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MEMORIAL DAY BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for May 26, 2022

It Rocks with News from Everywhere...

by Bandit, Wayfarer, Bob T., Sam Burns, El Waggs, the Redhead, Yale, Berry Green, Laura, and the rest of the gang
5/26/2022


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Hey,

Memorial day has always been the summer kick-off party.
But in a sense, it’s the ultimate freedom weekend. We are truly honoring the folks who died for freedom. The notion of freedom is being challenged right now in this country and other countries around the world.

As a country we’ve made mistakes, but freedom has always stepped up and help guide us. Fortunately we have freedom at our backs.

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for mourning the U.S. military personnel who have died while serving in the United States armed forces. It is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. --Wikipedia

Enjoy the weekend.

Let’s hit the news:

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LEE GREENWOOD SET TO KICK-OFF FOX & FRIENDS
CONCERT SERIES THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

Additional Media Appearances Include Varney & Company, Fox News Radio, and more!

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Grammy award-winning artist, Lee Greenwood, best known for his signature song “God Bless the U.S.A.” will appear on Fox & Friends on Friday, May 27 to kick off Memorial Day weekend and launch the network’s summer concert series. Greenwood will also make appearances on Varney & Company, Fox News Radio, and more.

Additionally, on Sunday, May 29, Greenwood will make his way to Concord, NC, where he will perform the national anthem for the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which will also air on the Fox network.

Greenwood’s documentary, 'Proud to Be an American: The Lee Greenwood Story,' released in 2021, is still available for streaming on Fox Nation.



“For most people, Memorial Day is a day off of work and a chance to get together with family and friends and enjoy the last few days of spring, but it is also a solemn day of recognizing and paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate price in support of our country,” stated Greenwood. “It’s important to not lose sight of this, so I hope my presence there will help honor them."

Greenwood is considered one of the most avid and longstanding supporters of America’s troops and veterans. He recently partnered with global firework manufacturer Black Cat ® to introduce a 42-shot “Proud to Be an American” firework available in select locations across the country.

He also recently partnered with veteran-owned Patriarch Distiller’s Soldier Valley Spirits to produce a signature line of whiskey, bourbon, and vodka, with a portion of proceeds going to support veterans’ charity groups. Elite Source Pro teamed with Greenwood to produce the “God Bless the USA Bible,”, which contains the King James Version of the Bible and includes the founding USA documents: Pledge of Allegiance, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and Bill of Rights, as well as a copy of the handwritten chorus to “God Bless the USA.”





FEDS AT IT AGAIN-- Seek Comments on Motorcycle Study

The federal government plans on studying aspects of motorcycle safety and it is asking for your comments. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) will begin collecting data from motorists in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania regarding “Driver Awareness of Motorcycles.”

Specifically, the survey data will be used to assist NHTSA in its ongoing responsibilities for: (a) Planning and designing research and program activities to improve motorcycle safety; (b) providing support to groups involved in developing and implementing motorcycle safety outreach programs and driver safety campaigns; and (c) identifying areas in driver awareness and knowledge that need attention.

NHTSA will use the information to produce a technical report that presents the results of the study. The technical report will provide aggregate (summary) statistics and tables as well as the results of statistical analysis of the information, but it will not include any personally identifiable information (PII). The project data will serve as a resource for NHTSA and stakeholders to identify gaps in knowledge among the driving public. The technical report will be shared with State highway offices, local governments, and those who develop traffic safety communications that aim to improve motorcycle safety.

This collection supports NHTSA's efforts to increase motorcyclist safety by examining factors related to the interactions between motorcycles and other motorists and their vehicles. The information from this collection will assist NHTSA in (a) assessing the extent and limitations of motorist knowledge of safe behaviors toward motorcycles, and (b) identifying the issues to emphasize in traffic safety campaigns and driver education.

The collected information will help identify the beliefs, attitudes, and perceptions underlying driving behaviors towards motorcycles and inform the development of countermeasures to improve the safety of interactions between motor vehicles, specifically, motorcycles, and other vehicle types (primarily passenger cars and Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs)).

Click here to read the notice in the Federal Register and learn more about what the federal government plans to study.

Comments to NHTSA are due by June 6th.






NEWS FROM SIERRA MADRE MOTORCYCLE COMPANY--Well, another elegant 100-year-old lady found Joan and I again. Looks like I need to make a trip to the left coast sometime soon to pick her up. She has a fresh Mark Hill motor with 1,000 test miles and is a Steve Huntzinger restoration of the highest standard.



It was Steve’s personal machine, an all-real factory-built Henderson that was missing an ammeter, kick lever and some other trinkets that took Steve 25 years to find. She has her original wheels restored and another set of modern wheels and tires built to compete with.

She is sleek, stunning, has a strong smooth heartbeat, and will be ready to do a cross country coast to coast endurance race likely in 2023, if and when I can get my 63-year-old body in proper physical condition. I need a windscreen and a set of saddlebags made. Any help with exact specs for the bags and other necessary preparation for endurance racing would be appreciated.

My vintage Moto friends around the world know I don’t just display my rides. These wonderful machines have a soul and were designed and engineered to be ridden. And I ride them all.



Steve Huntzinger has had this machine personally for 30 years. He told me it is an all real, all born at the factory machine when he found it. The ammeter, engine kick lever and some smaller bits were missing and it took him 25 years to find those few parts.

He had the entire chassis restored and decided to have Mark Hill, assist with the engine to incorporate some modern internal upgrades to allow it to be super dependable. More oiling passages, better bearings instead of babbits, and head and valve
work etc…

Then Steve finished the engine and installed it. Huntzinger also crafted a modern set of rims and tires to utilize on the Coast-to-Coast Cannonball. Clincher rims & tires are just risky on these high-speed Henderson’s.

Steve has a more modern Henderson and after 1,200 miles on this 1922 he decided it could have a new home. Sierra Madre Motorcycle Company was very proud to receive the opportunity to acquire and care for this Elegant Henderson Four.

--Steve Klein

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY--1934
 
Police kill famous outlaws Bonnie and Clyde
 
On May 23, 1934, notorious criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death by Texas and Louisiana state police while driving a stolen car near Sailes, Louisiana. Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16)

--History Channel





CONTROL FREAKS AT IT AGAIN--Automobile ‘kill switch’ law to spy on and control Americans

President Joe Biden recently signed a law mandating (persondating?) that all new vehicles sold after 2026 must be equipped with electronic “kill switches.” These switches could conceivably be used by government officials—or hackers—to seize control of one’s car without permission or oversight.

Oddly enough, the law was essentially hidden inside of the administration’s LGBTQ-friendly $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that was passed late last year.

The “kill switch law” would potentially allow law enforcement to shut one’s car off remotely, and also to track the car’s metrics, location, and possibly even passenger load. The mandate was included under the pretext of helping to cut down on drunk driving while also preventing high-speed chases from occurring.

Such backdoor kill switches work through cars being continuously connected to wireless networks. Many, if not most, new cars (and virtually all electric cars) already come standard with wireless capability. Indeed, General Motors pioneered in-car (internet) connectivity more than a decade ago.

It is possible that the law could be challenged or repealed by a future federal government, as privacy issues with the mandate are glaring and obvious.

Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr wrote an opinion piece, published in the Daily Caller last November, in which he stated that “kill switches” are a “privacy disaster in the making,” and noted that the law is “disturbingly short on details.”

--American Thinker




 
NEWS FROM SEMA--
 
Q: How do we get the RPM act passed?
A: More congressional support in Washington
 
Q: How do we increase our congressional support in Washington?
A: The SEMA PAC

And only YOU can make that happen! 100% of SEMA PAC funds go to support our congressional champions on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress call SEMA daily to ask for donations to their campaigns. It is crucial that we have the necessary PAC funds to back them in their elections so they can continue to fight for our legislative priorities, like the RPM act, on Capitol Hill. Let’s show them that they have our support!

Even a commitment of just $25-$100 a month can make a huge difference in our efforts. Click here to contribute now or call SEMA’s PAC Manager, Samantha Large, at 202-796-2252.





NEW FROM AMERICAN BIKER--INTRODUCING
 
Our TIM STRUCK Limited Edition Signature Series Wearable Art Shirts!

SIGNATURE SERIES BUTTON-DOWNS & T-SHIRTS
We have searched out some of the industry’s leading artists to form a collaboration that we call our “Signature Series”. Our goal is to get their talent transformed from canvas to fabric, we call this Wearable Art. Keep a lookout as this Collection continues to grow while we work with world-wide talented artists that can now get their masterpieces on the backs of passionate enthusiasts like you!



Tim Struck Signature Series Button-Downs

Men's Signature Series Tim Struck
Breaking Out Lightweight Shirt (Black)

FULL BUTTON-DOWN LIGHTWEIGHT PERFORMANCE FABRIC
Our specialized Performance Fabric is made with a moisture wicking 95/5 Polyester/Elastane mixture. Designed in a RELAXED FIT, that provides you with comfort and stretch.

RIDER FRIENDLY FEATURES
(Some features may be Patent Pending)
Designed with our innovative button?placement,?hidden collar snaps, and?anti-flap snap?closure?on front?placat and back of collar.?Enjoy?your ride?more?by keeping your shirt where it belongs.



HIGH QUALITY INDUSTRIAL DIGITAL PRINTING
We use the latest technology with the highest quality digital printers for the brightest, fullest colors that you will see but not feel on the fabric. There is a small branded woven label on the edge of your garment.

--American Biker

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QUOTE of the day for Thursday News--

“A company is like a human being. If it does sports, it stays fit, enthusiastic, more effective and powerful.”
 
-- Robert A. Lutz, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG for Sales in 1972 (on the occasion of the foundation of BMW Motorsport GmbH)
 
from the BMW M 50th Anniversary Press Release (in the Bikernet Blog)
 
https://blog.bikernet.com/bmw-m-1000-rr-50th-anniversary-celebrated-with-insane-list-of-extras/

--Wayfarer,
Editor - Bikernet Blog
https://blog.bikernet.com/





18TH EDITION VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE PRICE GUIDE--
 
It was suggested by one of your members who bought this book from us (see below) to send you the information that we share with folks about the 18th edition of the Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide, of which 1000s are sold throughout the USA, Europe, and Australia each year.

This is the 2022-2023 (18th edition) of the Comprehensive Vintage Motorcycle Price Guide. Recently released, it has over 480 pages and over 100 different motorcycle marques (Japanese, British, European, American, etc...) with prices for motorcycles from 1901-2003.

There are over 150,000 prices in 6 different conditions. The book shows you how to properly grade a motorcycle and gives market analysis on "what is hot" when investing in vintage bikes. Prices are current and based on over 1 million ACTUAL SALES PRICES gathered each year by 450+ CVMPG experts worldwide.

It is pocket-sized for easy transport to shows, auctions, swap meets, and other events. The USA version is only $19.95 and available at www.jmhobbysupply.com. Click on "Redeem your coupon" and enter CVMPG DEAL to get $3 off your total for the book and shipping, plus a free bonus back issue! There is also a button for overseas orders, but there is no shipping to Australia right now due to Covid restrictions.

However, those in living in Great Britain can order the U.K version from Morton's Media Group for only 25 Pounds Sterling at www.mortonsbooks.co.uk/product/view/productCode/15589/ and get free shipping, and they will also send the book to anywhere in Europe for only 9.95 Pounds Sterling.

-- John DeBeck
jmotorcycleandmodelrrmuseum@hotmail.com





WACO REMEMBERED—Don’t ever forget.

https://www.facebook.com/wacoinjustice/videos/859097451111479

--from Rogue
Senior Editor
Bikernet.com™





SECRET INFORMATION REVEALED--
 
Long Road is still 2 months to the day away and hopefully many of you have a flexible schedule or an easy going boss.

The 14th edition of the Long Road will continue to be a two night/stop ride. The feedback from the two-night format last year was all great. We picked great places to visit and do a short ride or two before we pack our gear and move on. This also gives breakdowns a chance to play catch-up. Of course, we’ll continue the “ Gypsy” style ride where we ride with as many or few others as we see fit

The registration this year is $48. which includes a t-shirt, two nights use of the Planet Chopper roadhouse in Woodlawn, Virginia, beverages at The Rebel Spirit custom motorcycle shop in Thomasville, NC on Saturday, July 23rd and a catered meal when we return to Planet Chopper that evening.

Note: there is trailer parking available at Planet Chopper, call John Devonshire at 276-233-6974 to make arrangements.

For this years' Long Road, there is a "Pre-Party" where those who are available and want to hang out for a couple of extra days. We will meet Friday July 15th at Soo Locks Campground located at 1001 E Portage Ave, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. To make camping site reservations their number is 906-632-3191. They are charging $35per night, but they allow up to 3 tents and 6 people on one site. Phone to make reservations. We will stay both Friday and Saturday night, departing Sunday the 17th for the "official" start. We will traverse the Mackinaw suspension bridge and run along the west side of Lake Huron in our journey.

The “official” start of Long Road 14 will be the only one night stay this year, Sunday July 17 at Point Au Gres Marina and Campground, 2325 S. Green Dr., Au Gres, Michigan 48703.

 
Mention “Long Road” when you get to the campground and expect to pay $10. at the office. Our spots are already reserved in the group camping area.

Monday July 18 we ride south to spend July 18-19 at Crystal Rock Campground, 710 Crystal Rock Ave. Sandusky, Ohio 44870,
419-684-7177

Up to six people per tent site at $32./night. Cabins are available. Talk to Heidi and mention “Long Road” for 10% discount.

Wednesday, July 20, it's a full day ride south on the scenic roads of Ohio, then a little east towards Fayetteville, West Virginia, near the New River Gorge bridge, staying two nights at Rifrafters Campground 448 Laurel Creek Rd. Fayetteville, WV 25840
304-574-1065 $15./ night tent space and cabins are also available. Call for availability. We will stay for two nights (Wed the 20th and Thurs July 21st to soak in the scenery and enjoy the activities in the local area.

On Friday we ride to Planet Chopper roadhouse at 1203 Woodlawn Rd., Woodlawn, Virginia 24381 276-233-6974 for Friday and Saturday night (July 22-23). On Saturday we’re meeting up at The Rebel Spirit custom motorcycle shop for some beverages at the red bar/table that used to be the centerpiece of the Long Road Lounge at Smokeout.

Long Road medallions will awarded to new riders with Lincoln Infield from Full Throttle Magazine Carolinas covering the event.

We then return to Planet Chopper for an awesome catered meal and more cheer before we head back home Sunday.

To guarantee you a t-shirt, please register by June 25th. It also helps us to know what numbers of people we can expect for the planning part of the ride.

Checks or money orders for $48.(USD) can be mailed to:
Mike Allen PO Box 1442, Canon City, CO 81215
Or can be sent to PayPal.me/TerreHeroux
Include your shirt size.

Please shoot me a quick e-mail (reply) to let me know if you plan on coming. Let's me know you got this e-mail too!

Hope to see y'all in July!

--Uncle Ben

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BIKE FEATURE OF THE WEEK— A classic Panhead chop by Tsugumi.





But wait, there’s more with this rigid Shovelhead with a narrow glide from the same builder.
 




They are both conservative chops built to ride.

--Sam Burns
Extreme Feature Editor
Bikernet.com™





TEXAS WEATHER REPORT--
 
Still don’t understand why chose South Dakota over Texas?



See how nasty the heads are, I sure don’t want to take it apart much more. I would like to just paint the heads black! I may try some chemical gasket remover. Got the lifter blocks over in paint. Last time, as I locked the last pushrod tube in place I realized I forgot to paint them!



I skipped the cam & trans seals last time as it had only been down for about 4 years, I half- stepped it. Then got the ‘15 Roadglide. The I got rid of the 15 Roadglide and the Shovelhead was my only ride so I couldn’t tear it down.



It’s hot in Texas.

--RFR

She makes Hal's Bandana look fantastic. Click for action.
She makes Hal's Bandana look fantastic. Click for action.







WAKING UP TO WOKE SCIENCE--
 
In a rare example of common sense finally busting through on climate, Stuart Kirk, the head of responsible investing at HSBC Asset Management, decided he’d had enough of it all and gave a public talk “Why investors need not worry about climate risk” to a Financial Times Moral Money conference (whatever that is) including such priceless lines as “there’s always some nut job telling me about the end of the world.”

Having approved his talk the cowardly bigwigs at HSBC have now suspended him. But the cat is out of the bag. Even at the BBC, which a few weeks earlier admitted their climate editor was a wacky zealot who makes things up. As Britain’s Daily Mail put it, the introduction to a Justin Rowlatt-edited propaganda piece “Wild Weather” aired to whip up support for the UN’s COP26 last November claimed “the death toll is rising around the world and the forecast is that worse is to come.”

But the BBC’s Editorial Complaints Unit, a horrible name but a useful entity if done right, “said this risked giving the impression the rate of deaths from extreme weather-related events was increasing.” Which even the Beeb admits just ain’t so. Can sanity be intruding on the climate debate at long last?

--Climate Discussion Nexus





QUICK, SOMETHING FROM THE MONKS
AT THE BIKERNET THINK TANK--
 
Harmony

The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.

--Cyril Connolly

Today my day is filled with harmony. Everywhere I go I see the harmony unfolding in ways I have never imagined. I let go of all confusion and discord. My thoughts are clear, and my mind is open to living Life in perfect order. Perfect expression of Health, Love, Peace, Energy, Abundance, Prosperity, and Success fill my day. My creative self-expression raises and manifests at a higher level for I am Divinely inspired. I know what to do and how to do it.

I am so grateful for this clarity. As I express Life at this new and higher level of self, I encourage others to do the same.

Today I let go of all limitations, fears and doubts and express My Truth like never before. My Life unfolds in Perfect Harmony and I Love My Life.

And So It Is
Namaste’

One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.

--Napoleon Hill
 
--Yale Gelfant
Choppers Cycle

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Memorial Day Weekend - May 27th - 28th

FREE concert for Veterans, Active Military, Military Spouses! Thank you Toby Keith, Justin Moore and Craig Morgan for giving back! Take a Veteran for a great weekend!

--Born to Ride





COMING FROM CHOPPERS MAGAZINE-- Over the last few years, I cannot even begin to count the number of people who have told me to check out the Georgia Grundle Run.

They always go on and on about how the Grundle Run is a real old school chopper event that looks like something straight out of a 1970s issue of Easyriders.

In the Latest Issue
 
Frank Kaisler on right, Donnie Smith on the Left.
Frank Kaisler on right, Donnie Smith on the Left.



Grab a copy of the latest issue featuring
- Frank Kaisler
- Josh Brolin
- Brian Bowan Smith
- Born Free 12
and so much more!





LOWDOWN 2022 ACTION-- There are 30 days between right now and an epic party in the woods...



The Lowbrow Freakin' Getdown.
 
Get on your bike and be at Nelson's Ledges Quarry Park on June 24th, 25th and 26th 2022.
 
No organized bike show. No vendors. No BS. This is a campout party in the woods. Be there.

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Reader Comments


Hal's bandana looks fantastic. Thanks for showing it and Ruby did a fantastic job modeling it too.

Ann Robinson
Long Beach
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Editor Response Anytime. For you, anything!
--Bandit
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY TO BIKERNET AND MUCH THANKS TO THE VETERANS WHO WON THIS HOLIDAY FOR US!!!!!!!
LIVE FREE OR DIE TRYING!!!!!!!



Robert A Rhoades
NY
Monday, May 30, 2022
The History Channel report on Bonnie and Clyde was cut off at a point where the statement makes no sense. The complete form should have been: Bonnie Parker met the charismatic Clyde Barrow in Texas when she was 19 years old and her husband (she married when she was 16) was serving time in jail for murder. Shortly after they met, Barrow was imprisoned for robbery. Parker visited him every day, and smuggled a gun into prison to help him escape, but he was soon caught in Ohio and sent back to jail. When Barrow was paroled in 1932, he immediately hooked up with Parker, and the couple began a life of crime together.

Sam
TX
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Editor Response Oops, sorry about that.
--Bandit

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