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New Safety Organization, BIKER LIVES MATTER, Formed in Florida

John “Rogue” Herlihy is the President who has spent many years working at EASYRIDERS and was a founding member of ABATE while working with other motorcycle advocacy groups to fight for the rights of riders. He was inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame as a Freedom Fighter in 2005!

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STURGIS 2019 Downtown
Downtown Action through Photos
By Rogue

While I am working on my articles for 2019 Sturgis, I thought I would share some photos from downtown just to give ya an idea of what was happening. Like we use to do in The In The Wind pages back in the day created by Kim Peterson.

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Movie Review: Sgt. Will Gardner

A 2019 movie featuring an amazing motorcycle trip by a War Veteran
Ujjwal Dey

This is a very different movie that just happens to have a motorcycle trip.

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The Road User Charge by Any Other Name: NMA E-Newsletter #555

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We recently completed a series of newsletters (Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) about the renewed calls for levying a set of surcharges–or thinly disguised taxes–on motorists to help rescue the Federal Highway Trust Fund. National calls are picking up in momentum for the implementation of a system of travel fees layered on top of the existing fuel tax that vehicle operators currently pay at the gas pumps.

This is by no means a new phenomenon. The NMA has been writing and testifying in opposition to additional driving taxes for more than a decade. Perhaps the opinion piece that best encapsulates the NMA position on the fuel tax and other schemes to raise money to pay for improvements to the nation’s transportation infrastructure was written a little over four years ago by Gary Biller for The Ripon Forum, the magazine of The Ripon Society.

The February 2015 issue of the magazine included a point-counterpoint set of op-eds about using mileage-based user fees to bail out the Highway Trust Fund. The NMA was asked to express the opposition opinion to instituting another set of charges on the motoring public. That editorial, republished with the kind permission of The Ripon Society, follows. It is as pertinent now as it was a few years ago.

The Mileage-Based User Fee: At what cost?
By Gary Biller, NMA President

Rarely is a problem best solved by adding layers of complexity to an existing process, particularly a budgetary process. Such is the proposal to supplement or replace the fuel tax with a mileage-based user fee to pull the Federal Highway Trust Fund back from the teetering edge of insolvency.

The real problem with the Trust Fund is how the money is being spent, more so than with how it is being collected from road users. While the nation’s roads and bridges decline further into disrepair, those who constitute the Washington, D.C. political establishment continue to fiddle.

In the 2007 report, “Paying at the Pump: Gasoline Taxes in America,” Jonathan Williams (then of the Tax Foundation) wrote, “. . . current federal highway legislation authorized over 6,000 earmarks from the Highway Trust Fund. Some of these went to legitimate transportation programs, but others were earmarked for items such as the infamous ‘Bridge to Nowhere.’ Today, gasoline tax revenue is spent on everything from public education and museums to graffiti removal and parking garages.”

At about the same time, the Transportation Review Board noted in its “Special Report 285” that, two years earlier, the federal government collected $107 billion in highway user fees, with the majority being generated from gas tax revenue. The TRB reported that only $85 billion of that total was devoted to highway spending.

The Trust Fund allocation process is little better today. Any discussion about the effectiveness of the fuel tax vs. a mileage-based user fee needs to start there, because any revenue collection method will be saddled with the same systemic problem. If only our legislators had the political will and self-discipline to limit the incessant earmarking of transportation funds for non-highway projects.

That being said, the fuel tax is the simplest, most equitable method of charging motorists for the maintenance of our highway infrastructure. Heavier, less fuel-efficient vehicles contribute more to road wear and tear than do smaller passenger vehicles and motorcycles, but by virtue of higher fuel consumption their owners also pay more toward the Trust Fund.

A mileage-based user fee requires tracking of actual vehicle miles traveled. Recording the mileage is an added data collection step, either through periodic odometer inspections or by a much more intrusive GPS-based tracking system that monitors the whereabouts of each vehicle at all times. The GPS method opens the door for creative traffic management schemes such as charging drivers more per mile when they are navigating through congested traffic zones. Urban planning by way of social engineering. No thank you.

The loss of motorist privacy by GPS tracking would come with another hefty cost. Paying an estimated $50 to $100 to install the necessary hardware per vehicle for the 250 million registered cars and trucks on U.S. roads translates to a vehicle owner and taxpayer-absorbed cost of nearly $12.5 billion.

Whether the mileage-based fee is determined by reading odometers or through uploaded tracking information, it does not apportion cost based on the road maintenance caused by specific vehicles that is a hallmark of the fuel tax. Instead, the tax per vehicle mile would ostensibly be the same for an 18-wheel tractor-trailer as it would for a motorcycle; all this at the cost of introducing a new revenue collection system (and requisite overhead) to monitor and collect road user fees based on the distance vs. time profile of each vehicle.

Critics of the fuel tax point to electric cars and gas/electric hybrids as not consuming enough fuel to contribute their fair share to the Trust Fund. Through late 2014, 3.8 million plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles have been sold in the U.S. since introduction. That constitutes only 1.5 percent of the nation’s motorized traffic today. These vehicles are not part of the Trust Fund’s solvency issues and likely won’t be for several more years. If need be, owners of electric vehicles can be charged an assessment based on average miles traveled to make their contribution to the Trust Fund more equitable.

Index the federal fuel tax to inflation if you must. (The last adjustment to the per-gallon tax was over 20 years ago.) But do not take the existing and inherently fair method of charging drivers for highway use by vehicle fuel consumption and complicate it with a mileage-based user fee that adds new levels of cost, bureaucracy, and privacy concerns.

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Billy Joel shows off motorcycle collection in next week’s episode of ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’

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When he’s not packing baseball stadiums across the U.S. or selling out New York’s Madison Square Garden, Billy Joel enjoys collecting classic motorcycles. You can get a peek at his collection without even having to travel to Long Island if you just tune into next week’s episode of the CNBC series Jay Leno’s Garage.

In the September 4 episode, Jay travels to Oyster Bay, New York to visit Billy at his garage and showroom, 20th Century Cycles, where the Piano Man has collected over 100 cult classic bikes.

“I wanted to have a place where bikers could come and be a community and look at each other’s stuff,” Billy explains. He shows off a $45,000 Ducati bike, some Kawasakis, and his collection of bikes by Moto Guzzi, which Billy calls “the Italian Harley.”

Then, the two go for a ride in Billy’s 1962 Jaguar Mark II to the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s impressive mansion, as he reminisces about the first thing he bought when he started making money — a grand piano — and the first car he bought with his newfound wealth: an Audi Fox.

The episode, called “Cult Classics,” also features a look at the car Charlie Sheen drove in the cult movie The Wraith. It airs September 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

–ABC News Radio

Rwandans Move to Eliminate Gas-powered Motorcycles

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Just like many other countries in Africa where the motorcycle taxi markets are flourishing, Rwandans also rely on motorcycle taxis as a mode of transport, it is estimated that 20 to 30 thousand taxis operate in Kigali.

 

However, in a new move, the Rwandan Government is planning to eliminate motorcycles in the taxi industry as it fronts the use of electric-motorcycle taxis.

The Paul-Kagame led government is planning to issue national policy-guidelines to eliminate gas motorcycles.

The Director-General for the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority Patrick Nyirishema said that “the policy is prepared and it’s yet to be passed…and is going through the approval process.

The elimination of gas motorcycle is part of a wider plan to move Rwanda’s entire mobility space to electric, it will start with public transit operators, such as moto-taxis, and move to buses and automobiles.

Nyirishema said, ““Once the policy is out, we’ll no longer permit any motorcycle that is not electric to be added to a fleet, we will find a way to replace the ones you have now. We urge taxi-moto operators to help us when the phase-out process comes,”

He said that the country’s regulators will need to create an appropriate transition period and program for taxi operators to move to e-motos.

In late 2018, Germany-based electric vehicle manufacturing company, Ampersand began trialing electric motorcycle taxis (e-motos) with tests on four different e-moto models, specifically for motorcycle taxi drivers.

E-motos are calculated to generate a 75 percent net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to petrol bikes. In a year, the emotos are projected to generate fuel savings of USD 900 per bike.

The Ampersand’s machine is able to cover a distance of up to 65 km per charge cycle and can be thought ideal for covering distances that are equivalent to the Boda-Boda trip in a faster and environmental-friendly way.

–The Face of Malawi

The Way Bikernet Weekly News for August 29, 2019

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Thoughtful News about the Way, Travel and Strapping down Your Motorcycle

By Bandit, Bob T., Bill Bish, Rogue, Laura, Barry Green, Sam Burns, the Redhead, and the rest of the crew

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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Annual Raffle – Only 3 days left

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August is Almost Over

Only 3 more days and August will be over, which means this month’s EXCLUSIVE package will be gone! The August Special includes the limited ’36 Knucklehead Print and our WTT Duffel Bag along with your raffle shirt for “The ’36 Exclusive” raffle package or higher. The limited ’36 Knucklehead print comes with the “Great Deal” package or higher.

Raffle Day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to miss out!

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Our Annual Raffle

Every year we hold an Annual Raffle to help sustain the cost of operating the museum, and help us further American history! Our mission is to preserve and share the culture, history, and artifacts of early American motorcycle history. Currently, the museum houses over 300 machines, a handful of cars, countless pieces of memorabilia, and over 15 timeless exhibits.

See What’s Going On At JIMS!

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Here at JIMS, we’ve always got new parts and tools in the works. We are always doing our best to provide you with the highest quality and newest products!

Live Fast Rally 2!
Make sure you ride down to The Maverick Saloon in Santa Ynez, CA this Sunday on September 1st and check out the 2nd Annual Live Fast Rally! We’ll be there showing off our new stuff and having a good time! Don’t miss it!

Introducing The New JIMS® “On Bike” Valve Spring Compressor for Milwaukee-Eight®
At JIMS®, we are consistently working on something new, and today we are excited to show you our brand new “On Bike” Valve Spring Compressor for Milwaukee-Eight® models. With the help of compressed air and a 10mm cylinder leak down tool, you can easily remove and install the valve springs without removing the heads. Whether you’re changing out the springs with stiffer ones for a performance cam, or changing valve seals, this tool is a “must have” for any Harley technician.

The 2019 North American Drag NVP Was a Success!
JIMS flew out to Madison Wisconsin this past weekend to attend the 2019 Drag Specialties NVP Product Expo. This show was a blast and it was huge! This was the first North American NVP with Parts Canada and their dealers in attendance. We represented our product line and were happy to introduce some of our brand new tools such as the “On Bike” Valve Spring Compressor shown above. We had the honor to shake hands and have great conversations with many dealers from all over the U.S. and Canada.