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Something Strange is Always Happening!

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

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A brother asked me about annual snowfall in Deadwood the other day.
I googled it, 135 inches. He was sorta startled. He went to college in Minneapolis and was moved by 45 inches of annual snowfall. Keep in mind we are both native Californians and don’t know shit about snow.

Okay, so the average snowfall for the USA is about 38 inches, but wait, the average snowfall for Mt. Rainer in Washington State is over 400 inches. Then Don asked me how often it snows. That was startling. It snows in Deadwood from January to June, but that’s not all. Then it keeps experiencing the dusting of white crystals from September to December.

Don’t bring me down. The Redhead flew in on Tuesday and I shoveled snow for her arrival. She digs the place and that’s all that counts. Let’s hit the news:

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

I have known both Michelle and Lenny Holcom for many years and have rode with them many times, including to Sturgis in 2015. I hope enough people nominate them to the MRF hall of fame, they are well deserving of it.


I hope you sent in a nomination. Is this the MRF Hall of Fame or the Freedom Fighters Hall of Fame?--Bandit

SPORTSTER DEAL OF THE WEEK-- Got my Sportster ready to sell. Now if it would just quit raining. It runs great. A ‘98 1200 with 25K miles.

It is In Nashville Tn.

I am asking $4,200 for it. The flame job is pretty rough up close, but with some pinstriping and clear it will be fine.

--BILL May

MRF Meeting of the Minds Registration is Open

“There’s always plenty of time…”

That’s what everyone says when the deadline is four, five, six months away. Riding season is rapidly approaching. You have a garden to plant. The garage needs cleaning. There’s always plenty of time…

The MRF’s Bikers inside the Beltway is a knocking hard on three months. The 2020 Meeting of the Minds is just a little over seven months away and time is going to blaze by; “There’s always time…” Yeah right.

If you’ve been following what the MRF is lining up for the 2020 Meeting of the Minds, you know that this year is going to be a lot different than the past 35. We’re lining up topical workshops that take you back to the days when your head would spin from the shared information. Workshops were standing room only, and you spent long hours after the workshops picking the brains of people who were willing to share even more information with you.

Seven months will go by in a flash; and I promise you, there’s going to be more demand for the 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference than there has been for anything the MRF has ever presented.

On top of nine workshops, a handful of presentations and a weekend to remember, the MRF is offering for the first time an all-inclusive registration pack package. That’s right, workshops, presentations and all meals for only $145.00 per person! There’s never been an MRF conference that offered this before. Once more… That’s the Meeting of the Minds Conference registration and nine meals for $145.00 per person. That’s less than $7.00 a meal!

Plus, the MRF has contracted with “Chef Bill” from ABATE of Indiana and he specializes in keeping ABATE of Indiana members well-fed and happy. Special meal requirements? Got it covered. Selection variety? Got it covered. Long lines waiting for your order at a fast food restaurant? It ain’t gonna happen!

Why is it that there’s always time to do it over but never time to do it right the first time? Here it is a three-step plan to move forward on attending the 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds.

Make your travel arrangements

Make your hotel arrangements: Waterfront Hotel & conference Center 317-299-8400 (mention MRF for the $84.00 nightly rate); cut-off date Sept.1, 2020

Register for the Meeting of the Minds
You have until September 1, 2020, to take advantage of the MOTM pre-registration price of $145.00 for MRF members. Use this link to register: Meeting of the Minds 2020.

Yeah, you still have a little time before the pre-registration deadline ends for the 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference!!! However, this time there won’t be time to do it over when you don’t make the deadline.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you in September at the Waterfront Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 36th Annual Meeting of the Minds Conference!!!

Yours in Freedom,

--Fredric Harrell
Director, Conferences & Events
Motorcycle Riders Foundation

PS. A 2020 Meeting of the Minds t-shirt on your list? They go fast at the conference; to guarantee you’ll get your size, go to Meeting of the Minds 2020 and reserve your shirt now.


LATEST FROM MONTE-- Monte's NEWEST CREATION - LOCO HERO, will be releasing via Kickstarter during the first part of this year, and the artwork is flowing in!

Check out the sneak peek above of a portion of one of the completed variant covers by DC/Marvel/Coffin/Dynamite superstar artist Marat Mychaels!

Find out more about Marat, and all his other work here. We have a whole bunch of great artists lined up for variant covers, and there will be a fair amount of great swag for stretch goals.

The story is gripping, the characters are engaging, and the hook is like nothing you have ever seen before! Loco Hero is going to be HUGE! If you like action, if you like great character development and a great story-line, you are going to fall in love with Monte's new super-heroine, LOCO HERO. Stay tooned for Moore as we get closer to the release of this groundbreaking title - This is EPIC!

Expect MOORE from Monte Moore.

THE BIKER BUILD-OFF CHOPPER IS NOW IN THE STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM—Haul Bikes picked up Hugh King’s Chopper, about 3 years ago from the Bikernet Headquarters in Wilmington, California.

Finally, after several transition points in Europe and Asia, it arrived at its appropriate destination in the Sturgis Museum in SD. The King, the Director of ten years of Biker Build-offs was exceedingly pleased with the arrival.

The stretched, custom-built scooter was built by all the masters of Build-Off fame including Matt Hotch, Arlen Ness, Billy Lane and the rest of the gang.

Built for the King in the desert outside of Laughlin, it was a tribute to the director and to the 10th anniversary episode. Now owned by my lovely self, I was only too happy to make this historic piece available to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.


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TEXAS WEATHER REPORT--So, I’ve scheduled my left knee replacement for the 20th. Redhead is gonna take me and then head to the grandson’s first birthday the next day, for 2 weeks. Gotta Love Em!

Hate missing the little dudes 1st, though, but will get a jump on recovery for this Spring/Summer concert series. I did get approval for Celine, one song, but her fans are for sure a dedicated, interesting group.

So, I did put the proper mirrors back on the Dyna, still waiting on the T-Sport fairing from Villian 2. I did roll her for 80 twisty miles yesterday, and pretty much have everything to convert her back to mid-controls, replace the belt and inner primary bearing since I’m there.

But will have to wait a bit, along with replacing the fuel pump in the Bronco with its full tank of fuel of course! Unless y’all want to come do them for me? I got plenty of tools! Dyna needs some black rocker boxes and black wheels too!

I did however order Tim Remus’ FXR Bible from Thursday’s News so I’ll have something to read.


Keep us posted on your recovery.—Bandit

BANDIT'S CANTINA BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS OPEN EARLY--I was unaware of this phenomenon…

Reasonable questions

1. If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

2. Which letter is silent in the word "Scent," the S or the C?

3. Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?

4. Why is the letter W, in English, called double U? Shouldn't it be
called double V?

5. Maybe oxygen is slowly killing you and It just takes 75-100 years
to fully work.

6. Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty.

7. The word "swims" upside-down is still "swims"

8. 100 years ago everyone owned a horse and only the rich had cars.
Today everyone has cars and only the rich own horses.

--from Professor El Waggs
Bikernet Research Team

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PRICE DROPPED ON TERRY THE TRAMP—We just dropped the price on Terry the Tramp, the Life and Times of a 1%er. It is now available for about $15 for a soft cover version.

It’s one of the highest selling 1%er books ever.


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LATEST FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT--Climate Doomsayers Keep Putting Sell-By Dates On Their Credibility.

For these doomsday cultists there’s literally no cost to getting it wrong. The panjandrums of the mainstream media forgive them for spinning these yarns because they know they’re doing it ‘for the right reasons’.

For these doomsday cultists there’s literally no cost to getting it wrong. The panjandrums of the mainstream media forgive them for spinning these yarns because they know they’re doing it ‘for the right reasons’.

I was slightly surprised when Greta Thunberg announced at Davos that we had eight years left to save the planet. As long as that? Admittedly, that’s four years less than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who put it at 12, although, come to think of it, that was last January, so presumably she now thinks we’ve got 11 years left. But some doomsayers have been much less optimistic. According to Peter Wadhams, a Cambridge professor interviewed in the Guardian in 2013, Arctic ice would disappear by 2015 if we didn’t mend our ways, while Gordon Brown announced in 2009 that we had just 50 days to save the Earth. Then again, playing the long game can also catch up with you. In 2004, Observer readers were told Britain would have a ‘Siberian’ climate in 16 years’ time. We’re supposed to be in the midst of that now.

On the face of it, we should be grateful that these gloomsters make such oddly precise predictions. It’s like putting a sell-by date on their credibility. After all, when the soothsayer in question is proved wrong, they just shuffle off with their tail between their legs, never to be heard from again, right? In eight years’ time, when the planet hasn’t disappeared in a cloud of toxic gas, presumably Greta will throw up her arms and say: ‘Sorry guys. Looked like I was wrong about you ruining my childhood. I’m now going to become a flight attendant.’

But, weirdly, that never happens. No matter how often these ‘experts’ are shown to be no better at forecasting than Paul the Octopus — worse, actually — they just carry on as if nothing has happened. Take Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb. ‘We must realise that unless we are extremely lucky, everybody will disappear in a cloud of blue steam in 20 years,’ he told the New York Times in 1969. Ehrlich also predicted America would be subject to water rationing by 1974 and food rationing by 1980. Ehrlich’s ‘bomb’ failed to explode, but his career didn’t. On the contrary, he’s now the Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford and the president of Stanford’s Center for Conservation Biology. All I can say is, it’s lucky he didn’t become a bookmaker.

The fact that Ehrlich is still an eminent environmentalist — and Prince Charles can pose alongside Greta Thunberg in Davos in spite of claiming we had eight years left to save the planet 11 years ago — helps explain why these Mystic Megs have no hesitation about making these forecasts. It’s a great way of drawing attention to their cause and there’s literally no cost to getting it wrong. The panjandrums of the mainstream media forgive them for spinning these yarns because they know they’re doing it ‘for the right reasons’. They’re not peddling alarmist nonsense — no, they’re just exaggerating the risk. In any case, they might be right and doesn’t the ‘precautionary principle’ dictate that we should change our behaviour just in case? Oddly, these same secular humanists don’t apply the logic of Pascal’s Wager to believing in God. That would be unscientific.

But is there also something else going on? I’m generous enough to think that these activists are not cynics trying to grab headlines, but are sincere in their prophecies of doom. For instance, when George Monbiot predicted a ‘structural global famine’ in as little as ten years’ time if we didn’t start eating less meat — this was in 2002 — he genuinely believed it. And when that famine failed to materialize, he didn’t abandon his apocalyptic environmentalism, but doubled-down, as readers of his Guardian column can testify.

The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF) --by bennypeiser

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Harley-Davidson and Tuscany Motor Co. Collaborate on the Latest Edition of Fat Boy-Inspired Ford F-250

Milwaukee – Feb. 13, 2020 –Harley-Davidson Motor Company (NYSE:HOG) and Tuscany Motor Co. are proud to introduce the latest in a growing lineup of Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® motorcycle-inspired trucks manufactured through Tuscany Motor Co. and based on Ford and GMC truck models.

“The Harley-Davidson™ F-250 edition fulfills customer requests for additional towing capacity and celebrates their passion for Harley-Davidson® motorcycles,” said Jeff Burttschell, Vice President, Tuscany Motor Co. “Working closely with Brad Richards, Vice President of Styling and Design at Harley Davidson, we created another fantastic truck worthy of the Harley-Davidson name and coincides with the debut of the Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® 30th Anniversary motorcycle.”

The new truck includes over 65 edition-specific components that make the 2020 model truck distinctly Harley-Davidson. The styling was inspired by the famous Harley-Davidson® Fat Boy® model.

The Tuscany team begins with a Ford F-250 truck and then integrates many motorcycle-inspired components. These include Harley-Davidson branded 22” milled aluminum wheels styled and inspired by the Harley-Davidson Fat Boy model, Harley-Davidson exclusive solid billet aluminum tips, distinctive Harley-Davidson Bar & Shield™ badging, stainless steel Harley-Davidson gauges, billet pedals, two tone diamond stitched and perforated custom leather seating surfaces, and official numbered Harley Davidson center console badge.

Additional edition-specific components that add to the aggressive look of the truck include, custom tuned BDS suspension lift with upgraded Fox shocks, BFG 37” KM3 tires, lighted power deploying running boards with unique integrated rocker trim, custom fender flares, functional fender vents, front bumper redesign with integrated LED light bar, custom design Harley-Davidson grille with Bar & Shield insert, replacement functional Harley-Davidson designed induction style hood, rear bumper redesign, Harley Davidson tailgate appliqué, color-matched Harley-Davidson inspired tonneau cover with debossed Harley-Davidson bar and shield logo, carpeted bed mat with Harley Davidson logo, Harley-Davidson floor mats, Harley-Davidson door entry sills, custom accent color door, dash and steering wheel trim.

Under the arrangement, Tuscany will provide the Ford F-250 and manufacture the interior and exterior components under Harley-Davidson’s direction. The 2020 Harley-Davidson F-250 will be available for purchase to the retail public at select authorized Ford dealers beginning April 2020. Ford dealers and the retail public can also reserve their vehicle by visiting or calling (1.800.837.8624).

--Joseph Gustafson
Marketing – Public Relations Lead

3700 West Juneau Ave, Milwaukee, WI, 53207
Mobile (847) 668-9886
Office (414) 343-7476


1. Do not walk behind me, for I may not lead.
Do not walk ahead of me, for I may not follow.
Do not walk beside me for the path is narrow.
In fact, just piss off and leave me alone.

2. Sex is like air. It's not that important unless you aren't getting any.

3. No one is listening, until you pass wind.

4. Always remember you're unique. Just like everyone else.

5. Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

6. If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or dead, try missing a couple of mortgage payments.

7. Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them,
you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

8. If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

9. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish, and he will
sit in a boat and drink beer all day.

10. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably well worth it.

--from El Waggs
Bikernet Monk

[ blench ]
verb (used without object)

to shrink; flinch; quail: an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.


But art historians should not blench at the sight of dreadful paintings, any more than doctors should blench at the sight of blood.


… the actor blenches as he reads the instruction ….


The history of the verb blench is complicated. The uncommon Old English verb blencan “to cheat, deceive” is the direct source of Middle English blenchen, blenken, blinchen, blinken “to move suddenly, dodge, avoid, mislead, deceive.” The various Middle English forms yield both English blench “to shrink, flinch” and blink “to wink the eyes, be startled.”

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST-- Motorcycle magazine titles continue to close, as the market consolidates and print titles struggle to adapt to a rapidly changing media landscape.

The latter was the bigger issue for Motorcycle Consumer News, which closed its doors officially at the start of this month.

Motorcycle Consumer News was in business for 50 years in the motorcycle industry, and distinguished itself as being 100% subscriber supported and advertisement-free.

Motorcycle Consumer News, as we know it, came to be in 1991, but the publication goes all the way back to 1969, when it was started by Roger Hull under the name Road Rider.

Perhaps the closest thing to Consumer Reports in the motorcycling realm, Motorcycle Consumer News had stricter guidelines than most other publications for reviewing motorcycles and other moto products.

Unfortunately, the publication had a rough transition to digital form, and the subscription-based model wasn’t effective online, especially as the paywall shielded the title from organic discovery, like Google searches and social media.

This meant a dwindling of revenues for the publication, and for other titles in the publisher’s house, which leads us to this current and unfortunate news.

In a world where traditional media publishing titles are passing off press releases as stories, trying to sell you two-wheeled wares, and even planning press launches for motorcycle brands, now is more important than ever to have independent voices in motorcycle journalism.

Source: Motorcycle Consumer News

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Fish Camp averages 63 inches of snow per year. This is twice the national average.

Friday, February 14, 2020
Editor Response Yep, snow is a blessing. It forces me to stay inside with the Redhead.

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