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The way ahead includes words like relative, technology, Instagram, robots, space, clean
air, energy, fossil fuels and computers. Hell, I almost bought a Samsung watch phone yesterday. I get tired of losing my cell phone or trying to find a pocket for it.

My point is we’re being pushed in many directions and some are for more human benefit, control, money, the planet, you name it, but everything is happening fast, so it makes us shift gears and attempt to keep up. But like the Monk says from the Gray Mountain. Don’t sweat a thing.

Is keeping up good or bad, necessary or evil, competitive or destructive? We will see, very soon… As a brother once told me: Time will tell and shit will smell.

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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 BorntoRide.com, Sturgis Museum.

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AEROMACH RELEASES INDIAN SCOUT DEBRIS SHIELD-- Aeromach USA, LLC, a leading motorcycle parts manufacturer located in Charlotte, N.C., is now shipping its Debris Shield for 2015 and newer Indian Scout motorcycles.

The Debris Shield is laser cut and formed from 1/8-inch thick 5052 grade aluminum plate. The shield is designed to protect the engine oil cooler and oil filter from road debris and damage.

“We got a request from a Scout rider for the shield when his oil cooler was punctured and coolant was leaking out of the bike, making for a dangerous and potentially very expensive situation,” explained Paul Aiken, president of Aeromach.

The item number is CI-1900. Retail price is $45.99 and it can be ordered at many Indian Motorcycle dealers, online at www.ChromeIndian.com, or by calling 800-990-9392.

Aeromach USA LLC

--Paul E. Aiken, 800-990-9392



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SUNDAY POST STAFF COMMENT-- We’re living through strange times. Give me your thoughts on the following. Here’s what the Wayfarer said, “Leave Trump alone. Forget climate change. Just focus on cool builds and new technology. Get the politics out of the coverage on the website. It is like one drop of bacteria that makes the whole bucket of water un-digestable.” --The Wayfarer

He can be a tad harsh, but I got it. Then I received the Bill Bish monthly legislative report. Could we go a month and not fight for freedom and just pretend we live in Disneyland. It’s tough to do, although I suppose some magazines do it. Let me know your thoughts, good or bad.

As motorcyclist we have fought long and hard for our rights and against bad laws and we must continue. That is politics and our readers want that.

I will use Dee’s last article Bikers For Trump 2020 as an example. As of today it has 1,400 Likes. Likes Not Just the amount of people who have visited and or read the article. I do not think there has ever been an article on the site with that much traffic. That is what the readers want.

Can you afford to lose that much traffic I think not. Motorcyclist and other people are tired of what has been going on in government and want changes. When we post an article about what people are working on and what progress is being made, we are doing our job of keeping them informed.

Yes it may be tough and some may offend some, but we will never make all the people happy all the time.

The fact is that we continue what we started many years ago with Easyriders. That is why people come to Bikernet. I think we are Better than many magazines and that is why we continue to get bigger and better than them.

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DESPITE WEATHER, 25th anniversary of Biketoberfest deemed successful--

When Santa Claus idled along Main Street on Sunday in a motorcycle customized with reindeer and a sleigh, Biketoberfest fan Frank Meurch offered grudging approval from his perch in front of Froggy’s Saloon.

“It’s too early for Christmas, but that’s really cool,” said Meurch, a Merritt Island resident who has attended Bike Week and Biketoberfest events for nearly 30 years.

“This is my vacation,” Meurch said. “This is what I do.”

Despite cloudy skies and rain sprinkles, there were still prime opportunities for people-watching and motorcycle envy on Sunday among the hundreds of thousands of bikers preparing to head home on the official closing day of the 25th “Chrome” anniversary edition of Biketoberfest.

You have more to see now,” Meurch said of the array of imaginative custom motorcycles that included Santa’s sleigh. “Things you just don’t expect, now you almost come to expect. A lot of these people create some pretty cool things.”

Meurch and his wife, Nancy, also praised the expansion of some favorite Main Street watering holes that they have noticed over the years.

“All of the outside venues have expanded,” Nancy said. “It keeps growing.”

It’s the second year in a row that Biketoberfest has unfolded in the wake of a hurricane, although Hurricane Irma’s impact on Biketoberfest wasn’t as severe as Hurricane Matthew in 2016, according to many area businesses.

“Our staff in the visitor welcome tent is telling me that it’s been busy throughout the event, with guests from all over the world,” Baker said by email. “I expect to know more by the end of the week regarding how local businesses did and what new concepts we might want to try next time.”

Janet Kersey, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce, also was mingling with bikers this week at the event she helped originate in the early 1990s.

“It certainly looked better than last year,” Kersey said by email. “I believe the crowds were strong, with the main venues doing well. I saw a lot of social media posts and was delighted to hear the feedback. Many times you also heard of multiple return visitors, and what appears to be an uptick among younger riders and fans.”

Not all the reviews were as positive.

At Daytona Bikers Wear, a temporary shop on Main Street selling T-shirts, helmets, leather jackets and bags during the event, business was “a little under” expectations, said Junaid Tahir, assistant manager.

“The rain definitely slowed it down a little,” Tahir said.

Across the street, the cloudy day made it tougher to sell sunglasses at the tent operated by Inferno USA Eyewear, where business was off 80 percent compared with previous events, according to vendor Charles Stockton.

“This is one of the slowest Biketoberfests I have seen since I’ve been doing this, about 15 years,” Stockton said. “The crowd was down and people weren’t buying stuff. I don’t know if it’s because of the hurricane or what, because out at Destination Daytona (in Ormond Beach) we did really well.”

In Riverfront Park, along Beach Street, this year’s rally was an improvement over the 2016 edition that unfolded against a backdrop of debris and street closures caused by Hurricane Matthew, said Brian Holt, president of Biker Threads, the company that rents the park for vendors during the event.

“I would say this year was slightly better than last year,” Holt said. “I’m sure the hurricane affected a lot of people that would have come up for the rally from South Florida. All in all, we were very pleased to be able to have a rally, number one, under the circumstances, and I would say the vendors were pleased with the attendance.”

On Sunday, Miami resident Charley Belzaguy and a friend left South Florida at 5 a.m. to spend the afternoon watching motorcycles on Main Street from an outdoor table at the Lucky Rooster. Although both men are bikers, they made this year’s marathon day-trip by car, Belzaguy said.

“We just came to hang out for the day,” Belzaguy said. “Get out of the house; do something different. We’ve been coming to Bike Week for years, so we just wanted to be out here to watch the people and look at the bikes.”

On Main Street, meanwhile, the vibe remained festive on Sunday, despite the rain.

“We’re going to leave sometime tomorrow,” said Frank Meurch, the Merritt Island biker. “By then, the crowds will all be gone, so it’s kind of bittersweet. Back to reality.”

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Motonation, Malaysia, to host an AMD World Championship Affiliate Custom Bike Show--
The latest show to join the line-up of AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building affiliates is Motonation, being staged at the PICC (Putrajaya International Convention Centre) in Malaysia, December 1 – 3, 2017.

One of the biggest events in South East Asia, Motonation is an automotive and lifestyle celebration, and this year features an AMD World Championship affiliate custom bike show for the first time, with the winner receiving travel and bike freight expenses to compete at the 2018 AMD World Championship at ‘INTERMOT Customized’, Cologne, Germany, in October.

The show is open to competitors from throughout the region, and AMD will be there to supervise the judging.

--Robin Bradley
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NEW FROM BARNETT, Low Profile Lock-Up Pressure Plate Conversion Kit --

1998-17 H-D Big Twins (except 2013-17 CVO/SE & 2015-16 FLHTC L)

The Barnett “Low Profile” Lock-up Pressure Plate Conversion Kit for 1998-17 Harley Davidson Big Twins (except 2013-17 CVO/SE & 2015-16 FLHTC L) is specifically designed to fit under stock or aftermarket primary and derby covers and increases the capacity of your stock clutch while keeping lever effort to a minimum- even with big inch motors!

It’s done by using stainless steel weighted arms that progressively increase pressure to the clutch as RPM’s increase. Three different sets of six coil springs (light, medium, heavy) are included for a variety of spring pressure options.

The coil spring design also provides smoother shifting and a more linear engagement compared to a diaphragm type spring. Installation is bolt on with no modifications required.

Whether you’re looking for a lighter clutch effort for a stock Big Twin or serious no-slip performance for a big inch motor, the Barnett Low Profile Lock-up Pressure Plate has got you covered all in one attractive, precision machined unit! Cable actuated and hydraulic versions are available. Made in the USA.

Part #618-30-23098 (cable)
Part #618-30-33098 (Hydraulic)


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I guess by society standards once we are set apart as outlaws, it also follows our kids around too. You ride a outlaw looking Harley (Apehangers , fishtails , sissybar or chopper) you are passed judgment upon by society .

We can get use to it. We choose that title. Our kids are a different thing though . They don't have the choice yet. Their peers, parents and society choose for them. This may seem like outhouse philosophy. but it is what I believe to be true.

It doesn't matter how many people you help along the way. You go from outlaw to a teacher, coach or a professional, it still follows. I guess the phrase is right, The sins of the father is passed down to the child. Once an outlaw always an outlaw.

I have choose my lifestyle and no complaints but it sucks for our kids sometimes.

-- Gearhead

MANSLAUGHTER: Man Gets 13 Years in Prison for Killing a Biker on the Road

Daniel Patrick Jones (Photo: Taylor County Jail/Abilene Reporter News)

A jury from Taylor County sentenced Daniel Jones to 13 years in prison for killing Robert Harrington in 2014.

It took the jury an hour and a half to come to this sentence.

Jones drove the Nissan Rogue that hit and killed Harrington who was riding a motorcycle on Interstate 20. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Harrington was only 48 years old.

Harrington and Jones were roommates and lived together on Texas Avenue briefly. Other two roommates of both men testified that there was a lot of bad blood between them, thus it’s very unlikely that this was an accident, but in fact a murder.

Although a witness originally told the police he saw Harrington driving in front of Jones’ vehicle and hit the brakes, causing his own death, police officer Tyson Kropps testified he did not believe this allegation, based on Harrington’s years of training and riding motorcycles.

--Abilene Reporter News reports.


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Indian Motorcycle unit retail sales up +16 percent in Q3

Polaris Industries Inc. has reported third quarter 2017 sales of $1,478.7 million, up +25 percent from $1,185.1 million for the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted sales, which excludes the impact from Victory Motorcycles net sales for the third quarter of 2017, were $1,480.3 million for the 2017 third quarter, up +25 percent.

Scott Wine, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Polaris Industries, said: “Our emphatic return to profitable growth in the third quarter was a testament to the power of the Polaris brand, the strength of our dealer network and the competitive drive of the Polaris team. During the quarter, strong retail growth in both North America and nearly all of our international markets drove record sales and highlighted our ongoing product innovation, improving product quality and sharpened execution.

“We delivered North American unit retail sales growth of +13 percent and overall company sales growth of +25 percent, about half of which was organic, while lowering North American dealer inventory seven percent year-over-year. Results were strong throughout our portfolio, led by Indian Motorcycles’ exceptional performance as they accelerated share gains and outpaced a declining North American motorcycle market, while also delivering strong growth in Europe, Australia and Asia.

“I am particularly proud of the improved performance from our Off-Road Vehicle business, which was fueled by a well-planned and executed factory authorized clearance sale and the strong reception of our model year 2018 introductions. Encouragingly, RZR retail sales were especially strong in the quarter, and we had our best ATV retail quarter in two years.

“Most importantly, strong total company sales growth translated to bottom-line improvement. Despite higher than expected costs for warranty and re-work and complications from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we delivered significant operating profit growth and earnings per share expansion for the quarter,” said Wine.

Motorcycle segment sales, including PG&A, totaled $155.1 million, a decrease of -14 percent compared to $181.2 million reported in the third quarter of 2016, which included $39.4 million of Victory Motorcycle wholegood, accessory and apparel sales. Indian motorcycle wholegood sales increased in the low twenty percent range in the third quarter driven by new product introductions and improving brand awareness.

This increase somewhat offset lower Slingshot sales. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2017 was $10.4 million compared to $20.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. Adjusted for the Victory Motorcycles wind-down costs of $7.6 million, motorcycle gross profit was $17.9 million, down from the third quarter last year due primarily to lower Slingshot volume.

Gross profit increased 40 percent to $364.0 million for the third quarter of 2017 from $260.8 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Operating expenses increased 19 percent for the third quarter of 2017 to $265.2 million from $222.6 million in the same period in 2016, which included $1.3 million in Victory wind-down costs and $3.5 million of TAP integration expenses. Excluding these costs, operating expenses increased primarily due to the addition of operating expenses from TAP, as well as increased research and development expenses and increased selling and marketing costs related to the introduction of new products, offset somewhat by lower legal related expenses.

The company reported third quarter 2017 net income of $81.9 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, compared with net income of $32.3 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the 2016 third quarter.

During the third quarter of 2017, the company repurchased and retired 257,000 shares of its common stock for $23.3 million. Year-to-date through September 30, 2017, the company has repurchased and retired 1,015,000 shares of its common stock for $88.9 million. As of September 30, 2017, the company has authorization from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to an additional 6.4 million shares of Polaris common stock.

Cafe Racers will be one of the featured classes in 2018 (Credit: Paolo Rosas Photography)
Cafe Racers will be one of the featured classes in 2018 (Credit: Paolo Rosas Photography)

Tickets Now on Sale for 2018 The Quail Motorcycle Gathering

Carmel, Calif. - October 26, 2017 - Tickets are now on sale for the 10th Anniversary of The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, presented by GEICO Motorcycle. Set for Saturday, May 5, 2018 at Quail Lodge & Golf Club, this celebration of all things motorcycling will feature an expansive selection of the finest and rarest vintage, modern and custom motorcycles.

Tickets are now on sale at www.quaillodgetickets.com, and if you purchase by December 31, 2017 using promo code QL18HOLIDAY you can receive $10 off of all tickets! Continuing this year is the Quail VIP ticket, which includes special parking, early access, hosted bar, gourmet small bites, and private lounge seating with prime viewing of all stage activities. Quail VIP tickets are limited in availability, so don’t wait to get the ultimate experience!

The weekend’s activities kick off on Friday, May 4th as 100 motorcyclists weave their way throughout the Monterey Peninsula on the SOLD OUT event The Quail Ride.

Then on Saturday, May 5th, attendees will gather on the Quail Lodge lawn for the 10th Annual The Quail Motorcycle Gathering. Those interested in displaying a motorcycle on the lawn should fill out the application form HERE. This year’s featured classes include: Cafe Racers, Electric Motorcycles, and the Arlen Ness Private Collection.

A limited number of rooms are available at Quail Lodge and are expected to book quickly. Rooms and rates are based on availability at the time of booking and cannot be guaranteed, and a two-night minimum stay is required. For more information and to make your reservation visit quaillodge.com. Please use the GROUP CODE: 69498 to book your room.

Companies interested in event sponsorship or advertising in The Quail Motorcycle Gathering 2018 Program should contact April Morris, Sponsorship Sales & Logistics Manager by phone at 1 (831) 620-8835 or by email at aprilmorris@quaillodge.com.

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Very creative exhaust system on the Pan.

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