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Hurricane Season Bikernet Weekly News for September 21, 2017

With news from news from Elio Motors, MRF, VVMC, MCQUISTON’S CUSTOM CYCLES, AMA, Harley-Davidson, AdventureMax, Asylum, NTSB, Kawasaki, TRAILBLAZERS, Cycle Source,

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Ujjwal Dey, Paul, Markus Cuff, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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I want to remind everyone to reach out to friends
, relatives, brothers and sisters and agencies to help folks in weather-torn areas. Don’t kick it around. Get it done.

Speaking of getting it done. Some folks love to get shit done no matter what it is, from mowing the lawn to building a new bike. They stay focused through the obstacles, the financial hurtles, the bad weather, whatever. That’s an aspect government agencies seem to miss.

No matter what obstacles they put in our way, we will still build. We’ve always been outlaws living on the fringe, fighting for the freedom to ride and for open roads and trails.

Let’s hit the news:

Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

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 and, Sturgis Museum.

Biketoberfest 25th Chrome Anniversary October 19-22 is on!

Two weeks after Hurricane Irma worked its way up the center of the state of Florida, the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) says the area’s tourism industry is recovering swiftly.

“Tourism is a significant economic engine in Volusia County,” said CVB Executive Director Lori Campbell Baker. “While local government, residents and businesses are working together to complete storm-related repairs, we know people plan their travel in advance so we are working to get the message out that our coast is clear and the majority of the area’s hotels, restaurants and attractions are ready to welcome visitors.”

Visitors spent $6 billion dollars in Volusia County last year, generating 42,000 jobs and a payroll of $550 million, overall. “Forty percent of 2016 local sales tax revenue was paid by visitors,” said Campbell Baker.

Major festivals and events in October are on, including the Daytona Blues Festival, LPGA Symetra Tour Championship and Biketoberfest, the area’s largest fall festival.

Biketoberfest is on, pass it on!

“Biketoberfest alone generates an economic impact of more than $40 million. The event will pump much-needed revenues into our local businesses,” said Campbell Baker. “We want to assure rally-goers, some who have attended every year, we absolutely will be ready to celebrate the 25th Chrome Anniversary of Biketoberfest October 19-22. Biketoberfest is on, pass it along!”

Campbell Baker explains the motorcycle rally’s core audience has grown over the years to include more women riders, international visitors, sports bike enthusiasts and younger riders who are drawn to the rally’s signature racing events at Daytona International Speedway.

Joining Chrome sponsor GEICO Motorcycle this year are: Leather sponsor Lawlor & Associates, promotional sponsor Daytona Beach Racing & Card Club; and WHOG-FM The Hog 95.7, the official radio station of Biketoberfest.

Official Kick Off at Daytona International Speedway

Biketoberfest officially kicks off with a press conference Thursday, October 19, at 10 a.m. at Daytona International Speedway. The event is open to the public. Held on the Harley-Davidson Thunder Alley Stage next to the FPL Solar Pavilion in the Midway, this fan-friendly area is also a major hub of Biketoberfest activity.

The rally tradition will continue along Main Street, Riverfront Park and Midtown in Daytona Beach, as well as at Destination Daytona and U.S. Hwy 1 in Ormond Beach, and throughout Volusia County in nearby New Smyrna Beach and DeLand.

At the Official Biketoberfest Welcome Center on Beach Street, staff will be handing out free (while supplies last) 25th Anniversary collectible Official Biketoberfest posters, pocket guides and pins, and encouraging visitors to mark their home town on world maps. To pre-register for a 25th Anniversary pin, visit

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This is just a random pick. Edited photos in a few days.

The builder, Deny, is the master finalizing the paint for the Bikernet Panhead. Bandit may have his paint this week.

--Peter Linney
Feature Bike and Model Photographer

Just waiting on JIMS pushrods and the engine will be complete at Bennett’s Performance in Long Beach. Exciting.



BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
RELIEF SUNDAY POST for September 17, 2017

Good Post - Suggest keep sharing info on EPA and NHTSA They have been Bad To Motorcycles For A Long Time.

Should be letting people know to contact and Join Bikers For Trump and the comment to them what we want changed.

-- Rogue

Supreme Editor
Bikernet Baggers
Melbourne, FL


There are many online forums and communities dedicated to discovering the scam behind Elio Motors continuous postponement of production and lack of finances to produce it.


Or just Google the term "Is Elio for real" and read the search results.

Caveat Emptor - buyer beware.
--Ujjwal Dey
Grand Emperor Editor
Bikernet Trikes

EXECUTIVE & REGULATORY UPDATES – New Leadership at the FHWA, Updated Guidelines on Autonomous Vehicles & NHTSA (finally) Responds to the Tesla Crash

After months of speculation of who would head the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), President Trump nominated Paul Trombino to take the helm.

The name may be familiar to some of you - Trombino is the former President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as well as vice-chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Executive Committee. He also headed up the Iowa DoT from 2011-2016.

Personally, I don’t know him, but my guess is one of our well-connected Iowa members might? If you know Paul and have a friendly relationship with him, definitely let me know. It will be a critical connection to have over the next 4 years – especially as the FHWA is the Agency that deals with many of our riding issues.

One of the major ones? The Motorcyclist Advisory Council or MAC. You remember the MAC, don’t you? That little council that was supposed to be advise the Secretary of Transportation on issues that affect riders? The one that THEY NEGELECTED TO ACTUALLY INCLUDE MOTORCYCLISTS ON? Yeah. That’s the one. Hence why we need the connection to Paul. Know him?

Motorcycle Riders Foundation


Want to win a trip to Washington, DC to attend next year’s Bikers Inside the Beltway?

This week, participants at Meeting of the Minds will have their chance at winning a trip by entering the Bikers Inside the Beltway Sweepstakes which benefits the MRF Political Action Committee (MRFPAC). Not going to Meeting of the Minds? NO PROBLEM! You can get in on the action right from your own home!


Mail in your entry which must include the following info: NAME, ADDRESS, EMAIL/PHONE, OCCUPATION & EMPLOYER and AFFIRMATION you are a U.S. Citizen.
Suggested contribution: $20 for one entry, $40 for 3 entries
Address your entry to the MRF PAC – 2221 S Clark St, Arlington, VA 22202
Entries MUST be postmarked by next Monday, September 25, 2017. We’ll make sure you are entered and notify you if you win!


Raffle drawing will take place on October 1st. The winner will be notified on or around October 1. You need not be present to win.


$200 Gas Card
TWO Nights of Lodging during Bikers Inside the Beltway 2018
Private VIP Tour of Washington, DC
Dinner with MRF Leadership
Only current MRF members can participate. See the flyer for more details!

Please note that this email solicitation is intended for the individual member of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation to whom it is originally addressed. To avoid violating U.S. campaign finance laws, do not forward/share this email solicitation with others.


Paulette Korte Lenny Holcomb Jim “Legs” Korte Megan Ekstrom
Treasurer, MRF PAC Asst Treasurer, MRF PAC MRF PAC Chairman VP, Government Affairs

Official Rules:


Open to current members of the MRF in good standing and legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Sweepstakes ends on September 24, 2017. For a copy of the full official rules, contact Megan Ekstrom by the MRF PAC Committee – 2221 S. Clark Street, Arlington, VA 22202

+Federal Election Law requires the MRFPAC to report the name, mailing address, occupation, and employer for each individual whose contributions aggregate in excess of $200 in a calendar year
+Contributions or gifts to MRFPAC are not tax deductible
+Federal regulations prohibit political action committees from accepting donations from corporations, labor organizations, foreign nationals and government contractors (2 USC Chapter 14, Sections 441b – 441f).

Hey Bandit...we're so happy you're publishing Paul's
VVMC story. Sorry you didn't win the Raffle Bike, but there's always next year.

--Nana and Melisa

What a classic. I’m glad a young rider won it.--Bandit

We are just about to feature Ryan McQuiston’s 45 Magnum with a K-model top end. He’s really stepped up his game.

But this is more his west-side Long Beach style.


Court Rules Against EPA and more Ethanol a Possibility.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been setting its annual ethanol mandates for the nation’s fuel supply using a faulty interpretation of the law that created the Renewable Fuel Standard, according to a July ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

“We are reviewing the petition and will take appropriate action as needed,” an EPA spokesperson said.

The ruling could result in even more ethanol being blended into U.S. gasoline supplies.

The AMA opposes any increase in the Renewable Volume Obligations under the RFS and would prefer a much larger reduction because higher ethanol mandates force greater amounts of high-ethanol fuel, such as E15, into the marketplace. E15 fuel is a blend of 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent increase in ethanol over the common E10 blend most Americans currently use in their vehicles.

None of the estimated 22 million motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles in the United States are approved by the EPA to operate on ethanol blends higher than 10 percent. Using higher-ethanol blends in those vehicles is illegal and may cause engine and fuel system damage and void the manufacturer’s warranty.

The AMA is also concerned that the increased reliance on corn ethanol could further reduce the amount of Eo fuel available, which is needed for older and vintage motorcycles.



If poison expires, is it more poisonous or is it no longer poisonous?

--from Dr. Rogue and his assistant Nurse Sidehack Jerry
Bikernet Medical Center

Two young boys walked into a pharmacy one day, picked out a box of tampons and proceeded to the checkout counter.

The pharmacist at the counter asked the older boy, "Son, how old are you?”

“Eight”, the boy replied.

The man continued, “Do you know what these are used for?”

The boy replied, “Not exactly, but they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four."

"Oh, really?" the pharmacist replied with a grin.

"Yes." the boy said. "We saw on TV that if you use these, you would be able to swim, play tennis and ride a bike. Right now, he can't do none of that.”

--from Rogue and Sidehack Jerry


San Antonio (September 20, 2017): Today at Cowboy’s Alamo City Harley-Davidson in San Antonio, retired Air Force medic, Lisa Benjamin, was honored with a Harley-Davidson Model Year 2018 Street Glide Special powered by the new Milwaukee Eight Engine. The surprise moment was part of MISSION: "THANK YOU" – a cross-country tour led by Adam Sandoval to celebrate the men and women who have dedicated their lives to protecting our freedom.

Lisa Benjamin enlisted after the 9/11 attacks and served as an Aeromedical Evacuation Medic in the Air Force. She was deployed in Iraq in 2003 – before she was even truly eligible to deploy she was sent as a replacement for an injured crew member where after only six months of training she stepped up and excelled. Serving more than eight years, she deployed to Iraq, Germany and flew rescue missions when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

Every American can nominate a military member - past or present - who has dedicated their life to protecting our freedom by submitting their story of sacrifice, strength and courage of service at

Read the whole story on Bikernet in the Women’s Department.


Winter and the severe weather that comes along with it will be here before you know and it is reported that every year over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually. In situations like these it can be critical to have a charged phone on hand to make emergency phone calls for help.

The AdventureMax from myCharge can make sure you have the ability to call for help by providing 6x extra battery life for your phone and can maintain battery power for up to one year. The charger features two USB ports and is encased inside an insulated and ruggedized exterior case that protects from extreme weather temperatures.


Thought you might get a kick out of this little small job. I re-created the backrest for this chopper restoration.

The original had been cut down and modified a few years ago and the guy wanted it to look just like how his Dad built it back in the late ‘60s. It’s a cool memorial project to say the least and as usual there was a twist to it.

I actually worked at the shop that modified the original backrest, didn’t work on it myself but I do remember it coming through and even met the original builder at the time.

Lucky Devil Metal Works
Houston, Texas


I wanted to write the Week Magazine about a couple of topics, but when I scrolled through their web site the negativity hit me hard. Why bother, they were heading down the wrong path.

Their last editorial cried global warming again. We wouldn't be here at all if it wasn't for Climate Change. If we tortured every American citizen, cut the number of cars they own, sent agents to destroy their barbecues, what about the rest of the world. The climate will change whether we like it or not. Plant more trees, goddamnit.

So, what about the real issue: Population growth and infrastructure. I find it humorous, all this talk about climate and three automakers are claiming a 44 percent production and sales increase. Where will they drive? The freeways are jammed. How is the population doing?

Is there a way?

From the Wall Street Journal: The chairman and chief executive of the Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi alliance is pushing ambitios targets for the auto makers in an effort to leapfrog Silicon Valley and swipe market share, even as some of his biggest rivals look to scale back. But this guy claims a 44 percent sales growth over the next couple of years.

I want to move to South Dakota or Wyoming where a brother can ride free.


Lucky bastards.

The raffle sales proceeds go toward the rally expenses and also to this year’s charity, the Ride for Children’s Pediatric Brain Tumor foundation. On the big day, the ticket was drawn with entries from all over the U.S. and several other countries. The lucky winner turned out to be an L.A. area resident, Tom Woods who added even more luster to the tale of the El Dorado. It seems there really is gold in them thar Venice hills.

Tom and his 11-year son Will both greatly enjoy dirt bike riding and when hearing about the VVMC event wanted to check out the classic machines so hopped on their bicycles, yes bicycles, and rode to the Venice event in progress.

They ambled around the bikes on displays and in the process Tom decided to buy a raffle ticket to support the event’s charity, then he and Will popped back on their bicycles and rode home where a couple hours later Tom got a phone announcing his winning raffle number, and then returned to the event to claim his gold.

Says Tom, “It was definitely a Wow! moment for both myself and my son. And then we thought about it for awhile and decided what we wanted to do was put the bike up for sale or auction where all the money raised would go to the VVMC’s charity, the Children’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Now we're trying to garner some interest from a celebrity or organization where we can make the sale or auction happen. Any help appreciated and if anyone wants to help make it happen please contact the VVMC.”

Talk about a story with a silver, make that golden lining, looks like the raffle bike was won by just the right people. If you’ve got an interest in the benefit project contact the VVMC via

--Paul Garson

Just back from the greek islands of Rhodes and Tilos, time for some CA and AZ soul.

Fly in the 4th stay Laguna Beach four nights and San Marcos four. Is Barry Cooney still living Escondido area?

The 7th Cal-Jam in San Berdoo no Las Vegas

Might have a couple of Indians to ride, will know next week.

Friday the 13th... I will go east, stay the night Gila Bend then to Cottonwood-Cottonville (not Spearfish..) for the run CORN FREE, yes a blink to Born Free I guess.

Plan to pay respect to you Sir the 17th, look at the mural and some evaluation of the Custom world!

Heading back the 18th in the PM

CHRIS Retired Swedish Army

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