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Celebrations in Milwaukee for H-D 110th Anniversary this weekend.

by Bandit, bad Uncle Monkey, Katie Pavlich, Mike Hupy, Marcus Cuff, and the very hard working Bikernet Staff.

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Never a dull moment.
Gary, the Bikernet Triking Viking is testing a bicycle ordinance in Long Beach. Could be dangerous. Ray is enjoying his final day on the salt. I’m headed to Milwaukee and Red’s Construction is working on the front of our building.

We are working on techs with JIMS, S&S, Rivera-Primo, and Samson Exhaust. I better hit the news, pack my shit and hit the road.

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National Packard Museum, members of Ohio antique motorcycle community receive Antique Motorcycle Foundation’s highest award-- The Antique Motorcycle Foundation has conferred on the National Packard Museum and a number of antique motorcycle enthusiasts and organizations in Ohio its highest award, the AMF Award for Excellence.

The Award has been given only once before, in 2011 to Motorcycle Cannonball, Inc.
Thirteen years ago, the National Packard Museum was considering closing its doors for reduced winter hours due to a lack of visitation. Then arrived local antique motorcycle enthusiasts Bruce Williams and Daryl Timko with the idea of an annual motorcycle exhibit. Once announced, the project received enthusiastic support from other local motorcyclists as well as members of the Lake Erie Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America.

Not only has the popularity of this exhibit helped keep the museum open, but money and attendance it has generated has allowed the museum to expand by more than doubling its space.

Wanda Winger, Antique Motorcycle Foundation Treasurer, who presented the award, said, “The Board of the Foundation feels that one of the most effective ways to reach the American public with the great story of antique motorcycle history, restoration, and preservation is through exhibits in major museums. We believe there is no better proof of this than the popularity of the Packard Museum’s annual exhibit. It stands as a model of success for antique motorcycle enthusiasts and clubs everywhere.”

Fred Davis, President of the Lake Erie Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America, received the award on behalf of all of the enthusiasts who have made the project a success. The crystal award will be placed on display at the National Packard Museum.

Winger added, “I would note that this is the second major award the Packard motorcycle exhibit and its creators have received this year. Last March, they were recognized with the Award of Excellence by the National Association of Automobile Museums.”

The Antique Motorcycle Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Its mission is to support the collection and preservation of antique motorcycles and motorcycle history, and to tell the story of antique motorcycling to the public at large.

For more information about the AMF's mission and programs, go to

NEW YORK TIMES-- Burden More Gun Buyers with "Woefully Flawed" FBI Checks
In a scathing editorial published August 18, titled, A Flawed Background-Check System, the New York Times takes to task the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the detrimental effect the agency’s inability to conduct accurate checks has had on job seekers.

The Times notes that “F.B.I. background checks are widely viewed as the gold standards but are in fact woefully flawed, often based on fallible and incomplete data.” Of particular concern to the editorial board are inaccurate or incomplete records of those who were arrested, but not convicted, or those who had their cases dismissed or expunged. The Times cites “examples of workers who were either turned away from jobs or fired based on faulty F.B.I. background information,” and contends that the system has caused some to be “unfairly locked out of the job market.”

The Times is right to be critical of the FBI’s –apparent inability to conduct accurate or complete background checks, and to defend the civil liberties of those damaged by these inadequacies. However, the Times editorial board had no such qualms about the efficacy of the FBI’s system earlier this year when it lent its full-throated support to legislation that would have expanded background checks for firearm purchasers, further burdening the FBI’s operations.

On April 17, the Times excoriated the Senate for not passing the Manchin-Toomey-Schumer background check expansion amendment in an editorial titled “The Senate Fails Americans.” A week earlier, the Times ran an editorial that complained that the legislation up for debate didn’t go far enough, noting, “Ideally, the Senate would approve a bill to require background checks for all gun sales.” And on March 23, the Times editorial page touted legislation that would “require almost all gun buyers to undergo a background check,” calling it a “vital step.” The Times made no mention of the innocent people such checks would wrongfully snare.

Many gun purchasers are acutely aware of the problems posed by the FBI’s flawed background checks. In a 2011 report on the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the agency admitted, “Some records used to determine if an individual is eligible to possess or receive a firearm are not complete or up-to-date. As a result, eligible firearm transferees may be subject to lengthy delays or receive erroneous denials even after the completion of a successful appeal.” A 2012 NICS operations report showed that 8.5 percent of all FBI NICS checks were delayed for additional review, burdening roughly 1.6 million gun purchasers, only a fraction of whom were later found ineligible. The report also noted that in 2012, over 4,000 wrongful denials were overturned.

Incorrect FBI checks are so cumbersome to some gun buyers that it has led to the creation of the Voluntary Appeal File. Under this program, eligible gun buyers who repeatedly find themselves the subject of NICS delays based on non-disqualifying records can place their names on file, in order to expedite future checks. According to the 2012 report, there are nearly 25,000 individuals so burdened.

The recent editorial’s emphasis on protecting the rights of those simply arrested for, but not convicted of, crimes might also lead one to believe that the Times is a staunch defender of due process. However, in June, a Times editorial argued that those placed on the “terror watch-list” by the same government agency the Times accuses of being unable to conduct a proper background check should be summarily barred from owning guns.

Those on the watch list have not necessarily even met the level of scrutiny required for an arrest.
With the Times recognizing the FBI’s background-check system as “woefully flawed,” it is ironic that the paper would advocate for millions more people to be burdened by it. This latest episode illustrates that the Times is singling out which civil liberties it deems legitimate, and that despite a body of historical evidence and the opinion of the Supreme Court in Heller and McDonald, the individual right to armed self-defense protected by the Second Amendment isn’t one of them.


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Harley group wants U.S. 45 renamed Harley-Davidson Heritage Highway--A group representing Harley-Davidson enthusiasts and business leaders wants to name a portion of U.S. Highway 45 the Harley-Davidson Heritage Highway of Honor.
The name change would apply only to Wisconsin's portion of the 1,300-mile highway that runs from Lake Superior to the Gulf of Mexico.

The ceremonial naming of a U.S. highway within a state requires the approval of the legislature and the governor.

There will be a news conference Friday at 10 a.m. at Hal's Harley-Davidson, in New Berlin, to discuss the efforts.

"This is long overdue," said Tony Sanfelipo, founder of ABATE Wisconsin, a motorcyclist rights organization.

"For 110 years Harley-Davidson has meant the 'open road' to millions of riders, and what better way to salute their contribution to Wisconsin than to name a road in their honor."
--Journal Sentinel on line

--from Mike Hupy



1. a small amount or share. 2. a small allowance or sum, as of money for living expenses. 3. a scanty income or remuneration.
He showed us a perfectly authentic mission-card which certified that his family had received a pittance from some charitable organisation situated in the Whitechapel neighborhood, and that, moreover, they were in the habit of receiving this pittance; and that, finally, their claim to such pittance was amply justified by the poverty of their circumstances.
-- E. E. Cummings, The Enormous Room, 1922
Each daughter can claim an income of 250 pounds, in case of marriage. It is evident, therefore, that if both girls had married, this beauty would have had a mere pittance, while even one of them would cripple him to a very serious extent.
-- Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1892
Pittance shares its root with the word pity. It entered English in the 13th century from the Latin pietatem meaning "piety," "loyalty" and "duty."


Team FTF Cycles/IronWorks Magazine Racing Takes 2-Firsts and 2-Seconds-- Scott Settino and Team FTF Cycles/IronWorks Racing enjoyed another successful weekend at the Loudon Road Race Series this past weekend aboard their 2009 Harley-Davidson XR1200 Sportster. Scott was able to set fastest lap at Sunday’s practice as well as getting a new personal best lap time of 1:20.3.

FTF Cycles shop owner and Crew Chief, Dan Pike stated “Being moved up to amateur, we new we would be facing a more competitive field, but making the decision to go to slicks and make some chassis modifications really seemed to pay off for us.”

On Saturday the team took a 1st place finish in the Formula 50 class and 2nd in the Ultralight Superbike class. Sunday, Scott earned a 2nd place spot in Thunderbike and finished off the weekend with a win, taking a 1st place finish in Lightweight Superbike.

Out of the 16 races the team has participated in this season, they currently have 10 1st place finishes with 5 finishes in 2nd and 1 in 3rd. FTF hopes to continue their success with the help of their many great sponsors; IronWorks Magazine, Amsoil, Brock’s Performance, Darkhorse Crankworks, EBC, Gilles Tooling, K&N, Race Tech, Shorai, Vance & Hines, Vanson Leathers, World Wide Bearings, Zipper’s Performance / ThunderMax, and H&H Graphix.

Team FTF would like to welcome their newest sponsor, Pirtek of Avon, Ma to the line up and they would also like to thank local companies, Advanced Engine and TEC Distributing for their support.

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--from Iron Works Magazine


Saddlemen Seats and Luggage at Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration

Saddlemen is celebrating the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary in the Milwaukee, WI area this weekend.
Saddlemen will be set up with Drag Specialties at Hal’s Harley-Davidson and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson August 28 – September 1.
• Saddlemen will have product specialists on hand at both dealers with a full line of seats and luggage for Harley-Davidson applications.
Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - August 28, 2013 - Saddlemen is headed out to Milwaukee, WI this week for the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration, taking place August 28 – September 1 at Hal’s Harley-Davidson and Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson.

Saddlemen product specialists will be on location at Hal’s Harley-Davidson in New Berlin, WI during the festivities. Stop by the Drag Specialties rig to take a look at some Saddlemen seats and luggage and learn how you can make your Harley more comfortable and more stylish. Get more information including directions and full schedule at

Saddlemen product specialists will also be with Drag Specialties at Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson in Thiensville, WI from Wednesday through Sunday, with a full lineup of seats and luggage for Harley-Davidson models. For directions and more information including Suburban Harley’s full event schedule, visit

Check out for more general information on the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration.
Stop by to find out more about their selection of seats and luggage for Harley-Davidson models, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.


Dead in 5 Heartbeats Coming to a Theater Near You--
Ralph “Sonny” Barger, a founding member of the Oakland chapter of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, recently released a biker film titled Dead in 5 Heartbeats, based on his novel of the same name.
Dead in 5 Heartbeats follows the former president of a fictional motorcycle club called the Infidelz, who is looking to start a new life in Arizona, but is pulled back to his old ways when a firefight erupts between the Infidelz and a rival club.

The film was shot in 24 days entirely on location in Arizona, and features actual motorcycle clubs including Hells Angels, The Hooligans, and Alma and the Rollin’ Knights.

Dead in 5 Heartbeats is currently making its independent theatrical tour around the U.S.

--from Josh and the

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