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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob t., Sam Burns, Laura, El Waggs, Marilyn Stemp, the Redhead,

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Shit’s happening everywhere.
Action is happening all over the country from the Black Hills to Born Free in Califa.

Here’s my recent breakfast with fresh fruit available. It’s amazing with my second cup of coffee. Gotta wrap it up quick, shit to do.

Bros are rolling into the Black Hills like crazy, maybe they will stay or move onto Milwaukee for the anniversary. 

Hell, even Willie is planning for Biketoberfest already.

Let’s hit the news.

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“It’s very dangerous for motorcycles to be around Teslas”

Over the weekend a Washington Post story on Tesla’s Autopilot system made national news. The story included this quote from former National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) senior safety adviser, Missy Cummings, “It’s very dangerous for motorcycles to be around Teslas.”

According to the Post’s research, since 2021, there have 17 fatal crashes involving Teslas operating in Autopilot mode. Motorcycles were involved in four of the 17.

You may remember that NHTSA recently opened investigations into fatal crashes involving Tesla vehicles and motorcycles. One occurred in Utah, when a motorcyclist on Interstate 15 outside Salt Lake City, was struck from behind by a Tesla in Autopilot. “The driver of the Tesla did not see the motorcyclist and collided with the back of the motorcycle, which threw the rider from the bike,” the Utah Department of Public Safety said.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in May that Autopilot is not an appropriate name “When the fine print says you need to have your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.”

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has been raising this issue with federal officials for years. Just last month, MRF President Kirk “Hardtail” Willard and Vice President Jay Jackson, met with safety officials at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on this very topic. The two MRF leaders stressed the concerns of bikers about the deployment of this new technology. Additionally, in the coming weeks, MRF senior officials will meet with leaders at NHTSA to seek answers on this troubling report.

These meetings with Biden Administration officials come on the heels of the MRF’s Bikers Inside the Beltway (BITB) annual event. During BITB, riders from across the country met with Members of Congress seeking action on self-driving cars as they relate to motorcyclists.

The MRF has been, and will remain, vigilant on this subject that effects ALL motorcyclists. Increased media scrutiny, along with the thousands of voices demanding action, is turning the heat up. Let’s keep the pressure up and protect bikers on our nation’s roadways.




We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest innovation, the Flare Wings for Indian Challenger and Pursuit. Designed with precision and aerodynamic excellence, these wings provide improved wind deflection and a sleek, aggressive look.

Engineered to optimize your riding experience, the Flare Wings are a game-changer, combining style and functionality.

Brian and his new son Kargo, at the Black Hills Show. The kid is learning motorcycles fast.
Brian and his new son Kargo, at the Black Hills Show. The kid is learning motorcycles fast.


Thought I'd share this show info with you. The big deal at the Chopper Show is $2500 cash to best of show, plus $500 cash to other 1st place winners. Also, Xavier Muriel and Hot Bike.

The big deal for the Evo Show: A complete S&S engine, Paughco Frame and Baker $1000 certificate to best in show. Plus, free Mint Speed Shop flannels to the first 100 registered! Also, Paul Wideman and Rusty Coones will be on hand!

And don’t forget the Builder’s Breakfast for Charity.

--Marilyn Stemp

NAMZ New Product Drops just in time for the summer season!

So here is our follow up to our hugely successful Sharktooth headlight, we introduce our EXCLUSIVE Quad Beam LED headlight for 2015-Up Road Glide models, except 2023 CVO.

We dropped this new addition yesterday on social media and they are available on our website as a pre-sale as we plan on beginning to ship mid-July, right it time for Sturgis!

Part #: LLC-QB-FH
UPC #: 810088722868

Description: Quad-Beam Full-Halo Road Glide Headlamp complete with integrated FULL-HALO DRL/Driving Light for 2015-Up Road Glide models. A mixture of black & chrome accents, housing is built with plastic, aluminum and a poly-carbonate lens, DOT, SAE and E-Mark compliant and 100% plug-n-play.

And how can you make the Sharktooth headlight any better, simply make another one that will fit the skinny-tire Road Glide® models! That is exactly what we have done, this Sharktooth will fit 1996 through 2013 Road Glide models. We also dropped this new addition yesterday on social media and they are available on our website as a pre-sale as we plan on beginning to ship mid-July, right it time for Sturgis!

Part #: LLC-3ERA-TS
UPC #: 810088722851

Description: Sharktooth LED Road Glide Headlamp with integrated SWITCHBACKS turn signals for 1996-2013 Road Glide models. A mixture of black & chrome accents, housing is built with plastic, aluminum and a poly-carbonate lens, DOT, SAE and E-Mark compliant and 100% plug-n-play.

Could possibly be one of the coolest bikes the factory has come out with in a long time, the Sportster S. This new headlight is one of the few upgrades that can make the 2021-Up Sportster S even cooler! Features integrated DRL/driving lights and white-to-amber SWITCHBACK turn signals to take LED lighting to a whole new level. We also dropped this new addition yesterday on social media and they are available on our website as a pre-sale as we plan on beginning to ship mid-July, right it time for Sturgis!

Part #: LLC-LH-SS
UPC #: 810088722875

Description: Sportster S Black Premium LED Headlamp with integrated white driving lights (DRL) and amber turn signals, 100% Plug-n-Play. (Fits Sportster S Models 2021-2023 only)

Check the new NAMZ web site when you have a chance. Tell them Bikernet sent ya.
Check the new NAMZ web site when you have a chance. Tell them Bikernet sent ya.

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DICE SUPPORTS BORN FREE-- To celebrate the greatest show on earth, we are doing our iconic Born Free 10 books at half price.

Hardback with 270 glorious pages featuring some of the most radical motorcycles in history.


They might not allow girls.
They might not allow girls.


The all-new Hot Bike: Issue 1 2023 DIGITAL EDITION is out now! For a limited time, we're allowing you to read the all-new Hot Bike Digital Magazine for free! Same articles, same photos, same look and feel, now easy to access. This is the first issue to print since 2018 and we had to make sure it was special and worthy of your time.

We take a closer look at Team Saddlemen's Cory West and Patricia Fernandez-West. The teammates, competitors race professionally in the Mission King of the Baggers and Mission RSD SuperHooligans series. Did we mention they're also married? Learn more about the Wests's wild ride in the new issue of Hot Bike

An Arch motorcycle is unique. So much so, that each is aesthetically tailored to its owners preferences. We take a detailed look into Arch Motorcycle's 1s from the Arch owner's perspective as we sit with co-founder Gard Hollinger and one of his customers/friends to understand the process of designing and building a truly one-of-a-kind motorcycle.

If you want a tangible magazine in your hands, you can still get a copy of the new issue or subscribe to get all four print issues for 2023 today!

Granddaughter Maxine the Magnificent...
Granddaughter Maxine the Magnificent...

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--


Kool wrap-up. Well written in the Bikernet family style. So, the legacy will continue as the 5-ball keeps rolling.

--El Waggs
Oceanside, CA

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

100-WORD FICTION CONTEST—New Florida Submission

The Bad Deal All Around

Woke up on a warm sunny day for early spring. Prepared for a shop run to check on my ‘49 Pan project: Rigid frame with performance gussets and a Coffin tank mounted high, with brown ribbons over metalflake paint. A girder front end was on order. A wild departure from my first bike, an old rat Triumph Tiger with an Indian blanket for a seat.

The phone rang, bad news. Break-in at the shop, everything down to the paint compressor taken. The builder feared for his life, fled to the west coast. I guessed it was a deal gone bad, perhaps drugs.

The comforting, warm, spring day suddenly turned cloudy and dark.


"We are about to pick the May Winner, hang on!" --Bandit


In 1938 Edward Turner unleashed his 500cc Speed Twin, followed by the higher performance T100 Tiger in 1939. Triumph’s first parallel twin was a nimble high performance machine 20 pounds, or more, lighter than typical twin and four cylinder machines made in America. This marked the beginning of a great run for Triumph; the parallel twin design served in a wide range street and competition applications.

The Speed Twin and higher performance Tiger both received telescopic forks after World War II. By comparison the stock Tiger had 34 horsepower, about seven more than the WLDR, Harley’s flat head 750cc race bike.

Up until the “oil in frame” design of 1971, the parallel twin design Edward Turner brought to Triumph was the mainstay through its entire 75+ years at Meriden and remained so in John Bloor’s resurrection of the marque in 1995. The styling and general form of the sheet metal and the engine have lived on in today’s machines. In road racing, dirt track, enduro, drag racing and land speed record, hundreds of racers rode to fame on Edward Turner’s design, and countless racing records were set on its sound engineering.

This fine Triumph will be among hundreds of motorcycles and thousands of pieces of memorabilia offered in the John Parham Estate Collection Mecum Auction at the National Motorcycle Museum, Anamosa, Iowa, September 6 – 9, 2023.

Watch for information on the Mecum Auctions website, For schedule information, to consign a vehicle or to register as a bidder for this and all Mecum events, visit, or call (262) 275-5050 for more information.

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The Electric Motorcycle Parity Act of 2023 would subject bikes to the same rules as the EV credits in the Inflation Reduction Act.

On June 1, 2023, United States senators Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania announced that they would introduce the Electric Motorcycle Parity Act in the Senate. If enacted, this legislation would expand available tax credits to riders who purchase qualifying electric motorcycles in the US, with the same qualifications required for four-wheeled electric vehicles that passed into law as part of the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act.


"Behind the light in every little bulb is a great dynamic current; beneath every little wave is the vast ocean, which has become the many waves. So, it is with human beings."

~ Paramahansa Yogananda,
Author of Autobiography of a Yogi

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I love the Bikernet Inspirational Seminar. I read the book by Paramahansa Yogananda once back in the '70s. I am a great believer in Astral Projection. You project yourself to other places in the world. It takes a while to recognize it after you learn about it. That has been my experience.

I think the older you get, the more inclined you are to recognize it. I experienced transcending pain years ago during meditation. I left my physical body and was outside of not only my body but outside of my house too. I could see myself inside through the window. I was sitting in my chair in the living room. I was experiencing a lot of ear pain at the time and was able to rise above the ear pain completely in this state.

This takes practice in meditation and refining your body with a correct diet. No lie!

Ann Baysinger Robinson
Long Beach, CA
Friday, July 7, 2023
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Beautiful tattoos Keith, by your grandson, Frank Ball Jr.!

Ann Baysinger Robinson
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Editor Response Thanks Ann!
I had to read the article about Gloria Struck twice to fully digest it. So, Meter Maids kicked her out cause she didn’t pay her dues? What kind of foolish administrative assistant who doesn’t know who Gloria is gets to make that call? Gloria has to be one of, if not the only surviving Charter Member. I mean, when does a person earn Lifetime membership? She’s been paying dues for over 70 years.

I’ll pay her membership for a year. If every biker who knew Gloria offered that, she wouldn’t ever have to worry about dues again. Hey Meter Maids, REALLY?

Mike Rapp
Annaadale, NJ
Tuesday, June 20, 2023
You know, that photo of Barry, Arlen, and Donnie. Seems Donnie had a little bit of the Presley vibe going on there.


Friday, June 16, 2023
Editor Response And Arlen looks buzzed...

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