by asking myself, "What was the best part of yesterday?" and then I write down five or more things that I am grateful for.

Some of the little gifts become incredibly precious. When I go on my walks and observe my surroundings, I am amazed by the artistry of nature. I feel blessed every time I receive a call from a friend or a family member. Just the fact that I woke up is a gift.

Today's affirmation: As I begin the gift of today, I pause to set my course and choose the kind of day I am going to have. I take time to smell the roses, to find things to be grateful for. I never lose an opportunity to see something beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. I make every moment count.

I refuse to give my power away to anyone or anything. I pause, I think, and I don't react; I respond. I am not too busy to find reasons to smile and share a smile with everyone I meet. I let go of judgment and look for the good in everyone. I Pray for Peace. I see Spirit in All.

Today, I live life with gratitude in my heart. Today is good.

And so it is.

Namaste.

--Dr. Yale
Master
Yale Custom Motorcycles

"Lovely days don't come to you; you should walk to them." -- Rumi

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THIS CAUSED A MAJOR FREEDOM PROBLEM--
2007 in the Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency case, when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5 to 4 ruling, gave the EPA authority to declare CO2 a dangerous pollutant. In 2009, the EPA did just that, paving the way for litigation.
 
Unfortunately, CO2 is not a pollutant. How did they do that?
 
--Bandit 

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DETAILS OF THE WEEK—









--Sam Burns
Detail Freak
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LEGENDARY GIFTS: BE THE FAVORITE GIVER THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON--

Gifts for Everyone on your List

This holiday season, surprise the special people in your life with gifts they will be excited to find under the tree. Whether it is custom bike parts, the latest riding gear, or their dream bike, make this year unforgettable with Harley-Davidson, there is something for everyone.



STOCKING STUFFERS

Stylish and comfortable, this essential 3-pack Sock Box Set features UltraDri™ moisture wicking material, cushioned soles, reinforced heel and toe and embedded arch support to reduce foot fatigue. For her, treat her hands to warmth on and off the bike with the Women’s Helm Leather Work Gloves. These gloves are built from a supple cut of goatskin leather with rider-friendly features like pre-curved fingers, padded palms and are touchscreen compatible. Or to cover all your bases with any rider, gift the ideal traveling companion, the All-in-One Folding Tool. This compact folding tool is equipped to perform the basic "on-the-road" service functions on most late-model Harley-Davidson® motorcycles.



TOP GIFTS FOR KIDS

Shower the new baby in your life with this unisex Creeper and Beanie. Or for someone with pedal power, you will be the favorite gifting this Fisher Price Harley-Davidson® Trike. Bigger kids will love the Hooded Sweatshirt that they will wear with pride.



TOP GIFTS FOR HIM & HER

Defined by the heritage and authenticity of Harley-Davidson, the unique and distinct lifestyle apparel lines offer a multitude of options to find the right fit for everyone on your list. Flannels and plaid shirts can keep them warm and toasty this holiday season while also adding flair for men and women. For those looking to give a more luxurious present, the Potomoc Leather Biker Jacket for women and men is the way to go.

TOP GIFTS FOR ANY MOTORCYCLE RIDER

A must-have travel companion, the Compact Air Compressor is an all-in-one pump that plugs into your bike's battery charging harness and features a built-in 0-160psi pressure gauge and bright LED work light. A smart pair to that would be the Booster Portable Battery Pack. This lightweight, compact lithium powered battery pack is ready and waiting to jolt batteries back to life and is small enough to fit in a saddlebag or backpack. In the garage, give the gift of time with the HOG Blaster. This powerful dryer blows a stream of warm, dry, filtered air at 18,000 feet/minute, allowing drying time to be cut by up to 75 percent. Between rides the Premium Indoor Motorcycle Cover protects a bike from dust while its breathable luxuriously soft microfiber helps minimize corrosion during short- or long-term storage.

LEARN TO RIDE

There is always one person on your list who already has everything under the sun. Instead of stressing out to find the perfect tangible item this year, give an adventurous experience they will remember for years to come. The Harley-Davidson® Riding Academy New Rider Course is a unique option that will have the thrill seeker in your life learn the skills to ride with confidence in just one weekend. Offered at select Harley-Davidson® dealers across the U.S., the New Rider Course provides you with expert guidance from Harley-Davidson certified coaches. Send a digital gift card via email or ship a plastic card with flexible delivery options. It is a gift that keeps on giving—endless miles, adventures and memories.

Harley-Davidson is kicking off the holiday season by celebrating two of its favorite things — Black and Friday. A Pre-Black Friday sale is happening now, and starting Wednesday, Nov. 22, save up to 35 percent off and get a head start on all your wish lists with special Black Friday limited-time prices. Shop h-d.com/BlackFriday or in authorized dealerships. Then the deals continue with some of our most popular selections on sale during Cyber Monday and all during Cyber Week.

For more gift-giving inspiration, find the full guide online or in an authorized Harley-Davidson dealership near you.





CHIX at the Crossroads Opens Event Registrations--

Ride Applications Open Early!

November 15, 2023—Let’s get this show on the road! The Riveter Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America is now accepting applications for the Chix at the Crossroads event to be held June 15-June 28, 2024. Space on this ride is limited, so if you are excited about participating, and ready to sign up, please apply now! If you are one of the 50 women to secure a spot, the organizers will contact you with details by February 15, 2024.

The Chix at the Crossroads event blends the riders’ passion for motorcycles with a passion for music, which will be explored experientially throughout the entire route. And like our 2022 ride, Chix on 66, this event represents classic Americana, while offering a different perspective of our country’s heritage.



Chix at the Crossroads is a women’s motorcycle journey that begins in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, at the Wheels Through Time Museum, and covers approximately 1,200 miles through North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi and ending in Memphis, Tennessee. Throughout the route, riders will be steeped in the history of American music, deepening our appreciation for the pioneering spirit of the early self-expressionists that span many musical genres.



To apply for the ride, go to www.riveterchapter.com and just click on the Chix at the Crossroads logo.

You must be a current member of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA).

To join the AMCA and the Riveter Chapter, go to www.riveterchapter.com/membership. And we invite you to browse through the entire website which features a wealth of information about the event.

If you still need further information, contact Riveter Chapter President Karan Andrea at atomic@riveterchapter.com.

The Riveter Chapter is the first woman-focused chapter of the AMCA, with the mission of giving women motorcyclists an increased awareness of their own history, and an enhanced vision of their future in motorcycling.

www.riveterchapter.com/chixcrossroads
Facebook: @ChixVintageRiders
Instagram: @ChixVintageRiders





RECENT 100-WORD FICTION CONTEST WINNER REPLIES--

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 an experimental treatment, she got the last spot that they were holding for he 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).

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.

--Steven Sanner



NEWS FROM THE CAPITAL OF KLOCK--Ignite Your Journey with Vibrant Style!

The wait is over, the Kolor Flare™ Windshields for Indian Challenger and Pursuit riders are here! These windshields don't just shield you from the elements; they're your new refined style guide.



Kolor
A range of kolorful hues allowing riders to choose a windshield that matches or enhances the look of their bike.



Ice
A clear or translucent element with a fluorescent edge. This adds an eye-catching visual effect, especially in certain lighting conditions.





NEWS FROM THE MIC--November 15, 2023 - All Street-Legal Bikes Must Have ABS?

Institutes Want Mandatory On-Highway ABS

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute want the U.S. government to mandate anti-lock brakes on all new on-highway motorcycles and have filed a second petition with federal regulators.

In a joint news release this week, the groups stated that the "benefits translate to all types of on-road motorcycles, from cruisers to supersport bikes," while also writing that "No technology can prevent every crash or fatality, and even with a government mandate it will be years before every motorcycle on the road is equipped with ABS."

The IIHS and HLDI also acknowledged that there would be challenges adopting ABS regulations.

"One possible concern is that ABS can worsen handling issues on gravel and other loose surfaces, but this weakness can be addressed in the rulemaking phase of regulation. An off switch could be allowed or required so that riders could disable ABS when riding on loose surfaces, for instance. An indicator light could also be required to remind riders to turn ABS back on when rejoining a paved roadway."

--MIC



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Your detail freak piece was great. I know Scotty D. at Junior Handmade. He is a very talented person. His stuff out of that shop is amazing.

Mike Gosson
Cle Elum, WA
Sunday, November 19, 2023
Editor Response Thanks, that puppy is beautiful!
--Bandit
What kind of nation do we have? The so-called vp tells protesters to desecrate the flag we served under.

I felt it was gone when I got off then plane coming home, home was gone. Now I see how far it went. My peace now is what it was then, fire up the Pan and go for a ride. I feel that we need to take back of the country we had when I left in '64.

A.J.
geland, FL
Friday, November 17, 2023
Editor Response The truth will surface and we will take the country back in '24. Hang on!
--Bandit

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