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The END Bikernet Weekly News for September 5, 2019

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I ran two Climate pieces a couple of weeks ago.
I got a kick out of this one from the Week. Let’s ask everyone who buys a fossil fuel car or motorcycle in the future to plant a tree. Done deal.

THE GREEN SOLUTION TO CLIMATE CHANGE—Scientist have calculated that the cheapest and most effective way to fight climate change may be to plant trees—a trillion of them. Because trees soak up atmospheric carbon dioxide, a major contributor to global warming, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology decided to examine what would happen if saplings were replanted on lands where forests had been cleared.

They concluded that the planet could support an extra 2.2 billion acres of tree cover, an area almost the size of the U.S.

Those new forests, the researchers say, would remove about two-thirds of the roughly 330 billion tons of carbon pumped into the atmosphere by humans since the industrial revolution.

Reforestation is “the top climate change solution in terms of carbon storage potential,” co-author Thomas Crowther tells

--the Week Magazine.

Of course, the other article I ran that week along with several books point out the carbon dioxide has nothing to do with Climate Change. In fact, it might be that temperature impacts CO2, not the other way around. But whatever, planting trees and supporting open space is cool for lots of reasons. Did you know that the city with the most parks is Moscow, with almost 50 percent of the land mass devoted to parks and open space. I’ve always thought Long Beach had a great plan. You seem to either be able to see the ocean, canals, bays, or parks from everywhere you go.

Just don’t forget: Everything will be all right in the end, and if it’s not all right, it’s not the end. Let’s hit the news.

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The storm is heading North off the east coast of Florida what is known as the I-95 Corridor.
Contact with friends in Daytona Mainland said they were fine.
Dorian is heading to the Carolinas and they are now on Hurricane watch.

For us in Florida this was a standard prepare for the worse and pray for the best and it appears the prayers worked.
There are power lines down in places and most of the beaches got damage BUT no where near what could have happened if it was closer to the coast and or hit land.

We continue to hope that those in Dorians path STAY SAFE

Senior Editor™

LATEST GUN NUT REPORT--HARPA: Social Credit (Mental) Scoring For Gun Control

The Trump Administration has broken the ice on using Social Credit Scoring technology to decide who is mentally stable enough to purchase a weapon. Like a ‘No-Fly’ list, a ‘No-Buy’ list would be based on AI analysis of social media posts. ? TN Editor

The Trump administration is considering a proposal that would use Google, Amazon and Apple to collect data on users who exhibit characteristics of mental illness that could lead to violent behavior, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

The proposal is part of an initiative to create a Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), which would be located inside the Health and Human Services Department, the report notes, citing sources inside the administration. The new agency would have a separate budget and the president would be responsible for appointing its director.

HARPA would take after Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, which serves as the research arm for the Pentagon. The idea was first crafted in 2017 but has since gotten a renewed push after mass shootings killed 31 people in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in August.

The Suzanne Wright Foundation approached the president recently and proposed the agency include a project called Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes, or Safe Home, the report notes, citing two people familiar with the matter.

President Donald Trump has a close relationship with Bob Wright, who founded the foundation after his wife died of cancer. Wright was a former chair of NBC and occupied that position while the president hosted “The Apprentice.”

HARPA would develop “breakthrough technologies with high specificity and sensitivity for early diagnosis of neuropsychiatric violence,” according to a copy of the proposal. “A multi-modality solution, along with real-time data analytics, is needed to achieve such an accurate diagnosis.”

The document lists several technologies that could be employed to help collect information, including Apple Watches, Amazon Echo and Google Home. Geoffrey Ling, the lead scientific adviser on HARPA, told reporters Thursday the plan would require enormous amounts of data and “scientific rigor.”

He added: “Everybody would be a volunteer. We’re not inventing new science here. We’re analyzing it so we can develop new approaches.” The White House declined to provide the Daily Caller News Foundation with a statement, but sources told WaPo that Trump has reacted “very positively” to the proposal — it is unclear if he has seen the Safe Home idea.

--Technocracy News

Dalton’s NHDRO 4.60 Win First Ever for a No-Bar Bike--Rain may have interrupted NHDRO’s Liguori Drag Racing World Semifinals at West Salem, Ohio’s Dragway 42, but not before a unique achievement by Jeff Dalton in Pro Ultra 4.60.

The world’s quickest motorcycle index class is generally reserved for Pro Mods and Funnybikes—big tire, wheelie bar monsters with nitrous or turbos. Dalton’s bike is a turbo, no-bar, Suzuki Hayabusa.

His original plan for the “Autism Awareness” bike was to race grudge, but few race opportunities came his way. Looking at his timeslips, Dalton realized he could do more racing and be competitive running 4.60, eighth mile index. So, he entered the bike in the class for the first time at NHDRO’s Louisville event, and this past weekend at 42 he notched his first win—and the first ever anywhere for a no-bar bike in 4.60.

Granted, a starting line infraction by Cleveland racer Jimmy Muntain made the final round an easy one for Dalton, but that’s racing. Muntain—doing his best Andrew Hines impression—rolled the beams on the two-step. Dalton also advanced past number one qualifier Heath McQuinn in E1.

“NHDRO is the place to go!” said an enthusiastic Dalton. “I cannot wait till the 2020 NHDRO season—I am going for the championship! Started too late this year and am still learning how to get this beast consistently on the number.”

Indy’s $16,000 race winner Tom Klemme won Saturday’s MPS Pro ET, beating Larry Hunter in the final. Klemme was also still alive in Sunday’s Pro ET race when rain shut the event down on Sunday afternoon. Craig Adams, Rod “Exciting” Bland, Steven “Dolemite” Dolamore, Ron Raymond, and KJ Shellhaas were also still in.

With limited track time available at the upcoming World Finals at Gateway, purses were split amongst those left racing in all classes for this event.

Saturday’s Kevin Dennis Insurance Street ET winner was Norwalk legend Kevin Adams, who beat Jeremy England in the final.

There were eight Street ET racers left racing on Sunday. They were Beau Ivy, Jim “Klingon” Kleon, Travis Kotz, Garreth and Scott Sheppeard, Drew Nearhoof, Robert Neizmik, and Michael Schmalle.

M2.Shocks Crazy Comp racers still vying for the win were Canadian Murray Lonsbary, Gregory Highsmith (who beat number one qualifier David Liguori in round 2), Matt Knaggs, Nathan Hollingsworth, Joey Brandgard, Tylan Beckelheimer, Tom Luke, Joe Klemme, and Kevin Adams.

Racers still alive in Penske Racing Shocks Street Fighter were number one qualifier Neizmik, England, Eric Vansboy, Kevin Adams, and Ron Arnold.

Hardcore Cycles Top Gas still had Dustin Lee (who beat number one qualifier Bland in the first round), David “Skywalker” Thompson, Jeremy Teasley, Scott Sheppeard, and—yet again— Kevin Adams.

Mass Traction’s Brandon Mass had 42’s surface on point for every class, with Indy Pro Street winner Dave Roisen running his personal best short times at this event.

Saturday night’s VooDoo Grudge races saw NHDRO’s own Brian Welch ride the MSP-built-and-tuned “Big Greezy” past Josh Ford, and John Dyer on the “Shark” Suzuki Hayabusa beat Cameron Teasley on a Kawasaki ZX14.

Until it rained, the weekend saw perfect weather for racing, picnicking and camping for the NHDRO racing family in Dragway 42’s park-like setting.

The Midwest’s largest motorcycle drag racing series returns to action for the Kenneth R. Schwartz Attorney at Law NHDRO World Finals on October 19-20 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois.

Top Gas racer Kenny Schwartz looks forward to seeing you there, and NHDRO’s Brian and Niki Welch can’t wait to crown their latest champions.

Find out more about NHDRO at

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This report was prepared by Tim Hailey. Enjoy everything there is to read, see and watch about motorcycle drag racing and more at

MORE FROM FLORIDA-- In 2015 Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R.) signed SB 290, allowing concealed carry without a permit during a state of declared mandatory evacuation. “As Hurricane Season approaches it’s critical that our rights are protected during natural disasters,” according to a statement released by Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-Petersburg. “With the signing of SB 290, all lawful gun owners will be permitted to carry a concealed weapon if they are complying with a mandatory evacuation during a state of emergency. I’m proud to have sponsored this bipartisan bill ensuring that we have the right to protect our families during these sometimes chaotic times.”


RÖMÖ motorfestival Denmark
Claes Lindblom of Sweden put an old Husky to life again
Raced the beach with his nephew
Life is good


Make sure to check out the Sketchbooks Store for Monte's Art Books, like the one above, entitled "Cover Up" featuring some of his best Cover Art.

So, this last week we did a new Livestream sales event for the fans on Facebook and we made some quality improvements on the presentation by having the art offerings up on the big screen TV in the studio. This eliminated having to move around with the camera or flip pages in the portfolio, and we also paired down the offering from dozens of originals and prints to only about 10 items, including select originals, rare collectable comic books, prints and art books.

This allowed us to spend Moore time on each item rather than blazing through everything too quickly. By putting the event on Facebook viewers are allowed to participate during the event and claim items they would like to purchase, as well as review the video anytime later and still make purchases after the fact if they weren’t available.

Some items like art books are always available and others, like original pieces, and rare comics are more limited items. Although many fans are not on Facebook, I find it currently the best portal for interaction, allowing me to be able to check in and chat with fans, post updates and give sneak peaks of new projects.

I really enjoy being able to stay connected though social media, and I hope YOU have a chance to join us in the studio and online at a future Livestream event that brings you Moore art than most!- BAM!

-- Monte - #ExpectMoore

The 5-Ball Pit Crew, Ballistic Nylon, light vest. Click to check the Leathers and books.
The 5-Ball Pit Crew, Ballistic Nylon, light vest. Click to check the Leathers and books.

5-Ball LEATHERS ARE HERE TO STAY—We are having a blast with this line and it keeps expanding. The pit crew is so popular for hot days on the road with the breathable Ballistic Nylon, we are making a women’s version.

All leather orders get a free real 5-Ball Bandana with each purchase and one of K. Randall Ball’s crummy books. It’s even signed.


Click for action.
Click for action.


NEWS: Our Cedar Rapids Office Moved!

The new office is located at 415 12th Ave. SE, Suite 202, and will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NEWS: New Safety Initiative Tackles Dangerous Milwaukee Intersections

Attorney Michael Hupy is supporting the "Take it E-Z" Initiative, which will pay close attention to four Milwaukee intersections, known for high accident volumes.

NEWS FROM VINTAGE RIDES--Rwanda: A Call for Exploration

November 2018, we get a message out of the blue from someone called Rudy in Africa.

He’s quite something, and he’s been a dedicated biker since he was 12. Born in Burundi, he spent his childhood in the Congo (ex Zaire) and he settled in Rwanda 4 years ago.

“I love this area, I feel at home. When I turned 18 I got my first car, a Land Rover, and drove across the Great Lakes area.”

What were we doing at 18 years old ?

He invites us to explore his small country, Rwanda, in the Great Lakes area of Africa.

“Follow me and Vintage Riders will be the first to explore the Land of a Thousand Hills on a motorbike.”

He’s hit a nerve. He definitely knows what will grab us, but as always we have to talk with the team.

Let’s admit it; for us, as for many, Rwanda makes us think of the genocide of the Tutsi. Twenty-five years later, the scars may still be there but Rwanda has risen like a phoenix from the ashes to a new life.

We need to explore. We know more about the thousand passes of the Himalayas than the thousand hills of Rwanda.

Out with the maps and the history books. We read up on the turbulent history and we chat with friends who know this small corner of the world.

25 years of political stability and strong economic growth. Rwanda, now a safe country, defies the usual clichés of the African Continent. Volcanoes rising to 4500 metres, majestic lakes and lush nature. The country seems to have everything to appeal to our riders.

And let’s face it, it feels good to be able to give a little help to the country as well.

So we send Sophie and Francois, our explorers, straight out to test the waters. Their verdict?

“ A slap in the face ! "

First off, the Rwandans, hospitable and sociable, welcomed them with open arms.
And then the beauty of the landscape took their breath away….

From Kigali to Lake Kivu, via Nyungwe Forest and Akagera National Park, the country of a thousand hills is a real playground. We had to narrow it down so we’ve put a route of 1,000km together.

On the programme: rides on beautiful little tarmac roads that surf the hills, some off-road sections if we like, walk on the canopy, discover the ancient culture of Rwanda and get a look at the lions, giraffes, elephants and other kings of the savannah.

Sophie and Francois were even lucky enough to encounter a family of gorillas at the edge of the road.

We won’t spill all here, but we are delighted to have discovered this goldmine through Rudy.

So, does it appeal to you?

A temperate climate, volcanoes up to 4500m, large primary, high altitude forest and vast areas of savannah. The hospitable and sociable Rwandans are the ambassadors of an ancient culture and a unique way of life. Explore the network of beautiful tarmac roads that wind through the hills on wonderful trails.

Rwanda: The Land of a Thousand Hills
9 days including 7 riding days
1,000 kms

Photos credits : Sophie Squillace / François Combes

Vintage Rides
(By appointment only)
128 rue de la Boétie
75008 PARIS

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You go Frankie! The only way to find out is to try. Busted my ass until I got it. ??

Bill Moore
Greensboro , NC
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Editor Response He's all over the repairs. He went to Doctor John's about the frame and front end yesterday.

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