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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Laura, Barry Green, El Waggs, Sam Burns, the Redhead, RFR, Bob T., Marc Morano, and the rest of the gang.

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Interesting day today.
We are still scrambling around the headquarters trying to dial stuff in, while Jerry finishes a sliced pony-wall in the great room and tears out the faux ceiling in the basement. We have designers working on shop plans, electricians lined up to replace fixtures and clean up 30 years of cable wiring and heating and air conditioning contractors working on a new heating a cooling system.

This looks like Billy Lane's back yard.
This looks like Billy Lane's back yard.

I go from dawn to dusk trying to stay prepared and be pro-active. Then as it reaches about 7:00 I grab a beer and head to a chair under a blooming maple tree to relax with a pile of the Redhead’s most magnificent bowl of guacamole.

We sit and ponder the goals for the next day. Micah is working on our plans for Bonneville. Tonight, after the news I get to have a Jack on the Rocks under the maple tree. And this weekend I want to take the ’69 Panhead out for a test ride.

Let’s hit the news:

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WOMAN GOES TOPLESS-- At Public Pool, Claiming She’s Male. Aquatic Center Does Nothing

In mid-June, in Pella, Iowa, the home of a charming Dutch, Christian Reformed community, a middle-aged woman who claims she is a male was permitted to saunter around the Pella Aquatic Center topless and use the men’s locker room, and the Aquatic Center reportedly did nothing to prevent it.

The Iowa Standard reported that the assistant manager stated anyone can wear clothing they associated with their gender identity rather than biological sex. “The policy is set by the city council, according to the aquatic center’s assistant manager,” The Iowa Standard asserted.

--By Hank Berrien

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BUELL WINS--Matt Smith blasts down the strip with his Buell taking the winner’s circle
Matt’s second victory this season

On Sunday June 27, 2021, Matt Smith blasted past the competition on his Buell® at the NHRA Summit.

Sunday's competition was fierce in the Pro Stock motorcycle class with Steve Johnson burning rubber and taking the lead in the previous two races. However, Smith turned it up a notch, dialed in and rode his Buell® into the winner’s circle.

Smith now holds 28 victories in his career, two of which he won this season.

Steve Laham, Chief Product Officer at Buell Motorcycles said, “First, the entire Buell family wants to send our prayers out to fellow Pro Stock Motorcycle Racer Kelly Clontz and to long time veteran Top Fuel Driver Luigi Novelli, we hope to see them back on the track soon.

Speaking of the track, congratulations to Matt Smith as he blasted his Buell in the outstanding tradition of Buell performance, he set top speed of the event in his final winning round at over 200mph. Thank you once again to Matt Smith and his Buell race team and all the Buell fans, Buell is Back.”

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LATEST FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--Florida Gov. Ron Desantis Signs Bill That Mandates Cities Keep Using Fossil Fuels – Stops cities from making 100% renewable energy goals

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a piece of legislation into law earlier this week that requires Florida cities and towns to keep using fossil fuels and could strangle their ability to set clean energy goals and mandates.

The bill, SB 1128/HB 919, is very similar to a slew of other bills that have entered state legislatures over the past year. These pieces of legislation, which have been dubbed “ban the ban” bills, are sponsored by oil and gas interests.

They’re part of a flurry of public lobbying and private panic from the industry in response to the growing number of cities moving to ban natural gas hookups in new construction.

With its passage, Florida joins Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, Arizona, and Oklahoma in banning new natural gas hookups in buildings; at least eight other states considered similar bills this year. And, like many of these bills, Florida’s new law has the backing of the state natural gas association and other corporate interests.

“It definitely is following the national trend we’re seeing pushed by the natural gas industry,” said Alissa Jean Schafer, a research and communications specialist at the Energy and Policy Institute who has been tracking the bill.

But Florida’s bill goes a step further than most. The language in the short bill is much broader than its siblings; it says that cities “may not enact or enforce a resolution, ordinance, rule, code, policy, or take any action that restricts or prohibits or has the effect of restricting or prohibiting the types or fuel sources of energy production.”

Proponents of the bill say that this language is meant to encourage “energy choice” for Floridians, a term the gas industry has thrown around as it tries to defend against gas bans. But this phrasing, Schaefer said, opens the bill up to a lot of interpretation, and could be read as potentially restricting cities from banning fossil fuels altogether.

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THE STOLEN MOTORCYCLE SAGA—We discussed a series of stories about stolen motorcycles and we reached out to Bikernet contributors for help. Check this:

This may not be the story you were looking for - about a person who had their ride stolen - but this is funny and bizarre true news nonetheless.

Clay Co. deputy stops to help motorcyclist, finds stolen motorcycle and meth

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What started as a quick stop for help from a Clay County, Missouri, sheriff's deputy ended with a vehicle theft suspect under arrest.

Officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Office said a deputy stopped to help a motorist with a broken down motorcycle on the stop of Missouri 210 Highway.

Authorities said it turns out the motorcycle was actually stolen. Not only was the bike stolen, but the motorist was also found with meth.

The suspect was taken into custody for possession of the stolen motorcycle and possession of methamphetamine.



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Washington, D.C. – The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted country music icon and GRAMMY® winning songwriter Naomi Judd during its first ceremony at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. The event paid homage to women whose body of work represents the best of heritage and legacy of modern American music.

"It’s always gratifying when someone acknowledges your best efforts. I love expressing my deepest feelings as I did in writing 'Love Can Build A Bridge.' Not only was I being celebrated at this auspicious event in Washington, D.C., I was among other accomplished songwriters. It was fun to reconnect with Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson fame. We met years ago. A good time was had by all!" Naomi Judd shared.

Judd joined other inaugural inductees, including Valerie Simpson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Roberta Flack, Tawatha Agee, Klymaxx, Deniece Williams, Jeri Keever "Bunny" Hull and Veryl Howard.

Recently, Judd acted and starred in Lifetime's V.C. Andrews' Ruby, a four-party movie series that followed Ruby Landry, who after being raised by her loving spiritual healer grandmother (Judd) in the Louisiana bayou, is ensnared in a world of dark family secrets and betrayal, upon discovering that she has another family living in New Orleans.

Naomi Judd is a six-time GRAMMY®, nine-time CMA and seven-time ACM Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, philanthropist, author and public speaker, whose life and career continues to inspire dreamers today.

Naomi and her daughter Wynonna brought a fresh acoustic sound to country music, with unmistakable harmonies as The Judds surrounding Wynonna’s powerful lead vocals.

The Judds are often celebrated for a rarely-interrupted stretch of 14 No. 1 hits when every single released by RCA Nashville/Curb landed in the Billboard Top 10; and a career that defined what it means to be individualists in the music business.

The Judds dominated touring with 20 Top 10 hits, have sold more than 20 million albums and blazed a trail for duos and women who have followed them. Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo.

The Judds broke the mold for what it means to be an entertainment titan and remain one of the most successful acts in the history of the country music format. In 2022, The Judds will receive a star on the world's most famous walkway, The Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Bauman rings in his 18th career win, and second Lima Half-Mile victory during the Mission SuperTwins

Indian Motorcycle Racing carried out its 2021 American Flat Track (AFT) season Saturday evening under the lights at the Johnny K’s Indian Motorcycle Lima Half-Mile powered by Drag Specialties at the Allen County Fairgrounds. Indian Motorcycle factory rider and two-time Grand National Champion Briar Bauman took first place, solidifying his second win of the 2021 AFT season.

Joining Bauman on the podium were fellow Indian Motorcycle riders Brandon Robinson and Jared Vanderkooi. Robinson, who won last week's Oklahoma City Mile I, has recorded back-to-back second-place finishes, while Vanderkooi, an Ohio local, secured his third podium of the season.

“This is the same track I secured my first Twins win on back in 2017, so to be able to come in tonight, in front of a sold-out crowd, and take the podium after a dramatic battle is pretty special,” said Bauman. “We knew we were going to have fierce competition, so to have bar-to-bar action and come out on top means a lot to our team and gives us a boost of confidence as we look to the second half of the season.”

The pure muscle win at the Lima Half-Mile sets Bauman at the top of the leaderboard with 139 points. Robinson trails closely with 127 points, while Jared Mees sits in third with 116. Through seven races, the three riders find themselves with two wins a piece, while Bauman has recorded six total podium finishes.

The season is sure to be an exciting journey to follow as Robinson and Bauman continue to duke it out for the coveted position atop the leaderboard. The 2021 AFT season will continue Saturday, July 17, at the Duquoin mile.

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NEWS FROM THE MRF AT THE CAPITAL--This year’s Bikers Inside The Beltway was a great success. Not because we
set a record for the number of states attending, or because we had more
motorcycle riders than usual come to Washington, DC to lobby their members of Congress. We were down in both categories, due in large part to the
slow but steady decline of the coronavirus pandemic.

So, yes, our numbers were down, but unlike a lot of other groups WE WERE
THERE, in our nation’s capital lobbying for our rights, and that’s significant.

In the middle of May a lot of people around the country and in Congress
were still nervous about traveling or meeting face-to-face, but not us. Some
Congressional delegations, like those from my home state of Colorado, were
only taking Zoom meetings, but a lot of others were meetings their constituents in person and our willingness to attend those meetings was noticed. For many legislators and their staff, these were the first in-person meetings they’d had in over a year, and it was the bikers who made the effort to be there.

As part of Bikers Inside The Beltway, MRF lobbyist Rocky Fox holds a pre-meeting briefing with attendees to go over the House and Senate bills we are concerned with, and to address the talking points for each one.
Rocky’s briefing takes place the evening before most of the meetings with legislators are scheduled to be held.

Despite the varying nature of the topics themselves - from the highway bill, E-15 labeling, to self-driving vehicles,
to the importance of a motorcycle advisory council - one common thread was highlighted by Rocky time after time as he walked us through the issues, and that was ‘The Ask’.

Rocky reminded the group that regardless of whether we were meeting with a legislator directly or with one of their staff people, and regardless of the topic being discussed, if we didn’t finish up with ‘The Ask’ we might as
well have never even been there.

The Ask, as I’m sure you’ve all figured out by now, is the last thing we do when meeting with our elected officials.

We ask them to sponsor or co-sponsor legislation we want to pass, or we simply ask for their ‘yes’ vote. Likewise, we ask them to vote against bills we want to kill. We can talk a good game and know all there is to know
about an issue, but unless we ask our legislators to do what we want them to do before we walk out of those
meetings, we are letting them off the hook.

What we want from our elected officials is a commitment, one way or the other, and you can’t get that without ‘the ask’.

With some legislators, especially those we have good, long-term relationships with, we only need to ask once to get a satisfactory answer.

With many others, however, we may have to ask several times, answering their questions along the way, and slowly bringing them around to our way of seeing things.

In thinking about all this, it reminded me of how important ‘The Ask’ is to signing up new members for our organizations as well. The process is largely the same. We need to know what the MRF - or your home SMRO
- has done to preserve and protect motorcycling.

We need to know what our organizations are doing today. We need to be willing to talk to our friends and relatives, or other riders we meet along the way, about these things. And most important of all, we need to ASK these people to join the MRF, or to join our SMRO.
The MRF needs to grow if we are going to continue doing the work that needs to be done. We need the help of you,our members, to get there. So please, talk about us to your
friends, your relatives, the other riders you meet along the way, and don’t forget ‘The Ask.’

--Mark Buckner
Executive Director

THOUGHTS AND INSPIRATION--From the base of the gray mountain

"You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing." - Arthur Ashe

"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time." - Thomas A. Edison

"Develop success from failures. Discouragement & failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success." - Dale Carnegie

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict." - William Ellery Channing

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TRUMP RALLY REPORT--Trump had a rally the other day. The press is making a real effort not to give any indication of the size and enthusiasm. However, the photo in the news has some biker dude holding up the same triangular emblem as in the Bikernet article about bikers for Trump that showed up Thursday. Amazing!

--J.J. Solari
Political Commentator™

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Of all the stories I have, some of my friends remember when I had my bike in the kitchen rewiring it and putting on my ape hangers. That is as close as I got to a piece of furniture, my motorcycle.

Torrance, CA
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Editor Response Yep...
Hey bandit, I still can't get my wife to let me put a bike in our living room. How do you do it!
Have a great fourth my Brother.

Jake walraven
Apple Valley, CA
Friday, July 2, 2021
Editor Response That's a helluva question. I now have a motorcycle in the Deadwood living room and one in the Ranch Road living room and one in my Sturgis office. Keep in mind, they need to be super-cool...

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