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I’m sorta lost today.
We are still unwinding from the Sturgis run and dealing with the aftermath. We fixed something wrong with the Shovelhead and need to address a couple more issues.

My Factory Racer is still in Vegas until Las Vegas Bike Fest. I’m on the search for a new pickup. Car dealerships are very strange places now.

We started to work on Franky’s Dyna right away. He’s anxious to ride it. We just need to hook up the wiring and install the sheet metal. We need to install the new LowBrow taillight and a few other details. He needs a Saddlemen seat and we need to haul his bike to a dealer for the security code reset.

The list goes on and folks are already talking about Sturgis for next year. We might be involved with a Trike Show sponsored by Bikernet Trikes and Iron Trader News. Let’s hit the news:

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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My win at the Chip Builder Breakdast. It’s 2x3-foot

It's cool.
--Paul Aiken

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How the hell did you get it home or to your campsite?--Bandit

Wouldn’t you like to know? --Paul

BRAND New Bikernet TRIKES Reader Comment!--
Rewaco Trikes USA : Thrilling Threesome

I just saw what I want in a trike. Question is, can I get some information on them. Like what the cost of them are. And where can they be found in the USA

--Louis C Brzoska
Kennerdell, PA

We are working on more info, but in the meantime google the company and reach out.—Ujjwal, Supreme Editor, Bikernet trikes

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Nimbus:  [nim-buh s]
a cloud, aura, atmosphere, etc., surrounding a person or thing: The candidate was encompassed with a nimbus of fame.
2. Classical Mythology. a shining cloud sometimes surrounding a deity when on earth.


... it was a lost town and yet it was haloed with the invincible nimbus of mystery ...
-- Roberto Bolaño, Woes of the True Policeman, translated by Natasha Wimmer, 2012
Latin nimbus and nebula (“cloud, mist”) both derive from a complicated Proto-Indo-European root enebh- or nebh- (with many variations, e.g., nembh-) “cloud, fog, mist.” A simple variant of this root, nebh-, is the source of Greek néphos “cloud,” Slavic (Polish) niebo “sky, heaven,” and Hittite nebis “sky, heaven.”

The variant nembh- is the source of Latin nimbus “violent rainstorm, thundercloud,” but also “cloud (in general)” and finally “bright cloud that envelops a deity appearing to mortals,” which in Christian usage comes to mean “saint’s halo or aureole.” Nimbus entered English in the early 17th century.

No Rest For The Weary: SMRi Unveil New Logo For Next Year’s 78th STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY

The 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally featured over a half a million riders of all stripes, who descended on the Black Hills region to help celebrate the world’s most iconic motorcycle gathering.

“Our long term vision is the Sturgis institution,” said Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. “So while the 77th rally was a heck of a good time, it’s just the one rally. That’s why we unveil the 78th logo with as much excitement and celebration as we did for the 75th, 76th and 77th. It’s about the totality of the Sturgis legacy.”

The unveiling of the logo took place on Main Street in downtown Sturgis, SD, at the East Photo Tower. Mayor Mark Carstensen presided over the ceremony. The presentation of the new logo marks the beginning of the Sturgis preparation cycle, which continues throughout the year until next August.

The board positions represent a variety of organizations and interests in the Sturgis area, including the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Sturgis, Sturgis-area commercial property owners, and rally- and non-rally–oriented businesses.

--Ken Conte

LOWBROW Shotgun High-Pipes For '06-up Harley-Davidson Dyna--

Change the look and sound of your Dyna without breaking the bank. Shotgun Exhaust Pipes from Lowbrow Customs fit 2006 and later Harley-Davidson Dynas, offering both aggressive styling and sound. Direct bolt-on fitment with the included mounting bracket and hardware make this exhaust change an easy afternoon project.

Whether giving you added ground clearance on a scrambler or tracker, or just for high-and-tight style on a rigid or swingarm Dyna, the Shotgun Exhaust Pipes from Lowbrow Customs make quick work of changing your motorcycle's look and sound. Quick and easy bolt-on install with the included heavy-duty mounting bracket and hardware. Included with each set are:

- Two exhaust pipes in your choice of chrome or high-temp black
- Mounting brackets in your favorite color, black
- Mounting hardware
- Requires use of your existing stock exhaust flanges
- Compatible with Lowbrow Customs Cast Heat Shields
- Shotgun Exhaust Pipes include 02 sensor bungs to accept your stock 02 sensors

Lowbrow Customs' Dyna Shotgun Exhaust Pipes are $224.95 (black) or $299.95 (chrome) and are in stock and ready to ship today. For more details or to place your order call toll-free 1-855-456-9276 or visit www.lowbrowcustoms.com. DISCLAIMER: Dyna Shotgun Exhaust Pipes are not legal for sale or use in California.

Lowbrow Customs is run by a tight-knit crew based in Brunswick, Ohio, USA and has been at the forefront of design in custom motorcycle parts for bobbers and choppers since 2004.

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Three friends from the local congregation were asked, "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?"

Artie said, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man.

"Eugene commented, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives..

"Al said, "I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'"

--from Joe Smith

Davidson, others inducted into Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame
Meade County Times-Tribune staff

The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame recognizes individuals or groups who have made a long-term, positive impact on the motorcycle community.

Those individuals were honored Wednesday morning at the annual Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast.

Inductees for 2017 included William G. Davidson, Lifetime Achievement Award; Colleen Barnett and Mike Taylor, Cory Ness, Mark Shadley, Jim Thiessen, Terry Vance and Rod Woodruff.

Organizers say they honor the Hall of Fame members by telling their stories and history of their stories, and by showcasing their contributions and accomplishments.
Here is a look at the class of 2017:
William G. Davidson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Considered the patriarch of motorcycling by bikers around the globe, William G. Davidson's artistic vision and passion for riding have not only shaped Harley-Davidson's identity for more than 50 years, they have transformed the entire motorcycle world. Affectionately known as "Willie G." by millions of motorcycle enthusiasts, Harley-Davidson's Chief Styling Officer Emeritus and Brand Ambassador is set to be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Already a pre-2001 member of the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame, Willie G. was joined by his lovely wife Nancy in the Class of 2010.

The son of former Harley-Davidson president, William H. Davidson, and the grandson of one of the original founders, William A. Davidson, he has helped shape the iconic look, sound and feel that have defined Harley-Davidson motorcycles for more than 50 years. Starting in the 1970s, he developed iconic designs which kept Harley-Davidson motorcycles selling while the company completed technological and manufacturing improvements. Throughout his career he developed the bikes that came to define Harley-Davidson, from the XLCR Cafe Racer up through the V-Rod and the Street Glide.


Colleen Barnett & Mike Taylor —
Colleen Barnett-Taylor started her motorsports career at Barnett Clutches & Cables while still in her childhood working for her parents (and original 1948 founders), Charlie and Afton Barnett. Since the beginning Colleen has been a driving force and integral part of the company. Mike Taylor, already a long-time motorcycle rider/enthusiast, joined the firm in 1968 which cemented a great partnership after he and Colleen were married. Together they have operated Barnett since 1975 and owned the company since 1993.

Cory Ness — Don’t think for a second that Cory Ness rode his famous father’s coattails into the Sturgis Hall Of Fame. At only 10 years old, he disassembled his bicycle, painted it, chromed its parts and entered it in the Oakland Roadster Show. The first motorcycle he turned his talents to was a wrecked CB350. After building it back up, Cory sold it before even getting a chance to ride it. He was 14! Today Cory is the chief designer behind Arlen Ness Enterprises where he runs the day-to-day business. In between designing new parts and accessories, he still finds time to wrench on custom bikes periodically.

Mark Shadley —
Since the early 1970s Mark Shadley and Shadley Bros. Motorcycles have been shaping the perception of what a custom motorcycle is. The quality, detail and innovation of his custom built bikes have made him well recognized by both the motorcycle industry and his peers. His enthusiasm and involvement in the custom motorcycle industry has been a lifelong passion.


Jim Thiessen —
For 50 years, machinist and go-fast guy Jim Thiessen has generated trust with riders, record breakers, racers and certified Harley mechanics around the world whom use JIMS products on a daily basis. Today JIMS is one of the industry's leading producers of performance parts, accessories, tools, transmissions and high-performance engines — all aimed at enhancing the Harley rider’s experience.

Terry Vance —
#35 on the NHRA's 50 greatest drag racers of all- time, 14-time national champ Terry Vance never lets off the gas! Terry and his tuner Byron Hines shared a passion for the quarter mile from the early days, but they also shared a vision of creating a company that would be a pillar of the motorcycle aftermarket, and they used their unrivaled achievements in racing to build a brand that would unmistakably stand for quality and performance.Terry Vance is an American former professional motorcycle drag racer, racing team owner and manufacturer of high performance parts for motorcycles.


Rod Woodruff — Since 1981. the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Campground has treated millions of motorcyclists to rock concerts, camping, entertainment and more. Rod Woodruff is the man who brought Rock & Roll to the Black Hills and now hosts a 10-day Concert Series each August during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The Buffalo Chip provides a music festival, various other forms of entertainment, and full service tent, RV and cabin camping on almost 600 acres in rural Meade County.

--Rapid City Journal
--from Rogue


“Betray and Degrade,” Seether’s newest music video from their seventh full-length studio album Poison the Parish, premiered on Vevo today. This is the second music video the band released from their latest album.

Poison the Parish (Canine Riot / Fantasy), which hit on May 12th, 2017, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Hard Rock albums chart, #14 on Billboard's Top 200 albums chart, and #8 on Billboard's Current albums chart selling more than 31,000 copies in its first week.

Most recently the band shared lead single “Let You Down,” which sat at #1 across the U.S. at rock radio for four consecutive weeks.

Poison the Parish, recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, marks the first album produced entirely by front man Shaun Morgan. Perhaps the heaviest and most expressive collection they've ever released, the album is earning their best notices in years.

Seether is currently on the last leg of their North American tour, and come September 10th, they will embark on their European tour. The European tour includes stops in countries such as Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, among others.

Seether on North American Tour:

8/11 - Glendive, Mont. - Dawson County Fairgrounds
8/14 - Boulder, Colo. - Boulder Theatre
8/16 - Wichita, Kan. - The Cotillion
8/17 - Dallas, Texas - House of Blues
8/19 - San Antonio, Texas - The Aztec Theatre
8/20 - Houston, Texas - House of Blues
8/21 - Corpus Christi, Texas - Concrete Street Amphitheatre
8/23 - San Angelo, Texas - RiverStage
8/24 - Albuquerque, N.M. - Sunshine Theatre
8/26 - Las Vegas, Nev. - Fremont Street

Seether on European Tour:

9/10 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - Tele Club
9/12 - Moscow, Russia - Red
9/13 - St. Petersburg, Russian Federation - Clubzal
9/15 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller Music Hall
9/16 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
9/18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
9/19 - Hamburg (Altstadt), Germany - Markthalle
9/20 - Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
9/22 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Max
9/23 - Grogingen, Netherlands - De Oosterpoort
9/24 - Tillburg, Netherlands - 013
9/26 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys Neue Welt
9/27 - Warsaw, Poland - Progresja
9/29 - Prague, Czech Republic - Lucerna Music Bar
9/30 - Brno, Czech Republic - Fleda
10/1 - Budapest, Hungary - Durer
10/3 - Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria - Arena Wien
10/4 - Linz, Austria - Posthof
10/6 - Munchen, Germany - Backstage Werk
10/7 - Dornbirn, Austria - Conrad Sohm
10/9 - Zurich, Switzerland - Xtra
10/10 - Frankfurt Am Main, Germany - Batschkapp
10/11 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA-Longhorn
10/13 - Paris, France - Le Bataclan
10/15 - London, United Kingdom - O2 Forum Kentish Town
10/16 - Manchester, United Kingdom - O2 Ritz Manchester
10/17 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - O2 ABC Glasgow
10/18 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - O2 Institute Birmingham

Jared Mees Captures Seventh Victory of the Season; Scout FTR750 Tallies 29 Total Podiums

The Indian Wrecking Crew and the Scout FTR750 secured their 11th first-place finish and fifth podium sweep of the 2017 American Flat Track season at the Black Hills Half-Mile. Season points leader Jared Mees captured his seventh win of the season, while fellow Wrecking Crew riders Bryan Smith and Brad Baker placed second and third, respectfully.

During the Black Hills Half-Mile Main Event Mees built a lead of over two seconds before a red flag called for a restart. Mees continued his incredible performance and got out well ahead of the field during the restart, while Smith and Baker battled for second.

“With two races in three days, we all had our work cut out for us and my team did an incredible job prepping the Scout FTR750,” said Mees. “With six races remaining, we feel we’re hitting our stride and are putting ourselves in a good position to bring home the championship.”

Through 13 races this season, Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Scout FTR750 have secured 29 of the season’s 39 podiums. The Indian Wrecking Crew holds the top three positions in the season’s point standings with Mees at 272, Smith at 236 and Baker jumping back into third with 196 total points.

“For our team to sweep the Black Hills Half-Mile after running a challenging track at the Buffalo Chip TT just two nights earlier says a lot about their commitment and preparation,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “It’s no secret the Wrecking Crew is the team to beat. And despite that, Jared, Bryan and Brad continue to bring their very best at each and every race. With six races remaining, we’re making a strong push for the Manufacturer and Individual Championships.”

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Over the weekend, I received a number of emails and phone calls regarding a concerning article that states that the Department of Transportation (DoT) has issued a new regulation that would ban children from riding on motorcycles.

Supposedly, the new regulation will take effect in January and be enforced in April of 2017. The article also cites the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) as a key player in developing the regulation.

We have strong reason to believe this article is 100% FALSE on every count.

First, I regularly monitor the Federal Register. This is a daily government publication that lists ALL agency rules that are being developed or taking effect. There has been no mention of anything remotely close to what the article is reporting. By law, any proposed or final rules/regulations must be posted to the Federal Register and to date, there has been nothing on this subject.

Secondly, the article cites a “Harold Mathers” as a Department of Transportation spokesperson. There is no one by that name at the Agency.

Lastly, I have reached out to the American Motorcyclist Association and they have no knowledge or involvement with the article. They are considering issuing their own statement to correct any rumors that may be circulating. I will pass this along if/when it becomes available.

In my conversations with the AMA, there is speculation that there is a group or a manufacturer that posts false articles like this and then when your IP address becomes associated with visiting the website and reading the article, the group can build an email list targeted towards a specific demographic. In this case, their target was motorcyclists.

Apparently, this is not the first time fake news stories about motorcycling issues has occurred. There was a curfew rule rumor some months ago that was also proven to be false reporting in an attempt to generate a marketing list of engaged motorcyclists.

Again, we have every reason to believe this is false. Finally, I will be contacting the Department of Transportation to suggest they get their counsel involved to address the blatant lies in this article and false statements.

Please let me know if you have any questions. (See the article below my signature)

--Megan Ekstrom
Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: (202) 725-5471
Fax: (202) 546-0986


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Hi Soda Lee
The issue with many (not all) Confederate monuments is that they were installed in response to the civil rights movement of the 1960s as a form of intimidation rather than part of the Civil War.

I don't think the monuments should be destroyed but placed in more appropriate locations. Like I said, many were placed to be intimidating rather than informative. For example the Tennessee Stone Mountain monument should be preserved. It is impossible to be moved. The statues in Congress are part of the national narrative.

To put it in perspective when I flew into Frankfurt Germany I noticed that a large area was pox marked. When I asked about it I was told it was to remind the citizens of what they had done in WWII.

Uncle Monkey
Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Sunday, August 20, 2017
About Bad Uncle Monkey's post on recent events and the growing noise in America....
I saw an Editorial Cartoon which summed up America's fate. The President had two large red buttons ready to press in front of him. One button was labelled "Civil War 2" and the other button read "World War 3". Both are most likely now than ever in past 30 years.

Ujjwal Dey
Bomb-aye, India
Friday, August 18, 2017
Well stated Uncle Monkey on Charlottesville, right on the money.

Mike Stevenson
North Hills, CA
Friday, August 18, 2017
Dear Uncle Monkey,
Not all the people protesting the removal of the Civil War monuments were neo Nazi a**holes. Many of them were for the preservation of history, warts and all. They were lumped together by mainstream thinking journalists, much like we are. And are the ones in favor of tearing the statues down truly believers in harmony or just joining the latest fad cause?

Truly, what other movement gives one permission to destroy public art? Or attack other people without consequences?

Soda Lee
Bullhead City, AZ
Friday, August 18, 2017
Editor Response Well said.

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