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David Mann Prints Now Available!

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Easyriders is proud of its long association with David Mann. From 1971 until his death in 2004 his paintings have appeared as centerfolds and fiction illustrations in Easyriders Magazine and other Paisano Publications’ motorcycle, tattoo and automotive magazines.

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BLM Resource Advisory Council members needed

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Openings in 27 state or regional RACs in 13 states, three site-specific RACs

The American Motorcyclist Association believes you may be interested in nominating yourself or fellow members for one or more of the 27 BLM state or regional Resource Advisory Councils with openings in 13 states. They are: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT and ND/SD, NM, NV, OR/WA and WY. In addition, the BLM has openings on three site-specific RACs; Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument in Utah, Steens Mountain in Oregon and San Juan Islands in Puerto Rico.

RACs provide advice and recommendations to the BLM on land use planning and management of the National System of Public Lands within their geographic areas. Since the makeup of the RACs is structured to help ensure motorized users are well represented, it is important that the motorized community steps forward to fill those spots.

There are three categories of members on BLM RAC’s.  Two specifically call for those with OHV background and expertise.  Category one members include representatives of organizations associated with off-highway vehicle use and category two includes representatives of nationally or regionally recognized organizations involved with dispersed recreation.

The agency continuously seeks nominations to fill vacancies on the RACs, but there are particular vacancies to be filled now. Detailed information on current state/regional openings are available here and the three site-specific positions here.

Nomination process: Individuals may nominate themselves or others. Nominees must be residents of the State in which the RAC on which they hope to serve has jurisdiction. The BLM will evaluate nominees based on their education, training, experience, and knowledge of the geographical area of the RAC. Nominees should demonstrate a commitment to collaborative resource decision-making. To be considered, nominees must provide:

1. Letters of reference from represented interests or organizations ​

2. A completed Resource Advisory Council application, available here.

​3. Any other information that addresses the nominee’s qualifications.

Deadline: Nomination materials must be received on or before Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.

Any AMA members interested in applying for RAC positions now or in the future are welcome to contact the AMA at grassroots@ama.org for assistance.

Thank you in advance for submitting an application for your local RAC. Please forward this alert to your friends and ask them to do so as well. If you do submit an application, please let us know at grassroots@amacycle.org.

Now more than ever, it is crucial that you and your riding friends become members of the AMA to help protect our riding freedoms. More members mean more clout against the opponents of motorcycling. That support will help fight for your rights-on the road, trail and racetrack and in the halls of government.

Join the AMA at americanmotorcyclist.com.

If you are an AMA member, encourage your friends to join by telling them about the many AMA benefits you appreciate and the role the AMA plays in promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.

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NEW BIKERNET AND BANDIT’S CANTINA PROGRAMS FOR 2020

To keep Bikernet moving forward in the New Year, we’ve shuffled things around a bit. We have decided to shut down all major advertising sales and will move all of Bikernet’s impressive library and 24 years of archived editorial content into Bandit’s Cantina, Bikernet’s subscription-supported section.

We will however keep the Bikernet Blog active daily and accessible for free.

All major content will be expanded into the Cantina.

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THE COOK’S CORNER CHALLENGE

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Voting Starts This Friday!
Vote for the Final Six Pack

Builders have been working hard over the holidays to create show-quality choppers that can be ridden to the stage at Cook’s Corner. Our sponsors have pitched in tons of dough, and it’s all going to the builders: $10,000 to the Champ and a grand to each of the runners up. This heavy purse, and the fact that the bikes get ridden to the bar are going to up the ante this year and the bikes are already off the hook as builders try to outdo each other.
Your job in this democratic process is to select the Final 6 builders who will compete at Cook’s for the title of 2020 Biltwell People’s Champ. Voting opens this Friday. You will be able to scroll through each of the builder’s latest descriptions and a single photo, plus you can dive deep into their Instagram feeds to determine your favorites. We will announce the Final 6-Pack of finalists sometime Monday the 20th on Instagram and Facebook: @biltwell_peoples_champ and @biltwell
Instagram Feeds for the 13 Semi-Finalists:
James Alcorn (Fish)  @alleywaykustoms
Ty Branum  @Tyballs1
Landon Bateman  @batescycles
Steven Bate  @dixiana_co
Ryan Burdick (Burd) @carnivalburd
Kenny Diehl @K_diehl
Jacob Hamilton  @dirtytacolove
Luke Heafner  @_luke_the_drifter_
Steve Glennon (Part Time) @parttimersteve
Kento Oketani (Fury)  @fury36
Joe Rodriguez  @swabbie_joe
Travis Stuckey  @travisstuckey
Ge Targino  @targinokustoms
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Royal Enfield Bullet 500, Thunderbird 500 discontinued in India

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by Pradeep Shah from https://www.financialexpress.com/
by Benjamin Gracias from https://www.zigwheels.com/
by Sabrina Giacomini from https://www.rideapart.com

Majority of the sales for Royal Enfield comes from the 350 range of motorcycles and the 500cc bikes have been consistently seeing low sales figures. Even the 650 twins have been doing a decent job for the brand right since their launch in November 2018.

Royal Enfield has discontinued the Bullet 500 and Thunderbird 500 models from the Indian market. The Chennai-based manufacturer has removed the Bullet 500, Thunderbird 500 and the Thunderbird 500X from the booking section of its official website for India, hinting towards the demise of these bikes. However, in case you have been planning to buy the aforementioned motorcycles, worry not as you can still do that. How? Well, selected dealers still have the stocks left and the couple of dealers we spoke to in Delhi-NCR say they have the stocks of the said models for another few weeks. Now, coming to the reason as to why Royal Enfield has discontinued these motorcycles from India!

Well, the majority of the sales for the company come from the 350 range of motorcycles and the 500cc bikes have been consistently seeing low sales figures. Even the 650 twins have been doing a decent job for the brand right since their launch in November 2018. That said, continuing with the 500cc models would be a tough task for the company. Also, keeping in mind the upcoming BS6 transition and the investment it would require, retiring the said bikes must have been the right step by Royal Enfield.

In other news, Royal Enfield has recently launched the new BS6 Classic 350 in India at a price of Rs 1.65 lakh (ex-showroom). The new model gets significant visual updates along with an updated BS6 compliant engine. Bookings for the bike have already begun at the company’s dealerships across India. Royal Enfield is now prepping up for the launch of the new BS6 Himalayan in the country. The company has already teased the motorcycle through a video a few days back.

  • Most Royal Enfield dealers across India have stopped accepting bookings for the Bullet 500 and Thunderbird 500.
  • Royal Enfield hasn’t updated its 500cc models to comply with BS6 norms yet.
  • The 500cc RE motorcycles could be discontinued to focus on the 350cc and 650cc range.

It appears that Royal Enfield is looking to pull the plug on its 500cc range. The first casualties of this decision could be the Classic 500, Thunderbird 500 and Bullet 500. Royal Enfield dealerships across India have stopped accepting bookings for these motorcycles. They have no information on when the BS6 iterations of the Classic 500, Thunderbird 500 and Bullet 500 might be launched. This leads us to believe that the two motorcycles could be discontinued before the BS6 emission norms take effect in April.

Royal Enfield has updated its Classic 350 to meet the new norms and the BS6 Himalayan will be launched soon. In addition, the company is working on an all-new Classic which could have a larger engine, possibly a 400cc unit. It is expected to be more powerful than the current 350cc motorcycle and is likely to match up to the performance of the 500cc motor that makes 27.5PS and 41.3Nm.

There is reason to believe that Royal Enfield is also working on a more affordable 650cc motorcycle called the Meteor, making it difficult for the company to justify the positioning of its 500cc models. On top of this, sales of these motorcycles have been pretty low for a while. Even more so after the launch of the Interceptor 650 whose pricing is just Rs 49,000 more than that of the Thunderbird 500.

When you factor in all of this, we believe that instead of spending time and money to update its 500cc motor to comply with BS6 norms, it would make more sense for Royal Enfield to simply phase out its 500cc motorcycles. Do you think Royal Enfield will discontinue the 500cc range? Let us know in the comments section below.

Royal Enfield Officially Discontinues Bullet And Thunderbird 500

In November 2019, a rumor that Royal Enfield would discontinue its 500 models surfaced. If you’re a fan of the Bullet or the Classic 500, you might want to stock up sooner rather than later. We now learn that the rumor was true and several Indian sources confirm that the 500s are being pulled for 2020.

According to the local media, without any bells and whistles, Royal Enfield removed the Bullet, Thunderbird, and Thunderbird X 500 from its Indian online listings with the Classic 500 expected to follow. The 500 segment was apparently a slow one for Royal Enfield, stuck between its two, more popular siblings. In fact, the 350s have been driving the brand’s local sales while the Continental GT and Interceptor 650 have been leading sales abroad since their introduction in 2018.

The problem with the 500 models is that they had the same look as the 350s—minus the reduced price and taxes of the smaller displacement—and they didn’t quite stack up to the 650 Twins quality-wise. Besides, the 350s are getting thoroughly updated for 2020 with more features and “more refined performance”, making the aging 500s obsolete. Talk about a winning formula.

According to DriveSpark, the company felt that, at this point, it wasn’t worth updating the middleweight engine to make it compliant with the new Indian emission standards. The manufacturer will focus on the 350 and the 650 Twins moving forward.

A dealer commented that the discontinued models will remain available until March 31 or until all the units are sold—whichever term comes first. As for the popular Himalayan with its 400 engine, it was updated for 2020 which means it is likely safe from elimination, at least for now.

The dramatic measures are expected to impact the markets worldwide, which means that Royal Enfield’s U.S. lineup could be narrowed down to only three models.

Motorcycle fuel tank device to check petrol quality in real time

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by Abhinand Venugopal from https://www.rushlane.com

Soham Mohanty has created a device that can tell if the petrol being filled in your vehicle’s fuel tank is adulterated or not.

One could argue that Lexus sells some of the best-looking luxury vehicles in the global automotive market. The Japanese automaker, under the wings of Toyota, not only believes in good automotive aesthetics and design, but is also determined in finding out the right talent in this field.

As part of this, the brand’s Indian division recently concluded Lexus Design Award India (LDAI) 2020 and selected the creative design project by Soham Mohanty in the ‘Conceptual Category – Student’ stream, to be showcased at the prestigious Milan Design Week scheduled for April 2020.

Soham’s project, dubbed as Accufill, aims to bring absolute peace of mind to motorcycle riders in the world of rising fuel thefts at fraudulent petrol stations. Accufill is a piece of sensor-based equipment that employs ultrasonics to determine fuel density and quality, while also ensuring that the user gets the right amount of fuel for the price he/she pays. As we know, fuel isn’t cheap at all and prices are only seeing a climb.

In Soham Mohanty’s words, Accufill helps bring transparency between riders and the staff at various petrol stations. Basically, it is a user-friendly device to check petrol quality. By ensuring only the right content goes into the fuel tank, Accufill indirectly aids in improving engine life and reliability of related components such as the fuel-injection (FI) system.

To make a better understanding as to why a device such as Accufill is an important need, millions of litres of fuel are adultered each year; petrol with naphtha and diesel with kerosene. This information was shared by none other than the Indian Ministry of Transport.

According to SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers), around 20 million two-wheelers (and counting) are sold in the country every year. For the same reason, if at least half of the new products are equipped with Accufill, there will be a significant drop in fuel-station-oriented frauds. To completely eradicate this in due course, all two-wheelers should come equipped with Accufill or a similar device, right from the factory or dealership. An advanced form of the device could be developed for four-wheelers and larger commercial vehicles as well.

Accufill is not the only design project/idea that will make its way to the Lexus Design Event at the venue of the Milan Design Week. Binayak Mondal’s ‘Able’ — an engineering solution that helps a person who cannot walk, easily transfer his/her body from bed to a wheelchair (in sitting position), without any external aid — also won LDAI 2020 in the Conceptual Work – Open Category stream.

The Lexus Design Award India 2020 panel awarded 12 design entries on social impact. A total of 885 entries were made from across the stretches of India.

Pink and Carey Hart went on motorcycle ride for 14th anniversary

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from http://www.contactmusic.net/

Pink and Carey Hart celebrated 14 years of marriage with a motorcycle ride in Ojai, California.

Pink and Carey Hart marked their 14th anniversary with a motorcycle ride.

The loved up couple – who married on January 7, 2006 – wanted a low-key celebration to mark the occasion, and they decided to hit the road in California earlier this month to enjoy a trip together.

She told ‘Entertainment Tonight’: We went on a motorcycle ride. We went to Ojai and stayed in an Airstream and it was really fun.”

The pair – who share daughter Willow, eight, and son Jameson, three, together – are grateful for each other and the family they’re raising.

Pink added: ”I mean, it’s fun to have a family and to be able to say, ‘Do you remember?’ or I’ll say something like, ‘I can’t believe my dad said that.’

”And Carey will be like, ‘He said that 10 years ago.’ And I’m like, ‘He did?’ So, it’s good that he reminds me of what happens in my life.”

The two lovebirds both shared romantic posts on Instagram last week to mark their anniversary, with Pink admitting their relationship ”isn’t perfect” but still showering her man with praise.

She wrote: ”We’ve been at this thing a long time, babe. It isn’t perfect, but I’m grateful it’s ours.

”I love our family. Thank you for walking in front of me, beside me, and right behind me at times.”

And Carey described his wife as his ”best friend”, while admitting she doesn’t like it when he says that.

He said: ”14 years married to this amazing woman. I’m so proud of the life that we have built together.

”Both of us came from broken homes, yet we made the choice to work hard at our relationship. And look at us now!

”Two misfits when we met, we have grown together and now have an amazing family. Thank you for being my best friend (I know you don’t like that), and amazing mother to our wild kids. I love you so much.”