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I pride myself in staying centered and relaxed under any circumstances. Buddhism has helped with my understanding of the universe and everything around me. But our government is stressing me out. I don’t want to hear about what’s going on. I just want it to go away.

A wise man told me once that when you are stressed sit quietly and breathe. Then think about the element that is stressing you out. When you open your eyes, do so with the realism that whatever it is, was just a thought. It wasn’t real. Stress is a fabrication of your mental agility. You can be stressed about anything and nothing. It’s just the way you think—so change it.

Easier said than done from time to time, yet it is supremely attainable. Let’s hit the news and think about wild choppers, Bonneville racing, new projects and beautiful women. My stress is gone.

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. 

Our Air BnB is booking up for the winter, so schedule your trip to sunny Cave Creek now. The town & golf courses are open and our facility is clean & private. Only 5 miles from town with the best view in the County!

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LOWBROW GLOVE COLLECTION--MotoStuka is a company founded on principles rare in today's throw away culture. Their products represent a dedication to simple, elegant design, high quality materials, and an obsession with time honored craftsmanship.

From the "ME23 Gigante" Tool Roll to the "Hog Butcher" shop aprons, MotoStuka accessories are designed using their hearts as well as their heads. Shanks start out as high-quality cow hide gloves. At the MotoStuka studio, they undergo the "treatment".

"Shanked" and finished out with waxed thread, they're then conditioned with a balm made of locally sourced beeswax, natural oils, and distilled tree spirits. This age-old recipe waterproofs the leather and gives it a distressed rich copper finish. The process is dynamic and unpredictable so every glove is unique in color and feel, but ALL get more beautiful with every mile!

Shanks are available in Medium, Large, and Extra Large.

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NAMZ Custom Cycle Products--Replacement Rear Fender Harness

Oreland, Pennsylvania based NAMZ Custom Cycle Products continues to "make it easy for you to do it right," says NAMZ CEO Jeff Zielinski.

This replacement rear fender harness is a 100% plug and play install, and when used as an OEM style replacement harness, it simply plugs into the OE circuit board behind the taillight. "When used on 2018-current FXLR/S models, it allows the use of custom taillights with integrated turn signals as well."

NAMZ is celebrating 21 years in business providing 'World Class' electrical components, LED lighting (Letric brand), Badlands lighting modules, wiring harnesses and installation supplies. NAMZ and Badlands products are available through Drag Specialties, Parts Unlimited, Tucker, Mid-USA, J&P Cycles, V-Twin, Parts Canada, Parts Europe, Custom Chrome Europe, Motorcycle Storehouse, W&W, Zodiac, Rollies Speed Shop and Performance Cycle Wholesale Limited, or directly from the company's website.

Letric Lighting Co. products are available through Tucker and Rollies Speed Shop or also directly from its website.


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Motorcycle Riders Foundation LEGISLATIVE ALERTS - 2021 Legislative Priorities

At the 2020 Motorcycle Riders Foundation’s (MRF) 36th annual Meeting of the Minds Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana a Legislative Strategy Session was hosted by the MRF’s Legislative Committee. The purpose of the session was to establish and prioritize the MRF’s Federal Legislative Agenda for 2021. These priorities are
categorized below. Note that at any time, an item may move to a different category depending on the likelihood of activity. This list should remain fluid and can be adaptable depending on the issue and political environment


Sustain lobbying efforts for the passage of resolutions or legislation that promotes awareness and prohibition of motorcyclists profiling. Seek opportunities including, but not limited
to H. Res 255, with language that:

- Promotes increased public awareness on the issue of profiling of motorcyclists.

- Encourages collaboration and communication with
the motorcycling community and law enforcement to engage in efforts to end profiling of motorcyclists.

- Urges state law enforcement officials to include
statements condemning profiling of motorcyclists in
written policies and training materials.

- Outlaws the practice of profiling of motorcyclists.

Renewable Fuels:

Advocate for targeted changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) including the following actions:

- Support the universal availability of approved fuel
blends, containing no more than 10 percent ethanol
by volume.

- Promote additional research and independent studies concerning the effects of higher blends of renewable fuels on motorcycles.

- Ensure the availability of separate pumps (i.e., no
multi-dispensing) to minimize the risk of damage to
motorcycle engines where higher blend of renewable fuel blends is available.

- Sustain lobbying efforts for the passage of the
Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of
2019 (H.R. 1024) or similar legislation which requires information to be provided to the public about the risks associated with the improper use of E15 fuel in certain vehicles, engines, and equipment.

This legislation:

- Revises current EPA rule to include warning labeling requirements for fuel pumps that dispense E15.

- Requires the EPA to create a public education
campaign about the risks of unauthorized use of E
15 as well as the vehicles, engines and equipment
prohibited from using E15.

- Defines multi-dispensing nozzle and requires an
additional warning label on multi-dispensing nozzles to warn consumers of the residual fuel left in
gasoline pump hoses from the previous individual

Autonomous Vehicles:

Advocate and monitor any legislation or regulations related to motorcycles concerning connected and autonomous vehicles (AV):

- Endorse rulemaking to set new standards specific
to seeing, detecting and properly reacting to motorcycles.

- Ensure motorcycles are part of all testing and development procedures.

- Promote that any AV public user advisory committees should include a representative from the motorcycle community and a motorcycle manufacturer.

- Require a public, easily accessible and searchable database where consumers can look up important safety information such as the limitations and capabilities of different products offered by AV manufacturers or service providers.

- Require that all AV manufacturers must submit safety evaluation reports to detail and make public how their vehicles identify motorcycles among other road users. Manufacturers must also include human error analysis in safety reports.

- Require that all AV manufacturers must report
crash data reporting incidents between AVs and motorcycles just as they would incidents between AVs and other road users.

- Protect the safety of motorcyclists with any rules or standards as it relates to electronic and cybersecurity systems including the clarification of rights of data ownership of any recorded data in the context of connected and autonomous vehicles.

- Inclusion of motorcyclists’ perspectives in discussions regarding the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

- Work to ensure motorcycles are a separate classification of vehicle and road user for purposes of regulation and testing of AVs.

- Protect the set aside radio spectrums necessary for DSRC vehicle to vehicle communications.

Emission Regulations:

Engage the EPA & Congress on any activity related to motorcycle emission regulations including the RPM ACT, H. 5434, S. 2602, or similar legislation.

Definition of a Motorcycle:

Educate policymakers and advocate for change to current definition that better reflects the current two and threewheel motorcycle landscape. Collaborate with appropriate stakeholders concerning the federal definition of a motorcycle, ensuring that crash and fatality statistics continue to be
separate from other classes of vehicles including autocycles, non-motorcycle powered vehicles such as mopeds, scooters, and various cabin-based steering wheel type vehicles.

Crash Avoidance:

Continue to promote the theme of crash avoidance versus safer crashing urging NHTSA and the DOT to focus on crash prevention and rider education.

Helmet Laws:

Oppose any mandatory federal helmet, apparel or conspicuity standards. Advocate for limiting funding of any federal government entity with increasing involvement in advocating for a universal helmet law or similar initiatives.

Black Box:

Pursue legislative language that any collected or available vehicle data is the property of the consumer and in which the consumer has the choice to opt-out of having their personal data communicated to interested parties.

Surface Transportation Reauthorization (Highway
Bill): Advocate and pursue legislative efforts related to the next highway bill reauthorization (expiring in 2021). Ensure the following provisions are included:

- Preserve the Motorcycle Education & Awareness
Program Grant Funding.

- Preserve the ban on federal funding for Motorcycle Only Checkpoints.

- Preserve the NHTSA Lobbying Ban and expand to
other federal agencies.

- Preserve the Motorcycle Advisory Council (MAC)
to advise the FHWA.

- Preserve motorcycles are not considered single-occupancy vehicles for HOV lane access.

- Oppose any motorcycling related federal blackmails or federal sanctions.

- Monitor for any action that would negatively impact motorcycles, motorcycling, and motorcyclists.

- Advocate the integration of an updated federal
definition of a motorcycle.

- Advocate a mandate that autonomous vehicles
must detect and respond to motorcycles.

- Advocate for expanding opportunities to address
motorcyclist profiling.

- Ensure motorcycles are not banned from federally
funded roads.


Roadway Design:

Pursue safer roadway design strategies in federal infrastructure legislation or discussions (i.e., MAC).
Discriminatory Legislation:

Oppose any motorcycling, motorcycle, or motorcyclist-based discriminatory legislation or rules proposed by the U.S. Congress or by any governmental agency.

Vulnerable Roadway User Terminology:

Monitor and ensure that motorcycles and motorcyclists are a specific and unique category or classification Gang, Club and Other Language:
Monitor and respond to federal legislative or regulatory activity concerning the usage of the terms gang, club, known associate, and associate when referring to motorcyclists.


Distracted Driving:
Work to discourage all forms of distracted driving.

Sound Testing:
Monitor any SAE Motorcycle Roadside Sound Testing
(addressed by individual states).

International Partnerships:

Continue participation in motorcycle-related activity
in the European Union, United Nations, and Canada
informing the membership of key developments.

National Studies:
Continue monitoring any national studies concerning motorcycles (i.e., Federal Crash Causation Study or MSF Naturalistic Study).

Exhaust Systems:
Monitor and vigorously oppose any federal standard proposing stamping and certifying of motorcycle exhaust systems.

Monitor private and public organizations that oppose the legislative agenda or mission of the MRF.


- Monitor fair tolling concepts on federally funded
roadways and projects supported by federal bonds.

- Monitor any congestion tolling concerning motorcyclists by federal, state or local governmental agencies.

Lane Splitting:

Monitor and support federal efforts to study and review the benefits and concerns of lane splitting and lane filtering.


Monitor and report on any litigation related to motorcycle emissions violations.

Monitor any tariffs on imported motorcycles, parts or apparel.



TESLA Q4 2020 Vehicle Production & Deliveries-- In 2020, we produced and delivered half a million vehicles, in line with our most recent guidance. In addition, Model Y production in Shanghai has begun, with deliveries expected to begin shortly.

Q4 2020

Production Deliveries Subject to operating
lease accounting
Model S/X 16,097 18,920 11%
Model 3/Y 163,660 161,650 7%
Total 179,757 180,570 8%

Production Deliveries
Model S/X 54,805 57,039
Model 3/Y 454,932 442,511
Total 509,737 499,550

Thank you to all of our customers, employees, suppliers, shareholders and supporters who helped us achieve another great year.

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QUICK THROTTLE EVENT MAGAZINE SHUTS DOWN—And the site hasn’t been updated in six months. Mike took over the magazine a few years back, when the writing was on the walls regarding print magazines. He worked hard but couldn’t make it fly.


New Paycheck Protection Program Funds
Available to Powersports Businesses--
Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration is required to issue new regulations for the reopened Paycheck Protection Program, part of the coronavirus relief act passed by Congress late last month. Firms that obtained a PPP loan in 2020 may again qualify, and first-time applicants can also request a loan out of the $285 billion in available funds. The deadline to apply is March 31.

"This is welcome news for small powersports businesses, and we encourage those who need help to visit the SBA website, see if they are eligible, and fill out an application," said Scott Schloegel, senior vice president of the MIC Government Relations Office. "There will be more flexible rules regarding loan forgiveness and, thanks to a change in the recent bill, the loans will be tax-deductible. But, the criteria for a second PPP loan is stricter and loans are capped at $2 million."

Second-time applicants must have fewer than 300 employees, and show that they suffered a 25-percent drop in gross receipts during the first, second, or third quarter in 2020.

The new PPP regulations extend the employee-retention tax credit into 2021, as well as a payroll-tax subsidy for employers offering paid sick-leave. The year-end appropriations legislation also included an extension of the two-wheel, plug-in electric vehicle credit. Worked on by the MIC's GRO, this extension provides a 10-percent tax credit on the purchase price of a new electric plug-in motorcycle, up to a maximum of $2,500.


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"I want to give more women more bikes to build and race," says Royal Enfield's Breeann Poland explaining how the BTR program is doubling up with flat track and roadracing in 2021.

"Our dealers were super psyched about BTR last year, so the women selected to go racing will be located close to a participating dealer and that dealer can help them with shop space or tools and help guide the builds because I'm not going to be there to mentor so many new women. It will also help get the dealers engaged... when we do identify the women with both flat track and roadracing, we will identify the dealers to work with those women."

And how does the Himalayan fit into the growing ADV niche?

--Dealer News

Designed With Experts S&S

S&S has a proven track record (literally!) in American Flat Track and has taken that expertise and applied it to the Himalayan. In tuning the Himalayan for track use, the obligatory 19-inch rims have been added, as has a high-mount exhaust and carbon fiber seat unit.

Every bit of unnecessary road equipment has been removed, and a lightweight Full Spectrum Power battery, which reduces the total bike weight to approximately 164 kg (360 lbs), has been added. The frame remains stock with no mods to the sub-frame, perfectly fitting within the seat unit.

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it's a sad future for our country, shame on on the polititons. guess I will buy more ammo.

deland, FL
Friday, January 8, 2021
Editor Response Yep, sad indeed. Nothing but power-hungry mongrels.
Just reading about CHOPPERS magazine. I just got the latest issue. This is the second issue I have received and I have to say I really dig it Cool bikes, great photography, high quality paper! I just wish you get a subscription but ordering on line is better than no magazine!

charlotte, Nc
Friday, January 8, 2021
Editor Response I haven't received a copy yet.
If ya dont start with a smile ya typically don't end with one imho. That said this weeks news starts with a women whose got THE LOOK!! Thanks for your wisdom bandit which followed. Seems your meditations are a free your mind and your ass will follow. I can dig it. Thanks

Friday, January 8, 2021
Editor Response It's a struggle from time to time, but it works.
Keep your chin up, life is nuts. Wife rode her 2020 Fatbob 114 a bit the last few weeks and while my son was home from West Point for Christmas we had him take the Harley riders Edge course at Kingwood, Harley. He passed with 100%, so it looks like another biker in the White family.

Johnny White
Humble, TX
Friday, January 8, 2021
Editor Response Terrific, and I got the shots. The should be in the news next week.

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