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Make it the Best New Year Ever!

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Geno, Ujjwal Dey, Sam Burns, Barry Green, Brain Klock, Wayfarer, El Waggs, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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This happens every year.
I start with a pared down goals short list for the next year, like I’m going to kick back and ride more. Then shit starts to pile up or float to the surface. Opportunities arise and doors open.

For instance, one of my mom’s best friends, Nancy Davis, told me about a book notion and I was intrigued. The more I was around her, the more her ideas popped to the surface. I’m sorta like that. I always have or will find a positive solution.

On the way back from Indio, California I went over my notes with the Redhead and I believe I’m going to start writing another Chance book based around Nancy’s notion. Hang on for the first chapter, which I plan to run in Bandit’s Cantina.
Nancy likes movies like The Machinist and Paperboy. I'm not sure about her... 
Don't miss checking our Michael Lichter's new web site. He was just at the Mooneyes show in Japan. Don't miss the Sheriff's story.
Don't miss checking our Michael Lichter's new web site. He was just at the Mooneyes show in Japan. Don't miss the Sheriff's story.

Here’s the list as it stands for 2018. In January I’m headed to Carson City, Nevada to pick up the Salt Torpedo from the Paughco Factory. I’m going to reconfigure my shop and build a custom lift to hold this puppy while we prepare it for the Salt in September at the International Motorcycle Speed Trials. I hope Bikernet can be a media sponsor for this year.

The work will be hot and heavy in the shop this year. I’m also going to finish my little motorcycle screenplay and give it to someone, anyone who might make a movie out of it. I’m also working with Kellie Fish to maybe get one of my other books made into a film. We’ll see.

We are going to change up the Bikernet landing page some and keep the content and techs flowing.

With the help of Tony Spinalli I’m going to complete my first bronze sculpture for the annual Hamster Charity effort and hopefully part of the proceeds will go to the Rapid City Children’s Hospital and part to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Hang on for more reports on this effort.

I hope that’s it. It won’t be dull, that’s for sure.

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. And the Smoke Out.

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Click for SmokeOut Action

Trying to get someone to review my appeal. I did three tours in Vietnam. Just recently the DAV called me. I think, after four years I’m close and I hope the DAV did what they said they did, so I’m supporting them.

Your end of year gift will:

DAV provides a lifetime of support and services to veterans and caregivers at no cost as they transition back to civilian life

Assist veterans with meaningful employment through career fairs
DAV’s Transportation Network volunteers travel millions of miles throughout the country to transport veterans to and from their VA medical appointments

DAV deploys to areas devastated by natural disasters to help veterans get back on their feet and rebuild their lives

All veterans should join.
All veterans should join.

Celebrate New Year's at the ACE CAFÉ ORLANDO. Sunday, Dec 31--

No New Year's plans (yet), no problem! We've got a special 3-course menu starting at $18. No reservations or fancy dress required. See the full menu here.

Already have plans? Nice! Pre-party with our happy hour drink specials
$3 domestic beers (+$2 off all other drafts), $4 house wine, $4 select mixed drinks, $5 Monkey Shoulder scotch
*happy hour available all day, 12/31

New Year's Day Car Show

Jan 1 | 11-2pm
See the best classic and muscle cars in Central Florida at the Ace New Year's Day Car Show. Music by DJ Don from Cruisin Orlando plus tickets giveaways to the Kissimmee Mecum Auto Auction. Free event and open to all show cars.

New Year's Day Revival Brunch Buffet

Jan 1 | 11-2pm
Cure what ails you after a long night ringing in the new year with our New Year's Day Brunch Buffet.
Adults: $19.95, Kids $12
+$12 bottomless mimosas & bloody marys
Bundled deal: $29.95
adult brunch + bottomless mimosas & bloody marys
See full brunch buffet menu. Limited lunch menu also available.

Custom Motorcycles 2018 Calendar

I’ve read the same bullshit in the media forever, way before Trump came along. Every time someone says they are going to do something about taxes we hear the same lines about the rich getting all the benefits.

I don’t get it. What the hell can be wrong about any tax break? It only makes the government more responsible and maybe a couple of people who get shit for free and never worked will get a job. Amazing, right!

We pay income taxes, property taxes, inheritance taxes, sales tax, taxes on fuel, taxes on liquor, marijuana taxes now, cigarette taxes, you name it. In LA there’s a new tax for the homeless. They are creating special services for the folks who break into your cars to steal shit, mostly for drugs and alcohol. And it’s a bad thing to get a tax break?

Every government agency wants more power and bigger budgets every year. When can the citizens who pay the taxes have the same rights? It’s a game, so I’m proud of the folks who fought for this. Hopefully, they will continue to fight for us.


Biketoberfest Motorcycle Profiling Video Sparks Investigation & Retraining--

While attending the 2017 Biketoberfest rally in Daytona Beach, Florida, members of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club (IHMC) were the target of blatant profiling and discrimination at the hands of the Daytona Beach PD. The incident, caught on videotape as a result of quick thinking, is irrefutable.

The impact on civil liberties motivated the combined efforts of the North Florida Council of Clubs (NFLCOC), the National Council of Clubs (NCOC), and the Motorcycle Profiling Project (MPP) to immediately respond with a formal complaint and public record requests. These inquiries, based on the video, have sparked an investigation into the actions of the officers involved and a review of Daytona PD policies regarding motorcycle clubs, says a source inside of Chief Craig Capri’s office.

Already, as a result of the State Attorney’s inquiry, a curriculum is being constructed and all Daytona PD officers will be re- trained relating to motorcycle profiling. Activism works.

The Story Captured On Video

On October 20th, 2017, members of the IHMC, while walking down the street doing absolutely nothing wrong, were stopped and surrounded by Daytona PD officers and asked to produce identification. Why? Video captured by the IHMC reveals that the seizure and demand for identification was based solely on individuals wearing colors identifying membership in a 1% motorcycle club. In fact, Daytona PD officers explain on video that stopping and documenting motorcycle club members is standard department policy.

A member of the IHMC, exercising his constitutional right to film police in public, captured the entire event on video. Video can be irrefutable proof of wrongdoing in a case of motorcycle profiling. The video also served as the foundation for a successful complaint that is triggering review from within as well as by the state’s attorney.

This is not the first time that the Daytona Beach PD has been caught on videotape further establishing a clear pattern of motorcycle profiling. Video from earlier in 2017 captures DPD Chief Capri confirming that if you wear a patch in Daytona Beach you will get pulled over. These videos prove that the issue of motorcycle profiling is systemic in Daytona Beach, even reaching the highest law enforcement office, the Chief of Police.

The COC Takes Action: Video Triggers DA Review of Daytona Beach PD

After reviewing the video provided by the IHMC to the MPP, Daytona Beach resident and patch holder Bobby Colella was in a unique position to combine the efforts of three entities focused on the same goal. Colella is a member of the NFLCOC, member of the NCOC PR Committee, and an MPP contributing author.

Colella immediately drafted a complaint and sent it to the DPD Police Chief Craig Capri and Mayor Henry by email on 10/24/2017 and by certified mail on 11/03/2017. Colella followed the complaint with a public records request asking for any department policies related to motorcycle clubs or profiling and any records related to the event. Eventually he received a response from the DPD. Colella writes:

“On 11/15/2017 I received a phone call from Jessica Wolfflesnider, executive assistant to Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) Chief Craig Capri. Wolfflesnider stated that the video has been submitted to the Florida State Attorney’s office for review. Wolfelsneider also stated there has been an officer (Lt. McBride) assigned to internally review the video and work with the DA’s office throughout the review process.”

“Wolfflesnider stated that dependent on the findings of the state attorney, there could be several actions that occur, to include the officers being reprimanded and additional training being mandated for the officers involved in the 20 October incident, and possible adjustments to the department’s policies.”

On December 18, 2017 Colella received an update from the DBPD. Colella writes:

“Wolfflesnider reports that, in response to the video captured at Biktoberfest, the DBPD Training Department is now working in conjunction with the Florida State Attorney’s office to develop a curriculum to retrain all officers in the department.”

“Wolfflesnider also reported that there is an ongoing investigation being conducted by internal affairs relating specifically to the officers involved in an incident that occurred on October 20, 2017, captured on video by a member of the Iron Horsemen Motorcycle Club.”

Activism Works

This incident is a textbook example of how an effective grassroots movement can handle an incident of motorcycle profiling that occurs in the motorcycle club community.

First, the IHMC, from the beginning, made sure to capture the incident on video. The video is the critical piece of evidence referenced in all further developments.

Second, the video was released through grassroots media like the MPP and shared on social media, which resulted in thousands being exposed. Web media and social networking provides an alternative mechanism to communicate an effective message that is not reliant on traditional news media outlets.

Third, the Florida and National Council of Clubs utilized the video as the foundation for a complaint to the Daytona PD which has triggered an inquiry that has resulted in re- training an entire department and could result in reprimand and/or reform for officers caught profiling on the video.

It’s easy to say that things can’t be fixed or that profiling comes with the territory and has always been a problem for bikers. But fighting back using the democratic process and media that isn’t controlled by monetary motivations can help reduce profiling and secure the freedoms all people should enjoy.

The MPP will report any developments or updates.

I see your site still powering away, looks great. Our show is still going, new poster attached, numbers dwindling a little last couple of years, suffering a bit of competition from other events around the same time…so we’ve just got to try and make it interesting for more people we guess…All the best for the holiday season.



pinguid [ping-gwid]
1.fat; oily.
He is a mighty mass of pinguid bronze, with a fat lisp, and a broad sunflower smile, and he lectures us with a vast and genial breadth of manner on the ruins, contradicting all our guesses at things with a sweet "Perdoni, signori! ma---."
-- William Dean Howells, Italian Journeys, 1867
The Latin adjective pinguis means “fat, fertile, plump, in good condition” and by extension “heavy, dull, gross, stupid.” The English adjective pinguid may derive from Medieval Latin pinguidus (with the same meaning as pinguis), or it may derive from pingu- (the stem of pinguis) and the suffix -id, as in fetid, humid, and pallid. Pinguid entered English in the 17th century.

'Cash, check or charge?' I asked, after folding items the woman wished to purchase.

As she fumbled for her wallet, I noticed a remote control for a television set in her purse.

'So, do you always carry your TV remote?' I asked. ...

'No,' she replied, 'but my husband refused to come shopping with me, and I figured this was the most evil thing I could do to him legally.'


A couple drove down a country road for several miles, not saying a word.
An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.

As they passed a barnyard of mules, goats, and pigs, the husband asked sarcastically, 'Relatives of yours?'

'Yep,' the wife replied, 'in-laws'


A husband read an article to his wife about how many words women use a day.. 30,000 to a man's 15,000.
The wife replied, 'The reason has to be because we have to repeat everything to men....

The husband then turned to his wife and asked, 'What?'


A man said to his wife one day, 'I don't know how you can be so stupid and so beautiful all at the same time.

'The wife responded, 'Allow me to explain. God made me beautiful so you would be attracted to me; God made me stupid so I would be attracted to you!


A man and his wife were having an argument about who
should brew the coffee each morning.

The wife said, 'You should do it because you get up first, and then we don't have to wait as long to get our coffee.

The husband said, 'You are in charge of cooking around here and you should do it, because that is your job, and I can just wait for my coffee.'

Wife replies, 'No, you should do it, and besides, it is in the Bible that the man should do the coffee.'

Husband replies, 'I can't believe that, show me.'

So she fetched the Bible, and opened the New Testament and showed him at the top of several pages, that it indeed says 'HEBREWS'

The Silent Treatment

A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment.

Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight.

Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, 'Please wake me at 5:00 AM. He left it where he knew she would find it.

The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight.

Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn't wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed.
The paper said, 'It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.'

Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests

God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.


--from Rogue

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