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THINK TANK BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for November 17, 2022

Just When You Stumble onto Doubts Check Our News Column

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Berry Green, Rogue, Sam Burns, the Redhead, Jim Waggaman, Laura, RFR and the rest of the gang.
11/17/2022


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Every once in a while,
I begin to wonder if Bikernet is taking the wrong direction. Maybe we should support the Green New Deal like most of the media does. Hell, they don’t even have the balls to ask questions. Isn’t that what Journalists are supposed to do? Then remarkably, I will stumble along something that inspires my resolve again. Check below from an Australian Senator.

Let’s hit the news and stay warm…

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.



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AUSTRALIAN WAKE-UP CALL--
Senator Malcolm Roberts Challenges the Aussie Government to Prove CO2 is a Problem

Essay by Eric Worrall

An inside view into what it is like being a climate skeptic politician who is determined to get answers out of both his colleagues and government scientists.

… Our earth’s climate has been changing for 4.5 billion years. Historical, empirical, scientific evidence shows there is nothing unusual or unprecedented about our current temperatures or weather events.

Climate science has been hijacked. Special interest groups pushing ideological societal change, rent- seekers wanting to profit from taxpayer subsidies and politicians looking for easy new ways to tax citizens, are hijacking our nation’s governance and sovereignty. Alarmingly, once highly regarded agencies such as the CSIRO and BOM, have allowed themselves to become a part of the climate change industry and have failed to provide government with robust, competent science advice upon which to base policy.

There is no logical, scientific point with empirical evidence linking carbon dioxide from human activity as the cause of climate variability. No entity or person has ever proven that the ongoing natural climate variability is not entirely natural.

This lack of vigorously tested evidence has allowed governments to create policy that is permanently damaging our once cheap and reliable electricity system. Our manufacturing industries are disappearing overseas, families are struggling to pay their exorbitant power bills, farmers are under pressure and our once reliable electricity system is on its knees, due to government regulations forcing intermittent wind and solar into the electricity grid.

Even our children are not safe from this alarmism, with eco-anxiety finding its way into the innocent world of our children.

Nor is the environment safe, due to the lack of recycling of many solar, wind and battery components with relatively short working lives, and due to other inherently damaging aspects of solar and wind.

I implore you to apply the utmost of analytical and sceptical scrutiny to the claims underpinning climate and related energy policy. The effects of climate policy are historic, and Australia has never before faced such a fundamental and arguably monumental change to our way of life and lifestyle.

Your extra scrutiny on the claims underpinning climate and related energy policy could be the difference between millions of Australians suffering if the proposed legislation is passed or alternatively, having a more prosperous nation if existing climate and related energy legislation is rescinded. …

Read more: Submission by Senator Malcolm Roberts to Australian Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications

Senator Roberts’ document was submitted in August, but a link to the submission has just become available to me.

The document is well worth a read if you are interested in a very complete dive into what is wrong with modern climate science and climate politics, from the perspective of a politician who is pushing for clarity. Senator Roberts has captured a wide range of issues, including some obscure issues which are not widely known.

Although the focus of the document is Australia, much of the document is applicable to everyone – climate alarmists worldwide all tend to use the same scientific talking points to push their case.

For example, Senator Roberts caught the curious issue of the Marcott 2013 et al paper, which is used by alarmists to push the idea that the current temperature rise is unprecedented. But Marcott’s paper differs from his PHD thesis. The difference? Marcott grafted a hockey stick onto his published paper.

One of the most intriguing elements of Senator Roberts’ analysis is his interaction with Australia’s premier government science body. The CSIRO, in my opinion may be leaving themselves a large escape hatch for when today’s political climate hysteria collapses.

According to Senator Roberts, “… CSIRO admitted that it has never stated that carbon dioxide from human activity poses a danger. Instead, statements of danger came from politicians …”.

One day historians will look back on today’s climate hysteria. They will struggle to understand how politicians and voters ever mistook such a flimsy house of cards as a solid edifice of evidence and sound policy – especially with politicians like Senator Roberts sounding the alarm.

Update (EW): Re the Marcott 2013 et al paper, Marcott himself dissed his own hockey stick addition. He admitted the “… 20th century portion of our paleotemperature stack is not statistically robust, cannot be considered representative of global temperature changes, and therefore is not the basis of any of our conclusions. …”. His words.

--Wattupwiththat.com

"You do know that not one motorcycle rights organization or automotive aftermarket association in the States will question the greens. It’s either that or they are bullied to follow this path."—Bandit





ALERT FROM THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS ASSOCIATION--There’s more than one way to have your voice heard!

Last Tuesday was election day, but our voices should be heard every day. In less than 50 days the 2022 Motorcycle Profiling Project annual survey closes. Have you filled out the survey?

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) relies on surveys like this to help back up our arguments in Washington D.C. Not only is this information useful in our nation’s capital but bikers have successfully used this data to change laws at the state level.

It takes less than 2 minutes and can help make the difference in the lives of all bikers.

Do you part, fill out the survey today before it’s too late!

Click here to take the survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022NMPS

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

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EL DIABLO RUN UPDATE--
 
¡Hola Amigos!

We just did a pre-run to San Felipe to make sure everything is a go for next year. The town is as friendly as ever and they are looking forward to seeing us in May. You can get more details and the exact schedule here: www.eldiablorun.com

--Biltwell





THE LATEST FROM THE DIME BAG EMPIRE
 
Good Day and Good Ride to you.

We received a couple remarkable photos from Michael Lichter Photography featuring this custom Harley Davidson Panhead by Dan Starkey of Starkey Originals.



That’s one of our hand-tooled leather seats.

Great to work with passionate and talented artists.

--Adam Croft
DimeBag Leather

Click for custom leather seats and leather products.
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A DIRTY BIKER REPORT FROM PAUGHCO HEADQUARTERS--DIRTYBIKER 2-PIECE SHOVELHEAD EXHAUST NOW AVAILABLE

This is a two-piece 2-into-1 exhaust designed by Josh “DirtyBiker” Sheehan and produced by Paughco. The goal with this version was to create another signature “DirtyBiker” exhaust for the H-D generator Shovelhead years of 1966-1969.

But why leave it at just that… This design will also work with the cone Shovel years as well! With a tip of the hat to Dick Allen and the Alphabet Co. It was time for that classic exhaust style to make a comeback. Shovelhead’s rule, so does this exhaust. I hope you dig it too.
 

 

Here’s what it will fit
• 1966-1984 Shovelhead engine.

• Must be a rigid Shovelhead frame. (Pan frames will work too, but you’ll need to relocate the mounting tab on the lower frame rail behind the engine.

• Will work with forward controls. • Will work with mechanical brake or hydraulic brake.

• Will work with high mid controls (Main Drive).

• Will work with stock style 4 speed transmissions.

• Will work with floor boards or pegs mounted to the floor board tabs.

What it won't fit
• Swing arm frames.

• Stock H-D mid controls mounted on the transmission.

Mounting Info

*This exhaust MUST have two mounting locations on the frame as well as being mounted to the heads (duh). The first location is the stock mounting tab just behind the engine on the lower frame rail. The second location is from the back side of the exhaust collector to the lower frame rail in front of the axle plate. You can do this one of two ways. Either weld a mounting tab to the lower frame rail, or use the mounting kit offered by Paughco. Part number: 718-9 (which is a bolt on application). You might need to modify a tab to fit, but you’re a chopper dude/dudette. I have faith in you!

CONTACTS: INFO@PAUGHCO.COM
1-800-423-2621

info@paughco.com
http://paughcoparts.com

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THIRD QUARTER MC SALES DOWN--Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC)
United States - Q3 Retail Sales Figures

The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC, Irvine, California) reports that sales of new motorcycles and scooters were down in the third quarter 2022 at -3.9% compared to the same period of 2021, with ATVs down by -15.3% among the brands that are part of its new registrations data capture and reporting program.

--MIC





DIRECT FROM THE BIKERNET THOUGHT TEMPLE--As humans, we are surrounded by illusions that we perceive as being very real.

What we affirm becomes the fabric of our existence.

One of the biggest commitments we can make on our journey from fear to love is to become more conscious of what we are thinking in any given moment.

Are you happy with this reality? Is it aligned with your values?

Truth be told, we can create whatever reality we want for ourselves when we can see through the illusions that keep us in fear. Our world functions like a hall of mirrors. What we see in the world is a reflection of who we are being in any given moment. What a beautiful gift when you think about it. We can have it all. There is no shortage of anything on this planet. We just believe there is.

Everything is energy and energy cannot be created or destroyed. It simply changes states. You manifest your reality based on your energetic frequency in each moment. Are you holding onto anger or joy? What is it that you are attracting?

Want to change your life? Simply change your thinking.

--Ray Russell
Philosopher
Australia





THE LATEST ON PFAS REGULATION IN MAINE
The MIC Government Relations Office submitted additional comments to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, regarding its second draft of proposed PFAS regulations. On behalf of hundreds of association members, plus the Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, the GRO stated that hundreds of MIC members remain considerably impacted by the requirements proposed in the latest concept draft for the "Maine PFAS in Products Program."

"We continue to call on MIC members with expertise and vested interests to contact us about joining the MIC PFAS Working Group," said Eric Barnes, MIC technical programs vice president. "PFAS presents a major powersports industry challenge, and whether you're an OE, aftermarket, or riding gear manufacturer, you must learn about government PFAS proposals and look for ways to replace PFAS in products you sell."

NEW JERSEY DEALERS MAY BE ASKED TO DELETE PERSONAL INFO
A bill now working its way through the New Jersey legislature calls for motor vehicle dealers to delete personal information from motor vehicle computer systems prior to resale or lease.

During a hearing this week for General Assembly Bill A4723, the committee chairman indicated the bill's author is working on floor amendments and they would like to expand the legislation to include rental cars. The hearing focused on personal information in address books and global positioning systems built into automobiles, but some powersports vehicles have these features as well. New Jersey's identical Senate Bill S2740 has not yet been through a hearing.

--MIC





ACTION HAPPENING AT THE VENICE VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE CLUB--
Save-the-Dates

Saturday, Dec. 3rd from 1-7 pm - VVMC Holiday Party and Toy Drive at Clutch Roadhouse

Sunday Dec. 4th - VVMC 2-Wheeled Toy Run
More details to follow

This Sunday, let's ride North!
Come join us this Sunday. We'll be cruising up the PCH, then cut up into the canyons and end at Rock Store.

Rock Store
30354 Mulholland Hwy, Cornell, CA 91301

9AM - Meet
10AM - Kick stands up!

As always, vintage bikes encouraged but all years, makes, and models are welcome!

Please remember.....

- We leave at 10am sharp!
- Be gassed up and ready to go.
- Please do not pass our Road Captains. They are there to lead and keep everyone together as a group.
- Keep this a safe and fun ride by staying aware of your fellow riders.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram, or go to venicevintage.com for the latest updates on our events calendar.

See you there!
-VVMC





EUROPEAN ANTIQUE MOTORCYCLE ALERT--Survey on historic motorcycles.

FEMA asks for your help: please fill out our survey on the use and definition of historic motorcycles. We see different definitions of what a historic motorcycle is in rules and regulations for (for example) periodical technical inspections and for emission zones. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and make your voice heard!

https://ymlpcl6.com/02fcdbbjaraewhuwafaqjhazawmwm/click.php

--FEMA





LOWBROW INVESTIGATION--

For Harley-Davidson these codes, and their locations, have changed over the years.

WTF is an anti-theft code?

What year did Harley start putting serial numbers on frames?

What does this 17-digit VIN on my M8 really mean?

This article will answer these questions and give you the information you need to properly identify your Harley-Davidson motorcycle!

Read on Lowbrow website
--Lowbrow crew

Click for Action.
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NEW AIR STREAM STUDIOS BUILD--
 
I'm sending you some pics of a new/old build I'm starting for a customer and I wanted to pick your brain, what's left of it that is, (ha-ha) on a couple of things.



Years ago, a customer/client asked me to build him a Board Track Indian using a Power Plus engine in one of Rick Krost's board track frames, built by Paughco. The client & I bought the frame directly from Rick. The client already had the engine. Then he lost his job and the project got put on hold. Well, after years of sitting the build is back up and running.

I'm trying to set-up the drivetrain and I'm tossing around transmission ideas. I was wondering if you had any thoughts or suggestions. One of mine is to try and use a later model H-D trans with the oil bag under it. But there would be a lot to engineer with one of them.



Keeping it simpler, my other thought is to hunt down the OE trans, primary and starter that came with those models. This engine came from an '02 Indian.

Would or do you have any leads on where I may find that set up ?

--El Waggs
Air Stream Studios



I hooked Jim up with Paughco who makes components for Rick’s Frames. I also pointed him in the direction of my entire build. Check it out:

https://www.bikernet.com/pages/2009_5-Ball_Factory_Racer.aspx

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QUOTES FROM CHARLIE CHAN IN 1968—On Ambition.

Cannot tell where path lead, until reach end of road.

Time will not press and talk will not cook rice.

He who feeds the chicken, deserves the egg.

--Warner Brothers
1968





NEWS FROM THE S&S CYCLE HEADQUARTERS--
 
After a two-year hiatus, the Winter Power Package is back! All of the best parts to big bore/cam/oilpump/plate your Twin Cam or M8 with $400 knocked off! ~ DZ

S&S Cycle - Winter Power Package Returns for a limited time!



The S&S Winter Power Package is the ideal combination of performance and savings, designed to transform your M8 or Twin Cam H-D without breaking the bank. For the latest generation HD’s, S&S is packaging their 124” & 128” bolt in big bore kit with a 550 cam, cam plate and high flow oil pump as well as valve springs, lifters and pushrods.

T he Twin Cam kits get a similar combination of performance parts with a 585 cam and a bump to 100 for the early and 110 cubic inches for the late TC models.

All kits are available with gear or chain drive cams and are designed to make big, reliable power with equally big savings.

Winter only pricing starting at $2299, saves over $400! The ideal combo for a winter storage project. Good from November 14th through January 31st, 2023, get yours and schedule that winter install.

Check out the details, parts list and dyno charts at https://www.sscycle.com/feature/winter-power-package/

David Zemla
VP - Marketing
S&S® Cycle, Inc.
14025 County Highway G, Viola, WI 54664

Email dzemla@sscycle.com





WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA-- Announces 2022 Escort to Arlington

Chevrolet to lead the country’s longest veterans’ parade with wrapped vehicles transporting Gold and Blue Star Families, Veterans, and American patriots!

What has become known as the country’s longest veterans’ parade – Wreaths Across America’s annual “Escort to Arlington” – kicks off on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. The official route, which can be viewed here, will travel down the East Coast stopping at schools, memorials, and other locations along the way to spread the year-long mission to REMEMBER the fallen, HONOR those that serve and their families, and TEACH the next generation the value of freedom.

Stops with public events will be held in Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C., before arriving at Arlington National Cemetery on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 17 – National Wreaths Across America Day.

“For me the Escort to Arlington is the culmination of another year of sharing the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach across this country. I say it every year, but it is truly an experience of a lifetime,” said Karen Worcester, Executive Director, WAA. “The way the mission and these families and veterans are welcomed into communities, with flags waving and streets lined with children and grateful Americans, is something we always wished every person could witness. This year we’re hoping that supporters will once again join us in safely lining the roadways and welcoming the escort into their communities.”

For the 8th year in a row Chevrolet, has generously provided the Wreaths Across America wrapped escort vehicles, transporting participating Gold Star families and veterans. In addition, Chevrolet has also donated 4,000 veterans’ wreaths for placement at Arlington National Cemetery to help honor our nation’s veterans.

“Chevrolet and its dealers are proud to support the work of Wreaths Across America once again and share the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach. This annual tradition has become a cornerstone event for Chevrolet and its dealers here in the Northeast Region,” said Dan Adamcheck, Regional Director of Sales, Service and Marketing for Chevrolet. “To be able to give back to our communities, and the men and women who have given so much to our country is truly an honor for Chevrolet and its employees.”

Participants for this year’s Escort to Arlington will include Gold Star Families – including the National President of American Gold Star Mothers, Inc., Sarah Whitehouse Taylor – Blue Star Families, volunteers, and veterans representing many eras and local Veteran Service Organizations such as the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, VFW Auxiliary, and the American Legion Auxiliary, and more. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders and Patriot Riders, and law enforcement from departments across Maine and other states along the route will provide escort to ensure safe transport for all participants throughout the week.

The Escort to Arlington has grown to consist of twelve tractor-trailers representing Schneider National, Gully Transportation, Witte Bros. Exchange, Inc., Hartt Transportation Systems, Inc., Delhaize Transportation LLC (DBA Hannaford Supermarkets), American Trucking Associations – Workforce Heroes, Pottle’s Transportation, Cargo Transporters, Inc., Boyd Grain Inc., Hampton Roads Moving & Storage, Prime Inc., and Tyson Foods, Inc. These dedicated organizations and their professional drivers will haul a portion of the sponsored veterans’ wreaths heading to Arlington National Cemetery for placement on Saturday, Dec. 17. Additionally, Load One Carriers will once again serve as the ceremonial wreath transporter for the Escort.

What began 30+ years ago as a pilgrimage by a Maine wreath maker in a single truck to deliver 5,000 wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery as a gesture of thanks has become a year-long mission to Remember, Honor, Teach. National Wreaths Across America Day ceremonies are happening at more than 3,500 participating locations across the country on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. These events are free and open to all people. To find a participating location near you to support and/or volunteer to place wreaths, click here.

In total, nearly 257,000 sponsored wreaths are needed to reach the goal of placing a wreath on every eligible marker at Arlington National Cemetery. To sponsor a $15 veteran’s wreath for placement this year, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.

You can learn more here: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/19520/News/862/?relatedId=0

*Note, volunteers placing wreaths at Arlington will be required to preregister and show proof of registration on Wreaths Across America Day on December 17, 2022. You may also register at the above link by clicking the VOLUNTEER button on the page.





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Maybe the manufacturers, aftermarket companies powersports industry and even rights organizations -- know where the money is at -- SELLING NEW STUFF to replace all the 1920s to 1980s "junk" people buy and build and commute and race and auction or whatever.

Money starts flowing everywhere with new sales.

The other possible reason could be the mandate bigger than "money", which is the American "State" demanding / wanting to end the power of OPEC nations who have been raising their heads instead of nodding in agreement with USA.

Anonymous

Friday, November 18, 2022
Editor Response What are you calling Junk? Is is something you have been driving all your life, something your folks drove, something driving your kids to school. Junk?
--Bandit
There are Certainly Plenty Of People In Law Enforcement and Politics that Break More Laws Than Club Members, even 1%ers.

Rogue
Palm Bay, FL
Friday, November 18, 2022
Editor Response Good point. Regarding politicians world wide: How can they expect citizens to abide by laws when they have little or no integrity. We need honesty from our leaders in troubling times.
--Bandit

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