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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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Yesterday was a milestone day
and a challenging day, but at the end of the day all our shit was finally located in the Badlands. Under mild duress I learned and stumbled at operating a Skid Steer to unload crates. We worked with three forklift operators at Dakota Equipment rentals who were able to unload our 1500 pound crates at their yard.

Then, one-by-one they loaded the crates into the 5-Ball Racing Van, and we hauled them to Boulder Canyon, where I unloaded them with the Skid Steer. At the end of the day all our shit was in the Badland, hoorah. We spent the first night with whiskey and sandwiches, and this morning I was able to make coffee but didn’t have any cream, damn.

Bikernet is now 25 Years young!
Bikernet is now 25 Years young!

Here’s the quote of the week from J.J. Solari: The news is 50% hacks accusing people of things and 50% people apologizing for the things the hacks are accusing them off HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Let’s hit the news:

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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.

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

Virginia Looks Into Lane-Filtering for Motorcyclists

Virginia Senator Dave W. Marsden, chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, has asked the state's department of motor vehicles to commission a stakeholder study on the possibility of motorcycle lane-filtering.

"The MIC Government Relations Office is participating in the study," said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president at the MIC GRO. "Several meetings will take place between now and the end of the year, at which point the DMV will issue a report to Senator Marsden. We're seeing more states taking an interest in what California has allowed for decades. Oregon's governor recently vetoed a bill to allow lane-filtering and not long ago, Montana's legislature passed a bill allowing it."

Virginia House Bill 1236 failed last year on a tied vote in committee, but it proposed to allow lane-filtering – riding between cars – when traffic is moving at 10 mph or slower and the riders are traveling at 20 mph or less.


NEW HARLEY UPDATE FROM JALOPNIK--It seems like everyone is rooting for Harley-Davidson to fail these days, but all it takes is a ride on any of their products to understand how far The Motor Company has come in recent years.

Harley is building not only the best Harleys in history, but some of the best bikes in history. And with the new watercooled dual-overhead cam VVT twin introduced in the Pan America adventure touring bike, Harley has a great modern engine on its hands, ready to drop into a number of new machines.

The next bike, based on the 1250 Custom prototype unveiled last December, is finally going to be shown in production spec on July 13th. While the Pan America uses this 1250cc Revolution Max engine to produce 150 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque, you can expect this 1250 Custom to cut power in deference to torque to fit the cruiser vibe of this sporty forward-controls machine. I’d expect horsepower to still be in the low triple digits, but torque will also be bumped above the 100 mark.

This new Revolution platform engine will be replacing Harley’s long-standing Evolution air-cooled motor. That engine has powered the Sportster lineup since time immemorial, and after the old mill failed to meet Euro 5 standards last year, it was canned from the lineup. Harley, therefore, needs to fill its bread-and-butter lineup, and sharpish.

I really liked the character of this engine in the Pan America, finding it quite similar to Ducati’s old 1260S engine found in the Diavel and Multistrada. It was rev happy and smooth from idle to redline, and provided enough power to both get into and get out of trouble.

The Pan America shows that Harley is serious about building competitive motorcycles with competitive prices in the future, and I hope that this 1250 Custom continues that trend.

Obviously, Harley will be aiming squarely at stuff like Indian’s Scout lineup with this new line, and as such, it will likely be priced a little cheaper than the old Sportsters. The Sportster started at just a smidge under ten grand, while Indian sells a stripped-back version of the Scout for just $8,999.

Of course, with the number of special editions and ride types, Harley can craft from just one platform, there will surely be high-dollar high-power versions of the bike as well. Don’t expect whatever the 1250 Custom becomes to be a cheap one.

The 1250 Custom looks much more compact and low to the ground. If I wasn’t quite as pessimistic as I am, I’d be saying that this watercooled DOHC muscle/sport/cruiser is everything I had hoped the VRSC V-Rod would be.

--by Bradley Brownell

Interesting article. I always wish Harley the best. They represent way more than any specific model. They represent the biker lifestyle, Freedom, the code of the west and more.

But I do wonder about some of their decisions. Yes, this is much like the Indian Scout configuration. And yes, it looks like a V-Rod which wasn’t successful. It also looks like the recent FXRD (Drag Racing) model, which also had a V-Rod stance. That model only made it for two years. I would still like to buy one, but that’s another story. This drag racing/V-rod platform doesn’t work for the average biker rider.

On the other hand, the Sportster platform works for so many demographics from entry level, to performance, to flat track, to chopper and touring. It can do anything and as I suggested, it could be the go-to model for user friendly modifications. Just my 2-cents. --Bandit

DIRECT FROM FOX NEWS--Physicist to Tucker Carlson: Climate Change Is 'Fiction of the Media,' Not an 'Existential Threat'

Democrats and their media lapdogs are rabidly hyping the bogus narrative that climate change is an imminent “existential threat” to mankind as part of a cynical move to promote left-wing agendas.

That’s the takeaway from a Fox News interview with physicist Steven Koonin, who offered scientific support to those who believe grifting climate alarmists are flippantly weaponizing this sham talking point to enrich and empower themselves.

“It’s a fiction of the media and the politicians who like to promote that notion,” Koonin said on Fox Nation’s “Tucker Carlson Today.”

Lest anyone dismiss Koonin as “right-wing,” it bears pointing that he was undersecretary for science in former President Barack Obama’s Department of Energy.

The theoretical physicist and engineering professor is currently the director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University.

Despite the nonstop environmental fearmongering from Democrats and the left-wing media, he said “human influences” are not responsible for natural disasters such as hurricanes and intermittent heatwaves, which are just as common today as they were in 1900.

“The warmest temperatures have not gone up in the last 60 years,” Koonin said.

Koonin scoffed at Biden administration officials such as Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and jet-setting climate czar John Kerry, saying they mindlessly parrot the term “existential threat” when discussing the climate even though they don’t understand what they’re talking about.

“I don’t think the science says what … Secretary Pete thinks it says,” he said. “In fact, I can guarantee you he’s never read the science.”

Koonin continued: “Fact, I can guarantee you that Sen. [Bernie] Sanders, President [Joe] Biden, Ambassador Kerry, [Energy] Secretary [Jennifer] Granholm have never read the science — because you need to be a scientist in order to do that. And in fact, when you read it, there’s very little in terms of extreme weather that has changed over the last many decades.”

The physicist also berated the scientific community for not pushing back at clueless politicians and media that are promoting climate alarmism.

Allowing these lies to metastasize in the public consciousness causes unnecessary panic and erodes the credibility of legitimate environmental scientists who don’t endorse this mass hysteria.

“It is a failure of the scientific community not to stand up and say, ‘Guys, you know, you have over-egged the custard. You really need to be much more circumspect in how you talk about this,’” Koonin said.

Environmental expert Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, echoed these sentiments when he asserted in February that there is “zero evidence” that we’re in the midst of a climate emergency.

Like Koonin and some other environmental experts, Moore torpedoed climate alarmism as pseudoscientific propaganda whose goal is to redistribute wealth and usher in a new world order.

“It is clear that the highly exaggerated claims … are not so much out of concern for endangered species as they are a front for a radical political, social and economic ‘transformation’ of our entire civilization,” Moore said during a 2019 congressional hearing.

Yeah, I know it's a Knucklehead...
Yeah, I know it's a Knucklehead...

There used to be a story on the site of a kid whose dad owned and rode a Panhead. He told the story about how someone tipped it over one day and the dad basically called everyone out but was cool.

They picked his bike up and when the kid said he was surprised his dad didn't kick anyone's ass, his dad replied, "I just did."

Where's that story hidden at, I can't find it anywhere.

--Johnny Humble
Tech Editor™

NEW FROM INDIAN--Indian Motorcycle is excited to announce its revolutionary heated and cooled seat with the ClimaCommand Comfort Seat for Challenger models.

Like mentioned in the information below, Indian Challenger models, from 2019-2021 the well-cushioned seat provides adjustable heating and cooling for the rider seat and the slightly elevated passenger perch. Riders and passengers can choose from either low, medium, or high settings in both heating and cooling.

Here are some of ClimaCommand Seat details:

Well-cushioned seat includes slightly elevated passenger perch

Adjustable heating and cooling controls for both rider and passenger via Ride Command or seat controls

Three levels of control in both heating and cooling modes

Heated seat settings to stay comfortable when the weather turns cool

Cooling seat settings to minimize sweating and discomfort during warm-weather

Durable, water- and UV-resistant vinyl cover
Easy to clean

Modern, aggressive styling to complement its plush comfort

The ClimaCommand Comfort Seat starts at $1,199.99 and can be found at Indian Motorcycle dealers and online at

Have a look at the UK sales top 10 - Harley is competing very closely with the smaller engines of Enfield at 8th and 9th rank respectively.

The top 2 places with Honda and Yamaha suggest the need to commute not using public transport. More expensive Triumph at 3rd place seems to show a clear preference over the American brands.

The complete absence of Polaris Indian is surprising and strange - the other article shows how sales grew for Polaris last year.

UK Motorcycle sales see post-pandemic bounce back

Polaris factory decisions controlled by Supply Chain Bottlenecks

Polaris’s retail sales in North America last year grew by 25% from 2019 and increased by 70% in the first quarter from last year. It has hired about 1,000 more employees in the past year, a 7% increase in the workforce.
Like many manufacturers, Polaris had an unexpected surge in sales during the Covid-19 pandemic. When restaurants, movie theaters and fitness centers closed, consumers shifted their spending to boats, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and other outdoor vehicles.

Supreme Editor
Bikernet Blog™

LATEST FROM SUPPORT GOOD TIMES--American veteran, motorcycle rights advocate, magazine publisher, world land speed record holder, author, internet pioneer, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame inductee, and editor in chief of Easyriders Magazine back in its heyday, Keith “Bandit” Ball’s scope of work and influence has inarguably shaped our love of freedom, speed, and building and riding choppers.

“Over the years I built choppers for friends and for myself, maybe 30 of them. Most of my bikes have been featured in Easyriders, Cycle Source, American Rider, Heavy Duty Magazine, 100% Biker, and others. I never considered myself a pro-builder, just an enthusiast who loves to create something new. I rode to Sturgis maybe a dozen times and in 2001 hit a deer in Wyoming and broke three ribs. I rode on several long road rides to the Smoke Out, rode to the Yuma Prison Run once with the Outlaws and Hangmen, once to help a friend who broke down and once with George Christie before either one of us were in a club.”

In thankful tribute, SGT is honored to present this collaboration with the legend Keith “Bandit” Ball @banditsbikernet and @whiskey_river_art.

TARIFF EUROPEAN NEGOTIATIONS NEWS--Aircraft Dispute Cools Off, Along with Major Threat to Powersports Industry

The long-running tariff battle between the U.S. and the European Union, which threatened to unfairly sweep powersports products and parts into the fray – and potentially, dramatically, raise costs for manufacturers, distributors, and consumers – has simmered down following recent high-level meetings in Brussels, Belgium.

Both sides announced a cooperative framework to address large-civil-aircraft disputes between Boeing and Airbus, along with a five-year suspension of tariffs and a move "away from past confrontation in pursuit of a cooperative future," according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

"It was great news to hear that the relationship between the U.S. and E.U. has improved and allowed for sensible discussions regarding a proper resolution of the Airbus/Boeing dispute," said John Hinz, CEO of KTM North America, Inc. "KTM North America, our dealers, and the MIC strongly opposed the implementation of unrelated tariffs that would negatively affect the motorcycle industry, our dealers, and jobs across America. We sincerely appreciate the work of all the trade representatives to resolve the issue without further and additional unrelated tariffs."


LIFE AND TIMES REVIEW-- I loved that story about all the shit you went through to get moved. Congratulations on getting married again. Hope it works out well for you this time.

I knew you had a lot of stuff to move but man!! I want to take a trip up that way this summer but not during Sturgis. Would love to help in some way to get that trike on the salt.

You remember I rode up to Bonneville in 2012 when you were running the 45. I would have liked to try different gearing on the 45. Maybe loose the 4-speed entirely to save weight and run an original 3-speed or even a 2-speed Cushman or something. Just ride the clutch on takeoff and roll it on in direct. Maybe that setup Clay Ridley used on his Briggs and Stratton bikes. They would do about 80. Just rambling. Good luck and hope to see you soon.

--Bill May

Departure Bike Works is working on the 45 Bonne Belle, as I write this. I need to check in with them. It had a 5-speed, but you are right, I over geared it when we ran it. We just needed to change the rear wheel sprocket. Damn! –Bandit

My tire has extra groves underneath, cool!

Found one a tad worse on the Little Red Rigid years back took a video of it. Cause you had to roll the tire to get it all in.

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Texas region
Bikernet Weather Channel

all weather is now climate change. the four seasons are now climate change. the new York times is a snake pit of idiots.

How is it an entity so useless on every level is considered the go-to source for insight and wisdom? Oh wait: journalists are now calling demi lovato "they" because she told them to.

Maybe I should tell them to close their doors and take long walks off short piers, if they're that obedient. Masks will be optional because I am merciful.

--J.J. Solari
Media Analyst™

QUICK, OPEN THE BANDIT’S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY--Your wife says you never buy her flowers. Is that true?

Me: To be honest, I never knew she sold flowers.

Never sing in the shower! Singing leads to dancing, dancing leads to slipping, and slipping leads to paramedics seeing you naked. So, remember...Don't sing!

So, if a cow doesn't produce milk, is it a milk dud or an udder failure?

I'm at that age where my mind still thinks I'm 29, my humor suggests I'm 12, while my body mostly keeps asking if I'm sure I'm not dead yet.

--Judi Green

Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.
Join the Cantina, Quick! Touch her.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!
Oil Transfer Problem on a 2019 Harley-Davidson

Too many issues straight from the H-D factory. $50,000 plus for CVO 2020 M-8. H-D wants you to spend an extra $1000 right away, to see if you're telling the truth about oil transfer. What a bunch of crapola.

Pulling wrenches for 60 plus years. I can tell when oil level isn't correct and where it came from. Primary over fill by 8 ounces and tranny shy of 8 ounces. DUH! No wonder H-D is going down.

Three different touring bikes since 2011. I'm done! Next big touring bike WILL NOT be a Harley. Customer service SUCKS at best. Calling corporate does no good. They say we stand behind all our dealers and their decisions. OK See Ya.

-- Firedome 55
Cooper City, FL

THE ELECTRIC DEBATE--Jumping on the bandwagon Vs Industry Leaders

It’s too early to focus on electric cars only says Toyota

Toyota Motor Corp.’s lineup over the next 30 years will contain a myriad of options beyond just electric vehicles, executives at an annual shareholder meeting said Wednesday.

“It’s too early to concentrate on one option,” said director Shigeki Terashi, responding to an investor’s question about why the world’s biggest carmaker is taking a different electrification route than Honda Motor Co., which is targeting all-electric vehicle sales by 2040.

Terashi, speaking from Toyota’s headquarters in Aichi prefecture, said that in the years leading up to 2050, different options including hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles need to compete against each other so that the company is left with the best options.

Compared with several auto majors including General Motors that aim to exclusively offer EVs in two decades’ time, Toyota is sticking firmly to its stance that non-electric cars will also play a lasting role in global auto markets.

“Some people love battery-electric vehicles but others don’t see the current technologies as convenient,” Toyota’s Chief Technology Officer Masahiko Maeda said. “In the end what matters is what customers choose.”

Toyota’s logic behind taking a slower approach to EVs extends beyond just forecasts of consumer demand. According to some studies, the materials needed to make EVs and batteries could account for a larger share of total emissions than those from tailpipes. The Japanese automaker says it will work to streamline its production processes to lower the cost of producing EVs and other vehicles in tandem.

"When looking at reducing carbon emissions, there’s one school of thought that says we should focus on battery-electric vehicles," Terashi said. "Including production, use and scrapping-related emissions, “we’re choosing to look at the whole lifecycle.”


--from Wayfarer
Lead Reporter
Bikernet™ International News Desk

NEW FROM S&S -- Tuned Induction Air Cleaner

Air flow is everything in a performance engine and naturally it begins at the air filter, Factory units are downright boxy and can be pretty restrictive, so what’s the answer? The new Tuned Induction Air Cleaner from S&S Cycle deals with these challenges with not one, but two air filters mounted to highly engineered runners.

The Tuned Induction system utilizes laser cut tubes merged into a single collector and fed by high flow air filters placed directly in an unobstructed air stream. The end result is maximum performance for your engine and a stylish package as well.

The Tuned Induction system offers twice the filtering area over stock intake systems and increases horsepower and torque across the RPM range. The unique filters are washable and designed to last for years and can be paired with an available rain sock as well.

Available in chrome or black and now in brushed stainless, the TIG welded intake is the perfect solution for the performance and style minded rider. Fitment for most M8 powered models as well as 2008-2017 Twin Cam Touring and Softails. For more info check out the S&S site at

This one is kind of a redux of a system we did years ago. Substantially updated, reduced price and now with fitment for all the M8 models. The TIG welded stainless version is my favorite! ~ DZ


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Bandit, my son and I are riding back out to Sturgis this year (yes, he is going to ride the Harley 750 Street all the way out and back again) and would like to meet up with you again. We had a blast spending time with you at Scott’s restaurant and meeting him and Danny Grey. I hope you have time for us and possibly show us the new shop. I’ll give you a text when we get in town.

Brandywine, MD
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Editor Response Great, the shop won't be finished, but we will definitely be around.

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