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Incredible Number of Chances to Win, Biketoberfest Reports, Tech Blues, Deals, You Name It!

By Bandit, John Gilbert, Sin Wu, Ray Wheeler, Uncle Monkey, Buckshot, Mike Pullin, and all the folks I missed

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I'm in the middle of a mechanical blender turned on high.
My self esteem has been hit by a number of mechanical pitfalls. I love to work in the shop, fix or created something that improves a project and go for a ride. But this year we've had a couple of mechanical woes constantly haunting us. The Salt Shaker just doesn't run like it should, and I'm stumbling trying to get it ironed out. You will see a report below.

Last year I built the Crazy Horse powered 5-Ball Factory Racer. What a cool bike, but it's never run right, but I think we're getting closer. Then I need to deal with the Peashooter. Good god. I'll spend the rest of my life writing and tinkering with these goddamn motorcycles. You'll see them all come together, do or die trying, goddamnit.

Here's the HORSE Brass Balls bike in the works.
Here's the HORSE Brass Balls bike in the works.

I love building and creating the next project, but grappling with mechanical obstacles unsuccessfully gives me the blues. On a major positive note, we have three, count 'em, three chances to win a new motorcycle right here in the Thursday News. The first came from the HORSE gang, their subscription sweeps bike being built by Brass Balls Bobbers. Check the first couple of articles right here on Bikernet. Of course they want you to subscribe, but by law you can enter for free. So go for it.

Click the image to enter the sweeps.
Click the image to enter the sweeps.

Click on this image to grab a poster and enter to win this bike.
Click on this image to grab a poster and enter to win this bike.

SPITFIRE LIMITED POSTER RAFFLE--Here's another chance to win a cool ride, just buy a poster and you're in. Hell, the posters are cool.  https://www.spitfiremotorcycles.com/products-page/spitfire-motorcycle-parts/spitfire-poster/

REPORT FROM WHEELER RACING--Hope all is well in Bikernet world, the web site is lookin mighty fine, from what I can see.

With a little luck I will ride to the Arlen Ness week end the 23rd & 24th, less than 30 minutes away.

Just 11 days and my detached retina was fixed. It is healing rapidly,  looking forward to seeing with both eye again.

Rode the Burt Monroe tribute dyna hard and put it on the charger. My hot rod is pissed just sittin' waiting for the Mojave Mile is four months.

--Ray Wheeler
Wheeler Racing

A BIKERNET DATING BOOK EXCERPT--A while back, when I was considerably younger, I picked up a date at her parents’ home.

I’d scraped together some money to take her to a fancy restaurant. She ordered the most expensive items on the menu. Shrimp cocktail. Lobster. Champagne.

I asked her, “Does your mother feed you like that when you eat at home?”

“No,” she replied. “but my mother’s not expecting a blow job tonight.”

--Jim Waggaman

NEW TECH ON BIKERNET--Having read over your article on installing the SE cam plate in your son's Dyna I thought to follow suit. A bit of internet reading revealed another option and I installed Andrew conversion cams with a Harley 2007 cam support plate and hardware. Setup runs dead quiet! 26N grind cams are perfect for my FLHT.
I wrote up an article with photos and parts list. You can see it on the home page.http://www.bikernet.com/pages/story_detail.aspx?id=8690

PS. I feel for you and your road repair situation. I bought a house years ago that was beautiful: 1930's southern vintage. 32 x 36 workshop, large yard, simply stunning. The first morning I woke up at 4am to a semi's jaybrakes going off. Then another and another, I said what the hell? Seems the house was at the corner of a popular set of roads for the truckers to bypass the interstate scales. After about a year of that early morning racket the truckers were finally routed elsewhere. Since then I always visit prospective real estate at multiple times of the day to see what the environment is.

Mike Pullin is working on a feature on this bike right now.
Mike Pullin is working on a feature on this bike right now.

THE FLORIDA CODE FROM THE BIKERNET TRAVEL GUIDE-- When giving directions in Florida , you should always start with the words,
'take I-75 or take I-95 . '

Freeways can only go north and south. Not east and west..

Tolls are a fact of life down here, the state has to make money so deal with it!

I-275 will always be under construction...that's the law, there is nothing anyone can do about it, period!

A1A and ALT A1A are the same streets.

Traffic lights aren't timed and never will be.

We measure the distance you travel in time, not miles.

If you travel more than 5-10 miles on any road in any part of Florida without seeing an orange 'Bob's Barricade', you're lost!

If you miss your exit on I-75, I-4 or I-275, its perfectly acceptable to back up.

Every street in Florida has both a name and a number (i.e. Adamo = 60th,) just for the hell of it and for the pleasure we get from the reaction of visitors when we give them directions.

Once the light turns green, only 3 cars can go through the intersection.. Eight more go through on yellow, and 4 on red.

Know the difference between Sun Pass , Sun Fest, Sun-Sentinel, and Sun Trust..

Flip flops, tank tops and baggy shorts are also known as business casual..

Your blinker means nothing.

It is perfectly acceptable to brag about the size of your generator.

It is totally acceptable to be living in Florida but not root for The Dolphins, The Marlins, The Rays, The Heat or The Panthers but not rooting for the Bucs is an arrest-able offense.

We have alligators here in Florida and they WILL bite you. Don't be stupid and try to feed or pet one.

When a hurricane is headed our way, even though you have advanced warning and you are told to be prepared, you're not a true Floridian unless you wait until the absolute last minute to go to Home Depot to pick up plywood or to Publix to stock up water, ice, beer, and potato chips.

You know how to spell Okeechobee. There is an Okeechobee Blvd , Street, Avenue, Town, Lake and County.

A true Floridian does NOT own a boat. They make friends with someone who already owns one. That way you don't have to deal with any of the headaches.

You weren't born here. If you were, you're angry that everyone else moved here.

There's always a Walgreens across the street from a CVS on almost every corner with more being built every day..

When picking up a woman on South Beach , always look for an Adams apple.

It's normal to sweat when you are putting up your holiday decorations.

Jupiter is a city, not a planet.

Seniors have to do their errands during the weekdays. Not weeknights or weekends - that's for the working

There are three types of dolphins: Mahi-mahi, Flipper, and also one called a football team.

You can't say; 'this is how we did it up north'. If you think that way, then go back.

No matter what they decide in Tallahassee you will never, ever be able to figure out your property taxes.

Learn how to dress in layers. It will be 95 degrees outside but inside any restaurant or business it's 65 degrees.

There are three things you will need to survive a Florida winter: A long sleeved T-shirt, sunscreen and the ability to mock all those extremely pale' visitors' with the bright pink 'Florida tans'

The same neighbor who smiles at you every day will be the first one to rat you out if you areviolating water restrictions.


Let’s dress your ride up this week at K and G Cycles. We are loaded with great deals and stuff you just gotta have at our everyday low prices.

Let’s start out with a Chrome Plated Engine Guard Built in footrests (rubber), 1 1/4" heavy wall chrome tubing, Chrome Plated Guard, Fits Touring models 1997/2008 (except FLTR & models with Fairing Lowers). Yours for only $ 123.99, This is a huge 30% savings.

How about a Luggage Rack for Sportsters
Made from 3/8" O.D. solid steel for strength. Features foam padding to prevent paint damage to fender. Does not require drilling the fender. Includes 1/4-20 & 1/4-28 front mounting screws. 9 3/4" x 6" Rack. Fits Sportster 2004/Later. Requires solo seat. Yours for $ 34.40 This is a 20% savings.

Maybe an Air Shock Pump for FL Models
The correct way to adjust air suspension pressure in front or rear suspensions, Aluminum construction, Easy to read 1.5" dial face, 4" long hose swivels 360° and clips to the handle for storage. Connector valve is specially designed so that no air will be lost when removed. A push button bleed-off valve saves time when adjusting pressure. Instructions included. 60 Maximum PSI Reading, 4.1 Maximum Bar Reading, 2 PSI Increments. Yours for $25.31 Saves 15% off of retail.

Next is a Prestolite Style Starter Motor for Most Models
This is a high quality reproduction of the OE Prestolite style starter motor. Black Starter Motor. Fits most Big Twin & Sportster Late 1966/1982. Replaces HD# 31458-66TA.
Yours for only $152.87 This is a 20% savings.

Finally, a High Power Ignition Coil for 12 Volt Replacement
High Power 30,000 plus volt coils, Typically increases peak spark plug voltage by 20% or more, These coils are black in color and bolt into stock position, Improves starting, stops high speed miss, increases mileage and overall performance, 12 volt 5.0 OHM fits 1965/Later Points Ignition & 1978/1979 Electronic Ignitions. Replaces HD# 31609-65A. Yours for only $50.73 This is a 20% savings.

We never try to be the biggest. We focus on being the best. As always we have plenty to offer and we have the right prices for your pocketbook. Check us out at www.kandgcycles.com

KNOCKOUT HOT BABE CALENDAR AVAILABLE THIS MONTH--Hey, this calendar will be out at the end of the month. It will be on line for $24.95 Knockout bikes and girls. All nude very tasteful.

We are Knocking it out of the park with this one. Our hot bikes and 12 Knockout girls will rock your world.

-- Ralph
Knockout Motorcycle Co.

I had to heat and bend this wrench to pass over the lifter stool and reach those 12 point fasteners. JIMS no longer makes these cool tappets for solids. Damn.
I had to heat and bend this wrench to pass over the lifter stool and reach those 12 point fasteners. JIMS no longer makes these cool tappets for solids. Damn.


 JIMS BIG TWIN HYDROSOLID TAPPETS--We just replaced our JIMS solid tappets with these JIMS performance hydro solids. I spoke to Denise at JIMS and she told me to adjust them as if they were solids. When I received the package the next day, I, natch, read the instructions. It called for reading the installation info by part number on the web site. I did so, which called for adjusting them like solids then adding five flats to the adjustment, letting them settle, then adding more until you can barely spin the pushrod with your fingers. Unfortunately I should have just listened to the Denise and not the directions. The bike would not run at all and I'm starting over.

Here are two JIMS hydro solids in place, but I needed to devise something that would hold them in the passage until I had the stool in place. I'm sure there's a special JIMS tool.
Here are two JIMS hydro solids in place, but I needed to devise something that would hold them in the passage until I had the stool in place. I'm sure there's a special JIMS tool.


I sincerely hope I didn't hurt anything.



SCORE BIG WITH NEWLY LAUNCHED HARLEY SUPERSTORE--The Harley SuperStore, the nation’s biggest dealer of certified pre-owned Harleys, is giving-away a FREE certified Harley to a lucky participant during their big opening celebration. It’s so easy. All you have to do is sign-up at www.harley-superstore.com and you’ll automatically have a chance to score a 2005 HD FXSTB/FXSTBI Night Train!

Offering the USA’s largest selection of certified pre-owned Harleys in a trusting environment, HSS thinks big and plays big. Offering a vast selection of like-new used and certified motorcycles at unbeatable prices in an easy-to-buy setting, the Harley SuperStore has huge purchasing power and big opportunities to buy and sell Harley Davidson bikes at a discount.

Merging cutting-edge internet technology with old-fashioned dealer service, the Harley SuperStore is in a class of its own. Featuring an easy-to-use digital storefront with unique search tools which make shopping for a Harley quick, easy and convenient. HSS also has traditional dealer departments – parts, finance, insurance and the like – with electronic look-up tools in addition to real people who are eager to offer their assistance from HSS’s brick-n-mortar headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Curious? Give yourself a chance to score big. Go to www.harley-superstore.com and quickly register to win the 2005 HD FXSTB/FXSTBI Night Train!

UNCLE MONKEY MEETS BIG FOOT--The Softail frame in my garage started out as a quick build. It was to be a clean frame with adaptability, built so that I could change sheet metal and thus looks on a yearly basis. FatBoy, Heritage, Custom, chopper, bobber all were to be readily available. At least that was the initial plan. Yes, I get bored easily, why I'm still with the same beautiful wife after 19 years, which is a mystery to her. But life moves on and the itch to ride had me on a FatBoy before I got beyond a rolling chassis. Now, a couple years later, the FatBoy is gone, off to a better home and I turned my attention back to the Softail.

Not so fast, my adorable wife put the preverbal foot down. We had been over our heads renovating a hundred year old three-story house and for the last year and a half have been living without running water or a sink in our kitchen. I was forced to promise that I wouldn't start working on the bike until the kitchen was operational. I was adequately motivated and I'm nearing a completed kitchen renovation and polished dining room. My loving wife honored her side of the bargain and opened the door to my Softail renovation. I immediately started thumbing through the massive stacks of motorcycle parts catalogs. It will be a few years before I'm done paying for the kitchen, but the daily "Oh we'll need this too" has trickle to a stop so now I can start budgeting for my dire bike.

As the fall chill sets into the air my plans have changed from years ago, when I first started building the Softail. I now have a very set idea as to what this project will look like when it is finished. Gone is a blank canvas of a frame which I could change yearly, replaced with a stock-inspired custom. Right now, my only stumbling block is stamped steel or billet forward controls. Both will look good but which will look best.

A sharp classic custome never goes out of style.
The myriad of custom parts selections are vast and overwhelming. Just because something can bolt on doesn't mean it should. Each piece should work together to a common goal, common thread, common ideal. Just as billet controls would look out of place on an old school bobber or stamped steel on a high-end chopper. Everything has a place in the world of motorcycles.

Some people look at bike building much the same way they made art in school; spread out glue and dump as much sparkle and glitter on as possible and then lift, whatever sticks is deemed good enough. That was cool enough for mom's fridge for a week. But I digress. There is no right way or wrong way to build a bike, we just know if it is right or if it is wrong when it is done. If you (and your mom) like it, that's all that matters. Now, if you don’t mind, I have to sign my name on a piece of macaroni art.

-bad Uncle Monkey

QUICK THROTTLE ART REPORTS FROM SANDS, IN SINGAPORE-- A casino but not in Las Vegas but same Sands as Vegas.

The new Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.  You should look it up on the internet website.  Three hotel towers connected by the rooftop pool, restaurants, etc, amazing.

The view is from the rooftop which has an infinity pool.

BRANSCOMB RICHMOND PLAYS ‘Toy Run’ Set for Nov. 20-- Bikers to Donate Toys, Ride from Sacramento to Lincoln, Calif.

SACRAMENTO—Motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in a charity event to collect toys to be distributed to less fortunate children during the upcoming holiday season.

Renegade Classics Outlet in Sacramento and Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Lincoln, CA, have joined to co-sponsor the 8th Annual Santa Claus Toy Run. The toys collected during this charity event will benefit Mustard Seed School, RISE, Inc. and other local charities serving underprivileged children in our community.

The “Toy Run” will kick off with breakfast on Saturday, November 20th between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. at Renegade Classics, located at 6758 Folsom Blvd. in Sacramento. At 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., groups of Bikers will be escorted from Renegade Classics to Thunder Valley. The private party at Thunder Valley, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature live music by “Rogue” and a special 90 minute show by Branscombe Richmond and the Renegade Posse.

There will be celebrity appearances by Lorenzo Lamas (Reno), Kathleen Kinmont (Cheyenne) and Branscombe Richmond (Bobby Sixkiller) from the hit TV Series “Renegade” throughout the event. Lorenzo and Kathleen will also be leading the ride from Renegade Classics to Thunder Valley.

Bikers are encouraged to pre-register for the “Toy Run” between Saturday, November 6th and Friday, November 19th. Tickets will also be on sale the day of the event at Renegade Classics. Tickets are $20 plus a new, unwrapped toy.

Participants will receive an event T-shirt, run pin, continental breakfast, barbecue lunch, $10 gaming credit, private party at Thunder Valley and will be entered into the grand prize drawing. The Grand Prize drawing includes a $2,000 weekend getaway to Thunder Valley, a $500 shopping spree at Renegade Classics and a limited edition guitar signed by Bad Company.

Since 2003, the toys collected during the Santa Claus Toy Run have benefited organizations serving children in our area that may otherwise go without presents during the holiday season. The generous spirit of the biker community is overwhelming and has benefited the lives of thousands of children in our community.

“The Santa Claus Toy Run is the highlight of my year,” Renegade Classics owner Troy Rowsey said. “With the addition of Thunder Valley and celebrity appearances by Lorenzo, Kathleen, and Branscombe, this is guaranteed to be an event you won’t want to miss!”

For more information contact: Troy Rowsey
Renegade Classics Outlet Sacramento
(916) 454-3700
Email: renegadeclassics@sbcglobal.net

Click here to order from Motorbooks.
Click here to order from Motorbooks.

MOTORBOOKS H-D MUSEUM BOOK NOW AVAILABLE--Our esteemed literary correspondent is reviewing this photo book right now. While you're waiting for the prolific, Kevin Thomas review, here's a teaser from the book of motorcycles from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee.

BIKERNET WORLD DESK CORRESPONDENT PROMISES TO REPORT FROM MOROCCO--I think I told you I'm writing a book (no motorcycles in it to speak of). Part of the book takes place in Morocco. I'm headed there in two weeks, for two weeks. I'm actually headed to a place called Assa-Zag, which is in the southeastern part of the country, near the Sahara Desert. I'll keep an eye out for cool bikes.

Knowing Arab-oriented countries, there probably won't be much but crappy little two-stroke scooters, but I'll see what I can find.

I have to give up moderating some functions of the Bikernet Forum. I'm working 15-hour days, and traveling my ass off. I can continue to moderate, but you might want to get someone else to handle new members and login problems.

Ride it like you rented it!

CRAZY HORSE PERFORMANCE UPGRADE COMING TO BIKERNET--We've had a nagging problem with our new 100-inch Crazy Horse engine. We love this bastard, but spending a year making it run, is a drag. It stumbles severly at mid range. We've investigated from coast to coast, from LA Chop Rods to Blackhawk Motor Works. I spoke at length to Frank Aliano, the boss today.

We are going to install their cam cover plate, so that we can replace the Thunder-Heart, stock ignition system with a standard Compu-Fire single fire system. We may also replace the cam with an S&S 561 cam from Custom Chrome and adjustable pushrods. After a discussion with Lee Clemens my problem could be the Thunder-Heart system or cam timing. Most Crazy Horse fans remove Thunder-Heart ignitions and replace them with regular Evo systems, which are readily available.

Lee, from Departure Bike Works told me of a story regarding a bike they recently build, which was inflicted with a similar problem. When they switched out the cam, the bike ran fine. I remember 20 years ago, Kim Peterson, the editor of In The Wind, had a problem with a Panhead. We did everything to that bastard, and it still was a bastard to start. Keith Ruxton discovered bad cam timing, corrected it, and it's still running today. I hope.

If you have a Crazy Horse engine and experience problems, you might want to reach out to Frank at Black Hawk Motor Works, 321-952-9333, blackhawkbikes@aol.com.

THE BIKERNET SHOP BOOK DEAL OF THE WEEK--You think the world has gone nuts with over-regulation, then you need to read Sam "Chopper" Orwell. This book was written by K. Randall Ball in 1999 and it's all coming true. There are still a few copies left from the first print run and we will make the old man sign each copy ordered.

This week only, we are offering this classic, futuristic, biker novel for $15.00 and you will receive a Bikernet Bandana and a Bikernet 4-color sticker with each order.

Don't miss this opportunity to read a story about our future, if we don't continue to fight for motorcycle freedoms. This book is guaranteed to make you want to join your local motorcycle rights organization. It's all about the freedom to ride.

Ride Forever,


THE FIRST-EVER SOUTH TEXAS BIKER JAM AND EXPO-- will debut at Houston’s Reliant Arena, Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 28, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. and Sunday May 29 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Motorcycle and adrenaline enthusiasts from across the Southeast will gather under one roof for the ultimate biker experience. Touted as the largest motorcycle show in the Southeast, scores of new bikes, products and family entertainment will be featured. South Texas Biker Jam & Expo celebrates the thrill of owning and riding motorcycles.

The SOTX Biker Jam and Expo will gear up with both V-Twin and Metric motorcycles, showcasing the freshest machines by bringing the shop straight to the rider. The premiere event is sure to rev up business in the area as thousands of riders convene for the most interactive motorcycle sports and entertainment experience in Houston. Colin Lee, Operations Manager of The Stubbs Family of Powersports said that his organization “is excited to participate in the 1st Annual South Texas Biker Jam & Expo for 2011. We feel that this Expo is vital to the power sports industry in Houston and look forward opening day on May 28, 2011!"

CJ Van Wart, President of Infinite Promotions, producers of the 2-day event, said that “this has been a dream for many years. My partners and I share a passion for the motorcycle industry and wanted to fill a void in the marketplace for the consumer and manufacturer. This event brings everyone in the business together under one roof, which is unique in the industry.”

Bikers and motor aficionados can see and experience the latest in bikes, parts, accessories and apparel. Expect demo rides, freestyle stunt riders, and vintage motorcycle exhibits. Get your bike own customized on the spot with unique show accessories. In addition, meet product specialists see a biker-style fashion show with leather and compete in an outrageous tattoo design competition. Live music like Mean Gene Kelton & The Die Hards and Krimson are just a few of the bands that will be featured throughout the weekend. A Swap Meet area will be set up for individuals to trade and buy parts and accessories for their bikes. It will be two days of non-stop excitement. Kids can get in on the action with activities geared just for them.

On the day of the event, bikers will be permitted to park their motorcycles in a designated lot free of charge.

Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at Ticketmaster.com, and at the Reliant Stadium South Ticket Windows. Reduced rates are offered for tickets purchased in advance online, however full-price tickets may be purchased at the door. One-day tickets start at $15; two-day tickets are $22. Special rates are available for the military.

For complete show information, visit http://www.sotxbikerjam.com

RACING VALERIE THOMPSON SPONSORS MASTER LOCK BIKE LOCKS-- I thought you'd be interested in these cool bike locks from Master Lock. I just started selling them at my appearances. So far, I've sold every pair I put out on the table - hard to keep them in stock. Last month, I originally bought a pair to lock up my generator and in a few hours someone bugged me for a set. Sold it to him and later bought a new pair. Goes well with my line of work... this way I won't fall off the bike...LOL.

Great idea for Christmas and Birthday presents.

I will have them on my website for sale this week. Just waiting for my guy to post the PayPal service. The cost is $70 (tax included)...plus shipping if needed.

Call me if you have any questions!!

Valerie Thompson
2-Time Land Speed Record Holder

BIKERTOBERFEST STARTS TODAY!--But that's not stopping bikers from bringing out their hogs a few days early.

Local businesses say they've noticed an influx of bikers, but it's unclear whether most of those are locals or out-of-towners extending their trips. Kevin Hannah, who manages Gilly's Pub 44 in New Smyrna Beach, said he's noticed a small increase in bar traffic. "The weather's been so gorgeous that the local bikers are out and riding hard. I think this is all local business right now, which we're all very grateful for," Hannah said.

Mandy Rossmeyer Campbell said there were more bikes at Destination Daytona, probably a combination of Columbus Day and Biketoberfest. She said that's normal for the week of Biketoberfest.

Tangela Boyd, spokeswoman for the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said bikers in town before Biketoberfest is nothing new.

"Some stay the whole time, others come down early to beat the crowds," Boyd said. "We're definitely happy to see them here."

Special report: Biketoberfest 2010

--from Rogue

THE INFAMOUS KRYLON JOHN REPORT-- Our freedom hangs by a thread that’s held loosely in the hands of government bureaucrats, who really don’t seem to give a shit. I call it “the time two redneck assholes learned the difference between a longhaired biker and a hippie.” The year was 1975, and it happened on the afternoon of June 21, the first day of summer.

I was going to pick up my girlfriend to see a Bad Company concert in Los Angeles when I had a run-in with two guys in a ’59 Ford pickup tailgating me on the Pomona freeway. They were ignoring lane restrictions and towing a cement mixer at a high rate of speed when they pulled up on the tail of my car in congested traffic. When I got a chance I moved over into the next lane and they screamed fuck yous as they passed. While we were side-by-side I flipped them off, and then paid it no more attention. At some point the pickup dropped behind, and then several miles ahead where I exited the freeway the pair pursued, and caught up with me while I was stopped at a red light. The two ran up to my black ’70 340 Duster armed with a 2x4, and initiated a fight.

What ensued was a classic textbook example of what happens when two drunks bring a 2x4 to a knife fight. Thanks to his high blood-alcohol level coupled with my innate ability to fillet while under 2x4 attack, the primary aggressor bled like a stuck pig, and consequently their road rage rapidly subsided. When they got back in their truck and left, I thought it was over, but hours later I was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. I sold everything I owned, hired an attorney, and fought the opportunity to do 15-to-life like crazy. After how many appearances I can’t remember, and a few years waiting my trial was presided over by the late Robert M. Takasugi http://www.govtrack.us/congress/person.xpd?tab=speeches&id=300011. At his last Superior Court trial before he was appointed to a Federal bench, Judge Takasugi decided that I acted in self-defense, but used excessive force — Ultimately the final disposition was a misdemeanor.

At least a decade, or so later I walked into a Big 5 Sporting Goods store and bought a 12-gauge shotgun that was on sale. I persevered the 10-day waiting period, and then returned to learn our government had determined I didn’t have the right to own a shotgun. Explaining to the zit-faced kid at the counter that I wasn’t a felon fell on deaf ears and it was obvious the corporation had trained him how deal with this sort of occasion. I put the experience on my list of shitty personal problems I really needed to correct someday, but didn’t know how — That is until today when I found the following news release from the Second Amendment Foundation.

12500 NE Tenth Place • Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 454-7012 • FAX (425) 451-3959 • www.saf.org
For Immediate Release: 10/13/2010

BELLEVUE, WA – Acting on behalf of a Georgia resident and honorably discharged Vietnam War veteran, the Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation over enforcement of a federal statute that can deny gun rights to someone with a simple misdemeanor conviction on his record.

The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the District of Columbia. SAF and co-plaintiff Jefferson Wayne Schrader of Cleveland, GA. are represented by attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued both the Heller and McDonald cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In July 1968, Schrader, then 21, was found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery relating to a fight involving a man who had previously assaulted him in Annapolis, MD. The altercation was observed by a police officer, who arrested Schrader, then an enlisted man in the Navy, stationed in Annapolis. The man he fought with was in a street gang that had attacked him for entering their “territory,” according to the complaint.

Schrader was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $9 court cost. He subsequently served a tour of duty in Vietnam and was eventually honorably discharged. However, in 2008 and again in 2009, Mr. Schrader was denied the opportunity to receive a shotgun as a gift, or to purchase a handgun for personal protection. He was advised by the FBI to dispose of or surrender any firearms he might have or face criminal prosecution.

“Schrader’s dilemma,” explained SAF Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb, “is that until recently, Maryland law did not set forth a maximum sentence for the crime of misdemeanor assault. Because of that, he is now being treated like a felon and his gun rights have been denied.

“No fair-minded person can tolerate gun control laws being applied this way,” he added. “Mr. Schrader’s case is a great example of why gun owners cannot trust government bureaucrats to enforce gun laws.

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing, and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right. (end of release)

The significance of the Easyriders cover shown with my bike on it is the June and August ’76 issues were on sale at the time of my trial. When my attorney found out my righteous name was “Crazy” John he seemed to be concerned the fact might hurt my case. Fortunately the DA at my sentencing (not DA Higa) that called for me to do 7 years before I was up for parole wasn’t into researching his cases.

— Krylon John

CATHY RIDES TO BIKETOBERFEST FOR BREAST CANCER--Founded by Jeremy Johnson of Muttin Cycles, Cathy's Help is a foundation that was started to help women battling breast cancer. He started this foundation after the loss of his mother to a long fight with breast cancer. While everyone is trying to help find a cure, Jeremy wants to help the women that are struggling today. The money raised through this foundation will go to help assist individual women in any way possible (groceries, bills, transportation, co-payments, etc.).

Your generous donations will help in any area that we can service these women affected by breast cancer. The foundation is supported solely by donations from people he meets at motorcycle events and shows. Every dollar that comes in goes right back to where it belongs, to the women in need. Through Muttin Cycles, Jeremy has created a blog, http://muttincycles.blogspot.com/, that records and posts
every donation made and where the money goes.


Please take a moment and read Jeremy’s plight at http://muttincycles.blogspot.com/p/donate.html .
Jeremy and Cathy’s Help appreciate any help that you can offer.

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LOVE RIDE 2010 - LIMITED TO ONLY 1,000 RIDERS, SO SIGN UP NOW!-- If you’ve ever been to Love Ride, you don’t want to miss this one.
JAY LENO is scheduled to once again lead the November 7 ride from Harley-Davidson of Glendale to Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu hills, site of the original Love Ride. ROBBY KRIEGER OF THE DOORS will be blowin’ the doors off the ranch. What would the orginal Love Ride be without the original WILLIE G.! All to benefit the charity, Autism Speaks.

We really are selling out fast, so be to sure sign up now online, or come to Harley-Davidson of Glendale to sign up right away. Because you don’t want us to leave without you, do you?


They’re going quick.

Look what you could miss out on if you don’t sign up now.
Don’t take a chance on losing your shirt. We have souvenier t-shirts, caps and patches, but they are limited to just one each when you first register. These items have become very popular, and the way they are already selling, we are likely to only have a limited quantity for sale on a first-come-first-served basis the day of the ride. Guaranteed, everyone who signs up gets a Love Ride Retro 2010 commemorative pin for free.

After you’ve signed up online, or at our store, you’ll need to come to Harley-Davidson of Glendale to get your ticket and other admission credentials on the morning of the ride. The ride starts at the dealership. And or the first time, your entry ticket gives you a shot at the Grand Prize...

The Grand Prize of Bruce Springsteen’s autographed guitar is up for grabs!

Just for signing up for Love Ride Retro you'll get a ticket for a chance to win The Boss’s guitar, plus additional tickets can be purchased at the event for only $10 each. But you've got to be among the first 1,000 riders to sign up. So do it now if you want to get your greasy hands (or polished nails) on this and other incredible prizes. Including an original oil and silkscreen of James Dean by Andy Warhol studio artist, the late Steve Kaufman. Or win a free trip and tour of the Harley-Davidson factory and museum, a Harley Davidson to ride for a year, plus many other one-of-a-kind prizes.

With other surprise activities, this year’s event promises to be as original as the Love Ride itself. Share your love when you donate.


BIKERS are ANIMALS 2 - The Rest of the Crew by Paul Jamiol is the second in a series of children's books that brings young readers into a world of animals that love to ride their motorcycles.

 In the first book, the author introduced his cartoon animals on “cool” motorcycles to show children and parents that motorcycle riding is fun and that those involved in motorcycling are intelligent and caring. The Rest of the Crew takes children further into that world with all new colorful characters, new bikes and new stories. Jamiol's cartoon motorcycle world embraces a child's imagination and works to expand that imagination in a fun and entertaining way.

 Each character has his/her own individual look and his/her own individual motorcycle. These animals are independent and love the freedom to be who they are. Kids will see that different species do get along and can thrive both by themselves and together. Some are large and some are small, but their pride in what they do is evident in all.

 They are young and old, male and female, and their motorcycles are as different as they are. Skyla the bear takes pride in her new paint job and Rachet the turkey has no problem using his tools to help his fellow riders in need. Crag is an alligator who sees the value of leaving the swamp behind and hitting the open road. The reasons for doing what they love to do are also different and varied. For them, the experience of riding motorcycles, working on them or building them is to be shared with friends and family, and is another catalyst for strengthening the bonds of their friendships.

 Jamiol did not talk down to kids in the first BIKERS are ANIMALS book and he stays with that premise in this book. He uses motorcycle terms when necessary and respects the intelligence of the young reader. There is humor and fun in each of his characters. Each one has a name as unique as they are. Several of these animals get together and dispense their thoughts and advice on safety and the positives of doing things right.

 Once again, a walk into the Bikers are Animals Garage brings pages of line drawings of several of the characters. Here, the parent can photocopy the pages for the child and let them use their imagination and creativity to color them in for themselves.

 BIKERS are ANIMALS 2 - The Rest of the Crew is an introduction to another group of unique characters that will show child and parent alike that those who live and ride in Jamiol’s motorcycle world are indeed animals, but animals of the best kind...positive, fun, independent and uplifting.

 Paul Jamiol, an avid motorcyclist, has been cartooning and illustrating for the past 40 plus years. He has been recognized for his work locally, nationally and internationally. His cartoons and illustrations have been featured in various magazines and newspapers.


He produced the Classic Motorcycle Calendar© (a collection of his pencil drawings). He created a 30-ft mural, Women in Motorcycling, for the opening of the American Motorcyclist Association Heritage Museum in Westerville, OH. In addition, Paul’s award-winning editorial cartoons have been seen and appreciated worldwide.


BIKERS are ANIMALS 2 - The Rest of the Crew is Paul’s second book for children who love animals and have an interest in motorcycles.


Paul’s first impression of motorcycling was that it was really “cool.” With the BIKERS are ANIMALS books, he wants to share that feeling with youngsters everywhere.



H-D OF VALPARAISO HIRED STAFF FROM CLOSED CRETE DEALERSHIP--Harley-Davidson of Valparaiso has hired some of the folks displace by the closure of H-D of Crete, and is honoring warranties from the defunct shop as well.

The dealership hired John (Master Painter), Kyle (Parts and Accessories) and Steph Galloway (Motorclothes), who will join the Valparaiso crew Nov. 1.

“We would like to extend an offer to the customers who have purchased Genuine Motorclothes or parts and accessories from Harley-Davidson of Crete,” reads a message the dealer posted on Valpo Life. “Please keep your receipts, and if you have any warranty-related problems, bring the item and receipt to our store. We will assist you to the best of our ability with these issues.”

Posted by Holly Wagner
Published courtesy of DealerNews: www.dealernews.com

CARLO AND EMMA'S V-TWIN GRAND OPENING IN AUBURN, CALIFORNIA--Here we go again. 10/16/10 is going to be our Grand Opening. Chris Carr, BUB stream liner, Bob Grimes Top Fuel-er, 2 bands & BBQ we have to most wonderful spot in Auburn. Hi Way 49 at Shale Ridge.

We plan on coming to the Love Ride hope we are able to get together.

AMA ON THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS--We have 20 days until Election Day to Vote Like a Motorcyclist.

The elections on November 2 are some of the most important in many years for the future of motorcycling. It is critical for motorcyclists to utilize these last 20 days to identify motorcycle-friendly candidates, assist their run for office, and Vote Like a Motorcyclist.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) encourages all riders to register and vote, encourage other riders to register and vote, as well as volunteer on a motorcycle-friendly candidate’s campaign. If the riding community wants to have a say in this year’s elections outcome, we must take action now. We have 20 days to make an impact this election cycle.

There are many ways to assist a motorcycle-friendly candidate’s campaign and volunteering can be fun – invite a friend or two to join you.

To identify which federal and gubernatorial candidates are motorcycle-friendly, utilize our 2010 AMA Voter Guide, available at AmericanMotorcyclist.com. For details about the 2010 AMA Voter Guide, click here. Not yet an AMA member? Join online today, or call 800-AMA-JOIN.

Show your colors this election season with Vote Like a Motorcyclist gear from the AMA.

Please, do all you can these last 20 days to assist the election of motorcycle-friendly candidates. Those elected to office will mold legislation and laws that will affect the future of motorcycling.

If you have any questions about getting involved these last 20 days, please contact the AMA’s grassroots team at grassroots@ama-cycle.org.

To all who volunteer on a motorcycle-friendly candidate’s campaign, encourage their fellow riders to volunteer, and vote, thank you. The future of motorcycling will be better as a result of your efforts.

--The AMA Grassroots Team

FREEDOM PERFORMANCE EXHAUST FROM BIKER'S CHOICE--Biker’s Choice introduces the American Outlaw Dual System, a new exhaust for your ride. They run on both the right AND left side of your motorcycle for a more symmetrical look. These systems come with oxygen sensor ports and have removable baffles, (optional quiet baffles 85-88 db’s). Triple step headers make for more horsepower, torque and heat reduction and can be purchased in either show quality chrome or ceramic black.

The megaphone has 4.5” outlets producing a deep, throaty thunder sound sure to please even the pickiest rider. The heat shield is a full length, 1- piece part with a 2.5” O.D. with 220° of coverage.

The hardware is stainless steel for strength and rust resistance and are 100%, Made in the USA. They also have a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you’re looking for something not so run of the mill, take a look at these bad ass exhausts.

For more information on applications for this particular exhaust or any of the other Freedom Exhausts Systems we carry, visit your local Biker’s Choice® dealer or visit www.bikerschoice.com.

Happy Riding!!


JAY LENO RECOMMENDS VISITING WHEELS THROUGH TIME MUSEUM-- In mid-August 2010, Wheels Through Time Museum Curator and Founder, Dale Walksler, was bestowed the honor of displaying two rare American racing motorcycles from the museum collection at the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California. Regarded as the world's premier gathering of automotive history, the sixty year-old invitation-only event annually brings together several hundred of the rarest and most desirable vehicles ever produced for a one-day spectacle that attracts tens of thousands of fans and spectators from around the globe.

2010 marked the second year in which motorcycles were displayed, with a total of twelve two-wheel machines gracing what is often referred to as the best finishing hole in golf -- Pebble Beach's 18th Fairway. When the judging was complete, Walksler and both museum machines in attendance came away with two out of three of the shows top honors -- the rare 1909 Reading Standard placing second, and the one-of-a-kind 1929 Harley-Davidson DAR placing third.

While at the Concours, both Walksler and the two Wheels Through Time motorcycle garnered particular attention from fans and specators alike, including one of the most famed celebrities in show business, Jay Leno. During the show, the avid car and motorcycle enthusiast, and host of NBC's Tonight Show, conducted an in-depth, six-minute interview with Walksler highlighting both the prestige and excellence of those machines lucky enough to be invited to the once-a-year gathering.

During the interview, which was recently released on the "Jay Leno's Garage" website, a subsidiary of NBC's Tonight Show, Walksler and Leno discuss one of the award winning machines from Wheels Through Time -- the 1929 Harley-Davidson DAR board track racer -- addressing both its rarity and significance in the history of American motorcycling, and how it holds a special place in the museum's collection of over 300 of our country's most historic two-wheelers. Walksler shares the intimate details of how the machine was found after sitting idle for over 70 years, and the process in which it was brought back to its former, ear-splitting glory.

Jay also offers high praise for the Wheels Through Time Museum itself during the segment, citing it as one of the best museum's in North America. During the interview Walksler and Leno share the origins of the museum -- a dream of Walkslers since he began collecting over 40 years ago -- and the museum's focus on rare, all-American motorcycles, particularly those with great stories and exceptional pasts.

"Having the opportunity to display two machines at Pebble Beach is an outstanding honor for myself and the entire museum staff," said Walksler. "We're so proud to share these machines with the rest of the automotive and motorcycle world, and Jay has played a big part in sharing them with a wider audience than ever before." During the segment, Leno even addressed his hopes of coming to shoot another piece at the museum in the future.

The interview can be seen on the Jay Leno's Garage website, located at www.JayLenosGarage.com, accessed by visiting the videos page and clicking on the "motorcycles" link on the left side of the page. Titled "Motorcycles of Pebble Beach 2010", the video also touches on other rare motorcycles featured at the Concours.

For more information about the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Jay Leno's Garage, or the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley, NC, visit www.WheelsThroughTime.com or call (828) 926-6266.

Read the story and see more pictures on the Wheels Through Time website.

--Matt Walksler
Wheels Through Time Museum
P.O. 790 / 62 Vintage Lane
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
(828) 926-6266

SPEAKING OF UNFINISHED MOTORCYCLE PROJECTS--Tomorrow I'll cruise over to Bennett's Performance and finish putting the Assalt Weapan back together. Then we will begin the stationary engine break-in process, and back on the Dyno for tuning the Pegasus fuel injection. There's a side of Eric Bennett and I leaning toward removing the Pegasus fuel injection for an S&S G carburetor, just to remove complications. But we headed down this path and we're going to stick with the Pegasus crew until we have a couple of hot rod passes on the Mojave Mile in a few months.

Today I fired the Salt Shaker with the new JIMS tappets and JIMS pushrods. She runs, and I'm not sure where to go from here. Maybe ride her to the bar and drown my mechanical sorrows in Jack Daniels. Let me tell you something, a Bikernet Code. I hate DUI laws. I feel they're unfair and downright ridiculous, and I refuse to fall victim to the bastards.

I won't drink and ride or drive. There's way too much at risk. If I want to drink, I get a ride. Don't let the bastards get you down. That bottle of beer is not worth $10,000 and your freedom.

Ride Forever,


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I bought one of those cam covers on my PP-100 motor. We also put one on Johns Redneck Engineering PP-100 Chopper. Best thing we could have done. My Indian is my everyday rider and I run a Daytona Twin Tech 1005 ignition. When we bought out the liquidation of the Gilroy factory we got 80 engines (warranty returns and such). I had my choice of the lot and I bought prototype engine # 17 (that's my engine number). I swear this is the smoothest running V-twin engine I have ever been on. I LOVE it. I'll send you some pictures one of these years.

Scott Holton
Central City , IA
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Editor Response Send me some shots. I'm about to change the cam to an S&S mid range job and add a single fire Compu-Fire ignition. Should run like a champ. Can't wait!
I’m actually re-reading Sam "Chopper" Orwell. I ordered your new book but got called back from my break early and missed it in the mail before I left. Looking forward to digging into it on my next rotation.
Thanks for the journey!

Yelm, WA
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Editor Response Any time brother. I'll try to keep 'em coming.

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