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Not Sure We Have Answers

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Laura, Barry Green, El Waggs, the Redhead, Bob T., J.J. Solari, and the rest of the gang

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This year has been a question mark.
There’s a party of the government trying to basically destroy the country. So what does it mean for you and me? Should we ignore the bullshit and go on with life as usual? Should we get involved and fight back, do whatever we can, but then what does it mean for our personal goals.

How do you look at your next bike project, if we are climate doomed and all fossil fuel products must be destroyed? Even if you don’t believe it, how do you go about life? Do you ponder every goal with an alternate view point? Do you just drink the best whiskey you can find and ride like the wind? Do you stop building for any future because there is no future?

I haven’t, but I bang along through life like there’s a fire under my ass, and if I don’t do shit now, it may never… I seem to have taking on more goals than ever before, with a renewed vengeance and part of it is the upcoming rally.

Does the Sturgis Rally represent way more than it ever did before? Does it represent pure freedom, the last of any freedom in America, the very essence of the America Spirit.

I will report on the building we bought in downtown Sturgis. A brother said the other day in the midst of struggles to make everything happen. “What you have done is truly iconic.”

Check the Iron Trader out.
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, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.

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WHEELS THROUGH TIME MUSEUM NEWS--Make sure your plans are set for a week you won't forget!

Dale's Wheels Through Time will celebrate its 22nd-Anniversary Celebration from July 4th to July 8th with a week full of history, horsepower, and thrills; and we want you to be a part of it! All week long, museum staff will be firing up rare motorcycles for your eyes and ears to enjoy. Many of these machines have not been run in years!

The museum will also host the American Motordrome Company's "Wall of Death," which will put on FREE thrill shows for visitors all week! The Wall of Death is a vintage live-action thrill show featuring a motor drome, a silo-shaped wooden cylinder 30 feet in diameter. Inside the drome, motorcycle daredevils travel along the vertical wall performing trick, fancy, and acrobatic riding. The show features antique Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles along with hand built 4-wheeled racing machines.

State Motorcyclist Rights Organizations
Happy Anniversary

The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) prides itself on being the voice of the American street rider. That means we care about bikers, no matter where they come from. For many states, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of their State Motorcyclist Rights Organization (SMRO).

Representatives from the MRF attended anniversary parties in Maryland and Rhode Island. Many other states have or are coming close to similar anniversaries.

How amazing is it that for 50 years, bikers across the country have united to defend our rights?

The MRF would not exist without the support of SMROs. We could not do what we do without the backing we have from coast to coast. So, whether you live in the largest state (Alaska) or the smallest state (Rhode Island) the MRF is here to fight for you. Thank you for inspiring, motivating and empowering the MRF!

If we don’t do it, who will?

Ride Safe and Ride Free!


MOTORCYCLE MARY TO AIR ON ESPN--FlashbackFriday to that time Eric Anderson interviewed Mary McGee exclusively for Dealernews. The folks from ESPN Films are getting ready to air MOTORCYCLE MARY about Hall Of Famer and motorcycle pioneer Mary McGee as part of their acclaimed 30 For 30 series.

"ESPN Films announced it has acquired the 22-minute documentary short MOTORCYCLE MARY.



The US Supreme Court yesterday ruled 8-1 to uphold a federal ban on firearms for people subject to restraining orders for domestic violence. The court reasoned those who pose a credible safety risk can be temporarily disarmed, consistent with the Second Amendment and traditional firearm regulations.

The case centered on a Texas man named Zackey Rahimi, who was placed under a restraining order after assaulting his girlfriend in 2019. The order blocked Rahimi from possessing a firearm and suspended his handgun license. Rahimi ignored the order, threatening a different woman with a gun and opening fire in public five times in separate instances. He was prosecuted for violating the order and challenged the US government for violating his Second Amendment rights.

The high court's decision reverses a federal appeals court ruling that had struck down the gun possession ban following a June 2022 Supreme Court decision that established a new legal framework for gun laws. The test stated gun ownership restrictions must have comparisons from US history.

--1440 Daily Digest

We're stoked to announce the release of our latest video, Barnyard Bike - Episode 5! We can't wait for you to check it out.
You can watch the video now on our network Grease & Gears TV - please help spread the word and share it. Tell them you saw it on Grease & Gears TV.

Ride Safe & Be Cool!
--Chris and Heather Callen

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After a decade of working together and over a year of close collaboration, we are excited to announce the new KRAUS x SDC product line!

Two leading brands are bringing out the new Dagger Risers and Dagger Pullback Plate.
Unveiled this weekend at Born Free! Come by either of our trailers for a firsthand look.
The Dagger Risers feature carbon fiber tubes that run down the legs for a cleaner cockpit by keeping those cables out of sight. Match the risers with the Dagger Pullback Plate for that extra 2 inches.

Three new Kraus products are also being launched this weekend to pair flawlessly with the new SDC line. Check out the new Dovetail Gauge Mount, 1.5” extension, and Adjustable HD Gauge Mount to integrate with the existing Kraus Gauge System.

Kraus Motor Co
4520 S Commerce Drive, St. George, UT 84790

FROM THE ZACK MUSIC CHRONICLES--Up-and-coming country music artist who used to play for Sooz and I at the Chowder Barge parties. Check out Gethen Jenkins. He played at the RSD party in Long Beach last week.


NEW FROM THE LOWBROW CREW--Turning a clean, stock Sportster into a clean, rad Chopper.

Son Mai from LNSPLTBLVD picked up a super clean 1992 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 in the beginning of the year.

The plan was to film and document the build from start to finish. Be sure to check out the ever-growing LNSPLTBLVD YouTube channel and give it a follow!

Not only does Son make a ton of killer videos showcasing choppers and the surrounding culture, he also builds super clean bikes and does it FAST!

We were pumped on the results and wanted to share them, and the build video series, with you!

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THE BIKERIDERS MOVIE HITS THE SCREENS--Joanie and I just watched the Bikeriders movie! We both grew up in Northern Iowa so Chicago was the same Midwest setting. In 65-73 I was age 7-13. The movie brought back a lot of memories of normal working class people who rode and belonged to clubs. People who worked hard in factories as welders, worked in packing plants, or were mechanics or truck drivers.

A lot of the younger guys rode customized Sportsters, and choppers started emerging as well. The DuoGlide Panheads and ElectraGlide Shovelhead Harley’s were simply magic to me. Just the right amount of excess with windshields, hard bags and chrome accessories. The older guys left them in stock configuration and kept adding personal touches like pinstriping and chrome. The younger riders stripped them down to bare frames, raked them and added extended springer front ends and King Queen seats with handmade handle bars & sissy bars.

I remember the clubs showing up at town celebrations, campgrounds at area lakes and anywhere that they could become a local spectacle. They never bothered our family as my father knew many of them in their daily lives. In Junior High and High School we all rode Hondas & Yamahas but the Harley guys respected us. They knew we could not afford to build a Harley yet. Some quit riding after starting families and some of us could never quit riding.

The old saying still rings true. “If I have to explain… you would not understand!”

--Steve and Joan Klein

EVO ENTANGLEMENT SHOW COMING TO THE BUFFALO CHIP--Key points about the Evo Entanglement:

• The Best Prize Package in Sturgis! Best in Show wins a complete S&S Evo Engine, a $1000 Baker Drivetrain certificate, a Paughco Frame, Front End and sheetmetal - plus Black Bike Wheels and Metzeler tires. A $10,000 Value!

• FIRST 100 entered (it's free to enter online) get a FREE limited edition Mint Speed Shop flannel shirt! When they're gone, they're gone forever!

• Meet show hero Paul Wideman of Bare Knuckle Performance

• Meet artist Darren McKeag and get a signed, limited edition show poster

• Tons of high-value prizes from top aftermarket companies totaling over $30,000

• Free to enter, Free to see

• Hand fabricated trophies by Bare Knuckle Performance

• Best in Show winner is invited onto the Buffalo Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Main Stage to compete for CUstom King - or Queen

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THE BIKERNET BUILDER OF THE WEEK--Martin Silva lives in Armstrong Santa Fe, Argentina. He studied at Technical School no. 291 and works as a motorcycle mechanic. He has impressive skills and builds, rides and works motorcycles.

--Sam Burns
Feature Bike Editor™

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WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY—News from the Motorcycle Riders Foundation

Because You are reading this, I want to personally Thank You for being involved in Motorcycle Rights.

It is because of people like you that we have advanced to where we are today in our continued fights for freedom and what is right.
Thanks to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation many of the fights we face are now being done on a Federal Level while still working with the various states on local issues.
When I got involved in the late 60s fighting the Mandatory Helmet Law, I had no idea where it would lead, though I did know it was going to be more than that issue.

Thinking back to when it was whatever the states name was motorcycle rights organization and some of the issues we faced, many of the same ones from state to state, duplicating our efforts and often having a hard time-sharing information on what worked and what didn’t.

Lou Kimzey who was the editor/publisher of Easyriders magazine saw it and tried to do something about it. He started A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments (ABATE). The idea was to have the states work together, sharing things that worked and what didn’t and to also fight some on a National Level.

Keith “Bandit” Ball was hired to run the organization and there were meetings with people from all over the country.

I am happy to say I was one of those people and believed strongly in it. I am sorry to say that did not totally work out, But the ABATE idea did go on at the state level and continues still today.

Eventually through a lot of working together people realized there was a need for the Motorcycle Riders Foundation. And that organization has grown and continues to be very important

Look Where We Started From And Where We Are Today. Be Proud That You Are Part Of Making It Happen.

Let others know what is being done and ask them to help. Hopefully they will become a member.

Let them know they are important, and it is important for all of us to continue to contact our elected officials and let them know how we want them to vote on issues.

Senior Editor™

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK--Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Epoch Times

ARE NOISE SENSORS COMING?--New sensors will lead to $250 automatic fines for breaking road rules – and it will impact millions of drivers in days

MILLIONS of drivers could face fines of up to $250 within days as cities begin implementing new road surveillance technology.

State lawmakers passed a new road law that makes it easier for cities to mount monitors above the streets.

Connecticut , a state with over 2.6 million drivers, passed a law that allows cities to implement noise-monitoring cameras.

These devices will function similarly to red-light cameras, issuing tickets to drivers based on their car’s engine noise rather than their driving behavior.

Cities will be allowed to implement the technology on July 1.

Previously, local municipalities needed to receive approval from the state government to monitor road noises.

The new law takes away the state-level red tape for local governments to put the tech on their roads.

The state also passed some regulations around the noise-capturing tech.

All monitoring devices will cap engine noises at 80 decibels.

Drivers will also receive their tickets in a three-tier system.

First, drivers will receive a warning after a monitor picks up loud road noises.

A second offense will result in a $100 fine. Drivers will receive a $250 ticket for a third offense.

State-wide lawmakers praised the law, saying modified vehicles have become too loud for their constituents.

--By Ben Shimkus

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Reader Comments

I caught that movie over the weekend. Not sure what I was expecting, but have to say I was underwhelmed. Outside of a few scenes it was a snoozer. I like Tom Hardy and the acting was good just maybe the storyline spent too much time focused on the bar room and smoking cigarettes.

South Daytona, FL
Monday, July 1, 2024
Editor Response Sad.
I think the fire under your ass is God givin from the Harley Gods. You Sir are laying down what needs to be laid down and MOST important passing it down. That's true brotherly love.

Rob Rhoades
Saturday, June 29, 2024
Editor Response Never give in or give up... Thanks.
You are right to let the brothers and sisters know about your opinion of Bikeriders.We don't want to live with dealing with the straights of the late '70s. Our brothers got the hell beat out of them sometimes. Some brothers may have deserved it, but they are still brothers.

You're right about having Clint Eastwood direct a biker movie. Too bad the Duke ain't still alive to direct one.Let's move pilgrim.

Torrance, CA
Friday, June 28, 2024
Editor Response Hey,

Everything is inspirational, even the worst. We're living through a time, when everything must be presented as bad.

On the other-hand, it inspired me to write a short story about being a biker. Could well lead into a book... But you can bet bikers will be portrayed as human beings, not thugs.

Ride free,

Ya did a Good Job Again

Palm Bay, FL
Friday, June 28, 2024
Editor Response Thanks brother!
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