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The TRUTH BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for July 21st, 2022

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By Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Barry Green, the Redhead, Sam Burns, Laura, RFR, Johnny White, Geno, Buck Lovell, and the rest of the crew

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The truth is everything. I scrambled out of bed a 6:24 this morning. My mission, to complete the Bikernet Weekly News always with hope for the future of America and Freedom. So, what hit me immediately as I opened the email world?

Don't lie to me...
Don't lie to me...

The Real Story of January 6, an Epoch Times documentary, reveals the truth that has been hidden from the American people. The mainstream media’s narrative has ignored key events and witnesses, until now:

On July 22, The Epoch Times will finally release the long-awaited documentary, The Real Story of January 6.

This is the first full-detail, unbiased look at what really happened on Jan. 6.

New information, including testimonies from people who were there on the ground, sheds a disturbing light on what really happened on Jan. 6, 2021.

“We’re labeled as terrorists ... If they can lie about me, I know for a fact that they can lie about everybody else that was there that day,” said one eyewitness.

--The Epoch Times Staff

Hang on. I look forward to this documentary and the twists and turns of our government. I spoke to a progressive friend recently, who studies the issues and admits that the parties are struggling for power not the people. They need to find the right path for the people of America not a path for more power.

Another friend pointed out the obvious. There are radicals on both sides, but most of America is in the center, just trying to build a life, a family or a chopper and be free.

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.

MIC Asks Members to Join a New Team to Address Emerging PFAS Challenges
MIC Technical Programs and the Government Relations Office are establishing a new working group to examine PFAS legislation and proposals and develop a comprehensive approach to federal and state regulations that could forever change manufacturing across the industry.

"We're calling on MIC members with expertise and vested interests to contact us about joining our new PFAS working group," said Eric Barnes, MIC technical programs vice president. "PFAS presents a major powersports industry challenge, and whether you're an OE, aftermarket, or riding gear manufacturer you must learn about government PFAS proposals and look for ways to replace PFAS in products you sell."

In powersports, PFAS chemicals can be found in or used to produce products such as riding gear, vehicle components resistant to heat, fuel, and chemicals, as well as semiconductors and chrome plating.

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a class of synthetic chemicals used for decades in a wide range of consumer products. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these are "long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time" and "are found in the blood of people and animals all over the world and are present at low levels in a variety of food products and in the environment."

Both federal and state governments have examined the health impacts of PFAS in recent years and many bills have been introduced to ban its use. Some states are also setting up registries to list any vehicles, components, parts, and clothing that contain PFAS.


All veterans should join.
All veterans should join.

VETERANS CRISES LINE AVAILABLE-- New, Easier-to-Remember Veterans Crisis Line Number

No Veteran should go through a crisis alone. Save the new Veterans Crisis Line number—Dial 988 then Press 1—in your phone in case you or a Veteran loved one needs support.



MELT METAL COMES TO BIKERNET—Spencer and his mom rode from Wyoming to Deadwood to check the new Bikernet shop progress.

Spencer is a fabricator who worked for Bassini exhaust for several years. He is opening his own fab shop, Melt Metal, in the San Luis Obispo area in California. We hope to share his efforts on Bikernet in the near future.

STURGIS RALLY ACTION--Tucker Powersports, Kuryakyn and TwinPower to have
Huge Presence at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Tucker Powersports, the nation's premier powersports product distributor, and its Kuryakyn and TwinPower brands will roll into South Dakota next month for the Sturgis motorcycle rally for the largest rally program the company has ever executed. Rally attendees will see the three brands at multiple locations in the Sturgis area with a crew of employees ready to serve customers at the event.

At the Buffalo Chip campground, the company has signed a multi-year deal with the Chip's Fozzy's Cycle Shop, an on-site motorcycle repair facility. Fozzy's is a Tucker dealer and will be able to offer the distributor's full range of parts, accessories and apparel. The relationship with the Buffalo Chip extends the brands' visibility to two additional display locations at the campground and numerous other branding opportunities.

In the city of Sturgis, Kuryakyn and TwinPower will have nearly 4,000 square feet of display space outside the J&P Cycles Store on Lazelle Street, the main route through the city. J&P will provide retail support and technicians will be available for customers who want to purchase products and have them installed immediately.

Tucker will send a full crew of employees to staff the event for the duration of the rally, which is the biggest manpower commitment that the company has ever made to a consumer event.

The company's Sturgis Rally events will run at all locations from Friday, August 5 through Saturday, August 13.

We had a blast with these in Bonneville 2007.
We had a blast with these in Bonneville 2007.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--Illusion Custom Motorcycles

I have a ‘96 Illusion motorsport bike... It's a bit of a franken-harley, half Softail, half Dyna but it sounds like King Kong when you fire it up.

It was my uncle’s bike. He was a master mechanic who managed a fleet for a long haul logistics company out in Riverside. He was obsessed with everything around internal combustion engines.

He raced off road in the Baja 500, built a few custom cars, drove a C4 corvette most of his life and had a custom motorcycle. He passed away a few years back....

His bike got passed around like a hot potato until I took it on. I got it running again, but I wouldn't call it road worthy just yet. Still needs some work on carbs, desperately needs lighter wheels.

Like everything worth doing, just needs more money and time invested. I am short on both, but it's worth the effort. I'll see it through.

-- Brian Werner
Long Beach , CA

We’re glad. Did you know the original Illusion Motorcycles were the first production choppers ever built. You may have a piece of Chopper World history on your hands. Rusty would know, he’s the current owner of Illusions Cycles.

Tesla and Cruise head the Driving News Headlines this week.

Yet another crash involving a Tesla this week. Road and Track reports 38 of NHTSA’s 47 ADAS Crash Investigations Involve Teslas. In Germany, Tesla was ordered to reimburse a customer over its Autopilot. A whistleblower who still works at Cruise has declared that the company launched too early because the robotaxis are still too buggy.


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The Silver Spoke award recipients at the Recent NCOM convention. See them again in Bill's Report. Congratulations!
The Silver Spoke award recipients at the Recent NCOM convention. See them again in Bill's Report. Congratulations!

If you own a motorcycle in Tennessee, or personal automobile, you should be aware of a new moratorium on state vehicle registration fees that the governor has signed into law.

It affects motor vehicle renewals that are currently scheduled to take place between July 1, 2022, and June 30, 2023, so for an entire year Tennesseans have a moratorium on motorcycle and personal motor vehicle registration fees to the state (not any others).

It’s part of Senate Bill 2491, which Governor Bill Lee officially signed into law on June 3,2022, and the whole thing is a larger budget appropriations bill, but it includes what could be a helpful provision for a lot of road users tucked inside it, by putting some money back into the pockets of most vehicle owners.

The waived fees will be for Class-A vehicles, which include motorcycles, and Class-B vehicles, which include passenger motor vehicles and motor homes, but not for commercial vehicles or electrics.

--Bill Bish
NCOM Newsbytes

Read Bill’s monthly report on Bikernet Now!


Both Bob T. and I are Vietnam vets.
Both Bob T. and I are Vietnam vets.

Interesting Veterans Statistics off the Vietnam Memorial Wall

There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010.

The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 36 years since the last casualties.

The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965.

There are three sets of fathers and sons on the Wall.

39,996 on the Wall were just 22 or younger.

8,283 were just 19 years old.

The largest age group, 33,103 were 18 years old.

12 soldiers on the Wall were 17 years old.

5 soldiers on the Wall were 16 years old.

One soldier, PFC Dan Bullock was 15 years old.

997 soldiers were killed on their first day in Vietnam .

1,448 soldiers were killed on their last day in Vietnam .

31 sets of brothers are on the Wall.

Thirty-one sets of parents lost two of their sons.

54 soldiers attended Thomas Edison High School in Philadelphia . I wonder why so many from one school.

8 Women are on the Wall. Nursing the wounded.

244 soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War; 153 of them are on the Wall.

Beallsville, Ohio with a population of 475 lost 6 of her sons.

West Virginia had the highest casualty rate per capita in the nation. There are 711 West Virginians on the Wall.

The Marines of Morenci - They led some of the scrappiest high school football and basketball teams that the little Arizona copper town of Morenci (pop. 5,058) had ever known and cheered. They enjoyed roaring beer busts. In quieter moments, they rode horses along the Coronado Trail, stalked deer in the Apache National Forest.

In the patriotic camaraderie typical of Morenci's mining families, the nine graduates of Morenci High enlisted as a group in the Marine Corps. Their service began on Independence Day, 1966. Only 3 returned home.

The Buddies of Midvale - LeRoy Tafoya, Jimmy Martinez, Tom Gonzales were all boyhood friends and lived on three consecutive streets in Midvale, Utah on Fifth, Sixth and Seventh avenues. They lived only a few yards apart. They played ball at the adjacent sandlot ball field.

They all went to Vietnam. In a span of 16 dark days in late 1967, all three would be killed. LeRoy was killed on Wednesday, Nov. 22, the fourth anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination. Jimmy died less than 24 hours later on Thanksgiving Day. Tom was shot dead assaulting the enemy on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

The most casualty deaths for a single day was on January 31, 1968 ~ 245 deaths.

The most casualty deaths for a single month was May 1968 - 2,415 casualties were incurred.

For most Americans who read this they will only see the numbers that the Vietnam War created. To those of us who survived the war, and to the families of those who did not, we see the faces, we feel the pain that these numbers created.

We are, until we too pass away, haunted with these numbers, because they were our friends, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters. There are no noble wars, just noble warriors.

--from Vietnam Vet Robert Tronolone

BIKERNET FEATURE BIKE OF THE WEEK—Another classic from 1980.

--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor™

If you sign up for a two-year Cantina Membership, you will receive a signed book and lotsa swag from the crew. Click for more info.
If you sign up for a two-year Cantina Membership, you will receive a signed book and lotsa swag from the crew. Click for more info.

Jaycee Jones (center), Zaria Martens (left) and Jillian Deschenes (right) made up the Royal Enfield BTR podium at the Port Royal Half-Mile.
Jaycee Jones (center), Zaria Martens (left) and Jillian Deschenes (right) made up the Royal Enfield BTR podium at the Port Royal Half-Mile.

Flat Track Rolls On At Port Royal

Royal Enfield BTR and Moto Anatomy X bring Flat Track action to Port Royal Half-Mile in Pennsylvania

The 2022 season of Royal Enfield’s groundbreaking Build. Train. Race. Flat Track program reached its halfway point at the Port Royal Half-Mile, where the full grid of 15 women returned to the track. Jaycee Jones took another victory with newcomer Zaria Martens hot on her tail and Jillian Deschenes rounding out the BTR Flat Track podium.

Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania was also the site of Cameron Smith’s second and final fill-in ride with the Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield team. Smith was looking to repeat his Production Twins podium performance from the Weedsport round, but would ultimately settle for a top-ten finish.

The previous BTR Flat Track round (Laconia Short Track, June 12) was short a few riders, namely round-one winner Jillian Deschenes and Nean Kiskela. Both racers unfortunately tested positive for Covid and were forced to stay home. For the Port Royal Half-Mile, however, all racers were healthy and ready to race. Deschenes, in particular, was ready to fight for another win against title rival Jaycee Jones and rookie star Zaria Martens.

The battle royal was somewhat spoiled after an incident in the Semi in which Deschenes and Jones both got sideways at the start. The contact resulted in Deschenes going down. Stephanie Pietz was able to slide through the wreckage, but Kiskela wasn’t as fortunate, getting tangled with Deschenes and sheering off a footpeg in the process.

All the ladies were able to grid up for the Main, with Deschenes relegated to the third row after a DNF in the Semi. It was an uphill battle for the BTR veteran, especially against Jones, who won at Port Royal in 2021, and was scorching fast all day. Jones’ quickest lap time in the Main was a 27.9, putting her just outside qualifying times for the Production Twins class.

In the main, Jones led from flag to flag, with 18-year-old Martens relentless in her pursuit. Martens would collect another podium finish ahead of Deschenes, who worked her way up from the third row to third place overall.

“I came into this weekend with a lot of nerves after having missed the last round due to Covid,” explained Jillian Deschenes. “After the incident off the start in the Semi I felt hungrier than ever for the podium. Starting from the third row in the Main, I didn’t feel the same pressure I usually do when starting on the front row, but I was motivated to work as close to the front as possible and was thrilled to come away with a third-place finish. That was one of the most fun BTR races I’ve had to date.”

The BTR women will reconvene at the Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota on August 6th for the fourth full-grid round of the season.

Royal Enfield BUILD. TRAIN. RACE. Flat Track:
Laconia Short Track Results
1. Jaycee Jones (#33)
2. Zaria Martens (#08)
3. Jillian Deschenes (#31)
4. Makenna Hiatt (#81)
5. Stephanie Pietz (#57)
6. Alex Bumpus McDonald (#2)
7. Erin Ferris (#909)
8. Malary Lee (#6)
9. Lanakila MacNaughton (#88)
10. Anna Serena (#800)
11. Kaiela Hobart (#46)
12. Nean Kiskela (#27)
13. Gabrielle Hughes (#327)
14. Nia Reese (#15)
15. Moriah Hummer (#7)

Cameron Smith had a breakthrough ride, and a near win at Weedsport Speedway in New York two weeks prior, and was looking to back up his performance at the New York Short Track with a win at the Port Royal Half-Mile. Although he ran into hard luck at his home race in Pennsylvania, Smith, who was filling in for the injured Johnny Lewis, kept plugging away and ultimately carded a ninth-place finish on the Royal Enfield Twins FT motorcycle.

Smith suffered a broken chain earlier in the day and qualified 12th on the grid for the Production Twins Main. The Moto Anatomy X team, which was under the direction of Lewis, who made the transition from rider to Team Manager for the Port Royal round, made some geometry changes to the Twins FT for the Main, and while it took Smith a few laps to acclimate, he quickly began working his way through the pack. He was mid-pack and building momentum when a mechanical issue struck. Fortunately he was still able to take the checkered flag in ninth for the night.

After sitting out two rounds due to suffering a knee injury at the Laconia Short Track, Johnny Lewis is on the mend, and plans to make his return to racing the American Flat Track series at the Peoria TT, July 30.

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THE HEAT WAVE FACTS—from Climate Discussion Nexus.

Climate alarmists often claim that current temperature, and other aspects of the weather, are “unprecedented.” But in our latest “Backgrounder” John Robson examines the past history of the planet and finds that, just since the end of the last glaciation 12,000 years ago, a series of natural cyclical peaks have frequently been warmer than today, and without any runaway “greenhouse effect,” terrible weather, mass extinctions or any of the other dire consequences we’re told will accompany a further half-degree rebound from the depths of the Little Ice Age.

Indeed, the current warming cycle seems to be weaker than any of its predecessors during the Holocene.

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Order this book on Amazon, quick. It's easy to read and understand. Very educational.

LIFESTYLE CYCLES DEAL OF THE WEEK--2016 Harley-Davidson FXSB - Softail Breakout FOR $18,995.00


Big wheels, big paint and classic drag-bike attitude meet modern refinement. Then we stuff it brimful with raw power.
There’s nothing like a fistful of American street muscle.

Feast your eyes on the Breakout motorcycle’s glittering new High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine, waiting to send mountains of torque to that meaty 240mm rear tire. The profile is low, stretched out and undeniably aggressive. We top it with drag bars. This one lives to defy gravity and everything else.

Features may include:

Authentic Styling
Get an eyeful of a Softail motorcycle and you see more than some weepy-eyed exercise in nostalgia. You’re looking at the kind of style that has the power to defy time. Honest. Uncluttered. Unaffected by the fad of the moment. There’s a good reason for this. We’ve used our long decades on the road, riding, wrenching, talking to other custom bike fanatics, to discover what works. Then we stick with it, and use it to push the boundaries of motorcycle design ever further.

Take a look at the horseshoe oil tank adorning our Softail models. It’s the same one you’d see on a restored dresser from the ‘50s, or a radical Panhead chopper from the ‘70s. And you’ll find it right now on future Harley-Davidson models that still on the drawing board.

Other companies may be content to imitate bits and pieces from our long history. On a Softail motorcycle every part down to the axle nut cover comes from an authentic tradition. With a genuine reason for looking the way it looks.

Iconic Engine
The air-cooled 45° V-Twin engine at the heart of every Softail model is a prime example of what makes a Harley-Davidson motorcycle more satisfying than anything else. Its clean, uncluttered shape fits perfectly in the downtubes of the frame. Twist the throttle and the surge of torque hits you exactly where it counts.

The knowledge of what makes an engine truly move a rider runs deep at The Motor Company, and it’s been put to particular good use to power the Softail family. We counterbalance the engine, which means we can bolt it directly to the frame. It keeps the styling tight at the center of the bike. It lets the rider feel the pulse of the V-Twin. Yet there aren’t any vibrations rattling the fillings out of your teeth.

What’s good gets even better for 2016. The Softail family gets a power upgrade to the new High Output Twin Cam 103™ engine. More power is always a Harley-Davidson tradition.

The beauty of the technology on a Softail motorcycle is that it never looks technological. That didn’t happen by accident and it doesn’t come easy, particularly when you consider that the inspiration for the family is the clean, wide-open lines of a vintage hardtail. Clutter it up with too many high tech doo-dads and you have a different machine entirely.

Take a look at the anti-lock brakes now standard on many Softail models and available across the line. ABS gives you the control you want on a modern motorcycle. But our teams of industrial designers and engineers weren’t finished until the whole system had a streamlined design. The same goes for the clean look to the handlebars, thanks to a new electronic throttle system on every Softail model. With each passing year, adding a little technology to the ride looks better and better.

If you’ve never experienced a Harley-Davidson Softail motorcycle, it’s time to find out what you’ve been missing. The venerable Softail frame has logged untold millions of miles, and we’ve put every one of them to good use. The result: one of the most fun rides in all of motorcycling.


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SALT TORPEDO BONNEVILLE 2022 UPDATE—Working with David at S&S to find the proper part numbers for our monster S&S Carb for the 135-inch JIM’S Twin Cam.

I’m sure you are slammed with the rally, but I’m sorta getting closer on the parts I need for this S&S Super part number 20965 carb. I did find a part number for the phenolic block 16-0157. But I still need twin cam flanges for the manifold which is a S&S 360-SB with the O.D. port of 2.31. The venturi on the carb and intake manifold is 2.25 inches. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. The general flange kit part number is 160-0168.

There you have it. See what you can do.


We are currently working with Lori in sales and here are links to catalogs. The web site can be a challenge:


S&S catalogs

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Yesterday, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed two egregious gun control bills, H.R. 1808, the Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 and H.R. 2814, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. It is highly likely that one or both of these bills could come up for a vote on the U.S. House floor in the coming days.

Contact Congress Now!

H.R. 1808 is a sweeping ban on semi-automatic long guns (what it calls “assault weapons”) - targeting what are in fact the most popular rifles in America today. The legislation would also ban standard-capacity magazines larger than 15 rounds (a marginal change from H.R. 1808’s original text to ban on magazines larger than 10 rounds).

H.R. 2814, would completely repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (“PLCAA”) and would make firearm trace data maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (“ATF”) available to the public. The PLCAA prohibits lawsuits against the gun industry for the criminal misuse of their products by a third party.

Again, there is a strong chance one or both of these bills will receive votes in the U.S. House in the coming days. Please take action today and respectfully ask your U.S. Representative to oppose this gun control legislation.

Yours in Freedom,

Ken Lan
NRA-ILA Grassroots

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The Indian broke, huh? How may miles on have on her now?

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