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By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Jack McIntyre, Art Hall, STEALTH, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I’ve discussed not giving up on anything, including the 5-Ball factory racer, and I’ve seen success.
I went to Zack’s houseboat last weekend and we talked about motorcycles and chasing mechanical problems. A small electrical glitch in the headlight triggered his circuit breaker and killed the bike.

I’ll dig into my headlight. You never know. I recently changed out my cam for a slightly different JIMS cam. I checked the intake manifold for leaks by spraying around the seal between the heads and the manifold with even WD-40 or contact cleaner. Almost anything will change the idle if it’s leaking.

Let’s get to the news and I’ll report on more tech efforts. The Bikernet News is proudly sponsored by Cycle Source Magazine, Iron Trader, The esteemed Motorcycle Riders Foundation, ChopperTown, and Las Vegas Bike Fest.

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BIKERNET TECH VIDEO-- How to Tape a Helmet in 60 Seconds

Our friends at are doing a Paint Slinger Lid Feature at the ROT RALLY. Here's a little time lapse video of taping a design layout on the helmet from Bombshell Deluxe. She uses a Nexx helmet as a canvas.

--Prince Najar

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“Whenever I have a customer who requests high end motorcycle wheels, MetalSport is the only wheel company to go with.”

– Nick Trask

THE 5-BALL LEATHERS Vintage Black Speedway Shirt is BUILT for RIDERS--

The 5-Ball Leathers’ Vintage Black Speedway Shirt is BUILT for RIDERS but it’s not for everyone. It’s constructed with super-soft premium lambskin leather and premium leather is not inexpensive. But for $345 you have something that they all want to touch and snuggle up with.

The stand-up collar doesn't flap or bother your neck at racing speeds. The sleeves are longer than your non-riding apparel; ensuring your wrists are covered, comfortable and protected when you are behind your bars.

It features six pockets (including gun pockets deep enough for phones and cameras), quilted design on shoulders and upper sleeves and plaid lining.

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“As you know, I'm androgynous. I can wear a jacket that most guys wouldn't put on. But you make it in guys' sizes, and suddenly they're wearing them. I think styles should get back to getting people to wear things that look so good that they don't care.”

- Steven Tyler

“Our Vintage Black Speedway Shirt is the shit.” – Bandit

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RED-LIGHT CAMERAS are the biggest local boondoggle ever--
Lafayette, Louisiana was recently in the news because the city-parish council decided to extend their red-light camera program another year despite the fact that $12.4 million dollars had not been collected on over 211,000 photo enforced tickets since the program’s inception nine years ago.

But the story has even a more twisted tale than just what appears on the surface. As of July 2013, Lafayette was owed just over $3 million in unpaid Redflex camera tickets. That year City-Parish Attorney Mike Herbert vowed to do something about the problem and enlisted 40 to 50 volunteer lawyers (who would receive one-third of what they could collect) to help him go after habitual offenders, including $46,000 from a single business. The city attorney uncovered the fact that he could collect on 10 years’ worth of fines instead of what everyone assumed was a three-year statute of limitations.

Herbert and his merry band of lawyers decided not to pursue offenders that owed less than $125 because the cost of filing fees might be more than recovery. On the other end of the scale, Herbert didn’t want to pursue scofflaws who owed more than $20,000 in fines and penalties because those lawsuits would have to be filed in state rather than city court.

At an April 2014 meeting, the Lafayette City-Parish Council decided along with Herbert to stand down on all the lawsuits because of the confusion it might cause by going after offenders who had outstanding tickets for more than three years. Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux noted that council members put a halt to the lawsuits in 2014 because they didn’t want to sue so many of their co-workers and neighbors.

Since 2013, the amount owed to the Lafayette City-Parish rose to $12.4 million, an increase of $9.4 million in three years. During that time, Lafayette has collected about $1.75 million a year in paid photo tickets, splitting the proceeds with Redflex on a roughly 55/45 basis and using the revenue to offset police department expenses. Also, in any of the news accounts concerning Lafayette City-Parish, the supposed safety aspects of the red-light camera program were never mentioned.

On May 17, 2016, the same day as the council meeting where the decision to extend the red-light program in Lafayette City-Parish was decided, the District Attorney Keith Stutes filed a lawsuit against the City-Parish government for not funding his office. Louisiana politics at its best!

At the same council meeting, Councilman William Theriot, opposed to the red-light camera program, asked the council to let city voters decide in November whether to continue with the traffic camera enforcement program. The council took no action on his proposal.

Lafayette City-Parish has over 182,000 adults over the age of 18 and approximately 160,000 registered drivers. Another city in a similar situation is San Mateo, California which lies in the middle of Silicon Valley. San Mateo has less of a population in the city proper than Lafayette City-Parish (approximately 74,000 adults over 18). Last week, the San Mateo City Council also decided to extend their red-light camera program. San Mateo has 5 cameras at three intersections that have nearly 21 million drivers passing through each year. The city issues an average of 13 red-light camera citations daily that are generally $490 per ticket, resulting in nearly $6400 of ticket revenue per day. The city apparently only receives 27.5% of the money from the fines. The rest goes for court fees and all the other fees tacked on by the state of CA to pay for stuff.

The city also has an undisclosed flat contract for services with Redflex. Last year, the city took in $229,000 and two years before that $340,000. Unfortunately, in last week’s meeting, few citizens spoke against extending the camera program unlike the past when many had protested the city contract.

The Hagerstown, Maryland City Council also decided last week that they will allow the police chief to explore adding red-light cameras to their existing 11-speed camera program. The police chief told the city council he was excited that the red-light cameras could also be used for surveillance.

Phoenix, AZ turned on their red-light cameras again last week after all red-light programs in the state were turned off in March after Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released an opinion that third party contractors and their employees who operate photo radar and red-light cameras must get a private investigator license or they cannot do business in Arizona. Apparently, Redflex which operates in Phoenix and several other Arizona communities has complied with the ruling.

There is some good news though on the Red-Lights Camera Front—Marysville, CA will discontinue their program. Suffolk County, NY residents are fighting back against their community’s red-light program. Springfield, OH reports that a year after they discontinued their red-light camera program, they had no increase in crashes.

One step forward….one step at a time!



My love for Bonneville Salt Flats will never be complete as long as I live. It occupies part of my day, every day of my life. Its like the girl that you that you loved early in your life and she escaped. You dream of her constantly and the empty spot will be there till she returns.

So it is, with the Salt. I dream of it daily and always hope to return. I'M HOPELESSLY ADDICTED TO IT. Check these articles.

--Mickey Goodin

--from Tom Evans

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Jack’s galleries include Girls, bikes, bands, and girls, more than most can handle in any one sitting, so enjoy!

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MIKUNI HSR45-5 Performance Carburetor Easy Kit--
Mikuni American’s popular HSR42mm Series Smoothbore Carburetors are available in easily installed “Easy Kits” for all late model Harley-Davidson and other American V-Twin applications.

Included are kits for 1990 to present 1340cc Big Twin engines, together with 1994 to present 1200cc Sportster and Buell S2 models. HSR42 Kits come complete with a properly jetted Mikuni HSR42 carburetor, installation instructions, and works with your stock throttle cables. Included is a special adapter that allows you to retain your stock airbox or use the higher flowing Screamin’ Eagle performance filter kit for an additional performance gain.

The HSR42 Mikuni flows more air at full throttle to produce more peak power than other carburetors with bigger venturi bores. While at smaller throttle openings the Mikuni's smaller, yet higher velocity flowing venturi, together with its advance fuel metering system provides a stronger overall powerband with improved ridability.

On a stock engine without any other modifications you can expect the Mikuni HSR42 Carburetor Easy Kit to provide a significant 10% increase in power and torque, and up to a 25% increase in power and torque when matched to a higher flowing intake and exhaust system.

Mikuni HSR Carburetors and their Performance Features, Tuning Components, Replacement Parts and Rebuild Kits are available from Mikuni Dealers and Distributors in the USA and Worldwide as shown on

And join Mikuni American at the 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show on Saturday July 23rd.
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1. steadfastly courageous and resolute; valiant.
... shall he be well spoken of, as he was a doughty man.
-- Euripides (c. 484 BC - 406 BC), translated by Theodore Alois Buckley, Heracleidae, 1854

Origin of doughty

Doughty traces to the Old English dohtig meaning "worthy."


HIGH SCHOOL 1957 vs 2016

Scenario 1:

Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.

1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.

2016 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:

Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2016 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled - even though Johnny started it .

Scenario 3:

Jeffrey will not be in class, he disrupts other students.

1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2016 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:

Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.

2016 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being spanked herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:

Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock .

2016 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:

Pedro fails high school English.

1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.

2016 - Pedro's cause is taken up by a radical group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files a class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from the basic curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7:

Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant hill..

1957 - Ants die.

2016 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home. All computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8:

Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2016 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

Life is tough; it’s even tougher if you’re stupid.

-John Wayne

--from Francesco Funiciello

Custom Cycle Engineering has developed a swing arm conversion kit that replaces the stock Cleve Bloc style swing arm bushings with spherical bearings. The conversion covers all the FLT and FXR models from 1980 to 2001.

This kit coincides with Harley Davidson’s change from the Cleve Bloc bushing to a spherical bearing in all the 2002 and up FLT models.

The conversion over to spherical bearings in the early models dramatically changes the handling and tracking of all the FLTs and FXRs.

The sticksion at the swing arm pivot is greatly reduced with the new spherical bearings. This allows for the swing arm to react quicker to any harsh road conditions keeping the wheel in contact with the road. The use of spherical bearings also helps negate any lateral and torsional movement in the swing arm by the shear dynamics of a spherical bearing.

The swing arm bearing conversion kit is a positive answer to the inherent ill handling problems of the popular Dresser models.

Custom Cycle Engineering
1970 Peacock Boulevard
Oceanside, CA 92056

Phone: 800-472-9253
Fax: 760-941-6489


I may be making a run to Saddlemen to pick up a couple of seats tomorrow.

I believe they are both for FXRs, with pans built by Air Stream Studios.



Mossack Fonseca's U.S. operations cut back after Nevada penalty.

Panama law firm's U.S. arm resigns from Nevada companies and loses its partner in Wyoming amid continued global scrutiny

Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca’s local affiliate in Nevada has resigned from more than 1,000 companies and paid a penalty to the state, while the law firm has also announced the closure of three of its international offices as the fallout from the Panama Papers investigation continues.

Nevada’s Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske announced in a statement on Monday that M.F. Corporate Services (Nevada), Mossack Fonseca’s local affiliate, had paid a $10,000 fine for failing to keep the required records and contact details for its clients. The penalty is the maximum allowed under the state’s laws.

Cegavske’s statement also revealed that the firm had abruptly resigned as registered agent from the 1,024 companies it administered in the state, a move that one expert told ICIJ partner McClatchy was “absolutely unusual.”

Mossack Fonseca’s operations in Wyoming, which were also operated out of the Nevada office, also faced a significant setback when its local Wyoming business partner cut all ties last week, leaving M.F. Corporate Services Wyoming with 60 days to find a new registered agent in the state, or face dissolution by the Wyoming Secretary of State’s office.

Beyond the U.S., the firm has announced the closure of three of its offices, and faces investigations in multiple jurisdictions.

--By Hamish Boland-Rudder
Ronda Churchill/McClatchy
Center for Public Integrity

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