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With News from NCOM, Tesla, Harley, Peru, Women who Ride, Bayly Rides, NRA, Sturgis Museum, Trikes, the Wall, DAV and Burt Munro

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Bill Bish, Sam Burns, Rik Savenko, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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Photos from the Jack McIntyre crew.
Photos from the Jack McIntyre crew.


Some weeks are damn exciting like this one.
I had the chance to help a brother get a job in the industry. I’m working on his resume. I’m working on Hugh King’s Chopper King Chopper sale. The Trailblazers banquet is Saturday. I’m introducing a couple of race fans to the club.

We are working on Grandson Frankie’s Dyna today getting ready to take the sheet metal to paint. I’m working with a photographer to launch his vintage motorcycle print business. And of course I’m helping the Redhead of Redheads.

Warren Buffet recommends as least two sources of income. The first is your job, then second could be by purchasing a home and fixing it up. Or you could build another motorcycle. Once you can take care of yourself, help your brothers and sisters whenever possible.
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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 and BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

A woman’s place in the world? How about shooting photos of her friends with a vintage Hasselblad from the back of Harley. Or, at least, that’s the place Portland-based photographer Lanakila MacNaughton has chosen.

MacNaughton decided to turn her lens in order to create “The Woman’s Motorcycle Exhibit: The Real Women Who Ride," which showcases the beautiful female riders she knows.

Besides being photographically stunning, the collection expands our cultural understanding of women who ride—which is to say, not just sexy-bikini-ladies slathered in salad oil straddling parked bikes.

As MacNaughton notes in the project’s introductory video: “It’s not like I’m trying to bash men, or create a ruckus, or piss people off.”

In fact, the whole project exists in no relation to men whatsoever. Imagine that.


Now Available on iTunes.

About the Movie

In a country of vast beauty, majestic wonder & rich culture comes a story of strangers who become friends. Friends with a love for adventure & a passion for giving. Join Neale Bayly, Christian Scranton & their team of riders as they travel through the Andes on a mission to bring awareness to the orphaned children of the Wellspring Foundation.

From Neale

I’m very happy to announce that “Neale Bayly Rides: Peru. 2.0” is now available on iTunes for download or purchase.

In this second season, I return to Peru for a different and often challenging route through the high Andes, taking in Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca along the way. I also have a new co-host for the show, my good friend and partner in travel crime, Christian Scranton. At the end of the adventure that we share with a “group of strangers who become friends,” we spend a day with the abandoned children at Hogar Belen, the orphanage we assist in Moqugua.

Super Stock Ignition Module for Shovel Head 80-inch for 1966-'84.

Fits: 1966-'84 80-inch Shovel Head. Module only. Modules can be set to kick-start or electric-start mode by an S&S dealer using the Super Stock diagnostic cable and software.

Electric-start mode allows the pre-ignition cranking to be set anywhere from 1 to 4 engine revolutions (only available with current modules – earlier modules cannot be updated).

Pre-programmed ignitions are custom tailored for a specific S&S engine – no need for adjustments.

Single fire operation – requires a single fire coil for single spark plug applications. Dual plugged applications require a pair of two tower coils or a single four tower coil.

Minimum 3.0-Ohm primary resistance. Overload and short circuit protected. VOES switches to less aggressive curve under load or hard acceleration. 6300 rpm rev-limiter. 24-hour break-in rev-limiter – prevents damage during break-in. Data logging diagnostic capabilities.


Exciting Announcement from WOMEN RIDERS NOW!--
20% Discount for WRN Fans!

Women Riders Now is partnering with Revved-Up Women Texas Motorcycle Expo, taking place, April 28-30, 2017 just north of San Antonio.

I would like to personally invite you to join me at the Expo. Let’s share our adventures and take part in the Expo activities:

- Beginner and advanced rider training. Bring your children, your spouse, your guy friends and girl friends who need a some confidence building to get on the road. Or build better skills for yourself.

- Take a three-wheel Can-Am Spyder and a Polaris Slingshot for a spin

- Custom Bike and Slow Ride Contests

- Safety Gear Fashion Show

- Workshops on motorcycle maintenance, dual sport adventuring riding, “How Not to Skin Yourself Alive,” and more

- Prizes galore including leather jackets, GoPros, Yeti coolers

Best of all, we are offering a 20% discount for Women Riders Now fans.
Enter WRN20 in the promo code box. Register at Revved-UpWomen.com.

Bring the guys and the whole family! Lots for everyone to do.

See you in San Antonio at Revved-Up Women!

--Genevieve Schmitt
Founder / Editor, WomenRidersNow.com

An old man lay sprawled across three entire seats in the theater. When the usher came by and noticed this, he whispered to the old man, "Sorry sir, but you're only allowed one seat. Sir, if you don't get up from there I'm going to have to call the manager."

Once again, the old man just groaned.
The usher marched briskly back up the aisle, and in a moment he returned with the manager.

Together the two of them tried repeatedly to move the disheveled man, but with no success. Finally they summoned the police. The officer surveyed the situation briefly then asked, "Alright buddy what's your name?"

"Fred," the old man moaned.

"Where ya from, Fred?" asked the police officer. With terrible pain in his voice, and without moving a muscle, Fred replied, "The balcony."

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry

Corruption on Capitol Hill is “worse than you think,” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., insists.

“When you first get here, you think that you are in some sort of fairy-tale novel,” Buck said. “They wine and dine you and they show you just exactly what it’s like if you play the game. It’s a wonderful life.”

Things quickly change, however, if “you don’t play the game.”

“If you don’t play the game … it becomes a much less conformable existence here,” Buck said.

Buck, who has served Colorado’s 4th Congressional District since 2015, previewed his new book, “Drain the Swamp: How Washington Corruption is Worse Than You Think,” published on Tuesday.

Chapters in Buck’s book include “Why Washington is a Swamp,”
“Play the Game–Or Else,”
“Beating the Beltway Bullies,”
and “What You Can Do To Drain the Swamp.”

Buck said his book addresses corruption present in government today that he was not prepared for after being elected to Congress in 2014.

“One of the things that I found startling when I got here is that you have to pay dues to be on a committee,” Buck said.

During the time he served on the House Judiciary Committee, Buck said he had to pay periodic dues of $200,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign committee of the House of Representatives.

Now, as a member of the House Rules Committee, Buck’s periodic dues are $450,000.

The obligation to pay dues, Buck said, forces members of Congress to hold fundraising receptions and encourages corrupt influences from special interest organizations who attend the fundraisers.

“Who comes to those receptions with checks?” Buck said. “Lobbyists, special interests that want something in return. So there is a game that goes on that you owe the party money and you are expected to vote with the chairman and you are expected to help special interests groups in Washington, D.C.”

Buck said there is also a significant amount of corruption in how Congress justifies spending for new project or programs.
“In the book, I list very specific ways that we need to change the incentives that we have in Congress,” Buck said. “I talk about … what we call ‘pay–fors.’ When we have new spending, we find ways to pay for that new spending program.”

Some of the ways Congress could pay for a new project or program are through tax increases or cuts to other programs, both of which are unlikely, Buck said.
Instead, Congress “makes up” sources of revenue.

Buck explains:

So we pass a transportation bill, and in the transportation bill we say that we’re going to sell oil in a strategic petroleum reserve to pay for that transportation bill. Now, what’s fascinating about this is that the average price that that oil was purchased at is $76. The price when we sold that oil was $48. Only in government is that considered a profit.

An issue with this system, Buck said, is that revenues from “pay–fors” have already been accounted for.

“One of the problems is that that barrel of oil that was used in the transportation bill as a ‘pay–for’ was already sold twice before,” Buck said.

This form of governing, Buck said, is irresponsible.“If everything’s been paid for, for so long, how did we get $20 trillion dollars in debt?” Buck said.

In an effort to bring transparency to the “pay–for” phenomenon, Buck introduced a bill last Thursday that would require the Office of Management and Budget to track and report the revenue that “pay–fors” actually bring.

“One of the bills that I just recently dropped would ask the Office of Management and Budget to do an annual report to Congress so it is available to the American people on how much revenue did those ‘payfors’ generate,” Buck said.

Buck’s goal, he said, is to educate the American people about the corruption in government so they are not as naive as Buck found himself when he started working in Congress.

“Before I got here, I knew that D.C. was broken, I didn’t know the specifics,” Buck said. “I’m hoping that by giving the American public the specifics, we actually have the record out there just … to make sure that people are aware.”

By Rachel Del Guidice
The Daily Signal

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A single step on the path of enlightenment is greater than being ruler of the universe.


In reference to the comment in Thursdays Post - Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017

It is sad. After all the hard work freedom fighters put into keeping the Sturgis museum and motorcycling alive in this great country, the museum decides not to induct a freedom fighter in this year’s class. Shame on them!!

--Jiggs cressy
Rapid city, SD


*Resident hippie of Bikernet HQ, Raymond Hamilton, has worked intensely with dogs, goats, horses, chickens and gators. Here he gives us insight into his vast experience in human and animal behavior, personality and standards. Catch more from Raymond Hamilton only at www.BikernetTrikes.com

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day.

He has his food prepared for him.

He can eat whenever he wants, 24/7/365.

His meals are provided at no cost to him.

By the way he does not need to pay for medical insurance.

He visits the doctor once a year for his checkup, and again during the year if any medical needs arise.

For this he pays nothing and nothing is required of him.

He lives in a nice neighborhood in a house that is much larger than he needs, but he is not required to do any upkeep.

If he makes a mess, someone else cleans it up.

He has his choice of luxurious places to sleep.

He receives these accommodations absolutely free.

He is living like a King, and has absolutely no expenses whatsoever.

All of his costs are picked up by others who go out and earn a living every day.

I was just thinking about all this, and suddenly it hit me like a brick in the head.......

My dog is like a POLITICIAN*

(*No offence* *intended- to dogs*)

"Make Dogs Great Again" - Raymond Hamilton


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NRA Country To Feature Performances By Chris Janson, Michael Ray, Josh Thompson, Lindsay Ell, Cary Barlowe and More

Music will be all over the events of the 2017 NRA Annual Meeting, which will take place April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA. Music lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will get to enjoy a wide variety of music from all across the musical map.

Award winning Christian singer-songwriter MATTHEW WEST will be leading a night of music and worship on Thursday, April 27, as NRA Presents: Worship Night with Matthew West. Tickets are on sale now at www.nraam.org.

The event will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in the Sidney Marcus Ballroom (conveniently close to the Exhibition Hall). The evening will feature a night of refreshing and uplifting worship headlined by Christian artist Matthew West who is known for hits such as “Hello, My Name Is,” “Grace Wins,” “Strong Enough, and “Mended.” It is sure to be a night of faith, family, and fun -- one you don’t want to miss. Tickets start at only $12.00 and are available now at www.nraam.org.

On Friday, April 28, convention attendees will have the opportunity to see Warner Music Nashville’s MICHAEL RAY perform. The singer famous for hits such as “Kiss You In The Morning” and “Think A Little Less,” will entertain the crowd and build excitement in anticipation of the ILA Leadership Forum, one of the most politically significant and popular events at Annual Meeting, featuring our nation’s top Second Amendment leaders in government, the media and the entertainment industry.

The music continues on Friday evening with NRA Country Jam: Story Behind the Song, an event which promises an intimate, exclusive guitar pull concert by some of the top artists and songwriters in Nashville and country music sponsored in part by Pell Industrial, Inc., manufacturer and distributor of innovative hand tools. CHRIS JANSON (“Buy Me a Boat”, “Holdin' Her”), JOSH THOMPSON (“Way Out Here”, “Beer on the Table”), LINDSAY ELL (“All Alright”) and CARY BARLOWE (“American Honey”, “Where It’s At”, “Sun Daze”) are known for having hits on the radio but did you know they’ve also written some of the biggest hits in country music for other artists? Between the four performers, they’ve written over 35 songs recorded by superstars including Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts. Come hear them tell the story behind the song and you’ll get a glimpse of what it is like to be a songwriter in Nashville and how a song goes from a single lyric to a hit on radio.

Then, on Saturday, April 29, it’s the event that has become a staple of the NRA Annual Meeting – a superstar concert with several of the format’s greats. The legendary HANK WILLIAMS, JR. will take to the stage for an unforgettable evening of music, including such timeless hits including "A Country Boy Can Survive," "Family Tradition," and "I Fought the Law."

“Davidson’s Gallery of Guns is proud to sponsor the NRA Saturday Night Concert.

Tickets for all events are available by visiting www.NRAam.org.

Wall Escort April 30, 2017 Leave at 10am
Eastern Florida State College Cocoa Campus

Florida’s 30th Annual
Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion

The Nation’s Largest Veterans Reunion

May 4th – May 7th

--from Rogue


My name is Brenda Franks, and I'm a military mom. Recently, Marc Burgess sent you an email about a summer camp for military kids and asked you to help DAV reach a very important goal: $30,000 to support DAV and the Just B Kids Scholarship Program.

I wish you could see my girls at camp, Keith. It brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it.

From left to right: Rachel Franks, their brother Phoenix Franks, Elizabeth Franks and Rebekah Franks.

Most of the time, my three beautiful daughters – Rebekah, Elizabeth, and Rachel – carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. Their lives at home are not as carefree as I had hoped. Because, unfortunately, they had to learn at a very early age just how hard life can truly be.

See, their dad, an Army veteran, has severe PTSD as a result of his service in Afghanistan, and his illness affects our lives every day. At home, my girls are always on full alert … but at this summer camp, they are free.

It's so important for military kids to get time away so they can let go of their worries and responsibilities, and just be kids. Will you help DAV raise $30,000 so 50 military kids can attend camp for free this summer through the Just B Kids Scholarship program? They're just $24,065 away from that goal!

No other camp can offer what this camp does. When my girls are around other kids who are going through the same thing as them, it's like a wall immediately drops. They can relate on a level that no one else can, and that creates a bond that will last a lifetime. My kids desperately need that – to know they're not alone.

Please help more kids experience the joys of summer camp. Make a gift today and help DAV reach their $30,000 goal during the Month of the Military Child.

With gratitude,

--Brenda Franks

TAMAR Mediterranean Bike Tours--

Israel – HW 10 – Eilat and an amazing motorcycle ride through 2 deserts

The get up and go spirit Thursday the 13th of April, 23:00, and Tamar my wife and I are still discussing the coming festivities of my 55th. “An amazing motorcycle ride” I say “if its up to me”.

Even though I usually prescribe to the notion that my birthday is other peoples problem as is Read more The post Israel – HW 10 – Eilat and an amazing motorcycle ride through 2 deserts appeared first on TAMAR Mediterranean Bike Tours .

We finally have some new shots of our best seller. We just need to launch them on the site.—Bandit

Check the 5-Ball Racing Flat Out Vest. Super clean. Click for action.
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SMOKE OUT COMING TO NORTH CAROLINA— As always, the SmokeOut is sponsored by Bikernet.com and the staff of lowlifes and drunks.

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Hell if you stop writing, how will the rest of us get through these long night shifts?

Shane Kohler
longview, WA
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Editor Response I'll never stop and never give up. Hell, Chris Callen from Cycle Source and I discussed buying Easyriders. We never slow down.
Retire....what does that mean? I don't think anyone could ever fill your shoes or even know what to do with Bikernet at this point. You are the trailblazer in this industry. While there are younger guys out there with more familiarity with the internet and social media, you have your finger on the pulse of the industry and you are still kicking ass!

The only thing the rocking chair ever brought is death, so keep banging the keys, riding your scoot, and loving your ladies. If I was you, I'd try to take a few more week-long trips a year with your bike and your girl. Strap a sleeping bag on the back and spend a few nights under the stars.

Bikernet is what it is, and no one can ever claim to be the 1st except for you! Keep on keeping on Sensei!

Johnny White
Humble, TX
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Editor Response Okay, got my ass handed to me in a rusting derby cover. I'll get back to work. Hell, it's what I love anyway...
I appreciate seeing the comments about the Sturgis Hall Of Fame and the Freedom Fighter Section.
I believe the Hall of Fame is going to make changes and especially in the freedom Fighter Section.

With that being said I am going to suggest that Tony "Pan'" Sanfelipo be added to that section of the induction committee.
Tony was the first one inducted into this section and continues to be very active in motorcycle rights and knows who is really getting things done and who is in it for ulterior motives.

Palm Bay, FL
Friday, April 21, 2017
Editor Response Excellent suggestion.
Thanks for putting the comments about the lack of a Freedom Fighter in the Sturgis Hall of Fame in this weeks article.

All of the Heartland STEAM organizations (ABATEs of SD, ND, NE, MN, IA, WI, and IL) have unanimously decided to voice our disappointment about it in a letter signed by all the executive directors. We also decided to boycott any functions put on by the museum, including the induction breakfast during the rally.

Jiggs Cressy
Rapid City, SD
Friday, April 21, 2017
Editor Response I would think it would be an oversight and the good folks in Sturgis will fix shortly.

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