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THRILLING BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for March 1, 2018

It's All Happening Now for Daytona Bike Week and Beyond

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ujjwal Dey, Terry & Heather, Rik Savenko, Sidehack Jerry, Sam Burns, Stealth, Bobby Stark, Sheriff and the rest of the Bikernet crew
3/1/2018


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Exciting times at Bikernet.
Daytona Bike Week is just around the corner. It’s the 40th Anniversary of the Hamsters, now with about 300 members worldwide, some 60 critters are headed to Daytona where it all started.


We started an Instagram campaign this week with my Son Frank, and Grandson Frankie and went from 100 viewers to about 1,500 in a few days. Of course my son wants to turn it over to me on Monday, like I need another project. “They want to hear from you, Dad.”

Our Bikernet numbers climbed 14 percent in the short month of February. Not bad. Just goes to show. If you do anything, even if it’s wrong your numbers may respond.


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The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown and BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum. And the Smoke Out.







SONS OF SPEED IN DAYTONA--Sons of Speed is a motorcycle race inspired by early 20th-century board-track racing. Featuring stripped-down bikes with pre-1925 American V-Twin engines and a steeply banked racetrack, Sons of Speed hearkens back to a wide-open, full-throttle, thrilling style of motorcycle racing.

Founded by veteran motorcycle builder Billy Lane of Discovery Channel's Biker Build-Off and Monster Garage, the Sons of Speed race will feature some of the sport’s most accomplished riders, builders, and enthusiasts. The Sons of Speed race will take place during Daytona Bike Week at New Smyrna Speedway’s half-mile, paved, banked racetrack, with nine riders in several different heats. Winners of the heats will advance to a championship round. Each racer will sit astride identical hand-built racing chassis holding pre-1925 1000cc American V-Twin engines, and most racers will customize their machines by fabricating handlebars, exhaust, fenders, foot pegs and fuel/oil tanks.

This year, general admission tickets to the Sons of Speed race at New Smyrna Speedway on Saturday, March 17, will be AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE DOOR. Gates open at 11 am and races are at 1 pm. Tickets are $20; there's a $5 military discount with a military ID (limit one per military ID).

This year, we have two advance-purchase-only ticket types:

HOT PASS: $200

* breakfast with Billy at Choppers Inc on Thursday, March 15, at 9 am (location to be revealed to ticket buyers)

* one-of-a-kind signed lanyard that grants admission and pit access to the races on Saturday

* Billy Lane's books Chop Fiction and How to Build a Chopper

NOTE: There are only 50 HOT PASS tickets available.

VIP: $50

* one-of-a-kind signed lanyard that grants admission and pit access to the races on Saturday

NOTE: There are 200 VIP tickets available.

I bought three VIP tickets. See you there.

--Bandit





BIKERNET BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB--The Book has arrived! Morano’s ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change’ now available!

By: Marc Morano - Climate Depot

Climate Depot’s Marc Morano’s book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change by Regnery Books is already climbing to Number 1 in a key category on the Amazon rankings! It has reached #1 Best Seller in Environmental Science books as of February 28, 2018.

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, By Marc Morano

The book has been endorsed by Nobel Prize Winning scientist Dr. Ivar Giaever. (see below) The new book also comes out just in time to greet the upcoming UN IPCC climate report already making the media rounds: See: Leaked UN IPCC Draft Report calls for ‘a radical transformation of society’ – Predicts 1.5°C Warming By 2043

This book is the ultimate reference guide to climate change and no parent should be without a copy as their kids under climate education at school from elementary through college!

(The new book is also available at: Amazon UK ; EBAY;

BUY NOW: https://www.amazon.com/Deplorables-Guide-Global-Warming-Guides/dp/1621576760





Limbaugh praised Climate Depot’s Morano in 2009: “Morano’s probably single-handedly, in a civilian sense, the guy (other than me, of course) doing a better job of ringing the bells alarming people of what’s going on here.” – November 20, 2009

Limbaugh on Morano in February 2018:
Rush Limbaugh Touts Climate Depot: Run by Morano who ‘used to be — when I had the TV show — Our Man in Washington – Warmist ‘arguments blown to smithereens’ on Climate Depot

Read the book’s forward by Weather Channel Founder John Coleman & read critical praise of Morano’s new book here: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/02/25/a-must-read-the-politically-incorrect-guide-to-climate-change/

A sampling of praise and reviews for Marc Morano’s new book:

“With his book “Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change”, Marc Morano vies to be the Thomas Paine of the movement to save the world from the tyranny of climate catastrophists. He exposes the seemingly infinite number of absurd claims, and the almost unbounded hypocrisy and venality of the proponents of this clearly inhuman and scientifically implausible attempt to control mankind by controlling and, more importantly, restricting access to energy. This book is an unrelenting polemic of the best kind.”

— Emeritus MIT climate scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen

***

“I have never met Marc Morano, the author of this very interesting book, but I know him well from his excellent blog Climate Depot, which I read regularly. In the book he exposes the climate myths that even scientific organizations like the Physical Society and American Association for the Advancement of Science push. The Earth has existed for maybe 4.5 billion years, and now the alarmists will have us believe that because of the small rise in temperature for roughly 150 years (which, by the way, I believe you cannot really measure) we are doomed unless we stop using fossil fuels.

We are now forced to use corn-based ethanol in our gas, subsidized windmills, and solar cells for energy; meanwhile, maybe a billion people worldwide starve and have no access to electricity. You and I breathe out at least thirty tons of CO2 in a normal life span, but nevertheless the Environmental Protection Agency decided to classify rising carbon-dioxide emissions as a hazard to human health.

Marc Morano discusses the reasons and history of all these strange theories in his excellent book The Politically Incorrect Guide ® to Climate Change. Please read it, you will be amazed!”
 
—Dr. IVAR GIAEVER, Nobel Laureate in physics




NEW MOTORCYCLE EXHIBIT AT THE PETERSEN MUSEUM--Alt custom' motorcycles to begin one-year exhibit at Petersen Automotive Museum

Strange and wonderful things are coming to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

The Miracle Mile facility, devoted to the art and science of four-wheeled vehicles, will host its first-ever exhibit dedicated to the art of custom motorcycles.

The "Custom Revolution" show will begin a one-year run on April 14. It will include about 25 motorcycles, from 25 different bike builders, representing the best of what's known as alt custom design.

The show will be guest-curated by motorcycle historian Paul D'Orleans, founder of the Vintagent website and respected author of multiple books on motorcycle design and culture.

The exhibit will feature motorcycles that have never been seen together. Many have never been exhibited in a museum space.

The collection will include such iconic machines as Ian Barry's Black Falcon, Mark Atkinson and Mehmet Doruk's BMW Alpha, El Solitario's Petardro, Kingston Custom's White Phantom, Revival Cycle's J63 Ducati, Shinya Kimura's Needle, Roland Sands' 2 Stroke Attack and Medaza Cycles' Rondine.

D'Orleans, who is also a columnist for Cycle World magazine, said he hoped the show would demonstrate the degree to which "outsider" motorcycle design is actually leading the motorcycle industry.

"Every motorcycle history ever written has been driven by factory histories, but in fact it has been the creativity of custom designers and racers that has always been the leading edge," D'Orleans said. "Factories follow, not the other way around."

The Petersen has included some motorcycles in its permanent exhibit since the late 2015 remodel and reopening. Many key Petersen board members, in fact, are keen motorcyclists — including Bruce Meyer and Richard Varner.

Petersen personnel hope attendees drawn by the motorcycle exhibit will be exposed to automotive arts, and that car fans might have their consciousness raised about motorcycles.

"People may forget that the first motorized vehicles were actually motorcycles," said Varner, who is also the Petersen treasurer and chief operating officer of MotoAmerica. "Everything that you love about the automobile probably started as technology on a motorcycle."

Bryan Stevens, the museum's creative and exhibitions director, said that while motorcycles may seem a departure for the Petersen, this exhibit is in keeping with its overall credo.

"In all our exhibits we try to look for cultural crossover, and this is a phenomenon that melds motorcycles and art and even fine art, as well as engineering and fabrication," Stevens said. "Many of these motorcycles are meant not to be driven but to be contemplated, like an art piece."

Stevens said the seeds of the exhibit were planted in the early 2000s, when he was living in downtown Los Angeles not far from the garage where Ian Barry was building his now-famous Falcon motorcycles.

Stevens' interest in alt custom bikes was further fueled by the website Bikeexif.com, the online bible of motorcycle art, and by a series of books called "The Ride," to which D'Orleans has contributed.

Besides, Stevens said, the art of the alt custom motorcycle is also a homegrown Los Angeles product.

"It's a global phenomenon now, but it has a definite L.A. component," he said. "Some of the most significant bike builders are from here."

D'Orleans, who as author of the book "The Chopper: The Real Story" is considered an authority on that kind of custom motorcycle, said there will be no bikes of that sort at the Petersen show.

"That's not part of the vision for this exhibit," D'Orleans said. "So there won't be anything from Arlen Ness or Jesse James."

Entrance to the exhibit is included with a general admission ticket — $16 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, $8 for children — which can be purchased online or at the museum.

--Charles Fleming, LA Times
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QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY--While riding my Harley, I swerved to avoid hitting a deer, lost control and landed in a ditch, severely banging my head. Dazed and confused I crawled out of the ditch to the edge of the road when a shinny new convertible pulled up with a very beautiful women who asked, "Are you okay?"

As I looked up, I noticed she was wearing a low cut blouse with cleavage to die for..."I'm okay I think," I replied as I pulled myself up to the side of the car to get a closer look.

She said, “Get in and I’ll take you home so I can clean and bandage that nasty scrape on your head.”

"That's nice of you," I answered, but I don't think my wife will like me doing that!"

“Oh, come now, I’m a nurse," she insisted. "I need to see if you have any more scrapes and then treat them properly."

Well, she was really pretty and very persuasive. Being sort of shaken and weak, I agreed, but repeated, "I'm sure my wife won't like this."

We arrived at her place which was just few miles away and, after a couple of cold beers and the bandaging, I thanked her and said, "I feel a lot better but I know my wife is going to be really upset so I'd better go now."

"Don't be silly!" she said with a smile, while unbuttoning her blouse exposing the most beautiful set of boobs I’ve ever seen. "Stay for a while. She won't know anything. By the way, where is she?"

"Still in the ditch with my Harley, I guess."

--from Sidehack Jerry and Rogue




HARLEY-DAVIDSON INVESTS IN ALTA MOTORS; COMPANIES WILL COLLABORATE ON FUTURE ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT--
Collaboration Will Advance Application of EV Motorcycle Technology and Expand Electric Motorcycle Marketplace Combining Instant Torque and Quick Acceleration with Intuitive and Dynamic Motorcycle Design

– Harley-Davidson, Inc. (NYSE: HOG) announced today that it has made an equity investment in Alta Motors, a leader and innovator in lightweight electric vehicles, and that the two companies will collaborate on electric motorcycle technology and new product development.

“Earlier this year, as part of our 10-year strategy, we reiterated our commitment to build the next generation of Harley-Davidson riders, in part, by aggressively investing in electric vehicle (EV) technology,” said Harley-Davidson President and CEO Matt Levatich. “Alta has demonstrated innovation and expertise in EV and their objectives align closely with ours. We each have strengths and capabilities that will be mutually beneficial as we work together to develop cutting-edge electric motorcycles.”

Harley-Davidson has already announced the planned launch of its first electric motorcycle, informed by Project LiveWire. That motorcycle is on track for release in 2019.



Since its inception, Alta Motors has designed and commercialized the world’s most advanced electric motorcycles, enabling everyone from pro riders to new riders to experience “the future of fast.”








EDITORIAL FROM THE EAST--I keep reading where younger people are not interested in riding motorcycles, especially Harley-Davidson. I can tell you this is nothing but bullshit! Go talk to some of them, I do.

They will tell me they love Harleys and want to own one but they can not afford one, and why is that? Well, let me enlighten all you about these young kids, JOBS PAY NOTHING! Wages are in my opinion 35 -40 years behind the cost of living.

Jobs here in the Charlotte, NC pay these kids and grown ups to about $9--$10 an hour? Now lets look at what that buys them, if they are real lucky lets say they land that BIG 40/hr job, that is $400/week.

How many apartments do you think they can rent? Here apartments start at about $1000--$1200 month for a one bedroom, include the utilities you pay, their food and transportation fee and there is nothing left, if they even meet those obligations?

The Harley dealers here are just as much at fault, they hire these kids for $9/hr, stick them behind the parts counter where they know nothing about Harleys or parts, not their fault they are trying. A dealer could not care less these about what knowledge their staff has or in this case does not have!

Same for the techs they hire, these guys have paid to go to school to learn their craft, walk in dealer and offer them maybe $10/hr? Sure these guys have went to school but they are still learning and have a long ways to go, again not their fault just part of the process.

Do you want a guy who is making just $10/hr working on your bike? He has your life in his hands and he is and your life is only worth $10/hr? It is a sad statement when the men and women who work at these dealers can not afford the product they sell?

It is not only the Harley dealers here it is every business here, greed has taken over. I was fortunate enough to work in the Harley segment of the industry when you could make a decent living.

I left a year ago and the last 6--7 years there was no money to be made, but you watched the owners pull up in their corvettes and any other luxury vehicle they chose but when you ask about making more money the answer was always the same.

As for me I work a job nowadays just for insurance which is a sad statement in itself. I will be retiring in less than 2 years so I will stick it out until then if I am blessed with those days? AS for these young kids it is going to be tough to get those Harleys with the current job and wage situation. I guess I was lucky to have grown up when I did. Ask me if I am going to miss having to go to work---HELL NO! I have had enough and seen enough!

--Stealth!





QUOTE OF THE DAY--The only time I ever enjoyed ironing was the day I accidentally got gin in the steam iron.--Phyllis Diller

--from Sidehack Jerry and Rogue




BANDIT TO ATTEND MOVIE PRODUCTION MEETING—Rumors abound about the future of Easyriders Magazine. I’m attending a movie production meeting with Mike Wolf from American Pickers, Beatnik from Easyriders, Cary Brobeck of Wrench magazine and Kim Peterson of In the Wind Fame. Hang on for more reports.

--Bandit




GOTH GIRL GONE-- Sad to hear that we have lost our friend Goth Girl ~ aka Karen Jessica Evans ~ 1955-2018. She made "Motorcycle Women" and the Magnificent Six an adventure of a lifetime that we all remember fondly and feel honored to have been a part of.

She was unique beyond belief, and always heard her own music and lived life on her own terms, in her own way. She was a beautiful piano player, a fearless motorcycle rider, and a funny, funny girl. She will be thought of and missed.

--Geno





CLUB TREASURER WEARS 5-BALL CUT-- Fuckin Saweet! Thanks bro!



--Ryan Suda
Hawaii

He’s wearing the light 5-Ball Pit Crew Vest. It’s made with ballistic nylon, so it breathes for hot or humid climates. Plus, it had two gun pockets, perfect for cell phones or glasses. --Bandit
The 5-Ball Pit Crew, Ballistic Nylon, light vest. Click to check the Leathers and books.
The 5-Ball Pit Crew, Ballistic Nylon, light vest. Click to check the Leathers and books.






JIMS MACHINE TECH COMING—How to fix a busted, late-model big twin transmission, using a JIMS 6-speed tranny fix kit.

Try this


On another note. I drilled and tapped my stripped out clutch hum puller to 5/8-20 (the same thread as the screw jacks on my other pullers) and welded on a grade 8 bolt just to bolster it.

Propane wasn't getting the job done so I used mapp gas and got it. I'd like to beat the shit out of who ever installed this clutch because he didn't just use a little red Loctite, he coated the whole splined part of the shaft; it was a bitch cleaning that shit off the shaft and the splines inside the hub.

I thought I was out of the woods until it came to removing the main shaft bearing sleeve. Never had to remove one before so I didn't know it took another "special' tool.

I was going to make one but by the time I got a length of hardened threaded rod and cut and shaped the rest of the parts for a puller it seemed more expedient to buy one.

Just out of curiosity I googled trouble with Harley 6-speed transmissions and was surprised to read so many posts about the failures like the one I experienced. Seems just like the early twin cam camshaft bearing failures because of cheap bearings (and the failures of the spring loaded cam chain tensioners). Harley used cheap bearings in the transmissions. The consensus seems to be failure at between 20,000 to 30,000 miles; I'm at 26,000 miles.

--Steve Bauman

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--Bandit





BIKERS FOR TRUMP REPORT--Thought you might be interested in this.
Photo of my friend Chris Cox with President Trump.

Motorcycle people now have a VP who rides and also other friends in Washington.
As you know I have been working with him and others about motorcycle and veterans issues.

Would like to get Chris Cox, Motorcycle Riders Foundation and Motorcycle Media (Bikernet) working closer together and I am working on that.

Bikers For Trump will have a booth at Tropical Tattoo Bike Show March 15, 2018

Here is a link to a You tube video you may like as well.





--Rogue
Supreme Commander Editor
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THE TEXAS SHOP REPORT--That’s where she should be sitting, not on the air table. Wish I could have gone to Mama Tried, getting time off is weird this year.



--RFR

The new owner of Easyriders Magazine attended Mama Tried, that is, if the deal goes through. He was impressed.--Bandit



 
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--Sheriff





MORE NEWS FROM DAYTONA-- The 29th Annual Boardwalk Classic Bike Show will be held on Friday
March 16, not March 18 as stated. Please call 727-935-4875 for more info.

The 29th Annual Boardwalk Classic Bike Show will be held on
Friday, March 18 on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk, just south of
the Main Street Pier. This event is FREE to the public.

Fifty-seven trophies in twenty classes will be awarded at 4 pm,
as well as $500.00 cash to the Best of Show winner. Registration
costs $25.00 and begins at 8 am and ends at 11 am.

This family-friendly event is sponsored by Full Throttle Magazine, the Fran Haasch law group, and the Daytona Beach Boardwalk
Merchants. For more information, please call 727-935-4875.



 
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VIETNAM VETERAN LAPEL PIN
"A Lasting Memento of the Nation's Thanks!"

The Commemoration is providing Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pins to Commemorative Partners for dignified public presentations to living U.S. military veterans who served during the Vietnam War period as a lasting memento of the nation's thanks.

Living United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive one lapel pin.

In order to receive a lapel pin, please follow the steps below:

Locate upcoming commemorative events by visiting http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/events/. Enter your zip code to locate the nearest events.

The blue pins represent future events. Click on a pin for event details, including contact information. If there are no blue pins in your area, check back frequently, as new events are added every week!

Another option to receive a lapel pin is visiting the Commemorative Partner Map at http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/partners/partner_map/. Please contact a partner in your area to find out when the next event will be or if they have lapel pins on hand to present to you.

Veterans who still need help finding a commemorative event can email whs.vnwar50th_CPP_EVENTS@mail.mil. Please include the city and state of where you are located.

--Andy
 
 
THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS STILL OPEN--Jane and Arlene are outside their nursing home, having a drink and a smoke, when it starts to rain. Jane pulls out a condom, cuts off the end, puts it over her cigarette, and continues smoking.

Arlene: What in the hell is that?

Jane: A condom. This way my cigarette doesn't get wet.

Arlene: Where did you get it?

Jane: You can get them at any pharmacy.

The next day, Arlene hobbles herself into the local pharmacy and announces to the pharmacist that she wants a box of condoms.
The pharmacist, obviously embarrassed, looks at her kind of strangely (she is, after all, over 80 years of age), but very delicately asks what size, texture, brand of condom she prefers.

'Doesn't matter Sonny, as long as it fits on a Camel.'

The pharmacist fainted.

--from Sam Burns




THE LATEST FROM NASH--
I have a lot of people ask me why we sale Kidney Belts? Why do you need one for riding a motorcycle?

Truth is kidney belts have been around for a long time! Even gladiators and soldiers wore them back in Roman times. Everyone back in the day used them with the old bikes but they do the same trick even if you’re on a bagger.

If you’ve never used one give it a try. You will be more comfortable riding and have less fatigue on the other end.

Unless your a bad ass like @kevinteachbaas you really can’t talk down on them. Designed after the ones they used in the ‘40s-‘70s. We make all our belts in house!

--Mr. Nash

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TRAILBLAZERS CORRECTION-- PATRICK "TUMBLEWEED" WALTON
The Celebration of Life for Patrick will be on Wednesday, March 3 at 10am. It will be at:

The Crosslight Family Ministries
9720 Wilson Ave.
Alta Loma, CA 91737

A reception will follow at:
Goldy S. Lewis Community Center
11200 Baseline Road
Rancho Cucamongo
The family requests that you dress casually and comfortably. Even shorts and flip flops in true Patrick fashion.

JOHN PENNER
The service for John Penner will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 10am.

High Desert Church
14545 Hook Blvd.
Victorville
(760) 662 6617

Click to find out more.
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The Spirit of ’59
Triumph Motorcycles and D*Face


A unique creative custom bike collaboration celebrating the
spirit of individuality and freedom that was born in 1959.


• A unique partnership between Triumph Motorcycles and renowned British
artist Dean Stockton, AKA D*Face.

• A collaboration that taps into the timeless spirit of individuality born in 1959.

• D*Face has customized three bikes from Triumph’s Modern Classics range in his
own unique and distinctive style.

• Anyone who books a test ride via http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/spirit-of-59/testride
on a Triumph Modern Classic between 7th February 2018 and 30th April 2018 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of these bikes.


1959 marked the beginning of a cultural explosion and the birth of a new attitude to live life to the full - an attitude that inspired a revolution in music, art and culture - from rock ’n’ roll to Andy Warhol. This hard-won freedom of expression created the world we live in today and still shapes the culture that surrounds us.

The original iconic ’59 Triumph Bonneville encapsulated this spirit and passion for life, inspiring legions of riders from movie stars to teenage café racers and a whole motorcycle movement.

This spirit lives on today in every Triumph Modern Classic, each loaded with original character, iconic style and modern capability.
To celebrate this, Triumph has joined forces with the British contemporary artist D*Face to create three art-inspired custom Modern Classics, under the banner of ‘The Spirit of ’59’.

A long-standing Triumph fan and owner, D*Face fuses Street Art, Pop Art and Punk in a guerilla creative style, selling his art the world over. Working closely with the Triumph team at their factory headquarters in Hinckley, he has customized three unique bikes inspired by the Spirit of ’59, each one a model from Triumph’s Modern Classics range.

Anyone who takes a Triumph Modern Classic for a test ride between the 7th February 2018 and 30th April 2018 will have the chance to win one of these unique bikes. Full terms and conditions are available on http://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/spirit-of-59



Long live the Spirit of ’59

From the moment pop culture exploded in the late 1950s, a wave of creative individualism saw the motorcycle become synonymous with personal freedom and Triumph Motorcycles quickly cemented their place as the bike of choice on both sides of the Atlantic. For the music and movie stars of the 60’s, from Steve McQueen to Bob Dylan, the Triumph Bonneville helped define their style and represented their shared attitude to life. Today, for a new generation of famous motorcycle fans from Tom Cruise to David Beckham and Tom Hardy, Triumph’s Modern Classics continue to encapsulate all of the spirit of individuality and freedom born in ’59.

The Bonneville T120

The original iconic Bonneville T120 was famously named to celebrate Triumph’s 1956 land speed record on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA. First launched in 1958, the Bonneville T120 is commonly regarded as a game changer in terms of performance, style and attitude.

A race winner straight out of the crate, it went on to define the benchmark for design, engineering and handling, and heralded a new era of accessible performance in motorcycling. Chosen both by famous bikers and a new generation of teenage café racers for its thrilling British twin engine, legendary handling, style and character, it encapsulated all the passion and attitude of the era to live life to the full.

Nowadays, it’s these elements married to class that are leading modern rider-focused technology, making the new Bonneville family the authentic Modern Classic choice.



Three unique works of art

D*Face has personally customised three unique Modern Classic bikes as part of this unique art collaboration: a Bonneville Thruxton, a Bonneville Bobber Black and a Bonneville T120 - painting the fuel tanks by hand and configuring each bike individually using custom Triumph accessories. The hand-painted designs are unique and celebrate the Spirit of ’59 through D*Face’s distinctive and original style. The result of collaboration between two British icons, each bike can be considered an instant collector’s item and a true work of art - three unique motorcycles in the world.



A true individual

As one of the UK’s most prolific street artists, D*Face has been at the forefront of his practice since his initial breakthrough in 2005. With countless murals and exhibitions across the globe, from Japan to the USA, his vibrant pop style and punk aesthetic have become synonymous with British Street Art. His work sells regularly to international buyers at auction houses including Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams. As both a partner in Rebels Alliance Motorcycle Company in East London and a Triumph rider for many years, the Spirit of ‘59 represents the sense of individuality that drives his work and combines his two greatest loves: art and bikes.



D*Face said: “Riding a custom bike is about standing for what you believe in. It’s about expressing that part of yourself that separates you from the rest of the crowd. Triumph has undoubtedly been a fundamental part of that culture for 59 years and I am delighted to be able to play a part in their story and British motorcycle history.”

Paul Stroud, Chief Commercial Officer at Triumph Motorcycles, adds: “Triumph Motorcycles have always been linked with the era of freedom that exploded in ’59 with the iconic Bonneville T120 and what it represented. First launched in ’58, the original Bonnie changed the face of motorcycling across the world and created a legend. The collaboration with D*Face, a genuine creative trailblazer, celebrates the attitude of individuality we feel lives on today in the culture that surrounds us and of course in every Triumph.”







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Reader Comments


The mural on the building is killer! Came out great. That's the first image I've seen of it completed.

Paul Aiken
Charlotte, NC
Friday, March 2, 2018
Editor Response Thanks Paul. More to come.
--Bandit
What is the hold up on Frankie's dyna completion?

Bill Moore
Greensboro, NC
Friday, March 2, 2018
Editor Response Nothing. He's riding the hell out of it.
--Bandit
Right on point Stealth. Young people still want to ride as evidence in the increase sales the other motorcycle manufactures are seeing. Lots of old/cheaper Harleys were gobbled up by Harley when they made to push to get rid of or limit the aftermarket boom we'd seen in the '90s and early 2000s.

Twenty years later now that chunk of entry Harleys are missing. Very few of us started riding by throwing our leg over a brand new 20K Harley. We were piecing together old Panheads and Shovels, only as we grew older and our paychecks got bigger we bought newer bikes.

There is a strong, though small, sub-culture of kids building old school choppers but without support or acknowledgement from the Factory they're not going to grow. In the meantime Yamaha, Honda, and Triumph are wooing them with a strong vintage parts program and revealing the cross-reference guides.

Uncle Monkey
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Friday, March 2, 2018
Just got off the phone with the Political Correctness Committee and they are in a real twist about the young lady sporting the Stars and Bars bikini bottom on page 2. They insist that she be moved to the Cantina and that the bottoms be removed and stored. I'm sorry to put this on you as I know how busy you are but somebody has to do it.

Sam
TX
Friday, March 2, 2018
Editor Response You have got to be kidding.
--Bandit

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