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THE RUGGED BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for December 14, 2023

Truth, Fiction, Fights and Christmas

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Barry Green, El Waggs, the Redhead, Laura, Bob T., Gearhead and the rest of the gang
12/14/2023


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There you have it
. This week came packed with surprises and major ups and downs. I just received a report from Alex Epstein regarding the climate conference. Here’s one of his comments, “Sadly, many of these fossil fuel advocates think that it’s dangerous to be too outspoken about what I call the moral case for a fossil future.”

Open debate would end all the squabbling and fears. That’s what we requested from several potential leaders but have yet to run into a leader with the balls to ask for the truth. Major problem in the country right now, but it will be resolved. Check the news, then hit another Christmas Party.

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We still have some of these brochures from the CO2 Coalition. It you want one, send your address to Bandit@Bikernet.com.
We still have some of these brochures from the CO2 Coalition. It you want one, send your address to Bandit@Bikernet.com.



MERRY XMAS FROM THE CO2 COALITION

‘Twas the night before Christmas
When all through the town
The creatures were all celebrating
The warmth they had found

The trees were all prospering
The veggies -- how merry!
They had such abundance
It was extraordinary!

Though stories were circling
Of climate alarm
The wise citizens knew
They were facing no harm

We are celebrating the Season
With dear friends, like you
As we give many thanks
For our beloved CO2

--Best Wishes from the CO2 Coalition

Order Greg's book and learn the facts. Click on the image.
Order Greg's book and learn the facts. Click on the image.







NEWS FROM THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION--The United State House of Representatives voted to give consumers the choice of what fuel source they feel is appropriate for their needs when purchasing a new vehicle.

ABATE of Wisconsin pushed for this same type of legislation in the State. The bill that was introduced by members of ABATE would have prevented any government, or agency, from banning the sale of vehicles or equipment based on its fuel source. Our bills in the state passed the Assembly and the Senate but was vetoed by Governor Evers. ABATE of Wisconsin, and the over 525,000 residents in the state with a motorcycle endorsement that ABATE represents, would like to thank the Motorcycle Riders Foundation for their efforts on this important issue.

Wisconsin's elected officials in Washington DC voted along party lines as they did in Madison. While we were able to get all of the Republican members of Congress to vote in support of this, we were not able to convince any Democrat members to recognize how important consumer choice is in the State of Wisconsin. We will continue to work with our friends on both sides of the isle to develop an understanding of how this piece of legislation is not an anti-electric vehicle bill, but rather an opportunity for the residents in the state to choose a vehicle with a power source that they feel is appropriate for their needs, based on their own research and budget.

For more information go to abatewis.org or contact Steve Panten, ABATE Legislative Committee Chair at legis@abatewis.org.

House of Representatives Votes to Defend Internal Combustion Engines

Wednesday, the U.S. House Of Representatives passed H.R. 4468, the Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act of 2023 (CARS Act). The CARS Act is a bill designed to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from instituting emission standards that force manufacturers to produce more electric vehicles, thus limiting consumer choice.

The final vote on the bill was 221 to 197. 216 Republicans and 5 Democrats supported the bill, authored by Rep. Tim Walberg of Michigan, the co-chairman of the House Motorcycle Caucus.

After his introduction of the CARS Act, Representative Walberg said, “The Administration cannot continue to create regulations that limit consumer choice, hamper mobility, make vehicles more expensive for families, and cede America’s auto leadership and jobs to China.”

H.R. 4468 is the second bill in 2023, passed by the U.S. House, that pushes back against the attack on internal combustion engines. In September, the House passed H.R.1435, the Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act. That bill limited individual states from making their own rules on emissions. Recently, California and like-minded states have been using a federal exemption to pass laws that would constrain the sale of internal combustion engines. H.R. 1435 would put a stop to that exemption.

The passage of the CARS Act shows that some members of Congress are concerned about the rush to eliminate the internal combustion engine. Thank you to all the members of the House who voted to protect consumer choice!

Both bills now await action by the U.S. Senate. If you have not already, click on both links below to support the Senate bills that aim to protect your right to choose the type of engine you want.

S. 3094 - Choice in Automobile Retail Sales Act of 2023

S. 2090 - Preserving Choice in Vehicle Purchases Act

--MRF
 
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THE BIKERIDERS GET A RELEASE DATE--Austin Butler and Jodie Comer’s The Bikeriders is Coming---based on a book by Danny Lyon.

Synopsis: A Midwestern motorcycle club begins as a group of outsiders united by good times, rumbling bikes and respect for their strong, steady leader.

The film is inspired by the 1967 book of the same name by photographer Danny Lyon. The book documents the bike riders and their lifestyle across the US through a series of photographs. The Bikeriders is helmed by Jeff Nichols, who directed Matthew McConaughey in the 2012 film Mud.



New Regency is producing The Bikeriders along with Sarah Green and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, who are co-producing it under the banner of Tri-State. Set in the 1960s, The Bikeriders revolves around the Midwestern motorcycle club and the rise of biker culture, as seen through the eyes of the members of the club. As the club gathers more members, it evolves into a violent biker gang, thereby threatening the lifestyle of the original members.

On IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21454134/

Watch Trailer at: https://youtu.be/SolhWny1zF4?si=6I-wYX9wEjlI3UVo

Read full article at:
https://www.msn.com/en-in/entertainment/hollywood/austin-butler-and-jodie-comer-s-the-bikeriders-gets-a-release-date/ar-AA1leND8

 
 

BEHIND THE BIKE-- Triumph And Bajaj

The Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X have been turning heads ever since their introduction. Here's how we got here.

Getting younger riders on bikes has been a subject of much hand-wringing in western motorcycle media for years at this point. In multiple Asian markets, you'll find a wide swath of riders, from all ages and walks of life.

Founded in 1926, the Bajaj Group is now one of India's largest manufacturers of two- and three-wheeled vehicles. In April 2023, as part of their agreement, Bajaj officially took over Triumph's distribution in India, which is an arrangement that should also continue into the future. With its partnerships with KTM, Husqvarna, and now Triumph, it only stands to sell even more bikes in an ever-growing list of countries across Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

Four of the bikes from Bajaj-Triumph (two Speed 400s and two Scrambler 400s) are currently touring the US. The plan announced from the beginning has been to focus on creating multiple bikes in the 200 to 750cc range.

Read the detailed article at: https://www.rideapart.com/news/699671/triumph-bajaj-partnership-history-explainer/

--Wayfarer
International Editor
Bikernet.com News Bureau

 
 
GOVERNOR OF WYOMING DOESN’T HELP--Gov. Gordon’s 60 Minutes interview reveals troubling lack of knowledge

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has proposed taking the Cowboy State to negative net zero by building vast, industrial-scale wind projects and facilities to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store it.

To date, the Governor has not provided cost estimates of such massive projects. Nor has he projected how much these proposals would add to the price of electricity for the state’s residents.

Appearing on CBS’s 60 Minutes recently, Gov. Gordon exposed a lack of knowledge about climate change and Wyoming. The governor is apparently unaware of some very important scientific facts that should drive the policy decisions:
  • Heat waves peaked in Wyoming in the 1920s and 30s.
  • Average maximum annual temperatures have been in decline for more than 80 years.
  • Growing seasons are lengthening in the Cowboy State.
  • Snowfall totals at six of the eight largest ski resorts in Wyoming are increasing.
  • Reducing Wyoming’s CO2 emissions to zero would avert only 0.002 degrees (F) of warming by 2100.
  • Increasing atmospheric CO2 is driving huge increases in grassland, forest and crop productivity.
These and many more climate facts reveal the governor’s notion of CO2 driving harmful and unprecedented warming in Wyoming to be mistaken.

Attempting to lessen the amount of atmospheric CO2 is not only foolish and wasteful but detrimental to the well-being of ecosystems and citizens of Wyoming.

--Gregory Wrightstone
Executive Director
CO2 Coalition
Arlington, VA 22209
571-970-3180

 

 
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- John Ruskin

 
 
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BIKERNET 100-WORD FICTION ENTRY-- 911 Call

At work, I received a 911 text from my wife. I tried calling, no answer. I alerted my boss, grabbed my leather and ran to my old Road King. Fired up, I blasted down the road for the 20-mile ride to the house. Weaving in and out of traffic and pushing the limits I flew home.

Sliding to a stop I bolted through the front door. My wife trembling, pointed to the stairway. The puppy, his head sticking between the banister supports. I scrambled to free the little guy. To show his gratitude he peed.

Riding back, had to laugh. I’ll take those 911 calls anytime.

--Rhys
Daytona, Fl





NEWS FROM THE BAKER GEAR FACTORY--25% Off For 25 Years in the Industry

As we gear up to mark the end of an epic 25-year ride as BAKER Drivetrain, we're taking a nostalgic pit stop to soak in our wild journey – the shifts, the grinds, and the soulful sounds of our gears.

From day one, we've been all about innovative drivetrain solutions and forging a brotherhood with our Gearhead community. As the odometer ticks toward the year's end, we're throwing a no-holds-barred celebration.

Grab your leathers and join the party because we're offering 25% off select products* to celebrate 25 years of American-made gears. It's our way of thanking you for rolling with us on this wild ride. Here's to the road, the rumble, and the rebel spirit that keeps us cruising!

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QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--If you dropped something when you were younger, you just picked it up.

When you're older and you drop something, you stare at it for just a bit contemplating if you actually need it anymore.

I like to make lists. I also like to leave them lying on the kitchen counter, and then guess what's on the list when I am at the store.



Ask your doctor if a drug with 32 pages of side effects is bad for you.

I relabeled all of the jars in my wife's spice rack. I'm not in trouble yet, but the thyme is cumin.

I just read a book about marriage that says treat your wife like you treated her on your first date. So tonight, after dinner I'm dropping her off at her parent's house.

The best way to get back on your feet is to miss two car payments.

I love bacon. Sometimes I eat it twice a day. It takes my mind off the terrible chest pains I keep getting.

As I watch this generation try to rewrite history, one thing I am sure of is that it will be misspelled and have no punctuation.

Driver: "What am I supposed to do with this speeding ticket?" Officer, "Keep it. When you collect four of them, you get a bicycle."

--EL WAGGS
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina

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100-WORD FICTION CONTEST NOVEMBER WINNER—We loved the play on the romantic song. The winning piece is Layla by Jeffery.

Layla
by Jeffrey
(illustration by Wayfarer)

My Harley rolled to a stop near the side door of where my girl works. I planted my feet to steady the bike as she jumped off the Fatboy. She kissed me on the cheek and disappeared into the building, it was 8 pm on a Friday.

I hate her job, even though that is where we met. Thinking of her working the pole and picking up dollars makes me ill.

Like a fool, I fell in love. Now I’m on my knees begging her please, won’t she ease my worried mind.

Me and Harley will be back at 2.



(publication dated 15-November-2023)
Inspired by the song Layla by Eric Clapton





DUCATI DIAVEL FOR BENTLEY-- Exclusivity, performance and craftsmanship in a true two-wheeled work of art
  • Bold inspires Bold: a numbered and limited edition of 500 units
  • Inspired by the Batur, built on the technical base of the Diavel V4
Beyond the 500 units, Ducati Diavel for Bentley Mulliner: a limited and numbered series of 50 motorbikes reserved for Bentley customers, with the opportunity to make the bike even more unique. Characterized by a completely new design, unique and refined components and a special dedicated livery.

Ducati Diavel for Bentley represents the first collaboration between the two brands
(Miami, 8 December 2023) Ducati and Bentley are proud to jointly announce a new, limited-edition motorcycle that celebrates the best of both iconic brands: the Ducati Diavel for Bentley. Born from a collaboration between the two manufacturers, the project links Ducati and Bentley with a vision of performance, craftsmanship and exclusivity.



On the sophisticated technical base of the high-performance and comfortable Diavel V4, Ducati has integrated characterizing elements of the Bentley Batur – of which only 18 examples will be handcrafted by Bentley - to create a motorcycle unique in terms of elegance and design.

The Diavel for Bentley will be created in a numbered series limited to 500 examples, plus an additional 50 even more special “Ducati Diavel for Bentley Mulliner” motorbikes. The latter are reserved for Bentley customers, and include the personalization and individuality that is so intrinsic to the Batur on which the bikes are based.

The Inspriation – Bentley Batur
Batur is Bentley's most powerful production car ever, with a 740 PS twin-turbo W12 engine. More than that, the Batur combines benchmark Bentley craftsmanship with sculptured, muscular bodywork that defines a new design DNA for Bentley which previews a new design direction for the brand.

Diavel for Bentley
The Centro Stile Ducati, in collaboration with Bentley designers, created a new design for this special motorbike, drawing inspiration from the Batur from which it takes the lines of the side view. The Scarab Green colour, sophisticated and refined and rich in metallic shades comes from the Bentley Mulliner palette and is used throughout the bodywork.

The decisive and aggressive lines of the Diavel V4 have also been profoundly revised through the technical components: many of the characteristic features of the Batur are taken up in different parts of the bike. The forged rims, designed and created for this motorbike, recall the shapes of those of the car and are painted in Dark Titanium Satin, leaving some machined surfaces visible.

Many of the bodywork components are made of high-quality carbon fibre (fenders, headlamp cover, engine, exhaust and radiator covers, radiator shrouds, side panels, tail piece).

The rider’s seat, in black Alcantara, is inspired by the interior of the car, with precision workmanship that reveals the underlying red fabric with the same to that of the Batur seats and with the Bentley logo embroidered on the rear pad. The dual outlet exhaust, with its cover, has been redesigned to harmonize with the refined lines of the bike.

Diavel for Bentley Mulliner
In addition to the 500 Diavel for Bentley examples, Ducati also offers a series of just 50 examples, called Diavel for Bentley Mulliner. The 50 Diavel for Bentley Mulliner motorbikes will be available exclusively to customers of Mulliner, who through direct collaboration with the designers of the Centro Stile Ducati, will be able to configure their Diavel for Bentley Mulliner with different colours for the saddle, front brake calipers, carbon fibre parts and rims. They will also be able to choose the same colour as their car for the bodywork parts or one of those from an exclusive palette selected by Mulliner’s designer for this special and highly exclusive series.

This joint project stems from Ducati and Bentley both being part of the Volkswagen Group’s “Progressive Brand Group”, which also includes Audi and Lamborghini.

 


ANTIQUE BIKE OF THE WEEK--

The Velocette KTT is a racing British motorcycle made by Velocette. The most significant variant of the Model K series of overhead camshaft Velocette motorcycles, the TT designation indicated the machine was intended for racing, and was an early example of a 'production racer' (although KTTs could be ordered as road-legal machines).[1]



The Velocette KTT was notable for having the first positive-stop foot gear change on a motorcycle, and the first with a swingarm rear suspension using separate shock absorber units.[2] The foot shift innovation significant improvement for racing, and quickly replaced the hand gear change lever, and became the standard for almost all motorcycles to this day.



Veloce's swingarm suspension also had profound and lasting effects on the motorcycle industry and remains the standard for motorcycle rear suspension to this day.[2]

---from Wikipedia
--Sam Burns





MAJOR TESLA RECALL--Wednesday morning, Tesla announced a recall of more than two million vehicles over concerns its “Autopilot” system can be misused by drivers.

This announcement comes as part of a two-year investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) into crashes by Tesla vehicles. As you may remember over the last few years, there have been high-profile incidents where Teslas, believed to be in Autopilot mode, collided with motorcycles, killing the motorcyclist.

In the recall notice NHTSA said, the investigation found Autopilot’s method of making sure that drivers are paying attention can be inadequate and can lead to “foreseeable misuse of the system.”

The stated objective of the recall is to “Incorporate additional controls and alerts to those already existing on affected vehicles to further encourage the driver to adhere to their continuous driving responsibility whenever Autosteer is engaged, which includes keeping their hands on the steering wheel and paying attention to the roadway.”

This recent recall announcement is a good time to remind ourselves what former NHTSA Senior Safety Advisor Missy Cummings said this summer, “It’s very dangerous for motorcycles to be around Teslas.”

The MRF will continue fighting to ensure the safety of bikers is not ignored in the push to deploy this recent technology on our nation’s roadways.

As always, Ride Safe and Ride Free
--MRF
 
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