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A couple of items are rolling around in my mind. First is our current adventure, which is sorta eating me alive. As bikers we are adventurers. Hell, anytime you head out in Los Angeles on a motorcycle, it’s an adventure. The current adventure is moving to Deadwood, South Dakota and out of California. Remember, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. I hope that adage is accurate.

One of the other items on the agenda is the search for truth and keeping your mind open to all the possibilities in life. You’ll find some startling news as you scroll through this week’s news.

And finally, I’m researching a new Harley-Davidson model the FXDR and the FXDRS. I’ve heard some stories and Donnie Smith built one. I was told they were built only in 2018 and 2019. Upon further investigation, they may have been built in 2019 and 2020. Let me know, if you know anything about them and or have any experience with them.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

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HANG ON FOR THE INDIAN CHALLENGE--Today, Indian Motorcycle announced the return of its “Challenger Challenge,” a season-long demo tour and dealer activation that pits the Indian Challenger vs. the Harley-Davidson Road Glide® Special for the ultimate head-to-head comparison.

New for 2021, riders taking the Challenger Challenge will experience each bike with comparable performance upgrades, including:
Indian Challenger: Indian Motorcycle Stage 1 Oval Slip-On Mufflers, PowerPlus Stage 1 Air Intake & PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams
Road Glide® Special: Harley-Davidson® Screamin' Eagle® Street Cannon Performance Slip-On Mufflers, Screamin' Eagle® Heavy Breather Extreme Air Cleaner, Screamin' Eagle® Milwaukee-Eight Stage II - Power Kit & Screamin' Eagle® Pro Street Tuner

Taking center stage of the 2021 Challenger Challenge is Indian Motorcycle’s PowerPlus Stage 2 Performance Cams – the same cams that helped power the S&S Indian Challenger to victory at the inaugural King of the Baggers race last October. Featuring best-in-class stock performance, the Indian Challenger gains 10% more horsepower with the Stage 2 upgrade kit – providing a new level of unmatched passing power and American bagger performance.

As you’ll see in this year’s Challenger Challenge promo video, Carey Hart and Big B took to Irwindale Drag Strip. This year, though, Big B supervised as Carey enlisted the support from King of the Baggers third-place finisher Frankie Garcia and the inaugural King of the Baggers Champion Tyler O’Hara. After three runs with each bike, the riders compared their personal best on the Challenger with their personal best on the Road Glide. No surprise, as King of the Bagger Champion, Tyler O’Hara, recorded the fastest times with both the Challenger and Road Glide® – registering 7.52 seconds aboard the Challenger and 7.96 on the Road Glide®.

The 2021 Challenger Challenge will kick off at Daytona Bike Week starting Friday, March 12. Throughout the rally, Indian Motorcycle will strictly enforce CDC guidelines, including face coverings, social distancing, and regular cleaning and disinfecting of all bikes and common touch points. Riders in Daytona interested in taking the Challenger Challenge can visit the Speedway, every day during the rally from 9am-5pm.

Following Daytona, riders can take the Challenger Challenge at an Indian Motorcycle demo event or at a local dealership. For more information, or a list of demo stops, please visit or call a local Indian Motorcycle dealer.

Nash "Lights Out" Hammer NEW FINISH - Bronze with hand distressed finish-- Weighing in at 2 Lbs. this blunt walloper packs a heavy punch!

These are 100% made in the USA, casted in a dense bronze, and features a backwoods genuine Tennessee hickory wood grip!

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A TIP FROM THE LOWBROW TEAM--Mounting the rear fender:

"Once that the rear wheel was centered correctly, I moved on to mounting the rear fender...
I wanted to make sure I had the clearance needed for the rear tire.

I used the tried-and-true method of taping a rubber hose to the top of the tire to set the clearance equally all the way around the wheel..."

Once that the rear wheel was centered correctly, I moved on to mounting the rear fender. The rear fender has three mounting points: the lower mount off the battery box tray, the upper mount just under the seat and the rear mounts which attach to the sissy bar. Each mount had to be fabricated to match the curves of the fender and since I am using a ribbed fender there were a lot of curves…

With a flat fender you would usually use two lengths of hose on either side of the tire, but my ribbed fender sat nicely on one single hose taped down the middle of the tire. I also used some magnets to hold the sissy bar in place just to get an idea of where it would mount to the motorcycle fender.

Read the whole story and If you haven't followed along from the start, be sure to check out Part 1 at the LOWBROW web site.

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NEWS FLASH FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--Data Show Agriculture Is Booming Amidst Climate Change, Not Declining

A search of Google News for the term “climate change” today turns up a Green Biz article claiming climate change is threatening global agriculture, especially in developing countries in Africa and the Middle East. This is false. Data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and other agencies clearly and objectively show crop production has improved as the earth modestly warms.

The author of the Green Biz article, titled “Global agriculture will be drastically altered by climate change,” claims, “In much of the world, climate change is altering regional growing conditions and making them more unpredictable. Farmers are finding it harder to consistently grow enough food to meet increasing demand.”

In particular, the article claims climate change is causing a shift in rainfall patterns that is making it harder to farm in Kenya and Iran. The data on rainfall and crop production in those countries show otherwise.

Utilizing data from the World Bank, the chart below, produced by Trading Economics, shows no significant increase or decrease in rainfall in Kenya over the past 100 years.

Detailed data covering the past 25 years of Kenya’s rainfall, displayed in the next chart, also displays no significant trend either upwards or downwards.

Although rainfall trends have not changed, World Data Atlas figures, reflected in the next chart, show Kenyan crop production has repeatedly and regularly set records year-over-year since 1961, even during periods of substantial political strife. Kenya’s crop production increased by more than 400 percent since 1961 and has more than doubled percent since 1988.

Also, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) reports, “Kenya’s livestock sector is primed to grow exponentially over the next three decades and anchor the country’s food sufficiency….”

“The [FAO] estimated that by 2050 the cattle population in Kenya will have increased by 90 percent while milk and beef production will rise to 17,000 tonnes and 2,000 tonnes, respectively,” according to the ILRI.

The story is similar in Iran. Despite repeated wars and internal conflicts, Iran’s crop production has grown substantially during the period of modest warming.

Data from the FAO show since 1989, cereal crop production in Iran increased 187 percent, despite increasing the acreage harvested by just 2.6 percent.

FAO data show similar increases in crop production in other African and Middle Eastern countries. For example:

Cereal crop yields in Malawi are 50 percent higher than was the case 20 years ago, with the eight years with the highest yields on record having all occurred since 2007.

Zambian crop yields have also increased by more than 50 percent over the past 20 years, with eight of the last nine years setting records for yield.
Cereal crop production in Iraq increased 91 percent, even as the acreage being harvested fell 5 percent.

Cereal Crop production in Jordan increased 15 percent, even as the acreage harvested declined 30 percent.

Cereal Crop production in Lebanon increased 115 percent, while acreage harvested increased 30 percent.

Cereal Crop production in Syria increased 22 percent, even as acreage dedicated to crop production declined 66 percent.

Cereal Crop production in Turkey increased 46 percent, even as acreage dedicated to crop production declined 19 percent.

What’s true of Africa and the Middle East is true for the world as a whole. As explored in Climate at a Glance: Drought and Climate at a Glance: Floods, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports no evidence that rainfall patterns are changing significantly. By contrast, global crop production has set records seven of the past 10 years.

When it comes to covering climate change’s impacts on agriculture, Green Biz’s readers would be better served if Green Biz stuck to reporting the facts, rather than hyping climate alarm based on its writers’ biases or anecdotal evidence.

The post Data Show Agriculture Is Booming Amidst Climate Change, Not Declining appeared first on Climate Realism.

--Climate Realism / by James Taylor
--Climate Depot

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MONTANA MAKES LANE SPLITTING LEGAL—Califa, Hawaii and Utah have legalized some form of lane filtering. Starting on October 1, 2021, motorcyclists in Montana can legally split lanes.

There are conditions, but this is major good news. I hope they put together a public info campaign to let all vehicle owners know of the new law and the benefits to motorists. --Bandit

We have a very rare opportunity for a few lucky collectors. As you may know, David has been doing a special piece for Daytona each year since 2005. Many of these are sold out and most, if not all are priced at well over $2,000 on our website.

For the 80th anniversary this year, David has agreed to offer ONLY one of each of these Daytona pieces, hand-embellished, for the special price of $2,000 framed, per piece. This will be the smaller of the two sizes of any Daytona piece, including the 2 he did for this year's rally. Shipping is additional.

What makes this "Collectors Edition" so special?

** David paints directly on the color print. The thickness of the paint catches the lighting and really makes these glow (we send lighting instructions with the piece). If you've seen a hand-embellished piece at one of our shows, you know how special these really are!

** He signs these differently than the prints in the edition. Block letters "UHL" in paint with "P" (for Paint-over) and the year below.

** He writes a letter to the owner in his calligraphy style handwriting (sample below), documenting the piece's uniqueness.

To reiterate, we are only offering one each in this special edition.

You may choose from any Daytona piece from the past 16 years (including this year's two pieces).

You can view the entire collection on our website:

Daytona Collection

Sample handwritten letter by David Uhl

We are promoting these to everyone coming into the gallery here in Daytona also, so if interested, please respond ASAP to this email or call me at 303-913-4840 to confirm your order. Thanks for your time and have a great weekend!

--Greg Rhodes
David Uhl Fine Art
15801 W. Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
cell 303-913-4840

ALERT FROM THE NMA--Virtual Car Shopping Grows Up

The COVID-19 crisis has thrown the car market into chaos (along with pretty much everything else). At the beginning of the pandemic, very few were buying cars, new or used. Auto shows were canceled. Supply chains were destroyed, and auto factories closed due to safety concerns. Then late last year, the car-buying spigot opened up again. In fact, the selling price of a new car currently averages $40,000 due to demand.

With showroom traffic almost nil, car dealers had to figure out new ways to keep customers engaged. Virtual car shopping increased and, just like many pandemic innovations, will likely continue well into the future.

An April 2020 Cox Automotive digital shopping study showed that two-thirds of potential customers were more likely to buy a vehicle online than in person.

Ten months later, however, Deloitte released its 2021 Global Automotive Consumer Study in which researchers found car-buying customers like what’s familiar and may not have changed their habits after all. Other takeaways included:

71 percent of US vehicle buyers still prefer an in-person sales experience.
75 percent of respondents want to see and touch any vehicle before purchase.
64 percent want to conduct a test drive.
Deloitte Vice Chairman Karen Bowman said, “Unlike many other retail sectors that have seen a wholesale shift to online buying, purchasing a vehicle remains a largely personal experience for many consumers.”

Despite the Deloitte study, most car manufacturers and dealers have chosen to expand their online selling platforms. General Motors set up Shop-Click-Drive and Cadillac LIVE and, more recently, Chevy MyWay, for instance. To keep customers engaged during the lockdown, salespeople reached out to customers with online virtual tours.

Denver Cadillac dealer Gavin Pierce said that the Cadillac LIVE platform definitely helped the dealership make sales. In May 2020, Cadillac LIVE had 65,000 visits (2.5 times higher than right before the pandemic) and currently maintains that monthly average.

Toyota and Lexus started their online shopping portals called SmartPath and Monogram, respectively, in September 2019. The companies strive to connect a buyer’s experience across various shopping and local dealership sites. Last month, SmartPath and Monogram began allowing customers to complete the entire purchase process without ever visiting a dealership. Vehicle delivery is made right to the buyer’s door.

A couple of things to keep in mind for customers on the Toyota/Lexus Platforms:

Dealers are not required to use the portals and, if they do, must pay Toyota an undisclosed fee for use. Out of the 1200-plus dealerships in the US, only around 50 currently sync their inventory information on SmartPath, and a much smaller number of Lexus dealers currently use Monogram.
Shoppers can only check out one dealer’s inventory at a time. No price comparisons are allowed between dealers, and consumers cannot view other available vehicles regionally or nationally.

Everything a customer enters online goes into a ‘digital garage,’ which can then be used for a salesperson’s follow-up.

For those who are looking for a used car, many online options are available. The website Investopedia provides a list of the best websites to try. These platforms, which are not controlled by any one automaker, often provide the flexibility to search for new and used vehicles, find cars by geographic area and compare the same make and model between dealers.

Let us know how you looked for and bought your last personal vehicle by emailing the National Office at We might include your reply in a future newsletter.

I wrote to the NMA, since I have purchased two new cars in the last year. One was a Nissan hightop van and the other a Subaru Outback for the redhead. Both were daunting experiences. Nissan lied to me and all their customers about the mileage rating. They got caught.

Consumer reports helped save me 10 grand with the Subaru purchase. There are so many factors involved while buying a vehicle these days it’s nuts. Here’s the game. By the time you learned everything you need to purchase a car, the new model year starts all over again. –Bandit

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RE: Future of Harley Davidson - It's no big secret, Harley can put good people up against a bad design, and the bad design will win every time. Nothing more discouraging that looking at a $45,000 motorcycle, with a compensator design that won't make it 15,000 miles without crapping out. (Stop laughing over there Rogue - I see you laughing over there Rogue!!!) My last screaming vulture compensator grenade wiped out my entire primary system too - E.S.P. was out about $4,000 - Yes Rogue - my next one compensator will be a Baker.

If we can't pick on design, then a lifetime HD warranty - or at least drop the bullshit 60,000 mileage limit for E.S.P. extensions. This recent move leads me to believe the Harley Davidson Board of Directors, is busy arguing about the bar tab.....while they're sitting on the Titanic.....

That being said - Rogue - I'll be glad to read one of your step-by-step instructions on how to shoehorn in an M8, in place of my Twin Cam when time comes.....asking for a friend.

-- Doug
Buchanan, MI


In a bit of news that received almost no news coverage last week, Republicans picked up another seat in the US House of Representatives. Let that sink in for just a moment. It took until February 5, 2021—three full months after the November election—for a House race to conclude in the courts. Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) had to appeal the election results up to the New York Supreme Court, which finally ruled that she was the winner over incumbent Democrat Rep. Anthony Brindisi. The outcome of that election was only decided because there was an audit of the votes in Tenney’s district. Just sayin’!

So, Rep. Tenney was sworn in as the newest member of Congress last Thursday. Members of Congress are typically allowed to bring family members to watch when they take their oath of office. But the number of guests inside the Capitol is limited right now, with coronavirus being the excuse. Anyway, Rep. Tenney chose to have her son come and watch her being sworn in.

House Speaker Nancy Piglosi (D-CA) denied that request. She refused to allow Rep. Tenney’s adult son to attend the ceremony, on the grounds that he is a dangerous security threat.
Wait, what?

Who is Rep. Tenney’s son? Is he some QAnon blogger or a member of the Proud Boys? Does he read Breitbart News (or this website)? Does he have an NRA card? Does he own a hat with buffalo horns on it?!

Actually, Congresswoman Tenney’s adult son is an officer in the US Navy. The guy attended the US Naval Academy and received one of the finest military educations still available in America. He’s served his country since roughly 2013. Right before he deployed to Iraq in 2017, President Donald Trump personally called him to wish him well.

Tenney’s son likely has a fairly high-level security clearance at this point in his career. He’s also been vetted by the military to a level of much more scrutiny than the average person will ever go through. Yet Nancy Pelosi has branded this US Navy officer a security threat to the very same Congress that Tenney’s son has a sworn oath to defend.

I try to avoid politics, but I’ve been curious about the election and waiting on solid info. Another state is now investigating the outcome of the election. I will bring you any solid info I can find. The above story was checked and confirmed by our inhouse investigator.—Bandit

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money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise.

Grubstake “money or other assistance furnished at a time of need or of starting an enterprise,” was originally American mining slang that first appeared in the Far West of the U.S. (Montana) in 1863. It originally referred to provisions or gear furnished to a prospector on condition of participating in the profits of any discoveries. The grub in grubstake is British and American slang for food; stake is “something wagered in a game, or race or a monetary or commercial interest or investment in an enterprise in hope of gain.”

In short order, the team turned the partners’ $10 million grubstake into $100 million.


He told Westerberg he planned on staying until April 15, just long enough to put together a grubstake. He needed a pile of new gear, he explained, because he was going to Alaska.


GREAT LINES FROM GERMANY--I was checking out the Rider's Eyes shots of MB Cycles (Germany) new custom R18.

I think a good product might be a sacrificial Delrin or like material to protect the low valve covers. I've seen this on Harley primary clutch inspection covers and Dyna crash bar/highway peg arrangements.



One evening, four brothers chatted together after dinner. They discussed the 95th birthday gifts they were able to give their elderly mother.

The first said, "You know, I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "And I had a large theater built in the house."

The third said, "And I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her."

The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I bought her a parrot who could recite the entire Bible. It took 10 preachers over 8 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $50,000 a year for 5 years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama only has to name the chapter and verse, and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed.
After the birthday celebration, Mama sent out her "Thank You" notes.

She wrote:
“Milton, the house you built is so huge that I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home. I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks anyway."

"Melvin, you gave me an expensive theatre that can hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing, and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same."

"Dearest Michael, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you so much."
Love, Mama

--James Conway
Associate Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina Bad Joke Library

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H-DMC need to:
1) Move the decimal point on your CAD for a Sportster or Big Twin engine and make one that is under 650cc. Then do the same to the chassis. And whammo you have a real Harley with the sound and an entry level bike at an affordable price. All the techs will know how to work on it too.
2) Focus on weight reduction. This will solve 2 things. Easier to ride and a faster bike. We really don't need a swingarm that weighs 75lbs.
3) Focus on bicycles/electric and standard that are affordable so kids start learning the "brand".
4) Demo fleet and rider training at factories. Make a deal with the HR dept. Lets us come to you and we'll donate to a charity of your choice etc. If the people that are interested are too afraid/intimidated to come to the store have the store go to them. This solves: a) Even if people aren't interested in pursuing this hobby, they become more aware and may pay attention to us on the road and b) Gets those that are on the fence a push in the right direction.

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What happened to the "NEW" HD model with the "SQUARISH" headlight?

Joe Teresi
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Editor Response That's the new Pan American multi-road bike. They have a tough time with alternate markets. We will see what happens to this one.
I don't know the current value of steel scrap today but anything and everything I've recently purchased made of steel have gone way up. Scrap aluminum and copper have gone down. Building products of wood or steel have increased two-fold in some cases. Each day I learn more about the detrimental effects of this fucking virus.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Editor Response I wish someone told the truth...
I don't know but I have heard.... the FXDR/S has good power. looks good to most. It is listed as a 2019 and 2020 model year, but has been referenced as poor handling for a 2018 motorcycle of any brand. It is a straight line (drag) bike for the most part and has a poor seat and ergonomics. Short-haul at best.

Harley has built some other bikes with this general formula before. They are usually sexy looking and hot rods but all seem to suffer similar drawbacks. It came out more expensive than the other new style Softails but lacked in their praise by the press. I can see the price remaining high on the market for a while due to the limited production. Time will tell.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Editor Response Hey Sam,

I've found used ones for as low as $12,000. You've inspired me to ride one before I get too excited.

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