I rode to Arizona Bike Week
with a couple of brothers, to the Hamster Dry Heat Run and traffic Hell and back. The traffic in Phoenix and Scottsdale was worse at noon on Thursday than Santa Monica on a Friday afternoon, and SM is the worst when it comes to LA congestion.
Had to find a place to rest.
Lane Splitting is illegal in Arizona where a moderate afternoon is over 90 degrees and you can smell your clutch smoking. It doesn’t make any sense not to allow lane splitting in Arizona. In fact there are three motorcycle groups in Arizona fighting to change the law. One group is promoted by a shop named Land Splitters Garage. Miguel, a Hamster, is the proprietor and devoted to changing the law.
I gave him my pitch to find someone who can afford a state-wide awareness campaign to let motorists know and understand how lane-spitting helps them. It's also a safety issue and reduces traffic. Give Miguel a call at (602) 253-4548 or check out their shop on line.?
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Hey thought you might get a kick out of this. I was going through some things and came across this buckle. Put on a belt and have been wearing it ever since!
I have been offered a $100 for it but said, “No.”
If you know me, I never sell my collectibles especially one has rare as this I believe it is about 40 years old and if I remember right I painted the eyes red! Later!
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NEWS FROM OPERATION GRATITUDE--
On March 19, 2003, I sent the first four Operation Gratitude Care Packages to a unit deployed on the Kuwait-Iraq border. With your dedication and generosity, a lot has happened in the intervening years.
The Success You Made Possible
As of today, we have sent 1.75 Million care packages! We have expanded our programs and now send packages to: Deployed Troops, First Responders, Veterans, Children of the Deployed and Fallen, New Recruits, Gold Star Families, and Wounded Heroes and their Care Givers.
Our nationwide volunteer activities include not only assembling care packages and care kits, but also organizing collection drives, producing fundraisers, running marathons, hand making scarves and hats, weaving paracord survival bracelets, collecting Cents for Service and writing personal letters of appreciation.
Since 2013, we have doubled the number of product donations we receive in a year and doubled the number of care packages we ship out each year. While it took us 10 years to reach our 1 Millionth Package, we will hit our 2 Millionth Package just four years later (this December 9, 2017 in fact!).
We have been recognized as a leader in the military support world by two Presidential administrations, have received numerous awards from the military, civilian and government sectors, and have earned top notch ratings on all the charity watchdog sites.
Most importantly, on a daily basis, we are fulfilling our dual mission of saying "Thank You" to all who serve and providing an opportunity for every American to express their gratitude to all who put themselves in harm's way.
Operation Gratitude is strong, healthy and on the march with big ideas and ambitious plans!
The Search for a New CEO
Given our standing, and the excellence of our staff and volunteers, I realized this is the right time to pass the day to day leadership to a new CEO. I will accept a new position as Senior Advisor to the organization and look forward to embracing this meaningful role.
To ensure that we find the best person to fill the CEO role, the Board of Directors has hired the top-notch executive search firm, Morris & Berger, to conduct an extensive, nation-wide search. The search could take 4-6 months or longer and of course I will continue full time as CEO throughout this period.
We welcome your assistance in helping us find the next leader of Operation Gratitude! You can read the Job Description here:
CEO Search. If you are interested, please submit your resume as instructed. Or, if you know someone who fits the bill, please forward the link to them. All applications must be submitted through Morris & Berger.
This is an extraordinarily exciting time in the life of Operation Gratitude and I look forward to marching alongside each of you as we embark on a new chapter!
Thank you for your exceptional support these many years. You have made all of this possible.
Founder, Operation Gratitude
OLD SCHOOL COMES TO BIKERNET--
Thank you for coming by our booth during AZ Bike Week. It was nice to meet you and your counterparts and introduce you to our company and our product line.
Thanks again for showing an interest in our vintage bikes and providing valuable feedback.
Chief Operating Officer
3130 N. 35th Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85017
'602.799.3700 | 1-844-GO OLDSCHOOL
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This company is basically building Knuckle and Panhead replicas with electric starts, modern wiring, ignitions, improved brakes, S&S engines and Baker transmissions. It’s an interesting twist. The boss is developing new products to make the old fit better. We discussed options for future, and we will bring you reports and updates as they roll them out.
THE GRAND DAD OF MOTORCYCLE RODEOS--
It's the original biker campout from Easyriders Magazine! Come enjoy a weekend of camping, live entertainment, awesome vendors, food, beer, ride in bike show, our ever popular bar stool races, poker crawl, your classic motorcycle rally events and more! It's sure to be the highlight of your summer! 18 + only.
All tickets are sold at the gate with the exception of The Gold Rush Package for the Chillicothe, OH Rodeo
GEARHEAD STORIES FROM THE ROAD--
The Springsteen story reminded me of one of mine . My wife and I were riding down from our camp in the mountains, outside Alturas. While on our Shovel we ran across a couple of real estate ladies broke down on the side of a lonely mountain road. Getting late into the afternoon, these two ladies looked panicked.
The closer we got the even more panicked they appeared. They got the jitters as we approached. We pulled over and you know the story, they jumped into their car and locked the doors. This was back in the early ‘80s.
My wife went over to the car and was able to find out why they were broke down. They finally got out of their car, and I said open the hood . They told me the symptoms and I started to roll out my tool kit.
Remember y’all, no cell phones in those days. You are stuck until someone comes along or has a CB. I pulled out the thermostat, made a gasket out of a cereal box from the car, sealed it up, bolted it on and just added water form the creek. It worked just fine.
I told them don't stop until you get to town. Get your mechanic to fix it as soon as you can. They thanked me and offered me money. I took a couple of bucks and sent them on their way.
That is how we change straights, one good deed at a time.
LESS THAT THREE WEEKS
73RD ANNUAL TRAILBLAZERS BANQUET
SATURDAY APRIL 22, 2017
TRAILBLAZERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES 2017
(Motorcycle racer, tuner, frame and wheel innovator)
(World and National Speedway Champion)
(racer, sponsor, dealer, co-founder of K&N Engineering)
(World class roadracer, journalist)
(Product innovator/creator Van Tech frames)
GARY PRESTON (Desert and Baja Champion)
DICK HAMMER AWARD
Our highest honor goes to DAVE EKINS. The award is given every year to someone who demonstrates a rare level of "Drive, Determination and Desire".
LUCILLE FLANDERS AWARD
Lucille Flanders was involved in the motorcycle industry and a major advocate of the Trailblazers for many years. This award is named in her honor. The recipient this year is JUDY "MAELY" WHITSON.
THE TRAILBLAZERS ANNUAL TOAST
Our toast this year will be to the late, great JC AGAJANIAN.
BANQUET INFORMATION AND DIRECTIONS
PICK UP YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR
RECEPTION AND BIKE SHOW 3:00 PM / BANQUET 6 PM
The Carson Center is located at 3 Civic Drive in Carson, California. (310) 835- 0212. www.carsoncenter.com
. Exit west off the 405 Freeway at Carson. You can see the Double Tree hotel from the Freeway. It shares a parking lot with the Carson Center. It is about 10 miles south of LAX airport and 10 miles north of Long Beach Airport on the 405 Freeway.
This VL is for Sale. Reach out to use if you're interested.
TOM CATES MEMORIAL BIKE SHOW AND RECEPTION
The festivities start at 3:00pm with the reception and bike show. in the patio. You cannot attend the bike show without a banquet ticket.
ARE YOU BRINGING A BIKE TO SHOW?
If you have a bike to show, it is best to arrive around 2pm. That should give you time to push your treasures to the door, pick up your banquet ticket , check in with Tom White or crew and find your spot before 3pm. No bikes pushed in after 3pm. You don't need to call in advance. It is nice if you have signs to give a bit of history of the machine. Also, if it drips, bring a drip pan. The bike can be shiny or still covered in mud from the last race. All brands welcome.
The banquet doors open at 6pm. We try to finish by 10:00pm
DOUBLE TREE HOTEL
The group rate has expired, but if you still want to make reservations contact: www.carson.doubletree.com
(800) 222 8733 (30) 830 9200 They share a parking lot at the Carson Center, so it is very convenient.
EVENT FLYERS AND CARDS
There will be a table for event flyers, cards, stickers or whatever you would like to distribute. Please do not pass them out or put them on the dinner tables.
If you are not attending the banquet and want to receive the newsletter, DUES are due, $10.00 per year , from April to April. The newsletter comes out about every two weeks. Pay by credit card online, if it is available, at www.trailblazersmc.com
or call Cassie at (949) 727 3727. Or by mail at.
c/o MIC Inc.
2 Jenner Ste 150
Irvine, CA 992618
GOOD THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE NEEDED
KEITH MASHBURN SURGERY
Our Past Trailblazers President and current Vice President, Simi Valley City Councilman, fast racer and all around good guy, Keith Mashburn had emergency surgery on Monday, April 3rd. He received two stents and a third stent on Tuesday.
JOHN PENNER IN HOSPITAL
John Penner was hit by a drunk driver as he was crossing the street in Wrightwood on Monday. He has back injuries and a fractured skull. He is in the hospital in Colton.
MIKE BAST NOT WELL
Mike is still having problems from the stroke he suffered a couple years ago.
We wish Mike, Keith and John a full and speedy recovery and hope they are all up and around soon. They need all the help they can get, so send your good thoughts and prayers. We love all of you. Get well soon!
I WANT TO BE IN HIS CLASS
Steve Johnson, from our northern Trailblazer Chapter. had a meeting recently with Dave Kindig of Bitchin rides on Velocity TV. He presented his idea of doing a project car, or motorcycle, with his students for the show. When it is finished they would auction the car at Mecum or Barrett Jackson and split the profit, with half going back into the student program. How do we enroll?
DAVE ALDANA ARTICLE
Actually his legendary Bones leathers was the subject of the story. A copy of the cover of Iron &Air magazine is attached. You will see David at the Trailblazers banquet.
FOR YOU MID-WESTERNERS
Here is a link to Kansas City motorcycle events. www.markbayersmotorcyclenews.mysite.com/index_2.html
Some of the events listed are: The Mid Ohio Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio on July 7-9, Chief Blackhawk Swap in Davenport, Iowa on August 31st and Barber Vintage Days, Birmingham Alabama October 6-8..
BRELSFORD'S XR 750
Carey Buck will be bringing Mark Brelsford's factory XR 540 dirt tracker to the banquet and a Harley KR dirt tracker. Mark is scheduled to attend. We were told that Harley Davidson is contemplating buying the XR 750 from Carey to display in their museum. The Barber Museum is also interested in purchasing it.
DANIEL WESLEY GREEN R.I.P.
Sent by Glen Pierce.
Danny Green of Fresno passed away on March 1 at the age of 78. During his busy life he owned many businesses including Dan Green's Cycle Center. He was an avid racer, earning a national number. He promoted motocross in Dunlap and helped Fresno's youth enter the sport. His memorial was held at the Madera Speedway on April 1st. Glen said that Danny fell off a ladder, so if You're old Don't Climb a ladder. Stay on the ground, gravity always wins!
CALVMX AT PERRIS
For good coverage and photos of the March 28th motocross at Perris, check out:
SAN JOSE PRO INDOOR SHORT TRUCK
SATURDAY NIGHT, APRIL 8TH
This will be held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall at 344 Tully Road in San Jose. Practice and sign-uped on Friday, April 7, afternoon 2-6. On Saturday rider sign up starts at noon to 3pm, Opening ceremonies at 5 and racing at 6pm. www.sanjoseindoor.com
(408) 249 4336, facebook: sanjoselegendsindoor
1ST ANNUAL MEMORIAL
DAN ROUIT MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE
MAY 2, 2017
Mark you calendars for the 1st Annual Memorial Open House at the Dan Rouit Flat Track Museum. Sunday, May 2nd from 10am to 3pm. The event is FREE so bring your family and friends. Lot's of vintage motorcycles, trophies, poster and more. T-shirts and hats available while they last. There will be food and drink for a donation. It is always a good time and good food. 309 W. Rialto Ave, Clovis, California. For info call Kathy Rouit at (559) 291-2242.
AWARD TO AGAJANIANS AT THE LONG BEACH GRAND PRIX
The Long Beach Grand Prix runs from April 7-9. On Sunday, April 9th Chris, Cary and J.C. Jr. Agajanian will be honored for their outstanding contribution to racing. Also being honored is Ron Capps with 52 NHRA National event wins and 2nd to Championship 3 times. The Autograph and awards will be from 11 - 11:45. The Ascot van will be there with plenty of Ascot T's, hats and posters. For a schedule of the races and events htps://gplb.com/weekendschedule
ARIZONA AMA PRO FLAT TRACK MILE MAY 13TH
Be there for the thrill of the sound and sight of racing on the mile track at Turf Paradise on Saturday, May 13th. They promise a full day of events, music, historic bike show and an autograph session. Hop on your bike and enjoy a beautiful ride to Phoenix. Tickets www.arizonamile.com
(602) 730 0778.
MAKE IT A WEEKEND AT SACRAMENTO
SACRAMENTO MILE SATURDAY, MAY 20TH
Held on May 20th at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds. Always great racing and King Kenny will be Grand Marshall. Be there for racing under the lights., legends and lots of excitement. Tickets and info at www.sactomile.com
. or see their faceboook page at https://www.facebook.com/sactomile
This will be the last AFL race on the left coast until Calistoga on July 29th. If you would like to attend as a Legend, possibly on your old race bike, contact Larry Langley (559) 877-4514 or (559) 760-1003 cell
CFTA SACRAMENTO MILE SUNDAY, MAY 21ST
The California Flat Track Association will presents AMA Western Pro/Am Series round at the Sacramento Amateur and Vintage Mile the day after the AFT . SDI Racing will promote the event in collaboration with CFTA. (415) 320 7889 , www.californiaflattrack.com
HOOLIGAN NATIONAL CHAMP SERIES
You can watch the thrills and spills at the Roland Sands Designs Super Hooligan races on Saturday, April 22 at the 9th Annual Hippy Killer Hoedown at the Perris fairgrounds. Event is from 10am to 8pm rain or shine. Custom Car & Motorcycle show, Flat Track Races and Mini Bike Races. You can find them online at hippykillersgarage.blogspot.com
See the show coverage on Bikernet.
TODAYS CYCLE COVERAGE OF THE DAYTONA TT
Read the stories and enjoy the photos, including one of the track. http://www.todayscyclecoverage.com/wordpress/2017/03/27/mees-gautier-victorious-at-inaugural-daytona-tt
Check out their Perris Flat Track coverage too.
EDDIE MULDERS LAKE CACHUMA BRITISH BIKE RALLY
Not to be missed. Especially if you are a Vintage British bike enthusiast. It will be held the week end after Memorial Day from JUNE 2 - 5. Read the attached fllyers for details or contact Eddie at (661) 944 1184, firstname.lastname@example.org
, Facebook Cachuma Lake Vintage Motorcycle Rally
BIKES & BURGERS AT TOM WHITE'S MUSEUM
Tom and Dani White are opening up their home and museum to support High Hopes, a head injury program. The event will be Sunday, June 4 at the Early Years of Motocross Museum from 10am to 3pm. It is a very popular and special day and sells out fast, so order your tickets early. For sponsorship opportunities, tickets and info call (949) 733 0044 or www.highhopes.ws
3RD ANNUAL A.J. HERRERA MEMORIAL RACE
This one is in mid summer, but just wanted to give you a heads up. It will be on Saturday, July 22nd. There will be Flat Track, Speedway and Extreme Side Cars. Gates open and practice at 3pm and races at 5:30. A special intermission show. They are looking for sponsors. Contact Gail Waller at (505) 698 1490, email@example.com
50 YEARS AGO IN CYCLE NEWS
Max Switzer won the California Silver Cup Scrambles Series in Castaic. Approximately 150 people attended the annual Trailblazer Banquet. Joe Petrali, board racer, was recognized at the event. Floyd Clymer was re-elected as president
40 YEARS AGO
Jimmy Ellis on cover after he and Tony DiStefano split the Supercross wins at the Astrodome doubleheader. President Jimmy Carter threatened to ban all off-road riding on public lands. Larry Roesler big winner at Maywood M.C Bull Run Hare Scrambles. Bob Hannah won the Dallas Supercross. Bernie Schreiber second at the World Trials in Germany.
30 YEARS AGO
Terry Vance was Pro Stock-class winner NHRA National Championship in Gainesville. Rick Johnson won both rounds of the Seattle Supercross doubleheader. Dan Smith won the Saucer Run Hare & Hound in Teagle Wash, California. George Holland won the 125cc class and Rick Johnson the 250cc motos at Hangtown National Motocross. In Vegas at the NMA Silverbowl of Motocross, Willie Surratt won the 250 class and Kyle Lewis the 125 class.
LARRY LAWRENCE ARTICLES IN CYCLE NEWS
In the March 28th issue he titled the story 'Triumphs and Tragedies at Louisville Downs'. In the next Archives on April 3 the title is 'Bostrom Settles the Score'. Good stories and you can read them for free at www.cyclenews.com
RIDES, RACING AND SUCH
AARMA VINTAGE RACING
AARMA VINTAGE OBSERVED TRIALS
Saturday, April 8 at Burrows Ranch, Chrome, Calif. Round 3
AARMA VINTAGE MOTOCROSS
Sunday, April 9 at Burrows Ranch, Chrome, Calif. Round 4
AARMA VINTAGE ROAD RACING
Saturday & Sunday April 21 -23 Rounds 5&6
Sunday, April 9 is the "Paul Elmore Memorial Inland Empire" street ride. Starts at the South Temecula Walmart, 32225 Temecula Pkwy. East off 1-15, on Hwy. 79 south. Meet at 9am, ride at 10am. (951) 440 3521
Saturday & Sunday, April 15-16 is the BSAOCNC & SC Mid State ride. Starts from parking lot of the Black Bear Diner in Carmel, Hwy 1 & Rio Road (805) 798 3573 or (661) 703 9249
AMA GRAND TOUR GO RIDE!
April 1 - May 1, $10,000 in prizes. Check it out at https://rever.co/partnerships/cycle-gear-go-ride-2017/
SOCAL FLAT TRACK ASSOCIATION RACING
Round 3 will be on Saturday, April 8th Gates open at 12:30, Practice at 3:30 followed by racing. (951) 443 7622, firstname.lastname@example.org www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com
Be sure to check before loading up. Weather is iffy this week end. Be prepared for sound testing before practice. Sound level is 98 dB. No one enters track before 12:30 except workers.. Spectators, please park across the street in the overflow lot.
GLEN HELEN RACING
Saturday, April 8 REM MX / MX Practice
Sunday, April 9 SoCal AMA MX / ARX (backtrack)
Saturday, April 15 MTA 2-Stroke Championships
Sunday, April 16 MX Practice / Easter
Saturday, April 22 REM MX - MX Practice
Sunday, April 23 TWMX - 2 Trackws
Saturday, April 29 REM M / MX Practice
Sunday, April 20 SRA GP
Round 1 at Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas on April 20 - 23
Round 2 at Road Atlanta on April 23 - 30 www.motoamerica.com
April 21 -23 Arena Cross will be in Denver, Colorado. The final event of the season will be at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 5 - 7. www.arenacross.com
The next race will be on April 9 at Sunrise MX Park in Adelanto. socalotmx.org, (714) 262 1337
FYI SOCAL SPEEDWAY RACING STARTS IN MAY
Round 3 will be in Austin Texas on April 23. This is their only stop in north America. It will be held in conjunction with MOTOAMERICA
Round 8 at Cedar City, Utah
D37 BIG 6 GRAND PRIX
Round 5 in Primm, Nevada
Long Beach BMW Motorcycles Becomes First BMW Dealer to Offer Virtual Reality Experience--
Long Beach BMW Motorcycles is now offering the first BMW Virtual Reality Experience in their Long Beach showroom, providing new and old riders alike the opportunity to take a virtual test ride on a variety of BMW motorcycles.
“We are always looking for ways to get more non-riders interested in motorcycles,” explained David Lindahl, Owner and Sales Manager. “There is certainly no substitute for the feeling you get when you’re on a bike, but for people who haven’t yet learned how to ride it’s a fun way for them to see what they’re missing.”
A visitor enjoys the Virtual Reality Experience at Long Beach BMW Motorcycles.
Long Beach BMW Motorcycles, one of the leading BMW dealers in the nation, is taking advantage of this technology to give non-riders and riders the opportunity to take a ride without leaving the showroom. Users wear an Oculus Gear VR headset for 360-degree visuals, while over-ear headphones provide high-quality sound. A Subpac wearable subwoofer completes the fully immersive experience by transmitting the feeling of the roaring engine to the user.
Students of local California Motorcyclist Safety Programs are already taking advantage of the setup, taking fully immersive rides around the track on a BMW S 1000 RR, venturing into the dirt aboard a BMW R 1200 GS, and cruising around country roads on a BMW R nineT.
To try out the BMW Virtual Reality Experience, stop by the Long Beach BMW Motorcycles showroom or find them at a local Southern California event. Learn more at www.longbeachbmwmotorcycles.com
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