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Life is nuts and then you die.
I find it crazy how some folks want to turn a recommendation into a law. They seem to want control. They want to find reasons for control, or maybe they want others to handle the issue for them. I wonder if a University ever took on the study of control? 

For instance, there are areas of Europe that relish control. Did you see on our blog that in Europe they are now testing and certifying motorcycle riding attire? So, more regulation. If you build a chopper in Europe, the components must be tested. Some folks like regulations and testing. They want to know that the government has supposedly affirmed that your toaster will not harm you. Hell, in Newport Beach, CA you must get a city building permit to replace your garbage disposal.

I suppose if you grow up surrounded by regulation, you might get accustomed to them. Maybe you use the regs to control others. Okay, so this virus is causing the regulators to surface again. It’s not enough to recommend that we stay 6-feet apart, some folks want that put into some kind of law, then enforced, fined and ultimately jailed.

On the other-hand I prefer suggestions, knowledge and choice. I experienced a 6-foot test over the last couple of days. Day one, social distancing was acutely administered and followed. Day Two, a friend had his art gallery broken into, a gate and four doors were damaged. I hauled ass over there to help with some welding issues and then called Kyle to fix the electrical. Zack showed up and Emilio’s brother, Mario helped with the wooden pieces. We worked almost 10 hours straight to secure the building. We were way too close throughout the day, but we had no choice. We had to finish the job in close quarters. As far as I know, we’re all still alive.

Day three, I stayed in the Bikernet Headquarters except to peel to the Post Office. I mailed a 5-Ball leather jacket, and then stopped to pick up the Salt Torpedo painted body from Mr. Vasquez. Okay, the post office was locked down in plastic barriers, and Mr. Vasquez and his wife never heard of Corona except the beer. Then I got home, Zack popped over and helped unload the Body, and later I met with an sharp investment guru who only rides a dresser, is an Iraq veteran, a 12-year Marine, and he immediately wanted to shake my hand. It’s all over the place. I’m not about to call a cop every time someone wants to get too close. Fuck it, let’s party.

After the news, I’ll tell you more about investments and opportunities in a down market.

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

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF CLICK.DELIVER.RIDE PROGRAM--New Online Ordering & Home-Delivery Service Aims to Support Dealer Network & Riders Looking to Buy

Indian Motorcycle, America’s First Motorcycle Company, today introduced its Click.Deliver.Ride program, providing riders with of the option of purchasing a motorcycle from the comfort of their own home. Riders have long had the ability to search for their desired model and customize it to their preference, but they can now work with their local dealer, either online or via phone, to complete their purchase and have their dream bike delivered right to their doorstep.

In the same way that Click.Deliver.Ride is providing Indian Motorcycle’s customers with convenience, it is adding value to its network of dealers as well. Dealers play a crucial role in their local communities and economies, which is why Indian Motorcycle has dedicated itself to help them navigate through this unprecedented business situation, with Click.Deliver.Ride at the forefront.

“Over the last month, we’ve all had to adjust to a new way of life and have had to alter the ways in which we conduct our business,” said Mike Dougherty, Indian Motorcycle President. “Our hope is that Click.Deliver.Ride. will help bring peace of mind to both our loyal customers and our network of dealers.”

Click.Deliver.Ride. is available for a limited time only at participating dealers based on applicable laws and is subject to change. To learn more visit: and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

BIKERNET MEDICAL CENTER FINDINGS--Side affects of the virus threat. Some good some not so much but all great for a smile,

Half of us are going to come out of this quarantine as amazing cooks. The other half will come out with a drinking problem.

· I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I'm cracking a safe.

· I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.

· Still haven't decided where to go for Easter ----- The Living Room or The Bedroom

· PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Pajamas will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.

· Home-schooling is going well. 2 students suspended for fighting and 1 teacher fired for drinking on the job.

· I don't think anyone expected that when we changed the clocks we'd go from Standard Time to the Twilight Zone

· This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house, told my dog..... and,we laughed our heads off.

· So, after this quarantine.....will the producers of My 600 Pound Life just find me or do I find them?

· Quarantine Day 5: Went to this restaurant called THE KITCHEN. You have to gather all the ingredients and make your own meal. I have no clue how this place is still in business.

· My body has absorbed so much soap and disinfectant lately that when I pee it cleans the toilet.

· Day 5 of Homeschooling: One of these little monsters called in a bomb threat.

· I'm so excited --- it's time to take out the garbage. What should I wear?

· I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to ‘’Puerto Backyarda’’. I'm getting tired of ‘’Los Livingroom’’.

· Classified Ad: Single man with toilet paper seeks woman with hand sanitizer for good clean fun.

· Day 6 of Homeschooling: My child just said "I hope I don't have the same teacher next year".... I'm offended.

--from Bob Clark


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The state Senate is considering a bill that would ban vehicle operators from using handheld devices while driving.

The bipartisan bill, sponsored by five senators, is backed by the Idaho Coalition for Motorcycle Safety, police chiefs and United Heritage Insurance.


NEW FROM THE BUCKLEGUY—Check with their new Collar Fastener!

We are excited to introduce our new Collar Fastener - AKA - quick release latch. This collar fastener can be used as a bag flap closure, for belts, saddles, etc. It was originally used for the saddlery trade by connecting both sides of the horse collar.

As always, we create our hardware with low lead brass. Check out our line-up of the current finishes and sizes you will find on our site:

B9571 Collar Fastener:
Antique Brass: 1 1/4" inch
Natural Brass: 1 1/4" inch
Nickel Matte: 1 1/4" inch
Nickel Plate: 1 1/4" inch
Thank you everyone, and stay safe out there!

The Buckleguy Team

FROM THE BIKERNET EDITORIAL BOARD--Puma and Kehring? Yup that gives him the same cred and biker vision that the Willie G crew had when he took over-not!

My brothers, they are on the train to hell and soon being owned by Honda or BMW or some suits in NY.

Glad we have the memories.
Stay safe
Btw Did you see the latest models aimed at women and hipsters? Horrid man, horrid.
Bring back Lou kimsey and bandit.


SMOKE SHIELDS FROM BILTWELL-- Smoke Shields are in Stock Now
Easy Upgrade!

Replacement shields for Lane Splitter and Gringo S helmets are injection molded with highly scratch-and impact-resistant polycarbonate thermoplastic.

Our latest Gen-2 shields fit all Gringo S or Lane Splitter models because they ship with an all-new baseplate kit. These baseplates have an improved mechanism that results in firmer detents for three open positions. Anti-fog treatment included for maximum optical clarity.

Read the wild review on the homepage.
Read the wild review on the homepage.

80CRV2 Carbon Steel - Preferred steel by our customers for tomahawks and axes

Mini Jenny Family
Jenny Wren Family
S13 and Shrike
L13 and Loggerhead
Kestrel Feather
Combat Africa (Knife)
Snowflake Throwing Star

Although mistaken to be the new kid on the block, 80CrV2 has actually been around for ages under the common nickname “Swedish saw steel.”A high carbon chrome-vanadium, 80CrV2 is a tough as nails workhorse steel. It provides the essential qualities of a 1080-series steel, with all the perks of a high chrome steel like 5160. 80CRV2 is a high-carbon spring steel, in basic terms it's essentially a CS80 type steel with extra chromium, nickel and vanadium. This gives the material a higher hardness once heat treated. 80CRV2 is excellent for grinding and forging application.

52100 Tool Steel
Nomad (Knife)

This is high-carbon tool steel. It typically has .98-1.10% carbon. This steel is harder than many others, and consequently it holds an edge well. This is one of the best steels to use if you are worried about it holding an edge. This material is used often for hunting knives. Ed Fowler is owed some credit in popularizing 52100 as a knife steel in modern times. He has produced many knives in 52100 and wrote extensively about its virtues in Knife Talk columns in blade magazine.

Ed was introduced to 52100 in the form of ball bearings sent to him by Wayne Goddard [5], another influential knife-maker who regularly wrote for Blade magazine. Because bearings were a relatively common form of high-carbon scrap steel, its use in knives extends back much further, of course. Knives produced as far back as the 1940’s in 52100 have been reported, including knives by William Scagel.

CPM-3V Tool Steel
Raider Dagger
Tusk Prybar
Quill Awl

CPM-3V made by the Crucible®Particle Metallurgy process, is designed to provide maximum resistance to breakage and chipping in a highly wear-resistant tool steel. CPM-3V offers impact toughness greater than A2, D2, Cru-Wear® or CPM® M4, approaching the levels of S7 and other shock resistant grades, yet it provides excellent wear resistance, high hardness and thermal stability for coatings. Intended to be used at HRC 58-60, CPM-3V can replace high-alloy tool steels in wear applications where chronic tool breakage and chipping problems are encountered. The CPM process produces very homogeneous, high-quality steel characterized by superior dimensional stability, “grindability”, and toughness compared to steels produced by conventional processes.

1075 Tool Steel - Used for these models when we couldn’t get 80CRV2

Kestrel Feather
Kestrel Trail Light

1075 is frequently used for larger blades and swords, but used just as regularly in everything from Bowies to kitchen knives. 1075 is tough, durable, and hypo-eutectic, which means it is very forgiving during heat treatment across a wide range of quenching fluids employed by the knife community—a very convenient option when one does not have access to some heat treat equipment and materials that benefit hyper-eutectoid steels like 1095 or W2.

Nitro-V Stainless Steel - Used for the majority of our knives

Jungle Combat

Nitro-V is a stainless steel sold by New Jersey Steel Baron which was first released in 2017. The steel was designed and produced in collaboration with Buderus Steel as a version of Uddeholm AEB-L modified with nitrogen and vanadium. Another obvious comparison is with 14C28N which was designed as a version of 13C26 modified for improved corrosion resistance. 13C26 is nearly identical to AEB-L but produced by Sandvik. You can read more about the history of AEB-L, 13C26, and 14C28N.

--Agent Zebra

State Delegate Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County, Hartford County) has reintroduced a bill that would allow lane splitting in Maryland, as well as require state agencies to create guidelines for safe lane splitting and ways to incorporate the practice into rider education.

Szeliga’s H.B. 920 was referred to the House Environment and Transportation Committee.
This is just the second time a lane splitting bill has been introduced in Maryland. This bill would require that the state agencies, including the Motor Vehicle Administration and State Highway Administration, develop guidelines for safe and appropriate lane splitting for motorcyclists and other road users.

Also, in Maryland, S.B. 237 would make motorcycle helmets optional for riders and passengers if the motorcycle operator is 21 or older, has at least two years of riding experience and has completed an approved safety course.

Similar bills were introduced in each session of the General Assembly since 2016, but failed to advance out of committee.



BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY IS STILL OPEN-- A tender attorney story...

A tender-hearted attorney story

One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw two men along the roadside eating grass. Disturbed, he ordered his driver to stop and he got out to investigate.

He asked one man, "Why are you eating grass?” "We don't have any money for food," the poor man replied."We have to eat grass."

"Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I'll feed you," the lawyer said.

"But sir, I have a wife and two children with me. They are over there eating grass under that tree."

"Bring them along," the lawyer replied.

Turning to the second poor man he stated, "You may come with us, also.”

The other man, in a pitiful voice, then said, "But sir, I also have a wife and six children with me!"

"Bring them all as well," the lawyer answered.

They all entered the car, which was no easy task, even for a car as large as the limousine.

Once underway, one of the poor fellows turned to the lawyer and said,

"Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you."

The lawyer replied, "Glad to do it. You'll really love my place.

The grass is almost a foot high."

Come on . . did you really think there was such a thing as a heartwarming lawyer story?

Look at Congress -- over 300 Lawyers!!!

--EL Waggs
Prominent Librarian
Bandit’s Cantina Library

5-BALL RACING SALT TORPEDO UPDATE--Yesterday, the new axle arrived. I removed the exhaust system and took it to my guy at San Pedro Muffler. Tim called the next day. It’s finished.

I picked up the body yesterday. I need to find a place to fix the wheels and pick up the exhaust system tomorrow. These are essential items for our Bonneville effort.

Waiting on steering arms and rods from Eddie.

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Selecting the proper Saddlemen seat should begin with the question, "How long in the saddle and riding style or preference?" Knowing the comfort a rider will need will aim them at the best type of seats for their intended use, and then they can further hone their choice by looking at seats that would that complement their motorcycle and styling preference.

Saddlemen seats are a result of Integrated Design Philosophy (IDP™), which focuses on putting as much comfort into the seat as possible. IDP™ then takes styling cues from each motorcycle and incorporates them into the contours and patterns of each new seat. The result is a seat that is as comfortable as possible but also looks and fits perfectly on the motorcycle. Saddlemen's craftsmanship and quality assure you of an enjoyable ride – regardless of the distance.

By combining the attributes of our proprietary SaddleGel and advanced Progressive Density Foam, we create exceptional foundations that provide superior comfort and vehicle control. While thick seat foams are usually more comfortable, Saddlemen's Gel-Core technology is used in every seat to produce excellent comfort regardless of its thickness. That's why a slammed-down Saddlemen seat, such as the Profiler, rides so much more comfortably than other seats of a similar thickness. So if a thin Saddlemen seat is comfortable, imagine how plush a thick seat like a Road Sofa or an Explorer will be.

When creating a new seat, additional attention is always devoted to overcoming deficiencies that exist in the stock seat or other aftermarket seats. Our designers use advanced engineering plus practical riding experience to forge seats that ride comfortably, look great, and fit perfectly. For example, rigid plastic or resin-based seat pans with plated brackets provide superior fitment for easy, hassle-free installation. Riders will need to carefully study the attributes of each Saddlemen seat so they can learn how it can improve their riding experience. These seat types are:

Seats for Long Distance or "Touring"

These seats are aimed at users who will lay down 500+ miles open road in a day. Large, plush double bucket seats designed to keep rider and passenger in supreme comfort during long-distance riding.

Day Cruising Two-up Seats

These seats are great for cruising and day trips (200-mile tours). Still a significant improvement in the comfort of the original saddle, these seats aim for a balance between style and comfort, making for an enjoyable journey.

Low Profile Two-up Seats

Low slung trim, stylish seats that include seating for a passenger. The lean and minimalistic approach significantly complements the motorcycle's lines. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for (urban) boulevard cruising.

Renegade Solo & Pillions

These Rider-only seats are also great for cruising and day trips as they provide a superb level of comfort while looking great as only a solo saddle can. Matching pillion seats are available.

Slammed Solo's (S3) Seats

Low slung trim, stylish seats for lone riders. The lean and minimalistic style complements the motorcycle's lines. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but they are the most comfortable slammed-down seats you can get. Great for casual riding (no backrest options - see Universal Detachable Pillions Pad for passenger seating).

Pro Series Seats

Saddlemen's seat artisans occasionally partner with leading bike builders to create special edition seats. Not as well suited for long-distance use as an Explorer seat, but very comfortable for urban cruising with a unique appearance.

Café Seats

Specialty rider-only seats that feature the ubiquitous hump at the back of the seat. While aimed at style, the seat is very comfortable for urban cruising.

Above is the:
1996-2003 FXD Dyna Hog Killers Pro Series

Brand Fitment: Harley-Davidson
Model Fitment: FXD Dyna (excludes FXDWG)
Year Fitment: 1996-2003


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In my opinion politicians are the problem, lot worse than the virus. so are we going to relive history and go to war with someone? That seems like the procedure for getting economies fired up. Maybe we could put the positions on the front lines, is Mcnamara available?

On turn signals, as a retired long distance truck driver one of my pet peeves and still issues with turn signals. How goddamed hard is it.

One last thing, I have other Vietnam vet friends, when we meet we shake hands even if the first time we have met anyway.

Have a good day. I think i may go for ride.

deland, FL
Friday, April 10, 2020
Editor Response I had a fight with a girlfriend once, after I said, "WTF are you too weak to use your turn signals?"
I did not think about it until later. I was over at Pedro Muffler around 11. I could have delivered your system at your place. Sorry about the after thought . He had one of his guys weld the pieces I salvaged for one fish tail straight pipe section. The changes continue. All we can do is build and ride these days.

Torrance, CA
Friday, April 10, 2020
Editor Response Feel free to pick it up. It's done. I'll pay you back.

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