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Time to Step Forward and Learn about our Struggles

By Bandit, Rogue, Barry Green, Mark Longsdale, Bob T., El Waggs and the girls

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There’s been an on-going struggle to involve the motorcycle industry
and all riders in motorcyclists rights forever. This week it heated up again.

I’ve been in the middle of this effort several times. I’ll support the folks who keep us free forever. They are amazing. They are like the red cross for bikers. When they’re not in Congress working to keep us safe and free, they are out trying to recruit members, running safety training programs or trying to raise the funds to keep the fight alive.

Throughout my tenure trying to expand the motorcycle rights effort I have run into evil, profiteering and outright financial gain over pure freedom. If you ever have the chance watch the series about John Adams, who was our second President from 1797-1801. He was there when our government blossomed, and men sought to find a way. He was there throughout the war with England.

Growing up we were told that this small group of men including Washington and Thomas Jefferson sat around trying to convince the world that freedom mattered. Bullshit, some escaped the tyranny of England and hated the bastards, while others were getting rich off imports with England.

Some had escaped religious prosecution to try to live their lives out somewhere safe. Many owned slaves. So, you can imagine the fights they had when they met in a bar to discuss their next move. Bikers fought many similar battles while grappling with divided factions. And now look at the country and the divisions over the Green Doomsday proponents, when we should be freer and more comfortable than ever before.

Now is the time, once more to join a motorcycle rights group and learn about the struggles we face.

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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. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

Courts Rule Sturgis Trademarks Are Not Owned By Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Incorporated--

Who owns the rights to “Sturgis”? After more than a decade of battling, there is finally a firm answer to this question—we all own it because it is in the public domain. This means that any business planning to use the words “Sturgis,” “Sturgis Rally & Races” or “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally” may do so without any fear of getting themselves into legal hot water.

The ruling by the US Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has brought major vindication to Rushmore Photo & Gifts (RPG) and the Niemann family who have been fighting hard to defend this stance against Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRI).

Rushmore Photo & Gifts, Inc., owned by the Niemanns, had long produced souvenir items containing the words “Sturgis,” “Sturgis Rally & Races” and “Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.” They had always known these terms were public domain, and they never strayed from that belief, even after SMRI registered the mark “Sturgis” (long after it had been used by others in public domain), began a licensing program for its use and slapped RPG with a trademark infringement lawsuit.

By Mary Panerio 

NEW FROM GRIFTER-- One of our most popular sellers the Konduro Glove is on sale for a limited time. This glove features a Distressed Bison top with a soft deerskin palm. made in the USA. Claim your pair today. Due to demand of this sale, your gloves may take a week for delivery.


SALT TORPEDO REPORT—I reached out to Kent Riches, of Air Tech Streamlining, the other day regarding required front fenders and ground clearance. Here’s his response:

Hey Bandit
holy moly.... that is some trike.... sure, i would be glad to help...
1) if you put a taller rear tire on it for ground clearance, you will increase the rollout which will also give you more traction...
2) i would keep the front tires small (17-inch)
. I see the front axle is all welded up, but maybe you can do some dropped spindles to get ground clearance.

3) if you change the front tire size dramatically (17 to 19) you would alter the scrub radius and pretty much guarantee twitchy handling.

4) I would recommend enclosing the wheel/tire as much as possible...

I have these wheel covers that should work for you:

I can help with ideas on how to mount them.

Yours in sport,


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The reasons for the slump in sales at HD are not President Trump's fault.
Apparently, the Baby-Boomers all have motorcycles. Generation X is only buying a few, and the next generation isn't buying any at all.

A recent study was done to find out why Millennials don't ride motorcycles:
1. Pants won't pull up far enough for them to straddle the seat.
2. Can't get their phone to their ear with a helmet on.
3. Can't use 2 hands to eat while driving.
4. They don't get a trophy and a recognition plaque just for buying one.
5. Don't have enough muscle to hold the bike up when stopped.
6. Might have a bug hit them in the face and then they would need emergency care.
7. Motorcycles don't have air conditioning.
8. They can't afford one because they spent 12 years in college trying to get a degree in Humanities, Social Studies or Gender Studies for which no jobs are available.
9. They are allergic to fresh air.
10. Their pajamas get caught on the exhaust pipes.
11. They might get their hands dirty checking the oil..
12. The handle bars have buttons and levers and cannot be controlled by touch-screen.
13. You have to shift manually and use something called a clutch.
14. It's too hard to take selfies while riding.
15. They don't come with training wheels like their bicycles did.
16. Motorcycles don't have power steering or power brakes.
17. Their nose ring interferes with the face shield.
18. They would have to use leg muscle to back up.
19. When they stop, a light breeze might blow exhaust in their face.
20. It could rain on them and expose them to non-soft water.
21. It might scare their therapy dog, and then the dog would need therapy.
22.. Can't get the motorcycle down the basement stairs of their parent's home.

--from Sam Burns

Exciting news, WHITE KNUCKLE: The Story of The Motorcycle Cannonball
is now streaming on Amazon Prime here in the U.S. - link below!
(and in the U.K. and Germany)

Synopsis: Ride along with filmmaker Brian Darwas as he travels coast to coast
on the ultimate antique motorcycle endurance run, "The Motorcycle Cannonball".

Witness as these bikes are pushed past their limits! Get an upfront look at
parking lot engine rebuilds! . . and watch as the top guys in the motorcycle industry
machine parts in the back of their vans to keep their bikes on the road, and in the race!


If you're a Prime subscriber head over and give it a watch.
If you dig it, please leave a review and help us spread the word!
Hey Bikernet, Thanks for all the continued support!

(P.S. You can still get all of Brian Darwas' movies on DVD at:


TWIN POWER Introduces Shocker Battery Line--Twin Power is excited to announce the addition of Shocker batteries for American-made V-Twins to its product line.

Twin Power is known for its high-quality parts and accessories designed for the American V-Twin enthusiast.

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NOTICE OF MEETING: California Air Resources Board

The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in attending a meeting of the California Air Resources Board. The workshop agenda includes significant amendments to the red sticker program for off-highway recreational vehicles.

The proposed regulatory actions under consideration include:

• End the red sticker certification program for OHRV beginning in model year 2022

• Lift the seasonal riding restrictions on existing red sticker OHRV starting on January 1, 2025

• Harmonize with U.S. EPA evaporative standards for off-highway motorcycles of model years 2020 through 2026

• Harmonize with U.S. EPA exhaust standards for off-highway motorcycles from 2022 through 2027

• Establish cost-effective alternative requirements for controlling evaporative emissions from OHRV starting in 2020

• Set more stringent exhaust emission control standards for ATV, off-road sport vehicles, and off-road utility vehicles from 2022

• Amend the current emissions fleet averaging and zero emission vehicle credit provisions to provide manufacturers with flexible compliance pathways and accelerate development of zero emission OHRV

• Adopt more stringent California-specific emissions standards for new OHRV starting with the 2027/28 model year to reduce emissions and help achieve California's air quality goals.

Date/Location: 9 a.m. Thursday April 25, at the California Environmental Protection Agency, California Air Resources Board Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I St., Sacramento, Calif.

Additional information is available at

Interested members of the public may present comments orally or in writing at the hearing and may provide comments by postal mail or by electronic submittal before the hearing. The public comment period for this regulatory action began on March 8. Written comments not physically submitted at the hearing must be received no later than 5 p.m. April 22. CARB requests that when possible, written and email statements be filed at least ten days before the hearing to give CARB staff and Board members additional time to consider each comment.

The Board also encourages members of the public to bring to the attention of staff in advance of the hearing any suggestions for modification of the proposed regulatory action. Comments submitted in advance of the hearing must be addressed to one of the following:

U.S. Mail: Clerk of the Board, California Air Resources Board, 1001 I St., Sacramento, California 95814

Electronic submittal:

If you are not yet an AMA member, please join the AMA to help us fight efforts to restrict responsible motorized recreation. More members means more clout against our opponents, and your support will help us fight for your riding rights - on the road, trail, racetrack, and in the halls of government. To join, go to

Thank you in advance for your interest. If you attend, please email the AMA at

Bikernet attended a recent California Air Resources Board meeting. They talked about working with the industry but pointed out that they are paid by the Governor and he wants Zero omissions by 2030. Zero means nothing. I wrote the following report to them and I will no-doubt resubmit it before the deadline.



How did you get the Dyna to drip six drops of oil in a circle?

Kelso, WA

Amazing, right?--Bandit
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Introducing the Jack Daniel's Augmented Reality App--

Over the years, we’ve invited our Squire friends to visit us here at the Jack Daniel Distillery many times. But we know for many folks visiting in person just isn’t a possibility. That’s why we’re proud to begin offering a very special Augmented Reality (AR) app this spring that will take folks on a virtual tour of our Distillery.

The journey will last about ten minutes and will let our Squire friends come just about as close to visiting us as they can without leaving their own neck of the woods. Along with images from the Distillery, we’ll also share stories with you just like your tour guide would if you dropped by in person.

Once our friends download the app, they’ll be able to simply point their phones at any Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey bottle (from 50 ml to 1.75 liter) to hear a bit more about our whiskey. We feel fortunate to have more than 150 years of history to share, and we hope you enjoy learning a bit more about us.

That being said, we are always glad to see our friends. So if you’re considering a trip this summer or anytime in the future, we hope you’ll consider stopping by to see your friends and neighbors right here in Lynchburg.

--from Rogue
Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005


RODDERS JOURNAL MOVES— We’ve landed in our new office in Richmond, Virginia, and we’re kicking things off with a sale like never before.

From now through this Wednesday, we’re offering two years of The Rodder’s Journal for the price of one—a 50% savings (eight issues of TRJ for only $59.95). All you have to do is use the code BOGO at checkout (U.S.) and BOGO2 (international). This is an online-only sale.

To place an order, click the box above. Select a two-year subscription and use the corresponding BOGO or BOGO2 code to save.

Get TRJ #1!

While we were packing up our South San Francisco office, we unearthed some long sold out TRJ inventory—including a couple copies of issue #1. Rather than stashing them away on our shelves, we’re giving away two signed and personalized TRJ #1’s to two subscribers who take advantage of this week’s BOGO. These have become highly collectible on the secondary market, sometimes bringing as much as $200 at auction. Winners will be chosen at random.

We’re excited about our new East Coast office, and we thank you for your continued support.

BIKE SHOW NEWS--This past Saturday was the 3rd Congregation Show in Charlotte. Great event held at an old facility that made Fords in the old days. The floor is wood but not planks, up on the grain end. Pretty cool. Bikes here had just what is needed to run and stop. No bling!

-- Paul Aiken
Aeromach USA, LLC
10015 Metromont Ind. Blvd, Ste F
Charlotte, NC 28269
800-990-9392 orders
704-599-1333 office

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I THINK THIS GUY HAS IT ALL COVERED. I COULDN'T SPOT ANYTHING HE LEFT OUT-- I am the Democratic, Republican Liberal-Progressive's Worst Nightmare. I am a White, Conservative, Tax-Paying, American Veteran, Gun Owning Biker. That's me!

I am a Master Mason. I work hard and long hours with my hands to earn a living.

I believe in God and the freedom of religion, but I don't push it on others.

I ride Harley-Davidson Motorcycles.

I believe in American products and buy them whenever I can.

I believe the money I make belongs to me and not some liberal governmental functionary, Democrat or Republican, that wants to share it with others who don't work!

I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way!

I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer; it makes you a smart American.

I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized, and does not entitle you to anything. Get over it!

I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac or any other item, you should do it in English.

I believe there should be no other language option.

I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God when and where they want to.

My heroes are Malcolm Forbes, Bill Gates, John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers, and Willie G. Davidson, who makes the awesome Harley Davidson Motorcycles.

I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.

I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time watching or arguing about it.

I've never owned a slave, nor was I a slave. I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks, and neither have you!

I believe if you don't like the way things are here, go back to where you came from and change your own country! This is AMERICA ...We like it the way it is and more so the way it stop trying to change it to look like Russia or China, or some other socialist country!

If you were born here and don't like it... you are free to move to any Socialist country that will have you. I believe it is time to really clean house, starting with the Congress and all those who oppose the POTUS.

I want to know which church is it, exactly, where the Reverend Jesse Jackson preaches, where he gets his money, and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution? Can I get an AMEN on that one?

I also think the cops have the right to pull you over if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are, but not just because you happen to ride a bike.

And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my driver's license. I think it's good....

And I'm proud that 'God' is written on my money..

I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works, I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation in the world for the next four years.

I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me stuff or trying to guilt me into making 'donations' to their cause....Get a job and do your part to support yourself and your family!

I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes a man and woman .

I believe 'illegal' is illegal no matter what the lawyers think!

I believe the American flag should be the only one allowed in AMERICA ! If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a BAD American. If you are a BAD American too, please forward this to everyone you know...

We want to return our country to the values it was founded on, and prospered under for over 200 years!

My Country...I hope this offends all illegal aliens.

My great, great, great, great grandfather watched and bled as his friends died in the Revolution and the War of 1812.

My great, great, great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Mexican American War.

My great, great grandfather watched as his friends and brothers died in the Civil War.

My great grandfather watched as his friends died in the Spanish-American War.

My grandfather watched as his friends died in WW I.

My father watched as his friends died in WW II and the Korean War.

I watched as my friends died in Vietnam, Panama and Desert Storm.

My son watched and bled as his friends died in Afghanistan and Iraq..

None of them died for the Mexican Flag.

Everyone of them died for the American flag.

Texas high school students raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole, other students took it down. Guess who was expelled...the students who took it down.

California high school students were sent home on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough!

This message needs to be viewed by every American; and every American needs to stand up for America

We've bent over to appease the America-haters long enough.

I'm taking a stand.

I'm standing up because of the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the American flag.

If you agree, stand up with me.

And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message.

AMERICANS, stop giving away Your RIGHTS! Let me make this clear! THIS IS MY COUNTRY!

This statement DOES NOT mean I'm against immigration!

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE, IN MY COUNTRY, welcome to come legally:
1. Get a sponsor!
2. Learn the LANGUAGE, as immigrants have in the past!
3. Live by OUR rules!
4. Get a job!
5. Pay YOUR Taxes!
6. No Social Security until you have earned it and Paid for it!
7. NOW find a place to lay your head!

We've gone so far the other way . . bent over backwards not to offend anyone.
Only AMERICANS seems to care when American Citizens are being offended!
WAKE UP America !!!


--from Rogue
Senior Editor

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I am still baffled as to why anyone would stay in commifornia. I retired from driving an 18 wheeler last winter. Too many restrictions, high taxes and bad roads. I moved too Florida after looking at Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. it's been 5 years and its' still great.

deland, FL
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Editor Response My son is moving to Austin, Texas next month.
I have never heard "my" thoughts expressed any more succinctly ...
Thank you for the article, your service and for speaking "our" piece.

Tucson, AZ
Monday, April 22, 2019
Editor Response Thanks brother.

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