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ABOUT THE COVID CONTROVERSY

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After listening to some pretty harsh comments & arguing over reopening or completely shutting down for another two weeks, someone in their right mind wrote this .

 

Don’t know who wrote it, but it’s spot on.

–Sam Burns

Bikernet Contributor

Perspective:

 

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …
I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa.

 

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

 

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

 

With the $600 weekly increase in unemployment some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.

 

Some families of 4 just received $3400 from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

 

Some were concerned about getting a certain candy for Easter while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.

 

Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

 

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

 

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

 

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

 

So, friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

 

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.

 

We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

 

Realize that and be kind.

 

–Unknown author

 

Massachusetts DOT / RMV extends motorcycle safety inspection sticker deadline to July 31st !

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RIDE don’t RUSH . . .

Massachusetts DOT / RMV extends motorcycle safety inspection sticker deadline to July 31st, resolving a recent lawsuit. No need to wait in line the next 3 days trying to find one of the 143 motorcycle inspection shops for you annual sticker –

 

An agreement was reached Friday afternoon to end a lawsuit filed June 24th by three citizen-biker activists / advocates* against the Governor, MA DOT Secretary and the Registrar, in their official capacities, seeking the extension for the more that 150,000 owners of motorcycles in Massachusetts. A hearing at the Lawrence Superior was scheduled for Monday, June 29th at 2:00, before June 30th deadline.

For a copy of the entire 27 pages of pleadings message see our web site. It cited delays caused by the COVID-19 shut-down for opening shops, social distancing, and the State having already extending car and trucks sticker deadlines to July 31st but motorcycles only to June 30th – the Agreement rectified that inequity for bikers and harm faced after June 30, after being stopped, cited, towed and over 5 years of insurance surcharges for expired stickers.

 

–Paul W. Cote

Bikers of Lesser Tolerence

AMA MA Chapter State Director

 

TONS of thanks to Sue Hart, Marc Teatum, Cindy VanVoorhis, Mike O’ Handley and Betsy Lister ! . . . and the local shops / dealers who gave us some stats .

“BIKER GANGS RIDING TO SEATTLE TO FIGHT ANTIFA”

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In mid-June, “news” started circulating on social media platforms that the Hells Angels and Mongols were riding together “on their way” to Seattle, Washington, to scrap with Antifa, or anti-fascists, in the city’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), a so-called “cop free” area that was set up by protesters amid widespread rioting against police brutality and racial injustice.

This incendiary hoax was supported by little more than unfounded tweets and unrelated years old YouTube videos, but no evidence was ever provided to support this claim, and Sonny Barger of the Hells Angels has issued a statement refuting these rumors in a Facebook post on June 13, 2020, in which he wrote:

“People have asked me about these fake articles involving the Hells Angels and another club going to face antifa. Stop, it’s untrue and will never happen.”

In light of such fake news abuzz across the Internet, the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) would like to invite all concerned motorcyclists to sign up for our free NCOM Biker Newsbytes, a trusted source you can turn to for fact-based reporting and current news items of interest to all riders.  Simply send a “subscribe” e-mail to NCOMBish@aol.com.

See Bill’s complete report on Bikernet tomorrow.–Bandit

HOUSE TRANSPORTATION BILL PASSES OUT OF COMMITTEE

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Yesterday was a GREAT day for the motorcycling community on Capitol Hill. The House Transportation and Infrastructure passed out of committee H.R. 2, the “Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America Act” or the “INVEST in America Act.” This nearly 1,000-page bill includes four provisions that both protect motorcyclists and acknowledge our unique place in the transportation system. The legislation approved Thursday night would authorize highway, transit, and rail programs through fiscal year 2025.

 

Remember, this is just the first step in the Highway Bill Reauthorization process. The House of Representatives still need to take a final vote on the measure, and the Senate has yet to introduce their version of the bill. The House plans to bring this massive surface transportation bill to the floor for a vote on June 30, 2020. The deadline for Congress to act on a Highway Bill Reauthorization is September 30, 2020.

 

A special thanks to MRF members and SMRO’s who called and emailed their representatives to support these amendments. These victories in Washington D.C. would not be possible without the grassroots efforts of our members around the country. Your voices matter, and with your help, we can deliver more victories for motorcyclists. 

 

The MRF would also like to thank our champions on the committee who worked during the hearing, and behind the scenes, to protect and advance the priorities of motorcyclists. While not an exhaustive list, the MRF would like to thank: Representatives Troy Balderson (OH-R), Sharice Davids (KS-D), Rodney Davis (IL-R), Pete DeFazio (OR-D), Mike Gallagher (WI-R), Sam Graves (MO-R), Jared Huffman (CA-D), Chris Pappas (NH-D), Donald Payne (NJ-D), Harley Rouda (CA-D), Pete Stauber (MN-R) and Don Young (AK-R). 

 

Below is a brief summary of the bill and its amendments that address motorcyclists’ issues. 

 

Autonomous Vehicles – Congressman Troy Balderson (OH-R) introduced a two-part amendment focused on autonomous vehicles and motorcycles. The first part requires that when the Department of Transportation (DOT) conducts safety studies on autonomous vehicles, the unique profile and characteristics of motorcycles and riders must be included in any study.

 

The second part ensures that a motorcycle safety group is included in the DOT working group on autonomous vehicle deployment. Motorcyclists need a seat at the table, so that our voices are heard.

 

Speaking on the topic, Congressman Balderson said, “As a rider, I have a unique perspective on how transportation issues affect the everyday lives of Ohioans. Our nation’s roads get us to where we need to go each day, yet they are crumbling at our feet. We need to make sure a broad infrastructure package addresses these needs and works for all Americans—not just some of us.”

 

The Balderson Amendment #21 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY and is now part of the final bill. 

 

Checkpoints / Profiling – The provisions passed in the “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act” known as the “FAST Act” in 2015 regarding motorcycle-only checkpoints were not changed in this bill. This means that states and local governments will continue to be prohibited from using federal funds to establish motorcycle-only checkpoints. This federal provision complements the nearly 20 states who have outlawed motorcycle-only checkpoints.

In addition to retaining the prohibition on funding motorcycle-only checkpoints, Congressman Balderson offered an amendment that would prohibit using federal funds to profile and stop motorcycle operators or passengers using, as a factor, the apparel they are wearing or their mode of transportation. This amendment is consistent with our anti-profiling resolution and would be an acknowledgment by Congress that motorcyclists should not be profiled because of what they wear or ride.

The Balderson Amendment #25 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY and is now part of the final bill.

 

Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) – Congressman Mike Gallagher (WI-R) introduced an amendment that would reestablish the Motorcyclist Advisory Council and create dedicated seats at the table for motorcycle rights groups and manufacturers. The MAC has existed for over a decade and allows federal policymakers, state highway officials and motorcyclists to discuss the unique demands of riding a motorcycle and how roads, bridges and other infrastructure can be built to better account for motorcyclists needs. 

While speaking on behalf of his amendment, Congressman Gallagher said, “My amendment reauthorizes an important advisory council at DOT for the motorcycle community. Motorcycle usage has increased 25% since 2012 with nearly 9 million registered vehicles on the road. With this many motorcycles on the road, it is vital that this industry has a direct line of communication to the regulators.”

The Gallagher Amendment #116 PASSED UNANIMOUSLY and is now part of the final bill.

 

Safety Funds – The bill passed today by the House Transportation Committee would increase funds made available to states for motorcycle safety by $1,488,285. This is an increase in the program of approximately 35% over current funding levels. Under this bill, the total amount available to states in the next fiscal year would be $5,776,785.

MRF Vice President Jay Jackson commented, “Now more than ever, state rider education programs need this assistance to continue to offer quality programs to train motorcyclists.”

While we at the MRF are happy to see Congress increase the funding for state motorcycle programs, the increase in these funds only allocates approximately $0.67 per motorcyclist in the country. This is a good first step, but motorcycle safety isn’t something we should skimp on.

Our Biggest Law Tigers Stylin’ in Sturgis Sweepstakes Yet!

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With over $40,000 in prizes now is the time to register for free!*

Prize Package Includes:

  • Travel Credit to cover fuel and hotel expenses
  • Cabin & VIP package provided by Glencoe Camp
  • Custom products provided by Magnum Research
  • A certificate for NightRider Jewelry
  • Complete front fairing and saddlebags audio kit provided by Rockford Fosgate
  • Exclusive gear provided by Sena
  • Embellished Print and meet and greet provided by Scott Jacobs
  • Pen & Ink and meet and greet provided by Art by Alexa Jacobs
  • Full Exhaust System provided by Freedom Performance
  • Phat Scooter provided by Phat Scooters
  • Tabletop Sculpture provided by Jeff Decker
  • Admission to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame

HighPipe Motorcycle Festival Rescheduled to November 6-8 and Relocated to Julian, CA

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 As a result of continuing concerns/restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival presented by GEICO Motorcycle, originally scheduled for July 17-19 at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, CA, has been rescheduled and moved to Stagecoach Trails in Julian, CA. The new dates are Friday, November 6—Sunday, November 8.

Stagecoach Trails is part of the scenic Laguna Mountains, Anza Borrego Desert and Cleveland National Forest.

All of the same exciting features and activities that were originally scheduled will still be part of the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival. Camping and activities/events will now take place at the same location, benefitting riders and participants.

Participants who have already registered will automatically have their registrations transferred to the new dates and can use their original registration confirmation to pick up credentials on-site in November.

If a registered participant cannot make it to the rescheduled dates and needs to request a refund, they will have to contact the Box Office via email at ParticipantRegistration@bonniercorp.com or reply to the email they received from the Box Office Staff. All requests for refunds must be received no later than Sunday, July 19, 2020.

The staff of the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival appreciates your patience and support during this unprecedented situation as we look to protect the health and safety of our attendees, participants, exhibitors and staff.

For more information on the HighPipe Motorcycle Festival presented by GEICO Motorcycle, visit www.highpipemoto.com and follow our social media channels.

Harley Stock Downgraded

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Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson knocked off S&P 500, a key benchmark for the U.S. stock market

Harley-Davidson Inc. has been removed from the Dow Jones S&P 500 list, a key benchmark for U.S. stocks, but analysts say investors are more concerned about Harley’s share price and company performance.

Dow Jones announced the move Monday, saying that Harley and two other S&P 500 companies, Nordstrom Inc. and Alliance Data Systems Corp., will move to the S&P MidCap 400 list. Harley will move to the S&P MidCap 400 GICS Motorcycles Manufacturers Sub-Industry Index.

The S&P 500 is viewed as an important benchmark index for the U.S. stock market. Composed of 500 companies across a wide range of industries, the index captures the pulse of the American corporate economy.

Harley, Nordstrom and Alliance will be replaced on the S&P 500 list by current S&P MidCap 400 companies Tyler Technologies, Bio-Rad Laboratories and Teledyne Technologies.

The changes will be effective prior to the opening of trading June 22.

In 2019, Harley-Davidson saw its motorcycle sales in the U.S. drop for a fifth straight year and its global bike shipments at the lowest level in a decade.

For its first fiscal quarter of this year, Harley reported lower sales and earnings and said it was launching a new strategic plan and conserving cash as motorcycle sales fell worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company also slashed its dividend to 2 cents a share from 38 cents and said it was in talks with major U.S. banks to secure $1.3 billion in liquidity.

For most investors, getting Harley back to financial strength is far more important than whether it’s on the S&P 500, according to Edward Jones analyst Brian Yarbrough.

“Near term, it could bring some pressure to the stock,” but long-term it’s more symbolic, Yarbrough said.

There are certain investment funds, and some retirement plans, that can only invest in the S&P 500 stocks. So not being on the list eliminates a small portion of investors, said George V. Reis, president of GVR Investment Management Inc., in Two Rivers.

“I don’t think it’s significant,” Reis said. “I would guess it might have an impact on the share price for a day or two. After that, I don’t think it makes any difference.”

“There are a lot of companies that are not on the S&P 500 that are of significance,” he added.

Harley has launched a set of actions that will eventually lead to a new strategic plan for the company. It refers to the plan as The Rewire. Among the goals is to “…reset the company’s operating model in order to reduce complexity, sharpen focus and increase the speed of decision making.”

Those kinds of changes, and consistent profitability, are what investors care about, according to Reis.

Following Monday’s announcement, Harley shares closed at $25.02, down six cents. Over 52 weeks, the shares have traded in a range of $14.31 to $40.89.

STURGIS 2020 IS ON!

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The Sturgis Council of Generals had a vote last night. From one source the vote went down to 7 for and 2 against opening the rally gates. Another source told me the Council was reviewing five or maybe seven, hold it, could be nine opening options. Rumor had it, they were going for option three. The whole greasy enchilada played out on facebook last night, so let us know if you heard anything else.

According to one reporter in the fields of South Dakota, the Council doesn’t really have much sway whether the rally rocks of not. At one time they attempted to control the name until the courts took it away from them this year. Now you can print any Sturgis 2020 T-shirt you like. Bottom line, the biker world is coming to Sturgis for the Rally and no one can stop them, except the Governor. From all accounts the Governor of South Dakota is very cool.

Here’s the latest from an inside source: Rally is on. Vendor licenses will be approved. There will be no City sponsored events but anything else can happen. And of course the town of Buffalo Chip is hosting eight bands and is wide open.

So, be safe, be careful and healthy and promise not to bring any Covid to South Dakota. Some Bikernet staffers are heading out later this week.

–Bandit

 

 

 

THE NO-SHOW FROM HARLEY-DAVIDSON

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON HOSTS ‘THE NO SHOW’ TO SPOTLIGHT CUSTOM MOTORCYCLE SHOWS AND BUILDERS

Hosted on Harley-Davidson’s Instagram The No Show Celebrates and Raises Funds for Custom Builders

 

MILWAUKEE (June 15, 2020) – Harley-Davidson Motor Company presents The No Show, a week-long online motorcycle show that brings together Harley-Davidson’s global community.

 

Hosted on Harley-Davidson’s Instagram account now through June 21st, The No Show features 60 builders from 10 countries, with half of those builders coming from the postponed Mama Tried, Congregation Vintage Bike & Car, and Born-Free motorcycle shows. The remaining craftsmen and women were invited by Harley-Davidson and span a range of style, era, and geography. The bikes will be rolled out in batches every day for five days with awards being given out at the end of the week.

 

Those who visit The No Show can scroll through the array of bikes and tap into their favorites where they’ll see a personal video of each builder walking them through his or her masterpiece. Dotted throughout the bikes will be all the nuts and bolts of every motorcycle show—music, merch, and awards. After checking out custom builds, attendees can scroll to the virtual “stage” to listen to acoustic sets by The White Buffalo, Hollis Brown, and The Kenneth Brian Band. There is also a “merch booth” featuring ultra-limited-edition The No Show t-shirts.

 

The No Show is a platform that provides everyone from enthusiasts to new riders a place to converge and celebrate the diverse artistry that comes with custom builds,” said Patrick Holly, brand director at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “As a way to show our gratitude to the builders that helped make The No Show possible, 100 percent of show t-shirt sales will go directly to each invited builder.”

 

On the last day of the show, Sunday, June 21st, three builders are to be recognized for their achievements in ingenuity, artistry, self-expression, and ability to pave a new road in customization. One winner will be selected from each of the following categories to receive a one-of-a-kind award created by Harley-Davidson designers:

 

  • Media Choice Award: chosen and presented by journalists from industry-leading motorcycle publications.
  • H-D Styling & Design Award: chosen and presented by Brad Richards, vice president of styling & design at Harley-Davidson and long-time garage builder.
  • Harley-Davidson Museum Award: chosen by the museum staff and presented by Bill Davidson, vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum and great-grandson of Harley-Davidson’s Co-Founder William A. Davidson.

 

Catch The No Show through June 21st on Harley-Davidson’s Instagram and follow along on Twitter and Facebook to catch exclusive show content.