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I started out in this industry working on bikes and then as the manager of ABATE
National fighting for freedom. I was maybe 23. I’m still fighting for the freedom to ride fossil fuel machines. Fighting for Freedom has always felt like fighting for the truth.

I haven’t run into a situation yet when the truth didn’t coincide with freedom. Just like this case. We are now discovering, and science will prove that the use of fossil fuels is beneficial to the planet and to humans across the globe. I can’t be more excited. So, I will continue to share the truth in the hopes it leads to more Freedom, compassion and benevolence worldwide.

Let’s hit the news:

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Spencer R. Moore
Spencer R. Moore

Georgia Motorcycle Safety Program urges motorists to 'Share The Road' for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month-- As May welcomes in warmer weather and the motorcycle riding season begins to peak, the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Motorcycle Safety Program (GMSP) wants to remind all motorists that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month and the message is to "Share The Road.”

DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore encourages motorcyclists to be aware of their surroundings and use caution at all times.

“The best way to celebrate Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month is to always wear a helmet and to support all-rider laws to ensure fellow riders do the same,” Moore said.

He also reminds all motorists to be on the lookout for motorcyclist who may be difficult to see.

“Safety on our roadways is a shared responsibility,” he added.

GMSP promotes motorcycle safety awareness as a year-round effort. May brings special attention to the Share the Road campaign as a call-to-action to motorcyclists and drivers of safety issues that directly impact the motorcycle community.

In addition to promoting motorcycle safety awareness, GMSP encourages motorcyclists to take rider education courses, whether you are a first-time rider or an experienced rider.

“The DDS GMSP rider education courses are a good way to hone your skills whether you are a beginner or have many miles experience,” said Moore.

To learn more about motorcycle safety, visit; and

Georgia Department of Driver Services

--Walker County Messenger

THIS JUST IN FROM THE BIKERNET MEDICAL CENTER--We are now quarantining vaccinated people HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. At some point everyone will gladly board the trains to the gas chambers, just to get out of the house HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

--J.J. Solari


Robert Hentschel
Robert Hentschel

Norton Motorcycles will be led by Robert Hentschel as Chief Executive Officer and Vittorio Urciuoli as Chief Technology Officer as the historic British company enters the next phase of its transformation with ongoing investment from TVS

Sudarshan Venu
Sudarshan Venu

Sudarshan Venu, Joint Managing Director of TVS Motor Company (TVS), announces new Norton leadership to deliver next phase of the historic marque’s revitalization under TVS ownership
TVS – one of the top five two-wheeler manufacturers in the world – underscores its position as one of the leading India-based businesses investing in the UK with the creation of new skilled engineering and manufacturing jobs at Norton.

Norton is undergoing a comprehensive transformation since being bought out of administration by TVS and is now being positioned for future growth and to take the brand into the future.

Vittorio Urciuoli
Vittorio Urciuoli

Dr Robert Hentschel is appointed CEO and Vittorio Urciuoli will take up the newly created position of CTO. Both roles will be pivotal in delivering the TVS vision for Norton.

The new leadership team brings exceptional global automotive leadership and engineering experience, including senior roles at Ricardo, Ferrari and Lotus
The announcement represents another strategic milestone for Norton under TVS ownership, building on the move to a new Solihull-based factory HQ announced earlier this year.

John Russell
John Russell

After playing a key role in stabilizing the company, John Russell will end his tenure as Interim CEO as the business transfers smoothly to the new leadership team.

A QUICK POSITIVE NOTE FROM THE BIKERNET CULTURAL CENTER-- "Kindness, Honesty and Humility may be the pillars of a good relationship - but the foundation is always Love. If you love someone, the rest follows naturally."

"Just as love blindfolds you and you see no faults, so hate blindfolds you and you see no virtues. " - Moshe Ben Ezra

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Moving Forward & Making It Happen

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation maintains that federal authorities must require robust testing of manufacturers of automated driving systems, guaranteeing they have accounted for motorcycle recognition and responsiveness. That’s the MRF position because driverless vehicles are currently being “beta tested” on public roadways without motorcycle recognizing algorithms. When identifying bill numbers are attached to this position, you will be notified. See the attachment for more details. In the meantime…

Have you registered for Bikers Inside the Beltway? It’s free but time is running out!

Have you made your appointments to visit your members of Congress? Make your appointments now in your district or in Washington, D.C.
Have you made your hotel reservations?

Final date for hotel registration, May 13, 2021: 703-684-5900 Embassy Suites by Hilton Alexandria, 1900 Diagonal Road, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is moving forward to make the 2021 Bikers Inside the Beltway our most effective event ever.

Thank you for your commitment to the MRF’s mission. Thank you for making appointments with your members of Congress. Click here to see the position paper for Automated Driving Systems.

Thank you for your membership and support of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
--Fredric Harrell
Director, Conferences & Events
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 250
Highland, Illinois 62249

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With two deep gun pockets, you can carry a handgun, cell phone, night glasses, a flask, note book, spare parts you name it. It also contains our exclusive media pocket in the back, so you can carry a manual to a brother’s house, your latest Cycle Source Magazine, divorce papers, you name it.

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This will actually be blamed on global warming. mark my words. Ya know.....when you are being told it's snowing because the earth is heating some point you have to wonder....."what ELSE am I being lied-to about that I'm actually believing?...."

--J.J. Solari
Media Investigator

ON TOP OF COMPONENT SHORTAGES, YAMAHAS AND DUCATIS TRAPPED ON EVER GIVEN--It's been a frustrating year for motorcycle manufacturers. On top of component shortages and... supply chain disruptions that have hit the motorcycle industry (and many others), we now know that two companies, Yamaha and Ducati, have products delayed because they are stuck on the MV Ever Given, which you may know as the ship that made headlines last month by blocking the Suez Canal.

The situation got so bad for Yamaha Motor Europe that the company recently released an apology video to its customers and dealers. Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. President and CEO Eric de Seynes said things were looking up as demand for Yamaha’s motor vehicles returned to pre-pandemic levels for the 2021 season. Unfortunately for Yamaha, and every other motorcycle manufacturer, global shipping and supply issues were much worse than anticipated.

“The long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the supply chain are becoming clear,” said de Seynes. "These effects are making it difficult to fulfill our key duty of making enough product available.”

To make matters worse, the Ever Given was transporting thousands of Yamaha products and components when things went sideways. Those products are in limbo for the foreseeable future because once the ship was re-floated, authorities seized it and its cargo of 18,000 shipping containers, then impounded it in Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake. Authorities are holding the ship and cargo until their demands are met that Evergreen Marine, the shipping company chartering and operating the Ever Given, pay nearly a billion dollars for the disruption. $300 million is for “loss of reputation” alone. Even if a resolution is reached, there aren't even any cranes large enough to unload the ship in that region of the world.

Yamaha isn’t the only manufacturer affected by the Ever Given’s predicament. Ducati also has containers stranded on that ship. The products inside “probably will not respect the estimated delivery time,” Ducati says.

While the Ever Given connection makes for a catchy headline, it’s only a single example of the global supply chain disruptions that are affecting the entire motorcycle industry, as well as others. Ford recently reduced its projected production for the year because of a shortage of semiconductors. The global semiconductor shortage has also impacted Yamaha’s factories, de Seynes said. A single missing component can delay production, or even close production lines, while shipments lag.

Our recent article on the strong used motorcycle market noted that high prices for used bikes are partly fueled by a low supply of new motorcycles. Beyond the blockage of the Suez Canal, backups at other major ports, such as Long Beach in California, have led to shortages of many goods and components and all that is affecting how many motorcycles are available at your local dealership.

--ANDY GREASER, Revzilla

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First it was the Chinese variants. Then it was the Brazilian variants. Then it was the African variants. Then it was the English variants. Then it was the Thai variants. Then it was the New Zealand variants. Now it's the Indian variants. The crashed space debris will contain Venusian variants. I put the odds at 60-40 FOR that news item to make its appearance PROBABLY within the next month. Guaranteed.

--J.J. Solari

NEW FROM THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM--George's 1967 Harley-Davidson XLH Sportster

Most of us have a favorite old motorcycle, the one we enjoy riding the most, the one we know model history on. For long time J&P Cycles employee, then National Motorcycle Museum part time guy, George Barnard, it was the Harley Sportster, the performance Harley-Davidson that hit the streets and drag strips in 1957.

In fact, George’s email handle began; 58sport. Many moons ago George acquired a second year XL and it was a constant project to accumulate needed parts to complete this early Sportster. But the subject of this week’s story is George’s modified 1967 XLH, his regular rider until he passed away October 26 during the never-ending pandemic.

Even most people who grew up with the Harley Sportster don’t know everything about them. Back then nobody paid much attention to crankcase “belly numbers” or “date codes” on the frames, but as the earlier XLs have become collectible, the collectors have begun to document how the various models changed over the years.

George listened and learned at swap meets and at bike shops for a couple of decades and was quite learned on the street models, knew parts fitments and interchangeability, even race parts. Learning on the internet began, a new place for us all to hang out, and George was there, sometimes with the handle “Curious George.”

While George respected the Harley-Davidson Sportster as it came from the Motor Company, he sought to improve the ride, sound and performance of his 1967 machine. Highway pegs are cleanly attached to the front motor mount plates. Passenger pegs are in place no doubt to take one of George’s cherished granddaughters for a short ride. We see dual disk brakes taking over for the stock “hamburger” full width drum at the front, but the entire front end is from a later bike.

No doubt, George talked with a tech at Progressive at one of the dozens of J&P Cycles Open Houses he worked, and got the best damping and spring combination. The better shocks may have compensated for the stiffer banana seat. Mixing fuel and air for the 900, aka 883, is an S&S carburetor and filtration system. A Sportster always seems to look just right with “staggered duals” a more open and throaty exhaust system, but George’s are aftermarket.

When Harley-Davidson bought into Aermacchi, along came a wide array of relationships for components made in Italy. Boranni rims began to appear as catalogued race bike components for XLRs and the like. A fan of metal finishes, George bead blasted the centers on his flanged rims but used standard plated spokes for the 19-inch front, 18-inch rear wheels. Just in case, the sheet metal screws are there to secure the tire, the eight holes actually drilled and counter bored at the factory.

I’ll let you pick out all the pieces George had chrome plated as there are many. Ditto the dozens of polished stainless steel cap head Allen bolts. Just about every modification George made is reversible; nothing was chopped off the frame to build up this immaculate expression of the Harley Sportster.

Alas the bike sits silent now as we lost George in October, and soon at the Museum we will celebrate George’s life. Whether handing out massive J&P Cycles catalogs at gatherings like Bike Week or Sturgis, or hustling raffle tickets for the Museum at an AMCA meet, George’s deep voice was at once familiar and inviting.

“Win the Knucklehead! A $5 donation gets you a chance to win! Support the Museum! You might be the winner!”


Engine: 45 Degree Overhead Valve V-Twin
Displacement: 54 Cubic Inches / 883 cc’s
Bore & Stroke: 3.00? x 3.81?
Carburetor: S&S
Primary: Triplex Chain
Clutch: Dry, Multi-disk
Transmission: 4-Speed, Foot Shift
Ignition: 12V Battery, Points & Coils
Horsepower: 61HP
Frame: Steel, Double Down Tube
Suspension: Telescopic Fork / Dual Shocks, Swingarm
Brakes: Dual Disks / Drum, Internal Expanding
Wheelbase: 58.5?
Weight: 530 Pounds
Wheels/Tires: 3.50 x 19 / 4.00 x 18

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ARCH Motorcycle Official Apparel Store Now Open

Hello Keith,

The past year has definitely been tough on everyone, but we've been hard at work developing our first-ever apparel line and wanted to share some exciting news. The Official ARCH Motorcycle Apparel Store is now open!

We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this new endeavor. We've created a small line of hats, shirts, sweatshirts, and more to kick things off, but we look forward to expanding the line with even more products in the future. For now, please enjoy the latest goods from our initial offering.


GUN NUT REPORT--3 Things to Know About Second Amendment’s Return to Supreme Court

But last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett, a case that could have much broader implications for the future of strict gun control than its mooted predecessor.

Here are three important things to know about the high court’s latest Second Amendment case.

1. This case is about the right to carry firearms in public.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett provides the Supreme Court with the opportunity to address a very important question it so far has declined to answer: When the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, does it mean a right to bear a handgun in public for purposes of self-defense?

According to New York and a handful of other gun control-friendly states, the answer has been a resounding no. In these states, the right to “bear” arms has been effectively restricted to a right to possess and handle a gun in your home, and nothing more.

If you want to protect yourself with a firearm in public, the state considers it a privilege you can exercise only after showing “good cause” above and beyond a desire to protect yourself from crime in general.

In essence, law-abiding citizens in these states have no right to “bear” arms outside their homes.

The petitioners in the new case include two New York residents who have extensive experience and training with firearms. Both applied for and were denied carry permits for their firearms because they did not “face any special or unique danger to [their] life.”

It appears the Supreme Court finally has five justices willing to vindicate the rights of these petitioners. We know that Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, and Brett Kavanaugh have publicly decried the court’s reluctance to take up cases involving similar “good cause” laws and affirmed that there is, indeed, a right to bear arms.

Meanwhile, Justices Samuel Alito and Amy Coney Barrett have evidenced a faithful adherence to the text, history, and tradition of the Second Amendment in different types of gun control cases. They would seem unlikely candidates to side with New York’s interpretation that the right to bear arms is only a privilege for the select few determined to meet arbitrary “good cause” requirements.

2. ‘Good cause’ and ‘may issue’ requirements have racist roots.

For the first 70 or so years after the Constitution was ratified, Americans undeniably maintained a general right to bear arms in public, with perhaps some state authority to regulate the mode of carry.

A minority of states eventually prohibited or heavily regulated the act of carrying a concealed firearm in public. But no state completely eradicated an ordinary citizen’s ability to carry some type of firearm in public in some manner without first having to seek permission from the government.

Well, all white Americans enjoyed a right to bear arms in public.

Laws heavily regulating the public carry of firearms were, like all early forms of restrictive gun control, reserved for the subjugation of slaves and other individuals who were, at the time, legally considered as falling outside of “the People” of the United States.

Even after slavery was abolished and the 14th Amendment forbade race-based gun restrictions, many southern states looked to racially neutral but highly discretionary gun control laws to effectively disarm black citizens.

A Florida Supreme Court case in 1941 provides some insight into just how blatantly and openly states used discretionary permit systems to deprive black Americans of their rights. The court overturned a white man’s conviction for carrying a handgun in public without a permit, in apparent violation of state law.

Justice Rivers Buford nonchalantly explained the racist origins and enforcement of the law in his concurring opinion:

The original Act of 1893 was passed when there was a great influx of negro laborers in this State. … The Act was passed for the purpose of disarming the negro laborers … and to give the white citizens in sparsely populated areas a better feeling of security. The statute was never intended to be applied to the white population and in practice has never been so applied.

The reality is that today’s “good cause” requirements may not be overtly racist, but in practice they serve to disproportionately exclude people of color from the ability to protect themselves in public with firearms. Constitutional implications aside, this makes discretionary licensing poor public policy.

Who ends up getting concealed carry permits in the most restrictive “good cause” jurisdictions? Overwhelmingly, the permits go to wealthy white men—especially those who are well connected to whatever public official happens to have sole discretion over granting permit applications.

It’s also little wonder that such incredibly discretionary schemes lend themselves to rampant corruption.

3. Public carry will not turn us into the ‘Wild West.’
Many gun control advocates insist that if the Supreme Court strikes down “good cause” requirements then the nation will be turned into a “Wild West” of gun violence.

In other words, the Second Amendment shouldn’t protect a right of ordinary citizens to bear arms in their own defense, because ordinary citizens largely are incapable of acting in a reasonable manner when armed in public.

Decades of plain data show just the opposite.

Between 1990 and 2000, 16 states changed their concealed carry laws from either “no issue” or “may issue” to “shall issue” permitting. During that time, national rates for violent crime, homicide by gun, and other gun crime plummeted.

Since 2000, the trend toward more permissible public carry laws not only continued (42 states and the District of Columbia are either “shall issue” or “permitless carry”), but public interest in obtaining permits skyrocketed. Over 19 million American adults now possess a concealed carry permit, up from roughly 3 million adults in 2000.

If gun control advocates were correct about their Wild West hypothesis, surely the last two decades would have been an increasingly violent mess.

But the data clearly do not bear that out. Violent crime rates continued a general downward trend while gun homicide and other gun crime rates remained consistently low after plateauing around 2011.

It turns out that ordinary, law-abiding citizens absolutely can be trusted to “bear” arms in public, just like the plain text of the Constitution envisions.

Hopefully, the Supreme Court soon will vindicate the tens of millions of American citizens currently deemed to have “insufficient cause” to exercise their constitutional rights.

This commentary was corrected May 6 to accurately report the status in 42 states and the District.

--Amy Swearer, Daily Signal

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Just reprinted my first book again. It's about a bro getting his motorcycle stolen and going after it. Based on a true story. I'll sign every copy.
Just reprinted my first book again. It's about a bro getting his motorcycle stolen and going after it. Based on a true story. I'll sign every copy.

PRIZE POSSESSION REMEMBERED--Ya know what? I’m gonna start bein' nice to you. I was scrounging-around Bikernet and came across something called "Prize Possession," and I'm going why does that sound familiar?

Then I checked it out, and I go oh yeah, it's that ancient paperback. Then I'm readin' where you said, what did you say, you said I am one of the "great writers who gave you some sort of impetus or roadmap or something to emulate?"

I'm goin' to myself THIS is what "feeling honored" feels like....." so.....I ain't gonna forget this. Anything you want from me just ask. Worst can happen is I’ll say no. So ask for something else! No, really: I’m ALMOST at a loss for words. and that just ain't natural.

--J.J. Solari

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You posted last weeks Bikernet Weekly again for this week. It says its for 5/20/21 but when you open it, it's last weeks articles. I thought you would want to know so you can correct it.

Ken Cooley
Concord, NC
Friday, May 21, 2021
Editor Response I fixed it, goddammit. I was celebrating my new home in Boulder Canyon and must have pressed the wrong button.
How about let's party and ride Fuckin' Free Forever for a change? Maybe Bandit woildn't approve of such lamguage?

Ann Robinson
Long Beach, CA
Monday, May 17, 2021
Editor Response Hey, we've been riding free and won't ever stop.
Got to agree with Stealth, I want to hear the roar of the bike, that is why we were hooked on Harleys as kids. Bring back the Dyna's that are in my opinion , a smother ride and more agile. Thanks.

Ruben Serrano Sr.
Sinton, TX
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Editor Response And don't give up on Sportsters
You said you need a trike story. I got a good one. Me and the wife's first camp out week end . More to come as soon as I get to it.

Torrance, CA
Friday, May 14, 2021
Editor Response Put the whiskey down and start writing.

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