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Outlaw Bikernet Weekly News for October 12, 2017

Makes you question everything and stay true to the Code of the West...

By Bandit, Bob T, Rogue, Sidehack Jerry, Ed, Art Hall, Ujjwal Dey, Uncle Monkey and the rest of the Bikernet crew

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We witness change everyday sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worst.
For instance I grew up in the ‘50s. My parents were violent and men were tough or died trying in WWII and Korea.

We were outlaws. We didn’t have any inclination to have families. It was all about the next ride and adventure. Brothers rode, escaped, surfed, built hot rods, climbed mountains and dealt drugs. Maybe that’s why we have a severe homeless population now. They had no desire for family or the trappings of what once was a restrictive prison.

Maybe the pendulum has swung to the other side and young outlaws want families and all the trappings of comforts because it’s seen as fun and that’s a very good thing. But can us old outlaws understand?

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

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The prestigious new award was presented to Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff at the Temecula, CA banquet Sunday evening.

American Flat Track presented the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a major new “Best Event of the Year” Award Sunday evening at the organization’s annual award banquet held in Temecula, CA. A monumental partnership between American Flat Track and the Sturgis Buffalo Chip resulted in the epic, award-winning Buffalo Chip TT presented by Indian Motorcycle.

The event electrified motorcycle enthusiasts from around the globe in the world-famous Buffalo Chip amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. Designed by seven-time Grand National Champion Chris Carr, the track includes some of the most thrilling elements on the circuit, such as right hand turns and jumps, all calculated to create intense racing excitement.

Racers and spectators alike enjoyed the wholly extraordinary and exhilarating race.

“The AFT races at the Buffalo Chip took motorcycle racing to a whole new level and right into the heart of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The Buffalo Chip TT, the first ever to be held at the world’s biggest motorcycle festival, was an incredible racing event deserving of this award. We are looking forward to even more heart-stopping racing action at the Chip in 2018.”

Immediately following the races, crews transformed the track area back into the Wolfman Jack Main Stage infield in anticipation of a world-class performance by Shinedown. Race and music festival fans were center stage for an evening full of high-energy entertainment unlike one the world had ever seen.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this prestigious new award,” said Rod Woodruff, Buffalo Chip President. “The partnership with American Flat Track opened a whole new world of professional racing for the Buffalo Chip and our guests. The TT course carved out of the middle of the Chip’s amphitheater not only made for the most unique motorcycle racing on earth but also the wildest concert warm-up the world has ever seen.”

The Buffalo Chip TT will take place on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. Passes for the 2018 Buffalo Chip events are now on sale and may be purchased at www.BuffaloChip.com.

For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.amaproracing.com/flat-track, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or live stream the on-track action on FansChoice.tv.



Do twins ever realize that one of them is unplanned?

--from Sidehack Jerry

Squat pots still being provided in modern times like this one in a new airport in Malaysia
Squat pots still being provided in modern times like this one in a new airport in Malaysia


Had requests for updates so here is the start. Flying an airline I never heard of before. Chosen based on the optimal time of arrival in Bkk at 11:30 am.

Heading to a smaller town - Khon Kaen, up country for a friends wedding

Flying Xiamen Airlines on a new Boeing 787-9. Pretty blue and cream colored interior. Nice multicolored mood lights. Interactive movies etc. good meals. Dinner chicken coque a vin. Mashed potatoes and Land O Lakes butter Walt. Breakfast omelette with a piece of the best bacon I have had in a very long time. Fruit. Spinach etc. in between was a ham sandwich (2) snack.

Very attractive staff. Best I've seen in years. Smart blue uniforms and a little hat.

Many movies to choose from. I watched The Fast Five. Circle and a Julia Roberts one.

The Xiamen airport in Xiamen doesn't have a transit area so you have to customs out and back in to get a ticket issued for the Bkk leg. Nice newer and big. 14.5 hrs to here and about three more to Bkk. About a two hour layover so no stress and time to do this email. About 40 minutes of processing and lucky it's not busy crowded.

So it's 8:30 now and I am at the gate. Trying to get a Burger King combo for about 8$ but they don't take USD.

9:00 boarding.

--Art Hall
Supreme International Editor
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astrobleme [ahr-key-dee-uh n]

1. Geology. an erosional scar on the earth's surface, produced by the impact of a cosmic body, as a meteorite or asteroid.


Only one astrobleme in Europe fit the description, a crater called the Ries that lay some 300 kilometers to the east, on the northern shore of the Danube River.
-- Julian May, The Golden Torc, 1982
Astrobleme is formed from two Greek words, ástron “star” and blêma “a throw of the dice, missile, wound.” Greek ástron is akin to Latin stella (from an unrecorded sterula), and Germanic (English) star. Blêma derives from the Greek root bal-, ble-, bol- “to throw,” source of ballistic, problem (Greek próblema “something put forward (to solve)”), parabola and parable (Greek parabol? “comparison, juxtaposition, something put alongside for comparison”). Astrobleme entered English in the 20th century.

I built a lot of bikes in the stone-age... Short on engineering, and long on stupid. It's been 40 yrs since my last build. I spent my working career in a Gov't development lab, but am still woefully ignorant in bike design...

That said, I’m in the process of putting together my last "build." More like an assembly job. I need help.

I have most of the parts, but to be honest don't know if what I've collected for my rolling chassis is what’s best. It's essential I find a knowledgeable and caring community to mentor me... That’s why I'm here. I don't facebook and other than e-mail don't fool with social media.

Thanks and Happy Trails

-- Alan Barlow

We will help or find resources. --Bandit

QUICK, OPEN THE BIKERNET BAD JOKE LIBRARY-- During the weeks before Amy's wedding, she was terribly anxious about making some mistakes at the ceremony. The minister reassured her several times, pointing out that the service was not difficult and she will do just fine.

"All you have to remember," he said, "is that when you enter the church you walk up the AISLE. The groom and best man will be waiting before the ALTAR. Then I shall request the congregation to sing a HYMN... then we shall get on with the ceremony.

All you have to remember is the order in which those things happen and you can't go wrong."

The happy day finally arrived, and the bridegroom waited nervously for his bride to appear. When she arrived and stood alongside him, he heard her quietly repeating to herself, "Aisle, altar, hymn, aisle, altar, hymn."

Or, as it sounded to him, "I'll alter him!"

--from Rogue and Eddie

Tucker Rocky | Biker's Choice is excited to announce the release of the 2017 Gift Guide, filled with plenty of products guaranteed to make the holiday season bright.

The 2017 Gift Guide from Tucker Rocky | Biker's Choice.

The 102-page flipbook is chock full of great gift ideas from all of your favorite brands. From Arai helmets to Ogio luggage, Vance & Hines slip-ons to BikeMaster shop tools and QuadBoss ATV/UTV accessories, the gift guide has something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. You can also find fantastic stocking stuffers and gifts for the smallest riders inside.

The flipbook version of the 2017 Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice gift guide is available online here.

Download the PDF: 2017 Tucker Rocky | Biker’s Choice Gift Guide Available Online

For more information, visit Tucker Rocky Biker's Choice online at www.tuckerrocky.com or on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To inquire about becoming a Tucker Rocky dealer for products and accessories, contact the New Dealer Development Department at (817) 258-9255 or newdealer@tuckerrocky.com.

BRAND New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
Determining Fork Length

Thank You for the article. I'm trying to determine the fork length I’ll be needing... and what the trail will be. Why is the tube length measured from the bottom of the tree, as opposed to the top? I've seen that calculation elsewhere, but it makes no sense to me.

Thank You for your advice.
Happy Trails

-- Alan
Mountain Grove, MO

Most fork companies will work with you. Take a measurement from the top of the tube also. --Wrench


"A man needs to feel proud, not humble. Otherwise it leads to psychosomatic illness. Pride is essential element of being a man. But I tell you sir, take pride in your hardwork. Be proud of your outlook and hope. Be proud of struggle and perseverance. Be proud of righteousness and goodwill. Be strong. Be proud. Be yourself, be a man."

- Ujjwal Dey
Most Magnificent Editor
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Relax and drink whiskey.--Bandit


A rose tattoo for Matt with geometric patterns as filler. I love tattooing roses like I love sleep. There always fun and you can never go wrong. The shading in the pedals to bud in the center. Can be time consuming but the finish result is always worth it. Thanks for looking

--Frank Ball Jr.
Art and Soul Tattoo
Venice, CA

The Sancho

Check out our video collaboration with Nick Perri on the Sancho Shovelhead: a custom Nash design with a right foot pedal front brake and a back brake on the jockey shift. Custom motorcycle design at its finest!

“You hear this rumble off in the distance. I remember being a little boy and sitting in awe. Those machines and the noise and sound. How awesome that must feel.” -Taber Nash

Nash Motorcycle Company was born of the ideal to live the American dream. Three brothers from Grass Valley, California who grew up with a love of motorcycles and founded an American original. Taber Nash brought this dream to life and went on to create a popular line of custom choppers, bobbers and hot rod bikes handmade in the U.S.A.

“The customers we have love the bikes ...just for the fact that they are different and unique. They know that’s a Nash motorcycle.”

Staying true to a classic look and feel, while creating new, custom parts is what sets Nash motorcycles apart. Check out Nash's line of awesome bike builds: a nod to the classic-era with the innovation of the new.

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Yes, keep the whiskey flowing, the girls growing, and freedom blowing in the wind. I have learned how insignificant the earth is, how meaningless strife is, and how wasteful bad thoughts are. Be warm, helpful and respectful everyday.

Regarding Bikernet and our future. I believe we have started to open wider doors to social media and Bikernet readership, with your help (and Robintek and the Saddlemen staff) our numbers are going to grow significantly in 2018. It’s going to be a very exciting year.

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National Fleet Products Introduces Interior-mount, Spring-Assist, Swivel-Action WM System Loading Ramps for Rear- and Side-Door Applications--Lightweight, skid-resistant WM System Loading Ramps by National Fleet Products can be installed in as little as two hours, handle load capacities of between 880 and 4,000 pounds and are so easy to deploy and retract that even a child could do it.

National Fleet Products, a leading North American supplier of loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, formally announced the introduction of several versions of its unique WM System Loading Ramps. Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates, WM System ramps are suitable for a wide array of vehicle applications, including everything from vans to box trucks to class-8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types.

The ramps are intelligently engineered to vertically stow just inside rear- and side-access doors and take up approximately 8.5 inches of depth when folded and locked. With their built-in spring-assist feature and sturdy side handles, they require only about 20 pounds of force and about five seconds to unfold or be folded back into their low-profile vertical storage position.

The ramps each incorporate a swivel-action mechanism that enables them to swing 90 degrees in and out like a door, allowing users to have unfettered vehicle access when the ramp is not in use. Vehicle-specific mounting plates are available for all major platform makes and models, and installation can take as little as two hours to complete.

Ramps permanently mounted or stored on the exterior of commercial vehicles can be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals and challenging environmental conditions that can result in equipment failures and high repair and maintenance costs. Dirt, moisture and ice can also accumulate on surfaces, making them slippery and hazardous to navigate. Small, rear-mounted liftgates often present a physical barrier as well and may, in some cases, interfere with a vehicle’s ability to tow.

“By storing inside the vehicle until deployment, WM System Loading Ramps remain cleaner and drier than exterior-mounted hydraulic liftgates,” Peterson said. “The aluminum WM System ramps come in both ridged and shot-blast anti-slip surface textures that significantly improve traction on inclined surfaces, while reducing the risk of injury from a loss of footing.”

When required, a WM System ramp can also function as a bridge or gangplank for use with loading docks, vehicle-to-vehicle cargo transfers and access to other elevated surfaces like steps. Whether used as a traditional ramp or as a horizontal span, the WM System provides a remarkably stable surface for those working on and around it.

WM System Loading Ramps come in two-panel configurations in lengths of between 98 and 128 inches, and three-panel configurations in lengths of up to 16 feet. Ramp ends have rollers and adjustable flaps that can accommodate a wide variety of surface angles and textures.

Contact National Fleet Products directly by calling (763) 762-3451 or by sending an email to sales@nationalfleetproducts.com.

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HOT New Bikernet Reader Comment!--
FOUND SUNDAY POST for October 1, 2017

I came home 50 years ago from Vietnam, not a great home coming. I volunteered to go, still not great getting off the plane to that crap, but I never thought of not honoring the flag.

My grandfather volunteer WWI, my dad and uncles WWII. My brothers and cousin we did Vietnam. If my country offends that much feel free to leave.

--Alex jemery
Deland, FL

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STURGIS MOTORCYCLE Museum on the Move--
Large donations gives life to second site

It's been a busy summer and there is exciting news we want to share with you!
Scott Peterson, of Scott Peterson Ford, has donated land for the second larger Museum site!

This site will be off of exit 32 and visible from the I-90. In addition to the Peterson's gift, Board Member, Bruce Eide generously donated the fees for architectural design firm, 4FrontDesign, Inc. They have completed the preliminary plans for the second site.

The larger building will house the Hall of Fame, pre-1938 collection and various galleries. The overall facility will give the Museum space to offer educational programs, meetings and event space and a place for the community and visitors to experience motorcycling, learn about the great people of the Hall of Fame and their heritage.

Other key features include:

Permanent Collections Displays
Featured Galleries
Meeting Rooms
Gift Shop
Restoration and Training
Various outdoor areas

You may be wondering what is happening on Main and Junction..with the donations for the this expansion continues to roll in, we have continued the expansion plans through the 1500 Rider program.

With the building maintenance up to speed and the permit process in motion, we have been working toward the expansion to continue to provide the downtown anchor and connection to the most famous Main Street in Motorcycling.

Completion for Campus 1-"Legendary Main and Junction" is July 2019 and Campus 2-"Gateway to Sturgis" is planned to be completed in time for the 80th Anniversary in 2020. Your support is key in getting these important programs finished. We are proud to be supported by you and the community of riders.

Give your support now! Or contact Myrick Robbins, Executive Director

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As for the swing of the pendulum:

“With age comes wisdom, but sometimes age comes alone.”
-- Oscar Wilde

Pauly D.
Chicago, IL
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Editor Response Yep,

It's all a roll of the dice.

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