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WILD BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for September 2, 2021

From Bonneville to the Climate Hoax and Back

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T., Redhead, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Laura, Stealth, George Fleming, Geno and the rest of the gang

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I’m reading a new book called Tale of Two Climates, One Real, One Imaginary, by Bill Pekney. It should be a text book for classrooms all over the world. It’s almost sad that Bill was forced to write it. It shows just how gullible much of the population is.

I’ll run a couple of quotes in my intro and ending of the news today. Here’s one from page 44. Pollutants vs. Carbon Dioxide: It is a quite common mistake to equate ugly and toxic air pollutants such as dust, smoke, soot, sulfur dioxide and so on with carbon dioxide, which is an invisible, non-toxic, clean, and useful molecule. We drink it in carbonated beverages. We generate it with every breath. Plants convert it to oxygen. Carbon dioxide is necessary for all life on this planet.

Starts to make you wonder. Hang on for more, later in the news. On the bright side Born Free went off without a hitch. My grandson, Frankie attended and tried to win a Knucklehead. Him and his girl, Em, bought a dozen tickets, but it was taken home buy a guy who bought just one.

I’m sure the local media called it a super-spreader, but it seems everything fills that bill recently. Stay safe and this too will pass. And the best solution for the Covid, for depression and for bad government is to go for a ride where only the wind disturbs your thoughts and cleanses you mind.

A brother of 47 years stopped by, Bob Bitchin. His massive home overlooking a lake in Berry Creek burned down recently and took his entire motorcycling and sailing history. He’s been fighting depression. We discussed meditation and calming the mind. Basically, meditation is all about taking the mind out of gear and letting it relax, but it’s much tougher than the photos of cute girls in lotus positions depict.

Two easy forms of meditation are riding motorcycles and lifting weights. Anything that takes your mind away from its current funky thoughts is the first step. Remember, anything disturbing you today, can be changed tomorrow. Let’s hit the news.

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XDA Heads to VMP for Last Virginia Race in 2021--On September 10-12, the XDA Motorcycle Drag Racing series returns to Virginia Motorsports Park for the Inaugural Bike Brawl. This must-attend event is the sixth stop in the seven-race tour.

The event features the Orient Express Pro Street class running at speeds over 230 mph in only 6-seconds, and the "Running of the Bulls" Grudge Program on Saturday night with the baddest Grudge racers in the game!

Over 700 Professional, Sportsman, and Grudge motorcycle racers will also be in competition all weekend long, battling it out for over $80,000 in cash purse at this event...

TANYA TUCKER GOES TO THE DRAG RACE--NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Original female outlaw and music icon Tanya Tucker surprises the Top 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 6 in the workroom during today's episode streaming now on Paramount+. During the episode featuring Tanya, the Top 4 are challenged to write lyrics for a new song titled “This Is Our Country,” which will include a duet version with Tanya and Ru available everywhere Sept. 9.

Tanya appeared virtually during the episode and popped up on the screen to give the queens a few words of encouragement and explained that finally winning her GRAMMY® Awards were worth the wait. Each member of the Top 4 has been waiting a long time for their second chance at winning the show and the only thing standing in their way is their final performance.

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Bandit's Cantina: Episode 95

The first bike at the beginning by Robinson is great! It kind of grows on you. I loved finding this bike which was published in a "71" issue of "Easy rider" before the magazine was changed to "Easyriders.”

Hal was a hell of a talent! Hope the crew at Bandit's Cantina gets out of LA safely and Margaret and her son get it together. And by the way, maybe Bandit should try throwing in some fiery strawberry blonds for a change of pace. He is such a babe magnet.

--Ann Robinson
Long Beach, CA

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MOTORCYCLE REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE FROM LAW TIGERS-- Part of owning a finely crafted piece of machinery like a motorcycle is taking care of it. We all love our bikes, no matter what style, price range, or how long we’ve had it- that’s our noble steed! You don’t have to be a DIY mechanic to take care of your ride (although many of us are).

However, you decide to take care of your motorcycle, it’s important to know the basics of bike maintenance. That’s why we’ve compiled tips on inexpensive motorcycle repair, motorcycle repair shop tips, and ways to make sure you’re spending as much time as possible actually riding.
TCLOCK General Repair and Maintenance
Before you decide how you are going to take care of your bike, you need to know what you are looking for. Here’s a quick checklist of common motorcycle maintenance items so you can ride stress-free:

Pre-trip: This is a term used by truckers, but it applies to motorcycles as well. Basically, walk around and take a look at your bike- create a visual of what each part looks like, and if anything is abnormal, check it out. Look for leaks, cracks, stains, and test your moving parts. It sounds like a lot, and you don’t have to do it every time you ride, but having a routine pre-checkup will help your bike health greatly.

Tires/Wheels: These are the foundation of your ride; your life literally depends on their stability. Understanding the wear patterns of your tires will help you understand any bigger maintenance issues, but the simple stuff is pretty obvious. Look for cracks, rot, oxidation, and any other blemishes that stand out. Tires do have an expiration date, but if you are riding regularly, you probably won’t encounter that as a problem.
 Brakes: Get your tires up in the air, rotate your wheels, and check those brake pads! Check for warping, any sort of surface damage, and how much is left on the pads. Don’t run your brakes down too low- these are the last things you should be stingy about, as they’ll save your neck when they’re good, but can be dangerous when bad.
Fluids/Filters: Like brakes, these need to be checked based on time, mileage, and a general concern for your well-being. Coolant can be done every other season, but make sure to stay on top of your oil, transmission fluids, and primary fluids.

A lack of these can damage your engine, so it’s smart to get ahead of the curve on replacing them.

Controls: These will vary bike-to-bike, but you will want to start by checking the clutch and throttle for proper operation. Additionally, make sure your handlebars still turn properly, your mirrors are on tight, and that your pedals and shifters are in the correct position. Basically, you want to feel the same level of comfort each time you ride, and if these are out of place, you can be thrown off.

*What is T-CLOCK? T-CLOCK is an acronym riders can use to help them remember the inspection list below:

T – Tires

C – Controls

L – Lights

O – Oils

C – Chassis and chain

K – Kickstand

You can establish a feel for your bike much easier if you understand each individual part that can likely cause problems. Fixing parts at an appropriate time will prevent compounding negative effects from ill-timed breakdowns or extra stress on other components of a motorcycle. This can save you from having to put your bike in the shop, save you money, and keep you safe out on the road.

For many motorcycle enthusiasts, the tinkering element provides just as much fun as riding. This almost never comes naturally; it comes with experience and a dedication to learning how to repair your bike.

If you want to learn how to fix a motorcycle, we recommend first learning everything you can about your specific bike via motorcycle manuals, YouTube videos, and bike forums. For better motorcycle repair skills, you can even take a motorcycle maintenance class. Once you start to get the hang of general maintenance, it should become second nature how to fix small problems that pop up here and there.

It’s a great way to do cheap motorcycle repair, but let’s be honest- it’s also extremely rewarding to know you are proficient at taking care of your bike.

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If you aren’t an avid at-home mechanic, you’re going to have to turn to the professionals for help. This is not a bad thing by any means, but we recommend familiarizing yourself with best-practices for mechanics as well as the specific needs of your motorcycle.

Before you make a commitment to have a mechanic work on your bike, we recommend looking for the following things in a repair shop:

Certifications: Because motorcycles are such a diverse classification of automobile, there are many certifications that mechanics need. Bike styles, engine types, and all sorts of things come into play to get this. Read up on the ones that specifically affect your bike.
Experience: Motorcycle care is both an art and a science, and it requires experience even for newer machines. While we don’t want to fully exclude newer shops and mechanics, we believe that shops, techs, and mechanics with experience yield better results

Reputation: Whether it is from the locals, a riding club, or online reviews, be sure to see what other riders are saying about the shop. . The customer experience plays a role in whether you should be going to a shop, as well. Take things into account like shop security and the integrity of their offers. And always get a written guarantee.

On top of these, when you go to a shop, we recommend having a clear diagnosis and solution in mind. You may not be a savvy mechanic, or your hunch might not be correct, but if you can narrow down your need, it will be an easier conversation between you and the mechanic. That being said, you’re visiting their business for a reason; hear them out and have a two-way dialogue.


A great alternative to taking your bike in to a mechanic is utilizing a mobile repair for your motorcycle. These can save time, and they can usually get to you in the event of an emergency. They also typically provide comparable professional work at cheaper prices. If your bike is actually broken down, towing it is often difficult without the proper equipment – another reason to use a mobile tech.

This doesn’t mean a mobile repair shop is always the option. They are typically less-established, might not be able to perform as thorough of diagnostics, and most highly experienced mechanics will have a full service shop. We recommend using a mobile repair shop with great reviews and one that can promise comparable quality to a mechanic shop near you.


Many motorcycle brands have nuances that you might not trust a general mechanic shop to understand. Some bikes have intricate engineering or electrical systems, such as a high end Kawasaki or Harley-Davidson. At Law Tigers, we know if our Harley riders aren’t taking care of their bike at home, they’re looking for a specific Harley-Davidson motorcycle repair shop near them.

Ultimately, you’re going to have to decide whether doing the work at home, going to a mechanic shop as an intermediary, or going to a trusted specialist is best for your specific bike. There’s not a right or wrong answer, but the more you know about motorcycle repair, the better your experience will be.

Law Tigers Has Your Back

At Law Tigers, we’re proud to be active members of our local motorcycle communities. This means we are happy to act as a resource to help people find the maintenance repair options best suited for their personal situation. It also means we have riders’ backs. With Law Tigers, you never ride alone.

Request our free rider benefit card to get access to immediate benefits like a toll-free 24 hour accident hotline, free legal advice for all motorcycle riding matters, a $10,000 motorcycle theft reward and more.



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When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what's happening. That's where your power is.

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On October 12, 2021 HarperCollins will publish my new book, "San Fransicko"

I am pleased to officially announce that on October 12, 2021, HarperCollins will publish my new book, San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities. At nearly 400 pages, and with 1,100 end notes, the book is equal to Apocalypse Never. It is based on over 200 interviews, including with leading experts, advocates, and elected officials, over the last two years. I wrote it because I love San Francisco and am upset and ashamed of what has happened to it and to other progressive cities in the name of progress. Please consider pre-ordering copies now.

The subtitle will make some people defensive but I not suggesting that progressives only ruin cities, nor that they never save them. Nor am I suggesting that conservatives never ruin them. But I am saying that when progressives do ruin cities, they do so in similar ways, and for similar reasons. And while the crisis of disorder I am describing is strongest in progressive West Coast cities, it is spreading east, like many trends in America do.

In San Fransicko I explore how the conversation around how to use law and order to advance civil rights gave way to a debate over whether law and order is an obstacle to social justice. The question used to be carrots versus sticks. Do you reward people for not committing crimes, or do you punish them when they do? But that’s been superseded by a question from progressives: what if it’s a form of victimization to try to influence people’s behavior at all?

The governing majority in some of America’s cities seems to believe that the only real public policy problem is how to pay for letting people do whatever they want, from turning public parks into open-air drug encampments, to using sidewalks as toilets, to handing over whole neighborhoods to people who are heavily armed and purpose- fully unaccountable.

Progressives have been in charge of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle, as well as California and Washington, during most of the decades in which the problems I describe here have grown worse. On the fundamental policies relating to mental illness, addiction, and housing for the homeless, moderate Democrats, conservatives, and Republicans have either gone along with the liberal and progressive agenda or been powerless to prevent it since the 1960s.

And it was Democrats, not Republicans, who played the primary role in creating the dominant neoliberal model of government contracting to fragmented and often unaccountable non-profit service providers that have proven financially, structurally, and legally incapable of addressing the crisis.

Not long after I began my research, I read what I felt then, and still feel now, were the three best books on homelessness, all published in the early 1990s, and all authored by liberals or progressives. At first the books inspired me. I felt as though three wise elders had reached forward through time to pass along essential truths. But then it dawned on me that, despite those three books having been widely reviewed and well received, including by America’s most influential newspapers, the crisis of untreated mental illness and addiction, as well as what we call homelessness, had grown worse, not better. What would prevent San Fransicko from suffering a similar fate?

That night, I confessed to my wife, Helen, that all I might be able to do was write a book that warned other places what not to do. She grew quiet and looked away. After I asked her what was the matter, she said, “We live here.” I needed to be as constructive as I was critical, she felt. And so at the heart of San Fransicko is a positive proposal for how to restore human dignity, not just law and order, to progressive West Coast cities. At both philosophical and policy levels it will, I hope and believe, resonate with the heads, hearts, and guts of reasonable conservatives and reasonable progressives.

So far it appears to have done so. San Fransicko has received positive reviews from leading scholars and thinkers. Joe Rogan has invited me to appear on his podcast and there will be several public book events, including in Washington D.C. at American Enterprise Institute, and in New York with New York Times columnist John McWhorter, to discuss San Fransicko as well as his book, Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America.

I wrote San Fransicko without giving much thought about what connected it to Apocalypse Never, but in recent weeks have started to write about the relationship. Neither book is conservative, but both describe why progressive policies have made environmental and “social” problems (drugs, crime, homelessness) worse. Behind apocalyptic environmentalism and progressivism is, I conclude, a religion, victimology, one that divides the world into victims and oppressors, promotes learned helplessness, and promotes anxiety, depression, and polarization.

The good news is that the backlash against the excesses of progressivism is already underway. We are still in the early stages of it, but the signs are everywhere. There are recall efforts against San Francisco school board members, San Francisco’s District Attorney, and California’s governor. There is growing resistance by students and parents to the obsession with race in schools. And there is a blossoming of world-class journalism on Substack. My hope is that San Fransicko will contribute to making the backlash, and what comes after it, positive, constructive, and humanistic.

--Michael Shellenberger


RevZilla, Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and REVER come together to inspire communities and riders to help forge the path to a cure

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2021)—The Comoto Family of Brands officially launches its month-long Ride for Kids fundraising campaign this week. Comoto itself expects to donate over $100,000 to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) based on rider participation in the REVER Ride for Kids Challenge, local Cycle Gear store Bike Night fundraising events, and the largest “shop to support” campaign the company has ever done. Comoto will also be hosting the Eastern Pennsylvania Ride for Kids event at its Philadelphia corporate headquarters as part of the annual Ride for Kids taking place across the U.S. To participate in this month-long campaign riders and fundraisers can sign up at

Since 1991, PBTF has provided leadership and funding to accelerate targeted therapies for children battling brain tumors. The Foundation proudly equips families with the patient-family education, financial relief, and emotional support needed to navigate their child’s journey.

The PBTF Ride for Kids has inspired communities across the country for more than 30 years. Alongside American Honda, Comoto is joining forces with the Foundation to invite the powersports industry to make the Ride for Kids the biggest motorcycle charity event in the country. For decades, motorcyclists across the country have come together to ride in their respective cities and raise funds to help children with brain tumors--the leading cause of cancer death in children. Due to this ongoing commitment, Ride for Kids is the longest-running, most successful motorcycle charity event in the nation.

To ensure the success of this year’s Ride for Kids, Comoto has actively involved each of its brands within the family. For example, Comoto will be making a direct donation to PBTF of 2.5¢ for every mile logged (up to 1 million miles) in the REVER app throughout the course of the month-long 2021 Ride for Kids Challenge starting August 12th. Riders will have three ways to get involved: Ride with REVER and/or a local Ride for Kids event, donate directly to PBTF, and shop at Cycle Gear, J&P Cycles, and RevZilla (online and in-store) on Sunday, September 12th, when 10% of all sales will be donated to PBTF.

“We are honored to be working alongside American Honda to bring awareness to PBTF’s mission of supporting families affected by this disease. Partnering with PBTF provides an opportunity for us to bring our powersports community together and encourage them to enjoy their passion for riding, while supporting an amazing cause. We at Comoto are proud to have been joined in our efforts by many of our colleagues and vendors* who have pledged additional sponsorship and assistance,” said Ken Murphy, President and CEO of Comoto.

“Having the support of both the Comoto Family of Brands and American Honda means the world to us,” said Bob McNamara, National Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement for PBTF. “Finding a cure to this disease is an ongoing battle. Through this partnership, we have the opportunity to change the outcome for children with brain cancer, while empowering motorcyclists to support us by doing what they love most—riding.”
For more information on the Ride for Kids, and to see how you can participate, please click here.

CALIFORNIA GUN NUT REPORT--Last week, the Assembly Appropriations Committee passed Senate Bills 264 and 715, two anti-gun bills which would restrict gun shows in Orange County and Costa Mesa, and prohibit hunters under the age of 21 from purchasing a hunting rifle or shotgun. These bills will now head to the Assembly floor, where they will soon be eligible for votes. Please click the red button below to contact your Assembly member and ask them to OPPOSE SB 264 and SB 715.

Senate Bill 264, as amended, prohibits officers, employees, operators, lessees, or licensees of the 32nd District Agricultural Association from entering into any agreement to allow for the sale of any firearm, firearm parts, or ammunition on property or buildings that comprise the OC Fair and Event Center or properties in Orange County and Costa Mesa that are owned, leased, operated, or occupied by the District. This imposes a one-size-fits-all restriction to prevent officials from deciding how to use venues.

Senate Bill 715 limits when a hunting license satisfies the requirements for adults under 21 purchasing a long gun. This means an individual who has purchased a license for an upcoming season will not satisfy the requirements in order to obtain a firearm for hunting.

Thank you for making your voice heard against these bills!

Yours in Freedom,

--Ken Lan
Communications Coordinator

NEW CAR MAKES AMERICA GREAT AGAIN--Amy white, who a lotta people can’t handle because they do not possess charm and delightfulness to be around, unlike myself, bought a car and has done this to it.

--J.J. Solari

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Hey Rubin, just having some fun at JJ's expense.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Thanks for the correction about the pic Sam, I still like J.J. 's work ever since I found(?) his work in Easyriders Mag way back; funny as shit. anyway I stand corrected. Thanks , Ruben

Ruben Serrano Sr.
Sinton, TX
Monday, September 6, 2021
Don't give JJ too much credit Ruben. When he was spewed out at birth, the little rodent was so slimy that he flew right past the doctor and slammed into a wall and onto the floor. Permanent brain damage. Some say the doc didn't actually fail the catch but the bastard was trying to look up the nurse's skirt. We'll never know for sure, but he didn't have anything to do with the pic.

Sunday, September 5, 2021
Hey Bandit - I've got a dumb question, or 2.

We've all seen the post Ida photo's, and the human suffering associated with this disaster. Homes, buildings and industry destroyed, submerged vehicles by the thousands, and the surrounding devastation.....

In Climate Change Perfect World - after natural disasters like hurricane Ida. How safe will it be for those unfortunate folks and wildlife, after wading through the chemicals from all those future electric vehicles? Petroleum products - that's one thing - but battery juice? Will there be any wildlife left?

We have reasonably effective cleanup methods for up battery juice is like trying to spank a porcupine, mother nature wins every time.

- Doug

Buchanan, MI
Saturday, September 4, 2021
Editor Response The key words are Mother Nature. She's the shit and humans have actually been helping the CO2 levels for the last 100 or so years. Quick, read Bill Pekny's book The Tale of Two Climates. Amazing, and you're right about batteries.
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