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We are in search of the perfect redhead in black leather for our Vincent lyrics project.
We are in search of the perfect redhead in black leather for our Vincent lyrics project.


It’s an odd one today.
I’m almost finished with my Bonneville epic. It’s a tough one, but I should have it launched tomorrow or Saturday. I get so anxious to keep the content flying that I launch before our official copy editor rolls through the text. No matter how many times I read my copy, he still finds numerous typos.

A member of the Bandidos was also running a 45 flathead, fortunately in another class. He ran consistently at 84mph. He was also disappointed.
A member of the Bandidos was also running a 45 flathead, fortunately in another class. He ran consistently at 84mph. He was also disappointed.

There’s a writer’s rule: You can’t edit your own copy. I find if I can walk away from it for a couple of days, then re-read it aloud, I catch lots of glaring errors, but there’s that anxious-to-share secenario again. I could tell you some cryptic writing stories, but that’s the tech side of stories, sorta back stage.

Ron Harris, Chop Docs, laying the final coats on our sweeps bike. We will pull the ticked at Las Vegas Bikefest in a couple of weeks.  So join the Cantina, or subscribe to Cycle Source. It's going to be a very sharp scooter.
Ron Harris, Chop Docs, laying the final coats on our sweeps bike. We will pull the ticked at Las Vegas Bikefest in a couple of weeks. So join the Cantina, or subscribe to Cycle Source. It's going to be a very sharp scooter.

To my feeble way of thinking, there are two major aspects to writing: The base story line and writing style. You can be the best writer in the world, but if you don’t have a dazzling story to tell, all your fine prose don’t mean shit. On the other hand you may have the story of the century in your mind, but if you can’t craft it, it loses a tremendous amount of impact. But still the leg-wettin’ story is the base and most important.

So let’s see what the news holds for us:

 CANNONBALL ROLLING ACROSS THE COUNTRY--  Murdo, Sturgis and Sheridan, Wyo., will serve as pit stops for the cross-country Motorcycle Cannonball 2012 Endurance Race that started Friday in Newburgh, N.Y., the home of Motorcyclepedia Museum.

The 3,956-mile marathon has a total of 16 stages and is scheduled to end Sept. 23 in San Francisco. The more than 70 riders and their vintage motorcycles will make stops in Wellsboro, Pa., Sandusky, Ohio, Milwaukee, and in Anamosa and Spirit Lake, Iowa, before stopping Wednesday night in Murdo.

According to race’s website, the ride to Murdo is 326 miles, making it the longest stage of the cross-country race.

On Thursday, the motorcyclists go to Sturgis, where they will take their only one-day break in the race before starting Stage 8 on Saturday, which goes to Sheridan, Wyo., before continuing to Idaho, Oregon and finishing in northern California.
Matt Olson is the only South Dakotan registered as a participant in the race. According to, he is riding a 1928 Harley-Davidson JD. Motorcycles built after 1929 are not eligible to win the race.

From Rapid City Journal 
--from Rogue

Hells Angels' RAW deal-- Sydney, Australia--The Hells Angels outsourced the shooting and bashing of rival gang members to a feeder group calling itself RAW, bikie sources have said.

Last Saturday, a Rebels bikie associate was shot and three other men were seriously hurt when a group of balaclava-clad men armed with bats and a gun stormed their gang's clubhouse in Huskisson on the south coast.

Bikie sources have told The Sun-Herald newspaper that the attacking group, known locally as Red And White, or RAW, and has links to the Hells Angels, who rely on the men to disrupt the Rebels' illegal activities.

''They are a gang of about 30 blokes and the Hells Angels use them because if they tried to push in there themselves there would be a serious blue on,'' a source said. ''They don't ride bikes or are that organised but do the Hells Angels' dirty work in the area.''

Shoalhaven police confirmed the existence of the RAW group but said the NSW State Crime Command's Gangs Squad had taken over the investigation into the shooting.
The Gangs Squad Superintendent, Arthur Katsogiannis, declined to comment on theories behind the latest bikie attack.

''We are concerned there could be retribution for this incident and we are appealing to anyone who may have information to assist police,'' he said.
Superintendent Katsogiannis said police investigations ''had hit a brick wall'' because of Rebels gang members refusing to talk to them.
''It is difficult to investigate when people don't co-operate with police,'' he said.

While details remain sketchy, police confirmed a 27-year-old was shot in the leg, a 39-year-old was left with serious head injuries, fractured ribs and a fractured hand, and a 37-year-old sustained severe head injuries. The men went to Shoalhaven Hospital on Saturday night with a fourth man arriving later with head and back injuries.
On Tuesday, a Seven Hills tattoo parlour, Confederate Ink, which has links to the Rebels, was set on fire.

Police sources said there was no connection between the two attacks.

MARY LOU DRAG RACING REPORT--Numidia - Dream Chaser Racin' Qualifies
Dream Chaser Racin’, Janette Thornley continues to make the program and earn points in the AHDRA Championship Series in the Hawaya Racing/Vreeland’s Harley-Davidson Pro Drag class.

After qualifying 4th in a tight Pro Drag field at Numidia Raceway for the Liberty Nitro Nationals Presented by Vreeland's Harley-Davidson, Thornely had one of her personal worse reaction times in the first round against Rich Vreeland.

"It's like I woke up and he was gone. The guys worked so hard to put a great ride under my butt. I'll be practicing on the tree and be ready for Rockingham. I'm not sure how this will affect my points, but we're still planning on a Top 3 finish at season's end."

Janette Thornley is owner and operator of her nitro burning, carbureted, 121 ci Pro Dragster and Dream Chaser Racin’. Thank you to the local sponsors from Oregon: Northwest Propane, Premier Propane and Betty Lou’s Inc. Thank you to all my ongoing sponsors: Autolite Sparkplugs, LAT Racing Oils. Special thanks to Ray and Jean Price; Lowry Callahan of Quality Refrigeration Company, and Buddy Foss and Doug Atkinson for your time; and to the Ray Price Race Team – Tommy Grimes, Justin Heinle, Jeremy Hoy, and Mark Morgan for all you do; And to my supporters, Bill Hendren, Mark Lavine, Dalton Matthews, and Freddie Robbins. Sponsors always welcome!

Contact Dream Chaser Racin’ at

BIKE CLUB CONFRONTATION SHUTS REDMOND RALLY DOWN-- Clash between Mongols, Hells Angels prompts police move.  By Barney Lerten Joe
REDMOND, Ore. - Redmond police and Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies shut down the Run to the Cascades Motorcycle Rally at the county fairgrounds Saturday evening after a large group from the Mongols motorcycle club arrived and threatened violence if members of the Hells Angels refused to leave immediately, police said.
Officers entered the fairgrounds and watched as the Hells Angels indeed packed up and left, according to police. But witnesses also told officers that Hells Angels members said they planned to return with more people “to settle the dispute,” according to Redmond police Capt. Brian McNaughton.

McNaughton said police had “received information that acts of potential violence” were expected at the second annual rally, which was well into its second day and had attracted hundreds of motorcyclists from around the region for a variety of concerts, events and activities focused on the themes of remembering those lost in 9/11 and celebrating American freedom.

And while things had been fairly peaceful, for the most part, Redmond police also said there had been two arrests, one in an incident Friday night – a reported dispute involving a knife – that led to a La Pine man’s arrest, and another arrest early Saturday after a Keizer man allegedly fired a gun at the fairgrounds.

Around 5 p.m. Saturday, McNaughton said, the large Mongols group approached the Hells Angels members already at the event – the club had a booth there – and “demanded the Hells Angels group leave immediately.”

“Witnesses reported the Mongols group threatened violence if the Hells Angels group was not gone within 15 minutes,” McNaughton said. “Witnesses reported weapons were brandished.”

Word of that confrontation prompted police and sheriff’s deputies to enter the fairgrounds and stand by while the Hells Angels group packed up and left.

However, “witnesses reported the Hells Angels group intended to return with more people to settle the dispute,” McNaughton said in a news release issued late Saturday night.

At that point, sheriff’s deputies and police contacted fairgrounds Director Dan Despotpulos “and strongly recommended the event be closed in order to protect public safety,” McNaughton said.
“The fair director agreed the safety of citizens was our highest priority and closed the event,” with the assistance of Redmond officers, sheriff’s deputies, Bend police and Oregon State Police, the captain said.

The move also scrubbed a closing-night concert by the classic rock group Foghat.
“The two motorcycle clubs, Hells Angels and Mongols, have a history of very violent encounters,” McNaughton said. “It is the intent of the officials involved to assure our citizens’ safety, and this is always the top priority in any decision of this nature.”

According to a story early last year in the L.A. Weekly, “A blood feud between the Mongol Nation Motorcycle Club and the Hells Angels has not abated since 'Operation Black Rain' in 2008, in which 1,000 local cops, feds and deputized Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms agents arrested 60 members of the Mongol MC in five states.”

Aaron Myhra, the event organizer, said Sunday, "We are extremely disappointed. We're heartfelt sorry for people who did not get a chance to finish this event. The event was going great."

He said he was going to speak to legal counsel before making a more formal statement in coming days.
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JAP MOTORS ARE ALIVE AND X-WEDGE MOTORS TO POWER MORGAN TRIKES—We are researching these statements. Let us know if you hear anything. More reports coming.

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Brough Superior Marks Time With Harold Pinchbeck Watches-- England is turning back the clock to its halcyon days as a leading light in watchmaking, engineering and craftsmanship, thanks to a joint initiative between Harold Pinchbeck Ltd, an independent watchmaker from Lincoln, and Brough Superior, the iconic independent motorcycle manufacturer.
Harold Pinchbeck has been selected to produce superior branded watches for Brough. The resulting Pinchbeck Brough Superior watches successfully reflect the brand values of the prestigious motorcycles, which are favoured by connoisseurs and gents alike.

One of the most famous marques in motorcycling, Nottingham's Brough Superior was founded in 1919 and is now undergoing a renaissance under the ownership of enthusiast and entrepreneur, Mark Upham. Hand-built to fastidious standards, Brough Superior models are dubbed "the Rolls-Royce of motor cycles". In the past, they were the choice of T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), who owned seven in succession and who died from injuries sustained when riding one. The flagship SS100 motorcycle, costing $250,000 (approximately £152,250), is produced to order.
“Pinchbeck has the highest regard for British craftsmanship and engineering, so the watches are produced to the highest standard, with understated styling, and are built to give good service for many generations, just like our motorcycles.”
The watches come in two versions, the SS100 and SS101, both of which have black dials, stainless steel cases and gold details to reflect the liveries of the motorcycles after which they are named. The SS101 has a rotating bezel based on a locking nut from a Brough motorcycle. Personalising choices include the use of precious metals.

Last year there was a move to resurrect Brough motorcycles, but the web site has not been updated in some time. We will let you know if we hear anything.


WHEN ONE RALLY DIES ANOTHER TAKES OVER--For the first time I know of, a town has taken over a motorcycle rally. The city of Cottonwood, AZ (where the Burnout was held a few times) has taken over the Thunder Valley Rally, a major local event previously organized by Cliff Castle Casino and associates.

I think this us unprecedented. The rally takes over the entire run of Main Street and surrounding areas, maybe the birth of a new Sturgis. Thought this was interesting and worth a story, combining rally coverage with how and why the city became a rally organizer. The rally is this weekend. What do you think, sir?

BIKERNET Arizona Editor and Tarantula Guardian

52 VINCENT BLACK SHADOW SONG BY DEL MCCOURY and RICHARD THOMPSON— Lyrics to 1952 Vincent Black Lightning :
Oh says Red Molly to James "That's a fine motorbike.
A girl could feel special on any such like"
Says James to Red Molly "My hat's off to you
It's a Vincent Black Lightning, 1952.
And I've seen you at the corners and cafes it seems
Red hair and black leather, my favourite colour scheme"
And he pulled her on behind and down to Boxhill they did ride

Oh says James to Red Molly "Here's a ring for your right hand
But I'll tell you in earnest I'm a dangerous man.
For I've fought with the law since I was seventeen,
I robbed many a man to get my Vincent machine.
Now I'm 21 years, I might make 22
And I don't mind dying, but for the love of you.
And if fate should break my stride
Then I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

"Come down, come down, Red Molly" called Sergeant McRae
"For they've taken young James Adie for armed robbery.
Shotgun blast hit his chest, left nothing inside.
Oh come down, Red Molly to his dying bedside"
When she came to the hospital, there wasn't much left
He was running out of road, he was running out of breath
But he smiled to see her cry
He said "I'll give you my Vincent to ride"

Says James "In my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl.
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeves won't do,
Ah, they don't have a soul like a Vincent 52"
Oh he reached for her hand and he slipped her the keys
Said "I've got no further use for these.
I see angels on Ariels in leather and chrome,
Swooping down from heaven to carry me home"
And he gave her one last kiss and died
And he gave her his Vincent to ride

We are working on a Girl of Bikernet feature around the above lyrics. What a classic. Here’s a start from Markus Cuff.


RE-PHASED YAMAHA 650 XS MOTORS BY HUGH’S HAND BUILT—I don’t know much about Yamaha XS motors, and recently someone told me both cylinders fire in the same sequence. They told me about Hugh’s Hand Built. They rephrase XS engines so the pistons alternate firing position, which would require new cams. Here’s a note from their web site.

So most folks know that we've had to turn away engine builds, we just have too many to do right now... That should change this fall/early winter...

But that brings up another valid concern when it comes to our favorite vintage Yamahas... We have had about 4-5 engines come in that have never been run, previously assembled at other "reputable" shops but they could never get them running. In desperation, customers have brought us these engines to "get right"...

Do your homework when you have a shop take in so much of your hard earned money...


BIKERNET FEEDBURNER REMINDER—If you sign up for e-mail reminders you’ll be reminded about anything that pops up on any of our sites. You can glance at it, save it, follow the links, and toss it in the trash. No charge, and you can shut it off whenever you want.

Team HeadBlade/Capone Racing & Bammer Racing-- Capone Racing, Team HeadBlade and Bammer Racing contine to gather Championship points at the Numidia Raceway for the Liberty Nitro Nationals Presented by Vreeland's Harley-Davidson.

Capone Racing's Frank Capone was runner up against point's leader Keith Browne in the Rush Pro Gas class. Capone, "We knew coming in late in the season , that we'd be looking at the back of Browne Racing's great big ol' fender, but we're very pleased with the team's progress and the fact that we're able to make the show and gather data for next season (when I hope that Keith will be looking at the back of our bike) is very important"

In the AHDRA Pro Mod class, Capone and Reno were number 1 and 2 at the day's end, with Capone taking out his teammate Reno (what a buddy, huh, Shaun?). Reno, "This was a great field of Pro Mod's, we only wish we could have taken Team HeadBlade to the winner's circle, but it was a heck of a race."

Capone and teams provided the Pro Mod/Pro Stock dinner, Saturday night. What a great bunch of guys and gals.

Bammer Racing's Drums Brancaccio is the only nitro powered ride in the Capone/Headblade/Bammer pit area. Brancaccio said, "We had a pretty good wkend in the AHDRA Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel class, qualifying 5th in a close field. We ran Turner in the first round and his reaction time was only 2/10th's of a second faster than mine, but it was enough on the big end to take the win and put us back in the trailer."

Discouraged, NOT, say's Bammer crew chief, Michael Hopkins, "Each time we come to the track, we learn more and more about this bike, we really needed a few more rounds of qualifying; but the rain gave us one round on Saturday and one on Sunday morning. Sure we would have like to have gone a couple more rounds but we're ok and will be ready for Rockingham."

As the AHDRA Screamin Eagle season comes to a close Capone, HeadBlade and Bammer hope to see you at Rockingham, Oct. 13th and 14th and the AHDRA Championship Finals at No Problem Dragway, Belle Rose, LA, Oct. 26-29th.

Capone’s team consists of Mark Godin, Richard Murray, Craig Fisher, Lorne Buchanan and Katy Miller.

Capone Racing sponsors and friends supporting Capone's record breaking season include: G&G Engineering, DAS Performance, L. Buchanan Co., Gannos Machine, Energy One Clutches, Vanson Leathers and all the staff at Capone Landscape.

Reno’s team includes his wife, Kim, and his crew chief, Ricky Stewart.
Special thanks to: HeadBlade, Inc., Hampton Roads Harley Davidson, Energy One Clutches, SA (Steve Allstaedt) Racing

Bammer Race Team consists of:
Larry "Drums" Brancaccio
Crew Chief: Michael Hopkins
Dickie Roberts
Joe Wysocki
Richard Murray

by Jennifer Lindgren

EUCLID -- The first motorcycle warning signs in the state of Ohio went up here on Monday.
Four yellow signs, reading "Watch for Motorcycles," were placed at the intersection of East 185th Street and Lakeshore Boulevard.
Allstate Insurance chose the intersection and donated the signs to the city.

It's part of a nationwide campaign to increase awareness. Euclid Police say this intersection is not any more dangerous than any other in the city, but even small safety measures can help.
Motorcycle riders say the signs may turn heads, but it's up to the driver -- of the motorcycle and of the car -- to be responsible and pay attention on the road.

John "Kiks" Kikol organizes tribute rides for police, firefighters and troops in Northeast Ohio. He's seen many of his friends get hurt when a car driver isn't paying attention.

"We can't eat on a motorcycle. We can't talk on a phone. There's so many distractions that car drivers have," Kikol said. Kikol says it would be beneficial if drivers looked twice before making a left turn, and gave motorcycles more space on the road.

"It's the responsibility of the driver of the car and the driver of the motorcycle.
We have to take responsibility for what we do 100 percent of the time when we're riding," Kikol said.
He encourages drivers to take the advanced courses that many motorcyclists go through to increase their own safety.


Charlie Hunam on a 2013 Harley-Davidson Denim Black Street Glide at the Season Five Premiere of Sons of Anarchy. Photo credit: Frank Micelotta/FX/PictureGroup.
Charlie Hunam on a 2013 Harley-Davidson Denim Black Street Glide at the Season Five Premiere of Sons of Anarchy. Photo credit: Frank Micelotta/FX/PictureGroup.

HARLEY-DAVIDSON CALLS ON FANS TO UNLEASH THEIR OWN PERSONAL FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE--  Motor Company Launches New Campaign on Sons of Anarchy Season Five Featuring Exclusive Video Content of SOA Cast, United by Independents and Hard Candy Custom.

Harley-Davidson today announces the launch of a second installment in its popular Dark Custom campaign called United By Independents.

The campaign, featuring Stereotypical Harley riders, was first developed on Harley-Davidson’s Facebook app "Fan Machine" by fan Harold Chase and was then cast on Twitter. The final 60-second spot, featuring 16 real Harley-Davidson riders and Twitter followers from around the world, makes its national advertising debut on the FX hit series Sons of Anarchy beginning with the Season Five premiere Sept. 11, 2012.

2013 Harley-Davidson Hard Candy Custom motorcycles featuring the Sportster Forty-Eight in Coloma Gold Flake; Dyna Street Bob in Big Red Flake; Sportster Seventy-Two in Lucky Green Flake; Softail Blackline in Coloma Gold Flake; and Softail Deluxe in Lucky Green Flake.
2013 Harley-Davidson Hard Candy Custom motorcycles featuring the Sportster Forty-Eight in Coloma Gold Flake; Dyna Street Bob in Big Red Flake; Sportster Seventy-Two in Lucky Green Flake; Softail Blackline in Coloma Gold Flake; and Softail Deluxe in Lucky Green Flake.

The United by Independents campaign runs through November 2012 and includes a promotion through Harley and SOA that gives fans an opportunity to express their individuality and defy stereotypes by customizing a new Street Bob motorcycle online with the H-D1 Bike Builder. This online tool now offers the most expressive paint sets, accessories and apparel than ever before with the addition of the all-new Hard Candy Custom series.

BY entering the promotion, one lucky winner will win a personally customized Harley-Davidson Street Bob motorcycle and a trip to Los Angeles to visit the set of Sons of Anarchy and hang out with cast members. The partnership with FX and SOA also includes exclusive online promotional videos from the creator of SOA, Kurt Sutter, along with key cast members who share their stories about what it means to ride, featuring their own personal customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

“United by Independents is as much a rally cry to discover your ultimate self-expression and personal freedom as it is a celebration of fans and riders that continue to defy stereotypes of what it means to be a Harley-Davidson enthusiast,” said Dino Bernacchi, Harley-Davidson Director of North American Marketing Operations. “The campaign is cast entirely through social media with real riders from across the globe and from all walks of life who are united by their shared passion for the brand and their love of riding.”

Earlier this year, Harley-Davidson asked its more than 4 million Facebook and Twitter fans to share how they defy stereotypes by posting their photos using the hashtag Stereotypical Harley. From the thousands of responses received, Harley-Davidson created the first installment of the United by Independents campaign, which debuted in February 2012 as part of the launch the Sportster Seventy-Two. The second installment that will launch Sept. 11 on SOA features the new H-D1 Street Bob and Hard Candy Custom but will also appear in partner properties like Marvel’s The Avengers DVD release and this fall’s FX premiere of The Ultimate Fighter along with other UFC properties. Both videos are available on Harley-Davidson’s Dark Custom website at

Also announced was the addition of the Street Bob to Harley-Davidson’s H-D1 Factory Customization program, allowing customers to build the Street Bob of their dreams and have it delivered right from the factory within a month. Hard Candy Custom and the new H-D1 Street Bob are featured in Season 5 of Sons of Anarchy. To learn more about the motorcycles, visit

To enter to win the Ultimate Sons of Anarchy Experience and access the exclusive video content, fans should visit from Sept. 11 through Nov. 19, 2012, and tell Harley-Davidson which SOA actor they want to ride with, where they would go and what they would do. Then participants use the H-D1 Bike Builder to design their dream Street Bob. One winner will receive a grand prize including their customized Street Bob and a trip with a friend to Los Angeles to visit the set of Sons of Anarchy.


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I find it most humorous that H-D is appropriating what was done in the '50s, '60s and '70s and the uninitiated are ooohing and aaahing about it. Bobbed fenders, dual headlights, metal flake paint. Disc brakes, belts and a wide tire-does the name Dick Allen ring a bell?

Leave it to them to simultaneously "innovate" while embracing the culture that they repudiated in the past via Sons of Anarchy. The show that doesn't border on hyperbole, but embraces it with gusto.

One Eye
ON, Canada
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Editor Response You hit the nail on the head, but it's all about marketing cool at an accepted time.
The Richard Thompson song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning has long been one of my favourites. He is an incredible musician and that is an incredible song.

One Eye
ON, Canada
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Editor Response And I'm going to find the perfect girl, leather, and Vincent. We will honor every word.
Allways a great read, got just one complaint and it aint your fault.
What's up with these short assed designers building trikes that only fit
up to a 6'2'' person?

Godamnit don't they know there are a grundel of people well over that?
Aw screw'em wouldn't be seen riddin' one those damn things any way.

Glad to see the BonnieBell make it to the salt even if ya had to use it as a learning run, next year for sure!

Keep up the great work, my week aint complete till I've been the your site at least twice.

tom kellerstrass
ogden, UT
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Editor Response Thanks. It's tough being 6'5" and trying to design a bike that fits. My Mudflap girl is as close as I've ever come in 40 years.

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