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By Bandit, Bob T., Rogue, Laura, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Gary Mraz, Ujjwal Dey, and the rest of the gang

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What an interesting week.
We are scrambling with the Salt Torpedo. I trying to outfit the new Bikernet Salt Flats Van for the trip to Bonneville. I’ve been in touch with various Easyriders contributors and now ex-staff members regarding the future.

A few of us have been super-lucky to make a living in the motorcycle industry. Even tougher, I’ve been having a blast in the Chopper industry most of my life. It’s not about the money, obviously, it’s about sex.

What could be sexier than to bang around choppers, metalflake paint, sultry art and girls all your life. What could be better.

Otherwise, this week has been amazingly positive with cool resources surfacing for the Torpedo. We’ve about got the body handled. Jane came by and took shots of my '72 Ford F250 and the Shovelhead in the back. She thinks she can move it and the Shovelhead. Not sure I can sell the 1928 Shovelhead.

Workouts have been a struggle with guest arriving and George grinding, but I had a damn good one this week and my short one today. The VA called and I have some hope with my disability claim. Gotta work on anything I can to augment my no-retirement system.

George is headed over today; Brenda will be here. The Redhead is working around the shop and the lovely Laura will arrive to check the books. What could happen today to make the week even more perfect? Hang On!

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2012 Harley Davidson Street Glide Touring 103 FLHX

In 2006, Harley-Davidson Motor Company capitalized on the motorcycle market’s need for a stripped-down touring bike sans the bulkiness of its Electra Glide counterpart. The Street Glide (FLHX) was born and was an immediate hit. Over the years it has become one of the best—if not the best—sellers to roll out of the York, Pennsylvania, factory.

With all-new style and long distance comfort, this stripped-down bike is made to eat miles. The Street Glide is a bagger with street-wise soul, such as stripped down trim and chrome, low suspension, and cropped wind deflector. Inspired by the street, the Street Glide is ready to roar with attitude. This one comes with a 103ci.

**Just 8,624 miles**

Ember Red Sunglo paint and raised tank logos is beautiful (Pictured is scratches on right fairing, right bag and latch, and a few chips in the front fender) Chrome 20" apes, chrome strap with black accent 'FLHX' Tinted windshield, smoked lense blinkers, all chrome front fork, H-D 'skull' axle caps, on gorgeous fat spoke 27" front chrome rim. Chrome slash up exhaust with a great sound.

ABS braking system and chrome brake rotor. Chrome motor covers including oval 103 air cover, cam with H-D logo, and a 103 derby cover. 2-up seat with streamliner floorboards and black contrast cut passenger pegs. 4 pt. docking hardware in place. Smoked lense stop / turn / tail light with LED fender tri-line.

This bike has passed Lifestyle Cycles rigorous 100 point safety and mechanical inspection. Whether your looking to commute to work, ride the coast or take that dream vacation, this bike is ready to go!!!



George Phillips, an elderly man from Walled Lake, Michigan, was going up to bed,
when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window.

George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"

He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy, you should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available"

George said, "Okay." He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both; the dogs are eating them right now," and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

(True Story)

--El Waggs

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CALL TO ACTION Bikernet Weekly News for July 11, 2019

Seen some cool air cleaners on a roadster in Redondo, Friday eve. It reminded me of the piston/heart drawing above. Three deuces and the air filters were pistons, polished aluminum. Pretty cool, but don't filter for anything though.

Torrance, Calif.

MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION NEEDS SUPPORT, MEMBERS AND SPONSORS--My name is Fredric Harrell. I’m a founding member of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. Like my fellow board members, I serve without compensation. I serve for one reason and one reason alone: I believe in the MRF’s mission to promote, protect and preserve motorcycling.

The Meeting of the Minds was the precursor and catalyst for the Motorcycle Riders
Foundation. Founded in 1989, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation recognized the need for full-time representation in Washington, D.C., and on a shoestring budget, established an office in Washington with a one-person staff and a full-time lobbyist.

In 30 years, the MRF has not strayed from the original commitments to motorcyclists’ rights. It has not been easy. In retrospect, the issues facing the motorcycling community today are equally as important as those of the early days.

In September 2018, the MRF outlined a list of legislative priorities, and accomplishable goals, for the upcoming session of Congress and beyond -- 2019 Legislative & Regulatory Priorities – available online at

These legislative priorities touch every aspect of motorcycling from the Road to Zero
(a noble goal of zero highway fatalities that does not include motorcycles in the matrix of highway users); to autonomous vehicles with no motorcycle recognition algorithms, to the year-round sale of E15 and the adverse effect it has on motorcycle engines.

None of this would be possible without the dedication of MRF members, the contributions of motorcycle industry leaders and enthusiasts, and the training and motivation that motorcyclists’ rights advocates receive each year at the MRF’s annual Meeting of the Minds.

Do not hesitate to inquire deeper into what the MRF is doing to promote, protect and preserve motorcycling and motorcyclists rights.

With few exceptions, the attacks against motorcycling are subtle and they go a lot deeper than helmet laws, blacklists of sport bikes or banning motorcycles from HOV lanes. For 30 years, the presence of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation is witnessed daily in the committee rooms, staff offices on Capitol Hill and in front of members of Congress. That presence exists and is successful because of the dedication and determination of MRF members standing behind that commitment to promote, protect and preserve the freedoms that we all enjoy, especially as motorcyclists.

As I stated at the start of this letter, I serve on the MRF’s board of directors because I believe in the work of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
Thank you, and thank you in advance for your sponsorship of the Meeting of the Minds Conference.

Fredric Harrell
Director of Conferences & Events
Motorcycle Riders Foundation

P.S. If you need more information or would like to discuss the MRF and the Meeting of the Minds Conference in greater detail, please let me know a convenient time to call you. Thank you very much.

P.P.S. If times are tough and sponsorship support of the Meeting of the Minds Conference is not possible, please consider
joining the MRF. Thank you.


THE EASYRIDERS REPORT FROM J.J. SOLARI--ER has apparently been sold to a Canadian clothing entity run by a pair of male twins who someone I know is referring to as "Terrance and Phillip," the two fag twins on south park, which is funny.

I have seen no actual "news" on this. my jokester friend assumes that the rag will cease to exist, that they just "bought the name." ?
Assuming this is all true - virtually every one left there has been fired, thus, I will be encouraged to write my own version of the impact of the rag on American society. I will very likely send my austere document to Bikernet.

Thank you. Go in peace.


We can’t wait… Bandit

USA ROAD TRIP-- From the heat of Calico it is only a few minutes to the cool inside of Peggy Sue's Diner for a late lunch.

After that was done it was into the town of Barstow to see if we could find the Route 66 Museum down by the railway line.

This building was once a sort of railway hotel in it 'hey day' but now it houses a great variety of railway artifacts inside and a good number of railway carriages outside.

By the time we got to the Route 66 museum we only got ten minutes, as it closes at four o'clock. It was nice to get back to the cool of our motel. Tomorrow we start out early to cross the Death Valley on our way to Beatty.

--Graeme Lowen
New Zealand Iron-Butt Rider

The Split-Speed Limit Effect: That “Oh Crap” Look on Drivers’ Faces

Split speed limits, where certain commercial vehicles such as large trucks are forced to travel at lower speeds than surrounding traffic, are anathema to truckers and car drivers alike. That is why the NMA and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) have often joined forces to oppose the posting of split speeds and the use of governors on trucks to limit the top speed of travel. This joint national press release from the two organizations a few years ago is an example of our unified position rooted in safety concerns.

Uniform traffic flow avoids unnecessary vehicle interactions, whereas differential speeds create more braking, accelerating, and lane changing maneuvers. Those actions bring an increased risk of collision. So too does limiting a truck driver’s ability to avoid or prevent an accident by speeding up, as circumstances sometimes dictate.

And yet, as Arkansas Member and former truck driver Tom Beckett has pointed out, another national movement is afoot to create a national regulation to install speed-limiting devices on large trucks to limit their top speed to 65 mph. Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson and Delaware Senator Christopher Coons introduced Senate Bill 2033 to the U.S. Congress on June 27th to do just that. S2033 currently sits with the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

In a note to the NMA, Tom added observations from his experience as a truck driver to support his (and our) opposition to such legislation:

By creating a slower class of vehicles, it is necessary for the faster traffic to constantly make lane changes to pass the slower trucks. I have experienced with this from both the trucker and car driver angles. As a truck driver, I constantly had to be aware of other four-wheelers since they often made lane changes that were questionable from a safety standpoint. As a car driver, I found it daunting to have to cross through two lanes of plodding behemoths just to get into a place where I could run a reasonable speed or to get back off of the highway.

As it is, most of the big fleets govern their truck speed in the high 60s to low 70s. This is fast enough to keep them in, or reasonably close to, the flow of traffic. Some carriers govern their trucks in the mid-60s. On 70 and 75 mph roads where I do most of my driving, that’s slow enough to be a traffic hazard. The safest situation is where most traffic is going at approximately the same speed. It limits the need for lane changes resulting from traffic conflicts.

It still irks me that my former employer became part of the problem when, in June 1996, they decided to limit their trucks to 59 mph (!!) just as many states were going to 70 mph speed limits. After that, I spent more time looking in my rearview mirror than forward, and I can’t tell you how many times I saw a car coming up behind me at speed, only to see that, “Oh Crap!!” look on the driver’s face when he realized that I was going a lot slower than he was.

Is this really what we want on a nationwide basis? The forced 55 mph speed limit was an unmitigated failure. A 65 mph restriction on trucks in a 75 mph environment will only cause congestion and waste truckers’ time for no appreciable gain in safety. It may make our roadways less safe. This bill, S2033, needs to be dropped.

We are tracking Senate Bill 2033. It is not yet on the docket of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, but once it is we will notify NMA members so that you can voice your opposition to the bill. The best way to kill it is not to let it get out of committee.


KEEP THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY WIDE OPEN-- Female logic ......... (from an actual event) Bound to get some feedback from this one.

Wife: "pick up something for dinner tonight."
Husband: "Ok, I'll get a Pizza"
Wife: "No, I don't want Pizza"

Husband: "OK, I'll get some tacos"
Wife: "No I don't want tacos"

Husband: "OK, I can stop by the Sub shop instead"
Wife: "No I don't want a Sub"

Husband: "Well then what do you want?"
Wife: "I don't know. You decide"

--El Waggs



[id-ee-uh-gram, ahy-dee-]
a written symbol that represents an idea or object directly rather than a particular word or speech sound, as a Chinese character.

Ideograms are symbols that represent ideas or concepts rather than objects themselves—a circle with a line through it (??) to indicate prohibition, for example. Many emoji are hybrids of ideograms and pictograms.
-- Ian Bogost, "Emoji Don't Mean What They Used To," The Atlantic, February 11, 2019


An ideogram or ideograph is “a written symbol that represents an idea or object directly rather than a word or speech sound, as a Chinese character.” Ideogram and ideograph literally mean “a written idea,” from Greek idéa “idea” and the noun grámma or the Greek combining form -graphos, both meaning “something written,” which are derivatives of the verb gráphein “to write.” Because ideograms convey meaning, not words or sounds, 5 can be pronounced five, fünf, piec, pet, pénte, pémpe, or in several thousand other ways. Ideogram and ideograph both entered English in the first half of the 19th century.

SMOKEOUT COVERAGE COMING FROM THE HILLS--Hey Bandit! Hope you are well! We are trying to get a few pics for the article Mike is writing. Thought you might like these.

--Vicki Stealth
Assistant to the East Coast Feature Biker Editor in Charge™

Keep it up.—Bandit

just read the BMW riders sob story about not knowing what gear he or she was in. I may be forced to sue Harley. My Panhead does not indicate what gear I’m in. Maybe, if I got a day glow vest and a full brain bucket, could I be safe? I am pretty sure my cruise control is not working, agony and despair.

Have a great day and my sympathy that you are still in socialistland.

-- Alex Jemery

FLORIDA MOTORCYCLE MUSIC EVENT--The Coral Head Concert Series is Fast Becoming the Biggest Music Festival Event in Florida.

This will be the first year for this event to take place in Pinellas Park and plans have already been set in motion to make this an annual event.

Even though this is the inaugural event in Pinellas Park, the Coral Head MusicFest is not new to production; The Coral Head
MusicFest is preparing for the 4th annual event in the Florida Keys and has been a huge success in raising over $100,000 for its supported charities since its inception and has featured artists such as Vince Neil,
Jackyl, Molly Hatchet, Great White, Slaughter, Rick Derringer,
Georgia Satellites, John Cafferty, Sweet, The Atlanta Rhythm Section,
and many more!

The Coral Head MusicFest stands out as a true charity event as over 80% of all profits from the show go directly to the charities it supports. The other 20% is used in the actual production of the event.

Charities benefiting from this event include Project: VetRelief, a registered charity of the
American Legion which assists U.S. Veterans in a variety of ways including support for our service men and women as they transition into civilian lives, emergency assistance, mentorship, employment, and this is just to name a few. Additionally, the Pinellas Park show will be donating to the Veterans Recreational Center at the Bay Pines VA Hospital.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, profits the Coral Head Concert Series assisted in the
rebuilding efforts with direct funding, supplies, and cleanup efforts. The American Legion continues to support our community with various assistance programs and with direct support.

Your support is appreciated as we strive to provide you with only the best entertainment
while assisting our American Legions in their efforts with local and US Veteran charities.

Please join us in helping our veterans and our community with your sponsorship of this great event.

Face book: usicFest Website: Rich Anderson 305-942-9862 Amanda Espinosa 305-490-5058

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