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Daytona Show Results, Broken Spoke, Sturgis Trademark Wars, and Bad Jokes

By Bandit, Rogue, Bob T., Jim Waggaman, Ken Conte, Sin Wu, Bill Bish, Scott Gramstrup, Prince Najar, and Joanne

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Jack Schit in trouble again.
Jack Schit in trouble again.


There I was minding my own business.
My to-do list was moderately packed with creative endeavors, bike build projects, Bonneville builds, book-writing schemes, and anything to help keep motorcycling freedom alive. Then the phone rang. It was Don Whalen, rare antique motorcycle curator.

Richard Bunch (shown here), and Don Whalen, have amassed an amazing American only, antique motorcycle collection.
Richard Bunch (shown here), and Don Whalen, have amassed an amazing American only, antique motorcycle collection.

“I need to make a run north to deliver a 1942 Salisbury to our secret motorcycle collection location,” Don said, “but that’s not all, we need to head farther north to buy a rare, one of five, 1914 Fielbach Limited, and bring it back to Los Angeles.”

These clandestine endeavors involve secret locations, weapons, and piles of cash. Of course, I said, “I’m in, and packed a small bag.” We drove over 2,500 miles in less than three days, with two days at over 1,000 miles, and 16 hours behind the wheel.

Let’s hit the news, while I mentally sort out all the big candy issues, fake antiques, stolen motorcycles, integrity and bad blood. I could write a book around the high-dollar antique motorcycle market. There’s just not enough time in a day.

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BIG HOUSE PETE ROCKS THE BROKEN SPOKE IN DAYTONA--Chris Callen and Big House Pete performed at the famous Broken Spoke Saloon in Daytona Beach during Bike Week and Rocked The Place.

Chris Callen, Editor of Cycle Source, event promoter, and now a thin rock star.
Chris Callen, Editor of Cycle Source, event promoter, and now a thin rock star.

The crowd loved them and did not want them to leave the stage. Watch for them at events in the future.

I think you are going to be seeing a lot of this Great Band!


The great question... which I have not been able to answer... is, "What does a woman want?

--Sigmund Freud

I had some words with my wife, and she had some paragraphs with me.


"Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays."

--Henny Youngman

--from Jim Waggaman

ONGOING FIGHT OVER STURGIS TRADE MARK-- timeline of the Sturgis motorcycle rally outlining current trademark dispute

1964: City of Sturgis closes Main Street for the Sturgis motorcyle rally

1979: Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce becomes involved in the rally.

1986: Tom Monohan creates “Black Hills Motor Classic Sturgis Rally & Races, Black Hills, S.D.” logo.

1990: Sturgis Chamber of Commerce rally committee evolves into the Black Hills Motor Classic Board.

1991: Nonprofit corporation created to address rally problems, pool resources and solicit rally sponsors.

1992: Black Hills Motor Classic renamed Sturgis Rally & Races.

1994: Sturgis Chamber applies to register Monohan logo with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).

Jan., 2001: Sturgis Chamber files an intent-to-use trademark application to register “Sturgis” for rally related goods and services with PTO.

May, 2001: Patent and Trademark Office rejects Chamber’s application, noting that “Sturgis” is primarily geographically descriptive.

Nov., 2001: Then Chamber president Marlin Martin tells PTO that the buying public identifies the “Sturgis” mark with the source of the Sturgis Chamber’s rally products.

Oct., 2002: The PTO publishes the Sturgis Chamber’s registration for opposition. Opposition continues until 2010. Among the opponents are Black Hills Harley Davidson and Jerry Berkowitz of Good Sports.

March 31, 2010: Sturgis Chamber and others create Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. (SMRi). Organizers include Jerry Berkowitz, Jim Burgess of Black Hills Harley Davidson, John Johnson of First Interstate Bank and Dean Kinney of HomeSlice.

June 30, 2010: Sturgis Chamber assigns its rights to the “Sturgis” trademark to SMRi.

July 2, 2010: Good Sports and Black Hills Harley Davidson withdraw their opposition to the “Sturgis” registration.

Feb. 22, 2011: SMRi granted registration of the “Sturgis” mark.

June 22, 2011: SMRi sues Rushmore Photo and Gifts and others for trademark infringement and unfair competition.

July 6, 2011: Rushmore Photo and Gifts files a counterclaim against SMRi, asserting that the “Sturgis” trademark is invalid and unenforceable.

Aug. 5, 2011: U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken denies Rushmore Photo and Gifts’ motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction that would have allowed Rushmore Photo and Gifts and others to sell products carrying the word Sturgis.

April 24, 2012: SMRi names Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as a defendant.

May 25, 2012: SMRi files first motion for summary judgment

June 15, 2012: Rushmore Photo and Gifts opposes SMRi’s motion for summary judgment.

June 26, 2012: Rushmore Photo and Gifts and Wal-Mart file a motion for summary judgment.

Aug. 27, 2012: Judge Viken issues an order stopping the discovery process and refers lawsuit to U.S. Magistrate John Simko of Sioux Falls.

Jan. 23, 2013: Patent and Trademark Office notified that a court action has been filed regarding a patent or trademark.

March 6, 2013: Simko files his report and recommendation.

March 25, 2013: Deadline for SMRi and Rushmore Photo and Gifts responses to Simko’s report.

(This timeline includes information found in federal court documents and U.S. Magistrate John Simko’s report and recommendation to U.S. Chief District Judge Jeffry Viken.)

Prince Najar (left), the guy who put the program together, Chris Callen, Editor of Cycle Source, the winner, Gary Maurer, the mastermind behind the build, and Jules the main Kustoms Inc. fabricator, and one amazing motorcycle. Where's Ron Harris, the Painter.
Prince Najar (left), the guy who put the program together, Chris Callen, Editor of Cycle Source, the winner, Gary Maurer, the mastermind behind the build, and Jules the main Kustoms Inc. fabricator, and one amazing motorcycle. Where's Ron Harris, the Painter.

CYCLE SOURCE AND BIKERNET 15th ANNIVERSARY BIKE WINNER SPEAKS UP--I know y'all are busy, but I wanted to let you know how grateful we are. The experience of winning the bike was great and it is truly an awesome motorcycle.

The way we were welcomed in and given the chance to get to know everyone really made our trip great. For the bike and the friendships, we are very bIessed.

I would have like to shake your hand (Bandit) and say thank you in person. Maybe I will someday have that chance. Until then, thank you again.

--Jordan and Tiffiany Campbell


BILL INTRODUCED IN CALIFORNIA TO REGULATE LANE SHARING--No sooner had the California Highway Patrol published guidelines on how to safely maneuver your motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving traffic, than SB 350 was introduced by State Senator Jim Beall (D-San Jose) to codify the rules into law.

California is the only state that allows “lane sharing” or “lane splitting,” precisely because there are no laws against it; though officers have a variety of charges they can levy against a reckless rider such as unsafe lane change or too fast for conditions.

Beall’s bill would restrict the practice by prohibiting motorcycles from splitting lanes unless specifically allowed; “…when a highway has been divided into three or more clearly marked lanes for traffic traveling in the same direction, a person operating a motorcycle shall not pass another vehicle in a portion of a lane occupied by that vehicle unless the following conditions are met:
(1) The passing occurs during traffic congestion.
(2) The passing occurs at a safe speed.”

Following furious feedback from motorcyclists opposed to over-regulating an act that 87% report doing almost daily during crowded commutes, Sen. Beall soon pulled his proposal and turned it into a two-year bill for future reconsideration.

In the meantime, although ABATE of California did not initiate the measure, the group will work with Beall to amend the language, and vows “…our goal is to ultimately submit a bill that addresses the concerns of the motorcycle community; a bill that can be supported and endorsed by the ABATE membership. If the final bill doesn’t meet ABATE’s requirements, ABATE will vigorously oppose the bill and try to kill it.”

--Bill Bish
From the Coast to Coast Legislative News
Read the whole report next week on Bikernet


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Here are the shots of the Chopin Block Bike being given to the winner.

Notice the Bikernet stickers.
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DOCTOR HAMSTER COMES TO BIKERNET MEDICAL CENTER AS A CERTIFIED CONSULTANT--Fiber is too often overlooked in the average American's diet.

While the American Heart Association recommend 15 grams per day, most people get just 5. Because fiber is our body’s natural form of detox, this low number may be contributing to the modern influx of cancer, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and diabetes.

Several studies were done on monkeys with an LD50 chemical (Lethal Dose for 50% of subjects) which begin to unravel profound effects of fiber.
One study in the 1970s featured two groups of monkeys. In group A, a typical American low fiber diet was given, and in group B, a 30 grams of fiber per day diet was given. When the chemical was administered 100% of the no fiber monkeys died and 100% of the high fiber monkeys lived. That's pretty striking.

Everyone knows the importance of detox. If you do not clear out toxins from the body it is literally slow poison. By elevating fiber intake on a regular basis, your body will be in a constant state of detox, which will be far more beneficial than a once per year, or even a once per month cleanse. It's just essential for longevity.

The problem is, eating enough fibrous foods to reach that ideal 30 gram mark, is no easy task. The sheer volume of food required for that takes a huge effort. This is where supplements come in and tell you their soluble or insoluble fiber blend is the best alternative.

The solution is a supplement made from organic fruits and vegetables, as well as rich in superfood phytonutrients. This approach combines nutrition and detox to clear out whats harmful and insert what is helpful to the body at the same time.

Taste is 9/10ths of the law for powder supplements. With "Greens First" powder, sweetened with natural stevia and not sugar, the taste is delightful, the benefit absolute, and your future brighter. That is why I use it personally and carry this brand in my office!

Be youthful all your life!
--Dr. Christian Reichardt

CHESTER GROUP BUYS FORT LAUDERDALE HARLEY-DAVIDSON DEALERSHIP--The Chester Group announced today that it has acquired the Harley-Davidson dealership serving the greater Fort Lauderdale, Florida market. The Harley-Davidson dealership, located in Sunrise, Florida, was acquired from the Rossmeyer family of Ormand Beach, Florida. The dealership, Chester’s Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson, one of the larger Harley-Davidson dealerships in the nation, is located at 201 International Parkway, at the Intersection of I-75 and Saw Grass Parkway in Sunrise.

E.B. Chester, Chairman of the Chester Group, commented, “We are very excited about the opportunity to operate a venerable, respected dealership of this stature. Its ownership by Bruce Rossmeyer and its continued operation by the Rossmeyer family will certainly be a hard act to follow. We are, however, true enthusiasts and riders and we plan to operate a customer- focused dealership which offers our customers an opportunity to participate in a remarkable lifestyle.”

The Chester Group has named Tony Beyer as General Manager. Tony was previously general manager of Chester’s Harley-Davidson in Mesa, AZ. The Chester Group dealerships, distinguished by a personal family-run approach to delivering superior value and service with integrity, are operated by the Chester Family and their 150 associates.

About - Chester’s welcomes customers from all walks of life into their extended family of riders who share a passion for the road, with each other, and their communities.

The Chester Family of dealerships are winners of the Harley-Davidson Gold Bar and Shield Award, Silver Bar and Shield Award and Bronze Bar and Shield Award. Other Chester’s dealership locations include Twin Falls, ID, Idaho Falls, ID, Pocatello, ID, Reno, NV, and Fort Lauderdale, and general merchandise and apparel stores in Jackson Hole, WY and Reno, NV.

BIKERNET FAMILY COUNSELING NOTES--After being married for 50 years, I took a careful look at my wife one day and said, "Fifty years ago we had a cheap house, a junk car, slept on a sofa bed and watched a 10-inch black and white TV, but I got to sleep with a hot 23-year-old girl every night.

Now, I have a $500,000 home, a $45,000 car, a nice big bed and a large screen TV, but I'm sleeping with a 69-year-old woman. It seems to me that you're not holding up your side of things."

My wife is a very reasonable woman. She told me to go out and find a hot 23-year-old girl and she would make sure that I would once again be living in a cheap house, driving a junk car, sleeping on a sofa bed and watching a 10-inch black and white TV.

Aren't older women great? They really know how to solve an old guy's problems.


SIDECAR FEATURE ON BIKERNET--I'm Jessica, Paul and Mark's secretary at Shadley Bros. I have attached the pictures of the original sidecar for Bikernet. The pictures were taken by Steve Berner.

Paul wanted me to send pictures of the K model as well. Just in case you wanted to use these. They were also taken by Steve Berner

Shadley Bros
1125 Bedford St 
Whitman Ma 02382

Check out the Shadley Bros feature:

For the first time in the history of Custom Motorcycles Bikernet and 15 National Motorcycle Publications got together at the Broken Spoke Saloon during Bike Week in Daytona to Judge a Bike Show. Each publication chose a motorcycle; the owner received a trophy and will be featured in an upcoming issue.

The publications were, Cycle Source, Easyriders, Road Iron, Wrench, Iron Works, American Bagger, American Iron, American Iron Motorcycle Bagger, Baggers, Hot Bike, Road Bike, Street Chopper, The Horse, Thunder Press and Urban Bagger.

In addition there were awards for 11 classes, which included best Sportster, big twin, bobber, chopper, Pan, Shovel, bagger, café, import and antique.

The show was sponsored by Twisted Tea and Entry was FREE!

The Bikernet award went to Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers in Chardon, Ohio for his Panhead. Watch for the article on it here soon.


Hey, we need to afford proper credit here. Chris Callen, the owner of Cycle Source was inspired to create this show, to give editors a straight shot at picking feature bikes, so the magazines, the builders, and the readers are treated fairly. Well done.

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It's Here! THE 2013 BUFFALO MOTORAMA!-- Over 200 cars and bikes!

This weekend, March 22-24, 2013 the Buffalo Convention Center in Buffalo, NY will host the BIGGEST and BEST indoor custom car and bike show in Western New York. This is the third year of this show and a continuation of a 58 year Buffalo indoor car and bike show tradition.?
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--Buffalo Motorama Crew

New Show Features for 2013

Open Wheel & Hot Rod Room: Over 45 fenderless vehicles as well as many pinstripers, and 4 bands throughout the weekend. Upstairs will feature many professional builders as well as circuit cars from across the USA and Canada.

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Another kick-ass Thursday news post!

You continue to set the bar high for others to try for. Happy Birthday you old bastard!


Windsor, CT
Friday, March 22, 2013
Editor Response I may be old, but there are more adventures ahead. Thanks!
Ya Did A Good Job But You Need Bigger Banners and Stickers For Events.

Melbourne , FL
Friday, March 22, 2013
Editor Response Yes sir,

I'll work on it immediately! I just ordered 45 5-Balls. Does that help?

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