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I’m working with a producer in Los Angeles
who has pitched some of my stories and books. We haven’t had much luck because Hollywood has gone WOK and won’t allow certain films to be produced.

I joked to her that I was working on a story that would fry Hollywood. I mentioned that last week. If you check out the Climate Movie below and read the story, bada bing. We’ve smacked a lot of nails on the head.

Check it out. And check out the latest Climate Film, “There is no Climate Emergency. It’s a hoax.” It’s a strange conundrum. The kids who support the hoax are lost. They are anti-oil and anti-establishment, but their program would end up with an anti-freedom dictatorship.

Anyway, check it out. And if Bikernet blinks once in a while, we’re rebuilding the entire site on a Wordpress platform. Hang on…

Let’s hit the news:

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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Last week, Clintel organized the Dutch premiere of Climate: The Movie (The Cold Truth) in the Figi Theatre in Zeist, The Netherlands. Podcaster Tom Nelson, the producer of the movie, was present. It was a wonderful evening in a fully packed (570 people) theatre (see picture above).

This week the film has been released globally and you can watch it for free. The official website is


Featuring Three U.S. Races and First-Ever Invitation for Three Top Performers from YZ65, YZ85 and YZ125 Classes to Represent Team USA at YZ bLU cRU SuperFinale in Europe

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has launched its 2024 bLU cRU Invitational series featuring three exclusive motocross racing events in the U.S., followed by a first-ever opportunity for three talented riders to represent Team USA in the YZ bLU cRU SuperFinale in Europe.

bLU cRU Invitational Race Series
Highlighting the bLU cRU program expansion for 2024 is a three-race “bLU cRU Invitational” series that spans the United States. These Yamaha-exclusive races allow owners to enjoy a family-friendly weekend of racing that includes a three-moto format, followed by fun family activities, prizes, exclusive gifts and special guests. Racers who achieve a podium finish in their class will earn an exclusive trophy at the end of the weekend.

This year’s three bLU cRU Invitational events are open to all skill levels ages 4 to 60+ and include:
  • May 17-19: Glen Helen Raceway; San Bernardino, CA
  • June 21-23: Washougal MX Park; Washougal, WA
  • July 12-14: Budds Creek Motocross Park; Mechanicsville, MD
Yamaha YZ bLU cRU SuperFinale in Europe
New to the bLU cRU Invitational series is an incredible and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for three youth racers to compete in Europe at Yamaha’s annual SuperFinale event.

This year, the race will take place during the Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in the United Kingdom. Chosen youth racers will be hosted by Yamaha for the week-long experience designed to make them “feel like a factory racer” where they will race a GYT-R kitted, Yamaha-prepared motorcycle as well as receive exclusive Alpinestars gear, along with more perks to make this a lifelong memory of competing for worldwide recognition at an iconic track.

Yamaha’s Team USA will have the opportunity to take home top honors while competing with SuperFinale racers from Europe, Australia and Canada.

Classes eligible for the SuperFinale include:
  • YZ125cc: 13 to 16-years-old
  • YZ85cc: 11 to 13-years-old
  • YZ65cc: 8 to 11-years-old
To be selected, racers first need to compete in at least one of the three U.S. bLU cRU Invitational events, place in a qualifying top three position or be selected by Yamaha as a wild card entry. Next, qualifying riders will need to submit an application and resume to Yamaha. Final selections will be made by a panel of qualified industry judges.

Register for bLU cRU
To kickstart the 2024 racing season, all new and existing bLU cRU members must register on the new bLU cRU website,, regardless of past registration.

Stay updated on all bLU cRU program developments by visiting the bLU cRU website, following @bLUcRUofficial on social media, and keeping an eye out for email updates.

The sunset from the museum as we wrapped up the board meeting on Tuesday.
The sunset from the museum as we wrapped up the board meeting on Tuesday.


Exciting news. We’ve expanded the board once more. Marilyn Stemp has come on board from Iron Buffalo Chip. and a long history with the industry to start our fund raising committee and assist me with the marketing side.

Woody, the boss of the magnificent Chip approved of Marilyn coming on board.
Woody, the boss of the magnificent Chip approved of Marilyn coming on board.

Steve Piehl formerly from Harley-Davidson communications arm is now a non-voting member because we also pay him to be our PR arm. He’s also a member of my marketing committee.

Steve’s next press release will cover Scott Jacobs cover painting for the Sturgis Magazine. The annual magazine is growing and changing this year with resourceful content more pages and terrific history pieces.

Everyone seems to like our first concept drawing. We're looking at a 5-year plan for museum expansion.
Everyone seems to like our first concept drawing. We're looking at a 5-year plan for museum expansion.

We shared our first Daniel James museum expansion concept drawing with the board and all were very excited. Two more detailed versions to come in the near future. This one shows a skywalk over Junction Avenue, which would lead to the historic 1936 built auditorium. We might be able to use it for training in the future.

We met with Angela, the new Mayor of Sturgis this week and covered a bunch of helpful topics. We will start attending city council meetings in the next two weeks to enhance our communications with the city. There’s way more to report on regarding our meeting with the new mayor who is a gaming enforcement officer out of Spearfish. But I’ll hold off until next week.

Here's the new cover art from Scott Jacobs.
Here's the new cover art from Scott Jacobs.

Scott Jacobs will unveil a new flat track champions painting featuring to two number one plate winners Meese and Jarred during the rally at the Museum. The two champs will attend the ride from Scott’s Gallery in Deadwood to the Museum to sign posters.

Gonna be a helluva year!

If you plan to attend the rally, don’t miss the Museum and the Hall of Fame Breakfast. It might be sold out.

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LE PERA SEAT OF THE WEEK--Le Pera 'Tailwhip UpFront'

Internationally recognized 'boutique' motorcycle seats designer Le Pera's 'Tailwhip UpFront' for 2008 - 2023 (except 2023 and up VVT engine CVO models) is described as "taking the KickFlip one step further."

An established top-seller and genuine Le Pera original concept, the whipped-up tail of the 'KickFlip' combines more passenger comfort with a platform that allows riders to "explore their adventurous side.".

However, the new 'UpFront' gives the driver more ease to reach the handlebars with 6.75" of back support and a generous 11.75" wide seating area - wide enough for comfort, but still a narrow enough profile to be stylish.

The real 'bump' in the new design though is that it moves the driver a full 2" closer to the handlebars.

Available in Double Diamond, Pleated or Basket Weave, features include a durable, black Biker Tec cover with bonded polyester thread for durability, molded Marathon Foam, a 16-gauge powder- coated steel baseplate with carpeted seat bottom and countless custom colors and options.

Le Pera celebrated its 50th anniversary as the market's design leader last year and the still family-owned manufacturer still handcrafts all its seats in-house at its North Hollywood, California headquarters.




We are two weeks into the Recruit A Warrior Challenge and so many of you have already helped grow our ranks by sharing your recruitment links — thank you so much!

If you haven’t participated yet, now is the perfect time to share your personalized recruitment link with the veterans in your life.

For every new member you recruit by April 30, you’ll be entered into our drawing for a chance to win $1,000! Plus, you’ll also collect recruitment points to be traded in for gear and other rewards.


DAV Member Name: Keith Ball
Suggested Action: Recruit Now!

Your Recruitment Link:

I don’t care about the prize, but I do care about every veteran out there. The DAV can help you with your medical benefits. They can help you with your disability status. They can help you with training, finding a job, etc.

You may be depressed and hate the government for your wartime experience, but the DAV can help and maybe even change your life for the better. Give them a shot.



Nothing that comes out of Washington is the truth. In order to know what American bureaucrats REALLY want to accomplish when they declare a new tyranny…you have to be me. Which no one is.

Only I am me. You are not me. So you don’t know what I know. One of the things I know is why the government wants to ban Tik-Tok. You’re being TOLD it’s to save your “personal data” from China. Trust me, at this point the Chinese not only know more about you than you know about yourself, they know more than everyone about everything. They’ve decided to come out from behind their Great Wall and take over.

Remember, they created gunpowder and paper: both the sword AND the pen. So to speak. However they PROBABLY don’t have social media. So if anything China would be just as interested as Biden in banning it from Americans.

Americans-with-intelligence are so rapidly discovering they are not alone in America that they are finding each other. This scares all bureaucrats but especially Lib ones, or I should say Marxist ones. ‘Cause they’re the same thing.

When government wants to ban something they have to lie about the reason. The REAL reason is always “I can keep my job a little bit longer if I ban this or at least claim to want to ban it.” The reason they give YOU is “to keep you safe from harm.” Government’s JOB is to harm people. That’s why it’s littered with sociopaths.

But the Tik-Tok ban is a little bigger than just threatening bureaucrat individuals. Tik-Tok, et cetera, is threatening the concept of “nations.”

Every government employee on earth will realize, if they haven’t already, some of them are already realizing it. Joe Biden and Co being very high on the list, they are coming very slowly to realize that Tik-Tok and every other social media entity for the first time in human history is on its way to making all governments on earth irrelevant.

This is what is called “a revolution.” What is NORMALLY called a revolution in Politi-speak is forced takeover via tanks. That’s not a revolution that’s “forced takeover via tanks.” Alternating current is a revolution. The jet engine is a revolution. The cotton gin is a revolution. Archimedes’ Principle is a revolution. E=MC2 is a revolution. The fucking ringer-washing machine was a revolution.

Nothing on that list was created by a bureaucrat. Armed-takeover via tanks and machineguns is not a revolution. Armed takeover via tanks and machinegun is warfare. There is nothing revolutionary about warfare. It’s the oldest most useless, least productive, least “keeping everyone safe” thing in human history.

However everyone on earth having the instantaneous, no-postage-required, capacity to speak personally and immediately to everyone else on earth? That’s revolutionary. That’s called The Real One World Government.

Now the LAST thing I want to sound like is a Kent State commie hippie All Power To The People imbecile. However social media entities are ON THEIR WAY to making governments and nations and countries and democracies and republics and oligarchies whatever they fuck THEY are, and kingdoms and empires and senators and constitutions and every tax-supported load of crap on earth….extinct.

For the simple reason that “the people” - you’ve all heard that expression and are convinced it is sacred so I’ll just go along with that - the “people,” meaning Tik-Tok and Fuckbook and X and Instagram and all those things people go-to to complain about shit……we don’t need “representatives” anymore.

We don’t need someone to talk FOR us. We can all now fucking talk to each other individually with everyone, person-to-person, on earth. “We the people” are now actually we the people and not just three words on a preamble that in fact only refer to the people who agreed to the preamble.

We the people can now interact. And because MOST people are sane and sensible…. over a period of time all these sensible people are going to realize….THEY’RE the ones actually running things and that libs and commies and bureaucrats and the journalists who do their damndest to keep libs and commies and bureaucrats in power…are horrifically outnumbered, and that if it comes to an actual fracas…..they’re gonna lose.

They live by deceiving the - apparently very gullible and very trusting - people who can easily overrun them and kick their asses back into Hell where they came from.

THAT’S why Biden is assuring his shitass army of imbeciles that he will sign any bill that comes his way that removes a social-interaction entity from American shores. For once he’s not lying about what he will do.

And there you have it! Now you’re as smart as me! Till next time!!

--J.J. Solari

HERTZ CEO STEPS DOWN-- After Catastrophic EV Losses

Buy Electric, lose your job?

CEO steps down after being hit with expensive EV repairs and low resale prices following purchase of 100,000 Teslas

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. is replacing its chief executive officer in the wake of a disastrous bet on electric vehicles that the company began unwinding in recent months.

Stephen Scherr, who ran Hertz for just over two years after three decades at Goldman SachsGroup Inc., has decided to step down, the rental-car company said late Friday in a statement. It’s replacing him with Gil West, the former chief operating officer of General Motors Co.’s Cruise robotaxi unit. West also will join the board of directors on April 1, according to the statement, which confirmed an earlier Bloomberg report.

Scherr, 59, joined Hertz several months after it emerged from bankruptcy and started making splashy wagers on electric vehicles. Under new owners Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Management, the rental company announced plans to order 100,000 vehicles from TeslaInc., sending the automaker’s market capitalization soaring past the $1 trillion mark at the time.

Those bets went awry last year, when Tesla slashed prices across its lineup to keep growing vehicle sales. This hammered the resale value of used Model 3 sedans and Model Y crossovers just after Hertz had added tens of thousands of those vehicles to its fleet.

By December, Hertz started selling off 20,000 electric vehicles, or about a third of its EV fleet. Germany’s Sixt SE — a leading car-renter in Europe — is taking even more drastic measures, phasing Teslas out of its fleet entirely.

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WUWT ran a story in January this year, in which we predicted Hertz’s impairment cost for selling used EVs would likely be a lot worse than the $12,250 loss per vehicle they allowed for. Who in their right mind would want a used EV? Especially a used rental EV, which has suffered who knows what abuse?

Remember, any bump, knock or production fault can potentially turn an EV battery pack into a ticking time bomb, capable of napalming any house structure it is unlucky enough to be parked in, that is if it doesn’t BBQ the occupants of the vehicle while on the road.

I guess we’ll know for sure exactly how much Hertz lost on their disastrous EV gamble, when their final EV fire sale numbers are published.

--Essay by Eric Worrall

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--


As usual, I enjoyed this article by Rogue.



Adam Croft’s product line is expanding. All new handmade leather mudflap key fobs featuring solid bras rivets and solid brass D-rings. “I made the template with 16-gauge steel,” Adam said.

He started making more time-covers. “Got 27 made plus four custom orders.”

He’s finishing ups his custom worktable with a coat of polyurethane. “Just got some new mack brushes, so back to signs and pinstriping this year.”

Click for custom leather seats and leather products.
Click for custom leather seats and leather products.


Following the surprise resignation of former President and CEO Erik Pritchard, MIC, MSF, SVIA and ROHVA have appointed interim leadership and retained an executive search team to replace Pritchard.

The boards of the Motorcycle Industry Council, Motorcycle Safety Foundation, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association voted unanimously to appoint Scott Schloegel as acting President and CEO of all four Associations.

--Dealer News

"Read the whole tamale on" --Bandit


Hey, Skipper! I hope all is well in the great North for you and the Redhead!

I was wondering if you are aware of the fact that Panhead Billy Burrows is hitting a rough patch and needs help? Maybe you can run something in the news/blog for him?


--Ben Lamboeuf
Former Advertising Director™


Doum Doum Shovel - back office at Custom Chrome Europe GmbH

LostWolf Choppers motorcycle manufacturer

Worked at Team EMD/Garage des Cevennes and Worked at Légion Étrangère.

--Sam Burns
Custom Curator™

Click to check the Jak Shirt line from 5-Ball.
Click to check the Jak Shirt line from 5-Ball.

HANG ON FOR THIS--Electric Vehicle Expansion

The Environmental Protection Agency yesterday finalized rules that aim to limit tailpipe emissions from passenger cars and light trucks as part of a broader effort to transition the US to electric vehicles.

The rules direct auto manufacturers to target a percentage of their new vehicle sales toward different types of electric vehicles, starting in 2027 and gradually increasing the targets through 2032. The standards are performance-based, meaning auto manufacturers can decide which types of car technologies to invest in to reach the annually reduced emissions levels of their fleets. As a whole, electric vehicles accounted for 7.6% of new vehicle sales in the US in 2023.

The transportation industry is the largest source of US greenhouse gas emissions, representing 29% of emissions, with light-duty vehicles accounting for 58% of the transportation sources (this is actually a good thing, but they won’t tell you that). The rules are expected to reduce US cumulative carbon dioxide emissions, which contribute to soot and smog, by 7.2 billion metric tons between 2027 and 2055. The figure is equivalent to a year's worth of all US greenhouse gas emissions.



A miniature human with a radiant smile and satin skin. Her old man worked the oil fields, so George Wild custom painted his Sportster tank. Her one mission was to collect it in her rusting VW bug.

The magnificent flames glistened on the modified tank. George attempted to fondle the satin button, the tank nearly becoming a weapon. A weakness for abandoned pets steered her off course. The tank became the object of potential scratches and drooling dogs. Groceries dislodged and a fender bender nearly hurled the candy flames.

Still that night a brother rode to club church with a brilliant smile on his face. She made it.

The Bastard in the Black Hills


We are so close to releasing the new replacement windshields for the 2023/2024 Road Glide CVO and Street Glide CVO Harley-Davidson.

Replacement Windshields
2023/2024 Road Glide CVO

Replacement Windshields
2023/2024 Street Glide CVO

Watch Bikernet for updates on release dates, sizes and colors.


QUOTES FOR THE WEEK-- Here are a bunch of Bruce Lee Quotes

A student once asked Bruce Lee, "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?"
Bruce Lee answered, "It's better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war."

“You can’t organize truth. That’s like trying to put a pound of water into wrapping paper and shaping it.”

"It is not daily increase but daily decrease, hack away the unessential. The closer to the source, the less wastage there is.”

“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

“Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.”

"If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of."


International Editor™

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

New TECH Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Forking by Frank is Still a Thing!

I have used nothing but Frank's tubes since the late 1970s when Shelby Withrow told me about them in Dallas.

The last chopper I built was the ‘67 Shovel during the covid shutdown and I run +10 overs on it. Have +10 overs on the ‘74 Shovel chop too.

Long live Frank's Forks.

--David A Pittman
Milwaukee, WI

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Nice flames just as good as the old journeyman painters.Mine was done by Fats and my bro back in the '70s was done by the Candyman.I love ghost flames myself. Yall keep up the great work.Your articles always amaze me.

Torrance, CA
Sunday, March 24, 2024
Editor Response Thanks brother.
J.J.'s rant on Tik-Tok maybe missed one point, Congress wants to ban Tik- Tok because they haven't figured out how to make money off the App. That's my 2 cents anyway.

Friday, March 22, 2024
Editor Response Interesting.

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