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I survived Bonneville and Milwaukee, and I’m still standing.
Next clean the Bikernet shop thoroughly and plan for Las Vegas Bikefest later this month. I’m currently working on the 5-Ball Racing Bonneville story. It’s an odyssey of learning and success, without a record. But I’ll dig in over the weekend, and you’ll see the results right here on Bikernet next week.

Jodie and Dave set another record at the Bub's meet.
Jodie and Dave set another record at the Bub's meet.

Chris Callen and the gang at Cycle Source shot a feature of our Bonne Belle on the Salt. We plan to ship the Bonne Belle, after a few modifications are made, to Departure Bike Works for tuning and dyno pulls. Then back to the salt in 2014 for serious record attempts in the 750 class.

Mike Jones, the Producer of Born to Ride and I met in Milwaukee to discuss his next movie project containing a slice of H-D history. He wants me to play the part of a famous H-D racer.
Mike Jones, the Producer of Born to Ride and I met in Milwaukee to discuss his next movie project containing a slice of H-D history. He wants me to play the part of a famous H-D racer.

We have several features headed your way, in the very near future, tech articles, book chapters, and girls. Hang on.

MARYLAND WARNING FROM ZIPPERS--  Our Governor O'malley wants to be the next's what's in store!

I don't usually pass on political e-mails, but the oh-by-the-way nature of this pisses me off.

Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:17 AM?Subject: State of Maryland - Changes in Income Tax Law

Dear Colleague:
This spring, Maryland enacted legislation that increases the 2012 income tax rates and reduces personal exemptions for individuals earning more than $100,000 and joint filers earning more than $150,000. Although these new rates are retroactive to January 1, 2012, the withholding tax calculations used by employers to withhold state income tax were issued recently and do not include any retroactive adjustment for these increased income tax rates. Thus, as a Maryland taxpayer, your state income tax may be under-withheld for the 2012 year.

In order to comply with the updated withholding calculations, XXXXs payroll system will begin using the new Maryland withholding rates effective 9/1/12. For this year only, there is a safe harbor providing relief from underpayment of estimated tax and penalties for taxpayers who are underpaid as a result of the rate changes. Nonetheless, if you think that you may be under-withheld for the year and would like to update your Maryland tax withholding, please complete, sign and submit a new MW507 to the Payroll department. The form is available by clicking this link: Additional information about Maryland’s tax rates and withholding calculations can be found at this link under 2012 Special Session Tax Changes:

Feel free to contact the Payroll office if you have any questions or would like additional information.
Payroll Manager


UNCLE MONKEY ON BONNEVILLE--  Hey bro, Sounds like the salts were a bust for you this year. Keep your chin up and kick it's ass next year.

--Uncle Monkey

We didn't set a record, but it was far from a bust.

Watch for the report.



SECOND ANNUAL DON THE BEACHCOMBER BIKE SHOW-- A car/bike show in Huntingon Beach.

A fair mix of rat rods and motorcycles.
There were more outside than inside though.
This would be a good place for the "Born Free" guys.

The restaurant is a long time fixture in HB, some 80 years !!

Sam's Seafood is a Huntington Beach institution, and contains several dining rooms. While Sam's has been in the same location since the '20s, up until its Polynesian remodel in the '60s it was just a seaside seafood joint. The brightly lit main dining room has a large wall mural on one side and a dramatic tiki & waterfall display at the back. A pair of smaller side dining rooms are also bright and more aviation themed.

Of more interest to the tiki-phile is the Hidden Village banquet room area in the back available for event rentals, which is large and moodily lit, with glass floats, waterfall displays, A-frame covered seating areas, and a small bar. On Friday nights from April to November, Sam's Seafood has a Polynesian Dinner Show in the Hidden Village.

Last but certainly not least is the excellent main bar at Sam's. It is dark and full of excellent carvings, pufferfish and float lamps, and thatch.
A small bar with some tiki carvings inside, Turc's, can be found just down the street.

At the end of May 2006, Sam's Seafood was sold to developers who aim to build retail spaces & condominiums on the site. Red tape appears to be holding off any development on the site for possibly years. Sam's closed for several months until June 2007, when the property owners allowed a new group to come in and keep the restaurant running in a somewhat modified form until the development can move forward.

--Art Hall
Senior Magnificent Bikernet International Editor
Extreme Quick Throttle Photographer

SEALS REVEAL TRUTH ABOUT BIN LADEN RAID--Osama Bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid. The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.

The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a kill mission. They were also shocked that President Barack 0bama announced Bin Laden's death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.

Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.

The Seals own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that Bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists Bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered.

There isn't a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting Bin Laden but it devalued the intelligence and gave time for every other Al-Qaeda leader to scurry to another bolthole, said Pfarrer.

The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better. It's a pretty shabby way to treat these guys. The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team's commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three stories below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.

They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president. It had to be someone important. So is this Bert or Ernie? He asked. The Seals nicknames for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat.

We have a voice print, said the CIA officer, and were 60% or 70% certain it's our guy. McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the targets shadow. Over 6ft tall.
When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed, said Pfarrer.

They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it whisper mode. Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.

Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named the Pacer. Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan.

The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan. Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan 's radar and create decoy targets.

Operation Neptune 's Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, code-named Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as Command Bird and the gun platform.

On board, each Seal was clad in body amour and night vision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawed-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children.

At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code Palm Beach signaled three minutes to landing. Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-story building where Bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals roped the 5ft-6ft down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.

The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, Bin Laden's third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor. Bin Laden's bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut.

“Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo,” radioed one Seal, meaning eyes on target. At the same time lights came on from the floor below and Bin Laden's son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.

Two Seals kicked in Bin Laden's door. The room, they later recalled, smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother's house. Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him. No, no, don't do this! she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at Bin Laden's head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.

Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where Bin Laden's courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived. As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly. He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, “Bust him!” and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife.

Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani-American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armor and goggles.

Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children. They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of Bin Laden's bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over. Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.

The commander made his way to the third floor, where Bin Laden's body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: Geronimo Echo KIA Bin Laden enemy killed in action. This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid, said Pfarrer. A sample of Bin Laden's DNA was taken and the body was bagged.

They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach , Virginia , alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.

At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret green unit that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound... The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed. The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges.
They loaded Bin Laden's body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.

The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth. Why did they get it so wrong? What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000 feet by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley.

The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings. They don't understand our terminology, so when someone said the insertion helicopter has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry, said Pfarrer.

What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. I've been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words kill mission, he said. It's a Beltway [Washington insiders] fantasy world. If it was a kill mission you don't need Seal Team 6; you need a box of grenades. Hooyah!


BIKERNET OFFICIAL WARNING-- A serial female thief was arrested for drugging a doctor and stealing his car in Chiang Mai.

News reports said she applied knockout drugs to her breasts, which were transmitted to a victim’s mouth through oral contact, causing him to pass out.

Bikernet undercover investigations imperial Editor

TECH QUESTION REGARDING STARTER PROBLEMS--  A while back you put me in touch with a friend of yours at BDL. I'm wondering if I can ask you both a question regarding my BDL belt drive. I've been riding trouble free for three years now, but last week ran into a problem.

I went to the bank and when I came out and tried to start my bike, it was dead. I would press the start button and nothing would happen. When I released it, a click came from the starter cover. I had it trailered to the dealer and they first checked my battery, it was fine. Then, they loosened the two bolts on the starter (pictured) and it fired right up. Then they tightened them up. Bike kept running no problem. They made a gasket to bring the starter out a bit and it seemed to work fine. Until I picked it up; same thing happened. So, I got an Allen wrench and loosened it up, started it, tightened back up the bolts and rode home.

Have you run across this issue? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ride safe,

--Jim Braniecki

Disconnect your battery. Take that external cover off and take a photo of the starter gear and the clutch ring gear and send it to me. Or I will try to explain. There should be a coating of grease inside the cover you removed around the brass bushing. The critical element is the distance between the small starter gear and the giant ring gear around the clutch basket. Check it out. It should be about a 1/4-inch.

Make sure the long bolt in the center of that starter shaft isn't loose. If it is, back it out, put a drop of blue loctite on it, after you clean it, and replace it. Call me, if you have any problems.


Bob forwarded the e-mail to me about your friend’s starter issues. This is what I would be checking: The starter motor itself could be bad, the starter relay could be bad, the starter clutch could be bad, it could even be a bad ground, but it should have other problems if ground is bad.

If this is the same starter he has had for the last 3 years and he has not disassembled anything related to the starter or the primary drive there is only a few things related to these issues, by loosening the starter this could / would relax the starter clutch, also could / would move the solenoid wire that is connected to the starter relay, also could / would affect the grounding of the starter to the rest of the bike, Just some helpful tech considerations.

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HARLEY-DAVIDSON FANS AROUND THE WORLD EMBARK ON YEAR-LONG, EPIC CELEBRATION OF MOTOR COMPANY’S 110TH ANNIVERSARY--MILWAUKEE (Sept. 6, 2012) – Today, Harley-Davidson announced the official calendar of 110th Anniversary Celebration events for the coming year. The events will connect millions of Harley-Davidson fans across the globe, united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure.

Included in the official calendar are 12 anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global regional markets through September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents including North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The festivities began last week with a 110th Anniversary Celebration kickoff party at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, the Motor Company’s birthplace.

“The 110th Anniversary will be the biggest in our history, celebrated by fans at events on almost every continent on the planet over the course of an entire year,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Harley-Davidson Chief Marketing Officer. “This is more than an Anniversary event – it’s an epic celebration of the freedom that unites us all, and we invite everyone around the world to join in.”

Capping the regional experiences will be two main anniversary celebration events in Rome, Italy and Milwaukee. The Rome event in June 2013 will include a party in the Touristic Port of Ostia, two headlining concerts at the Stadio Olimpico, and a special bike blessing inside St. Peter’s Square, Vatican City, the heart of Rome, by Pope Benedict XVI. The event in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend in 2013 will be an expanded celebration including rides to Milwaukee organized by fans, a celebration at the world-renowned Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds), a massive parade through downtown Milwaukee, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum and three headlining concerts.

Official 110th Anniversary Celebration Calendar of Events
Official 110th Anniversary Celebration experiences in regional markets between August 2012 and September 2013 include:

§ Faaker See, Austria (Sept. 4-9, 2012): 110th Anniversary Kickoff Party at European Bike Week
§ Goa, India (Feb. 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the 1st National H.O.G. Rally
§ Auckland, New Zealand (Feb. 14-17, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at the National H.O.G. Rally
§ Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 9-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Daytona Bike Week
§ Melbourne, Australia (April 13-14, 2013) 110th Anniversary Experience
§ Margate, South Africa (April 26-28, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Africa Bike Week
§ Qiandao Lake, Zhe Jiang Province, China (April 30-May 2, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
§ Mexico City, Mexico (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
· Sao Paulo, Brazil (Spring/Summer 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience
§ Rome (June 13-16, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration
§ Sturgis, S.D. (Aug. 3-10, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
§ Milwaukee (Aug. 29-Sept. 1, 2013): 110th Anniversary Celebration and H.O.G. 30th Anniversary Party
§ Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Sept. 14-19, 2013): 110th Anniversary Experience at Asia Harley Days

Join the Celebration Online
Harley-Davidson fans are invited to join the celebration events online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and at The website, which will remain live through 2013, will feature details about all of the Motor Company’s 110th Anniversary events, as well as content posted from fans around the world.

Information regarding ticketing and registration for the official 110th Anniversary Celebration events, which will vary according to event and region, will be made available on the website later this year.

For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at

AUSTRALIAN Biker anger over gun seizures--  The sergeant-at-arms of a chapter of The Finks motorcycle club has been granted bail after his father, an Order of Australia recipient, nearly collapsed in court.

Frank David Dieni, 44, is facing 10 charges including threatening to inflict serious injury to members of the Echo Taskforce and assaulting police.

Senior Detective Raj Tillekeratne, of the Echo Taskforce, told Melbourne Magistrates' Court Mr Dieni threatened detectives who inspected legally owned firearms at his home before trying to seize them because of his ties to the Finks MC.

"The sergeant of arms is the enforcer within the club and keeps order at all club meetings and outings," Sen-Det Tillekeratne alleged.
The court heard Mr Dieni called the police "fucking dogs cunts" and threatened to smash and shoot them if they took his guns. Mr Dieni also allegedly said: "I'm the sergeant of arms and I fucking hold the boys back but I also control them."

Defence lawyer Alan Swanwick told the court Mr Dieni had held a gun license since the age of 18 and had no prior criminal convictions. After being told police did not require a warrant, Mr Dieni handed his lawfully owned guns and ammunition over, the court heard.

Mr Swanwick described Mr Dieni's threats as "incandescent anger" in the context of being told his guns were going to be seized. Mr Dieni's father, a drug rehabilitation expert, described the threats as "hot air" before later falling ill in the courtroom.

Police opposed bail on the grounds Mr Dieni was an unacceptable risk to the community due to his affiliation with the Finks MC, adding that the alleged threats were not insignificant.

Magistrate Donna Bakos said while Mr Dieni, who had no history of violence, had over reacted there were insufficient grounds to refuse bail. Mr Dieni will re-appear in court next month.

BIKERNET INTERNATIONAL EDITOR REPORT--  A new fuel tanker arrives on site in Qatar. The newly-appointed American manager tells the Indian supervisor to ensure that the tanker is clearly labeled:

“Diesel Fuel” in Arabic and “No Smoking” in Arabic.

This is what he got...

--from Robin Hartfiel


NEW INTERVIEWS ON BIKERNET STUDIOS—If you get tired of reading, slip into the Studio and check out the interviews. 

--Prince Najar

I interviewed Bill Davidson. It's on the home page and in the Bikernet Studios.
I interviewed Bill Davidson. It's on the home page and in the Bikernet Studios.

AUSSIE NEW BUSINESS--Only an "Aussie tradie" called Bob could think of a name like this…

--from Jim Waggaman

Kool site check it out.....

Malcolm Smith's 1969 ISDT Husqvarna

The Mechanic Charles Bronson 1971 Husqvarna Sportsman
1968 MF Husqvarna 420cc 1 of only 2 made

--from Jim Waggaman


ACE CAFE REUNION WEEKEND--Independently acclaimed as the world's coolest motorcycle event! Three Days, Three Rides, One Reunion!

Friday 7th September from 6pm - The Continental Run Ride-In  Saturday 8th September - Cafe Racer & Rockers Ride-Out  Depart: 10.30am Destination: Battersea Park (Central London) Sunday 9th September - Brighton Burn-Up & Ride With The Rockers  Depart: 10.30am Route: A406 - A40 - M25 - M23 - A23 to Madeira Drive, Brighton Seafront

Taking place over three days of the second weekend in September and first held in 1994, the 19th annual Ace Cafe Reunion Weekend & Ride With The Rockers celebrates the unique history, culture and style of Ace Cafe London and what it represents.

The event acts as a focus in the motorcycling calendar for all those who are not only interested in the Ace Cafe, Ton Up and Rocker heritage, but also for many others who enjoy a weekend full of rock n' roll and fun! Over the years, Ace Cafe London has forged lasting and strong links to the global motorcycling and rockin' community, which is reflected by the many visitors from overseas, one of the largest contingents being The Continental Run, which starts with a party on Thursday 6th September at Cafe Hubraum in Solingen, Germany, before departing the next morning to cross Holland, Belgium and France, gathering numbers en route to the ferry, arriving at the Ace late Friday afternoon, and culminating in an evening of rock 'n' roll! 

NOTICE: As guests of Brighton, and this free to enter event we thank you in advance for your understanding and co-operation in ensuring that the event is accessible and safe for all who attend We ask that you do not park any vehicle on the pavements or block the footways and emergency routes, and adhere to the directions and requests of Reunion Staff & Marshals.

Tony Sanfelipo won the Iron Works Magazine Editor's Choice award. That Marilyn Stemp, one of the founders and the current editor.
Tony Sanfelipo won the Iron Works Magazine Editor's Choice award. That Marilyn Stemp, one of the founders and the current editor.

The Harley-Davidson Museum Starts their Custom Bike Adventure--Harley-Davidson kicked off their Labor Day Custom Bike Show event as a tune up to their 2013 110th anniversary. The Harley-Davidson Museum hosted 2 bike shows, the AMD Affiliate ProBuilder show on Friday and Saturday and the ride in show on Sunday during the Milwaukee Rally.

The FreeStyle class was rocked with a Jack Daniels theme bike. Jon Shipley of Hoosier Daddy Choppers brought Whiskey Bent, a custom sled that features a 1977 Ironhead 1000cc mil, Pro Street rigid frame by Dirty South Choppers with a 45 degree rake, and a 6 inch stretch, and Delisle Springer. Unique theme features include a bar stool seat, a whiskey barrel that houses the battery and pours JD. The shot glass on suicide shifter is removable to get a shot from the barrel.

For the win, Jon Shipley came away with a check for $2,000 and a Team USA bid that provides him with an all expense trip paid to Germany to compete in the AMD World Championship.

Harley-Davidson royalty, Willie G, Nancy Davidson and Bill Davidson, stopped in to check out the show. You can almost see Willie G’s gears turning as he inspected the bikes and talked to the builders. Bandit cut out time with Bill Davidson, conducted an engaging video interview about the history of the Motor Company and got the 411 on his latest sled for a bike feature.

After Steve Iacona rolled up to the ProBuilder Show for the Custom Bike Show Weekend with his award winning bike, Challenger, you could see the concern on the MOD Harley competitor’s collective faces. The bike has a visually satisfying design and an outstanding fit and finish.

The 1996 XL custom bike sports a front and rear Invader wheels, Metzeler rubber and ISR caliper brake system. A chopped springer delivers a slammed look. The hand-formed components include fuel tank, rear fender tail section, oil tank, exhaust pipes, handle bars and mounts, rearsets, headlight number plate, seat suspension, tail light, battery box, steering damper mounts and motor mount.

I had to give my Bikernet Editor's choice award to a chopper builder. We will feature this wild Cinnamon chop, built in 2007 by Jamie or Jamie's Customs.
I had to give my Bikernet Editor's choice award to a chopper builder. We will feature this wild Cinnamon chop, built in 2007 by Jamie or Jamie's Customs.

Iacona left Milwaukee with a check or $3,000 and a Harley-Davidson 120 Inch Screamin’ Eagle R engine.

This is the first World Championship event that the firm has hosted in Milwaukee. The plan is to build the event into a North American must-attend event.

The Milwaukee Rally is a city-wide event that encompasses four dealers and the Harley-Davidson Museum with five days of fun covering six venues with free entertainment at each dealer's location plus three Miller Lite Bike Nights.

The Retro Mod and Performance Custom classes were won by Gio of Blacksmith Motoring and Boyd Dingman respectively.

Show winners and Steve from H-D P and A.
Show winners and Steve from H-D P and A.

1st – John Shipley, Hossier Daddy Choppers – Whiskey Bent
2nd – Iler Brothers, Hammer In Hand Custom - Venus
3rd – Matt Drew – Cook Customs – Norton 3

1st – Steve Iacona, Iacona Custom Cycles - Challenger
2nd – Paul Richards, Native Custom Baggers - Blue
3rd – Kurt Peterson, Sumo-X – First One

1st – GIO, Blacksmith Motoring - El Vaquero
2nd – Tonypan Sanfelipp - Pan

1st – Boyd Dingman, Dingman Collision - Streaker
2nd – Mitch Hansen, HMC Racing – RC8

On Sunday the annual Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show rolled into the Museum with over 140 bikes from in and around the Milwaukee area. Dave Dupor of DD Customs rolled into the venue from Chicago with over 12 custom Baggers. The unique aspect of a corporate-sponsored event is the number of movers and shakers from the Motor Co. that are participating. Ray Drea , Vice President and Director of Styling, Bill Davidson and Steve Earnshaw, Director of Marketing for P&A are working the show and available to discuss motorcycles.

The Museum facility is a perfect venue to hold an event. It has an industrial feel with buildings that have a 1940’s feel. The campus includes the museum, a restaurant, bar, gift shop and archives.

From the left Bob Kay of Biker Pros, then Commander Edge from the Smoke Out, and Bandit, from some unknown planet. We were helping with the first AMD show at the factory.
From the left Bob Kay of Biker Pros, then Commander Edge from the Smoke Out, and Bandit, from some unknown planet. We were helping with the first AMD show at the factory.


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