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A week of strange conflicts and corruption.

By Bandit, Bob T., Mistress Chris, Ming, Scooter Tramp Scotty, bad Uncle Monkey, David Campbell, Dr Willie, Tyler Ludlow, and the rest of the motley crew.

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Biketoberfest photos by Jack McIntyre
Biketoberfest photos by Jack McIntyre


Do you read horoscopes
, check your feng shui calendar, or any other sooth-saying window into the future. I don’t generally, but I do try to stay in tune with what’s going on around me. If I notice a particularly negative trend, my survival antennae elevates. I try to catch myself, before I slip into any extreme mode.

This week and last turned into weeks of strange conflicts and corruption. So, say someone stole your partner’s wallet. That’s a bummer, so you torture a couple of guys down the block to twist info from the grimy bastards. I’m kidding. But say that one swell of a negative wave turns into three, maybe four. I attempt to wrap them together, witness a trend and look for guidance. Am I making sense?

So, I’ll be mildly specific without being a snitch. My 93-year-old mom came face to face with a corrupt act within her elderly relatives. We are investigating. I’m working with a community group to further a waterfront in our area, but there’s been a negative twist in the leadership, but I can’t figure out why. Then someone tried to steal my grandson’s motorcycle by bullying his mother and using a cop. I was pulled into this mess, and the mother stood firm. The bike is still in place. The list goes on, including serious conflicts with an LA club and cops.

Could it be Halloween?

A couple more items of this nature surfaced on a broader scale like the club, and I started to see a trend. In some cases I was forced to act, but it’s best to pull back, relax, and take stock of the actions. The bullshit will pass ultimately, and the warm glow of the positive sun will shine once more.

Hang on! The Bikernet Thursday News is sponsored by Cycle Source Magazine and Iron Trader News.


THE CURE FOR A Tough week ahead?

Feeling kinda lousy?
So what are you gonna do about it?
Punch a wall . . . drink heavily . . . take anti-depressants?
How about NATURAL anti-depressants?
No pharmaceuticals, all natural . . . . .

--from Gerry Celia
Photos by Jack McIntyre
Photos by Jack McIntyre

A GIRL FROM JACK’S PAST--I found this on my "old" hard drive. A shoot that I did for Sick Boy at a small event in PA.

Director of Photography,
Co-Editor Bikernet,
& "House of Choppers Magazine"



Looking for nitrous kit for 89-inch Sportster striker running alcohol, any suggestions please reply.

-- Dale parsons
St. Edward, NE

We reached out to the Zipper’s team and they need to know whether Dale has a carb or EFI. I’m getting the hint they have a system.--Wrench


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With more bike shows, all new truck, jeep and classic car shows and, more free concerts on two stages, including Journey former lead vocalist Steve Augeri performing Thursday night.  This year’s Rally, presented by Geico Motorcycle, is jam packed with entertainment for all ages, day and night, all weekend long!

For up to the minute information and special offers, download the FREE, official smartphone App from Google Play or the Apple Store. The LSR is the first major rally to offer an official App and planners anticipate thousands will download this all-at-a-glance tool for discovering everything happening at the rally. More event information is also available at

Special VIP packages are available for meet and greet autograph signings with Sons of Anarchy Stars Tommy "Chibs" Flanagan, Mark "Bobby" Boone & Ryan "Opie" Hurst.

A second VIP package offering exclusive concert viewing access throughout the weekend, free drink tickets and some very cool swag is also available. There is also a meet and greet package opportunity to meet Danny "Count" Koker and Count's 77 after their Sunday show.  Check out for details on these packages and other autograph and photo opportunities planned with our celebrities throughout the weekend!

Galveston’s biggest annual party kicks off in a big way Thursday, November 6th with a Custom Sport Bike Showdown at Beach Central Park, a Truck and Jeep Show at Pier 21 and, The Run Down the Shore Ride which ends at Sea Wolfe Park in time for opening ceremonies of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall.

Ceremonies will begin at 4:30 pm and include local color guards and Nashville's Jared Blake performing the National Anthem. Plan to visit the opening ceremonies and stop by anytime through Veteran's Day. As part of the weekend celebration, a live painting demonstration is planned for Friday at Pier 21 by Ken "The Dauber" Pridgeon, a Texas artist known for his dedication to painting portraits of fallen heroes of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

The Lone Star Rally is proud to support Ken as he strives toward his goal to fund construction of a new museum dedicated to honoring those fallen war heroes via his unique style of portraiture. A few of Ken's works will be auctioned Saturday evening just before Jared Blake's 6 pm concert on the Budweiser Stage, with proceeds going to fund the museum project.

Thursday's non-stop action continues with a powerhouse concert by Augeri taking the Budweiser Stage at Saengerfest Park downtown at 9 pm. More free concerts by rally favorites like the rock-tribute supermen Hairball Band, Nashville rising stars Jared Blake, southeast rock-guitarist Bobby Friss, hot rockers Mustang Sally, Johnny Cash tribute act Cold Hard Cash and, a host of Houston area favorites like the Zach Tate Band will perform throughout the weekend at Saengerfest and, on the Jagermeister Stage at Beach Central Park. A complete schedule of bands and times is available on the website and on the smart phone App.

Rally goers can also shop ’til they drop at hundreds of vendors offering everything from motorcycle accessories and state of the art after market parts to custom crafted jewelry and hand tooled leather throughout downtown Galveston and along the Seawall.

Plus, they can check out the coolest new rides on two wheels and four, with legendary bike builders from across the nation showcasing their best in custom paint and design and, the Houston Area Chevy Dealers displaying the hottest new rides on the market.

BIKE EVENTS & GAMES at the Seawall & CAR SHOWS at Pier 21

The 2014 will host more juried bike and car shows than every before and, all new bike event during this year’s weekend. The events are sponsored by Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sickies Garage, Sick Boys and Magic Kustom Pinstriping and, presented by Cycle Source Magazine. Check out the schedule and details at and be sure to pre register your ride!

Thursday, November 6th – 12pm-6pm - Cruise-in Truck and Jeep Show.
Trophies and Dash Plaques awarded at 6pm with Parade down the Strand after the show
Pre-register with: Magic #832-284-2711 / or Sherry #386-235-3172

Thursday, November 6th – 12pm-5pm - Custom Bike Showdown on Seawall!
Vie in a variety of classes including Custom Scooter, Metric & Trikes. Special awards for Bests of Show, Lights, Audio, Paint and People's Choice Pre-register with: Sherry #386-235-3172!

Thursday, November 6th - registration 1pm - 2:30pm; kickstands up at 2:30 pm
Run Down the Shore ride!
Free ride patch for all pre-registered riders! The ride leaves from Beach Central Park and heads to Sea Wolf Park where participants can explore a Navy submarine. From there, the ride heads up the coastline and stops at Pier 21 for a free picnic and opening ceremonies of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall.  The Wall That Heals, with special guest Jared Blake performing the National Anthem and local color guards. 
Pre-register by emailing

Friday, November 7th – 12pm-6pm - Cruise-in Car Show!
Trophies and Dash Plaques awarded at 6pm with Parade down the Strand after the show.
Pre-register with: Magic #832-284-2711 / or Sherry #386-235-3172

Friday, November 7th - 1pm - 4 pm - Bike Games Motorcycle Rodeo!
Competitors will vie through the Whiskey Barrel Roll, Weenie Bite, Slow Race and Shine Run (bucket race) rounds to see who will be awarded the overall winner and take the Championship Belt!
Pre-register by emailing

Saturday, November 8th – 10am-4pm - Drive-in Car Show.
Pre 1972 Open Car Show.
T-Shirt and Goody Bag w/registration! Trophies and Dash Plaques awarded at 4pm
Pre-registration required, contact: Sherry #386-235-3172

Saturday, November 8th - registration 10 am - 2 pm; judging 2 pm - 4 pm; awards 5 pm
Ride In Custom Bike Show
Check out a ton of new bike classes at this year’s ride in show including Misfit Radical Bagger, Azzkikr Radical Bagger and Ole Smokey Best of the Holler classes, in addition to regular classes like Sportster Street, Rat Bike, Metric Cruiser and Trike.

Cash prize of $500 each for People’s Choice and Best in Show, plus... Best in Show get a full feature in Cycle Source Magazine!
See a complete list of categories online at or, download the official smartphone App from Apple Store or Google Play. Pre-register by emailing!

Miss Lone Star Rally Crowning Saturday Night

One of the most popular annual events, the crowning of Miss is planned for Saturday night at Saengerfest Park on the Budweiser Stage with cash and prizes totaling more than $5,000 up for grabs for the top winners! This year’s Miss event is sponsored
by Stubbs Harley-Davidson. Houston area hopefuls can vie for their spot in the contest at preliminary events held throughout the city during September and October. The next preliminary is planned for Oct. 17th at Bull's Island Bar & Grill 504 25th St, Galveston, TX 77550 .

The Miss preliminaries and contest is hosted by Texas Radio Hall of Fame DJ and Houston area favorite, Outlaw Dave. Go to for sign up and details!

Motorcycle Giveaways

And if non-stop free concerts, a chance to see the country’s hottest custom cycles, and shopping at hundreds of vendors isn’t enough, rally goers will also get a chance to win one of two custom bike giveaways! Presenting sponsor Geico Motorcycle will once again roll out a fine looking custom paint ride to give one lucky rally goer the surprise of their life. Register at the Geico booth and listen Saturday night for the big giveaway. Biker attorneys Russ Brown will also be registering for a bike giveaway sponsored by their firm which will be awarded on Sunday afternoon at the Count's 77 concert.

Galveston is the place to party, November 6-9th, 2014. Go to for the latest news and event happenings and download the official App at the Apple Store or Google Play for up to the minute event info!


"Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head was hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen anything like that before, and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

--from Michael Wm. DiSalvo, Sr.

FILM EFFORT OF THE WEEK- Brian Darwas releases short film on artist Keith Weesner.

Film maker Brian Darwas currently produces feature length documentaries on Hot Rod and Motorcycle Culture. All of which have gone on to win awards, and have been well received. He's now changing things up a bit, making a handful short films that anyone can share freely.

"I feel it's important to our scene that high quality moving images, which can both awe and inspire, are available to anyone at anytime. My goal is to reach the younger generation. The generation of people who grew up on the Internet, and turn to it as a source of new ideas and inspiration. I'd like to instill in them the notion that hot rods, motorcycles, and building stuff by hand is still cool and relevant." ~ Brian Darwas

When asked why he chose to film Keith Weesner, Brian Darwas had this to say:

"Artists often come and go. Very few have what it takes to make it through the hard living that comes with earning no money while trying to establish yourself. . . and as if constantly creating something new and exciting wasn't hard enough, you also have to pay your dues and prove to the world that you're the real thing. That you're not just somebody who came along to latch on and make a quick buck.

Keith Weesner is just that, the real thing. His love for Hot Rods, Customs, and the general Culture that surrounds it all speaks for itself through his art. The paintings he paints and the cars he builds and drives. He's been doing this a long time and it shows. He didn't fade away when the going got tough, and he's been doing it before it was cool." ~ Brian Darwas

Each film will run anywhere from two, to five minutes. Once completed, they will be shared freely via the Internet, social media, etc. . . So, please share and help spread the word.

To see more of both Brian and Keith's work check out:


1. full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2. Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
A few looked up to shoot quick baleful glances at Padillo.
-- Ross Thomas, Twilight at Mac's Place, 1990
Baleful stems from the Old English word bealu-full meaning "dire, wicked, cruel."


Custom Bike Building ADVANCED is just what the title suggests. This book takes all the building advice presented in Custom Bike Building BASICS, and gives the reader MORE: Information on how to equip your shop. Tips and techniques for welding steel and with your MIG or TIG welder. Sheet metal fabrication forming sequences. Information on making your own handlebars and exhaust pipes. Help with making a leather seat cover that’s truly your own.

What hasn’t changed with this new book is the author – Chris Callen of Cycle Source magazine fame. Which means the book is written for riders working at home and in small shops. You don’t need a big catalog of aftermarket parts, you only need this book, a small set of tools, your own imagination and the drive to see the project through to the end.

Like the Basics book, this one includes three, start-to-finish bike assemblies. And like that earlier book, this one leans toward the earlier Harley-Davidson powerplants – Knuckleheads, Pans, Shovels and Ironhead Sportys – built on a budget by real people with a little grease under their fingernails.

Available Spring 2014
Custom Bike Building ADVANCED
Author: Chris Callen
ISBN -13: 978-1-935828-74-7


LIFESTYLE DEAL OF THE WEEK—At last, something custom. 2005 Special Construction Pro-Street, Softail.
Our Price: $9,995

Exterior: Black
VIN: 4B7H846965S003147

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HERE’S AN ON-GOING CONFLICT--Aussie bikers ordered off Stuart farm, their own property.

Rebels motorcycle club members in Townsville in the Australian state of Queensland have been ordered off their Stuart property known as “The Farm” after the land was added to the list of banned places under state anti-biker legislation.

The Rebels motorcycle club building on Ingham Rd was classified as a prescribed place under the Vicious Lawless Association Disestablishment (VLAD) laws last year and shut down.

The Odin’s Warriors clubhouse on Leyland St was also on the first list of 40 banned locations.

But The Farm was not initially on that list, leaving members of the club free to use the property.

Northern Region crime co-ordinator Acting Superintendent Cheryl Scanlon confirmed The Farm was now on the list and detectives went to the property on Saturday and notified members of the club they had to vacate the premises.

It is understood they were given until 5pm yesterday to vacate.

There were no arrests and no charges laid on Saturday.

“Investigations are ongoing and as such, the Queensland Police Service is not in a position to provide any further comment,” Supt Scanlon said.

“Maintaining public order and community safety is paramount to the QPS.

“The QPS has the support and commitment of the Queensland Government and other local, State and

Federal agencies to eliminate the violence and criminal business activities of Criminal Motorcycle Gangs (CMG) throughout Queensland.”

A Rebels member from the North Queensland region declined to comment when contacted by media.
“Any comment we make regards the Rebels would be done through a statement from UMCQ (The United Motorcycle Council of Queensland),” he said.

The UMCQ waged a $1 million challenge against the anti-biker laws in the High Court, but the seven judges reserved its decision on the validity of the laws in September.

There were no signs of disturbance outside The Farm as the clocked ticked over the deadline yesterday.

A single unmarked police car pulled out of the address a few minutes after 5pm.

Later, a Queensland Police Service spokesperson said detectives visited the Stuart property at 5pm and that Rebels members had complied with the legislation.


2014 -2015 SEASON ULTIMATE BUILDER SHOWS HEADING YOUR WAY--NORCAL - October 31 - November 2, 2014

Next Up: NORCAL Show

The NORCAL show is always a treat with custom bikes from some of the nations best builders.

Interested? Click here for the Custom Bike Show website to enter or Call JEFF NAJAR 919-450-5060 for details.


3 New Classes
Registration just $50
Pay at the door
Load-in is Friday morning. Event starts Friday afternoon. Bikes can be entered in the following competing classes:
Freestyle - open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train
Retro Mod - open class for any build with a motorcycle based drive train 25 years or older
Modified Custom - must have a major OEM engine and frame. Neck may be cut to rake or stretch frame. Hard tail sections, stretched swing arms and wide tire kits are acceptable (MOD Harley-Davidson are included)
New for the season: Builder Profiles

Builder Profiles at

The 2014 - 2015 season is just around the corner.

And we are adding builder profiles to our registration webite at The bikes are also profiled on our social media pages.

The profiles come with details about your bike as well as your contact information.

When you win your class you also get listed on the J&P Cycles website, Harley-Davidson social media (v-twin engines only) Ridewright Wheels and Leatherworks social media, and
Ultimate Builder Schedule
Ultimate Builder - Northern California

Friday, OCT. 31, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, NOV. 1, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, NOV. 2, 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
San Mateo County Event Center 2495 South Delaware Street San Mateo, CA

Ultimate Builder - Long Beach

Friday, NOV. 14, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, NOV. 15, 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, NOV. 16, 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Long Beach Convention Center 300 East Ocean Boulevard Long Beach, CA

Ultimate Builder - Seattle

Friday, NOV. 21, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, NOV. 22, 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, NOV. 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Washington State Convention Center 800 Convention Place Seattle, WA - Map It

Ultimate Builder - New York City

Friday, DEC. 12, 1:00p.m - 9 p.m.
Saturday, DEC. 13, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, DEC. 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W. 34th Street New York, NY - Map It

Ultimate Builder - Washington, D.C.

Friday, JAN. 9, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, JAN. 10, 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, JAN. 11, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Washington Convention Center 801 Mount Vernon Place Washington, D.C.

Ultimate Builder - Miami

Friday, JAN. 16, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, JAN. 17, 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, JAN. 18, 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Miami Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr. Miami Beach, FL 33139

Ultimate Builder - Dallas

Friday, JAN. 23, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, JAN. 24,, 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, JAN. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Dallas Convention Center 650 S. Griffin St. Dallas, TX

Ultimate Builder - Cleveland

Friday, JAN. 30, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, JAN. 31, 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, FEB. 1, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
I-X Center One I-X Center Drive Cleveland, OH - Map It

Ultimate Builder - Minneapolis

Friday, FEB. 6, 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, FEB. 7, 10:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, FEB. 8, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Minneapolis Convention Center 1301 Second Avenue, South Minneapolis, MN

Ultimate Builder - Chicago

Friday, FEB. 13, 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, FEB. 14, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, FEB. 15, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N. River Road Rosemont, IL

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