I’m reading State of Fear by Michael Crichton.
Did you know that most of the major scientist in Australia don’t believe in global warming. They think our weather patterns change from time to time and man has little impact. Some say that one volcano eruption will produce more greenhouse gases than all the cars on the planet.
So, should we torture our businesses, car manufacturers, lawn mower makers, bike shops? Why can’t we find balance? Is it all about control or money? Can the government even control the agencies they create?
So, what’s a poor biker boy to do. I like the quote recently about regulations forcing us to become outlaws. Like one day you’re just riding down the street minding your own business. The next, they pass a helmet law, muffler law, anti-tampering law, and a law against patches. The following day you are a full-on outlaw. Well, I’m not turning myself in. Let’s read the news and party. WTF?
The news is sponsored in part by Cycle Source Magazine
New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Undercover Reporter Reaches Kennedy
I grew up with Pat and always knew he would live and die by making bikes. I use to go to his house in Carlsbad and sit and watch him and his Brothers for hours making choppers.
I'm happy to hear he's done well and found his soulmate. He is a good person and would love to hear from him. 4789786767. His wife Brooke can call. I'm sure I can tell her some stories she would love to hear and make her laugh. Happy for you Pat.
Long lost friend…
Pat is a good example. One of the reasons he left California was his fear of regulators, requirements, helmet laws, and CARB. He disappeared into the desert near Tombstone, Arizona, where he could build bikes and be left alone. --
HANG ON FOR AUSTRALIAN OVERKILL,
Biker solitary confinement, Queensland style-- Authorities in the Australian state of Queensland refuse to release images of the cells being used to hold bikers in solitary confinement, citing “safety and security considerations.”
Citing mounting community concerns, The Sunday Mail newspaper says it has sworn statements from lawyers who represent bikers charged under the VLAD laws, that paint a picture of what is going on behind closed doors in the Queensland prisons.
According to those statements, prisoners are forbidden from wearing underpants and, in the bikers-only facility at Woodford prison, are clothed in pink uniforms.
They are held in lockdown for 23 hours each day in cells “the size of a large dining table”, with only a mattress and a toilet.
According to some affidavits, the cells have been infested with cockroaches, ants and mites. There are surveillance cameras above the toilet, and above the shower in an adjoining cell, where inmates are given an hour a day “outside time”.
That cell is the same size but with a “caged area to allow for natural light”.
Cells are searched daily while inmates are forced to stand with their heads against the wall with arms raised.
Inmates are strip-searched before and after visits from their lawyers, and given half the standard daily food rations, their lawyers claim.
A government spokesman yesterday said the cells were “very different” than the picture painted. They all had a shower, a window, a sink, desk and chair, and bookshelves.
But Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said he made no apologies for being tough on members of organised crime gangs and it was working.
“They used their notoriety to be top dogs in the prison population and they actually continued their illegal activities by dealing drugs and intimidating prison staff,” Mr Bleijie said.
“Keeping them away from the general prison population has disrupted all of that and jail is now a real deterrent for them."
"The prison regime is doing what it’s meant to do: We now have gang members resigning from their clubs and turning over a new leaf and some have had their restrictions lifted.”
There are about 50 “Criminal Motorcycle Gang” prisoners held in Queensland jails.
The government says “health and psychological services” are offered to inmates, and club members were able like other prisoners – to participate “in meaningful activities.”
GMA BANDED GRIPS--
These slick, ultra high quality grips from GMA a division of Belt Drives Limited, definitely add a touch of style to any scooter while providing riders with a relaxed, comfortable and positive feel.
CNC machined for positive finger placement the new grips are fit with 3 durable rubber style bands which produce the unique appearance and exceptional grip.
Additionally each GMA throttle grip is manufactured with integral throttle pipe for installation convenience and quick precision operation.
GMA Banded Grips are offered in any of 3 finishes including: Black #RBHG-1B $101.50 pr, Chrome #RBHG-1C $101.50 pr, and Polished #RBHG-1P $72.00 per pair.
To order or for additional details visit GMA at www.beltdrives.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SMOKE OUT ALERTS-- DAYTONA BIKE WEEK -
1ST ANNOUNCEMENT -- Road2Smoke Out
The first anouncement is that the Cinematique Theatre in Daytona, FL will be showing the movie "Road 2 Smoke Out" on Thursday; Mar 13, 2014. The movie will start at 7:30 pm after the bike show at Willie's Tropical Tattoo.
It is a very nice; artsy theatre and they are selling PBR ($2 a can
) but it is small (like 70 seats) so if you want a ticket call the theatre at their box office (386) 252-3118 soon.
The theatre is putting this on, not the HORSE Magazine but we are so impressed they are doing it that Edge agreed to be there to answer questions about the movie and give out some free prizes.
2ND HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT--
Autumn, Mike and the crazed crew at Boston Mike's gave us an idea that cannot be ignored.
After the Smoke Out closes the gates Friday night we plan to have a special event in the campgrounds. We plan to have a "Chopper Prom."
Yes indeed. Ladies save those previously unusable bridesmaid's dresses. Gentlemen, time to hit goodwill and have your mama modify your new (old) tux into a sleeveless, masterpiece of unforgettable chopper attire.
We are currently in negotiations for a famous celebrity to take the prom pictures. We need a shop to call in and help us with a mirror covered, disco ball. We need punch bowls, etc... and be advised: The HORSE is now on the look out for a WEDDING SINGER to host this epic fiasco. Email Edge (email@example.com
) your wedding singer suggestions. More details to follow! Stay tuned.
3RD ANNOUNCEMENT -
Save by pre-registering. PLEASE tell your friends so they can save some cash. If you order your tickets by Mar 10, 2014 the cost for the event (a wristband that gets you in both Friday and Saturday) will be $ 30 per person or $ 55 with camping. So get on the throttle and grab a couple of discount tix, we know you want to.
Enjoy the ride,
BIKER’S CHOICE THE MOTORCYCLE TRAILER CONNECTION--
Yes we have a whole section of trailers in the BC catalog starting at this page: http://www.powersportrider.com/cgi-bin/zcatjpg
Section: Trailers and Ramps
A TASTE OF THE OPTIMISTS’ CODE--
Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
SEATTLE BIKERNET BAGGER EDITOR’S CHOICE WINNER—
Our esteemed Bikernet Baggers editor assisted with the finale Ultimate Builders show in Seattle last weekend, and chose the Bikernet Baggers Editor’s Choice Winner.
“This bike kicked ass at the show,” said Richard, “ best in class, peoples choice, and editor’s choice.”
Watch for a feature in the next few weeks on Bikernet Baggers.
Click on the art and it will take you there.
PAUGHCO RETRO TEARDROP AIR CLEANERS--
Flawlessly crafted from cast aluminum and finished in show quality chrome these new TEARDROP AIR CLEANER ASSEMBLIES just introduced by Paughco are nothing short of Retro-Cool.
Available in Smooth, Ribbed and Slotted styles they measure 8 inches wide, 4 ½ tall and just 2 inches deep. Designed to fit easily to S&S and most H-D intake systems from 1988.
Each assembly is supplied with a mini air filter, required fittings and hardware. Retail for the Smooth and Ribbed Teardrop air cleaner is just $184.95
for the thru-cut Slotted design! Call Paughco at 775-246-5738 or catch them on line at www.paughco.com
BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
NEW YEARS 2014 THURSDAY NEWS for January 2, 2014
I Really Loved This Article! I'm A BANDIDO Done Here! I'm In The North Side Chapter [NOMAD] [43yrs.] Now! I'm A [LIFER] DIG!!! I Really Enjoyed This Deal! All The Photos Of Vintage Hogs, & The WOMEN, Need I Say More, Amigo! Hey, If One Of Those Gals Ever Want To Really Have Some Downhome FUN, Then You Give Them My Ph. #936-520-6751. HA! HA! I Know That Want Happen, But It Was SurelyA Awesome Thought! Right, Amigo! Well You All Have A Nice Day! OKAY! ADIOS, AMIGO!!!
--Donald Redig Jr.
THE BIG MOUNTAIN RUN RETURNS FOR 2014 --
Yep, it's true; after taking a one-year hiatus, the Cycle Source Magazine Big Mountain Run (BMR) is back by popular demand. The years have come and gone but the basic premise is still the same, only the roads and ending location have changed.
June 10th riders will be gathering at Triple S Harley-Davidson for a kick off party to begin their Gypsy Tour to the 2014 BMR. This year we will be riding the beautiful roads of West Virginia making a few stops along the way, ending at the BMR grounds at the County Farm in Parsons, West Virginia.
It all adds up to a two day Gypsy Run and a killer party at the end that includes, food, brews, vendors, bands, bike shows and the famous Tramp Triathlon. The all-new invite only, Hillbilly Invitational bike show will be featured at this year's BMR with amazing awards to be given to the winners. So far 11 builders have committed to the show! A list of show details, builders and prizes will be announced soon.
If you like to break away, get out and ride the country and do something that's like it used to be, then meet us in the hills of West Virginia.
Pre-register on line at www.bigmountainrun.blosgspot.com
Entry fee of $30.00
gets you into the event June 13th - 15th. Free on-site camping will be given to all pre-registrants.
There's another big bonus for pre-registering today - you will be entered into a contest to win an Indian Larry twisted down-tube frame!
For more information go to: www.bigmountainrun.blogspot.com
. To become a vendor contact Penny Osiecki at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 702-566-3397.
2014 DRAG RACING SERIES SCHEDULE--
Your best chances to see Harley-Davidsons in action 1/4 mile at a time ;-)
Verify Races on Event Websites
March 7-9 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series- Houston, TX
March 13-16 Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals Gainesville, FL (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
March 21-22 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Southwestern-Nationals SW International Raceway, Tucson, AZ
March 21-23 MIROCK Superbike Series, Adams Performance Spring Bike Open at Rockingham, NC
March 28-29 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series San Antonio Natls-San Antonio Raceway, TX
March 29-30 AMRA Baton Rouge, LA (Tentative)
April 4-6 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Virginia Motorsports Park, Petersburg, VA
April 11-13 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Charlotte, NC (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
April 11-13 Manufacturers Cup Series Exoticycle-Roaring Toyz Spring Cup at SGMP
April 13 - Texas Scooter Times Motorcycle Sunday "All Bike Drags"Little River Dragway - Temple, TX
April 25-26 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Southern Natls-Bradenton Motorsports Park,Bradenton, FL
April 25-27 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Royal Purple Raceway (TopFuel Only) Houston, Tx
April 25-27 MIROCK Superbike Series, Fast by Gast Spring Nationals at Budds Creek, MD
April 26-27 AMRA Bowling Green, KY (No Top Fuel/Nitro Funny Bike)
May 2-3 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Palm Beach Nationals-Palm Beach Intl Raceway, Palm Beach, FL
May 16-18 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals, Atlanta, GA (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
May 17-18 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Spring Nationals-Rockingham Dragway, Rockingham, NC
May 18-18 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Oh.
MAY 24-25 CMDRA Eastern V-Rod Destroyer Series Running with OCSA car and bike event Toronto Motorsports Park, Toronto, CN
May 24-25 CMDRA Eagle Motorplex, Ashcroft, CN
May 31-June 1 AMRA Rockingham, NC
May 29-June 1 Toyota NHRA Summernationals, Englishtown, NJ (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
May 30-June 1 MIROCK Superbike Series, Fast by Gast Summer Natls at Budds Creek, MD
June 6-8 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Mission Raceway, Mission, BC
June 13-14 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Northeast Nationals-Maryland Intl Raceway, Budds Creek, MD
June 13-15 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Bristol Dragway (Top Fuel Only), Bristol, TN
June 13-15 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Bandimere Speedway (Non Top Fuel event), Denver, Co
June 14-15 CMDRA Eastern V-Rod Destroyer Series -All Bike Drags and Rocky's Harleys by the Beach Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, CN
June 19-22 Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals, Epping, NH (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
June 20-22 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Mopar Nationals-Grand Bend Motorplex, Grand Bend, ON
June 20-21 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Bristol Dragway (Non Top Fuel event), Bristol, Tn
June 20-22 Manufacturers Cup Series Virginia Motorsports Park – Richmond, VA
June 26-29 O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals, Chicago, Il. (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
June 28-29 AMRA Bowling Green, KY
July 3-6 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals, Norwalk, Oh (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
July 4-6 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series-Mopar Rocky Mountain Nationals Castrol Raceway, Edmonton, AB
July 5 CMDRA Eastern V-Rod Destroyer Series All Bike Drags.. one day event! Napierville Dragway, Napierville, QC
July 12-13 CMDRA MHDRA, Medicine Hat, CN
July 12-13 AMRA (Sportsman Classes-Fuel by Invite), Holly Springs, MS
July 18-20 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals, Denver, CO (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
July 25-26 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Cordova Dragway Park, Cordova, Ill
July 25-27 MIROCK Superbike Series, WPGC Bike Fest at Budds Creek, MD
July 25-27 NHRA Sonoma Nationals, Sonoma, Ca (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
August 1-2 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Pittsburgh Nationals-Pittsburgh Raceway Park, Pittsburgh, PA
August 1-3 Manufacturers Cup Series Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, GA
August 2-3 WMDRA-Sturgis Drag Race and Rally, Sturgis, SD
August 2 CMDRA Eastern V-Rod Destroyer Series All Bike Drags.. one day event! Napierville Dragway, Napierville, QC
August 8-9 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Northern Nationals-U.S. 131 Motorsports Park
August 9-10 CMDRA Eastern V-Rod Destroyer Series All Bike Drags.. Running with OSCA car and bike event
August 15-17 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Cecil CountyDragway,Rising Sun, MD
August 15-17 MIROCK Superbike Series, FBR Shop Summer Sizzler-Rockingham, NC
August 16-17 43rd Annual Truett and Osborn Drag Race, Wichita, KS
August 23-24 AMRA Martin, MI
August 23-24 CMDRA Eagle Motorplex, Ashcroft, CN
September 5-7 MIROCK Superbike Series, Orient Express U.S. Nationals at Atco, NJ
September 6-7 CMDRA Castrol Raceway Edmonton, AB
Aug. 27-Sept. 1 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals, Indianaopolis, In (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
September 5-7 MIROCK Superbike Series, Orient Express U.S. Nationals at Atco, NJ
Sept. 12-14 NHRA Carolina Nationals, Charlotte, NC (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
Sept. 18-21 AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, Dallas, TX (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
Sept. 26-28 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Rocky Mountain Raceways, West Valley, Utah
Sept. 26-28 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals, St. Louis, MO (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
Sept. 27-28 AMRA, Bowling Green, KY
Sept. 27-28 CMDRA MHDRA, Medicine Hat. CN
Oct. 2-5 Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals, Reading, Pa. (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
October 3-5 MIROCK Superbike Series, Fast by Gast Fall Nationals at Budds Creek, MD
October 4 & 5 - Texas Harley Racers Reunion "Gathering & Drags" Little River Dragway - Temple, TX
October 10-11 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series Summit World Finals-Memphis International Raceway,TN
October 11-12 AMRA-Rockingham, NC
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 NHRA Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas, NV (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
October 31-Nov 2 MIROCK Superbike Series, Lee's Performance World Finals at Rockingham, NC
Nov. 6-9 NHRA Harley-Davidson Drag Racing Series-Las Vegas, NV
Nov. 13-16 Auto Club NHRA Finals, Sonoma, CA (Pro Stock Motorcycles)
November 14-16 Manufacturers Cup Series World Cup Finals at SGMP
AND remember don't blame me if something changes ;-)
Click to Join
QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
V-TWIN SHOW REPORTS THURSDAY NEWS FOR FEB 13, 2014
I agree that we need to keep fighting for our freedoms. I was at the ABATE of Maryland booth at the Baltimore Bike Show this past weekend helping pass out information and sell raffle tickets. I was getting a little frustrated at some of the "Bikers" walking past that couldn’t answer what ABATE was.
I loudly said something to one about him being a "Welfare Biker" because he has been living off our work for the past 38 years, to which he answered that he served in the Air Force for 6 years and felt he paid his dues for freedom. I thanked him for his service, then asked him if he thought his fight for freedom was over and if he was willing to just leave the fight to others.
He stood there for a minute, then went over and signed up for membership.
Fantastic, well done. We need to find a way, or a new message, to get the point across successfully. We need it now more than ever!
Click for more info.
BIKERNET PRODUCT REVIEW--
I ordered a shirt from ya. Price was fair. Quality high and I didn't get charged for shipping.
Received a kick ass shirt. Gonna buy again from your store.
fuckin fucker!!! Seems to me as them fuckers did ya right on layin in some well deserved web airtime in a generous size article indeed... an some airplay for Shovelhead.Usa as a byproduct as well!!!
Try not to forget us here, the poor simple downtrodden members in your current rise to fame an fortune...
ahhh, seems like only yesterday you hatched the plan on said parts an I sent ya an S&S SuperE body to start this endeavor...
fuckin cool beans...
V-TWIN EXPO DELIVERS SOLID SHOW--
With nearly 200 exhibitors, increased dealer traffic and stable Cincinnati weather, the V-Twin Expo delivered a solid show to the V-twin industry.
The 14th consecutive V-Twin Expo wrapped up in Cincinnati on February 9th with positive reactions from both exhibitors and attending dealers.
With nearly 200 exhibitors, the V-Twin Expo welcomed dealers from 43 states across the US and 19 countries around the world. Dealers came looking for the latest trends in the v-twin industry, newest products and learning opportunities.
Increased dealer registrations were clearly visible Saturday followed by a steady flow of traffic Sunday. Exhibitors offered glowing reviews on the traffic, business conducted and quality of dealers present at the V-Twin Expo as stated by Jamie Goodson, first-time exhibitor from Brooks Leather. “The Dealers here came to buy. They are principals from all over the country. I am really very excited about the turnout and the quality of the dealers”.
The location of the V-Twin Expo continues to prove accurate as pointed out by Ryan Keefe, of NPA “We like this location because we have a ton of dealers within a 500 mile radius of the show”. To see Jamie, Ryan’s and other video testimonials, check out V Twin Expo YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoAGZhEG-91TUc1NGNo7pw/feed.
Dealers like Paul and Justin from 7th Gear Motorcycle Company out of Albany, Oregon travelled across the country to attend the V-Twin Expo for the exhibitor roster and the learning opportunities offered. “As new dealers, there was tons of information for us. It was really helpful. And the bikes were the best part of the show!” All attendees met with industry leading v-twin manufacturers, builders, designers, distributors and more during the two-day show at the Duke Energy Convention Center.
The 15th Annual V-Twin Expo show dates are February 7th and 8th 2015. The show will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati. For 2015 exhibitor and dealer information, please visit us at: www.vtwin-expo.com
UNCLE MONKEY ON THE CUSTOM BUG--
Can't you just leave it alone? It is a phrase that Mrs. Monkey utters every time a new bike enters the stable. The Kawasaki has the distinct honor of being the only bike I never striped down to a bare frame before I even rode the bike ten feet.
As soon as I get a bike it is disassembled, reworked, remade, reborn into my bike. It can be more than a little frustrating for her, as I work out the little bugs and nuances of the finished modified bike. That is where the excitement is. Building, modifying, creating.
Mrs. Monkey’s new HondaMatic needed a complete cleaning from top to bottom, front to back. The vintage bike has a cool stock look to it, a rare model. It draws people over to ask what it is? I was surprised on the drive home when she asked what she could change on the bike. Hmm. Well, the sky is the limit...or rather the bank account is the limit. She didn't really like the chrome fenders, the bike sat a little too high; the crash bars seemed bulky and awkward.
As I disassembled the bike, cleaning it, and polishing it, I started glancing over to the mangled front fender from the King. A few hours later it was chopped, cropped and sitting in place along with a sporty solo seat.
Once the carbs are cleaned and synced the air box will disappear and I’ll re-jet for pod air cleaners. The factory burgundy with pink pinstripes (wow - I wonder who the target market was for this bike) will become classic black. Mrs. Monkey pokes her head in from time to time to give her input. I offered her a part for her to polish, clean, paint but she counters with an offer for me to clean the bathroom. Fair enough.
Building and maintaining bikes are my domain, she can keep the house clean and food in my belly. The HondaMatic is turning into a sharp little bike, far from what Honda had ever intended it too - something that will look right at home beside Snow White and the King.
-bad Uncle Monkey
RAFFLE TICKETS NOW ON SALE!??--
Ticket sales have begun for the custom Nevada 150 commemorative state themed motorcycle celebrating the state’s Sesquicentennial anniversary.
The Harley-Davidson bike was revealed as part of the Las Vegas Harley-Davidson groundbreaking, where the winner will be announced at the store’s grand opening event on or about Nevada Day, Oct. 31, 2014.
People now have the opportunity to enter to win the Nevada Sesquicentennial-themed motorcycle, the only design of its kind ever created. The one-of-a-kind 2014 FLHX Harley-Davidson® Street Glide has been custom painted and embellished to include the Battle Born logo, Nevada State Seal, Nevada flag and was hand signed by Governor Brian Sandoval.
With the purchase of each raffle ticket, entrants will also receive a commemorative ticket in the shape of the bike, along with a commemorative chip to save as memorabilia.
Cost for each raffle ticket is $150
, with a maximum of 2,000 tickets being sold. All proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Nevada 150 Foundation, Inc., the non-profit organization formed to support the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission and official Nevada Sesquicentennial Events.
For more information and to purchase tickets contact Las Vegas Harley-Davidson 702-431-8500 ext 1183.
--Las Vegas Harley-Davidson
ONE OF A KIND 4-CAM KNUCKLEHEAD--
Our friend Brett Hatt, a custom vintage Harley builder, just finished his long time dream of a 4 Cam Knucklehead Harley. We made a video talking about the build and his kick start. Its quite the beauty of a bike.
Check out our site: http://www.theharleymovie.com
Thank you for your time and support!
CUSTOM FORWARD CONTROLS FROM LUCKY DEVIL METAL WORKS IN HOUSTON--
Here is a sneak peak at some custom forward controls I did for a client’s Ironhead project.