Could it be that all the elements are coming together?
The absolutely stimulating aspect of any website is the transparency element. There's nowhere to run, and nowhere to hide. I dislike government catch words, like Transparency
, especially when they're abused, but we won't go there.
Transparency fits perfectly with the web. If you say you're going to launch something, just click on the site and check it out. It's either there or it ain't.
But we seem to be making progress in a couple of areas. We have the absolute latest from Champion Trikes on Bikernet Trikes. Plus we just launched a new department on Bikernet Baggers for long distance Midnight Riders. This one is damn exciting, and I need to thank Gary Mraz for his inspiration. He set the mysterious tone for reports and late night road stories for years to come. You'll relate, when you check it out.
Our Bonne Belle started out like this.
We are also kicking around a department dedicated to Audio, communications, and accessories of this nature. We will cover reviews, new products, and tech articles on related components. Actually, this could apply equally to Bikernet Trikes and Bikernet Baggers. Let us know if you come up with a title for this department, then we'll start to fill it with the latest.
Don't miss Scotty's story on the home page.
Let's hit the news before someone comes up with something else.
LE PERA SEAT OF THE WEEK, BUDDY BOY'S--
Le Pera is celebrating their 40th anniversary with a new additional to their spring mounted seat line. The Buddy Boys are deep dished and offer a high density molded foam foundation.
They are perfect for customizing your bike. Black powder coated nose bracket is included Springs not included.
The Buddy Boy Large L-106 is 15” long x 13” wide. The Buddy Boy Small L-101 is 13” long x 9.5” wide
Contact your local dealer or www.lepera.com
GET YOUR CHOPPER ON!--
Get Your Chopper On! - The Smoke Out is host to the greatest ride in owner-garage-built-ride-in-bike-show in the world. Do chicks like bikes? Oh yeah... They like to perform on stage and ride on bikes. The Smoke Out is about bikes, babes and the beat...
Get your chopper on at http://www.smokeoutrally.com/
. June 22-23, 2012 (Rockingham, NC)
BIKERNET SENIOR CITIZEN CENTER--
An elderly man walks into a confessional. The following conversation ensues:
Man: 'I am 92 years old, have a wonderful wife of 70 years, many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Yesterday, I picked up two college girls, hitch-hiking. We went to a motel, where I had sex with each of them three times.'
Priest: 'Are you sorry for your sins?'
Man: 'What sins?'
Priest: 'What kind of a Catholic are you?'
Man: 'I'm Jewish.'
Priest: 'Why are you telling me all this?'
Man: 'I'm 92 years old ..... I'm telling everybody!'
UNCLE MONKEY REVIEW SHAWN'S BUILDING EFFORTS--
We are crafty types. Many of us build parts for our bikes, turning them on lathes, cutting, welding, whatever it takes to get the job done. We are use to spinning wrenches on our machines and around the home to keep everything running. We build something out of nothing for the simple pleasure of building something whether it is a bar stool with wheels and a motor or a riding lawn mower made from old scrap iron.
I wasn't surprised when my son's friend, Shawn, spotted an old bicycle leaning against the garage and asked if he could have it. The West Coast "chopper" inspired bike was a gift from my dad to his grandson. My son rode it for a couple of summers but parked it once his friends got licences to drive.
Shawn explained that his dad rode Harleys and he wanted something to tinker with. So with a nod the bike disappeared into his workshop. Shawn is young and still learning but he is determined. He disassembled the bike and went about mounting a small cc motor into the frame. With hard work and dedication he build a small scooter of a bike reminiscent of the first motorcycles built from bicycles.
He loves it and has made it street legal to bob around town on. It's not pretty; it's not a hundred thousand custom build chopper. It is what it is - a fun little project to help him learn about tools, bikes and motors. Shawn was bit by the building bug and wants to build a couple low-rider bicycles, maybe another chopper scooter, but ultimately real chopper motorcycles.
I'm waiting for my Softail to come back from paint and Shawn has asked if he could help me put it together. I've told him I'll help out as much as I can with advice and parts filling the gaps where his dad can't. I welcome the interest and hope he will be around when the parts finally arrive on my worktable.
This last weekend was the annual Moose Jaw Swap Meet and Shawn buzzed his way down with his little bike to check out the scene and maybe find some parts he could use. I was disappointed to hear negative comments towards Shawn and his bikes from people there. They said his bike was loud and crude, a joke of a bike. It is sad to hear this from the very people who should be the first ones supporting someone who is starting out.
Shawn is learn something the old fashion way. Trial and error, watching others doing, rolling up his sleeves and finding a way. His bike was never meant to be a mass production bike; it was a life lesson as to what he could do with his own hands, his own imagination, his own spirit. He is starting down a path with no idea where it will take him in this life. After all William Harley and the Davidson boys did it?
-bad Uncle Monkey
AH, THE BIKERNET QUOTE OF THE DAY--
"The greater danger for most of us is not
that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it."
2WHEELERS REPORTS ON DAYTONA BIKE WEEK--
Mike Lichter took these in Daytona, said I should send you a copy. Arlin and I at the store Daytona, and taking a break with my new Bell helmet.
On the strip sales were up on beer, retail down a bit this year. Bike Week, Spring Break, and St Patty's day brought on a party week. I also think biker count was down. Back in Denver now, for early spring riding. Yay !
WHERE THE HELL IS MURPH?--
so it will take about a week or two to edit the video I have from the Schumacher Cargo shoot. Right now, I'm trying to pack and tie everything up asap, as my departure date has been moved forward.
The bike will arrive in Rotterdam May 1st. I fly over May 2nd. Meanwhile, I thought I'd send you some pics of my 'Road Stories' post on my blog. These are from the Salton Sea, Salton Beach. Used to have its own Yacht Club, would you believe? It's a different story now!
Murph said he would send us a story about shipping his bike from Long Beach, California, to Europe. We hope to follow his conversion to a sidecar model, and his travels around Europe.--Bandit
DEAL FROM EX-HAMSTER, AFGHAN VET--
Mark spent the better portion of the last ten years training troops in Afghanistan.
I am thinking of selling my chopper - formerly an '89 FXR but very low miles.
Engine work by Bartel's Performance; frame modifications by Jessie James.
Know anyone looking for a great bike, just $12,500?
YOU KNOW CHRIS CARR, HE KNOWS PIPES--
Checkout the latest D&D pipes for your Harley, Triumph and Buell at http://www.danddexhaust.com
SUSPENSION SEMINAR COMING FROM RACE TECH--
On April 28-May 4th, 2012, Race Tech will be hosting the Technical Edge Suspension Seminars; and we’d like to invite you, as a magazine editor, to attend FREE of charge. Started by Race Tech’s Paul Thede, the goal of the Technical Edge seminars is to alleviate the mystery and provide a higher level of understanding of suspension performance.
Many of the top suspension tuners across the world have attended Race Tech’s seminars, so most would wonder; “Why is Paul Thede sharing all of his secrets?” Paul firmly believes the more you know, the more you’ll choose Race Tech.
The week is broken up into four available classes. Most students take all four classes. The first class, Suspension Theory is available to anyone; however, to attend the Shop Skills, Kinelogix, and Advanced Classes, you must first attend the Suspension Theory class.
All classes take place at the Corona, CA home of Race Tech.
April 28-29, 2012 - Suspension Theory Class
April 30-May 1, 2012 - Shop Skills Class
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Class
May 2, 2012 – Kinelogix Class
May 3-4, 2012 - Advanced Class
Prerequisite: Suspension Theory Class
If you’d like to attend, please respond to Chris Riesenberg; firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide the following information to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Chris via email or at (515)570-9632.
Race Tech - Director of Marketing
P: 951-279-6655 ext. 116
"The best you've ridden is the best you know!"
BIKERNET BAGGERS EDITOR CHECKS IN--
While checking out some tech opportunities with Eric Bennett, Bennett's Performance, one of the best if not fastest wrenches in the West (and I mean on the real deal Bonneville Salt) I witnessed something odd. Two men in full racing leathers and all the goodies with two race-replica bikes.
I wasn't sure if that Shamanic ritual I experienced in the Andes was catching up with me, but this scene tripped me out. Turns out these 175cc bikes have been approved by CARB and the State of California to be fully street legal.
Click on the art and it will take you there.
These dudes run the Scooter Solution in Fountain Valley, California (www.thescootersolution.com
It's not amazing that these bikes, capable of 80mph, are street legal, even on the freeway. What is astonishing, and frustrating is how the state busts the cajones off everything related to our bigger bikes; our lifestyle, and freedom, but approves these. Exhaust, noise, emissions, helmets, airbags, insurance, tickets, and regulation after regulation deter and prevent the hard working business people of our industry from the ability to conduct business.
To make it worse, some of these companies, in business for decades, are essentially outlaws in the land created for free thinkers. The time is past to wake up America- it's coming to a town near you soon. What was that mantra: Main St not Wall St? Well you can't pick and choose- the decisions are already made and more to come.
The Code of the West needs to be part of the State's Constitution.
Click on the image for more info or to join and support motorcycling.
RAT CITY RUCKUS O SCHOOL BIKER SHOW COMING TO THE STRATOSPHERE IN VEGAS--
The Rat City Ruckus O School Biker show will rock the Stratosphere Casino, in Las Vegas, April 7. This is the Anti Viva show that people can still afford. Its been doubling in size every year for 4 years. Gets great rag coverage.
Also we are having our 8th annual O School Friday 13th party. I will send Bikernet a promo card. Its also the grand opening of our new clothing store "O School SWAG", a psychobilly-rock&roll-biker clothing store.
O SChool CHoppers