From the left: Jeff Najar - Marketing and Social Media, Da Janitor, Art Hall - International Editor on the bike, Nyla Olsen -CFO, The Triking Viking, Ray C. Wheeler - Performance Editor, Ben Lamboeuf - Advertising Director, and Andrew Calagero, -Shop and apparel manager
This is an amazing, heartfelt, holiday news.
I can’t remember every witnessing this level of Christmas spirit, maybe because I was chasing redheads and drinking too much whiskey. So here’s our card for this year.
MERRY MERRY FROM THE BIKERNET GANG—
We want to wish everyone a terrific holiday and all the best for the new year. Unfortunately, the entire Bikernet Crew could not make it to the Long Beach Ultimate Builder Show. But I want to recognize all the talented brothers and sisters who assist with Bikernet, Bikernet Trikes, Bikernet Baggers, and the Bikernet Blog, including Buck Lovell -Editor of Bikernet Baggers, Bruce Snyder - Bikernet Copy Editor, Mike Pullin - East Coast Editor, Wrench – Senior Tech Editor, Rogue - Tech Editor, Josh Placa - Desert Tarantula Editor, Krylon John - Paint Mixer, Joe Jorgenson - Web Master & the whole Robintek crew, Bob T. - Vintage Collector, Tail Gunner - Tech Contributor, Kevin Thomas - Book Reviewer, Jon Towle - Illustrator, Renegade – Sarcasm Editor, Dick Allen - Line drawing master, Chris Kallas - Fine Artist, Wilburn Roach – History Editor, George Fleming - Logo Art Master, Peter Linney - Feature Photographer, Rigid Frame Richard - Texas Photographer, Vickie Pullin - East Coast Feature Photographer, Paul Garson - Senior Editor, Jerry Southworth - Girl of Bikernet Photographer, Michael Farabaugh - Hot Chick Photographer, Markus Cuff - Vintage Bike Photographer, Doc Robinson - Australian Road Test Left Lane Editor and Tech Master, Katmandu - Florida Editorial Assistant, Bill Bish - Legislative Editor, Jim Waggaman - Humor Contributor, Don Whalen - Antique Motorcycle Curator, Darren Ho - Island Editor, Udey South Asian Editor, Steve Bauman – Editorial Hang around, Snake – Beer runner.
Sorry if we forgot anyone!
TWIN BUCKLE ENGINEER BOOTS FROM BIKER’S CHOICE--
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Includes a 1-year manufacturers warranty.
NEW BONNEVILLE BOOK FROM SCOOTER GRUBB--
At long last the 2012 BUB Yearbook is finished. You can preview the entire book without buying one if you like. Just follow this link:
Check it out. You can also pick out any book back to 2007 and preview them just by clicking on one of the covers.
If you want a book with a personal cover just go to my website www.scootershoots.com and choose a photo, from the 2012 BUB images gallery, that you would like to have on the cover and send me an email and I will get it done.
This book is the only record of its kind in motor sports. I make this book, not for now, but for years from now when our grandchildren and great grandchildren ask us what we did on our summer vacations. THAT'S when this book will be important.
I know some of you have already had your covers made and ordered your personal book.
If you have any questions don't hesitate to drop me a note.
Be well my friends,
A BIKERNET QUIZ--
It's a legit answer so try and figure it out. Here is a riddle for the true intellectual. Try to come up with the answer on your own. However, the answer is at the bottom of the news, for those who are unable to think this one through.
Here's the riddle: At the exact same time, there are two 35-year-old men on opposite sides of the earth. One is walking a tight rope between two skyscrapers at the 85th floor. The other is getting oral sex from an 75-year-old toothless woman.
They are both thinking the exact same thing.
What are they both thinking?
SADDLEMEN HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE--
For the Motorcyclist in Your Life
The holiday season is here, but it’s not too late to get the perfect gift from Saddlemen for the motorcyclist in your life. Whether you’re shopping for a last-minute gift that will light up your loved one’s face or just need some ideas for stocking stuffers, Saddlemen has a variety of products that will help make this the best holiday season yet.
Saddlemen liner bag sets feature zippered compartments and carry handles for convenient transport.
AWESOME BILLET PAN COVERS FROM PAUGHCO--
Of all the custom Panhead rocker covers produced over the last few decades, Paughco’s are in a class of their own. The beautifully designed and meticulously crafted Panhead style covers you see here offer enthusiasts the very finest in quality, function and style.
Machined from superior quality billet aluminum each cover features extraordinarily thick wall and lip thickness, extended Paughco socket head cap screws and counter sunk retaining holes. These features provide exceptional appearance, rigid structure and flush mounting surface.
Every radius and flat surface is flawlessly cut and finished to perfection. Standard finish is Paughco’s flawless chrome with high luster polish available on special request. ULTIMATE PAN COVERS fit 1948-1965 Panhead engines and clones with OEM mounting surface and bolt dimensions.
The covers are supplied with Paughco’s dedicated socket head cap screws and retail for $372.95 per pair. Optional chrome 24 piece 10 -24 x 1 ¼ 24 screw kit is available for $14.95.
For complete details call 775-246-5738.
TRIBUTE SIGN IN FRONT OF STROKERS DALLAS--
Hey Bandit, please see the attached picture of my sign in front of my business, Strokers Dallas. Keith, I don’t usually make public statements outside of the motorcycle industry, but by God I’m making this one:
I am totally sickened by the deaths of so many innocent, sweet children at the hands of a deranged, psychopathic killer. There is something wrong with this world & Lord please help us figure it out & fix it before it’s to late. This is America & by God we ought to be able to send our kids to school without fearing for their safety!
NEW BIKERNET HOLIDAY READER COMMENT--
Click to see the whole Girl of Bikernet Feature.
Harley-Davidson and the Marlboro Man Bike at Loess H-D
I am currently building a replica of this bike and found this article and the previous article fucking awesome.
Keep up the good work. Bikes like this are getting harder and harder to get information or parts for.
Mandurah, Western Australia,
BIKER’S CHOICE CARRIES MEDALLION PREMIUM BAGGER GAUGES
--Biker’s Choice now has Medallion Premium Bagger Gauges! These are world-class graphic designs and are LED backlit to be truly awesome at night; easy to see and read.
The gauges feature gear positions 1-6, programmable shift indicator and odometer, 2 trip odometers, fuel/voltage/cruise/faux security/check engine and ABS telltales. They are also made in the USA.
For much more information and application guides, visit www.bikerschoice.com, or your local dealer.
BIKERNET WEATHER FORECAST--
Nothing Saturday, huh oh?
FEMA NEWSLETTER – LOOKING TOWARDS 2013 CHALLENGES--
In 2012 many important decisions have been taken in Brussels which will impact motorcycling and the motorcycle industry, for which FEMA has played an active role.
The new European regulation on the approval of two-wheelers, which has recently been approved by the European Parliament and by the Council, is bringing safer and greener bikes to European customers as from 2016. FEMA has reached acceptable compromises regarding issues like vehicle tampering, the accessibility of repair and maintenance information and durability requirements for pollution control devices, while supporting the introduction of stricter emission limits.
New on the Brussels agenda is the proposal of the European Commission to introduce periodic roadworthiness tests for all powered two-wheelers in Europe along with short testing intervals. FEMA rejects this proposal as it is expensive and ineffective in terms of motorcycle safety.
Talking about the safety of motorcyclists, FEMA has organized and participated in a series of events this year in order to keep the issue of "friendly" road restraint systems (also referred as crash barriers) high on the political agenda. Next to the publication of an elaborated manual for road authorities, FEMA has launched a website to promote and inform about motorcycle friendly road restraint systems already available on the market: http://www.mc-roadsidebarriers.eu/
RIDERSCAN, FEMA’s EU co-funded project, has gone public at the European Motorcyclists Forum held this year at INTERMOT. A pan-European survey on motorcyclists and motorcycling safety will enable FEMA to draw the right picture of motorcycling in Europe: http://www.fema-online.eu/riderscan/-Answer-the-survey,28-?lang=en
Available languages currently include English, French, German and Norwegian. Besides, interested riders are able to contribute to the project by providing relevant motorcycle safety resources for the project to consider: http://www.fema-online.eu/index.php?page=support#panel
We are looking forward to the challenges of 2013 as FEMA and its member organizations are committed to continue the successful promotion of motorcycling in the European Union.
Let me personally take this opportunity to warmly thank you for your support and wish you all the very best for the end of the year’s celebrations and this coming New Year.
General Secretary of FEMA
We will post the entire FEMA European report in the next couple of days. We keep an eye on Europe for a couple of reasons. New regs pop up anywhere, then our legislative folks feel compelled to install them here, and I have high regards for Aline and FEMA. They are a very progressive and sharp bunch of freedom fighters.—Bandit
THE LASTEST FROM THE MASTER OF COLORS AND LIGHT, DAVID UHL--
Seasons Greetings! Latest work, featuring Eli, Bella and Chloe circa 1929.
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INDIA BIKE WEEK COMING--
INDIA'S largest festival planner, the SEVENTY Event Media Group, together with travel and lifestyle channel FOX Traveller, will be presenting India Bike Week (IBW) 2-3 February 2013 in Goa, India. IBW is being described by the organizers as the first annual festival of bikers, bikes, music and entertainment.
Modelled on the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota, USA, which attracts over 500,000 bikers every year, India Bike Week is aiming to be the largest gathering of bikers in India's history. This annual event, celebrating biking in India, will bring together about 8,000 fans, including some of India's biggest biking celebrities, in Goa.
Martin da Costa, CEO of SEVENTY Event Media Group, says: "We're loving the idea of creating one of India's biggest ever festivals - this time for the amazing brotherhood that is the bikers of India. India Bike Week is the place to be for hard core bikers, fans of the two-wheeler way of living, travelers and India's many music and festival fans. It's going to be a great party, and we're already working with the hundreds of bike clubs in India, as well as international bikers, brands, customizers, bike and accessory manufacturers, and musicians to make this an amazing weekend."
Keertan Adyanthaya, MD FOX International Channels, said: "We are proud to present India's first ever biking festival, India Bike Week, at the biker haven of Goa. The festival will celebrate individuality and freedom, words which are synonymous with biking and bikers. India Bike Week will personify everything that is close to a biker's heart. We hope to inspire a new generation of bikers and make India Bike Week an annual event for the biker community in India."
ASSAULT WEAPON PURCHASES ESCALATE--
By William La Jeunesse FOX news
Published December 18, 2012
The prospect of a renewed assault weapons ban in the wake of the Connecticut school massacre has set of a round of buying, as thousands of Americans head to their local gun store to secure the popular AR-15 -- the model used by the school gunman -- before potential government prohibitions on their purchase.
They are also buying the .223 ammunition used by the AR-15 and the type of high-capacity magazines covered under the last federal assault weapons ban, which Congress let expire without renewing.
• The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says it set a new record for single-day background check submittals this past weekend.
• In San Diego, Northwest Armory gun store owner Karl Durkheimer said Saturday "was the biggest day we've seen in 20 years. Sunday will probably eclipse that."
• In southwest Ohio, from dawn to dusk a Cincinnati gun show had a line of 400 waiting to get in, said Joe Eaton of the Buckeye Firearms Association.
"Sales were through the roof on Saturday," said Eaton. "People were buying everything they could out of fear the president would try to ban certain guns and high-capacity magazines."
The deluge of buyers had officials working overtime. Background checks that normally took 15 minutes in California took more than four hours, Durkheimer said. In Colorado, background checks that normally take minutes turned into wait times of more than 12 hours, said CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina.
"We had to call in extra staff," Medina said. "The wait times were high."
The CBI says it processed more than 4,200 background checks on Saturday, the day after the Newtown, Conn., shooting. That surpassed the previous high of 4,028. Nationwide, FBI data shows 16.4 million background checks were run in 2011. An agency spokesman said Monday it did not keep daily numbers and would not have figures for December until early January.
Even investors apparently believe this time Congress may act, fearing the long-term outlook is worse than a short-term sales bounce. Share prices for gun makers like Strum Ruger, Smith and Wesson and were down 4 to 8 percent the last two business days.
PRISONS CHIEF IS A FORMER OFFICER--
Crews faces budget deficit, legal dispute
By Bill Kaczor Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s new prisons chief on Monday inherited a deficit of about $60 million and a legal dispute over privatizing inmate health care that he says could put his agency much deeper in debt. Michael D. Crews spoke about the challenges he’s facing as secretary of corrections a couple hours after Gov. Rick Scott announced his appointment to succeed Ken Tucker, who retired.
Crews had been deputy secretary since last year. “I have total confidence in the people that I have the opportunity to work with here that we are ultimately going to get to where we want to be as an agency,” Crews told reporters. He began his 26-year career in corrections and law enforcement as a probation and parole officer. Later, he worked as a correctional officer and then had various jobs in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, including director of the agency’s professionalism program and chief of its bureau of standards.
Scott, a former hospital chain CEO who was new to politics when elected in 2010, again has turned to an insider after initially appointing people without Florida government experience to many key posts when he took office nearly two years ago. His initial appointee as corrections secretary, former Indiana prisons chief Edwin Buss, lasted just six months.
Scott forced him out in August 2011 after initial health care privatization bids would have benefited a consultant whom Buss had hired. Scott’s office also overrode a decision by Buss to give MSNBC access to Florida’s prisons for its “Lockup” program. Scott then appointed Tucker, who had been FDLE’s deputy commissioner.
In a statement, Scott cited Crews’ experience and expressed confidence that he would lead the department with integrity and “an understanding of our ultimate goal to keep Floridians safe.” Tucker, meanwhile, has landed a new job. U.S. Attorney Pamela C. Marsh on Monday announced Tucker would manage her office’s law enforcement coordination program in the Northern District of Florida.
Crews said Corrections already has begun to reduce red ink through such steps as a freeze on hiring except for positions needed to meet requirements set by law, elimination of nonessential travel and renegotiation of contracts. He said the best example of the latter has been a savings of up to $850,000 through a new deal for toilet paper and paper towels. Closing more prisons, though, is not being considered, he said.
Crews also said he hoped to avoid repeating an accounting trick the department used to balance its budget. The agency took $36.1 million from its current budget to cover its last 2011-12 payroll. The department is appealing a judge’s decision earlier this month that rejected the agency’s plans to privatize inmate health care except for prisons in South Florida. Losing that appeal could balloon the deficit by an estimated $90 million over an 18-month span.The case puts the department’s health care workers “in limbo somewhat,” Crews said. “However, in the interim while the judicial process is going on they and we will continue to provide medical care required.”
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