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I got hauled off and questioned by the authorities.
They threatened to make me fire myself because I don’t believe in human caused global warming. It’s the biggest scam in our society today.

I had to fight. I’m a grubby biker who believes in oil, gas and freedom. Let’s hit the news:

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. 

NEWS FROM THE TWISTED ROAD, STURGIS 2020: Day Two by Lucinda Belden

This is part two of a 6-part series on attempting to ride the top 14 most popular rides around the Sturgis area in one week. We all know that riding is not the only thing you want to do when you arrive in a new area. It's the ride, but it is also the things that you experience along the way, that will make you want to return. If you missed part one, I covered a ride through Spearfish Canyon round to Sundance Road, ending up at Devil’s Tower.

Each Sturgis ride does not have to be done in the order presented (or in one week), but at some point these are all great rides for you to take. Stay tuned for the following four blogs. Ride on!

This road map will take you round trip. Most of the ride maps in this series are one-way, but this ride can be started and ended in Sturgis. This is a three-hour round-trip ride, so not all day on the bike. It's designed for you to be able to spend more time stopping for photos and for a decent time in Deadwood.


I have you starting off in Sturgis but if you're coming from another area, you will—at the very least—want to make Deadwood your starting point. I have to say from my own personal experience, Deadwood was my favorite town out of the rides around Sturgis. I like the balance Deadwood keeps between its history and modern tourism.

You can bounce down both sides of the main street and hit little casinos along the way. Even if you're not interested in gambling (although I did pretty well!), each casino has memorabilia worth dipping your moto boot in.

There’s way more. Head over to the Twisted Road site.

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Click to get started.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Thoughts...For a modern bike, that new Chief rocks. I then saw your post yesterday on the Sportster. W.T.F. - is Harley's CEO asleep?

To me , the new Chief fills a hole in the market left by the Dyna, not the Sportster, that said, Harley's range is shrinking whilst Indian's grows. What kind of corporate strategy has he got?

I can't see how giving up market to a competitor with a broader range is going to help Harley survive.

Don't get me started on that goddamn ugly adventure bike either. Good luck Harley, plunging into a market niche that their competition has
a 40-year head start on.

I'm sad about the Sportster, they have a huge following in the UK. My nephew has just scored a mint 2019 1200 Iron. I feel sadder about the risks Harley face if they don't understand their market.

One last comment- so Harley think superchargers are the answer? Interesting. There's a major tuning shop here does blowers for the Milwaukee Eight. Big, instant power, no lag, all good. I've got an American Eaton on my car, it's great.

But motorcycles are supposed to be minimalist, and a blower is just more clutter. I'm sure there's a reason more manufacturers don't used superchargers on bikes, just like they found with Turbos.

Ref your house move- we both know, 'as one door closes, another one opens'!

--Paul Harris
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
United Kingdom

OFFICIAL BIKERNET FORTUNE COOKIE, HOW TO BOOST YOUR FUTURE PROSPERITY LUCK IN 2021--2021 Flying Star #9 in NortheastThe NORTHEAST – Promises of Future Prosperity from the # 9 StarFuture Prosperity from the # 9 Star

The #9 is the Purple Star which represents the “Star Of Future Prosperity”. It is also regarded as the Completion and the Magnifying star. As the latter, it brings a magni?cation of both good and bad. As the completion number, it helps residents in the sector it occupies to bring important projects to a successful ?nish. We are entering Period 9 in three more years and the number 9 is becoming more and more powerful and auspicious as we are approaching year 2024 so it's imperative that you enhance it as it will bring serious Prosperity and Wealth Luck for you in the near future!

Many feng shui masters even regard the 9 as being just as powerful as the 8. In the year 2021, the number 9 brings excellent good luck to the Northeast thereby bene?ting everyone residing within this sector, Ox, Tigers and the youngest son. This also brings bene?ts to NE sitting houses, which means that your house would then be facing SW.

This star helps lay groundwork for all kinds of good fortune and lucky outcomes in the near future. Those with creative-thinking, and brave enough to execute their ideas can expect good results in the near future. Promotion and business opportunities will be available for you when your office or bedroom is located in the Northeast. School-going children who study in this sector can experience enhanced examination luck or the luck to attain scholarship or get accepted to a reputable university. Relationships of couples will be improved if they sleep in the NE sector in 2021.

This Star also brings fame and recognition luck – the luck that propels you to be acknowledged and rewarded for your achievement and hard work.

1950 VINCENT COMET: TINA FROM THE NATIONAL MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM-- Big Sid” Biberman had a reputation far and wide for building fast Vincents, mostly for drag racing. Truly a big guy at 6 foot 5 inches and around 300 pounds, he needed all the horsepower he could get.

Over time, his racing career tapered off and he focused on the Vincati project, a father and son effort to install a Vincent Rapide engine in a 1970s Ducati GT750 chassis; their favorite motor in an updated chassis.

With the Vincati very successfully completed, the next father and son effort was a building a land speed record Vincent, and competing for a Land Speed Record. Big Sid and Matthew Biberman used the leftover parts from the Vincati project to build a land speed record machine, a Vincent single they named “Tina”.

Tina’s single-cylinder 500cc engine is from a 1950 Vincent Comet, and was extensively modified by Sid and Vincent performance expert Steve Hamel. Displacement was upped 20% to 598cc’s. The 1960’s era Gardner carb is interesting and apparently worked as well as contemporary magazine articles claimed. Numerous tuning and safety modifications have been made including rear-set controls to allow the rider to tuck in at high speeds, important on the salt, and insulated fuel lines to keep fuel cooler.

The considerable efforts of the father and son team paid off: Tina competed at the ECTA “Monster Mile” at Maxton, North Carolina in 2009 and set a record of 105.506 mph in the Modified Vintage Gas 650cc class. Tina’s best run to date occurred at the 2011 BUB meet at the Bonneville Salt Flats where she recorded a speed of 110.9 mph. It was a great outing but not enough to secure the record then held by a BSA 650 twin with a speed of 116mph. In addition to her record at Maxton, Tina also holds the ECTA 650cc M-VG class record for the Wilmington, Ohio race course with a speed of 102.420 (9/30/2012). Unfortunately, with Sid’s death in 2013, Tina’s development came to an end.

Looking back at Tina’s race outings, Matthew has said, “We never achieved the full potential of the bike, but we set two records and always went home without any significant damage and smiles on our faces. Ultimately, that’s a success.” Tina is currently on display in the Museum. We contacted Matthew last week to tell him Tina was an upcoming Featured Bike. His comment, “Thinking about Tina on a cold winter’s day makes me think of its exhaust note, truly a thumper on an open pipe.”

Tina is one of half a dozen Vincents on display at the National Motorcycle Museum, stock and built for racing. The Vincati, built by Sid and Matthew, is also on loan and you can see the fine workmanship on this surprising engine swap the next time you visit.


Engine: OHV Single, Air Cooled
Displacement: Increased to 598cc
Compression Ratio: 9:5 to 1
Induction: Gardner Carburetor, Remote Float
Camshaft: Andrews Racing
Crankshaft: Custom by Terry Prince
Primary: Chain Driven
Clutch: Multi-Plate, Wet
Transmission: Four-speed, Norton Atlas
Final Drive: Chain
Rolling Chassis: 1953 Vincent Rapide
Fork: Vincent Girdraulic
Brakes: Twin 7” SLS Drums Front, 7? SLS Drum Rear
Wheelbase: 56 Inches
Weight: 345 Pounds

Click for Info.
Click for Info.

See the whole story at the National Motorcycle Museum web site.


NEWS FROM THE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION--Nominees Wanted for the 2021 Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame (MRFHOF) was introduced at the Meeting of the Minds in Denver, Colorado. This institution was created to recognize individuals that have worked through the MRF to positively impact motorcycling. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is proud to announce that the nomination process for the next class of inductees into the MRFHOF is now open.

The nomination form and a timeline are posted on the MRF website at:

Nomination applications are due to the Hall of Fame Committee by March 1st, 2021 – please send completed forms to

Past Motorcycle Riders Foundation Hall of Fame inductees are: Keith "Bandit" Ball, Karen Bolin, Mark Buckner, Vince Consiglio, Wayne Curtin, Michael "Balls" Farabaugh, “Still” Ray Fitzgerald, Richard Gray, Fredric Harrell, Teresa Hepker, Bob Illingworth, Nathan "Buck" Kittredge, Simon Milward, Ed Netterberg, JoAnne Packard, Sherman Packard, Lee Richardson, Rodney Roberts, Jerry "JT" Thomas, Todd Vandermyde, Paul Vestal, Penny Walker, Ed Youngblood, Wanda Hummel-Shultz, "Biker" Jim Rhoades, Lee Ryan, Marc Falsetti, Gary Klinker, Charlie Williams, Dave Dwyer, "Radio" Bob Letourneau, "Farmer" John Eggers and Michael "Boz” Kerr.

About Motorcycle Riders Foundation

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.



A car ahead was moving like a turtle and not giving me way in spite of my continuous honking! I was on brink of losing my cool when I noticed the small sticker on the car’s rear!

“Physically challenged; Please be patient.”

And that changed everything!!

I immediately went calm & slowed down!!

In fact, I got a little protective of the car & the driver!!!

I reached home a few minutes late, but it was ok!

And then it struck me.

Would I have been patient if there was no sticker ?

Why do we need stickers to be patient with people!?

Will we be more patient & kind with others if people had labels pasted on their foreheads?

Labels like ——

“ Lost my job”
“Fighting cancer”
“Going through a bad divorce”
“Suffering Emotional abuse “
"Lost a loved one”
“Feeling worthless”
“Financially broken”

....and more like these!!

Everyone is fighting a battle we know nothing about.

The least we can do is to be patient, kind & compassionate

*Let us respect the Invisible Labels !!*

Bikernet Monk
5-Ball Temple at the base of the Gray Mountain

I do have a bit to share, Saddlemen has purchased a new facility in Long Beach, 718 W. Anaheim Street. Which at one time housed another motorcycle business.

The Saddlemen Corporation Headquarters will house our R&D department, sales, metal shop, carbon fiber/ race development as well as our social media department. Full circle for me in the motorcycle industry.

--Buster, Team Saddlemen


BROTHER DOWN--The world has lost a legend RIP Pat Leahy

--Sam Burns

LORENZO LAMAS & KENNA NICOLE SCOTT ENGAGED!--LOS ANGELES, CA, FEBRUARY 16, 2021 — Lorenzo Lamas of Los Angeles and Kenna Nicole Scott of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho have announced their engagement. The couple made the news public during a romantic pre-Valentine's Day weekend in Las Vegas.

“Kenna and I met through my Godmother Francesca Daniels last April. I proposed to Kenna on Thursday the 11th of February In Las Vegas. She accepted my Lifetime Valentines request. The last 10 months with Kenna have been the most romantic months of my life and we have fallen deeply in love. It is a love like no other and we look forward to the day we become husband and wife. Sometimes love waits for the stars to align and two soul paths to intersect. We are ecstatic!” -- Lorenzo Lamas.

Lorenzo Lamas is an International Film, Television, Stage Actor, Director, Producer, and Singer who is recognized as one of the World’s most admired stars. Best known for his nine year run as Lance Cumson on “Falcon Crest,” and for his five year run as Reno Raines on “Renegade.”

He is Californian born and the son of movie and stage star Arlene Dahl and the legendary Fernando Lamas and the stepson of swimming champion, Esther Williams.

Lorenzo is a certified pilot and flight instructor, which makes him active with a number of charitable organizations such as a volunteer pilot providing free air transportation to medical facilities. He is an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, and participates in many charity related rides.

Kenna Nicole Scott, born and raised in Boise, Idaho, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a successful modeling career. In the 2000’s she modeled for national campaigns for Guess jeans and Emporio Armani. After living in Los Angeles for most of a decade, she decided to return to Idaho with her husband at the time to raise her children. She has owned and managed startup companies and is also a freelance copy writer for companies like Oxyfresh and K9 connoisseur.

She and Lorenzo currently travel back and forth depending on their schedules and look forward to deciding on their future home together in the near future.

Lorenzo and Kenna have many shared interest; they enjoy the beach, motorcycling, and spending as much time together as possible. They are also involved in giving back to their communities and are actively involved with a number of nonprofit organizations.

--Cherry Hepburn

NEWS FROM THE DIME BAG HEADQUARTERS--We just finished this handmade leather seat for Mario's Triumph. Started using the Iwata Beginner Airbrush Kit to apply the dye. It works really well and will apply perfectly to make seats.

--Adam Croft
DimeBag Leather

Our original logo was created by John Towle.
Our original logo was created by John Towle.

I loved Jon Towle cartoons - Nick the Dick - I saw on Bikernet. They are still there.

And the motorcycle museum of Dale was exceptional.

So much sad news. Hope you are okay. Take care.

Best Wishes,
--Ujjwal Dey
International Bureau Chief

PATRICK MOORE BREAKS ALL THE RULES—Some folks are like that. He was the head of Green Peace for over 15 years and saved the whales and stopped atomic bomb testing in the ocean. He was and is an environmentalists. But then the environmental community changed and went radical.

Patrick left the ranks, but as the movement got nuts, he felt the need to share the true facts. One is that science is never settled. The meaning of science is to study and follow changes in knowledge. It doesn’t stop.

He recently wrote a book called, Fake Invisible Catastrophes and Threats of Doom. I bought two immediately. He sent me this video link of a lecture:

Here’s a couple of quotes from his book: During the last glacial maximum, 20,000 years ago, CO2 fell to about 180 ppm, only 30 ppm above the level where plants begin to die from CO2 starvation. At lower than 150 ppm there simply isn’t a high enough concentration of carbon dioxide for plants to survive.

CO2 levels have been dropping for millions of years. Since the industrial age began about 100 years ago the CO2 level has increased to 415 ppm, that’s what gave Al Gore the excuse to attack. But he was backwards. He should have been celebrating, but then he wouldn’t make millions on carbon credits.

Here’s the kicker, “When we use fossil fuels, we are returning CO2 to the atmosphere, where it came from in the first place. Our emissions have brought an end to the 150 million-year decline of carbon dioxide and we are beginning to restore a balance to the global carbon cycle.” Actually, the CO2 level should be closer or above 2000 ppm and there is no connection between carbon dioxide levels and the temperature.

So, be proud you ride an internal combustion engine and drive an old truck. You’re saving life on earth.--Bandit

Order this book on Amazon, quick. It's easy to read and understand. Very educational.
Order this book on Amazon, quick. It's easy to read and understand. Very educational.

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RE: Hauled off and questioned by authorities: Just hire the same attorney the AG of South Dakota did - problem solved. - Doug

Doug White
Buchanan, MI
Monday, February 22, 2021
Editor Response Will do. What a story about the AG, nuts.
Glad you're ok. I was getting worried when I didn't see the news on Thursday. Should've followed my instincts and called ya.

Weather here in Houston was crazy, much to the same tune RFR stated. Lost power for a while and luckily only had one pipe explode due to the cold. Getting parts at Lowes was an adventure...crazy times.

Two days later rolling on the freeway and even though temps in the 40s, there's still ice on overpasses...not too fun on two wheels. Thankfully, I kept it up but may need a new seat now.

Johnny White
Humble, TX
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Editor Response Thanks for the report. Never a dull moment.

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