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April 2019 Threesome Report – Trikes News

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APRIL 2019 THREESOME REPORT: Trike News, Autocycle Adventures and Sidecar Views
Ever-Changing Three-Wheeled World Coverage

This month we have a Photo Feature covering – a V8 twin-turbo engine trike, love bug wedding trike, World Sidecar Racing schedule, Can Am Ryker benefits, Paul Jr. Designs Featured on American Chopper, Boss Hoss Lamborghini Trike, with the right dose of tech and rider experience.

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CLICK HERE TO READ the Trikes News and Report

Bison Glove deal – limited time

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Limited Time only get our most popular Bison Glove for only $60. This short wrist American Bison glove is made in the USA. This glove also provides great tactility and dexterity. Each glove is hand antiqued and conditioned with an organic recipe. Each glove’s appearance is unique; no Scoundrel is the same. The cuff is finished off with a strong orange stitching. If you want good looks and quality workmanship look no further than the Scoundrel glove by Grifter Company.

This short wrist American Bison glove is made in the USA. This glove also provides great tactility and dexterity. Each glove is hand antiqued and conditioned with an organic recipe.

Each glove’s appearance is unique; no Scoundrel is the same.

The cuff is finished off with a strong orange stitching. If you want good looks and quality workmanship look no further than the Scoundrel glove by Grifter Company.

Due to Demand of this Sale your gloves may take a up to a week to ship

Triumph TR8 is a better investment than a Jaguar

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Your car can make you rich – Triumph TR8 prices have increased 27% over the past 3 years, according to the Hagerty Price Guide.
Despite his penchant for Aston Martins and bespoke suits, James Bond wasn’t as elitist as you might think.

In fact, he drove a humble Triumph Stag in the 1971 film, Diamonds are Forever.

The dashing little car has four perfectly round headlights lined up like pearls, the body of an old Volvo, a Targa-like roll-bar, and a V8 engine. It cost less than $5,900 during its first model year.

It looked chic, but with a reputation for rather shoddy build quality, suspension problems, overheating, and rust, it was probably not the best long-term investment—or even as an option for someone who wanted a reliable daily driver. Even among Triumphs, it was not a great selection.

No, for a more reliable investment you’ve got to look deeper into the Triumph repertoire, past the Spitfires and Mayflowers and TR3 Roadsters. Stop when you get to the TR8. According to Jonathan Klinger, an analyst and spokesman for Hagerty, a firm that insures classic and collectible cars, they are currently the best model to invest in from Triumph’s entire history.

“They’re surprisingly modern, they’re still fairly cheap, considering the rarity and performance, and they’re not that ugly,” says Klinger. A resounding endorsement.

Triumph TR8 prices have increased 27 percent over the past three years, according to the Hagerty Price Guide, while multiple and recent sales on Bring-A-Trailer show that they have slowly and generally gathered steam since 2015. If the goal is showing up at your neighborhood coffee joint with something affordable that no one else owns—and may not even recognize, for that matter—this overlooked Brit could be the ticket.

A Constellation of British Stars
Triumph was far from the only small-batch automaker working in England when John Lennon was cruising around in his Triumph Herald. Britain during the 1960s and ‘70s boasted a dizzying array of brands making small, quirky, sometimes even reliable cars: Austin-Healy, Jensen, TVR, Marcos, Sunbeam, Reliant, Morris, MGB, Talbot, Elva, Ginetta and Bristol to name a few. Some of them—such as Ginetta—remain in existence even today.

They’ve seen a resurgence in after-sales markets in the past few years. According to Hagerty data, British cars have had a strong surge in recent months, with a 4 percent lift in values across the board since September 2018. This was “the most assertive move” that group had made since May 2015, according to Hagerty. What’s more, Hagerty’s British Car Index stands at its highest level since May 2016, the group’s all-time high.

There is one caveat for the Brits.

“The long-term forecast doesn’t bode well for this group, as younger buyers haven’t shown a strong preference for this genre of car,” Brian Rabold wrote in his January 2019 analysis. Long-term, in this case, means over the course of decades of ownership. “But for now, these cars have enough sustained interest to give values a boost.”

Those “younger buyers” are Generation Xers and millennials following the signature rule of car collecting: People want to buy the cars they lusted after as children. Now that Gen-X and millennial buyers are gaining wealth and starting to collect, it stands to reason that they want to buy cars from the ‘80s and ‘90s rather than those cars from the ‘50s and ‘60s that the baby boomers loved.

The popular series of Radwood car shows bears this out; RM Sotheby’s has even devoted entire auction sales to the “youngtimer” esthetic. Hemmings predicts that cars from the late 1970s to 1990s will become one of the biggest trends in the car business. Since 2015, cars from the 1980s have seen significant year over year increases in average auction values, according to Hagerty.

As a child of the ‘80s, then— it was produced only from 1978 to 1981—the TR8 might buck the cooling predicted for the Brits in the next few years, because it belongs to the popular ‘80s segment.

“One could argue that the TR8 stands to have a slightly higher growth potential in the coming years than the TR6, due to a growing appreciation of vehicles from the ‘80s,” Klinger says. It also helps that the TR8 was the most modern and advanced Triumph made. While earlier Triumphs lacked electronics and plastic components, rusted easily, and tended to overheat, the TR8 skirted those issues and emerged as a reliable driver. In short, it was a lot of car for not a lot of money.

Made to replace the wedge-shaped TR7 with something possessing rather more power, the so-called “Junior Jaguar” packed an eight-cylinder, 133-horsepower engine and a short-shifting, five-speed manual transmission. Road & Track reviewers at the time commended its driving style, handling, braking and fuel economy, even if the compliments came with a dose of sarcasm: “The only other thing we could ask for is good looks.”

Inside, the plastic components in its cabin lacked charm—the TR8’s predecessors had wooden trim—but the car was spacious and practical, with such modern accoutrements as air conditioning and proper ventilation. Those were much-needed at the time for Triumph, whose earlier TR6 felt downright antiquated next to things such as the Datsun Z that reigned in the 1970s.

They were also relatively rare: Only 2,700 were built, many in metallic tones and with plaid seats. (This style looks a little … off, yes, but you can’t accuse this car of being a shrinking violet.) Most were sold in North America, for prices starting around $11,000. These days, drivable coupe options can be had for $15,000 and less. Superior examples such as this cost closer to $20,000. At the auction house, prices tend to hover anywhere from $12,000 to $15,950 and $20,350, depending on the condition of the vehicle and the quality of its often-inevitable modifications.

In short, while such other Triumphs as the TR6 remain unquestionably cooler, the TR8 is the underdog that could serve you better over the long haul. Those willing to squint past those dubious looks will be rewarded with a nimble driver that is relatively affordable, compared to earlier cars, along with easily discoverable parts and straightforward mechanics.

Bond himself wouldn’t argue with that—though he might close his eyes as he got inside.

Proclamation on Second Chance Month, 2019

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Americans have always believed in the power of redemption ‑‑ that those who have fallen can work toward brighter days ahead. Almost all of the more than two million people in America’s prisons will one day return to their communities. In each case, they will have served their sentence and earned the chance to take their places back in society. During Second Chance Month, we draw attention to the challenges that former inmates face and the steps we can take to ensure they have the opportunity to become contributing members of society.

Inmates are often eager to leave behind the challenges presented by incarceration. Too often, however, they find the transition to life outside of prison to be daunting. If they are not able to find jobs and housing and rebuild relationships with family and friends, they may find it harder to escape the cycle of reoffending. Sadly, 5 out of 6 State prisoners are rearrested within 9 years of their release, and more than a third of former Federal prisoners will be rearrested within 5 years of their release. In addition to the harm caused to the victims of crime, these high recidivism rates place a significant financial burden on taxpayers, deprive our labor force of productive workers, and leave families without spouses, children, and parents.

My Administration is committed to helping former prisoners reenter society as productive, law‑abiding citizens. For this reason, I signed into law the bipartisan FIRST STEP Act. This new legislation makes several positive reforms to increase the likelihood of successful prisoner reentry. The legislation provides improved opportunities for inmates to engage in educational coursework and vocational training, and establishes pilot mentorship programs. It also allows prisoners who successfully complete evidence‑based recidivism reduction programs to earn time credits to apply toward prerelease custody or supervised release, reducing their time in prison. Because maintaining family and community ties is key to a successful reentry into society, the bill includes provisions that allow inmates to be placed in facilities closer to their home communities, facilitating family visitation during their time of incarceration. Finally, the law makes adjustments to sentencing rules that will make our criminal justice system more fair, reducing penalties for certain drug offenders.

This month, we celebrate those who have exited the prison system and successfully reentered society and renew our commitment to providing support and resources that former inmates need to meet their responsibilities, rediscover their self‑worth, and benefit from the gift of a second chance. We also express our sincere gratitude to all those who play a significant role in helping reduce recidivism, including faith‑based and community organizations and employers willing to hire workers notwithstanding a criminal history. By reducing recidivism and putting former inmates on the path to success, we can reduce crime and enhance the safety of our communities.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as Second Chance Month. I call on all Americans to commemorate this month with events and activities that raise public awareness about preventing crime and providing those who have completed their sentences an opportunity for an honest second chance.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-ninth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand nineteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-third.



E-scooter manufacturers turn to detachable batteries to plug charging infrastructure gap

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INDIA – As the country still grapples with providing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs), electric two-wheeler makers are turning to detachable batteries to make the charging process easier.

Recent launches such as Okinawa Autotech’s i-Praise scooter (₹1,15,990, ex-showroom) and Avan Motors’ Trend E (starting price ₹56,900, ex-showroom), come with such portable batteries. “We understood the need of the hour and developed detachable batteries,” said Jeetender Sharma, Founder and Managing Director, Okinawa Autotech; Avan Motors’ Business Development Head, Pankaj Tiwari, concurred.

Both Sharma and Tiwari stressed that this feature would benefit customers living in multi-storey apartments. “Charging time on our batteries is also not very high. It takes two to four hours,” Tiwari said.

Okinawa’s Ridge+ (₹76,499, ex-showroom), an upgraded model of its Ridge scooter, also comes with a detachable lithium ion battery. Indigenous e-scooter manufacturers are slowly moving away from lead acid batteries and adopting lithium ion batteries, with the government’s subsidy under the Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Electric and Hybrid Vehicles (FAME) programme helping them.

“We always request that the subsidy on lithium ion batteries must continue. If the subsidy comes down, it is very difficult for the consumer to purchase the vehicle,” Tiwari said. However, he also stressed that charging infrastructure development is necessary to inspire confidence among EV consumers and adopters.

Localisation of parts

Local component sourcing is another area where manufacturers want support from the government. “The (government) support is required everywhere for localisation. Once the volumes go up, localisation can be done more easily. Right now, the volumes are not allowing local manufacturers and suppliers to give components,” said Tiwari.

However, for Okinawa, over 90 per cent parts are already localised, Sharma said. He also revealed that the company will launch a high-speed motorcycle in the second quarter of next year, which will be “100 per cent localised”. Currently, an important area of focus for manufacturers is growing their presence in the country. Okinawa, which currently has over 300 dealerships, plans to increase them to 500 next year. Avan, which has 33 dealerships and is present predominantly in Maharashtra and parts of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, plans to have over 100 dealers this year.

When it comes to volumes, the companies seem to be taking a steady approach. “Okinawa has sold close to a 1,000 i-Praise scooters since its launch,” Sharma added. While Tiwari did not comment on the number of scooters Avan Motors has sold, he said that the company is targeting total sales volume of 12,000 units this year and aims to double it next year.

Triumph recalls 1,000 motorcycles in India for minor upgrades

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Affected model include Headstock Tidy, Street Scrambler, Street Twin, Bonneville T100 and Bonneville T120.

NEW DELHI: British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph Motorcycles Ltd has announced a recall of certain models, affecting around 1,000 motorcycles in India.

Affected model include Headstock Tidy, Street Scrambler, Street Twin, Bonneville T100 and Bonneville T120. Changes and upgrades in indicator, main beam malfunction and a possible loss of engine power caused by the clutch cable contacting the main harness, resulting in damage to the wiring within the main harness will be carried out.

“Any concerned customers are asked in the first instance to contact their local Triumph Dealer as soon as possible, who will be able to carry out all necessary work as required at no cost to the owner,” the company said in a statement.

Introducing Aux Mfg Knives

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Auxiliary MFG Knives are crafted by Michael Jervis in Chicago Illinois. Each one has its own look, shape and purpose. Click the link below to start shopping the 15 different designs we carry.

Featured here – Old Timer: Maple/Micarta model is 6.75” long stainless steel with blade length of 2.5”. Its handle is Crosscut vintage natural canvas micarta & dyed box elder burl, with maple and vintage westinghouse micarta spacer, over vintage westinghouse micarta & blue. It comes with sheath, Custom kydex with metal belt clip

Enfield Twins North America Launch

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The highly anticipated Royal Enfield Twins — INT 650 and Continental GT 650 — are coming to North America!

This spring, you’ll have a chance to ride the Twins during an eight-city launch tour throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico. We are excited to announce four stops and dates on the launch tour. Stay tuned for more details on what to expect, how to participate and additional locations:

• Miami, FL – May 10 – 12
• Milwaukee, WI – June 1 – 2
• Toronto, ON – June 6 – 8
• Denver, CO – June 14 – 15

2019 Himalayan model
Royal Enfield has debuted the 2019 Himalayan — now standard with ABS and a new, limited-edition color option, Sleet. The favorite adventure-touring model was introduced in North America last March and has taken the riding community by storm. With an MSRP of $4,749 in the U.S. and $5,925 in Canada, the new models will be available in dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada this April.

Grand Opening
Be sure to swing by and check out Royal Enfield at Spirit Motorcycles on April 13. Those in the Bay Area can come out, take a spin on a Royal Enfield and enjoy BBQ, music, giveaways and more. For more information, please visit

One Ride Event
Spring is right around the corner, and so is One Ride. The annual global event brings Royal Enfield riders together to return to the joy of pure motorcycling on Sunday, April 28.

Last Call $500 Retail Promotion
It’s your last chance to take advantage of Royal Enfield North America’s spring offer. Extended until April 30, riders who purchase a new Classic 500 model will receive $500 worth of gear, including a branded motorcycle cover, jacket and a pair of saddlebags. The Royal Enfield Classic 500 has been a best-seller across the globe for more than a decade. The Classic 500 offers timeless styling and modern technology and now comes with a passenger seat, ABS and rear disc brakes as standard equipment.

Philosophical Bikernet Weekly News for March 28, 2019

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It’s all Deep and Meaningful as We Search for the Truth…

Philosophy is the study of truth. I thought it was just the notion of thought or your mantra, or notions about anything, but no. Philosophers are truth seekers.

Regarding the meaning of life, it’s really up to us to make up our minds on a daily basis. Every morning when you swing your legs outta bed, if you have a positive mission or two on your plate it’s a very good thing.

Include riding free forever, goddammit.