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We're Scrambling into the Holidays

By Bandit, Rogue, Barry Green, Bob T. Ben, Sam Burns and the rest of the Crew

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I’m excited about out next Salt Torpedo update.
I’ve been working hard on it, with Kevin Kahl, and Christmas has sorta slipped past.

The Massive JIMS 135 for the Salt Torpedo.
The Massive JIMS 135 for the Salt Torpedo.

We are also scrambling on our new format for 2019. As of the first I will only produce one Bikernet Weekly News column. Generally, no more Sunday Posts. I will still do the major news on Thursday. It will still be published on Bikernet, but Bikernet will be in the Cantina, so make sure you’re a member for 2019. It’s going to give us more flexibility, more fun and girls.

Then I need to learn more about the Bikernet Blog, because that will become more active and free. So, hang on for the New Year, the new Bikernet, the New News and much more.

The ER Staff Xmas photo about 1980.
The ER Staff Xmas photo about 1980.

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, BorntoRide.com and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Most recently the Smoke Out and Quick Throttle Magazine came on board.
Check the Iron Trader out.
Check the Iron Trader out.

SALT TORPEDO UPDATE—PARACHUTES SHIPPED TODAY. Don’t miss the youtube Anatomy of a motorcycle streamliner. Denis is looking for a financial sponsor for number 7’s next attempt. No one knows streamliners like he does. Drop me a note if you’re interested: Bandit@bikernet.com


“I got the will to get to Bonneville.”

--Denis Manning

We are working closely with Denis Manning, who has been 460 mph with his Number 7 Streamliner. Watch the YouTube. He was inspired by the shape of a Salmon. I’m inspired by the Belly Tank shape.--Bandit

Show Founder Thor Drake to Unveil Custom FTR 1200 at 10th Annual Event & Race at The One Pro Super Hooligan Race

Indian Motorcycle, America’s first motorcycle company, today announced its title sponsorship of the 10th annual One Moto Show in Portland, OR. In celebration of the new partnership, The One Moto Show founder Thor Drake will unveil an Indian FTR 1200 that he designed and customized for this year’s show. The bike will be on display at the show and put through the paces as it will be raced at The One Pro Super Hooligan Race.

The One Moto Show was conceived by Drake, owner of See See Motor Coffee Co. Drake wanted to create an event for friends who shared a passion for motorcycles and hosted the first show 10 years ago in an old abandoned foundry in Portland. The event has grown from its humble beginnings to a one-of-a-kind motorcycle show known for showcasing a variety of unique, unconventional bikes and serving as a gathering place for motorcycle enthusiasts from all over the world.

As title sponsor for its 10th anniversary, Indian Motorcycle will feature a display at The One Moto Show and highlight the highly-anticipated FTR 1200 and the stripped-down, blacked-out Scout Bobber along with a variety of customs by builders like Roland Sands, Carey Hart, and more.

“Thor Drake is a pioneer in the motorcycle industry, continuously challenging the status quo and inspiring ingenuity within our community,” said Reid Wilson, Senior Director for Indian Motorcycle. “As a brand that has always strived to push motorcycling forward, partnering with Thor and The One Moto Show is a natural fit for us.”

Inspired by Indian Motorcycle’s storied history and success in flat track racing, the FTR 1200 takes design and styling cues from the championship-winning FTR750 race bike that has dominated American Flat Track since it was introduced in 2016. Along with Drake’s custom FTR 1200, RSD’s Super Hooligan race team will compete at The One Pro Race aboard the all-new FTR 1200.

“Indian Motorcycle is an iconic American brand with a rich history in racing. The introduction of the FTR750 and its newer protégé, the FTR 1200, has created shock waves across the globe.” said Thor Drake, Founder of The One Moto Show. “It’s exciting to work with such a progressive company. I’m thrilled to have the chance to get my hands on the FTR 1200 to create a special custom build in celebration of the 10th anniversary of The One Show and the partnership with Indian Motorcycle.”

The One Moto Show Presented by Indian Motorcycle will take place February 8-10, 2019. For more information and ticketing for The One Show and The One Pro Race, visit The1Moto.com. To learn more about Indian Motorcycle visit IndianMotorcycle.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE BIKERNET STAFF—We’ve been scrambling so hard that Xmas cards just didn’t happen. But I want everyone to have a very Merry Xmas. Promise yourself to find absolute peace of mind next year coupled to mountains of fun.

--Bandit and the Crew

Bikernet headquarters XXXmas party.
Bikernet headquarters XXXmas party.

The United States Senate has approved the Motorcycle Profiling Resolution (Senate Resolution 154) without amendment by unanimous consent on Dec 11, addressing concerns of motorcyclists across the country regarding law enforcement discriminating against bikers in traffic stops, citations and arrests.

This bipartisan and bicameral resolution (H.Res. 318 companion in the House) could provide a national solution to the discriminatory profiling of motorcyclists over mode of transportation or style of dress in enforcing the law. Several states have considered bills to prohibit police from profiling motorcyclists, and Washington became the first state to pass such an anti-profiling law in 2011, followed by Maryland in 2016.

The two companion measures in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, which are nonbinding and do not have the force of law, seek to curb profiling of motorcycle riders at the federal level by “Promoting awareness of motorcycle profiling and encouraging collaboration and communication with the motorcycle community and law enforcement officials to prevent instances of profiling.”

S.Res. 154 and H.Res. 318 also “urges State law enforcement officials to include statements condemning motorcycle profiling in written policies and training materials.”

Sounds a tad weak to me, even so it probably won’t pass. There’s a group in our government who will never help bikers, but they will help illegal immigrants and the homeless. Incredible. Read the whole story in Bill’s Newsbytes.—Bandit

For over a decade, federal law enforcement authorities have been testing a unique legal tactic to take down the Mongols Motorcycle Club by seizing their trademarked logo under asset forfeiture laws, and now a federal jury in Santa Ana, California has found the Mongols guilty of racketeering and conspiracy, setting up a second phase of the trial during which the government will seek to seize control of the club’s “intellectual property” and thereby ban members from wearing their unifying “colors” or patches.

Federal prosecutors will ask the judge to fine the Mongol Nation -- the West Covina, CA entity that legally owns the club trademark -- and order it to forfeit rights to the identifying logo worn on the bikers’ vests.

Since the case is focused on the Mongols organization, no specific individuals are facing jail or prison time, but the government’s attempt to defrock club members is aimed at dismantling the club by destroying their identity and thus its allure.

During the five-week trial that ended Thursday, December 13, 2018 prosecutors testified that the Mongols were a violent criminal enterprise. According to the Associated Press, in finding the Mongols guilty of racketeering, jurors decided that the motorcycle club itself is a criminal organization.

Check the whole story on Bill’s Rights Bytes for this month on Bikernet.—Bandit


It Snowed Last Night..
8:00 am: I made a snowman.
8:10 - A feminist passed by and asked me why I didn't make a snow woman.
8:15 - So, I made a snow woman.
8:17 - My feminist neighbor complained about the snow woman's voluptuous chest saying it objectified snow women everywhere.
8:20 - The gay couple living nearby threw a hissy fit and moaned it could have been two snow men instead.
8:22 - The transgender man..women...person asked why I didn't just make one snow person with detachable parts.
8:25 - The vegans at the end of the lane complained about the carrot nose, as veggies are food and not to decorate snow figures with.
8:28 - I was being called a racist because the snow couple is white.
8:31 - The middle eastern gent across the road demanded the snow woman be covered up .
8:40 - The Police arrived saying someone had been offended.
8:42 - The feminist neighbor complained again that the broomstick of the snow woman needed to be removed because it depicted women in a domestic role.
8:43 - The council equality officer arrived and threatened me with eviction.
8:45 - TV news crew from ABC showed up. I was asked if I know the difference between snowmen and snow-women? I replied "Snowballs" and am now called a sexist.
9:00 - I was on the News as a suspected terrorist, racist, homophobe sensibility offender, bent on stirring up trouble during difficult weather.
9:10 - I was asked if I have any accomplices. My children were taken by social services.
9:29 - Far left protesters offended by everything marched down the street demanding for me to be arrested.
There is no moral to this story. It is what we have become, all because of snowflakes.

-- David Campbell
Earl's Garage - Motorcycle, Hotrod, and Event Photography

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For excellent service just click.

Thanks again Rolling Thunder National & Wisconsin —for all you’ve done to help draw attention to the POWs :MIA’s of all our wars!

“ We Won’t Forget - We Won’t Give Up !”
God Bless You & your Loved Ones.

--Dave Zien
former State Senator

2019 METZELER CALENDAR: a 12-month journey in the custom cruiser world
Alongside the METZELER Classic calendar, now in its 25th edition and celebrating with black and white shots of two wheel competition between the 60’s and 70’s, there is the thematic one entitled "Ways of cruising"

The METZELER brand is pleased to present the 2019 METZELER CALENDAR that, as per tradition, presents two versions. The Classic one, now in its 25th year, is celebrating two-wheeled competition between the 60’s and 70’s with black and white shots. The thematic one is entitled "WAYS OF CRUISING" and is dedicated to the custom cruiser world; a world which the German tire brand has always had a strong presence. 2019 will also see the debut of the new CRUISETEC™, a Custom Touring tire that optimizes the performance of V-Twins.

When it comes to tires, cruiser owners are historically very demanding and, although with different riding styles, these riders travel great distances enjoying the road. Their expectation for their tires is clear: they must offer reliability and confidence, regardless of road conditions, usage and weather.

Created in 1994 as a special edition of the cult calendar Classic Moments, the METZELER Calendar quickly became popular, winning over a faithful following of enthusiasts thanks to its precious snapshots from the street and off road two-wheel world, in which METZELER has raced and been successful throughout the years.

The 2019 edition of the METZELER CALENDAR, realized in Italy on a creative project by HH Global of Bergamo, features 14 subjects, in the case of the Classic also accompanied by descriptions in English and German. The photos of the thematic calendar are by Ben Ott, Goetz Goeppert, Volker Rost and Tom O'Connor while those of the Classic version are part of the photo archive of Text & Technik Verlag in Weissach, Germany. The calendar has been printed front and rear in a limited edition of 6000 copies by Grafiche Antiga SpA on high quality paper and both covers are printed on glossy paper.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--


I’m looking for Novie twin-stack velocity stack for my race bike. Can you help?

Memphis, TN

I would suggest contacting S&S, Pingel or J&P.--Bandit

BARN SORTA FIND OF THE WEEK—It ran when I parked it…

--from Rogue

NEW FROM BAKER--Hydraulic Side Cover for M8 Models

We've now got a version for the Milwaukee-Eight. No matter what the fitment though, our Hydraulic Side Cover is the tidiest design possible yielding the strength necessary to get the job done. Our newly designed 28MM piston, in conjunction with supplied mainshaft & countershaft retaining nuts, help alleviate the common fluid transfer issue between the transmission and primary. We offer the Hydraulic Side Cover for 1987-Later applications.

See the new M8 Hydraulic Side Cover

LATEST FROM THE CLIMATE DEPOT-- ‘False advertising’ – Climatologist calls on Allstate insurance to pull extreme weather ad & ‘apologize for misleading the public’

Climatologist Dr.Roy Spencer on Allstate's ad hyping 'once in 500-year storm' frequencies: 'I consider this false advertising because Allstate knows better, and is purposely misleading the public to make more money...Allstate knows better (the insurance business deals with probability and statistics) and they knew this was a lie when they put the ad together.'

I’ve been meaning to comment about this TV ad for Allstate insurance, which enraged me the first time I saw it. Allstate knows better (the insurance business deals with probability and statistics) and they knew this was a lie when they put the ad together:

In the ad, actor Dennis Haysbert says:

“A once-in-500-year storm should happen once every 500 years, right? The fact is, there have been 26 in the last decade.”


Setting aside the fact that we don’t have enough statistics to say anything meaningful about what happens over 500 years (hydrologists prefer to stick to 100 years as justified when talking about rare events), Allstate knows very well that such statistics refer to the repeat period for the same location… not for (say) the whole United States. It is not unusual for once-in-100 year weather events to occur more than once, maybe several times, each year somewhere in the U.S.

I consider this false advertising because Allstate knows better, and is purposely misleading the public to make more money.

Climatologist Roy Spencer pointed out that those claims were unsubstantiated. “Unfortunately, there seems to be a trend toward classifying events as ‘1 in 1,000 years,’ when there is no way of knowing such things…Remember, it is perfectly normal to have a 1 in 100-year event every year…as long as they occur in different locations. That’s how weather records work.”

Marc Morano on “The Weather Lottery”: Your chance of winning the lottery is very low, but the chance of someone, somewhere winning the lottery are very high. The climate campaigners and the media essentially hype the “winners” of the extreme weather lottery, wherever they are, and attempt to imply these events are happening everywhere. Extreme weather always strikes somewhere at some time, and it always will, so there is no shortage of examples of “record” storms. Lotteries and casinos do the same thing in their ads—showing the winners, and implying that you are just one ticket or spin away from joining them.

Meteorologist Topper Shutt explained the misuse of the term 100-year flood after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017. “A 500-year flood does not mean that an area will see a flood of that magnitude once in 500 years. It means that in any given year there is a .2% chance of a 500-year flood and likewise a 1% chance every year for a 100-year flood,” Shutt wrote. “Remember, we are talking about billions of years of climate and usually just a hundred years of actual, observational data.”

by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.

Click to order.
Click to order.

THE STURGIS SPORTSTER SHOW GALLERY--STURGIS, THE BUFFALO CHIP 2018, THE SPORTSTER SHOWDOWN. Hosted by the guys of Led Sled Customs, this group of down to the dirt cool bikes was quite
the hit at the Buffalo Chip. Glance through the images in Bandit’s Cantina and enjoy!

--Jack McIntyre

Quick, join up. Just click and go.
Quick, join up. Just click and go.


The stakes are high for this Welterweight Championship Fight. The press conference was held at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. The super lavish hotel is on the location of the old Trader Vics. I can’t help but hum the “werewolf of London“ song as I saunter down the fancy corridor feeling quite at home.

The ballroom set aside for the conference had the big Manny Pacquiao vs Adrien Broner backdrop, Premier Boxing Champions and MGM Grand logo everywhere. Huge cameras are set up in the back of the room for the international telecasts and big networks. Members of the Filipino community were arriving in groups.

Media was getting sketchy on where they could sit. Manny Pacquiao is a BIG big rock star athlete! The excitement was in the air. Within minutes the ballroom was standing room only. World Champion Manny Pacquiao at age 40, wants to take on and IS going to fearlessly take on 29-year-old Adrien “the Problem” Broner on Saturday January 19, 2019 in Las Vegas.

The Pac Man hasn’t fought in two years. Adrien (33-3-1, 24 KO’s) Broner is a former four division world champion and proclaims he’s going to send Pac Man “into retirement without his belt.” He’s all attitude and the fans love it.

He had an entourage with him at the
conference including the “Tank” pro boxer Gervonta Davis. When Pacquiao held up his
World Champion Title Belt, he took off his Gucci belt and held it up in comparison.
Pac Man has 60 fights under all eight of his division championship belts. He’s like a living legend and he’s fighting this 29 year old cocky kid. Granted he’s a skilled proven boxer, but still. Not sure what Pacquiao’s angle is here. Shouldn’t he be busy politicing? He did say he misses fighting in Las Vegas “ it became my second home.”

Whatever his motivation is, it should be a damn good fight. With the new DAZN app for 9.99 a month, I’m curious how many fans are still willing to pay $65.00 for a fight. The numbers will tell

--Raquel Vasquez

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