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Life is Amazing, but a lot of Events are Cancelled

By Bandit, Wayfarer, Rogue, Barry Green, El Waggs, Bob T., Laura, the Redhead, Sam Burns, A.J., The Sheriff, Dan Leadbetter and the rest of the gang

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Is life wonderful or not.
As we roll into May, more bored folks are coming up with wild conspiracy theories regarding the Covid attack, from political twists to Chinese takeovers.

I’m too busy repairing the Salt Torpedo, working on the expanding headquarters in Deadwood, building Dr. Hamster’s Pandemic Panhead and hammering away on the second chapter of my third Chance Hogan book. A friend from Simon and Shusters recommended, years ago, that I write a series. I spoke to the recently passed, Clive Cussler, from Phoenix, who wrote one series after another. He agreed.

I can’t wait to start sharing these chapters with you, hopefully next week, for your input. I’m writing this scene that involves a beautiful woman. I could spend weeks describing her, from the tip of her delicate toes to the brilliant sparkle in her eyes.
Just be thankful for what you got--William De Vaughn 

See, life is amazing from the plants blooming in the Bikernet patio, to the lines on Christian’s bike, to the scalloped paint job Deny 925 is creating, to another magnificent sunset over the harbor and the thoughts of building another shop in Deadwood surrounded by rolling pine covered hills.

We will deal with this punk virus and keep riding towards the light. It’s an interesting news, hang on.

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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 the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.

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WINDVEST IS BACK--Harley Davidson Sport Glide Replacement Windshield

WindVest offers a variety of sizes of our WindVest Windshields for the 2018-present HD Sport Glide. They are designed with our unique flip at the top of the windshield, which gives the screen the ability to work taller than what it is.

This will give the rider the advantage of looking over the windshield and not through it. We use a high impact Acrylic/GE Plexiglass with all of our products.

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BIKERNET STIMULUS PACKAGE—Advertising is cheap on Bikernet, but with Covid haunting the world, we’re going to make it cheaper. We are dropping our inexpensive rate by about 15 percent. Hope it helps.

Just reach out to us and we’ll explain.


POLITICAL PREDICTION—What if the President saved millions of lives, ended all the wars in the middle east, made us all rich, fixed immigration in the country, lowered crime, fixed the infrastructure for a growing population and fixed all the deals with other countries to have them pay their fair share?

The democrats would still say he didn’t do it soon enough, so he failed. Oops.


NEW FROM BDL--Enclosed conversion for early Tapered and Splined shaft kicker models

BDL’s enclosed drive part #61-39-SK-2 is designed specifically for fitment to 1955-1964 H-D Big Twins. The “S” in SK stands for splined engine shaft and the “K” stands for Kick start only. This is an 8mm belt, enclosed primary drive kit that accepts the OEM clutch hub most commonly known as the 3 finger hub.

The 61-39 indicates sprocket tooth count, 39 front and 61 rear. These two pulleys are the smallest BDL makes for the early model bikes in 8mm. The kit will work on several other splined shaft kick start models.

Call for details.

BDL also offers this conversion for tapered shaft models 1936-1954. The tapered shaft kit part number is 61-39-TK-1. Both kits run just $381.50 and can be ordered direct from BDL and BDL dealers worldwide. Phone 714-693-1313 ext 232 or 227


[ ahy-luhm ]

the hypothetical initial substance of the universe from which all matter is derived.

Today's word was submitted by one of our readers as part of our Word of the Day Giveaway Sweepstakes! The winner, Matthew Winter, told us: "It makes me think about how everything is connected. All living and inanimate things originate from the same source; we are all ylem." Congrats, Matthew!

The modern definition of ylem is “the hypothetical initial substance of the universe from which all matter is derived, originally conceived as composed of neutrons at high temperature and density.” The spelling of ylem comes from John Gower’s 33,000-line poem Confessio Amantis (A Lover’s Confession) finished in 1390: “That matere universall / Which hight Ylem in speciall” (“That universal matter which is called Ylem in particular”). Gower’s ylem is one of several Middle English spellings (also ile, ilem, ylem) from Medieval Latin hy¯lem or y¯lem, the accusative singular of hy¯le or y¯le, from Greek hy¯´le “forest, woodland, wood, firewood”; Aristotle uses the phrase pr?te hy¯´le “primary stuff, matter, material.”

In 1948 Robert Herman and Ralph Asher Alpher, associates of Russia-born U.S. nuclear physicist George Gamow, adopted the medieval word because, as Alpher said,” it seems highly desirable that a word of so appropriate a meaning be resurrected.”


One can call the mixture of particles ylem ( pronounced eelem ) -the name that Aristotle gave to primordial matter.


The Ylem is the primordial—the Ur-stuff—out of which everything else is made.


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Received the Hal Robinson T-shirts and the mug print, the latter of which was unexpected and appreciated.

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Click to grab a copy.

But I really wanted to thank you for the novel. I’m enjoying it immensely. I can’t believe I’d never run across it before, but it comes to me now at the perfect time in my life.

Also, If you ever find the Miraculous Mutha stickers I’d like to buy several.

--Dave Lierz
Monroe, NC
I'm still looking. The bastards are in the shop.--Bandit 

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Click for Leathers and More.

NEW AMCA ISSUE AVAILABLE-- The current issue is in the mail now. If you are still awaiting the mail man and have not yet received your copy in the mail, you JOIN and then slip over to the AMCA site to see exactly the same magazine, containing every page, every story and every ad, from your desktop computer, your laptop, your tablet or even your phone!

If you're a New Member or a recently renewed member whose membership expired before April 1st, your first (next) printed issue will be the following issue but please enjoy this digital issue this month.

For those in the U.S. you will receive your printed copy within days, or may have already received it. Members in Canada and Mexico in a week or so and overseas in several weeks. That's the main reason for this email. Regardless of your postal worker's speed, everyone gets this version at the same time.

The digital edition is an invaluable tool for members who want to find a story from an old magazine. As new magazines are posted, we are building up an archive of past issues you can refer to anytime, without fumbling through that stack of printed magazines in the corner of your shop.

All you'll need to take advantage of this wonderful benefit is login at our website and start reading.

In the May/June issue, you'll get:

— The story of the season-opening Sunshine Chapter National Meet that brought together classic
machines and warm weather in Florida.
— A look at a rare 1912 Pierce Runabout, the lesser-known single-cylinder machine from the pioneer
of American fours.
— A glimpse into the inner workings of the British BSA brand as it tried to reinvent its product lineup
in the face of Japanese competition in the late 1960s.
— Plus much more

So go ahead, join , and experience The Antique Motorcycle Digital Companion Edition.


A WORD FROM THE TEAM AT S&S--We get that a substantial portion of our market is essentially on standby, but for the few guys that are still at it building bikes, we wanted to say a special thank you and flow them a fresh Stealth Air Cleaner kit.

We are insanely thankful and looking forward to a return to riding. ~DZ

Founded in 1958, S&S Cycle has weathered its fair share of storms. With each challenge, we’ve become even more grateful to the shops and riders who’ve continued to support our brand. As our small way of saying thank you, we’d like to offer a Stealth Air Cleaner Kit ($170 value!) for each exhaust purchased between now and May 31st, 2020.

That’s right, buy nearly any S&S Exhaust and we’ll send you a free Stealth air cleaner (good for up to 6Hp!) and some S&S gear as our way of saying thank you for continuing to support us even through difficult times. Offer is good in the US only and requires a receipt to redeem. Take a look at the S&S site for more details and we hope to see you out on the road very soon!

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--

Hey Man, just so you know the Pandemic Poem that was deemed to be written in 1869 was actually written in 2020 by Catherine M. O'Meara.

--Steve Scharrer
Allenton, WI

I don’t get it. Why do people lie. Just tell the true and let it roll. Thanks for the correction. --Bandit

Art by Adam Croft
Art by Adam Croft

Heavy heart and strong spirit of motorcyclism forever. RIP Goodtime Charlie—Adam Croft

Charlie had been out riding with friends and 2 miles from his house he was going around a bad curve and made contact with an oncoming vehicle.

Reports are he died at the scene.

Senior Editor

Our thoughts go out to all the family and friends of former Easyriders staffer Kai Raecke, who passed away April 22 after battling brain cancer.

Due to Covid, only 10 peeps may attend his service, but the family is holding an open memorial ride in Canoga Park, California, on Friday, May 1.

VINTAGE RIDES STAFF INTERVIEW--Cindy, a Vintage Rider turned Office Manager

Age: 32 years old
Born in: Vichy, France
Rider for: 12 years
Lives in: Lyon, France
Vintage Rides favourite trip: On the Trail of Genghis Khan in Mongolia
Nickname in the team: The “Swiss Army knife”

Hey, Cindy, how's it going? Where are you confined right now?

I'm doing pretty good. I'm confined to my house in Mions on the outskirts of Lyon, with my partner and my cat Sic!

What I miss the most is going on motorcycle rides with my friends from the Moto Club association, of which I am a member. To pass the time until my next ride out, I avidly read Road Trip magazine as soon as I receive it. I also watch motorcycle travel videos: those of Vintage Rides of course, but also the adventures of the Viking Adventurer. I'm also watching videos of motorcycle reviews because I want to change mine. It's time to get good information but it's frustrating not to be able to try them out!

You're one of the newest additions to the team. Can you explain what you're doing?

I've been Office Manager for Vintage Rides for five months. My job is to be the Swiss Army knife: a bit of accounting, finance, HR and a bit of legal... I also support the other departments in the company. One of the nicest assignments I've been given is to work with an architect on the plans for our new office in Lyon. I have to make sure that everything is done to make the members of the French team feel comfortable there. It's going to be our new cocoon and we want to be able to welcome our riders there. The work had just started when the confinement was announced, so I hope they will be able to start again soon!

What motivated you to join the team?

I was seduced by the spirit that I first perceived as a rider on what remains the most beautiful journey of my life: the Trans-Himalayan, guided by Josh. Riding on the highest road in the world... What a memory! I was 30 years old and I wanted to make this trip to mark a milestone.

In addition to discovering a culture so far away from ours and grandiose, breathtaking landscapes, the Trans-Himalayan was a true enlightenment. I learned a lot about myself and my limits in terms of motorcycle riding. Before starting this adventure tour, I had no off-road experience, especially on mountainous and winding roads.

Between the complicated and wearing traffic conditions (alternating between asphalt roads, fords, rocky tracks, muddy roads...), the dense traffic where priority is given to the biggest vehicle, and the altitude which, on the 3rd or 4th day, causes unbearable headaches, everything is played out in the mind.

I got a bit scared because I fell during the first days by not going at the right speed in a passage full of mud. But what a satisfaction it is to push your limits and keep moving forward!

At the end of the road trip in Delhi, I met two other people from the team who had come to debrief us at the hotel and they offered me a visit to the office. I loved the atmosphere. That was two years ago and at the time I had no idea I was going to end up applying for a job with Vintage Rides.

At the time, I was working as a lawyer in a very big company with almost 100,000 employees. Even though I didn't understand it at the time, this trip turned me upside down. India made me want to live more simply and do something that makes more sense to me. I made the choice to end my career as a lawyer. I was still following VR's social networks, so when I saw the ad for this job in Lyon I applied right away! I now have a job that I am passionate about and I hope to contribute to make other riders travel and dream.

What kind of rider are you?

I took my license at 20 years old, my father passed down his passion for motorcycling to me. I started riding a Suzuki SV 650 in 2008. I quickly became attached to my bike and I kept it until 2014. Now I have a Triumph Street Triple 675, on which I have ridden more than 40,000 kilometres.

I go out on my bike as often as I can, alone, in pairs or in a group, for short rides of a few hours, over a weekend or for several days. Next to Lyon, we have a lot to choose from. Since 2017, I have been part of a motorcycle club mounted by friends. There’s about thirty of us and we often ride together, we look for nice roads and beautiful landscapes but above all human experiences. Like in this Beaujolais gîte where we spent the evening chatting with the biker owners who share our love of old bikes.

I have already ridden a good part of the French roads (Alps, Corsica, Cevennes, Pyrenees...), and I am starting to tackle Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Spain).

What's your dream bike?

I'm not sure there's only one... I'm just thinking about my next one and the choice is complicated. I'm torn between a bike that's made for adventure, like a trail bike, and a bike that makes me vibrate more, like a coffee racer or a scrambler. I recently tried the new Royal Enfield Continental GT 650, and I have a real crush, but I'm not sure that the café racer style is really suited to my desires.

I also recently rode on a Royal Enfield Bullet that I discovered in India, I was like a kid rediscovering the sensations of travelling.

I also dream of a Voxan Café Racer, for the mythical side of French motorcycling, but here again, it would be more of a collector's bike, more than a bike to carve the road and go on an adventure.

In short, it’s hard to choose!

Do you have an anecdote to share with us about one of your motorcycle trips?

I have dozens of them! Often related to breakdowns, small glitches that can happen and also bad luck with the weather.

For example, with my Moto Club, we went for a weekend ride in Auvergne, in September 2017. We left Lyon in a rainstorm, we rode all Saturday in the rain, on our way to Puy Mary. At the summit, at only 1783 meters altitude, still under waterspouts, it was barely 2 degrees. At that moment, we settled down at a picnic table, still with our equipment, helmets, gloves and rain suits, to take a souvenir photo, laughing all together about the situation and completely forgetting about the cold.

What is your next motorcycle adventure goal?

The next trip that excites me the most is of course a trip with VR to Mongolia! Everybody tells me about it at Vintage and the immense steppes as far as the eye can see call me... Especially after several months of confinement, we all want to be in open space and nature!

Vintage Rides
(by appointment only)

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There was a bikes blues and barbeque held at Tilley's h-d in Salisbury NC. unfortunately that stores has closed permanently as of this month. The Statesville store may continue it but haven't heard yet.

jeff lutz
salisbury, NC
Monday, May 4, 2020
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