It’s almost 11:00 a.m. on a Thursday, and I haven’t finished collecting news.
Ray Wheeler and I stumbled into our favorite watering hole recently, Iron City, in San Pedro. As we sat down in the comfortable booth across the dark dining room, away from the myriad of brilliant TV screens overshadowing the bar with streaming sports activities, the bubbly Polish Pistol danced across the bar and threw two coasters on our dark oak table. “Whatta ya have?” she squeaked.
“Jack Daniels on the rocks, a double,” I barked and looked down at the thick pressed paper coaster. Here’s what it said:
“Are you an Eternal Optimist?” I turned it over, and here’s the Blue Moon sponsored message: “You’re a glass-half-full kinda character. Heck, your glass overflows into sunny beams of positivity that can put a smile on the gloomiest face. When life hands you lemons, you ask for an orange. A whole slice of an orange. Because that’s how you garnish your Blue Moon beer. An optimistic is what you are.”
I am what I am, and that’s all that I am—Popeye. Where’s that Jack Daniels? Let’s hit the news.
FANTASTIC SHOW RESULTS FROM THE HOT-TO-TROT WASHINGTON D.C. ULTIMATE BUILDER CUSTOM BIKE SHOW--
C&C Cycle rolled 3 bikes into the DC edition of the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and came out big with a FreeStyle win with Drug of Choice. Owned by Conrad Filbert, the 1996 Harley Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy features a raked neck, custom made fenders, stretched gas tank, Custom made spotlight bracket, Ness massive front fork assembly, Wide tire kit and frenched in LED tailight.
1 – C&C Cycle - Drug of Choice, 1996 Fat Boy
2 – Rats Custom – Tadpole, ’73 CB 750
3 – Bruce Banks – Wish, 2010 Harley Road Glide
MOD Harley Win
Adams Karns turned his shop-worn ’01 Sportster into a primo New School Board Tracker that rocks the 2012 J&P Ultimate Builder, DC Edition and features a Twisted Choppers Rear, Custom Gas Tank, highly modified DNA springer, powder coated engine and Karns Kustoms exhaust.
1 – Karns Kustoms -21, 2001 Harley Davidson Sportster
2 – GIO, Blacksmith Motoring - El Puro Vato, 2005 Deluxe
3 – Earl Laurie, C&C Cycles - Baltimore Bandit, 2008 H-D FLHX
Performance Custom Win
Garwood Customs built Alex Quinones’ Old Skool, a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 1000, to the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in DC. It features Single Sided 300 Wide Tire Kit by C and S Custom, Performance machine wheels, Air FX Air Ride System and paint by Team Neyon. In addition, the bike runs CTS Race Front Rotor, Performance Machine Rear Braking System, Custom Spike Fork caps and yoke cap and a Custom Leather Seat.
1 – Garwood Customs - Old Skool, ‘06 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
2 – Speedworx – Saluda, 2006 Honda CBR
3 – JDA Customs - 2007 Suzuki GSXR
Retro MOD Win
A 1982 Yamaha XS650 named Whiskey Tango rolled into the Retro MOD class in DC and rolled out Sunday night the winner. Devon Eckert’s bike features a 2 inch back bone drop, 5 degree rake and goose necked, 5 inch extended and hardtailed with 2 inch seat drop, xs400 front fork tree and wheel swap. Additional custom touches include air ride seat, custom jockey shift, custom gas cap, custom battery box, custom tail light and pamco ignition.
1 – Devon Eckert - Whiskey Tango, 1982 Yamaha XS650
2 – Steve Campbell – Tamaqua, 1979 Yamaha Xs650
3 – Two Wheel Mafia - White Noise , 1980 Yamaha XS 650
MOD Street Win
Blacksmith Motoring Co. took the MOD Street win with their 2008 Yamaha retroliner / roadliner that features a 255hp 120 CI stroker kit, Turbo and competition cam. Special features include Blacksmith Retroliner front-end conversion kit, Blacksmith front and rear 3 piece steel fenders and Houdini illusion beach bar setup. The bike sports an Engraved 26 inch front wheel, 240 rear, Bandito rear airride, race tuned front suspension, 13inch rotors 6 piston caliber.
1 - GIO, Blacksmith Motoring - El Vendetta, 2008 Yamaha Roadliner
2 – Andres Gutierrez , Karns Performance - 2000 TL1000R
3 – Victory of Southern Maryland – Drilled, 2004 Vegas
The Show Dog Winner is Mike Davis of SportWorx. The Ultimate Builder Show Dog award is given to the dealer or builder that has shown exemplary effort in engaging the audience and furthering their marketing goals and objectives. The award for the effort is a biker chain wallet from Rocking K Customs Leather
, a $250 value.
Multiple event winners include Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications at $5,000, GIO of Blacksmith Motoring with $4,500 and Bruce Boldon at $3,000.
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com.
HANDLING NEGATIVE FOLKS--
This is something to think about when negative people are doing their best to rain on your parade.. So remember this story the next time someone who knows nothing, and cares less, tries to make your life miserable.
A woman was at her hairdresser's getting her hair styled for a trip to Rome with her husband. She mentioned the trip to the hairdresser, who responded:
" Rome? Why would anyone want to go there? It's crowded and dirty. You're crazy to go to Rome. So, how are you getting there?"
"We're taking Continental," was the reply. "We got a great rate!"
"Continental?" exclaimed the hairdresser. "That's a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly, and they're always late. So, where are you staying in Rome?"
"We'll be at this exclusive little place over on Rome 's Tiber River called Teste."
"Don't go any further. I know that place. Everybody thinks it’s gonna be something special and exclusive, but it's really a dump."
"We're going to go to see the Vatican and maybe get to see the Pope."
"That's rich," laughed the hairdresser. You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant.
Boy, good luck on this lousy trip of yours. "You're going to need it."
A month later, the woman again came in for a hairdo. The hairdresser asked her about her trip to Rome .
"It was wonderful," explained the woman, "not only were we on time in one of Continental's brand new planes, but it was overbooked, and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a handsome 28-year-old Flight Attendant who waited on me hand and foot.
And the hotel was great! They'd just finished a $5 million remodeling job, and now it's a jewel, the finest hotel in the city. They, too, were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us their owner's suite at no extra charge!"
"Well," muttered the hairdresser, "that's all well and good, but I know you didn't get to see the Pope."
"Actually, we were quite lucky, because as we toured the Vatican, a Swiss Guard tapped me on the shoulder, and explained that the Pope likes to meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into his private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me.
Sure enough, five minutes later, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand! I knelt down and he spoke a few words to me.."
"Oh, really! What'd he say?"
He said: "Who fucked up your hair?"
--from James Schnarr
GODS OF MISCHIEF:
My Undercover Vendetta to Take Down the Vagos Outlaw Motorcycle Gang (Touchstone Hardcover / Simon & Schuster; February 12, 2013) by George Rowe is the high-octane, no-holds-barred telling of history’s first private citizen to voluntarily infiltrate an outlaw motorcycle gang for the U.S. government.
These tales of murder, mayhem, and incredibly heroic acts of a bad guy turned good, feel more like a season of Sons of Anarchy or Breaking Bad than someone’s actual life. But George Rowe lived it and is now telling his story for the first time in this gritty and harrowing memoir.
Rowe is currently living in an undisclosed location and a part of the U.S. Witness Security Program. For a copy of GODS OF MISCHIEF, please be in touch with your mailing address. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
ADVANCED PRAISE FOR GODS OF MISCHIEF:
“Oh my God, what a story. This is a dangerous and emotional page-turner that’s going to leave you thinking to yourself, ‘My life’s not so bad after all.’ Reading Gods of Mischief is like sitting right next to George Rowe listening to him tell it.”
--William Queen, ATF special agent retired and author of the New York Times bestseller Under and Alone
“Most people wouldn't dare lock eyes with a member of the Vagos. A few would look away, the rest would just run. America prefers to voyeur into the biker culture, hiding behind the safety of the television screen. Gods of Mischief cuts through the fear and Hollywood glamorization, puts you on a bike, and rides you right into the Green Nation.”
--Jay Dobyns, author of the New York Times bestseller
Simon & Schuster, Inc
Now available here on Bikernet!
Our book about the Vagos is better, and doesn’t involve a snitch.--Bandit
BDL BALL BEARING LOCK-UP CLUTCH--
Belt Drives LTD has made living with today’s high horsepower, big torque engines a lot less stressful. The company’s ability to stay on the edge of current technology and address rider demands is evident in their, “patented” BALL BEARING LOCK UP CLUTCH.
This unique clutch mechanism significantly lightens clutch pull at the lever while providing slip free lock up. Each unit incorporates a designated number of steel ball bearings set in a model specific diaphragm assembly. Replacing the factory pressure plate, springs, stock applications use the factory diaphragm spring, and associated hardware, the new ball bearing, diaphragm design provides feather light lever control, smoother operation and more positive lock up.
For racing applications BDL offers heavier carbide bearings that can be used to fine tune the clutch. The new BDL BALL BEARING LOCK UP CLUTH is standard equipment with new 2” BDL belt drives and is available for retro fit to most early BDL units, stock HD models from 1998 through 2007 and 1990 to 2007 Primo Pro-Clutch belt drives.
As shown the kit sells for $200.00. Installation is straight forward bolt on and benefits to comfort and performance are immediate. For complete details contact BDL at 714-693-1313.
EASYRIDERS KICKS OFF THE 2013 SHOW CIRCUIT IN ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA--
This is the annual kickoff show for the Easyriders
The new custom bikes for the year show up here and then go on to several other US cities. They pulled massive crowds with the Jax star of Sons of Anarchy signing autographs.
Their bagger book pulled a large showing of custom dressers. Bike entries were up and dazzling. The chopper world is alive!
Bikernet Supreme International Editor
CALIFORNIA COURT OF APPEALS THROWS OUT RED LIGHT CAMERA TICKETS-- By Stephen Frank
December 31, 2012 -- Red light cameras are coming under increasing legal fire in the Golden State. On Friday, California’s second-highest court published a ruling that struck down red light camera evidence as insufficient to convict a motorist. On June 3, 2009, a camera belonging to the Australian firm Redflex Traffic Systems accused Annette Borzakian of entering the Beverly Hills intersection of Beverly Drive and Wilshire Boulevard 0.28 seconds after the light hand turned red.
Borzakian, a former deputy public defender, decided to fight the citation. During her January 2010 trial, Officer Mike Butkus provided the standard testimony that introduces Redflex evidence in all jurisdictions. Commissioner Carol J. Hallowitz ignored Borzakian’s objections, admitted the evidence and found Borzakian guilty, imposing a $435 fine plus a twelve-hour traffic school. Borzakian immediately appealed, citing the US Supreme Court case Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts, which the traffic camera industry has feared since it was decided in 2009.
That case clarified that the Constitution’s Confrontation Clause gave defendants the right to question the actual technicians responsible for analyzing forensic evidence. Here, Officer Butkus played no role in the operation or maintenance of the red light camera system. He merely read the sheet of paper that Redflex handed him. Borzakian argued that this made the photo ticketing evidence inadmissible hearsay. The superior court’s appellate division insisted Melendez-Diaz did not apply.
“The people have never been required to have Redflex employees such as the custodian of records or the field service technicians present in court in order for the people’s exhibits to be admissible,” the three-judge appellate panel found. “Officer Butkus is perfectly capable of authenticating the documents and laying the necessary foundation for their admissibility and in the court’s opinion had done both in this matter. It was explained to [Borzakian] that she could have filed a discovery motion or issued her own subpoenas, as many motorists do, had she cared to do so.”
The three-judge Court of Appeal panel did not agree. Instead, it sided with the Orange County Superior Court’s Khaled decision. State law allows the use of red light camera evidence, but it does so only if certain standards are met. Among these is that the prosecution must establish the yellow light duration at the intersection meets the minimum state standards. Here, Officer Butkus concluded the light had been yellow for 3.15 seconds and that this was sufficient.
“Even assuming a 3.15 second interval meets the mandatory minimum yellow light interval as mandated by the legislature, according to Officer Butkus’s testimony then, he relied upon text typed across the top of two photos, stating ‘Amber: 3.15,’” Justice Fred Woods wrote for the Court of Appeal. “Accordingly, where the evidence was being presented to show the duration of the yellow traffic signal met the minimum interval mandated by the legislature — measured to the hundredth of a second — the record does not support the conclusion Officer Butkus was otherwise qualified to state that the representation was accurate.”
The three-judge panel did not find credible the argument that the red light camera photographs and maintenance logs were merely routine governmental business records that did not require authentication. The court noted that the records were created by Redflex, not the government. “Without the proper testimony, the maintenance logs (and therefore the photographs with text typed across the top) were not properly admitted,” Justice Woods concluded. “Without these documents, as in Khaled, there is a total lack of evidence to support the Vehicle Code violation in question.”
The Court of Appeal reversed Borzakian’s conviction in a decision originally handed down on January 26. The three-judge panel on Friday decided that the decision should hold precedential value and ordered it to be published. A copy of the decision is available in a 175k PDF file at the source link below.
Source: California v. Borzakian (Court of Appeal, State of California, 1/26/2012)
NO STRADDLING MOTORCYCLES, PLEASE--
Administration’s plan in Aceh to prohibit women from straddling motorcycles, arguing that it is improper in a province governed by Islamic law:
I don’t know if it is dangerous for me to express my opinion openly in Indonesia.
But I would say that there are more important things to do like erasing poverty, giving women equal rights, etc.
This is one of the reasons why I’m against the implementation of sharia law. Witty ulema (sharia lawmakers, whatever you call it) like to create silly laws that according to them, conform to Islam.
They might have a profound understanding of Islam, but they have a narrow vision of the world: Muslims can’t give holiday greetings to non-Muslims in Indonesia; women can’t drive cars in Saudi Arabia; women can’t straddle bikes in Aceh.
They’ve gone back to the Stone Age.
Our brothers and sisters at the western most part of our Archipelago still prefer religious law over the safety of women.
It reminds me of the late Kesi and her husband, the late Suprapto, who became our ambassador to Perth, Australia. She told us about how furious her relatives in Yogyakarta were when she rode her brother’s Harley-Davidson.
Sri Mulyani Indrawati doesn’t straddle a Harley Davidson, but she is a powerful woman.
Do not underestimate our ladies!
Moeljono Adikoesoemo Jakarta
It is just another disgusting effort to discriminate against women.
Mei Bawotong Jakarta
The New Soviet Asylum
--by Fred Reed
WEEKLY GUN NUT REPORT--
Today I’m going to explain why gun-control is not only entirely reasonable but also certain to be effective. Only the ignorant can deny this.
First, some orientation. Cement-headed NRA types need to recognize, and state manfully, that the illegalization of guns is in fact perfectly practical. History has shown this repeatedly. When the government outlaws something that huge numbers of people very much want, the outlawed items immediately disappear from society. This has been shown countless times.
When Washington outlawed alcohol, booze vanished overnight and everyone stopped drinking. Can anyone deny this? When Washington banned the use of cannabis, all of those of us made insane by Reefer Madness quit smoking dope, and today there is probably not a town in America in which one might buy a joint.
Similarly, Washington made illegal the downloading of copyrighted music – which also stopped immediately. No one now has illegal music. Ask your adolescent daughter.
So with guns. They are small, easily smuggled, of high value to criminals and will be of higher value when only criminals have them, so it is virtually certain that they will vanish when the government says so.
Mexico, where I live, has stringent laws against guns, which have proved at least a partial success. Criminals have AKs, RPGs, and grenades, while nobody else has anything. That’s a partial success, isn’t it?
While I am in favor of illegalizing guns and thus ending crime, I think the principle should be democratically applied. Let us begin by disarming the Pentagon. If this seems unreasonable, ask yourself: who kills more children in a month, Ritalin-addled little boys in America, or the US Air Force in every Muslem country? All I ask is an honest body count. I will accept your numbers.
But let’s ask the question: Why have American school boys, who in my rural Virginia high-school of 1964 were armed to the eyeballs with deer guns and varmint rifles, never shot anybody intentionally or accidentally?
--from Joe Teresi
I have a notion and it involves education. When I was a kid, I couldn’t have a gun without taking an NRA course. If you’re going to make anything mandatory, make gun courses mandatory. Make trade courses available in every High School, and make child rearing courses available, if not mandatory. Open the door to education which builds mental strength. Over and over they prove that motorcycle riding courses prevent accidents. --Bandit
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IT’S MANDATORY, HAVE AN ADVENTURE IN 2013--
We are very excited to be making the final arrangements for our Greek Adventure. Some of you are booking travel. Let's get you some info.
The Fly in airport is Athens. The airport code for booking air is ATH.
A recommended simple Hotel by the charter base for early arrivers: Hotel Poseidon
You can arrive as late as May 11, by 3pm. Without any unplanned delays, that should get you to the boat by boarding time at 5pm.
You can depart as early as May 18 late afternoon. The boats are scheduled to be at the dock by 9am, putting you at the airport before noon. Do consider arriving early for adjusting to the time change, or staying after our Adventure. As long as you've come this far, you might want to see more of Greece, or add another European destination.
Tania and I are making pre-sail arrangements for those that are interested. We fly in Thursday and stay at the Hotel Poseidon, by the base. The link is above, book soon to get a room. Friday we will bus into town to check out the Acropolis if it is a good time for it. Saturday, we are setting up a van tour to Sounion to see the Temple of Poseidon. We board the boats Saturday evening. We spend the rest of the week cruising the amazing Saronic islands.
Still to come ... more travel tips, our What to Bring email and Crew Questionaire for putting like minded Voyagers together.
As we do with all of our Adventures, there will be a bunch of information posted to the site and you will get emails notifying you of updates.
Questions? Fire away.
--Woody and Tania
The Greece Intro webpage is here:
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING FROM BIG BEAR CHOPPERS—
They are working feverishly on a new model to be released in Daytona. It’s going to rock the industry, and we will be road-testing one in the near future.
In the meantime the Bikernet Crew interviewed Simon Scott, the new owner, and you will read what he had to say about Big Bear Choppers, and their plans for the future next week.
In the meantime they gave us this bad ass Redemption chopper to ride, road test, and look wicked on. This is a 10.5-foot monster with a 145-inch S&S engine. This bastard is a freight train. Hang on for more reports. Watch for the feature in the upcoming issue of Easyriders.
INTERNET CHOPPER TV SERIES JUST RELEASED--
Action Lifestyle Network, RogueFlix Releases iKuztom motorcycle TV series January 7, 2013.
RogueFlix.com releases iKuztom on January 7, 2013 featuring the world of custom motorcycles written, directed, and produced by award winning producer, Erik Lundmark and his partner Timothy G. Ledford, an innovator in the custom motorcycle industry.
“CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, iKuztom takes you up close and personal through smoke, fire, and steel as elite custom motorcycle artisans ply their trade behind the scenes to design and create one-of-a-kind bikes for the ultimate discerning bike enthusiasts,” stated Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios which created the series together with Grip Ace Industries. “The 13 half-hour episodes also feature a bevy of bikini models and comedy sketches, in a fun, fast paced thrill ride.”
“We are very excited about teaming up with Erik and his team at Leomark Studios to bring our RogueFlix audience a truly amazing motorcycle TV series,” stated Bryan Duran, co-founder, CEO and General Counsel of RogueFlix. “I was very impressed with the quality of the award winning iKuztom TV series and I knew right away that I wanted it on RogueFlix. Erik and I met poolside at the Loews Hotel during the American Film Market and quickly realized we wanted to work together and are collaborating on more productions.”
“This is an exciting time for our growing Action Lifestyle Network. We are also currently expanding our acquisition of TV shows, Webshows, and feature length movies to be released exclusively on RogueFlix,” stated Larry Rodriguez, co-founder and COO of RogueFlix. “The majority of the people visiting the site are young males between the ages of 13 and 34 and that is the primary focus of our action genre content.”
Prior to RogueFlix, Bryan had worked as an entertainment attorney for Starz Media / Anchor Bay Entertainment and as a senior financial analyst at Warner Bros. and NBC Universal. He also worked in creative development at Fox Studios.
And here's the link to the actual show episodes:
Bikernet’s Mudflap Girl FXRs will be featured in a upcoming episode. Hold on, that bastard Bandit will be on TV again.--Renegade
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