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THE STAND-UP BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for April 6, 2023

Including Arizona Bike Week

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Barry Green, the Redhead, Rogue, Bob T., Laura, RFR, El Waggs, Ray Russell and the rest of the gang
4/6/2023


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As you know, we’re living in very strange times.
Unfortunately, so many of our issues revolve around the very backbone premise of our country, truth and free speech.

So, hang on. Bikers have made a difference in the past. Let’s see what a bunch of grubby bikers can do now. The news contains it all.

Let’s hit it:

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YOUR FREEDOM IS UNDER ATTACK—NMA Newsletter

If there was any doubt before, now we have a clear indication that the WAR ON CARS is real –and it's being waged at the highest levels of society by authoritarian culture warriors. These tyrannical elitists seek to eliminate our freedom to travel where we want, when we want, and how we want by impairing our ability to use our personal vehicles. While often promoted as "safety" measures, this campaign to "get people out of their cars" is, in actuality, a crusade against a middle-class lifestyle represented by single-family homes and automobiles.

Prompted by their cataclysmic view of climate change requiring a drastic reduction in carbon emissions, cars are activists' favored target to reduce greenhouse gasses. Their “solutions” would mostly lead to a diminution of our standard of living and curtailment of our personal liberties. And those hurt the most will be the poorest among us, those disproportionately affected by traffic fines and often forced to travel longer distances to jobs and educational opportunities.

The "Paradise" of these collectivists' dreams is the "15 Minute City", a dense urban prison where everyone travels by bicycle or government-run transportation systems –and never ventures more than a few miles from home.

Photo by Buck Lovell.
Photo by Buck Lovell.



The War on Cars takes many different forms:

Vision Zero: Both an ideology and an organization based on the belief that we can make roadways so safe that no one ever dies in an automobile accident. Numerous U.S. cities have adopted Vision Zero as an official policy. Yet it has failed almost everywhere it has been tried. The original target date for zero deaths was 2018, then 2020, then 2025. It has now been pushed to 2040 – far enough in the future that the lack of progress and failure in policy is impossible to demonstrate. Of course, the logical conclusion to this ideology is that society must eliminate or severely curtail all motorized travel, starting with personal automobiles.

20 is Plenty: A policy that cars shouldn't be allowed to go faster than 20 mph in urban areas –because at higher speeds, fatalities will occur if a vehicle hits a "vulnerable road user" like a pedestrian or bicyclist. In other words, 20 mph is plenty fast enough for you to drive. The 20 is Plenty policy has been implemented in many European cities and is now starting to roll out in the U.S.

Arbitrarily Lowering Speed Limits: It is well-documented that the number on the speed limit sign has little effect on travel speeds. Rather, it's the design of the roadway that determines at what speed people feel comfortable driving. Traditionally, speed limits have been set at or near the speed 85% of reasonable drivers don't exceed. This practice ensures that we don't criminalize the behavior of the majority of otherwise safe drivers. But now, a movement is sweeping the country to eliminate this standard and set speed limits at whatever speed "feels right" for those vulnerable road users.

The USDOT’s "National Roadway Safety Strategy" sets a target date of 2024 to “Revise FHWA guidance and regulations to … [encourage] the setting of context-appropriate speed limits…" That means speed limits no longer must be rational. Instead, more arbitrary and politically motivated methods will be used. The $1 trillion infrastructure bill signed into law in 2021 provides funding to local jurisdictions to enforce those unrealistic speed limits with automated ticketing cameras.

The consequence will be that the majority of otherwise law-abiding drivers will unintentionally become violators. For the anti-car fanatics, this is a deliberate feature of these policies. They're eager to criminalize the act of driving, and arbitrarily lower speed limits enforced by automated ticketing cameras is their back-door way of achieving this goal.



Expanded Use of Automated Ticketing

Cameras: Anti-car extremists love these ticketing machines because they can penalize drivers for the most insignificant violations, such as driving a few miles per hour faster than an arbitrarily lowered speed limit or making a slow rolling-right-turn at 2 am when no one is around. Activists tout automated enforcement as a way to increase equity since cameras supposedly can't racially profile. Yet, studies have shown that poor and marginalized communities are the ones often targeted by ticketing cameras. And their residents are the ones least able to afford the billions of dollars in fines that follow from these policies.

Complete Streets (aka Road Diets): Although over 90% of workers commute by auto, anti-car activists believe we dedicate too much roadway to automobiles. In their view, "equity" dictates that we reserve an equal amount of roadway space for other users, especially bicyclists. Many cities are removing half the number of car lanes on high-volume roadways and dedicating that space to bicycle lanes –notwithstanding that bicyclists are as rare as unicorns in many locations. These policies have created massive traffic jams and lost travel time. But again, for the fanatics, this is a feature, not a bug. For them, using the personal automobile is too fast and convenient, so we must impair their use to equalize travel times compared to bikes and mass transit. Think of it as roadway socialism.

Eliminating Parking: If you eliminate parking, people will give up their cars in favor of bikes and buses, and the world will be a better place. Many university urban planning courses teach this dogma as part of the "New Urbanism" of densification and elimination of suburban sprawl. The curriculum even fosters the foolish notion that cities should remove parking at transit stations so commuters can't drive their cars to access trains and buses. Abolishing parking is a significant feature of the 15 Minute City.

Eliminating Right Turn on Red: The Washington D.C. City Council recently voted unanimously to impose a citywide ban on right-turn-on-red. Officials in Austin, TX, Berkeley, CA, and Cambridge, MA, are also exploring a prohibition on right turns at red signals. And the movement is growing throughout the U.S. If this crusade isn't stopped now, in just a few short years, we could all be forced to idle needlessly at red lights, adding precious extra minutes to each trip’s travel time.



These two articles sum up the anti-car (motorcycle) ideology perfectly:

Cars are killing us. Within 10 years, we must phase them out

Cars Are Death Machines. Self-Driving Tech Won’t Change That.

What used to be a fringe ideology has taken root in our mainstream institutions, from the Federal Highway Authority and NTSB down to local government. It has infected the organizations that make and recommend public policy, such as the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and university research facilities. The World Economic Forum heavily promotes this ideology. Whether you know it or not, it is coming to your city and neighborhood.

The invention of the personal automobile has been a primary factor in the human flourishing and massive increase in our standard of living, which has occurred over the last century. It has allowed humans to thrive in ways never before imagined in the history of the world. It has freed up our time to pursue economic and leisure activity, spurred amazing innovation, and allowed us to experience life in new and unique ways.

But we could easily lose all these benefits if we're not vigilant.

With a renewed sense of purpose and vigor, the National Motorists Association is formulating a strategy to fight back against these anti-human policies and protect our freedom to travel. In the months ahead, we'll share these plans and may ask for your assistance. In the meantime, if you still need to renew your membership, now is the time. And if your membership is current, consider gifting a membership to a like-minded friend or relative. If we are going to win this war, AND WE MUST WIN, we need an army – and that army is formed one driver at a time.

--By Jay Beeber, Director of Policy & Research, National Motorists Association
NMA

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Facebook is useful aspect of modern content-driven websites because it proactively pushes content and delivers notifications for new content. However, Bikernet Blog has an easier on the eye option. If you are a true-blue biker and don't stare at a smart phone all day, you probably have few days in the week to catch-up with the rest of the pack riding wild and free.

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COMING FROM THE GREASYKULTURE--At last, the story we've been waiting to bring you!

As soon as we saw Dave Polgreen roll his '56 Harley KHK onto the grass at Born Free last summer, we knew we wanted to do a big feature on it! Dreamy paint by The Harpoon, mono-shock on a beefed-up swing arm, mirror-polished engine; this thing is wild! And then, for various reasons – all explained in the article – we had to wait eight months before our man Mark Kawakami could finally snap some beautiful images for the magazine.

And here they are, in issue 92. Don't miss this one!

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CRUSHING DEFEAT!--

Last Sunday’s “Berlin Climate Neutrality By 2030” referendum failed resoundingly despite the more than a million euros spent in a massive run-up campaign that included plastering the city with posters, concerts by famous performers, huge support and propaganda by the media and hefty donations coming from left wing activists from the east and west coasts of USA.

Once the dust of the referendum had settled, it emerged that the “yes” side fell way short of the quorum 608,000 votes needed to pass the measure. Only 442,210 cast a vote in favor, which represents only 18% of Berlin’s eligible voters. The activists expected a far greater turnout. 82% refused to lend any support.

Berlin’s rejection of the climate neutrality by 2030 mandate is a massive body blow to the the radical Fridays for Future and Last Generation movement in Germany, and it will take months for the radicals to recover, if ever, from this setback.

The Berlin initiative to make the city climate neutral by 2030 was led by rich, upper class youths like Luisa “Longhaul” Neubauer. But Berliners, having been harassed for months by activists gluing themselves to the streets and blocking traffic, saw the folly of the initiative and the high costs it would entail politically and financially. They decided resoundingly they’d wanted no part of it.

--Watt’s Up with That.com





BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!-- Graffiti By Cyril Huze

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/Graffiti_By_Cyril_Huze.aspx

I have this motorcycle in my garage. Needs a new battery. Can't wait to ger her fired up. Gorgeous Piece.

-- Tim lynch
New Smyrna Beach
FL





New Arizona Adventure Rally & Camp in Tucson Joins California ADV Rally

Registration is Now Open

A brand new Arizona Adventure Rally & Camp in Tucson for adventure motorcycle riders and enthusiasts will debut this fall, joining the well-established and continually-growing ADV Rally in Julian, California, as part of a two-event series for 2023. The Arizona Adventure Rally is set for November 30 through December 2 at Triangle T Guest Ranch, with the California edition at Stagecoach Trails Resort scheduled for November 2-4.

New this year, a two-event package will be offered for participants who take part in the brand new Arizona ADV Rally and the California ADV Rally. Attendees who sign up for both, will receive a 25% discount on registration for both events. The package deal will be offered until October 27th, 2023.

Registration for the 2023 Adventure Rally & Camp is now open and can be completed online at www.advrally.com. Participants can save money by registering before the early-bird discount ends, July 1, 2023.

Both Adventure Rally events will feature a wide array of opportunities for riders to test their skill and diversity in a location that is filled with discovery for adventure motorcyclists.

Adventure Rally & Camp is about riders honing their skills and pushing themselves to new limits. The two separate weekends will offer educational seminars from industry experts, the legendary scavenger hunt challenge with over 100 POIs, show pricing from moto exhibitors on the latest equipment and gear, and a chance to take home the series ADV Cup, determined by points earned at both events.

Whether participants are beginners or a seasoned pro, there will be training courses from riding legends designed to fine-tune the riding experience.

The Adventure Rally & Camp is a multi-day challenge for riders of any skill level and their bike. During the day, riders take part in self-navigated scenic trail rides and look for elusive checkpoints laid out by the Adventure Rally & Camp staff. At night, camaraderie is built among competitors, as well as industry guests, often around a campfire.

Teams will take part in challenges on the trails as well in special tests, during the Adventure Rally & Camp. The special tests are conducted at Base Camp and are designed to test riders overall adventure skills.

Participants can ride one, two, or all three days of the event. Top point collectors will be honored each day as well as the team that collects the most points overall for all three days. At the end of the two-event series, the ADV Cup will be awarded to the top point earner.

Riders of all skill levels are eligible the Adventure Rally & Camp and all off-road-capable, street-legal motorcycles are welcome.

For more information on the 2023 Adventure Rally & Camp Series and to register, visit www.advrally.com.





QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--They are stopped by the police

John and Jessica were on their way home from the bar one night and John got pulled over by the police. The officer told John that he was stopped because his tail light was burned out. John said, "I'm very sorry officer, I didn't realize it was out, I'll get it fixed right away."

Just then Jessica said, "I knew this would happen when I told you two days ago to get that light fixed."

So, the officer asked for John's license and after looking at it said, "Sir your license has expired."

And again, John apologized and mentioned that he didn't realize that it had expired and would take care of it first thing in the morning.

Jessica said, "I told you a week ago that the state sent you a letter telling you that your license had expired."

Well by this time, John is a bit upset with his wife contradicting him in front of the officer, and he said in a rather loud voice, "Jessica, shut your mouth!"

The officer then leaned over toward Jessica and asked. "Does your husband always talk to you like that?"

Jessica replied, "only when he's drunk."

--Sam Burns
Certified Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina™

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Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.







THIS JUST IN FROM LOWBROW--Help us name these new handlebar grips!

We are resurrecting this old grip design that got lost in the shuffle a couple years back during hectic times...

And we still could use a rockin' name for them!

Tyler walks you through one of our latest grip design while also giving YOU a chance to help name this new product!

We think that coming up for names for new products is super fun, and we are stoked to have you in the mix!

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PPS - To share the video simply forward this email, OR post up www.lowbrowcustoms.com/newgrips on your favorite motorcycle group, forum, or text it to your friends!

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NEW MEXICO Legislative Victory--

 House Bill 287 our Look Twice for Motorcycles Specialty License Plate passed the House and Senate and was signed by the Governor this week.

I have included an image of our plate that was designed by Richard, Sturgeon, a member of our motorcycle community. We worked with DOT and MVD to get the correct wording on the bill and ensure that it was a design they could work with to fit on the license plate; they also came in support of our bill to testify at the legislative committee hearings.

We feel this will be a traveling billboard on our roads to inform, educate and raise awareness on road safety. Monies generated from this license plate will help sustain our statewide struggling motorcycle training program, provide additional training, upgrade training equipment, improve existing motorcycle training ranges, and increase public awareness education for riders and drivers.

After the bill was signed by the governor, DOT and MVD called to congratulate us and inform us they allow us to work with them on the final design of the plate. This plate should be available on July 1st, 2023, and the first plate will be issued to Richard Sturgeon.

--Annette Torrez
MRF New Mexico Rep

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HANG ON FOR THIS ONE--

H.R. 1 can be characterized as pro-free market and deregulatory. But it is only a start. Free market reforms will ultimately require repealing dusty old federal laws from the New Deal (Public Utility Holding Company Act; Federal Power Act; Natural Gas Act) and laws before and after…. At the same time, numerous states should implement free market reforms by repealing and amending laws.

The Lower Energy Costs Act just passed the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. Senate confirmation is not expected to pass it, and the Biden Administration has promised a veto. But it is a start, a placeholder, for pro-consumer, pro-taxpayer, pro-freedom policy reform to come.

H.R. 1, in the words of its sponsors, “restores American energy independence by:
  • Increasing domestic energy production
  • Reforming the permitting process for all industries
  • Reversing anti-energy policies advanced by the Biden Administration
  • Streamlining energy infrastructure and exports
  • Boosting the production and processing of critical minerals
 A summary of the Bill follows:

H.R. 1—sponsored by Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-LA) and co-sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-AR), and Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO)—unleashes American energy and lowers costs for families.



Unleash American Energy:

• Prohibits President Biden from banning hydraulic fracturing

• Repeals all restrictions on the import and export of natural gas, including LNG

• Prevents liberal states from blocking interstate infrastructure projects

• Repeals President Biden’s $6 billion natural gas tax that would increase energy bills for families

• Rolls back President Biden’s $27 billion EPA slush fund for Democrat special interests

• Disapproves of President Biden’s canceling of the Keystone XL pipeline

• Requires the Department of the Interior to resume lease sales on federal lands and waters

• Repeals harmful royalties and fee increases imposed on energy production that drive up prices for families

• Ensures parity in energy revenue sharing for states with onshore and offshore energy development

• Requires publication of the 2023-28 offshore oil and gas lease sales plan/sets deadlines for future 5-year plans

Reform Broken Permitting Process:

• Reforms the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting process to streamline federal reviews for all sectors of the economy, including at our international borders

• Limits scope of environmental review under NEPA to reasonably foreseeable and economically feasible impacts

• Sets deadlines for completion of NEPA reviews at one year for environmental assessments and two years for environmental impact statements

• Provides certainty by imposing a 120-day deadline on filing litigation on final agency actions concerning energy and mining projects

• Requires that certain low-impact activities and activities in previously studied areas on public lands are not major federal actions under NEPA

• Ends the abuse of the water quality certification process by streamlining the permitting process under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act and limiting review to water quality impacts only

• Enhances America’s ability to develop critical energy resources by improving the environmental permitting processes at critical minerals refining and process facilities

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise stated:

“For the last two years, President Biden and his extremist friends in Washington have waged a war on American energy, and hard-working families across the country are paying the price. Gas and utility costs have skyrocketed to record highs, with the average American paying over 40 percent more for gas at the pump since President Biden took office…. The Lower Energy Costs Act … will show the country how to end the war on American energy, become energy independent again, and lower costs for hard-working families who are struggling under the weight of President Biden’s radical agenda.

Congressman Steve Scalise
Washington, D.C. Office
2049 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515





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Call the grips ribbed French grips.

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Saturday, April 8, 2023

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