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Happy Thanksgiving!

Did you think I forgot you?
I want to thank our entire staff, our contributors, readers, subscribers, advertisers and customers for their support for almost 23 years. We’ve had a helluva fun ride and couldn’t have made it without every single one of you. Thank you from the bottom of this old outlaws heart.

As I watch old biker fade away, I’m even more thankful for one more day of riding, writing, and building cool shit. Let’s give it hell in 2019. We are planning to be on the salt. Watch for the Salt Torpedo Update in the news. And one of my readers is bugging me about writing another book. I’m actually working on two; one Chance Hogan mystery and the other about building the first Streamlined Trike. Hang On! Let’s hit the news and party.

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, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.
Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.


NEWS FROM TUCKER V-TWIN--Exclusive New Supplier: Sport Chrome
New line of wheels is available exclusively from Tucker V-Twin.

Welcome to the Family

Tucker is proud to introduce Sport Chrome, a worldwide leader in its field, earned through superior show quality chrome plating and unparalleled customer service.

Sport Chrome services go beyond custom chrome plating and include all types of metal finishing: polishing, anodizing, and production chrome plating for manufacturing companies. In addition to its finishing services, Sport Chrome is also a supplier of the finest aftermarket motorcycle wheels and accessories.

We Value Your Business!
The Tucker Team
4900 Alliance Gateway Freeway, Fort Worth, TX 76177

All veterans should join.
All veterans should join.

As I sit down to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving meal with my family, I’ll have so many things to express my gratitude for this year.

I’m thankful for all our fellow veterans and active duty service members, who continue to keep our country and citizens safe. I’m thankful for all my DAV team members, who work hard to ensure our patriots are taken care of when they come home. And I’m thankful for YOU, as you are a big part of why we can do what we do each day.

In keeping with our Thanksgiving tradition, I’d like to invite you to take part in a DAV custom and reserve a seat at your table to honor your fellow men and women who sacrificed everything to protect our way of life.

Download this free place card to set on your Thanksgiving table in honor of a special comrade. Then, take a photo of the place setting and share it with your friends and family using the hashtag #ReservedForAHero.

Thank you for joining me in this great DAV tradition. I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.

Get Your Place Card

--J. Marc Burgess
DAV National Adjutant/CEO

NEWS FROM THE BIKERNET CLIMATE CENTER--How Misguided Environmentalism Is To Blame For California’s Wildfires
The saddest part about these fires in California is that they are self-inflicted. Californians should not allow such mismanagement to continue.

I grew up in California’s Ventura County and have family in both southern and northern California. Right now, the most deadly fire in California’s history is racing across northern California. The Camp Fire has already killed at least 56 people, burned down 7,700 homes, and destroyed the entire town of Paradise. A brush fire is also wreaking havoc on southern California. The Woolsey Fire has destroyed 98,362 acres, killed two people, and damaged several Hollywood landmarks such as the set of “MASH” and the Reagan Ranch.

Article after article blames two things for California’s frequent fires: global warming and human action. For example, a BuzzFeed article is titled, “How A Booming Population And Climate Change Made California’s Wildfires Worse Than Ever.” While dry conditions make fires more likely and people often start them, this misses the big picture. President Trump summed it up on Nov 10. He wrote, “There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor … Remedy now, or no more Fed payments!”

Trump is right. Mismanagement and overregulation deserve most of the blame, but he should keep in mind that the federal government owns 57 percent of California forest land. This mismanagement is also not a result of a lack of care. Believe me, Californians care.

-- By Krystina Skurk

All DVDs and Downloads are on sale this week while supplies last.
Yes, DVDs still make great gifts!
We made three new DVD packs just for you.
Chopper Life DVD Bundle 1

Chopper Life Super Bundle 1 (nine motorcycle DVDs)
Choppertown the Sinners
Choppertown From the Vault
6-over-Slight Return
El Diablo Run
The Harbortown Bobber
Road 2 Smoke Out
One World Tour Europe

Chopper Life DVD Bundle 2

Chopper Life Super Bundle 2 (nine motorcycle DVDs)
Billy Lane Blood Sweat and Gears
Flake and Flames
Born Free
Dirtbag Challenge
Dirtbag Return of the Rattler
Choppahead Vol1
Choppahead Vol2
Choppahead Vol3
Choppahead Vol4

You guys make it all worth it. Please support all these awesome filmmakers so we can keep the site running for another fifteen years. We couldn't do it without you!

Best wishes to you and your family,
--Zack and Scott

Bikernet University Social Media Bullying--

This actually happened, a smart-alec friend on Facebook deemed himself witty to troll for reactions by posting a text question on his own Facebook Profile.

("smart-alec" = that's the original culturally accepted English word and Politically Correct as opposed to the traditional abusive term "smart-ass")

Alpha-male person: "Why were vitamins named after the alphabet? Couldn't they do better than that?"

Senior aged witty Female friend: "Well... they did the same with bra sizes too..."

Alpha-male person: "Vitamins and boobs!
We need our minimum daily requirements of both. :) "

Wayfarer: "Hey Alpha-male, You may get graded on that in school, especially randomly during gym class - with A, B, C, D, and no the F does not stand for the F-word at all."

Syllabus writer for Troll-class (private online certificate course)
Bikernet™ news desk India

NEW LEE PARKS GLOVES FOR THE SEASON—I just picked up a new set of Deer Skin Lee Parks Sumo R Gloves recently. My 5-year old set had been to Sturgis a couple of times, maybe four and was tired and stiff.

The new Sumo R gloves are inspired by the needs of supermoto racers who require both extreme flexibility and extreme protection. They are ideal for street riding, too. A new touch screen interface on the finger tips will control you iPhone or GPS. The secret to adding protection without sacrirficing our legendary flexibility and comfort is the use of a specialized Theromoplastic Rubber material.

The computer optimized segmented design is transparednt to the user yet provides serious impact resistance. The gauntlets and outseam construction gives the rider additional protection.


SWEDISH BUILDER IN LOS ANGELES—Michael Ojala had his Bonneville tribute bike in the Long Beach show.

Check out his bikes and story at his website. Sharp builder. He rides his Bonneville tribute bike to works daily.


Starting Thanksgiving
(11/22 12:00 am)

50% off is Select apparel, Traveler/Jurni Travel Bags
40% off is Select Tees, Fleece, Hats, Women's Apparel, Accessories
30% off is Flannels, Blaq Paqs, Jackets, Headphones, and Sunglasses

And one last thing, THANK YOU! for supporting us all these years, we wouldn't exist without your support so just know we don't take that for granted.


Our mailing address is:
Sullen Clothing LLC.
1779 Apollo Court
Seal Beach, Ca 90740

SALT TORPEDO UPDATE—Eric Bennett of Bennett’s Performance came to our Industry party and pointed out something to us. “That puppy will need to be under a chain hoist so you can lift and fit dozens of times.” He was right so James “The Tileman,” and I reconfigured the shop yesterday and fitted the Salt Torpedo under our chain hoist.

Gary Maur from Kustom Fab sent us some much needed drag racing parts. My grandson installed the custom grips yesterday.
Gary Maur from Kustom Fab sent us some much needed drag racing parts. My grandson installed the custom grips yesterday.

I immediately cut six inched out of the frame and repositioned the front end to fit better in the belly tank. And today I jammed over to Phillips Steel in the Bikernet ’72 F250 to pick up all the tubing we will need to build the frame. Hang on for the next report.


Since the early days of motorcycling, riders have rightfully complained that car drivers don’t see them. Frustrated and infuriated by the lack of respect on the road, Motorcycle Rights Organizations across the country began lobbying for and passing laws that added fines and penalties for inattentive drivers who cause accidents resulting in injury or death. So-called “R-O-W” laws to punish careless or distracted drivers who carelessly violate our Right-of-Way have cropped up in numerous states nationwide, with Oregon being the most recent state to enact such a law last June, spearheaded by the Oregon Confederation of Clubs.

When “distracted driving” entered the national consciousness more than a decade ago, the problem was mainly people who made calls or sent texts from their cell phones. Innovations since then, such as car Wi-Fi and a host of new apps, have led to a boom in internet usage in vehicles that safety experts now say is contributing to a surge in highway deaths. After steady declines over the last four decades, highway fatalities have increased to the highest levels in years, and distracted driving has been cited as the main culprit. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that distracted driving has led to the biggest spike in traffic deaths in 50 years!

Now, distracted driving is about to become a costlier offense on Ohio roads, as effective October 29, 2018, new regulations and penalties went into effect pertaining to what constitutes "distracted driving." House Bill 95 broadens the description of driving distracted beyond using telecommunications or other hand-held electronic devices while driving. Officers now can cite drivers observed to be engaged in any "activity that is not necessary for the vehicle's operation and that impairs, or reasonably would be expected to impair, the driver's ability to drive safely," according to the legislation.

The bill defines “distracted” as:
- Using a handheld electronic wireless communications device - including phones, tablets and computers - except when it is on speakerphone or otherwise hands-free.
- Any activity “that is not necessary to the operation of a vehicle” and could or does impair the driver.

Governor John Kasich signed the legislation July 30 to make distracted driving a secondary offense in the state. So, if you’re pulled over for speeding or another moving violation, and found to be driving while distracted, the new law enhances the fine by an additional $100 or completion of a distracted-driving safety course. A person can only be cited for “distracted driving” if the law enforcement officer witnesses the offense while the moving violation is occurring, according to the bill.

Texting while driving has already been a secondary offense in Ohio since 2012, but HB95, which passed the legislature with bipartisan support, applies to distracted driving in all its forms, from putting on makeup to changing the radio station. Similar laws are already on the books in Connecticut, Maine, Washington state, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

Read the whole Bikernet Rights News right now: https://www.bikernet.com/pages/NCOM_BIKER_NEWSBYTES_for_November_2018.aspx


The 34th annual NCOM Convention will be held Mother’s Day weekend, May 10-12, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Orlando, Florida. The largest gathering of motorcycle rights activists in the world, the NCOM Convention attracts hundreds of concerned motorcyclists from across America to address topics of concern to all riders.

All motorcyclists are welcomed and encouraged to participate in the many meetings, seminars and group discussions that focus on legislative efforts and litigation techniques to protect our riders’ rights and preserve Freedom of the Road. Special seminars will be held on Restoration of Rights, Leadership 101 and "Share the Road" Motorcycle Safety.

Additional agenda items will cover legal and legislative issues, with Special Meetings for Veterans Affairs, Women in Motorcycling, Clean & Sober Roundtable and World of Sport Bikes, as well as the Christian Unity Conference and Confederation of Clubs Patch Holders Meeting.

To pre-register for the 2019 NCOM Convention, contact the National Coalition of Motorcyclists at (800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com.

AUSTRALIAN NEWS--One of Australia's leading wedding magazines is shutting down after it refused to feature same-sex couples.

"We have no desire to create a social, political or legal war," said the Christian founders of White magazine.



Q: Did you hear about the Mexican racist?
A: He joined the que que que.

--from Rogue

Harley-Davidson Factory Tours offer the chance to watch extraordinary people channel their pride and expertise into machines that capture the imagination. We've opened the doors to some of our manufacturing facilities to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to bring a legend to life.

Get a glimpse of the manufacturing process at these locations.

Journey through the facility that produces the Softail®, Touring, Trike and CVO™ families of motorcycles.

See Harley-Davidson Motor Company's 849,000 square-foot facility known for being the home of the "Big Twin".

Due to the consolidation of the Kansas City manufacturing operations to Harley-Davidson’s plant in York, Pennsylvania, the Tour Center is now closed. We hope you will visit one of our other Tour Centers.

A walk through the Harley-Davidson Museum is a walk through the history of America. With an unrivaled collection of Harley-Davidson® motorcycles and memorabilia, a 20-acre, park-like campus, and a calendar full of activities, the H-D Museum is one of Milwaukee's top tourist destinations for visitors from around the globe. A visit to the H-D Museum is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.


3700 W Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Our corporate headquarters stand on the site where the first factory - a wooden shed - was built in the backyard of the William C. Davidson family home in 1903. If you are visiting Milwaukee, stop by and take your picture at this historic landmark. The main lobby is open to visitors during business hours and includes a JUMPSTART demo.

VET GROUPS: Fix care at VA nursing homes
‘Disregard for veteran safety’ cited in report
From Staff Reports

WASHINGTON – Six veterans’ groups are calling on the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve the quality of care at its nursing homes following a story by USA TODAY and The Boston Globe detailing “blatant disregard for veteran safety” at a VA nursing home in Massachusetts.

“Anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this,” American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad said. “America’s veterans deserve better.”

The groups, who together represent nearly 5 million members, said veterans who risked their lives for our country shouldn’t
have to risk their lives in VA nursing homes.
In Brockton, Massachusetts, investigators found two nurses asleep during their shifts, even though the facility knew it was under scrutiny and inspectors were coming to visit, looking for potential signs of patient neglect. A whistleblower had reported that nurses and aides did not empty the bedside urinals of frail veterans, they failed to provide clean water at night and didn’t check on the veterans regularly. The VA said the napping nurses no longer work at the facility.

The story was the latest in an investigation by USA TODAY and the Globe that revealed care at many VA nursing facilities was worse than at private nursing homes in the agency’s own internal ratings, kept secret from veterans for years.

The stories detailed disturbing examples of substandard care – a veteran with undiagnosed scabies for months, another struggling to eat in Bedford, Massachussetts; and a third sitting for hours in soiled sheets and another writhing in
pain without medication in West Palm Beach, Florida.

A Navy veteran was declared dead after he walked out of a supposedly secure VA nursing home and was never found in Tuskegee, Alabama. An Army vet landed in intensive care suffering from malnutrition, septic shock and bed sores after a stay at a VA nursing home in Livermore, California.
“The stories being reported about the treatment of some individual veterans at these facilities are nothing short of horrifying,” said Rege Riley, national commander of American Veterans, known as AmVets.

He called on VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to “take swift and transparent action to fix this.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled Veterans of America, Paralyzed Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America joined AmVets and the Legion in calling for action. Together, the groups are known as the “big six” and wield significant clout in Washington.
“The VA must address and correct these issues,” said Garry Augustine, executive director of Disabled Veterans of America.

VA spokesman Curt Cashour said the residents the VA typically cares for are sicker than those in private nursing homes, making “achieving good quality ratings more challenging.” He said that overall, VA nursing homes “compare well” with the private sector.
“We look forward to briefing each of these groups in the near future regarding these crucial facts,” Cashour said.

The VA has 133 nursing homes across the country that serve 46,000 veterans annually.
Newly released VA data show that 95 of them – about 71 percent – scored worse than private nursing homes on a majority of quality indicators, such as rates of infection, serious pain and bed sores. Roughly the same number, 93, received only one or two stars out of five for quality in the agency’s own ratings.

In a scathing statement declaring those facilities “failures,” VFW National Commander Vincent “B.J.” Lawrence said the VA “must improve its delivery of quality care at these facilities.”

Reistad, the Legion’s commander, added, “We not only expect VA to fix these problems immediately, but we want transparency.” On Sunday, after meeting with VA officials, he said he is confident they
will work with the Legion and the other groups to “institute needed improvements.”
The VA released the quality information on its nursing homes only after learning in June that USA TODAY and the Globe planned to publish it. The agency still has not released the results of inspections.

The reports can include instances of neglect or poor conditions that can be a tip-off to current and prospective residents about problems at a facility.

“I don’t see how veterans are best served by the VA not being open about the level of care it’s providing,” AmVets spokesman John Hoellwarth said.

Cashour said the VA is working with an outside contractor who conducts the inspections, Wisconsin-based Long Term Care Institute, to remove patient information from its reports before they are released, maybe by the end of the year. Private nursing homes have three years’ worth of inspection reports posted on a federal website, Nursing Home Compare.
In September, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law legislation requiring the VA to publish quality ratings going forward. The law does not mention inspection reports.

The Republican-led House VA Committee launched an investigation of VA nursing home care after the initial USA TODAY and Globe reports, but a spokeswoman, Molly Jenkins, said the probe won’t be finished in time to hold a hearing this year as anticipated. The Democrat poised to take over the committee in January, Rep. Mark Takano of California, said it is a “critical issue that will continue to be a priority.”

In Massachusetts, home to two, onestar VA nursing homes – in Bedford and
Brockton – lawmakers are demanding to know what steps the VA has taken to improve patient care there and at other facilities around the country.

“The continued care lapses at VA facilities raise questions about whether concrete, lasting measures are being implemented to prevent misconduct from occurring again – or whether certain VA facilities are unable to institute changes necessary to provide our veterans with the care befitting their service to the country,” Sens. Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, both Democrats from Massachusetts, wrote in a letter to Wilkie.


--from Rogue

Girl: "Hey, what's up?"
Boy: "If I tell you, will you sit on it?"

Q: How do you get a nun pregnant?
A: Dress her up as an alter boy.

Q: Why can't you play Uno with a Mexican?
A: They steal all the green cards.

Q: Why don't orphans play baseball?
A: They don't know where home is

--from Rogue

Gettysburg Bike Week 2019 Black Friday Sale--Entertainment Announced for Thursday and Friday Evening

Gettysburg, PA (November 20, 2018) – Gettysburg Bike Week is back for its 18th rally at the Allstar Events Complex in Gettysburg, PA with a Black Friday special on tickets, the ONLY discounted ticket offer leading up the event. Thursday July 11th and Friday July 12th initial entertainment has been booked with more being added every week.

“We wanted to get a jump on entertainment this year and thought “Why not offer dedicated rally-goers special Black Friday pricing?” says GBW event coordinator Kelly Shue. “We still have plenty to announce but are sure that what we have lined up so far is going to be enticement enough for most.”

This year’s musical acts include Thursday’s headliner Kashmir: The Live Led Zeppelin Show, with motorcycle rally favorite Jasmine Cain starting the four day party off right.

Friday will feature bands ALL DAY from the Resurrection Tour including Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Tantric and Shallow Side. Friday will be a full day of rock and roll that will have Gettysburg Bike Week rally goers rocking well into the night.

Saturday is always a great day with tons of rides and rally goers can be sure that the music line-up will be on point. Notorious emcee Jack Schit will once again perform master of ceremonies duties throughout the week on the Budweiser Stage, Gin Gypsies will be serving up the drinks and this year’s rally will feature a cornhole tournament and min-bike racing.

Expect heavy competition in the Cycle Source Ride-In Bike Show, Bike Games and Rodeo and the Parade of Chrome. Discounted tickets for one, two and four-day passes are available here ONLY on Black Friday once it hits midnight the deal is done so make sure to head over and buy them for your friends and family.

Gettysburg Bike Week tickets make the perfect stocking stuffer and will be the only discounted ticket price offer use the offer code BLACKFRIDAY.

Adventure Motorcyclist Travels Into Philanthropy--Neale Bayly Rides Keeps On Riding!

Adventure motorcycling mixed with the kind of feel-good stories the world needs more of is the domain of Neale Bayly, a longtime journalist and photographer who is using his skills as a storyteller in video form.

“As a motorcycle journalist, I liked the idea of showing motorcycling in a positive light,” explains Bayly.

“My idea was to bring people on amazing journeys through the developing world to really experience the true beauty of these countries from the saddle of a motorcycle, to really challenge them to step outside of their regular life,” says the effervescent ex-Brit who now lives in North Carolina.

“And then, when they felt comfortable with their new surroundings, bring them to an orphanage or place of need to see how they could benefit those who struggle with far less than what they have. I wanted them to see the beauty in the children, not the dirt,” Bayly underscores.

If you don’t recognize Bayly from the pages of countless print and online magazines, you might identify him from the TV show Trippin’ On Two Wheels, a program that illustrated the fun and adventure to be had when traveling aboard motorcycles. Following that experience, Bayly developed a program of his own, called Neale Bayly Rides, as a mechanism to promote adventure motorcycle travel and raise money and awareness for the abandoned children of the Wellspring foundation.

TV executives were skeptical of Neale’s good-hearted ambitions with his concept and his desire to show motorcycling in a positive light. He wanted to show motorcyclists as giving, caring and adventurous.

“It was a tough sell in America,” Bayly relates. “I had 13 network rejections in 18 months, complaining that it was, ‘Too soft,’ ‘too fluffy.’

But Bayly’s dedication to philanthropy could not be stopped, and the show aired on Speed a few years ago, then was later rebroadcast on MAV TV. The heart-warming adventure can now be seen on the Neale Bayly Rides YouTube channel.

Neale Bayly Rides: Peru, Episode 1
Neale hopes the motorcycle community will get behind the show, as he intends to continue his mission to show adventurous motorcyclists traveling to exotic locations to help those in need.

“I can’t say too much at the moment,” says Bayly somewhat cryptically. “We are back on tour in South Africa in November riding to raise money for the Wellspring foundation, and again in Peru next April and May.”

Bayly’s format remains the same: Riding motorcycles in beautiful places in the world to benefit those less fortunate than ourselves.

Do motorcyclists and the world a favor and subscribe to Bayly’s YouTube channel to support an authentic philanthropist who wants nothing less than to help those in need.

For a glimpse into the cool bloke that Bayly is, check out this brief video on YouTube, Neale’s Deal

For more information, contact Neale at Nealebayly@yahoo.com.

MY DRINKING AND DRIVING EXPERIENCE!--I would like to share a personal experience with my friends about drinking and driving. This might save you the cost and embarrassment of being arrested for DUI.

As you know, people have been known to have unexpected brushes with the authorities from time to time, often on the way home after a "social session" with family or friends.

Well, this year, it happened to me. I was out for the evening to a party and had more than several margaritas coupled with a bottle of rather nice red wine. It was held at a great Mexican restaurant.

Although relaxed, I still had the common sense to know I was slightly over the limit. That's when I did something I've never done before. I took a taxi home.

On the way home there was a police roadblock, but since it was a taxi they waved it past, and I arrived home safely without incident. These roadblocks can be anywhere and I realized how lucky I was to have chosen to take a taxi.

The real surprise to me was that I had never driven a taxi before. I don't know where I got it, and now that it's in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.

If you want to borrow it, give me a call!

RED ROCK HARLEY-DAVIDSON-- Red Rock Harley-Davidson will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22. We will reopen at 9am on Friday, November 23.



This burger will blow your mind! Perfect crust on the burger patty, perfectly toasted bun and Velveeta cheese!! The base of flavor on the griddle is bacon fat and butter!! Head out now to Lodi-Tap House in Maple Park, IL!!! Oh and don't forget to order the hand made cheese curds!! You will freak!!

Happy Thanksgiving Dude!

Check out the Biker Dude.
Check out the Biker Dude.


[kawr-nuh-koh-pee-uh, -nyuh-]
an abundant, overflowing supply.
Classical Mythology. a horn containing food, drink, etc., in endless supply, said to have been a horn of the goat Amalthaea.

QUICK, New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
The Devils Blue Ride


Bitchin' Bike! I dig the blue! I don't like rigids.... Let me rephrase that, I DIDNT like rigids when I rode bitch. However, now that I know how to ride myself, I don't mind them. They look more beasty and rough! I wanted to send you a pic of my husband's 71 Shovelhead, right-hand shift, kickstart only, Paughco Springer front end. It's pretty bitchin' too! Nice article

--Becky Conley
Billings, MT
Send the shots of your husband's bike. Can't wait.--Bandit 

HAL ROBINSON ART ON BIKERNET-- Drawings with flourish, sense of humor, old school bikers, custom Harleys, makes a statement; Hal Robinson shirts and prints and Five Ball.

Click to buy a Hal T.
Click to buy a Hal T.

Q: How do you kill a circus clown?
A: Go for the juggler!

--from Rogue


As you know, the Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) has been working hard to get support to advance our bipartisan and bicameral legislation to address motorcycle profiling. Earlier this year, we sent out a call to action asking you to take a few moments to answer the Motorcycle Profiling Project’s National Survey.

If you have already answered that call, we thank you for your continued support. If you have not yet had the chance to take the survey, however, we are asking that you please do so today and share the link to the survey with your friends via social media.

The data gathered through this survey is invaluable to the Motorcycle Riders Foundation and to the work we do here on Capitol Hill to address the issue of motorcycle profiling. For example, during our Bikers Inside the Beltway national lobbying event, the MRF was able to provide attendees from 33 states specific data of reported incidents of profiling related to their individual state—all because of last year’s Motorcycle Profiling Project National Survey.

While the Motorcycle Profiling Project 2018 National Survey is winding down for the year, it still needs more people to participate in the survey to broaden the sample size. We are still optimistic that we can make the final push on H. Res. 318 and S. Res. 154 during the remainder of this current lame duck session of this Congress and gather additional co-sponsors.

The MRF is asking that you help us make sure that the data we present to our lawmakers is as accurate as possible. The survey is totally anonymous and is only 13 questions long.

Take action today!

2018 National Profiling Survey


About Motorcycle Riders Foundation
The Motorcycle Riders Foundation (MRF) provides leadership at the federal level for states’ motorcyclists’ rights organizations as well as motorcycle clubs and individual riders. The MRF is chiefly concerned with issues at the national and international levels that impact the freedom and safety of American street motorcyclists. The MRF is committed to being a national advocate for the advancement of motorcycling and its associated lifestyle and works in conjunction with its partners to help educate elected officials and policymakers in Washington and beyond.

DOFFO FOR BLACK FRIDAY-- Black Friday Weekend Sale

Let the holiday cheer begin!
'Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry with those who matter most, and to help you celebrate the holidays in style we will be offering select Doffo Wines at reduced prices between Friday, November 23rd and Monday, November 26th.

If you cannot make it out to the winery, select Doffo wines will be made available at reduced prices at our online shop.
Visit Our Online Shop
Thanksgiving Weekend Tasting Room Hours

Thursday, November 22 | CLOSED
Friday, November 23 | 10:00am - 6:00pm
Satrday, November 24 | 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, November 25 | 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday, November 26 | 11:00am - 5:00pm

KICK-START THE HOLIDAYS: STUFF THE STOCKING OF A MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIAST WITH HARLEY-DAVIDSON GIFTS--Dominate your gift exchange by putting more Harley into your holidays, there’s something for everyone, whether they ride or not. With the season’s hottest gifts, from classic-cool leather to the latest tech and audio toys, be sure also to take advantage of special Black Friday prices. If you’re last-minute shopping, don’t fret use the helpful Harley online gift guide to make you and your gift-receiver both look good.

Harley-Davidson is kicking off the holiday season by celebrating two of its favorite things — Black and Friday. Starting on Friday, Nov. 23, special Black Friday limited-time prices on select riding jackets, gloves, boots, LED lighting and more will be available online and in stores until Dec. 1, 2018.

Providing freedom from the malls since 1903, Harley-Davidson’s gift guide offers hundreds of unique items sure to rev-up the holidays and add some rebellion to the season. With most items priced under $100 and dozens under $50, Harley gifts won’t break the bank, but they’ll definitely break the mold.

Stuff his saddlebags with clothes to wear at your final destination, choose the retro-inspired Felt Letter Slim Fit Long Sleeve Tee (P/N 96559-19VM, $60*) or the vintage-style Shovelhead Slim Fit Hoodie (P/N 96602-19VM, $75*). Or choose to give him a warm holiday feeling for the Winter with the Wool Blend Slim Fit Jacket (P/N 97481-19VM, $250*).

The new women’s Studded Graphic Pullover Hoodie (P/N 96352-19VW, $90) glimmers under holiday white party lights. From our 1903 Collection, this hoodie is perfect for the girl who loves to get something new as long it looks like they’ve owned it forever. Have her swooning for you with the new Tenacity Leather Jacket (P/N 98049-19VW, $450). Treated to a chic makeover, this updated classic biker jacket defies traditional holiday gifts. Or treat her hands to warmth on and off the bike with Joeve Thinsulate Touchscreen Leather Gloves (P/N 97143-19VW, $80). Featuring waterproof warmth and easier-than-ever touchscreen capability, the design ensures palms and fingers stay warm and comfortable.

Not sure what the motorcycle rider in your life really wants? Try any of these amazing – and affordable – items and be the talk of the holiday party. You simply can’t go wrong with easy and inexpensive H-D® Genuine Motor Parts & Accessories that any motorcycle owner would be thrilled to find in their stocking…or saddlebag.

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MAKING SENSE?--Movie Meme of the Thanksgiving Weekend.

When you are too big for small words.
"For Whom The Wind Blows,” my next super fun ridiculous ninja biker fiction/fantasy.

As I say in the Dojo, the black belt may hold up your pants, but it won't help you if you bend over and only then ask why.

--The Wayfarer


The Board wishes all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. While you are giving thanks, remember those who lost everything in the recent fires and shootings. Say an extra prayer for the families of those that died or are still missing. The tragedies this year have been unimaginable.


Tickets won’t go on sale until January. Watch for changes in the way it is done. We will let you know in the newsletter and on our website: www.trailblazersmc.com


Keith retired from the Ventura County Fire department in 2005, after 30 years, ranked as a Battalion Chief. He didn’t sit around long. He was the Planning Commissioner from 2007 to 2010 and elected to the Semi Valley City Council in November of 2012. He also ran 3 businesses and was active in several committees. Keith was President of the Trailblazers for 8 years. In the late 60’s he was a Yamaha factory sponsored racer. We know he will be the best mayor Semi Valley has ever had.


Paul (Grunt) Hunt’s home was in Paradise, California where the whole town burned. He is very lucky to have survived, but he lost his home, business and vintage motorcycle collection He said he has his dog and his friend. He is 81 years old. Paul toured Europe a long time ago, racing anywhere there were motorcycles. Chuck Daly has started a Go Fund Me account for him. It was posted on the Hopetown Facebook page and the Pre 1975 Motocross Facebook page. He is a friend in need at this time. Here is his temporary address 73 Temperance, Chico CA 95928 1 530 877 7327


THANK ALL TRAILBLAZERS who were so supportive and such good friends to our dad. He immensely enjoyed the gatherings. Thanks also for participation in dad’s memorial.


Speedway lovers come to at the Perris race track on Saturday, December 8th. USA Versus USA Overseas riders. The best of our riders will compete against the U.S. riders who are now based in other parts of the world. This event was a regular on the schedule for many years, but ceased when there wasn’t enough US riders racing out of our country. It will be held at Perris Raceway, 1205 Burton Road, Perris, CA 951 443 7622.

Here is a little info: https://www.speedwaybikes.com/history/champion.htm https://www.speedwaybikes.com/news/news-socal.htm


The AMA Legends & Champion weekend will take place on December 7-9 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris in Columbus Ohio. Beside the Hall of Fame Induction, the AMA Congress (AMA Racing Commissions will meet to discuss rules governing amateur racing) 2018.

The AMA induction of the Class of 2018 will be on Friday, December 7th in Columbus, Ohio. Being inducted are: Four time AMA National Enduro Champion Terry Cunningham, Stunt rider Gary Davis, Flat track and road racing tuner Skip Eaken, MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, Flat track racer Clifford “Corky” Keener and pioneering motorcyclist, Trailblazer HOF and FIM HOF honoree, Mary McGee.

Tickets available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Call AMA for information. (614) 856-1900 X 1210. Ticket deadline is November 25,


Put this on your calendar. January 22 – 26 the next Mecum motorcycle auction will be in Las Vegas, Nevada at the South Point Hotel & Casino. For hotel reservations (702) 796-7111. For the group rate use code MEC0107 www.mecum.com


The American Pickers had an episode on the late, George Roeder’s collection of bikes, parts, pieces, treasures and junk. It was filmed at his shop & farm in Monroeville, Ohio. His wife and kids still live there. There was of out-buildings and all stuffed mostly motorcycles. George was a Harley Davidson factory rider, National number 94. He won 8 Nationals and piloted a Harley Davidson Streamliner to a land speed record in 1965. You can find the show on the www.history.com Channel. The episode was called Jersey Jackpot. There is a newspaper article at www.sanduskyregister.com/story/201602120046 Sorry, there must be some way to watch the show, but I gave up.


Indian has announced their factory riders for 2019. Briar Bauman and Bronson Bauman will be joining Jared Mees aboard the Indian Scout FTR750’s. Brad ”The Bullet” Baker will be their Technical Advisor & Rider Coach. They will be joined by at least 8 other crew members.




In Issue #44, Larry Lawrence did a great job of bringing Donelson’s Flat Track Museum to life. After several visits there, there is still more to see. It sure brings back memories. The perfect time to visit the Donelson’s and feel the history is at their annual reunion. Last year there were 24 previous or current AMA national number riders at the event. So put Saturday, February 2, 2019, on your calendar and make reservations at the Embassy Suites on Lone Eagle Dr. call (314) 739 8929 and let them know you are with the Donelson Cycles group. There is a shuttle from St. Louis Lambert Airport to the Embassy. Arrive Friday and head home Sunday. You won’t regret it. For more info, call Kim Keen (314) 427 1204 or (314) 369 8342. See you there.

Issue #45, Larry Lawrence wrote of Owen Weichel, a road racer from the 1990s & early 2000s. Owen ruined his life and career with one bad decision. Read about it in Cycle News

Issue # 46 The Bavarian Underdog: BMW R75/5 Formula 750 Race Bike


In issue #45 you will find lots of photos by Kevin Pak, and text, on this fun event. It had a bit of everything. There was a mix up when they changed location and it advertised that it was free but some events were $$. But it all worked out and everyone is looking forward to next year.


In issue #46, Indian responds to the three new rules that they say unfairly affects them. The new rules call for lower octane fuel, use of street legal production engines up to 900cc and throttle-body restrictions. Read Cycle News for complete story.


Issue #46. As we reach the end of the year, many series are wrapping up. This issue has a few stories on the results. Among them are the ISDT in Chile, MotoGP in Valencia, Paris Supercross and the Baja 1000.


Issue #45 had a great travel story. A motorcycle tour through the Alps. This is something to add to your bucket list. Photos and story were by Sean Finley.


John Serra and Darrel Packard went 92.512 MPH on a much modified open-frame Kawasaki, in the 175cc class, at the rain delayed Bonneville Speed Week. Phillip Waterberg broke the Gas record on a 124.5289-mph Vincent. The Dirt Diggers Hopetown Grand Prix was on the cover. Dusty Coppage and Dick Miller Hopetown photo in the Open Amateur/Expert class. Preston Petty and Brian Wade were also on cover. The 10th Annual Hopetown event drew 850 riders. Several European motocross racers came to U.S. for 6 week MX series. Joel Robert won the 500cc International class and Bengt Aberg the 250cc International class. Larry Bergquist and Gary Preston took overall win of Baja 1000 on a 350 Honda. Los Angeles International Motocross 500cc Int. class won by Adolf Weil, 250cc winner was Joel Robert.Photo of Gary Bailey passing Dave Aldana at the International Motocross.


Darrell Shultz and Danny Chandler were big winners at Trans-AMA MX Series round at Sears Point. Carey Steiner went home from the Women’s National Motocross in Carlsbad Raceway with the #1 plate. Bob Balentine won the CRC Cal City Grand Prix. Bernie Schreiber won the Trick or Treat V.O.T.E. Trials in Littlerock, California. Gaylon Moiser won the final round of the AMA/Toyota Supercross Series at Anaheim Stadium. Bob Hannah was 2nd, but won the championship title. Larry Roeseler and Jack Johnson won the SCORE Baja 1000 on a Husqvarna, by an hour. Some of the top riders of the week on the Southern California MX scene: Brian Myerscough, George Holland, Erik Kehoe, Jeff Ward and Bob Elliott. Mike Hannon won the Redding Dirt Riders Buckhorn Enduro. Dick Burleson won the R.M. Wheeler AMA National Enduro and took his fifth title.


Dan Smith won final round of the AMA Hare & Hound Championship in Wickenburg, Arizona, and also took the Championship. Other Championships: Dave Schultz won the NHRA title and Ed Lojak won the GNCC title at a race in Pennsylvania. On cover was a fully customized Harley Davidson by Jeff Hamilton, built by Bartel’s H-D and sold by Neiman-Marcus for $25,000. Jeff Russell won the final National Enduro of the year in Illinois.



The 2019 Annual General Membership meeting will be on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Ranch Restaurant. 22877 Mission Blvd, Hayward. It will be at 11:30am & lunch at 1pm. Bring photos, suggestions and big ideas to share. RSVP & order lunch by January 11th. David James (415) 760 6392, info@bsaocnc.org


This is a heads up on this first time multi-function vintage bike event. Starts at 10:00am on Saturday at the Northwest Fairgrounds in Lynden, Washington. It will be similar to the All British Clubman’s show in San Jose, held in an 18,000 sq. ft. heated building. There will be a vintage swap meet, vintage bike show, bikes for sale, and displays by vintage clubs, dealers, service providers, vintage bike auction and more. Contact: Mark Cattarin (360) 223 3190 marcuscc@comcast.net www.washingtonvintagemotorcyclists.org


Join the fun on Saturday, December 1 at the Fox Raceway in Pala for the 6th Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day. Gates open at 8am and riding is from 9am-4pm. The vet and main track, plus the kids track are open. Also open is the Off Road Loop. There will be a Team Challenge. Entry is $25.00. Pre-register for VIP Entry and T-Shirt. https://www.classy.org/event/6thannual-kurt-caselli-ride-day/e209591


Dan Villopoto, father of multi-time Supercross & Motocross Champion, Ryan Villopoto, died October 31 at Cahuila MX Park in Anza. He had a massive heart attack. Dan & Ryan’s mom, Kristen, were heavily involved in Ryan’s racing career. Our condolences to Ryan, Kristen and all who knew and loved Dan.


TodaysCycleCoverage has race results, photos and good stories about a variety motorcycle events.

Round 9 of the CALVMX Series: http://www.todayscyclecoverage.com/wordpress/2018/11/14/portfolio-from-round-nine-of-the-calvmx-vintage-motocross-regional-series/

November Speedway event at Perris:


Round 8 of the SCFTA Series



Next race, Round 11, is Saturday, December 1st. Gates open at 12:30pm, Practice at 3:30, then racing.

This is a make-up round. If you need a better finish? Throw one out. Need to make one up? Here is your chance

December 15 & 29 practice has been CANCELED due to owner, Freddie Edwards, health condition. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers.


Saturday, December 8 is the “Loose Caboose” Dual Sport Ride to Bill Getty’s “Railroad Ranch” in the mountains above Banning. Address is 49125 Boarder Road, Banning, CA 92220. No gas at start, so arrive with a full tank at 9am and be ready to go by 10am. For vintage British motorcycles only, with street registration and spark arrestors. Ride at 10am. Info: Bill Getty (951) 940 5411 or Jim Wilson (310 292 8997 or Mike Haney (760) 365 9191.

Sunday, December 9 is the Vintage Bike of Orange County meeting at Castenada’s Mexican Food at 19071 Brookhurst, Huntington Beach from 2-4pm.


Sunday, December 9th at Glen Helen Motorcycle Park, 18585 Verdemont Ranch Road, San Bernardino. Get on line to get the current information: www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com. They are also on Facebook. Practice days will precede race days and will be posted. This has become a very popular series. It is a family day. From kids to vets, there is a class for you. Vintage, Post-Vintage, Modern Support, Quad, Sidecar and Mini for Adults and Kids (200-230cc). Or just come out to spectate. KIDS RACE FREE, DUE THE GENEROSITY OF ROD LAKE. Thank you Rod. If you register early there are some perks. A heads up: The 2019 Season opener is on Saturday, January 12th, starting at 6am. At the 2019 opener they will also present the 2018 awards.



They are introducing a new series within the OSSRG 2019 series. It is a vintage 125cc Challenge Series. It is adult riders on kid’s trail bikes with limited power. It leads to lots of bar-to-bar racing, since the lack of power minimizes the advantages better riders have over the others in the same class. There will be two classes: Vintage (1975 and older) Post Vintage (1976 to 1983) air cooled and drum brakes bikes only.


If you don’t have a ride, rent one. TMC Co. has a variety. Tom (760) 403 3634 or Nick (760 953 8364 or www.tmccorentals.com


Again reminding you to put this event on your calendar. Eddie Mulder said to save the date: September 20-23 2019. It is always a lot of fun.


The series starts on Saturday, January 5th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Round 2 will be on Saturday, January 12th in Glendale, Arizona. Then it is back to Angel Stadium for Round 3 on January 19th.


This is the final ride of the year on the final day of the year. Meet at Lucky Baldwins Trappiste, located at 1770 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. We will ride up to Newcomb’s Ranch on Angeles Crest/ Hwy 2. Return to Congregation Ale House , located at 300 S. Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. Ride maps will be handed out prior to departure. This is a classic motorcycle ride put on by the Southern California Norton Owners Club. www.socalnorton.com


Friday, November 23 Day in the Dirt

Saturday, November 24 Day in the Dirt

Sunday, November 25 Day in the Dirt

Saturday, December 1 REM MX/ MX Practice

Sunday, December 2 OTHG/ARX MX

Saturday, December 8 MX Practice

Sunday, December 9 TWMX/TT Scrambles/ Old School TT Scrambles

Saturday, December 15th REM MX/ Jump Champ/ MX Practice

Sunday, December 16 SRA/Toys for Tots/ Kyle Yarnell Team

Saturday, December 22nd REM MX/ MX Practice

Sunday, December 23rd MX Practice

Saturday, December 29th REM MX/ MX Practice

Sunday, December 30th MX Practice

Q: What do you call a bunch of retarded kids in a pool?
A: Vegetable soup.

Q: What does a good bar and a good woman have in common?
A: Liquor in the front and poker in the back!


NEWS FROM VINTAGE RIDES—It’s no secret to those who read this newsletter regularly: Vintage Rides is gaining ground. After roaming throughout Asia, we’re now setting up to explore Africa, starting with its fascinating tip: South Africa.

We could have introduced this legendary 1250-mile-long road trip by mentioning the Western Cape’s scenic coastline and smooth asphalt roads. Or enticed you by describing the raw beauty of the Karoo desert, its mountain passes, canyons and vast wild stretches. And why not delve into the rich culture and history, the lush vineyards and the humbling wildlife.

Images are worth a thousand words… and lucky for you, we have exactly what it takes to do justice to this awe-inspiring motorcycle adventure . But, enough with the talking, enjoy the viewing:

Introducing: South Africa, The Wild Escape

There are still some availabilities.
Book soon and join the pioneering Vintage Rides flock.


Photo credits: Sophie Squillace / François Combes

Vintage Rides
At Grand Tour Coworking (by appointment only)
30 rue des Trois Bornes
75011 PARIS

ENJOY YOURSELF—I’m in a frumpy mood. I watched something last night and it disturbed me. It was a PBS drama series and two women did wrong and one violent man against a woman. I don’t like violence against women, although women are just human beings and also capable of evil. I had a tough time going to sleep.

May evil stay away from your homes during the holidays. May your weeks be filled with accomplishments and joy. May we all learn and practice compassion and benevolence.

I stopped by Brat Style in Long Beach on the far Westside twice the other day to deliver and early Xmas present, but they weren’t around. I saw Go and his lovely bride riding out of the show parking lot last week, but couldn’t get suited up fast enough to catch them.

Have a helluva Holiday Season and support Freedom.


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