This is a helluva news.
We have a handful of adventures perched on our desk just waiting for the go-ahead. I’m so goddamn excited I don’t know which way to turn.
Here's our latest project. The guy down the street gave us one. Kyle is rebuilding it. I ordered a charger.
Let’s just hit the news, and we’ll see if I don’t boil over at the end. I just want everyone to have a terrific time this year, build something amazing, have a few adventures and ride free. Am I asking too much?
This is the Easyriders layout of the Big Bear Redemption in the issue about to hit the stands. Just a sneak peek.
NZ COPS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE LAW--
At least 67 New Zealand police staff have been arrested in the past three years while serving on the force. Some of the charges include dealing LSD, assault, drink-driving and theft. The NZ Police Association say even one arrest was too many.
In the year to August, 10 police staff - sworn and non-sworn - had been arrested on charges including assault with a blunt instrument, theft of property under $500, theft of a motor vehicle and drink driving.
The districts which led the criminal behaviour were Canterbury and Waitemata, according to police figures released to the Herald under the Official Information Act.
In 2011, 28 police employees were arrested on charges including impersonating police, assault with intent to injure, unlawful sexual connection to a female and obstructing the course of justice.
Then, the districts with the greatest number of police arrested were Counties Manukau and Wellington with seven in each.
Police Association president Greg O'Connor said the figures clearly showed that police don't look after their own - in fact they do the opposite.
"If there were no police officers being arrested and charged ever, I think the public would have rightfully more concern that there was covering up.
"No one who has had anything to do with police - particularly lawyers who look after police officers - would ever say anything other than they're absolutely and utterly thorough."
Mr O'Connor said many of the cases highlighted by the figures would have been found not guilty by the courts because, had they been a civilian, they probably would not have been charged. And he wanted to reiterate that not all of those arrested were police employees but were police staff.
"But even one is too many," Mr O'Connor said.
The national manager of professional standards, Detective Superintendent Sue Schwalger said police took a zero-tolerance approach to criminal behaviour in their ranks.
NEW MOTORCYCLE SHOW COMING TO THE TUBE--
Dale Walksler has a new show coming out soon on the Discovery Channel based around his "Wheels Through Time" museum, restorations, antique bike runs. It is tentatively to be called "Whats In The Barn."
They have already filmed a number of episodes so it shouldn't be long before we are in for a real treat.
You might do a blog or small story using photos of your visit
METALSPORT WHEELS MEETS LYNDALL COMPOSITE BRAKES—
Bikernet had lunch with Ron Loynds, the boss of Metalsport Wheels and Paul Kittrell, the boss of Lyndall Brakes. They are excited to be working together to bring you a complete line of state-of-the-art composite rotors attached to billet centers using a new easy to switch out mounting system. Here are a handful of benefits:
1. They will offer up to 16-inch rotors.
2. They will make any center design requested for companies around the industry, (not one-offs).
3. They will sell rotors with blank centers so you can machine your own design into the center.
This wheel is headed to the V-Twin Expo. It's a monster 14-inches wide, and coated with a special almost copper-chrome powder.
They are now building 16-inch rotors since bigger diameter wheels are harder to stop. Each MetalSport or Lyndall rotor will come with a lifetime guarantee. Guaranteed to create zero dust, zero noise, 30 percent increase in stopping power, and 100 percent customer satisfaction. If you use Lyndall pads, they are guaranteed to last a minimum of 18,000 miles.
Metal sport has a deal rolling on complete wheel sets, with tires mounted. Give Russell a call.
These rotors are 65 percent lighter over any two-piece rotor, and 75 percent lighter than solid stainless rotors. The heat dissipation level is five times that of steal. These puppies are amazing and will be on display at the V-twin Expo show in Cincy first week of February.
ULTIMATE BUILDER HEADED TOWARD INDY--
The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show just wrapped up in Minneapolis with an outstanding selection of custom sleds. We are expecting to see a number of these bad boys in Indianapolis at the US Nats where the money doubles.
We designed the show so that you can hand out literature and business cards.
In addition, we are offering:
• $7,000 in prize money
• Up to $750 in prizes
• Social media promotion
• Use of the UB logo for marketing purposes
• FREE photo studio shoot
• Possible feature article with one of our media partners
If you would like to meet new prospects and promote your bike and business, then get the details at BIKER PROS.
Our partners are posting results of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show online, in blogs, Facebook and Twitter. Partners include:
• J&P Cycles
• S&S Cycles
• Avon Tires
• Smoke Out Rally
• Biker Pros
• Cycle Source
• IronWorks Magazine
NEW ART FROM DAVID UHL--
Hello from a cold Colorado, 20 below at my house last night......
Amazing it's been 3 years already since my last edition to this series. Alas here it is "Georgia Peach" a Beautiful P47 Thunderbolt and a couple of other distractions.
NEW EXTREME BILLET AIR CLEANERS ENHANCE STYLE AND PERFORMANCE-- Screamin’ Eagle Kits in Two Cover Styles for Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike Models
MILWAUKEE (January 15, 2013) The new race-inspired Screamin' Eagle Extreme Billet Air Cleaner Kits ($349.95) from Harley-Davidson® Genuine Motor Accessories are engineered to increase engine air flow on Harley-Davidson Touring and Trike models. The forged billet aluminum cover and a perforated screen fit over a washable, pleated element that provides the ideal combination of efficiency and engine protection. A cast back plate with integral breather creates a smooth transition to the throttle body, further improving air flow.
Screamin' Eagle Extreme Billet Air Cleaner Kits are offered in two cover designs; Chisel (P/N 29400104 Chrome, P/N 29400103 Cut Back Black) and Agitator (P/N 29400064 Chrome, P/N 29400063 Cut Back Black). Each complements Harley-Davidson custom wheels and other accessories. These kits fit 2008-later Touring and Trike models with the Original Equipment 50mm throttle body and include all mounting hardware. Installation requires ECM recalibration (priced separately).
For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's Web site at www.harley-davidson.com
STURGIS MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME TO RECEIVE AWARD--
The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame will be a recipient of the coveted 2013 Silver Spoke Award presented by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM). The Award is in the “Special Recognition” category and honors the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame for its work in improving the image of motorcycling. The award will be presented at NCOM’s annual convention in Reno, Nevada in May.
“We are extremely honored to be receiving this recognition from NCOM,” said Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame. “We will join a number of exceptional individuals who have received this award in the past.” This is the first time in its history that NCOM has awarded the Silver Spoke for Special Recognition to an organization rather than an individual. Previous winners of the award include a number of notable ABATE members from various states, a long-time NCOM Board member, the AIM Chief of Staff, an author and a publisher.
The National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM) is solely sponsored by the Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) nationwide legal services program and serves as an umbrella organization for more than 2,000 NCOM Member clubs, organizations and associations worldwide, representing well over a quarter of a million politically active motorcyclists.
The goal and purpose of NCOM is to assist all motorcycle organizations and individual riders with legal, legislative and other motorcycling issues. The Coalition provides numerous FREE services including legislative assistance, nationwide information network, public awareness programs, safety projects, loan program, biker anti-discrimination legal and legislative assistance, etc.
The mission of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of motorcycling, honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, and pay tribute to the heritage of the Sturgis Rally. Established in 2001, the museum is home to an ever-growing variety of motorcycles dating back to 1907. On display are a huge selection of American and metric bikes that are on loan from private individuals, along with a wide variety of exhibits, photographs, memorabilia and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally history. Museum memberships are available on the museum’s website at www.sturgismuseum.com
For more information, contact Christine Paige Diers, Executive Director, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame at 605-347-2001.
NEWS FLASH, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
The Classic Siksika Panhand Chop
Just came across this while surfing the net... The bike is AWSOME !! Was just curious, How did the name "SIKSIKA" come about ??
Siksika, Alberta, AB, Canada
Did you read the article, or ask Caleb, the owner of Crow’s Customs in Santa Monica, California.--Wrench
SPECIAL BIKERNET THURSDAY NEWS THANKS--
For putting on an excellent presentation Saturday in Marshfield WI about the history of ABATE of WI. Client Dave, Million Mile Man, Zien and Tony’s wife Vicki also gave excellent talks. The exhibits were also excellent!
Attorney Michael F. Hupy Hupy and Abraham, S.C. 111 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1100 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Main: (414) 223-4800 Fax: (414) 271-3374
BIKERNET UNIVERSITY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT LESSON OF THE DAY—Always search for the vertex in everything you do.
vertex \VUR-teks\, noun:
1. The highest point of something; apex; summit; top: the vertex of a mountain. 2. Anatomy, Zoology. The crown or top of the head. 3. Craniometry. The highest point on the midsagittal plane of the skull or head viewed from the left side when the skull or head is in the Frankfurt horizontal. 4. Astronomy. A point in the celestial sphere toward which or from which the common motion of a group of stars is directed. 5. Geometry. A. The point farthest from the base: the vertex of a cone or of a pyramid. B. A point in a geometrical solid common to three or more sides. C. The intersection of two sides of a plane figure.
When the six-pointed star was laid perfectly over the Great Seal of the United States, the star's top vertex fit perfectly over the Masonic all-seeing eye…
-- Dan Brown, The Lost Symbol
Some way off from its near vertex (which happened to be between terrible Dino and Pemphredo the stinger), I hid behind a shrub of briar to reconnoiter…
-- John Barth, Chimera
Vertex stems from the Latin word of the same spelling which meant "a whirl" or "top (of the head)." It comes from the same stem as the word vortex, vert meaning "to turn." The sense of "the highest point" arose in the 1640s.
BIKE TRANSPORT AVAILABLE WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI—B&T Transport will take good care of your Boat, Camper, Motorcycle, whatever. We recently met the couple who run this business, good hardworking people. 217-721-6205 or
QUICK AND SNEAKY JOKE OF THE DAY--
I met a fairy who said she would grant me one wish. Immediately I said, "I want to live forever."
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life."
"OK," I said, "Then, I want to die after Congress gets its head out of its ass!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.
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THE BIKERNET BLADE CONTROVERSY—
I’ve had a very cool hand made sword in my collection for years as a loaner. The craftsman recently asked if I would care to buy it. He asked if I would make him an offer. I called to the mountain to ask my Sensei for advice.
If I saw it at a gun show I doubt I would pay $10 for it. So back to my original thought - no more than $50
Why you may ask? Because there a ton of cool blades out there for that price.
So the only value to you is sentimental -- therefore, depends on how generous you are feeling...
The other question is if your grandfather ever gave you a red bicycle, or whether you ever saw your parents having sex, in which case you will need a therapist to truly explore the attachment you may have, or not have, with said sword.
You'll see the knife maker's response below.--Bandit
THIS JUST IN FROM THE GUN NUT DEPARTMENT--
New Commemorative Pistol
Ruger is coming out with a new pistol in honor of the United States Senate
And House of Representatives.
It will be named the "Congressman."
It doesn't work and you can't fire it.
--from Kelly D.
AHDRA Official Announcement--
I don’t really know where to start. This is one of the toughest things I have ever had to do. I guess the best thing to do is just get it out of the way.
The 2013 AHDRA Championship Points Series is cancelled. I am sorry for holding everyone up, but there was potential to work this out, and I wanted to give it my best shot. Unfortunately, it did not materialize.
With our declining sponsorship support, most likely driven by our declining racer and spectator attendance, most likely driven by our crappy economy, we are unable to plan a budget that has a positive bottom line.
This would be the 5th year of negative cash flow for AHDRA and she just can’t stand it financially. Although they were committed to remaining as a presenting AHDRA sponsor for 2013, Harley-Davidson is moving most of its sponsorship spending to the NHRA’s Sportsman series.
Last week’s news from the folks at Rush Racing Products, that they would not be continuing their sponsorship at AHDRA, was the final blow. These were our two largest sponsors and contributed the lion’s share of sponsor revenue for AHDRA.
I want to thank Hawaya Racing, Vreeland’s H-D, Irene Fish, Frank Capone, RC Components, Gainesville H-D and all the others that have committed their support for 2013. However, without the level of support from Harley-Davidson and Rush, we can’t make the numbers work.
I also want to thank Harley-Davidson and Rush Racing Products for their many years of support. Business is business and though I wish it were different, they made their decisions based on what’s best for their future. I have enjoyed working with Kris Schoonover at H-D and Terry Daniel and Lou Pringle at Rush. These were hard decisions for them to make, and I respect their need to make them.
I also want to thank all of the AHDRA members and competitors. You are one great group of people. I have lived and breathed Harley Drag Racing for the past 14 years, and have met some of the finest people I have ever known. You inspired me and kept me going through the good times and the rough times.
Please know that more than anything; you are what I will miss. On the bright side, there’s a bunch of places to race this year. AMRA looks like they have a good schedule. And with the Manufacturer’s Cup Series and NHRA offering several new venues, there should be ample opportunities to race. Maybe there’s even an enterprising entrepreneur out there that would like to take up the reins of AHDRA and run with it! I am open to any and all possibilities……
AHDRA memberships that were mailed in will be returned and if you signed up online with a credit card your card has not been charged. An official press release with more particulars will be published next week.
THIS JUST IN FROM THE BIKERNET READER COMMENT FILES--
VON DUTCH'S XAVW MOTORCYCLE
Great article..........and to think this bike was lost forever!! What a find........
BIKERNET MEDICAL CENTER HEALTH ALERT FROM THE HAMSTERS--Message from Mike Cagle:
This message is for all my fellow Hamsters, motorcyclists and their families, especially those of you too tough, or just not concerned enough to get your Flu shot. My oldest son Dillon was career Navy with a specialty of Embassy Security. He was the absolute picture of health at 38 years old.
He died on Saturday in Durango, CO of complications from the Flu. The Flu does not discriminate! He left behind a loving wife, two little babies and a family with holes in their hearts. Don't let this happen to you. Get your Flu shot.
AND NOW THE GOOD HAMSTER NEWS--
Our very own Astronaut - yes, we have one! Curt Brown, is being inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in April! This is pretty cool Curt! Congratulations. Not everyday we can say ... yep, I have a friend, who's an astronaut! ;-) Enjoy your big day!
Three to join Astronaut Hall of Fame - Technology & science - Space - Space.com | NBC News
35 STATES SO FAR....IT'S GROWING--
Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon them. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.
For too long we have been too complacent about the workings of Congress. Many citizens had no idea that members of Congress could retire with the same pay after only one term, that they specifically exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws.
The latest is to exempt themselves from the Healthcare Reform that passed ... in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical. We do not have an elite that is above the law. I truly don't care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent or whatever . The self-serving must stop.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: "Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States ..."
MARTIN LUTHER KING PEACE RIDE MONDAY--
Martin Luther King Bring Peace to the Streets of LA
Begin at Clovis and El Segundo
Los Angeles, CA 90059
and travels as follows:
START @ Clovis & El Segundo
L- El Segundo Blvd (east)
R- WilmingtonAve (south)
R- Rosecrans Blvd (east)
**Ride thru Fruit Town
*Continue east on Rosecrans to Bullis (right) into Lueders park
Left out of Lueders park
L- Bullis Rd
R- Compton Blvd
L- Long Beach Blvd
R- Alondra Blvd
R- Center Ave to Walter Tucker Park or Wilmington Arms
R- Wilmington Ave
L- Compton Blvd
R- Stanford into Campanella Park
L- Stanford Ave
R- Rosecrans Blvd
R- Central Ave to 159th St into Tragniew Park (by Tennis Court)
at the end there will be a fair with food available and rides for kids, and a small concert.
I am producing and directing the small concert.
Bring as many bikers as you can and I hope to see you all there!
Orphans in the Stormwww.Orphansinthestorm.com