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STRANGE TIMES BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for July 20, 2017

Wicked news from Indian Larry, MRF, the Capital, Harley-Davidson, Springfield, Vietnam, NCOM, Choppertown, Iron Horse, Cycle Source, the Magnificent Chip and so much more

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Buckshot, Sidehack Jerry, Ben, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew
7/20/2017


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Hey,

We live in strange times, but actually it’s all good—sorta.
For years we’ve been told the whole safety mantra thing and save the planet, control-freak bullshit. At least someone is shacking the trees and giving freedom a chance.




Without freedom we don’t have anything. It’s all so interesting. But without the ability to question and push for understanding and freedom we might as well lock ourselves in caves and turn out the lights. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to ride free and party till the end.

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.



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.

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Harley-Davidson to cut jobs after sales sputter--

Americans are hitting the brakes on new motorcycles from the country’s best-known maker.

Harley-Davidson warned Tuesday its full-year bike sales and profit margins would fall well short of expectations, concerning investors already fretting about the industry’s struggles to draw in Millennials.

The manufacturer also plans to cut jobs to compensate for the disappointing sales, though the number of positions wasn’t immediately clear. Harley said its full-year shipment of motorcycles to dealers would fall by 6% to 8% from last year, marking a sharp decline from its previous projection of “flat to down modestly.”

The new projection includes a 10% to 20% decline in the third quarter, as well as a full percentage- point drop in operating profit margin for the full year.
Harley CEO Matt Levatich told analysts the company would slash hourly jobs at “some of our U.S. manufacturing plants” beginning immediately. A spokesperson declined to comment on how many jobs would be lost.

Levatich said the company’s innovative 2018 model-year motorcycles would provide a lift. But investors are concerned that Millennials aren’t interested in the “hog” lifestyle that energized previous generations. Levatich said Millennials were buying used bikes in encouraging numbers, but the company must persuade them to buy new.

The dour outlook comes amid speculation that Harley is weighing a $1.7 billion acquisition of rival motorcycle maker Ducati. With sales slumping, the company could face increased urgency to get a deal done because Ducati sales are up 13% over the past two years, according to UBS.
 
For Harley, second-quarter revenue fell 4.8% to $1.77 billion and net income declined 7.7% to $258.9 million, compared with the same period last year. Global sales declined 6.7% to 81,388. That included a 9.3% decline in the critical U.S. market, where the company sold 49,668 units.

Nathan Bomey
@NathanBomey USA TODAY

Contributing: Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Plenty of Millennials ride motorcycles.
Money is tight and there are some really good deals on used motorcycles.
This is more about money than who rides.

--Rogue

It’s all panic bullshit. More kids are coming into the industry than ever before.--Bandit






VIETNAM TO BAN MOTORCYCLES IN CAPITAL CITY--

The city of Hanoi, capital of Vietnam, has over 7.5 million inhabitants, and between them these citizens own more than 5 million motorcycles and half a million cars.

In addition to the city progressively developing public transportation and banning certain vehicles from certain locations at certain times to combat congestion and pollution, Hanoi has stated intentions to ban all motorcycles in 2030.

--Bill Bish
Supreme Editor
NCOM Legislative Monthly News

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See the whole World NCOM news report from Bill on Bikernet in the next couple of days.—Bandit





THE CHOPPERTOWN BUILD SERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE--
We're so proud and excited to announce that after a year of work, we've finished our new series!

A year ago Vimeo approached us about partnering on a show and we jumped at the chance. Today we are proud to present the finished series, Bike & Builder: the Road to Mama Tried featuring Scott Jones from Noise Cycles, Jeff Cochran, and Keino. We couldn't have done it without their support and the support of everyone in the Choppertown Nation.

Stay independent,
Zack and Scott


Bike & Builder: the Road to Mama Tried

"It's Chef's Table for bikers" ~HuffPost

Three builders, three styles, one passion. Bike & Builder: the Road to Mama Tried is a new series from the creators of Choppertown. Far from the standard reality TV format, this show takes viewers into the minds and hearts of three very different custom motorcycle builders from across the USA as they prepare their newest creations for the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show in Milwaukee, WI. Featuring: Scott Jones of Noise Cycles, Jeff Cochran, and Keino.

Running time: 3 episodes, 27 minutes each Format: 1080p HD
Directed by Scott Di Lalla, Produced by Zack Coffman

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BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
 
CHAIN DRAGON SUNDAY POST for July 16, 2017


"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." Tacitus, Roman senator before the fall of Rome

I can’t believe the litigious society that America is.

You need permission and payments to government and society to paint your own goddamned building?

Don’t you already pay Property Tax on the building?

Where is the freedom of speech if you can’t paint your own building in whatever shade of pink or black you want ?

If I was a lawyer I would sue the city for telling me what I can paint on my building wall.

It is not as if you are painting a mural of two Congressmen having kinky sex. Who the hell is the city or society to decide what I paint on my petrol tank or car or building or if I tattoo my own face calling the Municipal Commissioner an asshole======="The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." – Tacitus – Roman senator before the fall of Rome


--Ujjwal Dey
wayfarer@bikernet.com

Bomb-aye, India
Most Magnificent Editor
Bikernet Trikes



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IRON HORSE SALOON--
Hosting Grease & Gears Garage Round Two!
Industry leading builders and craftsmen to hold live demonstrations throughout the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for the second year in 2017.



Sturgis, SD July 2017 :Last year Cycle Source Magazine and the Iron Horse Saloon launched a brand-new type of rally entertainment, the Grease & Gears Garage. Over a six day span some two dozen individual builders from the custom motorcycle industry took the stage to present to onlookers the nuts and bolts of what they do. Segments on welding, suspension, frame building and working the tools in a fabrication shop were all played out in front of the entire crowd at the Iron Horse Saloon but also to the world audience via FaceBook Live.

After such a huge success at both the Sturgis Rally in 2016 and the Republic of Texas Rally this year, Grease & Gears is running once again. Rally goers can see some of the top builders and craftsmen doing their thing, up close and personal, while answering any questions about how it’s done.

To give you an idea of the incredible talent that’s been lined up for you this year, you can expect to see the likes of Billy Lane of Choppers Inc. working on a Sons of Speed Chassis, Will Ramsey of Faith Forgotten Choppers jig up a custom frame and build a one of a kind springer front end. RJ Powel of Cutting Edge Customs will bend handlebars and speed hole a custom fender.

Xavier Muriel will show you how to properly align your drivetrain in a custom build using an S&S Motor and Baker Tranny. Tom Keefer of Franklin Church Choppers will give us all an education on the S&S family of carbs and demonstrate the rebuilding of the E and G models, live on stage.

These one to three-hour demonstrations will be scheduled daily throughout the week beginning Sunday, August 6 through Friday August 11. Each performance will be interactive and allow for Q&A from the audiences on site and FaceBook Live via Cycle Source Magazine’s page.

Additionally, there will be live interviews with some of the industries greats like Sugar Bear, Mondo Porras and Steve Massicotte of Paughco. There won’t be a bad seat in the house as monitors located on both sides of the stage will carry a live video feed and capture the up- close action.

There are more seminars and names being added to the lineup daily. Information will be available at www.cyclesource.com or www.ihsturgis.com. If you or your company would like to participate in a demonstration please contact Heather at cyclesourcemain@comcast.net.

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--Heather Callen
Managing Editor
Cycle Source Magazine
Office - 724-226-2867
www.cyclesource.com
Cycle Source on Facebook






QUOTE OF THE DAY--

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

- William Shakespeare
---from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry





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Good job guys and thanx for the info. It was very helpful, hopefully this will solve my problem.


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QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY--
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end. He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.

Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
 
When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news.

The good news is you're being discharged since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love... I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.

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--Paul Aiken
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TRAILBLAZERS NEWS--
BEST JODY NICHOLAS UPDATE YET

Jody had a horrific motorcycle crash on Ortega Highway a few months ago. He is now home and going through daily rehab. Bev, his wife, said the rehab clinic calls him their "Poster Child" from the great results they are having with a very determined Jody Nicholas.

Happy to report that Jody will be resuming his spot on the Trailblazers Board of Directors following this slight "interruption" and thanks to his "chauffeur" Bev, will be attending our board meetings again. Welcome back Jody!



3RD ANNUAL A.J. HERRERA MEMORIAL RACE
SATURDAY, JULY 22 AT TULARE

$12,000 plus purse. Rod Lake is Guest of Honor and sponsor, Eddie Mulder will be Grand Marshall. Pits open at 11am and opening ceremonies at 5pm. There will be legends, vendors, live music and an over 60 class on British bikes. Lot's of racing. A special intermission show. www.venturaraceway.com Contact Gail Waller (805) 698 1490 for information or if you would like to be a sponsor.

RICK JAMES R.I.P.

Desert racer and Sportsman TT racer, Rick James passed away in Gardnerville, Nevada. Rick was born on March 19, 1944. He and his dad, Bob, belonged to the Sunland Shamrocks. He lived close to Mike Konle and they were friends since they were 15. Lot's of mischief and some great racing. They partnered to race the Mint 400 in a Burro (VW in a Burro chasis). It was their first off road race and they came in 2nd overall. They also competed in a Baja 1000. In another Mint 400 they drove for SandMaster. They came in 2nd to Drino Miller by 1 minute 52 seconds with Rick driving over the finish line on three wheels. God speed Rick

HAKAN CARLQUIST R.I.P.

Hakan won two GP World Championships, but he was probably best remembered for his last race which took place in Belgium. He was so far in the lead that he stopped at Chalet Du Monument for a swig of beer, then went back on the track and won.

BILL BAIRD R.I.P.

Bill Baird died at 88. He was the leading AMA National Enduro Rider from the mid 1950s to the 1960s and won seven consecutive national enduro championships during that time. He held a seat on the AMA Hall of Fame Board. He was inducted to the AMA Hall of Fame.

CALISTOGA BIKE SHOW CANCELLED

Larry Langley informed us that the motorcycle show that was in the planning stages for Calistoga, has been canceled. There is not enough time to do a good job. Sorry.

IN CYCLE NEWS

Larry Lawrence has two good feature articles. "World Superbike in America" looks back on 28 years of racing. "Mid-seasons present and past" goes back 50, 25 and 10 years and shows just how long a season can be. You can read Cycle News online for free.

NICKY HAYDEN AMA HORIZON AWARD

This award has been renamed to honor the late Nicky Hayden. It recognizes amateur competitors that are on their way to greatness in the professional ranks.



INAUGURAL STEEL SHOE NATIONAL

The inaugural race of this series was at the Hagerstown Speedway 1/2 mile, in Maryland. After a few years of planning, Christy Cottrell and her crew put on the first of a series. The purse was over $44,000. Sammy Halbert was the big winner with $8500. in prize money. The new series is not in competition with the AMA but hopes to give more venues to enhance the sport. Round 2 will be in a few weeks at Mount Pleasant, Michigan.



DON EMDE STORY IN BSA MAGAZINE

If you can find a copy of the July issue of Piled Arms, the BSA club's monthly magazine, take a look at the 6-page story by Mark Rustigian. The title is "The Story Behind Don Emde's Historic Daytona Win"

HOOLIGAN RACE AT X GAMES

If you want to read results and see photos from the Hooligan race at the X Games in Minneapolis, check out TodaysCycleCoverage.com http://www.todayscyclecoverage.com/wordpress/2017/07/16/harley-hooligan-racing-x-games-minneapolis-style-you-cant-make-this-stuff-up



MALCOLM'S 50 LEGENDARY YEARS CELEBRATION
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 11:00AM TO 3:00PM

Malcolm Smith Motor Sports has been in business for 50 years and it is putting on a heck of a celebration. It is also unveiling the new Malcolm Museum. Music, free tacos, limited edition giveaways and free museum tour. RSVP @malcolmsmith.com (951) 687 1300 7599 Indiana Av. Riverside 92504

NBCSN AFT TELECAST SCHEDULE

All 18 of the 2017 AFT races be televised in weekly series. The next is:
Monday, July 17 Charlotte Motor Speedway 1/2 8PM PT

Thursday, July 27 Turf Paradise Mile 7PM PT

Thursday, Aug 3 Cal Expo Mile 7PM PT

Thursday, Aug 10 Illinois State Fairgrounds Mile 7PM PT

Thursday, Aug 17 The Red Mile Mile 7PM PT

Thursday, Aug 24 Remington Park Mile 7PM PT

FansChoice.tv will still provide live streaming coverage for every round of the 2017 season. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage.

50 YEARS AGO IN CYCLE NEWS

Mert Lawwill won Castle Rock TT, Jimmy Odom won the Amateur final. J.N. Roberts was the one to beat in the desert. An anti-helmet law hearing in Sacramento was attended by the Hells Angels M.C. Bart Markel won the Tulare 5-Mile Championship. Dave Palmer was just the second man of the season to beat Skip Van Leeuwen at the Ascot TT. Murray & Cook Triumph won Irwindale on the drag track.

40 YEARS AGO

Heikki Mikkola on cover. after a win at the 400cc MX GP in Canada. Mike Bell signs with Yamaha. Mike Kidd won San Jose mile. Mammoth Mountain Motocross. Jay Springsteen won Santa Fe TT. Bob Hannah won 125cc National MX in Michigan.

30 YEARS AGO

Kevin Schwantz on cover. Rick Johnson and Micky Dymond win at RedBud. Eddie Lawson won Dutch Grand Prix. Ronnie Jone won Middletown and Larry Roeseler won the Saxon Two-Day ISDE qualifier. Jeff ward on cover, Kevin Schwantz won Road America. Rick Johnson won the Supercross at LA Coliseum. Scott Parker beat Chris Carr at the Lima Half Mile. Mark Hyde won the Blackwater 100 for the 4th time.



OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES RACING
SUNDAY, JULY 23

Lots of reasons to ride or spectate at this event.

It is a Gary Jones designed track.
There is a Post-Vintage, non-disc brake class

TT Open Pro and Post-Vintage support classes

Modern and Open Mini support classes
Practice on Saturday, July 22. gates open at 7am, Practice from 9-2 ,$30 per bike

Sunday gates 6am $10.00 adult, $5.00 kids 6-12 Sign up 7am
You can camp on Friday night $10. per vehicle. Enter 3 - 9 pm
It will all be on DVD for pre-purchase
www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com info@oldschoolscramblesracing.com



SPEEDWAY RACING
INDUSTRY SPEEDWAY

Wednesday, July 19 Speedway & Extreme Sidecars

Wednesday, July 26 RACES CANCELED

Wednesday, August 2 Speedway & Classic Car night

No racing on August 9th kelly @ industryracing.com (626) 393 3876


FAST FRIDAYS IN AUBURN
July 21 AMA YOUTH NATIONAL

July 28 Speedway + Elimination Series Round 3

Au 4 Speedway and Side Cars

(530) 878 7223 127 High St. Auburn www.fastfridays.com

COSTA MESA SPEEDWAY
Sat. Aug 19 Harley Night 2, Speedway & sidecars

Sat. Sep 9 Super Hooligan Natl Champ Series
Costamesaspeedway.net Racing at 7:30pm


LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON MAVTV

Please check times

Sat, July 22 Spring Creek, Mn 11am -1pm PT Live 2 -4 pm PT re-air

Sat. July 29 Washougal MX 1 - 3 pm PT Live 4 - 6pm PT re-air

Sat. Aug 12 Unadilla 10am-12pm PT Live 1 - 3pm PT re-air

Sat, Aug 19 Mechanicsville 10am-12pm PT Live 1 - 3pm PT re-air

Sat, Aug 26 Ironman MX 10am -12pm PT Live 1-3pm PT re-air


WILLIAMS GROVE 1/2 MILE IS DAY PROGRAM

The race will be a day time event in order to allow fans time to drive to the 50th Annual Artic Cat All Star Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway. Two wheels and four wheels in the same day. Opening ceremonies will start at Williams Grove at 2:00pm ET. https://www.showcliz.com/event/williams-grove-half-mile

BSAOCSC

BSA club ride on Sunday, July 23 "Rim of the World Ride" starts at Douglas Motorcycles, 390 N. H. St. San Bernardino. Ride at 10am (951) 440 3521.
Sunday, August is "Cool Ride" meets at 9 am at Gateway Plaza Shopping Center, 101 Fwy & Topanga Cyn. Blvd Ride at 10 am (310) 398 6406.



RACING AT GLEN HELEN

Sat, July 22 REM MX / Quad Series

Sun, July 23 SoCalOTMX Old School Scrambles

Sat, July 29 MX Practice / Lucas Oil Regional Night Race

Sun, July 30 SRA GP

(909) 880 3090 www.Glen Helen.com 18585 Verdemont Ranch Road, SB

MOTOAMERICA

Round 7 will be at Sonoma Raceway in California on August 11 - 13. Be there for the Doubleheaders. Superbike Race one is scheduled for Saturday and Race two on Sunday

SOCAL FLAT TRACK RACING

Next practice on Saturday, July, 29 from 4 - 9 pm. Racing round 7 on August 12th.
Perris Raceway http://www.southerncaliforniaflattrack.com, socalflattrack@aol.com (951) 443 7622 (951) 443 7622

SOCAL NORTON CLUB

Next ride on August 12th. Princess of Darkness! It is a night ride so charge up your batteries. Annual ride over the Mulholland Hills to Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lke. Meet at the Los Feliz Cafe located at 3207 Los Feliz Boulevard in Los Angeles. Ride departs at 6:30 pm Sharp
http://socalnorton.com








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Can we say the vast amount of Senators are law-abiding citizens?--Bandit
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