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Thanksgiving Bikernet Weekly News for Thanksgiving 2021

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Riding Free for 25 Years

Hey,

Happy Thanksgiving from the Bikernet and 5-Ball crew. We want you to know how much we appreciate your support over the years.

We all have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season. We have been lucky Mofo’s forever.

Hell, young builders don’t even know how lucky they are to be able to score parts at a swap meet and go to work building a bike, unhampered by a myriad of government agencies.

Ask some brothers in Europe, where every product must be approved by maybe not one, but a group of government agencies.

There are so many folks and aspects of American life to be thankful for. We are living in the best of times.

Have a terrific day, and take a moment to reflect on how good we have it in America, because it is the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Ride fast and free, forever!

–Bandit

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Royal Enfield Reveals 120th Anniversary Edition Twins

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Royal Enfield Reveals 120th Anniversary Edition Twins at EICMA 2021

In a celebration of 120 years of Pure Motorcycling, Royal Enfield is proud to reveal limited edition Continental GT and INT 650 Twins.

North America to receive 120 units of the 120th Anniversary Edition Twins, set to become available in early 2022.

Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, November 24, 2021) – It was in November 1901 that Royal Enfield launched its first motorcycle at the Stanley Cycle Show in London, kickstarting the journey of an iconic brand which has since inspired millions in their pursuit of pure motorcycling over the last 120 years. From these humble beginnings in 1901, Royal Enfield, the oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, is marking this milestone year with the 120th Year Anniversary Edition of its popular 650 Twin motorcycles—the INT 650 and Continental GT 650—revealed at EICMA 2021.

In a proud celebration of its 120-year legacy, Royal Enfield reached back into the brand’s rich heritage of building authentic handcrafted motorcycles. Along with unique black and chrome color schemes and a selection of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, these limited-edition anniversary models feature artisan-crafted die-cast brass tank badges and classic Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. A limited run of only 480 units worldwide—120 in each of its four regions for a total of 60 Continental GT 650 and 60 INT 650 units bound for North America—present a unique opportunity for enthusiasts to own a piece of motorcycling history.

The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650 have been designed and handcrafted by the company’s teams across the UK and India. The exquisite brass badges are crafted in collaboration with the Sirpi Senthil family, multi-generational artisans from the temple town of Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India. Particularly specialized in making the elegant brass effigies for the most revered temples in India for centuries, this is the first time that these artisans have collaborated with any automotive brand.

The unique, rich black-chrome tank color scheme has been developed in-house, with Royal Enfield’s industry-leading chroming technology at the company’s original 1950’s manufacturing factory in Thiruvottiyur, Chennai, India. The motorcycles are chromed with an alternate, sustainable trivalent eco-friendly process. To complement the black chrome tanks, both the Continental GT 650 and Interceptor 650 will feature, for the first time, completely blacked out components, with the engine, silencer and other elements in an array of black color schemes. The motorcycles will also come equipped with a range of Genuine Motorcycle Accessories such as fly screens, engine guards, heel guards, touring and bar-end mirrors among others in a defining black to accent the overall design.

The 120th Year Anniversary Edition INT 650 and Continental GT 650s will also boast the legendary Royal Enfield hand-painted pinstripes. To make each motorcycle even more exclusive, the tank top badge will feature the unique serial number of each motorcycle indicating that it is 1 of 60 unique motorcycles in any of the four regions mentioned around the world. Additionally, the motorcycles will also adorn a side panel decal that is a special ode to Royal Enfield’s 120 years.

“Few brands can celebrate the kind of legacy and history that Royal Enfield has enjoyed over the last century and a lot of this legacy is from the immense love the brand has received from riders through the ages,” said Siddhartha Lal, Managing Director of Eicher Motors Ltd. “There was simply no better way of celebrating this milestone than sharing a piece of it with our consumers around the world. We are delighted to bring the 120th Anniversary Edition 650 Twin motorcycles to enthusiasts around the world, and share the brand’s legacy with them. Both the INT and the Continental GT are hugely successful around the world today, as they were in the 1960’s, and truly represent our heritage of making simple and enjoyable motorcycles.”

Inspired by the legendary Royal Enfield Interceptor 750 and Continental GT 250 of the 1960’s, these motorcycles have been instrumental in the brand’s global expansion and success in recent years. The significance and relevance of the INT and the Continental GT 650, both in Royal Enfield’s glorious past, and modern history, make them the obvious choice for the 120th Anniversary Edition.

In North America, the Royal Enfield 120th Year Anniversary Edition Twins will be made available via a limited time online sale in early 2022. Visit www.royalenfield.com/120thedition for more information, and availability details to be announced soon.

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

NCOM Biker Newsbytes for November 2021

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Legislative Motorcycle News from USA and the world
Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish

National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) News provides updates on motorcycle industry, market, legislation, rights of bikers, motorcyclists in USA, and motorcycle news from around the world.

Read the latest on legislation, State laws, European motorcycle law changes and more.

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Mid-South M.I.L.E. 2021

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Bikers gathered in Dallas, Texas for the 29th annual Mid-South M.I.L.E. event

from Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF)

Like the Midwest’s Heartland STEAM event, the Mid-South M.I.L.E. brings together bikers from neighboring states to discuss legislative priorities, share ideas and build relationships.

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What is energy?

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This week, we’re going to start talking about the positive impacts of fossil fuels and other forms of energy.

 

But first, it’s important to answer the question, “What is energy and why is it so valuable?”

 

Energy is a life and death need. It is our ability to use machines to dramatically increase our productivity.

 

How we became healthy and wealthy

 

Let’s break that down. To do so it’s valuable to give some historical context. Throughout history, human beings have been incredibly poor by our standards. Now we tend to think of poor people today as very poor, but even most of the poorest people today are fairly rich by historical standards.

 

If you look at this graph of data taken from the history of economics, what you see is that for thousands and thousands of years—and this just shows the last 2,000—human beings had a very low life expectancy, around 30 years old.

Think about what that means. Today, an average 30-year old still has more than 30 working years before retiring. But back then, you had a strong chance of dying at an early age. Very few made it to old age. As I write this, I’m 38. I would have had a less than 50% chance of reaching this age.

 

Power and energy

 

Why is this? It comes down to one basic fact. In our natural state, human beings are very weak. We have very little power and very little energy to generate more power—which means we are naturally able to do very little work to sustain our lives.

 

Let me explain what I mean by the term power. Power is how much work we can do at one time. Humans are about one-tenth as powerful as a horse, which is about one two-hundredth as powerful as a car.

 

And energy? Energy is the capacity to do work, or the amount of potential power we have stored. In humans, we measure energy in the form of calories. Our bodies are only capable of storing so much energy, and therefore can only produce so much power. That power can only translate to a certain level of work, and it’s not nearly enough to produce everything you need for the standard of living you have today.

 

Throughout history, it has been a challenge for human beings to produce enough crops to feed ourselves because agriculture requires a lot of energy (and a lot of other things) just to produce the meager number of calories we need. It has also been a challenge to produce clean water, sturdy housing, decent transportation, and just about everything else.

 

In the next email we’ll see how we overcame these challenges and raised our standard of living to once unimaginable levels.

–Alex Epstein

Yamaha TMax 560cc Scooter for 2022 unveiled

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2022 Yamaha TMax comes with updated ergonomics and features
from https://www.rushlane.com by Arun Prakash

Yamaha has taken the covers off from the upcoming 2022 TMax for European markets. The flagship Maxi scooter has received multiple updates in its current iteration over the outgoing model. The scooter is expected to go on sale in many European markets including UK at the start of next year.

TMax has been an immensely successful scooter in Europe since it was first launched in 2001 and has been the best-selling sports scooter in the past two decades. The 2022 model comes equipped with a range of new features as well as updated aesthetics that make it more appealing than before.

Features on offer
In terms of features, 2022 TMax gets a new 7-inch full-colour TFT instrument console enabled with full smartphone connectivity and in-built navigation with Garmin maps connectivity via Bluetooth, Wifi and USB. All these could be controlled through a joystick-like setup on the left handlebar.

Practical creature comforts on offer include heated handlebar grips, heated seats, cruise control, electrically adjustable windshield, and backlit handlebar switches. Other amenities such as traction control, keyless start with Smartkey remote, remote opening fuel cap and seat and multiple ride modes are also included in the package. However, most of these techs are available in the top-spec Tech Max trim.

Powertrain, Hardware Specs
Powertrain of TMax hasn’t been changed with the same 560cc two-cylinder DOHC engine propelling the latest iteration. This motor cranks out 47.6 bhp at 7,500rpm and 55.7 Nm of torque at 5,250rpm with power going to the rear wheel via an automatic transmission and belt drive. That said, there are some tweaks made to the scooter’s hardware configurations.

Suspension setup comprises new 41mm USD forks upfront and a single rear shock which offers a better front-end feel and damping at the rear. Braking duties are handled by dual 262mm front discs and a 282mm rear disc which are complemented by a dual-channel ABS.

Updated Styling
In its latest avatar, TMax has been updated with a sportier and more aggressive styling inspired by supersport motorcycles. It gets restyled twin LED headlamps and a larger windscreen mounted on top of the front apron. The front apron also features a large air intake scoop which gives the face of the scooter a beak-like appearance. The panels are new with a more compact body on offer.

The single-piece seat with a raised tail section features lumbar support for the rider for additional comfort during long journeys. The new TMax sits on a lighter aluminium chassis which should feel easier to manoeuver and handle around corners. A sporty riding posture has been attained with a slightly forward-leaning position by adjusting all points of the ‘rider triangle’.

Yamaha is offering the Maxi scooter in two derivatives- TMax and TMax Tech Max. The former will be offered with three colour options namely Extreme Yellow, Icon Blue and Sword Grey. The latter, on the other hand, will be reserved for UK markets only and will be available in two shades- Dark Petrol and Power Grey. The yellow-coloured alloys and rims also add to the visual appeal of the scooter.

 

Serpent-Like Exhaust on Custom H-D Breakout

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A Custom Harley-Davidson Breakout with a “designer” Exhaust
from https://www.autoevolution.com by Daniel Patrascu

If you look from far away, superficially enough, and you don’t know what those twisted pipes on the side of this motorcycle are, your brain might trick into believing you’re looking at a couple of snakes doing their thing in plain daylight.

Over the years, as we combed through some of the most extreme, visually appealing, or mechanically-impressive rides on two wheels, we’ve seen plenty of hardcore representations of exhaust systems. The one we have here though is so far ahead of all the others, it deserves a title of its own.

The serpent-like piece of hardware sits on one side of a custom build called Criminal for one reason or another. The bike started out as a stock Breakout, but was heavily modified to earn its place in the select gallery of custom rides we constantly feature.

The visual effect of the exhaust system was achieved by the garage behind this build, Poland-based Nine Hills Motorcycles, through a clever play between the copper color of the pipes and welding stripes placed at almost equal intervals. The garage calls the system a piece of jewelry, and as far as design for these bits goes, they’re spot on.

Although from a color standpoint it has nothing in common with the rest of the body (in fact, it is exactly this mismatching that makes the exhaust stand out so much), it does seem to blend pretty well with the green hues deployed on most of the handcrafted body.

The shop did not limit itself at replacing the pipes, but fitted other custom bits on the thing as well in their bid to make it unique. Up front we’ve got a custom headlight, the wheels are of Performance Machine-make, and Roland Sands supplied the engine housings.

Mechanically, the brakes on the Breakout have been modified, and there’s an air suspensions system on deck to make both the thing’s stance more visually appealing, and the ride more comfortable.

As far as we can tell, the engine of the motorcycle was left pretty much unchanged, and only got a small number of new and improved hardware, including the exhaust system that brought us face to face with it, and a BDL clutch.

The Poles describe the end product of their work as a “real designer firecracker,” a one-off machine that retains the elements that make the Breakout such a go-to platform for customizers, but also brings something unique to the table.

For how much it does this, though, is anybody’s guess. In the usual European style we’ve grown accustomed to by now, Nine Hills keeps the price of the project under wraps, so we have no way of telling how much the modifications made cost the owner.

CLICK HERE To See at Nine Hills Motorcycles website.

Royal Enfield Debuts Epic Rides Alaska Film

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EPIC RIDES: ALASKA is the first in a series from Royal Enfield North America.

ROYAL ENFIELD DEBUTS EPIC RIDES: ALASKA

Royal Enfield North America reveals EPIC RIDES 2021: ALASKA – the first in a series of films starring Royal Enfield riders and motorcycles.

Milwaukee, WI (Wednesday, November 3, 2021) – The spirit of adventure on two wheels can be traced back to the very advent of the motorcycle itself. Royal Enfield has celebrated this pure motorcycling culture since 1901, and in its 120th year, continues commemorate the spirit of adventure with an all-new film series: Epic Rides. The premiere episode – EPIC RIDES: ALASKA – made its debut at the recent 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan media launch at Doffo Winery in Temecula, California, in front of motorcycle media, industry guests and friends.

In a contrast to the prevalent solo-style of modern adventure riding, EPIC RIDES: ALASKA a testament to how the calling of the unknown can bring people together. Six strangers came together for the first time in Alaska to plan out and ride an adventure tour aboard Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles. Through the temperate rainforests of the Alaskan coast to its rugged inland terrain strewn with river crossings and breathtaking glaciers, six strangers quickly became friends, bound together by their journey.

EPIC RIDES 2021: ALASKA – ROYAL ENFIELD NORTH AMERICA
“We started the Epic Ride Series to not only showcase the beautiful landscapes our world has to offer but to show how motorcycling itself builds communities, friendships and memories to last a lifetime,” said Breeann Poland, Marketing & Communications Lead – Royal Enfield Americas. “Beyond the capabilities of the Himalayan motorcycle, it’s the camaraderie, the bonds that people forge through a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that we set out to capture, and EPIC RIDES: ALASKA showcases that so beautifully.”

Following the North American launch of the 2022 Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle at beautiful Doffo Winery in Temecula, California, motorcycle media, industry guests and friends gathered in the famous MotoDoffo Barrel Room for the premiere viewing of EPIC RIDES: ALASKA, the first in a series to come from Royal Enfield North America. The post viewing discussion became an impromptu roundtable between media and the cast and crew of the film. The immediate reaction clearly demonstrated that the sentiment of the film – the indomitable spirit of adventure, the call of the outdoors and the bonds of the motorcycling community – resonated with everyone.

“We needed an epic venue to premiere our film and what could be more beautiful than a vineyard in Temecula Wine Country surrounded by our friends and motorcycle community?” said Poland. “The discussion that followed after was even more amazing. We hope this film, and more to come in the series, inspires people everywhere to get out and ride, meet new people, have adventures, twist a throttle and live your best life. This is absolutely what Royal Enfield is all about.”

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.