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Amazing News from the Smoke Out, Love Jugs, Lucky Dave's, Saddlemen, S&S, Le Pera, Cuba, PCH, Wayfarer, Rogue and the Girls

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Jim Waggaman, Ramon Russell and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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Some companies in our aftermarket industry are kicking ass, while others are struggling. The question is why and what can they do?

In a recent interview the MD of Daimler Benz (Mercedes Benz) said their competitors are no longer other car companies but Tesla (obvious), Google, Apple, Amazon 'et al' are…… There have always been the 3 constants ... Death, Taxes and CHANGE!

It’s fascinating, and everything is changing faster than ever before. Get this. The control freaks would like you to turn in your cars to be crushed and live in a tent, without electricity, but you can’t light a fire to cook. In fact, you shouldn’t eat any animals or cook anything. WTF?

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Wait a minute, bikers almost have the perfect solution. Just a bedroll, one motorcycle, a bottle of whiskey and your babe. What more do we need? Everyone should read my book from 1999, Sam “Chopper” Orwell. We’re getting close.

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Software will disrupt most traditional industries in the next 5-10 years.

Uber is just a software tool, they don't own any cars, and are now the biggest taxi company in the world

Airbnb is now the biggest hotel company in the world, although they don't own any properties.

Artificial Intelligence:
Computers become exponentially better in understanding the world. This year, a computer beat the best Go player in the world, 10 years earlier than expected.

In the US, young lawyers already don't get jobs. Because of IBM Watson, you can get legal advice (so far for more or less basic stuff) within seconds, with 90% accuracy compared with 70% accuracy when done by humans.

So if you study law, stop immediately. There will be 90% less lawyers in the future, only specialists will remain.

Watson already helps nurses diagnosing cancer, 4 times more accurate than human nurses. Facebook now has a pattern recognition software that can recognize faces better than humans. In 2030, computers will become more intelligent than humans.

Autonomous cars:
In 2018 the first self driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020, the complete industry will start to be disrupted. You don't want to own a car anymore. You will call a car with your phone, it will show up at your location and drive you to your destination. You will not need to park it, you only pay for the driven distance and can be productive while driving. Our kids will never get a driver's licence and will never own a car.

It will change the cities, because we will need 90-95% less cars for that. We can transform former parking spaces into parks. 1.2 million people die each year in car accidents worldwide. We now have one accident every 60,000 miles (100,000 km), with autonomous driving that will drop to one accident in 6 million miles (10 million km). That will save a million lives each year.

Most car companies will probably become bankrupt. Traditional car companies try the evolutionary approach and just build a better car, while tech companies (Tesla, Apple, Google) will do the revolutionary approach and build a computer on wheels.

Many engineers from Volkswagen and Audi; are completely terrified of Tesla.

Insurance companies will have massive trouble because without accidents, the insurance will become 100x cheaper. Their car insurance business model will disappear.

Real estate will change. Because if you can work while you commute, people will move further away to live in a more beautiful neighborhood.

Electric cars will become mainstream about 2020. Cities will be less noisy because all new cars will run on electricity. Electricity will become incredibly cheap and clean: Solar production has been on an exponential curve for 30 years, but you can now see the burgeoning impact.

Last year, more solar energy was installed worldwide than fossil. Energy companies are desperately trying to limit access to the grid to prevent competition from home solar installations, but that can't last. Technology will take care of that strategy.

With cheap electricity comes cheap and abundant water. Desalination of salt water now only needs 2kWh per cubic meter (@ 0.25 cents). We don't have scarce water in most places, we only have scarce drinking water. Imagine what will be possible if anyone can have as much clean water as he wants, for nearly no cost.

The Tricorder X price will be announced this year. There are companies who will build a medical device (called the "Tricorder" from Star Trek) that works with your phone, which takes your retina scan, your blood sample and you breath into it.

It then analyses 54 biomarkers that will identify nearly any disease. It will be cheap, so in a few years everyone on this planet will have access to world class medical analysis, nearly for free. Goodbye, medical establishment.

3D printing:
The price of the cheapest 3D printer came down from $18,000 to $400 within 10 years. In the same time, it became 100 times faster. All major shoe companies have already started 3D printing shoes.

Some spare airplane parts are already 3D printed in remote airports. The space station now has a printer that eliminates the need for the large amount of spare parts they used to have in the past.

At the end of this year, new smart phones will have 3D scanning possibilities. You can then 3D scan your feet and print your perfect shoe at home.

In China, they already 3D printed and built a complete 6-storey office building. By 2027, 10% of everything that's being produced will be 3D printed.

Business opportunities:
If you think of a niche you want to go in, ask yourself: "in the future, do you think we will have that?" and if the answer is yes, how can you make that happen sooner?

If it doesn't work with your phone, forget the idea. And any idea designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure in the 21st century.

70-80% of jobs will disappear in the next 20 years. There will be a lot of new jobs, but it is not clear if there will be enough new jobs in such a small time.

There will be a $100 agricultural robot in the future. Farmers in 3rd world countries can then become managers of their field instead of working all day on their fields.

There is an app called "moodies" which can already tell in which mood you're in. By 2020 there will be apps that can tell by your facial expressions, if you are lying. Imagine a political debate where it's being displayed when they're telling the truth and when they're not.

Bitcoin may even become the default reserve currency ... Of the world!

: The cheapest smart phones are already at $10 in Africa and Asia. By 2020, 70% of all humans will own a smart phone. That means, everyone has the same access to world class education.

The best thing we can hope for is that they also perfect the ability to stop the computer hackers because boy could they mess things up big time!!!

One more thing - I can remain quite cheerful regarding this 'brave new world' of the future because I won't be part of it - I'll be happily pushing up daisies instead!

--Ramon Russell
Australian Inventor

The Smoke Out is defined by music. Every evening the bands hit the stage with a lot of energy. Get your tickets now, only 3 days left.

In my humble opinion, beginning to end, this ONE-OF-THE-BEST music line up we have ever had at a single event. I don't say this lightly because we have had GREAT bands, for many years.

Rebel Son is an original honky tonk rockabilly band. Not for the faint-of-heart, Rebel Son will electrify you with a high octane journey as they proclaim their blue-collar doctrine.

The smell of sweat, the rumble of engines and the memories that you will have for the rest of your life. The Smoke Out is an incredible journey that grounds you to what is real and elevates you to the possibilities of life. Make your commitment now.

Koffin Kats - We are very lucky to have these guys. This one show justifies everything you had to do to get to the Smoke Out. "The Koffin Kats" are motor-born, sophisticated psychobilly. They put together songs with subjects ranging from Sci-Fi to dealing with the horrors of the real world.

Get your tickets now.


Sarah Shook and the Disarmers --- The band's sound is a sneering fusion of punk-rock autonomy and say-it-like-it-is country from the classic era, paired with a timeless vocal warble and tons of attitude.

Rolling Stones - 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know - "Sounds Like: A natural-born punk in love with the brutal honesty of classic country"

Sneaky Tree - Spacey, one of our favorites on the Horse Backstreet Choppers Magazine Staff, formed a band. It all started in the Spring of '93 with the original members Robert Henry on drums, Reggie Thomas on guitar, Darren Patrick Comans on bass and Billy Lyons aka Spacey on vocals.

Old Man Noize - It's rock from it's humble beginnings of the Stones, Humble Pie, Johnny Winter and the music that's rockin' a 3rd generation.

5 different musicians from 5 different states who ended up in Burlington, NC. Brought together for one simple idea, one simple emotion, The Love of Music.

Get your tickets now.

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After 10 years, the wife starts to think their kid looks kinda strange so she decides to do a DNA test.

She finds out that the kid is actually from completely different parents.

Wife: Honey, I have something very serious to tell you

Husband: What’s up?

Wife: According to DNA test results, this is not our kid

Husband: Well you don’t remember, do you?? When we were leaving the hospital, we noticed that our baby had pooped.

Then you said:
- Please go change the baby, I’ll wait for you here.

So I went inside, got a clean one and left the dirty one there.

Men will be men

--from the Wayfarer

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The Indian dealer had a rally, here in SoCal, in L.A. on Saturday. It started out as an exchange an old Harley t-shirt for a new Indian tee.

When I got there on Saturday, I found out it was a full blown rally. Seen bikes parked down La Cienaga for ten blocks . Half of the boulevard was shut down to traffic and all kinds of display booths and live band going on.

Police presence there with their booth and looks like all had a good time . Got that t-shirt, the old t-shirts were to be given to a men's homeless organization.

Just thought I would let our motorcycle community know .

-- Gearhead

RPM Act Update and Help Needed--
SEMA members will be meeting with Congressional leaders in Washington, DC, later this week to rally support for the 2017 RPM Act.

At the same time, we are scheduling a social media deployment from everyone on the same date using the platform Thunderclap and NEED YOUR HELP—Please join us by signing up.

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Everyone who signs up will have a social media post go out on May 17 at 9:30am EDT, on the accounts they designate. This unified message about the RPM Act on the same date and time will create a Thunderclap that will have a thunderous impact on our targeted audience. Signing up simply allows Thunderclap to schedule a message to come from your account, and your account will not be compromised in any other way.

Joining the Thunderclap is easy and takes less than a minute—please sign up TODAY. Tell your friends and family to sign up as well.

You can also follow us during the SEMA Washington Rally by searching #SaveOurRacecars

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Just got off the phone with the director of the Sturgis Museum, and there is not going to be a Freedom Fighter this year. They are going to be having a short in memoriam for Michael Balls Farabaugh during the induction ceremony. He also talked about opening up the dialogue between the museum and the motorcycle rights community

--Jiggs Cressy
Rapid City, SD

I've leased a lot at Cheyenne Crossing (Spearfish Canyon) during Sturgis and am renting vendor spaces to a few select vendors. I'm trying to get only the cool shit. Handmade American products.

After thirty years of exhibiting in Sturgis, this is by far the best location I've ever had.

No room for big rigs. 10 x 20' or so max. Spaces are starting to fill, but I want cool shit. Talked with Jesse Rooke, Kendall, Zach Johnson. Some antique bikes would be cool or handbuilt FXR, Dyna shit.

I'll probably go broke trying to keep my integrity, but if I pull it off, the next five years will be fun & profitable!

See you there.

Eric Herrmann

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A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her, so she goes out and buys a gun. She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead.

Well, the blonde is really angry. She opens her purse to take out the gun, and as she does so, she is overcome with grief. She takes the gun and puts it to her head.

The boyfriend yells, 'No, honey, don't do it!!!'

The blonde replies, 'Shut up, you're next!'

--from Jim Waggaman

California: Department of Justice Submits Assault Weapon Regulations to Office of Administrative Law

Today, May 15, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted draft regulations on "Assault Weapons" to the Office of Administrative Law (OAL). The regulations were submitted as "file and print only" and DOJ has refused to release the text. This is similar to the last time DOJ submitted regulations on "assault weapons" before they were abruptly withdrawn after the NRA and CRPA attorneys submitted a pre-litigation demand letter.

The NRA's legal team will review and prepare an analysis once the text becomes available. In the meantime, continue to check your inbox and the California Stand and Fight Website for updates.

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Bandit's comment on climate change....amen brother.

Saskatoon , SK, Canada
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Editor Response This could be the next major Bikers Rights Effort. We could bring Freedom back to the forefront. The climate has changed for millions of years. Way before industry there was twice as much CO2 in the air.

Freedom works.
The ongoing effect of inflation.

Friday, May 19, 2017
Editor Response Perfect!

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