Here we are smacked into a new year, and the Bikernet crew is flying at projects, tech tips, books and cleaning house.
One of the major exciting factors of the internet includes our ability to share with you anything that moves, from bike builds, to repairs, to work around the Bikernet factory, race bikes, rides, you name it. You even get to see whole works of fiction come together.
This year you will see new events come together, and maybe our own Too Broke for Sturgis event. You’ll see whole books come to life, and Ray’s Bonneville Raycer. We will release secret projects to Cantina members first, then to the public. It’s never a dull moment around the vast Interplanetary Headquarters, and we feel very fortunate to be working with talented artists, photographers, and writers from all over the world.
Let’s hit the news before I spill the beans:
BIKERNET OPEN LETTER DEPARTMENT--
To the Leadership of the MRF:
It is difficult to express my feelings in having received your recent grant of “Life Member Outstanding Achievement” award. My experience in working for the MRF and what it stands for was satisfying enough. To receive this award is very much appreciated.
I was satisfied, but the award seems to say that others were satisfied with what I was able to contribute. I had a lot of help in doing what I was able to do. What can I say but thank you for your recognition. MRF remains a very important time in my life.
The people, the dedication, the work, the accomplishments experienced, all made it worth while.
Thank you. May we all ride free.
THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS NOW OPEN--
I was walking down the road and saw my Afghanistan neighbor Abdul standing on his fifth floor apartment balcony shaking a carpet. I shouted up to him, "What's wrong, Abdul? Won't it start?" ??
BIKER INJURED IN SURFING ACCIDENT--
As most of you heard Tory DuVarney, owner of Handsome Devil and the back bone of the Chopper Festival~ http://chopperfestival.com/
. was in a surfing accident. I have included the details and the Fund me account link. Like most of us, he’s self-employed and uninsured, any amount donated will go towards he upcoming medical bills.
“Christmas Eve Morning Tory DuVarney was in a surfing accident, the tip of his surfboard entered his right eye with such force that the eyeball was popped. They call this a "ruptured globe". Once we arrived at the Emergency Room and they did a CT scan we were told we would need an emergency surgery to save the eye.
After a very long day we got the news that they did not need to remove the eye and it would be left in gods hands to see how it heals up and what vision could be restored. There will be more doctors appointments, specialists and future surgeries, but we believe Tory's "Vision Will Be Restored".
Tory is the founder of Handsome Devil Clothing and is therefore self employed and unfortunately uninsured, the costs we face will be great however we will stop at nothing to make sure he has the best care and the best outcome. Your monetary donation is appreciated and will be used only for medical expenses however we would like to ask you for one more thing; A prayer. We believe with our heart and soul that is even more important than money.
Thank You for every dollar and every prayer.” Christie DuVarney. The fund me link is http://www.gofundme.com/1rcui8
Please give photo credit to Eric Narvaez of Falconer Photo http://falconerphoto.zenfolio.com/
if you are using the black and white photo.
Lisa M. Ballard
All New Cantina Membership with discounts. Click on the image for more info.
BIKERNET READER COMMENT--
Ho, Ho, Ho, Sunday Post for December 23, 2012
On that Playboy list is the fabulous Debbie from Strokers. That lucky Rick Fairless!!
Happy New Year
-- Paul and Molly Aiken
PABLO’S TOOL MAKING CLASS--
This is how I celebrate my New Years Eve. Making stuff for myself. My time line with no fucking deadline!!
I’m listening to Don Williams & Waylon Jennings at volume that suits me.
Kett electric shear, Whitney punch, hand shears, auto center punch, hand file, custom
The Whitney punch is one of my favorite hand tools. It dates back to when I worked with Romeo Palamides, almost 30 years ago!
MESSAGE OF APPRECIATION TO OUR MRF SUSTAINING PARTNERS AND MEMBERS--
As we close our 28th year in operation, let's take a moment to reflect.
This year we saw the highest participation and the most Congressional Offices visited in a single day by motorcyclists at our national biker lobby day in Washington D.C. during the MRF's Bikers Inside the Beltway event.
We realized another first during our successful Best of the West Conference as the Southern Nevada Confederation of Clubs hosted the event. Furthering on that theme, the MRF Board of Directors voted unanimously to add a Motorcycle Club representative to our Board in September. A nomination for Still Ray Fitzgerald to fill this new position came out of the Sustaining Motorcycle Club meeting. We expect to seat him during the upcoming January 5th Board meeting. These impactful changes couldn't occur without the highly valued input and direction from our sustaining partners for which we remain very grateful, as we have through our long history.
ABATE of Georgia (Beast of the East) and the Concerned Bikers Association/ABATE of North Carolina (Meeting of the Minds) significantly contributed to our cause by hosting excellent conferences for the MRF in 2012. And I feel it is necessary to include a genuine nod of appreciation for the HEARTLAND STEAM SMRO's hosting their 23rd Annual Conference as a fundraiser for the MRF.
The MRF had its highest participation ever by voting State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations at our Legislative Strategy session during our Meeting of the Minds Conference. The voting resulted in a very clear and very strong agenda to unite and direct our work. It can be reviewed on our website at www.mrf.org
Additionally, we have seen a significant growth in membership since our Meeting of the Minds Conference. As we know membership is the pipeline to the motorcyclist rights community and the source of roughly half of the MRF's operating funds.
I would like to take a moment to thank ABATE of WI as they have almost completed their second round of offering and funding 100 new MRF memberships to first time ABATE of WI members. What a perfect way to get motorcyclists involved. We have learned over the years the more involved a motorcyclist is the more effectively they can represent our work.
We have also seen the highest number of non-MOTM donations from State Motorcyclists Rights Organizations come in since we called for donations to fund the Vaughn EPA study in 2002. This is how we can maintain our office in Washington D.C. The office is a few blocks from the United States Capitol and employs two of the finest people we could imagine, n our Office Manager and our Vice President of Government Relations and Public Affairs.
I would also like to thank ABATE of Indiana for their immediate response to fund a MRF Board member from another state when the opportunity was revealed. It is a good time to again thank all of our partners that fund the travel and expenses of MRF Board members; it would be very difficult to operate without this funding.
A final congratulations to all of our 2012 MRF Award winners and MRF Champions. It is through these efforts, contributions and careers that we can accomplish what we do to protect and enhance motorcycling and our lifestyle in our nation’s capitol. These can also be seen on our MRF website, 2012 MRF Awards.
Lastly, I would like to thank the leadership of our sustaining organizations for communicating the importance and relevance of the work we do in Washington D.C. For the number of highly engaged MRF State Representatives and Assistants that act as our boots on the ground and our membership that goes the extra mile repeatedly.
For me personally, I am extremely appreciative for the diversity, dedication, expertise, and passion that our Board of Directors brings to the table every day.
When adding all this up, it is clear that together we all Ride with the Leaders. The MRF Board of Directors would like to sincerely thank you for your impactful contributions as we close out 2012 and move into what I am sure will prove to be an exciting 2013. I am confident through your demonstrated "engagement through participation", we are ready for the challenges ahead that are facing our nation of motorcyclists.
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BIKERNET UNIVERSITY SCIENCE LAB DISCOVERY—
Possibly a New Sub-Species?
They are referred to as “homo slackass-erectus” created by natural genetic downward evolution through constant spineless posturing and spasmodic upper limb gestures, which new research has shown to cause shorter legs and an inability to ambulate other than in an awkward shuffling gait.
The "drag-crotch" shape also seems to effect brain function. Expect no eye contact or intelligent verbal communication. Unfortunately most are highly fertile.
Card from Rogue
HARDCORE WINTER RIDE REPORT--
Got to thinking the other night. My old lady had to spend some time with her Mom last spring because her Dad was in the hospital, and I was riding down to see her. I got caught in a nasty thunder storm! I would say that sucks but it wasn't really that bad, at least I was riding!!
When I called her to tell her I got stopped for a few minutes, I think she even thought I was stupid because she asked if I was riding and when I told her “yes” she asked me, "Why?"
I have drug her cross country in all kinds of weather without a whimper, but when she asked me that I was at a complete loss to try and explain it! I guess for the same reason we ride across Kansas in the summer and get so sunburned we can't even blink our eyes, for the same reason we try and outrun tornadoes across Colorado, for the same reason we ride 200 miles to get to the "Valley of Fire" spend 3 minutes there and then leave.
We wouldn't have stayed that long if some young thing in a tank top with big tits hadn't been there!! It is like trying to explain the relationship between a man and his bike. Everyone I try to explain this stuff to looks at me like I have a turd stuck to my face. How can you explain this stuff, you can't!! You just shut up and get another beer.
Happy New Year....Let's Ride!!
FINAL Stat Counter READERSHIP NUMBERS for December 2012--
Bikernet, Bikernet Blog, Bikernet Baggers and Bikernet Trikes:
Unique Visitors: 105,179
Numbers for Bikernet Blog and Baggers are up from November. Bikernet slipped some over the holidays, and Bikernet Trikes held steady. We are looking for tremendous growth in 2013.
Bikernet Alexa Traffic Rank in the US 136,467
World Wide 453,333
NEWS FROM AMERICAN IRON--
Happy New Year and best wishes to you and yours for 2013.
After many years using the Indianbuzz@aol.com email address I am finally switching to BuzzKanter@gmail.com.
I would appreciate your updating your files to add my new email and delete my old one.
I will be checking my old aol.com address occasionally but not for long.
Thanks and best wishes
American Iron Magazine
THE DIGITAL DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK--
I scored this ugly beast the other day for $1400. The challenge, to turn it into something cool for very little money. It is an ‘86 with 17K on the clock. The motor feels good.
I am going to attempt to make some kind of a bobber out if it. I may cut the neck off and use regular wide glide trees and make it more like an FXR. Expect some flat black and pinstriping and sculls. That seems to be the key to selling one these days.
I will take lots of pics and keep you informed on the progress. It has never been registered. I got a Cert of Orgin from Harbour City H-D on PCH. It seems to be no longer in business. I will probably have to jump through some hoops to get a Nevada title on this thing.
Maybe write SOA on it somewhere LOL
Hope you had a great New Year. I think things are going to be better for all of us this year.
I went to Nashville to visit my son and Played an original song in the Bluebird cafe. They liked it so much I got called up to do another one.
ABATE OF WISCONSIN MEMBERSHIP DRIVE—
Hang on for the ABATE of Wisconsin Membership drive on January 5th, at 1p.m. inside B.S.'s Bar, 4054 Shawano Ave.
Take 29 outa Green Bay to FF, go right to the stop sign, then go left, the bar will be down about 1 mi. on the RHS. So bring your phone and your charm and we will see if we can get some new members to join and hopefully resign some old members.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME. Feel free to call me with any questions or concerns. 920.366.8030
Also the State Products Reps will be having an open house. They will have products for purchase. There WILL be some super deals on ABATE swag come and get your ABATE Swag. The more volunteers that help out the easier it will be. Also check BS's page as Shelia has created an event. For the people who have told me they will join, I will be there to help you with that...... Hope to see everyone there!!!!!!!
DONNIE SMITH FEATURED BUILDER AT ULTIMATE BUILDER SHOW IN MN--
Durham, NC- Biker Pros, the producer of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, announced today that legendary customizer, Donnie Smith, is participating in the Minneapolis round of the series and will be providing five custom bikes for the showcase on January 11-13, 2013. Donne Smith's custom sleds will be positioned on the red carpet at the entrance of the hall and the first bikes that will be seen as the enthusiast file in.
"Donnie Smith is known for one-of-a-kind custom-built bikes that have the right stance, raw power and are visually appealing," explained Bob Kay, Biker Pros Partner. "We are excited to provide our attendees a brace of custom bikes from their native son for their enjoyment."
The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show pulls world class builders from across the United States into a series that provides over $91,000 of total prize money and $7,000 at each round. Builders can get into the show by making the jump to http://www.motorcycleshows.com/ultimate-builder
"I'm pleased to be invited to participate in the J&P Ultimate Builder series and to promote the custom bike industry," said Donnie Smith. "Custom bike fans will want to attend because this is the first time all 5 bikes have been shown together at one time."
Professional and amateur custom builders of choppers, cruisers, bobbers, baggers, race bikes and sport bikes are invited to enter their bikes into the competition and judge each other's work. There are 13 individual rounds of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show nationwide with the Indy round coming February 15-17.
The 2012-2013 tour cities represent the most motorcycle-dense populations in the United States, reaching 75% of the nation's motorcycle enthusiasts. Attendees will see the latest trends in custom motorcycles and meet their local two-wheeled heros at the show.
J&P Ultimate Builder Schedule??Professional and amateur custom builders of choppers, cruisers and sport bikes are invited to enter their bikes into the competition and judge each other's work. There are 13 individual rounds of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show nationwide.
• WASHINGTON, DC - JAN 4-6
• MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JAN 11-13
• NEW YORK, NY - JAN 18-20
• CLEVELAND, OH - JAN 25-27
• NOVI, MI - FEB 1-3
• CHICAGO, IL - FEB 8-10
• INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEB 15-17
• CHARLOTTE, NC - FEB 22-24
BIKER SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN WISCONSIN--
Universally, considered the ultimate motorcycle Freedom Fighter movement in the world, the Wisconsin legacy in the 1970s, 1980s and until now - is unprecedented, unequalled and perhaps unmatchable. Three major movements were being inspired at once. Some individuals led coalitions for all three.
Major revelations will be made on January 12, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Eagles Club in Marshfield, WI. Major insights from behind the scenes and beneath the media radar screen will be unleashed.
Tony “Pan” SanFelipo, founder of Abate of Wis. (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) and me (Dave Zien) will lead discussion. A Biker Summit will evolve from 3-5PM. Major announcements and displays include:
1. Abate of WI and Better Bikers Assoc. (BBA), History and Perspectives.
2. American Freedom Warrior Foundation, Inc.
3. Million Mile Miracle Tribute Park. A motorcyclist’s destination to pay Tribute to those who have survived tragedy”.
4. Two scripted movies seeking production; Legends – The Mystique and Heritage of Harley-Davidson. Homeowners Assoc. Both movies prominently capture small bits of Governor Tommy Thompson’s stellar career.
5. American Motorcyclists Tribute.
6. 157 stone monuments, flags and poles dedicated to Bikers at Wisconsin major Veteran displays.
7. Exceptional Facts & Feats inspired by the Freedom Fighter Biker Movement.
Numerous large-scale rallies started in 1975. The Wisconsin mandatory helmet law was repealed in 1977; then vetoed by the Governor and overridden by both houses of the Legislature. No other state has done this!
Abate of Wisconsin and the BBA spearheaded coalitions of 100’s of clubs and 1000’s of individuals. In September 1977, the largest motorcycle protest rally in the world saw 50,000 at the State Capitol in Madison. Effigies were hung on the Capitol lawn. Bonfires of burning helmets raged in Madison. – A commanding message was sent!
Bikers worldwide are now training themselves “to help others” with advanced First Aid; through a movement called Accident Scene Management (ASMI). Motorcyclists are able to penetrate massive traffic jams by riding the highway shoulders, ditches and medians that police cars and ambulances are unable to get through. Cyclists are instrumental in assisting those in need! In the case of massive natural disasters, chemical, biological, nuclear war or total loss of telecommunications – Bikers could be some of the major heroes of future society.
Expect the unexpected – when the economy is so paralyzed, society not functional, survival of the best prepared will reign supreme.
Starting in the early 1970’s, Vietnam Veteran activists, many of them Bikers, helped pave the way to make Wisconsin the best of all states in providing deserved entitlements for Veterans and their dependents. The Vietnam Veterans Advisory Council (VVAC), Wisconsin Assoc. of Concerned Veterans Assoc. (WACVO), WisVet Outreach and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) paved the way.
Many of them were combat Veterans with a bone to pick or a score to settle and hostility to unleash. “For those who have served, suffered and sacrificed – the sights, sounds and stench of war, are as real as if only yesterday!”
Infected with survivor’s guilt and what we now know as PTSD, they sought retribution and revenge. Obsessed with serving Veterans and their loved ones; they could never do enough in being positive.
At the VFW State Convention in 1984, the Agent Orange Resolution which addresses health concerns of veterans exposed to Agent Orange was brought to Committee by Gary Wetzel (Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient) and me. The resolution demanded action by Congress. The resolution failed because we refused to replace the word demand with Request.
After fierce floor debate, demand stayed in: 6 weeks it later passed on the floor both at the State and National Convention in Los Angeles!
The VFW got out front in making sure Agent Orange, which contains dioxin, the most poisonous substance known to man, was properly recognized. Now, 14 serious health issues are service-connected, with dozens more being studied.
COLUMBINE STUDENT'S FATHER 12 YEARS LATER!--
Guess our national leaders didn't expect this. On Thursday, Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee.
What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert!
These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness.
The following is a portion of the transcript: "Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers.
"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart.
"In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA. I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA - because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent
I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best.
Your laws ignore our deepest needs,
Your words are empty air.
You've stripped away our heritage,
You've outlawed simple prayer.
Now gunshots fill our classrooms,
And precious children die.
You seek for answers everywhere,
And ask the question "Why?"
You regulate restrictive laws,
Through legislative creed.
And yet you fail to understand,
That God is what we need!
"Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit.
“When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact.
“What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties.
“We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts.
"As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school. I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain.
Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA -- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!" - Darrell Scott
MIKUNI CARBURETOR CATALOG ONLINE WITH PDF DOWNLOAD--
Mikuni American's latest Mikuni Carburetor Products Catalog features their complete line of Aftermarket Performance Carburetors, Accessories, Replacement Parts and Tuning Components for Racing, Street Motorcycles, Off-Road Dirt Bike, ATV, Snowmobile and Personal Watercraft applications.
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