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THE CHOP, CHOP BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for April 14th, 2022

It's Packed with Solid Chrome and Metal-flake News

By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Mike Pullin R.I.P., Laura, the Redhead, Bob T., Bob Clark, Barry Green, Wicked Bitch, J.J. Solari, and the rest of the gang
4/14/2022


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We are living in strange times
to say the least. I had a discussion with the leader of a major vehicle organization regarding Climate Doom and Scientific Transparency. He wouldn’t go there with his organization. “Some of my members will get upset.”



I told him two things: “I’m just asking for Scientific Transparency, the truth. Just demand the truth.” And, “If you don’t demand the truth, what will happen? Choppers will be gone.” Doesn’t make sense. We either question authority or die.

Here’s the strange aspect to the whole argument. I’ve even talked to kids you have a better understanding of the issue than some adults. Fossil Fuels can never just go away. Look around you. Everything is made with fossil fuel technology including medicine and the containers it comes in. Nuts.

Here’s an interesting concept, which was mentioned by Michael Shellenberger recently. It’s call the Citizens Jury. South Korea, like many countries has an energy issue. They reached out to 700 citizens. It wasn’t mandatory. Anyone could drop out at any time. They explained the positive and negative aspects to refurbishing their nuclear power plants and then asked the jury to decide. The citizens decided to move forward with nuclear. Interesting. It's all about the truth.

Let’s hit the news…




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LAW TIGERS TIPS--Top Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders Everywhere

Riding a motorcycle isn’t just a form of transportation; it’s a way of life. Anyone who rides a bike will tell you that they’ve made adjustments to their wardrobe (“can I ride my bike wearing this?”), they’ve formed new friendships, and they pay attention to the weather more than the average human.

With this lifestyle, there’s also an element of danger to consider. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that mile for mile, motorcyclists face a 29x higher likelihood of being involved in a fatal accident.

The good news is that, while we can’t guarantee you’ll never have a wreck, you can greatly increase your chances of a thrilling ride that ends with you arriving safely at your destination if you follow safety guideline.

Let’s hit number 5 this week

Tip 5: Take Safety and Riding Courses Regularly
You’ve probably already taken a safety course (if you haven’t, do that pronto), but have you considered taking a more advanced riding course?

Once you’ve mastered the basics, an advanced class can better equip you to drive defensively. From maneuvering and braking techniques to collision avoidance techniques, the skills you learn here can upgrade and enhance your experience.

If it’s been a while since your last class, consider a refresher to keep your skills and knowledge up to date.

--Law Tigers Team

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HANG ON FOR THIS--Mobile Application for Road Safety Enforcement

NRSA of Ghana in Africa is developing a mobile application to improve road safety across the country.

Known as the Public Eye Enforcement Programme (PEEP), the mobile application will empower anyone with a smartphone to record road traffic violations and forward to the National Road Safety Authority for the prosecution of offenders.

"We are going to take advantage of the constitution aspect of citizens’ arrests and empower anybody who owns a mobile device to be able to record" Chairman of NSRA noted.

He added that the sender of a video which led to prosecution would be rewarded.

“If a person sends in a video and the video leads to prosecution, the mobile number of the sender if registered with the mobile money, will get a percentage of the fine,” he said.

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--Wayfarer





KEANU REEVES AND GARD HOLLINGER TALK CYBERPUNK 2077 AS ARCH MOTORCYCLE STARS--
 
The CyberPunk 2077 team knew just how to get Keanu Reeves to bite on their offer to be a part of the video game – give his motorcycle company a starring role.

Reeves’ love of motorcycles is no secret, so when CyberPunk 2077 said it would feature Arch Motorcycle in it, the deal was sealed.

Reeves co-founded the company in 2011 alongside LA County Choprods’ Gard Hollinger, and the futuristic Arch Motorcycle that will be featured in the game is loosely based on its top-of-the-line Method 143, whose carbon fiber mono-cell chassis is an engineering marvel in its own right.

“When CD Projekt Red approached me about doing CyberPunk 2077, they also spoke about integrating - they were fans of, these people that work at the company, were fans of Arch Motorcycle, and so they approached the idea of creating a specialized Cyberpunk 2077 version of the Arch Motorcycle and I thought that was a very fine idea,” said Reeves.

Arch Motorcycle also helped supply the soundtrack for CyberPunk 2077 by taking an Arch Motorcycle out to California City Municipal Airport and recording its exhaust singing its wide-open song because the snarl of an Arch Motorcycle on the boil is a beautiful thing. The audio recordings attempted to capture nuances of the motorcycle's drivetrain and character as well.

That guttural growl will now forever be a part of the CyberPunk77 experience as gamers mob around Night City on a 2077 Arch as Reeves’ CyberPunk persona Johnny Silverhand.


--Bryan Harley
 
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THE BIKERNET BARN FIND OF THE WEEK--8 MAN MOTOR CAR the SPEEDER—for train repair.
 



I don’t know what to say, but I need to find railroad ties, rails and spikes to make a place for it to land…

Unfortunately not this Indian.
Unfortunately not this Indian.



Here’s a story about one: It is serial number 5913 USA number M1013 and was delivered January 1945. What makes it interesting to me is they used everything they could from the MB, purchased right from Willys. The engine complete with oil filter, air filter, regulator, battery, bell housing and T-84 transmission and all of the gauges are the same as the MB. They even used the MB fuel tank and radiator. It is 4 wheel drive and that is accomplished through chain drive and a forward-reverse lever which gave three gear speeds in each direction so the transfer case was not needed.

When it was found and purchased 5 or 6 years ago, it was still in very good running condition and had never been allowed to set outside. Most of the vehicle is wood and due to inside storage for 60 years 95% of the original wood was saved in the total restoration. You can see in the as purchased photos (yellow trim) how good the wood was, only the side rail boards had to be replaced mainly from being kicked and broken. Before restoration it was used on several Sunday rail trips in the Jackson Ohio area. It will go much faster that you will want to drive it. As you can see from the photos it was professionally and totally disassembled rebuilt, researched for paint scheme and reassembled. With the wood being in such good condition it was easy to sand down to the original colors and markings.

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--Bandit





NEWS from the MASTER of LIGHT--
Greetings from Lakeland, Florida and the Sun n Fun fly-in! We've had a great week here and will be wrapping things up later today.

Our production department continues to ship artwork and puzzles, so we appreciate your patience.

I will be returning to Florida later this month for the Thunder Beach Spring Rally in Panama City Beach. If you're going, please stop by and see us at Frank Brown Park!

Art book sales are still on hold, so please hang tight and I'll update you in the next week or two.

--Greg Rhodes
International Sales Director
David Uhl Fine Art
Uhl Studios

Click to see the studio.
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NEWS FROM THE NATIONAL MOTORISTS ASSOCIATION--
Citywide Speed Limit Reductions. Wars against cars. Creating Violators in the Name of Safety

An email claimed that a speed limit reduction in Portland, Oregon "resulted in lower observed vehicle speeds and fewer vehicles traveling at higher speeds." I was suspicious because it is well known that speed limits and speed limit signs do not have a strong effect on traffic speed. My suspicions were justified. There was no speed reduction.

Look at the science, not the publicity. The paper itself, from Portland State University, reports on the consequences of a speed limit reduction to 20 mph on minor residential streets in Portland. Some streets had been posted 25 or 30. Most of them did not have any signs before.

With the lower speed limit the average speed increased from 21.6 to 21.7 mph. Most drivers used to obey the speed limit. Now most drivers are speeding. These speed limit reductions were on residential streets meant for local traffic only, not arterials and collectors meant for commuters and shoppers. Not even the residents of those streets support the new speed limit.

I don't give that 0.1 mile per hour increase much weight, despite it being declared "statistically significant," nor am I impressed by the report that the fraction of vehicles at or below 35 mph increased from 98.9 percent to 99.4 percent. If you have to hold a magnifying glass up to the speed curve and squint to imagine a change, the experiment failed. The data set is not clean enough or complete enough to draw strong conclusions. The scattered measurements taken over the years were clearly not part of a controlled experiment. For example, depending on exactly when the "before" measurements were made NE Ainsworth Street might have been posted 20, 25, or 30, or had no speed limit signs. One or two parked cars on the street on the day speed was measured could have had a large effect on reported speed.

The conclusion most consistent with the evidence is the so-called "null hypothesis": nothing happened. As a long line of similar experiments already showed. As Boston found out. As Spokane found out.

Advocates of low speed limits like to say they are for pedestrian safety. But in Portland these new limits aren't being posted where pedestrians are unsafe. Pedestrian, by the way, is a misnomer. In one case a truck ran over a man sleeping in a tent next to an Interstate highway. According to The Oregonian, many people "experiencing homelessness" camp out along busy roads, and most of the Portland pedestrians now experiencing lifelessness come from that community. I bet the residents of streets with less traffic don't want the "unhoused" living more safely near them.

In modern traffic regulation slogans are more important than science. Mayors chant "Vision Zero" and when it doesn't work they keep doing it anyway. We keep hearing about the myth of the "vulnerable" road user who is found by government statistics to be much less likely to be injured or killed by a "speeder."

Making up low numbers in the name of safety does not work. Treating drivers as enemies does not work. But it's the only tool modern politicians know how to use.

--By John Carr
NMA Massachusetts Activist

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THE BILL MAY REPORT--Hey Bandit, check what I’m doing with the Triumph. I fired it up today. It’s healthy. The VA gave me a new right knee March 9. I turned around and kicked it with my left leg. The right one is coming along though. I should be able to kick it properly in about a month. I’m in it around 1600 dollars now.



That’s a ‘51 Cadillac hearse in the background. It has the original 331 V8 with that great Cad 3-speed on the column. It runs really good. I bought it in Oklahoma for $3000. Interior is trashed. I’m having the seat redone.

Doug at independent motorcycle works is buying it for 7000. I work for him part time. He wants to make a shop truck out of it. I had to spend 1500 to get it to Nashville. Not going to make much but it’s fun.

I sold my ‘76 Grand Prix for $11,000. Put a new interior in the “34 pickup. I have a “31 Model A located in Oklahoma for $3000. I may grab it soon.
 




--Bill May





HANG ON REPORT--Magic mushrooms can treat opioid addiction
 
Other psychedelics also could have benefits
 
A “shroom craze” might get even wilder after a new study that suggested a psychedelic drug found in some mushrooms might have protective benefits against addiction.

Harvard University researchers found opioid use disorders were 30% less likely among people who used psilocybin compared with those who never had it, according to the study published Thursday in Scientific Reports.

Psilocybin is a naturally occurring compound in certain types of mushrooms that are consumed for their hallucinogenic effects, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The researchers analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2015-2019 to assess the association between psychedelics and opioid use disorders.

More than 200,000 participants reported whether they had abused opioids or experienced dependence on them in the past year and whether they had taken the psychedelic drugs psilocybin, peyote, mescaline or LSD in their lifetime. Researchers found potentially protective benefits only with psilocybin.

“The big takeaway is that this is such a fertile area for further research,” said Dr. Evan Wood, chief medical officer at Numinus Wellness, a Canadianbased company advancing psychedelic- assisted therapies. “There’s an underlying biological mechanism from which psilocybin may lead to … resiliency against some of the underlying risk factors of opioid use disorders.”

Study authors found those who used psilocybin were also up to 34% less likely to have experienced seven of the 11 symptoms of opioid dependence and abuse in the past year.

The new study supported findings from a 2017 report, using responses from the same database from 2008-2013, that found psychedelics were associated with a 27% reduced risk of opioid dependence and 40% reduced risk of opioid abuse in the past year.

Although the new study turned up protective benefits only with psilocybin, that might be because it’s experiencing a cultural moment, health experts said, not because other psychedelics don’t have potentially protective benefits.

“There’s no real good reason to think that one (psychedelic) would work better than the other,” said Albert Garcia-Romeu, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “There’s been a sort of shroom craze and, as a result, there’s been a lot more people looking into using psilocybin for medical and health reasons that you don’t see with some of the other more obscure psychedelics.”

The study’s authors speculated psilocybin might protect against opioid user disorder by affecting the transmission of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that research has shown are correlated with addiction.

Although psychedelics might have the potential to play an important role in addiction therapy, experts warn against using them outside of clinical settings.

The authors of a study speculated psilocybin contained in some mushrooms might protect against opioid user disorders.

--Adrianna Rodriguez
USA TODAY

--from Rogue
Senior Editor Bikernet
Bikernet.com™





A WORD FROM WOMEN RIDERS NOW--Since 1999, the #1 Motorcycling Resource for Women

Hi from Genevieve!

This newsletter is our way of sharing news and articles recently posted on WomenRidersNow.com (WRN).

The start of this season holds a special place in my heart. I was born on the first day of spring, March 20, and for those of us thawing out from winter, spring signifies rebirth and fresh starts.

And now, more than ever, I’m excited to kickstart my motorcycle life by joining my local Harley-Davidson HOG chapter to find new riding friends and travel around Montana’s beautiful “Big Sky Country” where I live. I haven’t been a HOG member since 2008 when I received the free 1-year membership when I purchased my new Harley. As a member, I’ll meet new riders that will add a much-needed spark to my riding life this season. After 32 years in the saddle, I relish in new ways to keep my two-wheeled life full of joy and fun.

If you’re looking to add a fresh layer of adventure to your motorcycling life or want to dig out from the doldrums of the last two years, consider joining a riding club. You may find new riding friends through either an affinity group for your motorcycle brand like what I’m joining or one of the many female-focused clubs.

WRN has the most up-to-date listing of local, regional, national, and international women’s groups. If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, visit your local motorcycle dealer and inquire about riding organizations in your area.

Thank you for being part of the WomenRidersNow.com community. We love you and hope you have a joyful riding season this year.

Hugs,
--Genevieve Schmitt
Founder and Contributor WomenRidersNow.com




THE TIMELESS EXPERIENCE IS REBORN-- 2022 ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC 350

Royal Enfield is proud to reintroduce the Classic to the North America – the model that elevated Royal Enfield to a global brand

Royal Enfield, the global leader in midsize motorcycles (250-750cc), is proud to introduce the all-new 2022 Classic 350 motorcycle to North America. With over 3 million Classic motorcycles sold in more than 75 countries, the Classic is the best-selling Royal Enfield in the 120-year history of the brand. Completely redesigned from the ground up, the Classic 350 marks the beginning of the next chapter of this iconic model.

The design inspiration of the Classic range dates back to the Royal Enfield G2 350 Bullet in 1948, a motorcycle that revolutionized the industry with the introduction of the articulating swingarm. While this innovation transformed the performance of motorcycles at the time, the modern Classic 350 invites us to rediscover the experience of pure motorcycling. Nostalgic style cues blend with a confidence-inspiring ride, with modern touches and a refined overall feel that celebrates the original unhurried, uncomplicated feel of an authentic handcrafted motorcycle.

The 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 is powered by an all-new 349cc air-/oil-cooled single-cylinder DOHC engine, launched recently on the Meteor 350. Distinctive post-war styling continues to define the Classic line, the newest generation built around an all-new chassis with improved strength for a stable, comfortable ride and lightweight handling. Developed through cooperation between teams based at Royal Enfield’s two state-of-the-art technology centers—in India and in the UK—the reborn Classic 350 arrives as a genuine global collaboration, reflecting 120 years of motorcycle history.

While the timeless experience remains central to the Classic 350, modern touches such as electronic fuel injection, plush suspension and front and rear disc brakes with dual channel ABS bring comfort and performance into the modern age. Feel the familiar thump at idle, but note the smooth glide of the all-new counterbalanced 349cc single-cylinder engine at speed. True to its lineage, the 2022 Royal Enfield Classic 350 brings the golden age of motorcycling into the modern era.





FEATURE BIKE OF THE WEEK—This is a very tight, compact Evo Softail built by Tuey and completely blacked out.









--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor
Bikernet.com™

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MOTORCYCLE RIDERS FOUNDATION ALERT--
Tuesday, at an event in Iowa, President Biden announced plans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to temporarily lift the summer restrictions on the sale of gasoline with 15% ethanol (E15).

The decision will allow E15 to be sold between June 1 and September 15. Normally only a 10% ethanol blend can be sold during that period to reduce smog caused by the 15% blend’s higher volatility. This move by the administration is an attempt to bring down surging fuel prices. However, most estimates predict this change will result in a decrease of just 5 to 10 cents per gallon.

Citing the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the EPA is using its emergency exemption authority to make the policy change. The EPA says it will review the policy every 20 days and make adjustments if needed.

All motorcyclists should be educated on the proper fuel to use in their bikes. More ethanol in the marketplace may limit your fueling options. Be vigilant and as always ride safe and ride free.

--MRF

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Ethanol is bad for vintage and stored motorcycles.—Bandit





AHDRA to Remember “Nitro Santa” with Gainesville Opener

event: AHDRA Don “D.J.” Johnson Nitro Spring Nationals sponsored by MTC and Gainesville Harley-Davidson

when: April 1-3, 2022
where: Gainesville Raceway, Florida, USA

Much like the life of nitro Harley tuner Don “DJ” Johnson, the all-American motorcycle drag race named in his honor ended too soon on April 3rd. Saturday rain shut down qualifying for the AHDRA Don “DJ” Johnson Nitro Spring Nationals sponsored by MTC and Gainesville Harley-Davidson, and dreaded weepers finished eliminations early as the Sunday afternoon sun brought that rain back up through the Gainesville Raceway shutdown area pavement.

Purses and points were divided and distributed according to where each class was in the schedule at the time the event was cancelled. But two nitro classes—Top Fuel and Hawaya Racing Nitro Funnybike—still have their All Harley World Shootout belts to race for.

Top Fuel belt competition will pick up where they left off the next time that all four racers still standing are together again at the same AHDRA event. The class also still has something extra special (and extra valuable) to race for in addition to the belt—brand new 45 degree “Dominator” cases donated in DJ’s memory by 2002 Top Fuel champ Ron Houniet and Fast Lane Racing. That’s an incredible gift by the Canadian Houniet and one much coveted by every racer in the field.

But the only ones with a chance will be current champion Ryan Peery, “Billy Jack” Jackson, Robert “Ziggy” Stewart, and John “JT” Toth. Performance leaders Jackson and Peery will face each other when racing resumes, and Toth will have lane choice against Stewart.

"Sportsman and even some pros, we don’t do it for the money. I do it for the love of going fast.”

Bill Rowe and his family will persevere and move on to the next event—the sportsman-only AHDRA Shoot-Out at Rockingham Dragway on June 18, followed by a full national event at Milan Dragway on July 29-31.

The AHDRA website is at http://raceahdra.com/

For more information, email AHDRA’s Bill Rowe at bcrowe92891@gmail.com

AHDRA thanks Cox Double Eagle Harley-Davidson, Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson, Gainesville Harley-Davidson , MTC Engineering , Hawaya Racing, Pingel Enterprise, GMS Racing Engines, Zippers Performance, Horsepower Inc., Vanson Leathers , Universal Fleet & Tire, IHDRA, V-Twin Powersports, Daryl Coffin Motorsports, All-Harley World Shootout, and Racers For Christ.

This report was prepared by Tim Hailey. Enjoy everything there is to read, see and watch about motorcycle drag racing and more at https://www.eatmyink.com ;








QUOTE OF THE WEEK-- Live by the Truth
Truth and relativism can’t co-exist. “Your truth is not my truth” is an impossibility. Real truth has only one version, and it exists outside of opinion.

“Seek the truth,” the old saying goes, “and the truth will set you free.”

Let’s begin our defense of civilization by seeking truth, wherever that quest may take us.

BY JEFF MINICK
How to Save Western Civilization
Epoch Times





The Original Nash Motorcycle “NMC” Hammer--

100% US made 100% US materials!

The original inspiration of Taber Nash, the original NMC ball peen hammer was an idea that came to him after the birth of his third child and only daughter. It was a bumpy journey for her first months of life. To help escape the stress Taber would work on the wax mold that soon became the NMC hammer heads we use today.

Each hammerhead is casted in stainless steel or bronze. They come embossed with the USA on one side and NMC on the other.

Each hammer is equipped with USA Tennessee hickory wood handles. Finished in polished, brushed, hand distressed and black chrome options.

Made in the Good Ole' US of A

Specs:
13 Overall length
4.25 Head Length
22 Ounce Head Weight

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LETTER TO TIME MAGAZINE--Editorial Integrity Rules

Monday morning editorial meeting.

One reporter raises his hand, “So, what are we going to do with Hunter’s lap-top story this time? We buried it last time so Biden could win, but look at the country. It’s a mess. How about the World… What did the media have to do with that?”

The editor looks sorta sweaty around the gills, like something bad might happen. “Can we blame it on Bush?” He said trying to make light of it.
 
The editorial staff department heads murmur and shake their collective heads. Something isn’t right in the room.

The Climate Editor stands up and coughs to break the spell. “We’ve got something worse to consider, if that’s possible,” he starts. He’s a new guy and intimidated by the shear intellect in the room. “The IPCC just posted another climate doomsday report. Are we supposed to believe the planet is doomed in three years? Is it our mission to terrify the public for all these years without questioning the data? Are we investigative journalists or political journalists? Can’t we ask?” He sits down abruptly, terrified he might lose his job post-haste.

The editor yanks his fossil fuel manufactured Nylon handkerchief out of his pocket and wiped his brow. He wants to suspend the meeting and find his flask…

--Bandit






BIKERNET BOOK OF THE WEEK CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT--
 
The Harley-Davidson Source Book
$50.00

The Harley-Davidson Source Book celebrates these iconic motorcycles in encyclopedia form. Rich with vivid photography, insightful commentary, and production specs and data, this is the #1 resource for die-hard Harley fans all around the world.

--National Motorcycle Museum






LETTER FROM BIKERNET READER--
 
Hi Bandit!

Oh man, my boyfriend and I just bought an '05 Saxon Warlord...lost the seat on the turnpike in Kansas (50 mph crosswinds, ugh!)...then a semi hit it!

We need a seat so bad and need info on who made the seats for Saxon...specifically the '05 Warlord. We have exhausted our searches and leads.

Ran across your article and found this email link.. Can you please email me back at titaniumcowgirl07@gmail.com with any info you may have that can help us? Thank you so very much.

Tami & Dean

I reached out to Gard Hollinger at the magnificent ARCH motorcycles. He once designed bikes for Saxon. You might try Mustang seats. You also might reach out to Saddlemen Seats. - Bandit

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