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Interesting week in paradise.
It’s warming, the girls look better in skimpier clothes. Daytona action is in full swing. Life is nuts and hauling ass.

I’m going to dive into the news while pondering my next move. We’re shooting a promo reel for the new Biker-Build-off series in our vast and unrelenting Bikernet Nerve Center Intergalactic Headquarters, Ivory Tower, this weekend. The executive producer is of course, the magnanimous Chopper King, Hugh King from the vast empire of Chili Rellenos with his loyal subjects, the Jalapenos. It should be interesting.

The Bikernet News is as always sponsored in part by the editorial boards of Cycle Source Magazine, the Publisher of Iron Trader, and the shipping department at ChopperTown. Hang on!

AMA Pro Flat Track Racing Returns to Phoenix Arizona With The Law Tigers --
For the first time in 30 years, the AMA Pro Flat Track will return to Phoenix, Arizona. The Law Tigers, America’s Motorcycle Lawyers, are honored to be sponsoring round 4 – also known as the Law Tigers Arizona Mile on Saturday, May 14th.

This is the first AMA dirt track race in the area since Bubba Shobert completed the “Grand Slam” by winning the half-mile event in Phoenix in 1986. The race is being presented by Buddy-Stubs Harley-Davidson and will be a family-friendly event for all motorcycle enthusiasts in Arizona.

Law Tigers Arizona Mile AMA Race

The Law Tigers are proud to be sponsoring the event in collaboration with our 15th Anniversary. After sponsoring the AMA Pro Flat Track finals in Pomona for years, bringing flat track racing back to Arizona was long overdue. It was important to continue the tradition of flat track racing and Arizona is a one-of-a-kind motorcycling market.

The AMA Pro Flat Track is a dirt track motorcycle racing series. While AMA Pro Racing recognizes and sanctions many different kinds of racing, the most traditional form of motorcycle racing is dirt track racing. The series is still one of the longest running championships in the history of motorsports and regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing in the world.

The 2016 season will kick off on March 10th with a quarter mile race at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL during Bike Week. The season will end in early October in Northern California, but not before hitting 11 different states, including South Dakota during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

AMA Pro Flat Track Arizona Mile
Complete 2016 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:

– Daytona Flat Track I – March 10 at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

– Daytona Flat Track II – March 11 at the Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

– Circuit of the Americas – April 9th in Austin, Texas

– Arizona Mile – May 14 at Turf Paradise, Phoenix, Ariz.

– Sacramento Mile – May 21 at the Cal Expo Fair, Sacramento, Calif.

– Springfield Mile I – May 29 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

– Oklahoma City Mile – June 18 at Remington Park, Oklahoma City, Okla.

– Lima Half Mile – June 25 at the Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio

– Charlotte Half Mile – July 30 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, Charlotte, N.C

– Sturgis Half Mile – August 9 at the Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, S.D

– Peoria TT – August 14 at the Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, Ill.

– New York TBA – August 20 in New York State

– Springfield Mile II – September 4 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.

– Southern California TBA – September 17 in Southern California

– Northern California TBA – Early October in Northern California

For the last 15 years, Law Tigers has been supporting fellow riders with education, legal assistance, community support, and compassion. We understand motorcyclists’ needs because we are passionate about the ride. While the principal goal of the Law Tigers is to fight for injured riders and promote motorcycle safety through education, we also like to connect with fellow riders and enjoy everything that the motorcycling community has to offer. Come out and join Law Tigers at the Arizona Mile on May 14th at the Turf Paradise in Phoenix, Arizona and help celebrate our 15th Anniversary!

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Law Tiger’s Arizona Mile, please visit


JIMS Tool of the Week--
JIMS No. 2260 Big Twin Sprocket Lock Tool

To remove or install the sprocket / pulley nut on Harley Davidson Big Twin transmissions with belt final drive, a special tool is needed to prevent the pulley from rotating.

JIMS USA has an American made tool designed to fit onto the pulley, allowing sprocket nut removal or installation without damaging the pulley or transmission case.

JIMS No. 2260 Sprocket Lock Tool has a MSRP of $164.80 and features JIMS lifetime tool warranty.

For use on 1980-present H-D Big Twin with belt final drive including Cruise Drive 6 speed.


BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
American Performance Cycles 2006 Models

Hey there, I was wondering if you know where you can buy APC motorcycle parts from.

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Muskego, WI

Here is Texas Law. Got this from our Legislative officer-- Skee

Effective September 1, 2015 SB 1918 passed to add TRC 547.306 LED GROUND EFFECT LIGHTING EQUIPMENT ON MOTORCYCLE.
In this section, "LED ground effect lighting equipment" means light emitting diode (LED) technology that is attached to the underbody of a motorcycle for the purpose of illuminating:
the body of the motorcycle; or
the ground below the motorcycle.

A person may operate a motorcycle equipped with LED ground effect lighting that emits a non-flashing amber or white light.
It is not the function of the Department of Public Safety to provide legal interpretations of the Texas Transportation Code, nor is it the role of anyone in the department to dispense legal advice even regarding the traffic laws of the state. The department enforces state traffic law as its members understand it, and if necessary, issue citations for violations, all which are subject to review by courts of law.

Section §547.004 of the Texas Transportation Code prohibits the operation of a vehicle that is unsafe, not equipped in compliance, with the law, or equipped in a prohibited manner by the Transportation Code. Some would take this to mean that if the lamp is not required under Texas law, nor fits an exception, then it is prohibited, particularly if it can be shown as a distraction to other drivers or a driving hazard.

Motorcycle lighting requirements can be found in §547.801 and the general statutory restriction on vehicle lighting is §547.305, but neither specifically addresses after-market lighting. Only DOT approved equipment properly installed is definitely compliant with state and federal regulations, and that much add-on equipment is sold for off-road or show use only and is not necessarily legal for highway use.

Section §547.3215 adopts the federal motor vehicle safety standard (FMVSS) for lighting (49 CFR 571.108) for all lighting and associated equipment, unless specifically prohibited by the code. FMVSS #108 prohibits anything that interferes with or obscures federal required lighting equipment. However it does not prohibit, nor regulate, after-market lighting equipment not meant to replace original equipment manufacturer (OEM) lighting.

After-market lighting that is not DOT approved and used to replace original lighting may be illegal under Texas law if the equipment violates any provision of Chapter 547, particularly Subchapters D and E.


Outgoing President Nakagawa To Retire

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) has announced that Yoshitaka “Yoshi” Tamura will succeed Masafumi “Masa” Nakagawa as president of the company, effective April 1. Nakagawa has been with KMC’s parent company for 39 years and will retire after recently reaching the company’s retirement age.

Mr. Tamura returns to KMC after serving in many roles for Kawasaki, including as Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe and most recently as Associate Officer, KD Office in the Marketing and Sales division of Kawasaki’s Motorcycle and Engine Company, where he worked with Kawasaki subsidiaries around the globe. Mr. Tamura will lead KMC in celebrating the company’s 50th anniversary in North America, as well as spearheading the company’s move to its new headquarters later this year.

“Yoshi brings a wealth of experience in the powersports industry to his new position. I am confident he will continue to lead KMC to greater heights as it celebrates its golden anniversary,” said Nakagawa.

During Nakagawa’s two-year tenure at KMC, the company introduced several new products that are revolutionary in the powersports industry, including the supercharged Ninja H2 R and Ninja H2 sportbikes, and the popular MULE PRO series side x sides.

We are going to cover a new FXR build from Bennett’s Performance. “FXRs are going crazy,” said the boss Eric Bennitt. He’s starting with the last set of S&S twin cam cases designed for Evo mounting. I tried to get S&S to keep the Evo/Twin Cam configuration alive, but it’s a no-go, at least for now.

Eric has the last, rare, as hens’ teeth, set of these cases and he’s shaving twin cam cylinders, letting Branch handle the heads, and building a hot rod motor. We will cover the rare, and most grand process on Bikernet. Hang on.

The Breakout model Sorrento, full length for ’13-’16 models. I wonder how this model is doing. It’s a hot looking traditional chopper looking Softail and I was surprised the first time I saw Ben testing one. It’s a sharp looking custom Harley and this Le Pera seat might be the only mod it needs.


The Sorrento is a fusion of Silhouette style and Maverick comfort.

The entire seat has been shaved down for a flowing profile.

Perfectly formed, 13" wide rider area and 10.5" of passenger comfort.

Driver Seating:

13" Wide
Passenger Seating:

10.5" Wide



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This Mid Glide Dyna has been around for over a decade; a super comfortable Bobber Style Dyna.

WINDVEST 2006 - 2016 Dyna Street Bob

WindVest Motorcycle Products offers windshields that are constructed of the finest materials on the market. Unique in its simplicity, the mounting hardware is 60/61 billet machined hardware (black or chrome finish) and assembled with stainless steel fasteners. It is mounted to a thick 3/16" windscreen.

Click on the art and it will take you there.
Click on the art and it will take you there.

LUCAS Oil Names Michael Farabaugh Head of New Motorcycle Division--
Indianapolis, IN - Lucas Oil Products, Inc., a world leader in developing advanced motor oils and other lubricants for competition, high-performance, stock motorcycles and off-road all-terrain vehicles, both 2 wheeled and 4 wheeled, is pleased to announce the appointment of long-time motorcycle safety, education and rider rights advocate Michael Farabaugh as Director of its newly formed Lucas Oil Motorcycle Division.

"I am honored that Forrest Lucas and his team have selected me to head up what is, in effect, a brand new executive-level division within Lucas," Farabaugh said. "For more than a quarter century, Lucas has been researching, developing and manufacturing products that have extended the life and improved the performance of millions of motorcycles.

They have also helped grow the sport by investing heavily in developing motorcycle programming for cable and network TV and by sponsoring numerous on track and off-road motorcycle events, racing teams and series."

"Lucas has always been deeply committed to supporting all aspects of motorcycling and the international family of motorcycle riders," Farabaugh added. "In starting this new division, we are not just reconfirming our commitment to motorcycling now and in the future, we are expanding it." A member of the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame and the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame, Farabaugh is also an original inductee into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

For 50 years, Michael Farabaugh has been living a major portion of his life on two wheels and has been professionally and personally invested in protecting the lives and freedoms of riders for more than four decades. Michael along with his wife, Debby Farabaugh, has also hosted a motorcycle radio show for 5 years.

In 1980 Michael graduated from the first Motorcycle Safety Foundation Chief Instructor Program. He and his wife Debby, also an MSF instructor, have taught the MSF's legendary package of survival skills to thousands of riders and instructor trainees from coast to coast.

Michael has set some ambitious goals to get Lucas Oil Motorcycle Products in front of retailers and the general public.

--Ken Conte

Rob Scroggie gave me this S&W knife the other day. It's called the Code of the West model. Sorta fitting!
Rob Scroggie gave me this S&W knife the other day. It's called the Code of the West model. Sorta fitting!

A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.

I remember when Halloween was the scariest night of the year.
Now, it's "SUPER TUESDAY".

Democracy is three wolves and one sheep voting on what to have for supper.
(I don't approve of political jokes...I've seen too many of them get elected.)


It would be hard to find someone more excited about the 75th anniversary edition of Bike Week than Janet Kersey, one of the event’s main organizers.

Kersey is executive director and chief operating officer of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, official sponsor of the rally that is again expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Daytona Beach during its 10-day run, March 4-13.

Along with the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, Bike Week ranks among the biggest motorcycle events in the country.
Kersey’s interest in Volusia County biker events began long before she started her Chamber job two years ago. As director of tourism events for the Daytona Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau in 1993, Kersey was a force behind the creation of Biketoberfest, a four-day October counterpart to Bike Week.

The event was designed to boost area tourism during a traditionally slow month.
She continued to oversee Biketoberfest until her departure from the visitors bureau in 2011.

Kersey talked recently with the News-Journal:

Any advice for visitors to this year’s event?

Anticipating that more riders will be in town it is most important that everyone takes extra time to get around. Be patient on the roadways and look twice for riders.

What is your favorite part of Bike Week?

I’m definitely a people watcher. I love just walking around in the bright sunshine looking at everyone, and listening to their thoughts as they visit. I pick up a lot of good ideas from just hanging out and talking with our visitors. That’s the most fun for me.

--by Jim Abbot

--from Rogue

bissextus \bahy-SEKS-tuh s, bi-\
1. February 29th: the extra day added to the Julian calendar every fourth year (except those evenly divisible by 400) to compensate for the approximately six hours a year by which the common year of 365 days falls short of the solar year.


This odd day was inserted after the sixth day before the kalends of March, i.e., after the 24th of February, and was not counted as an addition to the year, but as a sort of appendix. Hence the sixth of the kalends of March was called bissextus, or double sixth, which root is still retained in our word bissextile, though the day is now added at the end of February.

-- E. S. Burns, "History of Chronology," The Popular Science Monthly, April, 1881


Bissextus comes from the Latin term bissextus dies meaning "intercalary day." It was so called because the 6th day before the Calends of March (February 24th) appeared twice every leap year.

In any season, in any environment, at any elevation – new Harley-Davidson Heated One-Touch Programmable gear offers the motorcycle rider fingertip control of customizable comfort.

Neck-to-toe warmth is provided by pre-programed heat settings selected with a wireless control worn on the wrist. It’s the most convenient and sophisticated heated gear ever offered by Harley-Davidson. It is available in four liner options: jacket, pants, gloves and socks, that can be worn together yet controlled independently.

A new Men's Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Jacket Liner (P/N 98346-15VM, $425.00 size XS to 3XL) is the foundation of the system.

This packable liner is powered by the motorcycle charging system, and has seven large heating panels (two chest, two back, two sleeve, and one collar) with infrared technology that generates immediate heat to penetrate the body for deep warmth.

A wireless controller included with the jacket is worn on the wrist over a jacket sleeve and used to control heat settings with just a finger tap. The wrist controller pairs with a receiver within the jacket and enables temperature adjustment to one of five customizable heat levels the rider can pre-program.

This liner can be worn as a casual jacket and is trim enough to wear as a bulk-free mid-layer. Stretch expansion panels on the sides, sleeves, and back shoulders enhance range of motion and reduce bulk. The jacket comes with a charger cable for the wrist controller, the garment receiver inside the jacket, and a complete motorcycle battery connecting harness.

For additional comfort and coverage, the Jacket Liner can be combined with Men's Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Glove Liners (P/N 98347-15VM, $95.00 size S, L and 2XL), Men's Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Pant Liner (P/N 98384-15VM, $295.00 size XS to 3XL) and the Men's Heated One-Touch Programmable Plug-In 12V Sock Liner (P/N 98385-15VM, $125.00 size S to 2XL).

Coaxial plugs on the jacket liner and pant liner cuffs power the glove and sock liners, but the heat level of each heat One-Touch Programmable garment can be adjusted independently with the wrist controller.

For example, it’s possible to select more heat in the fingers and less in the torso. Each Heated Programmable One Touch garment is backed by a three-year warranty.
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Here's what law enforcement officers will be watching for—

The following is a news release from the Flagler Beach Police Department:

Bike Week begins Friday, March 4 and runs through Sunday, March 13.

The Flagler Beach Police Department will be enforcing both hazardous moving violations and non-moving violations. Hazardous moving violations include, but are not limited to:

• Careless driving
• Aggressive careless driving
• Reckless driving
• Excessive speed
• Racing on a highway (drag racing)
• Driving under the influence (DUI)

The following statutes, paraphrased below, are in effect in the state of Florida:

• 316.2095 - Footrests, handholds, and handlebars: Footrests must be provided for a passenger on a motorcycle, unless it is equipped with sidecar or enclosed cab. Handlebars or handgrips cannot be higher than the top of the shoulders of the person operating the motorcycle while properly seated upon the motorcycle.

• 316.211 - Equipment for motorcycles: An eye protective device must be worn by the operator of the motorcycle.

• 316.294 – Mirrors: Every vehicle and motorcycle, operated singly or when towing any other vehicle, must have a rear view mirror that allows the driver a rear view of the highway for a minimum distance of 200 feet.

• 316.304 - Wearing of headsets: No motorcycle operator can wear a headset, headphone, or other listening device. The exception is a hearing aid or instrument for the improvement of defective human hearing.

• 316.405 Motorcycle headlights to be turned on: Headlights must be on at all times while the motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is being driven on public streets or highways.
The goal for this year’s Bike Week event is the safety of our visitors and residents through compliance with the laws of the state of Florida.

Please remember that reducing your speed, especially after dark, allows for a longer reaction/braking time, and also helps reduce noise.

We hope this year’s Bike Week provides our visitors, residents and businesses with many happy memories. Thank you in advance for helping make this year’s event a safe one for all.

--Posted By BikersPost

--from Rogue

QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
An 1939 Indian Restoration Story

Great article, love them old Indians and the new ones too. As a disillusioned Harley owner, I recently purchased 2016 Scout 60, my 1st Indian. Makes this 69-yr-old feel like a kid again. I too love all motorcycles and would love to own a vintage Indian.

For now I go between a ‘99 Road King Classic, ‘82 Virago,’16 scout 60 and a Yamaha 50 moped. Have a friend & neighbor who owns and rides a ‘46 Chief and I believe it's unrestored.

-- Phillip Bugsby

Clarkston, MI

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Motorcycle Drag Racing: A History by John S. Stein is a book that everyone with even a passing interest in motorcycle drag racing must read. Must. The history and insights it provides are wonderful. If you've ever stood at the side of a drag strip to watch two wheelers thunder down, you'll want to read this book!

Doc Robinson
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Friday, March 4, 2016
Editor Response Thanks Doc. I need to call John to discuss his next project, I believe a film on motorcycle drag racing.

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