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By Bandit, Bob T., Rogue, Jim Waggaman, Prince Najar, Sin Wu, Marylou Brewton, Mona Alsop, Gary Mraz, Bob Clark, Bill Bish, and the gang

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What the hell? We are scrambling on several fronts, and my attorney wants to party this weekend.
I need to work on a Rivera tech so I can relocate the Bonne Belle into the gym with the pool table, until we can afford to ship it back to Departure Bike Works for tuning and dyno runs.

You’ll notice Big Bear Choppers is back. I sincerely hope it’s a sign of the times. Kevin and Mona Alsop have endured the toughest of times and prevailed. So many folks don’t realize the level of endurance, intelligence, perseverance, and devotion it took to keep companies alive over the last ten years.

Photo by Markus Cuff. Watch for this Paul Cavallo built feature bike on the cover of HORSE mag in the near future.
Photo by Markus Cuff. Watch for this Paul Cavallo built feature bike on the cover of HORSE mag in the near future.

You may dislike your boss, but over the last 10-12 years, he has lost at least half of his wealth, he or she has grappled to raise funds to stay afloat, studied ways in which the business could change to survive, laid off old friends, and dealt with enhanced government restrictions. Any business still surviving after the last decade is tough and dedicated. Buy your boss a beer he or she deserves it.


MORE SAFETY WARNINGS--I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down. I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me. And I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica , Uganda , Singapore and Uzbekistan.

Thanks to you I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt. And thanks to your great advice I can't ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.

I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off. If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbors ex mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician!

Oh, and by the way...A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mails with their hand on the mouse. Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late. P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by e-mail that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.. NOW YOU HAVE YOURSELF A VERY GOOD DAY…

--from Buckshot


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BIG BEAR CHOPPERS SHIPPED TO DUBAI THIS WEEK--  We just shipped out Bikes on Saturday to Dubai for Gulf Bike week, October 18th through the 20th

Our Dealer in Dubai MOTORBARN TRADING will present the Big Bear Choppers bikes at the event. RHC’s International Representative Michael Morisoli will be there to promote the Big Bear Choppers Motorcycles. Michael is the leader of BBC Motorcycle Consulting, our Big Bear Choppers Dealer Support program that was created to support our International Dealers, to provide technical support and hands on training by a certified MMA graduate and is experienced with all models of Big Bear Choppers Bikes.

Michael was a Big Bear Chopper dealer and owner of Chopper Doctors in Corcoran, Calif before he closed shop and started working with Big Bear Choppers dealers. Michael has been in Dubai for 10 months now.

Over the last 10 months he has learned one thing, the people in the UAE love custom bikes and the Motorcycle Lifestyle is alive and well .

For more info drop Mickey a line:

We shipped four motorcycles, two Athena choppers, and two Sled Choppers.


BIKERNET TRADE SCHOOL JUST OPENED--For All of you Mechanic's and Self doer’s out there, here’s a lesson on Penetrating Oil - This was in one of the Military Vehicle Club newsletters.

Recently “Machinist Workshop Magazine” did a test on penetrating oils. Using nuts and
bolts that they ‘scientifically rusted’ to a uniform degree by soaking in salt water, they then
tested the break-out torque required to loosen the nuts. They treated the nuts with a variety
of penetrants and measured the torque required to loosen them.

This is what they came up with:
Nothing: 516 lbs
WD-40: 238 lbs;
PB Blaster: 214 lbs;
Liquid Wrench: 127 lbs,
Kano Kroil: 106 lbs
(ATF)/Acetone mix (50/50): 50 lbs.

This last “shop brew” of 50% automatic transmission fluid and 50% acetone appears to beat out the commercially prepared products costing far more.

--from Rodan


RALLY TV Brings You the Best of Las Vegas BikeFest 2012--Re-live all the action, including events, rides, expos, parties, and contests.

Garage-Source Productions and its Rally TV crew had an amazing time at Las Vegas BikeFest 2012. Now that it's over, you can get the best footage of all the great events from Rally TV online. Whether you missed the whole weekend, or just want to reminisce, Rally TV is proud to share best highlights of this year's Sin City event.

Garage-Source Productions is committed to sharing the lifestyle experience with all enthusiasts via video. Check out all the posted Las Vegas BikeFest 2012 videos on the Rally TV website to see what you might have missed and more. Enjoy the action at Hogs & Heifers, watch who won editors choice, see the amazing builds from Artistry In Iron Awards and get a fresh look at the Las Vegas BikeFest Bikini Contest. You'll get exclusive footage that you won't see anywhere else. You can see more all of the Rally TV videos at

Rally TV's coverage of all the Las Vegas BikeFest action is brought to you through the generosity of our sponsors, which include: Las Vegas BikeFest, Hogs&Heifers Saloon, Miller Lite, Jack Daniels, Twisted Tea, Russ Brown, DEI, Cycle Source, J&P Cycles and Bikernet.

What? Bikernet janitor in the shot, with Mark Daley Bikernet Editor's Choice Winner, from Thunderstruck Cycles.
What? Bikernet janitor in the shot, with Mark Daley Bikernet Editor's Choice Winner, from Thunderstruck Cycles.

For more information about Rally TV or to check out all the amazing things that happened during Las Vegas BikeFest 2012, visit, or the Rally TV Facebook or YouTube pages any time.

--Ken Conte

BIKERNET POLITICAL SCIENCE CLASS--You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.

Actually, in Los Angeles you can be pulled over for a number of infractions and your vehicle will be immediately towed, unless you are illegal. In that case you cannot be towed for four hours, to give you time to find someone who can drive your car away. This new ordinance crushed towing services all over the city.

You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.

You know you live in a Country run by idiots if... The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.

Hang on, it just gets better in the Sunday Post.

--from Rogue and Maimi Mike


BRAND NEW BIKERNET READER COMMENT--  How to build the 45 Magnum Engine

Came across a top end report recently that I could not understand, until now. It covered how to build a 45 Magnum engine. You are amazing, Duncan.

--Karen Brown



JACKSONVILLE — Gun rights advocates on Tuesday told a task force reviewing Florida’s “stand your ground” law that the statute needs to be revised to take the burden off defendants trying to prove their use of force was justified.

The burden instead should be placed on prosecutors, and their offices should be required to pay the cost of a stand-your­ground hearing if defendants have charges dropped, said Eric Friday, lead counsel for the gun rights group Florida Carry Inc. “Prosecutors will be much more cautious on how they take action,” Friday told members of the Task Force on Citizen Safety and Protection during its last hearing involving public comment.

Friday said the cost of a defense can be as much as $20,000. The task force was in Jacksonville for its sixth meeting, and will begin deliberating recommendations next month. Gov. Rick Scott appointed the task force to review Florida’s law following the killing of 17­year-old Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in February. Zimmerman has claimed self defense under the law.??The law currently gives defendants wide latitude in claiming self-defense.

The 2005 legislation allows individuals to use deadly force provided they are doing nothing unlawful and relieves them of a duty to retreat. Friday also argued that in some cases defendants should be able to invoke the law even if they are doing something unlawful, citing the example of someone who may be unlawfully selling Avon products out of her house without a proper business license.



TWO LARGE WOMEN IN A BAR--I was in a pub last Saturday night and drank a few when and noticed two very large women at the bar.

They both had pretty strong accents, so I asked, "Hey, are you two ladies from Ireland?"

One of them chirped saying, "It's WALES , you friggin' idiot!"

So, I immediately apologized and said, "I'm sorry. Are you two whales from Ireland?" That's pretty much the last thing I remember...

—from Paul A.


On August 7th, the Massachusetts Right-to-Repair Coalition reported that Governor Patrick had signed House Bill 4362, “An Act protecting motor vehicle owners and small businesses in repairing motor vehicles”, more commonly referred to as “Right to Repair”, into law. Touting this as a major victory, the enacted law sadly excludes Motorcycles.

The Massachusetts Motorcycle Association (MMA) does not support this compromise bill and apparently neither do many; with urgency, the MMA asks all voters in Massachusetts to vote “YES” on Ballot Question #1 which would restore the original intention of the Bill, and also contact your state legislators informing them of your support.

As reported by the MMA following the Governor’s signing of House Bill 4362, the Right-to-Repair Bill was pushed over a 3-year period by a coalition of 40 members including the MMA. With little activity, the coalition launched a petition campaign to raise the bill to the status of a Question on the November 6, 2012 Ballot.

Spurring the legislature into action, the bill saw new life and began a journey of bi-partisan negotiation against heavy advertising and lobbying by manufacturers against the bill. Unfortunately, although the Bill began to see light, back-room politics under the cover of darkness reached numerous compromises which ultimately resulted in a Bill being pushed through without support for RVs, Busses, Construction Equipment, trucks over 10,000 pounds, and MOTORCYCLES.

While some good intention did come from the compromise bill, including giving manufacturers more time to comply with the proposed interface. An existing “pass-through” interface defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers, SAE j2534, was published in 2004 at the request of the EPA to standardize the protocols of communication to vehicles for the purpose of reporting and repair of vehicles to conform to emission controls. Without this standard, manufacturers provided their own OEM-specific diagnostic tools, sometimes costing dealers several $thousands in diagnostic equipment, or forcing consumers back to dealerships for service.

But the main purpose of the Right-to-Repair legislation was not just standardization of the interface, rather the access to the information and codes necessary to effect correct diagnostics and repairs. The computerization of motor vehicles continues to evolve requiring specialized knowledge, tools, and interfaces to deal with sometimes even the most minor of issues. Even if a repair doesn’t necessarily require a computer diagnostic, often a repair requires that certain information be re-set in the onboard computers to remove warnings and alerts, or for the computers to correctly interact with each other during normal operation.

These computers or Control Units and Modules are now prevalent on ALL motor vehicles, not just passenger cars. Also, while dealerships may be the service venue of choice for some, they are sometimes a significant distance away and/or a more expensive option for others. In some cases, people simply have a strong relationship with talented service providers which span vehicles of many brands and generations. In all non-dealer cases, access to the computer interfaces and codes is critical to perform and complete a full service.

As passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor in August, the Right-to-Repair legislation offers some level of support which is a great improvement for owners of passenger cars, but owners of larger pickup trucks and utility vehicles (“any vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds”) as well as motorcycles are excluded.

Another concern is that Massachusetts has led the way in Right-to-Repair legislation nationally. It’s important that we pave the way for other states and or for National Legislation to affirm the rights of consumers to choose their service providers. If the Ballot Question does not pass, it opens the door to challenge further legislation both across the country and in Washington DC which might follow.

As such, the MMA believes that it’s crucial that Massachusetts Ballot Question #1 passes, both to pave the way for consumers outside Massachusetts, but to right the wrongs of the compromise legislation. PLEASE VOTE “YES” ON BALLOT QUESTION #1. Please also ask your friends, family, and any Massachusetts Voters to do the same!

Additionally, the MMA feels it’s important that you also contact your State Legislators – both your State Representative and Senator, to let them know you are voting for Ballot Question #1 to restore the rights of all vehicles, especially motorcycles, to the Right-to-Repair Legislation. Without their support, the results of the ballot could be overridden in informal session to repeal the legislation despite being voted by the citizens of the Commonwealth. While it legally only takes one Senator or Representative to prevent such an action, a stronger message is if they all say, “no, my constituents want this legislation to include motorcycles and other motor vehicles”.

Opponents of the original bill and ballot question have raised concerns that as written, compliance by Model Year 2015 is not possible and that the compromise legislation enacts model year 2018. The MMA has no specific concern with the later date, but neither have we discussed the difficulties of implementing a standard that has been in existence for nearly 10 years and is already in broad use by manufacturers.

PLEASE VOTE “YES” ON BALLOT QUESTION #1. Please also ask your friends, family, and any Massachusetts Voters to do the same!

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MMA 2013 Harley-Davidson Bike Raffle Tickets are now available! Please see to get yours! Limited quantities are available – the 2012 Raffle was SOLD OUT!


WALKSLER WINS “RACE OF THE CENTURY’ ABOARD 1912 INDIAN-- Every year in mid-October, tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather in Birmingham, Alabama for one of the most anticipated vintage motorcycle event in America at the Barber Museum and Motorsports Park. The Barber Vintage Festival celebrated its eight year this October, and as expected, a record crowd of over 80,000 visitors attended the show, making it the single largest vintage motorcycle event in history.

A full weekend of racing was scheduled, and the wonderful weather provided for some of the best motorcycle competition of all sorts from mid-Thursday through late Sunday afternoon.

One of the highlights of the entire Barber Vintage Festival weekend comes every year at noon on Saturday, when the Antique Motorcycle Club of America's Confederate Chapter puts on "The Race of the Century". This once a year race is only open to machines 100 years old and older, and is always a favorite among the thousands of spectators attending the races.

This year, more than ten riders made up a field of well prepared machines, ranging from a 1906 Griffon V-twin ridden by Will Paley to three 1912 Indians, which were among the lastest machines to make the 100 year cutoff. Of the dozen or so riders, several were returning ROC veterans including last year's Champion Joe "Slo-jo" Gardella aboard his original 1912 Harley Twin.

Wheels Through Time fielded two entries this year -- Matt Walksler on a former Race of the Century Championship Machine - a beautifully original 1911 Indian 500cc Single on which Dale captured victory in the Single Cylinder Class in 2011; and Dale aboard a powerful 1000cc Indian V-twin of 1912 vintage.

Once all machines were in their proper starting positions, AMCA Confederate Chapter President David Lloyd sent them off with a wave of the green flag for 2-laps on the 2.3-mile world class Barber Road Course. Out of the gate, Matt took the lead into the first downhill sweeping turn and the race was on.

The course winds through 17 turns and over 85 feet of elevation change, and can quickly separate the field if machines aren't properly tuned for optimal track performance. By the fifth turn, it became clear the race would be between three machines; Gardella's 1912 Harley, and the Walkslers' 1911 and 1912 Indian's. Sweeping through the curves at speeds above 50 miles per hour, the trio stayed within 10 bike lengths for much of the race.

As they entered the last turn before the finish line straightaway, only a few feet separated 1st from 3rd place. Midway through the 90-degree bend, the rear tire of the 1911 Indian gave way with a loud bang, causing the bike to roll to a stop. Instantly, the three-man race turned into a final straightaway between the pair of 1912s -- one Harley and one Indian. With only a few hundred yards to go, Walksler gave the 1912 Indian a last twist of the throttle and pulled ahead, capturing yet another checkered flag in record time.

The recent win became Dale's third Race of the Century victory. In 2006 he piloted the world's oldest running Indian -- a 1903 Single -- to a checkered flag against Bruce Linsday, and in 2011, he brought home a victory in the Single Cylinder Class aboard the same 1911 Indian that blew a tire in this years race.

Keep an eye on the Velocity Channel for coverage of this years race, who was on hand shooting footage for a new series about Dale and all that goes on at Wheels Through Time.

NEWEST BIKERNET READER COMMENT--- Hollister 1947 & The Birth of the American Biker

This is an amazing story into the origin of the notorious bike clubs that started the whole biker lifestyle. Well written and presented.

-- Paul “Goblin” Parkinson
Raceview, Queensland, Australia

I’ll let Bill Hayes, the esteemed author, know.--Bandit

BAKER DRIVE TRAIN BIKERNET TECH QUESTION--Dude! Pics were great... Info was great.... but I am left with a question!

Wondering on the ball and ramp assembly (Looking at your pics I don’t see room), if and extended length shift arm could be added. Why?.... I am looking at doing the same thing on a ‘99 fatty, and have a suicide shift with brass knuckle clutch mounted on the shift arm itself... just a straight up pull to clutch while shifting.. works sweet...BUT...

Had to add the longer arm on the ball and ramp assembly, as well as a small lever type pulley to gain some mechanical advantage to work the clutch.... It all works great, but going to a kick start and losing the extended arm in the ramp assembly, well, I would have to spend a winter using my left hand more on those cold nights to be able to shift the thing.....

Since I seen the article, I see I found a guy with some experience with the F5K kit... so what do ya think?

--Gary Wyness

The F5K uses special ball and ramps. They are un like H-D in that instead of the coupler, there is a ferrule that goes on the end of the cable instead of the H-D coupler. Therefore, there is no room to extend the length of the ball ramp.

We do offer a Hydraulic F5K kit if that is any help.

--James Simonelli

Baker Drivetrain


IOWA JEWELER OFFERS FREE RIFLES WITH RINGS-- Have you spent your life hunting for the perfect wife? Maybe you have met the one but are feeling gun shy? An Iowa jeweler is offering free rifles for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1,999 on an engagement ring at his store near Iowa City.

Jeweler Harold van Beek told KCRG near Cedar Rapids that he wanted to “do something for the boy who doesn’t like to hunt for diamonds but likes to hunt for deer.” The deal at Jewelry By Harold in North Liberty starts Thursday and will run through the end of October. The rifle offer is subject to Iowa laws on gun ownership. Those barred include felons and addicts.

--from John Herlihy


INDUSTRY UPDATE FROM AEROMACH—I’m monitoring industry trends.

--Paul Aiken

RIDE AND GONE TO HEAVEN DEAL OF THE WEEK--Imagine you lived in Huntington Beach California; Right across from the Pacific Ocean and had a pool and Jacuzzi. Imagine 360 days of perfect ocean beach fair weather riding down PCH and the spectacular mountains of So Cal.

And imagine this biker friendly three bedroom two bath home cost only $59,500. This fantasy is a reality. It’s in an awesome mobile home community Huntington by the Sea.

This place has a freakin’ fire place and a carport big enough for two cars and four bikes. At this price you can have your cake and eat it too with enough dough left to buy that 2013 Harley Ultra Classic CVO! (Motorcycle price starts at $37,500.00)

Email or call 818-625-6540 


WOMEN RIDERS NOW SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH--  Every year motorcycle-focused companies step forward to do their part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Now it's your turn! A portion of the sales from these items will go toward the cause. Check them out, plus find out how to enter the WRN Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway.

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COMING TO BIKERNET TRIKES--This aint your daddy’s Trike… The faring started life as a Harley Road Glide, toss in 1967 327 Corvette engine Edlebrock heads with dual Webber carbs and a 2- speed powerglide tranny linked to a Toyota truck rear end and you got one motha Triker. Full Story coming to Bikernet Trikes soon!

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Best wishes, hopes and prayers to you and your Ex-wife.

I visit your site quite often, keep up the good work. All good stuff.


Galen Schlagel
Lemon Grove, CA
Friday, October 19, 2012
Editor Response Thanks Galen. Say a prayer for Laurie, will ya. She needs all the help she can get. Never smoked a day in her life, and never drank.

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