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BLUE BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for September 14, 2017

With action from TRIUMPH, Harley-Davidson, Buffalo Chip, SportBikes, MRF, LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST, Hupy and Abraham, Rebel on the Highway Bike Night, CYCLE TRADER, ABATE, The Maltese Cross, Iron Cross, Barnett Scorpion, Barnett Clutches & Cables, ABATE, and the Bad Jokes

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Markus Cuff, Art Hall, El Waggs, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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What are you thinking about today?
Are you pondering the fight over the wall, Korea and the punk who runs it, Syria, hurricane victims, or the latest government intrusion into our lives.

I donated to hurricane relief, and I quit watching commercial television, so I dodge much of the misery.

So, what am I thinking about? I’m chasing parts for my Panhead Project, trying to reach Lee Clemens about my 45 Engine build, working with the muralist on the side of the building, thinking about a sailing trip to Cuba, and pondering how we can help Wilmington on the Port of Los Angeles shine again.

There’s just one example of the diversity of our thinking and all the shit flying at us daily. So what’s the conclusion, what should you take away from the above. Two basic premises. First, you can see by the above lists a man can think about almost anything including about the Redhead next door and they are just thoughts.

Second, we can think about what could bring us down, negativity or all about creativity and positive outcomes. I like freedom and creative endeavors. There’s one you can help with in the news from the MRF. Let’s hit it.

The Bikernet Weekly News is sponsored in part by companies who also dig Freedom and postivie creative endeavors, including: Cycle Source Magazine, the MRF, Las Vegas Bikefest, Iron Trader News, ChopperTown and BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.

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HURRICANE SUPPLIES— I might also need a jug of water and a big bag of trailmix.

--from Rogue

TRIUMPH Motorcycles India joins the race against Royal Enfield--

The huge growth of Royal Enfield is key to its branding and its branding is the key to a global sales fortune in past two years. Now fellow British brand Triumph wants to rattle and shake things in India and wherever possible by joining hands with Indian giant Bajaj which enjoys huge sales in two-wheelers in Asia and Africa and is a common name for the trike passenger vehicles known as autorickshaws. Triumph to take on Enfield at homebase – no not at Great Britain but in India.

Two-wheeler maker Bajaj Auto in August 2017 announced a global partnership with UK-based Triumph Motorcyles. The tie-up is a strategic non-equity partnership "to deliver a range of outstanding mid-capacity motorcycles benefiting from the collective strengths of both companies," Bajaj Auto said in a communication to the bourses.

Bajaj is the world's third largest motorcycle manufacturer, and India's second largest manufacturer of motorcycles. Triumph on the other hand is an iconic motorcycle brand, established over 100 years ago in 1902. It is the largest British bike manufacturer in the world.

Analysts believe the alliance will help enhance the overall portfolio of Bajaj Auto which was missing a strong brand in the "easy riding" or cruiser bike space. Bajaj Auto managing director Rajiv Bajaj, himself at the company's annual general meeting (AGM) last month had admitted that the missing piece of the puzzle for the company lay in the "easy riding or lazy riding space".

Bajaj Auto's motorcycle portfolio is fairly large and starts with the 100 cc segment with brands such as Platina, Discover. In the middle there is big household brand names such as Pulsar and Avenger in the 150cc to 220cc range and goes up to 373 cc with Bajaj Dominar and the Duke from it's Austrian acquisition KTM range.

"This new global partnership will enable Triumph to significantly expand its global reach by entering new higher volume market segments, especially within the emerging markets across the world. Bajaj will gain access to the iconic Triumph brand, and its great motorcycles, enabling it to offer a wider range of motorcycles within its domestic market and other international markets," Bajaj Auto said.

So the way Royal Enfield pinched the business away from big horses such as Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles brands to establish a global demand for mid-segment bikes, now there is a challenger. Harley-Davidson could not exactly beat Enfield in mid-segment with its Street 750cc bikes but these Street 750 bikes have got a good volume sales globally including in Australia and South America.

Now Triumph wants a piece of that mid-segment pie. The objective of the partnership is to deliver a range of "outstanding mid-capacity motorcycles benefiting from the collective strength of both companies," Triumph Motorcycles said.

Bajaj Auto already has a decade-long alliance with Austrian bikemaker KTM. The Pune-based Bajaj holds a 47 per cent in Austria's KTM. One-third of KTM's manufacturing happens at Bajaj Auto's Chakan plant near Pune. However, for the Triumph alliance Bajaj Auto is not picking up any stake in the iconic UK bike brand. Bajaj Auto plans to manufacture Triumph bikes in India going forward which will bring down Triumph motorcycle prices drastically in India and probably reduce costs enough to compete globally in this segment against Royal Enfield.

It is expected that Bajaj Auto and Triumph will jointly focus on developing bikes in the 250-700 cc segment. Bajaj Auto's plant in Chakan in Pune may turn into a manufacturing and export base for the UK brand.

Triumph may be seeking to follow the Bajaj-KTM model. Bajaj helped Austrian brand KTM increase its global volume to 200,000 units from 65,000.

Bajaj was in the race to buy Ducati from Volkswagen. The company is cash rich with Bajaj Auto holding free cash of about Indian Rupees 1,325,000,000.

“There is also a world of easy riding or lazy riding. It is a world of Harley-Davidson, the Indian motorcycle brand owned by Polaris, the world of Triumph--this segment so far has been missing from our puzzle. The only missing puzzle is the premium brand in this space,” added Bajaj.

Bajaj - This family owned family named company has shown spectacular resilience and growth. They are now also organizing motorcycle events and tours in India similar to the motorcycle tourism market niche carved out by Enfield in India. As said last week, nothing heard from Japanese brands, they are on snooze mode which may lead to an exit from the fastest growing market for motorcycles in the world called India.

--Prince Ujjwal
Supreme Leader and Editor
Bikernet Trikes
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Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Race-- Airs on NBC Sports Network
Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. MDT

It’s been a little over a month since the nation’s top racing athletes went handlebar to handlebar around the brand new track in the Buffalo Chip amphitheater during the inaugural Sturgis Buffalo Chip TT American Flat Track Races.

Whether you were there on Aug. 6 to see it for yourself, or weren’t able to make it, you should know you’ve got another chance to see all the action when NBC Sports Network airs its one-hour encore telecast of the races on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. MDT.

We hope you’ll be able be one of the 90 million homes tuning in to see these amazing racers battle their way to the podium in the AMA PRO National Championship Series.


Tune in via the NBCSN cable TV channel, or with NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app on your desktop, mobile device or connected TV.


Click the link below to start off your evening of race entertainment with the opening ceremonies that include a beautiful performance of the Star Spangled Banner by South Dakota Department of Tourism Deputy Secretary Wanda Goodman.


Sturgis Buffalo Chip
20622 Fort Meade Way
Buffalo Chip, SD 57785

Here are the features from the most recent issue! (click on the cover to read the entire magazine):


• In this issue of SportBikes Inc Magazine, we begin a series that will take an in depth look at the STATE OF THE INDUSTRY. In Part 1, we talk with notable individuals from the professional side of the business of motorcycles.
• Adam Waheed enjoys cheap thrills and spills at the SOCAL SUPERMOTO SCHOOL.

• Team Butler Racing is featured in this month’s edition of ASPHALT & OPPORTUNITY.

Publisher, Editor in Chief


Out now in American Iron, and ‘rarer than hens teeth’ says Don Whalen, owner, curator of this machine. A Carl Nelk fabrication, out of the Palo Alto, California. There are, apparently, no others.

Water cooled [see radiator under the top horizontal bike tube], rubber mounted, overhead cam. Beautiful wooden rims. Kidney shaped black metal piece at bottom is the battery.

--Markus Cuff
Bikernet Feature Bike Photographer
Also feature bike photographer for:
American Iron
Cycle Source
HORSE magazine
And Easyriders

I wanted to share thoughts about DRAFT legislation from the Senate Commerce Committee on autonomous vehicles, aka driverless cars.

I have been in discussion with Senate staff over the last five weeks working to get this bill to a place we can support it as we have been asked to be listed as a supporting organization. I await your comments but overall, I think this is a positive step forward and legislation we can and should consider standing behind.

Here’s the quick and dirty after my analysis:
As with conventional vehicles, federal standards would be developed and set with regard to testing AVs to ensure safety. Happily, motorcycles are specifically listed as an integral part of the road population and therefore must be given consideration and accounted for in a safety report that would be required for all highly AVs.

The bill finds ways to preserve and improve safety while addressing incompatibility with old rules and regs that were not written with self-driving vehicles in mind.

Legislation is based on the existing relationship between federal and state regulators and their current separation of authority, but makes necessary targeted updates for new challenges posed by self-driving vehicles.

The bill also prioritizes and aims to strengthen cyber security in AVs
There is a section to educate the public about driverless cars calling for Government and industry to work together to ensure the public understands the differences between conventional and self-driving vehicles

Things that the MRF is working on getting to Committee to include in the final version:
Ensuring that any member of the public can request to review the AV safety report (so we can see HOW they are testing for motorcycle detection and responsiveness).

A dedicated seat on the Highly Automated Vehicle Safety Committee for a motorcycle rights organization (this committee would provide a forum to discuss, prioritize and make recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation concerning the regulation of these vehicles).

Lastly, as it relates to consumer education, we are requesting to add a component that would require a working group that would consider other modes of transportation (i.e. motorcycles) to ensure we understand how we are safe when interacting with these vehicles

I’ll report as this develops….and if you read the biker bulletin that went out Friday, you’ll also see that tomorrow, NHTSA is going to release updated guidelines on self-driving vehicles. I’ll be in touch with more information and analysis shortly after the release.

--Megan J. Ekstrom
Vice-President, Government Affairs & Public Relations
Motorcycle Riders Foundation


LE PERA SEAT OF THE WEEK— The first custom seat I bought in 1969 was a Le Pera button-tuck Cobra for my next XLCH.

Now that Softails are back, they will be strong sellers again.


One of the original customs dating back to the ‘60s

Transforms the lines of your bike like no other

Available in a solo or full length: smooth, diamond or pleated


All XL
82-94 FXR
64-84 FX/FLH


BIKERNET INTERNATIONAL EDITOR RETURNS FROM THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON TO TRAVEL AGAIN-- Hi. From the dark side of humor. For those of you who do not do Facebook I am Here in Phnom Penh Cambodia on a S. E. Again tour. Started in Bangkok, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Singapore, to Saigon and now here on to Bangkok, Thailand again.


--Art Hall
Bikernet International Editor

SPRINGFIELD GUN OF THE WEEK-- The world's most elegant carry pistol family just added a new member - the EMP® 4 Concealed Carry Contour now in .40 S&W

The Concealed Carry Contour molds to the shape of the shooters hand and helps to prevent snags during the draw. It virtually eliminates the telltale bulge under a cover garment.

Click for FXR action.
Click for FXR action.

LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST NEWS— Big Bears Chopper to rock Las Vegas Bikefest again this year.

“We will be there just trying to decide where to set up,” said Mona, the Queen of the Bear.


In case any of you have seen reports of the crash that happened during the United Bikers of Maine annual Toy Run, I would like to share some information.


During the 36th annual UBM toy run a pickup and approximately 12 bikes were involved in a crash resulting in two deaths of bikers and 4 others taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This happened in the parade shortly after the run started. The cause is still under investigation. The run consisted of upwards of 3000 bikes and is the largest single day charitable event in the State of Maine. At this time we are offering no further information pending the results of the investigation.

--Eric Fuller Chairman
Maine Motorcyclists Political Action Committee
Maine State MRF Rep.
United Bikers of Maine Lifetime member and Area Rep.

Three men have been charged in the Za’Layia Jenkins case. Nine-year-old Za’Layia was shot and killed in May 2016.

She was hit by a stray bullet while watching TV in her home and died one day before she would have turned 10.

Otha Jose Brown Jr., Damonta Jennings and Tony Powell Jr. have all been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the killing of Za’Layia.

The complaint states that the suspects returned to a home and fired shots at it after being reprimanded about an apparent drug deal.

Hupy and Abraham, S.C. president, Attorney Michael Hupy, is doing what he can to deter crime and bring closure to families like the Jenkinses. He has offered a $50,000 reward to the first person who provides the authorities information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Za’Layia’s killers. The FBI has offered an additional $15,000 reward.

Last year, Attorney Hupy paid a $25,000 reward to the first person who helped solve the shooting death of 5-year-old Laylah Petersen sitting on her grandfather’s lap in the living room of their house.

Offering rewards in gun violence cases is one of the ways Attorney Hupy has found to help the community. The firm Hupy and Abraham, S.C. has helped many organizations that assist the Milwaukee community, by donating time and money to these causes.

--Attorney Michael F. Hupy
Hupy and Abraham, S.C.
111 E. Kilbourn Avenue, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Main: (414) 223-4800 Fax: (414) 271-3374


People often complain about the police, but you rarely hear about the positive things they do, such as this incident involving a biker and a frozen carburetor.

Last January on a bitterly cold winter's day, a North Dakota State Trooper on patrol came upon a motorcyclist who was stalled by the roadside. The biker was swathed in heavy protective clothing and wearing a full-face helmet to protect the face from the cold weather.

“What’s the matter? asked the Trooper

"Carburetor's frozen," was the terse reply.

"Pee on it. That'll thaw it out.”

"I can't," said the biker.

"OK, watch me closely and I'll show you." The Trooper unzipped and promptly warmed the carburetor as promised.

Moments later the bike started and the rider drove off, waving.

A few days later, the local State Troopers’ office received a note of thanks from the father of the motorcyclist.

It began: "On behalf of my daughter Jill..."

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I enjoyed it so much my beer got warm. Don't worry I drank it anyway.

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Sullivan, IN
Friday, September 15, 2017

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