Happy Thanksgiving Goddammit,
This is an interesting news, filled with the drive to help others during this special day of the season.
Lots of folks in New York are hurting, and we need to help. You’ll see the reports from Carol.
Speaking of giving thanks. I want to thank all the artists and contributors who step up for Bikernet. Recently Dick Allens was knocked out by the feature on the Bonne Belle in the Cycle Source magazine, I believe the December issue. He drew the illustration here and as usual, captured the essence of that 1940 silver bullet. All of our Bonneville bikes will be featured at the IMS show in Long Beach during the first week of December.
I want to give thanks to all of our sponsors. We realize how small our market is in the big picture, and we make a point to help anyone in the industry, even competitors. We all need to make a living to survive in this crazed, heavily regulated economy. I would also like to give a hearty thanks to anyone supporting motorcycle rights. You don’t realize how knowledgeable and critical these folks are in the war to keep motorcycling free. It’s not all about helmet laws. It goes way beyond into safer roads, motorcycle training, awareness campaigns, EPA, noise and outright bans.
If you run across a guy wearing a vest scattered with patches from ABATE groups, the Modified Motorcycle Association, Motorcycle Riders Foundation, or any state group, thank them for their hard work and dedication.
METALSPORT WILL MOUNT YOUR TIRES AND SHIP YOUR WHEELS COMPLETE—
How’s that for a wheel and tire company?
The wait is finally over! MetalSport Inc. has teamed up with international tire giant and O.E. supplier, VEE Rubber to create the perfect WHITE WALL TIRE in most popular sizes for cruiser and touring bikes. 130/50/23, 130/70/18, 150/60/18, 180/50/18, 200/50/18, 200/55/17, MT90-16, MT90-16 Rear, 150/80/16, 200/60/16. In addition to these being the perfect sizes many of the most popular touring bikes on the road, these tires will have the load rating to handle even the heaviest of dressers. The tires are engineered to have superior handling characteristics, and will be available to dealers in the U.S. exclusively through Metalsport Inc.
26" Vee Rubber Tire SALE $165
“From here on out I'll only use MetalSport wheels for two simple reasons quality and service, but the main reason is they go the extra for the industry.”
-- Dana Hallberg
Nub from Nub Graphics, on Quincy Street, Staten Island, NY FEMA has yet to provide Port-o-Sans! It's been OVER two weeks now!
SANDY STRUCK HOMES ON THE EAST COAST--
Nub is a friend of mine... He volunteered here and gutted 5 homes, in addition to donating tons of necessary stuff. This is his idea of political commentary when he found out FEMA never brought in even port-o-sans into disaster stricken neighborhoods.
BIKERNET CHURCH OF THE EVERYDAY SAINTS--
Miss Charlene Mason sang 'I will not pass this way again,' giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Pray for America!
We need it!
--from Sam Burns
“PIG TROUGH” Oil Change Helper FROM PAUGHCO--
Check this out. Paughco is making the very cool and handy Yankee Engineuity “PIG TROUGH” available to consumers. This slick item takes the messy hassle out of changing the oil on 1992-1999 Big Twins.
Simply hook to the frame and it will guide the draining oil from your filter and into a catch pan. PIG TROUGH retails for just $16.95 and can be ordered by calling 775-246-5838 or catch the full Paughco line up at www.paughco.com.
CHANCE II COMING SOON--
I renewed my subscription to Bikernet in October. I paid a little extra to get a copy on the second "Chance" book. Has it been published yet? Should I expect it soon?
-- Ken Burnett
Wow, I didn't know the second book was offered. It should be available by the end of January—I hope. Appreciate your support.
Thanks for the quick response! I love the web site, keeps me close to riding when the weather is just too crappy to get out! Looking forward to the book too!!
All New Cantina Membership with discounts. Click on the image for more info.
CLUB’S NATIONAL LEADER ACCUSES COPS OF FEAR CAMPAIGN--
Members of Australia's biggest motorcycle club claim police are driving a fear campaign aimed to shut down their club.
The Attero national police task force was established earlier this year to clamp down on illegal activity in the Rebel's motorcycle club.
On Wednesday they reported that more than 330 club members or associates had been arrested, and more than 500 charges laid.
The Australian Crime Commission has confirmed the numbers are accurate, but Rebels national president Alex Vella says they have been exaggerated.
Mr Vella accused the police of unfairly targeting his members and exaggerating the clubs threat.
"For 32 years we've been doing this same thing. Lately there's been plenty police telling their own story on TV and trying to scare the public," he said.
"They've been on TV for the last 3 nights now bragging about how they're going to dismantle us and it's been a sad story."
Speaking at the group's clubhouse at Bringelly in Sydney's south west, he said misinformation about the Rebels is aimed to scare the public.
"Three years they've been out here targeting us. Every one of these people been pulled over some time, twice a night, coming and going. Then we got some friends of ours, they pull them over and harass them," he said. "We try to encourage people to keep out of trouble, but the thing is the target has been very much thrown at us. Trying to turn the public against us, that's all it is."
ENTRY IS NOW OPEN for the 2013 SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE--
The country’s only remaining, pure off-road trail ride will again be led by the legendary rider Malcolm Smith on Sunday, February 24, 2013.
Here’s your chance to again join Malcolm as he rides the challenging and pristine trails of the SOBOBA Indian Reservation.
Want to display or ride you vintage motorcycle? New this year is the SOBOBA Rides Vintage Motorcycle Classic Show & Ride.
Presented by Saddlemen, this show has prize winning classes for MX, Off-road and street bike over 25 years old.
And if your classic ride is off-road capable, you can ride her on the reservation on a specially designated course.
Check out our site www.sobobarides.com
for more Trail Ride and Motorcycle Classic information.
Or you can simply print out the attached entry form and send it in with you payment to reserve your spot in this classic event.
--The SOBOBA Rides Team
For ride entry support call (951) 654-9436
NEW BIKERNET READER COMMENT--
Shovelhead Wide Tire Advice
Is it possible to put on a even wider tire in that swing arm? I have a 1974 FXE with a square swing arm and would like to put on a big tire. Anyone know?
-- Andre , Norway
Let's hear from the experts?--Wrench
TAKE A CHAMPION TRIKE CONVERSION FOR A SPIN--
Call Tracy at Westminster Harley and take this 2009 Dyna Champion Conversion for a spin. It has a WindVest windscreen and with the black anodized hardware and clear windshield it virtually disappears.
The unique design creates a smooth airflow up over your head and off your face and chest. 7804 Miles, and only $19,500 this is a awesome Trike.
BIKERNET OPENS ROGUE BAD SAFETY DIRECTOR FILES--State highway safety director reassigned following revelations of driving violations.
By Sean P. Murphy, Globe Staff
The administration of Governor Deval Patrick, embarrassed by revelations that the state highway safety director has a driving record that includes seven accidents, four speeding violations and two failures to stop for a police officer, announced today that the director will be removed from that job.
Sheila Burgess, the top safety officer since 2007, is on medical leave recovering from an Aug. 24 one-car accident in Milton in which she drove off the road and suffered a head injury. She told police she swerved to avoid an oncoming vehicle in her lane.
Burgess will be assigned to a “different role” within the state Office of Public Safety and Security, according to a statement released today by Mary Elizabeth Heffernan, the public safety secretary.
“Given her driving record, it is clear that Ms. Burgess should not have been hired as the director of Highway Safety in 2007,” Heffernan said in the statement.
Burgess is a former fund-raising consultant to high-profile Democratic candidates for public office, including Congressman James McGovern, whose office said on Friday that McGovern asked the newly elected Patrick administration in 2007 to hire Burgess, but without suggesting a specific role for her. She is paid $87,000 annually.
Burgess had no experience in public safety, transportation or government administration when hired, according to her resume.
Heffernan called Burgess “a solid and dependable employee” during the intervening years, but today, following a Globe story that revealed her driving record, said she no long has confidence in Burgess leading the state’s efforts to reduce accidents by promoting good driving practices.
Burgess “cannot expect the public’s trust, nor mine, as the directory of Highway Safety going forward,” the statement says.
Burgess, 48, of Randolph, has 34 entries on her her record. Since her appointment to a state job, Burgess has faced no new moving motor vehicle violations, however.
Her license was active but flagged for non-renewal for failure to pay local excise taxes. Those taxes were paid and her license cleared on Nov. 1, after the Globe began making inquiries.
Heffernan’s statement was released hours after Patrick, speaking to reporters at a public event unrelated to Burgess, said he was angry about her being hired as highway safety director and vowed to find out how it happened.
“I will get to the bottom on it,” he said.
Burgess’s most recent crash occurred on a sunny summer afternoon in a state vehicle during work hours. State Police say they arrived at the scene on Unquity Road in the Blue Hills Reservation to find Burgess being assisted by an ambulance crew.
The public safety department produced a record showing Burgess was not talking on her state-provided cellphone, but declined to release a summary of how many text messages, if any, she sent or received during that month’s billing cycle. Such bills provide total number of text messages in the month, but do not say when the texts were sent or received.
Spokesmen for Patrick and Heffernan declined to comment on whether such paperwork will be released soon.
Until her accident, Burgess managed a staff of about six and helped award more than $2 million in grants to state and local police for public awareness programs on safe driving, including money for police overtime.
Those programs deal with the dangers of speeding, texting and talking on a cellphone while driving, driving while impaired, and failure to wear a seatbelt while driving, among other hazards.
In a resume circulated to staff members, Burgess listed herself as a principal of SBH Consulting/Mass Strategy Group, with a client list that included Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray when he was a candidate for mayor of Worcester in 2003 and 2004. A spokesman for Murray’s campaign, however, said Murray does not know Burgess and that she never worked for him. Murray does know Burgess’s sister, Coleen, who worked as a fund-raising consultant for Murray, the spokesman said.
Coleen Burgess and Sheila Burgess are listed as president and registered agent, respectively, of Mass Strategy Group.
Other clients listed on Burgess’s resume including Senator John Kerry, state Senator Tom McGee, former Quincy mayor James Sheets and former gubernatorial candidates Shannon O’Brien and Chris Gabrieli.
HARLEY REPORT ON TOMAHAWK PAINT PLANT--
When you think of paint and motorcycles, most eyes go straight to the fuel tank. But if the paint on color-matched plastic parts doesn’t match exactly, and isn’t just as durable – what’s the point?
Chuck Statz is Director of Operations at the Tomahawk Operations facility in Tomahawk, Wisconsin, where they fabricate and paint more than 4,000 plastic components a day. And he knows better than anyone that painting plastic to meet Harley-Davidson’s premium quality standards is no small challenge.
Here he expands on some of the comments he made in the current issue of HOG magazine:
Q: Tomahawk just invested more than $12 million in new painting technology. Why is paint such a complicated process?
Chuck Statz: Because it’s impacted by so many different variables. You have to control many things to ensure you get consistent results. You’re controlling things like viscosity and the temperature of the paints, and the air that the paint is applied in. It has to be the same, all the time. The length of time the part has to flash off solvents, the length of time it’s in a radiant zone and a convection zone, all are very critical.
The [unpainted] part has to be extremely clean; it can’t have any contamination on it. The paint has to be perfectly clean. The hoses, the paint applicators, all have to be perfectly clean. The environment you spray those parts in has to be perfectly clean. The air that goes through that booth has to be filtered up to three times. And again, you’re controlling the temperature, you’re controlling the humidity, you’re controlling all these things to make sure you have a very repeatable paint job in the end. So that every color is exactly the same, every single time.
Q: And it's not just about how it looks, but how it lasts, right?
Chuck Statz: Oh yeah! The curing cycle has to be perfect all the time. Because if you don’t properly cure the paint you’re going to have performance issues. If the part has any kind of contamination on it, the paint will not adhere as well. So not only does the part have to be free of all dust, but it can’t have any oils, any fingerprints, and those types of things. Many different factors come into play. If you’re painting one bike, it doesn’t matter so much if the temperature is 100 degrees and the humidity is 90 percent, and you’re doing it in the same day and with the same parameters, yeah you might be able to get away with it. ?
?But we’re painting in an environment where it’s 90 degrees during the summer, and 80 or 90 percent humidity. And then in the wintertime it’s 20 below, and you might have 10 percent humidity. So we have air handlers that can take 20-below air and heat it to, approximately 70 degrees and during high temp periods in the summer, we cool the air so it’s always consistent. All those variables have to be the same, every single day, in order to achieve very consistent processes. All to ensure that the customer sees a high-quality, consistent product on their bike.
To read more about the Tomahawk Operations facility, see HOG magazine issue 018 - in mailboxes now
THESE NEW YORK IMAGES ARE FROM YESTERDAY MORNING 11/19/12...
As agencies were packing up to leave Staten Island, residents shiver in the dark in their homes.
Sandy hit over three weeks ago and it still looks like day 3 down in Ocean Breeze, Midland Beach and the Cedar Grove neighborhoods. EVERYONE is getting "that cough" and FEMA is wandering around passing out flyers door to door with information for resident to go to the website for info.
If you have NO POWER or way to charge a cell phone, and computer and cars got washed away no wonder FEMA's records of victims are way off. FEMA's website currently is
maintaining the most updated "RUMOR CONTROL LIST"? vs. Getting in the street
and providing basic human needs like toilets, showers, heating tents and light towers for residents who lost EVERYTHING.
This week volunteers, officials, police, National Guard are packing up saying "the street lights are on, time to go home", with families living in house tagged "GREEN" in between the houses (tagged red and yellow) in rubble, still with NO POWER, NO HEAT, HOT WATER and as reported yesterday the few porto-sans that have made it to neighborhoods are OVERFLOWING!!!!
Staten Island, the lost Borough!
PS THE FEMA RESPONSE BELOW IS REAL AS IT CAME TO US YESTERDAY:
"Thank you for contacting FEMA and giving us the opportunity to assist you. We appreciate and value your suggestions to aid the disaster response and
recovery for Hurricane Sandy.
We are currently focusing our efforts on the disaster survivor assistance, response and recovery in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Please submit your request at a later date. Thank you in advance for your patience regarding this matter.
As it has been for more than 30 years, FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against,
respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. For more information about FEMA and its mission, you may wish to visit our Web site at
You can also visit our Hurricane Sandy page at http://www.fema.gov/sandy for information on declared counties, applying for disaster assistance, tips to recover from this disaster, and additional updates on our response and recovery efforts.There is a lot of misinformation circulating on social networks regarding the response and recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy. Check here http://www.fema.gov/hurricane-sandy-rumor-control for an on-going list of rumors and their true or false status.
We hope this information is helpful in addressing your question. If there is additional information you are requesting, FEMA offers a page on our website where you could search some of the most frequently asked questions https://faq.fema.gov/. In addition to these questions, FEMA¹s website also offers the ability to submit questions if what you are looking for is not addressed.
Thank you once again for your interest in the agency.
“BUILD YOUR OWN” CUSTOM PIPE KIT--
Paughco’s “Build Your Own Pipe” program t not only allows you to do-your-own-thing, but is also a real problem solver. These comprehensive kits include all the pieces you’ll need to custom fabricate your own 1 ¾ inch exhaust system.
Paughco engineers gathered a combination of bends, straight pieces and flanges for most all popular models that provide the basics while leaving the end result to your imagination.
Available for Iron Sportsters, Pans, Shovelhead and STD heads, EVO Big Twin, late Sportsters and TC machines, these unique kits retail for just $254.95 and are available by calling Paughco direct at 775-247-5738.
THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE FILE IS NOW OPEN--
I was talking to a girl in the bar last night.??She said, "If you lost a few pounds, had a shave, and got your hair cut, you'd look all right."??
I said, "If I did that, I'd be talking to your friends over there instead of you.”
--from Bob Clark
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