Queen Ester is currently on the cover of the HORSE.
This day is strange, over-cast, drizzling, rainy day. It reminds me of a dismal day in junior high, when my teacher slipped me an equally depressing report card.
I was forced into another dreary predicament with my folks. I had to stand tall and deliver the card for their signature. I was perhaps going to get my ass kicked, then chained down with more severe restrictions.
Ah, but there was always a silver lining, like my girlfriend, or the thought that just around the corner I was going to buy my first motorcycle. In those days her beaming smile, the curve of a soft breast, and the freedom to ride anything made all the difference. And now I’m damn fortunate to be able to ride and write about anything two-wheels daily. What could be better?
New Primo/Rivera system for the '84 Shovel.
Speaking of writing. We are headed into a month of features and tech articles from Zippers, S&S, Crane, Rivera, and BDL. I’m also working on a story about the new Kendon Ride-UP trailer. You can also buy kits to modify your Kendon Trailer to accept the new Ride-Up system.
Have some mods ahead of me.
We’re heading rapidly for the new year, and I’m preparing the official Bikernet 2013 Goals document. We are attempting to slow down the bike building shop action and help Ray C. Wheeler recognize his dream for a handful of Bonneville records. He has built a magnificent Busa V-Twin, and you’ll see his report in the news. The bike is back in the shop, so you will see a multitude of reports as we roll toward the summer.
Of course another Bonneville dream brews and sizzles in the corner. We are having a meeting this weekend with a chassis builder. Okay, aside from these history making salt race builds we are in the book writing mode for 2013. I’m faced with the completion of the second Chance Hogan book, World Run, with initial chapters in Bandit’s Cantina. Then we roll onto the third book, “Freedom Run.” Then another project jumped out of a rain groove on the 10 freeway outside Barstow. Michael Lichter and I might just move into a museum for a month, write and photograph a coffee table book about the history of the facility, the history of the bikes, and, well, who knows, but you know it will be an amazing process, especially with the master’s photography.
Let’s hit the news:
BIKERNET MOVIE REVIEW: EXPENDABLES II--
I grew up on big budget, high production, action flicks like Rambo, Terminator and Die Hard. They were wildly popular and rolled out sequel after sequel to feed our hunger for action-adventure entertainment.
Sadly the innocence we had watching those films was lost one September morning in 2001. Since then action movies have taken a back seat and the stars that made them seemed to dim a little on the silver screen. I was excited when Sylvester Stallone and other action stars of past and present came together to make the first Expendable movie, enough for me to plop my money down in an actual movie theatre to watch it.
That movie showed that there still was an interest in the action shoot 'em-up movies, so I was equally excited to see Expendables 2 hit the silver screen. I eagerly watched as Sylvester Stallone and company charged into danger to right the wrongs and save the day (even though they needed to all be saved buy Chuck Norris a time or two).
While I could run down the movie and ruin what would be a great evening of watching I want to touch on why we are drawn to movies like the Expendables. Some would think that it is the mindless violence as rocket launches explode buildings and stunt men convulse with machine gun rounds before dramatically falling through a haphazard railing. The allure of these movies is the comradely of the heroes. They all come from different walks of life but fate brings them together into a brotherhood that many have never felt but readily recognized.
There is bond between them that cannot be broken. They have each other’s backs and when the chips are down will lay their lives on the line to protect one another, to revenge one another. They can spend hours travelling together never sharing a word and never feel alone. Histories and pasts are shared only when needed and not forced or pried for other’s entertainment. They can incessantly harass each other but there is genuine emotion behind it. In the Expendables each member relishes in giving Randy Couture's character, Toll Road, a hard time about his cauliflower ear, but beneath it was a strong sense of sympathy, understanding, and respect.
They are men who are comfortable and strong enough to reveal their true selves, that food isn't simple rations, basic nourishment but something that is to be enjoyed and savored by the character Hale Caesar. They are not ashamed to revel their weaknesses, so that the others can protect and defend them. They are a unit working with all of their strengths towards a common goal.
It is something that we are missing in our own day-to-day lives. We protect ourselves behind walls hoping no one will discover our insecurities, our shortcomings. We end up isolating ourselves instead of surround ourselves with a brotherhood of support and understanding. So rent, borrow or steal a copy of the Expendables and Expendable 2 and enjoy the fact you are not alone.
-bad Uncle Monkey
Clean Dean about to chase John off his property with a rubber mallet.
DAVID MANN CHOPPER FEST COMING TO VENTURA—
Don’t miss the David Mann Chopper Fest, December 9, 2012. Clean Dean editor of the now defunct Biker moved into Rip Rose's old slot and is now Easyriders' roving editor. Dean lives somewhere in between the Omaha and Council Bluff's line making his way up to a fishing camp on the Lil' Sioux river when the weathers clear.
We just heard Dean is going to be in town for Chopper Fest, and will be judging the largest nipples contest held out behind the David Mann Art Exhibit building. The winner if the photos come out might make it into In The Wind, or at the very least we'll pass the photos around the office... Just kidding, I made all that up. Except for Clean Dean and the rest of Easyriders staff including, "I'm not the Devil," Kit Maira.
That's me with Dean's cat. Dean has about 14 cats outback in a pen, I'm not sure what he's doing to them. These shots are of the '05 Road Glide I sold Dean next to Elvis, his Road King... ever noticed how Road King almost sounds like Rodney King? These shots were taken last Easter. After blasting around town at 90+ mph most of the day, we came up with the theory the local Police have Easter off, eh maybe not.
— Krylon John
New Easyriders issue is on the stands now.
BIKERNET HOLIDAY CHURCH NOTICES--
Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered..
The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
--from Sam Burns
BIKERNET UNIVERSITY VOCABULARY LESSON--
amygdaliform \uh-MIG-duh-luh-fawrm\, adjective:
Shaped like an almond.
She is naturally blonde, pale, with amygdaliform eyes and high cheekbones.
-- Gulnar Nazarkhan, The Secret World
The size and shape of the spores are quite distinctive (globose to subglobose, ovoid, elongate and often almond-shaped – amygdaliform) and with surface ornamentation which may be coarse or fine and individual ornamentation may be low or high and blunt and pointed.
-- Alec Wood, What Cortinarius Is That?
Amygdaliform derives from the Greek amygdale, "almond." -form is the common suffix denoting "in the shape of." A portion of the human brain is known as the amygdala, named for its resemblance to almonds.
BIKERNET MEDICAL CENTER HEALTH WARNING--
Pulmonary Hypertension or how to know if you have lung cancer.
Condition Care Guide
Lung cancer typically doesn't cause signs and symptoms in its earliest stages, with noticeable changes occurring most often when the disease is advanced. These may include:
1. A new cough that doesn't go away
2. Changes in a chronic cough
3. Coughing up blood, even a small amount
4. Shortness of breath
5. Chest pain
8. Losing weight without trying
9. Bone pain
10. Headache (persistent)
If you experience any of the symptoms above in a way that is out of the ordinary for you contact your doctor - the earlier you catch the disease, the quicker you can begin treatment.
SLIPPAGE PROBLEMS SOLVED: BDL’S NEW DIRECT FIT COMPETITOR CLUTCH CONVERSION--
No matter if you’ve pumped up your cubic inches or are just in need of a reliable clutch that can handle heavy loads without fade or hesitation, BDL’s new CC-130-BB COMPETITOR CLUTCH assembly has you covered. This all inclusive conversion has been developed specifically for a direct fit into your stock 1998-2012H-D clutch basket.
The straight forward conversion includes BDL’s “Patented” ball bearing pressure plate ensuring a smooth transition while the Kevlar discs provide 60% more surface area, virtually eliminating slippage.
Each COMPETITOR CLUTCH kit includes: Ball Bearing Lock Up Pressure Plate, diaphragm spring, clutch hub, spring retainer, shoulder bolts, adjustment screw assembly, 1 ea .120-inch steel plate, 6 ea .059 steel plates and 7 Kevlar fiber plates.
For higher horsepower applications BDL recommends fitment of their Carbide Ball Bearing kit, which includes 8 Carbide ball bearings to be spaced intermittently among the steel pressure plate ball bearings that come in the Competitor kit.
Suggested retail for the entire assembly part #CC-130BB is just $443.50 and the Carbide Ball Bearing pack part #CBB-8516 goes for $107.00.
This clutch conversion is a real problem solver for serious riders and is available from Belt Drives Limited dealers worldwide or go direct to BDL. Just click on their banner.
ZIPPERS’S PERFORMANCE LAUNCHES A NEW WEB SITE-
Zippers Performance received a long overdue overhaul. Fans of Zipper’s Performance Products and Harley-Davidson performance enthusiasts can now take advantage of Zipper’s 30+ years of performance excellence.
On the new site, you can browse many of the ground-breaking performance solutions from Zipper’s Performance including: Red Shift Performance Cams, Red Shift Cam Chain Tensioners, MaxFlow air filter kits, engine kits (like Zip Kits and Muscle Kits), and ThunderMax EFI System products.
ZIPPER’S PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS
Are you guys gay?
BIKERNET TAXI SERVICE--
A man walks out to the street and catches a BIKERNET taxi just going by.
He gets into the taxi, and the taxi-driver says, 'Perfect timing. You're just like Fred.'
Taxi-driver: ' Fred Feldman . He's a guy who did everything exactly right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Fred Feldman every single time.'
Passenger: 'There are always a few clouds over everybody.'
Taxi-driver: 'No sir - not Fred Feldman . He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the U.S. Open at tennis. He could play golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was truly an amazing fella.'
Passenger: 'Sounds like he was something really special.'
Taxi-driver: 'There's more ... He had a memory like a computer. He remembered everybody's birthday, anniversary or any other significant date. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I can't change a fuse but, if I try to, the whole street blacks out. But Fred Feldman , he could do everything right'
Passenger: 'Wow, some amazing man then.'
Taxi-driver: 'He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But that Fred, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too - He was absolutely the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one in their right mind could ever measure up to Fred Feldman.'
Passenger: 'An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?'
Taxi-driver: 'Well, I never actually met Fred, he passed away ... I married his wife..........
—from Jim Waggaman
CHUCK WOOLERY ON ASSALT WEAPAN BANS—
Just about the time you think you know an issue, another direction floats to the surface. Just another reason freedom needs to come first.
NEW BIKERNET READER COMMENT--
The Demise of Nick The Dick
Nick lives forever! Sherlock Holmes came back for more adventures. Batman came back for more adventures. They tried killing off Superman as well. Damn the world! Nick will survive.
2013 MOTORCYCLE DRAG RACE SCHEDULE--
REMEMBER as always, verify dates w sanctions BEFORE leaving for the event ;-)
March 1-3 NHRA Royal Purple Raceway, Houston, Tx
March 9, 10 AHDRA Florida Nitro Nationals Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville, Gainesville, FL
March 23-24 AMRA State Capitol Raceway, Baton Rouge, LA
April 12-13 NHRA Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, Va.
April 20, 21 AHDRA Carolina Spring Nitro Nationals Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
April 27-28 AMRA Beech Bend Raceway, NO TF or Nitro Funnybike, Bowling Green, KY
May 17-19 NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk Oh
June 8, 9 AHDRA Ohio Bike Week Natls Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park, Norwalk, OH
June 14-16 NHRA Bandimere Speedway, Denver, Co
June 21-22 NHRA Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill.
June 29-30 AMRA Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, KY
July 19-21 NHRA New England Dragway, Epping, N.H.
July 27-28 AMRA Kil-Kare Raceway, Xenia, OH
August 2, 3 AHDRA Thunder in the Valley Nationals Bristol Dragway, Bristol, TN
August 5-6-7 WMDRA STURGIS Drag Race
August 17-18- Truett & Osborn-Kansas City, Kn
Aug. 17-18 NHRA Pacific Raceways, Seattle, Wa
August 24, 25 AHDRA Northwest Nitro Nationals Woodburn Dragstrip, Woodburn, OR
Sept. 20-21 NHRA Bristol Dragway, Bristol, Tn
Sept. 28-29 AMRA Beech Bend Raceway, Bowling Green, KY
Oct. 12, 13 AHDRA Jim McClure Nitro Nationals Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
Oct. 31-Nov. 3 NHRA The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, Nv
please check NHRA and H-D websites for more info on Divisionals
Will update this closer to race time.
SPEAKING OF FREEDOM CHECK THIS FROM THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM FOUNDATION--
Our nation was founded on the principles of individual freedom, free markets, private property, and limited government. As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect, people have the natural and God-given rights to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. It is the duty of government to protect, not destroy or infringe upon, these inherent and inalienable rights.
For well over a century, the American people said “no” to such things as income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, public schooling, economic regulations, immigration controls, drug laws, gun control, paper money, the Federal Reserve, overseas empire, militarism, entangling alliances, and foreign wars. Despite the tragic exception of slavery, the result was the most prosperous, healthy, literate, and compassionate society in history.
In the 20th century, however, America moved in the opposite direction—in the direction of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism. The result has been massive infringements on our economic liberty, civil liberties, gun rights, and privacy, along with out-of-control federal spending, debt, and inflation, all of which have reduced our prosperity, damaged our families, and weakened our sense of morality, self-reliance, and voluntary charity.
The time has come for the American people to lead the world out of the statist morass in which it has plunged. The time has come to restore libertarian principles to our land. It is to that end that The Future of Freedom Foundation is dedicated.
POLARIS MOTORCYCLE MANUFACTURING CAPACITY COULD INCREASE BY FIVE TIMES--
Polaris Industries’ motorcycle capacity “will soon increase five times to 60,000-70,000 units annually,” according to a research note provided to Powersports Business this week by Wells Fargo Securities analyst Tim Conder.
The Wells Fargo Securities report, filed after a recent roadshow in which Polaris management met with investors, says that Victory “will grow via domestic/international sku and distribution expansion. Polaris will relaunch Indian late summer/early fall 2013 with what we believe will be 3-5 skus addressing a broader segment of the 1400cc+ market (i.e. $15-35K price point.)
Management believes Polaris’ combined (Victory/Indian) share can double to about 10 percent by the end of 2015 as the dealer base expands and additional skus are introduced.”
Conder also reported the following takeaways from the event:
• Incremental ORV Competition. Competitive product introductions remain within management’s expectations. 2013 market share gains likely to be driven by a strong R&D pipeline in SxS (sport, utility) and the first half of 2013 entry into the commercial segment (20% of the SxS market) via new co-developed Bobcat/Polaris joint venture product.
• North America Channel Inventory Growth. Year-over-year growth due to 1) increased fill rates/address shortages, 2) dealer growth (60 YTD in Victory), 3) new skus, 4) early (timing) snowmobile shipments. Absolute channel inventory levels will likely slightly rise, while velocity related initiatives should produce improved inventory turns over the next 12-18 months.
• International (excluding Canada). Europe is expected to be flat in 2013 with motorcycle growth offset by declines in ORV. Latin America is expected to be the leading growth driver over the next 2-3 years as distribution sale is achieved. A new European manufacturing plant could be announced by year-end 2012 that will offer additional cost savings and Return On Invested Capital similar to that seen in Mexico.