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NEW DEAL Bikernet Weekly News for February 28, 2019

It's Wild and Explained from Several Angels

By Bandit, Bob T., Barry Green, Sam Burns, Laura, the Redhead, Steve Bozack and the rest of the crew

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Here’s the deal
. I fight for freedom and I side with the Freedom Fighters, which are Republicans. Okay, I’m going to scramble through a few points. I grew up a workingman’s son. He was a Democrat, so I remained a Democrat until I became involved in Bikers Rights.

I discovered that the folks who wanted restrictive safety laws, punishment regulations and less freedoms were Democrats. I was forced to shift. Sorta like our President. At one time he was a Democrat, but in business he was forced to shift.

I don’t like the current political climate. It’s become a world of us against them and visa versa. It doesn’t need to be that way at all. We could be living in the best of times, dancing in the streets if everyone understood the code of Freedom, which our country once stood for.

Let’s hit the news.

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Check the Iron Trader out.

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. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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FIRST GUN NUT REPORT--West Virginia Campus Carry Law – Fear and Loathing at the State’s Universities

“To say that this legislation goes against everything we want in our academic institution is an understatement. We chose to seek higher education because we want to solve the world’s problems with our words and our ideas, not with guns and violence.”

Those are the words of a group of 150 students and faculty members of West Virginia University in Morgantown. They’re in a tizzy over the West Virginia legislature’s consideration of house bill that would legalize campus carry, allowing students of the state’s universities who have concealed carry permits to fully exercise their Second Amendment rights.


Klock Werks UTV Flare™ Windshield for
Textron Wildcat XX Named Powersports
Business Nifty 50 Award Winner—

Klock Werks UTV Flare Windshield for
Textron Wildcat XX recently named by Powersports Business magazines as
one of the “Nifty 50” award recipiente.

Powersports Business, for the 20th consecutive year, has selected 50 aftermarket products and services that the editors believe will best boost dealership profitability through innovation in
2019 - the Powersports Business Nifty 50. The monthly publication, which provides marketspecific data to powersports dealers and those in the industry, selected the Klock Werks UTV Flare™ Windshield for Textron Wildcat XX as one of those 50, even with more entries submitted than ever before.

“For 20 years, Powersports Business magazine has started the year by encouraging aftermarket
parts and accessories companies to submit their top products for consideration on the Nifty 50 list,” editor in chief Dave McMahon said. “Klock Werks made the list by extending its proven motorcycle windshield designs to the side-by-side segment, the fastest growing sector in powersports. An innovative product that adds to dealer profitability? That’s nifty to us.

The UTV Flare™ Windshield for Textron Wildcat XX from Klock Werks uses their patented air management
technology that was originally
born on the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Flare™
Windshield is designed to push air up and
over the cab and around the edges of the UTV eliminating dust and debris from entering and swirling within the cab. The half-shield is made of polycarbonate and uses a patented thumb screw clamping system to attach to the cage of the UTV.

Winners of the award were announced in the February issue of Powersports Business that
arrived at dealerships earlier this month. This is the third time Klock Werks has received this prestigious award. Other Klock Werks parts that have received this honor were the Flare™ Windshields for Honda Gold Wing and F6B, in 2014, and the NavBag, in 2013.

“We are honored to receive this award for the third time since we started entering our products,” said Brian Klock, President of Klock Werks. “While we don’t win every year, I feel it’s a service Powersports Business provides to continue to push us all forward. Innovation drives our industry
and we are thankful to be selected this year for our Textron Wildcat XX design!”


NYC Media and Influencers to Riding staff is gearing up to put more New York City journalists and influencers on two wheels, many for their first time, in April and May. The industry’s media outreach program will be hosting FirstRides, three-hour experiences that give guests their first taste of motorcycling, and the MSF Basic RiderCourse, which puts students on the path toward earning their motorcycle license.

“FirstRide is a fun, low-pressure way to introduce non-riders to the excitement of being on two wheels,” said Andria Yu, MIC director of communications. “This will be our second time hosting FirstRides in New York City. Our first was really popular because everyone learned at their own pace. No one gets counseled out. Even if they don’t put their feet on the pegs, they were so happy to feel a motorcycle roll forward as they power-walked it. Everyone goes away with such a positive experience that they want to come back for more. It’s infectious!”


NEWS FROM THE DOOMSDAY CROWD--Democrat House Oversight Subcommittee Schedules Hearing on Climate Change, Democrats Don’t Show Up…

You can’t make this stuff up if you tried. All we ever needed to know about the purely political use of ‘climate change’ as a manufactured tool for electoral votes is visible in this one moment. Democrats, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal, have been claiming the world will end in twelve years if Climate Change is not addressed.

To highlight their commitment to the urgent need, Speaker Nancy Pelosi created a House subcommittee dedicated to selling the need for the Green New Deal. To reinforce the urgency, the new House Oversight Subcommittee scheduled a hearing with the intent to target climate change deniers called: “The Denial Playbook”. The hearing was today.

A panel was set to deliver testimonials and statements to advance the priorities of the Democrat congressional team selling the Green New Deal; except, well, the majority Democrats ran into a problem…. they didn’t show up for the hearing.

According to the position of Democrats and the GND supporters, the world is ending in less than twelve years. Yet, no-one shows up for their Climate Change hearing?

With only two democrats showing up for the hearing; and highlighting the fraud that surrounds the entire premise of the effort; and with four sub-committee republicans who did show up, outnumbering the Democrat majority; ranking minority member Louie Gohmert made a motion to adjourn.

The adjournment motion passed 4 votes to 2 and the hearing was adjourned.

NEW FXRG MODULAR HELMET AND MESH RIDING JACKETS ENHANCE HARLEY-DAVIDSON SPRING RIDING GEAR--Enhance any ride with gear from Harley-Davidson’s FXRG® Collection through customized comfort, innovation and convenience. Created for the ultimate riding experience and road-tested for proven performance the FXRG Collection lets riders ride with confidence.

New this spring is the FXRG® Sun Shield H29 Modular Helmet (P/N 98359-19VX, $500*), the perfect helmet offering reliable comfort for both men and women. Made with a fiberglass shell reinforced with carbon and carbon-glass, this lightweight and aerodynamic helmet features a 3D engineered interior to help reduce road and wind noise.

Two large intake vents and one large exhaust vent with flow-through channeling help riders stay cool while riding in warm temperatures. RapidFire™ sun shield features 99 percent UV protection and is anti-fog pin prepared to make for an enjoyable ride.

Pair this helmet with the men’s FXRG® Mesh Slim Fit Riding Jacket (P/N 98389-19VM, $525*) or women’s FXRG® Mesh Riding Jacket (P/N 98333-19VW, $495*). Designed to help circulate cooling air, these jackets are made with a Coolcore lining to wick moisture and regulate temperature whether riding in warm or cool climates. Strategically placed Cordura® stretch panels enhance functionality by ensuring mobility. Flexible, lightweight removable Dianese Pro-Armor at elbows and shoulders with several pockets and zippers help enhance any ride on the open road. A black finish with H-D® graphics across the chest make for a fashionable, yet functional piece.

The new FXRG Collection is available in most Harley-Davidson dealerships and also available online at H-D.COM/FXRG.

*Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price, excluding taxes and shipping. Prices at local dealerships may vary.

AMA LEGISLATIVE ALERT--Contact your representative today to support H.R. 1024!

U.S. Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) have reintroduced the "Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019" in the U.S. House (H.R. 1024). The American Motorcyclist Association supports this bill.

Take Action 

The AMA has repeatedly warned of the dangers of E15 (15 percent ethanol by volume) for motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, because none of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in use in the United States is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to operate on fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Use of E15 in vehicles not designed for its use can damage fuel system and engine components and void manufacturer's warranties.

This bipartisan legislation would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15.

Unlike current the current E15 label (below), which doesn't mention motorcycles specifically, the new label would call out motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles with pictograms of these vehicles and equipment specifically prohibited from using E15. This would be a huge improvement over the current label, which can leave consumers guessing whether or not E15 is acceptable for their vehicle.

Also included in this legislation are provisions specific to blender pumps that would require warnings about residual high-ethanol-content blends left in the fueling hose from the previous customer. This bill would finally warn consumers about this hidden risk.

The public education campaign about the risks of E15 that is included in this legislation will take place on the fuel pumps themselves. The bill would direct the EPA to develop an electronic message to be displayed at the pump prior to dispensing E15. The message would warn consumers about which vehicles and equipment are prohibited from using E15 and the risks of improper E15 use.

Tell your representative to support H.R. 1024: Take Action

IS THIS FROM THE BAD COP FILE OR NOT--Police ‘Code of Silence’ Is on Trial After Murder by Chicago Officer

Three Chicago police officers — from left, David March, Thomas Gaffney and Joseph Walsh — are accused of covering up what had really happened when a white police officer shot Laquan McDonald, a black teenager.

Pool photo by Zbigniew Bzdak

By Monica Davey

CHICAGO — Inside a cramped and worn courtroom, three white police officers are on trial in connection with the fatal shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald. But these officers never fired their guns. Their crime, prosecutors say, was concocting a story to cover up for a colleague who did.

As prosecutors tell it, Chicago police officers shooed away eyewitnesses after the shooting on Oct. 20, 2014, and then made up a narrative to justify the shooting. They said in official reports that the teenager had tried to stab three officers, and that he had tried to get up from the ground as 16 shots were being fired into him.

The only hitch? Dashcam video footage of the encounter contradicted their account.

Patricia Brown Holmes, a special prosecutor trying the three officers on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice, told a judge last week: “Instead of serving and protecting all citizens of Chicago, the defendants tried to protect only one — Jason Van Dyke,” the police officer who was convicted this fall of second-degree murder in the shooting.

On trial along with the officers is the “code of silence” that police officers across the country have been accused of operating under. In Chicago, the issue has been around for decades, bubbling up in recent years in cases involving a drunk-driving officer, an off-duty officer’s beating of a bartender and a lawsuit by two police officers who said they faced retaliation after breaking the code.

 NEW SHIPMENT OF 5-BALL LEATHERS ARRIVED—With a couple of new units.

We ordered just a couple of black Speedway shirts in a light lllllll leather without Sleeves. I like mine in brown. It’s become my go-to vest for around town, not so much for riding. When I need a vest to carry my phone, notes, sunglasses, and stuff, it hits the spot. I can wear it over a flannel for additional warmth or over a T-shirt to make up for missing pockets.

They are not in the shop yet, so if you’re interested drop me a line and we’ll make it happen. Or check out the Speedway full shirts in the shop.


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Check out our threads, buckles and books.

Tasmania's antibiker laws being enforced.
Saturday, 16 February 2019

Eight convicted criminals have been served with “official warning notices” as part of new controversial anti-consorting laws to stop organised crime groups, such as outlaw motorcycle clubs, from gaining a foothold in Tasmania, Australia’s island state.

The anti-biker laws were given the tick of approval in September after legislation restricting members of outlaw motorcycle clubs from wearing club colours in public passed at the end of August.

Tasmania Police Assistant Commissioner Richard Cowling told local media the rollout of the first official warning notices occurred during January and were initially confined to a small number of convicted criminals based in the North-West of the state.

The tool, which prevents known criminals from associating, will be used by cops statewide over the coming months, with the prohibited insignia legislation also expected to be in force by August.

“Eight convicted criminals were each personally served notices not to associate with one another, with 56 notices being served in total,” Assistant Commissioner Cowling said.

“The notices remain in force for five years and during that time, if the served convicted offenders are found consorting with any of the other served convicted offenders in the absence of a legitimate defence on two or more occasions, they face arrest and prosecution.”

The five motorcycle clubs known to be on Tasmania Police’s radar are the Bandidos, Rebels, Outlaws, Devils Henchmen and Black Uhlans.

Police Minister Michael Ferguson said the State Government would continue to take a “tough-on-crime” approach in a move to deter serious offenders from establishing, maintaining and expanding their networks.

“Our prohibited insignia legislation will give police the tools they need to crack down on criminal bikie gangs, as well as send a clear message that organised crime gangs are not welcome in Tasmania,” Mr Ferguson said.

“The regulations that will prescribe the identified organisations that the law applies to will be in force within the next six months as we follow due process set out in the Act.

“This comes on top of our consorting laws, which Tasmania Police has already started using to prevent crime by keeping known criminals from associating.”

Under the amended Police Offences Act ,a “prohibited item” is any piece of clothing, jewellery or accessory that displays the name, club patch or logo of an identified group.

It also bans any image, symbol, abbreviation, acronym or other form of writing that indicates membership of, or an association with, an outlaw motorcycle club, including the 1 per cent symbol.

Trump Vows ‘New Day’ for Venezuela
-NBC News

“The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side,” President Donald J. Trump said on Monday at Florida International University in Miami. The President also addressed the American far left. “To those who want to try to impose socialism on the United States, we again deliver a very simple message: America will never be a socialist country.”

Border Apprehensions Jump 84 Percent, 606,000 Expected This Year
-Washington Examiner

“January saw a surprising surge of 22,000 more apprehensions of illegal immigrants at southwest border crossings over January 2018, prompting a key predictor to suggest that border officers will make over 600,000 apprehensions this year,” Paul Bedard reports. “The year-over-year increase was 84 percent, from 25,975 in January 2018 to 47,893 last January, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.”

An Illegal Immigrant Killed My Daughter. Trump's Right—We Must Complete the Border Wall.
-USA Today

Retired educator Dan Ferguson writes that his beloved daughter Mandy, a 28-year-old sixth-grade teacher, was killed last year by a criminal who should never have been in the United States. “In his declaration of a national emergency on our southern border, President Trump recognized the Americans who experienced the consequences of that emergency firsthand: angel moms and dads. I never expected I would be one of them.”

Trump Officially Directs Pentagon to Create Space Force Legislation for Congress

“President Donald Trump signed a directive on Tuesday that ordered the Department of Defense create a Space Force as a sixth military branch,” Michael Sheetz and Amanda Macias report. “The directive orders the Pentagon draft legislation for Congress that would create the Space Force as a part of the U.S. Air Force.” This move sets in motion the creation of America’s first new military branch in more than 70 years.

Ivanka Trump Examines UPS Training at Facility in Gwinnett

-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump toured a UPS driver training facility in Duluth, Georgia, with Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) on Wednesday, detailing the Trump Administration’s focus on workforce development. Last year, UPS “signed a pledge in support of President Trump’s workforce development initiative, committing to offer opportunities for career advancement to more than 50,000 employees.”

Opinion: Trump Stays Tough on Socialism
-The Detroit News

“President Trump’s speech Monday afternoon in Miami wasn’t just directed at Nicolas Maduro and the socialists of Venezuela — it was also a stark reminder to left-leaning Americans that socialism's days are ‘numbered,’” Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer writes. “As Democrats rally around radical proposals such as ‘Medicare-for-all,’ free college tuition, enormous minimum wage increases, and even guaranteed basic income, it was President Trump’s responsibility to remind us that socialism’s sweeping promises are always empty.”

Lower Tax Refunds Show How the Republican Tax Cut is Keeping Money in Your Hands All Year
-USA Today

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) explain that tax refunds are lower today because taxes are lower—keeping more money in Americans’ hands all year long. First, Democrats were wrong that tax cuts would hurt our economy. Now, they are “peddling the scary elixir that ‘lower tax refunds mean higher taxes.’ Wrong again . . . This claim about refunds, as the Washington Post’s fact checker observed, is ‘nonsensical and misleading.’”

NEWS FROM THE NMA--E-ZPass is Anything But EASY

Abuses by tolling authorities continue to mount. The lawsuit filed last year in U.S. District Court by Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the NMA against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission for collecting inflated tolls to pay for projects unrelated to the operation and maintenance of the Turnpike continues under the purview of a federal judge. She is considering constitutional arguments involving the U.S. Commerce Clause. In another class action suit filed in 2018, the New Jersey Turnpike Authority is accused of overcharging E-ZPass administrative fees.

But it may take more stories like the one below from a couple in Delaware to illustrate just how predatory the tolling system can be. The couple’s wife sent us the letter that follows. It is similar to one she forwarded to several Delaware state officials detailing her family’s untenable predicament at the hands of the Delaware E-ZPass system.

Dear Delaware,

For the first time in my life, we have contemplated moving. I have never been so brokenhearted at the way I have been treated from the state that I love.

I have had an E-Zpass account since 2003. As I write this, there is a positive balance of $27.12 in the account. My husband’s truck was due for renewal on January 23, 2019. When I went to do the online renewal a few weeks before that, on January 3rd, the attempt failed. My husband called DMV and was told because of E-ZPass violations there were registration blocks on both of our vehicles.

As we started to peel away the layers, it turned out that the blocks were due to over $10,000 in E-ZPass violations. No typo-$10,000 owed on an account that continues to show a surplus when we check the balance. How is that possible?

We were shocked to appear to be blatant toll violators. You would think there would be flags, steps of progression to alert us to mounting penalties long before blocks were placed on our vehicle registrations. Closing our account, blocking our transponders, a notice from the state that there was a serious issue. But none of that occurred.

We were directed to speak to the collection agency that E-ZPass couldn’t help at that point until we cleared up the penalty debt. In turn, the agency said they were just following E-ZPass directions. To dispute the debt, we must do so in writing to the agency, a process they said would take six to nine weeks to investigate.

That’s an awful cycle. My husband and I work full time and have 3 children. Now neither of us has a vehicle to drive to work.

I spoke to an administrator at the Delaware DMV. He advised not to waste my time trying to resolve the matter with the collection agency. He arranged for a supervisor from TransCore, which operates E-ZPass, to call me. The message she left was unyielding: The account was past due and all unpaid tolls and penalties would have to be resolved. The payment plan she laid out would require an initial payment of over $2,500 and then nine monthly installments of more than $900 each.

Even loan sharks would be in awe of an enterprise that can turn a past-due balance of $200 into a crippling $10,000 debt. If she hasn’t already, the Delaware attorney general as top consumer protection official in the state should launch an investigation into this case, and other state attorneys general in the E-ZPass network should pay close attention.

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Weekend Round-Up Always Late

Wheredya git that nice Orange/Black fairing for the Dyna??? Different, cool!

--Paul Dispensa
Chicago, IL

Hey Paul, I believe that’s a Harley fairing custom painted by Chris Morrison. I still need the rubber donut for the inside to support the headlight. My grandson lost it. One of his tats above.--Bandit

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