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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ujjwal Dey, Doc, Uncle Monkey, Ben Lamboeuf and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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Exciting times all around, to say the least.
Tomorrow heading to the V-Twin show in Cincinnati to shake up the industry regarding EPA regs. A few months ago we asked the question: What if all of transportation had but a 13 percent impact on CO2? Is that a 13 percent impact on Global Warming or Climate Change? The answer is no! It’s way smaller than that.

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So, why would our own government beat on us so hard. Anyway, the Dealers at the V-Twin show will find out when we show them the documentary, “Climate Hustle” at 1:00 in the convention center. Then we’ll discuss strategies for freedom.

Let’s hit the news.

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Check the Iron Trader out.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by ChopperTown, Cycle Source Magazine, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation, Iron Trader News, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum, Born to and the Las Vegas Bikefest.

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NEW PLATOONING TRUCK BILL IN SOUTH CAROLINA-- This bill is getting fast tracked here in South Carolina and I am wondering if any other states are seeing this and have motorcycles been tested for the "cut in".

Here is a link to the story:

--Ralph Bell Jr.
SC Bill Advances to Allow Trucks to “Platoon”

By Robert Kittle, WSPA.COM
A South Carolina House subcommittee unanimously passed a bill Tuesday afternoon to allow trucks to follow each other much closer than they’re allowed to now, a process known as “platooning.” The bill would apply only to trucks with new technology that links them to the trucks they’re following.

The new technology includes cameras, radar, and lasers, as well as the ability to link trucks’ accelerators and brakes. That way, if the technology on the lead truck spots a problem ahead, all the trucks would slow down or brake without the drivers having to take action.

Following closer improves fuel efficiency, with proponents saying the technology could save up to 8 billion gallons of diesel a year nationwide when fully implemented.

But Rep. Garry Smith, R-Simpsonville, the sponsor of the bill, says it will also save lives. “It looks beyond the truck, looks beyond the car. It can see things that are taking place up ahead of those vehicles and make appropriate adjustments for what’s taking place up ahead. They estimate that it’s going to be a tremendous saving of lives, both in the automotive as well as the trucking industry,” he says.

Rick Todd, president of the South Carolina Trucking Association, says the technology is similar to what’s being used in driverless cars. “Only the larger, more sophisticated fleets are looking at this right now, but it is coming. It’s not driverless trucks, it’s driver assistance, and it can be interrupted and then re-engaged.”

The bill simply adds an exception for trucks with the technology to the current state law that prohibits following too closely. “As technology advances, we also have to kind of bring our codes up to par with that,” said Rep. Joshua Putnam, R-Piedmont, chairman of the subcommittee.

The bill now goes to the full House Education and Public Works Committee.

We need to find out if the system recognizes motorcycles. So we'd need to know whose technology this is. Asking the trucking industry would. It be the right place to start, I'm thinking.

But it may be helpful



THE FAMOUS RIPPLED WHEEL COVERS ARE BACK-- PLEASE NOTE : all shipping charges are for US orders only - please inquire by email to for shipping charges outside the US.

Rippled Wheel Covers: 15-inch rippled wheel disk that is modified to fit on a 16-inch starhub motorcycle wheel. The two covers bolt together around the wheel with threaded spacers in between and chrome button head allen bolts. Can be used on the front or rear tires.

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ABATE of CO is again holding a money raffle. This year tickets are $20 for 12 chances to win $250. Drawings are held the last business day of each month. If you want tickets either go on-line to or mail a check to ABATE of CO, 1701 Chambers Rd, Unit K, Aurora, CO 80011.

Last year two MRF Reps won. This could be your turn.

--Carol Downs



I love the range of bikes McQueen owned. He was a true enthusiast and a man willing to do his own stunts. They're all in here, from the 1929 Harley-Davidson single-cylinder Model B to a Husky 400 (found on eBay by a collector) to the infamous camouflaged Triumph. I don't own a bike, yet, but I'll give tribute to this book for making me an owner when I do.

The long-departed Steve McQueen is still the coolest man on two wheels.

Even thirty years after his death, Steve McQueen remains a cultural icon. His image continues to appear in advertising and pop culture and his fan base spans from car lovers to racing enthusiasts to motorcycle obsessives. In his movies, McQueen's character always had an envy-inducing motorcycle or car, but in his personal life, motorcycles were always McQueen's first true love. McQueen's Motorcycles focuses on the bikes that the King of Cool raced and collected.

From the first Harley McQueen bought when he was an acting student in New York to the Triumph "desert sleds" and Huskys he desert raced all over California, Mexico, and Nevada, McQueen was never without a stable of two wheelers. His need for speed propelled him from Hollywood into a number of top off-road motorcycle races, including the Baja 1000, Mint 400, Elsinore Grand Prix, and even as a member of the 1964 ISDT team in Europe.

Determined to be ahead of the pack, McQueen maintained his body like it was a machine itself. He trained vigorously, weight lifting, running, and studying martial arts. Later in his life, as he backed away from Hollywood, his interests turned to antique bikes and he accumulated an extensive collection, including Harley-Davidson, Indian, Triumph, Brough Superior, Cyclone, BSA, and Ace motorcycles.
Today, McQueen still has the Midas touch; anything that was in the man's possession is a hot commodity. McQueen's classic motorcycles sell for top dollar at auctions, always at a multiple of what the same bike is worth without the McQueen pedigree. McQueen's Motorcycles reveals these highly sought-after machines in gorgeous photography and full historical context.

A man, while playing on the front nine of a complicated golf course, became confused as to where he was on the course. Looking around, he saw a lady playing ahead of him.

He walked up to her, explained his confusion and asked her if she knew what hole he was playing. She replied, “I’m on the 7th hole, and you are a hole behind me, so you must be on the 6th hole.”

He thanked her and went back to his golf. On the back nine the same thing happened; and he approached her again with the same request. She said, “I’m on the 14th hole, you are a hole behind me, so you must be on the 13th hole.”

Once again he thanked her and returned to his play. He finished his round and went to the clubhouse, where he saw the same lady sitting at the end of the bar. He asked the bartender if he knew the lady. The bartender said that she was a saleswoman and played the course often.

He approached her and said, “Let me buy you a drink in appreciation for your help. I understand that you are in the sales profession. I’m in sales, also. What do you sell?”

She replied, “If I tell you, you’ll laugh.”

“No, I won’t.”

“Well, if you must know,” she answered, “I work for Tampax.”

With that, he laughed so hard he almost lost his breath. She said, “See? I knew you would laugh.”

“That’s not what I’m laughing at,” he replied. “I’m a salesman for Preparation H. So I’m still a hole behind you!”

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

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In the days before rampant political correctness became the dominant paradigm the Harley-Davidson Motor Company released a series of “Confederate Edition” motorcycles.

In 1977 these included Sportsters, Super Glides and FLs such as the one shown here. I am seeking information on these models but in particular the FLs. It seems that any information on these has been expunged from Harley-Davidson historical publications, whether factory authorized or independently authored. If anybody out there has information on these models please contact me at

--Doc Robinson
Technical Editor
Heavy Duty Magazine Australia

Bikernet staffer on car-building team.

Paint is done. We've started reassembly on the rear-engine car. Much more to do, and also on his other 57, a regular Nomad. They will be presented side by side as part of this 'Hot Wheels' display.

Two more days of work before it's move in day at the GNRS.

--Ben Lamboeuf All Powerful Advertising Director
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We are moving locations. This Thursday we will begin moving to a new warehouse and office location. We will be closed for shipping this Thursday and Friday (Jan. 26-27) and will resume shipping on Monday (Jan. 30). Please bear with us this week and next while we make the move, we will do our best to ship all orders out quickly!

Thank you.

To have your order shipped this week, please place the order today (Monday, Jan. 23). Any order placed Tuesday or Wednesday will not be guaranteed to ship this week.

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COOKBOOK OF THE WEEK-- Order the official Cowspiracy Cookbook Today!

THE PLANeT BASED DIET is the official cookbook from Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the makers of the award winning documentary "Cowspiracy - The Sustainability Secret" - a film that moved millions of people and started an environmental revolution.

The chapters are written by the hilarious author and screenwriter Laura Hooper Beck (Cosmopolitan, Jezebel, Vegnews) and just like the film, this cookbook takes you on a rollercoaster of a journey to explore why eating a plant based and vegan diet is the best thing you can do to protect the environment.

Each chapter addresses a different environmental issue while offering mouth-watering solutions to avoid destroying the planet. With a variety of easy-to make, yet delicious recipes, this book is the perfect companion for everyone who cares about the environment.

Whether you are an absolute newbie or die-hard eco-warrior, this book will help you transition into a planet friendly diet.


I ordered one for the Redhead of Redheads. We will bring you recipe reviews, like,
“Where’s the beef?”—Bandit Ball

Dee and I will both have articles read as soon as we can about Bikers For Trump.

We’ve already published the report by New York Myke, from San Diego Harley-Davidson.

Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Member 2005

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Zen Master Ujjwal Dey on the success of

"The business is not the risk but the enterprising capability. The achievement is not money but the service. The learning is not commerce but the ability for teamwork. The success is not a medal but the peers who cheer." - Ujjwal Dey

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--Deacon Jones, legendary Hammond B-3 Blues organist, Freddy King and John Lee Hooker.

--Tony Sanfelipo, First Freedom Fighter inducted in the Sturgis, South Dakota Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. Chief Accident Investigator , Hupy & Abraham SC .

-- “Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip ,CEO of largest BIKER campground in the world.

--Charles Muscelewhite, top living harmonica player in the world. “This cult classic, one of a kind film will raise people’s consciousness! – Each of us/all of us together are inspired from the heart!”

--RockStone, AMRA, 2 time Pro Fuel Champion in 2014-2015, “fastest motorcycle man on the planet (FMOPTP).

--Jim “Jmedin” Mead, Old School Biker since 1967 on a 1954 HD K Model. Now also got an Indian.

--The potential impacts of this movie goes far beyond any/each of the caste, crew or future viewers. Strong statements are made about the struggle of good versus evil, while being lighthearted and having fun. God and Satan are engaged in battle.

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